District News

Winton Woods Musicians Perform in NKU and Xavier Honor Bands

Fourteen 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 District and Freedom Center to Present Third Annual “A Night of Freedom” Event Winton Woods City Schools 2018 “Night of Freedom: Rise Up” event at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

One 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.

Bringing Our Past to the Present: Winton Woods Announces Greenhills Pioneers and Forest Park Chargers Celebration Games Bringing Our Past to the Present: Greenhills Pioneers and Forest Park Chargers Celebration Games

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 second annual varsity basketball game. In recognition of both schools, Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Merrill says the Winton Woods High School varsity boys’ basketball players will wear jerseys from each school’s past designs. On Saturday, February 9, the team will be sporting the white Greenhills Pioneers uniforms and on Wednesday, February 13, the blue Forest Park Chargers uniforms. The community is invited to dress in their schools’ spirit wear as we cheer and celebrate both legendary historical athletic programs and their communities.

Forest Chapel’s Donation Helps Winton Woods Students

What is better than teachers feeling encouraged by their community’s support? Students seeing the support and feeling encouraged as well. On Friday, January 11, Forest Chapel Church brought school supplies and items for classrooms to Winton Woods Primary North (WWPN). “These donations put valuable school supplies in the hands of our students and teachers, and has equipped classrooms with incredible educational tools for success,” said WWPN Principal Kevin Jones. “We are so grateful for Forest Chapel Church and the sponsors.” The items included white and colored poster board, glue sticks, plastic folders, crayons, pencils, erasers, dry erase markers, Clorox wipes, paper towels, and staplers.

Community Invited to Winton Woods City Schools’ Spring Concerts Winton Woods High School’s jazz band students performing at the first Jazz N’ Joe concert. Photo by Drew Jackson.

The spring is full of free music in Winton Woods City Schools, and the public is invited to attend. “I am looking forward to all of the
spring concerts,” said Director of Fine Arts Carol Becci-Youngs. “One of our new events include our high school jazz band playing with the Procter and Gamble Big Band at the beginning of March. This will be a unique opportunity for our students to collaborate with a local Fortune 500 company band.” There are over 15 upcoming band, choir and orchestra concerts for your enjoyment. We hope to see you in the audience.

WWES Third Grader Honored for Fairness Board President Jessica Miranda presenting the Kiwanis Character is Key award for fairness to Aireez Donaldson. Photo By Drew Jackson.

Aireez Donaldson has made a positive impression in her class at Winton Woods Elementary School this year. The third grader was honored at the December Board of Education meeting by the Greenhills/Forest Park Kiwanis Club with the Kiwanis Character is Key award for fairness.

Winton Woods District Partners with Children’s Hunger Alliance to Expand School Breakfast Program WWIS Principal Jeremy Day, Executive Director of Business Affairs Steve Denny, Director of Food Service Mark Docter, WWIS teacher Heather Hils, and Assitant Director of Food Service Vickie Koeninger at the School Breakfast Challenge recognition.

Winton Woods Middle School and Winton Woods Intermediate School students are benefiting from a nourishing morning meal that started early this school year. A grant to support this initiative was awarded by Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom and funded by Wal-Mart for over $44,000. Food carts, monitors and finger scanners were purchased to reduce lunch lines and provide ample time for our students to eat.

Making the Transition From Local School Board President to State Representative (l-r) Board member Mrs. Katrina Rugless, Vice President Mr. Jeff Berte, former Board President Mrs. Jessica Miranda, Board members Mrs. Paula Kuhn and Dr. Viola Johnson, and Superintendent Anthony G. Smith.

Jessica Miranda ran a very vigorous and strategic campaign and was elected as the State Representative for the 28th District. She will resign her position as the President of the Winton Woods City Schools Board of Education on December 31, 2018.

WWCS Leading the Way Through New High Performance Learning Environment

Winton Woods City Schools is the first district in Ohio to adopt and design school facilities with the High Performance Learning Environment (HPLE) standard. These innovative environments incorporate features that improve student performance and better learning. “This is an educational facility design standard that is more consistent with the future needs of students, staff, families, community members and business partners,” said Executive Director of Business Affairs Steve Denny. “It facilitates a more flexible design that is aligned with the development of 21st-century learning skills. This is critical in preparing our students to be future ready.”

