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The fine line between prescription drug abuse and heroin Is prevention

A new government report finds a link between prescription drug abuse and an increased risk of heroin use. Americans ages 12 to 49 that illegally use prescription drugs are 19 times more likely than others in their age group to begin using heroin, the report found. According to the National Survey on Drug Use, nearly 1 in 5 teens report abusing medications that were not prescribed to them. Sadly, every day, 2,500 youth (aged 12-17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the very first time.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.05.2014

Westshore Montessori School enrolling for Fall 2014

A Montessori classroom is different from most. Children are not silently restricted to desks, but have the freedom to explore and make their own decisions. This allows students to develop a sense of independence and motivation that will follow them through life.

In fact, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have credited their unprecedented business success to an early foundation in Montessori learning.

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Volume 6, Issue 16, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.05.2014

Deadline extended for Mini-Rockette camp

Time is running out to enroll in this year's Mini-Rockette Camp, conducted by the Bay High School Rockette team. The camp will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, in the Bay Middle School cafeteria, 27725 Wolf Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp is open to all children entering first through eighth grade and the cost of the camp is $60 per child. The registration deadline is July 25.

The camp will include: dance and flag skills, a special Rockette T-shirt, crafts and games, two snacks and lunch, face painting and poms for the performances. During the last hour of camp, the Mini-Rockettes will perform the dances they learned at the camp. In addition, the Mini-Rockettes will perform during the pre-game festivities for a Bay High School football game at Bay High Stadium.

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Volume 6, Issue 15, Posted 9:45 AM, 07.22.2014

Bassett hires new principal

Alexander Fleming, principal of Midview East Intermediate School in Grafton, was named principal of Bassett Elementary School at the June 16 Board of Education meeting.

In his three years at Midview, Fleming restructured the way instruction is delivered, creating a teaming model and implementing several building-level programs. He also implemented co-teaching special education strategies to improve achievement. Those efforts led to the State of Ohio Special Education Team of the Year award in 2011-2012. In addition he created an outdoor education program for his fifth and sixth graders.

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Volume 6, Issue 13, Posted 9:06 AM, 06.24.2014

LBMS class donates prize back to charity

When Dennis Sullivan’s seventh-graders at Lee Burneson Middle School learned that they had won the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pasta for Pennies contest at the school, they made a startling request.

The students asked that the Olive Garden lunch they had won for their classroom be donated to the Ronald McDonald House, a home-away-from home for families of children being treated at Cleveland-area hospitals. Lunch was delivered to those families on May 29.

“Many families on our team are currently personally affected by cancer,” said Sullivan, seventh-grade social studies teacher and middle school athletic director. “The most incredible act was to donate the motivational lunch back to the hospital. I am extremely proud of all the kids in my homeroom.”

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:19 AM, 06.10.2014

Women’s Club funds $12,000 in scholarships

The Bay Village Women’s Club awarded scholarships to six Bay High seniors at its annual Honors for Scholars Luncheon. The May 8 program at the Cleveland Yachting Club provided Club members with the opportunity to chat with the students and their parents and to meet Bay High School staff members.

At the podium each student described his or her future plans. Later the Huff-n-Puff Barber Shop Quartet provided entertainment with songs from the 1800s up through the Doo-Wop era.

The Club awarded its first scholarship in 1936. This year’s $12,000 total – $2,000 to each student – brings the Club’s scholarship funding to over $427,000. Funding comes from the annual Antiques Show at the high school in February, the Hassler Funds, and ongoing sales of Bay memorabilia (afghans, cookbooks, cards, etc.).

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:13 AM, 06.10.2014

Holly Lane Service Club raises money for autism

Students from Westlake's Holly Lane Service Club have been able to pair the latest fashion and crafting craze among kids, Rainbow Loom bracelets, with a great cause. The club recently donated the $122 it earned by selling “Bracelets 4 Autism” to local nonprofit Connecting for Kids.

