Bay’s Glenview Childcare and Learning director, Dody Chadwick, retires

After leading the care and education of the youngest of Bay Village’s children for more than a decade, Dorothy (Dody) Chadwick will retire from her position as director of Glenview Childcare and Learning Center, part of the Bay Village City Schools, on July 1.

The Bay Village resident joined Glenview as a teacher in 2008 and became the program’s director in 2009. Prior to that she served as the site administrator for the West Shore Ecumenical Ministry’s Youth and Family Learning Center and the director of the West Shore Child Care Center.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.16.2020

Westlake continues Tree City poster contest tradition

The City of Westlake Tree Commission and Mayor Dennis Clough were determined to offer the annual Tree City poster contest to this year’s fifth-graders at Dover Intermediate School.

The coronavirus made the possibility of it happening more difficult but this year’s fifth-graders certainly came through. Two days before the contest was to begin school was closed ... but determination prevailed. The students were given directions online including a video as to what they needed to do. The deadlines were extended and the students could design posters online, create actual posters and submit photographs of their posters, and were able to use a wide variety of means to decorate their creations! Their work was exemplary.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:46 AM, 06.16.2020

Virus fails to stop Bay High music concerts

While Bay High auditorium won't be filled with audiences of family and friends for this week's spring concerts due to the COVID-19 virus, Bay High vocalists and instrumentalists will perform as groups virtually, making music together in a historical, new way.

Choral Director Devon Gess said that Bay High Choraleers will begin their performance on Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. with music that was individually pre-recorded and then merged together via the magic of video editing.

They will present "When I Think About Angels" and "Light of a Clear Blue Morning." Interns Cami Drenkhan and Eddie Papp, working this year with Mrs. Gess, will perform "You Matter To Me." Choral award recipients will be announced, and seniors will be recognized.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:39 AM, 05.19.2020

Bay Village School District moves eLearning forward in phases

After several weeks of setting up online classrooms, mastering online meetings, creating video messages and wading through a tsunami of email, the Bay Village School District has settled into distance learning. Teachers and students, as well as parents, have learned a lot about teaching and learning online, or eLearning, since schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We recognized that eLearning presents unique challenges and is a new experience for our students and teachers,” said Superintendent Jodie Hausmann. “We had to pivot into this process quickly. So for those first weeks of this year’s final quarter, we asked teachers to review material previously covered, and to not assign grades.”

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 9:03 AM, 04.21.2020

Morning announcements at Bay Schools are a fun part of eLearning routine

Most of us can remember scooting into a school desk seat early in the morning. The tardy bell would ring, the teacher would make a sign to be quiet, and morning announcements would come over the public address system. It was a routine that let us know the school day had begun.

Fast forward to 2020, where students in the Bay Village Schools, like those throughout much of our country, now attend school virtually from their homes due to the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing has closed the school buildings and silenced those public address system. But thanks to the internet, students can begin their days watching videotaped morning announcements featuring their school principals, teachers and news about fellow students.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.07.2020

COSI comes to Westerly School

The students at Westerly Elementary school had a visit from a company called COSI, Center of Science and Industry. You can visit them in Columbus. The COSI worker set up centers for the whole school to do experiments with and we got to try a lot of cool stuff!

We learned a lot about science. Here are some things we did and saw. First, there was a machine called SAM. When a person pulls a hammer the hammer hits a ball. The ball would start to roll and would knock one thing, that would knock another thing, that would knock another thing, and so on. It was a chain reaction machine. It was pretty cool.

Two centers we liked were about energy. One of our favorite things was the light machine. You turned a handle and a light would turn on. If you flipped a switch a different light would turn on. This center showed which light bulb uses less energy.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:45 AM, 03.17.2020

Saint Raphael stages living wax museum

Saint Raphael fifth-grade students presented the most anticipated event of the year at the annual Living Wax Museum this past month. Through research and preparation, 90 students ages 10 and 11 transformed into our world’s past and modern-day heroes.

Athletes, musicians, inventors, philanthropists, historical leaders, actors and entertainers filled the rooms of Saint Raphael as family members, parishioners and students pressed play to listen to their biographies. The event was not only considered a unanimous success by all who attended, but was a great history lesson for students and listeners as they presented.

Congratulations to all students for the hard work and preparation done in order to bring such an interactive teaching event to the community!

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:43 AM, 03.17.2020

Westlake Council of PTAs celebrates Founders' Day

PTA's mission is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. On Thursday, Feb. 20, the Westlake Council of PTAs honored 11 outstanding individuals who carry out this mission and give of their time and talents to the students of the Westlake City School District.

