Warner Middle School News

2014-15 Year In Review

The 2014-15 school year was excellent and many great things happened.  Click below "View All" below to read a summary from month to month.  The 2015-16 school year should be even more successful.


Warner Cheerleaders Attend Elite Cheer Camp

The Warner Middle School 7th and 8th grade cheerleaders coached by Dana McClain and Heather Horsley attended the Elite Cheer Camp on July 20 and 21.  The middle school cheerleaders had the opportunity to be chosen as an Elite All-American.  Congratulations to Madeline Huffman, Kaylee Lair, Kaylah Cunningham, Makayla Poplin, and Calli Jones.   They have earned the opportunity to be featured in the half time performance at the BWC Citrus Bowl.  The cheerleaders would like to give a special thank you to Xenia Nazarene for donating the use of their gymnasium.  The cheerleaders would also like to thank Mark Stoll and Mike Earley for supporting the program and helping to bring this nationally renowned program to Xenia.


Science is Fun Camp

The Xenia Science is Fun Camp was held at Xenia High School the week of June 1-5.  This was an exciting, hands-on science camp for students leaving grade 2 up to students entering grade 6.  It provided them an out of this world experience.  Make-it, take-it projects were done all week with emphasis on fun, hands-on fun, everyday topics.  The theme for this year’s days included chemistry, physics, solids liquids and gases, engineering, and environmental science days.  The weeklong camp included a day at the Little Miami River doing aquatic biology activities where the campers got to work with the Ohio Division of Wildlife biologists.  Bill Richey, XHS Chemistry teacher, was the camp director. 

Here is the YouTube link to the 2015 Science is Fun video: https://youtu.be/tqg7EFHSKo0


Update Turf Project

The turf project is almost completed!  The Motz Group is finishing up on some minor items like planting grass and repaving a few areas.  The practice field is also being regraded and irrigation is being installed. Can't wait to see our athletes on the field!


Final Superintendent Update for the School Year

I hope that this week's bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing extended weekend with your families. Memorial Day is a day to give remembrance to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country.  Our prayers and thoughts this weekend are with the fallen and their families.  I also want to give thanks to those who have served in our armed forces.  Thank you for the freedom we enjoy.  God Bless America.  I look back in amazement with all that we have accomplished together this past school year.  You have done a remarkable job with your students. Thanks again for all you do. You are true professionals and it is an honor for me to get to work with you.  Here is your final weekly bulletin from me.

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Cheerleading Clinic and Tryouts

Cheer Clinics will be conducted on May 27 (2:30-5:30), May 28 noon - 1:00), May 29 (11:00-11:45) with tryouts starting at noon on May 29. Anyone interested in becoming a Cheerleader at Xenia High School for 2015-2016 school year should attend. 

All candidates must have a physical on file, along with all paperwork prior to tryouts.

Cheer packets are available in the XHS Main Office.


Summer Food Service Program

The XCS is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children between the ages of one and eighteen without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:     
                        Breakfast only served between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.
                        Starting on Wednesday, June 3 through Tuesday, June 23
                        Shawnee Elementary School
                        92 E. Ankeney Mill Road, Xenia, OH  45385

To file a complaint of discrimination, write or call immediately to:
    USDA Director, Office of Adjudication
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C.20250-9410
    (866) 632-9992 or (800) 877-8339 (TTY) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish)

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


OHIO MEANS JOBS EMPLOYEES VISIT WARNER

Employees Debbie Fry and Arine Jeter with Ohio Means Jobs visited Mr. DeHaven's and Mrs. Mayes' College and Career Readiness classes on May 13th to discuss job readiness skills with the students.  The students were engaged in activities on employment rates, skills employers desire in an employee and resume building.  It was a very educational and productive visit.  The College and Career Readiness students greatly appreciated our guests' time, talents and the information shared.


Weekly Bulletin

I hope that this week's bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing weekend with your families. It is hard to believe that in less than two weeks another school year will have gone by.  I look back in amazement with all that we have accomplished this past school year.  You have done a remarkable job with our students.  I can only hope that the progress we initiated this past year continues into the future.  Thanks again for all you do.

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8TH GRADE WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP

About 90 of our 8th grade students, staff and parents traveled to Washington D.C. on May 12, 2015 and returned to Xenia on May 15, 2015. Pictured enjoying the sights are Abbi Sparkman, Shali Morris, Grace Randall and Kiersten Bailey


Weekly Bulletin: May 10

I hope that this week's bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing weekend with your families. Last Tuesday our school district had two crucial levies on the ballot. The two levies were renewal levies which means "zero increase in taxes" but combined they represented 24% of the revenues for our school district. It was very gratifying to see the results on both renewal levies with 59% in favor and only 41% opposed.  I really appreciate all that everyone did to get the word out about the importance of these levies.   Special thank you to the 120 staff members who participated in the literature drop.   This proves once again that the community of Xenia values a high quality education for their young people, that they realize you are doing a terrific job, and that we need to do whatever is necessary to provide the best education possible.

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Staff Appreciation Week

This week, Xenia Community Schools has focused on honoring and appreciating all staff members. Every employee at XCS has a direct impact on the lives of Xenia children.  During the school day, members of Central Office substituted for teachers as they went outside to enjoy a cupcake before returning to their students. Staff at XCS dedicate countless hours throughout the school year and words (or cupcakes) will never be enough to say thank you.

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Weekly Bulletin

Teacher Appreciation Week- I hope that this week's bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing weekend with your families. The week of May 4th is designated across our country as Teacher Appreciation Week. Please know how much the Board and administration truly value the job you do for our young people. I do not believe that there is a more noble calling that teaching. Thank you for all you do for your students.

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Levy Renewal Information

There are two Xenia Community School levy issues on the ballot, May 5.  The first is Issue 3 which is a renewal of an emergency property tax levy originally passed in 2004.  Passage of this renewal levy will generate the same amount of dollars ($7,760,000) for the school district annually now as it did when it was first approved by taxpayers. The second is Issue 4 which is a renewal of the existing 0.5% school district income tax which was originally passed in 1997.

* These two renewal levies represent NO NEW TAXES. 
* These two renewal levies represent 24% of our district's operating revenue.
* These renewal levies will help us to avoid deficit spending for FY 2017.
* These renewal levies will help us continue to put kids first and continue 
   to maintain and add programs for our students.

FACTS:
* 82% of XHS's 2014 graduates are currently attending a college or a university.
* Xenia student enrollment increased by 138 students this year - the first time we 
   have shown an increase in over a decade.
* 71% of our operating budget goes directly to classroom instruction.
* Our school district spends less on administrative costs than the state average.
* Our operational savings last year resulted in $1.4 million in savings.

Please be sure to vote on May 5th.


Weekly Bulletin

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

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XCSF Invites Grant Applications for 2015-2016

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

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Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this week's bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing weekend with your families. The weather Saturday was absolutely gorgeous so I hope that you had the chance to get outside and enjoy it.

Volunteer Appreciation Week- Last week was Volunteer Appreciation Week.  Stephanie Johnston made little gift favors of appreciation of mint for our 187 volunteers.  She also garnered five gifts cards, one for each elementary school, which were given away.  A drawing was also held for a basket in each building.  Thanks to all of our volunteers for the great job you do and to Stephanie for putting this all together.

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WMS Student Leadership Donates Blankets

Students in Mrs. McClain's Student Leadership class made 7 blankets and then donated them to the Miami Valley Womens' Center in Xenia.    Funds for the project were provided through a grant from the Xenia Community Schools Foundation.  Pictured left to right are Zoe Yount, Kelli Hatfield, Lexie Groves, Lauren Jones (Miami Valley Womens' Center), Ahmi Moore, Brianna Johnson and Kobe Fite.


Groundbreaking Ceremony

On April 15, several community members gathered together to be a part of the historic groundbreaking to the artificial turf project. Superintendent, Denny Morrison, welcomed the crowd and introduced the architects and construction workers.  Several more speakers provided insight and words of gratitude. The funds for the project were provided by generous donations from members of the BUC CLUB.  The members will have a plaque beside the field to provide recognition for their contribution.

