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2020 Trunk or Treat Drive-Through
10/14/2020
Calling all goblins, ghouls, superheroes, and more! Don your favorite costume and join us at Shawnee Elementary for a DRIVE-THROUGH edition of our annual Trunk or Treat event on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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Parent Night for Virtual Learners (6-8)
10/12/2020
Parents of online learners in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in one of several (socially distanced) in-person trainings this week!
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2020 Staff of the Year Awards
10/09/2020
On Wednesday, October 7, Xenia Community Schools presented the 2020 Teacher and Staff of the Year Awards to three deserving staff members!
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Second Semester Commitment Form: November 2 - 13
09/29/2020
Beginning November 2, XCS families will have the opportunity to decide whether their student(s) will learn online or in person for the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year.
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School Picture Dates for Remote Learners, Preschool, and XHS Seniors
09/28/2020
Looking for school pictures information? Check out the schedule of upcoming dates from Better Images for: school photos for remote learners, the Preschool photo day, and headshot options for seniors (yearbook).
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Fall 2020 Vision and Hearing Screenings
09/23/2020
Over the coming weeks, our clinic staff will be conducting vision and hearing screenings — but like many programs and events, this will look a little different in 2020!
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Shoe Delivery Drive-Through at Cox
09/22/2020
On Saturday, September 26 from 3:00-4:00 p.m., a shoe drive-through will take place at Cox Elementary! This event is open to ALL Xenia students, who will provided brand new shoes and socks free of charge (while supplies last).
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COVID-19 Dashboard
09/18/2020
In accordance with the recommendation in the September 3rd order from the Ohio Department of Health, XCS is launching an online dashboard to keep our community updated each week about any quarantines or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the district.
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Free Meals Extended Through Fall Semester for XHS
09/18/2020
From Monday, September 21 – Friday, December 18, Xenia Community Schools will be able to offer free meals (breakfast and lunch) to every XCS student in grades K-12!.
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Parent Night for Virtual Learners (K-5)
09/11/2020
Parents of online K-5 learners were invited to participate in one of several (socially distanced!) in-person trainings this week!
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Remote Learning Webinars for Grades 6-12
09/11/2020
Parents of remote learning students (grades 6-12) are invited to a webinar to help you navigate the process — and help your student get the most out of online learning! *UPDATE 9/16/20: Presentation slides added.*
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2020 Healthy Halloween Hustle
09/04/2020
Registration is open for the XCS Foundation's annual Healthy Halloween Hustle.
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New Website for Our Cafeterias
09/03/2020
Information about our cafeterias can now be found on SchoolNutritionandFitness.com!
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Edgenuity Login Access for Online Students
08/31/2020
Login links and tech support for Edgenuity, the platform for remote learning.
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XCS Foundation Hall of Honor Celebration
08/29/2020
The Xenia Community Schools Foundation has recognized five new inductees into the Hall of Honor.
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Friday Night Football Live Stream
08/28/2020
Want to catch all the action of tomorrow's game against Fairborn? We may have to limit admission, but you can still watch a live stream on the #XHS YouTube Channel at 7:00!
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Fall Gifted Testing Dates
08/27/2020
Do you have an online student currently in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade? For fall 2020, we will be conducting Gifted Testing for those students.
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Chromebook Basics for Online Learners
08/24/2020
Download a flyer for online learners, detailing how to log in to your device and access email, care for your Chromebook, and access the Tech Support Line.
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Chromebook Pick-Up Schedule/Update for Fall 2020
08/19/2020
Wondering what to do about your Chromebook for fall? Whether you are learning in school or online, read more about the process here.
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Staggered Start for Kindergarten Students
08/17/2020
To help our youngest learners get acclimated to their new way of learning and classroom routines, Kindergarten students will begin the school year on a staggered schedule.
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Tech Support for Online Students
08/17/2020
Beginning Monday, August 17, XCS will offer a technical support phone line for remote students ONLY that will be in operation from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (M-F) on regular school days.
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2020-2021 Open House Schedule
08/14/2020
Due to the extremely high number of students and parents who regularly attend Open House events, and in keeping with the restricted visitor protocol for the 2020-2021 school year, Xenia Community Schools will not hold Open Houses in the way we have done traditionally. To ensure that families have the chance to get important information and hear from building administrators and teachers at their child’s grade level, we will offer a mix of online opportunities that will vary, based on grade level.
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XCS Foundation to Hold Virtual Hall of Honor
08/05/2020
Due to current event restrictions, the Twenty-Second Annual XCSF Hall of Honor Dinner and Induction Ceremony and Silent Auction will not take place in person on August 29, 2020. However, community members can still participate in the online auction to support the foundation's Classroom Grants initiative, and recognize this year's inductees!
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First Day For Students Delayed Until August 24
07/31/2020
On Friday, July 31, Xenia Community Schools sent notice to students and their families that the first day of school for students will be August 24, 2020.
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Back to School 2020-2021
07/13/2020
On Monday, July 13, Xenia Community Schools released the plan to responsibly reopen school for the 2020-2021 school year to families. Currently, Xenia Community Schools is planning to open the school year on Plan A, offering both in-school learning and a remote learning option.
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Greene County Public Schools 2020-21 Common Agreements
07/01/2020
Today, the district sent an email to all families with a copy of the Greene County Public Schools Common Agreements for the 2020-2021 school year. A plan specific to Xenia Community Schools will be released the week of July 13.
