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There are a lot of great things happening at Sidney City Schools. Scroll through for all of the latest news!

Members of the SHS Class of 2024 - Summa Cum Laude stand in a row on a stage holding honor chords

Sidney High School Class of 2024 seniors were recently for their academic honors at the end of the school year.

The highest honors went to ten members of the SHS Class of 2024 who earned the Summa Cum Laude distinction including Hayden Ball, Olivia Barga, Braxton Brewer, Emily Fleming, Brooklyn Koester, Arshia Mani, Jarrett Payne, Kyleigh Spade, Sophia Thompson, and Aaron Ward. To earn this distinction, students had to achieve a cumulative GPA of 4.25 or greater and meet the criteria of an Honors Diploma as determined by the State of Ohio Department of Education and Workforce.

The Magna Cum Laude distinction, achieved by earning a cumulative GPA of 4.0-4.24 and also meeting the criteria of an Honors Diploma, was earned by the following members of the SHS Class of 2024: Lauren Conley, Cloe Crothers, Brady Hagan, Gabriel Harter, Kaelin Hickman, Hailey Richardson, Kyla Rush, Logan Shaw, Nathan Siegel, and Madisyn Smith. 

The Cum Laude distinction, achieved by earning a cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.99 and also meeting the criteria of an Honors Diploma, was earned by the following members of the SHS Class of 2024: Rocelyn Cathcart, Kyle Drees, Roslyn Rotan, and Olivia Voress.

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  • Seniors
  • Sidney High School
Lamma named top RISE FFACareer Program recipient

Sidney High School is proud to celebrate 2024 senior Alex Lamma who was named a 2024 RISE FFA Career Program recipient from Sunrise Cooperative. He officially joined the team as a full-time employee at Sunrise and will work his way through their RISE FFA Career Program, otherwise referred to as Sunrise University. Over the next four years, he and other new hires will gain hands-on, real-life job experiences, while learning all facets of the cooperative.

In addition to full-time employment, Lamma was selected as the top recipient and received a 2023 Jeep Gladiator, that the 2023-2024 Ohio FFA President Luke Jennings drove during his tenure, as a signing bonus. Along with his top honor, he earned a $1,000 FFA chapter donation from Sunrise.

  • FFA
  • Sidney High School
5th grade students wearing blue D.A.R.E. t-shirts shake hands with Sheriff deputies and others at a DARE graduation

Sidney Middle School and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department proudly announce the successful completion of the latest Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. The D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony, held in December, marked a significant milestone for the Sidney community, as more than 85 5th grade students proudly graduated from the program for the second semester.

D.A.R.E. is a comprehensive and evidence-based substance abuse prevention program designed to empower young people with the skills and knowledge to make decisions for safe and healthy living. Throughout the program, students engage in interactive lessons, role-playing exercises, and open discussions facilitated by trained D.A.R.E. officer, Deputy Brian Strunk.

  • Sidney Middle School
  • Student Achievement
Matthias Yelton recieves State FFA Degree.

Sidney High School is proud to announce that junior Matthias Yelton will earn the State FFA Degree.

  • FFA
  • Sidney High School
Preschool-age children play doctor with toy babies.

Sidney City Schools is proud to offer preschool to children ages 3-5 at Whittier Early Childhood Center. Preschool registration for the 2024-2025 school year opens on March 4, 2024.  

  • Preschool
  • WECC
  • Whittier Early Childhood Center
SMS earns Momentum Award from Ohio Department of Education and Workforce

Sidney City Schools is proud to share that Sidney Middle School has been recognized by the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce (ODEW) for achieving the Momentum Award for its results on the 2022-2023 state report card. 

  • Sidney Middle School
Emerson Primary named 2024 OAESA Hall of Fame School

The Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA) announced that Emerson Primary School of the Sidney City School District has been selected as a 2024 OAESA Hall of Fame School.

  • Emerson Primary
Graphic saying "Right at School" with picture of a girl holding a book and wearing a bookbag.

