Bay High has 5 students recognized in National Merit Scholarship Program

Bay Village City School District is proud to announce that five students have been recognized in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships.

Aden Bergstresser and Milan Oppewall have been named Semifinalists, and Jonathan Douglas, Angelica Jameson and Sean Smith are recognized as Commended students. All are seniors at Bay High School. These students were identified based on their 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores.

National Merit Semi-Finalists

Aden Bergstresser is looking to attend University of Michigan, Cornell University or Harvard University to study Applied Physics. He plans on pursuing a career in the aerospace industry. This Key Club and National Honor Society member is also on the BHS tennis team, and he volunteers for the Village Project and Cleveland Angels. HIs favorite subject is physics. Aden’s hobbies include playing chess and sudoku. He is the son of Amy and Art Bergstresser.

Milan Oppewall is field commander for the BHS Marching Band. She is also part of Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band and Pit Orchestra, playing both the clarinet and tenor saxophone. Her extracurricular activities also include: yearbook co-editor, vice president of the senior class, and treasurer of Thespians and Key Club. Milan is also a member of National Honor Society, Project Earth, Pupil Assisted Learning and Young Philanthropy Fellowship. Her college studies will include Business Administration & Management, and she hopes to attend The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University or University of Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Tarra and Chris Oppewall.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 9:58 AM, 10.05.2021

Bay Village Schools adds new events to homecoming lineup

The Bay Village City School District is big on tradition, including heritage Homecoming events such as the Thursday Night Bonfire and Friday Homecoming Parade (fondly known as the “candy parade” to many). A few new events have been added to the lineup this year, including a chalkfest, to bring even more families and residents out to celebrate Homecoming Week. Below is a complete list of events taking place throughout the week.

Wednesday, Sept. 22
"Where’s Your Spirit Wednesday" (Chalkfest)

  • 3-4:30 p.m. – Bay Middle School students are invited to come to Bay Library to chalk the walking path in between BMS and the library with Homecoming spirit messages.
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Come show your One Rocket Nation spirit with the Sunshine Girls (Bay Village’s own chalk artists Lizzie Durny and Stacey Gepperth). Families are invited to share Homecoming messages and Rocket spirit messages in chalk along the south sidewalks of Wolf Road (Bay Middle School side) from Bay Middle School to Bay High School (which is also Friday’s parade route). Buckets of chalk will be placed along the sidewalks for everyone to use, or you can bring your own supplies.
  • Orange safety cones will be placed along Wolf Road (south sidewalks) to mark areas with chalk buckets.

Thursday, Sept. 23
Westerly “Walk to School with Dad/Someone Special”

  • 7:30-8:05 a.m. – Westerly Wolves will walk to school with Dad or someone special, and enjoy donuts and juice before the morning bell. Participants will meet at the playground.
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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 10:11 AM, 09.21.2021

Bay Schools launches new website, mobile app

The start of the school year brings a new website and mobile app for Bay Village Schools. The district rolled out its new digital tools last month during a soft launch, officially announcing the new website,, on Friday, Sept. 3.

The district’s goal is to create an information hub where district families and Bay Village residents alike can easily find resources in as few clicks as possible.

The new mobile app is also now available to download for free on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app will help subscribers stay updated on all things Bay Village Schools, with access to events, documents, district news and emergency notifications.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 10:43 AM, 09.08.2021

Westlake Alumni Association announces 2 Hall of Fame inductees

The Westlake Alumni Association announced two new members to the Westlake Alumni Hall of Fame, one Athletic and one Distinguished. Lisa Downing Schuette and Frank Sarna, posthumously, will be inducted this fall during homecoming week.

Lisa will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. She was class of 1992 and Division 1 state high school swimming champ for the 200 free and runner up for the 500 free. Lisa still holds two pool records with Westlake. After graduation, Lisa attended and swam with great success for Ohio University. Lisa is a wife and mother of three living in Avon cheering on her children in their individual sports.

