Schools

Bay Kiwanis name winners in student poster contest for drug awareness

The Bay Village Kiwanis have once again honored the winners of the Bay Middle School Drug Education & Awareness Poster Contest. Seventh- and eighth-grade students recently completed a drug awareness education program and were invited to submit hand-made posters to the contest. Winning students were recognized for their creativity and messaging. The creation of the posters makes students themselves the messengers to dissuade fellow students from abusing drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

Almost 100 entries were submitted. The first-place prize went to Charlotte Forsyth. Second-place winners were Alyssa Juhasz and Mallory Kaminski. Third-place went to Tina Varis. The fourth-place prize went to Cati Cartwright. Honorable Mention prizes were won by Andrew Rankin (Super Creative prize), Evelyn Ray (Super Creative prize), Renee Duffy (Judges' Choice prize), Rachel Ploenzke, Meredith Florez, Faith Teutschbein, Jennifer Fuehrer, Morgan Norcross, Nick Schneiderman, Reed Clark, Nikki Hartman and Juli Koss.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:28 AM, 05.21.2019

Bay Village school board appoints David Vegh to vacant seat

The Bay Village Board of Education unanimously appointed Bay Village resident and parent David Vegh to fill a board vacancy during its May 13 regular meeting.

Vegh is a sales director for Hyland Software. He also served as president and board member from 2013 to 2017 of Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that provides school supplies to low income students. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English. He and his wife, Kathleen, have a daughter at Normandy Elementary School and two younger girls. Vegh also volunteers at his daughter’s school library.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:28 AM, 05.21.2019

Longtime St. Paul Westlake teacher Jim Osborn to retire

Jim Osborn has touched the lives of literally thousands of students during his 46-year teaching career. Twenty-one of those years have been spent in the classrooms of St. Paul Westlake. Osborn, 67, will retire at the conclusion of the current school year.

“This is by far the best place I’ve ever been,” said the veteran educator. “The congregation and staff are so welcoming.”

His fifth-grade classroom is full of the reason he gets up each morning.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:27 AM, 05.21.2019

New STEAM Lab coming to St. Paul Westlake in fall 2019

St. Paul Lutheran School is proud to announce the development of a dedicated STEAM Lab, beginning with the start of the 2019-2020 school year in August.

“Our lab will be a place where students are encouraged to engage, explore, and be inspired,” said Principal Jeremy Louden.

“STEAM” is an educational approach that focuses on 21st century skills in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:27 AM, 05.21.2019

Bassett fourth-graders explore, make and take at WHS

As a capstone celebration of the IB Primary Years Programme, Westlake fourth-graders develop an Exhibition project to showcase their learning and interests.

This year, Angie Gerhan’s class at Bassett Elementary chose to focus on the central idea: “What can you explore and make today?” Throughout this extended inquiry, students have brainstormed, questioned, researched using books, videos, and Internet sources, listened to speakers, experimented, and taken action on their ideas.

On May 10, Ms. Gerhan’s class visited Scott Kutz’s and Adam Purdy’s Technology & Engineering classrooms at Westlake High School in order to further engage in various hands-on activities and expand their knowledge of how and what makers can create based on their interests and exploring different technologies.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:24 AM, 05.21.2019

Engaging students is a priority for new Bay Village Schools superintendent

Teenagers have a lot of opinions, and they are sharing them at Bay High School with their superintendent of schools, Jodie Hausmann.

Mrs. Hausmann has formed a Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, including students from all four grade levels at the school. She wants to know what kinds of pressures students face on a daily basis, what kind of improvements they believe can make their school even better and, perhaps most important, what they see as the very essence of their school and wider community.

Principal Jason Martin, who also meets with the council, said he selected its members specifically because they were good school citizens. And while some had taken on leadership roles in the past, others tended to contribute in “quieter” ways.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:11 PM, 05.06.2019

Westlake Academic Challenge teams are among nation's top 10

The Westlake High School and Lee Burneson Middle School Academic Challenge teams placed in the Top 10 in the national Questions Unlimited Spring 3-2-1 Competition.

