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DISTRICT PARTNERS WITH CITY FOR NEW TREE PROGRAM

Leave a legacy – and keep our school grounds green with trees! You can make a difference and give the gift that keeps on growing!  Your tax-deductible donation can make a difference in a student’s school experience. The Lakewood City Schools has teamed up with the City of Lakewood and Keep Lakewood Beautiful to launch Lakewood City Schools Gift-a-Tree Fund, which will allow donors to purchase trees for our school grounds.   

GARFIELD & HARDING HOSTING BLOOD DRIVES

Garfield and Harding Middle Schools are holding a friendly rivalry with their dueling American Red Cross blood drives in October. The principal in the school with the least donors will wear the other's school's shirt for a day! The Garfield drive is set for Monday, Oct. 3 from 3-7 pm and the Harding drive will be held on Monday, Oct. 17 from 2:30 - 7 pm. Click on "Read More" for info on how to sign up online.

DISTRICT HOLDING ONLINE AUCTION OF FURNITURE

The Lakewood Board of Education will be conducting an online auction of used school building furniture beginning, Wednesday, Sept. 14 and will conclude on Friday, Oct. 7. To view the auction go to www.publicsurplus.com, click on “Select Region”, click on “Ohio”, click on “Select Agency”, click on “Ohio Schools Broker”,  click on “See All”.  Lakewood’s items are prefixed with “LW.”  

FIRST FEDERAL COmmits to help fund new rec facilities

Superintendent Jeff Patterson announced at the Board’s Sept. 19 meeting that First Federal Lakewood has made a significant commitment of $692,000 to the Lakewood City Schools. The funds will go toward building an elevated indoor track for student and community use in the new Lakewood High School athletic wing, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2017. In addition, the bank committed another $150,000 in matching funds if the school district can raise $450,000 from other donors. That additional money would go toward building a Community Recreation Facility at Lakewood High School.

SPIRIT PARADE KICKS OFF HOMECOMING WEEKEND SEPT. 30

The annual Lakewood City Schools Spirit Parade will kick off Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Sept. 30. The parade will step off from Lakewood Park at 5:30 pm and march its way through Lakewood to the North Lot at Lakewood High School. The parade is a great showcase of the district’s sports teams, clubs and organizations from elementary, middle and high school. The Rangers football game vs. Avon will cap off the evening at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium with kickoff at 7 pm.

Rangers Education Foundation Holding Restaurant Raffle

To support programs that benefit Lakewood students at all levels as well as funding for teacher grants, the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation is raffling off an "Eat Local Gift Card Bundle." For $25 per ticket or 5 for $100, you get a chance to win gift cards for 17 different local places. 

HARDING TEACHER TURNS TO COMICS TO CONNECT

Teachers are always striving to make a connection with their students and looking to teach their curriculum in a way that engages the students, which is often easier said than done. While many educators and school districts are turning to technological tools to engage kids,Harding Middle School STEM teacher Laura Baillett has been creating curriculum content with a decidedly old-fashioned technique. Balliett has spent her past few summers creating curriculum in comic form.

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS HOSTING CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER SEPT. 27

Forget cooking on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and come to the Lakewood Chipotle instead. Half of the proceeds of your bill that day will go toward the Lakewood Athletic Boosters. Simply download and show this flyer or mention the Boosters when you order. Boosters support our athletes in so many ways, so let's get out and support them!

BOARD OF ED, CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD JOINT MEETING

The Lakewood Board of Education and the Lakewood City Council will hold their bi-annual joint meeting on Monday, Sept. 26 to give updates on and discuss issues of interest to both entities. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall in the auditorium.

MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL SET FOR SEPT. 24

On Sept. 24, the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band will host one of the district's longest-running traditions: the 30th Annual Lakewood High School Marching Band Invitational Festival. The festival, held at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium, begins with the Parade of Bands at 6 pm, followed by on-field performances by each band starting at 6:30 pm.

FIRST LHS COFFEE HOUSE PERFORMANCES SET FOR SEPT. 22

The LHS Barnstormers and LHS Orchestras will host their first Barney’s Café (aka Coffee House) of the school year on Sept. 22 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. There will be art in many forms: poetry, music and prose.  Everyone is invited to participate either as a performer or as an audience member.  This event is free! All proceeds will go to equipping the new Black Box Theatre space at LHS.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS MAKE A PAKISTAN CONNECTION

Having spent the summer reading “I am Malala,” Harding and Garfield middle school students brought their questions about the young Pakistani education crusader and the struggles of girls in Pakistan directly to someone living in the country who is fighting for the same cause as the Nobel Peace winner Malala Yousafzai.

DISTRICT PARTICIPATES IN GLOBAL MINDEDNESS SEMINAR

The District's four teaching and learning coordinators this week joined educators from five other Northeast Ohio school districts in participating in a four-day Global Mindedness Leadership Training Institute hosted by Kent State University’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services (EHHS).

SUPERINTENDENT GIVES AN UPDATE ON WEEK'S INCIDENTS

We wanted to give an update to our Lakewood City Schools community regarding the incidents that have occurred throughout the District since this past weekend. At approximately 1:25 p.m. today, September 21, a Lakewood High School student was arrested and charged by the Lakewood Police Department with inducing panic as a result of making false claims indicating that he had knowledge about a gun at Lakewood High School. This incident was immediately investigated by police in collaboration with school administration. This incident was the most recent in a string of incidents that have occurred since the initial threat at Lakewood High was discovered on Friday, September 16. Below is an update and timeline of those incidents:

INFORMATION REGARDING LHS THREAT

The following message was sent Sunday evening to all District families:

Last night, Lakewood High Principal Keith Ahearn shared with the LHS community that a graffiti threat had been discovered by custodial staff on Friday evening. The threat made reference to the Columbine shootings. Attached is an edited photo of the threat. The Lakewood Police Department was notified immediately and has been working on the investigation ever since.

DISTRICT SEEKING INFO ABOUT THREAT AT LHS

On Friday night, the Lakewood High custodial staff discovered a graffiti threat against the school written in a bathroom stall. This threat was reported to the Lakewood Police Department and is being investigated. The safety of our school community is our top priority. We ask that if you have any information regarding this threat or any information that you think might be helpful, please contact our anonymous 24-hour hotline at 216-227-5311. Classes will be held as normal on Monday, Sept. 19 and extra security provided by the Lakewood Police Department will be on campus.

NEW FALL REC DEPT. BOOKLET NOW AVAILABLE

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 the department has to offer for this Fall. Visit www.lakewoodrecreation.com to view the new booklet.

STUDENTS SHARE WHAT THEY LOVE ABOUT THEIR SCHOOL

Students from every school in the District were invited to share their thoughts on their school at the 2016 Convocation on Aug. 22. What they said will inspire you, suprise you and make you smile! 

DISTRICT SEEKS RFPS FOR FRANKLIN MODULAR UNITS

The Lakewood City School District is soliciting proposals for the "purchase and removal of the Franklin Elementary School modular facility (12 units, 10,000 square feet) and site restoration." All qualified vendors are encouraged to participate. Please click here for more detailed information. Click on "Read More" for a drawing of the units.

CHEERLEADERS HOSTING ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER SEPT. 7

The middle school and high school cheerleading squads will be holding a fundraiser at Angelo's Pizza on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Mention the cheerleaders or show this flyer when you order and 20% of your bill will go toward the cheerleading program. The offer is good for dine-in or carry-out as well as gift cards and t-shirts.