Winton Woods City Schools Board of Education Vacancy Replacement Process and Timeline Winton Woods City Schools

In accordance with Ohio Revised Code 3313.11, the Winton Woods City School District Board of Education will officially open the process to fill its upcoming vacancy for a school board member position on Monday, December 17, 2018. The Board is required by statute to fill the position within thirty days – in this case no later than January 30, 2019.

KC Spears is November’s Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for Winton Woods City Schools

Winton Woods eighth grade student KC Spears, a member of the middle school’s football team, has been named as the district’s Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for November. Spears not only performed well on the field but in the classroom, receiving a 3.7 GPA for the first quarter.

WWIS Student Honored with Character is Key Award

Demarco Stallworth, a fifth-grader at Winton Woods Intermediate School (WWIS), was honored at the district’s November board of education meeting with the Kiwanis Character is Key award for caring.
 

WWHS Senior Lilly Smith Selected as Kiwanis Student of the Month Lilly Smith receiving her award at the November board of education meeting by Forest Park Greenhills Kiwanis club member John Pennycuff. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Guidance Counselor Kim Goins believes senior Lilly Smith is “an absolute role model in all aspects of life” which is why she selected her for November’s Kiwanis Student of the Month. “I have had the pleasure of working with Lilly for four years and during that time she has truly immersed herself in the high school culture,” said Goins. “In addition to being a senior, Lilly is a honor student with a 4.2 weighted GPA.

Winton Woods’ Matt Alander is Skyline’s Teacher of the Month November’s Skyline Teacher of the Month Mr. Alander is shown with Board President Jessica Miranda at the November board of education meeting. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Winton Woods Middle School (WWMS) teacher Matt Alander is the November Skyline Teacher of the Month. “Mr. Alander is a veteran member of our WWMS family and a proud Warrior teacher,” said Adib Dixon, WWMS Assistant Principal. “He is a leader in and out of the classroom and truly embodies the WWMS core values of hard work, perseverance, and legacy.”
 

Winton Woods City Schools Set to Join Eastern Cincinnati Conference Eastern Cincinnati Conference

New buildings are not the only thing Winton Woods City Schools can look forward to in 2020. As of Nov. 9, Winton Woods High School (WWHS) will be joining nine other schools to complete the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC). “We are extremely pleased to be joining the ECC,” said Superintendent Anthony G. Smith. “We believe this conference will continue to enhance our athletics department as well as our academic programs.”

Winton Woods' Thanks Community for Levy Passage Thank you

 

On Nov. 6 Winton Woods City Schools (WWCS) added the substitute levy passage to their list of goals that play a crucial role in (continuing) the district’s mission without interruption of services.

Winton Woods High School Presents 2018 Fall Sports Awards

The 2018 Fall Sports Awards ceremony was held at Winton Woods High School on Monday, November 5, to honor those athletes participating in boys and girls soccer, cross country, golf, volleyball and tennis. Special awards given out that evening include:

Winton Woods High School Senior is Kiwanis Student of the Month Winton Woods High School student Vincent de Paul Nguemezi Kamgang receiving the Kiwanis Student of the Month award for October. Photo by Drew Jackson

Vincent de Paul Nguemezi Kamgang arrived with his family to the United States less than two years ago knowing no English at all. Currently, he is fluent in both writing and speaking. His hard incredible ethic and willingness to help others in and out of the classroom are reasons why Winton Woods High School Counselor Brad Tash recommended Kamgang for the district’s October Kiwanis Student of the Month Award.

Winton Woods Kindergartner Honored for Respect  Jana Culbreth is shown receiving flowers from her teacher Mrs. Perkins, Photo by Drew Jackson

Winton Woods Primary South teacher Emily Perkins says on the first day of Kindergarten when she met Jana Culbreth she knew she was going to have the opportunity to teach an extraordinary Wee Warrior. “When I reflect on what it means to be a New Tech Warrior, Jana fits the description perfectly,” said Perkins. “Warriors are team players who thrive in the community. Jana knows the importance of classroom community and strives every day to support me in creating a classroom culture where students both love and respect each other. She does this by taking a strong leadership role. She first listens to directions and then models and teaches them to her peers.

