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PJ for DJ Day - Friday, March 22nd

DJ Patterson is a 5th grade student at Louisville Elementary School. He was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago and continues his battle every day. Please join us in PJ for DJ Day at WBMS this Friday, March 22nd. Donate at least $1 and you may wear PJs for the day. All money raised will go to DJ's family. Sponsored by the WBMS Student Council. WB joins Louisville, Marlington, and East Canton in this worthy cause. 


7th/8th Grade Scheduling Update

We had to delay the scheduling process slightly this week. Apologies. Mrs. Ruark will meet with 6th graders on Monday, March 11th and 7th graders on Tuesday, March 12th during science classes. 

Click here to view the scheduling guide

Please keep in mind that none of the new elective classes are guaranteed to run. We have to first look at enrollment, need, and have board of education approval. 

Any questions, please call Mrs. Ruark or Mr. Fowler.

Rising 7th and 8th Grade Scheduling

Hello parents of rising 7th and 8th graders! On Wednesday, March 6th, Mrs. Ruark will be meeting with current 6th and 7th graders to discuss scheduling for next year. We are excited to offer some new opportunities for students so please look closely at the course offerings. Be aware that some of these courses are not able to be used for athletic eligibility. 

Completed scheduling forms need to be returned to the school no later than Thursday, March 14th. 

If you have any questions, please call Mr. Fowler or Mrs. Ruark. Happy scheduling. 

Superintendent Issues Letter Regarding Internet Safety
Get Your Green On!

St. Patrick’s Day Competition - Get your Green on!

On Friday, March 15th, we will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by holding a contest for the most spirited student in each grade level. Winner will receive a Wal-Mart Gift Card and bragging right for the “greenest” middle school student. Relaxed dress code for the day but please keep it appropriate! If you’re in doubt, don’t wear it!


All Call 2-26-19

Good Evening!

A few upcoming events: 

Winter Sports Awards are Wednesday, February 27th at 7pm in the gym. 

Winter Sno "Ball" 7th and 8th grade dance is Friday, March 1st from 6-8pm. 

Band Concert is Tuesday, March 5th at 7pm

Call us with any questions. 

Say Something Week at WBMS

Say Something Week


Coffee Talk


Coffee Talk with Mr. Saxton

Thursday, February 21, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
West Branch High School Auditorium Lobby

Report Cards -- Second Nine Weeks

Attention Fifth - Twelfth Grade Parents

Report Cards for Second Nine Weeks
Now Available Through Parent Access

Information Letter

Report Cards

Effective for the second nine weeks, paper report cards will no longer be sent home unless the parent/guardian requests a copy in writing from the office. Grade information can be viewed through the Parent Access Portal through Gradebook. 

Parent Teacher Conferences
Middle School Under Armour Fundraiser

Please support our Middle School Partners In Education (PIE) fundraiser. 

Click here for details. 


Middle School Games Canceled 1/24/19

All middle school games and practices are canceled for Thursday, January 24, 2019. 

Weekend Athletics Update 1/18/19

Update on athletics events for this weekend (January 18th) due to projected weather:

All Little Warriors Basketball games are CANCELED. Mr. Horning will be issuing updates in the next few days to reschedule. 

Middle School Wrestling has been CANCELED at Salem. 

7th & 8th Grade Girls' Basketball game is still on for 10:00am at home. If anything changes, updates will be available here and on Facebook. 


One Call Scheduled for 4:00pm

Good afternoon everyone, 

Thank you for your continued patience as we put the final touches on our arrival and dismissal procedures. A few reminders: 

1. Ellett Road continues to be the easiest option for leaving school grounds. There is much less traffic so please consider using it. 

2. When pulling in from Main Street, please remember that the right-hand side lane is for right turns only and the left-hand side lane is for thru traffic to drop in front of the middle school.

3. The drive immediately in front of the middle school lot is now a two way drive. Please note the new traffic signs as well. 

Lastly, please remember that no students may be left on school grounds after 2:50pm without supervision. If you are unable to get here by 2:50pm, please apply to our Latchkey program. 

Have a great weekend!

Spelling Bee Champion Crowned 2019spellingbee

West Branch Middle School recently held their annual Spelling Bee.  Thirty-two students from fifth through eighth grade participated.  The 2019 Spelling Bee Champion is Allison Zion (8th grader), while Lauren Cameron (6th grade) was runner up.  Congratulations to all participants.

Mr. Stephen Fowler, Principal, served as the pronouncer, while Susan Baldwin -- 7th grade Language Arts Teacher, Wendy Beal -- Speech and Language Specialist, and Leigh Ann Martin -- 5th grade Intervention Specialist served as judges.  The spelling bee was coordinated by Cari Conaway -- 5th grade Language Arts Teacher.

Good luck to Allison when she represents West Branch Middle School in the Youngstown Spelling Bee.


2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration



Thursday, March 21, 2019       10:00 - 5:00
Friday, March 22, 2019        8:00 - 11:15

By appointment only.
Please call 330-938-9324 to schedule!

Penguins Basketball "Kids Day" Tickets Available
All You Can Eat Breakfast

Support West Branch High School Softball

All You Can Eat Breakfast


Sunday, January 6, 2019
8:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.
American Legion Post 76
California Avenue, Sebring, OH
Adults $7          Children 10 & Under:  $3

Tickets Are Available at the Door or From Any Player

All-Call 1/3/18

Good Afternoon West Branch Middle School Parents,

Thank you for your patience as we’ve all adjusted to these new transportation changes to start the year. We are still looking at some additional adjustments and will continue to monitor the situation.

If you pick up both middle and high school students, please park in the middle school front lot.

Please also remember that Ellett Road is an option to avoid the congestion on Main Street. There has been much less traffic on that side of the campus so please consider using Ellett Road.

Drop off is between 7:00am and 7:30am.  

Any questions about busing should be directed to Mrs. Malloy at the bus garage. If you have questions about car riders, please call me at the middle school.

Have a great evening!

Ugly Sweater Competition

The holiday cheer is in full swing around West Branch Middle School! Monday, December 17th is Ugly Holiday Sweater Day! The ugliest sweater from each grade level will win a $10 Walmart Gift Card! The uglier the better! Mr. Fowler and Mr. Young will serve as the "official" judges. 

All Call 12-6-18

All Call 12-6-18

Good Evening WBMS Families,

I’m calling to let you know of two events that happened at school today. The paramedics had to be called early this morning for a student in severe emotional distress. Mrs. Ruark and I consulted with our school resource officer and made the decision to have the student transported to the hospital.

Later in the day, we had to again call the paramedics for a student having some trouble breathing.

I want to say how thankful I am to our students who remained calm throughout both of these situations. I want to commend Mrs. Ruark, Mrs. Hall and Officer Pilolli for their diligence and acting quickly to ensure our students remained safe.

If you have any questions about the events of today, please do not hesitate to contact me at the middle school.

Have a great evening.


December Middle School Newsletter

Click below to read the December newsletter. 

December Newsletter

Transportation Update

Effective January 2, 2019, West Branch will operate on single tier busing.

  • No busing for high school students.
  • No busing if you live 2 miles from the school.
  • No open enrollment busing.
  • Earlier start for elementary students.

Complete Busing Information Here

Latch Key Information

Latch Key Application


Transportation  Change -- Map

Important Transportation Changes at WBLSD

Click the image below to read important transportation changes effective January 2, 2018. 

Transportation Changes

Mental Health Awareness

Red Flags

Mental Health Awareness
For Parents & Students

Thursday, November 29, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Damascus Friends Church



Temporary Phone Numbers
All Call 11/15/18

Good morning, everyone. 

Two more quick reminders. 

First, the Thanksgiving Lunch scheduled for today will be pushed back to tomorrow so Turkey for lunch on Friday. 

Second, we've had a slow start to the food drive and need everyone's help so please send in those canned goods Friday and Monday. We greatly appreciate your support. 

Hope you're having a great day!

School Cancellation

Two Hour Delay
School is Closed

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving feast will be served on Friday.

Food Drive Collection
Earned Income Tax Levy on Ballot

Make Your Vote Count

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Superintendent Saxton's Letter


November Newsletter
Cheerleaders & Softball Players Present

Designer Purse Bingo
Friday, November 16, 2018

Doors Open @ 6:00 p.m.
Begins @ 7:00

West Branch Bingo Hall
26701 US 62 - Beloit

Pre Sale Tickets -- $25
Tickets @ Door -- $30

Please see any West Branch Cheerleader or softball player for tickets. 
Also can contact the Athletic Office at 330-938-4408.


All Call 10/29/18

All-call 10/29:

1. If your child walks or rides their bike to school, please be sure to remind them to be safe at all times. We've had a few instances of students in the line of traffic in the mornings and darting in front of cars. 

2. Any 7th or 8th grade girls interested in playing basketball, try outs are this Tuesday and Wednesday. 7th grade at 3:00pm and 8th grade at 4:30pm. 

3. Any 7th grade boys interested in playing basketball, open gyms will be Tuesday and Thursday this week. Try outs will be on Monday, November 5th. 

Fall Sports Awards Night

sports awards

The middle school fall sports program will be held on Monday, October 29th at 7:00pm in the middle school large gym. Desserts will be served in the cafeteria immediately following the program. A flyer will be coming home soon with more details. 


October is Depression Awareness Month

Mental Health continues to have major stigma associated with its name but is similar to any other illness. When we're sick, we go to the doctor and ask for help. Mental Health should be no different. Ohio has placed a great deal of resources on improving the mental health of all students through Project Aware Ohio. Click the icon below for information about the risks and protective factors of mental health. 

West Branch partners with Pathway Counseling group. Pathway counselors are available right in the middle school building as a resource for our students when they are experiencing difficulty. Services range from one-on-one therapy to group counseling. Click their icon for more information. 

Project AwarePathway

WBMS October Parent Newsletter
We need your used Legos and K'nex


Tired of stepping on your kids' Legos? We will take them! To enhance our STEM and to help us supply Maker Spaces in the library, we're asking for donations of used Legos and K'nex. Thanks for your help! Please place them in a plastic bag and mark attention "Mrs. Woods, Library."


Middle School Phone Issues

West Branch Middle School is experiencing phone issues.  If you are trying to reach the Middle School and can't get through, please call the Superintendent's Office at 330-938-9324.

Looking for Community Members with Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

STEM Careers

Mrs. Ginocchi is inviting community members who have STEM careers  to speak to her classes. This is a great opportunity to share your talents with the students.   If you are interested please email her at Denise.Ginocchi@WBwarriors.org

Thank You Home Carpet in Boardman

A big THANK YOU to Home Carpet in Boardman for donating three large rugs for our literacy classrooms. During Interactive Read Aloud, students use this space for conversations with each other as they analyze texts. 

Carptes  Carpets


Ohio Department of Education District Report Card Release Date is Scheduled for Thursday 9/13/2018
Guide to Understanding Ohio's Report Card

The Ohio Department of Education will release K-12 public school report cards on Thursday, September 13th. Click here for a guide to undertanding the changes to the report card. 

Picture Day Wednesday September 12th

Picture Day

One Call 9/5/18

Good evening, everyone. It's Mr. Fowler and first let me apologize about sending another one call. I try not to do too many of these but they are sometimes necessary to get the year up and running. 

First, don't forget that there are two entrances to the school. You can use either the Main Street entrance or the Ellett Road entrance. Word from a few parents was the Ellett Road side was very easy to use and much quicker than the Main Street side with the light at 62. 

Second, please be sure you let your child know where you will pick them up after school. There was some confusion about this today. 

If you have a high schooler that drops off their sibling, please remind them to not be speeding through the lot. We had a couple of instances of this already this morning. 

We're working through schedule changes and hope to have most of those completed by Friday or Monday at the latest. 

Thanks for a great first day. 

One Call 9/4/18

Good evening, everyone! Thanks to all of you who came to open house tonight. A few reminders for our first day of school tomorrow:

There are two drop off options using either Main Street or Ellet Road. If you use Main street, you can drop off in the pre-school parking lot. If you use Ellet Road, you can drop off in the back parking lot. 

We received a number of schedule changes tonight but unfortunately cannot honor all of those changes due to capacity in some courses. Our counselors will review those the next few days but please remind your child to follow their schedule until a counselor has spoken to them. 

All 5th graders should report immediately to the cafeteria upon arrival. ALl other students should report to their first period. 

Have a great evening. We'll see you tomorrow morning!

-Mr. Fowler

Traffic Changes at WBMS
Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

On Line Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

We have implemented QuikApps, an online free and reduced meal application system, for the families in our district. QuikApps makes it easy for parents to apply for free or reduced meal status for their children using a simple, secure, step-by-step online form. Applications can be signed electronically, and eligibility for meal benefits is automatically determined once the application is complete.

Click Here

All Call 8/30/18

All Call on 8/30/18

Important Back to School Information: 

Open House is Tuesday, 9/4 from 4-6pm

First Day of School is Wednesday, 9/5

Chromebooks will be distributed during the second week of school

Two entrances to access the middle school. The original Beloit/Snodes Road entrance as well as the entrance off of Ellet Street. 

Bus information was mailed yesterday. 

New schedules will be available at Open House. 

See you next week!

School Supplies

Thanks to generous donations from Dollar General and our local churches, we have a number of school supplies and backpacks for those families that cannot afford them to start the year. To take advantage of this free service, email Mr. Fowler at stephen.fowler@wbwarriors.org or call at 330-938-4300 and let him know what grade your child will be in next year. We will get the supplies ready and you can pick them up at a date/time convenient for you. This is completely anonymous and free to those in need. 

On Line Forms

OneView Account
(On Line Forms)


We are excited to announce that all back to school forms will be completed using the district's online system OneView.

This system simplifies the process of filling out forms for your children because much of the information you will be asked to complete will be automatically imported from our student information system.  Additional information you provide will be saved in the system for next school year.

Parents will need their children's Student IDs (same as lunch number) to complete this process.  This number was provided in a letter mailed home in late August. If you know this number and are ready to get started, please log on and create an account!


The WBLSD OneView web portal is:


If you do not have internet access or computers at home, for your convenience computer labs will be available at the open houses scheduled at both elementary buildings and West Branch Middle School on September 4th.  West Branch High School will also open their media center on September 4th from 4:00 - 6:00 for any parent wishing to use our computers and internet.   If you cannot attend that night, please feel free to call your child's school to schedule a convenient time to complete these forms.

Additional Information Click Here


Clarification on Middle School Changes


With the middle school restructure, some students will now have to travel between hallways to get to a classroom. Our awesome staff will be supervising in-between each class change as they always do to ensure students are making good choices. If your child ever experiences a problem, please have them report it to the nearest staff member. Students have three (3) minutes to get between classes. 

In regards to lunch, yes lunch periods are also "mixed" grade level. The cafeteria will be divided accordingly and one side will be 7/8 and the other 5/6. 

We will still do our best to keep students grouped together as much as possible but these changes in structure were necessary to continue to focus on improving instruction. 

Please avoid non-school sanctioned pages and sites when looking for information. There is a great deal of mis-information/speculation floating around causing undue anxiety for others. Please email or call our office whenever you have questions.

WBMS Bell Schedule 2018/19

bell schedule

Spirit Shirt Sale

shirt sale

One Call Monday August 13, 2018

Hello West Branch Middle School Families, 

This is Mr. Fowler calling with some back to school updates. 

Schedules for all students may be picked up on Tuesday, August 14th from 10am-2pm and again on Wednesday, August 15th from 2pm-6pm. Any schedules not picked up by Friday the 17th will be mailed home. 

Any new students to our district may request a tour of the building by contacting either Mr. Fowler or Mr. Young. 

Open House is Tuesday, September 4th from 4-6pm. 

Our first day of school is Wednesday, September 5th. 

Chromebooks will be distributed during the first two weeks of school. 

We hope you've had a great summer and look forward to seeing you on September 4th for Open House. 

August 2018 Parent Newsletter
Open Houses

West Branch Local School Open Houses

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Middle School
4:00 -- 6:00 p.m.

Damascus Elementary & Knox Elementary
4:30 -- 6:30 p.m.

Community Levy Forum Presentation
Middle School Summer Information


Middle School Schedule Pick-Up

Student schedules may be picked up on Tuesday, August 14th from 10am - 2pm and Wednesday, August 15th from 2pm - 6pm. Any schedules not picked up by 6pm on Wednesday will be mailed home. The last day to request a schedule change will be Friday, August 24th. After that date, changes will not be considered. 

Questions should be directed to Mr. Fowler at stephen.fowler@wbwarriors.org


Levy Informational Community Forum

School Levy Informational Community Forum
West Branch Local School District - Board of Education

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.

West Branch High School Auditorium

The West Branch Board of Education, Superintendent and Treasurer will be hosting a Community Forum on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The Board is interested in input from school district residents on a proposed levy to be placed on the November 6, 2018 ballot. The community will be able to hear a presentation regarding recent levy attempts, current operating expenditures, and forecasted deficits. A question and answer period will be included in this meeting for residents to actively participate and share their opinions with the Board and administration.

Mrs. Edie needs your help!

Please save any and all of these types of bottle caps this summer and send in in the fall for a science project next year! Thanks for your help!


2018-2019 New Student Registration Information

New Student Registration LogoPlease click on the following link:

2018-19 New Student Registration Packet

Packets are also available on the counter in the West Branch High School Office during summer office hours of 7:00 am - 2:30 pm, M-F.

Moving this Summer or Changing Telephone Numbers?

Change of AddressPlease click on the following link and fill out our student address-telephone number change form

Student Address-Telephone Number Change Form

Proof of Residency must be dropped off in the Superintendent's Office for all address changes.  Acceptable proofs are:  rental/purchase agreement, utility bill or the change of address confirmation letter from the Post Office.  Proof of Residency must be received by no later than August 24, 2018 in order to receive your new bus stop info in time for the new school year.  Parents/Guardians who change telephone numbers over the summer are also being asked to fill out the form as well so that we can update your student(s) contact information and so that you don't miss any One Calls prior to the new school year starting.  For questions, please call the Superintendent's Office at 330-938.9324.  

2018-2019 School Supply Lists

School SuppliesDamascus               Knox

5th Grade        6th Grade        7th & 8th Grade

Beginner Band Information

Mr. Stehura has shared all the pertinent information regarding beginning band on his webpage.  Please click on the link below to access his information.


Middle School Focus Group Meetings

In an effort to continually improve, we're excited to announce two Middle School Focus Group Meetings. Please join us for whichever works best with your schedule. 

Monday, June 18th at 10:00am

Tuesday, June 19th at 5:30pm

Both meetings will be held in the middle school library. 

If you cannot make one of those two meetings, please email Mr. Fowler to set up a different time to meet. stephen.fowler@wbwarriors.org

Middle School Survey 2018
WBMS One Call 06-08-18


Good Evening, parents of WBMS students.

Please encourage your students to check their school email account for a technology survey from Angie Mulinix.  This survey will help guide the district as decisions are made for the future use of technology.  Please have students complete this survey by no later than June 22.

Also, for 5th grade students who did not turn in Chromebook chargers or shoulder straps for their cases, please deliver them to the High School office as soon as possible.

Thanks for your time, and I wish everyone a great summer and the best of success in all that you do!

It has been a pleasure to serve as Middle School Principal.


Early Dismissal

2018 Early Dismissal
Last Day of School -- June 6, 2018

K - 8 Students
Middle School Dismissal/Bus Pick Up -- 1:30
Elementary Dismissal/Bus Pick Up -- 2:15

High School Students
June 5 -- Exams All Day
Students with rides will be dismissed at 1:25.  Busses will run at normal time.

June 6 -- Exams All Day
All students will be dismissed at 1:30 -- busses running at this time.

Warrior Chromebook Collection

Warrior Chromebook Collection Day Schedule
June 5 & 6, 2018

Please click on the links below for additional information:
Condition Form
gle App Information

Good Luck Lady Warriors



Good Luck Lady Warriors

State Semi Final Game
Akron Firestone Stadium
Thursday, May 31, 2018
10:00 a.m.

WBMS One Call 05-29-18


Please listen closely to the following 2 announcements:  One about the evacuation drill on Thursday and the other for 6th grade parents and the field trip on Friday.

West Branch Middle School will be conducting an Evacuation Drill on Thursday afternoon beginning at 12:30 and ending around 2:00.  Should your child need dismissed early for any reason that day, he/she must be picked up prior to 12:00.  As part of the drill, students will not be available to be picked up during the 12:00-2:00 timeframe.  The building will be secured and locked during the drill.  Parents, please discuss the seriousness of this drill with your students and the importance of full cooperation with the school staff.  Student pick-up will take place as usual at the back of the building beginning at 2:40. 

6th grade parents – change to departure time on Friday will be 8:00 instead of 9:00.  Please be sure your student arrives to school on time.

Make it a great evening and GO WARRIORS!

Potential Changes to Middle School Schedules

Parents/Guardians of Rising 5th-8th Grade Students:

Please be aware that students took a second scheduling survey today during their English classes. There are some potential changes being made to the middle school schedule and students may have more choice in which elective courses they choose. Once we have the survey completed, we will run the potential new schedule and generate student reports. This process takes some time and we do not forsee being able to release middle school schedules before the end of the year. Schedule pick-up dates will be announced during the summer. 

Think of it this way: we currently have "Schedule A" almost complete. This schedule was based on the work done in March. "Schedule B" is being built now due to some potential staffing changes across the district. Once everything is verified and if "Schedule B" is an option, we will notify parents and students of the new schedule. 

We know this may cause some confusion and we appreciate your patience while we explore the potential schedule changes. There will be an opportunity for parents to verify their child's elective choices to ensure parents are in agreement with what their child has chosen. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Fowler at stephen.fowler@wbwarriors.org or 330-938-1122. 

Elective Scheduling Survey
Memorial Day Parade


                                                                                          Memorial Day Parade

                                                                                                   May 28, 2018

                                      Highland Memorial Park

                                    Parade Kicks Off at 9:00 a.m.

Sports Physicals

Physical Day

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
(Middle School -- AM, High School -- PM)

$20 Cash

Second Option:  Hometown Urgent Care (1939 West State Street; Alliance, OH) is offering $20 physicals until June 1st.  Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am-7:00 pm or Sat-Sun 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Physical packets can be picked up at Middle School & High School offices, as well as the Athletic Office,
or by clicking the link below.

Physical Packet

Warrior Chromebook Program - Parent Meeting Presentation

In case you missed it, here is the presentation from the parent meeting...

One Call 05-14-18


To:  8th grade parents and students who are attending the Washington DC trip this week

Students should arrive between 5:45-6:00 AM at the front of the building and proceed to the Cafeteria to drop off their luggage to be checked, then proceed to the small gym.  When their bus is called, students will then pick up their bags in the cafeteria and begin loading their bus at the back of the building.  Bus departure time is 6:30, so all students must arrive to the front of the building and drop bags in the cafeteria by no later than 6:00 AM. 

Thank you for your prompt arrival time.  We are anticipating a great educational trip!


West Branch Local School District Evacuation Drills
Warrior 1:1 Meeting

Warrior 1:1 Meeting

Monday, May 14, 2018
6:00 p.m.
High School Auditorium

All parents and students entering Grades 5, 6, 9, 10 for the 2018 -- 2019 school year
are invited to attend.



WBMS One Call 05-02-18


  • Progress Reports will be sent home with students on Friday.
  • Permission Slips needed for many upcoming events:
    • Grade 5 Field Trip
    • Grade 6 Field Trip
    • Grade 6 AIDS Instruction for Monday’s lesson
    • Grade 7 Field Trip
    • Grade 8 MCCTC Field Trip form for Trip on May 10 – form due Tuesday
    • Grade 8 YSU Trip form, for students not going to DC, - form due Tuesday
  • For students and parents in grades 5 and 8, there is a meeting on Monday, May 14 @ 6:00 at the HS Auditorium regarding Chromebooks for next school year.
  • Please be sure to read the newsletter that is coming home Friday with many other events listed.

Make it a great evening…and go WARRIORS!

One Call 04-25-18


This is a reminder that our Festival of the Arts Open House will take place from 4:00-7:00 on this Friday, April 27.  All students will have Art work on display within the hallways of the middle school with Art, STEM, Computer projects.  CBI students will have a mini bike on display and raffle tickets will be on sale for winning the refurbished mini bike to benefit the Jen Smith family in her battle against breast cancer.  Our Family and Consumer Science students are making desserts for refreshments throughout the evening.

The Festival of Bands will take place at the HS gym at 7:30 and the mini bike raffle drawing will take place at 7:45 that evening.

We hope to see everyone at the Festival of Arts this Friday!

Make it a great evening!  Go WARRIORS!!!

April 2018 Building Newsletter
April Middle Years Newsletter
Telephone Issues

Telephone Issues

We are experiencing telephone issues and are currently working to resolve them

Thank you for your patience.

School Safety Meeting

School Community Safety Meeting

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
6:30 p.m.
West Branch High School Auditorium

Informational Sheet

Board Meeting Rescheduled

March Board of Education Meeting

March 29, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Band Fruit Sale Pick-up


The fruit delivery truck arrived one week early. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the fruit pick up will have to be today, Thursday, March 22 from 3 to 7 PM at the bus garage. Thanks so much for your cooperation and for supporting the band! 

Coach Helm Inducted into OHSAA Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Coach Mike Helm for being inducted into the OHSAA Hall of Fame at this year's state tournament.  Coach Helm has coached for over thirty years and has touched many lives in our community.  Congratulations, Mike Helm!  What a great honor!


Informational Meeting

A Light In a Dark Place:
A Suicide Awareness Night

Bringing hope, help and healing to the topic of suicide.

Thursday, April 5, 2018
6:30 p.m.

Damascus Friends Church

Presented By:

Help Network of Northeast Ohio in Association With
DFC Celebrate Recovery & West Branch Local Schools


Students of the Month for February




1st row left to right

5th gr Ella Mohleman, 6th gr Olivia Showalter, 7th gr Alexis Pierce, 8th gr Asa DeSanzo


2nd row left to right

5th gr Garrett Grimm, 6th gr Jaxon Robb, 7th gr Dillon Shipley, 8th gr Garrison Martin

Middle Years Newsletter for March
Congratulations Students of the Month for January!



Left to Right:

5th gr Libbie Davis & Kyle Day

6th gr Sophia Gregory & Ryan Shipley

7th gr Bailey Parke & Christian Martig

8th gr Sydney Fetters & Jacek Strotz

Congratulations WBMS Wrestlers!



WBMS - Congrats 2018 MS EOWL Div II tournament champions we are proud your are the best out of 29 teams!

Spring Picture Day


Thursday, March 1, 2018


Students, be sure to be looking good for your spring pictures!

St. Baldrick's Dance for the Cure
Substitutes Needed

West Branch is currently hiring for substitute positions, which includes aides, bus drivers, nurses, teachers and custodians.

This is a perfect job for someone who might be retired, looking for extra cash, or a stay at home parent.  All applicants must obtain a BCI/FBI background check; teachers, aides and bus drivers must have appropriate certification. 

Any one interested in bus driving, West Branch will provide paid training and help obtain a Class B CDL driver's license.

If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact 330-938-9324.

Middle School Track Fund Raiser

Middle School Track & Field
Apparel Sale


Prayer Before Athletic Events

Attached please find an update from Timothy Saxton, Superintendent, regarding prayers before athletic events.

Parent Update

One Call 01-25-18


  • Report Cards will be sent home with students on Friday, February 2.  Students who have outstanding school fees or lunch charges in excess of $10 will not receive their report cards unless payment is received by Tuesday, January 30.
  • We will NOT be in school on Monday, January 29 due to a Teacher In-service day.
  • For parents of Title One students, there will be a Parent Meeting on Wednesday, January 31 from 3:00-3:30 in the MS Library.  We hope to see you there.
  • PIE will be selling Under Armor Spirit Wear February 1 through 19.  More information will be posted on the school website and information will be sent home with report cards next Friday.


PIE Under Armor Spirit Wear Sale
One Call 01-24-18


I am calling to let 6th grade parents know that the annual Valentine writing assignment is being sent home today.  Please look for this in your child's backpack.  The assignment is due February 9th.

Thanks for helping out with this meaningful project!

Make it a great evening, and Go WARRIORS!

February 2018 Middle Years Newsletter
Spelling Bee 2018



Wednesday, January 10, 2018, West Branch Middle School held its annual Spelling Bee.  Thirty-two participants took part in the bee from grades fifth through eighth.  Angeline Theis, a consultant from the Mahoning County Educational Service Center, served as the pronouncer.  Serving as judges were Susan Baldwin - 7th grade Language Arts teacher, Wendy Beal - Speech and Language Specialist, and Deborah Erbs - 5th grade Math teacher.  


