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We were patiently waiting to make sure that the staff’s second vaccine was on schedule. We now have confirmation that it will be administered on March 3. During our most recent staff survey, we realized that many staff members did have an adverse reaction to the vaccine. I am sure that you are well aware that it is difficult securing the services of substitute teachers throughout the state during this pandemic.

Winton Woods City Schools Invites Community to Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Opening of New North Campus SHP

Winton Woods City Schools is elated to invite you to celebrate the opening of its new innovative and beautifully designed North Campus.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Monday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. and will take place at 1231 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240. Join us, along with local and state leaders, industry, community, students and staff, for the 7-12 campus ceremony. The celebration will kick off at 2:00 with a parade featuring “the best band in the land”, beginning at the Plaza Commons promenade and ending at the new Winton Woods North Campus.

Important Message from Superintendent Anthony G. Smith Winton Woods

Winton Woods Parents and Guardians:

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work with our staff to move to Phase IV. On Wednesday, February 10th, all staff members are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine will be administered on Wednesday, February 10th at the Hamilton County Educational Service Center (HCESC). According to the ODH (Ohio Department of Health) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), some staff members may have a reaction to the vaccine which could prohibit them from performing their duties at 100%.

WWHS Counselors Receive Award Recognitions at Board Meeting wwcs

The Board of Education recognized three Winton Woods High School counselors for  receiving awards for their exceptional work with students. Christina Jeranek, Winton Woods High School counselor who serves students in Grades 11 and 12, was selected as the 2020 Career Quest School Counselor of the Year. She was informed by Career Quest in February of 2020 with a surprise celebration with staff, before the pandemic, in the Winton Woods High School media center. Jeranek was honored at the district’s November board meeting for her award. “I appreciate this honor. I love working with our students at Winton Woods and it gives me such happiness to do what I can do to help promote their success to their future. Thank you.”

Winton Woods Primary North Student Receives Character Award wwcs

Winton Woods Primary North student Drayden Booker received the Kiwanis Character is Key award for resourcefulness at the November board meeting. Former Primary North Principal Kevin Jones had a lot of great things to say about him. “Drayden is a problem solver, a student that knows how to adjust to any situation, and uses his resources to succeed. Each and every day, he uses positive relationships with everyone in our building to gain positive rapport with his classmates and every adult he encounters. 

WWHS Allahnah Dedrick Selected as Kiwanis Student of the Month wwcs

Winton Woods High School Counselor Brad Tash says Allahnah Dedrick was selected as the Kiwanis Student of the Month award because, in his words, “Well, she is awesome.” The ninth grade student has accomplished a lot since her short time at the high school, including receiving no grades lower than an A. Her demanding schedule includes a full list of honors courses.

Winton Woods Makayla Adams is the Skyline Student Athlete of the Month wwcs

In March, the Winton Woods City Schools Board of Education postponed student award recognitions at its monthly meetings due to the pandemic. However, that did not stop the district from acknowledging its recipients of those awards for their academic excellence. Winton Woods Class of 2020 graduate and March Skyline Student Athlete of the Month Makayla Adams was one such student who was honored at the November board meeting. She was hailed as a team player who enjoyed great success on the bowling, cheerleading and softball teams - all sports to which she brought positive impact and impeccable skills - while maintaining a 3.6 grade point average.

Julie Helton is Winton Woods Skyline Teacher of the Month wwcs

Winton Woods Elementary School is proud to announce Julie Helton as the Skyline Teacher of the Month for November. “We would like to nominate Julie Helton as the Skyline Teacher of the Month,” said Principal Nelson Homan. “Mrs. Helton does a great job challenging her students to do their very best on a daily basis. She has a positive attitude with the entire Winton Woods Community and it shows. She builds positive relationships and fosters a nurturing learning community in her classroom. It is with much pride that we nominate such a valued team member as Mrs. Helton.” 

Winton Woods’ Child Nutrition Department Director Wins WeThrive Award Child Nutrition Department

Winton Woods City Schools is proud to announce Mark Docter, Director of the Child Nutrition Department, as a WeThrive Champion award winner. The organization recognizes exceptional leaders who put “community wellness in action.” For years, Docter’s efforts have reached beyond cafeteria rooms transforming what meal distribution and accessibility to fresh foods look like for Winton Woods students. On December 3, Docter, along with thirteen other recipients, were honored on a virtual live award ceremony that was streamed on Facebook where family, friends, and staff members tuned in to watch.

