Community Health & Wellness Partners (CHWP), an independent, nonprofit health center that provides primary care and other wellness services to the residents of Logan and surrounding counties, has partnered with West Liberty Salem Local Schools to open an on-site, school-based health center. The health center opens January 19 and is staffed by the school’s nurse, Jennifer Douthwaite, a certified nurse practitioner (CNP), and Beth Wing, a licensed practicing nurse (LPN). Both are employees of CHWP. Students may visit the school-based health center for any and all issues normally handled by the school nurse. In addition, they can visit the center for other primary care needs, such as regular check-ups, prescriptions, and appointments to address injuries or the onset of other health issues. The school-based health center is not a replacement for anyone’s primary health care provider, but instead provides an additional, optional touchpoint for students and faculty to receive health support and ensure they meet treatment schedules. Because the school- based health center’s nurses are part of the CHWP team, they will follow CHWP’s Team Care model, which integrates services such as management of chronic diseases, nutrition, pharmacy, and behavioral health. “Having a health center located on-site at our school is a big step forward in keeping our students healthy. It will minimize the time out of class needed for students to manage any health issues they have,” said Kraig Hissong, superintendent of West Liberty Salem Local Schools. “This will help our students improve their academic results, and by paying more attention to their health at a time and place that is convenient, we expect them to have better long-term health outcomes as well.” “School-based health centers can play an important role in helping families manage the physical and mental health needs of their children,” said Tara Bair, president and CEO of Community Health and Wellness Partners. “We are proud to be partnering with West Liberty Salem Local Schools to offer this important and needed service for their students and faculty.” The goal of a school-based health center is to minimize the time children are out of class and maximize the amount of time they spend learning. Studies have shown that students who receive school-based health care also have fewer long-term health issues and experience improved academic outcomes. Families also maintain complete control over what health services their children receive or do not receive. Having a health care center on-site at a school offers a convenient way for parents to have their child seen by a provider. A school-based health center also provides a consistent care provider relationship, reducing the need for parents to switch health care providers to fit their schedules or changes in health insurance. Learning is more effective if students are present in class, healthy and engaged. School-based health care connects students to health care providers in a way that minimizes overall disruption to their instructional time — including tardiness or early dismissals. Research has shown that schools that provide health care on-site report better graduation rates, improved grade promotion, lower rates of absenteeism, tardiness, withdrawals, dropouts, failing grades, and fewer disciplinary problems. Teachers can support school-based health initiatives by alerting providers of possible student health issues to help students receive care when the need is greatest. School-based health centers provide access to health care for all children whose parents have given permission, regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. When parents give permission for their children to be seen at a school-based health center, they know they will not have to miss work to care for minor problems. They also know that their children will receive prompt attention from health care providers trained at working with youth. School administrators and teachers are extremely supportive of school-based health centers because health centers allow them to focus on their role of educating students who are healthy and ready to learn. About Community Health & Wellness Partners Community Health & Wellness Partners opened its door in March 2014 with a mission to provide quality, whole person, patient-centered medical care to the residents of Logan and surrounding counties. With locations now in Bellefontaine, Indian Lake and West Liberty, the nonprofit organization’s services include primary care, integrated behavioral health care, clinical primary care, pharmacy services, nutrition services and more. Community Health & Wellness Partners offers patients a team-based approach to their care, supporting their primary care provider so that the patient can experience a more well-rounded approach to addressing their health care needs. Community Health & Wellness Partners delivers care to patients regardless of their age, gender, income level, insurance or ability to pay. For more information, visit www.chwplc.org.
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent. This message is for families that have children that ride Bus 3. Bus 3 is running late todaybdue to a mechanical breakdown and that route will be running about 30 minutes late this morning. Please continue to watch for the bus and its arrival. Thank you.
JV/Varsity Boys Basketball will take on Graham Falcon’s today, Jan 16, 2021 | 1;00 PM EST Watch Here 👉👉 ➡️ http://jaguar.insidethegames.live/hsbasketball.php Go Tigers!
JV/Varsity Boys Basketball will take on Graham Falcon’s today, Jan 16, 2021 | 12:00 PM EST Watch Here 👉👉 ➡️ http://jaguar.insidethegames.live/hsbasketball.php Go Tigers!
Hello WLS families, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent, with a reminder that students have a 4 day weekend. Staff will have a work day tomorrow, Friday, to wrap up the end of first semester and prepare for second semester. Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Enjoy your weekend and we will see you all for the 2nd half of the school year Tuesday!
The Middle School has named the top performers from each grade for this year’s Spelling Bee! They will go on to compete against one another in the Middle School Spelling Bee later this month. 6th grade: 1st place: Aiden Hull 2nd: Claire Ling In no particular order, the following students were in the top eight: Lyla Breton, Brayden Hershberger, Thaddeus Kitchen, Noah Sarver, Bryson Jones, and Casey Boyer. 7th grade: 1st: Brevin Louden 2nd: Caden Stokes Top eight: Dylan King, Caleb Ling, Sadie Paul, Marshall Sutherin, Josiah Tidwell, Elijah Christison, Geneva Estes 8th Graders have a top ten group of winners that include Aidon Koons, Quentin Rudolph, Jayden Temple, Collin Thompson, Owen Barger, Evan Borgerding, Lincoln Henderson, Alyssa Mueller, Allie Ferryman, and Talon Castle. Congratulations and good luck to all of our Middle School spellers!
West Liberty-Salem joins the many school districts across the nation in recognizing our local Board of Education celebrating January’s School Board Recognition Month. “We are pleased to recognize the WL-S school board members for selflessly serving our schools and making critical decisions that ensure the continued success of our district, students and faculty. They are a vital part of our community and take on a lot of behind the scenes responsibilities. We want them to know how much they are appreciated,” Superintendent Kraig Hissong said. The West Liberty-Salem Board of Education is responsible for serving more than 1,200 students and 165 employees, while connecting the district with the community we serve. While our board serves to make many crucial decisions for our future, one very notable accomplishment of the last year was the refinancing of district bonds. The School Board’s decision will save the district $1.6 million over the remaining 20 year life of the bonds. This scrapes only the surface of what the board has accomplished, however. Meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7pm and are live-streamed on our website. Please help us say thank you to our board members for their ongoing commitment to serve our children and our community. President: Pat Adams Vice President: Tim Lamb Members: Ryan Cole Chuck Buck Dave Cline
Hello, tonight we experienced technical difficulty with youtube live. We will be broadcasting via live events that you can find on the main page of our website. We apologize for the inconvenience. The meeting will start momentarily.
Hello, Just a reminder that tonight's WL-S Board meeting will begin at 6PM and will be available using YouTube Live. The meeting will begin with a Tax Budget hearing that will be immediately followed by an Organizational meeting and then by the Regular meeting at roughly 6:45 PM. The link is below or can be found on our website under the menu tab and listed as Kraig Hissong's Live Feed. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCma4KkHinzO6DEB0StJWOxw/featured
Our weight room received a full make over during the holiday break! Check out the full story here https://www.wlstigers.org/article/379216?org=wls!
Our 8th and 9th grade Biology students are proud to announce the birth of 43 Wolf Spider babies! Mom is doing well considering she has carried an egg sack on her back since November! Dad is proud but remains huddled in a corner since Mom is a bit territorial over her new responsibilities. I mean, let’s face it, 43 babies might make any new mom a bit testy! Wolf spiders are important to the environment because they take care of pesky ground pest insects in our homes and yards (even though they may look really scary)! Students have been feeding the family a steady diet of crickets before, during and since the birth. Congratulations to our new Tiger family!
The boy’s varsity basketball team will take on the Trojans at Southeastern tonight at 5:30! Join us via the Trojan’s live-stream link below! Go Tigers! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4--RdZhwlrEOkkmyc-I4WA
WL-S Middle School teachers have named their December students of the month! Students are nominated and voted on for their commitment to academic excellence and good citizenship among their staff and peers. Congratulations to the following students: 8th Grade: Marley Myers & Greyson Horsley 7th Grade: Sadie Paul & Ian Cox 6th Grade: Audrianna Evilsizor & Ben Wall Students are awarded a t-shirt from Big Orange Shoe Shop and a gift from Maries Candies!
WL-S Elementary would like to congratulate Spelling Bee winners Alauna Kinchen, Champion, and Ellis Koons, Runner Up! For the full story, click here https://www.wlstigers.org/article/377897?org=wls
It’s a new year, so be sure to check out the Middle School/High School daily announcements for important updates! Your students can check these daily, but we all know that sometimes they may forget to share. Announcements include things like sports updates, college and scholarship opportunities, senior deadlines and info, deadlines to sign up for clubs and sports, etc. so be sure to check it out! Our website is full of great information so be sure to check in and see what’s happening! Announcements: http://westlibertysalemoh.apptegy.us/o/wls/page/ms-hs-daily-announcements--3
Please join us for Born and Raced in West Liberty’s first virtual races! Our love-themed races take place the week of February 7th-February 14th which include a 5K and a One Mile Fun Run for younger runners. Walkers are also welcome to participate. All participants receive a race shirt, and the proceeds will benefit the West Liberty-Salem Track and Field program. https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/WestLiberty/LoveontheRun5KandPuppyLoveOneMileFunRun
Hello WL-S families and Happy New Year! Tomorrow is our first day of school in 2021. I hope everyone has had a wonderful break with your families. COVID has continued to impact our community and Ohio however, I am hopeful that we will start to see a turn for the better with vaccines soon to be available to the general public. We will be returning to 5 day per week instruction for all students beginning tomorrow. That means that your children's schedules, bus stop times, etc. will all return to normal as it was prior to starting hybrid instruction. Also, all Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunches will continue for all students for the remainder of this school year. This was extended by the federal government for all schools. We will also be allowing additional people to attend athletic events. OHSAA will return to the 15% rule for attendance capacity. More information will be provided on this. Our hope is that more students, families, and friends will be able to attend events. Last, I want to remind all families, to continue to monitor your health each day. If you are not feeling well, please use cautiion when deciding to come to school. We want to continue to ensure that the school is a safe and healthy place for everyone and we can only do that if we work together. We are excited to see you all in 2021!
Tonight’s JV/varsity Boy’s Basketball game has been cancelled by the opposing team. Have a great evening!
Our community is making an impact on local families this Christmas! Read the full story here https://www.wlstigers.org/article/370426?org=wls
Students from Mrs. Smith’s MCCESC class made and sold ornaments for $1 piece to help support a child in need this Christmas! Middle School Student Council selected this as their December service project and the students were excited to be a part of the gift of giving! Thanks to Mrs. Smith and her whole class, someone will have a very Merry Christmas!
The West Liberty-Salem FFA donated 8 bushels of Florida navel oranges to the Food Service Department this week. Several of the Food Service workers alongside the Transportation crew were busy all morning on Friday, December 18th bagging up over 2100 breakfasts/lunches to be delivered to our students' homes. The WL-S FFA wants to give them a huge shout out for all of their efforts to continue feeding our students during Hybrid Learning time! It takes a special crew to have such drive and initiative!
FFA had a little holiday fun today to celebrate surpassing their fruit sale goal! This morning, Mrs. Havens treated the seniors to a fantastic full course breakfast because they surpassed their expected sales goal. Freshman were within just dollars of meeting their goal, so they were treated to an ice cream sundae bar. Thanks, Mrs. Havens! The students really enjoyed the treat! (All foods were served to students by the same person who took all standard safety precautions.).
Elementary Specials teachers have been really busy creating festive ways to help celebrate the holidays. And while Covid might have taken our Christmas Program, we can still “spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear!” (Elf) Every student in K-5 visited elementary, middle school, high school, and administration, singing outside class room and office windows, where captive audiences of all ages were eager to sing along! Enjoy a short video of our 5th graders singing ‘Up on the House Top’, and ‘Jingle Bells’! https://youtu.be/iwx_7IkeKdo
The Middle School classes recently held a donation contest to purchase a bike for a Logan County student in need. They partnered with Logan County Children’s Services, set a goal of $300, and started donating! Teachers and students challenged each other to win bragging rights for most money raised, and the results are in........ Raising a grand total of $450.96, they SURPASSED their goal and can now help with other gifts! Thanks to everyone who made this possible. Simply being a part of the act of giving is enough!! Class donations: Winner: Mr. Clapp’s HR $87.85 2nd Mr. Spencer’s HR $85.52 3rd Fullenkamp/Harmon $83 4th Mrs. Moell HR $68 5th Mr. Barhorst HR $61 6th Stapleton $31 7th Mazza $11.01 8th Mrs. Unger $10 9th Ludlow HR $6.58 10th-11th Buroker/Symmat HR $5 12th Miller $2
If you ordered gear from the Tiger store, please remember that pick up is Thursday, 12/17, and Friday 12/18, from 5-7 at the main entrance of the gym. Thank you!
Congratulations to our November Seniors of the Month! Hayden Phillips and Maria Henderson were selected by their teachers for their academic excellence, good citizenship, and character both in the classroom, community and in extra curricula. SENIOR OF THE MONTH QUESTIONNAIRE NAME: Hayden Phillips SCHOOL: West Liberty-Salem PARENTS: Susan Yu and John Phillips School Activities: Baseball, NHS, Key Club, Calc Club, Mock trial, Quick Recall. Awards: National Commendation for Merit, 4 year Honor Roll, Scholar Athlete Award If I were principal for a day: I would put slip’n slides at every enterance so that they are the only way in and out of the school. Favorite school memory: All the great people that I’ve met and friends that I have made, that I never would have without this school. People who have been an inspiration to me include: My grandmother. Because: She has shown me the importance of treating other people kindly. Lately, I have been reading: A lot of emails. Mostly about college, a few about limited time-special offers, etc. My advice to parents: Make sure your kids know right from wrong, and that who they chose as their friends shapes who they are. My biggest regret: Letting fear hold me back. Next year I will be: Hopefully in college studying something that I love. Advisor: Greg Johnson, MS/HS Principal SENIOR OF THE MONTH QUESTIONNAIRE NAME: Maria Henderson SCHOOL: West Liberty-Salem PARENTS: Ty and Stephanie Henderson School Activities and Awards: Cross Country, Track, Musical, Quick Recall Captain, National Honor Society, Link Crew, Student Council, Pages, Book Club, Calc Club,Marching Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, Choir Librarian, Key Club President, iPad Committee. If I were principal for a day: I would have recess and a designated nap time because we need it. Favorite school memory: Going on the band trip to Disney last Christmas. People who have been an inspiration to me include: My parents and my coach, Ann Vogel. Because: My parents always support me no matter what and push me to be my best. Ann has helped me grow so much as a runner and has helped build my confidence in myself over the last 4 years. Lately, I have been reading: The Mysterious Benedict Society My advice to parents: Be understanding when your kids mess up because no one is perfect. My biggest regret: Not coming out of my shell sooner in high school. Next year I will be: Attending a 4 year university for an undecided major. Advisor: Greg Johnson, MS/HS Principal
Thank you to everyone who volunteered and supported the elementary Santa Shop! We had several generous donors make it possible for all students to shop if they wish! The PTO appreciates the support and our students LOVED Christmas shopping for their loved ones! The highlight was seeing how excited they were to choose that perfect gift!
National Honor Society inducted 23 new members this week. For the full story click here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/368474?org=wls Standing (back row): Audrey McGill, Gabrielle Williams, Naomi McGill, Alison Gault, Aubrey Williams Sitting (middle row): Macie Campbell, Emily Hollar, Jocelynn Kennaw, Madison Bahan, Madison Casto, Brandon LaRoche, Bella Kauffman Sitting (front row): Jamie Gluckle, Amanda Domachowski, Megan Adams, Mandilyn Weaver, Brady Forsythe, Dylan Lauck, Hallie Smith, Micah Stoner Not pictured: Owen Johnson, Isaac Reames, Logan Saylor
We had a great day at Santa Shop! Our shoppers were so eager to find gifts for moms, dads, siblings, and many others on their lists! Your shoppers were so polite and helpful! They put things back where they left them and always said please and thank you. We are especially thankful for our special elves (volunteers) who helped make it a really smooth day! Thanks to Audrey Jones, Corlea Collins, Hannah Perdue, Teresa Stokes, Yvonne Woodruff, and Susan Millice for helping our shoppers. And thank you Mrs. Cotrell, Mrs. Frederick, Mrs. Blair, Mrs. Hollar, and Mrs. Smucker who reorganized specials times and helped make it happen this year! Tuesday/Thursday students will shop tomorrow, and we can’t wait!
Hello, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent, of West Liberty-Salem Schools, calling to inform families that on January 4th, WL-S will return to regular, 5 days/week instruction for all students attending school in-person in grades K-12 unless cases increase and the risk for COVID spread becomes greater for our area. This decision was made based on information we have received from both the Logan and Champaign County Health Departments. COVID cases are still high in both counties, but there are signs that cases/day are starting to level off. That said, both health departments strongly urge that families avoid gatherings with extended family and friends if we want to have a successful return to a normal school schedule. The health departments have also stated that a COVID vaccine has been approved and another may be approved this week for children, age 16 and over, and adults. Vaccines will likely be available to medical staff and first responders by the end of this month with vaccines available to the general public sometime after January to early spring depending on the number of vaccines provided. Again, WL-S will resume regular school schedules for all students attending in-person instruction beginning January 4th, unless cases increase and COVID spread becomes higher. I want to thank families again for your support and efforts to make hybrid instruction successful for your children and hope that you all have a successful last week of hybrid before winter break, which begins next week. Thank you and have a good evening! Kraig Hissong
West Liberty-Salem held it’s annual blood drive last Friday and a big thanks is in order for all who participated! Community Blood Center had this to say, “Fridays’ blood drive was excellent!! You had 14 first time donors that is soo incredible (AWESOME)! We are so grateful that you continued to hold the blood drive even with moving to hybrid learning! It turned out to be amazing! 40 people registered to give blood, 34 were successful. 18 units were projected! 188% percent of goal!” The CBC blood bank levels are critically low and being able to be a part of helping replenish just a bit of that felt really good! Thank you to everyone who took the time to donate!
Calc Club had their monthly meeting and carried on this year’s theme of giving back to the community. This month they are wrapping Christmas gifts for local families in need! WL-S is working with several organizations to provide Christmas gifts, or providing skilled wrappers to get those gifts ready for Santa’s big arrival! Thanks, Calc Club, for your desire to make a difference in an otherwise tough year!
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Hello WL-S Families, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent with some information related to COVID-19. It has been a good two weeks here at WL-S since Thanksgiving. In that time we have had no students and only 2 staff members test positive for COVID. Currently both Champaign and Logan Counties are seeing around 30 to 40 new cases of COVID each day. I want to inform families to a change in the length of quarantine for students and staff who are identified as a close contact of a person who is positive for COVID. The length of quarantine for close contacts has been reduced from 14 days to 10 days if the individual who is being quarantined does not have any symptoms. Also, a person who is a close contact and is under quarantine has the option to further reduce the quarantine period to 7 days if they take a COVID test and the results of that test are negative. The earliest a person could take the COVID test is on Day 5 of their quarantine and they could not return to school until Day 7, regardless if they received results on day 5 or 6. WL-S will now use this new protocol for quarantines. It is also important to note that there has been no change to the length of Isolation for an individual who has tested positive. It is still 10 days from the date of the first symptom. Last, we have received news from both health departments that vaccines will likely be available to 1st priority individuals by the end of the month. Two major drug manufactures are applying for approval with the FDA this week and next. Thank you, Kraig Hissong
West Liberty-Salem Middle School has announced their November Students of the Month! Teachers nominate students for their leadership, good citizenship, and academic excellence. Students receive a t-shirt and goodies from Marie’s Candies. Keep up the great work, Tigers! Left to Right 8th Grade: Kennedy Wallace & Lincoln Henderson 7th Grade: Lyndee Harrison & Cameron Pope 6th Grade: Kiersten Stoll & Patrick Brooks
FFA/Ag students helped wrap Christmas gifts this week for local families in need. Mrs. Perdue and her church, Kennard Church of the Nazarene, gather gifts for local charities each year. The students were thrilled to be a part of making the holidays special for families who deserve a little help after a particularly trying year. Way to go, kiddos!
Tonight’s basketball game can be viewed live at the following link. Go Tigers! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYDb5vl3gj6xZUE0hbdD0w
Hello, We want to remind all WLS Families that if you would like to receive FREE Breakfast and Lunch for your children for the 3 days they are completing remote instruction, please call or email Kathy Smith, Food Service Supervisor. Phone: 937-465-1075 x 136 or Email: KSmith@wlstigers.org. Our next delivery is Friday, December 11th, between 11 AM and 12:30 PM. Orders need to be received no later than Thursday, December 10th. Thank you, Kraig Hissong
The WLS Athletic Association would like to invite you to their monthly meeting this week, Wednesday, 6pm, in the elementary cafeteria. Please wear a mask. 😷 There is a zoom option available as well. Join Zoom Meeting https://udayton.zoom.us/j/4138279642 Meeting ID: 413 827 9642 If you haven't been watching facebook and twitter, you may have missed the opportunity to purchase a fan face to be added to the jungle for HS home games!! It's been a fun way to get some community involvement, and the teams are enjoying seeing who shows up each game! You can buy yours here, but we are nearing the limit, as the stands are filling fast: http://bidpal.net/jungle Our 1st ever WLSAA Online Auction is happening now, and ending this Friday!! There's an empty space where we hope to build a fieldhouse, and we need that fund to grow immensely. We would love to make double profit on the donated items from the 2020 Reverse Raffle, because we are unable to plan for a 2021 Reverse Raffle due to the uncertainty of the coming months! There are many unique items that could double as your tax deductible gift to WLSAA while also making someone in your life very happy with the best Christmas gift ever!!! Please consider taking a look, place some bids, "buy it now", or just make a donation. http://bidpal.net/wlsaa
This is Aaron Hollar with a message about Elementary picture retakes. Elem picture retakes are Tuesday, Dec. 8th starting at 8:00 am. If your student was absent for the original picture day, or if there were issues with the first set of pictures, please plan on having retakes. For those of you that are not scheduled for school that day, please bring your child in between 8:00-9:00 Tuesday morning. You must bring the original picture packet with you if you are having your picture retaken.
This week our staff spotlight goes to our Middle School and High School secretary, Julie Nieman! She works hard in the office each day to make sure things are running smoothly for staff and that our students know what’s going on. Julie moved here 15 years ago with her family and worked as a Braillist with a visually impaired student for 12 years before moving into the secretarial position several years ago. She has a college degree in Wildlife and Natural Resources and worked as a National Park Service Ranger for several years along with her husband. She has been married to her husband for 33 years and has two adult daughters: 1 is a teacher for children with disabilities and the other is a graphic designer/artist. Along with their two adult daughters, they plan to visit every National Park in the U.S. and have visited almost 20 so far! She loves spending time with her family and creating new adventures! Thanks, Mrs. Nieman, for all you do at WL-S!
Lady tigers vs. Triad is live on YouTube! Go tigers! https://m.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&fbclid=IwAR2kOUab1ybWzQfEwKqLUhWQyQGfOko_ZCZej3ftPspo4eYdBsaDw5SMFcg&feature=youtu.be&v=VxQ-Xl69KMM
Please note the following update pertaining to winter sports spectator policy. This policy comes to us from the OHC. Any questions should be directed to the WLS athletic department. Members of the Ohio Heritage Conference Board of Control met on Wednesday, Nov. 25th at 9:00am to discuss the Governor’s recommendation to restrict seating for athletic events from Nov. 30th to Dec. 31st. After discussion, the board approved the following: “The OHC Schools will follow the recommendation of the governor and the OHSAA and limit attendance at games/competitions to parents of participants from Nov. 30th to Dec. 31st.” The spirit of this action is to allow parents (including step-parents or other guardians when possible) of participants (players and cheerleaders/pep band members when applicable) to attend games. The overall capacity of different facilities will impact how many tickets will be available per participant. Family of game personnel (including coaches, scorebook keepers, etc.) will not be admitted to games as these individuals are not considered to be participants. For HOME games: For the month of December, purchasing pre-sale is not required. Each family gets two tickets to be used by ADULT family members, unless they have a step-parent which gives them 3 or 4 tickets. These names must be given to the coach to include on the roster for home & away games prior to each game. The coach or AD must be notified of any name changes. All games at WLS will be live streamed, and away competitions streaming details will be posted on the WLS website & facebook page each day. Both Home and Away schools will provide full rosters for teams competing. Rosters will include the names of parents/adults associated with each participant. Only individuals listed as parents on the provided roster will be admitted into the game. Again, capacity of the venue will impact number of parents permitted to attend. The Board of Control feels that this is consistent with guidance provided by the OHSAA on November 24th. We understand that the OHSAA provided additional guidance on Nov. 25th which included language about immediate family members. At this time, the board of control continues to support the decision made on Nov. 25th. From OHSAA on November 24, 2020 TO: Member Schools’ Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Administrators FR: Doug Ute, OHSAA Executive Director Winter Sports General Update In following up on Governor DeWine’s remarks during his news conference earlier today (Tuesday, Nov. 24), the OHSAA, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, is recommending that those schools who are moving forward with sports competition eliminate fans or dramatically restrict attendance to parents of the participants only between now and the end of 2020. While the Ohio Health Director’s Sports Order has a limit on spectator capacities for indoor events, fans and crowds are NOT advisable at this time. As COVID-19 numbers are spiking in Ohio, this is an opportunity for our schools to help limit the spread of the virus. A few related recommendations: • For those schools that decide to admit parents, list the names of the parents on a roster sheet that is located at your ticket window/admission table. This will help clarify who should/should not be admitted and will hopefully eliminate non-parents from attending. • Limit media to those who normally cover your school and consider utilizing a streaming service in order for fans to view your contest(s). • There is no prohibition on cheerleaders and pep bands, but schools should make their own decisions on these students’ participation and should strongly consider not sending cheerleaders to away contests.
Hello, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of WLS, notifying families that we will be on a 2-hour delay today due to to patchy drifted and icy roads on our North/South roads due to continued drifting of roads overnight. Road crews are out an we do plan to go after the 2 hour delay. Please use caution as you drive in today. School will start at 9:40 for the MS/HS and 9:45 for the Elementary. Thank you.
Good afternoon! There are a few important announcements about after school activities: All MS practices are cancelled this afternoon. HS boys and girls track conditioning is cancelled this afternoon. HS Musical auditions are rescheduled for Thursday after school. HS practices are on for this afternoon. HS boys basketball at Greenon is on for tonight! We will post to live feed and facebook if we get a link for live-streaming the game. Go Tigers!
Hello, Due to icy roads, WLS will be closed for today, Tuesday, December 1st.
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of WLS. Due to snow and icy road conditions, WLS will be on a 2 hour delay for Tuesday, December 1st. Thank you
The link we shared earlier for the HS girls basketball game is not working. In order to watch the game please go to facebook, search ‘Miami East Girls Basketball’. Ask to join the group and they will immediately let you in. No credit card is required, and facebook is the only way to view a livestream version of the game. Thanks!
The HS girls basketball game vs. Miami East will be live streamed via the Miami East Girls Basketball Facebook page. The link is attached below. Please join early so they have time to approve your request to view the game. Go Tigers! https://fb.me/e/3HwA9W0Ef
The HS boys basketball game is being live-streamed at the following link. Go Tigers! https://www.facebook.com/golivesports1
Now's the time to start bidding (or "buy now”) on all of the awesome stuff the Athletic Association has to auction! There are many items that can be shipped, and things that are definitely not exclusive to Tiger fans, so please share and shop for others too. BID & view items here: https://one.bidpal.net/wlsaa The WLSAA Annual Reverse Raffle has been raising funds to help build The Tiger Strong Fieldhouse for 3 years. It is also our biggest fundraiser of the year. Covid brought plans for the 4th and best one yet to a screeching halt in March. SO, here we are-- POWERING through with an online auction of all of the AMAZING donations from our community's businesses and private donors! These auction items will make great Christmas gifts! In normal circumstances, we would be planning now for our 5th annual event in March 2021, but instead, we are hoping this format will allow us to generate donations for the Reverse Raffles of 2020 AND 2021. Bid until 12/11. Purchased items will be available for pickup at WLS near the concession stand on 12/12 & 12/19 (if PICK UP ONLY). Some items were designated with mailing option at buyer request, and with shipping paid by buyer.
