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Key Club & FCCLA Give Back to Wilson Health ER SHS Key Club and FCCLA donate children's toys and activity items to Wilson Health ER.

October 11, 2017 - The Sidney High School FCCLA and Key Club recently teamed up for a collection drive of children’s items for the Wilson Health ER. The groups reached out to their peers at school to help with this drive and successfully collected close to 150 items including stuffed animals, dolls, books, coloring books, crayons, stickers, cars, puzzles, games, and activity packs. These special items will be given to young patients by the nurses when they visit the emergency room. 

Scheu Recognized as Defiance College Distinguished Alumni John Scheu receives Alumni Citation of Academic Excellence from Defiance College.

DEFIANCE, Ohio - Eight Defiance College alumni were recognized during homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 15, for their accomplishments.

The Alumni Citation for Academic Excellence were presented to Judy Small Dally, Defiance, class of 1971 and 1994; and John Scheu, Sidney, class of 1972. Alumni Achievement Award recipients were Dale Bruskotter, Ottawa, class of 1974; and David Robinson, Alliance, class of 1976. Tim Leuzarder, deceased, class of 1967, was also honored with this award. Casey Gibson, Toledo, class of 2005 and 2010, received the Young Alumni Service Award.

Homecoming 2017 Homecoming Court 2017

The Sidney High Student Government is jazzed to host the annual homecoming dance, with a 1920s theme, on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The football game and crowning ceremony will take place Thursday, October 5, 2017 as a part of Fox 45's Thursday Night Lights. 

Honoring SHS Alumnus Marcus Goffena Marcus Goffena T-Shirt

To honor 2005 Sidney High School athlete and alumnus Marcus Goffena, who tragically died while removing a TV station antennae in Miami, Florida on September 27, a limited number of t-shirts will be sold at this Thursday's home football game vs Tipp City. The cost per shirt will be $20, with all proceeds to benefit the Sidney Athletic 200 Club, per the family's request, and allow for a memorial tree to be planted in Marcus' name.

Elementary Night Sees 650+ Elementary Students Cheering on the Jackets Cheerleaders

September 26, 2017 - Sidney City Schools hosted the third annual Elementary Night at last Friday night's football game. Approximately 650 elementary students participated in the event. Students and their families could attend the varsity football game for $2 a person, and students participating received a t-shirt. The students were ushered out onto the football field to form a tunnel for the Yellow Jackets to run through; they then got to stand among the football players as the Pride of Sidney Marching Band and the Sidney High School Alumni Band jointly played the National Anthem. 

Clayton & Burns Receive OHSAA Award Tim Clayton & Ron Burns accept OHSAA State Award for Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity.

September 23, 2017 - On Friday, at Sidney's home varsity football game vs. West Carrollton, Mr. Tim Clayton and Mr. Ron Burns were recognized on behalf of the Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.  

Unusual Odor at SHS

An unusual sewage gas odor was detected at Sidney High School today, causing some students to become ill. Sidney Fire inspected the building and has deemed it safe to be in the building; however, classes located in the area of the smell moved to another location in the building.

SHS Cafeteria Gets Facelift SHS Cafeteria Renovation
Excellence in Education Award Nominations

September 20, 2017 - The Sidney Rotary Club and the Midwest Regional Education Service Center (MRESC) have partnered to create an awards program honoring classroom teachers serving the students of Shelby County.

Sidney/Piqua to Team Up to Defeat Cancer Sidney Piqua Colon Cancer T-Shirt

September 15, 2017 - Sidney and Piqua are putting rivalries aside to raise awareness of colon cancer in honor of Michelle Garber, mother of Piqua senior volleyball player Navie Garber, who has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Student leadership groups from both schools will be selling t-shirts to benefit the Upper Valley Cancer Care Center for Colon Research, as well as the Garber family. 

Cargill to Team Up With Ferguson Construction for 4th Grade Perfect Attendance Program

September 14, 2017 - Ferguson Construction has agreed to be the co-sponsor, along with Cargill, for the fourth grade perfect attendance program in Sidney City Schools. The partnership will ensure that any fourth grader who achieves perfect attendance for the school year will be rewarded with a new bike at the yearend assembly. 

Hurricane Relief Collection Trailer at Sidney Memorial Stadium for hurricane relief collections.

