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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

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

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
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
School Cancellation

Two Hour Delay
School is Closed

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving feast will be served on Friday.

Weather Delay & Cancellation Procedures

West Branch will follow the attached procedures for all delays and cancellations
for the 2018 -- 2019 school year:

Delays & Cancellations

Christmas is for Sharing Christmas tree2

Knox Share a Christmas program is now passing out tags.

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
District Newsletter
Earned Income Tax Levy on Ballot

Make Your Vote Count

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Superintendent Saxton's Letter


Ohio Department of Education District Report Card Release Date is Scheduled for Thursday 9/13/2018
Elementary Water Testing Results - 8/16/2018
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

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


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
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.

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

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.

Good Luck Lady Warriors



Good Luck Lady Warriors

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

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.


Warrior Chromebook Program - Parent Meeting Presentation

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

West Branch Local School District Evacuation Drills
May Newsletter
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.



4th Grade End of Year Transition Information
Congratulations to our students of the week!


Congratulations to our students of the week!


Letter to Parents about State Testing
Congratulations to our students of the week!


April Newsletter Now Available
Congratulations to our students of the week!

SOW  sow

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.

Congratulations to our students of the week!


March 2018 Newsletter
Congratulations to our students of the week!


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.

Feedback Welcomed

West Branch Elementary Survey 2018

Please complete the attached survey and help us to
improve student relationships, learning conditions,
and the schools'  overall environment.


Safe Schools Tip Line Information


Safe Schools Tip Line is Anonymous...844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) and is available 24/7...

All Call-Fundraiser Return

All call going out now:


Please be sure to return your pretzel money or unopened box of pretzels tomorrow, Thursday, February 22nd. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Sabatine at 330-938-1122. 


West Branch Local School District - Calendar Survey


Help us by completing the short survey...

Congratulations to our students of the week!


Congratulations to our students of the week!


PIE Under Armor Spirit Wear Sale
Prayer Before Athletic Events

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

Parent Update

February Parent Newsletter
Congratulations to our students of the week!


Mid-Year Report

Mid Year Report

Quality Assurance for Columbiana County Fair Participants

Attention All Students Participating in Columbiana County Fair

FFA Advisor Greg Sharp is now certified to give Quality Assurance to all students taking market animals to the Columbiana County Fair.

Mr. Sharp will be offering this at Knox Elementary on Tuesday, January 30th @ 2:00 p.m. and at Damascus Elementary on Friday, February 2nd @ 2:00 p.m.  Parents are welcome to attend as well.

This will count as their Quality Assurance for anyone taking a market animal to the 2018 Columbiana County Fair.  Information and permission slips were sent home with all third and fourth grade students.

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
West Branch Local Schools Announces Preschool Screening & Kindergarten Registration Dates

Preschool pictureKG Reg photo

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.

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.


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.


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

Congratulations to our Students of the Week


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

ALICE Informational Parent Meeting

ALICE Informational Parent Meeting

Monday, October 16, 2017
6:00 p.m.

West Branch High School Auditorium

Additional Information

Parent Teacher Conferences

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, the West Branch Local Schools will conduct a "Parent/Teacher Conference Program".  Conferences at the high school and middle school will be scheduled between 3:00 - 8:30 and at the elementaries from 3:30 p.m. -- 9:00 p.m.   Each school will also break for dinner.  Please call the school for their exact times.

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.

If you wish to meet with your child's teacher and do not get a request from the school, please contact the office to schedule an appointment. 

Congratulations to our students of the week!


BOE Meeting

September Meeting

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

Spirit Week 2017

Spirit week is September 25-29!

Monday, 9/25 - PJ Day

Tuesday, 9/26 - Neon Day

Wednesday, 9/27 - Hat Day

Thursday, 9/28 - Red, White and Blue Day

Friday, 9/29 - Green and White Day (Homecoming game vs. Carrollton)

Saturday, 9/30 - Homecoming

Get your spirit wear ready now!

Knox Shows Tremendous Growth on State Report Card

School and district report cards were released Thursday, September 14, 2017. Congratulations to the Knox students, parents, and staff for earning all As and Bs on the report card component measures. Knox improved in Achievement, Performance Index, Gap Closing, and K-3 Literacy. It really is a Great Time to be a Warrior! Keep up the great work, everyone! 


Congratulations to our Students of the Week


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.

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

Opening Year Expectations

Opening Year Class Meeting

Opening Year    Opening Year

To start the year, all students in grades 1-4 met with Mr. Fowler, Ms. Davis and classroom teachers to review expecations, go over discipline guidelines, and talk about how to have a great school year. 

Click here to view our opening year expectations presentation

Substitutes Needed

Just a reminder.  West Branch Local School District is currently accepting applications for substitutes in all classifications (teachers, custodians, bus drivers, secretaries, aides, and cafeteria workers).

If you wish to serve as a substitute, you will need to complete an application and provide us with BCI and FBI background reports (dated within one year from hire date).  In addition teachers, bus drivers and aides must have appropriate certification.

Applications can be found under the employment tab, which is located on the District tab near the top of our webpage.  For information please contact Mona McNeely at 330-938-9324.

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

Student Insurance

Student Accident & Health Insurance

If your child needs insurance, West Branch has made arrangements with Student Protective Agency to provide student accident and health insurance for those wishing to purchase coverage this year. 

Insurance Application

Back to School Newsletter
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.

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.

2017 - 2018 Supply Lists by Grade Level

School Supplies


Damascus               Knox               5th Grade               6th Grade

7th & 8th Grades

Congratulations to our students of the week!


Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Student of the Week

All Call 5/23/17


Hello Parents,

This is Mr. Fowler calling with an update about the bus incident from yesterday.

Today I spoke with Officer Cannon from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and they are opening an investigation. We had to release the names of all students, staff, and parents who were on the buses yesterday returning from the Cleveland Zoo. Officer Cannon is reviewing photos, interviewing witnesses, and will likely be getting into contact with anyone involved in the incident.

I wanted to let you know that we have pulled the charter buses from being used for tomorrow’s 4th grade field trip and we have made arrangements to use school buses with our own drivers instead. This was completely a precautionary measure until the highway patrol completes their investigation and we have more answers.

Again, I want to say thank you to all of our students, staff, and parents for how they handled the situation. Everyone remained calm and I am so thankful that there were no major injuries.

Thank you to those who contacted me today with updates. Please continue to do so if anything should change over the next few days. 

If you have any questions, please call me at Knox.

Have a good evening.

4th to 5th Grade Transition Information
Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Students of the week

All Call 5/1/17

An all-call just went out from Knox about the spring music programs. There was a mistake on the back of the lunch menu. The concert tomorrow is for 1st and 2nd graders and will start at 2:15pm. The concert on 5/17/17 is for 3rd and 4th graders and begins at 6:30pm. Call with any questions. 

Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Students of the Week 4-24

May Newsletter
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.

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


West Branch Presents Lion King Jr.

The Lion King Jr.

April 21, 22 & 23, 2017

Call 330-938-4442 for Reservations &
Additional Information


Buses late due to construction


Due to construction in front of the middle/high school, buses are running about 30 minutes late dropping students off. Please call us if you have any questions. 


Congratulations to our Students of the Week


All Call 4/7/17

All call at 7:00pm-Fundraiser orders will be available for pick-up on Monday, April 10th from 2:30-5:00pm. 

Congratulations to our Students of the Week


Keep Calm and Parent On-Title I Family Night


Family Learning Night presented by Mount Union


Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Congratulations to our students of the week!


Lion King Jr. Cast Announcement

Congratulations to the following Knox students who have been named in the animal choru in the upcoming production of the Lion King Jr. 

Ariana Aldridge, Hannah Costa, Kyla Clapper, Camdyn Shatz, Alaina Schluneker, Kyle Ormiston, Dexter Backus, Remington Jones. 

Questions should be directed to Mr. Zamarelli at WBHS. 

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.


Congratulations to our Students of the Week


Spring Fundraiser-Perfect for Easter Baskets

Our Spring fundraiser is underway! Check out the many items for sale and help support Knox Elementary. Top three sellers get to "pie" a teacher in the face!


March Newsletter
Reading Makes Me Laugh Title I Event


A Little Mixed Up at Knox

Today was mismatch day at Knox! Kylee Kiviniemi was the winner and received a $5 gift certificate to our spirit sales table. Great job Warriors!

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Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Congratulations to our students of the week!


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).



Congratulations to our Students of the Week


Congratulations to our Students of the Week


Spring Pictures

picture day

Congratulations to our Students of the Week


Congratulations to our Students of the Week


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!

Congratulations to our Students of the Week


School Cancelation

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

Congratulations to our Students of the Week


Eat Chipotle and Support the Little Warriors!


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

2016 -- 2017 Calendar Revision

On December 22, 2016 the West Branch Board of Education took action to revise the 2016 -- 2017 school calendar.  Please be aware that two new professional development days were added for this school year.   Therefore, school WILL NOT be in session on Friday, March 10th and Tuesday, April 18th, 2017.  These will now be staff in-service days.

Congratulations to our Students of the Week


January Newsletter
Happy Holidays from Knox Elementary

Happy Holidays

2017-2018 PreSchool Screenings


Please click on the link below for our preschool application.  All applications are due by March 10, 2017.  Please mail completed applications to West Branch Middle School, 14409 Beloit Snodes Road, Beloit, OH  44609.  Applications may also be dropped off to the Middle School Office.

Preschool Flyer                    Preschool Application

2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration


Kindergarten Registration

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 8:00 am - 11:30 am

Please call Anna for an appointment between the hours of 9:00 am & 3:00 pm at 330.938.9324.

Reader's Theater at Knox

Students in Mrs. Martig's English classed performed a holiday Reader's Theater today in class. Thanks to all of the parents who came to watch!

Mrs. McMullen's Homeroom

Mrs. Martig's Homeroom 1

Mrs. Martig's Homeroom 2

Mrs. McInturff's Homeroom

All Call 12/21/16

All Call 12/21/16

All students will be going to WBHS for a performance of Young & Alive at 9:00am. Car riders need to either be dropped off at WBHS or at Knox no later than 8:40am to board the bus. 

Congratulations to our students of the week!


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)

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break

November 23 - November 28, 2016
(November 28 -- Inservice for Staff -- No Classes)

Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Knox and WBMS Receive Academic Awards

Congratulations to Knox and West Branch Middle School on receiving the Eastern Ohio Education Partnership award for academic excellence during the 2015/16 school year. 

Knox Food To Begin On Monday, November 7th Cornucopia

Our Knox annual food drive will begin on Monday, November 7th.  Our bonus items/days are:

Monday 11/7 - Spaghetti noodles and sauce, canned spaghetti and ravioli

Tuesday 11/8 - Personal hygiene items (ex: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner) NO TRAVEL ITEMS PLEASE, also canned veggies

Wednesday 11/9 - Tuna, peanut butter, jelly and sloppy joe sauce

Thursday 11/10 - Soups and hamburger/tuna helper and stuffing

Friday 11/11 - Breakfast foods and MONEY ($1.00 = 1 item), boxed/instant potatoes

Treasurer Search

West Branch Local School District is currently searching for a Treasurer.  All interested candidates should submit their information to Mr. Timothy Saxton, Superintendent by November 22, 2016.

Additional Information

Qualifications & Duties

Knox All Call 11/1/16

Knox All Call 11/1/16

Hello Knox Families!

This is Mr. Fowler with a few quick updates:

The Veteran’s Day program is listed incorrectly on the back of the lunch calendar. Our program will be on Thursday, 11/10 at 9:45am.

Secret Santa will be held in December; not November as listed on the calendar.

Friday, 11/4 is the end of the 9 weeks.

Monday and Tuesday, 11/7-11/8 is 3rd grade English Language Arts testing. Please be sure your children know the importance of these tests. By Ohio law, students must pass the 3rd grade reading guarantee to be promoted to 4th grade. This is their first attempt to pass the test.

Wednesday, 11/9 is picture retake day.

Call with questions.

Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Veterans Day Assembly patriotic eagle
Lady Warrior Softball Fundraiser at Chipotle on Wednesday, November 9th!!

Thank You, PTO, for a Fantastic Evening

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

Parent Teacher Conferences

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the West Branch Local Schools will conduct a “Parent /Teacher Conference Program”.  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.


If you have not received a request to meet with your child's teacher and wish to do so, please contact your child's school.

Elementary Night at Friday's Football Game

All elementary students are invited to Friday's homecoming game vs. Alliance. Elementary student tickets are $1 if purchased in advance at Knox. See Mrs. Sabatine to purchase tickets. At 6:45pm, elementary students will line the entrance to the field to cheer on the warriors. 

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


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.

Snack Begins Next Week

Students wishing to purchase a snack (ice cream, chips, cookies) during lunch can do so starting next week. We will start with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders and eventually work into 1st. If you will allow your child to buy snack with their lunch account, please send in a note stating so or send your child with extra money. Any child with a negative balance will not be allowed to purchase snack. Call with questions. 

Monday-2nd grade

Wednesday-3rd grade

Thursday-4th grade

Knox News 9/20/16

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.


Knox News 9/16/16

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

We're on Facebook!

Knox Elementary is on Facebook! Please "like" our page today to keep updated with upcoming events and news. https://www.facebook.com/KXWarriorNation/


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.

