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April 2016
Bay High named to two national "Best High Schools" lists

Bay High School has been designated a Silver Medal School in U. S. News & World Report's 2016 ranking of America's Best High Schools. Bay High ranked #24 in Ohio (out of 890 high schools), and #583 nationally (out of 19,908 public high schools). [Read on ...}

The school was also named by The Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools in the nation. Fewer than seven percent of the approximately 27,000 high schools in America qualified for the list. [Read on ...}
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Students hear from Holocaust survivor saved by Kindertransport
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Students at Bay High heard a compelling, terrifying and sad account of a young boy, Joel Darmstadter, first expelled from public school, then separated from his family to be saved, because he was Jewish in Nazi Germany. Read more in this coverage from

Model UN students debate Syrian refugee crisis

Bay High students explored the intricacies of the Syrian refugee crisis by adopting the roles of 15 different countries. They conducted deep and extensive research into each nation’s past positions on opening borders to refugees.

They estimated potential costs of providing asylum. When the debates about how to help the refugees began in the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center meeting room on Friday, April 15, passions flared and the students learned there are no easy solutions. [Read more ...]
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Bay High parent and advisor Dave Adams (center) congratulates seniors Jacob Melaragno (left) and Claire Reid on co-chairing a successful Model UN conference.

Ohio PTA bestows top honors on two Bay Schools administrators
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Dan Sebring and Char Shryock

Ohio PTA presented its top honors to two of Bay Village Schools' own at its state conference on Sunday, April 12.

Normandy Elementary School Principal Dan Sebring was named the Ohio PTA District 12 Outstanding Educator. He was also named Ohio PTA's Outstanding Educator for the entire state. In addition, the district's Director of Curriculum, Char Shryock, was presented the prestigious Ohio PTA Oak Tree Award for her advocacy work on behalf of all Ohio's children.  [Read more ...]

State of the Schools presentation available on video
Superintendent Clint Keener presented the district's State of the Schools report on Thursday, April 7, now available on video. Covered are additions to our academic program and student services, a summary of the bond issue facilities improvements and strategies for keeping down costs. Treasurer Kevin Robertson presents the district's five-year financial forecast. [Watch video ...]
Olivia Bechtel signs for women's track at Miami University

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Pictured left-to-right: front row, Bechtel family -- Lexie (sister), Tom (dad), Olivia and Becky (mom); back row, coaches -- Kirsten Millet, Brent Neibecker and Scott Snyder.
Bay High senior, Olivia Bechtel, signs her letter of intent to run track with the Redhawks at Miami University! Olivia earned eight varsity letters at Bay High in cross country and track. She was named West Shore Conference “Runner of the Year” her sophomore and junior years. While running cross country, the team qualified for the State Tournament three of four years, with the team finishing State Runner-up when Bechtel was a sophomore. In track, she qualified for the State meet her freshman-junior years. 
Lauren Heldt to continue basketball career at Capital University
Bay High School Senior, Lauren Heldt, signs her Letter of Intent to play basketball for Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.  Lauren earned nine varsity letters at Bay High in basketball, soccer and softball and helped her teams to win 2 conference titles and 6 Sectional titles. She was a co-captain in basketball and soccer and earned conference and District honors in both sports. At Capital she will major in Secondary Education and play basketball for Coach Dixie Jeffers, the all-time winningest coach in women’s Division III basketball history.
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Left-to-right: Front row--Meredith Heidt (sister), Joy Heldt (mom), Lauren Heldt, and Gary Heldt (dad); back row, coaches--Jeff Sittinger, Sean Hood, and Brian Hill.
Westerly scores in video competition

Westerly School was a top entry runner-up in a nationwide "Believer" video contest for the game-based math instruction program being used K-4 in our district, Mind Institute's JiJi Math. Brian Reynolds, our Technology Coordinator, directed and narrated this video - cute!

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