Schools

FEATURED STUDENT: Eleni Packis

Eleni Packis, a Westlake High School senior, is making a difference one day at a time in her many activities inside and outside of school.

Last fall, Eleni helped organized the Ohio Make A Difference Day as part of her duties as northwest gubernator for the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL), a statewide Latin Club. Eleni and Allison Kao, the northeast gubernator from Shaker Heights High School, designed an Olympic day for Youth Challenge, a nonprofit in Westlake and Shaker Heights that brings together children with disabilities and teen volunteers for adapted sports and recreational activities. Eleni also volunteers throughout the year at Youth Challenge.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:13 AM, 01.21.2014

WHS, LBMS students earn regional art awards

Three Westlake High School students won Gold Key awards in the Cuyahoga County Scholastic Art & Writing Competition, which recognizes creative achievement of seventh to 12th grade students throughout Cuyahoga County.

Senior Madeline Chernosky and junior Sadie Roff won Gold Key awards. Madeline also won two Honorable Mentions and Sadie won a Silver Key award. Senior Alex Sierputowski, who is a West Shore Interactive Media student at Lakewood High School, also won a Gold Key award for animation.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:12 AM, 01.21.2014

Bay Village Schools students win 69 Scholastic Arts awards

Bay Village students in grades 7-12 garnered 12 first-place Gold Key awards, 14 second-place Silver Key awards, and 43 Honorable Mention awards from a field of nearly 2,100 entries in this year’s Cuyahoga County Regional Scholastic Arts competition. Gold Key winners will be judged at the national-level competition in New York City this spring.

Gold Key winners are Bay High seniors Elizabeth Auckley, Grace Harms, Thomas Shelton, Aubrey Theobald and Grace Veres (who won three Gold Key awards); Bay Middle School eighth-graders Adriana Chesterfield, Maria DiLallo, Daina Renerts, Anelise Seicean, and seventh-grader Luke Fortunato.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:16 AM, 01.21.2014

LBMS Academic Challenge teams finish undefeated

Two Lee Burneson Middle School Academic Challenge teams competed Dec. 14 in the Copley-Fairlawn Middle School Academic Challenge Tournament, competing in separate brackets against teams from Cloverleaf (Lodi), Copley-Fairlawn, CVCA (Cuyahoga Falls), Granville, Hawken (Lyndhurst), Lincoln (Warren) and Sacred Heart (Wadsworth). The two teams finished undefeated this season with perfect 7-0 records in their respective brackets.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 10:14 AM, 01.21.2014

Rockets soar with new spirit logo and slogan

A collaboration between Bay High varsity boys basketball coach, Jared Shetzer, Bay High Principal Jason Martin, and BHS senior Grace Harms has breathed new spirit into Bay High School's athletics program. Coach Shetzer wanted a concept that would bring the school together, and he came up with "One Rocket Nation" as a slogan.

Principal Jason Martin liked the idea, and he also wanted a fundraiser for the Youth Philanthropy Fellowship (YPF), a student service group he advises. Enter Grace Harms, an award-winning student artist well known for her talent at graphic design.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:07 AM, 01.07.2014

Westlake and Bay Village students share their seasonal 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. In keeping with the Observer's annual last-issue-of-the-year tradition, Mrs. Martha Fisher of Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village and Mrs. Melissa Graham of Bassett Elementary School in Westlake asked their students to share favorite family traditions. These are some of their responsses.

Setting up the Christmas Tree
by Brian B., 4th grade, Bassett
Every year, a few weeks before Christmas, my family puts up a Christmas tree. Sometimes we put up a real tree and sometimes an artificial tree. This year we put up a real tree! First we go to the basement and bring up all of the bins that hold the Christmas ornaments. Then, we sort the ornaments into seven piles, one pile for each family member. My whole family puts the lights on the tree together and then we go in the kitchen and get some candy canes. We each hang our pile of ornaments and candy canes on the tree. My parents wrap an ornament for each of my siblings and we get to unwrap the ornaments on that day. Lastly, we hang our new ornaments on the tree. The tree looks really cool when we are finished decorating!

