The Lakewood Board of Education has approved a plan for the District to move into a new era of alternative education programming that entails closing the existing Lakewood City Academy community charter school and opening its own program in the former Franklin Elementary School building.
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Thank you for joining me here at the Lakewood Observer! It’s been five months since I began my position as the Superintendent of Lakewood City Schools, enough time for me to reflect on my transition into the Lakewood City Schools and the Lakewood community.
When I first started as your Superintendent, I was touched by the very warm welcome offered to not only me, but my wife and daughters as well. It has been a great pleasure to meet civic and community leaders. My engagement with those who have come to my Listen & Learn sessions had me walking away impressed with the community’s commitment to our children.
Besides the authentic community engagement I have discovered, I also have been taken by just how talented our teaching staff is. I’ve observed it many times since my arrival in August. I’ve seen the rich learning experiences they have created for our students. The challenge of the classroom teacher in Lakewood is tough, considering the diverse needs of our students. How well our students are prepared for success is a testament to those teachers.
The Lakewood Athletic Boosters are holding their 15th annual Night at the Races fundraiser on Saturday March 2, 2018. This entertaining event raises funds to support middle and high school student-athletes in the Lakewood City Schools district. Night at the Races is for adults age 21 and older. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races start at 7:30.
Each month the Lakewood City Schools chooses two employees to be honored as exemplary staff members. These staff members are nominated by their colleagues and honored at the first Board meeting of the month. January's honorees are speech language pathologist Beth Byrne and cleaner Erik Francis.
Students from Lakewood High School and the West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design earned a high number of awards in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition held in December, including eight Gold Keys, the highest honor given, and 44 total pieces honored overall.
For the second year in a row, Roosevelt Elementary has earned the designation as a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education. The honor recognizes the school for its gains in reading and math proficiency among all students during the 2017-2018 school year. Roosevelt is the only school in Cuyahoga County to have earned this significant award.
Lakewood City Schools' Superintendent Mike Barnes will be holding his third "Listen & Learn" session to hear what the Lakewood community has to say about our schools. The one-hour sessions are informal conversations and people are welcome to drop in any time. The third session will take place on Thursday, January 24 at noon at the Lakewood Panera. Come and share with Dr. Barnes your thoughts, ideas and concerns for the District.
In partnership with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and Roots of American Music (ROAM), the Rock Hall hosted performances by middle school students from across Northeast Ohio who have been working with teaching artists to compose original songs for the Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out competition held on December 12, 2018. The Garfield Middle School 6th and 7th grade choirs tied for first place and earned their school $5,000!
The Lakewood Board of Education has approved a proposal for the use of the former Taft Elementary School building that will address a number of space needs that were not included in the District’s Ohio Facilities Construction Commission projects. The proposal will give the District space to expand programming that will result in students better prepared for academic success from preschool through college.
Lakewood High School senior Malvin Glbah was recently selected as a member of the United Soccer Coaches All-America Team. Malvin is just one of 68 young men selected for the honor. The award is icing on a cake full of accolades for Malvin's play this year. His honors include All Lake Erie Regional Team, All Ohio First Team, Greater Cleveland Player of the Year, All Greater Cleveland First Team, and All Southwest Conference Second Team.
The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River continued its distribution of dictionaries to all third graders in Lakewood and Rocky River this fall, a project that the club began in 2005. A total of 606 dictionaries were distributed to students at 11 different school buildings.
The West Shore Career-Tech District is adding a Sports & Exercise Science program beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. It will be the 13th program that West Shore offers.
Cox Communications announced the overwhelmingly positive results of a survey of Connect2Compete program participants, a program designed for low-income families in need of internet access at home.
The Lakewood City Schools' award-winning preschool program has scholarship slots available for the current school year for 3- and 4-year-olds. Scholarship are available for eligible students based on family income. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year begins January 7. Please call 216-529-4214 for more information or visit our website at www.lakewoodcityschools.org and choose PreSchool under the Departments tab.
