District News

A student tries on a firefighter's gear

More than 250 fifth graders from Van Wert, Crestview, Lincolnview, and St. Mary’s descended on downtown Van Wert at the first-ever “Let’s Get Down to Business” event hosted by Career Connections of Van Wert County on Tuesday, May 10.

Recipients of the Anita Zuber Future Teacher Scholarship

Van Wert High School held its Senior Awards Convocation for the Class of 2022 on Friday, May 6, 2022, in the Saltzgaber Music Hall of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 VWMS Hosts "Real Money. Real World."
Students had to decide if they had enough money left in their monthly budget to make charitable contributions. 

Van Wert Middle School hosted a financial literacy program for students called Real Money. Real World. on Wednesday, May 4.

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U.S. News & World Report magazine ranked Van Wert High School 160th in the state of Ohio and 4,196th in the nation for “Best High Schools”.

R.K. Thompson Students

It was the first full in-person gathering for the R.K. Thompson Self-Reliance Awards since 2019.

Rendering of the renovated Eggerss Stadium

Months of campaigning and spreading information paid off at the polls with the passage of a bond issue to renovate and improve Eggerss Stadium in downtown Van Wert.

VWHS Banquet

 It was an evening for laughter, tears, and applause as students and educators at Van Wert City Schools met at Willow Bend Country Club to honor those educators who have had an impact on students as well as those who will be retiring this school year.


The 2022 FIRST Robotics World Championships was presented in Houston, Texas, last Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the Van Wert High School Robotics Club participating in it for the first time.

On behalf of Van Wert City Schools, Kristi Fuerst, VWCS Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, accepts the Mark of Distinction award from Lou DeVincentis, OHSPRA President.

Van Wert City Schools was recognized with four professional Achievement Awards at the Ohio School Public Relations Association (OHSPRA) annual spring conference held in Columbus on April 28-29.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 #WhyYouMatter at VWMS
VWMS staff wearing their Why You Matter shirts

Van Wert Middle School is excited to be participating in the #WhyYouMatter project.

Pictured are (from the left) Gloria Waterman, Optimist Club; Nancy Brown, VWHS Language Arts teacher; Mackenzie Jones, Kasee Stoller, Sydney Rauch; and Bruce Showalter, Optimist Club President. 

The Optimist Club of Van Wert awarded three Van Wert High School students as the winners of its annual essay contest. The students addressed the topic “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?”

Robotics team bite their gold medals after advancing to the world championships

This past weekend, the Van Wert High School Robotics team competed in the big robot division at the Buckeye Regional FRC competition in Cleveland, OH with 59 teams from Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.

Mark Bagley speaks to the board of education during Wednesday's board meeting

Updates and various reports made up the majority of Wednesday night’s meeting of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education.

March 2022 The Cougar Connection cover page

The March 2022 edition of The Cougar Connection is now available for viewing!

Clayton Mosier, Lily Davis, Aaron Dowdy, and Mariana Ickes are the VWHS February PBIS winners

Congratulations to the February winners of Van Wert Cinema’s Student of the Month!

Senator McColley with the VWHS Robotics Team

Van Wert High School and Middle School welcomed Senator Rob McColley on Wednesday, March 9.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 VWHS Seniors Tour Local Businesses
VWHS seniors stand in front of the Cooper Farms sign

Van Wert High School seniors participated in the annual business tours on Tuesday, March 1.

VWES Principal Justin Krogman, Nurse Emily Whittington, District Nurse Theresa Whittington, and Assistant Principal Tracy Wehner proudly hold the new VWES Heart Safe School Designation banner.

Van Wert Elementary School is proud to announce its new designation as a Heart Safe School by Project ADAM.

FCCLA members and chapter advisor Mrs. Ragan hold a check for $1,000

For the third year in a row, Van Wert High School’s FCCLA students were awarded a $1,000 grant from Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) to help bring awareness to a traffic safety issue.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 VWCS Releases 2021-2022 Quality Profile
2021-2022 Quality Profile with a graphic of the cougar head and cougar paw

Van Wert City Schools is pleased to release its 2021-2022 Quality Profile.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 VWHS PBIS Students of the Month
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Congratulations to the November, December, and January winners of Van Wert Cinema’s Student of the Month!

Evan Sroufe

Evan Sroufe, a senior at Van Wert High School, has been selected to perform in Cleveland on Friday, February 4, as a member of the 2022 Ohio Music Education Association’s All-State Band.

Chief King presented awards, tee shirts, and smoke alarms to Braxton Kouts (left) and Hunter Tinsley (right) on Monday.

A few short weeks ago, on the night of Jan. 5, 2022, two hometown heroes saved their family of seven adults and children from a devastating house fire.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2021-2022 VWHS Honor Roll: 2nd Nine Weeks
Congratulations VWHS Honor Roll with a graphic of a gold star

Congratulations to the following students for making the 2nd nine weeks honor roll:

Mark Bagley speaking to the board of education at Wednesday's meeting

Anthony Adams will again serve as president of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education.

VWHS Theatre proudly presents Cinderella

Van Wert High School Theatre Department is excited to announce our 2022 spring musical production.

Thursday, January 6, 2022 Allie (Clifton) Kalsow to be Recognized
Professional headshot of Allie (Clifton) Kalsow

The public is invited to join us this week as we celebrate Allie (Clifton) Kalsow, a Van Wert High School alumna, for her various accomplishments as a VWHS student-athlete.

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The Ohio Department of Education began the College Credit Plus program for all students enrolled in Ohio schools. 

Van Wert County Prosecutor Eva J. Yarger, Resource Officer Bryon Wells, and two of the contest winners, Reaghan Ashbaugh and Tracen Wiseman

Four more talented winners of the “Drug Free Looks Like Me” calendar contest were named, this time from Van Wert Elementary and St. Mary of the Assumption.

Monday, December 20, 2021 Statement from Van Wert City Schools
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It is with profound sadness that we inform you about the tragic loss of an 8th grade student to our school community.

Matt Braun, the lead pastor at LifeHouse Church, speaks to the Board about a project which collected donations for needed clothing items for area children.

Van Wert City Schools Board of Education met Wednesday at First Federal Lecture Hall of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center and approved resolutions necessary for the Eggerss Stadium project.

Thursday, December 2, 2021 VWHS Recognizes Academic Award Recipients
2020-2021 Junior Academic Award recipients

Van Wert High School recently honored 146 students with an Academic Award for the 2020-2021 school year.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 Eggerss Stadium: Reflections and Renovations
A view of the current visitors locker room under Eggerss Stadium.

Recently I visited Eggerss Stadium on a crisp and breezy fall day.