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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!

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.

Click here for additional information. 

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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. 

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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.

Attendance Policy Change

For the 2016-17 school year there has been a change to the deadline to submit a reason for an absence.

Upon the child's return to school the parent shall provide written documentation, either a parent note or Medical Excuse, stating the specific day(s) absent, reason for such absence, appropriate signature, and contact number.

Upon returning to school following an absence, if written documentation is not received within 5 school days, the absence will be "Unexcused".

Sales Tax Holiday

The State of Ohio's sales tax holiday is August 5 to August 7.  Sales tax will not be charged on clothing items $75 or less and school supplies & instructional material items $20 or less.

Neighborhood Night Out Scheduled for August 9

Neighborhood Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Old East High School (former Board Office).  The City of Xenia in partnership with our school district, Greene Memorial Hospital and Central State University will be hosting this, the third of five Neighborhood Nights Out.  The purpose of the evening is to make government and community partners more accessible.  Come on out and join the crowd and enjoy free hot dogs, chips and snacks, giveaways and even a bouncy house for the kids.

September 27, McKinley Elementary 4 to 6 p.m.
October 11, Shawnee Elementary 4 to 6 p.m.

Proud Product of Public Education

The Ohio School Boards Association created a site called Stand Up for Ohio Public Schools, which features stories, photos and videos demonstrating innovative instruction, outstanding student programs, efforts to bolster student achievement and extraordinary acts of citizenship, community service and compassion by Ohio students.  One focus of the site is to showcase accomplished graduates of Ohio public schools. One of Xenia's former graduates made the list.  Jenene Renaye Washington-Stepter graduated XHS in 1991 and is the Chief Medical Officer for the Baltimore Medical System. Click here to learn more about Jenene.  

Mandatory Parent Athlete Meeting Scheduled

Xenia High School and Warner Middle School Fall Sports parents and athletes - the OHSAA mandatory meeting will be held Thursday, July 28 from 6-7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Important information regarding eligibility, physicals, and the upcoming season will be provided. If you have any questions please contact Athletic Director Nathan Kopp nkopp@xenia.k12.oh.us.

XCSF Awards over $18K in Grants

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation (XCSF) recently awarded $18,382.13 in grants to the Xenia Community Schools. This is the first round of grants. Additional grants will be awarded in late August.

Click View All below to read about the grants awarded and how funds are raised for these grants.

7th Grader Vaccinations Needed

Parents/guardians of our incoming 7th grade students - the Ohio Department of Health requires two additional vaccinations to be on file at the school for 7th grade students to attend.  They are the MCV4 and Tdap vaccinations.  Without the vaccinations, students will be excluded from school starting September 6th.  Parents/guardians can drop off shot records in Warner's office any weekday until 2:00 p.m.  Please contact your child's physician, the health department (374-5600) or local pharmacies such as Walgreens (376-3700) or Walmart (376-3700) to schedule an immunization.

Athletic Passes on Sale

Fans, the Athletic Dept. will be offering four different all sports passes for the 2016/17 school year. These passes are good for unlimited admission to all home Xenia athletic events for MS and HS. (Not valid for away contest or OHSAA tournaments)

The following passes are available:
Student Pass $50.00
Adult Pass $75.00
Family Pass $225.00
 (good for 4 people in the same household). Additional family members in the same household may be added for $25 each.
Senior Citizens Pass FREE 62 years of age and older.

These passes can be purchased and picked up in the athletic department at the high school.
Xenia Athletics
303 Kinsey Rd.
Xenia, OH 45385

Please contact Athletic Director Nathan Kopp 937-374-4217nkopp@xenia.k12.oh.us if you have any questions.

