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!
The next census is just around the corner. Make sure you’re counted! An accurate snapshot means that communities across the nation receive the funding, services, and business support they deserve and need. And your responses are confidential. To learn how the United States Census Bureau protects your information, visit 2020census.gov.
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 on a 2 hour delay for tomorrow, Thursday, February 6th.
The WL-S FFA Chapter is selling strawberries from now until next Friday the 7th. One flat is $24/ half flat is $12. There are eight quarts in a flat. Proceeds from the strawberry sale are donated to the Champaign County Relay for Life. Over past five years we have donated over $4000 from our strawberry sales! If you are interested please contact Trista Havens for more details. Thanks!
West Liberty-Salem was presented with the 2019 United Way: Living United Bronze Award! Read the full story here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/186835?org=wls
Elementary Walk at School is tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7:00 am inside. Dress comfy and join us!
Zoology students share their shark dissection experience with elementary students! Check out the full story here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/186389?org=wls
The Great Kindness Challenge has proved to be pretty easy for our little Tigers this week. We are thankful for a kind and helpful bunch of students all year and hope that kindness week just helps reiterate how far a little kindness an go! Activities have included the Kind Acts checklist, a coloring contest, spirit week dress up days, kindness board including notes from students on how they’ve been kind or how someone was kind to them, and student council Smiles Welcome Committee just to name a few. The second graders made 0-5 addition flash cards for the whole kindergarten class, and Mrs. Dallas and Mrs. McNabb’s class helped them with their math facts! It’s been a fun week making kindness count!
We're kicking off a football filled weekend with today's Gold Card Friday video, featuring a couple special guests! https://youtu.be/3GOG3QnwQyw
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Elementary Student Council members are taking The Kindness Challenge outside of school and helping a local downtown business! They worked hard this evening moving inventory from one store front to another. Kindness can be found in a simple hello, a smile, or a random act of giving, but it’s also being serving member of your community. Thank you to Mrs. Dallas for putting this together and our members who were able to attend!
Elementary students will celebrate Team Kindness tomorrow! Wear you favorite sports apparel!
Some of our high school English students recently completed an exciting creative arts program through The Wexner Center for the Arts. This partnership allows students to build a strong foundation in creative and artistic literacy. Read the full story here https://www.wlstigers.org/article/184332?org=wls
Did you know that WL-S has a swim team? Small but mighty! Here is the recap of Friday’s meet! Congrats to our duo of Swimming Tigers, Andrea Caldwell and Katelyn Stapleton, for their performances at the 1st Annual Darby Valley Championships Friday night. This was a defacto league meet with only OHC schools participating. Katelyn medaled by placing 3rd in the 200 free and also placed 5th in the 100 back. Andrea Caldwell placed 8th in the 50 free and 4th in the 100 free. The ladies next swim at Trotwood this Wednesday as they prepare for the Sectional Meet next week. If you’d like more information about our swim team, check it out here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/183904?org=wls
Kindness Week is off to a great start! Tomorrow we will celebrate with Hats off to Kindness! Elementary students may wear a hat at school on Wednesday. Thursday is Team Kindness so wear your favorite team jersey or apparel, and Friday is Tiger Kindness. Please wear your orange and black!
The high school cheerleaders held Little Tiger Cheer Camp last week with around 90 elementary cheerleaders. The theme was Surfin’ USA, and they performed a halftime dance to The Beach Boys song! They learned 3 cheers and the dance in just 3 afternoon practices. Great job, Little Tigers and big THANKS to the high school cheer leaders for all you do!
West Liberty-Salem girls cross country and track and field head coach, Ann Vogel received the 2019 Fred Dafler Career State Coach of the Year for Cross Country, Friday evening at the annual Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches banquet. The award honors the most outstanding active coach in the state of Ohio with a particular emphasis placed on the coach’s entire coaching career. Since taking over the West Liberty-Salem girls high school program in 1995, Vogel has led the Big Orange to 19 conference titles, 6 district titles, 5 regional titles, and 9 state meet appearances with 7 top 10 finishes, including a state runner-up title in 2019. Vogel has also coached 9 All-Ohioans in cross country. “It’s truly humbling to be acknowledged by your peers for simply doing what I love,” said Vogel. “I’m blessed to have coached so many outstanding young women in my career, and I’m thankful for the support and enthusiasm the WL-S community has for cross country and track and field.” Vogel receiving her award from former OHSAA associate commissioner, Fred Dafler. Photo credit: Ron Martin
Our Elementary students are 'Tied Together by Kindness' today, so remember to wear a tie to school for the Great Kindness Challenge spirit week.
This is a reminder to our elementary families that tomorrow we kick off The Great Kindness Challenge. Spirit week kick off begins with “dreaming of kindness” so wear your jammies! Enjoy the rest of your evening!
Mrs. Symmat’s sixth grade science students created children’s books to describe the rock cycle! Check the whole story out here: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/182205?org=wls
The West Liberty Lions Club presented our fifth graders with their own dictionary in their annual event to promote literacy and education in our community. Lions Club President and WL-S Athletic Director Jake Vitt, Judy Legge, Elisha Lash, and Steve Godwin spoke with students and presented the dictionaries. Our students would like to extend a huge THANK YOU for their generosity and support of our school!
It's Gold Card Friday, and we're kicking off the Great Kindness Challenge! Join us for this powerful week of encouragement and kindness from Jan 27-31 (and always!). https://youtu.be/UBNMlGj8lk4
The WL-S Division B Science Olympiad team (grades 6-9) are off to a fantastic season! They have competed in two Invitational tournaments so far. On Saturday, December 7, they competed at the Sylvania Northview Invitational in Toledo. On Saturday January 18, they competed at the Northmont Invitational. At this tournament fifteen of our students won awards in twelve different events including silver medals for Aiden Taylor and Maddox Havens in the event Fossils.