Winton Woods Elementary Crowns Spelling Bee Winner James Wooten, WWES spelling bee champion. Photo by Julie Newcomer.

James Wooten out-spelled his competitors through seven rounds to become this year’s spelling bee champion at Winton Woods Elementary School. “The winning word was ‘supposedly,’” said Candy James, WWES bee coordinator. “His championship word was ‘brainstorm.’” The spelling bee took place on October 19. James is now eligible to take an online test to qualify for the Scripps regional spelling bee, good luck James we know you will go far.

Winton Woods Intermediate School Inducts Students at National Honor Society Ceremony  Winton Woods Intermediate School inductees at the National Honors Society induction ceremony.  Photo by Drew Jackson.

Winton Woods City Schools makes it a priority to acknowledge Warriors that go above and beyond student requirements. Proud parents, guardians, friends and family members gathered in the school’s gymnasium on Thursday, October 25, to celebrate the 18 outstanding fifth and sixth graders being inducted into the National Honors Society (NHS). Students accepted into the prestigious organization are selected for excelling academically and modeling exceptional responsible attributes.

WWCS Historic Day with Groundbreaking Ceremonies  Winton Woods City Schools groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Drew Jackson.

A historic day, 15 years in the making, for Winton Woods City Schools as we literally began digging into the future with two groundbreaking ceremonies on October 18, 2018. It was a fall sunny day when local and state leaders, industry partners, community members, students and staff joined at the 7-12 and K-6 campus sites to celebrate the start of construction for the two new facilities. The Winton Woods High School marching band and a cappella vocal group gave joint performances, and students from each site gave closing speeches thanking the community. Superintendent Anthony G. Smith had the community members tell the younger students, “These buildings were designed for you.” While the students followed by saying, “These buildings were designed for me.” Voters approved a bond issue in 2016 to fund these new facilities.

WWHS Students Accepted into Prestigious Medical Program

Three Winton Woods High School students are on their way to experiencing everything medical through Mercy Health’s highly competitive Medical Explorers Program at Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital. There were over 150 interested students from various school districts, 32 students were selected region-wide, 3 students from Winton Woods made the final cut and they are: junior Brianna Ball and seniors Jada Ray and Lily Smith.

WWCS Offers New College Course at High School

For the first time, Winton Woods City Schools is offering a new College Credit Plus (CCP) course at the high school. Students participating in the new pre-calculus class can take both high school and college courses at the same location.

Winton Woods Elementary School Inducts Students at National Honor Society Ceremony Winton Woods Elementary School students receive a standing ovation after being inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society.  Photo by Drew Jackson.

Proud parents, guardians, friends and family members were present for Winton Woods Elementary School 2018-2019 National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) Induction Ceremony.  This incredible ceremony took place on Thursday, October 4, where 23 students were inducted into the prestigious organization for excelling academically and modeling exceptional responsible attributes.

Winton Woods High School Band Invited to Perform at University’s Homecoming Winton Woods High School marching band in WWCS 2018 Homecoming parade. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Kentucky State University (KSU) has invited the Winton Woods High School marching band to perform in their 2018 Homecoming parade and festivities on Saturday, October 13.

Tijah Griggs is Kiwanis Student of the Month for September Kiwanis Student of the Month Tijah Griggs. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Winton Woods High School Counselor Brad Tash described junior student Tijah Griggs as someone who is “a caring, good-natured young lady who brightens up any room she enters.”  Griggs was honored at the September board of education meeting with the Kiwanis Student of the Month award.

Winton Woods Second Grade Student Receives Character Award  Winton Woods Primary North student Nylah Harper walking up to the podium to receive her award at September’s board meeting. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Winton Woods Primary North teacher Brooke Starkey will tell you that second grader Nylah Harper always goes above and beyond as a student, mentor and peer. That is why she was chosen for September’s Kiwanis Character is Key award for responsibility.

Winton Woods’ Inducts New Students into National Honor Society  Winton Woods High School’s 2018 National Honor Society inductees shown (r-l): Stephanie Trubl, Isaiah Smith, Naomi Hall, Taylor Fields, and Michelle Alaniz. (Not shown: Maly Aw and Riley Lauchard). Photo by Drew Jackson.

On September 20, Winton Woods High School (WWHS) inducted seven 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. The event, hosted by NHS President Lily Smith, took place in the school’s library and was attended by family, friends, faculty, and staff.

