As Lakewood City Schools moves forward with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the district feels it is important to outline what this means to families, students and staff. Lakewood has already implemented the Common Core in daily instruction and the district's Teaching & Learning Department would like to share how the implementation is going and how learning in the classroom is changing due to the new, more rigorous standards.
Garfield Middle School Band Director and expert button box player Julie Tabaj has written, recorded and published her own polka and has committed the proceeds of the recording’s sales to the Garfield Music Department.
According to Tabaj, the CD single, “Hot Flash Polka,” was written “for all the women of the North, South, East & West. There are hundreds of tunes written about women but no one has ever written a tune about a life-changing occurrence all women will eventually experience. The song is an expression of that experience through music. It’s upbeat, has temperature shifts (modulations) and lyrics that will make everyone smile.”
The selection is available from CDbaby.com at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/julietabaj.
Tabaj will debut “Hot Flash Polka” with a live performance on Friday, Nov. 29, at the National Cleveland Style - Polka Hall of Fame & Museum’s 50th Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend in the Cleveland Downtown Marriott’s Superior Room.
American history is filled with inspiring stories, including of course Paul Revere’s famous ride. Yet, when history is rendered through stories, movies, etc., it is often “bended” to conform to the dictates of rhyme, time constraints etc. In our freshman AP US history class at Lakewood High School, we periodically set the record straight, as we did recently with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Wadsworth wrote beautiful poetry, but he didn't tell the whole story. Here's more of it.
Paul Revere Debunked
By Lucy Kress and Cassidy Miller
You’ve heard of Paul Revere’s ride on his own
But have it be told he was not alone
There were actually three heroes that night
To warn the colonists about the impending British plight
Have records show that Samuel Prescott and William Dawes
Also broke British laws
Let superhero Revere be de-caped
Students from the Interactive Media program of West Shore Career-Tech had the opportunity recently to participate in a unique art program at Beck Center for the Arts that brought students from all corners of the county together.
Fall is the season for the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) All-State and Regional Orchestra and District Band and Choir selections and, once again, Lakewood High can be proud of its high number of musicians selected to perform in these prestigious groups.
You have to love this town. Our informed and thoughtful community has once again demonstrated its commitment to our youth. Unofficial results show that by a resounding 70% vote, Lakewood voters approved the bond and permanent improvement levy that will allow us to move forward and complete the rebuilding of our school district. Lakewood’s kids will benefit from teaching and learning in facilities second to none for many years to come.
Join us on Tuesday, November 19th from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the main branch auditorium of the Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Avenue when the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission (LCRAC) will partner with Ranger 360 for its annual Community Conversation. Come and learn what an upstander is and hear from a group of Lakewood UPSTANDERS- a coach, a counselor, a community member, and a student about how they have taken steps to create social change.
With the bond issue passage for the final phase of construction for the Master Facilities Plan in the books, the district can now focus on the big job of mapping out a transition plan for Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementaries and the high school.
LHS Senior Nick Boatman capped off a stellar 2013 cross country season finishing 28th with a time of 16:08 at the OHSAA Division 1 State Cross Country Meet. In a race that saw 52 runners break 5:00 for the first mile, Nick ran his second fastest 5K and represented Lakewood High School proudly as the second finisher from Northeast Ohio.
Do you want to make a difference in your community? Would you like to help a student feel more confident about reading? Do you want to be a positive role model? If so, Lakewood City Schools could use you.
Lakewood Catholic Academy welcomes current and prospective early childhood and kindergarten students and their parents to a special Open House event on Sunday, November 17, from 2pm to 4pm.
Grant Elementary’s Student Council and Environmental Club teamed up for a clothing drive that brought in more than a ton in used clothing and textiles. The clothing the school collected will be sent to Simply Recycling, which will recycle the clothes into other useful materials. Grant will be paid for every pound of clothing the school collects and the money will go toward student activities during the school year.
Beginning Monday, November 4, the Lakewood Board of Education offices at 1470 Warren Road will be temporarily closed for approximately one month and moved to the district’s former Franklin Elementary School building at 13465 Franklin Blvd. This move is necessary due to the discovery of pigeons nesting in the attic of the Board of Education building.
Parents, staff, and community members from the Grant Elementary School neighborhood discussed the transition of Grant Elementary students during the final phase of school construction at a community meeting held Thursday, October 24. Superintendent Jeff Patterson facilitated the meeting; School Board President Ed Favre and Board Member Emma Petrie-Barcelona also were present.
A phone survey conducted by a political science research methods course at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea found strong support among adult Lakewood residents for Issue 84, the Lakewood City Schools bond issue and levy, as well as for the three county levies. Students in the "Introduction to Political Analysis" course, taught by Professor Tom Sutton, engaged in "learning by doing," as they designed the survey questions, conducted the phone survey, and analyzed the results.