Congratulations, Caleb Hersherberger, on winning the middle school Geo Bee! Kendall LeVan was runner up! Here is the full story..... https://www.wlstigers.org/article/181712?org=wls
Kindergarten Screening for the 2020-2021 school year will be held May 7 & 8. More information here: http://westlibertysalemoh.apptegy.us/o/wls/page/kindergarten-screening-registration
The West Liberty-Salem family was saddened to hear the news that one of our former students in the multiple disability classroom, Aviana Grantham, passed away Monday, January 20th. Aviana was an 8th grade student who started at WL-S last school year when she moved here with her family. She was placed in an intensive needs program at the beginning of this school year due to many medical needs and had been attending another school district for the past 5 months. A decision was made last week for her to return to her family. She was expected to rejoin to the multiple disability classroom, at WL-S today, and the classroom was excited to have her return. Please keep Aviana’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they adjust to life without this special young lady. We are saddened for their loss. The family would appreciate any donations in her memory to be sent to the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty. Donations will be used to assist with funeral expenses and would be much appreciated. Eichholtz Daring & Sanford of West Liberty 101 Zanesfield Road West Liberty, OH 43357
Dear West Liberty-Salem Parent/Guardian, WL-S will be doing spinal screenings on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. Screenings will be for 5th and 7th grade girls and 8th and 9th grade boys. Dr. Jennifer Sertell and Dr. Jeffery Donay, local chiropractors, have volunteered to assist with the screenings. The screening process is simple. Screeners will look at your child's back while he or she stands and bends forward. The screenings will take place in the lockerrooms and students should remember to do the following, Bring shorts to school for the exam, Girls should wear a t-Shirt and sports bra on the exam day. Boys and girls will be screened separately and one at a time. Spinal screening is important for the identification for any abnormalities, like Scoliosis, that can be corrected with treatment. Also, please remember that it is flu and cold season. If your child has been diagnosed with the flu or other illness follow guidance from the healthcare provider who diagnosed it. Also, do not send your child to school until they are fever free and/or nausea free for 24 hours. Thank you for your cooperation as we do not want the unnecessary spread of these sicknesses.
Congratulations to the WL-S Mock Trial Team - 2020 District Champs!!! Lily Keller and Cade Clerico won outstanding attorney and Naomi McGill won outstanding witness.
Four WL-S students received their first FFA jackets! Read the full story submitted by FFA report Alyssa Alford here: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/179556?org=wls
WLS will be closed for today due to patchy Dense Fog in our area. Thank you
Hello, due to dense fog in our area WLS will be on a two hour delay for today, Wednesday, January 15th. School will start at 9:40 for MS/HS and 9:45 for the elementary. Thank you.
WL-S sophomore Austin Smith won an all expense paid trip to High Cascade Summer Camp in Mt. Hood, Oregon! The ski and snowboarding summer camp retreat was awarded when Austin won a ‘last man standing’ competition at Louie Vito’s Rail Jam this weekend at Mad River Mountain! Smith is pictured with Olympian Louie Vito. Enjoy your trip, Austin!
ATTENTION SENIORS AND PARENTS: Scholarship season is now in full swing for the class of 2020! We have some big shoes to fill from the class of 2019! Last year’s graduating class won $1,416,636 in scholarships! The average award per student was $19,675. 31 of the graduating 72 students in the class were awarded a scholarship, that’s 43% of the class applying and winning scholarships! Seniors, be sure to check Schoology for important scholarship announcements and updates. Pay special attention to due dates. Be scholarship ready by collecting your letters of recommendations from teachers. Local scholarships are coming due in the month of January, so we wanted to remind our seniors and families of the money that potentially awaits them. See the list below for scholarships now available and their due dates.
Green Hills welcomed second graders in Mrs. Bell’s class this morning to practicing their reading skills! Second graders chose their favorite books from home or from class and were paired with a resident who listened to their story and engaged in some fun conversations! Thank you, Green Hills, for helping our students practice reading aloud!
Sound Check is performing in the Black and Gold Invitational this Sunday, January 12 at 2:00pm in the Ben Logan Auditorium. WL-S will perform first out of four area schools at 2pm sharp! This festival will feature Bellefontaine, Indian Lake, WLS, and Ben Logan. There is no admission, but they accept donations at the door. Come out and support them this Sunday afternoon!
Do you ever wonder what our elementary students do when it’s too cold for outside recess? When temps are in the lower/mid 20’s, students have recess in the cafeteria! There are a number of games to choose from, coloring pages, and blocks to build. Yesterday morning, Mrs. Perdue led a game of Simon Says with our first graders during first recess when it was still just a little too chilly for the little ones!
Congratulations to our middle school spelling bee winners! 7th Grader Ava Dixon was the champion, Atticus Loudenback, 6th grade, was runner up and Abby Miller, 8th grade, came in third! The full article listing all participants is here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/175707?org=wls
Congratulations to elementary Spelling Bee champion Brayden Hupp, and runner up Drew Boyer! All of our participants did a fantastic job today. Check out the full article here: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/175023?org=wls
The Champaign County Youth Choir has extended their registration through 1/11/20. If you have a student in grades 3-8 interested in joining a county wide choir, this may be for them! Practices are on Saturday mornings, 9-10:30 am, at The Episcopal Church in Urbana. No auditions are required! Visit them on facebook for more information.
Check out how 8th grade celebrated Christmas this year! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/173532?org=wls
Reminder to our Little Dribblers: See you tonight at 6 for the JV game and 7:30 for the Varsity! Wear your T-shirt and bring your ball. Little dribblers will get in free! See you there!
