District News

Thursday, September 24, 2020 Wanted: Substitute Teachers
Join Our Team! Wanted: Substitute Teachers with VW cougar head logo

Have you ever considered becoming a substitute teacher? Learn more today!

Greg Blackmore raises his right hand while being sworn into the VWCS Board of Education

Former Van Wert DARE officer Greg Blackmore is the newest member of the Van Wert City Board of Education.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 VWCS COVID-19 Update 09/23/20
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Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 VWCS Accepting Bids for Snow Removal
Snow plow clearing a parking lot with the VWCS logo

Van Wert City Schools is currently accepting bids for snow removal for the 2020-2021 school year.

Monday, September 21, 2020 Havill Crowned 2020 VWHS Homecoming Queen
Homecoming Queen Tayzia Havill surrounded by her homecoming court

Prior to Van Wert's game on Friday, Tayzia Havill was crowned 2020 Van Wert High School Homecoming Queen.

Friday, September 18, 2020 VWHS 2020 Homecoming Court
(front row, left to right) senior queen candidates: Allie Etter, Tayzia Havill, Carly Smith; (back row, left to right) Sarah Verville (freshman attendant), Aubree Bear (junior attendant), and Sofi Houg (sophomore attendant).

Van Wert High School’s Student Council is proud to announce the 2020-2021 Homecoming Court.

Thursday, September 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update VWCS
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Van Wert City Schools is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff.

Close up of an e-reader with the Sora and MackinVIA logos

Van Wert City Schools Library was recently awarded a $3,000 CARES Act Mini-Grant to help its student libraries prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free Meals with graphics of cafeteria food

Van Wert City Schools district participates in the National School Lunch Program and has received notification that the breakfast and lunch program will offer breakfast and lunch at no charge for all students in preschool through grade 12 regardless of free/reduced status.

Thursday, September 3, 2020 Student Grades Sign-Up Now Open
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Parents of students in grades 5-12 are reminded to sign up to receive student grades in ECHO. 

Ohio Governor's and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library logos, coming to Van Wert Friday, September 4

Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine is pleased to announce amazing progress in reaching young Ohio readers in the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL) Program’s first year.

VWHS presents 2020-2021 Virtual Open House with graphic of a city skyline with spotlights

Welcome to our Open House! These are changing times, and we are pleased to provide you with a brief description of the courses offered at VWHS. 

Do you know when to stop for a school bus in Ohio? with graphic of a school bus

The following graphic is a visual representation of when drivers must stop for a school bus in the state of Ohio:

Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton updates the Van Wert Board of Education on the first days of school.

During Wednesday’s regular meeting, the Van Wert City School Board listened to Superintendent Mark Bagley and Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton speak about how the school year is going with all the new requirements in place.

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The Van Wert City Board of Education seeks applicants to fill the unexpired term of board member Tom Losh, who resigned his position August 26, 2020.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 Fall Athletics Ticket Policy
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2020 - 2021 Fall Athletics Ticket Policy

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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.

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I, Lance D. Himes, Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), pursuant to the authority granted to me in R.C. 3701.13 to "make special orders...for preventing the spread of contagious or infectious diseases" Order the following to prevent the spread of COVID-1 9 into the State of Ohio:

Eggress Stadium

In a sense, it’s back to the drawing board for Eggerss Stadium.

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The Van Wert County Health Department has answered some frequently asked questions regarding Covid-19 isolation and quarantine. 

Thursday, August 13, 2020 No Season Tickets for 2020 Football Season
No season tickets for 2020 football season

Due to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) guidelines and the reduced number of regular season football games, Van Wert City Schools will not be able to sell season tickets for the 2020 football season.

Blaine Baxter and his sister Braeley present a $700 donation to shelter manager Tiffany Pereira, while shelter puppy, Mossy Oak, joins in.

Van Wert fourth-grader Blaine Baxter chose an interesting year to become a 4-Her. Despite only having one in-person meeting with the Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers, Baxter recently completed his project and even raised $700, which he donated to the Van Wert County Humane Society.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Back-to-School Update: August 5, 2020
Back-to-School Update August 5, 2020

Governor DeWine announced yesterday, August 4, that the Ohio Department of Health will issue a health order requiring that K-12 children wear face coverings while at school.

Farewell Letter from Superintendent Vicki Brunn with a photo of Vicki and the VWCS circle logo

It's official! Saturday was my first day of retirement. It has been a joy and a pleasure to serve as superintendent of Van Wert City Schools these past two years.

Board of education meeting in lecture hall

The Educational Boards of Van Wert City Schools and Lincolnview Local Schools met in special meetings on Thursday to approve remote learning plans and district calendar changes.

Cougar head and cougar paw with VWCS 2020-2021 Reopening Plan

During the 2019-2020 school year, all Ohio schools were closed for the remainder of the school calendar year beginning on March 17, 2020 by order of Governor DeWine and State Health Commissioner Acton in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. 

2020 Van Wert High School graduate Jared Weiss poses with his high school diploma and his college diploma. Weiss earned his associate’s of science from Rhodes State College while in high school. 

In 2019, the Weiss family celebrated their son Jacob who had obtained a college degree before graduating high school.

Van Wert City Schools logo and FinalForms logo

FinalForms is now open for parents to make updates for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Pictured from left to right are current and former Van Wert High School Booster Club Officers: Breanne Sudduth, Treasurer; LeeAnn Pratt, Secretary; Michelle Gunter, President; Ben Laudick, Former President; and RJ Coleman, Vice President. 

