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  • Elementary hosts Relay for Life

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 5/30/2019

    West Liberty-Salem elementary students held a Relay for Life event Thursday morning, and the weather held out for a beautiful morning! Thanks to all of our families who donated, they were able to raise around $350 for the American Cancer Society. In addition to walking, jogging, and dancing around the track, students sent Mrs. Sally Engle off to retirement with big hugs! Mrs. Engle has been the elementary art teacher at WL-S for 30.5 years and an instrumental part in organizing several fundraising opportunities that serve Logan and Champaign County Cancer Associations. Our staff and students will surely miss her and her philanthropic impact on our community!

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  • A few notes for the last day of school.........

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 5/29/2019

    Tomorrow, May 30th, is the last day of school for West Liberty-Salem. As a reminder we will have early dismissal at 2:04 pm. A few events will be happening at the conclusion of our school day that we wanted to share. First, staff will line the sidewalks in front of the building for the traditional “Goodbye Wave”, where busses take an extra and lap around the building for one last wave goodbye of the school year!! Second, a local group from the national movement, dontgiveupsigns.com, will be outside of the school holding encouraging signs reminding our students that they matter, always. Their mission is “to make love and hope tangible for everyone.” For more information about this cause, and to bring it to your community, please visit the following link Don’t Give Up. We hope you and your students have a great summer!

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  • Eagle Scout and WL-S Senior donates service project to elementary playground

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 5/28/2019

    On Friday, May 24th, the elementary playground received two brand new friendship benches for student use thanks so Matthew Schuster, Eagle Scout, and West Liberty-Salem senior. Matthew presented his benches to staff members, teachers and a group of elementary students in a ceremony, where they will permanently stay, for students to gather and new friendships to form.

    Matthew shared that his own experiences really created the inspiration behind his project. “I've moved around a lot as a result of my father being re-stationed while he was an Air Force member, and so I've always been making new friends. I wanted to make a way for kids to more easily make friends, especially if they're new to the school.” Matthew said. Matthew went on to share that the benches are painted to represent two things. The first bench is painted in our school colors, and the other is a tribute to Schuster’s closest friend, Devin Marchal, a WL-S student who passed away earlier this school year. Schuster shared, “They were the favorite colors of my closest friend here at WL-S, Devin Marchal, who was a fellow Boy Scout as well.”

    Matthew and about 24 friends, put in over 40 hours working on the benches over 3 weekends. Schuster’s mother, Susan Schuster, said that the benches are also a tribute to all those friends who saw Matthew through many moves and his journey with autism and ADHD. This truly was a labor of love that Matthew hopes will inspire and help students form some lifelong friends by taking a seat. West Liberty-Salem would not only like to congratulate Matthew on completing this project for our playground, but thank him for inspiring students to be kind and remain mindful of those who may need a friend.

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  • West Liberty-Salem Ohio Hi Point Students Recognized During Convocation Ceremony

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 5/23/2019 12:05:00 AM

    West Liberty-Salem Hi-Point students celebrate graduation with breakfast and a Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, May 22nd. This year, ten students from West Liberty-Salem graduated from Ohio HI Point from eight different departments including Allied Health, Cosmetology, Diesel Technology, Animal Science, Multimedia Marketing, Outdoor Careers and CBI. Special acknowledgements for outstanding students were shared throughout the ceremony. Representing West Liberty-Salem was Alexis Eshelman for December Student of the Month and excellence in Cosmetology, Destinee Huffman also for excellence in Cosmetology, and Nicole Watkins for excellence in Graphic Design & Printing Technology.

    Please join us in congratulating the following students on their graduation!
    Emily Elser
    Alexis Eshelman
    Rylee LeVan
    Destinee Huffman
    Nate Daniels
    Nicole Watkins
    Karley Jenkins
    Logan Bowling
    Garett Avila
    Linkon Williams

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  • West Liberty-Salem Students Host Final Spring Music Programs

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 5/22/2019

    Our third graders and fifth graders both put on quite a show last evening! Both classes held their respective class spring music programs. The third graders were under the direction of Mr. Brice Henry, who led the audience on a tour around the world. The class sang songs and class speakers explained how the songs described different cultures globally. Students interpreted music through dance, sign language and other musical instruments as well!

