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New LHS Spaces Honored for Outstanding Design

cafeteria photoLakewood High School was recently selected as an Outstanding Design by the American School & University magazine and will be included in the magazine’s Interiors Showcase awards issue in August. This is the premiere competition honoring educational interior excellence. The high school was honored in the category of Common Spaces, such as the cafeteria, media center and gym. It is one of only 70 educational institutions to be included in the issue.

Board Approves Garfield's Walter as Next LHS Principal

Mark WalterThe Lakewood Board of Education approved on June 14 in a special session the appointment of Garfield Middle School Principal Mark Walter as the next Principal of Lakewood High School effective August 1.

District Celebrates Lakewood City Academy June Grads

June gradsCongratulations to the  members of the 18th graduating class of Lakewood City Academy! Nine graduates received their diplomas in a commencement ceremony that was part of the June 4 Board of Education meeting at Harding Middle School.

Ahearn Named Assistant Superintendent at N. Ridgeville Schools

Keith AhearnLakewood High School Principal Keith Ahearn has been named the Assistant Superintendent of North Ridgeville City Schools.  He will leave his position with the District on July 31 after serving Lakewood City Schools for nine years.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

graduationLakewood High School seniors - 318 of them - marched across the stage to receive their high school diplomas on Sunday, June 3, in the Civic Auditorium full of their family, friends and teachers. Graduates received their diplomas from Board of Education President Edward Favre along with congratulations from Superintendent Jeff Patterson and LHS Principal Keith Ahearn.

Hannah Finishes 8th in State in Hurdles

tyler hannahCongratulations to junior Tyler Hannah for his 8th-place finishin the Divison 1 Track & Field State Championships in the 110-meter hurdles on June 2! He also finished n the top 16 in the 300-meter hurdles. Earlier this season, Tyler won the 110-meter Regional title and was District champ in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles! Congratulations to Tyler on a fantastic season!

Graduation Ceremony to be Livestreamed

Lakewood High School's 170th Commencement Ceremony being held Sunday, June 3 at 2 pm will be available for viewing via livestream at the following link:

https://boxcast.tv/view/lakewood-high-school-commencement-06-03-2018-981717

Seniors' College Choices Span the Country

graduation capEach year, about two-thirds of our seniors choose to continue on with post-secondary education. Lakewood High graduates flock to our state universities but many also choose to spread their geographic wings and head to universities in states such as Washington, Arizona, Florida and Texas. Some or our top students will be attending several of our nation's most selective universities. Click here to see the list of where the Class of 2018 is headed!

Hannnah Regional Hurdles Champ, Breaks School Record

Tyler HannahCongratulations to junior Tyler Hannah, who is the regional champion in the 110 meter hurdles and third-place finisher in the 300-meter hurdles. Tyler's performance at the Division 1 Regional Track & Field Tournament earned him a chance to compete at the State Tournament June 1-2 in Columbus. He also broke a school record in the 110 with a time of 37.94 seconds.

 Said Coach Mike Dow about Tyler: "Tyler has been a model team member since he enrolled in Lakewood in the fall. He is a tireless worker who demands much of himself. All of his success is a direct result of his outstanding work ethic and desire to be successful.The sky is the limit in what Tyler can accomplish. "

Spring Sports Rangers Earn All-Conference Honors

rangermanCongratulations to the following Rangers who have earned all-conference honors in the Southwest Conference:

Track & Field: Tyler Hannah (1st Team); Emily Bradford, Joe Burtzlaff, Abby LaForm and Elias Khawam (Honorable Mention)
Baseball: Jared Naida (2nd Team); Edison Budzar-Tigue (Honorable Mention)
Boys’ Tennis: Abe Dalisky and Ben Swartz (Honorable Mention)
Softball: Audra Tuleta (2nd Team); Maizy Cunninghame, Payton Rossen (Honorable Mention)

Hannah Takes Two District Titles in Hurdles

Tyler HannahCongratulations to junior Tyler Hannah, who won titles in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles at the Division 1 District Championship Meet! This is on the heels of Tyler's SWC titles in the same events. Also placing for the boys' team were the 4x800 relay team of Joey Toole, Aidyn Zingale, Joe Burtzlaff and Cormac Peppard-Kramer (8th), Cormac Peppard-Kramer in the 800 meeters (8th) and Elia Khawam in the 200 meters (5th). Congrats to all!

Harding Class Welcomes Graphic Novelist James Beard

In anticipation of the middle schools' graphic novel summer reading assignment, Harding's 6th grade advanced Language Arts class welcomed graphic novel author Jim Beard to discuss how he got started, his experiences seeking out seeking advice, and what tenacity it takes to get published! A special thanks to Grant's PTSA President Michael Miller who initiated this fantastic opportunity! View video of visit here.

LHS Students Lead Middle School Drug Education Program

While middle school students often hear the message about the dangers of prescription drug and opioid abuse as they move through the school year, this year the message was delivered in a new way – by students themselves. The District this school year teamed with the nonprofit Recovery Resources of Cleveland to participate in the Casey’s Kids program, which trains high school students to teach middle schoolers about drug addiction.

Junior Qualifies for U.S. Marine Corps Music Program

kira marjanovicLakewood High School junior Kira Marjanovic has accomplished a feat few women and even fewer juniors accomplish – earning entry into the U.S. Marine Corps Music Enlistment Option Program for eventual placement in a U.S. Marine Corps Band.

Garfield Students Donate Hair Because They Care

hair locksFor the seventh year, members of Garfield Middle School's Hair Because We Care Club, plus a staff member, had their hair shorn after school on May 17 in order to donate to Locks of Love, nonprofit organization that turns the locks into hairpieces for children suffering hair loss from medical conditions such as cancer or children’s alopecia. Oncec again, Revelations Salon & Spa donated its stylists' services for the cause. 

  

Raffai Named West Shore 2018 Outstanding Career-Technical Student of the Year Raffai

Lakewood High Senior Akosh Raffai was named this year’s West Shore Outstanding Student for 2018. He was chosen due to his exemplary technical skill, academic prowess and service. Raffai, a student in the Project Lead the Way - pre-engineering program was also the recipient of a Career-Technical Honors Diploma and inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.

Celebration of Excellence Honors Academic Standouts

medalsOur academic superstars were in the spotlight at the 35th annual Celebration of Excellence academic awards ceremony held May 15 at the Civic Auditorium, as the District honored 296 students in grades 6-12 for having achieved a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters this school year. 

Board Approves New Assistant Superintendent

NiedzwickiThe Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting on May 16 approved Maggie Niedzwiecki, Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction, as Lakewood City Schools’ next Assistant Superintendent beginning Aug. 1, 2018.

Junior Hannah Two-Time SWC Champion

Tyler HannahCongratulations to junior Tyler Hannah, who won the Southwest Conference title in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles events at the championship track and field meet May 17-19. Other boys' team top placers included 3rd place for senior Joe Burtzlaff in the 3200 meters, fifth place for junior Cormac Peppard-Kramer and sixth for senior Elias Khawam.

Elementaries Kick Off 7 Schools 1 Book Project

dragonLakewood elementary students are now part of a book club of 2,500 people as each of the District’s seven elementary schools kicked off the start of the 7 Schools 1 Book project! Staff at each of the schools worked hard to make the kickoff an “event” for the students, bringing characters from the book, “Kenny and the Dragon,” to life. The students even had a video visit from author Tony DiTerlizzi to help get the students pumped up and excited about reading the same book together.

LHS Named Among Best High Schools By U.S. News

Lakewood HighLakewood High School has been named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools and a Bronze Medalist for 2018. The magazine awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medals according to college readiness, math and reading scores and graduation rates.

Still Time to Sign Up for Leadership Academy

Lakewood City Schools in conjunction with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Effective Leadership Academy will be offering a weeklong summer program in leadership. Club LEAD programs are for students in grades 5-12. Spots are limited so please apply ASAP. Visit efffectivela.org for more info.

Harrison Invites Community to May 19 Carnival

Harrison Elementary PTA invites all to attend its annual School Carnival and Ranger Raffle. Come have fun and play games for a nominal fee. Grab a bite to eat and visit with other families. There will be an amazing raffle as well that you can enter to win for just $1. The event takes place on Saturday, May 19 from 2-5 pm on school grounds.

May Staff Spotlight Honorees: Breckel & Fleming

spotlight logoCongratulations to Lakewood High Intervention Specialist Alison Breckel and Lincoln Intervention Specialist Mandy Fleming on being chose as our May Staff Spotlight honorees! Click on Read More to find out why these two staff members deserve the spotlight for their work.

Middle School Celebration of Arts on May 22

Our third annual District Celebration of Arts is set for Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The event will be in Harding's gym from 6:30-7:30 pm and is an open house format for all middle school students and their families. This year will feature writing, art, STEM, Strolling Strings, and Mock Trial teams. Students should let their Language Arts teacher know if they plan to attend this event.  

Rupright, Two Students Honored for Achievements in Special Ed

Neil RuprightThe 39th Annual Excellence in Education Awards recognizing students with disabilities, peers, and educators was held May 4 and included recognition for two Lakewood Schools students and staff member Neil Rupright. The event is planned by the ESC of Northeast Ohio and the State Support Team – Region 3 to recognize the great work being done by educators, teachers, students, and community members in special education.

