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Week of March 5, 2012
Three CCS Schools Play in Girls Central District Basketball Finals - March 2 & 3
Three Columbus City Schools girls basketball teams continue their run in the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) State Basketball Tournament this weekend. Playing in the Central District Finals are Mifflin in Division II, tonight at Pickerington North HS at 7 p.m.; the Africentric Lady Nubians in Division III tomorrow at New Albany HS at 7 p.m.; and in Division I, Northland plays tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Pickerington Central HS.

Walnut Ridge Student in State Semi-Final in Wrestling - March 2 & 3
Walnut ridge's Travis Gusan won the Central District Tournament last week and will advance to the OHSAA semi-final rounds with an eye on taking the state championship in the heavyweight class. The state finals are this weekend at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on The Ohio State University campus.

Special Olympics Sectional Basketball Tournament - March 3 & 4
Columbus City Schools Special Olympics program is hosting a Sectional level of the Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament at Eastmoor Academy HS, 417 S. Weyant Ave., on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Teams throughout central Ohio and surrounding counties continue in their advancement toward the State Tournament Finals.

CAHS Student Recognized for Outstanding Service - March 4
Columbus Alternative HS (CAHS) student Sarah Sinclair is one of 12 Zonta Club of Columbus Outstanding Young Women in Central Ohio for 2012. Sinclair and the other honorees will be recognized at a reception at the Worthington Hills Country Club, 920 Clubview Blvd., from 2 - 4 p.m. Sinclair was chosen based on her scholastic achievements, leadership and commitment to service in her community and at school. She is also nominated for the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Awards.

Children Celebrate Dr. Seuss with Animal Friends - March 5
Students at Fifth Avenue K-8 Alternative School will celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss with some canine friends at the school, 100 W. 4th Ave., from 9:30 through 11:30 a.m. Research shows that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. Dogs are non-judgemental about how well children read and they make great listeners. The dogs are being provided by Acme Canine.

Board of Education to Meet - March 6
The Columbus Board of Education will convene for a regular meeting at the Columbus Education Center, 270 E. State St., in the lower level Assembly Room at 5:30 p.m. Use this link to view the Advance Agenda.

High School Readiness Fair - March 7
Students and parents/guardians from Champion and Southmoor Middle Schools are invited to attend a High School Readiness Fair at Champion MS, 284 N. 22nd St., from 3 - 5 p.m. Students and their families will learn about high school options, study skills, goal setting and other tips to help them be successful in high school. Current high school students and teachers will also speak and offer advice. this event is sponsored by the After-School All-Stars.

Teens for Tolerance Ideas Festival - March 7- 9
Columbus Alternative HS (CAHS), 2632 McGuffey Rd., will host the Teens for Tolerance Ideas Festival from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. on March 7 & 8, and from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on March 9. Moderated by CAHS vice-principal Davan Dodrill and student Sarah Sinclair, the festival has three main areas of focus with the goal of fostering discussion about diversity and the need for tolerance. The first day is dedicated to feminism, day two is focused on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Rights, and day three is focused on cultural diversity. A complete list of events and speakers can be found at the Teens for Tolerance Website.

Band Featuring Former CCS Student to Preform - March 8
Fort Hayes HS graduate Marshall Even Skinner and his band "Great Lakes" will perform at Woodcrest Elementary School, 5321 E. Livingston Ave., at 1:30 p.m. Great Lakes is on a national tour promoting their new self-titled album and added Woodcrest to their list of stops. Skinner also earned a degree in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University.

Schools Come Together for International Night - March 8
Students, families and staff from Alpine and Devonshire elementary schools, Woodward Park Middle School and Beechcroft High School are combining for a taste of culture during International Night at Beechcroft HS, 6100 Beechcroft Rd., from 6 - 8 p.m. food, entertainment and crafts will be presented during the evening. Admission is free.

Dominion MS Presents You're a Good Man Charlie Brown - March 8 - 10
The Dominion Middle School Drama Department will present You're a Good Man Charlie Brown for their spring musical at the school, 330 E. Dominion Blvd., at 7 p.m. March 8, 9 and 10. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

District Students Participate in 2012 Regional Spelling Bee - March 10
Cedric Fausey from Ecole Kenwood, Enrique Arayata from Hilltonia Middle School, and Victoria Valentina from Indian Springs Elementary School will participate in the 2012 Ohio University Scripps college of Communications Regional Spelling Bee at Ohio University in Athens.

Dominion Students Earn Top Award in Power of the Pen Competition
Three Dominion Middle School students took top honors at the district Power of the Pen Competition at New Albany Middle School on Jan. 28. Dominion seventh-grader Abigail Partridge placed first among all seventh-graders for the day and a Best of Round award for seventh grade. Sophia Rizzi earned a Best of Round for eighth grade and placed 17th overall. Hazel Goodburn placed 13th overall for eighth grade.

For more information on these stories, contact the CCS Office of Communications.