District News

City Mayoral Candidates Share Their Views During Forum Hosted by VWHS Government Students Van Wert Mayoral Candidates Joe Jared, Ken Markward and Don Farmer

A standing-room-only crowd was on hand to listen to Van Wert’s three mayoral candidates talk about their qualifications and priorities, as well as answer questions about their stances on charter government and a number of other issues.

VWCS Conducts Full-Scale Evacuation Drill Students walk to their evacuation location from Van Wert High School and Middle School

On Wednesday morning, shortly after school started, Van Wert City Schools conducted a full-scale evacuation drill.

VWCS Board Meeting - October 16, 2019 Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton

It appears random drug testing will not be implemented at Van Wert High School at this time. During Wednesday night’s Van Wert City Board of Education meeting, VWHS Principal Bob Priest told the board that, after researching drug testing, he has changed his stance on the testing.

VWHS Theatre Announces Fall Play Cast The cast of Sherlock Holmes

Van Wert High School Theatre is preparing for their upcoming production of Sherlock Holmes adapted by Tim Kelly.

VWCS to Conduct State-Mandated Safety Drill VWCS Circle Logo

Keeping children safe and healthy during school hours is central to the mission of the Van Wert City School district.

VWHS Government Students to Host Mayoral Forum VWHS Government Students Present Mayoral Candidate Forum poster

Van Wert High School’s Government students would like to invite to the residents of Van Wert City to join them in the upcoming mayoral candidate forum on Monday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Niswonger Performing Arts Center’s First Federal Lecture Hall.

Subscribe to our Newsletter The Cougar Connection logo

Van Wert City Schools is pleased to announce we will be publishing a district newsletter soon.

Troopers to ride buses to catch stop arm violators Troopers of the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol pose with several Van Wert City School bus drivers

School has been back in session for a few weeks but already bus drivers have been reporting violations of safety laws.

VWHS Announces 2019 Homecoming Court 2019 Homecoming Court attendants

Van Wert High School’s Student Council is proud to announce the 2019-2020 Homecoming Court.

Alumni Encouraged to Get Connected Through New Online Portal Alumni Portal Now Open graphic

Van Wert City Schools is excited to announce an alumni portal now available on the VWCS website.

VWHS Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season VWHS Theatre 2019-2020 Show Posters for Sherlock Holmes and Tarzan

Van Wert High School Theatre Department is excited to announce our 2019-2020 season.

County school districts see Report Card improvements Graph showing overall grade distribution among Ohio’s school districts

All four Van Wert County school systems saw improvements on Ohio School Report Cards released Thursday, with Van Wert City Schools seeing the most improvement over last year.

OHSAA Issues Stern Warning to Parents and Fans OHSAA logo

Inappropriate adult behavior at high school athletic events in Ohio has reached epidemic proportion.

VWCS Board Meeting - September 11, 2019 Van Wert Middle School Principal Mark Bagley explains the PBIS program to board members.

Two finalists for the open district treasurer’s position were interviewed Wednesday night by the Van Wert City Board of Education.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Picture of a postcard from "To Write Love On Her Arms" an organization that aims to bring awareness to mental health issues.

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, suicide is the second leading cause of death in individuals ages 10-34, right behind accidental deaths.

Busy Night for Newell Van Wert senior Levi Newell plays trumpet with the band in his football jersey

Van Wert senior Levi Newell pulled double duty during Friday night’s football game against Defiance.

Last Chance for Football Season Tickets A Van Wert football player runs the ball against Crestview

Those wishing to purchase season tickets for the 2019 Van Wert Cougar football season must do so by Wednesday, September 11th at 3:00 p.m. in the High School Athletic Office.

VWCS Offers Crayola ColorCycle Program Crayola Marker Recycling Drop Here Poster

Van Wert City Schools is excited to announce a special program now offered throughout the district in conjunction with Crayola.

Van Wert Sheriff Invites VWHS Students to Exploring Open House Thomas M. Riggenbach Sheriff Badge

Are you interested in a future career in the Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement? If so, we would like to invite you to attend the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Exploring Open House on October 16.

VWHS Students Invited to Join Van Wert Fire Department Fire/EMS Exploring Program Van Wert Fire Department badge

Come learn about firefighting, emergency services, and EMT. I invite you to become a member of the Fire/EMS Exploring program sponsored by the City of Van Wert Fire Department.

Atlas promotes student success and support at VWHS Kevin Atlas speaks during his presentation to VWHS

Van Wert High School students gathered at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Thursday morning to hear Kevin Atlas, the first basketball player with only one hand to earn a D1 basketball scholarship, give a motivational speech.