XCSF Invites 2nd Round of Grant Applications for 2016-17

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation (XCSF) is seeking a second round of applications for classroom grants for next school year. Applications submitted through August 15, 2016, will be reviewed by the Grants Committee in August. Applicants will be given notice of the XCSF Board of Directors’ decisions by August 31, 2016. XCSF grant funds, including the designated grants described below, will total $25,000.00 for the 2016-2017 school year. Approximately $18,400.00 has already been awarded. $600.00 is still available in the Edwin B. Cox Family Legacy Grant Fund. The focus of the grants must be to develop loyal citizenship and/or to build character through classroom excellence.

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Summer Reading Program

Come join the reading bus for a Summer Reading Program. Activities include story time, take home reading, and popsicles! The bus will travel to each elementary building on July 6, 13, 20 and 27. 

McKinley 9-10 a.m.
Arrowood 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Cox 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Shawnee 2-3 p.m.
Tecumseh 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Superhero Bike Parade & Contest

Neighborhood Night Out Scheduled for Tuesday

Neighborhood Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spring Hill Park.  The City of Xenia in partnership with our school district, Greene Memorial Hospital and Central State University will be hosting this, the second of five Neighborhood Nights Out.  The purpose of the evening is to make government and community partners more accessible.  Come on out and join the crowd and enjoy free hot dogs, chips and snacks, giveaways and even a bouncy house for the kids.

August 9, Old East High School 5 to 7 p.m.
September 27, McKinley Elementary 4 to 6 p.m.
October 11, Shawnee Elementary 4 to 6 p.m.

Facility Plan Survey - Participants Wanted

Over the last several months, we have been actively soliciting input from community leaders, staff, parents, and residents through community forums, phone interviews, and small group listening sessions to help with the process of updating our Master Facility Plan to address the needs of our aging middle school and high school buildings.  A Master Facility Plan has now been submitted to the OSFC in order to move forward with the process of securing state funding.

Your views and opinions play an important role in producing the best plan to move forward for our students and community, and we are therefore again requesting your assistance.  An online survey is now available, and we invite you to visit http://tinyurl.com/XCSsurvey to take the survey before June 12.  We also encourage you to share the link with family and friends of Xenia Community School District.  Thank you for your participation and for providing your thoughtful input. 

Additional information about the project is currently on the website at www.xenia.k12.oh.us  click on the "Facility Plan" link on the left. 

School Supply Lists

2016-17 School Supply Lists 

Preschool                                 
Arrowood Elementary
Cox Elementary                       
McKinley Elementary
Shawnee Elementary               
Tecumseh Elementary
Xenia Virtual Academy
WMS - 6th grade
WMS - 7th grade
WMS - 8th grade

Letter from Governor Kasich - Resources for Families

Governor Kasich addressed a letter to all superintendents on May 27, 2016 regarding a "deadly epidemic" and a "concern that too many of our young people are falling prey to drug abuse, addiction and overdose". The letter is a bi-partisan letter and provides two resources for school, staff, and parent to utilize. The first is StartTalking! with information at www.starttalking.ohio.gov and the second is GenerationRx with information at www.generationrx.org/take-action.  XCS encourages families to visit these resources and have conversations with children over the summer.

Click here to view a copy of the letter.

Summer Meals

The Xenia YMCA will sponsor summer meals at Shawnee Park from from June 6 to August 5.  Meals are free and will be available Monday through Friday from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Spirit at Arrowood

Arrowood is showing their support for National Red Nose Day! The PTO purchased red noses for all the staff members to wear today. Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to helping children and having fun. Proceeds benefit children and young people in the US and some of the poorest communities in the world.

Watch Graduation LIVE tonight Over the Internet!

Click the link below starting at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, to watch a live stream of Xenia High School's Graduation.

Click HERE for LIVE STREAM

WSU-TV is also available in Xenia on ATT Uverse ch. 99 (click the Dayton tab).  In addition, XHS National Honor Society will provide DVD recordings of the ceremony.  They will be available for purchase in guidance for $5.00 each.

