District News
Fall is here and Homecoming 2019 is right around the corner, so take a few minutes to catch up on our District news.
Did you know...?
Have you ever wondered why we have a waiver day and late arrivals scheduled during the year? On those days, when the kids are grabbing a few extra Zs, our staff members are taking their places as students. We use those extra hours for professional development (PD), so that we can continue to learn and improve. Here are some of the professional development training sessions from the past year: 

  • Researched best practices using Effective Feedback and Discussion Strategies
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - exploring instructional methods that improve student engagement
  • Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) - strategies to guide students in positive behavior patterns and decrease behavior issues
  • Restorative Practices - improving school culture and reducing repeated negative behavior issues
  • Trauma Informed Care - understanding trauma experienced by children (ie. food insecurity, abuse, neglect), its impact on learning, and how to minimize the negative affects on children so that they can experience success at school.

Our most recent PD took place on Waiver Day, 9/23. Our Secondary teachers spent time learning new methods to increase opportunities for students to participate in effective discussion. “We know if students are talking about content, and making connections to content and vocabulary, that students are more likely to be engaged in their learning.” - Nicole Quallen, Dir. of Curriculum and Instruction. These methods can be used in any subject from social studies and english to math and music. Elementary teachers delved into research on “effective feedback” and how it can accelerate student learning. They also spent time focusing on trauma-informed care, a continuation of work that began last year.

In addition to late arrival District PDs , smaller groups of grade level teachers and departments have PD days throughout the school year. Topics may vary from Low-Stakes Writing or improving literacy in early grades, to teaching STEM topics or using a new math resource. We are always training our staff to meet present and emerging needs of our students, so that we all move forward as a District. Our goal is to help students develop tools for success in school and in life.
Homecoming 2019
It's hard to believe, but Homecoming weekend is just around the corner. Homecoming weekend at WCS is a great time for honoring tradition and building community, whether you come to the annual chili supper or visit friends in the stands as we cheer on the home team. We hope you'll join us!

Homecoming Parade 10/10
  • When:  Thursday, October 10th, beginning at 6:30pm from the WHS parking lot
  • Where: Route begins on Thorne Ave, runs up W Locust St, across Farquhar, down W Main St, across Mulberry St, and up W Locust back to the football field
  • The Pep Rally will be held at Alumni Field, after the parade returns. Join us as we recognize our fall teams, present our Homecoming Court, announce the Homecoming King and Queen, and recognize our Grand Marshall.

63rd Annual Band Boosters Chili Supper 10/11
  • When: 4:00 - 6:30pm on Friday, 10/11
  • Where: WHS Auditeria
  • Tickets:  Tickets are $7 - includes a bowl of chili, hamburger or hotdog, applesauce or coleslaw, dessert, and drink. Tickets will be available at the door, however presale tickets are strongly encouraged. Tickets can be purchased from any Band member. Online ticket sales are available at wilmingtonbands.ludus.com/index.php through 10/9.

Homecoming Football Game 10/11
  • Who: WHS vs Goshen
  • When: Friday 10/11 at 7:00pm, Gates open at 5:30

Homecoming Dance 10/12
  • When: Saturday, October 12th from 8-11pm
  • Where: WHS Auditeria - Students must have the Dance Expectations form signed before purchasing a ticket. Students must arrive between 8 and 8:30, and may not leave before 10:00pm without permission. Students bring a guest that is not from WHS, must have an approved guest form signed before they are able to purchase a ticket.
 
Let's have an exciting and safe Homecoming. Go Cane!
National School Bus Safety Week
Did you know that our WCS Transportation Department covers an average of 2209 miles every school day? Every child matters, so e very day is Bus Safety Day at WCS Transportation.
 
In October the whole nation focuses on school bus safety. The theme this year is "My School Bus, the Safest Form of Student Transportation" .
 
We hope you'll take a few extra minutes this week to read the safety articles on our  Transportation Dept Safety Page.
In September, the Foundation began their Annual Gift Campaign with the WCS staff. This year our staff members have donated $15,300 to the Foundation!

