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Students Learn Life-Saving Lessons Winton Woods High School health teacher Julie Dietrich is shown with the Forest Park Fire Department, Mercy Health and Channel 9.

Winton Woods High School students are learning new ways to save lives. On Wednesday, February 21, students were able to practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on infant, child and adult manikins. The Forest Park Fire Department assisted in teaching students to prepare them for real-life situations. Channel 9’s very own Lisa Smith was also there to capture the story. Students were divided into three groups where they learned hands-on instruction, used simulators and automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).

Winton Woods District Honors Students’ Academic Success


Winton Woods City Schools presents its students honor roll for the second quarter of the fall semester. We would like to acknowledge and congratulate these Warriors.

Winton Woods Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent Student athletes greet and take pictures at Winton Woods High School’s National Signing Day ceremony. Photo by Linda Schiltz.

Winton Woods City Schools is celebrating ten of its incredible student athletes who signed letters of intent on National Signing Day. A special ceremony was held in the Winton Woods High School cafeteria to give family, friends, and peers an opportunity to take pictures and congratulate the students. We know these young men will continue to carry the Warrior Pride and Spirit with them as they prepare for the next exciting chapter. Go Warriors.

Winton Woods High School Honors 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees The 2017-2018 Winton Woods 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 26, in a ceremony at Winton Woods High School. Inducted this year were:

Winton Woods District and Freedom Center Partner for “A Night of Freedom: Rise Up” Event Picture from the 2017 Night of Freedom event at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Winton Woods City Schools and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC) are partnering for its second annual “A Night of Freedom: Rise Up,” a student performance and project exhibition, on Thursday, March 22, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Freedom Center. The event is free, open to all Winton Woods students, parents and community members, and is a dressed-up occasion.

Bringing Our Past to Present: Greenhills Pioneers and Forest Park Chargers Celebration Weekend Bringing Our Past to Present:  Greenhills Pioneers and Forest Park Chargers Celebration Weekend Picture of old uniforms

Winton Woods City Schools will honor former Forest Park/Greenhills High Schools’ basketball legacy. In recognition of the merger of Forest Park High School and Greenhills High School, the Winton Woods High School varsity boys’ basketball players will wear the incredible Greenhills Pioneers uniforms at their home game on Friday, February 16, and the sensational Forest Park Chargers uniforms on Saturday, February 17. The community is invited to dress in their schools’ spirit wear as we cheer and celebrate both legendary teams. “To know where you are going, you have to know where you started,” said Athletic Director David Lumpkin. 

Winton Woods Board Honored During School Board Recognition Month  Winton Woods board members honored during School Board Recognition Month were (l-r) President Jessica Miranda, member Jeff Berte,Vice-President Dr. Viola Johnson, members Paula Kuhn and Katrina Rugless. Photo by Drew Jackson.

January is School Board Recognition Month, and so Winton Woods High School Student Council President Princess Dyer was on hand to present certificates of appreciation to President Jessica Miranda, Vice President Jeff Berte, and members Dr. Viola Johnson, Paula Kuhn, and Katrina Rugless for their service to the district and the community. “On behalf of the district we want to thank you for all of your support,”  said Dyer. “Whenever I see you all in public, at football games or concerts, you always greet me and other students with such nice smiles and it is so heartwarming. Even though we aren’t able to see you all every day, we appreciate everything you do and are eternally grateful.”

Winton Woods City Schools Invites Community to Attend Student Project Exhibitions At the WInton Woods 6th grade student project exhibition.

Winton Woods City Schools is in the final phase of transitioning from traditional teaching to wall-to-wall project-based learning (PBL). Because of this, Student Project Exhibitions were scheduled for every grade so that parents and the community can get a first hand view of how students learn core standards through project work. “Our Student Project Exhibitions provide an opportunity for students to showcase what their academic projects look like,” said Community Engagement Coordinator Corina Denny. “We believe the PBL process enables our students to develop and master 21st century skills such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving in an engaging and meaningful way.”

