Carol Wilson is named 2017 Don's Auto Group Educator of the Year

posted May 26, 2017, 8:06 AM by Lori Manz

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Mrs. Carol Wilson, a WPS Teacher, was recently selected as the Don’s Automotive Group Wauseon Educator of the Year for 2017. Carol’s selection was announced at the district’s end of the school year staff recognition ceremony.  She will receive a monetary gift and the district will receive a $500 donation to be used towards a specific project at WPS.

Mrs. Wilson has served the students of Wauseon Exempted Village Schools for 33 years. She is currently a WPS Teacher for a First Grade Classroom.

Carol is pictured above with Mr. Dave Storrer (left), Direct Sales and Educational Programs at Don’s Automotive Group, LLC. and Mr. Don Hayati (right), Owner.

Carol clearly represents the attributes that were considered in nomination process, which include:

Special classroom skills and support

• Additional community services

• Is always an outstanding role model

• Unique teaching techniques that have had extraordinary effects on students

Thanks to Don Hayati and his company for their sponsorship of this instructional excellence celebration. The district would also like to thank the many students, parents and community members who nominated other staff members for the 2017 award. Please look for nomination forms next spring for the 2018 Educator of the Year.

School Supply lists for 2017-18

posted May 9, 2017, 8:13 AM by Lori Manz

Are you tired of looking for a yellow, plastic pocket folder with tabs for non-spiraled notebook paper that is 3 hole punched in August of each year? 

As a district administrative team we recognized that our school supply lists were a difficult challenge to fill both financially and logistically. The district has completed the process of redeveloping a school supply list for Grades K-8 that fits entirely on one sheet of paper. Instead of 15 to 20 items on each grade level’s list, our parents and guardians will be expected to purchase between 4 and 8 items depending of the grade level starting in August 2017. The district will provide many of the instructional support supplies by purchasing them in bulk and reusing them when possible in subsequent years. 

Will this cause my school fees to increase at the start of next year? 

The answer is no. During the board meeting on May 8th, the Wauseon Board of Education approved the workbook and school supply fees at $25 for each student in Grades K-8 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Wauseon Transportation Department Hosts the Northwest Ohio Regional ROAD-E-O

posted Apr 26, 2017, 6:13 AM by Lori Manz

On Saturday, April 22nd, the Wauseon Transportation Department, under the supervision of Pam Waugh, hosted the Northwest Regional Bus and Bus Safety ROAD-E-O on the site of our elementary / middle school.

The purpose of the ROAD-E-O is to develop an organizational plan which makes the Ohio School Bus Driver Safety ROAD-E-O available to all school bus drivers for the promotion of safety, professionalism and recognition through the cooperative effort of school districts, Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE), Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation (OAPT), Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Ohio Education Association (OEA) and the Ohio School Bus Mechanics Association (OSBMA).

The Regional ROAD-E-O’s are held the third Saturday in April with the State competition to follow the first Saturday in May. The top six driver’s from each region move on to the State level.

Over 40 drivers from 10 different school districts participated in this event. There were many volunteers and local donations for this event including members of the Wauseon Middle School Junior National Honor Society. Ms. Waugh was pleased to announce that over $1000 was donated to the Wauseon Elementary School Food Pantry from the proceeds of the ROAD-E-O auction.


Follow us on social media

posted Mar 31, 2017, 12:05 PM by Lori Manz   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 7:11 AM ]

Starting today, 3/31/2017, our board office implemented a social media informational plan to enhance the communication beyond our website.  

There are dozens of social media sites that have been established that may appear to be our official sites, however, they were not initiated or monitored by our schools. Please refer only to these three official sites and our current athletic social media site for official communication from our school district.

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As with most official school districts social media accounts, these sites are informational only and are not intended for two way communication or blog based interactions. In addition, we do not monitor sites that have retweets or reposts from our official posts. If community members have direct questions about our posts or other district information, we ask that they communicate with us by contacting the teacher, principal, coach, supervisor or our Board of Education office through phone or email.

Our district personnel will determine what information will be distributed through these sites and our webpage. While we understand that community organizations and groups would like to have our assistance with publicizing events and activities, our district communication will be limited to posts and tweets of internal information only.