LREF'S TEACHER GRANTS HELP FURTHER ENRICH OUR STUDENTS

For the last eight years, money from the Margaret Warner Educational Grants Fund of the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation has provided Lakewood City Schools teachers the ability to offer enrichment opportunities to its students. This year is no different as the Foundation awarded more than $9,000 in grants. The awards, along with a grant from the Meinke Creative Teaching Grant Fund, were announced at the District's annual Convocation on Monday, Aug.22.

BOARD/PTA ICE CREAM SOCIAL SET FOR SEPT. 6

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

DISTRICT SHARES RESULTS OF COMMUNITY FEEDBACK

As a district, we strive to reach out to our stakeholders and obtain their feedback knowing how important quality education is to our children and community. But we can always do more. This year we worked with a couple of independent firms to conduct in-depth interviews, listening sessions, an online survey, and a statistically valid telephone survey of our community. We heard your thoughts, concerns, and recommendations and want to share the major themes we learned from your input. We value your feedback and want to continue to hear from you. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Superintendent Jeff Patterson at 216-529-4092 or Assistant Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio at 216-529-4244. View summary of feedback here.

 

SPOTS AVAILABLE IN OUR TOP-RATED PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

The District's Early Childhood Program still has spots available for eligible 3-5 year olds. If you are interested, please call 529-4214 for more information. Learn more about our 5-star programs here.

ROOSEVELT CELEBRATION CAPS A WEEK OF DEDICATIONS

Our District had much to cheer this week as Lakewood City Schools dedicated the new Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementaries with Dedication Celebrations shared with hundreds from the community who turned out to see the beautiful buildings their taxpayer investment created.

STUDENTS FOCUS OF ANNUAL STAFF CONVOCATION

As is tradition, the employees of the Lakewood City Schools gathered on the day before students returned to school for Convocation 2016, a pep rally of sorts designed to motivate and inspire the staff to rise to the challenge of another school year.

POLICE DEPT. URGES ENROLLMENT IN AUTISM SAFETY ROSTER

The Lakewood Police Department has developed an Autism Safety Roster designed to promote communication and enable police to have better access to information about a person with autism who may be found wandering. If your student is affected by autism, please consider registering him or her on the roster. For more information and to register, click here.

DISTRICT GOALS SET FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

The Lakewood Board of Education at its July 18 meeting approved a new set of district goals for the 2016-2017 school year. The top goal remains Improved Student Achievement and offers various areas of focus to achieve the goal. Other goals include maintaining fiscal responsibility and continued good relations with our community and our employees, and completing our construction project at the high school on time and on budget. Click here for a detailed look at each goal.

MUSIC DEPT. CHANGES TO STRENGTHEN OVERALL PROGRAM

Lakewood City Schools’ Music Department and administrators used their 21st century thinking skills - creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication - to come up with a plan that will give our students more music opportunities in the middle schools and ensure that all K-12 students have access to quality music education taught by a music specialist.

DEDICATION CELEBRATIONS ARCHIVED FOR VIEWING

If you missed attending one of the three Dedication Celebrations during the week of Aug. 15, you can view them on our web site by clicking here or on the Quick Link labeled "Livestreaming Archive."

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTES THOUSANDS OF ITEMS TO SUPPLY DRIVE

The Lakewood community responded overwhelmingly to the call to provide school supplies for students in need, making the fifth year of the Supplies 4 Success school supply drive another smashing success! Throughout the summer, the community dropped off at area businesses notebooks, markers, folders, binders, pencils, pens, paper and whatever else a student needs to succeed at school so that no District student would be unprepared come the first day of school.

GRANT OPENING KICKS OFF WEEK OF DEDICATION CELEBRATIONS

Lakewood City Schools kicked off a new era for Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementary Schools with the first of three Dedication Celebrations that will be held this week. On Tuesday, the community gathered to christen the new Grant Elementary School.

LINCOLN CELEBRATES A NEW ERA WITH DEDICATION

Hundreds turned out to enjoy the opening of the second of our three new elementary schools as Lincoln Elementary held its Dedication Celebration on Wednesday. Grant Elementary celebrated its opening on Tuesday and Roosevelt Elementary will officially open on Thursday evening.

SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS NOW AVAILABLE

All students at the middle and high school levels are required to do summer reading assignments. Middle schoolers will all read I Am Malala and high schoolers will all read Field Notes From A Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change in addition to specific class assignments.
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High school assignments

ELEMENTARY BUILDINGS' DEDICATIONS ARE THIS WEEK!

 The community is invited to join the Lakewood City Schools in celebrating the opening of our new elementary schools at dedication ceremonies to be held at 6 pm on the following dates:
Tuesday, August 16: Grant Elementary
Wednesday, August 17: Lincoln Elementary
Thursday, August 18: Roosevelt Elementary

The buildings will be open to tour immediately following each school’s dedication ceremony. Come share in the pride and appreciation of this milestone accomplishment for our community! 

BOARD HONORS KIWANIS FOR DECADES OF SUPPORT

The Lakewood Board of Education at its Aug. 1 meeting presented a proclamation to the Kiwanis Club of Lakewood for its longstanding support of Lakewood City Schools, its students and the greater Lakewood community. Since 1954, the Kiwanis' Lakewood Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to Lakewood high school students.

Roosevelt elementary dedication
 
FUTURE CLUB TO HOLD SUMMER CAMP FOR GRADES 1-8

Future Club was such a hit at the four elementary schools it debuted at this past school year that the advisers are going to continue the fun with four sessions of Future Club Summer Camp! The camp will be for grades 1-8. Have fun with robotics, coding, Minecraft, Legos and more! You can sign up for one session or all four. Click here to register. 

GRANT DEDICATION TO BE LIVESTREAMED!
ANNUAL SUPPLY DRIVE COLLECTING ITEMS THROUGH AUG. 12

Supplies 4 Success is geared up for another great summer school supply drive. Since 2011, 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.

RANGER COACH SEEKING TO RECRUIT GIRL GOLFERS

The Lakewood High School golf team is looking to have more girls join the team, which has already begun practicing for this fall's season. Any girls that may be interested can email Coach Mike Dow at mike.dow@lakewoodcityschools.org for more info.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALES TAX HOLIDAY SET FOR AUG. 5-7

Ohio's second sales tax holiday will run from Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7. It is a repeat of last year's first-ever sales tax holiday that a study done for the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants (OCRM) by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center estimated saved Ohio consumers $3.3 million in taxes and generated $4.7 million in increased tax revenues for Ohio government. 

STATE OKS PROVIDING FUNDS FOR CONSTRUCTION BUDGET GAP

In January, Superintendent Jeff Patterson informed the Board of Education that the District’s construction project was over budget and that the District planned to request an amendment to its agreement with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to provide for additional funds. At the Board’s July 18 meeting, Superintendent Patterson announced that the OFCC had approved the amended agreement.

BOYS' BASKETBALL GOLF OUTING REGISTRATION DEADLINE AUG. 1

The Lakewood Rangers boys' basketball program will be hosting its 3rd Annual Boys Basketball Golf Outing to benefit the program. The outing will be held on Sept. 3 at Pineview Golf Club in Grafton and will cost $65 per golfer. Price includes 18 holes, cart, lunch and beer. Registration deadline is Aug. 1. Click here for registration form.

