Environment is everything. New placement is often seen as an advancement. Lakewood High School’s new academic wing is an advancement within itself, replacing modular units from across the street. The move has risen nostalgia rates among students and staff simply for the end of an era. A project lasting ten years or so resulting in student’s humor and dread. What will we complain about now? Six minutes of fresh air and psychological freedom? That was amazing.
The second Superintendent Chat of the school year will take place on Wednesday, January 11 in the Roosevelt Elementary LRC (14237 Athens Ave.). Superintendent Jeff Patterson will be joined by Assistant Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio and Lakewood High Principal Keith Ahearn to discuss the new Ohio graduation requirements. There will also be time for guests to ask questions or discuss other topics of concern in the District.
The world recently lost a fine man and one of Lakewood City Schools’ most impactful superintendents in Dr. P. Joseph Madak. The District’s financial stability and state-of-the-art school buildings can be traced directly to the exceptional leadership of Dr. Madak.
At the January 3, 2017 Board of Education meeting, outgoing President Tom Einhouse offered a reflection of his time leading the Board in 2016:
At the January 3, 2017 Board of Education meeting, incoming President Betsy Shaughnessy offered remarks on the year ahead:
The Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation Department’s Winter/Spring 2017 booklet is out! Whether you are looking to hone a skill or start a new hobby, we have a class that will fit your interests. In addition to all of the great programs, the booklet also contains the winter/spring Learn-to-Swim schedules, summer camps and our summer youth and adult athletic leagues.
It’s not enough for Pam Thompson to teach her students the math, science, reading and social studies they need. She wants to nurture and grow the whole child, inside and outside the classroom, and that’s why Pam, 5th grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School, has been selected as The Lakewood City Schools' January Staff Spotlight honoree.
Lakewood High seniors Ian Bell and Rachel Daso have been selected by the Ohio Department of Education as two of 20 Ohio high school students to be nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. This is the third straight year LHS has had a student nominated for the honor.
College Club West is a non-profit group of women college graduates living in the Greater Cleveland area.
This club is again pleased to offer a minimum of $2,000. scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic years.
Information regarding these scholarships along with eligibility and application requirements can be found on our website www.collegeclubwest.org
Deadline for all applications is March 15, 2017
Cindy Einhouse Of Beck Center For The Arts Graduates From Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program At Tri-C
Cindy Einhouse of Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood took a step toward greater business success by completing the Goldman Sachs' "10,000 Small Businesses" program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).
Come tour the new academic wing of Lakewood High School on Tuesday, January 24 from 6-8 p.m. The wing, which is on Robinwood Avenue and connected perpendicularly to the existing west wing of the school, will be open to students and staff for classes beginning on Tuesday, January 3. If you plan to attend the Open House, please enter through the main entrance on Franklin Boulevard.
Kind, helpful, tolerant, dedicated. These are just a few of the words colleagues used to describe Lakewood City School's first Staff Spotlight honoree: Tom Joseph, computer assistant/paraprofessional at Lakewood City Academy. Although if you ask his colleagues, his title does not do him justice. Those at LCA will tell you that Joseph is a critical link to the success of LCA’s students.
Three choirs each from Harding and Garfield Middle Schools competed in the "Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out" at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday, December 6. The event was sponsored by the Maltz Museum and Roots of American Music and is a program that combines anti-bias training with the power of music.
With the new high school getting completed, the music teachers have requested additional funding for vital equipment such as an electrical industrial garment conveyor and trolley system for safely moving and storing precious clothing such as marching band uniforms, concert dresses, and costumes for the Barnstormers Drama Club used throughout more than twenty performances each year. This will be utilized by the entire George P.Read Music Department.
McGown & Markling Receives Tier 1 Ranking by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” In “Education Law”
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the seventh consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings. And McGown & Markling is very proud to remain among the select few law firms to receive a Tier 1 Ranking by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in “Education Law” for every year since the ranking began – including 2017.
The Board of Education at its Nov. 21 meeting approved a change order for construction at Lakewood High to include an indoor elevated track. This was the final piece of the puzzle that needed to be completed in order for construction of the track to move ahead.
Lakewood High's Class of 2019 is hosting a fundraiser with Easter Seals for the sophomore class. An Easter Seals truck will be in the North Lot on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations of clothing as well as housewares, personal accessories, shoes, purses, books, and toys will be collected. Furniture, stuffed animals, pillows, construction material, or food are not permitted.
Are you curious about what's happening in our public schools? Would you like to see how our new elementary buildings look? How about hearing some fantastic music from some very talented students? If so, and you are a 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 Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 am at Grant Elementary School, 1470 Victoria Ave. The event will feature music by Lakewood High students and an update on district activities, including school construction. Please RSVP by Nov. 29 by calling 216-529-4074 or sending an email to email@example.com.
