A preschooler's list of memories of South Africa and Bay Village

Dictated by Adrian Ray, age 4, to his mom, Kim

What will you remember about South Africa?

1) I like playing Bushmen in my garden. I made tools out of sticks and other stuff.

2) My favorite animals are monkeys, baboons and cheetahs.

3) I loved all the monkeys at Monkey Town. I liked feeding and playing with the monkeys.

4) I loved going on hikes at Cape Pointe.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:28 AM, 08.06.2013

Bay Music Boosters coming soon to your door

Bay Music Boosters will hold their annual Door-to-Door Membership Drive on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Bay  High School students who are in the Marching Band, Orchestra and Rockettes will be going door to door asking Bay Village residents to support them through purchasing a membership or by making any monetary donation. All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible.

Last year's funding was used to purchase uniforms, racks and boxes for the Marching Band hats and Hooplas for the Rockettes. Food for the Marching Band and Rockettes was provided at home games by the Boosters. They also provided funds for contest fees, instrument repairs and purchases, instrumental technician fees for the various programs and they also awarded College and Summer Camp Scholarships to select participating students.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.06.2013

Waiver days change Westlake school schedule

As part of the State of Ohio's initiative to encourage best practices and innovative programming, school districts working on new teaching and testing standards, as well as school safety practices, were able to apply for waiver days for the upcoming school year to provide additional time to train staff. As part of the Westlake City School District’s commitment to excellence, district administrators created a district-wide plan for staff development that focuses on targeted initiatives and areas of improvement in each building. To implement that plan, the district requested and just received approval for three waiver days, which will slightly change the upcoming school calendar.

The waiver days are: Sept. 3, 2013; Jan. 6, 2014; and Feb. 14, 2014. On these three days, school will not be in session so staff members can participate in professional development to identify and explore ways in which curriculum, assessment and programming can be appropriately blended while meeting the needs of all students. The district will share training, collaboration strategies and instructional strategies across grade levels and disciplines.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:21 AM, 08.06.2013

Westlake High welcomes new assistant principal

David J. Schindler, a building coordinator with Positive Education Program (PEP) Ireland in Cleveland, a specialized school for students with special needs, was named the new Westlake High School assistant principal.

At PEP, Schindler was a peer coach, providing internal professional development training for the agency. He helped to establish and run a program for community-based service learning projects for students and was the point liaison for the agency with resource groups in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland.

Schindler also is an adjunct faculty member at Cleveland State University in the Teacher Education/Special Education Department, and was part of the PEP Curriculum and Program Development Team and a Therapy Crisis Intervention agency trainer.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.06.2013

Bay educator Robert Kitzerow recognized by Bay High Class of 1960

On Saturday, July 6, the walkway on the south side of Bay Middle School was dedicated “Robert Kitzerow Way.” The dedication was attended by Mr. Kitzerow’s daughters, Jackie and Leslie, and two grandsons, Joey and Josh Hoelscher. 

Mr. Kitzerow, fondly known as “Kitz,” taught mathematics, sociology, algebra, and trigonometry at Bay High School. He was also a popular varsity track and football coach. When he retired from the Bay Village City School District in 1979, Mr. Kitzerow was the well-respected principal of Bay Middle School.

Bay High graduate Denny White, who led the dedication, was inspired by Buzz Van Almen, his classmate and close friend of Mr. Kitzerow, to solicit his class of 1960 to sponsor the creation of signage for the walkway to commemorate the popular Bay Village educator. He also presented the request for approval of the project to the Bay Village Board of Education.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:53 AM, 07.23.2013

Save the rhinos!

Did you know poachers are illegally killing rhinos for their horns, at the rate of one approximately every 11 hours according to National Geographic? People from Asia are buying the horns on the black market because they believe the horns have healing powers against diseases like cancer. But that is medically not true.

Did you know that the last known rhino living in Mozambique died in April 2013? The rhino is now extinct in that country because poachers have killed them off.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:44 AM, 07.23.2013

WHS Shakespeare Club stages groundbreaking production

On May 18, the student-directed show of "Macbeth" adopted all of the key elements and maintained the integrity of Shakespeare's piece while abridging it for high school actors and audiences.

