District News

Souper Bowl Fundraiser Flyer

The Art Club and FCCLA are teaming up to raise money for the West Ohio Food Bank (making a donation through the United Way of Van Wert County) through a new fundraiser called "Souper Bowls".

Friday, November 18, 2022 PAWS | Let's Review (11/1/22 - 11/18/22)
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We've been staying busy at VWCS. Check out what we've been up to! 

School at the Goedde feast

We are thankful! Students at Van Wert School at the Goedde celebrated Thanksgiving by hosting families and community partners for the second year in a row. 

Michelle Mawer with her departing gift from the board.

The Van Wert school board praises Mawer, who agrees to stay on as interim treasurer. 

VWHS students outside the OSU lab

Van Wert High School students traveled to the Ohio State University last week, where they were able to get first-hand experience at the university's cadaver lab. 

Monday, November 14, 2022 VWHS Theatre Performs Fall Play
Students practice for fall play

Van Wert High School Theatre Department invites the community to our fall play,
Trouble In Tumbleweed, by Tim Kelly, that will be performed at the Niswonger
Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17 at

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 CEO Partnership Spotlight
CEO 7 year partners

The CEO Program has kicked off its 7th year with Van Wert High School and 5th year of including all schools in Van Wert County.

Band Performing at State Finals

The Van Wert Cougar Pride Marching Band earned an “Excellent”at the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) state marching band finals at Alexander Stadium in Piqua on Sunday.

Cougar Pride Marching Band

History will be made at 4:45 Sunday afternoon at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium.

That’s when the Van Wert Cougar Pride Marching Band will compete in the Ohio Music Educators Association state finals for the first time ever. 

Greg Blackmore BOE Meeting

School safety and security and work at Eggerss Stadium were two of several topics addressed during Wednesday’s meeting of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education.

New DARE vehicle graphics revealed

The Van Wert City Police Department chose artwork submitted by Gavin Gonzalez, a Van Wert Middle School 6th Grade Student, for their new DARE truck design.


VWCS Bus Drivers

As National School Bus Safety week comes to an end, the Van Wert City School District would not only like to emphasize the importance of bus safety, but also take the time to recognize and honor the drivers who often transport more than 900 students on a daily basis.

Project Adam Ohio logo

Van Wert City Schools is proud to announce that all five buildings that make up the district have been designated as Heart Safe Schools by Project ADAM. Van Wert Elementary was the first to earn the Heart Safe Designation in March 2022.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 Van Wert Grad Gives Back to CEO Program
Van Wert Grad, Dalton Heppeard pictured with Kerry Koontz

Dalton Heppeard, a 2018 graduate of Van Wert High School, spent this past weekend behind a booth, satisfying the sweet tooth of many Apple Festival goers.

Friday, October 14, 2022 VWCS Treasurer Search Underway
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The Van Wert City School District is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Treasurer.

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Beginning Monday, October 17, 2022 and continuing daily through Friday, October 21, 2022, Van Wert City Schools will be coordinating a state-mandated safety drill to remain in compliance with Ohio Revised Code 3313.536 and as overseen by the Ohio School Safety Center.

Friday, September 30, 2022 Bagley Crowned Homecoming Queen
2022 Van Wert Homecoming Court photo

Maria Bagley was crowned 2022 Homecoming Queen before Friday night’s game against Shawnee. 

Friday, September 30, 2022 VWCS Board Hears Info on State Report Cards
Chris Covey

One thing is certain about the Ohio Department of Education’s annual school report cards – there is very little, if any consistency from year-to-year.

Photo of Assistant Superintendent Bill Clifton discussing safety during Wednesday’s school board meeting

The safety of students and staff is a top priority in the Van Wert City Schools district. That was the message delivered during Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.

Thursday, September 29, 2022 Homecoming Parade…
Photos of students at the homecoming parade.

