Normandy Elementary students show thanks to veterans

About 500 Normandy Elementary children in grades K-2 gathered at an assembly to honor our veterans and military heroes on Nov. 11. Rows of red, white and blue stars lining the walls were the first hint to visitors that they were in for a special day. Each star featured a brave man or woman who served in the military and was related to a Normandy student. 

Special guests represented each branch of the service and a span of many years of protecting our freedoms. The program began with Boy Scouts presenting the colors, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, words of introduction and thanks, musical tributes, and a lesson about flag etiquette.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:31 AM, 11.25.2014

Westshore Young Leaders hold annual leadership training

A record number of middle and high school students and staff from Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted and Rocky River braved the cold and snow to participate in the annual Westshore Young Leaders training held at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River on Friday, Nov. 21. Over the past five years, the training has been able to reach out to close to 400 students in the Westshore District. 

The Westshore Young Leaders Network partnered with McKeon Education Group to facilitate the invigorating day of interactive training. Stand By Your Quote was an excellent activity for students to examine the leadership styles of others and take a moment to reflect on its meaning and purpose in their leadership roles. One example was a paraphrase of John Quincy Adams' quote: "If your actions inspire others to dream more and do more, you are a leader."

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:45 AM, 11.25.2014

LBMS students unite against bullying

Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-graders participated in a Unity Day Against Bullying on Oct. 30.

Language arts teacher Deb Schrembeck’s students read the novel “Bullyville” by Francine Prose, the story of an eighth-grade boy who was bullied and the consequences for all involved. They also watched the non-fiction documentary “Bully.”

Out of the students’ anger and disappointment in how the characters in both works were treated, they planned a Unity Day. Students made more than 650 colorful, personalized positive message signs they then taped to every student locker. A handful of students made public service announcements during the morning and afternoon announcements and encouraged everyone to wear orange – the national color of anti-bullying – on Oct. 30.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.11.2014

‘Wall of Kindness’ replaces construction wall with love and beauty at Normandy Elementary

A blank wall is just an invitation to those with artistic vision. Bay Village’s Normandy Elementary School, in the process of having a new addition constructed, had a blocked and covered exit door that didn’t stand a chance of staying unadorned for long.

A beautiful arrangement of pastel squares now covers the unpainted drywall underneath, and each square is decorated with a student self-portrait and a suggestion for showing kindness to others. It is labeled, “Wall of Kindness.”

Those studying the wall will find dozens of suggestions for being kind. "Say good morning to a friend," says one square. "Treat others the way you want to be treated," says another. “Make your teacher joyful,” is sure to be a favorite with many adults in the school.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:50 AM, 11.11.2014

Westlake High students participate in art museum program

Eight Westlake High School AP art history and AP studio art students will participate in a Cleveland Museum of Art Museum Ambassadors program that provides a behind-the-scenes experience at the world-class institution.

Master students are seniors Paige Dawson, Lucia del Rincon-Martinez and Kylie Hulver. Apprentice students are juniors Kaylee Carson, Hayley Quinlan, Natalie Samenuk, Harleen Shergill and Kyle Wong. Students were chosen for the program by prevention coordinator Kathy McGinty and social studies teacher Beth Noren.

The first year of the program has students participating in behind-the-scenes experiences in various departments at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In their second year, students participate in similar experiences at other University Circle institutions, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Orchestra. This year students will be working in the different areas of the library, such as education, curating, marketing and research.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:49 AM, 11.11.2014

WHS girls swim/dive team earns top academic honors

The Westlake High School girls swim/dive team earned the Scholar Team Award from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) for having the highest team GPA in Ohio for the third consecutive year.

The team maintains a 3.856 GPA, earning them a Gold Level Award. The award recognizes academic success in the classroom for the entire swimming, diving and water polo teams, as well as athletic success in the pool.

“Earning the Top GPA in the state for three consecutive years speaks to the commitment and diligence of this team,” said coach Jessica Dye. “Their excellence goes beyond the pool. These girls exemplify what the term student-athlete means. They are strong role models for our community, and I am proud to be their coach.”

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:49 AM, 11.11.2014

LBMS team raises funds for Alzheimer's

Lee Burneson Middle School language arts teacher Deb Schrembeck’s eighth-graders raised $350 from an academic haunted house for the Alzheimer’s Association.