Frank Sarna will be inducted as a member of the Distinguished Hall of Fame. Frank was an outstanding student and track athlete who graduated in 1975. Frank individually held or was a part of relay teams that set five school track records during his high school career. After Westlake High School, he graduated from the Coast Guard Academy.

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 10:11 AM, 08.17.2021

Bay High Key Club recognized for clean water efforts

The Bay High Key Club recently received the Legacy Award at the 2021 Thirst Project Legacy Summit. This virtual conference honors school groups that advocate for ending the global water crisis. The Legacy Award recognizes the group that has done the most for this cause by raising awareness, fundraising and campaigning to ensure everyone has safe drinking water.

Bay High Key Club President Angelica Jameson accepted the award on behalf of the club, with Bay High Key Club Thirst Project committee members Lucy Gillette and Mary Catherine Murtaugh also in attendance.

Key Club members, along with the Kiwanis Club of Bay Village and the Bay Village community, raised $12,428 in May with their Virtual Walk for Water fundraiser. Over the last five years, their efforts have raised more than $48,500 to aid in the fight to end the global water shortage.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 9:57 AM, 08.03.2021

Westlake community event to kick off school year

The Westlake Demons Athletic Board (WDAB) will host its annual Spirit Rally and Membership Drive on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The purpose of the community event is to celebrate the start of the school year, introduce coaches and student-athletes and raise critical dollars to support the teams.

Sponsored by North Coast Jaw & Implant Center and held at the UH St. John Stadium at Westlake High School, the Spirit Rally will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. All community members are invited to attend. The event will feature the WHS cheerleaders and marching band, food trucks, games and activities.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 9:57 AM, 08.03.2021

Bay Village Board of Education appoints Char Shryock as interim superintendent

During its July 14 Special Board Meeting, the Bay Village Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint the district’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Char Shryock, as Bay Village Schools’ Interim Superintendent. Her expanded role begins Aug. 1.

Shryock has served as the district’s Director of Teaching and Learning since 2011. She will succeed Superintendent Jodie Hausmann, who resigned on June 14 and who remains with the district through July 31.

Prior to coming to Bay Village Schools, Shryock served the Fairview Park City Schools for nearly 22 years as a teacher, technology integration specialist and curriculum leader. Throughout her career, Shryock has been recognized for her efforts, knowledge and talents, including being named Teacher of the Year by the Fairview Park City Schools, Administrator of the Year by the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO), named Outstanding Math Educator by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Math, and receiving the Oak Tree Award by the state of Ohio PTA Council.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 10:24 AM, 07.20.2021

Bay Board of Education July 12 meeting overview

This report contains member observations and selected highlights of the July 12 meeting of the Bay Village Board of Education. It is not an official statement by the League of Women Voters, nor does it represent the official minutes of the meeting.

Board President Lisa Priemer called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the Bay Middle School library. Also in attendance were Vice President, Dan Vegh; Mrs. Beth Lally; Dr. Scott Schultz; and Mr. Paul Vincent.

Strategic Plan Presentation: The strategic plan will be presented at the Aug. 9 Board meeting. The equity audit is one part of the strategic plan. At that time, a series of town hall meetings will be announced. The town halls are being scheduled outside of a regular business meeting in order to allow all voices to be heard.

Public Comments: At this meeting, tickets were distributed to those who wanted to speak and were randomly selected. Those people were given five minutes to share their ideas. Mrs. Priemer allowed for an additional 10 minutes to the original time of 30 minutes in order to hear from more residents.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 10:22 AM, 07.20.2021

Bay Music Boosters membership drive is Aug. 7

The Bay Village Music Boosters' annual membership and fundraising drive will be Saturday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bay High School students who are in chorus, marching band, orchestra and Rockettes will be going door to door on that day, 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 13, Issue 14, Posted 10:24 AM, 07.20.2021

Westlake removing Bassett school building

Westlake City Schools will be reconfiguring the area on which Bassett Elementary School now stands. With the building no longer in use and in need of expensive repairs, the school district has deemed it more economically beneficial to raze it. The district recently passed a resolution determining that the Bassett and Holly Lane land will be retained and turned into a green space open to the public, easing concerns of nearby residents who feared the grounds being sold to a private developer.

