Warner Middle School News

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
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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.


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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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.


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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XESP Fundraiser

The classified employees (XESP) will be having a fundraiser event at Bob Evans in Xenia on November 28-30 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.

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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.


Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds you in good health and having enjoyed a very restful and relaxing Memorial weekend with your families.  I appreciate all that you do for our children.

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VOLLEYBALL OPEN GYMS Volleyball Open Gyms

Middle School Volleyball open gyms have been scheduled for May 22nd, 27th and 28th from 2:30 - 4:30 pm in the Warner gym.  Please wear shorts (not short shorts), t-shirts (no sleeveless tops), sneakers and socks.  Knee pads are also suggested.


Certificates of Appreciation Presented to 2014 Retirees

Certificates of Appreciation were presented at the May 12 Board of Education meeting to those who are retiring this year.

The 2014 Xenia Community School retirees are: Linda Clark, Nancy Crites, Whitney Davis, Charlotte Esselstein, Angela Fairs, Cindra George, Patricia Greene, Raye Jean Hilderbran, Deborah K. Johnson, Mark Mash, Cindi Miller, Debbie Pitstick, and David Ryan.  Thank you to each and every one of these individuals for the many wonderful years of service they have provided to the Xenia Community School district.  Congratulations on your retirement and enjoy the years to come...you have earned it!


Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds you in good health and having enjoyed a restful and relaxing weekend with your families.  I appreciate all that you do for our children.

One hundred forty six seniors were recognized Friday morning at the Scholarship Awards Assembly held at Xenia High School.  They received scholarships and/or awards.  Scholarships and grants totaling $6,382,430 were offered to the Class of 2014.  In addition to this amount, the local scholarships generously provided by local businesses, families and organizations totaled $55,450.  The grand total of scholarships, grants and awards offered to the Class of 2014 is $6,437,880.  I think that you will agree with me that these figures reflect very favorably on the Xenia High School Class of 2014.  Congratulations to the Xenia High School Class of 2014 and the best of luck in your future endeavors.

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May 12 Board Meeting Notes

Click here to read a summary of what happened during the May 12, 2014 Board of Education meeting.


XHS Future Cheerleaders Informational Meeting

Anyone interested in being a Cheerleader at Xenia High School next year should attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, May 21 at 5:30 in the XHS Gym.


XEA Retirement Dinner

The XEA Retirement Dinner was held last Tuesday evening at the Beavercreek Golf Course. The XEA Retirees were recognized with a very special program. Both Board President Cheryl Marcus and Superintendent Pro Tem Denny Morrison had the honor of speaking to the group. Then everyone present had an opportunity to say a few words about those who were retiring. It was a very nice and a very moving experience. We will definitely miss our retirees next year. The 10 retirees have shared their lives for 273 years with their students.


Library Books Need to be Returned

Just a reminder that all library books are due back to your child's building by May 20.  Any books not returned will be added to your child's school fees.  Thank you all for your help in getting our books returned.


XCS Foundation Accepting Applications

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation (XCSF) accepts applications for grants on a continuing basis. The Grants Subcommittee meets quarterly to review applications and make recommendations for awards. Grant awards, traditionally, have ranged from $200.00 to $14,000.00.

The XCS Foundation’s Grant Program is designed to enrich learning experiences for Xenia area students. It is an opportunity for staff, parents and community members to put creative ideas into practice with financial support from the Foundation. Priority for funding is given to projects that support knowledge, academic growth and literacy. Residents and employees of the Xenia Community Schools District are eligible to submit a grant proposal.

Application guidelines and the application form are available on the XCS website (click the Xenia Community Schools Foundation icon on the left sidebar of the XCS website’s main page) and on the Foundation website at: xcsfoundation.com. The Grants Subcommittee of the XCSF will  meet in June to review applications that have been submitted by June 6, 2014.  Applicants will receive notification at the end of June.


Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds you in good health and that you enjoyed a restful and very special weekend with your families.  I  know how hard each of you work and hopefully you are taking some time just to relax.  Last week was National Teacher Appreciation Week.  I certainly hope that each of you know what a positive impact you are having on our students.  I cannot thank you enough.  This past Wednesday was School Nurse Appreciation Day.  Kudos to our nurses for the incredible job they do each and every day.  Sunday was Mother's Day.  Thus, a special congratulations and thank you to each of you moms on your special day. I hope it is a wonderful day for you.

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Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds you in good health and having enjoyed a long and restful weekend with your families.  I  know how hard each of you work and hopefully you have taken some time just to relax.  May 5-9 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Thanks for all you do for our kids every single day.  You are making an incredible difference in the lives of our students.  Great job.

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WMS CHEERLEADING CLINICS & TRYOUTS Cheer Tryouts

Warner Middle School will be holding cheerleading clinics and a tryout this month for any student that is interested in cheering for the 2014-2015 season.  Informational packets are located in the main office.  All forms must be turned in by Monday, May 12th to Mrs. McClain in order to participate in tryouts.  Cheer clinics will be held in the gymnasium on the following dates...
Clinics will be on May 13th, May 14th, May 15th from  3:00-4:30 p.m.
Tryouts will be on May 16th beginning at 4:00 p.m.


STUDENT COUNCIL HOSTS "END OF THE YEAR BASH" End of Year Bash

Warner's "End of the Year Bash" will be held on Friday, May 16th from 2:05 - 4:00 pm in the Warner gym and cafeteria. Cost to get in for all students is $3.00.  Pizza, pop and snacks can be purchased.  Games and activities will be available and a DJ will provide music. 


WMS Students Receive Awards at Holocaust Event

Students at Warner Middle School in the gifted program participated in the 2014 Dayton Holocaust Resource Center’s Art and Writing contests.  These 8th grade students spend several months studying the Holocaust in their Language Arts class and then do a final project that is submitted to either the art or the writing contest.  This year students also talked with local resident, Dr. Aleksandar Svager, a retired Physics professor from Central State University who is a Holocaust survivor. 

On April 25, the students attended the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at Beth Jacob Synagogue in Dayton.  They heard speeches from four young Israeli soldiers who are in the Israeli Defense Force, as well as hearing from several Holocaust survivors.  Their artwork was exhibited and they received awards for both art and writing.  The Warner Middle School winners of the 2014 Max May Memorial Holocaust Art Contest were:  Maddie Calhoun – Second Place; Cameron McCoy – Third Place, and Kristina White – Honorable Mention. The WMS winners of the 2014 Lydia May Writing Contest were:  Division I – Poetry: 1st place - Kristina White, 3rd Place - Sophia Ensey. Division I Prose: 1st Place - Christian Fig;  2nd Place - Madison Caupp; 3rd Place – Micah; Honorable Mention - Nathan Brinegar.


Mrs. Greenberg, Maleah Wells, Micah Adams, Sophia Ensey

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Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds you in good health and having enjoyed a long and restful weekend with your families.  I  know how hard each of you work and hopefully you have taken some time just to relax.  Thanks for all you do for our kids every single day.

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WMS Students Design Windmills

The eight grade students in the PLTW class put their knowledge of mechanisms to work to design and build a windmill.  The windmill had to have an output speed less than the input speed, but the output torque greater than the input.  Each windmill also had to have a change of direction by 90 degrees.  They were able to complete the task with a working windmill.  Pictured with their windmill project are Nathan Brinegar and Tahner Snell.


Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds you in good health and having enjoyed a long and restful weekend with your families.  I  know how hard each of you work and hopefully you have taken some time just to relax.  Thanks for all you do for our kids every single day. OSBA has launched a statewide campaign to highlight the success of public education.  The campaign, Stand Up for Public Schools, seeks to raise awareness about the importance of public education and locally elected boards of education.  The statewide effort was launched in coordination with a national campaign by the National School Boards Association to advocate for public schools.  The great job you do for our children each and every day is noticed and appreciated!  Great job.

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April 14 Board Meeting Summary

Click here to read a summary of what happened during the April 14, 2014 Board of Education meeting.