This year two runners up were named, Lachlan Cameron - 7th grade, and Jibrael Al-Shinnawi - 5th grade.  The 2018 Spelling Bee champion was Allison Zion - 7th grade.  Allison will be representing West Branch Middle School in the Spelling Bee hosted by the Youngstown Vindicator in February.  We wish Allison the best of luck!

Town Hall Meeting - January 11, 2018
What are the factors in determining if schools are delayed, closed, or open?

How does the Superintendent make a decision on school operations during a weather event?

Early Release Scheduled for Friday January 12, 2018
Spelling Bee 2018


Wednesday, January 10 @ 8:00 in the Large Gym


Good luck to our participants!

Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting for January 4, 2018 - Cancelled!


Rescheduled  - One Week Ahead...


Please Join

The West Branch Board of Education & Administration

for a Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Approximately 6:30 p.m.

Items to be discussed -- school calendar, financial forecast & district initiatives...

One Call 12-14-17


Good evening, this is Mr. Kitzmiller calling with some important information about a few items.

Due to cancellations this week, the Band Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 19 at 6:15 in the middle school large gym.  The 7th and 8th grade choir concerts will be combined at 8:00 on Tuesday, December 19 at the HS Auditorium.  Band students need to arrive to the MS at 5:45 and choir students need to report to the HS at 7:30.

The Grandparent Christmas Lunch is cancelled due to the closing of school today and there is no make-up date for this due to full schedules and limited time. Students will enjoy the Christmas Lunch on Friday and are encouraged to dress up tomorrow.

The Stay-After is still on for Friday – tomorrow -  at the middle school.  Money and permission forms are due by noon Friday.  Hot Pots will also be here for students to make candles at a cost of $5 each.  Students staying after and attending the HS basketball game will meet their parents in the HS gym at 6:00.  Parents are responsible for the supervision of their students.  Students not staying for the game need to be picked up at 5:30 at the back of the MS.

Permission forms are located on the website under Spotlight News. 

Thank you for your time, make it a great evening, and GO WARRIORS!

Christmas Concerts Rescheduled


Please note the following date for rescheduling of the Band and Choir Concerts:


Tuesday, December 19 @ 6:15 - Grades 5-8 Band Concert @ MS Large Gym

  • Students need to arrive by 5:45
  • Grades 5/6 students report to Cafeteria
  • Grades 7/8 students report to Band Room

Tuesday, December 19 @ 8:00 - Grades 7/8 Combined Choir Concert @ HS Auditorium

  • Students need to arrive by 7:30
  • Students report to assigned seats in auditorium


We wish the best of efforts to our instrumentalists and vocalists!

Stay-After 12-15-17
West Branch Closed

Due to the weather, West Branch Local Schools are closed for Thursday, December 14, 2017.  

Cancellations for December 13, 2017

District events and activities for tonight, December 13th, 2017, are cancelled.  We will announce rescheduled events as they become available.

One Call 12-12-17


The MS Band Concert that was scheduled for tonight is cancelled due to the weather.  The make-up date is yet TBD.  Band students need to report to the HS in the morning when they arrive to get their band instruments and music and bring it back to the MS.

Again, the band concert for tonight is cancelled.

Be safe, keep warm, and Go WARRIORS!

6th Grade Field Trip - December 12, 2017


Parents, click here for the permission form with details.

One Call 11-28-17


Holiday Concerts are scheduled for December.  Be sure to check out the school website and calendar for details of the holiday events.

The PIE Fund-raiser pick-up for Yankee Candles will be Thursday, November 30 from 2:30-6:00 in the MS Library.  Thank you for your participation to help our students attend the year-end field trips.

Yankee Candles can be ordered on line through January 11.  Go to the MS website, Spotlight News, and search for the article about ordering Yankee Candles on line.

The Spirit Wear sale will end on Friday, December 1.  Be sure to send in your orders for West Branch items.


West Branch Local Schools Presents A Classical Showcase

Showcase includes two short shows performed by students in Grades 2 - 8.

"Of Mice and Mozart & The Nutcracker"

Saturday, December 2nd -- 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 3rd -- 2:00 p.m.

Get tickets online at wbmusic.org or by calling 330-938-4442.


Yankee Candle Pick-up - Thursday, November 30


Pick-up will take place in the Library from 2:30-6:00.

Back-to Back Momentum Award for Student Growth!



Congratulations staff for all of your EFFORTS!


Student Council Food Drive a Success!



The student council from West Branch Middle School ran a food drive to help local families this Thanksgiving. Thanks to their efforts and all the efforts of the students and staff 2,780 lbs of food was collected for donation.

One Call 11-19-17

WBMS One Call – 11-19-17

Good evening, parents.  This is Roger Kitzmiller calling with a reminder that the PIE fund-raiser pick-up of Texas Roadhouse Rolls will be Monday, November 20 from 2:30-6:00 in the hallway outside the cafeteria.

Unfortunately, there is a delay in the delivery of the Yankee Candles that were to be here Monday.  We will keep you posted as to the date of the Yankee Candle pick-up.

The West Branch Spirit Wear sale is under way through December 1.  Forms were sent home with students and information is also located on the school website.  Orders will be delivered prior to Christmas.

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation along with the support of the PIE fund-raisers.

Clothing Closet

If you or someone you know is in need of clothing, shoes or coats, the West Branch Clothing Closet is a free service to anyone who has a student attending West Branch Local Schools.  Currently we have lots of WB clothing, bags, sporting gear, coats, hats, gloves, etc.  The closet is open by appointment and during conference nights.  Please call 330-938-4310 to make an appointment.


PIE Fund-raiser Pick-up of Yankee Candles and Texas Roadhouse Rolls


Fund-raiser items can be picked up from 2:30-6:00 in the Library.

PIE Spirit Wear Sale


Order your West Branch Spirit Wear to show your WarriorPride!


Items will be delivered in time for Christmas.  Click here to view order form.

Honors Band Members

OMEA District 5

 Middle School Honors Band

Congratulations to Liana Gabrelcik, Gloriana Maendel, Elizabeth McCune, and Samantha Tubbs of the West Branch Middle School Band for being selected to participate in the District 5 Middle School Honors Band. The honors band is sponsored by the Ohio Music Education Association. Specific students are carefully selected from all over Trumbull, Ashtabula, and Mahoning counties to participate in this special advanced musical ensemble. Their experience will conclude with a concert at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown on Saturday November 18th.

2017 Honors Band Participants (from left to right as pictured)

Elizabeth McCune-Percussion, Samantha Tubbs-All District Second Chair Trombone-Great Job!, Liana Gabrelcik-Trumpet, Gloriana Maendel-All District First Chair Trombone-Wow-Excellent!

Meet the Candidate Night

Meet the Candidate Night

November 1, 2017
High School Cafeteria

5:30 -- 6:30 -- Informal Meet & Greet

6:30 -- 7:30 -- Formal Question & Answer Session

PIE Fund-raisers


All order forms and payment are due no later than Monday, October 30.


Thank you to all who participated in our Fall Fund-raiser - Yankee Candles and Texas Roadhouse Rolls.

One Call to 8th Grade Parents and Students 09-24-17


The 8th grade parent informational meeting for the Washington DC Trip will be held on Monday, September 25 @ 7:30 in the middle school cafeteria.  Main Street Tours will present trip information and teachers will be available to receive your deposits.

BOE Meeting

September Meeting

Thursday, September 21st
7:30 p.m.
High School Media Center

One Call to 7th Graders 08-28-17


This is a reminder that we need to have immunization records on file for your 7th grade student by September 7th.  It is State law that all 7th graders need to have their Tdap and Meningococcal immunizations OR an exemption form turned in to the school office prior to the start of the school year.  If this paperwork is not turned in by September 24, your student will not be allowed to attend school after that date.

Should you have questions about this, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Beth Hall at 330-938-4300.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Warrior Chromebook Pick-Up Information
Grade 5 Open House One Call 08-23-17


Grade 5 Open House is from 4:30-5:30 on Tuesday, August 29 followed by Orientation in the Cafeteria at 5:30.  All students and parents of 5th graders are encouraged to attend.


Chromebook pick-up will take place on Tuesday, September 5 between the hours of 11:00-1:00 and from 3:00-6:00 at the High School Field House.  The payment of $70 is due at the time of pick-up.


The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6 and students need to arrive to the building by 7:22.


Enjoy the remainder of your summer of 2017 and I look forward to a great school year. 



One Call 08-21-17


WBMS One Call 08-17-17


To:  6, 7, 8 graders


I hope you are doing well and have enjoyed your summer time.  The school year is approaching rapidly and I want to inform you that schedules will be available for pick-up on Friday, August 25 from 8:00-4:00 at the front of the middle school. 


For our new students to the building, we are having an Orientation on Tuesday, August 29 with an Open House from 4:30-5:30 followed by Orientation at 5:30 in the school cafeteria.  Parents are encouraged to attend. 


The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6.  


Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing you in September!



New Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 29 @ 5:30 in the Cafeteria


Students may arrive at 4:30 to tour the building, find their classes, and place supplies in their locker.  WBMS Student Council Members will be here to give building tours for new families.



Grades 6, 7, 8 Schedule Pick-up


Friday, August 25 from 8:00-4:00 in front of the Middle School

Grade 5 Open House


Tuesday, August 29 from 4:30-5:30


Orientation @ 5:30 in the Cafeteria



Warrior 1:1 Initiative FAQ
Dress Code

Student handbooks will be distributed the first week of school.

Below please find a link to the approved dress code.

Dress Code

Warrior Football Spirit Wear Sale

The West Branch football team is currently selling apparel through Promos Unlimited in Salem.  If you are interested in purchasing any merchandise, please visit shop.promos-unlimited.com.

Orders Taken July 20 - August 2, 2017

Delivery will be the week of August 14, 2017.

football clothing

Get Connected

Stay connected with West Branch Local Schools by signing up for e-Communication Notifications (email and/or text messages).  This can be done by going to the main webpage, scrolling down on the left hand side to "e-Communication" and completing the short survey indicating what type of information you want to receive and what method(s) of communication you would like to use.  If you have any questions, please call the Superintendent's Office at 330-938-9324.

One Call 06-04-17 to Grades 5 & 6

This is a reminder for 5th and 6th graders participating in Radical Relay Day on Monday.  Students need to wear tennis shoes, deodorant, and the following t-shirt colors:

  • Brain & Criss = Red
  • Edie & Hancock = Orange
  • Mull & Ginocchi = Purple
  • Albrecht & Lucente = Blue
  • Conaway & Ring = Green
  • Rockwell & Paulini = Yellow

Also, parents are invited to attend the 4th 9 Week Awards program at 8:00 on Tuesday and the Year-End Awards Assembly at 8:00 on Wednesday. 

Dismissal time for Wednesday is 1:30 PM.

Year-End Events and Activities
Field Trip Information - Transportation Change
One Call 05-25-17

Right to Read Week has been a success and as it comes to a close tomorrow, we will not be able to go outside as originally planned due to the weather.  We will be showing the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean, to each grade level.  Should you not want your child to view this movie, please send in a note with your student tomorrow morning, or call the school attendance line prior to 8:00 AM. 


We wish our State Power of the Pen participants good luck tomorrow as they participate at Wooster College for competition.  Participants are Macie Stancato, Alexis Faudree, and Glorianna Maendel.  


We also wish Macie Stancato the best of success as she travels to Washington DC to participate in the National Spelling Bee next week.  Macie has been interviewed by Channel 21 out of Youngstown and will be on the Sunday morning news.

Savannah Ruthrauff Crowned The 2017 Mahoning County JR. Dairy Princess Savannah Ruthrauff Crowned The 2017 Mahoning County JR. Dairy Princess
WBMS Art Show - One Call

The First Annual WBMS Art Show will be held this Sunday in an Open House format from 2:00-4:00 in the hallways and cafeteria of the MS.  Thanks to Mrs. Johnson’s efforts, every art student will have their work on display for the community to view.

There will be refreshments to enjoy thanks to PIE and our Family and Consumer Science Classes. 

Students who attend are eligible for prize drawings that will take place on Monday morning announcements. 

The front main doors of the building will be open for this event.

2017-2018 Cheerleaders


Congratulations to our new 2017-2018 West Branch Middle School Cheerleaders who are coached by Brooke Taylor

1st row lft to rt

Caiyla Boyce-Amber Caruthers-Kylee Cutlip-Madeline Davis-Paige Derry-Lee Ann Earl

2nd row Angelina Fabiano-Haley Hazelbaker-Mayze Leask-Ruby Love-Elyse Schmitt

3rd row Tori Shields Hannah Townsend-Isabella Wayt-Jocelynn Woods-Captain Mara Woost

Thanks for a Great Year, WBMS Student Council

Front Row Left to Right
Zach Crutchley, Ashton Gibbons, Connor Mayle, Anna Curry, Brynn Smith, Sophia Ayers, Autumn Johnston, Kennedy Close

Second Row Left to right
Makiah Kutz, Nicole Stoffer, Madalyn Klemann, Blake Thomas, Peyton Bell

Third Row Left to right
Sydney Fetters,  Greg Rockwell, Alyssa Barnett,  Caleb Adams, Jed Smith, Abby Stephens, Hannah Jones

4th Row  Left to right
Jaiden Hancock, Kyle Peterson, Michael Kanagy,  Kate Slutz, Jaxon Hendershott, Danny Harrison, Gabby Harrison, Haley Hazelbaker, Brock Smith

Back row
Ella Scofinsky, Jocelyn Carte,


Student Council Officers for 2016-17 
Peyton Bell, Treasurer,  Brock Smith, President,  Hannah Jones, Vice President,  Kennedy Close, Secretary

McKeiver to State Track and Field Championship


David McKeivier has been an exceptional student athlete at West Branch Middle School for the past two years. He excels not only in athletics, but in the classroom as well. David leads by example, and he shows great sportsmanship when competing. David will be traveling to Lancaster, OH to compete in the Middle School State Championship track meet. He qualified for three events: 100 Meter Dash ranking 6th in the state with a time of 11.71 seconds, 200 Meter Dash ranking 4th in the state with a time of 23.75 seconds, and Long Jump ranking 2nd in the state with a distance of 19 ft. 10 in. The West Branch community, teachers, and students wish David the best of luck this weekend.

Choir Concerts


Wednesday, May 10 - Grade 6 Choir Concert @ 7:00 @ HS Auditorium


Thursday, May 11 - Grades 7/8  Choir Concert @ 7:00 @ HS Auditorium


Students need to report @ 6:30 to the HS Cafeteria.


NBC Champions - Boys Track Team


Row 1 Jed Smith-David McKeiver-Malakhi Mitchell-Andrew Coffee-Antonio Pagnucco-Brock Smith-Kyle Hoopes

Row 2 River Zurbrugg-Jaxon Hendershott-Tyler Hicks-Justin Cederbloom-Max Tolson-Nick Wilson-Ian Yarwood


The West Branch Boys Track Team was crowned NBC Champions at the league conference meet held at Salem.


The team is coached by Carl Davanzo-Frank Edie-Carlie Beech-Heidi Wilhelm.


Great job, WARRIORS!

West Branch Presents Lion King Jr.

The Lion King Jr.

April 21, 22 & 23, 2017

Call 330-938-4442 for Reservations &
Additional Information


Band Boosters Sponsor

Spaghetti Dinner

Friday, April 27, 2018
4:30 -- 7:00
West Branch High School Cafeteria

All Tickets $7

Festival of Bands to Follow @ 7:30


Keep Calm and Parent On-Title I Family Night


Middle School Student Wins Regional Spelling Bee Macey

Congratulations to eighth grade student, Macey Stancato for placing first place at The Vindicator 84th Regional Spelling Bee by spelling "sarcoidosis" correctly.

She will now have the opportunity to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.

Governor Kasich's School Funding Plan - What Can You Do?


Please see the attachment for proposed changes and a list of state legislators you may contact.


March Newsletter
Students of the Month for March







1st row-5th grade Bella Weber-6th grade Anna Curry-7th grade Addyson Jones -8th grade Madison Rhome

2nd row-5th grade Beau Alazaus-6th grade Croesus Fu-7th grade Nick Wilson-8th grade J.D. Brain

Girls Basketball Moves On To Regional Play tournament

The Lady Warrior basketball team will move on to Regional tournament action on Wednesday, March 8.  They will play Padua Franciscan at Barberton High School at 8:00 p.m.

Pre-Sale tickets will be available the following times:

Sunday, March 5 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (High School Gym Lobby)
Monday, March 6 from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm (Athletic Office)
Tuesday, March 7 from 8:00 - 3:30 pm (Athletic Office)
Tuesday, March 7 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Gym Lobby)
Wednesday, March 8 from 8:00 - 2:30 (Athletic Office)

West Branch will receive a percentage of ALL pre-sale tickets sold,
so buy your tickets early and come out to
support your Lady Warriors!!  
All pre-sale tickets will be $7; all tickets at the door will be $8.

**Reiminder there is also a $2 parking fee at Barberton High School
(555 Barber Road, Barberton).



6th Grade Little Warriors Champions

Pictured left-right:  Caden Young, Jake Grindley, Zach Lesch, Michael Kanagy, Mitchell Coffee, Thomas Egli, Dru DeShields, Landon Wilson, Brandt Glista      Missing from photo - Adam Garloch


The West Branch Middle School's 6th grade boys basketball team was crowned champions of the recent Minerva League Tournament. They compiled a record of 9-0.


The team was coached by Eric Glista and T.J. Egli

WBMS One Call 02-15-17


Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, February 16th.  Scheduled conferences take place from 2:45-5:00.  Open Conferences are from 5:30-8:40.  Grade 8 parents are encouraged to attend the Scheduling Meeting at the HS Auditorium at 6:30. 


Spirit Wear information for the PIE fund-raiser was sent home today along with Spring Picture Forms and other paperwork.  Please be sure to ask your students to see this information or go to the MS website to access the on-line ordering information.


Grade 6 parents – Reminder that every student in Grade 6 will participate in Mental Health Education this month, but permission is needed for a brief screening to be done with your student.  Those permission forms are due Tuesday, February 21.

PIE Spirit Wear Sale of Under Armour Items


1.  Click here to go to the store at https://westbranch17.itemorder.com 

2.  Choose your items and add them to your cart.

3.  Securely check out with your credit card.


Online Store Deadline:  March 2, 2017 @ 11:59 pm

Parent's Guide to Protecting Your Kids Online
7th Grade Boys Basketball - NBC Champions

The West Branch Boys 7th Grade Basketball Team won the NBC Tournament with a victory over Louisville by a score of 39-34.  They completed their season with a record of 12 wins and 7 losses.  The team was coached by Brad Smith.


Pictured left-right:

Garrison Martin-Carson Dota-Jaxon Hendershott-Greg Rockwell-Caleb Adams-Donavin Conrad-Christian Starcher-Jed Smith-Nick Wilson-Cade Cameron-Hayden Hawk-Korben Tennefoss 


Congratulations, Boys!  GO WARRIORS!

Middle Years Newsletter March 2017
West Branch Band

Fruit Sale

February 3 - 17, 2017

Available:  Navel Oranges, Tangerines, Pears, Apples,
Red Grapefruit or Mixed Varieties

See any high school or middle school band member to order, or 
email to Mr. Zamarelli at

Fruit Sale

One Call 02-02-17

Report Cards will be carried home by students on Friday, February 3rd along with some other important information that is attached to them such as the February Newsletter, Conference Night, and PIE Business Directory information.  This information is also located on the school website.


For grade 6 there is a parent permission for Alta screenings and information about the immunizations that are needed for students prior to entering the 7th grade.


Students who have lunch charges over $10 and outstanding school fees will not receive their report cards and the parent access to grades will be disabled. 


Conference Night is February 16 from 2:50-8:40. 

Basketball Action 1-26-17

The 7th grade boys basketball team beat Holy Family 37-24. Leading the Warriors were Jed Smith with 10pts, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, & 4 assists - Garrison Martin with 7pts (1 - three pointer) - Christian Starcher with 7 pts,  3 steals, and a block, and Donovan Conrad with 6 rebounds. 


The 8th grade boys defeated Holy Family 41-37 on Thursday. The Warriors were led by Andrew Coffee 11 points, 7 rebounds. David McKeiver chipped in a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Alek Wilson rounded out the scoring with 10 points, 8 rebounds. James Fitzsimmons, Josh Gregory, and Malakhi Mitchell all played a key role in the victory off of the bench. The win improves the Warriors to 9-5. Coach Leek would like to thank the student section,  especially the 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams. 

Basketball Action 01-11-17

7th grade girls lost to Louisville 15-35, Anna Lippiat high scorer


8th grade lost to Louisville 22-41. Jillian Pidgeon and Emma Egli 7 points each


7th grade boys defeated Louisville in overtime 44-35


8th grade boys lost to Louisville 30-44


Spelling Bee Champion


Congratulations to Macey Stancato - our 2017 Spelling Bee Champion - and to Brock Smith, runner-up!

Angeline Theis, Macey Stancato, Brock Smith

Pronouncer was Angeline Theis, our Mahoning County Educational Service Center Consultant.


All spellers did a great job!

Jaxon Robb Breaks Olympian Swimming Record

Jaxon Robb

At the Mid States All Star Champs in Indianapolis, Jaxon Robb swam the fastest time in the nation in the 10 and under 50 breast with a time of 33.12.  This broke the 13 year old meet record of 33.73 held by Olympian Kevin Cordes.  


Congratulations Jaxon!!!

One Call 12-21-16


PIE is sponsoring a Stay-After Thursday after school until 4:45 for $5.  Music, dancing, food, and candle making will be available.  HOT POTS will be here and students can sign up to make a candle for $5 each.  Students can be picked up at the rear of the MS at 4:45 unless they are staying for the MS Girls BB Game.  For students who choose to stay for the game, admission is free and parents need to pick up students from the rear of the building at 7:30.

Permission Forms are located on the school website in the News section.  All money and permission forms are due by no later than noon on Thursday. 

School will not be in session from Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2.  School resumes on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Middle School Band Concert Canceled

Middle School Concert Canceled for December 13, 2016

One Call 12-08-16



  • Progress Reports will be carried home with students Friday.
  • PIE Meeting  - 11:00 on Tuesday the 13th
  • MS Band Concert @ WBHS Auditorium – 7:00 on Tuesday the 13th
  • Yearbook Activity Pictures – Wednesday the 14th
  • 7th grade Choir Concert – 6:30 on Friday the 16th
  • 8th grade Choir Concert – 8:00 on Friday the 16th


Thanks for your time and be sure to enjoy the Christmas Holiday Season!



Basketball Action 12-5 & 12-7

December 5:

7th grade girls lost to Minerva 24-19

8th grade girls defeated Minerva 32-8

7th grade boys defeated Minerva 41-30

8th grade boys defeated Minerva 32-17


December 7

7th grade girls lost to Louisville 16-38

8th grade girls lost to Louisville 22-28

7th grade boys lost to Louisville 43-38

8th grade boys lost to Louisville 49-26

Progress Reports and Pictures

Progress Reports and Fall Pictures will be carried home with students on Friday, October 7.  


Be sure to engage in your student's education.  

Encourage them where you can and challenge them to where they can grow!

Spirit Week!

Spirit Week (9/26-9/30)!  

Below are the themes:

Monday:  Tie-dye/Neon day

Tuesday: Twin Day/Look Alike Day

Wednesday: Mismatch/Crazy Outfit Day

Thursday: American Day

Friday: Green and White Day


Stay-After September 30, 2016
Bus Garage Experiencing Telephone Issues

Due to wiring issues the bus garage has no access to telephones and internet, including email.  We are currently working on the issues, but will not be resolved for a few days.

If you need assistance during this time, please call your building principal/secretary or the Superintendent's Office at 330-938-9324.

WBMS Volleyball 09-21-16

7th grade beat Minerva 25-16, 25-11 

Leaders for WB:

Morgan London 10 points, 5 aces

Jenifer Phillis 8 points, 5 aces


8th grade improved their record to 6-4 by beating Minerva in 3 games 22-25, 25-12, 25-17 

Leaders for WB 

Riley Tuel 9 points, 5 aces, 9 kills, 9 assists

Jaci Thomas 16 points, 4 aces

Grace Weingart 11 points, 5 aces

MS Cross Country

The Cross Country team traveled to Canfield Tuesday night for the Suburban League Championship. The girls placed 12th out of  21 teams. Anna Lippiatt led the girls' team by placing 17th out of 254 runners.


The boys placed 15th out of 22 teams. Justin Cedarbloom led the boys' team by placing 49th out of 292 runners. Congrats to both teams!

Cheerleading Camp
(Open to K - 8 Students)

Friday, October 14, 2016
8:30 - 12:30

West Branch Middle School

Any questions, please contact Mrs. Ginocchi at 330-938-4336.


MS Cross Country

Last week, the WBMS Cross Country team traveled to Columbiana. The boys' placed 4th out of 8 teams. Justin Cedarbloom placed 9th out of 92 runners. The girls' placed 4th out of 6 teams. Out of 69 runners, Anna Lippiatt placed 7th, Kierston Hofman 13th, and Ashley James 16th.


On Saturday, the team traveled to Boardman to participate in the Spartan Invitational. The boys placed 32nd out of 42 teams. Out of 438 runners, Justin Cedarbloom placed 89th, Max Tolson 142nd, Aaron Simmons 164th, Kyle Hoopes 168th, Ethan Overly 203rd, Brandon Levite 204th, and Chris Greenfield 243rd. Out of 430 runners, Anna Lippiatt placed 37th, Kierston Hofman 131st, Ashley James 147th, and Kennedy Close 283rd.


The team will travel to Canfield on Tuesday to participate in the Suburban League Championship.

MS Volleyball 09-19-16

7th grade volleyball (2-7) fell to Canton South 21-25 and 16-25

Leader was Jen Phillis with 5 points, 2 aces


8th grade beat Canton South 25-17 and 25-15 

Leaders: Riley Tuel 12 points and 8 aces

Sam Morris 6 points and 4 aces 

Ariah Hagan 5 points 3 aces

WBMS Golf 09-17-16

The middle school golf team competed very nicely on Saturday at the Carrollton invitational.  There were a total of 11 teams competing and the Warriors came in with a very strong 3rd place finish, just 4 strokes behind the winning team of Uniontown Lake. 


Scores for the team were Christian Starcher 46,  JD Brain 47,  Aiden Weisemann 47,  Garrett Harvey 48, and Tony Pagnucco with a 54.  The 18 hole tourney was shortened to 9 holes because of a few rain delays. 


Great Job and Great season team.

MS Cross Country

The middle school Cross Country team traveled to Columbiana on Tuesday night. Both teams gave their best efforts. The boys' team finished 4th out of 8 teams, and the girls' team finished 4th out of 6 teams.


Justin Cedarbloom individually placed 9th, Anna Lippiatt placed 7th, Kierston Hofman placed 13th, and Ashley James place 16th.


The Cross Country team will travel to Boardman on Saturday to participate in the Spartan invitational, which has registered 470 teams.

WBMS Golf 09-14-16

The golf team was defeated last evening by Alliance 189-199.  The team finished their regular season with a 7-1 NBC record and a tie for the league title.  The Warriors are 11-3 overall on the season. 


Scoring for the team: JD Brain 48, Christian Starcher 49, Garrett Harvey 51,and Tony Pagnucco 51. 


The team is back in action on Saturday at Carrollton.


One Call 09-13-16

Picture Day is tomorrow.  Be sure to send your student’s order form with them.


8th Grade Parents – correction on the Washington DC trip information that went home – the parent meeting will be Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 in the Cafeteria.

MS Golf 09-07-16

The MS golf team defeated Marlington tonight 201 - 250.  The season record is now 7-0.  This guarantees the team at least a share of the NBC title.  Playing well for the team was JD Brain 49  Christian Starcher 50  Garrett Harvey 51 and Aiden Wiesemann 51.  Also in the match were Tony Pagnucco and Seth Ayers. 

One Call 09-07-16


  1. We had a great, successful first day of school!
  2. Students have carried home important information and forms that need to be completed and returned to school.
    1. Parents, this is your night for doing homework!
  3. Please be sure to complete and return the following forms:
    1. Emergency Medical  Forms – front and back
    2. Student Information Update
    3. Health Screening permission form – will take place Wednesday, 09-14
    4. Waiver of School Fees – if applicable to your family
    5. Stay-After permission slip and money for this Friday
    6. Free and Reduced Lunch Application – if applicable
    7. PIE Volunteer Sign-up Form
    8. School Picture Order Form – school pictures will be taken Wednesday, 09-14.
  4. Thank you so much for completing and returning these forms right away to ensure that your child is ready to have a great, safe school year!

Make it a great evening, and GO WARRIORS!

