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.
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.
The Lakewood High golf team and boys' basketball program will host a golf outing fundraiser on Saturday, June 9 from 2-7 pm at Cherokee Hills GC at Coppertop in Valley City.
The registration fee includes a 4-person scramble, 18 holes with cart, lunch, dinner, hole-in-one contest, on course skill shots, and skins game. There is a dinner-only option for $30.
The silent auction after the completion of play during dinner includes such great items as a foursome of golf at Red Tail CC, one-week in a South Carolina condo,
a foursome of golf at Columbia Hills CC, and many others.
If you register for both the June 9 outing and the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation golf outing on July 20 at Sweetbriar Golf Club, you save $40! Visit www.lakewoodrangers.com/events for more information.
The Lakewood Council of PTAs Reflection Committee recently announced that two of its submissions for judging at the state level earned recognition for further artistic merit. In the literature category, junior Gabrielle Dever won an Award of Excellence, which qualifies her piece to move on to national level judging. Also in the literature category, junior Sam Stone earned an Award of Merit.
Statewide submissions were judged by category and age group – primary (grades preK-2), intermediate (3-5), middle (6-8) and high school (9-12). Out of thousands of submissions, only six students were recognized in each age level/category.
The Reflections program offers students from schools with active PTAs the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to submit works in seven arts areas: literature, dance choreography, film/video production, musical composition, photography, visual arts and special artist. All entries must follow a chosen theme, which this year was “Within Reach.”
Lakewood High students were top award-winners in the 73rd annual Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contests. Lakewood students swept the speech category and took the top two spots in visual arts.
During Lakewood High's recent Spring Break, two different groups of students and teachers enjoyed trips abroad: one group to Germany and Austria and one group to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Junior Lalia Williams shares her impressions of her group's trip to the Galapagos (originally published in Lakewood Times):
About one week ago, I went to the mainland of Ecuador, as well as the Galapagos Islands. There is no way that I can touch on everything amazing that I saw, just because there was so much of it. But overall, it was an experience that I definitely will never forget. Here is why:
When we first got to Quito (which is the capital of Ecuador) we were all very tired from a day of flights and layovers. But stepping out of the airport and seeing that there were actual palm trees right in front of us was amazing. And although we could not see much considering it was late at night, we could tell that it was a lot different from where we came from.
Quito is a lot older than the United States. And there, (instead of old buildings being destroyed to make room for “better” ones) everything is built upon itself. We walked to the top of an ancient church to see the city, and the view was indescribable. The hills around us were covered with small colorful houses and buildings, and it was insane to think that there were people, each with their own life and stories, in all of them.
The Lakewood Board of Education, at a special meeting March 28, approved Mayfield City School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Barnes as the next Superintendent of Lakewood City Schools.
Board Vice President Linda Beebe said Barnes met many of the criteria the Board was looking for in a leader.
“A priority in the superintendent search was to find a leader who is an effective communicator with a strong vision to facilitate the goals of the District. Someone who is creative and knowledgeable. Dr. Michael Barnes is all of this,” Beebe said. “He is service oriented and collaborative. He is committed to supporting the needs of every child and educating the entire child. He is a leader for the 21st century.”
Forty students and their adult chaperones traveled to Washington, D.C. on March 24 to participate in the March for Our Lives event, a trip that was made possible by the nearly $7,000 donated by the Lakewood community.
What had started out as four students wanting to buy bus tickets to D.C. bloomed into a community project.
When the founding members of the newly formed Student Committee for Activism realized the interest in students attending the march would fill a charter bus, the group raised the cash needed to reserve the bus in just a few days through a GoFundMe account and the generosity of fellow students, teachers, parents, business owners and the community in general. The giving did not stop there, a call out from chaperone and LHS teacher Autumn Sabin for snacks for the trip led to cartons of donations of water, Gatorade, chips and more being left on her porch.
“Our community really came together for our kids,” Sabin said.
It’s a topic that warrants immediate and serious discussion both across the country and within our own backyard: What can be done to ensure our children are safe at school?
West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 19 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.
At its meeting on March 5, the Lakewood Board of Education passed a resolution on one reading supporting school safety and reducing violence in schools.
