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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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Kindergarten Registration Dates: May 21, 22, 23, 2019
Kindergarten registration and screening will take place at Xenia Preschool, 425 Edison Boulevard, on May 21, 22, and 23. Registration appointments are available during these times: May 21 - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. May 22 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. May 23 - 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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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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Second Quarter Honor Roll
Second Quarter Honor Roll Lists for each school.
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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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Xenia High School First Quarter Honor Roll
The following Xenia High School Students received high honors for the first quarter.
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Warner Middle School First Quarter Honor Roll
The following Warner Middle School students received high honors for the first quarter.
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Tecumseh Elementary First Quarter Honor Roll
The following Tecumseh Elementary Students received high honors for the first quarter ...
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Shawnee Elementary First Quarter Honor Roll
The following Shawnee Elementary Students received high honors for the first quarter ...
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McKinley Elementary First Quarter Honor Roll
The following McKinley Elementary Students received high honors for the first quarter.
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Cox Elementary First Quarter Honor Roll
The following Cox Elementary Students received high honors for the first quarter ...
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Arrowood Elementary First Quarter Honor Roll
The following Arrowood Elementary Students received high honors for the first quarter.
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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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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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