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School Cancelled Monday, August 21 logo

Message from Interim Superintendent Christy Fielding - I am sure by now you have heard about the Great American Eclipse happening Monday, August 21. According to NASA's website, the start of the partial eclipse in Xenia begins at 1:02, the max eclipse will be at 2:28, and the end of the partial eclipse is at 3:51. Viewing the phases of the eclipse without the proper glasses can cause major damage to your eyes. Even though looking at the sun is not something we would normally do because it hurts, kids will be more likely to want to look at it for an extended period of time because of the eclipse. Since the time of the eclipse is happening during dismissal of students, Xenia Community Schools has decided to cancel school on Monday as there is no way to protect our students as they are walking or riding a bus home. Staff will use the day for professional development. Athletic schedules are being revised with start times after 4:30. Kindergarten students with the last name A-K will start on August 23. Letters L-Z will start on August 22. All kindergarten students will attend starting August 24. Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness students will begin school on August 22. Safety information for families will be sent home tomorrow so you can discuss with your child or children.

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XCS is extremely pleased to inform you that XCS will be implementing an option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 2017-2018.

This is great news for you and your child(ren)! All enrolled students in grades K-8 are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day of the 2017-2018 school year. No further action is required of you. Your child(ren) will be able to participate without having to pay a fee or submit an application.

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If you are looking for a part-time or full-time position, we might have a job for you.

Alpha Omega - custodians 
Aramark - food services - Click here to fill out an application on their website. Currently doing interviews at 819 Colorado Drive.
First Student - bus drivers and aides - currently doing interviews at 921 Yellowstone. Click here for an application.
District positions - any open positions - Click here for job postings

 

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Xenia Community Schools is on the ballot August 8 for a 4.2 mill bond issue to build a new middle/high school facility.  Passage of this bond issue will permit us to build a new middle school/high school with a 40% discount. The state will be giving Xenia 28.5 million to fund this project.  The state's offer, however, runs out this month.  This new building will eliminate duplicating costly mechanical systems, and it will increase curriculum options for our students.  The building will be located on 106 acres located at the northwest corner of St. RT. 42 and U.S. 35. and will be 13.6% larger than the existing buildings. For more information click on the Facility Plan link to the left of this page. 

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Open House Schedule logo

Arrowood - August 14 from 6 to 7 pm
Cox - August 14 from 5 to 6:30 pm
McKinley - August 14 from 6 to 6:30 and Back to School Bash from 6:30 to 8 pm
Shawnee - August 14 from 6 to 7 pm
Tecumseh - August 14 from 6 to 7 pm
Warner Grade 6 - August 8 from 6 to 7:30 pm
Warner Grade 7 & 8 - August 9 from 6 to 7:30 pm
Xenia High School - August 14 from 4 to 7:30 pm
Xenia Preschool - August 17 with AM session from 9:15 to 10:30 am, PM session 12:45 to 2 pm, Kindergarten Readiness from 6 to 7 pm
Xenia Virtual Academy - August 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Change of August Board Meeting Date

At the July Board meeting, the Board of Education approved to change the August Board meeting to August 21 at 6:30 pm due to the many events already scheduled for August 14.  Please note this change.

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Summer Reading Program bus

The Summer Reading Bus will be coming back around again this year. This program is geared for students in preschool to 5th grade. Activities include story time, take home reading packets, prizes, popsicles and light snacks. For more information call 562-9042 or email sjohnston@xenia.k12.oh.us.

Join us for the Summer Reading Program from 11 to noon

June 27 McKinley Elementary

July 6 Arrowood Elementary

July 11 Shawnee Elementary

July 18 Arrowood Elementary

July 25 McKinley Elementary

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If you are unable to make it to graduation tomorrow night but would still like to watch it, please use the following link.

https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/UkHhwMt7D6u3LBSmJKr3kgnqPEIbxak7/stream/248?fullscreen=false&showtabssearch=true&autostart=false

You can also go to http://www.wright.edu/streaming and click on the WSU TV stream link.

Superintendent Weekly Update logo

I hope that everyone has had a nice weekend and had a chance to relax despite the stormy weather. This will be the final weekly bulletin of the year as it is the final week of school.  I hope that each of you have an enjoyable and safe summer   Thanks to everyone for all you do for our kids.   Please come out this Wednesday evening and attend graduation at the Nutter Center to see and support the students you have worked with over the years.  I am sure they would love to see you.  Here are some of last week's highlights and other important information. 

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Xenia Community School's Board of Education is accepting proposals for a Managed Food Service Company for a Cost Reimbursable Contract. Sealed proposals marked "Food Service Management Proposal" are due on June 12, 2017 at noon EST to Xenia Community Schools, ATTN Christy Fielding 819 Colorado Drive, Xenia, OH 45385.  Proposals received after this deadline will not be accepted. There is a mandatory pre-proposal meeting and walk-through on May 25, 2017 starting at 9:00 am EST at McKinley Elementary 829 Colorado Drive, Xenia, OH 45385. For further information or a copy of the specifications, please contact Christy Fielding at cfielding@xenia.k12.oh.us or by calling 937-562-9002

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Sponsor:  Xenia YMCA
Open Site - Free Meals to Children 18 and Under
Date:  May 30th through August 11th
Location:  Shawnee Park
Time:  Monday through Friday Between 12:00 and 12:30
USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider

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I hope that everyone has had a nice weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Also, thanks to all of the moms for all you do.  I hope that you had a great relaxing day with your families on Sunday.  You do the impossible every day and make it look commonplace.   Thanks to everyone for all you do for our kids.  Hope you have a great week.   Here are some of last week's highlights and other important information. 

Barnes & Noble Bookfair to Benefit WMS logo

WMS is having a fundraiser at Barnes & Noble (Beavercreek) on Saturday, May 13 from 9-5. There will be live performances, cookies, and a book signing. If you cannot attend please look at the flyer for information on how you can still make a purchase to benefit the WMS library. 

Bookfair Flyer

XCSF Invites Grant Applications for 2017-18 foundation

The XCSs Foundation is seeking a 1st round of applications for classroom grants for next school year. Applications submitted through May 31, 2017 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, 2017.

Pride Certificates at May Board Meeting Graduates of Distiction

Pride certificates were awarded to several groups at Monday night's monthly board meeting. Xenia's Graduates of Distinction are Christina Bistrek, Anna Brown, Jamea Clark, Michael Graham, Natalie Jones, Amelia Maloney, Peyton McLain, Anna Moore, Mikayla Morris, Kerstin Norris, Hannah Propes, Allison Rapp, Alexis Rickels, Kylie Saner, and Eli Shapiro. Allison Rapp and Sarah Hamer were presented with certificates for being F.F.A. Award Winners. G.W.O.C. Tennis Champions were Chris Brodsky, Evan Brown, Zane Cukovecki, Fred Duncan, Michael Graham, Aaron Harrison, Wade Hutchison, Kenneth Klontz, Dorien Morris, Phillip Nared, and Spencer Titus. Kids of Character for May are Bryson Tuck (Preschool), Blayke Parker (Arrowood), Lana Quattrone (Cox), Nathan LeBlanc (McKinley), Jamarius Vinson (Shawnee), JJ Miller (Tecumseh), Tatum McIntire (Warner), and Zach Darner (XHS). 