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2020-2021 Parent Survey Results
06/22/2020
Review the results of the 2020-2021 Parent Survey.
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YMCA Summer Memberships for 7th and 8th Graders
06/17/2020
Heads up to all middle school families! The YMCA of Greater Dayton is offering a FREE summer membership to students entering 7th & 8th grade this fall.
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Make Your Voice Heard! Complete the 2020-2021 Parent Survey
06/08/2020
As we plan for the 2020-2021 school year, we ask that parents/guardians complete a short survey to share your thoughts about the coming school year
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The Show Goes On for Bob Hope Auditorium
06/05/2020
Throughout the summer months, the Bob Hope Auditorium at Xenia High School will be undergoing a complete facelift.
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Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch Program to Receive SNAP Benefits
06/04/2020
Did you know that students who are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program are eligible for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits due to school closure? Learn more and download the flyer from the Ohio Department of Education.
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Summer Reading Bus: Detour 2020
05/29/2020
Join us for a five weeks of summer learning fun! This year's summer learning opportunity will be a five week alternative to the popular "Summer Reading Bus" program – with a twist.
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Graduation 2020
05/22/2020
Find all the information and resources you need to watch the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020! **UPDATE: 5/26/20 @4:30 p.m. with links to watch!**
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Summer School 2020
05/22/2020
Xenia Community Schools offers two sessions of Summer School for grades 6-12. Courses will be delivered through a web-based platform called Odysseyware.
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Student Property Pick-Up and Drop-Off
05/20/2020
From May 26-28, students will be able to retrieve their personal belongings from their school. The exact dates and times vary by building, so be sure to check the schedule for more information!
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Ohio Technology Survey
05/15/2020
In response to COVID-19, the Governor is asking for additional information regarding students' access to the internet and a device. *Deadline extended to Monday, May 25.*
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Private Graduation Option
05/15/2020
NEW! Private Ceremony Option – We are excited to announce that Seniors can now book a brief personal graduation ceremony on May 28-29. *Update: 5/21/20*
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2020-2021 Enrollment
05/07/2020
NEW for 2020 – Preschool and Kindergarten students may begin the registration process online!
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Comments Sought on IDEA Funds 2020-2021
05/05/2020
Xenia Community Schools is in the process of developing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Special Education grant allocations for the 2020-2021 school year. The district is seeking comments from the public on how to allocate and expend these funds.
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End-of-Year FAQs
04/24/2020
Due to the Stay at Home orders and social distancing requirements caused by COVID-19, XCS is implementing changes to include: grading, student promotion/retention, graduation, commencement, and more.
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Graduation Update
04/23/2020
The following email update about graduation was sent to the Xenia Community Schools on Thursday, April 23:
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Open Enrollment for 2020-2021
04/15/2020
Intra-District Open Enrollment for the 2020/2021 school year is open!
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Tech Support Line Opens April 13
04/09/2020
Beginning Monday, April 13, XCS will offer a temporary technical support phone line for all students that will be in operation for the duration of the closure.
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Xenia Community Schools Foundation Reschedules 2020 Hall of Honor and Silent Auction
04/07/2020
The Twenty-Second Annual XCSF Hall of Honor Dinner and Induction Ceremony and Silent Auction will now be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 6:30 PM at Tecumseh Elementary School.
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Information for Families with Elementary Students
03/25/2020
Detailed information and links for families of XCS elementary students. **UPDATED 5/6/20**
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Information for Families with Secondary Students
03/25/2020
Detailed information and links for families of XCS students at Warner Middle School and Xenia High School. *UPDATED 4/7/20*
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Closure Information for XCS Families
03/12/2020
By directive of the State of Ohio, Xenia Community Schools will close for three weeks beginning Monday, March 16. **UPDATE: 3/30/20 @9:30 p.m.**
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March 2020 Kids of Character
03/10/2020
Each month Xenia Community Schools honors eight students, one from each school, for their academic integrity, responsibility, and positive attitude. Meet our March 2020 Kids of Character!
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Added ACT Testing Date for XHS
03/09/2020
A second ACT exam testing date has been set up for Saturday, June 13.
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2020 XCS Teacher & Support Staff Awards
03/04/2020
The nomination process for 2020 Teacher and Support Staff Awards is now open. Nominate a deserving XCS professional today!
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2020-2021 School Year Calendar Approved By BOE
02/25/2020
The 2020-2021 School Year Calendar was approved by the Board of Education at the February 10 meeting.
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Wilberforce Links Donates Books
02/24/2020
Thanks to the Wilberforce Chapter of The Links, Incorporated who donated 21 books to the library at Cox Elementary in honor of Black History Month.
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XCS Receives State Auditor Award
02/20/2020
Xenia Community Schools has received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for a clean audit report for the previous fiscal year.
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February 2020 Kids of Character
02/13/2020
Each month Xenia Community Schools honors eight students, one from each school, for their academic integrity, responsibility, and positive attitude. Meet the students recognized at the February 10 Board Meeting!
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2020 Preschool Registration Night
02/12/2020
Start the registration process for your child at the 2020 Preschool Registration Night on March 12 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Xenia Preschool.
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WMS & XHS Spring Sports Tryouts
02/12/2020
Spring sports tryouts for Warner Middle School and Xenia High School are fast-approaching! Be sure to mark your calendar for deadlines, and get up to speed with other important information from our Athletics Department.
