Schools

Forum addresses children's safety in schools

The 912 Project Westlake hosted a Children's Safety in Schools speakers' forum on Saturday, May 5, as part of their objective to inform citizens about issues of community concern. Allen Porter, Westlake resident and member of the 912 Project moderated the forum that included: Bob Scott, Avon Lake superintendent; Scott Goggin, Westlake superintendent; Dr. Kathleen Kern, executive director of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health; Capt. Duane Streator, Avon Lake Police chief; Capt. Kevin Bielozer, Westlake Police chief; Kendra Yurgionas, Westlake Police patrolman; and Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka.

From Columbine, Colorado, to Parkland, Florida, we have experienced frightening scenes of school shootings for the last decade. What are the educators, safety officers, and mental health experts in our communities of Avon Lake and Westlake doing to protect our children from a school intruder’s harm?

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:34 AM, 05.15.2018

Join Bay Village Schools in honoring retiring superintendent Clint Keener

Bay Village community members, along with staff and students of the Bay Village Schools, are invited to attend a community reception honoring retiring Superintendent Clint Keener on Thursday, May 17, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Bay Lodge, 492 Bradley Road. Keener retires from 14 years of service to the Bay Village City School District and from 41 years of service to public education.

A lineup of notable Bay Village school and community leaders are scheduled to make brief remarks periodically throughout the reception, including school board members, school staff representatives, Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar and others who have worked closely with Keener.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.15.2018

WHS senior places 1st in U.S. Geography Olympiad

Westlake High School senior Kyle Yu earned the 2018 Varsity National Champion title at the United States Geography Olympiad (USGO) in Arlington, Virginia. It was Kyle’s third time at the USGO.

Kyle previously earned a perfect score on a written qualifying exam to participate in the USGO. That score also earned him a spot in the International Geography Bee World Championships in Berlin this July.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.15.2018

BMS seventh-graders ace national math competition

Bay Middle School’s seventh-grade Continental Math League (CML) team ranked first out of 92 schools from across the nation. The team scored a cumulative 180/180.

In addition, seventh-graders Frank Bird, Andy Mold and Jackson Schelzig were recognized as individual national leaders, each scoring a cumulative 36/36, in the CML program.

Participating students meet five times during the school year to individually tackle problem-solving and math challenges. Bay Middle School competed in the more difficult Pythagorean Division, reflecting above-average reading comprehension and analytical reasoning, as well as computational skills appropriate to the grade level.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.15.2018

Staff vs. students basketball game raises money for Westlake scholarships

Over 600 people recently attended Westlake Council of PTAs annual Dollar$ for Scholars event at Westlake High School to raise money for scholarships for graduating Westlake High School seniors.

Since 1968, Westlake Council has continued the proud tradition of awarding scholarships to deserving Westlake High School seniors who plan to pursue higher education at a college, university or technical school. Scholarships are awarded for traditional academic pursuits, as well as for the arts, STEM/technology, vocational (health/medical services, automotive, construction, culinary arts, etc.) and a life challenge.

The Westlake Council and its eight member PTAs raise funds for these scholarships in many ways, including programming, membership drives and the annual Dollar$ for Scholars event. Thanks to overwhelming support for Council and its member PTAs' fundraising efforts, Westlake Council of PTAs and its member PTA units awarded a total of $24,000 in scholarships to graduating Westlake High School seniors last May.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 9:59 AM, 05.01.2018

Bay Village named a Best Music Education Community for 16th straight year

Standards for inclusion on the prestigious Best Communities for Music Education list have increased consistently over the last 16 years, but the Bay Village City School District is once again so honored for its exemplary music program. First recognized with the designation in 2003, and each year since, Bay Village is among just 583 districts nationwide identified for the honor by the NAMM Foundation this year.

The designation takes on added significance as research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University, a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:02 AM, 05.01.2018

WHS senior named U.S. Presidential Scholars semifinalist

Westlake High School senior Patrick Lee was named a U.S. Presidential Scholars semifinalist.

Patrick is among 630 students in the nation and 20 from Ohio to advance to the final round for this prestigious award.

