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School begins August 21 for grades 1-12; first full day for kindergarten is August 26

Mission Statement
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.
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District News

Upcoming Events

BCSNSuperintendent Hickey on BCSN's One-on-One
Superintendent Hickey was a guest on BCSN's One-on-One program hosted by Tom Cole. Mr. Hickey speaks of the Washington Local Schools, school funding in Ohio, and his leadership in the district. [ video ]

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 ]


Military Order of the Purple HeartPurple Heart Awareness Week

The Washington Local School District is the first district in the nation to be recognized as a Purple Heart School District by the Military Order of the Purple Heart organization. On behalf of the students, staff and community members, Superintendent Hickey has proclaimed May 25-29, 2015 as Purple Heart Awareness Week. [ proclamation ]

WLS Treasurer Earns Auditor of State Award

For the fourth year in a row, Jeff Fouke, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Washington Local School District, has received the Ohio Auditor of State Award. A recent financial audit of the district by the Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost's office has returned a clean audit report. The award was presented to Mr. Fouke by Derek Merrin, Regional Liaison for the Northwest Region Office of the Auditor of State , at the May 21, 2014 Board of Education meeting. [ press release ]

2014-2015 School Calendar Revised

The Board of Education approved a revised school calendar for 2014-2015. Due to changes in the testing and assessment schedule set by the Ohio Department of Education, the delayed start days used for district staff training and professional development are revised:

  • Addition of one Delayed Start on September 18, 2014
  • Elimination of two Delayed Start days on February 26 and May 5, 2015

[ view calendar ]


State of the DistrictState of the District

Each spring, Superintendent Hickey provides an update on the state of the district. In this year's message, Mr. Hickey gives facts about Ohio's public school funding and how that funding is affecting our district. [ State of the District 2014 ]

Best of 2013"Best of Toledo" Awards

In Toledo City Paper's Best of Toledo 2013, readers chose Washington Local as the BEST in several areas:
    Whitmer High School
    Whitmer Panthers
    Whitmer High School
    Jerry Bell (Whitmer Football)
  • BEST MUSIC TEACHER (Tie for Runner-up)
    Ray Novak & Justin Rhoades (Whitmer Band Directors)

[ Superintendent Hickey's message to staff ]

Top Workplaces 2013

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 ]


Superintendent Hickey's Videos

Opening Day
[ 2013 ] [
2012 ] [ 2011 ] [ 2010 ] [ 2009 ]

State of the District
[ 2014 ] [ 2013 ] [
2012 ] [ 2011 ]

"Happy" Video

RCA Testimonial [ 2014 ]

Message to Kindergarten Parents [ 2014 ]


Back to School
Classes Begin Aug. 21 (Gr. 1-12)

Whitmer High School (Grades 9-12)

Orientation Days
Tuesday, August 12, noon-7 pm
Thursday, August 14, noon-7 pm
School Fees Collected (based on schedule)

Whitmer & CTC Open House
Thursday, August 28, 6:30-8 pm

[Whitmer Back-to-School Letter] [ handbook ] [ dress code ] [ parking guidelines ]

Washington Junior High (8th Grade)

Orientation Day
Thursday, August 14, noon-7 pm
School Fees Collected ($35)

Washington Open House
Thursday, August 28, 6-7:30 pm

[Washington Back-to-School Newsletter]

Jefferson Junior High (7th Grade)

Orientation Days
Tuesday, August 12, noon-7 pm
Thursday, August 14, noon-7 pm
School Fees Collected ($35)

Jefferson Open House
Thursday, August 28, 6-7:30 pm

[Jefferson Back-to-School Letter]

Elementary Schools (Grades K-6)

Class Lists Posted at Building
August 15 at 3:00

Open Houses (ALL Elementary Schools)
Wednesday, August 20, 6:30-8 pm

First Day of Class (Grades 1-6)
Thursday, August 21

Kindergarten Screening (by appointment)
August 21 and 22
9:15-11:30 am OR 12:15-2:30 pm

Kindergarten Orientation (by last name)
Monday, August 25
A-M: 9:30-11 am
N-Z: 1:00-2:30 pm

First Day of Class for Kindergarten
Tuesday, August 26

Survival Race08.17.14
Survival Race
The annual Survival Race for students in grades 3-12 will be held on Sunday, August 17. This is a 5k mud run that features numerous obstacles and is an excellent team building opportunity and life experience for students. Register online at www.survivalrace.com using the discount code panthernation (one word, all lower case) to receive a $39.50 discount on the full race price. Please register under the team name “Panther Nation” and sign up for the 2:00 p.m. race start if you would like to run with the Washington Local Schools group. WLS will not have busing available to take students to the race. Participants are encouraged to carpool as an alternative. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Colon at Greenwood at 419-473-8262.
Whitmer Band and Orchestra Boosters Annual BBQ
The annual Whitmer Band and Orchestra Boosters BBQ will be held Thursday, August 28, 5-6:30 pm in the Whitmer Stadium (Rain location – Whitmer Auxiliary Gym). Pre-purchase tickets from any Whitmer instrumental student or from the Boosters; a limited number of tickets will be sold at the BBQ. See flyer for more details. For additional information, contact Dana Susanowiz (419-917-6352 or wbob@wls4kids.org).

[BBQ Flyer]

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