Saint Raphael kindergarten registration now open

Registration is now open at Saint Raphael School for kindergarten. Here are some fun facts about Saint Raphael:

  • Saint Raphael School has the largest enrollment of any K-8 building in the Diocese of Cleveland.
  • Our 4th-8th grade science teachers received the Ohio Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education.
  • Throughout the school there are 120 MacBooks, 50 iMacs, 140 iPads, 180 Chromebooks and 30 Projectors with Interactive Whiteboards
  • All classrooms are outfitted with surround sound.
  • The Home & School Association and the School Advisory Council are parent groups that are actively involved in the school.

For more information, call Principal, Ann Miller at 440-871-6760. Come and get a tour of the school and pick up a packet to register for the 2017-2018 school year. 

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.07.2017

Westlake PTAs' food and toiletry drive benefits 330 families

For over 20 years, the Westlake Council of PTAs (Westlake Council) and its member PTAs have teamed with the May Dugan Center in Cleveland to provide food and toiletry items to local families in need. In recent years, the donations have expanded to include Westlake Assistance as well. In October 2016, all seven Westlake schools and their PTA units, city school district administration, the transportation department, and Westlake Early Childhood PTA joined together to make the largest donation to date. Items included canned goods, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, oatmeal and toiletry items. The collection netted nearly 3,800 items.

The successful assembly and delivery of donations was coordinated by Erin Baesel, community service chairperson for Westlake Council, and Rick Kemm, executive director of the May Dugan Center. On Oct. 22, the process of unloading a school bus full of goods took more than 20 volunteers, both adults and children, almost two hours. The food and toiletry items will be distributed to over 330 families on the west side of Cleveland who qualify for assistance. The donations are projected to last roughly one year.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:41 AM, 01.24.2017

LBMS principal Wilson takes over at WHS

On Feb. 10, Westlake High School Principal Timothy Freeman will retire. Lee Burneson Middle School Principal Paul Wilson will immediately assume the duties of high school principal.

Freeman, who is leaving Westlake for a new professional opportunity, came to Westlake as WHS principal in 2006. Prior to WHS, Freeman was principal at Avon Lake High School and Albion Middle School in Strongsville, where he also served as Director of Pupil Services, and assistant principal at Strongsville High School. He was the coordinator of academic coaching services at Brooklyn High School, and a special education teacher at Brookridge Elementary in Brooklyn. He began his education career as an associate teacher-counselor for Positive Education Program in Cleveland.

“We hate to lose him, but we understand Tim has been presented with an opportunity that uniquely fits his skill set. Opportunities do not always fit within a traditional timeline. You have to take them when they are presented. We wish him the best,” Superintendent Scott Goggin said. “Transitions like this are positive when you have familiar people in place. Paul has experience at the high school and will have the opportunity to begin crucial planning for next school year immediately.”

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:35 AM, 01.24.2017

WHS students win innovative app award

Five Westlake High School technology education students will be recognized in a special award ceremony for winning the Best in State award in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

Seniors Sneha Ramachandran, Carter Hoon, Leah Choban and Jordan Sherwin, along with junior Jill Eddy, created the ALERT U app, an innovative way to combat urgent situations as they unfold, especially in an educational setting. Through a map-tracking interface, users can pinpoint the location of a threat, such as an active shooter, fire or extreme crisis, and share this location with others. With immediate activation upon clearance, and notifications sent automatically to emergency response personnel, parents and nearby residents, ALERT U can save lives in any situation, anywhere, at any time.

ALERT U was selected as state champion from among more than 1,800 app concept submissions in a highly competitive contest. The team also was named a Best in Region winner. The team advances to the Best in Nation contest (winners will be announced on Feb. 15), as well as the Fan Favorite Award.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:33 AM, 01.24.2017

Westlake gifted teacher earns national award

Anne Dill, gifted teacher at Westlake High School and Lee Burneson Middle School, was selected as a winner of the 2016 Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Mathematics Teaching in Middle and High School.

