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Westerly celebrates Blue Ribbon

BVEF awards grants

Bay Middle School Rake Out

Athletes sign with colleges

Honoring our veterans

Skyping with  author Chris Gardner

Scott Graham, Trailblazer

Preschool/Kindergarten Info

PTA Reflections

Cahoon Christmas

November, 2015

Bay High principals and A.D. must eat lemons!

Bay High students raised $1,800 for the International Kiwanis Eliminate program to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus around the world, Their contributions saved 1,004 lives and met BHS Key Club's "eLEMONate Challenge." Watch Principal Jason Martin, Asst. Principal Aaron Ereditario and Athletics/Activities Director Matt Spellman eat lemons as promised if Key Club met their goal. Pucker up!!!

Read more about Westerly's celebration and view more photos on our Blue Ribbon School Facebook album.

Westerly teachers and staff get their own blue ribbons

Westerly Elementary School celebrated its achievement of being named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education with an assembly that rivaled any pep rally for a national sports title.

Each Westerly staff member was called up by Principal Josie Sanfilippo and was handed their own blue ribbon by Superintendent Clint Keener. Students clapped and cheered each recipient as hugs and high five's were also exchanged.

Ohio Department of Education Superintendent Richard Ross will visit to honor this prestigious academic achievement of Westerly Elementary staff and students!

Bay Village Education Foundation announces grants

The Bay Village Education Foundation (BVEF) awarded nine grants totaling $15,135 for its 2015 classroom grants award program.

In partnership with the BVEF, the Bay Village Kiwanis funded three additional grants totaling $2,125. Read on for details on these exciting programs coming to our classrooms ...

Bay Village Education Foundation 2015 grant winners, left-to-right: front row, seated -- Bridgit McFarland, Helen Smith, Maria Stansbury, Mary Jo Mahall, Ellie Bricmont (BVEF); back row, standing -- Martha Fisher, Colin Lackey, Nancy McLaughlin, Megan Basel, Robert Dougherty, Darci Sanders (LENSC), Jim Kotora, Brian Reynolds, Char Shryock, Carrie Engelbrecht, Carol Brajdic, Danielle Jeglie, and Susan Bixler (OSU). Not pictured are Jodi Higgins, Diana Lee, Julia Papcke-Russell and Ron Rutt.

Read more about Bay Middle School's Rake Out and view more photos on our BMS Rake Out Facebook album.

Bay Middle School does it again - another successful Rake Out!

The annual Bay Middle School Rake Out is a real help to elderly residents, and it teaches kids in grades 5-8 how good it feels to give back to the community!

This year, about 750 students raked 150 homes. It also couldn't be done without our great parent and teacher volunteers pitching in - this year about 120 chaperones participated.

A special thank you to Gary Fitchpatrick for coordinating this massive project, and to Eric Caddey and Chris Brewer who assisted him.


Jack Hautz signs

Bay High senior Jack Hautz signs Letter of Intent with Xavier University for XC and track. Dad Jim, Mom Melissa, coaches Kelly McCrone, Steve Babson, Scott Snyder look on.

Jacob Crossan signs

Jacob Crossan signs with Saginaw Valley State to play baseball next year as Mom Julee, Dad Dale, Coaches Ben Boka and Joe Cheney look on.

Bay Village students honor, learn from our veterans

Bay Village Schools students, from kindergarten to seniors in high school, continued the district's fine tradition of honoring our veterans on Veterans Day.

Normandy Elementary students brought in their veteran dads, moms, aunts, uncles, grandfathers and grandmothers for a ceremony and parade honoring them all. This followed weeks of activities where students in kindergarten through second grade learned about the tremendous service and sacrifice of our military heroes.

Students in third and fourth grade at Westerly Elementary brought in photos and stories about their family veterans to create a “Wall of Stars” honoring the fight for freedom.

Ninety-three-year-old Mike Kevesdy, a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge and recipient of the Bronze Star for saving the lives of 200 men, spoke to sixth-graders in his nephew Mark Kevesdy’s class at Bay Middle School.

Navy Commander Greg Schell (Bay High Class of 1981) and Marine Captain Mark Petro (Bay High Class of 2006) shared their stories with Bay High social studies students who now sit in the same classrooms where the veterans once learned. Bay High social studies teacher Rob Grossman arranged for the visits.

Marine Captain Mark Petro (BHS 2006) with parents John and Helen Petro.

Navy Commander Greg Schell (BHS 1981) with son Max Schell (BHS 2019).

Second-grader Danny Zipfel with his dad, Marc, who served active sea duty with the U.S. Navy.

Westerly students created a "Wall of Stars" honoring family members who served in our military.

Dozens of veterans, young and old, men and women, attended Normandy Elementary School's Veterans Day assembly.


Thank you


 for your service!

Bay High students Skype with Chris Gardner of "The Pursuit of Happyness" fame

Students in Mrs. Anita Bauknecht's Master Your Future class found inspiration in Skyping with Chris Gardner, a man who went from homelessness to extreme Wall Street success as depicted in the book and movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness."

Read the coverage of their Skype experience.

Bay High's Scott Graham selected as Trailblazer Teacher

Scott Graham, a math teacher at Bay High School, was selected as one of only 16 Ohio teachers to participate in this year's Battelle Education Trailblazer Teachers program.

The teachers were selected from a pool of more than 100 applications on the basis of a recommendation from a local school administrator and their use of technology so far. The program is made up of two parts. A four-part training curriculum will provide the educators with the effective strategies and tools for teaching in a modern classroom. The 16 teachers also will collaborate with each other throughout the year to share ideas and practices. In May 2016, each teacher will publish a set of resources for other schools to use.

Scott Graham, Bay High math teacher, was selected for this year's Battelle Education Trailblazer Teachers program. (Inside Bay Village Schools will follow up on Scott's experience in a spring issue.)

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

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

Children age 3 by June of 2016 and potty-trained can be considered for the typical peer program in S.E.E.D. (Special Early Education Development) at 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 and cognitive/pre-academic skills. A parent questionnaire also contributes 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 registration process, contact Dianne Williams at 440-617-7322. You can also learn more by visiting

Kindergarten eligibility birth date has changed for 2016

The Bay Village Board of Education changed its kindergarten eligibility birth date to age 5 by August 1 (previously September 30), effective in the fall of 2016. Parents will continue to have the opportunity to apply for early entrance.

More information on Kindergarten Program ...

PTA Reflections entries due this week

Don't let your students miss this opportunity to be recognized for their artistic talents of all kinds!

"Let Your Imagination Fly" is the theme for the 2015 PTA Reflections contest. Your entry in dance, photography, visual arts, literature, music composition or special artist can win a local, state or national award! But you MUST enter by December 4! Find more information and forms at:


Cahoon Christmas

The 3rd Annual Cahoon Christmas is Sunday, December 6, 2-4:30 p.m. at the Bay Village Community House.

Sponsored by Bay Village Kiwanis, it is sure to be a cherished memory for our community's children!

Find more information HERE.

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November, 2015




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