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An Open Letter to the Editor

This is the story of how race plays out in high school athletics in Greater Cincinnati.

Winton Woods is a member of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC). On November 17, 2010, at a Board of Control meeting, the FAVC began to break apart. The reasons provided by various superintendents, principals, and athletic directors for wanting to re-align or leave the FAVC were varied; some stated competition, others travel distances, still others the need for district rivalries. No consensus could be reached to re-align the FAVC either geographically or by size.

At one point during the meeting, Wayne Sawyers, Mt. Healthy HS Principal, noted that it seemed the issue was that no one wanted Winton Woods. As principal of Winton Woods, I stated that race seemed to be the elephant in the room. No one present at the meeting responded. There was a ten-minute caucus called by seven of the FAVC schools (who now comprise the new Eastern Cincinnati Conference-ECC). The Board of Control meeting ended with impasse regarding re-alignment.

On December 7, I received a telephone call from a friend and colleague, John Spieser, Glen Este High School Principal. He told me that the other principals and athletic directors in the ECC wouldn’t let him contact me sooner, but that I needed to know that all schools (except for Winton Woods) would be withdrawing from the FAVC within the next day, and seven of them were forming a new league (ECC). I asked John if Winton Woods could join the new league. He replied that Winton Woods would have to apply formally once the new league’s constitution was developed. It turns out that the schools that now comprise the ECC had been meeting secretly since August planning for an FAVC departure and exclusion of Winton Woods. The “Big 7” as they have been dubbed (Glen Este, Anderson, Turpin, Loveland, Milford, Kings and Walnut Hills) withdrew to form their own league, the ECC. The smaller schools in the FAVC (Ross, Talawanda, Edgewood, Mt. Healthy, Northwest, and Harrison) withdrew to form a new league, the Southwest Ohio Conference. Wilmington and Little Miami joined this league shortly thereafter.

My Athletic Director and I made the conscious decision, with the approval of the Superintendent and against the beliefs of many parents and community members, to wait and formally apply to the ECC. We told them that we should not immediately jump to conclusions about what the rationale might be for excluding us. I asked that folks not go to the media, and told them we trusted our FAVC colleagues to make the right decision. Everyone complied. In fact, we did an excellent job of keeping this information away from our student-athletes. After all, they should focus on school and athletics. This is an adult fight.

Winton Woods formally applied to the ECC on February 7, 2011. On February 10, 2011, Rod Russell, ECC Commissioner, responded via email that “at this time the ECC is not in a position to consider expansion.” This is difficult for me to swallow knowing that before Winton Woods even formally applied, both Harrison High School and Sycamore High School were approached by the ECC to join as an 8th team. Both schools declined. This suggests Mr. Russell’s explanation was a pretext for an illegal motive.

Unfortunately, in the end, it is not adults that lose, but kids. How do I explain to my student-athletes why they have been disenfranchised and are suddenly without a league? How do I explain to my student-athletes why the ECC rejected our application to join as the 8th team when they are aware that two predominately white schools were asked to join as 8th teams?

After looking at all of the correspondence, public interviews, and press releases that have transpired about the new league, as well as detailed demographic data for each school, I am left with the conclusion than Winton Woods exclusion from the new Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) is for no other reason than race. I am attaching demographic data so that you may form your own opinion.

Dr. Terri L. Holden

Principal , Winton Woods High School

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Wow, you guys really can't see it, can you? Eyes shut, taped up with duct tape, potato sack over the head. For years the people of Greenhills, Forest Park and Springfield Township have been telling you "it's not working" and now others have figured it out. And, the only possible reason is "race". Unbelievable.

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WOW... nice SuckerPunch Christine , that kinda sounded personal, usually you have reasonable input. blink.gif

So what should be done now?

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Interesting that when I saw the interview with the AD from Loveland, my first reaction was that this was entirely racially based. I admire WW for taking the high road in dealing with what is a heart-breaking issue for students.

And, Christine, just what is it that no one can see?

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WOW... nice SuckerPunch Christine , that kinda sounded personal, usually you have reasonable input. blink.gif

So what should be done now?

You can look at it as a sucker punch, or a wake-up call. That's the choice administration will have to make.

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And, Christine, just what is it that no one can see?

I'm not dealing with this topic again. They'll have to figure this one out for themselves.

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16 sports programs, 8 small schools go one way, 7 larger schools go another, 1 is not asked, nor offered an explanation and was never made part of any conversations that occurred secretly for several months prior to the November 17th FAVC meeting. Why? If they were your kids, wouldn’t you ask the same thing? What could we have done wrong to be treated so?