The annual Founders' Day Celebration was held at LaCentre. Guests were treated to rolling slide show that featured photos of PTA-sponsored events since the beginning of the school year. As part of the slide show, the names of all the volunteers who assisted the PTA in any way figured prominently.

Superintendent Scott Goggin welcomed the attendees by highlighting the relationship between the PTA and the administration. Dr. Goggin related how wonderful it is to see all of the people in the room come together to celebrate "star players in a room full of all-stars." Lauren Backus, president of the Westlake Council of PTAs noted that the National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the nation. In the Westlake City Schools the PTA is 1,255 members strong!

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.03.2020

WHS holds annual prom assembly

The Westlake High School Class of 2020 held their Prom Assembly on Friday, Feb. 28. This year's emcees were Bella Zannotti and Tim Gerent. Students modeled prom attire provided by David’s Bridal and American Commodore Tuxedo. Students participated in prom trivia surrounding the origins of prom as well as prom conduct and safety. SADD officers led students in the Prom Pledge to promote safety during prom season for themselves and others.

Senior parents, staff and school board members attended the event. The event was sponsored by the WHS Parent/Teacher Association.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:00 AM, 03.03.2020

Home of the Rockets gets closer to goal

The Bay Village "Home of the Rockets" team is making significant progress toward its goal of raising $1.6 million for the planned construction of a new building at Bay High Memorial Stadium that will house two team rooms, a new concession stand, restrooms and more. 

Home of the Rockets presented a check for their first installment of $350,000 to the Bay Village Board of Education on Monday. The account with the board now holds $750,000, including a board contribution of $400,000. Home of the Rockets also has more than a quarter of a million dollars in pledges lined up. Rockets fans can learn all about this project and donate at various levels, including seeing their name on a recognition brick, paver, plaque and more, at:

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 9:59 AM, 03.03.2020

3 WHS seniors named National Merit Finalists

Westlake High School has three National Merit Finalists. Seniors Seohyun Choi, Teagan Walsh and Eric Kronz are among 15,000 students to achieve Finalist standing in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. A pool of nationwide Semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, was selected.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.03.2020

DIS for the 'WIN'

Every Wednesday, Dover Intermediate School students kick off their day working on academic interventions, addressing social/emotional needs or participating in enrichment activities like yoga and music during WIN (What I Need) Day.

DIS Principal Nick Miller said the purpose of the program is intervention and enrichment.

“Flexible grouping changes each week, so students are exposed to a number of different activities,” Miller said. “The goal is to give each student what they need each week.”

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.03.2020

Closing the computer science gap

A field trip to a local software company opened the doors to Westlake High School students to learn about coding and information technology (IT) opportunities straight from industry professionals.

WHS offers Introduction to Computer Programming and Python Programming courses thanks to a partnership with Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools). The program pairs computer science professionals with high school teachers to help build computer science (CS) teaching capacity.

WHS is one of 625 TEALS schools in the United States. This school year, 45 students have participated in the program.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.03.2020

DIS students work on mousetrap challenge

Dover Intermediate School students are in the middle of the first Mousetrap Interschool Design Challenge with two neighboring schools.

DIS students are busy designing mousetrap cars to rally for a spot in a race with cars from Troy Intermediate School in Avon Lake and East Intermediate School in Midview. DIS Principal Nick Miller said the race was born out of discussions by three principals looking for a friendly competition among buildings.

“It’s a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activity during our enrichment periods. The students are really excited and working together on their designs and builds,” Miller said. “This is the first time we’re doing something like this. We might create a traveling trophy and make it an annual event if it goes well.”

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:04 AM, 02.18.2020

Helping Hands program provides role modeling for Westlake students

Eleven years ago, Dover Elementary School launched the Helping Hands program, matching typical peers with students with disabilities to offer peer tutoring, role modeling and participation in social skill activities.

That program is continuing at Westlake Elementary School, and this school year Dover Intermediate School (DIS) intervention specialists Emma McHugh and Kerry Brickman launched the program at the intermediate school.

“Emma was interested in getting some helpers at the beginning of this year at DIS. We used the same idea that Dover Elementary had with their program, as many of the Dover kids were already asking about it,” Brickman said.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:04 AM, 02.18.2020

Bay Schools kindergarten information night Jan. 29

Bay Village parents and legal guardians of children who will be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 1, 2020, are invited to attend a Bay Village kindergarten information meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., at Normandy Elementary School, 26920 Normandy Road.

