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Brantner Updates

For the week of December 17, 2018 

Brantner Updates

For the week of December 10, 2018

Brantner Updates

For the week of December 3, 2018

Brantner Updates

For the week of November 12, 2018

Brantner Updates

For the week of November 26, 2018

Brantner Updates

For the week of November 19, 2018

West Clermont High School Thanksgiving Dinner

West Clermont High School will be hosting the 4th Annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 21st, from 5:00pm - 7:30pm in the cafeteria for families in need throughout the West Clermont School District. If you or someone you know would benefit from attending, please call 513-943-6868 and leave a message.

Last year, we helped nearly 100 families totaling over 200 people. We have plenty of open spots so please call TODAY and make a reservation!

Brantner Updates

Week of November 5, 2018

Brantner Updates

Week of November 12, 2018

Revised 2018-2019 District Calendar

The West Clermont Board of Education has approved a revised calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.  The start of the 2019-2020 school year has been moved back to Wednesday August 28th, 2018.  This will allow more time for the staff at Summerside and Willowville to transition into their new buildings and the staff from Clough Pike to transition to their temporary location at the former Brantner Elementary.

Calendar Public Hearing

The West Clermont Board of Education will hold a public hearing about the revised calendar for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday November 5th from 6:30pm - 7:00pm at the Union Township Civic Center (4350 Aicholtz Road).  

Brantner Updates

Week of October 29, 2018

Brantner Updates

The week of October 22, 2018

Conferences and Report Cards

Information about report cards and conferences on November 5 and November 14th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Letter From West Clermont School District Superintendent Natasha Adams

Dear West Clermont Families:

As your new Superintendent over my first few months,  I have been spending my time listening and learning about the district. I have been truly impressed by the great things I have seen and the people I have met.  I now want to pause to reflect upon the important work we have ahead. As parents and partners in our school community, this work involves all of you and to varying degrees.

Brantner Updates

Week of October 15, 2018

Brantner Updates

Week of October 8, 2018

West Clermont Words

West Clermont Words is a blog by West Clermont School District Superintendent Natasha Adams.  On this blog, Superintendent Adams will discuss a variety of timely issues and provide information that will be helpful to West Clermont students, staff, parents, business partners and community members. It's entitled West Clermont Words because words can help us tell our story, make us more connected, and help us see hope and possibility for our future.  

West Clermont Gifted Learning Center

For the month of October we are featuring the West Clermont Experience and highlighting people and programs that make an education in the West Clermont School District unique. In this issue, see the video below on how we are building a foundation and challenging our elementary students to be critical thinkers and work collaboratively at the West Clermont Gifted Learning Center.

Brantner Updates

Week of October 1, 2018. 

Brantner Updates

The week of September 24, 2018

Brantner Updates

Week of September 17, 2018

Brantner Updates

Week of September 10, 2018

Brantner Updates

Week of September 3, 2018

Brantner Updates

Week of August 27, 2018

Kelly Sininger Named New Treasurer/CFO

The West Clermont Board of Education is proud to announce the hiring of Kelly Sininger as the new Treasurer/CFO. Mrs. Sininger will replace Alana Cropper who is retiring after 25 years of being a school Treasurer/CFO which includes 14 years of service to the West Clermont School District. Mrs. Sininger will oversee the financial operations of the district which includes: developing the annual district budget, developing the district’s Five-Year Forecast, and all state and federal reporting.

West Clermont Education Foundation Race to the Future 5K Run/Walk

The inaugural West Clermont Education Foundation Race to the Future 5K will be a cross-country type run/walk that will take place entirely on the West Clermont High School campus. The race will be held on Saturday, September 29, and it will begin with a mass start at 8:00 AM. Participants will follow a course that loops throughout the fields and parking lots of the high school property, and all runners/walkers will finish inside the football stadium.  To register for the West Clermont Education Foundation Race to the Future 5K visit https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Cincinnati/WestClermontEducationFoundation5K. 

WC Connects Parent Education Series

Our next #WCconnects Parent/Education session called, “Tech Safety” will be held on Thursday January 17th in Community Room A at West Clermont High School. There will be two sessions:  4:30pm-5:30pm and 6:00pm - 7:00pm.  The session will feature a presentation from Stephen Smith of Cincinnati Bell.  The session is free and open to the public.

District Convocation

Due to District wide Convocation all West Clermont school buildings will be CLOSED Tuesday August 14th from 8:00am - 9:30am so all staff members can attend. All buildings will re-open as normal at 9:30am.

Brantner Updates

Important updates for the 2018-2019 school year!  

Reminder: Open House is Monday, August 13th from 4:00-7:30PM (Kindergarten and Pre-K classes will close at 6PM)

More inside!

Back to School FAQ

We can't wait to begin the school year on Wednesday August 15th!  We know you have a lot of questions as we get ready to go.  We have created a one stop shop to help answer your questions.  Check out our Back to School FAQ page to get your questions answered.  If you do not see your question listed feel free to contact us at info@westcler.org and we can direct you to the appropriate school or department.

Back To School/Open House

We are getting close to starting up the 2018-2019 school year.  In an effort to make all of the back to school information easy to find we have created a one stop shop with all of the Back to School/Open House information for all of our schools.  Click on the link to find out the Back to School/Open House information for your child.  If you have any questions you should contact the individual schools directly.

Brantner Elementary 2018-2019 School Supply LIst

Please click here if you would like a list to print.

Buildings Closed for Summer Break

As a reminder most of our buildings will be closed for the summer as of July 1st.  There will be limited hours at both West Clermont Middle School and West Clermont High School.  All buildings will re-open on August 1st.  If you need to contact someone at one of our schools during the month of July please use the contact information listed below.  If may take a few days to get a response.  If you have questions or concerns that require immediate attention you can email us at info@westcler.org.  Have a great rest of the summer!

Central Enrollment Summer Break

The West Clermont Local Schools Central Enrollment Department will be closed for Summer Break July 2nd - July 6th.  They will re-open on Monday July 9th at 8:00am.  

2018 ReadyFest West

The Kiwanis Club of Union Township presents ReadyFest West!  ReadyFest West will be on Thursday August 2nd from 3:00pm - 7:00pm at West Clermont High School.  Students who are on enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program and will be in Grades K-5 can attend and get school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year for free!  Check out the flyer for more program information.

Superintendent Finalists Meet and Greet

There will be a meet and greet session for 3 finalists for the position of Superintendent of the West Clermont Local Schools.  The session will be held from 6:00pm - 8:00pm TONIGHT in the cafeteria of West Clermont High School.  This is a chance for the entire community to come out and meet the candidates.  The 3 finalists are:

Gary Chapman - Superintendent, Jonathan Alder Local Schools

Craig Hockenberry - Superintendent, Three Rivers Local Schools

Natasha Adams - Executive Director of Curriculum/Instruction/Support, Forest Hills Local Schools

SnapCode Verification

Attention parents of current West Clermont students!  The portal to verify your SnapCode information for the 2018-2019 school year will open on May 23rd.  You will receive an email with the SnapCode for each child you have enrolled in the West Clermont Schools.  To verify your enrollment information using your child's SnapCode please vist our Central Enrollment Department page at http://www.westcler.k12.oh.us/Content/CentralEnrollment.  Once the portal is open please complete the process as soon as possible.  If you have any questions please contact Lesa Loudin at loudin_l@westcler.org.  

Hiding In Plain Sight

Parents and guardians, this is your opportunity to learn about warning signs that may be “hiding in plain sight” in your child’s room. We will have the “Hidden in Plain Sight” exhibit at West Clermont High School on Thursday April 26th from 6pm - 9pm.  This will be an open house format. Parents of all school aged children are welcome to come in at any time from 6pm-9pm.  The presentation includes, guest speakers and resource information to help prepare you for the difficult conversations with youth about alcohol and other drugs. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Superintendent Search Community Engagment

The West Clermont Board of Education and its superintendent search firm, CF Educational Solutions, has launched an online survey developed by CF Educational Solutions to enable district stakeholders to identify the top qualities they most desire in the next superintendent. Based on the feedback, the Board will establish the ideal candidate characteristics.  The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WestClermont.  The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 11, 2018.

Pre School Applications Are Now Closed

We are no longer taking applications for pre-school for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you have already submitted an application you should receive word concerning your application by April 23rd.  If you have any questions please call our Student Services Division at 513-943-5042.

Building to Building Transfers

Applications for building to building transfers are now being accepted!  This is for current West Clermont students only.  Applications for building to building transfers will be accepted until May 1st.  Please visit our Central Enrollment page and click on 2018-2019 Building to Building Transfer to begin your application.

Mother Son Bowling

           

             Mother Son Bowling
             Cherry Grove Lanes
                 March 3, 2018
              11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


 

2018-2019 Kindergarten Registration

Registration for Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year will open on February 26th!  Students must be 5 years old before September 30th, 2018 to qualify.  Registration appointments will be held at District Office (4350 Aicholtz Road Cincinnati, OH 45245).  Please review our registration flyer for instructions on how to set up an appoinment and to get more information.  You can also call Lesa Loudin in Central Enrollment at 513-943-5042.

Father Daughter Dance

 

 

                                                 Love you to the Moon and back
                                     Father Daughter Dance
                                        February 23, 2018

 

Wolves Wellness Student Based Health Center

HealthSource of Ohio is proud to partner with the West Clermont School District to provide primary care services at its newly constructed School-based Health Center opening February 5.  A School Based Health Center (SBHC) is a health care delivery model that acknowledges and supports this strong link between health and academics.

Calamity Day Schedules

To keep you as informed as possible please check out our calamity day schedule information.  The page contains the schedule for the day in the event of a 2 hour early release, 2 hour delay, and 1 hour delay.  If you have any questions, please contact us at info@westcler.org.

TWO HOUR EARLY RELEASE

Due to the predicted weather all West Clermont Schools will operate on a TWO HOUR EARLY RELEASE schedule on Friday January 12th with no AM or PM preschool.  

Approval of Senate Bill 216

WEST CLERMONT BOARD APPROVES LOCAL CONTROL LEGISLATION

West Clermont Needs Your Help!

The West Clermont Board of Education has unanimously approved a resolution supporting swift action to approve Senate Bill 216 – Deregulation of Public Schools.  This bill is the first step in returning LOCAL CONTROL of our schools back to our community and away from bureaucrats in Columbus.

West Clermont High School Craft Show

Make your holiday plans now.  Visit the 1st Annual West Clermont High School Craft Show on Saturday November 25th.  The show will be open from 9:00am - 3:00pm.

District Online Auctions

The West Clermont Local School District is holding online acutions to auction off surplus items.  You can view the link to the auction below.  Lot 144 closes on Sunday November 26th at 7:30pm.  At this time NO PAST ATHLETIC TROPHIES are included in any of the auctions.

Lot 144

District Calendar Input

The West Clermont School District has begun the development of district calendars for 2018-19 and 2019-2020 and is seeking input from parents and staff before a final recommendation is made to the Board of Education in late November.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Brantner Elementary is using PTCFast.com to make signups as convenient as possible this year. Please enter the following web address into your browser window:

https://ptcfast.com/schools/Brantner_Elementary_School

If you do not have internet access, please contact us via phone at 513-943-6400.

Stuff The Bus Challenge

It is time once again for the Stuff The Bus Challenge.  You can donate non-perishable food and personal care items all throughout the week at your child's school. The items will be picked up on Friday October 20th. We will also be accepting donations at the West Clermont vs. Turpin football game on Friday night. All items will be donated to Interparrish Ministries and will stay right here in Clermont County! 

Bus Drivers Needed

Our transportation partner Petermann Transportation is now hiring bus drivers!  If interested, please visit www.petermannbus.com to apply and use Job Number 116133. If hired, Petermann will provide free CDL license training.  Apply today!

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

                             

                                                

The Cookie Dough Fundraiser starts today!

Money and orders are due 10-13-2017

Pick-up is 11-16-2017.

New Attendance Laws for 2017-2018 School Year

The State of Ohio has made significant changes to school attendance laws for the 2017-2018 school year. It is important for all parents and students know and understand the new rules that are now in effect, not just for our West Clermont students but for ALL students across the State of Ohio.  Please see the attached link for further details.  http://www.westcler.k12.oh.us/docs/district/DistrictDocs/Attendance%20Flyer-1.pdf

2017-2018 District Quality Profile

The 2017-2018 West Clermont Local Schools Quality Profile is now available!  Learn more about how we are improving academic performance across the district, removing barriers for our students to learn, and creating a courageous culture for our students and staff to thrive in.  You can view the 17-18 Quality Profile at http://www.westcler.k12.oh.us/docs/district/DistrictDocs/QualityProfile.pdf

Labor Day Holiday

All West Clermont Local Schools will be closed on Monday September 4th in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  School will resume Tuesday September 5th.