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I hope that everyone had a nice weekend and enjoyed the sunshine after so much rain.  This coming week (May 8-12) is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Tuesday, May 9, is National Teacher Appreciation Day.  This year's theme is "Teachers Deliver".  And you do!  You deliver so much to our students- inspiration, motivation, and ultimately, their futures.  Your work changes the lives of our students every day, and your work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Thanks to everyone for all you do for our kids.  Hope you have a great week.   Here are some of last week's highlights and other important information.

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I hope that everyone had a nice weekend and you were not negatively impacted by the storms Friday night and Saturday morning.   We have some very special days and weeks ahead of us.  This coming week (May 1-5) is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Monday, May 1st is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.  Then, next Tuesday, May 9, is National Teacher Appreciation Day.  Thanks to everyone for all you do for our kids.  Hope you have a great week.   Here are some of last week's highlights and other important information.

Poll Locations Change for a Few

Your poll location may have changed for May 2 where you can vote on the bond issue for a new middle/high school. If you have any questions about your poll location, please contact the Board of Elections.  Click here for the poll location information. 

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The spring 2017 newsletter should be arriving in your mailbox.  Just in case you have not received your copy, here is the link.  SPRING NEWSLETTER

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What a beautiful weekend.  I hope that you were able to get out and enjoy the warmer temperatures and find all of the eggs the Easter Bunny hid.  If you traveled I hope that you made it there and back safely.  Thanks again for all you do for our kids and have a great week. Here are some of last week's highlights.

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What a beautiful weekend.  I hope that you were able to get out and enjoy it. This week we have a shortened week due to Good Friday.  I hope that it is a good one for you.

Spring Newsletter-  The spring district newsletter will be at the post office on April 21st and should be arriving in homes within three to five days of that date.  It really looks terrific.  It was a team effort with central office administrators submitting articles and Christy laying it out and doing the graphics.

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Spring Break- I hope that this weekly bulletin finds you healthy and having had a very relaxing week with your family and friends.  If you traveled I hope that you made it back safely.  The work you do is very much noticed and appreciated and I hope you have been able to kick back and relax.

Pride Certificates at March Board Meeting Xenia Logo

Pride certificates presented to Kids of Character, GWOC Bowling League Champions, and Hank Siefert for participating in State Swimming Tournament.  Congratulations to all of these students!

Kids of Character: Raelynn Warner (Preschool), Ava Wirth (Arrowood), Kallie Hensley (Cox), Marley Spitz (McK), Vivian Calhoun (Shawnee), Nevaeh Flaugher (Tecumseh), Grace Bond (Warner), and Abigail Shinkle (XHS). 

GWOC Bowling League: Evan Adkins, Ryan Day, Zane Eneix, Nick Harbison, and James McDaniel. 

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having an enjoyable weekend relaxing with your families.  I also hope that with all of the cold and flu going around you are staying healthy.  I hope that everyone has a great week before Spring Break.  Here are a few of the highlights from this past week:    

Bond Issue Update- Why can't we just repair and/or renovate our existing buildings?  According to the State's assessment, the renovations needed for the middle school and high school alone total a cost of over $46 million- well over two thirds the cost of constructing new, up to date, buildings.  In addition, spending millions of dollars to repair these aging buildings would not include any expansion to accommodate current and future enrollment and would not bring them up to a standard needed to prepare students for the 21st century.

Buccaneer Buddies Reading Program athletic logo

This past week the athletic department launched the "Buccaneer Buddies" Reading program.  This student-athlete led program gets athletes out to the elementary schools to give back.  The program began on Friday at McKinley elementary. The goal is to expand this program throughout the spring.  A special thanks to senior Chris Brodsky who has taken a leadership role in this program.  See the attached pictures of football players Daniel Beam and Meechi Harris along with volleyball player Hannah Propes reading to kindergartners!

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having an enjoyable weekend relaxing with your families.  I love Ohio. Seventy five degrees and sunny on Friday and 28 degrees and snow on Saturday.  Hope you are staying healthy.   Here are a few of the highlights from this past week:

Community Forum-  Terry Strieter and Kathy Harper from the Greene County ESC will be facilitating an Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) community forum in our Board of Education Building this Monday, February 27th, at 6:00 p.m.  We have invited the other school districts in Greene County to join us to spread the word about what the new possible ESSA legislation is going to mean for school districts.  Possible topics include the number of points needed for graduation and the number of tests Ohio requires that the federal government does not.  Hope you can attend and let your feelings be heard. We will summarize the discussion points and sent them to Columbus.  This forum is open to everyone.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having an enjoyable extended weekend relaxing with your families.  It also looks like another week of warmer than normal temperatures ahead of us.   Here are a few of the highlights from this past week:

Community Forum-  Terry Strieter and Kathy Harper from the Greene County ESC will be facilitating an Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) community forum in our Board of Education Building on Monday, February 27th, at 6:00 p.m.  We have invited the other school districts in Greene County to join us to spread the word about what the new possible ESSA legislation is going to mean for school districts.  Possible topics include the number of points needed for graduation and the number of tests Ohio requires that the federal government does not.  Hope you can attend. This forum is open to everyone.

Pride Certificates at February Board Meeting Xenia

Several groups and individuals were recognized at the monthly board meeting Monday night.  Several band students participated in the Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event held Sat. Jan. 28 at Stebbins High School.  The Kids of Character students were recognized once again this month from each building.  The Student Council provides overall leadership to Xenia High School planning some activities such as Homecoming, Spirit Week, Prom, and this year delivered over 300 Baskets for Battle to five area hospitals-Dayton Children's Hospital, Kettering Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital, Soin Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  The boys and girls GWOC champion swimmers were recognized.  Finally, 9 bus drivers were recognized for having provided over 256 years of service to our district. 

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having had an enjoyable weekend relaxing with your families.  It also looks like another week of up and down temperatures ahead of us. I am not sure if we are ever going to see a significant snowfall this winter.  Here are a few of the highlights from this past week:

Black History Month-  Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month".  We owe the celebration of Black History Month to Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History.  In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American History.  Dr. Woodson chose the second week of February as Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abram Lincoln.   In honor of Black History Month, Honors US History classes have written biographies on important African Americans in history.  Those bios are being read on the morning announcements each day.  Between classes they are also playing music pertaining to the civil rights era. Black History Projects are also hanging in Kroger.  "Hidden Figures" are there from students in Mr. McKinley's 3rd grade and Mrs. Latimer's 5th grade classes.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having had an enjoyable weekend relaxing with your families and that your team will win the Super Bowl.  It also looks like another week of up and down temperatures.  I have heard many positive comments about the professional development day on Friday.  All of the sessions were extremely valuable but people I spoke with really enjoyed the vertical alignment discussions.  Here are a few of the highlights from this past week:

Congratulations Dr. Dillaplain-- Dr. Robert P. Dillaplain is the recipient of a 2017 OSBA Award of Achievement.  This award reflects his true commitment toward public education and the importance he attaches to his role on the Xenia School Board.  Of the more than 3,400 board members in Ohio, only 65 are receiving this honor.  He will be honored at the Southwest Region OSBA Spring Conference on March 14. Board Members Cheryl Marcus and William Spahr have also earned this award in the past.  Thank you for your commitment to our district and our kids.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having had an enjoyable weekend relaxing with your families.I also believe that winter is now here to stay with us for a while. Many good things continue to happen in our school district.  Here are just a few of the highlights.