Mandatory Fall Sports Meeting

Xenia Community Schools will conduct their mandated Fall Parent/Athlete Meeting on Monday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Xenia High School Gym. Any student going to be in grades 7-12 for the 2014-2015 school year planning to participate in Fall Athletics must attend with parent or guardian. During this one hour meeting, information on summer open gyms, open fields, weight room and conditioning will be distributed. Academic requirements, participation fees, physicals and required paperwork will be distributed and discussed.

This is a mandatory meeting for those intending to play a fall sport in XCS.


Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds you in good health and enjoying a beautiful weekend with your families.  Here are some of the terrific things happening in each of our schools.

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Middle School and High School Softball Games

Today's middle school softball game with Lebanon will be rescheduled to Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m. at Lebanon.  Varsity softball will play Springboro at XHS today due to Springboro's field being unplayable. 


Today's Softball Game Location Changed

The Varsity softball game to be played on April 1, 2014 has been moved from Trotwood to Xenia and will start at 5 p.m.

The Middle School softball game will be rescheduled to a later date.
 


Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

Hi everyone, I hope that this information finds you in good health and enjoying a relaxing spring break. Thanks so much for all you do for the children of Xenia.  Kudos also to the Dayton Flyers. Despite the loss to top ranked Florida, what a wonderful season. Here are some of the many wonderful things happening in our schools that I am proud to share:

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Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

Please click View All below to read the Superintendent Pro Tem's weekly update from Denny Morrison.


BASEBALL TRYOUTS Baseball Tryouts

Baseball tryouts for Warner Middle School are scheduled for March 6, 7 and 10 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the WMS gym.  Athletes must have a physical on file and must be present all 3 days for consideration.


XCS is on a 2 Hour Delay, No AM Preschool

Xenia Community Schools will be on a 2 hour delay for Febuary 18, 2014. There is no AM Preschool.


Post Secondary Enrollment Mandatory Meeting

Post Secondary Enrollment Option is available to students in grades 9-12. This program allows students to be released to attend a local university and earn college and high school credits. The state of Ohio requires each district to conduct a meeting for interested families each year.  Attendance at the meeting is MANDATORY to participate in the program. A parent must attend this meeting in order for the student to enroll in the program for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Xenia High School will hold the MANDATORY informational meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Xenia High School Auditorium. Please call the XHS Guidance Office at 937-562-9915 if you have any questions.


Volunteer Information and Training Sessions
Come join us and see how you can help.  We are in need of volunteers to tutor students in reading.  We want to give these students every opportunity.  We will show you how easy it is to help a child.  These sessions will give you a more in depth look at how important a reading tutor volunteer is and how you can become a volunteer making a difference.

There are 2 sessions being offered. 

Notify Stephanie Johnston sjohnston@xenia.k12.oh.us which session you wish to attend.

Superintendent Pro Tem Finalists to Present

The Xenia Board of Education will meet in special session on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to attend the meeting and hear the public presentations of the finalists for the position of Superintendent Pro-Tem. The presentations will occur on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Xenia Board Offices, 819 Colorado Drive in Xenia.


No school activities today or this evening

All activities have been cancelled for today and this evening.


Xenia Community Schools Closed

Xenia Community Schools are closed Wednesday, January 22, 2014.  Area road conditions throughout the district are problematic and would slow our bus routes significantly.  The potential for students to be waiting in the frigid wind chills for long periods is prompting the closure.


FIELD TRIP CANCELLATION

The Integrated Arts field trip to the Dayton Art Institute that was scheduled for today has been postponed due to the hazardous weather conditions.


Superintendent Pro-Tem Applications Being Accepted

Xenia Community Schools is now accepting applications for the Superintendent Pro-Tem position.  This position is to start on or before February 1, 2014.  All interested applicants should apply to Ms. Tracy Jarvis, Treasurer/CFO, Xenia Community Schools, 819 Colorado Drive, Xenia, Ohio 45385.  Please send letter of interest, resume, and any other information you feel the Board of Education needs.  Deadline for applicants to apply is January 24, 2014.  The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent/Teacher Conferences have been scheduled for Thursday, January 16th from 3:00 - 7:00 pm.  Teachers made a list of those parents they wanted to be sure to see and sent letters of invitation to them with a time slot for that evening.

