Warhawk News

Information/Updates about Westerville Central High School

Message from Mr. Lanier

Warhawk Nation

Whew...the First Semester is flying by us!! I hope everyone had a chance to spend time with family and enjoy the Thanksgiving Break. I know I did!!

In this busy time of year, be sure to take a moment to pause, reflect, and stay focused on what is most important. Often times the best 'present' you can give to someone is to be 'present' to one another. Give the gift of time well spent with family during this holiday season.

This edition of Warhawk News contains information about end of the semester activities.

We are so excited for our upcoming events and can't wait to share them with the Warhawk Community.

"It's Time to Soar Warhawks"

Mr. Lanier

Important Dates


November 27-December 5: Caring and Sharing donations collected through Homeroom.

December 1: Music Boosters present Breakfast with Santa at Central. 8:30 a.m.-Noon. admission for breakfast is 7$ for 13 and older; $5 for 12 and under. Come to Central and take advantage of the opportunity for the kids to talk to Santa. Music/entertainment provided by students in Central's music programs.

December 4: Mandatory College Credit Plus meeting for First Time takers only. 7 p.m. at Central.

December 3-7: Winter OST testing for student re-takes only. Information found below.

December 7: Caring and Sharing Assembly. 8:55 a.m.-9:35 a.m.

December 17-19: Semester Exams (schedule found below).

December 20-January2: Winter Break (No School)

January 3: Classes resume.

OST Re-Take Information

Central will administer Ohio State Tests to seniors needing to take, or re-take, graduation tests. We will have approximately 80 students testing each day. Central will operate on a normal bell schedule during testing.

Testing dates for OST's in December:

Dec 3: ELA 1 and ELA 2

Dec 4: Algebra 1 and Geometry

Dec 5: American History and Government

Dec 6: Biology

Dec 7, 10, 11: Make-up testing

Testing will begin at 7:30 each morning. Students should confirm their testing location with Mr. McIlwain if they have questions.

Semester Exam Schedule

Click the pdf to view Central's semester exam schedule for December. Parents should note that students do not have to attend school during times when they are not taking an exam. Students who are in attendance but not testing, will be placed into quiet study areas during the testing time. Buses will run at their normal dismissal time of 2:05 p.m. December 17th and 18th.

Please feel free to contact the office with any questions about the exam schedule.

Central Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Westerville Caring and Sharing

Mrs. Horn and students in Central's Key Club are leading the school wide effort to raise money for Westerville Caring and Sharing. This is the 30th anniversary of the organization that helps families in need to provide gifts during this holiday season. WCHS raised almost $16,000 for the organization last year and was able to purchase gifts for 100 children. We are hoping to exceed that mark this year. Students and families who wish to donate to this cause can do so through Homeroom beginning November 26 and running through Wednesday, December 5. WCHS will celebrate with the annual Caring and Sharing Assembly at 8:55 a.m. Friday December 7. Thank you to everyone for your contributions to this worthy cause.

Diane Conley Service to Youth Award Presented to Mrs. Brown

Central English Language teacher Jodie Brown was presented with the Sunshine Rotary's Diane Conley Service to Youth Award earlier in November. The award recognizes educators who go above and beyond to help their students achieve success. Mrs. Brown has demonstrated this quality on a consistent basis as a teacher of International Students at Central. She has been instrumental in creating learning opportunities for students; connecting them to the school community through the Central Voice student group; taking students on college visits; creating cool interdisciplinary projects like the Crossing Borders work with Painting II students; and so much more. Central congratulates Mrs. Brown on receiving this well deserved recognition for her dedicated work to Central's English Language students.
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Rotary Student of the Month

Arnauld Kayihura was recognized by Westerville Sunshine Rotary as their Student of the Month for November. Arnauld is a senior at Central this year and is an excellent student leader in the building. He has volunteered his time to help students prepare for taking AP classes by working the AP Boot Camp in August. Arnauld was also a liaison to community conversations with local business leaders that were designed to promote positive student behavior in greater Westerville community. Finally, Arnauld is a member of the Superintendent's Advisory Committee that works with Dr. Kellogg to provide a student perspective to district leadership. Arnauld is a positive force at Central. Congratulations Arnauld!! Well deserved.