Questbridge Scholarship Recipients Receive Full-Ride Scholarships to College Questbridge

Three Winton Woods High School seniors will now be attending four years of college for free. The Questbridge National College Match Scholarship program selected Warrior scholars Faith Augustine, Franck Djidjeu, and Elizabeth Okemmiri for a full-ride scholarship to a college of their choosing. The powerful academic organization connects the nation’s brightest students to the top universities, colleges, and opportunities.

Franck Djidjeu Selected for College Board Award   WWCS

It was no surprise to Warrior staff and teachers when Winton Woods High School senior Franck Djidjeu was selected as a recipient of the College Board’s National African American Recognition Program, a prestigious and nationally recognized organization that awards students from around the country for their academic achievements and excellence on their PSAT scores. Brad Tash, Djidjeu’s guidance counselor for the past three years, says he is one of the best individuals he has encountered in his 20 years working in education. “I have rarely come across a student as hard-working, personable, and focused as Franck. While no one is perfect, Franck has come about as close as anyone can to perfection.

Winton Woods District Honors Students’ Academic Success Roll Students WWCS

Winton Woods District students have shown perseverance amidst unique times. They started the school year strong, honed in on their studies and strategically used their time to ensure the best outcome. Their efforts have not been in vain as we acknowledge and congratulate all our Warriors in Grades 3 to 12 who received this academic achievement of being placed on the first quarter honor roll. 

WWCS Provides Safety See-Through Masks for Speech and ESL Students and Teachers Gary

Verbal communication is at the forefront of how we learn, and for some students who rely on seeing lip and mouth movements, masks can be a barrier. Winton Woods City Schools, a district with a culturally diverse population of over 31 languages spoken, is prepared to make an inclusive learning environment for all. This year, see-through masks have been provided to teachers, tutors, staff, and students across the district who need these specifically designed face masks to teach and learn while remaining safe. Recipients included speech-language pathologists and their students and English as Second Language (ESL) teachers and English Learners (ELs). All protective coverings have a clear plastic material where the student’s mouth is positioned.  

Meet Winton Woods Primary South’s New Interim Principal Michele

Things have come full circle for Winton Woods Primary South’s (WWPS) new interim principal Michele Plummer. In 2014, she began her Warrior career at WWPS as a second-grade teacher. “Winton Woods City Schools was doing big things,” said Plummer as she reminisced on her start at the school she now leads. “They were looking for teachers who were really committed and ready to do the work. I connected with this belief system and was inspired so I interviewed at WWPS and got the job.” In 2018, she left the district for an assistant principal position. She was excited one year later when the same opportunity came to fruition at a place she had learned to call home. Not to mention, where she loved working and teaching. “I wanted nothing more than to come back to an innovative and forward thinking district where I spent so much time educating students.”

WWES Welcomes Heather Ranford as Dean of Students  heather

Winton Woods Elementary School (WWES) is glad to welcome Dean of Students Heather Ranford as a new addition to their Warrior staff for the 2020-2021 school year. Before transitioning into her new role in August, Ranford was a special education teacher for ten years. Six of those years were spent educating students in the district, including at the intermediate school, middle school, the high school and Project Success. When asked what her job entails, she mentioned that most people think it is just discipline. However, Ranford would describe it as being a mediator and helper for students, staff, and WWES Principal Nelson Homan. Since students have not been in the classroom, Ranford has had a unique experience connecting with her students.

WWCS Staff Present at National New Tech Conference Winton Woods

Creating innovative learning methods and a rich academic experience is what Winton Woods City Schools is all about. Winton Woods Intermediate School, Principal Jeremy Day and two middle school teachers Anna Owens and Mica Thompson showcased these district attributes when they presented at this year’s New Tech Annual Conference (NTAC). A network that connects educators from around the country to learn and grow from each other. In 2015, the district joined the New Tech Network becoming the second district to transition all grades to project-based learning with a New Tech Network approach that transformed their teaching styles to a visible approach leading to outcomes that matter.

