District News

Back to School = One Powerful Partnership

The Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation and Direct Energy have partnered to bring fans of the Lakewood City Schools the opportunity to help empower the next generation of students. By enrolling in the Direct Energy Choice Program, you will support educational initiatives and get a great deal on your energy bills.

LHS GROUNDBREAKING MARKS NEW ERA AT HIGH SCHOOL

                       

Community members, students, staff and parents gathered on August 27 on the site of the original Lakewood High School building –  now demolished –  on Franklin Boulevard to celebrate the last of the official groundbreakings for our new school construction that comprises the final phase of the District's Master Facilities Plan.

JOIN BOARD, COUNCIL OF PTAS FOR ICE CREAM SOCIAL

The annual beginning-of-the-year Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Lakewood Council of PTAs and the Board of Education will take place Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 6:15-7 pm in the Garfield Middle School Gym. The Ranger Marching Band will kick things off then Board members will scoop the free ice cream. Come enjoy the music and meet your elected officials at this family-friendly event!

CONTRIBUTIONS SOUGHT FOR ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE

Supplies 4 Success is geared up for another great summer school supply drive. Over the past four years, Supplies 4 Success has helped thousands of students get the supplies they need for academic success. You can help students by contributing to this year’s supply drive by picking up an extra binder, notebook, markers, etc. and dropping it off at one of our great local supporting businesses or making a cash contribution.

GROUNDBREAKING FOR LHS SET FOR AUG. 27

Join the Board of Education, Superintendent Patterson, Principal Keith Ahearn and other Lakewood High representatives for the official groundbreaking for the new portions of LHS. The short event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 4 pm. The ceremony will be held in the northeast portion of the property near Franklin Avenue. Please join us!

CHEERLEADERS' SPARKLE SQUAD DEBUTS AT BROWNS GAME

The Lakewood High School newly formed Sparkle Squad made its game debut Aug. 20 at the Browns' preseason game versus the Buffalo Bills. The squad performed at half time while area youth football teams played on the field.

DISTRICT WELCOMES 32 NEW TEACHERS

                              

The District's Human Resources Department was quite busy this summer as one of the largest number of new teachers in years were hired for the 2015-2016 school years. Thirty-two new certified staff will join the District, along with three new administrators and 22 new classified staff. Welcome to all!

KROGMAN TO HEAD COMMUNITY RECreation & EDUCATION DEPT.

The Board of Education at its Aug. 3 meeting approved the appointment of Leslie Krogman as the District’s Coordinator of the Community Recreation and Education Department. She replaces Bob Curtin, who retired on July 31.

LHS MUSICIANS PART OF ALL-OHIO STATE FAIR BAND

One Lakewood High student and one recent graduate are doing their part to keep the masses at the Ohio State Fair entertained  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 2015 graduate Stephen Moncol and senior Tess Marjanovic.

PARENTS: PLEASE FILL OUT BACK-TO-SCHOOL INFOSNAP DATA

It's that time of year again! With the implementation of our online student data entry program, Infosnap, it is now easier than ever to provide your student's information for the new school year. If you have not already entered your data, please look for an email that was recently sent from the District that provides you with a "snapcode" to begin the process. Call our Data Management Department at 529-4148 if you have any questions.

LHS' BARBA CHOSEN AS DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR

Lakewood High Intervention Specialist Dave Barba has been chosen as a 2015 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator by Battelle for Kids. In nominating Barba, District administrators said he "is very meticulous and effective at writing and facilitating IEP meetings. He is resourceful, ensuring that all of his students ... are receiving the necessary accommodations and tools to be successful. He is respected by the staff, and parents often request him as their child's case manager." Congrats to another great Lakewood City Schools teacher! 

SUMMER READING CAMPS KEEP STUDENTS ON TRACK

The calendar may indicate summer break, but for a group of about 125 second- through fifth-graders, part of their summer was spent in a classroom brushing up on their literacy skills. This new, six-week reading camp was designed to give at-risk readers and those seeking to improve their literacy small group instruction that will help carry them into the new school year with greater confidence in their reading.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SIGN UP SITE NOW ACTIVE

The link for certified staff and media assistants to sign up for professional development sessions on Aug. 17 is now live. Please sign up at the following link: www.bit.ly/LKWDPD (you will need to be logged into your @lakewoodcityschools.org Google account to complete the survey). Staff will have until end of the day Aug. 12 to sign up.

DR. G TO SPEAK ON THE LINCOLN-GRANT RELATIONSHIP AUG. 12

The Lakewood High School History Department invites you to the latest installment of its Civil War anniversary series. “Lincoln and Grant - the Relationship that Saved the Union,” will be presented by Dr. Chuck Greanoff on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7 pm in the Lakewood Public Library Main Auditorium.  

 

RANGER MARCHING BAND TO DEBUT MARCH-A-THON ON AUG. 11

Support the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band at the first annual "March-A-Thon" at Lakewood Park! The band will be marching from 4-8 pm on Aug. 11 in order to raise funds to support the growing marching band. The entire community is invited to watch the band practice and, for a donation, to request favorite Lakewood marching band songs, stand tunes and drum cadences.

SALES TAX HOLIDAY FOR CLOTHING, SUPPLIES STARTS AUG. 7

Ohio's first and only sales-tax holiday starts on Friday, Aug. 7 at 12:01 am and ends on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11:59 pm, the Ohio Department of Taxation announced. The tax holiday was created for one-time use only in 2015. According to the new law, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax during the tax holiday: an item of clothing $75 or less; an item of school supplies $20 or less; an item of school instructional material $20 or less. For a list of FAQs on the tax holiday click here.

DISTRICT HIRES NEW MANAGER OF OPERATIONS

Ed Deblock has been hired by the Board of Education for the position of Manager of Operations. He began this administrator position overseeing the District’s maintenance and custodial operations July 27.  Deblock previously worked in maintenance for the Cleveland Indians for nine years and was a lead maintenance technician.

Board adopts district goals for 2015-2016 school year

The Board of Education at its July 20 meeting adopted six new goals the District hopes to achieve for the 2015-2016 school year. The goals include improving student achievement; completing construction of the three new elementary schools; continuing to build on the staff and community's confidence in the District; provide fiscal stability for the District, maintain positive working relationship with all employees; and employ better use of technology to enhance educational and operational opportunities throughout the District. For more details on these goals, click here.

FRESH START ORIENTATION SET FOR AUG. 12 & 13

Fresh Start Orientation for students new to Lakewood High this coming school year is set for Aug. 12 & 13, 2015. Parents are to attend the Aug. 12 session from 7-9 pm and students have the choice of a morning or afternoon session on Aug. 13. Parents should register their student as soon as possible to help staff with planning. Click here to register.

DISTRICT'S RANGER RIDERS TO BIKE IN SUPPORT OF MS

In what has become a tradition, Lakewood City Schools will have a team in the Buckeye Breakaway bike ride on Aug. 1 & 2. Members of the Ranger Riders will be pedaling 75, 100, or 150 miles in an effort to help raise funds for research to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. 

SPOTS IN TOP-RATED PRESCHOOL PROGRAM STILL AVAILABLE

The District is currently enrolling students 3 and 4 years old before Sept. 30, 2015 for its top-rated preschool programs. The programs at all of the District's preschool sites have earned the Ohio Department of Education's highest rating of 5 stars! Contact Cher at 216-529-4214 to sign your child up today!

BOARD PRESIDENT MAKES STATEMENT ON MUSIC DEPT.

At the July 20 Board of Education meeting, President Emma Petrie Barcelona shared her thoughts on the District's music program including her personal connection with the department and the District's ongoing commitment to music education moving into the future. Here is her statement:

SPARKLE SQUAD TO OFFER STUDENTS W/DISABILITIES CHEER OPTION

This coming school year, Lakewood High School’s cheerleading team will have a certain sparkle it didn’t have before as the program introduces its first inclusive team of students with and without disabilities. The new unit, dubbed the Sparkle Squad, is sponsored by the Cleveland Browns Foundation and is part of a nationwide program called The Sparkle Effect. 

LHS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM TAKES 3rd IN NATIONAL TOURNEY

The Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team, consisting of both an “A” and “B” squad, competed in a National Academic Challenge Tournament held in Chicago June 5-8 and the “A” Team came away in third place overall.

CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2015!

Lakewood High School seniors - 367 of them - marched across the stage to receive their high school diploma on Sunday, June 14, in front a packed Civic Auditorium full of their family, friends and teachers. Graduates received their diplomas from Board of Education President Emma Petrie Barcelona along with congratulations from Superintendent Jeff Patterson and LHS Principal Keith Ahearn.

2015-2016 AMENDED CALENDAR APPROVED; FIRST DAY AUG. 18

The Board of Education at a special meeting on May 21 approved an amended calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. The new first day of school will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. The last day for students remains the same, Thursday, May 26, 2016. 

H2O CLOTHING SALE SET FOR JULY 25

Help to Others (H2O) will be holding its annual Clothing Drive Super Sale on Saturday, July 25 from 9 am - 3 pm at Lakewood High School. Tons of super cheap clothes are available from infant to adult and even maternity clothes. Admission is free. Donations for the sale can be dropped off at any Lakewood Fire Department station through July 17.

LHS BRICKS STILL AVAILABLE

There are about 30-40 Lakewood High School bricks still available for sale. They are $10. If interested, please contact Principal Keith Ahearn at 216-529-4021 or email him at keith.ahearn@lakewoodcityschools.org. 

BASKETBALL CAMPS SET FOR PEE WEE THROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Join the Lakewood High Ranger basketball program staff and players for two basketball camps for children from 1st grade through 8th grade. The Pee Wee and Lakewood Ranger basketball camps will have two sessions each.
Pee Wee camp info
Ranger camp info

THREE LHS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN HONORS CHOIRS

Three Lakewood High students on June 22 participated in the Ohio Choral Directors Association's high school men's and women's honors choirs. Seniors Evan Levis and Abraham Roos, and junior Sopie DeBaltzo spent the day rehearsing and preparing music with 160 other high school students from across the state at Otterbein University in Westerville.  

