ABC Charity Invitational

Activities Beyond the Classroom (ABC) will host an ABC Charity Invitational to provide a positive experience for youth attending Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS)!

For 5 years, ABC has partnered with CPS to engage elementary students in the ABC soccer program during the fall and spring seasons. ABC’s soccer program provides a unique approach to education by using the sport as a medium for teaching youth the fundamentals of soccer while developing the skills needed to succeed in life. To date, the ABC Soccer program has impacted over 4,000 CPS students!

July 29 - 30th
Stargel Stadium
420 Ezzard Charles Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45214


Once on This Island, Jr.

Aiken High School proudly presented our 1st JumpStart Theater Production, Once on This Island, Jr.   March 23rd at 7:00pm the doors were opened to our families, students and the community for this wonderful performance!    The musical, Once on This Island, Jr. is set on a tropical island and is based on the story  of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune's life. This opportunity to educate and engage students in the love of theater comes to us from an empowering partnership with Educational Theater Association and JumpStart Theater.     This partnership is in it’s first of 3 years, with the goal of building a sustainable theater program to offer to future students, here at Aiken New Tech.  This program and production is set up as a class collaboration within the music and art departments.  Creating this intentional block class has allowed the staff and students to fully engage in the project based learning model, that is unique to Aiken New Tech.   The performance was a wonderful success and an opportunity for students, not only to learn the multiple facets of  theatre, but to build confidence in a way they had never experienced before!  The cast & crew worked tirelessly to put on 3 shows, so that we could share it with all Aiken students, our families and communities.   A huge thank you to Principal Lisa Votaw for saying “yes” to this incredible opportunity and to Ms. Kara Barbee, Mrs. Patty New  and Mr. Jon Bogart, for leading this amazing collaboration!

Safety Patrol Program

This year the safety patrol program will operate in 12 CPS elementary schools. Third through sixth grade students at the 12 schools are participating in educational sessions focusing on drug and alcohol prevention, good hygiene, good citizenship, bullying, and nutrition.

Tom Donnelly (3)

Athletic Director at Walnut Hills Retiring

Tom Donnelly will retire as athletic director at Walnut Hills High School in June. wrote a great article about his time as Athletic Director. Read the article here.


Winton Hills After School Program

Students attending the Winton Hills afterschool program are on a mission to complete a program total of 800 community service hours. Working towards their goal, students spent time making dog treats and toys for pets housed at The Hamilton County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).


Pleasant Hill After School Program

Families at Pleasant Hill Academy attended the 21st Century Community Learning Center Winter Literacy Festival on December 9th. Students enrolled in the afterschool program read aloud The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and performed a choreographed version of the book. More than 60 parents were present for the event!

Winton Hills Academy Chess Club Field Trip

Winton Hills Academy Chess Club Members had the opportunity to travel to Mt Airy school, for a little friendly Chess Competition. The students really enjoyed themselves and were up for the challenge. Using strategies taught to them by Mr. Weech, the students did a great job.

Honk And Wave

On November 7, 2016 our students contributed to community efforts as we partnered with Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati to Honk & Wave in support of Issue 44. Parents, students, college volunteers and staff created signs and chants to bring awareness to the issue. We are proud to say we contributed to the campaign that received enough votes to allow CPS to continue funding and providing STRONG STARTS for STRONG FUTURES!

Brown's Farm Field Trip

Students learned which animals live on a farm and discovered their purpose to a farmer and a community. Students walked through the pumpkin patch and learned about the life cycle of this celebratory vegetable, growing from just a tiny seed into a large, plump pumpkin that will undoubtedly make a great, festive jack-o-lantern! Students selected a pumpkin of their choice. Back in the classroom, students wrote a report on something they learned during the farm field trip and presented it to the class.

See it, Believe it, Achieve it

The See it, Believe it, Achieve it mentoring program participated in shadow day at Walnut Hills High School on October 20th.  Twenty-seven 6th grade students from Douglass Elementary shadowed 10th - 12th grade students.  The Douglass students enjoyed eating lunch with their mentors, taking a tour of the school and visiting after school clubs.  The 6th graders also attended 3 academic classes where they remained on task by taking notes. Some students attended AP classes!  A few 6th graders will transition to Walnut High next year to make their high school shadow experience a high school reality.

Disney on Ice

Through a partnership with Feld Entertainment, Cincinnati Public Schools donated 60 Disney on Ice tickets to our students participating in the 21st Century programs at Pleasant Hill, Roberts and Winton Hills.  Students and their families attended the performance on Friday, October 28th at the US Bank Arena from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. In exchange for the tickets, students were required to follow up with a completed literacy activity.

Roberts Boys Soccer Invitational

Approximately 400 CPS students participated in the 6 week Fall Soccer Program. This season, ABC successfully implemented 10 boys’ soccer clubs at 10 CPS schools.  The boys’ soccer program included educational sessions focusing on nutrition and drug prevention. The season ended with a girls’ soccer invitational hosted at Mt Airy Elementary and a boys’ soccer invitational hosted at Roberts Academy. The spring soccer season will begin April 2017. Kudos to Blaine Callahan, ABC Soccer Program Manager, for an awesome fall soccer season! For more information, or to volunteer, please contact ABC at

Annual Benjamin Carlson-Berne Scholarship Student Recital


The Annual Benjamin Carlson-Berne Scholarship Student Recital is held at SCPA Mayerson Theater, in which all student recipients play a solo classical piece. This is an important event for students to show their progress and for proud parents and supporters of the scholarship. A reception follows.

Bill Cower and the Shroder Football Pregame

Date: Thursday, September 29

Coach Cower, a Super Bowl winning, retired coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, gives our Shroder High School Jaguars the run down in a pregame session. Coach Cowher shows runs through strategies to counter the opponent and win the game. Special thanks to the Cincinnati Bengals who arranged this pregame session for the Jaguars.

Every Kid in a Park

Date: September 20

National Parks Foundation took a group of children from Mr. Airy Elementary and Pleasant Hill Academy into Mt. Airy Forest to teach them about nature. Children from city schools are getting the opportunity to explore nature and learn about native animals and plants. National Parks Foundation with EKiP is working to get children involved in nature and promote eco-friendly relationships.

EkiP is “A White House youth initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture.”