PTA Awards Led by Educator of the Year Csongei

Educator of Year CsongeiThe Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 2 at Harding Middle School. The ceremony included awarding four senior scholarships, honoring teachers of the year at each building, and recognizing the District’s Educator of the Year, Sarah Csongei, who also was named Ohio PTA’s District 11 Educator of the Year.

Rec Dept. Summer Booklet Available

 

rec coverThe Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s Summer Booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the Youth/Adult Programming, Athletics and Aquatics offered for this summer. 

Summer Booklet

Garfield Pair to See Work Published in Teen Anthology

Clare BlackKali PedleyCongratulations to Garfield Middle School eighth-grader Clare Black (far left) and  seventh-grader Kali Pedley on having their literary pieces accepted for publication in Roots & Branches, an anthology of Cleveland teen writers. Clare and Kali are part of Garfield's Creative Writing Club, led by Maggie Bacher. Clare and Kali will join others whose work was chosen at a release party on May 31. Congratulations to both!

Summer School Registration Now Open

Students may register now for the two 2018 Summer School sessions, which begin June 8 and June 29.
Summer School brochure and registration info

LHS for Incoming 9th Graders & Parents Set for May 17

Lakewood HighLHS 101 will be hosted by the LHS PTA on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30pm in the Ranger Cafe for incoming 9th grade parents and students.  This session will provide incoming families with information about LHS logistics and opportunities available for families and their students. This is a great way to help acclimate you and your child to LHS!

Harrison Parents Join in Motivational Monday Workouts

Motivational Mondays in gymHarrison's Motivational Mondays provide opportunity for staff and students to focus on healthy eating and physical activity throughout the day at school. On Monday, the Harrison PTA and PBIS Committee joined efforts and invited families to jump start the day. Get Fit Circuit Stations led by PBIS Committee members gave families the opportunity to join this physical activity promotion with students and staff before school. PTA also provided healthy snacks for students for them to take on their way to class after the workout. Click Read More for more photos.

"The World Next Door" Event Set for May 10 at LHS

globeA number of Lakewood High students will be part of a fun event at LHS on May 10. The free event, "The World Next Door,"  is from 3:30-5:30 pm in the cafeteria.  LHS students that have participated in an leadership program Youth Against Hate will be hosting the event with ASIA Inc.  Students will set up stations to teach people about their culture. They will have interactive activities as well to highlight assets of our Lakewood community.  Food and music will be provided..

Middle School Mock Trial Teams Excel in State Competition

Congratulations to the Garfield and Harding Middle School Mock Trial teams, who on April 20 earned top ratings at the statewide Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education held in Columbus. Both Garfield 7th grade teams and the Harding 7th grade team earned the highest Superior rating and Harding’s 8th grade team narrowly missed the top rating and earned an Outstanding rating.

Harding Builders Club Blood Drive May 7

Builders club logoHarding Builders Club is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, May 7 from 2:30-7:00 pm in the school's cafeteria. Students who recruit a blood donor will receive a gift from the Red Cross.  Donors can also sign-up for a specific time on the Red Cross Rapid Pass page at http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass. Rapid Pass can only be used on the day of the blood drive. "You can make a difference!".

Developer Gives Update on Board of Ed Property Plans

1456 Warren propertyLiberty Development Co. Development Director Dru Siley provided an update on the company’s plans for the Board of Education Warren Road properties at the Board’s meeting on April 23. The presentation included a preliminary rendering of a redeveloped 1456 Warren Road building, the former Recreation Department home that will be the future home of the Board offices.

Earth Day Activities are April 28

Earth Day logoKeep Lakewood Beautiful's Earth Day and Great American Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 28 from  9am -1pm at the Woman's Pavilion in Lakewood Park to help spruce up our city.  Plant a tree with the City's arborist, clean up our city areas, mulch trees and learn about recycling. Pre-register at onelakewood.com/KLB or call 529-6601.  Individuals and groups welcome. Seedlings potted by our LHS Horticulture students will be given away as well.

District Earns Best Music Education Community Award

award logoFor the second consecutive year, Lakewood City Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Only 4% of districts across the nation were selected for the prestigious award.

Lakewood Project's May 12 Concert Tickets on Sale Now

LP posterTickets for The Lakewood Project's concert at 7 pm on Saturday, May 12 are now available at the LHS Bookroom, The Paisley Monkey, Lion & Blue and Little Lakewood Pasta Co.. Theme for the concert is "50 Years of Rock & Roll" and will feature songs from The Who, Marvin Gaye, The Eagles, Blink 182, The Clash and more. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults in advance and $5/$8 at the door. You can buy in person at the Bookroom or by calling 216-529-4074.

Recap of School Safety Forum on April 12

safety forum panelMore than 100 community members took part in a conversation April 12 about school safety at a joint forum hosted by LakewoodAlive in partnership with the Lakewood City Schools and the City of Lakewood. The forum included the announcement of some new safety initiatives in the works.

LHS History Club to Present on Women in War On April 22

women in war posterYou are cordially invited to The LHS History Club presentation:  "Women in War-How Society is Challenged and Changed."  The event will be held Sunday, April 22 at 7 pm in the Main Auditorium of the Lakewood Public Library.  We will look at how different societies have used women in wartime, especially the US during World War II. The LHS History Club aspires to engage students, staff and the citizens of Lakewood in dialogue about the history of of town, region, nation and the world.  All presentations are created and delivered collaboratively by teachers and students.  Club adviser Dr. Chuck Greanoff and freshman Gina Marjanovic will be the presenters.  Hope to see you there -- Faiza Manaa, President. 

Academic Challenge Team Headed to Nationals Again

academic challenge logoFrom Academic Challenge adviser Bob Sedlak: The Lakewood High Academic Challenge Team has been busy over the past several months competing in regularly scheduled Southwest Conference competition and in two invitational tournaments at Solon and Olmsted Falls High Schools.  The varsity team and JV teams finished 3rd of 10 schools in the conference matches.  At the invitational tournaments the JV finished 2nd of 20 teams at both Solon and Olmsted Falls. 

LHS Students Take Top Awards in Rotary Arts Contest

rotary logoLakewood High students were top award-winners in the 73rd annual Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contests. Lakewood students swept the speech category and took the top two spots in visual arts.

District Has Two State Winners in Reflections Contest

Gabby DeverThe Lakewood Council of PTAs Reflection Committee recently announced that two of its submissions for judging at the state level earned recognition for further artistic merit.  In the literature category, junior Gabrielle Dever (pictured left) won the highest honor - an Award of Excellence, which qualifies her piece to move on to national level judging. Junior Sam Stone earned an Award of Merit, also in the literature category.

Camp Invention Returning to District this Summer

Camp Invention logoCamp Invention takes summer fun and transforms it from ordinary to extraordinary! In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Lakewood City Schools and Horace Mann Elementary School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades K-6. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation.

Juniors Earn Honors in Hiram College Writing Contest

Sasha SeckersLakewood High students brought home honors in the Hiram College Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest including a second place by junior Sasha Seckers. A dinner was held on April 3 at the college recognizing all the honored young writers. Each year for the contest a specific theme must be addressed. This year’s theme was “Citizens.”

Staff Spotlight: Leah Kapsalis & Jennifer Johnson

logoElementary Media Specialist Jennifer Johnson and Garfield Middle School secretary Leah Kapsalis have been selected as April’s Staff Spotlight honorees. Click on Read More to hear about why these two were chosen by their peers to be honored.

Board Approves Mayfield Administrator as New Superintendent

Dr. BarnesThe Lakewood Board of Education, at a special meeting March 28, approved Mayfield City School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Barnes as the next Superintendent of Lakewood City Schools. 

LHS Students Participate in D.C. March with Help of Community

students at MarchForty students and their adult chaperones traveled to Washington, D.C. on March 24 to participate in the March for Our Lives event, a trip that was made possible by the nearly $7,000 donated by the Lakewood community. What had started out as four students wanting to buy bus tickets to D.C. bloomed into a community project.

Roosevelt Holding Household Goods/Clothing Fundraiser

coatNo plans for Spring Break yet? How about cleaning out the basement and attic you've been meaning to tackle? Roosevelt will take your goods of your hands. The school's PTA is holding a Savers fundraiser on Saturday, April 14 from noon - 2 pm in the Roosevelt parking lot. See this flyer for more info.

District to Co-Host Forum on School Safety on April 12

The District is partnering with the City of Lakewood and LakewoodAlive to host a community forum – entitled What’s Our Plan: A Community Conversation About School Safety” on Thursday, April 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.in the LHS Cafeteria.  This community conversation will offer an opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue on how we as community members can work together to better ensure safety within our schools.

District Students Earn Honors for Science Fair Projects

science fair logoLakewood City Schools' eighth- and ninth-graders excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held March 12-15 at Cleveland State, led by four second-place winners for the District and several special award winners.

 

Pair of LHS Artists Win National Silver Medals for Work

Emilly Perry artworkLakewood High School senior Jordan Bozak and junior Emily Perry have been named national Silver Medal winners in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. This competition is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.

Rotary Honors West Shore's Most Outstanding Students

Rotary logoAt their annual Outstanding Student Award lunch on March 19, the Lakewood /Rocky River Rotary Club recognized 15 West Shore Career-Tech students as the top performers in their career-technical program. Outstanding student winners exemplify traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative. 