Hello Families, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of WL-S, with important information concerning Friday, Free Lunch and Breakfast Delivery for students on days they will be on remote learning at home and on bus route pick up and drop of times for students riding the bus during our hybrid schedule. First, Free lunches for all students are available even while we are on our Hybrid schedule. Those breakfasts and lunches will be delivered by bus drivers, door to door, on Fridays, for the three remote learning days each week. Delivery dates are Friday, December 4th, December 11th, and December 18th. If you wish for the breakfasts and lunches to be delivered to your home for your child(ren), you will need to call or email Kathy Smith at 937 465 1075 x 136 or KSmith@wlstigers.org. In your phone message or email, please leave your name and your student’s names. We will take that information and add it to the list for deliveries. If you live in the village of West Liberty or are open enrolled, we will likely have multiple bus stops available for you to pick up your lunches. Please remember that these lunches are free and will ensure that your children have lunches available to them during the hybrid schedule. Next, since only about half the number of students will be riding the school bus each day next week, please allow for your bus driver to arrive up to 10 minutes earlier or 10 minutes later than your normal pick-up or drop-off time. We should know by Wednesday of next week what approximate time drivers will arrive at your bus stop or home after the routes have been driven for a couple of days. We apologize for this change, but it is difficult for us to predict the impact of less students riding the bus and pick-up/drop-off times. By Wednesday, we should have a time identified for our families for the remainder of the Hybrid schedule. Thank you, Kraig Hissong
Hello Families, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of WL-S, with important information about reporting COVID positive cases while we are on Thanksgiving Break. Since it is unlikely that you will be able to reach a staff member beginning tomorrow at school by phone, we would like families to report any COVID cases that occur in your immediate family and impact a student(s) by using the Report COVID + Results link found on our website under the MENU tab or on our WL-S Tiger App. Click on this link and you will be taken to an electronic form where you can input your child’s name and answer a few questions that will help us ensure that contact tracing is completed, a Return to School date is established, and any materials, etc. can be provided to your student. Please utilize this option if you are unable to connect with someone from the school. We want to ensure that if anyone at school is a close contact, that we are able to contact those individuals as soon as possible. We will monitor this reporting system daily. Thank you, Kraig Hissong
Key Club held their last meeting as a full group for 2020 and used the time to make cards for the HS teachers and staff. They wanted to leave them with some encouragement before the holiday break and remind them that they are appreciated! This particular card speaks to the impact the entire staff has on our students Take a moment to read it and thank you for sharing your awesome students with us each day!
WLS would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our students and their families for the generous donations to our local food banks! Last week, the elementary challenged the middle school/high school to bring in the most food items and load up our local food pantries for the holidays. The winning school would get to put a pie in the face of the losing principal! The results are in and one unlucky principal received a pie in the face, as promised. Check out the video to see who won the food drive challenge and enjoy! https://youtu.be/D5gNajIEd1U
Hello families, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of West Liberty-Salem Local School District, Today the Champaign County Superintendents were notified by the Champaign County Health Department, Gabe Jones, concerning the serious increase of COVID cases that Champaign County, and the entire State of Ohio are seeing at this time. In an effort to try to limit the spread of COVID and reduce the number of students impacted as close contacts we will be moving to a Hybrid model of instruction for most k-12 students except students that attend pre-school and some of our low-incident classrooms. Hi-point students will continue to follow the schedule provided to them from Hi-Point. This will allow for greater social distancing on busses, in the classroom and during lunch which hopefully will protect students and staff from further spread. More details and information will be coming to families. Starting November 30th through December 18th, WL-S will be operating in a Hybrid model. This means that approximately half of our students will report on Monday’s and Wednesday’s and the other half will report on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. On days that students report, students will follow their normal school schedule and on the days that students do not report they will be learning remotely. Friday’s will be a flexible day for teaching staff to provide remote instruction and for planning purposes. It is our hope that this will only last as long as necessary and that we will be in regular in-school sessions beginning in January after the holiday break. At this time there have been no changes made to extracurricular activities, but it is likely that we may see changes in athletic and extracurricular schedules. For all students who are learning utilizing SchoolsPLP, there will be no changes to your schedules at this time. We appreciate all of our families understanding and hope that this will allow for you to make plans. Again this will begin on Nov. 30th and will last for 3 weeks until December 18th according to the Champaign County Health Department Order.
Several 5th graders were surprised with a golden ticket to a dessert bar to celebrate a successful 9 weeks! These students not only performed well academically, they also never had to use any of their passes! Passes are given at the beginning of the 9 weeks for those oopsie moments when one might forget their assignment book or maybe they forgot to complete their homework. They allow a little leeway just when they need it. These students, however were on it this quarter! Way to go, Tigers! Keep it up!
Online track and field sign-ups for the high school girls team are now underway at https://www.bornandracedinwestliberty.com/trackfield.html Team conditioning will start Monday, November 30th from 3:10-5:10 p.m., and will be held weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please meet by the cafetorium, and come prepared to practice outside. For more information, contact Coach Ann Vogel.
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong, WL-S Superintendent with a couple of important messages. Tomorrow, WL-S students, K-12, will practice Safety drills. This will include watching a breif video and how to lockdown and evacutate the building in case of an emergency. The drills have been adjusted to be appropriate for grade levels and teachers will discuss the activities with students. We have been very pleased how our safety drills have informed students and helped them to think about the best options to consider if an actual emergency were to occur. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school. Next, winter sports season is here! Most of our games will take place in the main gym. Since we are only allowed 15% of our seating capacity, tickets will be very limited. Because of this, we encourage families to utilize the online broadcast of each game. To access this feature from your computer, smart phone, or enabled smart tv, please go to the wlstigers.org website. Click on livestream and choose Live Sports. All sporting events taking place in the main gym will be broadcast here for our community to enjoy. We think that you will find this a great alternative during COVID. Thank you.
This week’s staff spotlight goes to Dan Shover Facility Operations Supervisor. Dan has been with WL-S for four years and is currently responsible for building operations, grounds, maintenance and custodial operations. He has been really helpful in implementing and overseeing cleaning and sanitation procedures and we are really thankful! Dan is from Urbana and is married to his wife Stephanie. Together they have three children. Billy is 27 , Daniel 25 , and Megan 21 and granddaughter Kendyll, who is 22 months! When he isn’t overseeing operations at school he enjoys spending time at his cabin on Lake Waynoka, boating, riding his Harley, woodworking, and coloring with his granddaughter, Kendyll. Thanks, Dan, for all you do for our school!
Mrs. Seymour reports another shipment of masks for student and staff distribution! Retired FCS teacher Judy Conrad used her sewing talents to make and donate 100 holiday masks for students and staff at WLS. Retired MS teacher Kyle VanOsdol also pitched in another 25 masks using her sewing talents. An additional thank you to retired elementary teacher Shari Stout for donating fabric earlier this fall. You ladies are so special to our school family and the new masks are really going to help out! Supplies are limited. Masks will be available in the office and in the HS art room for anyone needing or wanting a new mask! Check them out!
It's Gold Card Friday in the Elementary! Watch this week's episode to see what Mr. Hollar and Mr. McGill are thankful for. https://youtu.be/E0QjlkW9qa8
Please see the Winter Athletics Policy below. If you have any questions please reach out to the athletic department directly. Thank you! Winter Season Athletic Requirements It is the goal of the West Liberty-Salem Administration, Coaches, and Athletes to have a complete winter sports season. Your help in adhearing to the below requests and procedures will hopefully help fulfill our goal. 1. Admission doors will open 30 minutes prior to the event. No RE-ENTRY permitted!! 2. Spectators should conduct a self assessment prior to attending. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID19, PLEASE STAY HOME!! 3. Spectators are required to properly wear a facial covering that properly covers the mouth and nose, throughout the entire building unless actively eating or drinking. 4. Spectators should sit with their family as a group with no more than 4 people from the same household. 5. Spectators must sit in the seats marked with a yellow “X” on the seat. If there is not a “X” on the seat, DO NOT SIT THERE. 6. Spectators should use proper hygiene by washing hands or using sanitizer frequently. 7. All competitions will be held in the main gymnasium. 8. Upon completion of the event, please exit the gymnasium immediately and do not congregate in groups. 9. Live streaming off of our schools website will be available for all home High School events and some middle school events. Ticket Policy All tickets will be sold as pre-sale for all events held at WL-S. Tickets are $7.00 for all High School entry and $5.00 for all Middle School entry. Tickets purchased are non-refundable. Tickets can be purchased: 1.) 8:00-12:00 M-W-F at door #2 at the school. 2.) At the Tuesday night, Dec. 1 boys basketball game. 3.) On 12/17 & 12/18 at the main gym entry from 6:00-9:00 PM. More evening opportunities will be posted as the season progresses. Each week, a publication will be posted for the upcoming week explaining details for away contests. Watch the website or the WL-S facebook page for these publications. *The following details how many tickets each sport athlete is entitled to: • Middle School girls basketball – 3 per athlete • Middle School boys basketball/cheerleading – 2 per athlete • High School girls basketball – 5 per athlete • High School boys basketball/cheerleading – 3 per athlete • High School wrestling – 10 per athlete • Middle School wrestling – 15 per athlete • Bowling – 2 per athlete Prior to each varsity girls/boys home basketball game, pre-sale tickets will be on sale for the first 20 High School students for $5.00 each at the AD office until 1:00 the day of each game. These will be mezzanine seats.
West Liberty-Salem's Katelyn Stapleton signed her national letter of intent to continue her academic and running career at Southern Illinois University. Find the full story here: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/352046?org=wls Congratulations, Katelyn! We look forward to continue watching your success!
Elementary Picture Retake day is December 1. If your student was absent and didn't have their picture taken, please email Mrs. Cotrell at email@example.com to get a picture form. If your student needs a picture retake, please send the ENTIRE picture package to school with your student on December 1 so they can have their picture retaken. Picture retakes will begin at 8:00.
Letter from the School Nurse 2020-2021 COVID Pandemic November 18, 2020 Hello WL-S parents and guardians. With the increase in COVID cases throughout Ohio, we wanted to provide some basic information and guidance regarding illness and concern with COVID19. The WL-S school district follows guidelines from the Champaign County Health District as they are frequently being updated. Below is an overview of a few helpful tips. Daily Health Assessment-When to stay home It is IMPERATIVE that parents/guardians are doing a basic health assessment on their student prior to the start of each day. Students will have to remain home (and seek virtual or in-person care by a health care provider) if they exhibit any of the following symptoms (within the past 48 hours): Abdominal pain, Fever (Temp of 100 or higher), loss of taste or smell, cough (change from baseline), sore throat, new onset severe headache, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, vomiting/diarrhea This list is not all inclusive so keep that in mind. Please keep your children home if they are sick. Going Home Sick If a student comes to school and exhibits ANY of the above-mentioned symptoms, per our guidance from the local health district, the student will be placed in a separate monitored room to be sent home. Students will be expected to be picked up from school within a reasonable time frame to reduce the potential for exposure to others. Please make sure you have transportation plans in place for your child. When to return to school Always follow the guidance from the health care provider who evaluates your child. Also, follow guidance from your health district of residence. If you are a positive COVID-19 case the county of residence will contact you with quarantine guidance. Students who do not have COVID19 may return to school once symptoms are resolving and they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school. We prefer that you don’t send your child to school if they are sick for half the day (for instance) in order to participate in extra-curriculars. For this year, a child that is ill for any part of a day will not be able to practice or participate in an extracurricular activity. COVID19 overview: If your student is a confirmed positive case you are required to notify the school. If your child is placed on quarantine you also need to notify the school. We will receive the notification from the health districts, but parents are notified before the health district. We are required to report total number of district cases to Champaign County Health District. If you are tested for COVID-19 the recommendation is that you and close contacts such as family members stay home until you receive the results. This is a recommendation not a quarantine. This recommendation should come from the Health Care Provider who tested you or your child based on their assessment. This recommendation may vary based on the provider that you see. Some providers are not requiring this based on their assessment. Close contacts: Anyone who the positive case spent 15 minutes of continuous time within 6 feet or has had direct physical contact with a positive case Quarantine general guidelines from Health District of residence: For a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 (10 days starting on the first day of symptoms), all close contacts will be on quarantine (usually 14 days from last contact day regardless of a negative test result). Quarantine guidance is given by the health district of residence. For instance, if you reside in Logan County, follow Logan County guidance. If you reside in Champaign County, follow Champaign County guidance. Provide the school district the appropriate letter or document from the Health District. Isolation: This term is used to define staying away from others completely. Isolation is recommended for the confirmed positive COVID-19 case. The positive case should isolate (if possible) for example, staying away from their own family members and using their own bathroom etc. Isolation is usually for 10 days starting on the first day of symptoms. Staying home for 10 days is a possible recommendation (even with a negative COVID-19 test) if the provider feels the symptoms could still possibly be COVID-19. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions/concerns.
Don’t forget that this week is our Elementary vs. MS/HS food drive and the stakes are high! The Tigers are collecting food for those in need. The Elementary has challenged the Middle/High School to see who can bring in the most food. If the Elementary WINS, Mr. Johnson will take a pie in the face! If the Middle/High WINS, Mr. Hollar will take a pie in the face! The local food pantry suggested the following items: Food: canned fruit syrup Pop tarts soups cereal/pancake mix Soaps: laundry dish bar shampoo Paper Products: toilet paper paper towels plates napkins WL-S has started a Blessing Bag program that provides students in need with individual, easy to prep and eat items. Good items to donate are: Granola bars, Animal crackers, Fruit cups/applesauce, Raisins (individual boxes), Fruit snacks, Easy Mac, etc. Let’s spread some cheer this holiday season!
Congratulations to Middle School and High School students for working hard to achieve 1st quarter Honor Roll! Keep up the great work! West Liberty-Salem MS 1st Quarter Honor Roll 4.0 6th Grade Lyla Breon, Zachary Carter, Zoe Carter, Miles Christison, Natalie Fish, Braden Hershberger, Sophia Landon, Connor Leichty, Claire Ling, Isabelle Sarver, Noah Sarver, Ashlee VonDeylen 7th Grade Geneva Estep, Lyndee Harrison, Dylan King, Emma Smith 8th Grade Jessa Beard, Aaron Campbell, Isabella Hardwick, Caleb Hershberger, Ava Johnson, Taran Logwood, Luke McGill, Daniel Neer, Maximillian Rudolph, Craig Stanford, Akira Whitman, Bexley Wilcoxon 3.75 6th Grade Morgan Gibson, Alivia Campbell, Jill Fullenkamp, Ashlyn Pope, Aiden Hull, Hattie Jacobs, Colton Neeld, Xzavior Nicholl, Tucker Searles, Tristin Halterman, Troy Gibson, Colton Randall, Casey Boyer, Audrianna Evilsizor, Carson Spencer, Levi Yelton, Thaddeus Kitchen, Troy Christison, Bayes Lapp, Kiersten Stoll, James Brooks, Grace Jones, Emma Liggett, Benjamin Wall 7th Grade Sadie Paul, Kaylee Powell, Dallas Koons, Wyatt Longaberger, Brielle Milliron, Emery Longaberger, Ava Astorino, Victoria Douthwaite, Ava Poppe, Brock Burgel, Lance Campbell, Eli Christison, Caleb Ling, Promise Alkire, Dustin Bolton, Mason Helms, Atticus Loudenback, Joran Mouton, Naomi Cole, Brevin Louden, Brady Kauffman 8th Grade Ava Chamberlain, Isaiah Reminder, Laila Butler, Silas King, Greyson Horsley, Teagan Boyd, Audrey Collins, Silas Kauffman, Kennedy Wallace, Treyton Helms, Madeline McGill, Isaiah Reames, Quentin Rudolph, Rebekah Hudson 3.0 6th Grade Joseph Griffin, Alexis Wisner, Reilly Recker, Madison Jones, Avi Lehman, Caleigha Fasse, Lilli Heminger, Nicholas Kensler, Emma Vigar, Savannah Gluckle, Rylan Trimble, Madden Kilgore, Isabelle Richards, Lilah Nolan, Silas Krabill, Damion Moss, Reagan Winters, Julius Butler, Ezekial Sidders, Bryson Jones, Carson Stokes, Sullivan Foster, Aislyn Whitaker, Garrett Hull, Eli Sertell, Isabella Hughes, Skyler Ropp, Aubralyn Wiant, Bayleigh Deam, Eliza Halterman, Kash LeVan, Avery Northup, Sutton Wilcoxon, Braydon Thompson 7th Grade Chilton Smith, Bryant Eaton, Alexander Boyer, Amani Grantham, Carson, Poppe, Isaac Sertell, Taylor Cook, Josiah Tidwell, Wyatt Bell, Zaylor Eggleston, Elise Longshore, Landon Mitchell, Baileigh Engle, Alayna Hackley, Lydia Schmidt, Gwenyth McCullough, Reese Oder, Samuel Strapp, Marisa Smith, Taryn Bradley, Cody Ferryman, Caleb Larson, Cameron Pope, Wyatt, Saxton, Alexa Cheetham, Addison Hutton, Mylee Dooley, Sunny Lhamon-Waller, Marshall Sutherin, Timothy Howells, Addyson Mattox, Tevis Cox, Levi Miller, Malia Miller, Jacob Lauck, Abigail Timmons, Cooper Titus, Haylee Earles, Kaylee Blair, Breece Gullet, Ian Cox, Kamden Hisson, Elli Ullery, Eli Bremer, Olivia Reichardt 8th Grade Leigha Cox, Laney Craig, Carson Instine, Kaitlyn Metz, Hanah Martin, Cody LeVan, Shyanne McClintick, Jacob Evans, Luke Thomas, Brodey Deam, Alyssa Mueller, Aidon Koons, Talon Castle, Gideon Cole, Andrea Stokes, Nevaeh LaFollette, Collin Thompson, Reagan Simpson, Alaina Irving, Grace Hacker, Connor Garman-Ferguson, Jackson Steider, Joshua Wilcoxon, Grant Saylor, Anna Cole, Teagon Miller, Troy Bradley, Nathan Neuerman,, Sami King, Samuel Peraza, Sophia Holland, Lincoln Henderson, Clayton McAuley, Aiden Taylor, Hayden Wise, Marley Myers, Nick Shifflet, John Bahan, Owen Barger West Liberty-Salem HS 1st Quarter Honor Roll 4.0 9th Grade Emma Bails, Mallory Bostick, Kerrigan Burgel, Ivy Cline, Madeline Cole, Sophia Hardwick, Megan Hollar, Miles Hostetler, Faith Jones, Zoey Kaufman, Sari Kitchen, Joseph LaRoche, Kendall LeVan, Addison McAuley, Lily Smith, Chaley Wade, Veronica Wall 10th Grade Christian Davis, Christian Herron, Logan Phillips, James Powell 11th Grade Megan Adams, Kylie Burgel, Alexandrea Caldwell, Brady Forsythe, Emily Hollar, Audrey McGill, Isaac Reames, Hallie Smith, Michele Smith, Micah Stoner, Mandilyn Weaver, Gabrielle Williams 12th Grade Lance Baldwin, Hannah Bowman, Regan Boyd, Sophia Cole, Morgan Damron, Grace Estes, Rachel Hostetler, Luke Hudson, Dawson Jenkins, Hannah Jones, Kaylee LeVan, Jaden Marchal, Ryan Motzko, Olivia Muirhead, Hayden Phillips, Selena Weaver, Kienna Whitman, Isaac Wilson 3.75 9th Grade Leah Ropp, Lauren Kimball, Peyton Hull, Julia Wilson, Izabella Meister, Alexis Helms, Abby Guest, Whitney Strapp, Evan Fullenkamp, Gabriel McGill, Dylan Wing, Ashley Yoder, Sidney Larison, Carter Titus, Samuel Lauck, Kenzie Phillips, Malachi Christison, Zander Fahnestock, Olivia Wilcox, Bailey Poppe, Alyse Bremer, Abigail Miller, Lillian Weaver 10th Grade Alisa Bolton, Payton Eckurd, Lexy Lee, Shae Stoner, Aubree Snyder, Mackenzie Bahan, Abbigayle Long, D.J. Yoder, Arianna Chapman, Maddox Havens, Andrew Kimball, Rylie Schultz, Maggie Davis, Trinity Floyd, Carlee Hausler, Adam Stapleton, Kayla Cole, Brittany Neer, Delaney Wade, Ellie Cheetham, Tina Douthwaite, Ezekiel Greene, Amelia Hudson 11th Grade Gavin Schoenleben, Bella Kauffman, Ayden Estep, Ali Gault, Logan Godwin, Adam LaRoche, Grace Winters, Madison Casto, Amanda Domachowski, Logan Saylor, Joecelynn Kennaw, Brandon LaRoche, Douglas Legge, Avery Davis, Harley Knox, Naomi McGill, Aubrey Williams 12th Grade Garrett Richardson, Cooper Havens, Mearic Campbell, Lillian Davis, Tyler Douthwaite, Maria Henderson, Olivia Neer, Josh Spinner, Noah Cline, Maguire Stratton, Andrew Stoner 3.0 9th Grade Emily Asbury, John Richards, Brooke Dunn, Matthew Christison, Nathan Webb, Mia Elliott, Mason Barger, Xan Schmidt, Austin Olejniczak, Cale Hall, Riley Knox, MaKenzy Sandefur, Xander Waldren, Connor Shover, Claire Longshore, Aubree Timmons, Zachary Damron, Drake Brown, Taylor Kennedy, Zoie Vermillion, Karter Spriggs, Jane Fullenkamp, Cara Deam, Eli Bell, Riggs Lapp, Isabelle Wygal, Jaycee Yelton 10th Grade Bailee Wick, Montana Zinn, Samantha Schwaderer, Faith Instine, Travis Cropper, Aubrey Laing, Timothy Hobart, Trevor Berry, Gaven Wilcoxon, Dylan Glunt, Wylie Harbour, Samuel Wilkins, Matthew Jones, Evan Cook, Phillip Marr, Eli Shafer, Ava Buck, Blair Boyd, Brandon Petry, Michael Jones, Owen Harrison, Caitlyn King, Devin Grime, Anika Christison, Lena Kauffman, Isabelle Wilson, Raven Johnson, Whitney Ridenbaugh, Hannah Turner, Emma Kauffman, Shyayne Eaton, Chandler McCafferty, Renee Neer 11th Grade Christian Griffith, Madison Ewing, Liberty Bloemhard, Ashley Good, Hayden Miller, Carson King, Aleah Reed, Owen Johnson, Natalie Hacker, Allyson Gaver, Hayden King, Matthew Roach, Tate Yoder, Roberta Lewis, William Motzko, Samuel Erne, Luke Heater, Holden Shafer, Jordan Stocksdale, Kathryn Hissong, Macie Campbell, Jamie Gluckle, Lauren Kindle, Austin Smith, Marissa Bailey, Dylan Lauck 12th Grade Rose Neer, Jacob Wilcoxon, Nathaniel Aldo, Madeline Hutton-Ashcroft, Mason Powell, Isaiah McGill, Alyssa Putt, Alyssa Johnson, Anna McGill, Katelyn Stapleton, Graham Higgins, William Levan, Nicholas Burden, Andrew Hardwick, Ashlie Spencer, Victoria Strickland, Madison Bahan, Kathleen Rollins, Alexa Stoll, Logan Campbell, Cody Matthews-Moore, Emily Scott, Jon Payer, Trinity Perkins, Nick Minix, Jacob Webb, Brynn Cropper, Gavin Woodruff
The Athletic Department is holding a Christmas apparel sale. The order deadline is Monday, November 30. All orders will be processed after the close of the store and delivered to school within about 2 weeks. Orders can be sent home with your student or available for pick up on 12/17 & 18 from 5-7pm in the main gym entrance. https://wlstigers.itemorder.com/sale
The high school show choir, Sound Check, held their annual showcase performance over the weekend in two shows on Saturday. The weather and power outages cancelled one final performance on Sunday evening. Show choir performed a total of 7 pieces inspired by Broadway shows, and soloists and ensembles performed 19 more highly entertaining musical numbers. There was no shortage of entertainment and creativity from this group of very talented musicians, some even performing in multiple songs and dances. Practices began this summer with a choreography camp and followed with practices on Monday evenings. If you got the chance to see them perform please join us in telling them what an awesome job they did! Special thanks to Mrs. Seymour and Advanced Art students for all of their help with the backdrop and stage decor.
The next regular Board Meeting, to be held on Tuesday, November 17th, at 7 PM, will be held via ZOOM and YouTube Live due to an increase in COVID 19 cases throughout Logan and Champaign Counties. You may access the YouTube Live channel/link on the main page of our website (wlstigers.org) under the Menu tab. Look for "Kraig Hissong's Live Feed" under General Information. Thank You, Kraig Hissong
Hello families. Due to ongoing loss of power at school, the show choir performance scheduled for today (Sunday) has been cancelled.
Hello families, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of WLS. If you were planning to attend todays showchoir performance at 5 PM, it has been postponed to 6 PM due to loss of electric. If power is not restored by 5 pm, we will unfortunately have to cancel the performance. We will let you know. Thank you!
This weekend, the Sound Check show choir will perform their 5th Annual Showcase. Unfortunately, this year the show isn’t open to the general public— only 2 tickets per performer. It will be live-streamed during show times on Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 5pm. A special thanks to the HS Advanced Art students and Mrs. Seymour who contributed to the show this year with their design and painting the back wall on stage.
It's Gold Card Friday! Check out this week's edition that features our upcoming Food Drive https://youtu.be/kwXhv48iHLA
The sophomore class hosted a ‘Hats on for Veterans’ school-wide fundraiser and toiletry drive on Veteran’s Day. The goal of the fundraiser, at the suggestion of Vets Services, was to generate enough money and/or toiletries to create Christmas gift baskets for the local veteran widows and female veterans. Vet’s Services said they are often an overlooked population and could use the extra support, especially during the holiday season. Our students provided enough for a trunk load of toiletries that will go to Logan County Veteran’s Services next week. The sophomore class officers will create gift baskets with gas cards, toiletries and Christmas goodies that LoCo Vet’s Services will deliver on behalf of the WL-S Sophomore Class. We wouldn’t be able to do any of this, if we didn’t have such a great staff and group of kids willing and able to donate their funds on Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who helped support our Vets!
West Liberty-Salem students, who enrolled in Physics through Edison State University, built awesome water rockets as a part of their unit on Newton’s Law of Motion! Mrs. Brandie Roberts, who also teaches high school physical science, assisted her class in a successful launch earlier this week! They spent several days building the rockets and were asked to use an astroblade and trigonometry to determine the height of the rocket blasts in several different launches. This interdisciplinary approach allowed students to understand how a scientist uses more than one area of study in a single experiment.