“The Bassett School building has been a valuable resource to our district for many years,” said Westlake Superintendent Dr. Scott Goggin. “We have no plans to sell the property as we find it will be more useful to our community as a green space. And the site will be more beneficial to Westlake Schools years from now when we will need a lot that fits the needs of a growing school district.”

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 10:32 AM, 07.06.2021

Bay Village City School District names Lindsey Holeman Director of Student Services

Lindsey Holeman will be Bay Village Schools’ Director of Student Services. She starts her new position on Aug. 2, 2021. Holeman replaces Assistant Superintendent for Special Services Martha “Marty” Patton, who is retiring after 14 years with the District.

Holeman most recently served as Principal of Redwood Elementary School in Avon Lake. Prior to that role, she was Director of Student Services for Perkins Local Schools in Sandusky – a position she was promoted to after serving as that district’s Special Education Coordinator. The Huron resident has also served as an intervention specialist with Vermilion Local Schools, Perkins Local Schools and Sandusky City Schools.

While serving as the Director of Student Services for Perkins Local Schools, Holeman oversaw initiatives that resulted in increasing that district’s Gap Closing scores from 18-86% in three years, and improving all failing Value Added scores to straight As in one year.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 10:31 AM, 07.06.2021

Bay superintendent Jodie Hausmann announces resignation

The Bay Village Board of Education accepted the resignation of Superintendent Jodie Hausmann at the June 14, 2021, Board of Education meeting.

Superintendent Hausmann has accepted a position as the Executive Director of Connect – formerly known as North Coast Council – the largest Information Technology Center (ITC) in the state of Ohio, which serves 66 school districts. Superintendent Hausmann will work for the District through July 31, 2021.

The Board of Education will conduct a search for an Interim Superintendent to be named in the near future.

“We are sorry to see Superintendent Hausmann leave the District, but we thank her for her leadership and service to our learning community – especially during these last 18 months through a national health crisis – and we wish her well in her new role,” said Board of Education President Lisa Priemer. “We are looking forward to Jodie having an even greater impact on our District via her new role with Connect. The Board will keep our community stakeholders informed as we move forward with our search process.”

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 10:28 AM, 06.15.2021

Westlake senior graduates with perfect K-12 attendance

Westlake High School senior, Blake Wolfe, accomplished an extraordinary feat when he walked into the school on Friday, May 21, his final day. The 17-year-old graduate has never missed a day of school as a Westlake School District student from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Blake is a well-rounded honor roll student, member of the marching and symphonic bands, basketball team and a long jumper for the track and field team. He will attend Bluffton University to major in business and sports management and will play basketball for the Bluffton Beavers.

Blake’s perfect attendance was a challenge at times, as his doctor and dentist appointments, college visits, etc. were scheduled around his school and extracurricular schedule. He was pretty lucky as Blake was an overall healthy kid the past 13 years which allowed him to go to school daily.

It’s not easy to have perfect attendance from kindergarten through 12th grade, but Blake Wolfe is able to add this to his list of accomplishments.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 10:05 AM, 06.15.2021

Bay Schools receives ‘Ohio Auditor of State’ award

Earlier this month, Auditor of State Keith Faber announced that Bay Village City School District received the Auditor of State Award for its clean audit reports for the fiscal year ended 2020.

The State Auditor’s office shares information as far back as 2014, and Bay Village Schools has received the Ohio Auditor of State Award every year since 2014, except for 2017, so six of the last seven years.

“We are elated to share this wonderful news with our stakeholders, as it takes an entire district to win an award like this,” said Meghan Rohde, Treasurer for Bay Village Schools. “We strive to provide the best financial reporting to our local and state communities.”

