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November 18, 2019


“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas A. Edison



Winton Woods Varsity Ensemble to Perform in Cincinnati Pops “Holiday Pops” Concert

veFor a second consecutive year, Winton Woods High School varsity ensemble (VE) was invited to perform in the Cincinnati Pops “Holiday Pops” concert on Friday, December 13, to Sunday, December 15. The choir will be conducted by John Morris Russell and perform alongside artists like Broadway’s Wicked, Megan Hilty.

Plan for a magical evening filled with holiday classics, fun, and a variety of performances including dance. Winton Woods Choir Director Beth Miller says the students will perform at least 10 incredible selections. “Our students work really hard and love what they do, which is why it is always exciting when they get opportunities like this.”

When asked why Winton Woods was selected to perform again in this year’s show, Cincinnati Pops Artistic Planning Advisor Samuel Strater talked about their wonderful performance quality. “We have always been really impressed with Winton Woods preparation, musicality, and enthusiasm for being a part of the concert. They have always been a treat and a pleasure to work with, and we know the guests will enjoy them as well.”

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Winton Woods parents, guardians and community members will receive 15% off when they purchase with the promo code: WINTONWOODS. A percentage of all Winton Woods sales will go towards the VE student trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City in March 2020. We hope to see our Warrior Community there. For tickets and more information, go to

PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods High School varsity ensemble performs at Ameritas. Photo by Drew Jackson.





Winton Woods City Schools Attends First League of Innovative Schools Conference

loisWinton Woods City Schools (WWCS) attended its first League of Innovative Schools conference since becoming a member of the prestigious network in August of 2019. The Fall 2019 meeting included some of the country’s most forward-thinking school district leaders working together to learn how to improve education to increase the future success of all students.

During the three-day event, there were breakout sessions, discussions, district tours, and a superintendent only meeting. “It is powerful to be with like-minded districts who are also at the forefront of education of what 21st century learning looks like,” said Winton Woods Community Engagement Coordinator Corina Denny. “Our team made connections and collaborated with different cohorts to discuss nation-wide problems, fill gaps in education, and brainstorm how to better education to support all students to be future ready.”

Superintendent Anthony G. Smith and Teaching and Learning Department Directors Dr. Tamra Ragland and Adrienne Martin were also present. “Being selected to be a part of the League of Innovative schools is a great honor. Having the ability to be showcased with school districts across the country for the innovative approach to educating students at Winton Woods City Schools puts us in a very selective class,” said Smith. “In order for Winton Woods to reach the pinnacle of success it is necessary for us to reach out and collaborate with other education systems beyond Forest Park, Greenhills, and Springfield Township. Our students will ultimately be competing with students locally, regionally, and abroad. It is necessary for our students to become future ready now. I believe the League will open doors to an array of learning opportunities.”


Winton Woods Kindergartner Awarded with Kiwanis Character is Key for Respect

OctoberWhen Winton Woods Primary South Teacher Emily Perkins was asked to identify one student in her class who goes above and beyond, it did not take her long to think of Jalai’yah Miles. A kindergartner that comes from a long line of Warriors who Perkins has had the pleasure of working with. 

“Jalai’yah shows respect to her peers by understanding, empathizing, and celebrating their achievements,” said Perkins. “She is humble in that she does not focus on her successes, instead, she always strives to help others reach their fullest potential both academically and socially. Jalai’yah is able to fulfill her own responsibilities in school while being a cheerleader for her classmates. She provides support for students who need extra help and are struggling academically by modeling, repeating directions, and giving a helping hand. Jalai’yah is a friend to all.”

Ms. Perkins says Jalai’yah teaches her everyday. “We must be quick to listen, slow to speak, and loving in our approach with others to help them be successful. I am a better teacher for following in Jalai’yah’s footsteps. All these beautiful qualities are what make Jalai’yah have the heart of a warrior and deserving of this award.” Miles was honored at October’s board meeting with the Kiwanis Character is Key award for respect. 

PHOTO CAPTION: (Shown l-r) Jalai’yah Miles with flowers from her kindergarten teacher Emily Perkins (shown right) at Winton Woods City Schools October board meeting. Photo by Drew Jackson.





Emma Ciprini is Winton Woods Skyline Teacher of the Month

skyline teacherAlthough Emma Ciprini is new to the district, she has caught the attention of many at Winton Woods Intermediate School (WWIS) with her excellent teaching skills and kindness. “I am extremely proud to recommend our October Teacher of the Month,” said WWIS Principal Jeremy Day. “Ms. Cipriani is a fifth-grade math and science teacher who has built an amazing classroom culture in which one of her students' stated, ‘We get to learn through games, which is a lot of fun. She is super nice and very enthusiastic. She likes to put smiles on kids’ faces, and she is one of the best teachers that I have ever had.’”

Mr. Day says Ms. Cipriani has done such a great job building self-esteem and confidence in her students that he asked her to run a workshop at a future staff meeting on building relationships with scholars. “Her knowledge and skill set has to be spread throughout our building,” said Day. Her partner teacher, Samantha Schwartz stated, “I love working with Emma because of the energy and enthusiasm she brings to the classroom. She works hard on getting to know each student individually. She is always positive and makes you feel important every day. I could not have asked to work with a more caring and amazing friend.”

“We are happy to have hired Ms. Cipriani and could not be more thrilled to recommend her for Teacher of the Month,” said Day. “Congratulations.”

To be nominated for the Skyline Teacher of the Month, teachers must demonstrate: 

  • Excellence in the Classroom by using instructional practices that support higher academic achievement.