Check out what’s happening in FFA. This article was submitted by Madeline Hutton, FFA Reporter The West Liberty- Salem FFA had their annual officer interviews on September 30th. A variety of questions were asked of the applicants, making sure that they were fit for the positions. Positions were elected on November 1st. Cooper Havens is the new FFA President, Morgan Damron is the Vice President, Trinity Perkins the Secretary with Gavin Woodruff as the Co-Secretary, Madeline Hutton Reporter with Dylan Glunt as the Co-Reporter, Marissa Bailey the Treasurer with Hayden King as the Co-Treasurer, Maddox Havens the Historian, Dawson Jenkins the Sentinel, and Olivia Muirhead the Student Advisor. The FFA chapter is very excited to have the new officer team in swing for the 2020-2021 school year. Pictured from left to right: Back Row: Hayden King, Dawson Jenkins, Cooper Havens, Maddox Havens, Dylan Glunt and Gavin Woodruff ; Front Row: Madeline Hutton, Morgan Damron, Marissa Bailey, Olivia Muirhead and Trinity Perkins
The West Liberty-Salem Youth Football team concluded their season at Urbana on Saturday. In the JV game the Tigers won 19-0. This secured the teams undefeated season and Co-championship in the Youth Ohio Heritage Conference. Calen Fairchild had two rushing touchdowns. Grant Krabill had a touchdown and an extra point. Gibzen Cox had an interception on defense. Lucas Cook, Carver Wallace, Gabe Dunham and Cohen Evans had multiple tackles for loss. The Varsity team came up short against Urbana but earned 3rd place in the league. Great job, guys!
No need to travel to New York City for the Thanksgiving Parade this year! Our 5th grade STEM students created their own! They designed floats to pull behind robots that they control with their iPads. From Spongebob to Minion floats, no design went without a lot of creativity and hard work! Click the link to check it out. https://youtu.be/yba_VIuSFwY
West Liberty-Salem students and staff would like to extend a sincere thank you to all Veterans for their service to our country. Because of your sacrifice American remains the home of the free, because of the brave. And a very sincere thank you goes to four special WL-S employees for serving our country in the United States Armed Forces. Today, we are honoring Mrs. Douthwaite, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Spencer, and Mr. Miller in a special Veteran’s Day edition of Staff Spotlight. Jennifer Douthwaite- School Nurse; Lieutenant Colonel in Ohio Army National Guard, 1999-Current Mrs. Douthwaite is in her 6th year at WL-S. She and her husband Jason, who is an active service member for the last 18 years, have four children. Trenton, their oldest is at United States Military Academy at West Point. Tyler, a senior, plays soccer and plans to join the military. Tina is a sophomore and plays soccer, and Victoria is a 7th grader and does tumbling. She enjoys running, hiking and vacationing with her family. Mrs. Douthwaite also plans to start SBHC within 120 days! Todd Lewis- High School Math; United States Air Force 1987-1991; stationed in California and Indiana and temporary duty in England, Guam, Japan, Australia, Philippines, Iceland, Saudi Arabia and Panama. Mr. Lewis is in his 26th year at WL-S and feels fortunate to combine his career with his hobby. He truly enjoys teaching students math. He hosts Calc Club with his calculus students and is working on incorporating philanthropy projects into their work! He married his wife Crista last February and he has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. He enjoys taking walks and is an avid sports fan! Cameron Spencer- 7th Grade Science teacher; US Army 1986-1989; 101st Airborn/Air Assault, Fort Campbell, KY and Camp Humphreys, South Korea; US Army National Guard from 1989-1994. Mr. Spencer has been a MS Science teacher for 21 years (teaching 23 years overall). He also serves as the school Science Olympiad head coach. They have been highly competitive and advanced to the State Science Olympiad tournament for 15 years in a row. His wife, Stephanie, has been a Math teacher for 13 years and currently teaches Geometry and Algebra. They have four children, all of whom have gone to WL-S. Their oldest is a mechanical engineer in Toledo and will welcome their first grandchild in February. He enjoys fishing and collecting rocks and fossils. Dan Miller- 8th grade Social Studies Teacher; US Army National Guard 1994-2005; Staff Sergeant; deployed to Iraq and served 2004 Mr. Miller is in his 14th year of teaching Social Studies at WL-S. He is currently the Junior Class Advisor and has done a lot of coaching for WL-S over the years. He is married to his wife Lindi, and together they have 3 adult children. He enjoys hanging out with his family and loves watching football! Please help us thank our Veteran’s for their service to our country and as they continue to be servant leaders in our schools.
West Liberty-Salem girls cross country student athletes, Madison Bahan, Katelyn Stapleton and Megan Adams have been named OATCCC Academic All-Ohioans. This is the third consecutive year for Stapleton to earn this honor, and the second consecutive year for Bahan and Adams. West Liberty-Salem boys cross country student athletes, Josh Spinner, Dylan Lauck, Ayden Estep and Owen Harrison have been named OATCCC Academic All-Ohioans. This is the second consecutive year for Lauck to earn this honor. To qualify, student athletes must qualify for the OHSAA state meet, be in grades 10-12, and have a a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater. Photo credit: John Coffman
West Liberty-Salem girls cross country student athletes, Madison Bahan, Katelyn Stapleton and Megan Adams have been named OATCCC Academic All-Ohioans. This is the third consecutive year for Stapleton to earn this honor, and the second consecutive year for Bahan and Adams. West Liberty-Salem boys cross country student athletes, Josh Spinner, Dylan Lauck, Ayden Estep and Owen Harrison have been named OATCCC Academic All-Ohioans. This is the second consecutive year for Lauck to earn this honor. To qualify, student athletes must qualify for the OHSAA state meet, be in grades 10-12, and have a a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater. Photo credit: John Coffman
It’s November and we are still blessed with this beautiful weather, so how could we not celebrate a bit? Our older elementary students have been eating in their classrooms to allow for more social distancing in the cafeteria, so the teachers got creative! Why not eat outside on these great days? They get to eat as a class and some really cool things have happened because of it. Students have been really inclusive and caring for their classmates. They are all looking out for one another and making sure no one ever eats alone! What a great group of students we have at WL-S!
Are you having concerns about your pre-k child? Virtual Developmental Screening for ages birth to age 6 (not in kindergarten) available. Please contact Early Intervention at 937-292-3065 for an appointment or additional information. Services provided by: Logan County Board of DD/Early Intervention Family & Children First Council
The Big Orange Boy’s Cross Country team had a strong season finish with a 12th place finish at the D2 State meet! It was the Big Orange’s 19th overall State appearance and the third consecutive year for the men. Jr. Dylan Lauck placed 12th with a time of 16:10.9. This is the 3rd straight year earning 1st Team All Ohio. Dylan also finished the season with the best time recorded in D2 with a 15:41.9 set at Districts. Jr. Tate Yoder finished 43rd with 16:48.7. This is Tate’s second straight year earning 2nd Team All Ohio. So. Michael Jones 106th 17:40.7 So. Owen Harrison 114th 17:47.8 Sr. Josh Spinner 119th 17:52.3 Sr. Hayden Kennedy 122nd 17:57.7 Jr. Ayden Estep 154th 18:51.9 Congratulations to the Big Orange boys on a fantastic season and incredible finish!
Our first and fourth graders are taking advantage of the last days of the beautiful weather by reading with book buddies outside! First graders are paired with a fourth grade reading buddy at the beginning of the school year and read to them each week. This improves the confidence of our fourth grader readers, while giving younger students the opportunity to improve their skills reading aloud. Both grade levels equally enjoy the leadership opportunity and getting to know older students!
The West Liberty-Salem girls cross country team capped off an undefeated season, with its first state title in school history Saturday at the OHSAA DIII State Championships at the Fortress Obetz. The Big Orange held off the 4 time defending state champion Minster and state powerhouses Liberty Center and Fort Loramie for the convincing win. Team Scores: 1st WLS 55, 2nd Minster 83, 3rd Liberty Center 115, 4th Fort Loramie 126, 5th Gilmour Academy 163, 6th Mount Gilead 185, 7th Maplewood 224, 8th Mineral Ridge 275, 9th Colonel Crawford 283, 10th Versailles 291, 11th Woodmore 302, 12th Anna 322, 13th Ft. Recovery 323, 14th Ottawa Hills 349, 15th Liberty Union 381, 16th St. Henry 392, 17th Smithville 421, 18th Grandview Heights 432, 19th Cardington-Lincoln459, 20th Caldwell 479. Four Big Orange runners earned First Team All-Ohio status with Megan Adams leading the way in 5th place in 18:43. Freshmen Ashley Yoder and Addison McAuley placed 8th and 10th respectively in 18:49 and 18:56, and Katelyn Stapleton placed 18th in 19:20. Madison Bahan earned Second Team All-Ohio placing 31st in 19:30. Rounding out the WLS placers were Taylor Kennedy in 89th place 20:49, and Claire Longshore 127th in 21:51. Adams and Stapleton have become the first Big Orange athletes to earn All-Ohio in three consecutive years. The team caps off the season being ranked #3 in all divisions in Ohio and #58 in the nation.
Welcome back, Big Orange XC and the STATE CHAMPS! If you didn’t make it to the parade, check it out here! Go Big Orange! https://youtu.be/K9XCUbKHPm8
Mr. Hollar and Mr. McGill challenged elementary students to exercise their “right to vote” in a very important poll during this week’s Gold Card Friday video. Both McGill and Hollar came up with ideas that would give students something to think about and discuss before casting their ballots. Mr. McGill offered an extra 15 minutes of recess, and Mr. Hollar offered Mrs. Jones getting a buzz cut to match his! Lucky for Mrs. Jones, our students had her back, and 484 students voted for the extra recess!
It's Gold Card Friday, and we're holding our own election at WLS Elementary! https://youtu.be/_XK87e_wodk
Congratulations to 2 awesome seniors who were named the November Seniors of the Month! Madison Bahan and Dawson Jenkins were nominated and voted on by their teachers. They work hard both at school and in our community, show good citizenship, academic responsibility and kindness to others! Keep up the good work!
The FFA has been hard at work this week! You can find out all they’ve been up to here: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/342220?org=wls
Congratulations to West Liberty-Salem class of 1996 Alumni, Dr. Daniel A. Showalter, who was recently named the Ohio University Alum of the Month!. The full article can be found here: https://www.ohio.edu/education/alumni-spotlight-daniel-showalter “The Patton College of Education is honored to recognize alumni Dr. Daniel A. Showalter, winner of Eastern Mennonite University’s 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award, as our November Alum of the Month.”
Parent/Teacher conferences are off to a great start! If you haven’t already done so, please consider scheduling a conference with your child’s teacher. You can schedule by calling Mrs. Nieman for MS/HS or Mrs. Cotrell for elementary. Special thanks to the PTO for feeding our elementary staff Subway and the FFA, organized by Olivia Muirhead, for feeding MS/HS!
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent with an important message. Today, Champaign County, was designated as Red, by the Ohio Department of Health. This is considered a Level 3 Health Emergency with very high exposure and spread of COVID. After speaking with the Health Commissioners of Logan and Champaign Counties, both are seeing very few positive cases in schools and very little spread in the school settings. Therefore, they are recommending that schools stay in session, 5 days per week as we have been. Both health departments will continue to watch to see if we have any outbreaks in schools, but at this time, they feel staying is session is best and that schools are providing a safe environment for students and staff. We will continue to monitor our own situation as well. At this time, most of the COVID spread is occurring in the adult population in social situations with friends and extended family, where masks are not worn. We want to encourage families to continue to use caution if you are out in the public or at a gathering with friends or family. Please continue to wear your masks and social distance as much as possible. A little more caution now will help result in our district remaining open and fully operational so we can enjoy all the related activities that go along with school a typical school year. I want to thank all of our families for your help in keeping our students and staff safe during the COVID pandemic. Have a great evening!
We are pleased to announce that Molly Perdue was selected as the Southwest School District winner in the OHSAA Step It Up Wellness Challenge for Ohio schools! This 2 week long steps contest took place from October 18-31, and challenged participants from Ohio schools to compete for one of only six $2000 cash prizes for their district. Winners were selected this week. When Superintendent Kraig Hissong received the invitation to participate, he knew Perdue would be the perfect fit to encourage health and wellness in our school, while providing some stiff competition in our region! On average, Mrs. Perdue walked 47,980 steps per day, 24 miles per day, and a grand total of 336 miles and 671,729 steps. To put that in perspective she walked farther than Pittsburg, PA., Chicago, IL., Buffalo, NY., and almost to Nashville, TN., in just 2 weeks! Everyday, Mrs. Perdue honored her commitment to the challenge by walking before school, on her lunch break, walking in place at her desk and during afternoon pick up, in addition to her typical 5-7 mile evening and weekend walks. Mrs. Perdue has served West Liberty-Salem Local Schools for 22 years as our Elementary Librarian and Elementary Paraprofessional. She now holds the title of OHSAA Southwest District Regional Stepper! Congratulations, Molly! We are grateful for your commitment to our district and applaud your health and wellness efforts each day!
Congratulations to our October Students of the Month! Left to Right: 8th Grade: Jessa Beard & Quentin Rudolph 7th Grade: Gwen McCullough & Caleb Heater 6th Grade: Clair Linge & Troy Christison Students are nominated and selected by their teachers for being good citizens and great students. Great job to this great group of students! Keep up the good work!
Mr. Lewis and the Calculus Club had an opportunity to turn change into a positive experience. The Calc Club typically hold once a month carry in’s, but this year is different. Due to restrictions with Covid-19, and keeping our students safe, those carry in’s will be on hold for a while. Instead of getting discouraged, though, these students decided to use their monthly carry in date to serve their community. In October they brought in enough items and filled several of our weekly blessing bags. Blessing bags are filled with easy to access food items that students/families in need receive for the weekend. This month, for Thanksgiving, they will select another local charity. We are very proud of all of them for making a positive impact on their community and choosing to look forward to something in ever changing times. Way to go, Calc Club!
Below are details for this weekend’s State Cross Country meet. https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/Sports/Cross%20Country/StateMeetFAQs.pdf Girls run at 10:00 Boys run at 12:00
This week’s staff spotlight goes to our very own, Linda Harr. Linda is always busy keeping our bus routes and riders as safe as possible! She just wrapped up National School Bus Safety Week where our riders go through bussing drills and learn/relearn all of the rules for a safe trip to and from school! Thank you, Linda Harr! This is my 28th year at West Liberty-Salem. I have had many jobs while at West Liberty-Salem, beginning with school bus driver, Cattlewomen school bus driver and ParaPro, and moved into the Transportation Director position 12 years ago. Title changed again to Transportation/Maintenance Supervisor. Now, I’m strictly over Transportation. I graduated from Graham High School. My husband, Jeff Harr, and our 4 children are all alumnus of WL-S. So far out of 9 grandchildren, only 1 attends WL-S. Hobbies are farming, camping, my horse and the cattle, spending family time with our children and grandchildren, especially when we take family vacations together. I’m also a member of the Ohio Cattlewomen Association and love working at the Ohio State Fair for the OCW and enjoy meeting Cattlewomen from across the Unites States. Working at WL-S has been full of many experiences, opportunities and making lasting friendships with staff and people in the community. I’m thankful for the awesome bus driving team that deserve so much recognition for keeping our students safe each and every day. They really do go beyond the call of duty to make this happen and I so much appreciate each and every one of them for doing their BEST.
Hello families, this is Kraig Hissong with a couple of announcements. First, as a reminder, tomorrow, Friday, October 30th, students do not have school. Tomorrow, staff will be participating in Professional Development and, therefore, students will not report to school. Next, if you have not received information from your child about Parent Teacher Conferences, please contact the office or your child’s homeroom teacher for information about different options for conferences. Last, there has been a lot of discussion about the increase in COVID cases in Ohio this fall and the concern that this could impact school remaining open and on a regular schedule. So far, WL-S has had two positive student cases and one positive staff case of COVID since the beginning of September. Overall, these are very low numbers, less than 1/2 of one percent have had COVID at WL-S since September. In speaking with both Logan and Champaign County Health Departments, the health commissioners are not concerned about the spread of COVID in schools as much as they are during social gatherings among family and friends, when people congregate in less formal environments. The health commissioners have stated that the procedures schools have in place are working based on the small number of cases and very limited spread. If one or both of our counties turn Red, it would not automatically determine that our district would go on a hybrid or remote instructional plan. They would look at cases within the school to make that determination. I want to thank our students and staff for your hard work in helping to keep each other safe by wearing masks and keeping our school clean. Governor DeWine also mentioned today that many people are getting COVID burnout, but it is important that we continue to be cautious and wear masks when we are around anyone outside of our families. Again, No school tomorrow, enjoy your weekend, and we will see students on Monday. Thank you and have a good evening
It’s official! The verdict is in a congratulations are in order to the following homerooms for winning the Halloween door decorating contest! Champion: Mrs. Arnold’s 11th grade HR Runner up: Mr. Wolfe’s 10th gr HR 3rd Place: Mrs. Phelps’s 9th gr HR We would like to recognize Honorable Mention to the following: Mr. Cotrell’s 11th gr Homeroom Mr. Och’s 10th gr Homeroom Mr. Lynxwiler for his individual efforts (no thanks to his Homeroom) and Junior Holden Shafer for singlehandedly decorating the tops of the countertops in Mr. Stormes Junior HR
Help us wish the following teams GOOD LUCK as they compete in their respective competitions this weekend! Go Tigers! Varsity Boys Cross Country Team as they compete at the Regional Cross Country Meet at Troy at 12:00 District Champion Varsity Girls Cross Country Team as they compete at the Regional Cross Country Meet at Troy at 10:00 Sectional Champion Varsity Volleyball Team as they compete for the District Championship at Vandalia Butler HS at 12:00
West Liberty-Salem Key Club sponsored a spooky afternoon of pumpkin painting to get in the Halloween spirit! Over 120 high school students, from all grades, signed up to paint during their home room/lunch periods! There was no competition, just a friendly afternoon outside, getting their creativity out, and enjoying some time with friends. Mr. McGill, Mrs. Smith and a few other volunteers helped manage paint supplies, supervise and encouraged students to join in the fun. It’s not often that our high school students have time to engage in holiday activities during school, and we were overwhelmed by the amount of students who wanted to participate. They painted everything from spooky ghosts to witches, and abstracts with color. This definitely won’t be the last event like this! Special thanks to Molly Smith and Key Club for organizing the event, Mrs. Seymour’s class for donating brushes and paint supplies and Tom Wygal and Jake Vitt for unloading over 150 pumpkins Friday evening!
Congratulations to senior, Selena Weaver, who was named the WL-S DAR Good Citizen of the Year! You can find the article here: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/335536?org=wls
UPDATE! TIME CHANGES! Good morning! There are a several important reminders as October quickly comes to a close. Please read the entire message and contact us with any questions. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, 10/30 for professional development. Check the district calendar for other important dates. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/918804/2020-2021_WLS_District_Calendar_V4.pdf Why not kick off the long weekend by supporting the sophomore class fundraiser at Chipotle, TONIGHT? There is a flyer attached to an earlier post that includes a ‘takeout’ code and also secures your donation to their class! Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there! Final forms must be completed in order for your student to participate in winter sports, extra curricular activities, iPad rental and student driving. Please check with your student to make sure they have all forms completed. Parent/Teacher Conferences: Elementary parents should have received a survey last week indicating how you would like to receive your conference. If you have not heard from your student’s teacher by 11/10 and would like to schedule, please contact the elementary office. MS/HS students will receive information by the end of the week. Please be on the lookout and ask your student how you can schedule a conference. School fees are due by 11/4. At least 25% of fees need to be paid to be in good standing. If you need to make a payment arrangement, we are happy to help. Please contact the office at any time during the school day. Senior Pictures/Retake Day is Wednesday, November 4th . PLP students may come in at 7:25 am prior to in-house students to get retakes. Have a great rest of your week!
For any high school student that might be interested in wrestling this winter, come meet the new coach and find out season details tomorrow, right after school, in the Science wing. If you cannot attend, stop in the Athletic office and get the information from Jake.
TICKETS: All tournament entry for High School tournaments is now online. You must have ticket codes to purchase tickets. Codes will be sent home with each athlete from their coach. You can acquire general admission codes from the Athletic office. This applies to Girls soccer, Volleyball, and Cross Country. Middle school Football this week- tickets can purchased at the gate. REMEMBER: ALL Final Forms paperwork needs to be signed and completed by both the parent and student before you can participate in winter sports!
Mr. Henry and the varsity choir and show choir put on a fantastic show yesterday despite the cold! In an outdoor concert setting, complete with the Fresh Harvest and Flying Pepper food trucks, the crowd warmed up with a great meal, and a sneak peak of concert season! Varsity Choir sang three pieces, and show choir sang four. Mr. Henry explained that when the opportunity presented itself to host a show outside, he was all for it! While the current circumstances could have prevented the fall concert all together, collaborating ideas between Mr. Johnson and Mr. Henry came to life in yet another exciting ‘first’ for our students. Who knows, maybe it’s even a new tradition! As always, Mr. Henry emphasized that as long as he gets to teach music to our students, he is happy, but showcasing their hard work is always a rewarding event! Thank you for thinking outside of the box to create a perfect fall show for all to enjoy!
The West Liberty-Salem girls cross country team won its fourth consecutive DIII Southwest District title Saturday to qualify for next week's Regional meet in Troy. This is the 18th consecutive trip to the Regional meet for the program. Team Scores: 1st WLS 25, 2nd Versailles 50, 3rd Anna 84, 4th Russia 97, 5th Miami East 127, 6th National Trail 169, 7th Springfield Emanuel Christian 188, 8th Franklin Monroe 215, 9th Troy Christian 264 The Big Orange took the top four places with freshman Addison McAuley winning the individual title in 18:49. Ashley Yoder finished in second place with a 19:03 and was followed by teammates Katelyn Stapleton third place 19:21 and Madison Bahan fourth place 19:24. Also placing for WLS were Taylor Kennedy 17th 21:07, Claire Longshore 21:08, and Mandilyn Weaver 37th place 23:11. The DIII Girls Regional meet will be held at Troy Stadium Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
Urgent! Urgent! Tonight’s girls soccer tournament game is moved to bellefontaine high school- 7:00 Visit www.ohsaa.org/athletics for tickets.
It's Gold Card Friday! This week's Elementary episode features some "startling" moments. https://youtu.be/ii3bwGfGqEo
Mrs. Seymour has been at it again! She has graciously donated her time and materials by making limited edition Halloween masks that are available in the front office! Some are Halloween themed and some are Orange and Black. There will be soccer masks in honor of our soccer teams and their tournaments and Buckeye masks before the first OSU game of the season! Sizes are split between the office and the HS Art Room and available to any student K-12. Let your students know, if they wish to have one, they are available and so cute! Thank you to Mrs. Seymour for making and donating them!
This weeks staff spotlight goes to Kathy Smith our Food Service Director! It only seems natural to acknowledge her for her many years of hard work after National School Lunch Week! Mrs. Smith announced this week that the USDA funded program that allows all students, regardless of income, to receive free breakfast and lunch has extended the program for the duration of the 20-21 school year! Thank you, Kathy Smith, for your dedication to our students! Kathy had this to say about working at WL-S: This will start my 29th year at WL-S working in food service. I started as a sub and worked my way up to Food Service Director. I graduated from Graham High School. I’ve been married for 43 years to my husband Dow. We have a dairy and grain farm. We have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. In my spare time before my grandchildren were born, I was the Majorette Advisor for the WL-S band for over 25 years and the Musical Choreographer for many years. But now I love to attend all my grandchildren’s events and sports activities. Our whole family always tries to take a trip the Outer Banks each year this is something I always look forward too. Working here at WL-S is by far the best place to be and getting to watch your grandchildren come through the lunch line every day and give Mamaw a big hug.
Our high school Marine Biology students shared their recent shark dissection lab with our younger students last week! Marine Biology is studying the anatomy of marine life, and hands on experiences really make lessons stick. The students were completely responsible for explaining the functions of the sharks organs, skin, and dissection process. And, mixing the age groups makes for a really successful learning environment for everyone. Our high school students can solidify what they’ve learned by teaching others, and our little ones soak up everything they say! Great job, Marine Bio, and thank your for sharing what you’ve learned!
West Liberty-Salem will host Dohn Community High School from Cincinnati, in High School football this Friday, Oct. 23rd. at 7:00. Pre-sale tickets will be on sale Thursday and Friday morning from 8:00-1:00 at door #2 or in the Athletic office. Any left over tickets will be on sale at the gate prior to the game until capacity is reached. Gates will open at 5:30.
On October 7, 2020, students in our Spanish 2 class were assigned an in-class assignment which was not for a grade, that included a political opinion about Donald Trump. The assignment was posted by a parent to our WL-S Facebook page. This incident was addressed internally with the teacher by administration and the teacher issued a public apology to her students and explained why the statement, although not meant to offend, but generate discussion and a reaction from students, was wrong. Since this event, we have reiterated to our staff the importance of keeping personal beliefs, political opinions, and other topics of controversy out of the academic setting. The West liberty-Salem Schools want to be very clear that we do not condone, support or endorse the statements made in this assignment. As always, our number one goal is to continue to provide the excellent academic experience you have come to expect from WL-S. Thank you.
Take a break from the kitchen on Wednesday, 10/28 and support the sophomore class fundraiser! Show the attached flyer, or order online using the attached code, at Chipotle in Bellefontaine from 5-9 pm. We can’t wait to see you there! https://fb.me/e/4tnHE05YB
Deputy J, our school resource officer, always spends the first few months of school getting to know our students and being a big part of our safety drills! Last week, he visited our elementary class rooms and read, ‘I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared!’ This book gives great examples, in an easy to understand format, of how students can always be prepared and safe during the school day. Thanks, Deputy J!
Information on future athletic tickets: All tournament entry for High School tournaments from here on out is done online. You must have ticket codes to purchase tickets. Codes will be sent home with each athlete from their coach. This applies to Boys and Girls soccer, Volleyball, and Cross Country Any middle school home games this week- tickets will be purchased at the gate. MS Football Game - 5:30 on 10/22 at Northeastern's Conover Field Tickets can be purchased at: https://nelsd.hometownticketing.com/embed/event/111?es=5ugveo9kd1qkq7hsoj589o50k1&single=0 6 Tickets can be purchased per player. No Code needed.
Sixth grade science students hosted first graders in the annual introduction to the land lab this week. This annual trip occurs both in the fall and spring and allows students to make seasonal observations along with general exploration. The land lab has become popular with many classes in K-12. It is used for variety of reasons, but most importantly, discovery-based learning. First graders made scientific observations of patterns, size, shape, and colors. They observed spiderwebs, plants, and looked at the vegetation present in the Mad River Watershed. The sixth graders were responsible for creating and sharing this experience and did a fantastic job pointing out important discoveries and coaching them to draw conclusions about their observations.
Eli Sertell, 6th grader, rocked out with our kindergarten musicians on Friday afternoon! Below you will find 3 short clips of his demonstration and the full story! Please give him a listen, and tell him what a great job he did! Thanks, Eli! Our students really loved your visit! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/324875?org=wls https://youtu.be/9qwMc31CJaE https://youtu.be/RfmBKlJmoT0 https://youtu.be/pqLNpM8PMJ8
Please help us congratulate our middle school class officers, who were elected by their classmates last week! 6th grade: Natalie Fish, Hattie Jacobs, Connor Leichty, Lilly Heminger Grace Jones, Casey Boyer, Colton Neeld, Terrence Hayes, Belle Sarver, Jill Fullenkamp 7th: Jake Lauck, Emery Longaberger, Kaylee Blair, Geneva Estes, Wyatt Longaberger Brielle Milliron, Olivia Reichardt, Ava Poppe, Brevin Louden, Naomi Cole 8th: Shyanne McClintick, Ava Chamberlain, Ava Johnson, Joy Hudson Isabella Hardwick, Cam Blair, Greyson Horsley, Collin Thompson
OHSAA Playoff football game ticket info: Important information for High School football, cheerleader, and band parents; If you want to purchase tickets for Saturday nights game vs Mariemont here are instructions: Ticket sales open up on Thursday (10/15) at 11:00 am: www.ohsaa.org/tickets Click on “football”, click on “Division V Region 20”, Click on “Get Tickets”, under the WL-S/Mariemont game enter your personal ticket code to purchase your ticket. Ticket codes are being sent home with every football player, cheerleader, and band member TONIGHT (Wed night). That is your only way to purchase tickets. Each code is good for 2 tickets, so if only one person in your household is using the code, you may offer the other code to someone else- but it will max out at 2 purchases. No tickets will be sold at the gate, and OHSAA will not allow any general admission, so if you do not have a code to purchase a ticket online, unfortunately you will not be able to attend. This is OHSAA rules, not WL-S. If you do not plan to use your codes, please offer them to others so there are no codes wasted. The game will be live streamed on our schools website.