Graduation - Wednesday, May 25 - 7pm

Xenia High School Class of 2016 will graduate on May 25 at WSU Nutter Center at 7:00 p.m.  The graduation will be streamed live over the internet for family and friends that can not attend.  There will be a link on the website the day of graduation.  People can connect with the link starting at 6:40 p.m.

Seniors need to report to McLin Gym by 6:10 p.m.  Graduates of Distinction students should report by 6:00 p.m. and will have the group picture on the stage. 

Click here for a Dayton Daily News story on the Graduates of Distinction

Adapted Physical Education Field Day

On Friday, May 13, XCS held its first annual adapted physical education field day for students with disabilities. Students with unique disabilities from K-12 were brought together for this fun event. Festivities took place in the field between WMS and Arrowood. Students were able to compete in events against peers with similar abilities allowing for an exciting day of fun and competition. Students completed 8 stations of activities consisting of lawn bowling, bubbles, face paint, bean bag toss, egg carry, bouncy house, balloon popping, and the softball throw. Several students raced against one another in a 50 meter or 20 meter race, while parents were there to cheer them on. Thanks to Ms. Comer's class for helping set up although they were unable to attend. Thanks to all of our related service professionals, special education paraprofessionals, and special education teachers for providing snacks, helping to run stations, assisting students as they transition from station to station, and bringing with them a spirit of friendly competition. Thanks to our parent volunteers and visitors for helping us build a community of support for our students. This truly was an outstanding event that we plan to continue for years to come!

Neighborhood Night Out Scheduled for Tuesday

Neighborhood Night Out-  The first Neighborhood Night Out has been rescheduled for this Tuesday, May 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Franklin Park.   The City of Xenia in partnership with our school district, Greene Memorial Hospital and Central State University will be hosting this, the first of five Neighborhood Nights Out.  The purpose of the evening is to make government and community partners more accessible.  Come on out and join the crowd and enjoy free hot dogs, chips and snacks, giveaways and even a bouncy house for the kids.

Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this final weekly update finds you in good health and enjoying some relaxation this weekend. I simply cannot believe that the school year has less than one week left. I believe that it will now warm up and finally feel like summer.  I want to thank every single one of you for all of your hard work and dedication to our students all of this year.   The caring and generous giving of yourselves and your talents to our children is noticed and very much appreciated.  I hope that you have a relaxing summer, and if you travel, do so safely.  Hope you have a great last week.

Summer Reading Important-   I hope that high quality education continues over the summer.  Help us drive home the importance of learning when school is not in session.  Please encourage all your students to read at least fifteen minutes each day.  Please encourage your students to connect with the local library.  Encouragement can be connected to the progress that we have made as evidenced by our Momentum Award from ODE.

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District Receives Momentum Award From State

The Ohio's State Board of Education has granted XCS one of its first Momentum Awards.  This award recognizes districts that have received A's on every value-added measure included on Ohio's school and district report cards.  Xenia is one of only 53 districts in the state to receive the award.  The report card for the 2014-15 school year showed that XCS ensured its students received a year's worth of academic growth in reading and mathematics.  Congrats to the community, parents, students, and staff who helped make this happen.

Meet the Treasurer Candidate Night

On Monday, May 23, the four Treasurer candidate finalists for Xenia Community Schools will be making a financial presentation and meeting with residents.  Everyone is welcome.  The program will run from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Central Office (819 Colorado Drive).  The four candidates will make a 30 minute presentation and then will be available to meet and talk with community members in attendance.  This would be a great way to meet our new School District Treasurer.

Altrusa International Club Receives Grant

The Altrusa International Club in Xenia received a $1,500 grant for a free book project.  The group plans to host a booth at First Friday (downtown) each month through September and give a free book to any child (grades K-5) who comes to the booth and completes a word-related worksheet appropriate to his/her grade.  This is a great opportunity for our students...thanks Altrusa!

Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and enjoying some relaxation this weekend. I simply cannot believe that the school year has less than two weeks left. I wonder if it will ever warm up and feel like summer.  I want to thank every single one of you for all of your hard work and dedication to our students.   Hope you have a great week.

