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