LHS Raises More than $20,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research

brave the shave participantsOn Friday, 25 students and staff from LHS shaved their heads in support of The St. Baldrick's Foundation and pediatric cancer research. "Brave the Shave" participants raised more than $20,000 in just a few weeks! It is an amazing show of support from the school and community. The event was organized by teachers Aimee Guzowski and Scott Stetler. View a photo gallery here.

Four Students' Work Chosen for Governor's Youth Art Exhibit

mihalski imageLakewood High students had the most pieces of artwork ever selected to be part of the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition in Columbus. Six works were chosen, including four by senior Elyza Mihalik, whose “Here is Goofy” piece earned a top 25 Governor’s Award of Excellence. Also earning a spot in the 300-piece exhibit are Riley Geyer, Husam Mafargeh and Micah Inak.

District, Chamber Team to Offer Leadership Academy

Lakewood City Schools in conjunction with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Effective Leadership Academy will be offering a weeklong summer program in leadership. The program is intended for rising 10th and 11th graders. Spots are limited and applications are due on April 11. See this flyer for more information.

Harrison Raised $4,500 for American Heart Assn.

Mark MollisonHarrison Elementary raised $4,500 for the American Heart Association during its Jump Rope for Heart campaign. The amount included a large donation from the Lake Erie Monsters. To celebrate, the three top student fundraisers chose a teacher pie in the face! Mark Mollison and Sarah Anderzjewski were good sports! 

Harding 7th Grader Qualifies for State Geography Bee

Jamie HollandCongratulations to Harding 7th grader Jamie Holland, who has qualified for the Ohio Geographic Bee! Jamie, who is the Harding Bee champion, is one of 100 middle schoolers from across the state who will compete for the Ohio title and a chance to move on to the National Bee. 

Board Passes Resolution on School Safety, Violence Reduction

At its meeting on March 5, the Lakewood Board of Education passed a resolution on one reading supporting school safety and reducing violence in schools. The resolution states that “school board members, administrators, employees and community members should work together with lawmakers, legal counsel, law enforcement and security experts to determine how best to ensure student safety in their district” and “implores” the President of the United States, Governor of Ohio, U.S. Congress and Ohio General Assembly to enact legislation and provide adequate funding for the following:

Lincoln Tops Hayes for Basketball Tournament Title

DARE champsLincoln Elementary beat Hayes Elementary, 32-27, to capture the annual Lakewood Police Youth Basketball Tournament (formerly D.A.R.E. Tournament) on March 3 at Harding. The annual tournament brings all seven elementary schools together to compete in a single elimination tournament. The teams are comprised of fifth-graders and coached by volunteers. It's always a fun day of friendly competition and camaraderie!

Junior Tyler Hannah 3rd in State in 60 M Hurdles

Tyler HannahCongratulations to Lakewood High junior Tyler Hannah for his third-place finish in the  60 meter hurdles at the Indoor Division 1 State Track Meet on March 3!. Tyler will also be competing in the New Balance Nationals Meet in New York City on Friday March 9. Congrats to Tyler and his coach, Mike Dow!

LHS to Brave the Shave for Pediatric Cancer Research

Brave the Shave logoLHS BRAVES THE SHAVE!  On Friday, March 16, members of the Lakewood High School community are shaving their heads in order to raise money for St. Baldrick's Foundation.  Cancer claims more kid's lives than any other disease in the United States.  As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, St. Baldrick's gives kids with cancer their best chance at long, healthy, and happy lives.  Help organizers surpass their goal by clicking on the link and donating: https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/LHS2018

Diemert, Flannery Share Staff Spotlight in March

staff spotlight logoThe Staff Spotlight honor is shared this month by Grant Elementary Health Aide Melissa Diemert and Roosevelt Elementary Intervention Specialist Caroline Flannery. Click Read More to learn more about these two outstanding staff members!

Online Survey Results Available

We want to thank so the many members of our community and staff for taking the time to share your thoughts with us during listening sessions and an online survey regarding the superintendent search. The District received a great response to the survey with more than 800 people responding. This valuable input informed the Board of Education’s decision about a new superintendent because it helped align the next superintendent’s vision, skills, and character with the main stakeholders’ view of the future of the schools.The Board hopes to introduce its selection for the new superintendent this month.
Survey results

Basketball Win Gives Rangers Share of SWC Title

teamphotoThe Lakewood Rangers varsity basketball team won its first conference title since 2014 with a 71-52 win over North Ridgeville. The team shares the crown with Olmsted Falls. It's been a tremendous season for the Rangers, who finished 20-2 overall and 17-1 in the conference. Next up are the playoffs, with the Rangers opening on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 pm at home versus Max Hayes. Come cheer on the champion Rangers!

Harding Builder Club Raising Money for Leukemia/Lymphoma

Harding's Builder Club is teaming up with the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society of Cleveland to fundraise this spring. The club kicked off the fundraiser with an assembly and visit from the Kona shaved ice truck on Feb. 23. Students will continue to raise funds online. 

Free Hands-Only CPR Training Offered March 1

heartThere will be a free Hands-Only CPR training offered at Roosevelt Elementary School on Thursday, March 1 from 6-7 pm. Deadline to register is Feb. 28. Click here for more information.

Lincoln 5th Graders Excel in Math Competition

numbersA dozen Lincoln Elementary fifth graders won honors for their performance at the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics competition on Feb. 10. Teachers Rosie Corrigan and Kate Bunsey coached the students.

 

Twinsburg Teacher to be Next Head Football Coach

ThomeThe Lakewood Board of Education, at its February 20 meeting, approved the hiring of Twinsburg teacher Thomas Thome as a new member of the Lakewood High School Social Studies Department and the school’s next head football coach.

District, Clinic Officials Celebrate New Medical Clinic

Lakewood City Schools and Cleveland Clinic representatives joined to celebrate the opening of the new Medical Clinic at Lakewoood High School with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 20. Superintendent Patterson and Board President Edward Favre were joined by Drs. Hekman and Falconi and Health Careers Technology students Xander Gerakis and Millenia Duncan to cut the ribbon.

LHS History Club Presents "Roaring 20s" on Feb. 25

roaring 20s logoThe Lakewood High School History Club cordially invites you a presentation on the “Roaring 20’s” and their parallels to today.  LHS History teacher Joseph Lobozzo and Faiza Manaa, Club President, are the featured speakers. The event is Sunday, Feb. 25 at 7 pm at the Lakewood Public Library (Detroit Ave.) Main Auditorium. The LHS History Club aspires to engage students, staff and the citizens of Lakewood in dialogue about the history of our town, region, nation and world.  All presentations are created and delivered collaboratively by teachers and students. 

LCA Student Featured on Fox 8 Black History Month Spot

Walter JohnsonLakewood City Academy senior Walter Johnson was featured in Fox 8's "I am Dr. King's Dream" segment of the station's Black History Month celebration. Click here to view and hear what Dr. King's words mean to Walter.

Garfield Holding Blood Drive March 5

blood drive logoGarfield Middle School's Civics Club is sponsoring a Red Cross Future Blood Donor Blood Drive on Monday, March 5. Click here to schedule an appointment at RedCross.org and use sponsor code: Garfield Middle School.  This program will introduce students to the importance of blood donation.  Students wil have the opportunity to show leadership and help save lives by recruiting blood donors.

Superintendent Message on Parkland Tragedy

We are all grieving the 17 precious lives lost yesterday in Parkland. Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and the Parkland community as they cope with this senseless tragedy. As we are so painfully aware, a mass shooting can happen anywhere. It is our job as a school district to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our students. To that end, I want to share with you some of the strategies we have in place to help address the physical and emotional well-being of our students:

National Honor Society LHS Chapter Welcomes 82 New Members

NHS logoThe current members of the Lakewood High National Honor Society welcomed 82 new members into the prestigious academic group at an induction ceremony held at the Civic Auditorium on Feb. 14.

LHS English Learner Students to Speak at City Club

Elbe and Pawde SayWhen Elbe Paw’s and Pawde Say’s families fled refugee camps in Thailand, the two Lakewood High School students likely never imagined that one day they each would be giving a speech - in English - at one of our nation’s greatest free speech forums. On Feb. 15 at the City Club of Cleveland, the two will be guest speakers at a breakfast on leadership being held to benefit the nonprofit group Facing History and Ourselves.

 

Harrison Accepts $2,500 Monsters Donation for Amer. Heart Assoc.

donation checkHarrison Elementary PE teacher Genni Lach and student Nathan Haytas were on hand at the Feb. 10 Monsters game to receive a $2,500 donation from the Monsters on behalf of the American Heart Association. Nathan was chosen to do the ceremonial puck drop. The $2,500 donation to AHA is in addition to the approximately $2,000 Harrison raised during its Jump Rope For Heart campaign. View this video for more about Lach's Jump Rope For Heart efforts over the years. (password for video is gomonsters).

Grant Math Students Bring Home Honors in Competition

math graphicA dozen Grant Elementary fifth graders won honors for their performance at the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics competition on Feb. 10. The students are part of the school’s Math Club, which meets biweekly to practice math problems just for fun.