2017 Readyfest West

The Kiwanis Club of Union Township will be hosting their Back to School Readyfest on Wednesday August 9th from 3:00pm - 7:00pm in the East Cafeteria at Glen Este High School.  Students who qualify in grades K-5 for free/reduced lunch can attend and receive free school supplies to start the year.  Please bring a proof of residency (utility bill or rental agreement) and your medical card to the event.  If your child is newly enrolled into the West Clermont Local Schools you will need to provide proof of enrollment.

West Clermont Mercy HealthPlex Family Fun Night!

Interested in joining the West Clermont Mercy HealthPlex? Stop out this Thursday at Veterans Park from 5:00pm - 8:00pm for Family Fun Night to meet the staff and to learn more about what the HealthPlex will have to offer.

2017-2018 School Supply Lists

We are getting close to the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.  To make things easier on parents we wanted to create a one stop shop for all of the school supply lists.  The high school is not included in this list.  Students will get more information on what they need for specific classes on the first day of school.  We look forward to seeing everyone on August 30th!

SnapCode Verification

Parents have you verified your child's information yet in InfoSnap using their SnapCode? This has to be completed before you child can receive their schedule (high school/middle school) or their class assignment (elementary school). If you have any questions, please contact Lesa Loudin in our Central Enrollment Department at loudin_l@westcler.org.

Career Day at Brantner

Brantner Elementary School hosts it's first career day.
Students were able to learn about many different career 
options, from hair dressing to engineering. 

Field Day

Brantner students participated in an all day Field Day event. 
Thanks to our staff and volunteers for making the day a success!

 

2017-2018 School Year Start Times

With opening of West Clermont High School and West Clermont Middle School we knew there would be an increased demand on traffic in the area of the two schools and on bus transportation.  To help with the increased traffic in the area, Clough Pike will be widened between McMann Road, and Bach-Buxton Road.  The construction is currently underway and is scheduled to be completed by June 30th.  Additionally, West Clermont Middle School will begin the day at 7:00am and West Clermont High School will begin the day at 7:45am to allow the middle school traffic to filter out before the high school traffic arrives. 

To overcome transportation issues such as geography, the length of the routes, and the ability of a bus to complete the middle school route and then get to their elementary route the district has to absorb 8 buses to make sure they can make the run to West Clermont Middle School and then turn around and make their elementary routes.  To accommodate this, Brantner Elementary will be moved to being a late starting school beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.  The school day at Brantner will now run from 9:20am – 3:55pm. 

Brantner will join Holly Hill, Merwin,  Summerside, Willowville, and Withamsville Tobasco as late starting schools.  Both Amelia Elementary and Clough Pike Elementary will still begin the day at 8:20am.

 

 

Calling All Incoming 6th Graders!

Calling all incoming 6th Graders!  There will be a meeting on Thursday May 11th at 6:30pm in the Performing Arts Center at Glen Este High School to discuss all of the exciting changes coming for the 2017-2018 school year.  Get your questions answered and get ready to #JoinThePack!

WC Colorfun Run!

3rd Annual WC Colorfun RUN:

Colorfun Run is on April 22nd at 10am on the current Amelia campus.  Participants will run through 5 different color stations and be given a free white “Colorfun Run” t-shirt to wear. See the attached flyer for information on this exciting event!

5th Grade Students ONLY Beginning Band Information at WCMS Band

Please take a moment to review the material enclosed and offer your child the opportunity
to participate in something new and exciting – BAND! Participation in sixth grade band
is a prerequisite to participation in 7th and 8th grade band (beginning band instruction is
not offered in 7th and 8th grade). By encouraging your child to sign up for band, you are
providing your child with a learning experience he/she will have for the rest of their life.

Click HERE for more information!!

Spring Choir Concert

The fourth and fifth grade students performed a beautiful concert.
Thank you Mr. Crandall for the wonderful music!

 

End of an AGE Farewell 5K Run/Walk

Help us say farewell to both Amelia High School and Glen Este High School on Saturday May 20th! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the End of an AGE Farewell 5K Run/Walk! The race will take place Saturday May 20th at 9:00am at the Batavia Township Community Center. Everyone who registers by May 10th at 4:00pm will be guaranteed a special commemorative event t-shirt and finishers medal. This event is open to the first 2,000 people that sign up. Don't miss out on this historic event. Get registered today! https://www.raceentry.com/race-rev…/end-of-an-age-5k-runwalk.

End of an AGE logo

4th and 5th Grade Music Program

4th and 5th Grade Music Program

Tuesday, April 4 , 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. @ Brantner Elementary

Music Program::

The 4th and 5th grade students, in addition to Choir Club, will be presenting a concert of vocal music on the evening of Tuesday, April 4. Attendance is not required, but I hope that most of the students are able to join us in sharing some of the songs we have learned this school year. Students will rehearse from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. in the gymnasium/cafeteria; the gym will open at 6:45 for audience members to find seats.

Details:

Program Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Program Time: 7:00 p.m.

Program Location: Brantner Elementary School gymnasium/cafeteria

Attire: Students should wear a nice outfit that is school appropriate.

Arrival Time for Students: 6:00 p.m. (meet in the gym)

Rehearsal: 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

House opens at 6:45 p.m. for audience seating.

 

Father Daughter Dance 2017 2017 Father Daughter Dance

                                     2017 Father-Daughter Dance
                             Thank you PTO for the wonderful night!

2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open!  This is for any child who will be 5 years old on or before 9/30/2017.  You can register your child at District Office or at the school they will attend on their registration night.  See the attached schedule for list of dates and times.  Contact our Central Enrollment Department with any questions.

[Kindergarten Registration Information]

Zoo Visit

          Cincinnati Zoo pays a visit to Brantner Elementary School!
Students were able to learn about different birds and see them in action!

Brantner Fundraiser

 

                           Order your very own Brantner Tumbler today!

NO SCHOOL on Monday January 16th

Reminder that in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day all West Clermont Local Schools will be CLOSED on Monday January 16th.  School will resume on Tuesday January 17th.

WCLSD Accepting Applications for Board Vacancy

The West Clermont Board of Education has announced that it will consider applications from district residents to fill the vacant seat on the five member board.  This seat is being vacated by Mr. Steve Waldmann, who has served on the board since January of 2013, for personal reasons.  Mr. Waldmann’s resignation is effective the end of the day on Monday, March 13, 2017.

Kindergarten Celebrates our Lunch Ladies

"Thank You Bunches for Our Lunches"

Gold Medalists Visit Brantner 2nd Graders
Winter Break - School Resumes January 2nd

All West Clermont Local Schools are CLOSED for Winter Break.  School will resume on Monday January 2nd, 2017.  Happy Holidays from the staff and students of the West Clermont Local Schools.

ALiCE Drill Today 12-08-2017

Important Announcement for 12/08/2016

 

Good afternoon Brantner Families!  Please read through the following announcement:

Weekly Announcement 12-05-2016

Weekly Announcements for 12/05/2016 – 12/09/2016

Weather Notification Test Call

We will be conducting a test call of our weather notification system on Wednesday evening.  This system will be used to send out school closing and delay information in the event of inclement weather.  Please be on the lookout for the call and further information on how you can change your contact information.

Turkey Trot
Weekly Announcements
October Student of the Month
Weekend Announcements
Camp Kern Huge Success

         Fifth grade had an amazing experience at Camp Kern!                                                                       

Weekend Announcements

 

 

 

 

West Clermont Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Together, we make a family.​ On Wednesday, November 22nd from 5:00-7:30 pm, WCHS will be hosting the 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Feast for families in need throughout the West Clermont School District.  Please consider helping make this a warm and welcome holiday for all community members by making a donation to the dinner. 

Weekend Announcements

 

 

Wolves Holiday Spirit Shop Closing Soon!

Time is running out to place your order for the holidays from the Wolves Spirit Wear Shop!  The shop features the newest Wolves gear from Nike plus some NEW camo gear.  All orders need to be received by November 23rd in order to arrive before the holidays.  Click on the Wolves logo to begin placing your order.  Click on the READ MORE link below to begin placing your order.

September Student of the Month

     

            Congratulations to the September Student of the Month

Ethan Iker, Charlie Sevier, Nora Jean Jenkins, Dwayne Jordan, Jazzmine Rose, Gabbby Higgins, Lilly Trainor, Lilly Wilson, Ella Maley, Saphira Knipper, Scarlett Gray, Ava Richards, Emma Hartman, Patel Prince, Joselyn Gonzalez, Lizzie Elder, Jaina Crothers, Kiera Duffy

             

 

Parent Teacher conference Sign Up

Parent-Teacher Conferences

 Monday, November 7 and Thursday, November 17, 2016

  4:30-8:00 PM

Please take time to schedule your child/children’s conference with their homeroom teacher (grades K-2), or their grade level team of teachers (grades 3-5).

Brantner Elementary is using PTCFast.com to make signups as convenient as possible Please enter the following web address into your browser window:

http://ptcfast.com/schools/Brantner_Elementary_School

If you do not have internet access, please contact us via phone at 513-943-6400 

Fall Festival

         Fall Festival is Tonight!

Image result for pumpkinCome dressed in your favorite Halloweed Costume

                                                                                     Costume Contest is at 8:00

                                                                                 Treak or Treat and games start at 6:30

5th Grade Camp Kern

 

                                                             Camp Kern
                                                     Parent Information Night
                                                               6:00
                                                 Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Look Up Your Bus Route Online!

You can now look up your child's bus route online!  This is for students in grades K-8 only.  Visit https://elink.nationalexpresscorp.com/ElinkWestClermontCincinnattiOH to find your child's bus route information. You will need your child's student ID number (ex: 000000) and their date of birth (ex: 01012016 no slashes).  If you need your child's student ID number please contact your child's school. 

WEST CLERMONT HANDS OUT 562 DIPLOMAS

Congratulations to West Clermont's 562 graduates who received their AHS and GEHS diplomas Friday, May 27 at the Cintas Center.  Best of luck Seniors!

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER

Thank you students, staff and parents for another fantastic school year!  Great things are happening in West Clermont.  We look forward to seeing our students again on Wednesday, August 17th!

Happy Retirement!

Congratulations to the 2016 WCSD retirees. Thanks for your service, commitment and dedication to the youth of the WCSD.

Wolves Branch of Classic Federal Credit Union, now open

Amelia High School juniors from the Business Management Program have successfully opened the first student-run credit union in West Clermont, called the Wolves Branch of Classic Federal Credit Union! 

Happy summer!

                                                   

WC STEM students "Breakout!"

Breakout is a challenge where students have to work together to solve a mystery. This particular breakout required the students to open a wooden box that had several locks on it. 

Music Event Cancelled

                              

         Outdoor Music Event Canceled

Parents, we take the safety of our students and families very seriously.  Given the latest weather update, it is necessary to cancel the outdoor music event that we had scheduled for this evening.  I am in contact with our music teacher and we are looking at possibly rescheduling the event.  We will let you know if and when the event will occur, but for this evening it has been canceled.  Please stay safe and out of the severe weather that is headed our way.

Congratulations and thank you, Volunteer of the Year

The 2016 West Clermont School District Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Missy Bastin at last night’s Board of Education meeting.

GEHS Dance Company, "An Evening of Dance," success

The GEHS Dance company presented the 2016 "Evening of Dance," this past weekend. The show was a "hit". BRAVO! Click here to see pictures. 

Weekly construction update and look ahead

West Clermont High School, Weekly Summary and Look Ahead, 05/02/2016

West Clermont STEM to host contest

On Thursday, May 12, the West Clermont STEM Center will host the Invertebrate Games.

GEHS Dance Company presents, “An Evening of Dance.”

GEHS Dance Company presents, “An Evening of Dance.”

SAVE THE DATE - May 5 - 7, GEHS PAC, 7 PM. 

Child Focus Offers Summer Camp for Kids

SUMMER CAMP at Amelia & WT Elementary Schools for Grades K-2 & 3-5, May 31-August 5. 
Weekly Field Trips or Special Visitors! Weekly swimming at the ME Lyons YMCA!
Small Group Math & Reading Enrichment with a certified teacher twice a week!
Weekly awards, crafts and prizes!

Call 528-7224 or register online at http://bit.ly/1RfGiIP
Click on view more for information.

WCHS update and look ahead
2016 WCSD Art Show

Another WCSD Art Show is in the books. As always, students exceeded expectations. In case you missed it, you may see some of the art by clicking here

WCSD STEM 3D Invention Showcase

WCSD STEM 4th & 5th and fifth graders showed off their incredible displays at the GEHS Cafe east, recently. STEM Center students come from schools across the district. Teachers are: Heather Frost-Hauck & Matt Spangler. Pictures are here. 

Open enrollment for students living outside of the WCSD NOW

Families living outside of the West Clermont School District, but wishing to benefit from the many outstanding WCSD programs and opportunities may apply for open enrollment.