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XCS to Host MVL Middle School Basketball Tourney
02/07/2020
Benner Field House and Xenia High School will both be the sites for the first Miami Valley League MS boys basketball tournament from February 8-15!
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XHS Lacrosse Set to Become First in MVL
02/04/2020
This spring, Xenia High School’s lacrosse team will become the first school-sponsored team in the Miami Valley League.
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National Honor Society Students Kick Off Service Project
01/31/2020
Xenia High School’s National Honor Society students had little trouble picking their next service project: Teens for Jeans. They will be collecting gently used jeans until Friday, February 14.
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Celebrate National School Counselors Week
01/30/2020
XCS is joining in the national recognition week for school counselors by declaring February 3-7 to be School Counselors Week! Our counselors do a lot to help all of our students, so be sure to give them an extra "thank you" this week!
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McKinley Robotics Team to State
01/28/2020
With a strong performance at the district competition, the robotics team from McKinley Elementary has advanced to the state competition on February 1-2 at the Nutter Center.
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2019 Finance Reports Available
01/27/2020
Did you know that district financial reports are always available to the public. Find them on the Treasurer's "District Financials" page.
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January 2020 Kids of Character
01/16/2020
Each month we honor eight students, one from each school, for their academic integrity, responsibility, and positive attitude.
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XCS on Two-Hour Delay Due to Fog
01/15/2020
Due to heavy fog, Xenia Community Schools will be on a TWO hour delay on Wednesday, January 15.
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McKinley Teachers Stock Classrooms with Trip to Crayons to Classrooms
01/15/2020
Thanks to the volunteer hours from WMS teachers earlier this year, five elementary teachers were able to load up on ~$4,500 worth of supplies for McKinley classrooms at Crayons to Classrooms.
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Two Board Members Take Oath of Office at Swearing In Ceremony
01/14/2020
Dr. Pam Callahan and Tami Bartley were sworn in for their new terms of service at the January 13, 2020 Board Meeting.
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2020 School Board Recognition Month
01/08/2020
Xenia Community Schools will join more than 700 school districts throughout Ohio to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month.
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XHS to Host New Air Force JROTC Unit
12/20/2019
Xenia Community Schools has been selected to host a new Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) unit at Xenia High School for the 2020/2021 school year.
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Shawnee Elementary Receives Momentum Award
12/18/2019
Congratulations to Shawnee Elementary students and staff! The Ohio State Board of Education has awarded Shawnee the Momentum Award for 2019.
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Weather Alert
12/16/2019
*UPDATE Tuesday, 12/17* Due to inclement weather and current road conditions, Xenia Community Schools are on a TWO hour delay on Tuesday, December 17
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December 2019 Kids of Character
12/11/2019
Each month we honor eight students, one from each school, for their academic integrity, responsibility, and positive attitude.
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Visioning Committee Makes Recommendation to Board
12/10/2019
After nearly a year of work, the Xenia Community Schools Visioning Committee made its formal recommendation to the XCS Board to replace Warner Middle School on the current site.
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2019 Community Resource Fair
12/09/2019
Our first-ever Community Resource Fair is set for December 12 at Cox Elementary. All are welcome!
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Warner Staff Members Pay it Forward
12/09/2019
A BIG thank you to Warner staff members who volunteered their time and energy to help out at Crayons to Classrooms! These volunteers spent 20 hours helping out this local non-profit that helps get school supplies into the hands of students and teachers who need them.
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XCSF Now Accepting 2020 Hall of Honor Nominations
12/03/2019
The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2020 Class of the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor.
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ProgressBook Access
12/02/2019
Still having trouble accessing ProgressBook? Here are a few tips to help you troubleshoot!
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2019-20 Benner Field House Events
11/22/2019
Wondering what will be happening there now that Benner Field House has re-opened? Check out the list of 2019-2020 athletic events already on the schedule!
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Visioning Committee Set to Make Recommendation
11/18/2019
After months of work, the XCS Visioning Committee will make a recommendation to the Board at the December 9 regular meeting.
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November 2019 Kids of Character
November 2019 Kids of Character
11/11/2019
Congratulations to the November 2019 Kids of Character.
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HOSA Conference Design Win for Xenia
11/07/2019
This week, 15 HOSA students, officers and the executive board, attended the Fall Leadership Conference held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center! Accompanied by Mrs. Wavra, these students joined 600 other HOSA officers from around the state of Ohio as they participated in a variety of workshops to understand leadership and networking in Healthcare.
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Playoff Tickets & Information
11/05/2019
The Xenia football team will be making history Friday night as they host Columbus Walnut Ridge at Doug Adams Stadium in the program's first ever playoff game! Get your tickets ahead of time to support XCS -- and make sure that you get one before they are gone! Remember: the athletic department gets 50% of the presale tickets, but no percentage of gate sales.
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Worm Dissection Lab (November 1, 2019)
Middle School STEM
11/04/2019
Mr. Mantia's science class at Warner Middle School completed their first dissection of the year on November 1. The students will complete five dissections over the course of the year, and are gaining a foundation of strong science skills for the future.
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Current 2019-20 Fundraisers
Current 2019-20 Fundraisers
10/29/2019
From walk-a-thons and restaurant nights to "tag days" and food sales, each of our school PTOs, band boosters, and other clubs hold fundraisers of all sorts every year!
