Video Spotlight of the Week Archive

Family Night at Norton Middle School!

Students and parents at Norton Middle School spent an evening of magic at their school, learning together about what the students are learning every day. Pizza was eaten, magic tricks were performed, spells were cast, and an engaging time was had by all!

Samaritan's Feet comes to PNES!

For more than 15 years, Samaritan's Feet has had one mission - to inspire hope through the gift of shoes, the act of washing feet, and encouragement to those who need it most. People without shoes face dangers like laceration, fungus, and insect bites that can lead to infection, disease, and even death. Children with no shoes are often not allowed entrance to education in many countries and can find their way into slavery, or unsafe and inexcusable child labor environments. Since our founding in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its partners have distributed over 6.5 million pairs of shoes in 91 countries and 366 U.S. cities. The organization came to Prairie Norton Elementary School and provided more than 550 pairs of shoes to students. Thanks to them, and to local Grove City Walmart employees for volunteering for this great cause.

2018 SWCSD Middle School Choir Festival

Each year, selected students from the choirs of all five South-Western City School District Middle Schools gather together and put on a concert, featuring music they learned only that day. This year, singers from Brookpark, Finland, Jackson, Norton, and Pleasant View Middle Schools presented songs across a wide array of genres for an adoring and packed house in Central Crossing High School's Auditorium.

PSIS Exchange Student Welcome Assembly

Students from Park Street Intermediate School, in conjunction with the International Alliance for Invitational Education, will sponsor students from Taoist Ching Chung Primary School. The 16 students have arrived, and they were welcomed in entertaining fashion by the PSIS Community. Songs and displays filled the gymnasium...and the visiting students had some skills to show off, too!

PTA Helping Hands 2018

Congratulations to the PTA Helping Hands Award recipients from across the South-Western City School District! PTA Helping Hands Award recipients work tirelessly on behalf of our children to make a positive impact on their lives as well as support our families through their active PTA work.

Holt Crossing Intermediate School Winter Olympics!

Every two years, the students, staff and faculty at Holt Crossing Intermediate School gather together and celebrate the Olympics! With the 2018 Winter Games concluding in PyeongChang, the Holt Crossing community got a taste of the games right here at home.

The curriculum at Pleasant View Middle School is open for exploration! Students and their families experience a night of activities, with many mysteries to solve to learn more about the curriculum at PVMS, including using argumentation and evidence gathering skills, using language skills, investigation skills...and even some bowling.

SWCSD Career Day 2018

What's your plan? The South-Western Career Academy wants to help sophomores at Westland, Franklin Heights, Grove City and Central Crossing High Schools answer that question. Held at all four high schools over four days, students from Career Academy talk about the many programs offered, like Mobile App Development, Automotive Technology, and Hospitality and Event Planning.

Park Street Intermediate School Skypes with Hong Kong!

Students from Park Street Intermediate School, in conjunction with the International Alliance for Invitational Education, will sponsor students from Taiost Ching Chung Primary School in February. The exchange program will see 16 students from Hong Kong visit Park Street Families for 10 days.

Before their visit, families had a chance to "meet" their guests via Skype calls.

Reading and Writing Workshop at West Franklin Elementary School

Reading and writing are two important skills taught in elementary schools in the South-Western City School District. At West Franklin Elementary School, students spend time each week working on these skills - and they love it!

Hayes Intermediate School Helps Out!

Hayes Intermediate School Families collected more than 6,400 food items to donate to the White Christmas Food Program, which benefits the Grove City Food Pantry. Last year they donated to 152 families and had enough left over to keep the shelves stocked at the pantry for three months after. Student Council members at Hayes counted, packed, and helped volunteers load the donated items. Student Council has been working with this program since the building opened.

A Happy Holiday Recap from the South-Western City School District

Happy holidays from the faculty, staff, administrators, parents, students, friends, and snowmen of the South-Western City School District! 

SWCS Educational Foundation Benefit Concert 2017 - SWCSD Honor Band

The South-Western City School District Honor Band at the annual South-Western Educational Foundation Benefit Concert. The SWCSD Honor Band is comprised of students from all four SWCSD high schools.

SWCS Educational Foundation Benefit Concert 2017 - SWCSD Honor Choir

The South-Western City School District Honor Choir presents the 2017 show at the annual SWCS Ed Foundation Benefit Concert. The Honor Choir is represented by students from all four SWCSD High Schools, under the baton of all four high school choir directors.