Meeting attendance is limited to parents or legal guardians, due to restricted space. The kindergarten registration packet will be distributed at this meeting. In addition to an overview of kindergarten and kindergarten readiness, there will be information tables for those with questions regarding daycare, speech therapy, early entrance, transportation and volunteer opportunities.

Find more details at:

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 AM, 01.21.2020

A giving season at Bay Village Schools

Students and staff at Bay Village Schools are generous throughout the year, and this holiday season they planned and delivered on dozens of giving efforts to help others. Below is a list of the many projects and activities that took place throughout the season.

Bay High boys basketball players caroled and served cookies at the Knickerbocker Apartments – a favorite event for those residents that was followed by several more musical performances by Bay Village Schools student vocalists and instrumentalists.

Every building throughout the district collected brand new toys for patients at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital in honor of Maggie Willmitch, a young sibling of a Bay Village Schools family who passed away while a patient there. In her memory, youngsters will have a brightened Christmas while in the hospital thanks to "with love Maggie" which was established by her family.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:34 AM, 01.07.2020

Westlake students share their favorite traditions

The holiday season has arrived, with all of the magic and wonder that make this time of year so special. It is a time for rejoicing, connecting with loved ones and creating memories that will last a lifetime. For the Observer's annual last-issue-of-the-year feature, students from Mrs. Melissa Graham’s fourth-grade class at Westlake Elementary School share favorite family traditions.

Have You Ever Had an Elf on the Shelf?
Today, I found my family’s eight elves hiding in my living room on a brown shelf! My family’s elves are named Halle, Snowflake, Frosty, Pixey, Peppermint, Noel, Max and Ginger! There are two boys and six girls. One is leopard print, one is blue, one is pink, and the rest are red. The elf on the shelf named Ginger is a baby girl, who is so small! If you have an elf on the shelf in your house, they watch you throughout the day, then go back to the North Pole each night to report your behavior. They let Santa know if you were naughty or nice. When the elf returns to your house, they find a new place to hide. In the past, my elves have hidden on the window sill, the Christmas tree and in a cabinet. I’m so excited to see where the elves will hide tomorrow!
– Morgan W.

New Year’s Eve at My Grandparents’ House
5, 4, 3, 2, 1: That’s the sound of the countdown on New Year’s Eve! New Year’s is a great time of the year. Normally on New Year’s Eve I have a sleepover with my grandma and grandpa. One really spectacular thing we do is we stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop on TV (wow)! Another thing we do during the sleepover is we get some Mitchell’s ice cream, and get some ice cream to take home. My favorite flavor of ice cream is strawberry because I love strawberries. In the morning my grandpa and I go to Dunkin Donuts and get donuts and hot chocolate. Then we go home and watch the Macy’s New Year’s Day parade. My favorite part of the parade is the floats! When we’re watching the parade we drink our hot chocolate and eat our donuts on my grandma’s really nice white couch. I’m looking forward to this New Year’s Eve sleepover with my grandparents.
– Riley C.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:12 AM, 12.17.2019

Westerly class explores immigration

Are you an immigrant? If you said yes, you probably came to America by airplane. In our third-grade class, we learned about immigrants coming by ships in 1892-1954.

Trunk Day was a special day in school where we learned about immigrants by visiting different stations in the school cafeteria. We tried on clothes found in old trunks and suitcases. We also tasted food and presented two plays about immigrants and their journey.

The class was divided into groups and learned about families from different European countries. We had so much fun! In our old suitcases, we found old letters, diary entries, a doll, old dresses, shirts, suit coats, sweaters, vests, hats, jewelry and many more things.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:19 AM, 12.17.2019

Westlake boys basketball dominates in early season matchups

The Westlake Demons varsity boys basketball team put on a spectacular performance in their first four games of the season, pulling a perfect record under new head coach Jeff Huber. The team's early successes help to prove that this season will be one to watch.

The Demons opened up their season on the road against Rocky River with a 71-51 victory on Nov. 30.

On Dec. 3, Westlake won in stunning fashion against Elyria, when senior forward Nate Klima's crucial 3-point basket in the closing seconds of the match secured the close victory for the Demons, a 64-61 finish at home.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:12 AM, 12.17.2019

2 WHS students named among nation's most accomplished young artists

Two Westlake High School seniors earned recognition from the National YoungArts Foundation as being among the nation’s most accomplished young artists.

WHS senior Graeham Guerin was named the finalist in Jazz/Double Bass, while senior Tim Picard was recognized for Jazz Guitar at the Merit Level.