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 10:04 AM, 06.15.2021

Bay High student awarded military scholarship

Hayden Coffman (Bay High School Class of 2021) was the winner of this year’s Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion Military Scholarship. Sponsored by VFW Post 9693 and Legion Post 385, this scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving Bay High School graduating senior who will be affiliated with the U.S. military while attending college.

The winner is selected on the basis of academic performance, community service, extracurricular activities, character, leadership potential, and expressed interest in military service.

Mr. Coffman will be attending the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 10:04 AM, 06.15.2021

BMS students recognized for drug prevention awareness posters

Seventh-grade Bay Middle School students participated in the school's 11th annual Drug Prevention Awareness Poster Contest, coordinated by art teacher Greg Leininger, in conjunction with the spring drug education unit and our state's drug awareness month. 

Supported once again this year by our generous Bay Kiwanis, gift certificates were presented to the first, second, third and fourth place winners, along with Judges' Choice and Super Creative award winners.

"Kiwanis is proud to support this program," said Bay Kiwanis representative Foster McMasters. Coordinators of the program added: "We are so glad the students and teachers take time to discuss drug awareness and prevention and do creative projects around this important issue."

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 11:52 AM, 06.02.2021

Bay Board of Education: May 17 meeting overview

The Bay Village Board of Education met for its regular Board meeting on Monday, May 17, at Bay Middle School with the following members in attendance: Beth Lally, Scott Schulz, Vice President Dave Vegh, and Paul Vincent. Board President Lisa Priemer was not in attendance. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.

Public comments: Some parents asked the Board to identify a timeline for lifting the wearing of face masks and the dismantling of the plexiglass units around students’ desks. 

Recognition of retirements: Several staff retirements were celebrated. Those thanked for their service to Bay Schools included: Anne Budzik, middle school teacher; Mary Jeanne Farmer, Westerly secretary; Deborah Farver, Westerly aide; Lorraine Krauss, Glenview; Martha Patton, Assistant Superintendent Special Services; and Lynne Tijanich, Westerly teacher.

Recognition of 25 years of service: Westerly aide, Debra Kerver; Westerly teacher, Dawn Robinson; and Michelle Walsh, St. Raphael secretary were lauded for their contributions to the District.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 10:17 AM, 06.02.2021

Bay Alumni Foundation awards 3 scholarships

The Bay Alumni Foundation presented three scholarships at the 59th annual Kiwanis Academic Achievement program on May 19. Through the generous donations and support from our alumni, we have been able to recognize outstanding graduating seniors for many years. The committee received many wonderful applicants for our scholarships this year and it was difficult to choose. But the committee all agreed on the following students who were each awarded $1,000 scholarships:  

BAF female recipient: Julianna Sanchez

Julianna was a well-rounded student and active member of her school community: her activities included Rockettes, student council, yearbook, and show choir. She plans to attend the University of Cincinnati and will study fashion merchandising.

BAF male recipient: Levi Wunder

Levi was involved in all of the bands at the high school, played lacrosse and soccer and participated in theater. He will attend Bowling Green State University as a psychology major.

Class of '66 recipient: Emma Spirollari

Emma was in the National Honor Society, was a class officer, part of Model UN, and played volleyball. She will attend Ohio State University as a biology major in a pre-med track.

Congratulations to all of these impressive young people! We are all cheering for them as they begin the next chapter of their lives. Go with confidence, be happy, and keep in touch!

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 10:19 AM, 06.02.2021

Home of the Rockets breaks ground

Despite a pandemic and without a large corporate sponsor, Home of the Rockets (HOTR) recently became a reality after a year of fundraising efforts led by chairperson Jon Ransom, with the support of Jay Sharpnak, Bob Reed and the entire Bay Rockets Association.

The $1.6 million capital campaign dedicated to building a 4,000-square-foot, multifunctional building and fan plaza at the south end of Bay High Stadium broke ground on May 3 and will include: home and visitor team rooms; coaches rooms; concession stand and storage area; spiritwear shop; fan plaza; restrooms; and additional storage and mechanical rooms.