These are my Christmas Traditions
by Elizabeth H., 3rd grade, Westerly
I have two elves on the shelves. Do you know about the elf on the shelf? They are elves that come at Thanksgiving and stay till Christmas and every night they fly back to Santa and tell if you’re good or bad and in the morning they hide so you have to find them. You can’t touch them though, and they can’t go in water, and you can get them at Barnes and Noble. They are my favorite thing about Christmas because I am an only child and there are not many kids on my street. My elves keep me company and sometimes they stay two more days than they’re supposed to. I also invite my best friend over to help decorate the tree and she brings her elf on the shelf. We put all three elves on the shelves while we decorate the tree. We then put all three elves in a basket and go to the zoo. My friend and I love it because the Christmas animals like the polar bear and seals are out. Santa and his reindeer are there. He is in the wolf lodge. The elves are my friends, and I love going. Mrs. Claus is also there giving out candy canes. This is my favorite tradition playing with my elves, and friend, decorating the tree, and going to the zoo to see Santa.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:37 AM, 12.10.2013

WBVO editor honored by Bay Village Schools, Ohio School Boards Association

Tara Wendell, senior editor of the Westlake | Bay Village Observer, was honored at a recent Kiwanis meeting with The OSBA Media Honor Roll award for her excellence in working with the Bay Village City School District.

Schools superintendent Clint Keener presented the award, which states it is given for “fair and balanced education reporting, and exemplary service to our community.”

“Tara does a truly fine job of covering our annual State of the Schools presentation, with photos and quotes for each speaker. Her articles drive lots of traffic to our website, and people do watch the videos!” said Keener.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:50 AM, 12.10.2013

Student Spotlight: Jack Rodman

Featuring some of our communities' great high school students.

Bay High junior Jack Rodman likes to tinker. The aspiring mechanical/aerospace engineer likes to take apart and fix mechanical items, a skill which undoubtedly serves him well in his lawn mowing and snow removal business. He also likes to build things, and he recently completed a new bookshelf for his bedroom.

A vice president of Bay High's Student Council and a member of the National Honor Society, Jack has also played on Bay High's boys golf team for three years. He is a member of the school's A Cappella Choir and Bay High's Choraleers, a selective, auditioned group for those serious about singing and performing difficult music at a high level.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:49 AM, 12.10.2013

WHS senior scores perfect 36 on ACT

Westlake High School senior Krish Shah scored a perfect 36 on the ACT test given last spring. Fewer than 1/10th of one percent of the average 1.6 million students who take the ACT annually earn a top score of 36. This is the eighth time in five years a WHS student has earned a perfect score on the test.

Krish is a National Merit Semifinalist and was part of the Westlake Demons boys tennis team that swept the Southwestern Conference Tournament last spring. The team earned the title of Tournament Champions and Krish won his third singles title.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:47 AM, 12.10.2013

Bay Village Education Foundation grants $13,000 to teachers and students

BVEF President Scott Best, Grants Co-Chair Ellie Bricmont, Rhonda Schneider and Jacquie Mayer from the foundation awarded and celebrated over $10,000 in grants to several Bay Village Schools educators at the Nov. 25 Board of Education meeting. The generous number and total of 11 grants combined was awarded in partnership with Bay Village Kiwanis.

Each year, educators have the opportunity to submit requests for instructional support and enrichment materials that intend to have a significant impact in students learning for years to come. The foundation annually contributes to these requests, from contributions and fundraisers, awarding these educators the opportunity to strengthen and add innovative ideas into students’ daily learning experiences.

 This year, the following educators were awarded grants from various schools in the district:

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:38 AM, 12.10.2013

Westlake Academic Challenge team qualifies for regionals

Westlake High School’s Academic Challenge team finished undefeated in its bracket at the Aurora Invitational Tournament held Nov. 16. The win qualifies the team for regional competition.

