Westlake Athletic Boosters open new spirit store at WHS

The Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new spirit wear store, “The W Shop,” at Westlake High School on Feb. 2, during their annual spaghetti dinner. Over 300 people joined WDAB for a homemade spaghetti dinner and then helped celebrate the grand opening of The W Shop.

Prior to moving into The W Shop, WDAB sold spirit wear out of a truck at home football games and during various events throughout the school year. Apparel and other items were stored in cabinets at the high school. 

With a permanent space to showcase our merchandise, we plan to expand what we offer, including youth apparel and sport-specific items. The W Shop is a wonderful addition to WHS for everyone who would like to shop for Demon gear to support their hometown teams. Hours for the store will be shared on the WDAB website.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:47 AM, 02.20.2018

Bay Village superintendent search update

The Bay Village Board of Education is in the process of conducting a search for its Superintendent of Schools upcoming vacancy.

Because the board values all stakeholder opinions, it held nine focus group sessions guided by search consultant Finding Leaders this past November. Five staff sessions and four, widely-publicized public sessions gave participants an opportunity to let the board know what qualities and attributes in the next superintendent were important to stakeholders.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:36 AM, 02.20.2018

Westlake Council of PTAs honors Founders' Day award winners

Westlake Council of PTAs recently held its annual PTA Founders' Day dinner and awards ceremony at Wagner's of Westlake. 

Each February, PTA units across the country celebrate the founding of PTA over 120 years ago, and honor the contributions of those who enrich our students' experiences and are dedicated to the PTA mission. Westlake Council's Founders' Day event recognizes the many people who contribute to making a difference for our students and schools in Westlake by presenting three types of awards, all of which are decided based on nominations from the school and PTA community.

Each of the nine PTA units in Westlake chooses one honoree to receive the Ohio PTA Achievement Award. This is the highest honor a PTA can bestow on an individual and is usually awarded to someone who has given outstanding service to children and youth either at school or in the Westlake community at-large.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:33 AM, 02.20.2018

5 WHS seniors named National Merit Finalists

Westlake High School has five students named National Merit Finalists. Seniors Steven Brewer, Jack Wu, Ryan Karpuszka, Patrick Lee and Kyle Yu are among 15,000 students to achieve Finalist standing in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. A pool of nationwide Semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, was selected. From this pool these academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about $36 million in scholarships.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:32 AM, 02.20.2018

Bay High senior Ava Walker is National Merit Finalist

Ava Walker, a senior at Bay High School, is a 2018 National Merit Finalist. Ava earned the prestigious academic distinction with her score on the 2016 Preliminary SAT (PSAT) taken during her junior year in high school. The nationwide pool of finalists represents less than one percent of the 1.6 million students from 22,000 U.S. high schools who take the PSAT.

Ava plans to major in mathematics with a focus in actuarial science when she attends college next year. She is leaning toward attending Kent State University.

“I’ve always liked math,” she said. “Then, when I had my statistics class about two years ago, I really enjoyed it. It’s bringing in real-world problems, and it gives a real, practical use to math."

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:37 AM, 02.20.2018

National Art Honor Society students create bags for homeless

A visit to her daughter in Scottsdale, Arizona, sparked a community service idea adopted by Westlake High School National Art Honor Society (NAHS) advisor Kelly Atkinson.

Atkinson, a WHS art teacher, and her brother, Brent Walla, were driving past Arizona State University when they passed a homeless man. Walla pulled over and grabbed a Ziploc bag filled with toiletries from his trunk and handed it to the man.

“It’s just something he does,” she said, adding that she thought it was pretty amazing and something she wanted to bring back to Ohio.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:32 AM, 02.20.2018

Westlake students win art, writing awards

Three Westlake High School students earned Gold Key Art Awards in the 2018 Scholastic Art + Writing Exhibition – Cuyahoga County Region and will move on to national competition in New York.