Members of the Van Wert High School football team, homecoming queen candidates Maria Bagley, Sofi Houg and Tyra McClain, and the Cougar Pride Marching Band all took part in Wednesday night’s homecoming parade.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Junior Rotarians...
A photo of the Class of 2023 Junior Rotarians

The Van Wert Rotarians, representing Rotary District 6600, welcomed the Class of 2023 Junior Rotarians with a grand kick-off. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 VWHS Announces 2022 Homecoming Court
2022 Homecoming Court

Van Wert High School’s Student Council is proud to announce the 2022-2023 Homecoming Court.

Thursday, September 22, 2022 Students Get Experience with Skilled Trade
Masonry, welding, carpentry and concrete work were just some of trades area freshmen and sophomores learned about on Wednesday. 

Approximately 300 freshmen and sophomore students from seven local school districts received hands-on experience in the various building trades during Day No. 1 of the Build Your Future 2022 event, held at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds on Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 State Releases Annual School Report Cards
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A different year brings a different look to the Ohio Department of Education’s Ohio School Report Cards for the state’s public schools.

VWHS 2022-2023 Virtual Open House

Throughout your son/daughter's educational career, Open House has been a regular practice at each building level. 

Friday, August 26, 2022 Black Mark Mafia Donates to VWHS
Rob Ellis, Tom Buzard, Jody Huth, Bob Priest (VWHS Principal) and Rick Lamb

Thank you to Black Mark Mafia who recently donated $500 to Van Wert High School!

Julie Burenga

The newest member of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education took the oath of office during Wednesday’s school board meeting

Thursday, July 28, 2022 VWFT Gives to Local Summer Programs
Mark Bagley, VWCS Superintendent; Betsy Hamman, YWCA Director of Summer Food Program; two program participants; and Chuck Rollins, VWFT President.

The Van Wert Federation of Teachers donated a total of $2,500 to two local youth summer programs.

Winners Natalie Benner, Keigen Martz, Josh Reichert, Ian Rex, Hunter Sherer, and Robert Spath

Funded by the State of Ohio through the Department of Higher Education and operated as a program of The Ohio Academy of Science, Believe in Ohio is a STEM and entrepreneurship program that teaches students how to commercialize products and services and create business plans that are driven by innovation.

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Van Wert City Schools announces its 2022-2023 program year policy Free and Reduced Price Meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Programs. 

Josh Reichert

The Ohio Academy of Science recognizes and awards one hundred twenty-four (124) students with $124,000 in scholarships to attend any Ohio college, university, or post-secondary career center.

A student tries on a firefighter's gear

More than 250 fifth graders from Van Wert, Crestview, Lincolnview, and St. Mary’s descended on downtown Van Wert at the first-ever “Let’s Get Down to Business” event hosted by Career Connections of Van Wert County on Tuesday, May 10.

Recipients of the Anita Zuber Future Teacher Scholarship

Van Wert High School held its Senior Awards Convocation for the Class of 2022 on Friday, May 6, 2022, in the Saltzgaber Music Hall of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 VWMS Hosts "Real Money. Real World."
Students had to decide if they had enough money left in their monthly budget to make charitable contributions. 

Van Wert Middle School hosted a financial literacy program for students called Real Money. Real World. on Wednesday, May 4.

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U.S. News & World Report magazine ranked Van Wert High School 160th in the state of Ohio and 4,196th in the nation for “Best High Schools”.

Rendering of the renovated Eggerss Stadium

Months of campaigning and spreading information paid off at the polls with the passage of a bond issue to renovate and improve Eggerss Stadium in downtown Van Wert.

On behalf of Van Wert City Schools, Kristi Fuerst, VWCS Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, accepts the Mark of Distinction award from Lou DeVincentis, OHSPRA President.

Van Wert City Schools was recognized with four professional Achievement Awards at the Ohio School Public Relations Association (OHSPRA) annual spring conference held in Columbus on April 28-29.