Each week, students representing schools from all around Northern Ohio battle toward the season championship on Academic Challenge, now in its 46th year. Three teams compete for points by answering questions covering topics including math, science, history and current events. At the end of each program, the points are totaled, and at season’s end the three highest scoring teams return for the Championship match.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.26.2013

Student Spotlight: Ethan Fitz

Featuring some of our communities' great students.

Westlake High School senior Ethan Fitz is planning a career in engineering – possibly in the field of robotics. So his summer internship at NASA Glenn Research Center was a perfect launching pad into potential scientific careers.

Ethan assisted in ongoing research on droplet combustion in microgravity by analyzing and processing results from an experiment running on the International Space Station (ISS) remotely. He was part of the Glenn High School Internship Project/Small Business Innovation Program (GHIP/SBIR), an eight-week paid summer internship for students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and professional administration at NASA Glenn.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.26.2013

Hilliard teacher joins European tour with Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Hilliard Elementary School music teacher Samantha Smith recently traveled through Europe with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, visiting four cities – Paris, France; Frankfurt, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; and Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – singing Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, with music played by the Cleveland Orchestra.

Smith was one of only 100 individuals chosen for this honor. She said she was excited for the opportunity to learn more about music in Europe and to sing in some “amazing” venues.

She created a bulletin board outside of her classroom to show the dates of her various locations. As part of the school’s International Baccalaureate program, Smith will share her global experiences with her students.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.26.2013

Administrators present state of Bay schools

Administrators from the Bay Village City School District gave their annual State of the Schools presentation to the Bay Village Kiwanis and members of the community on Oct. 29. Much of the focus this year was on the new statewide standards and the district’s curriculum adaptations, where emphasis is placed on students’ comprehensive understanding of concepts and integration of skills across subjects.

The district has carefully managed the 2012 bond revenue, aiming to extend the life of the levy beyond the traditional three to four years, with three bid packages completed under budget, even with upgrades to the original bids. Necessary infrastructure and technology upgrades have been performed or are nearing completion, with two more rounds in the planning stages. 

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:17 AM, 11.12.2013

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

One day when I arrived at school, I noticed a giant pumpkin and lots of kids crowded around it. I was curious and I wanted to find out what was going on. 

There was a sign that said Mr. Tony Anselmo had brought in a really big pumpkin and he wanted the kids to guess its weight. Each guess cost twenty-five cents and the money went to UNICEF. The person who guessed the weight would win a gift certificate to Dave and Buster's.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:15 AM, 11.12.2013

Student Spotlight: Bay High's Claire Mercer

Featuring some of our communities' great high school students.

Bay High junior Claire Mercer agreed to embark upon a significant challenge when she was elected Ohio Key Club’s Division 14 Lieutenant Governor for this school year.

“I’ll be visiting nine Key Club schools in our division this year,” Claire said. “My job is to encourage all of them to be active Key Clubs and to keep them informed of events going on with local and state Kiwanis and Key Club organizations.”

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:10 AM, 11.12.2013

St. Edward soccer team takes district title

The St. Edward Eagles soccer team clinched the district championship title for the second year in a row by defeating the St. Ignatius Wildcats on Oct. 26. The intense game between the crosstown rivals, played in the cold and rain, went through two overtime periods and to a penalty shoot out. 

The game was tied 1-1 before going into overtime. Penalty kicks for the Eagles were scored by Braden Davies (Westlake), Patrick Darby (Strongsville) and Timmy Jonas (Fairview Park). St. Ed’s goalie Nate Brown (LaGrange) came up with 3 big PK saves for the winning team.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:19 AM, 11.12.2013

Westlake's Keenan named Ohio superintendent of the year

Westlake City School District Superintendent Dr. Daniel J. Keenan Jr. was selected as the Ohio Superintendent of the Year for 2014 through the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.