Cox-  Congratulations to Allyson Merriman in Mr. Schell's class.  Her award winning drawing of the City of Xenia is now being displayed on the billboard located on Rt 42 east heading toward Wilberforce.  Cox students are really enjoying working with the robots in Mr. Ryan's Digital Literacy class.  They are learning to program and maneuver them.  Mrs. Calhoun's kindergarten students are now working with the Dash robots in class thanks to receiving grant money for STEAM projects.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and relaxing with your families. I also hope that you are having an enjoyable weekend and enjoying the springlike temperatures.

Hall of Honor Nominations-  Just a reminder that nominations for the Hall of Honor for the Xenia Community Schools Foundation 2017 Class are being accepted until February 3, 2017. Nominees should be graduates of XHS who have achieved remarkable success in their career or anyone who has made a significant contribution to education in Xenia.  The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held April 22, 2017 at Tecumseh Elementary School.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and avoiding the flu and sickness that is going around. I also hope that you are having a relaxing and enjoyable extended weekend.

Martin Luther King Jr-  Monday, January 16, 2017 we observed the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, an American who spent his life advocating for equality in education, career opportunities, justice, and civil rights.  Dr. King was a very bright student and talented speaker.  When he was nineteen he graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a BA degree in Sociology.  In 1951, he graduated from the Crozer Theological Seminary with a BA of Divinity, which qualified him to become a pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.  Dr. King also received his Ph.D in Systematic Theology from Boston University in 1955.  He was awarded five honorary degrees, was named Man of the Year by Time Magazine in 1963, and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.

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Miss Kubasky's second-grade class participated in a BreakoutEDU activity.  They started by reading If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff.  The students were told that the mouse got into the room and locked all of their crayons in the BreakoutEDU box.  Students had to use the rest of their supplies and clues around the room to figure out the codes that would open the box so the crayons could be returned.  Students were given 45 minutes to solve the problem and break into the box by opening five different locks.  They were able to open the box with 13 minutes left to spare!

XCS on 2 Hour Delay Wednesday

Wednesday, January 11 - XCS is on a 2 hour delay. AM preschool is cancelled.

Pride Certificates Awarded at Board Meeting Lego Robotics

The McKinley Lego Robotics Team demonstrated their work at the monthly board meeting Monday night and also received Pride Certificates. The team has participated in some local competitions.  Members of the team are Austin Alvarez, Kaylee Benson, Hannah Fultz, Blake Hughes, Trenton Lee, Alisha Lindsay, Ben Pulfer, Sophie Robinson. The advisors are Timothy Carey and Travis Klosterman. Pride Certificates were also presented to 22 Xenia High School football players for having the top 22 GPA's on the team. The team was ranked 10th Academic All-Ohio team. Kids of Character from each school were also recognized. 

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and avoiding the flu and sickness that is going around. I also hope that you had a relaxing and enjoyable winter break.    

Hall of Honor Nominations-  Just a reminder that nominations for the 2017 Class of the Xenia Schools Hall of Honor are being accepted until February 3, 2017. Nominees should be graduates of XHS who have achieved remarkable success in their career or anyone who has made a significant contribution to education in Xenia.  The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held April 22, 2017 at Tecumseh Elementary School.

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I hope that each of you have had a relaxing winter break with your families. We have had an exceptional first half of the 2016-2017 school year. It is impossible to mention all of the highlights for the first half of the year, but here are a few of them.  Thanks so much for all you do for our kids.     

Our student enrollment remains high.  We have 4,488 students enrolled in the district.  The state's prediction was that we would have 4,283 students.  Thus, we are operating with approximately 200 more students than expected.

For the first half of the current school year our school district's revenues have exceed our expenditures by $1,184,160.

McKinley Elementary Service Group

McKinley Elementary service club visited Greenwood Manor to deliver blankets and stockings. They also sang to the residents. Thanks to the PTO for the service club t-shirts!

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Baskets for Battle Making a Difference

Student Council Executive Board would like to take a moment to say thank you for all the support they received for the Baskets for Battle service project this holiday season! Without the support of the Xenia community their activities would not have been successful. Some people might know that the Baskets for Battle project was started five years ago, by a senior on Student Council Executive Board who was undergoing cancer treatments. Rebekah Jones had the goal of developing a project that would encourage other cancer patients in the Miami Valley as they dealt with the difficulties of treatment during the holiday season. The first year they delivered 58 bags to the community; however, they are so grateful to have been able to grow this project yearly.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and staying safe and warm.  I think that after a wonderful fall, winter has finally arrived for good.  Thank you for all you do for our students each and every single day.    

Hall of Honor Nominees-  The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 class of the Xenia School's Hall of Honor.  Nominees should be graduates of Xenia High School who have achieved remarkable success in their career or anyone who has made a significant contribution to education in Xenia.  Nominations are due by February 3, 2017.  The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held April 22, 2017 at Tecumseh Elementary School.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having enjoyed your first week back with the students after the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for all you do for our students each and every single day.     

Board Member Opening- There are five applicants who have expressed a desire to fill the open position on the Board of Education.  The four remaining Board Members will be interviewing candidates this week and hope to name a replacement for Mr. Gil Esparza at their next regular board meeting which takes place on Monday, December 12.  

Student Enrollment-  Our student enrollment remains high.  We have 4,488 students enrolled in our school district as of last Friday.  The state's predictions were that we would have 4,283 students.  Thus, we are operating with approximately 200 more students district wide than expected.

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XHS Barnes & Noble Bookfair bookfair

XHS has a bookfair at Barnes & Noble (Beavercreek) on Sat., Dec. 3.  Mr. Richey's amazing chemistry show is at noon, Jazz Band at 2, and Vocal Ensemble at 6.  Free cookies while they last! Teachers receive 25% off with B&N Educator's Card. Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support XHS online from 12/3 to 12/7 by entering Bookfair ID 11848892 at checkout. A percentage of your purchases will benefit the XHS library.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and you enjoyed a wonderful week with your families. 

Board Member Opening- Board of Education Member Gil Esparza has taken a new job out of the State of Ohio and thus is leaving the Board.  His resignation was effective November 18.  We are now looking for someone to replace him.  If you  know of someone who might be interested, please let them know of this opening. Final date to apply is December 2. Additional information is on the district website.

Facilities Plan-  At a special Board of Education Meeting last Wednesday the Board approved moving forward with the same facilities plan as we had on the ballot in November.  The $28.5 M from the State of Ohio is available until August. It would go away at that point if we cannot raise our local share.