September 7, 2017 - Sidney City Schools will be taking part in a collection of hurricane relief items in cooperation of the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Sidney Transportation Services.

A semi trailer, provided by Steve Woodruff of Sidney Transportation Services, will be parked in front of Sidney Memorial Stadium Friday, September 8 – Friday, September 15.

Parking Enforcement Sidney City Schools Athletic Facilities Parking Map

Sidney City Schools is asking patrons of sporting and other events outside of the school day to not park vehicles in unauthorized areas of the Sidney City Schools campus. These areas include fire lanes, grass areas, and any area blocking a school entrance or loading dock. These rules protect our facilities that are in part maintained by your tax dollars, as well as prevent damage to your vehicle and not block other patrons. The district has spent much time and many resources repairing damaged areas where people have parked in the grass; additionally the ruts often created create safety hazards for students and patrons walking in the grass, as well as our maintenance crews when they are mowing.

Handicap parking is available and should you need special access parking, please contact the Athletic Department. 

The district will begin to enforce this with warning tickets, followed by actual tickets and towing. Please follow all signage and only park in authorized areas.

Attached is a parking map for football games and other such activities. 

Great American Eclipse- August 21

The Great American Eclipse is taking place on August 21 (first day of school), between the hours of 1:02pm and 3:51pm. Due to the dangers associated with the viewing the eclipse, Sidney City Schools will adhere to the following guidelines that day:

  • Only students with protective eclipse glasses will be permitted outside with staff supervision to observe the eclipse and the school's code of conduct will be in effect.
  • Parents will have the opportunity to opt out of permitting their child to view this experience by notifying their building principal.
  • Under no circumstance should students be outside (eg. recess) during this time without protective eclipse glasses.
  • Students should be reminded when departing for the day that they should not gaze at the eclipse.

​​​​​​The concern is gazing at the eclipse with a naked eye for a period of time could result in damage to the retina of the eye, and may not show up until "down the road."

SHS Freshman Orientation

Sidney High School will hold Freshman Orientation for the Class of 2021 August 14 & 15. Incoming freshman may choose to attend one of two orientations:
August 14, 2017 - 9:00am-11:00am
August 15, 2017 - 5:00pm-7:00pm 

Freshmen need to report to the auditorium for a presentation that will begin promptly at 9:00am on August 14 or at 5:00pm on August 15. Parents who drop off their child may wait out in the hall or wait outside until the presentation is completed. Following the presentation, the incoming freshmen will receive their schedule, take a tour of the building, and locate their lockers and classrooms.

Sidney City Schools Latchkey Survey

Sidney City Schools is exploring the possibility of starting a latchkey, or before/after school care, program for the 2018/2019 school year. Before moving forward with planning, we need to guage interest and need to ensure sustainability. Please complete the linked survey at your convenience.
This survey was also sent in a postcard format in the August 2017 Jacket Journal district newsletter. You may return the postcard to your child's school or the Board of Education Office, OR complete the online survey. 

Chamber Expo Chamber Expo Promotional Photo

The Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business Expo & Job Fair on Thursday, August 3, from 3:00PM to 7:00PM at Sidney Middle School. This expo, free and open to the public to attend, will host exibits from more than 85 organizations operating in Shelby County.

The Chamber Expo offers students a tremendous opportunity to familiarize themselves with both the companies and careers available in Shelby County. High school and college students attending Expo are eligible to win one of two Chromebook computers that will be given away.

Physical Day - May 9

Sidney City Schools will be hosting Physical Day on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 5:30-7:30PM at Lehman Catholic High School (enter in Athletic Entrance - Door 10). Physical Day is open to any student athlete in need of a physical. The cost is $15 per physical. Please use the 2017-2018 OHSAA Phycial Form. Physicals must be signed by a parent/guardian before a physical can be given. Please make sure all information is filled out. Physicals may also be used for work permits.

All money raised will be used for athletic training supplies for Sidney City Schools. For questions, call 937-497-2243. 

2017 "Lost at Sea" Prom & Court Prom Court 2017

Sidney High School will host the junior/senior prom this year at Sidney High School in the gymnasium Saturday, April 29, from 8:00pm - 11:00pm. Lost at Sea will be the theme. The afterprom will be held at Vandemark Farms. 

