District News

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

For 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. 

Winton Woods Intermediate School Holds National Elementary Honor Society Ceremony nhs

Winton Woods Intermediate School celebrated eleven outstanding Warriors for excelling academically and modeling exceptional responsible attributes. Proud parents, guardians, friends and family members were present as the scholars were inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS). The prestigious organization’s ceremony included a candle lighting and reading of the NEHS pledge. Each student was individually announced and received a certificate with a medal.

Winton Woods High School Presents Fall Play Almost Maine   Almost Maine

Brace 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.

Winton Woods Elementary School Students Inducted into National Elementary Honor Society

On October 2, a display of 17 certificates recognized the proud new members of the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS). Ecstatic parents, guardians and friends were present at Winton Woods Elementary School for the induction ceremony and to celebrate the new inductees of the prestigious organization. The exciting evening included a reciting of the NEHS pledge as the students were called individually to receive their medals and membership certificates. Each scholar was awarded for excelling academically and modeling exceptional responsible attributes. 

Winton Woods Students Participate in World Sight Day with Lenscrafters Lenscrafters

On Thursday, October 10, a group of Winton Woods students received new glasses from Lenscrafters as part of their World Sight Day campaign. Students represented four schools of the district: Winton Woods Primary North, Primary South, Elementary and Intermediate schools. Upon arrival at the Northgate Mall, students were greeted with bagels, orange juice, and milk. Each student had a full eye exam and was able to select the frames that made them feel special. Several students were also invited to tour the lab and learn how lenses were made.

Winton Woods Moves Diversionary Court Hearings to Greenhills Municipal Building

 

Greenhills Municipal Building has become the new location for all Winton Woods City Schools hearings. “We are extremely grateful for their generosity and willingness to let us use their facility,” said Winton Woods Truancy Officer Stephanie Mahan. “We believe this move will be more beneficial for our students and community.” For all student hearings, the Greenhills Police Department graciously provided the location, wifi, computer services, and a resource officer. There will also be a hearing officer that will be funded (100%) by Juvenile Court. “We agreed with the school’s approach of using this space to provide a less formal resolution that looks to solve the problem and help the student, instead of sending them to juvenile court,” said Greenhills Officer Neil Ferdelman. “Our goal is not to punish but correct behavior and get the students back on the right path.”

Winton Woods Primary South Student Honored for Responsibility Elijah

The 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.

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

Winton 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.

Kimaya Pope is Winton Woods Skyline Teacher of the Month Kimaya

The 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.

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

High 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. 

Winton Woods Introduces New Teaching and Learning Department directors

Each year brings new faces of students and employees to the district but the mission stays the same—to ensure every student reaches their highest potential and to equip and prepare them for the next step in their life. This is the same for all Winton Woods employees as well. “My time at Winton Woods definitely has prepared me for this role,” said Dr. Terri L. Holden, former executive director of teaching and learning. “I wish Winton Woods the best in the future. It will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Winton Woods Thanks Community Organizations for School Supply Donations board meeting

Winton Woods City Schools students, teachers, and staff received back to school donations from organizations throughout our Warrior community. Business partners, local churches, and community groups who contributed were thanked and given a certificate for their generous donation of materials at the district’s September board of education meeting. The organizations combined donated hundreds of notebooks, pencils, paper, bookbags, toiletry items, kleenex, hand sanitizer, and more. “The support we receive enables our students the opportunity to be the best they can be,” said Winton Woods Primary South Principal Danielle Wallace.

Winton Woods Varsity Ensemble to Perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City VE

Winton Woods Varsity Ensemble is tuning up their vocals as they prepare for their debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In February of 2019, students were personally invited by Composer and Conductor Howard Helvey, conductor of Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble and Calvary Episcopal Church in Clifton, Ohio, to perform at the world renowned venue. In addition to this performance at Carnegie Hall, students will also perform at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine during their five-day trip.

