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A Finneytown Story of Giving

Posted on: December 21, 2016

In case you need a little good news: A kind Finneytown supporter donates a guitar to the P.E.M. Memorial fundraiser. An anonymous benefactor buys the guitar -- then donates it to a hard-working, music-loving FHS student.

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Congratulations to Barb Reichle, December Support Staff Member of the Month

Posted on: December 20, 2016

For the last 13 years, Barb Reichle has been an essential member of the Secondary Campus team as secretary to the school principal. This month her calm competence and great loyalty to Finneytown have earned her the December Support Staff Member of the Month award.

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Finneytown Schools win state approval of safety plans

Posted on: December 7, 2016

Finneytown Local Schools pours hours of behind-the-scenes effort into safety planning and emergency preparedness. This week it paid off with state approval of safety plans for all three schools and the Administrative Offices.

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Books-as-gifts: Recommendations from our media specialists

Posted on: December 7, 2016

FLSD is all in favor of including the gift of books in every holiday and birthday celebration! Here are book recommendations from our wonderful media specialists.

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Congratulations to the November Secondary Students of the Month

Posted on: December 1, 2016

We are pleased to announce the November Students of the Month at the Secondary Campus: Storm Hyden, Grade 7; Megan Haarlammert, Grade 8; Asani Denson-Peeples, Grade 9; Allie Bingham, Grade 10; Centenual Gordon, Grade 11; Joe Ward, Grade 12.

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Light Up Finneytown

Posted on: November 29, 2016

Add beauty to your neighborhood this holiday season and benefit the Finneytown Music Parents Association by purchasing luminary kits.

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A lovely tradition: Senior citizens' brunch and concert

Posted on: November 28, 2016

Area senior citizens are invited to kick off the holiday season with the Secondary Campus's annual Senior Citizens' Brunch and Holiday Concert, Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m., in the Multi-Purpose Room.

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Making a difference for Finneytown: Glenda Bedinghaus

Posted on: November 28, 2016

Known for being conscientious, kind and good-natured, Glenda Bedinghaus is the Finneytown Support Staff Member of the Month. The entire district sends congratulations -- and thanks -- to Glenda.

 

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Alexander Eberhardt named to 2017 OMEA All-State Band

Posted on: November 20, 2016

The Ohio Music Education Association's All-State Band recognizes Ohio's top high-school musicians. This year, Finneytown junior Alexander Eberhardt has been chosen for the honor.

 

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Thank you from the Freshman Class!

Posted on: November 17, 2016

The Class of 2020 appreciates Finneytown families and staff taking part in its Chipotle fundraiser. The class made $532.60 because of your participation!

 

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Congratulations to the October Students of the Month

Posted on: November 1, 2016

The Secondary Campus congratulates the October Students of the Month (left to right in photo): Leah Whitley, Grade 7; Briana Edmond, Grade 9; Selena Mungur, Grade 11; Corey Craig, Grade 12; and Timothy Williams, Grade 8. Missing from the photo is Amanda Gast, Grade 10.

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Marching Band takes top rating at OMEA State Finals!

Posted on: October 31, 2016

The amazing Finneytown Marching Wildcats topped off a stellar season Sunday with a Superior rating at state finals. Finneytown was the only CHL school to receive that rating. A huge crowd from Finneytown cheered them on!

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So whose name is on your back?

Posted on: October 28, 2016

Finneytown senior football players paid a special tribute to the teachers who influenced them the most. They asked the teachers to wear their football jerseys for the final day of the season.

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In the news: Make A Difference Day at Finneytown

Posted on: October 28, 2016

It started with a grant and ended with a revitalized garden -- and a morning of community members, staff and students coming together to do a good deed at Whitaker Elementary. Read the story here.

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Cheers and high-fives for a team and coach who have hung tough

Posted on: October 28, 2016

The Secondary staff gathered Friday for a surprise send-off for the Finneytown football team and Coach Ryan Hubbard as the Wildcats headed to their last game of the season. In three words, the admiration flowed.

