Good News Friday



Thank you to our educational leadership at Wayne Local Schools!!

Mrs. Tracey Poole, Elementary School Principal
Mrs. Jessica Harvey,  Elementary Instructional & Operations Asst.
Ms. Karyn Phillips, Middle School Principal
Dr. Sam Ison, High School Principal
Anna Garafolo, Director of Student Affairs


Throughout the school year, these educators assume the commitment to lead our young people to a prosperous future.

They support and guide quality teachers and staff resulting in productive learning environments for our children.  We thank you and appreciate you!


Appreciation goes out to each of the school staff members who give their “all” throughout the school year.  In May, the following days/weeks are recognized as staff appreciation days.  The outstanding work that they do make a difference and the dedication, commitment, selflessness, and devotion to our students prepare them for a successful future.  A huge THANK YOU to all of our staff members not only in May, but every day. 
  • School Bus Driver Appreciation Day (May 3)
  • National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3 - May 7)
  • Teacher Appreciation Day (May 4)
  • School Nutrition Employee Appreciation (May 3 – May 7)
  • National School Nurse’s Day (May 12)
  • Custodian Appreciation Week (May 10 – May 14)


May 3rd - May 7th

National Teacher Appreciation Week in May honors those men and women who have dedicated their lives to educating the masses.  They have chosen to educate and inspire the minds of our young people, while developing and encouraging their talents and skills.  Our teachers have provided our students with the tools and resources they will build upon for the rest of their lives.  Not only do they educate, but they also serve as mentors and guide our youth, too!

Wayne Local School District takes this week to recognize our teachers and their hard work and dedication to teaching our youth.  This year has been unique to every last teacher in the district, with many challenges and hurdles along the way, but our teachers have embraced the uniqueness, and risen to the challenge! 

We appreciate our teachers for everything they do to make a difference in the lives of our students and to help make our school a better place for all!



The Ohio legislature has proclaimed this day and/or week that Ohioans have an opportunity to reflect on the outstanding job performance of more than 15,000 school bus drivers who transport students to and from school and school-related events throughout the year.  Please take a moment to thank the men and women working in your transportation department for the work they do to keep Ohio’s children safe each day.

Wayne Local School Administration would like to recognize these individuals who make up our Transportation Department, and who do such an amazing job of getting our students from home to school and back again at the end of the day. These groups are especially important to the whole of our business, and today, we give them special thanks!


School Lunch Hero Day is celebrated Friday, May 7, 2021.  Wayne Local School District has the most hardworking and best food service professionals around!  We take this week to appreciate their hard work and dedication to their jobs and preparing healthy meals for our Wayne Local students.  They have many tasks at hand as they adhere to strict nutritional standards and navigate student food allergies, all while serving up with a smile.  They are true heroes in every sense of the word and we appreciate all that they do!

Tonight, April 30th & Tomorrow, May 1st - 7:00 p.m.

When the aging king of a Magical Kingdom (England) decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character), terrible tragedy ensues.  Terrible, hilarious tragedy.  Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones, and the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, this adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts.   When you play the Game of Tiaras, you win or you die.


The Waynesville Art Show was a huge success this week as the gym was transformed into an art gallery showcasing the works of art of our students, and even some from our staff members!  As you can tell from the photos above, there was a ton of art to show off, and the setting up, display arrangements, and tear down took a lot of work!  We were impressed and awed at the talent of our students, and truly thank our Art Department for bringing this event to our district and community this year.

Our Art Department is amazing and we thank them for their dedication, encouragement, and inspiration to our incredibly talented students.  

Sports Physicals are coming - May 18th!

Kettering Health Network Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio, and Wayne Local Schools are collaborating to provide a full, comprehensive sports physical for athletes at Wayne Local Schools entering grades 7-12 for the 2021-22 school year.

Tuesday, May 18th from 3-7pm

In an effort to adhere to social distancing, preregistration is required online at the link below:

Location:  Waynesville High School
735 Dayton Rd, Waynesville OH 45068

Cost is $15 paid at time of physical. (Cash or Check only – checks made out to Wayne Local Schools)

Per OHSAA guidelines, physicals completed with Kettering Health Network will be kept on file and good for the entire 2021-2022 school year! Proceeds will go to our Sports Medicine program to help provide supplies and equipment for the care of our student-athletes!


