Eighth graders recently visited The Piatt Castles for a tour rich in local history! Check out the full story below! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/149262?org=wls
Thank you Clark County Board of Realtors for supporting the Citizens for a Strong Community Levy Campaign! Check out the full story here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/149220?org=wls
Elementary students: Make sure you are adding all your physical activity to the yellow Champaign County Physical Activity Challenge sheets you received earlier this month. Your minutes could win $1,500 for our phys ed department! Turn in sheets to the office at the end of the month.
It's Gold Card Friday! Check out today's edition, and get your smiles ready. https://youtu.be/_kgCh-zTSwY
Meet Flash! Flash is a therapy dog owned by Abigail Stapleton. Mrs. Stapleton and Flash will volunteer their time helping with one on one reading and other activities in the elementary class rooms. Today they helped kindergarten students with individual reading time. Look how excited he is to join our team!
Congratulations to our September Middle School Students of the Month!! Students receive their award and a Student of the Month Tigers shirt! Students are nominated and chosen through a voting process by their teachers for good grades, leadership and character. We are proud of you!! Left to Right: 8th Grade: Zander Fahnestock & Anna Byrd– 7th Grade: Talon Castle & Audrey Collins – 6th Grade: Zaylor Eggleston & Ava Astorino
Mary Rutan brought their traveling health and wellness program, Power Up for Fitness, to West Libery-Salem elementary this week! Nurses worked with fourth graders showing them how to keep their lungs, heart and bodies healthy. Students received a bag of free information, frisbee, jump rope and water bottle at the end of the program!
Congratulations to WL-S teachers and staff for receiving the Momentum award for the second year in a row!! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/143036?org=wls
This is a reminder that WLS is on a one hour delay tomorrow, Wed Oct 9. Elementary School will begin at 8:45 a.m. Tomorrow is also Elementary student picture day. Parents can visit mylifetouch.com and use Picture Day ID: EVTHKVB7W to order pictures online.
Check out the full story of astronaut teacher and author, Mike Mongo, and his visit to WL-S Middle School! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/143739?org=wls
Homecoming weekend kicked off with Grand Marshal Ann Vogel leading the parade last evening followed by the Queen and King’s Court, band, sports teams, clubs, student council, and bus drivers to name a few floats! Here are a few photos of the parade! Coach Ann Vogel, Grand Marshal (pictured) Coach of the 2019 State Champion Varsity Girls Track Team – first team state champion in West Liberty-Salem female sports and first track and field state champion team in Champaign County Named 2019 Ohio U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year. Named Oho Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches as Ohio’s Coach of the Year for Girls Cross Country
It's Gold Card Friday! It's Homecoming, and Mr. Hollar is SO excited! Check it out here https://youtu.be/jyig_IJp158
Reminder: Homecoming Parade starts at 6pm with pep rally and bonfire to follow. Congrats to our parade grand marshal - Coach Ann Vogel!
Please help us congratulate our teachers and staff on receiving the Momentum Award from the Ohio State Board of Education! Full details are included in the news section of the website and by clicking the link below. https://www.wlstigers.org/article/143036?org=wls
Check out how our 8th grade biology students are helping teach observation based learning in our land lab! Our first graders had a great time meeting older friends and checking out all our outdoor class room has to offer! More info here: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/142655?org=wls
Check out this short article on student athletes who recently attended the 2019 OHSAA Student Athlete Leadership Conference! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/142500?org=wls
Presenting your 2019 Homecoming Court! Festivities begin Thursday evening where the court will lead the parade through town at 6pm. Congratulations to our Fall Homecoming Court! Bottom row seated (from left to right): Lydia Moell, Savannah Weaver, Grace Adams, Bexley Harrigan, Victoria Wilson Top row standing (from left to right): Chiara Podda, Trenton Douthwaite, Trent Berry, Eli McGill, Matthew Loffing, Trevor Woodruff, Allyson Gaver, Alisa Bolton
7th Grade Chicago Trip Meeting for parents and students is tomorrow, Tues. Oct 1st at 6:00pm in elementary cafeteria.
