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Hurricane Highlights

May 2022

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Remembering Mrs. Depp

On Sunday, April 10th, our beloved 5th grade teacher Mrs. Amy Depp, tragically passed away. While our staff struggled with their own sense of loss, they also stepped up to help our students on Monday. Teachers, counselors, principals, and other administrators provided grief counseling and support throughout the week for students and for each other.

Mrs. Depp was in her 27th year of teaching in this District at Holmes, WMS, East End, and finally at Denver Elementary. We are heartbroken for her students, colleagues, and family.

As administrators, teachers, counselors, and parents, we often struggle to find the right words to help children understand death, when we ourselves don’t have all of the answers. If you are looking for ways to talk with your child about a death or tragedy, we fing the resource Suggestions for Parents When Responding to a Death helpful.

Amy leaves behind her husband, Tim, and daughter, Abby. She also leaves behind students, friends, and co-workers who will always remember her bright smile, her laughter, and her devotion to teaching. Please keep her family, as well our students and staff, in your thoughts and prayers as we all continue to navigate this loss.

Appreciation Days Ahead!

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Please help us thank our hardworking staff! Whether they are in the classroom, cafeteria, or school bus, working with groups of students or helping them one by one, they go above and beyond each and every day.

May 2: Ohio School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6: School Lunch Hero Day

May 11: School Nurse Day

May 18: Speech Pathologist Day

2022-23 Kindergarten Parent Orientation

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Below you will find informational nights for incoming kindergarten parents for the 2022-23 Kindergarten Class.

Register for Orientation for one of the following nights (Note that two events are in person, and one is virtual):

  • May 5, 2022 at 6:30 PM - In person
  • May 10, 2022 at 6:30 PM - In person
  • May 17, 2022 at 7:00 PM - Virtual

Visit our Kindergarten Enrollment page for additional information regarding enrollemnt, assessment, transporation and more.

5th Graders Get Ready to Step Up!

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Change can be intimidating for kids and adults alike. To help ease the transition to the Middle School for our 5th graders, they will get to visit the building during the school day in May! Counselors and WMS student leaders will take our 5th graders on a tour of the building. They'll have a chance to see classrooms, meet teachers and staff, ask questions, and learn more about making that big jump to being a WMSer!

Our WMS Principals and counselors will also take some time in May to visit 5th graders at Denver, giving students a chance to ask questions and get to know them.

Are you 'CaneConnected?


Our website has a wide variety of information available for you. We thought it might be helpful to highlight a few areas that may be particularly useful to our WCS families. 

Parent Resources - This is your hub for links and information regarding:

  • Attendance Hotline
  • ProgressBook (grades)
  • FinalForms
  • PaySchools Central
  • Student Handbooks
  • School Safety Hotline
  • COVID-19 Dashboard link
  • Community Resources
  • And more!

Website Slideshow - We often put links in our slides for helpful information and announcements.

Website News Feed - Just scroll down the home page for the News Feed and you’ll find information, articles, and announcements. You can use our Social Share buttons floating along the side of the page if you find a great article/page you want to share.

Looking for District Financial Information?

Visit wilmingtoncityschools.com/treasurer (under “Departments” on the website). You can also find our WCS Finances - Info and FAQs (including ESSER/ARP/CARES Act expenditures) on the Treasurer’s page (and via the slide link on the homepage).

Looking for the Board of Education? (meetings, members, documents, and policies) Visit the wilmingtoncityschools.com/boe (under both “Departments” and “About” on the website).

We encourage you to reach out to a staff member when you have questions or concerns. On our website there are multiple ways to find contact information.

  • Contact/Directions - School address, phone, and link to staff email directory.
  • Departments - Phone and email contact information for District administrators.
  • Schools - Each school website has their phone number below the slideshow.

WCS Music Program Recognized!


5 years in a row! Our WCS Music Program has once again been named a "Best Community for Music Education" by the NAMM Foundation. What a well deserved honor for our music educators and students, and the community that supports music education in our schools. Qualities that are reviewed for this honor include funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.