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Message from Superintendent Morrison - Obviously we are disappointed in yesterday's election results for our bond issue. I want to reach out and thank everyone who worked on and supported the campaign and voted for the bond issue. I am not discouraged this morning but rather encouraged. You may remember that we did a survey back in June and the results showed that we would be defeated by a 58% to 42% margin. We did not want to leave $28.5 M on the table without at least trying. The final vote count yesterday was 8,593 votes against and 7,745 in favor. The percentage was 52.6% to 47.4% Thus, with your help we truly made a lot of progress in narrowing that gap. I want to thank those of you who wrote letters to the editor, spoke to their neighbors, participated in our door to door campaign, made donations, put out signs or placed them in your own yard to show support, walked in the literature drop, helped with absentee balloting, signed your name for the ad in the paper, hosted a coffee or did anything else to support the issue. We are all proud of Xenia Schools, and we want the best for our kids. Thank you again for your hard work.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful weekend. It is so hard to believe that it is November and we are still enjoying such nice weather.  

Veterans Day-  In the United States, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11.  This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended the World War 1 hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.  Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day. Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. I would like to thank all of our Veterans for their service.  Many of our schools are holding special assemblies or programs to remember our Veterans this coming Friday.

XHS Band to Perform Tonight music

XHS Marching Band has a concert tonight in the high school auditorium starting at 7 p.m. The concert is free and will be the last chance to see these amazing kids in their new uniforms this season.

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The District newsletter should be arriving at home. If you have not seen it yet, click the link below.

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful weekend. It was absolutely gorgeous. We have had beautiful weather all fall but I believe our run of good luck is about to come to an end.  Enjoy it while it is still here.

Barnes and Noble-  The Elementary Book Fair at Barnes and Noble in Beavercreek is Saturday, November 19.  The XHS Book Fair at Barnes and Noble in Beavercreek is Saturday, December 3.

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McKinley students enjoy a limo lunch to McDonald's Limo lunch

On Thursday, October 27th, 30 students enjoyed riding in a limo to have lunch at McDonald's on Main St. These first through fifth graders sold 18 or more items during the fall fundraiser. A great time was had by the students and the chaperones. Thank you to McDonald's for hosting, the students who sold, and the parents and staff who help chaperoned. 

Winter Sports Parent Meeting athletics

XHS and WMS will be having the OHSAA mandatory parents meeting for all winter sports grades 7-12 on Wednesday, October 26 at 6 p.m. in the XHS auditorium. This meeting will provide parents with winter schedules and all of the requirements and expectations for their student athlete as they get set to begin the winter sports season.

Chinese Acrobats visit Xenia Preschool Acrobats

The preschool enjoyed a marvelous presentation by the Chinese Acrobats Monday!  The performers demonstrated amazing acts of balancing, tumbling, unicycle, Chinese yoyo, and juggling.  I am sure all the kids will be trying this at home this evening!

McKinley Elementary Service Group students

Kelly Strickland McKinley School Counselor formed a service group call the Sharing is Caring Club, made up of 5th graders. This month's service project was snack bags for the homeless shelter. They asked for donations from staff and students. The group decorated and stuffed 84 bags. These bags were delivered to the homeless shelter Friday.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful weekend. It was absolutely gorgeous. It is hard to believe that the first grading period is already complete.  Student attendance for the district for the first quarter was 95.1%.  Nice job to our students and parents for being present every day possible.

Chipotle Fundraiser- The Xenia Educational Support Professionals will sponsor a fundraiser on October 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Xenia Chipotle. Chipotle will donate 50% of sales if you present a flyer.  Dine to make a difference and thank you for your continued support.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful weekend. This coming week is National School Bus Safety Week. I want to thank everyone in transportation for keeping our kids safe.

XHS- Congratulations to Robby Rowland, a freshman at XHS.  Robby just earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Less than 4% of all Scouts earn this highest rank.  Great job. A huge thankful Thursday goes out to the Xenia Community Schools Foundation which generously provided the funding to allow our high school to partner with Muse Machine.  Last Thursday Black Box Improv Theatre performed Madness Behind the Method.  The performance was hilarious and our students were a fantastic audience.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible.

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National School Bus Safety Week bus

Next week is National School Bus Safety Week. Here are a few facts about First Student Xenia. 3,440 Xenia students are transported daily according to the average taken from last week's count.  3,680 miles are driven daily or 673,440 miles per year per the T-1 report.  Among the 441 First Student locations nationwide, First Student Xenia ranks 12th (1st among all suburban locations) in the categories of Operational Performance, Fuel Management, Fleet Utilization, Maintenance and Safety.  We rank 1st in preventable accidents and injuries (0 for 2016) and 1st in maintenance PM compliance.  First Student Xenia was also selected as the first ever location to introduce the FirstView bus tracking app for its parents and staff.  We anticipate roll out to begin early January 2017.  Beta testing is underway now.  What an impressive record! Kudos to all of our transportation folks for keeping our kids safe!  And they are saving the district money!

Teacher Professional Development Day Teachers PD

On September 23, Xenia students were not in school, but the teachers were meeting in grade level teams discussing their pacing guides, curriculum maps, and common asssessments.  Another professional development day is scheduled for October 21. 

Final Neighborhood Night Out logo

The final Neighborhood Night Out for the year is scheduled for Oct. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m.  The event will be held in the parking lot of Shawnee Elementary. This event is a partnership with Greene Memorial and the City of Xenia.  We hope to see everyone at this last NNO event!

Spaghetti Dinner - Free to the public

XCS will host a Community Spaghetti Dinner at WMS on Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Several school groups will be performing.  Dinner is free.

4:50 p.m. Preschool class singing songs
5:00 p.m. Warner Choir
5:15 p.m. High School Cheerleaders
5:15 p.m. PLTW Presentation
5:30 p.m. Warner 7th and 8th Grade Band
5:45 p.m. Michael Jubara Science Demonstration
6:00 p.m. High School Choir Ensemble
6:15 p.m. McKinley LEGO Robotics
6:30 p.m. Individuals singing, dancing & playing drums
7:00 p.m. Members of High School Marching Band
7:15 p.m. Members of the High School Jazz Band//Drum Line
7:30 p.m. Xenia High School Hip Hop Team
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Warner Students Artwork on Display

Neighborhood Night Out Scheduled for Tuesday

Neighborhood Night Out is scheduled for Sept. 27 at McKinley Elementary from 4 to 6 p.m.  This event is a partnership with the City of Xenia and Greene Memorial.

Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and enjoying the "fall like" temperatures.  It is hard to believe that we are almost to the end of September. I went to almost every building in the school district and sat in on many of the professional development sessions.  My heart soared as I saw the excitement staff members had for learning new ways to impact children and for sharing their ideas with others.  Our kids are certainly very lucky to have such dedicated professionals such as yourselves working with them every single day.  Special thanks to Dr. Sabrina Woodruff, Andrew Huber, Dena Doolin, and Diana Alliod for putting this fantastic day together,  Special thanks also to all our staff members who led sessions.