Central Students Visit Nationwide Children's Hospital

Students from Central's Human Body Systems STEM classes recently visited Nationwide Children's Hospital as part of their program. Students were able to see the latest in equipment and hear about careers in the medical field. This was a great learning experience for all involved and we are certainly lucky to have Nationwide Children's Hospital so close that our students can experience this learning opportunity.

Mandatory College Credit Plus Meeting December 4 for First Time Participants

Mandatory College Credit Plus Meeting is December 4, for First Time Participants

Current students in grades 6 - 11 who are interested in participating in College Credit Plus (CCP) next school year are invited to attend a mandatory CCP information session on Tuesday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Westerville Central High School, which is located at 7118 Mt. Royal Avenue.

The CCP Program allows eligible Ohio students in grades 7 through 12 to earn college and high school credit through the successful completion of college courses. To participate in CCP for the 2019-2020 school year, which will include the 2019 Summer Term, students and their families participating in CCP for the first time must attend this mandatory informational meeting.

Students interested in CCP (which includes, but is not limited to, specialized programs such as the John Glenn Internship as well as CCP courses offered on a student’s high school campus) must demonstrate college-readiness and be accepted by the college/university they wish to attend. Each college/university has their own GPA and standardized test minimums. Academic Advisors from Columbus State Community College, Otterbein University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Toledo, will be available to discuss opportunities on their campuses beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to attending the informational meeting, students and families must complete and return an Intent to Participate Form to their high school counselor by April 5, 2019 to participate during the 2019-2020 school year. Intent forms will be available at the information session on December 4.

Current CCP students will be able to review a refresher presentation online and are not required to attend the annual information session again. Current CCP students must also return an Intent to Participate Form by April 5, 2019 to their school counselor to participate during the 2019-2020 school year.

Additional details, including the link to the online presentation and intent form, will be sent to current students and families via email on January 7, 2019.

More information about College Credit Plus can be found on the district’s website http://www.westerville.k12.oh.us/administrativeDepartment.aspx?aid=155.

Questions can also be directed to school counselors.

Central Art Students Create their Own Crossing Borders Project

Mrs. Kiko's Painting students have taken inspiration from the Crossing Borders Project that visited Westerville in late September to create their own version of the project. Painting students were paired with an International Student who is new to the country and new to Central to paint that student's story about coming to America. The artwork will be on display at Central through the end of December. Also, Mrs. Kiko's students developed QR codes that people can scan to hear the International student tell their story in their own words.

What a great example of Embracing the Uniqueness that is WCHS.

Central Students Score Well on Americanism and Government Test

American Legion Young-Budd Post 171 has tabulated results from the local 2018 Americanism and Government Test, and Test Coordinator Dr. William G. Golden says,

“We should have some very competitive scores to submit to further competitions."

The winners from Central are:

* Top scoring junior boy – Joseph Clegg, Westerville Central

* Top scoring junior girl – Jessica Baker, Westerville Central

Top students in the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior categories will receive a check for $100 from Westerville Young-Budd Post 171 of the American Legion and their names and test papers will be sent to District 12 headquarters. If they win at that level, they will be entered in the state competition.

The students with the top three scores from each high school are:

* Westerville Central – Joseph Clegg (first), Ted Lau (second), and Jessica Baker (third)

Top Scorers in their schools will receive checks in the following amounts: First place, $100;

second place, $75.00; and third place, $50.

Each winner will be given an American Legion lapel pin during a future meeting of the

Westerville Young-Budd Post 171 of the American Legion.

Legionnaires of Ohio created the Americanism and Government Test program of the Ohio

American Legion, in 1936. It is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12, and consists of six

true/false questions, 44 multiple-choice questions, and a 300-word essay. On average, more than 65,000 students participate in the Test program annually.