Smith Delivers Winton Woods’ Latest State of the Schools Address  Winton Woods Superintendent Anthony G. Smith (left) is shown at his spring State of the Schools address.

Winton Woods Superintendent Anthony G. Smith talked about student opportunities, district accomplishments, construction updates and project-based learning at the State of the Schools address. While Smith said that the district’s report card for 2017-2018 will not be available from the Ohio Department of Education until mid-September, he assured parents and community members that educational reform, with a growth focus on academic achievement for all students, was firmly in place throughout the district.

Forest Chapel Provides for Winton Woods Students with Back-to-School Donation Members of Forest Chapel Church’s Back-to-School Project stopped at WWPN to deliver school and classroom supplies.

It started as a community-wide “back-to-school” outing for students but now is an annual donation drive for Winton Woods Primary North. Each year, Forest Chapel Church partners with local businesses to raise donations to fund school necessities for Warrior students and teachers. The project was again co-chaired by church members Evelyn Jones and Tess Goodall. “In 2016, it was decided that since we had an existing partnership with Primary North with providing tutoring services to the students, we would extend that partnership by solely focusing our back-to-school giveaway program on their students,” said Jones.

Winton Woods’ State of the Schools to Address New Opportunities for Students, Update on Buildings and Project-Based Learning Winton Woods Superintendent Anthony G. Smith shown at the May 2018 State of the Schools address at Winton Woods High School Media Center.

Anthony G. Smith, superintendent of Winton Woods City Schools, will hold his State of the Schools address on Thursday, September 6 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the high school media center. “Our students are becoming future ready,” said Smith. “The topic of conversation will focus on new opportunities for our Winton Woods Warriors as well as an update of the two new campuses, the construction timeline and the incredible Preschool Village. Please bring your friends and neighbors. Thank you for your commitment to Winton Woods City Schools – The District of Destination.”

Winton Woods Educational Foundation Presents Grants at Convocation WWEF

Five new initiatives throughout Winton Woods City Schools received oversized checks as the Winton Woods Educational Foundation presented its yearly grants at Convocation on Monday, August 13. The WWEF was established in 2006 to support and enhance the academic success of the Winton Woods School District and provide assistance for those programs and activities that fall outside traditional funding sources. Receiving grants for the 2018-2019 school year were:

Forest Park Steppers Make Big Impact with Support of WWCS Community Partners Winton Woods Primary South Principal Danielle Wallace and Forest Park Police Officer Rebecca Eavers  participate in stepping at the donation drive. Photo by Drew Jackson.

The theme of the Forest Park Steppers annual donation drive was “together we are better.” Community leaders of Forest Park and Greenhills partnered with Walmart to raise money and collect supplies for students in the Winton Woods District. The Forest Park Senior Center parking lot was full as people dropped off materials and participated in stepping from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Winton Woods Students Artwork Displayed at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Winton Woods High School student Sidney Posey and graduate Princess Dyer at the Picture Freedom Award ceremony. Photo by Drew Jackson.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center selected four Winton Woods High School students as recipients for its 2018 Picture Freedom Art Contest. The nationwide competition challenges students to critically think and capture what their definition of freedom looks like today. This year, eight students were present to receive their scholarship awards. The event included a delicious lunch, tour of the museum and ceremony to honor each student for their exceptional artistry.

WWCS PreK and Kindergartners Get a Jumpstart on Their School Year (left to right): Winton Woods Primary North Teacher Shawna Johnson greets former student Ona Zone and grandmother Beverly Zone.

Winton Woods City Schools held another successful year of the Wee Warriors popular one-day school orientation on Friday, August 3. The district kicked off its fourth annual Jumpstart programs at Winton Woods Primary North in Greenhills and Winton Woods Primary South in Springfield Township.

Winton Woods City Schools featured in Cincy Magazine Winton Woods High School junior Jasmine Horner featured on the cover of Cincy Magazine’s Best Schools issue.