A 30-member student Unity Committee spent a month designing activities using four classrooms – math, science, language arts and U.S. studies – to produce a haunted house. The math room invited students to solve a math problem and enter the math maze. The science room provided a sensory mad scientist scene. The language arts room had the books “Divergent,” “The Hunger Games” and “Percy Jackson” come to life. The U.S. studies room housed the witches of Salem.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.11.2014

Students learn technology concepts through Techie Club

Techie Club is a new partnership between the Westlake City Schools and Hyland Software designed to expose students to different technology concepts, to incite interest and encourage exploration.

The club includes hands-on, interactive lessons for third and fourth grade students. Topics include computer programming, web development, hardware, software, internet, digital and social media, technology careers and robotics.

Techie Club is comprised of up to 20 students and meets for an hour after school on Thursdays at Dover Elementary School throughout the school year. International Baccalaureate Coordinator Colleen Mudore is facilitating the program with the help of Hyland Software volunteers.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.28.2014

WHS student earns perfect 36 on ACT

Nicholas “Cal” Craven is the third Westlake High School student this year to earn a perfect 36 on the ACT.

Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takers earns a perfect score on the ACT. Among ACT-tested U.S. high school graduates in the Class of 2014, only 1,407 out of 1.85 million students earned a perfect 36 on the exam.

Cal, a WHS senior, is a National Merit Semifinalist, an AP Scholar, a top 10 finalist in the 2014 National High School Architecture Competition, a first-place district champion in the Math Equations Contest as a 7th and 8th grader, and a third-place winner of the MAA American Mathematics Competition in 2011. He also earned several awards in the Student Model Home Design Contest of Northeast Ohio, including Best Model and third-place overall design in 2014, and best presentation and third-place overall design in 2013.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.28.2014

USDA notice for Parkside Preschool and Day Care Center

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

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:28 AM, 10.03.2014

Dover Elementary students implement plan to help classmate

When Kim D’Acunzo’s second-grade class at Dover Elementary School learned about a classmate’s struggle with diabetes, they wanted to help.

Ethan Kanderski was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes) in February. When he shared with his classmates that he was participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes, his classmates developed an action plan and spent hours making beaded shoe charms and posters.

The second-grade class made daily school announcements and worked until they sold nearly 350 shoe charms, raising $168 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Ethan participated in the walk at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sept. 28.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 10.14.2014

Bay High presents 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' Oct. 16 and 18

Bay High’s Drama Club will present the classic C.S. Lewis children’s tale, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," on Thursday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 18, 7 p.m. at Bay High Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and sold only at the door; children ages 5 and under are admitted free.

The entire family will enjoy this mythical journey of young siblings Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter, who have been sent to the English countryside to escape the bombing in London during World War II. During their stay in London, they uncover a magical wardrobe that sends them to the mystical land of Narnia. In Narnia, the children encounter several magical creatures under the spell of the White Queen. To help the animals in this kingdom, the children must work together with Aslan, the former ruler of Narnia, to break the White Witch’s spell of an endless winter and bring Narnia back to a wondrous land of magic.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:08 AM, 10.14.2014

WHS sophomore scores perfect 36 on ACT

Westlake High School sophomore Alex Lathem scored a perfect 36 on the ACT test given over the summer. Fewer than 1/10th of 1 percent of the average 1.6 million students who take the ACT annually earn a top score of 36. This is the ninth time in six years a WHS student has earned a perfect score on the test.

Alex is involved in a variety of activities, including band, Jazz Band, Chorale, Men’s Chorus, Science Olympiad, Academic Challenge and Math Madness. He will play Simeon in the upcoming WHS Center Stage Players’ production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." As a member of the WHS Latin Club, Alex has been part of the Ohio Certamen team, representing the state at the National Junior Classical League conventions over the summer.

While he is still working on his specific future plans, Alex intends to major in physics and computer science when he attends college.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 10.14.2014

An amazing migration

Normandy Elementary brings international monarch butterfly study to students

Education is best when it is relevant for students, and Normandy Elementary School is using the annual migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico, and their Bay Village rest stop, to make learning about geography and science personal. Bay Village is located right along the monarch butterflies’ migration path, and students frequently see the beautiful-winged insects each fall and spring as the sojourners rest and replenish their nutrition during a journey that can reach 2,500 miles long.