The geographic explanation. This has been debunked in fact that the following schools were asked to join the ECC: Harrison, Sycamore, and Lebanon. All have declined to join the ECC. It is rumored, but not confirmed, that Springboro was courted as well. Using Anderson H.S. as the most distant point, with the exception of Sycamore, all are substantially further than Winton Woods from that most distant point. Winton Woods has direct I-275 access and, it needs to be pointed out, would be the one most inconvenienced by distance, not the other 7 schools.

The “non-competitive” minor sports explanation. The apparent expectation here is that Winton Woods should be tops in all sports or that all teams should have winning records. There is no logic to that in a league. Winton Woods fields teams, both Varsity and Reserve where applicable, for all of the sports listed on the current FAVC website, with the exception of Women’s Golf and a complete Men’s and Woman’s Swim Team. This was detailed in our application of February 7th to the ECC. Are these the minor sports that would cause one school to not even be brought into a discussion, overlooking participation in over 20 other sports offerings? How many of these “minor sports” will survive the budget cuts all schools will surely have to face in the near future? This minor sport point has been repeated over and over, but is not factual.

The “You’re too good in football/basketball” explanation. Other than the natural response that maybe you need to step your program a notch or two, let’s look at the facts. In last 7 years, Winton Woods was League Champ in football just twice. In fact, we were 2nd the very year we won the Div.2 State Championship. Was anyone really worried about us when we were 6-5 in 2006? Or when Turpin beat us in the 2008 Div. 2 playoffs, only to lose to Kings? We have all been rivals for some time now and we make your teams better (let alone heighten Harbin points and gate receipts). Why would you not want us to be part of your league?

“Shared Philosophy, Commonality, Common Themes”. These were publicly stated by Loveland AD Jeff Zidron(Loveland) and Mark Trout (Milford) on video interviews for Loveland Magazine http://www.lovelandmagazine.com/sports/ that this “Athletic League” is based upon State Test Scores and desire for “Better People”. It is quite “unique” to form an athletic league on the basis of State Report Cards (something that no else in the State of Ohio has been known to do). But one has to consider ALL of the common themes, not just the ones that that look good. The inference that somehow Winton Woods does not promote higher academic standards or does not support character building is at first insulting and can only lead one to naturally look at “what else is different about us?” Are these the disagreements and issues that Mr. Trout mentions in his video interview? And what are the common themes among the other teams asked to be the 8th team? We are only left to surmise that for ourselves.

ECC has seven schools, forcing this “Bye” week issue, but “We’ll take applications for an 8th team – Jeff Zidron”. Having been in the same league with the majority of these schools since 1998, we didn’t ask to see their league application. However, Winton Woods formally applied on February 7, 2011 to join the ECC. Our application was turned on February 10th. No reason was given.

Were the other 3-4 schools asked to join as the 8th school required to provide an application? What happened between December 7th and February 7th that made an odd number of schools in a league more preferable to an even number of teams for an athletic league? How are “Bye” weeks in a sports schedule going to benefit you when schools from other leagues would be committed to their league play at the same time? Logic tells you an even number with no open dates works better.

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Application to Join the

Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC)

respectfully submitted by

Winton Woods High School

1231 West Kemper Road

Cincinnati, OH 45240

513.619.2420 tel

513.619.2417 fax

E. Dwight Campbell, Athletic Director

Dr. Terri L. Holden, Principal

Dr. Camille Nasbe, Superintendent

Dear Mr. Russell and the ECC Member Schools:

This application packet provides a comprehensive look at Winton Woods High School and the Winton Woods Athletic Program. We hope this information provides you the level of detail you need to make a decision regarding our request to join the newly formed Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC). We want to share our strong rationale for membership in the newly formed ECC.

1. Winton Woods has been a stable, loyal member in a league (Fort Ancient Valley Conference) with the majority of ECC schools, dating back to 1998.

2. We are geographically easy to reach by I-275 for all seven ECC schools.

3. Our stadium is one of the newest in the region and hosts many athletic events, including football, soccer, and track.

4. We are reasonably competitive in football, which funds many of the other sports. Gate receipts bear this out.

5. Playing a highly-ranked Winton Woods football or basketball team provides other teams with the opportunity to earn more Harbin points and expose more players to collegiate scouts.

6. The sports arena is one area where cross-cultural relationships are fostered, and above all, skill and sportsmanship are respected. As an ECC member, Winton Woods would contribute positively to these relationships. This would enable all ECC athletes to play in a diverse league, better preparing them all for collegiate sports and the workplace.