Winton Woods City Schools continues to grow a positive supporting audience. Winton Woods is the only comprehensive Pre K-12th New Tech Network district in the state of Ohio. This innovative project-based academic approach inspired the publisher of Cincy Magazine to add it to the front cover of the Best 100 Schools issue. Winton Woods junior Jasmine Horner was featured on the cover. Horner is a high achieving student and involved in many extracurricular activities including cheerleading, softball, volleyball, Varsity Ensemble, student council and the school’s a capella group Clarity. As an added bonus Winton Woods Intermediate teacher Kamaria Martin was one of the 36 recipients selected for the outstanding educator award. According to the Outstanding Educator Recognition Program committee, winners are chosen for going above and beyond expectations, and as ‘the best of the best’ from public and private schools from both Ohio and Kentucky. 

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 District Again Offering Summer Jumpstart Orientation Winton Woods Primary North teacher Nicole Gierzak greets a kindergarten student and parent at the district’s Jumpstart program. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Once again Winton Woods City Schools is offering its popular Jumpstart orientation this summer for preschool and kindergarten students. The Jumpstart program is designed to help lessen the anxiety of the first day of school and is aimed at both students and their families. The optional one-day program will take place Friday, August 3 at Winton Woods Primary North in Greenhills and Winton Woods Primary South in Springfield Township.

Winton Woods Senior Camaia Smith is the Kiwanis-Gold Star Student of the Month Winton Woods High School senior Camaia Smith is shown receiving her award from Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club member. Photo by Corina Denny.

According to Winton Woods High School Counselor Kim Goins, senior Camaia Smith has been a high achieving student for quite some time. “I have known Camaia for four years,” said Goins. “I was her school counselor for her freshman and sophomore years. I remained active in her academic career as she transitioned to a different counselor for her junior and senior years. Camaia has always been a serious student. She entered high school wanting to know what she needed to do in order to be prepared for college, and exceeded.”

Winton Woods High School Presents Underclassmen Academic Awards Students receiving awards at the 2018 Underclassmen Awards. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Winton Woods District takes pride in acknowledging Warriors academic success. Therefore, when Winton Woods High School (WWHS) students began to fill the auditorium for its annual Academic Achievement Night, WWHS staff were ecstatic to honor them.

Winton Woods Intermediate School Presents All Year Honors WWIS Principal Jeremy Day presents awards to students in the gymnasium. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Winton Woods Intermediate School held its end-of-year honors ceremony. The program kicked off with a performance by the 6th grade chamber orchestra who played “Rise Up” by Cassandra Batie and Jennifer Decilveo. The following awards were presented:

Winton Woods District Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate New Free Lunch Mobile Bus The Child Nutrition Department cutting the ribbon together at the ceremony. Photo by Drew Jackson.

“Nutrition is the Mission” at Winton Woods City Schools. As of June 12, every child in the community will have the opportunity to experience a free nutritious meal throughout the summer. The celebration kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Winton Woods Intermediate School Tuesday morning. Winton Woods Warrior families, staff, members and business and community leaders joined together to celebrate the opening of the new opportunity for the children in our community. At the ceremony, Director of Child Nutrition Mark Doctor surprised his staff by having them cut the ribbon with him to unveil the new food mobilization vehicle.

Winton Woods High School Honors Seniors’ Academic Success Winton Woods High School senior Alexander Willertz, his mother and Eric Martin, Principal of WWHS are shown with Willertz $200,000 check from the Navy Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship.

Senior Honors Night was held at Winton Woods High School (WWHS) to celebrate academic success and award scholarships to graduating seniors. At the ceremony, one of the many phenomenal scholarships presented was Alexander Willertz’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship of $200,000 from the Navy.

Winton Woods Seniors Earn $10 Million in Scholarships Winton Woods High School graduating class of 2018.

 

Many parents of seniors in the Winton Woods City School District are breathing easier because, thanks to scholarships, their children’s college tuition will be either partially or completely paid for. In fact, this year’s graduating class from Winton Wood High School earned a total of $10 million in scholarships from both in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities.

Winton Woods’ Teresa Stone is May’s Skyline Teacher of the Month Teresa Stone is the May Skyline Teacher of the Month for Winton Woods City Schools.

Winton Woods Primary North first grade teacher Teresa Stone was selected by WWPN Principal Kevin Jones as May’s Skyline Teacher of the Month. “Mrs. Stone is an extremely hard-working teacher who is innovative, has a growth mindset, and truly loves her students,” said Jones. “She is fully committed to getting the most growth out of her scholars while also looking for new ways to spark their curiosity and love for learning.”