The two are among 686 of the nation’s most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts. Selected from thousands of applications and representing artists residing in 40 states and six countries, all 2020 YoungArts winners gain access to financial, creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:09 AM, 12.17.2019

3 Westlake Schools' staffers recognized with awards

Three Westlake City Schools’ staff members were recognized with Staff Excellence awards at the Nov. 25 Board of Education meeting.

Laura Keane, an educational aide at Westlake Elementary School, was recognized with an Excellence in Classified Service award. The Westlake High School intervention specialist team of Rachael Kane and Katie McGlynn was recognized with an Excellence in Teaching award. This is the 20th anniversary of the staff excellence awards.

Keane’s attitude and commitment to her work are described as “immeasurable” by her colleagues.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.03.2019

Bay Middle School students hold 20th annual Rake Out

The Bay Middle School Rake Out, a 20-year tradition, took place on Friday, Nov. 15. This year students in grades 5-8, along with staff and parent volunteers, raked more than 150 homes of elderly and disabled Bay residents.

"It is a true lesson in giving," said Superintendent Jodie Hausmann.

Teacher and seventh-grade Town Council advisor Gary Fitchpatrick, coordinated the event with the Bay Village Dwyer Senior Center, which accepts requests from qualifying residents.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:25 AM, 11.19.2019

Bay Village Education Foundation awards classroom grants

The Bay Village Education Foundation awarded more than $15,000 in classroom grants, funding eight projects and benefiting all four K-12 Bay Village City Schools.

At Bay High School, family and consumer sciences teacher Bridgit McFarland and two high school seniors, Ellie LaMotte and Sarah Sutherland, were awarded $573 for "One Rocket Nation Service Project." The funds will purchase materials to create useful items for students at Normandy Elementary School. The students displayed some items they had already sewn, such as floor pillows (for Mrs. Hart's second-graders), pencil pouches (for Mrs. Bogart's second-graders), and seat pockets for the back of chairs (for Mr. Prebul’s Kindergarten classroom). The sewing supplies were funded through the Foundation’s Maynard Bauer Leadership Fund.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:27 AM, 11.05.2019

WHS Academic Challenge team places first in state

Westlake High School’s Academic Challenge team took first place in the Ohio AcChal Tournament at Shaker Heights High School on Oct. 19. The WHS team finished 6-1, defeating Beaumont School in the championship round to take the title. High school teams competing in the tournament included Beaumont, Black River, Fairport Harbor, Riverside, Shaker Heights, Western Reserve, Wickliffe and Westlake.

WHS Academic Challenge team members are, pictured from left: Kevin Xu, Logan Evans, Richard Garber, Rhett Bilski, Matt Taylor and Zahraa Abdulameer.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:24 AM, 11.05.2019

Westlake Elementary School Fun Run raises money and spirits

Students from Westlake Elementary School were able to enjoy nice autumn weather on Wednesday, Oct. 9, and they did so for a good cause. The Westlake Elementary School PTA hosted its inaugural All 4 One Fun Run to raise money for student enrichment. The school exceeded its goal and was able to raise $30,000 to help support educational programming at WES.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:24 AM, 11.05.2019

Science Experiment: Mealworms!

Third-graders study many different areas in science, but life science is one of their favorites. In our life science unit, the students explored animal grouping, life cycles and adaptations. Our science textbook included a study of animal life cycles by looking at frogs and monarch butterflies. The students only read about them and looked at photographs; for a fun hands-on experiment, each student got a mealworm so that they could see a life cycle in action. The mealworm is really the larva stage of a black mealworm beetle. Students had fun experimenting with their mealworms and then watching them go through two life stages: pupa and adult. After the four-week lesson, a few students chose to write a paragraph about what they learned. Here are two great articles written by my third-graders. – Kristen Thomas, Westerly School

Mealworm Life Cycle

by Madelyn Hughes and Eva Maile

Our third-grade class at Westerly School has been studying mealworms and its life cycle. We already knew about a butterfly's life cycle but not a mealworm's so this was new to us! We learned a mealworm turns from an egg to a larva. Then it turns into a pupa. The last life cycle stage is a beetle. In the wild, mealworms are hard to see.

