Bay Village students share family traditions

The holiday season has arrived, 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, Mrs. Martha Fisher of Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village asked her third-grade students to share favorite family traditions from this time of year.

My Lovely Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve my family goes to my Aunt Debbie’s house. I see my cousins and we get matching pajamas. We eat snow ball cookies. They are cookies with walnuts. We eat brownies and sing songs in her music room and I play the piano. For dinner we have spinach quiche, grapes, and mac and cheese. The kids play house up in my cousin’s mom’s old room when she was a kid. Then we ride up and down the steps. The stairs go in circles and we slide on our bottoms down the stairs. Next we change into our matching PJs. Finally we open presents and we play with our new toys. All of us write letters to Santa and put them in my aunt’s special mailbox. We go home and I say,  “Hi,” to Jingle, my Elf on the Shelf, and go to bed dreaming about the wonderful day that is coming.
by Lulu V.

My Christmas Tradition
We cut down our tree each year. Our family has gone to Wilcox Tree Farm to cut down our Christmas tree every year since I was a baby. My parents make us a big breakfast before we leave. My dad gets his saw and we all pile in the car to go find the perfect tree. Our family rides on their tractor to take us out to the trees. If we are lucky there will be snow on the ground so my brother and I can have a snowball fight! Some years my brother finds a tree and some years I find a tree but we never leave without a tree. Sometimes we struggle to get it in the door and some years we have to cut the top because it is too tall. Once we finally get it in, our dad takes a nap and my brother, my mom and I put on ornaments and candy canes and lights! I like to eat the candy canes but I also like to see the ornaments I made and have got from the past. I do this every year and I LOVE IT!!
by Aaron B.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:32 AM, 12.09.2014

Westlake students share family traditions

The holiday season has arrived, 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, Mrs. Pam DeAnna of Bassett Elementary School in Westlake asked her third-grade students to share favorite family traditions. Their varied responses recall special moments throughout the year, from Easter to the Fourth of July to Eid to Chanukah to Christmas.

My Family Tradition
My traditions are on Easter. On Easter, my family gets up and we find our baskets. We do the hot and cold clue game. When we eat pancakes and sausages, you can hear my family talking to one another. We open our baskets while we eat. After we are done eating, I open my toys and other stuff. In the afternoon, I eat my candy and sometimes I eat it in the morning, but just the pieces that spill out of my plastic Easter eggs. Of course, I do not go to school! Thank you for listening to my Easter traditions!
by Aubrie G.

Making Gingerbread Houses
After Thanksgiving four people including me, my cousin Devon, my sister Samantha, and my other cousin Kyra decorate some gingerbread houses. We use gumballs, icing and candy. I do it every year three days after Thanksgiving. It is fun doing it every year. I do two, my sister does two, and Devon does one. There are five gingerbread houses altogether. I make icing into icicles and Samantha makes a gummy gumball path. Yum! The gingerbread houses are not edible. I smell ginger and sugar! I hear talking and yelling. I love the taste of gum drops. I touch the icing and see sugar and candy on the gingerbread houses. I loved writing this story for you!
by Kaitlyn J.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:33 AM, 12.09.2014

WHS senior to speak at college commencement

Six months before receiving his high school diploma, a Westlake High School senior will receive two associate degrees and serve as commencement speaker for his college graduating class.

Aswin Bikkani, 17, was selected by the Cuyahoga Community College Joint Student Council – the college-wide student government body – to serve as the Dec. 17 commencement speaker. Aswin will graduate from Tri-C with Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for Fall 2014 with a 4.0 GPA. He was selected from a pool of candidates to serve as commencement speaker.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:40 AM, 12.09.2014

BAYarts announces scholarship for graduating seniors

The Ruth Purdy-Leslie Scholarship Fund at BAYarts was created in memory of the much-loved Bay Schools art teacher in 2011. Originally to aid students interested in taking BAYarts classes, the program was expanded to include scholarships for college-bound students.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:47 AM, 12.09.2014

Donation drive for Cleveland Family Promise

We are seven fourth-graders from Westerly Elementary School who are interested in helping homeless people from the Greater Cleveland Family Promise shelter that are moving to their new homes. We are doing a donation drive to collect supplies for bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. The supplies can be slightly worn, and they don’t have to be new. 