Knox New School Day Times

We've made some slight adjustments to our school day for this school year.  The school day now starts at 8:55am and ends at 3:20pm.  Car riders can be dropped off between 8:45-8:54am.  We will use the same process where students can be dropped off at the sidewalk.  If a student eats breakfast at school, they may enter the building at 8:40am.  Breakfast will be served between 8:40--8:50am.  Students will have until 8:54am to eat breakfast.  

Tardy bell rings at 8:55am

School day is 8:55am-3:20pm

Bus dismissal will be 3:20-3:30pm

Car riders will be dismissed starting between 3:30-3:40pm.  We will use the same process where students will be brought to your car in the order you are in line.

If you have any questions please call the school at 330-938-1122.

Enrichment/Intervention Period

Enrichment and Intervention

There have been some questions about the Enrichment/Intervention period in the schedule next year. To meet students at their level, we have built in a 30 minute period of time during the day when students will have a scheduled intervention time. Students who need extra help, students with IEP goals, and students who haven't mastered specific concepts will be in small groups to work specifically on those skills during Intervention.

Enrichment is designed to challenge students who have already mastered the content and are performing well academically. Students will have the opportunity to take a few elective courses during the year to stretch their knowledge. 

All students will receive their regular specials rotation including PE, Art, Music, and Library. This is a pilot year for this new program and we're excited to see our students grow academically. If you have any questons, please contact Mr. Fowler at stephen.fowler@wbwarriors.org

Back to School Newsletter
Elementary Open House

Open House

September 6, 2016
4:00 - 6:00


Student Qualifies for National Pitch, Hit & Run

Congratulations and good luck to Sophia Gregory, fourth grader at Knox Elementary, as she travels to California this week to participate in the National Pitch, Hit, and Run competition. Sophia won in her age group at the local level during school in April.  She then moved on to compete in Kent where she advanced to Cleveland.  Sophia participated and won in Cleveland which sends her to California to participate in the National Competition.

There are three participants in each age group that move on to Nationals.  Sophia is participating against two girls from California.  Sophia will get to experience the Home Run Derby, All Star game, along with participating in the Pitch, Hit, and Run! Again, GOOD LUCK to Sophia! We are so proud of you!

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.

New Student Registration


New Student Registration (Grades K-12) is now closed and will reopen on Thursday, September 7, 2017.  Registration hours are 7:30 am - 2:30 pm.  New Student Registration will take place in the Superintendent's Office located inside West Branch High School. 

New Student Registration Forms

2016-2017 School Supply Lists
Congratulations to our Students of the Week!

Congratulations to our students of the week

End of Year Events

We've got a lot of fun happening these last few weeks of school! 

Monday-Friday, 5/16-20-Right to Read Week and USBorne Book Fair

Tuesday, 5/17-3rd Grade Field Trip to the Cleveland Zoo

Wednesday, 5/18-4th Grade Career Day; Kindergarten Reader's Theatre in Mrs. Scullion's class 1:30pm

Thursday, 5/19-2nd Grade Field Trip to McKinley Museum

Monday, 5/23-3rd and 4th Field Day (rain date 5/24)

Tuesday, 5/24-Kindergarten Field trip to Akron Zoo

Wednesday, 5/25-5th Grade Orientation at 9:00am; 5th Grade Band Meeting 7:00pm

Thursday, 5/26-K, 1st, and 2nd Field Day (rain date 5/27)

Monday, 5/30-No School; Memorial Day

Tuesday, 5/31-Knox Carnival

Wednesday, 6/1-Kindergarten Celebration 1:30pm; 4th Grade Graduation and Awards 6:00pm

Thursday, 6/2-McMaster's Picnic 12:00pm; Grades 1-3 Awards Assembly 1:00pm; Early Dismissal 2:15pm; Last Day of School

Have a fantastic summer! 


Congratulations to our Students of the Week!

Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Third Grade Farm Field Trip

Third graders from Knox and Damascus went to visit three area farms for the annual FFA Farm Field Trip. Students got to see the milking parlor, visit the cows, and see the Birds Luv Em birdseed production at Martig Farms. At Conny farm, students saw the farming equipment, horses and bulls.  At Bonnie Plants, students toured their greenhouses to see how they grow the plants at different stages.  All students received a strawberry plant to take home with them. Thank you to our local community farms and Mr. Sharp's FFA students for making this field trip possible. 



May Newsletter
Kindergarten Featured on Channel 21

Mrs. Jones' Kindergarteners were recently featured on Youngstown News Channel 21.

Click here to see the clip. 

Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Muffins with Mom a Sweet Success

Thanks to all the moms/grandmas/aunts who came out to Muffins with Mom today. We had a great time showing you what we do at Knox. Thank you, PTO, for organizing the event!

Congratulations to our Students of the Week

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 

Knox Students Connect with Mount Union

As part of their class on Family Engagement, 16 UMU students selected 16 Knox students to shadow and get to know throughout the semester. As a culminating activity, the UMU students put together personalized learning kits for the Knox students to continue their learning over the summer. Thank you to Mrs. Jan Webler, professor, for including Knox. 


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

Congratuations to our Students of the Week

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)

4th Grade Graduation and Transition Information
Congratulations to our Students of the Week

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

Additional Information

3rd/4th Grade Scheduling Link
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

Knox April Newsletter
Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Congratulations to our Students of the Week

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!


Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Congratulations to our Students of the Week

March Knox Newsletter
Crazy Hat Day

Our PTO gave a $5 gift certificate to the craziest hat today! Congratulations to 3rd grader, Johnna Mann! Her hat was pretty crazy!

Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Students Create Warhol-Inspired Mural in Art

Students in Miss Lancey's art class have been studying works by Andy Warhol and recently finished a mural inspired by his famous Campbell's Soup Cans. Great job students!

Congratulations to our Students of the Week

Spring Fundraiser at Knox

Help us raise money for our school! Our spring fundraiser begins on 2/17. Shop online at the link below:


We earn 40% of every sale made! This money helps pay for our Warrior Ticket Drawings, Student of the Week T-shirts and other incentives throughout the year. Thanks for your consideration!

Students of the Week

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.

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

National School Counselor's Week

We celebrated Miss Rolston today during National School Counselor's Week. Thank you, Ms. Rolston, for all you do for us!

100th Day of School

Mrs. Zimmerman aged by about 80 years today on our 100th day of school!

Donuts with Dads

A big thank you to all of our dads who came out to spend the morning with us! 

First Semester Awards

Congratulations to all of our 1st Semester Award Recipients! After the awards assembly, students and staff competed in some minute to win it fun! Students dominated!