The Ranger Way has made it to the Great White Way! Class of 1994 graduate David Malloy wrote the book and score for the musical, “Natasha & Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812,” which opened on Nov. 15 in Broadway’s Imperial Theater. The production earned rave reviews after its Opening Night.
Lakewood Council of PTA's is once again hosting the Reflections Art Program. Reflections is sponsored by National PTA and promotes creativity through the arts from preschool through graduation. Each year students from Lakewood Schools submit entries to their school where a chairperson organizes and judges the entries. Council receives 20 entries from each school and judges those entries to be submitted for state and possibly national recognition. Every student is recognized for their accomplishments and for their participation and achievement in the arts.
The popular Lakewood High School Sounds of the Season concert returns for its fourth year when the top ensembles of Lakewood High School’s George P. Read Music Department take the stage on Dec. 14 & 15. This recent holiday concert tradition features our top high school musicians in choir, band and orchestra. Joining the high school ensembles will be an elementary choir and a trio of high school drama students will perform monologues. The concert, which is the same both nights, begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club performed very well at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference Nov, 2nd and 3rd at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Senior Zach Dudzik, representing the United Kingdom, won the “Gavel” as the most outstanding delegate in the UN World Health Organization Committee.
Senior Rachel Daso and sophomore Elizabeth Halko, representing Russia, won an Excellent Award in the UN Economic and Social Council as did junior Kevin Cush and freshman Evan Bell, representing Mexico, in the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Committee. Seniors Ian Bell and Evan Sutell, representing the United States, won an Excellent Award in the highly competitive Security Council. Seniors Albert Foster and Erica Farr-Miralia, representing Thailand, won an Honorable Mention Award in the World Health Organization as did sophomore Mia Boland and freshman Tully Worron in the UN High Commission on Refugees.
Health Careers Students Are Active This Fall!
The Health Careers students from West Shore Career Tech at Lakewood High School had a very busy first quarter of school. The students conducted many events including a Hand Washing Campaign, a fundraiser at Cedar Point, vision screenings at many of the elementary schools, and nurse aide clinicals at O'Neill Healthcare. In September, senior students joined school district Nurse Corrigan at various elementary schools to assist with testing sight and color deficiency. Our senior State Tested Nursing Aides are getting patient care experience at the clinical site.
The junior students completed a career project and Hand Washing Campaign to observe how many students actually washed their hands at Lakewood High School. After analyzing the results, they set up displays showing the importance of good handwashing practice. Junior students are now in nurse aide training to earn the credential “STNA.”
While their peers will be relaxing and having fun on a school-free Saturday on November 12, members of the Lakewood High School Orchestra Program will be spending 13 hours at school playing music – in their pajamas! The event is the Orchestra Program’s annual Music Marathon fundraiser that runs from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium.
The West Shore Career-Technical District is collecting gently used or new books for children ages 6 months to 5 years to donate to Reach Out and Read, an organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care. The books will be given to doctors' offices to hand out at wellness visits. You can drop off your books through Dec. 16 at the West Shore offices, located in the front of Lakewood High School, 14100 Franklin Blvd.
Are you curious about what's happening in our public schools? Would you like to see how our new elementary buildings look? How about hearing some fantastic music from some very talented students? If so, and you are a 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 Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 am at Grant Elementary School, 1470 Victoria Ave. The event will feature music by Grant and Lakewood High ensembles and an update on district activities, including school construction. Please RSVP by Nov. 29 by calling 216-529-4074 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakewood High School Orchestra Director Elizabeth Hankins is one of only 25 teachers from a field of 3,300 from across the country to be named a semifinalist for the 2017 Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. This is the second straight year Hankins has been considered for the award. In 2016, she advanced to the quarterfinalist round.
Former Lakewood School Board President Matthew John Markling Named One Of The Best Lawyers In America In The Specialty Of Education Law
Former Lakewood School Board President Matthew John Markling has once again been selected by his legal peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Education Law. For over a quarter of a century, Best Lawyers® has been regarded – by both the profession and the public – as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Selection to Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 2.8 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor.
The Lakewood Ranger Marching Band will perform all of its halftime selections and pregame show selections in an indoor concert on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakewood Civic Auditiorium. If you were unable to catch a football game and hear the band's performances, now's your chance. Selections include the Lakewood High Fight Song, Alma Mater, Star Spangled Banner, music from AC/DC, movie and cartoon themes and much more! There will also be a special drumline feature, always a favorite. It should be a great night of entertainment!
