Schools

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 bit.ly/AllDayKindergarten.

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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.

Art
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.”

Writing
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

Bay Village Schools announces kindergarten information night

Bay Village families with students starting kindergarten during the fall of 2021 are encouraged to save the date for Normandy Elementary School’s virtual Kindergarten Information Night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Parents and guardians of the Class of 2034 are invited to sign up for future communications and updates, including the opportunity to register for the virtual information night, by visiting bit.ly/NormK2021-22

If you have any questions, please call Normandy Elementary School, 440-617-7350.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 9:42 AM, 01.05.2021

Westlake students share their favorite traditions

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.

My Special Little Elf
Boom! Woah did I hear a little sneaky elf? It is finally my favorite time of year! Christmas is the best time of year to find your own little, magical, sneaky, and amazing Elf on the Shelf. My elf is named Mr. Jingles. He writes me letters to show how happy he is and how proud he is of being a crazy elf. He is a very interesting elf who does silly things. For example, he once put flour EVERYWHERE! Mr. Jingles is one messy elf but he still makes my family joyful the whole Christmas season. This year my elf is going to love the snow, the smell of the delightful cookies and finally the beautiful Christmas decorations. If you ever want to get your own Elf on the Shelf just get it at the store. The elf set includes a book to tell you how to use and have fun with your elf. I am thankful for these Christmas elves!
– Ariella K., Westlake

Skating in Paradise
Do you do anything special On Christmas Eve morning? Every year my family and I have a skating party! We rent the Rocky River ice arena and have lots of fun together! We always enjoy lots of yummy donuts and of course coffee for the adults. We have a little room to set all of the food in. We play Christmas music throughout the arena. We invite my figure skating friends, my brother’s hockey friends and even some friends from school. We all do a lot of races on the ice and play some games such as tag. We even sometimes make little shows that go along with the Christmas music. Even though it's not going to happen this year because of Covid-19, we are still going to try to make the winter break great! I hope you enjoy your winter and spread Christmas cheer for the holidays.
– Elise A., Westlake

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 9:58 AM, 12.15.2020

Bay Village students share their favorite traditions

For the Observer's annual last-issue-of-the-year feature, students from Mrs. Julie McArn’s first-grade class at Normandy Elementary in Bay Village share favorite family traditions.

Christmas at the Tree Farm
Well, the second to the last day of November, we go to friends and eat bagels and have a brunch. Then we go cut down our trees. When we get back to our house, we get dinner, eat it then we decorate the tree. We call it a tree decorating party. I love it!
– Alice F., Bay Village

Snow is Falling on the Best Family!
Every year we always go to Crocker to see the lights. Don’t you think they are pretty? My family does! My favorite part is going in the big snow globe and getting my picture taken with my sister. It’s so fun!
– Olivia A., Bay Village

Christmas at Grandparents
My family always goes to our grandma and grandpa’s house a couple of days before Christmas. On Christmas Eve, we go to my cousins. My sister Lynn and I love to go there! We eat dinner and then we get to help make the fruit punch. It is really good. You would love it!
– James S., Bay Village

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 9:58 AM, 12.15.2020

Glenview preschoolers spread joy to medical community

Preschoolers at Glenview Child Care Center have been busy spreading joy to the medical community. Students made nearly 80 cards to share with the pediatric residents at Cleveland Clinic. The cards were delivered in early December.

Besides showing their gratitude for the medical community in their cards, the students enjoyed participating in activities related to the medical field.


 

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 9:56 AM, 12.15.2020

Doctor turned library aide coordinates Bay Village Schools' COVID-19 response

Dr. Michele Moore had no idea she’d be putting her medical degree to work for the Bay Village City School District when applying for a library aide position in 2014. But when Gov. Mike DeWine asked school systems to name district-wide COVID-19 coordinators this past September, Dr. Moore’s name was on the short list.

“Michele not only has the medical training, she knows our district,” said Dr. Holly Schafer, director of human resources for Bay Village Schools. “We immediately thought of her, and she hasn’t missed a beat since accepting the challenge.”