Ransom said the community rallied together with hundreds of donations in all sizes, with the majority of the funds raised coming from local families, civic groups and small businesses, with special gratitude to Bay Village Kiwanis, Bay Alumni Foundation, Bay Soccer Club, and Amy and Tom Huntley.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:16 AM, 05.18.2021

Normandy students launch Kindergarten Mask Awareness Project

Our kindergarten class at Normandy School in Bay Village noticed a problem, so we decided to do something about it. This spring, as we began to spend more time outside, we started noticing a lot of masks lying on the ground. It seemed like they were everywhere! We could not understand how people could just leave their masks on the ground, littering.

First, we did some research and learned that mask pollution is more prevalent than we thought. We see them on the ground, but animals are affected by the litter, too. We looked at pictures of birds with masks caught on their wings and feet. We saw sea turtles and fish caught in masks. We knew this was terrible! Mask litter spoils a walk through the neighborhood or the park. Mask litter can kill animals.

Next, we collected data. For 10 days, we kept track of how many masks we found and where we found them. We also took photos of the mask litter. Zoe Shumaker found one by a tree on the Whales playground. Logan Horn found a mask at Bradley Park. Ava and Gia Ferrando found several at the zoo. Esther Schearer saw and picked up a mask at Huntington Beach Park.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:13 AM, 05.18.2021

Bay Women's Club awards scholarships

The Bay Village Women's Club Foundation has awarded scholarships of $2,500 each to six graduating Bay High School seniors.

Kaylee Buehler will be preparing for a career in nursing at Kent State University. She served as captain of Bay Swim and Dive, as Editor-in-Chief of the Bay Tribune and as class officer. She is a member of the National Honor Society.

Also attending Kent State University is Morgan Fischer. Her academic major will be architectural studies. She is president of the Student Council, a member of the Rockettes, a class officer and on the yearbook staff.

Priya Goddard will be a liberal arts student at Lorain County Community College to study agriculture. She is a participant in SAGA, Straight Alliance, Gay Alliance; WINGS women's support group; the Bay Mental Health Alliance; PALS and Treble Choir.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:15 AM, 05.18.2021

Bay Village Schools director Martha Patton to retire

Assistant Superintendent for Special Services Martha “Marty” Patton has announced her retirement from Bay Village City School District at the end of this school year. Patton has been with the district for 14 years, serving as an advocate for district students with special needs, ages 3 and up.

During her tenure with Bay Village Schools, Patton and her team designed services to ensure each child’s educational needs were met, including speech and language services; physical therapy; occupational therapy; behavior modification; special instruction through intervention specialists and paraprofessionals; adaptive physical education; and other specialized services. Besides supervising and monitoring 504 services for students who require accommodations to fully access their education, Patton also oversaw the district’s gifted services program.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:15 AM, 05.18.2021

Bay High named a 2021 'Best High School'

Bay High School has again been named a 2021 Best High School by U.S. News & World Report. The annual ranking was released late last month. Bay High is ranked #4 in Northeast Ohio and #17 in Ohio, moving up five spots this year.

"Of course we are thrilled that Bay High School has again made the top 10 list in Northeast Ohio as it relates to our math and reading proficiency, graduation rate and AP testing opportunities, but most importantly, we are proud that we have been in-building five days a week for 80 percent of the school year," said Jodie Hausmann, superintendent of Bay Village City School District. "Our students have continued to thrive in a nontraditional year because of in-person learning and a dedicated faculty and staff."

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 10:02 AM, 05.04.2021

Westlake Tree Commission hosts annual Arbor Day planting

Friday, April 30, was Arbor Day at Dover Intermediate School in Westlake. Paul Quinn III, Westlake's Service Director; Stan Barnard, Westlake’s Urban Forestry Manager; and members of the Westlake Service Department were there to assist with the planting of a tree.