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Finneytown Marching Band is rockin' it!

Posted on: October 25, 2016

Last weekend -- at the toughest marching band competition of the season -- the Finneytown Marching Wildcats took Superior ratings across the board. Next weekend, they take their show on the road to state finals.

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Finneytown Pride Hall of Fame Induction Dinner is Nov. 12

Posted on: October 9, 2016

The Finneytown Schools Educational Foundation invites the community, staff and alumni to the 2016 Finneytown Pride Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, Nov. 12, 6-9 p.m., The Grove of Springfield Township. Order tickets here.

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An evening of music: Orchestra/Choir Concert Oct. 12

Posted on: October 4, 2016

It's one of Finneytown Secondary Campus's gifts to the community: a free evening of lovely music by the Secondary Orchestra and Choir, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. in the PAC.

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Marching Band headed to State Finals

Posted on: October 3, 2016

The Finneytown Marching Band outperformed bands twice its size to take first place at Saturday's Loveland Band Contest. The extraordinary performance earned it a place in O.M.E.A. Marching Band State Finals.

 

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Anybody out there like cookies?

Posted on: September 29, 2016

If so, circle Oct. 4 on your calendar, preferably in chocolate. That's the kick-off date for Finneytown Music Parents Association's annual cookie dough fundraiser. Money raised pays for music lessons, uniforms, instruments and scholarships.

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Hamilton County PTA's Outstanding Educator: Doug Dirr

Posted on: September 29, 2016
Whitaker Elementary teacher Doug Dirr is known for making his fourth-grade classroom a place where students feel comfortable and learn by doing, and for overseeing a host of student service projects.
 
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A Great Way to Help Finneytown Schools: Join a Support Organization

Posted on: September 27, 2016

For a small investment of money and time, you can make a real difference for Finneytown Schools. Please consider joining our support organizations.

 

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High School Athletes Visit Brent

Posted on: September 23, 2016

Play fair. Don't be mean. Respect your teachers. Be a good sport. That's some of the advice senior-high athletes told the little guys and girls at Brent Elementary.

 

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No matter where you roam, it's always nice to come home.

Posted on: September 22, 2016

That's the magic behind a Finneytown Homecoming weekend, which takes place Sept. 22-24. Here's what's in store.

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Write, draw, dance, compose, photograph your way to recognition

Posted on: September 22, 2016

It's time for Finneytown's clever and creative students to enter their work in REFLECTIONS, the National PTA arts competition. Last year, 24 Finneytown students took home honors.

 

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Forgive us for blowing our own horn. . .

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Congratulations to the Finneytown Marching Band for taking First Place in Class B at the Hilliard Bradley Band Contest on Sept. 17, as well as being named Best Percussion and Best Color Guard. You rock (and roll)!

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Celebrating a historic Finneytown championship

Posted on: September 15, 2016

In 1979, the Finneytown women's swim team rocked the Ohio swimming world. They won the state championship -- and every race they entered. At a special ceremony this Saturday, they'll finally get their official banner.

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'Think critically. Grow intellectually. Live with integrity.'

Posted on: September 12, 2016

That's the vision statement Finneytown Secondary Campus staff developed to help deepen and enrich school culture. On Sept. 9, students took on the task of figuring out how to share that message visually.

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"It's a great opportunity to teach patriotism to our students."

Posted on: September 12, 2016

Finneytown elementary schools invited Springfield Township firefighters to lunch to commemorate 9/11 and to say thank you for keeping their community safe every day.

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'Under the Sea' Family Reading Night Makes a Big Splash!

Posted on: September 9, 2016

Brent Elementary staff and volunteers used sharks, art, jokes, music and stories as the bait to hook kids on reading.

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Donate shoes and help our biology students

Posted on: September 2, 2016

Here's your chance to reduce clutter and support an amazing opportunity for Finneytown students -- a spring break biology trip to the Grand Canyon with teacher Matt Breines.

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"Right here in front of you are real, live heroes."

