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October 21, 2019


“Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.” — Rikkie Rogers





Winton Woods High School Marching Band did a phenomenal job performing in the popular Blink parade in downtown Cincinnati. 



Winton Woods City Schools Selects Jasmine Horner as September's Skyline Student Athlete of the Month


JHHigh school for Winton Woods senior Jasmine Horner has been a journey. Her Volleyball Coach Mike Walker says from overcoming the adversity of losing her mother during important years to having the courage to continue with her high school plan of being a varsity cheerleader, volleyball player, and a singer, shows Jasmine is the true definition of resilience. “Jasmine has kept a smile on her face even though she had to grow up fast and needed to start taking care of her younger sister,” said Walker. “Jasmine is a true inspiration to everyone.” Those who know her are not surprised she was selected as Winton Woods September Skyline Student Athlete of the Month.

Head Cheerleading Coach Tenesha Bennett says, “Since Jasmine was a freshman on the cheer team, she has exhibited strong leadership skills. She takes extra time to help those around her and is always willing to put her team first.”

At the board meeting, Superintendent Anthony G. Smith mentioned that students are selected based on character and academic achievements in addition to athletics. “You have to be nominated,” said Smith before reading the nomination requirements. For the 2018-2019 fourth quarter, Horner finished the school year with a 3.85 GPA. Horner is also a member of the Varsity Ensemble choir that will be traveling to New York City in March of 2020 to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.

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 Jasmine Horner. Photo by Drew Jackson.



 Renaud Fred Noubieptie Kamgang is Winton Woods Kiwanis Student of the Month

FredWinton Woods High School Guidance Counselor Christina Jeranek says it is with pleasure to nominate Renaud Fred Noubieptie Kamgang for the Kiwanis Student of the Month Award. “Fred has always been excited to learn and grow as an individual,” said Jeranek. “He challenges himself on a daily basis, and I truly enjoy when he comes in to discuss the next goal he has set for himself.” Students who receive the Kiwanis Character is Key award are selected based on academics, character, and positive impact in and out of the classroom.

“Renaud came to Winton Woods only two years ago from his home country of Cameroon and has exceeded in learning English, yet also knows many other languages,” said Ms. Jeranek. “He has always shined as a student. Not only does he take AP (Advanced Placement) classes, he is also leaving campus to attend three courses at Cincinnati State College. He is doing very well in all his classes this year, and I know he will succeed in his future endeavors. Renaud is true to our character as a Warrior. He is trusting, respectful and very responsible.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Kiwanis Student of the Month Renaud Fred Noubieptie Kamgang listening as Superintendent Anthony G. Smith reads kind remarks from his teachers. Also shown l-r is board member Jeff Berte and Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club President Jim Hadley. Photo by Drew Jackson. 




Winton Woods Primary South Student Honored for Responsibility

ElijahThe Primary North staff nominated second-grade scholar Elijah Smith for the Kiwanis Character is Key Award for September. Staff members and the Wee Warrior community agreed, since his arrival last school year, he has been an excellent student and wonderful young man to work with in class. He exemplifies what it means to be a person of integrity and character. Elijah’s first-grade teacher, Amanda Mann says he would be an excellent candidate for this award. “Elijah was an outstanding role model in my first grade classroom,” said Ms. Mann. “He always used his manners and participated in classroom activities and discussions. Elijah is not only responsible and respectful but he is a kind and caring classmate who willingly helps all members of our school community. Elijah loves to learn and ask questions accordingly. He is a good friend, student, and role model for all.”

When asked about Elijah, his art teacher, Katie Labmeier, also wanted to share her thoughts on Elijah and his strong character. “From day one, he exemplified what it means to be a Winton Woods Warrior,” said Ms. Labmeier. “I can always rely on Elijah to take the lead in class. Whether it is helping me pass out supplies or helping a classmate understand our lesson. Elijah is always eager to help with a smile on his face. He has proven himself to be a responsible and respectful student. I am so fortunate to have Elijah in my class and look forward to seeing him continue this growth in second grade. Primary North is honored to nominate Elijah Smith for the Student of Character Award.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Shown l-r at the September board meeting is board member Jeff Berte, Kiwanis Character is Key Award recipient Elijah Smith and Kiwanis Greenhills-Forest Park President Jim Hadley. Photo by Drew Jackson.




Kimaya Pope is Winton Woods Skyline Teacher of the Month

KimayaThe quote “see a need, fill a need” is about taking action when a requirement is unmet. Winton Woods High School (WWHS) teacher Kimaya Pope was selected as Winton Woods Skyline Teacher of the Month because she embodies it. In 2015, when Pope began working at the high school as an English teacher with a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate, Principal Eric Martin saw how beneficial her skills would be for the growing English Language Learners (ELL) community. “Over the last few years, Kimaya has immersed herself in researching ELL instruction and newcomer education at schools all over the nation. She has also helped to organize visits to schools with English Language Immersion, as Winton Woods worked to develop a program for some of our learners,” said Martin.

“Kimaya saw a need and worked with school leadership to create a plan to meet the needs of students,” said Martin. “We have seen gains in academic and social skills of our ELL students through improved programming under Kimaya’s leadership at Winton Woods High School.” For this reason, Kimaya Pope was selected as Winton Woods High School Teacher of the Month for September.

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 Jeff Berte and Winton Woods City Schools September Skyline Teacher of the Month Kimaya Pope at the September board of education meeting. Photo by Drew Jackson.




Winton Woods AGS tenth grade students visited Primary North to share their recycling projects with our first and second graders.






Winton Woods High School marching band drumline and varsity ensemble performed for our valued community partner Ameritas this week.








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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supercastCheck out the latest edition of the Warrior Supercast featuring Girls Crew Coach Patrick Riester and WWHS sophomore Miranda Johnson, as they talk about the girls rowing team. 














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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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