Winton Woods Scholars Honor Influential Teachers ??????? Winton Woods High School’s Honors Diploma Scholars are shown at the 2018 Honors Diploma Scholars Dinner. Photo by Drew Jackson.   

Eighteen teachers were honored this year as the most influential in the lives of Winton Woods City Schools’ 2018 Honor Diploma Scholars. These teachers were chosen by the seniors and recognized for their tremendous impact not only the classroom but outside the classrooms as well.

Winton Woods’ Jaida Knighten is Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for May Skyline Student Athlete of the Month Jaida Knighten.

Winton Woods seventh grader Jaida Knighten has been named the district’s Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for May. Knighten is a valuable member of the soccer and basketball teams. She participated in these sports while carrying a 4.0 grade point average.

Winton Woods High School Holds Academic Signing Day Winton Woods City Schools’ 2018 Honor Diploma Scholars. Not shown: Hai Nguyen. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Winton Woods High School’s high-achieving seniors were recognized with an Academic Signing Day on Friday, May 4, in the school's library. These incredible scholars, all earned honors diplomas from the State of Ohio, took part in a ceremony reminiscent of a traditional athletic signing event. The students shared the colleges they applied to, where they have been admitted and the university they selected. Students' families, college admissions representatives, board members, civic officials, and business and community leaders were in attendance to celebrate this momentous occasion with the scholars.

“Nutrition is the Mission” – Free Lunch Mobile Bus Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Nutrition is the mission bus

Winton Woods City Schools invites district families and community members to the dedication of the new “Nutrition is the Mission” bus on Tuesday, June 12, from 9:00-9:30 a.m. on the Winton Woods Intermediate School campus at 825 Waycross Road in Forest Park.

Winton Woods Superintendent Looks to the Future in Spring State of the Schools Address Winton Woods Superintendent Anthony G. Smith is shown at his spring State of the Schools address.

Winton Woods Superintendent Anthony G. Smith assured those attending his spring State of the Schools address that some things in the district would remain the same—delivering a quality education that focuses on “growth towards achievement” for all students through project-based learning with the New Tech Network model, and continuing to engage the community in district decisions.

Winton Woods District Again Offering Free Summer Meals Winton Woods City Schools (WWCS) is again providing free delicious nutritious healthy meals from June 4-July 27.

With the end of the school year and summer right around the corner, Winton Woods City Schools (WWCS) is again providing free delicious nutritious healthy meals from June 4-July 27. Breakfast will be served from 8:15-9:00 a.m. and lunch will be served from 12:15-1:00 p.m. at Winton Woods Intermediate School, 825 Waycross Road in Forest Park, every Monday through Friday, with the exception of Wednesday, July 4.

William Gronefeld’s is Kiwanis-Gold Star Student of the Month for April Winton Woods High School sophomore William Gronefeld is shown receiving his award from Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club member. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Guidance Counselor Brad Tash said it’s been a privilege to know Winton Woods High School sophomore William Gronefeld for the past two years, and it was his pleasure to nominate Gronefeld as the high school’s final Kiwanis-Gold Star Student of the Month for the 2017-2018 school year. “I have watched William mature into a remarkable young man,” said Tash. “William challenged himself this year with a very demanding schedule filled with honors and upper-level courses while maintaining A’s and B’s.”

Winton Woods Elementary School Student Honored for Integrity Edwards Jackson Jr. is shown with Board President Jessica Miranda, family and Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club Member. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Edwards Jackson Jr. can add the Kiwanis Character is Key award to the other honors he has received in recognition of his honesty and positive influence at Winton Woods Primary South (WWPS). “Edward Jackson is a great student,” said his teacher Michele Plummer. “He has great character and morally makes the best decisions in daily circumstances.”

Winton Woods District Honored Again with Best Communities for Music Education Designation The Winton Woods High School Orchestra.  Photo by Drew Jackson.

Winton Woods City Schools (WWCS) outstanding music education program has received a 2018 Best Communities for Music Education Designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, for the third year. The district joins 583 school districts and 135 schools across the nation in achieving this honor.

Winton Woods High School Presents 2018 Winter Sports Awards Winton Woods High School swim team presents sports awards at their ceremony. Photo by Drew Jackson.