Each year, the Foundation provides grant funds for innovative teaching materials and educational experiences for our students. This year the Foundation provided 24 grants totalling nearly $29,000 which provided:

  • Flexible seating in 7 classrooms
  • DNA Gel kit
  • Camera for Journalism class
  • Mobile live streaming
  • Snap circuits for science
  • Field trips to the Statehouse, COSI, and Project TRUST Camp
  • Classroom software
  • Sensory room equipment

V isit wilmingtoncityschools.com/foundation for more information on the Foundation and how you can make a donation.
Around the District
Elementary Experience
Every day at WCS is an opportunity for students to learn and grow, and it's not just ABCs and 123s. Wrapped around their academic learning, is interactive instruction on how to act safely and responsibly, and how to treat each other with kindness. 
 
This last month our elementary students:
  • Witnessed a butterfly release
  • Made s’mores with solar cookers
  • Practiced forming letters with sand
  • Learned map skills with a treasure hunt
  • Picked out a book for their birthday
  • Participated in Bus Safety and Fire Drills
  • Were recognized for being role models and for their leadership and hard work
  • Learned about the importance of attendance
  • And so much more!

They also tried out some new math skills, practiced learning through low-stakes writing, explored their world in Social Studies and Science, and worked on improving their reading skills.
Middle and High School Happenings
  • Our WMS students are gearing up for 2 performances - Choir 10/14 and 7th/8th Band 10/21.

  • Students in 8th grade Algebra reviewed equations with a game of Trashketball

  • 8th graders had a tower challenge during Success Period #EngineeringDesignProcess



Subscribe today to our Middle School Newsletter and keep up with all the happenings at WMS!
  • The Interact Club began their “Socktober” sock drive for the homeless in October
  • Detective Baker and Prosecuting Attorney McCoy educated our HS students about safe social media use and the ramifications for misuse
  • Students are preparing for upcoming performances - Choir 10/16 and Band 10/23 
  • Homecoming is just around the corner (10/10 parade, 10/11 Chili Supper and Game)
  • Advisory students organized pen pal groups with elementary students
  • Boys Golf team are SBAAC Champions!
  • Theatre held auditions for their fall production “Much Ado About Nothing”
  • HS Guidance Department started a new tradition - choosing a new career or college to represent every few weeks. They started off with the Ohio National Guard
  • On 9/11 a class experience a virtual field trip to a 9/11 memorial using our VR goggles
'Cane Parent Corner
Community Activities for Kids

It's important for kids to have healthy and engaging activities, in addition to school. Wilmington is a community that has many opportunities for teens, so we've compiled a list for our families*. Some are free, others may have fees, and some have scholarship assistance available. 
 
 
The list will surely grow, so check back often. If you see something that needs correction, or know of additional activities that can be added, please email info@wilmington.k12.oh.us or call 937-283-7486.   

*These are non-District sponsored activities. They are listed as a convenience for our families and not as an endorsement of any group, business, or activity.
Vaping Information for Teens and Parents
Did you know that the brain is still growing until about age 25? " The part of the brain that's responsible for decision making and impulse control is not yet fully developed during adolescence." - e.cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov

The kids in our community are at risk if they are vaping - health, behavior, and academic success all take a hit when teens vape.

There is no time like today to start educating yourself on the current trends and risks involved with vaping. Check them out, share resources and ideas with other parents, and most importantly... talk to you kids. Let them know you care about them, their health, their life. Let them know you care about them, their health, their life. Here is a resource to get you started:

e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov - Get the facts, know the risks, take action, and find resources

IMPORTANT HEALTH ALERT: Recently, vaping became even more dangerous, and in some cases, deadly. Please take an extra few minutes to read the latest ODH news release:



NEED HELP QUITTING?
Visit the Ohio Dept of Health’s Cessation page for resources available to help you our your child stop smoking or vaping. WCS students can always reach out to a Guidance Counselor or our School Nurse for help as well. Anyone can start today to make a change for a healthier tomorrow.
Social Media: Trends and Tips

 Technology changes quickly these days. It seems that by the time we figure out one social media app, teens have already moved on to another one. It's hard for a parent to keep up with their child's digital life.  

