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VWCS Community Connect Performances flyer

The Van Wert City Schools Music Department invites all students, alumni, staff, and community members to participate in their new Community Connect Performances.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 VWMS Assignment Pick-Up Round 2
VWMS assignment pick-up announcement graphic

Van Wert Middle School families who DO NOT have access to assignments through ECHO / on-line can pick up alternate paper assignments on Monday, April 6 or Tuesday, April 7 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 .p.m outside the main office. 

New! Changes to Grab and Go Meals Start Monday! with graphic of dinner plate, silverware and brown lunch bag

So that we can continue to serve the needs of our district while protecting the safety of our staff, beginning Monday, April 6, we will be providing our Grab and Go meals one day a week on Mondays from 10:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Chromebook Repair with graphic of a laptop with an exclamation point coming out of it

For students using school Chromebooks that are having technical issues rendering the device inoperable,

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 VWMS Chromebook Requests
A graphic of a laptop with the Van Wert Middle School logo

Van Wert Middle School parents can request to have their child’s Chromebook for distance learning... 

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
Congratulations VWHS Honor Roll graphic

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.

a message from VWHS Student Services with cougar head logo

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

Thursday, March 26, 2020 VWCS E-Learning Links Now Available
E-Learning links with graphics depicting various forms of technology

Van Wert City Schools will begin E-Learning with its students today, March 26, 2020.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 VWHS E-Learning Information Released
VWHS E-Learning Information with cougar head

VWHS students will be able to begin accessing their assignments Thursday, March 26 on ECHO.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 VWMS Announces E-Learning Information
E-learning graphic with ECHO logo

VWMS students will be able to begin accessing their assignments Thursday, March 26 on ECHO.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 VWES Drive-Thru Assignment Pick-Up
Announcement graphic for VWES drive through assignment pick-up

For those needing to take advantage of Van Wert Elementary's assignment pick-up, they may do so on Thursday, March 26 from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Changes start Monday 3/30 VWCS Grab and Go Meal Plan with arrow graphic

So that Van Wert City Schools can better prepare meals for our district students, starting Monday, March 30th, 2020, we will begin providing our Grab and Go service two days a week from 10:45 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

A message from the office of student services graphic

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. 

E-learning graphic

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
VWHS circle logo

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

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


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).

Freshmen girls from the cat pack smiling during a football game

Van Wert City Schools, in correlation with Ohio Revised Code 3313.64 or 3313.65, will again permit students from other school districts in Ohio to apply and enroll in the district's school system through "open enrollment" for the 2020-2021 school year. 

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.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 VWHS Theatre Announces Spring Musical Cast
Cast and crew of the spring musical, Tarzan

Van Wert High School Theatre proudly announces their spring musical, Disney’s Tarzan®, The Stage Musical, which will be presented on April 2-4, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

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
2019-2020 The Cougar's Roar volume 5 cover page

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.

Military Appreciation graphic

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

VWHS Concert Choir performs at Channel 44

Channel 44 will be airing the Van Wert High School Concert Choir's holiday performance on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Thursday, December 19, 2019 VWES Spelling Bee Champ Announced
Tracy Wehner, Drayden Hoffman, Harrison Sloan, Justin Krogman

Van Wert Elementary held its annual fifth grade spelling bee on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Thursday, December 19, 2019 College Credit Plus Informational Meeting Set
VWHS circle logo

The Ohio Department of Education began the College Credit Plus program for all students enrolled in Ohio schools. College Credit Plus has two fundamental positions:

Thursday, December 19, 2019 VWCS Board Meeting - December 18, 2019
Van Wert High School Principal Bob Priest was honored for winning the 2019 Ohio School Counseling Association Administrator of Year award. He was nominated by high school counselors Frankie Bowen and Ava Burkheimer.

Recognitions were at the forefront of Wednesday night’s brief Van Wert City Board of Education meeting.

VW Cougars logo

Presale tickets for the home JV/Varsity Van Wert vs. Wayne Trace boys’ basketball game will be on sale Friday, December 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the High School Athletic Office.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Krick Rings Bells Eight Hours a Day
Van Wert senior Madison Krick rings the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettles on Saturday.

Van Wert senior Madison Krick stood bundled, using the corner of the entrance to Walmart on Saturday as a windbreak from the raw east winds, as she stood in the elements and rang the Salvation Army Bell for eight hours.

VWCS Circle Logo

Van Wert City Schools, in conjunction with the Van Wert Police Department and Van Wert County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, conducted a random drug search at the high school campus this morning.