ATTN PARENTS: Parents must register students to InfoSnap

Are you sick of completing school forms every year? We can help!

West Clermont has added a secure administrative tool called InfoSnap, to the student data process. This process replaces the paper forms that are sent home at the beginning of each school year. If you have students enrolled in grades K - 11, please take a moment to read this important information. 

School to school transfer for students living within the WCSD area

Parents may apply to have their students attend school outside of their assigned attendance area.

ODE needs your help in updating educational standards

The Ohio Department of Education is asking for your input on Ohio’s Learning Standards Ohio is updating the standards that affect your child’s education. 

Spring Break

                         

Spring Break

          

                                      March 25,2016 -April 1,2016           

Conversations regarding Phase II of the District’s Facilities Plan

Click here to view the District Facilities Plan. 

Community Conversations with District Superintendent Dr. Keith Kline are continuing. The primary topic is Phase II of the District’s Facilities Plan which involves the replacement and renovation of several elementary buildings.

Two more Community Conversations are scheduled for Monday, April 4 at Brantner Elementary (609 Brantner Avenue) and Wednesday, April 6 at Summerside Elementary (4639 Vermona Drive).  All sessions will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Community, parents and staff are invited to attend.

 

Seeking community input on the District Facilities Plan

Dr. Kline presented an update on the District Facilities Plan including Phase II which includes Elementary Schools.  Click here to view the slide presentation.

Please send your comments to: alberico_d@westcler.org.

Facilities update: WCHS, WCMS, Part 2

This coming Monday, March 14, West Clermont Superintendent Dr. Kline will present a district-wide facilities update.  Information will include status reports on the West Clermont High School and Middle School projects as well as new  information on Phase II of the project which includes elementary school reconfiguration, replacement and renovations.  The meeting will be held at the Glen Este High School Performing Arts Center starting at 7:00 p.m.  Parents and community members are invited to attend.

Annual spring art show

Save the date for the "Creativity in Bloom," annual spring art show: April 16th and 17th, 2016, 12 - 5pm, Glen Este HS East Cafeteria.

All-day kindergarten set for next school year

State Reimbursement makes all-day kindergarten in West Clermont possible.

ODE seeking public input
A message from the Ohio Department of Education:19 minutes ago

Learn more about the process for updating Ohio’s Learning Standards. Click here for more information. Click here to submit input. CVlClick hereClick

Considering Weather Related Closings / Delays

Current weather conditions, weather forecasts, road conditions, wind chill and actual temperatures are essential information for determining a school weather emergency. The information comes from a number of sources.

Long weekend coming soon

   

WCHS progress update

West Clermont High School progress update. Pictures are below. 
Picture 1 - Looking into the Virtual Academy, Room D121
Picture 2 - In the Auditorium looking at the stage, Room D144
Picture 3 - In the corridor looking into the Piano Lab, Room D103
Picture 4 - Looking into the Instrumental Room, Room D109
Picture 5 - Storm water drains in the Courtyard
Picture 6 - The same view as picture 3, with poured footings

A Message from Superintendent Kline

Over the course of the next few weeks, the State will release report cards for school districts across Ohio.  For the most part, these “grades” are for assessments that were taken over the course of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.

4th Grade Parent Night

                       4th Grade Parent Night
                          February 2, 2016
                                  5:30 pm
                  Brantner Elementary Cafeteria
                           Babysitting provided

HeadStart

                           

Progress at the new WCHS

The new West Clermont High School is going up...
Footers are going in and the prep for the new theater has begun. New building features are listed below. 

Kindergarten Registration

Calling the Class of 2029  
Future Wolves, join the pack!

If you live within the boundaries of West Clermont Local Schools and your child will turn five years old on or before September 30, 2016, he or she is eligible to begin kindergarten in the 2016-2017 school year. Kindergarten Registration begins Feb. 29.

Parent / Teacher Conferences - schedule now

The Ohio Department of Education offers tips to make the most of your parent / teacher conference. ODE Tips. Please use the following links to schedule a meeting on February 11th or 17th. 

Born Learning Academy

Do you have an infant, toddler or preschooler? Join us to learn about what it means to be ready for Kindergarten! Learn about proven strategies to maximize your child’s learning and development. 

Update: Making the new West Clermont High School

Click here to view the new aerial photos, Jan. 2016. The black areas indicate the base coat of paving for the parking lots. This area will be used to stage the contractors and material for the construction.

The WestCler Learning Conference benefits students

West Clermont students had the day off on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 to make room for The WestCler Learning Conference.  

Martin Luther King Day
Conference Sign Up
Speak up for school safety

Every West Clermont school participates in a safety resource that alerts local law enforcement to a possible school safety crisis. Call or text 1-844-SAFEROH.

Speak up about school safety

West Clermont participates in a safety resource that could prevent and alert local law enforcement to a school safety crisis.

5th grade choir club

                 

Click here to view the concert. 

Happy Holidays
Brantner Elementary Sings

                   

Last Crosstown Showdown

Glen Este High School and Amelia High School will play their final regular season basketball game against each other on Saturday December 19 at the Shoemaker Center on the campus at the University of Cincinnati.

Employee Recognition

Congratulations to Amelia Middle School's Tamara Nicoloff, Glen Este High School's Leslie Spangler, and Summerside Elementary's Peggy Simmons, who were recognized at tonight's Board of Education meeting. 

Strategies for talking with kids about the news

Talking about the news with kids happens in everyday moments. Children ask questions in the car on the way to school, in between pushes on the swings, and just when you're trying to rush out the door.   http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/talking.html

West Clermont bills the Ohio Department of Education over $8 million

The board approved a resolution granting the treasurer Alana Cropper, to bill the ODE for $8,607,259 in local funds from 2001-2015 for the state’s charter school system. 

Thanksgiving dinner at AHS for WCSD families in need

Amelia High School is proud to support Makenzie Mills and her project providing Thanksgiving dinner to any West Clermont family who is in need.  Please take a moment to click on view all and read a message from Makenzie.

Veteran's Day
Dr. Fultz Message
Good afternoon Brantner Families,
 
This notice is for Monday November 9, 2015. Please listen to the following 4 announcements:
 
2016-17 and 2017-18 District Calendars approved

The Board of Education approved the District Calendars for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 School Years. 

Fall Festival

                            

A message about emergency and crisis management

West Clermont Parents:

An Ohio school district, located to the northwest of West Clermont, experienced a tragic incident, recently. With that in mind, click here to learn more about the steps we take to make sure students and staff remain safe.

Parent Teacher Conferences for Elementary Schools

Schedule now for Nov.2 and Nov. 12. Links to appointment calendars and parent-teacher conference guides are below.

 

Stuff the Bus Campaign Complete

Thanks to all our school families for participating. Thanks to the Little Miami Fire Department and Aspire students for helping to unload the buses. Click here to see pictures. 

Public Education Must be a Priority

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!  Public schools have been under fire for a long time now. To provide support for a solution, staff, parents, students and community members demonstrated a united front at a meeting last week, to discuss making public education a priority.

No School on Friday

Professional Development Day for staff. No School for students, Friday, Oct. 16. 

Scientist visits 4th Grade

Mr. John Bantjes from Sun Chemical demonstrated a lesson on polymers and molecules to Brantner’s 4th grade science classes. In the lesson they tested the best way to make a bouncing ball and then made their own bouncing ball. In futue labs they will test and collect data on the bouncing heights and compare it to the results of other scientists.

Board of Education Meeting, Mon. Oct. 12

The West Clermont Board of Education is meeting at 6:00 PM on Monday, Oct. 12, in Executive Session, which is not open to the public. The purpose of the session is to prepare for negotiations with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment.

The public Board Meeting starts at 7:00 PM.

 

Stand Up for West Clermont!

Please join West Clermont’s Public School Advocacy kickoff next Wednesday night, 10/14, 6:30 p.m. in the STEM Center at GEHS.  We will be discussing what is going on in Ohio around public schools, the facts about how much WC loses to charters and establish an internal network to influence public officials to treat public education with the respect it deserves.

Threatening call a hoax

All West Clermont Schools are safe and secure after a threatening phone call to Summerside Ele.

 

Stop Drop and Roll

 

                 Local Firefighters paid a visit to Brantner's Preschool and
                 Kindergarten classrooms. They taught the students what to
                 do in case of an emergency. The students had a great time
                 learning how to stop, drop and roll.

 

 

COMING SOON: Annual Stuff the Bus CAMPAIGN

The third annual WCSD Stuff the Bus Campaign starts on October 12. 

Picture Day

 

                                Bring your best smiles...
              Picture Day is Tuesday, September 29, 2015
        Please don't forget to send the picture order form with your child.

 

Request for public input for future school calendars

The proposed 2016-17 and 2017-18 school district calendars are posted here.  If you have comments regarding the proposed calendars, please send them to alberico_d@westcler.org by Oct. 15.

PTO Skate Night

                                    

                                         

                 

 

 

Friendly Reminder

No School on Friday, Sept. 18. Professional Development day for staff.

Fun Run for elementary students coming soon

Attention Parents of students in grades K-5: 

Walk in clinic for student immunizations

The Health Dept. is having a walk in clinic on Sept. 21 for students who still need immunizations. Spread the word!

Labor Day

No school on Labor Day, Monday Sept. 7. 

Kids Helping Kids

We love this story. GEHS ladies soccer and Cinci Kids4kids combined resources to provide soccer shoes for the Withrow ladies soccer team. WKRC, channel 12 covered the story which can be seen here.  Way to go, ladies!

The Last Xtown Showdown was Aug. 28, 2015

Last Xtown Showdown was a success. Over 4,000 spectators attended the game and tailgate festival. Pictures are here

Welcome, West Clermont S.T.E.M Center

West Clermont's new STEM Center opened recently. It is located at GEHS and serves fourth and fifth grade students across the district who are identified as gifted.

           

Large turnout for Friday's game expected

A message from Superintendent Kline:

Since this is the last football game between Glen Este and Amelia, we anticipate a very large turnout for the event. In order to accommodate as many fans as possible

Glen Este, Amelia high schools celebrate rich tradition.

The West Clermont tradition known as the “Bell Game,” is scheduled for Friday Aug. 28. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BUS ROUTES
Mercy Health, Midtown Health partner with West Clermont Schools to bring HealthPlex to area

“We are extremely pleased that our district is able to partner with Mercy Health and Midtown Health to provide these facilities at no additional cost to taxpayers,” said West Clermont Board President John Bantjes. “We have intended this new high school to be community centered since its inception in January. This project will clearly increase the community’s access to school facilities and enhance the quality of life for everyone.” Local 12 reports.

A message from Superintendent Kline about transportation

For important information regarding transportation for Preschool through 8th grade students click below.

Before and After school child care offered

Before and after school care for West Clermont students in grades K - 5.  For more info, click below.

Beach Bags

                              Dunk Dr. Fultz

There is still time to log into Moby Max. You will need to have a minimum of 200 minutes logged in order to participate in Beach Day. If you need login information please email hornberger_jeanne@ westcler.org. You may access any combination of these three categories: stories, literature or information. Only reading will count towards Beach Day. Special prizes for top performers!

Ohio's first sales tax holiday

A one-time sales tax holiday to occur only in 2015. The holiday starts on... 

Changes made to transportation services for 2015-16

All students in grades Preschool - eight will receive transportation services, within their assigned attendance areas, to and from school in 2015-16. High School students may register for the pay to shuttle system with Petermann Transportation. Since we are serving many more students, we had to make some modifications to the transportation protocol.

Summer Beach Bags
READYFEST coming soon!

SAVE THE DATE FOR READYFEST WEST! Click below for more information.

West Clermont Middle School Renovations Begin

Amelia High School and Middle School students will notice some changes to their campus when they return to school this fall.

PTO Yard Sale
West Clermont High School Artist Renderings

To view pictures and a description of features for the new WCHS, click here. 

Brantner's Volunteer of the Year

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Brantner 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony
WCHS Groundbreaking

Over 200 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new consolidated West Clermont High School. To view the complete groundbreaking ceremony, click here

Start / end times for 2015-16
Volunteers of the Year Recognized

                                 

The Board of Education recognized Volunteers of the Year. Pictured are:  

West Clermont Announces New Mascot, School Colors

After extensive community and student involvement, the Board of Education adopted a resolution announcing the school colors and a mascot for the new West Clermont High and Middle Schools.

Brantner Cardinals Read 10,478 Books!

 

 

Thanks for your service

Family and friends helped celebrate the 36 retirees who have accumulated a combined over 800 years of service to WCSD. Thanks, and congratulations to all. Click here for more pictures.

Second Graders Create Games
Author Visits to Celebrate Right to Read Week
West Clermont High School Ground Breaking

                                     

Elementary Choir Club Spring Concert

West Clermont Elementary Choir Club Spring ConcertBrantner and Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary Choir Clubs, directed by Jessica Steuver. 