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Warner Journalists Exploring April 3, 1974

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

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Weekly Update

I hope that this week's bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing weekend with your families.   I know how hard each of you work so the time away is critical to re-energize. I want you to know that your hard work is most definitely noticed and appreciated. This coming week April 13-17 is Volunteer Appreciation Week.  A multitude of programs are taking place in our schools as a small token of our appreciation for all that the volunteers in our buildings do to help our children.

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LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY PENNY DRIVE

Warner Middle School raised a total of almost $3700.00 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during a fundraiser held in the month of March.  With the assistance of Mrs. McClain, Mr. Shirley and the Student Leadership members, students participated in many activities, including a Dodgeball Tournament, two I-Pod days and a Basketball Shoot Out.  Congratulations to Mr. Shirley's 7th period Social Studies students for winning the classroom contest by raising $154.11. 

Pictured are the winners of the Dodgeball Tournament.


Spring Athletic Schedule

Click here for the 2015 Spring Sports schedule. Good luck to our teams!  If you have any athletic questions, please call Mark Stoll at 937-562-9672.


Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this week's bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful weekend. It is so nice to have the temperatures warming up.  I appreciate your hard work to get grades in.  It is hard to believe that we are three fourths of the way through the school year. I would like to wish each of you a wonderful and relaxing spring break next week with your families.  If you are traveling please be careful.

AAA Poster Contest Winners- Lashann Lattimer submitted posters to the AAA Poster Contest and three of her students won the contest.  They are Shanaia Hunt, Megan Lewis, and Nathan Miller.  On March 26th, the Dayton Art Institute will host an art exhibit and reception for the students and their families.  Nice job.

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Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this week's bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful weekend. It is hard to believe that we only have two weeks left in the third nine weeks grading period.

National School Breakfast Week- "Make the Grade with School Breakfast" is the theme for National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6).  National studies consistently confirm that breakfast includes many of the following benefits: improves classroom performance, increases children's ability to focus and concentrate on school work, decreases behavior problems, decreases tardiness, decreases visits to school nurse and increases attendance. I am very proud of our Xenia Community Schools Food Service staff who play a major role in helping the kids "Make the Grade with School Breakfast".

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Xenia Schools Closed March 5, 2015

Xenia Community Schools are cancelled for Thursday, March 5, 2015.  Students who might have been picked up by a bus will be taken home.


Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this week's bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed a snowy weekend. 

PARRC Testing- The first week of PARRC testing went very well.  Student attendance was good, things at the building level were well organized, and all of the computers and technology worked to perfection. Thanks to everyone for making testing work.

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Xenia Schools Two Hour Delay Feb. 24

Xenia Community Schools is on a 2-hour delay for Tuesday, February 24, 2015.  There is no AM Preschool.


Superintendent Weekly Update

What a week- I hope that this weekly bulletin finds you in good health, staying warm,  and not sore from shoveling snow.  We have now missed nine days of school.  Five of the nine days are forgiven by the state as calamity days.  Three of the days missed we will substitute blizzard bags.  We are in make-up status now with the ninth day that we have missed.  That day will be made up on Tuesday, May 26.  This coming week will be a difficult one for our staff and students as we will be testing every day. Hopefully the weatherman will cooperate.

Lots of Awards- Congratulations to the Xenia Board of Education.  At the Southwest Conference on March 10 Mr. Spahr will be receiving his 12th OSBA Award of Achievement.  Dr. Dillaplain will be receiving his 5th Award of Achievement.  Dr. Dillaplain will also be receiving his 20 year milestone in school board service.  The entire Board will also be recognized on March 10th for receiving the Effective School Board- Gold Level Recognition.  Kudos to each of them on a job well done.

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Xenia Schools on 2-Hour Delay Feb. 23

Xenia Community Schools will be on a 2-hour delay for Monday, February 23, 2015.  There will be no AM Preschool.


Saturday Morning School

Saturday Morning School is cancelled for Saturday, February 21, 2015.


Xenia Schools Closed Feb. 20, 2015

Xenia Community Schools will be closed Friday, February 20, 2015.


Xenia Schools Closed Feb. 19, 2015

Due to the extremely low temperatures for tomorrow and road conditions, Xenia Community Schools will be closed Thursday, February 19, 2015.


Xenia Schools Closed Feb. 18

Xenia Community Schools will be closed on Wednesday, February 18. 


Veterans Field Turf Fundraiser

The district is currently trying to raise funds to install artificial turf to be used starting in August of 2015. The district started off needing to raise $650,000. Thanks to Edna Adams and the Doug Adams Trust, we started off with a generous $250,000 pledge. To date we have raised $595,500. We now have less than two weeks to reach our fundraising goal and still need $54,500. The district created the 5K BUC Club and for anyone who will pledge $5,000 over 1, 2 or 5 years they will have their name recongized on a plaque outside of the entrance to the stadium. If $5,000 is too much but you still want to participate, any amount will be accepted. If all funds are raised, the board will vote on a contract with The Motz Group to install the turf beginning April 15th and completed by July 15th. If we come up short on March 1st, all money donated will be returned. If you know of someone able to donate, please have them contact Denny Morrison, Tracy Jarvis, Christy Fielding, or Mark Stoll. 

Click here for a copy of the 5K BUC Club Pledge Form


Superintendent Weekly Update

Relaxing Cold Weekend- I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health, staying warm,  and having enjoyed a relaxing and wonderful long weekend.  Thank you so much for all you do each and every single day for our kids.  This coming week we begin assessments.  Please know that you have done your best to prepare your students for these tests. I am so appreciative of all your hard work.  Remain confident that your students will put their best foot forward.

STARBASE- At the March Board Meeting the Board of Education will sign and approve an Educational Partnership Agreement with Wright Patterson.  STARBASE Wright-Patt, operating as part of the WPAFB Educational Outreach Office will provide the facility, program instruction, teacher training, all of the program materials and equipment.  Our school district will provide substitutes for teachers to attend training if necessary, school staff to accompany students, and transportation to and from STARBASE.  There is no financial cost to the school district. This is a five year agreement.

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X.E.S.P. Fundraiser

The classified employees (XESP) will be having a fundraiser event at Bob Evans in Xenia on February 20-22 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Bob Evans will donate 15% of sales when the below flyer is given to the server.  These funds will go toward a scholarship for a graduating senior.

Click here for the flyer.


Superintendent Morrison's Weekly Update

Great Week- I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having enjoyed a relaxing and wonderful weekend.  Thank you so much for all you do each and every single day for our kids.  This past week was National School Counselor's Week. I have so much respect for all they do.  The difficult they do immediately.  The impossible takes them a little longer. This is our last week before we begin the project based assessments for PARRC.  I know that both staff and students are quite nervous about these mandated tests.  Please know that you have done an excellent job in preparing your students for this challenge. Remain confident that they will put their best foot forward.

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WMS OPTIMIST ORATORICAL CONTEST WINNERS CHOSEN

Sixteen Warner students participated in the Optimist Club Oratorical contest held on February 3rd at Central State University.  All of the students presented essays on "Optimism and My Future" to a crowd of over 100 people.  First place winners were Sharon Henry and Taylor Cuadros.  Second place winners were Lorean Napper and Alex Robinson, while third place was given to Isabel Tettau and Gabe Wilson.  The first place winners will go on to the next level and if they win the state competition, they will be given a $3,500 college scholarship. 


Xenia Schools Two Hour Delay Feb. 5

Xenia Community Schools will be on a 2-hour delay for Thursday, February 5, 2015.  AM Preschool is cancelled.


Spring Sport Parent/Athlete Meeting Rescheduled

The OHSAA mandated Spring Sport Parent/Athlete meeting scheduled for  Wednesday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Xenia High School Gym has been rescheduled for Monday, February 23. Any XCS student in grades 7-12 planning on participating in a spring sport must attend with parent or guardian. This meting will last approximately 1 hour, during which time, topics to be covered are;

Academic Eligibility, Physicals, Paperwork, Transportation, Participation Fees,Tryout procedures, along with several others. If you have questions, please contact the XCS Athletic Office at 937-374-4217.