SHS Class Officer Voting

April 13, 2017 - Class Officer voting is now open through April 24 for Sidney High School students. Students should click on their class year link and will be prompted to log into their SCS google account.

Class of 2018 - https://goo.gl/forms/152b0phxYocvDLsi2

Class of 2019 - https://goo.gl/forms/SbFfsW9FwmpoILIr2

Class of 2020 - https://goo.gl/forms/ss61fO7Qd4opOaVi1

Kindergarten Registration and Screening - April 3-7 2017 Kindergarten Registration and Screening - Class of 2030

April 3, 2017 - Kindergarten Registration and Screening for Sidney City Schools takes place this week at Connection Point Church at 1510 Campbell Road, Sidney. Children attending screening should attend on their neighborhood school's designated day: Monday - Emerson Elementary, Tuesday - Northwood Elementary, Wednesday - Whittier Elementary, Thursday - Longfellow Elementary, Friday - make-up day for anyone who could not attend their school's day. All screenings are by appointment. If you need to schedule your child, you may call the Sidney City Schools Board of Education Office at 937-497-2200. Read more to learn about what to expect for you and your child at screening! 

27th Annual Night at the Races - March 11 Night at the Races 2017

Sidney Vespa Club's 27th annual Night at the Races will take place Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Sidney IUE Union Hall, South 25A from 6:00 to 11:00pm. $30 per couple, $15 individual. Dinner at 6:00pm. Races start at 7:00pm. 

Drug Awareness Meeting - November 10 Drug Awareness Meeting - Nov 10

Sidney Middle School will be hosting a Drug Awareness Meeting Thursday, November 10, at 7:00PM. This informational meeting is open to all Sidney City School families, as well as community members. 

Special Education IDEA Part B Public Hearing

NOTICE: The Sidney City Schools receives federal Special Education IDEA Part B funds to assist with the education of handicapped children ages 3 through 21. Community members who would like to have input into the planning for the use of the federal funds are welcome to provide comment during our public hearing on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board of Education building community room.

SHS Compiling State Athletic List

February 10, 2017 - Sidney High School Athletic Director Mitch Hoying is in the midst of a project to give recognition to athletes who either competed in state meets and tournaments, or earned all-state honors, and he wants the public’s help.

The goal is to compile and display a list of every athlete in Sidney High school history that earned all-state recognition or participated in a state meet.

SHS Presents MARY POPPINS Mary Poppins

Sidney High School will present MARY POPPINS March 30-April 2.
This supercalifragilistic magical musical is full of fun and whimsy the whole family will enjoy. 

Showtimes:
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7pm
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7pm
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 7pm
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 2pm

Directed by John Young, the show stars Evan Burden as Bert, Chloe Whalen as Jane Banks, Anthony Kellner as Michael Banks, and Sara Gibson as the fantastical Mary Poppins. 

SHS Academia Gearing Up for Nationals

May 18, 2017 - The Sidney HS Academia team will be competing at high school quizbowl nationals, the National Scholastic Championship (NSC), on June 10th and 11th in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Sidney quizbowlers will compete against more than 90 other high school teams from around the country and the world. Last year, Sidney tied for 38th.

The Sidney Academia team is composed of senior NourEddine Hijazi, senior Andrew Mitchell, sophomore Oliver Marchus, and freshman Whitney Petty, and is is coached by Brett Bickel.

Back to School 2017 Back to School

July 5, 2017 - It's that time again - BACK TO SCHOOL! Here you will find information about school supplies, open house, registration, start dates and more. 

Jackets in Training Jackets In Training (2016)

March 22, 2017 - Sidney head cross country coach Ken Kellner is putting on the Jackets in Training running program for Sidney students in grades 3-6 on Mondays and Wednesdays in April (April 3, 5,10,12, 19, 24, 26) from 4:30-5:30PM in front of Sidney High School. Students interested in this program can get a signup form from their school; return forms to school offices by March 29. 

Summer Athletic Camps Youth Football Camp

Various Sidney athletic groups will be holding summer camps. As camps are shared with the Communications Coordinator, they will be added to the list. Read more to see what camps are taking place! 