Posted on: August 25, 2016

That's what Brent Elementary School Principal John Mattingly told 300 cheering students as they welcomed Springfield Township police, fire and EMS departments to their school Aug. 25.

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In the News: Whitaker sixth-grade teacher Janelle Sowders

Posted on: August 19, 2016

The Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial Page asked a handful of local leaders -- including our own Janelle Sowders -- for advice on helping students have a successful school year. Check it out here.

 

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Welcome to Finneytown!

Posted on: August 16, 2016

When everything is said and done, the most important resource a school district has is the people who plan the lessons, lead the buildings, counsel the students, drive the buses, maintain the buildings, prepare the meals, greet the public, oversee the

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A great day of support for Finneytown Schools

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Really, how can we adequately say thank you to volunteers from Northminster Presbyterian Church and to our staff for spending Saturday mulching, weeding, painting, cleaning, stuffing student packets and simply showing love and support for Finneytown Schools?

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Pick-up Time for Scarlet/Diamond Oaks Students

Posted on: August 11, 2016

Starting Monday, Aug. 15, pick-up time for students attending Scarlet and Diamond Oaks campuses is 6:45 a.m. in front of the administrative offices/MP plaza. Students will return at approximately 2:50 p.m.   Parents and students, we appreciate your

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It's that time -- school supplies list

Posted on: July 18, 2016

Click below for school supplies lists:

 

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Interested in student accident insurance?

Posted on: June 28, 2016

Guarantee Trust Life is making optional accident insurance available to Finneytown students. Choose between two options, 24-hour-a-day coverage or school-time coverage. For information and an application, click here.

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Interested in becoming a substitute aide, custodian or secretary?

Posted on: June 22, 2016

Finneytown Local Schools is hiring these substitute positions for the 2016-17 school year. To apply, go to www.ccs-cog.org.

 

 

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2016 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator Award Winner: Janelle Sowders

Posted on: June 16, 2016

Out of Ohio's 108,000 public-school teachers, just 44 won the coveted Battelle for Kids' Celebrate Teaching Award. One of them is (legendary) Whitaker Elementary sixth-grade teacher Janelle Sowders.

 

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A Blast from the Past: Buy Old Yearbooks and Benefit Current Yearbook Staff

Posted on: June 14, 2016

We've uncovered a stash of Finneytown High School yearbooks dating back 36 years -- classes 1980 to 2015. They're on sale for $20, with proceeds benefitting the current high school yearbook staff. To purchase one, email llawyer@finneytown.org.

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Don't lose ground this summer! Read every day.

Posted on: June 7, 2016
To reduce “summer slide,” all students are encouraged to read every day during the summer break. Here's how Finneytown Local Schools can help.
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Commencement 2016: "Place value in things that will last forever."

Posted on: June 1, 2016

That was wisdom shared by Class of 2016 valedictorian Luke Brueggemeyer at the May 27 Commencement ceremony. Read on for other memorable quotes from the evening along with the valedictorian's and salutatorian's speeches.

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Building Learning, Community and a Garden

Posted on: May 26, 2016
Community gardens are sprouting across the U.S., and Finneytown Secondary School is part of the trend, with a gorgeous garden that's fostering learning, friendships and community.
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Thank you for being devoted to our students

Posted on: May 24, 2016

At the May 23 Board of Education meeting, Brenda Dennis, Sherry Enderle and Jerry Ward were given the extraordinary honor of being named a 'Friend of Children' by the Secondary PTA.

 

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Nominations being accepted for Finneytown Hall of Fame

Posted on: May 23, 2016

Finneytown Schools Educational Foundation Hall of Fame Committee is accepting nominations through June 30 for the newest members to be inducted into the Finneytown Hall of Fame. Nominations are accepted through the Finneytown Schools Educational Foundation

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Amazing! Whitaker Writers Club Publishes Book

Posted on: May 19, 2016

How many elementary students do you know who are published authors? Nineteen -- and they're all members of the Whitaker Writers Club! Hot off the press: Do Not Open: A Pick-Your-Path Adventure.

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The Bengals Come to Brent!