7. We are revamping portions of our athletic program. We recruited an impressive new Varsity Baseball coach for the 2010-2011 season, resulting in demand for a middle school baseball team in 2011-2012. We currently have a club swim team, and are examining the possibility of a swim team at the varsity level.

8. In January 2011, the Winton Woods Board of Education approved an Academy of Global Studies program at Winton Woods High School with a rigorous, engaging curriculum, beginning 2011-2012. We are the first school in Ohio to be a member of the International Schools Studies Network (ISSN).

9. We are proud of a high school in which its 85%-minority student body earned $7.8 million in college scholarships and had a 94% graduation rate last year. We want to build upon those accomplishments by providing our graduates with an education that ensures their competitiveness in a global society, both in and out of the classroom.

We thank you in advance for your serious consideration of Winton Woods High School as the eighth member school of the ECC. Affiliation with the ECC has significant meaning to our students, our parents, and our community. We know you will be proud to have selected us as the eighth member of the league with which we so strongly identify.

Sincerely,

Dr. Camille Nasbe Dr. Terri L. Holden Mr. E. Dwight Campbell

Superintendent Principal Athletic Director

WINTON WOODS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC PROGRAM

Harold Meyer Sportsmanship Award

2002, 2003, 2004

Academic Quiz Team (Co-Ed)

Winton Woods High School has a co-ed Academic Quiz Team.

Academic Quiz Team

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 6th 0.000 0.024

2009 6th 0.000 0.133

2008 6th 0.100 0.089

2007 9th 0.000 ***

2006 5th 0.405 ***

2005 7th 0.214 ***

2004 *** *** ***

Baseball (Men’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a men’s baseball team at the Varsity and Reserve levels. We will add a Freshman baseball team beginning in 2011-2012.

Baseball

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 6th 0.000 0.143

2009 6th 0.000 0.000

2008 6th 0.000 0.167

2007 6th 0.000 0.056

2006 7th 0.143 0.176

2005 7th 0.143 0.250

2004 *** *** ***

Baseball Program Accomplishments

 State of Ohio Champions (1956)

Basketball (Men’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a men’s basketball team at the Varsity, Reserve, and Freshman levels.

Men's Basketball

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 1st 1.000 0.850

2009 4th 0.500 0.500

2008 1st 0.900 0.714

2007 3rd 0.600 0.571

2006 4th 0.643 0.571

2005 5th 0.571 0.500

2004 *** *** ***

Men’s Basketball Program Accomplishments

 State of Ohio Division I Runner-up (2002)

 State of Ohio District Champions (1993; 2002)

 State of Ohio Sectional Champions (1993; 1997; 1998; 2002; 3003)

 Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) League Champions (2000; 2001; 2002; 2004; 2008; 2010)

 FAVC Coach of the Year (2008; 2010)

Basketball (Women’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a women’s basketball team at the Varsity, Reserve, and Freshman levels.

Women's Basketball

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 6th 0.100 0.143

2009 1st 1.000 0.958

2008 1st 1.000 0.920

2007 1st 0.800 0.875

2006 1st 1.000 0.826

2005 1st 1.000 0.870

2004 *** *** ***

Women’s Basketball Program Accomplishments

 State of Ohio Division II Champions (1984)

 State of Ohio District Champions (2005; 2007; 2008)

 State of Ohio Sectional Champions (2005; 2007; 2008)

 Cincinnati City Champions (2009)

 Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) League Champions (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

 FAVC Coach of the Year (2005; 2008; 2009)

Bowling (Men’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a men’s bowling team at the Varsity level.

Men's Bowling

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 6th 0.000 0.067

2009 4th 0.400 0.412

2008 3rd 0.600 0.526

2007 5th 0.300 0.235

2006 7th 0.286 0.222

2005 2nd 0.714 0.733

2004 *** *** ***

Men’s Bowling Program Accomplishments

 Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) Coach of the Year (2005)

Bowling (Women’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a women’s bowling team at the Varsity level.

Women's Bowling

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 5th 0.200 0.313

2009 4th 0.400 0.412

2008 1st 1.000 0.950

2007 1st 0.900 0.778

2006 3rd 0.714 0.824

2005 5th 0.571 0.667

2004 *** *** ***

Women’s Bowling Program Accomplishments

 Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) Coach of the Year (2006; 2007; 2008)

Cheerleading (Women’s)

Winton Woods High School fields women’s cheerleading squads at the Varsity, Reserve, and Freshman levels.

Cross-Country (Men’s & Women’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a men’s and women’s cross-country team at the varsity level.