Dill won the award based on letters from students and colleagues, who acknowledged Dill’s hard work and going above and beyond what is expected of an American Mathematics Competition (AMC) manager to help her students do their best and enjoy mathematics.

“Your encouragement and commitment to your students had made a noticeable difference in your students’ problem-solving abilities and love of mathematics,” the committee wrote in a letter to Dill.

Dill is one of 34 to receive the award nationwide, and the only recipient from Ohio.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 10:07 AM, 01.10.2017

Westerly fourth-graders partner with Bethesda-on-the-Bay to bring warmth to urban schoolchildren

There was a new twist to this year's Blanket Project, an annual service project by the fourth-grade class of Barbara Woodburn and Mary Jo Mahall at Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village.

In order to make enough of the warm, fuzzy and comforting blankets for Cleveland's Urban Community School students, the teachers enlisted the help of the Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church congregation.

"It seemed like a lofty idea to make this an inter-generational event," said Woodburn. "We've done this in the past at a different school with far fewer blankets for just one grade level of students." She explained that the class wanted to provide a blanket for every student in the after-school program at Urban Community, but the teachers knew they couldn't do it alone.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 10:05 AM, 12.13.2016

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. Melissa Graham’s fourth-grade class at Dover Elementary in Westlake share favorite family traditions.

Elf on the Shelf
My favorite family tradition is our Elf on the Shelf! He is an elf named Elfie that is magical and hides every morning. Sometimes he is found in a baby doll stroller or even a candle! Once he put shaving cream all over the bathroom! It was a mess. He does not show his magic so that is why you have to believe in him. It is also very important that you do not touch the elf or he will lose his magical powers! Elfie is always watching us to make sure that we are behaving and then he reports back to Santa each night. Elfie can even take your Christmas list to Santa. You can get an Elf on the Shelf at any store and there is also a book explaining his magical powers. I hope that you can enjoy your own Elf on the Shelf this year!
– Maddie B.

Christmas Party!
Every Christmas Eve, my family and I celebrate Christmas at one of my cousin’s houses. A few weeks before Christmas Eve, all of my aunts and uncles figure out who will have the party and tell each other what types of food they will be bringing. My absolute favorite part of having a Christmas party every year is getting to see and hang out with all of my family. At the party, we have a big meal and eat lots of food because I have 17 cousins! Some dishes that my relatives bring are my great aunt’s salad, meat, mashed potatoes and a variety of cookies! After we have dinner, my cousins and I open the presents that our godparents got us. Soon after the kids are done opening presents, the adults and children split up. The adults play a game where they all give someone a present and one by one they open them. If they do not want their present they can trade it, but if they do want it, they can keep it. Meanwhile, the kids are either playing games, doing a craft, or watching the Santa tracker. The Santa tracker tells us where Santa is currently located. Finally, we all have to say our goodbyes. This is by far one of my favorite family traditions.
– Quinn W.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 9:54 AM, 12.13.2016

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.

A Holly Jolly Family
When the adults wake up on Christmas, the kids are forced to stay upstairs. My aunt and uncle sleep over and the rest of my family comes over in the morning to eat breakfast together. After eating we open our presents. Everyone stays for lunch and dinner. After dinner we stay up late. The adults talk while the kids play with their toys. Getting coal on Christmas is a possible outcome of being naughty. But it has not happened to me … yet!
– Emma M.

Are You Ready for Christmas?
Jingle! Jingle! Jingle! Let me tell you about my tradition from the beginning. Before Christmas or even Christmas Eve, we decorate our trees. One of my trees is in the front room by the big window. The other tree is in the living room by the backyard door. I’ll tell you about my small tree first. My small tree has lots of adventure ornaments, family ornaments, and friend ornaments. We have ornaments that my little  brother and I made. We have some from when we were born and some of my cute little dog Reagle when he was alive. (He died about 4 years ago.) Other ornaments are from when my parents were kids. Some are from vacations, even ornaments from Owen’s and my friends. The other tree is all blue and silver, blue poinsettia flowers, silver and blue fake plants, blue and silver ribbon. It is beautiful! I love seeing my little brother’s face when we’re all done decorating the trees. He sparkles with joy!
– Olivia M.

