West Carrollton City Schools News Article

2023-2024 Updates from the Superintendent

May 30, 2024


Dear Pirate Families,

— Graduation is tonight at the University of Dayton Arena. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 7:30. If you cannot be at graduation, you may livestream the ceremony at: https://youtube.com/live/PQcSp4nRsqM?feature=share

— We are hiring! Even though it’s almost summer break, we are looking for new bus drivers and aides as well as substitutes. Paid training can be completed over the summer and you can be ready to drive when the new school year begins. Contact 937-859-5121, ext. 7 for more information.

— Your child’s state test scores will be available through your child’s FinalForms account by June 30. We will communicate to you when they are available. 

— Mark your calendar! The Pirates will return to school on Wednesday, August 16. You will begin receiving communication from your child’s school prior to that date regarding open houses, supply lists and other back to school information.

The Class of 2024 will be receiving their diplomas this evening. I am extremely proud of all of their accomplishments, and I’m proud of all of our teachers and support staff who have helped them to prepare for their next steps beyond graduation. 

I’m already looking forward to next school year and all the opportunities your schools offer future graduates. Have a great summer!

Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind!

PIRATE PROUD!

Dr. Andrea Townsend


May 23, 2024

Dear Pirate Families,

— Congratulations to Selena Frost who signed with Salem University to play basketball; Ava Williams who signed with Owens University to play basketball; and Lillie Kluesner who signed with Miami University/Hamilton to play volleyball. These young ladies will be continuing their education while also getting to play their favorite sport. 

— Graduation is May 30 at the University of Dayton Arena. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/live/PQcSp4nRsqM and the link will be active just prior to 7:30. Congratulations to all of our Seniors and thank you to all of the families who have supported them throughout their education.

— REMINDER - Summer EBT, also known as Sun Bucks, provides benefits to households with children ages 5 to 18 who qualify for free or reduced price meals. Check out https://www.westcarrolltonschools.com/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6GG0UPI&dasi=4GYU2&cmsview=1 for more information.

— Thank you to the Moraine and West Carrollton Fire Departments. They have been visiting students throughout the school year and are participating in many end of year activities. 

— There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day and the last day of school is Thursday, May 30. 

Enjoy a long weekend! Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind. 

PIRATE PROUD!

Dr. Andrea Townsend


May 16, 2024

Dear Pirate Families,

— The School District is looking to fill a vacancy on the Board of Education. The vacancy occurred May 16, 2024 and will be for the remainder of a two-year term expiring on December 31, 2025. If you would like to be more involved with the school district, connect to https://bit.ly/3wEf9jQ for more information as well as a link to apply. The application deadline is May 29, 2024.

— Congratulations to Intermediate School students who have been participating in One School, One Book. Students read Every Soul a Star and answered trivia questions regarding the book during homeroom classes. Students then wrote a multi-paragraph essay to explain which character from the book changed the most. Shiloh H., Karlee M. and Elesiya G. received an Honorable Mention for their essay and Lily T. Brendan S., Alice K., Mahaylah R., Niyah H. and Rowan P. were essay winners!

— Congratulations to High School Senior, Iyanna TC. She became the first Pirate to win the Miami Valley League's "Athlete of the Meet" award at the field and track championship meet. The award is given to the student-athlete who scores the most points in their four events. Individually she finished 1st in the 100m dash and 3rd in the 200m dash. Her relay teams finished 1st in the 4x200 and 2nd in the 4x100. 

— Congratulations to High School Senior, Selena F. who tied the school record for the high jump by clearing 5’ 4”. This is her first year competing in field and track!

— If your Middle School or High School student is interested in becoming a Pirate athlete for a Fall sport, connect to https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSd87etmP4uXtM.../viewform or email our Athletic Director at [email protected] for more information. Go Pirates!!

The last day of school is May 30 which is also the date for graduation. One Senior will not be at the ceremony. Ethan Rainer was in an accident last Friday afternoon that claimed his life. This has affected the entire Pirate community. Please keep Ethan and his family in your thoughts and prayers and hold your own children close. 

Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind. 

PIRATE PROUD!

Dr. Andrea Townsend



May 9, 2024

Dear Pirate Families,

— Do you have a West Carrollton Middle School or High School student interested in becoming a Pirate athlete for a Fall sport? If so, connect to https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSd87etmP4uXtM.../viewform or email our Athletic Director at [email protected] for more information. Go Pirates!!

— Graduation is quickly approaching for the Class of 2024. We are featuring Senior Spotlights on our Facebook page at West Carrollton City Schools under #westcarrolltonclassof2024. We talk to random seniors to ask about their experience in the school district and find out what they plan to do after graduation. 