Men’s Cross-Country Program Accomplishments

 State of Ohio Champions (1986-Greenhills HS)

Football (Men’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a men’s football team at the Varsity, Reserve, and Freshman levels.

Football

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 1st 1.000 0.833

2009 2nd 0.800 0.867

2008 1st 1.000 0.846

2007 2nd 0.800 0.636

2006 4th 0.600 0.545

2005 3rd 0.714 0.636

2004 3rd 0.857 0.600

Men’s Football Program Accomplishments

 State of Ohio Division II Champions (2009)

 State of Ohio District Champions (2009)

 State of Ohio Regional Champions (2009)

 City of Cincinnati Champions (2009)

 Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) League Champions (2000; 2004; 2006; 2008)

 Queen City Conference (QCC) Champions (1993; 1994; 1996; 1998)

 FAVC Coach of the Year (2008; 2010)

 Southwest Ohio Division II Coach of the Year (2010)

 Cincinnati Bengals Coach of the Year (2009)

Golf (Men’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a men’s Varsity golf team.

Men's Golf

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 7th 0.190 0.133

2009 6th 0.000 0.083

2008 5th 0.200 0.273

2007 5th 0.200 0.143

2006 6th 0.000 0.143

2005 *** *** ***

2004 *** *** ***

Men’s Golf Program Accomplishments

 Queen City Conference (QCC) Conference League Champions (1996; 1997; 1998)

Golf (Women’s)

Two participants in 2010.

Soccer (Men’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a men’s soccer team at the Varsity and Reserve levels.

Men's Soccer

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 4th 0.619 0.667

2009 3rd 0.467 0.647

2008 4th 0.400 0.708

2007 4th 0.400 0.648

2006 5th 0.200 0.431

2005 7th 0.238 0.294

2004 8th 0.143 0.118

Men’s Soccer Program Accomplishments

 State of Ohio Regional Champions (1991)

 State of Ohio District Champions (1991)

 City of Cincinnati Champions (1991; 1996)

 Queen City Conference (QCC) League Champions (1991; 1996; 1998)

Soccer (Women’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a women’s soccer team at the Varsity and Reserve levels.

Women's Soccer

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 6th 0.381 0.510

2009 6th 0.000 0.471

2008 6th 0.000 0.200

2007 6th 0.000 0.235

2006 6th 0.067 0.392

2005 8th 0.000 0.294

2004 8th 0.095 0.463

Softball (Women’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a women’s softball team at the Varsity and Reserve levels.

Softball

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 6th 0.000 0.091

2009 6th 0.000 0.063

2008 6th 0.000 0.136

2007 6th 0.000 0.250

2006 7th 0.143 0.227

2005 6th 0.286 0.333

2004 *** *** ***

Women’s Softball Program Accomplishments

 Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) Coach of the Year (2007)

Swimming (Men’s & Women’s)

Winton Woods High School currently fields a men’s and women’s club swimming team.

Tennis (Men’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a men’s tennis team at the Varsity and Reserve levels.

Men's Tennis

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 5th 0.200 0.250

2009 5th 0.200 0.111

2008 4th 0.400 0.333

2007 6th 0.000 0.133

2006 7th 0.143 0.100

2005 *** *** ***

2004 *** **

Tennis (Women’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a women’s tennis team at the Varsity and Reserve levels.

Women's Tennis

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 2nd 0.833 0.846

2009 3rd 0.600 0.571

2008 3rd 0.400 0.643

2007 6th 0.000 0.400

2006 5th 0.200 0.500

2005 8th 0.000 0.353

2004 8th *** ***

Track & Field (Men’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a men’s track & field team at the Varsity and Reserve levels.

Men's Track & Field

Year FAVC Buckeye Championship

2010 1st (tie)

2009 2nd

2008 1st (tie)

2007 1st

2006 1st

2005 2nd

2004 ***

Men’s Track & Field Program Accomplishments

 State of Ohio Champions (1988; 1989)

 State of Ohio District Champions (1998)

 Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) League Champions (2006; 2007; 2008; 2010)

 Queen City Conference (QCC) League Champions (1993; 1998; 1999)

 FAVC Coach of the Year (2006; 2007; 2009; 2010)

Track & Field (Women’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a women’s track & field team at the Varsity and Reserve levels.

Women's Track & Field

Year FAVC Buckeye Championship

2010 5th

2009 4th

2008 3rd

2007 3rd

2006 3rd

2005 4th

2004 ***

Women’s Track & Field Program Accomplishments

 State of Ohio District Champions (2006; 2007)

Volleyball (Women’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a women’s volleyball team at the Varsity and Reserve

levels.