High school students enjoyed some physical activity this morning with a volleyball tournament! They created teams and competed for top spots in the Championship game! Lucky winners included Notorious DIG: Dylan Lauck Isaac Reames Will Motzko Logan Saylor Owen Johnson Brady Forsythe And Joe Who: Noah Smith Gavin Harrison Gabby Williams Ethan Larson Caleb Siegenthaler Patrick Harr Josh Spinner
The middle school talent show was a hit this year! Izzy Wygal and Julia Wilson were emcee’s for the event where a number of talented students took the stage to share acts they prepared the last few weeks! Students weren’t the only ones having fun, though! Some friendly competition among teachers included reindeer games and candy cane contests. Some solo acts featured Teagon Miller on drums and Ava Chamberlain singing, ‘Rainbow’. WEB crew performed a dance of the decades from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. Comedians shared parody’s, and dancers and gymnasts took the stage as well! Thank you, to our middle school staff and students, for putting so much work into this every year!
It's Gold Card Friday! Merry Christmas from Mr. Hollar and Mr. McGill - view their gift exchange this year. https://youtu.be/lLf0f8-Jhyo
Looks like we have a few Bon Jovi fans at WL-S! The band is enjoying their time at The Hard Rock Cafe tonight! Check out the video shared from their trip! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WDR-NncfbWQ
WL-S welcomed back classes of ‘17, ‘18, and ‘19 for their 2nd alumni lunch! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/172769?org=wls
Third grade took a field trip to see a local treasure today! They toured The Ohio Caverns and visited the gift shop! We are so lucky to have such a fascinating local land mark with so much history! Our students love this trip and learn so much! Abigail Fissel, Alexa Beard, Loretta Moxley and Carver Wallace checked out the mining helmets in the gift shop after their tour!
WOW! Check out the Marching Tigers at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Marching Band Parade! We also received a few candid shots of them enjoying the park as well! Enjoy! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HtCEpRi8gTk Video Credit: Leslie Woolley
Thank you, WL-S staff, for impacting our community this holiday season! See the full story here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/172487?org=wls
Thank you Chris Moell for your eight years of dedicated service to the WL-S Board of Education. Last evening was Chris Moell's last school board meeting as his second, 4-year term ends in December. Chris received an award for his service and contribution to our District at last night's Board meeting. Ryan Cole will fill the seat that Chris is vacating in January. We wish Chris the best and welcome Ryan to our Board.
Elementary staff held their annual ugly Christmas sweater competition on Monday! They were FANTASTIC! Winners in some very interesting catergories include........ Best Headgear: Mrs. Beres Creative Crazy Cat Lady: Mr. Craig Spirit of Christmas: Mrs. Johnson No Llama drama: Mrs. Bell Best Table Attire on A Sweater: Mrs. Yoder Best Onsie (Anyone remember Mr. Hollar’s onsie last year?): Mrs. Creager Our students loved getting a good laugh at some pretty creative Christmas costumes!
Hello this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent, Due to slick and icy road conditions, we will be closed today, Tuesday Devember 17, 2019. Thank you.
EVENING EVENTS CANCELLED: Due to the weather, all Elementary and Middle School basketball games/practices and wrestling practices are cancelled for this evening.
Our class of '17, '18, & '19 Grad Luncheon has been RESCHEDULED for Wed, Dec 18 from 11:30-1:30 pm.
Hello, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of WL-S calling to notify families that we will be on a 2 hour delay today, December 16, 2019 due to slick road conditions. School will start at 9:40 for MS/HS students and 9:45 for elementary students. Again, WLS will be on a 2 hour delay today. Thank you.
The freshman class hosted a hot chocolate bar fundraiser this morning before school. They had all of the fantastic toppings to welcome a crowd ready for an early morning sweet treat! They made deliveries to busy teachers and even Ralphie from The Christmas Story made an appearance! Thank you to everyone who supported them! They will be back in January!
Don’t forget spirit week! High school and middle school schedules vary slightly, so here they are! High School: Monday: Merry Monday: Dress in your favorite holiday PJs (school appropriate of course) Holiday Hat Tuesday: Wear your favorite holiday hat Santa's Workshop Wednesday: Dress like Santa and his Elves Thursday: Dress in your best Red and Green Friday: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! Middle School: Monday: Ghost of Christmas Past (Decades Day) Tuesday: Family photo day (Wear flannel and get a group picture at lunch!) Wednesday: Holiday hat day Thursday: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (PJ day) Friday: Tacky sweater day
It's Gold Card Friday! We have a mission for our kids today... Hope they can help out Mr. Hollar and Mr. McGill! https://youtu.be/9El8jp2cWAE
The boys basketball team is hosting an alumni game for any former letter-winner who played for the boys basketball team throughout the years. The cost is $20 per player. There will be no admission fee for spectators and the concession stand will be open. The event will begin at 6:30 on December 27th. If you are a former player and would like to sign up you will need to contact Darrin Leichty. firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder there is a 1 hour delay tomorrow. Elementary will begin at 8:45 and MS/HS at 8:40.
Our first graders sounded just as good as they looked at their Christmas music program tonight! Mr. Brice Henry, elementary music teacher, directed the concert, and everyone left in the holiday spirit! I’m sure Mr. Henry won’t mind us sharing this quick video where he incorporates the kid’s favorite dance, The Floss! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=STL0TjSb7MY
If you have open time in your schedule and you'd like to sub aide or sub teach at WL-S, let us know! If you are interested, or know anyone who may be, please call or email Mrs. Cotrell at 937-465-1060 x101 or email@example.com.
Check out WL-S news for more information about tonight’s State Championship Ring Ceremony! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/168125?org=wls
Our State Champion Girls Track team was recognized this evening at our home basketball game! Congratulations to all of our girls. Thank you to the Athletic Association for the purchasing of Championship rings for all girls who.participated in the state meet. Last, Congrats to Ann Vogel for your dedication and your recognition as State Track Coach of the Year!
