An update from Treasurer Kent Zeman: The Conference Committee (made up of members from the House of Representatives and the Senate) met June 27 and resolved the differences between the House and Senate version of House Bill 49 – the Biennial Budget. Both the House and Senate approved the Conference Committee recommended Biennial Budget without modifications.
While many of their peers are sleeping in and enjoying a carefree summer, nearly 100 English Language Learner students voluntarily report to summer school each weekday so that when they officially return to school on Aug. 21, they will be well prepared for the challenge.
“Teachers tell us that students who participate in our program do better than those who don’t participate,” said program director Kitty Leung. Leung is manager of Children, Youth and Family Services for ASIA Inc., which co-sponsors the summer program with Lakewood City Schools.
A graduating senior at Lakewood High School has received a full scholarship to attend Michigan State University (MSU) beginning this fall.
One St. Edward High School student wanted to serve his community well, but in a way that did not involve another canned food drive. With his brother and a neighbor, he decided to collect baby clothing and cash donations for the Lakewood chapter of a crisis pregnancy organization called Birthright International.
West Shore Career-Tech students in Mike Szittai’s Automotive Technology class took on a special project during the last quarter of the 2016-2017 school year that spilled into evening and weekend work. Despite the outside-of-school hours, the students showed up eager to work each week.
The Community Recreation and Education Department has employment opportunities for the Event Staff position. Event Staff are the direct representative of the Lakewood Board of Education and the Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department during non-school hours. The primary duties and responsibilities are, but not limited to, the monitoring and managing of all facility events, ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants.
Anyone who has driven in Northeast Ohio knows the ever-altering encounters between potholes and orange barrels. Yes, Clevelanders, sometimes we weave through both at the same time! Driving along, this was the picture that formed in my head as a woman on the radio advised me, “You can prepare the road for your child or you can prepare your child for the road.” It was a beautiful day in the Metroparks and my personal road looked smooth and clear. All I had to worry about was a few bicyclists. Even the deer were behaving. Still, I reflected on the proverbial message and thought, “Which way is the ‘right’ way to go?”
The Lakewood Board of Education at its May 19 meeting approved the hiring of two new administrators, who will both begin their positions on Aug. 1, 2017. Swanton (Ohio) Local School District Superintendent Jeffrey Schlade has been named the new Director of Human Resources and Oberlin City Schools Director of Pupil Services Elizabeth Rogel has been named a Coordinator of Student Services.
The Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team captured the championship of the WEWS-NewsChannel 5 Academic Challenge TV show! The team of seniors Ian Bell and Evan Suttell and junior Brian Donahoe beat teams from St. Vincent St. Mary and Benedictine high schools for the win. Lakewood finished with 560 points, St. Vincent St. Mary 440 and Benedictine 390. Besides the trophy, the win earned the school $4,000. Congratulations to the team and to advisers Peter Petto and Bob Sedlak.
The Lakewood Board of Education is looking to fill the open seat on the Community Recreation & Education Commission (C.R.E.C.) due to the recent resignation of Steve Ott.
I first became aware of the West Shore Career-Technical District from a fellow classmate in my math class who had told me tales of the Project Lead the Way Class with such great detail and interest - I knew I had to be a part of it. At the end of sophomore year, I had to make a decision about my future education in high school. I visited West Shore and saw a construction job site, where kids close to my age were building a garage. It left me feeling wonder and excitement. So, I enrolled in West Shore Construction Trades.
Lakewood High School math teacher Peter Petto has been selected as the winner of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation’s George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education. It is one of the highest awards the foundation bestows on an educator.
As part of the award, Petto will receive a grant of $7,500 to implement a project of his choosing. He will be using the money to develop an Essential Questions Activities project, primarily for use in math classrooms, but also useful in science and other classrooms at Lakewood High School.