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Volume 8, Issue 24, Posted 9:57 AM, 12.13.2016

Westlake Council of PTAs awards 21 scholarships

Westlake Council of PTAs (Westlake Council) and its member PTAs are proud to announce 21 recent Westlake High School graduates as recipients of their 2016 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 student received a $1,000 award from the respective PTA unit, totaling $21,000 in scholarships awarded. 

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:40 AM, 11.29.2016

BMS seventh-graders learn about voting rights

Talking to seventh-graders in Mr. Fitchpatrick's social studies class at Bay Middle School, Conda Boyd of the Bay Village League of Women Voters didn’t just tell students that the right to vote is precious. She showed them how few of our citizens had that right early in our nation’s history.

She began with having all students raise their hands. Group by group, they lowered their hands as they did not meet the earliest requirements to vote. “In 1776,” she summarized, “an American citizen had to be white, male, a landowner or taxpayer, age 21 or older and not a resident of Washington, D.C., to vote.” At the end of the demonstration, only Mr. Fitchpatrick still had his hand raised. She explained that since those early times, voting rights have expanded to include American citizens of all races, those without financial resources, women, and a lowered voting age requirement of 18 years.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:47 AM, 11.15.2016

Bay Village Schools levy passes in all 12 city precincts

Bay Village Board of Education president Amy Huntley has worked on the district’s school levies since she was a teenager. A graduate of Bay High School with six adult children who are all Bay High alumni, she cannot remember a levy ever passing in all 12 Bay Village precincts.

“I am just ecstatic,” Huntley said as the election night poll numbers came in showing a 60 percent passage rate for the levy. “This is a strong indicator of trust in us, and I give credit for that to our teachers, staff and administrators who demonstrate every single day how much we care about our kids. It’s definitely all about our kids.”

Credit, too, should go to a board of education and administration who demonstrated sound fiscal management, according to Citizens for Bay Schools co-chair Tom Harkness.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:47 AM, 11.15.2016

Westlake math clubs going strong

The Math Clubs at Westlake High School, Lee Burneson Middle School and Dover Intermediate School are all ranked on the National Top 100 list in the Math Madness Contest.

The weekly online challenge involves thousands of school districts and over 40,000 students from around the country. Students tackle eight new challenging questions each week.

Westlake’s teams are in the bracket rounds advancing each week as they take on schools from Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Connecticut, California, New York, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Hawaii and more. This is the third year Westlake Schools has participated under advisor Anne Dill.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:42 AM, 11.15.2016

Hilliard students learn sequencing through doughnuts

Hilliard Elementary School’s fourth-grade students learned about sequencing and chronological order by making doughnuts in the classroom.

Students read “Homer Price” by Robert McCloskey, which included a story titled “The Doughnuts” about a doughnut machine on the rampage. The book focused on the story elements, character traits and sequencing of events in the story. Students learned how the characters solved problems.

To reinforce the sequencing aspect, the fourth-grade team decided to make doughnuts together and have students write a recipe card with the sequential order. Along with the steps of making this delicious treat, students also had to follow an order for centers. They created an advertisement to persuade someone to eat their doughnuts, just like the characters in the story.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:01 AM, 11.01.2016

Bay Village Education Foundation emphasizes learning environments with grant awards

Grants awarded this fall by the Bay Village Education Foundation totaled $17,990.71 and focused on some common themes that are central to the learning environment for children.

“Rather than seeing many grant requests for particular activities, we saw teachers applying scientific evidence this year on how to improve the learning environment for students on a daily basis,” said Ellie Bricmont, chair of the BVEF grants committee. “From sound amplification, to seating alternatives, to the reduction of emotional stress, our teachers recognize that learning can be affected positively by addressing physical and emotional needs.”