JULY 31 RACE BENEFITS FOSTER CARE YOUTH

Join the City of Lakewood's Division of Children & Family Services on July 31 at Edgewater Park for a Race For Home, a 5K run and 1-mile walk to highlight the need for Foster and Adoptive Families. This inaugural event will also provide funding for A Place 4 Me, an initiative to support youth aging out of foster care without permanent supportive family structure. For more information and to register online, click here
 

STUDENT'S 5K RACE TO BENEFIT ALUM'S CONGO PROJECT

Senior Lauren Lowell has organized a 5k race called Shoes for Sole to raise money for Project Kirotshe, an organization led by LHS alumni Dee Salokombo that builds libraries in his native Congo. The race is Wednesday, July 27 at Edgewater Park. Lauren created the project for her Human Rights & Conflict class last school year when students were asked to research a topic they were passionate about then finding a way to make a difference. Click here for a registration form.

FALL SPORTS PARENT MEETING SET FOR JULY 26

Parents, if your 7th-12th grade child is interested in playing a fall sport, please plan to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, July 26 at 6 pm in the Harding Gym. If you have questions, please call the Athletic Office at 529-4034.

GOLF OUTING BENEFITS RANGERS EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Join the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation on July 25 for its 2nd Annual Ranger Classic Golf Outing to support programs that directly benefit the students and programs in the Lakewood City Schools.  Lunch, dinner, beverages, and golf carts will be provided. Registration opens at 11 am. Scramble begins at 1 pm.  Cocktails and dinner at 5pm.

H2O COLLECTING CLOTHES FOR SUPER SALE JULY 23

H2O is currently collecting donations of clothes and shoes. Items can be dropped off at any of the three fire stations in Lakewood. Summer Service Campers will sort, price, organize, and display clothes for the Super Sale, which will be held Saturday, July23 from 9 am- 3 pm at LHS. Most items are priced under $1.00 and all proceeds benefit the H2O youth volunteer program.

SIGNS CELEBRATE TOP AP EXAM SCORERS

In hoping this becomes a new tradition, signs were placed at 55 Lakewood High students' homes on Wednesday congratulating the students for scoring a "5" on at least one Advanced Placement exam taken in May. Nearly one-quarter of the students who took an exam earned a "5," the higest score. Many of those students scored multiple "5s". Congratulations to these students and all who took these difficult college-level exams!

PHONE SYSTEM PROJECT BRINGS STUDENTS ON BOARD

The District is in the midst of installing a new telecommunications system to replace its outdated, 17-year-old one and our students are helping to make it happen. Seven students from Lakewood High School have been hired by DVS Technologies to help in the installation of the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system that will bring the District’s telecommunications into the 21st century.

CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS "LAKEWOOD READS" PROGRAM

The Lakewood City Council at its June 20 meeting adopted a resolution recognizing the "Lakewood Reads" program as an important community program and encouraged residents to read this year's selection, "Man Nature & Climate Change: Field Notes of a Catastrophe," by Elizabeth Kolbert. The book was chosen by Lakewood High School teachers and all LHS students are required to read it this summer. A community discussion will take place at Lakewood Public Library on Oct. 26.

RUNNING RANGERS CAMP STARTS JULY 5

Running Rangers is a distance running program for grades 3-8 that instructs runners in the areas of training techniques, diet, and running form in addition to distance training runs in preparation of the upcoming cross country season or road races. Included in the registration is participation in a local road race. Participants will also receive a t-shirt. Click here for more information.

LAKEWOOD PROJECT TO PERFORM JULY 4

The Lakewood Project will once again perform as part of the Fourth of July festivities at Lakewood Park on Monday, July 4. The concert will begin at 7 pm and continue until the fireworks begin, between 9:30-10 pm. Campers from the annual Rock On! camp will participate in the concert as well. lakewoodproject.com

 

DISTRICT TEACHER TO APPEAR ON NBC SHOW JUNE 30

Stacy Rocco, a curriculum and technology teacher at Harrison and Roosevelt Elementary Schools, is part of a Cleveland team called CLE ROCS that will be featured on the new NBC series "Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge." The team will appear on the June 30 episode at 9 pm. The show highlights the competitive and athletic world of the wildly popular obstacle course racing phenomenon. 

FREE SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAMS OFFERED

The Ohio Department of Education has released a list of sites in Ohio that offer free summer lunches for students age 18 and younger. No sign up is required. You may find locations in Lakewood and on the near West Side of Cleveland by calling 1-866-3-HUNGRY clicking on the list at the following link: http://education.ohio.gov/KidsEat

2008 GRAD SALUKOMBO QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPICS

Congratulations to Lakewood High graduate Makorobondo "Dee" Salukombo (Class of 2008), who has qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the marathon! Salukombo holds dual citizenship with the United States and The Democratic Republic of Congo. He will run for the Congolese team. Salukombo and his family came to Lakewood in 2004 as refugees and he went on to flourish at LHS and then Denison University. Read more about Dee and all his accomplishments here.

JUNE 25 GOLF OUTING TO BENEFIT LHS GOLF TEAM

The Lakewood High golf team will be hosting a golf outing to raise money for the team on June 25 at Springvale Golf Course in North Olmsted. The $85 per player fee includes lunch, dinner and beverages. There will be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. For more details and a registration form, click here.

LHS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM NATIONAL RUNNER UP

The Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team continues to shine in national competition as the varsity squad finished as runner-up in the National Academic Tournament held in Washington, D.C. June 3-5, losing only the title match for the entire tournament for a 9-1 record. Junior Ian Bell was named the tournament MVP.

CAMPERS SPEND WEEK FOCUSING ON INVENTION

This week, students from Lakewood elementary schools are performing hands-on experiments, creating their own inventions, along with taking things apart at Camp Invention. A grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation helped the District put on the camp and offer our students this awesome experience at an affordable price. LHS art teacher Autumn Sabin is conducted the camp. Click here for a photo gallery.

SUMMER SCHOOL APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE

The application and course offerings for Lakewood City Schools' 2016 Summer School program is now available. Sessions begin June 6 and June 24, 2016.
Summer School info & application

BOARD APPROVES BREAKFAST & LUNCH PRICE INCREASES

The Board of Education at its June 6 meeting approved the first price increase in five years for school breakfasts and lunches. The prices, effective with the 2016-2017 school year, will increase by 25 cents. Breakfast will now cost $1.75, elementary lunches will cost $2.50 and middle school and high school lunches will cost $3. Click here for a free and reduced lunch application.

POLE VAULTERS TONER 10th & TOOLE 12th In state tournament

Congratulations to recent graduates Jimmy Toner and Clare Toole on finishing their Lakewood High pole vaulting careers on a high note at the State Track & Field Tournament on June 4. Toner finished 10th with a vault of 14"6' and Toole finished tied for 12th with a vault of 11", tying her school record. The pair will continue their athletic careers at University of Cincinnati (Toner) and University of Akron (Toole).

BOARD EXTENDS LEVY PROMISE FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Following a positive financial report by Treasurer Kent Zeman at its May 16 meeting, the Board of Education has decided to extend the need to ask voters to approve an operating levy for at least another year. This will extend the promise the Board made to voters when they passed the 3.9 mil operating levy in 2013 that it would not come back to voters for more funds for at least three years.