Kerry Koontz LifeChange of the Year nominee

Van Wert City Schools’ Career Counselor, Kerry Koontz, has been nominated for the 2019-2020 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Thursday, December 12, 2019 Van Wert Wins the TV-44 Whiz Quiz Tournament
VWHS students hold their trophies after winning the Channel 44 Whiz Quiz tournament

Starting with 16 teams and using brain power to progress down to 1, Van Wert High School was crowned champion of the 2019 WTLW TV-44 Fall Whiz Quiz Tournament.

Van Wert Elementary students proudly donated a check for $800 to the Shriners clowns.

Van Wert Elementary School’s Cougar CLUB held its third annual Candy Canes for a Cause December 2-6.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 VWMS and VWHS Choirs Celebrate the Holidays
Van Wert High School choir performs on stage

The Van Wert Middle School and High School Vocal Music departments invite the community to attend their Christmas Choir Concerts on Monday, December 16, at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

State Representative Don Jones speaks with participants of the CEO program.

Van Wert High School welcomed State Representative Don Jones to the school on Friday.

Friday, December 6, 2019 VWCS BOE Provides Stadium Update
Cougar Pride wall at Eggerss Stadium

The Van Wert City Schools Board of Education (BOE) is committed to providing the best possible facilities for all our student athletes.

Van Wert High School circle logo

Van Wert High School will use the following schedule for exams on 12/19/19 and 12/20/19:

Thursday, December 5, 2019 VWHS Students to Host Toy Drive
VWHS to host toy drive graphic

Van Wert High School students will host a toy drive December 9-13 to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

VWHS students collect food to donate to local food pantries

Van Wert High School student council sponsored several events in November to benefit the Ohio City Food Pantry and the Van Wert Cooperative Ministries Food Pantry.

Trent Temple

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Trent Temple, Athletic Administrator at Van Wert High School, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.

VW Cougar Head logo

Pre-sale tickets for the Van Wert vs. Crestview varsity boys basketball game at Crestview on Friday, November 29 and the home Van Wert vs. Lincolnview game on Saturday, November 30 will be on sale Tuesday, November 26 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. and Friday, November 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the High School Athletic Office.

Friday, November 22, 2019 VWHS Volleyball Holds Awards Banquet
VWHS Volleyball Scholar Athletes

The Van Wert High School Volleyball program held their end of the year awards banquet on November 17.  Varsity Coach Jeff Marbaugh and his staff gave out various awards to the players. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 VWHS Theatre to Perform Fall Play
VWHS Theatre Proudly Presents Sherlock Holmes poster

Van Wert High School Theatre invites you to their upcoming fall production of Sherlock Holmes on November 22 and 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on the Niswonger Performing Arts Center stage.

Monday, November 18, 2019 VWCS Releases Quality Profile
VWCS Quality Profile banner

Van Wert City Schools recently released its 2019-2020 Quality Profile. The QP is designed to be an at-a-glance summary of what makes the educational experience at VWCS outstanding,

Van Wert Elementary School circle logo

Van Wert Elementary School will be hosting its parent-teacher conferences during the following times:

Van Wert ECC circle logo

The Van Wert Early Childhood Center would like to remind parents that parent-teacher conferences for preschool and kindergarten will take place Monday, November 25 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 26 from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 15, 2019 VWHS Parent-Teacher Conferences Scheduled
Van Wert High School circle logo

Van Wert High School announces that Parent-Teacher Conferences for 2019-2020 will be held in the High School/Middle School Commons on the following dates:

Van Wert Middle School circle logo

Van Wert Middle School announces that Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held in various locations of the Middle School

Caylee Phillips is pictured with her medal after finishing sixth at the state meet.

It’s rare — really rare — to find a runner who is competitive at 100 meters and also at 5000 meters. Van Wert’s Caylee Phillips has been there and done that.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 VWHS Assembly Honors Local Veterans
The VWHS choir performs during Monday’s Veterans Day assembly.

Van Wert High School honored veterans on Monday as part of local Veterans Day activities. 

VWHS students pose with their trophy beside the school buses after the MakerFest competition

On Friday, October 18, Van Wert High School participated in the annual MakerFest event held in Lima.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 VWHS Academic Award Winners Announced
2018-2019 Junior Academic Award Winners

Van Wert High School recently honored 142 students with an Academic Award for the 2018-2019 school year.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 VWHS to Host Veteran's Day Assembly
A guest speaker addresses high school students at the 2018 Veteran's Day assembly

Van Wert High School will be honoring local veterans this Monday, November 11 at the annual Veteran’s Day assembly.