Community Spaghetti Dinner- On Tuesday, October 4, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. our district will be hosting a Community Spaghetti Dinner at WMS.  I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the spaghetti and watch many of our talented student groups perform.  The event is free.

Homecoming Court Announced

 

Xenia's homecoming is this weekend. The program at Friday's game will feature this picture and the homecoming court and king and queen will be announced before the game at approx. 6:30. Students pictured from left to right are: Destiny Giles (9th), Jalen Robinson (9th), Daia Nelson (10th), Trace Howdyshell (10th), Ariana Clemens (11th), D'Metri Harris (11th), Tanisha Jackson (12th), Kimani "Frank" Hicks (12th), Hannah Propes (12th), Kyle Hollen (12th), Amelia Maloney (12th), Eli Shapiro (12th), Miah Qumsieh (11th), Micah Adams (11th), Hannah Wilcox (10th), Christian Severt (10th), Kelli Hatfield (9th), and Ronald Wakefield (9th). 

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Superintendent Weekly Update

As I continue to go from building to building I am truly impressed by your dedication, professionalism, and extra effort to ensure that EVERY child in our district is being challenged to do their very best and by how much you care for your students.   Thanks for all you are doing.  What a great start to the new school year we have had. 

Xenia Preschool- "Pastries with Grandparents" was a huge success.  Over 190 grandparents came in to enjoy pastries and some reading time with approximately 138 of our students.  It was a blessing to witness our grandparents getting to share a special moment with their grandchild.  A big thank you to Paula Fleming, Kristin Sonterre, and Heather DeLucia for organizing everything, to Stephanie Johnston who worked with our local Tim Horton's for the donation of coffee, and to the entire staff for helping with set up, serving, and clean up. The indoor gross motor area at the preschool is coming along  wonderfully.  The equipment is being ordered this week and hopefully will be functioning by November.  It is wonderful to have this idea come together and it will be great to see the kids using it.

Football and Cheerleaders

Another Great Reason to Come to Football Tonight

USA Insulation is the sponsor of tonight's game against Beavercreek.  They are handing out raffle tickets and one lucky winner will receive insulation for an attic. Click here for details.

Band Trailer

The band trailer received a makeover and looks great!

Neighborhood Night Out

Neighborhood Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Old East High School (former Board of Education building) at 578 E Market St.

Bond Issue Facts Concept Plan

Xenia Community Schools will be on the ballot Nov. 8 for a 3.9 mill levy. This will cost taxpayers less than $12 per month per $100K appraised property value. This levy will fund the construction of a new middle/high school building to be located at the northwest corner of the St.Rt. 42 and US 35 interchange.  The Ohio School Facilities Commission has approved to fund over $28 million of the project if XCS can fund the local share. To read more information click the Facility Plan link to the left or click one of the below links.

Fact Sheet
Frequently Asked Questions
Concept Plan Drawing

New Board Member Appointment logo

On November 18, 2016, there will be a vacancy on the Xenia Community Schools Board of Education due to a Board member's resignation. The remaining four members of the Board are required to appoint a replacement member to fill this vacancy on or before the next regularly scheduled Board meeting, which is December 12, 2016. This vacancy is for the remaining year of the unexpired term vacated by the resignation.

Interested citizens must deliver their letter of interest to:
Mr. Eric Soltis
Attn: Board Vacancy
Treasurer/CFO Xenia Community Schools
819 Colorado Drive
Xenia, Ohio 45385

Letters of interest will be accepted until December 2, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

The letter of interest must be no longer than two pages and include the candidate's resume, the strengths the candidate will bring to the Board, and how the candidate sees the Board moving the District forward.

During a Special Board Meeting executive session on December 5, 2016 at 7 p.m., all letters of intent will be reviewed. Following the review, the Board will select candidates for an interview to be scheduled December 7 or 8 at 6 p.m. There will be a press release to inform the public which candidates will be scheduled for an interview.

During the regular meeting of December 12, 2016, the candidate to be appointed to the Board seat will be announced and sworn in.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Make Huge Donation

XCS appreciates the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for their care and support to the children of Xenia through their donation of 250 back packs. These include over 4,200 school supplies such as pens, pencils, calculators, notebooks and other educational items. The donation comes from chapters in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Wilberforce. The Wilberforce Chapter, Rho Omega, hosted the cluster and chose the students of XCS as the beneficiary of this gift. As a brief history of the organization, AKA Sorority was founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University, a prestigious HBCU. In 2008, the organization celebrated 100 years and is comprised of empowered women who advocate for social change that results in equality and equity for citizens throughout the world. This gift comes at the perfect time as we celebrate this holiday season of giving. The ladies representing Rho Omega's AKA: Lugene Bailey, Marsha Bayless, Rosanna Jivens, Shannon Moore, Ericka Williams and Golden Member Dr. Nodie Washington.

AKA

Parent Survey - Please take 2 minutes logo

Xenia Community Schools are always looking for ways to improve.  We are also interested in celebrating what we are doing well!  The District Leadership Team would like to elicit feedback regarding your child's experiences at his or her school.  We will use this information to continue to promote positive relationships with every student, parent, staff, and community member.  The survey is anonymous and will take less than two minutes to complete and is open till April 21.  Thank you for your time!

Survey Link

Superintendent Weekly Update logo

I hope that everyone had a nice weekend.  Between the Prom, the Hall of Honor Celebration, the Vocal Ensemble participating at the State Adjudicated event, the Color Run at Warner, and sporting events it was quite busy.  Thanks again for all you do for our kids and have a great week. Here are some of last week's highlights. Please remember to emphasize that all students need to be in school every single day.  At this point in the school year our overall student attendance rate is 93.9%.  Let's work hard to get the students to school every day. They miss school. They miss out!

New Band Uniforms!!!

Thanks to the Meyer Family Foundation, Anderson-Williamson Insurance and the Doug Adams Trust for new band uniforms! They look amazing.

Pride Certificates at October Board Meeting Xenia

Pride certificates were presented at last night's monthly board meeting to Xenia's Kids of Character and the Marching Band Senior Members. State Representative Ohio House 74 Bill Dean was present and helped congratulate all of these students! Congratulations and keep up the good work! 

Accepting Bids for 8 Lane Track at Doug Adams Stadium logo

Sealed bids will be received at the Xenia Community Schools: 819 Colorado Drive; Xenia, Ohio 45385 until 10:00 A.M. - LOCAL TIME, DECEMBER 5, 2016. Bids will be publicly opened and read immediately thereafter at the usual place of meeting, and a report thereof made to the board at their next meeting. A copy of this notice is posted on the District’s website at www.xenia.k12.oh.us.