HIGHLIGHTS FROM ANOTHER GREAT SCHOOL YEAR

Every school year is unique, but one constant we can count on in our District year-to-year is that our students and staff will accomplish some amazing things and earn recognition for their talent, be it in the classroom or on a sports floor or field. Click here to view some of the impressive highlights from this past year. 

 

STUDENT ART SHOW RAISES MONEY FOR HARDING

Belah Tuskes, who just finished eighth grade at Harding Middle School, was the featured artist for the second installment of The Mary Proctor Project on June 14 at Over the Moon Ceramic Studio in Lakewood. The show collected $120 in donations that will go to the Harding Art Department. The Proctor Project found Belah through Harding art teacher Jan McAndrew. To learn more about the Mary Proctor Project, visit Mary Proctor Project on Facebook.

SENIORS' COLLEGE CHOICES SPAN THE COUNTRY

The Class of 2015 has finished its days at LHS and all that awaits is Commencement on June 14 before its nearly 400 members head off to the next chapter in their lives. Each year, about 75% of a graduating class at LHS chooses to move on to post-secondary education. The selection of institutions is as diverse as the class. 

"WHAT'S MY BRAND" SESSION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS SET

The Community Recreation & Education Department is teaming with Lakewood's Rosenberg Advertising to offer kids in grades 6-8  a chance to meet and talk about a career in advertising, how establishing a brand applies to you and why brands are important. The event is June 25 from 7-7:40 pm at Rosenberg, 12613 Detroit Ave. Click here for more info and how to register.

LHS JUNIOR WINS STATE PIANO COMPETITION

Lakewood High junior Makito Otsuka has won the Ohio Music Teachers Association’s Buckeye Auditions competition in the piano category. After winning one of the competition's five regional contests, Otsuka moved on to state finals at Malone University on June 6, where he finished first in the state. Otsuka, who also plays trumpet, was featured in the Orchestra Carnival of the Animals concert with Angelin Chang earlier this year. Congratulations, Makito!

 

TWO LHS MUSICIANS CHOSEN FOR NATIONAL HONOR ORCHESTRA

For the fourth year in a row, Lakewood High school will be represented at the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra as sophomore violinist Ryan Detwiler (far left) and junior cellist Jimmy Toner have been selected to perform with the ensemble. The group will perform in late October at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.

LHS GOLF OUTING SET FOR JULY 27

The LHS Golf Team is hosting its 7th annual summer golf outing on Saturday, July 27 at Springvale Golf Course in North Olmsted. For more information on the event and sponsorship info, click here. Deadline to register is June 21.

LCA CELEBRATES GRADUATION OF CLASS OF 2015

Congratulations to the  members of the 14th graduating class of Lakewood City Academy! Ten of the 12 graduates received their diplomas in a commencement ceremony that was part of the June 1 Board of Education meeting.

LHS BRICK SALE SET FOR JUNE 14 & 15; PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE

Lakewood High bricks will be for sale on the school grounds (exact location TBA) on June 14 from 11 am-2pm and June 15 from 9 am-noon. Bricks are $10 each. All proceeds benefit District programs. No special orders or holds. Credit cards and cash will be accepted. A limited number of bricks will be available on site. Guarantee you get a brick and place a pre-order today! To order, click here, or send a check  to: Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation, 14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood.

HORACE MANN'S GOT TALENT!

Horace Mann students showed off their many talents from Irish dancing to karate at the school's annual Talent Show on Friday. Click here for a Photo Gallery of some of the performers.

GARFIELD HAIR CLUB DONATES LOCKS FOR GOOD CAUSE

Garfield Middle School’s Hair Because We Care Club held its fourth annual donation day Thursday, June 4, with half a dozen students and staff choosing to donate their tresses to Wigs for Kids, which creates wigs for children suffering from hair loss from medical conditions such as cancer and alopecia.

SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGINS MAY 11

Registration for the District's middle school and high school two Summer School sessions opens on May 11. Please click here for session dates, classes offered and the registration form.

TONER FINISHES 8TH IN POLE VAULT, EARNS ALL-OHIO AWARDS

Junior Jimmy Toner tied for 8th place in the Division 1 Pole Vault at the Ohio State Track & Field Championships. He tied his school record of 14', which he set earlier this year. Placing in the top 8 earned him All-Ohio status. Toner also received the Academic All-Ohio Award. Congratulations, Jimmy!

 

HARRISON STUDENTS LEARN DANCE MOVES & SO MUCH MORE

Harrison Elementary 5th graders spent the last 10 weeks learning ballroom dancing during their recess time and on June 4, the entire school was treated to what they learned. Not surprisingly, they learned so much more than the six ballroom dances the program Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio teaches.

LHS STUDENT WINS MAGAZINE'S NATIONAL INVENTORS CONTEST

Two Lakewood High Physics students recently won awards sponsored by the educational magazine "Tech Directions," including a first place by senior Annie Tuleta.

GARFIELD UNVEILS LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

Garfield Middle School unveiled its beautiful new Little Free Library on May 28 and Principal Mark Walter wants the community to know it’s available for all to use. The Little Free Library movement began back 2009 there are more than 25,000 across the world today. The concept is to foster reading by making books readily available to the community.

LHS TEAM WINS TEACHING CLEVELAND CHALLENGE

A team of four Lakewood High students has won the inaugural Teaching Cleveland “Student Challenge,” which asked students to delve into Cleveland history and come up with an ad campaign for a modern day Great Lakes Exposition. They also had to envision a “Hall of Innovation” that highlighted three areas of future innovation for Cleveland.

SENIOR CHODZIN WINS THIRD IN FREE SPEECH CONTEST

Congratulations to senior Devon Chodzin, who has won third place in the Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Competition. More than 500 essays were submitted from area high school students on the topic "how can teens utilize free speech to inspire change in their communities? Chodzin's won $500 and a year-long membership to the City Club and will present his essay at a June 19 reception. Essays of Matt Bango, Maren Bullock and Ryan Mitchell were among the top 20 and they earned $100 and free membership also.

GARFIELD MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY HONORS FALLEN HEROES

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

CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE SALUTES ACADEMIC STANDOUTS

Plenty of brain power was on display at the 32nd Annual Celebration of Excellence, held May 26 at the Civic Auditorium as more than 200 students grades 6-12 were honored for having achieved a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters this school year. 

FREE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CAMP OFFERED

Current 8th grade students interested in electronics and engineering can participate in a three-day camp exploring alternative energy technologies on June 15 - 17. This free camp offers students a hands-on opportunity to learn about Earth friendly energy sources, wind turbines, solar energy, and fuel cell technology.  Registration has begun. Deadline to register is June 5. Click here for:  Information Flyer or Registration Form.

FORMER RANGER SIGNS ON TO PLAY PRO BALL

Former Ranger football player Ayoub Hamidah (Class of 2011) has made the rare leap from amateur to professional sports as he recently signed a contract to play with the Bemidji (Minnesota) Axemen of the Indoor Football League. Hamidah will finish out the season with the Axemen in their three remaining games.

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS GET-TOGETHER SET FOR JUNE 8

Lakewood Athletic Boosters invites you to an end-of-year get-together at Around the Corner on Monday, June 8 from 7-9 pm. There will be pizza, wings,veggies and desserts. Must be 21 and over to attend. The Boosters want to thank all of the  volunteers, coaches, assistants, administrators and staff  who helped to make this a wonderful year for all of our student athletes

HARRISON GIRLS ON RUN FUNDRAISER BENEFITS HICKEY FAMILY

The Harrison Girls on the Run club will be hosting a fundraiser at Bob Evans in Lakewood on Monday, June 8. The money raised will go to the family of one of the club coaches, Tiffany Hickey, to help with medical costs associated with treatment for an ill family member.  From 7 am-10 pm, Bob Evans will donate 15% of sales to the cause. Simply show this flyer or mention the Girls on the Run when ordering. Offer is good for dine in or carry out.

TONER REGIONAL POLE VAULT RUNNER-UP, HEADED TO STATE

Junior Jimmy Toner finished in 2nd place in the Pole Vault at the Division 1 Track & Field Regional Meet on Wednesday, qualifying him for the State Meet next weekend at The Ohio State University. In doing so, he also set a new school record at 14'. Congrats to Jimmy !

CAR WASH JUNE 6 TO BENEFIT NEPAL EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

Lakewood HIROS Program students are planning another fundraiser to help the victims of the earthquakes in Nepal. The car wash is Saturday, June 6, at Donato's in Lakewood (corner of West Clifton and Detroit) from 10 am-12pm. Cost is $5 and all funds will go directly to the American Red Cross for Nepali relief. HIROS' goal is to raise $2,000 to help Nepal, home to many of our Lakewood neighbors. 

4TH GRADE INSTRUMENTAL TRYOUT NIGHTS SET

Fourth-graders and their parents are invited to take part in the District's first Beginning Instrumental Tryout Night. This is your child’s chance to try all of the instruments that he or she has the opportunity to learn in fifth grade. The tryouts will be June 2 & 3 at Emerson and Horace Mann Elementary Schools beginning at 7 pm. See this letter for more details.

HARDING HIROS PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTED ON WKYC-CH. 3

Watch this video from WKYC-Channel 3 and see how Ruth Pangrace's HIROS program has brought together two groups of students that might otherwise not have found each other.

DISTRICT HONORS THIS YEAR's RETIREES

The Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Patterson honored the service of the district's 18 retirees this year at the Board's May 18 meeting. Nine retirees were present.  "I want to thank everyone who served our district so well over the years and gave so much to Lakewood City Schools," said Board President Emma Petrie Barcelona. Click "Read Article" for photos and a list of retirees.

FACING HISTORY HONORS LHS' EADAH WITH $2,500 GRANT

Lakewood High School Social Studies teacher Megan Eadah has won a 2015 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant awarded by the organization Facing History and Ourselves. She will receive a $2,500 grant to fund a project that will support the high school’s refugee population.

