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Meeting on Hilltop Property Rescheduled

The meeting regarding the future of the Hilltop property has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hilltop cafeteria.  

Two-Hour Delay - Thursday, November 15, 2018

Due to the weather conditions, Reading Schools will be on a 2-hour delay today--Thursday, November 15, 2018.

City of Reading Tree Lighting/Movie/Santa

City of Reading Tree Lighting & Holiday Movie on Friday, December 7, 2018. "Read More" for details.

Meeting to Be Held Regarding Hilltop Property

Once the Reading’s new PK-12 school opens next school year, the district will be demolishing Hilltop Elementary. The district will be sharing an update on this property on November 15, 2018.

Citgo's Fueling Education Sweepstakes Winner, Mrs. Kim Elam!! Mrs. Elam and friends
Joseph Beth Book Sale at Hilltop Bears Reading

Joseph Beth Book Sale with special guests!!

Special Board Meeting

In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, notice is hereby given that the Reading Community City School District Board of Education is holding a Special Board Meeting on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in the Office of the Superintendent located at 1301 Bonnell Avenue, Reading. The Board will meet for the purpose of a board retreat.

Booster Spirit Wear Shop Now Open

The Reading Booster Spirit Wear On-Line Store is open October 17th - November 18, 2018.  The link to shop is https://readingspiritwearfalloctnov2.itemorder.com

This will be the LAST opportunity to get spirit wear for your holiday shopping.  Your items will be ready for pick up 3 weeks after the store closes on November 18.  

Water Retention Efforts at Site of Reading’s New PK-12 School

Learn more about the district's water management measures at the site of our new PK-12 school.

Flooding Issues at Reading MS/HS Campus flooding

The heavy rainstorm that occurred on August 20 flooded the first floor of the Reading High School/Reading Middle School Campus and delayed the first day of school. Over the past few years, the flooding on the first floor this building has occurred when Reading gets an extremely heavy rain in a short period of time. Steady rainfall does not cause the building to flood. 


Grand Opening of Reading’s Newest Little Free Library on 9/7

On Friday, September 7, come out and help us celebrate the grand opening of Reading's Reading’s newest Little Free Library and cheer on our Blue Devil football team at the first Blue Devil home game!


The rainstorm that occurred on Monday, August 20th flooded the first floor of the Reading High School/Reading Middle School Campus. Due to the clean-up of the building, the district will be delaying the first day of school for the High School and Middle School campus only until Monday, August 27, 2018. The schedule for Hilltop and Central will remain the same.

Location Change of Board of Education Meetings

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Reading Board of Education has changed the location of the Board of Education Meetings effective August 15, 2018.  The future meetings will be held in the Reading Middle School/High School Media Center, 230 Halker Avenue, Reading, Ohio 45215. 


Reading School District is changing the times of our school day for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please click the "read more" link to view the new schedule.



Important 2018-2019 District Dates

You may view important Back-to-School dates by clicking the "read more" link.

2018-2019 Supply List - Hilltop Elementary
Substitute Levy on November Ballot...FAQs

The Reading Community City School District has substitute levy on the November 6, 2018 ballot. This levy is a substitute for the existing emergency operating levy that voters approved in 2012 and will not increase taxes. 

Reading Summer Athletic Camps balls

Reading is offering athletic camps in June and July for basketball, soccer, and volleyball.

Free Summer Lunch Program 6/4-8/17 Kids Eat Free

Reading Schools will once again be offering free lunches for children ages 1-18 * from June 4-August 17, 2018, Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Reading High School Cafe, 1301 Bonnell Avenue. This program is part of the National School Lunch Program.

Reading Boys Summer Basketball Camp

Reading boys basketball camp for grades 2-6 will be held June 26-28 at Haffey. Come join the fun and learning this summer at skills camp.

Reading High School Soccer Camp Sign Ups! soccer goal

Reading Soccer Coach Bill Simpson is holding a soccer camp July 23-25. Read more for details and sign ups.


Update on Construction New School - May 2018

We are excited for the completion of our new school in August 2019. Check out the latest update on our progress!

Notice of Time Change for Regular Board of Education Meeting

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the time has changed for the Regular Meeting for the Reading Community City Schools Board of Education.  The meeting will be held as follows:

Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Time:  5:00 p.m.

Place:  Hilltop Elementary, 2236 Bolser Drive, Reading OH 45215

Hilltop's May Newsletter

Click HERE for May's Newsletter. 