Superintendent Weekly Update

What a week- I do not know about anyone else but I am ready for winter to be over- and it is only the beginning of February.  Not having school this past Monday due to weather, the bad weather hitting at the absolute worst time last Thursday morning, and then Friday's slick beginning really made for a long, stressful week.  Special thanks to Christy and Vicki from transportation as they are the ones out checking the different sections of the city with me beginning at 4:00 a.m. on these inclement weather mornings. We each cover one third of the city.   I think we are all ready for warmer temperatures. It appears that we are going to get a break and the latest storm is going to miss us.

Board Meeting on February 9th-  The Board of Education is on the move.  They have decided to have their regular monthly meeting at a different  school building each month.  They want to get out into the community rather than have the community always coming to them.  The February Meeting will be taking place at Arrowood Elementary School in the music room.  This room doubles as our digital literacy classroom.  Students from Arrowood will be in attendance that evening to show the Board Members some of the things that they have learned in their digital literacy class.  Remember that this is one of the new classes that we added this year at each of our elementary schools.

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LIBRARY NEWS: FEBRUARY'S BOOK OF THE MONTH

THE SELECTION
Kiera Cass

This month's featured book has a love triangle theme in keeping with the celebration of Valentine's Day.  For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.  But for America Singer, being selected would mean turning her back on her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.  Follow her story as she meets Prince Maxon and begins to question all the plans she's made for herself and realizes the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a  future she never imagined.


Xenia Schools Two Hour Delay Jan. 30

Due to slick road conditions, Xenia Schools will be on a 2 hour delay for Friday, January 30, 2015.  The Student Roundtable has been cancelled.


Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly update finds you in good health and having had a chance to relax over the weekend with your families.  The time is growing near (15 days) for the PARRC Assessments and I know that staff and students are working hard preparing for them.  Thank you for all that you do for kids and our entire Xenia community.

Financial Report Card- In August the state releases the "Academic" Report Card as it relates to student achievement.  Last Friday, the state released its first ever "Financial" Report Card for our school district.  The news is very impressive.  During the 2012-2013 school year our district put 59% of our general fund dollars toward classroom instruction.  For the 2013-2014 school year the district spent almost 71% of its general fund budget on classroom instruction.  The generally accepted rule is that school districts should try to approach the 65% figure.  This was an increase of 12% in one year.  The state also released the per pupil expenditure costs.  For 2013-2014 we spent $8,441 per student which was $900 less than we spent the year before and $1,665 less than the state average per pupil cost.  And at the same time our Value Added (progress) rating went from a C to an A.  Kudos to everyone associated with Xenia Community schools.  This is fantastic news.

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UPDATE: Xenia Schools Closed Jan. 26

Due to the road conditions, Xenia Community Schools will be closed on Monday, January 26, 2015.


Superintendent Weekly Update

This past week was a long one even with a snow day on Monday- but a very good one.  The time is growing near (20 days) for the PARRC Assessments and I know that staff and students are working hard and feeling the crunch.  Thank you for all that you do for kids and our entire Xenia community.  I sincerely hope that we do not have another week of weather like we have recently experienced.  We need to be in school and into a routine.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made a difference in the way that Americans live and treat each other.  Dr. King was an advocate for social justice and non-violent approaches to impact needed social changes. Take time to reflect on how change has made things better in America.

NEW BANNER ADDED TO GYM

Thanks to Student Leadership, a new banner will be hanging in the Warner gymnasium.  Pictured are Nate Saner and Kobey Fite holding the "Student Section" banner purchased by their Student Leadership class.


XESP Fundraiser

The classified employees (XESP) will be having a fundraiser event at Bob Evans in Xenia on January 16-18 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Bob Evans will donate 15% of sales when the below flyer is given to the server.  These funds will go toward a scholarship for a graduating senior.

Click here for the flyer.


THANK YOU "FIRST STUDENT"

Student Leadership at WMS would like to thank First Student for donating the use of a bus to transport the class to the Xenia Food Pantry.  You helped to make our canned food drive a SUCCESS!


UPDATE: XCS are Closed for Jan. 12

Xenia Community Schools are closed for Monday, January 12, 2015. 


Saturday Morning School

Saturday Morning School is cancelled for January 10, 2015.
 


Xenia Community Schools Closed Thursday, Jan. 8

Due to the extremely low wind chill temperatures expected tomorrow, Xenia Community Schools will be closed Thursday, January 8, 2015. If you have to be outside for any length of time, please make sure to bundle up.


Xenia Schools Closed Jan. 7, 2015

Due to slick road conditions and morning wind chills expected in the -15 degrees, Xenia Community Schools will be closed Wednesday, January 7, 2015.  The safety of our children is our number one concern.  Please be careful if you are outside for any length of time and drive safely.


Xenia Schools Closed Jan. 6, 2015

Due to the weather conditions, Xenia Community Schools will be closed today, January 6, 2015.  


Happy Holidays

 

 


Superintendent Weekly Update

This is going to be the final weekly bulletin prior to Winter break. I cannot believe that this coming Friday marks the half way point of the 2014-2015 academic school year.  Thank you for all that you do for kids and our entire Xenia community.  I sincerely hope that you have the opportunity to slow down, relax, and have the chance to spend quality time with your family and friends.  I also hope that Santa finds your house on Christmas eve.  Take care.

XESP Fundraiser- The Xenia Education Support Professionals are having a Bob Evans Community Fundraiser all day long on December 19, 20 and 21.  Bob Evans will donate 15% of sales to their worthy cause. Click here to
 print the flyer that must be presented at check out.

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Speak Up Survey

We are asking parents, teachers, community members to take this survey about our children's education and your ideas about how your school is using technology to improve teaching and learning. 

Click image to start survey.  Survey ends Dec. 19, 2014.

By being part of Speak Up 2014 you are sharing your ideas to improve education. 
 


Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed your weekend.  This was an extremely busy first week back after Thanksgiving but many wonderful things occurred.  Thanks for all you do for our kids.

Step Up to Quality- It was just announced that our Xenia Pre-School has attained the highest rating possible of Five Stars. This highest level of quality rating far exceeds Ohio's child licensing standards.  High quality learning and development programs are important because early experiences last a lifetime.  Children have approximately 1892 days from the time they are born until kindergarten.  What happens on this journey lays the foundation for success in school and life.

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Xenia Nazarene Church Sends Powerful Message

Volunteers from the Xenia Nazarene Church came out to Warner to help spruce up the building and send a message that they care about our students.  Volunteers spent countless hours painting, tending to the landscaping, cleaning, and generally freshening up Warner. 

The team working on the landscaping trimmed bushes, removed weeds, planted countless perennials including a new installation of plants around our school sign, flag pole, and along the north side of our building.  They also planted a new tree and perennials in two memorial plantings at our school.  They raked countless bags of pine needles, planted grass seed, mulched and pulled weeds for days.      

The team working on painting brightened up our school in several areas.  The largest of these projects included painting four long hallways with a fresh coat of white paint.  This project makes the building look clean and bright and definitely makes one feel a sense of pride.  The painting team also took care of painting parking bummers, supports on our bus awning, and sign posts.   Click on View All for complete article.
 


30 8TH GRADE STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO NJHS
On Wednesday, December 3rd, thirty 8th grade Warner students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. The National Junior Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for middle school students. There are chapters in more than 7,500 middle schools and, since 1929, millions of students have been selected for membership. This is the first year for NJHS at Warner Middle School. We hope to sponsor several service projects for the school and community in the near future. If you have any ideas or suggestions for a service project, please contact adviser Justin Shirley at jshirley@xenia.k12.oh.us.
 