RANGER WSC HONORS: PLAYER OF YEAR & A TWO-TIME CHAMP

It's time for end-of-year conference honors and the Rangers have plenty to boast about this spring season. Senior pitcher Max Lavisky ( at left) has repeated as the conference Player of the Year and junior Mallory Shaw is the 1,600- and 3,200-meter champion after the conference tournament last weekend.

HARDING MAY 28 ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT NEPAL VICTIMS

Please join Harding's HIROS program on Thursday, May 28 at Angelo's Pizza for a fundraiser to help raise money for the Nepalese earthquake victims. Angelo's will donate 20% of your order to the cause. The offer is good open to close and for takeout, dine-in or deliver. Click here for the flyer or just mention HIROS program/Nepal when you order.

HAYES, Lincoln rally for Two Schools One Book Project

The excitement and enthusiasm in the Garfield gym Friday was enough to think the 800 students and staff from Hayes and Lincoln Elementaries gathered there were taking part in a huge pep rally for some giant sporting event. It had all the elements: the Rangerman, Garfield cheerleaders and band, even Browns mascot Chompers. But the event was rather a rally for reading as the two schools celebrated the kickoff of their Two Schools One Book program.

LHS ART SHOWS SET FOR MAY 14 & MAY 28

Please join the LHS Art Department for its annual end-of-year show to highlight students' work. The "Everybody BUT the Senior Art Show" will be Thursday, May14 from 4-7 pm and the "Senior Art Show" will be on Thursday, May 28 from 4-7 pm with awards at 6:30 pm. Both shows will be in the 2nd floor art atrium.

LHS SENIOR'S REFLECTIONS ENTRY EARNS NATIONAL HONOR

Congratulations to Lakewood High senior Gregory Watson, whose musical composition entry in the PTA Reflections contest has earned an Award of Merit at the national level. Watson's piece, "Concerto for Clarinet and Piano," is only one of 10 selected for national recognition in his category.

LHS SOPHOMORE TO PLAY FOR NATIONAL JR. HOCKEY TEAM

When you have a dream, you are willing to go to great lengths to achieve it. For LHS sophomore Adam Scheel, that entails leaving your home, your family, your friends, your school and all that is comfortable to play hockey at the highest level.  In the fall, Scheel will move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to join the U.S. National Team Development Program as one of the U-17 team’s two goalies.

LHS NAMED AMONG BEST HIGH SCHOOLS IN NATION

Lakewood High School has been named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools and a Bronze Medalist for 2015. The magazine awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medals according to state proficiency standards and how well schools prepare students for college.

5th Graders Gather for Track & Field Meet

Fifth-graders from across the District came together on Saturday, May 9, at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium to compete in the second annual 5th Grade Track & Field Meet put on by the District PE teachers. It was a great day of camaraderie and competition and a chance to meet some fellow soon-to-be middle schoolers from the other schools. Click here for a photo gallery of a great day.

GIFTED INFO MEETINGs SET FOR 2ND & 5th Grade parents

Parents of District second- and fifth-graders are invited to join Director of Teaching and Learning Pam Griebel for an informational meeting about the District's Gifted Program as it relates to the third and sixth grades. The second grade meeting is Tuesday, May 19 in the Emerson Elementary Cafetorium. The fifth grade meeting is Thursday, May 21 in the Harding Middle School Cafetorium. Both meetings start at 7 pm. Questions? Call Kathy Ingersoll at 216-529-4087.

H2O HOLDING FUNDRAISER AT ANGELO'S MAY 21

Join H2O for a fundraiser at Angelo's Pizza this Thursday, May 21. Angelo's will donate 20% of your order to H2O, which is putting the money toward its Bikes and Bands program. Show this flyer or mention H2O's Bikes and Bands. Offer is good for dine in, carry out or delivery. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL FALL SPORTS MEETING SET FOR MAY 21

There will be a meeting held at Garfield Middle School Thursday, May 21, at 6 pm for all sixth- and seventh-grade students who are interested in playing a fall sport. Students will be able to sign up for a sport, get information regarding sports physicals and pick up  participation. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.

HANKINS QUARTERFINALIST FOR GRAMMY EDUCATOR AWARD

Lakewood High School Orchestra Director Elizabeth Hankins is one of  213 music teachers from across the country that have been named as quarterfinalists for the 2016 Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. The quarterfinalists were chosen from more than 4,500 initial nominations submitted for the award.

DISTRICT ACCEPTING BIDS FOR 3 PROJECTS

Sealed bid packages for the Lakewood City Schools will be received by Kent Zeman, Treasurer, Lakewood City School District, Board of Education, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH, 44107, until 10 am local time, (Asbestos Abatement of 4 houses); 10:30 am local time, (Demolition of 4 houses and garages); and 11 am, local time, (Construction Trades/Maintenance Building Site Preparation) on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.  Immediately after the time for filing of each bid has expired, they will be opened and publicly read.

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER MAY 19

Join the Lakewood Athletic Boosters for a fundraiser at the Lakewood Chipotle this Tuesday, May 19 from 5-9 pm. Show this flyer or mention the Boosters and 50% of the proceeds from your order goes back to the group. 

PTA COUNCIL CEREMONY HONORS STAFF, STUDENTS, PARENTS

The Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 6 including $4,000 in scholarships to students and an overall Educator of the Year honor. Educator of the Year awards are given to an educator at the elementary, middle and high school levels. 

YOUTH FITNESS INITIATIVE KICKS OFF WITH CELEBRATION MAY 16

The Community Recreation & Education Department, in partnership with Perfect Fit Health Club, is launching a new program for Lakewood youth in grades 4-8 that looks to raise the fitness level of our youth. Join the department in a kickoff celebration Saturday, May 16 from 1-3 pm at the Horace Mann gym.

LAKEWOOD PROJECT SPRING CONCERT SET FOR MAY 16

The Lakewood Project will hold its last concert of the school year on Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. The show's title is "Rock & Roll: A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Tribute." Tickets are $5. Click here for ticket order form or you can call the LHS Bookroom at 529-4047 to order.

DIMASCIO TO REPLACE THAYER AS HEAD OF W. SHORE CAREER-TECH

Lakewood High School House 1 Principal William DiMascio has been named the Coordinator of Career Technical Education for the West Shore Career-Technical District. DiMascio, who was unanimously approved by the Board of Education at its May 4 meeting, will succeed Linda Thayer, who is retiring.

PAIR OF STUDENTS AMONG WINNERS AT INVENTION CONVENTION

Lakewood City Schools is always well-represented on the awards stand of the annual Regional Invention Convention and this year was no different. Winning awards in this year’s contest, held at Great Lakes Science Center on May 2, were Emerson Elementary fifth-grader Eva Strazek (pictured) with first place in her grade and Lincoln Elementary third-grader Jana Evans with the Kids Choice Award.

GRANT CARNIVAL TONIGHT AT HARDING

The Grant Elementary PTA will host the Grant School Carnival tonight from 6-8 pm at Harding Middle School. There will be bounce houses, inflatables, games, food, cotton candy, sno cones, popcorn, a raffle, and so much more.

NEW RECREATION & EDUCATION BOOKLET NOW AVAILABLE

The Lakewood Community Recreation and Education Dept. summer booklet is now out. It has a complete listing of all of the Youth/Adult Programming, Athletics and Aquatics offered for the summer including Summer Camps, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Fall Softball, Youth Football and much more. 

WEST SHORE CULINARY STUDENTS SHINE IN STATE CONTEST

West Shore Career-Tech culinary students demonstrated their excellent skills against other culinary students in the Ohio FCCLA Competition held April 22-24 in Columbus. Four students earned Gold Medals and the three-person Culinary Team earned a Silver Medal. Gold Medal winners were then ranked amongst themselves in their category and West Shore students earned two second places and one third place across the entire state of Ohio.

PARENTS INVITED TO FINAL SPECIAL NEEDS COUNCIL MEETING

If you are the parent of a student with a disability who attends Lakewood City Schools, please consider attending our final Parent Council meetings. The final meetings will be held in the 2nd floor conference room at the Board of Education on Monday, May 11 at 1 pm. Please RSVP to Christine Palumbo

2nd annual 5th grade track & field day set for May 9

Join our physical eduation teachers and fifth-graders from all our elementary schools at the second annual 5th Grade Track & Field Day on Saturday, May 9 beginning at 9:30 am at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium. It will be a great day to see our students being active and staying fit and engaging in friendly competition!

Efforts of HARDING'S "student 360" highlighted on WKYC-CH. 3

WKYC-Channel 3 turned its spotlight on the Student 360 program at Harding Middle School as part of its weeklong series on domestic and dating violence. Click here to see what important work our Ranger 360 leaders and students are doing.

LTA HONORED WITH POSITIVE IMAGE AWARD

Congratulations to the Lakewood Teachers Association for its 2014-2015 Positive Image Award received at the recent NEOEA Representatives Assembly. LTA won the award for its Sounds of the Season Winter Basket Raffle spearheaded by Orchestra Director Beth Hankins. The award recognizes efforts that present a positive image of education.

ALL PRO DAD'S FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE IS MAY 8

The Lincoln Elementary All Pro Dad's group is holding its second annual Father & Daughter Dance, May 8 from 6-8:30 pm at Garfield Middle School. All fathers and father figures and girls ages preschool through high school are welcome. Tickets are $10 per family and can be bought at lakewoodfatherdaughterdance.com and at Drug Mart across from Garfield. Click here for more info.

DISTRICT RECEIVES $10,000 GRANT FOR IPADS

The Lakewood City Schools has received a $10,000 grant from the GPD Group Employees’ Foundation to purchase 20 iPads for our Intervention Specialists to use with students with disabilities. Each school building in the District will receive two iPads. Money has also been allocated to purchase apps for the devices.

