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Blog Entries - 2017

2017-2018 Finneytown Reflection Winners

Posted on: December 8, 2017 2:40 pm

2017-18 Finneytown PTA Reflections Winners “Within Reach…”   Congratulations to all of our students that participated in this year's PTA Reflections program in Finneytown!  Our number of entries submitted this year was

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New National Honor Society members

FHS National Honor Society welcomes 20 new members

Posted on: December 4, 2017 12:00 am

It was a banner year for Finneytown High School National Honor Society with 20 new members inducted. Juniors and seniors are chosen on the basis of scholarship, service, leadership and character and represent the highest standard of student scholar-leaders.

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Students light candles at annual PEM vigil.

PEM vigil and concert: A night of remembering, and looking forward

Posted on: December 4, 2017 12:00 am

Visionary people can sometimes turn tragedy into acts of healing and compassion. Besides memorializing three Finneytown students who died at the 1979 Who concert, the annual PEM vigil and concert helps fund the dreams of current arts students. This year's event was something special.


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Exam Schedule 2017-18

Posted on: November 29, 2017 11:00 am

Secondary Campus Schedule Exam Schedule 2017-2018 1st Semester   Monday, December 18th   7:15 - 7:55                   HS

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Students Brendon West and Michael Rothwell receive Good Samaritan Award from Springfield Township Fire Chief Robert Leininger

Good Samaritans still exist.

Posted on: November 28, 2017 12:00 am

When Finneytown High School students Brendon West and Michael Rothwell came upon a student hurt in an accident, they did the right thing -- stayed by him and then shared information with first responders. Springfield Township Fire Chief Robert Leininger said that kind of compassion isn't so common any more.

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Students and staff enjoying Thanksgiving lunch at the Secondary Campus

Who says Thanksgiving dinner only comes once a year?

Posted on: November 15, 2017 12:00 am

Lights were strung, flowers were placed on tables and the smell of cinnamon, sage and turkey filled the Secondary Campus cafeteria. Thanks to Food Services Manager Tina Reynolds and her staff for the special Thanksgiving lunch for our students!

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Roberto Burlew, Delaney Murphy and Ben Perry received regional honors Nov. 12 at Sycamore High School.

FHS soccer standouts win regional honors

Posted on: November 13, 2017 12:00 am

Congratulations to sophomore Roberto Burlew, junior Delaney Murphy and senior Ben Perry for outstanding soccer seasons that resulted in top regional honors. The three were chosen for the All-Southwest Ohio soccer team and named first team, All-Cincinnati Hills League.



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drawing of Thanksgiving basket

The welcome gift of a Thanksgiving meal

Posted on: November 12, 2017 12:00 am

Capture the true holiday spirit by helping provide Thanksgiving dinner for Finneytown families in need. WildcatSERVE will provide the turkey and pie; your family can help with the rest. Here's how.

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Middle School Parent Workshop

Posted on: November 10, 2017 2:00 pm

Collaborating for Success: How to connect your child’s education to real life & success through career exploration You are invited to a FREE Regional Career Exploration Workshop for middle schoolers and their parents. At this workshop: •

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Diamond Oaks offers career exploration for middle-school students & parents

Posted on: November 10, 2017 12:00 am

Middle school is a great time to begin to think about career goals. Great Oaks is offering three workshops on career planning for middle schoolers and their parents. More info here.

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A veteran stops by to thank a Finneytown student

Thank you -- from a veteran

Posted on: November 10, 2017 12:00 am

Army Specialist (Retired) Maria Hale was honored at Whitaker Elementary's Honoring Our Veterans celebration. Three days later, she visited the Secondary Campus to say a special thanks of her own.

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Keeping Our Students Safe

Posted on: November 8, 2017 12:00 am

We want our students to be safe traveling to and from school, especially as winter approaches and the days are shorter. Here are a few simple but important reminders.

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Ch. 12 reporter Deborah Dixon interviews Spanish teacher Shannon Cleghorn

Channel 12 covers 'Dia de los Muertos' at Finneytown High School

Posted on: November 2, 2017 12:00 am

Reporter Deborah Dixon captured the color, culture and emotion as Finneytown High School Spanish students celebrated Dia de los Muertos:

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girl looking through shelf of books at Book Fair

Coming Soon: Book Fairs!

