March 6, 2023

Your News from Lancaster City Schools

Fields of Dreams

If you've driven along Arbor Valley Drive lately, chances are you have witnessed the ongoing development of our new ball diamonds. So, here is a quick update on these amazing additions to our school.

We are excited to see our grounds bloom as the fields at Fair Avenue are nearing completion. That facility will be the home of Lancaster High School Baseball - including the varsity, JV, and Freshman teams. The field nearest Fulton Field has a turf infield and will be the varsity baseball field. The field nearest Fair Avenue will be the JV/freshman baseball field. 


For the current season, and for the next few years, the current JV/Freshman baseball field has been modified for softball use. Our varsity and JV softball teams will be using that field until space becomes available for a new softball facility to be built on campus.


Once the new high school is completed and our students have moved into the new building (fall 2026), the current high school building will be torn down to make room for a parking lot and the new softball facility to be built there. The softball facility will be identical to the current facility built at Fair Avenue, with a turf infield for the varsity softball field. The Lancaster High School Athletic Boosters have committed $50,000.00/year for four years to help offset the cost of the turf for the baseball and softball infields. 

Once the softball facility is completed, the field nearest Fair Avenue will be converted from its current state as a softball field to a baseball field. 

We are excited and grateful to our community and our Boosters for the ongoing support our athletic programs receive!

What's Happening in Our Schools


Tarhe hosted guest readers from the community to kick off Read Across America Week! Thank you to Dr. Dunning, Head of the Education Majors at Ohio University Lancaster;

Kelly Johnson, Former PTO President of Tarhe Trails;

Mr. Campbell, Principal of Tarhe Trails Elementary School;

Dr. Sheets, Assistant Superintendent of Lancaster City Schools;

Ms. Barnhill, parent; and

James Culver, President of Lancaster Rotary Club.


Fifth grade students have produced some pretty amazing dioramas for their Fifth Grade Projects! Did you know the word "diorama" originated in 1823 as a type of picture-viewing device from the French in 1822? Dioramas are three-dimensional exhibits, often miniature in scale, frequently housed in a cubicle.


Mt. Pleasant students got to learn about the “Magic of Science” this month. Students witnessed chemical reactions, mathematical “tricks” and optical illusions that are actually just science principles and concepts. A fun and interactive experience was enjoyed by all.


Students from the LHS Career Tech recently visited students in grades 2-5 to demonstrate activities involved in four future career options: animal science, health technology, cosmetology, and teaching. The high school students did a fantastic job and our kids really enjoyed the experiences!


On Feb 24th, we honored our Gorsuch West Peace Project Leaders who were recognized by Mayor Scheffler for the work they've done to help spread peace throughout the community. We've partnered with the Lancaster Rotary and their peace pole project. Our students had the opportunity to create/spread peace throughout our school community too and they couldn't have done it without the great support from the Rotary! Thank You!


Our 8th graders were able to learn about LHS's Career Tech Programs at our annual Career Tech Expo last week! A HUGE thank you to Crista Blower from the ESC and to Caroline Davis, Sarah Collins, and all of the Career Tech teachers for sharing your students with us. It was great to see past Sherman students showcasing their programs for our 8th graders.


In 1815, Thomas Ewing became one of the first two students to be awarded a bachelor’s degree by Ohio University. After graduating from college, Thomas Ewing moved to Lancaster where he studied law with Ohio Congressman Philemon Beecher. From 1818 to 1829, Thomas Ewing served as prosecuting attorney of Fairfield County, Ohio.


Thank you to our many business partners throughout the community for conducting mock interviews last month to help prepare junior and senior students as they explore their career options. The interviewers not only asked exploratory questions, but gave feedback to the students on their interviews as well. Over 200 students participated in the day-long event at OU-L.


Lancaster City Schools Preschool is enrolling students for the 2023-2024 school year. LCS Preschool is a Center-Based Preschool Program that accepts students of all abilities. 

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