The 2018-19 school year for most students in the Westerville City School District will begin Aug. 16.

Elementary pupils will start school at 9:05 a.m. and dismiss at 3:30 p.m. Middle school classes will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m. High school classes will commence at 7:25 a.m. and finish at 2:05 p.m.

Kindergarten and special-needs preschool starts Aug. 21. Morning kindergarten will run from 9:05 to 11:40 a.m. Afternoon kindergarten sessions will be held from 12:55 to 3:30 p.m. Morning preschool classes will begin at 8:45 a.m. and dismiss at 11:15 a.m. Afternoon preschool classes will begin at 12:45 p.m. and end at 3:15 p.m.

Those who have not yet registered should visit the district's website at wcsoh.org, click on the green "Enrolling" box on the home page, fill out the 2018-19 enrollment online application and schedule an appointment to complete their enrollment. Parents and guardians are encouraged to finalize this process as soon as possible to ensure placement in their child's assigned school.

To ensure a child will be able to attend the first day of school on Aug. 16, parents or guardians must have an enrollment appointment scheduled and completed by Aug. 13. Enrollment appointments scheduled after Aug. 13 will mean a school start date of two business days after the completion of enrollment. For example, an enrollment date of Aug. 14 means the child's first day of school will take place Aug. 17. Wednesday appointments will start Aug. 20.

School bus-route schedules and transportation information will be posted online at wcsoh.org/mybus. Users will find an online tool called "Infofinder I," which allows users to enter their home address to obtain bus number, stop location and stop times.

Families may pay elementary and middle school grade-level fees online by credit card.

High school grade level fees and athletic fees will be available Monday, Aug. 6. Parents or guardians can visit www.wcsoh.org and click on EZPay under the Resources section. Accepted forms of payment include checks made payable to WBOE, cash and money orders. Fees must be paid prior to, or during, Back to School Days.

Parents who qualify for free or reduced-price meals will need to fill out an online form allowing school districts to share a student's free and reduced lunch status in order to adjust fees.

Elementary supply fees to be collected are preschool, $15.50; kindergarten, $18.50; first grade, $32; second grade, $32; third grade, $28; fourth grade, $30; and fifth grade, $30.

The general instructional materials fee for grades six and seven is $40, plus specific course fees. The instructional materials fee for eighth grade is $35, plus specific course fees. Extracurricular fees are $75 for the first sport, $50 for the second sport and free for the third sport. There is a family cap of $300 for extracurricular fees.

The general instructional materials fee for high school students is $20 for all students. There may be other course specific fees for consumable materials. Class dues will be assessed in the amount of $5 per student per year. The replacement fee for a second photo identification card will be $5. A school campus parking permit is $30 per student per year. The Advanced Placement test fee is $93 and International Baccalaureate anticipated fees are $175 per year for registration; and about $120 per test. Extracurricular fees are $150 for the first sport, $75 for the second sport and free for the third sport. There is a family cap of $300 for extracurricular fees.

As of Jan. 31, Westerville City Schools Food Service account has a positive lunch balance and school meal prices for the 2018-19 school year will remain the same as the 2017-18 school year.

Prices are $1.25 for elementary students and $1.50 for middle school and high school students for breakfast; and $2.75 for elementary school students and $3 for middle and high school students for lunch.

Free and reduced-price meals are provided for students unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Program.

Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced price meals or free milk if the school participates in the Special Milk Program.

Families can apply online for their children to receive free or reduced price school meals. Paper application forms are also available at each school, the Enrollment Center, the Food Service website and the Food Service Office, 125 E. Walnut St. As a new process this year, parents who qualify for free or reduced-price meals will need to fill out an online form allowing school districts to share a student's free and reduced lunch status in order to adjust fees.

Elementary events

Elementary schools will provide an opportunity for families to learn their child's teacher/class placement for the 2018-19 school year and information through multiple back-to-school events.

These include:

* Alcott Elementary School -- Back-to-School Days from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9; a school walk-through from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 15; a kindergarten parent orientation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15; and a curriculum night for grades 1-5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22. Curriculum night will be broken up by grade, with first grade starting at 5 p.m., second grade at 7 p.m., third grade at 5:30 p.m., fourth grade at 6 p.m. and fifth grade at 6:30 p.m.

