- Whittier Early Childhood Center
Families of incoming kindergarten families are invited to a Transition to Kindergarten Panel with Sidney City Schools.
This in-person meeting is for the parents/guardians of all students who will be going to kindergarten at either Emerson or Longfellow Primary Schools for the 2023-2024 school year.
Our panel of presenters consists of kindergarten teachers and the school principal. They will answer any questions parents/guardians may have and share what a day in kindergarten looks like. It is a great opportunity to find out everything you want to know in order to help your child transition easily to the new school-age building.
These transition meetings will take place at 6:30 PM on the following days and locations:
- Tuesday, April 4 at Longfellow Primary School, 1250 Park Street
- Wednesday, April 5 at Emerson Primary School, 901 Campbell Road
If your child will be 5 on or before August 1, 2023, they are eligible for kindergarten at Sidney City Schools. Kindergarten screening will take place Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Emerson Primary School, and Friday, May 26, 2023, at Whittier Early Childhood Center for Longfellow Primary School. To schedule a screening appointment, please call Sidney City Schools at 937-497-2200.
- Parent University
When students are healthy, feel safe, and are supported through strong systems and relationships, they are more likely to enjoy learning, develop positive social skills, and achieve greater success. With that in mind, Sidney City Schools is committed to strengthening the school community through partnerships between parents, students, the school, and the community.
Last school year, Sidney City Schools proudly introduced Parent University—a program meant to further support parents and guardians in their journey of raising children. Seeing great value in the workshops and presentations, the district plans to continue this school-family partnership program in which parents and guardians are invited to join our community of learners.
Parent University is a combination of workshops and presentations, all centered around students and families with the purpose of growing together and preparing everyone for success.
In May of 2021, voters residing in the Sidney City School district passed an earned income tax at a rate of .75% that went into effect on January 1, 2022. This school district earned income tax applies to residents of the Sidney City School District only.
The Ohio Department of Taxation recently sent out a postcard reminding district residents of this earned income tax.
Residents of the district are encouraged to contact their employer to discuss withholding this tax. If you are not withholding this tax from your paychecks, you should discuss it with your accountant or tax preparer.
You may also refer to the FAQ document the district shared during that levy campaign. It may help answer questions you may have.
- Student Achievement
Sidney High School ushered in 25 new junior members and 5 new senior members to the National Honor Society during the 93rd annual induction ceremony on January 23.
To qualify for the National Honor Society, students must have a 3.5-grade point average or better, provide service and leadership in both the school and community, and be honest, responsible, fair, courteous, tolerant, and cooperative.
The SHS NHS Faculty Council includes Chris Adams, Mitch Hoying, Mandy Gutman, Mike Keiser, and Sara Olding. Brett Bickel is the NHS Adviser.
- Student Achievement
SHS sophomore Tatum Werntz is a State Champion in the American Legion Americanism and Government Test and has 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 is jointly sponsored by The American Legion Auxiliary.
Werntz is the latest in a long line of state winners at SHS. Since 1970, Sidney High School has had an impressive 37 state winners, with 26 of those winners since 2005, and at least one state winner every year since 2009.
- Parent University
Technology is part of nearly everything we do.
Modeling appropriate technology use and teaching our children how to be safe, savvy, and social in their digital lives is essential. Digital Citizenship for Families will give parents tips for modeling technology use and how to talk to kids and teens about appropriate online behavior. Join Sidney City Schools Classroom Technology Coach, Kerry Keiser, as she helps families navigate one of the most talked about topics of our parenting generation.
Parent U: Digital Citizenship
April 4, 2023
Sidney Middle School
Parent University is a partnership between families and Sidney City Schools in which parents and guardians are invited to join our community of learners. The goal of Parent University is to provide learning opportunities for parents to better understand ways to support their student’s academic success and personal well-being. We welcome parents and families to engage in various activities and events to explore topics related to mental health, well-being, equity and inclusion, and academics. Parent University will be a combination of workshops and presentations, all centered around students and families with the purpose to grow together and prepare everyone for success.
All Parent University events will be held at Sidney Middle School in the auditeria beginning at 6:30 PM. Snacks and water will be provided and attendees will have a chance to win a raffle prize! In partnering with Sidney High School Student Government, a kids' corner arts and crafts area will be supervised by high school students, so parents can focus on the topic.
Sidney High School Head Cross Country Coach, Ken Kellner, is excited to announce the 10th annual Jackets in Training running program for Sidney youth in grades 3-6.
This is a program designed to engage kids in the excitement of running. Developing correct muscle memory at an early age creates significant advantages for those athletes. Each practice, students will participate in various running games, drills, and conditioning that will work to develop the fundamentals of running, endurance, and a professional running technique. Students in grades 3-6 are invited to sign up and join as Coach Kellner and his team help each child develop healthy habits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives!
Grades 3/4: April 3, 10, 17, 24 and 26 (finale)
Grades 5/6: April 3, 5, 12, 19 and 26 (finale)
Both groups will meet 4-5pm in front of Sidney High School. The groups will also be doing some training in the SHS weight room.
Students who are enrolling in kindergarten and who DO NOT currently attend Whittier Early Childhood Center may call to schedule a screening appointment now.
Children must be five years of age on or before August 1, 2023, to enroll in the Sidney City Schools kindergarten program.
-- Emerson Primary kindergarten screening will take place Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Emerson Primary (901 Campbell Road).
-- Due to a large-scale flooring project set to start at Longfellow for the summer, Longfellow Primary kindergarten screening will take place Friday, May 26, 2023, at Whittier Early Childhood Center (425 Belmont Street).
To schedule a screening appointment, please call Emerson Primary at 937-497-2261 OR Longfellow Primary at 937-497-2264. If you are not sure which school your child will attend based on your address, call either school.
Students who currently attend Whittier Early Childhood Center DO NOT need to schedule an appointment or go through the screening process. 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.
- Whittier Early Childhood Center
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 6, 2023.
"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 bit.ly/WECC23-24.