The popular blue-and-white bracelets were sold to Holly Lane students during April which is Autism Awareness Month. Club member McKenna Riley, who has a sibling with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), came up with the idea that was voted on and eagerly undertaken by the group. The students both made and sold the “Bracelets 4 Autism” themselves.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.10.2014

Featured Student: Megan Teets

Featuring some of our districts' great high school students.

Megan Teets, a sixth-grade Parkside Intermediate School student, is one of 16 recipients of the R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Department of Education.

The award is presented to one exemplary special education student from each of Ohio’s 16 State Support Team regions. Megan will be recognized in Columbus on June 18 by the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.10.2014

Graduations and Goodbyes

Hi. My name is Halle Parks. I am 10 years old, in fourth grade and am home schooled. My mom has been my teacher at home in Bay Village since I was in kindergarten. Recently, my parents and I have been thinking about having me go to a “regular” school for fifth grade. Hopefully, I will attend Westside Christian Academy (WCA) in Westlake.

To  learn more about the school, my mom and I went to WCA’s eighth-grade graduation on June 3. The ceremony was much more exciting than I thought it would be! It began with a prayer, and continued with music and worship. Then, the 11 graduates recited Psalm 19 together (which is quite a long Psalm).

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:21 AM, 06.10.2014

Bay High Rockettes to hold Mini-Rockette Camp

The Bay Village High School Rockette team will hold a Mini-Rockette Camp on Saturday, August 16, in the Bay Middle School cafeteria, 27725 Wolf Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp is open to all children entering first through eighth grade and the cost of the camp is $60 per child.

The camp will include: dance and flag skills, a special Rockette T-shirt, crafts and games, two snacks and lunch, face painting and poms for the performances. During the last hour of camp, the Mini-Rockettes will perform the dances they learned at the camp. In addition, the Mini-Rockettes will perform during the pre-game festivities for a Bay High School football game at Bay High Stadium.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.28.2014

Civil War poetry contest winners

Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-graders Alex Rujawitz, Audrey Lyle and Rachael Kaiser are the 2014 winners of the Jon Thompson Civil War Poetry Contest sponsored by the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable.

The three were honored at a dinner on May 14 at Cleveland’s Judson Manor, where they read their winning entries – poetic interpretations of “The Widow,” a painting showing a Confederate widow being comforted by the ghost of her husband as she grieves at his tombstone.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:15 AM, 05.28.2014

Featured Student: Katie Randazzo

Featuring some of our district's great high school students.

Bay High senior Katie Randazzo has used her time at her school to be an actor, a member of the stage chorus, and a student director of the cast and crew of Bay High’s ambitious musical "Beauty and the Beast." She capped off her high school performances this year playing the wicked stepmother in Bay High’s presentation of "Cinderella" while serving as vice president of the Bay High Thespians. But as much as she enjoys “treading the boards,” Katie has her sights set on actually creating the stories that others perform. She plans to be a screenwriter.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:15 AM, 05.28.2014

3 WHS students accepted into language immersion program

Westlake High School sophomores Harleen Shergill and Allyson Simon, and junior Sophie Warner, were accepted into the 2014 STARTALK Foreign Language Academy in Chinese and Russian at Kent State University this summer.

The KSU STARTALK Academy is a four-week language immersion program that introduces a new language and culture. Students are housed in the KSU Honors College and students can receive up to five college credits. Students are provided with a laptop computer and all the necessary software.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 8:59 AM, 05.28.2014

WHS students race at Derby Downs

Students in the Westlake High School Technology & Engineering Department participated in the fifth annual Gravity Racing Challenge at Derby Downs in Akron on May 17.

The team of Robert Slater, Chris Stone, Jake Johanni and Dylan Komorowski won the Innovative Braking System award sponsored by Time Warner Cable. They designed a new braking system for the derby car as part of the inaugural open class high school division competition. Their braking system consisted of constructing and installing a drum brake configuration, greatly reducing the stopping distance and increasing the efficiency of control.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 8:59 AM, 05.28.2014

Students earn national recognition for Spanish exam scores

Sixty-eight Westlake High School Spanish students earned national recognition for excellent performance on the 2014 National High School Spanish I-5 Examinations.

