Inside Bay Village Schools September 2015
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September, 2015

Congratulations Westerly Elementary School!

Westerly Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. It is one of only 285 public and 50 private schools receiving the honor this year. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement on Tuesday, September 29. [Read on ... ]


Bay Middle School becomes National PTA School of Excellence, joins other Bay schools

The Bay Village school district currently stands alone in Ohio as having all its K-12 schools designated as National PTA Schools of Excellence! Normandy and Westerly elementary schools, Bay Middle School and Bay High were recognized for building effective family-school partnerships. Read more HERE.

U.S. soccer champ Kelley O'Hara visits Normandy, presents $5,000 grant

U.S. Women's soccer champion Kelley O'Hara arrived to throngs of Normandy Elementary students chanting "U.S.A., U.S.A." on Friday, September 25. She was here to present $5,000 to the school from the nonprofit Be A Learning Hero in recognition of Normandy's parent and community collaboration with its One School One Book program.

Read more about Kelley O'Hara HERE.

(Photo by Julie Holland)

Congratulations National Merit scholars!

National Merit Semi-Finalist Alana Bernys is center, back row.
National Merit Commended Students are, l-r, front row:
Steven Farnham, Evan O'Donnell, Harrison Teutschbein; back row: Joseph Auckley, Emma Chalk, [Alana Bernys, semi-finalist], Hannah Downing and Luke Andrassy.

"This is a significant academic achievement for these students," said Clint Keener, superintendent. "It is apparent that their consistent effort and dedication toward their studies have earned them this elite honor. We are very proud of them."

Bay High School honored one National Merit Semi-Finalist and seven National Merit Commended Students in September.

Alana Bernys achieved National Merit Semi-Finalist distinction by scoring in the top one percent of students across the country taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT (PSAT) last year.

Bay High students who qualified as Commended Students, scoring in the top five percent of test takers nationwide, were Luke Andrassy, Joseph Auckley, Emma Chalk, Hannah Downing, Evan O'Donnell and Harrison Teutschbein.

About 1.5 million students, from more than 22,000 high schools, take the exam during their junior year in high school.


Thank you for your service!

Congratulations and Thank You to our school board members Amy Huntley and Bill Selong, honored by Ohio School Boards Association at the last board meeting for at least 15 years of service to the Bay Village Schools. (North Olmsted Board of Education member, Terry Groden [center], did the honors.)

Dedicating new building additions

Bay Village Board of Education members (right) President Bob Piccirilli, Gayatry Jacob-Mosier, Vice President Amy Huntley, Bill Selong and Michael Caputo join with Superintendent Clint Keener (center) and others who cut the dedication ribbon for Westerly Elementary's new Library Media Center.

Bay Village Schools celebrate new additions of Westerly Library Media Center and Normandy classroom wing and playground on Tuesday, September 8.

Read more about the wonderful new building features.

Click below to learn about our new educators:

Farewell and Good Luck Mrs. Zapf

P.J. Zapf is retiring this month after working in the Bay Village Schools for 18 years. Her love of books has made her a most valuable member of the library staff at Bay High, and she reads about 95 percent of the books that she orders in to the library. Why? Because she gives book talks to students and makes recommendations based on their interests and needs. And she loves to read! She plans now to travel with her husband, Bill, to Australia, New Zealand, Florida, Mexico and Spain -- and that itinerary takes her just through June of 2016! Good luck and enjoy your retirement, Mrs. Zapf!

Career Shadowing Resources

High school is a great time to explore career options, and Bay High's new Career Shadowing Facilitator, Kristen Dodd, is building a database of professionals who are willing to have a student shadow them or arrange for a group visit to their work site. If you are willing to be a resource, use this Career Exploration Database Form to register.

Homecoming Cookout following parade on Friday, October 2

Don't miss this Rocket Deal -- feed your hungry family after the Homecoming Parade and before the big game on Friday!

Additional Info...

Judge Astrab joins us Tuesday, October 6,
7 p.m. to discuss the increasing use of heroin among area youth.
Information flyer



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!

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Oct. 4

Bay Village Kiwanians hold their annual fall homecoming pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 4, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bay Middle School. This year, Fairytale Foundation Princesses make an appearance! Presale, $6; $7 at door. Ages 5 and under eat free. Read on...

Get your spirit wear for homecoming!

Show your Rockets Pride with spirit wear - sales benefit Bay Rockets Association and all our athletic teams! Purchase Rockets Spirit Wear


See you at the

Homecoming Parade, Wolf Road

Friday, October 2, 5:45 p.m.

starting at Cahoon Park and

ending at Bay High Memorial Stadium!


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.)

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