Students of the Week

Innovative Technology Grants

For the 2015 – 2016 school year the West Branch Board of Education offered Innovative Technology Grants and awarded funds based on proposals of innovative use of technology in the classrooms.  All West Branch teachers had the opportunity to submit a proposal for materials and programs.  After the committee ranked the proposals, the board was able to fund six teachers.

This year’s recipients included Amber Wilson and Anne Cushman, second grade Damascus; Bridget Scofinsky, first grade Damascus; Allyson Burkey, second grade Damascus; McKenzie Wallace, High School English; and Kevin Buckley, High School Science.

Please see the attached video on how these teachers integrated the new technology and programs into their classrooms.


Students of the Month

February Newsletter
Students of the Week

Parent Round Table Meeting

Thank you to the parents who came out to our 1st Annual Parent Round Table meeting. Here are the minutes and items discussed. Please know we take your feedback very seriously and will do our best to address your concerns. 

Click Here For Round Table Minutes

Knox Hoop Shoot Winner to Compete in Columbus

Congratulations to Jaxon Robb who won the District Hoop Shoot in Ravenna!  He will now travel to Columbus to compete for the State Hoop Shoot title at Gahanna Middle School on February 20th.  Good luck Jaxon!!  

Students of the Week

Knox January 2016 Newsletter
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

PreSchool Registration for the 2016-2017 School Year

Please click on the link below for our preschool application.  All applications are due by March 31, 2016.  Please mail completed applications to West Branch Middle School, 14409 Beloit Snodes Road, Beloit, OH  44609.  Applications may also be dropped off to the Middle School Office.  

Preschool Flyer          Preschool Application

Knox Candle Light Luncheon

On Thursday, December 17th, we will be having our Christmas Candle Light luncheon.  Students are encouraged to dress up for this special lunch. Parents are welcome to attend the luncheon and sit with their child while they enjoy their lunch.  Please note that lunch is provided for the students only.  The lunch times for the day will be as follows:

1st Grade  10:45-11:15

3rd Grade  11:15-11:45

Kindergarten  11:45-12:15

4th Grade  12:15-12:45

2nd Grade  12:45-1:15

Knox Hoop Shoot Winners

The Knox Hoop Shoot winners are as follows:

8-9 year old boys                                              8-9 year old girls

  Jaxon Robb                                                             Niah Muniz
  Antonio Smith                                                       Olivia Wells
  Jeremiah Thomas

10-11 year old boys                                          10-11 year old girls

   Kyle Peterson                                                          Mikalyn Fitts
   Beau Alazaus                                                          Kennedy Berger


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:

Do You Have What it Takes to be an Elf?

Students in Mrs. Helms' class interviewed for the position of "Elf" today at Knox! Students dressed for success and then completed an in-class interview for the position. Maybe you're interested in a Bakery Elf position? A Coal Elf if you're feeling a little naughty? Maybe a Musical Elf?

Great job, 1st graders!

Knox Christmas is for Sharing Needs Your Help

There are still 50 tags left on our Sharing Tree.  Please think about coming in and taking one to help our local families out during this holiday season.  All gifts need to be back by Monday, December 14th.  Thank you!!

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

Knox Thanksgiving Feast

On Thursday, November 19th, we will be having our Thanksgiving feast.  Students are encouraged to dress like Pilgrims and Indians.  Parents are welcome to attend the feast and sit with their child while they enjoy their lunch.  Please note that lunch is provided for the students only.  The lunch times for the day will be as follows:

1st Grade  10:45-11:15

3rd Grade  11:15-11:45

Kindergarten  11:45-12:15

4th Grade  12:15-12:45

2nd Grade  12:45-1:15

Students of the Week November 13th

Congratulations to our students of the week: Millie Dickens (K), Hailey Brooks (1), Caleb Woolf (2), Wyatt Blake (3), Sativa Oblisk (4)

Knox Food Drive Extended

Due to our students going to the high school in the morning, we will be extending our food drive through Monday.  Friday's bonus day of money and boxed/instant potatoes will be on Monday 11/16 now.  Thank you for your understanding and your generosity!!

Knox Fall Fundraiser Pick Up

The Fall Fundraiser pick up will be on Thursday, November 12th, from 3:00-6:00.  Due to student dismissal, if you are picking up your order between 3:00-4:00, please drive to the back of the building for pick up.  After 4:00, you can pick up your order in the cafeteria.  Please remember that some of the products come frozen, so we need all orders picked up on Thursday.  Thank you for another successful fundraiser and for your continued support of our students!

Knox PTO

Knox Food Drive Bonus Days

Once again Knox is doing their annual food drive.  Our bonus days are as follows:

Monday 11/9 - Spaghetti noodles and sauce, cannded apaghetti and ravioli

Tuesday 11/10 - Personal hygiene items (ex: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner) NO TRAVEL ITEMS PLEASE, also canned vegetables

Wednesday 11/11 - Tuna, peanut butter, jelly and sloppy joe sauce

Thursday 11/12 - Soups and hamburger/tuna helper and stuffing

Monday 11/16 - Breakfast foods and Money ($1.00 = 1 item), boxed/instant potatoes

Students of the Week November 6th

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! 

Students of the Week October 30th

Congratulations to our students of the week!

Johnny Vlaiku (K), Jeremy Roller (1), Brayden Moore (2), Jase Libb (3), Beau Alazaus (4)


November Newsletter
October 23rd Students of the Week

Congratulations to our Students of the Week for October 23rd


Knox Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Starting October 26th, Knox celebrated Red Ribbon Week. The red ribbon is a reminder to our students to be drug and bully free every day. The week started off with “Wear Red to School” followed by “Give drugs the boot” (students wore their favorite pair of boots to school), “It’s no sweat to stand up to bullies” (students wore sweat pants and shirts), “Be a hero, not a bully” (students wore their favorite superhero clothes), and “We are West Branch” (students wore green and white to represent how strong we are when we stay drug free and stand up against bullying. Thank you, Ms. Rolston, for organizing the week and thanks to all of our students who participated.


Mrs. Wolfe and Ms. Rolston in their superhero clothes!

Mrs. Helms' 1st graders made capes to go along with their superhero outfits!


Beat Salem: Community Bonfire

Knox PTO Spirit Wear Sale

Veterans' Day Programs

November 10 @ 9:15 a.m. -- Damascus Elementary
November 10 @ 2:00 p.m. -- Knox Elementary
November 11 @ 8:00 a.m. -- West Branch High School
                           November 12 @ 2:00 p.m. -- West Branch Middle School

Knox Punt, Pass and Kick Winners

Knox students recently participated in the NFL's Punt, Pass and Kick competition during their gym classes.  Please click below to see our winners.



Knox Spirit Sale

This Friday, October 23rd, the Knox PTO will have a spirit sale.  Flyers were sent home with our students.  We have several new items this week, along with our regular ones.  One of our new items is the bears.  The bears come plain and you can purchase clothing for them.  Please click below to see the bears and the outfits you can purchase for them.