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:06 AM, 11.01.2016

WHS students named Cleveland Museum of Art ambassadors

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.

This year’s ambassadors are juniors Gwynnie Ball, Abby Falcone, Jade Hawk, Dena Hussain, Rachel Kaiser, Reilly Larcey, Carolyn McBride, Emily Nebraska, Adalee Ratycz and Jonathon Shear. Students were chosen for the program by WHS social studies teacher Beth Noren.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.01.2016

WHS team places 3rd in Hyland competition

The Westlake High School senior team of Sneha Ramachandran, Mark Sargent, Jackson Liang and David Eppele finished in third place at the annual Hyland High School Innovation Showdown. They are students in the Technical Drawing/Design Level 4 Honors class.

Winning the competition was the team from Rocky River High School, and second was the team from Berea Midpark High School. Olmsted Falls High School finished fourth and Stow-Munroe Falls High School finished fifth.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.01.2016

Bay High awarded Energy Star, saving energy, dollars and the environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Bay High School the Energy Star Building label, recognizing the school as one of the most energy efficient K-12 school facilities in the United States.

Bay High earned a score of 96 on the 100-point scale, far exceeding the required score of 75 in the rigorous examination of energy efficiency.

“You are not just saving energy and money with your investments in efficiency,” said Ted Bedell of Gardiner, the district’s partner in identifying and implementing energy conservation strategies. “You are reducing your carbon footprint to the benefit of our environment.”

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:24 AM, 10.18.2016

WHS senior selected for All-State Jazz Band

Westlake High School senior Jeremy McCabe was selected to perform in the All-State Jazz Band at the Ohio Music Educators Conference in Cleveland the week of Feb. 1-4, 2017. Jeremy submitted his audition this spring and was selected as the only drummer in the band. Students from all over Ohio submitted audition recordings for this prestigious honor.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:20 AM, 10.18.2016

Light the Night at Bay High School

Bay High's traditional homecoming bonfire took on a new meaning Thursday, Oct. 6, as students dedicated the evening to hosting their own Light the Night walk to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They ultimately donated $11,100 dollars to fight the blood cancers and to support Bay Village Schools students suffering from them.

More the 1,200 luminaria lined the Bay High stadium track and walkway to the school. A brief ceremony at the stadium was led by Principal Jason Martin and Bay High students. They honored Jane and Daniel from Bay High School, Luke from Normandy, and Molly from Westerly as heroes. The football game-sized crowd rose to their feet with both tears and cheers. The crowd then made their way down the softly-lighted walkway to the homecoming bonfire.

The highly successful fundraiser showed Bay High students' love for their classmates and others fighting cancer, and it reinforced the evening's theme of "You Never Fight Alone."

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:24 AM, 10.18.2016

National Merit Scholars at Bay High School

Bay High senior Will Huntington has been named a National Merit Semi-finalist. Huntington has earned the prestigious academic distinction with his score on the 2015 Preliminary SAT (PSAT). The nationwide pool of semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of the 1.6 million students from 22,000 U.S. high school who take the PSAT in their junior year. The number of semi-finalists is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

In addition, three Bay High seniors qualified as Commended Students scoring in the top five percent of test takers nationwide: Phillip Lally, Shawn Simko and Carter White.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:27 AM, 10.18.2016

Bay High students add 'Light the Night' fundraiser to homecoming bonfire tradition

Bay High students will host a “Light the Night” fundraiser at Bay High Memorial Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:45 p.m. This event is being planned to show support and raise funds for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and for families in the Bay Village community fighting childhood cancer.

“We learned about the 'Light the Night' event happening at Wade Oval and realized that we needed to do something to support this cause and let the students know that they are not alone,” said Jason Martin, principal of Bay High School. “We were already holding our annual homecoming bonfire the Thursday night prior to the Society’s walk, so we are having our own walk at Bay High Memorial Stadium. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 for Light the Night. Our theme is ‘No One Fights Alone.’”

