December 9, 2019
Your News from Lancaster City Schools...
Staff and students prepare to move to new junior high school next semester


LANCASTER - Aaron Henwood is excited to finally have a classroom of his own. He's not new to teaching, but as a teacher at Thomas Ewing Junior High School, he's had to be a "traveling teacher."

"When the situation is there are three science teachers, and just two classrooms, it's hard on everyone," he said. "Now, with the new building, we'll have our own space to work, the kids will have more consistency, and it's all around exciting."

Henwood is just one of many grateful for the new junior high building to open at the start of the next semester. He was joined by well over 500 people at a dedication ceremony for Thomas Ewing Wednesday night, which opened the building to the public as the final stages of construction are wrapping up. The building's cafetorium, a combined cafeteria and auditorium space, was filled.

Lancaster City Schools District Superintendent Steve Wigton addressed the gathered parents, students and teachers, thanking them for coming to the event.
"We're so excited to show off this new school, and we know the kids, teachers and staff are looking forward to starting their next semester here at the beginning of the year," he said.

Gift of Time creates memories for children, families
Saturday morning, December 7, 2019, children and families celebrated the 25th annual Gift of Time at Lancaster High School. More than a 1,000 people attend the event each year. The free community event, organized by the Fairfield County Early Childhood Association, focuses on spending time with children to help their development.

What's Happening in Our Schools...

The Afterschool Programs and Title I Teachers at Gorsuch West Elementary joined with Ohio University-Lancaster elementary math students to bring a Family Math Night to our students.

Families were invited to participate in several fun math activities. An educational and fun evening occurred for students and adults alike!

Miss Winter's class had a very special guest reader come share two of her favorite stories last week!

Miss Winter says, "Watching them listen and engage was beautiful. Thank you so much Trish Padley for taking time out of your day to come visit our classroom. We can’t wait for you to come back with your guitar so we can sing."

The third graders had an awesome visit with author Patty Huston- Holm today. They have been learning about overcoming learning challenges in other countries including Uganda. Patty Huston-Holm has spent a lot of time in Uganda, Africa teaching. She also wrote a children's book, “Inviting Giraffe to Tea,” about accepting differences in others. They enjoyed learning about her inspiration behind the book.

High School Students came to talk to our fifth-grade classrooms to talk about the 7 Habits!

Have you noticed the stars floating above your head at Tallmadge Elementary? These stars represent the Perfect Attendance students. These students show RRS every day by coming to school ready to learn!

In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving break, General Sherman held a canned food drive. As a school, they collected a total of 423 canned food items to donate to a local food pantry! Thanks to everyone who participated!

Last week students enjoyed testing out the new smart boards at the Thomas Ewing dedication.
December 11: LEA Liaison Committee Meeting @Stanbery Board Conference Room, 4-5PM

December 16: LEA Officers Meeting @LEA Office, 4-5pm

December 17: Regular Board Meeting @111 S. Broad Street, Large Meeting Room, 4:30pm

December 18: LEA Executive Board Meeting (Secondary Members 3:15pm, Elementary members 4:00pm) @LEA Office

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