LBMS finished fourth in the nation out of 87 schools, and first in Ohio. WHS finished 10th nationally out of 178 schools and first in Ohio. Students compete as a team to answer more than 100 questions online.

The Academic Challenge teams are advised by John and Sandy Packis.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:10 PM, 05.06.2019

Poetry slam at Bay Middle School sparks love of poetry

Bay High junior Elizabeth Holup recalls how, as a shy fifth-grader, she found a door to self-expression through poetry. She recently shared that passion with Bay Middle School students through an opportunity to study and perform poetry called a poetry slam.

“You’re invited to ‘snap’ for applause if you’d like,” she told the audience in the school library on April 11. “That’s a tradition at poetry slams.”

Next came a lineup of students reading both original and favorite poems. Fifth-graders Lauren Barrett, Alice Jones and Emma Majure, and seventh-graders Chloe Hoban, Matthew Price and John Weber, took to the microphone with poems varying from winsome to frightening. Their voices, and sometimes their dress, reflected the mood of the reader’s chosen verse. Chloe Hoban, for example, dressed in floor-length black and spoke in a commanding voice. She performed two Edgar Allen Poe masterpieces, “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven.” Others performed their original poems or read their childhood favorites.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:16 PM, 05.06.2019

WHS students win state champion titles for technology projects

The Westlake High School Technology & Engineering (T & E) Department was selected for the state’s best project during the Ohio Technology & Engineering Educators Association (OTEEA) state conference school exhibits competition, held April 6 in the Buckeye Building of the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The event was held in conjunction with the growing MakerX festival.

Students of the Westlake High School T & E Department garnered two state champion titles for their Best of Show awards in two different technology categories, and added the prestigious Zupancic award as well as a Best of Show runner-up award. Winning a state champion title for their Best of Show awards were the following:

The senior team of Ethan Simon, Connor Reis, Robert Fulop and Austin Loosli for their “Multi- Unit Townhouse” and energy-efficient model home design in the Construction/Architecture Technology category. They also captured the Zupancic Award, selected as the single best outstanding project in the entire state of Ohio among all Best of Show winners.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:46 AM, 04.16.2019

WHS junior scores perfect 36 on ACT

Westlake High School junior Jack Williams scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam.

Jack took the ACT last fall with no preparation, then studied the areas he needed to work on and met with a tutor on Sundays. He intends to study biochemistry in college.

Jack is a member of National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, Leadership Challenge, and the WHS swim and baseball teams. Outside of school he volunteers extensively with Youth Challenge, which provides free adapted sports and recreational activities to young people with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:46 AM, 04.16.2019

Bay Village Schools leaders lunch with Knickerbocker residents

Bay Village Schools Superintendent Jodie Hausmann, Board of Education President Beth Lally, and treasurer Nicole Spriggs visited residents at the Knickerbocker Apartments recently to talk about how the schools work to serve the "whole child."

Residents said they want to be more involved with the schools, and they would like to attend school events. The administration will be working with them to make it easier to enjoy student performances.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.16.2019

Bay students win national Scholastic Writing silver medals

Congratulations to Bay High senior Cate Kapalczynski and junior Elizabeth Holup on winning Scholastic Silver Medals in writing on the national level.

Both had work recognized with Gold Key awards at the regional level, which qualified their work to be judged at the national level in New York City.

The Silver Medal was awarded to Elizabeth Holup for her poem, "The Colors of You." Cate Kapalczynski was awarded the Silver Medal for her personal essay/memoir, "The Phoenix."

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.02.2019

2 Westlake students earn spots in state chemistry challenge

Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-grade student Alicia Ge won the Greater Cleveland You Be The Chemist Challenge and will participate in the Ohio State Challenge for a chance to move on to the National Challenge.