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:00 AM, 10.04.2016

Bike To School Challenge receives industry advocacy award

The Century Cycles Bike To School Challenge was presented the Next Generation Advocacy Award on Sept. 22 at the Interbike Awards Gala ceremony in Las Vegas.

Interbike is the annual trade show for the North American bicycle industry and the awards honor athletes, bicycle brands, distributors, retailers, public officials and other organizations and individuals for product innovation, competitive performance and their efforts to advance the bicycle industry.

The Next Generation Advocacy Award honors the efforts of organizations, schools, corporations and individuals that have gone above and beyond to get more kids on bikes. The bicycle industry’s future will be shaped by the work being done now to create more and innovative ways to get our kids riding bikes more often. All nominees and winners were selected by the staff of People for Bikes, the bicycle industry's non-profit advocacy organization.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:07 AM, 10.04.2016

Westlake Schools see room for improvement in state report card

On Sept. 15, the Ohio Department of Education released the 2015-2016 Ohio School Report Cards that for the first time gave school districts an overall A-F grade for six components – Achievement, Gap Closing, K-3 Literacy, Progress, Graduation Rate and Prepared for Success.

While the Westlake City Schools support high educational standards, quality measures and accountability to our local community, the state’s measurement system is not reflective of our expectations as a district.

Many high achieving school districts, including Westlake, are seeing much lower grades on this year’s report card than in years past. It’s important to know that the report card is just one snapshot into a school district and does not accurately represent the quality learning and teaching going on in our schools.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:46 AM, 09.20.2016

Bay Village school district officials happy overall with state report card results

Clint Keener, superintendent of the Bay Village City School District, said that while school officials were warned by the Ohio Department of Education that test results this year would show lower achievement scores, he is pleased overall with the performance of Bay Village Schools students.

The 2016 report card test results represent the third year in a row of different state tests and varying standards. A comparison of the Performance Index percentages in the Achievement category, which factors in every test taken by every student, shows Bay Village achieving at the 6th highest level out of 31 Cuyahoga County school districts. The district scored 8th out of 20 top-scoring Northeast Ohio districts, and 18th out of 20 top-scoring districts in the state.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:47 AM, 09.20.2016

Westlake bond issue on tour

If you have been interested in learning what Westlake Schools' combined bond issue is about, Superintendent Scott Goggins, Treasurer Todd Hopkins and Jennifer Frey from Citizens for Westlake Schools are heading out on a speaking tour around Westlake. Here are some of the upcoming places where they will be speaking:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Westlake Democrats Meeting. Western Cuyahoga Lodge Hall, 26145 Center Ridge Road.
  • Monday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Public Forum and Q&A presented by the League of Women Voters. Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.
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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.20.2016

Westlake superintendent, treasurer discuss school proposal

Westlake City Schools held an open house at the high school on Aug. 8 to introduce the new superintendent, Scott Goggin, and treasurer, Todd Hopkins.

Goggin, who previously worked in the Midview school district and lived in Avon, said he and his family are becoming familiar with their new city and exploring all of its benefits. “We moved right next to Crocker Park, so we’ve been able to enjoy that this summer. When our son and daughter have friends over it gives them some sense of independence, they can walk and see a movie or get a haircut. We absolutely love it. We are now embedded in the community. The people have been so welcoming and so friendly to me and my family, it’s been overwhelming.” he said.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:44 AM, 08.16.2016

Bay High Athletic Hall of Fame inducting new members in August

This year, the Bay High Athletic Hall of Fame will add five players, two coaches and two teams to its hallowed list of honorees.

