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Kindergarten 2019-2020

Registration opens March 1st!  If your child will be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2019, then they are eligible to enter Kindergarten at WCS.  Registration packets are available at every WCS elementary school, our District Office (341 S Nelson Ave), and our Central Registration office in the Middle School.

If you are looking for some helpful guidance in preparing your little one for Kindergarten, we encourage you to visit the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist page on the Ohio Department of Education's website.  You can also check out this helpful resource, Getting Ready for Kindergarten.

If you are ready to enroll your child in Kindergarten at WCS, you'll find helpful information on our Kindergarten Enrollment page.

WHS Theatre Presents...

It's 1959, and Rydell High School's senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school "Burger Palace Boys" are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum-snapping, chain-smoking "Pink Ladies" are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers. 

The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in this rollicking musical that is both an homage to the idealism of the fifties and a satire of high schoolers' age-old desire to be rebellious and provocative.  At the heart of the story is the romance between tough guy Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a secret romance in summer, but now back in the context of school, peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still make demure Sandy his girl? 

This show includes famous hit songs such as "Greased Lightnin'", "We Go Together", and "Mooning", recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Made even more famous by the 1978 film, Grease is among the world's most popular musicals.

For show information, cast list, and tickets details visit

Performance Schedule
Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 7:30pm
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 7:30pm SOLD OUT - Stand By Only
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 7:30pm SOLD OUT - Stand By Only
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 2:00pm

All Seats - $10.00 
Reserve your tickets online (google form) or call the box office a 937-283-7235.

Note from the Theatre Dept: Once they reach a sold out status, tickets are sold as "Stand By". You can stop by the box office the evening of the performance, and if tickets are unclaimed or turned back in (i.e. 8 reserved, but only 6 used) they will begin selling those tickets 10 minutes before the show starts.


Festival of Bands:  March 21st

You're invited to an evening of music!   The Festival of Bands is a celebration of the band program. The concert was started years ago by Ray Wolford, who was the WHS Band Director for 27 years.  This year's performance will be on March 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Wilmington Middle School Gymnasium and is free and open to the public.

The program will feature the 330 students that make up the 6th Grade Band, 7th Grade Band, 8th Grade Band, High School Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and the newly formed Winter Drumlines.  All of the bands will perform 2-3 pieces of music demonstrating the growth that takes place from 6th through 12th grades.

Wilmington has a rich history of providing a tremendous performing and fine arts program, and this year is no exception. We hope you'll join us in celebrating our students and our music program.

A Night to Shine

On February 8th, over 40 student and faculty volunteers accompanied four of our extraordinary students to A Night to Shine in Mason, Ohio.  It was a night full of joy, compassion, and grace.

A Night to Shine is a worldwide event facilitated through the Tim Tebow foundation as a special needs prom.  Our students volunteered as parking assistants and buddies for the prom attendees. Four students from our high school multi-handicapped program attended the prom as guests with 4 (volunteers) buddies from WHS's Peers Helping Peers program - a class where high school students work with our special needs students throughout the school day.  The remaining volunteers were paired with a guest once they arrived.

Our kids dined with their guests and played games in the game room, but most of the night was spent on the dance floor.  Towards the end of the evening, Tim Tebow spoke via satellite to all of the prom guests, and our special needs kids were crowned as kings and queens.  It was wonderful to see their smiles and the joy in their eyes. And it was amazing to see the compassion and care that our volunteers demonstrated throughout the program.

One volunteer, junior Chloe Crumbley, had this to say about her experience:
"Night to Shine was a very life-changing experience. I never thought that I would find myself volunteering for something like this. Not because I thought it wouldn't make me cool, but because I thought I would be too scared to put myself out there like other people. When I first got there, I will be honest I was pretty scared. The whole time I was in line I was thinking to myself, "What if my buddy doesn't like me?" But after I started going around and having fun with her, it opened me up. I felt like I belonged somewhere, even when I was there for them to make their night the best it could be. If anyone wants to do Night to Shine I will alway tell them to do it. It doesn't just change how you feel, it changes everyone else's there too."

Another volunteer, senior Micah Patterson, was a buddy for one of our WHS MH students.  He was truly touched by the experience as well:
"It is a night entirely about them. This was truly the most fun night I have ever had. I cannot put into words how amazing of an experience it was. You learn how to communicate with people that can not communicate like others. You learn how to connect with people in a deeper sense. I recommend signing up to volunteer ten times over. You will be a better person, you will learn, you will grow, and more importantly you will have fun. I had a smile the whole night and met some really great people. Again I really recommend going and experiencing this event for what it really is."

A Night to Shine was an experience in growth for everyone who attended. Students, staff, parents, and volunteers were moved by the experience and the kids were treated like prom royalty. We can't wait for it to roll around again next year!

