Students from Westlake Elementary School were able to enjoy nice autumn weather on Wednesday, Oct. 9, and they did so for a good cause. The Westlake Elementary School PTA hosted its inaugural All 4 One Fun Run to raise money for student enrichment. The school exceeded its goal and was able to raise $30,000 to help support educational programming at WES.
Third-graders study many different areas in science, but life science is one of their favorites. In our life science unit, the students explored animal grouping, life cycles and adaptations. Our science textbook included a study of animal life cycles by looking at frogs and monarch butterflies. The students only read about them and looked at photographs; for a fun hands-on experiment, each student got a mealworm so that they could see a life cycle in action. The mealworm is really the larva stage of a black mealworm beetle. Students had fun experimenting with their mealworms and then watching them go through two life stages: pupa and adult. After the four-week lesson, a few students chose to write a paragraph about what they learned. Here are two great articles written by my third-graders. – Kristen Thomas, Westerly School
Mealworm Life Cycle
by Madelyn Hughes and Eva Maile
Our third-grade class at Westerly School has been studying mealworms and its life cycle. We already knew about a butterfly's life cycle but not a mealworm's so this was new to us! We learned a mealworm turns from an egg to a larva. Then it turns into a pupa. The last life cycle stage is a beetle. In the wild, mealworms are hard to see.
Our first week during the experiment, our class had 23 larvae. We kept the larvae in small containers with a small amount of oatmeal. The mealworms were small but such a handful. First, you had to watch your mealworm all the time when it was out of the container. Mealworms are really fast! Second, you don't have to feed them a lot. Some larvae ate potatoes but others were not interested. Third, you can't put water in the oatmeal or the oatmeal will get moldy and your mealworm might die.
The Bay Village Board of Education is inviting interested Bay Village residents to apply to be part of its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), a research and recommendation arm of the school board.
Past CAC studies have included literature reviews and benchmarking of best practices in other school districts in areas like student learning, transportation, facilities, school practices and more. The studies have informed and influenced important decisions. This year, the CAC will be asked to be a part of a Strategic Planning process.
Eleven Westlake High School seniors were named scholars in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Seniors Seohyun Choi, Richard Garber, Eric Kronz and Teagan Walsh are among the 16,000 students across the country who took the PSAT in their junior year and earned scores high enough to qualify as Semifinalists. These students will move on to compete for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.
Seniors Yusra Albarghouthi, Ayah Aldosari, Chloe Chen, Molly Finucane, Nathan Hsiao, Benjamin Routhier and Jack Williams are among the 34,000 students to be named National Merit Commended Scholars for their outstanding academic promise. These students can become candidates for special scholarships provided by corporate and business sponsors.
Seven seniors at Bay High School have been recognized in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program. These academic distinctions are earned through scores on the Preliminary SAT tests, taken in the junior year of high school, that fall within the top 3 percent of the 1.6 million student scores from 22,000 high schools throughout the nation.
Ben Anderson, Owen Meadows and Audrey Ray were named National Merit Semi-Finalists. The pool of Semi-Finalists, about 16,000, represents the top one percent of PSAT scores throughout the nation.
Commended Students are Kaia Atzberger, Elizabeth Holup, Anne Lang and Patricia Yuhas. The pool of approximately 34,000 Commended Students earned PSAT scores around the top two percent of PSAT scores nationally.
Public invited to tour new, consolidated elementary school
The public is invited to tour the new Westlake Elementary School on Saturday, Sept. 21. A brief ceremony and ribbon-cutting will be held in front of the main entrance to the building, 27555 Center Ridge Road, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Enjoy performances by the Westlake High School Marching Band and the Westlake Elementary School choir.
Parking will be available on site; enter from Center Ridge Road. Parking also will be available across the street at Westlake United Methodist Church. Do not park at Westlake Porter Public Library or on Westown Boulevard. In the event of rain, festivities will be moved inside.
Superintendent Jodie Hausmann welcomed faith leaders and city leaders from Bay Village last week to partner with the Bay Village City School District's efforts in supporting student social, emotional and mental health needs and development.
“We know that our students can only learn when they feel accepted, valued and cared for,” said Hausmann. “They also need to develop social skills to help them build good relationships, and they need to manage their emotions so they can make good decisions. It truly takes a community effort to support them in all these areas."
