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Betisha Pohkrel is Winton Woods Kiwanis Student of the Month
Winton Woods High School Guidance Counselor Kim Goins says it is with great pleasure to nominate junior Betisha Pohkrel with the Kiwanis Student of the Month award. Goins says Pohkrel’s work ethic is commendable. She has been a part of the Academy of Global Students since her freshman year where she participates in honors classes. Goins says Pohkrel always puts her best foot forward. “Her cheerful smile is contagious,” said Goins. “She literally lights up a room especially when she becomes excited about a good idea she or others may have.”
Goins got to see more of that smile when Pohkrel joined her after-school program called Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC). A program that is led by the University of Cincinnati nursing school where they discuss and plan events that will best benefit the community. This year, under Pohkrel’s leadership, the group will be holding “Teen Pregnancy” forums making sure teen moms have access to the right resources to help them have successful pregnancies. In addition to participating in HPAC, she also was selected as a student in The Academy of Global Studies, to help primary school students enjoy science experiments presented by COSI.
Pohkrel’s strong work ethic has enabled her to become a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. She is also a member of the Yearbook Club, her main job is taking photographs for the club. Pohkrel loves to help people. During Prom, she worked with the photographer, and high school teacher Ciro Casanova, to ensure every student had a great photograph. She demonstrates such enthusiasm for learning and helping others. This is displayed when she is working in class with her group mates and in the organizations she participates in. It is with great pleasure to see her receive the Student of the Month Award for January.
PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods City Schools Kiwanis Student of the Month Betisha Pohkrel hugs WWHS Guidance Counselor Kim Goins before receiving her award. Photo by Drew Jackson.
Winton Woods Kiwanis Character is Key Recipient is Ashleiny Duarte
Winton Woods Middle School Principal Doug Sanker recommended Ashleiny Duarte for the Kiwanis Character is Key Award for the trait of trustworthiness. This trait is characterized continuously in the way Ashleiny conducts herself on our campus. Mr. Sanker says Ashleiny shows up everyday to school with a positive attitude. “She is a dependable student who can be counted on to conduct student advocacy decisions throughout the building. Upon her return to the classroom after fulfilling the mission, she is extremely respectful. She has a knack for being helpful to teachers and students alike. If she sees a problem, she has the confidence to address it with kindness and respect.
Ashleiny doesn't set herself above others. She is conscious of who she is, her actions, the right thing to do, her voice, and its power. She treats all people like they have something of value to offer. With a maturity beyond her age, she is not only worthy of being trusted, she extends trust to those around her. This trust adds value to every classroom in which she participates.
Her ability to trust and be trusted is a part of her core being; it is clearly something that has been instilled in her at a young age. It was the unanimous decision of the Board to present her with this Kiwanis Character is Key award for trustworthiness.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Kiwanis Character is Key award recipient Ashleiny Duarte at the Winton Woods City Schools board meeting. Photo by Drew Jackson.
WWHS Student Athletes Commit to Colleges on National Signing Day
On February 5, Winton Woods High School held its Athletic Signing Day in the media center for ten students who decided to take their athletic talents beyond the school campus. Family, friends, and staff were present to take photos and watch as the students committed to the college of their choosing. “Your talent determines what you can do, your motivation determines how much you are willing to do, your attitude determines how well you do it,” is what the pamphlet read along with each of the students’ names and colleges.
During the ceremony, each student announced where they will attend in the fall and what sport they will participate in. Signing letters of intent for football were Jevon Thompson, Ohio Dominican University; Will Whitson, Independence Community College; Jamonte Murray, The University of Findlay; Akrm Ahmed, Mount St. Joseph University; Kenny Brooks, Walsh University; Mi’Quan Grace, Independence Community College; and Brendon Lowry, Indiana Wesleyan University. Kamille Austin and Kaliyah Keese committed to Central State University for volleyball, and Coby Sanders committed to Urbana University for wrestling.
We are proud of all the hard work and impact each of these student athletes have had on their sport. Their academics as well as athletic achievements will help them begin a new exciting next chapter. We wish them the best with all their future endeavors.
PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods High School students commit on National Signing Day. Photo by Eric Martin.
Winton Woods Board Honored During School Board Recognition Month
January is School Board Recognition Month. Winton Woods High School Student Council President Naomi Hall was on hand to present certificates of appreciation to President Viola Johnson, Vice President Katrina Rugless, and members Jeff Berte, Dr. John Cuppoletto, and Gino McGowens for their service to the district and the community. “The students, staff, and communities join the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) to honor the exemplary leadership, service, and endless hours of dedication given by our elected board members,” said Superintendent Anthony G. Smith.
PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods board members honored during School Board Recognition Month were (l-r) WWHS Student Counsel President Naomi Hall, President Dr. Viola Johnson, Vice President Katrina Rugless, members Jeff Berte, Dr. John Cuppoletti and Gino McGowens. Photo by Drew Jackson.
Winton Woods District Adds Operational Levy to March 2020 Ballot
The Winton Woods City Schools Board of Education has placed an operational levy on the ballot for the March 17 election. The levy would generate $3.2 million annually for operating expenses related to educational programs. This is the first Winton Woods levy placed on the ballot in over 10 years that requests additional funding.
What is an operational levy? This type of levy funds essential day-to-day operational expenses such as quality staff, utilities, and classroom supplies and equipment. This revenue would also fund our increasing number of students enrolled, school safety and security, as well as the 350-seat preschool village.
Please remember: The district cannot spend any tax money on a campaign to encourage residents to vote for this levy. However, a group of parents and citizens has formed a committee to generate support for the levy.
In the last four years, more students have become interested in the Winton Woods educational experience due to our quality academic programs. School enrollment has increased - to over 4,000 students. This levy would allow the district to continue its essential educational services for our communities.
WWPN Donuts with Dad
WWPN shows appreciation to Warrior families and provides a time to bond over a delicious breakfast with their annual Donuts with Dads event. Special thanks to our wonderful PTA for sponsoring it.
WWHS Hosts Successful Family University
There was a wonderful turnout for our annual Family University for families with students in grades 7-12. Winton Woods High School also hosted a packed house for a variety of different events including a college and career fair, parent-teacher conferences, student project exhibition, and an art gallery walk with student performances.
WWCS District Talent Show
Our warriors did an excellent job performing in last night’s District Talent Show. Students gave their all as they performed for a chance to win cash prizes. Great job to all who participated!
WWMS Warriors Celebrate Black History
WWMS began its celebration of black history month with an informative school assembly. The program included speaker Leland Brown, Program Coordinator in the Office of Ethnic Programs and Services at UC, members of black sororities and fraternities speaking about their Greek organizations, and a performance by our students.
WWCS Creating Future Opportunities with Toyota
Winton Woods takes a tour of the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky to create future opportunities for our students.
WWCS Thanks Community Spirit Award Recipients with Ceremony
Recipients of the Community Spirit Award were thanked for their contributions to the district with a delicious dinner and performances by our Jazz Ensemble.
Tune into the Class In Session podcast featuring Superintendent Anthony G. Smith as he talks about creating opportunities for Winton Woods City School students https://bit.ly/2vr9yO4.
Come Support our Students at Student Project Exhibition Nights
Student Project Exhibition nights give Warrior families, friends, and community an opportunity to see project-based learning from beginning to end through projects. Come see what your students are learning and why we love being a PBL district.
Join us in creating a Warrior Community Cookbook! Submit your delicious, nutritious and cultural recipes for consideration. Selected recipes will be published on the district website. Click the link to apply: http://ow.ly/EZXE30o5BIC.
#CultureThatEmpowers #WarriorCookbook #NutritionIsTheMission
Want to hear about the features and details of our new innovative campuses? Check out Part 2 of our latest edition of our monthly podcast featuring Director of Child Nutrition Mark Docter, Director of Student Services Tonya Bray, Executive Director of Business Affairs Steve Denny, and Director of Teaching & Learning (7-12) Dr. Tamra Ragland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u-tWBgNNEY&feature=youtu.be
WEEKLY BLITZ REPORT: CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
For the Weekly Blitz Report and more information, go to www.wintonwoods.org/construction-update.
Winton Woods District Offers Free MVP Card to Residents Over 55
Residents of Winton Woods City Schools age 55 and over are invited to pick up an MVP (Mature Valued Patron) card at the district’s Central Office. The card is good for free admission to most athletic events (excluding tournaments), concerts, plays and musicals—subject to availability. Those who already have an MVP card are not required to get a new one.
Winton Woods City Schools is proud to provide an opportunity for our extended families and community members to learn what’s going on in our district by inviting them into our buildings, onto our athletic fields and into our Warrior family. These kinds of events help our community get to know our students and see the wide variety of scholastic, athletic and fine arts opportunities these students are excelling in.
If you are a Winton Woods resident age 55 and older who does not already have an MVP card, the cards are available at the district’s Central Office, located at 825 Waycross Road suite A behind Winton Woods Intermediate School in Forest Park. For more information, please call (513) 619-2301.
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