Conner Hicks and Taylor Molina represent WHS at art show

posted Mar 29, 2017, 8:46 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Mar 29, 2017, 8:47 AM ]

The Black Swamp Arts Council announced the winners of this year's High School Invitational Art Show at their Awards night ceremony held on Thursday, February 23.  The Art Show, held in the atrium of Northwest State Community College from February 13-23, featured 100 original pieces of art from students in ten area schools including, Archbold, Ayersville, Bryan, Evergreen, Hilltop, Montpelier, Pettisville, Pike-Delta-York, Stryker and Wauseon.    

                                                                         Outstanding Photography -  “Hive Tranquility” by Conner Hicks – Wauseon

Judges for this year’s show were: Barbara Miner, Professor and Chair in the Department of Art at the University of Toledo, Roberta Gedert Redfern, Visual Arts Writer for the Toledo Blade, and Eric Duepen, professional artist and art instructor.  Ms. Miner reflected, “I was struck by the breadth of materials and subject matter students tackled.  I was also excited by the new technology and the “old school”, reliable techniques demonstrated in the artwork. It is this kind of innovative and trans-media approach to problem solving evident in their work, that will set these students up for success in their future endeavors”.  The other judges agreed and Ms. Redfern added, “The talent across the board was apparent, and choosing the Best of Show and the other award winners was a difficult job”.  

This is the 10th year for the art show at Northwest State Community College.  Dr. Tom Stuckey, president at the college stated, “On behalf of the students, staff and faculty at Northwest State Community College, we appreciate the opportunity to host an exhibit featuring talented northwest Ohio high school art students.  The college community looks forward to this event each spring”.

Honorable Mention - “Two Souls Intertwined” by Taylor Molina - Wauseon

The Black Swamp Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 dedicated to bringing arts opportunities to rural NW Ohio.  For more information on Black Swamp programs and classes, go to .

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Symphonic Band earns Superior Rating

posted Mar 29, 2017, 8:27 AM by Lori Manz

Congratulations to Wauseon Symphonic Band for earning a Superior Rating at the 2017 OMEA District 1 Large 

Group Adjudicated Event.

The event was held on Friday and Saturday March 10 & 11 at Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio.  Out of the 34 bands that participated in this year's event our Wauseon Symphonic Band was one of only 14 bands that earned a superior rating qualifying them for the state level in April. This marks the first time that Symphonic band has qualified since 2012 when the band was under the direction of now retired director Tracy Behrman.

The process for Large Group Adjudication in OMEA is that each ensemble is asked to perform three selections, one of which must be selected from a list of required music as deemed by OMEA.  Your music selection determines your classification. You perform these three selections in a concert setting and receive a rating and feedback from each of three different adjudicators.  After you perform on the stage the ensemble moves to another area and performs for a different adjudicator in the area called "sight reading". This is where you perform a piece you have never seen before.  You are basically performing it at "first sight".  This adjudicators rating combined with the three adjudicators from the stage area all get averaged together to give one final rating.  Only ensembles that earn a superior rating qualify for the state level.

This year the Symphonic band selected Military Escort by Harold Bennett; Estampie by W. Francis McBeth, and The Light Eternal by James Swearingen.  The Light Eternal was the required selection. Our state required selection will be Where Eagles Soar by Steven Reineke and we will be performing on the weekend of April 21/22 at Findlay High School.

This marks the first time band has qualified for both Marching Band State Finals and Large Group State Adjudications in 6 years.  We wish to thank all of the students for their incredible hard work and commitment to excellence to raise the program to this level.  Our team is 60% Freshman and Sophomores and we are lead by outstanding Juniors and Seniors.  This means we have great potential for the future with so many outstanding young participants.  The band program in Wauseon has a rich legacy of excellence and we are honored to carry on the tradition to the next generation of Band family. Thanks to the Wauseon Schools and community for continually supporting music in our schools.

Boys' Basketball - 2017 Division II State Runner-up

posted Mar 27, 2017, 12:57 PM by Lori Manz   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 12:58 PM ]

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary used a 10-0 run to close the game and take home a 45-30 victory over Wauseon in the 2017 Division II state championship game Saturday morning at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. The win marks the seventh boys basketball state title in school history, tying Middletown for the most in Ohio high school history.

“Too many times I’ve been here, and I’ve said it was my fault we lost because we didn't play St. Vincent-St. Mary basketball,” said Fighting Irish head coach Dru Joyce. “This year, I wasn't going to hold them back. We were going to press and trap and play all 94 feet.”

