January 2023 District Newsletter
January 2023 Hurricane News
We hope you'll take a few minutes to catch up on our Hurricane News. In this newsletter you'll find:
- 2023 Board Update
- Board Corner - November and December Summaries
- Strategic Planning - December Update
- Learning Series Article: AAC
- Hurricane News Stories
- CC Health Dept Letter to Parents re: Ohio Measle Outbreak
- Community Events and Opportunities
Reminder: Monday, January 16th, there will be no school in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.
2023 Board Update
We're excited to begin a new semester and a new year! At our 2023 Board Organizational Meeting on January 5th, the Board elected Carrie Zeigler as President for 2023 and Kevin Snarr as Vice President. Other Board Members include Marty Beaugard Sr, Brian Shidaker, and Michael Flanigan.
All of our dedicated Board Members are ready to finish the school year strong and will continue to work hard to ensure that our students have access to quality education.
The Board meeting schedule for 2023 was approved at the Organizational Meeting and is available on the website at wilmingtoncityschools.com/boe.
To catch up on Board business, check out our quick summaries of the November 28th and December 19th BOE Agendas.
November 28, 2022 Board Corner (doc)
December 19, 2022 Board Corner (doc)
Please note that our Board summaries encompass items presented by the District for Board action. The next regular meeting of the Board is January 23, 2023 at 6pm and will be held at WHS.
December BOE Student Recognition
A number of outstanding WHS students were recognized at our December Board meeting:
- The High School recognized WHS students for their outstanding leadership. The students were counselors for the WMS Project TRUST camp in December.
- Our Athletic Director, Troy Diels, recognized the Boys Basketball Team for their outstanding community service in helping to provide meals for the community at Thanksgiving.
- The AD recognized the WHS Volleyball team for having the highest GPA for the Fall Season!
We are proud of these students for their leadership and commitment to their education, their team, and their community.
Hurricane Learning Series
Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC)
Children (and adults, too) communicate in many different ways - voice, eye gaze, facial expressions, writing, gestures, etc. We all use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to some extent in our everyday lives. For example, in addition to words, we can often tell someone is angry by their facial expressions and physical gestures - Augmentative Communication. We often utilize email or text to communicate instead of speaking to someone - Alternative Communication.
However, some students do not use spoken language to communicate for a variety of reasons such as muscle weakness, difficulty coordinating and sequencing sounds, or having a limited expressive vocabulary. They may not communicate in the traditional manner of talking and/or using gestures, and fine motor skills used for writing or pointing may differ from their same-age peers. When that happens our Speech Language Pathologists work with the student to employ Augmentative and Alternative Communication that is tailored to their individual needs. Speech Language Pathologists prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults (ASHA). WCS employs 4 Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) who are currently serving more than 200 students across the district, with approximately 30 students who use AAC as their primary manner of communication.
AAC methods vary depending on the child and the need. They can range from low/no tech (pointing to pictures on a poster or board) to high tech (use of a speech generating device to communicate). Some of our students use AAC exclusively and some use AAC along with verbal language. Our district has students who use:
Direct selection using eye gaze (either low tech by looking at visual icons or high tech by selecting icons on speech generating devices)
Direct selection by using their fingers/hands on high tech devices that have vocabulary systems on them
Indirect selection using switches by their heads and/or hands to select vocabulary after it has been presented/scanned
Direct selection by using their fingers/hands on visual icons and low-tech core boards
These students rely on AAC to make greetings/farewells, in social routines, to build relationships with others, to communicate wants/needs, to participate in academic tasks, and to ask/answer questions. Our SLPs are a vital part of enriching their school experience and helping students navigate their world on a daily basis. If you want to learn more, we encourage you to check out the resource article linked below from ASHA.org.
Resource Article: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) - ASHA.org
December 2022 Strategic Planning Update
We want to keep you in the loop as we work to improve our schools. View our Hurricane Forecast: Strategic Planning document to learn more about the projects that we are researching, planning, or currently implementing this school year. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.