Kate Handle broke her own school record, again, with a vault of 9’ at the Greeneview meet on 4/28!
Congratulations, Kate!

High School Marine Biology 2022 Trip Information Meeting

       Student Meeting -  After school on May 7th or 8th

       Parent Meeting - Monday, May 11th @ 7 pm

If you are interested in the Marine Biology Trip next school year, come after school for a meeting in Mr. Hardin’s Room (SL-1) on Wednesday, May 7th or Thursday, May 8th. There will be a parents informational meeting on May 11th at 7 p.m. in Mr. Hardin’s room (SL-1) in the high school.

Students attending the trip must have already completed Biology 1 by the end of this school year and must be in good academic/disciplinary standing.  A student must fill out an application to be accepted into this class.  If you have any questions, please attend a meeting or email me at


ATHLETIC CALENDAR 4/30/2021 - 5/8/2021

12th Annual CJ STEMM Camp for Middle Grade Students

The camp will be taught by two Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School teachers - this year, one math and one science, Jessie and Chrissy - assisted by an administrator and several CJ alumni and local and global practicing STEMM professionals.

CJ STEMM Summer Camp - "STEMM For Good"

Monday - Friday June 28 - July 2

8:30am - 2:30pm

At Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School - 505 S. Ludlow St., Dayton, OH 45402

Open to rising 6th-8th grade students in the Miami Valley region

Capacity: 24 campers

Camp Fee: $100 per student

Online Registration for all CJ summer camps, including STEMM, will be posted this week on the CJ website: Online Registration

"STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine) For Good"

  • Team collaboration - hands-on innovative and creative design and build challenges
  • Variety of STEMM topics and content
  • Guest facilitators and field trips - local STEMM employers and practitioners (in-person and/or virtual, as appropriate)
  • Global STEMM applications for the common good and to aid in solving global challenges and furthering the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, such as access to clean water, environmental stewardship, transportation, health care and medicine, and information technology.
  • The camp is facilitated by CJ science, engineering, and biomedical science instructors, and small teams of campers are matched with CJ high school student assistant team leaders.
  • Morning snacks are provided Monday - Friday, campers bring packed lunches Monday - Thursday, and lunch is provided on Friday. 
  • On Friday afternoon of camp week, parents are invited to a concluding Camp Showcase.
  • Public health protocols and regulations mandated by the state and required by CJ will be followed and communicated to registered camp families prior to the start of camp.  At this time, we anticipate a mask requirement and social distancing to remain in effect.  The CJ facility and spaces used during the camp will continue to be cleaned according to heightened levels as well.
  • Our camp generally fills up quickly, so I encourage families to register their sons and daughters soon.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Congratulations to Senior Prom King and Queen!
Luke Zebell and Megan Winterbotham

Congratulations to Junior Prom Prince and Princess!
Jackson Berger and Maddie Beuchat

Left to Right Girls:  Brielle Mahoney, Jenna Turner, Kiersten Williams, Megan Winterbotham
Left to Right Boys:  Cole Walton, Levi Morgan, Luke Zebell, (not present - Paul Dotson)


Left to Right Girls:  Maddie Beuchat, Amaya Dolce, Kaleigh Melvin, Holly Worthington
Left to Right Boys:  Jake Duncan, Javen Wheaton, Cameron Bailey, Jackson Berger

The Waynesville After Prom Committee would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to all the companies and individuals who helped us either through either monetary contributions or lending their time to collect prizes for this year's Prom.  With your help, we were able to supply nearly 40 different prizes for those in attendance.
Centerville License Bureau
Long Electric
Schuerholz Printing
Stubbs Conner Funeral Home
Chris Coleman, DDS
Simpkins Foley Insurance
Waynesville Pharmacy
Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce
The Bridge
Miami Valley Power Equipment
St, Mary's Episcopal Church
B&B Carryout
Waynesville Elementary School
LCNB National Bank
Jamie Gabbard, Realtor - Comey & Shepherd
Waynesville Lion's Club
Cincinnati Zoo
Target Corporation

Thank you to all! 
Waynesville After Prom Committee



 Congratulations Landen Stricker! 
Landen Stricker was presented with the Eagle Scout Award at a ceremony on Saturday, April 10th.  Landen installed 1,000 feet of fiber optic cable to provide wi-fi to Butler Springs Christian Camp as his Eagle Scout project.  He had to organize a group of other scouts, as well as coordinate the project.

