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It's February and Spring is just around the corner.  Once again, we've been busy at WCS. We hope you'll take a minute and catch up on our news.

In this Newsletter:
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Foundation Director_ Chastity Flanigan_ presenting check to WCS Treasurer_ Kim DeWeese
Foundation News

Our staff gives back to their students! The Wilmington Schools Foundation presented a $21,500 check for 22 Foundation grants at the January 22nd BOE mtg! This year, the Giving is Family Tradition campaign raised $14,000 and increased payroll give to 141 WCS employees.

In this year's campaign,  Wilmington Middle School, East End, and Denver Place staff gave at 99 percent. These funds are used to help provide Foundation grants, in combination with private donations, grants and fundraisers. Every Wilmington Middle School student will be able to go this year on an off-campus field trip. Wilmington High School government classes will be traveling to the Capitol Building in Columbus. And elementary students will enjoy an in-school experience from the Cincinnati Children's Theater.  

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The Foundation has also announced that the three elementary schools and ROBMS students will once again be selling Savings Pass Cards from January 25 through February 6. Find your favorite student and help support the foundation, as well as the local businesses. This year they have 19 businesses offering great one-time deals and unlimited deals. If you see something you really like, buy several cards! Each card cost only $10. Every card sold earns the WSF $5.00. 

Thank you in advance for your support of the students of Wilmington City Schools!


Wilmington High Schools is proud to recognize the following students of the month for January.

Bailey Zerby- The Business Department would like to nominate Bailey Zerby as the student of the month! Bailey has had a good attitude and has been willing to help others in the class succeed. Great job and keep up the good work! 

Brock Rappach-- Brock is role model in English class. He is conscientious of his grades and isn't afraid to ask for clarification when needed. Brock can be counted on to participate and to help those around him when the time arises. He is a diligent and caring classmate who always shows respects towards his peers.

Social Studies
Cory Webber - Cory maintains consistent effort and quality in his work. He is able to analyze historical issues at a very deep level, and works well with others. He continually sets a a good example for his peers, demonstrating quiet leadership. 

Madison RIckman -  Maddie has been a hard worker. She consistently has her work done and goes beyond expectations. Maddie is a great role model for those in her class and helps those around her when needed.

Skye Carpenter (not pictured) -  The math department would like to recognize Skye Carpenter. Skye works hard in Honors Precalc and always asks questions when necessary. She has been pleasant addition to our district and Mrs. Grimes' classroom since she arrived at WHS this fall.

Physical Education/Health
Gabe Reeder-  Gabe comes to PE each day with a smile and ready to participate. He is quick to lend a helping hand with equipment and sets a great example of kindness among his peers.

Ridgedon Beam -  As an officer Ridge always leads by example. He will never ask anyone to attempt something without offering his help or knowledge on the task at hand. Ridge was a State Finalist in Wildlife Management last year and is the favorite to win the award this year. Ridge's Leadership will be tough to replace next year!

Abigail Tackett - Abigail has been selected to be student of the month for the choral program at Wilmington High School. Abby is consistently helping others in her class while managing a difficult personal schedule between high school classes, extracurriculars, college classes, and work. Yet her work is consistently top-level. Abby is a great example to her peers and will be missed when she graduates.

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Sydney is on the job!

Welcome Sydney!

We are so excited to welcome Sydney, a trained therapy dog, and her trainer/owner, Kim Hildebrandt! Sydney and Kim will be volunteering at Denver Place and East End, starting in January. Students at Denver Place can expect to see Sydney in the hallways, office, lobby, and maybe even their classrooms on Monday mornings.  

There is a lot of research that shows that there are multiple benefits to having trained therapy dogs work with elementary students. Some of the benefits include:
  1. Reduce stress for students who find school stressful.
  2. Improve social interactions between students and their peers and teachers.
  3. Assist students from becoming emotionally stuck when they feel overwhelmed or disappointed by something in the school environment.
These are just some of the benefits. We realize that some students might be allergic to dogs or might even have a fear of dogs. Please let your child's teacher know if you believe that your child will be adversely affected by interaction with Sydney while she is visiting Denver Place or East End. If your child has a fear of dogs that you would like Sydney to assist with, please let us know and we can have Sydney help with that.

Please make Sydney feel welcome as she starts her important work at Denver Place and East End with students and staff! Here are some links to articles about therapy dogs in other schools across the country if you would like to learn more.

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The Adventures of a South Pole Pig, by Chris Kurtz
One School, One Book

Have you heard? We launched our annual One School One Book event in all three elementary buildings this week! We are well underway in our reading of Flora's adventures and getting to know her and the other characters in the book. 

We're including a link to a nightly reading guide, if you and your family would like to follow along. Students can certainly read ahead! Each day at school students will be asked trivia questions about the previous night's reading and win prizes. You can also find a link to all of the chapters being read aloud by teachers and principals. Enjoy your month of family reading!

Each elementary is also planning a One School One Book Family Night:
  Denver - Tuesday, February 27th, 6:00-7:30pm
  East End - Thursday, March 1st, 6:00-7:30pm
  Holmes - Thursday, March 8th, 6:00-7:30pm

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WCS in the News

Breaking News!  Our Varsity Girls Basketball Team won the League Championship for only the 2nd time in school history, and the first time since 2012!

And that's not the only student news.  We've collected some recent articles highlighting the accomplishments of our WCS students. So take a minute and  catch up on the latest WCS Students in the News.  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
2/19  School Closed - Presidents' Day
2/26  BOE mtg 7pm at East End

Additional Building Highlights:
Denver:   Website     Like us on Facebook   
Every Monday at 7pm - Facebook Bedtime Story Live
Mondays after school - Mini Clubs
2/9    Interim Reports
         VIP Breakfast 8:15am
2/12  PTO mtg 4:15
2/14 - 15 COSI comes to Denver
2/15  Family Cardboard Construction with Mr. Davis 6-8pm
2/16   PTO Father/Daughter Dance 7pm
2/19  No School - Presidents' Day
2/21  Girls on the Run starts after school
2/22  2nd Grade Wax Museum 6:00pm
2/27  One School One Book Family Night 6-7:30pm
2/28  Student of the Month Lunch;
         Monthly behavior incentive

East End :   Website      Like us on Facebook   
2/3    Sweetheart Dance 5-7pm
2/9    Interim Reports
2/14  PTO mtg 5:30pm
2/19  No School - Presidents' Day
2/22  Family Cardboard Construction with Mr. Davis 6-8pm
2/28  Caught Doing Good Lunch
   Mr. Davis' Art Club

Holmes:   Website     Like us on Facebook   
2/5   Character Education Day
2/7   Success Assemblies
2/9   Interim Reports
2/13 PTO mtg 4pm
2/14 Valentine Parties
2/19 No School - Presidents' Day
2/21 Spring Pictures
2/24 PTO Carnival

WMS:   Website     Follow us on Twitter   Like us on Facebook   View on Instagram
2/2   ABC Dance 6:30pm
2/9   Interim Reports
2/19 No School - Presidents' Day
2/21 ABC mtg 5pm
2/26 WMS Choir Concert 6-7pm

WHS:    Website    Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter    View on Instagram  
2/19 No School - Presidents' Day
2/21 Student of the Month Pizza Party
2/22 WHS Band Concert 7:30-9:00pm
2/26 WHS Choir Concert 7:30-9:00pm

For Athletic Events schedule please visit our website at  wilmingtonathletics.org and follow @WHSCaneAD on  Follow us on Twitter