Blue Devil eNews

Reading Community City School District | May 2021

Superintendent’s Message

Dear Reading Families:

As we close the 2020-2021 school year, I would like to thank you for your support and flexibility as we have navigated the challenges this year has brought to all of us. The consistent theme and direction of the district was to provide our students and staff with a safe and healthy learning environment that followed the guidance of state and county health officials. As the guidance changed, we changed with it and did our very best to support the educational process for our students and families throughout the year.

Our teaching and support staff were remarkable this year, proving time and time again that their dedication to students, families, education, and our district is the top priority each day. I cannot thank them enough for the work they have done and their commitment to your students.

With the summer upon us, uncertainty still lies ahead for what is to come next school year. Guidance from the CDC has been updated, health orders in Ohio are set to expire, and future guidance for school districts can be anticipated. Our Board of Education and leadership team will monitor developments throughout the summer as we continue our preparations for the 2021-2022 school year. Please look for district communication with important updates and information as it becomes available.

On behalf of all of us at Reading Community City Schools, I wish you a safe and healthy summer and look forward to seeing our students back to school in August. Thank you!

Jason Enix


Reading Community City Schools

Congratulations Class of 2021!

After weather delayed our planned ceremony on Wednesday, the Reading High School Class of 2021 graduated at Reading Veterans Memorial Stadium Thursday night. The outdoor venue meant that our graduates could celebrate this special moment surrounded by more of their family members and guests. Thank you to Mayor Bemmes and the City of Reading for helping make this possible.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

8th Grade Recognition

Congratulations to the Class of 2025 as they wrapped up their time at Reading Middle School. During 8th Grade Recognition Ceremonies this week, our Citizens of the Year Presley Hoover, Aubrey Griffin, Autumn Daley, and Damion Green were honored. Landen Schaefer and Kaylee Landis were recognized as our Athletes of the Year.

We also held the traditional “Clap-Out” to send our 8th-grade students on to Reading High School.

Summer Lunch for Everyone

Our Summer Lunch Program will return Monday, June 7. Free lunches will be available for children ages 1-18, and adults can eat for just $2 per meal. Lunch will take place 11:45 am - 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday this summer. (No Lunch on Monday, July 5) Join us at the front entrance of Reading Community City Schools, 810 E. Columbia Ave. More information here.

Final Chromebook Drop-Off

The technology drop-off for our Remote Students will take place Tuesday, June 1 from 11 am-1 pm and from 3-5 pm. This will also be the last chance for any other students to return school Chromebooks or hotspots. The collection will take place in the circle, and students will need to fill out forms as they are checked in.

Fees will be assessed for any hotspots, Chromebooks, or chargers not returned.

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Mock Trial Team Headed to Elite 8

Reading represented well at the Empire International Mock Trial Competition this past weekend. With four trials in three days, the Reading Blue Devils came away with 5 ballots, good enough to make the Elite Eight. Attorneys Jakob Allen, Grace Longworth, Mia Hankerson, and Russell Turner were all named on the ballots in the top attorney category while witnesses Sam Pruitt, Katie Altman, Alexis Gilland, Seth Quarry, and Aiden Ballinger were mentioned on ballots in the top witness category. Freshman Sage Altman won the Silver Medal for the whole tournament for her portrayal of the alibi witness. Hudson Schierloh also competed as an attorney. Well done Blue Devils!

Art Show Goes Virtual

The Art Show continued virtually this year. Our middle and high school students used digital platforms this year, in addition to traditional media to create their artworks, opening new doors to different skills. Our elementary students worked with clay for the first time, and even our youngest students in kindergarten and first grade are participating. Remote students participated by picking up paints and supplies or having them delivered to their doorsteps.

Art Teacher Geoff Schmidt put together a video to showcase their great work!

RHS Counselor's Corner

  • High School report cards will be sent out by Monday, June 1.

  • Summer School information has been sent to all students that will need to take a course over the summer to catch up. Check your report card for any Fs. We can help you to recover up to two full credits this summer by using TRECA. Contact your counselor today! Registration with TRECA is due by Friday, June 4!

  • If you failed either part of Freshman Algebra 1, you can recover your credit with Mrs. Kelly this summer. Find out more from Mrs. Kelly or in the Guidance office.

  • WORK PERMITS - if you get a job and are under 18 years of age, you must have a work permit. Check your email for forms and instructions.

  • CURRENT JUNIORS...look for information to schedule your one-on-one meeting to plan your SENIOR year! Mrs. Eisenhard and Mrs. Bemmes will schedule meetings with you and your parents over the summer!

  • ALL CURRENT Juniors - make sure to do your summer reading project for Thamann's class. You will have discussions and assignments related to it on the first day of next year!

  • If you are signed up for any of the following courses next year, make sure you have your Summer Assignments: Mock Trial (Mr.Janig), AP Language Arts (Doyle), ACC English 10 (Rider). Make sure you do your summer assignments. Copies are on the Guidance webpage.

  • CONGRATULATIONS Class of 2021! Best wishes in all of your future endeavors.

Vaccine Availability

Everyone 12 and older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can schedule an appointment for vaccination through many local pharmacies and a list of local walk-in clinics can be found here.

Explore Reading With A Parks Passport

We Thrive and Hamilton County Parks have put together a passport to discover the many parks we have here in the City of Reading. It’s a great opportunity for our families to explore the community and be active over the summer. There are 14 locations throughout the City of Reading with plaques for students to etch onto their passports. Participants 18 and younger can turn in the completed passport at Don’s Creamy Whip for a free small cone (toppings extra). Limited to 1 free cone per person. Any questions, please call 513-733-4879.

Download and print the Reading Parks Passport here.

Important Dates Tuesday, June 1, 8:00 am Community Chat, Reading Media Center Wednesday, June 2, 5:30 pm Board Work Session, Media Center Wednesday, June 16, 5:30 pm Board Meeting, Media Center