RMS Hosting Open House for Incoming 5th Graders and Parents Reading MS

On Monday, May 14, beginning at 6 pm in the Reading Middle School cafeteria, there will be a 5th grade parent and student night.

Reading to Host Annual Volleyball Camp in June Volleyball

Reading High School will be hosting its annual youth volleyball camp June 4-6. The camp will be run by Reading High School head volleyball coach Danielle Cripe and her coaching staff.


The morning session from 8-10 a.m. will be designed for students entering grades 3-5. The second session from 10 a.m. to 12 noon a skills camp for students entering grades 6-8.


Click on the link below for details.

Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019

Kindergarten registration for Reading Community City School District will begin May 1, 2018. 

Required Immunizations for 6th Graders and 11th Graders

A message from district nurse Heidi Sandlin on the required immunizations for the 2018-2019 school year.



Reading Schools - 2-Hour Delay 3/21/18 Delay 3.21.18

Due to current road conditions, Reading Schools are on a 2-hour delay for Wednesday, March 21, 2018.


Please click here for the Hilltop March Newsletter

Keeping our Schools Safe and Healthy

In Reading School District, we strive to make sure we have a safe and healthy environment for our staff and students. In recent years, we have taken measures to prevent the spread of bed bugs.

Open Enrollment Begins April 2, 2018

The Reading Board of Education will be accepting applications, in person only, beginning April 2, 2018 8:00 a.m. at 1301 Bonnell Avenue, Office of the Superintendent.  The deadline for application will be Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.  All individual applications will be date/time stamped when presented at the Board of Education Office.  Applications received by mail will not be accepted.

2018 Educator of Year Nomination Form Educator of the Year

It's that time of year again where we get to celebrate our wonderful staff. Each year we participate in the Celebrate Excellence event where we ask for nominations for our outstanding teachers. 

Characteristics of an excellent educator might include, but are not limited to the following:
    •Demonstrates a high commitment toward student achievement
    •Has the ability to challenge students to the next level
    •Is seen by others as genuine and sincere
    •Makes a positive difference in the classroom, school, and community
    •Demonstrates empathy for everyone
    •Strives to improve personally and professionally, and encourages students to as well

There are two ways to submit a nomination:

​    •You can submit a form online by filling out a Google Form HERE
    •You can submit a hard copy by completing and printing a form HERE

Superintendent's Message on Social Media Threat Received 2/26/18

Click read more for a message from Chuck LaFata about the social media threat received on February 26, 2018.

Principal's Message on School Safety

Dear Parents,

In light of last night's security threat to Reading schools, I would like to communicate what steps we are taking to ensure the safety of Hilltop students. 

UPDATE: Reading Schools CLOSED 2/26/18

Reading Schools are closed on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. A threat was made on social media this evening, and as a precaution the district was advised by local law enforcement to close school. This will allow police time to investigate and ensure the safety of our students and staff. We will share more information as it becomes available.

High School and Middle School Closed Monday, February 26, 2018

RHS & RMS are closed Monday, February 26, 2018 due to water damage from heavy rains. Central and Hilltop are on regular schedule. We will be working diligently to have everyone back on regular schedule Tuesday.

Read Across America Week! Read Across America

We are celebrating reading next week from February 26th through March 2nd. This week will include dress up days, daily read-ins, prize drawings and an author presentation from our very own Mr. Schmidt!!        America

Blue Devil's Coloring Book Needs Illustrators Reading Coloring Book

Encore, the group supporting artistic activities in Reading, is sponsoring the first-ever Blue Devils Coloring Book! We’re looking for original illustrations from local artists, students, and parents to collect into a coloring book.


Safety Message from Reading Schools
Reading CLOSED-2/7/18 Reading CLOSED 2.7.18

Due to weather conditions, Reading Schools will be CLOSED Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

February 6, 2018 Incident Update

Tonight about 9:15 p.m., a High School student posted on Snapchat a picture of a gun along with a threat.

Numerous students alerted Reading Police and school administrators. Within 30 minutes police were at the students home. The gun was a BB gun. The student has been charged with inducing panic and will face school discipline as well. 

Reading Police do not believe there is any serious threat. Thanks to numerous students who reported the picture immediately and Reading Police this issue was resolved quickly.


Notice of Cancellation of Board Work Session

This is to advise that the Reading Board of Education Work Session originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2018 has been CANCELLED.