PARENTS INVITED TO REVIEW CHINESE 4 TEXTBOOK

The Department of Teaching and Learning is asking parents for input on a Chinese 4 textbook it is considering purchasing for use at Lakewood High. Board of Education policy and state law requires "each school district shall provide an opportunity for parents to review the selection of textbooks and reading lists, instructional materials, and the academic curriculum used by schools in the district" (ORC 3313.212). To review the textbook, Easy Steps to Chinese - Level 4 - Simplified Characters Version, you must go to the Superintendent's Office at the Board of Education, 1470 Warren Road. The book will be available until June 17.

RANGER BASKETBALL SUMMER CAMPS FOR GRADES 1-8

Sign up for summer basketball camps run by our own Ranger boys' basketball players and staff, led by Coach Alex Cammock. Camps emphasize fundamentals and are available for students in grades 1-8. Click here for more information.

LHS STUDENTS' BANNERS TO HANG AT PARADE THE CIRCLE

If you are headed to Parade the Circle on June 11, make sure to look for the three banners pictured. The banners were designed and created by Lakewood High School visual art students have designed and painted three banners for Parade the Circle presented by the Cleveland Museum of Art. The event will be held at Wade Oval on June 11th at Noon. All three banners will be on display. 

Junior's design chosen as logo for Solstice celebration

Junior Nick Ferrone’s logo design was chosen in a contest as the winning selection for the Lakewood Summer Solstice Celebration.  The City of Lakewood is celebrating the Summer Solstice this year at Lakewood Park’s new Solstice Steps on June 21. Ferrone's logo will be incorporated into the marketing materials and social media used to promote the event. 

CRUSHERS COMMUNITY NIGHT BENEFITS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS

Join Lakewood family and friends on Saturday, June 11 at 7:05 p.m. for the Lakewood Community Night at the Lake Erie Crushers. The cost is $9 per ticket, and can be purchased ONLINE ONLY here: Lake Erie Crushers tickets. Any questions? Please contact Mike Mays (Crushers) at 440-934-8238, or Karen Burks (LHS Athletic Boosters) at 330-675-9036. A portion of each ticket will go to the LHS Athletic Boosters.

CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2016!

Lakewood High seniors - 311 of them - marched across the stage to receive their high school diploma on Friday, May 27, in front a packed Civic Auditorium full of their family, friends and teachers. Graduates received their diplomas from Board of Education President Tom Einhouse along with congratulations from Superintendent Jeff Patterson and LHS Principal Keith Ahearn.

SENIORS' COLLEGE CHOICES SPAN THE COUNTRY

The Class of 2016 has wrapped up its four years at LHS and its members eagerly await graduation on May 27 and then on to summer jobs, vacation and college for many in the fall. Each year, about 75% of a graduating class at LHS chooses to move on to post-secondary education. The selection of institutions is diverse as the class and this year spans 64 institutions across 19 states and the District of Columbia.

LINCOLN STUDENTS WINNERS IN COUNTY POETRY CONTEST

Two Lincoln Elementary students were honored by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District for their poetry entries in the district's annual Poetree Contest. During April, and in honor of Arbor Day, Cuyahoga County students in kindergarten through 12th grade wrote and submitted poems to celebrate trees. 

ONE BOOK ONE SCHOOL CELEBRATION @ ROOSEVELT

On Friday, Roosevelt students and staff celebrated the finish of its One Book One School reading initiative complete with the St. Ed's Trash Talkers, Chomps from the Browns and even a bike giveaway! It was a great way to wrap up the school year and get everyone excited about reading over the summer, starting with the book, Summer According to Humphrey, which each student was given at the end of the assembly. Check out the fun in this Photo Gallery.

POLE VAULTERS TONER, TOOLE HEADED TO STATE TOURNAMENT

Congratulations to senior Jimmy Toner, who set a new school record on his way to finishing second in the Division 1 Regional Track & Field Tournament in Amherst. Toner's vault of 15'3" broke his previous record of 14'6" set last year. He will go on to compete in the State Track & Field Tournament in Columbus on June 4. Senior Clare Toole finished fourth in her Regional competition for pole vault and will also travel to Columbus for the State Tournament.

LINCOLN STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN MAC MEET 'N' GREET

Lincoln Elementary students in the Gifted Program on Tuesday took part in the 2016 Mid-American Conference Meet n' Greet with 11 MAC baseball teams at All-Pro Freight Stadium. Nearly 150 kids from local elementary schools participated in the event.

FORMER TEACHER RETURNS TO BE NEXT STUDENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

The Board of Education at its May 16 meeting approved Lisa Bruening to replace Christine Palumbo as Lakewood City Schools’ next Director of Student Services. Bruening begins her new role Aug. 1, when Palumbo moves into the position of Director of Teaching and Learning, K-12.

BOARD OKS NEW DRESS CODE, REVISED 2016-2017 CALENDAR

The Board of Education at its May 16 meeting approved a new dress code for the middle schools and high school that will go into effect with the 2016-2017 school year. Some points of note include lifting the bans on hoodies and leggings and changing length of skirts/shorts to mid-thigh. The Board also OK'd an amended calendar for next school year that includes a change to the high school conference dates and a to-be-determined date for graduation. If you have any questions regarding the dress code or calendar, please call the Assistant Superintendent's office at 216-529-4244.

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Calendar

HANKINS REPEATS AS A GRAMMY EDUCATOR QUARTERFINALIST

Lakewood High School Orchestra Director Elizabeth Hankins is two-for-two in landing a spot on the select list of 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 290 quarterfinalists were chosen from more than 4,500 initial nominations submitted for the award.

HARDING PTSA HOLDING JAMMY BUGGARS FUNDRAISER TODAY

Help out the Harding Middle School PTSA by dining in or ordering out from Jammy Buggars today. Fifteen percent of the bill will go toward the PTSA if you mention the group when you order. Offer is good for lunch or dinner.

JOIn H2O in Decorating Graves on May 28

H2O will once again be assisting veterans to place flags on graves of 2,000-plus veterans at Lakewood Park Cemetery on Saturday, May 28, beginning at 9 am. Students require a permission slip to attend. A lunch will be served after the flag planting is complete. Click here for more information and the required permission slip.

DISTRICT HOLDING ONLINE AUCTION OF USED FURNITURE

The Lakewood Board of Education will be conducting an online auction of used school building furniture beginning on Monday, May 2 and will conclude on Friday, May 27. 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”. Lakewood’s items begin on the second page and use the prefix LW to identify the items.

SENIOR CABOT NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

Lakewood High senior Amanda Cabot has been named a National Merit $2500 Scholarship winner. Of the more than 15,000 students named National Merit Finalists this year (including LHS' Cabot and Jon Pizzo), Cabot is among 2,500 to receive one of these awards. 

HAYES' ROG, LHS GIRLS' BASKETBALL TEAM & MANAGER HONORED

The Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County’s State Support Team Region 3 recently honored Hayes Intervention Specialist Kathy Rog, the Lakewood High girls’ varsity basketball team and Garfield Middle School sixth-grader Kellyn Donahoe at its annual Excellence in Education awards ceremony, which recognizes students with disabilities, peers and educators.

