Good News Friday



It’s been an incredibly challenging school year for everyone and I wanted to reach out with a heartfelt thank you to our students, parents and teachers.  Additionally, I would like to share our plans for next school year. 

It was little over a year ago that I was sending one of the hardest communications ever – our school district would remain closed for the rest of the 2020 school year.  Since that time, we’ve learned a lot as a school community about living amidst a pandemic as well as remaining focused on student learning and growth.  Working collectively for our students has been something that we can be proud of. 

Looking ahead, our administrative team has been working through key details for next school year.    We are excited for all students to attend classes on our campus for the 2021/22 school year.  We will not offer at-home virtual learning.  We look forward to refocusing our efforts to provide an excellent in-person educational experience for students supporting their social, emotional, and academic needs.   It will also be an exciting new start with our campus changes and new elementary school. 

High School Principal Dr. Sam Ison is retiring after 41 years in education.  Our current Middle School Principal, Ms. Karyn Phillips, will transition into the role of Junior/Senior High Principal.  She will become the first female principal at the high school level in Waynesville history.  Ms. Phillips has been working hard on this transition and we are excited about the leadership she will provide our school community. 

Ms. Phillips states:  “As a resident of Waynesville for the past fourteen years, I've grown to know many of you in my various roles as parent, educator and administrator.  I've been a firsthand witness to the love, support, and Spartan pride this community has for our school district.  Because of that hometown pride, I'm extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to serve our students, staff and community as the principal of the new Waynesville Junior/Senior High School.  I'm looking forward to honoring the Waynesville traditions from years past and thrilled to be a part of the future success in continuing excellence in education for our children for years to come.” 

Ms. Karyn Phillips, Junior/Senior High Principal
At the May Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Pat Dubbs recommended two (2) new additions to our administrative team. 
  • Mr. Chip Will – Assistant Junior/Senior High Principal  
Mr. Will earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematical Education, along with a Master’s Degree in educational leadership.  He has been an integral part of Bellbook High School math department serving as co-chairperson.  Mr. Will was also a Sergeant in the United States Army National Guard.  Chip would like to use his educational leadership skills to help communicate effectively to students, parents and faculty alike.  He wants to focus on the school’s mission and what’s best for the students.  

Quote from Chip:  “I currently live in Springboro with my amazing wife, Nicole and I have four kids (Carly 8, Parker 5, Austin 3 and Ellie 1). I am an avid sports fan and my favorite teams are the Buckeyes, Reds and Bengals, but my outside-of- the-area team is the Buffalo Bills.  I have spent the last 14 years as a math teacher and coach in both the Beavercreek and Bellbrook school districts. I have taught at both the middle school and high school levels. I am impressed by the Waynesville schools and cannot wait to start in August with the students, staff, parents and this amazing community! I hope everyone enjoys their upcoming summer!  Go Spartans!”

Mr. Chip Will, Assistant Junior/Senior High Principal
  • Mr. Brian Byrer – Assistant Elementary Principal  
Mr. Byrer earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in elementary education along with a Master’s Degree in educational administration.  Mr. Byrer is currently an Administrative Intern at Hilliard City Schools.  Brian is passionate about strengthening excellent teachers and helping students achieve academic and life success.   Brian is skilled at leading teams, forging community partnerships, and supporting students’ academic, social, and emotional wellness.  

Quote from Brian:  "I am honored to accept the role of Elementary Assistant Principal with Wayne Local Schools.  The opening of a new building this fall is really exciting and the Waynesville community is one that I admire and strongly believe in.  I'm looking forward to working with and supporting the students, staff, and families in this great district. I hope to find some fellow Reds and Bengals fans out there too.  I'm excited to meet everyone!"

Mr. Brian Byrer, Assistant Elementary Principal
Please join me in welcoming these two leaders to our district.  We are confident that they are great fits in their new roles as we plan for a return to normalcy. 

In closing, I am grateful for the way in which our Spartan community has responded throughout this school year.  Thank you for your continued patience, trust and support as we work together to make Wayne Local Schools a great place for kids!


The Middle School Jazz Concert will be held on Friday, May 14th at 6:30pm in the Amphitheater (behind the Spartan Community Field).

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and pack a picnic dinner so you can sit back and relax to the music provided by the Steel Drum Band and Jazz Band!

The event is free and open to the public.  Donations will be accepted.


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!

The following local scholarships were announced at the Senior Awards Ceremony
on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at the High School. 

Also, a tremendous thank you to our generous donors and community members who give to these organizations for the benefit of our local students!