December means holiday concert time at the Lakewood City Schools! From now until December 19, you can catch a concert at the Civic Auditorium nearly every night. Headlining the concert lineup is the wonderful tradition of Sounds of the Season, which will be held on December 13 & 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. The magical evening of holiday sounds includes our top high school band, choir and orchestra ensembles with special appearance by some of our Barnstormers Drama Club members as narrators. Members of the Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Mixed Symphonic Choir, Wind Ensemble and Symphony perform independently and in combined groups both large and small to create an unforgettable evening of music that will have you leaving feeling the warmth of the season!
Each month, Lakewood Schools selects two staff members to be recognized as Staff Spotlight honorees of the month.
2018 Reappraisal And House Bill 920 (HB 920) Explained - What Happens During The Reappraisal Process
The District has received questions regarding the 2018 reappraisal process and how it impacts the schools. This brief explanation is provided to help the public better understand the process.
Property value is determined by the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer. This is done through a reappraisal every 6 years, an update every 3 years and an inspection of any additions or modifications to a property on an annual basis. As the cost of groceries, automobiles, and clothing increases with inflation, so does the value of real property.
Superintendent Michael Barnes and members of the Board of Education invite the city's senior citizens to a festive, free holiday breakfast at one of our newest elementary schools! The event is Wednesday, December 5 from 9 to 10:15 am at Lincoln Elementary School, 15615 Clifton Blvd. Hear from some of our talented elementary school groups, enjoy great food, and listen to Superintendent Barnes give an update on the District. RSVPs are required by Novenber 28. Please call 216-529-4074 or email email@example.com if you would like to attend.
Every Northeast Ohioan knows that the most important thing to get you through the long winters here is a warm coat (and a positive attitude!) Earlier this month, students at Harrison Elementary each won the winter lottery as Coats for Kids provided a new coat for each of the 369 students at the school.
The donation was made possible by a large donation from the Figgie Foundation. Harry E. Figgie, Jr., and his wife, Nancy Furst Figgie started the foundation to give back to the needy. The Figgies both attended Lakewood City Schools and Harry Figgie is in the District’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. The Figgies’ son, Matthew, before he died unexpectedly in September, had approached Coats for Kids about donating to a Lakewood school.
On October 19, five Lakewood High students and teacher mentors Gray Cooper and Aimee Guzowski traveled to the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland for the first session of the First Ring Student Leadership Academy, which is part of the First Ring Schools Collaborative. Participating for Lakewood are juniors, Christopher Brown, Ava Clause, Autumn Cruz, Will Holden, and Aziza Mohamed.
The Lakewood Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill a position on its Financial Advisory Committee (FAC), which is dedicated to the District’s finances. Applicants must be Lakewood residents.
Emerson Elementary School 2nd grade teacher Dawn Katona spreads joy everywhere she goes. She infuses her classroom with it, she sparks it in her colleagues, and she shares it with every student she meets.
“Dawn’s heart walks outside of herself,” says fellow Emerson teacher and Dawn’s nominator, Mary McCool Berry. “The joy she graciously shares is contagious.”
Dawn's positive outlook on life, love of teaching, and can-do attitude helps create a joyful and nurturing environment at Emerson and affects everyone from students to co-workers to families. She serves on the PBIS committee that strives to create a positive and respectful school culture among the students and she heads up the staff social committee that brings Emerson colleagues together every month to laugh and share over breakfast and at end-of-year celebrations. She also heads up outreach efforts for families and staff during times of crisis, organizing meals, collecting cash donations and even arranging for bills to be paid.
While most of our students enjoyed October 12 as a welcome day off from school for the traditional NEOEA Day, more than 15 Lakewood High School students spent their day leading an anti-bullying workshop that focused on students embracing each other's diversity.