A groundbreaking precedent in the school, the show was the first Shakespeare full stage production ever done by the Shakespeare Club, which is entirely separate of the school’s drama club.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:43 AM, 07.23.2013

Bay Village Schools is the site of new Braille Production Center

The Bay Village City School District has been selected as a site for converting digital text to braille learning materials for local, visually-impaired students. 

Students and districts in our area will benefit from The Incidental Braille Production Center equipment as a result of the Bay Village district receiving the BEST Grant (Braille Excellence for Students and Teachers, a United States Department of Education grant). The production center will allow districts to produce learning materials in braille much more efficiently and at less cost. Area braillists have been training on the equipment over the summer.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:55 AM, 07.23.2013

BVEF Spotlight Series: Discovery Learning Area at BHS

In November 2012, the Bay Village Education Foundation awarded grants to several innovative educators in the district. BHS physics teacher Ann Mowery, science teacher Eryn Sutterlin and Director of Curriculum Char Shryock received $3,200 toward the creation of a Discovery Learning Area at Bay High. This outdoor learning environment will be constructed east of the retention pond, and accessible to all BHS students as classes will be able to make use of the space throughout the school day.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:47 AM, 07.23.2013

Bay second-grader wins at National Braille Challenge

Jennifer Kasunick, recently a second-grader at Bay Village's Normandy Elementary School, has been selected as one of the top Braille readers in the entire country. She placed second in her age group (the Apprentice level) in the 2013 National Braille Challenge Finals held in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 21 and 22.

Jennifer qualified for the honor by first scoring at a high level in a preliminary contest, proctored for her individually at her school by her Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Helen Zdrojewski. Jennifer was one of only 60 finalists out of more than 1,000 contestants from 39 states and Canada. She was required to take a test in Braille that required spelling, reading and writing to demonstrate reading comprehension.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.09.2013

Bay High students exhibit art, win recognition at Congressional District art exhibition

Three Bay High students had their art recognized at the Ninth Congressional District Invitational Art Exhibition, hosted in Toledo this spring by The Arts Commission and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

Sophomore Masie Kuh won second place out of 52 works of student art for her self-portrait "Winter Kiss," sophomore Payton Lake received the award of honorable mention for her work titled "Parker," and junior Kloe Reddy won the Valko and Associates award for "Biggie." The students' art instructor is Cherie Bauer.

Artworks are selected to receive awards by a jury composed of art educators, local artists, and representatives from institutions sponsoring awards.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.09.2013

Westlake hires new technology director

Pete Zagray, the PC manager for Canton City Schools, will join the Westlake City Schools as its new director of technology for the 2013-2014 school year.

As PC manager, Zagray provides leadership for the technology department by developing and implementing district technology plans, managing PC repairs, troubleshooting and serving as district webmaster. He provides direct technical support for multiple software applications and classroom initiatives. He also conducted a statewide “bring your own device” survey to collect data for implementation and was recognized for saving the district $25,000 through an energy efficiency project.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:45 AM, 07.09.2013

Westlake hires new assistant HS principal

Ned Lauver, an associate principal at Edgewood Middle School in Wooster, will start the 2013-2014 school year as Westlake High School’s new assistant principal.

At Edgewood, Lauver assisted with a major facilities reorganization project, implemented a middle school truancy intervention program and created a comprehensive attendance data tracking and intervention program at the middle school. He also was instrumental in a partnership with the College of Wooster volunteer network to create two new volunteer programs at the middle school – one for mentoring, tutoring and enrichment, and the other a weekend mentoring program for at-risk youth.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:26 AM, 06.25.2013

Dr. McGlamery retires after serving 47 years in education

The driving motivation behind Dr. Jim McGlamery’s work in education remains the same today as when he left the U.S. Air Force as a young man to enter the field of teaching in 1965.

“I want to make a difference in the lives of children,” he says. “It’s like a calling. Teaching is one of those things where you deal in the nature of all things human, the good and the bad. Children live through all those problems and opportunities, and if you provide them with a strong foundation, they can address it all and move forward with a positive, constructive approach to life.”

