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RANGER MARCHING BAND FEATURED ON WEWS-CH. 5

WEWS-Channel 5 has put the spotlight on our Lakewood Ranger Marching Band for a nice feature about marching bands and all the hard work entailed. The station will run a prime time high school football preview Wed., Aug. 27 from 8-9 pm that will also include footage of our band. Click here for the Ch. 5 story.


EAT AT JAMMY BUGGARS AUG. 12, SUPPORT SUPPLIES 4 SUCCESS

Jammy Buggars on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood will donate 15% of a diner's bill to the Supplies 4 Success initiative, a collaborative effort between Lakewood City Schools and several community organizations, including Lakewood Family Collaborative, Lakewood Community Services Center, H2O and Trinity Lakewood Communiity Outreach. Good for lunch, dinner and takeout!


FALL SPORTS PRESEASON MEETING SET FOR JULY 22

An OHSAA preseason meeting is set for July 22, 2014 at 7pm in the Civic Auditorium for all parents and athletes grades 7-12. If you cannot attend the meeting you can watch the OHSAA video on the Ranger Athletics web site here


H2O CLOTHING DRIVE SUPER SALE SET FOR JULY 26

H2O's Clothing Drive and Super-Sale is a citywide project to provide affordable back-to-school clothes for Lakewood families (including adults!). Most items priced at $1.00 or less! H2O is still accepting gently worn infant-adult clothing donations through July 19th. Donations can be dropped off at any Lakewood Fire Station 7 days a week.


A LOOK BACK AT THE LAKEWOOD PROJECT CONCERT

The annual July 4 Lakewood Project concert has become a much-loved Lakewood tradition. Click here to see photos from this year's concert taken by Lakewood Project parent Randy Varcho.


BOARD OKS PERSONNEL, CONSTRUCTION MOVES

The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting on July 9 approved two new administrative hires: Christine Foote and Cassandra Squires as Coordinators of Teaching & Learning. The two formerly served as Instructional Coaches for the district. The Board also accepted a number of resignations, including that of Lakewood High Band Director Nathan Harris. Also at the meeting, the Board approved a contract with Ozanne Construction to serve as Owner's Agent for the district's final phase of construction and OK'd a purchase agreement for property at 1600 Robinwood Avenue that will allow greater flexibility in the high school design in relation to the surrounding neighborhood.


DISTRICT PATRIOTISM ON DISPLAY AT JULY 4 PARADE

Check out a photo gallery of many of the district groups that marched in the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade! 


SURVEY SHOWS HIGH SATISFACTION WITH REC PROGRAMS

As part of an effort to follow through on its continuous improvement plan, this past spring the Lakewood City School District surveyed the Lakewood community in regards to the district’s Community Recreation and Education Department programs.  The survey, conducted by the Triad Research Group using a random sampling technique, confirmed a number of key findings that indicates that Lakewood residents are satisfied with the department’s operations.


LATEST DISTRICT ONLINE AUCTION TO END JULY 22

The Lakewood Board of Education will be conducting an online auction of used school building furniture on Monday, June 23, 2014, and will conclude on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. 


PUBLIC NOTICE TO BIDDERS

A sealed bid package for Lakewood City Schools will be received by Kent Zeman, Treasurer, Lakewood City School District, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH 44107, until 10:00 am local time on July 7, 2014.  Immediately after the time for filing of proposals has expired they will be opened and publicly read. The project includes Construction Trades/Maintenance Building.


DISTRICT EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL BATTERY

The Lakewood City Schools has been informed by law enforcement that one of our employees, Lakewood High School Band Director, Nathan Harris, was charged today in Rocky River Municipal Court with one count of sexual battery in connection with a student.


FIRST 5TH GRADE DISTRICTWIDE TRACK MEET SUCCESS

The Lakewood City Schools first annual 5th Grade District Track and Field Meet was hosted by the district elementary P.E. staff on Saturday, May 10, at First Federal Stadium. The weather was outstanding and approximately 70 5th graders representing all seven elementary schools participated in this new and exciting event. 


GARFIELD STUDENTS SHOWCASE FRUITS OF FOOD UNIT

Garfield Middle School students in Miss McDonough, Miss Street and Mrs. Yoder’s class wrapped up a yearlong unit called “Farm to School” on our food system with a project fair where students showed off all they had learned about where their food comes from and why it’s important to know.


RANGER SHOP HOLDING YEAR-END SALE

Come get your latest Ranger spirit wear at the Ranger Shop's year-end sale. The shop will be open on Tuesday, June 3, from 3-7 pm. Lots of great purple and gold gear!


RANGER SHOP OPEN EXTENDED HOURS APRIL 30

The Ranger Shop will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, April 30, from 3-7 pm for you to stock up on your Spring Ranger Spirit Wear – perfect for Track and Field Days, Spirit Days, and great end-of-year gifts.


HARDING'S PESTA TO BE FEATURED ON NATIONAL TV

Harding Middle School science teacher Ann Pesta will be featured as the Science Teacher of the Week on the TV show, COSMOS, which airs Sundays at 9 pm on Fox. Pesta will be on at the end of the show this Sunday, April 20. The Harmon Family, which includes one of Pesta's former students, nominated Pesta for the honor. If you've ever been in Pesta's fun and energized classroom, you know this honor is well-deserved!


HARRISON 5TH GRADER EARNS STATE WRESTLING TITLE

Harrison Elementary 5th-grader Jayden Jackson placed first at the Ohio Athletic Commission (OAC) state tournament March 15-16, defeating the defending champion for the title. Jackson qualified for the state meet by winnning his district tournament and finished his season 41-5.


LAKEWOOD SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED JAN. 28

All Lakewood City Schools buildings will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 28, due to expected extreme weather conditions for Tuesday. All evening activities are cancelled as well.


LAKEWOOD PROJECT CONCERT IS ON FOR TONIGHT!

Despite a number of sports cancellations, the concert with the Lakewood Project and Hard Day's Night will go on tonight at 7:30 pm in the Civic. Drive safely!


BOARD SWEARS IN NEW OFFICERS FOR 2014

Longtime Board member Linda Beebe (pictured with Treasurer Kent Zeman) and Emma Petrie Barcelona were sworn in as the new President and Vice President, respectively, of the Lakewood Board of Education for 2014 at an organizational meeting on Jan. 6. Members Edward Favre and Betsy Bergen Shaughnessy were also sworn in to new terms following their re-election in November. President Beebe then presented comments about the coming year, including the challenges facing the district as it begins the final phase of its construction plan and implements Common Core. Read the text of the new Board leader's comments here.


BOARD OFFICES RE-OPENED ON WARREN ROAD

The majority of the Board of Education offices have been relocated back to the Board of Education building at 1470 Warren Road, including the Recreation Dept. The remaining departments - Treasurer's Office and Payroll & Accounting - will be at the Franklin School location until Monday, Jan. 13. Thank you for your cooperation during this transition time. 


COLLEGE SPORTS RECRUITING TOPIC OF JAN. 8 SEMINAR

Former Browns player and NFL Super Bowl Champion Darnell Dinkins, a current Rutgers University assistant football coach, will be at Lakewood High Wednesday Jan. 8, at 6 pm in the Civic Auditorium to speak to our student athletes and parents regarding the college recruiting process. The seminar is open to all parents and students of all ages that are interested in participating in college athletics.


RANGER CAFE TO BE CLOSED THIS WEEK

Due to Monday's school closing and impending inclement weather , the Ranger Cafe @ West Shore will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Wednesday, Jan. 8. The Ranger Cafe will accept reservations for Wednesday, Jan. 22, Tuesday, Jan.  28,  and Wednesday, Jan. 29.


LET'S KEEP SIDEWALKS CLEAR FOR STUDENTS' WALK TO SCHOOL

With our students returning to school this coming week, it is imperative that everyone pitch in and make sure sidewalks are cleared. When sidewallks are unshoveled, students resort to walking in the streets, putting themselves in danger. So, please help out and clear for kids.


WINTER RECREATION BOOK AVAILABLE

The Lakewood Recreation and Education Department Winter Booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the Youth/Adult Programming, Athletics and Aquatics offered this winter. The booklet includes listings for Summer Camps, Learn-to-swim, Adult Spring Softball, Youth Baseball and much more. Click here to view the booklet.

 


B.R.I.D.G.E.S. STUDENTS MAKE COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Students from the B.R.I.D.G.E.S classrooms at Garfield Middle School made a holiday ‘community connection’. The students collected money to purchase personal care items to be donated to the Lakewood Community Service Center. Students used many academic, social and daily living skills to complete this project. Each student participated by helping those in need in the Lakewood community. Click here for a photo story of their efforts.


REPORT OF SUSPICIOUS DRIVER NEAR ROOSEVELT UNTRUE

After further investigation by the school district and the Lakewood Police Department, it has been determined that the report earlier by a Roosevelt Elementary parent that her children had been approached by a man in a pickup truck on their walk home from school on Dec. 16 was unfounded. No children were ever in danger nor was there a suspicious person in a black pickup truck.

While the district regrets causing any alarm among our parents and community, district officials felt it was important to let parents know what was thought to be accurate at the time and that it was best to err on the side of caution when it comes to the safety of our students.


LEARN MORE ABOUT BEING AN FOSTER/ADOPTIVE PARENT

On  Dec. 1, from 2pm-5pm, City of Lakewood Division of Youth staff will have a table set up by the Lakewood Public Library main branch circulation desk in order to provide information to anyone interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Please contact Donna Rakerd at 216-529-6108 with any questions. 


HARDING CEREMONY SALUTES VETERANS' SERVICE

Veterans from across generations and from all the Armed Forces branches gathered on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Harding Middle School as part of the 17th Annual Veterans Day Recognition Program hosted by Harding staff, students, and Help To Others (H2O) service group.