2017 SWCSD Marching Band Showcase Videos

Literacy Week at Prairie Norton Elementary School!

It's Literacy Week, where Prairie Norton Elementary School offers parents a chance to come in and learn all about what their children are learning about when it comes to reading. The week-long program showcases methods, successes and, of course, books! Principal Mike Gosztyla and teacher Trina Martin take you through the basics of this great program at Prairie Norton Elementary School.

Holt Crossing Hosts Foundry in a Box

Educating the next generation of potential metal casters. With the help of skilled metal casters, students created their own castings - from pressing the oil-based sand into a small matchplate mold to watching melted tin being poured into their molds to filing down the rough edges on their finished product.

2017 SWCSD College Fair!

It's fall, and in addition to football, changing leaves and "sweater weather", that means that high school students in South-Western City School District are starting to think about college. The Grove City High School Recreation Center was pleased to host almost 80 collegiate and post-high-school organizations to talk to prospective students and participants. Are you ready for your next step? Talk to your teachers or counselor today!

Hurricane Relief Hoedown at Darby Woods Elementary School!

After three hurricanes hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, the students at Darby Woods Elementary decided to strap on their cowboy boots and don their finest flannel to raise money for relief efforts. Students did the electric slide, and boogied in the gym, raising more than $1,300 for hurricane relief efforts - yeeeehaw!

Peace Week at Highland Park Elementary School

Compassion, teamwork, cooperation, peace. These are some of the concepts that kindergarten and cross-category students at Highland Park Elementary School learned about in class to go along with the September 21, 2017 International Day of Peace. Students wore matching clothes, played games, heard stories and wrote notes all in the name of good relationships and peace.

Franklin Heights High School Students Read to West Franklin Elementary School Students!

Separated by only 1200 feet, Franklin Heights High School and West Franklin Elementary School are just a short distance away from one another. That makes it easy for FHHS Golden Falcon athletes to walk over to read to their younger friends at West Franklin!

The Pledge of Allegiance at Alton Hall Elementary School!

Join students and teachers (and some special friends from Columbus radio station Sunny 95) in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at Alton Hall Elementary School!

Kid Pics - First Day in South-Western City School District

Here are some of South-Western City School District's students as they embark on their first day of school for 2017!

Welcome Back, SWCSD!

Welcome back, to the students, families, teachers, administrators, faculty, staff, bus drivers, cooks, volunteers, and everybody else in the South-Western City School District! As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, here are some moments from some of our schools' first days. It's going to be a great year!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Is your child starting kindergarten in the South-Western City School District? Here's a video all about what you and your child can expect this year at one of the SWCSD's great elementary schools!

2016-2017 SWCSD Videos of the Week

2016-2017 Videos of the Week!

Look through all of the 2016-2017 Videos of the week in this convenient playlist.


What makes you Smile?

What makes some of SWCSD's own smile about the first day of school? Watch and find out!

Pleasant View Middle School - Walk for a Change Walk for Change, an NJHS sponsored event, is one of the many ways that Pleasant View Middle School gives back to the community and school. This year, the goal was set to raise $5,000. Pleasant View Middle School's students and staff, set out to meet the goal, and surpassed it by raising over $6,000! A majority of the proceeds from the event went to The James Cancer Center and in honor of Coach Morrow.

2015-2016 PRIDE Awards The South-Western City School District's Pride Awards are widely know as a showcase of some of the most talented young people across the state of Ohio. Each year, the District recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence and success in the areas of academics, athletics, leadership, visual and performing arts, technical skills, and other accomplishments of distinction.

2016 South-Western City School District Employee Awards Each year, the South-Western City School District recognizes staff members who have contributed to students’ success, and to the positive reputation of our schools and our school district.

A complete list of award recipients can be found at

Monterey Elementary League of Gentleman Vaughn Klein, a second grade teacher at Monterey, has formed a new club called the “Monterey Elementary League of Gentleman.” The purpose of the club is to provide an example of positive peer interactions and promote our school motto, “Take care of yourself, take care of others and take care of Monterey.” Members of the club wear a shirt and tie each Tuesday and perform community service.

South-Western City School District Council of PTAs Outstanding Educator Awards 2015-2016

Alton Hall Elementary School Fun Run
More than 550 students and family members showed up to participate in the inaugural year of the Alton Hall Elementary School Two-Mile Fun Run!

This casual run down Hall Road and back to the school was a celebration for the students eclipsing 20,000 miles run in the school's Mileage Club this year! 

