NEWS ROOM

These are short news bits (listed newest to oldest)
about successes and achievements of South-Western students and staff.

If you have any newsworthy items, please send them to info@swcs.us
Be sure to include contact information for follow-up.

 

As construction progresses on the new Alton Hall Elementary School, the old building has been demolished. If you wish to obtain one of the bricks from the old building as a keepsake, they are available at Westland High School, inside the Galloway Road entrance (toward the soccer field). The bricks will be available through Friday, June 27.

As construction progresses on the new Alton Hall Elementary School, the old building has been demolished. If you wish to obtain one of the bricks from the old building as a keepsake, they are available at Westland High School, inside the Galloway Road entrance (toward the soccer field). The bricks will be available through Friday, June 27.


Please join us in the cafeteria after the concert to celebrate our seniors and bid farewell to Mr. McNutt!

Please join us in the cafeteria after the concert to celebrate our seniors and bid farewell to Mr. McNutt!


Congratulations Class of 2014! We're proud of you!

CCHS 2014 Graduation Program
FHHS 2014 Graduation Program
GCHS 2011 Graduation Program
WHS 2014 Graduation Program

Groundbreaking at Richard Avenue Elementary today!

Groundbreaking at Richard Avenue Elementary today!


Groundbreaking at Stiles Elementary today!

Groundbreaking at Stiles Elementary today!


Groundbreaking for the new Finland Elementary School today! Both Finland and East Franklin Elementary Schools were part of the celebration together!

Groundbreaking for the new Finland Elementary School today! Both Finland and East Franklin Elementary Schools were part of the celebration together!


Groundbreaking at Darbydale today!

Groundbreaking at Darbydale today!


Groundbreaking at J.C. Sommer today!

Groundbreaking at J.C. Sommer today!


Today is Bob McNutt Day in Grove City! In honor of Mr. McNutt's retirement from CCHS, Mayor Richard

Today is Bob McNutt Day in Grove City! In honor of Mr. McNutt's retirement from CCHS, Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage declared Wednesday, May 28, 2014 as Bob McNutt Day!


WHS student Samantha 'Sammy' Worlledge threw out the first pitch as Sunday night's Clippers Game! Way to go Sammy!

WHS student Samantha "Sammy" Worlledge threw out the first pitch as Sunday night's Clippers Game! Way to go Sammy!


As part of "Operation Flag" the FHHS NJROTC cadets have been helping clean up and restore Scioto Cemetery. The GCHS NJROTC also participated in the restoration and ceremony. Watch Ben Garbarek's Report - http://bit.ly/Safhyl


Life Lessons: Firefighters and Special Needs Students Work Together: http://abc6onyourside.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wsyx_life-lessons-firefighters-special-needs-students-work-together-31711.shtml


Groundbreaking at West Franklin Elementary School today!

Groundbreaking at West Franklin Elementary School today!!


Congratulations to our 2014 South-Western Career Academy Career Passport Class of 2014!

A list of students can be found here.


2014 PRIDE Awards

The South-Western City School District Board of Education is honored to host this special event to recognize the many accomplishments of its high school students. These students represent some of the finest young women and men in the State of Ohio. They have demonstrated their excellence in the areas of academics, athletics, visual and performing arts, leadership, technical skills, and recognized awards of distinction.

Click here to view a copy of the event program and list of awards.


Groundbreaking Celebration at Prairie Lincoln Elementary School today!

Groundbreaking Celebration at Prairie Lincoln Elementary School today!


10TV's Josh Poland visited Ms. Kress' classroom at Park Street Intermediate School today: http://youtu.be/kUqjpcJZiOk


Park Street Intermediate School 'Pink Out'

Park Street Intermediate School "Pink Out"'

Students Pink Out School for Race for the Cure


FHHS senior Joey Ozias holding his first published book 'Happily Sleepless.'

FHHS senior Joey Ozias holding his first published book 'Happily Sleepless.'


Thanks to the Central Crossing High School students who helped at the Columbus Mother's Day 5K in Grove City! Special thanks from the 'Run' to Keith Hallas and Sgt. Major Donald Bocook in leading these fine young women and men!

Thanks to the Central Crossing High School students who helped at the Columbus Mother's Day 5K in Grove City! Special thanks from the "Run" to Keith Hallas and Sgt. Major Donald Bocook in leading these fine young women and men!


The FHHS NJROTC held a large field Flag as part of the pre-game ceremonies and National Anthem at the Columbus Crew game on Saturday.

The FHHS NJROTC held a large field Flag as part of the pre-game ceremonies and National Anthem at the Columbus Crew game on Saturday.


Congratulations to GCHS 10th Grader Connor Lewis, who was named an Academic All-American and competed in the Junior Olympic Nationals taking 3rd place on the pommel horse and 6th place on floor, rings, parallel bars and all-around. He qualified for a spot on the USA team, which trains in Colorado Springs.

Congratulations to GCHS 10th Grader Connor Lewis, who was named an Academic All-American and competed in the Junior Olympic Nationals taking 3rd place on the pommel horse and 6th place on floor, rings, parallel bars and all-around. He qualified for a spot on the USA team, which trains in Colorado Springs.


Congratulations to SWCA's Ethan Olson, who placed fourth in the National Business Professionals of America Competition in Computer Modeling!

Congratulations to SWCA's Ethan Olson, who placed fourth in the National Business Professionals of America Competition in Computer Modeling!


2014 Employee Awards Recognition Night

Click here for a list of the award recipients.


The Franklin Woods Intermediate School Drama Club presented 'Lewis & Clark' in May. Congratulations to the cast and crew for a great performance.

The Franklin Woods Intermediate School Drama Club presented 'Lewis & Clark' in May. Congratulations to the cast and crew for a great performance.


Don't forget the Richard Avenue Alumni Open House tonight. The staff members are 'Happy' to be getting a new school... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ySpfoW9MbM

Don't forget the Richard Avenue Alumni Open House tonight. The staff members are "Happy" to be getting a new school... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ySpfoW9MbM


The Franklin Woods Intermediate School Anti-Bullying Club produced a video that they would like to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u50hyLUNDEM


Dom Tiberi shared Maria's Message with the students at Grove City High School this morning. He was joined by members of the GCPD and Jackson FD. Maria's Message Pledge - 'I Pledge to: keep my hands on the wheel, keep my eyes on the road, keep my mind on my driving. If I keep my hands, eyes, and mind where they should be, I can keep myself safe and keep Maria's Message alive.'

Dom Tiberi shared Maria's Message with the students at Grove City High School this morning. He was joined by members of the GCPD and Jackson FD. Maria's Message Pledge - "I Pledge to: keep my hands on the wheel, keep my eyes on the road, keep my mind on my driving. If I keep my hands, eyes, and mind where they should be, I can keep myself safe and keep Maria's Message alive."


This week is Staff Appreciation Week in the South-Western City Schools! Thank you to all of our staff members for your dedication and commitment to educating our children. The School Board's proclamation celebrating Staff Appreciation Week can be found on our Web site at: http://www.swcs.us/Home/web_images/2014_StaffAppreciation.pdf


Congratulations to the South-Western Career Academy's Shane Richardson, who placed FIRST in the National Business Professionals of America (BPA) Competition in Graphic Design Promotion!

Congratulations to the South-Western Career Academy's Shane Richardson, who placed FIRST in the National Business Professionals of America (BPA) Competition in Graphic Design Promotion!


Congratulations to the Westland Art Department winners at the 2014 Ohio Governor's Youth Art competition. Mercedes Bird, Delaney Brochowski, Destiny Ford and Crissy Linkous all received Top 300 State awards. Their art is displayed at the James Rhoades Office Tower. James Swisher, Kylie Jackson, Cheyenne Taylor, and Sasha Bouaroy all received Regional awards. James also received an Honorable Mention recognition at the Regional Show. These student works are displayed at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington.


Congratulations to SWCS bus drivers Steve Rucker (1) and Denise Colley (2) for placing first and second in the Regional School Bus Road-E-O! Now it's off to the State Road-E-O on May 17!

Congratulations to SWCS bus drivers Steve Rucker (1) and Denise Colley (2) for placing first and second in the Regional School Bus Road-E-O! Now it's off to the State Road-E-O on May 17!


Congratulations to the Franklin Heights Symphonic Band for receiving a "Superior" rating in Class A at the OMEA State Large Group Adjudicated Event. This marks the second time in school history that the band has received the highest possible recognition from the Ohio Music Education Association. The band received two "Superiors" for the stage performance and another "Superior" from the sight reading judge. The band's required piece was "Khan" by Julie Giroux and their select pieces were "Pageant" by Vincent Persichetti and "Man of the Hour" by Henry Fillmore. The band will also compete with these pieces at the Kings Island Music-In-The-Parks Festival on May 10.


Congratulations to FHHS students Meagan Stover and Rachel Parfitt for being nominated for Franklin County's first High School Artists and Scholars Recognition Program! They will be recognized for their accomplishments at a special event held by the Franklin County Commissioners on May 6. Only 34 students across Franklin County were selected for their excellence and accomplishments in artistic and academic pursuits.


CCHS cheerleaders and SADD members held an anti-bully walk to show unity in the fight against bullying. Students raised $300.85, which they donated to the Nationwide Children's Hospital Childhood Cancer Unit and to future anti-bullying programs.

CCHS cheerleaders and SADD members held an anti-bully walk to show unity in the fight against bullying. Students raised $300.85, which they donated to the Nationwide Children's Hospital Childhood Cancer Unit and to future anti-bullying programs.


Congratulations to the WHS Chorale for receiving straight Superior ratings at the district level, which qualified them to compete in the state contest! They will be performing at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City. Good Luck to Levon Alexander, Autumn Alfred, Erin Bower, Savannah Brown, Katherine Caudill, Johathan Cook, James Davies, Brittney Embry, Eric Farris, Hannah Matheny, Elizabeth Maynard, Ryan Parlette, Rayna Powell, Johnathon Prater, Brayam Rodas-Aguilar, Christian Rozanek, Kyle Snyder, Caleb Wilkinson and Sarah Wright!


Congratulations to CCHS student Naomy Vega, who is a recipient of the 2014 Latino Empowerment Outreach Network (LEON) Recognition Award. This Award celebrates those students who show leadership qualities, academic, language, and/or behavior improvements, and/or any ongoing success.

Congratulations to CCHS student Naomy Vega, who is a recipient of the 2014 Latino Empowerment Outreach Network (LEON) Recognition Award. This Award celebrates those students who show leadership qualities, academic, language, and/or behavior improvements, and/or any ongoing success.


 


http://www.abc6onyourside.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wsyx_hannah-overjoyed-crowed-queen-high-school-senior-prom-30894.shtml


James Maslow's thank you to CCHS... http://youtu.be/xfq786K_1SY


Congratulations to Park Street Intermediate School teacher Arin Kress, who was named the Sunny 95 Teacher of the Month! The program is sponsored by telhio and Donato's Pizza.!

Congratulations to Park Street Intermediate School teacher Arin Kress, who was named the Sunny 95 Teacher of the Month! The program is sponsored by telhio and Donato's Pizza.


Congratulations to CCHS senior Josh Wimer, who signed a letter of intent to wrestle for the University of Findlay!

Congratulations to CCHS senior Josh Wimer, who signed a letter of intent to wrestle for the University of Findlay!


'Cancer Crew' at Richards raises funds to battle disease: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/grovecity/news/2014/04/15/cancer-crew-at-richards-raises-funds-to-battle-disease.html


Congratulations 2014 GCHS National Honor Society Inductees!

Congratulations 2014 GCHS National Honor Society Inductees!


Congratulations! The Reach Out and Read program collected 9,505 books! Park Street Intermediate collected 1,092 books, followed by the Career Academy with 1,019 books!

Congratulations! The Reach Out and Read program collected 9,505 books! Park Street Intermediate collected 1,092 books, followed by the Career Academy with 1,019 books!


If you missed Hannah Wackernagle on Dancing with the Stars last night, here's the clip. Hannah's part starts at the 1:47 mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sJns7-i7_s&noredirect=1


Congratulations School Bell Award recipients Jennifer Aziz and Lisa Oney!

