Schools

Hilliard teacher joins European tour with Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Hilliard Elementary School music teacher Samantha Smith recently traveled through Europe with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, visiting four cities – Paris, France; Frankfurt, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; and Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – singing Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, with music played by the Cleveland Orchestra.

Smith was one of only 100 individuals chosen for this honor. She said she was excited for the opportunity to learn more about music in Europe and to sing in some “amazing” venues.

She created a bulletin board outside of her classroom to show the dates of her various locations. As part of the school’s International Baccalaureate program, Smith will share her global experiences with her students.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.26.2013

Administrators present state of Bay schools

Administrators from the Bay Village City School District gave their annual State of the Schools presentation to the Bay Village Kiwanis and members of the community on Oct. 29. Much of the focus this year was on the new statewide standards and the district’s curriculum adaptations, where emphasis is placed on students’ comprehensive understanding of concepts and integration of skills across subjects.

The district has carefully managed the 2012 bond revenue, aiming to extend the life of the levy beyond the traditional three to four years, with three bid packages completed under budget, even with upgrades to the original bids. Necessary infrastructure and technology upgrades have been performed or are nearing completion, with two more rounds in the planning stages. 

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:17 AM, 11.12.2013

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

One day when I arrived at school, I noticed a giant pumpkin and lots of kids crowded around it. I was curious and I wanted to find out what was going on. 

There was a sign that said Mr. Tony Anselmo had brought in a really big pumpkin and he wanted the kids to guess its weight. Each guess cost twenty-five cents and the money went to UNICEF. The person who guessed the weight would win a gift certificate to Dave and Buster's.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:15 AM, 11.12.2013

Student Spotlight: Bay High's Claire Mercer

Featuring some of our communities' great high school students.

Bay High junior Claire Mercer agreed to embark upon a significant challenge when she was elected Ohio Key Club’s Division 14 Lieutenant Governor for this school year.

“I’ll be visiting nine Key Club schools in our division this year,” Claire said. “My job is to encourage all of them to be active Key Clubs and to keep them informed of events going on with local and state Kiwanis and Key Club organizations.”

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:10 AM, 11.12.2013

St. Edward soccer team takes district title

The St. Edward Eagles soccer team clinched the district championship title for the second year in a row by defeating the St. Ignatius Wildcats on Oct. 26. The intense game between the crosstown rivals, played in the cold and rain, went through two overtime periods and to a penalty shoot out. 

The game was tied 1-1 before going into overtime. Penalty kicks for the Eagles were scored by Braden Davies (Westlake), Patrick Darby (Strongsville) and Timmy Jonas (Fairview Park). St. Ed’s goalie Nate Brown (LaGrange) came up with 3 big PK saves for the winning team.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:19 AM, 11.12.2013

Westlake's Keenan named Ohio superintendent of the year

Westlake City School District Superintendent Dr. Daniel J. Keenan Jr. was selected as the Ohio Superintendent of the Year for 2014 through the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.

Dr. Keenan was nominated for the award by Board of Education President Thomas Mays and Vice President Carol Winter.

“He has done exactly what we knew he would do when we hired him,” Mays said of Keenan. “He has always been available, always present and always willing to take into consideration the concerns and suggestions of the community. There are 600-plus school districts in Ohio that would be lucky to have him leading their students’ education.”

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.29.2013

Bay High Key Club adds 42 new members

Forty-two students officially joined the Bay High Key Club during an initiation ceremony held at Bay High School on Oct. 24. The new members increased the total number of Bay students participating in the program to 82. The international club, founded by the Kiwanis in 1925, provides leadership and service opportunities for youth through the Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:36 AM, 10.29.2013

Westerly Safety Patrol celebrates Bus Safety Week

Westerly School in Bay Village celebrated National Bus Safety Week by honoring our bus drivers. The patrol members made posters which they held up every morning as the buses arrived at school. After the students unloaded, patrol members treated the bus drivers with a cookie or muffin.

Did you know that Bay Village has 15 buses, two vans, 10 regular drivers and one mechanic? The bus drivers drive over 537 miles per day in the buses and 141 miles per day in the vans. Over 835 students are transported daily.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.29.2013

WHS has 11 National Merit Commended scholars

Eleven Westlake High School students were named 2014 National Merit Commended students in the National Merit Program.