The district has organized myriad supports under its “We Care” umbrella of programs that go well beyond the academic requirements of education. These were presented to the audience as opportunities to understand the efforts underway in the schools, and to present possible opportunities for partnerships to spread those efforts throughout Bay Village.
As an insurance agent, there is nothing more important in my mind than talking about and educating drivers regarding the ramifications of distracted driving. To date, texting while driving, as well as other activities that distract drivers, have been the cause of over 10,000 accidents in Ohio. This is an epidemic.
This week, Sept. 9-13, Bay High School is hosting Safe Decisions Week for students. This week will include a number of educational, fun and interactive events to help our Bay High School drivers learn about distracted driving. They will also be encouraged to sign a banner that they commit to making safe decisions. The grand finale of the week with be the Sept. 13 Bay High football game, where the players will be wearing special new Safe Decisions football uniforms.
The Bay Village Board of Education approved the selection of Aaron Ereditario, currently assistant principal at Bay High School, to replace Sean McAndrews as principal of Bay Middle School. McAndrews announced his retirement earlier in June.
While at Bay High, Ereditario worked closely with teachers, parents and support staff to improve progress in every aspect of the student experience, from learning to discipline to their mental health. He was the lead organizer of the district’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) model, a system that recognizes and supports positive interpersonal skills that Ereditario believes will serve students well, both in school and in work.
Ramsey Inman has been named assistant principal at Bay High School.
Inman has served as assistant principal at Cuyahoga Falls High School during the past year and as assistant principal at Shaker Heights High School for three years prior to that. He began his career as a social studies teacher at Bedford High School.
"Ramsey's educational vision encompasses meeting a wide range of student needs in a wide variety of ways, and we were amazed to see he's done them all," said Superintendent Jodie Hausmann. She noted that the interview process was extremely thorough, with more than 100 applying for the position. "There was a consensus with those we talked to that he is a great listener and that we are extremely lucky to have him come to work at Bay High School."
The Westlake City School District was awarded a $17,575 Martha Holden Jennings Foundation (MHJF) grant to help staff provide students with 21st century skills balanced with substantive subject matter in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine).
The one-year grant – "Utilizing STEMM Problem-Based Teaching and Learning" – will support STEMM professional development for up to 16 math, science and pre-engineering teachers at Lee Burneson Middle School and Westlake High School. Westlake will partner with the Cleveland State University STEMM Education Center to train teachers in project-based learning (PBL) and how to implement projects within the classroom.
The Bay High School Alumni Foundation is proud to announce the names of the Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Educators who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend Sept. 20-21.
The Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Award was established in 1987 to honor those alumni who have realized great achievements and served their communities well in their years after graduating from the Bay Village public schools.
The Distinguished Educator Hall of Fame Award was established in 1991 to honor educators who were employed in the Bay district for a minimum of 10 years and have been recognized by the community, staff, students and/or parents as being a positive role model and whose extraordinary efforts made an impact on students and staff.
Aqua Girls, a Destination Imagination (DI) team of Bay High School juniors, won two first-place trophies at the DI Global Finals competition May 22-25, held in Kansas City, MO. The girls competed in an arena that included more than 1,400 teams from 15 countries. Team members are Eliza Aleksandrovic, Grace Chilton, Caroline Fowles, Ava Ransom, Audrey Ray, Olivia Reed and Patty Yuhas.
DI provides unique educational experiences across seven project-based Challenge types – Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning. Teams perform tasks that may involve building structures, inventing solutions to problems, doing research, performing community service and more.
Presentation of the projects includes a storytelling and a performance aspect. Challenges are time-constrained, and while teams have a general idea of what will be expected in their chosen challenge performance, details are not given out until the scheduled performance time.
Residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments in Bay Village enjoyed lunch with Bay High students and then visited a student art exhibit on Wednesday, May 29. Conversation was lively, and the visitors were able to discuss art pieces with the student artists themselves.
The students, members of the Bay High Youth Philanthropy Foundation, were: Olivia Doland, Chloe Gadd, John Kilban, Daniel Mack, Rory Marcis, Michelle Mason, Natalie Surdy, Emily Terrell and Chaeli Ziebarth.