An Essential Question Activity is a team project event in which groups of students collaborate and compete to research and solve important questions about the world we live in. These are questions that they have refined and researched. The focus of their activity is the construction of mathematical models that they will both defend and critique.
Lakewood Music Boosters held our first Sing & Serve May 19th at Around the Corner. The evening was a lot of fun while raising money for our music programs K-12. Our servers for the evening were music teachers Matt Fitz, Aaron Waryk, Lisa Richards, John Blasko, Clinton Steinbrunner, Peter Hampton and LHS principal Keith Ahearn. Many karaoke songs were performed thanks to Mike Whitkofski and the students enjoyed hearing and singing with their teachers. The chance raffle had over 30 items to win. We also had tips jar wars with Mozart beating Beethoven and The Rolling Stones beating the Beatles. We had a buffet dinner available as well as a limited menu. The room filled up fast so next year we hope to have a larger venue. Thank you to all who attended and helped make the evening a huge success.
Starting this spring, students at all Lakewood elementary schools have begun learning to play the ukulele! The ukuleles are part of a new rotation of instruments that will be learned by fifth graders who are not participating in fifth grade band or orchestra. This rotation includes piano, guitar, classroom instruments, and now ukulele. It is the hope of the elementary music teachers that the students who learn to play these instruments in class will find one that they enjoy and choose to continue making music throughout their life.
The Lakewood High School community suffered a tremendous loss on April 27 when Madison the Therapy Dog passed away. Madison had been a staff member at LHS for five years, working with Julie Koponiski, her owner. Koponiski is an Intervention Specialist in the school’s Reading Lab, which serves students grade 9-12 who are in Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Madison has helped hundreds of kids over the years by relieving stress, encouraging student interaction and facilitating calming in the classroom.
High school is a pivotal time in many kids’ lives. It is a time when they start to think about what they want their future to hold and take the steps to make it a reality. It is a time when they start to discover who they are and what characteristics they want to define them. For me, high school has been this and more, but it is all because of where I went and those who were there to support me along the way.
The Lakewood High new student Fresh Start orientation program will be Aug. 15 & 16, 2017. A parent session will be held Tuesday, Aug. 15 beginning at 6:15 pm in the Ranger Cafe for mingling and refreshments. The information program will begin at 7:30 pm in the Civic. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, students can attend on of two sessions: 9-11:30 am or 12:30 - 3 pm. Students will receive Chromebooks and learn the ins and outs of LHS. You can register by visiting the www.lakewoodcityschools.org and clicking on the Quick Link for Fresh Start. Please register by Aug. 6. Any questions, email email@example.com
Congratulations to the Lakewood High School Ranger student athletes who have been recognized by the Southwestern Conference for their outstanding efforts during the spring 2017 season, led by senior Hailey Owens, who was named to the conference 1st Team in softball and will continue her career at Baldwin Wallace University.
The Lakewood Board of Education at its May 15 meeting approved a lease agreement with the University of Akron (UA) that will relocate the University’s Lakewood regional campus from its current space on Warren Road to Lakewood High School. This move will help expand post-secondary educational opportunities for Lakewood High School and other area students.
The Lakewood City Schools' Staff Spotlight shines in May on longtime Lincoln Elementary media assistant Sue Cernanec and Harrison Elementary 5th grade teacher Mark Mollison. These two staff members' dedication, enthusiasm and helpfulness have earned them recognition from their peers.
The Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 3 at Garfield Middle School including $4,000 in scholarships to students and the Educator of the Year award, to Horace Mann & Grant Elementary curriculum and technology teacher Jaime Chanter.Chanter is a technology leader in the District having founded the popular elementary Future Club, now at four elementary schools and the District’s monthly Twitter Chat. She has presented on educational technology at national and international conferences and recently became a certified Google Innovator. Educator of the Year nominees from other school buildings were also recognized: Maureen Manderfield of Roosevelt Elementary School, Ken Budic of Harding Middle School, Elizabeth Street of Garfield Middle School and Chris Lamphear of Lakewood High School.