Anna Aylward, Anna Boor, Robert Hoon, Evelyn Kennedy, Hon Kwok, Kelly Laraway, Austin Moran, Eleni Packis, Thome Reusser, Taylor Salamone and Kristen Vellinga are among the 34,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT who are recognized for their outstanding academic promise.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.29.2013

FEATURED STUDENT: Laura McDiarmid

Featuring some of our communities' great students.

In 2009, Laura McDiarmid lost her friend, Emily Lewis, to pediatric cancer.

When Laura saw friends and family helping the Lewis family with the annual Emily’s Rainbow Run and Family Walk, which supports pediatric cancer research at University Hospital Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, she decided she wanted to help out, too.

She started by selling Rainbow Friendship bracelets that she and several friends made at the annual race. One year she also had help from a Westlake Girl Scout troop. Laura also is on the organizing committee for Emily’s Rainbow Run, where she helps with publicity and encourages student involvement through the Westlake Schools.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.29.2013

Area culinary students serving up lunch at Ranger Cafe

Make your reservation and have lunch at the Ranger Café @ West Shore. Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Ranger Café will be open for lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. The culinary students of the West Shore Career-Tech District are excited to show the public what they are learning every day in the professional kitchen and restaurant of the Ranger Café.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:28 AM, 10.29.2013

Bay Education Foundation's annual '10 Campaign' begins

In kicking off the Bay Village Education Foundation's “10 Campaign,” the foundation is asking for the community’s help in a small way in inspiring meaningful and authentic learning experiences for their students in all of the buildings for years to come. The BVEF is an independent, non-profit volunteer organization that funds educational projects by contributions, sponsorships and donations from various members of the community and area organizations to award monies to educators across the district to enhance student learning in the classroom.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.15.2013

FEATURED STUDENT: Alyse Arko

Featuring some of our communities' great high school students.

Bay High senior Alyse Arko has been a dedicated runner since seventh grade, and it is obvious she has a penchant for running toward many positive and constructive opportunities in her life.

She serves as Bay High’s Class of 2014 Secretary, as well as Secretary for the school’s National Honor Society. She is a co-president for Bay High’s Team Africa (promoting social justice throughout the globe) and serves on her school’s yearbook staff and as a role model for elementary students through Bay High’s HUDDLE club.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.15.2013

Bay Village Schools offer preview of new computer-based state tests

New online state tests for K-12 students are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015, but anyone who wants a preview of what they will be like can try the Bay Village Schools Superintendent’s Common Core Challenge between now and Dec. 15 by logging onto the webpage at www.bayvillageschools.com/Challenge.

“We started this with our own staff members,” said Superintendent Clint Keener. “The feedback has been awesome. The questions really get folks thinking about how students will respond to these questions.”

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.15.2013

Westshore Young Leaders to host 'Terror Night' fundraiser on Oct. 17

Here's your chance gather up your friends to experience one of the highest-rated "haunted" attractions in the country, ranked in the top 13 of 2012 by Hauntworld.com.

Westshore Young Leaders, representing students from schools in Bay Village, Fairview, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake, will host "Terror Night @ Spooky Ranch" on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. as their kick-off fundraising event this year. The event takes place at Rockin'-R-Ranch, 19066 East River Road (S.R. 252) in Columbia Station.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.15.2013

USDA notice for Parkside Preschool and Day Care Center

The Parkside Preschool and Day Care Center announces sponsorship of the USDA funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals are available to all enrolled participants without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and will be served at no separate charge §226.23(d). The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint for or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The following sites will be participating: 23600 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, OH 44145.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 5:25 PM, 09.27.2013

Westlake unveils new high school

On Sept. 21, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the new Westlake High School, giving parents and the public a chance to tour the facility.
Westlake High School principal Timothy Freeman opened his remarks in the gym of the new high school by referencing the gym’s location on the site of the old high school parking lot.

“We are actually sitting on top of countless parking spaces that students and teachers occupied just less than three years ago. It’s a pretty powerful feeling,” said Freeman. “For me, I try to get in touch with the hope, the planning, the optimism, the energy and the joy that the spots we’re standing on right now offered to people. I think some of that energy stays behind, and right now it exists in the foundations of this new building. … I spent countless mornings looking out  the windows of the PAC [Performing Arts Center] watching the parking lot being disassembled and turned into this beautiful facility that you’re going to see. It’s a pretty cool moment to reflect on.”