Senior Awards Assembly- On Friday morning XHS held its Senior Awards Assembly to recognize the Class of 2016.  What a terrific event! 106 seniors were recognized during the program for receiving scholarships and/or awards.  Scholarships and grants totaling $3,970,130 have already been offered to the Class of 2016.  In addition to that amount, the local scholarships generously provided by local businesses, families, and organizations totals $51,900.  The grand total of scholarships offered to the Class of 2016 as of this time is $4,0922,030. These figures certainly reflect favorably on this graduating Class.  Congratulations to the Class of 2016 and best of luck in your future endeavors. Thanks to Jodi Yaney, Carrie McGee, and Amy Biggs for putting this program together and to Principal Ted Holop for serving as the Master of Ceremonies.

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Senior Awards Ceremony

On Friday morning, XHS held its Senior Awards Assembly to recognize the Class of 2016.  What a terrific event! 106 seniors were recognized during the program for receiving scholarships and/or awards.  Scholarships and grants totaling $3,970,130 have already been offered to the Class of 2016.  In addition to that amount, the local scholarships generously provided by local businesses, families, and organizations total $51,900.  The grand total of scholarships offered to the Class of 2016 as of this time is $4,0922,030. These figures certainly reflect favorably on this graduating Class.  Congratulations to the Class of 2016 and best of luck in your future endeavors. Thanks to Jodi Yaney, Carrie McGee, and Amy Biggs for putting this program together and to Principal Ted Holop for serving as the Master of Ceremonies.  

Library Books Due May 13

All library books are due back Friday, May 13.  The cost of a book not returned by May 13 will be added to your child's school fees.  This fee is not waived.  It's important for the libraries to get all books back so they are available for students next year.

New Athletic Director Hired

The Xenia Community City School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Nathan Kopp as its new Athletic Director. Nathan earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education K-12 from Wright State University in 2003. He earned his Master's Degree from the University of Dayton in Educational Leadership in 2011 and finished coursework for his Principal's License from the University of Dayton in 2015. Nathan currently is serving as a Health and Physical Education Teacher for Troy City Schools, a position he has held since 2004. In addition to teaching, Nathan has served as the Varsity Baseball Coach for Newton High School from 2014 to the present time and the Troy Varsity Girl's Basketball Coach from 2007 until now.  Nathan has been selected as the District 9 Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012.  He was named the GWOC North Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2013 as well.  His teams were the GWOC North Champions in 2011, 2012, and 2013.  Nathan was drafted in the 28th round by the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball in 2002 . Nathan stated "I have no doubt I have the passion and energy it takes to build on the outstanding tradition of Xenia Athletics, and to move it forward into the future." Nathan is married to Melissa and they have a daughter Alex.  

Pride Certificates

There were many individuals and groups recognized with Pride Certificates at Monday night's Board Meeting. Landon Wardle was recognized from the preschool as a Special Reader and Ed Marrinan for donations. Catherine Laney was recognized for the West District Science Fair and Madalyn Adams and Jadden Long for the Skills USA Competition. FFA Cooperative Education Contest & Poultry State Finalists are Allison Rapp, Sarah Harner, Morgan Donini, Olivia Vanhoose, Jordan Gerhardt, Mya Lockhart, Javier Givens, Brady Harris, and Wade Hutchison. Kids of Character were David Cancino (Arrowood), A.J. Clevelle (Cox), Ryleigh Gregg (preschool), Rebecca Hutchins (McKinley), Jameson Kennedy (Shawnee), Kylie McCarren (Tecumseh), Dezarae Webster (Warner), and Charles Wilson (XHS). The last group to be recognized are the Graduates of Distinction – Alex Bolka, Donna Cook, Morgan Davis, Brooke Elam,Carolyn Engle, Lauren Goodman, Catlin Hollen, Deborah Michalski, Morgan McClain, Kaya Muhammad, Arden Tillmaand, Haylee Wagner, and Zachary Wical. 