14 Swimmers & Divers Moving on to Districts

rangermanAfter a successful Sectionals meet where many of our Lakewood High swimmers and divers earned personal bests, 14 athletes are moving on to Districts on Feb. 17. Leading the way at Sectionals was senior Maggie McHugh with a third place (100-yard butterfly) and seventh place (50-yard freestyle).

Ramsey-Caserio Leaving to Head N. Ridgeville Schools

Ramsey CaserioAssistant Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio has been named the next Superintendent of the North Ridgeville City Schools. She will leave her position with the District on July 31 after serving Lakewood City Schools for nine years in various administrative positions.

Music Boosters Hosting Melt Fundraiser Feb. 14

Melt logoThe Lakewood Music Boosters will host a fundraiser at Melt Bar & Grilled in Lakewood on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 11 am - 10 pm. Show this flyer when you order and 20% of your bill will go to the Boosters. Offer is good for dine-in or carryout. You must show either the physical or digital flyer.

Course Guide Displays Plethora of Opportunities at LHS

LHS Course GuideStudents at Lakewood High School and middle school 8th graders are busy poring over the latest LHS Course Guide in preparation for filling out schedule requests for next school year.  They are likely finding that the hardest part of the process is narrowing down the choices from a course selection that is arguably the broadest in the state with more than 200 courses.

District Seeks Bids for Multi-Purpose Field

Lakewood City Schools is accepting bids for a multi-purpose field at Lakewood High School. Bids will be received in a sealed envelope by the Treasurer, Kent Zeman, of the Lakewood City School District, at the Board of Education Offices, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, Ohio, 44107, no later than 11:00 a.m., local time on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Board OKs Sale of Warren Properties to Liberty Development

Board officesThe Board of Education at its Feb.5 meeting voted unanimously to sell its properties at 1456 and 1470 Warren Road to Liberty Development Co. for a price of $500,000. Liberty intends to preserve the 1456 East Rockport Central School Building and renovate it into office space of which the Board will have an option to lease. For more information on the deal, click here.

Hockey Team Captures Share of Division Title

ranger hockey logoCongratulations to the LHS hockey team for earning a share of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League Blue Division title! The team clinched the co-championship with a victory over Mayfield Heights on Feb. 3. The team, which is 17-8-1 overall and 11-1 in the division, shares the title with Brooklyn High School. The team starts playoff competition Feb. 7.

Staff Spotlight Honorees: Baughman & Severino

staff spotlight logoThis month's Staff Spotlight honorees are Harding Middle School In School Assignment supervisor Karen Baughman and West Shore Career-Tech Transition to Work teacher Stephanie Severino. Click on Read More to check out why their peers found these two to be so deserving!

Reflections Particpants Honored, 16 Advance to State

Reflections logoThe creativity and imagination of our students were celebrated at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held Jan. 30 at Garfield Middle School. Eighty artworks from preschool through high school were honored. Of those 80 pieces of art, 16 were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging, with winners to be announced in late spring.

Pair of Rangers are SWC Swimming Champs

swimming champsCongratulations to our two new Ranger conference champions: swimmers Maggie McHugh and Sistina Simcox. Maggie, a senior, is a two-time champ, winning both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly at the conference championships on Jan. 27. Sistina, a freshman, captured the 100-yard freestyle title.

Survey Seeks Input on District's Future

We need your input! As Lakewood City Schools looks toward its future with a new superintendent, it's important for the District to understand your thoughts and what you value most. Please take this online survey by Friday, February 2: http://research.zarca.com/r/6dmmFp

Proposed Developer for Board Property Announced

board buildingThe Board of Education at its January 22, 2018 meeting introduced a proposed contract with Liberty Development Co. to purchase the Board of Education properties located at 1456 and 1470 Warren Road. The Board is scheduled to vote on approval of the contract at its meeting on February 5.

View Presentation on Managing Online World Danger/Risks

On January 17, to help our students and parents understand that with the use of technology there is also responsibility, Lexi Giering, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Outreach Coordinator at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, gave a presentation to parents about the dangers of the internet and social media, sexting and the law, and how cyberbullying can affect everyday lives and make lifelong impacts.  

Senior Inak Wins Tri-C Rock Off Poster Contest

tri-c posterIt’s been quite a year for senior Micah Inak as the young artist has reeled in another honor for her artwork. Judges for the 2018 Tri-C Rock Off chose Micah’s design for the winning poster for this year’s competition, which began January 20. Micah won $100 and will be a special guest at the contest’s final round on February 17.

Open Enrollment Period to Begin March 1

The Open Enrollment period for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on March 1, 2018 and continue until March 30, 2018. An online form will be available on this website beginning the morning of March 1. Notification of open enrollment status usually happens in August.If you have any questions regarding Open Enrollment, please call 216-529-4203. 

Music Boosters Sing & Serve Fundraiser Jan. 26

boosters logoJoin the Lakewood Music Boosters for their second annual Sing & Serve fundraiser on Friday, January 26 from 6-10 pm at Garfield Middle School in Lakewood. This is a fun-filled family event full of music, singing, food and drink. Lakewood teachers and administrators will be your celebrity servers!

 

Garfield's Smith to Give History Club Talk on Vikings

viking hatAre you related to Vikings? What were they really like? What is fact, and what is fiction? Want some answers? On Sunday, January 21 at 7pm, in the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium, Garfield Middle School teacher Dan Smith will present a fabulous slide show and discussion on the surprises, ironies and history of Vikings. The program, "Vikings: Be Amazed" is free and open to all. The Lakewood High School History Club (President Faiza Manaa, Advisor Dr Chuck Greanoff) hopes to see you there!

8th Grade LHS Scheduling Night Set for Jan. 24

There will be an 8th grade scheduling information night on January 24 to share with parents the ins and outs of scheduling classes for the high school for the 2018-2019 school year. The meeting will take place at 7 pm in the Civic Auditorium.

Nutrition Services Dept. Earns Perfect Audit

A plus gradeFor the second straight year, Lakewood City Schools' Nutrition Service Department received a perfect audit from the Ohio Department of Education. District Dietitian Nancy Early said she is very proud of her staff and all their hard work that went into the audit.Comments on the audit included: "Great job on the Administrative Review!  All sections were well documented and very organized.  Meal service worked great at both locations reviewed and the kitchens were very clean!"

Presentation Addresses Online World & Student Safety

On January 16, the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (Ohio ICAC) will make an important presentation: "Online World: Is it Worth the Risk?" on internet safety at Garfield Middle School starting at 7 pm. The Ohio ICAC is a cooperative venture between  the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, the FBI, and other state agencies concerned with preventing crimes against children. The event is aimed at educating parents on the dangers of the internet as well as ways to protect your children. Click here for more information.

Sophomore Gill Named to National Orchestra

Grace Go;;Sophomore cellist Grace Gill has been selected as a member of the Honor Orchestra of America, sponsored by the non-profit arts advocate Music For All. Grace will perform with the ensemble in March at Music for All’s National Festival in Indianapolis.

New Board Officers Sworn In

Prior to the Board of Education’s first regular meeting of the year on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 the Board held its annual Organizational meeting, which included the swearing in of new President Edward Favre and Vice President Linda Beebe. As is the Board’s tradition, the outgoing president, Betsy Shaughnessy, and the new president both made remarks. (Read transcript of remarks here).

Students Earn 70 Scholastic Art & Writing Regional Honors

solace duval artStudents from Lakewood High School, the West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design program and Harding Middle School earned an impressively high number awards in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition held in December, including 17 of the highest-honor Gold Keys and 70 honored pieces overall.

Jan. Staff Spotlight Honorees: Coughlin & Sedlak

staff spotlight logoCongratulations to Harrison Elementary Parent Resource Coordinator Tanya Coughlin and Lakewood High art teacher Amy Sedlak for being chosen as our January Staff Spotlight honorees. Our honorees our nominated by their peers each month. Click on Read More to see why these two are so deserving.

College Credit Plus Night Jan. 22

The Lakewood High School Guidance Department will host a College Credit Plus Night on Monday, January 22 at 7 pm in the LHS Cafeteria. Come learn how your studentcan benfit from this program and earn college credits while in high school.

Kindergarten Parent Info Meeting Jan. 17, Registration Feb. 1

kdgKindergarten registration will take place at the Lakewood Board of Education at 1470 Warren Road, by appointment only, beginning Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2018 in order to be age eligible to enter kindergarten. There will be a Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Wednesday, January 17 at 6:30 pm at Grant Elementary School to find out more about the program.

Rec Department Booklet Now Available

rec booklet coverThe Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s Winter Booklet has arrived. It has Fitness Facility Information and a complete listing of all of the Youth/Adult Programming, Athletics and Aquatics that the department has to offer for this winter. View the booklet here.

Watch LHS Cool School of the Week Video

fox 8Lakewood High School recently won Fox 8's Cool School of the Week and the news station came to Lakewoood High to see why it's so cool. Watch the video here.

Rec Dept. Relocating to Fitness Facility at LHS

rec lgoAs of Thursday, December 21, the Recreation Department will be located at the Fitness Facility at the corner of Bunts and Franklin at Lakewood High. The entrance will be off of Bunts. Come check out the new facility!

West Shore students' art to be part of airport exhibit

geyer imageArtwork of two students in the West Shore Career-Tech's Media, Art & Design class has been chosen to be part of an exhibition called Mythical Creatures at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport’s new Youth Art Gallery. The exhibit will run December 28, 2017-October 31, 2018. Congratulations to juniors Riley Geyer and Victoria Myers for their inclusion in the selective exhibit. Click Read More to see their winning work.