Lakewood City Schools' Superintendent Mike Barnes will be holding a series of "Listen & Learn" sessions to listen to what the Lakewood community has to say about our schools. The one-hour sessions will be informal conversations and people are welcome to drop in any time. The first one will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 9-10 am at Blackbird Baking Company at 1391 Sloane Ave. Come and share with Dr. Barnes your thoughts, ideas and concerns for the District.
The Ranger Cafe @ West Shore, housed at Lakewood High School will open its doors for business this school year on Tuesday, October 23. The restaurant is operated by the West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts program. The students in the program receive hands-on training while operating a real world business. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 216-529-4165, ext. 1. The cafe is open from 12:00-1:30 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Menu items are homemade and include soups, salads, paninis, quiche, pasta, and fish, to name a few. Prices are super reasonable so go ahead and give it a try! Ranger Cafe never disappoints! For more information, visit the Ranger Cafe website at http://www.lakewoodcityschools.org/14/content/rangercafe.
For the second year in a row, a student from the Media, Art & Design program in the West Shore Career-Tech District has won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge sponsored by University Hospitals, Safe Communities Coalition and State Farm Insurance. Congratulations to senior Madisyn Kelly for her winning design! The contest centers on students creating billboard designs that address the issue of distracted teen driving.
In 2011 when Katy Corrigan left her job as an RN at Fairview Hospital to become District Nurse for the Lakewood Schools, she did so because she thought she could make a bigger difference working with students. She was right. The health services available to our students that help keep them in school have expanded greatly since 2011, and Katy is a main reason why.
When Corrigan started with the District, in-school screenings consisted solely of dental screenings in the elementary schools. Today, all our students have access to not only dental screenings, but vision exams, a medical clinic at the high school, on-site mobile clinic visits at all of our schools, and new this year, in-school flu shots. She works tirelessly to make sure families are aware of these services, many of which families have difficulty accessing on their own.
“These services allow a child to feel better and stay in school and that is very rewarding,” Corrigan says.
The annual September announcement of the National Merit Scholarship Program recognitions included three Lakewood High students who are among the top academic students in the nation. Seniors Nicholas Cleary, Timothy Daso and Andrew Sheldon were named Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
The Cleveland Museum of Art has enlisted the help of 10 educators across Northeast Ohio to serve as Teaching Innovation Fellows. Grant Elementary 5th grade Gifted teacher Sean McGuan has been selected as one of the museum’s Teaching Fellows for the 2018-2019 school year.
All teachers strive daily to find a way to keep students engaged in the classroom. At Lakewood High, special education teacher Corey Streets has developed a pet project that has his students excited to come into class every day.
On Sunday, October 28, the clear blue waters of the Lakewood High School pool become the coolest pumpkin patch in Lakewood. Children of all ages are invited to splash their way around the pool to find their pumpkin floating in the water.
Lakewood has always been proud of its public school system and on September 15, the District was able to show off just why the community has supported it so strongly over the years when Ohio Board of Education President Tess Elshoff spent the day experiencing the Lakewood Way.
The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) robbed Lakewood schools of at least $1.8 million dollars, and some of the politicians on your November ballot took big money to look the other way. If you aren’t familiar with this scandal, here are the facts.
The growing number of Advanced Placement courses (16) available at Lakewood High School has translated into a growing number of AP Scholars as well. Eighty-three members of the Classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the AP Exams taken each spring. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievement:
Lakewood Citizens: Be on the lookout Saturday, September 8th!
From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., students from the Lakewood City Schools Performing Arts Department will be out and about knocking on doors to say thank you for your continued support of Lakewood City Schools.
Additionally, each household will receive a copy of the performing arts calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. The students will extend a personal invitation to these performances.
This event, called Feet to the Street, is sponsored by the Lakewood Music Boosters. For more information about the Lakewood Music Boosters and the entire Lakewood City Schools Performing Arts Department visit lakewoodcityschools.org and lakewoodmusicboosters.com.