Spanish students earned a total of 13 gold, 10 silver and 21 bronze medals, along with 24 honorable mentions.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 8:58 AM, 05.28.2014

Westerly fair teaches environmental science

On May 9, the "Plant New Ideas" environmental fair celebrated the 20th birthday of Westerly School’s Outdoor Science Lab, a natural habitat in the center of the school and a certified National Wildlife Site. The students in my third-grade class received a grant from Bay Education Foundation and support from Westerly’s PTA to create, organize and implement the birthday party for the Outdoor Science Lab.

The students stayed after school once a week since the beginning of January to prepare their activities: stations with games, puzzles and interactive events. The students had relay races with bees gathering pollen and nectar and another race acting out the different stages of a butterfly’s metamorphosis. The Bee Master Challenge focused on fact and fiction about bees. Large scale posters of the Outdoor Science Lab were cut into smaller shapes to be reassembled. A scavenger hunt in the Outdoor Science Lab had participants matching photos of the plants with the growing plants in the Lab. The students planted terrariums to sell. A display with melting ice demonstrated the plight of the polar bears’ shrinking habitat. The students manned the different stations.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.13.2014

Event uses real-life experiences to highlight dangers of drug use

Parents, children, community and school leaders gathered on Tuesday, May 7, for the “Let’s Talk About It” parent drug education event, held at Bay Middle School. Highlighting the evening’s event were presentations by Bay Village Detective Kevin Krolkoski and Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons of the Rocky River Municipal Court. 

“After hearing about the amount of drugs in our community and how easy it is for our kids to get them, I’m now convinced drug use, abuse and addiction can hit any Bay family,” said one of the parents in attendance.

The drug education event opened with information displays by the Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB), Recovery Resources, and Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc., surrounded by over 80 colorful handmade drug awareness posters designed by Bay Middle School seventh and eighth-grade students. Parents and children were given an opportunity to collect literature and also talk with the representatives.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:55 AM, 05.13.2014

'Word Play Around Bay' will build rich vocabularies in young children

There’s a new push going on in the Bay Village preschool community, and swing sets are only one place where it’s happening.

Just introduced this week, “Word Play Around Bay” is a fun, vocabulary-building resource for parents and their young children. The brochure is packed with dozens of location-specific activities that make it easy for parents to help children build a rich and meaningful vocabulary during everyday visits throughout Bay Village.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.13.2014

Area youth proclaim 'We are the Majority' at downtown rally

Westshore Young Leaders from Westlake, Rocky River and Lakewood high schools joined more than 100 other high school youth and leaders from Cuyahoga County at the “We are the Majority Rally” on Wednesday, April 30. The purpose of the rally was to raise awareness about the fact that the majority of youth make healthy choices and do not partake in the use of drugs and alcohol. 

Students from across the county gathered at the Cleveland Public Library to participate in team-building activities and march to City Hall to listen to speakers including Nolan and Jaclyn Brandt of Robby’s Voice who inspired them to continue to make good choices.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.13.2014

Westlake fifth-graders explain importance of trees

In celebration of Arbor Day, the Westlake City Tree Commission sponsored a poster and essay contest for Parkside Intermediate School's fifth-grade students. Essays were limited to 150 words and included information about the importance of trees for the city and its residents.

The students' posters were colorful illustrations of the area's trees and the theme “Why Trees are Important to the City of Westlake.” The posters showed methods of preserving and protecting trees as well as encouraging the planting of new trees for shade, erosion control, animal habitats, wind shelters and beauty. The posters were judged by the Westlake City Tree Commission members Mary Beth Schneidler, Margie Rossander, John Walz, Thea Steinmetz, Diane Morris, Westlake City Arborist Stan Barnard and Westlake City Service Director Paul Quinn.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.29.2014

Yumming it up for a great cause!

At Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village, Ms. Holinek’s third-grade class learned a lesson in economics that turned into a lesson of the heart. Production, consumption and transfer of wealth were among the many skills learned through the sale of cupcakes. The process of advertising was the first step of the economic lesson. The students made flyers and posters with mouthwatering pictures of their favorite looking cupcakes.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:47 AM, 04.29.2014

Featured student: Emma Jarvi

Featuring some of our school districts' great high school students.

Bay High senior Emma Jarvi believes she achieved what she set out to do this month when she organized an Autism Awareness Week at her school.

“I think students at Bay High are now a little more aware of what autism is and how students with autism may be different, but that they should be accepted and loved for who they are,” she said.

Emma and her crew put signs up on the walls that expressed sentiments like “Autism is Awesome” and “Look behind the autism and you will see someone very special.” The signs expressed the positive aspects of being unique and seeing things in a way that is different from how others see things.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:47 AM, 04.29.2014

Case Closed: 'Legally Blonde' comes to an end

[This article originally appeared in the April issue of The Green & White, Westlake High School's student newspaper.]

After the applause from “Legally Blonde” finally died down, the sets demolished and costumes put away, the musical came to a close.

“It was really wonderful to work with so many awesome people and bring this show to life,” said senior Jabri Johnson.

This year’s musical played from April 11 to April 13 and starred Evie Kennedy as Elle Woods, Dylan Diemer as Emmett, Caroline Kane as Vivian Kensington, Peter Bradley as Professor Callahan, Kevin Waitrovich as Warner and Anna Parchem as Paulette.

It was put on by the Center Stage Players, Westlake High School’s drama club.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.29.2014

Green & White staff recognized

Westlake High School’s The Green and White student newspaper was recently recognized by the Ohio Scholastic Media Association for its work in 2013.

The Green and White earned a second place overall, and several individual staff members were recognized for their work:

  • Pierce Gleespen was rated excellent in newswriting
  • Julia Ferra was rated superior for news photo
  • Emily Simon was rated excellent for general feature
  • Caroline Gray received an honorable mention for commentary

The Green and White is an extracurricular publication at Westlake High School and is in its 96th year as a student-run, open-forum publication.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.29.2014

Westlake board chooses firm for superintendent search

The Westlake Board of Education approved the hiring of the Ohio School Boards Association to facilitate the search for Westlake’s next superintendent.

The Board interviewed three firms for the process, including Finding Leaders in Independence and Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, based in Illinois. Dr. Daniel J. Keenan Jr. announced his resignation effective July 31 to take the executive director’s position with the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:39 AM, 04.29.2014

Westlake superintendent stuns with resignation

After seven years of leading the Westlake City School District, Superintendent Dr. Daniel J. Keenan Jr. announced his resignation, effective July 31, 2014, to accept the position of executive director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Dr. Keenan made the announcement during the April 3 Board of Education meeting, surprising many in the room.

Dr. Keenan joined the Westlake Schools on Aug. 1, 2007. His tenure was punctuated by significant progress in the Westlake City School District. His tenure has been a collaborative one with the Westlake community. He sought input and direction from the community on major issues through a variety of committees and has been applauded for being a dedicated educator and manager.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:26 AM, 04.15.2014

Bay Village and other school districts distribute state tests on paper for final year

Every spring since the early 1990s, when the Ohio Department of Education began mandating statewide proficiency testing, the Bay Village City School District has accepted many dozens of cartons containing printed test booklets and bubble answer sheets. The tests had to be counted out, secured, and delivered to teachers and students exactly when needed.

Once the tests were taken, the process would begin again in reverse. Districts, teachers, parents and students could wait as long as 2-3 months to learn their individual test results. This spring, Bay Village and most other Ohio districts are accepting all those cartons for the final time.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:19 AM, 04.15.2014

Bay High Key Club makes a difference!

The Bay High Key Club seems to get bigger and do more good work each and every year.

