Warhawk News

Information/Updates about Westerville Central High School

Message from Mr. Lanier

Warhawk Nation

My wife and I recently saw the movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," which provides insight into how Fred Rogers (of the PBS children's program 'Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood') emphasized the importance of treating one another with kindness. The movie details the power of having empathy for others; the importance of being kind; and the essential need to treat everyone with decency. This philosophy fits right into the core values that we ask everyone at Central to adhere to everyday; 'Aways do your best; be kind; and embrace uniqueness.' Whether it be Fred Rogers' approach or Central's core values, let's make our community a better place by putting these values on display in our daily interactions with everyone in our lives.

I hope you have a great final two weeks of the first semester.

I hope you enjoy this month's edition of the Warhawk News.

"It's Time to Soar Warhawks"

Mr. Lanier

Important Dates


8, 14-15: Winter Play @ Central (3 p.m. each day)

11: Holiday Band/Choir Concert (7:30 p.m.)

12: Orchestra/Jazz Band Concert (7:30 p.m.)

13: Caring and Sharing Assembly (A.M. Assembly Schedule; 9:00 a.m.)

16-19: Exam Week (New exam schedule)

19: End of the 2nd grading period/1st semester

20-Jan. 6: Holiday Break

New Exam Schedule Debuts in December

All three Westerville High schools will use a new exam schedule this year beginning with the semester exams in December. The new schedule is very simple for parents and students to understand. Students will follow their normal schedule each day. Exams will be woven into the regular school day. Teachers have been working to update their assessments to work with the new approach as well. Exams will now occur over the final 4 days of the semester. As always, we ask that students/families plan accordingly and avoid unnecessary absences.

The new schedule is below:

Monday: 12/16 & Tuesday: 12/17

Period 1: Exam

Period 2: Class

Period 3: Exam

Period 4: Class

Period 5: Exam

Period 6: Class

Period 7: Exam

Period 8: Class

Wednesday: 12/18 & Thursday: 12/19

Period 1: Class

Period 2: Exam

Period 3: Class

Period 4: Exam

Period 5: Class

Period 6: Exam

Period 7: Class

Period 8: Exam

Tips to Prepare for Exams

Click here to get some advice on how to be at your best when you take your exams!!

PSAT Results Available this Week

Students will be able to access their October PSAT/NMSQT scores on Tuesday, December 10. Students should receive an email from College Board indicating their scores are available on December 10 if they put an email address on their test form. Students’ paper score report should arrive to the students' home the week of December 16. Please see below for helpful information regarding accessing and interpreting scores:

  • Homepage for parents and students for understanding PSAT/NMSQT scores, direct link to a short video explaining scores
  • Get free, personalized SAT practice! Your PSAT score unlocks a free, personalized practice plan through Official SAT Practice on Kahn Academy. Visit www.satpractice.org, create an account, and link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts for a plan based on your test results
  • For student account issues, the student or guardian must contact College Board’s student customer support team: 866-433-7728 or psathelp@info.collegeboard.org

Scholarship Info Night for the Class of 2020

There will be a Community Scholarship Informational Meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 6:30-7:30pm at Westerville SOUTH High School. During this meeting, we will go over the instruction for submitted the Community Scholarship application (due 1/10/2020).

All seniors are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Community Scholarship Application process. Many scholarships are offered with varying criteria (you do not have to have a 4.0 GPA to apply) and scholarship amounts vary.

Mark your calendar and plan to attend! If you have any questions, contact the Counseling Office at 614-797-6830.

Central Students and Staff Host the 2nd Annual 'Hour of Code'

Students in the Coding Club and their adviser, Ms. Farris, planned and hosted the 2nd annual 'Hour of Code' at Central. The event turned the library into multiple stations where students could learn about basic computer programming and then apply their new found skills to various activities. The event was open to study hall students throughout the day. Very Cool!!
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Warhawk Academic Boosters

November Students of the Month

From L-R:

Nicholas Layne nominated by Mrs. Kiko

Sulekha Abdullahi nominated by Mrs. Kratofil

Bibes Biswa nominated by Mrs. Christy

Donnie Adkins nominated by Mrs. Cress

Josh South nominated by Mr. Heeren

Megan Sullivan nominated by Ms. Shaw

Teagan Cochern nominated by Mr. Hildreth AND Mr. Mize

Phillip Lubinksy nominated by Mr. Hildreth

Not Pictured: Avery (Rachel) Zygmunt nominated by Mrs. Snider

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Accepting GEM Nominations for 2020

It's time once again to nominate a spectacular member of our Central community for the Westerville Parent Council / Roush Honda GEM Award. Think about an adult volunteer or staff member who has gone the “extra mile” to enrich the lives of our students. When you stop to think about it, we all know someone who exemplifies this award! Visit http://westervilleparentcouncil.com/gem-awards-2/ to download the nomination form. Forms are due by February 21, with recipients being announced in late-February. Forms can be turned into the Front Office or mailed/hand-delivered to Westerville Parent Council. Please contact our Central GEM coordinator, Heidi Snow (hsnowhope@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

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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.

Girls Basketball Season Gets Underway

Coach Randy Patton debuted as the new Girls' Varsity coach at Grove City. The team is led by senior Mabinty Kebe (#2 in the picture) and is very young overall with multiple first time varsity players. The girls have competed very hard so far this season!! Good luck Lady Warhawks!!
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Another example of our Warhawks Soaring

Lyssa Zepfel is a 2019 Warhawk Alum and was recently recognized as a Para Olympian All American for her time in the wheeled 800 event. Congratulations Lyssa and keep soaring!!

USA Track and Field

There's Still Time to Donate to Caring and Sharing

Homerooms are accepting donations for the Caring and Sharing program through Wednesday, December 11. I hope you'll consider contributing to this wonderful program. Donations are used to purchase gifts for local families in need of assistance. Central has been able to help, on average, about 100 students by raising close to $15,000 each year. We will celebrate together at an AM Assembly Friday, December 13.
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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.

Boo Radley Club at Central

Students started a chapter of the Boo Radley Club at Central this year. This club emphasizes the importance of creating a positive culture by committing random acts of kindness. I hope you'll consider the importance, and power, of treating others with kindness. It truly makes a difference for everyone!!
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Central Celebrated 'Friendsgiving' November 26

Mrs. Perry, Mrs. Nicol, and Mr. Hunt's classes gathered to celebrate 'Friendsgiving' the day before Thanksgiving break. The meal was prepared by the students in Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Nicol's classes. Mr. Hunt's 7th period Physics class was invited to join the feast and they happily accepted the invitation. Great collaboration happening at Central with our teachers and students.
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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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