BARNSTORMERS TO STAGE NEIL SIMON'S "FOOLS"

This year’s LHS Barnstormers’ fall comedy is Neil Simon’s “Fools,” on stage in the Tryout Theater Nov. 14-16 at 8 p.m. The play takes place in a remote village in the Ukraine, where the entire population has been placed under a curse of stupidity. A young schoolteacher happens upon the village and vows to break the curse by educating the village’s most hopeless—and beautiful—individual.Tickets are $5 at the door.


LINCOLN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION SET FOR OCT. 16 Join the Lincoln Elementary community as it celebrates the school's 100-year anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 16. An Open House will take place from 6-8 pm at  the school. Former and current teachers, alumni and current students will be there and guests are free to tour the building. Read more about the celebration here.
RIVER COUPLE GIVES SHOUT OUT TO BAND & DISTRICT A Rocky River couple who attended the Rangers vs. Pirates football game last Friday took the time to share some kind words for our Ranger Marching Band and our district in general, all thanks to our spirit of inclusiveness. Read the letter to Band Director Nathan Harris here.
LINCOLN EARNS $500 FROM FITNESS FITS EVERYONE Congratulations to Lincoln Elementary, which earned $500 for phys ed or recess equipment from Jordan's Family Foundation for having the highest percentage of its students attend Fitness Fits Everyone on Sept. 29. Grant took second place and earned $200. Thanks to the JFF for these great gifts!
ALUMNI FOUNDATION EVENT RAISES MORE THAN $25,000 The Lakewood Alumni Foundation's Salute to the Lakewood City Schools celebration was a huge success, raising more than $25,000 for the Foundation. That money wil directly benefit the Lakewood City Schools in a myriad of ways. Thanks to the Foundation for its fantastic support of our students and to all the donors and volunteers who made the weekend such a success. Click here to see a photo gallery of the weekend.
COME PLAY IN ROOSEVELT'S CARDBOARD ARCADE Roosevelt fourth- and fifth-graders are taking part in Caine's Arcade Global Cardboard Challenge and have been creating arcade games out of cardboard that they would like to share with the public. Come play in their Cardboard Arcade this Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 am-12 pm at Roosevelt. Learn more here.
JOIN BOARD & PTA FOR ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL SEPT. 2

Join the Lakewood Council of PTAs and the Lakewood Board of Education members at the annual back-to-school Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 6:15-7 pm in the Harding Middle School Cafetorium. The Board members will be dishing out the scoops with plenty of sundae fixins’ as well. A great way to kick off the school year and a chance to get to know your elected Board members!


SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE TO HELP STUDENTS IN NEED
Lakewood City Schools has joined with the Lakewood Family Collaborative, Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach, H2O and the Lakewood Community Services Center in the Supplies 4 Success initiative that provides supplies for our students in need. Donations of supplies are being collected through Aug. 22. For a list of supplies needed and dropoff locations, click here.

MANDATORY PARENT WINTER SPORTS MEETING OCT. 29 There will be a Winter Ohio High School Athletic Association preseason informational meeting Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6 pm in the Civic Auditorium for all parents and students interested in basketball, hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, and swimming & diving.
A THANK YOU TO VOTERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF ISSUE 84

Thank you, Lakewood voters, for passing Issue 84 with such overwhelming support! The district can now move forward finishing the final phase of its Master Facilities Plan. This last phase includes rebuilding Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools and the eastern half (from the Civic east) of Lakewood High School. The district will now receive $50 million from the State of Ohio or half the cost of the $100 million project.


COMMON CORE INFORMATION MEETING SET FOR DEC. 4

Join the district's Director of Teacher & Learning, Roxann Ramsey-Caserio, for a presentation and discussion regarding the district's implementation of the Common Core State Standards on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 pm in the Garfield Cafetorium. Learn what the standards are and how they impact our students and teachers.


CH. 3 FEATURES WEST SHORE STUDENTS' CHILD-SAVING DEVICE

West Shore Career-Tech students Leaf Holland and Michael Dodrill created a child-saving device in their Project Lead the Way class that alerts parents if they accidently leave their child in the car. Click here to see the piece by WKYC Channel 3 on their invention and its life-saving potential.


MIDDLE SCHOOLERS ADVANCE IN POWER OF THE PEN

The district's middle school teams have advanced the most writers in years to the Regional round of the Power of the Pen competition, following an outstanding showing in the first round Jan. 18, including first place overall for Garfield 8th grader Izzy Ostrowski and third place for Harding's 7th grade team.


COLLEGE PLANNING WORKSHOP SET FOR FEB. 10

Parents of 9th, 10th and 11th graders: On Monday, Feb. 10, the LHS Guidance Department will be hosting an overview of the college process from 6:30-8 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Guidance counselors along with admission representatives from local universities and colleges will give parents an idea of what to expect of the process. Please consider joining us with your child for this important presentation!


STUDENTS TO JOIN GRAMMY-WINNING PIANIST IN CONCERT

Lakewood City Schools is thrilled to present Grammy award-winning and internationally acclaimed pianist, Angelin Chang, in concert on Sunday, April 27 at 2 pm at the Civic Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Chang will be collaborating and performing with nearly a dozen student pianists from the district as Lakewood City Schools continues to go above and beyond in its dedication to music education.


COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON NEW SCHOOL DESIGNS SET

Superintendent Patterson will be holding community meetings to introduce to the public the architect team for our new elementary schools and solicit input on designs.The meetings will begin at 7 pm and are as follows: April 8 in the Lincoln Gym, April 10 in the Grant Gym and April 16 in the Roosevelt Gym. The meeting regarding the high school will be held April 22 at 7 pm in the LHS East Cafeteria. Come and have your opinion heard!


ASST. SUPERINTENDENT BRIGHT LEAVING DISTRICT

The Board of Education at its March 17 meeting accepted the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Kevin Bright, effective Aug. 1, 2014. Bright, who came to Lakewood in August 2011, has been instrumental in implementing several new educational programs and initiated new community partnerships that have significantly benefited our students.


HARVARD, MILITARY AMONG SENIORS' DESTINATIONS

The Class of 2014 has finished its days at LHS and all that awaits is Commencement on June 8 before its nearly 400 members head off to the next chapter in their lives. Their choices for the future are as diverse as the class itself. 


BOARD OKS NEW ADMINISTRATIVE HIRES

At a June 19 special meeting, the Board of Education approved current Director of Special Programs, Brian Siftar, as the next Principal of Emerson Elementary School and Christopher Donahoe as Assistant Director of Operations and Construction.


ARCHITECT MEETINGS SET; NEW GRANT MEETING LOCATION

Dates for the next round of architect meetings for the three elementary schools involved in the final phase of construction have been set. Rodwell King of GPD Group will present preliminary footprint plans and designs for the sites and field the community’s questions and comments. Meeting dates are as follows:

Sept. 9, 6:30 pm in the Grant LRC at St. James, 17415 Northwood Ave.
Sept. 10, 6 pm in the Lincoln Gym (old building), 15615 Clifton Blvd.
Sept. 16, 6:30 pm in the Roosevelt Gym at Franklin, 13465 Franklin Blvd.


HOMECOMING WEEK SALUTE TO OUR ALUMNI

Our alumni are around the globe and are making contributions to their communities in ways big and small. It all began with an education in the Lakewood City Schools. This Homecoming Week, the district and the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation will be sharing the stories of some of these grads. Today: Jones Day partner Jim Wooley. Hit "Read Article" for more videos.


BOARD OKS RETURN OF CAHOON AS EXEC DIRECTOR OF HR

The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting Aug. 12 approved former Human Resources Director Deb Cahoon as the next Executive Director of Human Resources, replacing Bill Wagner, who left the district Aug. 1 to become Interim Superintendent of Fairview Park City Schools. Cahoon previously worked for the district as director of Student Services then Human Resources from 2005-2012.


WAGNER NAMED FAIRVIEW INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT

Director of Human Resources Bill Wagner has been named the new interim Superintendent of the Fairview Park City Schools and will begin his new position on Aug. 1. The Fairview Park Board of Education unanimously approved his hiring at a special meeting July 31.


LHS BANDS MEETING SET FOR JUNE 20

There will be a meeting for any parents and students associated with the Lakewood High School band program on Friday, June 20, at 5:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. This is a chance to discuss the future of the Marching Band and to take any questions or concerns about the band program from parents. Counselors will be on hand for any one twho may need their services.


GARFIELD HAIR CLUB DONATES LOCKS FOR GOOD CAUSE

Garfield Middle School’s Hair Because We Care Club held its annual donation day with nearly a dozen students, staff and alumni choosing to donate their tresses to Locks of Love, which creates wigs for children suffering from hair loss from medical conditions such as cancer and alopecia.


H2O BIKES AND BANDS EVENT SET FOR APRIL 26

H2O wants your old bikes!  On Saturday April 26, H2O (Help to Others) will hold its second annual Bikes and Bands celebration. Drop off your bicycle donation at Madison Park between 4-7pm, and then head across the street to Mahall’s 20 Lanes to enjoy music from Vance Music Studios’ rock ensembles and Tri-C High School Rock Off finalists, High Acres.


WELCOME TO LAKEWOOD EVENT SET FOR APRIL 30

The City of Lakewood’s Community Relations Advisory Commission and the Lakewood Family Collaborative are sponsoring the third-annual Welcome to Lakewood event from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 30,  at Garfield Middle School, 13114 Detroit Avenue. 


MAY 7 RANGER 360 HOSTS TEEN STALKING DISCUSSION

Join Ranger 360 and Lakewood Schools parent Debbie Riddle, whose sister was murdered by a stalker, for "Stalking: A Misunderstood Crime" on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 pm at the Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 West Clifton. This program will help parents and teens recognize the dangerous signs of stalking behaviors within a relationship and navigate available resources to help teens who experience stalking. Click here for more details.