During this school year, its 94 members have completed more than 1,200 hours of service, and together with Bay Village Kiwanis and other school organizations, have donated more than $37,730 to local and worldwide efforts, including Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, March of Dimes, UNICEF, St. Baldrick's, The Eliminate Project (International Kiwanis project to eliminate maternal/ neonatal tetanus) and the local Fill This House for teens aging out of the foster care system. They have also collected numerous other items for various other charity drives such as Jared Boxes, Clean Your Closet, KIWI Kits, and Jeans for Teens.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.15.2014

Kyle Yu advances to National Geographic Bee

Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-grader Kyle Yu, 13, defended his title at the state Geographic Bee on April 4 and will now represent Ohio again at the National Geographic Bee next month in Washington, D.C.

Kyle beat out about 100 other fourth- through-eighth graders for the state title, which he also claimed in 2013. The national finals will be held May 19-21 and the winner will be crowned the 26th National Geographic Bee champion.

Kyle said he studies atlases, likes geography and is ready for this year’s competition. Last year he made it to the tiebreaker round at the national level. He won the state Bee by identifying the Kara Sea as separating the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean and the Taymyr Peninsula.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:08 AM, 04.15.2014

Fifth-grader Ella Boyer contributes to book by national author

Bay Middle School fifth-grader Ella Boyer will be quoted in an upcoming book by children's author R. J. Palacio. Ella's class recently read the novel "Wonder," about a boy born with facial deformities who goes to school with other children for the first time in the fifth grade. He deals with many challenges, and one of the precepts, or sayings, from the book is, "You can't blend in when you were born to stand out."

The author asked readers, through her website, for help with her next book – "Do you have a WONDER-ful precept that you live by? I'm looking for some original precepts for a new book I'm working on! If you have a unique, or daring, or especially beautiful precept that you'd like to share with the world – this is your chance!"

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.15.2014

Safe boating program registration ends April 19

The registration deadline for the Bay Village Schools Boating Education program is Saturday, April 19. Students in grades six through eight are eligible to participate in the nationally recognized Spirit of America program. The registration fee is $10.

The Ohio Boating Education class is on May 3 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students must attend both days and pass an exam. Because of a conflict with Westlake's music program, students who must leave for an hour or so will be allowed to complete the class.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:18 AM, 04.15.2014

Maggie Williams to compete at state-level Power of the Pen

Bay Middle School eighth-grader Maggie Williams will be traveling to The College of Wooster on May 23 to compete in the Power of the Pen State Tournament. Maggie will be one of only the top 20 percent of writers at all the Power of the Pen Regional competitions throughout Ohio to move on to the State Tournament.

Seven Bay Middle School students qualified at district tournaments to compete at the local regional tournament held at St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland on March 15, where 65 schools from six counties competed. Seventh-graders Maddie Bish, Maddey Clair, Jessica Eagleeye and Mason Smith; and eighth-graders Chloe Roberts and Jessica Rychel, as well as Maggie Williams, competed at that event. Helen Lanning, Bay Middle School language arts teacher, is the team's advisor.

Power of the Pen is a state writing competition meant to encourage creative writing. Students are given prompts and then use their skill and imagination to create written stories and essays that are judged anonymously.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:10 AM, 04.15.2014

LBMS writers named state finalists in Library of Congress contest

Letters from 14 students at Lee Burneson Middle School are among the top 20 percent selected as state finalists in the Library of Congress’ Letters About Literature 2014 Contest.

In December, all of Deb Schrembeck’s language arts students entered the writing contest, which asks students in grades four to 12 to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author about how the book affected them personally. In Ohio, 1,283 letters were received. The top 20 percent were selected as state finalists. LBMS’ 14 letters are among the 101 Level II finalists from grades seven and eight. Nationally, about 8,000 letters make it to state-level judging.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.15.2014

Westlake school board, teachers approve new contract

The Westlake Board of Education and the Westlake Teachers Association approved a one-year contract that freezes base pay and step increases, and implements coordination of benefits for all teachers.

