Wilson Hill Weekly

Parent Newsletter

Wilson Hill Families

Happy Saturday! It was a great week at Wilson Hill. It was awesome to see so many families at last evenings Fall Fest event. A huge shout out to the Wilson Hill PTO for putting on a fantastic event. I know a great deal of work went into getting everything ready, but this was just one example of what makes the Wilson Hill community so amazing. I can't think of a better way to kick of fall than roasting marshmallows for smores, listening to music, taking a hay ride, going on a pony ride, or checking out petting zoo! Congrats to our 3 winners of the pumpkin carving contest, there were so many fantastic designs it was hard to pick just one winner in each category. Below are a few new updates, as well as our previous communications. Feel free to reach out directly with any questions or concerns.

Go White Tigers!

Principal Addy

New Updates:

Donation to Wilson Hill Library

Thank you to Landon & Ava Spicer's Family who made a gracious donation to the Wilson Hill Library in memory of their great grandma, Ruth Trainer. The donation will be used to purchase book to our Wilson Hill Library.

Wilson Hill XC Team in Action Today

Saturday, October 2 – Annual John Blaine Classic and Alumni Race

When: Saturday, October 2

Where: Colonial Hills Athletic Field, 5800 Greenwich St., Worthington 43085

Race Schedule:

9:00am - 1st/2nd grade girls

9:15am - 1st/2nd grade boys

9:30am - 3rd/4th grade girls

9:45am - 3rd/4th grade boys

10:00am - 5th/6th grade girls and boys

10:15am – Colonial Hills Elementary Alumni Race

10:30am - Awards Presentation (awards for top 3 girls and top 3 boys in each age group!)

Parking: If you park at the Colonial Hills school parking lot, the walk to the field is delightful, but not handicap accessible. Park on South Street if you need easier access to the field. Going south on High Street, turn left onto South Street and follow it all the way to the field.

We’re looking forward to seeing the team out on the recess field this week on Monday/Wednesday! And as a reminder, you can always find meet information on our website.

Go White Tigers!

Kate Bartalon and your Cross Country Parent Volunteers

Active Parenting Class

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Previous Updates

Parent Teacher Conferences

At Wilson Hill we greatly value communication between the teacher and parents/guardians in regards to your child's education. Our goal is to connect with every family. If you haven't already, soon you will be receiving communication from your child's teacher to sign up for a time to meet for Parent/Teacher Conferences. This year conference week is October 11-14th. We look forward to working together and communication how to best support your child's educational needs.

Facilities Survey

We need your feedback!

The community-led task force is considering five possible options for the next phase of the Master Facilities Plan.

Please watch the presentation, review the options and take the survey at: www.worthington.k12.oh.us/mfp2

Fall Harvest Parties

Wilson Hill has set the date of Friday, October 29 to celebrate our Fall Harvest Parties in the classrooms. More specific details will be coming from your classroom teacher, but all health and safety guidelines will be observed.

Wilson Hill Fundraiser

What: Fundraiser for Wilson Hill Elementary

When: Thursday, October 14th from 5:00 - 9:00pm

Where: Porch Growler

Additional Details:

  • Anyone who makes a purchase and mentions "Wilson Hill," 25% of their purchase will go back to our school.
  • Additional details on the Wilson Hill PTO Facebook page (click the "facebook" link at the bottom of this newsletter)

PTO Walkathon - 10/22

  • The Wilson Hill PTO Walkathon fundraiser is slated for Friday, October 22, please click the link below for all the details.
  • Wilson Hill Walkathon Info

Planning for Safety in our Schools

The safety of our staff, students, and community is always a priority in Worthington Schools

Statistics show that when staff and students within a school are prepared with knowledge and practice, they respond to emergency situations with positive results. For that reason, schools have always engaged in routines, drills and learning that support everyone’s safety.

Historically, our schools have participated in the following safety drills:

A. Fire Drills that provide knowledge about reporting fire hazards, and experience with a safe evacuation of the building using multiple exits

B. Weather Drills that provide knowledge about how to be calm and safe in the event of weather related events (such as a tornado), and experience with locating sheltered space within the building in which safety is maximized.

C. Lock-Down Drills that provide knowledge about circumstances in which free movement in and around the building is curtailed (such as neighborhood disturbances or unruly school visitors), and experience with locking down the school perimeter, classrooms, and common areas to keep students safe in a secure area until the circumstance passes.

D. Rally-Point Drills that provide knowledge about exiting the building safely, (such as a gas leak or unsafe school visitor), and experience with walking to a predetermined safe space.

Public schools are required by Ohio law to engage in a "Full Scale" Safety Drill every three years. A "Full Scale" drill is one that combines traditionally practiced drills and will include a controlled classroom lockdown and simulated evacuation of the school, including processes to move students away from the school building in the case of presence of danger at school.

Worthington school staff have been trained in emergency response using the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training model. Part of this training for staff included how to take additional counter measures during a “lockdown” to facilitate students in an evacuation to a school “Rally Point” from which students could be transported to a “reunification” location to be joined with parents/guardians. Reunification points may vary, but the Worthington Education Center (WEC) would be considered first.

Prior to conducting the full scale safety drill, it is important to prepare students for participation in an age-appropriate manner. Wilson Hill is planning to conduct our drill on Tuesday, October 12th @ 9:00am.

During the month of September, our elementary Library Media Staff will be sharing an age-appropriate informational picture book with students in grades K-2. The book outlines awareness building for students, and includes teaching about a school rally point, which students will locate and visit. Students in grades 3-5 have participated in this read aloud previously. Should you like to preview the book, please reach out to your building principal.

Additionally, in the days leading up to each building’s full scale drill, classroom teachers will lead students in an age appropriate discussion that allows students to understand the steps involved in completing the full scale drill. The purpose of this is to eliminate any feelings of surprise and to allow students to know what to expect.

Our schools are great communities for learning. Being prepared for unplanned interruptions is one way to build confidence for ultimate student safety. The safety of our staff, students, and community is always our priority.


Rob Messenheimer

Director of Elementary Education

Worthington City Schools

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, October 12 - Full Scale Safety Drill @ 9:00am

Thursday, October 14 - Porch Growler Fundraiser 5-9pm

Friday, October 15 - No School

Friday, October 22 - PTO Walkathon

Friday, October 29 - Fall Harvest Parties

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