Several weeks prior to the ceremony, all fifth-grade students were invited to submit a poster explaining “Why trees are important to me!” Forty-five members of the class generated a poster to enter in the annual contest! The posters were then judged by Stan Barnard, Paul Quinn, Mary Beth Schneidler, Diane Morris, Ken Sadd and Justin Parks, members of the Westlake Tree Commission.

This year, because of the pandemic, students were permitted to enter a poster online or by submitting their creative ideas on poster board. Six students were selected as the winners of the contest. Ryan Brediger, Leah Navratil, Freda Elsebaei, Miles Salem, Callie Barnes and Sanika Jadhav were all presented a proclamation by Paul Quinn who was there representing Mayor Dennis Clough. Each proclamation designated a day in Westlake honoring each student and congratulated them for an outstanding poster. The students also received a ribbon for their winning posters and were told all the posters would be on display on the City of Westlake website.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 10:28 AM, 05.04.2021

Bay Village Schools offers elementary STEM camp

Bay Schools Summer Virtual STEM Camp is available tuition free to ALL students in grades K-4. The camp will be held the weeks of June 14 and June 21. It will be held virtually on Zoom and Google Classroom. The K-2 daily Zoom will be from 9:00-9:50 a.m.; the daily Zoom for grades 3 and 4 will be from 10:00-10:50 a.m. Hands-on challenges will be provided online for students to problem solve, build and test at home, with guidance and feedback from camp staff.

We plan to return to the traditional K-2 STEM camp in the summer of 2022. It is our hope that our exciting virtual program this summer will provide your student with a variety of engaging, high-quality learning opportunities.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.04.2021

St. Raphael students win Brain Brawl

The St. Raphael School Academic Team won the 10th annual St. Ignatius Brain Brawl on April 17, becoming the only team in the history of the tournament to win back-to-back titles.

The Brain Brawl, hosted by St. Ignatius High School, is an annual academic competition for junior high school students from private schools across the Cleveland metropolitan area. The competition is an all-day event in which schools compete against one another by answering game-show style questions that range from music and math to baseball and board games.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 10:00 AM, 05.04.2021

Live theatre is back in Westlake!

The Westlake High School Drama Club is performing "The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy," based on the cartoon characters we all know and love.

Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has fallen in love with a sweet young man. Watch what happens when his respectable family comes to visit our favorite mysterious and spooky household.

The show is directed by choral director Jennifer Butler and is being performed by a split cast.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:34 AM, 04.20.2021

Bay Village named a 2021 'Best Community for Music Education'

Standards for inclusion on the prestigious Best Communities for Music Education list have increased consistently over the last 19 years, but the Bay Village City School District has once again been honored for its exemplary music program. First recognized with the distinction in 2003 – and each year since – Bay Village Schools is among just 686 districts nationwide, and 48 Ohio school districts, identified for this honor by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for 2021.

The distinction takes on added significance this year as music education during the pandemic changed perhaps more than any other school subject, with masking, social distancing, eLearners and other safety protocols.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:41 AM, 04.20.2021

Bay Middle School competes at regional, state 'Power of the Pen' competitions

Congratulations to Bay Middle School seventh-graders Violet Kubiak, Alice Jones and Amy Ingraham who recently competed in the virtual Power of the Pen Regional Tournament.

In order to make it to Regional competition, writers had to score in the top 50 percent from Districts.

Good luck to Violet, who moves on to State competition next month.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:47 AM, 04.20.2021

Bay Village Board of Education appoints treasurer

During its March 13, 2021, Special Board Meeting, the Bay Village Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Meghan Rohde as Bay Village Schools’ next treasurer. Her start date with Bay Village Schools is April 26.

Rohde is currently the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer for Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village School District – located in southeastern Sandusky and northern Seneca counties – a position she has held since 2016. Prior to this role, the Castalia, Ohio, native served as a Senior Internal Auditor for PNC Bank in Cleveland and Standard Register Company in Dayton.