2016 Hall of Fame Festivities

Friday, September 9, 2016:

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Tailgate Party - South end of the Meiter Bldg. - Open to the Public

6:35 p.m. - HOF Inductee Introductions Track/50 Yard Line - Admission Required

7:00 p.m. - Varsity Football Game vs. Southeast Pirates - Admission Required

9:30 p.m. - Post Game Reception inside the Meiter Bldg. South end entrance - Open to the Public

Saturday, September 10, 2016:

6:30 p.m. HOF Dinner - WBHS Cafeteria

7:30 p.m. Induction Ceremony - WBHS Auditorium - Open to the Public

Congratulations to our Class of 2016 HOF Inductees

Carson Bonar (posthumously)     Jason Candle, Class of 1997

Michael Stock, Class of 1997     Anita Sposetta, Class of 1987

Lee Kirksey, Class of 1985     Mike Butcher, Class of 1979

Volleyball Action 08-29

7th grade:

West Branch 7th grade (1-2) lost to Louisville 22-25, 14-25



Sydney Mercer 10 service points, 6 aces, 4 kills

Morgan Loudon 3 assists

Jennifer Phillis 4 kills



8th grade:

West Branch 8th grade (2-1) lost to Louisville 22-25, 25-21, 25-27

Rylee Tuel 11 service points, 7 aces, 5 kills

Jordan Anderson 5 kills, 5 assists

WBMS Volleyball 08-24-16

Both 7th and 8th grade teams defeated Minerva in 2 matches.


Great job Lady Warriors!

Band Lessons

Monday, July 11, 2016

Band Lessons Scheduled for Middle School

Will Be at High School Today

Innovative Technology Grant Winners Innovative Technology Grant Winners

Last night the West Branch Board of Education awarded six Innovative Technology Grants.  Congratulations to Susan Baldwin (Middle School), Marian Gainor (Knox Elementary), Liz Kadvan/Jessica Crider (Damascus Elementary), Carrie Utt (Damascus Elementary), McKenzie Wallace (High School) and Abigail Zimmerman/Karen Coffee (Knox Elementary).

These grants are based on proposals of innovative use of technology in the classroom that are aligned with Ohio's Learning Standards and that will lead to increased student achievement, growth, learning and engagement.  

A special thank you to the West Branch Board of Education for being committed to awarding educators money to create a more efficient learning environment and to increase student productivity.

WBMS One Call


Thank you for a great school year at West Branch Middle School! 

Report Cards were sent home with students today, so be sure to take a look at the report card as well as the other information that is attached to them.

Mr. Young has taken numerous pictures of our students in action this year as well as pictures of the Awards Assembly today.  Go to the MS website and click on the Photo Gallery in order to view the many pictures of students. 

Enjoy your Summer Break with family and friends!

Go Warriors!

End of Year Events


Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day - No School

Tuesday, May 31 - Grades 7/8 Awards Program @ 8:00 

          Grades 5/6 Track and Field Day

Wednesday, June 1 - Grades 5/6 Awards Program @ 8:00 

          4th 9 Weeks Reward Activity Day

          Kona Ice will be here for students to make purchases in the afternoon.

Thursday, June 2 - Grades 5-8 Awards Program @ 8:00

Thursday, June 2 - Early Dismissal for students @ 1:30


Warrior Football Golf Scramble Warrior Football Golf Scramble

Warrior Football
Annual Golf Scramble
Saturday, June 4, 2016 -- 1:00 p.m.

Sleepy Hollow Country Club
374 Homeworth Rd
Alliance, Ohio 44601

18 Hole Four Man Scramble
Cart, Dinner, Beverages
$60 per Person ~ $240 a Team

Additional Information

End of Year Stay-After
WBEA Year End Picnic

2016 WBEA Year-end Picnic and Recognition Night
on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Pavilion 
at the home of Phil and Glenda Sharp
12995 Beloit-Snodes Rd, Beloit, OH 44609

Invitation Form to RSVP 

2016-2017 Open Enrollment Guidelines and Applications 2016-2017 Open Enrollment Guidelines and Applications


The West Branch Local School District will accept Open Enrollment applications for the 2016-2017 school year starting at 8:00 am on Friday, April 15th through Friday, May 13, 2016 until 4:00 pm.  Completed applications need to be returned to the Superintendent's Office located inside West Branch High School.  


Inter OE Guidelines & Application

(This is for all K-12 students who live outside of the WBLSD)


Intra OE Guidelines & Application

(This is for West Branch Residents ONLY for Grades K-4th)

One Call 04-11-16



  1. Spring Pictures will go home with students today.  You may purchase individual pictures from the package, write a check to Lifetouch for what you purchase and send the rest of the pictures back with your payment.  Should you choose not to purchase any of the pictures, just send them back to the school.  All money and/or pictures need to be returned by no later than Thursday, April 21.
  2. To all 6th and 7th grade students and parents – the HEARTS scheduling forms need to be returned to school, with a parent signature, by no later than Thursday, April 14.  Students need to indicate the elective courses that they are interested in for the 2016-2017 school year.
  3. Field Trip permission slips for students in grades 5-7 are due with payment by no later than Monday, May 2nd
  4. All 6th graders must have the 2 immunizations, with documentation on file in the nurse’s clinic, by the beginning of next school year.

Thanks for your prompt attention to these matters.  GO WARRIORS!

April 2016 Newsletter
HEARTS Scheduling for Grades 6 & 7 for 2016-2017


Information was sent home with report cards regarding elective classes for 2016-2017 for students entering grades 7 & 8.  These forms, signed by a parent/guardian, are due back by no later than April 14.


Grade 6 forms for students entering Grade 7


Grade 7 forms for students entering Grade 8

Football Camp
Grades 1 - 9
June 6 - 7, 2016
$20 -- Early Registration

Additional Information

Spaghetti Dinner & Festival of Bands

West Branch High School
Friday, April 29, 2016

Spaghetti Dinner
4:30 - 7:00
Tickets -- $7.00

Festival of Bands
7:30 p.m.
High School Gym

Concert is free to the public and presented by the
West Branch Band Students (Grades 5 - 12).

Sponsored by West Branch Band Boosters


One Call 04-04-16


  1. Report Cards will be sent home with students on Friday, April 8.
  2. Grade 5 students need to return their request for Band or Choir by no later than Friday, April 8 with parent signature.
  3. Grade 6 students need to have immunizations prior to entering 7th grade.  Please look for information with your child’s report card on Friday.
  4. Do you have questions about your kids' media use? Are you concerned about how much time your child spends texting or playing video games?  Are you worried about online predators or social media bullying?  If so, come to West Branch Middle School on Tuesday April 5 at 6:00 to hear a presentation on these topics and more from Dr. Elizabeth Bandy, a WB alum who has a Phd from Stanford University. Childcare for WB students in PreK through grade 4 will be available. Students in Gr. 5 and up are welcome to attend the presentation. Hope to see you there.
West Branch Recognized for Music Programs West Branch Recognized for Music Programs

West Branch Local Schools is recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants as "Best Community for Music Education in the United States".  We are among 32 Ohio school districts and 476 across the country to earn this recognition.

The organization recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music-learning for all students as part of the school curriculum.

One Call Regarding Bed Bugs

We have confirmed that one bed bug was found in one of the pre-school rooms located at West Branch Middle School this morning (March 31, 2016).

The room has been isolated and afternoon pre-school has been cancelled for this afternoon.  We are having the room professionally sanitized.

I am sure you are aware this area of Ohio is experiencing a lot of reports of bed bugs.  Bed bugs are a nuisance, but not disease carriers (please see the link below for additional information) or go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov.  

Additional Information

Cheerleading Tryout Schedule


Click here for the schedule for tryouts.


Physical Forms must be completed prior to students' participation.

Middle Years Newsletter - April 2016
Digital Danger Digital Danger

Are you aware of what your child may be doing on their cell phone? Be an informed parent and attend an evening seminar held at the Mahoning County Career Center on April 19th. Hit the link below and get more information!


Washington DC Trip for 8th Graders


This is a reminder that the final deposit for the trip is due by no later than April 1.


Total cost of the trip is $360.


Thanks for allowing your child to participate in this positive educational experience!

March Newsletter 2016
Are you ready for . . . . MARCH Madness?


Monday is Neon Day

Tuesday – Twin Day

Wednesday – Star Wars

Thursday – NERDS and it is Buy a shot win a doughnut day

Friday – is 80 years from now day!


Be sure to watch the morning slideshow for ideas and reminders.

WBMS One Call 03-02-16

Spring Picture Day is Thursday, March 3. 

Progress Reports will be carried home with students on Friday, March 4.

The Power of the Pen Team will compete at the University of Mount Union on Saturday, March 5.  We wish the best of EFFORTS and success to the following students:

7th graders

  • Anna Fye
  • Calista Bias
  • Camille Boals
  • Mackenzie Walsh
  • Macey Stancato

8th graders

  • Landon Stitle
  • Macie Minich
  • Colleen Bungard
  • Angela Grice
  • Morgan Grim

Donkey Basketball, sponsored by our High School Vo-Ag department will take place Wednesday, March 9 at the High School Gym.  Presale tickets are just $6 and tickets at the door are $8.  Come out and see teams of staff from the 4 district buildings compete against each other in a basketball game while riding donkeys!  This is great fun for the whole family.

Teens for Jeans Teens for Jeans

West Branch High School & Teens for Jeans

Collecting Gently Worn Jeans
(For Homeless in America)

February 19 - February 29, 2016

Collection Bins in High School Cafeteria

One Call 02-17-16

Yearbook Orders are due Friday, February 19.  The cost of a yearbook is $18.50 and checks can be made payable to Lifetouch.  These can also be ordered online and information on how to do that is located on our school website. 

The 7th & 8th grade Winter Sports Awards Program will take place Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 on the Large Gym.  Families are encouraged to bring a dessert to share after the program in the Cafeteria. 

There will be a Title One Student and Parent Meeting at 2:45 on February 23rd in the Cafeteria.  Title One Students will be eligible for a Kindle Fire through a drawing that will take place at the end of the meeting.

Thanks for your time, make it a great evening, and GO WARRIORS!

Yearbook Orders

Yearbooks are on sale through February 19 and the cost is only $18.50.

Checks can be made payable to Lifetouch and sent in to the school office OR  order on-line at ybpay.lifetouch.com with the ID code # 6870116.

Middle Years Newsletter - March 2016
Middle Years Newsletter - February 2016
Stay-After Friday, January 29
Classes to Resume

The Ohio EPA has completed water testing at West Branch High School, West Branch Middle School, and the West Branch Athletic Building.  We are pleased to report that there was no detection of lead in the water at any of the buildings.  West Branch High School, Middle School, and Pre-School will re-open Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

All after school practices, activities, and games will take place as scheduled today, Tuesday, January 26, 2016.  High School Varsity and J.V. Basketball Games vs. Carrollton will be held at West Branch High School tonight, as scheduled.

The Administration and School Board wish to thank students, parents and staff for their understanding.

How will you give best EFFORTS today?

Don’t forget to do the things we’ve taught you at WBMS:

Read a good book.

Get in your 60 minutes of activity. Practice your sport.

Practice your singing or instrument.

Create something new, draw, paint, or sculpt.

Make a Healthy snack.

Use your computer to learn something new, Code.org, Khan Academy, or Study Island.

Write a letter, make a card, or send a thank you note to someone,

Do something helpful for someone else.

Middle School Spelling Bee Middle School Spelling Bee

Congratulations to all of the West Branch Middle School students who were selected to participate in this year's spelling bee, which was held on Tuesday, January 12th.  Special congratulations to the runner ups, Carleigh Loudon and Ally Zion and champion, Ashlyn Pinkerton.  Ashlyn will represent West Branch at the regional competition in Youngstown.  

January Newsletter
Middle School Power of the Pen Middle School Power of the Pen

Middle School Power of the Pen recently competed at the district tournament held at the University of Mount Union.  Seventh grade captured a first place finish, while Camille Boals placed eighth overall and Anna Fye placed fifth overall.  Congratulations to both teams on all their hard work.


Warrior Softball Clinic

Come Learn Fundamental Softball Skills from our High School Softball Team & Coaches


Please click on the Registration Form links below and submit all registrations and payments by Monday, January 18, 2016.


Kindergarten - 2nd Graders          3rd - 8th Graders


The Sebring-West Branch Girls Fastpitch League will be at each clinic taking sign ups for the 2016 Summer League

Student Council Donations in December

WBMS collected 89 pair of gloves, 46 hats, and 4 scarves or headbands to donate to those in need for the Winter season.

Middle Years Newsletter - January 2016
Spelling Bee - January 12, 2016

The 2016 Spelling Bee will take place on January 12 @ 8:00 am in the Large Gym at WBMS.  

Parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Basketball Scores 12-16-15


West Branch vs Alliance 12-16-15


7th Grade Boys lost 59-35

Andrew Coffee 12 points


8th Grade Boys won 51-30

Cohen Lamp 26 points

Reese Leone 8 points

Justin Goode 6 points


7th Grade Girls won 27-21


8th Grade Girls won 46-11




Christmas Dress-up Days at WBMS


Wednesday - Yearbook Activity Pictures - wear jerseys or team shirts


Thursday- Dress up for Christmas Dinner- fancy dresses for the ladies and ties for the guys


Friday- Red & Green & White.


Monday- Silly Seasonal Socks


Tuesday- Holiday Hats & Ugly Sweaters

Basketball Scores 12-14-15

7th Grade Boys defeated Marlington 30-15

Alex Wilson 14 points, 6 steals

David McKeiver 8 points, 4 rebounds


8th Grade Boys defeated Marlington 35-31

Reese Leone 11 points

Nick Scarpitti 9 points

Cohen Lamp 8 points


7th Grade Girls lost 27-21


8th Grade Girls defeated Marlington 37-18

Bailey Boosz and Morgan Hovorka led team in assists

Hannah Ridgeway 7 rebounds



MS Wrestling Duals 12-12-15

WBMS Wrestling Team won the Warrior Duals on Saturday by defeating:

Boardman 59-36

Bay Village 43-42

Crestview 60-18

Waynedale 54-42


Wrestlers will be home against Carrollton on Thursday, 12-17.


West Branch Hoop Shoot Winners & Participants


From Left to Right

Jaxon Robb, Beau Alazaus, Jed Smith, Anna Lippiatt, Adele Peters, Chloe Dennison.  This group advances to districts at Marlington on Jan 3, 2016.

Congratulations to all who qualified from Knox, Damascus, and the Middle School. Participants are pictured below:

MS Basketball Scores 11-30-15

Congratulations to our 7th and 8th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball Teams for defeating Minerva on Monday, November 30!


7th Grade Boys 23-16

McKeiver 8 points 10 rebounds, Wilson 6 points 4 steals

8th Grade Boys 38-20

Leading Scorers - Leone, B. Flickinger, Everett

7th Grade Girls 28-15

Pidgeon 12 points, Tuel 8 points

8th Grade Girls 46-28

Boosz 14 points, Ridgway 7 points, Wallace 7 points


Keep up your best EFFORTS as you meet Louisville on Wednesday, December 2.



One Call 11-20-15

Texas Roadhouse Rolls sold for the PIE fund-raiser will be ready for pick-up on Monday, November 23 from 2:30-5:30 in the hallway outside the cafeteria.  Thank you for your efforts to assist the PIE with this fund-raiser.


Thanksgiving Break will take place from Wednesday, November 25 through Monday, November 30.  School will resume on Tuesday, December 1.


Make it a great weekend, Happy Thanksgiving, and GO WARRIORS!

MS Volleyball Scores 10-17-15

7th Grade team lost to Carrollton in NBC tournament 21-25, 25-18, 19-25


Sammie Morris 15 points, 10 aces

Riley Tuel 7 points, 3 aces

Defensive Leaders: Josie Mellott and Ariah Hagan


8th Grade team beat Carrollton 25-18, 25-13

Bailey Boosz 14 points, 4 aces

Jessica Bock 4 kills

Carly Scarpitti 4 assists

Landon Stitle 4 assists

Defensive Leaders - Sammie Tuel and Landon Stitle


8th Grade team will play Monday @ Alliance Middle School @ 6:15


Play with GREAT EFFORT Lady Warriors!


8th Grade Football Information 9-23

The 8th grade football team took on Carrollton last night. The game was a defensive battle, with both teams causing key turnovers in the game, including an interception by Burger and Mckeiver. The Warriors were down 6-0 at the end of the first half. At the start of the second half, West Branch caused Carrollton to punt. On the following play, Mckeiver made his way to the endzone. The Warriors scored on a two point conversion by Lamp and took the lead 8-6. 

However, Carrollton came back and scored with little time left on the clock making the score 14-8.
The clock was the Warriors biggest enemy last night, not being able to score on the last possession of the first half and game, which were both inside the 25 yard line. The Warriors fought hard but came up short and lost to Carrollton 14-8. 
The Warriors are 2-2 on the season and take on Alliance next week.
8th Grade Washington DC Trip Information Meeting

The Washington DC Trip Informational Meeting will take place Monday evening, September 28 @ 7:30 in the MS Cafeteria.  I hope that most of our students will be able to attend this great educational opportunity to see the 8th grade Social Studies concepts in the curriculum first handedly.

Parents, this is also a reminder that the first deposit of $100 is due by no later than October 1.  If you are able to make this first payment on Monday during the parent meeting, that would be great.  Otherwise be sure to send it to school with your child by no later than October 1.  Checks can be made payable to West Branch Middle School. 

Should you have questions about the trip, please contact Mr. Kitzmiller at 330-938-4303.

Varsity Football Ticket Sales Varsity Football Ticket Sales

Varsity Football at Southeast High School


Friday, September 11, 2015
7:00 PM



West Branch High School Athletic Office
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

General Admission $6.00 at gate

We regret no adult pre-sale tickets will be available for this game.   
Call the Athletic Office 330-938-4408 with any questions.

WBMS Volleyball Action

The 7th grade team lost to Louisville 22-25 and 22-25.

  • Jordan Anderson had 14 service points and 6 aces
  • Jaci Thomas had 5 service points and 1 ace


The 8th grade team won over Louisville 25-13 and 25-12.

  • Sammie Tuel - 8 points and 4 aces
  • Landon Stitle - 8 points and 1 ace
  • Elise Wallace - 7 points, 4 aces, 2 kills, and 2 blocks

Great Job Lady Warriors!

Football Teams Beat Springfield


The 7th and 8th grade football teams were victorious over Springfield!

  • 7th grade won 32-6
  • 8th grade won 12-6


Great EFFORT Warriors!

MS Golfers on a Roll!

The WBMS Golf Team defeated Carrollton on Tuesday night to continue their undefeated season.  Their record now stands at 11 wins and 0 losses.  Scores for the Warriors were Reese Leone 43, Joey Maretich, Gavin Leek, and Nick Pidgeon all had 51, Brett Blickensderfer 55, Ben Brown 58, TJ Stevens and Jillian Pidgeon had 63.  Great job team.  The next match is Tuesday, Sept. 8 versus Minerva.

WBMS Golf Team Undefeated: 10 & 0!


The Middle School golf team remained undefeated Monday night as they beat both Alliance and Carrollton at Sleepy Hollow golf course.  This now brings the Warriors record to 10 wins and 0 losses.  The team beat Alliance by 31 strokes and Carrollton by 60 strokes.  Scoring for WB was Nick Pidgeon 43, JD Brain 44, Brett Blickensderfer 47, Reese Leone 48, Garrett Harvey 48, and Joey Maretich 52. 


The team's next match is home Tuesday, September 1 when we play Carrollton.

West Branch Telephone Issues

West Branch is currently experiencing telephone issues. If you are in need of contacting one of our staff, please email them. 

Email addresses can be found below;

Please click the following link for a directory

Staff List

West Branch Stadium Track Renovation - Revised Bid


Sealed bids will be received by the Treasurer of West Branch (Ohio) Local School District, 14277 Main Street, Beloit, Ohio 44609 for the following project:

Stadium Track Renovation Phase 1


Click the attached forms for:


7th Grade Course Selection Sheet


8th Grade Course Selection Sheet


Course Catalogue - Grade 7 & 8




2015 WBEA Banquet on Gilligan's Island

Attention all retired WB Teachers, we would love to have you join us for our Annual Banquet on Tuesday, May 19th.


We will honor our retirees, service award winners, 
technology grant winners, our scholarship recipient,
and our Golden Apple winner.



Open Enrollment for the 2015-16 School Year is now Open Open Enrollment for the 2015-16 School Year is now Open

The West Branch Local School District will accept Open Enrollment forms between April 15th and May 15, 2015 in the Superintendent's Office located inside West Branch High School.  Please use the correct form below when applying.  For questions regarding our Open Enrollment forms and guidelines, please call the Superintendent's Office at 330.938.9324 and ask for Anna.

INTER  Open Enrollment Form & Guidelines - Please use this form if you do not live in the West Branch Local School District.

INTRA  Open Enrollment Form & Guidelines - Please use this form if you are a West Branch Resident Grades KG - 4th ONLY.

Please Note:  One form needs to be filled out for each student applying.

Extended School Days April 13 to May 1

The West Branch Local Schools will make up 2 calamity days with adding hours to existing days from April 13 - May 1, 2015. This will allow us to end the year as scheduled on June 3, 2015.

Start Time HS/MS = 7:20 AM

End Time HS/MS = 3:10 PM

Start Time Elementary = 8:30 AM

End Time Elementary = 3:50 PM






In order to make up two of our calamity days, we will be extending the school days from APRIL 13 through MAY 1 as follows:


  • Student Arrival - 7:10
  • Tardy Bell - 7:20
  • Student Dismissal - 3:10


Thanks for your cooperation in this make-up day process.

Mary Poppins Tickets on Sale Now


Buy your tickets online at www.wbchoral.com





Mark Your Calendar Mark Your Calendar

The West Branch Local School District will be in session on Monday, April 6, 2015.  This is a calamity day make up day.  

Congratulations! It's Official-You've Received a 2015 Best Communities for Music Education Designation
Band Fruit Delivery One Call

Attention Middle School & High School Band Parents:  This is a delivery update since the One Call earlier today.  The Delivery Truck is still delayed.  The Band Boosters are asking parents and students to please come to the Bus Garage between 7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. tonight to pick up their fruit orders.  If you are unable to make it tonight, please call Kim Pigza at 216.262.6385 to make arrangements for pick up on Friday, March 6, 2015.  Please check back here for any additional delivery updates this evening.  Thank you.

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Girls Basketball Plays for District Championship on Thursday Girls Basketball Plays for District Championship on Thursday

Girls District Championship Game on 3/5/14 @ Austintown Fitch @ 7:00 PM vs. FIELD



Tickets: $6.00 Adults....$4.00 Students....On Sale in Athletic Office (WB gets percentage of sales)

All Tickets at Gate are $6.00 (Money goes to OHSSA)


Thank you to all students and parents who are assisting the PIE to raise funds for school field trips for the Spring!

Girls Basketball Game on 2-21-15 is POSTPONED Girls Basketball Game on 2-21-15 is POSTPONED

Today's girls basketball sectional tournament  game vs. Niles is postponed! it is rescheduled for Monday February 23 at 7:00 PM at West Branch High School Fieldhouse. 

Support the state ranked girls....Beat the Dragons!


Athletic Schedule for Thursday, February 19, 2015


The Varsity Westling match vs. Salem will go on as scheduled at 7:00 pm tonight. This match will be held at West Branch High School.


All other levels of athletics are cancelled for tonight.




All students in grades 5-8 are invited and encouraged to stay after school for activities on Friday, February 20, 2015.


Click the link for more information.


WBMS Stay-After

YSU offers "Women In Science and Engineering" Career Workshop

Youngstown State University will offer a career workshop titled "Women In Science and Engineering" on Saturday, February 21, 2015 featuring keynote speaker Rhonda Franklin.  This workshop is designed for young women and girls in grades 6 through 12.  More information and registration can be found at www.ysu.edu/WIS.

FREE Tickets Available for YSU "Family Fun Day" Feb. 28

Order your FREE tickets for Youngstown State University's 2nd Annual Basketball “Family Fun Day” presented by Meridian Healthcare....

WB Lady Warriors Schedule Update

  Saturday, February 7, 2015


The Junior Varsity Girls Game will begin at 3:30 pm and the Varsity Girls Game will begin at approximately 5:00 pm.  West Branch High School Student Tickets are $1.00 for this game and are available at school this week.


Good Luck Lady Warriors!!

MS Yearbook Activity Pictures

Yearbook Activity Pictures are schedule to take place on Friday, Feb 20.   Please encourage your child to wear their sports uniform or T-shirts, or green and white if they are on a team.  Little Warriors Football and Basketball pictures will be taken for 5th and 6th graders along with Grades 7/8 sports teams and other extra-curricular groups.

One Call to WBMS Parents 01-30-15

Good evening WBMS.  This is Mr. Kitzmiller calling with a few reminders:


Softball Camp for Grades 3-8

The Girls Softball Camp for Grade 3-8 will be extended from 6:00 - 8:00 pm this Thursday, January 29, 2015.  The Camp will be held in the HS Field House.

January WB Board of Education Meeting January WB Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 29, 2015 will start at 7:00 pm in the West Branch High School Cafeteria. The meeting will honor all students who received all A's for the first grading period. All students who attend will recieve their all A's certificate and they will be entered into a drawing for an IPAD mini!

Peter Pan Practice Canceled 1-22-15 & 1-24-15 Peter Pan Practice Canceled 1-22-15 & 1-24-15

Peter Pan practice has been canceled for... Thursday, January 22, 2015 and also for Saturday, January 24, 2015.

Peter Pan


Please call 330-938-4442 for tickets.

Softball Clinic Rescheduled

The WBHS Girls Softball Clinic (Grades 3-8) has been cancelled for tonight, 1/12/15 and is rescheduled for this Thursday, 1/15/15 from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Spelling Bee - Moved to Wednesday, January 14 @ 8:00

Best of success to each of our participants!  Parents are welcome to attend!

How many snow days do we get? How many snow days do we get?

The West Branch Local Schools has FIVE snow days this year. There are NO Blizzard Bags this year. Our two hour delays DO NOT count against this total. As of 2-9-15, we have used FIVE snow days. if we go over 5, here are some options on how days may be made up!




Friday 1/9 boys at Canton South....6:00 (JV)/7:30 (Varsity)

Saturday 1/10 Girls at Home vs Salem....12:00 (JV)/1:30(Varsity)

Saturday 1/10 Boys at Home vs Big Red...6:00 (JV)/7:30 (Varsity)


Saturday 1/10 Wrestling on at Fitch

Softball Clinic

The Softball Clinic for Girls Grades 3-8 will be held as scheduled for tonight at West Branch High School. Clinic times are 6:30-7:30 pm.

Softball Clinic Starts Jan 5, 2015 Softball Clinic Starts Jan 5, 2015

Additional Sign Ups for the Clinic will be Accepted on Monday, January 5, 2015 & Participants will be included in the tee shirt order!

Its never too early to think Spring! Come and get skill training from the HS Softball Staff and get ready to be a player this Spring. Click the link below for more information and registration FOR GIRLS IN GRADES 3 - 8. BEGINNING JAN 5, 2015


Parent: Do you know what your child's room is telling you? Parent: Do you know what your child's room is telling you?


Looks can be deceiving.
That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township Police Departments. The display is called “Hidden in Plain Sight.” The departments constructed what appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager.  But amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk and personal care products on a vanity are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous and even illegal activity.

“Hidden in Plain Sight” will be on display at West Branch Middle School, 14409 Beloit Snodes Rd., Beloit, OH 44609 on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.  Doors open for browsing at 6:00 PM with a presentation from 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM.   The exhibit is open to adults only.   There is no charge for admittance.

The audience is encouraged to explore and interact with items in the display which may be indicative that a teenager is involved in substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more.  Participants will be enlightened, educated and astonished. 

The Goshen Police Department will also be involved in presenting the exhibit.  For further information, contact West Branch Middle School at (330)938-4300.


Light Up Damascus...December 13, 2014 Light Up Damascus...December 13, 2014

Come and join a DISTRICT wide and community wide celebration honoring the holiday season. There are many activities!  Hanford Dixon, former Cleveland Browns Player will be at the events for pictures from 1 - 3. The tree lighting is at 5;30 PM with the West Branch Band Ensemble playing at 5:00 PM. Young and Alive will perform at 6;30 PM. There is games, art, music, food and shopping. Click below for a full list of times and locations.


All West Branch Hoop Shoot Participants

West Branch Hoop Shoot Winners

The following won the West Branch Hoop Shoot and will go to districts on Sunday January 4, 2015.at Marlington. Congratulations to all participants!

8-9 Jaxon Robb 
10-11 Jed Smith 
12-13 Nick Pidgeon 
8-9 Mikalyn Fitts 
10-11 Anna Lippiatt 
12-13 Bailey Boosz 
Honor Rolls for First Grading Period
One Call Announcements are now located on our District Website

Please look to the left navigation buttons (located on the District Home Page Only) labeled "One Call Announcements" for a printed version of recent One Call Announcements.