Liv Adkins earned a Gold Key for her digital art “Gutten og Trollen,” Jamie DeMeza for her photograph “The broken 4th” and Jamie Novak for her painting “RTA.” Gold Key awards demonstrate the highest levels of achievement in originality, personal voice and technical skill. Gold Key art is forwarded to New York for national judging.

Liv Adkins also won a Gold Key Writing Award for her humor piece “Religion,” which was also an American Voices Medal nominee, the highest regional honor. Liv’s piece is one of five works from the region selected “Best in Show” that exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. A panel of jurors in New York City will select one writer from each region to receive a national Medal.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.06.2018

Bay Village Schools approves 2018-19 school calendar, earlier start

The Bay Village Board of Education approved its 2018-19 school calendar on Monday, Jan. 22. About 50 parents and teachers attended the board meeting, some offering support of the plan and some parents expressing disappointment that the Aug. 20 start to the school year was too early.

“This calendar was developed in close consultation with our educators and will increase instructional time before testing at all grade levels,” said Superintendent Clint Keener. “However, the Ohio end-of-course tests at the high school level have become especially high-stakes. Starting with the class of 2018, the tests can determine whether students qualify for graduation.”

Bay High School operates on a 90-minute block schedule, with entire courses completed in one semester. The schedule allows students more time to study subjects in depth without interruption, and it allows them to take more courses overall. Faculty wanted the first semester to end before the December winter break so that students could take their tests without being away from instruction for that extended time. However, more instructional days before the break were then required.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.06.2018

WHS has 2 U.S. Presidential Scholars candidates

Two Westlake High School seniors were named U.S. Presidential Scholars candidates.

Ryan Karpuszka and Patrick Lee are among 110 students from Ohio to be recognized for this prestigious award. Each year, up to 161 students nationwide are named Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.06.2018

Eight looks great for the Westshore Young Leaders Network

January 2018 is the eighth year the Westshore Young Leaders Network students have been serving the six western suburbs (Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake) as communities united together for healthy living. Established in 2010 through the support of the Westshore Council of Governments and the Westshore Enforcement Bureau, the group has grown its student and adult membership to foster young leaders who promote healthy, safe, drug-free and addiction-free lifestyle choices.

A snapshot of the recent months include the September Leadership Training Conference at the Westlake Recreation Center. Ninety middle and high school students spent the day fine-tuning their best asset – themselves – under the direction of the Effective Leadership Academy.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:02 AM, 02.06.2018

DIS student's artwork selected for state exhibition

Dover Intermediate School fifth-grade art student Melaina Zupan had her Notan cut paper design project chosen for exhibition at the 38th Annual Young People’s Art Exhibition (YPAE) in Columbus.

Melaina’s piece is one of 130 student works from around the state chosen for the exhibition sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association. Melaina will be recognized at the YPAE Recognition Ceremony on March 3 at the Rhodes State Office Tower. Student artwork will be on display Feb. 17 to March 16.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.06.2018

2 WHS seniors named Coca-Cola Scholars finalists

Westlake High School seniors Norah Wilson and Jack Wu are regional finalists in the Coca-Cola National Scholarship Contest.

Norah and Jack are among 250 Regional Finalists from 1,936 Semifinalists selected from more than 90,000 applicants from across the country to continue through the selection process. Only 150 will be named Coca-Cola Scholars in March and will receive a $20,000 scholarship.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.06.2018

Westlake students connect through fairy tales

Deb Schrembeck’s seventh-grade language arts classes spent the last five weeks researching and writing fairy tales customized to second graders at Dover Elementary School.

The Lee Burneson Middle School assignment requires stories to be at least five pages, include images and an About the Author page, and focus on the child receiving the story. Students created their fairy tales based on questionnaires that second-grade students filled out about themselves, including their desired vacation spots, a list of family members, and favorite books and movies.