Please consider donating some of your time to the Lakewood Music Boosters. We have numerous concerts this month and we need volunteers to help with ticket sales, distributing programs, etc.
On Friday May 19th, join the Lakewood Music Boosters and your favorite music teacher for a family fun night of music, singing, food and beverages.
Summer is an important part of the year for fun and exploration. Again this summer, the Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department will be offering its Kids Connection Summer Day Camp. Kids Connection offers safe, fun, and affordable opportunities for kids who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade for around $25 per day.
The Lakewood Project, Lakewood High's electric rock orchestra, will perform its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 pm in the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. The show will feature the full orchestra plus small ensembles performing pieces composed by the students. Many of the ensembles feature the group's departing seniors. Tickets for the show are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. To buy advance tickets, call the LHS Bookroom at 216-529-4047.
Congratulations to West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts student Jessica Bohannon, who won first place in the 2017 Ohio FCCLA State Creative Cake Competition. Jessica created a chocolate butter cake with raspberry jam, white chocolate mousse, vanilla buttercream and a swirled mirror glaze and gum paste flowers. Jessica's win earned her a $1,000 scholarship to Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, where she will attend in the fall.
Five months after being named one of 10 nationwide finalists for the Grammy Museum’s Music Educator Award, Lakewood High School Orchestra Director Beth Hankins on May 4 was presented with her finalist award and the accompanying check for $1,000 at a ceremony during intermission of the school’s spring musical, "Little Women."
Lakewood High School has been named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools and a Bronze Medalist for 2017. The magazine awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medals according to state proficiency standards and how well schools prepare students for college.
On Monday, May 8 from 7-8 pm, Garfield and Harding Middle Schools will host a Celebration of the Arts and Open House. This event will showcase a year of learning for Lakewood Schools' middle school students in their writing workshop, art, and STEM classes. The event will take place in Garfield's cafeteria for all middle school students and parents to attend. Garfield and Harding Strolling Strings ensembles will combine to perform at the event. Come help celebrate the success and growth of our students as writers, artists, musicians, and scientific problem solvers!
The Lakewood High School Barnstormers Drama Club will be performing "Little Women" for its spring musical. The play, based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, will run May 4-6 at 7:30 pm at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $10 at the door. Presale tickets are $8 and available in the LHS Bookroom or by calling 216-529-4047.
Announcement made during 47th Annual Recognition Banquet at The College of Wooster
“Ownership” is a chameleon word--a word that is singular and embodies a multitude of perceptions. From a tender age, humans are notorious for having a desire of wanting and a desire of owning. The toys, the clothes, the trinkets--we want it all. As the life cycle proceeds, we become acquainted with the fact that “to own” does not only mean to have something, but to know something. We may “own” the experience of reading a life-changing book, we may “own” the art of playing the violin, we may even “own” the memory of a beautiful summer sunset. As we assume ownership over the intangible items in life, we forge identity in ourselves--grounding us deep within our roots--to create an authentic sense of self. The contrasting effect is “owning” the tangible items in life that will eventually bestow a plague of unhappiness as a result of an ephemeral validation. Taking ownership within experience, skill, and memory lays foundation for the true ability to build character. Seeking validation, fulfillment, contentment via ownership only leaves one hindered--leaves one unknowing of the true chronicle that is self identity.
On Wednesday, March 21st our projects were due. These projects were all about Lakewood. First you had to pick a location. It could be any location as long as it was located in Lakewood. Second you had to write and research your location. If you could, you had to do an interview. It could be the owner, a worker, or just a senior citizen. As long as they knew about your location. The papers had to be at least one whole page long. The max was two whole pages. Finally you had to make a model of your building. The outside like the outside, and the inside similar to the inside. You could use any material you wanted but the size had to be in the range of a shoebox. The project was started on the first of March so you had three weeks to do it. Some of these projects included GV Art + Design by Rowan L., The Root Cafe by Miles E., KB Confections by Cooper R., Lion & Blue by Cole H., Winking Lizard Tavern by Ellie H., and many others.