Winton Woods Board of Education Announces 2018 Meeting Dates Members of the Winton Woods board of education are (front, l-r) President Jessica Miranda and member Dr. Viola Johnson; (back, l-r) member Katrina Rugless, Vice President Jeff Berte and member Paula Kuhn. Photo by Teresa Cleary.

The Winton Woods board of education has announced its schedule of regular and special meetings for 2018. All meetings are open to the public and will take place at the board office, located at 1215 W. Kemper Rd. in Forest Park, unless otherwise announced.

Winton Woods High School Student Performs with SWRO for Fourth Year Winton Woods High School student Aversa Prentosito. Picture by Tina Prentosito.

Our very own 16-year-old Aversa Prentosito, first-chair oboist from Winton Woods High School, recently performed with the Southwest Ohio Regional Orchestra in its 68th annual concert.  Prentosito is in her fourth year with the Southwest Ohio Regional Orchestra, and was its youngest-ever member when she was chosen four years ago.  This year's concert was directed by guest conductor Stephen L. Gage, Professor of Music and Director of Bands and Orchestras at Youngstown State University.

Winton Woods Students Win Scholarships for Walt Disney Band Trip Winton Woods marching band performing during the halftime show at the 2017 football state championship game.

Some might say raising support through fundraisers is the ideal way to go for school trips but two tenth grade band students decided instead to write essays for a $250 scholarship and won. Band Director Danelle Ashbrock told the band students about the “Bob Rogers Travel: Making Moments that Matter” scholarship. Each year, Bob Rogers Travel selects exceptional students to receive financial support so they can experience the excitement of student travel. Students who apply must explain why their trip would be life-changing for them. Elias Hoock, who plays the trumpet, and D’Juan Willis, who plays the drums and saxophone, took advantage of the opportunity to write about their personal experiences and how this band trip to Walt Disney World would impact them.

Winton Woods High School Student Becomes Youngest Author Published in Science Fiction Magazine Kate Ingram (pictured right) reading a poem at a writer’s club October reading event.

If you asked Winton Woods High School student Kate Ingram in middle school if she saw herself being the youngest author published in Apex magazine, she would not have believed it. “You’re definitely the youngest author we’ve ever published.” said Apex’s Editor-in-Chief Jason Sizemore. Kate’s story, The Case of the Mysterious Meat was published in the science fiction, fantasy and horror magazine after she won the high school writers club writing contest.

Future Looks Bright After Girls Crew Finishes First Year on Water Winton Woods girls crew racing during a meet.

Throughout the inaugural season, the team has shown growth in members and improvement in closing the time gap with other more established teams. “The unique thing with rowing is that your first year rowing you compete as a ‘Novice’ or first year rower for a full calendar year,” said Coach Riester. “This spring, we will actually have a few athletes that will no longer be considered a novice: Aversa Presisito, Kimberly Vargas, and Divine Uwase.”The girls rowing team is approaching its first full year of  being on Winton Woods lake after racing both a spring and fall season; and is the only high school in the Cincinnati area to offer a girls crew team our community has begun to take notice. “The support from the district, park and community has been amazing,” said Girls Crew Coach Pat Riester. “At our last regatta there was a vendor that sells team key chains, and they had ours. I saw them (Winton Woods Warriors) and thought, ‘Wow, the rowing community is taking notice of us.’”


Kress Is Kiwanis-Gold Star Student of the Month for Achievement BOE and Alex Kress

Alex Kress is described by John Pennycuff, member of the Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club and mentoring program at Winton Woods High School, as “someone that has gone above and beyond.” Kress was honored at the November board of education meeting with the Kiwanis-Gold Star Student of the Month award.


Golden Corral selected for December’s Community Spirit Award Golden Corral Manager Kevin Micmicam is shown with board President Jessica Miranda.

Some say there is no greater gift than giving. And that is exactly what Golden Corral Manager Kevin Micmicam and his team did when they provided Winton Woods football team with two incredible meals at no cost.

Winton Woods Sixth Grader Honored with Character Counts Award Winton Woods sixth grader Ashley Mondragon-Ayala.  

Winton Woods Intermediate School Principal Jeremy Day knew that Ashley Mondragon-Ayala was an excellent candidate for the Kiwanis Character is Key Award for caring.

