WCS September 2022 Newsletter
Your Hurricane News
Around the District
The 2022-23 school year is off to a great start!
- Our youngest students are getting to know their teachers, practicing safety drills, making friends, and learning new things.
- Our Middle School students are strengthening their Math and ELA schools during an expanded period.
- High School students are navigating new schedules, getting used to the new electronic hall pass system, and looking forward to all the excitement of our WHS Homecoming traditions.
- WHS Theatre Dept is planning a Fall production of Clue and is holding auditions 9/13 and 9/14.
- The Band Boosters are planning their 66th Annual Chili Supper.
- Our Athletics program is in high gear!
We hope you’ll take a few minutes to catch up on all of our Hurricane Happenings, projects we are working on, and upcoming events.
September is Attendance Awareness Month
Did you know that poor attendance in early grades can make it harder for kids to gain early reading and math skills? The negative impact of poor attendance only escalates as students progress through the grades*:
- Poor attendance in early grades can make it harder for kids to gain early reading and math skills.
- By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
- By 9th grade, attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
- Missing 10%, or 2 days a month, over the course of the school year, can affect a student’s academic success.
Developing strong attendance habits will help your child build habits that will help them successfully navigate college and career. Check out the helpful information and tips from Attendance Works:
Documents are available in additional languages online.
*Source - attendanceworks.org/
Hurricane Forecast: Strategic Planning
We want to keep you in the loop as we work toward improving our schools. Below is a list of current projects that we are researching or currently implementing this school year.
Currently Researching: Vaping Prevention
Vaping among teenagers remains a national concern. As schools across the country struggle to address the issue, a variety of resources are being researched. We are among the many schools in our region that are currently looking at (or have implemented) vape detectors. Funding for detectors and related expenses would potentially come from the Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant or ESSER Grant funds. We are also working with Talbert House and Clinton Memorial Hospital to establish prevention and treatment programs. We’ll keep you posted as we move through the process of evaluating pros and cons for our District.
Currently Planning - ESSER and Safety Grants
Our administrative staff continues to work on developing appropriate and meaningful uses for this last year of ESSER funds. The next focus will be toward security and safety upgrades throughout the District utilizing Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant funds. Watch the next newsletter for updates on our ESSER expenditures and plans for this final year of grant money and the safety grant progress.
Currently Implementing - Electronic Hall Passes
Our High School has implemented electronic hall passes this year! Our students, staff, and administrators are acclimating to this new system designed to better monitor student movement outside of the classroom.
We’ll keep you posted on our progress!
Hurricane News to Use
WHS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductions!
We're excited to announce that on September 9, 2022, we will induct Monica Howard and Donna Seeger into the WHS Athletics Hall of Fame! The Athletics Dept will hold a dinner in the Auditeria followed by the induction ceremony. Dinner tickets are available online only through our Hometown Ticketing portal.
New Ticketing Info for Varsity Football Games
Friday, 8/26/22, is the first home football game! Get the details, get your ticket/pass online, and get ready to cheer for the Hurricane! Tickets for the Varsity Football games are online only through WCS Hometown Ticketing. No cash will be accepted at the gate for Varsity Football home games.
WHS Homecoming 2022!
Homecoming 2022 is just around the corner! Here is the schedule of events: Thursday, 9/22/22, at 6:30pm - Homecoming Parade a (Pep Rally at Alumni Field will be immediately after the parade) Friday, 9/23/22 from 4:00-6:30pm - 66th Annual Chili Supper, Tickets available from band members or online.
Substitute Teachers Needed
Substitute Teaching is a great opportunity for you to support our Wilmington students and schools while earning money. Wilmington pays our substitute teachers $115.00 per day for a 7 hour work day. You have the opportunity to create flexible schedules by determining how often each week you want to work.
We're hiring! If you are interested in working part of full time (or know someone who is) and enjoy working with kids, then please check out our current open positions: Custodian (full time 2nd shift) and Substitute Custodians (1st & 2nd shifts) Bus Drivers - full time and substitutes Substitute Drivers earn $16.00/hour.
Don't forget to submit your Free and Reduced Meal Application by September 29th! Applications will be sent home with all students at the beginning of the school year. They are also available in each school office or you can print a F & R Meals Application here (pdf). Click here for more information.
Are you "Cane Connected?
If you are looking for ways to keep up with District news and stay on top of your child's progress during the year, then you may find the following resources helpful.
Newsletters and social media
You can find our main social media links at wilmingtoncityschools.com/communication. There is also a place to subscribe to our Newsletter and view current issues.
ProgressBook Mobile App!
Did you know that you can track your child’s progress (grades, attendance, tardiness, etc) in ProgressBook? ProgressBook has a parent/student mobile app available! Just check the document below for instructions on how to find and use the app. Download the app today and stay connected to your child's progress in school.
Frontline ProgressBook Parent/Student Mobile App (instructions pdf)
Overview of Mobile App (YouTube video)
WHS September Newsletter!
The WHS September Newsletter is out and it is packed full of helpful information for students and families. Check it out today for information on:
- New format for Parent/Teacher Conferences!
- Student information on cell phone policy, close lunch, student parking passes
- Progress Book Access
- Drop-off safety
- WHS Food Pantry
- Upcoming Career Fair!
We are fortunate to have a number of organizations that support our students, staff, and school. This month we want to share information about the Elementary PTO!
The Elementary PTO is up and running for the 2022-23 school year and is planning a whole host of events for our elementary students. Check out their September Newsletter (pdf) for more information and follow them on facebook. Here are a few of their upcoming events:
- 9/15 Skate Night
- 9/22 Homecoming Parade
- 9/23 Facepainting tent at the Homecoming game
- 10/6 PTO Meeting at Holmes 6-7:30pm
A giant THANK YOU to our Elementary PTO for their warm "welcome back" to our staff and students at the beginning of the school year and for all their extra time and effort to support our students and enhance their elementary experience.
COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS
UPCOMING EVENTS - Wilmington News Journal
Upcoming public/community events in Clinton County include the below. Email your public event information to [email protected] . Friday, Sept. 9 * An Evening with the Fancy Free Cloggers at 7:30 p.m. for "a journey with us - dancing, music, comedy, and more!" All tickets $12.
Clinton County Corn Festival
General Info: $4 admission at the gates (12 & Under FREE) $7 weekend pass available (passes can be purchased at gate upon entry) No pets (including dogs) allowed in show area (pets may be at campgrounds as long as they are secured or leashed) FREE PARKING All Special Event Games, kid train, and Music Concerts are FREE No Bikes, Skates, Roller Blades, Skate Boards or 4-wheels are allowed on show grounds.
Talking Tombstones '22: 'Meet' historic local residents that come to life at History Center's cemetery walk - Wilmington News Journal
WILMINGTON - People are dying to get in for the Clinton County History Center's Talking Tombstones - the second annual cemetery walk. Experience the personal stories of some of Clinton County's famous and historical citizens - who now lie at rest among the landscape of this beautiful "outdoor museum" called Sugar Grove Cemetery - on Saturday, Oct.
National Suicide Prevention Month
September is Suicide Prevention Month. We encourage you to join us in being vigilant in watching for signs of depression, learn about the risk factors and warning signs for suicide, read and share stories of hope and recovery, and know that there is help and there is hope for those who are struggling. For more information and resources please visit our Parent Resources page and scroll down to the Family Resources Section / Suicide Prevention Resources.