Warhawk News

Information/Updates about Westerville Central High School

Message from Mr. Lanier

Warhawk Nation

I want to thank everyone for an excellent start to the 2019-20 school year. August was jam packed with back to school events and as the calendar changes to September, it is hard to believe that we are already 3 weeks into the first quarter. September marks the traditional back to school time with fall sports, academic recognition, and much, much, more.

This edition of the newsletter contains information about coming events, along with stories about the start of the year.

Thank you again for privilege of working with your students and supporting the teachers and staff at Central.

"It's Time to Soar Warhawks"

Mr. Lanier

Important Dates


4th (7:30 p.m. in the theater): Underclassmen Academic Awards ceremony. Invited students should plan to check in by 6:45 p.m.

18th and 19th (4-8 p.m.): Parent/Teacher conferences. Schedule with the teacher.

20th: No School.

20th-22nd: Fall Play at Central.

26th: Early Release professional development day. Students dismissed at 1:05 p.m.


2nd (7:30 p.m. in the theater): Central Band Concert

Sept. 30-Oct 5: Homecoming Week

3rd (9:00 p.m.): Homecoming bonfire in the lower lot.

4th (6:00 p.m.): Homecoming court presented at the football game.

5th (8-11 p.m.): Homecoming dance at Central.

8th (7:30 p.m.): Jazz/Orchestra Concert

9th (7:30 p.m.): Choir Concert

11th: End of the first grading period.

16th: PSAT testing for all students in classes 2021 and 2022.

18th: No School COTA Day.

Central Student Raises Money for Steps for Sarcoma

Did you know that Sarcoma makes up less than one percent of all adult cancers and twenty percent of pediatric cancers? Steps for Sarcoma was created in 2010 by Dr. Joel Mayerson as a way to raise funding for Sarcoma research at The James Cancer Hospital at OSU. Sarcoma is a cancer found in the bone or connective tissue.

The Cable sisters, Caroline, a senior, and Julia, a sophomore, will be fundraising for Steps for Sarcoma at the beginning of this school year. Their motivation to fundraise is their mother who was diagnosed with Soft Tissue Sarcoma last year. Donating to this organization will help raise funding for research at The James to help find a cure for Sarcoma!

Caroline and Julia will be selling bracelets and buttons featuring the sunflower, a symbol of Sarcoma and hope. Steps for Sarcoma is a 5K walk or a 1 mile walk that will take place on Sept. 22, 2019. You can go to stepsforsarcomaevent.com to register for the event or make a donation.

Steps for Sarcoma Mission:

“We strive to bring patient, family, and community sarcoma awareness and education by raising orthopaedic sarcoma pilot research funds, to promote improved patient outcomes and quality of life.”

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Challenge Day Returns to Central in November

Challenge Day is Coming Back to Central!

November 11-12, 2019

Challenge Day is returning to Westerville Central in November! Students are invited to participate in ONE day of this memorable, life-changing program and will be excused from their classes that day. To register, pick up a permission slip in the main office or print out the form from here: Challenge Day Permission slip and return it to Mrs. Stephanie Martin (teacher) ASAP. The program is limited to the first 200 students who sign up. Registration is first-come, first-served.

The goal of Challenge Day is to build an educational community of acceptance and to help stop the teasing, violence, and alienation that is part of the high school experience for many of our young people. Challenge Day is a powerful, life-changing program that addresses issues of isolation, racism, stereotypes, peer-pressure and bullying within the context of teen life. In this award-winning program, students are engaged in games, activities, group discussions, and trust-building exercises. Challenge Day empowers students break down the walls of separation and increase understanding, tolerance, acceptance, friendship, and positive peer support. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, students are challenged to “be the change they wish to see in the world.”

The cost for each student to participate in Challenge Day is $35 per student. To defray the cost of the program, donations of any amount are graciously accepted, however, not required. If you would like to make a contribution to cover the cost of your students’ participation, checks may be made out to Westerville City Schools – Challenge Day and send to Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Avenue, Westerville, OH 43082, attention Stephanie Martin. All contributions are tax deductible and much appreciated!