Reminder - Financial Aid Info Meeting is tomorrow, Oct. 1 Where: High School Cafeteria When: October 1, 5:00pm Who: All college considering high school students and families Financial Aid expert Rene Jewett with Wright State University will be on hand to present information related to various types of financial aid. The FAFSA opens up October 1 and should be completed by all senior students and families considering college next year. Process will be explained at this meeting. Also: Riverside High School is hosting a FAFSA Help Ohio night on October 3rd from 5:30-7:30 in their Computer Lab, room 200. Hands on help is available at this event for families to complete the FAFSA.
Don’t forget spirit week for Homecoming is this week, and tomorrow is Pajama Day! You can find the full line-up of events on our live feed!!
Hello this is Superintendent Hissong with some reminders about the upcoming Homecoming Week at WL-S. First, don't forget to participate and show your Tiger spirit this week by dressing up to each day's theme. The theme is the same for all students k-12. Monday, Sept 30 – Pajama Day Tuesday, Oct 1 – Twin Day Wednesday, Oct 2 – Favorite Sports Team/ Jersey Day Thursday, Oct 3 – Superhero Day Friday, Oct 4 – Black and Orange Day. Also, the Homecoming Parade will be Thursday at 6 PM. Everyone participating in the parade is supposed to be lined up at 5:30 PM at Lions Park. On Friday is the Homecoming Ceremony and Crowning of the Queen which begins at 6:10 PM.
Don’t forget spirit week for fall Homecoming 2019 is next week! 9/30 Pajama Day 10/1 Twin Day 10/2 Jersey/Favorite Sports Team Day 10/3 Superhero Day 10/4 Orange and Black Mark your calendars for the Homecoming Parade on Thursday, 10/3, at 6 p.m. Line up will begin at 5:30 at Lions Park. Homecoming Ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. Friday evening. Have a great week!!
It's Gold Card Friday! Check out this week's video and learn about a new physical activity challenge starting in October. https://youtu.be/1lFx9T-dUzo
Congratulations to Zackary Glock and Cade Clerico who have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) which conducts the program, was presented to each of these scholastically talented seniors. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). “Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.” Zack Glock is the son of Steve and Melissa Glock. He is active in Football, Baseball, Key Club, Link Crew, French Club, Calculus Club, Student Council and is his Class Vice President. Cade Clerico is the son of Forrest Clerico and Carolyne Wright. He is active in Cross Country, Key Club, Link Crew, Mock Trial, Quick Recall, Track and Field, PAGES and the National Honor Society.
Four WL-S students participated in the Young Americans workshop at Bellefontaine HS this past Sunday-Tuesday. Young Americans is an educational performing arts workshop specializing in voice, dance, song writing and acting. They learned an hour-long show in 3 short days and participated with over 200 students from area schools. The lessons they learned were immeasurable both for music and for life. Young Americans strives to provide a confidence boosting, team building, and educational experience for all. Pictured are Dylan Domachowski, Music Teacher Brice Henry, Illa Kerns, Sophia Holland, Anna Byrd, and a group photo of the final performance.
Our annual Homecoming Parade will take place Thursday, October 3rd at 6 pm. All students participating in the parade need to arrive no later than 5:30 at Lions Park to line up. Youth, middle-school, and high-school clubs and athletes should receive information from their coaches/advisors about where exactly to meet. We hope to see you there!
Little Tiger Cheerleaders concluded a three day camp experience under the lights Friday evening when they cheered our Tigers to a 56-8 victory over Madison Plains! Varsity Cheerleaders led three after school practices teaching sidelines cheers and a dance to 76 students in grades K-5. The Little Tigers were especially excited to show what they learned while cheering the whole first quarter of Friday night’s game. Great job to all of our Tiger cheerleaders for a great show this weekend!
Do you need some new WLS gear? Or are you looking for the perfect holiday gift? Visit the WLS Spirit Store by midnight on Sunday, September 29 to place your order. https://wlspride2019.itemorder.com/
Lights were low, music was groovy and the books were hot at the 4th grade Language Arts ‘Book Tasting Cafe’. Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Kale set the mood this morning with a real coffee house feel, while students “tasted” five different genres of literature. This was a fun way to help students understand the concept of successfully finding good-fit books. Good-fit books are books that students understand yet provide a little challenge, are interesting to their individual taste, and are appropriate length for their reading level. Way to make reading fun!
