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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.

West Clermont Words

West Clermont Words is a blog by West Clermont School District Superintendent Natasha Adams.  On this blog, Superintendnet 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.

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

In partnership with local community partners, the West Clermont School District is launching the West Clermont Connects Parent Education Series. These monthly sessions will focus on different topics ranging from: Mental Health, Teen Substance Abuse, Physical Wellness/Nutrition, Technology Safety, and Teen Driving. Our next session called, “Hidden in Plain Sight - Drug/Alcohol Abuse Prevention” will be held on Thursday October 18th during Parent/Teacher Conferences at West Clermont High School.  

 

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.

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.

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.  

Summer Food Service Program

Summer Food Program

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.

2018-2019 Pre School Enrollment

West Clermont Preschool registration for 2018-2019 is now open!  Students must be current residents of the West Clermont School District. Students turning 3 before September 30, 2018 and are potty-trained are eligible to apply for consideration in the school’s preschool programs.  The application is designed for typically developing students ages 3, 4, and 5. Children being served through an Individual Education Plan should contact Dr. Tracy Quattrone, Director of Student Services for more information (Quattrone_t@westcler.org).

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.

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.

Holly Hill Wins The Momentum Award

Holly Hill Elementary School has been named as a Momentum Award Winner by the Ohio State Board of Education.  Now in its third year, the Momentum Award is awarded to schools that showed larger than expected growth in both reading and math on their 2016-2017 school report card.  Congratulations to Principal Mr. Shane Short and the entire staff and students at Holly Hill on this outstanding accomplishment!

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.

West Clermont Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Together, we make a family.‚Äč 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. 

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.

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. 

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.