Volleyball

Year

FAVC Buckeye Division Standing League Win

Overall Win

2010 8th 0.000 0.143

2009 6th 0.000 0.391

2008 6th 0.000 0.286

2007 6th 0.000 0.391

2006 6th 0.000 0.333

2005 8th 0.000 0.522

2004 8th 0.000 0.211

Wrestling (Men’s)

Winton Woods High School fields a men’s wrestling team at the Varsity and Reserve levels. The wrestling team has had a full roster the past two years. There has been increased participation in the wrestling program the last three years.

WINTON WOODS MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC PROGRAM

Since 1999, as an active member of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC), Winton Woods Middle School has consistently fielded teams at both the 7th and 8th grade levels. Listed below are the current teams at Winton Woods Middle School.

 Boys Basketball (13 FAVC titles)

 Girls Basketball

 Boys Football (5 FAVC titles)

 Girls Cheerleading

 Boys & Girls Cross-Country (4 individual champions)

 Boys Track (1 FAVC title)

 Girls Track (1 FAVC title)

 Girls Volleyball

 Boys Wrestling (4 individual champions)

The Winton Woods Middle School Athletic Program is competitive, but other than Boys Basketball does not dominate in any sport. Winton Woods Middle School has hosted the FAVC Middle School Girls Volleyball tournament four (4) times; the Boys Basketball tournament six (6) times, and the league Boys & Girls Cross-Country meet for five (5) consecutive years. Winton Woods Middle School has also hosted Cross-Country Invitationals and Track Invitationals. The Winton Woods Middle School gymnasium has the largest playing surface in the FAVC as it measures 94 feet (collegiate dimensions).

WINTON WOODS FACILITIES

Charlie Fredrick Stadium (newly renovated in 2006; a $3.9 million dollar investment)

 On-site

 Astro-turf field playing surface

 8-lane all-weather track

 Supports up to 2,300 home fans as well as 1,500 visiting fans

 Used for Football, Soccer and Track & Field

 Host OHSAA District soccer games

 Host Men’s & Women’s FAVC League track meets

 Host Men’s & Women’s FAVC Relays

Tennis Courts

 6 courts

 Adjacent to the high school

 Used for Men’s and Women’s Tennis

 Host FAVC tennis matches

 Host FAVC Coaches Classic Tennis Tournament

Baseball Facility

 On-site

 Concessions available

Softball Facility

 Adjacent to the high school

 Forest Park City Field

Gymnasium

 High school regulation size

 Middle school collegiate size

 Used for Volleyball and Men’s & Women’s Basketball

WINTON WOODS ATHLETIC FINANCIALS

Average Gate Receipts

Football $7400 (5 home games)

Men’s Basketball $1400 (8 home games)

Women’s Basketball $460 (8 home games)

Men’s Soccer $330 (9 home games)

Women’s Soccer $319 (8 home games)

Volleyball $234 (9 home games)

Winton Woods Gate Receipts

2008 2009 2010

Football 36900 29649 39061

Men's Basketball 12196 11409 ***

Women's Basketball 7399 3713 ***

Men's Soccer 3293 2721 3018

Women's Soccer 1740 2558 2635

Volleyball 1929 2114 1317

WINTON WOODS OHSAA DIVISION PLACEMENT

The entire Winton Woods City School District exists geographically within the boundaries of the State of Ohio.

Winton Woods is part of the Southwest District of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA).

Based on OHSAA enrollment numbers, Winton Woods is a Division I school, except in Football.

OHSAA Enrollment History

Year Boys Girls Total

2010 431 409 840

2009 479 403 882

2008 494 435 929

2007 469 436 905

2006 458 453 911

WINTON WOODS PROXIMITY TO SCHOOLS IN THE EASTERN CINCINNATI CONFERENCE

Anderson High School 31.98 miles

Glen Este High School 27.15 miles

Kings High School 19.52 miles

Loveland High School 17.05 miles

Milford High School 23.98 miles

Turpin High School 31.24 miles

Walnut Hills High School 17.74 miles

WINTON WOODS CURRICULUM PROGRAM

Located 15 miles north of metropolitan Cincinnati, Winton Woods City School District serves approximately 3,500 students from the communities of Greenhills, Forest Park, and northern Springfield Township. The communities share not only a school district and public park but long-standing traditions advocating family, quality education and community pride.

