Inside Bay Village Schools March 2015
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Bay Village Schools named to
Best Music Education Communities in America list for 2015
Despite the increasing rigor and
detail required for inclusion on the NAMM Foundation's Best Communities for
Music Education list, the Bay Village City School District has once again
been so honored for its exemplary music program. The district has been named
to the prestigious list each year since 2003. We are among 25 Ohio school
districts, and 388 districts nationwide, to achieve the designation which
recognizes an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. [Read
Bay High students
raise $21,358 to fight childhood cancer
Bay High School students challenged themselves
and the community to once again, as they did last year, hit the $20,000 mark
in fundraising for St. Baldrick's Foundation. Thirteen students and staff
members volunteered to have their heads shaved as the dollars piled in over
just four days, hitting $21,358.27 by the time their hair hit the floor.
Bay High students and brothers Will and Connor
Huntington chaired the event, which pooled the efforts of the school's
Student Council, Key Club and Youth Philanthropy Fellowship (YPF). In
addition to the Huntington brothers, other students getting shaved were Alex
Bennett, Michael Clark, Connor Flynn, Tim Garner, Megan Hughes, Kyle
McPhillips, Sarah O'Hare, and Olivia Risch. Staff members shaved this year
were coach Dave Adams, teacher Scott Stelter, and security staff member Jeff
Bay High Principal Jason Martin reminded
students that in meeting this significant challenge for the second year in a
row, they were truly helping researchers move closer to finding a cure for
"We're reminded again of the power of an idea,
that we can make a difference, to follow through on our passions and to take
risks, to set our goals high and never sell ourselves short and, finally, to
remember the strength and power of a unified community."
Seated front row -
Megan Hughes, Sarah
O'Hare, Olivia Risch;
second row -- Connor Flynn,
Will Huntington, Michael
Clark, Kyle McPhillips;
back row -- Alex Bennett,
Connor Huntington, Jeff
Not pictured is Coach Dave Adams.
Watch the video
Read our answers, and ask questions, about the
new Ohio state testing program at our new
Bay High junior
Alana Bernys earns top ACT score of 36
Bay High junior Alana
Bernys earned the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT college
entrance exam she took in February. On average, less than one-tenth of 1
percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers
in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85
million students earned a composite score of 36.
Alana is a member of Bay
High's National Honor Society, a Bay High Rockette, and a team leader for
the school's Team Africa. She has been a serious student of ballet and is
member of the ballet company at Beck Center, putting as much as 11 hours per
week into her pre-professional training.
While Alana hasn't yet
decided on a future college or career, she is interested in doing medical
research. "I will probably major in biochemistry or microbiology," she said.
Alana has attended the Bay
Village Schools since fourth grade. She
resides in Bay Village with her parents, Julie and Bill, and three
"Since her freshman year, Alana has always
been able to balance her involvement in school groups, her involvement in
groups outside of school, and the expectations of a rigorous schedule," said
Bay High Principal Jason Martin. "It is great to see such a diligent,
hardworking student receive such positive feedback for her commitment to
learning. This is a score that truly reflects her ability due to her effort
and positive attitude toward learning."
ACT test scores are
accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide
colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie
Bay High junior Alana Bernys earned the top ACT score of 36.
Bay High provides strong leadership
for Ohio Key Club
Bay High continues its tradition of providing
strong Key Club leaders for the Ohio District Key Club.
Next year, Bay High sophomore Laura Colagiovanni
(pictured left) will serve as the state Governor!
And as junior Branson Stang (top photo, far
right) gets ready to leave his post as our Division Lt. Governor, junior
Annamarie McGuire (top photo, left) is ready to step in and serve in his
place next year!
The club's advisor is teacher Anita Bauknecht.
Zoe Miller hopes to major in art and
psychology or English after high school. She also plays clarinet with Bay
Zoe Miller wins national silver medal in
Scholastic Arts contest
Zoe Miller's photograph, Paper Rolls, came about with a school art
assignment requiring a work inspired by a famous photographer. Zoe chose Man
Ray, mimicking his photograms by using a modern scanner. (Her BHS
photography instructor is Denise Ross.)