The Bay Village Kiwanis have once again honored the winners of the Bay Middle School Drug Education & Awareness Poster Contest. Seventh- and eighth-grade students recently completed a drug awareness education program and were invited to submit hand-made posters to the contest. Winning students were recognized for their creativity and messaging. The creation of the posters makes students themselves the messengers to dissuade fellow students from abusing drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
Almost 100 entries were submitted. The first-place prize went to Charlotte Forsyth. Second-place winners were Alyssa Juhasz and Mallory Kaminski. Third-place went to Tina Varis. The fourth-place prize went to Cati Cartwright. Honorable Mention prizes were won by Andrew Rankin (Super Creative prize), Evelyn Ray (Super Creative prize), Renee Duffy (Judges' Choice prize), Rachel Ploenzke, Meredith Florez, Faith Teutschbein, Jennifer Fuehrer, Morgan Norcross, Nick Schneiderman, Reed Clark, Nikki Hartman and Juli Koss.
On Thursday, May 16, a sunny and warm day, Westlake's fifth-grade students at Dover Intermediate School participated in a tree planting and award ceremony that was held at their school. The event was led by Mayor Dennis Clough; Paul Quinn III, Westlake's service director; Stan Barnard, Westlake's urban forestry manager; Mary Beth Schneidler, chairperson of the Westlake Tree Commission; and Nick Miller, DIS principal.
Several weeks prior, the students were invited to create posters depicting "Why trees are important to me!" Their posters were then judged by Tree Commission members John Walz, Margie Rossander, Diane Morris, Justin Parks, Mary Beth Schneidler and Stan Barnard. Over 131 posters, the most ever submitted, were judged, with six winners and six honorable mention winners being selected.
The Bay Village Board of Education unanimously appointed Bay Village resident and parent David Vegh to fill a board vacancy during its May 13 regular meeting.
Vegh is a sales director for Hyland Software. He also served as president and board member from 2013 to 2017 of Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that provides school supplies to low income students. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English. He and his wife, Kathleen, have a daughter at Normandy Elementary School and two younger girls. Vegh also volunteers at his daughter’s school library.
Jim Osborn has touched the lives of literally thousands of students during his 46-year teaching career. Twenty-one of those years have been spent in the classrooms of St. Paul Westlake. Osborn, 67, will retire at the conclusion of the current school year.
“This is by far the best place I’ve ever been,” said the veteran educator. “The congregation and staff are so welcoming.”
His fifth-grade classroom is full of the reason he gets up each morning.
As a capstone celebration of the IB Primary Years Programme, Westlake fourth-graders develop an Exhibition project to showcase their learning and interests.
This year, Angie Gerhan’s class at Bassett Elementary chose to focus on the central idea: “What can you explore and make today?” Throughout this extended inquiry, students have brainstormed, questioned, researched using books, videos, and Internet sources, listened to speakers, experimented, and taken action on their ideas.
On May 10, Ms. Gerhan’s class visited Scott Kutz’s and Adam Purdy’s Technology & Engineering classrooms at Westlake High School in order to further engage in various hands-on activities and expand their knowledge of how and what makers can create based on their interests and exploring different technologies.
St. Paul Lutheran School is proud to announce the development of a dedicated STEAM Lab, beginning with the start of the 2019-2020 school year in August.
“Our lab will be a place where students are encouraged to engage, explore, and be inspired,” said Principal Jeremy Louden.
“STEAM” is an educational approach that focuses on 21st century skills in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.
Teenagers have a lot of opinions, and they are sharing them at Bay High School with their superintendent of schools, Jodie Hausmann.
Mrs. Hausmann has formed a Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, including students from all four grade levels at the school. She wants to know what kinds of pressures students face on a daily basis, what kind of improvements they believe can make their school even better and, perhaps most important, what they see as the very essence of their school and wider community.
Principal Jason Martin, who also meets with the council, said he selected its members specifically because they were good school citizens. And while some had taken on leadership roles in the past, others tended to contribute in “quieter” ways.
The Westlake High School and Lee Burneson Middle School Academic Challenge teams placed in the Top 10 in the national Questions Unlimited Spring 3-2-1 Competition.
LBMS finished fourth in the nation out of 87 schools, and first in Ohio. WHS finished 10th nationally out of 178 schools and first in Ohio. Students compete as a team to answer more than 100 questions online.
The Academic Challenge teams are advised by John and Sandy Packis.
Bay High junior Elizabeth Holup recalls how, as a shy fifth-grader, she found a door to self-expression through poetry. She recently shared that passion with Bay Middle School students through an opportunity to study and perform poetry called a poetry slam.
“You’re invited to ‘snap’ for applause if you’d like,” she told the audience in the school library on April 11. “That’s a tradition at poetry slams.”