During her career, Rohde was recognized with the 2018 Emerging Leaders Scholarship Award from the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, and has also received an Ohio Auditor of State Award with her current school district. She is a graduate of Wright State University (B.S. in Accounting and Finance), Ohio University (MBA) and completed her School Treasurer Licensure coursework with University of Phoenix. Rohde is an active member of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and enjoys running, reading and biking with her family.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 10:37 AM, 04.06.2021

Bay High School seniors move on to National Merit Finalist status

In October 2020, Bay Village Schools announced that 11 Bay High School students were recognized in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP), including Semifinalists Thomas Beckwith, James Bish and Samuel Ferry. Bay High School Principal Jason Martin was recently notified by NMSP that these three Semifinalists have all advanced to Finalist standing in the 66th annual competition.

These academically talented high school seniors are now eligible for Merit Scholarship awards totaling more than $30 million to be awarded later this spring. These young men are three of only 15,000 Finalists of the more than 1.5 million NMSP entrants.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 10:43 AM, 04.06.2021

Bay Village Schools launches ‘Diversity Champion Certificate Program’ with Tri-C

When Dr. Holly Schafer was hired as Bay Village City School District’s first-ever director of human resources in June of 2019, one of her first goals was to create a more holistic approach in developing faculty and staff in the areas of culture, diversity and hiring. Schafer soon reached out to Cuyahoga Community College and its Corporate College team to inquire about professional development honoring diversity.

After developing an understanding of Schafer’s goals for the district’s nearly 500 employees, Tri-C’s team of Westshore Dean of Academic Affairs Bob Searson, along with Tri-C’s Corporate College’s Jody Wheaton and Geraldine Weiser, got to work in developing a diversity and inclusion training program where both Bay Village Schools’ certified and classified employees could earn certification.

Next, Schafer applied for grant money for the diversity certification program via Corporate College’s TechCred process so as many faculty and staff members as possible could participate in the program.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 10:28 AM, 03.16.2021

Westerly Elementary School offers extended-day opportunity

Gov. Mike DeWine has suggested that school districts consider offering extended day or summer programs to help students compensate for any learning losses due to COVID-19. Westerly Elementary School has been offering an extended-day program for many years, and is well ahead of the governor’s plan.

Earlier this month, Westerly kicked off its Extended Day Opportunity tutoring program, which continues through April 1. The program provides third- and fourth-graders with the opportunity to participate in small-group reading intervention and math support at no cost. Transportation is even provided for those students involved in afterschool programs at Glenview Center for Child Care and Learning, Bethesda Child Care Center and Kiddie Kollege.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 9:47 AM, 03.02.2021

Bay Village Schools creates Black History Month challenge

On Feb. 1, Bay Village Schools’ Diversity and Equity Committee kicked off its inaugural Black History Month 28-Day Challenge. The team of administrators, educators, students and community members curated a calendar with events for each day of the month, and participants are encouraged to choose three events per week, or participate in one major event during the entire month. Events include everything from virtual museum tours and podcasts, to family story times and poetry projects.

Participants who meet the challenge by the end of February will receive a digital badge to add to their email signature line.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 11:08 AM, 02.16.2021

Bay Village Schools to offer tuition-free, all-day kindergarten next year

At the Dec. 11, 2020, Bay Village Board of Education meeting, the Board unanimously voted to adopt a full-day, tuition-free kindergarten program, starting with the 2021-22 school year. A full-day, tuition-free program was offered this school year due to the pandemic, but prior to the 2020-21 school year, the district offered a tuition-based option, along with the no-cost, half-day program.

In adopting this resolution the Board considered many factors in making our decision, including research, the surveying of surrounding districts, providing equitable access to all students, our current staffing and facility resources, and others. This new, all-day model aligns with the District’s and community’s commitment to providing a high-quality education, as well as with all current and federal guidelines surrounding foundational literacy and math instruction, along with social emotional learning. We hope the Class of 2034 – and all classes to follow – benefit from this program.