The Van Wert High School Athletic Booster Club is extremely proud to have contributed $75,000 to the resurfacing of the Van Wert High School track.

New Van Wert Superintendent Mark Bagley speaks on preparations for reopening in the fall during Wednesday’s meeting of the Van Wert City Board of Education.

With an eye on safely returning students to classrooms next month, Van Wert City Schools is working on plans to do so.

Chuck Rollins, president of the Van Wert Federation of Teachers, Betsy Hamman, director of the YWCA summer food program & Charlie Witten, treasurer of Van Wert Federation of Teachers.

Rather than doing a spring fundraiser this year, the Van Wert Federation of Teachers collected donations from members to donate to the YWCA summer food program. 

Saturday, July 4, 2020 VWAPAF Board Of Directors Honored
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The Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation, presenting Van Wert Live events, honored the commitments of outgoing board members, Scott Mull and Dr. Kevin Laing, along with resigning member, Vicki Brunn at the June Board of Directors meeting.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Operation Back to School Coming Soon
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The 5th annual Operation Back to School outreach event, sponsored by First United Methodist Church, is set for the afternoon of Aug. 2, 2020.

Drone photo taken by Adam Sealscott shows the new scarlet-and-gray color scheme on the tennis complex’s six tennis courts.

The newly reconditioned courts at the Van Wert County Foundation Tennis Complex at Van Wert High School will have players and fans alike seeing red.

Van Wert City Board of Education members welcomed incoming Superintendent Mark Bagley (left) said farewell to retiring Superintendent Vicki Brunn during its June meeting on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s Van Wert City Board of Education meeting was the final one for Superintendent Vicki Brunn.

Pictured are Julie LaRue and Becky Proffitt of Van Wert City Schools and Brand Lieber, Mark Verville, and Sam Price of the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with Sister’s Embroidery and More to offer Van Wert Strong t-shirts to the community.

The Brumback Library

The following is a list of events for the Brumback Library's Summer Reading Program, "Imagine Your Story," for the week of June 15-20:

TJ Reynolds throws the first pitch of the all-star game

Eight area High School seniors competed in the Ohio Memorial All-Star Game at Ottawa Memorial Field over the weekend.

The Brumback Library

Registration for the Brumback Library’s 2020 annual Summer Reading Program is underway.

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During Van Wert's graduation ceremony, students Delaney Eyanson, Kathryn Hauter, and Ryan Chen gave speeches.

Ryan Chen

Van Wert Elks Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has announced the awarding of a $2,000 scholarship by the Elks National Foundation to Ryan Chen.

 Van Wert City School Treasurer Michelle Mawer delivers a Power Point during Wednesday's Board of Education meeting.

Covid-19 and its impact on Van Wert City Schools was the focus of the majority of the Board of Education meeting held on Wednesday, May 27.

Sunday, May 24, 2020 VWHS Class of 2020 Commencement
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Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Watch the 149th Annual Van Wert High School Commencement. 

Friday, May 22, 2020 VWMS 2020 Virtual Art Show
Middle School virtual art show video
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Class of 2020 Senior Awards Announced
VWHS logo with graduation cap on the cougar - proudly announces Class of 2020 Senior Awards

Van Wert High School is proud to announce the following awards and recipients for the graduating class of 2020:

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 VWCS Food Services Donations
Surrounded by boxes donated from Tecumseh Packaging Solutions are Ron Danczyk, Tecumseh Plant Manager; Tom Losh, Van Wert City Schools board member and Tecumseh employee; Jenny Yoh and Julie Larue, VWCS head cooks.

The Van Wert City Schools Food Services department would like to thank Tecumseh Packaging Solutions and Leland Smith Insurance Services/Erie Insurance for their generous donations that helped provide meals to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Registration for fall athletics is now open for students who will be in grades 7 - 12 for the 2020 - 2021 school year.

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The Van Wert Service Club will sponsor a summer speech and language clinic again this year.

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Greater Lima Region, Inc. has canceled Makerfest 2020, which had been scheduled for Oct. 16 – 17 at the Allen County Fairgrounds.

Jill Gemmer

The 2020 Peony Pageant, originally scheduled for April 3, had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to crown a queen and award scholarships, the contestants will be competing virtually this year and will be scored by a panel of judges. 

Mrs. Lynda Ragan, VWHS Family and Consumer Science teacher, and her FCCLA students proudly display their banners, yard signs, and car stickers as part of their bus safety project.

Van Wert High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) students were recently awarded $2,500 after being hand-selected by the national FCCLA for their outstanding achievement in the FACTS (Families Acting for Traffic Safety) program.

Delaney Eyanson

Van Wert Health announced winners of the 2020 Medical and Health Care Scholarship, an award for high school seniors pursuing continuing education within health care professions.

McKenzie Berry

Five area girls have been selected for the 2020 R.K. Thompson Self Reliance Award, according to Breanne Sudduth and Anthony Adams, co-chairpersons of the Van Wert Service Club’s selection committee.

Nicholas Carter

Five area boys have been selected as Finalists for the 2020 R.K. Thompson Self Reliance Award, according to Breanne Sudduth and Anthony Adams, co-chairpersons of the Van Wert Service Club’s selection committee.

Screenshot of all board members and school principals during Wednesday's board meeting held on Zoom

Four potential dates are under consideration for Van Wert High School’s 2020 graduation ceremony.

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.

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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.