District News

Sunday, May 24, 2020 VWHS Class of 2020 Commencement
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Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Watch the 149th Annual Van Wert High School Commencement. 

Friday, May 22, 2020 VWMS 2020 Virtual Art Show
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Thursday, May 21, 2020 Class of 2020 Senior Awards Announced
VWHS logo with graduation cap on the cougar - proudly announces Class of 2020 Senior Awards

Van Wert High School is proud to announce the following awards and recipients for the graduating class of 2020:

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 VWCS Food Services Donations
Surrounded by boxes donated from Tecumseh Packaging Solutions are Ron Danczyk, Tecumseh Plant Manager; Tom Losh, Van Wert City Schools board member and Tecumseh employee; Jenny Yoh and Julie Larue, VWCS head cooks.

The Van Wert City Schools Food Services department would like to thank Tecumseh Packaging Solutions and Leland Smith Insurance Services/Erie Insurance for their generous donations that helped provide meals to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Registration for fall athletics is now open for students who will be in grades 7 - 12 for the 2020 - 2021 school year.

Van Wert Service Club logo

The Van Wert Service Club will sponsor a summer speech and language clinic again this year.

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Greater Lima Region, Inc. has canceled Makerfest 2020, which had been scheduled for Oct. 16 – 17 at the Allen County Fairgrounds.

Jill Gemmer

The 2020 Peony Pageant, originally scheduled for April 3, had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to crown a queen and award scholarships, the contestants will be competing virtually this year and will be scored by a panel of judges. 

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During a press conference Friday, area principals announced that all four Van Wert County schools (Crestview, Lincolnview, Vantage and Van Wert) will hold virtual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mrs. Lynda Ragan, VWHS Family and Consumer Science teacher, and her FCCLA students proudly display their banners, yard signs, and car stickers as part of their bus safety project.

Van Wert High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) students were recently awarded $2,500 after being hand-selected by the national FCCLA for their outstanding achievement in the FACTS (Families Acting for Traffic Safety) program.

Delaney Eyanson

Van Wert Health announced winners of the 2020 Medical and Health Care Scholarship, an award for high school seniors pursuing continuing education within health care professions.

McKenzie Berry

Five area girls have been selected for the 2020 R.K. Thompson Self Reliance Award, according to Breanne Sudduth and Anthony Adams, co-chairpersons of the Van Wert Service Club’s selection committee.

Nicholas Carter

Five area boys have been selected as Finalists for the 2020 R.K. Thompson Self Reliance Award, according to Breanne Sudduth and Anthony Adams, co-chairpersons of the Van Wert Service Club’s selection committee.

Screenshot of all board members and school principals during Wednesday's board meeting held on Zoom

Four potential dates are under consideration for Van Wert High School’s 2020 graduation ceremony.

Monday, March 30, 2020 VWCS To Remain Closed Until May 1
COVID-19 update March 30, 2020

In a press conference held on Monday, March 30, Governor Mike DeWine extended all Ohio school closures until at least May 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, March 27, 2020 VWHS Honor Roll - 3rd Nine Weeks
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Congratulations to the following students for making the 3rd nine weeks honor roll:

Van Wert City Board of Education and administration officials met virtually Wednesday using Zoom videoconferencing software.

Teachers in the Van Wert City School District have a new three-year contract.

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As we work together in this unprecedented situation, we want to be proactive in our efforts to support students and their families.

Van Wert County General Health District

The Van Wert County General Health District in conjunction with Van Wert Health are requesting that those presenting mild and manageable symptoms of COVID-19 to stay at home and self-isolate.

Grab and Go Meals Starting Monday March 23, 2020 with graphic of a paper bag

With Governor Mike DeWine’s decision to close all Ohio K-12 schools in order to help with the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Van Wert City Schools believes it is our responsibility to continue to provide meals for the students of our district. 