The new NJHS members are: Heidi Alex, Peyton Bartley, Ayanna Bunch, Dianna Cooper, Jasmine Dawson, Adja Diagne, Alexandra Fellie, Katie Godfrey, Helen James, Becca Johnston, Maddie Littman, Asina Marietta, Kaeli Moody, Claire Moore, Lorean Napper, Bailey Oliver, Lacey Payton, Caroline Prindle, Grace Randall, Leslie Sanders, Christian Severt, Carsyn Siefert, Cheyenne Smith, Jacob Stickle, Isabel Tettau, Jaedan Thomas, Nolan Wagner, Olivia Walker, Morgan Wickline and Gabe Wilson. 

 

We would like to thank Superintendent Denny Morrison and Mayor Marsha Bayless who were guest speakers for the ceremony. A big thanks to all of the Warner staff members in attendance, and those who helped to make this a special night.
 

LIBRARY NEWS: DECEMBER'S FEATURE BOOK OF THE MONTH

Last month, we showcased  "Furious Jones and the Assassin's Secret".  December's pick is "DIARY OF A WIMPY KID:  THE LONG HAUL" by Jeff Kinney.  Come and check out this book and our other great new titles.

A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun...unless, of course you're the Heffleys.  The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns.  Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig - - not Greg Heffley's idea of a good time.  But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure - - and this is one the Heffleys won't soom forget.


Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed your weekend.  Last week, November 16-22, was American Education Week 2014.  Thanks for all you do for our kids. Here are a few quotes about teaching:

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.  Henry Brooks Adams Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.  Helen Caldicott The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.  Dan Rather There is no word in the English language that I revere more than teacher.  Pat Conroy There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education.  In a democracy such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race.  John F. Kennedy Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.  Japanese Proverb Whoever first coined the phrase "you're the wind beneath my wings" most assuredly was reflecting on the sublime influence of a very special teacher.  Frank Trujillo In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.  Lee Iacocca

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Happy Thanksgiving from the XCS Staff

Xenia Community Schools would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  Several staff members have shared what they're thankful for.  Enjoy your day, and take time to reflect on the many things to be thankful for!

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Thanksgiving Across the District

Students attended Xenia Community Schools the Monday and Tuesday before the Thanksgiving holiday.  The two days of education during the week contained as many academic activities and teachable moments as any other school day.  Teachers and staff members planned various lessons or activities with an underlying theme of gratitude.

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SCIENCE CLASSES HAVE A SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Jill O' Banion and Lee Eltzroth visited Mrs. Simpson's seventh grade science classes on November 13th.  The topics and activities discussed included Biotic and Abiotic factors and Food Webs and Food Chains.  The students enjoyed role playing "characters" that live in an ecosystem and figuring out how they rely on one another.  We look forward to having Mrs. O' Banion and Mr. Eltzroth visit again on future topics.
 


Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed your weekend.  Thanks for all you do for our kids. Last Tuesday was Veteran's Day.  Thank you to all of our Veterans and thank you to our staff members for helping the children in their classrooms to understand the importance of honoring this day.  Special thanks also to Pat Marrinan for putting together a Veterans Day recognition at the high school and to all of the staff members who sent me information on their fathers and grandfathers who have served our great country.  Thanks also to the classes who wrote letters to the Veterans.  I know that they were very touched and grateful for these letters.  The XTAR Social Studies class reviewed the branches of government and then they were shown a brief clip of Veteran's Day.  Students then worked in small groups to prepare, research, write reports, create artwork and practice singing The Star Spangled Banner.  The class then went outside to the flagpole to honor our Veterans by saying the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the Star Spangled Banner and had students share their reports honoring their family military members and various illustrations.  Students then learned more about Veterans Day by playing Veteran's Day Trivia.   We must never forget the sacrifices these people made for us!

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Xenia Community Schools Closed

Due to the weather conditions, Xenia Community Schools will be closed Monday, November 17.

All athletic practices and events are cancelled.


Superintendent At Warner Middle School

 

Students ask many questions.  Superintendent Morrison made a trip to Warner Middle School to answer some of their questions. Students in Mrs. Dione Greenberg’s class welcomed Mr. Morrison in their room to talk about his role in leadership as superintendent.  After his presentation, he held a question and answer session.  

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Superintendent Morrison's Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds each of you in good heath and having enjoyed your weekend.  Thanks for all you do for our kids. Please remember that Tuesday is Veteran's Day. Please help the children in your classrooms to understand the importance of honoring this day. Thank you to all of our Veterans!

Board-Student Roundtable- Our Board of Education is working very hard to ensure that we have the best school district possible.  They are sponsoring a quarterly student roundtable to learn what the students believe we are doing well, in what areas the students believe that we can improve, and what programs the students would like to see added.  The first Board-Student Roundtable of the school year took place this past Friday morning.  Four middle school students, five high school students and one student from the Greene County Career Center met with the Board and provided them with much valuable information.  The Board plans to continue to meet with students quarterly to hear their suggestions and concerns.

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WMS DRAMA CLASS PERFORMS "THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW" AT ARROWOOD Drama

Mrs. Couser's and Mrs. Graetz's drama classes performed "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" for a group of 5th grade students at Arrowood Elementary School on October 23rd.  It was warmly received by the students and teachers alike.  Additionally, these classes or thespians will be performing "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Gift of the Magi" for parents and students in December.  Look for the dates to be announced. 

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Xenia Board of Education to Sponsor Suicide Prevention Workshop

All educators, parents, staff, and community members are invited to join us on Saturday, November 8th from 9:00 am –12:00 Noon at Xenia High School as we explore the growing issue of depression and suicide risk in our community.

 

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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.   If you attended the football game on Friday evening, I hope that you have warmed up and dried off.  It was a terrific win for our team and capped off a great season.   If you went Trick or Treating on Friday night, I hope the rain and wind and cold temperatures did not put a damper on a fun evening for your children.  Thanks for all you do for our kids.

Xenia Church of the Nazarene- A huge thank you to those who volunteered from the Xenia Church of the Nazarene.  Mark Atherton, Senior Pastor, coordinated roughly 50 members who showed up Saturday at Warner Middle School to complete several projects from cutting bushes, planting flowers, and pulling weeds on the exterior of the building to painting bathroom stalls blue and repainting the white block walls in the hallways.  Also, thank you to the WMS staff members who participated and to Heather Sage who coordinated the event for the district.  Great job.

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Student Leadership Committee at WMS

Each Friday at Warner Middle School, you will see a group of students gathered together wearing pink shirts.  These students are enrolled in the Student Leadership classes taught by Mrs. Dana McClain (7th Grade) and Mr. Justin Shirley (8th).  The hard work and dedication of this class is equally as visible as their bright pink shirts.

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LIBRARY NEWS: FEATURE BOOK OF THE MONTH

Come and check out all of our new books in the library.  This month, we are featuring a book titled "FURIOUS JONES AND THE ASSASSIN'S SECRET by Tim Kehoe". 

SUMMARY:   Twelve year old Furious Jones is thrust into a web of mystery and danger in this gripping page-turner.  After his father, a famous thriller writer, is mysteriously killed, Furious discovers that his dad's upcoming novel contains dangerous and fiercely protected secrets.  He sets out to discover who killed his father and why.  Can Furious unravel this literary mystery before the death toll rises?


ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE BEGINS AT WARNER Food Drive

Warner's annual food drive for the Xenia Food Pantry  begins on Monday, November 3rd.  Students can bring in any non-perishable food items to their Social Studies teachers from November 3 - 21.  The cohort that collects the most food items will receive a reward before the Thanksgiving break. 


Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds each of you in good heath and having enjoyed your long weekend.   Thanks for all you do for our kids. This past week was National School Lunch Week.  Thanks to all of our food service folks who do a terrific job every day not only in preparing nutritious and tasty lunches to over 3000 students daily but also for taking the time to get to know our students and making positive comments to them as they go through the lunch line each day.  Charlene Landis heads up the food service department and does an awesome job.  Terrific job everyone associated with our school breakfast and lunch programs.

ACT Score- Congratulations to Chris Council.  Chris took the ACT and scored a 35.  A perfect score is 36.  Great job Chris. We are so proud of you.

