District News

Macbeth at the High School

The seniors at Xenia High School were treated to a live performance of Macbeth by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.  After the students read and studied Shakespeare's classic, the Language Arts teachers invited the professional actors to come out.  After the performance, the students had the opportunity to talk with the actors and ask conceptual questions. 

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Celebrating Arbor Day at Cox

Students at Cox Elementary had the opportunity to celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree.  Xenia Mayor, Marsh Bayless, made a proclamation, read a story, and presented a certificate in front of a humbled crowd of students.  The students were then taught how to properly plant a tree.

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Weekly Bulletin

I hope that this week's bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing weekend with your families. It seems like the weekends are so busy that the time just passes so quickly.  Thanks for all you do for our kids.

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Celebrating Earth Day at McKinley

Third grade teachers at McKinley created a learning experience during lunch on Earth Day.  The students were encouraged to pack their own lunches with the goal of having the least amount of trash.  The teachers used this experience to discuss reusing and recycling whenever possible.

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XCSF Invites Grant Applications for 2015-2016

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation (XCSF) is seeking a first round of applications for classroom grants for next school year. Applications submitted through May 31, 2015, will be reviewed by the Grants Committee in early June. Applicants will be given notice of the XCSF Board of Directors’ decisions by June 30, 2015.

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XHS Annual Scholarship Award Program

Xenia High School will hold its annual scholarship awards program on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.  The program will be held in the Xenia High School Auditorium.  Seniors will be recognized for scholarships/awards that they have received at this time.  If you have any questions, please call the counselor's office at (937) 562-9915.


PRIDE Certificates for the RESA Candidates

At the April Board Meeting, Denny Morrison honored Monica Armstrong and Sean Schooley, both of Xenia High School, for completing their Resident Educator Training.  

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Warner Journalists Exploring April 3, 1974

At Warner Middle School, Mary Black invited a guest that survived the 1974 tornado to be interviewed by her journalism class.  As word spread of the upcoming guest, Mrs. Black extended the invitation to other Language Arts classes.  The cafeteria was packed as Catherine Wilson, Executive Director at the Greene County Historical Society, began to share her account of the F5 Tornado that swept through parts of Xenia in 1974.  

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Field Trip to LaComedia

Students from Cox and McKinley Elementary enjoyed a “Taste of Broadway” for a memorable field trip.  Students went to LaComedia Dinner Theatre for their first annual Lunch & Learn.  After lunch, the lights went dim and the curtain opened to The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.  Most of the students had already read the popular picture book, and were now able to watch the story come to life with song, dance, and acting. 

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Exploring Continents in Second Grade

Students in Ms. Deborah Holmes class have been busy exploring each continent.  Currently, they are learning about Asia, and have been studying Japan. The students have been conducting their own research to learn more about Japan's location, landforms, homes, food, and clothing.  As students collect and document their research, they use graphic organizers and begin to create a book about Japan.

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The Tale of Despereaux at Arrowood

The second grade students of Arrowood were surprised by each of their caring teachers.  Each second grade class read The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo.  Within the plot, students concluded that soup played an integral role in Despereaux’s heroic actions.  The second grade teachers prepared several types of soup and invited volunteers to serve the students a connection to the story they would never forget.

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Art Show at Shawnee

Students and teachers at Shawnee Elementary School displayed their artistic side for parents and community members.  Montgomery Insurance and Investments and the Shawnee PTO worked together to sponsor the event, provide volunteers, and develop art stations.  Teachers used their art lessons to focus on artistic concepts and elements, famous artists, and art techniques.  The completed art was used to line the hallways as the public was able to come and view the hard work by every Shawnee artist.

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Critical Thinking in Fourth Grade

Students in Brenda Shelton's fourth grade class have been challenged to use critical thinking and problem solving strategies. 

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Journalism Class at Warner

Talented young reporters in Mrs. Black’s journalism class prepared numerous questions for their special guest, Superintendent of Schools, Denny Morrison.  As a result of instruction on interviewing techniques, the students were primed for the interview.  The students asked questions about technology, the future of Xenia Schools, and change within the school system.   A few questions were on the lighter side regarding his ties, super heroes, and sports teams.  Mr. Morrison shared why "the future for Xenia Schools is bright," and described each teacher as "phenomenal. “ If I had to choose one word for the students of Xenia, it would have to be 'fantastic' and that's because they are appreciative of everything I do."

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Science is FUN! Camp 2015

Science is Fun! Camp 2015 will be held at Xenia High School the week of June 1 -5.  This exciting, hands-on, science camp will provide an out-of-this-world experience for students leaving grade 2 up to students entering grades 6. "Make it-take it" projects are done all week with emphasis on fun, everyday topics. The themes for this year's days include Chemistry Day; Physics Day; Solids, Liquids, and Gases Day; Engineering Day; and Environmental Science Day. One day, will include a visit to the Little Miami River where campers will engage in aquatic biology activities and work with Ohio Division of Wildlife biologists. Click here for the flyer and registration form. For additional information, contact camp director Bill Richey, XHS chemistry teacher, at (937) 562-9995 or brichey@xenia.k12.oh.us.


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