Posted on: November 2, 2017 12:00 am

Guilt-free, affordable, enriching, endearing -- there's no down-side to buying books for your children. Whether you're getting a head start on holiday shopping or just tucking a wonderful read away for a rainy day, please consider patronizing our

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Finneytown Marching Band

Take a bow, Marching Band!

Posted on: October 31, 2017 12:00 am

Congratulations to the incredible Finneytown Marching Band and music staff. The band received a SUPERIOR -- the highest possible rating -- at Sunday's OMEA State Marching Band Contest. Come and cheer the band on at this Saturday's Mid-States Finals at Kings High School.

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Join a focus group and help shape FLSD's future

Posted on: October 25, 2017 12:00 am

Be part of Finneytown Local Schools' strategic planning process by joining a focus group. Two sessions are available: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. in the Secondary Media Center; or Thursday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center on the Secondary Campus. We value your input.

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Local veterans are honored at Honoring Our Veterans grill-out on Nov. 5.

A very special day to honor our veterans

Posted on: October 24, 2017 12:00 am

Each year our HONORing Our Veterans cookout and celebration raises funds to send local military veterans on Honor Flights to see their military memorials in Washington D.C. This year's celebration is Sunday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Whitaker Elementary. Veterans eat free; entertainment and live music for everyone!

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Understanding and preventing concussions

Posted on: October 24, 2017 12:00 am

Each year, up to 2 million American youth suffer concussions while playing sports. On Nov. 9, the Finneytown Secondary PTA presents an informational session, Concussions and our Children, with local chiropractor, Dr. Stephan Moje. The session takes place at 7 p.m. in the PAC.

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Past 'Reflections' art contest winner of a little girl walking in the woods

Annual art awards program is where Finneytown students shine!

Posted on: October 23, 2017 12:00 am

Excellence in art is one of the things Finneytown is known for, and the annual national PTA 'Reflections' arts program is a place to showcase the work of our talented students! Parents and teachers, please encourage our students to enter! Deadline is Nov. 8.

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Light up your house and help our House

Posted on: October 19, 2017 12:00 am

The Secondary Campus is holding a Yankee Candle fundraiser -- Oct. 23 to Nov. 8 -- to benefit the House System. The House System will receive 40 percent of every sale. Visit and enter our group

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Finneytown Middle School Cross Country team

A run of successes for Finneytown Cross Country

Posted on: October 17, 2017 12:00 am

Months of running in rain, heat, wind and mud are paying off for our dedicated Finneytown cross country teams, who brought home honors from recent CHL and All-City races. Read on for results. Also, the high school CC team needs a couple more runners for the district championship meet this Saturday! 

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More honors for our amazing marching band

Posted on: October 8, 2017 12:00 am

What a year -- already -- for the Finneytown Marching Wildcats! They took first place in Class B at Saturday's Loveland Band Contest, along with Best Visual and Best Color Guard in Class

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Photography of a colorful waterfall by Lynda Rush Photography

Please save these dates!

Posted on: October 5, 2017 12:00 am

This time of year, things start to get busy so we're giving you advance notice of some especially fun coming events.

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Signing up for Remind 101 text messages

Posted on: October 3, 2017 1:00 pm

Here's a primer on signing up: How to Sign Up for Remind 101 Text Messages



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A letter from Principal Dinan about Parent/Teacher Conferences

Posted on: October 3, 2017 1:00 pm

Want to know all of the ins and outs about having a successful conference with your childs teacher?

Read this letter from Dr. Dinan: Conference Letter

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Want to know more about the House System and how to connect to it? Read on.

Posted on: October 3, 2017 1:00 pm

Check out this flyer to find out about an Oct. 23 event to help you connect to the new House System: Get Connected" Flyer

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art from Seussical Jr.

Announcing student and parent meetings for the middle school musical, Seussical Jr.

Posted on: October 2, 2017 11:00 am

Be part of something wonderful! Find your spot in this year's middle-school musical. Read on for information on student meetings and mandatory parent meetings.

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National Merit Commended Students Xander Hatton and Allie Towner with FLSD staff members

More National Merit honors for FHS seniors

Posted on: September 25, 2017 12:00 am

The Finneytown Local School District is proud to announce that seniors Xander Hatton and Allie Towner have been named 2018 National Merit Commended Students. Of 1.6 million students taking the PSAT qualifying exam, only 50,000 students attain Commended Student status.