Homecoming- Homecoming Week went extremely well.  Thanks to Debb Rucker and Keenan Mikal for leading student council's efforts to have a well organized, spirited week.  Thanks also to the student council members for all the time they put into organizing the spirit days, pep rally, homecoming court presentation and the dance.  The gym looked incredible thanks to their creativity, time and vision.  The student council Executive Board Members are Montgomery Irvine, Paul Harshbarger, Savana McLain, Morgan Siefert, Lauren White, Logan Larson, Kayla Williamson, Brooke Elam, Konni Lorenz, Deborah Michalski, Cassie Gruhort and Natalie Jones.  Thanks also to the many staff members who were in attendance and helped chaperone the dance.

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From the Xenia Community Schools

In the Xenia Community Schools, our students are our number one priority and our treasure. Today, sadly, we lost of one of our prized possessions-a student at Central Middle School.  The incident was not the result of an assault. 

Out of respect for the student’s family, we will not be releasing any additional information at this time. 

We appreciate the cooperation and assistance of all of the emergency personnel. School will be in session on Wednesday, October 8, and counselors will be on site to assist students and staff in coping with this difficult loss. 

As a community, we must come together to support all of our children. The children are our future and our brightest light. 


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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Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds each of you in good heath and having enjoyed your weekend.  There will not be many more beautiful weekends like this one before it gets colder so I hope you took advantage of this outstanding weather.  All of your hard work is most definitely noticed and truly appreciated.  Thanks for all you do for our kids.

Festival- The Xenia Community Festival took place this past weekend.  We distributed pamphlets about our Virtual Academy, volunteering in our schools, our pre-school program, a parent notification sheet, our most recent newsletter and sheet of "good news" about our school district.  Thanks to all of the Board Members and administrators who took their turn manning the school booth Friday and Saturday.  Community members walking past the booth had many wonderful things to say about our school district.  Also kudos to Board of Education Members Cheryl Marcus, Bill Spahr and Arch Grieve who walked in the parade on Saturday morning and distributed candy to the children sitting along the parade path.  We walked between the marching band and the cheerleaders.  It was really neat.

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Superintendent Morrison's Weekly Update September 15

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds each of you in good heath and enjoying your weekend.  All of your hard work is most definitely noticed and truly appreciated.  Thanks for all you do for our kids.

State Report Card- This past Friday the Ohio Department of Education released to the media the report cards for every school district across the State. School Districts are rated on Student Achievement, Gap Closing, Progress, Graduation Rate, and K-3 Literacy. I would certainly be remiss if I did not congratulate you on your outstanding effort.  Last school year the students in our school district averaged two years worth of academic achievement.  They attained "two years" of Academic Growth in "one" school year!  This is fantastic.  Our school district earned the highest rating possible in the State for our Progress- a grade of A.  Together we are making a difference.  We still have much work to do to get us to where we want to be, but the strides we made last school year were unprecedented.  I know that the entire community is so proud of this accomplishment. I would like for nothing more than to duplicate that progress once again this school year!

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Superintendent Weekly Update

This is the weekly update from Mr. Morrison - we apologize for the delayed posting.

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds you in good heath and enjoying your weekend.  We are off to a wonderful start of the school year thanks to each of you and all of your hard work.  It is most definitely noticed and truly appreciated.  Thanks for all you do for our kids.

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Friday Night Football - Student Restrictions

All XCS students attending Friday's football game are reminded that book bags, back packs, footballs/other types of athletic balls, and skate boards are not permitted in Cox Stadium.

Also, all students are expected to be seated in the bleachers unless they are at the concession area or restroom.

Thank you for your assistance.


Athletic Events Rescheduled

Due to impending weather, today's home Girls Soccer game with Lebanon was rescheduled for Monday, September 15 at 6 p.m. at Cox Stadium.

Today's 7th grade football game was rescheduled for Thursday, September 11 in Piqua at 5:30 p.m.


Free Tailgate Event Planned

Come join Xenia Community Schools for a FREE Community Tailgate Party on Friday, September 26 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  The event will be held on the Cox Elementary playground.  Come hang out before the game.  There will be food, music, games, giveaways and more!


Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds you in good heath and having enjoyed your three day weekend.  We are off to wonderful start of the school year thanks to you and all of your hard work.  It is most definitely noticed and truly appreciated.  Thanks for all you do for our kids.

Xenia Children- As you may know I start my day at a different school each morning, and I am at a different school for dismissal almost every afternoon.  I also try to get into the school cafeterias at lunch time as much as possible to talk with the children.  When I see them, I am always so impressed.  They know my name, they talk with me, they ask me how my day is going, and they encourage me to have a great day.  They are always so polite.  We carry on enthusiastic conversations and they are so nice and friendly.  They are so well mannered.  This is so refreshing. We have much to be proud of.

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Athletic Events Relocated

Due to the amount of rain that we have received over the past few days, our fields are unsafe for play.  As a result, today's Boys Soccer game with Butler will be played at Butler.  JV will start at 5:30 and Varsity will play at 7:15.

Wednesday's Middle School 7th grade football has been moved to Springfield as part of a doubleheader.  8th grade will play at 5:00 and 7th grade will start 10 minutes after completion of the 8th grade game.


Virtual Academy Open House
Xenia Virtual Academy will host an informational session about this exciting new option for students in Xenia on Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Board of Education at 819 Colorado Drive.  Please come for refreshments and a very short presentation on what Xenia Virtual Academy can offer Xenia students, tour the XVA classroom, and meet the XVA principal and instructor.  All are welcome! We hope to see you there!
 

Superintendent Morrison's Weekly Update August 25

Great Start - I cannot put into words how tickled I am with the way this school year has started.  On Tuesday, August 12th, we met with all 36 of our new certificated staff members.  The next day was the first of three professional development days.  I heard many positive comments on both the presenters and the topics.  We also had a terrific opening day program with the marching band and the cheerleaders welcoming everyone into the auditorium.  Board President Cheryl Marcus, XEA President John Opatrny, and XESP President Belinda Daye welcomed staff.  We had Foundation President Barb Stafford recognize those individuals who have garnered grants from the Foundation already this year.  These grants are now in excess of $20,000.  Administrative Specialist Mark Manley welcomed the new teachers in attendance and then he recognized the staff members who have given 30 or more years of service to our young people. We began the school year with children on Monday and it was my pleasure to visit every building.  As I walked from classroom to classroom I was so happy to hear and see so many wonderful "oh wow" experiences for our children.  It was out of this world fantastic.  Thanks to each of you for all you do.  You are true professionals.

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TEAM BUILDING WITH MARSHMALLOWS THE MARSHMALLOW CHALLENGE

Mrs. McClain's  Leadership Class performed a team building activity last week using 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of string, scissors and measuring tape.  A freestanding structure had to be built using these materials, that could hold a large marshmallow placed on top. 

The winning team includes:  seated - Ezra Parker.  Back row, left to right - Cody Dotson, Jack Neary and Cameron McFarland.


Athletic Ticket Prices

Varsity Sports
Adults $6.00
Students $4.00
* All tickets at the gate for Friday night football are $7.00

JV & Freshman Sports
Adults $5.00
Students $4.00

Middle School Sports
Adults $5.00
Students $3.00


District Offices Closed 3 Hours for Staff Meeting

On Wednesday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. all district buildings including Central Office will be closed for a district wide staff meeting.


REVISED: FUN FRIDAY for Incoming 6th and 7th Graders

The Warner Middle School student leadership team is inviting all incoming 7th graders to attend a FUN FRIDAY event to kick off the 2014-2015 school year.  Come hang out with other students, visit your new school and have some fun before the school year begins!  Join us Friday, August 8 at Warner Middle School from 9:00 - 11:00 am.

The Central Middle School student leadership team is inviting all incoming 6th graders to attend a FUN FRIDAY event to kick off the 2014-2015 school year.  Come hang out with other students, visit your new school and have some fun before the school year begins!  Join us Friday, August 8 at Central Middle School from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.


Bus Routes Posted Friday, August 8

All bus routes will be posted at the buildings for the 2014-15 school year starting Friday, August 8.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the transportation office at (937) 372-3889.