From nearly 3.5 million graduating high school seniors, more than 5,300 students were identified as candidates in the program, and 630 named semifinalists. 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 9, Posted 10:00 AM, 05.01.2018

Silver medals for 2 Bay students in NYC Scholastic Art and Writing competition

Two Bay High students were recognized with 2018 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards silver medals. One silver medal in writing went to senior Emma Legeay for her poem, "Mrs. Plath"; and one silver medal in art went to senior Maria DiLallo for her painting, "Family Is Not Always Blood." Judging for the competition took place in New York City.

The awards followed a strong showing for Bay High School at the Cuyahoga County Regional Scholastic Arts Competition, with students winning 12 Gold Key, 15 Silver Key, and 23 honorable mention awards.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:10 AM, 05.01.2018

Bay Bike to School Challenge returns for 11th year

The Bay Bike to School Challenge returns in May, which encourages Bay Village Schools students to ride their bikes to school to improve their health, reduce traffic congestion, save money and protect the environment.

The Bay Bike to School Challenge was inspired by a student-led effort in 2007, when a group of Bay High School students rode their bikes to school to protest high gasoline prices. When Bay High School alumnus Scott Cowan heard about it, he contacted school staff and started working with them to turn the idea into an organized program at Bay High School and Bay Middle School in 2008.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:11 AM, 05.01.2018

Meet and chat with Jodie Hausmann, next Bay superintendent, on April 23

The Bay Village Board of Education is inviting residents, staff and students to attend a "Meet and Greet" reception for incoming Superintendent Jodie Hausmann on Monday, April 23, 3:30-6 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. Visitors can introduce themselves and chat with Hausmann. Light refreshments will be provided.

Hausmann was selected by the school board in February to replace retiring Superintendent Clint Keener. She is currently the superintendent of Perkins Local School District. She begins her new position with the Bay Village Schools on Aug. 1.

To further introduce Hausmann, the district has published a video interview with Keener and questions asked by a number of Bay Village Schools teachers and students. The video can be viewed at bayvillageschools.online/HausmannInterview.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:47 AM, 04.17.2018

BHS's Christine O'Hare wins top honor in Governor's Youth Art Exhibit

Bay High School senior Christine O’Hare cracked the elusive “Top 25” in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibit with her photograph “Kenopsia.” The honor earns O’Hare the Governor’s Award of Excellence and the possibility of a scholarship offer by over 30 universities and colleges of art.

O'Hare has been inspired by photographer Fredrik Marsh's "Dresden Project," which explores abandoned residences in East Germany before their demolition to make way for modern spaces. "I wanted to create an Ohio version of that," Christine said of her work.

Bay High students Allie Maust and Ana Baron also had paintings selected in the 300-piece Governor’s Youth Art Exhibit. The competition received about 11,000 entries from schools across Ohio.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:47 AM, 04.17.2018

3 Westlake teachers selected as Fund for Teachers Fellows

Three Westlake High School teachers were selected as 2018 Fund for Teachers Fellows and will spend this summer in field seminars that will support authentic learning.

Science teacher Melissa Barth, and language arts teachers Julie Davidson and Ann Hasenorhl, were selected by Fund for Teachers and the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation as 2018 fellows.

Hasenorhl and Davidson received $3,860 each to participate in Kristin Linklater’s Advanced Course on Shakespeare’s Monologues and Scenes in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. The program applies innovative and differentiated strategies that bring Shakespeare to live for diverse high school students.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.17.2018

Westerly students learn about the Iditarod

Have  you ever heard of  the Iditarod? The Iditarod is a dogsled race held in the state of Alaska. Mrs. Thomas’ third-grade class from Westerly School was studying the Iditarod. We think the Iditarod is important. Learning about the Iditarod can also help you learn about the last frontier. There are lots of ways to learn about the Iditarod.

Our class read books including "Storm Run," "Stone Fox," "Balto," "Togo" and "The Great Serum Race." We learned that the Iditarod is held each year to honor the Serum Run of 1925 in which dog sled teams carried serum to help those sick in Nome, Alaska.