Sidney City Schools is excited to announce a new partnership with Right At School, a nationally recognized school enrichment provider, for before and after-school care to replace Latchkey. Starting in the fall of 2024, Right At School will offer the program to students in kindergarten through fifth grades. (Latchkey will continue to be available through the end of the current school year.)

  • Before + After School
  • K-5
A small group of high school students look at a map as they explore community development

In a unique educational collaboration, students from Sidney High School’s Intro to Human Geography course recently experienced an enriching journey through their community's history and urban development followed by a high-level overview of recent and future development of their community. Partnering with the Shelby County Historical Society and the City of Sidney government, this field trip exposed students to practical insights into the dynamics of human geography within their own backyard.

Led by Mr. Brett Bickel, Intro to Human Geography is a new College Credit Plus course at Sidney High Schools that covers physical and political geography but also explores people, culture, migration, religion, trade, development, and all aspects of human development and connection. 

  • College Credit Plus
  • Community Engagement
  • Sidney High School
SMS Builders Club stand with backpacks they filled for SAFY foster care program.

In its second year, SMS Builders Club has been busy working on service-oriented projects for the community. Their latest project provided 12 fully stocked backpacks to SAFY for youth in foster care. 

  • Builders Club
  • Sidney Middle School
Two high school students stand together holding an award plaque.

SHS sophomores Marly Coons and Cartier Thompson are State Champions in the American Legion Americanism and Government Test and have earned an all-expense-paid, week-long trip to historic Gettysburg, PA, and the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. The American Legion Department of Ohio sponsors the yearly trip taking the top 3 boys and 3 girls in grades 10-12 for a total of only 18 students statewide.   

The Ohio American Legion Americanism and Government is an opportunity for high school students to evaluate themselves in American government and history through this statewide test program. Over 65,000 students participate annually in this project, which The American Legion Auxiliary jointly sponsors.

Coons and Thompson are the latest in a long line of state winners at SHS. Since 1970, Sidney High School has had an impressive 39 state winners, with 28 of those winners since 2005, and at least one state winner every year since 2009.

  • Americanism + Government
  • Sidney High School
Sidney City Schools Board of Ed 2024: Stephanie Wilson, Zack Bosslet, Greg Dickman, Laurie Kimmel, Nikki New

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Sidney City Schools is celebrating its board members for their dedication and commitment to the district and its students.

“The dedication, commitment, and vision of our school board members shape the future of our schools and students,” Sidney Superintendent Bob Humble said. “Their focus is always on helping all our students be successful in their future endeavors. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.” 

WECC champions preschool benefits and opens another classroom

Ask any educator what families can do to help propel their child’s educational success, and enrolling their child in a preschool program will be at the top. To that end, Whittier Early Childhood Center aims to showcase the transformative benefits of preschool education, emphasizing the role it plays in shaping the futures of our youngest learners and their families. Recognizing the need to enroll more children in preschool, Whittier Early Childhood Center is pleased to announce that it will be opening another morning session class beginning January 3, 2024. 

  • Whittier Early Childhood Center
39 Inducted into SHS National Honor Society

Sidney High School ushered in 34 new junior members and 5 new senior members to the National Honor Society during the 93rd annual induction ceremony on November 12, one of the largest NHS induction classes since the start of NHS at Sidney High School.  

  • Sidney High School
11 preschool children stand next to a school bus.

Sidney City Schools is pleased to announce that Whittier Early Childhood Center and Sidney City Schools Transportation Department have come up with a plan to expand transportation opportunities to families of preschool students. 

“We’ve seen great success at Whittier and know that we have the opportunity to serve more students,” says Beth Abbott, Preschool Director at Whittier. “What we’ve found is that some families are interested in their child attending preschool but  just don’t have a way to transport their children to and from Whittier and so we’re looking to remedy that.”