FFA has lots of leftover fruit for sale in the elementary main entrance! It will also be available Monday before and after school. Contact Thavens@wlstigers.org for more information.
Head over to our news section to hear from a guest reporter! Mallory Bostick, an 8th grade LA student, shares her experience after visiting the Davidson Theatre! Mrs. Moell’s LA students were challenged with the article assignment after studying short stories by Edgar Allen Poe and seeing those stories come to life on stage during a recent field trip! Great work, Mallory! Thank you for letting us share! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/167867?org=wls
Don’t forget! There is a College Credit plus meeting tonight for parents of students in grades 7-12 interested in earning college credit. It starts at 6pm in the HS Cafetorium.
Elementary honor students were recognized at the first Breakfast of Champions of the school year! For the full story click the link below! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/167371?org=wls
The WL-S state championship track and field team will be honored at this Friday’s (12/6) boys basketball game. Team members and their parents will get into the game for free. Please sign in at the admission table. The ceremony will take place between the JV and Varsity games, approximately around 7:15. Team members are to report to the cafetorium at 6:50 pm.
WLS College Credit Plus Parent Meeting is Thursday, Dec. 5th at 6:00pm in the high school cafetorium. This is required for students (&parents) wanting to participate in CCP during 20-21 school year. CCP is a program for students to earn college credit while still in JH or HS.
College Credit Plus (CCP) MS/HS Parent Meeting Thursday December 5, 6:00p in the HS Cafeteria This meeting is mandatory for anyone new to CCP for the 2020-2021 school year and is highly recommended for those returning to CCP for the 2020-2021 school year. CCP options are available for students in grades 7-12 for the 2020-2021 school year. Learn about CCP options at WL-S and with local colleges. Understand both benefits and risks with the program. Several local colleges will be on hand to discuss their CCP programs.
See how our kindergarten and first graders celebrated Thanksgiving last week! We are thankful for all of them! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/166314?org=wls
Attention! There are some changes to basketball schedules! High School girls basketball- This Thursday, (12/5) WLS plays at Triad, Triad does not have a JV team, varsity contest will start at 6:00. This Saturday (12/7) vs Northeastern. JV will start at 12:00 with the varsity to follow. High School boys basketball- Friday, Dec 13th @ West Jeff has been cancelled and rescheduled for Monday, Dec 30th – freshman will start at 5:00.
KG and 1st Grade Parents: There's still time to register for our FREE PAX Tools Parent Training on Dec. 10 from 5:30-8:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to learn about tools used in the classroom and how those tools can be used at home as well. Call or email Mrs. Cotrell to RSVP as soon as possible at 937-465-1060 x101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to our November Students of the Month: 6th: Geneva Estep and Dylan King 7th: Anna Cole and Luke McGill 8th: Karter Spriggs and Emma Bails Each student receives a t-shirt compliments of BOSS, Maries Candies, a certificate and today, they got a cookie for Thanksgiving! Great job, and keep up the good work!
It's Gold Card Friday! View our Thanksgiving Edition, where we interview some of our Kindergarten students. https://youtu.be/ax5ShmyyrL8
We recently received an award from Ohio School Plan for being proactive in our district’s approach to safety and risk management. WL-S was one of only three districts in Ohio to be recognized for our efforts! Read the whole story here. https://www.wlstigers.org/article/164283?org=wls
https://wlswinterpride.itemorder.com/ The winter spirit store will be open until Monday!! Get your Christmas orders in while it’s available!
Congratulations, Rachel Davis, on signing with University of Tennessee in Martin earlier this week! Rachel joins UTM to ride on their NCAA Divison I Equestrian Team! https://www.peakofohio.com/sports/details.cfm?clientid=5&id=294255#.XdgNJrpOmfB Photo Credit: Peak of Ohio
Band Fundraiser Pick-Up: Pick up is until 6:00 tonight for all food and greenery items. No pick up tomorrow (which was originally scheduled). Thank you!
Today is a very special day at West Liberty-Salem! It’s Margaret Kite’s 75th birthday, and we are celebrating! Mrs. Kite has been a fundamental part of the WL-S community for 48 years! She continues to serve in a variety of capacities, but what keeps her coming back are the students. Over the years she has served as a bus driver, cafeteria cashier, transportation supervisor, sub aide/secretary, and a ticket taker for MANY ball games! When asked about her years at WL-S she said, “I don’t have a goal for how many years I’ll keep coming back. It doesn’t seem like 48 years because I love what I do, and I love the kids.” And we certainly love Mrs. Kite! If you happen to know her, or see her around, please make sure you join us in wishing her a very happy birthday!
Check out how some of our high school ladies are learning to conquer negative self talk and gaining confidence to break the cycle in their social networks! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/163206?org=wls
West Liberty-Salem football play-off pre-sale tickets are on sale now through the end of the day Friday at C & R Pharmacy and the WLS High School office. Tickets are $8.00 per ticket. purchasing pre-sale is encouraged as a school gets a percentage of that back. A parking fee of $5.00 per car will be charged at the game. Gates will open at 5:30 PM
It’s ‘chili’ outside, but it’s hot in here! It was WL-S staff Chili Cook-Off day! This annual contest always brings some pre-holiday, friendly competition amongst friends and co-workers. Andy McGill and Matt Westfall were this year’s lucky judges. They tasted seven unique styles of chili including classic, sweet, spicy and HOT to determine this year’s winners! Taking first place was Jeff Lynxwiler with his spicy chili; second place with a classic chili was Allison Wygal; and coming in third and featuring the Carolina Reaper pepper was Aaron Lauck (if there was a category for the hottest, this was definitely it!).
