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Good News Friday - January 6th, 2017

Posted on: January 8, 2017

“Join the Conversation”   Wayne Local Schools will be holding two (2) open invitation community forums on January 17th and January 19th at 6:00 p.m. in the elementary media center.   Our District will be embarking on a facilities planning process this calendar year.  We will be discussing our current facilities and identifying both the physical facility needs and educational needs for our students.  We want and need community input to help guide the work.  We are committed to gathering feedback from a wide range of stakeholders; your participation in the development of a master facilities plan is important to us.  By holding two different open sessions on January 17th and January 19th you can choose the evening that works best in your schedule.   Thank you for considering this opportunity to “Join the Conversation” as we explore facility updates.  If possible please RSVP the date you plan to attend with Helen Voiles, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent. 513 897-6971 or                                                                        

Pat Dubbs Superintendent of Schools

Waynesville Baseball 9th Annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, February 18   This is just a reminder that the Waynesville High School Baseball team will be sponsoring their ninth annual mattress sale on Saturday, February 18. Please keep this fundraiser in mind if you or anyone you know is in the market for a new mattress set this year. This has been a very successful fundraiser for us over the past several years, and we are very excited to sponsor this mattress sale once again this year. All proceeds directly support the Waynesville baseball program. Brand new, name brand, top quality mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties. Much higher quality for price than a retail store! All sizes, price ranges, delivery and free layaway will be available. If you are considering buying a new mattress, check out this fundraiser!! There will be mattress showroom set up in the Middle School cafeteria on Saturday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have any questions or need a new mattress before our sale, please contact Ultimate Fundraising Solutions at    Ryan Hill, Head Coach Waynesville Varsity Baseball

ART DEPARTMENT NEWS   All students are working hard and have created some amazing projects over the first half of the school year.  We set a date for the art show! The show will be on Thursday, April 27th from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., then from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Work from the elementary, middle and high school will be displayed from all art classes. Mark your calendars; we are excited to see you there!    Carlee Bollin, Bethany Lamb, Kristen Gebhardt and Laura Byrnes    See what is going on in our departments on Instagram!  wls_art_showcase and spartan_photo

SUB PARAPROFESSIONALS NEEDED   WLS is in need of sub paraprofessionals to work with our special needs children.  If you are interested please fill out the WLS Non-cert application.  You must have both your BCI and FBI background checks on file with WLS.  Please turn in the application at the Superintendent’s Office.

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR NEWS Cathy Joefreda ACADEMIC PLANNING NEWS Abby Shinkle   High School/Middle School Support groups forming now for second semester. All students brought home a permission slip to participate in the Too Good for Alcohol and Drugs program for males and the Voices Empowerment Group for Females with their interim Nov 29.  An Alateen permission slip went home as well.  If you would like more information on these groups or need a permission slip please go to  (1/17)

ACT –SAT PREP OPPORTUNITIES Waynesville High School JUNIORS are scheduled to take the ACT college admissions test on April 19, 2017 at WHS, within the school day, free of charge.  This is a new Ohio law this creates great opportunity and can cut the cost of college entrance in half to a third of what it was previously.  To help prepare the Juniors for this test, WHS has implemented an ACT Review within the school day during the ETEH time frame.  However, if you feel your child could use extra prep, WHS recommends looking into the LEAProgram.   The LEAP (Learning Environment & Assistance Program) is another avenue to help your child prepare for the ACT.    The LEAProgram assists students to help meet their individual goals. There are many different categories to investigate, however the ACT prep session is highly recommended.  There are currently sessions available in Mason, Ohio.  The course consists of four – 2 hour strategy sessions: English, Mathematics, Reading/Science and Essay taught by top-notch math and English teachers. Each strategy session includes introduction to the ACT and SAT tests, explanation of strategies for particular questions, group practice of strategies, independent practice and question/answer time. The class also includes the administration of a three-hour multiple choice actual ACT test that is scored and students can keep for review. At the conclusion of the course, students will have completed at least 3 full ACT's and 1 SAT. Students must purchase The Official ACT Prep Guide.   Note that the fourth of the five classes will be 4 hours in length to allow for a full-length timed ACT administration. This is an actual ACT that is scored and students get to keep for further review.  All courses limited to 18 students, but they offer several opportunities each time to accommodate many students and a variety of scheduling needs.  It would be important to check dates for availability. Sessions are filling up quickly.  For more information go to   or e-mail Abby Shinkle Academic Advisor/ Career Rep.