Winton Woods Selected to Join League of Innovative Schools

In August of 2019, Digital Promise selected Winton Woods City Schools as one of only 14 districts in the nation to join the League of Innovative Schools. The League is comprised of 114 districts across 34 states. Winton Woods is one of only seven districts accepted in Ohio. This powerful network connects the most forward-thinking school districts to work together to enhance and share learning practices that will improve outcomes for all students.

Charlie Fredrick Honored at Winton Woods Board Meeting august board meeting

Charlie Fredrick invested his time in doing what he loved, and the people who knew him would say he loved Winton Woods City Schools. It was where his wife Mary Jo, daughter Maureen and three sons Chuck, Joe, and Mike, spent a lot of their time as a family. On August 26, Winton Woods expressed to the family its deep appreciation for Mr. Frederick’s dedication to the district by honoring him posthumously at its regular board of education meeting. Members of the community, staff, and family members reminisced through heartwarming stories and testimonials that spoke of the impact Mr. Fredrick had on the Winton Woods community and athletic department.

Local Author and Illustrator Reads to Primary South Students WWPS

On September 16, author and illustrator of 70 pictures books, Will Hillenbreand, brought superpowers to life as he read his newest book Mighty Reader and the Big Freeze to our Wee Warriors at Winton Woods Primary South. This incredible story depicts a comic-book style illustration where the main character, Barkley, freezes when his teacher asks him to read an unfamiliar book. Mighty Reader saves the day by giving Barkley some tips to help him read the story and the confidence to put on a performance that impresses everyone. 

Winton Woods Superintendent Holds State of the Schools Address State of the Schools Address

Superintendent Anthony G. Smith held a one-hour presentation at the high school media center on September 5, for Winton Woods fall State of the Schools address for one of the largest crowds in six years of presentation. The topics discussed included exciting opportunities happening in the district, increased enrollment, construction updates, and a discussion of academic growth and achievement.

Mentors Needed for Academy of Global Studies Students

During the 2019-2020 school year, Winton Woods High School is looking for individuals to serve as mentors to students in the Academy of Global Studies (AGS). Mentors are needed and will meet twice a month from 7-7:50 a.m. at the high school. This is a great opportunity to connect to the young people of our community and help them learn and grow as they complete their first year of high school. 

Bus Drivers Needed! bus driver

During the month of September, bus driver open interviews will be every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. at 825 Waycross Road, Suite A. No appointment or experience is needed. If hired, training will be provided free of charge.

All applicants must have a safe driving record and work well with students of all ages.

Bilingual candidates are also encouraged to apply.

WWCS Nutrition is the Mission Bus Serves Over 20,000 Meals During Summer Break Forest Park Assistant Fire Chief Jermaine Hill playing flag football with students at the Winton Woods City Schools “Nutrition is the Mission” Football Finale. Photo by Corina Denny.

If you live in Forest Park, Greenhills or Springfield Township, there is a good chance you have seen a beautifully designed “Nutrition is the Mission” bus eagerly awaiting to serve free delicious meals. During the summer, Winton Woods City Schools (WWCS) continued its mission to serve nutrition by distributing over 20,000 meals to students in the community. 

WWCS Jumpstart Prepares Wee Warriors for New School Year  Winton Woods Primary North teacher Tricia Wilke with her new students at Jumpstart Orientation. Photo by Corina Denny.

Over 200 wee warriors and their families were welcomed into the Warrior Family on Friday, August 2, at the popular Jumpstart program. The optional one-day orientation designed to help lessen the first day of school anxiety. Preschool and kindergarten students of Winton Woods Primary North and Winton Woods Primary South, were introduced to their amazing teachers and classmates while parents attended an informational session with Principal Wallace at Primary South and Principal Jones at Primary North. 

Winton Woods City School District Announces Free and Reduced Lunch and Breakfast Policy

Winton Woods City Schools announced its 2019-2020 program year policy for free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast or After School Care Snack Program. Las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Winton Woods anunciaron su política anual del programa 2019-2020 para comidas gratuitas y de precio reducido para los estudiantes que no pueden pagar el precio total de las comidas servidas bajo el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y Desayunos Escolares o el Programa de Bocaditos de Cuidado Después de la Escuela. El Departamento de Nutrición Infantil tiene un intérprete de español disponible al (513) 619-2482.

