Inside Bay Village Schools January 2016
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January, 2016

School calendar for 2016-17 approved

The academic calendar for the 2016-17 school year has been approved by the Bay Village Board of Education. The first day of school for students in the fall of 2016 is August 29. Calendar for 2016-17...

 

Steve Lee and Beth Lally join Board of Education

Our two newly-elected Board of Education members, Beth Lally and Steve Lee, have been sworn in to their new roles on the board. In addition, Amy Huntley was elected president for 2016 and Gayatry Jacob-Mosier was elected vice president.

With the recent resignation of board member Michael Caputo (due to his increasing career responsibilities), the school board has interviewed eight individuals interested in being appointed to fill the last two years of Caputo's term. The board will soon announce the new appointment.

Steve Lee and Beth Lally take the Oath of Office to serve on the Bay Village Board of Education. Read more about them here.

COSI brings chemistry to Westerly!

Westerly PTA brought the COSI (Center of Science and Industry) traveling science program - It's Simply Chemistry - to Westerly students. PTA volunteers manned stations with experiments designed to introduce new science principles. All the school's students put on their goggles and experimented with chemicals, using pH measuring strips, microscopes and more to learn about basic chemistry. Read more about the experiments at: http://bit.ly/WesterlyCOSI

Hal Walker is back at Westerly to infuse music into all kinds of learning. He is teaching students to play the harmonica and relating the story behind this historical instrument used in so much of American music. Fourth graders are making banakulas, African instruments made from seed pods of a tree and tied together with string. He is also working with a composer group to create songs based on their current curriculum. For example, when one student described studying velocity, Walker was delighted, saying the word had its own music when spoken. (Last year, Walker helped students write a school song.) Westerly vocal music teacher Carrie Engelbrecht wrote the Bay Village Education Foundation grant that funded the program.

Music artist-in-residence Hal Walker back at Westerly

Hal Walker explores cultural music and music composing with Westerly Elementary students.

TECHNOLOGY IN OUR SCHOOLS

Bay Village Schools students increasingly use technology to

learn, communicate, collaborate and explore.

With all that, online safety education is a priority.

In a carefully designed roll out, students in grades 5 through 12 have been issued a school-sponsored Gmail account. Read more here about how student Gmail works for Bay Village Schools students.

Gmail is yet another tool available to students and teachers through our Google Apps for Education district account. The productivity tools allow students and teachers to work together virtually on documents, presentations and other projects via the internet.

While Google Apps for Education is free for schools, our Board of Education has earmarked funds received from the Ohio casino program for adding technology for our students. In addition, bond issue funds were used to upgrade our wireless network, and grants through the Bay Village Education Foundation and Bay Village Kiwanis have also let us add devices and software to enhance available technology for students.

Students in grades 5-12 get school Gmail accounts

Students can now email teachers and other students through new, school-sponsored Gmail accounts.

Sphero available to students in all school library/media centers

Sphero, the app-programmable robotic ball, will be in all four of our school libraries. Library aides are being trained to help students decide direction, distance, speed and color to program entertaining and fun choreography of the ball! More advanced programming is available using macros and a BASIC-based  programming language. Sphero was purchased through a grant written by Brian Reynolds, District Technology Director and Char Shryock, Curriculum Director, from the Bay Village Kiwanis through a Bay Village Education Foundation grants program.

Bay Middle School students visited Egypt, Rome, the moon and more through 3-D, 360-degree virtual reality using Google Cardboard! Google Expeditions chose BMS, along with some other area schools, to beta-test their new VR program. Teachers can guide students on their "tours" through use of an iPad.

"It won't replace real field trips," said teacher Gary Fitchpatrick. "But it lets us visit places were we cannot go."

A smart phone is placed inside the Google Cardboard viewer to access the specially-filmed videos, a growing variety of which are available online. Moving the viewer changes the viewer's perspective, giving a 360-degree point of view based on where the viewer is pointed.

Bay Middle School students travel the world and more with Google Cardboard!

Bay Middle School students spin their Cardboard viewers through 360-degree angles to get a complete look during their virtual "field trip."

Bay High students participate in Hyland Software's "hackathon" to give back to the local community

Bay High students (left-to-right) Nathan Dixon (sophomore), Hope Beatty (freshman), and Sean Watterson (junior) developed an app to help a homeless shelter collect needed items. They were the Hyland Hackathon's winning team! The students are part of Bay High's Technology Club. Read more about the Hackathon in this cleveland.com article.

The Bay High Technology Club also recently hosted computer forensic specialists from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation who discussed how they have found criminal evidence on all types of devices, from laptops to cell phones. The club's advisor is Aaron Ereditario, Bay High School assistant principal.

Video Production Studio taking shape at Bay High

A new video production studio is almost ready for students at Bay High. The Bay Village Education Foundation awarded $35,000, in celebration of its 30th anniversary, to equip the studio with cameras, lights, computer editing stations, sound equipment and more. Technology education teacher Luke Kieffer had students build a platform and news desk for a broadcast set, and Kieffer is now teaching a class in the basics of video production techniques. Watch our website as we begin to add student-produced video!

Students at every grade level are learning about

online safety, behavior and privacy issues . . .

(We'll be publishing more details about our technology programs this year.)

The Bay Village City School District hired Brian Reynolds this school year as its District Technology Coordinator. Brian works in concert with Director of Curriculum Char Shryock and Bay Village Schools faculty members and staff to infuse technology into learning in a meaningful way. Brian now manages our technology budget, and he also supervises our talented technology specialists, Michael Streets and Rich Toth.

More important information for upcoming events . . .

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.

Kindergarten Information Night is March 3, 2016!
Kindergarten Screening will take place April 4, 5 and 6, 2016.

(Watch for information coming in February about screening schedules.)

More information on Kindergarten Program ...

Snoball Run is back!

The Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters present the annual Snoball Run on Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m.! A 5K race and 1-Mile Fun Run will be included. Run, Walk and Race with the Rockets! Pre-registration: now through Wednesday, February 17. Early Packet Pick-up: Friday, February 19, 3-7 p.m. (onsite day of registration Saturday, February 20, 7:30 a.m.). Bay High School West Gym. Register with this 2016 Snoball Run Entry Form or online at hermescleveland.com.

State of the Schools meeting Thursday, April 7

There will be a "State of the Schools" meeting on Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m. at the K. T. Allen Education Center (board office). Topics will include an overview of the facilities upgrades completed with the 2012 bond issue funds, the district's current financial position, and student achievement results. All residents of Bay Village are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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 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 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 www.bayvillageschoolsohio.org/SEED.

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