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CHS Mock Crash (4-27-17)

Centerville High School students received a powerful message about the impact of impaired driving during a mock crash today. Every four years, members of the CHS student body are exposed to the consequences of mixing alcohol and drugs while driving an automobile. The Centerville community, police, fire department, Premier Health and Care Flight, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Centerville News Network (CNN) and the CHS PTO provided a dramatic reproduction of a 911 incident. Following the re-enactment, students listened to a mother whose son was killed in a car accident caused by an impaired driver. Finally, CHS Coordinating Principal John Carroll asked for a moment of silence for those families who have been affected by alcohol and drugs and encouraged students to “Herd Up” to help each other make positive decisions.

John Hole Traveling Opera (4-26-17)

Third graders at John Hole Elementary enjoyed participating in the Opera Guild of Dayton traveling children’s operetta, “The Pirates of Penzanz,” this morning.

CHS Budget Simulation (4-25-17)

Personal Finance students at Centerville High School hosted the “Real Money, Real World” budget simulation activity today. Students in U.S. Government classes were given a financial situation and then visited various booths to determine how they would budget their money. The booths, manned by the Personal Finance students and parent and community volunteers, ranged from choosing transportation and housing to selecting child care to spending money on shopping and entertainment.

PVN Little Elk Run and Read (4-19-17)

Students at Primary Village North completed their Little Elk Run and Read event today. First, students ran laps in the park adjacent to PVN while teachers and parents cheered them on. Then, students enjoyed a healthy snack and drink provided by the PTO, followed by 30 minutes of reading. Students have been collecting pledges for the event, with proceeds supporting PVN’s library renovation project. Phase 1 (seating areas, story tree and circulation desk) has been completed. Phase 2 will include student tables and chairs, two technology stations and free standing book cases, and Phase 3 will complete the project with remaining book cases, lighting, paint and finishing touches. Way to go, little Elks!

PVS Recycling Initiative (4-13-17)

Today was the big reveal for the new recycling center at Primary Village South! First graders in the Green Neighborhood came up with the idea after visiting the Montgomery County Environmental Learning Center. They operated a lemonade stand for PVS staff and parents to raise money toward the center, which was built by Mitch Gearhardt from our Skilled Maintenance staff. Now they are working on books to explain to other PVS students how the recycling center works. The students were so excited to see how the center turned out!

CHS Circle of Friends (4-12-17)

The Circle of Friends met today at Centerville High School to create decorations for the Special Prom, which is coming up on May 12. This year’s decorations will include these neon “monsters” created by the students. The Circle of Friends teams up students with special needs with their typical peers for events throughout the year.

CHS Studio Art Project (4-11-17)

As part of a grant from the Centerville Education Foundation, Mrs. Puckett’s Studio Art classes at Centerville High School are working on a public art installation based on the concept of “Post-Millennial Generation Education,” which focuses on how today’s students learn. This week, students met with visiting artists – CHS graduates Alex Broadstock, Eli Flannagan and Chip Jeckring, Cline Elementary art teacher Matt Szozda, and Samantha Hughes from the University of Cincinnati – to discuss concepts and develop a plan to create art based on that theme. They also are documenting the event, the creation and the ideation for this project through a student-directed documentary. An update on the project will be provided during the Centerville Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame banquet on April 25, and the installation opening is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 in the Performing Arts Center.

Stingley Ramp It Up (3-28-17)

This afternoon, fifth graders at Stingley Elementary participated in Ramp it Up, a science inquiry-based experiment to introduce forces and motion. The students used a toy truck on a ramp to observe differences in distance, time and speed.

PVN Genius Hour (3-28-17)

First graders in Mrs. Jacobs’ class at Primary Village North are sharing their “Genius Hour” projects today! Students chose topics they were interested in, and over the past eight weeks, have researched those subjects either individually or in groups. Today, we learned about everything from coins and animals to weather and states.

Stingley Family Bee Meetings (3-24-17)

Stingley Elementary students held their Family Bee Meetings today to talk about their word of the week: teamwork. They worked in teams to solve problems, and their teachers even threw in some additional challenges, such as lining up using only sign language. It looks like they had plenty of fun!

Tower Heights Character Education (3-24-17)

More than 20 Centerville High School students talked with Tower Heights Middle School students today about life in high school. They discussed topics like academics, time management, bouncing back from failure, body image, making good choices, where to find the best food and much more. Middle school students then met in their advisories to talk more about what character attributes might be important as a high schooler.