Trio of wrestlers take home tournament titles

rangerman logoLakewood High wrestlers wrapped up their weekend with three individual champions and a solid team finish at the Riverside Rumble Tournament. Freshmen Jayden Jackson moved to 12-1 after winning the 152 weight class​. Senior Joey Rodriguez (182 pounds) won his second championship this season and is 11-0. Sophomore Yousef Awad also won his class and is now 11-1.

Hayes Gets Creative with Growth Mindset Rap Video

Girls recordingThe philosophy of a growth mindset is on the mind of Hayes Elementary students and staff. The belief that we grow and make new connections by pushing ourselves to work through the struggles of learning something new is reiterated by Principal Sandy Powers on daily announcements. Recently, Hayes music teacher, Karen Bescan and librarian/media specialist, Kevin Costello, worked to write a growth mindset song and record it with a group of 5th graders. Take a listen, it's pretty special! Growth Mindset video

Garfield Students See Future on College Day

doorFriday was College Day at Garfield Middle School as students chatted with Garfield alumni currently in colleges across the country via Google Hangouts and enjoyed other activities to learn the ins and outs of post-secondary school life. Former Garfield student and current West Virginia University undergrad Grace Dever was among the nearly dozen students who took time out of their college days to interact with the current Garfield students.

Ranger Shop Plans Pop-Up Shop on Dec. 16

Ranger Shop logoNeed a gift for your Ranger? Stop by the LHS Ranger Shop on Saturday, December 16th from 10 am - 3 pm for all of your Ranger Spirit Wear needs. PJ pants are back in stock along with some great new knit hats-perfect for the cold weather! The shop is located in the Lakewood High Bookroom, which can be accessed through the east-end cafeteria doors.

Parent Workshops on Taming Tantrums & Tears Set

Parents are invited to a workshop on "Responding to Tantrums & Tears" There are two dates, January 10 in Avon Lake and February 28 at Harding Middle School. If you have questions about how to understand, respond to and survive your child’s challenging behaviors, please join us for this parent workshop on crisis prevention. Each session has room for 12 Lakewood parents so sign up soon! More information can be found here.

Bond Refund to Save Taxpayers $6 Million

dollar signThe current tax reform debate occurring in Washington created an opportunity for the District to advance refund $43,825,000 of its 2014 bonds. The District was able to save $6,100,112 in future debt service costs for nearly 10% net present value savings. This will average approximately $235,000 per year over the life of the remaining bonds (final maturity 2043). 

PRE-SOUNDS OF SEASON ART SHOW SET FOR DEC. 14

vaseThe Lakewood High Art Department will host a Photography, Ceramics & Fiber Arts Show on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 5-7 pm in the Civic Auditorium lobby. An awards ceremony will take place at 6 pm. Come see the show before attending the Sounds of the Season concert at 7:30 pm. Make it a great arts evening!

Sounds of Season Set for Dec. 14 & 15

ornamentThe popular Lakewood High School Sounds of the Season concert, now in its fifth year, will be performed on December 14 & 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Come and celebrate the holidays with the LHS Performing Arts Department as students perform holiday song, tell holiday stories, and come together for a final carol sing along with the audience. The following groups will be performing: Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Barnstormers.

Emerson 4th Grader Wins "I Love Lakewood" Contest

essay winnerCongratulations to Emerson Elementary fourth-grader Kirsten Loyd on winning the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's annual “Why I Love Lakewood” essay contest. The contest is open each year to fourth-graders living in Lakewood. Kirsten's prize includes $100 cash, a ride in the Light Up Lakewood Parade, held on Dec. 2. She also helped to “flip the switch” to turn on the downtown holiday lights during Light Up Lakewood. Read Kirsten's essay here.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON KRUMROY, SHIRLEY

staff spotlight logoCongratulations to our December Staff Spotlight honorees: Lakewood High Science teacher Lisa Krumroy and Emerson Elementary Family Resource Coordinator Tara Shirley. These two dedicated staff members were nominated by one of their peers for the honor. Click Read More to find out more about this deserving duo.

Community Celebrates New LHS Athletic Facilities

new gymOn Nov. 30, the District welcomed hundreds of community members to celebrate the opening of the new LHS athletic facilities, including a beautiful new gym, wrestling room, weight room, indoor track and community fitness facility. This celebration ceremony was the last in a long string of dedications of the last 12 years and now we can say our long-range Facilities Master Plan is complete! Thank you to our community! View photos of the Nov. 30 celebration here.

Save Around books fundraiser to benefit Class of 2018

The Class of 2018 is currently selling Save Around coupon books to help with the cost of prom this year. Coupon books can be bought for $25 from a senior class officer or can be purchased using the link: http://www.supportourgroups.com/GN/222939. Order your book before December 15. Want to flip through the pages of the book? Check out this link:   https://tinyurl.com/y9nkupm6 

United Way Brings New Reading Room to Harrison

chompsStudents at Harrison Elementary have a neat new space to get cozy with books thanks to the opening of a reading room sponsored by the United Way Young Leaders’ Readers Become Leaders initiative. Student reading ambassadors cut the ribbon on the room as District administrators and United Way representatives looked on.

LHS TRAVEL CLUB HOSTING CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER DEC. 5

logoJoin the Lakewood High Travel Club at Chipotle on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 4-8 pm and help raise money for the group's trip to the Galapagos Islands in March. Mention LHS Travel Club or show this flyer at checkout and 50% of your bill will be donated to the group. 

LHS INTERACT CLUB'S SHELTER BOX PROJECT RAISES $1,700

heart of rocksThe Lakewood High Interact Club wasted no time in fulfilling its mission to put service first, by raising money this fall for disaster relief. The club, which is the high school affiliate of the Lakewood River Rotary Club, encourages students to think globally and act locally by participating in service and social activities together with the school’s foreign-exchange students.

Info Meeting on Special Olympics in Lakewood Set for Dec. 5

special olympics logoSpecial Olympics is coming to Lakewood! Interested athletes should attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2018 at 6 pm at Harding Middle School in Room 223. Sports will include track & field, swimming, basketball, golf, bowling and bocce. RSVP to diane.wolfe@lakewoodcityschools.org. Questions? Contact leslie.krogman@lakewoodcityschools.org or nick.hyclak@lakewoodcityschools.org.

MUSIC MARATHON RAISED MORE THAN $10,000 FOR DEPT.

violinThe Lakewood High School Orchestra Department raised more than $10,000 via its annual Music Marathon. The students gathered sponsors for the 13-hour long day of continual music playing on November 18. The students arrived at the Civic in their PJs ready to begin practicing at 6 am. The day ended at 7 pm after a finale concert where donors of a certain level were able to conduct one of the six orchestras. Click on Read More for some photos of the day.

Light Up Lakewood Dec. 2 Features District Ensembles

Light Up Lakewood LogoThe great community tradition of Light Up Lakewood is happening this year on Saturday, Dec. 2. The event, which lures thousands to downtown Lakewood, features music from many of our school ensembles from elementary to high school. The parade, which begins at 5 pm, includes our marching band and many District clubs and groups. Click here for more information and a schedule, including performance times, of this can't-miss event!

Football Head Coach Hannan Resigns

HannanThe Board of Education at its November 20 meeting accepted the resignation of head football coach Tom Hannan, effective immediately. Hannan will continue his job as a study hall monitor through the end of the school year and remain as intermural weightlifting coach until a new head coach is hired.

World War II Focus of Next LHS History Club Program Dec. 3

You are cordially invited to the next Lakewood High School History Club program. On Sunday, December 3 at 7 pm at the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium, LHS sophomore Adele Daniels and Dr. Chuck Greanoff will present "Lakewood in World War II, The Story of Many."

Boys' Soccer Team Earns GCSSCA Awards

gblahThe District runner-up boys' soccer team earned a number of Division 1 awards at the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association banquet on Nov. 19, including an All-State award to junior Malvin Glbah (at left) and Assistant Coach of the Year for Grant Graves. 

ROOSEVELT EARNS STATE HONOR FOR STUDENT PROGRESS

high progress logoRoosevelt Elementary is one of only nine schools in the state to be named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education for its gains in reading and math proficiency among all students during the 2016-2017 school year. Roosevelt is the only school in Cuyahoga County to have earned this significant award.

K-5 Literacy Info Night Videos Available

abcThe K-5 Literacy Information Night for parents was held on October 26. For those who were unable to attend and would like to learn more about the District's elementary reading and writing program, please watch the videos below for a recap of the evening:
Part 1  Part 2

Harding PTSA to Hold Chipotle Fundraiser Nov. 21

chipotle logoJoin the Harding PTSA at Chipotle on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 5-8:30 pm and help raise money for the parent group. Mention Harding PTSA or show this flyer and 50% of your bill will be donated to the group. Start your Thanksgiving holiday early with no cooking and head to Chipotle!

LHS GIVES EARLY DISMISSAL DUE TO BURNT MOTOR

Today at approximately 1:30 pm at Lakewood High School, smoke and a burning odor was reported by a staff member. The entire building was immediately evacuated and the Lakewood Fire Department was on the scene within minutes. At no time were any of our students or staff in danger.  The Fire Department determined that the smell and smoke was caused by a burned out motor that was caused due to issues related to a single phase power outage that impacted LHS.