Lincoln Elementary threw itself a weeklong party to mark the school’s 100-year birthday, and students not only learned about their school, but a bit of history as well.
The organizing committee and staff kept the history lessons coming all week long. Grades were assigned decades from the last 100 years to study. On Tuesday, students dressed in the style of their decade or as a famous person of the last 100 years. Newsboys, Shirley Temple, Rosie the Riveter, Rosa Parks and so many others walked the halls decorated to reflect each grade’s decade.
Wednesday was a school assembly celebrating the milestone where dignitaries such as Mayor Summers and former principals Noreen Hazen, Carl Lochard and Nancy Karabinus joined retired teachers and past PTA presidents in celebrating the school’s centennial. Another peek into history came in the form of a Women in History presentation by Mother Jones, who shared how things had changed for children and schooling over the past 100 years. Principal Sandy Kozelka read a proclamation from the State introduced by Rep. Nickie Antonio that recognized the school’s centennial and Excellent status on its State report card.
A Holocaust survivor and a WW II Army veteran came together recently and shared a powerful history lesson with a group of LHS students that the teenagers will likely never forget.
The very fact that there is a classical school in Lakewood is probably as newsworthy to most residents as its upcoming silent auction and dinner.
Lakewood High School is participating in the Safe Driver Pledge contest through Brunswick Auto Mart and has a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000. The school that lands in second place will receive $5,000. Nearly 60 schools in Northeast Ohio are competing and as of Oct. 10, LHS was in sixth place.
I am voting FOR Issue 84 and I urge my fellow Lakewood residents to do the same. While I understand the need to keep a careful eye on spending, the opportunity to complete the final phase of the school construction project with the State of Ohio paying one half of the costs is too good for Lakewood residents to pass up. Simply, the high quality new school buildings will cost us half as much to build.
Make your reservation and have lunch at the Ranger Café @ West Shore. Beginning Tuesday, October 22nd, the Ranger Café will be open for lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 – 1:30 p.m. The Culinary students of the West Shore Career-Tech District are excited to show the public what they are learning every day in the professional kitchen and restaurant of the Ranger Café.
A group of about 20 Lakewood High students and a handful of Harding Middle School students got together recently with peers from other West Shore suburbs with the common goal of preventing drug and alcohol use by teens.
On October 5, Roosevelt Elementary fourth- and fifth-graders and their teachers transformed the school’s gym into a giant Cardboard Arcade, filled with games conceived, designed and created by the students to take part in the national Caine’s Arcade Carboard Challenge. The public was invited to enjoy the games and even win some prizes.
Superintendent Jeff Patterson will hold meetings this month with each of the Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt communities to gather input from parents on their thoughts about the transition process for their students during the final phase of the district’s construction project.
What's it like to fly a Navy jet? Or go to the White House? Or design a world-renown building? LHS students learned the answers during Outliers Day at Lakewood High on Octpber 2. Students discussed Malcolm Gladwell’s book, "Outliers," which was required reading for the summer, in the second half of the day with 30 experts in various fields.
Imagine you are a high school senior who came to Lakewood from a refugee camp in Asia. Most likely you never had the opportunity to attend school before immigrating to the United States, and you certainly didn’t have a permanent home. You’re working very hard to learn English. You just want to be able to graduate high school. College may not even be on your radar…until Pam Sandoval speaks to your English class.
The following letter was emailed to Nathan Harris, Lakewood Ranger Marching Band Director, on October 4th following the marching band's performance at the Lakewood vs. Rocky River football game. Many thanks to the Russells of Rocky River for taking the time to put their kind thoughts in writing. Members of the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band continue to inspire, and people are noticing! For information on upcoming performances, visit lakewoodrmb.wix.com/lrmb.
The National Merit Scholarship program and AP Scholar honorees have been announced and once again LHS has its share of top academic performers, including two National Merit Semifinalists, four National Merit Commended Scholar and 79 AP Scholars, including two National AP Scholars.
Leading the way is LHS’ pair of National Merit Semifinalists: seniors Aidan Howells and Sarah Neff. More than 1.5 million students in over 22,000 high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship Competition, with 16,000 top scorers named Semifinalists. Students enter the competition by taking the PSAT their junior year. Semifinalists represent less than 1% of U. S. high school seniors and are the highest scoring entrants in their state. Howells and Neff are now eligible to continue on in the competition in hopes of receiving one of more than 8,200 scholarships to be awarded in the spring.
In addition to LHS’ two Semifinalists, seniors Hugh Campbell, Colin Levis and Zach Sanderson were named National Merit Commended Scholars for placing among the top 5% of PSAT participants. Although those three will not continue in the Scholarship competition, students named Commended Scholars have demonstrated outstanding academic potential by their strong performance in this highly competitive program.