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Benner Field House Opening header
Benner Field House Open House Scheduled for November 21
10/25/2019
Join us for a close-up look at Benner Field House on November 21! The public is invited to view the space, and take a stroll down memory lane, at this opening event that will showcase the building as we finish the current phase of renovation.
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WMS Library Books Grant
New Books for Warner Middle School Library
10/24/2019
Thanks to a Xenia Community Endowment Grant written by Mrs. Moorman, Warner Middle School students are enjoying this new collection of books. Be sure to check them out on your next visit to the library!
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October 2019 Kids of Character
10/16/2019
Congratulations to the October 2019 Kids of Character
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Schedule Alert
October 2019 Staff Professional Development Day
10/14/2019
Message from Xenia Police Department, re: Staff Development Day on October 18, 2019:
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Trunk or Treat 2019
Trunk or Treat 2019
09/26/2019
Calling all goblins, ghouls, superheroes, and more! Don your favorite costume and join us in the parking lot at Shawnee Elementary for the annual Trunk or Treat event on Tuesday, October 29 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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2019 Homecoming Court
2019 XHS Homecoming Court
09/26/2019
Congratulations to the 2019 XHS Homecoming Court.
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XTAR Open House
XTAR Open House & Ribbon Cutting
09/25/2019
Families who attended the XTAR Open House and ribbon cutting explored the new makerspace and other learning spaces in their new home on Tuesday, September 24.
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Septemer 2019 Kids of Character
September 2019 Kids of Character
09/09/2019
September 2019 Kids of Character were presented at the Board Meeting on Monday, September 9.
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One Call message test
11/14/2018
On Wednesday evening, November 14, 2018, we sent out a test of the One Call system. If you did not receive the message, contact your child's school to get on the list.
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ProgressBook experiencing technical difficulties
ProgressBook is currently experiencing some technical difficulties. Parents are not able to log in. We are aware of this issue and we're working with ProgressBook to get it fixed ASAP. If you have a specific question about your student's work/grades/etc. please reach out to their school directly.
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2019 Award Winners
Join us in congratulating our 2019 award winners: LaShann Latimer, Teacher of the Year, and Heather Horsley, Support Staff Person of the Year! Last spring we asked for nominations of staff members who stand out for being dedicated to their job, for their willingness to help colleagues and others, and for their outstanding character. Ms. Latimer and Ms. Horsley embody all of those characteristics and more! Ms. Latimer is a teacher at Cox Elementary and Ms. Horsley is the Attendance Officer at Warner Middle School.
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Standards-based Grading System
Xenia Community Schools are using a standards-based grading system in kindergarten, first, and second grade. In a standards-based system, teachers report what students know and are able to do relative to the Ohio Learning Standards. The purpose of standards-based grading is to raise student achievement by clearly communicating students’ progress toward learning targets. Knowing where students are in their progress toward meeting standards-based learning targets is critical for planning and carrying out classroom instruction. More information ...
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Back to School!
Check out the gallery of back-to-school photos on our Facebook page!
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Final Forms
We are excited to announce that our school district has partnered with FinalForms, an online form and data management service. FinalForms will save you time, allowing you to complete and sign several school agreements and forms for your student. FinalForms saves data from year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! You can review your information each school year to verify it is current and to sign the forms. We are asking that ALL parents use FinalForms.
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Blended Learning: how technology is used in schools
This short video explains how technology is used in schools to help students learn.
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Chromebook Information for Parents
This coming school year, each student in grades kindergarten through 12 will have access to their own Chromebook. This One2One Technology Initiative enables students to access education through technology in a 21st century learning environment.
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Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive
Help us STUFF THE BUS with school supplies for Xenia students! You can drop off donated supplies to the bus compound on Yellowstone Road or at the Board of Education Office on Colorado Drive. The school supply drive goes until August 8. We appreciate our community's generosity!
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School Supply Lists
School supply lists for the 2019/2020 school year.
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Open House Schedules
Open Houses have been scheduled at each school on Thursday, August 15. Here is the schedule:
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Try Out Info & Dates for Athletics
Information about fall sports try outs.
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Summer Reading Fun!
Join in on the Summer Reading Fun! Enjoy story time, games, prizes, crafts, popsicles, receive a reading packet, and get free books! There will also be a writer's workshop where students can enjoy time creating short stories that will be bound into a book for them. Dates: June 26, July 10, July 17, and July 24 - all at McKinley Elementary from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. For more information contact Stephanie Johnston: sjohnston@xeniaschools.org or (937) 372-1251 ext. 3101. RSVP's are not required.
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Summer School Dates & Times
Elementary students invited to take summer school will receive notice by a letter in the mail. Middle and high school students are invited to summer school if they have failed classes. They are invited by their counselor or their parent may sign them up. Summer school is offered at the following dates and times: Grades 6 through 12 Summer School at the High School June 10 through 28 from 8 to 11 a.m. and July 8 through 26 from 8 to 11 a.m. Elementary Summer Bridge Program offered at Arrowood Elementary for grade 3 July 8 through July 26 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and for grades 1 and 2 July 15 through July 26 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Warner Middle School's Summer Math Camp for grade 6 offered June 17, 18, and 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. If you have questions about Summer School, call (937) 562-9003.
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#XeniaLastDay
Check out these photos of smiling students on their last day of school!