Stories will be assembled into hardbound books that the LBMS students will present to their Dover students on Feb. 2.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:18 AM, 01.23.2018

WDAB to host spaghetti dinner

The Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) will host an evening of Demon tradition with the Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, Feb. 2. The event will be held in the Westlake High School Rotunda from 3:45-7:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $8 and include pasta, sauce, salad, bread, soft drink and dessert. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

Westlake families, athletes, staff, community, coaches and alumni are encouraged to attend. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit WDAB and our student athletes in grades 7-12. There is a large list of events happening that evening: Demon boys basketball games begin at 4:30 p.m.; a ribbon-cutting for the new spirit wear store “The W Shop” is at 5:45 p.m.; opening night of the play “Faith County” begins in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.; and our 2018 Hall of Fame inductee class will be introduced during halftime of the boys varsity game. Grab dinner before or after the festivities!

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:20 AM, 01.23.2018

LBMS writers recognized in Library of Congress contest

Five Lee Burneson Middle School students were named semifinalists in Ohio in the Library of Congress’ Letters About Literature Contest.

Deb Schrembeck’s language arts classes participated in the reading and writing contest. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels.

Five seventh-grade students earned semifinalist certificates for Ohio for their letters:

  • Ashley Rocky wrote to R.J. Palacio, author of “Wonder”
  • Xiomara Flores wrote to Jennifer Jacobson, author of “Paper Things”
  • Kylie King wrote to R.J. Palacio, author of “Wonder”
  • Natalie Farrag wrote to Raina Telgemeier, author of “Ghosts”
  • Alexis Hamilton wrote to Dan Gemeinhart, author of “The Honest Truth”
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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:18 AM, 01.23.2018

Strong showing for Bay High students in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Bay High School students took away 12 Gold Key, 15 Silver Key, and 23 Honorable Mention awards in the 2018 Cuyahoga County Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Gold Key winners will be forwarded to New York for judging at the national level.

Seven Gold Keys in the Art category go to four Bay High seniors: Maria DiLallo (paintings, “The Little Things” and “Family Is Not Always Blood”), Celia Reid (photography, “Desertion”), Amelia Robinson (painting, “Flash”) and Megan Sjoquist (comic art, “Citywalkers”; drawing and illustration, “Paper Monsters”; and art portfolio “Full of Life”).

Five Gold Keys in the Writing category go to four Bay High seniors: Carlen Goebel (short story, “Solitary Confinement"), Emma Legeay (poetry, “Ms. Plath”), Sara Sirignano (poetry, “My Middle School Journal”) and Roman Vatolin (poetry, “Normalcy With Chaos"); and sophomore Elizabeth Holup (flash fiction, “Anatomy of Our Mothers”).

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:17 AM, 01.23.2018

Bay Village VFW recognizes essay winners

Bay Village VFW Post 9693 announced the winners of the annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen essay scholarship contests.

The Voice of Democracy winner is Grace Beam, a senior at Bay High School. The Patriot's Pen winner is St. Raphael eighth-grade student Mariana Maddox. 

Voice of Democracy is open for all high school grades and Patriot's Pen is open to seventh and eighth grade. Both contests require a written essay; the high school project requires a recorded reading as well. Grace's essay was on the theme of “My Responsibility to America”; Mariana's essay was titled, "America’s Gift to My Generation."

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:38 AM, 01.09.2018

Bay coach Ron Rutt is Cleveland Browns HS Coach of the Year

Bay High School Rockets head football coach, Ron Rutt, was honored on Sunday, Dec. 11, during the Cleveland Browns’ game as their 2017 High School Coach of the Year.

The Browns also surprised Rutt at school the following day with a gift of Xenith helmets for the team worth $25,000. The Rockets had already been awarded $1,500 for winning a Browns Game of the Week, and $3,000 for Rutt being Coach of the Year. As an added treat for Rutt, the Browns will send him to the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, next month. Rutt will represent the Browns as Cleveland’s Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominee.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.19.2017

Westlake students share their favorite traditions

The holiday season has arrived, with all of the magic and wonder that make this time of year so special. It is a time for rejoicing, connecting with loved ones and creating memories that will last a lifetime. For the Observer's annual last-issue-of-the-year feature, students from Mrs. Jannell Sargent’s fourth-grade class at Dover Elementary in Westlake share favorite family traditions.

Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, we go to church where we stay up until 3:00 a.m. We sing “Merry Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Christ is Born.” After Mass, we head home and go straight to bed. The next morning, we take a mini-train to Santa’s Village. On our train ride we sing songs together. Santa joins us on the train, and gives us treats! When we get home, I help my mom make cookies. I am in charge of decorating them with sprinkles. I always enjoy this time with my family!
– Stephen B.

Decorating for Christmas
My family has many Christmas traditions. First, we decorate our Christmas tree with silver and blue ornaments. Then, we put up our special ornaments. We get to pick a new ornament every year for the tree. Next, we put the star on top of the tree. After we put up our Christmas tree, we put up our stockings. Our stockings are white and blue so we put them in a pattern of blue, white, blue, white. We put nutcrackers on the fireplace next to the stockings. Then, we decorate outside, and put lights on the house. Finally, we are done decorating and ready for Christmas!
– Mateo H.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 10:11 AM, 12.19.2017

Bay Village students share their favorite traditions

The holiday season has arrived, with all of the magic and wonder that make this time of year so special. It is a time for rejoicing, connecting with loved ones and creating memories that will last a lifetime. For the Observer's annual last-issue-of-the-year feature, students from Mrs. Martha Fisher’s third-grade class at Westerly Elementary in Bay Village share favorite family traditions.

The Pine Tree Barn
Christmas cookies, presents, and Saint Nick. Every Christmas our cousins come to our house and we go to the Pine Tree Barn. The trees have ribbons on them to tell you how much they cost. This year we bought a expensive tree. The ribbon was a blue with purple polka dots. My mom did not want to buy an expensive tree but my dad really liked it. My cousins wanted to buy a better tree than us but they bought a tree that was smaller. After we pick our trees, we play with our cousins while my dad and our moms put our Christmas trees on their cars. This year my brother brought a baseball and we played baseball at the Pine Tree Barn field and my team won. After we eat lunch, I always get hot chocolate and then we go on a sleigh ride and sing Christmas carols. My dad forgets some words for the songs. This year he forgot the words to “Jingle Bell Rock.” Sometimes I don't sing. We always have a fun time at the Pine Tree Barn!
– Adrian

Our Family Celebration
Big feast, play games outside with our friends and family, and visit our grandpa, grandma, aunt and uncle! When we are together we share things that we keep as nice secrets. We give compliments to our friends and family and then have a party and have fun. Our Muslim holiday is really sweet with our family and we have so much happiness and eat sweet food. We make a cake and give money for charity. We let people visit in our home. We make a big feast for people we care about. We go to church and walk around the church and have a wonderful ice cream treat. We pray for charity all together. We walk around our house and hold candles and throw scraps of papers everywhere around the house. We throw scraps of paper around the house because we love our family and always play and have fun all the time and care about each other. We celebrate on December 29 and have a party and fast for Ramadan and honor Allah.  
– Aida O.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 10:13 AM, 12.19.2017

Westlake Schools, teachers reach contract agreement

On Monday, Dec. 11, the Westlake Teachers’ Association (WTA) and the Westlake Board of Education voted to approve a new three-year contract for the district’s certified staff.

Thanks to monthly meetings between district leadership and WTA representatives, both parties have created an open channel of communication. The ongoing dialogue in these meetings, coupled with a solutions-based relationship, allowed the Board and WTA to focus on salary and benefits during the negotiation process. They were able to reach an agreement through constructive discussion and in an efficient timeframe.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 9:56 AM, 12.19.2017

Bay Village classroom grants awarded

There is no shortage of problems facing our upcoming generations, and the approach to learning is becoming more and more problem-based for Bay Village Schools students. 