Julie Holland, a Normandy Elementary school librarian, is one of many people who watch for and record monarch butterfly sightings during the migration. She has been raising the butterflies from their eggs for 15 years. She tags and releases hundreds of them as part of an international effort to understand their migratory habits.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.30.2014

WHS has 7 National Merit Semifinalists

Seven Westlake High School students were named 2014 National Merit Semifinalists in the National Merit Program. Less than 1 percent of the 1.5 million high school seniors who took the PSAT in their junior year make it to the semifinal round. The WHS semifinalists, pictured from left, are: Wendy DeFeo, Alan Garber, Kartik Dhinakaran, Ameesh Shah, Aswin Bikkani and Thomas Reusser. (Not pictured: Nicholas Craven)

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:47 AM, 09.30.2014

Students plant 'pinwheels for peace'

Students across the country celebrated the annual International Day of Peace on Sept. 21 by creating and displaying colorful pinwheels. In Westlake, students from Dover, Hilliard and Holly Lane elementary schools and Dover Intermediate School created theirs in art classes and "planted" them on the front lawns of their schools. The kindergartners of Westshore Montessori School also decorated pinwheels for their school's lawn. The pinwheels are meant to create a visual public statement about peace.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:47 AM, 09.30.2014

K-Kids donate to hunger center

Dover Intermediate School K-Kids assembled more than 200 bags filled with a variety of toiletries to donate to St. Patrick’s Hunger Center in Cleveland. About 2,000 sample-sized and hotel toiletries were collected by DIS K-Kids, Westlake Kiwanis and St. Ladislas parish in Westlake. Thirty-eight students met after school to assemble the bags with the help of the Westlake High School Key Club.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:46 AM, 09.30.2014

'Hidden in Plain Sight' reveals signs of drug abuse, illegal activity in teens' bedrooms

Parents exploring a typical teen bedroom staged at Bay High School will find that, hidden in the usual mess, are clues that signal trouble. “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be on display in the school's auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Doors open for browsing at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 7 p.m. The exhibit is open to adults only.There is no charge for admittance, and adult residents of all surrounding communities are welcome.

The unique traveling exhibit was created by the Bath and Copley Township police departments. The departments constructed what appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager. Visitors will learn, though, that amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk and personal care products on a vanity are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous and even illegal activity.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:02 AM, 09.16.2014

WHS senior scores perfect 36 on ACT

Westlake High School senior Kartik Dhinakaran scored a perfect 36 on the ACT test given over the summer. Fewer than 1/10th of 1 percent of the average 1.6 million students who take the ACT annually earn a top score of 36. This is the ninth time in six years a WHS student has earned a perfect score on the test.

As a sophomore, Kartik scored in the top 2.5 percent of test takers on the American Mathematics Competition 10 exam and competed in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) for the last four years. Last spring he was one of two WHS students representing Ohio in the American Regions Mathematics League – a national high school mathematics team competition – at Penn State University.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.16.2014

American Legion presents new flag to WHS

The American Legion Post #385 recently presented a new flag to fly outside Westlake High School. Jim Potter, the Post's Americanism Chairman received a call from Principal Tim Freeman's office this summer explaining that they had a new school building, but the flag outside was faded and torn. They asked if the Post could present them with a new flag when school opened this fall.

The American Legion ordered a new flag for the school and will retire the old flag as part of their annual Veterans Day flag retirement ceremony.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.16.2014

Kindergarteners welcome the new school year

The kindergarten class of Westshore Montessori School in Westlake participated in the annual making of the Japanese koi windsock celebrating the beginning of the kindergarten year. As a cultural enrichment lesson, the children learned that the koi fish is renowned for its determination for swimming upstream against the hard current, therefore is thought to be a worthy example for children. In Japan, the koi windsocks can be seen hanging from tall poles around the neighborhoods celebrating the festival for children traditionally held in May.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.16.2014

St. Raphael School raises more than $900 with Ice Bucket Challenge

St. Raphael School in Bay Village responded to the Ice Bucket Challenge from St. Christopher School in Rocky River. Nearly 20 staff members participated in the challenge, with students donating money for a chance to dump the ice. More than $900 was raised by the St. Raphael students, with funds being split between the John Paul II Medical Research Institute and the Prayers From Maria Children's Glioma Cancer Foundation.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 10:06 AM, 09.16.2014

BVEF to award annual grants to schools

It’s that time of year again when the kids are back in class and teachers and school personnel have put the finishing touches on their plans and rooms for their eager students. The Bay Village Education Foundation, however, lends a helping hand to those teachers and staff that desire a little something extra at the beginning of each year, such as to initiate a revolutionary idea, gather more purposeful and helpful supplies, or to try using new equipment with their students.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 9:57 AM, 09.16.2014

Westlake BOE introduces new superintendent

Geoffrey Palmer, the interim superintendent of the Westlake Schools for this school year, was introduced to the community at a reception at Dover Intermediate School prior to the Aug. 25 board of education meeting.