WMS INTERIM FAIR

 

INTERIM FAIR

Please join us on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm for the Warner Middle School Interim Fair.  You can meet the teachers, pick up your child's interim grades and visit our Book Fair in the library.  If you have any questions, please give us a call at 376-9488.

 


HALLOWEEN DANCE
Warner will be having a Halloween themed Dance on Friday, October 24 from 2:15-4:30. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale at lunch for $3. All tickets at the door will be $4. Only WMS students can attend the dance.
 
Costumes will be optional, but there will be a costume contest. Students cannot wear costumes to school, and costumes cannot include masks or face paint. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact
Justin Shirley at jshirley@xenia.k12.oh.us or
Dana McClain at dmcclain@xenia.k12.oh.us.
 

WMS WRESTLING OPEN MATS

Open Mats for all Warner students interested in wrestling this winter will be held at WARNER on Monday, 11/3, Wednesday, 11/5 and Thursday, 11/6 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the wrestling room.  Please bring athletic clothes, running shoes and wrestling shoes if you have them. 


STUDENTS GIVE TO "TOYS FOR TOTS"

The students and staff at Warner gave generously at Christmas to the "Toys For Tots" Campaign for the Dayton area.  Pictured is Mr. Lonnie White, who picked up the gifts to be distributed to children in the west Dayton and Huber Heights area.  Mr. White is with the Marine Corps League of Dayton and a Xenia resident. 


Language Arts at Warner Middle School

Language Arts teacher, Tina O'Neill, ensures that every moment of class is used to strengthen every students understanding of the objective.

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UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

August 10 - 7th Grade Open House @ WMS 
                    (6:00 - 7:30 pm)
August 11 - 7th Grade Orientation @ WMS
                    (8:00 - 11:45 am) students only
August 11 - 6th Grade Open House @ WMS
                    (6:00 - 7:30 pm)
August 12 - 6th Grade Orientation @ WMS 
                    (8:00 - 11:45 am) students only
August 12 - 8th Grade Open House @ WMS
                     (6:00 - 7:30 pm)

August 18 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

                      
 


WMS SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS 2015-16

6th Grade Supply List

7th Grade Supply List

8th Grade Supply List


Journalism Class at Warner

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

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WMS DRAMA CLASSES PERFORM

WMS Drama classes put on a fantastic performance of "The Gift of the Magi" and Alice in Wonderland on Wednesday, December 17, for students and parents. All students wonderfully played their roles, the scenery and costumes added to the delight of all and it was a truly magical night!

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WMS BOYS BASKETBALL OPEN GYM DATES ANNOUNCED

7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball open gyms will be held on Tuesday, November 4th and Thursday, November 6th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Warner gym.


Superintendent Weekly Update

It is extremely hard to know what to say when we suffer a tragic loss.  Words just do not come easily.  It has been an extremely difficult week this past week for everyone.  We lost a member of our Xenia Community School family.  We mourn the loss of a 12 year old Central Middle School student who took her own life. She was an honor student and participated in the band.  She had many friends.  She was a wonderful young lady. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the little girl and her family.

As a school district, we care about our students beyond their academics and continue to be committed to their social and emotional well being.  This tragic event reminds us of the need for parents and students to talk to one another, and for students to reach out to trusted friends, teachers and adults in times of difficulty and crisis.  Life is precious and so are our students. We do not always know how a child will be affected by a death.  A wide range of reactions can happen; depending on how well the student knew the student involved, their previous experiences with death, and their basic personality.  Some signs the student may exhibit are as follows: claim not be affected, ask a lot of questions, act agitated and angry, try abnormally hard to be good, withdrawal and have frightful dreams.  The following web sites contain many resources on this topic: www.save.org, and www.thehealingplaceinfo.org/.

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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.


Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school with a large selection of books for students, teachers, parents and siblings.  The Book Fair runs from Monday, September 15th through Friday, September 19th, beginning at 7:00 am and ending at 2:30 pm each day.  Thursday, during the Interim Fair (4:00 pm - 8:00 pm), the Book Fair will also be open.  Treats and prizes will be given out. There will be daily prizes and drawings.  For your convenience, purchases can also be made online.  All profits are used to purchase new books for our WMS library.  Please plan to attend! 


GET WIMPY! Get Wimpy

Reserve your copy of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Long Haul", today.  The book by Jeff Kinney is scheduled to go on sale on November 4th.  Our Scholastic Book Fair is offering a specially priced paperback edition for $8.99.  The books will be shipped directly to the school beginning November 3rd.  See Mrs. Moorman in the library for an order form and more details.  Remember, each purchase benefits our school.


7TH GRADE BASKETBALL CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS Cheer Tryouts

Cheer packets are available for students interested in becoming a 7th grade cheerleader for the winter basketball season (2014-15).  See Mrs. McClain in Room 233.

Cheer clinics will be held on Tuesday, October 21st and Wednesday, October 22nd from 2:15 - 4:15 pm in the Warner gym.  Tryouts will be on Thursday, October 23rd, beginning at 2:15 pm in the gym.  Sports physicals must be on file to try out.


GIRLS BASKETBALL OPEN GYM DATES AND TRYOUT DATES

Any 7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing basketball this winter are invited to participate in open gyms beginning on October 13th through October 29th, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the Warner gym.

7th Grade tryouts will be on October 31st  from 2:15 - 4:15 pm, November 1st  from 10:00 am - noon and November 3rd from 2:15 - 4:15 pm.

8th Grade tryouts will be on November 3rd and 4th from 3:45 - 5:15 pm.  (must be present both days for consideration) 


LIBRARY NEWS - JANUARY'S BOOK OF THE MONTH

Would you like a great book to curl up with on the cold winter nights of January? Check out "LOOT: How to Steal a Fortune" by Jude Watson available in the school library.

On a foggy night in Amserdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below.  It's Alfie McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, and he's dying.  As sirens wail in the distance, Alfie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March:  "Find Jewels".  But March learns that his father is not talking about a stash of loot.  He's talking about Jules, the twin sister March never new he had.  After finding each other, they attempt to follow in their father's footsteps and commit one good heist so they can live a life of riches and freedom.  Watch out!  There are wild kids on the loose and a crime spree coming...


Community Spaghetti Dinner

On Thursday evening, March 26, our school district is having its first ever Community Spaghetti Dinner.  We will have student groups performing while residents enjoy their dinner.  The event will take place at Arrowood Elementary School from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Groups already committed to performing are the Elementary Children's Choir, a karaoke group from Warner, Central's band and choir, and the high school jazz band.  Everyone is invited to attend.


Open House Schedules

Open Houses- August 13, 2015
Arrowood - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cox - 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
McKinley - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  (in conjunction with Stuff the Bus)
Shawnee - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tecumseh - 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Warner Open Houses
Grade 6 - August 11, 2015 - Open House - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
              August 12, 2015 - Student Orientation - 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Grade 7 - August 10, 2015 - Open House - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
              August 11, 2015 - Student Orientation - 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Grade 8 - August 12, 2015 - Open House - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Xenia High School Open House - August 13, 2015
Grades 10 -12  4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Freshman Orientation - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 


First Day of Classes for Students - August 18, 2015

Xenia PreSchool Open House - August 20, 2015
AM kids 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. PM kids 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.


Xenia PreSchool Students Begin - August 24, 2015


Fall Athletic Schedules

Xenia Community Schools is excited to start another exciting fall athletic season.  Below you will find links to the high school and middle school schedules. We hope to see you at many of the events.

XHS Athletic Schedule

WMS Athletic Schedule


Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this week's bulletin finds each of you in good health and having enjoyed a wonderful weekend. It is so nice to have the temperatures warming up.  Last Wednesday and Thursday mornings we had quite a bit of fog.  Both days we made the decision not to delay out of fear that if the fog was still around when the sun came up it might actually make the fog worse later in the morning and blind the drivers.  Thus, we decided to follow our regular schedule.