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Van Wert City Schools would like to thank our community members for their patience and cooperation as we work through the logistics of this unprecedented time, and as we work to comply with the directives of the federal, state, and local government.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 VWHS Spring Musical Cancelled
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The Van Wert High School Theatre Department would like to inform all that our spring musical, Disney’s Tarzan ® , The Stage Musical scheduled for April 2, 3, & 4, 2020 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center is cancelled due to the state mandated closure and concerning development of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Mark Bagley

The Van Wert City Schools Board of Education plans to approve a three-year contract to employ Mark Bagley as their next Superintendent, effective August 1, 2020.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 VWCS to Close March 16 - April 3
VWCS Coronavirus Update March 12, 2020

Van Wert City Schools has cancelled all school-related events beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3 due to the order announced by Governor Mike DeWine on Thursday, March 12.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 The Cougar's Roar Vol. 6
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Thirteen Van Wert High School Advanced Placement Government seniors attended this year’s We the People competition, held Friday, Jan. 24, at the Columbus State House.

Monday, March 9, 2020 Getting to Know a 10-Year-Old Baker
Van Wert Elementary student Adria Webster poses with Van Wert United Way Director Vicki Smith. 

Van Wert Elementary student Adria Webster was nearly stunned to collapse when she received the message from her mother to her fifth grade Elementary Class recently that she finished in first place at the second annual Cup Cake Wars held at the Wassenberg Art Center.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Cross Over the Hill Receives New Name
LifeWise Academy (formerly Cross Over the Hill) board members pose with a new sign recently installed at the Middle School facility. 

New signs are going up at Cross Over the Hill (COTH) to reflect the new name of the program, LifeWise Academy. 

VWHS/MS librarians dress as Harry Potter characters for Teen Read Week

Monday kicked off Read Across America Week, a week that celebrates the importance of reading.

Lorrie Decker

Van Wert’s Lorrie Decker finished tied for 28th at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Division II State Bowling Tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl on Saturday.

Van Wert High School cheerleaders pose with their trophy at the state championship

The Van Wert High School Cheerleaders traveled to St. John Arena at The Ohio State University on Sunday, March 1 to compete in the 28th annual OASSA State Cheer & Dance Championships.

Friday, February 28, 2020 VWMS 2nd Trimester Newsletter
8th grade students perform their end-of-trimester Creative Dramatics Readers' Theatre

UPCOMING EVENTS -

March 6: Spring Fundraiser starts

March 24: Spring Fundraiser Ends

March 16-20: Spring Break-No School

April 1: 8th grade Parent Meeting 6-7:30 in NPAC Lecture Hall

April 10: No School-Good Friday   

FCCLA students pose near buses with the banners, yard signs and car stickers they were able to purchase through the FACTS grant

Van Wert High School’s FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) students are raising awareness for the growing concern of bus safety after receiving a $1,000 grant from Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS).

Justin Krogman speaks to the board about elementary school initiatives during the February meeting

A presentation by Justin Krogman and fourth grade teachers led off the February meeting of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education on Wednesday.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 VWHS Seniors Learn About Local Companies
Van Wert High School seniors learn about Alliance Automation from company representatives during a tour.

Approximately 100 Van Wert High School seniors had the chance to visit two of eight local companies Tuesday to learn about their businesses.

Monday, February 24, 2020 Bowling: Decker to State for Third Year
Congratulations Lorrie Decker, state-bound in girls bowling

Van Wert High School bowler Lorrie Decker is bound for the Ohio High School Athletic Association State tournament for the third consecutive year.

Superintendent Vicki Brunn testifying before the Senate

Van Wert City Schools Superintendent, Vicki Brunn, traveled to Columbus Thursday to provide her testimony before the Senate, supporting the plan the Ohio House passed in early February to make changes to the current EdChoice voucher program and overhaul Ohio’s state report card and testing system.

Friday, February 21, 2020 VWHS Students Chosen for Publication
Young Writers Mission Contamination poster

Van Wert High School English/Language Arts students recently participated in the Young Writers’ Survival Sagas: Mission Contamination Contest.

Pictured from Van Wert Federal are George Scott and Mark Schumm with seniors Ryan Chen, Zane Fast, Sydney Maller, and Nick Carter.