Winton Woods Elementary Student Receives Character Award Winton Woods Elementary student Poet Bullucks.

Winton Woods elementary teachers Taisha James and Canceria James will tell you that Poet Bullocks’ kindness and willingness to share sets her apart and impacts everyone she comes into contact with. That’s why they recommended her for November’s Kiwanis Character is Key Award for fairness at the monthly board of education meeting.

Officer Rebecca Eavers is Honored with Community Spirit Award Officer Rebecca Eavers is shown with Lieutenant James Ward, Superintendent Anthony G. Smith and Winton Woods Board Vice President Dr. Viola Johnson. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Winton Woods City Schools presented the district’s Community Spirit award to Officer Rebecca Eavers for her help in enhancing the community through her commitment, involvement and positive influence.

Winton Woods’ Matt Alander is November’s Skyline Teacher of the Month Winton Woods City Schools’ November Skyline Teacher of the Month Matt Alander (right) is shown with Board President Jessica Miranda. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Matt Alander is Winton Woods Skyline Teacher of the month.  Mr. Alander is a Nationally Board Certified teacher who teaches eighth graders at Winton Woods Middle School (WWMS) in an interdisciplinary classroom for English language arts and social studies. 

  Chiquira Reeves is November’s Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for Winton Woods City Schools Chiquira Reeves is Winton Woods’ Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for November. Photo by Drew Jackson.  

Senior Chiquira Reeves was named Winton Woods City Schools’ Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for November. Reeves played on the Varsity Volleyball team all four years. She also played on the softball and participated on the incredible step team for four years. She is a member of the National Honor Society where she holds a weighted GPA of 3.74 and participates in Scarlet Oak’s program of Heath Technology. She hopes to major in pre med.

Sandra Dees Honored with Winton Woods City Schools’ Community Spirit Award Sandra Dees and Winton Woods Board of Education President Jessica Miranda. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Sandra Dees was honored at Winton Woods City Schools’ October board of education meeting with the district’s Community Spirit Award for her longtime service to the district.

Homework Help at Forest Park Library Library Logo

The Forest Park Branch Library is now hosting free homework help for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th on Monday through Thursday. The services are offered through May. No registration is needed for students.

Jon Smotherman is November’s Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for Winton Woods City Schools BOE and Jon Smotherman

Winton Woods junior Jon Smotherman, a member of the high school’s soccer team, has been named as the district’s Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for November. Smotherman maintains a 4.08 weighted GPA and is also a member of the Northrup Gruman Engineering Scholarship Program (Engineering) and the National Honor Society.  

Winton Woods Student Athletes Celebrate Work On and Off the Field Senior student-athletes Brandon Jones and Maurice Chapman, Head Coach Andre Parker and host Jason Grzegorek talk on Winton Woods monthly podcast Warrior Supercast at Waycross Media.

The Warriors have had a great season with only a one-point lost in an overtime game against the Elder Panthers. As they advance to the next football playoff game, the Warriors see this as an opportunity to bring the community together.

Safe Routes to School Program Promotes Safety Throughout Winton Woods City Schools PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods Intermediate school students look for speed limit signs and think of solutions to encourage drivers to go the speed limit for a project based learning assignment. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Safety is always a top priority for Winton Woods City Schools (WWCS), and a new program called Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is not only promoting school safety in the district, it is also increasing healthy lifestyle choices within our community.

Winton Woods High School Inducts New Honor Society Members Winton Woods High School’s 2017 National Honor Society members

Winton Woods High School recently inducted new members into the National Honor Society (NHS), the nation's premier organization recognizing outstanding high school students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Winton Woods Elementary Crowns Spelling Bee Winner Rocco Gomez, WWES spelling bee champion, is shown with his winning certificate.

Rocco Gomez out-spelled his competitors through six rounds to become this year’s spelling bee champion at Winton Woods Elementary School (WWES). “The championship word was ‘bling,’” said Candy James, WWES bee coordinator. “He also was the only one to spell ‘barrette’ correctly in the 5th round.” The spelling bee took place on October 20 at WWES. Rocco is now eligible to take an online test to qualify for the Scripps regional spelling bee.