WL-S football players were up before the sunrise to help ‘Logan County Vets to DC’ load luggage, wheelchairs, and walkers on the busses transporting 51 veterans to Washington DC this morning. Cheerleaders helped lined the streets in Bellefontaine to wish our Veterans well and thank them for their service. Thanks to this great bunch of student athletes for volunteering very early for such a great cause.
WL-S sent 103 FFA students to the Farm Science Review where they helped the Ohio Cattle Womens Association in the food tent. The Cattle Womens Association works hard to organize, prepare and serve a lot of people during the FSR, and it was an honor to be invited to help out! Special thanks to the Cattle Womens Association and our chaperones for making this day a success!
Howdy partners! Check out today's Gold Card video where Cowboy Hollar and Cowboy McGill explain the WLS High Fives! https://youtu.be/3Dxk3ch60ow
We are proud to announce our September seniors of the month! Eli McGill and Grace Adams were selected and voted on by their teachers for being good leaders and great students! They have been active members of our Tiger community for four years and both plan to continue their education next year. Congratulations Grace and Eli!
Does your 3rd-6th grader want to join the Champaign County Youth Choir? If so, sign up on Oct 5 at 9 am at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany on the corner of Scioto and Kenton Streets in Urbana. No auditions, the only requirement is to love singing! Flyer: https://5il.co/abet
Tomorrow is our first “Walk At School” for the year! Bring the family and meet us at the track to get a jump start on your steps for the day! We will meet at 7 am and walk until 7:30. Park in the back lot near the track. See you in the morning!
It’s fall picture time!! Picture day for grades 6-11 is tomorrow, 9/17! Ohio Hi Point picture day will begin at 7:25 on 9/18, at WL-S, prior to bus departure to OHP. Seniors, including OHP seniors, and any makes up will be on 10/23. If your student needs a new form, they can pick one up in the main office.
Congratulations to the 2019 Homecoming Court! Homecoming Court for Fall 2019 Freshman attendant: Allie Bolton Sophomore attendant: Ally Gaver Junior attendant: Chiara Podda Queen Candidates: Grace Adams Bexley Harrigan Lydia Moell Savannah Weaver Tori Wilson King Candidates: Trent Berry Trenton Douthwaite Matthew Loffing Eli McGill Trevor Woodruff See the short video below to watch! https://youtu.be/LkXFVd3M8zk
The Athletic Department has made a few changes to the Athletic Pass Policy. Please see below and let us know if you have any questions. Thanks! Athletic Pass Policy Effective September 20, 2019, all athletic pass holders (senior citizen, family, individual or student) will be required to show their physical pass before entering athletic events held at WL-S. In the event that you forget your pass, you will be required to pay. If you have purchased a family pass and don’t have passes for each family member, please contact Audrey Jones or Jake Vitt at 937-465-1060.
Congratulations to this week’s Middle School & High School Gold Card winners! 6th: Marisa Smith 7th: Leigha Cox 8th: Riggs Lapp 9th: Skyler Woods 10th: Grant Schoenleben 11th: Madeline Hutton-Ashcroft 12th: Zach Glock Each student wins a $5 gift card to their choice of Subway, Ice Cream Parlor, Chipolte, Panera Bread, Maries Candies, or The Depot Coffee House! Congrats to these students who were ‘caught being good’! Elementary gold card drawings will begin next week.
Do you ever hear your student talking about those silly “Gold Card Friday” videos? Here is your chance to check them out for yourself. Stop back each Friday to see what Mr. Hollar and Mr. McGill are up to. https://youtu.be/EGJUbZG1iXE
There will be a brief parent meeting Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6pm, for any student in grades 8-11 interested in going to London next summer (2021). All students and their parents are invited to attend the meeting and find out about this great opportunity! Check out our events page to add it to your calendar!
On behalf of The West Liberty-Salem School District, I am very proud of our students and staff and their accomplishments each year. I want to congratulate our students on their hard work and efforts on the tests and our entire staff for the work they do with our students that truly makes the difference. I am very proud of everyone and the results on this year's report card. Kraig Hissong, Superintendent Stay tuned for a detailed report of our districts specific report card. Have a great evening!
Need help completing student information in FinalForms? Stop by the WL-S lobby! We now have two iPads available for your convenience. Just pop into the Office from 7:15am-2:45pm if you have questions - we're happy to help.
