Inside Bay Village Schools February 2015
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Superintendent Keener explains how he
determines "snow days"
It has been a cold winter, and many factors play
into whether we close school because of weather conditions. Bay Village is a
unique little city, and factors that affect others may not affect us. In
this video, Superintendent Clint Keener discusses all the serious
considerations involved in making this important call.
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and community members to report anything that is suspicious or that is
endangering you, your friends or your school. This includes potential
suicides, school shootings or other threats to safety, bullying or other
The Ohio Homeland Security Threat Assessment and Prevention Unit analysts
answer the calls, assess the threat and follow up.
Calls and texts are ANONYMOUS. The number to
text or call is 1-844-723-3764, or
(And remember, you can also anonymously report
bullying to your building principals through our own online
Report Bullying Form.)
BHS students now have
multiple opportunities to learn, perform and compete Shakespeare
Above left: Great
Lakes Theater actor/teacher Kristy Miller critiques Claire Mercer's
performance. Above right: Bay High students (left-to-right) Maria Lally,
Katie Kunze and Emma Legeay read a scene from Romeo and Juliet.
Bay High School was represented
at the recent National English-Speaking Union (NEU) Shakespeare competition
by senior Claire Mercer, who had won her school competition. All
participants in the Bay High competition had a training opportunity with
Kristy Miller, a Great Lake theater Shakespearean actor.
Claire competed against 26 other
(mostly private) schools. She performed part of Lady Macbeth's
Act I, scene V, and Sonnet number 121.
"Claire recited with poise and
passion," said her English teacher, Colleen Lanning, who accompanied
Claire to the competition at The Idea Center at Playhouse Square on
Saturday, February 21. "A
cadre of judges winnowed the group down to six finalists. Lunch was served,
theatre games were played, then the finalists presented their Shakespeare
scene and monologue, plus a "cold read" of a different, new-to-them scene.
It was a wonderful experience."
Bay High now has two FULL
classes (25+ students each) of the elective course "Shakespeare for
State of the Schools
Supt. Clint Keener interviews administrators and
coaches before a live audience, and videos are enhanced with extra student
interviews, photos, and more. View them all
Bay Middle School
writers take home awards from Power of the Pen
Bay Middle School Power of the
Pen writers faced off 10 other schools at the competition's District
Tournament to bring home a bounty of team and individual awards.
The entire eighth-grade writing
team won 2nd Place overall. Eighth-grade team writers are: Maddey Clair,
Christina Randazzo, Grace Clark, Hope Beatty, Ann Marie McAvinue and Anne
Three eighth-graders won
individual awards for their writing. Maddey Clair won 2nd Place and the
distinction of having all of her pieces win first place in all three writing
rounds (something that rarely happens). Ann Marie McAvinue won 8th Place and
Hope Beatty won 12th Place.
The seventh-grade writing team
won 3rd Place overall in the competition. Seventh-grade team writers are
Abby Roche, Laura Wirtz, Victoria Gantzer, Juliana Reising, Maggie Lekan and
Two seventh-graders won
individual awards for their writing. Abby Roche won 8th Place and Juliana
Reising won 10th Place among all seventh-grade writers at the tournament.
Writers scoring in the top 50
percent will move on to the Regional Tournament at
Perkins Briar Middle School in
Sandusky on Saturday, March 14th. Eight
of our 12 District writers move on:
Abby Roche, Juliana Reising, and Courtney Dixon; and eighth-graders Maddey
Clair, Grace Clark, Hope Beatty, Ann Marie McAvinue, and Anne Beckwith.
Maddey Clair was also one of only
two writers at Districts who earned Perfect Rank Point Total Scores of 300,
meaning she achieved the highest ranking possible in all three rounds of
Westerly, and good luck!
Westerly Elementary was nominated by the State of Ohio for a National Blue
Ribbon School of Excellence award. The school is one of just 14 public
schools nominated by the state this year for outstanding academic
Westerly staff members will be completed the
required, and extensive, application in March, and national winners will be
announced in the fall.
2015 Cleveland Indians Charities Hardball
The Bay Baseball team has been
given the honor of playing against Chagrin Falls at Progressive Field for
the Cleveland Indians Charities Hardball Classic on Friday, April 24 at 5:30
p.m. Also watch River v. Eastlake North and St. Ignatius v. North Royalton
on same ticket!
We have to raise a minimum
$1,500 for the charity. Every $5 donation will get you a ticket to the game
if purchased by February 28 (tickets after that are $7). Make checks out to
Bay High School. Please consider joining us for a great night at the
ballpark! Use this
Order healthful citrus from Bay High PTSA
Always a great buy, navel oranges, grapefruit
and Gala apples ordered through the Bay High PTSA Citrus Sale are also of
the highest quality. Orders are due Monday, March 2 for curbside pick up at
Bay High on Saturday, March 7.
Here is your
Thoroughly Modern Millie to be performed
at Bay High March 19-21
Bay High drama students will perform
Thoroughly Modern Millie Thursday through Saturday, March 19 through 21,
at Bay High auditorium. Curtain time is 7 p.m. for each performance. Tickets
are $11 reserved, $5 general admission.
Pre-order ticket form ...
Poster at left by Mandy Hoskins;
poster at right by Taylor Aslanis.
League of Women Voters present community
The first of three community forums hosted by
the Bay Village League of Women Voters takes place Wednesday, February
25, 7:30-9 p.m. at Bay Middle School. "History and Trends" features CWRU
Mandel School Associate Professor and City of South Euclid President, Bay
Village City Finance Director Renee Mahoney and Bay Village Schools
Treasurer Kevin Robertson. The panelists will talk about the history and
current state of funding for our schools and city, along with the near-term
More forums are planned for March and April.
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