District News

XESP Fundraiser at Los Mariachis Restaurant

Xenia Education Support Professionals (XESP) would like to invite everyone to come out and enjoy some great food this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 4-6 at Los Mariachis Restaurant.  Please print the flyer below to give to your server and feel free to share flyers with friends and family. 


Funds raised will help XESP continue their outreach to Xenia's children by sponsoring sports scholarships, college scholarships, the X-Out Hunger Program, Family Movie Nights, and Hometown Christmas.


Click here for the flyer. XESP members hope to see everyone there!

Please Join Us!

Please join us for our community event at Tecumseh Elementary School, Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  Author and illustrator Mike Thaler will have a 30 minute presentation, question and answer time, and book signing.  See you there!

Setting Clear Expectations



Ms. Tammy Babb, kindergarten teacher at Arrowood Elementary, used a story to teach students how to behave and respond in school.


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A Timely Gift of Books from the Xenia Community School’s Foundation

The Reading for Life grant, made possible by a generous donation from the Xenia Community School’s Foundation, was brought to life recently at Central Middle School. Library assistant Lynn Engle received a wonderful package of new biographies one morning.  At the moment the books arrived, Mrs. Chapman’s 6th grade Language Arts students were browsing in the library.  Mrs. Engle called for their attention and announced that they could be the first students to peruse the new biographies.  Each student was thrilled to borrow a new biography and then posed for a photo.


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Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds each of you in good heath and having enjoyed your weekend.  I cannot remember a stretch of so much nice weather in the fall for such a long time.  I hope you are enjoying it.   All of your hard work is most definitely noticed and truly appreciated.  Thanks for all you do for our kids.

Author Visit- The elementary schools will be celebrating Literacy Week this week.  Author Mike Thaler will be visiting each elementary school building for a full day assembly.  Students will have the opportunity to hear the author speak, have lunch with him, have an autograph session and have class photos taken.  On Tuesday evening, September 30th, there will be a community event at Tecumseh Elementary School from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We are very excited about this event for the students and hope to have a standing room only crowd the evening of the 30th to celebrate reading with a children's book author.  Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and community organizations we were able to raise enough money to buy a book for each student who will now be able to get their book personally autographed. Cox Elementary School Dollar General Literacy Funds assisted with supporting purchasing books for Right to Read Week.  Every day a multitude of activities will be taking place in each of our elementary schools including kickoff assemblies, bookmarks and bookworms for the students, reading via closed circuit television, building wide-hallway read-ins, and community readers.  Thanks to everyone for your hard work to make this week so special but especially to Stephanie Johnston who really ran with this idea.

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Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting Scheduled

On Monday, October 27, XCS will hold their OHSAA mandated Winter Sport Parent/Athlete Meeting in the Xenia High School Gym at 6:00 p.m. Any XCS student in grades 7-12 interested in participating in a Winter sport must attend with parent or guardian. We look forward to seeing you there!

XCS Support Positions Available

Xenia Community Schools are always looking for quality, dedicated employees to work with our students.  If you are looking for part time or full time work or to even sub when needed, we may have a position for you.

District positions are always posted online under the Personnel page.  If you are wanting to substitute as an aide, secretary, or cook please stop by the Personnel Office at the Board of Education at 819 Colorado Drive and fill out an application.

If you would like to be a custodian, please go to www.aobuildingservices.com and fill out an application.

If you would like to be a bus driver, please print the application by "clicking here" and return it to James Hulsey at james.hulsey@firstgroup.com or stopping by the Transportation Office at 921 Yellowstone (next to the High School).

Classroom at McKinley

Focusing on learning in important, but McKinley Elementary third grade teacher Mrs. Mapp-Grimsley has taught her students to do more than focus.  During the first week of school, she did not spend her time “explaining” the rules to her students.  Instead, she invited her students to take ownership of their learning by asking students to design the structure of the classroom. She asked these students to create how they want the class to look, sound, act, and feel.  The students worked together to generate a list of the behaviors that should occur in the classroom.  The result was amazing! The students in Ms. Mapp-Grimsley’s room did not just create a list of behaviors, they demonstrate the behaviors.  If anyone observes the classroom, it is clear that students took their list of behaviors seriously.  Students are raising their hands, working diligently, helping each other, and expecting to learn something new. 

Book Fair at Warner Middle School

During this past week, students at Warner Middle School had the opportunity to experience The Scholastic Book Fair.  Warner students were able to be exposed to new books, and to purchase books of their choosing.  To promote interest in books and reading, students from Ms. Greenberg’s class were able to present book reviews as a part of the morning announcements.  These student book reviews led other students to seek out books at the fair. Many parents and students attended the Report Card Fair on Thursday night, and the library was open so students and parents could look at the books offered at the book fair.  Proceeds from the book fair were donated to the WMS library to purchase new books.

Science and Apples

Scientists constantly explore, but they do not always wear white jackets and goggles.  In many cases, a scientist discovers the surrounding environment.  At Cox Elementary, Mrs. Frauman's science lessons have focused on apples and students have quickly learned that apples are more than a tasty fruit.  The students participated in a “taste test” and sampled three types of apples to determine a favorite type.  The students used a pictograph to collect the results and organize their data.

Mike Thaler, " Black Lagoon" Author Coming to XCS

XCS is bringing Mike Thaler, "Black Lagoon" author to each of the five elementary buildings during the week of September 29th. Mike’s belief is that story writing and riddles are the tools needed to stimulate children's awareness of language and its creative use. As an award-winning author and illustrator, Mike travels the world sharing his message with teachers and children. He has written over 250 books for children. Mike has created word play games, software, and audiocassettes. He created and wrote "Letterman" for TV’s Electric Co and launched the Jell-O Reading Rocket Program, designed to motivate children to read.

XCS and the XCS Foundation have joined together in an effort to raise funds to purchase a “Black Lagoon” book for each elementary child in the XCS. The goal is to raise $6,225.00 by September 20th! The District will use these funds to buy grade level appropriate books for all 2037 elementary students.

The XCS Foundation is coordinating the fundraising effort. Donations can be made through the XCSF website: http://xcsfoundation.com or to the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, 334 W. Market Street, Xenia, OH  45385. All gifts designated for this initiative will be acknowledged as charitable contributions.

The public is invited to attend a session with Mike Thaler on September 30th at Tecumseh Elementary School. This event will take place between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

Students Participate in Mrs. Fleming's "Book in a Bag" Program!

The school year is off to a great start, and once again, Mrs. Fleming’s class is participating in the “Book in a Bag” program. Each day, Mrs. Fleming sends a book home with each student, which they are to read and return the next school day. In addition to reading these books, Mrs. Fleming encourages families to read additional books with their children. The goal for each preschool student is to read 250 books with their parents over the course of the school year!  At the end of the year, each student who achieves this goal is awarded a special certificate!  A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Fleming for implementing this wonderful program with her students!

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