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  • Student Council Holds Clothing/Book Drive

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/17/2019 10:00:00 AM

    West Liberty-Salem Student Council is hosting a clothing and book drive for the Caring Kitchen.  The charity even began Monday, January 14th and will continue until 2/7/19.  Please consider donating gently used clothing and books to help their cause.  As an incentive, each class is holding it’s own competition to see who can produce the largest donation.  The class who wins will be announced at the upcoming pep rally, and will be awarded a class meal.  Each grade is assigned a drop off location as follows.

    Freshman- Mrs. Roberts

    Sophomore-Mrs. Haney

    Junior-Mrs. Arnold

    Senior-Mr. Lynxwiler


    Let’s help make this student led charity event a success!


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  • Glow germs teach proper hand-washing

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/15/2019 8:00:00 AM

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    Mrs. Spring and Mrs. Patton’s first grade class experimented with “Glow Germs”, lotion based simulated germs, and proper hand washing this morning.  School Nurse, Mrs. Douthwaite, used the faux germ gel to show students that even after washing our hands, some germs linger behind.  Each student used the Glow Germ lotion and then washed and dried their hands. A black light was used to show how much residue from the glow in the dark gel was still on their hands.  Each student had some glow bugs left!  Students were surprised to learn that how long, how thorough, and how well we rinse all effect how many germs can be left behind. 

    Mrs. Douthwaite reminded students about proper ways to sneeze and cough to minimize the spread of germs.  Students learned that when we use our hands, instead of sneezing into our elbows, we spread germs through everything we touch.  She also emphasized that touching our noses and mouths allow germs to enter our bodies. 

    Mrs. Douthwaite will continue her hand-washing education throughout the week in many different classes.  This is a great way to combines science and fun while teaching younger students about the spread of germs.  Thanks to Mrs. Douthwaite for this hands on experiment with our students!


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  • Aiden Taylor wins Geography Bee

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/10/2019 2:00:00 PM

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    Aiden Taylor, 6th grader, is the Middle School Geography Bee Champion after several rounds of difficult questions Wednesday afternoon. Students participated in classroom geography bees earlier this year.  Two students from each grade were then selected to compete in the school wide Geography Bee.  Questions, while grade appropriate, were not easy, and after several rounds and tie breakers Aiden was chosen to progress to the next level.  He will take an online test, geographical in nature, to determine his eligibility for the State Geography Bee in March.  Great job to all participants and congratulations, Aiden!


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  • Drop Off Lane Update

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/10/2019 2:00:00 PM


    As we transition to the second semester of the year, we wish to take this opportunity to address drop off lane procedures and concerns.  We have become increasingly aware of what works, and what doesn’t, and we’d like to add a few more tips to create a better flow of traffic. 

    The fire lane, as well as the curb lane north of the fire lane, is widely underutilized during morning drop off.  This area, when the driver is NOT exiting the vehicle, is available for drop use.  This will allow more students to exit their vehicles at one time and create less congestion in the left lane.  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 North of the fire lane) to merge back into the left lane closer to the stop sign.  Oftentimes, parents are dropping their students off as far back as the playground and then merging back into the left lane.  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.  Utilizing spots north of the fire lane will help eliminate delays and traffic jams so close to the entrances from Route 68.  We ask that you still be mindful of the cross walk and those using it, however utilizing this extra space will allow for a better flow of traffic and lighten the left lane traffic jam issue we are currently experiencing. 

    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 during morning drop off (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.  If you have questions or concerns please e-mail awygal@wlstigers.org.


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  • Walk at School a Success!

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/9/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Students, their families and siblings, grandparents, teachers and other staff gathered today for what was the year’s fifth ‘Walk at School’ morning. Over 70 walkers  jump started their morning with a 30 minute walk through the halls of the school. Walks are scheduled with weather in mind, but in the earlier and later months of the year, walking on the track is a nice treat!  Physical Education teacher, Kim Hollar, began this program roughly 5 years ago, and the program continues to grow with each new school year. All are invited and encouraged to attend.  See information below or contact Mrs. Hollar for more details at Khollar@wlstigers.org


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  • Sadie Paul wins Elementary Spelling Bee

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/9/2019 8:00:00 AM


    Fourth and fifth grade students were really buzzing this morning as they watched 16 of their peers take the stage in the school Spelling Bee. Eight Students were chosen from each grade level in December after participating in a classroom spelling bee. Sadie Paul (5th grade) won first place and Abbie Thoman (5th grade) was runner up. Sadie will now take an online spelling and vocabulary test in hopes of being chosen to represent WL-S at Ohio University in March. Congrats to Sadie, Abbie, and all others who participated!


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  • Science Olympiad Takes on Northmont Invitational

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/7/2019 2:00:00 PM


    On Saturday, January 5th, West Liberty-Salem Science Olympiads loaded the bus at 6:00 a.m. to compete in their first Invitational tournament of the season at Northmont High School.  This was the first of 5 invitationals and what Coach Cameron Spencer, 7th grade science teacher, hopes will lead to other opportunities at the regional and state level.  They started the season strong placing 12th out of 27 top teams from the state.  The Tigers took home a total of nine individual awards as well.  Those receiving awards were Kiera Gilroy, Avery Davis, Leena Kauffman, Gabbi Hudson, Lily Smith, Carter Titus, Hanna Schwaderer, Emily Ashura, and Joy Hudson.  They will take on the Centerville Invitational this Saturday.

    Science Olympiad is a multi-national program with over 350,000 students participating every year.  Teams are made up of 15 students, grades 6-9, and compete against other schools in their division.  This extra curricular activity meets after school, working hard to complete projects that may include anything from lab experiments to construction of hover crafts.  Check back for updates on what is sure to be a successful season. 


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  • WL-S Welcomes Back '17-'18 Alumni

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/7/2019 7:00:00 AM


    West Liberty-Salem was pleased to welcome back graduates of the 2017 and 2018 classes for lunch prior to the holiday break.  With the help of grant funding from MHDAS, hard work from the KEY Club, and the High School Counseling department, Alumni were treated to a special, catered Chipotle lunch and new WL-S swag. The district works hard to provide wellness services to our students on campus daily but ensuring our past students still feel the support and community is a vital part of overall student success. Their visit wasn’t all play, however. Students designed a small survey of questions pertaining to life after graduation and advice they would offer to our upcoming graduating class. Molly Smith, High School Counselor, said 40 students attended the lunch and several teachers and staff stopped by to visit.  “It is our hope to continue to offer such an opportunity to our future graduates,” Smith said, citing that students really enjoyed the chance to come back and reconnect. 

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