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Announcing 2017 Homecoming candidates

Posted on: September 22, 2017 3:00 pm

The Secondary Campus is happy to annouce this year's Homecoming Candidates! Seniors - Shelby Hatton, Alexia Bonds, Nish Nahallage, Molly Thomas, Simona Reid, A'Yanna Peeples-Denson               Hayden Parker, Michael

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Volunteers Needed for Homecoming

Posted on: September 21, 2017 2:00 pm

We are still in need of volunteers and/or donations for our Homecoming Dance, next Saturday, September 30th.  Please consider signing up to help using the link below. We appreciate your

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Festive floats always make the homecoming parade special

Always a Special Weekend: Homecoming 2017

Posted on: September 19, 2017 12:00 am

Finneytown Local Schools have a host of wonderful traditions, but none is more community-minded than Homecoming. It's a time for students, parents, residents and staff to come together and remember what makes this such a special, welcoming place. Here's what's happening Sept. 28-30.

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Check out this month's Secondary Campus newsletter!

Posted on: September 18, 2017 12:00 pm

Keep up with all of the exciting things going on at the Secondary Campus by reading this month's SC newsletter.

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Another winning season for the marching band!

Posted on: September 18, 2017 12:00 am

Really, who qualifies for state finals at the FIRST marching band contest of the season? The Finneytown Marching Band, of course! Check out this video and read on for all the glorious details!


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A father shooting a photo of his daughter at graduation.

Senior Parents' Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19

Posted on: September 15, 2017 12:00 am

The senior year is full of so many poignant, memorable moments -- and so many deadlines and important dates. Get an overview of the year's activities at this important meeting for senior parents, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Secondary Media Center.

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Senior Joel Steimle is honored as a National Merit Semifinalist

The top of the top: Joel Steimle named a National Merit Semifinalist

Posted on: September 13, 2017 12:00 am

National Merit honors are among the highest distinctions a U.S. high school senior can earn. On Sept. 13, Finneytown's own Joel Steimle was named a National Merit Semifinalist -- putting him in the top 1 percent of seniors across the nation.

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Former bomb tech Ben Parker speaks to Finneytown seventh graders.

What you need to know about Super Wednesday, Oct. 11

Posted on: September 12, 2017 1:00 pm

Secondary Campus comes alive with career and college information, conversations and experiences at the annual Super Wednesday event on Oct. 11. Follow this link to find out what's in store for your student.

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Finneytown Middle School cross country team sitting on rock

Run, Wildcats, Run!

Posted on: September 12, 2017 12:00 am

Finneytown Cross Country ran strong at Saturday's Mason Invitational, a very large meet that included the area's best runners.

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State honors go to music students Alexander Eberhardt, Zachary Wuorinen, LaValle Coleman and Cooper Burton

These honors are music to our ears!

Posted on: September 7, 2017 12:00 am

We're always happy when good things happen to good people so it's a pleasure to announce statewide music honors for four Finneytown students: Alexander Eberhardt, Zachary Wuorinen, LaValle Coleman and Cooper Burton. Well done!

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Finneytown Secondary Campus sending support to Texas

Posted on: September 5, 2017 2:20 pm

Finneytown Secondary Campus students and staff are with you, Texas. They've set a goal of sending $1,000 your way -- and this video full of Wildcat heart and hope:


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Finneytown bus driver welcoming students onboard

Ever considered driving a school bus?

Posted on: September 1, 2017 12:00 am

Bus drivers are a crucial part of the Finneytown Schools' staff. We are now looking for a few more great drivers. Paid training and hiring bonuses. Call 728-7220 for more information.

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Senior Ben Perry passing the ball at soccer practice

Vote for Ben Perry for Player of the Week!

Posted on: August 30, 2017 12:00 am

Senior Ben Perry is in the running for the Cincinnati Enquirer's Boys Soccer Player of the Week. Our votes can help Ben earn this well-deserved honor!

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Finneytown Marching Wildcats performing at the Loveland band contest last year

A great offer from the Finneytown Music Department

Posted on: August 28, 2017 12:00 am

Our students benefit so much from the affordable private lessons offered through the Finneytown Music Department. Check out the video below for details.

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The Finneytown Middle School girls' cross country team climbs a hill at the Clark Montessori meet

A run of success

Posted on: August 23, 2017 12:00 am

Finneytown Cross Country had an 'Amazing Race' of its own at the Clark Montessori two-mile meet on Aug. 22. Read on for a list of honors.

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Finneytown students in green t-shirts at House System assembly

Thanks for supporting our new House System!