The current enrollment of Winton Woods High school is 1,100 students in grades 9-12. Students at Winton Woods High school can choose one of two paths: they can take a traditional comprehensive curriculum, or choose to enroll in the new Academy of Global Studies, a project-based learning environment which will begin with Grade 9 in the 2011-2012 school year. All courses are based on the Ohio Academic Content Standards

Students who choose the traditional path take courses in the core areas of English, mathematics, science, and social studies, as well as in global language, visual and musical arts, business & technology; health & physical education; and family & consumer science. In the traditional path, students can choose from honors courses as well as Advanced Placement courses in English Literature & Language; English Language & Composition; American History; Calculus AB; Calculus BC; Physics; Spanish; and Art: Drawing. Students can choose the Project Lead the Way per-engineering sequence (in its 3rd year), as well as the High School of Business sequence (beginning in 2012-2013). Winton Woods is affiliated with Great Oaks, and students in the traditional path may choose to attend a vocational program at either Scarlet Oaks or Diamond Oaks during their junior and senior years.

Students who choose the Academy of Global Studies will study a rigorous curriculum requiring 4 credits in the core areas of English, mathematics, science and social studies, as well as four years of Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. Central to the Academy of Global Studies are global seminars, educational travel, and community service. The Academy of Global Studies is part of the Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network (ISSN), and is the only ISSN school in the state of Ohio.

School-wide, we have instituted mandatory PSAT testing of all juniors, and will be giving the PLAN test to all freshmen. These tests, along with our ACT Preparation classes, will serve to raise our college entrance tests scores and improve overall students achievement and college access. Additionally, we are expanding our dual-credit course opportunities for our students.

Winton Woods High School has a strong, regionally and nationally recognized program in vocal music, instrumental music, theater, and the visual arts. Our Varsity Ensemble has performed with the Cincinnati Pops several times, most recently in the fall of 2010 for the Halloween concert series. Our Varsity Ensemble also traveled to Beijing, China in 2008 as a participant in per-Olympic festivities.

Each year, our graduates earn multi-million dollars worth of scholarships, both athletic and academic. The Class of 2010 earned 7.8 million dollars in scholarships. 78% of our students apply and are accepted to post-secondary institutions. Our graduates attend local colleges and universities, as well as prestigious schools and service academies.

As a complement to the academic program, there is a wide array of extracurricular activities available to Winton Woods High School students.

Clubs & Organizations

Academic Achievers (Triple A)

Art Club

Counterpoint (a capella group)

Drama Club

French Club

Gospel Keys (student-led)

Harmony (a capella group)

Jazz Band

Key Club

Mock Trial

National Honor Society

Pep Band

Philosophy Club

Spirit Club

Step Team

Student Council

True Colors

Warrior Dance Crew

Warriors for Christ (student-led)

Winton Woods HS State of Ohio Local Report Card Data

2009-2010 2008-2009 2007-2008 2006-2007 2005-2006 2004-2005

Rating Cont. Imp. Effective Effective Effective Effective Effective

Performance Index 93.1 94.2 90.5 92.8 93.6 94.8

Graduation Rate 93.8% 88.3% 94.0% 86.9% 86.9% 90.0%

AYP Not Met Not Met Not Met Met Not Met Met

Economically Disadvantaged 40.3% 34.0% 28.4% 28.3% 17.7% 24.6%

Limited English 3.6% 2.6% 2.1% 1.7% 1.8% 1.5%

Students w/Disabilities 18.8% 19.9% 20.4% 21.1% 20.7% 20.1%

Black 70.5% 73.1% 73.8% 72.7% 71.4% 71.2%

White 14.9% 14.2% 15.8% 17.9% 19.9% 21.4%

Multiracial 8.3% 6.5% 5.6% 4.2% 4.3% 3.4%

Hispanic 4.2% 3.9% 3.2% 3.3% 2.5% 2.4%

Asian 2.1% 2.2% 1.5% 1.7% 1.8% 1.5%

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I'm not dealing with this topic again. They'll have to figure this one out for themselves.

if you had no intention of "dealing with the topic", then why post anything at all?

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if you had no intention of "dealing with the topic", then why post anything at all?

Clarification: I have no intention of discussing what the issues are, how we got here, or what the solution is. Residents from all three communities have said their peace over the years and now it's time for leadership to dig deep and get to the bottom of the real issues. I'm certain we'll see facts and statistics all over this board over the next few days, but those facts and statistics are really useless in this situation. All three communities would significantly benefit if our dsitrict leadership could honestly grasp the core problem. And, the core problem ain't too tough to figure out.

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16 sports programs, 8 small schools go one way, 7 larger schools go another, 1 is not asked, nor offered an explanation and was never made part of any conversations that occurred secretly for several months prior to the November 17th FAVC meeting. Why? If they were your kids, wouldn’t you ask the same thing? What could we have done wrong to be treated so?