2017 Senior Awards

June 2, 2014 - Sidney High School seniors were recently recognized for their academic honors. Read more to read all of the honors awarded including academic, athletic, club, and military achievements. 

The SHS Class of 2017, to date, has been awarded a one-year total of $386,267, with a potential four-year total of $1,459,900. 

SHS Career Day - April 6 Career Fair 2017

March 22, 2017 - Sidney High School CBIP (Career Based Intervention Club), Workforce Partnership and Upper Valley Career Center will be hosting a Career Fair and Signing Day Thursday, April 6, in the Sidney High School gymnasium from 9:00am-2:00pm.

More than 500 Sidney High School students attended last year to learn about local corporations and career opportunities, as well as college and military paths.

Any businesses interested in being a part of this tremendous day can contact Mary Ellen Buechter, SHS CBIP Instructor, by emailing mary.buechter@sidneycityschools.org or calling Sidney High School at 937-497-2238.

2017 SMS Awards 2017 SMS Awards

June 1, 2017 -Sidney Middle School recently held its academic awards programs for grades 5-8. Awards were presented by principals Diane Voress, Kevin Boerger, and Chris Barr, as well as various classroom teachers. Honor roll awards were presented to students who achieved accordingly for all the first 3 nine-weeks grading periods. Perfect attendance students were entered in drawings for $50 cash prize incentives. Student Council members acted as ushers. The Friend of SMS Award went this year to the first shift custodian Mike Hughes for all the outstanding service he does for our students outside of his work day.

ACT for All Juniors

March 1, 2017 - This spring, schools across Ohio will be participating in a state mandated opportunity for all juniors to take the ACT exam at no cost to parents or students. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) established a limited number of dates to administer the exam; Sidney High School will administer the exam to all juniors, including UVCC students, at Sidney High School on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. 

During the administration of the test, Sidney High School must operate under ACT guidelines: a four-hour uninterrupted time period, a quiet environment (no bells or hall traffic), a limit on students per square foot (25 in a classroom, max), etc. 

As a result, regular academics at Sidney High School will be suspended on Tuesday, March 21; instead, each grade level will participate in different learning/testing activities. These activities will wrap up around noon, at which time students who walk or have a ride home are free to leave for the day. The district is not changing the bus schedule, so if a student depends on bus transportation, they must remain on campus until 2:30pm and will be supervised by school personnel.

Cargill Gives Bikes to 4th Grade Students with Perfect Attendance Emerson 4th grade with perfect attendance with the bikes they received from Cargill Cares.

May 24, 2017 - At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, Cargill Cares approached Sidney City Schools and proposed an idea to promote attendance – a free bike at the end of the school year to every fourth grader with perfect attendance. This week, the Cargill Cares team delivered nearly 30 bikes to the four Sidney elementary schools. 

Response to Threat at SHS

Sidney City School responds to possible threat at SHS on January 31, 2017. 

SEED Creates Sustainable City SEED model sustainable city

May 19, 2017 - The SEED class, a mixture of traditional day school students from Sidney High School and Opportunity School students, presented their model city this week. This unique STEM-based class exposes students to science, engineering, and design through the creation of a sustainable city. The group spoke about economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Their model city, made up of 3-D printed buildings, was meant to mimic Sidney.

SHS Students Succeed at Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference Elliot Wilson - BPA National Leadership Conference - National Runner Up for Mobile Application Development

May 18, 2017 - Sidney High School, in cooperation with the Upper Valley Career Center, sent four students to the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference and Competition in Orlando, Florida in early May. 

To qualify for the BPA National Leadership Conference, Joseph Douglas (junior), NourEddine Hijazi (senior), Anthony Mitchell (senior) and Elliot Wilson (senior) had to place in the top five at the State Leadership Conference or top ten in the nation in the virtual events.

Scholarship Opportunities Through Community Foundation of Shelby County

January 3, 2017 - Sidney High School seniors and graduates are eligible for scholarships administered by the Community Foundation of Shelby County.

Whittier Kindergartner Received Unique Gift Carson Fryman with photo from photographer Doug Pollitt.