SPORTS NEWS Athletic Schedules: under Athletics   All records and stats can be found at the SWBL website

Waynesville Spartan Holiday Tournament Champions – The Varsity Lady Spartans defeated Greenon and Miami Valley to take the trophy and remain undefeated. The Junior Varsity Boys defeated Clinton Massie and Little Miami in the tournament and remain undefeated. Congratulations to both teams!  

The Waynesville Spartans Boys Basketball teams host two home games this weekend.  Tonight they host SWBL leading Preble Shawnee (4-0) and Saturday Night they host rival Bellbrook.  Both are triple headers with Freshman starting at 4:30, JV 6:00 and Varsity 7:30.  

The Waynesville High School and Junior High wrestling teams competed Wednesday night in front of the home crowd with both teams going 1-1 on the evening.  The high school will compete Friday and Saturday at the Fairfield Invitational while the Junior High will travel to Lebanon Saturday.

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE MAKES SELECTIONS!!   The Waynesville Athletic Hall of Fame committee selected four new inductees and two special inductees for the class of 2016. They are: Steve Jones class of 1972 - Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country Mike Cassidy class of 1985 - Football Candice Raab class of 2006 - Swimming Ben Roser class of 2008 - Tennis   The Special inductees are:  Rod Weirauch - coaching Elaine Coffman - athletic booster   The 1997 Baseball team will also be honored.  This team was the first baseball team to win a District Championship under the direction of Coach Larry Williams.   The Induction brunch will be held on Saturday, January 21st at the Waynesville United Methodist Church at 9:30.  Tickets are available for $20 per adult and $10 for children under 12.   Contact Tim Gabbard at

Waynesville Athletic Family Passes are still available for purchase from the High School Office.             Family of 4 = $200.00 Additional (Student/Children = $25.00 each)             Adult Pass = $80.00             Student Pass = $50.00

GRADE 1 & 2 INSTRUCTIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE Waynesville Boys Basketball is hosting an Instructional Basketball League for any boy or girl in the 1st and 2nd grade. The focus of the league is to develop fundamental skills in a fun environment. All players in the league will practice together and instruction will be from the Varsity Boys Coaching Staff and Players. Games will be 3v3 and each team will consist of 4 – 5 players with playing time being equal. The games will be coached and officiated by the Boys High School Program.   Go Spartans! Mike Arlinghaus (513) 897-4706 ext 4118


ADULT PASS          $80 This includes admission to all regular season Waynesville H.S. & M.S. home contests 
STUDENT PASS         $50 This includes admission to all regular season Waynesville H.S. & M.S. home contests 
FAMILY PASS FOR FAMILY OF FOUR          $200 This includes admission to all regular season home games for a family of 4.  Families larger than 4 can include additional immediate family members for $25 each.   At the admission gate, your name will appear on a pass list allowing you to sign-in to each event.   Adult and Student individual admission prices for league games are:  $6 - high school football and basketball games $5 - other high school sports games $4 - middle school games The Waynesville Athletic Department hosts approximately 90 ticketed home events annually.  As you can see, the season pass is a real bargain; a family of 4 attending as few as 9 home events would begin saving money.   If interested in purchasing a season pass, visit the high school office or contact the Waynesville Athletic Department at (513) 897-8756.  

Contribute to Waynesville Community Field: Our students have a high quality, outdoor artificial turf system available for practice and events.  Our durable surface provides superior playability with an excellent drainage system.  The natural looking aesthetics with long lasting performance will enhance our outdoor programs for years to come.  You can still support this project by making a lasting contribution.  $10,000 & Up Sponsors *Includes recognition on larger slot yard lines and 8x8 brick, in game recognition announcement, field signage $1,000 & Up Sponsors *Includes Name on a yard line recognition sign and 8x8 brick.  Be a Brick Sponsor:  One 4X8 brick with a minimum gift of $250 =3 lines of laser text having 18 letters/spaces.  One 8X8 brick with a minimum gift of $500 = 6 lines of laser text having 18 letters/spaces. Your personalized brick can be in recognition of students, alumni, families, corporations and organizations, in our honorarium brick yard by the scoreboard area. Brick Sponsors can use PAYFORIT and pay online .  Brick text can be emailed to   