Adult volunteers are also needed to act as facilitators in the program. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Mrs. Martin at martins@wcsoh.org.

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It takes a village to host a home football game. Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Ewing take tickets at the home gate and were missing a favorite student.

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4-Hawks Participated in the Hartford Fair this summer.

Makenna Locke showed her Alpaca at the most recent Hartford Fair as part of the 4-Hawks Club at Central. Also pictured is Mrs. Bergmann who is the adviser for 4-Hawks.

Attendance Reporting System

Central will continue to use the new attendance reporting system to begin the 2019-20 school year. Please refer to the attached letter for information about how to report a student absence using the new system.

Warhawk Academic Boosters

Athletics Info

Please visit our Athletic Webpage for the latest in Warhawk Athletic News and upcoming contests.

Athletic Director Andy Ey at eya@westerville.k12.oh.us.

Attendance Info

Students who attend school regularly will experience greater success than students who have poor attendance. Helping students with attendance issues is a team effort that includes the family, school counselors, administration and health care providers. Proactive communication around attendance will help the team work together to support students in their efforts to be successful in their academic experience.

Please find some helpful hints from our attendance clerk below to help get the school year started off on the right foot:

Attendance Office Phone #: 614-797-6820

Please call when you know that your student is going to be absent from school for any reason.


Occasionally students have a medical or dental appointment during school hours. In the event that such an appointment is necessary, the following procedure must be used or that student will be considered unexcused: A note from the parent/guardian prior to the appointment is appropriate. A phone call/voice mail message at least 1 hour prior to the student’s necessary dismissal time is acceptable. Parental/guardian calls and notes must be specific about the reason for and the time of the appointment and the approximate time of return. Prior to leaving the building, the student must stop in the attendance office to sign out. Upon return, the student must sign in to the attendance office and bring verification of his/her doctor, dentist, or court appointment.

Thanks for your help in helping us track your child's attendance.


Communication is a key fundamental in making sure that your student has all that they need to be successful in their high school experience. Please visit your PowerSchool account and update your phone numbers and email contact information to make sure that receive information from Central in a timely manner.

Central will use the following means of communication throughout the year:

* Daily announcements are found on our webpage.

* School Messenger: School wide messages will be delivered via phone calls and emails through our School Messenger account.

* Newsletter: I will send a monthly newsletter (Warhawk News) updating Warhawk Nation about the great things our students and staff are doing during the school year. The newsletter is electronic and will be emailed and distributed via Twitter.

* Twitter: Consider following me on Twitter @ThomasWLanier. I share lots of fun events and great pics about Warhawk Nation via Twitter. Be sure to tweet @ThomasWLanier and use the hashtag, #hawkssoar when you see great things that our Warhawks are doing.

Student Fees and Lunch Payments

Westerville uses an online payment system called EZ Pay. The system will officially open and begin receiving payments August 1. EZ Pay will allow Parents/Guardians to pay all student fees (including AP Testing fees) and put money into their student lunch accounts.

The link below will take you to the EZ Pay site:


Please make checks payable to Westerville Board of Education.

Parking Passes

All students who drive to school must have a valid Westerville Central parking permit to park on school property during the school day. We ask that students park in designated student parking areas as well.

Parking pass registration will be available during schedule pick-up days. Students will need to do the following to register for a parking pass:

* Complete a parking pass application that is signed by their parent/guardian.

* Provide a copy of their valid driver's license.

* Provide a copy of their proof of insurance.

* Pay the $30 parking fee. (Replacement tags for lost passes will cost $15; be sure to keep track of your pass).

Parking on school property is a privilege and requires students to adhere to all parking regulations. Parking privileges can be revoked for violations of school and parking rules.



Tom Lanier, Principal

Nick McIlwain, Assistant Principal

Eric Nickel, Assistant Principal

Roshawn Parker, Assistant Principal

Andy Ey, Athletic Director

School Counselors:

Monica Johnson, Counselor A-CO

Jim Kloepfer, Counselor CR-HE

Megan Lemmon, Counselor HI-ME

Erica Guice, Counselor MI-SA

Carrie Ackermann, Counselor SC-Z

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