The next regular scheduled Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Library at Reading Hilltop Elementary.

District Earns Auditor of State Award Auditor of State certificate

A recent financial audit of the Reading Community City School District has returned a clean audit report and earned the Auditor of State Award.


The sale for the 2017-2018 Hilltop Yearbook has been extended to March 2nd! You can purchase in the office for $11 or go online to ybpay.lifetouch.com with Yearbook ID Code: 2355118

2018-2019 Hilltop Preschool Lottery Registration

To ensure that families have an equal opportunity to enroll in the preschool program, the Reading Community School District will hold a lottery to determine which families have a spot in the 2018- 2019 Hilltop Preschool class. Families may register online for the lottery January 22nd thru January 26th on the link below. The lottery registration will open at 8:00 a.m. on January 22nd and close at 3:00 pm on January 26th. If you do not have access to a computer, the Hilltop office will have a kiosk open for your registration into the lottery. Families that have been chosen in the lottery will receive a phone call on Monday, January 29th, stating that they have been randomly chosen for an opening in the preschool program. All families on the waitlist will have been randomly selected during the lottery process. If a family rescinds their request for a preschool opening, a family on the waiting list will be selected and will receive a phone call with an opening offering. This process will continue until all openings are secured. All families participating in the lottery will be notified of their standings after the lottery is completed.

Families who have been selected for Hilltop’s preschool openings will have one week, January 29th thru February 2nd, to complete the registration process in the office with a $50 deposit for ½ day students or $100 for full day students and submit required paperwork. This must be completed by 3:00pm on Friday, February 2nd. 

Please click here to fill out the registration form for the 2018-2019 Reading Hilltop Preschool Lottery. 

Special Board of Education Meeting, Tuesday, January 23, 2018

In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, notice is hereby given that the Reading Community City School District Board of Education is holding a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.,  in the Reading City Hall Council Chambers, 1000 Market St.,  Reading, Ohio.  

Reading Schools - 2-Hour Delay 1/16/18 Delay

Reading Schools will be on a 2-hour delay today - Tuesday, January 16, 2018.


prek open house

Reading's Personal Finance Education Program Honored Brian Page Gold Standard Award

Reading Schools are thrilled to be recognized by Next Gen Personal Finance as a Gold Standard School, a nation’s leader in personal finance education.

Reading Schools Now CLOSED 1/8/18

UPDATE: Due to icy road conditions, Reading Schools are now CLOSED today-January 8, 2018.

We are looking forward to having our students back in school tomorrow!

Update: Reading Schools now CLOSED 1/5/18

Update: Due to the extreme wind chill predicted, Reading Schools are now CLOSED on Friday, January 5, 2018.

Two-Hour Delay - Thursday, January 4 and Friday January 5, 2018 snow day

Due to the extreme cold and wind chill predictions, Reading Schools will be on a 2-hour delay for Thursday, January 4, 2018 and Friday, January 5, 2018.

Federal School Programs Hearing and Disability Child Find

The Reading Community City Schools invites residents to attend a public hearing regarding federal programs offered by the district at 5:30 p.m. on January 24, 2018. The hearing will take place at 1301 Bonnell Road in the Reading Community City School’s Administrative Offices.


Click below for the January Newsletter


January Newsletter

2018-2019 Hilltop Preschool Lottery

Click the below link for more information on the 2018-2019 Hilltop Preschool Lottery and Program. 

Hilltop December Newsletter

Click Here for the December Newsletter

Reading's SRO Named Police Officer of the Year Officer Allen Magly

Congratulations to Reading School District’s Resource Officer, Allen Magly, who was named Reading’s Police Officer of the Year by the Reading Chamber of Commerce. He was honored at a dinner held on Monday, December 4.

Hilltop Holiday Concerts

Holiday Concerts

Reading Athletic Director Receives National Award Jon Payne

Reading Athletic Director Jon Payne is one of eight high school athletic directors in the country that will be honored by the National Federation of State High School Association at an awards ceremony to be held on December 11, in Phoenix, Arizona.


Novemeber Newsletter

click here for the November Newsletter

Reading Board Hires New Treasurer Colette Lewis

During a special meeting on November 6, the Reading Board of Education approved Colette C. Lewis as the new Treasurer for the district effective January 1, 2018. She will replace Cary Furniss who will retire from Reading Schools effective December 31, 2017. 



Hilltop Elementary
2236 Bolser Dr.
Reading, OH 45215