Congratulations School Bell Award recipients Jennifer Aziz and Lisa Oney!

Congratulations School Bell Award recipients Jennifer Aziz and Lisa Oney!

Congratulations to the following PVMS student soloists who participated in the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest on April 5: Excellent Rating – Brion Miller (Trombone) and Superior Ratings – Lucy Storts (Horn), Kassi McNeal (Horn), Brandon Ising (Trumpet), Dakota Sizemore (Trumpet), Jesse Gay (Trumpet), Sydney Jones (Horn), David Kant (Trombone), and Makayla Chaffin (Baritone). Outstanding ensembles played at the PVMS Honors Ensemble Concert. The photo is of the Honors Ensemble students.

Congratulations to the following PVMS student soloists who participated in the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest on April 5: Excellent Rating – Brion Miller (Trombone) and Superior Ratings – Lucy Storts (Horn), Kassi McNeal (Horn), Brandon Ising (Trumpet), Dakota Sizemore (Trumpet), Jesse Gay (Trumpet), Sydney Jones (Horn), David Kant (Trombone), and Makayla Chaffin (Baritone). Outstanding ensembles played at the PVMS Honors Ensemble Concert. The photo is of the Honors Ensemble students.


Remember CCHS senior Hannah Wackernagle's Prom proposal to DWTS' James Maslow? Here's his response to her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDOsd4u0FE8


Congratulations to the CCHS NJROTC! Sgt. Major Bocook appeared before the Ohio House of Representatives to accept HR 349, honoring the drill team and cadets. You can view the resolution, sponsored by State Representative Cheryl Grossman, at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/res.cfm?ID=130_HR_349


Congratulations to CCHS athlete Julia Swallows for setting a new school record in the Pole Vault - 9 feet!

Congratulations to CCHS athlete Julia Swallows for setting a new school record in the Pole Vault - 9 feet!


Eleven GCHS students, in partnership with the Grove City YMCA, participated in the YMCA Youth in Government program at the Ohio Statehouse. This event consists of a model Ohio House session, a model Joint session, and election of model officials for the 2014 Youth in Government Program. To watch a video of the day, please visit http://www.ohiochannel.org/MediaLibrary/Media.aspx?fileId=143368


Former Prairie Lincoln Elementary School students are invited to a Spring Fling Reunion on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the school, 4900 Amesbury Way, Columbus 43228. The Spring Fling Reunion will include game, bounce houses, food, raffles, photo booths, special alumni room and many more great activities. There will be a cost for the games, bounce houses and food but many of the activities are free. If a business would like to set up a table, please contact Megin Cress at 801-8300.


Richard Avenue Elementary School's Social Committee is planning an Open House for all past Richard Avenue Alumni. They are in search of any old class photos or other items to create a slide show for this community event. If you have any items you would like to donate or loan to the committee, please contact Richard Avenue Elementary School at 801-8325.


The GCHS Class of 1989 will hold its 25-year reunion on July 26 at the Pinnacle Golf Course in Grove City. For more information and reservations, please e-mail 89gchs@gmail.com or contact Marja Keplar at 323-8439. The deadline for reservations is May 1.


Congratulations to BMS student Jaden Mattox, who recently won his third straight OAC Jr. High Wrestling Championship. Jaden is the only eighth-grade wrestler in the state, and the first from Central Ohio, to achieve this distinction. http://www.columbusmessenger.com/breaking-records.html


Congratulations to the following students who will be competing in the BPA National Leadership Conference: Ben Cook (GCHS) – Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications; Matt Jackson (GCHS) – Advanced Accounting; Olivia Mesler (GCHS) – Fundamental Accounting; Ethan Olson (SWCA) – Computer Modeling; Shane Richardson (SWCA) – Graphic Design Promotion; and Philisha Jackson (WHS) – Advanced Office Systems & Procedures. The National Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Indians from April 30-May 4.


CCHS senior Hannah Wackernagle asks James Maslow to the CCHS Prom. See the YouTube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?sns=fb&v=Mz0D-bVsP1U&app=desktop

Read More at: http://www.abc6onyourside.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wsyx_teen-special-needs-has-youtube-prom-proposal-29967.shtml


Congratulations to WHS students David Bernal, Kristen Kinder and Emilee Sturgell, who are receiving an OCC Journalism Award for their work on Pencil Dust, WWHS and the WHS Yearbook!

Congratulations to WHS students David Bernal, Kristen Kinder and Emilee Sturgell, who are receiving an OCC Journalism Award for their work on Pencil Dust, WWHS and the WHS Yearbook!


Congratulations to Brooklyn McCue, Emily Rhodes and Marc Russell, who are receiving an OCC Journalism Award for their work on the CCHS Yearbook!


Congratulations to Buckeye Woods Elementary School Fourth grader Emilia DeVoe, who has had artwork accepted in the 2014 Ohio Art Education Association's Youth Art Month Exhibition. Emilia's artwork will be on display at the State Teacher's Retirement System building during the month of March.


Congratulations to Buckeye Woods Elementary School Fourth grader Samantha Paduchik, who has had artwork chosen to be exhibited in the 2014 Ohio Art Education Association's Young People's Art Exhibition. Samantha's artwork will be on display at the Rhodes State Office Tower until March 28.


Congratulations to Buckeye Woods Elementary School student Zennia Lam, who has had artwork accepted into the Central Ohio Art Education Association's Regional K-8 Art Exhibition 2014! Zennia's work is on display at the Columbus Metropolitan Library until March 22.


Someone stole the Wildcat Mascot Head from the Principal's Office. Can you help solve the mystery? Families collected clues at each of the following stations: INFOhio, Unwrapping the Mystery of Song Lyrics, Mystery Math Dance, Science Mystery Box Investigation, Solving the Mystery of Finding Good Reads and the Photo Station

A Night of Mystery at Norton Middle School

Someone stole the Wildcat Mascot Head from the Principal's Office. Can you help solve the mystery? Families collected clues at each of the following stations: INFOhio, Unwrapping the Mystery of Song Lyrics, Mystery Math Dance, Science Mystery Box Investigation, Solving the Mystery of Finding Good Reads and the Photo Station


Welcome home Navy Logistics Specialist 1st Class Brenda Ponce! She surprised her daughter at school!


East Franklin/Franklin Township Fire Department Partnership


Grove City Mayor Richard 'Ike' Stage proclaims March 3-7, 2014 as Reach Out and Read Across Our Community Days at the City Council Meeting on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Grove City Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage proclaims March 3-7, 2014 as Reach Out and Read Across Our Community Days at the City Council Meeting on Monday, March 3, 2014.


Congratulations to CCHS AD Dennis Dew for being named the Becky Grimes Athletic Director of the Year for 2013-2014 by the Capital West Basketball Officials Association!


Congratulations to GCHS athletes who qualified for their respective State competitions:
Erin Maynard & Jenny Siebert - Gymnastics
Kalvin Koethke - Swimming
Chandler Evanichko - Wrestling


Congratulations to the PTA Helping Hands Award Recipients from each of the schools and PTA Council:
SWCS Council of PTAs - Melanie Warner
Central Crossing HS - Patty Roose
Franklin Heights HS - Nicole Nolen
Grove City HS - Randy & Kelly Reisling
S-W Career Academy - Karen Thomas
Westland HS - Janie Grim
Brookpark MS - Renae Stevenson
Finland MS - Randy Shirtzinger
Jackson MS - Shelby Wolfe
Norton MS - Jim Brooks
Pleasant View MS - Nikki Snell
Franklin Woods IS - Matt McCloskey
Galloway Ridge IS - Bonny Marcum
Hayes IS - Tammi Stoll
Holt Crossing IS - Marcy Sink
Park Street IS - Amy Rinehart
Alton Hall ES - Tobi Stout
Buckeye Woods ES - Michele Paduchik
Darby Woods ES - Jackie Burns
Darbydale ES - Mindy McDaniel
East Franklin ES - Denise Diaz
Finland ES - Nancy Phillips
Harmon ES - George Buck
Highland Park ES - Cyndi Alt
Monterey ES - Patty Ruby
North Franklin ES - Erin Disbrow
Prairie Lincoln ES - Robin Bruno
Prairie Norton ES - Tamara Wolfe
Richard Avenue ES - Terry Ellis
J C Sommer ES - Cherie Estep
Stiles ES - Ashley Tryban & Ramin Hashemi
West Franklin ES - Lesley Storts
SWCS Pre-School - Cathy Harless


Congratulations to Holt Crossing Intermediate School fifth grader Emma Malkowski, who has had artwork chosen to be exhibited in the 2014 Ohio Art Education Association's Young People's Art Exhibition. Emma's artwork will be on display at the Rhodes State Office Tower from March 2-28.


Congratulations to Holt Crossing Intermediate School sixth grader Patricia Nithithanathorn, who has had artwork accepted in the 2014 Ohio Art Education Association's Youth Art Month Exhibition. Patricia's artwork will be on display at the State Teacher's Retirement System building during the month of March.


Congratulations to GCHS Gymnastics Coach Mark Hartley, who received the Ohio High School Gymnastics Coaches Association "State Coach of the Year" award!


Congratulations to CCHS wrestlers Josh Wimer (128-pound), James Wimer (115-pound), Robbie Fusner (195-pound), and Jackson Lakso (108-pound), who qualified for the State Wrestling Meet this past weekend. Josh Wimer finished fourth in the State in his weight division! The CCHS team set a school record by placing third as a team in the District Tournament.


GROVE CITY HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRAS EARN HIGH RATINGS AT STATE CONTEST

Congratulations to the Grove City High School Orchestras for their outstanding performances at the Ohio Music Education Association State Adjudicated Event, held last Friday, February 21st at Granville High School.

Orchestras from around central Ohio were evaluated by a panel of expert music educators on a five rating scale; Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor. Ratings were based on the groups' technical preparation and artistic interpretation of the music. The Concert Orchestra, which is a strings-only ensemble in their second year of existence, earned a rating of "Excellent" from the four-judge panel.

The Symphony Orchestra, a full orchestra including strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion, performed in Class "A" (the highest classification with the most difficult music) and was awarded a unanimous top rating of "Superior" by the four adjudicators. This was the sixth consecutive year that the orchestra earned a superior rating in the highest class.

The orchestras' next public performance will be at the annual spring concert at Grove City High School on Tuesday, May 20th at 7:00pm. For more information, please contact orchestra director, Tom Traini at 614-801-3343 or thomas.traini@swcs.us.


Congratulations to SWCS School Psychologist Mike Markowitz for being selected to receive the School Psychologists of Central Ohio Huelsman Award!


Congratulations to CCHS seniors Michael Traversa, Dustin Vanscoy and Hunber Taylor, who signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college. Michael in track and cross country at Tiffin; Dustin in football at Urbana; and Hunter in football at West Liberty.

Congratulations to CCHS seniors Michael Traversa, Dustin Vanscoy and Hunber Taylor, who signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college. Michael in track and cross country at Tiffin; Dustin in football at Urbana; and Hunter in football at West Liberty.


Congratulations to FHHS senior Baylee Kibbey, who signed a letter of intent to continue his football career with Kentucky Christian University. Baylee was a second team All-OCC defensive end for the Golden Falcons.

Congratulations to FHHS senior Baylee Kibbey, who signed a letter of intent to continue his football career with Kentucky Christian University. Baylee was a second team All-OCC defensive end for the Golden Falcons.


February Parent Seminar: Common Core and College & Career Readiness on Tuesday, February 18 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Norton Middle School auditorium. This session will help parents understand the changes in educational standards that will take effect in Ohio during the 2014-15 school year and how schools will be transitioning to higher expectations to meet them.


CCHS graduate Nick Hager is in the Columbus State commercial that will be shown the first night of the Olympics. The commercial can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyUrwnOWaqU


Grove City High School sophomore Sean Absten reached a milestone on January 28, 2014 - his 16th birthday. Sean flew a Cessna 172 at Bolton Field - SOLO - the youngest age permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration. It was -17 with a -31 wind chill but Sean flew solo!