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Recording of XHS Graduation Now Available Online
Congratulations to the Class of 2019! We are proud of each and every one of you! 277 students walked across the stage last evening and received their diploma. We wish our graduating Buccaneers all the best. Their future is bright!
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Gifted Program Moving to the Preschool Building
Staff from the Xenia Community Schools Elementary Gifted Program, known as X.T.A.R., are excited to announce that they will be moving the program to classroom space located in the upstairs of Central Preschool.
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Super Star Volunteer Jan Johnston
Volunteers are essential to the success of a school. They do many different jobs and help out in many different ways - helping to set up for special events, helping in the classroom, helping with arts and crafts, helping teachers prepare lessons materials, and more. Volunteers are valued by teachers and administrators and their time is greatly appreciated. At Cox Elementary, one special volunteer is considered the heart and soul of the school. Jan Johnston has been volunteering at Cox for 53 years!
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NOTICE TO BIDDERS: HS Paving Project
NOTICE TO BIDDERS: High School Paving Project.
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May Kids of Character
Congratulations to the following Kids of Character honored at the May Board of Education meeting: Landen Moreau - Preschool; Estevan Barajas - Arrowood; Devon Taylor - Cox; Matthew Combs - McKinley; Autumn Shumaker - Shawnee; Jayana Render - Tecumseh; Eva Behlke - Warner; and Dylan Hoosier - Xenia High.
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Carolyn Huber named Treasurer
The Xenia Community Schools Board of Education has named Carolyn Huber as Treasurer. Mrs. Huber has served as Interim Treasurer the last three months. Prior to that, she served in the capacity of Assistant Treasurer. She has 20 years of experience and has proven herself to be an excellent collaborator with superb interpersonal and communication skills.
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State Science Fair Competitor
Congratulations to XHS Freshman Jessica Holland! She competed at the State Science Fair at Ohio State University and received a Superior rating. Although she had a qualifying score to move onto Nationals, only a few competitors were selected to actually attend. While Jessica's project was not one selected, her accomplishments and how she positively represented Xenia Schools is commended.
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Learning About Bike Safety
Mrs. Meeks developed a Bike Safety Unit for fourth grade students. She incorporated objectives and goals from math, science, social studies, and physical education, with the assistance of Mrs. Lane. Mrs. Meeks arranged for a guest speaker and sought guidance from the Greene County Sheriff's Department. Plus she received donations of helmets and bikes to allow all students the opportunity to participate. The fourth graders learned new skills and had the opportunity to apply those skills in a specially designed obstacle course. They also got to practice riding their bikes correctly while using hand signals. They learned about the importance of wearing helmets: 900 people die each year and even more suffer from brain damage after being in accidents and not wearing a helmet.
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Highlighting the Best of the Best
Excellence happens each and every day inside Xenia’s classrooms. This week, during National Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re honoring all of Xenia’s 316 teachers for the excellent work that they do in their classrooms day in and day out as they continuously strive to increase student achievement. We salute their selfless dedication to the teaching profession and the important role they play in the lives of Xenia’s children. The following eight teachers are being recognized as the Best of the Best from Xenia Community Schools. They stand apart in their ability to develop positive relationships with their students, for being kind and compassionate, and for their ability to engage students in learning.
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You're Invited - Listening Sessions May 16
The Visioning Committee has been meeting once a month for the last nine months to determine the next steps in creating 21st century learning environments for Xenia’s students. The Committee will host Facilities Plan Listening Sessions on Thursday, May 16, and all Xenia residents are invited to attend.
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Nominations accepted for Teacher & Support Staff Person of the Year
Help us recognize the best of the best! We will recognize one Teacher of the Year and one Support Staff Person of the Year during our Back to School celebration in August. The recipients of these prestigious awards will be honored for their demonstrated excellence, their dedication to student achievement and success, their positive attitude, their proven leadership skills, and innovative ideas. Click on the nomination form below to submit a nomination. The nomination deadline is May 10, 2019.
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Foundation Inducted Four Into Hall of Honor
Congratulations are in order for the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor Class of 2019! Four new members were honored this year: Gary L. Allen, XHS Class of 1961, Educator, Community Volunteer and Role Model; Scott J. Anger, XHS Class of 1981, Law Enforcement Officer and Role Model; Elaine J. Hughes, Retired Nurse, Community and School Volunteer and Role Model and Douglas W. Yates, XHS Class of 1976, Karate Instructor and Competitor and Role Model.
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Elementary Start Time Change
Beginning next school year, our elementary buildings will be changing their start time from 9:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The ending time for the school day will be the same - 3:15 p.m. This additional 15 minutes will benefit student achievement by lengthening the instructional day, resulting in more time learning in the classroom.
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Flat Stanley's Adventures
Students in Mrs. Tammy Busch's second grade class at Tecumseh Elementary sent their Flat Stanley's out and have been eagerly awaiting updates on his travels, so see what he has been up to and where he has been! They uploaded a map of the United States to pinpoint where their Flat Stanley has visited. Flat Stanley is a character is Jeff Brown's book: the story tells of Stanley's adventures after surviving being squished flat while sleeping by a falling bulletin board. Flat Stanley visits his friends across the US by being mailed in an envelope. Schools all across America now use Flat Stanley and his adventures as a project designed to improve student's reading and writing skills while also promoting an interest in learning about different people and places.
