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

Westlake PTAs award 24 scholarships

Westlake Council of PTAs and its member PTAs are proud to announce 24 recent Westlake High School graduates as recipients of their 2017 PTA scholarships. Each recipient exhibited academic success as well as community and/or school involvement through participation in athletics, music, clubs, service and employment. Each recipient received a $1,000 award from the respective PTA unit, totaling $24,000 in scholarships awarded. 

The recipients are: Westlake Council of PTAs Scholarship – Sarmad Al-Aish, Sarah Greenberg, Mohammed Hamdan, Katarina Jamsek, Darin O’Meara and Shadi Zogheib (each a General winner), Emily Schordock (Arts), Jane Fitz (Challenge), Elizabeth Massien (STEM/Technology) and Michael Altman (Vocational); Bassett Elementary School PTA Scholarship – Carla Baaklini; Dover Elementary School PTA Scholarship – Isabel Palmer; Hilliard Elementary School PTA Scholarship – Christopher Slater; Holly Lane Elementary School PTA Scholarship – Riya Desai; Dover Intermediate School PTA Scholarship – Katherine Pavilonis; Lee Burneson Middle School PTA Scholarship – Sneha Ramachandran; Westlake High School PTSA Scholarships – Andrew Bovenzi, Anna Craven, Samantha Illius, Paul Jatsyshyn, Abigail Ogonek and Benjamin Sposet (each a General winner) and Jack Jolliffe (Service).

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

Bassett class wins top grant award

Leah Burke’s fourth-grade class at Bassett Elementary School won first place in the FriendsOffice W.R.I.T.E. (We Reward Innovative Teaching Endeavors) Program, receiving seven Runtz Ball Chairs for her class.

The W.R.I.T.E. grant program is intended to allow classrooms to use products available through FriendsOffice, based in Findlay. Burke’s class won the grand prize for their grant application “Empowering 4th Graders to Be Agents of Change in Their Learning Space.”

Burke wrote the introduction and closing paragraph for the grant, inviting her students to explain how they would use the energy ball chairs. Students Anna Mancino, Annabelle Samide, Bella Puchmeyer, Gabriella Cutter, Samantha Lundell and Kaylee Fogarty wrote, “If we had Runtz Ball Chairs in our classroom, we could take action within our project-based learning experience, have more flexible seating in our classroom, support students with different learning styles and disabilities, and create different and new ways to learn.”

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 06.06.2017

Normandy students nurture eggs and watch them hatch

Twenty-one days. That is how long students at Normandy Elementary School in Bay Village had to wait for their classroom chicken eggs to hatch.

During that wait, students studied what was going on inside those white shells. Using a 21-day set of plastic egg models, they opened one per day to view illustrations of the changes in the chick embryos' progressive development.

First-grader Jake Bennett explained the difference between an egg that would become a chick and one that would not. “Inside the egg,” he said, “there is a red dot that is a blood cell. If the egg has that, a chick will grow.” The students knew that the eggs they had would become chicks because they came from birds raised for that purpose.

“You can also tell if an egg will grow into a chick because both the hen and the rooster will take care of it,” said Logan Lowry. “If there is no chick, only the hen will take care of it.”

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:14 AM, 06.06.2017

WHS French students impress in national competition

Westlake High School French students participated in the 2017 annual Grand Concours and came away with several top finishes.

The Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills. More than 80,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2017 event. Participants in the 2017 National French Exam were students of Laura Emmer and Elizabeth Zingales.

Claire Brewer (level 3) earned a Gold award, finishing in the 95th percentile.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 06.06.2017

Bay Village students complete another successful Bike To School Challenge

During National Bike Month in May, students at Bay Middle School and Westerly Elementary School celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Bay Bike To School Challenge by pedaling their bicycles in impressive numbers.

On the opening day of the Bay Bike To School Challenge on May 1, 300 students biked to Bay Middle School, despite cool and rainy spring weather. Overall, during the three weeks of the Challenge, an average of 365 students per day (46 percent of the student body) rode their bikes to school. The record day was Thursday, May 18, with 443 students, or 56 percent, biking to school.

Students at Westerly Elementary, participating in the Bay Bike To School Challenge for the fourth year, were not left behind. During the two weeks of the Challenge beginning on May 8, an average of 185 students (51 percent of the student body) biked to school. Their highest day of participation was the final day on May 19, with 201 students (56 percent) riding their bikes to school.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 AM, 06.06.2017

Students receive O'Neill nursing scholarships

Each spring, O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village is honored to award scholarships to local graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a career in nursing. Each candidate is required to complete a scholarship application and write an essay about why they want to pursue a career in the healthcare, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have at least one academic letter of recommendation. 