REFLECTIONS HONORS INCLUDE TWO BEST IN STATE AWARDS

The results from the Ohio PTA Reflections art contest judging is in and the works of two district students have been deemed the best in the state in their respective categories and four others earned recognition as well. LHS students Julia Neff and Gregory Watson will move on to national judging with their Awards of Excellence.


LINCOLN & HORACE MANN JUMP FOR HEART HEALTH

Both Horace Mann and Lincoln Elementary Schools joined in the fun last month of jumping rope for heart health and raising awareness of heart disease by holding their own Jumpe Rope For Heart events on the heels of the districtwide event in early February. Lincoln students raised more than $5,500 for the American Heart Association. Click here for photos from the events.


HARRISON RECEIVES GIFT OF WARM GEAR FOR ALL

A big thank you to Lakewood Hospital and its partners for the nearly 500 items of cold weather gear that were donated to Harrison Elementary this week. Members of the Hospital Foundation’s Board of Trustees and some hospital employees brought the items along with their good cheer to the school on Tuesday. Groups who donated items also included the hospital’s Board of Trustees, Woman’s Board, Children’s Board and the American Baptist Women’s Ministries of Lakewood Baptist Church.


DISTRICT GROUPS HELP CELEBRATE LIGHT UP LAKEWOOD

Whether it was singing, playing, or marching in the parade, a variety of Lakewood City Schools groups helped to brighten an already shining Light Up Lakewood on Dec. 7. Click here for a photo sampling of some of the groups enjoying this unique Lakewood event.


MARCHING BAND SEASON FINALE CONCERT NOV. 7 If you missed the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band at one of the football games or the band festival this season, not to worry, you can hear all the selections played this season at the band's annual end-of-season concert. The concert is Nov. 7 at 7:30 pm in the LHS East Gym. Doors open at 6:45 pm and a special video presentation will begin at 7 pm.
SPIRIT PARADE STEPS OFF OCT. 3 FROM LAKEWOOD PARK

The annual Spirit Parade is Friday, Oct. 3. The parade steps off from Lakewood Park at 5:45 p.m. and will wind its way up to First Federal of Lakewood Stadium via Belle, Clifton and Bunts just in time for pregame activities for the Rangers Homecoming Game vs. River.


FOX 8 VISITS HAYES FOR COOL SCHOOL OF WEEK WINNER Hayes Elementary had its turn as Fox 8's Cool School of the Week and the local news station spotlighted Hayes during its Morning Show. Click here to see why Hayes School is so cool!
EXPERTS CONVERGE ON LHS FOR OUTLIERS DAY What's it like to fly a Navy jet? Or go to the White House? Or design a world-renown building? LHS students learned the answers during Outliers Day at Lakewood High on Oct 2. Students discussed  Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, which was required reading for the summer, in the second half of the day with 30 experts in various fields.
STUDENTS KEY PART OF LIGHT UP LAKEWOOD FESTIVAL

More than a dozen student musical groups from the district will help brighten the annual Light Up Lakewood Festival. The all day event will have fun programs around the entire city throughout the day. 


RANGER BASKETBALL GAMES TO BENEFIT MADD

The Lakewood Rangers basketball program will be hosting its 5th annual basketball Ohio High School Athletic Association Foundation Game vs. Lutheran West on Nov. 30.  The game is part of Foundation Service Week, a leadership/service program through the OHSAA to give student-athletes service opportunities.


CHAMPS, HARDING STUDENTS TEAM UP FOR SCIENCE

Students from Horace Mann’s CHAMPS program, for students with developmental disabilities, recently received some hands-on lessons in science with a little help from their new 8th grade friends at Harding Middle School. It was a perfect match.


KINDERGARTEN PARENT INFO NIGHT SET FOR FEB. 10

Parents of incoming kindergarten students can learn more about the district's kindergarten experience by attending an information session on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 pm at Grant Elementary School, 1470 Victoria Ave. 


CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT MUSIC BOOSTERS

The Music Boosters will be holding a fundraiser at the Lakewood Chipotle on Thursday, March 13 from 4-8 pm. Mention the Boosters or present this flyer when you order and 50% of your bill goes to the Music Boosters. The money will help provide scholarships, lessons and much more for our students.


AFTER PROM FUNDRAISER AT FIVE GUYS MARCH 18

Join the Class of 2014 After Prom Committee at Five Guys Burger & Fries at Westgate on Tuesday, March 18 between 5-8 pm. Mention the After Prom Committee and 25% of your bill will go to the committee. Help our students have a prom to remember!


FOX 8 HIGHLIGHTS LHS AS COOL SCHOOL OF WEEK

Fox 8 featured Lakewood High on its Morning News Show as its latest Cool School of the Week. Click here to view the piece.


LAKEWOOD PROJECT SPRING CONCERT SET FOR MAY 17

Join The Lakewood Project at its annual spring concert on Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. This year's theme is "MIxed Up Mash Ups." Come see how the group takes the past and introduces it to the present. Tickets are $5. Click here for an order form.


HARDING CIRQUE DE SCIENCE A GREAT FAMILY EVENT

Harding Middle School's 5th annual Cirque de Science will take place from 6-8 pm on Thursday, May 22. This is a family friendly, hands-on event that combines science and fun. There will be science shows, food, games and prizes. Admission is $2. Click here for more details.


BARNSTORMERS SET TO STAGE "CINDERELLA" MAY 1-3

The LHS Barnstormers' have picked a perennial favorite for their spring musical - Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella." The drama group will put on three performances, May 1-3, at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $7 pre-sale with $2 service charge and $10 at the door. Email domenic.farinelli@lakewoodcityschools.org to order tickets.


TABAJ TO PERFORM ON NATIONAL POLKA SHOW

Garfield band director Julie Tabaj will be performing with the Button Box Divas on Wednesday, May 7, at 5 pm as part of the Mollie B Polka Party being held at the Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron May 6-9. The party is part of a live taping of the Mollie B show for RFD-TV. There will be a Jam Band competition for musicians, Polka Idol for singers, free dance lessons and National Polka Museum artifacts on display. Go to www.rfdtv.com for more info.


CITY COUNCIL HONORS HARDING POWER OF PEN TEAM

The Lakewood City Council at its June 16 meeting paid tribute to the Harding 7th & 8th grade Power of the Pen teams for their sweep of the Regional tournament in the statewide competition. Social studies teacher Ruth Pangrace was also honored for earning the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Master Teacher Award for 2014. Congratulations to all!


LHS MUSICIANS PART OF OHIO STATE FAIR TRADITION

Four Lakewood High students and one recent graduate are wrapping up their second week as part 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 Class of 2014 graduate Hugh Campbell, Zak Inak, Tess Marjanovic, Stephen Moncol, and Taylor Wohlfeil.


STAFF MEMBERS PEDAL TO THE POINT FOR MS

On August 2, nine members of the Lakewood City Schools rode in the annual "Pedal to the Point" bike ride for Multiple Sclerosis and together they raised nearly $3,700 for research and support!


DISTRICT EARNS "A" FOR OVERALL STUDENT PROGRESS

The 2013-2014 state report card results are in and the report for Lakewood City Schools shows that the district continues to provide a quality education, earning an overall A for Student Progress, which measures academic gains in our students’ Reading and Math over a year’s time, also known as Value-Added.


LHS ARCHITECT MEETING SET FOR OCT. 7

The architect team from URS Corp. will be on hand to present preliminary design ideas for the eastern end of Lakewood High School at a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 pm in the LHS L Room. Please come and share your comments and give input on this important stage of the project.


BOB EVANS FUNDRAISER BENEFITS MARCHING BAND

Helping to raise money for the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band is a great reason to go try out the new Bob Evans in town! On Sept. 13, 14 & 15 from 6 am - 10 pm, Bob Evans will donate 15% of sales to the band. Please download this flyer and present to your server for the band to receive the donation.


NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS LEAD ACADEMIC HONORS LIST

Each September brings announcements of stellar academic achievements accomplished by high school students in the previous school year. Each September, Lakewood High School has a good share of these top academic performers. This year’s academic stars include four National Merit Semifinalists (left), two National Merit Commended Scholars and 82 AP Scholars, including four National AP Scholars.


DR. G. TO SPEAK ON LINCOLN PRESIDENCY AUG. 4

150 years ago in the summer of 1864, the Union cause and the Lincoln Presidency were in peril. Sherman couldn’t capture Atlanta and Grant was stymied in Virginia by Robert E. Lee. The re-election of Lincoln was in doubt —his defeat would most likely have resulted in a Confederate victory. 


DISTRICT PREPARED FOR NEW ONLINE ASSESSMENTS

Beginning this school year, students in Ohio's public school systems will take their required assessment tests online and our district has been working diligently over the last year to make sure that Lakewood teachers and students are prepared.


BOARD NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF TEACHING & LEARNING

The Lakewood Board of Education at a June 12 meeting approved Westlake City Schools' Director of Academic Services, Pam Griebel, as the district's next Director of Teaching & Learning K-12, effective Aug. 1, 2014.


ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM EXCELS AT NATIONALS

This past weekend the LHS Academic Challenge Team competed in the National Academic Challenge Tournament in Washington, DC.  Last year at this venue, Lakewood finished 36th of 64 teams. This year the team moved up to the 20th position, making it to the final rounds. 


DISTRICT CHAMP BOATMAN LEADS REGIONAL QUALIFIERS

Congratulations to Nick Boatman, who won the 3,200-meter race at the Division I District Track & Field Meet this past week and to the nine other Rangers who qualified for the Regional Meet on May 28 & 30. 


LINCOLN CAPTURES D.A.R.E. BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Congratulations to the Lincoln Elementary 5th grade basketball team, coached by P.E. teacher Nicole Anderson, on winning the 2014 D.A.R.E. championship. 


