Our 1st Quarter is nearly over!  We hope you'll take a minute and catch up on our news.
In this Newsletter:
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It's a Wrap!

Our I Am Wilmington: A Celebration of Cultural Diversity event was a success!  Our students, staff, and Diversity Committee members did a fantastic job and the event was well attended.  Everyone had a great time and got to know their community a little better.

We had a few special treats that night. Our WHS students performed, read, and drummed, and several of our WCS staff members sang. Our 2nd graders, led by Jamie Abel, were wonderful as they sang the International Hello Song. You can here WCS staff members Larita Harris-Jones, Elexis Wiederhold, Ciara McGee, Amber Hollins, and Digna Taveras perform here.

WCS is fortunate to have staff and students who have the talent and the willingness to share with the community.  Thank you to everyone who helped, performed, supported, and attended our event.
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Employee Giving Campaign 2018-2019

Our Foundation recently wrapped up their annual Employee Giving Campaign. We are so proud of our WCS staff, who donated $14,765!  Our staff cares deeply about the students, and their generosity will have a big impact on the quality of educaiton that we can provide your children.  

The Foundation was able to award 24 grants for the 2018-2019 school year - over $27,000!  
  • vr goggles
    WSF and WCS teamed up to purchase a set of VR Goggles so that every class will have the opportunity to experience a virtual lesson or field trip. (Check out a recent tweet from @CaneTechSquad)
  • Our 6th grade classes will be able to visit COSI
  • HS Government classes will visit the Ohio State House and Ohio Supreme Court to see government in action. 
  • Every elementary students will get to attend an in-school field trip for Cincinnati Children's Theater. 
The Foundation recently received $4000 from the Clinton County Foundation Lucas Grant. A set of 28 tablets were purchased with this grant for the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes to share.

We are proud of our staff and our community for always coming together to support the children.  You can keep up with our Foundation at WilmingtonCitySchools.com/foundation where you can also find WHS Alumni information.

If you would like to donate to the Foundation you can do so online through the Clinton County Foundation or you can mail a check payable to Wilmington Schools Foundation to:

Wilmington City Schools
Attn: Foundation
341 S Nelson Ave
Wilmington, OH 45177

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WCS Professional Development

We're always learning at WCS, and that includes our staff members. On our recent Waiver Day we held professional development sessions for our staff.

Our teachers' sessions concentrated on learing about Trauma Informed Care.  "No one is immune to the impact of trauma. Trauma affects the individual, families, and communities by disrupting healthy development, adversely affecting relationships, and contributing to mental health issues including substance abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse. Everyone pays the price when a community produces multi-generations of people with untreated trauma by an increase in crime, loss of wages, and threat to the stability of the family." (Quoted from  www.traumainformedcareproject.org )

Our bus drivers and paraprofessionals spent Waiver Day learing about Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and how it can be implemented on the bus and in the classroom.  "PBIS improves social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups." (Quoted from www.pbis.org)

We recognize the important role we have in a child's life as we gain a better understanding of the impact of trauma - whether that trauma is abuse, neglect, poverty, housing and/or food instability, substance abuse, or an upset in their family structure. Behavior is communication, and through PBIS and Trauma Informed Care professional development, we are learning more ways to interpret behavior and improve communication with our students, so that we can help them to achieve success.

We tell our students to always keep learning and improving. As a District, we are committed to doing the same. 

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Start With Hello at WMS

The last week of September WMS students focused on the Sandy Hook Start With Hello program.  This is a national program to promote an awareness of social isolation and what students can do about it.

They ended the week with an assembly from the Sandy Hook Promise organization, which was started after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. The Start With Hello program helps teach students to notice others when they appear to be alone or isolated from everyone. Then it empowers them to reach out and help, and it all starts with hello.

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Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week is October 22-26, 2018. 

Our bus drivers are  teaching students about school bus safety and expectations. Students are learning about:
  • DPOS - Designated Place of Safety
  • Danger Zone
  • How to Be Safe, Be Kind, and Be Responsible when loading/unloading and riding the bus
As a community that shares the road with school buses and students that walk/ride a bike to school, we can all do our part to help keep kids safe.  
  • Be alert when driving through neighborhoods near schools and watch for students walking or riding bikes to/from school.
  • Watch for and stop when you see a crossing guard in an intersection or at a school crossing area.
  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and a school bus when driving and stopping.  Leaving plenty of distance allows students to get on/off the bus without getting in the Danger Zone.
  • Learn more about DPOS, the Danger Zone, and safety tips for students and parents by visiting our Transportation page on the District website..
  • And please, DO NOT try to rush past a bus when their lights are flashing for a drop-off or pick-up. 
For additional information on sharing the road with school buses please visit the  National Safety Council - Tips for Drivers.  

Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Corbin
'Cane Community Moment

Each day at WCS is filled with teaching moments and this one was particularly touching.

One first grade girl asked these teachers, "Are you two sisters?" They looked at each other. Mrs. Nelson smiled and Mrs. Corbin said, "Why, yes. Yes we are." The girl smiled and said, "I can tell!" We love that our young students see the person inside. These two teachers are identical in kindness and love for all of their students.

Mrs. Nelson has taught at WCS for 19 years and is a 1st grade teacher. Mrs. Corbin has taught at WCS for 10 years and is a 2nd grade teacher.

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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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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
10/2 Kindergarten Family Night 6-7:30
10/5   Late Arrival Day
10/9 1st/2nd Grade Family Night 6-7:30
10/12 Last day of 1st Quarter
10/15 No School / Teacher Work Day
10/16 1st day of 2nd Quarter
10/22 BOE Denver Place at 7pm

Additional Building Highlights:
Holmes:   Website      Like us on Facebook
Every Monday on Facebook: Story Time 7pm
10/5 Late Arrival Day
10/12 End of 1st Quarter
10/15 No School / Teacher Work Day
10/22 Report Cards sent home
10/24 Parent/Teacher Conf. - Watch for times and sign-up information
10/25 Parent/Teacher Conf. - Watch for times and sign-up information

Denver:   Website      Like us on Facebook    
10/5 Late Arrival Day
10/12 End of 1st Quarter
10/15 No School / Teacher Work Day
10/22 Report Cards sent home
10/24 Parent/Teacher Conf. - Watch for times and sign-up information
10/25 Parent/Teacher Conf. - Watch for times and sign-up information

East End :   Website      Like us on Facebook   
10/5 Late Arrival Day
10/9   Picture Day
10/15 No School / Teacher Work Day
10/12 End of 1st Quarter
10/22 Report Cards sent home
10/24 Parent/Teacher Conf. - Watch for times and sign-up information
10/25 Parent/Teacher Conf. - Watch for times and sign-up information
10/29 Caught Doing Good Lunch

WMS:   Website      Follow us on Twitter    Like us on Facebook    View on Instagram
10/5   Late Arrival Day
10/7 Choir Concert 3pm
10/12 End of 1st Quarter
10/15 No School / Teacher Work Day
10/22 Band Concert 7:30pm
10/23 Report Card Fair 4-7:30pm
10/24 Report Cards sent home
10/25 Picture Retakes
Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-7:30pm

WHS:      Website    Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter    View on Instagram  
10/3   Parent Night: Graduation/Class Rings 4-7pm
10/5   Late Arrival Day
10/7   Choir Concert 3-5pm
10/12 End of 1st Quarter
10/15 No School / Teacher Work Day
10/18  Report Card Fair 4-7pm
10/23  Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-7pm
10/24  Student of the Month Pizza with Principal
10/25  Picture Retakes