4th Grade Field Trip
WCHS UPDATE: Community Information / Input Sessions

Want to know more about the new West Clermont High School? Attend one of the

Students Vote for Mascot

We are closing in on the identification of the new WCHS Mascot. Kindergarten students through high school Seniors are invited to participate in an online student survey. The choices are: Raiders, Titans, Wolves.

All Day Kindergarten Offered

Kindergarten Plus brought to you by a partnership with Child Focus. Enroll now!

Shoes for Recess

                       Hurray for Spring!

The sun has come out and our children are able to play outside.
We want to ensure their safety at recess. Here is the school
policy concerning shoes/footwear:

Must be safe and appropriate for the school environment
(includes stairs and emergency drills).
It is recommended that shoes with a back strap or closed
back be worn for playground safety. Athletic shoes are the
best choice.
Shoes with any metal devices: such as, wheels or
noisemakers are prohibited.

West Clermont Moves Closer to Naming Mascot

Students to vote on final three choices: Raiders, Titans, Wolves. The online survey link will be distributed next week.

A Message from the Superintendent

We are currently hiring additional Art, Music, Physical Education and Technology teachers for our elementary schools starting in the fall. 2015-16 will also bring the start of our new

Elementary Students Perform

Music is real in all WCSD Elementary schools.

This weekend's Art show is more than Art!

Legis, Duplos, Lincoln Logs, and more.

Brantner 5th Grade Transition into 6th

                                       Parents of 5th Grade Students

The transition from 5th grade into 6th grade can be intimidating.Glen Este Middle School is doing everything they can to make this a smooth transition. Please click the following link to find out information concerning the transition.

http://www.westcler.k12.oh.us/4/News/33523#sthash.JHYTknDD.lIDq5B1e.dpuf

 

 

PTO Scholarship

                               Brantner Elementary PTO
                                  Scholarship Application

The Brantner Elementary School PTO is offering an opportunity for any graduating senior who attended Brantner Elementary School to apply for
a $500.00 scholarship. In order to be eligible, the student must have attended
Brantner Elementary for a minimum of 3 years, a GPA of 3.0 or above and must complete and submit an essay. The essay must contain the following information:

Why do you want to obtain a college education?
How has your education contributed to who you are today?
Why are you a good candidate to receive this award?
Describe how you demonstrate leadership both in and out of
school.
Describe your most meaningful achievement and how it relates
to your field of study or future goals.
Describe a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you
apart from the other candidates.
Share the most memorable moment you had at Brantner
Elementary School.

Please include a typed essay, current high school transcripts and a copy of
your ACT/SAT scores.

Please submit your application to Brantner Elementary School, PTO Scholarship
Committee, 609 Brantner Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45244
No later than Friday, May 15, 2015

District Art Show This Weekend!

West Clermont is proud to present the 2015 District Art Show. Work by elementary, middle and high school students will be represented.

 

 

 

Sixth Grade Band
Skating Party

                      Summerside Elementary

                           Annual 5th Grade Skating Party

                                         April 28, 2015
                                           6:30 -8:30
                                     Beechmont Rollarena

Do you have a 5-year-old?

Kindergarten Registration - Enroll NOW for next year! Call 513-943-5042 or email weaver_v@westcler.org for an appointment. 

Spring Break is Here!

Coming Soon. Schools are closed Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10. Rest well, be safe, and have fun!  

Literacy Night

                       

 

                                    

AHS Musical *ANNIE* Coming Soon!

Amelia High School Theatre proudly presents the Broadway musical hit ANNIE

Mother - Son Bowling

                             

West Clermont Art Show

                                  West Clermont Art Show
                         When:  Friday and Saturday, April 25 & 26
                         Where:  Amelia High School Cafeteria
                         Times:  Noon to five each day

      

District receives grant for Second Step Program

WCSD Preschool students will learn to identify and understand their own and others' emotions, reduce impulsiveness and choose positive goals, and manage their emotional reactions and decision making process when emotionally aroused. 

PTSO Colorfun Run

        

Spring Picture Day
A Call for Suggestions; WCHS Colors and Mascot

The West Clermont School District and the Branding Committee for the new West Clermont High School are actively soliciting suggestions for the new school’s mascot and colors. Below you will find the guidelines. The deadline for the submission of ideas is 11:59, Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

The New West Clermont High School requests ECC status

The March 9, 2015 Board of Education meeting featured resolutions that allow Superintendent Keith Kline to request entry of the new West Clermont High School into the 

Living Museum
Writing Contest

                    Brantner Elementary Writing Contest

Kindergarten Registration
Fathers and Daughter Dance
Child Find
Father Daughter Dance

                           



 

                         

UPDATE: CLOSED Feb. 20

UPDATE: CLOSED Feb. 20.

 

Father Daughter Dance
CLOSED Wed. 2/18/15.

West Clermont on CLOSED FOR Wed. 2/18/15.

Valentine's Day Poem
Father - Daughter Dance

                 

NO SCHOOL February 17, 2015.

Tues, Feb.17 all schools are closed due to weather conditions.

Involvement in New High School Begins #VISION2025

A message from Superintendent Kline.  

The excitement in our community continues to grow as we begin building the new West Clermont High School and kick off #VISION2025. My intent is to provide periodic updates for the community on what is taking place in the district. There is much to be done and we will need everyone’s help to make sure our students have what they need to be productive and successful citizens. 

An Important Message for West Clermont Parents about Testing

An Important Message for West Clermont Parents about Testing from Superintendent Keith Kline.

A New Beginning #Vision2025

 #Vision2025 A new beginning. You will find this sign at the corner of Bach-Buxton Road and Clough Pike. 

Kindergarten Registration 2015

           

                                 

State of the District report
Brantner Elementary Teaching and Learning

Brantner Elementry School teacher Jill Jones, presented "A look into Brantner Elementary School," at the January 27, 2014 Board of Education meeting.

Closings and delays due to weather

Two hour delay calls went out at 5:15 AM. If you did not get a call, please make sure that the school has your correct contact info. If you need to make a change, call the office or send an email. See the link for contact info. http://www.westcler.k12.oh.us/SchoolsList.aspx

Teacher Learning Day

West Clermont School District teachers spent Friday, January 16, honing their skills to better serve students and parents. The Hamilton County Educational 

NO SCHOOL

NO SCHOOL Friday, January 16, professional development day for staff.

NO SCHOOL Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King Day.

 

 

                         

                      No School for students Friday, January 16, 2015.

                      Professional development day for teachers

Building a Future of Learners and Leaders Begins with You

The next two Board of Education meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, January 27 and Monday, February 9. Prior to each meeting, an "Open House" event is 

2 HOUR DELAY FOR THURSDAY Jan. 8

No Morning Kindergarten or preschool.

#VISION2025 Facilities Plan Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

What about busing?

West Clermont Local to Get a Consolidated, New High School

Under Progressive Township Agreement Much-needed construction project is at zero additional cost to residents; Will provide access to modern science, chemistry labs and technology.

Superintendent Kline discusses details here.

Free Safety Tip Line Available to Schools

Every West Clermont school is registered for a new safety resource that could prevent and alert local law enforcement to a school safety crisis. 

Board of Education 2015 Organizational Meeting

The West Clermont Board of Education has scheduled the 2015 Organizational Meeting on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Union Township Civic Center. 

The Board will elect a new president and vice-president, assign committes, set the schedule of meeting dates for 2015, and more.

School is out for Winter Break

Winter break starts on Monday, December 22. Classes resume on Monday, January 5, 2015. Stay safe & warm!

Employee Recognition

                            

John Gumm Visits 2nd Grade
New Calamity Day Rules from the ODE

West Clermont has the equivalent of 32 days that can be used for calamity purposes without dipping below the state minimum hours for 

2015-16 District Calendar

The Board of Education recently approved the 2015-16 School District Calendar. Click here for important dates.

District-wide lockdown drills

On Monday, November 24th, all West Clermont schools will be conducting lockdown safety drills. Prior to conducting the drill, elementary school teachers will read the first part of a child-friendly book entitled,

 

Considering Weather Related Closings / Delays

In West Clermont, Superintendent Keith Kline makes the decision about emergency weather school opening delays or full school day closings.  Current weather conditions, weather forecasts, road conditions, ...

Glen Este Craft and Vendor Bazaar
Veterans Day at Brantner Elementary School
5th Grade Animal Adaptations
Board of Education meeting canceled

The board meeting scheduled for Monday, November 10, has been canceled.

Making the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference

Elementary School Fall conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 6th and Monday, November 10th from 5 – 8:30 pm. Don't forget to sign up at your school.

Making the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference
 

NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS Tuesday, Nov. 4

Tuesday, November 4 is a professional development day for all West Clermont Staff. It's also Election Day. Don't forget to VOTE!!!

Mobile App
Keeping our schools safe and parents informed

The West Clermont School District’s safety committee made up of district administrators, ALiCE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) trainers, and local law enforcement representatives from Union Township, and the 

Fall Festival Fun

Fall Festival was a huge success! Students came to trick or treat, play games and participate in a costume contest. Teachers dressed up to pass out candy to students. Everyone had fun. Thank you PTO for hosting this event!

Technology Changes Everything

Preparing students for a future of excellence. Watch this video which describes the progression of information technology.?

If you would like to comment, please email alberico_d@westcler.org

Spirit Week
Bosses Day


 

Mobile App Designed to Enhance Two-Way Communication
Cookie Dough Fund Raiser

It is Cookie Dough time at Brantner Elementary School. Mr. Money came to the school to launch the fundraiser. You may purchase your cookie dough from October 7, 2014 to October 17, 2014 This is our biggest PTO fundraiser of the year and all of the proceeds go toward providing students’ resources, materials, and activities that enrich our students’ school experiences.

Flu season is near; Use proper hand washing techniques!

Physical Education at Brantner

Relay races in physical education! " Way to go Mr.Emmett!"

Music at Brantner

In music class, the students participated in a call and response activity. Ms. Steuver would play a rhythm and the students would play it back to her. The students are making music with hand drums and rhythm sticks.

 

Happy National Custodial Workers Recognition Day!

Brantner Elementary School would like to thank Mr. DePoy and Mr. Wagner for making our school clean and beautiful. Happy National Custodial Workers Recognition Day!

Art Class at Brantner

Artists in the making! 

WCSD Elementary Students Better Served Through Partnership

WCSD Director of Student Services Laura Nazzarine, and Child Focus Inc. Director of Early Programs Berta Velilla, presented a beginning of the year report to the WCSD Board of Education recently. The report featured a partnership that better serves students. The Kindergarten Plus, and Extended Day programs currently serve 260 students.

District Wide Community Project

October 13, 2014 is West Clermont's Annual kick-off for Stuff the Bus! Please help us to Stuff the Bus and support our local food pantries. Click here for details http://bit.ly/14stuffthebus .

 

Great Outdoor Weekend
 

This weekend is the 11th annual Great Outdoor Weekend on the east side of Cincinnati.  This weekend offers a variety of free programs geared to our grade levels.  Studying butterflies, building forts and participating in a dog walk are just some of the fun things going on this weekend. 

 

http://cincygreatoutdoorweekend.org/

 

Are you a PPG Employee? Do you know a PPG Employee?
Explaining News to Our Kids

The anniversary of 9/11 brings up many emotional stories. When the 9/11 attacks play over + over again on TV, conversations with kids won't be easy. Here's help from Common Sense Media. 

School Bus Safety Videos

Keep Kids Safe on the School Bus with New Online Videos

Fifth Board Member Appointed by Judge

Welcome to the newly named West Clermont school board member John Bantjes, who moved to the district in 2012 from Massachusetts where he sat on a regional board of education. 

Elementary schools to post class lists soon

All elementary school classroom assignments will be posted on the door of each elementary school by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, 8/5/2014.

 

Beach Bag Pick Up

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the last 2 Beach Bags will not be mailed to your child. Brantner has arranged a pick-up for the Beach Bags on July 15, 2014 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at Brantner Elementary School. Please be sure to pick up your child's Beach Bags so they can participate in Brantner Beach Day. We look forward to seeing you on the 15th!

Welcome to West Clermont; Enroll now!

The Central Enrollment office takes appointments Mon. - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. If you need an evening appointment, Central Enrollment will be open until 8:45 pm on August 12, 14 and 18. Call for your appointment now! 513-943-5042. Enrollment information is here.

Board of Education Meeting

6/26/2014 7:00 PM. This meeting will be held in the Media Center at Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary, 3950 Britton Ave.