— Summer EBT, also known as Sun Bucks, provides benefits to households with children ages 5 to 18 who qualify for free or reduced price meals. Check out https://www.westcarrolltonschools.com/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6GG0UPI&dasi=4GYU2&cmsview=1 for more information.

— Reading is a lifelong skill and it’s a fun activity when you are reading the same book as your classmates. Teachers at Schnell dressed as characters from Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream to introduce the book to 2nd and 3rd grade students. Students at Russell were introduced to The Westing Game at an assembly where they got to see a crime scene and look for clues. The students are now reading together and working together to solve the mystery.  

—  Congratulations to Matthew W. and Bentley K. They each wrote an essay that  received an Honorable Mention and were invited to the Mat Heck: Too Good for Violence banquet. These young men are showing their commitment to being good citizens and I am proud of them both!

Let’s all follow the example of Matthew and Bentley. Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind

PIRATE PROUD!

Dr. Andrea Townsend



May 2, 2024

Dear Pirate Families,

— The first Annual Art Fest is happening this Saturday! Come to the High School - 5833 Student Street - from 5 to 8 p.m. to enjoy visual and performing arts. The event will feature murals, graffiti, an alumni show, live music, spoken word and dance as well as food trucks, face painting, a silent auction, games and activities. All proceeds will support the arts in the schools

— Tuesday, May 7, is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Beginning Monday, May 6, we will be celebrating our teachers as well as all of our support staff. All of our employees are dedicated to our students, and I appreciate all that they do. 

— This morning was Signing Day for the Class of 2024. Seniors signed a letter of commitment to go to college, go to a trade school, join the military, or enter the workforce following graduation. Opportunities to explore these options begin in Middle School. Counselors assist each student in navigating the journey to achieve whatever goal they choose following graduation. 

—  Prom is this weekend. I want all of our students who are attending to enjoy themselves and remember to be safe, respectful and responsible. We want this to be an evening of positive memories! 

—  There is no school Friday, May 3. Our staff will be using the day for professional training.

Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind

PIRATE PROUD!

Dr. Andrea Townsend



April 25, 2024

Dear Pirate Families,

— April is Autism Acceptance Month. It’s a time for all of us to remember that we don’t all look the same, act the same or learn the same. Learning more about autism is an important step in accepting those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Find out more by visiting https://myasdf.org/autism-acceptance-month-april-2024/
— Congratulations to Lillie K.! She applied for and received a $1,000 Franklin B. Walter Scholarship. Part of the application process is writing an essay and naming a teacher of influence. Lillie chose High School Teacher, Jeff Earl, and said he inspired her in English class, specifically in creative writing. Every High School in Montgomery County has one Senior who receives a $1,000 Franklin B. Walter Scholarship, and I was honored to join Lillie and Mr. Earl at a celebratory lunch to honor all of the recipients. Lillie will use her scholarship as she pursues an education degree focusing in math. 
— I am proud of our students who give back to the community. The High School Mural Club recently constructed and painted planter boxes that they donated to residents at The Laurels. It’s just another example of the Pirates giving back!
—  A notification was sent yesterday to all families regarding an incident that occurred at Harry Russell. I want to assure you that whenever a situation occurs within a school or on school property, our first priority is to ensure the safety of students and staff. Once we are assured there is no threat to safety, I can communicate to families regarding what happened at the school. We try to be as transparent as possible with the information we send while also adhering to student privacy.


Please take a few moments to have an age appropriate conversation with your child regarding school safety. Threats made on social media, threats to other students or staff, and/or bringing any type of weapon or any item that looks like a weapon (including toys) to school will not be tolerated. Law enforcement will be called to investigate and will bring charges despite the child’s age. 


Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind. 

PIRATE PROUD!
Dr. Andrea Townsend


April 11, 2024

Dear Pirate Families,


— Tickets for the spring musical, Into the Woods, are on sale! I had the privilege of seeing a preview of the musical when students performed for our friends at Canterbury Court in West Carrollton and for the School Board. The kids have worked hard and are still rehearsing. It’s going to be a fabulous show! You can purchase tickets in advance and reserve your seats. Tickets will also be available at the door. Show times are Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. Connect to 
https://www.westcarrolltonschools.com/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6GG0AGY&dasi=4GYU2 for more information and to purchase advance tickets.