Note: The Lakewood Ranger Marching Band spent Oct. 8-10 traveling to Canada to sightsee in Toronto and perform in the Kitchener-Waterloo Thanksgiving Day Parade in honor of the country's national holiday.
Homework can be used to keep students refreshed on their studies and keep them active in their learning, but there are problems like the stress it can induce in students and the impact it can have on their grades.
When most kids are bolting out the school doors at dismissal time, eager to go home and unwind or hang out with friends, a group of dedicated students instead make their way to Emerson Elementary School where more instruction time awaits them.
In a tradition that goes back decades, St. Edward High School is partnering with the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation (LCAC) for its Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The LCAC identifies 300 families in Lakewood that are in need and would go hungry during the holidays. The school is hoping to collect 12,500 non-perishable items for these families as well as collecting money for the LCAC to buy turkeys, stuffing, pies, potatoes, and butter.
Students and staff at Harrison Elementary have embarked on a yearlong community service program dubbed Harrison Outreach Program (HOP). The school celebrated with a rousing kickoff assembly at the end of September that included a visit from the One Million Acts of Kindness bus of Bob Vortruba and his dog, Bogart. Vortruba and Bogart travel the country in his bus covered in words and acts of kindness spreading his organization’s message.
Staff members developed HOP as a replacement for Student Council in an effort to offer a way for more students to be involved and participate in making a difference in their community. Besides offering a means for students to give back to the community, HOP is designed to provide students with opportunities to help others as well as offer support in helping students practice kindness, compassion and empathy.
The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA (LECPTA) is hosting its annual Preschool Information Night on Monday, October 24th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Hayes Elementary School (16401 Delaware Avenue) in the Cafeteria. Representatives from area preschools 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.
September 22 was the Emerson Elementary’s Father & Father-figure Walk. At this year's Father Walk there were 60 dozen donuts, coffee, and water for participants who decided to put down their phones and spend some quality time with their children. It was a full house in the gym where the Father Walk was held. Many students said things like, ”I had a great time and it was so much fun.” I think it is fair to say that everybody had a great time even if his or her father couldn’t be there because of the Lakewood High School football team. If a child didn’t have a father for the event, one of the players would eat doughnuts and draw and color on the placemats with them. There was also a raffle. Each child filled out a ticket to win awesome stuff like Indians jerseys, purple and gold balloons and Lakewood Ranger prizes. There were many prizes with many winners. Some of the kids said it was the best Father Walk they had ever been to. We cannot wait for the next Father Walk at Emerson Elementary!
Parents of Lakewood City Schools elementary students are encouraged to attend the Elementary Curriculum Night set for Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 pm at Grant Elementary School. The Teaching & Learning Department will review the District's new reading, writing and math curriculums: Reading and Writing Workshop and Eureka Math. Staff will share with parents how they can support their child at home and where they can find resources to do so.
The Ranger Café at West Shore, located at Lakewood High School, will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. The café is now taking dining room reservations, which are highly recommended. The restaurant, operated by students in the West Shore Career-Tech District's Culinary Arts program, will be open Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30 pm. To make a dining room reservation please call 216.529.4165 ext.1
Students in the English 1 classes at Lakewood High in late September were treated to a weeklong immersion into classic literature acting when the Great Lakes Theater Residency Program paid a visit.
Lakewood High School is one of only three Ohio high schools to be a stop on The High School Nation Tour, a musical and arts festival founded to celebrate the arts in public schools. Besides music appreciation, the festival, set for October 13, will highlight journalism, film, fine & performing arts, fashion, photography, and stage production. As part of the tour, Lakewood High art and music departments will receive more than $10,000 in donations from tour sponsors.
Students at Garfield and Harding Middle Schools are now part of the Sandy Hook Promise community. In the wake of threats at Harding and Lakewood High last month, our middle school administrators asked the organization born out of the 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School to come visit and educate our middle schoolers on how to help prevent violence in their school community and drive home themes of empowerment and inclusion.
Lakewood City Schools Superintendent Jeff Patterson announced at the Board of Education Sept. 19 meeting that First Federal Lakewood has made a significant commitment of $692,000 to the Lakewood City Schools. The funds will go toward building an elevated indoor track for student and community use in the new Lakewood High School athletic wing, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2017. In addition, the bank committed another $150,000 in matching funds if the school district can raise $450,000 from other donors. That additional money would go toward building a Community Recreation Facility at Lakewood High School.
Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Thursday September 29, at 7 p.m. at the Civic
The hometown heroes being inducted into the 2016 Distinguished, Athletic and Staff Halls of Fame are: Liz Maugans '85, Alicia Metcalf Miller '57 (posthumous induction), Kevin Miller '75 and Richard Teare '54 in the Distinguished Alumni category; Nils Antonio '81, Brian Karpel '99, Jon Pressnell 2000 and Coach Neil Skinner (posthumous) in the Athletic category and Carol Anderson (posthumous), Bert Fassett, Gil Fritzsche and Marty Huxtable Harris '58 in the Staff category. Dessert reception immediately following the ceremony. Free and open to the public.
Each September brings announcements of stellar academic achievements accomplished by high school students in the previous school year. And each September, Lakewood High School has always been well represented, this year is no different. Our latest academic stars include three National Merit Semifinalists, two National Merit Commended Scholars and 67 AP Scholars, including six National AP Scholars.
The annual Lakewood City Schools' Spirit Parade will kick off Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Sept. 30. The parade will step off from Lakewood Park at 5:30 pm and march its way through Lakewood to the North Lot at Lakewood High School. The parade is a great showcase of the district’s sports teams, clubs and organizations from elementary, middle and high school. The Rangers football game vs. Avon will cap off the evening at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium with kickoff at 7 pm.
Lakewood City Schools’ first Superintendent Chat of the school year will be a special presentation by Superintendent Jeff Patterson and Treasurer Kent Zeman on the District’s current financial condition and how school funding impacts our students, community, and the District. The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 pm in the Ranger Café at Lakewood High School. This is a great opportunity to hear how your investment in the public schools is at work!
Haynes Nursery School will be celebrating its 50th Birthday on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 pm at Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 West Clifton Blvd, Lakewood. The event is open to the community. Past, present, and future Haynes students, families, teachers, and directors please join in the celebration. HNS has provided an excellent educational foundation for thousands of children over the past 50 years; it remains a source of pride for Lakewood Congregational Church and the city of Lakewood.
Teachers are always striving to make a connection with their students and looking to teach their curriculum in a way that engages the students, which is often easier said than done. While many educators and school districts are turning to technological tools to engage kids, one Lakewood City Schools teacher has been creating curriculum content with a decidedly old-fashioned technique.
The Lakewood community responded overwhelmingly to the call to provide school supplies for students in need, making the fifth year of the Supplies 4 Success school supply drive another smashing success!
A night of music will fill the skies at First Federal Lakewood Stadium with the sounds of six northeast Ohio marching bands.
The LHS Cheerleaders appeared at halftime of the September 1 Cleveland Browns game vs. the Chicago Bears. It rained during the first half of the Thursday night game, but the weather cleared before the end of the second quarter. Their performance went smoothly, much to the delight of Head Coach Amy Staib. "The kids had a great time cheering under the NFL lights and making memories they'll remember for a lifetime," she said.
State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today called on Gov. Kasich to put a stop to an administrative rule change that would leave child care centers across the state with fewer resources to provide critical enrichment opportunities to vulnerable, low-income Ohio children and their families.
Last season the Lakewood High Cheerleading squad introduced disabled students to the team via a program called “The Sparkle Effect.” The “Sparkles” were a huge hit with teammates and fans, and will return to the sidelines this football season. In fact, the LHS cheer team will perform at the September 1st Cleveland Browns home game against Chicago.
The Lakewood City Schools has teamed up with the City of Lakewood and Keep Lakewood Beautiful to launch Lakewood City Schools Gift-a-Tree Fund, which will allow donors to purchase trees for school grounds. Money raised through the fund will be dedicated solely to urban forestry programs (tree purchase, planting, pruning, care, and maintenance) on school district properties. The tax-deductible donations to the Lakewood City School Gift-a-Tree Fund will support tree plantings on Lakewood City Schools properties and help properly care for the trees so students and the community can reap the benefits of trees for years to come.
For the last eight years, 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 its students. This year is no different as the Foundation awarded more than $9,000 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.22.
Join the Lakewood Council of PTAs and the Lakewood Board of Education members at the annual back-to-school Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, September 6 from 6:15-7 p.m. in the Garfield Middle School gym. The Board members will be dishing out the scoops with plenty of sundae fixins’ as well. Eighth-grade members of the Harding and Garfield bands will provide entertainment. It's a great way to kick off the new school year and meet your elected officials!
Lakewood City Schools opens its doors for the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, August 23. Students at Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementary Schools will start the year in new buildings after two years at transition sites. New students will be attending orientations across the District the week of August 15.
New administrators this school year include Grant Elementary Principal Kaitlyn Turner, a former Hayes Elementary teacher, and Director of Student Services Lisa Bruening, who served in that role in Berea.
We look forward to another great year at the Lakewood City Schools.
Madison Nekl of Lakewood has been selected for a Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Honors Program Fellowship, which offers high-achieving students scholarships to cover tuition, fees and books as they work toward an associate degree.