LHS academic challenge team continues to roll; 5th in state

Over the past several weeks, the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team competed in the Regional and State Tournaments.  Finishing runner-up to Solon at the Regionals, LHS team members, Robby Fehrenbach, Jon Pizzo, Alex Grunder, Zeke Dalisky, Ian Bell and Evan Suttell advanced to the State finals in Columbus on May 7.  Lakewood placed fifth, behind Solon, Sidney (Lima), Northmont (Dayton), and Copley.  

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE HONORED AT CELEBRATION

Our academic superstars were in the spotlight at the 33rd Annual Celebration of Excellence, held May 11 at the Civic Auditorium, as the District honored 251 students in grades 6-12 for having achieved a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters this school year. 

LINCOLN STUDENTS AMONG TOP MATH SCORERS IN NATION

Five Lincoln Elementary students were honored with medals and certificates recently for their outstanding performance in the national Noetic Learning Math Contest. The third- and fourth-graders were among the top performers of the 6,099 and 7,253 students who competed in each respective grade.

BOOSTERS fundraiser to help music teachers with supplies

The Lakewood Music Boosters is wrapping up its year by giving our teachers “Notes of Thanks”- that is, helping them stock their classroom with much-needed music supplies. You can help by choosing an item off of the “Notes of Thanks” board at the music concerts and purchasing it through Amazon Smile- your gift will give TWICE as we can get the teachers the items they desperately need and Boosters will get .5% of the purchase price,

LAKEWOOD PROJECT CONCERT SET FOR MAY 21

The Lakewood Project's annual spring concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door, by calling the LHS Bookroom at 216-529-4047 or by sending in this order form. Songs will include Freebird, Hotel California, Virtual Insanity, Under Pressure and more. Small ensembles and seniors will be featured.

DISTRICT SEEKING REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS FOR SECURITY SERVICES

A sealed Bid Proposal for Lakewood City Schools will be received by Kent Zeman, Treasurer, Lakewood City School District, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH, 44107, until 3 p.m. local time on Thursday, May 19, 2016.  Immediately after the time for filing of proposals has expired, they will be opened and publicly read. The proposal includes security services for the Lakewood City School District.  

SUMMER REC DEPT. BOOKLET NOW AVAILABLE

The Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s Summer Booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the Youth/Adult Programming, Athletics and Aquatics that we have to offer for this Summer. Click here to view the booklet.

Board seeking applicants for library board of trustees

The Lakewood Board of Education is accepting applications for appointment to the Lakewood Public Library Board of Trustees for the seven-year term commencing Sept.12, 2016.  Additional information concerning the duties and responsibilities of Library Trustees is available on the Library’s web site: http://lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/trustee.pdf. Interested candidates should direct a letter of interest and qualifications by May 16, 2016 to: Superintendent, Lakewood City Schools Board of Education, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH 44107.

STUDENTS HONORED FOR GREAT WORK ETHIC

Thirteen West Shore students demonstrated were honored for their strong work ethic at an early morning recognition breakfast on May 4. 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. 

Palumbo to head teaching and learning department

The Board of Education at a special meeting on May 5 approved Student Services Director Christine Palumbo as the next Director of Teaching and Learning, K-12 for the Lakewood City Schools beginning Aug. 1, 2016. Dr. Palumbo will be replacing Pam Griebel, who is retiring.

GIANT BOOK CLUBS KICK OFF AT ELEMENTARIES

Students at four Lakewood elementary schools have experienced the excitement of the One School One Book movement and it’s contagious! Harrison and Roosevelt recently held their One School One Book pep rallies to launch the program and Grant and Horace Mann teamed up to put a Two School One Book twist on the concept. Emerson, Hayes and Lincoln will join in later in May.

CHANTER CHOSEN TO PRESENT AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Congratulations to curriculum and technology teacher Jaime Chanter, who has been selected to present at an international conference on educational technology this summer in Denver and also recently became one of only 500 Raspberry Pi Certified Educators worldwide.

WRITING PROGRESS CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION

Middle school students and their families gathered together on May 3 to celebrate the progress they each have made this year as writers. The evening was organized to toast the hard work and great results achieved through working with the District’s new writing curriculum, Columbia Writing Workshop, or as students refer to it, “workshop.”

PTA HONORS TOP EDUCATOR, STAFF, STUDENTS & VOLUNTEERS

The Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 4 at Harding Middle School including $4,000 in scholarships to students and the Educator of the Year award.

DISTRICT HONORS ITS DEPARTING RETIREES

The Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Patterson honored the service of the district's 19 retirees this year at the Board's May 2 meeting. Thirteen retirees were present.  Board members commented how the ceremony is always bittersweet, wishing the retirees congratulations on their long careers while lamenting the loss of such dedicated professionals. Click "Read Article" for photos and a list of retirees.

LHS to host "Hidden in Plain Sight" exhibit for parents

Looks can be deceiving. That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township Police Departments. The display, called “Hidden in Plain Sight,” is what appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager.  But amidst the clutter are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous and even illegal activity. “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be on display at Lakewood High School in Room A107 on Monday, May 9.

LHS CLUBS' MAY 11 EVENT TO CELEBRATE CITY'S CULTURES

The LHS Facing History Girls' Leadership Group and the Race & Diversity Club are hosting an event to celebrate Lakewood's multi-culturalism. "United Neighbors: Celebrating the World in Our Own Backyard," will take place Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Lakewood Park Woman's Pavilion. Come enjoy interactive cultural stations, drum circle, music, dancing, food and more!

DISTRICT SEEKS YOUR INPUT WITH SURVEY

As part of its ongoing efforts to gather input from parents and the community on what their thoughts, expectations and priorities are for the Lakewood City Schools, the District is asking our stakeholders to complete a brief survey (5-10 minutes). The survey will be available through May 8. Thank you for your time! Click here for survey.

LHS TO STAGE "INTO THE WOODS" MAY 5-7

Lakewood High School will present its spring musical, “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim, May 5-7 at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Performances begin at 7:30 pm.

LION & BLUE FUNDRAISER FOR AFTER PROM SET FOR MAY 6 & 7

The LHS After Prom Committee will be holding a fundraiser in conjunction with Lion & Blue (15106 Detroit Ave.) Purchase anything in the store on May 6 or May 7 and 10% of your bill will go toward After Prom. Simply mention the fundraiser or show this flyer.

GARFIELD TEAM CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS RUNNER UP

The Garfield Middle School Academic Challenge Team finished second in the St. Ed’s Classroom of Champions Championship for the second year in a row. St. Christopher claimed the trophy with 480 points to Garfield's 405. St. Raphael finished third with 265. The team, coached by Josh Thornsberry, was led by Captain Evan Bell and participants Patrick McCallum and Aidan Bohac. Alternates included Colin Sabo, Max Gilliland, Kathryn Oleksa, Brier Bracken, and Alice King. The team has one online national competition left to cap off its amazing season.

JOIN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL WRITING CELEBRATION

Middle school students and families are invited to celebrate a year of writing progress on Tuesday, May 3 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Garfield Middle School cafeteria. Students must attend with a parent or guardian and bring along one copy of a published writing piece from this school year. Registration for the event is requested before April 29 at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/LWn0nRokCe?

 

FATHER & DAUGHTER DANCE IS SOLD OUT

Tickets are no longer available for the Lincoln All Pro Dads' Father& Daughter Dance this Friday. All 850 tickets have been sold! 

