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Our Destination Imagination group (The Crew from Bay Middle School) wants to help refugees who live in Lakewood, Ohio, by having a Rucking for Refugees fundraiser. The refugees are from Burma, Afghanistan and Iraq, and have many needs. The money raised from Rucking for Refugees will go to the refugees to buy food for them for the holidays.
The rucking fundraiser will take place on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. We will meet in the Bay High School parking lot. We are asking each participant to pay $5. Rucking is wearing a backpack with heavy objects when you do activities, like carrying a log, walking or hiking. Rucking is fun and challenging!
As part of the district vision statement to collaborate with peers and the community, students from the Westlake High School Technology & Engineering department enrolled in the honors computer science principles (CSP) class have forged a partnership with the Westlake-based company Hyland Software.
The collaboration includes field trips, summer HyTech camps, Tech Club activities, internships, a Hack-A-Thon, Innovation Showdown competition, and classroom presentations. The primary goal is to introduce and encourage students to learn about coding, programming, computer technology and the increasingly expanding, innovative and exciting field of computer science.
Westlake High School 2015 graduate Aswin Bikkani was selected as one of 25 participants to attend the Stockholm University Nobel Week events in Stockholm, Sweden, Dec. 5-11.
The event is hosted by Stockholm University for National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) members during Nobel Week, during which the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies, the Nobel Lectures and other festivities take place in honor of the 2015 Nobel Laureates.
The Nobel prizes were established by NSHSS Chairman Claes Nobel’s grand-uncle, Allred Nobel, to honor outstanding achievement in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace.
Westlake High School has eight students named in the 2016 National Merit Program.
Senior Rachel Kim is a Semifinalist and will move on to compete for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million. She is 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.
Martha Fisher, third-grade teacher at Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village, was honored by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics as their Northeast District Outstanding Elementary Teacher.
The award comes as no surprise to those who know the creative, dedicated teacher whose students learn by doing. She is known for providing exciting classroom activities like her Classroom Store, Bus Tours of Cleveland (with student tour guides), Walk the USA and her famous, full service Classroom Restaurant. She was the driving force behind turning Westerly Elementary’s courtyard into a wildlife habitat that was named a National Wild School Site by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. One year, her class studied the water cycle and made and sold painted rain barrels throughout Bay Village.
Erin Blahnik’s special education students at Lee Burneson Middle School are learning real-world skills and changing lives through a new business venture – Mazy & Mylo Treats.
The middle school students are starting a dog biscuit business to sell dog treats to school district employees, friends, family and community members.
“It’s a way for my students to practice their functional skills and a way to give back,” Blahnik said.
For the second year, first-grade students at Dover Elementary School and Holly Lane Elementary School “sent” butterflies on a symbolic migration to Mexico as part of Journey North’s Symbolic Migration program.
Journey North is a program that educates students across the United States, Canada and Mexico about butterfly conservation.
Spanish teacher Kelsy Wermer collaborates with Dover first-grade teachers Karen Glesius, Jennifer Doyle and Julie Hildebrand, and Holly Lane first-grade teachers Sarah Gorius and Lisa Forshey to create paper butterflies that are sent to Minnesota, combined with butterflies from other areas of the country, and then sent on to Mexico, where the monarchs spend the winter.
It's been an entire year since Kristin Caputo's former kindergarten students sifted through the slimy pulp inside their pumpkins to gather seeds. Before the school year ended, they planted those seeds and sprouted seedlings to take home for planting over the summer.
Here it is October again, and those now first-graders are bringing in full-grown pumpkins to show the teacher.
"I love the connection these kids made over time," said Mrs. Caputo. "That long-ago October lesson continues to foster their love of learning and exploring."
Holly Lane Elementary School launched the Beyond the Bench program this week to teach students compassion and conflict management skills.
The program is the result of the Buddy Bench – a bench on the playground designed to eliminated loneliness and foster friendship on the playground by providing children with a tool to identify those who need a peer to play with and to encourage those already engaged in play invite others to join in the fun.
Beyond the Bench is a training program from Westlake nonprofit Connecting for Kids that develops improved conflict resolution skills among students, celebrate students who act with compassion and remove the stigma of asking for help.
Three Westlake High School student researchers participated in Cleveland Clinic’s Science Internship Program.
Through the program, students gain experiences in healthcare fields and careers, cultivate their 21st century skillset through hands-on learning opportunities, and find practical, real-world applications for their academic knowledge. The 2015 Science Internship Program included 64 high school juniors and seniors form 42 different high schools across Northeast Ohio.
WHS junior Christopher Slater, senior Maahi Mistry and 2015 graduate Laura McDiarmid participated in the Translational Medicine, Public Health and Creating Learning internships, respectively.
Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. It is one of only 285 public and 50 private schools receiving the honor this year. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement on Sept. 29.
Westerly Elementary is honored as an Exemplary High Performing School for being among Ohio’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance is also at the highest levels.
U.S. Olympic Team and World Cup Soccer Champ, Kelley O'Hara, arrived at Normandy Elementary School in Bay Village to throngs of students chanting "U.S.A., U.S.A.!"
She was at the school on Sept. 25 to present $5,000 from the nonprofit group Be a Learning Hero in recognition of Normandy’s parent and community collaboration on their One School One Book program.
O'Hara visited classrooms and took questions from the students. One student asked her which foot she had used to kick the semi-final winning goal against Germany during the 2015 World Cup games. She thought a moment, then said, "My right foot!" The second-grader suggested she might have used her left foot to further confuse the goalkeeper, and O'Hara explained, "Well, that goalie was confused. The look on her face made me think she wasn't too happy about that goal!" Her team went on to beat Japan and win the World Cup.
If you live near St. Raphael School you may have wondered what all the activity, energy and music was about on Sept. 10. The St. Raphael School community participated in an all-day event focused on prayer, community, service, faith and inspired action by dedicating physical activity to a greater purpose.
The event is called Rock the Challenge and it was a day to remember for students, faculty, staff and the parish community. There were a number of outdoor activities taking place, including an obstacle course. The students and staff pushed themselves physically, all the while being motivated to continue by dedicating their physical activity to their own personal intention. Everyone was inspired and cheering as principle Anne Miller finished the day by running the course herself.
Westlake High School achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification identifies WHS as a showcase example of sustainable design. The WHS project earned LEED Silver certification by scoring 54 points from the key areas measured.
The Westlake City School District again earned the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for a perfect audit. To earn the distinction, the district had to meet the following criteria:
- File timely Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports with the auditor’s office.
- No finding for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, findings or questioned costs.
District CFO/treasurer Mark C. Pepera credits the achievement to a concerted effort by his staff to enforce sound fiscal policies and the establishment of a high level of internal controls over the district’s financial operations. He also credits the administration and staff for their cooperation and adherence to guidelines established by the Board of Education.
Bay High School honored one National Merit Semi-Finalist and seven National Merit Commended Students in September.
Alana Bernys achieved National Merit Semi-Finalist distinction by scoring in the top one percent of students across the country taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT (PSAT) last year.
Bay High students who qualified as Commended Students, scoring in the top five percent of test takers nationwide, were Luke Andrassy, Joseph Auckley, Emma Chalk, Hannah Downing, Evan O'Donnel and Harrison Teutschbein.
The Westlake City School District is one of more than 60 school districts throughout Ohio that released for the second consecutive year, a more comprehensive companion to the state’s district report card.
The “Quality Profile” report includes additional accountability measures that define a high quality education and are not captured by the state report card. Since the state’s release date has been moved to later in the year because of changes made to the state testing program, the profile will provide communities with their first look at current information to assist them in assessing district progress.
Westlake High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter earned the second-place SADD National Chapter of the Year award.
The award recognizes the group’s efforts to empower young people and change the community. The WHS chapter will be recognized in October at the Ohio SADD conference.
Bay Village Board of Education members joined with students and staff to celebrate two new building additions with back-to-back ribbon cuttings on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The additions are the most visible outcomes of a bond issue that voters passed in 2012 to renovate, restore and improve facilities throughout the school district.
Westerly Elementary now boasts a new library media center. The 3,500-square-foot addition can be divided into two rooms with a pull-down, garage-type glass door.
“The roll-down door is more reliable than room dividers with floor tracks,” said Superintendent Clint Keener. He also noted that the glass maintains a visual openness and the ability to observe students from both sides.
The Bay Rockets Association is again conducting its clothing collection drive, The Great Closet Clean-Out, Sept. 25-27. All funds raised will benefit both Bay Rocket Athletics and Easter Seals Northern Ohio. Bay Rocket Athletics relies on fundraising to ensure that Bay Village Schools can maintain athletic teams from 7th to 12th grades. Easter Seals Northern Ohio uses these funds to serve over 15,000 people with disabilities. This clothing drive is an innovative way for these organizations to raise funds without having to sell anything.
I heard the news Friday night, on a phone call with my son. He was browsing the internet and found a story about the passing of a woman he'd heard me talk about.
At the end of the past school year, I was able to volunteer for Mrs. Ann-Marie Young's eighth-grade special education class at Bay Middle School. Three residents of the Knickerbocker – myself, Lois Johnson and Frank Barkdoll – were asked by Mrs. Young if we would be willing to visit her classroom to give her students an opportunity to interact with older adults.