Winton Woods’ Kristin Miller is October’s Skyline Teacher of the Month Winton Woods Intermediate School teacher Kristin Miller is shown with Board President Jessica Miranda. Photo by Drew Jackson.  

At Winton Woods Intermediate School (WWIS), Kristin Miller is well known for her willingness to volunteer and serve others. Her generous acts have impacted students and encouraged her peers. These efforts were recognized this month as Miller was selected by WWIS Principal Jeremy Day as the district’s Skyline Teacher of the Month for October.  

Innocent Ntwali is October’s Skyline Student of the Month for Winton Woods City Schools Winton Woods Middle School seventh grader Innocent Ntwali.

Winton Woods Middle School seventh grader Innocent Ntwali has been named Winton Woods City Schools’ Skyline Student of the Month for October. Ntwali is a member of the cross country and soccer team while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Winton Woods Kindergarten Student Honored with Character Counts Award Primary South student Blake Engleman is shown with his mother Brittany Engleman, sister Brianna Engleman, brother Tranel Engleman Jr., Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club member Dr. Ben Floyd and Board President Jessica Miranda.

Winton Woods Primary South teacher Emily Perkins knew that Blake Engleman was an excellent candidate for the Kiwanis Character is Key Award. “Blake is a role model student for demonstrating respect to both his peers and teachers,” said Perkins. “Blake understands how to be respectful to his teachers and peers by listening, following directions and using kind manners.”




Great Parks CEO Speaks to Winton Woods Middle School Students for Math Project Jack Sutton presenting to eighth graders at Winton Woods Middle School. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Great Parks CEO Jack Sutton and two other Great Parks employees, Zuri Carter and Rachel Rogers, visited Winton Woods Middle School to present Winton Woods park information and answer questions in hopes of helping eighth grade students with their first Math problem-based learning (PrBL) assignment of the year. For the project, students were to create a persuasive proposal on the parks’ budget. The proposed budget included a change in ticket prices and a new ride with the goal to encourage more community members to enjoy the parks. 

Second Graders Help People Affected by Natural Disasters through Project-Based Learning Students volunteer at Matthew 25: Ministries.

Imagine a seven-year-old thinking critically and making decisions that will have a lasting impact on the world. Winton Woods Primary North second grade students did just that when they teamed up with Matthew 25: Ministries for a project-based learning (PBL) assignment called “Change Makers”.

Winton Woods City Schools Earns National Recognition for New Tech Network and Project-Based Learning Image provided by Google.

The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has recognized Winton Woods City Schools (WWCS) with two 2017 “Publication and Electronic Media” Awards. The schools Project-Based Learning (PBL) video and New Tech Network (NTN) video were honored with an Award of Merit for their exceptional overview of the program. NSPRA’s mission is to advance education through responsible public relations and communication that leads to success for all students.

Winton Woods District Releases 2017 Quality Education and Opportunities Report The 2017 Project-based learning brochure. Photo by Drew Jackson.

The latest edition of Winton Woods City Schools’ Quality Education and Opportunities (QEO) Report has been mailed to all families and community members in the district. This is the fifth year the district has released a QEO report to supplement the information provided by the State of Ohio.

Join Our Warrior Experts Team! warrior experts logo

At Winton Woods City Schools, we believe that real-world learning is critical for students to be prepared for the careers of today and tomorrow. To support this belief, we are taking two of our district’s most valuable assets—our students and our community stakeholders—and partnering them in a program that we call Warrior Experts.

Sprint 1Million Project Provides Winton Woods High School Students with 1500 Free Hotspot Devices Winton Woods Director of Technology Rhonda Hobbs and Superintendent Anthony G. Smith speaking at the Sprint 1Million Project Launch in the Winton Woods High School media center. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Through Sprint’s 1Million Project, 1500 Winton Woods High School students will receive free hotspot devices over a five-year time span through a multi-year initiative to help eliminate the homework gap. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, students will have access to free internet connection at home for up to four years while they are in high school.