Fall has arrived and 2nd Quarter has begun!  We hope you'll take a minute and catch up on our news.
In this Newsletter:
past productions

theater link to whs theatre website
WHS Fall Theatre Production
WHS Theatre has a rich history of producing tremendous performances and you won't want to miss this one!
The story is set in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie, and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.
Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. It tells the tale of grudges, fear, and the human condition, while dealing with accusations.
Ken Lydy, WHS Theatre Teacher
An interesting side note: The Crucible was the first production Steven Haines directed in the new WHS Auditeria space 18 years ago. 
Tickets may be reserved on our WHS Theatre  website   www.theatreatwhs.weebly.com

student activities
Around the District

We thought we would share a few highlights from the last month to let you know how things are going in our schools. In addition to learning in all of their academic subjects, our students have a wealth of opportunities each and every day to explore the world around them, express themselves, and build community.

Holmes Elementary
Fire Safety Week: In addition to fire safety topics covered in classes, the students were treated to a visit by our local Fire Department!  The WFD conducted 3 sessions and talked to students about fire safety and the need for smoke detectors. Each student got to spray water from the fire hose and had an opportunity to sit in the driver's seat of the fire engine! 

Family Nights: Holmes hosted 2 separate Family Nights in October. More than 100 families participated in the math and reading family nights, where students learned fun math games, received materials to take home and play, and learned about reading games available for them to check out. Everyone had a great time!

Arts in Education:  Thanks to a grant from the Foundation, the Cincinnati Traveling Children's Theater came to Holmes and performed Rumplestiltskin for the children. Following the show the actors opened the floor to questions, and teachers were told about available study guides to go along with the shows. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the interactive performances.

Denver Place Elementary
Girls on the Run: 12 Denver Place students were recognized at the last Board meeting for their participation in Girls on the Run. The program is a 10 week after school program that helps young girls build confidence in themselves. The program encourages positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development.

Peer Autism Team: The first activity at Denver Place for the Peer Autism Team was a success! Everyone got to know each other and had a fun pumpkin craft for the season. A student pointed out "All pumpkins are different, just like us. But together we make a great patch!"  #denveristheplacetobe

East End Elementary
Reading Challenge: Once again our local fire department stepped up to help our students. This time they encouraging the students at East End to read in a challenge called Blazing a Trail to Reading. At the end of the quarter, the top 3 students that have read the most hours for the quarter will get to take a ride in the fire truck, go to a restaurant of their choice, and spend some time talking with the firemen and asking questions. Ready, set, read!

Being Kind, Responsible, and Safe: Our 5th graders are working hard to be kind, responsible, and safe. So far for the month of October, teachers have given out over 650 Hurricanes - positive referrals - for students who demonstrate what it means to be kind, responsible, and safe. Way to go!

Wilmington Middle School
Recognition: This year they are doing things a little differently at the Middle School. Each month they hold an assembly to recognize and celebrate students for positive actions or perfect attendance. Rewarding positive behavior can be encouraging for these students and can help set clear expectations for behavior that improves the climate of the Middle School.

Wrap Up: In the past month our MS students welcomed Operation Cherrybend, held 8th Grade Student Council Elections, created awesome 3D cells and wrote children's science books, broke some school records in athletics, celebrated students of the month, and practiced team building as a follow up to the Sandy Hook Promise program. 

Wilmington High School
Fall Theatre Production: Students have been working hard to bring you their Fall performance, The Crucible, on November 9, 10, and 11th.

FFA Fruit Sale: Our WHS FFA members are taking orders through November 2nd - citrus fruits, apples, poinsettias, meat sticks, BBQ sauce, wreaths, and assorted nuts! 

Wrap Up: The Journalism staff published their first edition of The Hurricane newspaper, FFA students attended the National Convention, The Pride of Wilmington Marching Band earned a Superior rating, students attended a youth leadership seminar, others created fun photographic masterpieces in Photo 1 class, and the Lady 'Cane Tennis team won the Fall Sports GPA Breakfast!  And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Our HS students are having a great year so far. 

And we're barely a quarter of the way through the year!

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Did you know that children of parents who talk to their teens about drugs are up to 50% less likely to use?  -  starttalking.ohio.gov

The State of Ohio has put together some resources and partnerships that might help you start those important conversations. StartTalking.ohio.gov is designed to be a resource for parents, guardians, and caregivers. Take a moment and check out the Parents360RX program (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids), and subscribe to Know! (Prevention Action Alliance). Both programs provide a wealth of information on mental health, substance abuse, and other teen issues, as well as conversation starters, teachable moments, and parent tips.

Check out some recent Know Parent Tips and Teachable Moments:

"A majority of substance-free adolescents credit their parents for the decision not to use illegal substances" starttalking.ohio.gov

What are you waiting for?

School Delays and Cancellations

It's that time of the year when weather can impact our school day, whether it's snow, ice, or dense fog. We thought we would be proactive and answer a few of the most common questions regarding our decision making progress. Just check out our FAQs .

You can also visit our Parent Resources page link to Weather Delay/Cancel information for news sources and delay information.

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.  

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 
11/7   Late Arrival
11/9   WHS Theatre presents The Crucible 7:30pm
11/10 WHS Theatre presents The Crucible 7:30pm
11/11 WHS Theatre presents The Crucible 2:00pm
11/21-23 Fall Break - No School
11/26 Board Mtg - Holmes at 7pm

Additional Building Highlights:
Holmes:   Website      Like us on Facebook
Every Monday on Facebook: Story Time 7pm
11/6   Picture retakes
11/7   Late Arrival
11/12 2nd Q Interims go home
11/21-23 Fall Break - No School
11/26 Board Mtg - Holmes at 7pm

Denver:   Website      Like us on Facebook    
11/6   Picture retakes
11/7   Late Arrival
11/12 2nd Q Interims go home
11/21-23 Fall Break - No School
11/26 Board Mtg - Holmes at 7pm

East End :   Website      Like us on Facebook   
11/7   Late Arrival
11/8 Picture retakes
11/12 2nd Q Interims go home
11/21-23 Fall Break - No School
11/26 Board Mtg - Holmes at 7pm
11/27 Caught Doing Good Lunch

WMS:   Website      Follow us on Twitter    Like us on Facebook  
11/7   Late Arrival
11/12 2nd Q Interims go home
11/15 6th Grade Woodwind Concert 6:30pm
         6th Grade Brass & Percussion 7:30pm
11/16 ABC Dance 5:30pm
11/21-23 Fall Break - No School
11/26 Board Mtg - Holmes at 7pm

WHS:      Website    Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter    View on Instagram  
11/7   Late Arrival
11/12 2nd Q Interims go home
11/14 Student of the Month Pizza w/ the Principal
11/20 Grandparent's Day
11/21-23 Fall Break - No School
11/26 Board Mtg - Holmes at 7pm

For athletics schedules please visit our website.