Congratulations to Harding 7th grader Jamie Holland, who has qualified for the Ohio Geographic Bee! Jamie, who is the Harding Bee champion, is one of 100 middle schoolers from across the state who will compete for the Ohio title and a chance to move on to the National Bee.
Lakewood High students had the most pieces of artwork ever selected to be part of the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition in Columbus. Six works were chosen, including four by senior Elyza Mihalik, whose “Here is Goofy” piece earned a top 25 Governor’s Award of Excellence. Also earning a spot in the 300-piece exhibit are Riley Geyer, Husam Mafargeh and Micah Inak.
Each month the Lakewood City Schools selects two staff members nominated by their peers to honor as Staff Spotlight winners. This month, Grant Elementary Health Aide Melissa Diemert and Roosevelt Elementary Intervention Specialist Caroline Flannery are honored:
The Lakewood Board of Education last month approved the hiring of Twinsburg teacher Thomas Thome as a new member of the Lakewood High School Social Studies Department and the school’s next head football coach.
Tragic events such as the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school are difficult for anyone to comprehend and process. Locally and across the country, we collectively mourn the loss of life every time such a senseless tragedy occurs. In addition, our own sorrow, fear and despair can be heightened as we watch and hear about the plight of grieving students, teachers and the affected community on the nightly news.
Grab your bathing suits, towels, baskets and goggles for Lakewood Recreation’s annual Underwater Egg Hunt. This year’s event will be held Saturday, March 31 at the Lakewood High School Pool beginning at 10:00am.
As winter (hopefully) turns to spring, many thoughts shift to warm summer days. For many in Lakewood, those warm summer thoughts include playing t-ball, learning to swim, or making new friends at summer camp. Lakewood Recreation is hiring seasonal employees to make all those summer memories continue for a new generation.
January 2018 is the 8th year the Westshore Young Leaders Network students have been serving the six-western suburbs (Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake) as communities united together for healthy living. Established in 2010 through the support of the Westshore Council of Governments and the Westshore Enforcement Bureau the group has grown its student and adult membership to foster young leaders who promote healthy, safe drug-free and addiction free lifestyle choices.
Students at Lakewood High School and middle school 8th graders are busy poring over the latest LHS Course Guide in preparation for filling out schedule requests for next school year. They are likely finding that the hardest part of the process is narrowing down the choices from a course selection that is arguably the broadest in the state with more than 200 courses.
Lakewood Teachers are proud to announce fund-raising efforts over the holidays have enabled us to once again give generously to Lakewood organizations that directly support our students. $300 each was given to Lakewood Community Service Center, North Coast Health, and the Lakewood Family Room. We were able to donate $500 to Supplies for Success.
The Board of Education at its January 22, 2018 meeting introduced a proposed contract with Liberty Development Co. to purchase the Board of Education properties located at 1456 and 1470 Warren Road. The Board is scheduled to vote on approval of the contract at its February 5 meeting.
The Lakewood High School Barnstormers Drama Club will be performing a series of five, one-act plays that are written, directed and acted by students. The plays will be performed in the new black box studio theater at the high school. Performance will be held Wednesday, January 31 and Thursday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, February 2 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Februray 3 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.
Students from Lakewood High School, the West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design program and Harding Middle School earned an impressively high number awards in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition held in December, including 17 of the highest-honor Gold Keys and 67 honored pieces overall.
Lakewood High School sophomore cellist Grace Gill has been selected as a member of the Honor Orchestra of America, sponsored by the non-profit arts advocate Music For All. Grace will perform with the ensemble in March at Music for All’s National Festival in Indianapolis.
On Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7pm, Lakewood School District will hold a free presentation titled “Is It Worth the Risk?” to provide information necessary to keep children safe on the internet. The information will be presented by Lexi Giering, the Statewide Outreach Coordinator for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and member of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
And annual Alumni Hockey Game that same evening, which last year brought over 30 past LHS Alumni Hockey players to the ice!
The Game will be on Saturday, January 6th.
Students at Harrison Elementary have a neat new space to get cozy with books thanks to the December 1 opening of a reading room sponsored by the United Way Young Leaders’ Readers Become Leaders initiative. Student reading ambassadors cut the ribbon on the room as District administrators and United Way representatives looked on.