Trailing by nine heading into the final period, Wauseon was able to cut the lead to five with four minutes left in the game but could not close the gap any further, as the Irish used a flurry of steals and dunks to close the game on a 10-0 run.

Associated Press Division II Co-Player of the year senior Jayvon Graves led St. Vincent-St. Mary (25-5) with a game-high 25 points and added seven steals and six rebounds. Senior forward Justin Sampson pitched in six points and eight rebounds.

6-foot-9 senior forward Austin Rotroff finished one rebound shy of a double-double, garnering a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds for Wauseon (27-2). It’s the second state runner-up finish for the Indians, the first coming in 1994. Attendance for the game was 11,928.

The team recorded a school record 27 wins in a single season with a consistently strong defensive game plan throughout the season.

Coach Burt Named District Coach of the Year and Toledo Blade Coach of the Year

Burt, 41, a 1994 Wauseon graduate and former basketball and baseball standout for the Indians, showed passion every step of the way in the Indians’ memorable season. 

The 19th-year teacher and ninth-year head coach is quickly on point with just about everything else he is connected to, and his 2016-17 basketball squad is a reflection of his passion.

The Indians finished with an all-time Wauseon-best 27-2 record after losing 45-30 to perennial power Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in the Division II state championship game Saturday at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus.

For his work in leading the Indians to a Northwest Ohio Athletic League championship, a No. 8 state ranking, 26 consecutive victories, and returning the Wauseon program to statewide prominence, Burt is The Blade’s 2017 boys coach of the year.  He was also named District Coach of the Year by the Northwest District Athletic Board (NWDAB).

  Information provided by the Toledo Blade and OHSAA

We've moved!

posted Mar 23, 2017, 11:39 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 11:39 AM ]

The Board of Education office has officially moved into temporary offices located in the Wauseon Middle and Wauseon Elementary Schools.   

Room #101 in the Wauseon Middle School will house the Superintendent's office, Curriculum staff, Transportation staff and EMIS Coordinator.

Room #408 in the Wauseon Elementary School will house the Treasurer's office,  Assistant Treasurer/Human Resources, Assistant to the Treasurer/Accounts Payable and Assistant to the Treasurer/Payroll.

Either office can be reached by calling 419.335.6616 as normal and choosing the appropriate prompt or by visiting the main office at the respective building.

Please note:  our new mailing address is 930 East Oak St., Wauseon, OH 43567

Calamity Day Hours Update as of March 21, 2017

posted Mar 23, 2017, 11:13 AM by Lori Manz   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 11:14 AM ]

as of:

March 21, 2017

The Ohio Revised Code changed in 2014 with respect to calamity days. The change was from 5 days with no accounting for delay days to minimum hours in a school year. The school calendar for this year, which was board approved last spring, exceeds the minimum hours for Grade K-5 (910) and 6-12 (1001). The calendar has an allowance for 45 hours of missed “school hours”. School hours are calculated as the time Wauseon Schools are open for instruction with pupils in attendance, including scheduled classes, supervised activities, and approved education options but excluding meal times and extracurricular activities. For details on how time will be made up, please click on the 2016-2017 calendar link on the main page of the Wauseon Website.

As in the past, the district will use multiple means to announce closings and delays. They include:

This service can provide instant messages, emails and phone calls to locations of your choice.  While you can control the settings, there are limits to the type and number of contacts. Please update your phone numbers in the system as soon as you have phone number changes. Spanish delay and closing announcements are included in the phone calls only.

This is our first contact for cancellations. They do an excellent job with updates and repeated announcements. This FM station serves the Fulton County Area.

Their electronic service is often instantaneous. Thanks to this Toledo Television Station.

Their electronic service is often instantaneous. Thanks to this Toledo Television Station.

No School - Thursday, March 23, 2017, for Wauseon Exempted Village Schools

posted Mar 20, 2017, 1:24 PM by Lori Manz

2017 Boys Basketball State Tournament Pairings

Home Team Listed First. Rankings are from   Associated Press Final State Poll.

                        All games played at the                    Jerome Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio.

Division II
No. 8 Wauseon (26-1) vs. Cols. Eastmoor Academy (22-6), Thursday at 10:45 a.m.

No. 11 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (23-5) vs. No. 2 Trotwood-Madison (26-2), Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

State Final: Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

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