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  • West Liberty-Salem Earns 2017/18 Momentum Award from The Ohio State Board of Education

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/18/2019

    Momentum award

    West Liberty-Salem Local Schools is pleased to announce that The Ohio State Board of Education has Selected our district for the 2017-2018 Momentum Award for academic excellence. The Ohio State Board of Education awards this honor to school districts that receive all A’s on every Value Added Measure included on Ohio’s School and District Report Cards. West Liberty-Salem was 1 of 226 schools in 70 school districts, across the state of Ohio to receive the honor.

    West Liberty-Salem is committed to our students success by hiring, supporting and retaining high quality staff, who are committed to helping our students reach their full potential. This award acknowledges that our staff helped students exceed the State’s standard growth expectations in both Math and English Language Arts. Please help us give WL-S a very heart-felt congratulations on providing academic excellence in our community.


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  • Literacy Week wraps up with Literacy Night Fun

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/18/2019

    West Liberty-Salem Elementary held it’s second annual Literacy Night on Thursday evening. Over 300 students and their families hopped on down to Seussville for a night of crafts, story time, science experiments, games and face painting. Several class rooms were transformed into the magical world of Dr. Seuss and students were given passports to lead them to the 12 different activity stations. Guest readers read Dr. Seuss books in the library, book bingo took place in the cafeteria, and students made Seuss Soup in another classroom. Our students really look forward to this event each year. They are able to spend time with their teachers, principals, and other staff outside of the general class room instruction time. According to the students, one of the many highlights of the evening was when Thing 1 and Thing 2 stuck Mr. Aaron Hollar, Elementary Principal, to the wall with loads of duct tape because “he got stuck on reading!” Students gathered to see how long the tape would hold him up! The egg drop experiment was another crowd favorite. Inspired by the book, Horton Hears a Who!, students were challenged to create a contraption that would keep a real egg safe while being dropped from the second-story balcony in the gymnasium. Pictured below are Sully Foster and Mr. Aaron Hollar who was ‘stuck on reading’, and Shiloh Cole, who successfully protected her Egg in the Egg Drop experience by way of parachute.

    Lit night

    Lit night



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  • Literacy Week Celebrates Reading and the life of Dr. Seuss

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/14/2019 12:05:00 AM

    The Elementary students, teachers and staff have had a fantastic week of learning games, reading fun, and celebration of the life of Dr. Seuss. We kicked off the week with “Cat in the Hat” Day, and some of the hats were really creative! Tuesday, students wore pajamas and got comfy with some of their favorite Seuss stories for a day of reading. Wednesday was “Fox in Socks” day and the students wore mismatched socks and shoes. On Thursday, we were confused all day! So many students were dressed in really creative twin, triplet, and quadruplet attire. We wrap up the week with Literacy night on Thursday evening, and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” College day on Friday. We have had so much fun seeing the students to excited to participate in what has been a really special week!!


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  • West Liberty-Salem FFA Chapter Raises Money and Awards Kindergarten for their help

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/14/2019

    West Liberty-Salem FFA Chapter Raises Money and Awards Kindergarten for their help

    The West Liberty-Salem FFA Chapter hosted their annual Jar Wars fundraiser during FFA Week. This annual fundraiser helps raise money, through friendly classroom competition, for the Ohio FFA Foundation to support Ohio FFA members and help with the Meals of Hope Fund. Each class was encouraged to donate coins to their classroom Jar. The fun thing about this contest is donating coins is a good thing, dollars are bad! Students who donate dollars to another classroom jar will lower that opposing class total! They really had fun with that. Students raised a total of $1021.22 and Mrs. Dunn’s Kindergarten class donated the most money. The FFA awarded them with an ice cream sundae party for raising a total of $59.35.

    Pictured below in Mrs. Dunn’s Class enjoying their party!

    Jar wars

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  • WL-S Students Selected for OHC Fine Arts Fesitval

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/13/2019

    Several WL-S students were selected to participate in the OHC Fine Arts Festival that took place Wednesday, March 12th, 2019, at First Christian Church of Springfield. Students were selected by their teachers for their effort and hard work. Students from area schools worked together and with guest artists and conductors all day prior to a final performance and art showcase at 6pm. Congratulations to the following students selected to represent our school!

    Courtney Neer - senior
    Addy Johnson - senior
    Rachel McGill - senior
    Hailey Duncan - senior
    Olivia Williams - senior

    Anna Louden - senior
    Maddie Estes - senior
    McKena Floyd - senior
    Zach McCall - senior
    Zane Woodruff - senior
    Andrew Stoner - sophomore

    Noah Cline – Sophomore
    Mady Ewing - Freshman
    Lauren Fowler - Senior
    Jamie Gluckle - Freshman
    Kaylee Harrison - Senior
    Hayden Hostetler - Senior
    Tyler Motzko - Senior
    Ashlie Spencer - Sophomore
    Landon Wolfe - Senior

    Fine arts

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  • Second Graders Wrap Up Bookmark Contest

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/11/2019 1:00:00 AM



    Second Graders at West Liberty-Salem elementary wrapped up a month long Bookmark Challenge on March 1st. Students were given a blank bookmark and guidelines to complete a bookmark that would include something related to reading. Students had all of February to complete the project and could include a quote, a favorite book title, or illustration of a favorite book or character. Each bookmark was voted on and one winner per classroom was selected. Winning themes were Harry Potter, Naughty Mable, Nibbles the Book Monster, and Junie B. Jones. The bookmarks will be distributed throughout the elementary, and the grand prize winner will have their bookmarks out for distribution at the Champaign County Library! Winners (pictured in order) include Makayla Lackey, Mrs. Troyer’s class, Isabella Spencer, Mrs. Cordell’s class, Carter Pratt, Mrs. Bell’s class, and Ava Martin, Mrs. Dallas’ class. Congratulations to these talented artists!


