Inside Bay Village Schools October 2015
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Athletes dominate GLC

Staff members honored

Classroom Harvest!

Board of Education news

Bond Issue News

Don't-Miss Events!


October, 2015

Bay Middle School athletes SWEEP new Great Lakes Conference!

What a terrific fall athletic season as Bay Middle School (BMS) leads the brand new Great Lakes Conference!

Both BMS football teams dominated their conference, with the 8th-grade team winning the GLC championship and the 7th-grade team winning the co-champion spot.

Both 7th-grade and 8th-grade BMS volleyball teams also won their GLC championships!

Boys and Girls Cross Country teams (which include both 7th- and 8th-graders) each won their GLC championships! The the boys went on to place sixth, and the girls placed second, at the state meet in Columbus!

"This has been an amazing season," said Gary Fitchpatrick, Middle School Athletic Director and grade 7 social studies teacher.

"It is something we will all remember for a very long time. I couldn't be more proud of all our student athletes and our coaches."

(Click for photos)

Bay High dominates new Great Lakes Conference!

Bay High School Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer and Boys Cross Country teams all captured the first Great Lakes Conference championships! Boys Soccer has moved up to compete in District Finals!

This Friday's football games will determine whether the Rockets' 8-1 season leads to  a three-way co-championship with Rocky River and Holy Name. Stay tuned, and Go Rockets!! UPDATE: Rockets clinch 1/3 share of the first GLC Championship!

The schools that comprise the Great Lakes Conference include Bay Village, Elyria Catholic, Holy Name, Normandy (Parma), Parma, Rocky River and Valley Forge (Parma) High Schools.

At top, left: Bay High Boys soccer won the first GLC championship in their sport, and went on to win

Top, right: Bay High Boys Cross Country won the first GLC championship in their sport.

At left: Lady Rockets are the first high school girls soccer champs of the new Great Lakes Conference.

(Click on photos for larger versions.)

Remembering your own BHS classmates' glory days on the field?

The Bay High School Athletic Hall of Fame is now accepting nominees (must have graduated at least 10 years ago) for the 2016 Fall Class. Hall of Fame weekend will be August 26 and 27, 2016

In addition to the nominations received to date, new nominations will be accepted from now until February 28, 2016.

Nomination forms and guidelines for nominations can be found HERE:

Martha Fisher honored as outstanding elementary teacher

Martha Fisher, third-grade teacher at Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village, was honored by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics as their Northeast District Outstanding Elementary Teacher.

The award comes as no surprise to those who know the creative, dedicated teacher whose students learn by doing. She is known for providing exciting classroom activities like her Classroom Store, Bus Tours of Cleveland (with student tour guides), Walk the USA and her famous, full service Classroom Restaurant. She was the driving force behind turning Westerly Elementary’s courtyard into a wildlife habitat that was named a National Wild School Site by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. One year, her class studied the water cycle and made and sold painted rain barrels throughout Bay Village.

Fisher has earned National Board teacher certification and has served as a science and mathematics curriculum writer and consultant for several publications. She was named Conservation Educator of the Year by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in 2012. She leads the Bay Village City School District’s Summer Academy, a two-week summer academic program that focuses on science, math and language arts open to all Bay Village Schools students in grades 1-6.

Martha Fisher, third-grade teacher at Westerly, was named Outstanding Elementary Teacher for her dedication to her students. (Photo by Char Shryock.)

The award was presented at the group's annual conference on  Oct. 15 in Cincinnati.

Cherie Bauer, Bay High art instructor, with one of her works exhibited at Ohio University's prestigious "State of the Arts" exhibition. Bauer's work explored a difficult time in her  life when her husband was dying of ALS disease.

Cherie Bauer honored by Ohio University's School of Art + Design

Congratulations to Bay High art instructor Cherie Bauer on being selected to have her art displayed at Ohio University's School of Art + Design Gallery.

Bauer  is one of just 17 high school instructors from throughout Ohio to have art displayed in this highly-selective show, with exhibits chosen by the school's art faculty and graduate students.

“We understand that many talented students continue to pursue their art careers with us because of the excellent training and inspiration they receive from their high school art teachers,” says David LaPalombara, Director of the School of Art + Design. “This seems like an appropriate recognition of that important relationship.”

Bauer teaches and mentors many Bay High students each year who go on to win their own awards, so it's especially nice to see this teacher recognized for her work!

Fall classroom lesson yields harvest one year later for kindergartners

It's been an entire year since Kristin Caputo's former kindergarten students sifted through the slimy pulp inside their pumpkins to gather seeds. Before the school year ended, they planted those seeds and sprouted seedlings to take home for planting over the summer. Now, as first-graders, they can show the teacher their harvest! [Read more . . .]


At right: Trevor Meyer (left) and Jonah Bendoraitis show off the pumpkin that grew from a kindergarten class lesson. (Photo by by Kristin Caputo.) More photos at the link to Westlake Bay Village Observer article.

Board passes resolution

opposing Issue 3

The Bay Village Board of Education joined other Ohio education organizations on Monday, October 19, when they passed a resolution opposing Issue 3, which would make the growing and sale of marijuana legal  in Ohio. Read the WestLife News coverage of the board's action. You can read the resolution
right here.

Parent survey shows preference

for traditional school calendar

Superintendent Clint Keener recently surveyed district parents to determine school calendar preferences. In part because of the results, Keener plans to recommend a 2016-17 calendar that begins later in August than in recent years and retains traditional holiday breaks. Survey results are available here.

New strobe light reminds motorists to stop for school buses

Bay Village Schools superintendent Clint Keener heard from parents this fall that some automobile drivers were passing stopped school buses in the morning. The complaints prompted the district to test a strobe warning light as an additional, and hard-to-ignore, signal that the bus had stopped.

[Read more ...]

Wrapping up school facilities renovations

Careful management and planning have allowed the Bay Village City School District to invest the $16.8 million bond issue approved by voters in 2012 much further than anticipated.

Careful timing for favorable bidding, direct purchasing through state-term pricing, and the use of in-house talent for some demolition, preparation and even construction have converged to let us stretch those dollars to our maximum benefit! See a full-page timeline of work here.

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




Announcing the 2015 Scholarship Auction: A Night at the Races! Saturday, November 14th at the Copper Cup. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine. Bet on races, have fun with sideboards and 50/50 raffles, and bid on silent auction items.
Buy your tickets now!

Trick or Treat the Track

at Bay High Stadium October 30

Trick or Treat at the Track

Bring your trick-or-treaters ages 3-12 to the Bay High Stadium track Friday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. until game time! Sponsored by Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters. Treats, snacks, prizes and so much more! Only 500 can attend, so register now!

Info and Registration Flyer ...

Bay High Marching Band concert Monday, Nov. 2

Enjoy the stirring music of our Bay High Marching Band in concert Monday, November 2, 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and older and students, and free for children 5 and younger. Advance tickets are available on the Bay Music Booster website and a limited number will be available at the door.

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October, 2015