District News

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.

Middle Schoolers to Perform in Halftime Show for Annual Band Night Band Night

Winton Woods seventh and eighth graders are preparing to take the field on Friday, September 28, with the Winton Woods High School (WWHS) marching band. Each year, students from the middle school band participate in a halftime show at a varsity football game for the district’s annual Band Night. “This year’s theme is women empowerment,” said WWHS Band Director Dani Ashbrook. “The set list includes Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’, Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About the Bass’, Rihanna’s ‘Disturbia’ and Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’.”

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.

Envision Children's Power Saturday STEM Camp is November 17 Envision Children

Envision Children's Power Saturday STEM Camp is November 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Northern Kentucky University. The program is $45 per student with an available scholarship discount of $15. This event is open to all students in Grades 4 through 8. If you have questions, please contact Jeff Jordan at jeff.jordan@envisionchildren.org.

Winton Woods District to Hold Ground Breaking Ceremonies for New Campuses Groundbreaking

Winton Woods City Schools is excited to celebrate the groundbreaking and initiation of construction of its two new innovative school campuses on Wednesday, October 17. Join us along with local and state leaders, industry, community, students and staff, for the 7-12 campus ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at 10:00 a.m. at 1231 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240. Shortly thereafter, the K-6 campus ceremony will take place at 147 Farragut Road, Cincinnati, OH 45218.

Winton Woods’ Presents First Family University family university logo

On Tuesday, October 2 from 6-8 p.m., Winton Woods City Schools is proud to host Family University, a mini-conference for parents, relatives, guardians, those in a mentoring role to students, and community members. The two-hour event will kick off with student performances and -light refreshments. The evening is designed to provide our Warrior Family with a variety of training and resources through informational sessions such as  “School Safety”, “Social-Emotional Support”, “College/Career Readiness: Helping Your Child Make Informed Choices About Their Future”, and “Project-Based Learning/ECHO 101”.

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.

Winton Woods District Emphasizes No New Taxes

The Winton Woods City Schools Board of Education put a levy on the ballot for the November 6 election. This $4.2 million substitute levy proposal would enable the district to continue to receive funding at the existing level for operating expenses with no increase in property taxes. The original levy passed in 2009. It will expire in 2019 but income that is generated is necessary to continue our essential operational services to all students.

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. 

Mentors Needed for Academy of Global Studies Students

Winton Woods High School is looking for individuals to serve twice monthly from 7:00-7:50 a.m. as mentors to students in Academy of Global Studies (AGS). This is an exciting opportunity to connect with young people in our community through educational, social and global conversations and activities. In small group settings, you will be able to help students in grades 9-12 learn and grow as they become future ready. On August 30, AGS Facilitator Josh Amstutz will lead an orientation at 7 a.m. in the WWHS media center. To become a mentor and more information, please contact Mr. Amstutz (amstutz.joshua@wintonwoods.org). We encourage you to share this great opportunity with other professionals.

Winton Woods District Adds Levy to Upcoming Election Ballot

 

The Winton Woods City Schools Board of Education passed a resolution to put a substitute levy on the ballot for the November 6 election. This $4.2 million substitute levy proposal would allow the district to continue operating expenses with no increase in taxes for our residents. The original levy passed in 2009. It will expire in 2019 and is necessary in order to continue our essential operational services to all students.

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.

Winton Woods City Schools Announces Upcoming Open Community Facilities Meetings Creating opportunities

Winton Woods City Schools has announced its schedule of open community meetings to discuss the new school facilities. These three public forums will take place at three different locations. Each meeting will be the same presentation including a question and answer session.

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.

Tre Von Poole is February’s Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for Winton Woods City Schools Skyline Student Athlete of the Month Tre Von Poole.

Winton Woods senior Tre Von Poole, a member of the high school’s football team, has been named as the district’s Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for February. Poole is also a member of the high school’s boys’ bowling team.  

 

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 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 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.’”

 

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.