John Hole COSI on Wheels (3-22-17)

COSI Science Center, with the help of parent volunteers, taught students at John Hole Elementary about weather conditions today. Here, second graders try activities related to air pressure, weather instruments, how clouds, thunderstorms and tornadoes form, and much more!

Magsig Spanish Market Day (3-17-17)

More than 90 seventh grade Spanish students at Magsig Middle School participated in a Market Day activity this week. During the activity, students bought and sold food speaking only Spanish. Check out some of the great “storefronts!”

Watts Play (3-15-17)

Nearly 55 students at Watts Middle School have been preparing for the student-run production of “The Aliens are Coming.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow (March 16-17) at Watts. Reserved seats cost $5 and must be purchased in advance at Watts. Tickets can be purchased at the door as well ($2 for students seats and $4 adult seats). The play lasts just under one hour and is appropriate for all ages. Great job to all of the Watts students and staff who are involved in the production!

Magsig Musical (3-14-17)

More than 85 Magsig Middle School students have been involved in their upcoming performance of “Seussical the Musical,” from acting and directing to lighting and set design. Performances will be at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16 in the Magsig auditorium. Tickets are just $5, and children under age 6 are free. The family-friendly show is just over one hour. Great job to all of the Magsig students and staff who are involved in the production!

Normandy 3rd Grade Musical (3-9-17)

Music in Our Schools Month continues, and on March 9 third graders at Normandy Elementary entertained fellow students, friends and family members with a Dr. Seuss inspired musical.

KidsView Art Exhibit Opening (3-6-17)

Centerville Schools’ KidsView K-8 Art Exhibition opened last night at the CHS Performing Arts Center. It will be open to the public on select days throughout the month of March. Stop by and check out all of the great artwork created by our students!

CHS Biology Breakout Room (3-6-17)

Freshman and sophomore biology students at Centerville High School worked in groups to conquer the “Biology Breakout Room” today. Here, students in Mrs. Kerns class work together to solve clues and make their way through the overall puzzle to reach a final answer. Students in Mrs. Neasbitt, Mrs. Boehm and Mr. Ketcham’s classes also used the game as a fun review activity.

Cline Centerville Washington History (3-1-17)

Visitors from Centerville Washington History discussed artifacts from the 1800s with second graders at Cline Elementary today. Here, students in Mrs. Hippenmeyer’s class learn about various objects and then study more items to determine how they were used.

Weller Winter Musical (2-28-17)

Second graders at Weller Elementary performed a musical focusing on friendship and accepting others this afternoon.

Cline Winter Musical (2-28-17)

Second graders at Cline Elementary performed a special program for their school this morning.

Normandy Animal Adaptations (2-27-17)

Third graders at Normandy Elementary have been studying animal adaptations, and students in Mrs. Probasco and Mrs. Reeser’s classes welcomed visitors from the Centerville-Washington Park District this afternoon. These volunteers explained some of the characteristics of animals native to Ohio and led students in activities to help them understand why those adaptations are important.

Watts Dead Sea Scrolls (2-24-17)

Students in Mrs. Mackell’s class at Watts Middle School work on their World History end-of-unit project. They have been studying ancient texts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and are recreating their own scrolls, which will be displayed during their Family Night this spring.

John Hole Therapy Dog (2-24-17)

Students at John Hole Elementary practiced their reading with therapy dog Shaq today. Thanks to Mrs. Cullman, John Hole’s IMC Aide, for bringing Shaq to visit!

PVS Recycling Initiative (2-23-17)

First graders in the Green Neighborhood at Primary Village South explained their recycling project to Jon Wesney, Centerville Schools’ Director of Business Operations, and Mitch Gearhardt, Skilled Maintenance, this week. They shared ideas for new recycling bins they would like to add at PVS, including how many, what colors and what materials to use. The students visited the Montgomery County Environmental Learning Center and operated a lemonade stand to raise money for the project earlier this month. They were able to donate about $60, which they first grouped into dollars and coins before adding together in groups of 10.

Watts Glen Helen Raptor Center Visit (2-23-17)

Rebecca Jaramillo, director of Glen Helen Raptor Center, spoke to seventh grade science students at Watts Middle School today about birds of prey. The students were introduced to an American Kestrel Falcon, a Barred Owl and a Great Horned Owl during her visit.