We picked our own mushers racing the Iditarod 2018 and looked them up on a special website called iditarod.com. We researched our mushers and wrote a letter to them. When the 1,000-mile race started, we tracked our musher and his or her dog sled team. We were able to see a live feed as they went to checkpoints along the way. Did you know that Joar Leifseth Ulsom won this year, racing for nine days and 12 hours?

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:36 AM, 04.03.2018

Bay students earn top awards in Ohio PTA Reflections program

Bay Village Schools students earned three first-place awards, one second-place award, one Award of Merit and two Honorable Mention awards in the 2018 Ohio PTA Reflections program, an annual cultural arts program for students in preschool through grade 12.

Bay High senior Tom DeCarlo won the Ohio PTA Reflections Award of Excellence (first place) in the Visual Arts-Special Artists category. Confined to a wheelchair with limited use of his limbs, Tom created "Fall Colors" using a special painting helmet. Bay High seniors Will Kenny (helmet project coordinator), Noah Mensen and Truman Ospelt, all independent study students of technology and engineering, custom-made the helmet for Tom.

Also winning first-place Awards of Excellence in the Visual Arts category for their grade categories were first-grader Oona Louis with "The Pets Catch a Butterfly" and seventh-grader Tessa Wunder with "Around the Corner."

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:37 AM, 04.03.2018

Westlake Council of PTAs announces Reflections art contest winners

The Westlake Council of PTAs held its 2017-2018 Reflections Art Show & Judging on Nov. 30, 2017, at Westlake Porter Public Library, and top entries recently advanced to the Ohio PTA State Reflections Competition.

This year’s PTA Reflections theme was "Within Reach" and the following students won their divisions in the following categories at the Art Show & Judging on Nov. 30: Alia Manaf, Ella Navratil and Leah Bunner, literature; Christine Xiao and Aidan Scheuer, music composition; Brandan McLaughlin, Zachary Baker and Kaitlin Willi, photography; and Gus Gibbs, Ella Wright, Alex Spring and Macy Sinreich, visual arts.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.03.2018

WHS students' art recognized

Two Westlake High School students’ creative works are being recognized at the state and national level.

WHS senior Liv Adkins’ poem “Religion” won a National Gold Medal in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She will attend The National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. About 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students in grades 7-12. Receiving a National Medal places Liv within the top 1 percent of all submissions.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:34 AM, 04.03.2018

Westlake students' letters earn honors

A Lee Burneson Middle School seventh-grade student and two Dover Intermediate School students were recognized in their age groups in the state Library of Congress' Letters About Literature Contest.

At LBMS, Lillie Forbes' letter to Shelley Pearsall, author of "Crooked River," was chosen out of more than 1,200 entries. She was named to the Top 20 in the state.

At DIS, Anna Mancino won second place for her letter to "The Kissing Hand" author Audrey Penn, and Grace Sugaski was named an Honorable Finalist for her letter to "Bluestar's Prophecy" author Erin Hunter in Level I.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:33 AM, 04.03.2018

Rotary recognizes 15 outstanding West Shore Career-Tech students

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 19 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

The 15 students, top performers in their Career-Technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement and initiative.

“The Rotary Outstanding Students represent the “best of the best” in the West Shore Career Technical District. Our teachers and staff work tirelessly to give all of our students rich academic, technical and real world experiences,” remarked Bill DiMascio, West Shore Career-Technical District educational coordinator. “These students have taken full advantage of the opportunities afforded to them. No matter what path they chose to follow for future success, we know they possess the relevant knowledge and skills to achieve to their fullest potential.”

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.03.2018

Westlake students help community organization

Hilliard Elementary School’s second-grade classes used their study of business and charities to take up a collection for the Elyria Friendship APL.

In the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, students study a “How We Organize Ourselves” unit, which encourages students to look at how organizations form and impact the community. Students research types of local organizations, how they help and economic choices.

