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May 31, 2019

“Ensuring all students achieve their highest potential.”  Winton Woods City Schools








Smith Delivers Winton Woods’ Spring State of the Schools Address

fall state of the schoolsAt the latest Winton Woods State of the Schools address held on May 7 at Winton Woods High School, Superintendent Anthony G. Smith talked about exciting changes and opportunities to come for the district as well as things that would remain the same—ensuring all students achieve their highest potential. Smith provided visuals of the two new buildings and explained some of the innovative features such as distributive dining in place of the traditional cafeteria style dining, a separate entrance for the middle school students, shared community spaces, an outdoor amphitheater, and a full-service Warrior spirit shop.

In addition to the two new campuses, Superintendent Smith discussed the creation of an incredible Preschool Village on the current site of Winton Woods Intermediate School. The district’s preschool program—continues to earn the coveted five-star top rating from the State of Ohio is at capacity. Then, the Superintendent showcased a newly released Winton Woods Preschool Village overview video. He also shared information about the upcoming community learning center (CLC) that will have general health, vision, dental, and mental health care servicing for our educational community.

Other highlights of the one-hour presentation included updates on the district’s construction that began in Fall 2018, with a target date of occupancy of Spring 2021. At the high school, the College Credit Plus (CCP) program increased its course offerings to five for the upcoming school year. Because of this, we have seen an 81% increase in CCP enrollment.

The district hopes to continue to engage the community and provide resources through great events like Family University, which is designed to provide our Warrior Family with a variety of training and resources through informational sessions; and “A Night of Freedom”, an evening with district-wide collaboration through powerful academic project presentations, musical performances, and artwork all focused on the courageous subjects of race and freedom.

“We hope to continue to make Winton Woods City Schools a district of destination through creating opportunities and delivering a quality educational program to all students through project-based learning and the New Tech Network model,” said Smith.


PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods Superintendent Anthony G. Smith (left) is shown at the fall State of the Schools address. Photo by Drew Jackson.




Winton Woods District Summer Orientation Provides A Jumpstart into Education

Jumpstart 2018Winton Woods City Schools is again 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 on Friday, August 9, from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. at Winton Woods Primary North in Greenhills and Winton Woods Primary South in Springfield Township.

At the orientation, students learn about their classroom, teacher, school and what learning is like in preschool or kindergarten. “Our goal is to always prepare our students for success,” said Corina Denny, community engagement coordinator for the district. “By providing this opportunity, parents and students can build relationships and get connected to our Warrior Family before the school year begins.”

Parents attending the orientation will have the opportunity to ride the bus and meet their school’s staff. Stations that will be set up include enrollment, food service, parent-teacher association (PTA), Latino tutoring information, school health services, transportation, student services, technology, and in conjunction with teaching and learning.

This year’s event was funded by a grant from United Way’s Success by 6. Winton Woods Primary North, which serves students from preschool to second grade, is located at 73 Junefield Avenue in Greenhills. Winton Woods Primary South, which serves students from kindergarten to second grade, is located at 825 Lakeridge Road in Springfield Township. For more information, go to


PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods Primary North Principal Kevin Jones greets kindergartener Carrissa Wright and her father Rodni Wright at last year’s Jumpstart School Orientation. Photo by Drew Jackson.




Winton Woods’ Students Give “Sight for Sore Eyes”

Sight for Sore EyesA group of Winton Woods City Schools students are putting their minds together for the better. The Project Success scholars partnered with “Sight for Sore Eyes Service Project,” a program dedicated to collecting eyewear for those affected by Hurricane Maria. Seniors Romello Martin and Ma’Niya Linkous say this is not their first time partnering with an organization to help and it certainly will not be their last. “I believe if we have the resources, we should provide,” said Linkous. “It’s so important to give, I believe it’s necessary.” Students worked together to create and distribute flyers for items to be dropped off throughout the district. In two months, students collected over 80 pairs of eyeglasses for the organization.

The “Sight for Sore Eyes Service Project” South Bronx Director Dr. Alevi and his team hope to return to Ponse in the late spring of 2019 to hold another eyeglass clinic and distribute more glasses to those residents in need. “It’s cool to see how we can make a difference and how far our efforts can reach,” said Martin. When asked if they had anything else to share, Linkous said to start giving in your community and then to the world, stay positive and be kind.


PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods Project Success program partnered with “Sight for Sore Eyes Service Project” to collect eyewear for those affected by Hurricane Maria. Shown (l-r) are  Project Success teacher Jackie Braswell, Romello Martin, Ma’Niya Linkous, Bryana Jessie, Principal and Director of Project Success Brenda Hodges-Davis, and Project Success teacher Jeanne Rankin. Photo by Drew Jackson.