Lydia Moell, track and field stand out, signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her pole vaulting career at West Virginia University this fall. Moell, who was part of the 2019 State Champion Track and Field Team, helped her team secure the title when she vaulted an impressive 12’2”, and placed 4th, individually, in division III. Moell was also part of the 2019 state runner up cross country team. The full story can be found at the link below! Congrats, Lydia! https://www.peakofohio.com/sports/details.cfm?clientid=5&id=294400#.XdU8HBpOmfA
Join us for a pre-holiday bake sale benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Tuesday, November 26th. Donations will be accepted and sales will go directly to the JDRF. Items will be set up in the elementary entry way during pick up and drop off for purchase! Come and get your holiday goodies, and give to a great cause! (Please do not park in the drop off lane, use the visitor lot instead.)
Miss Kale’s fourth graders have been actively working on making quicker and quieter hallway transitions and being more focused and productive during quiet work time. As a reward for doing their Tiger best they got to eat lunch in their class room and try out the newest Disney Plus App for some movie time! They must be in the holiday spirit because they chose Noelle, a Christmas movie about Kris Kringle’s daughter and her desire to do something as ‘important’ as her dad and her brother Nick. Students were excited to be rewarded for achieving their goal, and it’s always fun for them to eat in their classroom!
Sound Check performs their 4th annual Show, ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ this weekend! Hear all the details here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/162026?org=wls
Drama Club performs, “A Night of One Acts,” in their fall production. Check out the full story here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/162116?org=wls
The UNOH softball program announced its 2020 varsity signing class at a halftime ceremony at the UNOH men’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. The class boasts six stand out prep athletes including Madison Amstutz, Gabrielle Desimone, Gianna Desimone, Haylie Hamons, Carlie Hanes and Kayle Henderson. “We are thrilled with the signing of these outstanding student athletes; UNOH softball is continuing to attract top level athletes from the midwest region and it is a testament to the culture that has been established by our current and past players. All of these signees are highly decorated prep athletes and their commitment to UNOH has been evident right from the beginning. We talk a lot in our program about winning at everything, softball, school, campus life, etc and these six signees will fit right into this goal that our program has set for itself.” Head Coach Tracy Coffman Kayle Henderson (C ) from West Liberty Salem High School in Bellefontaine, Ohio was a regional runner up in 2019 batting .431 with 35 RBIs. She is a 4 year letter winner, MVP and team hustle award winner. She is in the top of her class academically. She is the daughter of Bill and Shannon Henderson and plans of major in Business Administration. “Kayle is a polished, athletic and energetic catcher. I love the way she commands the field and manages her pitching staff. I felt right away she was the perfect fit for what we ask of our players behind the plate. Her enthusiasm for UNOH and our program was evident right from the start and we are very excited to have such a strong player excited to be a Racer.” “This class will come in after we graduate our most decorated class in Racer softball history, the class of 2016. However I am very confident that we have assembled a talented, athletic and special group here in 2020. The great part about where we are is that all of these signees are coming in knowing what we believe in and what our program expects of them on and off the field and we can thank so many great Racers who have set and passed down the precedent. Our program has grown and strengthened to the point where we are saying the same things yearly about our varsity recruiting class and this year is no different. This is another class that is a great example of the type of high academic, high level student athletes that UNOH athletics and all of the university’s offerings are able to attract. We are excited to have them here to carry on what is becoming a strong Racer softball tradition.” Tracy Coffman
It was Stack Up day at WL-S on Thursday and students helped ‘stack’ blessing bags as well! See the full details below! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/161509?org=wls
Check out how our 7th graders are impacting the ‘Feed the World, Ohio Corn Education’ program! Great work, Mr. Spencer and your class! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/161482?org=wls
Rachel Davis, Noah Cline, and Luke Hudson work together on an electrophoresis lab during a recent visit from guest speak Myron Blosser. Read the full article about his visit here: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/161432?org=wls
Congratulations, Cheyenne Gluckle, on being recognized as a 2019 Student of Integrity! Here is the full story below! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/161417?org=wls
Congratulations to our Ohio Hi Point first quarter Honor Roll recipients! Keep up the good work! Superintendent’s List: Tory Pawelko Honor Roll: James Dillon, Halley Elliot, Jaylen Huston, Montgomery’s Leach, Matt Schuster, Dillon VonDeylen, Adam Watkins, Zackary Woolley
Congratulations to our first quarter Honor Roll recipients! See the article for a full list of MS/HS students! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/160403?org=wls
The Elementary Book Fair will be open until noon on Thursday, November 14.
Hello, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent, with a reminder to our families that we will be on a one hour delay start schedule for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 13th, for Professional Development of our staff. School will start at 8:40 for the MS/HS and 8:45 for the Elementary. Thank you very much for your flexibility today with the weather and it was great to see so many families at conferences this evening. Have a good night.
The 2nd and 3rd grade Veteran's Day Music Concert is rescheduled for Monday, November 25th at 6:30 PM in the HS Gym.
Both Book Fairs will be open during conferences! See you there!
Congratulations to our Students of the Month! Students receive a goody bag compliments of Maries Candies, a Student of the Month t-shirt compliments of BOSS, and a certificate from WL-S! Keep up the great work!! 8th Grade: Kenzie Phillips & Cale Hall – 7th Grade: Shyanne McClintick & Silas Kauffman – 6th Grade: Abbie Thoman & Brevin Louden
Hello, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of WL-S with an important message regarding evening activities and parent/teacher conferences. First, parent/teacher conferences will be on as regularly scheduled. If you are scheduled for a conference this evening, please plan to attend. If you are unable to attend, please call the school to notify and make other arrangements. Second, all HS evening activities and practices are still on as planned, however, are optional if you are concerned with road conditions. Please check with your individual coach/advisor for any changes to times and schedules. There will be no Middle School or Elementary practices this evening. Again, all parent/teacher conferences are on as planned this evening from 3 to 6 PM for grades K-12. Thank you and be cautious in your travels this evening.