Grove City High School sophomore Sean Absten reached a milestone on January 28, 2014 - his 16th birthday. Sean flew a Cessna 172 at Bolton Field - SOLO - the youngest age permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration. It was -17 with a -31 wind chill but Sean flew solo!


Half Way Day at Franklin Woods Intermediate

Half Way Day at Franklin Woods Intermediate.


Congratulations to the following Westland students, who participated in the 2014 Scholastic Art Competition: Shasha Bouaroy received two Silver Key Awards and an Honorable Mention; Evan Hlava received a Silver Key Award; Delaney Brochowski received two Honorable Mention Awards; and Rachel Benedum, Cheyenne Taylor, Kaitlynn Frazier, Van Uk and Tyler Weyand each received an Honorable Mention award. Gold and Silver awarded artwork is on display at the Columbus College of Art and Design.


Congratulations to art teacher Dr. Cam McComb for her writing contribution published (2014) in the book titled, "Practice Theory: Seeing the Power of Art Teacher Researchers." (Eds.) M. Buffington & S. Wilson McKay, published by the National Art Education Association. Dr. McComb offers tips to those who teach and conduct research at the same time, Teacher/Researcher: You Can Manage It.


Congratulations to Alton Hall student Haley Young! Haley received an Award of Excellence from both the Ohio PTA and National PTA for her Reflections entry entitled 'The Cat Who Smells Flowers.' The theme for Reflections was 'The Magic of the Moment.' Recently, Haley traveled to Washington, D.C. to cut the ribbon on the official Reflections Art Exhibition Opening at the U.S. Department of Education. The art exhibit will remain at the Department of Education for two months and then travel the country for the next two years.

Congratulations to Alton Hall student Haley Young! Haley received an Award of Excellence from both the Ohio PTA and National PTA for her Reflections entry entitled "The Cat Who Smells Flowers." The theme for Reflections was "The Magic of the Moment." Recently, Haley traveled to Washington, D.C. to cut the ribbon on the official Reflections Art Exhibition Opening at the U.S. Department of Education. The art exhibit will remain at the Department of Education for two months and then travel the country for the next two years.


Congratulations to Westland High School science teacher Shannon Clegg for being selected as a Fellow in the National Science Teachers Association New Science Teacher Academy. Selected from more than a thousand applications nationwide, the Fellows will participate in a host of science-related and professional learning opportunities. To read the full press release, go to http://www.nsta.org/about/pressroom.aspx?id=60095


Norton Middle School's Breakfast Book Club meets every week to have in-depth discussions about the books they have selected to read. Students are posed with high level questioning to advance their critical thinking skills. Through this process students analyze the books and make connections between the reading and real life situations. This is a partnership between NMS and the Westland Area Library.

Norton Middle School's Breakfast Book Club meets every week to have in-depth discussions about the books they have selected to read. Students are posed with high level questioning to advance their critical thinking skills. Through this process students analyze the books and make connections between the reading and real life situations. This is a partnership between NMS and the Westland Area Library.


Jamie Stewart is NASSP/VIRCO Ohio Assistant Principal of the Year.


In December, Park Street's student council sponsored a food donation drive for the White Christmas Food Drive through the Grove City Pantry. Students collected more than 3,000 food items.

In December, Park Street's student council sponsored a food donation drive for the White Christmas Food Drive through the Grove City Pantry. Students collected more than 3,000 food items.


SWCS School Board member Lee Schreiner being administered the Oath of Office by SWCS alumnus and Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray, as witnessed by his wife.

SWCS School Board member Lee Schreiner being administered the Oath of Office by SWCS alumnus and Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray, as witnessed by his wife.


SWCS School Board member Cathy Johnson being administered the Oath of Office by Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Amy Salerno, as witnessed by her husband.

SWCS School Board member Cathy Johnson being administered the Oath of Office by Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Amy Salerno, as witnessed by her husband.


SWCS School Board member Karen Dover being administered the Oath of Office by SWCS Treasurer Hugh Garside, witnessed by her husband and son.

SWCS School Board member Karen Dover being administered the Oath of Office by SWCS Treasurer Hugh Garside, witnessed by her husband and son.


Anyone remember playing for Mr. Swearingen? If you've attended or played in a SWCS Educational Foundation concert, you've experienced the talents of Mr. Swearingen. CONGRATULATIONS!

http://prod.capital.edu/News_and_Events/University_News/OMEA_Honors_Capital_University_s_Jim_Swearingen_for_Distinguished_Service.aspx


Congratulations to the SWCS Transportation Department! The School Bus Jive was chosen as the School Bus Fleet magazine Editor's Pick – Video of the Year! In case you missed it, the video can be found on our YouTube Channel at http://youtu.be/butv-Kam4LE


January 2, 2014: Outback Bowl Results - First Place Concert Band - Central Crossing High School and Grand Champion Concert Band - Central Crossing High School! CONGRATULATIONS CENTRAL CROSSING BAND! We're very proud of you!


Brian Bosworth's art students at GCHS sponsored a fundraiser for autism - Kups 4 Kids. Through the sale of handmade pottery cups filled with a beverage or soup, the group raised more than $900, which was donated to the Stynchula Foundation. Kups 4 Kids was started in September 2011.

Brian Bosworth's art students at GCHS sponsored a fundraiser for autism - Kups 4 Kids. Through the sale of handmade pottery cups filled with a beverage or soup, the group raised more than $900, which was donated to the Stynchula Foundation. Kups 4 Kids was started in September 2011.


A BIG thank you to Cypress Wesleyan Church for donating hundreds of coats to the families of the South-Western City Schools! Coats were distributed through the Transportation Department Holiday Giving Program and also through the PTA Clothes Closet.

A BIG thank you to Cypress Wesleyan Church for donating hundreds of coats to the families of the South-Western City Schools! Coats were distributed through the Transportation Department Holiday Giving Program and also through the PTA Clothes Closet.


Congratulations to GCHS senior Mason Warner for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout! Mason Eagle Scout project was to create a Sensory Memory Garden at Sesquicentennial Park on Park Street. The Sensory Memory Garden is designed to invigorate the minds of people affected by diseases like Alzheimer's or dementia. He worked with the city to plant more than 300 perennials and build new retaining walls. In recognition of this achievement, the Jackson Township trustees declared December 17, 2013 as Mason Warner Day!

Congratulations to GCHS senior Mason Warner for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout! Mason Eagle Scout project was to create a 'Sensory Memory Garden' at Sesquicentennial Park on Park Street. The Sensory Memory Garden is designed to invigorate the minds of people affected by diseases like Alzheimer's or dementia. He worked with the city to plant more than 300 perennials and build new retaining walls. In recognition of this achievement, the Jackson Township trustees declared December 17, 2013 as Mason Warner Day!


The Grove City Winds, SWCS Honor Band and SWCS Honor Choir perform in a benefit concert for the SWCS Educational Foundation.

The Grove City Winds, SWCS Honor Band and SWCS Honor Choir perform in a benefit concert for the SWCS Educational Foundation.


The four Lopez brothers of Andes Manta performed traditional South American music for the students at Darby Woods.

The four Lopez brothers of Andes Manta performed traditional South American music for the students at Darby Woods.


The SWACO Soil Tent and Linda Pettit, environmental education specialist, helped Prairie Norton Elementary School students experience the underground view of soil, experiment with soil erosion, explore different causes of water pollution and witness environmental changes as different stories unfold.

The SWACO Soil Tent and Linda Pettit, environmental education specialist, helped Prairie Norton Elementary School students experience the underground view of soil, experiment with soil erosion, explore different causes of water pollution and witness environmental changes as different stories unfold.


NMS & WHS graduate and former OSU linebacker Tony Jackson returned to Norton Middle School to donate his college #41 jersey and pants to the school. He spoke to the students about staying in school, hard work and perseverance. Tony joined the OSU football program as a walk on.

NMS & WHS graduate and former OSU linebacker Tony Jackson returned to Norton Middle School to donate his college #41 jersey and pants to the school. He spoke to the students about staying in school, hard work and perseverance. Tony joined the OSU football program as a walk on.


ABC-6 Meteorologist Bill Kelly and the ABC-6 Weather Crew visited J.C. Elementary School.

ABC-6 Meteorologist Bill Kelly and the ABC-6 Weather Crew visited J.C. Elementary School.


Congratulations to West Franklin students Zionna Payton, Madison Myers, Allison Frost, Carter Gomez-Gray and Sheily Castellanos-Pacheco for being selected to participate in the Ohio Art Education Association's 2013-2014 Art Show. The students' artwork will be displayed at the Riffe Center and Columbus Main Library during the month of March 2014.


Thank you Elks Lodge #37!
http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/grovecity/news/2013/12/03/elks-donate-dictionaries-for-third-grade-students.html


Congratulations to Westland Volleyball Coach Eric Hughes for being named the OCC-Central Division Coach of the Year!

Congratulations to Westland Volleyball Coach Eric Hughes for being named the OCC-Central Division Coach of the Year!


The Westland Vocal Music Department is proud to present its 2013 Winter Choir Concert on Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the WHS auditorium. The concert will feature the WHS Chorale, Show Choir, Symphonic Choir, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, and a special appearance by the WHS Alumni Choir.

For those WHS Vocal Music grads - here are the details for the Alumni Choir:
In the WHS Choir Room...
Rehearsal #1 on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Rehearsal #2 on Thursday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m.


Emily Cotton, a Senior at Grove City High School, will be participating in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as a member of the Macy's Great American Marching Band. This is Emily's second year participating in the MGAMB in New York City. The Parade airs at 9:00 a.m. on NBC on Thanksgiving Day.

In addition, Emily was selected to be a part of a small brass band that appeared on the TODAY SHOW.

Emily is a member of the GCHS Honor Society, Key Club, Grove City Marching Band, Symphonic Band and Jazz I Band. She also is a second year member of the OMEA All State Band, is in the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra and has participated in numerous Honor Bands over the last four years.


Congratulations to FHHS Assistant Principal Jaime Stewart for being named the 2013 OASSA Assistant Principal of the Year!


South-Western Board and SWEA Reach Agreement

On Monday, November 18, 2013, the South-Western City School District Board of Education voted to enter into a new contract with South-Western Education Association (SWEA). SWEA membership encompasses approximately 1,400 certificated staff, which includes teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, psychologists, and tutors.

The previous contract ended June 30, 2013. The Board and SWEA began the negotiations process in the Spring of 2013. The new agreement takes effect immediately and will expire June 30, 2016. SWEA members voted last week to accept the Board's latest proposal.

Click here for more details.


College Signing Day at CCHS. Congratulations to: Michaela Ann Dorsey (partial softball scholarship to OU), Jacquelyn Fowler (partial softball scholarship to California University of Pennsylvania) and Abigail Rhodes (partial softball scholarship to Morehead State University)!

College Signing Day at CCHS. Congratulations to: Michaela Ann Dorsey (partial softball scholarship to OU), Jacquelyn Fowler (partial softball scholarship to California University of Pennsylvania) and Abigail Rhodes (partial softball scholarship to Morehead State University)!


Congratulations SWCS for receiving a SOAR Significant Progress District Award from Battelle for Kids!

Congratulations SWCS for receiving a SOAR Significant Progress District Award from Battelle for Kids!


Congratulations to Holt Crossing Intermediate School for receiving a SOAR High Progress Schools Award from Battelle for Kids!

Congratulations to Holt Crossing Intermediate School for receiving a SOAR High Progress Schools Award from Battelle for Kids!


Congratulations to Finland Middle School for receiving a SOAR High Progress Schools Award from Battelle for Kids!

Congratulations to Finland Middle School for receiving a SOAR High Progress Schools Award from Battelle for Kids!


FHHS 2013 Homecoming Court

FHHS 2013 Homecoming Court


Author and FHHS Graduate Wil Haygood speaks to FHHS students.

Author and FHHS Graduate Wil Haygood speaks to FHHS students.


WHS teacher Melissa Kendralla participated in a hands-on lesson in state government through Ohio Government In Action sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE).