News from around the District

We hope you'll take a few minutes to catch up on our District News and Celebrations. Be sure to check our District News Feed frequently and keep up with all our district news articles published on our website news feed.

Keep scrolling, we've got more news stories to share below!

Hurricane Happenings

Wilmington's first-grade authors/illustrators recognized

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The students in Wilmington's first grade celebrate that they are now published authors. The students wrote and illustrated original stories honoring the Holmes Elementary Kindness Week.

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Wilmington Elementary students set to Step-Up - Wilmington News Journal

Holmes and Denver Elementary Schools recently held a special event for Pre-K through fourth-grade students and families. Starting the school year in a new classroom or building, with new teachers and routines, can be a little overwhelming for young students.

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WHS Theatre Presents Student Directed One Acts!

For the Super Spring Show, Theatre at WHS presents Student Directed One Acts. As part of the Directing class, two students will present their one act plays Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6 at 7:00pm in the Wilmington High School Auditeria. Both shows play both nights.

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WCS students show their smiles - Wilmington News Journal

The Big Smiles mobile dentist program recently visited Wilmington City School students in grades K-5. In the busy lives of our families, the mobile dentist provided quality and convenient services for the students of Wilmington. They learned the importance of starting and maintaining good oral health.

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Important Free & Reduced Meal Information!

For the last two years breakfast and lunch have been free for all students due to the Covid 19 pandemic. This has been discontinued by the government starting next school year, 2022-23. Free and reduced price meals will be available through the application process as they were prior to the pandemic.

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WHS Football Team Visits Holmes Elementary - Wilmington News Journal

Wilmington High School students in the football program visited Holmes Elementary School to connect and give back to the youth in the Wilmington Schools. WHS students participated with kindergarten students learning about their letters and sounds. According to WHS head football coach, Mr. Evans,"We want our young men to be able to be effective leaders in our community.

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Kindergarten Registration

We may be a little biased, but we think our Kindergarten program is amazing!

Kindergarten registration has opened for the 2022-23 school year. If your child will turn 5 before September 30th, then read on to learn how to register them for Kindergarten at WCS!

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WHS senior student earns honor - Wilmington News Journal

Wilmington High School senior Grayson Pollitt was honored in a ceremony on April 28 Thursday as the Clinton County Outstanding Student at the Region 14 Hopewell Center. He was joined by his family and WCS staff to celebrate his achievements.

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Get your calendars out, May is going to be a busy month!

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As the school year wraps up we thought it might be helpful to provide a May 2022 Event Calendar. Events may change, so always double check our school calendars before public events.

May 2022 District and School Events Calendar (doc)


Athletics Schedules

District News Feed

'Cane Connected Community

UPCOMING EVENTS - Wilmington News Journal

Upcoming public/community events in Clinton County include ...

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Drug Take Back Day is April 30 at three Clinton County sites - Wilmington News Journal

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with three collection sites in Clinton County. The three area locations are the Wilmington Municipal Building's parking lot at 69 North South Street in downtown Wilmington; the Blanchester Kroger store at 1001 Cherry Street in Blanchester; and the Uhl's IGA Market at 444 East Washington Street ...

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Clinton County Farmers' Market returns May 14, announces new location for weekly event - Wilmington News Journal

The Clinton County Farmers' Market is pleased to announce its 23rd season beginning on Saturday, May 14. The seasonal market will be open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon through October 15.

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CCYC sets Global Youth Service Day - Wilmington News Journal

WILMINGTON - The Clinton County Youth Council (CCYC) will host its annual Global Youth Service Day community service event this Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. GYSD is "a coordinated annual event which gathers young people around the world in conducting community service, service learning, and youth voice activities that benefit their communities, their countries, and the world."

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Clinton County Board of Elections Information

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Early Voting Hours at your local Board of Elections on the following dates/times:

  • Fri, April 29th 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Sat, April 30th 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sun, May 1st 1:00 pm to 5:00
  • Mon, May 2nd 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Primary Election Day is May 3rd - Vote at your assigned polling location. Polls open from 6:30am to 7:30pm.

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