EMERSON IS 2016 D.A.R.E. BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPS

Congratulations to the Emerson Elementary 5th grade basketball team for its victory in the annual D.A.R.E. basketball tournament! Emerson topped Roosevelt Elementary in the tournament final, 33-16. Emerson was coached by Tom Zigman and Brent Henry. Kudos to all the teams players and coaches for a great effort and to the Lakewood Police Department for hosting.

LHS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM REGIONAL RUNNER-UP

The Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team finished second to host Solon in a 17-team regional tournament held April 16. As runner-up, LHS advances to the competition's state finals May 7 in Columbus. There are six Ohio regions for this competition and the top two from each region advance to the Finals.

LAKEWOOD HIGH NAMED AMONG U.S. NEWS' BEST HIGH SCHOOLS

Lakewood High Schools has earned recognition as one of the best public high schools in the nation in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report. LHS earned a Bronze Medal, which is awarded to high-performing schools based on state exam peformance of its students. Only 30% of public high schools across the nation make the Best High Schools list. Congratulations to the LHS staff and students! See rankings here.

ANGELO'S AFTER PROM FUNDRAISER SET FOR APRIL 28

The LHS After Prom Committee will be holding a fundraiser at Angelo's Pizza on Thursday, April 28, from 11am to midnight. Just mention the fundraiser  or show this flyer when you place your order and 20% of your bill will go to the committee. Let's help our seniors have a memorable After Prom!

PARENT RESOURCE FAIR SET FOR APRIL 27

The Lakewood Collaborative and Ranger 360 will be hosting "Parent University," a parent resource fair to be held Wednesday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Harding Middle School. The fair will include a resource room with nonprofits from the area and breakout discussions on stress & anxiety and sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. For more details, click here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER CLUB SUCCESS GROWS

The Lakewood Middle School Soccer Club recently began its 7th year. Despite cold and wet conditions, more than 80 kids attend the club's first session. Club adviser and coach Josh Thornsberry expects even more participants as the weather improves. The club meets most Wednesdays and Fridays after school during April and May and is always looking for new members.

DISTRICT HONORED FOR COMMUNICATION EFFORTS

The Ohio School Public Relations Association has honored the District with two recent awards for its communications efforts. The District’s profile booklet “A Plus of Our Students; A+ for Our Community” (at left)  sent to Lakewood homes in September 2014 earned a Mark of Distinction from OHSPRA in the Special Publications category and its Facebook page won a Mark of Excellence in the Social Media category. Communications Coordinator Christine Gordillo accepted the awards at the OHSPRA Conference April 14.

DAD/DAUGHTER DANCE APRIL 30; TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 1

The annual citywide All Pro Dad Father & Daughter Dance will be April 30 from 6-8:30pm at Garfield Middle School, 13114 Detroit Ave. Tickets will be $10 per family and include unlimited food, dancing and photo-booth access. Corsages will be available at the dance for $5. Online tickets will be available April 1 online at www.lakewoodfatherdaughterdance.com and physical tickets will be available at both Lakewood Drug Mart locations. TICKETS WILL SELL OUT, SO PLEASE BUY IN ADVANCE. Please indicate the number attending in the notes section when buying online. if you buy online your name will be on a list to access the dance and no ticket will be given. Call Ryan Salo at 216-288-9163 for more information.

FORMER HAYES TEACHER NAMED NEW GRANT PRINCIPAL

The Lakewood Board of Education at its April 4 meeting approved Kaitlyn Turner as the new principal of Grant Elementary School. She will replace Philis Muth, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Turner begins her new position Aug. 1, 2016.

ROOSEVELT STUDENTS PAY IT FORWARD AT MCDONALD HOUSE

Students in Julile Said's class at Roosevelt Elementary recently took the phrase "pay it forward" to heart as the group spent one of their Spring Break days off to brighten the lives of residents of the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.

Last Superintendent Chat April 20

Join Superintendent Jeff Patterson for his final Chat of the school year. Please stop by the Ranger Cafe at Lakewood High starting at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 20. Bring any questions or comments related to the District. Light refreshments will be available.

TWO STUDENTS' WORK EARN REFLECTIONS STATE HONORS

The Lakewood Council of PTAs Reflection Committee is proud to announce that two of its state submissions were recognized for further artistic merit.” Senior Jimmy Toner's piece, "Fly Away," won an Honorable Mention in the Music Composition category and Harding seventh-grader Audrey Warren won an Award of Outstanding Achievement for her piece, “Me and My Sketchbook,” (pictured) in the Visual Arts category. Out of the thousands of statewide submissions, only six students were recognized in each age group/category. Congratulations to both students!  

LHS Welcomes group of German exchange students

This week, Lakewood High School and some Lakewood High families welcomed 27 exchange students from Braunschweig, Germany to our community. The students are staying with families of students studying German at LHS and will be attending school with them for two weeks.

Elementary Teams to Square Off in D.A.R.E. Tournament

The Lakewood Police Department D.A.R.E. Unit will hold its basketball tournament for fifth grade students on Saturday, April 16 at Garfield Middle School. The tournament begins at 9 am and the final game will start at 2 pm. Admission is free. Teams from each of the District elementary schools will compete against each other in a single elimination tournament format.  The teams are coached voluntarily by staff members or parents from each school, while the tournament itself is staffed entirely by Lakewood police officers.  

SUPERINTENDENT ANSWERS QUESTIONS ON FRANKLIN & TAFT

At the Feb. 17 Superintendent Chat, Superintendent Jeff Patterson held a discussion with community members regarding the future of the Taft & Franklin properties. Read the transcript of questions with Supt. Patterson's answers here.

APRIL 15 IS LAKEWOOD CITY SCHOOLS NIGHT AT MONSTERS GAME

The Lakewood Music Boosters is hosting Lakewood City Schools Night with the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday, April 15 at 7pm. The Lakewood High Jazz Band will be performing throughout the match. There will be $1 sodas, $2 hot dogs, and $3 beers. The Boosters will be hosting the 50/50 raffle and there is a free open skate after the game. Tickets are $16/each and are available online by clicking here or by calling Beth Bender Thomas at 216-374-7615.  

"Bunnicula" series author visits Harrison

Harrison third-graders in Tiffany Connelly's class had a special treat on Tuesday as James Howe, author of the Bunnicula children's book series, paid the class a visit. Howe shared with the students how his beloved series came about and what kind of writing process he goes through. He also fielded questions from the students, who have read the entire series this year.

Strong showing by LHS in Rotary/Beck Arts Contest

Lakewood High School music students had an impressive showing in the 71st annual Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club Music, Speech and Visual Arts Contest, sponsored by the Beck Center as LHS students swept the Music category’s top three award spots. An LHS student also took second place in the Speech catergory.

Six Honored in Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest

A number of students were honored for their writing skills in the annual Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest sponsored by Hiram College. The highest honor among LHS students was an honorable mention earned by sophomore Isabel Ostrowski.

8th, 9th GRADERS EXCEL AT NE OHIO SCIENCE FAIR

Lakewood City Schools' eighth-graders excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held the week of March 14 at Cleveland State, led by Garfield Middle School's Evan Bell and Claire Martin and Harding Middle School's Emma Carson winning second-place awards in their categories.

LCA Receives Top State Report Card Rating

Lakewood City Academy was one of seven schools out of 94 community schools in Ohio to achieve the “Exceeds Standards” final rating as its overall rating on its state Report Card even while Ohio continues to raise the bar for student achievement and higher expectations.