Posted on: August 22, 2017 12:00 am

The Secondary Campus sends a huge thank you to the following people and companies for supporting 'Opening Day' for the new House System -- Patty Leesemann and the Kroger Company; Jason Osborne and Jersey Mike's Sandwiches; Dwayne Elam and Hey Graphics Screen Printing; and Jeff and Jamie Eschenbach and Crown Trophy.

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The Scoop: Back-to-School Dates, School Hours, Fees, Etc.

Posted on: August 8, 2017 12:00 am

Here's a one-stop look at back-to-school information you'll need.


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Like Finneytown Local School District on Facebook!

Posted on: June 28, 2017 12:00 am

It's an easy way to keep up on school events, activities and the everyday life of Finneytown Schools.


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One of the nights that just says 'Finneytown'

Posted on: May 24, 2017 12:00 am

The Senior Dinner is a tradition that captures the spirit of this special place -- the closeness of a small community and school system, the goodness of our students, the love of our parents, the civility that is a hallmark Finneytown trait. Enjoy some glimpses (above) of this special night.


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Our favorite Top Ten list: Leaders of the Class of 2017

Posted on: May 16, 2017 12:00 am

After 13 years of taking notes, quizzes, tests and (occasionally) breaks, here in alphabetical order are the 2017 Top Ten Seniors, the colleges they'll attend, and some of the speeches they gave at their recognition ceremony.


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A Pampered Chef fundraiser for Finneytown athletics

Posted on: May 1, 2017 12:00 am

Here's a low-key way to raise needed funds for all FHS athletic programs: Order Pampered Chef cooking wares online, or stop by a cooking demo/Pampered Chef open house on May 7, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in the MP.

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Kick off a summer of reading!

Posted on: May 1, 2017 12:00 am

It's another great Finneytown tradition -- the K-12 Summer Literacy Kickoff Celebration, May 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., McNulty Stadium. Bring your family, friends and something delicious to read!

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Basketball standout Nia McCormick chooses the University of Rio Grande

Posted on: April 25, 2017 12:00 am

Nia McCormick brought so much to Finneytown High School as a student, athlete and friend. Now the University of Rio Grande is thrilled to enroll her.

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Hayley Richardson commits to Transylvania University

Posted on: April 21, 2017 12:00 am

Hayley Richardson's accomplishments on the softball mound and in the classroom made her an attractive candidate for colleges. Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., is awfully glad she's coming its way.


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Joey Gerbus signs with Earlham College

Posted on: April 21, 2017 12:00 am

As his parents, teachers, teammates and friends looked on, senior Joey Gerbus signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. "He puts his heart into everything he does," Coach Julian Deese said.

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Wildcats pitcher Joey Gerbus: 'The game is in your hands.'

Posted on: April 20, 2017 12:00 am

Finneytown fans got an inkling that it was going to be an exceptional year for spring sports when senior Joey Gerbus opened the baseball season with a no-hitter. He calls himself “a sports guy,” but he’s also a dedicated student -- and a

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Learn the Life: Sending hope to Tanzania

Posted on: April 6, 2017 12:00 am

All week Finneytown Secondary students are learning about the struggles of three Tanzanian villages -- and finding creative ways to help.

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Finneytown Softball: A golden season for Hayley Richardson

Posted on: April 5, 2017 12:00 am

Hayley Richardson started her final season of Finneytown softball in spectacular fashion. She threw 13 strikeouts and hit a grand slam to bury Mount Healthy 14-4. Then she topped it on April 3 with a perfect game against league rival, Mariemont. Read on to learn more about Hayley.

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We watch college sports. These FLSD staff members played them.

Posted on: March 31, 2017 12:00 am

Their students -- and often even their co-workers -- may not know it, but Matt Breines, Cathy Counts, Craig Dukes, Sharon Furlong, Mark Hafner Lora LeMay, Carol Miller and Joe Nichols were all gifted college athletes.


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Way to open the season! A no-hitter for the Wildcat baseball team

Posted on: March 27, 2017 12:00 am

It doesn't get much better than this -- senior Joey Gerbus pulled out 14 strikeouts and a no-hitter, and the Finneytown High School baseball team opened the season by beating Roger Bacon 2-0!

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FHS students' work is part of Columbus exhibit

Posted on: March 22, 2017 12:00 am

The bounty of awards to Finneytown art students continues as the work of sophomore Bella Garcia and senior Annalise Barber is chosen for the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition in Columbus.