Driscoll STEM Activity (2-13-17)

Third grade “Cupids” in Mrs. Schade’s class at Driscoll Elementary participated in a fun STEM activity today where they worked in teams to design and test a bow and arrow using materials such as popsicle sticks, cutips, rubber bands and dental floss. Ask your child what he or she learned about the design process.

Stingley Fossil Talk (2-8-17)

A Centerville-Washington Park District volunteer talks about fossils with fourth graders at Stingley Elementary today.

Normandy Souper Bowl (2-7-17)

Normandy Elementary held its first ever “Souper Bowl” on Feb. 7 and raised $1,459 for Centerville Schools’ Food2Go Program, which provides nutritional food to more than 170 students every weekend. Art teacher Alice Tavani received a McDonald’s Making Activities Count grant to purchase clay and glazes, and fifth graders made 200 clay bowls in art class for the event. Student Council members created special placemats for the dinner and served drinks and cleaned tables. What a great way to raise awareness of hunger in our community and beyond!

PVS Chinese New Year (1-31-17)

Students at Primary Village South celebrated the Chinese New Year today with their own Dragon Parade. In addition, visitors from the Dayton Association of Chinese Americans performed Chinese dance, music and martial arts. Watch video of parade:

Tower Heights Chinese/Korean New Year (1-30-17)

Did you know we have more than 200 English Language Learners enrolled in Centerville Schools? English learners at Tower Heights Middle School recently held a Chinese/Korean New Year’s lunch. Students from China, Korea, Jordan and India brought food from their home countries to share with the teachers and students in Family B. They also did several activities, including Chinese calligraphy, making art and sharing artifacts from home. According to Megan LeMaster, the district’s English Language Learner Coach, it has been very powerful to see the positive outcome for all our students when students from different cultures come together and learn new perspectives from each other.

Cline Literacy Week (1-30-17)

Cline Elementary students celebrated Literacy Week from Jan. 23-27! Each day had a different dress-up theme (such as Text Tuesday, pictured here), and they held their Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser in the auditorium.

On Jan. 30, the school welcomed award-winning author and artist David Catrow, who spoke to students in large and small group settings, spreading the message that everyone is creative and can inspire others. Catrow is a self-taught artist who has written or illustrated more than 80 books, including the creation of the Scholastic easy reader series “MAX Spaniel.” He also has worked in film and television, helping bring films like “Horton Hears a Who,” “Despicable Me,” “Stuart Little” and “Enchanted” to movie theaters all over the world. Students raised the money for his visit during their fall Run to Read event.

Normandy Fitness Challenge (1-27-17)

Congratulations to all of the Normandy Elementary students who completed this week’s Fitness Challenge! During their regular PE class, students worked out at six different stations, such as running, throwing, jump rope and push-ups, a total of 10 times.

Driscoll Winter Musical (1-24-17)

Third graders at Driscoll Elementary presented a musical to their classmates on Jan. 24. Can you guess the theme?

PVS 100th Day of School (1-23-17)

Kindergartners and first graders in the Red Neighborhood at Primary Village South had a blast celebrating the 100th day of school! They listened to stories, made 100th day hats, built towers out of 100 cups, counted out food to create 100-piece snacks, and counted by tens to do 100 movements.

Normandy Souper Bowl (1-20-17)

Fifth graders at Normandy Elementary recently started a service project. They are making clay bowls in their art classes with Mrs. Tavani in preparation for a Feb. 7 event called the “Souper Bowl.” That evening, Normandy families can purchase a simple meal of soup, bread and water, and funds raised will support the Centerville Food2Go program. Families may keep the bowl when they are finished eating. The Normandy Student Council is making placemats to teach about hunger and will be working shifts at the event. The funds for the clay and glaze came from the McDonald’s Making Activities Count grant, and most of the food will be donated. What a creative way to give back to our community!

CHS Freshman Advisory Tug of War (1-20-17)

Freshman advisories at Centerville High School are competing in the annual tug of war competition. Here, students from the South Unit participate in the team building activity.

CHS AP Music Theory (1-17-17)

Have you ever thought about all the steps that are needed to get a musical idea from your mind to your audience? Jim McCutcheon of McCutcheon Music gave a special presentation on “The Physics of Sound” to Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory students at Centerville High School today.