If you were not contacted by letter and would like to have a conference, please contact the Main Office at 376-9488.


XENIA BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING POSTPONED

Xenia Board of Education events scheduled for tonight have been postponed.

The reception, the Organizational Meeting Board Meeting, and the Special Meeting have been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The reception and meetings will take place at the Board Office, 819 Colorado Drive in Xenia.

Please note: The deadline for any person wishing to apply for the vacant seat on the Board of Education has been extended to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Applications should be submitted to Ms. Tracy Jarvis, Treasurer, 819 Colorado Drive in Xenia.

The Board Offices are closed today, Monday, January 6, 2014.

Please join us on Tuesday, January 7 at 6:00 p.m. for the Board reception and meeting.


BULLY-PROOFING YOUTH PRESENTATION

On behalf of Warner Middle School, we would like to invite all of our parents to “Bully-Proofing Youth”, a 90 minute presentation on Bullying featuring Jim Bisenius, a well-respected presenter and therapist.  Please join us on Thursday January 30th from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Warner Middle School cafeteria.  This presentation is for parents only, but Warner M.S. staff will be available to provide child care if needed.  We look forward to a great evening and hope you can join us.  Students and staff will see this presentation also during the day on January 30th.  Please click on the "view all" below for more information regarding the program and presenter.

 


LIBRARY NEWS: LET'S CELEBRATE! READ ACROSS AMERICA & DR. SEUSS' BIRTHDAY

Warner Middle School will be celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' Birthday the week of March 3 - 7. 

Monday - 20 minutes of sustained silent reading for the whole school.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - "Library Read In" - Students may bring their breakfast and a book to the library before school.  Students who attend, will be entered into a drawing for breakfast with the principal)

Friday - Breakfast with the Principal for those who win the drawing.  Green eggs and ham will be served.


PENNIES FOR PATIENTS FUNDRAISER

The annual "Pennies for Patients" fundraiser kicked off on Monday, 3/3/2014.  Our school joins 29,000 schools nationwide in the fight against blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.  Collection boxes have been placed in the classrooms and offices for donations.  Our school goal is to raise $3,000.  Every penny counts!

TOTAL FOR WEEK ENDING 3/14/2014 - $1,662.50


WMS LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA PENNY DRIVE REACHES GOAL

The students and staff of Warner Middle School raised a grand total of $4,145.00 during the month of March for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in support of the LLS mission to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and their families.

The activities held to raise donations included; I-Pod Day, Hat Day, Duck Dynasty Day, Disney Day, Super Hero Day and a Basketball Shoot Out.   A new fundraiser, the Dodgeball Tournament, was a huge success.  Students paid admission to watch 6 student teams compete.  The winning team battled it out with a team of staff members, including Mr. Earley, Mr. Statt, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Dean, Mr. Brodehl and Mr. Veelman.  The faculty team won the tournament bracket.

Many thanks to the advisors for this fundraiser, Dana McClain, Michelle Phillips and Barb Moorman.


MIDDLE SCHOOL FALL SPORTS INFORMATION

Come to the first practice with a completed physical.  The physical forms are available in the Warner Main Office.

FOOTBALL - The first practice will be on August 4th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at WMS.  The practice schedule will be given that night.

CROSS COUNTRY - The first practice will be August 5th at the Greene County Fairgrounds (the large picnic shelter) from 10:00 am - Noon.

VOLLEYBALL - Open gyms will be held Monday through Thursday, July 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st from 9:00 - 11:00 am in the Warner gym.  Tryouts will be held on August 4th, 5th and 6th (final cuts) at WMS from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Players must be present all three days to be considered.


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. 


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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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! 


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.


Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

I hope that this weekly bulletin finds you in good health and having enjoyed a very restful and relaxing weekend prior to the end of the school year.  I appreciate all that you do for our children.  I have only been here a short time but I have to tell you how impressed I have been with each of you.  I see you every day working miracles with our young people.  You are true professionals and I feel so very privileged to be here with you.  I do not know what your summer plans are but I certainly hope that there is some time built in for yourself and for your family to just relax.  Again, I cannot thank you enough for all you do.