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Girls on the Run
All 21 girls on Arrowood's GOTR (Girls on the Run) team completed their practice 5K last week! Many teammates even ran extra laps after they had finished to encourage and support the girls who were still running their laps. The girls were given certificates and medals after the last girl crossed the finish line. The team is looking forward to the Celebratory 5K on Saturday, May 11 at the Dayton Dragons Stadium. Great job girls!
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McKinley's First Graders' Trip Around Xenia
McKinley Elementary first graders took a trip around town! They hopped on the "Magic School Bus" and traveled all around Xenia. They made several stops around Xenia learning all about the community in which they live. They stopped at Xenia Station, the City Building, ate lunch at Shawnee Park, visited the Greene County Historical Society log cabin, and the Xenia Police station.
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No School Friday April 19, 2019
Don't forget there is no school on Friday, April 19 for Good Friday. Have a Happy Easter! School resumes Monday, April 22, 2019.
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Tournament of Books
Third grade students in Miss Quist and Mrs. Rubio's classes at Tecumseh Elementary were immersed in their own March Madness - of books! The teachers selected 16 "sweet" books and then the students voted for their favorite titles.
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Preschool Open House April 18
Curious about our Preschool? Come to the Community Open House Thursday evening from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.! You can tour the building, meet the staff, visit classrooms, eat food, and children can play in the bounce house.
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Spring Testing Begins
Spring state testing begins April 8. Check out the testing calendar and some helpful tips for test success.
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Comments sought on IDEA Funds for 2019-2020
Xenia Community Schools is in the process of developing IDEA-B Special Education and IDEA Early Childhood Special Education grant allocations for the 2019-2020 school year. Discussion is open to how such funds are spent for special education programming. These funds are allocated for special education students who are eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Persons interested in having input into the allocation of these funds should contact the Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel. Submit your comments in writing to Dianna Alliod (daliod@xeniaschools.org) by April 23. All comments will be addressed during the public forum scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 5 to 6 p.m. in the Xenia Board of Education Conference Room, 819 Colorado Drive.
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April Kids of Character
Congratulations to the following students for being named April's Kids of Character! Mathew Burnett from Xenia Preschool, Nevaeh Rogers from Arrowood Elementary, Miles Whitehead from Cox Elementary, Eleanor Miller from McKinley Elementary, Karlie Monroe from Shawnee Elementary, Evan Merriman from Tecumseh Elementary, Quinn Lamb from Warner Middle School, and Karleigh Godfrey from Xenia High School.
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Intra-District Open Enrollment Applications Open
Intra-District Open Enrollment for the 2019/2020 school year is open until May 3. Families interested in applying must fill out an application that can be picked up at the Central Office: 819 Colorado Drive. Forms must be turned back into the Central Office. School buildings do not have copies of the forms and cannot accept filled out forms.
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Samari Curtis named Mr. Ohio Basketball by the Associated Press
It's a good day to be a Buccaneer! Congratulations to Xenia senior Samari Curtis for being named Ohio Mr. Basketball today by the Associated Press. This is a HUGE honor! Samari is considered the best of the best in the entire state out of a pool of 20,000 players basketball.
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National Junior Honor Society Inductees
Warner Middle School inducted 52 students into the National Junior Honor Society.
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Fractions Good Enough to Eat!
Mrs. Rubio's class at Tecumseh Elementary practiced math with brownies, yum! They cut up and divided the brownies to create models of fractions.
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March Kids of Character
March's Kids of Character were recognized by the Board of Education for working hard, being good leaders and role models to their peers, and being responsible. We're proud of these Buccaneer students for being exemplary examples of excellence! Honored at the March Board of Education meeting were: Harper Dolbeer - Xenia Preschool, Cameron Salyers - Arrowood Elementary, Lilly Hallam - Cox Elementary, Stanley Harrison - McKinley Elementary, Eleena Puckett - Shawnee Elementary, Addison Edwards - Tecumseh Elementary, Phoebe Eldridge - Warner Middle School, and Jackson Baker - Xenia High School.
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Nominations Accepted for Staff of the Year Awards
Xenia Community Schools will honor one teacher and one support staff person during the August 2019 Convocation. These awards are based on the employee’s dedication to the job, willingness to help colleagues and others, their character, and more. These awards reflect the expectations and high standards we set for Xenia students. The nomination deadline is Friday, April 26, 2019. The winner will be chosen by a Panel of Judges by May 10, 2019.
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The Importance of Sleep
Healthy sleep habits are tied directly to a child's academic success. Did you know that kids 6 to 12 years old should be getting 9 to 12 hours of sleep a night, and older kids aged 13 to 18 should be getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night? Does your child get enough sleep?
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National School Breakfast Week
It's National School Breakfast Week! Eating a nutritious breakfast helps students fuel up for success in the classroom. We serve a FREE breakfast every weekday here in Xenia to students in grades K through 8. Students who eat breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, have better concentration and memory, be more alert, and reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math, as well as score higher on standardized tests. In addition, eating breakfast at school lowers rates of absenteeism and tardiness and also improves a child's overall dietary intake. Xenia students can choose from a variety of healthy choices each morning including fruits, yogurt, bagels, cereal, muffins, and waffles.
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Keeping Kids Safe Online
Students may be aware of a dangerous viral trend that encourages them to participate in a "challenge" or "game" to avoid being "cursed." There are reports that the challenge appears in videos on social media geared toward children. While there is no concrete evidence that these videos have harmed children, parents should be aware of these, and other, potential dangerous situations on social media, and to constantly be vigilant of the dangers lurking online.