Next came a lineup of students reading both original and favorite poems. Fifth-graders Lauren Barrett, Alice Jones and Emma Majure, and seventh-graders Chloe Hoban, Matthew Price and John Weber, took to the microphone with poems varying from winsome to frightening. Their voices, and sometimes their dress, reflected the mood of the reader’s chosen verse. Chloe Hoban, for example, dressed in floor-length black and spoke in a commanding voice. She performed two Edgar Allen Poe masterpieces, “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven.” Others performed their original poems or read their childhood favorites.
The Westlake High School Technology & Engineering (T & E) Department was selected for the state’s best project during the Ohio Technology & Engineering Educators Association (OTEEA) state conference school exhibits competition, held April 6 in the Buckeye Building of the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The event was held in conjunction with the growing MakerX festival.
Students of the Westlake High School T & E Department garnered two state champion titles for their Best of Show awards in two different technology categories, and added the prestigious Zupancic award as well as a Best of Show runner-up award. Winning a state champion title for their Best of Show awards were the following:
The senior team of Ethan Simon, Connor Reis, Robert Fulop and Austin Loosli for their “Multi- Unit Townhouse” and energy-efficient model home design in the Construction/Architecture Technology category. They also captured the Zupancic Award, selected as the single best outstanding project in the entire state of Ohio among all Best of Show winners.
Westlake High School junior Jack Williams scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam.
Jack took the ACT last fall with no preparation, then studied the areas he needed to work on and met with a tutor on Sundays. He intends to study biochemistry in college.
Jack is a member of National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, Leadership Challenge, and the WHS swim and baseball teams. Outside of school he volunteers extensively with Youth Challenge, which provides free adapted sports and recreational activities to young people with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners.
Bay Village Schools Superintendent Jodie Hausmann, Board of Education President Beth Lally, and treasurer Nicole Spriggs visited residents at the Knickerbocker Apartments recently to talk about how the schools work to serve the "whole child."
Residents said they want to be more involved with the schools, and they would like to attend school events. The administration will be working with them to make it easier to enjoy student performances.
St. Paul Westlake has named Christopher Suffredini and Logan Murray as the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2019, respectively.
Suffredini is the son of Leslie and Charles Suffredini of Westlake. Murray is the son of Maureen Murray of Avon.
Congratulations to Bay High senior Cate Kapalczynski and junior Elizabeth Holup on winning Scholastic Silver Medals in writing on the national level.
Both had work recognized with Gold Key awards at the regional level, which qualified their work to be judged at the national level in New York City.
The Silver Medal was awarded to Elizabeth Holup for her poem, "The Colors of You." Cate Kapalczynski was awarded the Silver Medal for her personal essay/memoir, "The Phoenix."
Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-grade student Alicia Ge won the Greater Cleveland You Be The Chemist Challenge and will participate in the Ohio State Challenge for a chance to move on to the National Challenge.
Alicia and fellow eighth-grader Yikun Zhou placed first and second, respectively, in the local You Be The Chemist Challenge before moving on to the regional contest. Both qualified to compete at the state level and are students in Daniel Berkheimer's Honors Physical Science class.
Bay High senior Amelia Johnson was named National Merit Finalist this month, a prestigious academic achievement awarded to less than one percent of Preliminary SAT test-takers in the U.S. She is hopeful the designation will lead to both acceptance and scholarships to colleges where she’d like to major in music education and performance.
"I feel that my musical training has taught me to work very hard and has taught me discipline," she said. "These skills have definitely helped me succeed in other academic areas."
With two pianos in her home, making music was simply a part of growing up for Amelia. In fact, with four piano players in the family (including parents Lisa and David, and sister Annalise), the girls’ piano teacher provided eight-hand arrangements for the family to perform. She has been reading music and playing piano since the age of 5.
West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its luncheon on March 4 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.
The 16 students, top performers in their Career-Technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement and initiative.
“The Rotary Outstanding Students represent the 'best of the best' in the West Shore Career Technical District. Our teachers and staff work tirelessly to give all of our students rich academic, technical and real world experiences,” remarked Bill DiMascio, West Shore Career-Technical District educational coordinator.
During Westlake High School’s recent Diversity Week celebration, the Leadership Challenge club hosted a short film titled “Stories of Diversity.”