East West Football All-Stars

Congratulations WC Football players... the Southwestern Ohio Football Coaches Association East-West All Star Football Game was played on June 12th at Kings High School. We had 2 players from West Clermont that were selected to play in this game. Cohen Canter #36 (Amelia) and Tyler Flanigan #12 (Glen Este), both represented the East squad as team captains.  Congratulations to these fine young men!                                                                              
                                                                                        

Upcoming BOE meeting location changed

The Tuesday, May 27 Board of Education meeting location has been changed to Amelia High School’s Performing Arts Center. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

Basketball Camp

See the "Building Forms" to download an application for Glen Este's summer basketball camp.

Art, Music, & Physical Education Return to Elementary

Congratulations to the following teachers who the Board of Education approved, (on April 14,)  to teach Art, Music, and Physical Education at the elementary school level. 

The teachers are divided into two teams, each comprised of an Art teacher, a Music teacher and a PE teacher. Each team will serve their assigned elementary schools on a schedule that will allow studens to have each subject twice per month.

Employee Recognition

The Board of Education recognized the following employees for being chosen by their peers as someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to serve the stakeholders of WCSD. Congratulations to all.

Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergarten Orientation is coming!  If you have a child entering kindergarten in the fall, please mark your calendar!

Where: Brantner Elementary

When: May 19, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

What will be discussed?

Kindergarten expectations, Health Records and Attendance, PTO information, Questions and Answer Session

Meet the principal. Dr. Fultz, the teacher, Mrs. Hornberger, and our outstanding office staff!

 

Hope to see you then!
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OAA Information

The OAA will be given to students in grades 3-5 between April 28 and May 9, 2014.  Please see the letter from Dr. Fultz, with important reminders for testing days.

What's new for 2014-15; Elementary Schools

Elementary Schools

  • Students will have 116 more hours of instructional time throughout the year.
    • New times: Holly Hill, Merwin, Summerside, Willowville and WT  Elementary Schools - 9:05 AM - 3:45 PM.  Amelia, Brantner and Clough Pike Elementary Schools - 8:20 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Return to 1/2 day, every day Kindergarten, and four days per week Preschool 
    • Midday transportation provided
  • Return Art, Music, Physical Education “Lite” grades K-5
    • Provided during the school day
  • *K+ a tuition based opportunity for Kindergarten students to attend school all day
  • *Fee based Extended Day Care before and after school for students K through fifth grade

*Operated in partnership with Child Focus, as enrollment warrants.

 

Third Quarter Grades Available Now

Third quarter grades are available on Progress Book. If you need help with your username or password, please contact the school. 

Paper copies of the report card are available. Please contact your school.

Feeling like a little Dr. Seuss?

Amelia High School Drama presents SEUSSICAL the MUSICAL:

Thursday, April 24 at 7pm

Friday, April 25 at 7pm

Saturday, April 26 at 2pm

Saturday, April 26 at 7pm

Sunday, April 27 at 2pm

 

All performances held at the Amelia High School Performing Arts Center, 1351 Clough Pike.

Tickets are sold at the door, $8-$10 and children under 5 are free!

For more information, call (513) 947-7492

Head Start News

Head Start is enrolling for 2014-2015!  Call 513-528-7224 for information on programs for children 3-kindergarten age (at the Head Start Center or Homebased) and children birth to 2 years of age.

 

Head Start Registration Day is on Friday, 4-11-14, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 555 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike.

It's Time for Kindergarten Enrollment

It's time to register you child for Kindergarten. Please call 513-943-5000 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

Enrollment information is here

Welcome Back! Classes Resume on Monday, April 7

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Times are Changing

We are working to transform education in West Clermont to better meet the needs and expectations of our students and their families. Next school year, elementary students will have 116 more hours of instructional time, and secondary students will have 43 more hours with teachers. 

Start and end times for the 2014-15 school year:

Kindergarten Plus

First come, first served! Space is limited! K-Plus is an optional, tuition based, enrichment program that complements half-day kindergarten. Click here for more information. The Pre Registration form is here

Extended Day; Before and After School Child Care

West Clermont is partnering with Child Focus to offer Extended Day programming for elementary students K-5th (both before and/or after school hours). Pre registration form is here. For more information, click here

Quick Q & A regarding snow day

Q. Will any more Blizzard Bags be assigned? 
A. No, the state allowed schools to assign up to three Blizzard Bags. WCSD has assigned all three BBs, with the last one due to teachers, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 4. 
 
Q. Will the state allow more calamity days?
A. Unsure. The Senate and House haven't yet reached an agreement on Gov. Kasich's call to increase in the number of calamity days beyond the five days schools are allotted. The bill has been sent to a joint conference committee, which may take a couple more weeks, which leaves us unsure.

Q. Will we have to make up days at the end of the school year? 
A. As things stand right now, Yes. The state allows five calamity days annually, plus three Blizzard Bags days = eight days. Today is our ninth day closed due to snow. We have to make up one day at the end of the year. 
PENDING LEGISLATION: The House of representatives passed a bill one week prior to the Senate passing a different bill. Sounds like the House and Senate need to get it together. You might want to contact your favorite legislator. 

We are changing to improve the lives of our students

The West Clermont School District is working hard to bring high quality educational experiences to all students.

Schools are CLOSED for Monday, March 3.

STATUS UPDATE: Closed.  Blizzard bags that are due today, will be due tomorrow.  Today is a great day to get those done! Stay warm and safe.

Attention parents with children ages birth to 6 years:

The Early Learning Forum will be held on March 18th from 4-7:00 p.m. at W-T Elementary school. The forum will be an open house where West Clermont parents with children from birth-6 can come in and gather information about services in Clermont County.

 

Please see the main page on the district's website to download a flier.

Fabulous Father Daughter Dance

Thanks to the PTO for a fabulous Father-Daughter dance!  Dads and daughters, uncles and nieces, grandpas and granddaughters, moms and daughters...everyone had a blast!  This second annual dance is becoming a wonderful tradition.  See the photo gallery for more pictures of all of the fun!

Before & After School Child Care Survey

Attention West Clermont Families
West Clermont School District is looking at options for Extended Day (Before & After School Care) Services in our Elementary buildings and would like parental input as we work on building programming. Your opinion is important, please complete this brief on-line survey to help us with planning!
 

 

We want your opinion!

Calling All West Clermont

2014-2015 Kindergarten Families

Your opinion is important, please complete this brief

on-line survey to help us in our future planning!

Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GMSZMDS

Thank You!

 

Say Cheese!

Spring Pictures are Wednesday March 12th for Pre-School “B” and Kdg ”A” and grades 1-2-3-4-5!  They will take place on Thursday, March 13th for Kdg “B” and preschool “A” students.

Birth - Six Early Learning Forum

West Clermont, Child Focus, and Help Me Grow have worked together to present the Birth - 6 Early Learning Forum.

Schools evacuated today

Early this afternoon, Kentucky law enforcement received a 911 call indicating that there were bombs in all New Richmond Schools and Amelia Schools. Amelia Elementary, Amelia Middle School, Amelia High School, Holly Hill and Merwin Elementary were evacuated. Fire and law enforcement officials checked each building. Keeping the safety and security of our staff and students as our top priority, we kept them out of the buildings until we received a green light from law enforcement and police. Teachers stayed with their students until we received clearance to reenter our building. The District’s security system and crisis process worked well. Currently, students are back in school, and everyone is safe

ATTENTION: Parents of 2014 Kindergarten Students

ATTENTION: All West Clermont  2014-2015 Kindergarten Families

Your opinion is important, please complete this brief on-line survey to help us in our future planning! Click here to take the survey.

Kindergarten enrollment is now in progress. For information, click here.

Calamity Day Update from Superintendent Kline

At this time, West Clermont has lost 8 days of instruction due to inclement weather. Those dates are 12/6, 12/10, 1/6, 1/7, 1/21, 1/28, 2/5 and 2/6. The first five of those are covered under current law. The two February days are being counted as days of instruction through the use of Blizzard Bags. At this point, calamity day #6 (1/28) still needs to be made up.

Employee recognition

The Board of Education recognized the following West Clermont employees for performing above and beyond the call of duty.

Congratulations to all! 
Class of 2014 Fall Athletes National Day of Signing

Eleven GEHS fall athletes signed National Letters of Intent or committed to a Division lll school to continue their collegiate and athletic career. Pictures are here.  Video report is here.

First Grade Celebrates 100 Days of School

We have been in school for 100 days!  Time is passing quickly and the first graders celebrated this big event with a special snack, art project, and a parade through the halls of Brantner!

ALL EVENING ACTIVITIES WILL PROCEED, 2/6/14

ALL EVENING ACTIVITIES, including elementary parent teacher conferences, WILL PROCEED AS SCHEDULED, for Thursday, Feb. 6.

Blizzard Bags

The West Clermont Board of Education has approved the use of what the state has termed "blizzard bags" or take-home assignments.

A reminder about Blizzard Bag due dates: Blizzard Bag #1 – due 2/19/2014, Blizzard Bag #2 – due 2/20/2014, Blizzard Bag #3 – due 3/3/2014.

CLOSED for Thursday, Feb. 6. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE.

CLOSED for Thursday, Feb. 6. Please do assignment #2 in "Blizzard Bags" which will be posted by 10:00 am. 

All evening activities are cancelled for Wednesday, Feb. 5.

All evening activities are cancelled for Wednesday, Feb. 5. Be careful out there.

Schools are CLOSED for Wed. Feb 5
Get your "Blizzard Bags" here. 
Letter to parents regarding "Blizzard Bags"

Dear West Clermont Parents:

By current law, schools in Ohio are permitted to use up to five calamity days for emergency circumstances including hazardous weather conditions. As of today, West Clermont has used six calamity days and, unfortunately, winter continues to have a grip on our area. Currently, the State Legislature is considering giving Ohio’s schools additional calamity days due to the severity of this year’s winter. We will not know if that is going to happen until mid-to-late February.


 

ALL EVENING ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED 2/4/14

ALL EVENING ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED FOR TUESDAY, FEB. 4, 2014. Elementary conferences are now rescheduled for next Tuesday, February 11.

Dr. Kline is  monitoring hourly weather forecasts. We will let you know, later, about tomorrow's school status.

2 hour delay for Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Monday, Feb. 3 all schools are on a two hour delay. Be safe!

2 hour delay for Wed. Jan 29.

Wednesday, Jan. 29. 2 hour. delay. Be safe.

Elementary school parent - teacher conferences

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for Tuesday evening, February 4, are rescheduled for Tuesday, February 11.

Elementary parent - teacher conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for Tuesday evening, January 28, are postponed. When the reschedule is determined, it will be posted on this site.

Board to consider use of "Blizzard Bags"

The Ohio Department of Education requires local Boards of Education to approve a resolution adopting the utilization of Blizzard Bags. After the Board takes action, the ODE must approve the content of the material. The WCSD BOE is scheduled to consider the usage of Blizzard Bags tomorrow evening at a special meeting: 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the Union Township Hall.

 

Schools are CLOSED for Tuesday, Jan. 28

Schools are closed for Tuesday, Jan. 28 because of hazardous weather conditions. Be safe. Stay warm.

WEST CLERMONT BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING

The West Clermont Board of Education will hold a special meeting Saturday, February 1st, 9:00-noon.  At that time, West Clermont Treasurer Alana Cropper will present updated district budget information and respond to questions about the revised five year forecast. 

The meeting will be held in the Union Township Civic Center’s Township Hall and is open to the public.

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 --2 hour delay

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 --2 hour delay

How weather related school delays and closings are decided

In West Clermont, Superintendent Keith Kline makes the decision about emergency weather school opening delays or full school day closings. Current weather conditions, weather forecasts, road conditions, wind chill and actual temperatures are essential information for determining a school weather emergency. The information comes from a number of sources:

New First Grade Link

If you would like to know what is happening in first grade, go to  http://brantner1stgrade.webstarts.com/  and catch up with the students in Mrs. Cantor's, Mrs. Kleinsmith's, and Mrs. Thornton's classes.  This link can also be found under "Building Links."

 

Kindergarten Registration: Schedule Now

To provide the best possible experience for parents and students, Kindergarten registration is scheduled by appointment only. Please call 513-943-5000 to make an appointment. 

Spirit Wear Info

Interested in Spirit Wear and want to see our new items in color?  Go to the new file under "Building Forms" to see the fabulous new offerings from Threadin' It Up!  PTO is offering new styles so our students, staff, and community can show their Brantner pride!

Report cards coming soon

The second quarter grading period ends on Friday, January 17.  Report cards will be available on Progress Book on Friday, January 24.  If you need help accessing Progress Book, please call the school office or click here

Announcement of Immediate Opening

Brantner Elementary School is seeking an aide to work 12 to 3 p.m. daily to assist children with special needs.  The position pays $9.64 an hour.  The two youngsters have Autism and some training will be provided by school staff on particulars of the position. Aide will work closely with the children's teachers. Excellent position for a Brantner parent and/or anyone wishing to help out some great kids! Job description is available. Please contact Dr. David Fultz, Principal, at 513-943-6402.  

