February 21, 2023

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Students today face a myriad of stressors and challenges that we, as parents, can't always handle for them.

We feel helpless when our child is anxious, overwhelmed, run-down, and not getting adequate sleep. The good news is that there may be a simple way to help alleviate stress and elevate our kiddo's well-being - by simply encouraging them to READ!

You may already know that reading is scientifically proven to increase a student's likelihood of excelling in school, but are you aware there are physical health benefits to reading?

The Journal of College Teaching reported that thirty minutes of reading lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of distress. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic state that reading a printed book before bed significantly increases the likelihood of restful sleep. And in the United Kingdom, a national health program based on reading is showing success in using reading to reduce and/or eliminate depression.

The first week of March is Read Across American Week and it begins on the birthday of Dr. Suess. And if Dr. Suess isn't enough to kickstart a reading program in your home, consider this - reading as a pastime increases self-esteem, improves vocabulary, builds communication skills, and strengthens the brain. Read more about this topic HERE.

What's Happening in Our Schools


Introducing DASH the Robot! Students in the Robotics Club were introduced to Dash the Robot recently. They learned how to connect their Robots to an app and drive Dash around! Next up - learning how to code DASH to avoid hitting objects!


First grade students are all "aflutter" as they continue to study birds this month! While the cardinal is the Ohio state bird, because of their generalized habitat and high reproductive rate, mourning doves are one of the most abundant birds in Ohio.


Black History Month is in full-swing and a majority of the classroom doors are boasting impressive and informative displays of famous and/or important African Americans everyone should know. History, biographical information, and facts adorn the doors. Teachers and students will learn a lot before they even enter a classroom!

See more doors HERE!


Did you know this school is named for William Medill, the 22nd Governor of Ohio? A prominent citizen of Lancaster, he became Governor in 1853 and was re-elected in 1855. Following his term as Governor, he was appointed by President Buchanan to be the controller of the United States Treasury from 1857 to 1861. He then retired and returned to Lancaster. He lived at 319 N. High Street.


Students at Gorsuch West recently had another successful Care Package Drive to benefit the Point In Time Count. Thank you to all that were able to donate items!


Congratulations to the Power of the Pen team! The seventh grade team brought home first place, with a few writers receiving medals for individual awards. In Power of the Pen, students learn writing skills that last a lifetime. Writers not only receive individualized support in their school teams, but they become part of a wider network of schools throughout the state.


Students who participate in Kiwanis Builder’s Club decorated bags for Meals on Wheels of Fairfield County this month with a Valentine's theme. They also heard from Cheryl Barber, from the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce about the opportunity to be involved in the upcoming Civics Bee!


LHS Counselors were recognized during National School Counseling Week at the beginning of the month.

Appreciation was shown to Mr. Rittmeyer, Ms. Roundhouse, Ms. Wooten, Ms. Pierce, Ms. Stoshak, and intern Mr. Henne for all their counseling and advising to the students at LHS.


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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Nathan Hale



Jeromey Sheets, Ed.D.Director of Elementary Education
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