Bay High legendary teachers and coaches Tom Kaiser and Joe Knap, the 2003 State Championship Girls’ Soccer Team and the 1980 State Runner-Up Baseball Team, and top Bay High athletes Luke Altieri (1981), Brad Cartwright (1992), Darrell Dewitt (1992), Kelley Moore (2005) and Lee Rohlke (1978) will join the Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

The new members will be introduced at the football game on Friday, Aug. 26, and feted at a social at Bay Lodge after the game. The induction ceremony and dinner will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, at The Fountain Bleau Event Center in Avon Lake. Tickets are $60 and available from Keri Altieri (440-617-7404) or Jim Cahoon (330-620-3161). Reservations must be made by Aug. 17.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.16.2016

Bay Kiwanis honor scholarship winners

Bay High School senior scholarship recipients and their families joined Bay Kiwanis at Bay Lodge for the annual scholarship dinner on Tuesday, July 19. There was a very nice turnout and members were able to socialize with the graduating seniors and their families. Kiwanis was very proud to be able to award over $16,000 to these special BHS graduates!

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:40 AM, 08.16.2016

Tri-C Westshore offers physical education, dance classes for credit

Beginning with the upcoming fall semester, the Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will offer physical education and dance classes for college credit. Courses will be offered in yoga; yoga and pilates; and dance fundamentals. Classes will be held at two Tri-C sites in Westlake – Corporate College West and the Health Careers & Sciences building at Westshore Campus.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.16.2016

Westlake school board votes to put bond issue on November ballot

1.3 mill bond issue and 1 mill PI levy won't increase residents' taxes

At a special meeting on July 25, the Westlake Board of Education passed a resolution placing a “no new millage” bond issue and permanent improvement (PI) levy on the Nov. 8 ballot. This issue will replace the district’s four elementary schools with one new school and sets aside funds to maintain district facilities – and it will not raise taxes.

Over the past few years, a planning committee made up of parents, civic and business leaders, teachers and residents reviewed the school district’s facilities and considered different options to replace or renovate Westlake’s four aging and deteriorating elementary schools. The studies found inefficient HVAC and plumbing systems, inadequate electrical capacity for today’s instructional technology, failing windows and roofs, classrooms that are too small for modern teaching, and too many facilities for Westlake's population.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:07 AM, 08.02.2016

Bay Music Boosters' door-to-door membership drive is Aug. 17

Over 1,000 students each year enroll in orchestra, jazz, band, choral and Rockette programs from the fourth to 12th grades. Bay Village Schools’ music program has been named one of the "Best 100 Music Communities in America" since 2003!

Bay Music Boosters is a volunteer, nonprofit organization established to support and promote Bay Village Public Schools’ fine music education program. This year, Bay Music Boosters is having their Door-to-Door Membership Drive on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 5-8 p.m.

Bay High School students who are in chorus, marching band, orchestra and Rockettes will be going door to door on Wednesday 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.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:08 AM, 08.02.2016

LWV awards Good Citizen scholarships

The Bay Village Chapter of the League of Women Voters Greater Cleveland has named two 2016 Bay High School graduates as outstanding “Good Citizens” of the school and community. Irini Kazanas and Jacob Melaragno were each awarded a $1,000 college scholarship at the Kiwanis Awards Night in May. Irini and Jacob were chosen for their superior qualities of character, scholarship and leadership.

Irini will attend Ashland University and major in early childhood education. While at Bay High Irini was involved in Key Club, National Honor Society, Treble Choir and the golf team. She was also active in the Greek Orthodox Youth Association, working with children in the community.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:09 AM, 08.02.2016

Westside Christian Academy launches pre-kindergarten

What exactly should a parent look for in a pre-kindergarten program? It was the question Kourtney Sladek, Westside Christian Academy’s new pre-kindergarten teacher, knew parents would be asking and it guided her in designing the program. The answer also was meaningful because she too is the parent of a preschooler.

“Was it more important to me that they be able to recite letter sounds? To name an octagon? To make cute crafts for holidays?” Sladek asked. “But what if my goal for my child was not to compete with the world but to lay a strong, meaningful foundation for education? What if I desired to have my children learn truths about God and themselves?”