* Annehurst Elementary School -- Back-to-School Day from 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 8. The Annehurst PTA will have information available regarding membership and upcoming activities. A meet-the-teacher event will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Guests can bring their school supplies. Curriculum night for parents of students in kindergarten will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 14. Curriculum night for other grades will be held Aug. 29, with grades 1-2 meeting from 6 to 7 p.m., and grades 3-5 meeting from 7 to 8 p.m.

* Cherrington Elementary School -- Back-to-School Days from 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9. A school walk through will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 15. The PTA will host a snow-cone social. On Aug. 29, a curriculum night will take place for the entire school from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

* Emerson World Cultures Magnet School -- Back-to-School Days from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9. Emerson families are invited to walk through the building and meet the teachers from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Curriculum night for grades 1-3 will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29, and 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30 for grades 4-5. Students and families are also invited to attend the Emerson PTA Back to School Social that will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7.

* Fouse Elementary School -- Back-to-School Day from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7. From 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 15, families are invited to walk through the building, drop off supplies and meet their children's teachers. During this time, the Fouse PTO will be on hand to share ways in which parents and volunteers can be involved with school, starting at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. Kindergarten parent night will take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Curriculum night for grades 1-3 is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21. Curriculum night for grades 4-5 will take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

* Robert Frost Elementary School -- Back-to-School Days from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9. School supplies will be available to purchase. Frost families are invited to walk through the building and meet teachers from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Kindergarten Parent Orientation and Curriculum Night will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 14. Curriculum Night for parents of students in grades 1-5 will all be held Aug. 21. For curriculum night, first grade will meet at 5 p.m.; second grade at 5:30 p.m.; third grade at 6 p.m.; fourth grade at 6:30 p.m.; and fifth grade at 7 p.m.

* Hanby Magnet Elementary School -- Back-to-School Day from 10 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9. At this time, students will learn their classroom assignments. Meet-the -teacher day will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 15. Curriculum night will take place for all parents Aug. 21. Grades 1-3 will begin at 5:30 p.m. and grades 4-5 will start at 6:45 p.m. The PTA will host a Back to School Picnic at Metzger Park at 6 p.m. Aug. 30.

* Hawthorne Elementary School -- Back-to-School Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6. The Meet the Teacher event will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Parents or guardians can meet their child's teacher and drop off any school supplies to the classroom. Curriculum nights for Hawthorne will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30 for grades 3-5; and Sept. 4 for grades K-2. Kindergarten parent orientation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15.

* Huber Ridge Elementary School -- Back-to-School Day from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15, families are invited to attend Huber Ridge's meet-the-teacher event, during which time students and parents can drop-off supplies, meet their teacher and see their classroom. Kindergarten parent orientation will also take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Curriculum night for grades K-5 will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29.

* Longfellow will once again be home to All Day Kindergarten classrooms. Back-to-School Days will take place from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8. Families may come to either session. Parents need to bring their student to one of the three Gentle Start days from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 16-17 or 20. Letters with the assigned Gentle Start date as well as additional details will be mailed by July 27. The official first day of Kindergarten is Aug. 21. Curriculum night will be held Sept. 13.

* McVay Elementary School -- Back-to-School Days from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9. During these times, fees will be paid and class assignments will be shared. Computers will also be available for those who need to complete lunch applications. Families are welcome to attend either session. A meet-the-teacher open house will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15 with a meet-the-principal/ice cream social to follow on the playground. Kindergarten parent orientation will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 13. Curriculum night for grades 1-3 will be held from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Aug. 23 and 6 to 7:45 p.m. Aug. 28 for grades 4-5.

* Pointview Elementary School -- Back-to-School Days will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 9. Open house for grades 1-5 will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Curriculum night for grades 1-5 will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13. Curriculum night/open house for kindergarten will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20. At this time, families will learn their child's classroom assignment and have time to hear from their child's teacher.