Posted on: May 18, 2016

All year long, Brent students and staff have worked on being 'respectful, responsible, safe problem solvers.' A number of super heroes have helped them along the way. This week they included two Cincinnati Bengals!

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Senior Class Sets Record for Scholarship Dollars

Posted on: May 17, 2016

As class historian Sarah Germann said of the Class of 2016 at Senior Awards Night, "When something needs to be done, we buckle down and do it well." So well, in fact, that this year's senior class smashed the record for scholarship dollars, being offered more than $4.5 million.

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Meet District Nurse Andrea Lewis: "I kept thinking I wanted to help people on a deeper level."

Posted on: May 16, 2016

Andrea Lewis has an aura of calm about her that makes Finneytown secondary students feel everything is going to be OK. It's a byproduct of her nursing degree, innate sense of competence, and years of being a mom. It's also why -- in her first year as Secondary Campus nurse -- she's impressed everyone.

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Thank You and Congratulations to Connie Warren

Posted on: May 13, 2016

For 19 years, Connie Warren has shared her love of books -- and young people -- with Finneytown Schools. Thank you, Connie, and congratulations for being chosen Support Staff Member of the Month for June!

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2016 Celebrate Excellence Award Winner: Tammy Dietz

Posted on: May 13, 2016

It's been a week of tributes for Finneytown Secondary Campus math teacher Tammy Dietz, from emotional thank-yous from the Class of 2016's top scholars at the Academic Signing Celebration to being named a 2016 Celebrate Excellence Award winner for Hamilton County.

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Next Fall's School Supplies -- Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours

Posted on: May 13, 2016

Middle-school parents, act now and save yourself some hassles next fall. Order next year's school supplies online, and they'll be waiting for your students when they head back to school.

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Finneytown Middle School in the news: "Our school district is very, very supportive of the arts."

Posted on: May 13, 2016

JumpStart Theatre offered three Greater Cincinnati middle schools the chance to develop a musical theater program -- along with $12,000 in production support -- and Finneytown Middle School was one of them.

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Theresa Noe Named New Superintendent of Finneytown Local School District

Posted on: May 12, 2016

The Finneytown Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Mrs. Theresa Noe as superintendent of

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Helen Murphy: "I have a job that makes me smile every day."

Posted on: May 12, 2016

Helen Murphy has served Finneytown Local Schools in a host of roles, from crossing guard to bus aide to part of the district's custodial crew. Her enthusiasm and dedication have made her a favorite of staff and students at Brent Elementary -- and May's Support Staff Member of the Month for the district.

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"You have some extraordinary students sitting before you today."

Posted on: May 12, 2016

Scholars, artists, athletes, volunteers, leaders. Those are the roles played by the top-ranked students in Finneytown's Class of 2016. At this week's Academic Signing, the Top 10 were welcomed by the lucky universities they'll attend.

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Come Read with Us!

Posted on: May 10, 2016

Reading is never out of season, but summer seems especially  well-suited for it. Join us May 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McNulty Football Field for a collective hour of uninterrupted reading.

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Wanted: More Sparkle Cats

Posted on: May 9, 2016

 Finneytown High School cheerleaders are recruiting students for next year's Sparkle Cats program. It is open to students of any age, grade level or ability level. Here's the sign-up

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A Random Act of Kindness by the Springfield Twp. Police Department

Posted on: May 5, 2016

Springfield Township Police Sgt. Nick Peterson thought it would be nice to reward young people who consistently do the right thing. It turned into a special night at Great American Ballpark for six Finneytown Middle School students.

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A Big Thanks for Supporting Our Staff

Posted on: May 3, 2016

This is Staff Appreciation Week here at Finneytown, and the district is grateful for a host of local businesses that contributed to gift cards and treats for our great staff.

 

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Finneytown Proud: Donavon Clark Drafted by the San Diego Chargers

Posted on: May 2, 2016

This weekend, standout Michigan State guard Donavon Clark was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. As he said in an interview, it all started right here at Finneytown.