For the last decade, money from the Margaret Warner Educational Grants Fund of the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation has provided Lakewood City Schools' teachers the ability to offer enrichment opportunities to their students. This year is no different as the Foundation awarded more $10,000 in grants. The awards, along with a grant from the Meinke Creative Teaching Grant Fund, were announced at the District's annual Convocation on Monday, Aug.20.
The pageantry and precision that goes along with the music of a high school marching band will be on display at the 32nd annual Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band Festival set for Saturday, September 15 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.
Eight other high school bands and the Mount Union University band will join the Ranger Marching Band for this family-friendly event that is sure to get your toes tapping. The parade and introduction of bands begins at 6 p.m. and field performances begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and $5 for students. Preschoolers and younger are free. Tickets are available at the Lakewood High Book Room or at the door.
The annual back-to-school Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Lakewood Council of PTAs and the Lakewood Board of Education will take place Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 6:15-7 pm in the Garfield Middle School Gym. Members from the two middle school bands will kick things off, then Board members will scoop the free ice cream. You add the fixins! Come enjoy the music and meet your elected officials at this family-friendly event!
The Lakewood Board of Education approved Ouimet Smith, Shaker Heights Schools’ Director of Student Affairs, as the new Assistant Principal at Garfield Middle School. He replaces Tony Chiaravalle, who is moving to Lakewood High as a House Principal.
Hi Lakewood. My name is Ted Nagel and I'm a reader. I say it that way because I'm addicted to reading. And I love it. How I learned to love reading was through my high school summer reading program. Heading into my freshman year, I was required to read five books. I was not overjoyed. Five books?!? Are you nuts? My school's program, if I can remember that far back, had an extensive reading list with many of the classics, multiple genres, and a wide variety of topics. I think that I had to read three from that list and two of my choice.
Dear Lakewood City Schools Students, Staff, Parents, and Lakewood Residents:
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that I am honored to serve as your Superintendent of Schools. The Lakewood City School District is one of the finest districts in the nation. During my transition to Lakewood, I have learned of its focus on educational excellence, its warm and welcoming spirit, and its unwavering commitment to the children of this community.
I would also like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about my family. I have been married to my wonderful wife Laverne for 21 incredible years. Laverne and I have two daughters - Michaela, 20, and Mia, 18. Both will be college students beginning this fall. My wife and I are so very proud of them.
I truly believe in the value of education. Education is a fundamental necessity to the survival and growth of individuals, communities, states, nations, and the world. Education is a powerful variable that can transform the conscience of mankind. An educated individual, community, state, nation, and world is one that respects and values diversity, promotes and endorses collaboration, and recognizes the self-worth and unique talents in everyone.
Four Lakewood High musicians have spent the last two weeks 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 are seniors Lidia Logan and Kira Marjanovic, junior Katie Livingston and sophomore Gina Marjanovic.
Supplies 4 Success, a committee of the Lakewood Area Collaborative, has kicked off this summer's school supply collection drive. Started in 2011, S4S has been instrumental in getting needed school supplies to Lakewood students in financial need. The committee's goal is to have a supply closet in each of our schools for guidance counselors and teachers to access throughout the school year.
Public education may not be a fundamental right under our constitution, but it is protected by The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. However, as Dr. Greanoff stated, public schools seem to now be on the road to extinction, and it is frightening. A large component of this problem, stems from many politicians and their promotion of the charter school system. The public has been repeatedly misinformed about charter schools. Some think they are private schools, others think children will receive “safer,” or “better” education by attending such institutions. Sadly parents are being manipulated and mislead.
Lakewood High School Principal Keith Ahearn has been named the Assistant Superintendent of North Ridgeville City Schools. He will leave his position with the District on July 31 after serving Lakewood City Schools for nine years.
It's time once again for Lakewood Rangers who graduated in 1973 to convene, this time to celebrate our 45-Year Anniversary! We have set aside August 24 and 25, 2018, to get together. Briefly, we'll meet (1) Friday, August 24, at the Hofbrauhaus, 1550 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, beginning at 7 pm; (2) Saturday morning, August 25, at Lakewood High for a tour beginning at 10 am; and (3) Saturday, August 25, at The Scenic Valley Room at the Emerald Necklace Marina, 1500 Cleveland Metro Park Drive, Lakewood, from 7-11 pm.
