Elementary School News

Be a Spartan S.T.A.R.
(Standing Together – Acting Responsibly)

Waynesville Elementary School is committed to creating a positive environment for all students. Each month your child will have the opportunity to be chosen as a Spartan Star. To be a STAR the students must follow the school’s overarching rules - be ready, be respectful, be responsible, and be safe. The other component of being a star is being a buddy….not a bully! If chosen as a STAR, your child will have their picture taken with other students from their grade level and hung on our building Spartan Star bulletin board. They will also be given a certificate of recognition signed by the building principal and given a Spartan Star bracelet. In addition, they will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Spartan T-Shirt.

Rather than spending time focusing on the negativity of bullying, we want to focus on the positive! We have had fewer reported bullying incidences this year due to the positive environment this program has created. We are planning an elementary school Spirit Week for the week of December 15th. We hope you will make a great effort, along with us, to encourage your child to participate in the school’s Spirit Week Activities listed below. In addition, we hope you will take the opportunity to talk to your child about the importance of them being kind to others. Let’s work together to encourage our students to be SPARTAN STARS!
  • Monday 12/15: Team up to stop bullying – Dress to support your favorite SPORTS TEAM
  • Tuesday 12/16: Being a buddy is no sweat – SWEATSHIRT & JEANS DAY
  • Wednesday 12/17: Be a STAR and “Sock it” to bullying– CRAZY SOCK DAY
  • Thursday 12/18: Be a buddy and put bullying to rest – PJ DAY (school appropriate)
  • Friday 12/19: Hats off to our STARS! - HAT DAY

Tomorrow we will have our first ALiCE drill for all students at WLS.  Alice is a program we adopted in 2013-14 for the safety of our students and staff.  The components of ALiCE include:






We will be having drills throughout the year to help train and prepare students for such an event.  We will NOT be using counter or evacuation in tomorrow’s drill.

K – 5th Grades

Saturday 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3

9:00 – 10:00am in High School Gym

Performance Tuesday 1/6 during Home Varsity Game during halftime

Cost: $30

The goal of Little Dribblers Program is to introduce and reinforce fundamental basketball skills at an early age while doing it in a fun atmosphere.  Players will learn a ball handling and shooting routine that will be performed during halftime of a boys’ varsity basketball game.  We ask that players attend at least two sessions to perform.  All players will receive a Spartan Basketball Shirt.  Little Dribblers is open to both boys and girls. 

Ohio will soon replace its Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) with new end-of-course exams that better measure whether students will be ready for college or a position in the workforce.

This year, most Ohio students in grades 3-8 will take a new and different set of state achievement tests that are based on Ohio’s New Learning Standards. Both the standards and new tests reflect higher expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The new tests also will better measure what students have learned and what they can do with their knowledge.

In grades 3-8 math, the new state tests will replace the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA).

Parents and students will report directly to classrooms on Back-2-School night.

Monday August 18th Grades 1-5 Schedule 
1st Grade  5:00-5:30 PM
2nd Grade  5:15-5:45 PM
3rd Grade  5:30-6:00 PM
4th Grade  5:45-6:15 PM
5th Grade  6:00-6:30 PM 

Tuesday August 19th Kindergarten Schedule
AM Kindergarten 5:00-5:30 PM
All Day Kindergarten 5:15-5:45 PM
PM Kindergarten and AM Pre-K 5:30-6:00 PM

Closes regular hours on June 20.
Summer Hours:
Wednesdays – 8:00-12:00

Closes regular hours on June 20.
Summer Hours:
Wednesdays, July 9, 23, and 30 – 8:00 – 12:00

Summer Hours:
Wednesdays, July 9 and July 16 – 9:00 – 12:00


Mini books to support K-3 readers during the summer

"Beach Bags" give parents an easy way to keep their children's reading skills sharp with fun summer activities arranged around five themes: weather, pets, transportation, food, and neighborhoods. Each downloadable Beach Bag includes two free "little books" you can print out at home, two related activities, a list of classic picture books for further reading, and suggested websites to explore. Beach Bags are offered free to all Ohio families by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education.

-Weather: http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Early-Learning/Third-Grad...

-Pets: http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Early-Learning/Third-Grade-Reading-Guarantee/Third-Grade-Reading-Guarantee-Family-Resources/Perfect-Pets.pdf.aspx

-Transportation: http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Early-Learning/Third-Grade-Reading-Guarantee/Third-Grade-Reading-Guarantee-Family-Resources/On-the-Move.pdf.aspx

-Food: http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Early-Learning/Third-Grade-Reading-Guarantee/Third-Grade-Reading-Guarantee-Family-Resources/The-Foods-We-Eat.pdf.aspx

-Neighborhoods: http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Early-Learning/Third-Grade-Reading-Guarantee/Third-Grade-Reading-Guarantee-Family-Resources/Whats-in-Your-Neighborhood.pdf.aspx

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