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MWE Update

Posted on: February 24, 2023

Miami Whitewater Elementary currently has 5 classrooms in the Multiple Disabilities Department with students in Kindergarten through 5th grade from across the Southwest Local School District.  We take pride in the opportunity to bring awareness and inclusivity as we educate ALL of our students!   Inclusive schools provide supportive, context-appropriate conditions for learning and helping students grow academically and socially.  MWE offers extracurricular activities, peer support, and more specialized interventions that involve our entire school community working as a team.  Next week, we will be highlighting and focusing on our exceptional students!  You can read more below about "Acceptance Week".  This spirit week started at Harrison High School in 2018 by a student leader and has grown not only across our district, but beyond to other surrounding districts and communities in the Cincinnati area!

Acceptance Week - This year Acceptance Week is taking place February 27th- March 3rd, 2023 district-wide!  Acceptance Week is a week-long spirit week based on accepting those with exceptionalities. In 2018, Raileigh Legner (Harrison High School graduate) created Acceptance Week to change how the student body and community perceive those with a disability through one simple mission: Awareness + Change= ACCEPTANCE. By increasing awareness of a situation and (adding) learning to make a change, then (equals) you can learn to accept those with an exceptionality.  Each day there will be a special theme (click HERE for a graphic to hang on your fridge as a reminder next week)!  We will have two assemblies on March 2nd for our students to learn about service animals and how they communicate using ASL. Raileigh Legner will be presenting to our students at this assembly as well.  Make sure to ask your child what they learned from our special guests!


COTTON CANDY SALESDuring lunch time next week, the MWE MD Department will be selling cotton candy for $1 to the students and staff in the cafeteria.   Thanks to the Mumfrey family for sharing their cotton candy machine and Miss Ventre's 5th grade class for helping with this endeavor!  All proceeds will go to fund community trips for our students in the Multiple Disabilities Department to practice life skills in real world settings.  This greatly helps fund our programs and allows our students to have unique opportunities that they may not have otherwise had and eliminates the out-of-pocket cost to families!  

Acceptance Week Spirit Wear themes:   
Monday: Mix Match Monday - February 27, 2023

Wear two different socks to show that we are all different and unique in our own way.   

Tuesday:  Tie Dye Tuesday - February 28, 2023    

Rock your tie-dye to represent ALL disabilities  
Wednesday: We are ONE - March 1, 2023        
Wear your Miami Whitewater Elementary or Harrison school spirit to show that we are ONE student body and ONE community, and together we can make a change.   

Thursday: RALLY FOR CALLIE and Take the Pledge - March 2, 2023     

* This will be the day we all wear our Rally for Callie shirts from the Gypsy Wagon for the first time.  We will also have our monthly building-wide assembly on "COURAGE" with special guest speakers for our students!  If you did not order a "Rally for Callie" t-shirt for your child and are still interested, please visit  The fundraiser for Callie Cossman's family has already ended, but the Gypsy Wagon may have additional shirts for sale in their store.

* Take the pledge for national spread the word inclusion day (formerly known as the "r-word campaign/ spread the word to end the word")   

Friday: Inclusion Friday - March 3, 2023  

Wear yellow (acceptance week's color) to show that you understand Awareness + Change = ACCEPTANCE, and together we can make a change

MOANA - There was a noticeable buzz and increased excitement in the building after the students walked back from seeing "Moana" at the Harrison HS Activity Center on Thursday!  We are lucky to be located right next to Harrison HS and Harrison JS so we can attend fun programs and performances.  Hearing the kids sing the soundtrack songs & adults commenting on everything from the acting to the talent to the costumes was fun!   If you are interested in taking your family to see the Harrison JS Drama Department production of "Moana" tonight Saturday, Feb 25th at 7 pm please click here to access the online ticket link and QR code: MOANA graphic and ticket link. 

New Clubs & Extra-Curricular Activities -  Be on the lookout for flyers and information on new clubs being offered at MWE after school this spring!  In response to our latest Parent/Guardian Google Survey about extra-curricular participation, several parents stepped up and offered to start new clubs.  We could not be more thrilled!  Miami Whitewater Elementary will now have a "Soccer Skills", "American Sign Language - ASL", "Cheer Basics", and "Technology" clubs.  Stay tuned for more details...

PTO - Our next PTO meeting will be March 7th at 6:30pm in the cafeteria.  Please join us, as the agenda will include many end-of-year events and activities that we need help planning!  The teachers and students are very grateful to our generous PTO for sponsoring grade level "experiences" and field trips this winter and spring.  PTO continues to work tirelessly to enrich our students beyond the classroom!

Great Parks SUMMER Camps - This summer, help your children find ADVENTURE!  Great Parks offers several summer camps that sell out quickly.  Your little one can enjoy river adventure camp, wild encounters, earthly elements, survival in the wild, and much more.  Visit to see the full camp list and register your kiddo.



2.24.23 - February Wildcat Walk 

2.27.23 through 3.3.23 - SLSD Acceptance Week


3.2.23 - PBIS Assembly "Courage"

3.2.23 – Rally for Callie DAY!

3.7.23 - PTO meeting 6:30 in cafe 

3.10.23 - Author visit by Jennifer Shaw

3.17.23 - End of 3rd Quarter- No school for students 

3.20.23 through 3.24.23 -  Spring Break- No School 

3.27.23 through 3.31.23  - Grades 3-5 Ohio State Testing ELA  

3.31.23 - Wildcat Walk for March

3.31.23 - SLSD "Daughter Dance"


4.1.23 - SLSD "Son Dance"

4.3.23 - PBIS Assembly "Cooperation"

4.3.23 through 4.6.23  - Grades 3-5 Ohio State Testing ELA 

4.7.23  - Good Friday- No School 

4.10.23 - No School 

4.17.23 through 4.28.23 -  Grades 3-5 Ohio State Testing Math / Gr 5 Science 

4.20.23 - SLSD Board of Education Meeting at Harrison Elementary 7:00 

4.25.23 - 3rd & 4th grade spring musical performance

4.28.23 - Wildcat Walk for April


5.1.23 - Third Grade field trip to Great American Ball Park

5.2.23 - PBIS Assembly "Creativity"

5.5.23 - Kindergarten field trip to the Cincinnati Zoo

5.5.23 - First Grade field trip to Cincinnati Museum Center

5.8.23 through 5.12.23 -   Spring NWEA MAP Benchmark Testing 

5.11.23 – Second Grade field trip to Sharon Woods

5.15.23 through 5.18.23 - SLSD district-wide Shower with Kindness / Day of Service / Spirit Week 

5.16.23 - Fourth Grade field trip to Governor Bebb Pioneer Village

5.17.23 - SLSD Day of Service

5.18.23 - MWE PTO Walk-A-Thon

5.18.23 - SLSD Board of Education Meeting at Miami Whitewater Elementary 7:00

5.19.23 -  Teacher In-service Day- No school for students 

5.22.23 – MWE Field Day

5.25.23 - Fifth Grade field trip to iSpace (2 homerooms)

5.26.23 - Fifth Grade field trip to iSpace (3 homerooms)

5.29.23 - Memorial Day- No School 

5.31.23 - Fifth Grade graduation ceremony and celebration

5.31.23     Last Day of School for Students