Amelia HS Basketball to play as scheduled

CNE will play @ Amelia High School, tonight as scheduled.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - ALL WEST CLERMONT SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED

All West Clermont Schools will be closed on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 due to dangerously low temperatures and wind chill factors.  We expect to be back in session on Wednesday,  January 8.

January 6, 2014 - ALL WEST CLERMONT SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED

All West Clermont Schools will be closed on January 6, 2014 due to dangerously low temperatures and wind chill factors.  We expect to be back in session on Tuesday, January 7.

ALL EVENING ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED.

How emergency weather decisions are made

In West Clermont, Superintendent Keith Kline makes the decision about emergency weather school opening delays or full school day closings.  Current weather conditions, weather forecasts, road conditions, wind chill and actual temperatures are essential information for determining a school weather emergency. The information comes from a number of sources:

Happy Holidays! School resumes on Jan. 6, 2014.

2013 at - a glance. Click here 

State audit says WCSD saves $2.9 million in 2013-14

For Immediate Release
December 24, 2013
West Clermont Local School District Saves $2.9 Million

Columbus – West Clermont Local School District (WCLSD) has saved more than $2 million during the 2013-14 school year by implementing recommendations from a performance audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

“West Clermont is my new poster child for performance audits,” Auditor Yost said. “The school officials’ proactive approach has already saved taxpayers millions, and put the district back on track towards fiscal stability.” 

Happy holidays to all!
Holiday Concert

Mrs. Halaby, Brantner's former music teacher and current director of By Request, brought the West Clermont show choir to Brantner on Friday, 12-20-13.  The students enjoyed a medley of holiday tunes and were invited to participate in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

Happy Holidays

The Brantner staff extends warm wishes for a happy holiday season!  We hope that 2013 has been a wonderful year and that 2014 is even better!  Have a safe break, and we will see you when school re-opens on January 6, 2014.

Fifth Graders show off their creativity:

Mrs. DeMougin and her fifth grade Lego club have created a magnificent multi-media winter village, currently on display on the Brantner stage.  Students stayed after school many days creating these structures.  Now, all of the students and staff get to enjoy their efforts.  Great job boys and girls.  Thank you Mrs. DeMougin for organizing this.

 

Pertussis Information from County Health Commissioner

Parents:

Recently, the number of Pertussis cases throughout Clermont County and the State of Ohio have been on the rise.  The Clermont County Health Commissioner has asked that we share information about pertussis and what you should do over the holiday break if your child shows symptoms.

Please click here for the letter from the Health Commissioner.  If you have additional concerns, please contact your family physician.

Thanks and happy holidays!

 

2014 - 15 district calendar At - A - Glance

The Board of Education approved the district calendar for the 2014 - 15 school year. Click here for the At - A - Glance version.

Online attendance reporting

In order to make reporting absences more convenient, we have incorporated an on-line option.  Feel free to use the following link in order to report your child’s absence. Click here for the link.

Of course, feel free to continue to access the school's attendance line if this is a preferred reporting method.

Reception for outgoing Board members

A "Reception of Appreciation" for outgoing Board members Jo Ann Beamer, Doug Young, and Denise Smith, is scheduled for Monday, December 16, at the Union Township Civic Center from 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Reminder:

Santa Shop is this week.  Your child brought home/will bring home a flier to let you know when her/his class will be visiting the "Penguin Patch."  Thank you to PTO for this event and to all of the parent volunteers who are giving your time to our students.

How can we fix West Clermont Schools?
Oded Zmora did some research and discovered some real facts about West Clermont. 
 
Column: How can we fix West Clermont Schools?
Nov. 26, 2013   |    Comments
  
Interim reports coming soon

West Clermont now uses a paperless format for interim reports and report cards. Interim reports for 2nd quarter will be released on December 6. If you need assistance, please click here for the parent access guide. If you would like a paper report, please call your school.

First and Second Grade Students Celebrate with a Feast

The first and second grade students celebrated Thanksgiving on Tuesday, 11-26-13.  The students had been studying the holiday and made pilgrim and Native American head gear to wear to their feast.  Thanks to all of the teachers, students, and parents who worked together to create this exciting event!  Follow the link to view photos!

Santa Shop at School

Santa Shop will be open to Brantner students from December 16-20.  Santa Shop will take place during school hours...watch for information to be sent home with more details.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Brantner staff!

 

School will reopen on Monday, December 2, 2013.

Honoring our veterans

In honor of Veteran's Day various students in 4th and 5th grade read a biography of Lieutentant Colonel Angell of the US Marines. They used graphic sources to aide in comprehension of the places he has been deployed for his job as a Marine. After reading and discussing the information, students generated questions about what is it like to be a Veteran. The students had the opportunity to ask Lientenant Colonel Angell their questions during a FaceTime conversation. The students demonstrated the Brantner Be's by being respectful, responsible, and safe when talking to the guest Veteran. What a truly memorable experience for everyone!


 

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is back

Whooping cough has come marching back to the Cincinnati region this fall. Please click here to read the letter from the Clermont County Health Department. 

Form more information, click here to read the facts about Pertussis.

NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving break

Schools will be closed from November 27 to November 29 so that staff and students can spend time with their families on this occasion. School resumes on Monday, December 2.  Have a great holiday!

Elementary school Parent - Teacher conferences
Parent - Teacher Conferences for all elementary students will be on Thurs., November 7th & Tues., November 12th from 5-8:30 PM. If you have not yet set up a conference with your child's teacher, please contact your school's office.
Important Change to Board of Education Meeting
 

11/6/13 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING CANCELLED

 

Due to travel and illness, the Board of Education meeting for tonight, November 6th, has been cancelled. We do not have a quorum to conduct business.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Union Township Civic Center.

 

11/6/13 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING CANCELLED
Due to travel and illness, the Board of Education meeting for tonight, November 6th, has been cancelled.  We do not have a quorum to conduct business.

 

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Union Township Civic Center.

WLW 700 AM radio's Scott Sloan talks school levies
Scott talks with... his wife! Michelle Sloan checks in to talk about how school levies affect your property values. This is an audio presentation. No video is present. 

 
Levy, at - a - glance
Taxpayers will pay $17 per month on each $100,000 of real estate value. This 5.8 mill levy will generate $7.2 million for operating the school district, annually. 

- Elementary School students will again enjoy Art, Music, Physical Education, and Library during the school day. 
- Our youngest learners will experience Kindergarten all day, every day. 
- Two thousand more K—8 students will receive school bus service to and from school, (with a reduction of the two mile exclusion zone to one mile.)
- Elementary buildings and facilities will be open for community use in the evenings.
- Protect Middle School "Teaming."
- Protect International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and Honors level courses.
- Protect plans to modernize our curriculum to be sure that all of our graduates are college and career ready when they graduate. 
- Protect extracurricular activities.

Vote early
Did you know that you can vote today at the Clermont County Board of Elections? Avoid the lines! Early voting is open today from 8a-6p. If there's any chance that you may not make it to the polls on Tuesday, go now! YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!! Clermont elections
Trick or treat postponed
Trick or treat night in Amelia, Batavia, and UnionTownship are postponed until tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 1.
Mark your calendar!

 
Meet the Candidates Night
West Clermont and the League of Women Voters are hosting a Meet the School Board Candidates night this coming Monday, October 21, 7:00 at the UT Civic Center.
The Fall Festival is Coming!
Mark you calendars for Friday, 10-25-13.  The Fall Festival is coming back to Brantner Elementary!
Candidates forum - SAVE THE DATE
The League of Women Voters and the West Clermont School District are parterning
to sponsor a Meet the Candidates Forum on Monday, October 21st, 7:00-8:30 in the Union Township Civic Center. 
The following seven candidates are running for three seats on the Board of Education:  Sara Heimbold, Jim Lewis, Mark Merchant, David Schaeff, Denise Smith, Jim Rudy, Steve Waldmann.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

 

 

Superintendent Kline to answer levy questions
Check it out! Free Event: Books by the Banks
What: Books by the Banks--a free event with books for sale, author talks, and events for kids, including: story time, arts & crafts, etc.

 

When: Saturday, 10-12-13 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Duke Energy Center

Why: Because books are cool and reading is fun!

Get e-x-c-i-t-e-d!
Spelling club is coming to Brantner!   Spelling club is open to students in grades 2-5.  Mrs. Reynolds and Miss Stepaniak will be the club advisors.

We will meet from 3:15 until 4:15 on October 21, November 4 & 18, December 2 & 16, and January 9.  All participants are required to attend a minimum of five sessions.  The participants in the spelling club will compete in a spelling bee in front of the whole school on January 10, 2014, so extra work at home will be a must!  The winner of our school spelling bee will compete for an opportunity to be in WCPO's Regional Spelling Bee in February!

Permission slips, medical forms & $15.00 fee  to cover t-shirt and copy expenses are due by Friday, 10-11-13.  Checks can be made out to Brantner Elementary.

A message from Mrs. Wallace:
Brantner's BIRD Club is off to a great start.  Remember our goal is to read 10,000 books this year!  As of last week Brantner students have read over 215 books.  First grade has really been on fire.  They have read 180 of those 215 books.  Our goal is for each student to read 25 books this year.  After each book, your child should complete one quick activity from the list that was sent home earlier this year.  The list is also on the Brantner web site.

 

Brantner teachers will be hosting a parent learning session next Tuesday, October 8, from 5:30-6:30.  They will be showing parents how to log on to Progress Book, GoMath, and Reading Street.  Students will be supervised during this time by Brantner staff who will be available to help with homework, read aloud stories, and supervise other activities.  The PTO meeting for October will start at 6:30 so be sure to stay for that as well.  They will be providing cookies and drinks.

Vote by mail

As of January 2006, any qualified elector may vote by absentee ballot.

You may vote by mail if you print and complete the application at this link, and send it address below. 

Clermont County Board of Elections 
76 S. Riverside Dr.
Batavia, OH   45103

OR

Contact the Board of Elections to request an application for absentee voting by emailing elections@clermontcountyohio.gov.

Your application must be received by the board of Elections by 6:00 PM on Friday, Nov. 1.

WC has two 2014 National Merit Semi-Finalists!

Congratulations to Glen Este High School Senior Andy Berger, and Amelia High School Senior Sam Casavant, for being named a 2014 National Merit Semi-Finalist! They represent less than one percent of the 1.5 million junior students nationwide who took the PSAT last year. 

Berger has been a WC student since Kindergarten, attending Willowville Elementary and Glen Este Middle School.  He is a member of the GEHS football, wrestling and track teams. 

Casavant attended Withamsville -Tobasco Elementary, Clough Pike Elementary and Glen Este Middle School. He is involved in National Honor Society, Academic Team, and Cross Country.  He is also a Boy Scout, currently working towards his Eagle Scout.

Both students will compete to become National Merit Finalist. Finalists are named in February. 

 

Help Brantner Win $100 (or more!)

It's easy...find out more:

Safe and secure schools update

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custodians and administrators gathered, to update their knowledge of prevention, deterrence, and response strategies. 

Reminder

Open House tonight from 6:00-8:00!  Hope to see fresh, smiling faces there to meet their new teachers!

Open House

Brantner's Open House will be on August 22, 2013!  Meet teachers in grades kindergarten-second from 6-7 pm and teachers in grades 3-5 from 7-8 pm.

 

See you soon!

READYFEST WEST

Thanks to Linda Bloom, the Kiwanis of Union Township and the various churches, organizations and businesses who support READYFEST WEST. 

Click "view all"to read the article in the Community Press..

 

Grade Levels for 2013-2014

Due to retirements and teacher movements, our grade levels look very different this year.  Below is the list of teachers at their respective grade levels for the 2013 – 2014 school year:

 

 

Board of Education meeting

The WCSD Board of Education meets Monday, July 29, 7:00 PM at the Union Township Civic Center. View the agenda on Board Docs.

Thank You

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Levy Options Survey. The Board of Education will use the information to determine the upcoming levy plan. The Board is expected to announce the plan at their meeting on Monday, July 29, 7:00 pm, at the Union Township Civic Center.

Free story time with Holly Hill

Levy Options Survey - expires July 25

The Board of Education is considering a property tax levy for the purpose of operations in November, 2013. Last month, a menu of options was presented to the community. In an effort to "build" a levy that the community will support the Board asked the community to review the menu of options and submit their opinions. After reviewing community feedback the Board has narrowed the levy options to three. The good news is that because the state is increasing funding for West Clermont, the Board was able to reduce the base millage amount to 2.9 mills. 

The Board is interested in your opinion. Click here to take the survey.

If you have trouble accessing the survey, email Debbie Alberico. A survey will be emailed to you. Board is interested in your opinion. 

*Levy Options UPDATE!