The class was working on a unit which helped the students become familiar with the Spanish culture, its people, customs, food and geography. We were to read the book "Shadow of a Bull" by Maia Wojciechowska. We discussed several chapters and worked on vocabulary words as well as the meaning of some simple Spanish words and phrases. Mrs. Young prepared samples of Spanish cuisine for each class period, giving each of us a taste of Spain.
I was shocked and saddened by the news of her untimely passing. Our community has lost a remarkable educator who gave so much to her students. She was a true role model.
More than 1,000 students enroll each year in orchestra, jazz, band, choral and Rockette programs from the fourth to 12th grades. Bay Village Schools’ music program has been named one of the "Best 100 Music Communities in America" since 2003!
Bay Music Boosters is a volunteer, nonprofit organization established to support and promote the Bay Village public schools’ fine music education program. This year, Bay Music Boosters is having their Door-to-Door Membership Drive on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 4-8 p.m.
Bay High School students who are in chorus, marching band, orchestra and Rockettes will be going door to door on that day, asking Bay Village residents to support them through purchasing a membership or by making any monetary donation. All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible.
Students from the Westshore Young Leaders are joining more than 1,500 substance abuse prevention specialists from across the country at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)’s 2015 Mid-Year Training Institute in Indianapolis Aug. 2-6.
CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is a one-of-a-kind intensive training opportunity, offering more than 70 half-day and two-day courses geared towards helping participants find solutions to their community’s toughest substance abuse problems. Attendees participate in a variety of lecture and hands-on sessions to expand their knowledge in prevention science and improve their skills in implementing evidence-based strategies to reduce drug and alcohol use.
Thomas Grodek will be the new Bay Middle School assistant principal beginning this fall. The Bay Village Board of Education approved Grodek for the position at its June meeting.
Grodek comes to Bay Middle School from Memorial Middle School in the Mentor Exempted Village School District where he served as assistant principal. In addition to the typical duties of assistant principal, his position allowed him to contribute to a wide number of initiatives as an administrator, including a one-to-one, blended learning initiative and implementation of the PARCC testing technology strategy and schedule.
Fairview High School and Mayer Middle School principal Brady Sheets was appointed director of human resources by the Westlake Board of Education at its July 3 meeting.
Sheets has served as principal of Fairview High School and Mayer Middle School since 2011. He also served as assistant principal at Olmsted Falls High School for five years, assistant principal at Lee Burneson Middle School for one year and principal at Fort Jennings High School for three years. He taught English and served as the athletic director at Arcadia High School for five years.
He is experienced in facilitating professional development, district budget development, human resources development and continuous improvement planning.
Nicholas Miller, health and physical education teacher at Westlake High School, was named assistant principal for Dover Intermediate School by the Westlake Board of Education at its June 29 meeting.
Miller, 33, replaces Jim Sanfilippo, who will take over as Bassett Elementary School principal this fall.
Miller spent six years as summer school principal in the district’s math and reading intervention program for grades 1-6, and two years as the administrator of the “Brain Games” program, a math/reading/science partnership between the Westlake Schools and Westlake Porter Public Library. He also completed an administrative internship at the elementary level.
Bridget Elias, Avon Lake High School English Department chair, was named the new assistant principal at Westlake High School.
Elias replaces Dave Schindler, who was named principal of Dover Intermediate School.
Elias taught AP English, English 9-12, reading, remedial English and TV production at Avon Lake High School for 18 years. She was the chair of the English Department for 13 years. Prior to that she taught English and reading in the Maple Heights City Schools for five years.
The WestShore Lions Club has been working on for some time, and have now finalized the planning for their "School Safety Buckets" project. The Club has been working with the schools in both the cities of Westlake and North Olmsted to gather items to create a bucket for every classroom, which will contain items that can be used in case of an emergency.
A safety bucket is an emergency kit that teachers and students can use in their classroom, under the teachers' direction, in the case that an emergency arises.
The Westlake Board of Education is involved in preliminary discussions with the City of Westlake as a part of the school district’s ongoing efforts to streamline operations and become as efficient as possible.
Westlake Schools administrative offices will move into Parkside (formerly Parkside Intermediate School) on Hilliard Boulevard by the end of this calendar year. The city has expressed an interest in the administrative site at the corner of Hilliard and Dover Center, and will continue to have discussions with the Board of Education.
Dover Intermediate School Assistant Principal Jim Sanfilippo was appointed as the new Bassett Elementary School principal at a special meeting of the Board of Education on June 6.
Sanfilippo has served as an assistant principal in the Westlake City Schools for nine years – four years at Lee Burneson Middle School and five years at Parkside/Dover Intermediate School. Prior to coming to Westlake he also was an assistant principal at Kinsner Elementary in the Strongsville City School District, where he also taught science and special education at the elementary level.