The high school counseling department is working hard to keep seniors apprised to information they need through a new Senior Newsletter this fall. Families and seniors received a copy of this letter via e-mail, and can also be found in the attached link, and on our website. If you have a senior, please make sure you take a look and reach out if you have any questions. https://www.wlstigers.org/o/wls/page/hs-counseling-office--2
If you are a Shawnee fan and plan on attending the JV football game tonight, you are permitted 3 tickets per athlete and may purchase those at the gate for $5 each.
FFA is having their annual fruit sale! If you’d like to purchase you can e-mail Mrs. Havens directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include a student’s name if you’d like them to receive credit for the order. The website below provides a link to available citrus fruits with an option to deliver directly to your home. Please let Mrs. Havens know if you have any questions. https://floridafruitstore.com/WestLibertyFFA
Warm Clothes for Kids 2020 application process begins this week with the deadline set for 10/30. This program, for students K-12, is led by volunteers from around Logan County, who collaborate with United Way, to provide warm clothes for students in need. If you are concerned about providing your student with necessary items this winter, please reach out to their teacher, the school counselor, our office, or by messaging us on facebook.
West Liberty-Salem Athletic Pre-sale ticket information for Oct. 9th and on Pre-sale tickets will once again be sold every morning, 8:00-12:00 PM in the vestibule at door #2. If you are unable to make it there in the morning, we will be selling them Tuesday night Oct. 13th at the main ticket booth at the stadium from 6:00-8:00 PM. All tickets are $7.00 each, no refunds are available, Cash or check is accepted. There will be no ticket sales Wed morning, Oct 14th. At press time, the following is individual game ticket information: Middle School and High School Cross Country League meet at Cedarville University- (10/17)- pay at the gate for admission. This Friday night High School JV football will play Shawnee at 6:00- tickets are still available and will most likely be available at the gate. High School football playoff game (10/17) at 7:00, will all be online through OHSAA, a link will be posted next week. www.ohsaa.org is where the tickets will be purchased. Middle School girls volleyball at Mechanicsburg (10/15)- will be purchased online- a link will be provided by your coach closer to game day. High School Volleyball at Triad (10/15) will be purchased online, codes will be distributed to each athlete closer to game day. Middle School football vs West Jeff at Main Stadium (10/14)- tickets can be purchased presale or at the gate. All Middle School and High School games being held at WLS this week, tickets are the same policy as before- we recommend you purchase ahead of time, but history has shown that we are not reaching full capacity on many games other than varsity football and sometimes varsity volleyball. ON an occasion, some tickets are still available at the gate prior to the game.
It's Gold Card Friday! Watch today's episode to see how our WLS elementary students are showing socially distant love for each other today https://youtu.be/AQWkEH35a7M. Have a great weekend!
What better way to test your elastic launcher than to take advantage of the perfect weather?! Our 8th grade science students have been learning about different types of potential energy this week. Their study concluded with a lab making elastic launchers to test the force and energy used at rest and with different stretch distances of rubber bands. They did a great job and learned from the different conclusions! Keep up the good work!
This week, we begin introducing our permanent subs, who joined us this year. Today, please help us welcome our staff spotlight, Coralea Collins! Coralea has subbed for us before, but as a permanent sub she will be with us daily and in many different capacities this year! Mrs. Collins and her husband Brad have three children. Their son Tyler is Sophomore at Miami University. Their daughter Audrey is an 8th grader and Josh is in 3rd grade. She grew up in Delaware County and went to Olentangy. Mrs. Collings graduated from Otterbein University in 2001 and received her Elementary Education degree. She began teaching in the Olentangy District and taught 2nd grade for 12 years. Then their family decided to become owners of a lodging business in Knox County in 2013. In 2019 they decided to slow life back down and found their forever home in the West Liberty-Salem area. She began subbing last year in the elementary. Mrs. Collins LOVES her permanent substitute position this year! Her favorite part is getting the chance to see all the kids in every grade and help out all the teachers and staff when they need it! “I love having a new adventure everyday!“ As a family, their hobbies include, watching their kids play sports, camping, beekeeping and movie nights at home. Welcome Mrs. Collins!
Mrs. Douthwaite shares her popular hand washing experiment with first grade this week! Check out the full story here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/320722?org=wls
If you need a Monday morning pick-me-up, check out the Elementary Gold Card Friday video from last Friday! https://youtu.be/3vwe88vgWSk
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent, with an important message. This afternoon we have two busses that will be dropping students off late today. This is due to a lack of bus drivers for health related reasons, that are out of the drivers’ and the district’s control. If your child rides bus 12 this afternoon, your child will be approximately 30 minutes late today to their bus stop. If your child rides bus 18, they will be approximately 20 minutes late today. We apologize for this inconvenience. The district has looked at all options and this appears to be the best option to get all student home safely. Your children will be supervised at the school until they are able to depart. If you would rather pick up your child that rides bus 12 or 18 today, please call the school to notify the office that your child will be picked up after school. For elementary students, you will need to sign your child out to be released to you at the main entrance of the school. Again, bus 12 will be 30 minutes late and bus 18 will be 20 minutes late today. Thank you, Kraig Hissong
West Liberty-Salem Athletic Pre-sale ticket information for Oct 3rd and next week: Pre-sale tickets will once again be sold every morning, 8:00-12:00 PM in the vestibule at door #2. If you are unable to make it there in the morning, we will be selling them Thursday night Oct. 8th at the main ticket booth at the stadium from 5:00-7:00 PM. All tickets are $7.00 each, no refunds are available, Cash or check is accepted. Tickets are also available for students throughout their lunch times at the Athletic Office. At press time, the following is individual game ticket information: - JV football- will play at home 10/3 vs Bethel @ 10:00 and home again for a “night game” on 10/9 at 6:00 vs Shawnee. Tickets for these games are all $5.00 and can be purchased pre-sale to guarantee your seat or at the gate if any remain. Students will be admitted free into the JV “night game” as long as capacity is not reached with seating. -Varsity Football has the week off and will not play a game on Oct. 9th. We will host the winner of Cin. Mariemont and Reading game on 10/17 at 7:00. Ticket information for that game will be posted next week. -Middle School girls volleyball at West Jeff- 2 tickets per player can be purchased at the door. -High School Girls soccer- (10/8) at Madison Plains, tickets will be purchased online. A link will be provided by your coach. (10/10) at Lehman, vouchers will be passed out to each athlete from your coach. -High School Volleyball at Fairbanks (10/6), 2 tickets per athlete can be purchased at the gate. At Northwestern (10/12), 4 tickets per player, can be purchased at the gate. -Middle School football vs Fairbanks (10/8)-2 tickets per player can be purchased at the gate. All Middle School and High School games being held at WLS this week, tickets are the same policy as before- we recommend you purchase ahead of time, but history has shown that we are not reaching full capacity on many games other than varsity football and sometimes varsity volleyball. ON an occasion, some tickets are still available at the gate prior to the game.
This week we would like to welcome another new member of our staff, and give our staff spotlight to Megan Wilkins, assistant treasurer. Megan is a graduate of Graham High School and currently lives in Urbana with her husband Kyle. Many of you probably know Kyle, Class of 2014 alum, and Head Middle School Football Coach. Prior to WL-S, Megan was a staff accountant at an accounting office in Bellefontaine. Kyle and Megan have been together for 9 years this November so she feels right at home here at WL-S! Megan and Kyle married September of 2017 and have one daughter, Ella, who will be 2 in December. Ella loves anything livestock, especially going to her grandparents farm and walking and feeding the sheep (“baa’s” as she calls them). Ella is also a big football fan – especially Tiger football! Thursday’s are her favorite day to cheer on Daddy’s team and yell “Touchdown” any chance she gets. If you see a little girl trying to run out on the field yelling “Daddy” - it’s probably her. Outside of work you can find Megan usually at a livestock show or football game. Supporting others in their endeavors is one of her favorites. She is a lover of all things fall, avid Grey’s Anatomy watcher, and Ohio State fan. Family time is her favorite and loves helping others any chance she gets. Welcome to the Tiger Family, Megan
TICKETING INSTRUCTIONS Individual Passcode: "enter the participants individual passcode"(valid through 10pm, Wed. 9/30) Extra Visitor Tickets Passcode: WLS102 (valid 7am, Thur. 10/1 until sold out) 1. Go to the link: https://www.mcburg.org/o/district/page/online-ticket-sales 2. Click the "Get Tickets" button for the event you wish to attend. 2. Click the "Have a Passcode?" link. 3. Type in the correct passcode. 4. Select the number of tickets you would like to purchase using the "+" or "-" buttons then click the "checkout" button and enter the required information. 5. Either print or have a copy of your ticket on your phone to be scanned at the gate. ATHLETIC EVENT VISITOR EXPECTATIONS Varsity Football- Admissions gate will open at 6pm. NO RE-ENTRY Spectators should CONDUCT A SELF ASSESSMENT and should STAY HOME IF EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19. Spectators must WEAR A FACIAL COVERING. Spectators should USE PROPER HYGIENE by washing hands or using sanitizer. Spectators should SIT WITH THEIR FAMILY POD, bleacher seating is laid out in pods of 4. Spectators should SIT OR STAND ON THE MARKED AREAS, bleachers are marked with purple and gold tape and there will be spots marked around the fence and on the hill. Again the marked areas are where it is okay to sit or stand.
We have a great group of freshman joining our FFA program this year, but with a new school year our families are hit with FFA Chapter fees and school fees, and an additional FFA jacket fee. Each year Beck's Seed supports members by offering scholarships for jackets. Each of the FFA students will be applying for a scholarship, but here is how our community can help! If you would like to NOMINATE a student for a free jacket you may do so at the link below. It will take you about 6 minutes, that's it! You can remain anonymous, if so choose, but I am sure the students would love to know who was thinking of them! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNymVqQJulBZZPwj_m9s2f30OWIiXmPtT-Dq3z-mIIBj4mGw/viewform If you’d like to nominate a student, please select from our new freshman listed below: Eli Allen Mason Barger Eli Bell Matthew Christison Drayton Cox Cody Crawford Zach Damron Levi Dappert Cara Deam Brooke Dunn Kaden Francis Cale Hall Sophia Hardwick Ryan Henry Miles Hostetler Lauren Kimball Riley Knox Riggs Lapp Dillan Maurice Maxwell McCombs Isabella Meister Claire Longshore Austin Olejniczak Kenzie Phillips Katie Ragland Hanna Schwaderer Abigail Scott Lily Smith Whitney Strapp Aubree Timmons Nathan Webb Olivia Wilcox Brooklyn Wilcoxon Isabelle Wygal Jaycee Yelton Ashley Yoder
Carson Spencer and Braden Hershberger, Joe Griffin and Ezekiel Sidders, and Ashlee VonDeylen were the 6th grade class winners for the Egg Drop Challenge! This fun project introduced the skills of science to our newest middle school science classes. Read the full story here: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/317429?org=wls
West Liberty-Salem Athletic Department is seeking a High School girls bowling coach for the 2020-21 winter season. If interested, please contact Athletic Director Jake Vitt at (937)465-1149 or email at email@example.com by October 9th
Congratulations to our September Seniors of the Month, Noah Cline and Selena Weaver! Here are some fun facts about our seniors for you to enjoy! West Liberty-Salem SENIOR OF THE MONTH QUESTIONNAIRE NAME: Noah Cline SCHOOL: West Liberty-Salem PARENTS: Kim and David Cline School Activities and Awards: Soccer, Track and Field, Marching band, Concert band, Pep band, Vice-President of National Honor Society, Co-President of Book Club, Musical, Drama Club, Spanish Club, Quick Recall, Pages, and Link Crew. If I were principal for a day: I would bring back nap time. Favorite school memory: When the marching band went to Disney World last December, and we got to march in a parade down Mainstreet at Magic Kingdom. People who have been an inspiration to me include: My parents and my youth pastors Nick and Ethan. Because: They have shown me what it means to live a life for Christ. Lately, I have been reading: The Bible, and the book “Lead…for God’s Sake!” My advice to parents: Listen to your kids, and be supportive when they succeed and also when they fail. My biggest regret: I have no regrets, I’ve been blessed in my life so far. Next year I will be: Attending The Ohio State University to major in exercise science. Advisor: Greg Johnson, MS/HS Principal NAME: Selena Weaver SCHOOL: West Liberty-Salem PARENTS: Rosalind and Gary Weaver School Activities and Awards: National Honor Society, Class President, Student Council, Link Crew, Book Club President, Pages, Show Choir Dance Captain, Marching Band, Drama Club, Musical, Varsity Soccer, Varsity Basketball, Varsity Track If I were principal for a day: I would establish Bow Tie Tuesdays. Everyone would wear them, teachers and students. Favorite school memory: Dancing before the basketball district semi-finals in the locker room with my teammates. People who have been an inspiration to me include: Ann Vogel, Skeeter Moss, and Renee Arnold Because: Ann taught me that hard work and mindset determine your success. Skeeter taught me to love basketball and gave me a place to grow under his tutorage. Finally, Mrs. Arnold has taught me that life is meant to be enjoyed, so don’t be so uptight. Lately, I have been reading: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff My advice to parents: Give your children a chance to explain themselves. There is sometimes a method to our madness. My biggest regret: Waiting til my senior year to learn that I have full control of my own life. The biggest obstacle in my path is myself. Next year I will be: Attending university to study mathematics or chemistry. Hopefully, continuing my basketball career as well. Advisor: Greg Johnson, MS/HS Principal
Hello WL-S Families, Yesterday two automated emails were sent out regarding a positive COVID case in our school district. The purpose of these form emails is to provide the school community general awareness that we had a positive case. It is NOT intended to alarm families, only to inform. The emails sent yesterday shared the following; (1) that we had a positive COVID case, (2) continued best practices that help to contain the spread of COVID, and (3) The Health Department has directly contacted any student that is considered a close contact and needs to quarantine. If you are not contacted by the health department, then your child is not considered a close contact. We will likely have many more of these emails sent out this school year. Don't Panic! COVID is among us all the time. That is why we have in place masks and cleaning procedures to limit the spread. We should use these moments to remind us to be diligent in our efforts to protect ourselves and others from COVID. Please remember, your child can continue to come to school if they are symptom free and healthy unless they have been contacted by the Health Department. Thank you, Kraig Hissong Superintendent
West Liberty-Salem Athletic Pre-sale ticket information for Sept. 26th and on: Pre-sale tickets will once again be sold every morning, 8:00-12:00 PM in the vestibule at door #2. If you are unable to make it there in the morning, we will be selling them Tuesday night Sept. 29th at the main ticket booth at the stadium from 6:00-8:00 PM. All tickets are $7.00 each, no refunds are available, Cash or check is accepted. At press time, the following is individual game ticket information: This Friday night High School football at Mechanicsburg, all tickets will be purchased online. A link will be provided to all the players families. At 7am Thursday any player tickets not purchased will be released to be purchased first come first serve. Check our website for that link. Middle School girls volleyball at Greeneview- will be played at the High School, 3 tickets per player can be purchased at the door. Northeastern (Wed. 9/30) tickets are all online, your coach will send you a link- 2 per player can be purchased. High School Volleyball at Greenon (9/29), at Northeastern (10/1)- will all be online purchase. Middle School football vs Triad (10/1)- tickets can be purchased presale or at the gate, this game will be played at the main stadium, and start time has been moved to 5:00 to accommodate a soccer game immediately following. JV football vs Mechanicsburg (10/3)- tickets can be purchased at the gate or presale, 5 people are allowed in per player. High School girls soccer at Graham (9/26) – tickets are to be purchased online, a link was provided by your coach. All Middle School and High School games being held at WLS this week, tickets are the same policy as before- we recommend you purchase ahead of time, but history has shown that we are not reaching full capacity on many games other than varsity football and sometimes varsity volleyball. ON an occasion, some tickets are still available at the gate prior to the game.
Hello Families, We hope that you can attend this week's football game as West Liberty-Salem heads to Mechanicsburg to take on the Indians. All tickets will be sold online. Your athlete will receive an individual passcode they can use to purchase up to four(4) tickets. Individual passcodes are valid until 10:00 pm on Wednesday, September 30th. After that any tickets not purchased will be opened up for purchase of an unlimited amount of additional tickets until all tickets are sold out. The additional tickets will go on sale at 7:00am on Thursday, October 1st. Additional instructions for purchasing tickets are below. TICKETING INSTRUCTIONS Individual Passcode: "enter the participants individual passcode"(valid through 10pm, Wed. 9/30) Extra Visitor Tickets Passcode: WLS102 (valid 7am, Thur. 10/1 until sold out) 1. Go to the link: https://www.mcburg.org/o/district/page/online-ticket-sales 2. Click the "Get Tickets" button for the event you wish to attend. 2. Click the "Have a Passcode?" link. 3. Type in the correct passcode. 4. Select the number of tickets you would like to purchase using the "+" or "-" buttons then click the "checkout" button and enter the required information. 5. Either print or have a copy of your ticket on your phone to be scanned at the gate. ATHLETIC EVENT VISITOR EXPECTATIONS Varsity Football- Admissions gate will open at 6pm. NO RE-ENTRY Spectators should CONDUCT A SELF ASSESSMENT and should STAY HOME IF EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19. Spectators must WEAR A FACIAL COVERING. Spectators should USE PROPER HYGIENE by washing hands or using sanitizer. Spectators should SIT WITH THEIR FAMILY POD, bleacher seating is laid out in pods of 4. Spectators should SIT OR STAND ON THE MARKED AREAS, bleachers are marked with purple and gold tape and there will be spots marked around the fence and on the hill. Again the marked areas are where it is okay to sit or stand.
WL-S announced the homecoming King and Queen on Saturday evening in a unique and fun ceremony at the stadium! Savannah Weaver, last year’s Queen, was there to crown her sister, Selena and Drew Hardwick was crowned this year’s King! Festivities at the stadium were followed by an outdoor dance in the courtyard. Congratulations to all of our homecoming royalty! We hope all of our students enjoyed this special weekend! You can find all of the photos taken at our ceremony on the WL-S facebook page.
We have a number of Elementary yearbooks remaining from 2019-2020. If you are I interested in purchasing one for your student, please contact Mrs. Cotrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 937-465-1060 x101. Cost is $14 per yearbook.
It's Gold Card Friday! Check out this week's elementary episode, featuring some vintage photos of our very own Mr. McGill. https://youtu.be/qNQjIh03PG0
Our homecoming court, and their escorts, were treated to dinner catered by The Half Day Cafe last evening. The kick off to this weekend’s homecoming festivities is a new tradition, and the court had a blast being celebrated! Tonight, the Tigers will take on the Northeastern Jets in the Homecoming game at 7pm, at Tiger stadium. Go Tigers!
Please help us welcome another new staff member, and this week’s staff spotlight, Emily Ridgeway. Emily joins us as our EMIS Coordinator & ProgressBook Administrator. Emily previously helped the same position for Mechanicsburg EVSD for the last 3 years. Emily graduated from WL-S in 2003 and resides on her family farm in West Liberty. You may all remember her mom, Mrs. Crabtree, former WL-S EMIS Coordinator. Emily thinks they may be the only Mother-Daughter EMIS team to ever exist (haha!). Emily is married to Brian Ridgeway who serves at the Golf Course Superintendent of Darby Creek Golf Course. They married in Colorado, where they lived for many years, 12 years ago this December. Emily and Brian have 2 sons. Sam is a 2nd grade at WL-S, age 8, Mrs. Bell’s class, loves being a Tigerand playing on the WL Youth Soccer Team. Loves all things Marvel, Minecraft, science experiments, animals, and spending time outside. Howard, 11 months old (future Tiger), is attempting to learn to walk, makes frog sounds, and is their little comedian! They also have 1 elderly Rat Terrier named Stinky, who will be 16 on Halloween. He likes to sleeps all day and begs for snacks!! Emily has some really fun interests that include being obsessed with her two sweet bears, Sam & Howie; embracing being a boy mom even though I don’t have an athletic bone in my body. Lover of all things fall & winter, cold brew coffee fanatic, Etsy over-spender, perhaps greatest fan of Golden Girls, enjoy interior decorating & homemaking, loves tulips, HUGE Johnny Cash fan (“I sing many of his songs as lullabies to my boys.”), premature Christmas decorator (“usually put up my tree on Veterans Day”). Welcome, Emily! We hope you feel right at home at WL-S!!
JV football will take on Northeastern Jets on Saturday morning at Northeastern. Tickets are only sold online and not at the gate. Please purchase here: https://oh.8to18.com/NortheasternHS Please note: All tickets will be sold as General Admission tickets on a first come first serve basis up to our maximum seating capacity. Maximum of 6 tickets purchased per family.
Congratulations to the 2020-21 Homecoming Court! Homecoming festivities have been announced. Click the link below for the latest details! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/312990?org=wls
We have opened up a more parking spaces in the high school lot for after school pick up. With the increase in the number of parents picking up, please feel free to use the lot circled in yellow, shut off your vehicle and come to the main entrance to pick up your students. Please do not park in any areas that are painted red , or along the curb circled in red in the photo, as that is needed for two way traffic flow. We hope this helps! Thank you!
Congratulations to Hayden Phillips for being named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program! The full story can be viewed in the link below. https://www.wlstigers.org/article/312259?org=wls
Key Club offers high school students the opportunity for building leadership skills and volunteering in their community in a global organization. See what our students have been up to! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/311219?org=wls
Students will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for Friday’s Homecoming game. Students will sit in the end zone and practice social distancing and mask guidelines. Here is the ticket sale protocol for students this week: For Friday night’s football game, there will be 80 endzone student tickets on sale for STUDENTS ONLY for $5.00 Students will have to purchase these presale from the Athletic Office during the day from 8:00-1:00; this does include during your homeroom and lunch period. Tickets will be sold on Tuesday to Seniors only from 8:00-1:00 in the office and then again for Seniors only at the main ticket booth at the soccer game Tuesday night from 6:00-8:00. Starting Wed morning, all unsold tickets will go on sale from 8:00-1:00 to Juniors, Sophomores, and freshman until all are sold out. Seating for these tickets will be required to sit in the endzone and social distancing must be observed.
West Liberty-Salem Athletic Pre-sale ticket information for Sept. 19th and on Pre-sale tickets will once again be sold every morning, 8:00-12:00 PM in the vestibule at door #2. If you are unable to make it there in the morning, we will be selling them Tuesday night Sept. 22nd at the main ticket booth at the stadium from 6:00-8:00 PM. All tickets are $7.00 each, no refunds are available, Cash or check is accepted. At press time, the following is individual game ticket information: Saturday morning- Middle School girls volleyball at Catholic Central, 2 tickets per player can be purchased at the door. Saturday morning JV football vs West Jeff- tickets can be purchased at the gate or presale, 5 people are allowed in per player. Friday night home High School football vs Northeastern (9/25)- each football, band, and cheerleader are entitled to 2 presale until Thursday at 10:00 AM, after that, we will open it back up to SENIOR FOOTBALL, CHEER, AND BAND parents only from 10:00-12:00 PM on Thursday to purchase additional tickets. General admission for Friday night football will go on sale Friday morning(9/25) at 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM All Middle School and High School games being held at WLS next week, tickets are the same policy as before- we recommend you purchase ahead of time, but history has shown that we are not reaching full capacity on many games other than varsity football and sometimes varsity volleyball. ON an occasion, some tickets are still available at the gate prior to the game. Below is information on AWAY game policies or special instructions for HOME games(not every game is included as it is assumed you know the policy by now) Saturday morning- Middle School girls volleyball at Catholic Central, 2 tickets per player can be purchased at the door HS Volleyball at Minster on Saturday- No limit on tickets, purchase tickets at door. Middle School football Wed. night at Greeneview- tickets purchased at the door. Saturday morning JV football at Northeastern- tickets will all be sold online, a link will be posted mid week for you to access tickets. Senior night for Football, Band, and Cheerleaders will be held Sept 25th. Prior to the football game. Details were sent home in the mail to all seniors. Its important to remember, per OHSAA guidelines, masks are required to be worn at all Athletic events, and social distancing is a must. Each school has marked areas to sit/stand differently, try to cooperate and work with what they have done to make it possible for your athletes to have a season!!
Congratulations to our homecoming attendants and Senior King and Queen candidates! Freshman Attendant: Olivia Wilcox Sophomore Attendant: Trinity Floyd Junior Attendant: Emily Hollar Senior Queen Candidates: Madison Bahan Sophie Cole Grace Estes Kaylee LeVan Anna McGill Selena Weaver Senior King Candidates: Nick Burden Drew Hardwick Luke Hudson Isaiah McGill Hayden Phillips Garrett RIchardson Crowning of the King and Queen will take place at the Homecoming ceremony at 8pm, Saturday, September 26th. Look for more information this weekend with an update on the ceremony and the Homecoming Dance!
Updated Friday night ticket information: 35 tickets remain for Friday night’s football game at West Jeff. Tickets will be on sale tonight at the main ticket booth from 6-8 or 8-noon at door #2 at the HS tomorrow. Go Tigers!
You can catch all the action Friday night, when the Tigers take on West Jeff, on the West Jefferson Digital Network! Tiger fans can access the video broadcast at the link below. This game will also be available to watch on demand or download after the conclusion of the game. Go Tigers! Video Link: https://team1prep.com/oh/?S=WJRiders&B=191171
Please help us give a warm Tiger Welcome, and first staff spotlight of the year, to Tori Huffman! Mrs. Huffman will serve as our Middle School Intervention Specialist. Mrs. Huffman and her husband, Greg, have lived in West Liberty for the last eight years where they have a strong connection to our community through Greg’s employment with West Liberty Fire Department. They also have many relatives who are Tiger Alumni! Mrs. Huffman graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 2011, and received her undergraduate degree from Urbana University. There, she received her Intervention Specialist and Reading Endorsements. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2020, with certifications in Intervention and Autism. Mrs. Huffman comes to us fro Graham Elementary where she was the 4th and 5th grade Intervention Specialist from 2015-May 2020. We are excited to have Mrs. Huffman join our Tiger family and hope you will give her a warm welcome to the team!
Update on pre-sale tickets: 30 tickets remain for the Middle School football game Thursday 50 tickets remain for the High School football game Friday. Tickets are available from 8:00-12:00 Thursday and Friday morning. For students, tickets are available throughout homeroom and lunch period at the Athletic Office.
Wow! Our community keeps on giving! Freshman, Anna Byrd and her mom made a large donation of masks to our elementary students! If your student needs a mask, please feel free to send them to the office. There are Frozen, Mickie Mouse, plaids, plain, and many other characters and patterns to choose from! Thank you for your generous donation to our students!