— Spring has arrived and temperatures are getting warmer. That means children are outside playing. Please watch for them when driving in your neighborhood. As always, use caution AND patience when driving on school property and the streets around the schools. Use extra caution at intersections and remember that pedestrians have the right of way. Working together, we can keep our Pirates safe. 
— Last week, I addressed a social media incident that occurred. This week, I would like to remind all of our families and students to be safe, respectful and responsible when using social media. We see so much negativity on social media. It would be nice to replace it with positive comments and kindness!


Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind.

PIRATE PROUD!

Dr. Andrea Townsend


April 4, 2024

Dear Pirate Families,


Early this morning, I was made aware of a social media threat made against the school district. I want you to know I take these matters extremely seriously and the school district took immediate action to determine if the threat was credible. Working with school administration as well as law enforcement, it was determined that the threat was not credible. Once I knew students were safe, I used our One Call system to contact parents. Unfortunately, the system did not work properly this morning, and not all families received the call. We are currently working on implementing a new call system because we know these calls are important and reliability is imperative.


I know that keeping your child safe is your top priority; keeping your child safe, as well as all of the district students, is my priority. Threats made against the school district are not jokes or pranks and legal action will be taken. Please talk to your children about what is appropriate and not appropriate to post on social media. A resource can be found at http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/social-media-smarts.html


DATE REMINDERS:


— The West Carrollton Band Boosters will be hosting TRIVIA NIGHT on Friday, April 5. Mark your calendar to enjoy an evening with friends and family to support the band. CLICK HERE for more information.

— There will be NO SCHOOL Monday, April 8.


Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind.

PIRATE PROUD!

Dr. Andrea Townsend


March 21, 2024


Dear Pirate Families,


 We are continuing to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month and this week I want to recognize all of our band members. They begin practicing in the summer to prepare for marching band performances and continue to practice and learn new music for concerts and competitions throughout the school year. I want to congratulate all of the Concert Wind Band members who received an Excellent rating at a recent Ohio Music Education Association event that was held at the High School. There were 21 other schools participating during the two-day event and over 900 students who performed. 


 The West Carrollton Band Boosters will be hosting TRIVIA NIGHT on Friday, April 5. Mark your calendar to enjoy an evening with friends and family to support the band. CLICK HERE for more information on how to register for this fun event and get an early-bird discount if you register no later than April 3. 


 I want to thank ALL the booster groups who support student activities. That would include our PTO’s and those who volunteer at our schools to insure that every child has enriched experiences during their school career in West Carrollton.


 Next week is the beginning of Spring Break. There will be no school Monday, March 25 through Monday, April 1. Students will return to school on Tuesday, April 2. Please enjoy time together as a family. Remember to be safe, respectful and responsible. 


 Have you done a Random Act of Kindness today?


Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind.


PIRATE PROUD!


Dr. Andrea Townsend



March 14, 2024


Dear Pirate Families,


 March is Music in Our Schools Month and I am so proud of our Chamber Choir and Symphonic Choir who competed last weekend at the Ohio Music Education Association Large Group Adjudicated Event held at Kettering Fairmont High School. The Chamber Choir performed in class A and performed singing in English, French and Portuguese Latin. The judging panel gave them straight Excellent ratings. The Symphonic Choir performed in class C singing in both English and Zulu and received a Good rating from each judge. Congratulations to all of the students for representing the Pirates!


 The Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra also performed earlier this month for the Ohio Music Education Association District/State Orchestra Adjudicated Event. Both groups received Excellent ratings from the judges. 


 Business Professionals of America held their state competition last Thursday, and two West Carrollton students qualified to move on to the national competition that will be held this May in Chicago. Sophomore, Koen, will be advancing in the C++ competition and Junior, Kaylah, will be advancing in the Advanced Interview Skills competition. Also to be recognized is Lucy who advanced from the regional competition to the state competition in Advanced Desktop Publishing. Earning a state Torch Award was Maddie, Kassidy and Kristen. Congratulations to this talented group of young professionals! 


 We have changed our COVID-19 guidelines for students to reflect the recent changes 

made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Returning to school after having signs and symptoms of COVID-19 will be treated the same as other common respiratory viral illnesses, including flu and RSV.


Students should always stay home when they have symptoms of any illness such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea with or without a COVID diagnosis.  


To return to school after illness, students should:

  • Be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

  • Have improved symptoms

  • Have controlled cough

  • Be on prescription medication for the correct amount of time, if prescribed by a healthcare provider. 

  • Be diarrhea free for 24 hours.


Masking when returning from illness will be the choice of student/parent/guardian.  


If you have any questions, please contact the nurse in your school's clinic.  