SENIOR ART SHOW SET FOR MAY 22

The annual LHS Senior Art Show is set for this Thursday, May 22, from 4-7pm in the LHS Art Atrium.  Awards will be announced at 6:30pm. Please join the LHS Art Department in celebrating the seniors' accomplishments.  Come and see their outstanding talent and progression over the past four years.


LINCOLN'S MCGUAN FEATURED ON CLEVELAND.COM

Lincoln Elementary teacher Sean McGuan was recently the subject of cleveland.com's weekly 5 Questions feature. Click here to see how McGuan answered his five questions.


VOTE FOR RANGERS AS STATE TEAM OF THE WEEK

The Ranger boys' varsity basketball team is in the running for JJHuddle.com's high school basketball state team of the week for capturing its first conference title in four decades. Vote here for the Rangers. Voting is open until noon Friday.

 


CREC MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 3

The Community Recreation & Education Commission meeting that was originally slated for Feb. 25 has been rescheduled to Monday, March 3 at 6 pm in the Board Auditorium, 1470 Warren Road.


DISTRICT HOSTS MIDDLE SCHOOL HONORS FESTIVAL

The district hosted the OMEA District IV Honors Music Festival on March 1. The annual event brings together nearly 300 of the best band, choir and orchestra students from 23 schools in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. To see who participated from Garfield and Harding, click here.


SPRING PRESEASON MEETING, SEMINAR CANCELLED

Due to repairs scheduled to be made to the Civic Auditorium, the Spring Preseason Sports Meeting and college recruiting seminar set for April 8 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.


GARFIELD 7TH GRADER LEADS WAY IN SCIENCE FAIR AWARDS

Garfield 7th-grader Nicholas Cleary led the way of a number of recognitions for Lakewood middle school students at the 61st Annual Northeast Ohio Science & Engineering Fair (NEOSF) held March 11 at Cleveland State. Cleary won first place in his category and reeled in three other special awards.


SOUNDS OF SEASON CONCERT STARTS NEW TRADITION

The Music Department at Lakewood High School will be debuting a new concert format on Dec. 18 & 19 that is destined to become a new holiday tradition. The top performing ensembles of the band, choir and orchestra departments will put on a winter musical event that is sure to send you off in the spirit of the season! 


WEBELO PACK EXPERIENCES REAL LIFE CIVICS LESSON Members from Pack 68 4th Grade Webelos received a lesson in citizenship Monday as four members and their pack leader participated in the Board of Education meeting to meet part of the requirements needed to earn their Citizen Badge.
SKI & BOARD CLUB RAFFLE COULD NET YOU $600 The Lakewood High Ski & Board Club is selling $10 raffle tickets that will pay out handsomely. The winning tickets will be drawn at the final varsity home football game on Nov. 1. Amounts to win are $600, $250 and $150. Please contact Dave Hille or Lauren Flynn if you are interested in a ticket.
ROTARY CLUB PROVIDES DICTIONARIES TO 3RD GRADERS Like it has done every year since 2005, the Lakewood & Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club today provided dictionaries to every one of the district's 420 third-graders. Member Chuck Gustafson brought the books to Harrison Elementary and saw the joy in the students' faces to receive this treasure trove of information. Thank you, Rotary!
BOATMAN FINISHES 28TH, SELECTED FOR TEAM OHIO Congratulations to Nick Boatman, who finished 28th in the Division 1 State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 2. Boatman will continue his season as a member of Team Ohio, an elite selection of only 12 senior cross country runners from across the state from all three divisions. The team is selected by the Ohio Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches to represent Ohio in the Mid-East Cross Country Meet of Champions.
MUSIC DEPT. RAFFLE TO BENEFIT COMMUNITY AGENCIES

The LHS Music Department will be raffling off gift baskets at the Sounds of Season concert on both Dec. 18 & Dec. 19. All proceeds will go to the Lakewood Community Service Center, the Lakewood Family Room and North Coast Health Ministry. Check out ticket details and basket contents here


COMMUNITY MEETINGS CONTINUE COMMUNITY MEETINGS CONTINUE

For those who have not been able to attend the first two community engagement meetings regarding the new schools, video from the Lincoln meeting will get you up to speed. Click on "Read Article" to view the video. There are two meetings left, one on April 16 at 7 pm at Roosevelt and one on April 22 at 7 pm in the LHS East Cafeteria. Please join us and give your input!


LHS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAMS WINS CONFERENCE AGAIN

For the second straight year the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team has won the regular season competition for the West Shore Conference. The team was able to showcase its knowledge in history, literature, science, mathematics, astronomy, art, geography, politics, current events, and the arts.


TWO MORE RANGERS QUALIFY FOR STATE TOURNAMENTS

Congratulations to wrestler Yassir Abdelsalam and gymnast Grace Hinslea-Burke, who both qualified for their respective State Championship Tournaments by virtue of their District performances. Abdelsalam captured the District title at 138 lbs. and Hinslea-Burke placed 9th in the vault in her District competition. Good luck to both as they compete with the state's bests athletes this weekend!


BARNSTORMERS' WINTER DRAMA SET FOR JAN. 30-FEB. 1

The LHS Barnstormers’ annual winter drama production this year will be “Searching for David’s Heart,” by Cherie Bennett. Performances are Jan. 30, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm in the Tryout Theater. Tickets are $5.


LHS STUDENT TO HOLD BOOK SIGNING FEB. 13

LHS junior Brett T. Brown will debut his book "Haley's Comet," at Barnes & Noble bookstore at Crocker Park this Thursday, Feb.13, at 6:30 pm.  Brown, who also illustrated the book, calls his first published book a fantasy adventure that touches on many themes teens and pre-teens experience, including moving, relationships with parents and siblings and bullying. Read more about his book here.

 


THREE RANGERS CLAIM TRACK & FIELD WSC TITLES

Congratulations to three Ranger track & field athletes who took home West Shore Conference championships at the conference tournament May 14 & 15: sophomore Clare Tool in the pole vault, and seniors Grace Latham and Nick Boatman in the 3200 meters. Boatman also set a meet record with his time of 9:47. Next up for the boys' and girls' team is the district tournament May 21 at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium.


BASKETBALL TEAMS HONORED BY CITY COUNCIL

 

The boys' and girls' basketball teams were honored with Proclamations by Lakewood City Council on April 21 in recognition of their conference-winning seasons. Head coaches Phil Argento and Mike Harper spoke, along with team captains Jake Schmidt, Mike Angers, Erin Hoffert, Megan Barrett and Tori Milicevic. All expressed how honored they were to represent LHS and the City of Lakewood.


TASTE OF LAKEWOOD TO FEATURE LHS JAZZ BAND

The Lakewood High Jazz Band, under the direction of Band Director Nathan Harris, will perform at the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of Lakewood event on June 1. The band will be the first musical group to perform at the event, beginning at 1 pm at Madison Park.


HARDING FINIISHES 6TH IN STATE IN POWER OF THE PEN

The Harding Middle School 7th & 8th grade Power of the Pen teams combined to finish 6th in the state in the creative writing competition held May 23 at the College of Wooster. Eighth-graders Veronica Lee and Casey Chanter led the way, finishing 25th and 26th, respectively, out of 350 8th-grade writers.


CONGRATULATIONS TO LHS CLASS OF 2014!

Lakewood High School seniors marched across the stage to receive their high school diploma on Sunday, June 8, in front a packed Civic Auditorium full of their family and friends. Graduates received their diplomas from Board of Education Vice President Emma Petrie Barcelona along with congratulations from Superintendent Jeff Patterson and LHS Principal Keith Ahearn.


REC COMMISSIONERS SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AUG. 8

On Aug. 8, the Commissioners of the Lakewood Community Recreation and Education Commission, the Adult Athletic Commission and the Youth Athletic Commission are hosting the third annual Lakewood Commissioner's Softball Tournament benefiting Lakewood Youth Recreation Scholarships.


LHS HOSTING MONTHLY PARENT COFFEE CHATS

WHY:  To discuss trending “Hot Topics”
WHEN:  FIrst Thursday of the month, 8:15-9:15 am; First meeting is Oct. 2
WHERE:  Civic Catering Room
WHO:  Hosted by Lyndie Schuckert – LHS School Counselor
HOT TOPIC: “The media and recent violent relationship disclosures”
Please RSVP to Lyndie Schuckert at 216-529-4272 by Oct. 1.


FIRST CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL BIG SUCCESS

Hundreds of guests enjoyed fabulous food, entertainment and games and learned about places they may never knew of before at the first-ever Garfield Cultural Heritage Festival put on by the Garfield students, staff and PTSA and sponsored by the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation and the Lakewood Council of PTAs. Read on for a great overview by one of the performers, Gary Rice, who captures the spirit of the event perfectly. 


MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL SET FOR SEPT. 13

Nine bands will take the field at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13 to perform in the 28th annual Lakewood Ranger Marching Band Invitational Festival. Besides our Ranger band, the festival includes bands from Eastlake North, Fairview Park, Garfield Heights, Mayfield, Olmsted Falls, West Geauga and Willoughby South. Parade of bands starts at 6 pm with performances beginning at 6:30. Ticket prices are $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students and under age 5 are free. Mike Snyder of WTAM will be the announcer.


CHANNEL 19 SPOTLIGHTS ONE OF DISTRICT M.I.L.E.S. STUDENTS

Dakota Turek is the subject of this Channel 19 piece that helps raise awareness of Dakota's disorder, LKS, which is a seizure disorder. View video.


KINSHIP CAREGIVER LEGAL AID WORKSHOP SET

If you are a grandparent or relative caring for a child this workshop may be for you. Receive hands-on assistance with filling out legal documents for Grandparent Power of Attorney, Caregiver Authorization Affidavit and more. The workshop is Monday, Sept. 29 from 11 am- 7 pm at MetroHealth Medical Center. Click here for more information.