Youngstown Symphony Performs at West Branch For Grades 3/4

The Yougstown Symphony Orchestra performed for Grades 3/4 students from Damascus & Knox Elementary on Tuesday October 20, 2015. The show was arranged by elementary music instructor  Mrs. Melissa Brand. The interactive show included children songs, rap, movie themes, layering and classics. The symphony is under the direction of Mr. Randall Craig Fleischer and concertmaster Ms. Rachel Stegeman. Click on the links from twitter to enjoy some of the concert. Mr. Robert Barnett  former West Branch Band Director played with the symphony.

From Twitter



Halloween Door Decorating at Knox

A great big THANK YOU to our room parents who came out today to help with our door decorating contest! Judging is Tuesday! Great job to our students who helped!


Students of the Week October 12th

Congratulations to our students of the week!

Statewide Testing Information
Ohio testing continues to change as we move throughout the year. Ohio students will no longer be taking the PARCC exams. All testing will happen through AIR, the American Institute of Research. This is good news for our students as they only need to learn one testing interface to complete the assessments. Testing time has also been reduced to better meet the needs of our schools. 
The Power Point information below is from the Ohio Department of Education and explains the changes with testing. Please see your building's principal if you have any questions. 
Students of the Week for October 9th

Congratulations to our Knox Student's of the Week! Great job, students!

Elementary Night at the High School Football Game

Friday, October 9th, will be Elementary night at the High School football game.  Tickets for Elementary students will be $1.00 in advance.  All other students are $4.00 in advance. Tickets can be purchased here at the school.  All tickets at the gate will be $6.00.  


Students should be at the game by 6:30.  Please look for Mr. Fowler or other staff members and we will help you get where you need to go.  The students will make a tunnel for the football players to walk through.  After the players run onto the field, the students will be escorted off the field.  Please meet your student by the fence where you dropped them off. Go Warriors!!!

West Branch 
Clothing Closet

3rd Graders Receive Dictionaries from Ruritans

Each Knox 3rd grade student received a free dictionary from the Knox Township Ruritans. Thank you, Ruritans, for all you do for our school! We appreciate you!

Students of the Week September 28th

Congratulations to the Knox Students of the Week for September 28th: Ryanne Jordan (K), Mathew Rutkowski (1st), Jordan Wayt (2nd), Allison Hoschar (3rd), Avah Stull(4th)

Wellness Message

We have had two confirmed cases of MRSA at Knox Elementary School. All areas of the school have been cleaned and disinfected according to school safety and wellness procedures and CDC recommendations. Here is a link to the CDC’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/

Family Math Night

Wow! Close to 100 families came out to learn new math games with our students! Thanks to everyone for your support as we continue to pilot Every Day Math at West Branch Local Schools!



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.


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

Students of the Week-September 25th

Spirit Week Day 5-Green & White



Spirit Week Day 4-Hat Day

Spirit Week Day 3-Dress in Pink

Knox Staff showing their spirit on Wednesday by wearing pink!

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

Warrior Wrestling Camp
For Students K - 6

Friday, October 16th
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

                         At West Branch High School



Spirit Week Day 2-Throwback Tuesday





Students of the Week September 18th

Kenny Randlett, Addison Reichenbach, Addison Myers, Grady Rockwell, Sophia Lane.

Spirit Week Day 1-Favorite Sport

Warrior Nation: Something Special

The Warrior Nation is something special! Our school is the center of the community. Our strength is that if life gives you lemons, you make lemonade! Friday night we lost lighting at a packed football game. Listen and watch the crowd on how they took a negative and joined as a community. Special Thanks to the Minerva Lions for joining us. Both communities demonstrated all that is right with education and sports. No more words are necessary! (video courtesy of Randy Weber)





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
Family Math Nights

Come and learn and explore math with your children! The West Branch elementaries are piloting a new math program called Everyday Mathematics. The staff has been through extensive training coordinated by math coach Rachael Basalla. Math is fun and there are many supports and online access for parents. Come and explore the world of numbers and be smarter than a 4th grader.

  • Knox - September 29, 2015 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Damascus - October 1, 2015 from 6:00  - 7:30 PM.
Warrior Tickets

At Knox Elementary, students are expected to demonstrate the Warrior Way! Each week, Ms. Rolston holds a drawing and students earn prizes for their positive behavior! Great job, students! Keep being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn!


Knox Students of the Week 9/11/15

Congratulations to the Knox Students of the Week for 9/11/15. 

Ryan Aitken (3rd), Bradley Dettweiler (4th), Kahleigh Miller (1st), Chloe Sanor (2nd). Not pictured Jacob Hardy (K). 

Knox Knows Spirit

Knox Students show off their Green and White on Friday! Go Warriors!

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.

Join Remind for Text Updates

Want to stay connected to Knox? Join Remind for free! It's safe and secure. Follow the instructions below and you'll be added to our text list. It's that simple!

Family Math Night

Family Math Night for Knox Elementary will be held Tuesday, September 29 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Come learn about our new math curriculum by McGraw-Hill Everyday Mathematics 4! 

Picture Day

Picture Day is Thursday, September 17th. Information packets will be coming home soon. 

Knox Newsletter September 2015
Knox Elementary Open House

On Monday, August 24th, Knox Elementary will have an open house from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm for all students to come in and see their classrooms and meet their teachers.  You are welcome to bring in all your student's supplies at this time.  Our kindergarten teachers will have a brief meeting starting at 5:30 pm for all our of kindergarten parents.  


Welcome back and we are looking forward to a great year!



Teachers Always Learning


Over the next two weeks of summer vacation, West Branch Teachers K- 4 are in Training on Math techniques and Everyday Math curriculum. Teachers will be using improved practice and materials to assist in student growth and development. Our new materials will have a home link component to assist parents in understanding what children are experiencing in classrooms.We will be scheduling Family Math Parent Nights in Late September or early October,so that parents can experience and understand how to use the new tools at home. Technology, gives us a chance for stronger connections between school and home.We hope that you will attend our Family Math Nights. 

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Knox Newsletter August 2015
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

Have You Moved & changed Addresses &/or Telephone Numbers?

Please click on our New link on the left hand side of this webpage and fill out our online form.  Please note that Proof of Residency is required to be turned in, in order to finish this process and to set up busing, if needed.  Thank you.

2015-2016 School Supply Lists
Knox 4th Grade End of Year Music Program

Knox Field Day

Knox Elementary's Field Day will be on Wednesday, May 27th.  Activities will go from 9:20 - 11:00, then start back up at 1:10 - 2:45.  Field Day will go on if there is rain, but if it storms we will have it on Thursday, May 28th.  Please wear tennis shoes, no sandals or flip flops.  Tennis shoes are required to participate in all activities.  There will be a couple of water events.  You may consider sending extra clothes and shoes with your child.  They will be outside for the biggest part of the day so you may want to apply sunscreen to your child also.