The Bay Village Education Foundation has awarded classroom grants totaling more than $18,000 that encourage development of skills to help students learn to solve problems of all kinds, whether the solutions address the environment, humans or robots. Another $2,000 in grants was provided by Bay Village Kiwanis in partnership with the Foundation.

“We were thrilled with the quality of grant applications we received,” said Ellie Bricmont, vice president and grants chair of the Bay Village Education Foundation. “We require a significant level of research and detail from our grant applicants. As usual, our teachers were impressive in their planning and creativity. They will provide our students experiences that make learning interesting and fun.”

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:34 AM, 12.05.2017

Westlake Schools staff honored with excellence awards

Two Westlake Schools staff members were honored by their peers with staff excellence awards at the Nov. 27 Board of Education meeting.

The Excellence in Teaching award went to LaVonne Szafranski, a sixth-grade science teacher at Dover Intermediate School. The Excellence in Classified Service awards went to Judi Spitzer, a teacher assistant at Dover Elementary School.

Szafranski is described by her colleagues as a dedicated educator who always goes above and beyond for her students and teammates. She meets challenges or change with determination and the desire to be the best. She builds relationships with her students and is always communicating with families.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:32 AM, 12.05.2017

Bay Village Foundation calls for scholarship applicants

The Bay Village Foundation is pleased to announce that the application for the Foundation's scholarship is now available on the Bay High School page of, under the Guidance tab listing local scholarships.

This $2,000 scholarship is available to all graduating high school seniors who live in Bay Village and is to be used toward tuition for students enrolling in a full-time college or trade school program. Scholarships may be awarded to multiple students.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 12.05.2017

Bay Village Schools launches new mobile app

After unveiling an updated, mobile-responsive website this fall, the Bay Village City School District has launched a new mobile app geared to the needs of parents and students. Members of the public will find it useful, too.

“People who do not have children in our schools can receive important notifications, like those about school closings, through the mobile app,” said Clint Keener, superintendent of schools. “The app is a perfect companion to our new website and all the information it offers.”

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:34 AM, 12.05.2017

Bank donation supports Westlake school programs

First National Bank presented a $5,000 check to the Westlake City School District on Nov. 30 to support a college and career readiness software program, as well as the expansion of the high school Beekeeping Club project.

FNB opened a new Westlake branch in the Promenade this summer and approached the school district about giving back to the community. Discussions with school administrators led to a $5,000 donation to expand the Naviance program to include middle school students, and the creation of a pollination garden to compliment the Westlake High School apiary.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:32 AM, 12.05.2017

Glenview Child Care and Learning Center turns 35

Bay Village's Glenview Child Care and Learning Center recently celebrated 35 years of service.

Since 1982, the year-round program has operated in the former Glenview Elementary School building, providing infant and toddler daycare, a preschool program based on the Ohio State Early Learning Content Standards, and before-and-after care for school-aged children through grade 5. A summer program for preschool and elementary-aged students takes advantage of the wonderful amenities within walking distance of the Center, such as the Bay Village city pool and the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

The building also houses the district S.E.E.D. program, a special needs preschool for children aged 3 up to kindergarten who are experiencing developmental delays.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.21.2017

Westlake student helps City Mission through Socktober

A chance meeting with a homeless man on the streets of Columbus set in motion a plan by a Dover Elementary School fourth-grader to create Socktober.

Last fall, the Hill family took a trip to Columbus when Ryan noticed a homeless man on the street. They shared a few dollars with him and moved on, but a few rainy days later Ryan couldn’t shake his concern for the homeless. What do they do in bad weather?

Ryan and his mother, Jennifer Hill, searched Cleveland homeless shelters online and found The City Mission. When Hill explained that’s where the homeless can go in the rain and snow, Ryan’s next question was “How do we help them?”