Dr. Moore not only coordinates the district’s confirmed cases and quarantines, she’s involved with compiling student daily health check information, coordinating contact tracing with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and talking to families daily to help parents decide if they should send their students to school. She is a key member of the district’s COVID-19 Task Force, and assists with projections based on the data she collects. All tasks she had no idea she’d be doing when reentering the workforce six years ago to take on a job in Westerly Elementary School’s library.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 9:55 AM, 12.15.2020

Bay Village second-graders work with children's author to create books

Budding authors in Kelsy Hoy’s second-grade class at Normandy Elementary School in Bay Village had the rare opportunity to confer with children and young adult author Rachel Vail late last month via Zoom. The award-winning author joined the class for a brainstorming session and discussed Vail’s “Elizabeth” book series, about a second-grader and her experiences growing up.

Hoy said there are a lot of things in school that aren’t normal right now, so she welcomed the opportunity to have her students work on a unique project. “I thought having these discussions would be fun and engaging for our students and would really make these books come alive,” Hoy said.

Students worked on their ideas with Vail, and will turn them into book covers that they’ll present to Vail before Thanksgiving break. Then the 16 students will write their stories for their books. Vail said she may even consider using one or more of the student ideas as the basis for her next storyline.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.01.2020

BHS inducts 87 students into National Honor Society

On Nov. 9, the Bay High School Chapter of National Honor Society inducted 87 new members. The ceremony was broadcast on the Bay High Live YouTube Channel with parts pre-recorded so each student could safely be honored. Families were able to livestream the event, hosted by Bay High School principal Jason Martin. This event marked the 81st annual induction ceremony at Bay High School.

Membership in National Honor Society is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a high school student. It is the recognition of outstanding performance in both the classroom and the community. 

“These students truly represent the principles of character, scholarship, leadership and service,” said Kathryn McCarthy, Bay High School’s National Honor Society advisor. “It is my privilege to serve with them as their advisor.”

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.01.2020

Bay school board appoints new member

During its Nov. 9 regular meeting, the Bay Village Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Bay Village resident and parent Dr. Scott Schulz to fill its board vacancy.

A Bay Village resident for the last six years, Dr. Schulz has spent the majority of his professional career in post-secondary education. He currently serves as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Baldwin Wallace University. He is also an adjunct assistant teaching professor for Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Schulz has also served in several volunteer capacities, including assisting military veterans in furthering their education through American Corporate Partners, and working with GED students to explore their education and career options via Seeds of Literacy.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 9:24 AM, 11.17.2020

Bay Village Schools hosts virtual town hall on anxiety, adapting to change

Bay Village Schools invites community members to attend a virtual Town Hall – “Anxiety and Adapting to Change” – from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, via Zoom. The webinar event is hosted by Bay Village City School District, with experts from MetroHealth, Recovery Resources and the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio.

The event is geared toward parents and guardians of students in grades PreK-12, and the panelists will help families adjust to change and uncertainties. As families move from crisis mode to adapting to a new way of functioning, they may seek advice, tips and resources to help their students better adapt.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 9:21 AM, 11.17.2020

BHS Key Club welcomes 71 new members

The Bay High School Key Club welcomed 71 new members on Thursday, Oct. 22. The induction took place outdoors in the high school courtyard. New members received a gift bag that included a club T-shirt and membership pin.

Induction project chairs Zoe Cox, Bay High School Key Club president, and Meredith Florez, Bay High School Key Club webmaster, led the event, which was "designed to develop leadership and celebrate a new group of teens committed to serve others," according to Anita Bauknecht, Bay High School family and consumer sciences teacher and Bay High School Key Club advisor.

Bay High School Key Club has 151 members and is sponsored by Bay Village Kiwanis. Bay High School Key Club meets virtually every Thursday at 3 p.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 9:28 AM, 11.03.2020

Bay High School honored for college preparedness

Bay High School was recently recognized as a 2020 College Success Award winner from GreatSchools.org. This award honors public high schools doing an extraordinary job preparing students for college and beyond. Bay High School was one of only 2,158 public high schools across the country that was recognized.

GreatSchools.org is a national nonprofit organization that provides ratings and school information to help parents find the right school for their family, and educational opportunities for their children.

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 9:27 AM, 11.03.2020

Superintendent grateful for support during pandemic

As the Bay Village City School District nears the end of the first quarter, I write to our community to convey my gratitude during this uncertain time. My family and I love living in Bay Village and we would not want to be anywhere else. What sets our community apart are our hometown values: family friends through generations; children riding bikes to school; meeting friends at Friday night Rocket football games and supporting organizations like The Village Project, who heal through giving. The heart of our village touches so many lives.

