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There are a lot of great things happening at Sidney City Schools. Scroll through for all of the latest news!

Preschool-age children play doctor with toy babies.

Sidney City Schools is proud to offer preschool to children ages 3-5 at Whittier Early Childhood Center. Preschool registration for the 2023-2024 school year opens on March 4, 2024.  

"As educators, it is our goal to support the whole child by providing learning opportunities in all areas of development including social-emotional skills and academic foundations," said Beth Abbott, Director of Preschool at Whittier Early Childhood Center. "We strive to provide a fun, safe, and exciting culture that encourages students to take risks, problem-solve, and move toward independence."


Sidney City Schools preschool at Whittier Early Childhood Center (WECC) runs a morning and afternoon session Monday through Thursday and follows the district calendar for conferences, breaks, and holidays. 

  • Morning Session - 9:00am - 11:45am
  • Afternoon Session - 1:00pm - 3:45pm

Families can select a preferred session, however, sessions are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Families who are NEW to WECC begin the registration process by completing the pre-registration form at  

Once your preregistration is completed and processed, a link to complete additional enrollment forms will be sent. When all online enrollment forms are complete, WECC will call to schedule a screening time for your child. Screening appointments will take place over the summer.   

  • Preschool
  • WECC
  • Whittier Early Childhood Center
Kindergarten-age children laughing.

Sidney City Schools has set their kindergarten screening and registration for the 2024-2025 school year for Tuesday, May 21, 2024, for Longfellow Primary School and Wednesday, May 22, 2024, for Emerson Primary School. Both screenings will take place at Longfellow Primary at 1250 Park Street. Appointments can be made beginning Monday, March 4, 2024. 

Students who are enrolling in kindergarten and who DO NOT currently attend Whittier Early Childhood Center may call to schedule a screening appointment beginning Monday, March 4, 2024.

Children must be five years of age on or before August 1, 2024, to enroll in the Sidney City Schools kindergarten program. Students who currently attend Whittier Early Childhood Center DO NOT need to schedule an appointment or go through the screening process. 

  • Longfellow Primary Kindergarten Screening will take place Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Longfellow Primary Schools. To schedule a screening appointment, please call Longfellow Primary at 937-497-2264. 
  • Emerson Primary Kindergarten Screening will take place Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Longfellow Primary School. To schedule a screening appointment for Emerson, please call Emerson Primary at 937-497-2261.
  • If you are not sure which school your child will attend based on your address, call either school. 

Current Whittier Early Childhood Center students who plan to transition to kindergarten will go through the process with WECC staff. WECC will provide more information about updating your enrollment records. 

  • Emerson Primary
  • Kindergarten
  • Longfellow Primary
Two high school students stand together holding an award plaque.

SHS sophomores Marly Coons and Cartier Thompson are State Champions in the American Legion Americanism and Government Test and have earned an all-expense-paid, week-long trip to historic Gettysburg, PA, and the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. The American Legion Department of Ohio sponsors the yearly trip taking the top 3 boys and 3 girls in grades 10-12 for a total of only 18 students statewide.   

The Ohio American Legion Americanism and Government is an opportunity for high school students to evaluate themselves in American government and history through this statewide test program. Over 65,000 students participate annually in this project, which The American Legion Auxiliary jointly sponsors.

Coons and Thompson are the latest in a long line of state winners at SHS. Since 1970, Sidney High School has had an impressive 39 state winners, with 28 of those winners since 2005, and at least one state winner every year since 2009.

  • Americanism + Government
  • Sidney High School
Graphic that shared eclipse parking information. Info found at

A total solar eclipse is a rare and spectacular event. On average, one happens somewhere on the Earth once every 1.5 years and only 21 solar eclipses have crossed the lower 48 in the entire history of the United States. Sidney, Ohio is lucky enough to be within the path of totality for the Great North American Eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. 

Sidney Athletic Boosters will be selling parking for cars and RVs for eclipse enthusiasts to witness this spectacular event. Our student-athletes and family members will be working to give viewers a good experience. Parking on the Sidney City Schools school and athletic campus boasts 1,200 paved parking spaces and 100 acres of green space. 

Sidney City Schools Board of Ed 2024: Stephanie Wilson, Zack Bosslet, Greg Dickman, Laurie Kimmel, Nikki New

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Sidney City Schools is celebrating its board members for their dedication and commitment to the district and its students.

“The dedication, commitment, and vision of our school board members shape the future of our schools and students,” Sidney Superintendent Bob Humble said. “Their focus is always on helping all our students be successful in their future endeavors. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.” 

WECC champions preschool benefits and opens another classroom

Ask any educator what families can do to help propel their child’s educational success, and enrolling their child in a preschool program will be at the top. To that end, Whittier Early Childhood Center aims to showcase the transformative benefits of preschool education, emphasizing the role it plays in shaping the futures of our youngest learners and their families. Recognizing the need to enroll more children in preschool, Whittier Early Childhood Center is pleased to announce that it will be opening another morning session class beginning January 3, 2024. 