Music Boosters Joins the #GivingTuesday movement

boosters logoThe Lakewood Music Boosters has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. The Boosters' goal is to raise funds to support District music programs for grades K-12.

GARFIELD PROGRAM HONORS OUR VETERANS

Veterans from across generations and from all the Armed Forces branches gathered on Friday, Nov. 10 at Garfield Middle School as part of the 21st Annual Veterans Day Recognition Program hosted by Garfield staff, students, PTSA and Help To Others (H2O).

LHS Model UN Club Earns Conference Awards

Model UN logoThe Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club turned in a fine performance at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference held Nov. 7 & 8 at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Senior Co-President Abe Dalisky and sophomore Evan Bell won the Superior Delegation award in the highly competitive Security Council.

Preschool Spots Available for 3-, 4-year-olds

logoThe Lakewood City Schools preschool program has openings to enroll 3 year olds and 4 year olds in its five star-rated program. For more information, please call 216-529-4214. You can find more information about our program here.

BOARD HONORS FIRST WOMAN TO SERVE AS MEMBER

pykeAt its meeting on Nov. 6, the centennial anniversary of women's right to vote in city elections, the Lakewood Board of Education passed a resolution honoring Bernice Pyke, the first woman elected to the Lakewood Board of Education, two years before women throughout the country won the right to vote. To learn more about Lakewood's role in the suffrage movement and the centennial anniversary, join the Lakewood League of Women Voters on Nov. 15 at Lakewood Park's Women's Pavilion. Click here for more details.

Superintendent Patterson to Retire in July 2018

Jeff PattersonSuperintendent Jeff Patterson announced at the Board of Education meeting on Nov. 6 that he intends to retire effective July 31, 2018 after 12 years with the District, including seven as superintendent. 

Chef McGorray & Computer Technician Smigelski Honored

spotlight logoCongratulations to this month's Staff Spotlight honorees: Rob McGorray, West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts' Senior Instructor,  and Dan Smigelski, Garfield Middle School's Computer Technician! Click "Read More" to see why McGorray's and Smigelski's peers found the two so deserving. 

W. Shore Student Wins Billboard Design Contest

billboard designCongratulations to senior Micah Inak of the Media, Art & Design program in the West Shore Career-Tech District. Micah won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge sponsored by University Hospitals, Safe Communities Coalition and State Farm Insurance. The contest asked for designs for a billboard on distracted teen driving. Micah's winning design was displayed on digital billboards for two weeks around the City of Cleveland and is currently displayed on print billboards around the city. She will receive $500 for her winning design.

Rangers Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors

ranger logoCongratulations to our Ranger athletes who have been named to one of the Southwest Conference All-Conference teams. First team selections are: Joe Burtzlaff (cross country), Malvin Gblah, Brennan Foran and Sophia Parker (soccer), and Dayvon Hanible (football).

Student Reports Attempted Armed Robbery

Wednesday morning, a Lakewood High School student reported being a victim of an attempted armed robbery on the way to school.   The student immediately reported the incident, which occurred in the area of Ridgewood and Franklin, to the Lakewood Police Department.  

The student was approached by a stranger who claimed to have a gun and wanted the student's cell phone and money.  The perpetrator did not end up robbing the student and he reportedly fled in a red vehicle with multiple occupants.  

Students are reminded to be aware of their surroundings on the way to and from school and if at all possible to walk with someone.  As always, please report any suspicious activity to the Lakewood Police Department at 216-521-1234.

Nov. 30 Ranger Rally to Celebrate New Athletic Facilities
block LThe time has finally come! Join Lakewood City Schools in celebrating the new Lakewood High School gymnasium, weight room, wrestling gym and community fitness facility on Thursday, November 30 at 6 pm when the District invites holds its Purple & Gold Ranger Rally in the new gym. This athletic showcase and open house will include our winter season Ranger teams displaying their skills in a variety of exhibitions and competitions. The public is welcome to tour the athletic wing, including walking the new indoor track, during the festivities. The Boosters will be on hand with concessions as well.
Garfield Collecting Items for Soldier Care Packages

flagGarfield Middle School's Civics Club is holding a soldier care package drive from October 23 - November 6. All items collected will be donated to the Northern Ohio USO for shipment to military members serving overseas. Please click here for a list of needed items. Cash donations are always accepted, too!

Makerspace Coming to LHS Thanks to LREF Grant

makerspace themesEveryone agrees that a successful 21st century education model calls for increased opportunities for students in creative thinking and hands-on learning. Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation, Lakewood High will soon have a dedicated space for just that. The Makerspace room will be a place where students will be encouraged to explore, discover, dream, create, produce, and collaborate using a variety of tools and materials.

Runners Shine in District, State Meets

joe burtzlaffDan GarciaCongratulations to senior cross country runner Joe Burtzlaff (far left), who finished 7th of 96 runners at the Divison 1 District championship meet Saturday and advanced to the Regional meet on Oct. 28. Also shining on the cross country course was Harding 8th grader Danny Garcia, who placed 5th in the state at the Ohio Middle School cross country championship meet on Sunday. Congrats to both these fine runners and their coaches!

Schools Raise $2,000 For Hurricane Relief

hurricane check groupWhile the suffering continues in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Marie, students and staff at Harding Middle School and Harrison, Hayes and Lincoln elementary schools are doing their part to help. Art teacher Cesar Vegas initiated the donation drive and combined, these schools, raised more than $2,032 for relief efforts. Representatives from the Cleveland Foundation and Julia de Burgos Cultural Art Center, who are helping to facilitate donations through the Puerto Rico Community Foundation were on hand at Harding Oct. 19 to accept the money raised. Click here to make your own donation.

Athletic Ticket Packages Now on Sale

rangermanThe start of the winters sports season is just around the corner. The Athletic Department is selling family and single ticket packages. The packages can be purchased at the ticket gate of any home event or at the Athletic Office at the high school. Click here for more details and package pricing.

Grant 5th Grader Chosen as This Year's Junior Fire Chief

valerie morrisFire Prevention Week means the crowning of a new Junior Fire Chief. Congratulations to Grant Elementary 5th grader Valerie Morris, who was chosen based on her essay titled "Every Second Counts." As is custom every year, the new Junior Chief earned a special ride to school in a fire truck. She also had the honor of reading her essay at the Fallen Firefighter Ceremony on October 8.  

K-5 Literacy Night Scheduled for Oct. 26

booksThe Teaching & Learning Department will host a K-5 Literacy Night on Thursday, October 26 from 6:30-7:30 pm at Emerson Elementary School. The program will share what the District is doing to grow readers and writers through the workshop curriculum. You will also learn how you can support your student's work at home. See you there!

News 5 Highlights Badat's Work to Open Malawi School

badatLakewood HIgh Principal Yakoob Badat's efforts to open a primary school in his native Malawi through Nanze, the nonprofit he founded, were featured recently on News 5 Cleveland. You can view the video here.

Board Presentation on Report Card Emphasizes Growth

At the most recent Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent Roxann-Ramsey Caserio and Director of Teaching and Learning Christine Palumbo presented an in-depth look at the numbers behind the District's 2016-2017 State Report Card. Looking at the data behind the letter grades shows growth in many areas. Please view the video by clicking on Read More to hear not only about the grades, but also the context in which our district fits with other districts. 

Garfield Hosting Chipotle Fundraiser Oct. 11

chiopotle logoCome to the Lakewood Chipotle on Wednesday, October 11 between 4-8 pm and help raise money for Garfield Middle School. Show this flyer when you order or mention Garfield and 50% of your bill will go to Garfield to help support school activities.

Harding Holding Blood Drive on Oct. 16

blood drive logoHarding Builders Club is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, October 16 from 2:30-7:00 pm in the school's gymnasium. Students who recruit a blood donor will receive a gift from the Red Cross.  Donors can also sign-up for a specific time on the Red Cross Rapid Pass page at http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass. Rapid Pass can only be used on the day of the blood drive.

Ranger Cafe Accepting Reservations; Opens Oct. 24

cafe logoThe Ranger Café at West Shore, located at Lakewood High School, will be open for business beginning on Tuesday, October 24. Ranger Café is operated by the students and staff of the Culinary Arts program of the West Shore Career-Technical District. They cook the food, wait on the tables, manage the cash register and everything else that goes along with running a restaurant. The food is fabulous and the prices reasonable!

October Staff Spotlight Honorees: Hanrahan & Hickey

spotlight logoOur Staff Spotlight feature returns for the new school year with two well-deserving employees whose passion for children drives what they do every day for the District. Read more here about why Human Resource Specialst Fran Hanrahan and Harrison Elementary teacher Tiffany Hickey have been chosen as our October honorees.

Spirit Parade & Homecoming 2017

marching bandSchools across the District celebrated Homecoming Week September 25-30 with Spirit Days and capped off the week with the Spirit Parade. A new Homecoming King and Queen were crowned (Gabby Eisel and Jacob Richmond), the football team gave a valiant fight in its loss to North Olmsted, and hundreds of high schoolers danced the night away Saturday evening. Ranger spirit was everywhere! See Spirit Parade & Homecoming photos here.