My class did a project on the history of Lakewood. Each student was required to choose one place in Lakewood, write a two-page history paper, and make a model of the place. Many of the places picked were well-known. There was a total of 24 projects. We did this project so that we could each learn a little bit about the different places in Lakewood. These are a few of the projects done in my class: The Doughnut Pantry by Matthew C., Lion & Blue by Cole H., The Sweet Spot by Rhea T., and Cyrano’s Place by Alessio M.
Lakewood City Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Only 4% of districts across the nation are receiving the prestigious award in 2017.
Over two Fridays in late March, the Garfield and Harding Middle Schools’ mock trial teams traveled to Columbus to compete in the statewide Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education. The group of 7th and 8th graders came away with high ratings and awards for Best Lawyer and Best Witness.
The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting held Friday, April 7, 2017 approved the appointment of Emerson Elementary School Principal Brian Siftar as Associate Principal for Lakewood High School effective with the 2017-2018 school year.
Bethany Thomas of Lakewood was one of seven students from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) named to the All-Ohio Community College Academic Team, which comprises top students at the state’s two-year schools.
The Lakewood Board of Education is looking to fill the open seat on the Community Recreation & Education Commission (C.R.E.C.) due to the recent resignation of Janet Gowan.
On March 24 at Grant Elementary School Mrs. Masgras’ class officially showed their Lakewood independent projects to lots of people including Mayor Summers and some other people from the city. The independent projects started around the beginning of March. So first what you had to do is pick a location that you know. Second whatever location you got you had to make a 1 to 2 page essay about the history, present and maybe the possible hopes for the future. Third you had to make a model of the location that you picked and make it look a lot like the real place that you picked.
The location that I picked was the Lakewood Public Library. I picked the Lakewood Public Library because it's very popular and I love the library because it has books and movies that everyone loves. And also because it's kid friendly. Some examples of some other ones that people picked and maybe you heard of are Sweet Designs, Winking Lizard, GameStop, Souper Market and my mom's favorite, GV Art Design and many more. There were many different locations.
My name is Cecilia and I’m in Mrs. Masgras’ third grade class at Grant school. Our independent project for the third quarter was the history of Lakewood. At first, I freaked out because we needed to type a paper, build a model, and present it within two weeks. To add to the stress, I had a million other things to do and go along with my daily life. To top it off, VIPs (the mayor, people from the council, etc.), parents, Ms. Lynch’s class, and the second floor of the school were coming! For this project, first we each chose a place. Some of these places included Kauffman Park, Lakewood Park, Melt, Lion and Blue, KB Confections, the Lakewood and Madison libraries, The Sweet Spot, the Beck Center, and many other cherished places. After that, we gathered research to type a paper. Then we built a model. Next we turned it in on March 22. Finally we presented it on March 24. Out off all off these, I thought the model would be the easiest. Turns out I was wrong. I loved the process except the stress. Looking back though, I realize it was worth it to see the project unfold and to share it with the others. This project was amazing!
Lakewood High students took the top two spots in the Hiram College Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest and several other students earned Honorable Mention and Finalist honors. Congratulations to junior Zachary Howe, who was awarded first place and junior Isabel Ostrowski, who took second place.
The Lakewood High School Boys Soccer Team is a special group of young men. Besides kicking a ball around the field and cheering on teammates, the players are actively involved in giving back to the Lakewood community.
Lakewood City Schools IT network specialist Ron Forkins, the District's April Staff Spotlight honoree, says working for the Lakewood Schools is the best job he ever had.
“I get to save the day and be superman,” he says. “When I show up and fix things, I make people happy.”