Advertise with Us There are numerous ways in which you can partner with the athletic department to promote your business or group. If you’re interested in connecting with people though Waynesville Athletics contact 513 897-8756 for details on available opportunities. Athletic Director Mr. Chip King WLS resident senior citizens (age 62 and over) are eligible for a free pass for all home sports events - Senior citizens who live in the Wayne Local School District can contact Helen at the central office for the passes. 897-6971

TRANSPORTATION SAFETY TIPS Never walk behind the school bus. The bus driver cannot see you there and it is a danger zone. When crossing in front of the school bus, stay out of the danger zone at all times. It is about ten feet from the bus or three giant steps. The bus driver should be able to see you and you should be able to see the bus driver. If you drop something, tell the bus driver before going to retrieve the item.  

INFORMATION ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSING FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER   As we head into winter it is very important for parents to have back up plans in place for delays, early dismissals and closures.   We understand that our decision to open or close schools in bad weather has a big effect on families. We also understand that our students are better served by being in school. As always, our top priority is the safety of our students.  We will always try to make our decisions as early as possible.  Your child will feel safer if they know what they are to do in these situations.

BUS ROUTES For your convenience an alphabetical street name list with bus numbers is located on the Wayne Local website  . 

WELLNESS WC Combined Health District Newsletter – Jan 2016   WINTER WEATHER   Each year, dozens of Americans die due to exposure to cold.  Add to that number, vehicle accidents and fatalities, fires due to dangerous use of heaters and other winter weather fatalities and you have a significant threat.  A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures; and the aftermath of a winter storm can have an impact on a community or region for days, weeks or even months.  The following are tips on how to prepare for winter weather in order to keep you and your family safe: Have a plan – Each family should have a plan of how you will deal with ice, snow, and frigid cold weather.  Think about it now before you really need to put the plan into action. Keep up with the weather if you have travel plans – If winter precipitation is forecast, you might consider delaying the trip to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation.  Even small amounts of freezing drizzle, sleet or snow can cause significant travel problems. Develop and maintain an emergency supplies kit – A winter storm safety kit will be critical should a winter storm cause you to lose electrical power and/or water service.  A three day supply of essential supplies, including water and food for the family, batteries, flashlights, and medical supplies, should be in place and checked frequently.  In addition, if you have to travel this winter you should have an emergency survival kit in your vehicle as well. Pay attention to National Weather Service (NWS) watches, warnings and advisors – NWS offices work hard to get the word out as far in advance as possible when winter storms approach.  Whether you get your information from television and radio, the Internet, or weather radio, you should keep up to date on the latest forecasts and warnings. Get a battery operated weather radio - One of the items that should be in everyone’s disaster supplies kit is a battery operated weather radio.   For more weather-related safety information visit .

GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING CHILDREN HOME FROM SCHOOL DUE TO ILLNESS   It is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The following guidelines represent the more common childhood illnesses.   CHICKEN POX: A skin rash consisting of small blisters, which leave scabs. A slight fever may or may not be present. There may be blisters and scabs all present at the same time. Your child should remain home until all blisters have scabbed over, usually 5-7 days after the appearance of the first crop of blisters. COMMON COLD: Irritated throat, watery discharge from the nose and eyes, sneezing, chills and general body discomfort. Your child should remain home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with your child’s ability to learn. Medical care should be obtained if symptoms persist beyond 7-10 days, fever develops, or discharge becomes yellow to green. FEVER: If your child’s temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater (or 1 or 2 degrees above the child’s normal temperature) (s)he should remain home until (s)he has been without fever for a full 24 hours. Remember fever is a symptom indicating the presence of an illness. FLU: Abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache and sore muscles. Runny nose, sore throat, and cough are common. Your child should remain home from school until symptoms are gone and the child is without fever for 24 hours. HEAD LICE: Lice are small grayish-tan, wingless insects that lay eggs called nits. Nits are firmly attached to the hair shafts, close to the scalp. Nits are much easier to see and detect than lice. They are small white specks, which are usually found at the nape of the neck and behind the ears. Following lice infestation, your child may return to school after receiving treatment with a pediculicide shampoo. PAIN: If your child complains, or behavior indicates, that (s)he is experiencing persistent pain, (s)he should be evaluated by a physician before your child is sent to school. PINKEYE: Redness and swelling of the membranes of the eye with burning or itching, yellow or green drainage coming from one or both eyes, or crusts on the eyelids. Your child should remain home from school until receiving 24 hours of antibiotic therapy, as determined by your physician, and discharge from the eyes has stopped. SKIN RASHES: A physician should evaluate skin rashes of unknown origin before your child is sent to school. STREP THROAT AND SCARLET FEVER: Strep throat usually begins with fever, sore and red throat, possibly pus spots on the back of the throat, tender swollen glands of the neck. With scarlet fever there are all the symptoms of strep throat as well as a strawberry appearance to the tongue and rash of the skin. High fever, nausea and vomiting may also occur. Your child should remain home from school until receiving a full 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and until without fever or vomiting for 24 hours. Most physicians will advise rest at home 1-2 days after a strep infection. VOMITING AND DIARRHEA (INTESTINAL VIRAL INFECTIONS): Stomach ache, cramping, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, possible fever, headache, and body aches. Your child should remain at home until without vomiting, diarrhea or fever for a full 24 hours. If your child has had any of these symptoms during the night, (s)he should not be sent to school the following day.   Jen Royalty Wayne Local School Nurse