The United Way’s Young Leaders raise money and engage in volunteer activities working towards the mission of lowering the income achievement gap. The group creates rooms at schools with a significant number of low-income students and outfit the room with 1,000 books and present the students each with a literacy kit with two books and activity book to take home. Many of the books come from a donation from the Cleveland Kids Book Bank. The group also provides tables and chairs, bean bags and learning materials.
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers has announced both its selections for “The Best Lawyers in America®” and rankings for “Best Law Firms.”
The popular Lakewood High School Sounds of the Season concert, now in its fifth year, will be performed on December 14 & 15 this year at 7:30 pm at the Civic Auditorium. Come and celebrate the holidays with the LHS Performing Arts Department as students perform holiday song, tell holiday stories, and come together for a final carol sing-along with the audience. The following groups will be performing: Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Barnstormers.
LISA KRUMROY, LHS
Everyone knows keeping kids engaged is the key to learning. These days, that often involves incorporating technology into the classroom. However, for Lakewood High science teacher Lisa Krumroy, good old-fashioned creativity does the trick for her students. Her self-described “weird projects” keep her kids motivated and interested, which is one of the reasons Krumroy has been named one of Lakewood City Schools' December Staff Spotlight honorees.
Krumroy, who joined the District in 2010 after a career in cancer genetics research, said teaching was always a goal of hers. She taught a year at Garfield Middle School before moving to the high school, which is a level she likes teaching because of her students’ sense of humor and openness to new ideas.
The Lakewood High Interact Club wasted no time in fulfilling its mission to put service first, by raising money this fall for disaster relief. The club, which is the high school affiliate of the Lakewood River Rotary Club, encourages students to think globally and act locally by participating in service and social activities together with the school’s foreign-exchange students.
Grab your bathing suits for Lakewood Recreation’s annual Swim with Santa. This year’s event will be held Sunday, December 17, at the Lakewood High School Pool beginning at 1:00pm.
Children of all ages will participate in Santa’s “reindeer games.” These fun pool activities will get everyone ready for Santa’s appearance. Preregister and save – this event is only $5 if registered by December 15. Walk up registration at the door is $7. All children ages 6 and under must be accompanied in the pool by a swimming adult (no separate charge for the adult). Enjoy fun activities and make sure your name is on the “nice” list this year!
Other returning programs this December at the Lakewood High School Pool include daytime adult swims, early morning lap swims, and more. The up-to-date pool schedule is viewed at www.bit.ly/lhspoolschedule Our complete program guide can be found at www.lakewoodrecreation.com, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, all by searching for lkwdrec.
The Lakewood Music Boosters Joins Global #GivingTuesday Movement Pledges To Support Lakewood Music Programs Grades K-12
The Lakewood Music Boosters has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Our goal is to raise funds to support our music programs throughout the Lakewood City Schools grades K-12. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in meaningful ways to the charities and causes they support.
The Lakewood City Schools preschool program has openings to enroll 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds in its five star-rated program. For more information, please call 216-529-4214. You can find more information about the District's preschool program at www.lakewoodcityschools.org.
The Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club turned in a fine performance at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference held Nov. 7 & 8 at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Senior Co-President Abe Dalisky and sophomore Evan Bell won the Superior Delegation award in the highly competitive Security Council.
Roosevelt Elementary is one of only nine schools in the state to be named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education for its gains in reading and math proficiency among all students during the 2016-2017 school year. Roosevelt is the only school in Cuyahoga County to have earned this significant award.
West Shore Career-Tech culinary instructor Devan Corti has earned the Chef Educator of the Year Award from the American Culinary Federation Cleveland Chapter. Corti was presented with the award at the chapter’s annual President’s Brunch on Nov. 5 at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club.
The ACF Chef Educator of the Year award pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef, and who, by example, has given leadership, guidance and direction to students seeking a career in the culinary profession. This person demonstrates the ability to help students define and develop their careers by using their skills and abilities to provide a strong foundation for their future success.
Everyone agrees that a successful 21st century education model calls for increased opportunities for students in creative thinking and hands-on learning. Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation, Lakewood High will soon have a dedicated space for just that.
The first Lakewood Holiday Shop and Mingle is November 11! This Grant Elementary PTA fundraising event will take place from 9 a.m. til noon Saturday, Novebmber at Grant Elementary. There will be more than 40 vendors, arts and crafts, and snacks to help you get a head start on holiday shopping.