WBMS PIE Spirit Wear Sale

Orders are due to the school by December 2nd

Checks made payable to WBMS PIE. 

All orders will be ready by no later than December 22nd, in time for Christmas.                       Questions Call Hardy Designs at 330-565-6117

Order Forms

Mr. Morckel - Alliance Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month Mr. Morckel - Alliance Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to eighth grade Science teacher Mr. Dale Morckel who was selected as the Alliance Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month!  Mr. Morckel's name is synonymous with Science education at West Branch Middle School and he will be retiring at the end of this school year.  Mr. Morckel is pictured with Alliance Chamber member Mrs. Linda Harris who presented the award.


Parents, have you ever been frustrated with the challenge of raising your children as they approach and enter their teen years?  Do you wish to strengthen family communication and relationships?  Then this program is for you!


Monday and Thursday evenings for 7 sessions from November 17 – December 11 from 5:00-7:30 with dinner provided at no cost to families at 5:00.  The first hour parents and youth are in separate sessions and the second hour they come together for fun activities


Click flyer below for additional information and registration form!


Strengthening Families Program

WBMS Band Students Selected For OMEA Honors Band

Congratulations to Mikayla Fetters, Olivia Sexton, Geoff Galida, and Brogan Fisher who were selected for the Ohio Music Educators Association District 5 Honors Band this year! They will be rehearsing at Stambaugh Auditorium on Friday and then take part in the Honors Band concert on Saturday, November 8, 2014.  Great job guys!

Santa Pictures from WBMS Craft Show

Check out the Santa Pictures from the WBMS Craft Show that was held on November 1st.  You may download and print or share as you need.  Thanks to all who attended this year's Craft Show!

Student Input Needed Student Input Needed

We need your ideas about our school! Click the link below to answer a short survey.


Damascus and Knox Students


Middle School and High School Students

October Board of Education Meeting


The West Branch Board of Education will be holding their regular monthly meeting this Thursday, October 30, 2014. The meeting will take place at Knox Elementary School Cafeteria, 2900 Knox School Road, Alliance, Ohio 44601. The Study Session will begin at 6:00 pm and the Meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.

What do Teachers do on a 2 HR Delay?

Many nights and week-ends you can find instructors preparing lessons in their rooms until 7:00 PM.  The State of Ohio has intiatied many changes in a short time. The picture below shows teachers working on common assessments on October 10, 2014. Our teachers will be working on co-teaching and (FIP) Formative Instructional Practices on November 7, 2014.  




Be an Advocate...Become a Special Education Surrogate Be an Advocate...Become a Special Education Surrogate
Parent Survey Parent Survey

The West Branch District Leadership Team is comprised of parents, teachers, board members and adminstrators. The group of 25, meet monthly to plan a vision for the West Branch Local Schools. Yearly, we will be surveying groups for feedback to assist in planning for the present and future of the West Branch Local Schools. We ask all parents to please provide us with some feedback so that we together can continue to meet the needs of our students.

Please take a few minutes to answer some questions....




Survey open through Halloween. Computers will be available at all buildings on October 16, 2014 during Parent Teacher Conferences


Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Conferences will begin at the conclusion of the school day.

Conferences are held to develop a better understanding of a student's progress and will be of mutual benefit as we work together on behalf of each student.

Some parents have already received conference requests, if not please contact your respective building and request a specific time for a conference.

Health Screening Information

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 WBMS will be providing Health Screening to all WBMS students.  The screening will include: Height, Weight, BMI,  Vision, Hearing, Blood Pressure, Postural Screening for 7th graders.

Health Screening Letter

Stay After Permission Form and Info

(click for more information)


Stay After Permission Form

"Hidden In Plain Sight - Looks Can Be Deceiving"

"Hidden In Plain Sight" is the name of a traveling exhibit hosted by the Bath and Copley Police Departments. Adults are encouraged to explore and interact with the display designed to resemble a teenager's bedroom. Throughout the exhibit are items that may indicate a teen is involved in some high-risk behavior such as substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more.

Wednesday, September 17 at 6 PM
Louisville High School,
1201 S. Nickelplate Ave., Louisville, OH

For further information, contact Gina Westfall 330-875-1438
Officer Kelly Crowl or Officer Rachel Carosello 330-875-1607


Those in attendance at the awareness program for parents will be able to get an up-close look at the items in the room and be shown how they can be used. There is an hour-long PowerPoint presentation that accompanies the exhibit.

Participants will be enlightened, educated and astonished. There is no charge to attend the program. No youth will be permitted.

West Branch Announces Two Hour Delays

Mark Your Calendars...

West Branch Local Schools is participating in the Ohio Improvement Process and will be involved in a number of initiatives to help our staff prepare for the new learning content standards as well as a new series of State Tests for students.  To help our staff prepare for these new requirements and mandates, West Branch will follow the two hour delay schedule for the following dates:  September 19, October 10, November 7, December 5, February 6, March 27 and April 10. 

On these days, teachers will report to school at the usual start time and will be engaged in two hours of professional development prior to the students arriving. 

Middle School Volleyball Middle School Volleyball

(Revised Due to Gym Availability)

Middle School Volleyball
Seventh & Eighth Grade Girls

Open Gym @ Middle School
July 18, 20 & 21, 2016
8:00 a.m. -- 10:00 a.m.

Try Outs @ Middle School
 August 2 - 5, 2016
 8:00 a.m. -- 10:30
(Seventh & Eighth Grade Combined on August 2nd -- Schedules for rest of week will be distributed.)

Team practices will begin on August 8th.
Physicals must be completed by August 1st.

JUNE 4, 2014 JUNE 4, 2014






State Highway Patrol State Highway Patrol

On Tues. May 20th, 2014 the Pre-School at West Branch invited the State Highway Police to demonstrate a Police Dog in action.

West Branch Theater Class and Middle School Students Present West Branch Theater Class and Middle School Students Present

Friday, May 16 -- 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 17 -- 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 18 -- 3:00 p.m.

Tickets available from 10:00 -- 2:00 at the High School.
Adults -- $8.00                Students -- $6.00

If you have any questions,
please call 330-938-4442.

Girls Basketball Summer Camp

West Branch Lady Warriors 2014 Elite 8 Summer Basketball Camp


Entering Grades:  (2nd - 6th) June 9 - 11
(8:00 am - 11:00 am)

Entering Grades:  (7th - 9th) June 9 -11
(12 Noon - 3:00 pm)

Camp Form

7th and 8th Grade Students to Select their Elective Classes (HEARTS classes)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are very excited to be trying something new for the 2014-2015 school year!
Next school year, West Branch Middle School will be offering elective courses to our 7th and 8th grade students during their HEARTS class periods. This may not seem like so much of a change, but just ask your student. They will tell you that it is a big change!
In past years, students have simply had a choice of selecting Band or Choir. All other HEARTS courses were required for students. This upcoming year (using the same number of staff as previous years) we will be offering our students the opportunity to choose from up to as many as 13 different courses!
To see all of the new and exciting classes that your student will have the opportunity to choose from, please click on the Elective Course Selection Sheet and the Middle School Course Catalog.  These forms were passed out to all students on May 7, 2014.  Please help your student complete the Elective Course Selection sheet and sign it to be returned to their homeroom teacher no later than Wednesday, May 14th.
We understand that these changes may be confusing, so please feel free to contact Mr. Kitzmiller or Mr. Walker if you have any questions. Also, please feel free to watch this video of our presentation to students on May 7th to assist you in better understanding this new process.
Thank you for your assistance with this. We look forward to an exciting year next year!

-Mr. Kitzmiller

Football Summer Camp Registration Football Summer Camp Registration

Students Entering First - Ninth Grade

June 9 -- 11, 2014
9:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m.

Camp Brochure


West Branch Middle School was afforded the opportunity to participate in the Mahoning County Soil and Water Conservation Districts Junior Envirothon on April 10, 2014 at the Mill Creek Metro Park Farm in Canfield. 

Honor Rolls
What will the school district income tax cost a citizen? What will the school district income tax cost a citizen?

Schools CAN give information on a  levy. For the average citizen the school district income tax will cost less than .90 a day. Remember that Social Security, welfare, railroad pensions and disability are exempt from the tax.

Click below for more information!

What will it cost?

West Branch to Accept Open Enrollment for the 2014-15 School Year

Deadline to apply for Open Enrollment is Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

MS Power of the Pen Advances to State

On Saturday March 1st our 7th and 8th grade Power of the Pen teams competed in Power of the Pen's regional tournament at Malone University. Students who rank in the top 50% of finishers at District competition are invited to participate in a Regional tournament—the second level of competition. Our regional qualifers were Kylie Dean, Paige Miller, Courtney McKenzie, Camryn Sutton, Emilee Sanor, Kirsten Plocher, Micah Burns, Valerie Mobley, and Hannah Sprague.

Our 8th grade team placed 3rd overall at the regional tournament. 7th grader, Kylie Dean, and 8th graders, Kirsten Plocher and Micah Burns, will advance to the State competition in May. Great job writers!
Cosmic Bowling a Success Cosmic Bowling a Success

On Sunday March 2, 2014, the community packed College Lanes in Alliance for a family day of bowling. We had 38 lane sponsors and 160 bowlers. Families celebrated West Branch! Thanks to Mrs. Jen Smith who ccordinated the prizes.  Also to Carol Bradway who got the most lane sponsors. Mrs Marsha Coffee assited in advertising  and decorations and Mrs. Jen. Greenisien and Mrs. Kim Lewis for welcoming everyone to the lanes.


MS Spirit Bus

West Branch Middle School is sponsoring a Spirit Bus to transport middle school students to Barberton to see the High School Girls Basketball Regional Game on Saturday, March 8th, 2014.
This Permission Form must be filled out and turned in to the MS office by Friday morning to participate!

Congratulations Wrestling! Logan Sharp State Runner-Up

District Champs...We ARE....West Branch

Regional Game Tuesday March 5 @ Barberton @ 6:15

Tickets on Sale in AD Office!

Girls Basketball plays for District Title Girls Basketball plays for District Title

Good Luck Lady Warriors!  Beat Struthers for the District Title. Tickets are on sale in the Athletic Office. Game time 7:00 PM on Friday, February 28th @ Austintown Fitch!

For further information, please call the Athletic Office at 330-938-4408.

Hayden Detwiler Crowned Damascus Spelling Champion Hayden Detwiler Crowned Damascus Spelling Champion

Damascus held its annual Spelling Bee on 2-25-14.  The meet took 1 hour and ten minutes. The pronouncer was Mrs. Elanor Carver. The judges were: Ms. Emily Rekolt, Ms. Jenessa Woods, Mrs.Pam  Denny, and Mrs.Teresa Burch. Mrs. Arlene Roelen coordinated the event for the building. Caleb Postlewait was the runner-up.


All Spellers Names


West Branch 6th Grade Girls Basketball Champions

West Branch Experiencing Phone Problems

West Branch Local Schools are currently experiencing phone issues.  If you try to call the school it will ring busy.  We are currently working on this issue.

Congratulations Academic Challenge Team

The WBMS Academic Challenge Team competed against Marlington and Alliance on Feb. 25th at the Dewalt Chapel at the University of Mount Union.  Team members are (left to right): Camryn Sutton, Allison Slutz, and Kylie Dean.  Gifted teacher, Mrs. Susan Hartzell (not pictured) is the team advisor.  The girls did a great job!


Students who are trying out for cheerleading next year will have practice after school Wednesday until 4:30.  


The parent meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday will take place Wednesday at 4:30 in the small gym after practice.  

West Branch Closed

West Branch will be CLOSED today, Wednesday, February 5, 2014 due to the weather. REPORTS CARDS WILL GO HOME ON THURSDAY, WEATHER PERMITTING.

The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz

7:30 p.m. Performances
Thursday, February 6th
Saturday, February 8th
Sunday, February 9th

Matinees -- 3:00 p.m. Performances
Saturday, February 8th
Sunday, February 9th

Lunch with Dorothy & Friends,  Saturday, February 8th
1:00 p.m. -- Lunch (Don Pancho's of Alliance)
$15 per ticket (includes lunch and show)

Call 330-938-4442 for Reservations and Tickets!

Regular Show Tickets -- $10 Adults; $8 Students


WB Boys Basketball Game CANCELED at Salem on 1-25-14


Creamed Chicken over Biscuits...with mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, applesauce, drinks and desserts.

Adults: $8:00     Ages 4- 11 $5.00 4 and Under FREE

Time: 4:00 - 7:00 Before West Branch vs. Alliance Basketball Game

Chinese and Clipboard Silent Auction (Baskets worth hundreds)

Tickets on sale at all building offices.

Mahoning County Green Team Partners with West Branch Mahoning County Green Team Partners with West Branch

Green Team recognizes West Branch for its recycling efforts.  Green Team to join community in a zero waste creamed chicken dinner on 1-24-14. Read the srticle below!


West Branch Saturday Weather Changes

Girls Basketball vs.Marlington Canceled Saturday

Wizard of Oz Munchkin Practice Canceled Saturday

WBMS Wrestlers win Jackson Memorial Tournament

Congratulations to the WBMS Wrestling team for winning the Jackson Memorial Tournament on Saturday, December 7th!

Boys Basketball vs Louisville -- Canceled

This evening's boys basketball game against Lousville is canceled.

Super Saturday @ WBHS!! December 7, 2013!!



Feedback Needed Feedback Needed

The West Branch Local Schools is involved in OIP (Ohio Improvement Process). This means that we have a district level team made up of a variety of people from our community that collectively meet to plan for our district. The district level teams are seeking input on the climate of our district. Please sign on and take the survey so that we may better plan for the future of the West Branch Local Schools. We need input from students, staff, parents, and the community.

Grades 5 - 12 Student Survey

Middle School Craft Show Santa Pictures 2013




To download Santa Pictures free of charge, select a picture by clicking it, then select the download arrow near the bottom of the picture.  Merry Christmas!

M&M Tubes Fundraiser Update
Parents can check the number of M&M Tubes that their child turned in at the link under the PIE button on the left side of the Middle School homepage called M&M Participants.
Meet the Candidates

Come Meet the Board of Education Candidates
Monday, October 14, 2013
7:00 p.m.
West Branch Middle School Cafetorium

School levy facts will also be shared.

Sponsored by West Branch High School Student Council
and Advisor, Mrs. Crisan.

Voter Registration Ends 10-7-13 Voter Registration Ends 10-7-13

9-11 Patriots Day

9-17 Constitution Day

Freedom isn't Free...Our right to Vote makes us Free.

Register to Vote Now!


New Slushy Machine at WBMS New Slushy Machine at WBMS

Pictured is the first Merit Ticket Slushy Reward winner, fifth grade student Riley Tuel.  Riley is holding the green Merit Ticket given to her by Mrs. Crider for demonstrating positive character in the area of Caring.  Any teacher, at any time, can give any student a Merit Ticket for showing positive behavior.  

Beginning of School Menu

Welcome back!  We hope everyone had a fun filled summer vacation. 

Please click on the link below for the menu for the first three days of school.


Volleyball Practice/Try Outs Volleyball Practice/Try Outs

August 5, 6 & 7

Seventh Grade -- 9:00 -- 11:00
Eighth Grade -- 11:00 -- 1:00

Volleyball Camp

West Branch 2013 Summer Volleyball Skills Camp

July 11 - 13, 2013

9:00 - 11:30 -- Seventh Graders
12:30 - 2:00 -- Fifth & Sixth Graders



Students and buses will be rolling home early on June 5, 2013 as students begin summer vacation!  The schedule for dismissal is ....



Middle School: 1:30 PM

High School: 1:40 PM

Elementary: 2:15 PM


May Board Meeting Will Begin Early

Thursday, May 30, 2013

5:30 p.m.

High School Media Center

**Please Note Time Change


Beginner Band Meeting - May 22 at 7:00 p.m.

A family informational meeting and instrument exploration will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria.

Grades 3 - 8 Students set to Conquer State OAA Tests Grades 3 - 8 Students set to Conquer State OAA Tests

Good Luck Students.  You are so prepared to continue our tradition of excellence!  You have worked hard and so have your teachers! Get some sleep, and relax for you know the answers!  Good Luck on Reading, Math, and Science! Just Win!  Thank you parents for your help and support!

Testing 4-23; 4-25; 4-30


MS Staff, MS Student Council, and HS Cheerleaders Serve the Community MS Staff, MS Student Council, and HS Cheerleaders Serve the Community

The West Branch Middle School Teachers prepared and served a meal for the Community Fellowship Dinner on Monday February 25, 2013. The dinner is held every other Monday during the year at BL Miller School in Sebring.  The dinner is for anyone in who seeks companionship or is in need of a hot meal. The meal was cooked and coordinated by Mrs. Diana Nordquest.  About a dozen teachers assisted in the cooking, delivery, and serving. The tables were served by our HS cheerleaders.  The excellent work crew was coordinated by cheerleading advisors Mrs. Denise Ginocchi and Mrs. Jackie Lyons. Student Council, under the direction of advisor Mrs. Amy Criss, provided snack packs for the guests to take home.  The crew served over 270 meals for those in need in our area.  Our staff and students demonstrate excellence not only in the classroom but in the community.  Thank You!

The Sun will come up Tomorrow! The Sun will come up Tomorrow!

Thank you West Branch Community for your support of the Arts!  Annie closed its 4 performance run on February 3, 2013. The final show was a complete sell-out! The show directed by Mr. John Zamarelli featured over a 175 students in Grades k-12. Check out the finale on You Tube!


BYODevice Night

Postponed Due to Technical Difficulties


West Branch Presents West Branch Presents
"Annie" On Stage

January 31 -- 7:30 p.m.
February 2 -- 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
February 3 -- 3:00 p.m.

All seats are reserved.
For ticket information, please call
Preview the show!

February 1 from 2:45 - 6:00

Click below for additional details...

/userfiles/119/STAY AFTER - FEB 2013.pdf

Fifth Grade Student Wins WBMS Spelling Bee! Fifth Grade Student Wins WBMS Spelling Bee!


Pictured left to right are Spelling Bee winner Ashlyn Pinkerton (gr. 5) and runner up Elizabeth Witham (gr. 8) who competed with 28 other WBMS students...
Eighth Grade Students Look to Future on Career Day
Spelling Bee

January 9 @ 8:00 in the Middle School Gym

MS PIE Meeting

January 8 @ 9:00 am in the Conference Room

Middle Years Newsletter
Annie Chorus Selections Announced! Annie Chorus Selections Announced!
Practices Coming Soon 
New Middle School Counseling Page
Please visit our new School Counseling Page to find helpful information about counseling, emotional, educational, and career issues.
2 HR Weather Delay on 3/4/15

Warrior Pride Day Warrior Pride Day
West Branch named Excellent with Distinction
District to celebrate EXCELLENCE ON 10/26/12
Community Wide Green and White Day
Many Events Planned!
Read Dr. Weingart's Press Release
Purchase Your Tribal Towel at School Purchase Your Tribal Towel at School
Warrior White Out
Buy & Bring Your "Tribal Towel" to WB-Salem Football Game
Friday, October 26, 2012
Camp WE Great Success! Camp WE Great Success!
 Students in grades 5 and 6 enjoyed two days of fun cooperative learning activities during Camp WE (Warrior Experience) Sept. 13th and 14th.  Click here to see the picture gallery.  Teachers, staff, students, and parent volunteers are to be commended for their commitment to learning!
New Parent Progress Book New Parent Progress Book
A letter will come home to parents on Friday September 21, 2012 with instructions for establishing an account to view your child's grades on line.  The new set-up gives you a registration key to enter.  You will establish your own user name and password that can be emailed to you if you forget.  There is a way to set up your children with an account;(p.32 on-line manual); however, a new student version will be released in a few weeks.  We will then work with students at school to establish their account. Grades are viewable for parents with students in Grades 2 - 12.  You can always call your school for additional assistance.  If you need personal help, we will have a parent training on Tuesday September 25, 2012 in LAB A at West Branch Middle School.
West Branch Teachers and Board Reach Agreement on New Two Year Contract
The West Branch teachers and board finalized a contract agreement late Wednesday night. Thank you everyone for your work to make this happen!
We are...
West Branch
MS Teachers Prepare for Camp WE Mrs. Mull and Mrs Albrecht prepare scientific mixtures for camp!
The Grades 5 & 6 staffs are not only busy preparing to open the year, but preparing for a two day camp for the new incoming students.  The staff has put in enormous hours to provide students with a two day experience focusing on Science, Technology, and team building.The students will stay into the evening both days for an extended learning opportunity.  The teachers work  collaboratively with  Mr. Kitzmiller, Mr. Walker and PIE to provide students with positive learning and life long memories.  Camp will occur on September 13/14.

(Pictured: New MS Grade 5 staff Mrs. Mull and Mrs. Albrecht developing scientific mixtures)
All that is Right with Schools! All that is Right with Schools!
The weather delayed the start of the West Branch  Streetsboro Football Game.  The crowd and the bands reported to the gym. The students cheered together and danced as one!  When the public criticizes our youth, use this video to prove all that is right with our youth and schools today.  We live in an outstanding community of welcoming kids.  This is a blessing!

Go Warriors


News and Information
Please click on the link below for the answers of frequently asked questions regarding contract negotiations..

Benefit Dinner to be Held for Joe Rice
Saturday, September 8, 2012
3:00 - 7:00
West Branch Middle School
Camp WE - Warrior Experience
September 13-14
September 19 - School Picture Day
Entertainment Books on Sale
Middle School students will sell Entertainment books for the PIE fund-raiser September 10 through September 25.  Thanks for your support!
Times Set for Start of School
Classes Begin September 5th
West Branch Welcomes New Teachers New Teachers 2012-2013
Superintendent Dr. Scott Weingart and the West Branch administrative team hosted a New Teacher Breakfast Meeting for teachers new to the district at West Branch High school.  The new teachers are (left to right) Kelly Brothers (high school language arts), Brooke Lancey (elementary art), Andrea Soltis (middle school language arts), Merrellyn Banks (high school intervention specialist), Dr. Weingart (superintendent), Beth Cooley (high school math), and Phil Rogers (high school biology).
Sports Passes Available Now! Sports Passes Available Now!
Click for more information 
Entertainment Coupon Books on Sale
from Middle School Students from September 10 - 25
Staff Training Coming Soon Staff Training Coming Soon

Check your e-mail

Information on staff training has arrived!

Register early and get the dates you want!

Small group training like the opening of last school year!

Training Dates

August 6,9,14 HS Staff

August 7,9,14 MS Staff

August 8, 9, 15 Grades 3/4  Staff

August  16, 17 Grades K-2 Staff

Web Page Training - High School
Google Docs Training - Middle School
Ipad - Damascus Elementary School

Registration limited to 15 per session.  Info will have links for electronic sign up!
MS Yearbooks Have Arrived MS Yearbooks Have Arrived
Yearbook Pick-Up
6/19 9-12
6/20  9-12
6/21 3-6

Front Lobby MS
51 Middle School Students Honored at Academic Banquet 51 Middle School Students Honored at Academic Banquet
Student Council Advisor Amy Criss planned a wonderful day for students with a high grade point average and no demerits.  Students were treated to lunch and a program at the University of Mount Union.  Former Warrior Carson Weingart was the featured speaker.  Current Band Director, Mr. Stehura gave students a campus tour.  You can view pictures of the event at the MS page under photo galleries.  Great Job Students for your commitment to excellence!
Band Beginner Lesson Summer Schedule
Beginner group band lessons are Mondays from June 11 - July 30:
Saxophones – 10:30
Trombones – 11:00
Flutes – 1:00
Percussion –2:30
Grade 6 Students Flip over Science in Pittsburgh Grade 6 Students Flip over Science in Pittsburgh
The Grade 6 Students visited the Carnegie Science Center, Sportsworks, ImaxTheater, and Heinz Field on June 4, 2012.  Over 96% of the students qualified for the trip because of their excellent citizenship.  Pictures can be found at the MS page.  Go to the left tab on the page called photo galleries and open the folder.  There are over 100 pictures for FREE!
MS Student Honored at Indians Game Logan Miller.mp4
 The Grade 8 MS Students attended the Weather Education Day before the Indians vs. Kansas City Royals on 5/29/12.  The Warriors were part of 5000 students in attendance from various schools in Ohio.  The Grade 8 Warriors were honored for their excellent citizenship during the year. The Indians picked Logan Miller to represent their excellence.  Logan threw out the first pitch!  Check out the video of the-game ceremony!  Check out pictures from the game at the Middle School Page under Photo Galleries (Left Tab)!


1st MS Career day a Success 1st MS Career day a Success
The West Branch Grade 7 staff planned a wonderful Career Day on Thursday May 24, 2012.  Many successful Alumni returned to the land of the Warriors to share true life experiences.  Please refer to the link below to an article written by Kevin Howell from the Salem News for a re-cap of events.

http://Salem News.net/page/content.detail/id/554757/West-Branch-students-get-look-at-diverse-careers.html
MS Writers Excel at State Power of the Pen MS Writers Excel at State Power of the Pen
The MS Power of the Pen team had three students compete in the State Power of the Pen Tournament on Friday May 25, 2012 at Wooster College.  Elsa Buehler, Victoria Stratton, and Megan Winters competed on the state level.  The team is coached by Mrs. Libbie Romigh.  Megan Winters finished 6th in the state.  The team again proved that the pen is mightier than the sword!
WBMS Band Students Honor America's Heros WBMS Band Students Honor America's Heros
  Members of the seventh and eighth grade bands marched with the high school band on Memorial Day to honor America's military heros who served our country.
New Band Students Welcome
Beginner Band Information and Registration
7:00pm Wednesday May 23, 2012
Middle School Cafeteria
Sports Physicals Sports Physicals
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cost -- $15 (Cash Only Accepted)
Final Dance a HIT Final Dance a HIT
Almost every student earned a free dance ticket because of their superior effort on state testing.  Over 325 students attended the final dance.  Thank you PIE for all your work organizing the dance!
District Tech Meeting
4:00 P.M.
Thank You Moms!
Thank you to all the women that are a significant influence on our children.  They may be mom, grandma, aunt, sister, or cousin!  Thank you guardians for making a difference!

What 'Mother' Means

M... is for the million things she gave me,

O... means only that she's growing old,

T... is for the tears she shed to save me,

H... is for her heart of purest gold;

E... is for her eyes, with love-light shining,

R... means right, and right she'll always be.

Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me
Author Unknown
Festival of Bands Festival of Bands
7:00 p.m.
State Testing... April 24/26... All Grades
May 1..Grade 8 Only
Students Enjoy 3rd Nine Weeks Reward Activity Students Enjoy 3rd Nine Weeks Reward Activity
Students enjoyed a karaoke/dance party during their HEARTS class time on the last day before spring break. Students who had less than 10 demerits during the 3rd nine weeks were treated to this Reward Activity for their positive behavior and hard work.  A special thank you to the HEARTS teachers for organizing and supervising this activity. 
Classes resume on April 11th....Have a great Easter!
Band Students Shine at Solo/Ensemble Contest WBMS Solo/Ensemble participating students

The Saturday School No One Minded The Saturday School No One Minded
West Branch Students attend private showing of The Hunger Games

On Saturday March 24, 2012 over 100 Grade 6 students attended  a private showing of The Hunger Games at the Carnation Mall Cinema.  The series of books is the most read novel in the middle school.  The project was organized by Language Arts teachers Mrs. Amy Criss,Mrs. Rachelle Ring, and Mrs. Lori Pasch.  We had many staff members that attended and chaperoned this event.  The students demonstrated outstanding citizenship!
Science Teachers invited to meet Bill Nye Science Teachers invited to meet Bill Nye
West Branch Science teachers attended a lecture by Science Guru, Bill Nye on 3/6/12 at Kent State Stark at 7:30 P.M. The teachers are always looking for positive ways to enhance the learning of our students.  Mr. Nye invited them to a reception after the event.  The teachers discussed hands-on Science and got autographs from their idol!
American Idle: A Murder Mystery American Idle: A Murder Mystery
The WBMS MS Drama production recently performed a production based on the popular TV series American Idol.  The cast entertained the student body and the community.  The play was directed by Miss Susan Moss and Mrs. Ashley Vogel.
Power of the Pen...Regional Champs Power of the Pen...Regional Champs
8t Grade Writing Team Advances to State Finals
Possible Changes in the School District
Coupon Class at the Middle School Coupon Class at the Middle School
Hey its tax time!  Are you looking for a way to save money?  Then please come to class and get some cost saving tips.
When: 2/23/2012
Time: 630 - 7:30 P.M.
Place: WBMS
 Reservations required call 938-4332
Cookies and Refreshments Provided
Dance Dance Dance for Grades 7 & 8
2/16/12 3:00 - 5:30 P.M.
Breakfast Now Available at Middle & High Schools
1/19/12 Grade 8 Boys Basketball Practice Canceled
Grade 8 Boys basketball practice canceled tonight!
WB Teachers Always Learning WB Teachers Always Learning
WB Teachers Part of $100,000 Grant!
Spelling Bee A Success Spelling Bee Runner -up and Champion
The WBMS spelling bee was won by Grade 8 student Megan Winters.  The runner-up was Kristen Sposetta.  Megan will represent the Warriors at the Vindicator Spelling Bee on 3/17/11.  The event was organized by Mrs. Amy Eddins.
Beloit and MS StayAfter ARE ON! 1/13/12
The K-8 Complex will host a stay after tonight!  Pick-up is at 5:45 in the Beloit Gym for elementary children.  MS Pick-up for students NOT ATTENDING the HS game is 6:15 in the rear of the building. Students attending the game will be picked up at the HS after the game.  (usually between 8:30 - 9:00 P.M.)
Washington DC Payments Due
DC Payments due 2/4/12.  We still have room on the adult bus. Contact Kathy Brown at 330-537-2146 for more information
1/3/12 1/3/12
School Closed...Snow Day
Warrior Explosion Ends Concert Season with Student Performance wARRIOR eXPLOSION 12-22-11 002.mkv
The Grades 6 - 8 Show Choir performed for the k-8 complex to close out  their busy holiday season. The Choir is directed by Mrs. Krista Clay. Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus!  Drag the Slider to 1:45 seconds to hear the beautiful sounds of the season!
Happy Holidays!
West Branch Boys Basketball Stun Salem West Branch Boys Basketball Stun Salem
Buzzer Beater!!!!! Catch it on You Tube! Click link in article!
Report Cards Carried Home on November 18, 2011 Report Cards Carried Home on November 18, 2011
Grades are available on-line 24/7.  Our new grade books show grades to the exact percentage and do not automatically round.  Teachers will submit final grades by Tuesday at 3:00 P.M.  They will manually be rounded up, if they are .5 or higher and will change the cild's letter grade..  Traditional Report Cards will be carried home on Friday November 18, 2011.  All lunch charges and fees must be paid to get a report card.  Also you parent access module will be turned off, if fees are not complete.