GENERAL INFORMATION CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT Ohioans who suspect child abuse or neglect now have one phone number that can put them in contact with child welfare or law enforcement officers in their county. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) launched 855-OHCHILD (855-642-4453), where reports can be anonymous.

CHILD FIND A Search for all children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. Child find is the process of identifying, locating and evaluating children with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services. Contact: Mr. Pat Dubbs, Superintendent at 513 897-6971.

2016/17 School Calendar  This calendar was adopted at the February 8, 2016 BOE meeting.

TWO-HOUR DELAY AND EARLY RELEASE SCHEDULES  Plan “B” – Two Hour Delay School Schedule  & Plan “B” – Two Hour Early Release Schedule

844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) SaferOH Tip Line Read more. PAY FOR IT Student fees can be paid online by signing up for Pay For It.  If you are interested in paying fees online visit our website and enroll.

ONE CALL NOW One Call Now is Wayne Local School’s Emergency Notification System.  It is used to contact students and school staff quickly and effectively by phone, email, and/or text message. You can receive phone calls, text alerts or emails regarding School Closings, Delays, or other Special Events/Circumstances. Text messaging and emails will be received faster than phone calls; so we always encourage subscribers to sign up for text and/or email. BCI AND FBI BACKGROUND CHECKS

BCI & FBI Background Check Information 2016/17 STUDENT INSURANCE  If you are interested in Student Insurance, please click here SCRIP BENEFITS WAYNE LOCAL WLS Spartan Scrip Central is here for your gift giving needs. Scrip is a win-win for both you and WLS. Here is how it works – you purchase gift cards for various retailers at face value and WLS gets a percentage back from the sale.  Read More.

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM PLEASE RE-REGISTER YOUR CARD – IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES SEE LINK BELOW. Please forward on to anyone you think may be interested. Thank-you for partnering with Kroger for your fundraising efforts. The 2016-2017 Kroger Community Rewards Program begins May 1, 2016 and enrollment officially opened April 1, 2016. All supporters must re-register their card for the new program year. Re-enrolling only takes a few moments and is completed in a few simple steps. To have your current supporters re-enroll: 1. Visit our website at . 2. Sign in using your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, just click on "forgot password" and a link will be sent to your email to change your password. 3. Enter your organization's five digit 82139 Wayne Local Schools number or the first three letters of the organization's name, click search. 4. Select your organization by clicking on the circle to the left of your organization's name. Thank you for your support!


  • We have a new email address!  If you would like to contact the PTO please use
  • If you weren't able to sign up for our email and/or One Call updates during Back to School Night please send us an email and let us know you would like to be added.  We will also be utilizing the Wayne Local website this year to post updates, information and meeting notes for anyone who isn't able to attend our meetings.  
  • BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION:  The PTO collects box tops all throughout the school year so they can be sent in at any time with your student.  We keep a running tally for contests so make sure you send them in baggies of 50 with the teacher's name on the bag.  Parent help is always needed so if you can help with clipping and counting please let us know.

  2016/2017 PTO Officers  President: Jen Pond Vice Pres.#1 Mindi Squire Vice Pres. #2 Jamie Manley Treasurer: Courtney Buck Secretary: Jessica Dupps

COMMUNITY NEWS Community announcements are provided as a courtesy for the community. WLS does not endorse or promote any activity.