When COVID-19 disrupted our world, I knew this would change our daily routines significantly. It was hard to imagine how to reopen schools while addressing difficult budget decisions; especially since we were required to refund monies to the state of Ohio due to state cuts. But, our team – who consisted of Board of Education members, teacher leaders, parents and administrators – worked for months to create several iterations of what teaching and learning is today. As expected, we experienced moments of intense, productive struggle, but we leaned on one another to develop a comprehensive plan.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.20.2020

Bay Village Board of Education seeks applicants for open seat

The Bay Village Board of Education seeks applicants to fill the unexpired term of Board member Dr. Gayatry Jacob-Mosier, who resigned Oct. 13.

The Board is accepting applications through Tuesday, Oct. 27, for the open Board seat. Applicants must be residents of Bay Village and registered voters. Candidate interviews with the Board will take place following the application deadline. The Board expects to swear in the newly appointed member on Monday, Nov. 9.

The new Board member will be appointed for the term ending Dec. 31, 2021. He or she must run in the next general election – Nov. 2, 2021 – in order to serve the next four-year term, which would begin January of 2022.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 10:25 AM, 10.20.2020

Bay Village Schools brings in experts to ‘Respond to COVID-19’ in virtual town hall event

About 130 Bay Village residents attended a virtual town hall – “Responding to COVID-19” – on Oct. 15, to learn how Bay Village Schools is responding to the virus since implementing its Safe Reopening Plan. The webinar event was hosted by Bay Village City School District, with expert panelists from Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH), MetroHealth, Recovery Resources and the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio (ESCNEO).

The virtual town hall was broken down into three sections: health symptoms and processes, mental health symptoms and school district-specific questions. Town hall guests submitted questions when they registered, or asked them through a live chat session during the webinar.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.20.2020

10 WHS students recognized in National Merit program

The Westlake City School District announced that 10 students at Westlake High School have been recognized in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships.

Luke Heberle, Rahul Jain, Colt Rujawitz, Macy Sinreich and Kevin Xu have been named as Semifinalists. Evan Cowin, Abigail E. Dumm, Arya S. Parikh, Hannah C. Powers and Sagan D. Woolner were recognized as Commended Students. The students were identified as Commended or Semifinalists based on their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.20.2020

Bay has 11 students recognized in National Merit Scholarship Program

The Bay Village City School District announced that 11 students have been recognized in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program, an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships.

Thomas Beckwith, James Bish and Samuel Ferry have been named Semifinalists. Abigail Donahue, Ryan Duffy, Anya Krumbine, Cooper Lyons, Molly Mullahy, Kayla Poling, Emma Spirollari and Kendall Thomas are recognized as Commended Students. All are seniors at Bay High School.

These students were identified based on their Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 9:50 AM, 10.06.2020

Bay High School holds virtual Homecoming

Things may have looked a little different with no dance and a virtual Homecoming Assembly, but the Bay High School Class of 2021 was still upbeat about Homecoming 2020.

Class officers organized a Spirit Week (from tropical shirt day to wearing the Bay Rockets pride colors of blue, white and red), and they played '80s music between classes.

The 2020 Homecoming Court was Queen Bridget Dougherty, and attendants Claire Edman and Alex Jensen; King Hayden Coffman, and court members Peter Appenheimer and Nathan Grace.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 9:51 AM, 10.06.2020

Bay Village Schools superintendent honored by national communication association

Bay Village Schools Superintendent Jodie Hausmann has been named a "2020 Superintendent to Watch" by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). 

Hausmann was one of 24 district leaders in the country honored, selected for her use of communication technology in innovative and effective ways. According to NSPRA's Sept. 2 announcement, Hausmann and the other 23 honorees "engage and inform their school communities with new communication technology tools combined with tried-and-true techniques, and possess dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core."

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 10:23 AM, 09.15.2020

Bay school board passes resolution of commitment to equity, excellence

On Aug. 10, the Bay Village Board of Education unanimously passed a Resolution to Commit to Equity and Excellence in Education. (One of the five Board members, Gayatry Jacob-Mosier, was not in attendance.) The Resolution, in its entirety, is shared below:

The Bay Village City School District Board of Education rejects all forms of racism and discrimination as being destructive to the District’s mission, vision, values and goals. We are committed to the success of every student and providing an educational experience empowering students to maximize their potential.