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Cincinnati City Councilman Christopher Smitherman's Advice to Whitaker Elementary Students: "Think Big"

Posted on: April 29, 2016

Whitaker Elementary teacher Janelle Sowders heard Cincinnati City Council member and Cincinnati NAACP President Christopher Smitherman give an inspiring speech to students at another school and wanted the same thing for her students at Whitaker. She issued an invitation: Councilman Smitherman accepted.

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A Top Academic Honor: Induction into NHS

Posted on: April 26, 2016

You work hard. You take on responsibility. You have a reputation for integrity. And then one day, someone slips a blue satin ribbon over your head and welcomes you into the National Honor Society.

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The World Comes to Finneytown: Celebrating World Culture Day at Brent Elementary

Posted on: April 25, 2016

It was an evening of Nepali dancing, Korean dumplings, Mexican tin crafts -- and friendships that spanned the globe. Brent Elementary's World Culture Day celebrated the 26 countries and cultures represented in its student body.

 

 

 

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Spring Sports Signings: "Outstanding Athletes, but even Better Human Beings"

Posted on: April 22, 2016

As coaches praised their effort and their character, three top Finneytown athletes signed college letters of intent on April 20. Congratulations to two new Eagles and one new Blue Knight!

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Senior Awards Night on May 16

Posted on: April 20, 2016

The Senior Awards Night program will be held Monday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in the PAC. It was rescheduled from May 12 to allow seniors to take part in extracurricular events. Fair warning: Mom and Dad, bring Kleenexes!

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For Your Calendar: Honk! Jr., April 21 and 22

Posted on: April 13, 2016

Honk! Jr. is the charming tale of Ugly, the sweet-souled fowl who feels different from his duckling siblings. Come see our middle-school students shine, April 21 and 22, 7 p.m., PAC.

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Special Meetings of the Finneytown Board of Education

Posted on: April 11, 2016

There will be special meetings of the Finneytown Board of Education on April 19, 20 and 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Administrative Offices, 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace. The board will  immediately go into executive session to consider applicants for employment.

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Oh, The Places They Went -- at Brent's Dr. Seuss Reading Night!

Posted on: April 8, 2016

Brent Elementary School opened its doors to kindergartners and preschoolers for a night devoted to literacy and, oh, the places they went -- to classrooms, the gym, the media center to remember what's so wonderful about reading!

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One School, One Book, One Big Success

Posted on: March 25, 2016

The only thing better than reading is reading together. For the last month, Whitaker Elementary students, teachers, parents, administrators and support staff were part of a school-wide book club as they read Sharon Creech's poignant growing-up story, Heartbeat, together.

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2016-17 Cheerleading Tryouts

Posted on: March 22, 2016

Students interested in trying out to be 2016-17 Finneytown High School cheerleaders should pick up a tryout packet from Mrs. Enderle's office at the Secondary Campus, from the Whitaker Elementary School main office (for current sixth-graders entering middle

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A Bold Step Toward Financial Transparency

Posted on: March 16, 2016

Finneytown Local Schools is opening its spending records to the public by joining OhioCheckbook.com, an online program that allows taxpayers to search the databases of state government, municipalities, school districts and other public entities. Finneytown is the fifth of Hamilton County's 22 districts to offer this service.

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Limited Spots Left for 8th Grade Trip to DC Next Fall

Posted on: March 6, 2016

The annual Eighth Grade trip to Washington D.C. is a rich learning experience, a great bonding time and a true Finneytown tradition. Seventh-Grade parents can enroll their students for next fall's trip -- Nov. 9-13 -- by seeing Mrs. Gerber for the

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Register Now for Full-Day or Half-Day Kindergarten

Posted on: March 3, 2016

Brent Elementary School is already preparing to welcome next fall's kindergarteners. To register, call the school at 728-3720 to schedule an appointment, or stop by the Finneytown Administrative Offices, 8916 Fontainebleau Terrace, on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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A Conversation with Lara Walker: "You create a community of readers."