The film was directed and shot by WHS senior Rafi Melikian on her cell phone and shares the experiences of immigrant students. She said she wanted to provide these shared experiences for everyone to understand what happens around the world and to appreciate the privilege of being in school.
“We knew that WHS has quite a bit of diversity, in the sense that we have a lot of kids and members of the Westlake community who are immigrants, who lived in places very different from Westlake or even the United States,” said Rafi, who is a facilitator in Leadership Challenge’s Diversity Group. “We wanted to highlight that.
“We thought so many kids go to school with these people who had very different life experiences they didn’t even know about. We got a couple of students and a teacher who are immigrants and asked them to tell us their story.”
Nine St. Paul Westlake students have been inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
Congratulations to sixth-graders Taylor Albrecht, Ria Newton, Alexis Eddleman, Dominic Zannoni, J.J. Hughes, Marleigh Lademann and Gabby Hanchuk. Eighth-grade inductees are Rachel Haggard and Calvin Jenkins.
The National Junior Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students.
Bassett Elementary School was awarded the Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) Deluxe Event grant! In partnership with ALDI, Bassett Elementary students will shop for baking supplies, assemble a nutritious recipe, and provide samples for all to enjoy. Student chefs and taste-testers are currently submitting their unique recipe's name, an outline of the ingredients by the cost to exercise their financial skills, and description of their ideal "taster (or target audience)" to experience entrepreneurship.
At the event on April 18, all chefs will be awarded their business cards. Prizes will recognize the top chef with awards such as Head Chef, People's Choice, Best Recipe Name, Economic Expert, and Healthiest Creation. Students, parents, school faculty, and community members will contribute to the award selections.
The final in a series of four community open houses planned for the 2018-2019 school year at St. Paul Westlake is fast approaching.
Westlake's oldest independent preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K through eight will host the event from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.
Tours of the school will be available, and visitors will also have the chance to meet and talk one-on-one with St. Paul Westlake teachers and staff members.
Westlake High School junior Fiona Bihn, an International Baccalaureate Diploma student, earned a Red Ribbon in the Cleveland Clinic eXpressions Language Program this year for her poem, “No One Noticed Me.”
WHS junior Lexie Floyd and senior Lili Busic earned Blue Ribbons, sophomore Macy Sinreich earned a Red Ribbon, and senior Henyah Dardir earned a White Ribbon in the Cleveland Clinic Art eXpressions Program.
The eXpressions program is an interdisciplinary program that engages high school students in the world of scientific research. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, students produce creative interpretations of research conducted by Cleveland Clinic science interns.
Bay High Schools student artists brought back 15 art awards from the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition held at the Cleveland Institute of Art in January.
A Gold Key award went to senior Lilly Clark for her color pencil drawing “Cooper.” Her work will be entered into the national-level competition held in New York City this spring.
Five Silver Keys went to Bay High senior Kyela Evenhouse (ceramics & glass, “Underwater Urn”); juniors Marie Legeay (digital art, “Obscure Grasp”), Elisa Renerts (digital art, “In the Palm of My Hand”), Nina Uniatowski (photography, “Zach”); and sophomore Bea Jones (photography, “self portrait”).
Six students from Westlake High School have been named National Merit Finalists. Seniors Isabella DiGiulio, Claire Brewer, Mihir Shetty, Akhilesh Reddy, Talia Zheng and Meghana Tandon are among 15,000 students to achieve Finalist standing in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.
More than 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. A pool of nationwide Semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, was selected.
Westlake High School senior Vince Sovacool was named the Ohio SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Student of the Year for his “passion, activities and creativity” in his local chapter, community and school.
In their nomination of Vince, his fellow WHS SADD members and advisor Kathy McGinty called Vince an excellent friend and role model. They said he “embodies the SADD mission in his daily life and has never been shy about incorporating the SADD principles in the activities that are important to him.”
Char Shryock, curriculum director for the Bay Village Schools, is known to dive deeply into just about any project or initiative in which she’s involved. Her passion for educating children has her regularly meeting with teachers to select the best learning materials to meet educational standards, to study best practices for teaching and learning, and to formulate measures that quantify what students have learned, as well as where they need to keep trying.
If that sounds like a scientific approach to a field that many consider an art, it is one that comes naturally to this daughter of a science teacher who then grew up to be a science teacher herself. It seems inevitable that she would be recognized as a leading advocate for science education, as she was last month by the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) who presented her with their Administrator Award for Leadership in Science Education.