ROOSEVELT COMMUNITY CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING

                       

Community members, students, staff and parents gathered on April 23 at the site of the future Roosevelt Elementary School to celebrate the last of the official groundbreakings for our new elementary schools in the third and final phase of the District's Master Facilities Plan.  Superintendent Jeff Patterson, members of the Board of Education, Mayor Mike Summers, Principal Eileen Griffiths and student and parent representatives dug into the dirt on the site where the new Roosevelt will rise.

GARFIELD TEAM RUNNER-UP IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS

The Garfield Middle School Academic Challenge Team earned runner-up in the finals of the Classroom of Champions competition at St. Ed’s on April 22. The team, which had the highest preliminary rounds score, finished second out of 40 teams, behind winner Incarnate Word of Parma Heights. Congratulations to team members Evan Bell, Patrick McCallum, Aidan Bohac, Colin Sabo, Emma Carson and Renee Jones. The team is coached by Josh Thornsberry.

HARDING MOCK TRIAL TEAM TAKES TOP STATE HONORS

The Harding Mock Trial team took top honors at the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase on April 17 as the team of seventh- and eighth-graders swept all the awards in its four trials. The seventh-grade team also earned the highest rating of “Superior” and the eighth-grade team earned the second-highest “Outstanding” rating.

BARNSTORMERS SPRING MUSICAL SET FOR APRIL 30-MAY 2

The Lakewood High Barnstormers' Club will perform "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" April 30-May 2 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $10 at the door. The play is a one-act musical comedy that centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a middle school. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. The Barnstormers' spring musical never disappoints!

LHS ON WASH. POST'S MOST CHALLENGING HIGH SCHOOLS LIST

Lakewood High School has landed on a list of "Most Challenging High Schools" compiled by The Washington Post. More than 22,000 public schools were vetted with 11% making the cut. Only 13 Northeast Ohio schools were deemed challenging enough for the list. Click here to read more about how the list was compiled. Congratulations to Principal Ahearn, his staff and our students!

DISTRICT CELEBRATES GRANT GROUNDBREAKING

                     

The District on April 21 celebrated its second official groundbreaking of the third and final phase of the Master Facilities Plan construction project as Superintendent Jeff Patterson, members of the Board of Education, Principal Philis Muth and student and parent representatives from Grant Elementary dug into the dirt on the site where the new Grant will rise.

H2O SUMMER CAMP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

Applications are now being accepted for this year's H2O Summer Service Camp, which runs in four sessions from June 16-Aug. 7. The camp is for 7th-9th graders with limited availability for 6th graders. Applications are due April 30. 
H2O Summer Camp Application

GARFIELD COLLECTING CARE PACKAGE ITEMS FOR TROOPS OVERSEAS

In honor of Memorial Day, the Garfield Middle School staff and students are sponsoring a care package drive to collect items to send to U.S. troops overseas.  If you have items to donate, please bring them to the school by the end of the day on Thursday, April 30.  Click   here for a list of items needed by the troops.

COUPLE DONATES $303,000 TOWARD LINCOLN MEDIA CENTER

Elementary schools are not often the recipient of large monetary donations. But to Lory Chaney Doolittle and her husband, H.F. “Pete” Doolittle, Lincoln Elementary School was the perfect place to pay forward the success the two have enjoyed in life since leaving Lakewood and the Lakewood City Schools.

SOCCER CLUB DIVERSE GROUP OF MORE THAN 100

The Lakewood City Schools Soccer Club has kicked off its sixth year in strong fashion. More than 80 middle school students and 20 alumni high school students joined the group this year. The group is open to any Lakewood City Schools student grades 6-12. With over 100 members – this is one of the largest student activity groups in Lakewood City Schools. 

MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM FOCUSES ON SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

The Community Recreation & Education Department is offering a new program called Music Therapy & More, designed for students with special needs. Led by a Board-certified music therapist, this fun and exciting music-making class meets for four Saturdays this spring. 

PARENT RESOURCE NIGHT SET FOR APRIL 29

The Lakewood Family Collaborative and Ranger 360 will be hosting a Parent Resource Night, Wednesday, April 29, from 6-8:30pm, at Harding Middle School. The organizers aim to promote and provide access to valuable resources and education for parents in our community, with a focus on critical issues that Lakewood youth face every day.

HAYES TEAM IS 2015 D.A.R.E. BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMP

Congratulations to the Hayes Elementary 5th grade basketball team for its victory in the annual D.A.R.E. basketball tournament! Hayes topped Emerson Elementary in the tournament final, 19-13. Great job by all the players and coaches Ben Toole, Stephanie Toole and Anwar Zahriyeh. 

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISERS BENEFIT AFTER PROM, GIRLS' SOCCER

Fundraisers at the Lakewood Chipotle are scheduled this month for two of our Lakewood High groups. The LHS After Prom Committee will receive 20% of proceeds on Thursday, April 23 from 5-9 pm and the girls' soccer team will do the same on Tuesday, April 28, also from 5-9 pm. Just show the flyer or mention the group when ordering. After Prom flyer & soccer flyer 

ROOSEVELT GROUNDBREAKING APRIL 23

Please join Superintendent Patterson and the Lakewood Board of Education for the Roosevelt Elementary groundbreaking on Thursday, April 23 at 4 pm in the basketball court area of the old school site. The event will take place rain or shine. 

BUSINESSES NEEDED FOR LHS/WEST SHORE SUMMER JOB FAIR

Lakewood High and the West Shore Career-Technical District will be hosting a summer job fair for students on April 23 from 10:30am -1:30 pm and is seeking business to participate. Interested businesses can reserve their spot by contacting Lynn Foran at lynn.foran@lakewoodcityschools.org or 216-227-5962. Space is limited.

HORACE MANN CLEARED FROM LOCKDOWN

After reviewing video from this morning's incident, it was discovered the person near the elevator was a school employee. Earlier this morning, Horace Mann Elementary was on lockdown from 8:40 - 9:15 am after an unknown person was seen getting on the elevator without authorization. As a precaution, police were called and students were delayed from entering the building.  Those inside went into lockdown.  After determining the building was safe, students were then allowed to enter. Staff members implemented the safety plan as practiced, as our students' safety is our top priority. 

D.A.R.E. Basketball Tournament Features 5th Graders

The Lakewood Police Department D.A.R.E. Unit will hold its D.A.R.E. basketball tournament for 5th-grade students on Saturday, April 18. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. and the final game will start at 2 p.m.  The tournament will be held at Garfield Middle School. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. 

REC & COMM. EDUC. DEPT. LAUNCHES SMALL BIZ PARTNERSHIPS

The Lakewood Community Recreation & Education Department is offering monthly “meet-ups” at local businesses for students in grades 4-8. These community-based classrooms offer students the opportunity to experience the passion, energy and expertise that business owners have with respect to their craft, product and vision all in the confines of their real-life innovation centers.  

HARDING TEAM HEADED TO STATE MOCK TRIAL COMPETITON

Twenty Harding Middle School students will delve into the American judicial process in a very hands-on way as two Harding teams will travel to Columbus to compete in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase competition on April 17.

LHS STUDENTS EARN HONORS IN ROTARY/BECK CONTEST

Lakewood High students were well-represented once again in the 70th annual Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club Music, Speech and Visual Arts Contest, sponsored by the Beck Center. A Lakewood High student was in the top three of each category and several earned Honorable Mentions.

LAKEWOOD PROJECT SHINES ON PALACE THEATER STAGE

The Lakewood Project had a special opportunity to shine outside the District when the LHS rock orchestra was invited to take part in the Playhouse Square Broadway Series Launch Party on March 31 at the Palace Theater. The group opened the show with "On Broadway" and also accompanied "Beautiful" actress/singer Maggie Cansler and closed out the show with two other pieces. Social media comments were unanimous in high praise for the talented group and its Director Beth Hankins. Click here to view the entire show.

YALE, BW HONOR LHS ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR HANKINS

Lakewood High School Orchestra Director Elizabeth Hankins has been honored as an outstanding music educator from two prestigious university music schools, Yale University and Baldwin Wallace University.

REGISTER FOR DISTRICT'S TOP-RATED PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

Registration is now open for the district's Early Childhood programs, all of which have earned the State of Ohio's top 5-star rating! Enrollment is open to Lakewood children who are toilet-trained and are 4 years old by Sept. 30 or 3 years old by Sept. 30.

THREE STUDENTS EARN STATE AWARDS IN PTA REFLECTIONS

The Lakewood Council of PTAs sent 24 entries from the local Reflections art competition to the Ohio PTA competition.  Of the 24 Lakewood entries, three of our students earned state awards of recognition and one student will move on to national judging, LHS senior Gregory Watson for his music composition.

DISTRICT HOLDING ONLINE AUCTION OF FURNITURE, MISC. ITEMS

The Lakewood Board of Education is conducting an online auction of used school building furniture, a truck and other assorted items from March 25-April 8. To view the auction, go to www.publicsurplus.com; click on “Select Region”; click on “Ohio”; click on “Select Agency”; click on “Ohio Schools Council”; click on “See All”.  To see a description, terms and location, click on the “item”. To bid on an item, go back to the home page and register then enter your bid on the item or items.

SPECIAL CHAMBER CONCERT FEATURES GRAMMY ARTIST

The LHS Chamber and Symphony Orchestras will play a special concert with guest Dr. Angelin Chang, a Grammy-winning pianist, on Thurdsday, April 2 at 7 pm in the Civic Auditorium. The students will be playing an entire Mendelssohn Symphony, which is rare for a high school orchestra.

LHS TALENT SHOW SET FOR MARCH 31 & APRIL 1

From music to theater to dance, the artistic talent of our high school students is amazing! Come see this talent on display in its many forms at Lakewood High’s annual Talent Show, sponsored by the Class of 2015. There are two performances: Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1 from 7-9 pm in the Civic. Tickets are $5 at the door and proceeds go toward the Class of 2015 Prom. 