Notice of IDEA Funding Presentation for SY20

The Winton Woods City School District will be presenting the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Budget Overview on August 26, 2019, 6:30pm at the Board of Education Meeting at Winton Woods High School Media Center: 1231 W. Kemper Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45240.

The public is invited to participate and comment on the Special Education Report Card, the 2019 budget and the budget of the current fiscal year.

For additional information, please contact Tonya Bray, Director of Student Services 513-619-2320 or Mrs. Adrienne Martin, Director of Teaching and Learning 513-619-2385.

Warrior Experts Warrior Experts

At Winton Woods City Schools, we believe that real-world learning is critical for students to be prepared for the careers of today and tomorrow. To support this belief, we are taking two of our district’s most valuable assets—our students and our community stakeholders—and partnering them in a program that we call Warrior Experts.

Winton Woods High School Honors Seniors’ Academic Success Winton Woods High School celebrated Seniors Honors Night on Tuesday, May 14.

This year, Winton Woods High School’s graduation class earned over $7 million in scholarships. On Tuesday, May 14, Senior Honors Night was held in the Winton Woods High School (WWHS) auditorium to celebrate the seniors’ academic success and award scholarships.

WWES Student Honored with Character is Key Award for Perseverance Sean Howard

Winton Woods Elementary School third-grade student Sean Howard was selected for May’s Kiwanis Character is Key award for perseverance. “What is perseverance?” said his teacher Melanie Siciliano. “Perseverance is the ability to go on when things seem impossible. It is also a measure of success, or at least how much sacrifice one is willing to make in the name of success. As a student, it is impossible to achieve personal success without having a vision or a direction in mind. Perseverance is the ability to forge ahead despite setbacks that may threaten to undermine all efforts to succeed. Sean Howard has set a shining example of perseverance by overcoming many obstacles that he encountered throughout the school day and within the school year.”

Winton Woods’ Kelly Kennedy is May’s Skyline Teacher of the Month Kelly Kennedy

Winton Woods Primary North Principal Kevin Jones says professionals like Kelly Kennedy are hard to find. “She is not only an excellent teacher, diligently planning her lessons to target specific student needs (better known as differentiating the lesson), but she also is an amazing adult team member,” said Principal Jones. “When I think of Kelly, I think of a person who gives her all each and every day.”

Winton Woods City Schools Skyline Student Athlete of the Month is Ernest Wolke Ernest Wolke

Winton Woods junior Ernest Wolke, a member of the high school’s baseball and wrestling teams, has been named as the district’s Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for May.

Junior Ortiz Honored as Kiwanis Student of the Month for Leadership Junior Ortiz

Guidance Counselor Kim Goins wrote that it was a great pleasure to recommend Junior Ortiz as Kiwanis Student of the Month for May. Junior is a Winton Woods High School senior who is originally from Guatemala. At the age of five, he came to this country and moved into our district at the age of seven. “Since I met Junior his freshman year, he has joined and remained in our Academy of Global Studies Program,” said Goins.

Dr. Monica Swope with Kingdom Family Dentistry Honored with Community Spirit Award Dr. Monica Swope

Winton Woods City Schools presented Kingdom Family’s Dr. Monica Swope with the district’s Community Spirit Award at the May board of education meeting. “Dr. Swope has an incredible professional commitment to healthy smiles and has been in our community with Kingdom Family Dentistry, just 50 yards from the Winton Woods Intermediate School, for almost 30 years,” said Superintendent Anthony G. Smith.

Winton Woods Intermediate School Presents All Year Honors

On Monday, May 13, the Winton Woods Intermediate School’s (WWIS) gymnasium was full of proud Warrior parents and families who attended the end-of-year honors ceremony. The program kicked off with an incredible performance by the WWIS choir, they performed “Doraji” by Yoojin Muh, “Tongo” by Greg Gilpin, and “This is Me” from the film The Greatest Showman by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The following awards were presented:

Winton Woods Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent Athletic Signing Ceremony

After 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.