Alicia and fellow eighth-grader Yikun Zhou placed first and second, respectively, in the local You Be The Chemist Challenge before moving on to the regional contest. Both qualified to compete at the state level and are students in Daniel Berkheimer's Honors Physical Science class.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.02.2019

A musical pathway to career and travel for National Merit Finalist Amelia Johnson

Bay High senior Amelia Johnson was named National Merit Finalist this month, a prestigious academic achievement awarded to less than one percent of Preliminary SAT test-takers in the U.S. She is hopeful the designation will lead to both acceptance and scholarships to colleges where she’d like to major in music education and performance.

"I feel that my musical training has taught me to work very hard and has taught me discipline," she said. "These skills have definitely helped me succeed in other academic areas."

With two pianos in her home, making music was simply a part of growing up for Amelia. In fact, with four piano players in the family (including parents Lisa and David, and sister Annalise), the girls’ piano teacher provided eight-hand arrangements for the family to perform. She has been reading music and playing piano since the age of 5.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.19.2019

Rotary recognizes 16 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 luncheon on March 4 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

The 16 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.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:11 AM, 03.19.2019

'Stories of Diversity' provides shared experiences of immigrants

During Westlake High School’s recent Diversity Week celebration, the Leadership Challenge club hosted a short film titled “Stories of Diversity.”

The film was directed and shot by WHS senior Rafi Melikian on her cell phone and shares the experiences of immigrant students. She said she wanted to provide these shared experiences for everyone to understand what happens around the world and to appreciate the privilege of being in school.

“We knew that WHS has quite a bit of diversity, in the sense that we have a lot of kids and members of the Westlake community who are immigrants, who lived in places very different from Westlake or even the United States,” said Rafi, who is a facilitator in Leadership Challenge’s Diversity Group. “We wanted to highlight that.

“We thought so many kids go to school with these people who had very different life experiences they didn’t even know about. We got a couple of students and a teacher who are immigrants and asked them to tell us their story.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:06 AM, 03.19.2019

St. Paul Westlake students inducted into National Junior Honor Society

Nine St. Paul Westlake students have been inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.

Congratulations to sixth-graders Taylor Albrecht, Ria Newton, Alexis Eddleman, Dominic Zannoni, J.J. Hughes, Marleigh Lademann and Gabby Hanchuk. Eighth-grade inductees are Rachel Haggard and Calvin Jenkins. 

The National Junior Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:09 AM, 03.19.2019

Bassett Baking Blast

Bassett Elementary School was awarded the Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) Deluxe Event grant! In partnership with ALDI, Bassett Elementary students will shop for baking supplies, assemble a nutritious recipe, and provide samples for all to enjoy. Student chefs and taste-testers are currently submitting their unique recipe's name, an outline of the ingredients by the cost to exercise their financial skills, and description of their ideal "taster (or target audience)" to experience entrepreneurship.

At the event on April 18, all chefs will be awarded their business cards. Prizes will recognize the top chef with awards such as Head Chef, People's Choice, Best Recipe Name, Economic Expert, and Healthiest Creation. Students, parents, school faculty, and community members will contribute to the award selections. 

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:11 AM, 03.19.2019

April 11 open house planned at St. Paul Westlake

The final in a series of four community open houses planned for the 2018-2019 school year at St. Paul Westlake is fast approaching.

Westlake's oldest independent preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K through eight will host the event from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.

Tours of the school will be available, and visitors will also have the chance to meet and talk one-on-one with St. Paul Westlake teachers and staff members.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.19.2019

5 WHS students recognized in eXpressions program

Westlake High School junior Fiona Bihn, an International Baccalaureate Diploma student, earned a Red Ribbon in the Cleveland Clinic eXpressions Language Program this year for her poem, “No One Noticed Me.”

WHS junior Lexie Floyd and senior Lili Busic earned Blue Ribbons, sophomore Macy Sinreich earned a Red Ribbon, and senior Henyah Dardir earned a White Ribbon in the Cleveland Clinic Art eXpressions Program.

The eXpressions program is an interdisciplinary program that engages high school students in the world of scientific research. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, students produce creative interpretations of research conducted by Cleveland Clinic science interns.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.05.2019

Bay High artists take home 15 Scholastic Art Awards

Bay High Schools student artists brought back 15 art awards from the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition held at the Cleveland Institute of Art in January.