What started out as a small project to get students more active during the school day has blossomed into a phenomenal success. 

Every Monday, the children crowd around the posting of how many miles they ran the week before and look to see if they earned a new “Toe Token” to wear proudly on their shoestrings, necklace or bracelet. With the effort that the children have put forth, the program could not just end without a grand finale. So, the Alton Hall Two-Mile Fun Run was born.

2016 Reflections Awards
Across the country, the PTA Reflections Program recognizes students for their interpretation of a theme via dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts. 
The theme for the 2015-2016 school year was 
"Let Your Imagination Fly."

Finland Elementary School Obstacle Course Race
The students at Finland Elementary School had a Pennies for Patients drive the first two weeks in February and were able to donate $3,500 to the Leukemia Society. Three students at each grade level who donated the most money, competed in an obstacle course race against the principal.

2016 Mr. CCHS Kendall Edgerton
Choral Arts Department

2016 Mr. Congeniality Jackson Lasko
Wrestling Team

2016 People's Choice Shawn Jackson
Comet Crazies

Hotline Honesty
The 4th Grade students at Finland Elementary wrote lyrics for a song about Honesty and produced a music video.

J.C.Sommer Elementary School American Legion Flag Presentation
J. C. Sommer Elementary School student Cabe Spence won the American Legion writing contest "What does the US Flag mean to you?" He was presented with a certificate and a new flag for his school.

Richard Avenue Elementary School Students are Groovin' with Books!
Book Fair March 14-18, 2016

South-Western City School District 2016 Middle School Choral Festival
Students from Brookpark Middle School, Finland Middle School, Jackson Middle School, Norton Middle School, and Pleasant View Middle School perform at the 2016 Middle School Choral Festival.

SWCS Council of PTA's Founders Night and Helping Hands Award Celebration 2016
The SWCS Council of PTA's Founders Night and Helping Hands Award Celebration. Ohio PTA President Sheila Ragland spoke at the event.

Choose Your Own Adventure Night at Holt Crossing Intermediate School
Holt Crossing Intermediate School families were invited to a Choose Your Own Adventure Night. They visited classrooms and undertook challenges including building a model boat, deciphering hieroglyphs, and writing about their family.

100th Day of School Celebration at J.C. Sommer Elementary School
J.C. Sommer Elementary School kindergarten teacher Olivia Karner asked her students to write and share something they want to do before they are 100 years old. Here are their responses.

Ohio Township Day and Groundhog Day at J.C. Sommer Elementary School
Jackson Township Firefighters Visit J.C. Sommer Elementary School to Celebrate Ohio Township Day and Groundhog Day

WHS Cast of Grease on WNCI
The cast of the WHS Spring Musical, Grease, visited WNCI to sing with the DJs on the Dave & Jimmy morning show.

ROX Self Defense Training at Grove City High School
Students at Grove City High School learn self defense techniques in the ROX self defense training.

Breaking the World Record 
Sport Stacking 
at Park Street Intermediate School
More than 160 students at Park Street Intermediate School participated in the 2015 Stack Up to help break the Guinness World Record for the "Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day." 
There were 618,394 stackers, 2,691 schools and organizations from 31 countries who took part in the new Guinness World Record. Sport Stacking improves hand-eye coordination as well as utilizing both sides of the brain.

SWCS Council of PTA's 2016 Reflections Art Show "Let Your Imagination Fly"

Pictures from the SWCS Council of PTA's Reflections Art Show. This year's theme is "Let Your Imagination Fly."
The PTA Reflections program welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students across the country will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

Impaired Driving Simulator at Central Crossing High School

In cooperation with the Central Crossing High School SADD program, students were asked to drive a friend home after a party in the Grove City Division of Police's driving impairment simulator. The computer gives the driver verbal directions (turn left, speed up, etc.) as the student progresses through the simulation.
Special goggles were used to simulate different levels of driving impairment.

Harmon Elementary School 

Food Drive 2015

During the 10 Days of the Harmon Food Drive, Harmon Elementary School students gathered 4,762 items to donate.

Brookpark Middle School PRIDE Assembly

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Hol of the United States Air Force spoke to Brookpark Middle School students at their PRIDE assembly.

District Honor Choir and Honor Band

South-Western City School District Honor Choir and District Honor Band perform at the SWCS Educational Foundation Benefit Concert. Click here to see additional Honor Band and Honor Choir performance videos.
All About That Base pH Parody

The 7th grade Science Department at Norton Middle School put together a pH Parody to Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass"

Brookpark Middle School Students show their PRIDE

Students at Brookpark Middle School show their PRIDE: Patience, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Excellence.