Winton Woods High School Holds Academic Signing Day Winton Woods City Schools’ 2019 Honor Diploma Scholars

Twenty-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.

Winton Woods District Summer Orientation Provides A Jumpstart into Education Jumpstart

Winton 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 2, from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. at Winton Woods Primary North in Greenhills and Winton Woods Primary South in Springfield Township.

Smith Delivers Winton Woods’ Spring State of the Schools Address fall state of the schools

At 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.

Katie Stevens is Winton Woods’ April Skyline Teacher of the Month Katie Stevens

There are many teachers at Winton Woods City Schools who do an exceptional job of ensuring our students are future ready. Each month, we are privileged to recognize one of those teachers and their contributions to making Winton Woods a district of destination. This month’s Skyline teacher of the month is Winton Woods Primary South’s (WWPS) Katie Stevens. Mrs. Stevens is a physical education teacher but her work goes beyond the gym.

Winton Woods City School’s Skyline Student Athlete of the Month is Mya Johnson Mya Johnson

Winton Woods High School’s Mya Johnson has been named Winton Woods City Schools’ Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for April. Mya maintains a 4.0 GPA and participates on the soccer and track team.

Winton Woods City Schools Eric Fomekong Selected as Kiwanis Student of the Month Eric Fomekong

Winton Woods High School Guidance Counselor John Beischel has come to know Eric Fomekong’s thoughtfulness for others which is why he was selected as Winton Woods City School’s Kiwanis Student of the Month for April.

Winton Woods First Grader Honored for Integrity Aiden Martin

Aiden Martin, a first-grade student at Winton Woods Primary South, was honored at the April board of education meeting with the Kiwanis Character is Key award for integrity.

Winton Woods’ Students Give “Sight for Sore Eyes” Sight for Sore Eyes

A 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.

Over 300 Dapper Gentlemen and Fashionable Ladies Attended Winton Woods Primary North Prom Winton Woods Primary North Prom

It was a night filled with dancing, refreshments and formal attire. Upon entering the Winton Woods Primary North (WWPN) gymnasium, that sparkled with beautiful green and blue decorations accented with colorful lights, each child received a glow-in-the-dark bracelet or necklace as a keepsake. Over 300 dapper gentlemen and fashionable ladies—along with their parents and guardians—were dressed in their finest as they attended the primary prom on Friday, April 5. Attendees enjoyed an evening of music DJ’ed by Mr. Johnny B, as well as cupcakes, juice, and a beautifully decorated photo booth for group pictures.

Winton Woods District Honored with Best Communities for Music Education Designation The Winton Woods High School band is one of the many music offerings in the school district that led to the designation by the NAMM Foundation as one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education.

For the fourth year, Winton Woods City Schools (WWCS) was designated as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” in the nation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM). The district joins 38 Ohio districts and four Cincinnati districts in achieving this honor. Winton Woods High School Band Director Danelle Ashbrook who completed the application says the department is proud to receive such a prestigious award. “I believe this nomination speaks highly of our music programs and the opportunities we have to offer.”

Winton Woods City Schools is on A Mission to Serve Nutrition Winton Woods City Schools “Nutrition is the Mission” bus about to go “on the road” to serve nutritious meals to the community.

Winton 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.

Winton Woods High School Presents Sports Awards

The 2019 Winter Sports Awards ceremony was held at Winton Woods High School on Wednesday, March 20, to honor those athletes participating on the academic quiz team, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls bowling, boys and girls swimming and cheerleading. Special awards were presented that evening which included:   

Winton Woods Primary North Student Models Resourcefulness in the Classroom Pierre Leuffa

Pierre Leuffa, a first-grade student at Winton Woods Primary North is using her actions to show her teacher and classmates what resourcefulness is all about. Her teacher, Mrs. Yancey, chose Leuffa to be honored with the Kiwanis Character is Key Award for Resourcefulness. “Pierra comes to class and soaks up all the knowledge that she can,” said Yancey. “Being an English Language Learner (ELL) can sometimes create a challenge in a young child’s learning and understanding. Pierre has excelled this year in the first grade. She is constantly seen helping her peers with their work and shows them how to use the resources and strategies to complete an assignment.”