The Class of 2014 Graduation Ceremony was exceptional.  The students were well behaved, the parents were very proud and appreciative, the speeches were excellent, and there was not a single air horn heard anywhere.   I have heard nothing but positive comments from the community.  I also loved seeing all of the staff members in the audience.  It is wonderful that you were there to support our kids.  The Class of 2014 is special.  82% are signed up to go to college, 7% have enlisted in the military, 8% are going to work full time, and 3% are going to work part time.  We have much to be thankful for.

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2014-2015 SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS

The 2014-15 School Supply lists for Grades 7 and 8 at Warner Middle School are available by clicking on "7th" or "8th".


2014 MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL CAMP Football Camp

Xenia's Middle School Football Camp will be held July 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Cox Stadium.  For more information and application form  click on football.


DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPS

Congratulations to team "LEGAL REVENGE" for winning the Pennies for Patients Dodgeball Tournament which was held on March 19th in the Warner gym.  "LEGAL REVENGE" defeated  the students in the final game of the day.  Pictured from left to right are Mr. Bill Veelman, Mr. Matt Simpson, Mr. Jason Brodehl, Mr. Paul Dean and Mr Mike Earley.


Library Read In Week In Pictures

The winners of the "Library Read In" drawing held  during the week of 3/3/2014 are from left to right:  Nathan Brinegar, Gabe Wilson, Mrs. Moorman (Librarian), Kiyra Anderson, Jayden Blackaby, Isaiah Liston and Ronnie Molitor.  These students enjoyed a breakfast of "green eggs and ham" with Mr. Earley, our principal, and Denny Morrison, our superintendent on Friday morning of that week. 


XCS Foundation Seeks Hall of Honor Nominees

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 class of the Xenia Schools Hall of Honor.  Nominees should be graduates of Xenia High School who have achieved remarkable success in their career, or anyone who was made a significant contribution to education in Xenia.  They are due by February 17, 2014. The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held April 12, 2014 at Tecumseh Elementary School.

The nomination process is easy. Simply follow the guidelines listed on the Xenia Community Schools Foundation page on this website. The format for the application can also be accessed from that page.  Click here to go to the Foundation page.

Note: Self-nominations are acceptable as well as posthumous nominations.

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

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


Board Accepting Input From the Public

The Xenia Community Schools Board of Education is seeking input from the public on the qualifications desired for the next superintendent.  Comments should be emailed to Tracy Jarvis at tjarvis@xenia.k12.oh.us or call 937-562-9033.  Comments are being accepted until January 31, 2014. Click here to see the qualifications discussed during the January Board Meeting.


BACK TO SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Students and parents, please join us for our Back to School Open House on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.  You can meet the teachers and receive your schedule.  Bus lists will also be posted on the front windows of the lobby..  And don't forget, school begins on Monday, August 18, 2014.  The school day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 2:05 pm.

We look forward to seeing you August 12th.


AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING

After school tutoring is being offered for all students at Warner Middle School each week, Tuesday through Friday from 2:10 - 3:10 pm in the Science Lab (Room 219).   Teachers will be available to help students with homework or assignments.   No enrollment is necessary.  Students should just come to Room 219 at 2:10 pm on the days they would like assistance.


Weekly Update from Superintendent

Click View All below to read the message sent out by Superintendent Denny Morrison to the entire staff after his first week with Xenia Community Schools.


NEW SECURITY MEASURES IN PLACE AT WMS

Beginning, Monday, April 7th, the front doors to the building will be locked at all times.  All who would like access to the building will need to press a buzzer to the right of the front door.  They will then be admitted after visual and audio contact with the Main Office.  Thank you for your cooperation as we implement these new procedures.

All students who arrive before 7:30 am, must enter the building through the gym doors only since the front doors will be locked during that time.


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.


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) 


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.


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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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.


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. 


