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April/May, 2015

Congratulations Bay High School on receiving the Silver Medal from U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools ranking for 2015 (#32 in Ohio, #839 nationally).

The Boca Loca food truck delivered staff appreciation lunches in May!

Bay Village Board of Education says 'thank you staff' with food truck lunch

Much is being asked of our staff this year, with new state tests, new state education standards, and working around ongoing construction adding to normal challenges. Our Board of Education is giving a special show of gratitude by taking our staff members to lunch via the Boca Loca Burrito Factory Food Truck. The truck was scheduled at a different school building on four different days over the first two weeks of May. Happy Staff Appreciation Week to all our Bay Village Schools employees! You make us great!

Normandy Marketing Committee commissions new mural

This new mural is stunning! It puts you in a happy mood to just walk in the front door of Normandy Elementary. The Normandy Marketing Committee commissioned artist Beth Sage (pictured with mural at right) to complete the project (outside the office in the school's entrance hallway) while students observed and asked questions over the last couple of weeks.

A great season for Boys Basketball

West Shore Conference Champs!

Our Varsity team won the West Shore Conference (only the 2nd time since 1989) and the Sectional Championship (beating Rocky River).  

Five student athletes receive All-WSC and All-Northeast District honors as well!

Two student athletes were named All-Ohio Honorable Mention. The entire team was honored as an OHSBCA All-Academic Team, posting an overall GPA of 3.641.  

Several individuals earned academic awards from the OHSBCA as well for outstanding GPAs. Coach Jared Shetzer was named WSC Coach of the Year.

See details on all these Boys Basketball honors, and more honors for ALL our winter sports, HERE.

Peggy Barrett, her dog Riley, and second-grader Marie Hunt.

Normandy Elementary has gone to the dogs!

Thirty-four students have had an opportunity  this year to read to and enjoy the company of some great therapy dogs. 

The program currently has six handler/dog teams that come to Normandy on a weekly basis. The children meet with the handlers and the dogs to read books, work on oral reading fluency, and practice comprehension skills. 

Not only do children love the opportunity to meet with these well-mannered dogs, but their reading skills greatly improve as well.

  The handler/dog  teams are: Tom Sanford and his dog, Ayla; Sheri Cassidy and her dog, Milo; Sharon Zilli and her two dogs, Poppy and Tommy; Peggy Barrett and her dog, Riley; Joy Mueller and her dog, Daisy; and Carolyn Borsini and her dog, Takoda.

The program is organized at Normandy Elementary by second-grade teacher Brenda Donohue.

Sheri Cassidy, her dog Milo, and second-grader Derek Gura.

Competing at the College of Wooster for the state-level Power of the Pen competition are (left-to-right) Grace Clark, Courtney Dixon and Juliana Reising. Good luck!

Three Bay Middle School writers to compete at state-level Power of the Pen

Bay Middle School has a great history of sending writers to the Power of the Pen competition who distinguish themselves and stand out because of their talent. This year has been no exception, with many district and regional awards.

What is different this year is that the school has three writers who have advanced to the state level competition at The College of Wooster on Friday, May 22.

"We couldn't be more excited," said Helen Goldberg, grade 7 language arts teacher and advisor for Power of the Pen at Bay Middle School.

PTA-hosted State Testing Forum video available on our website.

(Video highlights timeline available.)

A summary article of the meeting is also available HERE.

In addition, you can read our answers, and ask questions, about the

new Ohio state testing program at our new FAQ page.


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.)

Kindergarten eligibility birth date changes for 2016-17 to age 5 by August 1

The Bay Village Board of Education changed its kindergarten eligibility birth date to age 5 by August 1 (currently September 30), effective in the fall of 2016. Parents will continue to have the opportunity to apply for early entrance if their child turns 5 by January 1 of the school year of admission.

The district's kindergarten teachers asked the board for the change based on new education standards that require earlier exposure and mastery of higher-level learning skills. In addition, the teachers pointed out that most other area districts have changed the age 5 eligibility date to August 1.

Don't miss these . . .

Great Closet Clean-Out

May 14-17 benefits Easter Seals and Bay Athletics


Additional Info...

Bay Rockets Association and Easter Seals will be having a 2nd Great Closet Clean-Out beginning on Thursday, May 14, 4-8 p.m. at Bay Middle School and Bay High School.

Additional drop off hours: Friday, May 15, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, May 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring bags of clothes, shoes and other cloth items to donate. Tax receipts and raffle tickets will be available during posted hours.

Four 50-dollar prizes will be awarded. Items can be in ANY condition - NOTHING is wasted! This event benefits Bay Athletics and Easter Seals programs.

Last fall, 18k pounds of cloth and clothing items were donated, raising $3,975! Happy Spring Cleaning! Help us fill those trucks!

Bay Village Board of Education


is accepting applications for new members:

The Bay Village Schools’ 12-member Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is accepting applications for new members. The CAC has, for more than two decades, served in an advisory capacity to our Board of Education. Members complete research and make recommendations about a wide range of educational and administrative issues, such as literature-based reading programs, benchmarking in assessing our educational program, transportation, student fees, safety, and many others.

More information is available on this Application Form, due Friday, June 5. Here is your opportunity to help shape the future of the Bay Village Schools in a thoughtful, tangible way!

Help the Bay Fireworks Committee - you might win an awesome raffle prize!

The Bay Fireworks Committee is trying to raise the funds to continue our July 4 fireworks celebration at the conclusion of Bay Days. As you probably know, the city no longer covers the entire cost of the fireworks. Although they subsidize it, there is still a sizable difference that must be made up through private donations. The committee has come up with several ideas to try to raise these funds, including two raffles and tee shirt sales. [Read more ...]

Annual Tri-Bay Golf Classic is Friday, June 12

The Bay Alumni Foundation, Bay Village Education Foundation and Bay Rockets Association - three of the greatest support groups for our students - will join forces once again to host the Tri-Bay Golf Classic at Sweetbriar Golf Club on Friday, June 12.

Don't miss this fun event! [Details at

S.E.E.D. Program accepting preschool applications

Peer models in special needs classes enjoy benefits, learn empathy and leadership skills

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 licensed 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

A percentage of purchases made at Barnes & Noble Crocker Park this Friday (if you mention Bay Middle School) will go toward the Bay Middle School Library! Choral groups will perform from 5:30-6:45 p.m. and the Jazz Band will perform from 7-8 p.m.

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