Westlake school board President Carol Winter announced Palmer by saying, “He is here to do wonderful things for Westlake. One of the things that struck us as a board when he interviewed, was that he made it clear that he wasn’t looking at this as an interim position, even if it was for 12 months. He was looking at making Westlake the best Westlake city schools in the time that he is here. Anytime you bring new folks into a district we bring fresh eyes to the district and that’s great thing.”

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Volume 6, Issue 18, Posted 9:48 AM, 09.03.2014

Bay High Athletic HOF induction weekend Sept. 5-6

The 5th Bi-Annual Bay High Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will take place on Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6. The hall of fame event honors past Rocket athletes, coaches, teams and contributors who made their legacy while at Bay High School.

Friday night there will be a brief ceremony introducing the new class of inductees to the community during the Bay-Westlake football game. After the game there is an informal get together at the Bay Lodge on Bradley Road, lasting until midnight. Food and beverages will be served and everyone is welcome to attend – inductees, family, friends and interested members of the community.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 3:47 PM, 08.20.2014

Chamber luncheon welcomes new Bay, Westlake educators

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce held its annual end-of-summer luncheon focused on education and jobs. All of the new teachers in the Westlake and Bay Village school districts were the chamber’s invited guests on Aug. 12 at the Holiday Inn on Crocker Road.

The luncheon also featured a presentation of the Friend of Education Award, given to the chamber member who has made the biggest contribution to education in the past year. This year’s honoree was Jeremy Thompson from Amica Insurance, who accepted his award from Nancy Ralls, career development coordinator of the Westshore Career-Technical District.

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Volume 6, Issue 17, Posted 10:19 AM, 08.19.2014

Bay Music Boosters conducting door-to-door membership drive

More than 1,000 students enroll each year 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!

This year, Bay Music Boosters is having their Door-to-Door Membership Drive on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 4-8 p.m.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:36 AM, 08.05.2014

The fine line between prescription drug abuse and heroin Is prevention

A new government report finds a link between prescription drug abuse and an increased risk of heroin use. Americans ages 12 to 49 that illegally use prescription drugs are 19 times more likely than others in their age group to begin using heroin, the report found. According to the National Survey on Drug Use, nearly 1 in 5 teens report abusing medications that were not prescribed to them. Sadly, every day, 2,500 youth (aged 12-17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the very first time.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.05.2014

Westshore Montessori School enrolling for Fall 2014

A Montessori classroom is different from most. Children are not silently restricted to desks, but have the freedom to explore and make their own decisions. This allows students to develop a sense of independence and motivation that will follow them through life.

In fact, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have credited their unprecedented business success to an early foundation in Montessori learning.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.05.2014

Deadline extended for Mini-Rockette camp

Time is running out to enroll in this year's Mini-Rockette Camp, conducted by the Bay High School Rockette team. The camp will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, in the Bay Middle School cafeteria, 27725 Wolf Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp is open to all children entering first through eighth grade and the cost of the camp is $60 per child. The registration deadline is July 25.

The camp will include: dance and flag skills, a special Rockette T-shirt, crafts and games, two snacks and lunch, face painting and poms for the performances. During the last hour of camp, the Mini-Rockettes will perform the dances they learned at the camp. In addition, the Mini-Rockettes will perform during the pre-game festivities for a Bay High School football game at Bay High Stadium.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:45 AM, 07.22.2014

Bassett hires new principal

Alexander Fleming, principal of Midview East Intermediate School in Grafton, was named principal of Bassett Elementary School at the June 16 Board of Education meeting.

In his three years at Midview, Fleming restructured the way instruction is delivered, creating a teaming model and implementing several building-level programs. He also implemented co-teaching special education strategies to improve achievement. Those efforts led to the State of Ohio Special Education Team of the Year award in 2011-2012. In addition he created an outdoor education program for his fifth and sixth graders.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:06 AM, 06.24.2014

LBMS class donates prize back to charity

When Dennis Sullivan’s seventh-graders at Lee Burneson Middle School learned that they had won the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pasta for Pennies contest at the school, they made a startling request.

The students asked that the Olive Garden lunch they had won for their classroom be donated to the Ronald McDonald House, a home-away-from home for families of children being treated at Cleveland-area hospitals. Lunch was delivered to those families on May 29.

“Many families on our team are currently personally affected by cancer,” said Sullivan, seventh-grade social studies teacher and middle school athletic director. “The most incredible act was to donate the motivational lunch back to the hospital. I am extremely proud of all the kids in my homeroom.”

