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February 7, 2019


 "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."  

                                                                                                                       -Barack Obama




Winton Woods District and Freedom Center to Present Third Annual “A Night of Freedom” Event

Night of FreedomOne of the districts’ spotlight events of the year is coming soon and will showcase students from all seven schools. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Winton Woods City Schools are partnering for its third annual “A Night of Freedom,” on Thursday, March 7, from 6:15 – 8:30 p.m.

“A Night of Freedom” will feature powerful student academic project presentations, musical performances, a visual arts gallery walk, and an award presentation all focused on the subject of freedom. “Winton Woods City Schools will continue to create opportunities for all students as we engage them in a holistic educational experience and prepare them to be future ready,” said Superintendent Anthony G. Smith.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is located at 50 East Freedom Way in downtown Cincinnati. The event will offer a reception and is free and open to the public. We encourage all Winton Woods students, parents, and community members to be our guest at this inspiring dressed-up occasion. This overwhelmingly popular event expects to meet or exceed the attendance of its two previous years of over 1,000 guests.  For more information and to RSVP, go to


PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods City Schools 2018 “Night of Freedom: Rise Up” event at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Photo by Drew Jackson.



Winton Woods High School Honors 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

The athletic staff and boosters of Winton Woods High School inducted the newest members into the district’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, January 19, in a ceremony at Winton Woods High School. Inducted this year were:

  • Raphael Ball, a 1993 Winton Woods High School graduate, earned three varsity letters in football and track during his time at both Forest Park and Winton Woods. Through his exemplary plays, Ball became a football standout throughout the greater Cincinnati area which led to many awards including First Team Queen City Conference, First Team All-Southwest Ohio, First Team Channel 9 All-Stars, and Associated Press All-State. He also represented Ohio by being selected to play in the North/South All-Star game and the Ohio Big 33 game against Pennsylvania. For college, he attended Ball State University on a football scholarship which led to his career beyond higher education. Ball played football professionally with the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Redskins of the NFL, the Canadian Football league, Orlando Predators, Milwaukee Mustangs and the Grand Rapids Rampage.

  • Raphaol Ball, a 1993 graduate of Winton Woods High School, was a two-sport athlete who earned five varsity letters while participating in track and football for the Chargers. He was a three-time starter on defense for Hall of Fame head coach Lou Cynkar. His hard work ethic and determination earned him First Team Queen City Conference and All City. In college, he played for Ball State University and later played in the NFL for the New York Giants and the Canadian Football League for the British Columbia, Winnipeg and the Toronto Argonauts.  

  • Terry Bedingfield, a 1970 graduate of Greenhills High School, earned four varsity letters for golf and one for football. He was selected team captain of the golf team his junior and senior year where he led his team to an undefeated Hamilton County League Championship with a four-year record of 22 wins, 0 losses and 2 ties. He excelled at golf while earning an overall varsity record of 104 wins, 21 losses and 6 ties. In 1967 and 1968, he led his team to two District Gold Championships and qualified to compete in the State Championship Golf Tournament. His accomplishments helped him win the 1967 Junior Metropolitan Championship.

  • Don Cook, a 1976 Forest Park graduate, earned three varsity letters while participating in track and cross country. In 1975 and 1976, Cook set the school record for the two-mile and the two and a half mile. He went on to win the OHSAA Sectional Championship, placed 8th at the district meet and 26th at the OHSAA meet. He was selected First Team All-League and Second Team All-Southwest Ohio All-Stars. After graduation, Cook went on to run for Wilmington College where he set the two-mile record and still holds the 10K record. Cook continues to compete in triathlons and road racing.

  • Jewell DeBord coached the Forest Park High School girls’ soccer team from 1979 to 1986 where they were ranked in the Cincinnati Enquirer Top Ten Coaches Poll for several consecutive years. In 1986, DeBord led the Lady Chargers to a winning season of 12 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties. They went on to win the district and regional championships while advancing to the state final four. Coach DeBord was selected by her coaching association peers as the Ohio High School Coach of the Year. DeBord finished her coaching career with 68 wins, 28 losses and 15 ties.

  • Aketa Ogletree, a 2000 graduate of Winton Woods High School, earned eleven varsity letters while competing in girls’ basketball, track and tennis. She was selected Female Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years and Winton Woods High School Female Career Athlete from 1996 to 2000. In her senior year, Ogletree led her 4x100 relay team to third place in the OHSAA State Track and Field Championship. While in high school, she was inducted into the National Honor Society and graduated summa cum laude. After graduation, she attended North Carolina A&T University where she was a member of the National Freshman Honor Society and the Civil Engineering Honor Society. Currently, she is teaching in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Kevin Shepherd, a 1986 Greenhills High School graduate, played football and baseball for the Pioneers from 1982-1986. Shepherd holds the single-season pass receptions record at 55, most pass receptions in a career at 93 and the most touchdown receptions in a career at 13. For his accomplishments, he was selected to the First Team Western Metro Conference All-Star Team and the Cincinnati Enquirer All-City Football Team. He was also apart of the 1985 Pioneer baseball team that won 25 games, the most victories in a single season. In college, Shepherd played football and baseball for Heidelberg College where he earned six varsity letters.