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For the last week and half, the release of this information had been held up while one superintendent of an ECC school offered to "mediate". In the last few days the response was the following:

ECC had met and decided they were not taking applications until Spring 2012.  When asked what we (Winton Woods) could do to gain membership in the ECC he said anyone can apply next spring but their discussions centered around issues of geography, transportation, rivalries, gate receipts, and participation/competitive records in all sports, grades 7-12.     

Given a even quick review of our application (again, no one else has been required to "apply" including HARRISON, LEBANON, SYCAMORE and unconfirmed SPRINGBORO) states the facts....

We are just as close to 4 schools in the ECC as they are to Anderson, Turpin or Glen Este.

Transportation - right off I-275

Rivals - These are the same teams we have played for more than 15 years.

Gate Receipts for "Money Sports" are above average

Winton Woods - participates/competes in 22 competitive programs. Are we better in some vs. others? This is NOT Lake Woebegone where all athletes are above average and everyone wins or has a winning record.

And yes we support Varsity, JV, Freshmen, and Middle School.

So, given all of that... Why?

If they are your kids (and in this case they are) wouldn't you wonder why?

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What are the district's options regarding membership in another league?

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WWW, I posted a comment from a parent/coach on the Nomans select baseball team last year about the feelings of WWCS and was blasted for posting it. I'd have to go back and find the post but I'm sure this topic had everything to do with that comment. This parent was a varsity head coach within the FAVC.

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Why is this so important....

One, we would be the ONLY SCHOOL in the region not in league.

Two, scheduling occurs now for 2012.

Three, teams involved in a league must play league teams for the majority of their schedule. Who would/could we schedule?

Four, either being able to schedule much smaller teams or out of town opponents. What does that do for gate receipts? What does that do to retain those students were athletics are important?

Five, it would eliminate JV, Freshmen, and Middle School programs. Who would we play?

This is a financial hit to the district. It is a financial hit to the student athlete whose only way to college might be through athletics. And yes, the pride of the three communities is injured.

We have applied in other conferences, all currently have even number of teams in their conferences and aren't looking to expand. GMC, Dayton South, etc.

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I think we should be very careful here, folks.

To tell the truth, my knee-jerk reaction to this was...

Race? really?

If it is, this thread/issue will be national news within a week.

If you're going to stand on the "race card", I suggest everything

be well documented and go into this to win.

If there are any doubts about this being ANYTHING other than race....

Choose another angle.

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WWW, I posted a comment from a parent/coach on the Nomans select baseball team last year about the feelings of WWCS and was blasted for posting it. I'd have to go back and find the post but I'm sure this topic had everything to do with that comment. This parent was a varsity head coach within the FAVC.

Junedale WINTON WOODS School Thread See Page 3

Come Screamin' if that's the best I can do "blasting" you.... biggrin.gif

The specific subject at the time was baseball, to keep everything in context. I think recent actions and hires have answered that we do care. Further, this ECC situation only adds to it.

Oh, yeah. We had few words on Facebook, too.

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These other schools knew they'd be accused of racism. They knew it with absolute certainty. I'm sure they expect to be sued. So there's no way they made this decision lightly. And yet, they made it anyway. The risk of being called racist and smeared in the press and being sued was worth the reward of not having to play WW anymore. I wonder why? They must be really, really, really racist. All of them. They're even colluding in their racism.

Or, maybe....

All of the schools referenced have plenty of experience playing against Winton Woods, don't they? Maybe that just isn't a very pleasant experience. Maybe it isn't fun. Maybe, sometimes, it doesn't even feel safe. Maybe it's just something they don't want to deal with anymore. I wonder if they've been hearing that from their parents over and over and over for quite a while? Could that be it? Is there any reasonable basis for those schools to feel that way? If that is the case, is it the district's position that that's racist, too?

WWWarrior asked the question: "What could they have done wrong to be treated this way?" Well, maybe that should be treated as a real question, rather than as the self-serving, self-pitying, whiny rhetorical statement he intended it to be.

Or is that too tough of an issue to deal with? Have the citizens and the leadership of this district decided it's easier to just fall back on the belief that everybody who doesn't kiss our ass and give us exactly what we want exactly when we want it and on exactly our terms is just racist? That's the path of least resistance, and it doesn't require us to take any responsibility for anything, ever. It's a universal excuse and can be used to cover any failing, indeed any unpleasant circumstance at all.