LHS/WEST SHORE ARTISTS WIN NATIONAL HONORS

Two Lakewood High and West Shore students have won national recognition for their artistic talent in the prestigious Schlolastic Art & Writing competition. Alex Marek (far left), a senior in West Shore’s Interactive Media program, won the National American Visions Award and a Silver Key Award for his animation "Catstronaut." Senior Jacob Corder won a Silver Key for his painting, "Contorsion."

"CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER" EVENT SET FOR MARCH 31

Our Parent Resource Coordinators will be hosting "Caring for the Caregiver" on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 pm at Hayes Elementary. Experts will discuss the importance of taking care of yourself and offer tips for dealing with stress of raising school-age children. There will be refreshements, chair massages and door prizes!  Child care is available with a reservation by March 24. Contact your school Parent Resource Coordinator for more info.

DISTRICT CELEBRATES LINCOLN GROUNDBREAKING

                  

The District on March 13 celebrated its first official groundbreaking of the third and final phase of the Master Facilities Plan construction project as Superintendent Jeff Patterson, members of the Board of Education, Mayor Michael Summers, Principal Sandy Kozelka, former Principal Carl Lochard and student and parent representatives from Lincoln Elementary dug into the dirt on the site where the new Lincoln will rise.

SLEW OF SCIENCE FAIR AWARDS INCLUDE TWO 1st PLACES

Lakewood City Schools excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held the week of March 9 at Cleveland State, led by Garfield Middle School students Evan Bell and Christine Larson, who won first-place awards in their category.

BRICK SALE DATES SET FOR ROOSEVELT & GRANT

A date for sale of Roosevelt bricks has been set for Saturday, March 28. The sale is from 11 am-2 pm in the Roosevelt parking lot at 14237 Athens Ave. Grant Elementary demolition is under way. Grant bricks will be for sale at Grant, 1470 VIctoria Ave., on Saturday, April 18 from 11 am-2 pm.

LHS BANDS SHINE AT LARGE GROUP CONTEST

Congratulations to Lakewood High Band Director Clinton Steinbrunner and his musicians for great results at the Ohio Music Educators Association's Large Group Contest held March 13 & 14. The Concert Band received an "excellent" rating of a II in Class D, the Symphonic Band participated comments only, with many positive comments, and the Wind Ensemble received a "superior" rating of I in Class A, which is up a difficulty level from last year's Class B program. 

OUTSTANDING WEST SHORE STUDENTS HONORED

On Monday March 16, at their annual Outstanding Student Award luncheon, the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club recognized 16 West Shore Career-Tech students as the top performers in their career-tech program. These students exemplify traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative.
PLAY HOUSE BRINGS ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM TO GARFIELD

The Cleveland Play House brought its traveling “Classroom Matinees” program to Garfield Middle School this week to re-inforce the school’s anti-bullying message and themes of respect and kindness.

GARFIELD DRAMA CLUB PERFORMS MARCH 25 & 26

The Garfield Middle School Drama Club will perform “Once On This Island, Jr.” on Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. Email Director Lisa Richards at lisa.richards@lakewoodcityschools.org for presale/reserved seating. The performance is free. Donations will be accepted at the door.

LHS TENNIS ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER SET FOR MARCH 25

Support the LHS boys' tennis team by dining in or carryying out at Angelo's Pizza on Wednesday, March 25. Print or show this flyer on your phone or mention the team when you order and 20% of the bill goes back to the team.

LHS MODEL UN TEAM CONFERENCE RUNNER-UP WITH MOST AWARDS

The Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club finished a close second (out of 18 competing schools) at the Spring Cleveland Council on World Affairs Model United Nations Conference held March 5 &6. Lakewood won more awards than any other school and was runner-up to Orange High School, which earned a few more of the highest awards. 

HAYES STUDENTS TO PERFORM WITH OBERLIN HONOR CHOIR

Hayes Elementary will be sending 15 fourth- and fifth-graders to perform in the Oberlin Choristers Children’s Honor Choir on Saturday, March 21, 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.

LHS ARTIST EARNS BEST IN SHOW AT REGIONAL COMPETITION

Lakewood High art students fared extremely well in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition regional competition, led by senior Rachael Parks whose painting “Subway Blues” won Best in Show.

CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA ROCKS THE POOL

The 13th 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 and not every boat floats!

PRESENTATION FROM SECOND GIFTED MEETING AVAILABLE

For those of you who were not able to attend either of the two community meetings on the Gifted Program, the presentation given by Director of Teaching & Learning Pam Griebel at the second meeting on March 3 is available here.

LHS STUDENTS PART OF JCU DIVERSITY CENTER PROGRAM

On March 4, LHS students and Club Identity leaders Anna Kotansky, Albert Foster, Arzu Suleymanova, Jamie Christie, Devon Chodzin and Sarah Matthiesen attended John Carroll University's Diversity Center as educational presenters on the topic of LGBTQ bullying. 

BOARD OKS 2015-2016 CALENDAR WITH EARLIER START DATE

The Lakewood Board of Education at its March 2 meeting approved the 2015-2016 school year calendar that has a start date for students of Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. The last day for students will be Thursday, May 26, 2016. 

LHS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM SHINES IN COMPETITION

The Lakewood High Academic Challenge team was the winner of the NewsChannel 5 Academic Challenge episode taped Feb. 22. The team, composed of senior Ben McKinsey, junior Robbie Fehrenbach and sophomore Ian Bell, beat teams from Strongsville and Massillon Jackson high schools. 

SWIMMER REIS SETS NEW SCHOOL RECORD AT STATE MEET

Congratulations to sophomore swimmer Kelley Reis, who finished 12th at the State Championship Meet Feb. 28 in the 100-yard-backstroke. Her time of 57.77 is a new school record, breaking Kelsey Moran's 2007 record. She also placed 17th in the 50-yard freestyle, one place shy of the Finals. Her backstroke time qualifies her for NCSA Junior Nationals.  Sophomore diver Allen VanHouten also qualified for State but was unable to compete due to an injury. Congratulations on a great season!

WEST SHORE STUDENTS HONORED FOR WORK ETHIC

West Shore students demonstrated their strong work ethic by braving extreme temperatures to attend a recognition breakfast on Feb. 20 The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the Lakewood/ Rocky River Sunrise Rotary acknowledged the students for being “dependable, hard-working, and committed to doing a good job” in the classroom and in the workplace.  One student from each career-technical program was selected to receive the Outstanding Work Ethic Award. 

LINCOLN GROUNDBREAKING SET FOR MARCH 13

For those going to the Lincoln Groundbreaking on Friday, March 13 at 4 pm, please be prepared for muddy grounds and very limited parking. The event takes place in the old Lincoln parking lot, 15615 Clifton Blvd. Summit is closed at Detroit for repairs but is accessible from Clifton.  All are welcome and the event will take place rain or shine!

RANGERS' LEISINGER LEADS AREA IN TWO STATS CATEGORIES

Congratulations to boys' varsity basketball player Malik Leisinger, who according to www.ohiohssports.com/boysbasketball/stats/ was the Northeast Ohio regular-season area leader in assists (158) and free throws made (112). Congrats, Malik! 

LHS SOFTBALL TEAM CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER MARCH 12

Help support the LHS girls' softball team by eating at the Lakewood Chipotle on Thursday, March 12 from 5-9 pm. Half of the amount of your check will go toward the team. Just show this flyer or mention the team when you order.

LHS TRACK & FIELD FUNDRAISER MARCH 10 AT ANGELO'S

Help support our track and field athletes by eating at Angelo's Pizza on Tuesday, March 10. Twenty percent of your order, dine-in or takeout, will go toward the team. Offer is good from open to close. Present this flyer or mention LHS Track & Field when you order.

BOOSTERS' NIGHT AT THE RACES TAKES OFF MARCH 7

The Athletic Boosters' Night at the Races fundraiser is set for Saturday, March 7 at St. Mary’s Church on Warren Road. Tickets are pre-sale only! This is always a fun evening and raises lots of money for our Boosters, who do so much for our athletes. You may even come away a winner! Click here for ticket order, race/horse sponsor and program advertising forms.

CLASS OF 2017 SELLING "LUCKY TO BE A RANGER" SHIRTS

The Class of 2017 is holding a fundraiser for St. Patrick's Day. Students are selling "Lucky to Be a Ranger" shirts for $10 each. Shirts can be ordered in the LHS Book Room, which has order forms. Class offices have distributed forms to each school as well, along with a sample shirt. Orders are due March 5. Contact Jen Manning with any questions.

PARENT DROP-IN TO ADDRESS TEENS & DRUGS

The next LHS Parent Coffee Drop-in with counselor Lyndie Schuckert will address the hot topic of Teens & Drugs. The session is set for Thursday, March 5 at 8:15-9:15 am in the Civic Catering Room. Please RSVP by March 3 to melynda.schuckert @lakewoodcityschools.org.

INVITATION TO ATTEND STUDENT SERVICES' PARENT COUNCIL

If you are the parent of a student with a disability who attends Lakewood City Schools, please consider attending our Parent Council meetings. Meetings are quarterly and are held at Harding Middle School. The next meeting is Thursday,March 5 at 6:30 pm. At the meeting a Lakewood graduate and his mother will discuss their journey in Lakewood Schools, share successes and talk about post-school transition. Please RSVP to Christine Palumbo

GIFTED PROGRAM RESCHEDULED MEETING IS TONIGHT

The Gifted & Talented program information meeting is rescheduled for 7 pm Tuesday, March 3 at Horace Mann Elementary School, 1215 West Clifton (parking off of Webb Road).  This meeting will follow the same agenda as the Feb. 26 meeting.  The purpose of the meeting is to share the gifted committee's progress to date with the audience and to gather ideas about the strengths and needs of Lakewood's gifted programming.  These thoughts will help inform the committee of any concerns that may not have been addressed to date.  

This is not a meeting regarding final programming decisions. All are welcome!