    The fifth grade, led by Mrs. Bethany Smucker put on the infamous Hits of the Decades performance. The audience was wowed by music from top pop artists from the last 6 decades! It’s always a really fun show for the students to showcase their talents in dance, signing, and instrumental music, while ending their elementary music career with a bang!

    A big, big thanks is always in order for these two talented and very special musical educators. Their love and appreciation for the art of music education fosters continued musical excellence at West Liberty-Salem.

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  • Students Published in Pages Anthology, Wexner Center for Creative Arts

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 5/14/2019

    West Liberty-Salem’s English Department, with the help of two department teachers, Mrs. Haney and Mrs. Arnold, participated in a year long Creative Arts program, called Pages, through the Wexner Center for Creative Arts. This free program pairs educators and artists from the Wexner Center with high school teachers from across central Ohio in the planning of writing-based experiential learning opportunities for students. Pages is an innovative multidisciplinary program that supports literacy and writing skills through the exploration of contemporary art, film, and performing arts.

    25 students from grades 9-12 participated in workshops during homerooms and lunches throughout first semester. Each workshop was followed by trips to the Wexner Center at The Ohio State University where they went to art exhibition, “I Can’t See You Without Me” by Mickalene Thomas, “Seancers” performed by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and viewed Oscar nominated “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” followed by a Q & A session with director RaMell Ross.

    At the conclusion of the year long study, students and teachers submitted pieces of work to the Pages Anthology and 17 students’ works were published. Students were invited to participate in a final Open Mic Night and provide their reflections of the year. Mrs. Haney, and students Devon Clark, Tori Wilson, Cheyenne Gluckle and Jamie Gluckle attended the event and Tori Wilson was the guest MC.

    To see published works, click the link to be directed to this years Anthology.
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  • Teacher student collaboration is a success!

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 5/13/2019

    West Liberty-Salem’s Astronomy class has been studying the planets and solar system and sharing that study in the elementary. They created illustrated books that teach younger students all about the solar system, and they read their books to Mrs. Dallas’ and Mrs. Cordell’s second graders this week. Teacher collaboration across grade levels has become a popular concept allowing fresh insight and support among teachers and students who may otherwise not have the chance to interact. The younger students were really entertained, while also learning what Junior and Senior Astronomy students are studying. Great job to these students for sharing what they are learning and fostering an interest in Astronomy and Science in our younger students!

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  • Pennies for Patients Project raises over $1000

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 5/13/2019

    West Liberty-Salem High School Student Council recently sponsored Pennies for Patients, a service project that raises money for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. This particular project raises money for children who are struggling with blood cancer. Student council challenged students in grades K-12 to raise $1,000 for child cancer patients. After final tallies our district beat our goal and we were able to mail a check for $1080! Classes raising the most money were first graders from Mrs. Reed’s class, seventh graders in Mrs. Spencer’s class, and in high-school, Mrs. Seymour’s class. Congratulations to student Council for meeting your goal, and thank you to our students for making this project a success!

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  • West Liberty-Salem FFA host Ag Science Day

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 5/13/2019

    West Liberty-Salem Elementary enjoyed Ag Science Day with the help of students from the FFA, Farmers Equipment and Koenig Equipment from Urbana. Students learned about farming practices, raising livestock and had a chance to interact with our FFA student’s farm animals. Crowd favorites included a 3 week old Hereford calf owned by Ashily Spencer and Emma Hostetler’s 4 weak old weathers. Shawn Meyers, with Koenig, brought a combine that students were able explore and Farmers equipment provided a Case Maxxum 145 Tractor. Students also got a chance to see ducks, horses, ponies, donkeys and pigs. This day combines fun and learning and is great exposure for the future of what already is a successful FFA Chapter. Special thanks to Farmers Equipment, Koenig Equipment, Shawn Meyers and the West Liberty-Salem FFA.

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  • Fire Safety Week is really heating up!

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 5/9/2019

    This week members of the West Liberty Fire Department have been on campus talking to our elementary students about the importance of fire safety. Students took a guided tour of the fire trailer that offers a sneak peak into a what a real house fire situation might look like. They learned tips on evacuation plans and were sent home with information to start the conversation about what a good plan might look like in their own homes. Pictured below Solly Warye gets a hand from a firemen in an evacuation lesson, while his classmates anxiously await their turn! Thank you to our local fire department for keeping our student, families and community safe!!

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