First Name Last Name Scholarship Name Amount
Jake Amburgy Faculty and Staff Scholarship $500
Jake Amburgy Miller Family Basketball Scholarship $500
Jake Amburgy Waynesville Athletic Boosters Scholarship $500
Booker Atkins Faculty and Staff Scholarship $500
Booker Atkins Franklin B Walter Scholarship $250
Booker Atkins Outstanding Senior Band Member $300
Zoe Bees Charles and Mary LeMay Scholarship $10,000
Zoe Bees Faculty and Staff Scholarship $500
Zoe Bees Justin Back's "Be A Hero" Scholarship $500
Zane Blaisdell Waynesville Athletic Boosters Scholarship $500
Casey Briggs Justin Back's "Be A Hero" Scholarship $500
Casey Briggs The Waynesville Masonic Lodge #163 Free and Accepted Masons Scholarship $1,000
Casey Briggs Tom Robinson Memorial Scholarship $1,000
Leah Butterbaugh Miller Family Basketball Scholarship $500
Trevor Camp High School Student Council Scholarship $250
Trevor Camp Waynesville Athletic Boosters Scholarship $500
Teagan Cassidy International Thespian Scholarship $500
Teagan Cassidy Jewell Education Foundation Scholarship $1,000
Teagan Cassidy Waynesville Athletic Boosters Scholarship $500
Eli Click Charles and Mary LeMay Scholarship $10,000
Eli Click Waynesville Athletic Boosters Scholarship $500
Jenna Foley Order of the Eastern Star, Miami Chapter #107 Scholarship $1,000
Kaylei Ford-Nelson Faculty and Staff Scholarship $500
Kaylei Ford-Nelson Waynesville Lions Club Scholarship $1,000
Sean Friedhoff Allies Assembly Scholarship $500
Hannah Gill Waynesville Athletic Boosters Scholarship $500
Elaina Grayson Charles and Mary LeMay Scholarship $10,000
Truly Isaacs Justin Back's "Be A Hero" Scholarship $500
Abby Johnson Waynesville Lions Club Scholarship $1,000
Cooper Koch Charles and Mary LeMay Scholarship $10,000
Cooper Koch Louis Armstrong Jazz Award $300
Cooper Koch Waynesville Athletic Boosters Scholarship $500
Lucy Krumholtz Faculty and Staff Scholarship $500
Payton Layne Waynesville Athletic Boosters Scholarship $500
Anna Lipinski "Spartans Never Quit" Scholarship $1,000
Anna Lipinski Faculty and Staff Scholarship $500
Ryan Metzler You Can Count on Me Scholarship - McAfee Heating and Air $2,500
Alex Nelson Webb Barton Social Studies Scholarship $500
Joey Phillips Faculty and Staff Scholarship $500
Gavin Price Justin Back's "Be A Hero" Scholarship $500
Gavin Price Lonnie Schear Memorial Scholarship $1,000
Gavin Price Waynesville Athletic Boosters Scholarship $500
Olivia Reeder Collett Family Scholarship $400
Wyatt Shinkle Faculty and Staff Scholarship $500
Wyatt Shinkle Waynesville Lions Club Scholarship $1,000
Alaina Spencer John Philip Sousa Award for Band $300
Peyton Stiles Faculty and Staff Scholarship $500
Peyton Stiles Kier Family Memorial Scholarship $500
Landen Stricker Charles and Mary LeMay Scholarship $10,000
Landen Stricker Wright-Patterson Officers' Spouses' Club Scholarship $1,500
Kohl Todd Lebanon Eagles #1395 Scholarship $1,000
Jenna Turner Dr. Roland Hazen Scholarship $1,500
Jenna Turner Faculty and Staff Scholarship $500
Elisabeth Wages Little Sisters Memorial Scholarship - Lebanon United Methodist $1,000
Emily Wells Leanne Foley Art Achievement Scholarship $1,000
Emma Williams Leanne Foley Art Achievement Scholarship $1,000
Hunter Wiseman Justin Back's "Be A Hero" Scholarship $500
Luke Zebell Waynesville Athletic Boosters Scholarship $500



Wayne Local School District would like to recognize the hard-working members of our Waynesville Police Department and their predecessors, as well as our local School Resource Officer, Officer Mermann. 

We appreciate your dedication and commitment to the safety of our village, as well as our students. Thank you for your service! 

About:  National Peace Officers Memorial Day, also called National Police Week, pay tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty.  Since the original proclamation by President Kennedy in 1962, it has been recognized every year on May 15th.  

Waynesville Middle School Track Athletes Heading to State!
Congratulations to our Waynesville Middle School Track athletes who have qualified to compete in the prestigious OHSAA Middle School State Championship Meet this weekend!  Athletes and relay teams that are invited to compete in the State Championship Meet are ranked in the top #24 in the State of Ohio across all Divisions, making this a meet that is truly an honor to compete in!

Wade Von Handorf will be competing in the high jump, the 4x400 meter relay, and the 400 meter dash.  Wade holds the Waynesville Middle School 400 meter dash record with a blazing time of 55.97 seconds!

Alena Wooldridge will be competing in the long jump.  Alena is the Waynesville Middle School record holder in the long jump with a tremendous jump of 15’7”!

Our hurdle superstar Kelcie Grayson will be competing in both the 100 and 200 meter hurdles!
Our dynamite group of girls relay team members consisting of Lady Spartans Baylee Williams, Kelcie Grayson, Zedie Click, and Kendal Erbach will be competing in the 4x400 meter relay with our alternates being Olivia Walters, Abigail Foley, Ellie Ripperger, and Alena Wooldridge.