It's important that we help them learn how to safely search for information, how to keep their information private, and how to avoid cyber-bullying. It’s also imperative that we impress upon children and teens that their actions online may have serious consequences offline.

We encourage parents to share ideas with other parents, talk to your kids about online safety, utilize resources to help kids learn how to stay safe online. We've gathered some links to some online resources to get you started:

Commonsensemedia.org - 18 Social Media Apps and Sites Kids Are Using Right Now 

Consumer.ftc.gov - Kids and Socializing Online 

Parents and schools, working collaboratively, can positively impact students and provide them with the tools they’ll need to safely navigate their digital life, school, college/career, and relationships.
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. 

Events
Each building has their own web page and social media channel for your convenience.

New this year: Our Elementary buildings share one calendar! Just look for the building initial for building specific events (D, H, E) or All for events that are common among all 3 elementaries.
District Highlights

10/4 Late Arrival
10/8 Elementary PTO, HS Media Center 6:30pm
10/10 Homecoming Parade & Pep Rally
10/11 Chili Supper & Homecoming Football Game
10/14 MS Choir Concert 7:30pm
10/16 HS Choir Concerts 7:30pm
10/17  Last day of 1st grading period
10/18 Teacher Work Day, no school for students
Elementary PTO Fall Festival, MS 6:00pm
10/21  7th/8th Grade Band Concert 7:30pm
10/23 HS Band Concert 7:30pm
10/28  HS Parent/Teacher Conf. 3:30-7:00pm
Board Mtg at Denver, 7:00pm
10/29 MS Report Card Fair 4:00-7:30PM
Elementary Parent/Teacher Conf Night

Please double check each building's calendar for changes as an event approaches.
Holmes Elementary
10/4 Late Arrival
10/8 Elementary PTO, HS Media Center 6:30pm
10/10 Homecoming Parade 6:30 & Pep Rally
10/11 Chili Supper & Homecoming Football Game
10/17  Last day of 1st grading period
10/18 Teacher Work Day, no school for students; Elementary PTO Fall Festival, MS 6:00pm
10/28 Board Mtg at Denver, 7:00pm
10/29  Parent/Teacher Conferences
Denver Place Elementary
10/4 Late Arrival
10/8 Elementary PTO, HS Media Center 6:30pm
10/10 Homecoming Parade 6:30 & Pep Rally
10/11 Chili Supper & Homecoming Football Game
10/17  Last day of 1st grading period
10/18 Teacher Work Day, no school for students; Elementary PTO Fall Festival, MS 6:00pm
10/28 Board Mtg at Denver, 7:00pm
10/29  Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00

East End Elementary
10/4 Late Arrival
10/8 Elementary PTO, HS Media Center 6:30pm
10/10 Homecoming Parade 6:30 & Pep Rally
10/11 Chili Supper & Homecoming Football Game
10/17  Last day of 1st grading period
10/18 Teacher Work Day, no school for students; Elementary PTO Fall Festival, MS 6:00pm
10/28 Board Mtg at Denver, 7:00pm
10/29  Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wilmington Middle School
10/4 Late Arrival
10/8 Elementary PTO, HS Media Center 6:30pm
10/10 Homecoming Parade 6:30 & Pep Rally
10/11 Real Money Real World simulation; Chili Supper & Homecoming Football Game
10/17  Last day of 1st grading period
10/18 Teacher Work Day, no school for students
10/24 Picture Retakes
10/28 Board Mtg at Denver, 7:00pm
10/29  Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wilmington High School
10/3 Laurel Oaks - Jostens Order Day 11-1
10/4 Late Arrival
10/10 Homecoming Parade 6:30 & Pep Rally
10/11 Chili Supper & Homecoming Football Game
10/12 Homecoming Dance
10/16  HS Choir Concerts 7:30pm
10/17  Last day of 1st grading period
10/18 Teacher Work Day, no school for students
10/23 HS Band Concert 7:30pm
10/24  Picture Retakes
10/25  Report Cards go home
10/28  HS Parent/Teacher Conf. 3:30-7:00pm
Board Mtg at Denver, 7:00pm
Athletic Events
For Athletics events please visit our website and follow our Athletic Director on Twitter