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Friday, December 2, 2022 PAWS | Let's Review (11/21/22 - 12/2/22)
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We've been staying busy at VWCS. Check out what we've been up to! 

Friday, December 2, 2022 Hot-shooting Bath Routs Van Wert 60-33
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BATH TOWNSHIP — Tall and talented Lima Bath drilled ten 3-pointers in a 60-33 win over Van Wert Thursday night. The Wildkittens are now 5-0, the Lady Cougars 1-1. It was the WBL opener for both teams.

Friday, December 2, 2022 December 2, 2022 Announcements
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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.

Thursday, December 1, 2022 December 1, 2022 Announcements
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The next meeting of Van Wert City Schools Board of Education has been moved up one week, to 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, in the First Federal Lecture Hall at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.


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 November 30, 2022 Announcements
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Wednesday, November 30, 2022 CEO Partnership Spotlight
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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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 VWHS Monthly PBIS Winners

Congratulations to our monthly PBIS Student of the Month winners!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 November 29, 2022 Announcements
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Monday, November 28, 2022 November 28, 2022 Announcements
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Souper Bowl Fundraiser Flyer

The Art Club and FCCLA are teaming up to raise money for the West Ohio Food Bank (making a donation through the United Way of Van Wert County) through a new fundraiser called "Souper Bowls".

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! 

Friday, November 18, 2022 November 18, 2022 Announcements
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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. 

Thursday, November 17, 2022 November 17, 2022 Announcements
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Michelle Mawer with her departing gift from the board.

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 November 16, 2022 Announcements
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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. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 November 15, 2022 Announcements
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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

Monday, November 14, 2022 November 14, 2022 Announcements
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Friday, November 11, 2022 November 11, 2022 Announcements
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Thursday, November 10, 2022 November 10, 2022 Announcements
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Wednesday, November 9, 2022 November 9, 2022 Announcements
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Tuesday, November 8, 2022 November 8, 2022 Announcements
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Monday, November 7, 2022 November 7, 2022 Announcements
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Friday, November 4, 2022 November 4, 2022 Announcements
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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

VWHS Accepting Queen Jubilee XLVII Award

Kimberly Ousley, Peony Pageant Director, presents Van Wert High School with the Queen Jubilee XLVII Award.

Friday, October 14, 2022 VWCS Treasurer Search Underway
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The Van Wert City School District is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Treasurer.

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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
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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
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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...
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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
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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

Thursday, July 28, 2022 VWFT Gives to Local Summer Programs
Mark Bagley, VWCS Superintendent; Betsy Hamman, YWCA Director of Summer Food Program; two program participants; and Chuck Rollins, VWFT President.

The Van Wert Federation of Teachers donated a total of $2,500 to two local youth summer programs.

Winners Natalie Benner, Keigen Martz, Josh Reichert, Ian Rex, Hunter Sherer, and Robert Spath

Funded by the State of Ohio through the Department of Higher Education and operated as a program of The Ohio Academy of Science, Believe in Ohio is a STEM and entrepreneurship program that teaches students how to commercialize products and services and create business plans that are driven by innovation.

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Van Wert City Schools announces its 2022-2023 program year policy Free and Reduced Price Meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Programs. 

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The Ohio Academy of Science recognizes and awards one hundred twenty-four (124) students with $124,000 in scholarships to attend any Ohio college, university, or post-secondary career center.