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:32 AM, 06.25.2013

Monkey Trouble

Have you ever found yourself in a situation with some monkey trouble? I recently did, but in my case it was baboon trouble.

We were on our second trip to Cape Point Nature Reserve in South Africa. The Reserve has many animals, including Chacma baboons, which are protected but sometimes cause problems. As we were driving, a troupe of baboons popped out behind some fynbos (bushes) and out onto the road in front of our car. One of the younger baboons sat in the road and started grooming himself while the others continued to cross the road. My mom had to stop the car and wait for the younger baboon to move.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:31 AM, 06.25.2013

BVEF Spotlight Series: BHS PAL program advisor Rick Manderine

In November 2012, the Bay Village Education Foundation awarded grants to several innovative educators in the district. Bay High special education teacher Richard Manderine received $400 in support of the PAL (Pupil Assistance in Learning) Program that he’s advised at BHS for the past four years.

The groundbreaking PAL program pairs students with special needs with peer mentors for social outings and interaction, benefiting everyone involved. During the 2012-2013 school year, 36 student mentors (upperclassmen who must apply for this position and be accepted) were paired with 12 multi-disabled students. Each mentor spent four hours a month with their PAL, giving the mutli-disabled child 12 hours of monthly activities with peers, excluding their large group activities and daily interactions at BHS. A group of 22 student “floaters” (freshmen and sophomore students who will eventually be mentors) has also been developed, who can provide assistance where needed in the program.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:28 AM, 06.25.2013

Six Bay High graduates opt for military study or service

Six young men in Bay High School’s Class of 2013 will enter a military academy or will go directly into the armed forces.

Ryan Grimm will enter The United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Ryan received a full scholarship and will be one of 1,200 new cadets selected from a pool of 16,000 applicants.

Ben Nortz will be entering the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Ben also received a full scholarship and will be one of 1,211 new cadets who make up the USNA's Class of 2017.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:46 AM, 06.11.2013

Westlake Schools seek community feedback

The Westlake City Schools strive to "educate for excellence." The district believes in empowering all students to achieve their educational goals, to direct their lives, and to contribute to society.

Westlake City Schools is seeking community input about its current fiscal situation and the recent levy failure.

We are asking community members to take a few minutes to complete a survey to provide us open and honest feedback. The survey is completely confidential and administered by a third party. The Westlake Schools will receive a summary report of all survey input.

Access the survey at

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:42 AM, 06.11.2013

Unique fund allows real investment experience for Bay students

In 2006, the Bay Village Education Foundation, in cooperation with Joseph H. Thompson Foundation trustees, created a separate Joseph H. Thompson Award fund that gives participating Bay students a very unique, hands-on experience investing in the stock market with real money.

Every year following its inception, Mrs. Gina Tianello, enrichment resource teacher at Bay Middle School, and her seventh-grade Sail students pair up with BHS financial instructor Matthew Thornsberry’s business classes to research investment opportunities for the fund. The students meet for ten weeks and review the current portfolio while looking for new investment opportunities. They vote as a group on the final recommendations to be presented to BVEF trustees at their annual May board meeting.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:41 AM, 06.11.2013

Aqua Girls compete in Destination Imagination finals

My mom and I traveled 33 hours to join the Aqua Girls in Knoxville, Tenn., for the Global Finals of the Destination Imagination competition May 22-25. It was a long trip, but I had a blast with the Aqua Girls! After four months of FaceTiming on our computers, it was a dream come true for me to be able to revisit the University of Tennessee, experience Global Finals, and compete with my team. (Thank you, Mom and Dad!)

It was amazing to see all the teams from 42 states and 14 countries under the bright lights at the Opening Ceremony in UT's basketball arena. There were nearly 1,300 teams! 

We spent some time rehearsing our show because I was added to the show. I was nervous about fitting into it. Thanks to my teammates, I had no problem.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:45 AM, 06.11.2013

Bay High Key Club dominates convention with awards sweep

The 61-student Bay High School Key Club earned five first-place awards in the recent statewide Key Club competition. They also won three first-place and four second-place trophies at the convention, and Bay student Kristen Zeuch's T-shirt design and pin artwork became the convention’s shirt, logo and pin.

