Allen’s Leaders are Learning New Skills

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 Twenty two excited 4th and 5th grade Allen elementary students are rookie participants in a newly formed after school club which meets once a week and allows students to race against themselves, the clock and one another to see how quickly they can stack specially designed plastic cups in various sequences. Mr. Jason Fischer, father of two Allen elementary students volunteered to use his knowledge of speed cup stacking and his teaching experience in physical education to help launch the program at Allen Elementary. The students are off to an enthusiastic start and have eagerly demonstrated some of their new found skills to their principal, Mr. Fife some of their teachers.

Speed cup stacking has been demonstrated to enhance hand-eye coordination, right and left brain activation, promote team building, enhance self esteem, and encourage physical fitness when creatively coupled with activities and races like those Mr. Fischer uses with the students at Allen. The website says, “For teachers and parents, we’ve always touted handeye coordination, quickness and ambidexterity. We now can substantiate those claims. A university study by Dr. Brian Udermann, currently at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, confirms that stacking improves hand-eye coordination and reaction time by up to 30 percent. Sport stacking helps students develop bilateral proficiency equal performance on both sides of the body. By increasing bilateral proficiency, a student develops a greater percentage of the right side of the brain, which houses awareness, focus, creativity and rhythm. Stacking helps train the brain for sports and other activities where the use of both hands is important, such as playing a musical instrument or using the computer.

Sequencing and patterning are also elements of sport stacking, which can help with reading and math skills.” Eventually as the sport grows in our area there may actually be competitions held but for now these students are happy to grow their skills and have lots of fun seeing how fast they can master the different cycles. Watch out Allen parents and faculty a challenge may be in the works!

Open Enrollment Open in Select Locations

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Chillicothe City Schools offer Intradistrict and Interdistrict transfers for families wishing to enroll their child outside of their district or building of residency. Applications may be picked up at any time from any school building in the Chillicothe City School District and the Board of Education Office. You may also download and complete the 2013-2014 form found on the attached link.

Applications for the upcoming school year must be in the district office by 4:00 p.m. on May 1st. Students that attend through Open Enrollment must have transportation provided by their families. New and first time applications will be entered into a lottery and conducted at the May board meeting [May 20th].

Open enrollment applications are accepted for review at anytime. The building Principal and district Open Enrollment Coordinator will consider frequency of requests, class size, student attendance records, discipline records, student’s enrollment in special programs, and transportation arrangements when making determination for admission. Please mail your completed forms to: Open Enrollment Coordinator, 381 Yoctangee Parkway Chillicothe, OH 45601 or fax them to 740-779-5369.
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It’s Time to Register your Child for Preschool for 2013-2014

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The Chillicothe City School District Preschool is accepting applications for children who will be 3 or 4 years old on or before August 1, 2013.  Please call Carol Eblin at 775-4250, ext. 113, or email at:

We offer:

  • Half day preschool for 3 and 4 year olds Monday-Friday
  • Ohio Department of Education licensed Preschool Teachers
  • Ohio Department of Education approved Early Learning Curriculum
  • Small class size
  • Health nurse
  • Nutritional Snacks
  • Fenced in playgrounds
  • Sliding Fee Scale Based on Income

Chillicothe City Schools also has an Extended Preschool Child Care Program for an additional fee for those who are enrolled. (Mt. Logan Preschool Site only)

Our classes fill up quickly, so please turn your application in as soon as possible.  Applications are approved in the order they are received. 

 If you already turned in your application, registration will take place on April 26th, 2013.

CMS1 Animal Populations Study Continues in Yoctangee

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Mrs. Elliott’s science classes took advantage of the nice weather on Monday and went to Yoctangee Park in order to study populations.  Students measured off a 3 foot square area where they looked for different populations both abiotic (non-living) and biotic (living). Photos

CHS Quiz Bowl Finishes off their 2013 Season

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The Chillicothe High School Quiz Bowl team had an exciting day on Saturday, April 20th. Their competition in the Southeast Regional Quiz Bowl Tournament was held at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth. Twelve teams from southern Ohio and the Columbus area competed for the right to advance to the State Tournament.

The SRQBT tournament was a double elimination tournament, meaning you had to lose twice to be out of contention. Chillicothe, represented by seniors Jacob Scharfetter and Jessi Pentecost, juniors Ellen Schmitt and Jacob Hirsch, and sophmores Mark Hirsch and Jack Whalen started their competition defeating the Scioto CTC in a closely contested match. In the second round the Cavs were defeated by a strong Fisher Catholic team. In the consolation bracket Chillicothe defeated Waverly, then Licking Heights before coming up against Fisher Catholic again in round 5.

Our brainiacs displayed an amazing breadth of knowledge and competitive spirit in their matches this season and at this tournament. Mr. Queen is looking forward to continued success next year with a talented crop of underclassmen coming forward to fill the team.

Good luck to our seniors as they move on to college and beyond!

CMS2 Conducts “Sink or Float” Lab in Science

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Chillicothe Middle School sixth graders have been studying density for the past week.  They have looked at the relationship of volume and mass in determining the density of various substances.  They took measurements of cubes that all had the same volume, but different masses and densities.  They looked at cylinders with the same mass, but different volumes.  Then they determined the density of 4 mystery liquid substances and put them in a beaker in order of most to least dense to see if they could keep the liquids in layers.  Many could do it.  Now students are collecting items to bring in for a culminating Sink or Float activity.

Tiffin Hosted BOE on April 22nd

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On Monday, April 22nd, the CCSD Board of Education held their regulary scheduled meeting. As part of this meeting, the hosts, Tiffin’s leaders, led the Pledge of Allegiance and then explain how the Leader in Me helps inspire students to achieve at Tiffin Elementary. CHS’ honorary board member Per Petersen looks on during the board meeting as Tiffin students discussed leadership.

Allen’s Leaders are Worldwide Helpers

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After reading Beatrice’s Goat, a story about a girl from Uganda whose family was raised from poverty which started with a goat donated from the charity organization, Heifer International, Ms. Tarlton’s third grade class was inspired to hold a Walk/Jog-A-Thon to raise money to donate animals to other families through Heifer International.  With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer International helps families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways.  Ms. Tarlton’s class raised enough money to buy a pig, goat, trio of rabbits, flock of chickens, and honeybees for needy families around the world.  Way to go Allen Leaders!

Attention Prom Goers and Parents

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This year CHS Prom Grand March will be in the Hatton Gym.  The March begins at 7:30 p.m., remember seating and parking is first come, first serve.

CMS1 Leaders Set Goals and Track Progress

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A large part of the Leader in Me initiative is to allow students the opportunity to track their grades in order to set goals (short term and long term).  Students do this by keeping a Leadership Notebook that stores all of their data for each subject area.  Stephen Covey said, “The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things.”  This is one way that the leaders at Chillicothe Middle School are taking responsibility and prioritizing what is most important.  Here are some pictures of students tracking their Language Arts grade. More information on Leadership Notebooks

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