District News

We the People Students

 Students from Van Wert High School competed in the “We the People” state competition held on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Ohio Statehouse.

Thursday, February 2, 2023 PAWS | Let's Review (1/23/23 - 2/2/23)
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ICYMI! All your VWCS news in one place.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 Cougars United Raises Over $11,000
Cougars United Photo

The United Way of Van Wert County teamed up with Van Wert City Schools to bring Cougars United back for a second year, and for the second consecutive year, it was a big success.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 CEO Partnership Spotlight
CEO Partnership Spotlight


The CEO Program has kicked off its 7th year with Van Wert High School and 5th year of including all schools in Van Wert County.

Friday, January 27, 2023 VWHS Senior Selected for All-State Choir
Mackenzie Jones

Mackenzie Jones, a four-year member of the Van Wert High School Vocal Music Department, has been selected to perform in Columbus on Friday, February 3, as a member of the Ohio Music Education Association’s 2023 All-State Choir.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 VWHS Robotics to Host Annual Competition
VWHS Robotics Seniors

On Friday, January 27, 24 Robotics teams from around the state will be arriving at Van Wert High School for the annual Robotics Competition, where inspections and judging will take place.

Friday, January 20, 2023 PAWS | Let's Review (1/9/23 - 1/20/23)
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ICYMI! All your news in one place PLUS looking ahead at sporting events through 1/28. 

VWHS Girls

Van Wert High School Earns College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award - Recognized for Closing the Gender Gap in AP Computer Science Principles

Van Wert High School has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP computer science courses.

Troy Bowersock, Treasurer

The Van Wert City Board of Education held its organizational meetings and regular January board meeting on Wednesday, electing Scott Mull the new board president, replacing Anthony Adams, and Julie Burenga as board vice president.

Friday, January 6, 2023 PAWS | Let's Review (12/26/22 - 1/6/23)
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Happy New Year! We are happy to be back with our students and staff. Check out what we've been up to as well as all of our upcoming athletic events for the week! 

Eggerss Stadium renovation

Editor’s note: The VW independent is publishing what it judges to be the Top 10 local stories of 2022. Articles featuring three top stories have been published Wednesday-Friday and the feature concludes today with No. 1.

Friday, December 23, 2022 PAWS | Let's Review (12/5/22 - 12/22/22)
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It's been a busy few weeks leading up to winter break, 12/23/22 - 1/2/23. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Sunday, December 18, 2022 2022 Volleyball Banquet
2022 Volleyball Banquet

A banquet was held recently for the Van Wert Lady Cougar Volleyball team.


Safety and security within the Van Wert City Schools is getting another boost.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 VIP Days at VWES
VIP Days at VWES

VIP day fun at VWES. Thank you to all of our VIPs who were able to join us! 

VWES Students Science

Mrs. McCoy’s class did some lab activities with Mrs. Breese to explore physical and chemical changes!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 Concert Choir Christmas Tour
Concert Choir Performs for Rotary Club

The Van Wert High School Choir Concert spread some holiday cheer around our community yesterday, December 13. 



Tuesday, December 6, 2022 Rivals to Meet in Special Awareness Games
VW with Cougar logo

The Lincolnview Lancers and Van Wert Cougars boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams will meet up on the court on Thursday, December 29, at Lincolnview High School as part of the YWCA’s kickoff to Human Trafficking Awareness month.

Choir Concert

The Van Wert Middle School and High School Vocal Music departments invite the community to attend their Christmas Choir Concerts on Monday, December 12, at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

Thursday, December 1, 2022 November Students of the Month
Finley Foster and Abbie Mengerink selected as Elks Lodge Students of the Month

Van Wert Lodge No. 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks have selected Van Wert High School seniors Finley Foster and Abbie Mengerink as the recipients of the Student of the Month for November.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Class of 1986 Donates to Eggerss Stadium
Class of 1986 Donates to Eggerss Stadium

The 1980s. MTV was about to reshape the world of pop culture. The computer age took off in a way no one could predict. Blockbuster movies became all the rage. Toward the middle of the decade, a group of up and comers was about to graduate. The Van Wert class of 1986 was about to make a statement in the world beyond high school.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Boys Basketball Games Rescheduled
Basketball Games Postponed

Due to our football team's post-season success, the first three games of the season have been rescheduled. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 VWHS Monthly PBIS Winners

Congratulations to our monthly PBIS Student of the Month winners!

Friday, November 18, 2022 PAWS | Let's Review (11/1/22 - 11/18/22)
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We've been staying busy at VWCS. Check out what we've been up to! 