The Board of Education has narrowed November levy options to three (6.3 mills, 5.8 mills, 4.8 mills). To view the components of each option, click the "view all" button.

West Clermont requests levy option feedback

West Clermont requests levy option feedback

Written by Roxanna Swift
Jul. 5, 2013 1:28 PM | cincinnati.com
UNION TWP. — West Clermont officials are working to narrow levy options using resident feedback.

Teachers are taking classes during the summer

Glen Este Middle School Math teacher Emily Malone, is testing the power output of her group's self-designed turbine blades.

This particular wind turbine challenge is one project in Michelle Shafer's classroom at Mount Notre Dame High School. Her class is one of many teachers will be participating in within the larger Summer Institute for Teachers at UC. It's a two-year, National Science Foundation grant-funded program for 6-12 math and science teachers. "We are learning math and science content while building our own units focusing on challenge-based learning principles," said Malone. "It is a supportive way for teachers to move towards engineering-type teaching and learning in the classroom," she added.

School Supplies for 2013-2014

The stores will have school supplies on sale before you can blink! Here are the supplies needed for each grade for the 13-14 school year:

Community Input Sessions for levy options

The third and final Levy Options Community Input Session is scheduled for Tuesday, July 2, 6:30 pm at the Union Township Civic Center.The meeting begins with a very brief presentation of the options. Participants will then break out into small discussion groups. Each group will report the results of the discussions.

We hope to see you there. To review the options, click here.

Board seeks community input on levy options

A recent Board of Education meeting featured Superintendent Keith Kline's presentation outlined how much it would cost to restore transportation, elementary art, music, and physical education; all day - every day kindergarten; and, operational modifications for safety and security reasons.

Treasurer Alana Cropper presented the base amount needed to make-up for inflation. Each option presented by Dr. Kline was added to the base amount.

We hope that you will review the options and send comments by clicking on the link in the story below.

Eastgate Mall /WCLSD free story hour

Willis Music helped make the Eastgate Mall’s Story Hour hosted by Merwin Elementary school a huge success.  Principal Jackie Hospelhorn and teacher Mrs. Jolene Greer read to students in the Children’s play area recently.   

Reading to young children and exploring musical instruments is a great way to beat the summer heat! 

Read more to find out about the next story time.

GLEN ESTE BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP

GLEN ESTE BOYS

BASKETBALL CAMP
JUNE 17-18-19     
9:00 – NOON
$50 fee…Lowest around!

 

"State of the District" report

Superintendent Keith Kline presented the "State of the District," report on Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Union Township Civic Center. Dr. Kline discussed the past, the present, and his vision for the future.

"Student learning opportunities, and operating efficiencies are driving changes. We are doing business differently, these days," Kline said.

Free story time at the Eastgate Mall

On Saturday, June 8th at 10:00 am  Merwin Elementary will host a story hour at Eastgate Mall starting at 10:00 – 11:00 am in the children’s play area located near JC Pennys.  In addition to listening to Merwin teacher Mrs. Greer read favorite children’s books aloud, Willis Music will have an instrument “petting zoo” for students to listen to, look at, touch and learn about musical instruments.    This event is FREE and open to children of all ages.  It will last about 1 hour.  We hope to see you there.  

Top 10 questions and answers regarding the 2013-14 start/dismiss times

We have heard many questions from parents about the 2013/14 start/dismiss times. 

Elementary schools 9-3
Middle schools 7-2
High schools 7:15-2:15
 
Here are the top 10 questions and answers. 
 
Eastgate Mall partners with district for ‘Storytime’

Eastgate Mall has recently formed a partnership with West Clermont Schools to hold a monthly story time in the play area near JCPenney’s.

The partnership came from a desire to better connect the schools to the community.
 
“Research says that engaging school districts builds strong vibrant communities which support thriving businesses,” says Linda Austin, principal of Summerside Elementary. “Two-way communication with staff, parents, students, and residents of West Clermont Local schools is one of our top priorities.”
 
 
 
Smarter spending is key to efficiency

The West Clermont Local School District is doing business differently. Superintendent Keith Kline said that the district has four areas of operations in which to concentrate. “In order to move forward, we must focus on four key areas: Safe, secure and inviting schools; 21st century teaching and learning; Communication; and Financial stability."

Despite $7.4 million in reductions including 92 teaching positions, 32 support staff positions, and seven administrative positions, the district’s five year forecast reflects a $5.2 million deficit in the year 2014. 

 “It’s important to me as the leader of the district to make sure that we’re using our resources as effectively as possible,” Kline said. “For that reason, we will tighten – up operations to improve efficiency.“ Kline’s plan includes $1.5 million in reductions for the upcoming school year. 

PTO Board Members for 2013-2014 School Year

Congratulations to the new PTO Board Members:

President – Krystal Kile

1st Vice President – Mindi Blair

2nd Vice President – Jamie Black

Treasurer – Jim Schneider

Corresponding Secretary – Adriel Helms

Recording Secretary – Tara Good

These individuals were voted on by PTO members at last night's meeting and each person has accepted their position!  Congratulations to the new board and a huge thank you to all of our PTO parents for all they do to make Brantner Elementary a wonderful place to be!

 

Free summer reading events

Children and their parents attended a free story hour at the Eastgate Mall on Saturday, May 11, 2013.  Mrs. Simmon's from Summerside Elementary was the featured reader.  Join us on Saturday June 8, 2013 for a featured teacher from Merwin.  The mall will be giving away some freebies to all that attend. 

 

Library Visit Kicks Off Right To Read Week!

A visit from the Clermont County Public Library was the perfect way to start Right to Read Week at Brantner.  Miss Laura spoke to all of the students about the Summer Rewards program at the library this summer.  The Grand Prize is a Kindle Fire--how cool is that?  Be sure to participate in some of the awesome events/programs the library has to offer to keep students' skills fresh over the summer!

Fifth Grade Field Trip

OAA weeks come to an end!

Brantner Cardinals in grades 3-5 have been busy working hard on the OAAs for the past two weeks.  The students have worked hard all along, and this is their time to shine.  To show school support, the kindergarten students "adopted" fifth grade, first graders "adopted" fourth grade, and second grade "adopted" third grade.  The young students cheered on their older schoolmates, making posters, singing songs, sending cards and treats, to encourage the students in grades three-five to do their best!

 

School in session

All West Clermont Schools are in session on May 3. The staff Professional Development day is May 24. School is not in session for students on May 24.

The Force is Strong With Fifth Grade
Fifth grade students collaborating during a lab on the effects of force and motion on a object.
Third Graders are Great Thinkers!

Third graders are combining a study of different cultures in Reading Street with a study of Native American culture in Social Studies. They are reading informational articles about different Native American issues and using a comprehension strategy called "text coding." What's that, you might ask? During a second reading, students code the text with a ! if they find something interesting, a ? if they have a question, a ?? if they are confused, or an R if it reminds them of something. We then share our text codes and help each other through our confusions and questions. It's a great way for readers to think about what they are reading and make sense of it.
 

GEHS students will participate in county-wide mock emergency drill

Twenty Glen Este High School students have been invited to participate in a Mock Emergency under the direction of The University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the American Red Cross.  As a part of the Glen Este High School Health Education Curriculum, Instructor Joan Stear has for years used “Moulage” (Special Effects Makeup) as a teaching technique for instruction of types of wounds during her first aid curriculum.  According to Ms. Stear, “Creating the fake wounds on their own arm helps the students demonstrate learning in a concrete way!  Using their skills to help create fake injuries in a mock disaster training drill drives that knowledge home.  I know of no more rewarding situation than to use your knowledge to help save others!"

Literacy Night Fun!

Thanks to Mrs. Wallace for organizing a wonderful Literacy Night!  Every student got a free picture book or chapter book.  The families enjoyed pizza, soda/water, and a production of Rumplestiltsken!  Thanks to the Clermont County Library for being here as well!

Electronic Communication and the Law

Child Focus, Inc. is collaborating with local law enforcement to facilitate a training that educates parents/caregivers/teachers about the ways students are communicating electronically and the laws that impact them. The program is offered at no cost to participants.

 

Mrs. McGregor--Awesome Author

Mrs. Tanny McGregor, West Clermont Curriculum Specialist, had a book signing at the Fields Ertel Barnes & Noble on April 21, 2013.  Mrs. McGregor has written two books about comprehending what you read and strategies to help people be better readers.  Many individuals from the West Clermont family went to show their support to Mrs. McGregor, including Mrs. May-Ellis and Ms. Stepaniak.

 

The Brantner Family is so excited for you, Mrs. McGregor!

 

"Reading Rewards" Fundraiser

Brantner Elementary is having a fundrasier to raise money to purchase new technology to help our students be the best they can be!  How can you help?  Today, 4-9-13, your child will bring home a packet of 10 postcards--if they fill in the names and addresses of seven individuals that you know and bring it to school tomorrow, you can help our school.  It is so easy! 

 

Students that bring seven completed forms in their booklets will win a super-cool penguin.  These penguins will be used to raffle off other prizes to a few lucky students as well--"Ally Alligators" are small stuffed alligators with a secret compartment to store small treasures. 

 

You can also help by purchasing magazine subscriptions.  All of the information is included in the envelope your child is bringing home today.  *Note:  "A" day kindergarten students will receive their packets on 4-10-13 and will not be at school again until Monday, so their packets will be due on 4-15-13.

Brantner Beach Day


We are excited to announce that 76% of Brantner Elementary Students participated in the Brantner Beach Day Challenge! Students that completed all four Beach Bags were eligible to attend Brantner Beach Day. These students played water games and took turns dunking Dr. Fultz in the dunking booth. Thanks to Meteorologist John Gumm for attending and taking turns in our dunk tank. A special thanks to the PTO for their support of this day.

                                                  


                                                               

Meteorologist John Gumm Presents Reading Beach Bags

Meteorologist John Gumm (a former Brantner student and GEHS Graduate) from News 12 visited Brantner Elementary to introduce students to Brantner's summer reading Beach Bags. Beach Bags are reading books and materials mailed out periodically over the summer to encourage continued summer reading.  If the students complete all four Beach Bags and turn in all materials and work on their first day back at school in August, they will be able to participate in Brantner Beach Day. To see more pictures, click here.

Clough Pike closed due to gas line leak
Glen Este Choir Concert this weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Student SnapCode Verification

In preparation for the 2018-2019 school year, current student Snapcode verification information will be sent to families by email and by regular mail to the student's home address.  Snapcode verification must be completed and submitted in order for your child to receive their schedule or to be placed on a class list for 18-19 school year. 

Open enrolled students will not receive their Snapcode information until they have been approved for open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please contact our Central Enrollment Department at 943-5042 with any questions.

End of School Year

Parents and students,

Thank you for a wonderful 2015 – 2016 school year! 

Please have a safe and enjoyable summer! 

See all of you  in August of 2016!

Paraprofessional Openings

Brantner Elementary school is in need of 2 Paraprofessionals for the 2014 - 2015 school year. This is a part time position. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Dugan.
 

New payment system to be installed in cafeterias

The Food Service Department is installing a new food payment program in the cafeterias during the Christmas break.  
Starting on January 6, 2014, all payments for meal accounts will have to be made through EZ Pay. There will be a button on all school websites that will direct you to the EZ Pay page. 
The last day for parents to make payments to the meal accounts on myschoolaccount.com will be December 6, 2013.  During the transition time, students will have to buy food with cash.

Families are not required to use EZ pay. Students may continue using cash to purchase food without a fee.
We are trying to keep any inconvenience to a minimum. Thanks, in advance, for your patience. 

GEHS students write and read personal poetry

Students share their own poetry at Glen Este High School's Cafe Poetica

Written by Mark Motz at the Community Journal
 
The dim corner of the Glen Este High School library radiates with only sunlight streaming in from one window, two small track lights aimed at a lectern and tiny tea lights on the tables.

 

Middle School Information Video

School Counselors conducted class presentations with important information about transitioning to West Clermont Middle School. Here is a video link with information about selector sheets, transitioning to WCMS and the band and chorus programs that are offered.

 

https://drive.google.com/a/my.westcler.org/file/d/1gu3tec3ojsVTRdD0NuFvY44w5jYTvtgR/view?usp=sharing

Immunization Clinics
Safe Schools; ALiCE Training

“Schools are some of the safest places for our children because most schools practice evacuation drills for fires and protective measures for tornadoes,” said West Clermont School District Superintendent Keith Kline. “However, just like practicing monthly fire drills, it’s important that staff knows how to respond in the very unlikely event of an armed intruder,” he added. 

 

Volunteers of the 2013-14 School Year

Congratulations to the following volunteers for being selected as a Volunteer of the Year in their school or district. 

Congratulations, Glen Este fall athletes!