Whittier kindergarten students in Ms. Nikki Inman’s class have been discussing professions and careers. Each student had to choose a profession they wanted to do when they grew up. Selections ranged from teacher, fireman, and policeman to military, nurse, doctor and dentist. Students then wrote letters to people in those professions. Those people then wrote letters back. Some of the professionals sent extra goodies with their letters, like toothbrushes or stickers. Carson Fryman uniquely decided he wanted to be a wildlife photographer and received something unique in return. 

Sidney Open Wrestling Tournament

Sidney Wrestling Boosters will be hosting the Sidney Open Wrestling Tournament Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Sidney High School. The meet will begin at 10:00am sharp, with weigh-ins taking place from 7:30am-9:00am. More information can be found on the registration form. 
Sidney Open Wrestling Tournament Registration Form

Northwood Student Council Celebrates Cancer Awareness. Northwood aide Wince Morris and principal Eric Barr get blasted with water balloons by 5th grade students - a prize for the class from each grade that raised the most money to benefit Shelby County Relay for Life.

Northwood Elementary Student Council sponsored a cancer awareness spirit week last week, with each day highlighting a different type of cancer. Students sold tickets for raffle baskets with items donated by staff and generous area businesses. The students also participated in a money war, with the winning class from each grade getting to throw water balloons at various staff members. The entire school also took part in a cancer awareness walk. 

After Prom Committee Thanks Community 2017 After Prom Minute-To-Win-It

May 3, 2017 - Sidney High School’s 2017 After Prom was held at Vandemark Farm on Saturday, April 29. This fun-filled event was hosted by the Junior/Senior Parent After Prom Committee. All of Vandemark Farm’s outdoor activities were open to the students (until the lightening hit) including the zip line, giant swing, putter golf and petting zoo. In addition to the many outdoor activities, indoors there was a photo booth, corn hole, life size jenga and the extremely popular and entertaining Minute-to-Win-It games. Over 125 prizes were given away throughout the evening. ALL of this was made possible by parent donations and MANY donations from community businesses and restaurants – either by cash, prizes, or food.

Abbott Named SEA Teacher of the Year Chris Eilerman, Beth Abbott, and Lori Hedberg

May 10, 2017 - The Sidney Education Association held their awards dinner Tuesday, May 9, at the Moose Lodge. The evening, filled with laughter and tears, celebrated various teachers for accomplishments and achievements throughout the year, as well as those from the community who have positively impacted the education of Sidney City Schools students.

School Board Seats Open for Election for 2018

May 5, 2017 - At the May 1, 2017 Board Meeting, current board members Bill Ankney and Paul Heins announced they would not be seeking reelection for their school board seats, leaving two openings beginning in 2018. 

A candidate for the board of education in a city with a population of between 20,000 and 49,999 (Sidney falls in this range) must have 75 signatures on his or her petition of candidacy. The filing fee for candidates is $30, and the deadline is Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Petition forms can be obtained from the Shelby County Board of Elections or through the Ohio Secretary of State's website.

More information on the role of the school board can be found at www.sidneycityschools.org under Board of Education.

Additonally, the Ohio School Board Association has a great resource on running for your school board at:
https://www.ohioschoolboards.org/sites/default/files/2017BdCandidateBrochure.pdf 

Sidney City Schools Sets Kindergarten Registration & Screening

February 1, 2017 - Sidney City Schools kindergarten screening and registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be held April 3–7, 2017, at Connection Point Church, 1510 Campbell Road, Sidney. Children must be five years of age on or before August 1, 2017 to enroll in the Sidney City Schools kindergarten program.

SHS Career Fair SHS Career Fair 2017

April 17, 2017 - Sidney High School CBIP in conjunction with the Upper Valley Career Center and the Workforce Academy hosted the annual Career Fair and Signing Day on Thursday, April 6. More than 65 local businesses, organizations, colleges and universities, and military groups were present to speak with more than 600 students about their institutions and share more about career opportunities.

SHS Fares Well at State Business Competition NourEddine Hijazi, Joe Douglas, and Anthony Mitchell

April 10, 2017 - Sidney High School recently had several students compete at state competition for Business Professionals of America, a student organization that allows students from all over the nation to enhance their skills and compete in areas such as administration, programming, marketing, design and processing tools. SHS had four students qualify to continue on to the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Mayor Barhorst Visits with SHS American Government Students Mayor Barhorst talks with SHS government students about local government.

