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Principal Yancey

WCS Announces an Exciting Initiative

Dr. John Kellogg:

Dear Westerville City School District Families:

As part of our continuing effort to meet the needs of 21st Century Learners, the Westerville City School District soon will be providing students with an account for “Google Apps for Education.” All high school and middle school students, as well as some elementary students, will receive their accounts this school year. Remaining elementary student accounts will be phased in later.

School Closing Information

The Westerville City School District is closed January 6, 2014 due to inclement weather.  Please continue to follow us on twitter and facebook to ensure you have up to date information.  

UPDATE The district has also canceled all evening activities, practices, and events for Jan. 6, 2014.  This includes The Board of Education's Organizational Meeting which has been rescheduled for 6:00 PM on January 13, 2014 @ the Early Learning Center, 936 Eastwind Dr. Finally, the posting of students' 2nd quarter and semester grades to PowerSchool has been delayed due to the cancelation of school today.  

Yours In Education

Kurt J. Yancey, Principal

Tragic Events

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24. Teenagers experience strong feelings of stress, confusion, self-doubt, pressure to succeed, financial uncertainty, and other fears while growing up. For some teenagers, divorce, the formation of a new family with step-parents and step-siblings, or moving to a new community can be very unsettling and can intensify self-doubts. For some teens, suicide may appear to be a solution to their problems and stress. Depression and suicidal feelings are treatable mental disorders but the child or adolescent needs to have his or her illness recognized and diagnosed, and appropriate treatment plans developed. When parents are in doubt whether their child has a serious problem, a psychiatric examination can be very helpful. Many of the signs and symptoms of suicidal feelings are similar to those of depression.

ACT Boot Camp

We are hosting this event at WNHS on Monday, September 16, 2013 from 7:45 - 2:00.  This boot camp is designed to give our Warriors effective test-taking and time-management strategies that will help them realize a significant increase in their ACT scores. We had 183 students take this seminar last year and our school's overall composite score increased by 0.8 composite points. Translation: our students jumped over about 100,000 other students in the country who are competing for the same college enrollment options.  Please consider taking advantage of this amazing opportunity!

The safety and security of students is a top priority for Westerville City Schools and here at Westerville North.  The purpose of this letter is to inform you that today, as part of the district's comprehensive safety plan, our students participated in a lockdown drill as required by Section 3737.73 of the Ohio Revised Code.  The purpose of such safety drills is to help students understand the procedures to follow in the event of an emergency in which they would need to be secured in the school building.

Special thanks to our local law enforcement officials from the Westerville Police Department who facilitated and observed today's drills.  We will be reviewing the results of today's drill and making improvements to our procedures in order to maintain a safe and secure learning environment for our students.


Principal Yancey

Ohio's New Accountability System

This month, the state of Ohio will release the new school report card, which will give insight into how well schools are performing. It is designed to give parents more information about their students as well as provide data for individual schools to make informed instructional decisions. The state is no longer using ratings such as "Excellent with Distinction." Instead, schools will be given specific letter grades (A-F) on various performance measures, including the following: achievement, performance Index, 4-year graduation rate, 5-year graduation rate, and gap closure. Attendance percentages do not receive a specific grade, but still may affect the gap closing grade.  The best measure of a school's success is the success of its students, and the new report card takes a more comprehensive look at all of the elements that make up a great school.