Our first week during the experiment, our class had 23 larvae. We kept the larvae in small containers with a small amount of oatmeal. The mealworms were small but such a handful. First, you had to watch your mealworm all the time when it was out of the container. Mealworms are really fast! Second, you don't have to feed them a lot. Some larvae ate potatoes but others were not interested. Third, you can't put water in the oatmeal or the oatmeal will get moldy and your mealworm might die.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.15.2019

Bay school board looking for Citizens Advisory Committee members

The Bay Village Board of Education is inviting interested Bay Village residents to apply to be part of its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), a research and recommendation arm of the school board.

Past CAC studies have included literature reviews and benchmarking of best practices in other school districts in areas like student learning, transportation, facilities, school practices and more. The studies have informed and influenced important decisions. This year, the CAC will be asked to be a part of a Strategic Planning process.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:12 AM, 10.01.2019

11 WHS seniors named National Merit scholars

Eleven Westlake High School seniors were named scholars in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Seniors Seohyun Choi, Richard Garber, Eric Kronz and Teagan Walsh are among the 16,000 students across the country who took the PSAT in their junior year and earned scores high enough to qualify as Semifinalists. These students will move on to compete for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Seniors Yusra Albarghouthi, Ayah Aldosari, Chloe Chen, Molly Finucane, Nathan Hsiao, Benjamin Routhier and Jack Williams are among the 34,000 students to be named National Merit Commended Scholars for their outstanding academic promise. These students can become candidates for special scholarships provided by corporate and business sponsors.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:13 AM, 10.01.2019

7 Bay High seniors are National Merit scholars

Seven seniors at Bay High School have been recognized in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program. These academic distinctions are earned through scores on the Preliminary SAT tests, taken in the junior year of high school, that fall within the top 3 percent of the 1.6 million student scores from 22,000 high schools throughout the nation.

Ben Anderson, Owen Meadows and Audrey Ray were named National Merit Semi-Finalists. The pool of Semi-Finalists, about 16,000, represents the top one percent of PSAT scores throughout the nation.

Commended Students are Kaia Atzberger, Elizabeth Holup, Anne Lang and Patricia Yuhas. The pool of approximately 34,000 Commended Students earned PSAT scores around the top two percent of PSAT scores nationally.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:12 AM, 10.01.2019

New era begins for Westlake Schools

Public invited to tour new, consolidated elementary school

The public is invited to tour the new Westlake Elementary School on Saturday, Sept. 21. A brief ceremony and ribbon-cutting will be held in front of the main entrance to the building, 27555 Center Ridge Road, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Enjoy performances by the Westlake High School Marching Band and the Westlake Elementary School choir.

Parking will be available on site; enter from Center Ridge Road. Parking also will be available across the street at Westlake United Methodist Church. Do not park at Westlake Porter Public Library or on Westown Boulevard. In the event of rain, festivities will be moved inside.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:36 AM, 09.17.2019

Bay Schools welcome faith and community leaders in showing students 'We Care'

Superintendent Jodie Hausmann welcomed faith leaders and city leaders from Bay Village last week to partner with the Bay Village City School District's efforts in supporting student social, emotional and mental health needs and development.

“We know that our students can only learn when they feel accepted, valued and cared for,” said Hausmann. “They also need to develop social skills to help them build good relationships, and they need to manage their emotions so they can make good decisions. It truly takes a community effort to support them in all these areas."

The district has organized myriad supports under its “We Care” umbrella of programs that go well beyond the academic requirements of education. These were presented to the audience as opportunities to understand the efforts underway in the schools, and to present possible opportunities for partnerships to spread those efforts throughout Bay Village.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:47 AM, 09.04.2019

Safe Decisions Week at Bay High School

As an insurance agent, there is nothing more important in my mind than talking about and educating drivers regarding the ramifications of distracted driving. To date, texting while driving, as well as other activities that distract drivers, have been the cause of over 10,000 accidents in Ohio. This is an epidemic.

This week, Sept. 9-13, Bay High School is hosting Safe Decisions Week for students. This week will include a number of educational, fun and interactive events to help our Bay High School drivers learn about distracted driving. They will also be encouraged to sign a banner that they commit to making safe decisions. The grand finale of the week with be the Sept. 13 Bay High football game, where the players will be wearing special new Safe Decisions football uniforms.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 1:30 PM, 09.10.2019

Bay High's Aaron Ereditario to lead Bay Middle School

The Bay Village Board of Education approved the selection of Aaron Ereditario, currently assistant principal at Bay High School, to replace Sean McAndrews as principal of Bay Middle School. McAndrews announced his retirement earlier in June.