 

MESSAGE REGARDING VACCINATIONS & MEASLES OUTBREAK

Recently, seven states in the western United States were reported to have measles and are considered to be part of a large, ongoing outbreak linked to an amusement park in California.   Although there are no reported outbreaks in the State of Ohio, Lakewood City Schools wants to assure parents that we are in constant communication with our community partners at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to monitor this and any health concerns that may arise from time to time.  

CLASS OF 2017 SELLING "LUCKY TO BE A RANGER" SHIRTS
SWIMMER REIS QUALIFIES FOR STATE TOURNAMENT

Congratulations to sophomore swimmer Kelley Reis, who qualified  to compete in two swimming events at the State level.  At the Division I Northwest Tournament on February 21, Reis automatically qualified in the 100 meter backstroke with her 58.11 second place finish time.  On Sunday, OHSAA advised that Reis' 24.13 time in the 50 meter freestyle also qualified her to compete in that event at the State Tournament.  Reis will compete along with sophomore diver Allen VanHouten February 28 in Canton. 

FEB 26 GT PROGRAM INFO MEETING LOCATION CHANGE

The Thursday, February 26 GT Program information meeting location has been changed to the Horace Mann Elementary School cafetorium.  Horace Mann is located at 1215 West Clifton Boulevard.  The parking lot is accessible from Webb Avenue.  The meeting will begin at 7 pm.

LHS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY WELCOMES 56 NEW MEMBERS

The current members of the Lakewood High National Honor Society welcomed 56 new members into the prestigious academic group at an induction ceremony held at the Civic Auditorium on Feb. 11.

GIFTED PROGRAM INFO MEETINGS SET FOR FEB. 25 & 26

A committee of administrators, teachers and parents has been meeting to review the district's gifted education program and make recommendations on how to improve services to our gifted learners. Two community meetings are scheduled to share the committee's findings and review where the program is headed. Content will be the same at both meetings, set for Feb. 25 & 26 at 7 pm in the Harding Cafetorium. All are welcome!

CHAMPS STUDENTS FIND OUT WHY KIDS LOVE MUSICALS

For 40 minutes on a recent Tuesday, students in Horace Mann's CHAMPS special education program were transported to the magical world of Oz. Musical educators Jodi Kirk and Molly Andrews-Hinders of The Musical Theater Project were on hand as part of the project's Kids Love Musicals workshop program that brings musical plays to life for students in K-3 across Northeast Ohio.

FEBRUARY 25 GIFTED PROGRAM INFORMATION MEETING CANCELLED

The gifted program information meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 25 has been cancelled.  A new date will be announced as soon as possible.  The meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 26 will take place as scheduled, at 7 pm in the Harding Middle School Cafetorium.  All are welcome!

Chipotle Feb. 25 Fundraiser to Benefit Harding PTSA

Help support our PTSA by dining in or ordering out from the Lakewood Chipotle from 4-9 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Half of the proceeds from your check will go to the PTSA. Just show them this flyer on your phone or print it out, or mention Harding PTSA at checkout. See you there!

LHS BANDS CONTEST CONCERT CANCELLED

Tonight's scheduled Lakewood High School Bands Contest Concert has been cancelled.  A new date will be announced once it is rescheduled. 

lakewood City schools are closed friday, feb. 20

All school buildings will be closed Friday, Feb. 20 due to extreme weather.

HARDING STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN DAY OF SILENCE

On Feb. 4, 45 7th and 8th graders in Harding’s Student 360 group participated in the school’s first ever Day of Silence. Student 360 members vowed to be silent in order to call attention to the silencing effect that dating violence and abuse has on teens.

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS JUMP FOR HEART HEALTH

Fourth- and fifth-graders from Grant, Emerson and Lincoln elementaries participated in the district's 15th annual Jump Rope for Heart event on Feb. 7 at Harding Middle School. The students jump to help the American Heart Association raise awareness of heart disease and to promote heart-healthy, fun activities the whole family can do. Click here to see a photo gallery of the fun.

PTA REFLECTIONS CEREMONY HONORS STUDENT CREATIVITY

Lakewood students’ creativity and imagination were celebrated at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held Feb. 3 at the Civic Auditorium. One hundred twenty seven from preschool through high school were honored and 24 students’ works were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging.

LAKEWOOD SCHOOLS CLOSED THURSDAY, FEB. 19

Lakewood City Schools are closed today, Feb. 19 due to extreme weather. No decision has been made yet regarding Friday, Feb. 20. 

GRIEBEL PRESENTS BOARD UPDATE ON PARCC TESTING

Pam Griebel, Director of Teaching & Learning K-12, addressed the Board of Education at its Feb. 2 meeting about the District's approach to the upcoming PARCC tests and shared some facts about the tests, which will be administered for the first time beginnig the week of Feb. 16. Watch her remarks here:

 

LINCOLN BRICKS AVAILABLE FOR SALE FEB. 14

One day only! Bricks from the original Lincoln Elementary School will be for sale in the original Lincoln parking lot on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 11 am-2 pm. Bricks are $10 each. All proceeds benefit programs in the Lakewood City Schools. No special orders or holds. Credit cards and cash will be accepted. Brick sales for Roosevelt and Grant Elementary Schools will be announced in the near future.

BOARD PRESENTATION SHOWCASES GRANT STUDENT CREATIVITY

Principal Philis Muth during her Grant Building Report to the Board of Education at its Feb. 2 meeting shared a video presentation that gave the audience and Board members a taste of some of the creative learning going on at Grant. Check out the fun presentation here.

WHAT COMES NEXT?: COLLEGE WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS

The "What Comes Next?" is a workshop presented by the LHS Guidance Dept. and College Now for parents of college-bound 9th-11th graders on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm in Lecture Hall 2 (Room A218). 

LHS SHOWING ITS SUPPORT FOR RESPECT WEEK 2015

Students and staff at LHS today are wearing orange in honor of Orange4Love Day, part of Respect Week 2015, which is the youth-led awareness week during teen dating violence awareness month. Those wearing orange are showing our community that we choose love and respect over violence and abuse. Students and staff can post pictures of themselves on social media rocking their orange to the hashtags #Orange4Love #RespectWeek2015 and #RespectWeekOH.

KINDERGARTEN PARENT INFO NIGHT SET FOR FEB. 11

The Lakewood City Schools will be hosting a Kindergarten Parent Information Night for parents of preschoolers interested in learning about the District’s kindergarten program. The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Emerson Elementary Cafetorium.

ARTISTS NOMINATED FOR CONTEST'S BEST IN SHOW AWARD

Lakewood High & West Shore Career-Technical Interactive Media students Jacob Corder and Alex Marek have been selected as two of only five regional student artists to be nominated for a national American Visions Award in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing contest. Corder also was awarded a $10,000 per year scholarship for the Cleveland Institute of Art based on his contest submissions.

LHS MUSICIANS TO PLAY IN ALL-STATE ENSEMBLES

Congratulations to the six LHS musicians who were part of this weekend's Ohio Music Educators Association's All State Orchestra and Band performances at the new Convention Center. Members of the elite orchestra are Ryan Detwiler (violin), Alex Figueroa (viola), Morgan Fox (bass), Andrew Miller (cello) and Jimmy Toner (cello). Lauren Klann played string bass with the All-State Band. 

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART COMING FEB. 7

The district’s 15th annual Jump Rope for Heart event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 9 am in Harding Middle School Gym. Jump Rope for Heart is part of the Lakewood City School District’s annual partnership with the American Heart Association to promote heart healthy lifestyles and to raise funds to support  the American Heart Association.

HARRISON KICKS OFF ONE SCHOOL ONE BOOK PROGRAM

Students and staff at Harrison Elementary on Thursday joined in the biggest book club in Lakewood as the school rolled out its One School, One Book program with quite the fanfare. 

FEB. 2 BOARD MEETING TO INCLUDE TESTING PRESENTATION

Beginning the week of Feb. 16, students in grades 3 through 8,  freshmen in algebra, geometry and physical science, and students enrolled in U.S. History and Government will be taking new online performance-based and end-of-year tests. As these are new tests there is naturally much concern by parents regarding the administration of these new exams.

GARFIELD TEAM TOP SCORER IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS

The Garfield Middle School Academic Challenge Team on Jan. 21 won the monthly St. Ed’s Classroom of Champions competition with a season-leading score of 600 points. Team members Evan Bell, Patrick McCallum, Aidan Bohac, Colin Sabo, Emma Carson, and Renee Jones did a tremendous job preparing for the competition, said adviser Josh Thornsberry. The team is in an excellent position to have a score high enough to be invited back for the championship round in May. Congratulations, team!

STUDENT PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS TECH INTEGRATION

Students in Sean McGuan's 5th grade classroom prepared the video presentation that Principal Sandy Kozelka presented in her Building Report to the Board of Education on Jan. 20. The presentation highlighted how students at Lincoln are infusing technology into their learning and how the technology is deepening their learning. Check out Lincology: 

                                 

DEMOLITION BEGINS ON LINCOLN ELEMENTARY

Construction crews began tearing down the 101-year-old Lincoln Elementary on Monday, starting with the gym. Demolition most likely will continue into February. Roosevelt is slated to come down in February, with Grant to follow. Check out our Construction Page for updates throughout the exciting project and click here for some demolition photos by cleveland.com.

SUPPORT MUSIC BOOSTERS AT CHIPOTLE ON JAN. 29

The Lakewood Music Boosters is holding a fundraiser at the Lakewood Chipotle on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5-9 pm. Print out and bring this flyer and show it to the cashier or just mention the Boosters and 50% of your bill will go to the group. 

PROGRAM BRINGS ELL STUDENTS, AMER. PEERS TOGETHER

Ruth Pangrace's HIROS program (Helping Immigrants & Refugees Obtain Support) at Harding has been bringing her 7th & 8th graders together with ELL students at Garfield, where students are learning they have much more in common than they do differences. Watch this video to see how both groups are learning from and enjoying each other.