Gueye is Kiwanis-Gold Star Student of the Month for March PHOTO CAPTION: Kiwanis Student of the Month Amy Gueye with board member Dr. John Cuppoletti. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Amy Gueye, a sophomore in the Academy of Global Studies (AGS) program at Winton Woods City Schools is described by her guidance counselor Christina Jeranek as someone who exemplifies what it means to be a Warrior. “She is kind and polite to everyone, and easy to get along with,” said Jeranek. “In school, Amy is a hard worker, maintaining a 3.5 GPA despite a rigorous course load. She is often chosen to be group leader because she is so responsible and gets the job done.”

Kendal Phillips is March’s Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for Winton Woods City Schools PHOTO CAPTION: Skyline Student-Athlete of the Month Kendal Phillips with board member Dr. John Cuppoletti. Photo by Drew Jackson.

Winton Woods High School’s Kendal Phillips has been named Winton Woods City Schools’ Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for March. Kendal maintains a 3.7 GPA and participates on the football team.

Winton Woods’ Lauren Tritschler is Skyline Teacher of the Month for March Skyline Teacher of the Month

Winton Woods Elementary School (WWES) teacher Lauren Tritschler has proven to be an excellent teacher and a wonderful asset to the Warrior community, which is why she was selected to be Winton Woods City School’s Teacher of the Month. “Ms. Tritschler is a hardworking, well-organized, and committed teacher who has given much to our amazing students,” said WWES Principal Adrienne Martin. “She serves in many leadership roles throughout the building. She is the team leader for the special education department, an active member on the building leadership team, and the chairperson for the Response to Intervention committee”

Winton Woods City Schools Opens Enrollment for All-Day Kindergarten Kindergarten Registration opens

The 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.”

Winton Woods Students Honored for Academics and Service he Special Award winner Naomi Hall at Winton Woods High School’s 2019 CSAC  Banquet.

The academic achievements and community service of 106 students at Winton Woods High School were recognized at the school’s 57th Annual Community School Achievement Committee (CSAC) awards banquet. The CSAC banquet is sponsored by the Forest Park Women’s Club and is a cooperative venture of many organizations in the Winton Woods School District. It was first organized by Harry Kilb, a 1945 graduate of Greenhills High School, to honor students at both Greenhills and Forest Park High Schools.

Winton Woods District “A Night of Freedom” Event was A Night of Success Winton Woods City Schools students, families and community members at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for its third annual “A Night of Freedom”

Winton Woods City Schools students, families and community members made an appearance at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for its third annual “A Night of Freedom” event on March 7. Students from all seven schools gave powerful academic project presentations, musical performances, and contributed to the visual arts gallery walk. The exhibitions and performances were followed by award ceremonies focused on the sensitive subject of freedom.

New York Times Best-Selling Author Speaks to Primary South Students New York Times best-selling author Sherri Duskey Rinker and Winton Woods Primary South students

March 5 was a special day for the students attending Winton Woods Primary South. The wee warriors enjoyed a complimentary visit with New York Times best-selling author Sherri Duskey Rinker, courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers and the outstanding effort of district media specialist Michelle Sisk. The author shared her love of books, how she became an author and the process of turning her story into a published book. She also left the students with an important message based on her experiences as an author: “practice, practice, practice makes perfect or at least better.” Following the presentation, Mrs. Rinker autographed copies of her books for students and teachers who purchased copies of her incredible story.