Come hear the dazzling, Lakewood Ranger Marching Band, as they lead the way playing patriotic tunes at the 4th of July Parade. Parade begins on Kenneth and Lake Avenues at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at Lakewood Park. Later, The Lakewood Project performs a stellar, high energy concert at the band stand. It begins at 7:00 p.m. until dusk at beautiful Lakewood Park.
For the second consecutive year, 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 were selected for the prestigious award.
Lakewood High School was recently selected as an Outstanding Design by the American School & University magazine and will be included in the magazine’s Interiors Showcase awards issue in August. This is the premiere competition honoring educational interior excellence. The high school was honored in the category of Common Spaces, such as the cafeteria, media center and gym. It is one of only 70 educational institutions to be included in the issue.
Fresh Start 2018 orientation will take place on August 15 from 9-11a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. for all incoming 9th graders and students new to Lakewood High School for the 2018-2019 school year. The Fresh Start program is designed for students by students. Student mentors will lead the new high-schoolers through a variety of activities that will help orient them to their new school as well as help build class camaraderie and school spirit. Students will tour the school, receive their locker location and ID badges as well as have a chance to sign up for clubs and other activities. Visit the LHS website at www.lakewoodcityschools.org/LHS to fill out the online registration form, which must be completed by July 31. There will be a parent orientation on August 14 at 6:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium.
The 1983 Lakewood High School Alumni Committee is happy to announce the reunion events for August 2018! Join us for
Lakewood High School junior Kira Marjanovic has accomplished a feat few women and even fewer juniors accomplish – earning entry into the U.S. Marine Corps Music Enlistment Option Program for eventual placement in a U.S. Marine Corps Band.
While middle school students often hear the message about the dangers of prescription drug and opioid abuse as they move through the school year, this year the message was delivered in a new way – by students themselves.
Not many live to see their 100th birthday, but Barbara Clarke, Lakewood High Class of 1936, did so in style! A party was held on March 31 in Chicago, where she moved after graduation to be near grandparents. Barbara worked as an accountant until she retired. In her retirement, she volunteered at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, which dedicated a rosebud tree in her honor for her birthday. Barbara, who currently lives in Wilmette, IL, received letters of congratulations from Lakewood High Principal Keith Ahearn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Cheers to Barbara, and here's to many more!
Lakewood High School has been named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools and a Bronze Medalist for 2018. The magazine awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medals according to college readiness, math and reading scores and graduation rates.
Bethany Toth randomly clicked on a link and opened the website for the Public Safety Center of Excellence at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).
The 39th Annual Excellence in Education Awards recognizing students with disabilities, peers, and educators was held May 4 and included recognition for two Lakewood Schools students and staff member Neil Rupright. The event is planned by the ESC of Northeast Ohio and the State Support Team – Region 3 to recognize the great work being done by educators, teachers, students, and community members in special education.
The Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 2 at Harding Middle School. The ceremony included awarding four senior scholarships, honoring teachers of the year at each building, and recognizing the District’s Educator of the Year, Sarah Csongei, who also was named Ohio PTA’s District 11 Educator of the Year.
The Lakewood High School Barnstormers Drama Club will perform its spring musical, "1776", on three successive evenings from May 3-5. The show begins at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium each night. Tickets to see this story about our country's Founding Fathers are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the LHS Bookroom at 216-529-4047 or stopping by during school hours.
Congratulations to the Garfield and Harding Middle School Mock Trial teams, who on April 20 earned top ratings at the statewide Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education held in Columbus. Both Garfield 7th grade teams and the Harding 7th grade team earned the highest Superior rating and Harding’s 8th grade team narrowly missed the top rating and earned an Outstanding rating.