School at the Goedde feast

We are thankful! Students at Van Wert School at the Goedde celebrated Thanksgiving by hosting families and community partners for the second year in a row. 

Michelle Mawer with her departing gift from the board.

The Van Wert school board praises Mawer, who agrees to stay on as interim treasurer. 

VWHS students outside the OSU lab

Van Wert High School students traveled to the Ohio State University last week, where they were able to get first-hand experience at the university's cadaver lab. 

Monday, November 14, 2022 VWHS Theatre Performs Fall Play
Students practice for fall play

Van Wert High School Theatre Department invites the community to our fall play,
Trouble In Tumbleweed, by Tim Kelly, that will be performed at the Niswonger
Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17 at

Band Performing at State Finals

The Van Wert Cougar Pride Marching Band earned an “Excellent”at the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) state marching band finals at Alexander Stadium in Piqua on Sunday.

Cougar Pride Marching Band

History will be made at 4:45 Sunday afternoon at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium.

That’s when the Van Wert Cougar Pride Marching Band will compete in the Ohio Music Educators Association state finals for the first time ever. 

Greg Blackmore BOE Meeting

School safety and security and work at Eggerss Stadium were two of several topics addressed during Wednesday’s meeting of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education.

New DARE vehicle graphics revealed

The Van Wert City Police Department chose artwork submitted by Gavin Gonzalez, a Van Wert Middle School 6th Grade Student, for their new DARE truck design.


VWCS Bus Drivers

As National School Bus Safety week comes to an end, the Van Wert City School District would not only like to emphasize the importance of bus safety, but also take the time to recognize and honor the drivers who often transport more than 900 students on a daily basis.

Project Adam Ohio logo

Van Wert City Schools is proud to announce that all five buildings that make up the district have been designated as Heart Safe Schools by Project ADAM. Van Wert Elementary was the first to earn the Heart Safe Designation in March 2022.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 Van Wert Grad Gives Back to CEO Program
Van Wert Grad, Dalton Heppeard pictured with Kerry Koontz

Dalton Heppeard, a 2018 graduate of Van Wert High School, spent this past weekend behind a booth, satisfying the sweet tooth of many Apple Festival goers.

Friday, October 14, 2022 VWCS Treasurer Search Underway
VWCS Circle Logo

The Van Wert City School District is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Treasurer.

VWCS Circle Logo

Beginning Monday, October 17, 2022 and continuing daily through Friday, October 21, 2022, Van Wert City Schools will be coordinating a state-mandated safety drill to remain in compliance with Ohio Revised Code 3313.536 and as overseen by the Ohio School Safety Center.

Friday, September 30, 2022 Bagley Crowned Homecoming Queen
2022 Van Wert Homecoming Court photo

Maria Bagley was crowned 2022 Homecoming Queen before Friday night’s game against Shawnee. 

Friday, September 30, 2022 VWCS Board Hears Info on State Report Cards
Chris Covey

One thing is certain about the Ohio Department of Education’s annual school report cards – there is very little, if any consistency from year-to-year.

Photo of Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton discussing safety during Wednesday’s school board meeting

The safety of students and staff is a top priority in the Van Wert City Schools district. That was the message delivered during Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.

Thursday, September 29, 2022 Homecoming Parade…
Photos of students at the homecoming parade.

Members of the Van Wert High School football team, homecoming queen candidates Maria Bagley, Sofi Houg and Tyra McClain, and the Cougar Pride Marching Band all took part in Wednesday night’s homecoming parade.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Junior Rotarians...
A photo of the Class of 2023 Junior Rotarians

The Van Wert Rotarians, representing Rotary District 6600, welcomed the Class of 2023 Junior Rotarians with a grand kick-off. 

Thursday, September 22, 2022 Students Get Experience with Skilled Trade
Masonry, welding, carpentry and concrete work were just some of trades area freshmen and sophomores learned about on Wednesday. 

Approximately 300 freshmen and sophomore students from seven local school districts received hands-on experience in the various building trades during Day No. 1 of the Build Your Future 2022 event, held at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds on Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 State Releases Annual School Report Cards
Ohio Department of Education Logo

A different year brings a different look to the Ohio Department of Education’s Ohio School Report Cards for the state’s public schools.

VWHS 2022-2023 Virtual Open House

Throughout your son/daughter's educational career, Open House has been a regular practice at each building level. 

Friday, August 26, 2022 Black Mark Mafia Donates to VWHS
Rob Ellis, Tom Buzard, Jody Huth, Bob Priest (VWHS Principal) and Rick Lamb

Thank you to Black Mark Mafia who recently donated $500 to Van Wert High School!

Julie Burenga

The newest member of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education took the oath of office during Wednesday’s school board meeting