LHS/WEST SHORE STUDENTS' ART CHOSEN FOR STATE SHOW

Lakewood High art students fared extremely well in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition regional competition, with four pieces of students’ work selected to be part of the exhibition in Columbus next month.

State Seeking Parent Input on Math, Lang. Arts Standards

The Ohio Department of Education is reviewing its Learning Standards and is asking for input from educators and parents. Now is your chance to have a say in the process! Click here for more information. Deadline to submit comments is April 6.

BOARD HEARS FIRST READING OF PROJECT AMENDMENT RESOLUTION

The Lakewood Board of Education at a March 24 special meeting heard the first reading of a resolution to approve the 1st Amendment to the Project Agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission. The amended agreement would allow for the state to provide 31% or $1.4 million of a $4.5 million cost overrun of the District's school construction project. The District would provide the remainder, or $3.1 million.

AFTER PROM COMMITTEE FUNDRAISER SET FOR APRIL 2

Looking for something fun to do on Saturday, April 2? Join the LHS After Prom Committee at The Avenue Tap House, 18206 Detroit Ave., from 7-9pm. Tickets to the event are $20 each. Raffle tickets for one of two cash prizes of $700 and $300 are also available for purchase for $10 each or 6 for $50 (you don't need to be present to win). Hope to see you there!

OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD IS FEB. 29-MARCH 31

The District will hold Open Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year from now until March 31. Decisions will be made by May 15. Click here to apply for your student. Families not having computer access can pick up forms at school offices or receive assistance at a school building to complete the form online. Parents may also come for assistance at the Board of Education, 1470 Warren Road. 

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2016-2017

Parents who wish to register their child for the District's five-star rated preschool program can now do so. The program is for 4-year-olds and some select 3- and 5-year olds. There are morning and afternoon sessions available. Please call 216-529-4214 to register your child. Click here to see the fee scale for next year.

GARFIELD ACAD. CHALLENGE TEAM SECOND IN COUNTY CONTEST

The Garfield Middle School Academic Challenge Team performed extremely well in a countywide competition March 17, placing second overall. The team of Evan Bell, Colin Sabo, Aidan Bohac, and Patrick McCallum finished in second place, only losing the championship by two questions. The team of Alice King, Max Gilliland, Brier Bracken, and Kathryn Oleksa competed well for a team seeing their first live competition. The two teams' scores added together were good enough to earn the 2nd place school district award. Next up for the team is a state competition in Columbus April 9 then a likely spot in the St. Ed’s Classroom of Champions Championship April 20.   

LINCOLN FEATURED ON IDEASTREAM'S NEWSDEPTH SHOW

The educational news show NewsDepth recently turned the spotlight on Lincoln Elementary for its efforts in raising more than $7,600 for the American Heart Association with its Jump Rope for Heart event. You can see the report at about the 24:00 mark of this video.

SUPT. PATTERSON PART OF LETTER REQUESTING CHANGES AT STATE

Superintendent Jeff Patterson was one of 20 Ohio superintendents who joined in signing a letter to State of Ohio School Board members, Ohio legislators and the Ohio Department of Education imploring them to make changes in a variety of areas including testing, leadership and legislation. You can read the letter here.

LHS ORCHESTRA MEMBERS JOIN PIANO GUYS ON STAGE

The Piano Guys, whose piano and cello music video channel is a YouTube sensation, had some very special guests on stage with them at their concert at the State Theater on March 12: LHS Orchestra members! Selected by their director, Beth Hankins, to perform with the Piano Guys were Abi Norman, Eva Wynn, Tom Grauel, Ben Harvey, Maggie McHugh, Grace Sangree, Hannah Salo, Amanda Kantor and Emphrem King. Congratulations to all!

BARNEY'S CAFE RETURNS ON MARCH 23

The LHS Barnstormers Club and the LHS Orchestras will hold their final Barney's Cafe acoustical performance night of the year on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Come join our students for this fun, casual evening of entertainment. Admission is free!

LHS CHOIRS, BANDS EARN HIGH RATINGS AT CONTEST

The Lakewood High School choir and band programs participated in the OMEA District 4 Adjudicated Event March 4-5 and earned "Superior" and "Excellent" ratings. 

LHS TALENT SHOW SET FOR MARCH 18 & 19

This year’s Lakewood High School Talent Show will be held Friday and Saturday, March 18 & 19 from 7-9 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will go to the senior class to help defray the cost of prom. Come and see all the amazing and varied talent among our students!

 

NEW COMMITTEE TO REVIEW DISTRICT DRESS CODE

The District has created a committee to review the current dress code policies of the Lakewood City Schools. The committee is comprised of representation from each school and includes administrators, teachers, students, parents and a member of the Board of Education. The committee intends to have its review and recommendations complete in time for implementation in the 2016-2017 school year. 

WEST SHORE CONTINUES TO EARN STRONG STATE MARKS

West Shore Career-Tech graduates continue to be prepared for their next step – entering college or the workforce, according to the State of Ohio’s most recent report card.

CHANTER EARNS INNOVATIVE EDUCATOR HONOR

Congratulations to curriculum and technology teacher Jaime Chanter, who has been named one of WVIZ/ideastream’s 2016 Innovative Educators. The award aims to highlight and honor the exemplary practices of a few Northeast Ohio educators who are successfully integrating instructional technology into teaching and learning to foster student success. 

RANGERS EDUCATION FOUNDATION NAMES EXEC. DIRECTOR

The Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation has selected Terri Richards its next Executive Director, replacing Missy Toms, who left the organization in January. Richards comes to LREF with  extensive experience in organizational leadership, program development,  institutional advancement and marketing/branding. 

LHS ACAD. CHALLENGE TEAM UNDEFEATED, HEADED TO NATIONALS

In its first year in the Southwest Conference, the Lakewood High Academic Challange team finished 9-0 to claim the coference crown. The team now moves into regional, state, and national competition. Over the past four years the team has an impressive interleague record of 29-1. 

FOX 8 WEATHER SEGMENT FEATURES HARDING STUDENTS

The "Weather From Your School" feature on Fox 8's Morning News Show traveled to Harding Middle School on March 9 to highlight some of the student's STEM and science projects, and also give the weather forecast. You can view the various segments here.

SPRING SPORTS PRESEASON MEETING MARCH 16

There will be a OHSAA preseason meeting for parents and athletes of the spring sports teams  on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 pm in the Harding Middle School gym. All are encouraged to attend.

GARFIELD BLOOD DRIVE SET FOR MARCH 14

Garfield's second Blood Drive of the year is coming up on Monday, March 14th from 3- 7 pm in the school’s cafetorium.  Visit redcrossblood.org to sign up! 

PHYSICS CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA A SPLASH!

The 14th annual Lakewood High Physics Cardboard Boat Regatta sponsored by Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions once again showed that learning about physics and its principles can be a lot of fun and not every boat floats!

LHS MODEL UN CLUB SECOND AT CONFERENCE

Congratulations to the Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club for an outstanding performance at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference held March 2-3 at Notre Dame College. The team placed second and juniors Rachel Daso (representing Bangladesh in the Committee on the Status of Women) and Ian Bell (representing Nigeria on the UN Refugee Committee).won the gavel as the top individual delegates in their committees. 