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Board Names Interim Treasurer
Last Friday the Board of Education named Carolyn Huber as Interim Treasurer, this comes after the resignation of Eric Soltis.
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Warner Collecting Pennies for Patients
Warner Middle School is participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program, a service-learning program that gives students the unique experience of working together to help raise awareness and funds in honor of thousands of children and adults fighting against blood cancers. We are asking that everyone (students, faculty, parents, etc.) at WMS join in this effort of raising awareness and collecting funds to benefit the mission of LLS: to find cures for blood cancers and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
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Making Someone's Day a Little Brighter
Fourth graders at McKinley organized a "Hearts of Kindness" sharing project. Students were given a chocolate heart to share with someone in need of a smile, someone who would appreciate a kind word, or someone who needed to hear, “I’m so glad to have you in my life."
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Last Tuesday and Friday visitors from Sinclair’s National UAS team spoke to Warner's sixth grade classes about uses of Unmanned Aerial Systems in our area, potential careers associated with UAS’s, and educational opportunities in the field through Sinclair. Every sixth grader also got to try their hand at flying a hexacoptor drone in the UAS simulator, the same simulator that is also used for training college students in the field.
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Kindergarteners Visit Elmcroft Nursing Home
Tecumseh kindergarten students took a community field trip to Elmcroft Nursing Home last week. Students learned new songs and rehearsed them over several days in preparation of their visit. The students performed songs for the residents and they read books together. They even gave each resident a small stuffed toy as a Valentine gift.
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Students Celebrate the 100th Day of School
Last week Xenia students celebrated the 100th day of school! At Cox Elementary, students dressed up as if they were 100 years old. They also counted 100 pieces of cereal and strung necklaces. At McKinley Elementary students made a 100th day snack and came up with 100 clues to describe the contents of a mystery box. At Arrowood Elementary students wore shirts decorated with 100s and had a fashion show, complete with a red carpet.
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Students Dress Up as their Famous American
Students in Tammy Busch’s Second Grade class have been researching and learning about famous Americans. They dressed up like their famous American, wrote a letter to the class sharing important information about that person's life, presented a time line, a picture, and a poster. The kids really enjoyed sharing their learning experience with their parents and their classmates. Their projects are displayed in the hallway.
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Students Honored for Excellence
February's Kids of Character were honored at the Board of Education meeting last week. These students are all exemplary examples of excellence. We're proud of each and every one: Ava Holston from Arrowood, Kade King from Cox, Kayle Norfleet from McKinley, Cecil Piner from Shawnee, Landen Moorman from Tecumseh, Trinity Wiley from Warner, and Bristyl Dean from Xenia High School.
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Wave on Wheels Visits Arrowood Elementary
Last week kindergarten students at Arrowood Elementary learned all about SHARKS and they were even able to pet a shark! 🎵Baby shark, do do do do do doooo 🎵 Through a grant from The Wave Foundation,The Newport Aquarium brings their "Wave on Wheels" animal outreach program to local students. Students are able to see and touch exotic animals up close and personal. The travelling shark display is a "touch cart" and it is the only one of its kind in the United States. The lessons also include important information about aquatic life conservation. What a great learning opportunity for our students!
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Students Learn about the History of Slavery
Seventh grade gifted students have been learning about the history of slavery. They read a fictional novel, studied the Emancipation Proclamation, and learned about the Civil Rights movement. The theme of the unit is called "Hope in Difficult Times."
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Yesterday law enforcement officers from Xenia, Beavercreek, Cedarville, Centerville and Jamestown Police Departments sat with Tecumseh Elementary students and listened as they read books to them.
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January Kids of Character
Eight Xenia students were recognized during the January 14, 2019 Board of Education meeting as "Kids of Character." These students show academic integrity, responsibility, and a positive attitude. Honored were: Thomas Leightenheimer, Lacie Murnahan, Alexia Barlow, Gracie Neff, Anna Welch, Kyndall Howard, Kymari Sanford, and Samari Curtis.
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Students Participate in Hands-On Budget Management
Warner Middle School students participated in "Reality Day" which is a financial literacy program that combines creative community efforts with students' classroom learning about continuing education, job-hunting, budgeting, the tax system, and more.
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Flexible seating keeps kids engaged
Research has shown that the traditional classroom set up - of rows of desks and chairs - doesn't work best for all students. Mrs. Pagett's first grade class at McKinley started the new year by implementing full flexible seating.
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Science Fair Judges Needed
SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES NEEDED! The 2019 Xenia High School Science Fair will be held on February 22, 2019 during three class periods in the XHS Library.
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Tamara Bartley Appointed to Board of Education
Today the Xenia Community Schools Board of Education appointed Mrs. Tamara Spahr Bartley to the one year seat vacated by the death of William "Bill" Spahr. Mrs. Bartley is the daughter of the late Mr. Spahr.
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Giving Some Holiday Cheer to those Who Need It
Last Thursday, members of Warner's National Junior Honor Society filled stockings with toys and handmade cards for Xenia's elementary-age students, to provide a little holiday cheer to younger students in need. This project started as an idea two years ago and has grown into an impactful service project, carried on in honor of Garrett Howison, a classmate who passed away.
