Inside Bay Village Schools April/May 2015
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Bay High School
receiving the Silver Medal from U.S. News and World Report's
Best High Schools ranking for 2015 (#32 in Ohio, #839 nationally).
The Boca Loca food truck delivered staff
appreciation lunches in May!
Bay Village Board of Education
says 'thank you staff' with food truck lunch
Much is being asked of our staff this year, with
new state tests, new state education standards, and working around ongoing
construction adding to normal challenges. Our Board of Education is giving a
special show of gratitude by taking our staff members to lunch via the Boca
Loca Burrito Factory Food Truck. The truck was scheduled at a different
school building on four different days over the first two weeks of May.
Happy Staff Appreciation Week to all our Bay Village Schools employees! You
make us great!
Committee commissions new mural
This new mural is stunning! It
puts you in a happy mood to just walk in the front door of Normandy
Elementary. The Normandy Marketing Committee commissioned artist Beth Sage
(pictured with mural at right) to complete the project (outside the office
in the school's entrance hallway) while students observed and asked
questions over the last couple of weeks.
A great season for Boys
West Shore Conference Champs!
Our Varsity team won the West Shore Conference (only the 2nd time since
1989) and the Sectional Championship (beating Rocky River).
student athletes receive All-WSC and All-Northeast District honors as well!
Two student athletes were named All-Ohio Honorable Mention. The entire team
was honored as an OHSBCA All-Academic Team, posting an overall GPA of 3.641.
individuals earned academic awards from the OHSBCA as well for outstanding
GPAs. Coach Jared Shetzer was named WSC Coach of the Year.
details on all these Boys Basketball honors, and more honors for ALL our
Peggy Barrett, her dog Riley,
and second-grader Marie Hunt.
Normandy Elementary has gone to the dogs!
students have had an opportunity this
year to read to and enjoy the company of some great therapy dogs.
The program currently has six
handler/dog teams that come to Normandy on a weekly basis. The children meet
with the handlers and the dogs to read books, work on oral reading fluency,
and practice comprehension skills.
Not only do children love the
opportunity to meet with these well-mannered dogs, but their reading skills
greatly improve as well.
The handler/dog teams are: Tom
Sanford and his dog, Ayla; Sheri Cassidy and her dog, Milo; Sharon Zilli and
her two dogs, Poppy and Tommy; Peggy Barrett and her dog, Riley; Joy Mueller
and her dog, Daisy; and Carolyn Borsini and her dog, Takoda.
The program is organized at Normandy
Elementary by second-grade teacher Brenda Donohue.
Sheri Cassidy, her dog Milo, and second-grader Derek Gura.
Competing at the College of Wooster for the
state-level Power of the Pen competition are (left-to-right) Grace Clark,
Courtney Dixon and Juliana Reising. Good luck!
Three Bay Middle School writers to
compete at state-level Power of the Pen
Middle School has a great history of sending writers to the
Power of the Pen competition who
distinguish themselves and stand out because of their talent. This year has
been no exception, with many district and regional awards.
What is different this year is
that the school has three writers who have advanced to the state level
competition at The College of Wooster on Friday, May 22.
"We couldn't be more excited,"
said Helen Goldberg, grade 7 language arts teacher and advisor for Power of
the Pen at Bay Middle School.
PTA-hosted State Testing Forum
available on our website.
(Video highlights timeline
summary article of the meeting is also available
In addition, you can read our
answers, and ask questions, about the
new Ohio state testing
program at our new
TEXT OR CALL:
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.)
birth date changes for 2016-17 to age 5 by August 1
The Bay Village Board of Education changed
its kindergarten eligibility birth date to age 5 by August 1 (currently
September 30), effective in the fall of 2016. Parents will continue to have
the opportunity to apply for early entrance if their child turns 5 by
January 1 of the school year of admission.
The district's kindergarten
teachers asked the board for the change based on new education standards
that require earlier exposure and mastery of higher-level learning skills.
In addition, the teachers pointed out that most other area districts have
changed the age 5 eligibility date to August 1.
Great Closet Clean-Out
May 14-17 benefits Easter
Seals and Bay Athletics
Bay Rockets Association and Easter Seals will be
having a 2nd Great Closet Clean-Out beginning on Thursday, May 14, 4-8 p.m.
at Bay Middle School and Bay High School.
off hours: Friday, May 15, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and
Sunday, May 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring bags of clothes, shoes and other
cloth items to donate. Tax receipts and raffle tickets will be available
during posted hours.
prizes will be awarded. Items can be in ANY condition - NOTHING is wasted!
This event benefits Bay Athletics and Easter Seals programs.
Last fall, 18k
pounds of cloth and clothing items were donated, raising $3,975! Happy
Spring Cleaning! Help us fill those trucks!
Bay Village Board of Education
CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
is accepting applications for
The Bay Village Schools’
12-member Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is accepting applications for
new members. The CAC has, for more than two decades, served in an advisory
capacity to our Board of Education. Members complete research and make
recommendations about a wide range of educational and administrative issues,
such as literature-based reading programs, benchmarking in assessing our
educational program, transportation, student fees, safety, and many others.
More information is available on
Application Form, due Friday, June 5. Here is your opportunity to help
shape the future of the Bay Village Schools in a thoughtful, tangible way!
Help the Bay
Fireworks Committee - you might win an awesome raffle prize!
Fireworks Committee is trying to raise the funds to continue our July 4
fireworks celebration at the conclusion of Bay Days. As you probably know,
the city no longer covers the entire cost of the fireworks. Although they
subsidize it, there is still a sizable difference that must be made up
through private donations. The committee has come up with several ideas to
try to raise these funds, including two raffles and tee shirt sales.
Annual Tri-Bay Golf Classic
is Friday, June 12
Alumni Foundation, Bay Village Education Foundation and Bay Rockets
Association - three of the greatest support groups for our students - will
join forces once again to host the Tri-Bay Golf Classic at Sweetbriar Golf
Club on Friday, June 12.
this fun event!
accepting preschool applications
Peer models in special needs classes enjoy benefits, learn empathy and
All children aged 3 by June (2015)
and potty-trained can enroll in S.E.E.D. (Special Early Education) at the
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, cognitive/pre-academic skills, and adaptive
behavior. A parent questionnaire also lends itself 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 intake process, contact Dianne Williams at 617-7322.
You can also learn more by visiting
A percentage of purchases made at Barnes & Noble
Crocker Park this Friday (if you mention Bay Middle School) will go toward
the Bay Middle School Library! Choral groups will perform from 5:30-6:45
p.m. and the Jazz Band will perform from 7-8 p.m.
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