Back to School Bus Safety Tips Children exiting bus while a car violates the stop arm

Roads are becoming busier and distractions more complex, causing students to be more at risk than ever before.

VWCS Makes the Switch to Digital Forms with FinalForms VWCS and Final Forms partnership graphic

Van Wert City Schools is excited to announce its partnership with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service.

VW vs. Bryan Football Pre-sale Ticket Info VW Cougar head logo

The Van Wert Cougars will travel to Bryan this Friday, August 30, to take on the Golden Bears in the first game of the season.

CEO program kicks off 4th year in partnering students with area businesses Jim Pope speaks to CEO program students at its kickoff meeting

Nearly 70 students and their parents gathered at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Wednesday evening to celebrate the kick-off of the fourth year of the Career Education Opportunity (CEO) Program.

VWCS Board Meeting - August 21, 2019 Mike Ruen was presented with a parting gift at his last board meeting before his resignation

The Van Wert City Board of Education honored treasurer Mike Ruen during their Wednesday meeting for his 12 years of service to the district.

VWHS announces open house date, times High school students smiling in the hall on the first day of school

Van Wert High School Principal Bob Priest announced that open house for parents of VWHS students will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 28.

School Traffic Flow Traffic flow for Van Wert high school, middle school and elementary

As the school year gets underway on Tuesday, August 20th, please be aware of the flow of traffic before and after school. 

Donation Gets You a Reduced-Price Ticket at VW vs. Crestview Jamboree Game VW Cougar head logo

The Van Wert varsity football team will host the Crestview Knights for a jamboree game that begins at 7:00 p.m. this Friday, August 23.

VWCS Alerts Sign-Up Info Hand holding cell phone with notifications graphic

Van Wert City Schools would like to remind parents/guardians that in order to receive alerts, they must be signed up for the Honeywell Instant Alert® for Schools system.

REMINDER: Transportation Procedure Changes for 2019-2020 School Year VWCS School Buses

In an effort to ensure the safety of all of our students, we have added and/or changed our procedures for after school transportation.

VW Athletics: New Ticketing Procedure for Season Ticket Holders + New Year-Round Pass VW Cougar Head logo

Van Wert City Schools Athletic Department has implemented a new procedure for season ticket holders.

VWES Announces Open House & Class List Information Van Wert Elementary School circle logo

Van Wert Elementary School announces important information for parents for the 2019-2020 school year:

VWMS Back-to-School Information VWMS circle logo

Van Wert Middle School has announced 2019-2020 opening of school information for parents and students. 

VWHS Announces Class Schedule Pickup VWHS circle logo

Class schedule pickup times for Van Wert High School students will be as follows:

2018-2019 State Qualifiers Recognized VWCS Champions graphic

The Van Wert City Schools Board of Education recognized the following students at the July 24 board meeting.

VWCS Board of Education Meeting: July 24, 2019 Van Wert City Schools Treasurer Mike Ruen gives his report during Wednesday's Board of Education meeting

The Van Wert Board of Education accepted the resignation of Treasurer/CFO Mike Ruen effective Sept. 1 during their regular meeting on Wednesdayhttps://timesbulletin.com/Content/News/News/Article/Van-Wert-City-Schools-treasurer-resigns/2/4/221075

Reminder: Fall Sports Parent Meeting August 1st VW Cougar Head Logo

The Van Wert City Schools Athletic Department would like to remind all middle school and high school fall athletes of the pre-season meeting and meet-the-team celebration scheduled for Thursday, August 1 at Van Wert High School.

VWCS Expects to Save More than $115,000 Annually Through Partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA A worker installs a new light fixture in the Elementary School drive

Van Wert City Schools, in partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, is poised to launch a sweeping energy and security improvement project that is expected to save the district more than $115,000 annually.

VWHS FCCLA Students Awarded Gold Medal at National STAR Event FCCLA teacher Lynda Ragan, students Allie Etter and Lyrissa Hammons, and Superintendent Vicki Brunn celebrate a gold medal together

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)’s National Leadership Conference (NLC) was held June 30-July 4 in Anaheim, California.

Van Wert Middle School Earns National & Ohio Schools to Watch Designation for 15th Straight Year Darla Dunlap and Anita Zuber pose with the Ohio Schools to Watch award

The Ohio Department of Education has announced the list of middle schools being recognized by the Ohio Schools to Watch (OSTW) and the National Schools to Watch (STW) programs.

YWCA Offers Run Jump Throw Program for Youth YWCA Run Jump Throw Summer Program flyer

The YWCA of Van Wert County is offering a FREE athletic opportunity for youth in Van Wert County. 

