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Introduction of the "School Walks" Program at Winton Woods School District
Drew Jackson

In conjunction with the Winton Woods School District, the Greenhills Police Department has implemented a new program called “School Walks”, which will be operational at the South Campus, the Early Childhood Central Campus, and the Winton Woods Community Building. Students, faculty, and on occasion, parents will see on-duty officers randomly walking in the schools throughout the day.

Our stakeholders will also see visibly marked police vehicles on campus from time to time; however, this should not be cause for alarm. Officers will not be handling school affairs nor will they be interrupting classroom instruction, but will be visible on campus to learn the layouts and build positive relationships. Because this great community idea is new, we wanted parents, staff, and students to be aware that if their child comes home with the strategic plan of "See Something, Say Something", informing parents that they saw an officer in the school, there is nothing to be alarmed about. The officers are just doing their best to help create a positive environment.

WWHS Student Recognized by MIT for Health Care Platform
Drew Jackson

Winton Woods High School freshman Aaron Bess Jr. is no stranger to recognition from notable figures including Dr. William Barrett, the Mayor of Cincinnati Aftab Pureval, and the Mayor of Forest Park Aharon Brown. But it is what he is being recognized for that is extraordinary. At the young age of 11, Aaron helped develop Re-Assist, a digital healthcare platform designed to enhance patient care transitions through systemic care coordination. Aaron is now 14 and has caught the attention of MIT’s Solve Challenge, highlighting their innovative approach.

In 2020 during COVID-19, in collaboration with his mother, Aaron helped create the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) of RE-Assist. The MVP is where hospital care coordinators and vendors collaborate to get patients the best help. This project took him over 100 hours to complete with his team over three years. It all started when his mom was a care coordinator for several years and one of his family members was affected by their transition of care. “Transition of care is when a patient needs more help and has to go from one place to another or one provider to another,” said Aaron. “I had a loved one come home from the hospital and there was a lot of confusion about her care. Instead of getting better, she got worse. I knew this was a problem that needed to be solved.”

A challenge he had to overcome was the application in the initial platform crashed. He had to research to find what applications work best for their particular interface and test those to figure out which one would work best. One of the features he is most proud of is the design. “I put a lot of work into the design I loved I was the design and prototyping coordinator and provider portal.” Their target groups are hospitals. “We’ve interviewed thousands of subject matter experts, hospitals, doctors care, coordinators, and patients to determine what was the right fit,” said Aaron. To improve and expand their software program, they hired a development team that will continue their vision and evolves their current platform. Advice he would give to his peers is that you can do anything you want with research.

Winton Woods City Schools Campuses Earn Prestigious James D. MacConnell Award
Drew Jackson

Winton Woods City Schools has earned the prestigious James D. MacConnell Award, globally acknowledged as the highest honor in the field of school planning and design, in recognition of our innovative project-based learning campuses designed by SHP Leading Design, to which we extend our heartfelt gratitude for its exceptional work.

Each campus was designed to match our instructional platform and amplify how we teach our students, exceptional features of each building include distributed dining, media centers, libraries, and learning stairs. We are a project-based learning district and have the facilities to match.

Building Pedigree:

  • First district in the state to be designed under Ohio’s High-Performance Learning Environment Standard (HPLE)

  • First district in the nation to be designed as a part of a Preschool to Grade 12 building project designed for the New Tech Network (NTN)

  • First district with K-6 and 7-12 schools in Ohio to be designed for NTN 

  • Both received LEED Gold* (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)

  • Both building designs aligned to several WELL Building Standards

Wolke
Drew Jackson

The application was submitted. She had a flicker of hope and a dream of traveling across the globe to study abroad for her senior year. A day prior, Winton Woods High School senior Madeleine Wolke and her mother spent the evening that led to a late night completing forms and other requirements. The next day she completed and submitted her application. Three weeks later, she heard back and was selected to be a Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student for their study abroad program. For the 2023-24 school year, she is attending the United States Academy in Quito, Ecuador for her senior year. “I was so happy, and I got my top location pick,” said Wolke. “This is going to be an amazing experience, and I’m so excited.”

The application was submitted. She had a flicker of hope and a dream of traveling across the globe to study abroad for her senior year. A day prior, Winton Woods High School senior Madeleine Wolke and her mother spent the evening which led to a late night completing forms and other requirements. The next day she completed and submitted her application. Three weeks later, she heard back and was selected to be a Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student for their study abroad program. For the 2023-24 school year, she is attending the United States Academy in Quito, Ecuador for her senior year. “I was so happy, and I got my top location pick,” said Wolke. “This is going to be an amazing experience, and I’m so excited.”

 

During her adventurous time abroad, Madeleine will represent Winton Woods High School as a real-world student ambassador and live with two different host families from late August 2023 to mid-June 2024. All RYE students live with at least one host family while they join their peers attending the local high school. Madeleine began her journey with RYE in January 2023 and has accomplished many tasks to be accepted into this prestigious program including completing an extensive application, participating in multiple required orientations, securing proper documentation and a two-year visa for Ecuador, taking CCP summer courses at Cincinnati State, completing the mandatory RYE Orientation at Otterbein University and gave a presentation in English and Spanish at a Rotary Club meeting in downtown Cincinnati. There, she showcased her Warrior pride in spirit wear and talked about why she wanted to be an exchange student in front of extinguished guests such as Procter and Gamble President Jon R. Moeller.

 

A year prior, Madeleine was learning Spanish from her high school teacher Jamie Hogue in hopes of becoming an exchange student in a Spanish-speaking country. At a meeting with her counselor, Christina Jeranek, the Academy of Global Studies (AGS) coordinator Joshua Amstutz introduced her to the Rotary Club’s Youth Exchange program, requirements, cost, and experience. Although it was exactly what she was looking for, she was unsure of where the funds would come from. From there, her parents encouraged her and the rest is history. To pay for the trip, she used her savings from an array of jobs she’s had since her freshman year of high school. During the summer she was a lifeguard and worked at Hamilton County parks, and during the winter she worked at a coffee shop.

 

When asked what she looks forward to, she shared building relationships with people from another country and learning Spanish. “My family was a host family so it is cool that I get to experience what they did and be immersed in the culture and speak the language,” said Madeleine. “I do not look forward to homesickness.” The advice she would give to other warriors would be, “If you have the opportunity, take it.” All RYE students placed in Ecuador get the opportunity to partake in special trips such as a language camp on the beach, the Galapagos Islands, a trip to the Amazon, and a tour of the country of Ecuador. Madeleine plans to use Google Sites to detail her travels and will be sharing the link to her site with close friends, family, and district staff members. 

 

“I want to thank my parents. My mom helped me so much throughout the entire process and made sure I completed everything on time. I want to thank AGS Coordinator Mr.Amstutz and everyone in the Rotary program.” Madeleine would also like to extend a special thanks to Winton Woods High School Guidance Counselor for Grades 11 and 12 Christina Jeranek, and WWHS Spanish teacher Jamie Hogue. These amazing Winton Woods staff members helped her learn about RYE, ensured that she was set up for her classes while on the exchange, and even tutored Madeleine outside of school hours.

 

If your student is interested in learning about the Rotary Youth Exchange study abroad program or if you are interested in being a host family, please visit the links below to learn more about how you or your student can participate in this life-changing experience.

 

www.studyabroadscholarships.org

Long-Term Exchange Program Application

Short Term Exchange Program Application

OE Multi-District Youth Exchange Web Page

Rotary District 6670 Youth Exchange Web Page

 

 

PHOTO CAPTION:  Winton Woods High School senior Madeleine Wolke speaking at the Cincinnati Rotary Club meeting.

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