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Last night in sports........ West Liberty Salem Varsity girls soccer lost tonight to Miami East 3-4. JV soccer also lost to Miami East 0-2. Boys Soccer tied Miami East 2-2. The WLS Volleyball team traveled to Cedarville tonight. The Tigers swept the Indians in 3 straight sets: 25-15, 25-11, 25-18. The Tigers are now 6-2 JV Tigers won in 2 sets: 25-17, 25-17 Freshman Volleyball played at Ben Logan won in 3 sets 21-25 Ben Logan 25-20 West Liberty-Salem 25-20 West Liberty-Salem West Liberty-Salem bounces back and defeats conference rival Mechanicsburg 191-197 on Tuesday, September 10 at Liberty Hills Golf Course. The Tigers played their most consistent and balanced match, with all players scoring within 11 strokes of each other. The Tigers have worked hard all year and it is finally paying off. For full sports coverage like our West Liberty-Salem Athletic Association page.
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent, with some quick announcements. First, Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11, is our first 1-hour Delay Start Day for students. Please remember that school will start at 8:40 for MS/HS and 8:45 for Elementary. JVS and Mac-A-Cheek students will go at your normal times. Also, WLS is utilizing a system called FinalForms, which allows parents to quickly complete annual student forms online. About Sixty percent of our parents have completed forms for their students, and we thank you! If you have NOT completed these forms, it is imperative you do so as soon as possible since they contain important contact and emergency medical information. Please be advised, your student cannot attend field trips if forms are not completed. For parents with Middle School students, you will need to enter a student email address which is typically firstname.lastname@example.org. Middle School and High School students are also required to sign off on forms in FinalForms, and they will be given time at school to do so in the next week. If you have NOT received an email from FinalForms to set up an account, or if you have other questions about FinalForms, please contact the Office at 937-465-1060. Last, the morning student drop-off is going well and drivers are doing a great job pulling forward and utilizing more of the drop off lane. Remember to be cautious and have children prepared during morning drop off. Approximately 300 cars drop students off in the morning with most of those doing so in a 10 minute window of time. That is about one car dropping students off every two seconds. Expect traffic congestion if you drop of between 7:25 to 7:35 AM on normal start days. If you like a more relaxing start to your day, try to drop your child off before 7:25 AM. Traffic is much lighter before this time. Thank you and have a good evening.
Parents, this is a reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11, there is a one hour delay for West Liberty-Salem. MS/HS will begin at 8:40 and elementary will begin at 8:45. Thank you, and have a great rest of your day!
In sports West Liberty-Salem golf team wasn't able to get things going on Monday against Triad and dropped the match 218-185. It was an off day for everyone on the Tigers squad. The Tigers look to bounce back and get back at it against Mechanicsburg on Tuesday. Patrick Harr- 49 (+14) Kenny Harr-50 (+15) Garrett Payer- 64 (+29) Tucker Ridenbaugh- 55 (+20) The 7th grade volleyball team beat Greenon in 3 sets. 20-25, 20-25, 16-25. Top server was Ava Dixon. The 8th grade volleyball team defeated Greenon in two straight sets: 25-14, 25-13.
West Liberty-Salem welcomed the whole Class of 2032 on Friday! This was the first day that all students reported to school together after the staggered start to the school year. It was a busy day learning all about gym, library, music class, and discovering all about the lunch room and playground! Lots of new friends were made and excited faces returned on Monday for their very first class picture! The Elementary PTO donated special ‘Class of 2032’ t-shirts for them to keep. We are excited to watch this group learn and grow together! Best of luck Class of 2032!
Make sure you are heading over to the App or Website and check out Middle School and High School Announcements. These are located in the documents section under ‘MS & HS Announcements’. There is a lot of useful information here about tryouts, upcoming events, college prep info, and more.
Many parents have asked for their students e-mail addresses to complete final forms. For sixth-ninth grade, it is their email@example.com. Highschool addresses vary slightly, but students should know them. Students will log in at school over the next week and complete their portion of the forms. Thank you!
Girls Soccer Fundraiser: Don't have plans on Sunday, September 29? Watch the WLS girls soccer team play at Columbus Crew Stadium at noon. Stay for the Crew game at 5pm - tickets are available in the WLS office for $25. All proceeds go to the WLS girls soccer team.