 

 

Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and enjoying some relaxation this weekend. The state testing is now behind us. I want to thank every single one of you for all of your hard work and dedication to our students.  The great job you do is definitely noticed and appreciated by the Board, our administrative team, and by our entire community.   We realize that our gift of snow cones for Staff Appreciation Week (especially in cold weather) was only a small gesture, but hopefully it pointed out that we believe you are doing a terrific job.  As the school year winds down remember to stop and smell the roses.  We have activities going on all day and every evening until the end of the school year.  Remember to take some time for yourselves.  Hope you have a great week.

Shawnee News-  The 4th and 5th grade Dayton Dragon MVP's are Ella Vaught, Quinn Lamb, Jack Uszynski, Josiah Funk, Sedrianna Smith, Alyssa Dunson, James Wingate, Mariela Giles, Andrea Dobkins, Cameron Bruggeman, Liam Eavers, Emily Dice, Lauren Chambliss, Sidney Guyton, Maggie Miller, Isiah Feathers, Audrey Earp, Bruce Lemon, Landon Long, Tye Mitchell, Paige Webb, Tayler Elliot, Meri Miller, Ryan Parks, Addison Arnett, Evangel Cannon, Lilly Hodson, Juanita Beasley, and Constance Grooms. Great job.

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XTAR Young Entrepreneurs

XCSF Invites Grant Applications for 2016-17

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, 2016, 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, 2016. XCSF grant funds, including the designated grants described below, will total $25,000.00 for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Neighborhood Night Out Cancelled

Neighborhood Night Out-  The first Neighborhood Night Out scheduled for last week was rained out.  It has been rescheduled for this Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Franklin Park.   The City of Xenia in partnership with our school district, Greene Memorial Hospital and Central State University will be hosting this, the first of five Neighborhood Nights Out.  The purpose of the evening is to make government and community partners more accessible.  Come on out and join the crowd and enjoy free hot dogs, chips and snacks, giveaways and even a bouncy house for the kids.

Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and enjoying some relaxation this weekend. The state testing is behind us except for social studies and science at the elementary schools.  Everything has gone very well so far.  Thanks to everyone for making this process go so smoothly and for ensuring that our kids did their very best every day.  I have heard nothing but positives over the last few weeks with regard to testing. I also want to thank every single one of you for all of your hard work and dedication to our students on this Teacher and Staff Appreciation week.  The great job you do is noticed and appreciated by the Board, our administrative team, and by our entire community.   Hope you have a great week. 

High School Update-   Congratulations to the Symphonic Band and the Vocal Ensemble as they performed Friday night and Saturday afternoon in the Ohio Music Educator's State Adjudicated Event for Region 12.  Both did a terrific job and received a score of "Excellent".  Great job to the directors Javaan and Eric and to all of the students who have worked so hard to earn this amazing accomplishment. Kudos also to the Advanced Theater Productions group and the National Honor Society who teamed up to put on a terrific Talent Show this past Thursday evening.  Everyone did a great job.

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Zumba and Lupus Foundation

On Saturday, April 30, the Xenia High School football players got their Zumba on to support Jasmine Tolbert and the Lupus Foundation. Staff and members of the community also came out to shake off their winter blues in support. 

Hall of Honor

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation held their 18th annual Hall of Honor Celebration this past Saturday evening at Tecumseh.  Gabrielle Enright served as the Master of Ceremonies and Jeff Brock delivered the invocation.  Kelli Michalski served as pianist for the event.  Executive Director Barbara Stafford  and Brian Liming, XCSF Board President, presented the awards to Chad Jackson (Class of 1998), Jane Newton (Class of 1976), Donald Person (Class of 1973) Richard "Dick" Strous (Class of 1951), and Robert Williams.  It was a great event.  