First-place trophies went to Lizzie Rudge and Nicole Hoover (video production contest); Schyler Bennett and Tori Hamilton (K Family Service blankets); and Ryan Grimm (major emphasis: maternal and neonatal tetanus).

Second-place trophies were awarded to Claire Mercer (non-traditional scrapbook); Isabel Alvarado (poster contest); and Ameera Venkatarama (chili cook-off).

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:43 AM, 06.11.2013

Bay students pedal 28,257 miles during record-setting bike challenge

Bay Middle School's front fence packed with bicycles was only one sign of the huge success and impact of the sixth anual Bay Bike to School Challenge. This year, the program set new records, attracted national and international attention, and is helping to transform Bay Village into a bicycling hub.

While the kids won prizes for biking and had fun riding, they also racked up some serious numbers. From May 6 through May 24, Bay middle and high school students:

  • Biked 28,257 miles – the equivalent of biking around the circumference of the Earth and then some;
  • Took 9,783 round-trip bicycle rides to school;
  • Burned 480,369 calories – or 3,431 cans of Coke;
  • Prevented 31,083 pounds of heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions from entering the environment;
  • Saved their parents $4,964.78 on gasoline, based on the current Ohio average gas price of $3.76/gallon.

Since Bay Bike to School Challenge began in 2008, Bay students have biked 157,733 miles and saved an estimated 173,506 pounds of CO2 emissions.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:46 AM, 05.29.2013

Witnessing litter's harmful effects on nature

One day, my family and I were driving near our house in South Africa when we saw someone do something that made me FURIOUS. We saw someone throw trash out of his car window! I could not believe it! I have never seen anyone do that before. Litter is so harmful to the environment, and I cannot imagine why someone would want to hurt the environment.

South Africa is a beautiful country and it is shocking how much litter I see everywhere I go. Even at Cape Point, part of a national park, there was litter on their beaches, including an amazing beach that is hardly used by anyone. You would think at a national park, there wouldn’t be any litter especially when they have trash and recycle containers everywhere.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 05.29.2013

BVEF SPOTLIGHT SERIES: Bay Vocabulary Initiative, Part 2

As a continuation of last edition’s BVEF Spotlight, Bay Village Schools Director of Curriculum and Instruction Char Shryock shared the following regarding the Bay Vocabulary Initiative:

Through the funding provided by the Bay Village Education Foundation, the Bay Vocabulary Team was able to target the families of incoming third-graders, helping them to see the importance of building a broad vocabulary base for their students. With the new Third Grade Reading Guarantee legislation, all of our third-graders need to be reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.29.2013

Parkside students are taking cancer fight to the streets

"Lots In One," a Westlake Relay For Life team comprised of fifth- and sixth-graders from Parkside Intermediate School, is working hard to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The group of 11- and 12-year-olds will walk in Westlake’s Memorial Day Parade on May 27, hold a major fundraiser on June 1 and participate in Westlake’s Relay For Life event on July 13 at the Westlake Recreation Center.

The Lots In One kids have set a big goal for themselves, a whopping $5,000. They’re hoping that funds from the sale, participation at the Relay event in July, and direct donations to their team’s Relay web page will help them meet this challenge. In addition, the group creates and sells hand-made items, such as friendship bracelets and duct tape crafts to fellow students and others in the community.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:17 AM, 05.14.2013

Bay High after-prom event a rockin' good time

Bay High School seniors were treated to a “rockin” good time on Saturday, May 11, after they attended their prom downtown at the Cleveland Browns' FirstEnergy Stadium. The senior parents hosted the 2013 After Prom event at Bay Middle School. This year’s theme was “We Will Rock You” and featured everything rock 'n' roll inspired.

The night of fun featured everything from a rock band to a gymnasium full of inflatables to a country-theme mechanical bull to a Latin salsa-inspired outdoor cantina. Each area included food, music and elaborate decorations to fit the theme. After jumping for hours on the inflatables and getting tossed around by the mechanical bull, the seniors could chill in the VIP room and listen to their friends sing karaoke while they relaxed on the leopard-print chairs and overstuffed couches. Or they could visit the VIP candy bar, dessert bar and the iced coffee bar and then head over to Santana’s Cantina, complete with an outdoor tent decorated with cantina lights and blankets to ward off the cold.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:10 AM, 05.14.2013

Demon netters carry on tradition

Tennis icon and 2012 state champion Colton Buffington has moved on but the 2013 Westlake Demons men's tennis team worked hard in the off-season and has returned with plenty of fire-power.