April 6, 2017 - Mayor Mike Barhorst accepted an invitation to speak with government students at Sidney High School in March.  American Government classes had been learning about local government and invited the mayor for a visit to address their questions about projects and issues in Sidney.  

Teacher Jamie Whitman explained, "Our students were curious about the details of construction projects, specific zoning laws, and wanted updates on topics like the Wagner Building demolition. We decided to invite Mayor Barhorst to speak to our students, and he ended up teaching students the entire day." 

Opportunity Knocks Career Camp - May 30 - June2

April 3, 2017 - Through a grant received by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center the Opportunity Knocks Camp will be offered again this year. This day camp for Sidney City Schools current 8th and 9th graders offers career exploration in four areas; Automotive Tech, Electrical Trades, Electronics/Robotics, and Landscape Management. Held at the Upper Valley Career Center, Opportunity Knocks Camp is scheduled for May 30, 2017 through June 2, 2017.

SMS Staff Serves Students Lunch SMS teacher Ann Huffman serves students lunch.

April 3, 2017 - Sidney Middle School staff recently served students their lunches after cash votes determined which staff would serve. Organized by the SMS Student Council, this fundraiser raised over $700 to benefit Karris Flory, daughter of James Flory, who was diagnosed with cancer and has been receiving chemo and radiation. The money will benefit her family for her medical bills. Teachers serving lunches were: Deputy Rick Cron, Jamie Barnes, Sherry Guinther, Ann Huffman, Laurie Jordan, Leslie Phlipot, Seth Meyer, Tracy Nuss, Jim Roby, Renee Davis, Bill Rippey, and Erica Scully. Leslie Phlipot and Nish Golden are the SMS Student Council advisors.

SHS Guidance Updates

SHS Guidance Updates: upcoming events, scholarship information, and student accomplishments. 

Brukner Nature Center Visits SMS 5th Grade SMS 5th grader holds the skull of a woodpecker.

March 23, 2017 - Did you know Ohio biologists believe the nocturnal flying squirrel is perhaps more common in Ohio than the gray squirrel? Brunkner Nature Center recently visited Sidney Middle School to share this fact with students in Mr. Frank Hall's 5th grade science classes and talk aboutOhio animals. Students were able to feel the pelts of common Ohio mammals including a raccoon, coyote, fox squirrel, and bobcat. They also used a dichotomous key to study the features of animal skulls and determine which animal skull they had. Brunkner also shared some live animals including a possum and a flying squirrel. Students also participated in activities comparing themselves to the little brown bat.

Sidney Band and Choir Perform Well at OMEA Contests

March 13, 2017 - Four Sidney High School band and choir groups saw success at the OMEA (Ohio Music Educator Association) adjudicated large group contests March 3-4, 2017. At these events, ensembles from all over southwest Ohio perform for a panel of three distinguished music educators who give a rating to the ensemble based on their performance. The groups are also required to sight-read a piece they have never seen before to demonstrate music comprehension skills.

 

Chris Herren Speaks to SHS Seniors Chris Herren speaks to SHS - March 2, 2017

March 7, 2017 - On March 2, 2017, Sidney High School welcomed Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, dreamed of one day playing for his hometown team, the Boston Celtics. An All-American, Herren broke scoring records, was recruited by top colleges, featured in Sports Illustrated and became the focus of an acclaimed book Fall River Dreams. Herren realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and was traded to the Boston Celtics after his rookie season, but lost it all due to substance abuse.

Alcohol and drug free since August 1, 2008, Herren has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. He shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as in numerous interviews throughout the Emmy nominated ESPN Films documentary Unguarded, of which he is the subject.

Herren shared his story with students from Sidney High School, Lehman Catholic High School, Fairlawn High School, and Jackson Center High School in the hopes of reaching at least one person and making a difference in their life.

Topalov Qualifies for Ohio National Geographic State Bee Topalov - Ohio National Geographic State Bee Qualifier

March 8, 2017 - SMS 8th grader Paul Topalov, son of Dr. Miguel and Michaela Topalov, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the Ohio National Geographic State Bee. Held on Friday, March 31, 2017.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

Drury Awarded President's Volunteer Service Award Carly Drury

February 21, 2017 - Sidney High School senior Carly Drury has been honored  with a President’s Volunteer Service Award for her exemplary volunteer service.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Sidney High School nominated Drury for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.