Students must bring in the report card signed by a parent by Tuesday November 22, 2011.  The report card will be returned to the student once the teacher checks off the return.
Veteran's Day Assembly A Success Scott Davis addresses WBMS students, teachers, and guests.
West Branch Middle School honored our Veterans at an assembly on 11/11/11.  The program was organized by Mr. Bryan Stehura. The music was under the direction of Mrs. Krista Clay and Mr. Stehura. Thank you for your service VETS! 
Mr. Scott Davis, a new instructor with the district was the featured speaker. Mr. Davis served as a tank commander in Iraq during Desert Storm and talked about how encouraging it was when he received cards and care packages from school children back in the States.  He stressed the importance of Americans continuing to send cards and packages to our soldiers to boost morale and help them understand how thankful we are for their service.
MS Conferences: Format and Times Set MS Conferences: Format and Times Set
Grades 6,7,8 Teachers will schedule team conferences from 3:00 - 5:00 at WBMS.  If you do not have a shceduled time during this slot; staff will be unavailable to meet with you!  Staff will eat from 5:00 - 5:30.  Conferences will then be open for walk up service from 5:30 - 8:30 P.M.  There is no appointment necessary for this second time slot. 

We meet with parents throughout the year. If this night does not work for you or the times, please call the guidance office and we will establish a meeting with you and your child's team of teachers.

Mrs. Warga will be in the library to mentor parents on our new on-line grade books!  Students will have a dance in the cafeteria from 5:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Beat Salem Bonfire Canceled on 10/27/11
Pep Rally Canceled Due to Weather
Beat Salem!
Camp We Successful Investigative Learning at Camp We
Dedicated staff and Community makes Camp WE A Success!
MS Fundraiser Kicks Off Entertainment Sale
Entertainment Books for Sale...$30.00
Police, Fire, EMS Workers Honored Police, Fire, EMS Workers Honored
Over a 1000 attend ceremony sponsored by Acts 2 ON 9/11/11
Dance Dance Dance
Grades 7/8 Dance on 9/9/11
West Branch Featured at Canfield Fair Canfield Fair Display
Warriors Active at Fair
OAA Testing to be carried home on Sept 9, 2011
Students to carry home State Testing Results on 9/9/11
One Call 02-22-18


Yearbook Orders are due by February 26th.  You can either send the money to school with an order form that went home with report cards or you can order on-line by going to WBMS website then clicking on Spotlight News.  Thank you for your support of the Yearbook Staff at WBMS.

Scheduling meetings for 6th and 7th grade students will take place on Tuesday, February 27 and forms will be sent home with students for parents to sign.  All forms are due back to the school by no later than next Friday, March 2.

Make it a great evening, and GO WARRIORS!

November Students of the Month


Congratulations to our outstanding WBMS students!


1st row-8th gr Morgan Kincaid-7th gr Makiah Kutz-6th gr Mirabella Beckett-5th gr Eliza Hirst

2nd row-8th Steven Marra-7th gr Christopher Bickley-6th gr Riley Hendershot-5th Alex Campbell


One Call 10-16-17


We had an error in the fire alarm system this morning and needed to evacuate the building for a short period of time.  The building was checked and secured and students are safe and in their classes.  We have technicians currently working on the problem.


Make it a great day, and GO WARRIORS!

Parent/Teacher Conferences


Thursday, October 12


Teachers will schedule conferences with parents during the 3:00-5:00 time frame.


Open conferences are from 5:30-8:40.


Thanks for your involvement in your student's education!


West Branch Tour Group

Have an interest in international travel?  We are exploring the possibility of a West Branch Tour Group. If there is enough interest, the West Branch Tour Group would travel internationally every other year. Please take the survey below so we have an idea of how many people may be interested. We will then hold an informational meeting in October. 


Click here to take the survey

May Students of the Month

5th grade  Chloe Dennison-Justus Mohr

6th grade Allyson Hartzell-Lleyton Uphold

7th grade Jerika Milhoan-Dakota Hayes

8th grade Taylor Parke-Alek Wilson

April Students of the Month



5th grade Carys Yarwood, Jaxon Robb

6th grade Jocelyn Carte, Jake Grindley

7th grade Emily Grimm, Hayden Hawk

8th grade Marissa Erb, Antonio Pagnucco


Conference Night - February 16, 2017
Basketball Action 01-23-17

The 8th grade boys basketball team lost to salem 39-35 in overtime on Monday. David McKeiver led the way with 8 points 7 rebounds. Alek Wilson chipped in 6 points and 6 rebounds. The Warriors are now 7-5 on the season.


7th grade girls lost to Salem.


8th grade girls fell short to Salem. Bella Laut hit a last second 3 to tie the score 40-40, to send the game into overtime! The final score was 43-48. Bella Laut finished with 14 points, and Emma Egli with 10! 

Spelling Bee 2017


Wednesday, January 11 @ 8:00 is the 2017 Spelling Bee at WBMS.


Best of EFFORTS and success to all participants!

Weekly Events 12-19-16



  • Yearbook Activity Pictures in the Small Gym
  • 5:00 MS BB - Boys Away, Girls Home


  • Spirit Wear Items available for pick-up
  • 7:00 MS Band Concert @ HS Auditorium - Students report @ 6:30


  • 5:00 MS BB - Boys Home, Girls Away


  • 12:15 Young & Alive Program @ HS Auditorium
  • 2:40-4:40 - Stay-After in Cafeteria and Small Gym.  Hot Pots and food in the cafeteria. Dancing in Small Gym.  Students can stay for the MS Girls Basketball Game for FREE
  • 5:00 MS Girls BB - 7th grade vs St. Christine, 8th grade vs Hoover
  • 5:30 Wrestling Match @ HS vs Hubbard and Hoban

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Weekly Events 11-14-16


  • Small Snack Monday - Student Council Food Drive
  • Spirit Wear Orders home with students - PIE Fund-raiser


  • Breakfast Food Tuesday  - Student Council Food Drive


  • Canned Veggies Wednesday - Student Council Food Drive


  • Thanksgiving Thursday  - Student Council Food Drive
  • Thanksgiving Meal in Cafeteria
  • 2:45-4:00 STEM after school


  • Free for All Friday - Student Council Food Drive
  • 3:00-6:00 Texas Roadhouse Rolls Pick-up in Cafeteria
NBC 7th Grade Football Champions

Congratulations to the team for an undefeated season after defeating the Marlington Dukes on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.  


Great EFFORTS, Warriors!!!

Stay-After 09-09-16

All students in grades 5-8 are invited to attend the Stay-After on September 9th.


Click here for additional details.

Basketball Scores 12-9-15

West Branch vs. Salem:

7th Grade Boys won 42-38

Alex Wilson 13 points, 3 steals

David McKeiver 11 points, 9 rebounds


8th Grade Boys won 48-37

Reese Leone 19  points

Nick Pidgeon 13 points

Nick Scarpitti 10 points, 9 rebounds


7th Grade Girls lost 25-12


8th Grade Girls won 28-8

Girls outrebounded Salem 18-6




Congratulations to WBMS Students for a hugely successful Food Drive!  Students donated 2,580# of food that was delivered to the Weekend Meals Food Pantry.

Winning Homerooms from each grade level are:

  • Grade 5 – Mrs. Edie
  • Grade 6 – Mrs. Schindel
  • Grade 7 – Mr. Baldwin
  • Grade 8 – Miss Millard
Holiday Performances

All are invited and welcome to join us for the upcoming holiday performances:

  • December 4 - Fifth & Sixth Grade Choral Concert @ 7:00, HS Auditorium
  • December  5 - Young & Alive/Warrior Explosion @ 7:00, MS Cafeteria 
  • December 9 - HS Band Concert @ 3:00, HS Auditorium 
  • December 11 - MS Band Concert @ 7:00, HS Auditorium
  • December 12 - Sounds of the Season @ 7:00, HS Auditorium
  • December 13 - Seventh & Eighth Grade Choir Concert @ 7:00, HS Auditorium
  • December 18 - Damascus, First Grade @ 9:30, Second Grade @ 2:30
  • December 19 - Damascus, Third Grade @ 9:30, Fourth Grade @ 2:15
ONE CALL 10-5-15


  1. Report Cards will be sent home with students on Friday of this week. Please ask for your child’s report cards along with Reading and Math reports from STAR testing.  The Star reports do not need to be signed and returned, but we have sent this information to help parents have another set of data on your child’s progress.
  2. Allow me to be the first to wish you Merry Christmas!  The Christmas in the Country Craft Show is THIS Saturday, November 7 from 10:00-4:00 at WBMS.  We have over 70 vendors to shop from along with live entertainment, Chinese Auction, hot lunch, pictures with Santa, and much more.  The event is free and open to the public.  Please bring in canned goods to assist families in need during the holiday season.  The bins for canned goods will be located at the main entrance and the Cafeteria.  I hope to see everyone at the Craft Show!
  3. The LEO Club will be starting at the MS for students in grades 5-8.  This is an after school program under the direction of the Homeworth Lion’s Club.  LEO stands for Leadership, Experience, and Opportunity.  This club will meet after school beginning on Tuesday, November 10 and will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month throughout the year.  They will be doing community service types of activities.
  4. The Veterans’ Day Program will take place on Thursday, November 12 @ 2:00 in the Large Gym.  All are encouraged to attend to honor our Veterans!
Stay-After Friday, October 23
Volleyball Tournaments 10-17-15

WB Middle School will host the 7th Grade Tournament 

Alliance Middle School will host the 8th Grade Tournament

October 17 Game times: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, and 1:00

October 19 Game times: 5:00, 6:00

October 21 Championship Game 6:00

Stay-After 10-2-15
Stay-After October 2 with Spirit Bus to Alliance FB Game

Parents:  the MS students will be invited to another stay-after on October 2 and we will take Spirit  Buses to the Alliance Football Game at the University of Mount Union Stadium.  All students in grades 5-8 are invited.  Please see the Permission Form for additional information.



Stay-After & HS Football Game

Friday, September 18


ALL students are invited to attend for just $5 and includes ticket to HS Football Game vs Minerva @ 7:00.


Activities, Dancing, Pep Rally, Food, Fun!


Permission Forms will be sent home on Wednesday, September 16.


Saturday, August 1 @ 7:30 @ WBHS Track.


All physicals & paperwork must be completed by August 1.


Questions?  Call Mr. Buckley @ 330-831-4901.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Students may pick up their schedule and check out their lockers!

Clothing Closet Open Clothing Closet Open

Hey, are you in need of clothing? The Clothing Closet at the Middle School will be open on Thursday, January 21st from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 11th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  We have all types of clothing, outerwear, and sports gear!  Call Mrs. Hall at 330-938-4466 with any questions.  All Are Welcome!

No School on Friday, March 20, 2015
One Call March 9, 2015

Good evening, this is Mr. Kitzmiller with a couple of announcements:

Yearbook Activity Pictures will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.  Students are encouraged to wear their jerseys or uniforms or T-shirts for their sports team they were on this school year.

All students are encouraged to wear green and white tomorrow to show West Branch School Spirit as we cheer on our varsity girls to victory over Chagrin Falls.

The Spirit buses for the HS Girls BB game to Barberton still have room for students who would like to attend. Permission forms are located on the school website and must be turned in with payment by Tuesday morning at 7:45. 

Students who are attending need to be picked up by around 8:45 when the bus arrives back to the front of the MS building.

Make it a great evening, and GO WARRIORS!


Orientation for 5th grade students will be held at WB High School on Monday, August 25 at 4:00 PM. The orientation will begin at West Branch High School Auditorium and move to the Middle School. Students can meet their teachers and receive their schedules and bus information until 6:00. Students may bring in their school supplies. Any schedules not picked up on Monday will be mailed on Thursday, August 28.

WBMS "Lip Dub"

We had a great time creating our own "Lib Dub" during TRFCC time on the last Friday of school.  Please watch our video!  Have a great summer!

Middle School Volleyball


Middle School (7th & 8th Grade) Volleyball

Open Gym
@ Middle School

July 17, 19 & 25, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
             (Schedule for the rest of tryouts will be given out.)


Levy Informational Meeting

West Branch Local Schools will hold a special meeting to provide information about the proposed school district income tax that will be on the ballot May 6, 2014.  The public meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in the West Branch Community Auditorium, located at the high school. The event will follow the regular March school board meeting which will precede the informational meeting.


Students are encouraged to attend the Stay-After on Friday, February 21.


This event is sponsored by the MS PIE and the cost is just $5 and includes admission to the HS Boys Basketball Game vs. South Range.


Click on the permission form below for additional information:




Click Link Below for January edition of Middle Years Newsletter:



SPELLING BEE DATE CHANGE - January 17, 2014 @ 8:00
Middle School Craft Show

Christmas in the Country
November 2, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Wonderful Crafts
  • Live Entertainment
  • Bake Sale
  • Chinese Auction
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Delicious Hot Lunch Available

Bring in a new toy for our toy drive to help needy families in our community and receive free Chinese auction tickets.

Bring your camera for pictures with Santa!

For more information on becoming a participant, please call Lana Tipton at 330-550-4190.

Winter Sports Parent Meeting

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
6:00 p.m.
High School Auditorium

All parents of high school and middle school winter athletes
are encouraged to attend
and get up to date information.

Mandatory OHSAA parent meeting!

Middle School Open House Middle School Open House

Mark Your Calendars

West Branch Middle School
Open House
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 -- 3:00 p.m.

6th, 7th, 8th Grade @ Middle School
5th Grade @ High School Auditorium

Visit the school, pick up class schedules and meet your teachers!

Report Cards Sent Home

Please check your mailbox for your child's report card.  

Be safe, read a good book, and learn something new!

Fall sports' practices will begin in early August.  Check back to the website for updated details.

Have a great summer!

"Mulan" Middle School Musical

Friday and Saturday, May 17 & 18 @ 7:30 at the High School Auditorium

Tickets are on sale at the Middle School Office and will be available at the door.

Middle School Art Show

Tuesday, May 7 - 6:00 - 8:00

Wednesday, May 8 - 5:00 - 7:00


OAA (Ohio Achievement Assessments)
  • April 23 - Reading OAA for Grades 5-8

  • April 25 - Math OAA for Grades 5-8

  • April 30 - Science OAA for Grades 5&8

Be sure students are in attendance each of these dates with an adequate night's sleep.

Breakfast will be provided by PIE each of the mornings of testing.

Festival of Bands

Grades 5-12 @ 7:00 on April 9 @ WBHS Gym


Middle School Band Concert (Grades 6-8)

February 26 @ 7:00 @ WBHS Auditorium

West Branch will make-up a day on Monday April 6, 2015



Middle School Choir Concerts

Grade 5 - 8:15 am on December 20, 2012 @ WBMS Cafeteria

Grade 6 - 7:00 pm on December 17, 2012 @ WBHS Auditorium
     Students need to report by 6:30 pm
Grade 7 - 6:30 pm on December 18, 2012 @ WBHS Auditorium
     Students need to report by 6:00 pm
Grade 8 - 8:00 pm on December 18, 2012 @ WBHS Auditorium
     Students need to report by 7:30 pm

All students in Grades 6-8 need to wear choir polo shirts and tan colored khaki pants.
8th Grade Band Members Participate in Honors Band 8th Grade Band Members Participate in Honors Band

Eighth Grade band members Erica Scarpitti, Mike Jones, and Amanda Dean will be taking part in the District 5 Ohio Music Education Association Middle School honors band at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown on November 16 and 17, with a performance concert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.  Students from all over Mahoning, Trumbull, and Ashtabula counties will be participating in this wonderful music experience.  Congratulations to our fine young musicians!

West Branch Honors Veterans veterans' day
Veterans' Day Assemblies will take place in all buildings over the next week.
The public is welcome to attend and show their support for our military! 

Friday, Nov 9th
Damascus Elementary -- 9:30
Middle School -- 1:45

Monday, November 12th
High School -- 8:00
Knox Elementary -- 9:15
Student Pictures

Will be sent home with students on Friday, October 19, 2012

MS Orientation and Open House MS Orientation and Open House

Last MS Track Meet
MS County Track Meet moved to Canfield High School
5/14/12 @ 4:30
Choir Concerts Choir Concerts

Grade 7 Concert 5/8/12  Report time 6:00 p.m. HS GYM Stage
Concert 6:30 P.M.  HS Auditorium

Grade 8 Concert 5/8/12  Report Time 7:30 p.m. HS GYM Stage
Concert 8:00 p.m. HS Auditorium

Attire for all Concerts


Girls: Choir Polo Shirt (if needed, order forms will be available)

Khaki Pants

Dress shoes (no flip-flops or tennis shoes)

Boys: Choir Polo Shirt (if needed, order forms will be available)

Khaki Pants

Dress shoes (no flip-flops or tennis shoes)

*****All clothing must meet the school dress code*****


MS Drama set for March 2 & 3 MS Drama set for March 2 & 3
The West Branch Middle School Drama Department will be presenting the play “American Idol: Murdering the Music.” This play is a parody of the hit television show “American Idol,” with the added twist of a murder mystery subplot. Students in grades 6-8 are participating in the performance as judges, singers, stage crew, and much more! Performances will be Friday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 3rd at 5:00 p.m. in the Middle School cafeteria. Ticket costs will be $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students, and there will be no cost for children under 5 years of age. Refreshments, such as water, chips and candy bars, will also be sold at the beginning of the performances. Proceeds will benefit the West Branch Middle School Drama Club. We hope to see you at show time!
Power of the Pen wins Championship at Mount Union 1/6/12 Power of the Pen wins Championship at Mount Union 1/6/12
Grade 8 Team Finishes 1st!
Concert Season Concert Season
The West Branch Middle School Music department will perform several concerts over the next month.  Students should report 30 minutes before the start time, unless directed differently by their director. Choir and band students have concert attire and should refer to their handbook.  The choir is directed by Mrs. Krista Clay.  The bands are directed by Mr. David Evans and Mr. Bryan Stehura.

Grade 6 Choir 12/7/11 @ 7:00 P.M.
Grade 7 Choir 12/8/11 @ 6:30 P.M.
Grade 8 Choir 12/8/11 @ 8:00 P.M.
* All Concerts are 1 hour and are at the High School Auditorium!
MS Band Concert 12/13/11 @ 7:00 P.M.
Harvest Dance Harvest Dance
Middle School Dance Wed October 26, 2011 5;30 - 8:00 P.M. COSTUMES MUST BE SCHOOL APPROPRIATE!
MS Fundraiser A Success
Students raise $7000 for Technology and Field Trips
West Branch Middle School Craft Show

Eighth Annual Christmas in the Country Craft Show...Largest Ever...102 Vendors

All-Call 11/30/18

November 30, 2018

Good morning,

At approximately 9:55 a.m., West Branch Middle School went into a lockdown situation that was lifted at 10:15 a.m. During preschool parent teacher conferences, one parent who was verified through the office went down the wrong hallway as they were making their way to the preschool. The parent was not wearing their visitor badge at the time and immediately concerned our staff. The decision was made to put the school into a lockdown until the person could be identified and the situation controlled. At no time were students in any danger. Our staff acted quickly to protect our children.

Safety is our number one priority and we are thankful for our staff and students who remained calm during the lockdown. We want to remind everyone that while they are in the building, visitor identification must be visible at all times.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Fowler at 330-938-4300.


Yearbook Ordering Information


Order your WBMS Yearbook!  Click here for more information.

Christmas Lunch for Grandparents - December 14


Grandparents are invited to attend a Christmas Program and have lunch with their grandchildren on Thursday, December 14, 2017.  Due to limited seating, we will take reservations from the first 100 grandparents who RSVP by no later than November 20.


Click here for more information and a sign-up form.

PIE Fund-raisers

WBMS PIE is selling Texas Roadhouse rolls and Yankee Candles this Fall so that money can be raised to provide transportation for field trips in grades 5-8.


Orders are due on October 27 and pick-up of items will be November 20 from 2:30-6:00 in the MS Cafeteria.


Please put all roll orders on the Texas Roadhouse Order form.  (No prizes, but the rolls are delicious!)

Click here for access to the order form.


Yankee Candles can be ordered on-line at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com using group #999971564 or you can use the order form sent home with students.  Students can earn prizes for sales.


Please keep all orders separated on the order forms.


Cash or checks made payable to WBMS PIE are due with order forms on October 27.


Americorps Reading Tutors Needed

West Branch has four Americorps Reading tutor positions open for the 2017 -- 2018 school year.  Two positions will be at Knox Elementary and two at Damascus Elementary.  There is a small weekly stipend and an end of year tuition reimbursement.  Please contact Mr. Fowler at Stephen.Fowler@WBWarriors.org or Mrs. Reash at Caitlin.Reash@WBWarriors.org for additional information.  No degree is necessary.  This would be a perfect position for a recent high school graduate interested in public education.

Fund-raiser Dance to Support St. Baldrick's


A dance for WBMS students in grades 5-8 will be held on May 5 from 6:00-8:00 to raise funds for St. Baldrick's, an organization that focuses on curing childhood cancer.  Cost is just $5.00 per student and you can CLICK HERE for a permission form.


Two organizations have offered to donate a total of $500 towards St. Baldrick's if 5 or more staff members are willing to have their heads shaved during the dance.


Thanks to Kennedy Close, a 7th grade student, for the idea and organizing the details of this event!

April Newsletter
West Branch Business Directory

The West Branch Middle School PIE is starting a WB Community Business Directory page on the West Branch Local Schools' webpage.  This directory will be a way our community can support local businesses by having a reference place to find contact information for these businesses.  Whether you have a business located in our school district, or you live in our community and own a business, we would like to help others find out about you and support you!


Click here for additional advertising information in the directory.

Basketball Action 01-09-17

7th grade boys beat Minerva 48-34 to improve to 5-3.  The Warriors were led by Jed Smith with 10 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds. Jaxon Hendershott had 9 points and 5 rebounds.  Great job by all - it was a great team effort!


8th grade boys picked up a win on Monday by beating Minerva 39-23. The Warriors move to 6-2 on the season. Leading a balanced attack David McKeiver with 7 points 8 rebounds. Brock Smith 7 points 5 rebounds. And JD Brain 7 points. The Warriors had 11 assists on 14 baskets for the well rounded team Victory.


7th grade girls fell to Minerva 18-21. Great defensive by Sydney Mercer. Eris Dugan with 7 points, and Sydney Mercer with 5 points


8th grade girls beat Minerva 27-20. Riley Tuel with 8 points, Amanda Davidson 7 points

MS Band Concert Rescheduled


Due to the cancellation of the Band Concert on Tuesday, December 13, we have rescheduled the concert for Tuesday, December 20 at 7:00 at the High School Auditorium at 7:00.  Students need to report at 6:30.

Events 12-05-16


  • 5:00 BB vs Minerva - Boys Away, Girls Home


  • 7:00 Grade 6 Choir Concert @ WBHS Auditorium


  • 2:45-3:30 Title One Parent Meeting in Room 608
  • 5:00 BB vs Louisville - Boys Away, Girls Home


  • 2:45-4:00 STEM After School
  • 2:45-4:00 Student Council in Room 602
  • 5:30 Wrestling Away @ Minerva
  • 7:00 Moods of Christmas in the MS Cafeteria - Warrior Explosion and Young & Alive


  • Progress Reports go home with students


  • Wrestling Tournament @ WBMS
  • Light Up Damascus
One Call 11-22-16


Congratulations to West Branch Middle School Students and Staff for earning the Momentum Award for the 2015-2016 State Report Card.  This award was given by the Ohio Department of Education for achieving all As in Student Growth.  This means that overall; students grew academically more than a year’s worth of growth last year.  WBMS is one of very few school buildings throughout the state to earn this award.  At this time of Thanksgiving, it is appropriate to thank parents, teachers, and students for a job well done!

Reminder to 8th grade parents – the next $100 deposit for the Washington DC trip is due by no later than Thursday, December 1.  Checks need to be made payable to West Branch.

Spirit Wear orders are due by Thursday, December 1.  This is a fund-raiser for PIE and order forms are located on our school website.

Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday through Monday, November 23-28.  Classes resume on Tuesday, November 29.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and enjoy this time giving thanks with your families.

Go Warriors!

NBC 8th Grade Volleyball Champions

Congratulations to the 8th grade girls volleyball team for defeating the Marlington Dukes in the NBC Championship game on Wednesday, October 19, 2016!


Scores: 22-25, 25-20, 26-24


"Congratulations to every girl on the 8th grade volleyball team! Because of your hard work and dedication ALL season long, you are league champions! Great job girls, we are so proud of you!"  --Coach Woods

Volleyball Action 10-10-16

7th grade fell to Alliance in two games

Record 5-10 scores 28-30, 16-25

Jennifer Phillis 7 pts, 3 aces, 6 kills

Morgan Loudon  6 pts, 2 aces

Sydney Mercer 4 kills


8th grade improved their record to 9-6 by beating alliance 25-21 and 25-20

Leaders: Riley Tuel 15 points, 10 aces

Jaci Thomas 6 points, 3 aces

Ariah Hagan 5 points, 3 aces 

One Call to 5th Grade Parents 08-23-16


Parents of 5th grade students:


Open House and schedule pick-up will take place from 4:30-5:30 on Monday, August 29th.  Orientation with parents and students will take place in the MS Cafeteria beginning at 5:30.


The first day of school is Wednesday, September 7.  School starts at 7:35 and students may enter the building at 7:22.  Dismissal is at 2:40.


WBMS Student Expectations/Rewards/Consequences
WBMS One Call 02-09-16

WBMS One Call 02-9-16

Good Evening!  This is Mr. K calling about a few reminders for this Thursday:

  1. Parent Teacher Conferences will be held this Thursday, Feb 11.  Scheduled conferences are from 2:40-5:00 and Open conferences are from 5:30-8:40.
  2. The Clothing Room in Room 105 at the Middle School will be open on Conference Night from 4:00-7:00 Thursday evening.  We have a wide assortment of clothing for all families to choose from.

Parent Information Sessions will be held at HS Auditorium as follows:

  • 6th – 8th Graders and Parents are encouraged to attend the 6:00 College Credit Plus meeting at the HS Auditorium

·  All 8th grade students received their blue scheduling sheet as well as a blue PE Waiver form for those students wishing to be exempt from PE their freshmen year. Both forms need to be completed and turned into their Language Arts teacher NO LATER than Tuesday, February 16th.

·  All 8th grade parents are strongly encouraged to attend the Scheduling and Graduation Information meeting this Thursday, February 11th from 5:00-5:30 in the HS auditorium. Following the meeting will also be presentations regarding AP courses and College Credit plus.

·  8th Grade School Counselor Mrs. Ruark will be available in the middle school cafeteria to answer any questions regarding scheduling from 7:30-8:30.

Thanks for your time, we will see you Thursday evening, and GO WARRIORS!