BOARD, CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD JOINT MEETING JAN. 26

The Lakewood Board of Education and Lakewood City Council will hold a joint meeting on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the Garfield Middle School Cafetorium. Items to be discussed include construction projects, technology updates and the healthy living task force.

HIGH SCHOOLERS REEL IN TOP ART & WRITING AWARDS

Lakewood High School and the West Shore Career-Tech Interactive Media program combined have earned the most number of Gold Key awards of any area school in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition.

 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR JAN. 23 LAKEWOOD PROJECT CONCERT

The Lakewood Project winter concert will be Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 pm at the Civic Auditorium. The concert will feature music from the '90s and include special guests The Cover-Ups, named best band in Cleveland by Cleveland Magazine this year. Pre-order your tickets by calling the LHS Bookroom at 216-529-4047 or downloading the pre-order ticket form. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. 

COME OUT AND SUPPORT RANGER HOCKEY AT THE Q

The Ranger hockey team plays Parma at the Quicken Loans Arena on Jan. 24 at 12:30 pm. Buy a ticket for the Monsters game that evening and you get free entry for the Rangers match. Let's get a big section of purple and gold out to support our Rangers on the ice! The team will be at the Monsters game with 50/50 raffle tickets that will help support the program. Click here for more info and how to order tickets. 

LHS TIMES, CINEMA EARN FIRST-PLACE HONORS

The 2013-2014 Lakewood Times and the LHS Cinema each received first-place awards in the annual American Scholastic Press Association contest for high school yearbooks and magazines. The ASPA reviews hundreds of publications from across the country and offers critiques and assigns awards for first, second and third places as well as some special category and merit awards.

NUTRITION SERVICES EARNS PERFECT AUDIT

The district's Nutrition Services Department, led by registered dietician Nancy Early, has earned a perfect score on its recent audit by the Ohio Department of Education. 

COMMUNITY REC & EDUCATION BOOKLET AVAILABLE

The Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s Winter/Spring Booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the youth/adult programming, athletics and aquatics that is offered this Winter/Spring. Youth baseball/softball and summer camps are also in this booklet. Register early! Click here to view the booklet.

PETRIE BARCELONA TO LEAD BOARD OF ED IN 2015

The Lakewood Board of Education at its Jan. 5 meeting elected Emma Petrie Barcelona as president of the five-member body, replacing Linda Beebe, who served as president in 2014. Petrie Barcelona and incoming Vice President Tom Einhouse took the oath of office from Treasurer Kent Zeman.

LHS STUDENTS PART OF KASICH INAUGURATION CEREMONY

Three Lakewood High school musicians will have a special seat at the inauguration today, Jan. 12, of Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. Tess Marjanovic, Stephen Moncol and Taylor Wohlfeil are members of the All Ohio State Fair Band's Gold Band that has been selected to play at the ceremony today in Columbus. The trio were part of the group this summer as members of AOSFB at the Ohio State Fair. 

CHIPOTLE JAN 14 FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT HARRISON

Help support Harrison Elementary's One Book, One School program and other literacy efforts by ordering a meal from the Lakewood Chipotle on Wednesday, Jan. 14 between 5-9 pm. Just mention Harrison when paying or show this flyer on your smartphone ("Draft" mark is OK). Half of the total of your bill will go to Harrison!

CELEBRATING OHIO STATE DAY AT CENTRAL OFFICE

"MEET THE MUSIC TEACHERS" NIGHT JAN.13

The Lakewood Music Boosters is hosting a "Meet the Music Teachers" night on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 6-8 pm at the East End Pub & Bistro, 11922 Madison Ave. Come and get to know the Music Department faculty, meet other music parents and have some fun! Light food and soft drinks will be available compliments of the Boosters. Special pricing for alcohol from 6 - 7pm.

SCHOOL CALENDAR SURVEY RESULTS AVAILABLE

Nearly 2,000 community members responded to our survey regarding possible changes in the school calendar in order to maximize instruction time. Overall, a majority feel that students will benefit from more instruction time. To view the results and the comments submitted, click here.

DISTRICT MOURNS PASSING OF BENEFACTOR GEORGE READ

Our hearts are heavy in the district today as we learned of the passing this morning of a very special friend of the Lakewood City Schools, George P. Read. Our thoughts are with the Read family at this difficult time. Mr. Read and his family’s selfless generosity have helped make possible the stellar music program of which we all are so proud! We can never express how grateful we are for the impact Mr. Read has had on Lakewood children. Last May, we honored Mr. Read by naming the Lakewood High Music Department after him and it warms our hearts to know that this amazing man’s spirit will live on through our Music Department for many generations to come. 

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON CONCERT

Two wonderful evenings of music by the district elite music ensembles were a treat for all who attended. In addition, more than $2,000 was raised by the LTA-sponsored raffle baskets for three local charities. Check out a sampling of the evening in this Photo Gallery.

DISTRICT SEEKING SUBSTITUTES

The district is hiring substitutes for various operational areas. Please click here for more information on who to contact and what positions are available.

ALL DISTRICT EARLY CHILDHOOD SITES EARN TOP RATING

All the locations of the District's Early Childhood Program have earned a 5-Star rating from the State of Ohio for meeting the quality standards established by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education. 

HUNDREDS COME TO WALK LHS HALLS FOR LAST TIME

You only spend four years of your life in high school, but by the turnout for the final tours of the old buildings of Lakewood High School, those years never leave you. Hundreds of people, young to old, showed up on Saturday, Dec. 6 to take one last walk through the nearly 100-year-old halls of the “old building."

BOB EVANS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS FUNDRAISER DEC. 22

The LHS Athletic Boosters are having a Dine to Donate at Bob Evans on Monday, Dec. 22. The Boosters will get 15% of sales from 7am-10pm. Make sure to print this flyer and show it at check out, or you can also show it on your smartphone. Come support the Boosters!

HAYES CREATES SCHOOLWIDE NO BULLYING VIDEO

Hayes' "Do No Harm!" video brings the entire school together to share the message of choosing actions that do not harm another person, for everyone to "be a buddy not a bully." 

LTA RAFFLE BASKETS TO BENEFIT LAKEWOOD CHARITIES

The Sounds of the Season concert on Dec. 17 & 18 will feature 38 raffle baskets sponsored by the Lakewood Teachers Association and for the benefit of several Lakewood charities. Tickets for both the concert and raffle can be bought in advance through the LHS Bookroom, 216-529-4047. You don't have to attend the concert to participate in the basket raffle. View raffle info and basket descriptions here

ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT LHS SKI CLUB

On Thursday, Dec. 18, Angelo's Pizza will donate 20% of a customer's bill to the LHS Ski & Snowboard Club. Just print out this flyer or mention the fundraiser when you order. The 20% good all day and includes dine-in and takeout and even gift cards and t-shirts!

SENIOR CLAUSE FEATURED ON CLEVELAND.COM

Varsity basketball player and senior Madison Clause was the subject of a recent cleveland.com interview. Click here to check out the Ranger captain's thoughts on basketball and the team's season ahead. 

JUNIOR TONER IN SPOTLIGHT ON HIGH SCHOOL INSIDER SHOW

Junior Jimmy Toner was featured in the most recent High School Insider show on Time Warner Cable. Toner's outstanding performance as a musician and athlete earned him the honor. Click here to view the piece.

LINCOLN STUDENT WINS CHAMBER ESSAY CONTEST

Congratulations to Lincoln Elementary student Clement Bouvier, who has won the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's annual 4th Grade "Why I Love Lakewood" Essay Contest. Clem's essay was chosen out of 123 submitted. As the winner, he will receive $100 cash and ride in the Light Up Lakewood Parade as well as help Santa and Mayor Summers flip the switch to Light Up Lakewood on Dec. 6. Read Clem's winning essay here.

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR REC. & EDUC. COMMISSION SEAT

The Lakewood Board of Education is looking to fill the open seat on the Community Recreation and Education Commission due to the passing of its President, Don Sharp.

DISTRICT PART OF EDUCATION JOB FAIR DEC. 9

Come join the Lakewood City School District and 19 other districts at the first annual North Coast Shared Services Alliance “Educator Recruitment Event” for certified teachers. Meet Lakewood staff; learn about substitute teaching in the District; and share your resume. The event is Dec. 9 from 10 am-1 pm at the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center, 6393 Oak Tree Blvd., Independence.

RANGER SOCCER COACH NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to girls' soccer coach Vlad Godosev, who was named the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association's Division 1 Public School Coach of the Year. Coach Godosev led the varsity girls' team to a 12-5-1 record, one of the team's best season in years. The team advanced to the district semifinals in postseason play. Well done Rangers and Coach Godosev!

DISTRICT EARNS SPOT ON AP DISTRICT HONOR ROLL

Lakewood City Schools is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada and one of only 30 in Ohio being honored by the College Board with placement on its 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

GRAMMY-WINNING ARTIST MEIXNER TO PLAY CIVIC

On Wednesday, Dec. 3 at  7 pm, Alex Meixner and his band will take the stage at the Civic Auditorium for a concert featuring his unique style of world fusion music.  Meixner is a Grammy-nominated trumpeter, pianist, accordion player, and music producer who blends classical, jazz, pop, and polka styles and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra. 

 

PROJECT REVISIONS ALLOW RE-ALLOCATIONS OF FUNDS

The Board of Education at its Nov. 17 meeting approved two amendments to the construction project agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission that will result in an additional $3 million being available for the district’s Master Facilities Plan third and final phase.

BOND DEBT RE-FINANCING COULD NET $1.4M SAVINGS

The Board of Education at its Nov. 17 meeting granted permission for the Treasurer’s Office to pursue re-financing of up to $39 million of the district’s current debt, which could result in a savings of $1.4 million. With markets currently favorable to refund bond debt, Treasurer Kent Zeman saw an opportunity to restructure the district’s debt. “This is a way to generate savings and ultimately cost taxpayers less over the life of the debt,” Zeman said.