  • Motivation by encouraging and motivating students to surpass their expectations both academically and socially.  

  • Leadership by having a positive attitude with students, parents, colleagues and the community.  

  • Creativity and Imagination by demonstrating creativity in teaching in a way that inspires students to learn. 

  • Dedication by showing excellent attendance, punctuality and overall dependability. 

  • Communication by communicating effectively to their students, parents, colleagues, administrators, and stakeholders.

The Skyline Teacher of the Month Award is sponsored by the Forest Park Skyline Chili Restaurant, a business partner of Winton Woods City Schools. Teachers honored receive a Skyline gift card.  

PHOTO CAPTION: Shown l-r is board member Katrina Rugless and Skyline’s Teacher of the Month Emma Caprini. Photo by Drew Jackson. 


Ariana Green is Winton Woods Student of the Month 

student of the monthWinton Woods Guidance Counselor Brad Tash says tenth-grader Ariana Green has distinguished herself amongst her high school peers. “She is one of our top students in the building,” said Tash. “She has never earned a grade lower than an A, and currently at the end of the 1st quarter, her lowest percentage is a 95%.”

Green has a great work ethic that is not only shown in the classroom but in sports and how she serves her community. “She is always taking on leadership roles within the classroom. She sets high goals and does what it takes to achieve them.” Green is a valued member of the orchestra and cross-country team. She has worked at Kings Island for the past two years and serves the community by making lunches to raise money for city organizations.

“As you can see Ariana Green is a standout in our Warrior Community,” said Tash. “She embodies everything we look for in our young Warriors. I cannot think of a more deserving recipient for this award.” Green was recognized at the district’s October board meeting with the Kiwanis Student of the Month award. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods City Schools Kiwanis Student of the Month Ariana Green is shown with Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club President Jim Hadley and board member Katrina Rugless at the October board meeting. Photo by Drew Jackson.



Winton Woods Ayden Hassertt is the Skyline Student Athlete of the Month

Skyline athlete Winton Woods High School cross country coach Josh Amstutz says he has seen senior Ayden Hassertt grow as an athlete, scholar, and person. Ayden joined the Winton Woods' cross country program five years ago. “Her growth and dedication over the years have been unparalleled as she has continued to push through all obstacles with regards to academics and cross country,” said Amstutz. “She is a true Warrior."  

To be nominated for the Skyline Student Athlete of the Month, students must: 

  • Maintain an academic standard of 3.0 GPA or above in the previous quarter

  • Show respect for coaches, teammates, officials, teachers, other students and family

  • Show enthusiasm and a positive attitude

  • Display commitment to practice, games and personal skill development

  • Demonstrate honesty and playing by the rules

  • Have high moral character. 

The Skyline Student Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by the Forest Park Skyline, a business partner of Winton Woods City Schools. Student athletes honored receive a Skyline gift card.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Skyline Student Athlete of the Month is Ayden Hassertt. Photo by Drew Jackson.




Winton Woods High School Presents Fall Play Almost Maine

Almost maineBrace yourself for an eventful evening of bruised knees and broken hearts. Winton Woods High School Drama Department is excited to present their fall play Almost Maine by John Cariani on Thursday, November 21, through Saturday, November 23, at 8 p.m. in the David Bell Performing Arts Center located at the high school. The show will not be one continuous story, but several stories connected by one subject: love. Michelle Kozlowski, theater director, says the actors will play different complex characters throughout the show which is what she is looking forward to most. “It will be performed in a similar nature to a show we have previously done called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door. Remember, community members holding MVP cards from the district will be admitted for free.

PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods High School Presents fall play, Almost Maine.





Project Success Students Learn Finances in Adulting 101 Game

Project Success students participated in an adulting 101 game to learn how to make important financial decisions. Each student received a scenario and navigated through a life-sized game board. Over 15 businesses and community partners like Ameritas were present to help students navigate through life situations, share information and resources about the responsibilities of being an adult. Some of the topics included insurance, childcare, housing, transportation, and taxes. The event was organized by the Cincinnati Ohio Police Federal Credit Union.




WWCS Holds Another Successful Family University

Family University for grades PreK-6 was a success. Parents, guardians, and members of the Warrior community received a variety of resources and training on different ways to support their children. Some of the 25-minute breakout sessions included “School Safety,” “Social-Emotional Support,” “English as a Second Language,” and “Project-Based Learning,” to name a few. Also, a special thanks to the Child Nutrition Department who provided delicious nutritious snacks for the evening event.





WWPN and WWPS Hold Veterans Day Programs

For Veterans Day, Winton Woods Primary North and South held inspiring programs where students and Warrior staff invited their family and community members to be honored and acknowledged for their military service. To show appreciation, each program included a variety of different performances, special gifts, a community meal, and a learning opportunity discovering what it meant to be a veteran. #ThankYouVeterans




WLWT-5 Meteorologist and Reporter Visits WWPN 

WLWT-5 Meteorologist and Reporter Allison Rogers reads to and teaches our Wee Warriors at Primary North about the weather.










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:

#CultureThatEmpowers #WarriorCookbook #NutritionIsTheMission 










supercastCheck out the latest edition of our monthly podcast called Warrior Supercast featuring School Resources Officer Vada Harris, High School Principal Eric Martin, Intermediate Principal Jeremy Day, and Executive Director of Business Affairs Steve Denny. Listen in as they talk about increased safety and security at Winton Woods City Schools.













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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.   



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