Winter Sports Pictures

WBMS Winter Sports Pictures will take place on Tuesday, November 24th after school.


Student Athletes - be sure to bring your order forms & money.

Craft Show


Christmas in the Country

Saturday, November 7, 2015
10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.

Craft Show Info


Raffle Baskets for Chinese Auction:


NBC Cross Country Meet NBC Cross Country Meet

West Branch Set to Host the

2015 NBC Cross Country Championships

Race Info

One Call 10-1-15


  1. Progress Reports were sent home with students today. Be sure to ask your child about his/her grades this evening. 
  2. Warrior Wipeout will take place on Saturday from 1:00-5:00.  You can still register in front of the MS Saturday from 12:00-4:00.
  3. Tickets are still on sale for the Stay-After on Friday, October 2 for just $5.  Students may purchase their tickets during lunch on Friday.  A permission form is located on the school website and must be turned in Friday with $5.  Pick-up is @ the rear of the building @ 5:30 for students not going to the football game.
    1. For students who are riding the Spirit bus to University of Mount Union stadium for the HS Boys FB game vs. Alliance – Be sure to dress for the colder weather we will have tomorrow evening.  Pick-up will be in the front of the MS and the doors will be open for students to gather their items needed for the weekend.
    2. For students not riding the bus back to the school, a parent note must be brought to school on Friday and you must sign out at the game near the visitor’s concession stand.



Hey dude, are you cool?  Well, we know that you are because you are a WARRIOR! Then show us!  Catch the spirit and dress for the Warrior Nation and be in Wonderland.

  • 9/21 Favorite Sports team
  • 9/22 Throwback Day
  • 9/23 Pink
  • 9/24 Madhatter Day
  • 9/25 Green and White

Good Evening WBMSchoolers! This is Mr. Kitzmiller calling to welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year.  I am very excited about the start of school and to see each of the students again.

Schedule Pick-up will take place Thursday, August 20 from 10:00-6:00.  Students may pick up their schedules at the front of the building, check out their locker combinations, place things in their lockers, and walk through their schedules prior to the first day of school on Tuesday, August 25th.

For new students and their parents, there will be an Orientation on Monday evening, August 24th at 5:30 in the Middle School Cafeteria.

Thanks for your time, enjoy the rest of your summer, and be ready to begin the year with WARRIORPRIDE because, Efforts Today Rewards Tomorrow!

Go Warriors!


Monday, August 3 @ 7:00 AM @ Westville Golf Course


Students must have their own clubs and golf balls.  A physical packet must be completed by the first day of tryouts in order to compete.


Questions?  Call Mr. Falasca @ 330-506-4904.

Two Writers Advance to State Power of The Pen Tournament

West Branch Power of the Pen teams had a very successful year and are not done yet. These writers have worked since October on finding their creative voice and developing important writing skills for life.  More than 7,500 students in the state of Ohio compete in Power of the Pen. In January our WBMS writers competed at South Range Middle School, and 6 students qualified for regionals. In February at the regional tournament at Malone University, Paige Miller and Courtney McKenzie both qualified to compete at state, which will be help at Wooster College on May 22nd. Great job writers!

7th grade team

Landon Stitle, Bethany Caruthers, Angela Grice, Riley Mesler, Samantha Plocher, Morgan Grim, Macie Minich, Gloriana Maendel

8th grade team

Courtney McKenzie, Camryn Sutton, Jade Manasco, Brandy McGrath, Madison Lovell, Kristina Pazzelli, Kylie Dean, Kaylee Barker, Paige Miller

Both teams are coached by 6th grade language arts teacher, Rachelle Ring.

Lady Warriors Welcome Home Rally

Sunday, March 22, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m.

Please join us in the High School Fieldhouse as we welcome home our Lady Warrior Basketball Team and Coaches!!


There is still room on the spirit bus for students to stay after school on Tuesday and ride the spirit bus to Barberton for the HS Girls Basketball Game.


Permission Form and Information

Make Up Time for Days Missed

The West Branch Local Schools cannot go to hours until the 2016 - 2017 school year. Some school districts have transitioned to hours this year due to starting a new collective bargaining agreement. 

According to the Record Courrier (1/6/15)..."The change in state law from days to hours does not apply to school districts with collective bargaining agreements that were executed prior to July 1, 2014."

This means that the closure for 2/20/15 means another make-up day. 



Click below for the district calendar adotped in February 2014 for make-up details. The district can add June 4th or look at extending days.  For those districts on days, the state allots FIVE calamity days!





Open House for all 6th grade students will be held at West Branch Middle School on Monday, August 25, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 PM.   Students will receive their schedules and meet their teachers. Students are welcome to bring in their school supplies for their locker.  Parents are encouraged to attend.  Students unable to attend the Open House can pick up their schedule at the Middle School between the hours of 10:00-4:00 p.m. on August 25, 2014. Any schedules not picked up on Monday will be mailed on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

West Branch Local Schools Recognized for Music Education Efforts West Branch Local Schools Recognized for Music Education Efforts

West Branch ranks among nation’s top communities for support of music education


Click the link below to access the newsletter...


Fall Harvest Dance - October 24
All students received this Permission Form which must be filled out and turned in by Thursday, Oct. 24 along with $5.00 for admission. (You can download and print a new form if your child lost their original copy.)
Fall Stay-After Information and Permission Forms

Our first Stay After of the year will be on Friday, September 6th right after school until 7:00 p.m.  We hope to see a lot of students stay after school for music, face-painting, a Wii Party, pep-ralley with the High School Band and Cheerleaders and then the varsity football game at 7:00 p.m.

More information and a permission form can be found at the links below: 

Grades 5&6

Grades 7&8

Fifth Grade Band

Interested in joining the band? Go to Mr. Stehura's homepage for all the information from our beginner band meeting. You will find the meeting agenda, free lesson schedule, and the registration form. Please call or email Mr. Stehura with any questions or concerns."


Information Fair

Thursday, May 16th

3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

West Branch Middle School Cafeteria

Sponsored by the West Branch Title I

Various community organizations, clubs, programs, and specialized businesses will be on hand to offer information and answer questions.  Parents can come and browse at their convenience to learn what kind of help, support, and activities are available in the West Branch area.  Free of charge!


Middle School Choir Concerts

Grade 7 - May 7th at 6:30

Grade 8 - May 7th at 8:00

Grade 6 - May 8th at 7:00

All shows will be at the High School Auditorium.

Report Cards

will be carried home by students on April 12. 

Please return with parent signature by no later than Tuesday, April 16.

Winter Sports Awards Program

Monday, March 4 @ 7:00 @ WBMS Cafeteria

Grades 7/8 Dance

December 21 after school until 5:00
Tickets are $5 and will be sold during lunch on December 20 and 21.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Schedule Conferences will take place from 3:00 - 5:00 and Open Conferences will take place from 5:30 - 8:30 on a first come, first served basis.  Grades 6-8 HEARTS teachers will have open conferences from 3:00 - 5:00 and from 5:30 - 8:30.

Middle School Food Drive Nov. 5 through Nov. 16
Students are encouraged to bring in donations for our annual Food Drive to support local families in need.  Click the link to read the details.
Fall Harvest Activities & October/November Newsletter

October 25th
Grades 7/8 Dance
Grades 5/6 Activities

Beat Salem and Breast Cancer T-shirts

Order your T-shirt at school through October 15

MS School Supply Lists 2012 - 2013 School Year
Year End Trips Year End Trips
Grade 8
May 16  Career Center (Free)
Grade 8 May 30 Progressive Field ($20.00)

Grade 7
Salem Community Center (Free)

Grade 6
Pittsburg Multiple Sites ($32.00)

Under 45 demerits
PIE Donated 2000 to supplement and support each grade level Trip

Permission Forms available on left side of district page under Forms and links

Grade 7 Science Students Design roller coasters Grade 7 Science Students  Design roller coasters
Students in Mrs. Murray's  and Mrs. Lyon's classes combine Science and Math to build roller coasters.
MS Students Help Community MS Students Help Community
West Branch Middle School students raised $2600 for the week-end food programs that assist local families in need. 
Winter Sports Debut December 3, 2011 Winter Sports Debut December 3, 2011
Winter Sports Debut December 3, 2011
The West Branch Middle School Wrestling Team will open the winter sports season on Saturday December 3, 2011. The will host a six team invitational. The tournament will be in the Beloit and Middle School Gyms.
The Girls basketball teams will open at home on Monday December 5, 2011 against the Salem Quakers. The Grades 7/8 boys basketball teams will open at home on Wednesday December 7, 2011 against Carrollton. All home games begin with at 5:00 P.M., with the Grade 7 team playing first. The Grade 8 game will begin twenty minutes after the first game. Ticket prices for basketball are $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. Most basketball games are on Monday and Wednesday. Most wrestling matches are on Thursdays.
MS Veteran's Day Assembly MS Veteran's Day Assembly
All Veteran's and  community members are invited to celebrate at the middle school on 11/11/11 at 2:00 P.M. in the MS Gym.   We will have a speaker and feature student musicians!  Thank you vets for your service!
Basketball Open Gyms Start the week of October 24
Listen to announcements for more information!
Fall Sports Start Dates
MS Fall Sports Kick Off in Early August
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures WBMS

Drop off and pick-up procedures at WBMS have not changed. Ellet Road is still available to drop off and pick-up middle school students. The access road that connects Ellet to the middle school has never been an option for thru traffic. If you use Ellet road, you must follow the path behind the school and drop off in that area. Preschool traffic must use the Main Street entrance. 

If you drop off both a middle schooler and highschooler, you will need to use the Main Street entrance. 


November 2017 Newsletter
2017 - 2018 Supply Lists by Grade Level

School Supplies


Damascus               Knox               5th Grade               6th Grade

7th & 8th Grades

Middle School Events

Many different events are scheduled for the remainder of the year.  Keep reading to find out what is happing at WBMS.

April Middle Years Newsletter
Basketball Action 02-01-17

The 7th and 8th grade girls lost to Canton South last night.

Amanda Davidson had 12 points, Jillian Pidgeon 11 points


The 7th grade boys basketball team knocked Canton South from the #1 team in the league with a hard fought 47-41 win last night. The entire team contributed to the win. Once again Cade Cameron had 2 - 3 pointers for 6 a total of 6 points; Jaxon Hendershott had 7 points & 2 steals; Donavan Conrad had 10 points, 5 rebounds and played good defense in the post, alongside Caleb Adams against their big line up; Jed Smith contributed 13 points, 7 rebounds, & 4 assists; Nick Wilson and Christian Starcher had 5 & 4 points, respectively. 


The 8th grade boys lost to Canton South 27-26 last night. David McKeiver scores 8 points, 6 rebounds. Jarrod Rose scored 6 points.

School Cancelation

Due to the weather all West Branch Schools will be closed on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

PIE Stay-After - December 22, 2017


PIE will offer a Stay-After on Thursday, December 22 from 2:40-4:40.  Students are also encouraged to stay for the Middle School Girls Basketball games at 5:00.


Click Here for the permission form and additional details.

Stay-After October 28

All students are invited to stay after school until 5:00 for just $5.

Click Here for more information.

MS Golf Team Remains Undefeated

The golf team won its 5th match Monday by beating previously unbeaten Alliance.  The team played very well led by JD Brain with a 45, followed by Garrett Harvey, Christian Starcher, and Tony Pagnucco.  Good win!

T-Shirt Sale!

WBMS Student Council will be selling Warrior Pride T-shirts for just $8 so that we can show our school spirit!

Click here for the order form.

Title One Parent Meeting

Tuesday, February 23 @ 2:45 in the Cafeteria.  Parents and Students are encouraged to attend.  


For students in attendance, there will be a drawing for a Kindle Fire!

One Call 12-9-15

Progress Reports will be sent home with students on Friday of this week.  Please be sure to ask your child to see how they are doing in school.  Grades are also available for parents to view on line.  Should you need parent access to student grades, please contact the school office at 330-938-4300.

All students’ homework is posted on our website each week on Mondays at 3:00 for parents to view.  On the Middle School page, click on Homework by Team and then the grade your child is in and the team they are on.

Parents, as you are Christmas shopping for your children, please keep the student dress code in mind.  Girls may wear leggings as long as they have a sweater or shirt that covers them at least to the bottom of their fingertips.  Thanks for your support in this as we want all students to be able to focus on academics and not fashion.

Friday is Purple University of Mount Union day.  All students are encouraged to wear UMU shirts or purple as the Raiders continue in the playoffs towards the National Championship!

Texas Roadhouse Rolls - MS PIE Fund-raiser

PIE is doing a fund-raiser of Texas Roadhouse Legendary Rolls.  Cinnamon Butter is also available for purchase.


Orders are due in the school office by Friday, November 6 & Rolls will be delivered frozen on November 23rd, just in time for your Thanksgiving meal!


Cost - $4 per dozen for rolls & $2 for Honey Cinnamon Butter


Click here for an order form.  All money must be collected when taking the orders.

Beat Salem: Community Bonfire

Fall Sports Awards Program

Tuesday, October 27 @ 7:00 in the Large Gym


Parents are encouraged to bring a dessert to share for refreshment time in the cafeteria after the program.  


Congratulations to the following teams for a great season:

MS Golf - NBC Champs

Grade 7 Football - NBC Champs

Grade 8 Volleyball - NBC Runner-up


MS Volleyball 10-5-15

7th Grade Volleyball Team beat Salem 25-23, 19-25, 25-19

Riley Tuel 11 points, 3 aces

Jaci Thomas 10 points, 5 aces

Jordan Anderson 7 kills, 1 block

Josie Mellott - defensive leader


8th Grade Volleyball Team beat Salem 25-20, 25-21

Elise Wallace 12 points, 7 aces, 5 kills, 1 block

Hannah Ridgeway 5 kills

Bailey Boosz 6 points, 4 kills

Carly Scarpitti 4 assists


Great Job Ladies!

Golf Scores 9-17-15

The middle school golf team played an undefeated Kent Roosevelt on Thursday night.  The teams battled back and forth and the Warriors lost in a very close match by 5 strokes.  Scoring leaders for West Branch were Brett Blickensderfer 42, Nick Pidgeon 47, Reese Leone and JD Brain 49.  This wraps up the teams dual season with a record of 13-2.  The team plays their final tournament this Saturday at Carrollton.  Good Luck guys.

WBMS List of Staff Members

Monday, August 24, 2015 @ 5:30 pm

Students entering Grade 5 and all students new to WBMS are invited to attend Orientation in the Middle School Cafeteria.


 OPEN HOUSE FOR GRADE 5 - 4:00-5:30


2015 WBMS Football Practice Info (click link)


Practices begin Monday, August 10 through Friday, August 14 from 8:00-11:00 @ the Middle School Practice Field.


7:00 @ WBHS Auditorium.


Students need to arrive by 6:30.  

Final Four T-Shirt Sales

Final Four T-shirts Sale

Final Four T-shirts will be on sale Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the High School Gym Lobby.  They are $10.00 each and all proceeds go to the Lady Warriors Basketball Team.  There are a limited number of shirts available.

High School Scheduling Meeting for Parents of 8th Grade Students

When: Wednesday, February 25th 
Time: 5:30-6:30
Where: High School Auditorium
Who: All current 8th grade parents Topics to be covered: 1.Graduation Requirements 2.Honors Diploma/Presidential Award 3. College Credit Plus Options 4. Scheduling procedure 5. PARCC/AIR testing 6.Bell Schedule 7.Differences between middle school & high school 8.High School Counseling Webpage

For more information, contact the West Branch High School-Counseling Department:
Miss Emily Herman (A-J and IEP) (330)938-4407 Emily.Herman@WBWarriors.org
Mrs. Jana Stitle(K-Z and 504) (330)938-4405 Jana.Stitle@WBWarriors.org

NBC Cross Country Meet

West Branch Set to Host 2016
NBC Cross Country Championships


Saturday, October 15, 2016
Copeland Oaks -- Sebring

click here -- Additional Information


Open House for all 7th and 8th grade students will be held at West Branch Middle School on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 PM.  Students will receive their schedules and meet their teachers.  Students are welcome to bring in their school supplies for their locker.  Parents are encouraged to attend.    Students unable to attend the Open House can pick up their schedule at the Middle School between the hours of 10:00-4:00 p.m. on August 26, 2014. Any schedules not picked up on Tuesday will be mailed on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.


Sunday June 8, 2014 will mark the first annual WARRIOR reading party at Barnes and Noble in Boardman. The party will run from 12 - 4PM! Parents will have an ability to have their children get books. When a child reads 8 books, he or she will receive 1 FREE BOOK. Just keep records on the log sheet and return to Barnes and Noble. The log does not have to be purchased books.


The key to academic greatness is READ,READ,READ!   Children will come home with a flyer and voucher with their final report card. We also have them attached on-line. We have a log sheet to track summer reading.


Join us Sunday June 8, 2014 for a party.  We will even have book fishing. If you cannot make it that day, you can order on-line and use our voucher so that the schools receive credit through June 13, 2014. All proceeds will go to pay for supplies for RIGHT TO READ WEEK 2015! Your schools receive 10% OF ALL SALES.  So come and support your child and your schools. Guarantee academic success for the 2014 - 2015 school year. READ....READ...READ!


Happy Summer!

Barnes and Noble Flyer

Barnes and Noble Voucher

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Log

Ladies Night at Knox Elementary

Thursday, April 3rd from 5:00 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Knox Elementary Cafeteria

Looking for Easter Basket items, Mother's Day gifts or a treat for yourself?  Then, look no further than Knox Elementary PTO for all of your girly shopping needs!!

Bring your relatives, friends and neighbors and visit our 12+ vendors for a fun evening of shopping, raffles and refreshments!!

Sponsored by your Knox PTO!!  

Did you know that Senior Citizens on Social Security pay ZERO school income tax? Did you know that Senior Citizens on Social Security pay ZERO school income tax?

Read below specifics on a school income tax from the State of Ohio


WBMS Power of the Pen takes First Place! WBMS Power of the Pen takes First Place!

West Branch 8th grade team placed 1st out of 11 schools and the seventh grade team placed 4th

Report Card Date Moved Back Report Card Date Moved Back

The second grading period report card will be carried home on Wednesday February 5, 2014 due to all the weather delays.

Our Teachers Love Gizmo Our Teachers Love Gizmo
Are you old enough to remember the movie Gremlins? The Star Gizmo had a cuddly but yet destructive manner. Today Gizmos are Virtual Math and Science manipulatives. On October 18, 2013, 14 West Branch Teachers attended a workshop on how to use these exploratory tools in their classroom. The teachers received no pay and gave up their personal time for learning. West Branch Excellence.... Pass it On! Thank you teachers. Check out gizmos under the student link! These learning modules are similiar to our new state assessments. See your teacher for an account!
Warrior Wipeout a Big Success
The Warrior Wipeout served to be a fun and challenging event for young, big, old and small in its inaugural debut.  The proceeds earned will be used for purchasing technology throughout the district, and a BIG “Thank You” goes out to the many sponsors, volunteers and participants that made this event such a great success.   Please check the link “Warrior Wipeout”, under the community section tab, to see official race times, pictures and to view sponsorships of this event.  Thank You Again!
Warrior staff gets schooled Warrior staff gets schooled


Warrior Staff Always Learning

What do we do on a waiver day?


All building staff attended a 3 hour workshop on how to deal with an active shooter. The West Branch Local School takes a proactive approach to protect our children.  The session was conducted by former School Resource Officer Craig Crider.   All building staff learned strategies to assist in keeping our children safe.  The West Branch Local Schools thank Office Crider for his expertise!  We also thank the Salem Police Department for allowing Officer Crider to be with us!


Differentiating Instruction

All teaching staff attended a 3 hour workshop to assist in strategies to meet the needs of all students in a classroom.  The workshop was taught by Dr. Lisa Dieker from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Dieker is a Gates Foundation Scholar and one of her books is on the best seller’s. Dr. Dieker had a busy week.  She went from Orlando to New York City to be with the Cast of Sesame Street before joining us! 

On Saturday May 18 27 West Branch Teachers attended a workshop focusing on co-teaching strategies from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  Their dedication exemplifies why this community chooses to send their kids to our schools.  Teaching is not an 8 – 3 job.  Teaching is a passion!!!!!!

Behavior Management

All bus drivers, aides and nurses were trained in deescalating aggressive behavior. The session taught by Mrs. Alana Niemiec, Psychologist and Miss Liz Crawford had staff moving an examining ways to deal with aggressive behavior. 


West Branch Schedule Adjustments West Branch Schedule Adjustments

Tuesday May 14 School Delayed 2 HRS

Friday May 17 No School for Students, Teacher In-service

School Dance

Friday, May 3 after school until 5:00

Grades 5/6 will be in the small gym with pick up in front of the building.

Grades 7/8 will be in the Cafeteria with pick up in back of the building.

Admission is free for students who were prepared for each testing day.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

WBMS PIE Meeting

Tuesday, April 9 @ 9:00 am

Financial Meetings Financial Meetings

West Branch Will Explain New State Funding Formula

The West Branch School Board and Administration will host a series of meetings to provide important information about the new Ohio School Funding Formula recently proposed by the Kasich Administration.  School District Treasurer Dan Telzrow will present information that explains how the Governor’s School Funding Proposal will impact West Branch Local Schools.  A question and answer session facilitated by Dr. Scott Weingart, superintendent, will follow the brief presentation.

The District has scheduled four meetings at all four buildings in the West Branch system.  The meetings are all open to the public.  The first meeting was held at Knox Elementary School on March 14, 2013.  A second meeting will be held in the West Branch High School Cafeteria on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:00 p.m.  On Thursday, March 21, a third meeting will be held in the cafetorium at West Branch Middle School at 7:00 p.m.  A final meeting will be held at Damascus Elementary School in the cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26.

The West Branch School Board and Administration invite and encourage parents and community members to attend any meeting that is convenient.

West Branch Alumni Association Holiday Show & Reception
Report Cards

Report Cards will be sent home with students on November 16, 2012 for the 1st 9 Weeks of school.  If your child owes school fees or lunch charges, they will not receive their report card on Friday.  Report Cards must be signed by a parent and returned to school by no later than November 20.

Middle School Craft Show

"Christmas in the Country"
November 3 from 10:00 - 4:00
West Branch Middle School

Phone Call to Middle School Families
October 1, 2012 Message
New Student Enrollment
Will Resume on
Thursday, September 6, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Superintendent's Office -- High School
HS Girls Basketball Summer League HS Girls Basketball Summer League
Catch some wonderful Girls Basketball Action with many areas teams on Monday and Thursday Nights.  Admission is FREE!  There are over 16 teams competing here at the BRANCH.  Click the link below for full scheduling details!

West Branch to Participate In Calamity Day Make Up Program
Blizzard Bags to be Used
Middle Years News is Here!
We have an additional newsletter on advice for assisting middle school students.  The first issue centers on organization and rumors.  We hope this helps!  Check out the NEWSLETTER TAB FOR MORE INFORMATION
Weather Delay & Cancellation Procedures

West Branch will follow the attached procedures for all delays and cancellations
for the 2018 -- 2019 school year:

Delays & Cancellations

West Branch Local School District - Calendar Survey


Help us by completing the short survey...

Student Council Food Drive


WBMS Student Council will be doing a food drive again this year to help families in need during the holiday season.  The drive will take place from November 9 through 17.  All non-perishable food items are accepted, but the following items are encouraged on the dates listed below.  Be sure the items have not expired and do not send items in glass jars.


Last year the school collected about 2,800 pounds of items.  The goal for this year is over 3,000 pounds. 



November 10 - First Aid Friday

November 13 - Macaroni Monday -  Can be mac & cheese, noodles, Spaghetti Os, Ravioli, etc.

November 14 - Tag team Tuesday- Spaghetti & Sauce, Taco meal kits

November 15 -Breakfast foods


November 17 - Free for all Friday 


Thanks in advance for your participation for this worthwhile community service project!



College Credit Plus - 6th through 8th graders


College Credit Plus (CCP) presents an opportunity for students to obtain college credits while still in school for FREE.  This opportunity is for any student in grades 7-12 who meets the criteria set forth by the institution in which they are seeking to take college classes.  The following links explain the timelines associated with this option, as well as, guidelines and the needed criteria.  If you have any further questions, please contact the high school CCP Coordinator and counselor, Mrs. Jana Stitle at (330)938-4405 or Jana.Stitle@WBWarriors.org


College Credit Plus Information


College Credit Plus Brochure


Timeline for CCP


Intent to Participate in CCP



Student Drop-off and Pick-up


Parents need to drop-off and pick-up students from the back of the MS building.  When driving around the back of the building, please make a loop in the parking lot so that your student exits and enters your car along the sidewalk, therefore NOT crossing traffic.  NO STUDENTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER OR EXIT THE BUILDING FROM THE FRONT DOORS unless they ride the bus.


Students may enter the building no earlier than 7:00am from the back of the building and must report to the Cafeteria until 7:22.  When the 7:22 bell rings, they will be released to go to their homeroom.


At the end of the day, parents need to make a loop in the back lot and pull along the sidewalk to allow their student to enter the car without crossing traffic.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation with these procedures.

WBMS PIE Election Results

WBMS PIE 2017-2018 Officers Elections took place on May 9th in the WBMS conference room at 8:30 am 

The officers will remain as follows

Lynne Peters - President

Jamie Neapolitan - Vice President

Marcie Curry - Treasure

Erika Miller - Secretary

1st PIE meeting for the 2017-2018 school year  will be held August 8th at 8:30 am in the WBMS conference room.

February 2017 Newsletter
It's Lady Warrior Softball Clinic Time!!

SoftballSoftball Clinics will be held for all girls in K - 6th grade in January and February.  Please click on the Grade Level flyers below to print, fill out and return to your child's gym teacher by no later than Friday, January 13, 2017


The Sebring-West Branch Girls Fastpitch League will be holding sign ups for the 2017 summer league at each clinic.  

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade                         3rd - 6th Grades

West Branch Middle School Title I Parent Meeting
PIE Spirit Wear Sale


Click here for a variety of Warrior clothing items for purchase.


Sale ends December 2nd and items will be available before Christmas.

Texas Roadhouse Rolls for Sale!

Just in time for your Thanksgiving Meal!

WBMS PIE is selling delicious rolls from Texas Roadhouse.

Click Here for more information.

Sale ends November 3, 2016.

Proceeds help pay for busing for end of year field trips.

September 2016 Middle Years Newsletters
Winter Sports Awards Program

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm in the MS Large Gym.  Parents need to bring a dessert to share for refreshments in the Cafeteria after the program.

King & I Auditions

King & I Auditions

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
6:00 p.m. -- 9:00 p.m.

For All Students Grades 2 - 8

Click Here for More Information

8th Grade Football 9-30

The 8th grade football team played Alliance. The Warriors made some mental mistakes early allowing Alliance to complete long run and pass plays on the first drive of the game. Alliance scored and the Warriors were down 6 - 0. After a three and out, the Warriors gave up a punt return for a touchdown and were down 12 - 0 at the end of the first quarter. The following play, Cranston followed his lead blocker Hurst and ran a 70 yard touchdown run. Lamp converted the two point conversion and the Warriors were down 12 - 8. After the defense forced a three and out, Ballard blocked a punt that was recovered by Craig. That helped set up another touchdown run by Lamp. After the Warriors took the lead 14 - 12, they never looked back. The Warriors offense controlled the clock in the second half, not allowing Alliance to have a possession in the entire 3rd quarter. The Warriors Defense played great in the second half, lead by Hunter and Flickinger. The Warriors won the game and are now 3 - 2 on the season. The 8th grade will travel to North West on October 7th. Go Warriors!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2015 -- 7:00 PM

STUDENTS $4.00           ADULTS $6.00
                                  ALL TICKETS $6.00 AT THE GATE


  • Tickets at the High School available at lunch time in the cafeteria and at Athletic Office from 9:00 – 3:00
  • Tickets at Middle School, Damascus, and Knox must be pre-ordered in the office by Friday morning.


Volleyball Wins 9-22

7th Grade Team beat Minerva 25-12, 4-25, 25-15

Ariah Hagan 9 points, 4 aces

Jordan Anderson 8 points, 6 aces

Sam Morris 8 points, 2 aces

Defensive Leaders:  Jordan Anderson and Riley Tuel


8th Grade Team beat Minerva 25-5, 25-12

Hannah Ridgeway 9 points, 5 aces, 3 kills, 2 blocks

Molly Peterson 9 points, 7 aces

Jerrianna Smith 4 kills


Great Job Teams!