This Friday night’s football game at West Jefferson will be available to livestream on the West Jefferson Digital Network. Tiger fans can access the video broadcast at the link below. This game will also be available to watch on demand or download after the game. https://team1prep.com/oh/?S=WJRiders&B=191171
See what our 8th grade Biology students have been up to in the most recent article, located in the News section of our website. While you’re there, take a look around! You can find some neat things that happen at our school! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/307140?org=wls
Remember that free breakfast and lunch begin this week! Here is a link to this week’s dining menus! Enjoy! https://www.wlstigers.org/o/wls/dining
West Liberty-Salem Athletic Pre-sale ticket information for Sept. 12th -Sept. 19th Pre-sale tickets will once again be sold every morning, 8:00-12:00 PM in the vestibule at door #2. If you are unable to make it there in the morning, we will be selling them Tuesday night Sept. 15th at the main ticket booth at the stadium from 6:00-8:00 PM. All tickets are $7.00 each, no refunds are available, Cash or check is accepted. At press time, the following is individual game ticket information: Friday’s varsity football game at West Jeff:- we will be selling 200 presale tickets starting Monday morning around 10:00 (or whenever they are delivered) and then every other morning from 8:00-12:00 until they sell out. We will also open up Tuesday night from 6:00-8:00 PM at the main ticket booth at the stadium for those who cannot make it during the morning hours. NO tickets will be sold at the gate Friday night at West Jeff. You may purchase up to 4 tickets at a time. All Middle School and High School games being held at WLS next week, tickets are the same policy as before- we recommend you purchase ahead of time, but history has shown that we are not reaching full capacity on many games other than varsity football and sometimes varsity volleyball. ON an occasion, some tickets are still available at the gate prior to the game. Below is information on AWAY game policies or special instructions for HOME games(not every game is included as it is assumed you know the policy by now) HS Volleyball at Southeastern Thursday night- tickets will be purchased at the gate, your coach will let you know how many is allowed per player. Middle School football Thursday night- presale tickets will be available, the game will be played on the auxiliary field, 2 tickets per athlete will be allowed. You will want to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Game time is 5:30 Middle School volleyball Monday and Thursday night- presale tickets will be available, this game will be played in the main gym, 3 tickets per athlete are permitted. Game time is 5:30 High School Boys and girls soccer Thursday night, pre-sale tickets will be available, 6 tickets per athlete will be permitted. Game time is 5:30/7:30 Middle School and High School Cross Country at Cedarville- $5.00 per car JV football vs West Jeff on Saturday morning- 5 tickets per player are allowed. Game time is 10:00 Middle School volleyball Saturday morning at Catholic Central- 2 people per player, tickets sold at the door. 10:00 game time. Senior night for Football, Band, and Cheerleaders will be held Sept 25th. Prior to the football game. Details are forthcoming on that. Its important to remember, per OHSAA guidelines, masks are required to be worn at all Athletic events, and social distancing is a must. Each school has marked areas to sit/stand differently, try to cooperate and work with what they have done to make it possible for your athletes to have a season!!
Hello Tiger Fans, Don't forget that you can watch tonight's game on the district's Live Feed. You can access this link on our main webpage. It will take you to our Live Feed page. Press play and you should be able to watch the game. Enjoy your evening and Go Tigers!
Hello Families, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent with two important announcements. First, ALL OHIO STUDENTS, including those attending WL-S have been approved to receive Free Lunch and Breakfast from the USDA until December 31st 2020. Free lunch will begin Tomorrow, Friday, September 11th and Free Breakfast will begin on Monday, September 14th for all students. This has been approved by the Federal Government to assist families during the COVID 19 Pandemic. This is an excellent opportunity for all families to save some money on lunch and breakfast and help our school food service program increase revenue that has been lost due to less school days last spring. This opportunity is also available for our students who have chosen online instruction for this school year. Please feel free to call the school if you have questions or would like more information. For families that may qualify for free or reduced lunches, we encourage you to still complete your Free and Reduced Lunch Applications, since this program only last until December 31st, and by qualifying for Free and Reduced Lunch, it also benefits you with other school related fees. Next, Student drop off has gone very well this week in front of the school. Parents have done a very good job of pulling forward and utilizing space beyond the flag pole and crosswalk each morning. Please remember to make sure that you only let your children out the passenger side of the car when you are next to the curb. Tomorrow, Friday, will likely be a very busy day with student drop off since it is the first day this week that all students will be on campus at the same time, due to the elementary school’s staggered start of the school year. Please be sure to be very patient with traffic and make sure your child(ren) are ready to exit the vehicle. If you need to help your child out of the car, please use a parking space in the front parking lot and walk your child across the cross walk to the building. Parents/drivers should not exit your vehicle in the drop off lane. We want to ensure that all students arrive to school safely and by following these guidelines, we will continue to have great days. Families, Thank you very much for a great start to the school year. It feels great to have students back in the building. Feedback has been positive from those students and staff I have spoken too regarding masks. I think teachers are doing a great job of providing mask breaks each hour as they are able when students are socially distanced. Please remember to call or email me if you have any questions that you have not been able to get answered. Thank you, Kraig Hissong
Teachers often spend the first day of school getting to know their students and going over routine procedures for the year. This year is different. It’s been hard, it’s been stressful, and we know our parents and students have made some tough decisions. That’s why we are taking extra time to get to know your children and really focus on the social and emotional aspects of how to care for our student’s entire academic experience. Brice Henry, elementary, middle school and high school choir instructor, asked his high school choir students to describe in one word how they felt about the year ahead. The answers weren’t surprising, and will serve as a reminder for us as we navigate these changes together. Mr. Henry created this word cloud. The more times a word was used, the bigger it became. Thank you, Mr. Henry for sharing with the rest of us! It will certainly help when we have those perfectly, imperfect days!
It’s never a surprise when one of our teachers, or staff, go above and beyond for our students. It’s just what they do around here. June Seymour, high school art teacher, is one of those people. She spent the last several months planning for the year ahead and using her personal time, money and many talents to make over 100 masks (and counting) for students and staff. It’s inevitable that a student will forget or soil their mask, or maybe they need a pick-me-up and a new mask does the trick! Staff members have been delighted to select a new mask, knowing it was made just for them, with thoughtful care from a friend and co-worker! Mrs. Seymour made a variety of sizes, colors, and patterns and placed them in the office for anyone, in any grade, who may want or need one, and she didn’t just stop this summer. She continues to replenish them as needed! We are so thankful for her kindness and putting our Tiger family first in these uncertain times. So if your student forgets their mask, no worries! She has their back! One thing is certain, we have the best people caring for each other at WL-S!
Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census. The deadline is September 30, 2020. Please respond online today at www.2020Census.gov or by phone: 844-330-2020. Your response will take less than 10 minutes and will benefit our community for the next 10 years. Please Complete Your 2020 Census Today if you have not already done so!
Every student in Preschool-12th grade may now receive a free breakfast, beginning Monday 9/14, and a free lunch, beginning Friday, 9/11, while at school until 12/31/20! Yes, EVERY student! If you do not wish for your student to receive these free meals, please make sure your MS/HS student know that or make their elementary teacher aware, or email Kathy Smith at email@example.com. Elementary students will receive their breakfast in their class and MS/HS students can pick them up outside of the cafeteria on their way to class, if they wish to receive one. Reasons why you should take advantage of the free meals our district is offering: o It saves you time shopping and preparing meals. o It is convenient! o It is comforting and familiar to your kids. o It is delicious and nutritious. o When schools order foods to make the meals, it helps keep the supply chain flowing. This helps farmers, truckers, and local employees - including some small business we do business with. o Each meal served provides funding to your district’s Nutrition Services department from USDA – not local monies. If the Nutrition Service department has a shortfall it will need to be made up with local district monies. Taking a free meal can actually save your district money. o It may extend your household food budget. o These meals help to keep our staff employed if there is a closure or enhanced distance learning. o You are not taking food away from someone who needs it more; we have plenty! o We LOVE to provide meals to our students. It is what we do best and it helps us deal with the disruptions all around us.
Did you know you can follow your MS/HS student’s daily announcements on our website? It’s easy! Announcements are posted daily, and we know that it’s easy to forget to share some of this information after a long day at school. Head over to the website anytime, and click MENU. There you will see many options to explore. We have attached a photo to show you just where you’ll find all the daily updates they see, as well!
Good morning, Tiger fans! Here is the most up to date info for varsity football Friday when we take on Fairbanks. The procedure will be the same as before. Each football player, band and cheerleader will be awarded the opportunity to purchase 2 tickets each under their name. After 10:00 AM on Thursday, what is left will be opened up again for each player, band member and cheerleader to purchase 2 more from 10:00 AM -12:00 PM on Thursday. After that opportunity, what is left, is available on Friday from 8:00-12:00 PM until we sell out. Tickets can be purchased in the front vestibule at door #2- this is just to the left of the main entrance. There will be signs indicating where to enter. We will continue to provide weekly updates on tickets sales, so please watch the website, facebook page, and live feed (shared info will be the same on multiple outlets for your convenience). The game will also be available via LIVESTREAM. The photo indicates how to access LIVESTREAM at the top of the page highlighted in the yellow circle. Please let us know if you have any questions. GO TIGERS!
Attention Choir families! The WL-S HS Choir is selling t-shirts as their primary fundraiser this year, with the hopes of purchasing a new keyboard. The funds raised will be put to good use for many years in the future of WLS Choirs! There are some cool designs and styles, so if you’re interested in supporting the group, consider purchasing a t-shirt as part of the sale comes directly back to us. The Show Choir shirts have the Sound Check Logo on the back and the orange shirts (Listed as Misc. Choir) have options to include “Mom”, “Dad”, “Grandparent” and “Alumni” in case any of those apply to you. More information will come home with your choir student this week. Thanks in advance for your support. Here is the link to purchase: https://wlsmusic20.itemorder.com/sale
Two West Liberty-Salem basketball teams were division champs at the first annual Labor Day 3v3 basketball tournament. For the boys, 7th graders, Cade Stokes, Carson, Poppe, Brevin Louden, and Sam Strapp were 6th and 7th grade division champs. They were coached by Mike Louden. Fifth graders, Emma Schmelzer, Ellery Wygal, Isla Leichty, and Arianna Weaver took home the hardware in their division. They were coached by Darrin Leichty. Way to represent WL-S!!
Welcome back, Tigers! This morning, we welcomed students back on campus, and we couldn’t be more excited! Teachers and staff are focusing on making this year safe, fun, and an exciting educational experience just as we always do. In the absence of open house, we know many of you may have questions, and that’s okay! We are here and ready to help! Make sure you download our school app to your smart phone by searching ‘WL-S Tigers‘ in the App Store or Google Play store. You can see what that app will look like pictured above. Also, make sure you ‘like’ our Facebook page! Click on the live feed or check our facebook page for many updates over the last several days. Athletic events have the most recent information posted to live feed, Facebook, and the website, as of Friday September 4th. We will update that weekly or as things change. You can also see updates by following the WLSAA Facebook page or following them on Twitter. Students will receive invoices for fees this week. We accept checks or cash, but not debit or credit at this time. Make sure you make checks payable to WL-S and put your students name on the memo line. Again, we are excited for the year ahead, even as we navigate many firsts and many changes together. Our community, staff and students are one of a kind and we know WE CAN DO THIS! GO TIGERS!
Hello Families, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent with several important pieces of information that I would like to share as we begin the school year. Warning this is a long message. Please listen to this entire message or go to our website or app to read the message on Live Feed. 1. Please make sure that you have updated your child’s registration information on Final Forms. This is the electronic version that we began using last year that allows you to avoid all the paperwork at the beginning of the year. This information needs to be reviewed and updated by the parent each year. It is CRITCAL for families to update this information. It is also important for families that plan to utilize Bus transportation this year. If you have not updated Final Forms, please do so today. If you have questions, please call the school before 3 PM. 2. Morning drop off procedures for parents bringing their children to school will remain the same for this year. Please review these procedures on our website under NEWS. We average nearly 300 cars that drop off students each morning in about a 15 minute window. We expect more will likely drop students off this year. Remember to be patient and cautious during parent drop off. If you need to get out of your car to assist your child to the building, we ask that you use the front parking lot to park you vehicle, use the crosswalk, and walk your child to the building. Also please remember the following: a. If coming from the South (Urbana) please use the South entrance to enter the school site and if coming from the North, please use the North Entrance during Morning arrival and Afternoon Dismissal times, This helps with traffic flow during these busy times of day! b. Please remember to pull forward, past the flag pole and cross walk, as far as you can before letting your child out. This allows for as much space as possible for those behind you to drop off. c. We highly recommend parents to remain in your vehicle when using the drop off lane and to let you children out on the curb side of the car only! d. Please do not let your child exit the car from the passing lane at any time. e. Make sure your children are ready to get out of the car. The more prepared you are, the safer your child will be and it will help to keep the line of cars moving f. If you like to avoid the crowd, please arrive to drop off your child before 7:20. They will be able to safely wait to enter the building under the canopy until school door open. g. This year remember to have your mask on when you exit the vehicle and children should socially distance from others while entering the school building. 3. Afternoon Dismissal Pickup: Parents may utilize the front parking lot and the front drop off lane to park while waiting for your child to exit the building. Elementary parents, please refer to the elementary school procedures for picking up your child. 4. Free and Reduced Lunch Applications: Please remember to Apply for Free and Reduced Lunch if your family is in need or financial assistance. If you already receive free and reduced lunch benefits from last school year, you still have to apply for this school year. All benefits will cease on October 19th, unless you have reapplied. 5. Visitors will be very limited this school year to the building. If you need to speak to or have business with someone at the school, we encourage you to call the school first. All visitors must have their temperature taken before entering the office. Visitors must enter through the main entrance only! 6. School Fees: - School Fee invoices will be sent to families during the second week of school. 7. Schools Supplies – If you missed our drop off times for school supplies here at the school, we ask that you only send you child with supplies that they can carry into the school easily, on their own. Better to send in a little over several days than to send it all in one trip, since parents will not be allowed inside the school. We are looking forward to Tuesday and the start of the school year! We think this school year will be great despite the challenges of COVID. Our staff is prepared to limit your child’s risk to COVID and provide them the safest and best learning environment possible. Thank you all very much for your patience ahead of time. As we have learned, expect the unexpected and be prepared. Make sure that you have thought out how you will care for your children if we have to switch to a hybrid or remote learning model during the school year and if your child would be required to quarantine due to illness or possible exposure to COVID. We look forward to the return of all our Tigers! It has been a long time since March and will be great to have you all back here at school! Have a great labor day weekend and don’t forget to complete Final Forms if you have not done so.
The following is pre-sale ticket information for the upcoming week 9/7 thru 9/12 for WL-S Pre-sale tickets will be on sale each morning Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri at the school from 8:00 -12:00- in the front vestibule at door #2- this is just to the left of the main entrance. There will be signs indicating where to enter. For those not able to purchase tickets during the day, tickets will be available Tuesday night (9/8) at the main stadium ticket booth outside from 5:00- 7:00 PM As we are one week into this, we have found that for most games (other than High School football) we are not reaching full capacity, so there has been tickets available for the general public to purchase at the gate. This is not to say you shouldn’t stop buying pre-sale, some games might fill up, and we wont be able to allow general admission, but past history of this week has shown that there is always tickets available. This theory would apply to MS/HS Volleyball, JV football, and Boys and girls soccer. For Friday night football game vs Fairbanks, as we did before, each football player, band and cheer members will be awarded the opportunity to purchase 2 tickets each under their name. After 10:00 AM on Thursday, what is left will be opened up again for each to purchase 2 more from 10:00 AM -12:00 PM on Thursday. After that opportunity, what is left, is available on Friday from 8:00-12:00 PM until we sell out. Still rely on your coach to communicate “away” game ticket policies, as we are informed of those on a weekly basis. If you have questions, call the Athletic Office at (937)465-1149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your understanding and willingness to work with us through this difficult time.
Good afternoon! If you are in need of any presale HOME athletic event tickets for the near future and can’t get to school during the day, we are open this evening from 4-7 p.m. at the main ticket booth at Tiger Stadium. Go Tigers!
This Thursday night the WL-S volleyball team will take on West Jefferson, who will live stream the varsity volleyball match at 5:30 PM. The following link will provide to access the match. An archive will be available on demand, or for download, approximately one hour following the game. Go Tigers! https://team1prep.com/oh/?S=WJRiders&B=191157
School fee schedules have been released! KG $33 1st $33 2nd $35 3rd $55 4th $55 5th $47 Online Student fees are $63 or $123 if you choose to lease an iPad. (K-12 fees do not apply.) MS/HS first semester fees will be invoiced and sent home the first week of school. IPad fees will be included. Fees should be paid in full by 11/4 for students to receive their grade cards. If you’d like to set up a payment plan, please call the office. Please use either cash or checks. We do not accept debit/credit. Remember to make checks payable to WL-S and put your student’s name on the memo line. We are looking forward to seeing your students next week!
General admission tickets for Friday night football at Triad will go on sale WEDNESDAY at 6 pm. Go to the following link to purchase your tickets on Wednesday evening. Players and cheerleaders were given codes from their coaches and should know what to do. If you have additional questions please let us know. https://triadk12.hometownticketing.com/embed/all
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong, WLS Superintendent with some announcements. The Tickets for tonight’s football game are sold out against Greeneview, however, you may watch the game via our LIVE STREAM for free on the district’s website. Just go to www.wlstigers.org and locate the LIVE STREAM link on the top banner of the homepage. Click the link and then click the play arrow to start the LIVE STREAM. Since this is our first attempt to LIVE STREAM a sporting event, we are unsure how the sound will work. The video may or may not have sound. We do know that the video feed will lag behind live action by about 20 seconds. We hope that you enjoy this feature as we plan to use livestreaming to showcase other sporting events as well. Also, please continue to check our website under COVID 19 Information that you will find as the first option under the menu bar located on the upper righthand corner of the website. There is updated information regarding our return to school and procedures that we will be following. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school. Thank you, Kraig Hissong
ATTENTION! 96 tickets remain for the football game tomorrow night! Please read the following information carefully. Friday morning, from 8:00am to 10:00 am team members, cheerleaders, and band members are permitted to purchase up to 2 more per student. AT 10:00, if any remain, they will be available to the general public at the athletic office until 12:00 PM All tickets are $7.00 No ticket sales will be permitted at the gate Friday night, you must have a ticket to gain entry into the stadium. There will be no passes accepted. Updates on the ticket status will be posted in the morning on the WLS Facebook account, or you may call the Athletic office direct at (937)465-1149 Go Tigers!!
Hello, this is Mr. Hollar with some important beginning of the year information for elementary students. You have heard some of this information before, but some of this information will be new to you. Please review carefully. For those of you who received the email earlier today, this is the most updated link. https://5il.co/kaw0. Make sure to click the round i (information) buttons for additional details on certain topics. Thank you, and have a great night.
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to meet our elementary librarian, Mrs. Molly Perdue, then you know her commitment to early literacy and instilling a love of reading are her top priorities. And that’s why Library time is a favorite among our students, who get story time with Mrs. Perdue each week. She chooses exciting and relevant topics, and her enthusiasm for story telling is captivating. Back in March, Mrs. Perdue refused to let school closing stop her from continuing that very tradition. She began recording herself reading those same exciting stories and sent them to our kindergarten and first graders. In those videos, she challenged students to “read, read and read some more”. She encouraged them to read to different people in their families, and she even pointed out that they could read the back of the cereal box when they were having breakfast! One student in particular, Zane Kandel, a kindergartner last year, took her messages to heart and set a goal of reading 408 books this summer! Zane’s mom reached out to Mrs. Perdue thanking her for encouraging that early love of reading, and Mrs. Perdue got to work, again. She worked the numbers and sent Zane a video message explaining just how many books on average he would need to read each day in order to meet his goal. She told him that if he accomplished this feat she would let him choose any book he wanted from the Scholastic book program, her treat! Yesterday, Zane Kandel accomplished his goal by reading his 408th book! It goes without saying that Mrs. Perdue, and everyone at West Liberty-Salem, are very proud of Zane’s dedication to his goals and making reading a priority this summer! Congratulations, you did it!
Good evening! Attached you will find the 2020 WL-S ATHLETICS, GAME PLAY, AND VENUE OPERATIONS PLAN. We appreciate you taking the time to read over and understand the guidelines set forth by the Ohio Department of Health, the OHSAA, our Athletic Director and administrators. Should you have any questions, as always, please feel free to reach out to our office during regular school hours. https://www.wlstigers.org/article/293714?org=wls “We understand that change is hard; however, the goal for the 2020 Fall Athletic Season is to allow our hard-working student-athletes to enjoy actually having the competitions they train so hard for every day. Thank you for all of your patience and cooperation. GO TIGERS!” -WL-S Athletic Department & Administrators
Attention parents of HS boys soccer players: 75 tickets will be available for next Tuesday’s game at Urbana High School. No more than 4 tickets per family, please. Tickets must be purchased from the side door of the WLS Athletic Office tomorrow, Tuesday, 8/25, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Tickets are all $7.00, cash or checks can me made out to West Liberty-Salem. If you have any questions please give us a call during regular office hours. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we all navigate the new spectator mandates. Go Tigers!
Hello, Please feel free to join us this evening by watching the Board meeting via our new live stream feature on the school website. Simply go to the main page of our website and click on the LIVE STREAM link at the top of the page. Then press the play button. The meeting will start at 7 PM. Thanks, Kraig Hissong
Congratulations to Kyndall Metz and Cooper Havens on earning Grand Champion at the Champaign County Fair!! The full stories can be found at Peak of Ohio, or by clicking on the links below! https://www.peakofohio.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=5&id=308896#.XzVb4C1q2fB https://www.peakofohio.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=5&id=308889#.XzVeNS1q2fA
Good morning! We wanted to provide you with a few updates on what to expect as we wrap up August! Elementary students will receive notice the week of August 24 regarding your student’s teacher. You will not receive a paper notice this year, so be on the lookout for an email. We will notify you when those e-mails are sent. Elementary will begin with the traditional staggered start. KG will attend just one day on Sept. 8, 9, 10, or 11. All KG will begin on 9/14. Grades 1-5 will also just attend a selected day on September 8, 9, or 10 with all students attending on 9/11. Parents of freshman should check your e-mail this week for information and a sign up link for your student to attend iPad in-service next week. The email is from Rich Johnson. Students in grades 10-12 will receive info on iPad pick up dates very soon. Finally, Final Forms will be up and running soon. This is how you will complete all necessary paperwork including emergency medical forms, free and reduced lunch forms, etc. We will notify you when this is available. We apologize, but there will not be open house this year. We will include information on fees and when to bring supplies when final communications are sent. We look forward to making this a great year! Go Tigers!
Hello, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of West Liberty-Salem Local Schools. As previously shared, WL-S will be providing two learning options this school year: on-campus or 100% remote, online learning. There are two documents we encourage you to read before making your commitment. One explains in-person learning and the other explains remote learning. These can be found by visiting the district website, click menu, then click COVID-19 information. There you will find a Remote Learning Guide and an In-Person Learning Guide. If after reading the documents, you have further questions you’d like answered before making your decision, please reach out to the appropriate building principal. Parents of students who will participate in the remote, online option for the first semester of the 20-21 school year, need to call the office this Wednesday, Thursday or Friday to register your student. Again, to enroll your student in the online, remote learning option, please call 937-465-1060, extension 101 for the Elementary and extension 102 for MS/HS by 3:00 pm, Friday, August 7th.
Hello, Yesterday evening the Board approved a revised School District Calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. The biggest change to note is that the school year now starts on September 8, 2020 for students (The day after Labor Day). With growing concerns over the COVID-19 virus at this time, we have moved a majority of our Professional Development days normally spaced throughout the calendar to the week before school start for students. This will allow school staff time to practice procedures and plan for the school year based on the county level we are in at the time. You can view the revised calendar on our website under the menu tab, 2020-2021 Printable School Calendar or use this link: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/676992/2020-2021_WLS_District_Calendar_V2.pdf
Hello. The District will be holding a regular Board meeting this evening at 7 PM. Please feel free to watch the meeting utilizing YouTube live. The link can be found on our website, under the menu tab, with the title, Kraig Hissong's Live Feed or click on the link Below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCma4KkHinzO6DEB0StJWOxw/videos Thank you, Kraig Hissong
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong Superintendent with an important reminder. Today is the last day to complete the survey about in-school or online instruction for next year and about bus transportation. Please go online today and use the link to our survey, https://forms.gle/GGeupLMyoWjjuEpR7 to provide the school with preliminary information about how your child(ren) will be instructed next year. This survey is not binding. It is simply a way that we will be able to make plans for this school year. Please answer survey questions with what you feel you will most likely do. The survey is very short. Final decisions for online SchoolsPLP or in-person (regular) school instruction will be made by mid August. Also, we have had many great questions from the community about instruction for next year and what it will look like. We have completed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to provide families more information. If you have submitted a question to me, the answer will most likely be found in this document. We will continue to update this document as things change. If you feel the need to resubmit your survey after reading the information from the FAQ document that can be found on our website, you may do so. we will take you most recent survey submission. Please understand that we will do our best to keep you up to date. Here is a link to our FAQ document: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/814948/FAQs_2020-21_WL-S_School_Year.pdf Thank you, Kraig Hissong
Hello Families, First, I want to thank you all for your patience. I know many of you have questions about the upcoming school year. Info from the Governor’s office has allowed districts to begin putting in place “Return to School Plans”. Please see our return to school plan on the home page of our website or attached to an email sent to each family. Attached is a link to a survey where we would like more information about your choice to send your child back to traditional WL-S instruction at school or to participate in the schools online curriculum provided by schools PLP Link to survey: https://forms.gle/GGeupLMyoWjjuEpR7 Again, please check the school’s website for the Return to school plan and the Champaign County Plan and be sure to complete a survey for each child coming to WL-S this fall. If you do not receive an email or text with a link to the survey, you may email me, Khissong@wlstigers.org, to receive one. Surveys are due on July 24, 2020 Thank you very much and we look forward to another great year with all of you, even if this year looks a little bit different than normal. We greatly appreciate your support and partnership and will do our very best to keep you informed about changes to the school year as decisions are made. Sincerely, Kraig Hissong
Good Evening. Attached you will find the link to documents detailing the reopening of our schools this fall. The link takes you to our Covid-19 file that can be found in the ‘Menu’ on the main website. The last 2 documents in this file are of particular importance. They are the Champaign County Reopening Agreement for Reopen and WL-S Return to School Plan. If you have any questions please reach out to email@example.com. Thank you, and have a wonderful evening. Go Tigers! https://www.wlstigers.org/o/wls/browse/110741
Good morning, Tigers! We know many of you have questions about the 2020-21 school year, and we are working hard to provide you answers. Right now we are working through recommendations from the Ohio Department of Education, the Governor, and collaborating with neighboring districts to find the best approach for our students and staff. As soon as we feel we have best addressed the many concerns and uncertainties, we will communicate our plan to you, our community. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate these uncertain times. We are #tigerstrong!
The West Liberty Athletic Association is looking for a fall concession leader. Pay for that role is $1500 for the season. This role is only for outside concessions (football and soccer). Interested parties should email the WLSAA email account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Afternoon! Please read closely as there are several announcements about fall sports: Middle school football sign ups are happening now! If you are interested in playing football and you have not yet spoken to a coach, please call or message (937) 935-8102 any time, but preferably after 2pm. My goal is to have a camp the last week of July, we will send more information later. Any High School female interested in joining the golf team, email Coach Sean Stormes at email@example.com or show up at the open range at Liberty Hills golf course Monday, June 29th at 12:00. It’s time to plan for middle school cheer! Cheer try outs will be: Monday, July 6, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 5-7 p.m. We will meet in the gym that is open. We will learn a cheer, chant and dance. Both days please wear black shorts, shirts (any design on them is fine), and hair in a ponytail. Bows are optional, tennis shoes are required. Any questions contact Heather Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention incoming Kindergartner girls and first grade girls: Whether she’s raring to go or not sure she’s ready to change her routine, your soon-to-be Kindergartner can spend the summer trying new and exciting things at home and getting to know other girls her age. Join us for this free event to learn more about Girl Scouts, where she’ll make friends, grow in confidence, and build skills that will help her in school and beyond. Join us on July 16 from 6:30- 7:30PM to get a FREE sample of what Girl Scouts has to offer your Girl!! Complete this Jotform to register! https://form.jotform.com/201734939243155
The spring edition of The Jungle News is now available! Make sure to click on the link below to check out our school news magazine and the hard work of our journalism students! The spring edition is the final edition of the year, but you can check out fall and winter while you are there! https://www.wlstigers.org/o/wls/page/jungle-news-yearbook--2
Just a reminder that Blessing Bags is sponsoring Free Lunch Fridays for all WLS students. Take out lunch is provided every Friday from 11:30-12:30 at the Grove, located at 123 N. Detroit St. in West Liberty. Come out and grab a lunch and see some of your favorite school staff!