WCHS Marching Band Performs Before Columbus Blue Jackets Game

The Westerville Central Marching Band traveled to Nationwide Arena to perform pre-game for the Columbus Blue Jackets game on November 15. The Warhawk Band finished an awesome season with a great performance for Jacket fans, playing music from their entire season. Drum majors Mia Rivera and Jacob Miller (both seniors) conducted the band, and the performance featured solos by Ricky Owings (sophomore), Jack Babel (senior), Jake Bibbo (junior) Grant Radecki (sophomore) and Lizza O’Connell (sophomore). For video of their performance, check out the WCHSMB Facebook page.
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Academic Boosters Update

Warhawk Nation receives tremendous support from our Academic Booster organization. This group of community parents work throughout the year to raise funds for our students and staff at Central.

Some highlights of what this group supports includes:

* College Scholarships: Over $30k in scholarships were awarded to students in the class of '18 this past school year.

* Educator Grants: Teachers at Central can apply for $$$ to support cool ideas and programs in their classrooms that benefit our students.

* Purchase the awards for the Underclassmen Awards Night and the Senior Evening of Excellence events.

* Sponsor the Student of the Month program that recognizes students throughout the school year for their excellence in doing their best, exhibiting kindness, and embracing uniqueness in themselves and others.

* Conduct several Teacher Appreciation events throughout the school year.

* Sponsor the Senior breakfast during Senior Week in May.

Please consider supporting this group by joining the Boosters and volunteering some of your time. Single membership costs just $5 and family membership costs $10. Many hands make light work!! Click the links below to learn more about the great work that our Academic Boosters do for Warhawk Nation and where to buy your Warhawk Spirit gear for the '18-'19 school year.

Beat North Spirit Shirts on Sale December 5, 6, 7

Academic Boosters will sell Beat North Spirit shirts for $10 per shirt to get students ready for the Boys/Girls Basketball double header slated for December 7. Shirts will be on sale during lunch periods under the Hawks Nest outside of the Counseling office. Get your spirit shirt and come to the games that evening.

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.

Congratulations to Central Student Athletes

Friends, family members, coaches, teachers and administrators gathered at Westerville Central on Wednesday afternoon, November 14, to watch and celebrate as 5 student athletes signed Letters of Intent to play sports and continue their education at the collegiate level.

Five students signed at Westerville Central High School. They are:

* Tiffany Zuelzke, Capital University, softball

* Lily Linke, Defiance College, softball

* Sydney Stepp, Bowling Green State University, softball

* Avery Schumacher, Youngstown State University, softball

* Esther Holtzclaw, Ohio Dominican University, volleyball.

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Powderpuff Game Wrap-up

The Renaissance Club Powderpuff football game was a resounding success this past Monday, November 26. Girls from the sophomore, junior, and senior classes competed on the field for the coveted right to call themselves 'Powderpuff Champions." The sophomores defeated the juniors in an exciting, high scoring affair, in the semi-final game. The score was 20-14 and saw a late push by the juniors come up just short as time ran out on their effort to tie the game. The championship game was close as well and the sophomores pushed the seniors to the final 2 minutes of the contest with a 0-0 tie. However, the seniors mounted scoring drive that culminated in an excellent play call and execution that led to the only touchdown of the game with a little over a minute to play. The extra point was good as well and the seniors went on to win the game 8-0. The Renaissance Club thanks everyone for their support and the event raised over $500 for the club to use this year to fund student recognition programming.
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CBJ Student Achievers Program

Click the link below to learn more about the Columbus Blue Jackets Student Achievers Program.

Central Alumni Hall of Fame Nominations

Westerville Central High School is now accepting nominations for their Alumni Hall of Fame. The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee at Central coordinates this program.

The Hall of Fame is open to candidates who graduated from WCHS at least 10 years ago.

Nominations are particularly sought of men and women who have achieved success in their career and made significant contributions in their field, as well as to society in general.

The Advisory Committee welcomes the nomination of any Westerville Central, graduate. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Mail in attached form to the following address:

Attn: Kellie Reed

7118 Mt. Royal Ave

Westerville, Ohio 43082

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.

* Remind 101: To receive text messages directly, consider signing up for Central's Remind 101 service. It's easy...text @6k39d7 to 81010.

* 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.



Tom Lanier, Principal

Brad Adams, Assistant Principal

Nick McIlwain, Assistant Principal

Eric Nickel, 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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