Volleyball Scores 9-17-15

7th Grade lost to Boardman Glenwood 12-25, 18-25

Riley Tuel 7 points, 4 aces

Defensive Leaders: Sami Morris & Jacik Thomas


8th Grade won 25-12, 25-18

Elise Wallace 10 points, 6 aces

Jerriana Smith 6 points, 2 aces

Landon Stitle 5 points, 5 aces

Wallace, Ridgeway, Bock - each with 3 kills


Good evening 5th grade students and parents.  This is Mr. Kitzmiller calling to welcome you to WBMS and to inform you of some important dates and times to start the school year.

Grade 5 Schedule Pick-up and Open House is Monday, August 24th from 4:00-5:30.  This is a different date from Grades 6-8 Schedule pick-up.  A Parent and Student Orientation Meeting will take place at 5:30 in the MS Cafeteria with the Principals.

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 25.  Students may enter the building at 7:22.  The tardy bell rings at 7:35.  The school day ends at 2:40.  Parent drop-off and pick-up is at the rear of the building.

I am very excited about the start of the school year and look forward to meeting each of our students and parents.

This year our theme is WarriorPride – Efforts Today Rewards Tomorrow.  I am counting on great effort from each of our students this 5th grade year!

Enjoy your evening, and GO WARRIORS!

Seventh & Eighth Grade Volleyball Open Gym
July 20, 23, 24, 30 & 31
8:30 a.m. -- 10:00 a.m.

July 27, 28, 29
6:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m.

West Branch Middle School

Seventh Grade Try Outs
August 3rd -- 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

August 4th -- 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

August 5th -- 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

August 6th -- 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

August 7th -- 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

August 8th -- 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Eighth Grade Try Outs
August 3 -- 6:00 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m.
August 4 -- 6:00 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m.
August 5 -- 7:30 a.m. -- 10:00 a.m.
August 6 -- 7:30 a.m. -- 10:00 a.m.
August 7 -- 5:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m.


Thursday, May 28 after school until 5:00.


Click this link for details and permission slip.

Community Spirit Bus to Columbus on Friday

Community Bus to Columbus on Friday, March 20, 2015

The West Branch Alumni Association will sponsor a Community Bus to the State Semi Final Play-Off Game in Columbus on Friday, March 20, 2015.  The cost is $40.00 and includes the ticket to the game and round trip transportation on a Deluxe Motor Coach.  We must have 40 riders signed up by Noon on Thursday, March 19, 2015, in order for the trip to go.  Those interested should call the Athletic Department at 330.938.4408 prior to noon on Thursday, March 19, 2015.  The bus will leave from the parking lot in front of the high school auditorium at 10:00 a.m. on Friday and return at approximately 9:00 p.m.

End of the Year Parent Information End of the Year Parent Information

Report cards will be carried home on the final day of classes (June 4, 2014) in Kindergarten through Grade 8. All fees need to be paid to receive your final report card.

High School students will need to bring in a self-addressed stamped envelope to have their report card mailed home.  High school report cards will be mailed by June 13 pending the averaging of final exams.

Students in Grades 3 - 8 can receive a copy of their state testing results by bringing in a self-addressed stamped envelope to the office by June 4, 2014. Otherwise,students will receive state testing results at the beginning of the 2014 - 2015 school year. These should be mailed by June 27, 2014 pending the state shipment of results.

State Testing Adjustments for Grades 3- 8 State Testing Adjustments for Grades 3- 8

The state has pushed backed state testing with all the weather this winter. We need to make sure that all students are in school everyday, but especially the dates listed below.

Grade 3 & 4  -  May 1 and May 6

Grades 5 & 8 - April 29, May 1, and May 6

Grades 6 & 7 - April 29 and May 1

The Grade Levels with two tests will have Reading first and Math second.  The Grade levels with three tests will have Reading first, Math second, and Science third. 

WBMS Wrestlers NBC Champions!

Spelling Bee Winner

Congratulations to the WBMS 2014 Spelling Bee winner Zade Al-Shinnawi and runner up Olivia Sexton.  Zade will advance to the Vindicator Regional Spelling Bee.

WBMS 2014 Spelling Bee Participants

PIE Meeting January 14 @ 9:00
Hoop Shoot Winners

West Branch Local Schools held their annual Hoop Shoot contest sponsored by the Elks.  Pictured are the winners for each age category: Skyler Greenisen, girls 8-9 year olds; Dru DeShields, boys 8-9 year olds; (back row) Abie Davis, girls 10-11 year olds; Reese Leone, boys 12-13 year olds; and Grace Heath, girls 12-13 year olds.  These students will advance to the next round of the Elks Hoop Shoot.

Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts for sale during lunch periods.
The High School Pep Club and Cheerleaders will be selling Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts during lunch periods at the middle school from now until October 16th..  The cost is $10.00 per shirt.

All staff and students who purchase a T-shirt are encouraged to wear them for the high school varsity game against Minerva on October 25.

Excellence and Efficiency Excellence and Efficiency


Did you know...

1) Open enrollment generated in excess of $1,611,000 during the 2012 - 2013 school year or approximately 9% of revenue that supported the operation of the school district.
2) Other than property tax collections and funds received from the State of Ohio, open enrollment was the third largest source of revenue for school operations during the 2012 - 2013 school year.
3) Over 277 students took advantage of the open enrollment option during the 2012 -2013 school year filling seats and programs that would otherwise have been vacant.

Warrior Excellence....Pass it ON!

September Middle Years Newsletter

Click below for valuable information for the beginning of the school year.


Have you Moved or Changed Telephone Numbers?

Please contact the Superintendent's Office if you have moved and/or changed Telephone Numbers this Summer.  Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Phone:  330-938-9324.  Acceptable forms of Proof of Residency are:  Rental/Purchase Agreement, Gas or Electric Bill.  Proof of Residency is required before your Student's Bus Route can be adjusted for the 2014-15 School Year.  Telephone Number changes can be called in to the Superintendent's Office during the office hours listed above.

West Branch Athletic Physicals -- Middle School & High School Students physicals

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Cost:  $20 cash

Physical packets are available in the Athletic
Office and Middle School/High School Offices.

**Note -- All paperwork must be filled out with parent and
student signatures prior to the actual physical.

Code of Conduct
Physical Form
Concussion Info
Insurance Coverage

BYODevice Night

Learn to download and read free eBooks from the Library!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
West Branch Middle School

eBook Info

April Middle Years Newsletter
Spring Pictures

Friday, March 8 during the school day

MS Newsletter - November/December
West Branch Students Caught Reading West Branch Students Caught Reading
Why are we EXCELLENT WITH DISTINCTION? Even during a fire drill our students continue to work after exiting the building swiftly and safely! This is why our kids and staff are EXCELLENT WITH DISTINCTION!
First Day of School
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
...looking forward to a GREAT year!
Boys Basketball Camp Boys Basketball Camp
June 18, 19, 20

Register Now
Young and Alive Entertains Middle School Young and Alive Entertains Middle School
The West Branch High School Young and Alive show choir performed their 2011 Christmas Show for the students and staff of West Branch Middle School during an afternoon assembly on Wednesday.  Students especially enjoyed the musical number "Santa Baby" in which the "Winter Wonderettes" invited Principal Matt Manley on stage to act as 'Santa' (and embarrass him as much as possible!).
Christmas is for Sharing Christmas tree2

Knox Share a Christmas program is now passing out tags.

WBMS Honors Band Members


Congratulations to Samantha Tubbs, Ryan Irwin, and Ella Scofinsky of the West Branch Middle School Band program for being selected to participate in the Ohio State University Middle School Honors Bands!  Samantha is the trombone section leader in the WBMS 8th grade band and just recently performed this past fall with the OMEA District V Honors Band. Ryan is the top tuba player at West Branch Middle School and also plays trombone in the WBMS Jazz Band. Ella has earned a position in the 7th grade honors band at OSU on oboe. However, Ella is also a very versatile musician that plays clarinet and saxophone as well. These three West Branch Band students will be working with students from all over three different states in a special instrumental ensemble in Columbus on Saturday, February 17.

ALICE Informational Parent Meeting

ALICE Informational Parent Meeting

Monday, October 16, 2017
6:00 p.m.

West Branch High School Auditorium

Additional Information

Department of Education Releases School Report Cards

Ohio Department of Education Releases District and School Report Cards

The Ohio Department of Education will release the 2017 Ohio School Report Cards.  At this link, you will find spreadsheets which have district, school, community school, dropout recovery and prevention school, and career tech school grades, along with the Report Card Guide.

There are no new measures on the 2016 - 2017 report cards. Districts and schools are graded on six components - Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success. Districts and schools received an A-F grade on each of the six components and most of the individual measures.

September 2017 Newsletter
PIE Fundraiser

Dollar Sign Shop your favorite brands and our fundraiser to help pay for the 2018 end of year field trip bussing and ticket costs will earn up to 50% cash back on purchases. Shop now at https://www.flipgive.com/campaigns/81617-west-branch-middle-school-pie/store?fundraiser_id=333774#content


This is a great way for us to earn money without having to bug anyone to sell anything. Shop your favorite stores and brands right from this app and we can earn money from your purchase. 

6th Grade Student Screening by Alta
January 2017 Newsletter
Yearbook Activity Pictures Rescheduled


Yearbook Activity Pictures are rescheduled for Monday, December 19 due to the 2-hour delay on Wednesday, December 14.  


Students need to wear or bring their jerseys or team shirts for pictures on Monday.

Student Council Food Drive


What a Success!  WBMS students donated 2,880 pounds of food for the Student Council Food Drive.


Thanks to everyone for your donations and hard work.  A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Amy Criss, Student Council Advisor, and Student Council Officers and Members for leading this community service event.

  • 3,636 items collected 
  • 2,880 lbs of food


Weekly Events 11-07-16


  • Main Dish Monday for Student Council Food Drive
  • Book Fair Open


  • Toiletries Tuesday for Student Council Food Drive
  • Book Fair Open
  • PIE Meeting @ 8:30 am in Conference Room
  • LEO Club - After school until 4:00
  • Election Day - Be sure to vote!


  • Canned Fruit Wednesday for Student Council Food Drive
  • Fall Picture Make-Up Day


  • PB&J for Student Council Food Drive
  • Veterans' Day Program @ 2:00 in the large gym - Students wear Red, White, & Blue!
  • STEM Club after school until 4:00


  • Veterans' Day
  • Spirit Day - Students wear Green & White
  • First Aid Friday for Student Council Food Drive
  • Report Cards carried home with students
MS Football Teams 1 & 0

The 7th and 8th grade football teams are both 1 and 0 beginning te season with victories over Salem.


7th grade won 24-16 with Jed Smith scoring 24 points.  The offensive line did well and the defense played hard led by Nick Wilson with an interception.


8th grade rolled to a 28-6 victory.  David McKiever scored twice, Alec Wilson once and Brock Hillyer once.  Brock Hillyer added 2 - 2point conversions.  James Fitzsimmons led the defense with 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked punt.  Jarrod Rose and Alex Wilson each had an interception.  


Warriors travel to Minerva next Tuesday to battle the Lions.


Great job gentlemen!

One Call to 6th - 8th Graders 08-21-16

Students entering grades 6-8 will be able to pick up their schedules in the front of the MS between the hours of 8:00-3:00 on Friday, August 26.


New Student Orientation will be held on Monday, August 29 @ 5:30 in the MS.


The first day of school is Wednesday, September 7th and start time is 7:35.  Students may enter the building at 7:20.


MS Band Concert

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the West Branch High School Auditorium @ 7:00


November 9 through 18 - 1 winning homeroom per grade level will receive choice of doughnut or ice cream sandwich.


November 9-13:

  • Monday- anything is worth 5 points
  • Tuesday- Toiletries
  • Wednesday- PB & J
  • Thursday- Breakfast
  • Friday- Soup & Crackers

November 16-18

  • Monday-Fruits & Veggies
  • Tuesday-Turkey Day items
  • Wednesday- All items worth 5 points.


Sample size does not count towards bonus.  However sample sizes can be donated.  5 sample sized items = 1 item.

After School STEM Program begins Oct 29

This year at WBMS we will be offering a STEM program after school from 2:45-4:15pm every Thursday starting October 29th. We are so excited to bring the “Believe in Ohio” program to West Branch! The Believe in Ohio program is a student entrepreneurship program that focuses on developing Ohio’s next generation of STEM innovators.  Students in this program will be engaging in problem solving activities and will take their idea and design to a local competition in the spring.  


Click here for Permission Slip for the program.


Click here for more information that was presented October 15.

7th Grade Football 9-29
The Warriors Won 26 - 14 and are still undefeated on the season. 
The Next game is against Canfield on October 13.
Go Warriors!
Volleyball 9-28-15

7th Grade lost to Louisville 14-25, 15-25

Sam Morris 5 points, 3 aces

Jordan Anderson 4 kills, 1 block


8th Grade beat Louisville 25-19, 25-20

Elise Wallace 10 points, 7 aces, 6 kills

Payton Alazaus 6 points, 3 aces

Hannah Ridgeway 5 kills

7th Grade Football Results 9-22

The 7th grade football team played Carrollton last night and won the game behind a strong defensive performance. The Warriors had multiple fourth down stops, as well as an interception returned for a Touchdown by David Mckeiver. The defense was lead by Aiden Wiesemann, Brock Smith, and Kaden Bandy. The Warriors shut down Carrollton by not allowing a score the entire game.

Mckeiver showed off his speed by breaking multiple long touchdown runs throughout the game, including his first carry of the game, which was a 70 yard touchdown run. The offensive line dominated and showed their will to win last night. Alex Wilson caught a two point conversion from Jarrod Rose.
The final Score was 30 - 0. The Warriors won the game and are now 4 - 0 on the season. They take on Alliance next week.
One Call 9-15-15

Please check out several important announcements in the One Call.



The WB Middle School golf team improved its record to 8 wins and 0 losses on Tuesday, August 18th, by defeating Alliance 200 - 252. 


Leading scorers for WB were Nick Pidgeon 42, Brett Blickensderfer 49, Gavin Leek 54, Joey Maretich 55, and Reese Leone 55.


June 1 @ 8:00 - Grades 7/8 4th 9 Weeks Awards - Cafeteria


June 2 @ 8:00 - Grades 5/6 4th 9 Weeks Awards - Cafeteria


June 3 @ 8:00 - Grades 5-8 Year-End Awards - Large Gym

Final Four Basketball Ticket Sales & Directions to Columbus


Girls' Basketball State Semi Final tickets are on sale now in the Athletic Office!!  Tickets bought at WBHS are $8.00 and placed in the West Branch Fan Section.  All tickets will be $10.00 at the gate.


Tickets will be on sale:

Monday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Tuesday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Wednesday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, and Thursday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.  West Branch receives 15% of all advanced ticket sales.


Directions to the Schottenstein Center:

Take I-71 South to I-270 West and proceed 2-3 miles to Route 315 South.  Follow approximately 4 miles.  Exit at Ackerman Road and turn left.  Turn right on Fred Taylor Drive, or proceed to Olentangy River Road and turn right.

Lady Warriors District Champs

West Branch will meet Chagrin Falls in the Regional Semi-Finals on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:15 PM. Tickets are on sale NOW in the West Branch High School Office. Spirit buses will be going from the Middle School and High School.


State Testing Meeting Draws Crowd State Testing Meeting Draws Crowd

Special Thanks to our parents nd Sen Joe Schiavoni for hosting a meeting on the new state assessments. Below is the powerpoint with information about the new testing and its affect on students, staff, and district.


West Branch Testing Powerpoint from 2/9/15 Parent Meeting



Communication a Key: Levy Informational Meetings Communication a Key: Levy Informational Meetings

Informational meetings about the upcoming school levy will be held in all 4 buildings. We look forward to sharing information as to the need, terms, and future of the West Branch Local Schools. All levy meetings will offer games and activities in the gym for children, so that parents can attend.  There will be prize giveaways at all meetings. Everyone will receive a FREE raffle ticket for attending. A drawing will occur at the end of every meeting. In addition, if you would like to hold a club or neighborhood meeting, we will come to you!  Please call Mona in the Superintendent's Office (330-938- 9324) for scheduling

3-27-14  HS Auditorium     7:30 PM

4-8-14   Damascus Cafeteria   6:30 PM

4-14-14  WBMS Cafeteria    6;30 PM

4-28-14  Knox Cafeteria      6:30 PM

New Student Registration

New Student Registration will resume on Thursday, September 4, 2014.  Click Here for the New Student Registration Packet.  Forms must be completed before you come in to register.  Please bring all of the required documents listed in the registration packet.  Registration Hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm in the Superintendent's Office.  Registration Questions, please call 330-938-9324.

Blizzard Bag/Calamity Day Activities

Ohio weather is very unpredictable and we never know how many calamity days our school district will use.  Currently, the State of Ohio permits five calamity days that do not have to be made up.  In addition to these five days, West Branch has been granted an additional three days known as “Blizzard Bag” make up days.  According to current state guidelines, we are able to make up an additional three days by using “Blizzard Bag/Calamity Day Activities.”

As of January 31, 2014, West Branch has exceeded the five calamity days allotted by the State and we are using Blizzard Bag/Calamity Day Activities to make up work.  As of January 31, 2014, Knox students need to complete two blizzard bag day activities.  All other West Branch students need to complete one day of Blizzard Bay/Calamity Day activities.

Teachers have posted Blizzard Bag/Calamity Day Activities on their web pages.  Students will have two weeks from the date of the school closure to complete the Blizzard Bag/Calamity Day Activities.  Students who do not have access to the internet from home, will receive their “Blizzard Bag” assignments when they return to school.  If parents have questions or concerns, please contact the principal of your child’s school.

MS Student Council Food Drive

Thanks to everyone who assisted with the Food Drive for Christmas.  The winning homerooms are:

  • 5th grade~ Mrs. Criss
  • 6th grade~ Ms. French
  • 7th grade~ Mr. Falasca
  • 8th grade~ Mrs. Eddins

The food was donated to Acts 2 Ministry in order to help families in need.  

West Branch Schools Vision West Branch Schools Vision

How do you reach goals? What do we stand for as a a district? Monthly a leadership team made up of teachers, parents, board members and administrators meet to plan strategies to focus on always striving to improve. Our goals are listed on the left tab under OIP goals. You can also click the link below for more information.



September 10 @ 9:00 in the MS Conference Room

PIE Meeting on May 7 at 9:00 a.m.

Please join us for the West Branch Middle School Partners In Education (PIE) meeting on May 7 at 9:00 a.m.

Schedule Change.....IMPORTANT Schedule Change.....IMPORTANT


TO: West Branch Parents April 9, 2013

 FROM: Dr. Scott Weingart, Superintendent

 REGARDING: Teacher In-Service Day and Two-Hour Delays

 West Branch Local Schools will follow an adjusted schedule for three days in the month of May. I wanted to get this out to all parents as soon as possible to assist you in your planning.

 FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013: Students will not be in session on this day. The West Branch Staff will be engaged in School Safety Training that day. This is the ALICE SAFETY TRAINING that many of our neighboring school districts are using with their staffs.

 WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013 AND TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013: West Branch Local Schools will follow a Two-Hour Delay Schedule these days. The State of Ohio has mandated a number of educational initiatives and the West Branch Staff will be working on those initiatives during these two days.

 We appreciate the support and understanding of our parents as we engage in these important in-services for our staff.

From the Ohio Department of Education From the Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Education Minute

The Ohio Education Minute is a series of one-minute spots designed to highlight interesting and relevant topics in education. Please feel free to download files for use in your radio broadcasts and podcasts.


What's Changing in Ohio Education

There are several initiatives impacting Ohio schools over the next few years. These are several one-page handouts that explain some of the big issues along with a timeline of key implementation dates.


Please select Learn More below


Dance for Grades 7/8

March 8 after school until 5:00 PM

Admission $5 with permission slip.

Pay at lunch on March 7 & 8

All School Phone Call
Click below for a transcript of the phone message sent on the evening of November 15.

Yes Virginia,Craft Show A SUCCESS! Halloween and Craft show 2012 127.MP4
Thank you everyone for your patronage of the Annual MS Craft Show.  We had over 90 vendors this year and lots of great food.  The Craft Show was organized by Lana Tipton, Lori Mickey, and Sherri Gibbons.  The food was coordinated by Nancy Penrod.  Thank you to the many teachers, students, and parents that volunteered!

All pictures with Santa are at the left tab under Photo Galleries at both the district and MS web page.  Look on the left for Photo Galleries. In the meantime, enjoy the sounds of Ms. Kylie Dean!
Little Warriors Basketball Sign Ups
Sign ups dates are Sept. 27 6-8 p.m., Oct. 4 6-8 p.m., and Oct. 11 6-8 p.m.
more information is available at the Little Warriors Basketball website.
Athletic Department NOW on FACEBOOK & TWITTER Athletic Department NOW on FACEBOOK & TWITTER
Did you know there is a charge for the West Branch vs. Southeast FB Scrimmage?

Did you know that you can now buy year long student and adult passes at a great discount?

You would KNOW if you friend us at WEST BRANCH ATHLETICS! Get in the game and stay connected!

Facebook:  West Branch Athletics
Twitter:  @WarriorsWB

Go Warriors!
Right to Read Week Story Time Offered Right to Read Week Story Time Offered
Future Teachers of America to Present Story Hour
Monday, May 14, 2012
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
WBMS Student wins top Power of the Pen Award WBMS Student wins top Power of the Pen Award
WBMS Student 1st in the State
District Newsletter
West Branch Local Schools Announces Preschool Screening & Kindergarten Registration Dates

Preschool pictureKG Reg photo

PIE Fund-raiser - Yankee Candles


Order Yankee Candles through the website through January 11 and the profits will go towards the PIE fund-raiser to help pay for transportation for end of the year field trips.


Yankee Candles can be ordered on-line at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com using group #999971564.  


Fall Sports Awards Program


Monday, October 23 @ 7:00 in the Large Gym.  


Student athletes will be recognized by their coaches for their efforts this season.


Parents are encouraged to bring a dessert to share for after the program.  Refreshments will be served in the Cafeteria.

Student Expectations 2017
English Festival Results


35 students attended the YSU English Festival.  The following students were recognized for their efforts.

Eris Dugan & Macey Stancato- 2nd place in the Not-so- trivial- pursuit: In limerick writing Ryley Pittman placed 3rd; and in 1st place, Gloriana Maendel.

Congratulations to all who finished reading the list of books and thank you for representing WBMS well.



7th Grade Students

Bell, Peyton 

Billiter, Sierra

Bonar, Felicia 

Derry, Paige 

Dugan, Eris 

Gabrelcik, Liana 

Hoffman, Kiersten 

Hoopes, Kyle 

Jones, Addyson 

Koneval, Danielle 

Love, Ruby 

Maendel, Gloriana 

McCune, Elizabeth 

Mercer, Sydney

Pittman, Ryley 

Schmid, Abby 

Sexton, Mariah 

Shields, Tori 

8th Grade Students

Bias, Calista 

Close, Kennedy 

Faudree, Alexis 

Fye, Anna 

Greiner, Kaylee 

Hicks, Kaylyn 

James, Ashley

Mutton, Kylee 

Smith, Marah 

Sprague, Joey 

Stancato, Macey 

Stephens, Abigail 

Walsh, Makenzie 

9th Grade Students

Barnette, Emma

Caruthers, Bethany

Chick, Mario

Grice, Angela

February Students of the Month


Row 1: 5th Madalyn Klemann-6th Ella Scofinsky-7th Eris Dugan-8th Katelyn Tedrow


Row 2: 5th Trey Jones-6th Mason Barnett-7th Colton Dennison-8th Garrett Harvey



Basketball Action 01-18-17


7th grade girls lost a hard fought battle 16-18 vs Carrollton.  Anna Lippiatt had 10 points


8th grade girls beat Carrollton 29-13. A great defensive effort by the entire team lead by Emma Egli.  Jillian Pidgeon was the leading scorer with 10 points! 


7th grade boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker to Carrollton 34-39.


The 8th grade boys basketball team defeated Carrollton 21-16 last night. The Warriors were led by JD Brain 5 points and Brock Smith 4 points 5 rebounds. Malakhi Mitchell sparked the Warriors off the bench with his 6 rebounds and 2 blocks a long with 2 points. The defense stood tall only giving up 16 points. Jarred Rose and Alek Wilson had 2 assists each. The Warriors are now 7-4 and travel to Salem on Monday.

Weekly Events 11-21-16


  • 3:00-7:00 WBHS Blood Drive @ Middle School



  • Grandparent Lunch Forms are due
  • 2:45-4:00 LEO Club
  • 3:00-5:30 Winter Sports Pictures


Wednesday through Monday, November 23-28 

  • No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!


Tuesday, November 29

  • School Resumes
Middle School Honors Band

OMEA District 5

 Middle School Honors Band


Congratulations to Alaya Kiser, Justin Cederbloom, Abby Stephens, and Cheyenne Saulsberry of the West Branch Middle School Band for being selected to participate in the District 5 Middle School Honors Band. The honors band is sponsored by the Ohio Music Education Association. Students are selected from all over Trumbull, Ashtabula, and Mahoning counties to participate in this special advanced musical ensemble.

An extra special congratulations goes out to Alaya Kiser for earning first chair clarinet in the ensemble!

Their experience will conclude with a concert at Stambaugh Auditorium on Saturday, November 19th at noon.


Lady Warrior Softball Fundraiser at Chipotle on Wednesday, November 9th!!

Volleyball Team to play in NBC Championship

West Branch 8th grade volleyball beat Louisville in the NBC semi finals Last night. They advance to the finals on Wednesday to play Marlington.

Scores WB 20 Louisville 25, WB 25 Louisville 17, WB 26 Louisville 24

What a great team effort by the girls to come back from being down 12-19! 


Bailey Campbell 11 points 7 aces

Jordan Anderson 12 kills

Riley Tuel 10 assists, 10 kills

Sam Morris 7 points, 3 aces

Jaci Thomas 7 points, 1 ace


GOOD LUCK! BEAT the Dukes!! 

West Branch Wrestling Camp Wrestling

(Open to K - 6 Students)

Friday, October 14, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

West Branch High School Gym

MS Golf Team

The golf team improved its season record to 6 wins and 0 losses by defeating Minerva 200-272.  Playing well for the Warriors were Aiden Weisemann, Tony Pagnucco, JD Brain, Garrett Harvey, Christian Starcher, Seth Ayers, and Gabby Leek. 


The team is back in action Wednesday night at Marlington.



February 2016 Newsletter
Warrior News

Please check out

Superintendent Phillips' November Newsletter

Located Under Superintendent's Message

(Left Hand Side Bar)

8th Grade Volleyball Tournament


Congratulations Grade 8 Lady Warriors!

...for beating Salem and advancing to the NBC Championship Game vs Marlington @ 5:00 @ Alliance Middle School on Wednesday, October 21.  Scores: 25-22, 17-25, 26-24


Elise Wallace 11 kills, 3 blocks, 8 points, 5 aces

Hannah Ridgeway 8 kills, 5 blocks

Sammie Tuel 8 points, 2 aces

Landon Stitle 11 points, 5 assists

Molly Peterson 7 points, 1 ace

Defensive Leader - Sammie Tuel


Go WARRIORS, beat the Dukes!



MS Volleyball Scores 9-21-15

7th Grade beat Canton South 25-9, 17-25, 28-26.


Ariah Hagan 17 points, 7 aces

Sam Morris 11 points, 5 aces

Riley Tuel 11 points, 5 aces

Defensive Leaders - Jordan Anderson & Riley Tuel


8th Grade beat Canton South 25-4, 25-22


Hannah Ridgeway 14 points, 8 aces, 4 kills, 1 block

Landon Stitle 7 points, 3 aces

Peyton Alazaus 6 points, 3 aces

Volleyball Scores 9-16

7th Grade lost to Alliance 18-22, 10-25

Leading scorer - Jordan Anderson - 3 points, 2 aces


8th Grade beat Alliance 25-16, 15-10

Hannah Ridgeway - 5 kills, 1 block

Jessica Bock - 4 kills

Elise Wallace - 7 points, 4 aces

Landon Stitle - 5 points, 2 aces

Football Game Adjusted Dates and Times


Practice will take place after school with shoulder pads and shorts.

7th Grade will play Minerva on Wednesday at 4:30 for 2 quarters, followed by a full 8th grade game.

Volleyball Action 9-10-15

7th Grade lost to Salem 19-25, 16-25, 20-25.

Ariah Hagan 8 points, 4 aces

Riley Tuel 4 points, 1 ace

Grace Weingart 4 points, 2 aces


8th Grade lost to Salem 22-25, 26-24, 20-25

Hannah Ridgeway 4 blocks, 10 kills

Sammie Tueal 3 digs

Bailey Boosz 5 digs, 9 points, 4 aces

Elise Wallace 8 points, 5 aces









MS students will be dismissed from school at 1:30 on June 3rd.  


Make it a GREAT Summer of 2015!

February 2015 Newsletter
Honor Rolls Announced

Congratulations to all the students who excelled in the classroom for the fourth nine weeks.