And apparently, that's now the official policy of the district. The District leadership had to believe that Holden will be seen as a local hero for writing this letter. This is what they think is a good idea. This is what passes for leadership around here. Which explains a lot, if you stop and think about it.

This is a big deal for the district. But I doubt it happened overnight. What's more likely is that once again difficult issues were ignored, excused, and avoided until the unpleasant results are staring us in the face. It wouldn't be the first time we've seen that pattern around here. What to do, what to do? Clearly, it's time to pull the race card.

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thanks WWW. Not to bring it up to add fuel to the fire, but as to what was going on behind the scenes as far as April of 2010.

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I think we should be very careful here, folks.

To tell the truth, my knee-jerk reaction to this was...

Race? really?

If it is, this thread/issue will be national news within a week.

If you're going to stand on the "race card", I suggest everything

be well documented and go into this to win.

If there are any doubts about this being ANYTHING other than race....

Choose another angle.

Hair, I couldn't agree more and you must believe that this is something that everyone involved has struggled with, sought counsel (no, not legal), and agonized over. Winton Woods wants the opportunity to compete with those teams that have become our natural rivals and have been for quite some time. By selling us short, the ECC (as it stands now) is lessening its’ own value and stature. Winton Woods brings value to this league. It brings also achievement, tradition and honor. However, continuing the current course does not build value for the ECC. It only hurts the student athletes, all of the athletes including the students of those others schools.

If you know, for a fact, that the ECC had tried to recruit three other schools (and probably a 4th), that were actually:

1) Further away

2) Were not natural rivals

3) Were not on the Eastside of town (Sycamore, OK)

4) and did not have to "apply"

What would you guess is the reason....

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These other schools knew they'd be accused of racism.  They knew it with absolute certainty.  I'm sure they expect to be sued.  So there's no way they made this decision lightly.  And yet, they made it anyway.  The risk of being called racist and smeared in the press and being sued was worth the reward of not having to play WW anymore.  I wonder why?  They must be really, really, really racist.  All of them.  They're even colluding in their racism. 

Or, maybe....

All of the schools referenced have plenty of experience playing against Winton Woods, don't they?  Maybe that just isn't a very pleasant experience.  Maybe it isn't fun.  Maybe, sometimes, it doesn't even feel safe.  Maybe it's just something they don't want to deal with anymore.  I wonder if they've been hearing that from their parents over and over and over for quite a while?  Could that be it?  Is there any reasonable basis for those schools to feel that way?  If that is the case, is it the district's position that that's racist, too?

WWWarrior asked the question: "What could they have done wrong to be treated this way?"  Well, maybe that should be treated as a real question, rather than as the self-serving, self-pitying, whiny rhetorical statement he intended it to be. 

Or is that too tough of an issue to deal with?  Have the citizens and the leadership of this district decided it's easier to just fall back on the belief that everybody who doesn't kiss our ass and give us exactly what we want exactly when we want it and on exactly our terms is just racist?  That's the path of least resistance, and it doesn't require us to take any responsibility for anything, ever.  It's a universal excuse and can be used to cover any failing, indeed any unpleasant circumstance at all. 

And apparently, that's now the official policy of the district.  The District leadership had to believe that Holden will be seen as a local hero for writing this letter.  This is what they think is a good idea.  This is what passes for leadership around here.  Which explains a lot, if you stop and think about it.

This is a big deal for the district.  But I doubt it happened overnight.  What's more likely is that once again difficult issues were ignored, excused, and avoided until the unpleasant results are staring us in the face.  It wouldn't be the first time we've seen that pattern around here.  What to do, what to do?  Clearly, it's time to pull the race card.

Thanks, John. You're welcome to your opinion.

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What would you guess is the reason....

Thank you and I understand your point, but

you know what they say about Guessing/Assumptions. smile.gif

What happens next?

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Thanks, John. You're welcome to your opinion.

That's big of you, Jack.

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What would you guess is the reason....

Thank you and I understand your point, but

you know what they say about Guessing/Assumptions. smile.gif

What happens next?

Personal appeals to each Board of Education.

Lay out the facts, as we have learned that what individual school board members are being told by those who have cooked up this travesty isn't truthful. That because Winton Woods does not a golf team or tennis team (source:Loveland), which we clearly do. That don't field a LaCrosse team?...not all of the ECC teams currently do. That we are too far? This is what we are hearing, this is what they are believing.

Boards of Education really don't try to get involved in these sort of things. But this has a bearing on our kids, community, and the taxpayers. It boiled down to not really having a choice.

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So, how do you know that race is the reason for the exclusion ?

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