BOARD OKS NEW CONTRACT WITH SUPPORT STAFF UNION

The Lakewood Board of Education at its June 2 meeting approved a new contract with union chapter 129 of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE), which represents the district’s classified support staff. 


VIDEO TAKES VIEWER DOWN MEMORY LANE AT GRANT

Parents and teachers combined to put together a retrospective video of Grant Elementary. Click here to view the video.


GARFIELD CEREMONY HONORS OUR VETERANS

Veterans and their families gathered along with the staff and students of Garfield Middle School on Friday, May 23, to commemorate Memorial Day as speakers such as State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio and Superintendent Jeff Patterson urged the students to never forget the price that many have paid for their freedom.


FIRST FEDERAL, LHS TEAM FOR STUDENT FINANCIAL LITERACY

A partnership between First Federal of Lakewood, EverFi and Lakewood High School has helped the schools’ seniors become financially literate. First Federal is in the middle of a three-year sponsorship of providing the EverFi Financial Literacy web-based program for Lakewood City Schools. 


ROOSEVELT HOSTS FAMILY WATER SAFETY NIGHT

The staff at Roosevelt Elementary School took its annual Right to Read Week to a new level this year, combining the week’s theme – “Dive into a Good Book!” – and recognition of May being National Water Safety Month into a fun night at the LHS Pool. 


HARDING FINISHES 3RD IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS

The Harding Middle School team finished third out of 40 teams behind Incarnate Word Academy and St. Christopher  in the Classroom of Champions competition, which held its finals April 9 at St. Ed's. Congrats to team members Kevin Cush, Abe Dalisky, Captain Veronica Lee, alternates Calvin Dolatowski, Zachary Howe and advisers Ruth Pangrace and Mary Kay Ryan. Earlier in the day, Harding & Garfield Academic Challenge teams combined to earn third place in another academic competition in Independence with 13 other schools.


TRACK HOSTING DQ FUNDRAISER MARCH 19

Stop by Lakewood Dairy Queen on Wednesday, March 19, between 5:30-7:30 pm and make sure to mention Lakewood Track when you order and a portion of your total bill will go to the middle school and high school teams. Help support our athletes!


LHS MODEL UN TEAM GARNERS HONORS AT CONFERENCE

The Lakewood High Model United Nations team turned in an outstanding performance at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Fall Conference on Nov. 13 & 14. Excellent Delegation awards went to junior Charlotte Hisel, representing Finland in the UN Women Committee and juniors Devon Chodzin and Laert Fejzullari, representing the Russian Federation in the difficult Security Council competition.


ALL-STATE SELECTIONS LEAD LHS MUSIC HONORS

Fall is the season for the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) All-State and Regional Orchestra and District Band and Choir selections. Once again, Lakewood High can be proud of its high number of musicians selected to perform in these prestigious groups.


STUDENTS SKYPE WITH CULTURAL REVOLUTION SURVIVOR

Students in Mrs. Sheils’ and Ms. Pollner’s Harding Language Arts classes on Dec. 11 had the treat of Skyping with author Ji-li Jiang. Students had read her memoir Red Scarf Girl – the story of two years of her life during the Cultural Revolution in China in the 1960s. 


GARFIELD VERSION OF ALADDIN TO RUN NOV. 1-3 The Garfield Drama Club will present Disney’s Aladdin, junior version, Nov. 1 at 6:30 pm, and Nov. 2 & 3 at 3 pm in the Garfield Cafetorium. There is no admission, but donations will be accepted. If you wish to reserve special seating, contact director Lisa Richards at lisa.richards@lakewoodcityschools.org. Come out and support our young thespians! 
BOARD OFFICES MOVING TEMPORARILY TO FRANKLIN SCHOOL The Lakewood Board of Education offices have moved temporarily to the former Franklin Elementary School building at 13465 Franklin Blvd. This move is necessary due to the discovery of pigeons nesting in the attic of the Board of Education building. 
STUDENTS HEAR EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF DEATH CAMPS A Holocaust survivor and a WW II Army veteran came together recently and shared a powerful history lesson with a group of LHS students that the teen-agers will likely never forget.
CULINARY TEACHERS EARN DISTINGUISHED HONOR West Shore Career-Tech Culinary instructors Devan Sharosky and Robert McGorray have been named Teachers of Distinction by the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s ProStart program for 2013 - 2014.
DISTRICT ONLINE FURNITURE AUCTION EXTENDED TO NOV. 26

The Lakewood Board of Education's online auction of used school building and office  furniture has been extended and will now conclude on Nov. 26. New items have been added.


LAKEWOOD PROJECT JAN. 25 CONCERT A SALUTE TO BEATLES

The Lakewood Project’s annual winter concert is set for January 25 at 7:30 pm in the Civic.  The show, “Come Together,” features music from the ‘60s and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Ed Sullivan Show appearance. Joining Lakewood Project for the evening will be Beatles tribute band, Hard Day’s Night. Tickets are $10 presale and $12 at the door. Click here for a ticket order form.


TRIO OF SENIORS TAPPED AS SERVICE ACADEMY HOPEFULS

Three Lakewood High School seniors were honored recently at a ceremony at Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s office for earning alternate nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy. The nominations allow Andrew Gordon, Elizabeth McIlwee and Zach Moran to continue on in the process of earning an appointment to the prestigious institution.


JOIN GARFIELD FOR BLOOD DRIVE ON MARCH 19

Garfield Middle School's Civics Club will host its second blood drive of the school year on Wednesday, March 19. If you are interested in donating blood, please sign up online at RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-Red Cross, or simply show up between 3-7 p.m. All students who recruit a donor will receive a fun appreciation gift.


GARFIELD COLLECTING ITEMS FOR OVERSEAS TROOPS

In preparation for this year's Memorial Day program at Garfield Middle School, students are collecting non-perishable items to send with letters they have written to our military men and women overseas.  Community members are asked to help provide items for the care packages by dropping them off at Garfield before April 16.  Collection hours are weekdays, 8 am-4 pm. Click here for a list of needed items.


RANGER 360 TO HOST "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS" PROGRAM

The Lakewood Schools and community support all youth who experience dating violence, sexual violence and stalking. "Know Your Rights!" is a collaborative, youth-focused event sponsored by Lakewood Schools and Ranger 360 to inform youth and their parents on teens' rights and steps to take if they or a friend experiences violence. The program is April 9 from 6:30-8 pm at the Lakewood Park Women's Pavilion. 


ELEMENTARY DARE TOURNAMENT SET FOR APRIL 12

The Lakewood Police Department D.A.R.E. Unit will be conducting its14th annual basketball tournament for fifth gradesr on Saturday, April 12. The tournament begins at 9:00 am, and the final game will start at 2:00 pm in Lakewood High's East Gym. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. 


BOYS' BASKETBALL ENDS CONFERENCE TITLE DROUGHT

Congratulations to the LHS boys' varsity basketball team, which captured the West Shore Conference title with its victory over Elyria Catholic on Feb. 7. This is the first outright conference title for the school since 1974! The Rangers are undefeated in conference play (11-0) and have an overall record of 15-3 heading into the last four games of the regular season. Read more about how the Rangers clinched the title here.


BOOSTERS' NIGHT AT THE RACES SLATED FOR MARCH 8

The Lakewood High School Athletic Boosters will be hosting their 10th annual "Night at the Races" fundraiser on Saturday, March 8 at St. Mary's Hall on Warren Road. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit LHS athletic programs. 


JUNIOR GERHARDT IS STATE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to junior basketball player Wes Gerhardt who was named JJHuddle.com's statewide Player of the Week for his outstanding, record-setting performance against Bay Village on Jan. 24. Gerhardt made a school-record 11 3-pointers and scored 36 points in the victory.


LHS NHS CHAPTER INDUCTS 55 NEW MEMBERS

The current members of the Lakewood High National Honor Society welcomed 55 new members into the prestigious academic group at an induction ceremony held at the Civic Auditorium on Feb. 13.


HARDING BATTLEBALL CLUB DONATES $750 TO MAKE-A-WISH

The Harding Battleball Club likes to refer to itself as “Battleball for a Cause” and the club made good on its name on Friday when it presented a check for $750 to the local office of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


DISTRICT CHOOSES TURNER REGENCY TO OVERSEE PROJECT

Turner Regency Construction has been selected to serve as the Construction Manager At Risk for the district’s $100 million construction project that will rebuild three elementary schools and half of the high school. The Construction Manager At Risk handles all the bidding to prequalified subcontractors and works under a process that provides a guaranteed maximum price prior to bidding. The Construction Manager At Risk will oversee all subcontractors and monitors all aspects of the project.


CULINARY STUDENTS TAKE TOP STATE HONORS

West Shore Career-Tech culinary competitors at the FCCLA State Competition held at Ohio State University April 23-25 earned Gold and Silver medals at the notoriously tough competition.  Sahana Petras won first place and earned a Gold Medal in the Garde Manger Category and West Shore's entry in the team competition took a Silver Medal.


CONSTRUCTION & COMMUNITY MEETINGS UPDATE

The Superintendent has concluded his four community engagement meetings regarding Grant, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Lakewood High. You can keep abreast of the planning process on our School Construction page, which includes videos and minutes from the community meetings as well as contact info for the architects, who welcome your input. We look forward to this exciting process that will bring the community three new elementary schools and a completed high school!


MEMORIES ABOUND AT GRANT, ROOSEVELT OPEN HOUSES

Former Grant and Roosevelt students of all ages roamed the halls of their old schools and relived memories and reconnected with former teachers and students in a nostalgic night at the schools' Farewell Open Houses on May 21 & 22. Click here for a photo gallery of the evening at Grant. Click here for a Roosevelt photo gallery.