West Shore’s Auto Technology program has been selected as one of the Top 20 programs in the nation and is now competing to be selected as the 2013 School of the Year. WIX® Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts, partners with Tomorrow’s Tech, sponsor the annual contest. The competition, in its sixth year, is open to all high school and post-secondary schools that have a subscription to Tomorrow’s Tech. This year there were 158 entries across four regions. West Shore at Lakewood High School is one of the five schools in Region 1.
Lakewood High School is participating in the Safe Driver Pledge contest through Brunswick Auto Mart and has a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000. The school that lands in second place will receive $5,000. Nearly 60 schools in Northeast Ohio are competing.
LCA kindergarten and early childhood teachers have found that the best way to make their students feel at home is to actually visit their homes. So each August, the teachers pay a “Front Porch Visit” to the children they will have in class.
Marrell Music, building community through music, sponsored an After-Party at Lakewood High School for the LHS Marching Band following the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band Festival on Saturday, September 21st.
Board of Ed Update: Lakewood Educators Pioneer "Maker" School Within A School Idea; McKinley School To Be Sold To The City
At the September 16th Board of Education meeting, Lakewood educators Sean and Karen Wheeler, Julie Rea and Ken Kozar made a presentation outlining their grant-winning idea for a "Maker High School" within the Lakewood School District.
Lakewood High School is one of 30 organizations nationwide to receive a $100,000 planning grant from the Next Generation Learning Challenges initiative, which funds ideas that use technology in improving college readiness and completion.
The idea is that students will be at the center of the curriculum, empowered to use all of the technology at their fingertips to work on real world problems and projects, accessing and applying all subject areas, to create real world solutions. According to the Lakewood team, the new Common Core standards are ideally met within this structure because of its focus on process. "It's not only 'how do I do the calculating?'" explained Karen Wheeler, "but 'How are we going to use it? WHY do I need to know how to do this? The Common Core gives us that freedom."
The community will also have access to the Maker space, where they will be able to use the tools and expertise of the students to address their own needs, providing students with more real world experience, within the maker school, and eventually with actual internships (for high school course credit) within community businesses.
It’s no secret that substance use and abuse can have a devastating impact on youth. Moreover, health risk behaviors established in childhood and adolescence have been shown to be a leading contributor to illness, injury, disease and death rates among adults (National YRBS, 2011).
A night of music will fill the skies at First Federal Lakewood Stadium with the sounds of seven northeast Ohio high school marching bands.
The Lakewood City Schools’ annual Spirit Parade is Friday, September 27. The parade steps off from Lakewood Park at 5:45 p.m. and will wind its way up to First Federal of Lakewood Stadium via Belle, Clifton and Bunts. The parade should arrive just in time for pregame activities for the Homecoming game between the Rangers and the Bay Village Rockets.
A once-in-a-lifetime invitation to the White House. The opportunity to compete against the best high school minds in the country in the nation’s capital. The chance to play an instrument, earn college credit and even attend an elite sports camp.
Andrew Schulte, 2010 graduate of LHS and West Shore Career-Tech’s Auto Technology and Pre-Engineering programs, is fueling his passion for cars in his position with Nissan’s Vehicle Engineering Quality Department near Phoenix, Arizona. He credits the West Shore programs and teachers for giving him a “head start” on his industry peers, and a teacher/mentor relationship that has helped shape him into the person he is today.
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Do you enjoy reading? Do you have some extra time on your hands? Do you get a kick out of working with children? If so, Lakewood City Schools could use you. The district’s elementary schools participate in Project MORE, a reading mentoring program that aims to boost literacy among students with disabilities and students at risk for reading failure, and they need adult volunteers to make it work.
LEAF Community is excited to announce a new opportunity to expand local foods and sustainable agriculture education in Lakewood! Lakewood Earth and Food (LEAF) Community, a Lakewood based notforprofit 501(c)3, is offering grants for classrooms in Lakewood schools for education projects that help fulfill LEAF Community’s mission to develop a more sustainable, healthful and economically viable community through environmentally responsible actions producing broad access to fresh, local foods, knowledge and culture.
There’s still time to bid on some interesting and useful items in the Lakewood City Schools’ online auction of used school building furniture and equipment. The auction ends on Friday, October 4.
The 2012-2013 state report card results show that our district continues to provide a quality education that results in many of our students achieving significantly more than one year of academic growth in a school year. In addition, the state results indicate that the district has made significant strides in helping our most struggling students achieve above average progress in a year.
Superintendent Jeff Patterson will be holding a Community Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11 in the Lakewood High School East Cafeteria.
It’s that time of year. Pep rallies! Bonfires! “The Big Game!” Asking that special someone to the big dance…!