Dr. Keenan was nominated for the award by Board of Education President Thomas Mays and Vice President Carol Winter.

“He has done exactly what we knew he would do when we hired him,” Mays said of Keenan. “He has always been available, always present and always willing to take into consideration the concerns and suggestions of the community. There are 600-plus school districts in Ohio that would be lucky to have him leading their students’ education.”

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.29.2013

Bay High Key Club adds 42 new members

Forty-two students officially joined the Bay High Key Club during an initiation ceremony held at Bay High School on Oct. 24. The new members increased the total number of Bay students participating in the program to 82. The international club, founded by the Kiwanis in 1925, provides leadership and service opportunities for youth through the Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:36 AM, 10.29.2013

Westerly Safety Patrol celebrates Bus Safety Week

Westerly School in Bay Village celebrated National Bus Safety Week by honoring our bus drivers. The patrol members made posters which they held up every morning as the buses arrived at school. After the students unloaded, patrol members treated the bus drivers with a cookie or muffin.

Did you know that Bay Village has 15 buses, two vans, 10 regular drivers and one mechanic? The bus drivers drive over 537 miles per day in the buses and 141 miles per day in the vans. Over 835 students are transported daily.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.29.2013

WHS has 11 National Merit Commended scholars

Eleven Westlake High School students were named 2014 National Merit Commended students in the National Merit Program.

Anna Aylward, Anna Boor, Robert Hoon, Evelyn Kennedy, Hon Kwok, Kelly Laraway, Austin Moran, Eleni Packis, Thome Reusser, Taylor Salamone and Kristen Vellinga are among the 34,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT who are recognized for their outstanding academic promise.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.29.2013

FEATURED STUDENT: Laura McDiarmid

Featuring some of our communities' great students.

In 2009, Laura McDiarmid lost her friend, Emily Lewis, to pediatric cancer.

When Laura saw friends and family helping the Lewis family with the annual Emily’s Rainbow Run and Family Walk, which supports pediatric cancer research at University Hospital Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, she decided she wanted to help out, too.

She started by selling Rainbow Friendship bracelets that she and several friends made at the annual race. One year she also had help from a Westlake Girl Scout troop. Laura also is on the organizing committee for Emily’s Rainbow Run, where she helps with publicity and encourages student involvement through the Westlake Schools.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.29.2013

Area culinary students serving up lunch at Ranger Cafe

Make your reservation and have lunch at the Ranger Café @ West Shore. Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Ranger Café will be open for lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. The culinary students of the West Shore Career-Tech District are excited to show the public what they are learning every day in the professional kitchen and restaurant of the Ranger Café.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:28 AM, 10.29.2013

Bay Education Foundation's annual '10 Campaign' begins

In kicking off the Bay Village Education Foundation's “10 Campaign,” the foundation is asking for the community’s help in a small way in inspiring meaningful and authentic learning experiences for their students in all of the buildings for years to come. The BVEF is an independent, non-profit volunteer organization that funds educational projects by contributions, sponsorships and donations from various members of the community and area organizations to award monies to educators across the district to enhance student learning in the classroom.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.15.2013

FEATURED STUDENT: Alyse Arko

Featuring some of our communities' great high school students.

Bay High senior Alyse Arko has been a dedicated runner since seventh grade, and it is obvious she has a penchant for running toward many positive and constructive opportunities in her life.

She serves as Bay High’s Class of 2014 Secretary, as well as Secretary for the school’s National Honor Society. She is a co-president for Bay High’s Team Africa (promoting social justice throughout the globe) and serves on her school’s yearbook staff and as a role model for elementary students through Bay High’s HUDDLE club.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.15.2013

Bay Village Schools offer preview of new computer-based state tests

New online state tests for K-12 students are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015, but anyone who wants a preview of what they will be like can try the Bay Village Schools Superintendent’s Common Core Challenge between now and Dec. 15 by logging onto the webpage at www.bayvillageschools.com/Challenge.