The Bay Village Kiwanis Club presented Normandy Elementary School principal Dan Sebring with a $15,000 donation toward the purchase of new playground equipment for the school. The funds were derived from the Bay Village Kiwanis Foundation, along with designated gifts from the family of long-time member Leo Weiland and from the Kiwanis Youth Service Committee.
The school has been without a playground on the eastern side of the building this school year due to construction of a new addition. An expanded playground will be in place this fall.
“This gift is yet another example of the Bay Village Kiwanis Club’s ongoing generosity and support of the Bay Village Schools and our community," said Sebring. "Our students and school community will benefit greatly from their gift.”
The Bay Village Women’s Club Foundation awarded $20,000 in scholarships of $2,500 each to eight outstanding Bay High School seniors. The Club recognized the students and their families May 14 during a luncheon at the Cleveland Yacht Club. The students are: (back row, from left) Stephen Krauser, Katherine Kerka, Collin Kendall (all attending The Ohio State University), Piotr Kotowski (Case Western Reserve University); (front row) Veronica Switzer-Poplar (Colgate University), Madeline Voiers (Ohio University), Lily Pattyn (Baldwin Wallace University), Jessica Mosier (University of Michigan).
The Westlake Demons came off a big 2014 lacrosse season when new coach Brian Stepanek lead them to the Elite 8 game in state playoffs. To start the 2015 season with the loss of several key offensive players and some coaching staff, things may not have looked so promising. However, coach Stepanek lined up one of the toughest schedules, believing that his boys would again make it to the playoffs and he wanted them prepared when they got there.
The Demons dominated the SWC and had some key wins against teams like St. Ed's, Medina, Mentor and Hawken that took them to the playoffs. They finished the season at the Sweet 16 level with a 9-8 loss to Hawken.
The Bay Village Kiwanis have once again honored the winners of the Bay Middle School Drug Education & Awareness Poster Contest. All 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.
Said Kiwanian Jim Potter, “We believe it is important for all kids, especially those in middle school, to learn about the harm of drug and alcohol use. Studies show delaying experimentation and resisting use at a young age has a dramatic effect on children as they get older. We’re glad we can be involved.”
Winning students received gift certificates and all the posters were put on display in the cafeteria.
Competing with dozens of teams from Singapore, Turkey, Korea, Qatar and other countries, as well as from many states across the U.S., the Aqua Girls of Bay Middle School earned a second-place rank in their category at the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee, in May. Two more teams from Bay Village Schools also competed at the event following a Destination Imagination season that drew 20 teams from the Bay Village City Schools competing at the regional level.
This was the Aqua Girls’ fourth visit to the Global Finals competition that focuses on creativity, problem solving and teamwork. Members Eliza Aleksandrovic, Grace Chilton, Caroline Fowles, Ava Ransom, Audrey Ray, Olivia Reed and Patty Yuhas beat their own goal of finishing in the top ten by getting to second place.
WHS junior Alex Ikezawa is the fourth student from Westlake High School this year to score a perfect 36 on the ACT.
Alex is an all-state violinist and assistant concertmaster of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra in Cleveland, the only youth orchestra in the United States dedicated to the study and performance of contemporary orchestral literature. He is also vice president of the WHS orchestra and is part of the instrumental cover band “Atlas” with friends.
In addition to his musical talents, Alex is the incoming co-president of the National Honor Society and is a member of WHS Student Council.
Construction work, much of it outdoors, will close down public access to some buildings and property this summer at the Bay Village Schools. Paving projects begin in early June. The high school track and stadium will be inaccessible for most of the summer.
At Bay High, the stadium closed immediately following this year’s graduation ceremony on June 1. Parking and access to the building will be closed starting Monday, June 8. The main drive will be repaved along with the parking lot. At the stadium, the track will be resurfaced, and end zone bleachers, new paving around the field and a new fence around the track will be installed.
Six Lee Burneson Middle School students qualified for the “You Be The Chemist” challenge, an interactive academic competition that engages students in learning about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries and laboratory safety.
The students qualified for the competition by taking a written exam. All eighth-grade students participated in the exam. Those qualifying for local competition were Abby Rence, Albert Zhou, Claire Brewer, Joseph Kneisel, Maisy Bogart and Jolie Bogart.
Westlake City Schools Director of Human Resources Anne Pyros submitted her resignation to the Board of Education in anticipation of a move that will take her back to the school district where she began her career and where she will serve as associate superintendent.
“My first position in education was with North Olmsted City Schools,” said Pyros. “It has always held a special place in my heart.”
Pyros began her career as a student teacher at North Olmsted’s Butternut Elementary. From there, she went on to serve in a variety of positions within the district – including middle school teacher, assistant principal, principal, learning resource supervisor and associate superintendent – before joining the Westlake Schools team as the director of human resources three years ago.