Landen started as a Tiger Cub in First Grade and has provided hundreds of hours of community service over the years.  Thank you Landen and congratulations on this prestigious award! 


Busy Bees

Last Wednesday, first graders got to experience beekeeping first hand.  Thanks to our very own teacher, Mrs. Shaffer, for sharing what it is like being a bee keeper.  Mrs. Shaffer has been keeping bees for over ten years and shared some great insight with first graders. The students learned that bees are a very important creature in our world and that their honey is super sweet!  The teachers taught about insects and discussed the jobs bugs have in the world. One goal was to teach students not to be afraid of the crawly creatures. Mrs. Shaffer shared how she takes care of her bees, how she collects bees, and how she carefully harvests their honey. Students were able to see bee cells up close too!  Thanks Mrs. Shaffer for a great lesson on honey bees!



"That's My Boy" Award

Congratulations to Jake Amburgy for being named a finalist for the Ohio That’s My Boy Award presented by the National Football Foundation.

On April 22, 2021, the Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati played host to the 54th annual National Football Foundation's scholar-athlete awards banquet, which honored premier high school football stars in Southwest Ohio.




Alaina Spencer, Valedictorian

Alaina is planning to continue attending Wright State University after graduation, in pursuit of a Bachelors of Science in Physics.  Alaina has been attending WSU since her sophomore year of high school.  As a student of Waynesville High School, Alaina has participated in marching band, including state competitions her freshmen and junior years.  She is also an accomplished musician having earned a "superior" rating on her oboe solo at OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest three times (freshmen, sophomore, and junior years). She also earned a chair in the OMEA District XIII Honor Band three times and earning a first chair oboe her junior year.  In her spare time, Alaina enjoys playing music on a variety of instruments including the ukulele, oboe, clarinet, piano, and bass guitar.  She also enjoys listening to music, watching anime, drawing, and baking.

Alaina is the daughter of mother Holli Spencer and father Blaine Spencer.


Hannah Gill, Salutatorian

Hannah is planning to study Zoology at The Ohio State University.  As a student at Waynesville High School, Hannah has served as an officer of the National Honor Society, HS Student Council Senior Vice-President, high school varsity soccer team captain and named second team all state, foreign language club officer, and was a state qualifier in cross country and state runner up on the varsity basketball team.  Outside of school activities, Hannah likes to read, swim, and hike, or anything outdoors.  

Hannah is the daughter of Don and Ann Gill.

From the 6th Grade Teachers: 
As we head to the end of our school year, we are beginning to plan our annual sixth grade auction.  This is such a great event for our kids and the culmination of our incentive program.  We try to make this event as exciting as possible for the students. Not only to have some fun, but also to reward them for their hard work all year long!  We are always looking for donations towards the auction and are not picky at all about the items we receive.  If you are interested in donating any items, we would be eager to take them off your hands.  We are including a list of some of the items the kids love to bid on, so if you have any of these treasures at home or would like to purchase for us, it would be greatly appreciated.
            2-liters of pop
            Bags of chips or popcorn
            Gift cards
            Stuffed animals (can be gently used)
            Games or gently used puzzles
            Candy (all kinds and sizes)
            Drink cups
            Colored pencils and markers
            Art supplies

Remember what is junk to one person is someone else’s treasure.
Please send any of your donations to the middle school, specifically room 113.  

Thank you, 6th grade team

Waynesville Elementary is in need of boxes!  

As you know, Waynesville Elementary is looking forward to moving into our beautiful new building.  If you have any clean, sturdy, dry boxes in good condition, we would love to have them to pack. They can be dropped off at the elementary school office during regular school hours.  If you have a large amount of boxes you are willing to donate, you can call the office at 897-2761 to schedule a pickup.