PLTW seniors and teacher
Project Lead the Way

On February 21st the Wilmington Clinton County Chamber of Commerce hosted a recognition event to honor the first class of four year senior graduates from the Wilmington HS Project Lead the Way engineering program.  

These seniors completed courses in Intro to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Aerospace Engineering.  The students will further their careers at local colleges and universities and the United States Air Force.  Students received a special recognition certificate from US Congressman Steve Stivers.  Project Lead the Way Engineering is a satellite partnership between Great Oaks Career Campuses and Wilmington City Schools.

Congratulations to these Seniors and best wishes for a bright and successful future:
Ryan Camp, Zane Carey, Zackary Evans, Jonathan Fender, Timothy Canon Ford, Brendan Powell, Jack Romer, Madison Stoops, Graham Vilvens.  

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BOE member Marty Beaugard, reading to students at Holmes
Elementary Happenings

We've got a lot going on in our elementary buildings each and every day.

  • Students celebrated the 100th day of school with lots of fun activities
  • Guest readers continue at Holmes Elementary.
  • Denver students created their own silhouettes and added their unique qualities. Students can see all the silhouettes of their classmates, get to know each other a little better, find things they have in common, and celebrate that which makes them unique.
  • HS Interact students assisted in creating the Fernwood Forest for Holmes' One School One Book event
  • Fresh Produce Truck comes to Denver
  • One School One Book wrapped up at Denver and started at East End in February
  • East End hosted Cosi on Wheels - Ecology.
  • Kindness Ninjas are active at East End.
  • Activity clubs like the Lego Club, Art Club, and the Friendship Group are up and running.
  • 5th Graders are being PreK Helpers.
  • East End will host a 5th Grade Family Science Night on 2/28 
  • Tutoring has begun - check with your child's school for details
  • Holmes Read-A-Thon begins in March.
  • Our Elementary PTO has been busy planning activities - most recently they hosted a Father/Daughter Masquerade Ball and a Mother/Son Black Tie Event. You can keep up with them on their Facebook page @WCSElementaryPTO. The next meeting is 3/14 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library/Media Room.
That's just the tip of the iceberg!  Stay connected to your child's school so that you can help them make the most out of their educational experience!

Clinton County Farmers' Market

It's important to help children learn how to make healthy choices. We thought we would share an invitation from our local farmers market that can help families to create healthy eating habits. 

Clinton County Farmers' Market invites everyone to attend their local community farmers market this Spring and Summer. Bring the kids for special activities and tokens! It's a great opportunity to talk about healthy choices as a family. 

Market vendors offer locally grown seasonal vegetables, home baked goods, honey, locally grown beef and pork, farm fresh eggs, herbs, homemade dog and cat treats and accessories, as well as locally made pottery, fresh flowers in season, alpaca yarn and fiber items, jewelry, and more!

All produce/products are locally grown or made in Clinton County or a county bordering Clinton County.

Special Activities include:
  • Live music
  • Fresh Coffee available from Kava Haus
  • Free Kids Activities
  • "Kids Club"- For children ages 5-12. Each time a Kids Club member comes to the Market, they will receive $2.00 in special tokens to purchase fresh produce. Stop in at the Market Booth to learn how to become a Member.
2019 Spring Market
1st and 3rd Saturdays of March, April, and May
9:00 a.m.-12 noon
Moyer Community Room in the Wilmington City Building
69 South Street, Wilmington, Ohio

2019 Summer Market
Every Saturday beginning June 1st and continuing through September 28th
8:30 a.m.-12 noon. Open rain or shine
Mulberry Street in Downtown Wilmington between Locust and Main streets.

Special Summer Program: "Double Your Bucks"
Who's Eligible? SNAP Recipients
How Does It Work? Stop in at the Market Booth to use your SNAP benefits. You will be given EBT tokens for the amount you request. These tokens are worth $1.00 each and cannot be exchanged for cash. For each dollar you request, the Market will double the amount up to $10.00 of tokens per market.

Follow the Market's Facebook page  @ClintonCountyFarmersMarket

Visit   clintoncountyfarmersmarket.com for vendor and program information.

For more information or questions, please contact Sally @ 937-725-1643 or

See you at the Market!

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Dangerous Internet Challenges
As parents of school-age children in an increasingly digital world, we need to find ways to have meaningful and impactful conversations with our children about what they see and experience through social media, the internet, games, and apps.
In recent years a number of challenges have circulated on various social media sites. Some challenges can be fun ways to learn about and connect with others, or to raise funds for a worthy cause. However, there are also challenges that are dangerous, and even deadly, to participants.
We hope you'll take the time to check out the KNOW! series article for information on a recent dangerous challenge - the Momo Challenge- and tips on how to talk with your kids about their digital life.

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Visit the Know! website today and subscribe to their series of Parent Tips and Teachable Moments articles. Know! is a part of Prevention Action Alliance.