  • Luke Spencer, a 2009 Winton Woods graduate, earned varsity letters in two sports for the Warriors, participating in soccer and football. Spencer was a kicker for the football team and still holds the two records for the longest field goal and longest punt. His performance on the soccer field led him to be selected First Team Fort Ancient Valley Conference, First Team All-City and 3rd Team All-State. His commitment to his academics and soccer earned him an athletic scholarship to attend Xavier University. While playing for the Musketeers, Spencer was selected All-Atlantic 10 Conference and two years All-A10 Tournament Team while leading Xavier to an NCAA regional appearance. In 2016, Luke played for FC Cincinnati and is currently playing for FC Louisville.

  • John Stewart has been a dedicated volunteer for Winton Woods City Schools for over 30 years and for three athletic directors. From serving as a scorekeeper to selling tickets and being door security. Stewart volunteered in many roles for our students. From 1986 to 1996 Stewart was volunteered as a teacher assistant at Beechwoods Elementary. From 1986 to 2003 he served as a track and field official for the Ohio High School Athletic Association. In 1987 he received the Greenhills/Forest Park Education Association “Friends of Education Award” and the “Citizens Award” from Greenhills. For his service and commitment to the students, Steward was selected by Winton Woods High School student council to serve as Grand Marshall in the 2003 Homecoming Parade.

Created in 2002, the purpose of the Winton Woods Athletic Hall of Fame is to acknowledge and celebrate the long tradition of athletic excellence at Forest Park, Greenhills and Winton Woods High Schools. “Winton Woods City Schools is proud to honor our student athletes,” said Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Merrill. “It’s important for our students to see who paved the way and opened doors for our athletic program to be where it is today. It is great to get the athletes of our distant past together with the more recent graduates to hear the stories and experiences that they shared as Chargers, Pioneers, and Warriors. The unique thing is that the stories are not that different in theme. Discipline, friendships, teamwork, hard work, and pride were common terms heard throughout their times as student athletes. The decades may have changed but the enthusiasm that they shared about their time here was very much the same.”



Winton Woods Musicians Perform in NKU and Xavier Honor Bands

Honor BandsFourteen enthusiastic Winton Woods High School band students took part in honor band performances on Saturday, January 19. The Northern Kentucky University (NKU) Honor Band Concert was at Greaves Concert Hall. The musicians performed under the direction of Dr. Erin Cooper, assistant director of bands at the University of North Carolina. The Xavier University Honor Band Concert was at the Gallagher Theater where instrumentalists performed under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Chamberlin, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Xavier University.

Winton Woods High School students participating at NKU were Michelle Alaniz, clarinet; Tia Byrd, clarinet; Deasia Timpson, clarinet; and Stephanie Trubl, clarinet. Winton Woods High School students participating at Xavier were Kamille Austin, alto sax; Matthew Bernardo, bassoon; Ryan Hamilton, bari sax; Mariah Harlan, clarinet; Gracie Harrison, tuba; Ayden Hassertt, trombone; Evan Stumpf, percussion; Kaelyn Taylor, trumpet; Malik Thomas, trumpet; and D’Juan Wills, tenor sax.


PHOTO CAPTION:  Shown at the Xavier Honor Band Concert are (front, l-r) D’Juan Wills, Mariah Harlan, Kaelyn Taylor, Kamille Austin, Ayden Hassertt; (back, l-r) Matthew Bernardo, Gracie Harrison, Evan Stumpf, Honor Band Conductor Dr. Benjamin Chamberlin, Ryan Hamilton and Malik Thomas. Photo by Danelle Ashbrook.



Enjoy a fabulous meal and support the Winton Woods Educational Foundation fundraiser on February 22 at the Grand Finale restaurant from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Please call for reservations at (513)771-5925 and tell the host you are with Winton Woods Education Foundation. We look forward to seeing you there.

Grand Finale restaurant funderaiser





Family University

Winton Woods City Schools is proud to offer Family University sessions in conjunction with the Winton Woods High School student project exhibition night, art show, parent-teacher conferences, and college, career and transition fair on February 12.