The two recipients for 2017 are Grace Mansuetto from Bay High, who plans to study nursing at the University of Cincinnati, and Conor Miller from Westlake High School, who plans on studying nursing at Xavier University.  

Congratulations to these very talented grads!

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

DIS sixth-grader earns perfect score in vocabulary challege

Dover Intermediate School sixth-grade student Lillie Forbes earned a perfect score of 20 on the WordMasters Challenge, a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.

Lillie competed in the difficult Blue Division and was one of only 15 sixth-graders nationally to achieve this perfect score. Students were coached by language arts teacher Jessica Ranallo.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 06.06.2017

WHS students earn Gold Keys in art, writing awards

Westlake High School senior Mary DeFeo won a Gold Key for a creative writing piece, and senior Jace Lee won two Gold Keys for artwork in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Gold Keys are the highest award in the regional level of the competition. Winning works are automatically considered for national-level recognition.

Earning Silver Keys are WHS junior Katherine Mazzella and seniors Mary DeFeo, Julia Kiss and Sneha Ramachandran.

Honorable mentions were earned by seniors Sara Massa and Ashley Crise; juniors Katherine Mazzella, Patrick Lee and Madelyne Dunn; and sophomore Howard Duangkla.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:32 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay High student a finalist in Maltz Museumís 'Stop The Hate' awards

“My great-grandfather was living in a small farming village in German-speaking Czechoslovakia. He was approached by the Nazi party, who demanded that he join the Nazi cause. My great-grandfather refused.”

So begins the moving essay, written by Bay High senior Aurora Fleming, which finished in the top 10 out of nearly 3,300 entries in the Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out competition sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland.

Aurora stumbled across the contest when looking for scholarship opportunities. The theme resonated with her, not only because of her great-grandfather’s history in resisting the Nazis, but also because of her experience as an exchange student in Germany during her high school junior year.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:55 AM, 05.02.2017

Bay Bike To School Challenge begins this week

The Bay Bike To School Challenge celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, as over 1,200 middle school and elementary school students in Bay Village saddle up and ride their bikes to school to promote good health, active transportation and environmental awareness.

The Bay Bike To School Challenge began in 2008 at Bay High School and Bay Middle School, following on the heels of an informal student-organized protest at Bay High School in 2007 that saw students biking to school to beat the high price of gasoline. This year, the Bike To School Challenge returns to Bay Middle School and Westerly Elementary School.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.02.2017

Compelling action starts Demons tennis season

With 2016 Southwestern Conference first singles champion Aris Jhaveri back for his senior season, the 2017 Westlake boys tennis team knew they had a weapon to anchor the lineup. But with the 2016 graduation of 2nd and 3rd singles stalwarts Keenan Dinchman and Matt Homm, major questions loomed. Below is a capsule of the roller-coaster first two weeks.

Week 1: The 'Brick-Man' cannot be denied
The 2017 campaign began at home March 24 against Copley, a perennial top program. At first singles Aris Jhaveri had to face an unfamiliar opponent who unloaded rocket serves despite the frigid conditions. Once Jhaveri locked in on the returns however, it was game over as he pounded his opponent relentlessly to win decisively 6-4, 6-1.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.02.2017

Bay program addresses overdose, suicide

For Bay Village school and city officials, drug overdose and suicide headlines are personal

Too many funerals of beloved Bay Village graduates dying from drug overdose and suicide drove three, heart-wrenching presentations at the Bay Village Schools on Wednesday, April 12.

“I have attended 15 funerals for former students over the past 16 years,” said an emotional Sean McAndrews, Bay Middle School principal. “I can’t stand it anymore.” He noted that in Cuyahoga County, we are losing almost one person a day to heroin or opioid overdoses, with 60 people dying from those causes in February of this year alone.

Bay High Choraleers opened the presentations with an a capella rendition of “Tears in Heaven” while photos and obituaries revolved on a screen, memorializing the Bay High graduate victims of addiction and suicide. The presentations were meant to have an emotional impact that would “stick with” students and parents.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:24 AM, 04.18.2017

WHS junior advances to U.S. Geography Olympiad

Westlake High School junior Kyle Yu is heading to the 2017 United States Geography Olympiad (USGO) in Arlington, Virginia, on April 21 for the second time.

Kyle took the challenging written qualifying exam with gifted specialist Anne Dill in early March. To qualify for the USGO, students must finish in the top half of students on the National Qualifying Exam in their division, or in the top half of scores across the country.

Last year, Kyle qualified for the Junior Varsity level and earned the individual first-place trophy in the USA Olympiad.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.18.2017