Legal Notice

Xenia Boys and Girls Basketball to play at Benner Field House Dec 17? athletic logo

Dec. 17 will be a throwback to the good ole days at Benner Field House. Some people ​will even remember it being referred to as the "Snake Pit". Xenia boys and girls high school basketball programs will play an "American South" league game vs West Carrollton at historic Benner Field House.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having an enjoyable weekend relaxing with your families.  I also hope that with all of the cold and flu going around you are staying healthy.  Here are a few of the highlights from this past week:    

Bond Issue Update-  When the new building is built, what will happen to the existing buildings? The Board of Education supports the staff in working with realtors/developers/etc. to find a potential user of either building, partial portions of the building (i.e. maybe a church would like the high school site but only wants to keep the auditorium or gym or maybe some of the classroom spaces), or just the site.  Staff has already been approached by realtors stating how the high school site in particular would make a great location for single family residential housing in Xenia. The school district will work closely with the City to ensure any potential use(s) of the building(s) and/or site(s) are compatible with the existing neighborhoods.  The Board of Education and staff want to achieve a win-win-win for the neighbors of the sites, the community as a whole, and the school district.

IDEA Funds - Comments Wanted logo

Xenia Community Schools is in the process of developing IDEA-B Special Education and IDEA Early Childhood Special Education grant allocations for the 2017-2018 school year.  Discussion is open to how such funds are spent for special education programming.  These funds are allocated for special education students who are eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Persons interested in having input into the allocation of these funds should contact the Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel.  Please submit your comments in writing to Dianna Alliod (dalliod@xenia.k12.oh.us) by April 11, 2017.  All comments will be addressed during the public forum scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Xenia Board of Education Conference Room (819 Colorado Dr).

Bond Issue May 2 3d image

Xenia Community Schools will be on the ballot May 2 for a 4.2 mill bond issue to build a new middle/high school.  The state is providing the district with over $28 million dollars or roughly 40% of the cost of construction.  The district has until August to obtain the local share of the project.  For more information please click on Frequently Asked Questions.

Superintendent Weekly Update

What a great start to the new school year.  As I visited each building in the district and walked from classroom to classroom, I was so impressed by the enthusiasm and readiness of our staff members and students.  This is a direct result of the involvement and engagement of our staff members and our parents.  Educating our children is a collaborative process that becomes so much more effective when everyone is working together.  Thanks so much for all you do for our kids. Hopefully you enjoyed a relaxing Labor Day weekend.

Warner-  Warner will be hosting four Muse Machine performances again this school year.  The first performance will take place in the gym on Thursday, September 20, at 9:00 a.m.  All 8th grade students will attend this first performance.  The performance is called "Madness Behind the Method". It emphasizes active listening, teamwork, creativity and saying "yes" to ideas through improv, comedy, and music.

Superintendent Weekly Update

Last week's release of the State Report Card has caused concern in school districts across the State of Ohio and right here in Xenia as well.  This year's scores throughout Ohio are lower than in prior years.  These results were not unexpected since students are being judged against new, higher state standards.  Just like each of you, I support accountability.  We need to know how students are progressing and where improvement is needed.  However, this year is the third consecutive year with different tests and varying standards.  We believe that we have an excellent curricular plan in place for our students.  We also need to remember, just as a Board Member in another district recently said, "The report card is just one component.  Many other factors including jobs, college and military placement, scholarships awarded, the arts, and community service must be part of the overall picture of student success".  I am proud of each of you and the hard work you are putting in every single day for our kids.  You are doing incredible things with our students in the classroom.  Our students are receiving a quality education and they are being successful.  Why else would our 2016 graduates have been offered over $4.5 million in scholarships last spring with 75% of them currently enrolled in college?  Keep up the great work.

Facebook Incident Update district logo

This morning Xenia High school administrators were made aware of Facebook messages made from a bogus Facebook Account.  The posts were related to the recent hysteria involving clowns and were perceived to be threatening in nature.  Our school administration was in immediate and constant contact with the Xenia Police Division as the threats were assessed.  The person(s) involved in this hoax were quickly identified and dealt with by school officials and the police division.  Our school district works very hard to keep our students and staff members safe.  At no time did the school district or the police division believe that any students were in imminent danger.  The police division will continue to work collaboratively with us to make sure that persons engaging in this type of behavior are disciplined and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful weekend. This coming week is National School Lunch Week.  We are so blessed here in Xenia to have Charlene Landis and all of our "lunch ladies" in our school buildings.  They not only do a terrific job of preparing nutritious and tasty meals, but they also take a special interest in each of our children.  Great job Ladies! Thank you for all you do.

Student Enrollment-  Our student enrollment numbers continue to look good.  Currently we are 205 students over the state projections. Nice job everyone.  People are coming to Xenia for the schools!

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Barnes & Noble Bookfair

STEAM Day at Shawnee STEAM day

Shawnee fifth graders participated in a STEAM Day sponsored by the Gifted Department and the XHS Biotech Program led by Molly Wavra.  Students participated in a variety of hands on activities such as extracting DNA from strawberries, using micro-pipettes to create art, and determining what kind of dye is used in M & M's by using electrophoresis to separate the molecules.  In addition to these hands on activities led by Xenia High School Biotech student mentors, all fifth graders participated in competitive STEM Challenges related to engineering.  It was a fun and exciting learning experience for students!

Pride Certificates Xenia logo for web

Kids of Character certificates were presented at Monday night's board meeting. Tucker Lamb (preschool) is a great peer to all the students in class.  Ava Ours (Arrowood) works hard and is respectful to classmates and adults.  Emma Johnson (Cox) is responsible and dependable.  Ezra Mackiewicz (McK) leads with example, with enthusiasm, and has a great sense of humor.  Ella Vaught (Shawnee) is a part of the news crew requiring lots of responsibility and trust.  Houda Loukssi (Tecumseh) comes to school prepared and eager to learn.  Joshua Patterson-Westfall (Warner) is a member of NJHS and WEB.  Alexandra Fellie (XHS) is driven in her school work and her pursuit of knowledge.  The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presented back packs to the board for students.  Members are Rosanna Jivens, Lugene Bailey, Mayor Marsha Bayless, Ericka Williams, and Shannon Moore. 

XCS Foundation Announces Hall of Honor Class of 2017 foundation

Congratulations are in order for the XCS Foundation Hall of Honor Class of 2017! Six new members will be inducted this year. The Nineteenth Annual Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony and Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 6:30 PM at Tecumseh Elementary School. The dinner will be preceded by the Third Annual Silent Auction for Grants beginning at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $35.00 each and are available at the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 334 W. Market Street. Call: (937) 372-3591 for more information.

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Hard to Believe-  I does not seem possible that we are starting the month of April already.  I know that this is a busy time for everyone with testing and everything else going on.   Remember to take time for yourselves and your families.  36 walking teams or 180 walkers begin keeping track of their steps Monday morning.  Make sure you have your pedometer, fit bit, etc. ready to go.

Where will our graduates go? map

This is a pretty neat display showing where our 2017 graduates are going after high school...congrats to each of them!

Xenia Teacher Participates in National Training

Molly Wavra, a GCCC Satellite teacher at XHS was one of 32 teachers nationwide chosen to complete a food science training program developed and implemented in a partnership between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Graduate School USA. The one-week program for middle and high school science teachers, as well as family and consumer science and health education teachers, took place in Washington this summer.