Fourth Nine Week Honor Roll List

Get Fit, Get Active!

Our after school "Get Fit, Get Active" excercise program for students in fifth and sixth grades will resume on February 20 and run every Thursday until May 1.  

This fun exercise program has become a favorite after school activity for many of our younger students who want to get some extra exercise in a fun atmosphere with friends.  Permission slips will be available in the school office.



New Discipline Plan at WBMS
Levy Information Levy Information

Keep Current on School Issues

5 yr. 3/4% Income Tax Levy on Ballot -- May 6, 2014

Levy Info

Enrollment History

Reductions to Date

New Student Registration is now open.  Registration Hours are from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Superintendent's Office located inside West Branch High School.  Please click on the following link for Registration Requirements and Forms.

New Student Registration Forms

Fifth Grade Band

There is still time to enroll in Fifth Grade Band for the 2013-2014 school year.

Please contact Middle School Band Director Mr. Stehura at 330-938-4325 or by email at Bryan.Stehura@wbwarriors.org. Band forms and other information are avaiable at Mr. Stehura's Teacher Website.

West Branch to Accept Open Enrollment Applications

Deadline to Apply is 4:00 pm today, May 15th!!

MS Wrestlers are NBC CHAMPIONS! MS Wrestlers are NBC CHAMPIONS!
Grade 5 Growth and Development
This maturation program will be in 2 sessions - one for 5th grade boys and one for 5th grade girls.  Click below to learn more information.
Middle School New York Trip Information
*The New York trip for 7th and 8th grade students will be March 15-17, 2013.
*The first payment for the trip is due by November 9, 2012.  
*An adult bus is being planned and room is available.  
Call Mrs. Brown for more information.
*Here is the information form and permission slip.
*Questions should be directed to trip sponsor Mrs. Brown at 330-537-2146.
WB Teachers Always Learning WB Teachers Always Learning
On Friday October 12, 2012, the West Branch students and teachers had a day off from the school. The WB Teachers work a day during the summer, so October 12th is a day off. However, many teachers still attended learning opportunities. Seven Teachers attended the Mc Tech conference at the Mahoning County Career Center. The teachers left with some outstanding tips on how to integrate technology into their classrooms. The teachers attending the Tech Conference were: Ms Brooke Lancey, Mrs. Cindy Helms, Mrs. Chris Lydic, Mrs. Treva Cline, Mr. Scott Helsley, Mr. Aaron Berstein, and Mrs. Necole Carlisle.
Car Show
Saturday, May 19, 2012
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Rain or Shine
2015-16 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 8:00 am - 11:30 am

Please call Anna for an Appointment

between the hours of 
9:00 am & 3:00 pm
Entering Grade 7 Students Must Have TDAP
Records must be on file with nurse by 8/26/11
Social Media Safety - Please Read

October 3, 2018

Parents and Guardians:

Please be aware of a social media "game" that has been popping up around the country and world. The "Momo Challenge" is another social media threat our kids are facing. School internet filters are flagged any time threatening or suspicious words are searched from a student's school account. We have had at least one case of a student searching "Momo Challenge" that we want all parents to be aware of. While this particular case appears isolated, we felt all parents should be aware of this potentially dangerous "game."

Below are links to an article and video about this new threat (similar to the Blue Whale Challenge from the past few years). PLEASE monitor your child's internet and phone useage daily and discuss with them the appropriate use of technology. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our school counselors (Ms. Knowles, 330-938-4304 for grades 5-6 and Mrs. Ruark, 330-938-4308 for grades 7-8).

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM8puiZbb7k

Article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/09/05/the-momo-challenge-a-sinister-threat-to-young-people-or-an-urban-myth/?utm_term=.e46e69acdd71


Superintendent News

Warrior Notes

Click on the link below to read updates from Mr. Saxton, Superintendent.

Fall Newsletter

Eighth Graders Attend Presentation

Eighth graders from West Branch Middle School attended the Cutting Edge Manufacturing presentation.  This great experience allowed the students to learn about cutting edge jobs in the manufacturing industry.
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Middle Years Newsletter - September 2017
West Branch Launches Mobile App


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In an effort to improve communication the West Branch Local School District is providing parents, students and community members with a new way to stay connected with the schools. The district launched a free mobile app on April 27, 2017. This app allows users to receive customizable school news, school building and district calendars, push notifications, texts messages and more - all directly on their smartphone and mobile devices.

The “West Branch Local School District” app is available for download for iPhone and Android users in the App Store, and the online iTunes and Google Play app stores.  Parents are not required to download the app to continue to receive school communications, but app users have access to a number of tools that will make those communications more convenient.

Designed to make it more convenient and easier than ever for parents and families to stay informed the mobile app offers a regularly updated feed of important school news and events.  Users can customize the app by selecting the schools they are most interested i for news and updates. Users can also choose to receive push notifications to quickly get news and updates about school closures and emergencies, events and more.

It is our belief that our students are more successful in school when parents are engaged in their learning and school activities. With our new mobile app, individuals can stay connected with our schools and with the activities our students are engaged in every day.

Basketball Action 01-30-17


The 7th grade boys basketball team crushed the Alliance Aviators 42-17. The Warriors played good team basketball, by dishing out 11 assists on the 18 total baskets made. Also the Warriors hit 5 total threes lead by Cade Cameron (with 2), Nick Wilson (1) for a total of 11 points for the game, Garrison Martin (1), and Carson Dota (1). 


The 8th grade boys lost a heartbreaker on Monday to Alliance 41-38. The loss drops the Warriors to 9-6 on the season. The Warriors were led by Andrew Coffee 11 points, 6 rebounds and David McKeiver 9 points, 8 rebounds. The Warriors take on Canton South on Wednesday, come out and support the team as it will be our last game at home.


7th grade girls beat Alliance last night 41-29

Anna Lippiatt with 11 points, Sydney Mercer 9 points, and Morgan Loudon 5 points


8th grade girls beat Alliance 43-36

Riley Tuel 12 points, & Jillian Pidgeon 11 points 

Special Board Meeting

Special Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
4:30 p.m.
High School Conference Room
(Discussion of Employment of Public Official -- Executive Session)

Letter from the State of Ohio Senate to WBMS

Letter from State of Ohio Senate

This is a Congratulations Letter from Senator Keith Faber, President of the Ohio Senate, and Senator Joe Schiavoni, Minority Leader, for WBMS earning the Momentum Award for All A's in Student Value-Added Growth on the State Report Card.



Christmas Lunch for Grandparents


Grandparents are invited to enjoy a free Christmas Lunch at school on December 15 along with Christmas music provided by some of our students.  


Be sure to RSVP by no later than November 22.


Click here for more information.

Welcome New Teachers and Administrators Welcome New Teachers and Administrators

New staff orientation was held for all new teachers and administrators.  Welcome Danielle Aeschbacher, Treva Cline, Erin Gillingham, Stephanie Lantzer, Kent Paulini, Caitlin Reash, David Reel, Timothy Saxton, Jessica Scullion, Alyssa Stitzel, Lisa Tornincasa, Kerry Varble, Kathryn Whaley, Heidi Wilhelm and Jorri Zmuda.

West Branch Presents
King & I

Friday, February 12 - Sunday, February 14, 2016

7:30 Shows on Friday & Saturday
2:00 Shows on Saturday & Sunday

Please call 330-938-4442 for tickets.

Middle Years Newsletter - December 2015
LEO Club to Start at WBMS

Tuesday, November 10 from 2:45-3:30 is the first meeting and the group will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

LEO stands for:

  • Leadership
  • Experience
  • Opportunity

This service organization is open to any student in grades 5-8.

Students will be serving the school and community by doing a variety of service projects such as cleaning up around the school, sending letters to U.S. Service Personnel, making food for shut-ins, etc. 

This program is under the direction of the Homeworth Lions and Mrs. Santee, our school nurse's aide, will be assisting to supervise students.



Parent/Teacher Conferences 10-15-15

MS Scheduled Conferences are from 2:40-5:00.

Open Conference Times are from 5:30-8:40.


Parent Meeting for students interested in the After School STEM program will be held at 6:00 in the Cafeteria.

MS Golf Season Draws to Completion

The middle school golf team played in the Carrollton tournament over the weekend and represented West Branch very well.  The team finished in 3rd place overall, out of 12 teams. 


Scores for this 18 hole event were Nick Pidgeon 89, Brett Blickensderfer 92, Reese Leone 100, and Joey Maretich 101.


Great job team and great season.


Congratulations NBC Champions!

Football Results 9-16-15

7th grade - The 7th grade team played hard and finished off Minerva. The Warriors played a great game winning 14 - 6. Alex Wilson scored on two long touchdown runs, one set up by a great pitch by Qb Tanner Egli. 

8th grade -  The 8th grade team played a flawless game. Lead by the defense which only gave up three first downs the entire game. The defense helped put the offense in great situations all night long, while also adding a score of their own when Frankie hit the QB allowing Hunter to intercept the ball and return it for a 30 yard Touchdown.
The offense did their part as well. Scoring on every possession of the game. Touchdown runs by Cranston, Bickley, Lamp, Flickinger and Mckevier. 
The Warriors won the game 54-0
The Warriors take on Carrollton next week.

West Branch will play at The Ohio State University on Friday March 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM vs Toledo Rogers in the state semi-finals. The lady Warriors took a 20 to 0 lead against Geneva and never looked back to stamp their ticket to Columbus. 

Ticket information and details coming soon!

West Branch CLOSED on TUESDAY 2-18-14

West Branch will be CLOSED on TUESDAY, February 18, 2014.

Please remember to check the website for your Blizzard Bag (Calamity Day) work for the day!

Supply Lists
Summer Camps Offered footballcamp

West Branch Athletics are pleased to announce that we have several sports camps offered during the summer.  Please click below on the one you are interested in:

Football Camp -- June 11 - 12, 2018
Football Brochure

Girls' Basketball Camp -- June 11 - 13, 2018
Girls' Basketball Brochure

Boys' Basketball Camp -- June 13 - 15, 2018
Boys' Basketball Brochure

Soccer Camp -- July 30 - August 2, 2018
Soccer Camp Flyer

Right to Read Week Right to Read Week

Car Show

Saturday, May 18, 2013

3:00 -- 6:00 p.m.



Phone Book Recycling Phone Book Recycling

We are happy to announce Damascus Elementary has once again been invited to participate in Project ReDirectory.  Please recycle your unwanted phonebooks in the back of the Damascus Building by April 30th.   Phone books collected will reduce waist to our landfills while bringing positive recognition to our school.  Students work hard all year and learn responsibility through the importance of caring for the environment.  The event is sponsored by YP and the Mahoning County Green Team.   Thank you in advance for your cooperation and willingness to support Damascus Elementary and our environment.

Project ReDirectory Flyer

Middle School Students Shine at Solo and Ensemble Contest

Congratulations to all of the West Branch Middle School Band students for their hard work and diligent preparation for the Ohio Music Education Association’s Solo and Ensemble Contest. The students received an amazing 17 “Superior” ratings and 7 “Excellent” ratings at the event on Saturday March 23rd at Struthers High School!

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Warrior Softball Clinic Softball

Fundamental Softball Skills

High School Gym
$25 (includes instruction & tshirt)

K - 2
Monday, December 11 -- Tuesday, December 12, 2017
5:30 - 7:30

Grades 3 - 6
Wednesday, December 13 -_ Thursday, December 14, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 

Contact Coach Woods for further information:

K -2 Form
3 - 6 Form

WBMS PIE Meeting
Monday, December 10 @ 9:00 am
The Little Mermaid Comes to Life The Little Mermaid Comes to Life
West Branch High School's Fall Production
Safe Schools Tip Line Information


Safe Schools Tip Line is Anonymous...844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) and is available 24/7...

ALICE Parent Meeting Slide Show Available Here

Get a copy of the presentation and more information about ALICE!


Open Enrollment for 2018-2019 School Year


Open Enrollment forms will be accepted at West Branch High School beginning at 8:00 am on Monday, April 16 through Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm.  Please click on the links below for the appropriate guidelines and applications.  If you have any additional questions about Open Enrollment, please call the Superintendent's Office at 330-938-9324 during school hours.

Inter-District Open Enrollment Guidelines - students who live outside the WBLSD
Inter-District Open Enrollment Application - students who live outside of the WBLSD

Intra-District Open Enrollment Guidelines -- Kindergarten - Fourth only, if you live in WBLSD
Intra-District Open Enrollment Application -- Kindergarten - Fourth only, if you live in WBLSD


WB PreSchool Staff

West Branch Preschool recently received a 5-Star Rating from the State of Ohio. This rating means that West Branch Preschool engages in the highest quality education for all preschool students and families. We would not be able to achieve this honor without our students, parents and especially our amazing staff! West Branch would like to extend a special congratulations to the Preschool Staff, lead teachers, Kathie Menegay, Tricia Barkee and Katie Whaley, assistant teachers, Hannah Dunn, Jackie Mabry and Sarah Francis, as well as program coordinator, Allison Krupko and administrator, Micki Egli. What a wonderful accomplishment by all!

Weekly Events 12-12-16



  • 5:00 BB vs Carrollton - Girls Away, Boys Home


  • 11:00 PIE Mtg
  • 12:00 PAC Mtg
  • 2:45-4:00 LEO Club
  • 7:00 HS Band Concert


  • Yearbook Activity Pictures - Be sure to remind students to wear their jerseys or shirts representing their teams
  • 5:00 BB vs Salem - Girls Away, Boys Home


  • Christmas Lunch and Dress Up Day
  • 11:00 Grandparent Program in small gym
  • 12:10 Grandparent Lunch
  • 2:45-4:00 STEM After School
  • 5:30 Wrestling @ Carrollton


  • 6:30 - Grade 7 Choir Concert
  • 8:00 - Grade 8 Choir Concert
Momentum Award



The Ohio Department of Education recognized West Branch Middle School with the Momentum Award for high performance on the State Report Card for exceeding expectations in the area of Growth for the year.  West Branch Middle School received all As on all Value-Added measures on the 2015-2016 School Report Card including; all students, gifted students, lowest 20% students, and students with disabilities.


The Teachers are to be commended for delivering outstanding instruction to students to enable the growth to occur.  Students are to be commended for working very hard by giving their best EFFORTS each day in the classroom.


This honorable award was only issued to 4 public school buildings out of more than 50 school buildings in Mahoning County.


Way to go WARRIORS!



Efforts Today Rewards Tomorrow


Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break

November 23 - November 28, 2016
(November 28 -- Inservice for Staff -- No Classes)

WBMS & Knox Receive Excellence in Education Awards!


The Eastern Ohio Education Partnerships issued Knox & WBMS the Excellence in Education Award for Progress (Value-Added) on the 2015-2016 School Report Card.


Congratulations to ALL staff and students for their efforts to achieve this success!

October Middle Years Newsletter
MS Golfers in Action Week of 08-08-16

The golf team had a very good first week of match play. 


West Branch defeated Carrollton on Monday, then beat Minerva on Tuesday.  The team concluded the week by finishing 2nd out of 5 teams in the Westville Middle School Open. 


Garrett Harvey was the 1st place medalist for WB in the field of 30 golfers.  Also playing well for the Warriors throughout the week were J.D. Brain, Jillian Pidgeon, Tony Pagnucco, Aiden Weisemann, and Seth Ayers. 


The team will be back in action this Tuesday and Wednesday, August 16 & 17, at Westville Golf Course. 


Great job!  GO WARRIORS!!!

WBMS Beginning of School Year Dates and Times

August 26 - 8:00-3:00 - Schedule Pick-up for students in grades 6-8 in front of building

August 29 - 4:30-5:30 - Grade 5 Schedule Pick-up and Open House - in front of building & grade 5 classrooms

August 29 - 5:30-6:30 - Grade 5 and New Student Orientation in the Cafeteria

September 7 - First Day of School

     7:10-7:30 - Students arrive - Students riding in cars need to arrive at the back of the building

     7:35 - Tardy Bell

     2:40 - Student Dismissal - Parents who pick up their children in cars need to use the back of the building

Warrior Pride: Congratulations Fall Sports

Congratulations to fall athletes for an outstanding fall! We wish our class of 2016 seniors the best of luck! Thank you for your leadership! Your experiences on the field, court, and classroom makes you a leader prepared for life. Thank you to the band and cheerleaders for making our Warrior spirit strong! Your leadership inspires! 

Spirit Week @ WBMS

WBMS will compete among grade levels for the grade with the most WARRIORPRIDE for the district-wide Spirit Week as the HS football team prepares to beat Salem Friday night.


Monday Evening One Call

One Call 10-12-15

  1. Parent Teacher Conferences will be held this Thursday, October 15.  Scheduled conferences will be from 2:40-5:00 and Open Conferences will be from 5:30-8:40.  We encourage you to engage with your child’s education.
  2. This year at WBMS we will be offering a STEM program after school from 2:45-4:30pm every Thursday starting October 29th. We are excited to bring the “Believe in Ohio” program to West Branch! The Believe in Ohio program is a student entrepreneurship program that focuses on developing Ohio’s next generation of STEM innovators.  Students in this program will be engaging in problem solving activities and will take their idea and design to a local competition in the spring. 
    1. Thursday, October 15 at 6:00pm, same night as conferences, there will be a parent meeting for those who are interested in the Cafeteria.
  3. The clothing closet will be open on October 15th from 4pm – 7 pm.  We have a wide variety of styles and sizes of clothing, underclothing, pajamas, athletic wear, winter apparel, and shoes.  Everything is provided at no cost and is open to the whole West Branch Community.


West Branch hosted a 5 team middle school golf outing  which included WB, Marlington, Alliance, Carrollton, and Minerva on Friday  at Westville golf course. Winning team was West Branch with a score of 375 followed by Marlington with a 399, Alliance 435, Minerva 489 and Carrollton 491.  West Branch scores were Brett Blickensderfer 90, Nick Pidgeon 91, Reese Leone 93, and Joey Maretich 97 J.D. Brain 103 and Garrett Harvey 117. 


Way to go WARRIORS!

Teachers Receive Grants from Board of Education. Teachers Receive Grants from Board of Education.

West Branch Board of Education has announced the first winners of the West Branch Local Schools Innovative Technology Grant. The board of education received 11 applications for classroom innovation for students. A grant review team comprised of four teachers, a county consultant and two board members met to review the applications. The West Branch teachers showed their dedication by writing their proposals. All applications were well done and the board dedicated over $45,000 to infuse new ideas into the district. Grant winners are Kevin Buckley and the high school science department, Measure, Analyze, Learn with Verner Equipment, $17,000; McKenzie Wallace, high school, grade nine writing lab, $12,000; Allyson Burkey, Damascus Elementary, Differentiating Instruction with Kindles, $1,900; Annie Cushman and Amber Wilson, Damascus Elementary, presentation and online assessment laptop cart, $12,000; Bridgit Scofinsky, Damascus Elementary, story builders with IPADS, $2,100. Pictured are, first row, from left, Cushman, Burkey, Wilson; second row, Wallace, Buckley, Scofinsky.

District Potholes District Potholes

The West Branch Maintenance Department is aware of the numerous potholes located in each of our school driveways and parking lots.  We have asphalt on site and will patch them as weather permits.  Thank you for your patience.

MS Fall Sports Practices Starting in August
Cross County:  Aug 1  7:00 AM @ High School Track
Golf:  Aug. 4  7:00 AM @ Westville Lake Golf Course
Volleyball:  Aug. 4  (Time TBD) @ M.S.
Football:  Aug. 11  8:00-11:00 AM @ M.S.
Harlem Wizards coming to West Branch on April 7, 2014 Harlem Wizards coming to West Branch on April 7, 2014

Tickets go on sale for the Harlem Wizards on Saturday Feb 1, 2014 at the West Branch Athletic Office. The prices are: $8.00 students and $10.00 adults pre-sale only. Tickets cost $2.00 MORE on the day of the event. Buy early and Save! You will be able to purchase your tickets on the web for .99 CENT SURCHARGE PER TICKET. More information coming soon!


To order tickets online: 
http://www.harlemwizards.com/schedules/index.php?ref=hwpix.  CHOOSE APRIL 7 BELOIT OHIO FROM THE CALENDAR


The Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz

Click the picture and hear from OZ himself! We are not in Kansas any more!


February 6th @ 7:30 PM

February 8th @ 3:00 & 7:30 PM

February 9th @ 3:00 & 7:30 PM

Tickets: $10.00 Adults             $8.00 Students

Lunch with Dorothy Saturday, February 8 at 1:00 PM  ($15.00 includes 3:00 PM show)

Call (330-938-4442) for more information and tickets...sell-outs expected!

West Branch Welcomes New Teachers West Branch Welcomes New Teachers

West Branch administrators and board members recently welcomed new teachers to the district at the new teacher breakfast.

Pictured are: (front row) Mrs. Gunning, Ms. Wallace, Ms. Fox, Mrs. McMaster, Ms. Bartolotta; (second row) Mrs. Kidd, Ms. Clendenin, Mrs. Sivula-Bowman, Superintendant Dr. Weingart, Mrs. Coffee, Ms. Sauline, Ms. Roe.  (Not pictured: Mr. Sambroak)


West Branch Schools Always Growing West Branch Schools Always Growing

The West Branch Local Schools, rated Excellent with Distinction, is going through the (OIP) Ohio Improvement Process.  The process uses data to design and implement two focused priorities for our district.  The district is a GREAT organization, but great organizations stay on top by always improving.  The (DLT) District Leadership Team is comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, and board members.  The group will serve as an advisory council to assist in making recommendations to Dr. Weingart and the School Board.  The short, five minute video will give some insight into the process from some of the participants!  The video was filmed and edited by Mr. Terrence Grimm from the Mahoning County Educational Service Center.   The Warrior logo is the design of Mr. Steve Mountz, West Branch High School Art Instructor.

Attention Active Military Families!!
Middle School Drop-off and Pick-up Improvements starting Oct. 8 New drop-off and pick-up location.
Student in cars for drop-off and pick-up will be in the back of the middle school starting Monday, October 8.  This information flyer was passed out to drivers on Oct. 5.
Dr. Weingart's District Update Dr. Weingart's District Update
Second Semester Newsletter
Veterans Day Assembly patriotic eagle
The Marvelous Wonderettes The Marvelous Wonderettes
Back for Another Weekend This Summer
October 2017 Newsletter
Middle Years Newsletter October 2017
Middle Years May 2017 Newsletter
DW3 Robotics Competition


Team 15: Ally Zion, Morgan Brown, Ella Scofinsky, Lydia Cackovic, Alexis Pierce


The team placed 1st in Ohio in both age brackets for the international Wonder League Robotics Competition for  the 9-12 year old team and they also advanced to the finals!  They will begin their final mission and will have all materials submitted by February 24.


3  Middle School teams finish with perfect scores! 

Michael Kanagy

Landon Wilson

Macy Wilson

Haley Close


Makiah Kutz

Lachlan Cameron

Anna Curry


Morgan Brown

Lydia Cackovic

Alexis Pierce

Ella Scofinsky

Ally Zion

Middle Years January 2017 Newsletter
Middle Years Newsletter - December 2016
Community Survey

Student - Parent - Community Survey Link

I am gathering information during my entry period as the new Superintendent of Schools.

Please follow the link and answer the questions.  Thank you for your honest feedback and Go Warriors!

All responses remain anonymous, however, if you wish to be contacted for a follow up interview, please leave your name and telephone number at the end of the survey.

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Timothy Saxton, Superintendent

The Survey Link is:





Threats or suspicious activity can be reported by calling or texting 844-SAFEROH or follow the link for more information.




WBMS Fall Sports Schedules
September 2016 Newsletter
Superintendent Search

The West Branch Board of Education is currently searching for a new superintendent.  Qualified candidates interested in applying should submit their information by February 29th.  For additional information, please see the attached brochure.

Superintendent Search Brochure

West Branch to Present the Nutcracker & Of Mice and Mozart

Tuesday, Sept. 26th (2-4th only)
Thursday, Sept. 28th (5-8th only)

Location: High School Auditorium

Time: 6-? pm

Tryouts are for any 2-8th grader interested in being a main character in our show!!  There are also many outstanding parts for dancers.  You must have a tryout song prepared. It can be any song, but you must provide your own accompaniment, either sheet music or a CD. No one can sing A Cappella. You may sing a song such as Happy Birthday, or My Country Tis of Thee. You may be asked to read lines or dance during this audition- scripts will be provided there.

Any Questions? Please call Mrs. Melissa Carchedi at (330) 938-4441 or email her at  Melissa.Carchedi@wbwarriors.org.  SEE YOU THERE!!!!

Additional Information

Clothing Closet Open on Conference Night

The clothing closet, located at the Middle School, will be open on October 15th (Conference Night) from 4pm – 7 pm.  We have a wide variety of styles and sizes of clothing, underclothing, pajamas, athletic wear, winter apparel, and shoes.  Everything is provided at no cost and is open to the whole West Branch Community.  Any questions please contact Beth Hall at 330-938-4466.

2015 - 2016 Hall of Fame Induction

Congratulations to the 2015 - 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee's. (L-R) Taylor Kring, Bob McCosky, Jay/Mona McNeely, Katie Meissner, John Wallace (Missing from picture: Ashley Armstrong). BIOGRAPHIES

Middle Years Newsletter November 2015
Harlem Wizards Harlem Wizards
A Night of Family Fun
The Wizards vs. The WarriorNation

West Branch High School
                       Nov. 16th -- 6:30 pm
                        Doors Open -- 5:30 pm
Cross Country Meet 9-15-15

The boys and girls cross country teams competed well last night in 

suburban league action.  The girl’s team finished in 4rd place and the 

boys 5th out of 14 schools that were competing.  The girls were led again 

by Ashley James and followed closely by Colleen Bungard and Makayla 

Randlett.  Katie Downs and Katlyn Burns finished as WB’s number 4 

and 5 runners.  

The boys team which finished 5th was led by Justin Cederbloom and 

followed by Ethan Overly,  Seth Ayers, Max Tolson and Christopher 


The teams will be back in action next Tuesday at Canfield for the 

Suburban League championship.

Golf Team wins the NBC!
The middle school golf team defeated Marlington on Tuesday night by the score of 181-199. 
The Warriors season record now stands at 13 wins and 1 loss.  It  gives the team a perfect 8 - 0 record against the NBC conference teams and a league championship
WBMS Volleyball Scores 9-8-15


MS Golf beat Marlington 184 - 224.  Four low scores were Nick Pidgeon 41, Joseph Maretich 44, Brett Blickensderfer 45, and Reese Leone 53.  Our record is now 2 wins 0 losses!

2015 Summer Athletic Camps, Dates & Registration Forms


Parenting Conference at Greenford Christian Church

Greenford Christian Church will host a parenting conference on Saturday, March 21, 2015.  More information is available at www.greenfordchristian.org.

2014 -- 2015 Supply Lists

Please use the following lists when shopping for school supplies for the 2014-2015 school year.

Damascus Supply List

Knox Supply List (revised)

Grade 5 Supply List

Grade 6 Supply List

Grade 7 Supply List

Grade 8 Supply List

Cosmic Bowling Cosmic Bowling

Cosmic Bowling. Bring the Community together! $7.00 for 2 hours of unlimited bowling and your shoes. $8.00 day of the event. Let's sell out the lanes. Let's knock down negativity. WE ARE WEST BRANCH! Sunday March 2, 2014 at College Lanes from 3- 5

Warrior Softball Clinic Warrior Softball Clinic

West Branch High Softball will be hosting a softball clinic for any girls in kindergarten through 8th grade.  The clinic will be held at West Branch High School and they will meet in the gym lobby.  The dates and times for the clinic are Tuesday, February 4th; Wednesday, February 5th and Thursday, February 6th, 5:45-8:00 p.m.  The cost is $25 and the registration deadline is Tuesday, January 21st.  All checks are to be made payable to West Branch Softball.  Sign ups will be accepted through the first day of the clinic, but if you sign up after the deadline you are not guaranteed a t shirt.  Sign up forms are available in the school offices.  Participants should bring their own glove, a bat if they have one, sweat pants to slide in and tennis shoes, NO SPIKES.  If you have any questions, please contact Coach Woods at Knox Elementary 330-938-1138 or email her at sis.woods@wbwarriors.org.

Athletic Passes for Sale Athletic Passes for Sale

Senior Citizens' Passes -- $25
(All HOME Athletic Events:  WBHS & WBMS; Excludes Tournaments)

10 Event Student Pass -- $25

10 Event Adult Pass -- $50

Student Pass -- $50

(All HOME Athletic Events:  WBHS & WBMS; Excludes Tournaments)

Family Pass -- $250
(All HOME Athletic Events:  WBHS & WBMS; Excludes Tournaments)

Please contact the Athletic Office (330-938-4408) for further information.

Damascus Elementary Spring Carnival