Defiance City Schools

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Listening for Life Event at DHS

On April 22, 2024, Defiance High School will host both a suicide attempt survivor, Kevin Berthia and former California Highway Patrol Sergeant Kevin Briggs, who spent 92 minutes with Berthia as he stood on the ledge of the Golden Gate Bridge, contemplating suicide. Following the 92 minute conversation Sgt. Briggs was able to convince Berthia to safely climb over the rail of the bridge and choose life. These life saving efforts by Briggs earned him the title of the “Guardian of the Golden Gate.” 

Join us as Kevin Berthia and Kevin Briggs share their story and experiences with suicide and mental health. Everyone is welcome to attend! EventBrite pre-registration is requested for those who would like to join in. Please register using the link provided in the attached flier. Walk-ins are still welcome.  

The evening begins at 5:00 PM with free food being served, pizza from Marco’s Pizza, chicken sandwiches from Eric’s Ice Cream, as well as hotdogs, popcorn and Coca-Cola. Arrive early and  be sure to enter the on-site drawings for a chance to win one of the amazing prizes listed below! For parents attending the event there will be supervised children’s activities available during Kevin’s program, which begins at 5:30 PM. We will wrap up the evening with our prize drawing at 7:30 PM. 

Date: 04/22/2024

Time: Doors open at 5:00; event begins at 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Defiance High School, 1755 Palmer Drive, Defiance, OH 43512

Family meal provided: Marco’s Pizza, chicken sandwiches from Eric’s Ice Cream, hotdogs, popcorn and Coca-Cola will be served 

Prizes: 4 season passes to Cedar Point and 4 season passes to Kings Island

Family memberships to: the YMCA, Sauder Village and the Toledo Zoo

Please note:You must enter before the speakers begin and be present to win.

Defiance City Schools Athletic Director Honored 
Congratulations to Athletic Director Jerry Buti, the NWOIAAA 2024 Athletic Director of the Year! 
We have always known he’s the best! This award is to give recognition to athletic administrators who have exhibited superior performance throughout their career exemplifying the highest standards of ethical
conduct, integrity, moral character, service, leadership and professionalism. Your work at
Defiance City School District, NW-OIAAA, and your embodiment of the standards and values of
a quality Athletic Director makes you a deserving recipient of this honor.

Defiance Elementary Sets Dates for Kindergarten Screening

Kindergarten registration for children entering Defiance City Schools next fall will begin on Friday, March 1 and run through Friday, March 29.  To register your child for kindergarten, parents simply need to call the school office at (419) 785-2260 and select the K-2 building. Parents will select a screening date and time during their registration call.


Children are eligible for kindergarten if they will be five years of age on or before September 30, 2024.  The actual screening of incoming students will take place April 9-11.  On Tuesday, April 9, we will screen from 1:30-7:00 p.m. All other screenings will take place during the school day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Children will be assessed for hearing, vision, speech and language concerns.  Children will also be given an academic and play-based assessment.


Defiance City Schools offers two kindergarten-aged programs, an early-five program (KinderStart) and regular Kindergarten.  Both are all day, every day programs.  After each child’s screening, a team of academic professionals will meet and gather their findings.  A recommendation will be made to parents regarding placement for their child.


Important papers for parents to begin collecting for the screening appointment include a valid birth certificate, immunization records, a social security number, proof of residency and any applicable custody papers.  These documents are not required for the screening process; however, they will be required before school begins in August.

Defiance Elementary School Mentoring Program....
Defiance City Schools is looking for individuals interested in becoming a mentor. If you are interested please visit the Defiance Schools Elementary School page for more information.
Defiance City Schools Updates Our Family Communication System
Defiance City Schools has updated our family contact system - SchoolMessenger. When families now log into the ParentPortal along with viewing your students(s) grades, attendance and schedules you will also see a link for SchoolMessenger. By following this link you will be able to customize which phone number will receive what type of message from the school whether that message is a general notification, attendance notification or an emergency message. Please click HERE to learn more
American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER document for Defiance City Schools Continuity of Services Plan
Please visit the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER document for Defiance City Schools Continuity of Services Plan.  DCS welcomes community feedback in regards to the ARP ESSER plan.

Defiance High School and Defiance Middle School will continue to take cash at the gate for those fans unable to utilize on-line ticketing.

Defiance City Schools Is Hiring
Defiance City Schools is hiring!!!
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Board of Education Meeting DHS Conference Room 5:00 pm -
Sousa Concert Defiance Community Auditorium 2:00 pm -
Athletic Boosters Club Mtg DHS Commons 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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