Good morning! Presale tickets are now available for purchase! You can purchase tickets using the link below or at C & R pharmacy beginning at 3pm tomorrow. Go Tigers! https://ohsaa.org/tickets
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent, There was a problem this morning with the closing notification which resulted in most of our elementary families not receiving the message. This has been corrected. Please remember that if you do not receive a call or have a question, you may call the school or tune to WPKO, Shine FM, and Channels 2, 7, 22, 45 and Columbus 4 along with out website where updated information is posted. Thank you. A message about evening activities and Parent teacher conference will be sent out today by 12:15. Thank you.
Good morning! Due to weather, there is no school today, 11/12/2019. A decision will be made on this afternoon/evening’s activities as the day progresses. This includes parent teacher conferences. We will post, call and text and announcement as soon as we know more. Thank you!
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent, of WL-S schools notifying families that we will be closed today, Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Information on evening activities will be shared this afternoon. Again, we will be closed today. Thank you.
Hello, This is Kraig Hissong, Superimtendent, of WL-S schools notifying families that we will be on a 2 hour delay today, Tuesday, November 12, 2019. School will begin at 9:40 for MS/HS and 9:45 for Elementary. Again, we will be on a two hour delay today. Thank you.
Good evening! Due to inclement weather we will be canceling all evening activities. This includes the 2nd and 3rd grade music program, MS girls basketball scrimmage and all practices that haven’t already started this evening. Thank you, and drive carefully!
Parents, this is a reminder to NOT drop your students off in the student parking lot at the south end of the school, you must use the drop off lane. Also, please remember to find the farthest spot forward before your student exits the vehicle.
Elementary students honored our Veterans this morning in a very special musical performance and reception. We thank all of our Veterans for their service! View the full story below. https://www.wlstigers.org/article/159091?org=wls
Students participate in Champaign County Partnership Design Challenge at Urbana University. Read the full article below. https://www.wlstigers.org/article/158977?org=wls
FFA reporter, Alyssa Alford, reports on a very exciting weekend at Convention! Check out the article below for all the details. https://www.wlstigers.org/article/158938?org=wls
Congratulations, Tigers, on a 21-14 victory tonight!! On to week 12!!
Good morning WLS Students! Here is the plan for tonight’s football play-off game. Our band will sit in the endzone bleachers. All HS and MS students will sit in the student section - located where the marching band typically sits. MS will sit up top and HS at the bottom. My understanding is that the theme is “Christmas in November”! Hope to see you at the game. Go Tigers!
FFA members recently participated in the county job interview contest at Graham High School. Senior Adalyn Caudill placed first and senior Cameron Rice, third. In the junior division, Morgan Damron placed third. Sophomores Hayden King and Marissa Bailey placed third and sixth respectively. Caudill, Damron, and King will advance to the sub-district contest at Global Stem Academy next week. Nice job to all of our FFA participants!
Here are some great articles about our Big Orange Girls Cross Country Team! Congratulations on a great season! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/157722?org=wls https://examiner.org/big-orange-girls-runner-up-at-state/
Hello, this is Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of West Liberty-Salem, with some important announcements. First, we will be conducting a full scale safety drill at school tomorrow. A full scale drill is required by the State of Ohio and is considered full scale when it involves local first responders. Tomorrow, the district will practice responding to a leak at a nearby anhydrous plant. West Liberty Fire and EMS along with the Sheriff Department will respond to this scenario to practice with the district. Please do not be alarmed if you see first responders at the school. The correct response to an anhydrous leak is to lock the building down to prevent outside air entering the building. If you arrive during the drill, you may have to wait a few minutes before you are able to enter. Also, tomorrow evening are parent teacher conferences. If you have not made an appointment with you child’s teachers, please call the office to do so. Last, tomorrow evening is the first performance of our fall Drama Club Performance at 7pm. Please join us for a fun evening. Thank you.
Football Playoff orders may be picked up between 7:40 AM and 6 PM, tomorrow in the main office. Thank you!
A BIG Thank You to our WL-S community for your continued support of our schools! This is fantastic for our school and our students! The district's Permanent Improvement Levy will allow continued improvements of our educational programming and proper maintaining of our campus operations
SUBSTITUTES WANTED: Paraprofessional (Aide) subs at WL-S in grades K-12 for varying shift lengths. Please contact Alysson Cotrell at 937-465-1060 x101 or email email@example.com if interested. FBI and BCI background checks required.
Six West Liberty-Salem cross country student athletes earned 2019 OATCCC All-Ohio Academic honors at Saturday’s state cross country championships. To be eligible student athletes grades 10-12 must have a 3.5 or higher grade point average and compete in the state meet. Earning this recognition for the Big Orange are Grace Adams, Megan Adams, Madison Bahan, Lydia Moell, Katelyn Stapleton and Mandilyn Weaver.
West Liberty-Salem High School football team will host Cincinnati Madeira High School in Division V Regional Semi- Quarter Final Football play-off action Saturday, Nov 9th, 7:00 p.m. at Tiger Stadium. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at the school during school hours, and C & R Pharmacy in West Liberty until 1:00 PM on Saturday. Tickets are $8.00 pre-sale, and $9.00 at the gate for all entries per OHSAA regulations. Children age 6 and older will be charged regular admission. Purchasing pre-sale is encouraged as the school gets a percentage of those sales back. Fans are reminded that this is an OHSAA sponsored event and regular season passes are not accepted. Parking will be $5.00 per car, and parking passes can be obtained to speed up the entry process at the same locations as the pre-sale tickets. If you hold a reserved seat license through the WL-S Athletic Association, those will be honored at this game.
“Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”-Confucius Our elementary staff makes sure to spread love and kindness each month to their fellow co-workers by engaging in acts of kindness. Our kindergarten teachers are using the ‘kindness cart’ to give out fall treats and remind staff of the great job they are doing! Our teachers know that when they feel loved and appreciated so do our students!
Congratulations to our first Teachers of the Month! Middle school and high school students were asked to nominate teachers who have made an impact on them or just feel that someone is particularly worthy of recognition! This month’s recipients are Mr. Yoder and Ms. Buroker! Thank you for making an impact on your students!
Walk at School Reminder! Join us Wednesday morning at 7:00 (inside) to walk around and get some exercise before school.
Middle School Student Council and High School Key Club sponsored the annual Halloween door/room and pumpkin decorating contests! Students were really creative, often working through their lunch to make the rooms and pumpkins as scary as possible. The best decorated high school room goes to Mr. Cottrell’s home room class! The best decorated middle school room went to Mrs. Harman/Fullenkamp’s home room. And finally, the first place pumpkin was decorated by Isabelle Wygal and Payton Lightner. Enjoy these photos and have a Happy Halloween!!
Mrs. Blair, elementary technology teacher, incorporated some fall favorite activities in this week’s STEM projects! Each grade was tasked with creating something out of a certain number of objects, like paper clips and popsicle sticks, to bob for apples! Here are some fun photos of what they created! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VjwyaRgR4qc
Book buddies were carving pumpkins and counting seeds this week! Read the full story here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/154928?org=wls
Congratulations, Alex Burton, on being named OHC North Division Player of the Year! She and several other Tigers are mentioned in the attached article, so check it out! Congratulations to our Tigers on a standout season! https://examiner.org/tigers-burton-named-ohc-north-division-player-of-the-year/
Save the date! The elementary Book Fair is November 7-13! Shopping hours are 8-6:30 PM on 11/7 & 11/12, 8-3:30 on 11/8 & 11/11, and 8-12 on 11/13. Plan to stop by during your student’s conference evening and register to win free books! We also offer convenience pay this year. Head over the website provided to access and load your students eWallet, so you don’t have to send money to school or to shop online! Https://www.scholastic.com/bf/wlibertysalemsch
This is a reminder that football play off gear order deadline is today!! Link to order is below! https://wlsplayoffs2019.itemorder.com/sale
Check out what our Marine Biology students are up to! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/154474?org=wls
WL-S had 3 gymnasts compete and place in the 22nd Annual Halloween Power Tumbling Invitiational at Bellefontaine High School this weekend! Congratuatlions to our gymnasts Shayna Hurst, Ashlee Von Deylen, and Olivia Walibel! Full story is at Peak of Ohio: https://www.peakofohio.com/sports/details.cfm?clientid=5&id=293229#.Xbh9YRopCfA
French III Students attended French Immersion day at Wright State University this week! Here is a short clip of the days events, or head over to our news page to read all about it! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-yJY6gEYnp8
Attention college considering seniors and your families! There is a viritual financial aid event on November 17th hosted by The University of Dayton. This event is online and can be viewed from any computer or phone and is available to ALL, not just those interested in UD. Please visit the website for more information and to register. They also share their Financial Aid 101 Guide as well! https://udayton.edu/m/afford.php?utm_campaign=repsc2030&utm_source=mc&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2&j=1135224&sfmc_sub=248505819&l=16210_HTML&u=31659252&mid=7300478&jb=0
If you would like to purchase Football Playoff gear here is the link!! Pay attention to the deadline because no late orders will be accepted due to delivery timing. There a limited number of Beat Burg T-shirts left for Friday night. These are being sold as a fundraiser for FFA and students may purchase through the Ag department or Mrs. Havens at school. Go Tigers! https://wlsplayoffs2019.itemorder.com/sale
Mrs. Bell’s second graders visited Green Hills on Friday morning! This was one of their first class experiences reading out loud to new people, and the residents were very kind and helpful! We love this tradition! Check out the full story here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/152757?org=wls
It's Gold Card Friday! Join Mr. Hollar and Mr. McGill by tracking your student's physical activity on the calendar received earlier this month. https://youtu.be/PkzZYbpnrLs
Big Orange girls high school cross country team sponsors hat and glove drive for the community. Get the full story and how to donate here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/152154?org=wls
We have FIVE colleges visiting campus over the next five school days! If you have college bound students remind them to visit the Counseling Department during homeroom for a brief Q&A with their college of interest. See the schedule below: TOMORROW (THURS): Sinclair Community College FRIDAY: Hesston College MONDAY: Columbus State Community College TUESDAY: Wittenberg University WEDNESDAY: Wright State University
Students, families and community are invited to a “Life Rally” tonight at 7 p.m. at Bellefontaine High School. For more information see the full story. https://www.wlstigers.org/article/150971?org=wls
The West Liberty-Salem Big Orange Cross Country teams finished their seasons at the Middle School and Elementary State Cross Country Championships held at Dublin Jerome High School. The girls were first out of 12 teams in the division 3 race. Addison McAuley was the individual champion in a time of 11:42. Her time was the fastest female in all divisions winning her the distinction of "Ohio's Fastest Middle School Girl." Other Big Orange finishers include: Ashley Yoder 4th in 12:21 Lily Smith 8th 12:36 Claire Longshore 24th 13:24 Kerrigan Burgel 33rd 13:50 Anna Cole 43rd 14:08 Izzy Wygal 90th 15:39 Jane Fullenkamp 116th 18:41 Laney Craig 117th 18:45 Nevaeh Lafollette 123rd 20:28 The boys team finished 12th in the division 2 race. Troy Bradley was 35th in 12:18 Joey Laroche was 54th 12:43 Quentin Rudolph was 77th in 13:08 Clay McAuley 117th 14:32 Max Rudolph 126th 15:21
Eighth graders recently visited The Piatt Castles for a tour rich in local history! Check out the full story below! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/149262?org=wls
Thank you Clark County Board of Realtors for supporting the Citizens for a Strong Community Levy Campaign! Check out the full story here! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/149220?org=wls
Elementary students: Make sure you are adding all your physical activity to the yellow Champaign County Physical Activity Challenge sheets you received earlier this month. Your minutes could win $1,500 for our phys ed department! Turn in sheets to the office at the end of the month.