The Van Wert Robotics teams are gearing up for the state championship in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a few weeks as both teams have been making improvements and changes.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 City DARE Officer Retiring After 24 Years
New city DARE Officer Bryon Wells (left) is shown with his predecessor, Officer Greg Blackmore, who is retiring after 24 years in the DARE program and 30 years as a police officer.

The man whose name has become synonymous with the Van Wert DARE program, Officer Greg Blackmore, will be retiring from that position April 15 after 24 years in that position, and 30 years on the VWPD.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 VWECC Receives Grant for Books
Mrs. Foster's class show off several of the books purchased through the recent grant the ECC received

Van Wert Early Childhood Center recently received a $200 grant from The Ohio Federation of Teachers which allowed them to purchase books through First Books, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to get books into children’s hands.

Teens hanging out at Portal 2:20

Three years after opening Portal 2:20 Teen Center, Director Julie Burk still buzzes with excitement when she speaks of the positive impact the center is having on the community.

Ohio House of Representatives logo

A plan to replace the EdChoice voucher program and lay the foundation for an overhaul of Ohio’s school report card and testing system has been approved by the Ohio House of Representatives.

Hailey Gross, Allie Etter, Sara Gallagher, Nathan Rager

Allie Etter and Sara Gallagher, juniors at Van Wert High School, were recently selected as winners of the Rager’s Original Sausage Sandwich design contest.

The Cougar Connection January 2020 cover page

The January 2020 edition of The Cougar Connection is now available for viewing. 

Monday, January 27, 2020 VWHS: The Cougar's Roar Vol. 5
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Principal Bob Priest recently received the 2019 Ohio School Counseling Association Administrator of the Year award.

VWHS Robotics Team 5501

Last weekend, the Van Wert Robotics teams traveled to Wapokoneta to compete in a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics competition.

VWMS 6th grade Cougar Leaders donate $250 to members of the Van Wert Humane Society

Under the leadership of Van Wert Middle School teacher, Marie Markward, and community volunteer, Rachel Hoverman, the 6th grade Cougar Leaders raised $250.00 to donate to the Van Wert Humane Society Capital Campaign.

Pictured are members of the YWCA, Lincolnview basketball team, and Van Wert basketball team.

Heavy rain on Saturday didn’t stop local supporters of Human Trafficking Awareness Month from turning out at the Van Wert High School Gym to give their donations to the annual Van Wert-Lincolnview donnybrook generated on behalf of “human trafficking” to raise money for the month-long fund-raising in Van Wert County

Friday, January 10, 2020 VWECC Gives Back
Ashley Hockenberry, Ashley Zappa, and Sara Pugh present Betsy Hamman and Kim Laudick of the YWCA a check for $550
Van Wert Cougars vs. Lincolnview Lancers Girls Basketball January 11 at 11:30 a.m.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and for the second year in a row, the Van Wert Lady Cougars and Lincolnview Lady Lancers, in conjunction with the YWCA of Van Wert County, are competing to see which team can raise the most funds to benefit victims of human trafficking.

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The Van Wert High School Athletic Department will hold a “Military Appreciation Night” at the Varsity Girls Basketball Game versus Ottawa Glandorf High School on January 16, 2020.

Superintendent Vicki Brunn gives her report during Wednesday's Van Wert Board of Education Meeting.

During Van Wert's first Board of Education meeting of the new year, Board members approved a resignation at the end of the school year due to retirement from Superintendent Vicki Brunn. Brunn is in her second year as Van Wert City Schools Superintendent.

Ray Lozano (on stage) has local fifth-graders do some fun activities while educating them on the dangers of drugs and alcohol and other dangerous substances during a presentation at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center this week.

Motivational speaker Ray Lozano and his daughter, Brooke, were in Van Wert County this week to speak to students and adults about the dangers of substance abuse — drugs and alcohol — as well as the dangers related to smoking and vaping. 

January is School Board Recognition Month with photos of the five board members

Van Wert City Schools will join more than 700 school districts throughout Ohio to celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January