WHS has 2 U.S. Presidential Scholars candidates

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

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

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

Eight looks great for the Westshore Young Leaders Network

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

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

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

DIS student's artwork selected for state exhibition

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

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

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

2 WHS seniors named Coca-Cola Scholars finalists

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

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

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

Westlake students connect through fairy tales

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

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

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

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

WDAB to host spaghetti dinner

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

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

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

LBMS writers recognized in Library of Congress contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bay Village VFW recognizes essay winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Westlake students share their favorite traditions

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

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

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

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

Bay Village students share their favorite traditions

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

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

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

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

Westlake Schools, teachers reach contract agreement

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

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

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

Bay Village classroom grants awarded

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

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

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

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

Westlake Schools staff honored with excellence awards

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

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

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

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

Bay Village Foundation calls for scholarship applicants

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

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

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

Bay Village Schools launches new mobile app

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

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

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

Bank donation supports Westlake school programs

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

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

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

Glenview Child Care and Learning Center turns 35

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

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

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

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

Westlake student helps City Mission through Socktober

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

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

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

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

Westlake basketball kicks off season with Midnight Madness

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

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

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

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

Students learn importance of respecting, thanking veterans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Westlake PTAs' food and toiletry drive benefits 350 families

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Normandy Elementary unveils The Hive

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

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

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

WHS students participate in Museum Ambassadors program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bay Village Board of Education hires treasurer

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

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

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

Homecoming bonfire lights the night for fighting cancer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bay Alumni Foundation announces annual distinguished alumni, educators

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

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

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

WHS junior scores perfect 36 on ACT

Westlake High School junior Isabella DiGiulio scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam.

Isabella said she reviewed some practice questions from the ACT website in preparation for the exam.
Isabella participates in competitive gymnastics through the club team North Olmsted Gymnastics and is a member of the WHS Varsity gymnastics team. She earned the team sportsmanship award from WHS gymnastics her freshman year and helped the high school team advance to district competition last year. Isabella also plays the French horn in marching band and is section leader of the mellophones. She volunteers at Youth Challenge Sports.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:06 AM, 09.19.2017

Westlake has 7 National Merit Semifinalists

Seven Westlake High School seniors were named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists.

Seniors Julia Aylward, Steven Brewer, Samantha Giusto, Ryan Karpuszka, Patrick Lee, Jack Wu and Kyle Yu are among the 16,000 students from 22,000 high schools across the country who took the PSAT in their junior year and earned scores high enough to qualify as Semifinalists. These students will move on to compete for approximately 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:07 AM, 09.19.2017

Bay graduates receive Kiwanis scholarships

The Kiwanis Club of Bay Village awarded 14 college scholarships to Bay High School graduates from the Class of 2017. The scholarship winners were presented with their award at the Bay Village Academic Achievement Awards Night held on May 30 in the BHS auditorium. The annual Kiwanis Awards Dinner honoring the recipients was held at the Bay Lodge on July 25.

The scholarships, totaling $14,750 were given to the following students:

  • $250 Department Awards: Amanda Cusimano, Math; Chelsie Baylor, Science; Philip Lally, Language Arts; Mikayla Nemetz, World Languages; Mia Russell, Art; Madison Noren, Social Studies; Chris Gepperth, Technology; Michael Rising, Music; Emma Hoover, Family and Consumer Science
  • $2,500 Kiwanis Scholarship Awards: Alisa Busuladzic, Nick Loufman, Aaron Risch
  • $2,500 Kiwanis Key Club Awards: Laura Colagiovanni, Elyse Legeay
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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:46 AM, 09.06.2017

Bay High to pilot one-to-one computer program

Students at Bay High School have been allowed to bring their own internet-connected devices -- phones, tablets and laptops -- to school for quite some time. This fall, along with getting their textbooks, Bay High freshmen and sophomores will be issued Google Chromebooks. Students will be able to take the compact laptops home and keep them until they return them at the end of the school year.

“The timing is good for this,” said Superintendent Clint Keener. “We’ve had an opportunity to watch other districts roll out one-to-one programs, and we have learned from some of their challenges.”

Teachers throughout the district have been training to integrate technology into lessons in truly effective ways, noted Bay High Principal Jason Martin. “The access to technology doesn’t magically make for better learning,” he said. “It’s the way teachers use it that makes it effective. Our teachers are ready to take advantage of this additional technology access for students.”

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.18.2017

Bay Village Schools Superintendent Clint Keener to retire next year

The Bay Village Board of Education reluctantly accepted the resignation, effective Aug. 1, 2018, of Superintendent of Schools Clint Keener at its June 26 board meeting.

“I want to give the board plenty of time to complete its search for my replacement,” said Keener, explaining his more than one full year’s notice. “I am proud of the excellence we’ve achieved over the past 13 years, and I am confident this is the right time to retire and pass the reins to the right person.”

The school district is in solid financial shape, having passed an operating levy in 2016. It has also completed an extensive facilities upgrade to five of its older buildings thanks to a $16.8 million bond issue passed in 2012.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.18.2017

WHS students perform at Melissa Etheridge concert

Seven Westlake High School students recently performed as part of the Melissa Etheridge & Contemporary Youth Orchestra “Pulse” concert held June 7 at Severance Hall.

The Contemporary Youth Orchestra (CYO) is comprised of 115 elite high school musicians who perform at Severance Hall. Once a year, they invite a well-known artist and audition a youth chorus to perform with them. The event was part of CYO’s 18-year-old “Rock the Orchestra” series, which has featured Ben Folds, Graham Nash and Jon Anderson of Yes.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:20 AM, 06.20.2017

Bay Village fourth-graders dramatize societal changes through baseball history

There are few stories more inspiring in baseball than that of Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League Baseball.

Westerly Elementary fourth-graders in Bay Village brought Robinson’s struggle to life for an audience of students and parents. Narrated through the eyes of hot dog and peanut vendors, the students explained that Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, needed a player with a special type of character to make that first step toward the integration of our national pastime.

“What will you do when the crowd taunts you with racist remarks?” asked Rickey (played by Jacob Pullman).

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:12 AM, 06.06.2017

Westlake selects principals for LBMS, Holly Lane

Two experienced educators will take on the role of principal in the Westlake City School District for the 2017-2018 school year.

Amanda Musselman, principal at Midview East Intermediate School in Grafton, will assume the principal’s position at Lee Burneson Middle School this fall. Interim LBMS Principal Beth Dagostino will take over the role of principal at Holly Lane Elementary School.

The two were chosen from a pool of 79 applicants, with eight candidates coming in for interviews and four finalists making public presentations. The interview process included internal interviews and a public interview with questions from parents and staff. All of this feedback was considered in making the final decision.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 06.06.2017