LAKEWOOD CITY ACADEMY CELEBRATES 12 GRADUATES

Congratulations to the 12 members of the 13th graduating class of Lakewood City Academy! Eleven of the graduates received their diplomas in a commencement ceremony that was part of the June 2 Board of Education meeting.


BOARD OKS STEINBRUNNER AS NEW LHS BAND DIRECTOR

The Board of Education at its regular meeting on Monday, July 21, approved Clinton Steinbrunner as the new Lakewood High School Band Director, replacing Nathan Harris. Steinbrunner, currently the Assistant High School Band Director and Middle School Band Director for the Benjamin Logan Local Schools in Bellefontaine, will begin July 22 to start preparing for marching band camp on Aug. 4.


BOARD APPROVES DISTRICT GOALS FOR 2014-2015

The Board of Education at its July 21 meeting approved a list of district goals for the 2014-2015 school year. As always, improving student achievement is the top goal. Click here to see what other priorties the district has on tap for this coming school year.


WEST SHORE GRADUATE FEATURED IN CAREER-TECH VIDEO

2014 West Shore graduate Kyle Kasper is featured prominently in Ohio Department of Education’s new video, “I am Career-Tech.” 

Click HERE to watch the video.


AUCTION UNDER WAY TO SELL SCHOOL BUILDING CONTENTS

The  Board of Education is conducting its last online auction to dispose of furniture, kitchen equipment, tools, architechtural salvage pieces such as doors, and bannisters and many miscellaneous items from the school buildings set to be torn down. The auction will conclude at 5 pm on Monday, Sept. 22.


RANGER MARCHING BAND FEATURED ON WEWS-CH. 5

WEWS-Channel 5's prime time high school football special that aired Aug. 27 featured a segment on marching bands and highlighted our Lakewood Ranger Marching Band. See below for a great glimpse at what our band is all about.

 


ADMINISTRATORS, STAFF STEP UP TO ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

Superintendent Jeff Patterson and members of his administrative Cabinet accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from the Lakewood Teachers Association (bottom video) on Aug. 26. Patterson broadened the challenge by asking the entire Central Office staff for donations to ALS and $1,500 was raised in a day. Click  here for some great photos, too. Click here to see Harding administrators accept the challenge.

 

 


GARFIELD TO HOST CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Garfield Middle School will host a Cultural Heritage Festival on Sept. 11, 2014, from 6-8 pm.  The event will serve as an exploration and celebration of the many cultures represented within the Lakewood City Schools. The festivities will include multiple activities/games, great food, and inspirational entertainment. Parents, students, and community members are encouraged to attend.  


FORUM ON HEROIN EPIDEMIC SET FOR SEPT. 30 AT LIBRARY

More people were killed in Lakewood due to heroin last year than any other suburb in Cuyahoga County.  This is an epidemic in Northeast Ohio, and an important way to combat this epidemic is through education. Judge Michael Astrab of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court thinks it’s time for the talk about heroin.


8TH GRADERS HEAR REAL LIFE STORIES OF HEROIN DANGERS

Garfield Middle School eighth-graders last week received a dose of reality about the danger of drug addiction, particularly heroin, from people who deal with the addiction and its fallout daily: a judge, a police officer, a recovering addict and a sponsor.


MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS

High school and middle school students are required to read at least one book over the summer. LHS students can find our their assignments here. Middle school students will all be reading Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Click here for more details on the middle school assignment. Make sure to check out the cool video on the middle school link!


DISTRICT WALKING STATUS FOCUS OF NATIONAL VIDEO

Recently, the organization Streetfilms.org came to town to do a feature on our walking school district. Streetfilms focuses its attention on cities encouraging sustainable transportation planning. To view the video, click here.


SECOND ROUND OF ARCHITECT COMMUNITY MEETINGS SET

A second round of community meetings for the three elmentary schools to be rebuilt has been scheduled. Architect Rodwell King will give updates on the latest on the design and transition process. The dates are the following:
Lincoln: Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 pm
Roosevelt: Tuesday, June 3, 7 pm
Grant: Wednesday, June 4, 7 pm


PANGRACE WINS PRESTIGIOUS MASTER TEACHER AWARD

Out of hundreds of nominees from across the state, Harding Middle School’s Ruth Pangrace, has been awarded the prestigious Master Teacher Award for 2014 by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. The award recognizes the most effective educators in the state – one at the elementary level and one at the secondary level – and rewards them with $7,500 to use for an educational project.


GIRLS' BASKETBALL TEAM TAKES SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE

The girls' varsity basketball team clinched its second straight West Shore Conference championship with a 34-28 victory on Wednesday vs. Rocky River. The team is 16-4 overall and 12-1 in the conference with one more conference game remaining. The team will start its playoff run on Feb. 20 at home so come out and support your Lady Rangers!


COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS FOR FOUR RANGER COACHES

Four Ranger coaches have been honored for their outstanding work with their respective teams. Congratulations to varsity baseball coach Mike Ribar, who was named the Greater Cleveland Baseball Coaches Association's 2013 Coach of the Year, and boys' varsity basketball coach Phil Argento, girls' basketball coach Mike Harper and swimming coach Allison Davila for earning the same honor from the West Shore Conference. Keep up the good work!


BOY DIVERS DOMINATE IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Rangers boys' diving team took three of the top four places in the West Shore Conference championship meet on Jan. 23, led by conference champ and senior John Liber. Liber dominated the field, finishing 72 points ahead of Lakewood runner-up and freshman Allen VanHouten. Junior Robin Gruber finished fourth for the Rangers, who are coached by Denny Dyke. 

 


DISTRICT TO USE BLIZZARD BAGS TO MAKE UP CALAMITY DAY

Please click here to read an important letter from Superintendent Patterson regarding the district's use of Blizzard Bags to make up our sixth calamity day taken.

Link to access Blizzard Bags 


DISTRICT TO AUCTION OFF FURNITURE, VEHICLES, ETC.

The Lakewood Board of Education will be conducting an online auction of used school building furniture, plumbing supplies, and two vehicles beginning on April 10, 2014, and will conclude on May 12, 2014.


LHS SOPHOMORE EARNS NATIONAL ART AWARD

Lakewood High School artist Madison Heasley has been named a national winner in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a national competition with more than 255,000 works submitted from more than 50,000 students in grades 7-12 from across the nation.


RAMSEY-CASERIO NAMED NEXT ASST. SUPERINTENDENT

The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting on April 3 approved current Director of Teaching & Learning Roxann Ramsey-Caserio as the district’s next assistant superintendent, effective Aug. 1, 2014. Ramsey-Caserio will replace Kevin Bright, who submitted his resignation in March.


HAYES CLASS DIVES INTO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

Fifth grade students in Katie Bunsey’s class at Hayes Elementary School are participating in “The Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9-15. The goal of The Hour of Code is to help teach students how to think critically and solve complex problems, as well as introduce students to the vital field of computer science. 


TRIO OF ATHLETES EARN COLLEGIATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Three Lakewood High School seniors have parlayed their athletic talent into scholarships that will allow them to compete in their sport at the collegiate level. Margaret Dever, Chase Miller and Christina Sharkin were honored during a seminar Jan. 8 at the Civic Auditorium on college sports recruiting for their outstanding accomplishments.


GRANT, LINCOLN, ROOSEVELT MEETINGS SET Superintendent Jeff Patterson will hold meetings this month with each of the Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt communities to gather input from parents on their thoughts about the transition process for their students during the final phase of the district’s construction project. The meetings are on the following dates: Grant, Oct. 24, Roosevelt, Oct. 28 and Lincoln, Oct. 30. All the meetings will be at the respective school buildings and begin at 6:30 p.m.
ALUMNI FOUNDATION SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Lakewood Alumni Foundation (LAF) is accepting applications for the position of a part-time Executive Director, to begin on January 1, 2014. The Executive Director is responsible for the management and execution of the LAF mission and maintenance and growth of its $1.5+ million assets. Click here for more info.
HARDING 6TH GRADER HIGHLIGHTED FOR GRIDIRON PLAY Harding sixth-grader Christina Auck was featured on WKYC-Channel 3 recently for her outstanding play as a Lakewood Purple Ranger football player who just happens to be a girl! View the video here.
BOARD OKS SALE OF MCKINLEY TO CITY OF LAKEWOOD The Board of Education at its Oct. 21 meeting approved the sale of the former McKinley Elementary School property to the City of Lakewood for $100. The purchase agreement, which the City also OK'd on Oct. 21, includes stipulations that the property be used primarily for residential purposes and that there be no tax abatements used. For more details on the sale, click here.
BOATMAN'S TITLE LEADS WINNING RANGER SPORTS WEEKEND LHS senior Nick Boatman ran away with the race and was crowned champion at the Division 1 district cross country tournament Oct. 19 at Lorain County Community College. Boatman's time of 16:49.04 was nearly 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Boatman continues on to the regional tournament on Oct. 26. The girls' team captured third at districts and qualified for regionals as well, the first team in 10 years to do so. The girls' soccer team captured its sectional title with win over Normandy Oct. 18. 
WINTER CONCERTS DOT DECEMBER CALENDAR

December is always a wonderful time to experience the sounds of our fabulous Music Department as winter concerts fill the calendar now until Winter Break. The freshmen band, choir and orchestra kick it off with their concert on Dec. 3 and the top musical groups at LHS wrap it up with a very special "Sounds of the Season" concert on Dec. 18 & 19. For a full list of concerts, visit our Performing Arts Page.


STATE HONORS HAYES FOR BIG GAINS IN PROFICIENCY

Hayes Elementary is one of only 37 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 2102-2013 school year. Hayes is the only school in Cuyahoga County to have earned this significant award.


LHS ARTISTS/MUSICIANS TAKE TOP CONTEST HONORS

Student artists and musicians from Lakewood High school had an impressive showing once again in the 69th annual Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club Music, Speech and Visual Arts Contest, sponsored by the Beck Center. Senior Liz McIlwee captured first place for her oil painting in the Visual Arts category and senior cellist Daniel Toner won the top prize in the Music category.