WHS January News 2023
Teachers and staff have spent the last two days teaching schoolwide and classroom expectations. We have specifically reviewed our classroom expectation around cell phone use. At school, these devices can be distracting in the classroom and in the school environment. Classrooms are a red zone--phones should not be seen or heard.
College Credit Plus - Annual Notice and Information Night
Did you know that students can participate in the College Credit Plus program at WHS? If you are interested, please attend the required CCP Information Night on February 2, 2023, at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at WHS in the Auditeria. Please review our Annual CCP Notice (doc) for important information and deadlines for participation.
Meet our WHS Dean of Students!
We are excited to announce that Matt Spradlin has been hired as the Dean of Students for the High School and started this new role in November. Mr. Spradlin brings many years of experience teaching and building strong relationships with staff and students. He will continue to teach two high school band classes and lead the marching band program this year. As Dean of Students he will work collaboratively with our campus administrators, as well as our campus climate and security teams, to provide support with student discipline, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), crisis intervention, and attendance monitoring. The Dean of Students will also reinforce a positive school culture and will foster a safe learning environment for students and staff. This position is paid for out of ESSER funds.
Wow! What a performance by our WHS students in the November production of Clue! The students and staff worked hard and the audience was treated to a wonderful performance. The Theatre Dept is now gearing up for 2 big performances in 2nd semester. They will be presenting both Oklahoma and Cats in 2nd semester - both shows are tremendously popular with fantastic musical scores. We can’t wait!
WHS Nov. 2022 Students of the Month!
WHS is proud to announce the November 2022 Students of the Month! We hope you'll take a few minutes to see what their teachers have to say about these outstanding students. Business Department: Sabrina Campos The Business Department at WHS would like to nominate Sabrina Campos as the student of the month!
WMS Extra Time, Extra Help
Extra Time Extra Help is an opportunity for WMS students to stay after school and get help with their school work from WMS teachers. We're here to help our WMS students succeed! There is no sign up required. 2:45 - 4:00pm every Tuesday and Thursday that school is in session.
WMS Student Immersion Tour of ATSG
In partnership with the Clinton County Workforce Collaborative, Wilmington Middle School took 20 students on a field trip to tour ATSG. Through this experience students were able to see first hand many of the career opportunities that are available right here in Clinton County.
WHS Food Pantry for WCS Families
Did you know that our High School has a food pantry specifically for families that have a student currently attending Wilmington City Schools? Wilmington High School has a Food Pantry that has been set up in partnership with the Free Store Food Bank.
Clinton County Health Department Alert
Ohio Measles Outbreak Information
Our Clinton County Health District has provided us with a letter for parents regarding the measles outbreak in Ohio. As of December 30th, more than 80 cases have been diagnosed in Ohio and 32 have been hospitalized. Please review the attached letter regarding the outbreak and the MMR vaccine. Share it with friends who may have small children and help our kids stay healthy and happy.
The article links below are provided for your convenience and are not under the control of the District.
WHS FFA, music dept. honor local veterans - Wilmington News Journal
The Wilmington High School FFA and music department combined to present a Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 11. Although raining, many veterans and family members attended and were recognized during the welcoming introduction by Devon Snyder, FFA president. The symphonic band opened the program with several selections, followed by the choir.
WHS junior wins big at NAILE - Wilmington News Journal
WILMINGTON - Haley Schneder, a junior at Wilmington High School, recently competed and won the overall Intermediate Swine Showmanship contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky. "NAILE is the world's largest purebred livestock show and is considered a major livestock event.
Ohio Connectivity Champions
Powered by the Management Council, Ohio Connectivity Champions are the "boots-on-the-ground" supports, working to remove barriers to internet access by: Ensuring Ohioans have home internet access for online learning, telehealth, job seeking and applying, skills development, and taking part in the 21st century economy Helping school districts with deployment and
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Clubs and Activities
STEAM Dreams: 1st Tuesday of every month 4:00 PM | Ages 12-18 Join us at the Wilmington Public Library to explore STEM concepts and make super cool art! Every month we will be experimenting, designing, creating, and dreaming up new projects. See monthly calendar for more details about each month's program.