Whitehall-Yearling High School

August 1, 2018

Dear Whitehall-Yearling Ram Student and Parent/Guardian,

We have just completed an excellent year here at the high school and we look forward to an even better year starting on Monday, August 20, 2018.  During the past year we tried to improve the learning environment for all of our students.  Like you, I want our students to feel safe and I want them to be challenged so they can do their best work.  

In regard to our dress code rules, our school board has demonstrated a continued effort to work with students and parents to evolve the dress code into something amenable to all involved.  Starting on the first day of school we ask that you help us by sending your student to school in proper dress code, ready to learn.  The dress code can be found on our school’s website.  With the changes in the dress code rules, the expectation is every day, in every way.  Let me be clear – with regard to students and the dress code, there will be no exceptions!

Below you will find some information to help prepare for the opening of school.

Classes begin on Monday, August 20, 2018, promptly at 8:25 a.m. Students will report to their Homeroom at 8:25. Grade 9 students will receive their schedules at Freshmen Orientation while students in grades 10, 11, 12 will have an opportunity to pick up their schedules prior to school starting as follows:

  • Monday, August 13, 2018 and Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Freshmen Orientation – Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.  There will be important information delivered at this orientation.  It is essential for both a parent/guardian and the student to attend.

Free breakfast for ALL students will be served from 7:50 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. each day.  No Breakfast will be served after 8:20!  Doors to the building will not open until 7:50 a.m.

Free lunch for ALL students will be served each day.  Fast food is not permitted in our school and no food/drink of any kind is permitted in the classroom.

Ram Time – This year, we have set aside a time every day 3rd period for every student to receive the guidance needed for a better academic pathway.  Students have been assigned to a teacher in the building in small, grade level groups.  This time with students is meant to provide the support, advice, instruction and opportunity necessary to develop their college and career skills.

Twitter and Remind – There is a “Mr. Smathers” Twitter account and a “Mr. Smathers” Remind account available to both parents and students.  Information throughout the year will be disseminated through these accounts.  Please register for one or both to be sure you are up-to-date on news and events at WYHS.  Check the WYHS website for registration instructions.

This year, we are beginning the year with faculty, staff, administrators, parents and students focusing on Academics, Attendance and good Behavior. We are “One Ram Family” and we need a coordinated, committed effort to create a safe and productive supporting culture and learning environment.  



Paul A. Smathers

Welcome to Whitehall-Yearling HS

Three WYHS students enjoying a varsity football game.
Obtaining a high school diploma is vital to establishing a solid foundation toward a life of success and happiness.

Therefore, at Whitehall-Yearling High School, the teachers and staff are focused on cultivating an educational culture where everyone is focused and committed to helping students become prepared to compete for resources and be successful beyond our school and in their lives.

There are three very important WYHS expectations that will help our students maintain their focus and work hard to complete the necessary course work to obtain the skills, knowledge, and understanding of what it takes to be successful and happy.

The three expectations are:

(1) Come to school and be on time everyday. WYHS will be laser-focused on making sure students come to school everyday, be on time to school and their classes, and as a result will get the great education our teachers are working hard to plan and provide.

(2) Come to school dressed for success. WYHS has a dress code and students are expected to come to school in the proper attire. WYHS will be following the Whitehall City Schools student dress code. We believe that student attire has a direct correlation to their focus and willingness to work hard.

(3) Personal electronic devises and headphones are to be put away and turned off. The cell phone, headphones, and other electronic devises have become a MAJOR distraction to our educational process and lessons. Students will be expected to keep their phone and headphones off and out of sight in all areas of the school with the exception of their lunch period.

After auditing and analyzing how WYHS has performed, and reviewing the level of student achievement over the last five years, especially with helping students remain on track to graduate, it was determined that STUDENT ATTENDANCE, STUDENT ATTIRE, and STUDENT’S ELECTRONIC DEVICES have been key disturbances and challenges with the students’ focus, effort, and achievement. Let’s all work together to address these issues and ensure our kids get everything they can out of our school, stay focused, and work hard everyday to achieve their WHITEHALL-YEARLING HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.

Thank you for your cooperation, and as always GO RAMS!

Mr. Paul Smathers
WYHS Principal

Contact Us

Whitehall-Yearling High School 
675 S.Yearling Rd.
Whitehall, Ohio 43213
Main Office: 614.417.5100
Fax: 614.417.5133
Attendance Office: 614.417.5146
Guidance Office: 614.417.5109
Athletic Office: 614.417.5118

School Hours

Students report - 8:30 AM
Students dismissed - 3:20 PM

Upcoming Events


Marching Band Rehearsal

Wed Aug 22 2018

Ram Band Elementary Tour

Fri Aug 24 2018

Show Choir Rehearsal

Mon Aug 27 2018
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