XCS to Offer Breakfast, YMCA to Offer Lunch This Summer

Every year organizations run summer food programs.  These programs are federally funded programs.  This summer XCS will have breakfast provided from June 9 to 27, Monday through Friday only, from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Arrowood Elementary.  The YMCA will provide lunch June 9 to August 15, Monday through Friday only, at noon at Shawnee Park (across from Central Middle School).  These meals are free to all children between the ages of 1 and 18 years or persons over 18 who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled. We hope to see lots of you at these locations for breakfast or lunch.

USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.


Blizzard Bag #2 Assignments Sent Home

Blizzard Bag #2 assignments were sent home March 24, 2014.  The assignments are also posted under the Blizzard Bag link (left side of page) on each of the school's web pages.  These assignments are due on April 7.


Open Enrollment for 2014-15 School Year Now Open

The open enrollment period for Xenia elementary school students (Intra-district Open Enrollment) will be from April 1, 2014 through April 24, 2014.  The completed form must be turned in by the 24th at 3:30 p.m.  Parents may pick up and complete a form at the Board of Education offices between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each weekday.  The form can also be downloaded by clicking the following link "Intra-district Open Enrollment Application".

Please be advised of the following information: Honoring any open enrollment request is dependent upon class sizes and the teachers available within each building. Teachers cannot be added to accommodate open enrollment requests.

Inter-District Open Enrollment Applications are also being accepted until 3:30 p.m. on July 22, 2014.  This form can be downloaded by clicking the following link "Inter-district Open Enrollment Application".


STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY January Students of the Month

Warner Middle School is pleased to announce its January Students of the Month.  They are, from left to right; Janine Stover, Rebecca Johnston, Kristina Cooke, Stephanie Brown, Megan Miller and Javon Sparks-Ramsey.  Not pictured is Makaya Gordon. 


XCS on 2 Hour Delay March 3 - No AM Preschool

Xenia Community Schools will be on a 2 hour delay for March 3, 2014.  There will be no AM Preschool.


XCS Welcomes New Superintendent Pro Tem

Xenia Community Schools would like to welcome Denny Morrison as the Districts new Superintendent Pro Tem.  Mr. Morrison will fill this role until July 31, 2014.  Starting August 1, 2014 Mr. Morrison will become the Superintendent.  The District is extremely excited to bring Mr. Morrison on board and looks forward to taking advantage of all his previous experiences.  Please click here to read the Superintendent Pro Tem's message to the community and click on the View All button to read more about Mr. Morrison.


Spring Sports Parent/Athlete Mandatory Meeting

Any Xenia Community School student in grades 7-12 interested in participating in spring sports must attend the OHSAA mandated Spring Sport Parent/Athlete Meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Xenia High School gym.  If you have any questions, please call Mark Stoll the Xenia Athletic Director at 374-4217.


Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

Hi everyone, I hope that this information finds you in good health and having enjoyed a relaxing weekend.  Many exciting things took place in our district this past week and I am honored to share them with you.

Please click View All below to read the full message from Superintendent Pro Tem Denny Morrison.


Spring Sports Schedules

XHS Sports

Middle School Baseball

Middle School Softball

Middle School Track
 


Commemorative Plaque Dedication Ceremony Invitation

The Xenia Schools, in partnership with the City of Xenia and the Greene County Historical Society, will host a Dedication Ceremony for a Commemorative Plaque on April 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place in the Xenia High School Auditorium. 

Dedication Invitation Link

Dedication Video


XHS Cheerleading Tryouts

XHS will host Cheer Clinics June 10-12 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the XHS gym.  You must bring a copy of your report card on June 10.  Tryout material will be taught during this time.  Click "Tryout Packet" for more information and the materials that must be turned in by the end of the clinic on June 10.  Tryouts will be held June 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the XHS gym.


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.


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.

 


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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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.

 

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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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!


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.

 


Stuff the Bus TODAY

Once again this year, XCS will be having a Stuff the Bus event.  The event is scheduled for today, August 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Central Office Parking Lot at 819 Colorado Drive.  New this year - there will be a dunk tank to raise funds and provide an incentive from donating. 

Thanks to First Student who is supplying the bus and will be demonstrating bus safety.  2014-15 bus routes will be available.