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!

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

Mary Poppins Tickets on Sale Now


Buy your tickets online at www.wbchoral.com

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
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.


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)

2 HR Weather Delay on 3/4/15

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!


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!




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.



ATTN: Grade 3 Parents......





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



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!!

Softball Camp for Grades K, 1 & 2

WB Softball Camp is cancelled for tonight, February 2, 2015. SWB Fastpitch sign ups are also cancelled for this evening. Both are rescheduled for this Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 pm @ WBHS.  Camp & Sign Ups will go on as scheduled for Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

Knox Jump Rope for Heart

Knox Elementary students are once again participating in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart.  Our students are currently collecting donations and they will be "jumping" the week of February 2nd.  The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, Feb. 4th
9:30 - 1st Grade,  10:20 - Kindergarten,  11:05 - 2nd Grade

Thursday, Feb. 5th
9:10 - 3rd & 4th Grade,  3rd Grade in Cafeteria,  4th Grade in Gym

Granola bars and juice will be served in the classrooms after.

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

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

Softball Camp for Girls Grades KG, 1st & 2nd

  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 K - 2. Camp will be held on February 2nd and 3rd.

Registration Form

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.

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.



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



Knox carols around the Christmas tree

Light Up Damascus: Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to these fine artists for winning the district wide art competition! The winners are:

Kindergarten: Emma Klingensmith

Grade 1: Mollie McDorman

Grade 2: Isabel Martig

Grade 3 Macalah Sutton

Grade 4 Daphne Snyder

The winners received a $25.00 gift card courtesy of Farmers National Bank


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

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.


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


Knox NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Regional Winners

Over the weekend, two of our students competed in Cleveland for the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Regional Competition.  Fourth grader, Alexis Gregory, came in second in her age category and second grader, Mati Hawk, came in third in her age category.  Congratulations girls!!

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 
Knox Announces "Light Up Damascus" Poster winners

The following students' posters were chosen as winners for the "Light Up Damascus" poster contest:


Kindergarten:  Dexter Backus and Shane Bircher

1st Grade:  Addison Reichenbach and Mia Myers

2nd Grade:  Matthew Tharp and Allison Hoschar

3rd Grade:  Emmy Jones and Cameron Brady

4th Grade:  Jared Coy and Chelsea Tharp


Their artwork will be on display at Farmer's National Bank in Damascus until December 13th.  There will be loose change voting for them.  On the 13th, they will be moved to Damascus Friends Church lobby for more loose change voting during "Light Up Damascus". 

Honor Rolls for First Grading Period
Third Grade Christmas Program

Next Tuesday, December 9, at 6:30 pm, our district 3rd graders will be presenting their Christmas program.


The children should wear nice clothes (Christmas if you have them). Girls should not have high heels, as we will be on the risers and this could pose a problem. Also, if you have bell necklace for your child to wear, we will be using bells during one of our songs.


We need to meet at the High School Cafeteria on Tuesday evening by 6:15. Children should leave their coats with their parents. 


The children will be having a group practice at the High School, in the morning, on Dec. 9. Car rider students need to be brought straight to the High School that morning. Bus riding students will be brought to the High School by bus.


Let’s have a great program! The kids are super excited to perform their songs for you! Merry Christmas!



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.

Title 1 "Make It & Take It"

Dear Title 1 Parents,

     If your child is in Title 1, you and your child are invited to a special "Make It & Take It" workshop.  We will be making a board game that reinforces reading skills (grade K-3) or math skills (grade 4).  This is totally free of charge!  We'll provide markers, scissors and the materials.

     Since we are having this in conjunction with "Family Christmas Night", you can come early for our workshop, or simply make this one of the rotations of the night.  This should only take 15 minutes or less, depending on the complexity of the game.

     We hope to see you there!

Knox 4th Graders Learn About Electricity

Mrs. Murray's classes learned about electricity.  They created series and parallel circuits.  Their final project was a flashlight that each student made using a water bottle and electrical equipment.

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.

Be an Advocate...Become a Special Education Surrogate
Red Ribbon Week @ Damascus & Knox

    Monday: Wear Red

   Tuesday: Wear boots (Stomp Out Drugs)

   Wednesday: Wear shirts backwards (We turn our backs to drugs)

   Thursday: Sweats-being drug free is no sweat-focusing on healthy lifestyle

   Friday: "Green/White BOO" to drugs – Wear Green and White with the word BOO on your clothing. No costumes

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


Knox Elementary Students Participate in NFL Punt, Pass and Kick

Students at Knox Elementary participated in the local NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition.  The first place winners qualify for the Sectional Competition October 25th at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta, Ohio.  The winners in each category are as follows:

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.

Knox Experiencing Telephone Issues

Knox Elementary is currently experiencing telephone issues.  If you have an emergency, please call the Superintendent's Office at 330-938-9324.

Thanks and have a great day.

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. 

Ameri Corps Volunteers needed

How would you like to use your talents to read with our youth?  If you are out of college and need some student loan relief, then you may make a strong classroom helper. Maybe you are older and could use some income. An AmeriCorps volunteer makes $640.00 a month.

Can you find it in your heart to impact our youth?  If you can, please call Mrs. Mabbott at Knox (330-938- 1121) or Mr. Manley at Damascus (330-938-4500) for more information. Click the link below for more specific information!



Are you Warrior Enough?

Third Annual 5K Charity Obstacle Course

October 3, 2015 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM
HS-MS Campus

Registration Fee before 9/19/15 -- $25
Registration Fee after 9/19/15 -- $30

All proceeds will go to the Clinton Heacock Stadium Project.

For additional information  CLICK HERE

Pre-School Open House

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
3:00 p.m. -- 7:00 p.m.


Both Knox and Damascus will welcome parents for an Open House on Tuesday September 2, 2014. The rooms will be open from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.  Students can bring their supplies in and meet their teachers. There will be a meeting for all kindergarten parents at 5:30PM in your child's kindergarten classroom. We will have child care available during the 5:30 PM kindergarten meeting.

Welcome Kindergarten

We welcome our new KINDERGARTEN students....THE CLASS OF 2027. We have had 60 incoming kindergarten students participate in Success by Six for three weeks this summer. All kindergarten students will report on September 3, 2014. There is no staggered start!!!!!!!


Elementary Start Time:  8:55

Elementary End Time 3:25

Parent Pick-up begins @ 3:20

Same Procedure as Last Year!