Led by ebullient senior captain and doubles wizard Kevin Wang, the Demons season has exceeded all expectations. Coach Jeff Mannies has expertly shuffled a deep roster of players.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:20 AM, 05.14.2013

WHS senior earns statewide Key Club award

Hanna Tegel, a senior at Westlake High School who was Lt. Governor for Key Club from 2011-2013, has earned the Robert F. Lucas award at the Ohio District Convention held in Columbus April 12-14. This award is given to outstanding Lt. Governors that have gone above and beyond their call of duty and had to fulfill 11 requirements.

The requirements included holding a division trainer meeting for the officers of the clubs within the division by November 15. Within the trainer the Lt. Governor has to explain to the officers their position responsibilities, how to improve relations with Kiwanis, a major emphasis on programs and youth opportunities fund. Other requirements include having at least 50 hours of service to their home, school and community.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:19 AM, 05.14.2013

Bay Bike to School Challenge pedals into national spotlight

Bay Bike to School Challenge (BTS) is off to its best start ever and is putting Bay Village in the national spotlight.

During the first week of BTS on May 6-10, Bay Middle School averaged 576 bicyclists to school – an astonishing 70 percent of the school. That’s up 22 percent over their 2012 per-day average of 474. Bay Middle School also had 634 bicyclists to school on Wednesday, May 8 (a whopping 77 percent of the school) – a new record for the school and the challenge. Bay High School averaged 123 bicyclists to school during the first week, down 9 percent from their 135-per-day average in 2012.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:12 AM, 05.14.2013

BVEF Spotlight Series: Bay Vocabulary Initiative

In November 2012, the Bay Village Education Foundation awarded grants to several innovative educators in the district. Director of Curriculum Char Shryock, along with educators Kelli McMaugh, Ali Volkman, Gail Hartman, Meredith Myatt, Barb Marsh and Darci Sanders, received $1,500 for the district-wide Bay Vocabulary Initiative. This project will span across all grade levels and incorporate support from the community with the goal of growing the vocabulary of all Bay students. It was therefore chosen as the winner of the Waldron Award for literacy.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:13 AM, 05.14.2013

Ice cream social and dance party May 7 at Westerly School

Bay Village Education Foundation trustees are preparing to scoop and serve delicious Mitchell’s ice cream at the upcoming Westerly Art Show / Dance Party on Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m. Prices are: $2.50 for a plain scoop; $3.00 for one topping; $3.50 for two toppings; and $4.00 for three or more toppings. This year, the featured Mitchell’s ice cream flavors will be: chocolate, vanilla, mint chocolate chip, cookie dough, cookies and cream and raspberry sorbet. Westerly Elementary School is located at 30301 Wolf Road.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:18 AM, 04.30.2013

Aqua Girls move on to DI finals for second year

The Destination Imagination State Competition was held at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Central Ohio on Saturday, April 20. Three teams from Bay Village Schools competed: Swedish Chefs, Penguins with Swag…BAHM! and the Aqua Girls. The 3 teams spent weeks perfecting their challenge solutions to make them the best they could be. All the teams did a great job representing Bay Schools and everyone had a blast!

While all the teams represented Bay Village well, only the top 3 teams in each challenge get to go on to the next level. The Aqua Girls are moving on to compete at Globals held at the University of Tennessee (for the second year in a row) during the week of May 22-25. We won first place for the “In Disguise” challenge and are looking forward to returning to UT to compete against teams from all over the country and all over the world.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:17 AM, 04.30.2013

Bay High ranked Gold by U.S. News and World Report

Bay High School is listed as one of U.S.News and World Report's 2013 Best High Schools in America, earning the magazine's GOLD designation in this annual ranking of the nation's high schools by the magazine.