Thanks to Waibel Energy Systems who has donated the materials for snow cones.

Thanks to the XCS Foundation for donating the funds for the dunk tank.

Please plan to attend this exciting event and bring school supplies for XCS students.  Let's fill a bus!!!


Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

Hi everyone, I hope that this information finds you in good health and having enjoyed a relaxing weekend. I am sure that many of you were glued to the TV's watching a plethora of upsets.  With total and complete respect to all of my OSU friends, how about those Flyers?  Being a UD grad I have to at least write something!  THE University of Dayton played so well.  And then to have them squeeze the Orange on Saturday!  What a weekend! Our school district's students and staff also had another outstanding week.  On Saturday evening I had the honor and the privilege to see our high school musical, Into the Woods.  All I can say is that it was outstanding!!!  I left there so impressed.  The kids and the advisors did one sensational job.  What awesome talent! Here are some of the many wonderful things happening in our schools that I am proud to share:

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Blizzard Bag Letter to Parents

A letter was sent home with students today to explain Blizzard Bags.  The first Blizzard Bag assignment will be sent home with students on Monday, March 3.  Assignments must be turned in no later than March 17, 2014.  For more information, please read the letter that went home with your student or click here for a copy.


XHS Marching Band Bandtastic Chili Cook Off & Auction

The Xenia High School Marching Band will be hosting the Bandtastic Chili Cook Off and Auction on Saturday, March 14, 2014 at the Xenia High School Cafeteria.  The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. The chili tasting and judging will be from 5:30 to 6, chili supper at 6, and auction at 7.  The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children, and $5 for hot dog meal. Bring your best chili for a chance to win prizes. If you would like to enter the contest or have auction items to donate, please contact Scott or Christy Purdin at thepurdins@gmail.com or call Christy at 510-8080.  The funds raised will help the marching band with the cost of items like uniforms, instruments, performance expenses, and so much more!


Superintendent Pro Tem Weekly Update

Hi everyone, I hope that this information finds you in good health and having enjoyed a relaxing weekend.  Spring is just around the corner.  Our school district's students and staff had another great week.  Here are some of the wonderful things happening in our schools that I am proud to share. 

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Alert Set Up for Parents in ProgressBook

Parents - If you want to be alerted when your child has a missing assignment or when he/she receives a low grade on an assignment, this can be done through settings in ProgressBook.

Click here for directions on how to set these alerts up.  Once this news article goes away, these directions can be found under Parent Resources on the left side of any District web page.


XCS Athletic Passes Now On Sale

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


XCS Foundation Awards Library Resources Funding

Xenia Community Schools Foundation Grants Enhance Library Resources in Xenia Community Schools

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation (XCSF) recently announced the first round of classroom and library grants, totaling over $9000.00, for the 2014-2015 school year.

This year the Foundation is supporting several library grants.  The largest request was submitted by Xenia Community Schools District Librarian Kay Gerspacher. The application identified the need for funds for biography book purchases. The XCSF has funded similar genre focused book grants in prior years. The Foundation recognizes that need for new reading resources is an integral part of the ongoing educational process.

 The “Reading for Life” grant will provide for the purchase of biographies to be housed in the libraries at the five elementary buildings (Arrowood, Cox, McKinley, Shawnee and Tecumseh) and the two middle schools (Central and Warner). Approximately 2000 3rd to 8th graders will be able to use these new resources for research, reports and reading. The Foundation is providing $4,000.00 to purchase 30-40 books per building.

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Food Service Substitute Positions Available

Xenia Community Schools is in need of substitute food service employees.  If you are looking to make a little extra income and get out of the house a few hours each day, this might be the job for you!   If interested, please call Charlene Landis at 937-562-9030.


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 Foundation Announces 1st Round of Grants

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation (XCSF) recently awarded $9,404.00 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.