Kindergarten Supply List 2014-15 School Year
  • Standard size book bag (large enough for a folder, with no wheels)
  • 1 Plastic 3 prong folder with pockets
  • A box of tissues
  • Container of Clorox/Lysol wipes
  • EasyZip Ziploc Bags (gallon and quart size)
  • A pair of tennis shoes to wear for gym class (these do not need to stay at school)
  • A paint shirt (labeled with name to be kept in the classroom) (Damascus only)
Telephone Issues

Due to the weather over the weekend we are experiencing telephone issues.  We hope to have these issues resolved soon.

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

JUNE 4, 2014






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

Title 1 Book Swap at Knox Elementary

For Title 1 Parents/Guardians:


     Does you child have a book at home that he/she no longer needs or wants?  Is it still in good condition for someone else to enjoy?  You are invited to a special "3-for-1 Book Swap" on Wednesday, May 14th!  We want to promote good reading at home and build your library of books by offering you 3 books when you bring in 1 to trade!  We will offer you a choice of some used books (from various libraries and book sales).  Just stop in any time between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. with your gently-used book and exchange it for three others.  We will also offer some tips on finding the right reading level and ideas for reading at home!  What a great way to celebrate "Right-to-Read Week"!

January Parent Newsletter
November Newsletter
Candlelight Lunch Schedule

The Candlelight Lunch originally scheduled for Thursday, 12/15 will be held Friday, 12/16. Here is the revised lunch schedule because of the 2 hour delay:

1100-1130am 1130-1200pm 1200-1230pm 1230-100pm 100-130pm
Kindergarten 4th grade 3rd grade 2nd grade 1st grade
Congratulations to our Students of the Week!

Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-2017 School Year
Kindergarten Registration

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 8:00 am - 11:30 am

Please call Anna for an Appointment

between the hours of 
9:00 am & 3:00 pm
No School on Friday, March 20, 2015
Knox Christmas is for Sharing is underway

Knox Elementary is collecting gifts for it's annual Christmas is for Sharing project.  The elves have placed the tags on our "trees" in the school lobby.  The tags have the information on them telling you whether the gift will be for a boy or a girl, and whether it is for a coat, boots, shoes, clothing or a toy.  The age and size is also on there.  Please consider stopping by the school to pick up tag, or two, to help out with this worthwhile project.  You can also request that the tags be sent home with your student.  We will just need a note from you with your child's name and the number of tags you would like, and also if you have a preference of a boy or a girl.  Monetary donations are also accepted.  Please just put them in an envelope and address it to the Share a Christmas committee.  All gifts need to be wrapped and the tag needs to be placed on the package so we know what is inside.  Please return them to the school by Monday, December 14, 2015.  The Christmas is for Sharing project is in it's 16th year here at Knox Elementary.  We have 29 families that we are helping this year.  If you have any questions, please call Tiffany in the office at 330-938-1125.  Thank you in advance for all your help with this project! Merry Christmas!!            

PTO Spirit Wear Sale


All Orders are due by Friday, November 14, 2014


Spirit Wear Samples               Designs               Order Form

Knox Elementary Students Learn About Fire Safety


 The week of October 5th through the 11th is National Fire Prevention Week. The kindergarten and 3rd grade students at Knox Elementary School in the West Branch Local School District got a special visit from the North Georgetown and Homeworth Volunteer firemen this past week. The students learned lessons about fire safety and got to see how the big red trucks work. The firemen also gave them tips on having an escape plan with their families in case of a fire.

Beginner Band Information

If your child is interested in joining the Fifth Grade Band this fall, please see Mr. Stehura's web page. You will find a packet of information about beginner band as well as the registration form. Our free summer lesson program for beginners starts Monday, June 9th!

Please email bryan.stehura@wbwarriors.org with any questions, or call 330-938-4325.

Knox Right to Read Week
Knox Elementary School will be having our annual Right to Read Week on May 12th-16th and the theme this year is Underwater Sea Animals. 


Winter Break Fun

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Congratulations to our students of the week!


December Newsletter
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.

Saxton Signature.jpg

Timothy Saxton, Superintendent

The Survey Link is:


Students of the Week

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

Knox Pitch, Hit and Run Winners

Students in 2nd through 4th grade at Knox Elementary competed in the Major League's local Pitch, Hit and Run competition presented by Scotts.  The winners in each group will advance to compete in the Sectional competition on Sunday, May 31st in                           Kent, Ohio.

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!!

Special Invitation Title 1 Parent Visitation Day

Knox will be hosting a Title 1 parent visitation day on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014.  This visitation day is for Title 1 parents/guardians that have students who do pull-out intervention.  You will get to see how your student responds in a small group setting with their Title 1 Tutor. We use a variety of programs, including Leveled Literacy, SPIRE, and Soar to Success to help each child with his/her specific need. Since these intervention periods occur throughout the day with different groups of students, it is important that you come at the time that was listed on your invitation.  This visit should only take about 45 minutes of your time and may give you some ideas of ways to reinforce reading skills at home.  We hope to see you there!


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

MLB Pitch, Hit and Run winners announced

Knox students recently participated in the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition.  The following students won the Knox competition and qualified for Sectionals.  


The girls were:  Mikalyn Fitts, Kennedy Berger, Alexis Gregory, Addy Jones, Sydney Fetters, Jennifer Tedrow, Gracin Adams, and Brianna Walters.


The boys were:  Jaxon Robb, Beau Alazaus, Kyle Peterson, Caden Young, Greg Rockwell, Christopher Bloom, Carson Schaefer and Donavin Conrad.


Congratulations to all of you and good luck at Sectionals!

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...

Congratulations to our Students of the Week


Congratulations to our students of the week!


Family Math Night Moved to November 29th

Family Math night originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 5th, has been changed to November 29th due to scheduling conflicts. One of our earlier communications that went home had tonight's date on it. Sorry for the confusion. 

Students of the Week

December Newsletter
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.

Knox Food Drive is Underway

We are once again going to do our food drive for Thanksgiving.  Beginning on Thursday, November 6th, we will begin collecting non-perishable food items for this purpose.  The drive will end on Friday, November 14th.  A monetary donation of $1.00  would count the same as one non-perishable food item.  Our Bonus Days are as follows:  Monday, November 10th - spaghetti noodles and sauce; Tuesday, November 11th - personal hygiene items (examples: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner) NO TRAVEL ITEMS PLEASE; Wednesday, November 12th - tuna, peanut butter, jelly, sloppy joe; Thursday, November 13th - soups and hamburger/tuna helper; Friday, November 14th -  breakfast items and money ($1.00 = 2 items) .  The top classroom will receive a pizza party.  

Thank you in advance for all of your continued help!!

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.