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.01.2013

Bay Village BOE members discuss school topics in new video interview series

The Bay Village City School District is producing an online series of video interviews in which Board of Education members discuss school district challenges and the rationale behind important decisions. The series can be found at www.bayvillageschools.com/interviews.

The interviews, each about 15 minutes long, address a variety of important topics in education. Superintendent Clint Keener hosts the interview programs, which often include a Bay High student guest for the important student perspective.

Two videos have been completed and are posted online. School board member Dr. Bob Piccirilli and Bay High senior Alyse Arko discuss technology in the schools. In a second video, board member Dr. Gayatry Jacob-Mosier and her daughter, Bay High junior Jessica Mosier, discuss student activities and why they are important to Bay Village students, families and to the entire community.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:35 AM, 10.01.2013

WHS has 8 National Merit Semifinalists

Eight Westlake High School students were named 2014 National Merit Semifinalists in the National Merit Program.

Semifinalists Deepak Kumar, Apshara Ravichandran, Krish Shah, Sameena Khan, Jacob Wise, Paavani Reddy, Ethan Fitz and Michelle Adamczyk will move on to compete for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million.

They are among 1.5 million students from 22,000 high schools across the country who took the PSAT in their junior year. Less than 1 percent of high school seniors make it to the semifinal round. About 15,000 students are expected to move on to become National Merit Finalists, which should be announced in February.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:29 AM, 10.01.2013

Bay High announces 3 National Merit Commended Students

Bay High seniors Elizabeth Auckley, Meghan Farthing and Edward Hughes were named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Elizabeth Auckley plans to follow a pre-medical academic track at The Ohio State University next year. Meghan Farthing is planning to study biology and may attend the College of Wooster. Edward Hughes will major in chemical engineering and is hoping to enroll at Cornell University.

Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students based on their Preliminary SAT scores. The PSAT tests are taken in the students' junior year.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:35 AM, 10.01.2013

FEATURED STUDENT: Paige Bowman

Featuring some of our communities' great students.

Paige Bowman leaves a lasting impression on everyone she meets.

The Parkside Intermediate School sixth-grader in Westlake is described as an absolute pleasure to be around and someone who takes the Parkside Peacemaker mantra to heart.

At Parkside, students are recognized and rewarded in a variety of ways for displaying appropriate behavior, achievement and organizational behaviors. Panther Paw tickets are handed out school-wide to recognize appropriate behavior. Each quarter, students who display behavior that exemplify the Parkside virtues paint that panther paw onto a column in the cafeteria. During third quarter each classroom selects one of its members to be named a Parkside Peacemaker to exemplifying the virtue of tolerance and the value of diversity.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:28 AM, 10.01.2013

Westlake students retire flag

On Sept. 24, Mayor Dennis Clough joined the kindergarten children and staff of Westshore Montessori School in the first U.S. flag retirement ceremony at the school. The mayor was assisted by Patrolmen M. Arcuri and T. Doerr of the Westlake Police Department and Lieutenant Craig Dayton of the Westlake Fire Department.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:27 AM, 10.01.2013

Pinwheels for peace

Westlake's elementary schools “planted” pinwheels on their front lawns in celebration of International Day of Peace 2013 on Sept. 21. Pinwheels are labeled with students’ names and were created in art classes. The pinwheels are meant to create a visual public statement about peace.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.01.2013

A day of robotics just for girls

A recent robotics event at Magnificat High School on Sept. 21 proved that LEGOs and robots aren’t just for boys anymore! 

About 75 girls in grades 5-8 from public and private schools throughout Northeast Ohio came together for Magnifibot 2.0, a LEGO Robotics Day just for girls put on by Magnificat High School and Great Lakes Science Center. This is the second year that the two institutions have partnered for this event.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:42 AM, 10.01.2013

Area adults welcome to hear former DEA Special Agent Bob Stutman

Bob Stutman, a former Special Agent of 25 years with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will speak at Bay High School Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

All area adults ages 18 or older will find this a compelling presentation about the complexities of the drug problems in America.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:18 AM, 09.17.2013

Westlake levy information nights scheduled

The Citizens for Westlake Schools will host two Levy Information Nights to inform the community about facts regarding the Westlake City Schools’ 5.4-mill operating levy – Issue 88 – on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Levy Information Nights will be held at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, from 7 to 8 p.m. on:

  • Monday, Sept. 23, in the Porter Room
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Porter Room
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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.17.2013

Tour De Bay raises funds, unites generations

The popular community event, Tour De Bay, wrapped up on Sept. 2, having raised more than $1,900 for the Bay Village Education Foundation. BVEF would like to thank Tour organizers Anna Norcross, Melissa Alten and Emmie Gillette for the generous donation.