Neighborhood Night Out

Get ready, Xenia Community Schools is coming to your neighborhood this spring and summer! To make the district, City government and our community partners more accessible, Xenia Community Schools, in partnership with Xenia, Greene Memorial Hospital and Central State University, will be visiting neighborhoods this year, starting Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Franklin Park. Come out to join the crowd for free hot dogs, chips and snacks, giveaways and even bouncy house fun for the kids!!!

Future Neighborhood Night Out events will be held throughout locations in Xenia on May 24, June 21, August 9, and September 27!!

Check ExploreXenia.com for updated information or call 937-376-7232 for more details!

Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and enjoying this beautiful weekend. The state testing began two weeks ago and everything has been going very well.  I have heard that all of the students are putting forth their best effort on these important tests.  I hope that continues for the remainder of the testing time.  Best of luck to everyone.   Hope you have a great week.

Spaghetti Dinner- Last Tuesday the school district held its 2nd annual community wide Spaghetti Dinner.  It was fantastic.  We served 593 meals and the performing groups were awesome.  Thanks so much to everyone who was involved in putting this event together.  All of the items we served were donated to us by vendors.  Organizations who donated included Gordon Food Service, W.R. Hackett Produce, Aunt Millie's Bakery, Waibel, Alpha and Omega, and local members of our community.  Last year we held our first ever Community Spaghetti Dinner with about 400 meals served.  Student groups that performed this year included our Elementary and Character Choirs, our high school Chemistry Club, our 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands, 6th grade choir, and our high school jazz band.  They all did a terrific job.  Again, thanks to everyone for their help and support.

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Superintendent to receive Excellent Educator of the Year Award

Congratulations to Xenia Community School District superintendent as he was named the recipient of the Cedarville University School of Education’s inaugural Excellent Educator of the Year Award. He will receive the award at the school of education’s Teacher Education Program graduation celebration May 6. “I am honored to receive this award,” Morrison said. “Cedarville University is well known for graduating top-notch young people going into the field of education. I am fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful people here in Xenia and I believe that due to our team approach many good things happen.” The award was created to recognize outstanding efforts in education, specifically those who help further the cause of Cedarville, according to Dean of the school of education Dr. Jeremy Ervin. 

 

Focused Learning at Shawnee

Mrs. Baumgartner's third-grade class received five Hokki Stools to help students wiggle their way into learning. Mrs. Baumgartner filled out a grant on donorschoose.org asking donors to donate to a project that would help students stay focused during their daily learning. The project was fully funded and the class is now using these stools daily. 

 

Superhero Day at Shawnee

The third-grade classes at Shawnee had Superhero Day last week to get ready for AIR testing. They were Test-Taking Superheroes. The teachers were Captain Story Support, Captain Graphic Organizer, and Captain Mathinator. The students had a blast dressing up and we discussed test-taking strategies as well as had reading and math superhero center games to review before the AIR test. The students even made thinking caps during art class last week! 

Community Spaghetti Dinner

XCS once again thanks the community for its support by hosting the 2nd Annual spaghetti event on Tuesday, April 19 at Arrowood.  This year we served 593 meals in 2 hours.  This almost doubled the amount served last year and we had to close the kitchen shortly after 7 because we ran out of pasta.  It was a great event and we look forward to doing so again next year. All items were donated by vendors. There were also some amazing performances from our students. Warner Middle School bands, Tecumseh Character Choir, Elementary Choir, and the XHS Jazz Band performed. Bill Richey did a Science Demonstration and Cox students entertained with a Hip Hop routine and played the piano. 
 

Chemistry Club

The XHS Chemistry Club just completed their elementary school visits.  The visit begins with a demonstration show and skit with twelve exciting (and explosive!) chemistry demonstrations. These were done by the College Credit Plus/AP Chemistry students.  Then, the elementary kids go back to their classrooms and the junior honors chemistry students teach an exciting 45-minute lesson which has been aligned with the grade-appropriate standards. Science lessons include Density Bottles, Silly Putty, and Chromatography and Color Mixing.  The XHS Chemistry Club is funded by a grant by the Xenia Educational Foundation.