LHS MODEL UN TEAM FINISHES FIRST AT CONFERENCE

The Lakewood High School Model UN Club finished first among 15 competitors at the Spring Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference held March 5-6.  Lakewood had four delegations achieve the “Superior” award as best delegation in their committees.


LHS CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA SUPER-SOAKED FUN

The 12th annual LHS Physics Cardboard Boat Regatta sponsored by Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions once again showed that learning about physics and its principals can be a lot of fun. 


A "SLAM DUNK" FOR HARDING ATTENDANCE PROGRAM

On Friday, Jan. 31, staff members from Harding Middle School challenged the Best Buy Geek Squad of North Olmsted to a friendly game of basketball to support Harding’s attendance incentive program.  While previously at LHS, the attendance incentive program strives to raise student awareness of the connection between good attendance and academic success. 


LIBER FINISHES 15TH IN STATE DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to LHS senior diver John Liber, who finished in 15th place in the Division 1 District Diving Championships on Feb. 20 with a score of 397.10.  Liber was the West Shore Conference champ and finished sixth at Districts in his final season as a Ranger.


DISTRICT EARNS AWARD FOR HEALTHY MENUS

Lakewood City Schools and its Nutrition Services Department has earned the Cleveland Clinic's Eat Right at School Menu Award for the second straight year. The district received the award for all of its school buildings. 


HARDING TAKES FIRST IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS ROUND

The Harding Classroom of Champions team convincingly won its preliminary round in the the Academic Challenge-style tournament held at St. Edward High School on Jan. 15.

 


ORCHESTRA GROUPS EARN PERFECT SCORES

Congratulations to the three Lakewood High Orchestra ensembles that performed at the OMEA State Orchestra Adjudicated Event held at LHS Feb. 21 & 22. The three groups - Chamber, Symphonic and a combined Philharmonia and Camerata - each earned straight 1s from the judges. These groups were three of seven at the event to earn perfect scores out of 22 schools that attended.


$10 SPORTS PHYSICALS OFFERED MAY 20 & 22

The Athletic Department is offering sports physicals for $10 for middle school and high school athletes for the 2014-2015 school year. Boys' physicals will take place Tuesday, May 20, from 3-6:30 pm and girls' physicals will take place on Thursday, May 22, from 2:30-6:30 pm, all in the LHS East Gym. Click here for more details and the physical form to fill out.


VARSITY BASEBALL GRABS FIRST CONFERENCE TITLE SINCE '96

Congratulations to the varsity baseball team on capturing a share of the West Shore Conference championship, sharing the title with Avon High School. The Rangers finished the season with a 10-4 conference record and 14-11-1 overall. They open the playoffs today at 4:30 pm vs. Lorain at the LHS field. 


ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS TO HOLD FAREWELL OPEN HOUSES

The three elementary schools to be rebuilt will be holding Open Houses to allow the community to say farewell to the buildings before the wrecking ball takes them in the fall. The dates are as follows: Grant, May 21, 6:30-8 pm; Roosevelt, May 22, 6-7:30 pm; and Lincoln, May 29, 6-8 pm. The high school will hold a similar event later this fall. Come bid adieu to buildings that hold memories for generations of Lakewood students!


LINCOLN FAREWELL OPEN HOUSE SPURS MANY MEMORIES

Lincoln was the last of the three elementary schools slated to be rebuilt to hold its Farewell Open House for the community and many stopped by to say goodbye to the 100-year-old school and reconnect with staff and old classmates. Click here to see photos from the May 29 event.


QUALITY PROFILE BOOKLET MEASURES MORE THAN SCORES

Recently, the district and the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation teamed to create a Quality Profile booklet that many Northeast Ohio school districts have created to tell the story of their districts beyond just state test scores. You can find this booklet, "A Plus for Our Students, A+ for Our Community" here. It is filled with many reasons why Lakewood residents can be proud of their schools.


MIDDLE SCHOOLS JOIN IN "WONDER"FUL DAY

District middle school students spent Thursday pondering what what a wondrous place their schools would be if everyone chose kindness, one of the themes of this year’s summer reading book, “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio.


PRELIMINARY SCHOOL DESIGNS AVAILABLE TO VIEW

The next round of elementary architect meetings have concluded and the Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt communities were presented with preliminary design plans, some further along than others. Architect Rodwell King of GPD Group will continue to revise plans taking the community’s input into consideration. Plans can be viewed on our School Construction page. You will also find an email on the page to send King your comments.


REC DEPT. FALL BOOKLET AVAILABLE NOW

The 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 we have to offer for this Fall. Click here to view the booklet.


MS CHOIRS LATEST BENEFICIARIES OF ORCHESTRA RESIDENCY

The Cleveland Orchestra's At Home in Lakewood neighborhood residency continues to benefit our music department even prior to the residency's main week of activities May 18-24. Harding and Garfield Middle School Choirs were treated to coaching by the Orchestra's assistant choral conductor, Dr. Lisa Wong.


BOARD OKS NEW, 4-YEAR TEACHER CONTRACT

The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting on April 22 approved a new contract with the Lakewood Teachers Association (LTA) that will run through the 2017-2018 school year.  The new contract becomes effective August 1, 2014 and includes a 2.5% base pay increase each of the four years as well as new health care coverage terms that will bring significant savings to the district.


ELEMENTARY PARENTS, WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK

We would like to know what you think about the Title I program services offered to your child. Please take a moment to fill out a Title I survey. The responses will be used to improve the Title I program. The survey will close on Friday, May 30, at 8 pm. Click here to take the survey.


WEST SHORE STUDENTS' WORK ETHIC RECOGNIZED

Students in the West Shore Career-Technical District programs on Feb. 21 were recognized by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the Lakewood/ Rocky River Sunrise Rotary for being “dependable, hard-working, and committed to doing a good job” in the classroom and in the workplace.  One student from each career-tech program was selected to receive the Outstanding Work Ethic Award.  


REFLECTIONS CEREMONY CELEBRATES STUDENT CREATIVITY

Lakewood students’ creativity and imagination were on full display at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held Jan. 22 at the Civic Auditorium. Works by 99 students from preschool through high school were honored and 24 students’ works were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging.


TRESSEL HIGHLIGHTS COMMUNITY LEADERS BREAKFAST

Nearly 200 leaders from the city's education, government, business, non-profit and religious organizations gathered on March 12 at the 19th annual Community Leaders Breakfast co-hosted by the district and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Attendees heard from University of Akron's Jim Tressel on leadership and success. Click here to read more about the event.


CORRIGAN NAMED OHIO PTA SCHOOL NURSE OF YEAR

School Nurse Katy Corrigan has accomplished more in her short time with Lakewood City Schools then many people do in their entire career. For all she has done to raise the level of health and wellness education and awareness in our district, Corrigan has been named the Ohio PTA’s School Nurse of the Year.


STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR 2014-2015 PRESCHOOL

It's not too late to sign up for the district's preschool program. Classes are filling up fast for 4-year-olds so register now. There are also slots available for 3-year-olds both in two-days-a-week and three-days-a-week morning classes. Contact Cher at 216-529-4214 for more info.


AFTER PROM FUNDRAISER OUTING SET FOR APRIL 12

The LHS After Prom Committee will host an adult outing fundraiser on April 12 at Avenue Tap House, 18206 Detroit Ave. from 6-8 pm. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, subs, wings, drinks and more. There will be prizes, raffles and sideboards to win as well. Contact Sharon Gadzick, 216-392-2818, for tickets or buy them at the door. Those who wish to make a donation to the committee can do so by writing a check to LHS Afer Prom Committee and sending it to Lakewood High, 14100 Franklin Blvd.


RIGOROUS COMMON CORE STANDARDS SHARED WITH PUBLIC

The Common Core Standards were somewhat demystified for a room full of parents and other community members at a meeting led by the district’s Teaching & Learning Department on Dec. 4.


ART STUDENTS GARNER TOP REGIONAL AWARDS

The Lakewood High Art Department and West Shore Career-Tech’s Interactive Media program always produce top award winners in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national competition and this year is no different. Seven LHS and West Shore students’ works were honored with the top regional award, a Gold Key, and four students earned Silver Key awards. The Gold Key winners in the Cuyahoga County Region will have their artwork judged on the national level next month.


DISTRICT CELEBRATES STUDENTS' ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

The hard work and perseverance that has paid off in academic excellence for more than 250 sixth- through 12th-graders was honored at the 31st Annual Celebration of Excellence, held May 27 at the Civic Auditorium. The ceremony honors those students who have achieved a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters.


GRANT HONORED AS SCHOOL OF PROMISE BY STATE Grant Elementary is one of an elite group of schools in the state to be named a School of Promise by the Ohio Department of Education for its efforts in closing the achievement gap among students during the 2102-2013 school year. Only six schools in Cuyahoga County and 141 in the state have been given this significant award.
LHS STAFF "WALK A MILE" FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE AWARENESS Five Lakewood High staff members and a student spent their NEOEA Day raising awareness of domestic violence as part of the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event in downtown Cleveland.
RANGER SHOP OPEN SATURDAYS FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Don't forget to stop by the Ranger Shop while you are out doing the holiday shopping. The store, located in Lakewood High School near the East Gym, will be open Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm starting Thanksgiving weekend to Christmas. Spread the Ranger cheer!


RIBAR NAMED NEXT RANGER FOOTBALL HEAD COACH

The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting on April 3 approved Mike Ribar as the next varsity head football coach for the Lakewood Rangers.


ROTARY RECOGNIZES CAREER-TECH OUTSTANDING STUDENTS

At their annual Oustanding Student Award lunch on March 10, 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. 