You may also find Common Sense Media's article helpful - 13 Online Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About

The social media landscape changes constantly and rapidly, making it difficult to keep up with your teenagers digital life. We hope you find useful information and tips in these resources to help start those meaningful conversations. 

AIR Testing: Parent Information Night

With Spring comes AIR (American Institutes for Research) testing in our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes. Our testing will begin in April. Testing can be a stressful time for both parent and student. 

We are planning a District-wide information night for all WCS parents and caregivers that would like to learn more.  Attendees can learn how students are preparing for the assessments in their classrooms with teachers, and more!

AIR Family Night:
When:  March 12, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:00pm
Where:  Denver Place Elementary
What:  The event will include ideas to use with your children at home, testing information, and a cardboard challenge art activity.

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Celebrating our Students

We've collected some recent articles highlighting recent student and staff accomplishments. We hope you'll take a minute and read up on our awesome WCS students.  We think you'll be just as proud of them as we are.  

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School News:  
Stay Connected

Each building has their own web page , calendar, and social media channel for your convenience.

*Please double check each building's calendar for changes as an event approaches.

D istrict Highlights:
WCS District:  Website  Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter
3/1    Early Release: MS/HS 1:00, Elem 2:10
3/1    Kindergarten Registration Begins
3/5    6th Grade Choir Concert 6:00pm
         Varsity Choir / Choraliers Concert 7:00pm
3/7    Last day of 3rd Quarter
3/8    Teacher work day - no school for students
3/10  Daylight Savings, Set clocks forward
3/15, 16, & 17 - WHS Theatre presents Grease
3/18  BOE at Denver Place 7:00pm
3/21  Festival of Bands 6th-12th at 7:00pm
3/25-29 Spring Recess - no school

Additional Building Highlights:
Holmes:   Website      Like us on Facebook
Every Monday on Facebook: Story Time 7pm
3/1    Early Release: MS/HS 1:00, Elem 2:10
3/7    Last day of 3rd Quarter
3/8    Teacher work day - no school for students
3/14  Elementary PTO Meeting @ 7pm at the
         HS Library/Media Center
3/18  BOE at Denver Place 7:00pm
         Report Cards go home
3/25-29 Spring Recess - no school

Denver:   Website      Like us on Facebook    
3/1   Early Release: MS/HS 1:00, Elem 2:10
3/1   Earth Day posters due in office
3/4, 6, 11, 13 Tutoring 4:00-5:00pm
3/7   Last day of 3rd Quarter
3/8   Teacher work day - no school for students
3/10  Daylight Savings Time begins
3/12  Spring Pictures
3/14  Elementary PTO Meeting @ 7pm at the
         HS Library/Media Center
3/18  Report Cards go home
3/18  BOE at Denver Place 7:00pm
3/21  3rd grade Art Club
3/25-29 Spring Recess - no school

East End :   Website      Like us on Facebook   
3/1 Early Release: MS/HS 1:00, Elem 2:10
3/5 Spring Pictures
3/6 Art Club
3/7 Last day of 3rd Quarter
3/8 Teacher work day - no school for students
3/14 Elementary PTO Meeting @ 7pm at the
HS Library/Media Center
3/18 Report Cards go home
3/18 BOE at Denver Place 7:00pm
3/20 Caught Doing Good Lunch
3/25-29 Spring Recess - no school

WMS:   Website      Follow us on Twitter    Like us on Facebook  
3/1    Early Release: MS/HS 1:00, Elem 2:10
3/5    6th Grade Choir Concert 6:00pm
3/7    Last day of 3rd Quarter
3/8    Teacher work day - no school for students
3/18  BOE at Denver Place 7:00pm
3/19  Report Card Fair 4:00-7:00pm
3/20  Report Cards go home
3/21  Festival of Bands 6th-12th at 7:00pm
3/25-29 Spring Recess - no school

WHS:      Website    Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter    View on Instagram  
3/1   Early Release: MS/HS 1:00, Elem 2:10
3/5   Varsity Choir / Choraliers Concert 7:00pm
3/7   Last day of 3rd Quarter
3/8   Teacher work day - no school for students
3/12 ACT/PreACT test day (rescheduled from Feb.)
3/14 Report Card Fair 3-6:30pm
3/15, 16, 17 WHS Theatre presents Grease
3/18  Report Cards go home
         BOE at Denver Place 7:00pm
         Sr Grad. Announcements delivered @ lunch
3/19  Parent/Teacher Conf 4:00-7:00pm
3/20  Student of the Month Pizza w/Principal
3/21 Festival of Bands 6th-12th at 7:00pm
3/25- 29 Spring Recess - no school

Athletic Events
Please visit wilmingtoncityschools.com/wilmington-athletics and follow our athletics program on Twitter @WHSCaneAD