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Honoring Excellent Students
Students of Character were honored at the December 10 Board of Education meeting. Pictured with Board President Cheryl Marcus and Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Lofton are: Cambi Perry from Xenia Preschool, Samari Grooms from Arrowood, Trent Mitchell from Cox, Azalynn Mira from McKinley, Soraya Evege from Shawnee, Ra'Shaud Smith from Tecumseh, Reed Scarborough from Warner Middle, and Annuziata Palmer from Xenia High.
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Gift Bags Delivered to Local Cancer Patients
Xenia High School students making a big impact! On December 13 members of Student Council delivered gift bags to cancer patients at four local hospitals: Soin Medical Center, Dayton Children's Hospital, Kettering Medical Center, and Miami Valley Hospital South.
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Board Seeking to Appoint Member for Vacant Seat
On December 6, 2018, there was a vacancy on the Xenia Community Schools Board of Education due to a Board member’s death. The remaining four members of the Board are required to appoint a replacement to fill this vacancy within thirty (30) days (O.R.C. 3313.85). The newly appointed member will serve for the remaining unexpired term that will end on December 31, 2019. Letters of interest will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on December 21, 2018.
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Learning about Habitats
Students in Mrs. Kelly's fifth grade class at Shawnee Elementary are learning how flora and fauna live in their natural habitats. They researched the purpose of the major biomes on earth and learned how populations interact with their surroundings. Then they created biome examples of a desert, tundra, savanna, grassland, tropical rain forest, deciduous forest, and a coniferous forest. Check out their great work!
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Long-time Board of Education Member Passed Away
On December 6, 2018, Xenia Board of Education member William Spahr passed away. Mr. Spahr leaves a legacy of dedicated service to his community and an unrelenting commitment to supporting students during his 40-year career in education.
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Warner Middle School's 8th grade WEB class and the 7th grade Student Leadership Class donated 1,560 pounds of food to the Xenia Fish Food Pantry this week ...
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A group of students at McKinley Elementary come to school a little early three days a week for some extra time to work on reading and math. The students arrive at 8:10 a.m. to work individually on their laptops with an online program called Edgenuity ...
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Seeking Historical Artifacts
We are seeking historical documents, photos and other significant items to showcase in the Central Office. The items will be displayed in a glass case in the Board of Education meeting room ...
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November Kids of Character
November’s Kids of Character exemplify responsibility, academic integrity, positivity, and respect. They are: Silas Currier from Xenia Preschool, Wyatt Long from Arrowood Elementary, Elijah Roseman from Cox Elementary, Matthew Long from McKinley Elementary, Kylee Luckett from Shawnee Elementary, Rachel Graham from Tecumseh Elementary, Gavin McManus from Warner Middle School, and Rebecca West from Xenia High School.
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Baskets for Battles Service Project
Xenia High School's Student Council is collecting donations and raising funds for their Baskets for Battle service project. The students are making bags filled with resourceful items that cancer patients can use during their chemotherapy treatments. How can you help? Eat at Chipotle Tuesday from 4-8 p.m., show this flyer, and proceeds will be donated to their cause! And/or you can donate items for the baskets.
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Studying Pete the Cat
Ms. Kern’s third grade class at Cox Elementary conducted a character study on Pete the Cat, the main character in a series of books by author Eric Litwin and illustrator James Dean. The students read several books about Pete and used adjectives to describe his character traits. They also discussed how the character changed in each of the books.
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Researching Abraham Lincoln
Mrs. Burke’s Language Arts classes at McKinley Elementary have begun their research unit on Abraham Lincoln. Students started off by inferring; they took a "quote walk" to making inferences about Lincoln and what type of person he was. They will continue their study throughout the coming weeks.
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Student's Holocaust Projects
Mrs. Greenberg's ninth grade Honors English class at Warner Middle School studied the holocaust. In their studies, students read nonfiction articles about facts and history of the holocaust.
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Pumpkin Palooza
Third grade gifted students participated in Pumpkin Palooza at Cox Elementary October 25. They rotated around stations to test their mathematics and reading skills.
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Volunteers needed for LEGO Tournament Nov. 10
McKinley Elementary is hosting a Lego Tournament on November 10 and they are looking for volunteers to help.
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2018 Trunk or Treat - October 30
Trunk or Treat is October 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Shawnee Elementary School.
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October Kids of Character
October's Kids of Character were honored for their academic strengths, their school spirit, and their willingness to give it their all.
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Blast Off!
The Wright Stuff Rocketeers and Ron Stauffer from the Air Force Research Laboratory visited Warner Middle School to educate Flight & Space Class students about rocketry and to demonstrate rocket launches.
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Bye bye butterflies
Kindergarten students at Cox Elementary studied the life cycle of monarch butterflies.
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September Kids of Character
Eight Buccaneers were honored at the September Board of Education meeting for displaying exemplary character.
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District using Board Docs for meeting documents
Xenia Community Schools is the first district in Greene County to utilize a modern board
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Families may apply for free and reduced price lunch
Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced price meals. Application forms are being distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free and reduced-price benefits, households should fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school.
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Credit cards accepted to pay for school fees, lunch payments
School fees and prepaid lunch payments can be made using a debit or credit card at any of our school buildings. As in the past, you can make payments using the online PayForIt site as well.
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Summer Reading Bus
Today was the first day of the Summer Reading Bus!
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