AUTHOR DRAPER PAYS VISIT TO GARFIELD

On Feb. 28, Garfield Middle School students heard about the art of writing directly from someone whose work they have enjoyed as author Sharon Draper brought her spirited attitude toward writing to Lakewood.


OPEN ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE ANNOUNCED

The elementary and middle school open enrollment period for the 2014 – 2015 school year will be from March 3 through April 4, 2014. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.


BOARD OKS ELEMENTARY TRANSITION PLANS

The Lakewood Board of Education at its Jan. 21 meeting approved transition plans for students at Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementary Schools that will see those students in new homes for the next two school years as the three buildings are demolished and rebuilt as part of the district’s final phase of its construction program.


COURT BRINGS JUDICIAL SYSTEM TO LIFE FOR STUDENTS

Thanks to a mobile Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, eighth graders at Garfield and Harding Middle Schools were able to see their government in action without ever having to leave school.


PTA HONORS TEACHERS OF YEAR, VOLUNTEERS & STUDENTS

The Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 12 at the Ranger Café including $4,000 in scholarships to students. The council awards an Educator of the Year award to a teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels. 


SEEKING EX-MARCHING BAND MEMBERS FOR ALUMNI NIGHT

Lakewood Ranger Marching Band alumni are encouraged to participate in the annual Alumni Night on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Ranger football Homecoming game. This is the 35th anniversary of the band’s trip to England and former Band Director Jim Warrick (1977-982) will be present to help conduct. There is a rehearsal on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 pm in the LHS Choir Room. Members will meet on game night at 5:30 pm for pre-game instructions. For more information, email lhsarmb@yahoo.com or call Sean Derenzo at 216-570-3019.


STATE RATINGS SHOW WEST SHORE CONTINUES TO EXCEL

The West Shore Career-Technical District continues to shine with its state ratings. West Shore received all A’s and one B across all measures for its 2013-2014 Report Card. Ohio career-technical districts are graded on Achievement, 4-Year Graduation Rate, 5-Year Graduation Rate, and Post-Program Outcomes.


NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT DATA RELEASE

A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s student record system be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. A copy of the notice – which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release – can be found here. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.


LHS JUNIOR TONER NAMED TO NATIONAL HONOR ORCHESTRA

Lakewood High School junior cellist James Toner has been selected to perform with the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Orchestra, which will perform in late October in Nashville, Tenn. Four other students have been named to the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra as well.


STUDENTS SNAG PRIZES AT INVENTION CONVENTION

Several of our elementary students brought home awards from the annual Regional Invention Convention held at Great Lakes Science Center on May 3. Students from Emerson and Garfield Schools entered the contest that is open to grades K-8. This is the contest’s 20th year and seventh in Cleveland.


LHS MUSIC DEPT. TO BE NAMED AFTER DONOR READ

The Lakewood High School Music Department has been renamed "The George P. Read Music Department" in honor of the man and LHS graduate who has donated more than $500,000 to the district's music programs. The announcement was made by Superintendent Jeff Patterson during the May 24 Cleveland Orchestra concert at the Civic Auditorium.


REC DEPT. BRINGS BACK SLOW PITCH SOFTBALL

Just like back in the day when most of the leagues were sponsored by George J. Usher, Insurance and for the first time since 2006, the Lakewood Recreation Department is offering Slow Pitch Summer Softball for girls.  


MUSIC GROUPS EARN TOP RATINGS AT CONTEST

Congratulations to the LHS Wind Ensemble and the Treble Choir for earning straight 1s (the top rating) from the judges at the OMEA Large Band & Choir Contest on March 8. The Symphonic Band and Symphonic Mixed Choir also competed and each earned an "Excellent" rating. Kudos to Band Director Nathan Harris and Choir Director Peter Hampton for a job well done.


HARRISON TEACHER RECEIVES SUPPLY SURPRISE

March 11 is not her birthday, but Harrison fourth-grade teacher Megan Weiden felt like it was when representatiaves from OfficeMax surprised her with $1,200 worth of school supplies as part of the retailer's "A Day Made Better" program.


KIDS CONNECTION SUMMER CAMP SAFE, FUN & AFFORDABLE

Summer is an important part of the year for fun and exploration. Again this summer, the Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department will be offering its Kids Connection-Summer Day Camp for kids’ kindergarten through sixth grade for around $25 per day.


TABAJ DONATING POLKA CD PROCEEDS TO MUSIC DEPT.

Garfield Middle School Band Director and expert button box player Julie Tabaj has written, recorded and published her own polka and has committed the proceeds of the recording’s sales to the Garfield Music Department.

 

DISTRICT HOLDING ONLINE AUCTION OF UNUSED INVENTORY

The Lakewood Board of Education is now conducting an online auction of used  furniture, plumbing supplies, automotive materials and two vehicles. The auction will end on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.  


LINCOLN SHINES IN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Lincoln Elementary threw itself a weeklong party to mark the school’s 100-year birthday, and students not only learned about their school, but a bit of history as well.  See Photo Gallery.
PUMPKIN PALOOZA ROLLS INTO EAST GYM OCT. 26 A costume parade, carnival games, scary storytelling, crafts and a pumpkin patch are just some of the fun that will happen between 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 26 when H2O's annual Pumpkin Palooza returns. All proceeds from this great event benefit the Lakewood Community Services Center, Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. and H2O For more info on this free family event, click here.
RANGER CAFE @ WEST SHORE OPENS ITS DOORS The student-run Ranger Cafe @ West Shore opened for the 2013-2014 school year on Oct. 22. The restaurant, managed and operated by West Shore Career-Tech's Culinary Arts students, will be open Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 12-1:30 pm. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 529-4165 and pressing 1. Click here for more info, including a menu.
NUTRITION SERVICES IN SEARCH OF SUBSTITUTES

The Nutrition Services Department is looking for substitutes to hire. The length of the day varies from 2.75 to 8 hours per day. The hourly rate of pay is $ 8.50. You may call Nutrition Services at 216-529-4156 to make an appointment to pick up an application.


PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGINS FEB. 18

Registration for our 2014-2015 preschool program will open on Feb. 18, 2014. Students must be 3 or 4 years old before Sept. 30, 2014, live in Lakewood and be potty trained to be eligible for the program. You can download registration forms here or pick up a packet at the Board of Education, 1470 Warren Road, in the Student Services Dept. on the second floor.  For more information, contact Cher at 529-4214.  


SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Lakewood City Schools is now accepting registrations for high school and middle school summer school sessions. Click here for the summer school information and registration form.


HOT POLKA/COOL JAZZ FUNDRAISER SET FOR MAY 23

Hot Polka/Cool Jazz Fundraiser  On Friday, May 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m., join the Harding and Garfield Jazz Bands, Garfield Music Crew, the Harding Choir, Strolling Strings, and the Button Box Divas (Julie Tabaj, Kathy Hlad, Bill Perko) for a musical celebration with spaghetti dinner and silent auction in the Garfield cafetorium. 


HARVEST DINNER AT PLAYERS TO BENEFIT PTAS

Players on Madison is teaming up with the Lakewood Council of PTAs for the first annual "Fall Harvest Dinner" to support the Lakewood City School PTA units. On Monday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m., the popular Lakewood restaurant will donate 20% of its food sales to the Lakewood Council of PTAs.


LEAF GRANTS AVAILABLE TO TEACHERS AGAIN THIS YEAR

Lakewood Earth and Food (LEAF) Community, a Lakewood based not-for-profit, is offering grants for classrooms in Lakewood schools for education projects that help fulfill LEAF Community’s mission to the development of a more sustainable, healthful and economically viable community through environmentally responsible actions producing broad access to fresh, local foods, knowledge and culture.


GARFIELD INVITES VETERANS TO MAY 23 RECOGNITION PROGRAM

Garfield Middle School students and staff invites all veterans to attend its 17th Annual Memorial Day Veteran Recognition Breakfast & Program on Friday, May 23, from 7:30-10 a.m. at Garfield, 13114 Detroit Ave. Veterans and their families, or surviving family members, are encouraged to attend this program and bring military service memorabilia to share with students during breakfast.


WEST SHORE CAREER-TECH REGISTRATION UNDERWAY

Sophomore students and parents: Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to start on a career path at West Shore Career-Technical District, located at Lakewood High. Sign-ups for West Shore classes are currently going on now.  Space is limited so apply NOW for the 2014-2015 school year. 


CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA COMPOSER PAYS VISIT TO LHS

Lakewood High Music Theory students were among the first to benefit from “The Cleveland Orchestra at home in Lakewood” residency that will culminate with a weeklong slate of activities in May as the Orchestra’s composer-in-residence paid a visit to their classroom on Friday.


VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL IN SCARECROW FEST The inaugural Scarecrow Festival along Madison Avenue includes creations by four of our schools' parent teacher organizations and a student council. Grant PTA, Hayes PTO, Garfield PTSA and Lincoln PTA all have unique scarecrows displayed along Madison along with about 30 other scarecrows.
HAYES STUDENTS TO PERFORM IN HONOR CHOIR

Hayes Elementary will be sending 16 fourth and fifth graders to perform in the Oberlin Choristers Children’s Honor Choir on Saturday, March 8, 3 p.m. at the Stocker Center, Lorain County Community College. Hayes music teacher and choir director Lisa Van Scyoc selected their participants for their vocal talent and dedication to music.


DISTRICT SEEKS BIDS ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Lakewood City Schools will be receiving bids for renovations at the former Taft and Franklin Elementary Schools as part of the district's preparation for students to be housed in those buildings beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. For complete information, click here for the Notice to Bidders.


DETAILS OF CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA RESIDENCY ANNOUNCED

The Lakewood City Schools will be a big part of the exciting "The Cleveland Orchestra at Home in Lakewood" four-month neighborhood residency this Spring, culminating with a week long of community activities and concerts May 17-24. Read on to find out all the details of how our city and schools will be involved in this amazing experience.