“We started this with our own staff members,” said Superintendent Clint Keener. “The feedback has been awesome. The questions really get folks thinking about how students will respond to these questions.”

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.15.2013

Westshore Young Leaders to host 'Terror Night' fundraiser on Oct. 17

Here's your chance gather up your friends to experience one of the highest-rated "haunted" attractions in the country, ranked in the top 13 of 2012 by Hauntworld.com.

Westshore Young Leaders, representing students from schools in Bay Village, Fairview, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake, will host "Terror Night @ Spooky Ranch" on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. as their kick-off fundraising event this year. The event takes place at Rockin'-R-Ranch, 19066 East River Road (S.R. 252) in Columbia Station.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.15.2013

USDA notice for Parkside Preschool and Day Care Center

The Parkside Preschool and Day Care Center announces sponsorship of the USDA funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals are available to all enrolled participants without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and will be served at no separate charge §226.23(d). The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint for or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The following sites will be participating: 23600 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, OH 44145.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 5:25 PM, 09.27.2013

Westlake unveils new high school

On Sept. 21, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the new Westlake High School, giving parents and the public a chance to tour the facility.
Westlake High School principal Timothy Freeman opened his remarks in the gym of the new high school by referencing the gym’s location on the site of the old high school parking lot.

“We are actually sitting on top of countless parking spaces that students and teachers occupied just less than three years ago. It’s a pretty powerful feeling,” said Freeman. “For me, I try to get in touch with the hope, the planning, the optimism, the energy and the joy that the spots we’re standing on right now offered to people. I think some of that energy stays behind, and right now it exists in the foundations of this new building. … I spent countless mornings looking out  the windows of the PAC [Performing Arts Center] watching the parking lot being disassembled and turned into this beautiful facility that you’re going to see. It’s a pretty cool moment to reflect on.”

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.01.2013

Bay Village BOE members discuss school topics in new video interview series

The Bay Village City School District is producing an online series of video interviews in which Board of Education members discuss school district challenges and the rationale behind important decisions. The series can be found at www.bayvillageschools.com/interviews.

The interviews, each about 15 minutes long, address a variety of important topics in education. Superintendent Clint Keener hosts the interview programs, which often include a Bay High student guest for the important student perspective.

Two videos have been completed and are posted online. School board member Dr. Bob Piccirilli and Bay High senior Alyse Arko discuss technology in the schools. In a second video, board member Dr. Gayatry Jacob-Mosier and her daughter, Bay High junior Jessica Mosier, discuss student activities and why they are important to Bay Village students, families and to the entire community.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:35 AM, 10.01.2013

WHS has 8 National Merit Semifinalists

Eight Westlake High School students were named 2014 National Merit Semifinalists in the National Merit Program.

Semifinalists Deepak Kumar, Apshara Ravichandran, Krish Shah, Sameena Khan, Jacob Wise, Paavani Reddy, Ethan Fitz and Michelle Adamczyk will move on to compete for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million.

They are among 1.5 million students from 22,000 high schools across the country who took the PSAT in their junior year. Less than 1 percent of high school seniors make it to the semifinal round. About 15,000 students are expected to move on to become National Merit Finalists, which should be announced in February.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:29 AM, 10.01.2013

Bay High announces 3 National Merit Commended Students

Bay High seniors Elizabeth Auckley, Meghan Farthing and Edward Hughes were named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Elizabeth Auckley plans to follow a pre-medical academic track at The Ohio State University next year. Meghan Farthing is planning to study biology and may attend the College of Wooster. Edward Hughes will major in chemical engineering and is hoping to enroll at Cornell University.

Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students based on their Preliminary SAT scores. The PSAT tests are taken in the students' junior year.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:35 AM, 10.01.2013

FEATURED STUDENT: Paige Bowman

Featuring some of our communities' great students.

Paige Bowman leaves a lasting impression on everyone she meets.