South-Western City School District students and staff honor our veterans during their Veterans Day celebrations.

Staff and Students from Harmon Elementary School are excited about their annual Fall Festival.

Students from Park Street Intermediate School chant during a Skype call with Tammy Tibbets from She's the First
Click here to view a recording of the entire call.

The Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) Program is delivered by professionals and utilizes a 20-lesson, evidence-based curriculum. Programming focuses on the major issues that impact girls during their adolescent years including confidence, self-esteem, body image, girl drama and bullying, navigating social media, safety and violence prevention, stress and coping, academic and career development, and leadership. ROX is designed to give girls a safe place to share things going on in their lives with other girls and to learn skills to effectively negotiate the challenges of adolescence.

Franklin Heights High School Marching Band performs at the 2015 South-Western City School District Marching Band Showcase on October 15, 2015

Grove City High School Marching Band performs at the 2015 South-Western City School District Marching Band Showcase on October 15, 2015

Westland High School Marching Band performs at the 2015 South-Western City School District Marching Band Showcase on October 15, 2015

Central Crossing High School Marching Band performs at the 2015 South-Western City School District Marching Band Showcase on October 15, 2015

The Marching Bands of Central Crossing High School, Franklin Heights High School, Grove City High School, and Westland High School play their fight songs in the Finale of the 
2015 South-Western City School District 
Marching Band Showcase on October 15, 2015.

For individual school marching band performances, click here.

Finland Elementary School 
Building Dedication, August 27, 2015

Speakers (in order of appearance)
School Board Vice President Cathy Johnson
State Representative Cheryl Grossman
Franklin Township Trustee John Fleshman
Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise
Todd Hager, OFCC
Carrie Malatesta, SHP Leading Design
Tony Ruscilli, Ruscilli Construction
Finland Principal Elizabeth Hollis

Darbydale Elementary School Building Dedication, August 26, 2015

Speakers (in order of appearance)
School Board President Randy Reisling
State Representative Cheryl Grossman
Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise
Jeff Westhoven, OFCC
Todd Thackery, SHP Leading Design
Darbydale Principal April Weese

J. C. Sommer Elementary School Building Dedication, August 25, 2015

Speakers (in order of appearance)
School Board President Randy Reisling
State Representative Cheryl Grossman
Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks
Grove City Mayor Richard L. "Ike" Stage
Jackson Township Trustee David Burris
Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise
J.C. Sommer Principal Elaine McLaughlin

South-Western City School District Students on their First Day of School 2015-2016

Finland Farewell: BEST DAY OF MY LIFE
A fun video by the 2014-2015 staff at Finland Elementary School during the last few days before they say Farewell to the school after 50 years.

MathCounts Intermediate School Contest
MathCounts is a competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging 'bee' style contests.

South-Western City Schools Council of PTAs Outstanding Educator Awards 2014-2015
South-Western City Schools Council of PTAs Outstanding Educator Awards 2014-2015

PSIS International Student Visitors Slideshow
International Students from Ma On Shan Ling Liang Primary School in China visited Park Street Intermediate School. This is a slideshow of their visit.

Alton Hall Elementary Cultural Night
At Alton Hall Elementary School's Cultural Night, parents and students experienced
traditional Latin folkloric dancers, taekwondo student demonstrations, a Ukrainian choir, and a 4th grade chorale group.

Park Street Welcomes International Students from China
Students at Park Street Intermediate School welcome students from Ma On Shan Ling Liang Primary School in China.

NFES Virtues
North Franklin Elementary students share their Virtue studies.

PTA Reflections Awards
Hosted at every level of PTA, the Reflections program recognizes students in grades Pre-K through 12, as well as students with special needs, for their interpretation of a theme via dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts.
The theme for the 2014-2015 school year was "The World Would be a Better Place if..."

Night of Magic at Norton Middle School
Norton Middle School held a Night of Magic event - a Title I Family Night with learning stations on literacy, math, science, social studies plus magician Stephen Knight performing "Educational Magic"

Meteorologist visits North Franklin Elementary School
Good Day Columbus Meteorologist Marshall McPeek visited North Franklin Elementary School to talk with the students about weather and tornado safety.