McColley Recognizes Van Wert High School Track and Field State Champion Kirsten Clay recognized for her state championship

Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) today recognized Kirsten Clay of Van Wert High School for winning the OHSAA Division II State Championship in the discus event. 

VWFT Gives to Local Summer Programs Cougar head logo

Through their annual end-of-year fundraiser, the Van Wert Federation of Teachers donated a total of $2,500 to two local youth summer programs.

VWHS Honor Roll - 4th Nine Weeks Congratulations VWHS Honor Roll graphic

Congratulations to the following students for making the 4th nine weeks honor roll!

VWHS Baseball State Semifinals Game Info Van Wert Cougars Circle logo

The Van Wert High School baseball team heads to Akron this weekend to take on the defending state champion, Dayton’s Chaminade Julienne in the State Semifinals game.

Graduation Portraits Available for Purchase Cougar with graduation cap, congrats class of 2019

Seniors can order graduation portraits through the USA FOTO website.

VWHS Baseball Heads to Regional Semifinals VWHS Varsity Baseball Team

The Cougars are District Champions after beating Shawnee 5-3 on Sunday.

VWHS Baseball & Track Compete Saturday, May 25 VW Cougar logo

The VWHS baseball and track teams are both scheduled to compete on Saturday, May 25. 

YWCA Summer Food Program Registration Now Open Flip flops and beach ball in the sand

The YWCA of Van Wert County is now accepting registration forms for their 2019 Summer Food Program. 

VWHS Announces Graduates of Distinction Congrats Graduates graphic

Congratulations to our Van Wert High School Graduates of Distinction for the class of 2019!


VWHS Baseball Team Shows Support for St. Henry Player Van Wert and St. Henry baseball players post with Nate Niekamp

Nate Niekamp stepped up to deliver a pitch Monday night at the Wally Post Athletic Complex.

VWHS Senior Award Winners Announced VWHS Departmental Award winners

Van Wert High School held its Senior Awards Convocation for the Class of 2019 on Monday, May 13, 2019 in the Saltzgaber Music Hall of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.  

May 17, 2019 - Update for High School Students Cougar Head logo

Due to today's cancellation, there are a few schedule changes to expect next week:

VWMS Choirs Will Hold Spring Concert VWMS Choir

The Van Wert Middle School Vocal Music department invites the community to attend their Spring Choir Concert on Monday, May 20, at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Auditorium. 

VWCS Board Meeting - May 15, 2019 Glenn Morefield is presented with diploma from Scott Mull of the VWCS Board of Education

The Van Wert City Board of Education tackled a packed agenda during Wednesday’s monthly meeting, and one of the first items of business was to present a Veteran’s Diploma to Glenn Morefield, a local veteran was born in Virginia in 1942, but moved to Van Wert County in 1953.

VWHS Art Students Earn $10,000 in Vans Art Competition VWHS Vans Custom Art Contest Student Participants

Tuesday was a big day for Hailey Gross’ art class at Van Wert High School. It was the day when art students would learn where they finished in Vans Custom Culture art competition that had a top prize of $75,000.

Van Wert Baseball to Host OHSAA Sectional Championship VWHS Varsity Baseball Team

The Van Wert Cougar baseball team will take on the winner of the Wapakoneta vs. Kenton game this Friday, May 17 at home. 

School Make-Up Day Plan School Make-up Days

VWCS Make-Up Day Plan

Getting to Know the Van Wert Quiz Bowl Teams Van Wert High School Quiz Bowl Team

The Van Wert High School Quiz Bowl team is gearing up to finish the second half of their successful season for the 2018-2019 school year.

VWCS Calendar Change & Make-Up Day Schedule School Calendar Changes graphic

Van Wert City Schools will not be in session on Thursday, April 18 as the calendar originally indicated.

VWCS Launches New Website VWCS circle logo

Van Wert City Schools launched their new website Friday, January 18!

VWCS Partners with New Safety Tip Hotline Safe School Helpline poster

Van Wert City Schools has recently partnered with Safe School Helpline®, a 24/7 confidential communication service where students, parents, and community members can report violence, harassment, and other school safety concerns.


Christmas came early for some Van Wert County organizations thanks to the generosity of Van Wert City Schools staff and parents.

VWCS RELEASES 2018-2019 QUALITY PROFILE 2018-2019 VWCS Quality Profile Paw

The Van Wert City School District strives to ensure each and every single student receives a quality education that will provide them with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, not only as students but as citizens of the Van Wert community.