The Parkside Intermediate School sixth-grader in Westlake is described as an absolute pleasure to be around and someone who takes the Parkside Peacemaker mantra to heart.

At Parkside, students are recognized and rewarded in a variety of ways for displaying appropriate behavior, achievement and organizational behaviors. Panther Paw tickets are handed out school-wide to recognize appropriate behavior. Each quarter, students who display behavior that exemplify the Parkside virtues paint that panther paw onto a column in the cafeteria. During third quarter each classroom selects one of its members to be named a Parkside Peacemaker to exemplifying the virtue of tolerance and the value of diversity.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:28 AM, 10.01.2013

Westlake students retire flag

On Sept. 24, Mayor Dennis Clough joined the kindergarten children and staff of Westshore Montessori School in the first U.S. flag retirement ceremony at the school. The mayor was assisted by Patrolmen M. Arcuri and T. Doerr of the Westlake Police Department and Lieutenant Craig Dayton of the Westlake Fire Department.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:27 AM, 10.01.2013

Pinwheels for peace

Westlake's elementary schools “planted” pinwheels on their front lawns in celebration of International Day of Peace 2013 on Sept. 21. Pinwheels are labeled with students’ names and were created in art classes. The pinwheels are meant to create a visual public statement about peace.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.01.2013

A day of robotics just for girls

A recent robotics event at Magnificat High School on Sept. 21 proved that LEGOs and robots aren’t just for boys anymore! 

About 75 girls in grades 5-8 from public and private schools throughout Northeast Ohio came together for Magnifibot 2.0, a LEGO Robotics Day just for girls put on by Magnificat High School and Great Lakes Science Center. This is the second year that the two institutions have partnered for this event.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:42 AM, 10.01.2013

Area adults welcome to hear former DEA Special Agent Bob Stutman

Bob Stutman, a former Special Agent of 25 years with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will speak at Bay High School Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

All area adults ages 18 or older will find this a compelling presentation about the complexities of the drug problems in America.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:18 AM, 09.17.2013

Westlake levy information nights scheduled

The Citizens for Westlake Schools will host two Levy Information Nights to inform the community about facts regarding the Westlake City Schools’ 5.4-mill operating levy – Issue 88 – on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Levy Information Nights will be held at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, from 7 to 8 p.m. on:

  • Monday, Sept. 23, in the Porter Room
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Porter Room
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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.17.2013

Tour De Bay raises funds, unites generations

The popular community event, Tour De Bay, wrapped up on Sept. 2, having raised more than $1,900 for the Bay Village Education Foundation. BVEF would like to thank Tour organizers Anna Norcross, Melissa Alten and Emmie Gillette for the generous donation.

Of the roughly 150 families and individuals who participated in the Tour, which involved walking, biking or running every street in Bay over the course of the summer, three Bay residents made it a family affair. Mrs. Barbara Woodburn, fourth-grade teacher at Westerly, and her daughter Diane Poretsky, first-grade teacher at Normandy, completed the Tour together with the help of Mrs. Woodburn’s granddaughter, Alexa Pohlkamp. Alexa, an eighth-grader at BMS, did not run or bike with her aunt and grandmother, but she used her birthday money to buy a bike for Mrs. Woodburn to use on the Tour!

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.17.2013

FEATURED STUDENT: Aubrey Theobald

Featuring some of our communities' great high school students.

Bay High senior Aubrey Theobald is making her community a more beautiful and serene place using both her musical and artistic talents.

A cello player with the Bay High Honors quartet, Aubrey’s classical music performances frequently add an elegant touch to local ceremonies and events. Her considerable skill with her instrument earned her a spot on the Ohio Music Educators Association Regional Orchestra, and she is an alternate for the group’s State Orchestra. Aubrey also teaches cello in private lessons, and she performs with the Bay High Orchestra and Pit Orchestra. She also sings with the school's A Cappella Choir.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:26 AM, 09.17.2013