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Jackson Township Deputy Fire Chief Rick Dawson visited with second grade students at J.C. Sommer Elementary School to tell them about the anticipated opening of Fire Station 204. The new fire station will have a 9/11 Memorial including a World Trade Center steel I-beam recoved from the 9-11-2001 ashes. Students are adding items to a time capsule that will be enclosed within the Memorial. The time capsule is scheduled to be open on 9-11-2063.

Jackson Township Deputy Fire Chief Rick Dawson visited with second grade students at J.C. Sommer Elementary School to tell them about the anticipated opening of Fire Station 204. The new fire station will have a 9/11 Memorial including a World Trade Center steel I-beam recoved from the 9-11-2001 ashes. Students are adding items to a time capsule that will be enclosed within the Memorial. The time capsule is scheduled to be open on 9-11-2063.


The Central Crossing Theater Department presents
FOOLS
a comic fable by Neil Simon

Friday, Nov. 8 & Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 15 & Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Adults -$10, Students & Seniors - $8, ITS member - $5, Children under 5 - $5.
Central Crossing High School,
4500 Big Run South Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123

The FHHS Drama Club presents
DRACULA
(Disclaimer: While there is no blood in this version, there is some violence, so parental discretion is advised.)

Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Adults -$5, Students & Seniors - $2,
Children under 10 - $1.
Franklin Heights High School,
1001 Demorest Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204


Grove City High School Drama Club presents
GET SMART

Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2:00p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Adults -$8, Students - $7,
Children under 5/Seniors - $5.
Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Road,
Grove City, Ohio 43123

The Westland Drama Club presents
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

Friday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Adults - $6, Students - $4 at the door.
Westland High School, 146 Galloway Road,
Galloway, Ohio 43119


The FHHS Drama Club presents
IMPROV SHOWCASE
with some of the best improvisational theater around. If you have ever seen, "Whose Line Is It Anyway" you'll love their improv group and special guests.

Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Adults -$5, Students & Seniors - $2,
Children under 10 - $1.
Franklin Heights High School,
1001 Demorest Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204


Welcome home Staff Sgt. Smith! Army Staff Sgt. Jason Smith returned from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and stopped by Franklin Woods Intermediate School to surprise his daughter!

Welcome home Staff Sgt. Smith! Army Staff Sgt. Jason Smith returned from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and stopped by Franklin Woods Intermediate School to surprise his daughter!


Great article about FHHS senior Eric Thornton in the Dispatch today: www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2013/11/01/hs-goto-11-1-art-g3npcl3p-1.html


SWCA teacher Sharon Pallas has achieved the honor of Teacher of Distinction in the area of hospitality and food production for the 2013-14 school year. Congratulations Chef Pallas!


Congratulations to our recent GED graduates! A full list of graduates can be found at www.swcs.us/Home/NewsRoom/GED_GraduationProgram2013.pdf


Mayor Stage proclaims George Edge Day in Grove City.

Mayor Stage proclaims George Edge Day in Grove City.


Congratulations Grove City Girls Volleyball Team - District Champions!

Congratulations Grove City Girls Volleyball Team - District Champions!


Honoring marching band director George Edge at his last home game...

Honoring marching band director George Edge at his last home game...


WHS Homecoming King and Queen

WHS Homecoming King and Queen


WHS senior Homecoming Court members

WHS senior Homecoming Court members


WHS Homecoming King and Queen

WHS Homecoming King and Queen


It's National School Bus Safety Week! SWCS joins the nation in recognizing the safe, efficient and reliable service provided each day by our school transportation personnel. SWCS transports approximately 13,800 students on 157 school buses nearly 14,000 miles each day. This year's theme is "Stand Back From the Yellow and Black!"


Congratulations to Harmon educator Amy Mastroianni for being named the 2013 Conservation Educator of the Year by the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District!


Congratulations to North Franklin educator Laura Fujii for being selected by AdoptAClassroom.org and OfficeMax to receive classroom supplies and resources worth more than $1,000. What a wonderful surprise!
2013 Marching Band Showcase Program

Central Crossing High School

Franklin Heights High School

Grove City High School

Westland High School

School Fight Songs and Trophey Presentation

You can also view the videos on the SWCSDistrict YouTube channel


Congratulations Richard Avenue! Walmart awarded 20 Richard Avenue Elementary School teachers with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies. Richard Avenue was nominated for the Walmart Rewards Program by one of their parents.

Congratulations Richard Avenue! Walmart awarded 20 Richard Avenue Elementary School teachers with $50 reward cards to purchase classroom supplies. Richard Avenue was nominated for the Walmart Rewards Program by one of their parents.


Congratulations to the CCHS 2013 Homecoming Court!

Congratulations to the CCHS 2013 Homecoming Court!


GCHS Class of 1973

GCHS Class of 1973


The GCHS Volleyball Team is the Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) Champion for the first time in the history of the school! The Varsity team finished its regular season with an overall 18-2 record (14-0 in the OCC). The Junior Varsity team finished with an overall 19-1 record (14-0 in the OCC). The Freshman team finished with an overall 18-1 record (13-1 in the OCC). CONGRATULATIONS!


Congratulations to GCHS Athletic Supervisor Ron "Hutch" Hutcheson for being elected to the OCC Hall of Fame. "Hutch" is a member of the Central District Hall of Fame and the Ohio High School Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame. During his softball coaching career at GCHS (1976-1999), he had more than 400 career wins, ten OCC Championships, four Regional Championships, one State Runner-Up and one State Championship. "Hutch" has been the athletic supervisor at GCHS since 2003 and has served the OCC for 33 years! Congratulations Hutch!


Congratulations to North Franklin educator Laura Fujii for being selected by AdoptAClassroom.org and OfficeMax to receive classroom supplies and resources worth more than $1,000. What a wonderful surprise!

Congratulations to North Franklin educator Laura Fujii for being selected by AdoptAClassroom.org and OfficeMax to receive classroom supplies and resources worth more than $1,000. What a wonderful surprise!


Hayes students and staff raised more than $750 for ALS

Hayes students and staff raised more than $750 for ALS.


The Central Crossing Lady Comets Soccer Team will be hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Game on Saturday, October 5 at 12:00 noon at CCHS (4500 Big Run South Road, Grove City). There will be plenty of food and any donations made will directly benefit the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Research Fund. The Lady Comets will be competing against East High School.


WHS AFJROTC cadets performed a Missing Man table setting and a formal thirteen-fold flag folding ceremony recognizing former Prisoner of War Veterans and those still Missing in Action at Motts Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio.

WHS AFJROTC cadets performed a Missing Man table setting and a formal thirteen-fold flag folding ceremony recognizing former Prisoner of War Veterans and those still Missing in Action at Motts Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio.


WHS AFJROTC cadets performed a graveside remembrance ceremony for Eddie Rickenbacker at Greenlawn Cemetary on September 27, 2013. The cadets performed a reading of Rickenbacker's life and accomplishments and laid a wreath with a full Color Guard.

WHS AFJROTC cadets performed a graveside remembrance ceremony for Eddie Rickenbacker at Greenlawn Cemetary on September 27, 2013. The cadets performed a reading of Rickenbacker's life and accomplishments and laid a wreath with a full Color Guard.


Congratulations to retired FMS educator and student advocate Mary Mulvany for receiving a Friend of Public Education award from the Ohio School Boards Association Central Region at its fall conference! Mary was nominated by the SWCS Board of Education for her work with Success Beyond the Classroom and Tyler Perry.

Congratulations to retired FMS educator and student advocate Mary Mulvany for receiving a Friend of Public Education award from the Ohio School Boards Association Central Region at its fall conference! Mary was nominated by the SWCS Board of Education for her work with Success Beyond the Classroom and Tyler Perry.


Operation Street Smart - Thursday, September 26, 6:30-8:30pm

Thursday, September 26 - Operation Street Smart - Presented by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Pleasant View Middle School Auditorium. Street Smart is designed to educate parents, teachers, social workers, community partners, and anyone with a nexus to children about current drug trends, terminology, and paraphernalia. The goal is to arm parents and teachers with the information necessary to recognize the influences of the drug culture on their children, familiarize them with the many different drugs our children face, and share with them the experience and knowledge of undercover narcotics officers so they are better prepared to help their children make the right choices.


Congratulations to Park Street Intermediate School art teacher David Lane for winning the 2013 Arts in the Alley Easel Award! Mr. Lane received a monetary award for his relief sculpture entitled "The Schools of Park Street." Using a photo transfer process, Mr. Lane transferred photographs, representing the architecture of the building dating back to 1853, onto hand-made ceramic tiles!


2013 GCHS Marching Band Invitational!

Saturday, September 28 - Grove City Marching Band Invitational featuring ten amazing marching bands on one football field! Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students, $3 for seniors and children ages five and under are free. Everything begins at 6:30 p.m. with the FHHS Golden Falcons performing around 8:15 and the GCHS Marching Band around 9:15.


FHHS Groundbreaking


Great Groundbreaking Celebration at FHHS tonight! Thanks to all the alumni, students, parents, staff and elected officials who attended!


Congratulations to Holt Crossing art teacher Mandy Howard for being recognized as the 2013 recipient of the Ohio Art Education Association Central Region's Outstanding Art Teacher award!


South-Western Board and OAPSE Reach Agreement

On Monday, September 9, 2013, the South-Western City School District Board of Education voted to enter into a new contract with Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 211 (OAPSE).  OAPSE membership includes approximately 900 classified support personnel.

The previous contract ended June 30, 2013.  The Board and OAPSE began the negotiations process in the Spring of 2013.  The new agreement takes effect immediately and will expire June 30, 2016.  OAPSE members met on Saturday, September 7, 2013 to accept the Board’s latest proposal.

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South-Western Board and SWAA Reach Agreement

On Monday, September 9, 2013, the South-Western City School District Board of Education voted to enter into a new contract with the South-Western Administrators Association (SWAA).  The new agreement will expire June 30, 2016. 

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GCHS student selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Band

Brandon Davenport from Grove City High School in Grove City, Ohio, has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Band sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Brandon will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on October 30, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Click here to read the full press release.


Congratulations 2013 Summer Graduates!

2013 Summer Graduate Program


Congratulations to the CCHS Volleyball team - 1st place winners in the bronze bracket of the 2013 Friendship Cup!

Congratulations to the CCHS Volleyball team - 1st place winners in the bronze bracket of the 2013 Friendship Cup!


Congratulations Class of 2013! We're proud of you!

CCHS 2011 Graduation Program
FHHS 2011 Graduation Program
GCHS 2011 Graduation ProgramWHS 2011 Graduation Program

2013 PRIDE Awards

The South-Western City School District Board of Education is honored to host this special event to recognize the many accomplishments of its high school students. These students represent some of the finest young women and men in the State of Ohio. They have demonstrated their excellence in the areas of academics, athletics, visual and performing arts, leadership, technical skills, and recognized awards of distinction.

Click here to view a copy of the event program and list of awards.


CCHS PowderPuff Game

CCHS held its first annual PowderPuff game on May 9 to collect donations for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Congratulations to the senior girls, pictured here after their win!

CCHS held its first annual PowderPuff game on May 9 to collect donations for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Congratulations to the senior girls, pictured here after their win!


Congratulations to bus drivers Phil Dillard, Doug Cress and Dede Colley who placed 2nd, 3rd and 5th respectively in the 2013 Central Ohio Regional Bus Road-E-O this past weekend. They will all compete in the State Road-E-O on Saturday, May 18.

Congratulations to bus drivers Phil Dillard, Doug Cress and Dede Colley who placed 2nd, 3rd and 5th respectively in the 2013 Central Ohio Regional Bus Road-E-O this past weekend. They will all compete in the State Road-E-O on Saturday, May 18.


Congratulations to the bus driver team of Bill Belcher, Steve Rucker, Dede Colley and Jim Ryan who took second place in the 2013 Central Ohio Regional School Bus Road-E-O this past weekend!

Congratulations to the bus driver team of Bill Belcher, Steve Rucker, Dede Colley and Jim Ryan who took second place in the 2013 Central Ohio Regional School Bus Road-E-O this past weekend!


200 Students Pledge to not Text and Drive

Nearly 200 students and staff members took the pledge to not text and drive as part of the AT&T

Nearly 200 students and staff members took the pledge to not text and drive as part of the AT&T "It Can Wait" contest. Shown holding the signed banner are senior Alyssa Whitlock and junior Austin Albert.