Posted on: March 3, 2016

Lara Walker is Secondary Campus librarian and marketer extroardinaire. She orchestrates Speed Dating with Books for Valentine's Day. She holds periodic book talks. She convenes the civil, thoughtful Book Club every month. Her goal: make busy, tech-savvy adolescents fall in love with reading.

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Secondary Students: Time to Register for Spring Sports

Posted on: February 22, 2016

Spring athletes can register by using this link. The registration deadline for track and tennis is Friday, March 18.

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Amari Farrell: An Eagle Scout -- at 14

Posted on: February 11, 2016

Becoming an Eagle Scout is a rare and revered credential. Freshman Amari Farrell recently achieved the rank -- three years earlier than the average Eagle Scout. Finneytown Proud!

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Matt Breines: "I try to let people be who they are in my classroom."

Posted on: February 5, 2016

Should you ever doubt that great teaching is still going on in American classrooms, you have only to stop by Matt Breines's busy, active, crowded-with-curiosities biology class to be reassured. 

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PTA Educator of the Year: Doug Dirr

Posted on: February 4, 2016

For 19 years Doug Dirr has taught, encouraged, inspired and empowered Finneytown students. His dedication and passion have not gone unnoticed. He's just been named the Finneytown PTA Educator of the Year.

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Finneytown Students work featured in Fine Arts Fair

Posted on: January 29, 2016

The artwork of dozens of Finneytown students will be on display -- and Secondary art teacher Carolyn Althoff's work will be for sale -- at the 11th annual Fine Arts Fair hosted by Northminster Presbyterian Church, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

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Scholarship Winner Julia Germann: "You're Glad She's on Your Team"

Posted on: January 26, 2016

High-school swimmers from across Southwestern Ohio compete for the Friends of the Classic Scholarship. Six young women and six young men are named finalists. Three from each group are scholarship winners. This year, Finneytown senior Julia Germann is among them.

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Finneytown Students Rock the Scholastic Art Awards

Posted on: January 25, 2016

 

Sixteen Finneytown Secondary students won recognition in the prestigious Scholastic Art Awards with breathtakingly gorgeous art. Thought the ceramics piece, right, was from the Ming dynasty? It was made by senior Luke Brueggemeyer.

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On a Roll: Nia McCormick Scores 31 Points Against Reading

Posted on: January 25, 2016

You thought the Broncos and Panthers were peaking at the right time? The Women Wildcats' basketball team has won three of their last four games with point guard Nia McCormick tossing in 31 points in Saturday's win over Reading. Here's Nia's view from the court.

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The Sue Hummer 2016 Founder's Day Service Project

Posted on: January 13, 2016

Here's a chance to do two good deeds with one action -- help financially struggling students attend their high-school prom, and honor the memory of Sue Hummer, a tireless Finneytown volunteer and regional PTA leader.

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5 Things You Should Know about School Delays and Closures

Posted on: January 11, 2016

We can only be in denial so long. Winter is here, and delays and closures are possible. Here's a quick take on what you need to know.

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Student Athletes of the Month

Posted on: January 7, 2016

Congratulations to Finneytown Secondary School's December Student Athletes of the Month for being outstanding on the court, in the pool and in the classroom!

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Jordan Girdler: "Pitching is what I love to do."

Posted on: January 7, 2016

After a serious shoulder injury, Finneytown senior Jordan Girdler thought his pitching days were over. But hard work, hope and a coach who believed in him led to a baseball scholarship from Ohio Christian University.

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More Regional Honors for Finneytown Musicians

Posted on: January 4, 2016

Finneytown Middle School students Loyd Briski, Kelsey Kershner, Jillian Becksfort and Maria Seith recently learned they were chosen for the Ohio Music Educators Association District 14 Honor Band. More than 375 Hamilton and Clermonty county students competed

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Hitting It Out of the Park: Byron Famble Accepts Athletic/Academic Scholarship

Posted on: January 4, 2016

Finneytown senior Byron Famble has been playing baseball since he was 8. His .353 batting average, tours with three select teams and love for the game caught the eye of Pittsburgh's Point Park University.

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