The donation box is at Bay Village Library, 502 Cahoon Road, and is next to the display case. The donation drive will be held from now until Sunday, Jan. 4. After Jan. 4, we will be delivering the supplies to two families’ new homes.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:42 AM, 12.09.2014

Westlake student's story published in national magazine

Neige DeAngelis, a Dover Intermediate School fifth-grade student, won a national story contest by Cricket magazine for her story about a temperamental, fire-breathing dragon named Mr. Feugo.

Neige’s story, “350 Words or Else!” chronicles the scene of Mr. Feugo, editor of “Dragonfly” magazine, being upset when readers sent in 10-page stories for publication. Neige’s story was published in the October 2014 issue of Cricket magazine.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:38 AM, 12.09.2014

WHS students learn peaceful solutions

A group of Westlake High School students joined other area schools at the Beck Center for the Arts last month to learn how to create peaceful solutions through the arts.

The Peaceful Solutions program is a one-day workshop at the Beck Center in Lakewood that includes opportunities for students to write songs, play instruments, paint, mold with clay and learn how cultural arts can have a positive impact on their lives and society.

The WHS participants were Zac Duffield, Jillian Eddy, Abigail Sperli, Paola Del Rincon Martinez, Lori Unger, Haleigh Harper and David Wanhainen, Bayanne Farraj, Sydney Chatterton, Carolyn Bedell and Andrew Sperli.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:40 AM, 12.09.2014

Westlake headlines peer prevention seminar

Fifty-eight Westlake High School students were part of a SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) seminar held Dec. 2 at Quicken Loans Arena to generate peer prevention ideas to take back to their schools.

About 400 SADD members from Northeast Ohio high schools attended. Nine WHS SADD and Leadership Challenge students presented a peer prevention program – pHarmingEffects – that teaches students about the dangers of using prescription medications not prescribed for them. Students used PowerPoint, videos and skits during their presentation, which they previously presented in the high school’s sophomore health classes.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:38 AM, 12.09.2014

Westlake Schools CFO named to accounting advisory council

Westlake Schools CFO/Treasurer Mark C. Pepera was one of six new members appointed to the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC).

Pepera will serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2015, and represents the Association of School Business Officials International. The appointment was made by the board of trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation, which is responsible for the oversight, administration and finances of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:38 AM, 12.09.2014

Sister Reporters

Maggie and Riley Millett are students at Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village and will be working together to write articles for the Observer. Last year, Maggie was a third-grader in Miss Holinek’s class and wrote an article for the Observer about their class cupcake sale. Now her sister Riley is a third-grader at Westerly (also in Miss Holinek’s class) and the girls are going to collaborate to write articles together!

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.25.2014

If you stop to think, you might think to stop!

When you see the folded yellow signs in a crosswalk that means pedestrians have the right away and drivers must stop! It does not mean to accelerate and try to beat pedestrians to the crosswalk. It also does not mean to continue at the same speed hoping that pedestrians will get out of the way in time. Additionally, it does not mean “let’s scare them and pretend we’re going to run them over.” Not cool.

However, so many people in their comfy, cozy cars listening to music, looking at or talking on their phones are often so caught up in their own world that they put pedestrians, as well as their own lives, in danger when they fail to stop!

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.25.2014

Normandy Elementary students fight germs through handwashing

Normandy Elementary School is putting hand germs on notice that their days are numbered at the school.

Kindergarten through second-grade students learned about healthy hand washing from St. John Medical Center registered nurses on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Then they pledged to become “Germinators” and to wash germs down the drain.

The program is called “Healthy Hands, Healthy Kids.” It is part of the St. John Medical Center Community Outreach Program. Registered nurses (and their germy aliases), all dressed in “germ” costumes, included Mary "Izzie Influenza" Kiczek, Mirian "Fanny Fungus" Buzzard, and Lucile "Lucy Listeria” Maher. Their director of education is Paul "Eddy Ecoli” Forthofer.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.25.2014

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