SMS Offers After School Tutoring Program T3 Tutoring at SMS

February 22, 2017 – Sidney Middle School has started their T3 tutoring program for the third and fourth quarters of the school year. Open to all 5-8th grade Sidney Middle School students, T3 provides the opportunity for tutoring and homework help on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30pm in Computer Lab 303.

Sidney City School and Citywide Spelling Bee Winners Emily Birkemeier and Joshua George - Citywide Spelling Bee

February 8, 2017 - Sidney City School District recently held their school-wide spelling bees. The winner and runner-up(s) at each school went on to compete in the citywide spelling bee on February 7, 2017, at Sidney Middle School.

SMS Geography Bee Topalov & Hitchcock - SMS Geography Bee 2017

February 1, 2017 - Eighth grade student Paul Topalov was named the Sidney Middle School Geography Bee Champion. Sixth grade student Laina Hitchcock finished as runner up. 25 students in grades 5-8 at Sidney Middle School competed in the Geography Bee.

SMS Honor Roll - Second Nine Weeks

February 3, 2017 - Sidney Middle School has released its honor roll for the second nine weeks of the 2016-2017 school year

Trudeau a State Winner in Americanism and Government Test Trudeau - Americanism & Government State Winner

February 1, 2017 - Sidney High School is proud to announce Rachel Trudeau a state champion in the American Legion Americanism and Government Test. She has earned an all-expenses paid, week-long trip to historical Gettysburg, PA and the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. The American Legion Department of Ohio sponsors the yearly trip, taking the top three boys and three girls in grades 10-12. 

Fourth Grade Takes Part in Red Cross Pillowcase Project Pillow Case Project

February 1, 2017 - Whittier Elementary 4th grade students recently learned about emergency preparedness through the Red Cross Pillowcase Project. This project, sponsored by Disney, teaches children about personal and family preparedness and safety skills, local hazards, and basic coping skills for emergency and disaster situations. Students received a sturdy pillowcase to decorate in which they could build their personal emergency supplies kit.

Teacher and Three Alumni to Join Hall of Honor

Four new inductees were elected to the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor this week and will be enshrined on Friday evening April 21, 2017 in the Sidney High School auditorium beginning at 7:30pm. The public is invited to attend this 24th annual event and the reception that follows in the adjacent gymnasium. The Hall will have 123 members with these additions.

Chairman Devon Beer (SHS 1983) offered an overview of the selections, "The Hall of Honor committee is delighted with the 2017 induction class. From teaching to marketing to local building trades, these are four very different people who deserve this recognition. We are anxious for the Sidney schools community to learn about the great contributions these individuals have made in their vocations and home communities. These four emerged from a very strong field of candidates, many of whom could be elected in the future."

November was National DECA Month SHS DECA members celebrate the finale of National DECA month (November) with Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

November was National DECA month, dedicated to celebration and recruitment of new members. SHS DECA had a fun and fabulous time promoting DECA with special events throughout the month of November. 

The Sidney High School DECA chapter has been in existence for over 20 years and is 40 members strong this year. DECA is an Association of Marketing Students and is an International program with over 275,000. The purpose of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

SHS Alumna Stevie Shepherd Named NJCAA All-American Stevie Shepherd

Columbus State cross country runner Stevie Shepherd (Sidney/Sidney HS) was named a NJCAA all-American for her performance at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DIII Women’s Cross Country Championships. The meet was held on Sat, Nov. 12 at the Finger Lakes XC Course in Canandaigua, New York. Shepherd led the women to finish as national runner-up, the team’s best finish in program history.

Straight A Fund Grant At Work

The Midwest Regional Educational Service Center is pleased to announce the awarding of a $1.1 million Straight A Grant from the state of Ohio. This grant entitled CAREER NETWORK provides a hands-on manufacturing curriculum, field experiences at Rhodes State College, and opportunities to earn a Basic Manufacturing Credential and a paid internship. All participating schools have partnered with Rhodes State Community College who will be providing the college-level content and assisting with updated curriculum and course progression. Participating schools in Shelby County include Anna, Botkins, Fairlawn, Russia, Sidney City, and the Sidney-Shelby County Opportunity school.