Community Spaghetti Dinner- On Thursday evening, March 26, our school district is having its first ever Community spaghetti Dinner.  We will have student groups performing while residents enjoy their dinner.  The event will take place at Arrowood Elementary School from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Groups already committed to performing are the Elementary Children's Choir, a karaoke group from Warner, Central's band and choir, and the high school jazz band.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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Superintendent Weekly Update

From Superintendent Morrison - This is the first weekly bulletin of the new calendar year.  I cannot believe that we are already into the second half of the school year.  Thank you for all that you do for kids and our entire Xenia community.  I sincerely hope that you had the opportunity to slow down, relax, and spend quality time with your family and friends.  I also hope that we do not have another week of weather like we had last week.  Take care.

Renewal Tax Levies- The Board of Education is expected to approve two renewal levies at their regularly scheduled Board Meeting tonight.  Passage of these two levies would result in ZERO INCREASE IN TAXES. Levy meetings will be taking place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Board Office. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds each of you in good heath and having enjoyed your weekend.   It sounds like the cooler temperatures will soon be upon us.  Thanks for all you do for our kids. This Week is School Bus Safety Week.  Thanks to all of our drivers for ensuring that our students are safe every single day.

FFA Competition- Two members of the Xenia FFA took top honors at the District 9 FFA Job Interview Contest.  The contest was held at Hillsboro High School this past Tuesday.  Xenia FFA members Allison Rapp and Mikal Porter both placed in the Top 5 in their Divisions.  Allison Rapp, Xenia FFA Treasurer, tied for 1st place in the Sophomore Division.  Mikal Porter, Xenia FFA Vice-President, placed 3rd in the Junior Division.  The contest is designed to give students a chance to develop skills that will make them proficient in interviewing with a future prospective employer.  Students fill out a mock job application, create a cover letter and resume, go through a mock interview, and write a follow-up letter as part of the competition.  Brad Lokai serves as the FFA Advisor.  Great job.


Superintendent Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds each of you in good heath and having enjoyed your weekend.  I cannot believe how rapidly this first nine weeks grading period is going.  Thanks for all you do for our kids.

Exciting Week-  This past week was truly an exciting week in our school system.  First, it was Homecoming.  The game and dance went very well.  The victory raised our overall record to 5-1 with a big game coming up this weekend against Springboro.  Congratulations to Coach Delong, all the assistant coaches, and all the players for a wonderful victory.  Thanks to high school teacher John Snyder who served as the special assistant coach for this game.  Kudos to Debb Rucker and Keenan Mikal who worked with student council to put on such a successful Homecoming dance. The decorations in the gym and the behavior of the students was awesome.  I was ready to dance but they did not play Bob Seger's Old Time Rock and Roll.  So I just watched from the sidelines.   The 740 students in attendance all had a great time.  Second, we had an Author visit each of the elementary schools and had a special program for families on Tuesday evening.  It was also Spirit Week- and do we ever have spirit!!  The high school had American Day, Disney Day, Class Day-flashback, superhero, jungle and senior citizens.  Staff dressed like they did in high school.  The high school also had Beach Day and Blue and White Day. Other Spirit days throughout the district included Wear Yellow Day, Wear Neon Day, Dress as Your Favorite Storybook Character Day, and Favorite Sports Team Day.  Everyone got into the spirit and had a great time.  Kudos also to our Marching Band and Color Guard as they were named Band of the Week by Channel 2.  They appeared on the Channel 2 Operation Football Program last Friday evening.

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HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS

Several changes have been made recently to federal legislation, most particularly the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Act.  Under this law, all schools are required to provide information on teacher qualifications to parents who ask. Here at Xenia Community Schools, we have always been happy to provide this information, even before the federal law became effective. We work hard to recruit and hire the strongest teachers possible. For example, 100% of Xenia teachers meet or exceed the federal standard of being “highly qualified”.  Also, many of our teachers continue to attend seminars, workshops and graduate classes each year to strengthen their teaching skills.  We are proud of the training and qualifications of our teaching staff, and we’ll gladly answer any of your questions about their qualifications, training, and educational backgrounds.  Please contact Mark Manley at the Xenia Board of Education at 376-2961 with any questions you may have. 


STUDENT LEADERSHIP AT WMS

Student Leadership classes for 7th and 8th graders focus on learning leadership skills while planning and running school wide activities that have positively impacted the school climate.  Students have developed a Box Top collection program, introduced and showed new students around Warner, helped with the Book Fair, planned the fall spirit week and pep rally, and are planning the upcoming Halloween Dance. They have also volunteered time before and after school to make Warner a better place.

 

SAFETY CLASSES AT WMS

Last week Mrs.  Cherie Dixon from the Greene County Family Violence Prevention Center presented her Violence Free Relationships program to Mr. Simpson’s 7th and 8th grade health classes.  The program consists of information on domestic violence, internet and technology safety, and sexual harassment.  Mrs. Dixon has been presenting her program to the students of the Xenia Community Schools for over 10 years.  All students at Warner and Xenia High School will receive her presentation during their health class.

 


Senior Citizen Athletic Passes Available Aug. 11

Seniors age 62 and older that reside within the Xenia Community Schools district are eligible to receive a Senior Pass to all XCS home athletic events. This pass will admit 1 to all home middle school or high school athletic events, free of charge. To obtain a Senior Pass, go the the XCS Athletic Office at 303 Kinsey Rd, 45385 (Xenia HS - blue trailer at back of building)

Passes are available from 10-2 daily, a photo ID is required. Please contact 937-374-4217, if you have questions.


Student Committee for the Newbery Prize

 

 

Students in Mrs. Dione Greenberg’s class at Warner Middle School have been given a tremendous task.  Stephanie Bange, Director of Wright State University’s Educational Resource Center came to WMS to introduce the task to the class.  Mrs. Bange is on the national committee to select the book for the Newbery Medal in 2015 and she would like the students' assistance.  

 

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BOE Votes for 2 Renewal Levies - No New Taxes

Xenia Board of Education Approves Resolutions For Two Renewal Levies

Levies will NOT result in any additional taxes for local residents

Xenia, Ohio, Monday, January 12, 2015-  This evening at its regularly scheduled meeting, the Xenia Board of Education approved the first required resolution to renew an emergency tax levy for current operating expenses and to renew its existing school district income tax.

These renewal levies, which have been on the books for over a decade, will NOT result in any additional taxes for local residents.

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Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Across America, many people are celebrating the work of Dr. Seuss on his birthday, March 2.  Warner Middle School's librarian, Barb Moorman, organized a poster contest and invited the contestants to a breakfast featuring green eggs and ham.  

 


Sales Tax Holiday

The state will suspend its 5.75% sales tax on August 7, 8, and 9 to help parents and teachers save money while back-to-school shopping. During the sales tax holiday, the following will be exempt from sales and use tax: an item of clothing priced at $75 or less; an item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less; and an item of school supplies priced at $20 or less.  There is no limit on how many items consumers can buy, and mail, telephone and online purchases qualify, even if delivery is made after August 9.  For more information, visit SALES TAX HOLIDAY.


Athletic Passes On Sale

Click here for information regarding 2015-16 Athletic Season Passes.


Library News: March's Book of the Month

WAKE UP MISSING
By:  Kate Messner

Four kids...  Two weeks in the Florida Everglades...  One top secret science experiment that could change them and the world as they know it.  Four kids who have little in common end up together in an elite brain-science center because of head injuries they had all received.  The center, located in the Florida swamps, promises to return their lives to normal, but as days pass, the kids begin to notice strange side effects and unexplained changes. 


WMS FOOD DRIVE

  During the month of November, WMS Student Leadership classes along with teachers Mr. Shirley and Mrs. McClain helped to organize a school food drive.  The students of Warner brought in a total of 1,533 cans and boxes of food!  Mrs. Mayes social studies class won the school competition by bringing in 549 items of food.  First Student donated a bus to transport the Student Leadership classes to the Xenia Fish Food Pantry.  The students worked together on the morning of December 15th to load a truck full of food items.  The students then traveled to the Xenia Fish Food Pantry in the afternoon and were able to personally deliver the food. 