 I challenge you to continue Random Acts of Kindness!


Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind.


PIRATE PROUD!


Dr. Andrea Townsend



February 29, 2024


Dear Pirate Families,


 Congratulations to Sam F. He qualified for the district bowling tournament that is being held March 1 at Beaver Vu Lanes in Beavercreek. He qualified as an individual at the sectional tournament with a 575 series. Sam has a 197 bowling average this year and placed 6th in the league out of 60 qualifiers. He was named 1st Team for bowling in the Miami Valley League. He is a multi-sport athlete and plays Pirate baseball in addition to bowling. Sam is also outstanding in the classroom! He is a Junior with a 3.565 grade point average. We wish him the best of luck when he competes in the district tournament!


 Good luck to the Pirates Competition Cheer Team! They will be competing this Sunday, March 3, at the OASSA Cheer State Championships. This is the second year in a row that the team qualified to compete at the state level!


 Follow the Pirates at https://www.westcarrolltonpirates.com/ where you can see other outstanding athletes recognized by the Miami Valley League as well as a schedule for upcoming events!


 The High School Student Council is making a difference. They recently attended the Jostens Renaissance Program at National Trail High School along with 500 students from other area schools. Students participated in breakout sessions, heard from motivational guest speakers, had lunch together and danced while playing games. The students returned with new ideas and will be working together to positively change the high school climate and environment. I’m excited to see the results of their collaboration!


 If your child is a West Carrollton student in preschool through 4th grade, your family is invited to a FREE literacy event! Camp-Read-A-Lot will be held March 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center – 510 E. Pease Avenue. There will be activities, games, raffles, prizes, giveaways and pizza. All minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times during the event. Families should enter through DOOR 1 to sign in and receive giveaway items as well as raffle and food tickets.


 Eyes up. Phones down. Go slow. Please remember to use caution when driving on school property and in neighborhoods where children are present. 


 I challenge you to continue Random Acts of Kindness!


Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind.


PIRATE PROUD!


Dr. Andrea Townsend



February 22, 2024


Dear Pirate Families,


 Congratulations to Mason H. He wrestled his way to a first place finish at a recent meet AND was named the Miami Valley League Middle School Heavyweight Champion! Congratulations to Mason!


 We are working on a new website! The new site will be easier to navigate and have easy access to news and calendar information. It will include a new app that you may download to your phone or tablet, and you will be able to personalize the information you receive. We’re not quite there yet, but stay tuned! I will let you know when it is up and running!


 Spring is less than a month away and we have seen warmer temperatures. Many students are no longer wearing winter coats and have transitioned to lighter jackets. Check your coat closet! If your child is missing a winter coat, gloves or any kind of jacket, check out the lost and found at your child’s school. You may also find that missing water bottle or lunch bag!


 School construction is on time and you can see some changes if you are by the site of the new High School or the new Elementary building. Most of the work being done now is ground leveling and installing support for the foundation. 


 Random Acts of Kindness Week is past, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop! Being kind to others is a great example for children to see and something we can do every day! We even have an extra day in February to be kind. It’s a Leap Year, so there will be 29 days in February.

Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind.


PIRATE PROUD!


Dr. Andrea Townsend



February 15, 2024


Dear Pirate Families,


 Watch for important health information coming directly from your child’s school nurse regarding MMR and MMR vaccines if your child is not up to date on vaccines or does not have a waiver on file. Only families who have students who are not up to date on vaccines or without a waiver will receive communication. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school nurse. 


 The Pirate Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming District/State Orchestra contest. They will be having a preview concert next Wednesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the Guiler Auditorium at the High School. Come out and support our young musicians and enjoy an evening of music. 


 If you have a Middle School student, the National Junior Honor Society will be hosting a “Starry Night Dance” on Thursday, February 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and available at the school. The cost includes admission to the dance as well as a snack and drink. 


 I want to recognize students who have been volunteering in the community. Aleigha R. is a High School Senior who has been volunteering at the West Carrollton Public Library providing support with the children’s programs. She was recently the recipient of the LaSertoma Youth Service Award which recognizes youth volunteers in 33 public and private high schools in Montgomery and Preble Counties. Members of the Business Professionals of America spent last weekend volunteering at the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament in Beavercreek. This is one of the events they volunteer at throughout the year. I am so proud of all of these students for giving back to the community.


 Random Acts of Kindness Week continues with National Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17. Have you participated and been part of the positive Pirate experience?


 There is NO SCHOOL Friday, February 16 and Monday, February 19. Enjoy a long, safe, respectful and responsible weekend!

Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be kind.