Community Spaghetti Dinner Tuesday, April 19

XCS will once again like to thank the community for its support by hosting a FREE spaghetti dinner for the community. All items have been donated by vendors. The event is April 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Arrowood Elementary. Please plan to join us and watch some of our amazing students perform.

5:00 p.m. - Cox students will perform a Hip Hop routine and play the piano
5:15 p.m. - Bill Richey's Science Demonstration
5:30 p.m. - Tecumseh Character Choir
6:00 p.m. - WMS 6th Grade Band
6:30 p.m. - WMS 7th and 8th Grade Band
7:00 p.m. - Elementary Choir
7:30 p.m. - XHS Jazz Band

2016 Foundation Hall of Honor Tickets Available

Tickets for this year’s Hall of Honor Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be available at the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce through Friday, April 22, 2016.

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation invites the community to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2016 Hall of Honor inductees: Chad R. Jackson, PhD, XHS Class of 1998, Scientist and Role Model; Jane Newton, XHS Class of 1976, Businesswoman and Role Model; Donald R. Person, XHS Class of 1973, Chief of Police and Community Supporter; Richard “Dick” Strous, XCHS class of 1951, Community Volunteer and Robert E. Williams, Superintendent of Xenia Community Schools and Community Leader.

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is dedicated to enriching the academic pursuits of all students, faculty and staff within the Xenia Community Schools. The Foundation has provided grants for classroom enrichment programs and scholarships from donations and investment income of the Foundation over thirty years.

A significant program of the Foundation is the annual Hall of Honor. The Foundation hosts a dinner and induction ceremony to recognize graduates, former staff, or community citizens who have set an example through their professional success and/or have made significant contributions of service to the Xenia Community Schools and the Xenia Community.

The Eighteenth Annual Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony and Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 6:30 PM at Tecumseh Elementary School. The dinner will be preceded by the Second Annual Silent Auction beginning at 5:30 PM. The auction is open to the members of the community. No ticket is required for the auction portion of the event. Tickets for the dinner and induction ceremony are $30.00 each. Tickets are available at the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 334 W. Market Street. Call: (937) 372-3591 for more information.

Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and enjoying your weekend. Spring is most definitely here.  I hope you were able to take advantage of the wonderful weather to get outside and have fun.  The state testing began last week for our middle and high school students and everything went very well.  I heard that all of the students were putting forth their best effort on these important tests.  The elementary students begin testing this week.  Best of luck to everyone.   Hope you have a great week.

Centennial Play- We are partnering with the National Park Service in its Centennial Celebration in 2016 to have a play for our fourth and fifth grade students.  This play will be a children's theater production of the African-American experience in the Midwest parks.  They are calling it "Civil Rights in the Middle".  The Bright Star Traveling Theater out of North Carolina will be presenting it to our students on May 9th at the high school.

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Pride Certificates

The Board was recognized for being an Effective School Board and Mrs. Fielding was presented an award for Outstanding Administrator by Mr. Diver at Monday night's Board Meeting. Pride Certificates were also presented to the Kids of Character, Xenia High School Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. 

Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and enjoying your weekend. The mixture of rain, snow, and sleet made for an interesting Saturday.  It seems like winter is really trying to hold on. I am confident that nicer weather is on the way.  This week is National Volunteer Week.  I wish to thank the hundreds of volunteers that are in our school working with our young people.  There is no one who stands taller than one who stoops to help a child.   Hope you have a great week. 

Community Forum/Facilities Plan- We are grateful to have had approximately 40 parents, residents, and community leaders be in attendance at each of our first three Community Forums to learn more about our current and future facility needs and opportunities available to our district through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.  The thoughtful feedback and valuable insights attendees provided will help shape plans for our schools, and we look forward to many more community members participating in this process. Over the next several months additional opportunities to share your thoughts, questions and input will be available.