While at Bay High, Ereditario worked closely with teachers, parents and support staff to improve progress in every aspect of the student experience, from learning to discipline to their mental health. He was the lead organizer of the district’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) model, a system that recognizes and supports positive interpersonal skills that Ereditario believes will serve students well, both in school and in work.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:06 AM, 07.16.2019

Ramsey Inman is new assistant principal at Bay High School

Ramsey Inman has been named assistant principal at Bay High School.

Inman has served as assistant principal at Cuyahoga Falls High School during the past year and as assistant principal at Shaker Heights High School for three years prior to that. He began his career as a social studies teacher at Bedford High School.

"Ramsey's educational vision encompasses meeting a wide range of student needs in a wide variety of ways, and we were amazed to see he's done them all," said Superintendent Jodie Hausmann. She noted that the interview process was extremely thorough, with more than 100 applying for the position. "There was a consensus with those we talked to that he is a great listener and that we are extremely lucky to have him come to work at Bay High School."

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:05 AM, 07.16.2019

Westlake Schools awarded $17K STEMM grant

The Westlake City School District was awarded a $17,575 Martha Holden Jennings Foundation (MHJF) grant to help staff provide students with 21st century skills balanced with substantive subject matter in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine).

The one-year grant – "Utilizing STEMM Problem-Based Teaching and Learning" – will support STEMM professional development for up to 16 math, science and pre-engineering teachers at Lee Burneson Middle School and Westlake High School. Westlake will partner with the Cleveland State University STEMM Education Center to train teachers in project-based learning (PBL) and how to implement projects within the classroom.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:07 AM, 07.16.2019

Bay Alumni Foundation inducts 6 into Hall of Fame

The Bay High School Alumni Foundation is proud to announce the names of the Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Educators who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend Sept. 20-21.

The Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Award was established in 1987 to honor those alumni who have realized great achievements and served their communities well in their years after graduating from the Bay Village public schools.

The Distinguished Educator Hall of Fame Award was established in 1991 to honor educators who were employed in the Bay district for a minimum of 10 years and have been recognized by the community, staff, students and/or parents as being a positive role model and whose extraordinary efforts made an impact on students and staff.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:44 AM, 06.18.2019

Aqua Girls take first place in Global Destination Imagination competition

Aqua Girls, a Destination Imagination (DI) team of Bay High School juniors, won two first-place trophies at the DI Global Finals competition May 22-25, held in Kansas City, MO. The girls competed in an arena that included more than 1,400 teams from 15 countries. Team members are Eliza Aleksandrovic, Grace Chilton, Caroline Fowles, Ava Ransom, Audrey Ray, Olivia Reed and Patty Yuhas.

DI provides unique educational experiences across seven project-based Challenge types – Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning. Teams perform tasks that may involve building structures, inventing solutions to problems, doing research, performing community service and more.

Presentation of the projects includes a storytelling and a performance aspect. Challenges are time-constrained, and while teams have a general idea of what will be expected in their chosen challenge performance, details are not given out until the scheduled performance time.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 10:22 AM, 06.04.2019

Knickerbocker residents visit with Bay High artists

Residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments in Bay Village enjoyed lunch with Bay High students and then visited a student art exhibit on Wednesday, May 29. Conversation was lively, and the visitors were able to discuss art pieces with the student artists themselves.

The students, members of the Bay High Youth Philanthropy Foundation, were: Olivia Doland, Chloe Gadd, John Kilban, Daniel Mack, Rory Marcis, Michelle Mason, Natalie Surdy, Emily Terrell and Chaeli Ziebarth.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 10:20 AM, 06.04.2019

Bay Kiwanis name winners in student poster contest for drug awareness

The Bay Village Kiwanis have once again honored the winners of the Bay Middle School Drug Education & Awareness Poster Contest. Seventh- and eighth-grade students recently completed a drug awareness education program and were invited to submit hand-made posters to the contest. Winning students were recognized for their creativity and messaging. The creation of the posters makes students themselves the messengers to dissuade fellow students from abusing drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

Almost 100 entries were submitted. The first-place prize went to Charlotte Forsyth. Second-place winners were Alyssa Juhasz and Mallory Kaminski. Third-place went to Tina Varis. The fourth-place prize went to Cati Cartwright. Honorable Mention prizes were won by Andrew Rankin (Super Creative prize), Evelyn Ray (Super Creative prize), Renee Duffy (Judges' Choice prize), Rachel Ploenzke, Meredith Florez, Faith Teutschbein, Jennifer Fuehrer, Morgan Norcross, Nick Schneiderman, Reed Clark, Nikki Hartman and Juli Koss.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:28 AM, 05.21.2019