The Family University sessions are for parents, relatives, guardians, community members and others who play a role in the lives of our youth. This event is designed to provide our Warrior Family with a variety of training and resources through informational sessions on subjects such as reading, math, project-based learning, college financial aid and much more.  Please see the attachment for a full list of sessions or go to

Family University Sessions (Gr. K-12) ... 5:00-8:30 p.m.
Receive training and resources through short informational sessions on subjects such as reading, problem
and project-based learning, college financial aid and much more. Session information and times are on the backside of this flyer.

Parent/Teacher Conferences (Gr. 9-12) ... 5:00-8:30 p.m.

Project Exhibition (Gr. 9-12) ... 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Learn more about project-based learning through student presentations.

College and Career Fair (Gr. 9-12) ... 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Visit with over 40 college representatives for your college career. Explore internships, summer and full-time opportunities from over 30 businesses.

Curriculum/Extra Curricular Fair (Gr. 9-12) ... 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Connect with department chairs, coaches, and club moderators to gain information about curricular and extra-curricular opportunities.

Fine Arts Display/Show (Gr. 9-12) ... 5:00-7:30 p.m.
View a variety of art projects on display throughout the building.




WWMS kicked off February with a school-wide assembly celebrating black history. From special performances of traditional African dance and drums by Bi-Okoto and black Greek organizations to the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business Diversity and Inclusion program manager Kiaya Carter as the keynote speaker. #WarriorsCelebrateBlackHistory

WWMS Black History Launch AssemblyWWMS Black History Launch Assembly

WWMS Black History Launch AssemblyWWMS Black History Month Launch Assembly





Primary North students had a great time “Exploring Ecology” with COSI on wheels. The center of science and technology held a whole-day assembly with hand-on sessions about prairies, forests, rivers, wetlands, animal adaptations, life cycles, and the ecosystem. #TeachingThatEngages






With such a great turnout last year, Winton Woods City Schools will continue to honor the legacy of the former Forest Park and Greenhills High Schools at the Winton Woods High School varsity boys’ home basketball games. “It is always better to have a vision of where you are going if you have a great sense of where you have been,” said Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Merrill. For more information:

Celebration basketball games





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Warrior SupercastCheck out the latest edition of the Warrior Supercast featuring WWCS Director of High School Choirs Joe Whatley and Associate Director of High School Choirs Beth Miller. Listen in as they speak about the amazing opportunities Winton Woods City Schools music program has to offer.

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Check out this 10-minute clip of our Warrior students sharing their experiences and the impact of Project-Based Learning at Winton Woods High School. On Inside Student Life: Learn more about student life including academics, athletics and other opportunities at Winton Woods City Schools. (Series Part 3 of 4) #WarriorFamily #CreatingOpportunities#FutureReady

Student Life



Winton Woods Middle School presented their spring musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, January 24-25 in the school's auditorium.

WWMS Spring musical You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown WWMS You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown





Winton Woods District Offers Free MVP Card to Residents Over 55

Residents of Winton Woods City Schools age 55 and over are invited to pick up an MVP (Mature Valued Patron) card at the district’s Central Office. The card is good for free admission to most athletic events (excluding tournaments), concerts, plays and musicals—subject to availability. Those who already have an MVP card are not required to get a new one.

Winton Woods City Schools is proud to provide an opportunity for our extended families and community members to learn what’s going on in our district by inviting them into our buildings, onto our athletic fields and into our Warrior family. These kinds of events help our community get to know our students and see the wide variety of scholastic, athletic and fine arts opportunities these students are excelling in.

If you are a Winton Woods resident age 55 and older who does not already have an MVP card, the cards are available at the district’s Central Office, located at 825 Waycross Road suite A behind Winton Woods Intermediate School in Forest Park. For more information, please call (513) 619-2301.   









6:30 pm



No Students/Professional Development Day

Winton Woods Community PTA Meeting




College and Career Fair / 8th Grade Parent Night / HS Art Show / HS Parent-Teacher Conferences/HS Project Exhibition/ Family University


7:30 pm


Forest Park Charges Celebration Game (WW vs Aiken)




Presidents’ Day/No School




Project Exhibition (Grade 2)




Project Exhibition


6:30 pm

BOE Office

Board of Education Monthly Meeting  (tentative)




PS/PN/ES – No One Plays Alone Week (Sandy Hook Promise)

IS/MS/HS – Say Something Week (Sandy Hook Promise)


6-7 pm


Envision Children – STEM After School Program 513.772.5437 x2




Enrollment Dept


Early Kindergarten Registration Begins

Performing Arts Boosters General Meeting


5:30-8 pm


A Night of Freedom:  Project and Performance Presentations




No Students/Professional Development Day




Daylight Saving Times Begins




Fourth Quarter Begins


6:30 pm


Winton Woods Community PTA Meeting




Report Card Distribution




No School/Spring Break





Now Enrolling: Envision Summer Academic Enrichment Camp (513.772.5437 x2)

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