Of the roughly 150 families and individuals who participated in the Tour, which involved walking, biking or running every street in Bay over the course of the summer, three Bay residents made it a family affair. Mrs. Barbara Woodburn, fourth-grade teacher at Westerly, and her daughter Diane Poretsky, first-grade teacher at Normandy, completed the Tour together with the help of Mrs. Woodburn’s granddaughter, Alexa Pohlkamp. Alexa, an eighth-grader at BMS, did not run or bike with her aunt and grandmother, but she used her birthday money to buy a bike for Mrs. Woodburn to use on the Tour!

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.17.2013

FEATURED STUDENT: Aubrey Theobald

Featuring some of our communities' great high school students.

Bay High senior Aubrey Theobald is making her community a more beautiful and serene place using both her musical and artistic talents.

A cello player with the Bay High Honors quartet, Aubrey’s classical music performances frequently add an elegant touch to local ceremonies and events. Her considerable skill with her instrument earned her a spot on the Ohio Music Educators Association Regional Orchestra, and she is an alternate for the group’s State Orchestra. Aubrey also teaches cello in private lessons, and she performs with the Bay High Orchestra and Pit Orchestra. She also sings with the school's A Cappella Choir.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:26 AM, 09.17.2013

Boosters' membership drive strikes a chord with community

Bay Music Boosters Door-to-Door Membership Drive was held on Thursday, Aug. 15. More than 160 students participated from the band, orchestra and Rockettes.

This year, the non-profit organization’s name changed from Bay Band Boosters to Bay Music Boosters to incorporate all areas of the music program in Bay Village, including the choral program. This involves over 950 students in the Bay school system. Since 2003, Bay Village has been named as one of the “Best 100 Music Communities in America” – a huge honor and accomplishment!

This year’s membership drive was very successful and we wanted to express our sincere appreciation to everyone in the community who supported this important program. The door-to-door membership drive is the music program’s major fundraiser and we are happy to report that to date we have raised in excess of $18,000.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:36 AM, 09.17.2013

Support Westlake schools with 'box tops'

Westlake residents can support their schools by saving "Box Tops for Education," found on everything from Ziploc bags to Betty Crocker mixes, breakfast cereals, granola bars, Yoplait yogurt and Kleenex boxes. Westlake residents and others can drop off "Box Tops for Education" at the Westlake Community Center front desk (and you can mention my name if you do!). I feel this is a great way to support our Westlake schools.

The Westlake Community Center is located at 29694 Center Ridge Road. Box Tops for Education go directly to the PTA for Westlake Schools.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:14 AM, 09.17.2013

Bay Middle School students give extreme makeovers to school lockers

Bay Middle School students had an opportunity to stock, organize and decorate the interiors of their lockers before the start of school on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Principal Sean McAndrews said students get two full days prior to the start of school to come in and try out their locker combinations and set up a personal space that would put many home closets to shame.

"We have found, especially with fifth-graders, that the biggest fear about school is getting their lockers open, closed and getting out their books," said McAndrews. "So we have a fifth-grade orientation where our eighth-grade students teach fifth-graders how to use their locker combinations."

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:56 AM, 08.20.2013

Chamber welcomes new teachers to Bay, Westlake schools

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce welcomed 30 new educators and school staff members to Westlake and Bay Village in the annual New Teachers Luncheon held Aug. 13 at the Westlake Holiday Inn.

While State Rep. Nan Baker was the featured speaker, discussing the education and business initiatives in the Ohio House, the new teachers were the guests of honor.

They introduced themselves to rounds of applause (and several chants of “OH-IO” for the Ohio State grads) and were given swag bags of items donated by local businesses.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:22 AM, 08.20.2013

Westlake places levy on November ballot

At its July 30 meeting, the Westlake Board of Education approved placing a 5.4-mill operating levy on the Nov. 5 ballot. In May, a 5.9-mill levy failed by just 44 votes. After the narrow defeat the district opted not to seek an August ballot, but made about $1 million in cuts and sought community feedback about how best to proceed.