Lakewood Music Boosters Thank you

boosters logoLakewood Music Boosters would like to thank the community for their outstanding support of the Performing Arts Groups of Feet to the Street/TAG Day on Saturday, September 9.  Donations will be used to cover expenses for the school year.  Please join us for this month's events:  

The Orchestra Pops Concert at the Civic on October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Drama Club Production of "Elf, Jr." at Garfield Middle School on October 19 & 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Lakewood High production of "Macbeth" on October 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.

District's Labor Relations Lauded in News 5 Piece

WEWS News 5 aired an investigation on September 28 that focused on the amount of money public school districts in the area spend on legal fees for labor negotiations. The piece pointed to Lakewood City Schools as an example of a district that is doing it right with our unique Communications Forum spotlighted. The text of the report can be viewed here. Scroll down to the bottom to see the Lakewood segment.

Girls' Tennis Hosting Angelo's Fundraiser Sept. 27

angelo's logoThe Lakewood High girls' tennis team will be hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, September 27 at Angelo's Pizza. From open to close, Angelo's will donate 20% of your bill if you mention the tennis team. The offer is good for dine-in, delivery or takeout and includes gift cards as well. An easy way to help one of our Ranger teams!

Soccer Tops St. Ed's To Claim Community Cup

boys soccer teamCongratulations to the boys' varsity soccer team, which defeated St. Ed's, 2-0, to win back the Community Cup trophy on September 25. The Rangers won on goals scored by Brennan Foran and Malvin Gblah. Goalkeeper George Hericks kept the Eagles scoreless. The JV team also beat the Eagle, 2-1, and remain undefeated for the season. Go Rangers! 

Doubles Title Highlights Tennis' SWC Tournament Showing

rangerman logoThe girls' varsity tennis team had an impressive showing in the Southwest Conference championship tournament held on September. 16 & 18. The team placed third overall, led by a first-place finish for the 2nd doubles team of  Clare Harvey and Sarah Yonkers. Haley Stanaitis was the highest individual finisher with a 3rd overall in 3rd singles.

LHS Pays Tribute to WWII Hero, Staff Sgt. McGraw

flags lining streetFriday morning, Lakewood High staff members and students lined the streets to pay tribute and respect to Lakewood's fallen World War II hero and LHS grad, Staff Sgt. Thomas McGraw, whose remains were welcomed home this week after being buried in the Adriatic Sea for more than 70 years. As the funeral procession went by you could hear a pin drop as family members tearfully acknowledged and expressed gratitude for the show of support from the LHS community. RIP, Staff Sgt. McGraw. Photo Gallery

Grant PTA Seeks Vendors for Craft Fair Nov. 11

GrantGrant PTA is looking for vendors for its Vendor & Craft Holiday Mingle on Saturday, November 11 from 9 am - noon at Grant Elementary School. There is a $30 entry fee plus a raffle basket must be provided. Applications must be in by November 1 by emailing maha_metri@yahoo.com

Rangers Education Foundation Seeks Program Coordinator

LREF logoLakewood Rangers Education Foundation is seeking a Program Coordinator. The Coordinator will assist and support the Executive Director in carrying out all aspects of day-to-day office administration, program development and management, advocacy, organizing, communications, organizational leadership and fundraising with a specific focus on proficiency in current office and social media technology/applications to manage workload and attain goals. 

Bond Refinancing to Save District Millions

dollar signWith its new bond rating from S&P Global Ratings freshly awarded, the Lakewood City Schools on September 14 refinanced $41 million worth of 2007 series bonds.  The refinancing resulted in excess of $7 million (or 14.6%) in savings over the life of the bonds. The annual savings from the refinancing is in excess of $500,000 in bond payments each of the next 14 years.

Garfield Civic Club Hosting Blood Drive on Oct. 2

red cross logoGarfield Middle School's Civics Club will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, Oct. 2 from 3-7 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. To sign up for an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or use the donor app and search for Garfield Middle School. All are welcome!

Lincoln PTA Hosting Fun Run Oct. 7

runnerLincoln PTA will be holding its second annual Lincoln Fun Run on Saturday, October 7 at 1pm at Kauffman Park. The proceeds of the run will go toward buying gym equipment, music instruments, playground equipment and hopefully much more. All are welcome! Learn more about the fun post-race activities and how to be a sponsor at https://lincolnptaeweek.wixsite.com/funrun2017

National Merit Semifinalist Leads List of Academic Standouts

Veronica LeeThe annual September announcements of the National Merit Scholarship Program recognitions and Advanced Placement Scholars includes Lakewood High students who are among the top academic students in the nation . Based on tests taken in the 2016-2017 school year, the latest LHS academic stars include National Merit Semifinalist Veronica Lee (pictured at left), three National Merit Commended Students and 85 AP Scholars, including four National AP Scholars.

LHS History Club to Present on Cleve. Race & Housing Legacy

The Lakewood High School History club will kick off its 2017-2018 teacher/student lecture series on Sunday, September 24 at 7 pm at the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium with the presentation "Cleveland - A city Divided: The Legacy of Race and Housing."  The featured speakers will be Joe Lobozzo, facilitator of the LHS Social Studies Department, and senior Erika Hakko. Their presentation will include a history of Cleveland’s housing patterns, including the underlying political, social and economic factors.

DISTRICT BOND RATING UPGRADED TO AA

Citing the District’s “consistently strong financial position,” S&P Global Ratings recently raised the Lakewood City School District bond rating from AA- to AA. This upward adjustment means the District can sell bonds at a lower interest rate in the future, driving down the cost for the District and increasing savings for the community.

BOARD OKS CLEVE. CLINIC CHILDREN'S HEALTH CENTER AT LHS

lakewood high entranceThe Lakewood Board of Education at its Sept. 5 meeting approved an agreement with Cleveland Clinic Children’s to provide health care services, including mental health services, to Lakewood High School students and employees of the Lakewood City Schools through a school-based health center at Lakewood High.

Toiletries Drive to Benefit Community Closets, Honor Giffels

t shirtAt this Friday's LHS football game vs. Berea-Midpark, the first 500 people to make a donation ~ either monetary or new, unopened toiletries ~ will receive a free “NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE” t-shirt in honor of Anne Giffels, friend and colleague to many in the Lakewood City Schools and the community.

Class of 2018 Kicks off Scholarship Drive

While students at Lakewood High are focusing on homework, Friday nights, and planning for their future, they are also looking to give back to their community. The days for LHS seniors are dwindling and as these students reflect upon their time in Lakewood, they are beginning to realize the many gifts afforded to them by this community, sparking a desire to give back. The LHS Senior Class is looking to promote academic success, active volunteerism, and a continuation into secondary education through the establishment of a Class of 2018 Scholarship Fund.

Supplies 4 Success Succeeds Again

suppliesSupplies 4 Success had another successful summer collection. Commmunity support was great with collection sites around town and with partner groups (Cox Cable, Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary, H20, TLCO, LCSC, LCAC, Lakewood Teachers Association, Lakewood United Methodist, Lakewood Presbyterian, Lakewood Congregational Church, and LCSD).

Fall Rec. Dept. Programming Now Available

rec booklet coverThe Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s Fall Booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the Youth/Adult Programming, Athletics and Aquatics that the department has to offer for this fall. Visit www.lakewoodrecreation.com to view the booklet.

Music Boosters First Meeting Sept. 5

boosters logoThe Music Boosters will be holding its first general meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 5 at 7:30 pm. Anyone is welcome to join the meeting and become a member of the Boosters. Please enter through the athletic doors in the back and go to the keyboad classroom (E134). 

Summer Reading Book Author Visits Garfield & Harding

PearsallFor all the middle schoolers in the District, this week was a special treat as they received a personalized inside peek to the behind-the-scenes motivations and methods of the author of their summer reading book. Shelley Pearsall, author of “The Seventh Most Important Thing,” visited Garfield and Harding Middle Schools on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30.

Cross Country Teams to Host Chipotle Fundraiser Aug. 29

chipotle logoCome to Lakewood's Chipotle and support the Lakewood High School boys' and girls' cross country teams. Fifty percent of sales from 4-8pm will be donated to the teams. Be sure to show this flyer or mention you are supporting the cross country teams.
If you order online, be sure to pay in the store and mention/show the flyer for credit to to the teams.

 

District Accepting Proposals for Multi-Purpose Field

Sealed proposals for the LHS Multi-Purpose Field, Bid Package #2 at Lakewood High School, 14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood, Ohio 44107, will be received at the Lakewood Schools District Office, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, Ohio 44107 until Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 11:00 am, local time. Bids will be publicly opened and read at that time.

LHS Musicians Selected for All-State, Region Orchestras

ne ohio orchestra membersLakewood High will be well-represented at the Ohio Music Educators Association’s Northeast Ohio Region Orchestra as five student musicians were selected for the honors ensemble. Of the five chosen, sophomore cellist Grace Gill was also selected to be part of the All-State Orchestra.

Marching Band Festival Set for Sept. 16

band logoOn Saturday, September 16, the Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band will host the 31st Annual Lakewood Ranger Marching Band Festival at First Federal Lakewood Stadium. Visiting marching bands performing at this year’s festival include Avon HS, Brush HS, Fairview Park HS, North Olmsted HS, Strongsville HS, Valley Forge HS, and Bay Village HS. The parade of bands begins at  6 pm with performances starting at 6:30.