Forest Chapel Church Provides School Supplies for WWCS Students WWCS

A new school year began unlike any other and like many others across the world - online. For Winton Woods City Schools students, during a time of the unknown, one thing remained the same - the unwavering support and encouragement from the community. Amidst the current COVID-19 crisis, Forest Chapel Church continued their annual back-to-school donation drive providing school necessities for our Warrior scholars. “We want our children to become community builders, and we do everything we can to model that philosophy for them. One way we model community building is by helping to equip our students and their schools, so that they can be successful. Partnering with the Winton Woods City School District allows us to make a difference in the lives of the students in the community and support the educators,” said Forest Chapel Church Pastor Kambamba Kiboko. “Together we are stronger.”

 Winton Woods Superintendent and High School Administrators Surprise Honors Diploma Scholars Honors Diploma Student

Several district school buses filled with surprises and congratulatory gifts arrived at the homes of 27 Winton Woods High School students to honor and acknowledge their academic achievement. Superintendent Anthony G. Smith, Winton Woods High School Principal Eric Martin, and administrators delivered yard signs, medals, and certificates to celebrate each honors diploma scholar. Also distributed to each student was a nutritious, delicious traditional dinner for the family to enjoy together, prepared by the Child Nutrition Department. Scholars were surprised by their Most Influential Teachers, whom the students had chosen for impacting them the most in their entire school careers.

Warrior Community Continues 27-Year-Old Tradition for WWHS Graduates ribbons

The Winton Woods’ community has a special way of showing Warrior graduates that it is proud of their accomplishments. During graduation week, a sea of blue and green ribbons have appeared on the fence on Winton Road near the high school for over 25 years. This year was no different, thanks to Forest Park resident and Ribbon Committee organizer Rogie Vollmar and her group of dedicated volunteers. Over the two decades, they have worked hard to celebrate our Warriors with this special tradition.

Winton Woods Students Artwork Selected and Featured in Virtual Exhibits art piece

Ten Winton Woods High School (WWHS) students’ are now sharing their artwork with the world online. After being selected as winners of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s 10 x 10 Teen Art Expo and the Taft Museum’s Artist Reaching Classrooms 2020 exhibition, the students' art pieces are featured in virtual exhibitions. "I am so proud of my students and love the fact that everyone can see how talented they are,” said Fine Arts Director Carol Becci-Youngs. “My students are the best!"

Winton Woods Welcomes New Transportation Department Director Winton Woods City Schools

Thomas Gray, Winton Woods City Schools new transportation director is no stranger to education. With family members who work in school districts, and a mother who was passionate about education, he knew it was only a matter of time before he found himself in education as well. After college, Gray entered into the U.S. Marine Corps and retired after 20 years of honorable service,  he worked diligently in the logistics and transportation career field. “I always had a love for transportation,” said Gray. He served as a transportation router for Cincinnati Public Schools, he served as  Director of Transportation for Northwest Local Schools and the Executive Director of Transportation for Dayton Public Schools. 

WWHS Choir Director Beth Miller Honored with Music Educator Award Beth Miller

At Winton Woods City Schools, our teachers give a lot of their time and effort to ensure our students reach their highest potential and are future ready. It is a wonderful thing when organizations outside of the district want to recognize them for that hard work. Winton Woods High School Choir Director Beth Miller received that opportunity when she was selected as the 2020 Cincinnati Music Educator Award by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO). “I could not take the credit for the award,” said Ms. Miller. Since the fourth grade, she has known she wanted to be a music educator and believed the award was a reflection of her teachers. “This is their legacy.” She also mentioned she is grateful for the recognition, the CSO for taking the time to recognize music educators, and the hard work everyone does. Her goals for the seven high school ensembles include growing and maintaining strong programs while continuing to provide opportunities.

Winton Woods Board of Education Announces 2020 Meeting Dates board meeting

The Winton Woods board of education has announced its schedule of regular and special meetings for 2020. We encourage and invite our community to be attendees to learn what is happening in our district. All meetings are open to the public and will take place at the high school media center, located at 1231 W. Kemper Rd. in Forest Park unless otherwise announced.