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.21.2017

Westlake basketball kicks off season with Midnight Madness

The Westlake High School boys and girls basketball teams hosted their inaugural Midnight Madness event on Friday, Nov. 4.

In the spirit of many NCAA college teams who celebrate with a Midnight Madness on the first official day of practice, Westlake welcomed teams and fans to help kick-off the season on the first day that boys teams were officially permitted to practice in the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Nearly 500 fans attended the first-ever event with the first 400 fans getting free Midnight Madness T-shirts at the door. Ahmaad Crump, the in-arena host of the Cleveland Cavaliers, revved up the crowd as the official emcee, and DJ OnePlus Two kept the energy high with tunes throughout the night for the excited crowd.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:59 AM, 11.21.2017

Students learn importance of respecting, thanking veterans

On Thursday, Nov. 9, St. Raphael School honored more than 30 U.S. military veterans in the community at a Veterans Day assembly. Principal Mrs. Ann Miller organized this assembly as a way to teach students the importance of honoring and respecting the brave men and women who served our country. An announcement was put into the St. Raphael Parish bulletin inviting veterans to attend the assembly, and veterans from all five branches of the military responded.

The students and guests stood in respectful silence as the veterans processed in behind a student color guard bearing the American flag. The assembly prayed, said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the national anthem, accompanied by a student vocalist and the school band. Each veteran was announced by name, rank and military branch. The audience then listened to the anthems of each of the branches of the U.S. military and invited our veterans to stand when they heard their anthem being played. The students respectfully applauded each of the veterans.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.21.2017

Westlake High's Ned Lauver named assistant principal of the year

Westlake High School Assistant Principal Ned Lauver was named the 2018 Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrator’s (OASSA) Assistant Principal of the Year.

The OASSA Ohio Assistant Principal of the Year honor recognizes outstanding middle level and high school assistant principals who have succeeded in providing high quality learning opportunities for students. These assistant principals are acknowledged by their peers for the exemplary contributions they have made to the profession.

“I sincerely hope that this award reflects that I have done positive things for kids and families,” Lauver said. “An award should be viewed as an expectation of what the recipient should do in the future. That will weigh heavily on my mind moving forward.”

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.07.2017

Westlake PTAs' food and toiletry drive benefits 350 families

For over 20 years, the Westlake Council of PTAs and its member PTAs have teamed with The May Dugan Center on Bridge Avenue in Cleveland, to provide food and toiletry items to local families in need. In recent years, the donations have expanded to include the Westlake Assistance Food Pantry as well. 

In mid-October, all seven Westlake schools and their PTA units, school district administration, the transportation department, and Westlake Early Childhood PTA joined together to make the largest donation to date. The items donated from our generous community included 2,900 boxes of cereal and oatmeal, 669 jars of peanut butter and jelly, 200 canned goods, and 79 toiletry items. The collection netted over 3,800 items.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:59 AM, 11.07.2017

LBMS visit helps Face to Face program reach 50,000th student milestone

Inspired by his mentor, Cleveland Heights Holocaust educator Leatrice Rabinsky, Rabbi Gary Robuck inaugurated the Face to Face Holocaust education program in 1994. Little did he imagine back then that today the program would be in its 24th year and welcoming its 50,000th student.

On Oct. 31, the program reached that milestone when the eighth-grade students from Westlake's Lee Burneson Middle School came through the doors of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah in Beachwood. Staff and volunteers welcomed five teachers and 104 students on that day. Caroline Bunner, a Lee Burneson eighth-grader, was selected as the “50,000th Face to Face student.” She and her teacher, Ms. Caitlin Shea, were each presented with a book to mark the milestone occasion.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:50 AM, 11.07.2017

Normandy Elementary unveils The Hive

Colorful wall murals, flexible seating, wireless technology and plenty of hands-on materials come together in The Hive, a new learning space at Bay Village's Normandy Elementary School designed to inspire creative and collaborative problem-solving. Students in kindergarten through grade 2 have already begun solving challenges designed by their teachers in this busy learning center where failure is applauded as a necessary step to learning.