Weight Loss & Detox Free Seminar Monday, January 16 7:00 p.m. Wayne Township Bldg 6050 North Clarksville Rd. Waynesville Q – Dr. Jim Byers at 513 897-0997

WAYNESVILLE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS Save the Date: February 27- Harlem Wizards   Our Athletic Boosters works closely with the Athletic Department and coaches to help provide funding for team items that are outside of the school budget. Boosters also assists in funding large projects. This past year Boosters has spent over 50K for projects such as: Athletic fields, locker rooms, team rooms, bleachers, Pom Poms, golf bags, swim jackets and training equipment for basketball and volleyball.   Fundraisers include: Fall/Winter/Spring Sports Program Senior Recognition Ads Hawg Dog Sauerkraut Booth Concession Stands   Boosters meet every third Monday of the month and we ask that each sports program to have a representative at our meetings.   Thank you for your continued support of the Waynesville Spartans! Sincerely, President, Steve Stanley  

AWANA Clubs – Club 56 Awana Club – Preschool (must be 3 years old by Sept. 30) to 4th grade Club 56 – 5th and 6th graders Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sept. 7 to April 26 First Baptist Church, 1009 Lytle Rd., Waynesville  513-897-1009 Register Online at

WAYNESVILLE CHAMBER NEWS Support Waynesville by visiting the Waynesville Chamber website and learn what is happening in Waynesville!

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS NEEDED Wayne Township Fire Department is seeking Volunteer Firefighters. Wayne Twp. will provide all training that is required. If interested please contact Chief Scherer at 513-897-3010 Ext. 1 or complete application located on website WWW.WTFIRE.Org and return to mailing address on the top of application.

FREE COMMUNITY DINNER Everyone is invited to attend a free Community Dinner. The Community Meal will be offered every month (on the last Friday of the month)  at the Waynesville United Methodist Church, 297 North Street, Waynesville.  This outreach project is supported from a grant received through the Ohio River Valley District.

MARY L. COOK LIBRARY NEWS Mary L Cook website: To find out what is happening at the Mary L Cook Library, just go to their website: and click on Newsletter.

Preschool Storytimes for 3 - 5 year olds (including kindergartners)  @ The Mary L. Cook Public Library 381 Old Stage Rd., Waynesville, OH Thursdays 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.  Or  Thursdays 6:45 - 7:30 p.m. Registration requested. We play games, sign songs, hear stories, and share laughs.  For more information please contact Kathy Daniels 513-897-4826 (4/14)  

Shadow Science for Preschoolers (3yrs. – Kindergarteners) and a Caregiver Friday, January 27 4:00pm to 4:30pm at The Mary L. Cook Public Library. We see shadows every day, inside and outside.  Let’s learn more about them and experiment with them. All children should bring an adult with them.  Required Registration will begin January 9. Questions, please contact Kathy Daniels 513-897-4826  381 Old Stage Rd. Waynesville, OH 45068 (1/20)  

Lego Fun for Grades 1 – 5 at The Mary L. Cook Public Library 381 Old Stage Rd. Choose one day to join us, Monday, January 23 6:00pm – 7:00pm Or Saturday, January 28 10:30am – 11:30am We supply Legos of all sizes and a theme. You supply your imagination! You will have lots of fun building a creation based on a theme. Registration is required for these programs and will begin January 9. (1/20)

It's Toddler Laptime! The winter series of toddler (2 year olds) laptimes will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:45 to 7:10 p.m. beginning January 17th & running thru February 21. Sign-up begins January 3rd!      Stories, games, songs, fingerplays and, occasionally, crafts will be shared with the toddlers during laptimes.  These sessions involve parents as active participants.  Registration begins Tuesday, January 3rd, and must be completed in person at the Library.     Contact Miss Kathy (Kathy Daniels), Youth Services, if you have any questions.      513-897-4826    (1/13)  

Join us for an American Girl Winter Tea Party at The Mary L. Cook Public Library for young ladies ages 8 and up on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  We are offering two parties this year; the first will be 10:30am – 12:00. The second party will be 12:30pm – 2:00pm.  Required registration will begin January 3.  Each party will be limited to 20 participants. Questions regarding this program, please contact Kathy @ Mary L. Cook Public Library - 381 Old Stage Rd. 513-897-4826 (1/13) Mary L. Cook Public Library 381 Old Stage Road Waynesville, OH 45068 513-897-4826 fax 513-897-9215 www.

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