It's Gold Card Friday! Check out today's edition, and get your smiles ready. https://youtu.be/_kgCh-zTSwY
Meet Flash! Flash is a therapy dog owned by Abigail Stapleton. Mrs. Stapleton and Flash will volunteer their time helping with one on one reading and other activities in the elementary class rooms. Today they helped kindergarten students with individual reading time. Look how excited he is to join our team!
Congratulations to our September Middle School Students of the Month!! Students receive their award and a Student of the Month Tigers shirt! Students are nominated and chosen through a voting process by their teachers for good grades, leadership and character. We are proud of you!! Left to Right: 8th Grade: Zander Fahnestock & Anna Byrd– 7th Grade: Talon Castle & Audrey Collins – 6th Grade: Zaylor Eggleston & Ava Astorino
Mary Rutan brought their traveling health and wellness program, Power Up for Fitness, to West Libery-Salem elementary this week! Nurses worked with fourth graders showing them how to keep their lungs, heart and bodies healthy. Students received a bag of free information, frisbee, jump rope and water bottle at the end of the program!
Congratulations to WL-S teachers and staff for receiving the Momentum award for the second year in a row!! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/143036?org=wls
This is a reminder that WLS is on a one hour delay tomorrow, Wed Oct 9. Elementary School will begin at 8:45 a.m. Tomorrow is also Elementary student picture day. Parents can visit mylifetouch.com and use Picture Day ID: EVTHKVB7W to order pictures online.
Check out the full story of astronaut teacher and author, Mike Mongo, and his visit to WL-S Middle School! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/143739?org=wls
Homecoming weekend kicked off with Grand Marshal Ann Vogel leading the parade last evening followed by the Queen and King’s Court, band, sports teams, clubs, student council, and bus drivers to name a few floats! Here are a few photos of the parade! Coach Ann Vogel, Grand Marshal (pictured) Coach of the 2019 State Champion Varsity Girls Track Team – first team state champion in West Liberty-Salem female sports and first track and field state champion team in Champaign County Named 2019 Ohio U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year. Named Oho Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches as Ohio’s Coach of the Year for Girls Cross Country
It's Gold Card Friday! It's Homecoming, and Mr. Hollar is SO excited! Check it out here https://youtu.be/jyig_IJp158
Reminder: Homecoming Parade starts at 6pm with pep rally and bonfire to follow. Congrats to our parade grand marshal - Coach Ann Vogel!
Please help us congratulate our teachers and staff on receiving the Momentum Award from the Ohio State Board of Education! Full details are included in the news section of the website and by clicking the link below. https://www.wlstigers.org/article/143036?org=wls
Check out how our 8th grade biology students are helping teach observation based learning in our land lab! Our first graders had a great time meeting older friends and checking out all our outdoor class room has to offer! More info here: https://www.wlstigers.org/article/142655?org=wls
Check out this short article on student athletes who recently attended the 2019 OHSAA Student Athlete Leadership Conference! https://www.wlstigers.org/article/142500?org=wls
Presenting your 2019 Homecoming Court! Festivities begin Thursday evening where the court will lead the parade through town at 6pm. Congratulations to our Fall Homecoming Court! Bottom row seated (from left to right): Lydia Moell, Savannah Weaver, Grace Adams, Bexley Harrigan, Victoria Wilson Top row standing (from left to right): Chiara Podda, Trenton Douthwaite, Trent Berry, Eli McGill, Matthew Loffing, Trevor Woodruff, Allyson Gaver, Alisa Bolton
7th Grade Chicago Trip Meeting for parents and students is tomorrow, Tues. Oct 1st at 6:00pm in elementary cafeteria.
Reminder - Financial Aid Info Meeting is tomorrow, Oct. 1 Where: High School Cafeteria When: October 1, 5:00pm Who: All college considering high school students and families Financial Aid expert Rene Jewett with Wright State University will be on hand to present information related to various types of financial aid. The FAFSA opens up October 1 and should be completed by all senior students and families considering college next year. Process will be explained at this meeting. Also: Riverside High School is hosting a FAFSA Help Ohio night on October 3rd from 5:30-7:30 in their Computer Lab, room 200. Hands on help is available at this event for families to complete the FAFSA.
Don’t forget spirit week for Homecoming is this week, and tomorrow is Pajama Day! You can find the full line-up of events on our live feed!!
Hello this is Superintendent Hissong with some reminders about the upcoming Homecoming Week at WL-S. First, don't forget to participate and show your Tiger spirit this week by dressing up to each day's theme. The theme is the same for all students k-12. Monday, Sept 30 – Pajama Day Tuesday, Oct 1 – Twin Day Wednesday, Oct 2 – Favorite Sports Team/ Jersey Day Thursday, Oct 3 – Superhero Day Friday, Oct 4 – Black and Orange Day. Also, the Homecoming Parade will be Thursday at 6 PM. Everyone participating in the parade is supposed to be lined up at 5:30 PM at Lions Park. On Friday is the Homecoming Ceremony and Crowning of the Queen which begins at 6:10 PM.