U.S.News and World Report ranked high schools as Gold (top 500), Silver (next 1,790) and Bronze (an additional 2,515) out of a total 21,035 American high schools analyzed. Bay High's ranking puts it in the top 2.7 percent nationally. The school was ranked 19th in Ohio and 496th in the nation. Bay High had been named to the Silver list since 2007.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:12 AM, 04.30.2013

Bay Bike To School Challenge rolls on May 6

It’s that time of year again, when hundreds of bicycles will be rolling throughout Bay Village.

Bay Bike To School Challenge is returning for its sixth year on May 6-24 at Bay's middle and high schools. The award-winning program motivates students to ride their bikes as much as possible for three weeks and establish a habit of bicycling – to help the environment, improve their health and academic performance, inspire their parents and community, and have fun.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:07 AM, 04.30.2013

Bay Middle School students will compete at Power of the Pen state finals

A strong showing at the Regional Power of the Pen competition held recently in Sandusky has earned a spot for Bay Middle School seventh-graders Chloe Roberts and Jessica Rychel, and eighth-grader Lauren Sheil, at the Power of the Pen State Finals. The girls will compete at the College of Wooster on Friday, May 24.   

The three girls rose to the top 24 percent of Regional Competition participants in order to make it to the state finals.

Chloe Roberts won the first-place trophy for her grade level. Jessica Rychel placed 12th and Lauren Sheil placed 15th.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:47 AM, 04.16.2013

LBMS student to represent Ohio at National Geographic Bee

Lee Burneson Middle School student Kyle Yu won the state Geographic Bee and will now represent Ohio at the National Geographic Bee next month in Washington, D.C.

Kyle beat out about 100 other fourth- through eighth-graders for the state title. The national finals will be held May 20-22 and the winner will be crowned the 25th National Geographic Bee champion.

This is the 25th anniversary of the Bee. Geographic Bees were held in schools throughout the country. School-level winners took a qualifying test and the top 100 scores were named semifinalists and eligible to compete at the state Bee.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:53 AM, 04.16.2013

WHS art students shine in Congressional contest

Westlake High School art students took the top three prizes in the 16th District Congressional Art Competition.

Sophomore Madeline Lee won best of show for her painting “Rainbow Street,” sophomore Paige Dawson won first runner-up for her painting of the West Side Market, and senior Ricky Kolar won second runner-up for his seven-layer stencil of East 14th Street in Cleveland.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent. Students submit entries to their representative’s office and panels of district artists select the winning entries.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:52 AM, 04.16.2013

BVEF Spotlight Series: Music Teacher Darren Allen

In November 2012, the Bay Village Education Foundation awarded grants to several innovative educators in the district. Darren Allen, music teacher at Bay Middle School and Bay High School, was awarded $1,330 to expand the SmartMusic program in his classes. In light of Bay’s eleventh consecutive year making the NAMM Foundation’s “Best Communities for Music Education” list, the BVEF is proud to support this program.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:41 AM, 04.16.2013

No. 1 Demons fan

This time, all the cheers were for Chad DiLillo.

The Demons’ No. 1 fan, DiLillo, who has touched the hearts of the Westlake community with his unmatched spirit and enthusiasm, was given a rousing send-off this week at the high school.

On Thursday, students, faculty members, alumni, parents and civic leaders who have grown to love Chad, lined the school’s hallways for a “State Send-off,” a tradition typically reserved for any student or team who qualifies for an OHSAA championship.

No Demon ever deserved one more than Chad.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 11:03 AM, 04.02.2013

Normandy students and staff show Dr. McGlamery their love

Students and staff at Bay Village's Normandy Elementary School took the entire week of March 18 to show their principal, Dr. Jim McGlamery, how much he is loved and appreciated by presenting him with a week of surprises.

Monday, March 18, began with a celebration of Dr. McGlamery's birthday (including birthday cards from all the children). While he thought that was the end of a special celebration, the focus stayed on the principal as the building celebrated Tabasco Tuesday (Tabasco pins worn in honor of Dr. McGlamery's penchant for the spicy sauce), Wear-a-Tie Wednesday (hand-decorated ties worn in honor of Dr. McGlamery's extensive (and growing) collection display of child-oriented ties), and Thank You Thursday (thank you notes from the children).

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:49 AM, 04.02.2013