March , 2023

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When Your Student is Stressed

April is National Stress Awareness Month and we thought it was an appropriate time to discuss stress and how it might affect students.

It's easy to forget that students of all ages, at every school, experience stress and they experience it for different reasons and in different ways. Regardless, stress takes a toll on a child's health and, in turn, impacts their ability to get the most out of their education.

According to a survey from Michigan State University, stress and anxious feelings are more prevalent in today’s students and are starting at younger ages than ever before. They report that 58% of students are concerned about their mental health. With drastic changes to their educational, social and home lives, children are struggling with stressors they’ve never faced before, impacting their mental health.

Further, stress is subjective and you cannot always tell when a child is expressing it. Students feel — and also cope with — stress in different ways. At the same time, what is stressful for one student may not be stressful for another. So this month, we ask you to take a moment to speak with the students in your life about stress and to think about simple ways to teach coping skills. A sampling of these include:

  • Teach mindfulness
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Use caution with social media
  • Encourage conversation
  • Teach visualization

If you would like more information about any of these coping methods, we encourage you to talk with school counselors or personnel or use educational resources such as the toolkit available at the Ohio Department of Education.

What's Happening in Our Schools


The Robotics Club learned Conditionals (IF/Else) and the Design Thinking Process! Dash the robot is learning how to avoid obstacles by going through mazes. Students are getting more in-depth with their Kano Computers and had fun playing the Guitar with the MakeyMakey that was coded on Scratch to play each chord.


Staff and students had a great time recently with Jim Basketball Jones reinforcing school expectations, practicing ball skills, dance moves and working on perseverance, patience, and listening skills. School Assembly Motivational Speaker Jim Basketball Jones delivers inspirational school assembly programs for all grade levels. His engaging and highly interactive school assemblies have made Jim one of the most sought after school assembly in the country.


Fourth graders took a field trip and toured the Ohio Statehouse this month. Completed in 1861, the Statehouse, a National landmark, is built in the Greek Revival style, a type of design based on the buildings of ancient Greece and very popular in the U.S. during the early and mid 1800s. Because ancient Greece is the birthplace of democracy, the style had great meaning in the young American nation.


Students from the LHS Career Tech recently visited students in grades 2-5 to demonstrate Systems Tech, Criminal Science, and Construction. Thank you for introducing our students to your areas of interest.


Gorsuch West fourth graders had a great field trip to the Ohio State Supreme Court this month! They couldn't wait to get back and extend their research and to share what they learned! Officially known as The Supreme Court of the State of Ohio is the highest court in the U.S. state of Ohio, with final authority over interpretations of Ohio law and the Ohio Constitution. The Supreme Court is located on Front Street in downtown Columbus.


Congratulations to 6th grade artist Reine Dennison at General Sherman Junior High for having artwork chosen as one of 92 artworks from across Ohio in the 43rd Annual Youth Art Month (YAM) Exhibit sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association and Sargent Art, Inc.! Reine's work was also chosen as the Overall YAM exhibit winner for 2023! In addition, 7th grade students Madison Petty and Bailey Bennett also had work selected for the show!


Female students in grades 5 - 8 should consider attending InspirHER, one-day leadership retreat that provides interactive workshops focusing on developing skills in leadership, confidence, resilience, self-care, and community service.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 22nd at Bloom-Carroll Middle School in Carroll, Ohio. Register HERE.




Fri. Mar 31st 2023, 7:30 pm

Sat. Apr 1st 2023, 7:30 pm

Sun. Apr 2nd 2023, 2:30 pm

Set amidst the turmoil of the Russian revolution, Anya, an orphan with amnesia is stranded in St. Petersburg, and is now on a quest to rediscover her past - which she believes lies in Paris. Get your tickets HERE.


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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