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.