Stiles Elementary School - Verizon STEM Partnership
152 third and fourth graders at Stiles Elementary School worked alongside Verizon engineers to build a cell tower out of marshmallows!
This program helps get students excited about math and science as well as potential careers in engineering

Buckeye Woods Elementary School - Daddy-Daughter Sock Hop
The Buckeye Woods PTA sponsored a Daddy-Daughter Sock Hop. Everyone enjoyed dressing up in 60's style, learning to master the hula-hoop, and dancing to the music of a DJ. A photo booth was also available for memorable keepsakes.

South-Western Preschool Center - Science Lesson
Preschool students listen to a science lesson 
from teacher Raechel Staugler.

Finland Middle School - Gravity Powered Cars
This was an activity that eighth grade students in Ms. Zelei's science class engaged in to build and race gravity powered cars.

Park Street Intermediate School - Perseverance Month
This was an activity students did for their Classroom Champions "Perseverance" month. In 2012, Kyle visited Park Street and had a profound impact on all who heard him speak. Park Street continues to do this activity each year and share Kyle's story with new students in the school. 

Harmon Elementary School - Bigs and Littles
Franklin Heights High School students help mentor Harmon Elementary School second grade students through a program called Bigs and Littles.

Park Street Intermediate School - Cup Stacking
Park Street Intermediate School sixth grade students helped break the Guinness World Record for "Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day." Sport Stacking is an eye-hand coordination activity that increases bilateral proficiency in a child's brain to help them with concentration and problem-solving. The goal is to stack 12 cups in different formations as fast as they can. 

Highland Park Elementary School - Interactive Writing

This is a video of a lesson on Interactive Writing in Kindergarten. The teacher is teaching students concepts about print and how to say words slowly to hear all the sounds in the words.

Diversity at Darby Woods Elementary School
Darby Woods Elementary School students show some of the school's diverse cultures.

Camp Read-A-Lot
Richard Avenue Elementary School values its parent involvement. The school provides several family learning opportunities throughout the year. One of their most popular nights is Camp Read-A-Lot. Families visit reading, writing, word study, and research stations, where parents learn activities that they could do at home to help their children. Families also enjoy campfire songs, reading in tents, making S'Mores, visiting the book fair, and receiving a new book to take home.This is a great night of learning and family fun!

Literacy and Math Skills
Kindergarten students at J.C. Sommer Elementary School are exploring and expanding their literacy and math skills through work stations. The emphasis is on hands-on learning that engages students. The activities in the work stations reinforce and/or extend learning.

Classroom Champions

Classroom Champions is a non-profit organization that links Olympic and Paralympic athletes with classrooms in US and Canada. Students in Ms. Kress's 5th grade class from Park Street Intermediate School in Grove City, OH participate in the program and took a few moments to send a short thank you.

Welcome to Grove City High School!
A typical day at GCHS. 
Here's what's happening at school.

East Franklin Elementary School Kindergarten Kazoo Band 2014
The Kindergarten Kazoo Band and tailgate party are yearly traditions at East Franklin Elementary School. Kindergarten teacher Jill Brandt leads her students in scripting OHIO. This year they were joined by coaches and players from the OSU Women's Softball team and Men's Ice Hockey team.

Life at PVMS
Welcome to Pleasant View Middle School!

Pumpkin Palooza

Pumpkin Palooza! Alton Hall students measured the height of pumpkins using unifix cubes. They used string to measure the circumference and then measured the string with unifix cubes. Students counted the lines on the skin of the pumpkin - the more lines a pumpkin has, the more seeds it has! Of course, the most fun part was digging out the seeds and pulp! Students sorted the seeds into groups of 10 to make it easier for them to count all of them. A BIG thank you to one of our Alton Hall families for bringing in a small pumpkin for every student! That made their day! :) What a perfect end to a fun-filled day!

Builders' Day
Darbydale Elementary School Builders Day! This year of building their new school affords Darbydale the opportunity to allow their children to do some building of their own and learn how to construct projects - from objects & super heroes to goals and learning. Marvel Comics Artist Jerry DeCaire showed the students how he draws some of his comic characters, The Science of the Superhero, including how math and science play an integral part of the process. Home Depot provided building kits (planters, tool boxes, lawn mowers & bird houses) for each student. Students read and followed directions to build their kit and then painted their creation. What a fun learning day!

Brain Breaks!

Research says that movement during learning helps with children's brain development, focus, and attention! Students at Alton Hall Elementary School do something called "Brain Breaks" - whether they're dancing, stretching, or getting their wiggles out! Check out some of our first graders' moves!