“They learn that community organizations – business and charitable – provide goods and/or services,” said elementary IB coordinator Deb Wadden. “They study how individuals and organizations can make a difference and impact people and the economics in the community, and the economic choices organizations and individuals make, based on needs, wants and choice.”

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:09 AM, 03.20.2018

Glenview in Bay Village earns 4-star state quality award

Glenview Child Care & Learning Center, the Bay Village City School District’s daycare, preschool and before-and-after school care center, has received a Four-Star Step Up To Quality award from the state of Ohio. The rating recognizes that Glenview’s preschool education program and its special needs preschool go beyond the state’s basic standards.

“We are very proud of Glenview,” said Clint Keener, superintendent of Bay Schools. “We are fortunate to attract very caring and talented early childhood teachers who are well qualified and experienced. Glenview is a wonderful place for young children to learn and grow.”

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:12 AM, 03.20.2018

WHS senior among nation's top debaters

Westlake High School senior Shawn Walls earned the National Speech and Debate Association’s Academic All American Award.

The Academic All American award recognizes academic rigor, competitive speech and debate success, and personal excellence. Fewer than 500 students of the more than 141,000 who qualify receive this award. This places Shawn in the top half of 1 percent of all student members nationally. He will receive a certificate.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:07 AM, 03.20.2018

Bay High presents 'Once Upon A Mattress' March 22-24

Bay High School drama students will present the musical comedy "Once Upon a Mattress" Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 22, 23 and 24, at 7 p.m. at Bay High Auditorium.

General admission tickets are $9; reserve tickets are $12. Tickets may be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com.

The musical is based upon the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea."

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:16 AM, 03.20.2018

WHS junior scores perfect 36 on ACT

Westlake High School junior Ella Gray scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam.

Ella said she took a practice course and a lot of practice tests on her own from books in preparation for the exam.

Ella is an officer in the Center Stage Players, secretary of Key Club, and a member of Shakespeare Club and Academic Challenge. She also is on the JV tennis team, participates in Show Choir and Chorale, and played a part in every musical in play at WHS since her freshman year.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:09 AM, 03.20.2018

3 LBMS students qualify for state chemist challenge

Three Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-grade students qualified for the state-level "You Be The Chemist" Challenge contest in Toledo on April 14.

You Be the Chemist is an interactive academic contest sponsored by the Chemical Education Foundation that encourages students in grades 5-8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. LBMS state qualifiers are Neige DeAngelis, champion of the qualifier competition; Anusha Bangalore, who came in third place; and Alexa Higgs, who came in sixth place and is an alternate for the state challenge.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.20.2018

Incoming Bay Schools superintendent honored by Ohio peers

Jodie Hausmann, who will join the Bay Village City School District as its new superintendent in August, has been awarded the Betsy M. Cowles Leadership Award by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA).

The award annually recognizes a woman in school administration who has demonstrated outstanding education leadership by making significant contributions to educational administration in a school district, education service center or educational institution. Hausmann currently serves as superintendent for the Perkins Local Schools in Sandusky.

Bay Village Board of Education members Beth Lally and Lisa Priemer attended the presentation made at the BASA Women’s Conference in Columbus on March 14.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:13 AM, 03.20.2018

LBMS Mathletes bring home awards

Three Lee Burneson Middle School teams came home with awards from the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics competition at Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville.

Thirteen teams per grade level from across Cuyahoga and Lorain counties competed. The eighth-grade LBMS team of Kathrine Xiao and Subratha Araselvan, and the seventh-grade team of Roman Lucarelli, Yehyun Choi and Michelle Ho earned medals for scoring in the top 20 percent. The seventh-grade team of Juan Orellano and Andrew Hung earned a Champion blue ribbon for scoring in the top 60 percent.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.20.2018

School crisis response and grief support program available to local schools

Tragic events such as the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school are difficult for anyone to comprehend and process. Locally and across the country, we collectively mourn the loss of life every time such a senseless tragedy occurs. In addition, our own sorrow, fear and despair can be heightened as we watch and hear about the plight of grieving students, teachers and the affected community on the nightly news.