This group of awards includes funds for purchases of library books, software, Chemistry Club supplies, and STEM-related course materials. The Foundation is also honoring a grant request titled: “Enhancing Access to Arts Programing”. The Foundation is funding the purchase of five new pianos. These will be housed at Shawnee, Cox, McKinley, and Tecumseh Elementary Schools and Xenia High School. The purchase of these pianos will “enable Xenia Schools to promote a school environment rich in culture and to promote an appreciation of music and the arts for our students.”, per XCS Board President, Chery Marcus, who submitted the application on behalf of the District.

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InTouch Newsletter Arrives in Mailboxes

XCS is extremely excited to have mailed the latest InTouch XCS Newsletter. The District is proud of the many new programs starting in the 2014-15 school year, as well as the expansion of existing programs. If you have not seen a copy of the newsletter, the District encourages you to click "newsletter" and read more about the many things going on in the Xenia Community Schools.


7th Grader Becomes Member of Snowshoe Mountain Junior Ski Team

Becca Johnston a 7th Grader at Warner Middle School, is a member of the Snowshoe Mountain Junior Ski Team out of Snowshoe,WV.  She competed in the U10-U14 SARA Championships March 1st and 2nd at Sugar Mountain, NC. Becca competed in Slalom and Giant Slalom Events.  Finishing each of her runs in the top 5, qualifying her to be 3rd on the State Team.  The SARA State Team is made up of the top racers from NC, WV, & VA Ski Resorts and qualifies them to go to post season events up in New England.  Becca had been competitive racing since she was 4 years old and skiing since she was 18 month old.

Becca receiving 3rd place State Team Honors Becca racing slalom event


Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Due April 1

Induction into the Xenia Athletic Hall of Fame is a way to honor the Xenia Community athletes and coaches, athletic directors, teams, and those who have provided meritorious service to the Xenia Community athletic programs over the years.  If you know of someone whom you feel is deserving of being inducted please fill out the nomination form by clicking here "Nomination Form".

Return your nomination form by April 1.


Superintendent Pro Tem Neighborhood Meetings

Superintendent Pro Tem Denny Morrison will be visiting each of the elementary buildings to meet with the community.  He will have a brief presentation, but he wantsto hear from each of you.  Please come and meet Denny and discuss Xenia Community Schools.  Denny will be at the following buildings:

Tonight March 13 at 6 p.m. - Shawnee Elementary School

Next Community Events
March 18 at 6 p.m. - Tecumseh Elementary School
March 19 at 6 p.m. - McKinley Elementary School
March 20 at 6 p.m. - Cox Elementary School
March 25 at 6 p.m. - Arrowood Elementary School


Electric Progam to Save Families Money

Xenia Community Schools is currently contracted with DP&L Energy as our electric supplier through the Educational Purchasing Cooperative (EPC).  One benefit of our agreement with DP&L Energy is the Xenia Community Schools Affinity Program.  This program is being offered to all eligible employees, family and friends. 

DP&L is pleased to offer Xenia Community School employees, family and friends a discount of .2 cents per kilowatt hour from the current standard offers.  This discount is available until August 12, 2014 so if you are interested sign up soon.  You can only sign up online for the program by going to dplenergy.com/xenia.

For every home that signs up, the district will receive $20.  Another $10 will be paid annually if you continue to participate in the program.  If you are already with DP&L Energy, you can still sign up for the Affinity program and the district will receive $10 for your participation. 

If you have questions about whether this is a good move for you, please contact DP&L Energy at 855-268-1672.

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Summer Reading List for Honors English

Students taking Honors English during the 2014-2015 school year are required to read a book from the appropriate list (click here "Reading List").  Students will be given an assignment pertaining to the book during the the first weeks of school.  Students taking all other levels of English are encouraged to read a book from the appropriate list and be expected to complete an assignment during the first weeks of school for extra credit.


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.”

To view a copy of the Bond Presentation, click here.


March 10 Board Meeting Notes

The District will be preparing a summary of the monthly Board Meetings to share with the staff and public. Click here for the summary of the March 10 meeting.


Partners in Education Seeking Nominations

The Partners in Education Committee of the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for two awards to be presented at the Xenia Education Foundation Hall of Honor Dinner on April 12, 2014. These awards will recognize those who have made contributions that benefitted students enrolled in Xenia Community Schools.

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