Whittier Early Childhood Center currently works with local childcare providers to transport children to and from those childcare centers and Whittier, which has worked out great. This expansion of transportation would create 4 neighborhood stops around our community. Because the morning session is full for this school year, bussing for the 2023-2024 school year would be limited to afternoon session preschool students only. 

“On the school district’s side, we’re limited to just how many students we can transport based on current routes, number of drivers, and time constraints,” says Ron Monroe, Transportation Director. “While we’re not required to bus preschool students, we see the importance of helping families. We think we’ve worked out neighborhood stops that will accommodate a greater number of families, allowing more kids to attend preschool at Whittier Early Childhood Center.”

These locations are Hilltop Apartments, Mystic Apartments, Countryside Apartments, and the corner of Fairmont & Spruce.

  • Preschool
  • Transportation
Logo for Stay Safe. Speak Up! on yellow background

Sidney City Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and school community. That’s why we continue to take important steps to enhance personal safety for our students and staff and provide a positive learning environment for all students.

Our district continues to use the Stay Safe. Speak Up! Student Safety Reporting System (powered by PublicSchoolWORKS). Stay Safe. Speak Up! is a comprehensive reporting tool that allows students, parents, and staff to submit safety concerns to school officials. 

Concerns can be submitted in three ways:

  1. Mobile App. Download the Stay Safe. Speak Up! mobile app and enter our unique District Code to submit reports directly from your smartphone. District Code: SIDNEY
    Find the app in the App Store or the Google Play Store by searching "Stay Safe Speak Up."

  2. Phone. Call 1-866-547-8362 to leave a voice message or speak with a trained, live attendant. Attendants can initiate contact with various national crisis hotlines if a student needs help in dealing with a personal emergency.

  3. Online. Click on the STAY SAFE. SPEAK UP! button (siren icon) on the homepage of every school website on to access the online form from a desktop computer or laptop. You can also find this link in various accessible places on the website. You can also use the search tool by clicking on the magnifying glass in the Menu and searching "Stay Safe. Speak Up!"

Students, staff, and families can easily report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, weapons, thoughts of suicide, or any other concern that may jeopardize the safety of students, employees, or school property. 

Map of SHS/SMS/Board of Education Campus

For the 2023-2024 school year, Sidney Middle School and Sidney High School will continue to follow last year’s traffic flow during drop-off and pick-up times. 


  • Buses will drop off/pick up at SMS at the FRONT of the building off Fair Road. 
  • Buses will drop off/pick up at SHS at the Cafeteria doors using the west driveway. The parking lot to the west of the cafeteria will be closed off for ALL parking.
  • Cars should NOT use the front drive off Fair Road for SMS drop-off/pick-up, nor the west driveway off Campbell Road for SHS drop-off/pick-up.


  • SMS families should use Fourth Avenue to enter the drop-off/pick-up line. The line will flow close to the tennis courts, around the outside of SMS back lot, up next to the SMS building, back towards SHS, and back out Fourth Avenue. **Utilize the entire length of the sidewalk for a quicker drop-off experience. 
  • SHS families should use the east parking lot driveway, circle the outside of the SHS student lots, and back out the middle driveway.
  • The walkway between SHS and SMS will be cleared through the winter and SHS can be an alternate drop-off for SMS families. 
  • Per the City of Sidney, there can be NO LEFT-HAND TURNS off Fourth Avenue before and after school. A police officer may be on duty to reroute those attempting to make a left-hand turn. 
  • All students being dropped off should be READY to exit their vehicles immediately. 


  • SMS walkers will leave through the rear of the building. If they need to walk towards Fair Road, they will use the walk behind/around the school.

  • SHS walkers can leave through the front slider doors or the east doors by the student parking lot. 

  • No walkers will be allowed to exit towards the bus pick-up areas at both SMS and SHS. 

  • Parking along Fair Road will be prohibited. Parking on the streets and alleys across from the middle school is also prohibited.

  • Sidney Middle School
  • Traffic Pattern

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