* Mark Twain Elementary School -- Back-to-School Days will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9. Meet-the-teacher open house for grades K-5 will be held from 2:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Curriculum night is scheduled on Aug. 23, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. for first grade; 5:30 to 6 p.m. for second grade; 6 to 6:30 p.m. for third grade; 6:30 to 7 p.m. for fourth grade; and 7 to 7:30 p.m. for fifth grade. Kindergarten will be from 5 to 6 p.m. or 6 to 7 p.m.

* Whittier Elementary School -- Back-to-School registration is planned from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 8. Meet-the-teacher open house will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 15. The PTA will open the school store during the walk-through. Kindergarten orientation will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Curriculum Night will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 for grades 1-5. Teachers will present the same information during both sessions.

* Wilder Elementary School -- Back-to-School will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8. The meet-the-teacher event will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 15. Attendees should bring bring school supplies. School planners may be purchased for students in grades 3-5 at this time. Curriculum nights will be be held for grades K-2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30; and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 for grades 3-5. To accommodate parents with multiple students, teachers will present two identical sessions each evening from 6 to 6:40 p.m. and 6:50 to 7:30 p.m.

Elementary school supply lists for the 2018-19 school year are now available on the Westerville Schools website. These can be accessed from a link on the district's home page as well as from each school's home page.

For details, visit www.wcsoh.org/backtoschool.

Schedule distribution

Westerville City Schools recently announced its schedule pickup times for middle school and high school students.

Fees must be paid prior to or during schedule pickup. Payment can be made through EZPay, check, cash or money order.

Important dates include:

* Blendon Middle School -- Schedule pickup will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7 and from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 8. Students new to Westerville and sixth-graders who did not attend Movin' Up Night in the spring will have an opportunity to meet the administration of Blendon at an informational gathering in the gymnasium at 6 p.m. Aug. 7. Yearbook and photo identification pictures will be taken during all schedule pick-up sessions with a picture make-up day on Aug. 24. Curriculum night will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30.

* Genoa Middle School -- Schedules will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 8 for sixth grade only. School and identification pictures for sixth-graders will be taken. Students new to Westerville and sixth-graders who did not attend Moving Up Night in the spring will have an opportunity to meet the administration of Genoa at a brief informational gathering in the gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Scheduled pick-up sessions for seventh- and eighth-grade students will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9. School and identification pictures for seventh- and eighth-graders will be taken during schedule pick-up. Curriculum Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23.

* Heritage Middle School -- Back-to-School days will be Aug. 8-9. On Aug. 8, sixth-graders will pick up their schedules and have their school/identification pictures taken from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Orientation for sixth-graders and their families will be at 6:30 p.m. On Aug. 9, seventh- and eighth-graders will pick up their schedules and have their school/identification pictures taken from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Picture order forms have been mailed home, and extra forms will be available during Back-to-School days. Curriculum Night for all students and families will take place from 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30.

* Walnut Springs Middle School -- Schedule pick-up will take place from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 for grade six and new students only. An orientation program will be held at 6:30 p.m. The annual hot dog party for new students will be held Aug. 8 immediately following the orientation program on the football field. Schedule pick-up for seventh- and eighth-grade students will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 9. School/identification pictures will be taken during schedule pickup. Curriculum Night will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30.

* Westerville Central High School -- Juniors and seniors will have schedule pick-up and school pictures from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8; and freshmen and sophomores from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9. A new student orientation will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 in the auditorium. All students are encouraged to attend schedule pickup.

* Westerville North High School -- Juniors and seniors should pick up schedules from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up schedules from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Freshmen and new-student orientation will be held in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Aug. 9. On Aug. 16, all students will follow their schedule. The annual senior ceremony will take place at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 17 in the gymnasium. On that day, freshmen, sophomores and juniors will report to their Advisory by 7:25 a.m. Seniors should report to the auditorium by 7:15 a.m.

* Westerville South High School -- Sophomores, juniors and seniors should pick up their schedules from 8 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 8. A new-student (non-freshman) orientation is set at 5 p.m. Aug. 8 in the iStudio. Freshmen orientation is slated from noon to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Registration/check in will be from noon to 12:15 p.m. Activities will include a pep rally, schedule receipt, locker information, identification cards, and tour of the building. Lunch will be provided. A meeting for parents of freshmen is scheduled from 5 to 5:30 p.m.