Our outstanding group of boys relay team members are ranked in the Top 10 in the State of Ohio and will be competing in both the 4x20 and 4x400 meter relays. Alex Amburgy, Garrett Lundy, Celtan Walton, and Ayden Boos will be competing in the 4x200 meter relay.  Alex Amburgy, Wade Von Handorf, Celtan Walton, and Ayden Boos will be competing in the 4x400 meter relay. Our alternates for these two races are Trenton Davis and Evan Mender.

We wish these athletes the best of luck as they compete in the OHSAA State Championship Meet and look forward to celebrating their hard work and success!
Jenae James
Waynesville Middle School Track Coach

*Updated Information*

Graduation Guide 2021

Download Senior Bulletin - 2021

*Please note the following change:
Graduation is at 7:00PM on May 22nd.

Parent Seating at Graduation is by Seniors' Last Name:

Show your support and cheer on our Senior Class!
Senior Parade Route through town on Friday, May 21st at 6:00 p.m.

Start at the school
Come out of Spartan Way - turn right
Turn right on Edwards Drive
Turn Left on High Street
Turn Right on 3rd/South Street
Left on Main Street
Left on Franklin
Right on Old Stage
Left on Preston
Right on Camp Creek
Left on Adamsmoor Drive
Left on Franklin Road
Right on Dayton Road
End at the school. 


Last week, the High School Student Council organization treated the teachers, administration and support staff for Staff Appreciation Week.  They spread joy with thank you treats all week, including the most amazing extra chocolate chips gourmet cookies, compliments of Julie Abel of JBA Bakes.

In recognition of additional staff members, the cafeteria, maintenance, and transportation departments were all treated to triple chocolate iced fudge brownies!  

We thank everyone for doing the "and-then-some" this year especially to make our school year happen!

Interested Students entering 9th - 12th Grade: 


Waynesville Athletic Calendar
Sport Gender Level Date Start Time H/A Opponent/Site
Baseball Boys JV 05/14/2021 4:30 PM H Kettering Fairmont High School
Baseball Boys V 05/14/2021 7:00 PM H Kettering Fairmont High School
Track COED V 05/15/2021 9:30AM A SWBL @ Preble Shawnee
Baseball Boys V 05/15/2021 11:00 AM A Beavercreek High School
Baseball Boys V 05/18/2021 5:00 PM H Bethel Tate High School Tournament Game
Baseball Boys V 05/20/2021 5:00 PM A Hamilton Ross-Potential Tournament Game
Track COED V 05/20/2021 4:30 PM A Districts @ Piqua
Track COED V 05/22/2021 1:00 PM A Districts @ Piqua
Track COED V 05/27/2021 5:00 PM A Regionals @ Piqua
Track COED V 05/29/2021 11:00 AM A Regionals @ Piqua

What is it?

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic. The benefit provides:

  • Up to $50/month discount for broadband services;
  • Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands;
  • and A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.

To learn more about eligibility and ways to apply, see below image or click the downloadable flyer here:  Emergency Broadband Benefit Flyer

The Wayne Local Board of Education Meeting for June has been moved from
JUNE 14, 2021 to JUNE 7, 2021


Congratulations to the Spartans Boys Tennis Team who locked their win and claimed the title of League Champs at their latest match.   Way to go Spartans!





Third Grade Quadrilateral Cities Project

Our 3rd grade classes used their knowledge of quadrilaterals and created “Quadrilateral Cities”.  These are cities where everything from buildings, roads, houses, and parks, are built using ONLY Quadrilaterals.  Each pod presented their cities to the class, and plan to reach out to our village Mayor to see if there is a need of their expertise of  all things quadrilaterals to help redesign our village.  

Great job 3rd graders!


The Project Excellence Recognition Banquet was held on Wednesday, May 5th, at the Manor House in Mason.  Congratulations again to Nancy Lukasavage and Patrick Hardin as the recipients of this exemplary award. 



The Spartan Senior Drive-In resumed in 2021 as the Class of 2021 arrived at school this morning in parade fashion, and in some very decked-out vehicles!  We saw cars, trucks (some converted to pools), boats, jet skis, four-wheelers, golf carts, go-carts, scooters, tractors, and even an airplane with a flyover!   Also check out the aerial shot of the new elementary school in the airplane photo!

Great job Seniors as your rocked it once again! Go Spartans!

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 and the guidance department for their advisory efforts, and dedication to placing information in the hands of our seniors.  So many of our 2021 graduating class members have already notified the school guidance office of their plans after graduation and we wish them all the very best of luck in their journey.  Whether our students have chosen to attend college and continued education, to serve our country in one of the branches of our armed forces, or to have a more direct path into the workforce, we wish them continued success and growth in their chosen field.  

*These photos reflect notifications already submitted, and may not reflect late decisions or changes made after the date of photos.


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.



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.


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."


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

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CLICK HERE for Flyer of Summer Sessions 2021

CLICK HERE For Flyer of Summer Camps 2021

CLICK HERE for Flyer - Olive Branch Campground seasonal work opportunities
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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