2013 Employee Awards Recognition Night

Click here for a list of the award recipients.


The Westland Chorale received straight superior "1" ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association's Large Group State Adjudicated Event on Friday, May 3.


The Westland AFJROTC Drill Team placed third in the Advanced Unarmed IDR multi-state regional competition this weekend. Cadet James Hobson placed third and Cadet Mercedes Bird placed fourth in the Advance Knockout Competition.


The SWCS Board of Education has proclaimed May 6-10 as Staff Appreciation Week in the South-Western City Schools! Thank you to our wonderful, caring staff members!

  • Monday, May 6 is Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Ohio.
  • Wednesday, May 8 is National Teacher Day.
  • Wednesday, May 8 is National School Nurse Day.

Westland High School AFJROTC Color Guard presented the Colors at the Ohio Theater

The Westland High School AFJROTC Color Guard presented the Colors at the Ohio Theater for the opening of the broadway production of War Horse to honor our service members!

The Westland High School AFJROTC Color Guard presented the Colors at the Ohio Theater for the opening of the broadway production of War Horse to honor our service members!


Hayes Intermediate Students Recognized for Artistic Excellence

Congratulations to Hayes Intermediate School students Lilly Trimble and Courtney Mix for being recognized for their artistic excellence by the Central Region Leaders of the Ohio Art Education Association. They are shown with their art teacher Dr. Cam McComb.

Congratulations to Hayes Intermediate School students Lilly Trimble and Courtney Mix for being recognized for their artistic excellence by the Central Region Leaders of the Ohio Art Education Association. They are shown with their art teacher Dr. Cam McComb.


SWCS is the recipient of an AEP Ohio - Energy Efficiency Champion Award. As a result of its retrofitting measures in both 2011 and 2012, the district achieved an annual energy savings of 3,994,225 kilowatt hours.


Congratulations to the 2013 National Honor Society Inductees at CCHS

Congratulations to the 2013 National Honor Society Inductees at CCHS: Natalie Bolanos-Cruz, Matthew Chamblin, Michael Chamblin Sarah Chipps, Harley Donahue, Alexa Doudna, Olivia Downing, Brendan Eal, Jacquelyn Fowler, Mitchell Fulton, Rachel Hagenbarth, Jessica Heckethorn, Megan Hendershot, Angely Hererra-Castro, Chance Hodges, Stephanie Karnes, Nicholas Keil, Rose LeVally, Kayleigh Mahoney, Caleb Mosley, Patricia Puddoc, Kylie Rezes, Kelsie Rivers, Isse Roble, Marc Russell, Erin Scott, Kesar Som, Hunter Taylor, Alexandra Weyers and Wendy Weyers!


Monterey Aide Sue Zeszotek selected as the 2013 Ohio PTA District 10 Helping Hands Award Recipient

Congratulations to Monterey Aide Sue Zeszotek for being selected as the 2013 Ohio PTA District 10 Helping Hands Award Recipient. She was honored at the Ohio PTA Convention over the weekend. Sue is shown here with National PTA President Betsy Landers (l) and Ohio PTA President Gloria Cazan (r).

Congratulations to Monterey Aide Sue Zeszotek for being selected as the 2013 Ohio PTA District 10 Helping Hands Award Recipient. She was honored at the Ohio PTA Convention over the weekend. Sue is shown here with National PTA President Betsy Landers (l) and Ohio PTA President Gloria Cazan (r).


North Franklin Principal Elaine Lawless selected as the 2013 Ohio PTA District 10 Outstanding Educator

Congratulations to North Franklin Principal Elaine Lawless for being selected as the 2013 Ohio PTA District 10 Outstanding Educator! Mrs. Lawless was honored at the Ohio PTA Convention over the weekend! She is shown in this picture with National PTA President Betsy Landers (L) and Ohio PTA President Gloria Cazan (R).

Congratulations to North Franklin Principal Elaine Lawless for being selected as the 2013 Ohio PTA District 10 Outstanding Educator! Mrs. Lawless was honored at the Ohio PTA Convention over the weekend! She is shown in this picture with National PTA President Betsy Landers (L) and Ohio PTA President Gloria Cazan (R).


GCHS Student Photos Accepted into the Ohio Governor's Youth Regional Arts Exhibition

Congratulations to GCHS Photo II students Madison Jarrell, Laura Reis, Mat Pierce and Vinh Peters, whose photographs were accepted into the Ohio Governor's Youth Regional Arts Exhibition. Their photography will be on display at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington from May 9 through June 23.

Congratulations to GCHS Photo II students Madison Jarrell, Laura Reis, Mat Pierce and Vinh Peters, whose photographs were accepted into the Ohio Governor's Youth Regional Arts Exhibition. Their photography will be on display at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington from May 9 through June 23.


SWCS District Collects over 10,000 books for Reach Out and Read

The district collected more than 10,296 books for the Reach Our and Read Across Our Community Program!

The district collected more than 10,296 books for the Reach Our and Read Across Our Community Program!


Congratulations to Our Newly Appointed Administrators

Congratulations to our newly appointed administrators - Stephanie Baker (Principal at Highland Park Elementary School), Brett Harmon (Principal at Pleasant View Middle School), Andrew Jados (Principal at Franklin Heights High School), Lori Mesi (Assistant Principal at Central Crossing High School), and Andrew Stotz (Principal at Franklin Woods Intermediate School. They will begin serving in their new positions next school year.


Congratulations to our latest School Bell Award recipients

Congratulations to our latest School Bell Award recipients Mary Mulvany (FMS), Todd Parker, Stephen Chawla and Reggie Wagstaff (WHS), and Lisa Morris (Transportation)!


Congratulations to our Ohio PTA Reflections winners!

Congratulations to our Ohio PTA Reflections winners! Great job!
*Visual Arts, Primary, Award of Excellence- Haley Young, Alton Hall Elementary
*Visual Arts, Intermediate, Honorable Mention - Paige Jones, Alton Hall Elementary
*Music, Senior, Honorable Mention - Udit Basu, Grove City High School
*Photography, Primary, Award of Merit - Tyson Evans, Buckeye Woods Elementary


GCHS Student WIns Silver Medal in 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Congratulations to GCHS student Madison Jarrell who won a silver medal in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the photo "Crowd of Masks." This recognition demonstrates that Madison is among the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, 230,000 works of art and writing were submitted with only the top 1% being recognized. Madison has been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on May 31, which will be webcast live at 6:00 p.m. ET at artandwriting.org.


Galloway Ridge Safety Patrol Members inducted in 2013 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Galloway Ridge Safety Patrol Members Caleb Cline, Ben Dixon and Isaac Henn for being inducted into the 2013 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame. They were chosen for their commitment and dedication to the GRIS Safety Patrol Program over the past two years.


GCHS Freshman completes Franklin County Sheriff's Office Explorers Program!

Congratulations to GCHS freshman Nick Holmes, Nick Holmes, who graduated from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Explorers Program last month!

Congratulations to GCHS freshman Nick Holmes, Nick Holmes, who graduated from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Explorers Program last month!


WHS Senior Earns National Recognition in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2013

The Westland High School art department is pleased to announce that senior Sydney Brown has earned national recognition in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2013. Sydney earned a silver medal for her photograph, "Rhythm and Blues." Sydney was identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, 230,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. Sydney and the other winners have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on Friday, May 31. The Carnegie Hall Ceremony will also be webcast live at 6:00 p.m. EST.


FHHS students learn improv:

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GCHS Junior completes Franklin County Sheriff's Office Explorers Program!

Congratulations to GCHS junior Taylor Shawver, who recently completed the Franklin County Sheriff's office Explorers Program!

Congratulations to GCHS junior Taylor Shawver, who recently completed the Franklin County Sheriff's office Explorers Program!


GCHS Student Qualifies for State Chemistry Competition

Congratulations to GCHS student Cody Fritchen! Cody competed in the Central Ohio Region National Chemistry Olympiad and qualified to compete in the State Competition in April! 150 students from 20 Central Ohio high schools competed at the regional level with the top 11 qualifying to move on.


Three SWCS Board of Education Members earn OSBA Award of Achievement

Congratulations to SWCS School Board President Randy Reisling, Vice President Mindy Garverick and Member Cathy Johnson for earning the Ohio School Boards Association Award of Achievement at the OSBA Central Region Conference last evening. SWCS was the only district with three members recognized for this award!


Hayes Student's Artwork Selected to Hang in the Ohio Art Education Association Young People's Art Exhibition

CCHS BPA Team at the Polar Plunge.

Congratulations to Hayes student Grace Fisher! Grace's print was selected to hang in the Ohio Art Education Association Young People's Art Exhibition during the month of March at the Rhodes State Office Tower. It will then travel to Toledo, where it will be on display for the Ohio Art Education Association Conference in November.


Hayes Student's Artwork Selected to Hang in the Ohio Art Education Association Youth Art Month Exhibition

Congratulations to Hayes student Andrew Cotton

Congratulations to Hayes student Andrew Cotton! Andrew's print was selected to hang in the Ohio Art Education Association Youth Art Month Exhibition at the State Teacher's Retirement Building in downtown Columbus.


Central Crossing Relief Drive for Sandy Hook Families

CCHS students and staff were involved in a relief drive to assist the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

CCHS students and staff were involved in a relief drive to assist the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The drive was spearheaded by the CCHS NJROTC unit. They collected more than $2,200. Those who contributed signed an Ohio Flag, which was sent with the funds and 26 knitted caps to the Sandy Hook Board of Education.


Westland Student takes First Place at Arnold Classic

Congratulations to Westland's Greg Rummel! Greg competed at the Arnold Classic and took first place in Kata and Kumite and also won the $2,000 college scholarship for Martial Arts given by the Rotary Club! If Karate gets the Olympic bid this year, Greg is first seed in his division to go to Rio in 2016 for the exhibition matches and his GPA. Greg will be competing in the US Open and Junior International Cup on March 26 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.


Westland High School Symphonic Band competed at the OMEA District 15 Large Group Adjudicated Event

The Westland High School Symphonic Band competed at the OMEA District 15 Large Group Adjudicated Event on March 8. The group received an excellent "II" rating.


Westland High School Chorale competed at the OMEA District 15 Large Group Adjudicated Event

The Westland High School Chorale competed at the OMEA District 15 Large Group Adjudicated Event on March 9. The group received superior "I" ratings from all three floor adjudicators, and an overall superior "I" rating. The Chorale now qualifies for the State level competition in early May!


Three Franklin Heights Inprov Teams Compete at the Hilliard Davidson Improv Competition

On Friday, March 8, three Improv Teams from FHHS will be competing at the Hilliard Davidson Improv Competition. The team captains are Bella Ott, Erin Widener and Lily Schwarz. The competition begins at 7:00 p.m. at Hilliard Davidson High School. Tickets are $5 per person.


Central Crossing Hosts 49 Winter Guard and Percussion Ensembles from around the State

CCHS will host 49 winter guard and percussion ensembles from around the state at the Annual Ohio Indoor Performance Association Competition on March 10. Performances begin at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $8.


Tackle Illiteracy

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South-Western City School District Rated EXCELLENT by the Ohio Department of Education for the Third Year in a Row!

Congratulations to the students, staff, parents and community of the South-Western City School District! It's official! We're rated EXCELLENT for the third year in a row! And our Value-Added score ranks us 12th in the State! This is certainly a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, staff, parents and community!


Central Crossing BPA Team Raises $1,293 for Special Olypmics

CCHS BPA Team at the Polar Plunge.

Congratulations to the CCHS BPA team that raised $1,293 for Special Olympics by participating in the Polar Plunge at the Columbus Zoo. The CCHS team was the TOP fundraising team in the school group category and they will be receiving a trophy for this honor.