CHS Career Expo

Centerville High School's Career Education Program held a Career Expo today for sophomore who are interested in participating in the program during their junior and senior years. The program offered jointly among Centerville, Fairmont and Oakwood High Schools. Twelve courses are offered at Centerville -- Biotechnology, Business, Communication Arts (Broadcast Management), Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Engineering, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Information Technology, Marketing, Mass Communication (Print/Broadcast Journalism) and Technical Theatre. An additional four classes are offered at Fairmont – Allied Health, Automotives, Construction and Digital Design -- with a fifth, Fire Science, being added in the 2017-18 school year.

Weller Holiday Concert

Weller Elementary students enjoyed performances by their fourth and fifth grade chorus as well as Centerville High School’s Forte A Capella group this afternoon.

Tower Heights Holiday Assembly

We caught part of Tower Heights Middle School’s Holiday Assembly today. Band, chorus and orchestra students performed for their classmates to get everyone into the holiday spirit!

John Hole Service Project

During this time of year, it is better to give than receive. At least that is the motto of the students at John Hole Elementary as they head into the holiday season. The entire building is taking part in a Give-Back project headed by the fourth grade team. Four years ago, Mrs. Hippenmeyer’s fourth grade class began this Give-Back project by making 35 dental kits. Each year, it has progressively gotten bigger, including more of the students, and this year, they are aiming for at least 200 gift bags! The school has collected coloring books, crayons, hats and gloves, socks, and they are making fleece scarves to put in the goodie bags. They will finish each bag off with a holiday card and some candy. The gift bags will be shared with Kemp Elementary in Dayton and Dayton Children’s Hospital. The kids are so excited to be holiday helpers!

Cline Sing-a-long

Holiday carols also were heard at Cline Elementary today! Students listened to the Cline Chorus perform and then joined in for some holiday favorites.

Normandy Sing-a-long

Normandy Elementary students got into the holiday spirit during their sing-a-long this afternoon. A few students even gave solo performances -- Siddhant, Delphine and Olivia played piano, Aurora played violin, Max danced and Grayson played electric guitar. Happy holidays!

Driscoll Science Lesson

A stop at Driscoll Elementary this morning found fifth graders in Mr. Bizzarro’s and Mrs. Ferrazza-Snyder’s classes dissecting owl pellets. Ask your students how many tiny animal bones they found!

Tower Heights Music Tour

Students from Tower Heights Middle School’s Vocal, String and Jazz Ensembles toured the community today, performing at Primary Village North, St. Leonard CHI Living Community and Primary Village South (pictured here). What a great way to spread holiday cheer!

Weller Biome Museums

Fifth graders at Weller Elementary have been studying the ecosystem and biomes since mid-November. Each homeroom chose a different biome (forest, tundra, desert, ocean, prairie and rainforest) and learned more about how ecosystems stay in balance and become unbalanced. Students are presenting their Biome Museums today.

Stingley Winter Musical (12-5-16)

Third graders at Stingley Elementary gave the first performance of their winter musical, “Frosty’s First Adventure,” this afternoon.

CHS Chem Buddies at Normandy (12-2-16)

Third graders at Normandy Elementary have been studying the different states of matter. This week, some of the Chem Buddies, a group of about 70 science students from Centerville High School, visited Normandy to demonstrate science experiments related to matter and energy. Thanks for sharing a love of science with our younger students!

PVN Classroom Photos (12-2-16)

We stopped by several classrooms at Primary Village North this morning to check out what our young students are learning.

PVS Peace Night (11-21-16)

Primary Village South held a Peace Night last night, and families were invited to help PVS students spread kindness beyond the school walls by visiting various service stations to participate in hands-on activities supporting local charities, such as SICSA, Helping Hands and Blue Star Mothers. In addition, children’s literature musician Emily Arrow performed throughout the evening.

Normandy Wood Sculptor (11-21-16)

Fourth graders at Normandy Elementary watched a chainsaw artist work this morning as they wrapped up of their study of Native Americans. “Lumberjack Pat,” who taught social studies for 30 years, traveled from Massillon, Ohio, for the demonstration, and Lumberjack Chainsaw Art also donated a bust of Chief Pontiac, who was one of Native Americans the students learned about in class.

Funds to bring the artist to Normandy came from the glass art raffle that took place during last spring’s art show. The remaining raffle funds will be used to bring an ice sculptor to Normandy in March to tie in with the third graders’ study of animals.