A Gold Key award went to senior Lilly Clark for her color pencil drawing “Cooper.” Her work will be entered into the national-level competition held in New York City this spring.

Five Silver Keys went to Bay High senior Kyela Evenhouse (ceramics & glass, “Underwater Urn”); juniors Marie Legeay (digital art, “Obscure Grasp”), Elisa Renerts (digital art, “In the Palm of My Hand”), Nina Uniatowski (photography, “Zach”); and sophomore Bea Jones (photography, “self portrait”).

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:50 AM, 03.05.2019

Westlake has 6 National Merit Finalists

Six students from Westlake High School have been named National Merit Finalists. Seniors Isabella DiGiulio, Claire Brewer, Mihir Shetty, Akhilesh Reddy, Talia Zheng and Meghana Tandon are among 15,000 students to achieve Finalist standing in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 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.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.05.2019

WHS senior named Ohio SADD student of the year

Westlake High School senior Vince Sovacool was named the Ohio SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Student of the Year for his “passion, activities and creativity” in his local chapter, community and school.

In their nomination of Vince, his fellow WHS SADD members and advisor Kathy McGinty called Vince an excellent friend and role model. They said he “embodies the SADD mission in his daily life and has never been shy about incorporating the SADD principles in the activities that are important to him.”

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.19.2019

Bay Schools administrator wins award for science education leadership

Char Shryock, curriculum director for the Bay Village Schools, is known to dive deeply into just about any project or initiative in which she’s involved. Her passion for educating children has her regularly meeting with teachers to select the best learning materials to meet educational standards, to study best practices for teaching and learning, and to formulate measures that quantify what students have learned, as well as where they need to keep trying.

If that sounds like a scientific approach to a field that many consider an art, it is one that comes naturally to this daughter of a science teacher who then grew up to be a science teacher herself. It seems inevitable that she would be recognized as a leading advocate for science education, as she was last month by the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) who presented her with their Administrator Award for Leadership in Science Education.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.19.2019

Bay High School writers win 27 awards at Scholastic Arts & Writing Regional competition

Bay High School students garnered a total of 27 writing awards in the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition held at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Eight Gold Key award-winning works by five of the student writers will be forwarded to the national-level competition held in New York City.

The Gold Keys go to Bay High seniors Megan Huntington (poetry, “Papa Poems”); Cate Kapalczynski (personal essay/memoir and American Voices Nominee, “The Phoenix” and poetry, “Jacket”); Christina Randazzo (poetry, “Generation Z”); junior Elizabeth Holup (poetry, “The Colors of You” and “Unfinished Business” and humor, “What Makes Odd Numbers Odd, Anyway?”); and sophomore Kendall Thomas (short story, “One More Day”). These top award-winning works demonstrate the highest levels of achievement in originality, personal voice and technical skills.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:59 AM, 02.19.2019

Holly Lane PTA to host Big Kid Resale

The Holly Lane Elementary PTA will hold its annual Big Kid Resale event on Saturday, April 13, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.

The sale will feature gently used children's clothing, size 5T to juniors, kids' toys, games, and books, as well as sports, music and computer equipment, furniture and miscellaneous items.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:04 AM, 02.19.2019

Bay Middle School program can prevent derailing of life goals

As any parent can tell you, each child is unique. Different gifts, and different weaknesses, seem inherent in our children even from birth. It is up to adults to teach our youngsters how to make the most of their strengths, but to also recognize and adapt for characteristics that might stand in the way of their success.

At Bay Middle School, Principal Sean McAndrews believes middle schools have a rare opportunity to help students recognize their own tendencies that could get in the way of leading successful lives. He has implemented Preventure, a program that surveys students and identifies particular personality traits that psychologists say make us more susceptible to harmful decisions in key, emotional moments.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:04 AM, 01.22.2019

Bay school board elects new officers, changes committee structure

The Bay Village Board of Education, at its organizational meeting on Jan. 7, elected new officers for 2019: Beth Lally will be president and Lisa Priemer will serve as vice-president. In addition, after months of considering a change to its committee structure, the board is now designating one of its two monthly meetings as a work session. The work session remains a regular, open meeting.