The 2018 Winter Sports Awards ceremony was held at Winton Woods High School to honor those athletes participating in academic quiz team, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls bowling, cheerleading, swimming and wrestling.

Winton Woods Students Honored for Academics and Service Third year award honors at Winton Woods High School’s 2108 CSAC  Banquet. Photo by Diana Behrendt.

The academic achievements and community service of 78 students at Winton Woods High School were recognized at the school’s 56th Annual Community School Achievement Committee (CSAC) awards banquet. The CSAC banquet is sponsored by the Forest Park Women’s Club and is a cooperative venture of many organizations in the Winton Woods School District. It was first organized by Harry Kilb, a 1945 graduate of Greenhills High School, to honor students at both Greenhills and Forest Park High Schools.

American Hero Shares Life Story and Wisdom with Winton Woods Students A group of Winton Woods High School students take picture with Les Edwards after speaking event. Photo by Drew Jackson.

It is not often one can learn history from history itself. Winton Woods High School (WWHS) students were given that extraordinary opportunity when American hero Leslie Edwards of the prestigious Tuskegee Airmen gave a powerful presentation about his life story and journey.

Winton Woods District “A Night of Freedom: Rise Up” Event has Another Year of Success Winton Woods Primary North students perform before an award presentation in the Underground Railroad Freedom Center theatre. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Winton Woods City Schools and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center partnered for a second year to host another successful evening entitled “A Night of Freedom: Rise Up” on March 22.

“Violins of Hope” Brings Restored Holocaust Violins to Winton Woods High School, Shares Powerful Message Winton Woods High School students play the restored violins together. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Anything can be used as a symbol of hope. In this case, violin maker Avshi Weinstein, brought nine restored Holocaust violins, their stories, and a powerful message to encourage Winton Woods High School students. “Hope can be found in any circumstance,” said Weinstein. “Make sure you know your history and communicate with others so the past is not repeated. Share your story.” Each violin was restored by his family’s company, “Luthier: Violins of Hope” and serve as a symbol of hope and resistance.

Talented Freshman Honored as Kiwanis Gold Star Student February’s Gold Star-Kiwanis Student of the Month Mark Behrendt. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Mark Behrendt, a freshman at Winton Woods High School, was chosen as the Gold Star-Kiwanis Student of the Month at the February board of education meeting for his accomplishments in the classroom, on the stage, and in the community. “Mark has maintained straight A’s during middle school and high school,” said Guidance Counselor Brad Tash. “Teachers have reported that he is a leader in the classroom and is often chosen to lead projects by his classmates. He participates, works well with others, and always gets the job done.”

Winton Woods Primary North Presents African American History Program Winton Woods Primary North students perform in their African American History Program. Photo by Drew Jackson.

It was a night filled with history and culture at Winton Woods Primary North(WWPN) African American History Program. Kindergarten through second-grade students put on a spectacular performance that dazzled their parents and peers.

Winton Woods High School Choir Students Perform Well at Contest A group picture of the choir students that participated in Solo & Ensemble contest.  

Winton Woods High School Choir Director Joe Whatley and Associate Choir Director Beth Miller are proud of their students’ performances at OMEA District XIV Solo and Ensemble Contest. All students and groups received either I (Superior) or II (Excellent) ratings.

Winton Woods Students Organized Day for Remembrance, Change and Awareness Winton Woods High School students and members of the community at the 17-minute ceremony at Charlie Fredrick Stadium to honor members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Snow was falling as students and members of the community gathered in jackets and scarves to honor the 17 students and staff whose lives were lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School. On this one-month anniversary, students united together in a 17-minute ceremony at Charlie Fredrick Stadium. At the beginning of each minute, a student shared a name, grade, and accomplishments of each student. Then released a balloon.

Winton Woods Schools Receive Clean Kitchen Awards Shown at Winton Woods’ February board of education meeting with the district’s Clean Kitchen awards are Nutrition/Food Service and Winton Woods staff members. Photo by Drew Jackson.

All six schools in the Winton Woods District are recipients of the Clean Kitchen Award awarded by the Hamilton County Public Health Department: Winton Woods High School, Middle School, Intermediate School, Elementary School and Primary North and South.

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 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.