PTAs Honor Helping Hands Recipients

On Tuesday, February 26, 2013, the South-Western City Schools Council of PTAs and its member units honored the 2013 Helping Hands recipients from across the South-Western City School District. Recipients of the award are actively involved with their local PTA unit or council and have made a positive impact on the lives of children through activities involving children and youth. The 2013 recipients by PTA unit are:

Central Crossing High School................................................................. Debi Campbell
Franklin Heights High School.................................................................. Amanda Goodman
Grove City High School........................................................................... Mariellen Sarver
Westland High School............................................................................. Delee Hamilton
South-Western Career Academy............................................................ Henry Franchini

Brookpark Middle School........................................................................ Earl Groves
Finland Middle School............................................................................. Sandy Custer
Jackson Middle School........................................................................... Amy Blankenship
Norton Middle School.............................................................................. Camille Peterson
Pleasant View Middle School.................................................................. Mary Wendel

Franklin Woods Intermediate School...................................................... Theresa Meyer
Galloway Ridge Intermediate School...................................................... Mark Collins
Hayes Intermediate School..................................................................... Daphne Schall
Holt Crossing Intermediate School.......................................................... Bill Harrison
Park Street Intermediate School............................................................. Karen McCullough

Alton Hall Elementary School.................................................................. Jennifer Miller
Buckeye Woods Elementary School...................................................... Jane Smock
Darbydale Elementary School................................................................ Michele Frump
Darby Woods Elementary School........................................................... Peggy Alexander
East Franklin Elementary School............................................................ Angie Crego
Finland Elementary School..................................................................... Debbie Christy
Harmon Elementary School.................................................................... Dena Berry
Highland Park Elementary School.......................................................... Judy Osborne
Monterey Elementary School.................................................................. Sue Zeszotek
North Franklin Elementary School.......................................................... Kelly Corwin
Prairie Lincoln Elementary School.......................................................... Patricia Carmany
Prairie Norton Elementary School........................................................... TerriJo Halter
Richard Avenue Elementary School....................................................... Linda Cultice
J.C. Sommer Elementary School........................................................... Suzie Brace
Stiles Elementary School........................................................................ Chelle Konst
West Franklin Elementary School........................................................... Kendra Conover
South-Western Preschool........................................................................ Sharon Quigley

South-Western City Schools Council of PTAs........................................ Sue Zeszotek

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Grove City Sophomore Qualifies to Compete in OHSAA Gymnastics Meet

Congratulations to GCHS sophomore Erin Maynard for qualifying to compete in the OHSAA Gymnastics meet this Saturday (3/2) in the All-Around event! She scored a 35.2 to qualify! Good Luck Erin!


Central Crossing Sophomore cast in "Rent"

Congratulations to CCHS sophomore Crystal Turner, who was recently cast in the All-Ohio show "Rent" produced by the International Thespian Society! Crystal was one of 85 students from across Ohio who auditioned for the show.!


Grove City High School Concert Orchestra Received an "Excellent Rating at the Ohio Music Education's State Contest

The Grove City High School Concert Orchestra received an "Excellent rating at the Ohio Music Education's State Contest. The GCHS Symphony Orchestra received a rating of "Superior" in Class A for the fifth consecutive year. Congratulations to the students in both orchestras!


Westland High School Chamber Orchestra Received an "Excellent" Rating at the Ohio Music Education Association's State Contest

The Westland High School Chamber Orchestra received an "Excellent" rating at the Ohio Music Education Association's State Contest. The orchestra members worked very hard and performed well. Congratulations on a job well done!


Elementary Construction Project Community Meetings

Want to learn more about the elementary construction project? It's getting exciting! The first four buildings to be replaced are Alton Hall, Harmon, Monterey and Prairie Norton Elementary Schools. Each building will be hosting a community meeting to review the process, explain next steps, show photos of the exterior and interior rooms of the buildings, and allow community members to ask questions about the project. Join us on one of the following dates at 6:30 p.m.:

  • March 7 at Alton Hall, 1000 Alton Road, Galloway
  • March 11 at Harmon, 2090 Frank Road, Columbus
  • March 12 at Monterey, 2584 Dennis Lane, Grove City
  • March 12 at Prairie Norton, 117 Norton Road, Columbus

Grove City City Council Members Kick Off the 2013 Reach Out and Read Across Our Community program

Grove City City Council members helped kick of the 2013 Reach Out and Read Across Our Community program with a proclamation!

Grove City City Council members helped kick of the 2013 Reach Out and Read Across Our Community program with a proclamation!


GCHS Senior Advances to State Swimming Championships

Congratulations to GCHS senior Jack Bailey, who has advanced to State Swimming Championships! He will compete in the 100-meter freestyle on Friday, February 22 at Canton McKinley H.S. Jack previously competed in the state meet during his freshman year as a member of the 200-meter freestyle relay team.


Grove City High School Music Students Earn High Rating at Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble Contest

On February 16th, the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District XV Solo and Ensemble Contest was held at Pickerington North High School. Students prepared and performed solo and ensemble musical literature and were evaluated using a five-point OMEA rating system with one ("Superior") being the highest rating. The Grove City High School Music Department had a total of 172 music events with 122 events earning a "Superior" (I) rating and 40 events earning an "Excellent" (II) rating.

  • GCHS music students who performed a solo and earned a “Superior” (I) rating in class “A” (the most difficult music) were: 
    • Robert Adams, Tenor Saxophone
    • Owen Baker, Tuba
    • Philip Baltzer, Cello
    • Mallory Boswell, Bb Clarinet
    • Nick Bova, Melodic Percussion
    • Bailey Clanin, Bb Clarinet
    • Jennifer Colborn, Flute
    • Lauren Cook, Bb Clarinet
    • Michael Corbett, Euphonium
    • Kristen Costlow, Oboe
    • Emily Cotton, Trumpet
    • David Coulter, Tuba
    • Michael Cowan, Bass
    • Brandon Davenport, Euphonium
    • Andrew Decker, Snare Drum
    • Jake Fields, Melodic Percussion
    • Andrew Graham, Snare Drum
    • Jeremiah Haines, Trombone
    • Matt Hakes, Alto Saxophone
    • Megan Hirth, Flute
    • Heather Hobbs, Trumpet
    • Hilary Hobbs, Oboe
    • Evie Jenkins, Oboe
    • Ellen Johnston, Euphonium
    • Wyatt Kinsinger, Melodic Percussion
    • Amber Kocks, Violin
    • Erica Kruse, Oboe
    • Lydia Ledbetter, Melodic Percussion
    • Rebecca Lehman, Soprano
    • Tarah Mason, Soprano
    • Natalie McCormick, Alto Saxophone
    • Joshua McMurray, Bass
    • Joshua McMurray, Oboe
    • Allison McNeely, Mezzo Soprano
    • Tyler McNeil, Bassoon
    • Kristen Mesler, Trumpet
    • Olivia Mesler, Melodic Percussion
    • Mary Miller, Bb Clarinet
    • Becca Mix, Flute
    • Rebecca Mix, Soprano
    • JT Nance, Snare Drum
    • Jordan Payne, Bassoon
    • Augusta Reisling, French Horn
    • David Saunders, Snare Drum
    • Nicholas Shew, Trombone
    • Jacob Smith, Tenor Saxophone
    • Trey Smith, Melodic Percussion
    • Jacob Stuckert, French Horn
    • Abby Swearingen, Piano
    • Elizabeth Tolar, Violin
    • David Tucker, Bassoon
    • Hannah Welch, Piano
    • Hannah Welch, Trumpet
    • Tristan White, Bb Clarinet
    • Hannah Wittenberg, Oboe
    • Emma Wooldridge, Euphonium
    • Abby Yeater, Trumpet
    • Nicholas Young, Tenor Saxophone
    • Sarah Zonders, French Horn
  • GCHS music students who performed in an ensemble and earned a “Superior” (I) rating in class “A” (the most difficult music) were: 
    • Brass Sextet- Andy Colborn, Isaac Cook, David England, Josh Mathews, Ryan Ripley, Joseph Smith
    • Brass Sextet- Owen Baker, Calvin Clark, Michael Corbett, Emily Cotton, Cyler McClure, Sarah Zonders
    • Brass Sextet- Katy Butler, David Coulter, Brandon Davenport, Heather Hobbs, Kristen Mesler, Eric Rogers
    • Clarinet Choir- Latanya Adams, Mallory Boswell, Bailey Clannin, Lauren Cook, Kristen Costlow, Aaron Gue, Katie Haines, Eden Humphrey, Kennedi McCoy, Mary Miller, Sarah Pennington, Katie Perkins, Abby Rhonemus, Elise Seeley, Katie Sheets
    • Horn Quartet- Katy Butler, Melissa Kauffman, Augusta Reisling, Sarah Zonders
    • Saxophone Quartet- Natalie McCormick, Josh McMurray, Jordan Payne, Sarah Wilson
    • Trumpet Trio- Emily Cotton, Heather Hobbs, Kristen Mesler
    • Woodwind Quintet- Katy Butler, Megan Hirth, Hilary Hobbs, Jordan Payne, Katie Sheets
    • Woodwind Quintet- Erica Kruse, Sarah Zonders, Lexi Ledbetter, David Tucker, Bailey Clanin
    • Woodwind Trio- Kelsey Allmon, Hilary Hobbs, Becky Sutton
    • Woodwind Trio- Jordan Payne, Adam Steere, David Tucker
    • Percussion Ensemble- Matthew Baltzer,  Andrew Bollinger,  Nick Bova,  David Coulter,  Brandon Davenport,  Andrew Decker,  Jake Fields,  Will Horner,  Blake Kelly,  Wyatt Kinsinger,  Lydia Ledbetter,  Tommy Leimgruber,  Olivia Mesler,  Andrew Miller,  JT Nance,  Tyler NcNeil,  Trey Smith,  Nathaniel Ward
    • Percussion Ensemble- Matthew Baltzer,  Andrew Bollinger,  Nick Bova,  Andrew Decker,  Jake Fields,  Blake Kelly,  Wyatt Kinsinger,  Lydia Ledbetter,  Tommy Leimgruber,  Olivia Mesler,  JT Nance,  Trey Smith,  Nathaniel Ward
    • Tenor/Bass Vocal Ensemble- Jeremiah Haines, Josh McMurray, Jacob Stuckert, Will Horner
  • GCHS music students who performed a solo and earned an “Excellent” (II) rating in class “A” (the most difficult music) were: 
    • Hannah Bailey, Oboe
    • Katie Banghoff, Alto Saxophone
    • Udit Basu, Violin
    • Holly Blankenship, Alto
    • Katy Butler, French Horn
    • Emily Carter, Soprano
    • Anne Hammen, Trombone
    • Lauren Singleton, Violin
    • Becky Sutton, Flute
    • Amber Vorys, Alto Saxophone
    • Alex Wenger, Trombone
    • Sarah Wooldridge, Trombone
    • Dylan Yurco, Tenor
  • GCHS music students who performed in an ensemble and earned an “Excellent” (II) rating in class “A” (the most difficult music) were:  
    • Flute Trio- Carley Hanlon, Kayla Heacock, Sara Stoll
    • Trombone Quartet- Jeremiah Haines, Anne Hammen, Eric Rogers, Nick Shew
    • Trumpet Trio- Jacob Bailey, Abby Montgomery, Hannah Welch.
  • GCHS music students who performed a solo and earned a “Superior” (I) rating in class “B” were: 
    • Philip Baltzer, Piano
    • Philip Baltzer, Tuba
    • Emily Bertsch, Euphonium
    • Jenna Bryant, Bb Clarinet
    • Andy Colborn, French Horn
    • David England, Trombone
    • Aaron Gue, Bb Clarinet
    • Sarah Hipple, Euphonium
    • Emily Hirth, Alto Saxophone
    • Maddie Hughes, Oboe
    • Melissa Kauffman, French Horn
    • Blake Kelly, Snare Drum
    • Brice Knapp, Bassoon
    • Haley Lash, Euphonium
    • Lexi Ledbetter, Flute
    • Rebecca Lehman, Piano
    • Kennedi McCoy, Bb Clarinet
    • Andy Miller, Snare Drum
    • Abby Montgomery, Trumpet
    • Taylor Nolan, Euphonium
    • Chad Pennington, Violin
    • Elizabeth Pierce, Trumpet
    • Kayla Ranney, Bb Clarinet
    • Brent Reichert, Alto Saxophone
    • Peyton Sheets, Flute
    • Chelsea Smith, Alto
    • Joseph Smith, Euphonium
    • Brendan Walters, Trombone
    • Tyler Welch, Trumpet
    • Katie Wilhelm, French Horn
    • Alyssa Yeater, Euphonium
  • GCHS music students who performed in an ensemble and earned a “Superior” (I) rating in class “B” were:
    • Clarinet Quartet- Aaron Gue, Katie Haines, Kayla Ranney, Abby Rhonemus
    • Trumpet Ensemble- Heather Hobbs, Jordan Sullivan, Tyler Welch, Abby Yeater.
  • GCHS music students who performed a solo and earned an “Excellent” (II) rating in class “B” were: 
    • Jacob Bailey, Trumpet
    • Matthew Baltzer, Snare Drum
    • Megan Barr, Flute
    • Isaac Cook, Tuba
    • David Coulter, Melodic Percussion
    • Ian Jewell, French Horn
    • Megan Landis, Flute
    • Thomas Leimgruber, Timpani
    • Allison Marolt, Mezzo Soprano
    • Joshua Mathews, Trumpet
    • Kathryn McGue, Bb Clarinet
    • Tyler McNeil, Timpani
    • Elyssa Scott, Alto Saxophone
    • Jacob Stuckert, Piano
    • Andy Troyan, Trumpet
  • GCHS music students who performed in an ensemble and earned an “Excellent” (II) rating in class “B” were:
    • Brass Quartet- Alex Boyd, Abby Montgomery, Sarah Wooldridge, Alyssa Yeater
    • Brass Sextet- Zach Haines, Emily Ross, Andy Troyan, Brendan Walters, Doug Wolfe, Alyssa Yeater
    • Clarinet Quartet- Lilly Gardner, Kaleigh Hayes, Abby Roberts, Jenna Rutan
    • Saxophone Quartet- Nicholas Sanders, Jake Smith, Adam Steere, Nicholas Young
    • Woodwind Quintet-Karson Curry, Melissa Kauffman, Josh McMurray, Becca Mix, Abby Rhonemus.
  • GCHS music students who performed a solo and earned a “Superior” (I) rating in class “C” were: 
    • Miranda Borden, Alto
    • Alex Boyd, Trumpet
    • Amber Kocks, Piano
    • Allison McNeely, Mezzo Soprano
    • Allison Rife, Soprano
    • Jake Wenger, Alto Saxophone
  • GCHS music students who performed in an ensemble and earned a “Superior” (I) rating in class “C” were:
    • Clarinet Quartet- Delaney Conley, Kennedi McCoy, Kathryn McGue, Mary Miller
    • Clarinet Trio- Jenna Bryant, Katie Haines, Jenna Bryant
    • Flute Quartet- Amanda Denino, Brittany Spradling, Maddie Hire, Kaylee Burdette
    • Violin Trio- Mason Sturm, Erin Hays, Paige Cordero
    • Percussion Ensemble- David Coulter, Brandon Davenport, Will Horner,  Tyler McNeil, Mary Miller,  Taylor Nolan, Alex Wenger
    • Violin Duet- Mackenzie Marcum, Lauren Singleton
  • GCHS music students who performed a solo and earned an “Excellent” (II) rating in class “C” were: 
    • Matthew Baltzer, Piano
    • Zachary Haines, Trumpet
    • Kasey Lash, Trombone
    • Mason K. Warner, Melodic Percussion
  • GCHS music students who performed in an ensemble and earned an “Excellent” (II) rating in class “C” were: 
    • Saxophone Quartet- Katie Banghoff, Cyler McClure, Jacob Stevenson, Matt Hakes