High sophomore Zoe Miller earned a Silver Medal at the national level of the
Scholastic Arts competition. Her work will be on display on New York City
Ohio Governor's Youth
Art Exhibition Finalists
hundred works were selected from 12,000 entries!
Payton Lake, Grade 12
Mia Russell, Grade 10
Lauren Urham, Grade 12
See these paintings as part of
the highly selective exhibit at
the Rhodes Office Tower in Columbus, April
12th to May 14th. (Students' instructor is Cherie Bauer.)
DeWine visits Bay High School
Attorney General Mike DeWine described the work done by his office and the
path he traveled in his political career when he visited Bay High School
students on Thursday, March 5. Then he encouraged the students to become
involved in politics on any number of levels.
DeWine's visit was arranged in cooperation with
Bay High social studies faculty and Bay Village City Council President Paul
Read more about DeWine's visit
Juliana Reising (left) and
Courtney Dixon (right) show off their Power of the Pen awards from the
regional competition held in Sandusky on Saturday, March 14.
BMS writers win Regional Power of the Pen
Middle School writers who qualified to advance from the district-level Power
of the Pen writing competition competed at the regional level on Saturday,
Seventh-grader Juliana Reising
(left) won 2nd place out of all other 7th graders at the competition.
(right), also in seventh grade, placed 9th place out of all other 7th
graders at the competition.
Our 8th grade
writing team also won 4th place overall.
Members are Maddy Claire, Grace Clark, Hope Beatty, Ann Marie McAvinue, Anne
Seventh-grader Abby Roche was
also selected to compete.
TEXT OR CALL:
School Safety Tip Line available
The State of Ohio offers this
new tip line to make it easy for students, parents 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 problems.
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.)
Alex Furst will be playing
soccer for Muskingum College, and Griffin Watterson will be playing baseball
In November, swimmer
committed to the University of Wisconsin.
You can read more about all
these high school athletics careers at
Congratulations to our
college-bound student athletes!
Seniors Alex Furst (left) and Griffin
BAY ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES
NEW GAME PLAN TO GIVE STUDENTS A POSITIVE SPORTS EXPERIENCE
Partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance aims to teach athletes how to
score bigger goals than just on the sports field
Read about our three-year partnership with PCA,
and find more sports stories, on our new Athletic Department website at
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. Make checks out to Bay High School. Please consider
joining us for a great night at the ballpark! Tickets can be purchased for
$5. Additional Info
& order form ...
for students entering Kindergarten
Safety Town online registration
begins this Sunday, March 22, after 9 p.m., and paper registration begins
Monday, March 23rd. Links, forms and more information can be found at
accepting preschool applications
Peer models in special needs classes enjoy benefits, learn empathy and
All children aged 3 by June (2015)
and potty-trained can enroll in S.E.E.D. (Special Early Education) at the
Glenview Center for Child Care and Learning.
This unique preschool experience is taught by certificated teachers and
combines students having special needs with their typically-developing
peers. Children are screened in the areas of speech/language, motor skills,
social skills/behavior, cognitive/pre-academic skills, and adaptive
behavior. A parent questionnaire also lends itself to the screening process.
Classes are Monday through Thursday, 9-11:30 a.m. or 12:15-2:45 p.m. The cost is currently $550 for the
school year; any increase in next year's rates will be announced in the
spring. To begin the intake process, contact Dianne Williams at 617-7322.
You can also learn more by visiting
League of Women Voters present community
The second of three community forums hosted by
the Bay Village League of Women Voters takes place Wednesday, March 25, 7:30-9 p.m. at Bay Middle School. "The
State of Municipal and School Financing" features Bay Village Schools
Superintendent Clint Keener and Bay Village Mayor Deborah Sutherland. The
discussion will discuss trends and options regarding raising revenue,
cutting services, increasing efficiency and other options to meet the
economic challenges ahead. (The third in this Spring Speaker Series
addresses "Tax Abatements" on Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Dwyer
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