Forkins joined Lakewood Schools 10 years ago as a computer technician. Before that, he worked in the private sector in IT. He worked at several point-of-sale companies, which came in handy as he tackled a major project for the Nutrition Services Department last spring and into the new school year installing point-of-sale systems in our school building cafeterias.
“Ron was a tremendous help and support with the implementation of the Point of Sale System,” said Nutrition Services director Nancy Early who nominated Forklin. Early had the backing of all her staff as well in nominating Ron. She and her staff were particularly impressed with Forkins helping the students input their personal IDs into the system’s pin pad. Forkins continues work with staff with any ongoing questions about the system. By all accounts, the transition to the new system went off without a hitch.
Sign up and enjoy the fun in a new women’s league where there are no standings, no scorekeeper, and no playoffs. Single games will be played on Monday evenings in the Metroparks beginning in early June for eight weeks. Players are placed by position and skill level, with a minimum of 10 players per team. There are no team registrations. Instead, players register individually for $35 per player. The fee covers games, ball, and t-shirt.
Grab your bathing suits, towels, baskets and goggles for Lakewood Recreation’s annual Underwater Egg Hunt. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 15 at the Lakewood High School Pool beginning at 11:00am.
Lakewood’s very own Sean Koran has been promoted to Director of the statewide law firm of McGown & Markling Co., L.P.A. Mr. Koran is a proud Lakewood resident who regularly counsels public entities, officials, and employees on a wide range of legal areas such as education law, special education, labor and employment, contracts, policies, real property taxation, pupil services, construction, and Ohio Sunshine Laws.
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Lakewood City Schools' eighth- and ninth-graders excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held March 6-9 at Cleveland State, led by five second-place winners for the District and several special award winners.
The students and staff of Lakewood High can hold their bald heads proudly as they raised more than $12,000 for pediatric cancer research and St. Baldrick's Foundation at the school's Brave the Shave event on March 16. About 30 students, teachers and other District employees and community members shaved their heads for the cause.
The 2017 Ohio State House Student Art Exhibition was opened on March 4 in Columbus in the Riffe Center for Government & the Arts. Each of the 99 House Districts of the State of Ohio is represented by an artistic work—painting, drawing, or photograph—made by a high school student of her district. The exhibition recognizes the talents, creativity, and innovation of students who receive high quality arts education as part of their academic experience in school. The 99 students were invited for an official awards reception where they got their diploma signed by the House Speaker and their district representative. House District 13 is represented by 11th grade Lakewood High School student, Balint Muller with his photo work. His photography educator is Dayna Hansen. The Student Art Exhibition will be open for one year.
Please help the Lakewood Music Boosters raise funds to purchase a garment conveyor system for the new LHS performing arts wing.
The Lakewood Project, Lakewood High’s electric rock orchestra, will be taking its show on the road! The group, the first of its kind in the country when it was formed in 2002, will be traveling to Delaware City Schools, Indian Hill Schools, and Ashland City Schools from March 22-24.
The Lakewood Recreation Department is hosting the Scotts Major League Baseball® PITCH HIT & RUN™ Competition at the First Federal Lakewood Stadium on Sunday, May 7th, beginning at 8 a.m
Lakewood High art students fared well in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition regional competition, with two pieces of students’ work selected to be part of the exhibition at the Statehouse next month.
Winter sports All-Conference teams for the Southwest Conference have been announced and there are plenty of Rangers represented! These honors are nice icing on the cake of a great winter sports season.
The Inaugural Commissioners Adult COED Kickball tournament will be taking place on Saturday, June 3rd. Games will be played on the Metropark soccer field beginning at 9 a.m. We are looking for 16 teams (4 pools) on a running/rolling schedule. Winners of each pool go to the playoffs. Three games are guaranteed. Team cost is $50, which includes umpire fees.
Lakewood High School senior Maya Sutliff has been named a national Gold Medal winner - the highest honor - in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and senior Garrett Bodnar a Silver Medal winner.