Westland High School Music Students earn high ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association Solo & Ensemble Event

On February 16, 2013, the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District XV Solo & Ensemble event was held at Pickerington North High School. Students prepared and performed solo and ensemble musical literature and were evaluated using a five-point OMEA rating system. Receiving a rating of I (Superior) means that a student performed at the highest level. Students selected music from three different classifications which are based on the difficulty of the music. Class A is the most difficult and is considered to be at the "state" level.

  • Class A Solo
    • Superior Rating:
      • Alexandria Hixenbaugh – Mezzo Soprano
      • Fernando Arteta – Tenor
      • Lucas Rowe - Trumpet
    • Excellent Rating
      • Justin Pettis - Tuba
  • Class A Ensemble
    • Superior Rating
      • Westland High School Chorale – SATB Chamber Ensemble
      • Saxophone Quintet – Paul Olear, Megan Matheny, Treston Warren, Ryan Covington, Zach Marlowe
      • Brass Quintet – Lucas Rowe, Delaney Brochowski, Ali Hixenbaugh, Eric Farris, Justin Pettis
    • Excellent Rating
      • Clarinet Quartet 1 – Megan Comer, Cierra Snodgres, Elizabeth Maynard, Becki Nauta
  • Class B Solo
    • Superior Rating
      • Rayna Powell – Soprano
      • Erin Bower – Mezzo Soprano
      • Ashlyn Hill – Mezzo Soprano
      • Kassidy Brindley – Mezzo Soprano
    • Excellent Rating
      • Michaela Williams – Mezzo Soprano
      • Jessica Eckle – Alto
      • Kyle Snyder – Tenor
      • Krista Boop – Flute
      • Sarah Wright – Viola
  • Class B Ensemble
    • Superior Rating
      • Westland Upperclassmen Men's Ensemble – TTBB Ensemble
      • Flute Trio – Kristalyn France, Bailey Steward, Chelsea Myers
      • Clarinet Choir – Cierra Snodgres, Megan Comer, Elizabeth Maynard, Amber Templin, Kaitlyn Bennett, Laura Perez, Kayci Berkhemer, Becki Nauta, Ahnisea Gardner, Jenni Moscato
    • Excellent Rating
      • Violin Duet – Liudeli Torres and Ethan Swisher
  • Class C Solo
    • Superior Rating
      • Elizabeth Maynard – Alto
      • Sarah Wright – Alto
      • Justin Pettis – Bass
  • Class C Ensemble
    • Superior Rating
      • Flute Choir – Bailey Steward, Chelsea Myers, Kristalyn France, Hannah Matheny, Katelyn Ohrman, Rachel Benedum
    • Excellent Rating
      • Clarinet Quartet 2 – Kaitlyn Bennett, Kayci Berkhemer, Laura Perez, Jenni Moscato
      • Saxophone Choir – Tyler Hoffman, Noah Woodson, Ashley Reyes, Roman Novikov, Jimi Kefauver, Sean Ponce, Riley Swincher

Autism awareness

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Tackle Illiteracy

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Park Street students host visitors from Hong Kong

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Four Westland Photography Students Recognized at Ohio’s Central Region Show of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition

Westland had four photography students recognized at Ohio’s Central Region Show of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. The gold key awarded photos will now move on to the state level of competition. The following students were honored at the Columbus College of Art and Design on January 27:

  • Sydney Brown, 12th Grade, Photography, Gold Key Award
  • Brooke Patterson, 12th Grade, Digital Art, Gold Key Award
  • Evan Hlava, 11th Grade, Photography, (2) Silver Key Award
  • Evan Hlava, 11th Grade, Photography, (2) Honorable Mentions
  • Destinie Ford, 10th Grade, Digital Art, Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Westland Area Library Photo Contest Finalists

The Westland Area Library hosted its second photo contest. Congratulations to:

  • 1st Place-Sydney Brown-WHS
  • 2nd Place-Colyn Taylor-WHS
  • 3rd Place-Evan Hlava-WHS
  • 1st Honorable Mention-Tyler Engard-GCHS
  • 2nd Honorable Mention-Tiffany Legg-SWCA
  • 3rd Honorable Mention-Sasha Bovaroy-WHS

GCHS Senior named 2013 National Merit Scholarship Finalist

Congratulations to GCHS senior Kelsey Allmon for being named a 2013 National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Out of 1.5 million seniors nationwide, Kelsey made the cut to the final 1% to be named a finalist.


Park Street Intermediate School welcomes 12 students from Hong Kong

Park Street Intermediate School welcomes 12 students from Hong Kong this week. At the welcoming ceremony, PSIS students sang the Chinese New song while the Hong Kong students sang Auld Lang Syne. Attached is a photo of Grove City Mayor Richard

Park Street Intermediate School welcomes 12 students from Hong Kong this week. At the welcoming ceremony, PSIS students sang the Chinese New song while the Hong Kong students sang Auld Lang Syne. Attached is a photo of Grove City Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage with the visiting students and teachers.


Visiting author inspires teacher, students at Franklin Woods

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Local service members part of inauguration history

Marine Master Sgt. Randall Riffle, 1980 GCHS graduate, is part of the Marine Band that played at the President's Inauguration.
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Grove City band wins top Fiesta Bowl prizes

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Congratulations Grove City High School Marching Band

Congratulations Grove City High School Marching Band!! Fiesta Bowl Parade Competition results: GCHS Marching 1st place, General Effects 1st place, Music Performance 1st place, OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION!!

The Grove City High School Marching Band is the first band in nine years to win both the Fiesta Bowl Parade Competition and the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship! They won their second GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP again today:

Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship results:

  • First Place - Drum Majors, General Effect, Visual Performance and Musical Performance
  • Second Place - Percussion

Fiesta Bowl Parade Competition results:

  • First Place - Marching, General Effects, Music Performance
  • OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION!!

Way to go GCHS Marching Band!

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Congratulations Grove City High School Marching Band!! Fiesta Bowl Parade Competition results: GCHS Marching 1st place, General Effects 1st place, Music Performance 1st place, OVERALL GRAND CHAMPION!!

Carter's Law becomes a reality

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Westland Cougars read at the Westland Area Library.

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GCHS Senior Named 2012 Nationwide Children's Hospital "Tomorrow's Scientist" Award recipient

GCHS senior Darria Streeter has been named the 2012 Nationwide Children's Hospital "Tomorrow's Scientist" Award recipient! The award is presented to the most outstanding student participating in the Summer Scientist Internship Program. Congratulations Darria!.


McComb named Outstanding Art Teacher

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Welcome Home Anthony Hahn! Thank You!

Last year third graders in Jen Kuhn-Lawson's third grade class at Finland Elementary School began corresponding with former Finland student Anthony Hahn while he was serving in Afghanistan. This year Ms. Kuhn-Lawson's current third graders and former students got to meet Anthony and thank him in person for his service to our country.

Last year third graders in Jen Kuhn-Lawson's third grade class at Finland Elementary School began corresponding with former Finland student Anthony Hahn while he was serving in Afghanistan. This year Ms. Kuhn-Lawson's current third graders and former students got to meet Anthony and thank him in person for his service to our country.


School Board Finalizes Land Purchase

At its December 10, 2012 regularly scheduled meeting, the South-Western City School District Board of Education completed a purchase agreement for 43.383 acres of land, located adjacent to the corner of Holt and Big Run South Roads in the City of Columbus. This will become the site of the replacement building for North Franklin Elementary School, as part of the district's construction project with Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC).

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BPOE Lodge #37 donates dictionaries to SWCS 3rd Graders

Thank you to BPOE Lodge #37 for donating personal dictionaries to all third graders in the South-Western City Schools! The Elks are partnering with the SWCS PTA units to distribute the dictionaries at the schools.

Thank you to BPOE Lodge #37 for donating personal dictionaries to all third graders in the South-Western City Schools! The Elks are partnering with the SWCS PTA units to distribute the dictionaries at the schools.


Carl "Blackie" Black visits BMS

Sgt. Carl Blackie Black, a WWII Army medic, visited Mrs. Ranney's classes at Brookpark Middle School on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to share his experiences during the war. Blackie is 95 years young! He shared many memories, military memorabilia and stories of the places he was stationed during the war.

Sgt. Carl "Blackie" Black, a WWII Army medic, visited Mrs. Ranney's classes at Brookpark Middle School on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to share his experiences during the war. Blackie is 95 years young! He shared many memories, military memorabilia and stories of the places he was stationed during the war.