“For years, I have dreamed of creating a space for Bay’s K-2 children that would stretch both students and teachers to think a little differently, and for students to experience STEAM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities,” said Normandy Elementary Principal Dan Sebring. He said teachers on his STEAM committee studied the concept last year and helped develop a common vision for the space.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.07.2017

WHS students participate in Museum Ambassadors program

Ten Westlake High School AP Art History and International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge students will participate in the Cleveland Museum of Art Museum Ambassadors program that provides a behind-the-scenes experience at the world-class institution.

The program is open to only six schools in Northeast Ohio. This is WHS’ sixth year in the program.

Students are selected by social studies teacher Beth Noren through an application process. This year’s participants are Kat Bowe, Leah Bunner, Hena Delic, Alex Falcone, Jackie Moracz, Abbey Moutoux, Lily Powers, Bridget Quinn, Isabelle Southern and Adam Yusoff.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.07.2017

All Bay Village K-12 public schools are National PTA Schools of Excellence

The PTAs at all four Bay Village City Schools have been designated National PTA Schools of Excellence. This is the second time all four schools have earned the prestigious recognition.

PTA Council President, Cheryll McCarty, initiated this recent set of applications in a way that coordinated all the district’s PTA units, putting them on a common, two-year renewal schedule for the designation which requires a rigorous examination of family-school relationships against national standards. Standards include welcoming families, communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking for every child, sharing power and collaborating with the community.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:51 AM, 10.17.2017

Bay Village Board of Education hires treasurer

The Bay Village Board of Education, at a special meeting on Oct. 2, hired Nicole Spriggs as its school district treasurer.

Spriggs has served as treasurer for the Midview Local School District in Grafton, Ohio, since 2012. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as treasurer for the Edison Local School District (formerly Berlin-Milan) in Milan, Ohio, for one year at the Norwalk City School District, and began her treasurer’s career serving three years at the Monroeville Local School District.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:57 AM, 10.17.2017

Homecoming bonfire lights the night for fighting cancer

The Bay Village community came together on the evening of Sept. 28 to participate in “Light the Night” at Bay High Memorial stadium. The event raised $7,500 to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and its funding of research to find blood cancer cures.

Last year Bay High turned its traditional homecoming bonfire toward this greater purpose. The event also acknowledged the courage and strength of students of Bay Village that are affected by this cancer. Honorees included Luke (Normandy Elementary), Molly (Westerly Elementary), and Daniel (Bay High School). Bay High sophomore Jane Finley, who is battling Hodgkins Lymphoma herself, was mistress of ceremonies and chair of the event.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.03.2017

Bay Village Schools see strong achievement, continuing improvement in 2017 state report card

The latest Bay Village Schools Ohio Report Card results demonstrate strong student achievement at all levels.

“We continue to focus on improvement for all individual students,” said Superintendent of Schools, Clint Keener. “With each year of testing, we are able to learn more about the measurements used, and we can make appropriate adjustments in classroom instruction. Our teachers and students can be very proud of our performance overall.”

Bay Village is one of only 21 school districts in Ohio to earn an A in the Performance Indicator grade. The district met 23 out of 24 performance indicators and moved from a B last year to the A.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.03.2017

Bay Alumni Foundation announces annual distinguished alumni, educators

The Bay Alumni Foundation proudly introduces the Bay High School Distinguished Alumni / Educator Hall of Fame class of 2017. The 2017 Hall of Fame class will lead this year's Homecoming parade and be introduced to the crowd at Bay’s Homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 29, against Rocky River.

The Hall of Fame Brunch will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. at The Fountain Bleau in Avon Lake. To reserve your seat, send $30 to Bay Alumni Foundation 377 Dover Center Road, Bay Village, OH 44140.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:16 AM, 09.19.2017