On May 20, the Board of Education created a Financial Advisory Committee to work with the Treasurer, Superintendent, and the Board Member assigned to Finance. The purpose of the committee is advisory in nature and to work in a cooperative and collaborative manner in following areas: review the annual State Audit and address any concerns; conduct a pre-audit and post-audit meeting; share business and financial “Best Practices;” review the Five-Year Forecast; and make an annual report to the Board.
Lakewood High School senior cellist Danny Toner has been selected to perform with the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Orchestra, which will perform in late October in Nashville, Tenn.
The Lakewood Board of Education will be conducting an online auction of used school building furniture beginning on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, and will conclude on Friday, October 4, 2013.
The Board of Education at a special meeting on August 22, approved Kent R. Zeman as the next Lakewood City Schools Treasurer. Zeman is the current Treasurer of Avon Local Schools and will replace interim Treasurer Jim Estle starting December 1.
Thanks to an Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County grant secured by the Division of Teaching and Learning, Lakewood City Schools was able to offer students in grades Pre-Kindergarten-3rd an opportunity to work on their reading skills during the summer months.
Motor vehicle incidents involving pedestrians are a problem, with more than 80 kids being hit by cars in the U.S. every day. Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is sponsoring its eleventh consecutive year with our annual speed awareness program titled Brake 4 Kids™. This program aims to remind drivers to slow down now as school resumes, by asking residents and businesses (especially those near schools) to post Brake 4 Kids™ tree lawn signs. The City of Lakewood has seen a reduced number of motor vehicle-related pedestrian injuries since the inception of Brake 4 Kids™. We believe the Brake 4 Kids™ signs have contributed significantly to this decrease.
The Lakewood Board of Education at its meeting Aug. 19 approved Paul Hieronymus as the district’s Coordinator of Technology and Communications beginning Aug. 28. Hieronymus comes to Lakewood from the Education Service Center of Lorain County, where he is the Educational Technology Integration consultant for the Northern Ohio Research & Training Technology Hub. He replaces Jim Marras, who retired July 31.
Superintendent Jeff Patterson will be holding a Community Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11 in the Lakewood High School East Cafeteria. The Superintendent will be addressing several important issues including the district’s bond issue and construction project, current finances and changes in the state Report Card system. Following his presentation, Superintendent Patterson will field questions from the audience. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please look for Superintendent Patterson’s presentation posted on the district web site (lakewoodcityschools.org) the following day.
Lakewood High School students have a few more days before classes begin, but members of the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band have been hard at work during the summer preparing for the 2013 marching season.
During the last week of June at Capital University in Bexley over 400 teens were swarming from all over Ohio and around the country including Washington D.C. and Georgia. Viktoria Paulic, a freshman at Rocky River High School and Liz McIlwee a senior at Lakewood High School both members of the Westshore Young Leaders Network attended the Y2Y International Conference. Y2Y's motto is "believing in the power of youth and the drug-free choice."
A number of LHS musicians are part of grand Ohio State Fair tradition that dates back for decades. The All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir have been part of the Ohio State Fair since 1925 and 1963, respectively. Band students Hugh Campbell, Zak Inak, Stephen Moncol, and Tayler Wolhfiel were part of the 200-member band and Maddie Burns, Shawn Lopez and Tess Marjanovic were singing in the choir.
The district and school building state Report Cards expected to be released any day now will look dramatically different than what everyone is used to as Ohio has changed the way it measures and rates the performance of its schools and districts.
School Administration Works Through Summer Vacation: Board OKs Placing School Construction Bond Issue On November Ballot
The Board of Education, Superintendent Patterson, and the Administration have been very busy this summer. And there is more important work in progress before fall.
We started the summer with the unexpected departure of Treasurer Timothy Penton. During his short tenure, Mr. Penton has served the District well and will be assisting the interim treasurer to accommodate an orderly transition. The Board wishes him the best.
Regarding the interim treasurer, at its July 22 meeting, the Board retained Mr. James Estle as Interim Treasurer. He is a veteran treasurer who has served at Vermillion, Brunswick and Lorain, as well as interim assignments in Columbia and Streetsboro. The Board will continue to seek a long term replacement.
The Board of Education, at a July 9 special meeting and July 15 regular meeting, approved a number of new administrative appointments, as the district continues to shape its leadership team in the wake of a number of recent retirements and professional advancements.
Current Director of Human Resources and Recreation Jim Reitenbach has been appointed to the newly created position of Executive Director of Operations & Construction. In this role, Reitenbach will be charged with developing a facility maintenance program for the district. He will also work closely with the Ohio School Construction Commission in preparation for the final phase of the district’s school facilities construction project and will continue to be the point man on the project once it is under way. Lakewood High Principal Bill Wagner in June was appointed to replace Reitenbach as HR director.
Lakewood High School is one of 30 organizations nationwide to be awarded a $100,000 planning grant from the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) initiative, which is accelerating educational innovation through technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. The grant will fund a year-long planning process for a new and innovative secondary school model that is based on students learning through making.