Life in Delaware County, Schools

Registration Open For One Community Conference

29 Dec , 2018  

Olentangy Local Schools has issued an invitation to the fifth annual ONE COMMUNITY Conference on Saturday, February 2 from 8 AM to 4 PM at Olentangy Berlin High School, 3140 Berlin Station Road in Delaware.

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Schools

Work Underway On Olentangy District Elementary Buildings

10 Dec , 2018  

Work to expand three of the Olentangy Local School District’s elementary schools is now underway. The three schools – Alum Creek Elementary, Arrowhead Elementary and Wyandot Run Elementary – each will receive six additional classrooms for a total of 18 new elementary classrooms to be completed in time for the 2019-20 school year.

The additions are needed to ease crowding and accommodate for continued growth.Enrollment projections show the district will run out of available elementary classroom space by the 2020-21 school year. Enrollment in Pre-K through fifth grade has increased by more than 700 students since the district built its last elementary school in 2012. The district’s enrollment projections also show Olentangy growing by another 2,498 elementary students over the next 10 years.Those numbers mean that, in addition to the 18 new classrooms, the district will also need to build new elementary schools in the near future to keep up with enrollment.

The additions are being funded with a previously approved bond issue for construction of an elementary school. That school was not built and the bond debt was never collected. The district is working closely with the construction crews to ensure that the work does not impact student education.

The following FAQ provides additional information on the process.

How will the district ensure construction employees do not have access to students? 

The construction site will be self-contained with portable restrooms for the crew. The construction company will be required to meet our safety standards, pass background checks, etc. Our director of safety and preparedness will establish specific safety plans with each school principal during the construction phase later this fall.

Will the Delaware County Sheriff have increased visibility during construction? 

School resource officers will continue to make regular visits to each impacted elementary school.

How will the district handle any increase in noise/disruption to learning?

Construction events that are known to be particularly loud will be scheduled around student attendance to avoid disruptions. These events and dates will be arranged in advance.

Should anyone associated with the construction process need access to the building during school hours?

This is not likely, but if so, they will be escorted. No construction employee will be unescorted in the building space.

Source: Olentangy Local Schools

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Schools

Classic Christmas Tale On Tap At WNHS

4 Dec , 2018  

The Theatre Department at Westerville North High School will be presenting a staple of holiday theatre repertoire this weekend.

As you know, “A Christmas Carol” is the story of one Ebenezer Scrooge and his travels from miserable miser to a man with Christmas in his heart. This rendition will feature some modern twists that are sure to please. More…

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Westerville North Alum Receives President’s Prize At OSU

21 Nov , 2018  

The Ohio State University has selected two graduating seniors as recipients of the President’s Prize, the highest university recognition bestowed on exceptional students committed to social change.

One of those recipients, Christian McGhee, is a graduate of Westerville North High School.

McGhee and Zac Graber, who is from Liberty Center, Ohio, each will receive a $50,000 living stipend and up to $50,000 in startup funding. More…

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Schools

Delaware Schools Seek Public Input On 2019-2020 District Calendar

10 Nov , 2018  

On October 22, Delaware City Schools held a public hearing on a proposed calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. This hearing was held pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, and required at least 30 days before the calendar is officially considered. More…

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Schools

Updated: Delaware Police Investigating Threat After School Contact; Individual In Custody Reportedly Identified

8 Nov , 2018  

Updated 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, November 8; first posted on Wednesday, November 7:

From the Delaware Police Department:

Officials with Delaware City Schools contacted the Delaware Police Department Wednesday afternoon after students had come forward with information about an individual that may cause harm to others. More…

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Schools, Sports

Powell Resident Finishes In Top Ten In Summer Youth Olympic Games Diving Event

16 Oct , 2018  

The website of USA Diving announced on Sunday that Powell’s Jack Matthews finished in the top ten of 3 meter diving at the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aries, Argentina. The article shares that Matthews as the youngest competitor finished in ninth place. More…

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Life in Delaware County, Schools

Student-Created Video Assists Del-Co Water

14 Oct , 2018  

It’s one thing when students learn conceptually about the “how-to” aspects of a given field. It’s another thing entirely when they engage in work which provides a boost to a real world company – particularly a non-profit water utility.

Delaware Area Career Center Digital Design Students Chris Skomra, Gibson Davis, Avery Latta, and Cyrus Adkins recently completed a video for Del-Co Water about a major plant expansion project. More…

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Schools

Liberty Tree Elementary Teacher Receives National Recognition

10 Oct , 2018  

The list of accolades for Liberty Tree Elementary School’s Jonathan Juravich just grew longer.

Juravich, the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, is the latest recipient of the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. The award, provided in conjunction with the National Education Association (NEA), highlights educators from around the country cited by their peers for their dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity, and advocacy for fellow educators. More…

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Schools

Teacher, Counselor, And Career Coach To Speak On Cyberbulling

8 Oct , 2018  

It’s a growing problem. Advances in digital technology offers many wonderfully empowering tools, yet they also produce new digital dangers for teens and tweens to navigate.

In an engaging and free public presentation, Olentangy Schools will welcome author and career coach Dr. Tim Conrad will empower parents and community members with information about the ways that teens and tweens are using social media with a special emphasis on how to identify and respond to cyberbullying. More…

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Business, Schools

Delaware Students Tour PPG

7 Oct , 2018  

PPG welcomed teachers and students from Delaware City Schools Friday at its Delaware facility.

The event was held to mark National Manufacturing Day, organized by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), which aims to address labor opportunities, connect with future generations of manufacturers and ensure success of the manufacturing industry. More…

Schools

Jane Austen Travels To Orange Township (With Video)

26 Sep , 2018  

Lovers of classic English literature and fans of quality high school theatrical productions are in for a treat later this week.

Olentangy Orange High School Theatre is presenting Sense and Sensibility, Kate Hamill’s brilliant 2016 adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic story. More…

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Schools

Dempsey Sixth Graders Assist MORPC In Idle-Free Educational Pilot

20 Sep , 2018  

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has long worked to make the air in Central Ohio safer to breathe. But now, along with the American Lung Association, it’s teaming up with sixth grade students in Delaware to get them involved in improving the quality of the air.

Cars and trucks are a dominant source of air pollution. They create almost half of emissions that produce ozone and particle pollution – two health-impacting pollutants that MORPC tracks before issuing Air Quality Alerts in the region. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University, Schools

Two New Marching Bands Strutting Their Stuff This Season: Video

15 Sep , 2018  

We’re well into the football season here in Delaware County, and two new marching bands are entertaining football spectators and rooting on their respective teams. More…

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Schools

Olentangy Local Students Named As National Merit Semifinalists

15 Sep , 2018  

Twenty Olentangy Local School District students have been named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The students are among approximately 1.6 million high school seniors from across the country who entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists represent the top 16,000 highest scoring students. More…