Congratulations to 2016 WL-S grad Emily Schultz! Schultz graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Saturday. The full article can be found here: https://www.peakofohio.com/mobile/news/details.cfm?clientid=5&id=305813#.XuqBgy9q2fB
Reminder that the WLS Board meeting is beginning now. Go to our website under menu and choose Kraig Hissongs live feed to watch.
We are proud to announce our Class of 2020 scholarship recipients! This year’s senior class received a grand total of nearly $2 million dollars in scholarships, both locally and from their respective colleges/universities. For the complete list please click the link below and help us congratulate, once again, the WL-S Class of 2020! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/258478?org=wls
We regret to announce the WLS Musical has been cancelled for this school year. If you are currently a ticket holder, you have 2 options: Contact Mr. Henry (email@example.com) and request that the ticket purchase price be donated to the musical program. Bring your tickets to the front office during the office hours of 8am-3pm before June 19th to request a refund. In order to receive a refund, we will need the original tickets returned along with your name and address. Refunds will be processed and a check will be mailed later this summer to the address provided. No requests will be honored after June 19th (mail or person), the ticket money will be donated to the musical program if not requested prior to the deadline. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Brice Henry, firstname.lastname@example.org We appreciate your support, thank you!
Attention cross country athletes and families, please review the following information from your coach. Get those running shoes ready! https://www.bornandracedinwestliberty.com/news/big-orange-summer-conditioning
West Liberty Salem art students took home first, second, and third place, and The People’s Choice Award at he 4th Congressional District Art Competition. Ryan Motzko came in first place, while Aubrey Williams placed second, and Sailor LeVan third. Arianna Chapman was awarded People’s Choice. Jim Jordan presented them with their certificates. Motzko, who won first place, will have his art work hanging in The Tunnel in Washington D.C. for one year. This is the second year in a row for WL-S to have a first place finish at the Competition. Congratulations!
Hello Families, Every Friday this summer Blessing Bags, a volunteer group in our community, will be hosting "Free Lunch Fridays" where WL-S students can come to the Grove and pick up a free lunch. The lunches will be packed and ready for students to pick up between 11:30 and 12:30 at the Grove located on 123 S. Detroit Street. We would like to thank the local community and businesses for providing donations and monetary support for "Free Lunch Fridays". Please come and pick up a free lunch tomorrow, June 5th between 11:30 and 12:30 at the Grove!
Attention Athletes! Any student athlete who needs an updated sports physical before fall, please use the following form. Please turn this in to your coach when you and your physician have completed your physical. https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/Sports-Medicine/PPE_2020-21.pdf
Check out what some of our high school art students have been creating and head over to the Marysville Art League Facebook page and check out the Virtual Congressional District 4 Art Show! While you are there, be sure to vote for the People’s Choice Award! The art competition and People’s Choice winners will be announced on facebook live at 5 PM, this evening.
This morning our teachers, staff and administrators gathered for their final meeting of the school year! While no one could have ever guessed we would end this way, it was the general consensus that our community is the best! We all worked together to make the best of very uncertain times. We know there was frustration, and sometimes it was downright tough, but our teachers and administration felt just as supported as we hope our families did. SO THANK YOU! This morning we also had the privilege of honoring three special ladies as they begin their retirement. Alice Martin came to West Liberty-Salem in 1998. Cindy Sherrick came to West Liberty-Salem in 1989. Jeannie Crabtree joined us in 1995, and Audrey Jones joined us in 2014 after 19 years with Northeastern. These ladies represent over 100 years of service to our children! Please help us send them warm wishes and a HAPPY RETIREMENT!
High school English students participated in Pages, A program provided by The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Pages: Art & Writing is a multi-disciplinary program that supports literacy and writing skills through the exploration of contemporary art, film, and performing arts. English Department teachers Mrs. Haney and Mrs. Arnold mentor 31 students Mythology class as well as other students who wanted to participate in the experience. They use their lunch and homeroom times to create and work on their projects and attended 3 different workshops. Workshops included a visual arts, media arts, and performing arts experience, while working with several Ohio artists The Pages Anthology if finally here! The link below will take you to a youtube experience where you can see the works of our students and students from all over Ohio. Take a peek! https://pagesprogram.com/2020/05/28/pages-2019-20-anthology/
It's Gold Card Friday! And today is the BIKE DRAWING!!! Six lucky students win bikes! https://youtu.be/yfkMy_gDy0E
Congratulations to the 2020-2021 NHS officers! The announcement came out today, and with many of our students having already turned in their technology, we need you to help us spread the word! If your student is on this list, give them a big congratulations from all of us! Co-President: Kaylee Levan Co-President: Josh Spinner Vice-President: Noah Cline Secretary: Trinity Perkins Treasurer: Hayden Phillips Parliamentarian: Garrett Richardson Historian: Kienna Whitman
We present to you West Liberty-Salem Prom Royalty! Your 2020 Prom King and Queen are Sailor LeVan and Eli McGill. Prom Princess and Prince are Selena Weaver and Garrett Richardson. Congratulations!! West Liberty-Salem hosted a virtual Prom on Friday evening. Tim Lamb was our guest DJ, and students were treated to a Zoom performance by Drew Baldridge, who sang his hit song, Senior Year! A special thank you goes out to our Junior Prom Committee for their hard work in creating Prom Parcels for each senior and donating the rest of their Prom fund to the Second Harvest Food Bank! Students may view the virtual Prom March on Schoology or via the link below. https://westlibertysalemsc-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/jhaney_wlstigers_org/ESQcOqyaYFVBg00tubyEM5IBnSYSFB_eu26WV7UFIbkqrw
West Liberty-Salem graduated 106 seniors, who received their diplomas in a socially distant commencement ceremony, Sunday afternoon. Students and seven of their family members were invited to attend. Mr. Greg Johnson alongside teachers, administrators, and graduate’s families assisted in making this a very special occasion during very unprecedented times. Students were presented with their diplomas by family members as Mr. Johnson called each senior to a stage located in our high school courtyard. Our graduates were also presented with their first grade time capsules and a folder of work collected by teachers during their elementary years. We hope you enjoyed taking a stroll down memory lane. My, how many of you have grown since then! We look forward to celebrating this very momentous occasion with the entire class of 2020 in a more traditional commencement ceremony in July! Please keep an eye on our facebook page for a complete photo album in the coming days. Congratulations to the class of 2020!
West Liberty Youth Soccer Registration is now open! Please help us spread the word! Head over to their facebook page and read the new guidelines. A link to their website is provided here. www.westlibertysoccer.org
Here is your formal invitation to the 2020 Virtual Prom! See you there! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lsrCbNKx3xE&feature=youtu.be
Please Join us tonight for the May Regular Board meeting. You may watch it via youtube live using the link below or on our website under the menu, Kraig Hissong Live Feed. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCma4KkHinzO6DEB0StJWOxw/featured Thank you, Kraig Hissong
Hello parents! This is Aaron Hollar. I have important information (please read carefully) to share about an opportunity for students to say hello and goodbye to teachers. Parents and students will have to stay in your vehicles, and teachers will talk through the car windows. Due to mass gathering guidelines, we have to host this event on multiple days with the following schedule: May 26 – KG and 3rd Grade from 2:00-6:00 May 27 – 1st and 4th Grade from 2:00-6:00 May 28 – 2nd and 5th Grade from 2:00-6:00 If we have bad weather, we will reschedule for May 29 from 2:00-6:00. On this day, your child’s teachers will spend a few minutes talking with him/her, pass out report cards, and collect library books, text books, and any borrowed technology. You will receive more specific instructions as we get closer to the event. Have a great week everyone!
Good morning! There are several important announcements for HS and MS students and parents. Three announcements to follow will cover graduation details, trip refunds and end-of year drop off of materials. Graduation WL-S plans to hold an in-person graduation ceremony at Tiger Stadium on the West Liberty-Salem campus on Saturday, July 25th at 8:00pm. Details regarding any necessary limitations to the number of guests per graduate will be announced in early July. We will also be hosting a Diploma Pick-Up Event for graduates and immediate family members on Sunday, May 24th. Details have been sent directly to seniors and families. Trip Refunds Our treasurer’s office is completing the last of approximately 400 refunds this week, with the hope of getting all refund checks in the mail by the end of next week. Parents should definitely be able to expect to receive refund checks before the end of the month. Thank you for your continued patience with this very difficult and time-consuming task. End-of-Year Drop-off of Materials: Similar to when we had students pick-up their locker materials, we want to give students an opportunity to drop-off parking passes, wifi hotspots, iPads and textbooks as well as pick-up any certificates or artwork or other materials that are still here at school. Any students who are still working on completing assignments (as Thursday, May 28th is the last day of school), can hold onto iPads and materials until all assignments are completed. HS Students – please leave your student ID with your iPad. More details will be shared as the dates approach. Tuesday, May 26 – Middle School Grades 6, 7 & 8 from 6:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday, May 27 – High School Grades 9, 10 & 11 from 6:00pm-8:00pm SENIOR DROP-OFF OF TEXTBOOKS & I-PADS & PARKING PASSES Seniors can drop-off textbooks, parking passes and iPads between 8am-3pm on May 18th, 19th or 20th. (Students still completing work and submitting assignments can hold on to textbooks and iPads until the end of the week if necessary.) Rich will be wiping the iPad, taking them off of our network, and preparing them to go back to the seniors to keep. We need the iPads early in the week so that they will be ready to return to graduates on May 24th. Here are some instructions from Rich regarding your iPads: When you turn in your iPads, please follow the following steps: 1. Make sure you have filled out the form on Schoology 2. Make sure you have all the work or pictures that you want to keep emailed to your personal email account or uploaded to your OneDrive. The iPad will be wiped clean. 3. If your ID is not in the back of your iPad cases make sure your name is somewhere on the machine so I can tell who it belongs to.
Athletic Director Jake Vitt and Ron Gratz created and assembled a fantastic tribute to our senior athletes, located near Civista Bank and Thoman’s IGA in West Liberty. The Athletic Department remains dedicated to supporting our student athletes, and we appreciate the creativity, time, and work dedicated to our seniors. If you haven’t visited the display with your senior athlete, tomorrow’s weather looks perfect to stop by for a photo!
Mr. Henry has the pleasure of announcing the 20/21 Sound Check Show Choir! While auditioning was a bit different this year, each and every audition made for a very tough decision! We hope you will all audition again next season! Congratulations! Soprano: Megan Adams Allie Bolton Ally Bremer Maddie Cole Trinity Floyd Kathryn Hissong Victoria Strickland Lily Weaver Mandilyn Weaver Ashley Yoder Alto: Hannah Bowman Anna Byrd Arianna Chapman Morgan Damron Gabbi Hudson Emma Kauffman Audrey McGill Micah Stoner Selena Weaver Izzy Wygal Baritone: Andrew Kimball Matt Roach Elijah Shafer Andrew Stoner Tate Yoder
104.9 The River is excited to announce that nominations are now open for 104.9 The River’s annual Teacher of the Year awards! With changes to the school process, this is a great opportunity to recognize the work and effort by our teachers in the community. Nominations are now open and accepted until Thursday, May 21st. Here are the details: What: Teacher of the Year Awards presented by 104.9 the River When: Now – Nominations end 5/21 Award Opportunities: Teacher of the Year by 104.9 the River Outstanding Teacher – Language & Arts Outstanding Teacher – STEM Outstanding Teacher – Special Education Outstanding Teacher – Email Ninja! Outstanding Teacher – Care & Preschool Who is eligible: Any teacher located in Central Ohio and the surrounding area Additional Details: We will recognize a 1st & 2nd place winner in each of the above categories. Each winner will receive an Amazon gift card, gift basket from Glenn Ave. Soap Company, and a plaque to award their achievement. Where to nominate your teacher: www.kidslinked.com/teacher
It's Gold Card Friday! The bike giveaway is coming soon... It's gonna be huge! https://youtu.be/qTAm22P76kQ
Mr. Greg Johnson has released the following Press Release regarding graduation plans for our 2020 graduates. West Liberty-Salem has announced their graduation plans for the Class of 2020. After much thought and consideration, the plans that we have in place reflect the following objectives: Plan an event that properly recognizes the accomplishments of the Class of 2020, while also satisfying the overwhelming desire of the graduates to have an in-person event that includes the graduates as well as faculty, family and guests. Plan an event that is in-line with COVID-19 related restrictions and recommendations and has the safety of all graduates and guests in mind. In-Person Graduation Ceremony on July 25th at 8:00pm. An In-Person Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, July 25th at 8:00pm at Tiger Stadium on the West Liberty-Salem campus. We plan to have all graduates seated on the football field with school staff and guests in the bleachers. The school will respect the mass gathering restrictions and social distancing requirements that are in effect at the time and will revise the graduation plan as necessary. The rain date will be Sunday, July 26th at 8:00pm. If graduation cannot be held July 25th or 26th due to weather or COVID-19 related restrictions, then graduation will become a virtual event. More details will be shared in early July. Diploma Pick-Up on May 24th from Noon-5:00pm. West Liberty-Salem will also hold a Diploma Pick-Up Event for all graduates on Sunday, May 24th, from Noon-5:00pm. This will be a drive-thru event where students will be able to cross the stage, receive their diploma and have pictures taken. Students will have an appointed time and will be able to invite a limited number of guests. Details of this event have been communicated directly to graduates and parents. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to adjust in very uncertain times.
Hello, this is Mrs. Cotrell from WL-S. I've received some questions about the availability of the Summer Bridge workbooks that can typically be ordered before summer break each year. Although these cannot be ordered and delivered to the school this year, The Fun Company in Bellefontaine has Summer Bridge and Brain Quest workbooks available for in store purchase Mon-Sun from 10am-6pm if you are interested.
Attention, golfers: We are excited to start our 2020 West Liberty-Salem Golf Season this fall. We currently have several Varsity spots available for the golf team. Any 8-11th grade student, who is interested in golfing in the upcoming season, should email Mr. Stormes at email@example.com. Visit https://wlsgolf.weebly.com/ for more details. We will have an informational meeting soon, most likely via Zoom, in preparation for our fall season. I look forward to working with you! Feel free to reach out with any questions. Thanks!
Attention! Anyone interested in the WLS High School Cheerleading Program: Students who will be in grades 9-12 during the 2020/2021 School year, interested in participating in the WLS High School Cheer program will need to contact High School Cheer Coach, Kim Long by Friday, May 29. She may be contacted via phone or text at 937-215-2079 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, contact number, grade that you will be in during the 2020/2021 school year and indicate your interest in Football Cheer and/or Basketball Cheer. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Kim. An informational meeting and tryout will be scheduled when we receive approval from the school to begin our season.
Thank you Mr. Hollar, food service and transportation departments for working together to create a socially distant Breakfast of Champions experience for our fourth and fifth grade highest honors, honor roll students! The full story and list of recipients can be found here: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/245522?org=wls
Attention Middle School: If you will be a 7th or 8th grader next year, (2020-2021) it’s time to think about cheer! If you are interested in cheering for football and/or basketball for the coming seasons, please email me at: email@example.com and specify your name, what grade you will be in and what you are trying out for. (Football, Basketball or Both). We will be hosting a 1 on 1 cheer try out this year. We will email instructional videos for 2 cheers and a dance, and information for jumps and tumbling for try outs. I look forward to hearing from all of you! Go Tigers! Thank you, Heather Chamberlain
It's Gold Card Friday! This week's edition gives you a peek at the childhood years of Mr. Hollar and Mr. McGill. https://youtu.be/rtxxWo1Mtps
West Liberty-Salem Middle School/High School Honor Roll 3rd Quarter 4.0 6th Grade Dustin Bolton, Eli Christison, Naomi Cole, Lyndee Harrison, Brady Kauffman, Dylan King, Brevin Loudon, Addicus Loudenback, Emma Smith, Abby Thoman 7th Grade Isabella Hardwick, Caleb Hershberger, Illa Kearns, Luke McGill, Isaiah Reames, Craig Stanford, Akira Whitman 8th Grade Kerrigan Burgel, Megan Hollar, Addison McAuley, Lily Smith, Veronica Wall 9th Grade Alisa Bolton, Ellie Cheetham, Anika Christison, Kayla Cole, Christin Davis, Maggie Davis, Tina Douthwaite, Trinity Floyd, Carlee Hausler, Amelia Hudson, Lena Kauffman, Brittany Neer, Logan Phillips, Whitney Ridenbaugh, Rylie Schultz, Makenna Smith, Aubree Snyder, Isabelle Wilson, D.J. Yoder 10th Grade Megan Adams, Kierra Gilroy, Micah Stoner 11th Grade Lance Baldwin, Emily Bolton, Nicholas Burden, Wyatt Cave, Sophia Cole, Maria Henderson, Rachel Hostetler, Luke Hudson, Alyssa Johnson, Kaylee LeVan, Ryan Motzko, Olivia Neer, Hayden Phillips, Hannah Riblet, Josh Spinner, Selena Weaver, Kienna Whitman 12th Grade Cade Clerico, Denver Cushman, Elizabeth Davis, Rachel Davis, Trenton Douthwaite, Michael Farquharson, Zachary Glock, Cheyenne Gluckle, Kenneth Harr, Patrick Harr, Gavin Harrison, Ethan Larson, Clay LeVan, Matthew Loffing, Eli McGill, Jaelen Meeker, Kyndall Metz, Ashley Pratt, Camrin Rice, Tucker Ridenbaugh, Garett Schoenleben, Aaliyah Speert, Taylor Wayman, Savannah Weaver, Victoria Wilson, Zachary Woolley 3.75 6th Grade Taryn Bradley, Breece Gullett, Marisa Smith, Mason Helms, Emery Longaberger, Ava Astorino, Levi Miller, Kaylee Powell, Kamden Hissong, Brock Burgel, Olivia Reichardt, Kaylee Blair, Victoria Douthwaite, Ava Poppe, Lance Campbell, Geneva Estep, Caleb Ling 7th Grade Rebekah Hudson, Kennedy Wallace, Teagan Boyd, Isaiah Reminder, Silas King, Taran Logwood, Quentin Rudolph, Greyson Horsley, Aaron, Campbell, Sophia Holland, Ava Johnson, Maximilian Rudoph 8th Grade Claire Longshore, Chaley Wade, Alyse Bremer, Julia Wilson, Sari Kitchen, Grace Tomlin, Ivy Cline, Sidney Larison, Lillian Weaver, Mallory Bostick, Sophia Hardwick, Emma Bails, Madeline Cole, Faith Jones 9th Grade Ezekiel Greene, Matthew Jones, Payton Eckurd, Emma Kauffman, Lexy Lee, Abbigayle Long, Andrew Kimball, Owen Harrison, Delaney Wade, Shiloh Spencer, James Powell, Arianna Chapman, Mackenzie Bahan, Adam Stapleton 10th Grade Lauren Kindle, Owen Johnson, Levi Shafer, Jamie Gluckle, Naomi McGill, Jocelynn Kennaw, Emily Hollar, Alison Gault, Avery Davis, Logan Saylor, Brady Forsythe, Isaac Reames, Mandilyn Weaver, Kylie Burgel, Hallie Smith 11th Grade Hannah Jones, Logan Campbell, Ashlie Spencer, Maguire Stratton, Gavin Woodruff, Grace Estes, Brynn Cropper, Graham Higgins, Trinity Perkins, Garrett Richardson, Noah Cline, Anna McGill, Andrew Hardwick, Mearic Campbell, Morgan Damron, Alyssa Putt, Regan Boyd, Tyler Douthwaite, Kaleigh Wilcox, Hannah Bowman, Dawson Jenkins 12th Grade Sydnee Payer, Rain Bereket, Kara Dovell, Isaac Lee, Peyton Orahood, Logan Tomkins, Kaylah Erwin, Lydia Moell, Angeline Allison, Julia Ames, Hailee Davis, Jessie Boy, Austin Hillard, Kerris Woods, Alyssa Alford, Bianca Reames, Kennah Erwin 3.0 6th Grade Samantha Rohrer, Dean Ropp, Carson Poppe, Chilton Smith, Devon Jones, Baileigh Engle, Tru Maxam, Gaven Nance, Wyatt Saxton, Caden Stokes, Cameron Pope, Isaac Sertell, Wyatt Bell, Ellah Heminger, Olivia Deere, Eli Bremer, Mylee Dooley, Zaylor Eggleston, Cody Ferryman, Alayna Hackley, Lydia Schmidt, Wyatt Longaberger, Haylee Earles, Reese Oder, Abigail Timmons, Samuel Strapp, Ella Vondenhuevel, Dallas Koons, Brielle Milliron, Elise Longshore, Ian Cox, Bryant Eaton, Addison Hutton, Marshall Sutherin, Taylor Cook, Jacob Lauck, Gwenyth McCullough, Josiah Tidwell, Sunny Lhamon-Waller, Alexa Cheetham, Caleb Larson, Addyson Mattox, Sadie Paul, Cooper Titus, Elli Ullery 7th Grade Jayden Temple, Talon Castle, Lincoln Henderson, Aidon Koons, Jacob Evans, Collin Thompson, Brodey Deam, Grant Saylor, Connor Garman-Ferguson, Andrea Stokes, Grace Hacker, Teagon Miller, Joshua Thomas, Joshua Wilcoxon, Jackson Steider, Troy Bradley, Cody LeVan, Edna Keller, Clayton McAuley, Nathan Neuerman, Ava Chamberlain, Anna Cole, Laila Butle,r Sami King, Nick Shifflett, John Bahan, Jadon Lowry, Silas Kauffman, Bexley Wilcoxon, Aiden Taylor, Jessa Beard, Samuel Peraza, Owen Bargar, Audrey Collins, Madeline McGill 8th Grade Matthew Christison, Cara Deam, Taylor Kennedy, Zoie Vermillion, Gabriel McGill, Abigail Scott, Zachary Damron, John Richards, Hanna Schwaderer, Mason Barger, Abigail Harris, Jaycee Yelton, Leah Ropp, Aubree Timmons, Anna Byrd, Lauren Kimball, Karter Spriggs, Evan Fullenkamp, Zoey Kaufman, Bailey Poppe, Eli Bell, Brooke Dunn, Jane Fullenkamp, Peyton Hull, Katie Hulbert, Samuel Lauck, Payton Lightner, Xan Schmidt, Olivia Wilcox, Zander Fahnestock, Abigail Miller, Izabella Meister, Carter Titus, Abby Guest, Owen Deere, Riggs Lapp, Dylan Wing, Kendall LeVan, Isabelle Wygal, Ashley Yoder, Whitney Strapp, Malachi Christison, Alexis Helms, Kenzie Phillips, Joseph LaRoche 9th Grade Montana Zinn, Trysten Clerico, Bailee Wick, Ayva Stewart, Elijah Shafer, LaLoni Haerr, Travis Cropper, Trevor Berry, Raven Johnson, Devin Grime, Phillip Marr, Chandler McCafferty, William Dowden, Michael Jones, Gaven Wilcoxon, Wylie Harbour, Zyler Evilsizor, Evan Cook, Aubrey Laing, Hannah Nibert, Kiersten Holtvoigt, Ava Buck, Caitlyn King, Renee Neer, Dylan Glunt, Anna Wintersteller, Maddox Havens, Shae Stoner 10th Grade Ethan Cosentino-Ilges, Logan Godwin, Allyson Gaver, Marissa Bailey, Roberta Lewis, Levi Hillard, Dani Smith, Kylee Francis, Grace Winters, Marenna Cox, Matthew Roach, Braxton Givens, Savannah Perdue, Alexandrea Caldwell, Rebecca Vincent, Hayden Miller, Michele Smith, Lillian Williamson, Lily Wilson, Kaydence Waldren, Gabrielle Williams, Hayden King, Brandon LaRoche, Macie Campbell, Kathryn Hissong, Madison Ewing, Gavin Schoenleben, Madison Casto, Ayden Estep, Adam LaRoche, Dylan Lauck, William Motzko, Bella Kauffman, Grant Schoenleben, Elliott Hager, Amanda Domachowski, Audrey McGill, Natalie Hacker, Vicky Dong, Aubrey Williams 11th Grade Andrew Stoner, Gabby Mahoy, Isaiah McGill, Wyatt Wilcoxon, Rose Neer, William Levan, Emily Scott, Camden Strapp, Alexa Stoll, Hayden Kennedy, Makena Gardner, Mason Powell, Kathleen Rollins, Jacob Wilcoxon, Lilian Davis, Jace Wade, Madison Bahan, Jon Payer, Koby Griffith, Cooper Havens, Olivia Muirhead, Chiara Podda, Katelyn Stapleton 12th Grade Madilynne Long, Bexley Harrigan, Dylan Domachowski, Andrew Marr, Savannah Irick, Jarrod Shoemaker, Thomas Yeargan, John Buckenroth, Samuel Benedict, Adalyn Caudill, Jack Eggleston, Logan Humphrey, Barik Ray, Caidryn Wade, Isaac Riblet, Megan Dillon, Sailor LeVan, Ian Wolfe, Cierra Brown, Ethan Cole, Paul Kauffman, Alex Burton, Morgan Fissel, Emily Hawkins, Maycee Miller, Trevor Woodruff, Sydney Christison, Anna Kauffman, Jaison Council, Tory Pawelko, Lindsey Kimball
A recap of the Virtual Senior Recognition Night is available in the news section of our website! Check it out here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/243766?org=wls
It’s teacher appreciation week! Show your teachers some love by participating in the following activities! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your photos, and she will create a collage for each teacher! If you post to our facebook page, that works too! Many of our teachers see those posts everyday! Enjoy your week!
Mark your calendars and set an alarm - WL-S Virtual Senior Awards Night on Facebook Live and/or Youtube tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 7:00pm. More details on how to join this virtual event will be shared tomorrow.
Friday was a beautiful day for picking up locker contents at WL-S. It was so nice to see so many students, even if it was just a distanced wave and hello from the car. Everything went very smooth and students were able to stay safely in their cars while our teachers, who donned their masks and gloves, delivered their end of the year belongings. We miss each and every one of you! Stay safe, Tigers, and we will see you again really soon! *Elementary parents, don’t forget that your pick up date is scheduled for today! Stay in your cars and someone will greet you and bring your students items to you. If you need to make other arrangements please call the office.
Savannah Weaver and Cade Clerico were recently awarded the 2019/20 “That Tiger” award by the Marchal family in honor of their son and brother, Devin. Devin, a senior this year at WL-S, passed away in 2018 as the result of an automobile accident. This senior award, in his honor, recognizes one boy and girl from the senior class who encompass the many characteristics of the Boy Scout code where Devin was an Eagle Scout. Weaver and Clerico were selected for the award based on nominations from their fellow classmates and teachers. They were asked to select students who are trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, brave, cheerful and revert. Both Weaver and Clerico received gifts, a very appropriately masked Tiger, and their certificate from the Marchal family in a brief private ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Congratulations to both Savannah Weaver and Cade Clerico for being “That Tiger” and to the Marchal family for your continued support of our students in Devin’s memory and honor.