We are offering ad space for you to place a senior ad to celebrate your 2021 graduate! We love for these to be as custom as you would like them to be. You can create your own ad or we will create the ad for you in our class. 
Here's what we need for the ad and everything can be emailed to Kristen Elton
  1. Pictures - as many as you want! Bring on the baby pictures. You can also send in photos to be scanned & returned.
  2. Message - a message that you would like for your senior to read once they receive their book
Ad Sizing Options:
Full Page $50
Half Page $25
Quarter Page $20
Business Card Size $10
Ad orders must be placed in the high school office with a cash or check to WHS Yearbook. Senior ad orders are due by May 7th.


Saturday, May 8, 2021


High School College and Career News

Click link below:

CLICK HERE for the 2021-22 School Calendar
Adopted 2/8/2021


Free One-on-One Tutoring Available

The Mary L. Cook Library is offering one on one live tutoring to students 7 days a week from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. You will need your library card to login and create a profile.

Check it out on the Mary L. Cook website at under "Children's Services", then click on "Homework Help for Kids."





*Please check back often for updated documents pertaining to the current graduating class.

Download Graduation Timeline 2021

Download Senior Bulletin - 2021

Download 2021 Graduation Guide


For more details:  
Click Here to be taken to the Graduation page

Please visit the Waynesville HS Scholarship page for information and postings about national and local scholarship opportunities.   
CLICK HERE for scholarship information

This school year has been quite unforgettable and we have been working very hard to capture every moment of this historic year in our yearbook. Things may look a little different this year but it has helped us become more creative with lots of fun content for our book. Our theme this year is "Like Never Before" and we have made it our goal to fill every page with all of the great things that are happening at WHS. To place your order you can order online following the link below or pick up an order form in the high school office where you can pay with cash or check to WHS yearbook. Our yearbooks are $55 and will remain so throughout this school year! 
We are offering ad space for you to place a senior ad to celebrate your 2021 graduate! We love for these to be as custom as you would like them to be. You can create your own ad or we will create the ad for you in our class. 
Here's what we need for the ad and can be emailed to Kristen Elton ( 
  1. Pictures - as many as you want! Bring on the baby pictures
  2. Message - a message that you would like for your senior to read once they receive their book
Ad Sizing Options:
Full Page $50
Half Page $25
Quarter Page $20
Business Card Size $10
Ad orders must be placed in the high school office with a cash or check to WHS Yearbook
​Kristen Elton
Waynesville High School
Graphic Design & Art Teacher
Yearbook Advisor



Wayne Local Schools are pleased to announce that we are able to extend the free class "A" breakfast and lunch from the Spartan cafes through the end of the school year.  This is available to ALL ON-CAMPUS WAYNESVILLE STUDENTS.   
This program is available and in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education and the USDA.

*Note:  This program will not waive your child's school fees.  In order to apply for school fee waiver, please complete a 2020-21 Free and Reduced Lunch Application.   This application also helps qualify the district for additional federal and state funding.  The application may be handed in to the High School, Middle School, Elementary or Central Offices. 

Click here to website             Phone: (513) 897- 4826
Tails and Tales!  We have summer reading fun for all ages.
May 24 thru August 7    
Be rewarded for enjoying books and improving your reading skills during the 2021 Summer Reading Program.  We are giving away great prizes, cash, gift cards and more.
381 Old Stage Rd.    Waynesville    513-897-4826 
Register beginning May 24 at  Stop in the library to pick up a calendar for all the details and events.


Community News

The Wayne Local School District neither endorses nor sponsors the organization or activity represented in this material.  The distribution or display of this material is provided as a community service.

CLICK HERE for Flyer of Summer Sessions 2021

CLICK HERE For Flyer of Summer Camps 2021

CLICK HERE for Scavenger Hunt Flyer - Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
CLICK HERE for 2021-22 Season Tryouts for Ohio Fusion Soccer Club
 CLICK HERE for Club Ohio Soccer - Tryouts Flyer




Kettering Health network is committed to serving you and we are working as quickly as possible to vaccinate the community while following the vaccination guidelines setup by the Ohio Department of Health. On March 29, ODH lowered the qualifying age for vaccines to any Ohioan age 16 and older.

Appointments are required for vaccinations. Appointments can be scheduled online at: or by calling 1-844-576-3627.

Also attached is a printable flyer with information on how to schedule and the back side addresses frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.  ODH Guidelines on COVID-19 Vaccinations

Feel free to share this information with anyone else that may benefit.



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