District seeks bids for purchase/lease of fitness equipment

A sealed Request for Proposal for the Lakewood City Schools will be received by Kent Zeman, Treasurer, Lakewood City School District, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH, 44107, until 12:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, September 7, 2017.  Immediately after the time for filing of the RFP has expired, they will be opened and publicly read. The proposal includes cardio fitness equipment, on a lease or purchase basis, for the Lakewood City School District.  

Board/PTA annual ice cream social set for Sept. 5

ice cream conePlease join the members of the Board of Education and the Lakewood Council of PTAs for their annual Ice Cream Social at 6:15 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 5 in the Garfield Middle School gym. The community is invited to enjoy free ice cream with all the toppings and listen to music from our middle school band members from Garfield and Harding. The Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 pm following the social. This district tradition is a great way to kick off the school year and meet your elected officials!

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Community Celebrates New Performing Arts & Phys Ed Wing

ribbon cuttingHundreds turned out to enjoy the dedication of the new Lakewood High Performing Arts & Physical Education Wing on a hot but beautiful Sunday afternoon on Aug. 20. The dedication marked the near completion of the final construction project of the District's Facilities Master Plan. The gym is scheduled to open Nov. 1.

GIRLS' SOCCER HOLDING CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER AUG. 22

chipotle logoJoin the LHS girls' soccer team at their fundraiser at Lakewood Chipotle on Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 4-8 pm. Show this flyer or tell the cashier before ordering about the fundraiser and Chipotle will give 50% of your check to the team.

Student Musicians Coming to Your Neighborhood Sept. 9

Tag!  Lakewood is IT. Who can it be knocking at my door? Lakewood High School musicians will be walking in your neighborhood on Saturday, September 9, from 1:00-5:00 pm.  Musicians will be handing out the 2017-2018 performance schedule, Music Boosters membership forms, phone app info, and accepting free will donations. Parent volunteers needed: please sign up by clicking here.

 

Marching Band Festival Preview Is Aug. 16

band logoBring the family, camp chairs and a picnic basket, and watch and listen as the Ranger Marching Band prepares for the annual Lakewood High School Band Festival by marching non-stop for four hours. All families, fans, friends, and alumni of the band, and all members of the local business community, are invited to sponsor a student with a donation. Nine sponsorship levels are available with corresponding rewards at the Preview event and in the Festival program. Sponsorship information is available here.

Board Considers Multi-Purpose Field Proposal for North Lot

Superintendent Jeff Patterson recommended to the Board of Education at its August 7 meeting that it consider installing a multi-purpose field in the North Lot across from Lakewood High. The Board had promised at the beginning of the Facilities Master Plan implementation that it would return the North Lot to a field and parking lot when construction was complete.

District seeks bids for fitness equipment

A sealed bid for Lakewood City Schools will be received by Kent Zeman, Treasurer, Lakewood City School District, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH 44107, until 11 am local time on Thursday, August 17, 2017. Immediately after the time for filing of the bids has expired, they will be opened and publicly read. The proposal includes fitness equipment for the Lakewood City School District.

Enter Your Student's Information in Registration Gateway

The District's new student information system, Registration Gateway, is now available for parents to enter their student's data for the 2017-2018 school year. Please click here to access the Registration Gateway input page.

Supplies 4 Success Drive Gets Students What They Need

school suppliesMany of our students find it difficult to buy the supplies necessary to compete academically throughout the school year, Supplies 4 Success aims to relieve the students and their families of this burden. The supply drive, in its sixth year, has supported over 500 students each year with supplies. Through our community’s generosity we have been able to create supply closets in all buildings and a calculator library at the high school. Supplies will be available at each building from the Parent Resource Coordinator/Guidance Counselor starting the first day of school. Click here to find out where you can drop off your supply donations.

LHS Duo Part of All-Ohio State Fair Band

fair band logoTwo Lakewood High musicians are spending two weeks in Columbus as members of the All-Ohio State Fair Band. The Fair Band and accompanying Youth Choir have been part of the Ohio State Fair since 1925 and 1963, respectively. Representing Lakewood in this year’s band are juniors Lidia Logan and Kira Marjanovic.

Tech Teacher Chanter Repeat Presenter at Int'l Conference

chanterFor the second straight summer curriculum and technology teacher Jaime Chanter was a selected presenter for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, held in San Antonio this year. The conference draws over 15,000 educators. Chanter presented a session on starting a District Twitter chat and gave a speech on making the most of school resources. Chanter also was accepted into the Google GEO Institute and visited Google headquarters this summer. Chanter will be bringing her educational tech knowledge to Lakewood High this school year.  

Middle Schools, Elementaries to Re-Open in August

Middle school offices will re-open on Wednesday, Aug. 2 and elementary building offices will re-open on Monday, Aug. 7. Any questions regarding next school year can be answered once building staff have returned from summer break. Lakewood High offices are open through the summer.

LHS New WIng Dedication to be livestreamed

LHS new wingPlease join the Lakewood Board of Education, Superintendent Jeff Patterson and Principal Keith Ahearn at the Dedication Celebration for the new Lakewood High School Performing Arts & Physical Education Wing today at 4 pm. The building will be open for tours immediately following the ceremony. The District is eager to share this significant milestone with community members, whose generosity made the completion of our Facilities Master Plan possible!

Link to livestreaming here.

Board Adopts District Goals for 2017-2018

The Lakewood Board of Education at its July 17 meeting approved the District Goals for the 2017-2018 school year. The six main goals include improving student achievement; fostering a positive and collaborative working relationship and environment with employees; effectively manage District operations; continuing with the District construction plan and ongoing maintenance; continuing the District's fiscal stability, transparency and accountability; and building upon the trust of the community. For a more detailed look at the goals, click here.

ASIA Program Gives ELL Students Summer Boost

group of studentsWhile many of their peers are sleeping in and enjoying a carefree summer, nearly 100 English Language Learner students voluntarily report to summer school each weekday so that when they officially return to school on Aug. 21, they will be well prepared for the challenge.

Garfield Science Teacher Named Next Harding Asst. Principal

Robin BeaversThe Board of Education at its July 17 meeting approved Garfield Middle School science teacher Robin Beavers as the next Assistant Principal for Harding Middle School. Beavers will replace Shane Sullivan, who has accepted a position in another school district.

Fall Sports Preseason Meeting Set for July 20

Ranger logoFor those interested in playing a fall sport for the 2017-2018 school year, there will be a OHSAA-required preseason meeting for parents and athletes on Thursday, July 20 at 6 pm in the Harding Middle School Gym. 

District Will See 1% Funding Cut Under New State Budget

An update from Treasurer Kent Zeman: The Conference Committee (made up of members from the House of Representatives and the Senate) met June  27 and resolved the differences between the House and Senate version of House Bill 49 – Biennial Budget.  Both the House and Senate approves the Conference Committee recommended Biennial Budget without modifications. Gov. John Kasich signed the bill June 30, just minutes before midnight. The financial impact to the Lakewood City School District followed the Senate version of the bill, which means the District will see a 1% reduction in foundation funding in FY 2018 or $172,825 and no additional reduction in FY 2019. 

Yard Signs Celebrate Highest Achievement on AP Tests

AP yard signSigns were placed at 42 Lakewood High students' homes Thursday, congratulating the students for scoring a "5" on at least one Advanced Placement exam taken in May. Many of those students scored multiple "5s". Congratulations to these students and their teachers and all who took these difficult college-level exams!

H2O CLOTHING DRIVE SUPER SALE SET FOR JULY 22

H2o logoH2O's annual Clothing Drive Super Sale will be held on Saturday, July 22 from 9 am - 3 pm at the former Taft Elementary building, 13701 Lake Avenue. Most items will be $1 or less. H2O is accepting clothing donations at all city fire stations through July 17. The money raised all goes toward funding the group's youth service programs.

RACE RAISES AWARENESS FOR ADOPTIVE, FOSTER FAMILIES

2017 Race for Home 5K Registration is open! Join Cuyahoga County's Division of Children & Family Services and the Council of Neighborhood Leaders (which includes Lakewood Collaborative) at Edgewater Park on Sunday, July 30, to run or walk and celebrate the gifts that foster and adoptive families bring to our communities. Help raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive homes while enjoying fitness and camaraderie. For more information and to register, click here.

 

LHS Basketball/Golf Teams Join for Golf Fundraiser

ballJoin the boys' basketball and the golf teams of Lakewood High for a fun golf fundraiser outing on Saturday, July 22. There will be lots of food, prizes and great golf! Click here for more information.

GIRLS' SOCCER HOLDING CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER JUNE 27

chipotle logoThe LHS girls' soccer program will be holding a fundraiser on Tuesday, June 27 from 5-9 pm at Lakewood Chipotle. Make sure to show this flyer when you order and Chipotle will donate 50% of your check to the team.

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TWO NEW ADMINISTRATORS TO JOIN DISTRICT

schladeRogelThe Lakewood Board of Education at its June 19 meeting approved the hiring of two new administrators, who will both begin their positions on Aug. 1, 2017. Swanton (Ohio) Local School District Superintendent Jeffrey Schlade has been named the new Director of Human Resources and Oberlin City Schools Director of Pupil Services Elizabeth Rogel has been named a Coordinator of Student Services.