The time has finally come! Join Lakewood City Schools in celebrating the new Lakewood High School gymnasium, weight room, wrestling gym and community fitness facility on Thursday, November 30 at 6 p.m. when the District invites holds its Purple & Gold Ranger Rally in the new gym. This athletic showcase and open house will include our winter season Ranger teams displaying their skills in a variety of exhibitions and competitions. The public is welcome to tour the athletic wing, including walking the new indoor track, during the festivities. The Boosters will be on hand with concessions as well.
Lakewood High School and West Shore Career-Tech student Micah Inak won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge sponsored by University Hospitals, Safe Communities Coalition and State Farm Insurance. The contest asked for designs for a billboard on distracted teen driving. Inak's winning design was displayed on digital billboards for two weeks around the City of Cleveland and is currently displayed on print billboards around the city. She will receive $500 for her winning design. Judges commented that the amount of detail in Inak's design was impressive for someone of her age and education level. Inak is in the Media, Art & Design program of West Shore.
Are you curious about what's happening in our public schools? Would you like to see how our new high school wing looks? How about hearing some fantastic music from some very talented students? If so, and you are a Lakewood senior citizen, then this free event is for you! Senior citizens of the community are invited to a holiday breakfast hosted by Superintendent Jeff Patterson on Friday, Dec. 8 at 8:45 am in the Lakewood High School cafeteria. The event will feature student music and an update on District activities. Please RSVP by Nov. 30 by calling 216-529-4074 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each month, Lakewood City Schools selects a staff member or two to be honored as that month's Staff Spotlight honoree as nominated by their peers. This month, the winners were West Shore Career-Tech culinary instructor Rob McGorray and District computer specialist Dan Smigelski. Here are their stories:
The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River continued its distribution of dictionaries to the third graders in Lakewood and Rocky River this fall, a project that the club began in 2005. A total of 673 dictionaries were distributed to students at 11 different school buildings.
The Lakewood High School Barnstormers' Drama Club will be staging its first production of the school year October 18-21. The high school thespians will be performing Shakespeare's classic, "Macbeth." The performances will be in the school's new Black Box Theater, which is located at the back of the school with parking behind the gymnasium in addition to the North Lot parking visitors' lot in front of the school. Performance times are 7:30 pm on October 18, 19 & 21. The October 20 show will begin at 7 pm and there will be an additional performance on Saturday, October 21 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $5.
The Teaching & Learning Department of the Lakewood City Schools will host a K-5 Literacy Night on Thursday, October 26 from 6:30-7:30 pm at Emerson Elementary School. The program will share what the District is doing to grow readers and writers through the The Columbia Reading & Writing Project curriculum. Parents will also learn how to support their student's work at home. The District has been using the Columbia curriculum in some capacity since the 2014-2015 school year, when it was rolled out in the K-2 grades. Since then, teachers have seen impressive strides in the literacy progress of its students. Come to the Literacy Night and find out why the District believes this is the best curriculum for our students.
The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is hosting its annual Preschool Information Night on Monday, October 23rd from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Hayes Elementary School (16401 Delaware Avenue) in the Cafeteria. Representatives from area preschools will provide information about their programs at tables and answer individual questions from parents and caregivers. Preschool Information Night is a great opportunity for young area families to learn about the variety of preschool options in our community.
In April 2016, Lakewood City Schools partnered with the City of Lakewood to expand the city’s Gift-a-Tree Fund to the school district. Eighteen months into the program, donations have been made that will benefit Lakewood students and the community for generations to come.
For the sold-out crowd of nearly 400 partygoers, the Lakewood Ranger Education Foundation's first Purple & Gold Gala proved to be an evening of festivities, friends and successful fundraising on Saturday, August 19, in Lakewood High School's newly constructed wing.
On Sunday, October 29, 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.
With an office full of family photos and holiday cards from the many Lakewood City Schools employees whose lives she has touched, it was only a matter of time before Human Resources Specialist Fran Hanrahan was chosen as a District Staff Spotlight honoree.
The baby photos on her bulletin board are born of the bond she builds with the many employees she works with to facilitate a leave of absence, one of the her myriad HR responsibilities. She also aids in job recruitment, screens the many applications and resumes that the District receives, and coordinates the interview process. She does all of this with kindness, humor and positivity.