The first regular meeting of the month, generally held the second Monday, will be designated as a work session. Administrators will be scheduled to present updates on various topics like curriculum, facilities, finance and school building programs. It is expected that no board action will be taken at these work sessions unless unavoidable.

The second regular meeting of each month, generally scheduled for the fourth Monday, will have board members consider and vote on the usual business of approving contracts, policies, etc.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:08 AM, 01.22.2019

Bay Village kindergarten information meeting Jan. 31 at Normandy

Bay Village parents and guardians of children who will be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 1, 2019, are invited to attend a Kindergarten Information Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., at Normandy Elementary School, 26920 Normandy Road. The meeting is for adults only due to limited space.

Packets of forms and information required for kindergarten registration, which takes place Feb. 5, 6 and 7, will be distributed. In addition, an overview of Normandy's kindergarten program and kindergarten readiness in general will be presented. Information tables for those with questions regarding daycare, speech therapy, early entrance, transportation and volunteer opportunities will also be available.

More information about Normandy Elementary's kindergarten program is available on the district's website at bayvillageschools.com.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:07 AM, 01.22.2019

St. Paul students celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week

Students at St. Paul Westlake School will celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week Jan. 27-Feb. 2 with a different daily theme and activity.

The students are also collecting donations to cover the cost of a field trip for an orphanage in Haiti as a service project.

“National Lutheran Schools Week allows us to celebrate the excellence in Christian education that Lutheran schools provide our families. Here at St. Paul Westlake we go all out for this celebration with daily themes, guest speakers, devotions, activities, and community builders that enhance the already exemplary education students receive on a daily basis. It is truly a week of celebration,” said St. Paul Westlake Principal Jeremy Louden.

Here is a rundown of activities:

Sunday, Jan. 27

Students will sing “Who You Say I Am,” at both 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. traditional and contemporary church services at St. Paul Westlake Church, 27993 Detroit Road.

An All-School Open House will be held from 1-3 p.m. This event is open to the community. Tours of the school will be given and St. Paul staff and teachers will be on hand to answer questions.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:08 AM, 01.22.2019

Westlake Schools hires coordinator to strengthen bond with alumni

Westlake High School 1992 graduate Megan Ferry Moutoux will assume the newly created role of Alumni Coordinator for the Westlake City School District. Superintendent Dr. Scott Goggin said it’s a goal of the school district to strengthen its bond with alumni.

“Strengthening this bond starts when our students are in our schools,” Dr. Goggin said. “Megan will work to engage our future alumni with our current alumni by acting as a liaison between the Westlake Schools and alumni.”

Moutoux will serve as a liaison between alumni and the Westlake City Schools, be a resource for reunions and alumni events, organize fundraisers to support alumni scholarships, and maintain a database of alumni.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:46 AM, 01.08.2019

Attitude of Gratitude is contagious at Bay Village Schools

Reflecting upon the things one is thankful for is said to increase optimism, joy and happiness.

Staff and students in the Bay Village Schools are finding that gratitude also goes further than benefiting oneself. Gratitude includes expressing appreciation to others, as well as “paying it forward” to spread the kindness around.

Nikki Spriggs, the treasurer at Bay Village Schools, incorporated an Attitude of Gratitude month during November for school staff through the district’s Wellness Committee.

“It is such a positive activity, and I knew our staff members would welcome it,” she said. Employees tracked 30 gratitude acts on a calendar. The acts ranged from thanking a colleague to taking back someone’s shopping cart – many days to contemplate reasons for gratitude, and many days to “pay it forward.”