Winton Woods High School Holds Academic Signing Day

Academic Signing DayTwenty-one high-achieving seniors and honors diploma honorees announced their school of choice on Friday, May 3, at Winton Woods High School’s Academic Signing Day. These incredible scholars all who earned honors diplomas from the State of Ohio, took part in a ceremony reminiscent of a traditional athletic signing event. Students' families, college admissions representatives, board members, civic officials, business partners, and community leaders were in attendance at the school’s media center to celebrate this momentous occasion with the scholars. The students shared the colleges they were admitted to, and where they are planning to pursue their educational dreams.


To receive an honors diploma from the State of Ohio, students must meet all but one of the following criteria, unless it is a minimum graduation requirement:

  • 4 units of Math  

  • 4 units of Science

  • 4 units of Social Studies

  • 3 units of World Languages

  • 1 unit of Fine Arts

  • 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • 27 on the ACT or 1280 or higher on the SAT.

To receive a career technical honors diploma from the State of Ohio (indicated with an asterisk), students must meet the following criteria:

  • 4 units of Math  

  • 4 units of Science

  • 4 units of Social Studies

  • 2 units of World Languages

  • 4 units of career-technical courses

  • 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • 27 on the ACT; 1280 or higher on the SAT; WorkKeys: 6 or higher on Reading for Information and 6 or higher on Applied Mathematics

  • Field Experience

  • Portfolio

  • Additional Assessments: earn an industry-recognized credential or achieve proficiency benchmark for appropriate Ohio Career-Technical Competency Assessment or equivalent.


Recognized were:

  • Valedictorian Lindsey Van Dyke, who will attend the University of Cincinnati for Chemistry and Pharmacy

  • Salutatorian Carolina Sullivan, who will attend Miami University for Vocal Performance

  • Maly Aw – University of Cincinnati for Biochemistry

  • Janny Castro Guiterrez  – University of Cincinnati Blue Ash for Liberal Arts and Political Science

  • Wilmer Esquivel – University of Cincinnati for Mechanical Engineering

  • Britney Forde – California Baptist University for Nursing and minor in Psychology

  • Aria Gaines – Wittenberg University for Secondary Education

  • Angelica Gil Mendez – Art Institute of Cincinnati for Graphic Arts

  • Bria Gordon – Ohio University for Marketing

  • Aniah Hollowell – Kentucky State University for Biology 

  • Kathryn Ingram – University of Cincinnati for Lighting design and Technology

  • Mya Johnson – University of Toledo for Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Naomi Lowery – University of Tampa and undecided

  • Anne-Marie Nightingale – Miami University Hamilton for Business Marketing and Finance

  • Despina Periferaki – University of Cincinnati Blue Ash for Secondary Education - History

  • Bedhan Rai – U.S. Marine Corps for Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Warfare and Aviation Technication

  • Jada Ray – Wright State University for Spanish 

  • Lillie Rideout – University of Cincinnati Blue Ash for Veterinary Technology

  • Lillian Smith – Miami University for Secondary Education

  • Jonathon Smotherman – University of Cincinnati for Mechanical Engineering

  • Kimberly Vargas – Xavier University for Psychology and Child Development


PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods City Schools’ 2019 Honor Diploma Scholars are (front, l-r) Anne-Marie Nightingale, Kathryn Ingram, Valedictorian Lindsey Van Dyke, Jada Ray, Salutatorian Carolina Sullivan, Jonathan Smotherman, Lillian Smith, Bedhan Rai, Britney Forde; (back, l-r) Aria Gaines, Mya Johnson, Naomi Lowery, Maly Aw, Janny Castro Guiterrez, Wilmer Esquivel, Lillie Rideout, Despina Periferaki, Bria Gordon and Kimberly Vargas. Photo by Drew Jackson.




Winton Woods Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

Athletic signing ceremonyAfter consistent hard work on the field and in the classroom, Winton Woods City Schools is celebrating student athletes who signed letters of intent on Thursday, May 9, at an awesome ceremony. “Our district is proud to have been a part of these young scholars’ athletic journey and wish them the best as they continue at the collegiate level,” said Superintendent Anthony G. Smith. Warrior family, friends, and community members joined at the high school’s media center to honor them.

Signing letters of intent for lacrosse were Michael Addai, Mt. St. Joe; Nigel Akalanana, Mt. St. Joe;  Khajier Craddock, Wilmington College; Michael Hairston, Mt. St. Joe; Eddie Levett III, Wilmington College; and Dareon McGrone, Mt. St. Joe. Signing letters of intent for softball were  Leah Alexander, Miami University Hamilton; and Anne-Marie Nightingale, Miami University Hamilton. Signing letters for football were Jeremiah Brown, West Virginia State University; Rashaun Brown, Northwood University; Jalen Engleman, Hocking College; Jaylen Feltha, Kentucky Christian University; Tyquan Fleming, Kentucky Christian University; Marcellus Hughes-Brewster, West Virginia State University,  Raequan Prince, Highland Community College; and Jeri Velasquez, Highland Community College.

PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods High School’s student athletes honored at the Athletic Signing Day ceremony were (front, l-r) Dareon McGrone , Jalen Engleman, Tyquan Fleming, Leah Alexander, Anne-Marie Nightingale, Raequan Prince; (back, l-r) Jeremiah Brown, Michael Addai, Jaylen Feltha, Eric Fleetwood, Khajier Craddock, Michael Hairston, Marcellus Hughes-Brewster, Jeri Velasquez. Photo by Amber Strawser.




Winton Woods City Schools is on A Mission to Serve Nutrition

Nutrition is the MissionWinton Woods City Schools is excited to continue its “on site” and “on the road” programs to provide nutritious meals to students in the community. Winton Woods Intermediate School will serve breakfast and lunch from June 3 to July 26 at 825 Waycross Road in Forest Park, every Monday through Friday, with the exception of July 4. Breakfast is served from 8:15-8:45 a.m., and lunch is served from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Everyone 18 years old and younger, will be served free of cost. Meals must be consumed on the premises, per U.S.D.A. regulations.

In 2018, the district converted a retired school bus into a mobile “Nutrition is the Mission” meal distribution vehicle to distribute free delicious healthy lunches and beverages to the youth. We estimate to hand out more than 20,000 meals during the eight weeks of summer to provide every child in our district with a nutritional boost for when school is not session.

The meal distribution vehicle will travel to four locations Monday through Saturday from June 3 to July 27, with the exception of July 4:

“Nutrition is the Mission” bus

  • Powel Crosley YMCA – 9601 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231 (10:50-11:20 a.m.)
  • Greenhills Community Building – 8 Enfield Street, Cincinnati, OH 45218 (11:30-12:00 p.m.)
  • Quail Meadow Apartments – 11046 Quailridge Court, Cincinnati, OH 45240 (12:10-12:40 p.m.)
  • Forest Park Apartments – 580 Dewdrop Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45218 (12:50 - 1:20 p.m.)

In addition, the district added a mobile library to the bus with free books for children to pick as they receive their meal, as well as a wifi hotspot. To find if there are summer meal sites in your area, go to or call 1-866-3HUNGRY. For more information and updates, go to


PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods City Schools “Nutrition is the Mission” bus about to go “on the road” to serve nutritious meals to the community. Photo by Drew Jackson.




Winton Woods City Schools Opens Enrollment for All-Day Kindergarten

now enrolling all day kindergartenThe school year is coming to a close which means a new exciting one is beginning soon. Parents and guardians can now register their children at Winton Woods City Schools for All-Day Kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year. Students must be five on or before September 30 to be eligible. After successfully registering, each family will receive a window yard sign that says “I am a Kindergarten Warrior.”

Students can also look forward to Preschool and Kindergarten Jumpstart on August 2, 2019. A fantastic one-day orientation designed to help students learn the procedures of a regular school day before the first day of school routines. During the program, parents can accompany their children as they learn their classroom, meet their teacher and get connected to the Warrior family.

For more information on registration, go to for more information.




Warrior Graduate Rally

Smiles, hugs, and high fives were in full effect as our class of 2019 Warrior graduates visited each school in the district for our second annual Warrior Graduate Rally. Students of all grades, teachers, and our Warrior community lined the halls and stood outside the buildings to cheer and wish them the best. 





Primary Project:  Change Makers

change maker project picture

Wonder what project-based learning looks like in the classroom? Check out how our WWPN second graders use their project to help others. 


supercastCheck out the latest edition of the Warrior Supercast featuring WWHS senior students and five of our 2019 Honors Diploma Scholars: Bedhan Rai, Kathryn Ingram, Britney Forde, Lillian Smith, and Jonathan Smotherman.

Listen as they speak about how Winton Woods and project-based learning prepared them for college and to be future ready.





Summer Academic Enrichment

envisionA summer academic enrichment program that combines school work, sports, field trips and fun is being offered once again to Winton Woods preschool to fourth-grade students. Envision Children, an official Winton Woods City Schools partner, will host “Rainbow of Culture”, an eight-week program from June 3 to July 26. On Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., students will engage in academic activities and projects including stem, reading and art, that will help strengthen student learning and collaboration skills for the upcoming year.

“Childcare before and after program hours are available to parents and guardians who have to work,” said Executive Director of Envision Children Matt Hughes. “Breakfast and lunch will also be provided by Winton Woods Child Nutrition Department.” The cost per week is $75. Vouchers are accepted. For more information, please contact Envision Children at (513)772-5437 and select option 2 or

Sign up for summer enrichment programs in math, reading, STEM labs, and art for children in preschool to grade 6. For more information, please contact Envision Children at (513)772-5437 and select option 2 or



Nutrition is the Mission Community Cookbook



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:












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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.   











“Nutrition is the Mission” Bus Free Lunch Route Begins

Free Breakfast and Lunch at WWIS Begins

Envision Summer Academic Camp Begins

Summer School Begins (Gr 3 & Gr 7-12)

8/2     Preschool and Kindergarten Jumpstart:  Student and Family School Orientation

First Day of School for Students

Warrior Rally - Community Clap In


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