Kiwanis Character is Key Honoree Awarded for Trustworthiness Bharat Koirala

Bharat Koirala, an eighth-grade student at Winton Woods Middle School, is using his actions to show his teacher and classmates what trustworthiness is all about. His Assistant Principal Adib Dixon chose him to be honored with the Kiwanis Character is Key Award for Trustworthiness. “Bharat is a Warrior-Scholar, engaged in honors courses,” said Dixon. “His teachers trust him to be prepared for class, persevere through difficult projects and learning activities. He rises to the occasion daily. He embodies trustworthiness in his behaviors.”

Ciro Casanova is Winton Woods’ Skyline Teacher of the Month Ciro Casanova

Winton Woods High School (WWHS) Assistant Principal Amber Strawser says the high school is fortunate to have an art teacher like Ciro Casanova. He teaches an introductory level art class, two levels of digital photo and is the advisor for the art club at the high school. “We get great feedback from Mr. Casanova’s students about the art projects they are excited to complete in his class,” said WWHS administrative team. “He has a knack for matching his projects with the interests of his students.”

WWHS Franck Djidjeu Selected as Kiwanis Student of the Month Franck Djidjeu

Winton Woods High School Counselor Brad Tash says Franck Djidjeu is in tenth grade but is ahead of his time. “If you were to speak to Mr. Djidjeu and observe his actions, you would think he is already a college student,” said Tash. “Franck’s maturity and good nature are apparent to everyone he meets. Teachers have commented on how nice it is to have such a positive influence in their classes. I challenge you to find a harder working young person. During his time at Winton Woods, Franck has distinguished himself as a top scholar. He has a demanding all honors schedule and has never earned a grade less than an A.”

Winton Woods’ Ayanna Thompson is Skyline Student Athlete of the Month Skyline Student Athlete of the Month Ayanna Thompson

Winton Woods High School’s senior Ayanna Thompson has been named Winton Woods City Schools’ Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for February. Ayanna maintains a 3.7 GPA and participates in girls basketball.

Envision Children Offers Summer Academic Learning Experience Envision Children is now enrolling for the 2019 summer academic enrichment program. Photo by Drew Jackson.

A 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.

Winton Woods Primary South Dress in Finest for Prom : Winton Woods Primary South first-grade students at the primary prom. Shown (l-r) are Keira Gabbard, Jhemiesha Pullon, Audrey Scott, Elijah Brown, and Andres Ortega.

It was a night filled with dancing, refreshments and formal attire. Winton Woods Primary South (WWPS) gymnasium sparkled with decorations and shined with colorful lights as attendees enjoyed an evening of music and fun. Over 300 dapper young men and fashionable young ladies—along with their parents and guardians—attended the third annual primary prom on Friday, February 8.

Winton Woods Board of Education Announces 2019 Meeting Dates

The Winton Woods board of education has announced its schedule of regular and special meetings for 2019. All meetings are open to the public and will take place at the board office, located at 1215 W. Kemper Rd. in Forest Park unless otherwise announced.

Winton Woods Board of Education Elects New Officers Winton Woods Board of Education President Dr. Viola Johnson (seated left) and Vice-President Katrina Rugless are shown with members (standing, l-r) Dr. John Cuppoletti. Paula Kuhn and Jeff Berte.

Dr. Viola Johnson, a member of the Winton Woods board of education since 2014, was elected board president at the organizational meeting on Tuesday, January 14. Board member Katrina Rugless, who has served since 2016, was elected vice-president.

Winton Woods Senior is a Positive Leader for Peers (l-r) Board President Dr. Viola Johnson, Kiwanis Student of the Month award winner Janny Castro Gutierrez and Kiwanis Club President Ji Hadley at January’s board meeting.

Guidance Counselor John Beischel is appreciative of the positive influence and determination he sees in Winton Woods High School senior Janny Castro Gutierrez. “Janny, in her short time with us, has quickly become a school leader because of her charisma, charm and infectious personality,” said Beischel. “Students love her, teachers love her and the English Language Learners (ELL) department particularly adores her. She arrived three years ago not knowing any English and now she is in the top 30 of her senior class.”

