West Clermont School District

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#WCconnects Parent Newsletter - May 21st, 2019

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

A Year of Change for the West Clermont School District

By Natasha L. Adams, Superintendent

There are many changes taking place in the West Clermont School District as we work to make sure we are serving our students in the best way possible. One of the biggest changes we recently implemented involved redrawing the district’s elementary school attendance boundaries, which allows us to accommodate our current enrollment as well as our projected future growth.

“We have spent time over the last several months planning events and special activities to make sure we end the school year well and transition smoothly into the 2019-20 school year,” said Natasha Adams, superintendent. “We also want to help establish a new school building culture, traditions and sense of ownership for all because we know how important a sense of place and belonging is to everyone who enters our doors.”

Another change that resulted from the redrawing of the elementary attendance boundaries is a consolidation of the district’s preschool programming. Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, West Clermont Wolf Pup Preschool will be housed at both Holly Hill Elementary School and Willowville Elementary School.

“Relocating our Head Start and preschool programming to two locations allows us to maximize our resources and become more efficient so we can continue to deliver a high-quality pre-kindergarten program that provides an engaging and developmentally appropriate environment and learning experiences for students to prepare them for kindergarten,” said Stacie McMahon, district preschool supervisor.

The district focused on key considerations throughout the process of redrawing the boundaries, including how to achieve the best balance of elementary students district-wide, successfully transition everyone, minimally impact families, and create opportunities for the long-term growth and sustainability of the district.

“We want to focus on being one district, not a district of schools, and I believe through the redrawing of our elementary school boundaries we are one step closer to achieving this goal,” continued Adams. “We are fortunate to have committed administrators, teachers and staff who care for and will help usher all of our students and families through this process.”

In Loving Memory of Mrs. Denise Smith

Denise Smith, who served on the West Clermont School District Board of Education,

recently passed away after a battle with breast cancer.

“We all are saddened by the passing of Denise, who was a longtime board member and an advocate for and friend of our school district community,” said Natasha Adams, district superintendent. “Her leadership, dedication and contributions to our community have positively impacted countless lives and will be felt for generations to come.”

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Smith and her husband Patrick have been members of the West Clermont community for 38 years. Both of their children, Justin and Amanda attended West Clermont Schools and graduated from Glen Este High School. First elected in 2010, Smith served a total of eight years on the West Clermont Board of Education. She also served on the board of the West Clermont Education Foundation.

Smith also served as an educator for the past 40 years, most recently working as a Speech Language Pathologist for the Clermont County Educational Service Center and Bethel School District. She was a member of several professional organizations and committees and volunteered extensively in the West Clermont School District and the community for many years, including on the board of the Clermont County League of Women Voters as well as for the Clermont County Workforce Readiness Initiative. In 2014 Smith received the Orpha Gatch Suffragist Award for Leadership and Volunteerism. Smith always felt that her experiences as an educator, volunteer and parent gave her the necessary insight and knowledge to be a productive and effective board member.

“She was a passionate advocate for the children of West Clermont and always kept them first in her mind,” continued Adams. “That is her legacy.”

A public visitation is scheduled for Thursday May 23rd at Nurre Funeral Home in Amelia from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. A funeral mass will be held on Friday May 24th at St. Veronica.

Graduation for the Class of 2019

Graduation for the West Clermont High School Class of 2019 will take place on Wednesday May 22nd at 7:30pm at Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University. If you cannot attend graduation, it will be streamed live at http://www.cintascenter.com/livestream.php. Congratulations to the Class of 2019! We are proud of you and all of your accomplishments!

Senior Walk 2019

It was a great celebration as members of the Class of 2019 were able to visit their elementary schools one final time before graduation to thank the teachers that got them there and to inspire our next generation of Wolves.

Eastside Rotary Club Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our students from West Clermont High School who each won a scholarship from the Eastside Rotary Club. The winners are:

Priya Patel, Alex Bassiouny, and Rachel Wheeler

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2019 West Clermont High School Golf Outing

Calling all golfers! Join us for the 2019 West Clermont High School Golf Outing on June 17th at Legendary Run. The event begins at 12:00pm. All proceeds will benefit student scholarship and recognition programs at the high school. To get more information or to register your team visit http://www.wchs-ptso.com/.

2019 Summer Camp Information

Looking for a great way to keep your kids involved over the summer or a chance to have them experience something new? Check out the Summer Camps being offered by our various partners across Greater Cincinnati.

By clicking on the link below, you can find camp information from organizations such as: Cincinnati Children's Theater, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Nature Center, Cincinnati Zoo, Clermont County Library, Great Oaks Career Center, MercyHelath West Clermont HealthPlex, Tata Consultancy Services, and West Clermont High School Athletics. More information will be added throughout the Summer so please make sure you keep checking back. If you have any questions, please contact the camp organizer.

Parent Education Series Survey

The West Clermont School District plans to continue the Parent Education Series established during the 2018/2019 school year. In order to best meet the needs of parents, please complete the short survey by clicking here or by filling out the form below.

Say Thank You to Your Favorite Teacher or Staff Member!

Are you looking for a great way to say “Thank you” to your student’s favorite teacher or support staff member? Make a donation in their name to the West Clermont Education Foundation and have them recognized on the WCEF and West Clermont School District's Facebook page. Your teacher or staff member will also receive your personalized “Thank you” message and acknowledgment of your recognition. To submit a "thank you" message and your donation please use the form posted below.

MercyHealth West Clermont HealthPlex Upcoming Events

The MercyHealth West Clermont HealthPlex offers more opportunities for Health & Wellness in the community. Membership includes over 95 group exercise classes per week, unlimited use of our state of the art cardio and strength equipment, use of our warm water and lap pools, and a variety of special events and family programming.

Upcoming Events Include (Click on the links below for more information):

  • Summer Camps - Beginning May 28th
  • Basketball Clinic with Former UC Bearcat Alex Meacham - May 29th
  • Ballet, Dance, and Tumble

MercyHealth West Clermont HealthPlex/Tri State Running Company Fun Runs

Join runners from all over the area during the summer once a month for a fun run and cookout at the MercyHealth West Clermont HealthPlelx thanks to Tri State Running Company. All ability levels are welcome. You can choose your own distance and pace. The run will start at 6:30pm with a free cookout afterwards each night. You do not have to be a member of the HealthPlex to participate. The fun runs will be held on:

  • June 19th
  • July 27th
  • August 21st

Meet our New Nurse Practitioner at the Wolves Wellness Center....Sahara Dorsey

Sahara Dorsey graduated from The Christ College of Nursing in 2010 with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, and in 2014 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings as a nurse and believes that health care is truly her calling. She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 2017 and earned her Family Nurse Practitioner License. She is board certified and credentialed through ANCC.

She enjoys family medicine and treating the patient as a whole - getting to experience every stage of their life and development. Education is a very important aspect of healthcare and she takes pride in ensuring her patients and their families understand their health and factors that may affect it. If patients and families understand what leads to poor health and are educated on making better decisions then we can have a healthier and happier community.

Clermont County Library Used Book Sale

The Clermont County Library will be holding a Used Book Sale May 25th - June 1st at the Union Township Branch. Check out the information below for more information.

The Wolfpack Pantry Will Be Open Over the Summer!

The Wolfpack Pantry at West Clermont Middle School will be open over the summer to serve the needs of our students and our community thanks to Cincy Kids 4 Kids. Please click on the link below to get more information.