Following such a crisis, expert on-site support frequently plays an instrumental role in helping faculty, staff members and students navigate the painful experiences of trauma, grief and loss. Locally, the bereavement center at Hospice of the Western Reserve – now called Western Reserve Grief Services – has offered a Crisis Response Program to provide immediate, on-site crisis response to deaths in the school communities of Northern Ohio for more than 15 years.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:18 AM, 03.20.2018

Bay Village Schools selects next superintendent

The Bay Village Board of Education has hired Jodie Hausmann, superintendent of Perkins Local School District in Sandusky, Ohio, to replace the district’s current superintendent, Clint Keener, when his retirement becomes effective Aug. 1.

Hausmann has served as superintendent at Perkins since 2015, where she led a strategic planning process engaging more than 100 of the district’s stakeholders. She collaborated with community members for passage of an operating levy and permanent improvement renewal levy after a long district history of failed ballot issues. Under her instructional leadership, grade-level Value Added scores for the district moved from failing to straight A’s in one year, earning the Ohio Department of Education’s Momentum Award for two years.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.06.2018

Bay High Technical Department awarded top high school honor

In recognition of Bay High's extraordinary Technical Department program, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) is awarding technology teachers Luke Kieffer and Ron Rutt its Program Excellence Award at its annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, this April.

The Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering education programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Bay High was the Ohio high school winner this year.

Applications of technology are expanding into every nook and cranny of education and work. Students in Bay High's Technology Department have a wide choice of skills and concepts to explore, such as engineering, construction, architecture, wood and metal working, energy systems, alternative energy, computer-aided drafting, solid modeling, and video production.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:31 AM, 03.06.2018

Annual Green & White Revue showcases Westlake talent

The Westlake High School PTSA proudly presents the 33rd Annual Green & White Revue on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The emcees for this year’s show are Hani Baltagi, Emily Huffman and Andrew Hom. 

The talent and variety show will feature talents of all kinds from Westlake Schools students ranging in age from kindergarten to high school. Some of this year’s acts include vocal, bands, guitar with original student compositions and the unusual. This is a one-of-a-kind show for the city of Westlake!

Admission for the show is $8 at the door with children 6 and under admitted for free. All proceeds to benefit the Westlake High School PTSA. For more information, email greenandwhiterevue@gmail.com.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 03.06.2018

Bay Village Schools' keychain company celebrates 20th year

Students at Normandy and Westerly Elementary Schools in Bay Village get a first-hand experience in how to succeed in business each year with the First-Fourth Keychain Company. The program pairs first-graders (in Diane Poretsky's class) with fourth-graders (in Barb Woodburn's class) in an enterprise that includes manufacturing and marketing keychains made of brightly-colored beads.

Started with a grant from the Bay Village Education Foundation in 1997 (written by Barb Woodburn and retired teacher Nancy Glinka), the program won the Economics America and Harvard Business School Club of NE Ohio Samuel H. Ellott award for Leadership in Economic Education in 2004.

Students acquire skills that include problem-solving, negotiation, compromise, persuasion and active listening. They account for the cost of raw materials as well as transportation for a field trip and travel between schools. They then determine if pricing will cover costs and a profit. The company has "payroll" that is paid in small school supplies.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:38 AM, 03.06.2018

Annual safe boating camp on hold

Spirit of America, the annual safe boating program that had previously been sponsored by the Bay Village Schools, is in the process of finding a new sponsor. The program is currently delaying the application process until the new facilitating organization is confirmed.

The Bay Village Schools decided to end their sponsorship due to logistical reasons. Another change comes with the announcement that longtime coordinator George Christ has decided not to coordinate the program, however he will remain as an instructor and assistant to the new coordinator this year.

This has been a very popular summer program in the area since 1999. Hundreds of students have been certified by passing the Ohio Boating Education Course, which is required by law in order to operate a vessel with an engine over 10 horsepower, and on-the-water skills education. Students are provided experience in power boats, sail boats, personal water craft, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and also a large boat like a U.S. Coast Guard vessel. The program is part of the nationally recognized Spirit of America Foundation (SOAF), with programs across America.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.06.2018

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