Dear CCSD families and Chillicothe community,

Happy October! I hope you have been able to enjoy the beautiful changing leaves and fall weather while supporting our Cavalier athletics teams and cheering on your students as we hit the halfway point of the semester. In November, we’re preparing to jump into statewide exams before the holiday season begins!

At CCSD, we value our students’ time and effort in their classes and beyond. Attendance is crucial to our success, and we ask that families prioritize this as a means to provide our students with the highest quality educational experience. In addition, we ask that students continue to respect each other and staff members to ensure CCSD is a welcome environment for all. Our vision is to achieve excellence in all areas by preparing students to be productive lifelong learners and citizens, which is assisted by consistency and courtesy in the classroom.

Read further to learn more about ongoing events and resources throughout the district. Go Cavs! 


Debbie Swinehart



Profile: Rob Strong, CHS Language Arts Teacher and Cross Country/Track Coach

Coach Rob Strong has been a pillar in the Cavalier community for six years, beginning in Chillicothe High School’s CAPA program and now teaching high school language arts, and as a coach for CHS’ cross country and track teams. Coaching allows Strong to reach students in both an academic and athletic setting. “I absolutely love building relationships with my students and athletes,” said Strong. “I think that leads to any success we may have. Once a kid knows you care about them, regardless of their success, they will work hard in and out of the classroom.”

His biggest success so far at CCSD has been the consistent growth of the cross country and track programs. Currently, the cross-country program has 35 participants, and the track program has about 100 participants. Strong values that so many students want to come out and work hard in their sport. “There is nothing as rewarding as watching a young person achieve something they didn’t think they could,” he said. “I find so much joy in watching our athletes succeed.”

Outside of work, Strong enjoys spending time with his wife Sara and two boys Dean and Joshua. Of course, our cross country and track coach also loves running!

The cross-country season finished on a successful note at the league meet on October 15. Strong is looking forward to continuing to help students reach their potential during the upcoming track season, and he’s truly grateful to be a Cavalier. 

CCSD Partnership with Adena Health System Supports Student Health and Well-Being 

The Chillicothe City School District has partnered with Adena Health System’s School-Based Wellness Program to help support the health and well-being of our students and staff. A collaborative team of school administration, school nurses, mental health partners, counselors and more was developed to conduct research and implement resources throughout the district. Read more on our blog

Student & Family Wellness Update

Romantic relationships are a natural part of your teen’s life. These relationships can bring a lot of emotional ups and downs for your child, especially when they’re also going through physical, social and emotional changes. Read more on our blog from District Social Worker Leslie Hamman, MSW, LSW about how you can demonstrate a healthy relationship to your child.

As part of Chillicothe City School’s wellness program, Leslie offers parent support groups on the second Tuesday of each month from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Atwood District Office Conference Room. Each month’s meeting focuses on the topics outlined in these blogs. Reach out to Leslie at or attend a support group to learn more tips for supporting your student. 

The Primary Scoop: October 2022

As part of our STEM curriculum, students at Chillicothe Primary School produce a monthly podcast where they interview staff members and share what they’re learning in class. Listen to their first edition of the school year here.

Veteran’s Day Celebration at Mt. Logan Learning Center

On Thursday, November 10 at 9 a.m., the Columbus Symphony Orchestra will be performing at Mt. Logan Learning Center for a Veteran’s Day celebration. More details to come – stay tuned to Chillicothe STEM Preschool’s Facebook page for more details! 

  • October 28-30: CHS Children's Play
  • November 3: K-12 Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 11: Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL
  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
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