Congratulations to the FHHS 2012-2013 National Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to the FHHS 2012-2013 National Honor Society Inductees: Juniors - Anna Bratton, Yana Burdak, Mary-Katherine Butlerwion, Evan Byrnes, Alex Campbell, Alexandra Durrie, Aissata Diallo, Megan Donovan, Amaria Gardner, Alex Gifford, Brandon Hackenberg, Ahmad Hasan, Alaa Hussein, Emma Jones, Kayla Kerns, Gabriella King, Kaity Mullins, Austin Murdoch, Brannon Oiler, Joseph Ozias, Nick Rich, Taylor Ringle, Breanna Salyer, Danya Trejo, Eric Thornton, Amira, Turner and Seniors - Ricky Johnson, Kyle Nelson, Randall Scott, David Skaggs.


CCHS SADD Field Trip

CCHS SADD members Brittany Woods, Courtney O'Conner, Nevauda Leach, Spencer Edwards, Cynthia Layne, Marc Russell, Andrew Russell, Jackie Fowler, Kelsie Rivers, Matt Miller, Caleb Mosley and Savannah Bigelow visitied students at J.C. Sommer, West Franklin, Holt Crossing and Darbydale to discuss Anty-Bullying with the younger students.

CCHS SADD members Brittany Woods, Courtney O'Conner, Nevauda Leach, Spencer Edwards, Cynthia Layne, Marc Russell, Andrew Russell, Jackie Fowler, Kelsie Rivers, Matt Miller, Caleb Mosley and Savannah Bigelow visitied students at J.C. Sommer, West Franklin, Holt Crossing and Darbydale to discuss Anti-Bullying with the younger students.


Speaker urges students to make a difference

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A lesson in perserverance

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Local teacher's experience on "The Price is Right"

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Hayes Art Teacher receives OAEA Outstanding Art Teacher Award

Congratulations to Dr. Camilla McComb, Hayes art teacher, who is the 2012 recipient of the Ohio Art Education Association – Central Region – Outstanding Art Teacher award! She received her "Oscar" at the 2012 OAEA Conference in Cincinnati. Dr. McComb was selected from all OAEA members within the central region of Ohio for her outstanding work and advocacy for the arts in education.


Harmon Elementary earns SOAR Award

Congratulations to the students and staff of Harmon Elementary School for earning a Battelle for Kids High Progress School SOAR Award! To earn this award, a school must be among the top schools of all participating SOAR schools showing above average progress in math and reading.


Brookpark Middle School Student to perform in BalletMet Columbus The Nutcracker

Congratulations to Brookpark student Mackenzie LaFlamme! Mackenzie will be performing in the BalletMet Columbus production of The Nutcracker in December.


Central Crossing High School Marching Band heading to Nationals

The Central Crossing High School Marching Band will be leaving Thursday to compete their show "Unchained" at Nationals in Indianapolis at the Lucus Oil Stadium, representing the South-Western City Schools! They will compete against 100 of the best bands in the Nation! Please wish them the best of luck as they worked really hard to make it here! GO COMETS!!!


Westland High School Marching Band earns Superior rating at 2012 OMEA contest

Congratulations to the Westland High School Marching Band for earning an Excellent rating at the 2012 OMEA contest at Hilliard Bradley HS!


SWCS Alumni featured in GQ magazine

Alumni News: SWCS graduate Corbin Clay is one of five national finalists featured in the November issue of GQ Magazine. He's being recognized as an entrepreneur for his business, The Azure Furniture Company. More information can be found online at AGentlemansCall.com. Corbin is the son of retired SWCS teacher Jane Clay.


GCHS raises money for ALS research

GCHS raised more than $900 for ALS research as a pre-game cornhole tournament. Shown in the picture (L-R) are: GCHS Principal Mike Starner, ALS patient Dave Starner, OSU Researcher Dr. Stephen Kolb, GCHS student Sam Timmons and GCHS teacher John Bova.


Franklin Heights High School Marching Band earns Superior rating at 2012 OMEA contest

Congratulations to the Franklin Heights Golden Falcon Marching Band for earning a Superior rating at the 2012 OMEA contest at Hilliard Bradley HS!


Central Crossing High School Marching Band earns Superior rating at 2012 OMEA contest

Congratulations to the Central Crossing Marching Band for earning a Superior rating at the OMEA State Finals at Hilliard Bradley HS!!


ALS Awareness at Hayes Intermediate School

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Franklin Heights High School Marching Band earns Grand Champions Title at Tri-Valley Band Classic

Congratulations also to the Franklin Heights Golden Falcons Marching Band! They competed in the Tri-Valley Band Classic on Saturday, October 20 and earned First Place in Class A, First Place in Marching and GRAND CHAMPIONS Overall.


Westland High School Marching Band received a "Superior" rating to qualify for State Marching Band Finals

The Westland High School Marching Band competed at the Tri-Valley Marching Festivall on Saturday, October 20. The band received a Superior rating, which qualifies them for a performance at the State Marching Band Finals next Saturday. The band placed third in its class and the percussion section received the award for "Best Percussion," scoring the highest out of the 21 bands that competed.


Grove City High School Marching Band earns Grand Champions Title in Brunswick Sound Spectacular

The Grove City High School Marching Band competed in Brunswisk Sound Spectacular on Saturday, October 20. The Band earned Best Color Guard Class AA, Best Percussion Class AA, First Place Class AA, Best Color Guard Overall, Best Music Overall, Best General Effect Overall, Best Visual Effect Overall, and GRAND CHAMPIONS Overall.


Central Crossing High School Marching Band earns Grand Champions Title in Westerville North HS Mid States

Congratulations to the Central Crossing High School Marching Band for their Outstanding Performanceon Saturday, October 20 at Westerville North HS Mid States! The Band earned Overall Best Percussion, Overall Best Auxiliary, Overall Best Visual, Overall Best Music, Overall General Effect and was crowned Overall GRAND CHAMPION out of nine other talented bands. The Band took home a total of 12 Trophies!


Jackson volleyball players support coach

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Grove City High School Art Club students create mural

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2012 SWCS Marching Band Showcase videos

Central Crossing High School

Franklin Heights High School

Westland High School

Grove City High School

School Fight Songs and Trophey Presentation

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CCHS NJROTC Rifle Team Cadet breaks record

Congratulations to CCHS NJROTC Rifle Team cadet Daylin Van Steenburg, who broke the old CCHS record in shooting at the Montgomery Bell Academy Rifle Classic in Nashville, TN this past weekend to win the GOLD MEDAL!! She earned a score of 557 to break Jim Fitz' 2006 record of 549.


Grove City Marching Band performed at the OSU Invitational and Teays Valley Invitational

The GCHS Marching Band performed at the OSU Invitational yesterday in the SHOE. They won Best Music, Best General Effect, Best Marching, Highest overall Score. Then later in day to Teays Valley Invitational. Best Percussion, Best Color Guard, Best Field Commanders, Best Music, Best General Effect, Best Marching, 1st Place Class AA, overall Grand Champs! OUTSTANDING!


Congratulations to FWI School student Sydney Cooley

Congratulations to Franklin Woods Intermediate School student Sydney Cooley, who was selected to participate in the opening ceremony with the USA Gold Medalists in the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions! The event takes place on November 4 at the Schottenstein Center.


Congratulations to our 2012 GED Graduates

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Fire Safety for Kids

October 7-13 is Fire Protection Week. The Fire Safety for Kids Website teaches kids basic home fire safety. The site discusses the importance of smoke alarms and what children should do when the smoke alarm goes off. The site also teaches the importance of having a family escape plan and practicing it regularly to increase the likelihood that if a fire breaks out, children will know how to respond appropriately.


Franklin Heights Golden Falcon Marching Band received a "Superior" rating to qualify for OMEA State Finalist Competition

The Franklin Heights Golden Falcon Marching Band received a "Superior" rating to qualify for the OMEA State Finalist Competition to be held at Hilliard Bradley H. S. on October 27. The Band received its Superior rating at its very first competition also held at Hilliard Bradley. This marks the 21st year in a row that the Band has qualified for State Finals - one of the longest runs in the state! Don't miss the Band as it performs at the 2012 Marching Band Showcase at Grove City High School on Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m.


Staff recognized at Central Region OSBA Fall Conference

North Franklin second grade teacher Rebecca Headington was honored as an outstanding educator of the Central Region of the Ohio School Boards Association. Rebecca started the 2011-12 school year with 34.7% of her students below grade level in reading and finished the year with 100% of the students reading at or above grade level.

Steven J. Smith, Jr. was recognized at the Central Ohio OSBA Fall Conference. Steve donated his time to develop and file the necessary paperwork for the Success Beyond the Classroom Foundation to obtain its 501(c)(3) status as well as created a 70+page template for other districts to use when creating similar foundations.


Westland High School Marching Band places second overall at the Medowbrook Invitational

The Westland High School Marching Band competed at the Meadowbrook Invitational on Saturday, September 29. The band placed second overall, and first overall in percussion. The band also placed second in visual effect and general effect, first in visual performance, and third in music and colorguard. The band's score improved five points from their previous show. Go cougars!


Westland High School Marching Band receives Superior Rating

The Westland High School Marching Band competed at the Canal Winchester marching invitational on Saturday, September 22. The band received a Superior rating, which qualifies them for a performance at the State Marching Band Finals in late October. The band placed third in its class and the percussion section received the award for "Best Percussion", scoring the highest out of the 12 bands that competed. The Westland Band will also compete Saturday, September 29 at Meadowbrook High School.


SWCS officials anticipating best school report card from state

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Congratulations to Board Vice President Randy Reisling

Congratulations to Board Vice President Randy Reisling, who was recognized by the Ohio School Boards Association for his service to the organization.


Congratulations to the Central Crossing Cheerleaders!

Congratulations to the Central Crossing Cheerleaders! They competed at the Americheer Camp at Ohio Dominican University. The freshmen received an overall excellent award and the Varsity received the highest honor of the overall superior award. All teams received a spirit stick and first place for crowd crazies as well as third place for the home dance.


Central Crossing Students Attempt to Break World Record

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Congratulations to the members of the 2012 CCHS Homecoming Court!

Back Row (Left to Right): Casey McManaway (So.), Caleb Mosley (Jr.), Evan Fogle (Sr.), Zach Wyatt (Sr.), Will Bohne (Sr.), Nader Akrouche (Sr.), Austin Albert (Jr.), Noah Stephens (Fr.)

Front Row (Left to Right): Angel Akabuaku (Fr.), Hannah Wackernagle (Jr.), Kayleigh Mahoney (Sr.), Megan Hendershot (Sr.), Becca Heavener (Sr.), Sarah Chole (Sr.), Jackie Fowler (Jr.), McKenzie Swain (Fr.)


GCHS Student Named 2013 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Congratulations to GCHS student Kelsey Allmon for being named a semifinalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Competition!


WHS Freshmen Commit to Graduate

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Congratulations to our new Master Teachers

Congratulations to our new Master Teachers: James Farthing, Julie Mainella, Erin McCloskey, Alison Plotts and Jane White!

The School Day Just Got Healthier!

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Another story about WHS student Greg Rummel!

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Westland sophomore ties black around waist; someday hopes to hang gold from neck

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Be the Difference, Make a Difference.

Westland High School's theme for the year is "Be the Difference, Make a Difference." This year, on the first day of school, Westland hosted three WHS graduates, who addressed students about staying in school and having a plan for the future : Barrett Brooks - WHS and University of Findlay graduate and inductee into the Westland Athletic Hall of Fame; Mark Kay - WHS and Cornell graduate; and Tony Jackson - WHS and OSU graduate and football alumni. As a follow-up to this, freshman students will be signing a "Commit to Graduate" banner in September.

CCHS Staff Members raise money at 2012 Pelatonia for Cancer Research

Congratulations to CCHS staff members, Captain Peter MacKay, Bryan O'Shea and Jodi Brown, who rode their bicycles in the 2012 Pelatonia on August 11, 2012. They raised nearly $5,000 and rode 250 miles for the James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University.

Central Crossing Marching Band participates in Grand Opening

Members of the Central Crossing High School Marching Band participated in the City of Grove City's grand opening and first official drive on the new single-point urban interchange at 71 and 665.

 

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