Pickaway County ESC
The Pickaway County ESC
The Pickaway County ESC is a county agency that serves the four school districts in Pickaway County: Circleville City Schools and Logan Elm, Teays Valley and Westfall Local School Districts, and Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center.
The ESC provides a variety of services to schools and students.
To learn more about those services and the history of educational service centers, click on the "About Our ESC" button at left.
From the Superintendent
What I Think... by Ty Ankrom
What I Think... by Ty Ankrom

As tech-savvy as I like to be, advances in technology occur faster than I can keep up.

My children are grown, but with four grandchildren ranging in age from 3 months to 17 years old, I’m happy to have a resource like Common Sense Media.

The not-for-profit independent organization has been working since 2003 to help young people understand the power of digital media and technology.

According to Common Sense Media, “Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century.”

The group’s Web site, www.commonsensemedia.org, provides dozens of pages to help adults with technology choices for young people.

Among those pages are reviews, top picks, family guides, parent concerns, videos, news and advice, research and a Spanish-language page.

While the group’s focus is on digital media, information on books also is available. Under the Reviews tab are nearly 5,000 books that viewers can filter by age (from 2 to 18), genre and topics.

My favorite section is the Top Picks page, which provides suggestions for best movies, games, apps, Web sites, TV and music.

Like the other pages and lists, the reviews are broken down by age, from preschoolers to 13 and older.

There is an overarching category, such as Fun Apps That Don’t Need Wi-Fi or Data, and then a listing of multiple apps within.

Other categories include Apps That Can Bring Families Together, Best Apps and Sites for College Prep, Morning Routine Apps for Little Kids and Preschool Apps That Are Worth The Money.

Another category in the Top Picks page is Best for Character Development for Kids. Within this page are lists of movies, TV shows and books that inspire positive character traits, such as integrity, diversity, perseverance, gratitude and teamwork.

Common Sense Media also has a section for educators with pages on digital citizenship and professional development.

Community Connections
Learn about Pickaway County ESC's partnerships with county schools and its service through the Community Connections page that appears every other month in the Circleville Herald.
Click below to see the current and past issues.
Student News
2017 Franklin B. Walter Award winner
2017 Franklin B. Walter Award winner
Alexa Long, a senior at Circleville High School, was selected as the 2017 Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award recipient.
Read about Alexa here.

ESC News and Updates
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Stand Up for Public Schools
The Ohio School Boards Association posted an article from our Community Connections page as part of their Stand Up For Public Schools effort:

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PCESC / OCST partnership provides high quality training for substitute teachers  
Online Graduate Credit Courses
The Pickaway County Educational Service Center is pleased to offer online graduate courses to educators. This service is possible due to a partnership between PCESC and two universities: the University of Phoenix and Ashland University.
To see a listing of the courses available as well as registration information, click on the "Downloads / Links" tab.  Then,  look for the links to the two universities under the "Educational Websites" section. 
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Directions to Pickaway County ESC

For an interactive map, click on "Read More" below.

PCESC Update
The PCESC Update is a bi-monthly newsletter written primarily for ESC staff members.  
Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
Pickaway County Educational Service Center is approved by the Ohio Department of Education as a Supplemental Educational Service (SES) provider.  Learn more about SES by clicking on the link.  
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