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NATIONAL Scholastic Art Awards winner: Annalise Barber

Posted on: March 21, 2017 12:00 am

This year, 331,000 students from around the world competed for the highly coveted Scholastic Art and Writing Awards this year. Finneytown senior Annalise Barber's hauntingly handsome "Phantom" captured a Silver Award at the national level.

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Well done, February Students of the Month!

Posted on: March 21, 2017 12:00 am

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for February: Joelle Reid, seventh grade; Neveah Burks-Maye, eighth grade; Sonee' McBride, ninth grade; Alleson Arnold, 10th grade; Leslie Noble, 11th grade; and Mark Crawford, 12th grade.

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Four Finneytown students win statewide PTA honors

Posted on: March 14, 2017 12:00 am

Organizers of the Ohio PTA Reflections arts awards program have announced the District 6 state-level winners. Of 11 local winners, four are Finneytown students.


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Tryouts for 2017-18 cheerleading

Posted on: February 24, 2017 12:00 am

Cheerleading is an important part of the Finneytown athletic program. Here's information for how to try out for varsity, junior varsity and middle-school cheerleading.

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2017 School Counseling Recognition Award goes to Carolyn Ottke-Moore

Posted on: February 22, 2017 12:00 am

Wise, insightful, supportive and kind, Secondary College and Career Counselor Carolyn Ottke-Moore sends Finneytown students on to lives of purpose and accomplishment. On Feb. 21, she was honored for her contributions.


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Congratulations to Nia McCormick, LaRosa's MVP of the Week!

Posted on: February 21, 2017 12:00 am

Finneytown phenom point guard Nia McCormick -- who topped 1,000 career points this season -- is this week's LaRosa's MVP of the Week!

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Katie Deitsch wins regional honor as a 'Difference Maker'

Posted on: February 17, 2017 12:00 am

Each year, a very select group of adults, youth and businesses are named Duke Energy Children's Museum Difference Makers for outstanding service to Greater Cincinnati youth. This year Finneytown senior Katie Deitsch is one of the winners!

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Eat pancakes, support a renovated Senior Lounge

Posted on: February 13, 2017 12:00 am

Enjoy a first-ever PJs and Pancakes Breakfast, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and help support renovation of the Senior Lounge -- a cool, student-led school improvement project!

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A sign of spring: softball & baseball tryouts!

Posted on: February 12, 2017 12:00 am

Blue skies, warm temperatures and the chance to hit, run, slide and steal! Here's the scoop on tryouts.

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Vote for Nia McCormick for LaRosa's MVP of the Week!

Posted on: February 9, 2017 12:00 am

Lady Wildcats senior Nia McCormick, who is capping off an amazing basketball career, is one of three finalists for the LaRosa's award. Vote for Nia at



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Fastpitch softball clinic at Finneytown Feb. 25

Posted on: February 9, 2017 12:00 am

The Finneytown High School softball team is hosting an instructional clinic March 11, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for girls and coaches.

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Congratulations to the December Students of the Month

Posted on: January 31, 2017 12:00 am

The Secondary Campus faculty recognized these students: Miles Pickens, Grade 7; Daylon Fischer, Grade 8; Jacob Martin, Grade 9; Nate Stevens, Grade 10; Maddie Martens, Grade 11; and Denver Humphries, Grade 12. Well done!

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Congratulations to our members of OMEA Honor Bands

Posted on: January 30, 2017 12:00 am

It's been an amazing year for Finneytown Schools' music program! The recognition continues with seven Secondary students named to Ohio Music Education Association District 14 Honor Bands.

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20 -- yes, 20! -- Scholastic Art Awards winners

Posted on: January 29, 2017 12:00 am

The Scholastic Art Awards is the most prestigious secondary art-recognition program in the nation. This year, Finneytown has 20 regional winners.

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3rd Quarter Honor Roll

Posted on: April 25, 2017 1:00 pm

Congratulations to our "A" Honor Roll Students! 7th Grade:  Karina Ahangkari, Alyona Amend, Ella Beverly, Calyn Bransford, Elizabeth Cain, Elizabeth Carter, Mattherw Davidson, Robert-Thomas Denike, Nathan Deuitch, Gabriella Dibble, Alexis

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Secondary Campus Scheduling Fair

Posted on: January 11, 2017 12:00 pm

January 10, 2017 Dear Parents/Guardians: Your son or daughter’s advisor will be calling to invite you to our Scheduling Fair Night on February 23rd from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Student advisors of current grades 8-11 will be asking you to come in

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