We value each student as an individual and are committed to meet each student where the student is academically, emotionally, mentally, physically and socially.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 9:34 AM, 09.01.2020

BMS students start birthday club

At the start, it was just a simple idea of making everyone feel welcome on their birthdays.  We didn’t really know if it was going to succeed or even become a club. We were not really planning on it being an actual club, but it ended up that way, created by the three of us.

In the summer of 2019, as we entered eighth grade at Bay Middle School, Mrs. Lang helped us form an idea for this club. We were all thinking about how decorating lockers are allowed in our school. It had its own pros and cons as many children would get their lockers decorated every year, and others have never had their lockers decorated at all. We all very well understand why it is not allowed in other schools, but in our school, we did not want the privilege to be taken away, so we improved it.

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Volume 12, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.18.2020

Karen Uthe-Semancik is new Bay Schools communications director

The Bay Village Board of Education voted unanimously in July to appoint Karen Uthe-Semancik as the district’s next Director of Communications. Uthe-Semancik assumes her new role in August. She succeeds Karen Derby-Lovell, who recently retired after serving in the role for more than two decades.

A Bay Village resident, Uthe-Semancik most recently held the position of communications director for Menlo Park Academy, a school for gifted children in Cleveland. She has also served as director of marketing for Magnificat High School in Rocky River. She has worked as a community reporter for WestLife newspaper covering several Westshore school districts, and was a columnist covering pet ownership for the Elyria Chronicle Telegram for more than a decade. Her experience also includes owning a boutique communications firm and working in the nonprofit, broadcasting and advertising agency sectors.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.04.2020

Bay Village Schools announce fall reopening plan

The Bay Village Board of Education approved an amendment to its teachers contract that accommodates changes to school this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The July 13 vote and meeting was held virtually in accordance with state directives that limit gatherings. More than 100 parents, staff and community members attended via phone and online.

The current plan is to open school buildings on a five-day, Monday-through-Friday schedule with a variety of COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Daily schedules will condense learning into somewhat shorter school days. Families who are not comfortable sending their children into school buildings with the safety protocols in place have the option of accessing a high-quality, remote learning program with Bay Village Schools teachers.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 10:07 AM, 07.21.2020

Westlake City Schools hires new principal at Lee Burneson

Westlake City Schools has announced the appointment of Kristina Yako as principal of Lee Burneson Middle School. Yako will replace Amanda Musselman who is taking over as the director of academics K-6.

Yako received her middle school teaching license from Ashland University and principal license along with a master's degree from Baldwin Wallace University. She previously served as the assistant principal at Cloverleaf Middle School in Seville, Ohio, where she helped the school earn the 2020 National Middle Schools to Watch award.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 10:05 AM, 07.21.2020

BHS Science Club teams with Westerly for virtual STEM challenges

Floating eggs, density tube, floating paper clips! Driveway maze, robotic friend, maze through your house! These are just some of the free virtual STEM challenges for Bay Village students in grades K-4.

Working with Westerly Elementary School's Lindsey Harris and Martha Fisher, retired third-grade Westerly teacher, Bay High School Science Club members Casey Bartman, Jimmy Bish and Leo Cavalier created mini challenges that highlighted the focused challenges, "Build a Boat" and "a-MAZEing." All the challenges used materials that could easily be found at home.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 10:07 AM, 07.21.2020

Bay Village Schools hires Alexa Davey to lead Glenview

Alexa Davey is the new director of Glenview Child Care and Learning Center in Bay Village. She replaces recently retired Dorothy Chadwick.

Asked why she chose early childhood education as a career, Davey, who is the daughter of two teachers, explained she discovered through a student teaching position her passion for early childhood.

“I fell in love with this age group because it is a rare, but vital opportunity to set the stage for children to fall in love with learning,” she said. “In the classroom, I loved developing relationships with children and their families. Doing so helped me discover their strengths and interests, and I was able to use those to foster individual success in the classroom.”

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:01 AM, 07.07.2020

P.E.O. scholarship awarded to BHS senior

The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year was awarded to Olivia Reed, a senior at Bay High School. Olivia, the daughter of Amy and Bob Reed, was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter BG, Cleveland West. Reed has been accepted and will attend The Ohio State University where she plans to study environmental engineering beginning this fall.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.07.2020

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