🚨 Attention Volleyball Players🚨 🚨Volleyball Sign ups🚨 We are excited for the 2020 West Liberty-Salem Volleyball Season. We would like anyone interested in playing volleyball and will be in the 7th-12th grade in the fall to please email Head Coach Annie Kauffman at: email@example.com with their contact information. Our season officially begins August 1st with mandatory practices. We will have a summer schedule out as soon as we can. Many things are still up in the air. We will have an informational meeting soon, most likely via Zoom, once everyone signs up. Feel free to reach out with any questions. Coach Annie
Attention Middle School & Highschool students interested in playing Football: Middle School: Any current 6th or 7th grader interested in learning more about playing jr high football next year please email Coach Dan McGill at firstname.lastname@example.org . Coach McGill will need your name, grade, parent’s name and phone number, and your shirt size. The summer schedule will be determined later once we have a clear picture of what we are allowed to do. Any current 8th grader interested in learning more about High School Football next season email Coach Dan McGill at email@example.com with your name and your phone number, parents’ name and number, and your shirt and short sizes. We have created a high school Schoology group that we will use to communicate information for now. We will get you signed onto that after you email. The summer schedule will be determined once we know we are allowed to do. High School: Any high school boy interested in learning more about playing High School Football needs to email Coach Dan McGill at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have already joined the Schoology football group then there is no need to send an email. Summer schedule will be determined once we know what we are allowed to do.
It's Gold Card Friday! We have a couple special teachers appearing in our episode today, hope you enjoy it. https://youtu.be/SPwKgFeaK3g
For those of you who ordered Elementary yearbooks, yearbook production and printing has been unexpectedly delayed due to the current COVID-19 situation. At this time we expect a summer delivery, so we plan to distribute yearbooks in the fall. Thanks for your understanding.
Senior parent, Cheryl Douthwaite, has created an Adopt-A-Senior facebook group supporting our WL-S seniors. If you are on facebook you can check it out and join by searching WL-S Class of 2020. Questions regarding the page can be asked on the page directly. If you do not have a facebook and would like your senior to participate, you can have a friend or family member post them to facebook group. Cheryl can be reached at email@example.com. Bexley Harrigan, senior, has also created an Instagram page dedicated to our graduating class! You can find it by searching “wlsseniors2020” on Instagram. Thanks, Bexley, for your hard work and dedication to you class!!
West Liberty-Salem is in need of assistant football coaches at the Middle School and High School level for the upcoming season. If interested, an application can be obtained from the school website. Questions can be fielded through AD Jake Vitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or Head Coach Dan McGill at email@example.com
CONGRATULATIONS to the following students for having perfect attendance for the 2019/20 school year! Kindergarten: Parker Knight, Kynslie McIntosh, Layla Millice 1st: Jameson Griffith 2nd: Liam Baldwin, Elin Leichty, Kase McIntosh, Jude Roberts 3rd: Sydney Conley, Landon Hoops,Phoenix Keaton 4th: Isla Leichty, Rachel Stanford, Josiah Thoman 5th: Terrence Hayes, Ashlee VonDeylen, Benjamin Wall 6th: Wyatt Bell, Lance Campbell, Lynne Harrison, Caleb Heater, Caleb Larson, Elise Longshore, Bremen Louden, Isaac Sertell, Matthew Spriggs Seventh: Jacob Evans, Grace Hacker, Alec Putt, Grant Saylor, Craig Stanford, Joshua Thomas 8th: Peyton Hull, Addison McAuley, Austin Olejniczak, Katerina Spriggs 9th: Amelia Hudson, Raven Johnson, Payton Knight, Brittany Neer, Dallas Yoder 10th: Madison Casto, Vicky Dong, Madison Ewing, Natalie Hacker, Logan Saylor 12th: Logan Humphrey
Long, but wonderful post alert! We received an email from 4th grade Language Arts teacher Miss Kale recognizing Gunnar Lehman for a very special journal entry he wrote about his quarantine experience. This is definitely worth the read!! Gunnar, we are SO PROUD of you! Non-Fiction Journal Entry By: Gunnar Lehman I hear my mom keep saying that extraordinary times call for extraordinary solutions. When you’re 10 years old, like I am, you really have no clue what that means. However, Natalie – that’s my mom – says people are born to innovate and invent and she has no doubt the problems caused by this COVID-19 coronavirus will be solved one day. When you’re 10 years old, you hope that is true. This week Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year due to the coronavirus. When you’re 10 years old, you want to be with your friends. You want to play games at recess. You want to talk to one another over your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. You want to be a normal kid. So, when the Governor made his announcement about the schools, I felt sad. It wasn’t the kind of sad like you have when your dog runs away or the kind of sad when your bike gets a flat tire. It was the kind of sad that feels like disappointment. As much as I want to be a normal kid who goes to school, I’m here learning online. I miss my classroom. I miss the other students. I miss the way Miss Kale sounds when she reads to us aloud (even though she has online activities, it’s still not the same). During this time – you know the one my mom says is extraordinary – many things have happened. The lowest point so far is that my grandfather passed away. He was a really good person and he knew how to fix anything. I’m certainly going to miss him. The best part of my time has been able to spend the days and nights with my sister and my mom. During this time, I’ve also dreamt of many things. My imagination takes hold of me sometimes. From this shutdown, I heard that pollution is lower in Los Angeles, California. I’ve thought of ways for people to be mobile and conserve the environment. Maybe those hoverboards I saw on Back to the Future is a smart idea after all! I thought of a way to make your own toilet paper, but I soon flushed that idea. I’ve thought of new video game themes, too. When you’re 10 and forced to be quarantined, the one thing you really like to dream about is when we get to go back to school. So, here I am – at home and social distancing – wondering how the world is going to change. Will I be able to go to camp? Will I be able to play soccer this fall? Will I be able to play with my friends again? Will I be able to visit my extended family soon? Will we be able to go back to West Liberty-Salem Elementary this fall? By staying home, fewer people are out and about, so the virus is less likely to spread. So, I am #stayingathome. I am #quarentineandchill while I’m watching National Treasure for the 20th time on Netflix. I am #doingfine because I have my family with me. I am #insafehands because I know there are many brave doctors and nurses helping people. I am #flatteningthecurve by doing schoolwork at home. I am creating art with #chalkthewalk. When you're 10 years old, you just have to trust your mom and believe her when she says someone somewhere will invent a cure to this and that one day we will be normal again.
Hello Families, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent, with information to share about the remainder of the school year. Since students we will not be returning to the school building for the remainder of the year,I wanted to provide an update on a few items. Elementary and MS/HS families will receive information in the next few days on how to pick up items that belong to students that were left here at the school in desks or lockers. Along with this information will be details on how to return library books, textbooks, iPads, and any other school owned materials at the end of the school year. The last day of school will remain May 28th and your building principal/teachers will provide details of when all work will need to be submitted in order to receive credit for course assignments. Most school related events have been canceled for this school year, however, the district is hopeful that this summer some of the social distancing measures will be relaxed to allow for a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020. Mr. Johnson has sent a survey to students to seek input on options for graduation. This may include postponing the graduation ceremony until July, if necessary, to hold traditional ceremony on school grounds. Other options, like a virtual ceremony or parade have also been discussed. Details about graduation and other events will be shared by the end of next week, with dates, that will allow families to plan accordingly. The district understands how disappointing the closure of school has been for our students and families. We encourage our students to continue to complete schoolwork for the remainder of the fourth quarter. Thank you to all of our staff, students, and parents who have learned alongside us as we continue to improve distance learning at WL-S and make the best of this situation. Have a great evening and weekend.
It's Gold Card Friday! Join us for another edition with some surprises from Mr. Hollar and Mr. McGill https://youtu.be/qTQE3aGfxrk
The Specials teachers have provided several awesome activities for Earth Day you can view here: https://wlsmrsblair.weebly.com/
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent, with some information regarding internet access. The district recently purchased hotspots through Sprint to help students access the internet that did not have connection at home. After providing hotspots to those families, we have 12 hotspots remaining that will be available to any student/family on a first come, first serve basis. The cost for the lease of the hotspot is $20 for April and May or $180 for 12 months. That is unlimited data, with no cap or slow down speeds for $15/month. This would be something to consider if you would like to try a Sprint hotspot or if you have multiple children in your household who are having trouble accessing the internet at the same time. Please call the school at 937-465-1060 between 8 and 3 pm to find out more information or to request a hotspot while our supply last. Thank you.
On April 20, 2020, at 8:20 pm, or 2020 in military time, WL-S lit up the Tiger stadium for 20 minutes while over 100 cars drove through honking and showing their support for our seniors! As the stadium and scoreboard lit the sky, we were all reminded of the bright future ahead for our seniors. We were hopeful for a time when we can all come back together to celebrate your dedication, accomplishments and resilience. We miss you, we are proud of you, and we stand together with you in this very difficult time. Here is the video from last evening. We are #tigerstrong. #seniors2020 https://youtu.be/VV1T7RzRehI
Are you looking for some fun ideas & activities to do with your family? If so, please visit the following link from the Kids for Peace organization (they help us celebrate the Great Kindness Challenge each year). https://5il.co/fd4r
Seniors, Tonight we drove by the stadium to salute you and all you have accomplished. We know this isn’t an ideal end to your academic, musical, artistic and sports careers at WL-S, but we hope this small tribute to your accomplishments helps you know how much we appreciate your resiliency in these trying times. There will be a video tomorrow sharing the outpouring of support from our whole community. With love, The entire West Liberty-Salem community
CONGRATULATIONS to the following White Tiger Award recipients. Each student named below was nominated by the teacher next to their name. The White Tiger is that rare student, who brings dedication and integrity to the classroom and to the school. He or She has demonstrated persistence, great effort, and maturity in his or her academic work. Mr. McGill - Wylie Harbour Mr. Seymour - Maycee Miller Mrs. Shank - Anna McGill Mr. Cotrell - Naomi McGill Mr Jake Vitt- Maddie Hutton Mrs. Havens - Adalyn Caudill Mr. Stormes – Brynn Cropper Ms. Haney- Hailee Davis Ms. Haney - Lillian Williamson Mr. Lewis – Gavin Schoenleben Mrs. Phelps- Tommy Yeargan Mrs. Arnold - Jaden Marshal Mrs. Arnold - Mogan Damron Mrs. Molly Smith - Cierra Brown Mrs. Neer - Isaac Riblet Mrs. Horsley – Alyssa Putt Mr. Lynxwiler - Bexley Harrigan Ms. Lenk – Dani Smith Mr. Henry - Taylor Wayman Mrs. Watson – Taylor Wayman Mrs. Roberts – Marissa Bailey Mrs. C. Smith – Eli Ullery
Have you experience income changes or loss of employment due to COVID-19? You may qualify for the Free and Reduced lunch program. You can fill out an application by visiting our website, click on Cafeteria and then click on Free and Reduced Lunch application on the left side of the page. E-mail or mail applications to Audrey Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our food service workers are working hard each week to get both breakfast and lunch deliveries out to our students and we want to THANK them!!! If you need more information, please call our office.
Tonight, on the 20th of April, at 8:20 (2020 Military time) West Liberty-Salem will join schools and conferences from all over Ohio in honoring our 2020 seniors by lighting up the Tiger Stadium for 20 minutes. WL-S is joining the movement to show respect to and appreciation for our seniors for all they have given up during these challenging times. Students and their families are welcome to drive thru campus by the stadium and honk. We ask that you maintain social distancing measures, and do not exit your vehicle or congregate in the parking lots. See you tonight! #tigerstrong #seniors2020
Kindergarten Screening has been postponed. For more information, visit https://www.wlstigers.org/o/wls/page/kindergarten-screening-registration
It's Gold Card Friday! Watch this week's episode and see one of Mr. Hollar's hidden talents. https://youtu.be/VIDUJPHKCHg
Calling all seniors/parents remind your seniors!! Please send a senior picture to email@example.com asap! Thank you!
Do you or your HS student have an interest in joining Sound Check show choir? Last week, we posted a form on our live feed for students in 8th-11th grade to express their interest. Here is a fun video put together by Mr. Henry that explains a bit more. Scroll through the school’s live feed on the website or app to sign up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xfYZ9Y9Qss&t=128s
It has never been easier to respond to the 2020 Census, whether online at 2020census.gov, over the phone, or by mail. It’s something everyone can do while social distancing at home and in less than 10 minutes! Census information impacts funding communities receive for programs and services that are essential for our students and school such as special education, classroom technology, after school programs, and school lunch programs. Take the census today to make a difference today, tomorrow, and for the next 10 years!
Do you like to sing and dance? Consider auditioning for Sound Check! Auditions for Sound Check, WLS Show Choir, are gearing up to happen in May. Any student currently in grades 8-11 can audition for this elite group. If you are interested in auditioning, please fill out the attached form by Friday, April 17. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ghduqq6qck-M_TcNXjLJZCvNqQ5UoJRKtAg04SLLNfNUQ0FRM1dHRDJPTzFSUTJFUkQzVVZDNVZaWi4u
Attention Golfers! We are excited to start our 2020 West Liberty-Salem Golf Season this fall. We currently have several Varsity spots available for the golf team this fall. Any 8-11 grade student who is interested in golfing this fall should email Mr. Stormes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit https://wlsgolf.weebly.com/ for more details. We will have an informational meeting soon, most likely via Zoom, in preparation for our season this fall. I look forward to working with you this fall. Feel free to reach out with any questions. Thanks!
It’s a beautiful day! We hope your Monday was productive, you are healthy, and enjoying the sunshine! It was PJ day at WL-S, and we got some great photos! Feel free to add your PJ photos in the comments! We look forward to more pictures of our students tomorrow! Post them to our facebook page or email them to email@example.com!
Don’t forget virtual spirit week starts tomorrow! Tag the school Facebook page with your photos or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org! Make it a great week!
Here is the Remote Learning Resource Guide mentioned by Governor Mike DeWine today. This guide is filled with ideas and best practices to help us more effectively navigate distance learning. http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Student-Supports/Coronavirus/Remote-Learning-Resource-Guide.pdf.aspx?lang=en-US
Do your kids miss seeing Mr. Hollar and Mr. McGill? Could you just use a good laugh? If so, you can now easily view years of Gold Card videos. The spring of 2016 includes some of our personal favorites! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIdYvvoFSsvh-U7dv1jcWr8CREf1iug14
Hello! This is Kraig Hissong, WL-S Superintendent. After today, we will have completed 2 weeks of " at-home" or distance learning. If your family is still in need of help with with internet access, and you are having trouble keeping up with assigned school work due to those issues, please email me, email@example.com. Please include your children's name(s) and grade level(s). You may also call the school today to discuss in more detail at 937-465-1060 x101. Thank you and enjoy your day.
It's Gold Card Friday! Check out today's message from Mr. Hollar and Mr. McGill, featuring a special surprise from Mr. McGill. https://youtu.be/jVjNO33lAU0
Mr. Henry just hosted a sing-a-long with his Middle School and High School choir students. It was completely optional, but what a good turnout! Mr. Henry played Disney songs (and shared his screen with them so they could see the lyrics) for them to sing along to. It was a lot of fun! They got to chat some before and after we sang some songs together. This type of interaction is so important for our students, who are missing their teachers so much! Thanks, Mr. Henry for finding a creative way to host an awesome choir experience!
Hey everyone! It's Mrs. Cotrell here, and I really miss seeing all your smiling faces each day! My family and I are keeping busy doing chores around the house, learning remotely, and playing lots of board games. But one of our FAVORITE things to do is bake! We've spent lots of time baking homemade treats, and then playing outside after enjoying them. Hope you are all doing well!
Good morning, Elementary families! The Girl Scouts are working as an entire organization to come up with new ways to support their communities during this difficult time. The following program opportunities are available on Facebook live to the general public, for free, to anyone interested (not just registered Girl Scouts) at www.facebook.com/GSWOH. Attached you will find a breakdown of times and grade levels for each live session. Here is a fun of example of one of the virtual opportunities their program team has put together: https://www.facebook.com/GSWOH/videos/830484824138777/ In this video program team leader Marissa walks girls through the Junior Animal Habitats Badge. This video walks the viewer through the badge requirements for a Junior badge, but kids of all ages can enjoy viewing and learning about animal life. These videos are recorded so caregivers can watch them with their children at any time, but if you tune in during the live event you can ask questions and interact with our program team. We hope you enjoy!
Good afternoon students, staff and families! As we settle in to another ‘school away from school’ week, the HS and MS Student Councils have decided that it’s time to have some fun! They are sponsoring a school-wide virtual SPIRIT WEEK next week, April 6th-10th. Everyone in grades K-12 is encouraged to participate! Invite your family members and even get your pets involved! Just take a picture of yourself showing your spirit and tag or post them on the West Liberty-Salem Facebook page. Don’t have facebook? No Problem! Just email your photos to Awygal@wlstigers.org, and we will share them on the school live-feed!
School is one of the primary sources of community for students, and many of ours are missing their friends so much. Making connections on Zoom, and through phone calls with teachers has been great for both staff and students this week! Remind your students to make real connections with their friends. This is a time of change, so encourage them to pick up the phone and call friends instead of texting, snapping, etc. Remember to monitor social media to make sure you understand and can talk about the kind of messages your children are receiving either about the virus or just in general. Encourage family communication, excercise, and how to self care. Our seniors are grieving the loss of so much at this time. Keep them in your thoughts as they learn to navigate the close of their final year of school in very uncertain times. Attached, you will find a beautiful tribute to our senior class created and submitted by Bexley Harrigan. Enjoy and share with your seniors! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eraAgt5lEaE
Hello Families, Today we received news that schools will remain closed through May 1st. This provides conformation that we will be instructing children at home using distance learning for most of the remainder of the school year. With this understanding, it is important that we are able to assist families as much as possible to help you support the instruction of your children as we do our best to deliver an online and at-home instruction model. It is our goal to deliver this instruction in a very manageable way. We understand that in many cases it is our parents that will be on the front line helping to organize and support students during this time. We want to make this time be successful for everyone and will do our best to make assignments reasonable. No one signed up for schooling at home, but we are committed to making the best of this for our students and families. Communication will be very important. Please make sure, if you have not done so, to review information your child’s teacher has provided on how and when to communicate. In most cases either Seesaw or Schoology will be the educational platform used to provide assignments and to return work electronically. Please make sure that your child understands how to access their account and as a parent you are monitoring these platforms and your child’s work. If you have any questions about the learning platforms or need assistance with technology at your home, please contact the school. The school will have office hours each day from 8 AM to 3 PM and we will be available by phone or email. We are discouraging all families from reporting to the school unless directed by your teacher or by appointment. All school facilities and grounds will remain closed until May 1st or until we hear otherwise. I want to thank all our parents and students for your flexibility and understanding during this period of social distancing. Please be sure to continue to communicate to your child’s teachers on a regular basis and work to establish routines that will help your child complete assignments and be successful for the remainder of the school year. More information will continue to be provided by the school district and your child’s teachers as we continue to learn how best to move forward. Thank you, Kraig Hissong
Don’t forget to put your teddy bears in your window and join our neighbors across Ohio give children something to search for on a drive with their families! Communities in Champaign and Logan Counties are taking part, so get out those bears, show a little love and kindness, and take a drive and see what you can find! #practicesocialdistancing #flattenthecurve
The Logan County Library is offering online library card registration to receive a temporary library card for use for 60 days, to help those who do not have a physical library card, to be able to access materials and resources that would normally require a physical library card. I have included the link below. This card can be used for our Libby app (library app for borrowing digital books) nm, as well, to be able to borrow ebooks. Hope you find this useful! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the library and they will be happy to assist you. Have a super day! https://logancountylibraries.org/how-get-temporary-library-card-use
It’s musical weekend and we know that is a tough one, especially for our seniors! Give them a little extra love today and try this link of 15 Broadway musicals that can be viewed online. Get a little theatrical, and make it a special day! Be well, WL-S friends! https://playbill.com/article/15-broadway-plays-and-musicals-you-can-watch-on-stage-from-home
It’s SPRING BREAK! We know this is a very different break than what we are used to, but we hope our families use this time to stay home as much as possible, relax, unplug and enjoy each other! Attached is a link to several virtual ‘trips’ to some really neat locations! Maybe consider visiting some next week! We are encouraging our teachers and staff to enjoy their break after a very stressful week. The office will be closed until March 30th. Stay well, wash your hands, and we will see you soon! https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/628203/Safari_-_Mar_20__2020_at_3_47_PM.pdf
It's Gold Card Friday! Our students may not be in school, but Mr. Hollar and Mr. McGill went all out for today's episode. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/l5apznS4TZY
Today, our students get to hear from Mrs. Nieman! Our staff really misses all of our students so much so look for more as they keep sending these sweet messages your way! Hello everyone! I already miss seeing each of you every day (even if I don’t always remember your names, I do remember YOU!) I hope that through this challenging time you are having some fun moments and being creative making new memories! Unfortunately, during this break I am not able to do what I normally love to do….hike in our National Parks! My family’s goal is to visit every National Park someday (looking forward to Hawaii 😊). Soooo……. since I can’t actually take a trip – I am looking at pictures and waiting for the future to appreciate it even more. This picture was from our hike in the Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado. I hope each of you are staying healthy, keeping perspective (as this will pass) and making the most of the time you have to do something fun and stay in touch with your friends! Take care of yourselves, we’ll be here waiting for you! Mrs. Nieman MS/HS Secretary
Theresa’s Gingerbread House III sent over a sweet message to WL-S this morning! They thought some of our teachers would enjoy seeing their students! From Ms. Heather: Our school age kids are doing a FANTASTIC job this morning staying focused and working hard on school work with Ms. Tasha! We know those times are difficult and stressful but we are doing our best to keep the kids happy and focused and doing their work for school at WL-S!!
Check out the YouTube link below for Lunch Doodles with Mo! Mo Willems is the author of the hilarious Pigeon books! He’s offering free lunchtime doodle sessions Right now, so take advantage of this and get creative! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RmzjCPQv3y8&feature=youtu.be
Guess what? We have a note from Mrs. Hollar to all of her students! And a picture of her dog that she walks to stay active and pass the time! Enjoy! Hi Guys! This is Mrs. Hollar checking in to let you know what I have been doing over the past few days... working on activities for you to do at home, walking my dog, fixing healthy snacks for myself and family, and working out to a new video from Mrs. Craig’s fourth grade class. Stay tuned as I hope to send that out soon! Miss you and hope to see you soon!
St. Patrick’s Day may have been a bit different than most, but these students sure celebrated in style! The Loudens started their day with green pancakes, while Calvin and Winnie Cotrell and Calen Fairchild made leprechaun crafts! How creative! Carter Pratt enjoyed doing his school work AS a leprechaun, while the Jackson’s and Fosters made certain no one could pinch them wearing all that green! Way to stay creative, guys!!
Our morning began with food service, transportation, para pro’s and other helpers packing lunches and getting ready for the first day of deliveries. It was nice to see so many smiling faces, even if it was from a distance! To see more, or for more information about how you can get lunches see the full story below. https://www.wlstigers.org/article/212759?org=wls
Hi everyone! This is a friendly reminder for all of our MS/HS students to check Schoology every school day! In addition to messages from your teachers, you may just get some surprise visits from other staff! Today, Mrs. Molly Smith checked in and left the message below. We think everyone could benefit from this one, so check it out and show some gratitude today! Get ready for daily posts from Mrs. M Smith! I plan to share a daily quote, a gratitude challenge (it's important we stay grateful during trying times) and maybe even a youtube video on bonus days (like today). Enjoy! 😊 Quote of the Day: You know what it takes to make a star shine? A ton of darkness. Gratitude challenge: Think of one person you are grateful for. Tell them. Youtube video: Breathing exercise. It's fun, I promise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLbK0o9Bk7Q
Mr. Hollar and Mr. McGill have an important message for our elementary students and parents. Check it out here https://youtu.be/-JarVpC_yU8. We miss you!
As a reminder, if you would like your student to receive a sack lunch today, you MUST call the school at 937-465-1060 x101 or 103 before 9 AM. If you are on free or reduced lunch, you MUST call to request this service.
Attention Seniors: There are a few changes to scholarship due dates and procedures. Some due dates have been extended, and we will continue to monitor and update any additional changes as they occur. Please see the attached list for those dates. Students should now plan on submitting their scholarships either directly by email, mail or brining to the HS office as indicated on the attached document. Students who need transcript, may email Mrs. Watson or Mrs. Smith, who can email a copy within 24 hours or less. Thanks!
Good Afternoon! We hope you are all staying healthy! We continue to update the COVID-19 file on our website with current information as we receive it. Currently, we have uploaded information from the school lunch text message, as well as an easy how-to for accessing email accounts for grades 3-5. We also added a list of websites where you can find the most up to date information about the virus and hopefully answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Our teachers have been in meetings and planning for how they can best serve our students during this time. This morning, our veteran SeeSaw users led a training for those who plan to using it moving forward. Our highschool teachers worked on creating videos and other distance teaching methods that should be most effective right now. If you have any questions for your student’s teacher, you or your student can reach them during normal school hours, Monday-Friday via phone or email. We thank you for your support and patience and we will continue to work through this together!
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, West Liberty-Salem will offer sack lunches to students. Sack lunch will include a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit, vegetable, and a milk. If you have a food allergy (peanut, gluten, lactose, etc.) please specify when placing your order. Parents must call (937-465-1060 x101, 102, 103) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) the lunch order in NO LATER THAN 9:00 a.m. daily or for the entire week. If you are on the free lunch program, student lunch will be free. If you are on the reduced lunch program, student lunch will be $.40. If you wish to purchase a sack lunch, the cost is $3. You can use your PaySchools account to pay for this service. These lunches will be delivered between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each day, by a WL-S school bus. Lunches can only be delivered to existing bus stop locations in our district. EACH STUDENT MUST be there to pick up the lunch, so please make sure students are watching for the bus. No lunches will be given if the student is not present. Parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. may NOT pick up a lunch on behalf of a student. An aide will deliver the lunch to the student at the stop. Students will not be required to cross streets. During spring break, NO LUNCHES will be offered.
Reverse Raffle ticketholders!!! Don't forget to pick up your delicious dinner at the West Liberty Firehouse🚒, 5-7 pm. Also, tune in to West Liberty-Salem Athletic Association facebook page at 5:00 to see Steve Barth & Tim Siegenthaler draw the Early Bird 🐣 mini-vacation winner from Tim's amazing new machine 🎰, plus the "first loser" drawing, AND the grand prize winner!!! 🏆💲💰🤑 Stay healthy, Tigers! 🐅
We are working with the Ohio Department of Education on a plan to serve lunches to those students in need of meals during our unexpected school closing. We submitted the necessary application and will hear back on Monday or Tuesday. When/if that application is approved, meals will be provided for pick up at The United Methodist Church in Kingscreek and Thoman’s in West Liberty. Our community continues to provide support to our students and families during times of need and now is no different. The Mad River Farm Market is providing free lunch to those students in need Monday-Friday beginning 3/16. Lunches consist of Ham and Cheese or Turkey, Chips and a treat. Orders should be called in to the Farm Market 30 minutes in advance. Additionally, Blessing Bags of food will be provided to anyone who needs them. Pick up dates and locations will be announced soon and we will relay that information as soon as it is available. Community members are also working with Second Harvest Food Bank on family meal boxes. Again, we will share those dates and pick up locations very soon. Finally, The West Liberty Church of God will begin serving free carry out community meals every Tuesday beginning March 31st. Anyone is welcome to receive a meal. We appreciate the outpouring of support and are constantly reminded of the wonderful community that we live. Stay tuned for these dates, and remember to check our website and live feed often for the most up to date information. Stay well!