The Athletic Association’s fall spirit store is open online ONLY until September 8th! Be sure to head over and gear up! Orders will be delivered on 9/20. https://wlsaafall19-2.itemorder.com
Welcome back, Tigers!! We hope you have a fun, safe, and productive school year! Families, remember to complete your Final Forms paperwork soon. If you did not receive an email about this, with a link to create your account, please reach out to the office for assistance!
Congratulations to Matthew Schuster for receiving his Eagle Scout Badge and recognition today. Matthew completed his Eagle Scout Project last spring by building friendship benches for the elementary playground. Thank you Mathew for your donation to our students and school and congratulations on your achievements!
Hello, this is Superintendent, Kraig Hissong, welcoming all students’ families back for the first day of school year. For MS/HS students the first day of school is Tues, Sept 3 from 7:40am -2:54 pm. Students in grades K-5 will be on a staggered start schedule for the first three days of the school year from 7:45 am-2:57 pm. With the staggered start, that means your elementary student will report to school only two days the first week of school. Elementary students with last names A-G will come Tuesday, Sept 3. Elementary students with last names H-M will come Wednesday, Sept 4. Elementary students with last names N-Z will come Thursday, Sept 5. ALL elementary students will report to school on Fri, Sept 6. Kindergarten students should follow the staggered start schedule mailed by Kindergarten teachers. If you have questions about your student’s start date, please call the office. Also, to ensure that the school year gets off to a great start, I want to remind parents to check the website for procedures on “best practices” if you are bringing your students to school and using the parent drop off loop out front. First, please remember that if you are coming to the school from the south, from the Urbana direction, use the new south entrance to enter the school. Once you enter, turn right at the 4 way stop and then left to enter into the parent loop. If you are coming from the north, or from West Liberty, turn right into the north drive and then proceed to the right into the parent drop off loop. One you enter the parent drop off lanes, remember that the fire lane, as well as the curb lane south of the fire lane, towards the MS wing of the building is widely underutilized during morning drop off. This area, when the driver is NOT exiting the vehicle, is available when dropping your students off. Using this entire curb lane will allow more students to exit their vehicles at one time and create less congestion in the left lane and the entrances from Route 68. Per procedure, find a spot as far forward as possible and merge into the right lane (curb lane). After your student exits your vehicle merge back into left lane traffic. Sometimes, it is easier (especially when south of the fire lane) to merge back into the left lane closer to the stop sign when traffic flow allows. Often, parents are dropping their students off as far back as the playground and then merging back into the left lane when spaces are available farther forward. This is creating unnecessary congestion too early in the drop off process. We would, again, like to emphasize that the goal is to find a spot as far forward as possible. In closing, we would like to remind families that students should ALWAYS exit the passenger side of the vehicle in the curb lane only, and drivers are NEVER permitted to exit their vehicle in the drop off lane during drop off times. (Parking is permitted after drop off and during pick up). Should your child need assistance exiting the vehicle, please use the visitor parking lot, and walk your child to the building via the cross walk. We are very excited for this school year and to see all of you next week! Come to the football game tonight, see your friends, enjoy the marching band, and cheer on the Tiger’s as they take on the Falcon’s from Graham. Thank you!
Would you like to order spirit wear? The Athletic Association will offer their fall spirit store online 9/1-9/8. Items will be delivered on 9/20. Be sure to follow W L-S AA on facebook for more info. The link will be posted here and on their facebook page on 9/1 for all of your Tiger spirit needs!
Don’t forget open house tonight from 4-6! Pay fees, get information about clubs, athletics, and find your new class rooms! We hope to see you there!
Check out a new article located in the ‘News’ section of your app or website with some important dress code reminders for the year ahead! Haven’t downloaded the app yet? Head over to your smart phone’s App Store and search West Liberty Salem Tigers and check it out!
This school year, WLS will utilize a system called FinalForms, which will allow parents to quickly complete student forms online. Within the next 24 hours, you should receive an email from FinalForms to set up your account. If you DO NOT receive an email, contact the Office.
Join us for our Open House from 4-6 pm on Wednesday, August 28. Check out student classrooms, pay fees, and speak with Transportation and/or Cafeteria Directors.
First Day of School is Tuesday, September 3 for MS & HS students. Elementary students should follow the staggered start schedule (September 3-5) that will be shared in the next couple weeks.