Sophomore quarterback Tyler Pilcher is up for the Ohio National Guard Cincinnati High School Player of the Year. Vote here:http://www.bengals.com/fanzone/ong-hs-playerofweek.html


Makenna Lavatori, junior soccer player has been selected to the All Southwest Soccer Team.

 

Jenny Howell, senior volleyball player, has been selected to play in the southwest district all- star volleyball game.

Penny War!

Now through April 30th...send in your change and see which class collects the most money!  The class that brings in the most will be rewarded with an ice cream party!

This challenge is sponsored by PTO.  Profits will be used to purchase all students a t-shirt for Field Day.

WCHS Summer Track Series

Looking to get in shape or stay in shape this Summer?  We have the event for you.  West Clermont High School will be holding their Summer Track and Field Series this year thanks to Tri State Running Company.  There will be 1 more meet this Summer on July 19th..  The meet is FREE and open to any age!  All meets will be held on the beautiful track at West Clermont High School.  Click here to get more information. 

AHS vs GEHS coming soon

They are "The Walkers." @Stephanie Walker, AHS Principal, and @Bob Walker GEHS Principal, look forward to the friendly rivalry. Football game day opener, Aug. 29.  Cincinnati Enquirer story is here

GEMS teacher featured in Cincinnati Enquirer article

Eileen Gorman, Glen Este Middle School eighth-grade Math teacher is featured in a Cincinnati Enquirer article written about the Common Core. 

The article's headline: "Stop 'holding students' hands and start making them THINK" is the first in a series of articles abouto the Common Core. 

A link to the article, written by Denise Smith Amos, is below. 

Superintendent's forum

The West Clermont Local School District has a distinct focus on four main areas of operation: safe, secure and  inviting schools; twenty-first century teaching and learning; communication; and financial stability.

WC Superintendent Dr. Keith Kline, has held a series of forums to collect input from parents and community members about the district's focus. The final forum is scheduled for... 

Monday, April 15, 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM, Union Township Library

Those interested in participating in these forums should R.S.V.P. to Becky at 943-5039 as soon as possible. Please join Dr. Kline as we work together to improve education in the West Clermont Local School District.

Second Annual Career Day

Brantner had an exciting career day! Students heard speakers from Duke Energy, Jet Blue, licensed therapy dogs and John Gumm from channel 12 news. This was a wonderful learning experience for our students to explore different career options and continue on their quest to be future ready.                

Kindergarten Registration

      Brantner Kindergarten Registration
              March 21 - 25, 2016
        Please Call Central Enrollment
           to schedule an appointment
                  513-943-5000
 

 

 

 

Field Day was loads of fun...even with the rain!

To all of the parents that volunteered to make the day a success,

for all of your hard work.  A huge thanks for helping us to adjust on a moment's notice and move the event inside!

COSI Notes for Fifth Grade Trip

Fifth grade families, please note the following information to make the COSI field trip a success:

  • Please have students wear their field day t-shirts
  • Make sure that your child packs a lunch, including a beverage
  • Students may bring a snack, as well
  • Chewing gum is not permitted at COSI
  • Students MUST be at school at 7:30 a.m. the day of the trip...the bus leaves promptly at 7:45, and students need to be checked in
  • Students need to be picked up from school at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the trip

 

Tribute to Veterans
Congratulations to fifth grader Cameron Kandell for winning a poster contest honoring U.S. veterans.  Cameron and his family attended an event honoring the men and women who protect and serve our country.

Get Ready for Right to Read Week! (Part 2)

Brantner Cardinals will have a special treat during Right to Read Week, and it is time to think about your book orders.  On Monday, April 15, your son/daughter will bring home an order form for our visiting author and illustrator's books.  These are due back to Brantner by Friday, April 19, 2013.

To help you make your selections, check out these websites:

www.bluemarblebooks.com  The awesome bookstore taking care of all of our orders!

www.goodreads.com has information on Sally Derby's books.  Her website is currently under construction.

Happy reading!

 

WCHS Boys Basketball Camps

Join us this summer for the West Clermont Wolves Boys Basketball Camps!  Two Camps will be offered this year:  Youth Camp (Grades 2-8) June 19th - 22nd and the Shooting Camp (Grades 4 - 8) June 26th - June 28th.  Click here to get more information or to register your child.  

2014-2015 PTO Board Members

Congratulations to our new PTO members!

President - Krystal Kile
Vice President - Jim Schneider
2nd Vice President - Emily Neller
Treasurer - Laurie Crothers
Recording Secretary - Cindy Carroll
Corresponding Secretary - Sheri Yonenaka
Fifth Grade Graduation

The fifth graders' big event will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, 6-5-14.  The picnic celebration will be held immediately after the ceremony.  Please be sure to check your fifth grader's folder for more information and to RSVP for the event.

 

Congratulations fifth grade!

Kindergarten has baseball fever!

Well, sort of.  Miss Stepaniak and her "B" day class played "What are the sounds in words?" baseball.  The students got a "base hit" for each word that they could successfully segment.  Each team got 10 "runs!"  It was a tie game, and everyone had fun!

Beach Day 2015

Every August Brantner celebrates Beach Day. Beach Day is a reward offered to those who successively participated in our summer reading program. Before school was out for the summer break, we provided students with login information to our interactive online reading program called Moby Max. We also provided certain students with a packet of reading materials we called “Beach Bags.” In order for students to participate in Beach Day, they had to spend a prescripted amount of time reading and completing the activities either in Moby Max or in their Beach Bags. We are happy to announce that 74% of our students were able to celebrate Beach Day at Brantner. Great job boys and girls! Thank you parents!

Right To Read Week was a Home Run!

Thank you to Mrs. Tippit and Mrs. Wallace for planning an amazing Right to Read week!  There were book giveaways, daily themes, visits from a local author and the Union Township librarian, and more!  What a great week--see the photo gallery for pictures.

Fall Festival Recap
Thanks to PTO for organizing a great fall festival!  Congratulations to all of the student costume contest winners, plus Ms. Grace and Mrs. Thornton for winning the teacher costume contest!  Everyone looked great in their costumes.  Check out some photos in the Photo Gallery!
Fun With Fifth Graders
5th grade students are playing Reading Adventures to review literary elements for the upcoming OAA.  Students even got creative and used their penguins as game pieces.
 
Right to Read Week ends with Pirate walking plank

 

 

 

Rosie Red Visits Brantner

Rosie Red visited Brantner on Tuesday, 4-15-14.  The students heard a new rendition of Casey at the Bat, featuring Rosie!  Rosie entertained while her friend from the Cincinnati Reds talked about the importance of perserverance and encouraged the students to never give up!

West Clermont makes a difference...Thank You!
West Clermont families make a difference in the lives of the needy. The "Stuff the Bus" food drive was a huge success. The food drive started on Monday, Oct. 14 and ended on Friday, Oct. 18. In total, over 10,000 non-perishable food items were stuffed in the bus for Inter Parish Ministries. Recently, bus drivers delivered the food to the Inter Parish Ministries. Students, maintenance employees, bus drivers, teachers, administrators and superintendent unloaded the over 10,000 items that West Clermont School students collected for the Inter Parish Ministries. Pictures are here!
Third Grade Thinks Scientifically
Third grade combined physical fitness with science this week while enjoying the warm weather! We played a Butterfly Life Cycle Relay game. Teams put an egg on a spoon, crawled like a caterpillar, shook like a chrysalis, and flew like a butterfly in a team relay race. What a great way to get some exercise!
 
Grandparents are the Greatest!

Thanks to the many grandparents/family members that joined the students for lunch over the past two days!  It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces.  The students had a wonderful time with their families at lunch!  Please see the new photo gallery featuring pictures from lunch.

Literacy Night=Loads of Fun

A huge thank you to Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Tippitt for organizing another amazing literacy night!  Many families came to enjoy pizza, art projects, read alouds, free books, and a raffle with fabulous prizes!

 

See below for some photos of the event...

Who says indoor recess is boring?

These first graders know how to make the most of their recess when it rains!  They created their own Lego Town.  Wow!  Looks like they had fun!

Second and Fifth Graders Working Together!

Mrs. May-Ellis and her second graders joined Mrs. DeMougin and her fifth graders to show off their science skills.  The fifth graders were excellent role models for their younger partners.  The students had a great time with their collaborators.  What a great opportunity for hands-on learning.

 

Click on the link below to see photos!

 

Thank you Sam's Club!

Fun Times in First Grade

What wonderful writing the first graders are doing!  Mrs. May-Ellis and her class have been examining YouTube videos on how to draw birds (so artistic!) and they are using this experience to create "How To" writing pieces.  Way to go first grade!

Big News for Brantner Families

The new schedule for the 2014-2015 school year has been released!  Brantner will be an "early" elementary.  The students' school day will be from 8:20-3:00.  This is an earlier start time, but the students will be released at the same time as this year.

Which teachers are tweeting?

Follow Ms. Acomb (5th Grade teacher) @MsAcomb, Ms. Bergman (4th Grade Teacher) @bergmanmath, Mrs. Reynolds (3rd Grade Teacher) @Reynolds3Class, and Ms. Stepaniak (3rd Grade Teacher) @StepaniakClass

MIDDLE SCHOOL REORGANIZATION

                     

Changes coming to Middle Schools for 2013-14

 

Spelling Bee

Members of the Spelling Bee Club participated in a Bee for the whole school on Friday, 1-10-14. The students did a wonderful job--way to go spellers!  Congratulations to Jeremiah Gast, who won the entire competition!

Fantastic Fourth Grade Awards

Great job to all of the fourth graders who earned awards for academic excellence and/or perfect attendance for the 3rd quarter.  Way to go!

Calendar Adjustment Due to Calamity Days

Calamity Day Update:

You may have heard that the state House and Senate both passed a revision to the Calamity Day Plans for all schools in Ohio.  While this legislation needs the Governor’s signature, he has said he will sign the bill. School districts across Ohio are now using a 5+4+4 model for calamity days.  Here’s how it works:

·      As has been Ohio’s history, the first five calamity days do not need to be made up.  By law, attendance on those days are waived.

·      The next four days must be accounted for using contingency plans.  For West Clermont, our 3 blizzard bag days count and we will have school on Thursday, June 5th to get us to four.

·      Once we have met these initial requirements, the state has given us an additional four waiver days if we need them.  Hopefully, we won’t.

Bottom line – because of Blizzard Bags and making up one day on June 5th, West Clermont is even on days missed.  Please make sure you adjust your calendar for that day as it will be our new “last day of school” for this year.

- See more at: http://www.westcler.k12.oh.us/districtNewsArticle.aspx?artID=1163#sthash.zhP1adZo.dpuf

 

Elementary Schools now open longer

The doors of West Clermont elementary schools will remain open a little longer each day. In addition, the buildings will begin offering limited evening hours.In the wake of budget constraints, each of the district’s eight elementary schools now close daily at 4 p.m.

However, the West Clermont Local School District Board of Education voted unanimously March 11 to keep the buildings open for administration, faculty and staff until 5 p.m. daily. Board member Denise Smith said the additional hour for faculty to be in the building will be a benefit.  More

Written by Mark D. Motz, www.cincinnati.com

Fabulous Fourth Graders

The fourth graders made their own cartouches to accompany the Reading Street unit, "Seeker of Knowledge."  After they made their own, they visited kindergarten to make a cartouche for each of them.

Preschool Students Learn About Other Cultures

Students in Ms. Kathy's preschool class learned about Chinese New Year this week.  Some activities included experiencing eating Chinese food with chopsticks AND a parade through the school!

Get Ready for Right to Read Week!

Brantner Elementary will have two literary all-stars visit in May for Right to Read Week!  Click "View all" to find out more!

Spirit Wear Link
To see the best images of our new spirit wear, please go to http://threadinitup.com/school-spirit-wear/local-schools/brantner-elementary/ Many students and staff members have been wearing the new spirit wear and it looks great!
Africa Comes to Preschool

Preschool grandparents visited Ms. Kathy's room to share their experiences in Africa!  They even dressed in African clothing.  What a great experience for our little learners!

"Coin Wars" are coming!

Coin wars are coming April 15-30.  More information is coming soon...start saving your loose change!

Bookworm Winners

The 5th graders held a competition for the most creative Bookworm while raising funds for the library!  Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated!

 

1st place– Jaden Boeh (center)

2nd place– Zach Glutz (right)

3rd place– Ben Tauber (left)

Congratulations Mrs. Brooks

Mrs. Brooks retires on March 28, 2013 after 35 years of teaching!  She will be greatly missed.

Introducing the Bird Club

Read more about Brantner's new reading challenge!

Literacy Night

Coming in April--fun for the whole family!

Dr. Kline hired as West Clermont Superintendent

 

Jan. 28, 2013, Union Township    
At tonight’s Board of Education meeting, the West Clermont 
Board of Education approved Keith Kline as the district’s next Superintendent.