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Treasurer CFO Job Posting

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Xenia Community Schools is responsible for overseeing the entire financial operations of
the organization, the accuracy and timeliness of all state and federal reporting, the development of the annual district operating
budget and the Five-Year Forecast. The CFO is an active participant on the senior leadership team and will provide leadership for
the district in many areas including finance, strategic planning, program development, and is a resource for business and human
resource functions.

Xenia Treasurer Brochure
Xenia Search Profile Report

 

Last Day for Open Kindergarten Enrollment

Today (April 7) is the last day for open kindergarten enrollment. Visit the Board of Education from 4 to 7 p.m. to enroll your student for next year.  After today, you will need to schedule an appointment with the Central Registration Office by calling (937) 376-2961.  For more information see the letter below or visit the Central Registration page by clicking here "Central Reg. Page".

Informational Letter

Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and enjoying your weekend. The mixture of high winds, rain, snow, and sleet made for an interesting Saturday.  I hope that everyone escaped the storms' wrath.   The job that you do every single day is most definitely noticed and VERY much appreciated. You are making a significant difference in the lives of our young people.

FFA News- FFA members recently competed at two Career Development Event competitions.  At the Fulton County Fairgrounds the Poultry Team of Allison Rapp, Jordan Gerhardt, Mya Lockhart, and Sarah Harner placed 4th overall.  Individually Allison was 4th, Jordan 13th, and Mya was 20th out of 122 students who competed.  In Ashland, Ohio in the Poultry Contest Jordan was the 3rd individual and Allison was 12th out of 79 students.  Also at Ashland, the Dairy Products Team placed 7th.  The team consisted of Wade Hutchinson, Kelley Grubb, Haley Harris and Brady Harris.  Nice job.  

Xenia High School Winter Guard- The Winter Guard Team competed this past weekend at Kettering's Trent Arena and made it to the finals.  This is the first time in five years that this has occurred.  Great job girls!

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Nominee for the JJHuddle & Bucknuts Ohio High School Winter Sports Athlete of the Year

Evan Adkins was nominated for the JJHuddle & Bucknuts Ohio High School Winter Sports Ohio Athlete of the Year Award. This award is decided by fan vote, so CLICK HERE TO VOTE. Voting is live and ends noon on April 27. Vote as often as you like. 

Facility Community Forum April 5

Xenia Community Schools is in the process of updating our Master Facility Plan and wants your input to help shape future plans for our middle and high school facilities. To learn more about the options available for XCS through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission – and to provide us with your input – please mark your calendars and plan on attending our community forum:

Tuesday, April 5th
6-7:30 p.m.
Cox Elementary School  

For more information, please visit: http://www.xenia.k12.oh.us/content/288. We look forward to seeing you on April 5!

IDEA Funds for 2016-17 - Comments Wanted

Xenia Community Schools is in the process of developing IDEA-B Special Education and IDEA Early Childhood Special Education grant allocations for the 2016-2017 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 this law: the Individuals with Disabilities Act.  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 8, 2016.  All comments will be addressed during the public forum scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Central Office Conference Room (819 Colorado Dr).

XESP Fundraiser

Xenia Educational Support Professionals are having a fundraiser at Bob Evans on April 2 and 3.  Funds will go towards a student scholarship.

Click here for the flyer.

Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having enjoyed your time away with your families.   It is hard to believe that we are already beginning the 4th nine weeks grading period for this school year.    The job that you do every single day is noticed and VERY much appreciated.

Spaghetti Dinner- Last year we held our first ever Community Spaghetti Dinner.  Over 400 meals were served.  This year we hope that our 2nd annual Spaghetti Dinner will be even bigger and better.  Student groups will be performing and the dinner is free.  The event will take place on April 19 at Arrowood.  Please put this date on your calendar and make plans to join us. Teachers, if you have a group or organization that you would like to showcase that evening, please let me know.

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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.

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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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

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.

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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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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!

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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.