At Washington Local Schools, we exist to provide excellent education and individual attention, as we unconditionally love all kids and families, fuel passion, define purpose, and lead all to infinite opportunities. [ pdf ]
"Best of Toledo" Awards
In Toledo City Paper's Best of Toledo 2013, readers chose Washington Local as the BEST in several areas:
- BEST HIGH SCHOOL
Whitmer High School
- BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM
- BEST HIGH SCHOOL BAND
Whitmer High School
- BEST HIGH SCHOOL COACH
Jerry Bell (Whitmer Football)
- BEST MUSIC TEACHER (Tie for Runner-up)
Ray Novak & Justin Rhoades (Whitmer Band Directors)
- BEST LOCAL TWITTER ACCOUNT (Runner-up)
[ Superintendent Hickey's message to staff ]
The Washington Local School District has been ranked the region's #1 Top Workplace and Superintendent Hickey was named the #1 Leader. The results are based solely on feedback from an employee survey that was conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 40 major publishing partners across the United States and locally with The Blade. [ winner list ] [ winning organizations ] [ district profile ] [ The Blade Tabloid ]
New Dates set for OAA Testing
With the large number of calamity days that school districts have used this year, the Ohio Department of Education's Superintendent has moved the mandated OAA testing window back one week. Therefore, Washington Local Schools will be adjusting our testing schedule to reflect this change. Below are the NEW testing dates. Parents/Guardians are asked to please make every effort to have your child to school on test days.
||Tuesday, April 29
||Thursday, May 1
|5 and 8
||Friday, May 2
Scholastic Art Show Winners
Students from the Whitmer Art Department and Digital Graphics Department will be recognized for excellence at the 2014 Scholastic Art Exhibition. Twenty pieces of artwork by Whitmer students were juried into this year's Scholastic Art Show. Whitmer and CTC student received 16 Gold Key Awards, 2 Silver Key Awards, and 2 Honorable Mentions. Exhibition dates at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art are from February 9 to April 6, 2014. Congratulations to the students and their teachers - Brian Anderson, David Curry, Charley Drake and Matt Squibb. [ view artwork ]
- Noah Baker - Printmaking: Suit And Tie Gold Key
- Hannah Burkholder - Drawing: Wooden Mannequin Gold Key
- Stephanie Hart - Printmaking: Betty Davis Sugar Skull Honorable Mention
- Stephanie Hart- Printmaking: Birds Nest Gold Key
- Hunter Hawkins - Photography: Suspended 1 Gold Key
- Hunter Hawkins – Portfolio Gold Key
- Lindsey Johnson – Portfolio Gold Key
- Lindsey Johnson - Printmaking: Lorelei Gold Key
- Lindsey Johnson- Printmaking: Avian Dichotomy Gold Key
- Lindsey Johnson - Printmaking: Profile Silver Key
- Jessica Kleopfer - Printmaking: Fair Well Honorable Mention
- Mackenzie Michalak - Painting: Nora Gold Key
- Mackenzie Michalak - Photography: Insensible Gold Key
- Lauren Myers - Design: Fiddler On The Roof Gold Key
- Lauren Myers - Design: Breaking Point Silver Key
- Lauren Myers - Design: Gun Violence Gold Key
- Lauren Myers - Design: Keep The Arts In Public Schools Gold Key
- Farzana Qurban Ali - Drawing: Self-portrait Gold Key
- Mallory Rao - Design: Aiga Gun Violence Poster Gold Key
- Corey Wyckoff - Film: Animation Gold Key
On February 7, 2014, Washington Local Schools remembered our fallen Toledo Firefighters, James Dickman and Stephen Machcinski. The flag in the Whitmer Fieldhouse was dedicated to 1989 Whitmer graduate Stephen Machcinski and a decal with his name and badge number is proudly displayed on the flag box. We thank Privates Dickman and Machcinski for their service and sacrifice. [ news coverage: 13abc News / Fox News / Channel 24 ]
Spelling Bee Winners
Great News! Two students from Washington Local Schools will be advancing to the Toledo Blade Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. at Owens Community College Fine Arts Building. Jackson Grefe (Jackman Elementary 6th grader) placed 6th overall. Rajon Clausen (Washington Junior High 7th grader) placed 10th overall. The winner of the Spelling Bee was from Fallen Timbers Middle School. The Spelling Bee went 15 rounds before a winner was determined. Congratulations to these fine spellers!