Click here for the Press Release

Shawnee Celebrates Constitution Day student

The 4th graders at Shawnee celebrated Constitution Day on Friday,  September 16th.  Students read and studied the history of the Constitution including the history of its various locations, its Founding Fathers, and also practiced reading the Preamble.  Students ended the day with a patriotic treat of red, white and blue popsicles.  In addition, students were given the challenge to practice reciting the Preamble from memory.  One student from Mrs. Sanders' class, Kaylee Chubner, completed the challenge and recited it for the Shawnee Buccaneer Broadcast.  Way to go Kaylee!

Farm Life at Xenia Preschool Farming

The preschool had some exciting visitors and activities as they learned about farm life this week.  On Monday the students had the opportunity to get up close with baby calves and even were able to pet them to see how soft they were. On Tuesday everyone enjoyed 'farm day' where students were introduced to different farming activities like planting beans and corn, building fences, sheering sheep, gathering eggs, raking hay, and using a lasso while riding a horse. 

Mr. Bob Ford visits Arrowood Bob Ford

Mr. Bob Ford presented his entertaining history lessons, through song, with Arrowood Kindergarten and first grade students last week.  He played the Indian Flute, Tin Whistle, Banjo and guitar which Native Americans, African Americans and early settlers would have used (which fit perfectly with the kindergarten social studies unit right before Thanksgiving). Students were engaged with the songs and loved clapping and singing along.

IMPACT Club Making an Impact in Xenia

On Friday, Dec. 9 WMS's IMPACT Club read and made snowman ornaments with the kindergarten classes at Arrowood Elementary.  They even got a visit from Santa.  The same group also made roughly 30 blessing bags for the homeless here in Xenia.

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Presentations at April Board Meeting Effective School Board Award

The Kids of Character, Xenia High School Vocal Ensemble, and "The Kids Hope USA" Mentors from Shawnee were all recognized at Monday night's board meeting.  Ron Diver and Mark Ewing from the SW Region of OSBA presented the Board of Education with the Gold level Effective School Board award.  31 out of 159 districts received this award. 

Superintendent Weekly Update

Wow!  What a great week of learning!  I know that the temperature outside was warm and sticky and that everyone was really tired by the end of the week (especially with our first football game on a Thursday night), but as I walked by classrooms and spoke with staff members and saw staff members interacting with our students I was just so impressed.  Thanks so much for all you do for our kids. Hopefully you enjoyed a relaxing weekend.  

National Hispanic Heritage Month-  Each year, September 15 to October 15, is designated as National Hispanic Heritage Month.  This time is set aside to recognize the contributions Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to the United States.  We will be celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture and the positive influence they have on our nation.

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Pride Certificates

Pride Certificates were given at the board meeting Monday night to Kids of Character and 8th grade WEB Leaders. Brian Leach, from Xenia Church of the Nazarene, was also recognized with a plaque for the volunteers that come and help clean and beautify Warner Middle School before the start of school.  

High School celebrates Constitution Day Mr Miller

Friday, September 16 was Constitution Day and the High School celebrated by starting the day with announcements explaining Constitution Day.  Jon Miller, dressed as Thomas Payne, did a hilarious rap of "Bill of Rights...rights...baby: and the "Constitution Shuffle" which he made up.  He had students bring in America themed desserts and treats as well that day - like cookies with flags on them.

Superintendent Weekly Update xenia logo

I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful weekend. It was nice to see the sunshine return again after all the rain that visited us last week. It appears that we have a very nice week ahead of us weather wise.

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Arrowood students perform Princess and the Pea Arrowood students

The Arrowood PTO in collaboration with Compass Creative Dramatics from Chicago, IL had 47 students participate in a week long program.  Students practiced from 3:30 - 6:45 for five nights then put on two performances of The Princess and the Pea(Remix) at 11:00 and 3:00 on Saturday.  The students worked extremely hard throughout the week and put on an exceptional performance for their family and friends.  Over 175 people were in attendance for the performances.  A special thanks to the Arrowood PTO for sponsoring this event for our students.

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful weekend. It is so hard to believe that it is almost Thanksgiving and we are still enjoying such nice weather. 

Board Member- I want to wish the best of luck to Board of Education member Gil Esparza.  Gil has accepted a new position in Texas and he has resigned from the School Board effective November 18. He has been a tremendous asset to our district and has been a staunch supporter of children.  We will miss him.

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School Environmental Education Programs SEEP

The Shawnee third grade classes participated in the Greene County S.E.E.P. (School Environmental Education Programs) this week. Students learned about habitats with several hands-on activities. They played a relay race game in which the students had to sort the animal with its habitat (either a wetland, a prairie, or a forest). Also, the students played a game called Oh Deer! During this game students had to pretend they were a herd of deer and they needed to find shelter, water, food or space. Using body symbols to represent these needs they had to find a student who had that need to stay alive as a deer. The students were taught many facts about the different habitats animals and plants need to survive in a very energetic way. This program was made possible by the Science Grant from the Xenia Community Schools Foundation. 

XCS on 2 Hour Delay Thursday

Due to the anticipated wind chill temperatures XCS will be on a 2 hour delay Thursday, December 15. There will be no AM preschool.

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Kindergarten Registration Scheduled

Kindergarten Registration Dates/Times:

April 4th: 8:00 -11:00
April 5th: 12:00 - 3:00
April 6th: 4:00 - 7:00

Registration will take place at the Board of Education located at 819 Colorado Drive.  

Registration Packet - click here

Xenia Preschool Registration/Open House Events Scheduled Xenia Logo

Xenia Preschool has scheduled registration for March 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.  They have also scheduled an Open House/Registration on April 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Pastries with Grandparents

Xenia Preschool had 190 grandparents with approximately 138 students enjoy pastries and reading with their grandchild on Thursday, Sept. 8.  

Community Trunk or Treat trunkortreat

Xenia Community Schools in partnership with the City of Xenia and Greene Memorial Hospital will be hosting Trunk or Treat on October 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Shawnee Elementary.  This is a safe, free event for the community.  Dress up in costume and trick or treat.  The rain date will be October 27.

Science Class at Shawnee Bridges at Shawnee

This week the 3rd grade students in Mrs. Combs' class were taught how to conduct a science investigation using the design process.  The students were challenged to build a bridge with craft sticks or stir sticks between two towers of books.  The students enjoyed planning out their designs and testing how much each of the bridges could hold. 

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I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and staying warm.  I think that after a wonderful fall, winter has finally arrived.  Thank you for all you do for our students each and every single day.    

Hall of Honor Nominees-  The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 class of the Xenia School's Hall of Honor.  Nominees should be graduates of Xenia High School who have achieved remarkable success in their career or anyone who has made a significant contribution to education in Xenia.  Nominations are due by February 3, 2017.  The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held April 22, 2017 at Tecumseh Elementary School.

Hamvention Coming to Town - May 19 School Closed logo

Xenia will welcome Hamvention to our community for the first time ever this year. Hamvention will be taking place May 19-21. Since this is the first year of Xenia hosting it, we want our students to have the opportunity to take advantage of all of the sessions associated with this program. We also anticipate a large number of people from outside the city coming to Xenia for the convention. Thus, the Board of Education has decided to cancel school on Friday, May 19th. Teachers will be involved in professional development programs on this day. We are excited about what Hamvention can mean to our city. Additional information will come regarding student tickets to the convention and any other opportunities that may be available.