Winton Woods’ Riley Lauchard is Skyline Student Athlete of the Month (l-r) is Skyline Student Athlete of the Month Riley Lauchard speaking after receiving her award at the January board meeting with Board President Dr. Viola Johnson.

Winton Woods High School’s Riley Lauchard has been named Winton Woods City Schools’ Skyline Student Athlete of the Month for January. Riley maintains a 3.7 GPA and participates in Girls Rowing and the academic quiz team.

Winton Woods Students Perform Well at Contest

Winton Woods High School (WWHS) Fine Arts instructors are proud of their students’ performances from the OMEA District XIV Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, January 26. Twenty-three music students in band, orchestra and choir were given the opportunity to prepare an ensemble, solo or a combination and perform in front of judges at Elder High School. Each performance received a rating out of five, with one being Superior.

Etiquette Course Teaches Students How To Be “The Best Possible Me”  (l-r) Becca Livesay, Bianca Morales-Lemus, Ashley Caballesa-Paiz, Shianne Bostic, Program Instructor Ms. Kathryn Watkins, Rhiouna King-Wise, Ruby Sosa-Fuentes, Christina Howard, and Sa'niyah Tudor. Photo by Megan Weaver.

Ever seen a display of silverware during a meal and not know which is the salad fork? Winton Woods Elementary school monitor Kathryn Watkins answered that question and everything etiquette in her new after-school program “The Best Possible Me.” A 5-week training course with the sole purpose of teaching social etiquette to young ladies. Watkins taught how to sit correctly in a skirt “cross at the ankles, tuck to right, left over right” to walking tall and occasionally with a book on their head. Nine fourth graders were given the opportunity to learn and be coached in hopes of these polite behaviors becoming habitual.

Winton Woods Appoints Newest Board Member (l-r) Winton Woods City Schools Treasurer Randy Seymour and Dr. John Cuppoletti at January organizational meeting. Photo by Drew Jackson.

At its organizational meeting on January 14, the Winton Woods board of education appointed John Cuppoletti to fill the vacancy on the board. The term of this appointment will expire on December 31, 2019. “We had several highly qualified candidates, but I am pleased to announce that the board unanimously appointed Dr. John Cuppoletti. He is a published author and has served as a professor, researcher, volunteer, and mentor. Dr. Cuppoletti has been an active supporter of the Winton Woods School District and has had a long career in higher education. The board believes that his extensive background in academia will be a tremendous asset to the team,” said Dr. Viola Johnson, board president.

Winton Woods Musicians Perform in NKU and Xavier Honor Bands

Fourteen enthusiastic Winton Woods High School band students took part in honor band performances on Saturday, January 19. The Northern Kentucky University (NKU) Honor Band Concert was at Greaves Concert Hall. The musicians performed under the direction of Dr. Erin Cooper, assistant director of bands at the University of North Carolina. The Xavier University Honor Band Concert was at the Gallagher Theater where instrumentalists performed under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Chamberlin, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Xavier University.

WWES Third Grader Honored for Fairness Board President Jessica Miranda presenting the Kiwanis Character is Key award for fairness to Aireez Donaldson. Photo By Drew Jackson.

Aireez Donaldson has made a positive impression in her class at Winton Woods Elementary School this year. The third grader was honored at the December Board of Education meeting by the Greenhills/Forest Park Kiwanis Club with the Kiwanis Character is Key award for fairness.

Winton Woods District Partners with Children’s Hunger Alliance to Expand School Breakfast Program WWIS Principal Jeremy Day, Executive Director of Business Affairs Steve Denny, Director of Food Service Mark Docter, WWIS teacher Heather Hils, and Assitant Director of Food Service Vickie Koeninger at the School Breakfast Challenge recognition.

Winton Woods Middle School and Winton Woods Intermediate School students are benefiting from a nourishing morning meal that started early this school year. A grant to support this initiative was awarded by Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom and funded by Wal-Mart for over $44,000. Food carts, monitors and finger scanners were purchased to reduce lunch lines and provide ample time for our students to eat.