New Student Registration
Registration for all new students is by appointment only at the Administration Building, 3505 W. Lincolnshire Blvd. Please call 419-473-8296 to schedule an appointment. [ more info ] [ forms ]
Delayed Start Days for 2014
Last scheduled delayed start: May 6. Students report to school two hours late.
District Junior Quiz Bowl Championship
The WLS Junior Quiz Bowl District Championship will be held on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:00 PM at the administration building, 3505 W. Lincolnshire Blvd. Elementary school champion teams from Greenwood, Hiawatha, Jackman, McGregor, Monac, Meadowvale, Shoreland, and Wernert will compete for the championship title. All are welcome to this free event to cheer on our kids. (Snow date is March 5.)
03.10.14 to 03.14.14
2014 OGT Testing
Whitmer High School has posted the OGT Testing Schedule and other important information for all Whitmer High School students. Click here to view this information.
McGregor Staff vs. Student Basketball
McGregor Elementary will be hosting a basketball game to raise funds for The American Heart Association. The McGregor Staff vs. 6th Grade game will take place on Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 PM in the Whitmer High School fieldhouse. Purchase tickets at McGregor beginning March 3 for $2/students and $3/adults. Tickets purchased at the door are $3/students and $4/adults.
Kindergarten Parent Information Night
Parents of children who will be five years old by September 30, 2014, and reside in the Washington Local School district are invited to attend a kindergarten parent information night on Thursday, March 20, at 7:00 PM, at Meadowvale Elementary, 2755 Edgebrook Drive. A shuttle bus will run from Whitmer's Career & Technology Center to Meadowvale beginning at 6:40 PM. The evening is planned for parents and childcare will be available. For more information, call 419.473.8232 or visit the Kindergarten Registration area. The General Registration area is for other grade levels.
Wear Blue Day
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Lucas County Children Services is teaming up with WTOL, Clear Channel Toledo and the Toledo Free Press to sponsor "Wear Blue Day" on Wednesday, April 9. Everyone in Lucas County is encouraged to wear blue, unifying the entire community in a commitment to keep even one more child from being abused or neglected. Post pictures on LCCS Facebook page.
Kids in Action is WLS tradition that celebrates achievement from students in grades kindergarten through twelve. This years' event will begin at 6:00 PM with an opening ceremony in the Nightingale Center and continue until 8:00 PM. Following the opening ceremony, Whitmer's classrooms and hallways will be filled with student artwork, writings, projects and exhibits. The evening will also feature hands-on demonstrations, a glimpse of Whitmer's spring musical, and food prepared by Culinary Arts students.
Kids in Action 2014: Inspire. Educate. Innovate.
Family Involvement Contest
Families are invited to use technology to create a 1-2 minute video of your family demonstrating one of the WLS core values. Deadline to submit videos is March 3, 2014. [ flyer ]
All Washington Local students will be released early on April 10 to prepare for Kids in Action.
Early Release for KIA
|Whitmer High School
Kindergarten Registration May 5 to 15
Children who will be five years old by September 30, 2014, are eligible to attend kindergarten. A Kindergarten Parent Information Night will be held on March 20 at 7:00 at Meadowvale Elementary. Registration is by appointment only and will be held in May at the administrative offices, 3505 W. Lincolnshire Boulevard. Appointments can be made by calling your child's home school beginning April 7. The registration schedule is below. [ find home school ] [ more info ]
||Thursday, May 8
||Monday, May 12
||Thursday, May 15
||Wednesday, May 14
||Tuesday, May 6
||Wednesday, May 7
||Monday, May 5
||Tuesday, May 13