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 9:56 AM, 12.18.2018

Bay Village students share their favorite traditions

Christmas at the Tree Farm                         
Thunk! That’s the sound of a falling Christmas tree. Every year we go to a tree farm and cut down a Christmas tree. We have gone to a couple of tree farms in Medina and Wellington. We cut down our Christmas tree with a saw. This year we got a white pine. There is a tractor that tows a wagon where people sit. Behind the wagon where the people sit is another wagon that carries the Christmas trees that the people cut down. There is a little shop where you can buy antique Christmas things and snacks. This year when we cut down our Christmas tree, it was 65 degrees outside. You also get free hot chocolate! Doesn't that sound like fun? Riding in a wagon, getting free hot chocolate, and cutting down a Christmas tree! Best Christmas fun ever!
– Caden P.

Our Elves
It’s past Thanksgiving and Christmas is coming. That means ELVES! I think our elves are pretty fun and crazy. Last year we had two elves. One had a white outfit and the other had a red outfit. Last year the red one’s first hiding spot was on the railing in the foyer by the stairs. He also hid where we keep all our special family stuff. Our white elf’s spot was in the music room. One day the white elf hid on the spot no one could get too. He did not come down. He is still there today. This year our two elves are red. The first place one of our elves hid was the box thing that held pencils, pens, markers, and crayons in the kitchen. Then the elf hid in the dining room near the fruit. The other elf hid in the lamp in the living room. The other red elf hid in the tree. It was in the foyer. Then he hid on the chandelier in the foyer. Our Christmas tree fell down. I think it was the elf on the chandelier who caused the tree catastrophe. My elves can be crazy!!
– Thomas H.

Snow is Falling On the Best Family!
Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way! Every year my dad reads the Night before Christmas to my family. Then we watch a movie. It's usually Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer but sometimes we will watch Elf, Frosty the Snowman and more and, of course, we eat popcorn. Then put out 3 cookies for Santa and 8 carrots for the reindeer. We take turns putting out the cookies and the carrots, youngest to oldest – Corinne, me, Isabel, then Jimmy. By now it's pretty late but then we decorate the rest of the tree. On Thanksgiving we decorate with just our red ornaments. We wait until closer to Christmas to finish putting up the decorations. While decorating we listen to Christmas music. My dad is always so bossy about where to put the ornaments, same as my sister Isabel. Then we finally go to sleep except for my sister Corinne and I. She talks to me all night so I have to play a Christmas Story on our iPod and finally she falls asleep. Freedom! That’s my Christmas Eve!
– Emma B.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 10:00 AM, 12.18.2018

Westlake students share their favorite traditions

The Christmas Express
Choo! Choo! Every year my family sets up a Christmas train. We have three trains that we set up by our Christmas tree. Two of them are from the 1940’s and were passed onto my dad from his grandfather. They still work even though they are old! The third train is almost new because we got it two years ago. In the month of December, my dad and I go up to the attic and find the trains. Then, we carry them down the stairs and unpack the boxes. Next, my family sets up the tracks and train cars next to the Christmas tree. Once the tracks are put together, we set the throttle to 100%. We watch the three trains run through the Christmas village. The village lights up and the people move and sing songs for hours! After Christmas we have to pack everything back up. I really enjoy building the train tracks and watching them run!
– Peyton W.

Visiting Family
I always visit my family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in December. On Christmas Eve I visit my mom’s side of the family in Cleveland. We enjoy eating dinner together. Everyone brings a dessert for our dessert table. My mom usually brings brownies every time we go because her brownies are really delicious. After dinner, my brother and I go to my aunt’s room to open gifts. On Christmas Day, my family and I go to my grandmother’s house in Westlake. First, we eat dinner. For dessert, we have chocolate and oranges. They make a good mix! Next, we open our gifts in the living room of our grandma’s house. After opening presents, we play a game where someone tapes a picture of a food on someone’s back. That person has to ask questions to the other people until they figure out what food is taped to their back. It is a really fun game to play. Most of all, I enjoy my family traditions because I get to see my relatives.
– Abigale M.