 

      Student Leadership was also able to provide can goods for Christmas baskets to help our local churches provide holiday dinners to 14 families in   need.


Xenia Athletic Hall of Fame

Community Dignitaries, Xenia Community School Administrators, Former Inductees, and XHS Supporters :

On behalf of the Trustees of the Xenia Athletic Hall of Fame, I would like to extend to you the opportunity to attend the ceremony for those individuals and the team to be inducted into the Xenia Athletic Hall of Fame for the Class of 2014.

The inaugural class was inducted in 2011 and this is only the fourth class of outstanding athletes, a coach, a community contributor, and a team to be inducted.  Last year’s induction ceremony was a rewarding experience for the fans of Xenia athletics and this year’s ceremony will be just as outstanding.  Not only will you get to hear the athletes relive their memories and share their inspirational words but we will also serve dessert and light hors d’oeuvres prior to their speeches along with giving you a chance to speak with those who have given so much to Xenia’s rich tradition of athletic excellence.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will consist of two parts:

  • The introduction of the Class of 2014 at the XHS basketball game on Friday night, December 5th.
  • The induction ceremony and dinner on Saturday, December 6th at 5:30 PM at Faith Community Methodist Church

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BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Imagine what ONE PERSON can do…

1 Box Top per month x 10 months = $1.00

5 Box Tops per month x 10 months = $5.00

10 Box Tops per month x 10 months = $10.00

Imagine what ONE SCHOOL can do…

$1.00 x 650 students = $650

$5.00 x 650 students = $3,250

$10.00 X 650 students = $6,500

Students can turn their box tops for education into their 1st period teacher.  Each homeroom teacher will be receiving a collection box.  Student Leadership members will be collecting the boxes every two weeks on Friday during 1st period.

At the end of each quarter, a reward will be given to the 7th and 8th grade homeroom that has collected the most box tops.  The first quarter reward will be a donut and juice party during 1st period.

 


AROUND THE USA FITNESS AT WMS

Mrs. Kriss' Xtreme Fitness Class students have been improving their physical fitness while practicing their geography of the United States.  Stations are marked by cones and the stations are given the names of cities across the USA.  Activities must be performed at each city by teams of students.   Groups are finished when they make it around the country and back to their home city.  


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!


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).


PICTURE RETAKES

PICTURE RETAKES

WMS Picture Retake Day will be on Thursday, October 23rd beginning at 7:45 am.  Forms will be available in the Main Office for anyone who missed Picture Day last month or would like the picture they had taken redone.


XCS Athletic Passes Now On Sale

Xenia Community Schools Athletic Passes are on sale now through September 15.  For more information click here.


GWOC CHEER COMPETITION

Warner’s 7th and 8th grade GWOC cheer squad competed on Saturday, December 6th in the 2014 GWOC Cheerleading Championship at Trent Arena. 

The team placed 4th overall in the middle school tumbling division.

Congratulations to Calli Jones, Makayla Maloney, Mikenna Walker, Emily Crossley, Gracie Randall, Gracie Sanders, Abby Sellers, and Abbi Sparkman  for all of their  hard work and dedication.

The team is coached by Dana McClain & Heather Horsley.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Penny Drive

Warner Middle School will begin their annual Penny Drive for the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma on March 1st.  Numerous events are scheduled for the month of March to help raise money for the cause including a dodgeball tournament with staff and students and several theme dress up days.  There will also be collection boxes in the cafeteria during lunches.  The grade level that raises the most money will receive an ice cream reward and the classroom that collects the most money will receive a pizza party.  We hope to raise $4.000.00. 


Mandatory Fall Sport Parent/Athlete Meeting

On Monday, July 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the XHS auditorium, Xenia Community Schools will conduct the OHSAA mandated Fall Sport Parent/Athlete Meeting.  Any XCS student in grades 7 - 12 interested in participating in a Fall Sport within XCS, must attend with parent or guardian.


7th Grade Science Presentation

Mr. Eltzroth from the Greene Soil and Water Conservation District presented to Mrs. Simpson's and Mrs. Anders' 7th grade science classes on February 26th.  Mr. Eltzroth brought in a hands-on model that demonstrated land uses and pollution potentials in a watershed.  The students participated and were thrilled to learn how they fit into the watershed "puzzle".


XHS Midnight Madness

Please click here for a VIP Invitation to the July 31, 2015 Xenia Bucs Football Midnight Madness event.  The event will be held at Doug Adams Stadium starting at 10:30 p.m.  Come see the brand new turf before anyone else. Bring your family, play catch, run around, and enjoy yourself!  We hope to see the community in attendance.


Foundation Awards Grants for 2015-2016

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation (XCSF) recently awarded $17,854.20 in grants to the Xenia Community Schools.

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation awards represent grants to teachers and staff of the Xenia Community Schools. Any Xenia Community Schools’ staff or community member can apply to the Foundation to fund special projects in classrooms. Projects are geared towards enriching student learning. Some applications represent district-wide initiatives. All the grants for Xenia Community School students and teachers are beyond what regular school funding can provide.

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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 Saves $1,276,000

The XCSs recently completed a refinancing of their 2010 School Improvement Bonds. The 2010 Bonds were issued as a part of the District’s 2010 construction program which constructed the various new school facilities, which was approved by voters on November 3, 2009.  

The refunding process, similar to refinancing a home loan to take advantage of lower interest rates, will save nearly $1,300,000 over the remaining life of the bonds. School District Treasurer, Tracy Jarvis began working with Rockmill Financial Consulting, financial advisor, and RBC Capital Markets, bond underwriter, earlier this spring on the project. On October 2, 2014, the District concluded their efforts by issuing $18,505,000 of Refunding Bonds (Series 2014) to replace the 2010 Bonds.

The overall savings is well beyond the District’s initial expectations. Many school district’s target a savings of 2 to 3 percent of the amount to be refinanced. In Xenia’s case the savings equaled 3.24%.  The new rate on the 2014 Series Refunding issue is 4.01%. “We are always looking at opportunities to save as much money as possible” said Tracy Jarvis.

David Conley, President at Rockmill Financial, credits the District’s administration team for the improving financial position and management’s fiscal practices for the opportunity to lock in such a low rate. According to Conley, “Tracy Jarvis, Denny Morrison, and the Board have taken great strides in assuring stability in the District’s current financial position and have demonstrated that they are excellent stewards of taxpayer’s dollars. Taking advantage of this savings opportunity is yet another example of their prudent financial management of the District.”

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Summer Athletic Schedule

Starting June 1, the below sports will have training opportunities:

Boys Basketball - Tuesday & Thursday 7:00-9:00 p.m. @ XHS Gym
Girls Basketball – Monday – Wednesday 6:30-9:00 p.m. @ XHS Gym
Football – MondayThursday 8:00-10:00 a.m. @ XHS
Boys Soccer – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:00-8:30 p.m. @ Club X
Girls Soccer – Contact Coach Jim Lamb @
jlamb@xenia.k12.oh.us
VolleyballOpen Gym Tuesday & Thursday 5:00-7:00 p.m. @ XHS Gym
Cross Country – Tuesday & Thursday 8:00-9:15 a.m. @ XHS Weight Room

Important Date:
Monday July 27th, 6:00 p.m. XHS Gym, OHSAA Fall Parent/Athlete Meeting

Anyone interested in participating in a Fall Sport must attend with parent or guardian.


2015 WMS GIRLS' SUMMER VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

Listed below are the schedules for Girls' Volleyball Open Gyms for the month of July and for tryouts in August.

Volleyball Open Gyms  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at XHS
July 16, 21, and 30

Also, the Wittenberg Camp being held at XHS on August 1st is highly recommended for those looking to improve their skills and learn new skills and strategies.  The cost is $10.00.

VOLLEYBALL TRYOUT DATES:  August 3, 4 and 5 from 9:00 - 11:00 am each day in the WMS gym.  Athletes must be present all days for consideration and must have turned in their pre-participation packet.


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