Cows visit Xenia Preschool Visiting cows

We had some adorable visitors at preschool today in the way of baby calves.  The children learned about Holstein cows and the milk we get from them.  Children who wanted to pet the calves got the opportunity to feel their soft coat.  What a wonderful experience for our preschoolers!

Donuts with Dad Donuts

Xenia Preschool students had Donuts with Dad on Thursday, November 10th.  They had 106 dads/grandpas come enjoy donuts and time with our students.  It was a wonderful time and the children enjoyed building with blocks and manipulatives with their dads.

Robots at Shawnee Robots at Shawnee

Shawnee students began working this past week with their new robots, Dash and Dot.  Kindergarten and first grade students programmed sound and lights on Dot while students in second through fifth grade used Dash to program lights, sound and motion.  Students used ipads to test out the capabilities of Dash and Dot using the programming apps called Blockly and Go.  In future sessions, we hope to use our creativity to perform tasks and solve puzzles using Dash and Dot.  Students have had previous experience in Digital Literacy with programming using a kid friendly programming language developed by MIT called “Scratch”. This is a phenomenal program where students can use their imagination, solve problems, understand sequencing, and learn the basics of computer programming. Students in Xenia Community Schools have also participated in a program through code.org, which encourages students in schools worldwide to provide the opportunity to be able to code on a regular basis.  Only 1 in 4 schools are teaching students to code nationwide.  It is great to have the tools we need to be at the top here at Xenia Community Schools!

Athletic Passes on Sale

Athletic Passes are currently on sale.  Click here for information.

Shawnee participates in Walk-a-Thon Shawnee Elementary

Exciting news at Shawnee Elementary!  Shawnee students participated in their first walk-a-thon fundraiser.  Students collected over $8,000 in fundraising effort for their PTO to use in supporting different activities such as cultural enrichment programs, positive behavior rewards, positive recognition awards and a visit from the Columbus Zoo.  The Shawnee PTO was instrumental in finding and supporting a new fundraiser idea that would involve the entire school and encourage the students to be healthy.  The walk-a-thon met both of these goals.  Approximately 470 Shawnee students created banners, cheers, and wore costumes sharing their class theme. Parents, grandparents and community members lined the path encouraging students with high fives and smiles.  Police officers, EMT's and firefighters helped with support by clearing intersections and providing additional encouragement.  The mile and one half trek ended with cheers and chants as students encouraged their classmates to the finish line.  The students also loved being on Channel 7 with Gabrielle Enright.

Shawnee Kindergarten students visit the Narrows Shawnee Kindergarten

Shawnee kindergarten students went on their annual fall field trip to the Narrows Reserve.  Naturalists guided students on an educational nature walk.  Students were taught about animal and insect behaviors in the fall and winter.  They also used their senses to gain knowledge about forest habitats and specific plants and animals.  Each child was given the opportunity to explore a clearing in the forest and to make observations about what they discovered under fallen logs and under piles of leaves.  The students loved being about to enjoy nature, while also learning valuable information, through this hands-on experience.

XCSF Accepting Nominations for Hall of Honor xcsf

The XCSF is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 class of the Xenia Schools Hall of Honor.  Nominees should be graduates of XHS who have achieved remarkable success in their career or anyone who was made a significant contribution to education in Xenia.  Nominations are due by February 3, 2017. The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held April 22, 2017, at Tecumseh Elementary School.

The nomination process is easy. Simply follow the guidelines listed on the XCSF website (xcsfoundation.com). The format for the application can also be accessed through the Hall of Honor section. The form is available on the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce website “Forms and Flyers to Download” area. Note: Self-nominations are acceptable as well as posthumous nominations.

The nomination(s) can be emailed to admin@xacc.com or mailed to the Xenia Community Schools Foundation, c/o Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, 334 West Market Street, Xenia, OH 45385.

The Hall of Honor display is located at XHS and honors those who have made significant contributions. It also serves as a motivator for current students to realize the value of the education they are receiving, as well as their responsibility to make a significant difference in their world.

Zombie Fun Run Hosted by Band Boosters

The Band Boosters are hosting a Zombie Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Doug Adams Stadium.  Stay away from the zombies as you run, walk, or crawl along a course set up with obstacles along the way!  Look out...zombies are all around you!  This event is not timed. Cost is $25. Click here for more information.

Shawnee Family Night Shawnee

Shawnee held their Fall Family Night on Tuesday.  Families enjoyed dinner and a live show!  Columbus Children's Theatre performed Jack and the Beanstalk.  The 290 people in attendance enjoyed the interactive show and  meeting all of the characters at the end.  A big thanks to Monica Beam, Tami Amsden, Pam Pitzer, Vicki Schafer, Natasha Grimsley, Cheryl Hoskins, Colleen Burkhart, Stacia Gonzalez, Amy Rohrback, Derrick Hannon, Molly Prindle, Maggie Huffman, Gina Baumgartner, Heather Combs, Christina Lane, Lisa Wheeler, Missi Sanders, Mary Kelly, Monica Ervin, Pam Killingsworth, Julie Ratton, Michelle Rice, Sandy Tracy, Angela Hawes, Stephanie Johnston, and Scott Poole for making it an enjoyable night for the Shawnee students and parents!

Pride Certificates Pride Certificates

At Monday's November board meeting, Pride Certificates were given to Kids of Character, Eagle Scouts, National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologies Award of Excellence, and Constitution Day Class Projects.  Kids of Character were Jose Kirk (preschool), Immanuelle Grant (Arrowood), Mariah Smith (Cox), Lily Neff (McKinley), Jiya Kaushal (Shawnee), Kamara Bailey (Tecumseh), Tori McPherson (Warner), and Julia Beeker (XHS).  Robert Rowland and Stephen Holton were the Eagle Scouts who were recognized.  The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologies Award of Excellence was awarded to Alexis Rickels.  Teachers receiving a Pride Certificate for the Constitution Day Class Projects were Amber Baker and Becky Sexten (Arrowood), Lauren George, Deb Holmes, Danielle Kubasky, LaShann Latimer (Cox), Jim Lamb, Missy Nix, Missi Sanders (Shawnee), Rochelle Lyons and Leigh Ann Meeks (Tecumseh), and John Miller (XHS). 

XCSF Invites 3rd Round of Grant Applications for 2016-17

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation (XCSF) is seeking a third round of applications for classroom grants for the current school year. Applications submitted through November 11, 2016, will be reviewed by the Grants Committee in November. Applicants will be given notice of the XCSF Board of Directors’ decisions by November 30, 2016. XCSF grant funds, including the designated grants described below, will total $25,000.00 for the 2016-2017 school year. Over $19,600.00 has already been awarded.

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2nd Annual Healthy Halloween Hustle Xenia Community Schools Foundation, comic girl raising hand at desk

The XCSF is hosting the 2nd Annual Healthy Halloween Hustle 5K/Fun Run/Walk.  The event will be Oct. 29 starting at 9 a.m.  For more details click here.