To read the All-Day Kindergarten Resolution in its entirety, visit

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 10:12 AM, 02.02.2021

Bay Village Schools announces Scholastic Awards

Bay High School is proud to announce that 36 students were recently recognized in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. Of those students, nine received Gold Key awards, 12 received Silver Key awards and 16 received Honorable Mentions. The Gold Key award is the highest honor of distinction in this annual competition, coordinated and judged by faculty from Cleveland Institute of Art. Gold Key winners move on to national judging.

Senior Sarah Hardebeck received three Gold Keys in Photography; Sophomore Kristina Laraway received two Gold Keys in Photography; Senior Elizabeth Varis received a Gold Key in Painting; and Senior Kayla Poling received a Gold Key in Sculpture.

Art submissions were entered into the competition by Bay High School Art Department faculty Greg Hildebrandt, Grace Outcalt and Thomas Schemrich, art department chairperson.

“The amount of talent within this group is exceptional,” said Schemrich. “I have no doubt that many of these students will go on to successfully pursue art careers in college and beyond.”

Senior Kendall Thomas received two Gold Keys, one in the Short Story category, and one for her Writing Portfolio. Junior Carli Mendelow received a Gold Key in Poetry.

Writing submissions were entered into the competition by Bay High School English Department faculty Erin Beirne and Kristen Srsen Kenney.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 10:13 AM, 02.02.2021

Time Travel: Antique clock returned to Bay school district

Recently, Bay Village Schools received an antique clock from Illinois resident Greg Nolan, who found the clock at an estate sale in his home state. He was told the clock came from an old Bay Village, Ohio, schoolhouse and he felt the clock should “come home.”

The district reached out to local historian Eric Eakin of the Bay Village Historical Society to see if any archives show photographs of the clock in early school buildings. Unfortunately, the clock’s history has yet to be validated, but Bay Village Schools’ Director of Teaching and Learning Char Shryock hopes to have the clock repaired and hung in the District Office.

If you have any information on the clock, please call the district office at 440-617-7300.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 10:12 AM, 02.02.2021

Bay Village Schools honors board members

January is School Board Recognition Month, and at the Jan. 11 Bay Village Board of Education meeting, the district honored its five board members: President Lisa Priemer, Vice President Dave Vegh, and members Beth Lally, Scott Schulz and Paul Vincent. Bay High School senior James Bish, representing the Bay Village Schools’ student body, read Gov. Mike DeWine’s Proclamation for School Board Recognition Month. James also shared his personal gratitude for the board members’ service.

"Although I am not as fancy as the governor, on behalf of the Bay student body, I would also like to extend my appreciation to the school board for the hard and often thankless work they do, keeping us safe, happy and learning," said James.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 9:59 AM, 01.19.2021

Bay Village Schools partners with BVPD for social media webinar

Bay Village Schools invites community members to attend a virtual Town Hall on “Excesses in Social Media” on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m., via Zoom. The webinar event is hosted by Bay Village City School District in partnership with Bay Village Police Department.

The event is geared toward parents and guardians of students in grades 5-12, and the panelists will help families by discussing the emotional, technical and legal ramifications of social media. Panelists will share ways to communicate with students about social media regarding potential risks and how to establish good online rules.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 9:59 AM, 01.19.2021

Bay student wins regional app competition

James Bish, a student at Bay High School, was recently named the winner of the Ohio 9th Congressional District's second annual Congressional App Challenge. Bish's app, “Anonymous FRQ Grading,” is a tool for teachers and students to submit responses to essay questions free of bias in evaluation.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur announced the results of the challenge, saying she looks forward to a discussion with James to learn first-hand of the skills and expertise that went into the creation of his application. 

“James’ wonderful application received strong scores in each phase of the judging process, from concept, to design, to the skill shown to produce it,” said Rep. Kaptur. “We had strong submissions and participation from across the district. Developing STEM education must be a priority not only within our community, but across our nation as well, and the Congressional App Challenge is an opportunity to foster critical skills. I offer my sincerest congratulations to James Bish on his win and thank him for the impressive and important work that went into creating his app.”

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 10:01 AM, 01.05.2021