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:19 AM, 06.10.2014

Women’s Club funds $12,000 in scholarships

The Bay Village Women’s Club awarded scholarships to six Bay High seniors at its annual Honors for Scholars Luncheon. The May 8 program at the Cleveland Yachting Club provided Club members with the opportunity to chat with the students and their parents and to meet Bay High School staff members.

At the podium each student described his or her future plans. Later the Huff-n-Puff Barber Shop Quartet provided entertainment with songs from the 1800s up through the Doo-Wop era.

The Club awarded its first scholarship in 1936. This year’s $12,000 total – $2,000 to each student – brings the Club’s scholarship funding to over $427,000. Funding comes from the annual Antiques Show at the high school in February, the Hassler Funds, and ongoing sales of Bay memorabilia (afghans, cookbooks, cards, etc.).

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:13 AM, 06.10.2014

Holly Lane Service Club raises money for autism

Students from Westlake's Holly Lane Service Club have been able to pair the latest fashion and crafting craze among kids, Rainbow Loom bracelets, with a great cause. The club recently donated the $122 it earned by selling “Bracelets 4 Autism” to local nonprofit Connecting for Kids.

The popular blue-and-white bracelets were sold to Holly Lane students during April which is Autism Awareness Month. Club member McKenna Riley, who has a sibling with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), came up with the idea that was voted on and eagerly undertaken by the group. The students both made and sold the “Bracelets 4 Autism” themselves.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.10.2014

Featured Student: Megan Teets

Featuring some of our districts' great high school students.

Megan Teets, a sixth-grade Parkside Intermediate School student, is one of 16 recipients of the R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Department of Education.

The award is presented to one exemplary special education student from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team regions. Megan will be recognized in Columbus on June 18 by the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.10.2014

Graduations and Goodbyes

Hi. My name is Halle Parks. I am 10 years old, in fourth grade and am home schooled. My mom has been my teacher at home in Bay Village since I was in kindergarten. Recently, my parents and I have been thinking about having me go to a “regular” school for fifth grade. Hopefully, I will attend Westside Christian Academy (WCA) in Westlake.

To  learn more about the school, my mom and I went to WCA’s eighth-grade graduation on June 3. The ceremony was much more exciting than I thought it would be! It began with a prayer, and continued with music and worship. Then, the 11 graduates recited Psalm 19 together (which is quite a long Psalm).

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:21 AM, 06.10.2014

Bay High Rockettes to hold Mini-Rockette Camp

The Bay Village High School Rockette team will hold a Mini-Rockette Camp on Saturday, August 16, in the Bay Middle School cafeteria, 27725 Wolf Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp is open to all children entering first through eighth grade and the cost of the camp is $60 per child.

The camp will include: dance and flag skills, a special Rockette T-shirt, crafts and games, two snacks and lunch, face painting and poms for the performances. During the last hour of camp, the Mini-Rockettes will perform the dances they learned at the camp. In addition, the Mini-Rockettes will perform during the pre-game festivities for a Bay High School football game at Bay High Stadium.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.28.2014

Civil War poetry contest winners

Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-graders Alex Rujawitz, Audrey Lyle and Rachael Kaiser are the 2014 winners of the Jon Thompson Civil War Poetry Contest sponsored by the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable.

The three were honored at a dinner on May 14 at Cleveland’s Judson Manor, where they read their winning entries – poetic interpretations of “The Widow,” a painting showing a Confederate widow being comforted by the ghost of her husband as she grieves at his tombstone.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:15 AM, 05.28.2014

Featured Student: Katie Randazzo

Featuring some of our district's great high school students.

Bay High senior Katie Randazzo has used her time at her school to be an actor, a member of the stage chorus, and a student director of the cast and crew of Bay High’s ambitious musical "Beauty and the Beast." She capped off her high school performances this year playing the wicked stepmother in Bay High’s presentation of "Cinderella" while serving as vice president of the Bay High Thespians. But as much as she enjoys “treading the boards,” Katie has her sights set on actually creating the stories that others perform. She plans to be a screenwriter.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:15 AM, 05.28.2014

3 WHS students accepted into language immersion program

Westlake High School sophomores Harleen Shergill and Allyson Simon, and junior Sophie Warner, were accepted into the 2014 STARTALK Foreign Language Academy in Chinese and Russian at Kent State University this summer.

The KSU STARTALK Academy is a four-week language immersion program that introduces a new language and culture. Students are housed in the KSU Honors College and students can receive up to five college credits. Students are provided with a laptop computer and all the necessary software.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 8:59 AM, 05.28.2014