The annual September announcements of the National Merit Scholarship Program recognitions and Advanced Placement Scholars includes Lakewood High students who are among the top academic students in the nation. Based on tests taken in the 2016-2017 school year, the latest LHS academic stars include National Merit Semifinalist and senior Veronica Lee, three National Merit Commended Students and 85 AP Scholars, including four National AP Scholars.
With its new bond rating from S&P Global Ratings freshly awarded, the Lakewood City Schools on September 14th refinanced $41 million worth of 2007 series bonds. The refinancing resulted in excess of $7 million (or 14.6%) in savings over the life of the bonds. The annual savings from the refinancing is in excess of $500,000 in bond payments each of the next 14 years.
The Lakewood Board of Education earlier this month approved an agreement with Cleveland Clinic Children’s to provide health care services, including mental health services, to Lakewood High School students and employees of the Lakewood City Schools through a school-based health center at Lakewood High.
1) If a child has a bad injury will he/she be refused service at the Health Clinic if they have not previously signed up with health insurance?
Hundreds turned out to enjoy the dedication of the new Lakewood High Performing Arts & Physical Education Wing on a hot but beautiful Sunday afternoon on August 20. The dedication marked the near completion of the final construction project of the District's Facilities Master Plan. The gym and fitness center, which is partially funded by First Federal Lakewood, is scheduled to open November 1.
Lakewood High will be well-represented at the Ohio Music Educators Association’s Northeast Ohio Region Orchestra as five student musicians were selected for the honors ensemble. Of the five chosen, sophomore cellist Grace Gill was also selected to be part of the All-State Orchestra.
On Saturday, September 16, the Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band will host the 31st Annual Lakewood High School Marching Band Festival at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. Visiting marching bands performing at this year’s festival including Avon, Brush, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Strongsville, Valley Forge, and Bay high schools.
The evening will begin at 6 pm with the traditional “pass and review” introduction of each band as it enters the stadium. Individual field shows of each band will follow, culminating with the performance of the 2017 Lakewood Ranger Marching Band. Concessions will be available.
Gates open at 5:30 pm and tickets can be purchased at the gate.
The Lakewood High School Marching Band Festival is a great evening of family fun for an affordable price. Come see all the different marching and uniform styles from a variety of Northeast Ohio bands. The festival is organized not only to showcase the students’ talents but also as direct fundraising for the Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band’s seasonal expenses and out-of-town performances. The Lakewood Ranger Marching Band will be purchasing much needed new uniforms in the near future.
The Lakewood High School History Club will kick off its 2017-2018 teacher/student lecture series on Sunday, September 24 at 7 p.m. at the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium. The featured speakers will be Mr. Joe Lobozzo, facilitator of the LHS Social Studies Department, and senior Erika Hakko. Their presentation will include a history of Cleveland’s housing patterns, including the underlying political, social and economic factors.
The St. Edward High School Rowing Team is entering its 6th season since being established in 2012. The Eagle rowing program has been building a legacy of success with each season.
School transitions can be tough. Entering kindergarten, moving on to middle or high school. These big moments in a student’s and family’s life come with many different emotions and challenges. At Lakewood City Schools, administrators and teachers do their best to make the transitions as smooth as possible.
Two Lakewood High musicians are spent two weeks this summer in Columbus as members of the All-Ohio State Fair Band. The Fair Band and accompanying Youth Choir have been part of the Ohio State Fair since 1925 and 1963, respectively. Representing Lakewood in this year’s band were juniors Lidia Logan and Kira Marjanovic.
Who can it be knocking at my door? Lakewood High School musicians will be walking in your neighborhood on Saturday, September 9. Musicians will be handing out the 2017-2018 performance schedule, Music Boosters Memberships/ Phone app, and accepting free will donations. This year will prove to be a wonderful year.
Lakewood Music Boosters supports all the Lakewood music programs from K-12. We reimburse teachers for classroom needs and supply volunteers for concerts and events. Currently, we provided $4,000 to help Garfield Middle School purchase a new baritone saxophone. The school provides instruments for student use but the instruments do age and eventually need to be replaced. It is especially difficult for the elementary and middle school teachers to get the necessary funding to replace these instruments, so Lakewood Music Boosters helps when we can. We also helped facilitate the donation of used instruments that are much needed for our beginning instrument programs. Recently a drum set and a flute were donated and added to the band instrument inventory. See the picture of the new saxophone with GMS students Sullivan Stois and Joe Twardesky.
The Board of Education at its July 17 meeting approved Garfield Middle School science teacher Robin Beavers as the next Assistant Principal for Harding Middle School. Beavers will replace Shane Sullivan, who has accepted a position in another school district.
Lakewood City Schools and the Lakewood Board of Education will celebrate the opening of the new Lakewood High School Performing Arts & Physical Education Wing on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 4 pm with a dedication ceremony in front of the school, located at 14100 Franklin Blvd. Please join Board of Education members, Superintendent Jeff Patterson, Lakewood High Principal Keith Ahearn and the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band in marking this significant milestone for our community.
Kids know, time is ticking by. The back-to-school ads are out and anticipation is in the air. This excitement is mixed with a healthy dose of dread, or at least concern. Will I like my teacher? Will I be able to find my way around a new school? Who will I sit with at lunch? Parents aren’t immune to this either. Will this year be better or worse than last year? How do I help my child be successful? Will this be another year of fighting over homework? Ugh! Homework!
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!