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:05 AM, 08.02.2016

Westlake teachers' contract is adopted

At a special meeting of the Westlake Board of Education on July 19, the Board voted to adopt the newly negotiated contract with the Westlake Teachers Association (WTA).  After more than a year of negotiations, both parties have reached a three-year agreement for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 school years. On Monday, July 18, WTA members voted to accept the agreement reached by the negotiating committee.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 5:39 PM, 07.19.2016

Bay Village Board of Education approves levy request for November ballot

The Bay Village Board of Education has voted unanimously to put a 5.9 mill operating levy on the Nov. 8 election ballot. The request reflects careful fiscal management that stretched a 2010 levy two years beyond its original four-year projection.

Homeowners would see a tax increase of approximately $17.21 per month (about $207 annually) for each $100,000 of home valuation if the levy passes. It would generate an estimated $3.1 million in additional revenue annually for the school district.

The 5.9 mill levy is to cover increasing costs for utilities, supplies, salaries, transportation, etc. The millage level also reflects the addition of increased instructional technology support and foreign language instruction starting at the elementary school level.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:48 AM, 07.19.2016

Westside Christian Academy adds grade levels, new principal

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Westside Christian Academy in Westlake is on its way to providing an education to students from pre-kindergarten through high school graduation. They launched the Upper School in fall 2015, combining the existing grades 7 and 8 with a new grade 9. Grade 10 and a pre-kindergarten class will start this fall. Plans are to add grades 11 and 12 in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

To lead the Upper School, WCA announced the hiring of Dr. Bernard J. Mauser, an assistant professor at San Diego Christian College. Dr. Mauser will be teaching and developing the curriculum in his role as principal.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:43 AM, 07.19.2016

Westlake selects new treasurer, DIS principal

At a special board meeting on June 22, the Westlake City Schools Board of Education unanimously selected Todd Hopkins as the district treasurer and Alexander Fleming as principal of Dover Intermediate School.

Mr. Hopkins is currently the treasurer at Brooklyn City Schools and previously served as the assistant treasurer and computer network manager. He also worked in the banking industry. His contract begins Aug. 1 and he will begin working with the district on an interim basis during the month of July while he finalizes work with the Brooklyn City Schools. Mark Pepera, the district’s outgoing treasurer will remain on contract through July 16.

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Volume 8, Issue 13, Posted 9:23 AM, 07.06.2016

Safe boating program graduates 36 students

The Bay Village Safe Boating class ended on June 27 with the final class of the summer being held at Whiskey Island Marina on Lake Erie. Thirty–six middle school students completed the class and were awarded certificates for their success in completing the Ohio Boating Education Course in May and three Mondays on the water during June.

Ohio Law requires any person born after Jan. 1, 1982, to complete a boating education course in order to operate a power boat with a motor of more than 10 horsepower. Students spent 35 hours learning how to boat safely and have fun on the water. The course follows the curriculum of the Spirit of America Foundation which is a national youth boating education program.  Students were required to take the Ohio Boating Education Class (OBEC) and pass the exam.

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Volume 8, Issue 13, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.06.2016

WHS Academic Challenge team finishes 3rd in nation

The Westlake High School Academic Challenge team took third place (with a record of 8-1) out of 41 teams from across the country in the recent Question Unlimited’s National Academic Championship in Chicago. The team qualified by performing well in earlier tournaments. Team members, pictured from left: Justin Krantz, Anna Craven, Patrick Lee, Ryan Karpuszka, Nico DiGiulio and Kyle Yu. (Not pictured: Alex Lathem.)

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Volume 8, Issue 13, Posted 9:23 AM, 07.06.2016

Bay Village Schools conducting community survey

The Bay Village City School District is conducting a survey of its residents to collect opinions on how the schools are managing academic offerings, finances and other district responsibilities.

“We engage with our residents in many ways, whether through formal groups and meetings, or just through consistent responses to phone calls and emails,” said Amy Huntley, president of the Bay Village Board of Education. “This random sample and survey is one way to reach out to people we seldom hear from.”

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.21.2016