The district already made tough decisions. The district cut $5 million over the past three years – or 10 percent of its budget. This year, cuts included eliminating 19 positions and further reducing transportation services – no one living within one mile of their home school will receive transportation services in the coming school year.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:57 AM, 08.20.2013

Bay High has 71 AP Scholars

Seventy-one Bay High students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) Exams.

Bay High offers 16 Advanced Placement courses, giving its students the opportunity to take rigorous, college-level courses earning possible college credit, advanced placement, or both, for successful performance on the AP Exams. Scores of 3 are considered passing scores. Most colleges and universities offer credit, advanced placement and/or consideration in the admission process for qualifying AP Exam scores. At Bay High, 82.8 percent of students taking AP exams passed with a score of 3 or higher.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:57 AM, 08.20.2013

Westlake Schools treasurer earns national reporting award

Westlake City Schools CFO/Treasurer Mark C. Pepera and his staff earned the district its 20th consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

This national award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The award for the district’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) represents a significant accomplishment by a government agency and its management.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:56 AM, 08.20.2013

WHS named IB candidate school

Westlake High School was recently recognized as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. WHS is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools worldwide that share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education with a focus on rigor and inquiry that Westlake believes is important for its students.

WHS will work through the candidacy phase through Fall 2015, to establish a Diploma Programme for juniors and seniors. Students will have the opportunity to graduate with an IB Diploma Certificate. 

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:55 AM, 08.20.2013

A new school for Westlake

Ribbon-cutting ceremony opens new Lee Burneson Middle School

The late Lee Burneson would be proud of the new Westlake middle school dedicated in his honor at a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour held on July 30. He probably would also be amazed at the growth of the school system that he served for 42 years.

Burneson’s educational responsibilities were also quite different from today’s teachers. Sara Burneson, Lee’s daughter-in-law, was a featured speaker during the ceremony and spoke of  Burneson’s duties when he started his educational career in 1921 as principal of the Dover Village High School. At that time, Sara said, the school – which was later known as the Red Brick School House – had only 343 students in grades 1 through 12.

When Lee Burneson started out, he taught history, algebra, geometry, general science, bookkeeping and accounting. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he also coached football, basketball, baseball and track. Burneson became superintendent in 1924 and continued to serve the school system until his retirement in 1963. His contributions to the development of the educational system in Westlake were so profound that the city named its junior high school in his honor when it was dedicated in 1961. A display case in the newly built Lee Burneson Middle School building, located just south of the old school, is filled with memorabilia from his tenure in Westlake.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:19 AM, 08.06.2013

Last thoughts as a foreign journalist

While living in Stellenbosch, South Africa, as a foreign journalist, I discovered that it is a lot different from Bay Village. The road I live on always had cars going down the street, and we walk everywhere. We walk to the grocery store, the ice cream shop, restaurants, and other shops. In Bay Village, we drive most places. There are people begging for food or money on every street we walk on. Some people come to our door asking for food. Security guards with guns stand outside grocery stores and banks. You don’t see that in Bay Village.

I’ve learned many people live in communities of shacks called informal settlements. In these settlements, there may be only one toilet and one shower for four shacks. The toilets are like port-a-potties. Some people who live in these settlements only use their money for basic needs and some don’t even have enough money for that. They cannot afford to buy things they want like new toys, new clothes, school supplies, candy or anything extra.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:29 AM, 08.06.2013

Why I'm glad I lived in South Africa (and still glad I'm coming home)

Top Reasons I’m Glad I Lived in South Africa:

1) Djembe drum lessons were so much fun!

2) I got to see the white lion and a leopard in the wild and that’s rare and exciting!

3) It was fun hiking in the mountains and finding porcupine quills.

4) I liked watching the baboons in the wild. They are smart like humans because they can open up doors and windows. 

Top Reasons Living in South Africa was Hard:

1) Summers are hot and houses don’t have air-conditioning.

2) Winters are cold and houses don’t have heat.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:29 AM, 08.06.2013

The good and the bad about South Africa

I’ve learned lots and lots of things in South Africa. I learned that mountains aren’t pointy and just rocky but sometimes flat, curvy and has fynbos. I also thought snow was always on the top of mountains but apparently the snow has to fall on them and that doesn’t happen that much in South Africa.

I learned that Native Americans aren’t the only people who lived in the wild because Bushmen did too. They both used the land and the animals to survive

I learned that living in a city like Stellenbosch is noisier than Bay Village. Cars constantly pass us and the high school students across the street have so many noisy events.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:29 AM, 08.06.2013