We may not have celebrated Literacy Night this week, but Reading is ALWAYS Sweet! Our students were able to catch staff members in costume despite the change in plans. https://youtu.be/UomGF_Z-1V8
We will regularly update this live feed as more information develops regarding COVID-19. Additionally, we have created a section of the website dedicated to any mass communication thus far. Please refer to this regularly. You can access those documents in the Menu section of the website. We thank. You for downloading our app, and staying up to date as we provide more information.
What an awesome community of students and families we have! So many of our staff have received notes just like this, apologizing to US for having to cancel things. Wow! We know how many of our students were sad about Literacy Night, but Tyler reminded Mr. Hollar that he knew he was sad too. Thanks, Tyler, for being so kind!
Literacy week celebrations continue! Mrs. Reed’s class had a mystery reader yesterday, and they were excited to learn it was Mr. Hollar! He read ‘Snack Attack’ by Terry Borders and highly recommends it! If you are looking for something fun to read with your younger students over break, definitely check this one out!
District calendars for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years are now posted! You can find them on the Website under the general information tab. Note that Professional Development days and delays are not yet on the calendar. Those will be added at a later date. Communicating this information two years in advance is important to us so our district and families know what to expect. Head over and check them out!
Hello, If your Child has medication that they will need over the three week break, please have a parent or guardian come to the school to pick that medicine up today or Monday if possible during regular school hours, 7: 30 am to 4 PM. Thank you, Kraig Hissong
Hello families, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of West Liberty-Salem Local School District with an important message regarding the Coronavirus. Today, the Governor announced that all schools in the State of Ohio will be on an extended 3-week spring break beginning Monday afternoon. In Response, West Liberty-Salem will be on a 2-hour delay for tomorrow, Friday, March 13, to allow teachers time to prepare materials for students for the extended break. Students will report to school at 9:40 am for the MS/HS and 9:45 am for the elementary. Ohio Hi-Point and Alternative students should report to school at their regular time and school will be closed Mac students. Students will be sent home on Friday with work that will help them review and apply information they have learned this year and take home any items they will need for the next three weeks. Monday will be a Teacher/Staff work day and students will not report to school. Students will remain on break through April 3rd. We will provide families with additional information as we learn more details from the state. I appreciate your understanding as we all navigate this unprecedented situation and appreciate all the support our schools receive from the community.
There have been changes to our events list, which is attached below. Please check back several times a day for the next several days as things continue to unfold. We also ask that you refer to our website, live feed and facebook for the most accurate and current information. This will eliminate the sharing of inaccurate information. NYC trip has been cancelled. Mr. Johnson sent an e-mail with information regarding the details, so please look for that today. Again, we thank you for your patience as we follow the directives of the CDC and Governor DeWine. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.
The West Liberty-Salem School District, like many organizations is receiving continual updates regarding the threat of the Coronavirus in our community and State. In an attempt to be proactive and mitigate the spread of this disease, the district will be following the recommendations of the CDC, health departments and the Governor of Ohio. At this time school will remain open as scheduled, however, many events will be canceled due to the increased chance of exposure of our students and our community to the virus. Please see more information and a complete report of these cancellations on our school website under news. As new information is received hourly from the health department and the Governor's office, we will continue to update how the Coronavirus will impact our school district. Thank you very much for your understanding during these next few weeks or months. I can not express how disappointed I am in having to cancel or alter scheduled school events, however, the threat of spreading this illness and the importance of keeping our community healthy is very important. Thank you, Kraig Hissong
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent, with a correction to the text message sent earlier, school will be on a 1 hour delay for all WLS MS/HS and elementary students. School will start at 8:40 for MS and HS students and 8:45 for elementary students. JVS, Mac and Alt school students will go at their regular scheduled time. The JVS Mac and Alternative school students need to be at the school by 7:30 and bus #6 will be departing at 7:35 from the bus parking lot. Thank you
Good evening! This is just a friendly reminder that WL-S is on a 1 hour delay tomorrow, March 11th. MS/HS will begin at 9:40 and Elementary at 9:45. See you in the morning!
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There are several scholarship applications due in the next few weeks. Attached you will find a link to the WL-S high school counseling department page with scholarships available, how to apply and their due dates, along with other important information. Take a look! http://westlibertysalemoh.apptegy.us/o/WLS/page/scholarships--197
Cheyenne Gluckle and Eli McGill were among 200 Logan County Seniors recognized during Bellefontaine Rotary Club’s 44th Annual Honors Night at Bellefontaine High School last evening. Gluckle and McGill were among only seven senior selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship on behalf of the Rotary Club. Peak of Ohio features the full story and interviews with our recipients. The full article can be viewed at the link below! Congratulations to all those recognized at last night’s event. https://www.peakofohio.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=5&id=300185#.Xmeu6hopCfB (Photo Credit: Peak of Ohio)
This week is Literacy Week! Spirit week dress up days: Tues: dress like a nerd. Wed: wear red, white, and blue. Thur: wear blue. Fri: wear colorful clothes. On Thursday, March 12 from 5:30-7:00 pm, we are holding our annual Literacy Night. This year's theme is 'Reading is Sweet' so please join us for an evening of fun activities and games for the whole family. To find out more, watch this Gold Card Video https://youtu.be/ZG1i-pe1ZVU. See you Thursday!
The West Liberty-Salem FFA chapter had several successes this weekend! Check out the full story: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/203850?org=wls
WL-S 6th graders competed at the 22nd annual Triad Classic this weekend and finished Runner Up in Gold Bracket. They defeated Mecanicsburg 38-20, Kenton Ridge 33-29, and Ridgemont 33-14, before falling to Indian Lake 30-19 in the championship game. They will play in their final tournament of the season this weekend at Jackson Center. Good Luck!
Things are really getting sweet around here this week! Administration, better known as Mr. Mint, Princess Lolly, Queen Frostine, and King Kandy, took the kindness cart out for a spin sharing treats with their friends! Staff and students love seeing what joy the kindness cart brings (and maybe a little laughter, too)!
It’s literacy week and things are off to a great start! Mrs. Cotrell was the celebrity guest reader in Mrs. Spring/Patton’s class this morning. She read ‘Violet the Pilot’ by Steve Breen. It’s a tale about a young girl who loves to create her own inventions instead of playing with dolls. Thanks, Mrs. Cotrell, for reading to their class! It’s also literacy spirit week and we have some great themes days planned! Join us in celebrating literacy this week and Thursday evening for Literacy Night!
High School English students recently wrapped up a writing segment in “Starbucks Mode”!! And after all the papers were turned in, they enjoyed a cafe of their own! They induced in a tasting of 6 different novelty brownies, as well as hot chocolate! Mrs. Phelps, her mother (who provided those decedant brownies), and the kitchen staff helped pull off a really nice treat for a lot of hard work!
Check out what Mrs. Symmat’s class has been up too! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/202161?org=wls
As if Choir isn’t enough fun, middle school Choir students earned their dessert carry-in by earning all of their tally marks for great behavior! There was a chocolate fondue station, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, soda and fruit (but let’s be honest, it was getting dipped in that delectable chocolate fountain). They watched a bit of Ice Age, enjoyed the great snacks and company. They earned it!
WOW! Our little community never ceases to amaze us! Chipotle was packed last night supporting the WL-S Ladies Tigers Track and Field fundraiser! Coaches, teachers, administration, students, athletes, and families packed the house for the duration of the event waiting up to an hour in line just to support our athletes! As always, we appreciate how our community always rallies in support of our students! Thank you for spending your evening with us!
Literacy Night T-shirts are available for purchase again this year. “Reading is Sweet”, so wear your shirt on the big day with us! Orders are due Friday by 2 pm. Click the link to order: https://wlsliteracy2020.itemorder.com/product/13611708
Head over to our NEWS section of the App or website to read Trenton Douthwaite’s recap of this year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser. You will find this article and more student publications in the second edition of Jungle News! Publications students, taught by Mr. Lynxwiler, create three editions of the newsletter each year. Find them here! https://www.wlstigers.org/o/wls/page/jungle-news-yearbook--2 You can also find the Jungle News by heading over to the website, click on MENU, and scroll down to High School. Check it out!
Champaign County Works is looking for interns, specifically high school students, who want to get connected with leaders in their field of interest! If you have a student who wants to try out a specific field of study, check out the link to see if there is an internship opportunity for them! https://www.champaignworks.com/internships.html?fbclid=IwAR21dUMMx1Xeikn5FXERqiOp4xwleGttlhxYjgFs6nGjBHeaNKtfZ_EtAJE
Urbana University and The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund are sponsoring a program for students and of all ages to navigate technology, social, and psychological issues of our time. The program is built on the idea that peace, like math and reading, require a skill set that needs taught. Additionally, the program will go over coping skills for trauma and the human condition while providing tools that can be applied to every aspect of life. More details are in the attached flyer. Alicia Titus was a flight attendant on the plane that struck the World Trade Tower on 9/11. She was a graduate of Graham and her family still resides in the Champaign County community. Her parents have worked diligently to honor Alicia by promoting efforts of peace and kindness. The Peace Literacy Training is an extension of their ‘Season of Nonviolence’ efforts.
Updated information: The High School Academic Banquet will be on April 16, 2020, at 6:30 in the HS Gym. Students in grades 9-12, who have a cumulative GPA of 3.75, are invited to attend. Seniors, who have achieved this honor at least three times, may honor a staff member that has impacted them during their school career. Students in grades 9-11 may invite up to two additional guests and seniors may invite up to four. Tickets are $20 each and are available Monday-Friday in the office. Students and honored staff are free. The meal is provided by Helmuth Catering.
Attention Graduates!! Josten’s will be on campus 3/17. They will hand out graduation orders at 7:20 AM, prior to the start of school in the cafetorium. Students at Ohio Hi Point will receive their orders at lunch time on the same day. All orders must be paid in full at the time of pick up. Josten’s will take cash-only payments on 3/17. Thank you!
Our first graders would like to thank Haleigh Woodruff, Dental Hygienist at Darby Dental Smiles and WL-S Alum, for taking time out of her busy day to talk all about keeping our teeth clean and smiles healthy! Haleigh has visited WL-S first graders for the last several years demonstrating proper brushing techniques in a fun and easy to understand way! Thanks for helping us all smile bright, Haleigh!
Please take a moment to wish our fearless elementary leader, Mr. Hollar, a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And this photo, taken at last year’s Literacy Night, serves as your reminder to mark your calendars for March 12th (we don’t always tape the principal to the wall)! Our Annual Literacy Night is sure to be fun for the whole family! See you there!
The Academic Banquet will be held Thursday, April 16th at 6:30 in the HS gym. Students in grades 9-12, who have a cumulative GPA of 3.75, are invited to attend. Seniors, who have achieved this honor at least three times, may honor a staff member they feel has impacted them during their school career. Students may invite additional guests. Tickets are $20 each and are available M-F in the office. Students and honored staff are free. The meal will be provided by Helmuth Catering.
West Liberty-Salem National Honor Society partnered with Community Blood Center for the annual blood drive this morning. Students and teachers registered for the event, and even with the two hour delay they made sure to rearrange schedules to give back! National Honor Society provides treats and water for donors and keep things organized. Community Blood Center presented Superintendent Kraig Hissong and WL-S with the Red Cord Award for the number of students who are repeat donors. According to the CBC website students who register to donate blood three or more times during their high school career earn a Red Cord to wear during graduation events. The program recognizes students for their commitment to providing life-saving donations to the community blood supply. Pictured are father/daughter donor duo, Superintendent Kraig and Cathryn Hissong. Thank you students and staff who commit to bolstering the community blood supply every year!
Hello, West Liberty Salem will be on a 2 hour delay for Friday, February 28th. School will start at 9:40 for MS HS and 9:45 for Elementary, Thank you.
Juniors and Seniors are invited to attend the Urbana University Career Fair on 3/24 from 9-1pm. Because the Fair is during WL-S spring break students who plan to attend must provide their own transportation. Please stop by the counseling office and ask for a Career Fair passport prior to spring break.
Hello, WLS will be closed for today, Thursday, February 27th, 2020 due to drifting snow and slick road conditions. Thank you
West Liberty Salem will be on a 2 hour delay for Thursday, February 27. MS/HS will start at 9:40 and Elementary at 9:45 AM. Thank you.
Only 2 weeks left to get your WLSAA reverse raffle tickets!! Please consider attending the raffle to support the Athletic Association's biggest fundraiser, and help make the fieldhouse a reality! Please join us! Dinner from Lincoln & Main is going to be amazing, with homemade pies & cakes from Liberty Gathering Place, Sweet Life Kitchen, and Airport Cafe. Fun games & lots of great prizes & auction items. Your dinner ticket is also your chance to win $5000, or other cash! wlsaareverseraffle.itemorder.com
Please take a moment and take the survey regarding the possibility of a health center at WL-S! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5LZBWKX
Hello, The West Liberty-Salem School Board and Community Health and Wellness Partners are discussing the possibility of a School Based Health Center to provide health and dental (by referral) services for students at WL-S. Today, families, high school students, and WL-S Staff will receive a brief survey via e-mail to assess what specific health center services would benefit our students. The survey is completely confidential. If you do not receive the email, there will be an option to take the survey in the live feed section of the website. Thank you for your help as we continue to find ways to improve services for our students and families.
Elementary students are celebrating the 100th day of school in style today! First graders walked in their annual fashion show. Students choose 100 items and glue, stick or pin them to their shirt. They model in front of their peers, teachers and administration, and we had some real show stoppers this morning! Ellie wore 100 sprinkles because she loves sprinkle donuts. Iris wore 100 bows and books for her two favorite things! Sam wore 100 balls, but the important part was that his shirt read, “his teacher survived 100 days!” And finally Henry worse 100 red, white and blue stars because they farm in America with a Case combine!
Do you have a teen driver? Solomon’s Garage is offering a clinic to help keep them safe! This is a hands on event that will give your teen the fundamentals of caring for their vehicle as well as tips on how to stay safe on the road. Parents are encouraged to attend, but not required. Check out Solomon’s Garage on facebook for more details.
WL-S families, students and community members helped us raise $2064.50 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in a Holiday bake sale this year! Christy Muhobrec, Development Manager with JDRF, was here this week to accept the donation. Shonna Harbour organizes the holiday fundraiser at WL-S, and Alysson Cotrell and Jenn Wilconxon helped organize donations. Each student pictured is a WL-S student living with Diabetes, and they appreciate your help! Thank you to all that helped make a difference in Juvenile Diabetes Research!
Congratulations to West Liberty-Salem sophomores Avery Davis and Naomi McGill who were selected by the Bellefontaine Rotary for the 2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp in May! This award is an honor and excellent experience for students who possess the leadership skills necessary to make an impact on their peers and community. “The Rotary Youth Leadership Award is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary Clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.” Avery and Naomi will participate in presentations, activities, and workshops covering a variety of topics during their stay at Camp Kern.
Here is a link to the mandatory track and field parent meeting. If you are unable to attend please watch this video in it’s entirety. Thank you! https://www.bornandracedinwestliberty.com/parents.html
The Census Bureau is asking for your help this year by responding online: For the first time, in 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online. The process will be quick and secure. You can respond to the census in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee. You’ll still be able to respond by mail. To learn more about what to expect, visit 2020census.gov.
Please see the revised Middle School Track Schedule and FAQ. Students will meet after school in the Elementary Cafeteria at 3:10 and practice is until 5pm. Be prepared to practice outside. There is a mandatory parent meeting on 3/5 at 6pm in the elementary cafeteria. Please have your student’s registration completed before Monday in Final Forms, and a sport physical if they do not already have one on file for the year. Thanks!
WOW! The final total is in, and our students raised $11,350 for the American Heart Association during the Kids Heart Challenge! Another BIG thank you to Kim Hollar for all of your hard work! Thank you to our families who made heart health a priorty last week and always! Our top fundraisers were: Isabella Semaan Blake Eaton Olivia Waibel Griffin Evans Mason Wallace Sophia Van Houten Kinsley Brentlinger Foster Fairchild Ashlyn Taylor Solly Warye Michael Beard Calvin Cotrell Amelia Sidders
The Ohio High School Football Association announced that Eli McGill was awarded Academic All-Ohio for the 2019-20 football season. Senior football players are nominated by their respective coaches, carry at least a 3.6 GPA, and must earn a first team All County, All-League, or All-Ohio during their season. Eli has a cummalitive GPA of 4.0, named All-Ohio for football, plays football, basketball, Student Council member, Class President, Key Club, is active in his youth group, and is a United Way Youth Committee Member. Athletic Director Jake Vitt presented Eli with the award on behalf of the Ohio High School Football Association this morning. Congratulations, Eli!
It just doesn’t get any cuter than this! Bow, Alayah, Hayes, Amelia, Ellie, Mandy, and Layla are kindergartners who all have learned to tie their shoes! Their teacher, Mrs. McNabb, has offered her students a special lunch with her once they master this skill. These Tigers were so excited for lunch today!!
It was a packed house for Breakfast of Champions this morning! Fourth and fifth grade students who receive all A’s and no more than one B/B+ on their grade card are invited with their families to attend. Senior Eli McGill was the guest speaker. The full story is linked below! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/194181?org=wls
College Physics and first graders teamed up for a cool STEM project today in Mrs. Spring and Mrs. Patton’s room! They were so excited to learn about energy, especially when the big kids are teaching class! The full article is linked below: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/193455?org=wls
On Friday, February 14th, the West Liberty-Salem Key Club held their second annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser. They served soup, salad, and dessert for a $5 donation. They raised $765 that will go to the West Liberty Cares Food Pantry and The Caring Kitchen. Thank you Key Club for your dedication to fighting hunger in our community!
Congratulations, Mr. Brice Henry! The Education Committee of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra announced Mr. Brice Henry as the winner of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Music Educator of the Year Award 2019-20. Mr. Henry was nominated by several of his colleagues and students highlighting many of his accomplishments and dedication to teaching music. Those recommendations quickly put his name at the top of a very long list of nominees. After evaluating Mr. Henry in the classroom and an in depth interview process the committee was highly impressed with the quality of his program and passion for teaching. Mr. Henry will receive his award at the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Subscription Concert by Maestro Wilson on Saturday evening at 7:30 PM, at the Kuss Auditorium, with a reception in his honor at 6:45 PM. Mr. Henry currently teaches first and third grade Music, Middle School Choir, High School Choir, Show Choir, Junior Show Choir and serves as Musical Director. Mr. Henry’s enthusiasm and dedication to our students is evident in each class, performance, contest or concert. We are thrilled to join in his celebration and congratulate him on this very well deserved honor.
The middle school track and field mandatory parent’s meeting will be Thursday, March 5th at 6:00 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. Official practice will begin on 2/24 after school. Please log into Final Forms to complete your student’s registration prior to the first practice. In the mean time head over the facebook and ‘Like’ West Liberty-Salem Tiger Track and Field for more information.
THANK YOU to our amazing families who helped students raise over $10,000 for the American Heart Association during the Kids Heart Challenge! Today, students participated in the Kids Heart Challenge by participating in different excercise stations during their specials time. Stations included an obstacle course, basketball, jump roping, and Skip It to name a few. Physical Education teacher Kim Hollar does a fantastic job organizing the event, encouraging healthy habits, and planning really fun challenges! Students are already looking forward to next year! Ask your student what they learned and encourage them to continue their heart healthy habits!
7th and 8th grade choir students packed the house at The Holland Theatre today to support fellow choir students in Mary Poppins: The Musical! Anna Byrd, 8th grade at WL-S, stared as Mary Poppins, along side other WL-S cast members: Jessa Beard Sophia Holland Abigail Miller Malia Miller Isabelle Richards Lily Smith Ashley Yoder Illa Kerns They did a fantastic job and made WL-S and our music department very proud!
West Liberty-Salem Middle School Student Council is kicking off an important fundraiser centered around kindness! They have teamed up with a clothing company, Kind Cotton, who sells clothing with messages to encourage kindness and empathy. The best part? For every item they sell, it puts a book in the hands of a child! If you are interested in supporting this fundraiser, click the link below! A portion of the sales will also go back to student council! https://kindcotton.com/westlibertysalem
Congratulations to our 5th grade girls basketball silver bracket tournament winners! This weekend they played two games defeating Mechanicsburg on Saturday with a score of 19-13 and Urbana on Sunday in a hard fought 14-13 victory! The 5th grade is coached by Mindi Sarver and assistant coach Stephanie Ligget. Congratulations on an awesome season ladies!
It’s National FFA week and that means it’s WL-S elementary annual Jar War! This is a fun way for students to help raise money for Meals of Hope as well and the Ohio FFA Foundation. Here is how your students can contribute! Teachers will be provided a Jar to keep in their class from Tuesday, February 18th – Friday, February 21st. In Jar Wars, “points” are earned by adding coins to the class jar. Coins add positive points to your total, while paper bills subtract points from jar total. Students are encouraged to bring in coins to add to their class jar. They could also bring in any bill to place in an opposing class jar, subtracting points from the jar. Penny = 1 point $1 Bill = -100 points Nickel = 5 points $5 Bill = -500 points Dime = 10 points $10 Bill = -1,000 points Quarter = 25 points $20 Bill = -2,000 points So basically, change is good and bills are bad! There is a prize for the class that has the highest score at the end of the week. Scores are calculated by taking the total points earned divided by the number of students in the homeroom class. The winning homeroom classes will receive an ice cream or pizza party served to them the following week.
Congratulations Trenton Douthwaite! Douthwaite was recently nominated to the Military Academy at West Point. Read the full article here: https://www.urbanacitizen.com/news/74514/douthwaite-nominated-to-service-academies?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3OrSrDbctJLJ-OdZzZI_mCm0OD_wHFIuKBNre2vOWWuVKKzkWJyaQVn34
The high school baseball team can now keep up on current events, stats and other team related information via their own website. If you are a player or parent click the link and save to refer to this season! https://wlsbaseball.weebly.com/
High School Science Olympiads took home a solid 5th place trophy last weekend at the Sylvania tournament! Boomilever 4th place- Arianna Chapman and Kylie Burgel Circuit lab 4th- Jaden Marchal and Brandon LaRoche Designer Genes 6th- Madison Casto and Garrett Richardson Disease Detectives 4th- Lizzy Davis Fossils 5th- Brandon LaRoche and Graham Higgins Geologic Mapping 5th- Matthew Schuster and Sam Schwaderer Ping Pong Parachute 2nd- Amelia Hudson and Sam Schwaderer Ping pong parachute 6th- Graham Higgins
Several Art, Choir and Band students participated in the OHC Fine Arts Festival this week. The full story is linked below. This was quite an honor, so please take a minute and check out the full story! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/191564?org=wls
Hello, WLS will be closed for today, Thursday February 13th. Have a safe day.
Hello, West Liberty Salem will be on a 2 hour delay for tomorrow, Thursday, February 13th. School will start at 9:40 for MS/HS and 9:45 for the elementary. Thank you and have a safe evening.
The West Liberty-Salem General Livestock Team traveled to New Madison on Saturday to compete in the PATRIOT Livestock Judging Contest, the team’s first contest of the season. The Reasons team consisting of Adalyn Caudill, Cooper Havens, Kyndall Metz, Lance Baldwin and Dawson Jenkins finished in first place. Adalyn led the team with a second place individual finish, Cooper was 8th, Kyndall was 12th, Lance was 15th and Dawson was 18th. The Non-Reasons team finished 9th in the Non-Reasons contest. Payton Eckurd led the Non-Reasons team with a 16th place finish, followed by Wylie Harbour 47th, Marissa Bailey 52nd and Ava Buck 60th. Thank you Tri-Village FFA Alumni for hosting the event. Left to right: Wylie Harbour, Dawson Jenkins, Lance Baldwin, Cooper Havens, Kyndall Metz, Adalyn Caudill, Payton Eckurd, Marissa Bailey and Ava Buck.
Reminder that the Kids Heart Challenge is happening on February 13th! Fundraising forms and online money are due on 2/13 as well. Students will participate in fun activities during their specials time, so dress appropriately! https://www2.heart.org/site/SPageServer;jsessionid=00000000.app353b?pagename=khc_resources_search&NONCE_TOKEN=18D2323823AF2DA2D47CC33DC7D3E32E
Christian Herron and Denver Cushman spent their weekend in tournament action playing in the Special Olympics 4th Annual Celebrity Basketball Tournament. The weekend started with Christian and Denver playing against a team made up of players that Special Olympians invited. Christian chose his friend and WL-S freshman Lauren Hunter. Denver chose fellow senior Eli McGill. On Sunday, they played against area first responders including our own School Resource Officer Deputy J! Great job to all of our Tigers who participated this weekend!
West Liberty-Salem’s Middle School Science Olympiad team had a great performance at the Sylvania Invitational in Toledo on Saturday. WL-S took home a 3rd place team trophy. Fifteen team members won awards in thirteen different events including silver medals in five events and gold medals for Lily Smith and Carter Titus in the event Dynamic Planet. Also winning awards for our team were: Maddox Havens, Shiloh Spencer, Bailee Wick, Sari Kitchen, Abby Miller, Hanna Schwaderer, Veronica Wall, Joy Hudson, Nathan Neuerman, Craig Stanford, Aiden Taylor, Brady Kauffman, and Marshall Sutherin. Next up for our team is the New Albany Invitational on Saturday, February 22nd.
The Athletic Association currently has 3 vacant positions (President, Vice President, and Secretary), and will hold an important meeting on Wednesday, February 12th at 6pm to vote and fill those open spots. The current board of officers have worked hard to help with fund raising and increasing membership, but these positions need to be filled for us to continue to prosper. Please attend the meeting in Mr. Clapp’s room and consider being more active in your WLS Athletic Association.
The boy’s basketball game is ON for this evening and all high school teams are able to practice this afternoon. See you tonight as the Tigers take on Mechanicsburg!
Congratualtions to our Great Kindness Challenge coloring contest winners! Everyone did a great job!! Mrs. Watson winner was Neema Smucker Mrs. McNabb winner was Caleb Dolan Mrs. Prince winner was Kaiyah Buck Mrs. Godwin winner was Joel Hoover Mrs. Spring winner was Kolbie Crowder Mrs. Spencer winner was Zaydee Cox Mrs. Yoder winner was Aria Bach Mrs. Reed winner was Chloe Staten Mrs. Cordell winner was Amelia Miller Mrs. Bell winner was Walker Williams Mrs. Dallas winner was Sophia Jackson Mrs. Troyer winner was Avery Brown Mr. Leichty winner was Karlee Lucas Mrs. Middleton winner was Dahlia Sokolow Mrs. Cordell winner was Ella Jacobs Mrs. Jones winner was Kate Bolton Mrs. Shively winner was Ella Davis Mrs. Johnson winner was Alanee Horsley Mrs. Kale winner was Delaney Borders Mrs. Craig winner was Liam Barger Mrs. Orahood winner was Sutton Wilcoxon Mrs. Peterson winner was Isabella Hughes Mr. Sertell winner was Shelby Vincent Mrs. Creager winner was Nick Kensler
Hello, due to slick and icy road conditions, WLS will be.closed for today, Friday, February 7th. Thank you
Hello, We will be on a 2 Hour Delay for Friday, February 7th. School will start at 9:40 for MS/HS and 9:45 for the Elementary. Thank you.
All WLS events have been cancelled for this evening. No middle school or youth practices. Some high school teams may practice on a volunteer basis, so wait to hear from coaches. Any practices that do happen must end by 6pm. We are working on rescheduling dates for girl’s basketball, wrestling, and bowling and will update as necessary. Stay safe this evening!
Hello, due to slick and icy road conditions mainly in the northern part of our district, WLS will be.closed for today, Thursday February 6th. Thank you
Hello, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of WL-S calling to notify families that we will be on a 2 hour delay for Thursday, February 6th. School will start at 9:40 for MS/HS and 9:45 for the Elementary. Again, we are