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT GIRLS' SOFTBALL

The LHS girls' softball program is hosting a fundraiser at the Lakewood Chipotle on Friday, Nov. 28 from 5-9 pm. Simply mention girls' softball when you order, print this flyer here or show the flyer on your phone when you order and half of your bill goes toward the softball program. 

PATTERSON NAMED OHIO SUPERINTENDENT OF YEAR

Lakewood City Schools Superintendent Jeffrey W. Patterson has been selected as the 2015 Ohio Superintendent of the Year by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators for his leadership of the 5,500-student district.

DISTRICT SURVEY SEEKS INPUT ON SCHOOL CALENDAR

During this school year, a committee is studying the concept of a longer school day and/or a modified school calendar to provide opportunities to reach our goal of becoming one of the Top 20 school districts in Ohio. The committee's charge is to gather input from all stakeholders in the community. Please take the following survey to help the committee focus its work and gauge reactions to a variety of calendar ideas:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7R56SCS

LHS' PETTO EARNS OUTSTANDING MATH TEACHER AWARD

Congratulations to LHS' Peter Petto, who received an Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award from the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics at its annual conference on Nov. 6 & 7. 

TRESSEL SHARES FORMULA FOR SUCCESS WITH LHS

Youngstown State President and former Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel made an appearance at Lakewood High on Monday, Nov. 10 and shared with staff and students what he has found over his many years as a coach and educator what key ingredients you need for success in any field.

CHAPTER BY LHS' DR. G INCLUDED IN BOOK ON TEACHING

Lakewood High School Social Studies teacher Chuck Greanoff has written a chapter that is included in the recently published book “Why We Teach Now.” The book is edited by Sonia Nieto, published by Teachers College Press of Columbia University.

LHS MODEL UN CLUB EARNS TOP AWARDS AT CONFERENCE

The Lakewood High Model United Nations Club did outstanding at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference Fall Conference held Oct. 30 & 31, finishing third out of 12 teams participating. Leading the way were seniors Charlotte Hisel and Laert Fezjullari who each won the Gavel — the highest possible award —  in their respective committees.

MIDNIGHT MADNESS TO HELP KICK OFF HOOPS SEASON

Join the LHS boys' and girls' Ranger basketball teams for an early Midnight Madness pep rally on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 pm in the Harding Middle School Gym, the new home court of the Rangers. A special guest will be on hand to present the teams with their conference championship trophies. The night will also include a co-ed 3-point shootout, scrimmages, half-court shot contest and a 50/50 raffle. Admission is free, so let's pack the gym!

REVISED DESIGNS WELL RECEIVED FOR 3 ELEMENTARIES

Revised design plans have been presented for Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools at meetings on Oct. 28 & 30 and Nov. 6 and all were well received by those in attendance. To see the latest design plans and other construction-related documents, visith our School Construction page.

OBSERVER'S O'BRYAN NAMED TO OSBA MEDIA HONOR ROLL

The Board of Education at its meeting on Nov. 3 named Lakewood Observer Publisher Jim O’Bryan to the Ohio School Boards Association 2014 Media Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes media representatives statewide for fair and balanced reporting of new about public schools. O’Bryan is one of approximately 100 media members recognized from across the state.

MUSIC BOOSTERS MEETING MOVED TO NOV. 18

The Music Boosters meeting regularly scheduled for Nov. 11 at 7 pm has been moved to Nov. 18 at 7 pm due to a scheduling conflict.

JOIN RANGER 360 FOR BOOK DISCUSSION ON "SPEAK"

Would you like a deeper connection with your teen? Have you talked to your teen about healthy relationships? Do you think your teen would speak up if someone hurt them? Read the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and join Ranger 360 for conversation and connection with Lakewood parents. The discussion will be Sunday, Nov. 9 from 6-8 pm in the Lakewood Public Library's Multipurpose Room. 

TEEN STRESS & ANXIETY TOPIC OF NEXT PARENT DROP-IN

WHY:  To discuss trending “Hot Topics”
WHEN:  Thursday, Nov. 6, 8:15-9:15 am
WHERE:  Civic Catering Room
WHO:  Hosted by Lyndie Schuckert – LHS School Counselor
HOT TOPIC: “TEEN STRESS AND ANXIETY”

Please RSVP to Lyndie at 216-529-4272 by Nov. 4 if you would like to attend!

LHS PINK OUT CAMPAIGN RAISES $2K IN HONOR OF FAVRES

This morning the LHS Student Council presented the Favre Family a check for $2,000 made out to the Bright Pink Foundation in Chicago, where the Favres' daughter Stephany is battling breast cancer. 

STUDENT'S RECENT CPR TRAINING SAVES A LIFE

Quick thinking and recent CPR/First Aid training helped junior West Shore Culinary student Ken Priddy to jump into action to help a fellow student on Tuesday.  During lunch, Ken heard someone ask another student if he was OK.  When Ken turned around to see what was going on, the person was turning blue and holding his throat.  Ken (at left) saw the student struggling and immediately jumped up to perform the relief of choking maneuver.

STATE RECOGNIZES LEWIS FOR FINANCIAL LITERACY EFFORTS

Representatives from the Ohio Treasurer's Office were in town to present a proclamation by Treasurer Josh Mandel congratulating LHS Government teacher Ron Lewis on being a champion for financial literacy education.

CARTOON NETWORK NO BULLYING TOUR STOPS AT GARFIELD

The Cartoon Network brought its Stop Bullying, Speak Up campaign to Garfield on Oct. 16. Sixth-graders saw video messages from President Obama and other famous people and discussed what it means to bully and how it can be stopped. Thanks to Cox Communications for bringing the assembly to Lakewood Schools. Click here for some photos of the morning.

LHS EARNS OHSAA EXCEPTIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Lakewood High School has been awarded all three levels of available awards from OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee, including the highest honor, the Commissioner's Award for Exceptional Sportsmanship.

RANGER CAFE OPENS OCTOBER 28

The Ranger Café at West Shore, run by the Culinary students of the West Shore Career-Tech District, will open for business on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The students are excited to show what they are learning in the professional kitchen and restaurant. Hours of operation are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 pm. To make a reservation, call 216-529-4165. View the menu here.

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT ATHLETIC BOOSTERS

Mention the Lakewood Athletic Boosters or show this flyer when you order from Chipotle in Lakewood on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 5-9 pm and 50% of sales will go to the Boosters and support of high school and middle school athletics.

JAMMY BUGGARS FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT HARDING PTSA

The Harding Middle School PTSA will be the beneficiary of Jammy Buggars' Pay it Forward Tuesday program on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 11:30 am-midnight. Dine-in or order take out at the Lakewood restaurant and 15% of the bill goes to the PTSA. Be sure to mention Harding when you order!

GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW ON WHEN TO KEEP CHILD HOME

Flu season is upon us and each year at this time the district shares its guidelines for parents to follow when deciding whether to keep your child home or not. Below are the recommendations regarding when to keep a sick child home from school:

CROSS COUNTRY DISTRICT CHAMPS FINISH 13TH @ REGIONALS

The boys' varsity cross country team, which captured the Division 1 District Championship on Oct. 18, finished in 13th place at the Regional Meet on Oct. 25 in Tiffin.

DISTRICT MOURNS LOSS OF CREC PRESIDENT, DON SHARP JR.

Many in the district were saddened to hear of the passing on Oct. 9 of Don Sharp, Jr., who was president of the Community Recreation and Education Commission. 

JR. FIRE CHIEF RIDES TO SCHOOL IN STYLE

Horace Mann fifth-grader Riley Griffith took a ride to school in grand style Friday as she arrived in the front seat of a fire engine thanks to her being named the city's Jr. Fire Chief during this Fire Prevention Week.

 

LHS, SWEET SPOT TEAM UP TO BENEFIT ART DEPT.

Owners of the Lakewood gelato shop The Sweet Spot are partnering with Lakewood High School to help showcase local art by displaying LHS students' artwork in their store at 17806 Detroit Ave. for the month of October. The shop will also being holding a fundraiser to benefit the Lakewood High Art Department.

LHS TOPS FOR MUSICIANS IN STATE, REGIONAL ORCHESTRAS

Recent selections to the Ohio Music Educators Association’s All-State and Regional Orchestras once again reflect the strength and depth of the Lakewood High School George P. Read Music Department. LHS secured the most seats of any area school for both ensembles: 11 musicians were chosen for the Regional ensemble and five for All-State.

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.

RAIN DIDN'T DAMPEN HOMECOMING WEEKEND SPIRITS

While rain threatened to wash out the Spirit Parade, the skies cleared long enough to see the parade off even though it returned for most of the football game. And Lakewood High was proud to crown its Homecoming Royalty: Xavier Pedro, Tess Jones and Cooper Robar. To see a photo gallery of Friday's activities by The Lakewood Observer's Jim O'Bryan, click here.

GARFIELD HOSTING BLOOD DRIVE OCT. 13

Garfield Middle School is teaming up with the American Red Cross as part of the Future Blood Donor Program and will host a blood drive on Monday, Oct. 13 from 3-7 pm in the Cafetorium. To sign up to be a donor, visit redcrossblood.org and enter Garfield Middle School in the search box or you can walk in with no appointment.

COME CHECK OUT LHS CARDBOARD CHALLENGE OCT. 11
On October 11 from 10 am – 1 pm on the first floor of Lakewood High, freshmen Physical Science students will put on the 2014 LHS Cardboard Challenge, inspired by Caine’s Arcade YouTube video. The students’ cardboard game creations will be on display for people of all ages to come and play and learn about the science behind them such as force of motion and energy.
LAST VIDEO IN OUR SERIES OF SALUTES TO LHS 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: Cleveland Foundation CFO Kate Hahn Asbeck.

Hit "Read Article" for the rest of the series' videos.

MARKLING JOINS REC YOUTH ATHLETIC COMMISSION

Former Board of Education member Matthew John Markling has been appointed to the Community Recreation & Education Department's Youth Athletic Commission. Markling's appointment begins immediately.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.