Making the Transition From Local School Board President to State Representative (l-r) Board member Mrs. Katrina Rugless, Vice President Mr. Jeff Berte, former Board President Mrs. Jessica Miranda, Board members Mrs. Paula Kuhn and Dr. Viola Johnson, and Superintendent Anthony G. Smith.

Jessica Miranda ran a very vigorous and strategic campaign and was elected as the State Representative for the 28th District. She will resign her position as the President of the Winton Woods City Schools Board of Education on December 31, 2018.

WWCS Leading the Way Through New High Performance Learning Environment

Winton Woods City Schools is the first district in Ohio to adopt and design school facilities with the High Performance Learning Environment (HPLE) standard. These innovative environments incorporate features that improve student performance and better learning. “This is an educational facility design standard that is more consistent with the future needs of students, staff, families, community members and business partners,” said Executive Director of Business Affairs Steve Denny. “It facilitates a more flexible design that is aligned with the development of 21st-century learning skills. This is critical in preparing our students to be future ready.”

Winton Woods City Schools Set to Join Eastern Cincinnati Conference Eastern Cincinnati Conference

New buildings are not the only thing Winton Woods City Schools can look forward to in 2020. As of Nov. 9, Winton Woods High School (WWHS) will be joining nine other schools to complete the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC). “We are extremely pleased to be joining the ECC,” said Superintendent Anthony G. Smith. “We believe this conference will continue to enhance our athletics department as well as our academic programs.”

Winton Woods' Thanks Community for Levy Passage Thank you

 

On Nov. 6 Winton Woods City Schools (WWCS) added the substitute levy passage to their list of goals that play a crucial role in (continuing) the district’s mission without interruption of services.

WWCS Historic Day with Groundbreaking Ceremonies  Winton Woods City Schools groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Drew Jackson.

A historic day, 15 years in the making, for Winton Woods City Schools as we literally began digging into the future with two groundbreaking ceremonies on October 18, 2018. It was a fall sunny day when local and state leaders, industry partners, community members, students and staff joined at the 7-12 and K-6 campus sites to celebrate the start of construction for the two new facilities. The Winton Woods High School marching band and a cappella vocal group gave joint performances, and students from each site gave closing speeches thanking the community. Superintendent Anthony G. Smith had the community members tell the younger students, “These buildings were designed for you.” While the students followed by saying, “These buildings were designed for me.” Voters approved a bond issue in 2016 to fund these new facilities.

Winton Woods City Schools featured in Cincy Magazine Winton Woods High School junior Jasmine Horner featured on the cover of Cincy Magazine’s Best Schools issue.

Winton Woods City Schools continues to grow a positive supporting audience. Winton Woods is the only comprehensive Pre K-12th New Tech Network district in the state of Ohio. This innovative project-based academic approach inspired the publisher of Cincy Magazine to add it to the front cover of the Best 100 Schools issue. Winton Woods junior Jasmine Horner was featured on the cover. Horner is a high achieving student and involved in many extracurricular activities including cheerleading, softball, volleyball, Varsity Ensemble, student council and the school’s a capella group Clarity. As an added bonus Winton Woods Intermediate teacher Kamaria Martin was one of the 36 recipients selected for the outstanding educator award. According to the Outstanding Educator Recognition Program committee, winners are chosen for going above and beyond expectations, and as ‘the best of the best’ from public and private schools from both Ohio and Kentucky. 

Winton Woods District Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate New Free Lunch Mobile Bus The Child Nutrition Department cutting the ribbon together at the ceremony. Photo by Drew Jackson.

“Nutrition is the Mission” at Winton Woods City Schools. As of June 12, every child in the community will have the opportunity to experience a free nutritious meal throughout the summer. The celebration kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Winton Woods Intermediate School Tuesday morning. Winton Woods Warrior families, staff, members and business and community leaders joined together to celebrate the opening of the new opportunity for the children in our community. At the ceremony, Director of Child Nutrition Mark Doctor surprised his staff by having them cut the ribbon with him to unveil the new food mobilization vehicle.