  • Whittier Early Childhood Center
39 Inducted into SHS National Honor Society

Sidney High School ushered in 34 new junior members and 5 new senior members to the National Honor Society during the 93rd annual induction ceremony on November 12, one of the largest NHS induction classes since the start of NHS at Sidney High School.  

  • Sidney High School
11 preschool children stand next to a school bus.

Sidney City Schools is pleased to announce that Whittier Early Childhood Center and Sidney City Schools Transportation Department have come up with a plan to expand transportation opportunities to families of preschool students. 

“We’ve seen great success at Whittier and know that we have the opportunity to serve more students,” says Beth Abbott, Preschool Director at Whittier. “What we’ve found is that some families are interested in their child attending preschool but  just don’t have a way to transport their children to and from Whittier and so we’re looking to remedy that.”

Whittier Early Childhood Center currently works with local childcare providers to transport children to and from those childcare centers and Whittier, which has worked out great. This expansion of transportation would create 4 neighborhood stops around our community. Because the morning session is full for this school year, bussing for the 2023-2024 school year would be limited to afternoon session preschool students only. 

“On the school district’s side, we’re limited to just how many students we can transport based on current routes, number of drivers, and time constraints,” says Ron Monroe, Transportation Director. “While we’re not required to bus preschool students, we see the importance of helping families. We think we’ve worked out neighborhood stops that will accommodate a greater number of families, allowing more kids to attend preschool at Whittier Early Childhood Center.”

These locations are Hilltop Apartments, Mystic Apartments, Countryside Apartments, and the corner of Fairmont & Spruce.

  • Preschool
  • Transportation
Logo for Stay Safe. Speak Up! on yellow background

Sidney City Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and school community. That’s why we continue to take important steps to enhance personal safety for our students and staff and provide a positive learning environment for all students.

Our district continues to use the Stay Safe. Speak Up! Student Safety Reporting System (powered by PublicSchoolWORKS). Stay Safe. Speak Up! is a comprehensive reporting tool that allows students, parents, and staff to submit safety concerns to school officials. 

Concerns can be submitted in three ways:

  1. Mobile App. Download the Stay Safe. Speak Up! mobile app and enter our unique District Code to submit reports directly from your smartphone. District Code: SIDNEY
    Find the app in the App Store or the Google Play Store by searching "Stay Safe Speak Up."

  2. Phone. Call 1-866-547-8362 to leave a voice message or speak with a trained, live attendant. Attendants can initiate contact with various national crisis hotlines if a student needs help in dealing with a personal emergency.

  3. Online. Click on the STAY SAFE. SPEAK UP! button (siren icon) on the homepage of every school website on to access the online form from a desktop computer or laptop. You can also find this link in various accessible places on the website. You can also use the search tool by clicking on the magnifying glass in the Menu and searching "Stay Safe. Speak Up!"

Students, staff, and families can easily report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, weapons, thoughts of suicide, or any other concern that may jeopardize the safety of students, employees, or school property. 

Map of SHS/SMS/Board of Education Campus

For the 2023-2024 school year, Sidney Middle School and Sidney High School will continue to follow last year’s traffic flow during drop-off and pick-up times. 


  • Buses will drop off/pick up at SMS at the FRONT of the building off Fair Road. 
  • Buses will drop off/pick up at SHS at the Cafeteria doors using the west driveway. The parking lot to the west of the cafeteria will be closed off for ALL parking.
  • Cars should NOT use the front drive off Fair Road for SMS drop-off/pick-up, nor the west driveway off Campbell Road for SHS drop-off/pick-up.


  • SMS families should use Fourth Avenue to enter the drop-off/pick-up line. The line will flow close to the tennis courts, around the outside of SMS back lot, up next to the SMS building, back towards SHS, and back out Fourth Avenue. **Utilize the entire length of the sidewalk for a quicker drop-off experience. 
  • SHS families should use the east parking lot driveway, circle the outside of the SHS student lots, and back out the middle driveway.
  • The walkway between SHS and SMS will be cleared through the winter and SHS can be an alternate drop-off for SMS families. 
  • Per the City of Sidney, there can be NO LEFT-HAND TURNS off Fourth Avenue before and after school. A police officer may be on duty to reroute those attempting to make a left-hand turn. 
  • All students being dropped off should be READY to exit their vehicles immediately. 


  • SMS walkers will leave through the rear of the building. If they need to walk towards Fair Road, they will use the walk behind/around the school.

  • SHS walkers can leave through the front slider doors or the east doors by the student parking lot. 

  • No walkers will be allowed to exit towards the bus pick-up areas at both SMS and SHS. 

  • Parking along Fair Road will be prohibited. Parking on the streets and alleys across from the middle school is also prohibited.

  • Sidney Middle School
  • Traffic Pattern

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