Baking Christmas Cookies
Every Christmas, my family and I bake delicious sugar cookies. We begin by mixing butter, milk, flour, sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl. This makes the yummy sugar batter! Next, we roll out the dough with a rolling pin and a little flour. We use cute gingerbread and ornament cookie cutters to make the cookie shapes. Next, we put them on a cookie sheet and bake them in the oven. I can smell the delicious sugar cookies throughout the house while they are baking in the oven! When they are finished cooking, we put them on a cooling rack. While they are cooling we make warm hot cocoa with peppermint crumbled on top. Then we enjoy the cookies and hot cocoa around the fireplace. I really enjoy making cookies every year!
– Emily H.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 9:58 AM, 12.18.2018

Dover sixth-graders take novel approach

Dover Intermediate School sixth-grader Luke Melikian typed his 50,000th word in class as part of a novel writing unit in his sixth-grade language arts class.

As part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, Jessica Ranallo’s students were working on their own novels. Luke typed his 50,000th word in front of the class. NaNoWriMo, part of the young Writers Program, encourages K-12 students to write a novel in 30 days. Last year more than 100,000 students and educators from over 9,000 classrooms around the world participated.

This year’s theme was “A Shot of Caffeine for my Creative Life.” Luke's story, "Mr. Allan," is about a man named Allan, a newly discovered reincarnation of Mr. Arnaldus de Villa Nova, and his ongoing pursuit to finally destroy his antagonist, McDonald, who has an incredible headache.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 9:54 AM, 12.18.2018

BHS Robotics Club gears up for high-level competition

Robotics, the technology of designing, constructing and programming robots to do automated tasks, is a growing field. The Bay High School Robotics Club, in its second year, is also growing and aiming to compete with some of the top high school robotics clubs in the area.

“Building robots to solve the challenge of a rigorous competition is just the best learning experience on so many levels,” said Michael Clifford, Bay High science teacher and the club’s advisor. “It is a goal of the school to prepare students for a world of technology, and the FIRST Robotics Competition is as technical as it gets for high school students. Last year was our rookie experience with FIRST Robotics, and we made some mistakes. But we learned a lot that will help us this time around.”

The competition project is to build a robot that will compete in a very complex game. Each year, the game and its objectives are announced during the kick-off in January, at which time every team in the country begins building their robots.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:19 AM, 12.04.2018

Bay Village Schools host 'A View from the Bridge'

It is not often that school districts can get teachers, custodians, administrators, bus drivers, board members, cafeteria workers, tutors, maintenance workers, psychologists and secretaries to meet in one room so that they can all better understand the goals and obstacles faced each day by colleagues in different jobs.

“On a ship, you get the best view of where you’re going, and what’s coming at you, from the ship's bridge," said Steve Farnsworth of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. "That is why this program is called A View from the Bridge. We want to get everyone up there so we can all see the same long view as we plot our course forward.”

The program is a collaboration of state-level school board, administrators and union leaders; it is facilitated by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). Still in its pilot stage, it is designed to help school districts smooth the way toward future contract negotiations by highlighting the unique challenges of the different employee roles, as well as by demonstrating the common beliefs of people who have dedicated their careers to public education.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:30 AM, 11.20.2018

Bay High's Dennis Risch is National Merit Commended Student

Bay High senior Dennis Risch has been named a 2019 National Merit Commended Student.

Risch scored within the top 4 percent of test takers on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, taken in his junior year. The achievement earns a Letter of Commendation in the National Merit Scholarship Program in recognition of his outstanding academic promise.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:30 AM, 11.20.2018

Bay Village Education Foundation awards $10,826 in classroom grants

The Bay Village Education Foundation has awarded $10,826 in nine classroom grants to enrich educational experiences for Bay Village Schools students.

Anne Ashley, Bay High social studies instructor, will use $1,570 to send two students to the National Leadership Conference held at Camp Miniwanca in Shelby, Michigan, through the American Youth Federation.

Bay High English teacher Bea Bishop, principal Jason Martin and library media specialist Melissa Wolf teamed up to win $1,596 for four televisions with Chromecast technology to mount on the school's library walls for student collaborative project work.

Bay High science teacher Michael Clifford will use $1,500 to enter a student team into the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.06.2018