Kudos to the After School Help Sessions

Mrs. Linda Imhoff has offered a weekly after school help session for her third grade students for many years.  Students spend an hour in the computer lab working on reading and math skills.  These sessions are free to students.  Mrs. Imhoff volunteers her time beyond the normal school day to help her students succeed academically.  There may be as many as 25 students in attendance.


Some Knox students attend to be peer tutors.  Recently some high school students have also volunteered their time to tutor the third graders.


Several Knox teachers have voluntarily provided after school learning opportunities weekly to assist students.  These after school sessions are offered at no cost to students.  Kudos to those folks who work so hard to help others succeed!                                                      

Title 1 Parent Visitation Day

Have you ever wondered what your child is learning during the Title 1 pull-out intervention period?  On Tuesday, April 15th, we are sponsoring a Title 1 Parent Visitation Day at Knox Elementary to give you an opportunity to come and see first-hand what is happening in the intervention block with your child's Title 1 Tutor.  Since these intervention periods occur throughout the day with different groups of students, it is important that you come at the time listed on your invitation sheet that was sent home with your child.  This visit should only take about an hour of your time and may give you some ideas of ways to reinforce reading skills at home.  We hope to see you at your appointed time!

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
Congratulations to our Students of the Week!


ALICE Parent Meeting Slide Show Available Here

Get a copy of the presentation and more information about ALICE!


Congratulations to our Students of the Week!

Lady Warrior Wizards Basketball

Lady Warrior Wizards

Girls in First - Sixth Grades
Will practice basketball skills and ball handling.
Will perform at three girls' games.



Warrior News

Please check out

Superintendent Phillips' November Newsletter

Located Under Superintendent's Message

(Left Hand Side Bar)

2015 Summer Athletic Camps, Dates & Registration Forms


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.

Kudos to Mrs. Imhoff and her after school program

Mrs. Linda Imhoff has offered a weekly after school help session for her third grade students for many years.  Students spend an hour in the computer lab working on reading and math skills.  These sessions are free to students.  Mrs. Imhoff volunteers her time beyond the normal school day to help her students succeed academically.  There may be as many as 25 students in attendance. 


Some Knox students attend to be peer tutors.  Also, some of our high school students have volunteered their time to tutor the third graders.  These sessions also help to prepare the students for their OAA test.

Football Summer Camp Registration

Students Entering First - Ninth Grade

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

Camp Brochure

Knox extended school days

Knox Elementary has one extra calamity day than the other schools in the district.  We had a day off in November because of a power outage.  Because of this, Knox needs to make that extra day up.  We will be extending our school days an extra half hour in the morning.  This will start on Monday, April 7th and go through Thursday, April 24th.  Buses will be picking up the children approximately 10 to 12 minutes earlier in the mornings.  If you drop your child off in the morning, the drop off time will be between 8:15-8:30 a.m.  We will still offer breakfast in the morning during this time.  Your child will be tardy if they get here after 8:30 a.m.  The end of the school day will NOT change.  If you have any questions please feel free to call Mrs. Mabbott at Knox Elementary or Sherri Malloy at the bus garage.

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.

December Family Newsletter
Congratulations to our Students of the Week


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!

Scholarship Dinner for Mrs. Bryan, Damascus Elementary

Bergen Bryan

Scholarship Dinner

Saturday, October 29, 2016

4:00 -- 6:30 p.m.

West Branch High School Cafeteria
(prior to Salem-West Branch game)

Dinner Includes:  Creamed Chicken & Biscuits, Sides & Dessert
PreSale Tickets:  $12 -- Adults; $6 -- Children (Ages 4 - 10)

Chinese Auction & 50/50 Drawing

Tickets can be purchased:

Damascus Elementary -- Cori Sands, Jessica Scullion & Shelley Wilson

Knox Elementary -- Kim Sabatine & Sarah Jones

Middle School -- Tina Mull

High School -- Superintendent's Office

Questions:  Contact Shelley Wilson, Ext. 4522 or Amy Weaver, Ext. 4523.

Volunteer:  Follow the link provided on Facebook on Bergens Warriors

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.



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.

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

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?

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.

Congratulations to our Students of the Week!


Congratulations to our Students of the Week!


Congratulations to our students of the week!




Threats or suspicious activity can be reported by calling or texting 844-SAFEROH or follow the link for more information.




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.

Knox Spirit Week

Knox will be having Spirit Week this week in honor of our High School Girl's Basketball Team, who will be playing in Columbus this weekend for the State Title. The days are as follows:


Monday - Hats off to the Lady Warriors - Hat day

Tuesday - We are crazy about our Warriors -                Mismatched clothes

Wednesday - We bleed GREEN - wear green

Thursday - Warrior White Out - wear white


Good luck to our Lady Warriors!!!!  

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.  




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.

Superintendent News

Warrior Notes

Click on the link below to read updates from Mr. Saxton, Superintendent.

Fall Newsletter

Congratulations to our Student of the Week


October's Newsletter
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.

West Branch Local Schools Recognized for Music Education Efforts

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

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

October Parent Newsletter
House Bill 410 - New Attendance Law
Congratulations to our students of the 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!

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


HS Band Concert Moved

The HS Band Concert scheduled for 3/10/15 has been moved! We thank Mr. Stehura and Mr. Zamarelli for making it possible for all students and families to attend the HS Girls Game on Tuesday Night. Good Luck Lady Warriors.....Go BAND!


New Band Concert Date:

3/22/15 at 3:00 PM in  HS Auditorium

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. 

Knox New Tardy Policy

A tardy to school happens when the student arrives after 8:55am.  Even if your student is one minute late, it will be counted as a tardy.  A "reverse tardy" policy is also being implemented district wide this year.  If a student leaves before 3:20pm (elementary schools), they will be marked tardy as well.  Once a student accumulates their 6th tardy, reverse tardy, or combination of the two, they will be issued an after school detention.

2015 School Calendar Adopted

The adoption of a school calendar is a difficult decision that cannot make everyone happy. The decision has to incorporate the needs for students and the needs of families. We surveyed our kids, through Google survey, and know that about 15% of our kids have projects or animals at the fair. A committee of 15 worked through several meetings to come up with the best decision possible for all parties. Labor Day is late (Sept 7, 2015) which made the decision more difficult. We  knew that we needed to be closed during the fair; yet with state demands, we needed additional instructional days earlier.  Our 2015 - 2016 calendar attempts to accomplish both while giving families time together at the holidays.  The calendar is pretty consistent with most schools in our county. 


2015 - 2016 School Calendar


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

Superintendent Search Survey

As we prepare our search for a new superintendent the School Board would like to gather information about what our staff and community believe are important qualities for a superintendent to be successful at West Branch Local Schools.

To participate in this survey just click on the link below and answer the short survey.  Information will be compiled by the County Office and should be completed by Friday, March 20, 2015.