Teachers who complete additional education and obtain an advanced academic degree will be eligible for additional pay by moving to a new column on the salary schedule. The new contract also eliminates spousal insurance for all teachers. Spousal insurance was eliminated for new teachers in 2006, but grandfathered in for veteran teachers. Under the new contract, the grandfather clause is removed. Spouses who obtain their own insurance will be reimbursed by the district up to $175 per month beginning Jan. 1. Even with the reimbursement the elimination of spousal insurance will save the district $240,000 annually.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.15.2014

FEATURED STUDENT: Serena Zirkle

Serena Zirkle, a second-grader at Hilliard Elementary School, wrote a story entitled “The Princess and her Family” that was featured on Green Screen Adventures, a national children’s series and website that features stories written and illustrated by students in grades one through eight.

Serena’s story featured Princess Serena, who was going to deliver a concert when she and her family were kidnapped. Princess Serena saved the day and was able to help her family and friends to the concert at the castle. Her story also had a message, “Be careful at concerts because you never know what’s going to happen.”

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:05 AM, 04.15.2014

Piling up miles for salad day party

On Feb. 25, Miss Holinek’s third-grade class at Westerly School had our 300-mile salad day party! It all started when we reached 100 miles in Walking Club. 

At our school, students can walk on Fridays during recess or any day during indoor recess. When walking outside, six laps equal one mile. Inside, twelve laps equals one mile.  Miss Holinek had a great idea – after we walked 300 miles we could have a salad day party.  We wrote down the food we requested for the party and Miss Holinek created a Google document so parents could sign up online for which food they would send in for the party.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:23 AM, 04.01.2014

Featured Student: Evan Kelly

Not only does Bay High senior Evan Kelly know exactly what he wants to do with his life, but he is well on his way to achieving some lofty goals.

"I intend to direct choirs at the high school level and above," he said. "Ultimately, I hope to direct on a professional level."

Evan has spent this semester at Bay High teaching and conducting the school's freshman choir. He taught students one song that they performed at a regional competition and which received excellent comments from the judges. He will conduct the choir again at a spring concert. The opportunity is an independent study under the direction of Bay High vocal music instructor and choral director, Devon Gess.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:17 AM, 04.01.2014

Westlake Chinese Cultural Association to hold student art show

Westlake Chinese Cultural Association is a 27-year-old non-profit organization. WCCA's mission is to promote intercultural exchanges, provide Chinese cultural information and services, and deliver quality Chinese language education to our communities. Started as a home school, WCCA welcomes anyone who is interested in learning the Chinese language, or about Chinese arts, culture and traditions.  Classes are held on Saturday mornings at Lee Burneson Middle School in Westlake for all ages, including adults.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:26 AM, 04.01.2014

Celebrating Humphrey! Community-wide literacy program in Bay comes to a close

Normandy Elementary School in Bay Village celebrated the conclusion of its three-week-long, community-wide literacy project "One School One Book" on Friday, March 21. Students and their families had all been reading along with the same book, "The World According to Humphrey" by Betty G. Birney, and classes were treated to a surprise visit from the hamster himself!

The project, funded by the Bay Village Education Foundation and Normandy PTA, was implemented by Normandy Principal Dan Sebring and his Literacy Committee. Every student at the school received a copy of the book, a packet with directions on reading along and other fun activities, and the chance to win raffle prizes by "spotting" Humphrey around town. Humphrey posters were placed in various Bay businesses for Normandy students to find, and when they found "Humphrey," they'd receive a raffle ticket. Students could also turn in tickets with their answers to questions about the book.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:17 AM, 04.01.2014

Bay Schools named to Best Music Communities in America list for 2014

In an extremely rigorous and detailed assessment of its exemplary music program, the Bay Village City School District has been named once again to the NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education list. This marks the 12th consecutive year that the district has been named to the prestigious list.

“Music is truly an integral part of our schools and the Bay Village community,” said Clinton Keener, superintendent of the Bay Village City School District. “Our students, parents and music instructors are passionate about music, and our community members of all ages turn out in droves for our student performances.”

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:18 AM, 04.01.2014