February 2024 District Newsletter
It's a new year and a new semester. We have a lot to catch up on so keep reading! In this newsletter:
- Board News
- 2024-25 Academic Calendar!
- District News
- Upcoming Events
- Family Corner
The Board Started a New Year
Many people don't realize that school boards operate on a calendar year and not a school year. Each January, school boards hold an organizational meeting where they swear in any newly elected members and select their President and Vice President for the calendar year. They also have a list of items they approve to allow the Board and Administration to operate for the year.
Our newest Board members, Bill Davis and Bill Liermann, were sworn in at the Board's organizational meeting on January 4, 2024. The Board President for the year is Marty Beaugard, Sr. and the Vice President is Bill Davis. The 2024 Board Meeting schedule was set at the organizational meeting and is posted on our website.
- Regular meetings are generally on the 4th Monday of the month. If the 4th Monday falls on a holiday or when school is on a break (Spring or Winter break), then the meeting is held on the Monday prior to the break/holiday.
- Special meetings are announced in the Wilmington News Journal.
For Board member information, meeting schedule and documents, and Board policies visit wilmingtoncityschools.com/boe.
Photo L-R: Carrie Zeigler, Marty Beaugard (President), Bill Davis (Vice President), Bill Liermann, Brian Shidaker
Minutes from the November and December Board meetings are available online at wilmingtoncityschools.com/board-of-education. You can catch up on our more recent Board activites below:
January 22nd and 26th (doc)
The next Regular Board Meeting is February 26, 2024 at Holmes Elementary.
Important Levy Update
Project Trust Camp
In December, 48 WMS students attended Project Trust camp. They spent their time making memories, building new friendships, and enjoying time together! Our middle school campers were fantastic throughout the camp. They were open-minded, showed willingness to participate in the activities, and built awesome connections with each other. WMS Teacher, Holly Young, shared, "I can't say enough about the high school counselors who came to camp! They brought lots of energy, laughter and tons of fun to camp. They made lasting impressions on our middle schoolers! "
There will be another Project Trust camp in the Spring. We're excited to see the positive impact these students will have at their school in 2024 and beyond.
White Gift Program
We're so proud of our WHS students for continuing the White Gift tradition and for serving their community. This year, 150 meals were delivered to families and to the Clinton County Homeless Shelter. Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for supporting this 45-year-old tradition of giving: Fiesta Veracruz, People's Bank, Alma's Attic, R+L Carriers, Groves Tire and Service, Greater Tomorrow Health, Thompson Farms, First Christian Church Women's Ministry, Clinton County Leadership Institute, and Kroger.
Martin Luther King, Jr Honored
Monday, January 15th, our schools were closed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the days leading up to and following 1/15, students throughout the District read stories, delved into history, asked questions, had discussions, and learned more about Dr. King's focus on resolving conflict with kindness and love, not hatred and violence. Visit thekingcenter.org to learn more about this pivotal figure in our history.
Winter Weather Ahead
- Verify/update your contact information in FinalForms so that we can let you know about any school delays, closings, and early releases.
- Have a plan and discuss it with your kids. Decide on your childcare plans in the event of a delay, cancellation, or early dismissal.
Remember, the district covers 161 square miles and road conditions can vary widely from one corner of the district to another - from city streets to remote township and county roads. We also have acres of parking lots and sidewalks to clear before we can safely open our schools in bad weather. In the event that we need to delay/close school or release early, we'll let you know as soon as we can.
Thanks for helping us keep our students safe.
This Month at WCS...
Check our February 2024 Events (doc) and grab your calendar! Please remember to double check the building calendars on the website before heading out in case there are updates.)
- January was National Human Trafficking Prevention Month - Check out 10 things you can do to help stop human trafficking
- February is Black History Month. Learn more about at blackhistorymonth.gov. You may also enjoy an article from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage titled Facing History: Lessons from the Potter's Wheel.
College Credit Plus Parent Information Night
Our Annual College Credit Plus information session will be held on February 1, 2024 at 5:00 PM in the Wilmington High School Auditeria. Parents/students interested in participating in the CCP program for 2024-25 should plan to attend. Please see our Annual CCP Notice (pdf) for program information.
The following articles from other sources are provided for our WCS families and community. Links and content from external sources are not under the control of the District.
Reading Tips for Parents of Preschoolers
Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It's never too early to begin reading to your child! The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week.
27 Minutes - Prevention Action Alliance
Prevention Action Alliance is partnering with a group of students from Olentangy High School, who are focusing on the issues associated with social media and teens and educating parents on Ohio House Bill 33 in a group project.
A celebration of community - Wilmington News Journal
WILMINGTON - Locals were honored for their contributions to Clinton County at the annual C4 Awards - sponsored by the Clinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCCVB) and the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce - Friday night at The Murphy Theatre.
Early/Absentee Voting Begins February 21st
Ohio will hold their Primary Election on March 19, 2024. The last day to register to vote is February 20th. Early/Absentee voting begins on February 21st at your local Board of Elections.Visit voteohio.gov for the following:
- Register to Vote
- Update your voter registration
- Locate your Early Voting location (Board of Elections) and the dates/time for early voting
- Find your election day polling location