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  • Key Club and Student Council Make Strides to Impact Local Area

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/8/2019 1:00:00 AM

    West Liberty-Salem Key Club President Hallie Strapp and Vice President Cheyenne Gluckle presented donations to The West Liberty Cares Food Pantry and The Caring Kitchen on Wednesday. Marilyn Cohn with The Caring Kitchen and Gretchen Christopher from The Food Pantry were both on campus to receive checks from The Empty Bowls event held earlier this year. Key Club raised almost $800 during their first Empty Bowls Benefit, and it certainly won’t be the last.

    Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger and homelessness but is personalized on a community level. The students organized a soup dinner prior to a home Varsity Basketball Game in order to attract the largest crowd. Leading up to the event they held bake sales, prepared and delivered donation letters to local businesses, prepared and shared a PowerPoint presentation highlighting poverty needs in the community and beyond and volunteered many hours publicizing the event.

    The Caring Kitchen also received gently used clothing and books from the High School Student Council. In January, Student Council organized a competition between classes in order to increase donations. Students were encouraged to donate new or gently used clothing, coats and books. The class generating the most donations were awarded a class meal.

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  • WL-S First Grade Teachers Attend Guided Math Conference

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/8/2019

    Continuing education and learning fresh ideas for the classroom are two concepts that West Liberty-Salem teachers take very seriously. Keeping students engaged, and ever-evolving teaching styles, require a willingness from educators to not only learn and adjust but be willing to share new concepts with their peers.

    WL-S recently sent first grade teachers, Sherri Yoder, Denise Reed and Jenny Patton, to a math conference called ‘Guided Math Game Plan’. Host, teacher and education blogger, Reagan Tunstall, spent a few days sharing how math centers (or small group learning) can work more effectively in the classroom, meeting a wider variety of student needs. Guided Math is a method of teaching where teachers support students’ differing levels of math proficiency, while increasing difficulty, while working within a small group setting.

    At the elementary level, finding a way to make learning fun is important, hence the conference focus on “Game Plans.” Each teacher found concepts they will not only incorporate in their own class, but took away a plethora of information they will share with their peers. Some take always from the conference included incorporating daily math related themes. Mrs. Patton shared that students may be challenged, for example, with “Tricky Tuesday”. On Tuesdays, students will share a math concept that is tricky for them, thus allowing many concepts, shared by many students, to be reviewed. Ms. Reed, who has been following Tunstall’s math blog for a few years, will continue to use small groups to help differentiate her math curriculum. The conference helped her, and Mrs. Yoder, to have more productive, focused mini-lessons, while incorporating hands-on activity and movement.

    Education conferences are important for a variety of reasons. They allow our teachers access to colleagues and mentors with a wide range of specialties. They offer the opportunity to see what’s new in the ever changing field of academia and learn to tackle challenges from a variety of different perspectives. Mrs. Patton, Ms. Reed, and Mrs. Yoder will share the new concepts during WL-S Elementary professional development sessions enhancing the entire academic staff.

    (Pictured from left to right are Jenny Patton, Host Reagan Tunstall, Sherrie Yoder, Denise Reed, and Guest Speaker, Kristina Grant)

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  • High School Workforce Extravaganza

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/5/2019 12:05:00 AM

    The West Liberty-Salem Guidance Department is hosting a Workforce Extravaganza on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 6pm. There will be a brief parents’ meeting (students are also encouraged to attend) followed by a Jobs Fair in the Elementary Gym. This will lend students entering the workforce the opportunity to connect with local employers and free training opportunities. Speakers will discuss work Work Extravaganza based learning, career pathways, apprenticeships and job shadowing. This event is open to any student in Champaign County, so please help spread the word to anyone who may benefit.



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  • Aiden Taylor Advances to State Geography Bee

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 3/5/2019

    West Liberty-Salem 6th grader, Aiden Taylor, was recently notified by the National Geographical Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Ohio State Competition. The contest will be held at Winchester Trail Elementary in Canal Winchester on Friday, March 29, 2019.

    This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. The School Geography Bee, held in January, included students in fourth through eighth grades throughout the state to determine the school champion. Taylor, WL-S GeoBee Champion, moved on to the Regional GeoBee taking an online qualifying test, which was submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees.

    State Champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively. Each State Champion will advance to the National Championship for cash awards and college scholarships.

    Congratulations and Good Luck to Aiden Taylor! Way to represent WL-S!



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