TONER CLAIMS 3RD IN POLE VAULT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Congratulations to senior Jimmy Toner, who finished in third place in pole vault this past weekend at the Indoor Track & Field State Championship Meet with a vault of 15 feet. The record-breaking vaulter will continue competition this weekend in New York at the National Scholastic Athletic Foundation's New Balance Indoor Nationals.

PTA COUNCIL INVITES YOU TO LUNCH ON MARCH 9

The Lakewood Council of PTAs invites community members to join its members for lunch at the Ranger Cafe at Lakewood High School on Wednesday, March 9 at 12:30 pm. It's a great chance to meet some new people and find out what is going on in the District and learn how PTA benefits our students. RSVP to triciadent@cox.net.

LHS RAISES $3,300 IN FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

Students at Lakewood High are doing their part in the fight against cancer. Representatives from the Lakewood High Student Council on Wednesday presented a check for $3,300 to The Gathering Place from money that was raised through two separate t-shirt sales. The fundraisers were in honor of staff members Mona Atfield, Andrea DeVries and Anne Giffels, who are all fighting breast cancer.

BARTENDING EVENT TO BENEFIT CLASSROOM GRANTS PROGRAM

Join Lakewood principals and alumni Friday, March 4 from 4-10 pm at O'Toole's Pub, 13601 Detroit Ave., where they will be tending bar to raise money for Lakewood Schools. Tips will benefit the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundations's Margaret Warner classroom grant program. Principals are: Keith Ahearn, Lakewood High; Sabrina Crawford, Harrison; Sandy Kozelka, Lincoln; Sandy Powers; Mark Walter, Garfield; and Merritt Waters, Horace Mann. 

MLK DRIVER SHARES CIVIL RIGHTS STORIES WITH HARRISON STUDENTS

Harrison Elementary fourth- and fifth-graders recently had the opportunity to learn about the Civil Rigths era first hand as they engaged in a roundtable discussion with one-time Martin Luther King, Jr. driver Clarence Bozeman as part of the school's Black History Month programming.

LHS' NHS CHAPTER WELCOMES 73 NEW MEMBERS

The current members of the Lakewood High National Honor Society welcomed 73 new members into the prestigious academic group at an induction ceremony held at the Civic Auditorium on Feb. 18.

ANGELO'S AFTER PROM FUNDRAISER SET FOR MARCH 3

Help the senior class raise money for its After Prom by eating in or ordering out from Angelo's Pizza on Thursday, March 3. Twenty percent of your bill will go to the After Prom Committee if you show this flyer or mention LHS After Prom.

REIS 12TH IN STATE, WRESTLER, FIELD ATHLETES HEADED TO STATE

Junior Kelley Reis (left) finished in a tie for 12th place in the 100-yard backstroke at the State Tournament swim meet held Feb. 26-27. Reis improved her school record with a time of 57.67. Meanwhile, junior wrestler Will Rodriguez (left) qualified for next weekend's State Tournament by finishing fourth at the District Tournament in the 126 weight class. Also heading to their State championship meet are field athletes Jimmy Toner & Clare Toole (pole vault) and Ben Kessler (high jump). Congratulations to all these talented athletes!

STATE QUALIFIER REIS, TONER RECORD LEAD BUSY SPORTS WEEKEND

The Ranger winter sports teams continued their postseason competition with some great results over this past weekend, led by junior swimmer Kelley Reis qualifying for the State Tournament meet in the 100-yard backstroke. 

FEB. 28 CONCERT TO FEATURE OTTERBEIN UNIV. CHOIR

The Otterbein University Concert Choir from Westerville, Ohio, will be performing at the Civic Auditorium on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 7 pm. The concert is part of the choir's annual performance tour, which kicks off Sunday morning in Boston. The free concert will include performances by the Otterbein Concert Choir, Lakewood Symphonic Mixed Choir, and Stow-Monroe Falls Concert Choir, as well as a combined piece to close the concert.

LINCOLN STUDENTS BRING SENIORS VALENTINE'S CHEER

During the month of January, the students at Lincoln Elementary School  made Valentine’s for the residents of Bloom Nursing Home in Lakewood as part of their Lincoln Leaders service projects for the school year. On Feb. 12, a representative from each class walked to Bloom after school to deliver the Valentine’s. They were greeted with many smiles and “thank yous” from residents. Students said that is always makes them feel good to see other people happy. This service project was truly a win-win!

BOARD APPROVES CALENDAR FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

School will begin on Aug. 23, 2016 and finish up on June 6, 2017 according to the calendar approved by the Board of Education at its Feb. 16 meeting. To view all the important dates for next school year, click here.

PREPAY LUNCH SYSTEM TO ROLL OUT THIS YEAR

The District will soon start implementation of a new electronic lunch payment system that the Board of Education approved at its Feb. 16 meeting. The system will allow parents to pre-load money into their student’s account via an online portal. When the student goes through the line in the cafeteria, he or she will simply punch in a custom 6-digit code to complete the transaction.

MUSIC THERAPY COMES TO HORACE MANN'S CHAMPS CLASSES

Thanks to grants from the Horace Mann PTA and Beck Center for the Arts, students in Horace Mann Elementary’s CHAMPS program for special needs students have been enjoying weekly music therapy sessions and will soon enjoy similar benefits with art therapy.

DISTRICT SURVEY SEEKS INPUT ON FRANKLIN, TAFT PROPERTIES

Superintendent Jeff Patterson is gathering input in regards to the future of the Franklin and Taft properties. Please view below the presentation he gave on Feb. 17 during his Superintendent Chat on the topic and then complete the short Building Repurposing Survey. We want your thoughts!
 

ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER FEB. 24 FOR HARDING DC TRIP

Angelo's Pizza will be hosting a fundraiser for the Harding Middle School 8th Grade Washington, D.C. trip on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 11 am-midnight. Any dine-in, carryout or delivery order that shows this flyer or mentions Harding will have 20% of the bill put toward the trip.

SWIMMING SECTIONAL SUCCESS SENDS 16 TO DISTRICTS

The boys' and girls' swim teams will be sending a combined 16 swimmers to the Division 1 District Tournament meet at Bowling Green State University this weekend after a successful Sectional meet on Feb. 13 that saw five swimmers and two relays place in the top 10. 

KDG. PARENT INFO MTG. FEB. 11; REGISTRATION BEGINS FEB. 12

Kindergarten registration will take place at the Lakewood Board of Education at 1470 Warren Road beginning Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2016 in order to be age eligible to enter kindergarten. There will be a Parent Information Night on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 pm at Emerson Elementary School for interested parents to find out more about the program.

6TH GRADERS ZUMBA WITH ZIP FOR HEART HEALTH

Sixth-graders at Garfield today joined Cleveland Clinic Children's staff in a 30-minute Zumba session to help raise awareness of the role of exercise for heart health during this national American Heart Month. The school has been emphasizing the importance of staying active. Other efforts have included adding recess at lunch and starting a games/activities club. Click here for a photo gallery of the Zumba session.

CLASS OF 2016 ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER SET FOR FEB. 18

The senior Class of 2016 will be holding a fundraiser at Angelo's Pizza on Thursday, Feb. 18. Either bring this flyer or mention the Class of 2016 when you order and 20% of your bill will go to the senior class. Offer is good all day for dine-in, carryout, delivery and gift cards.

JUMP ROPE EVENT RAISES AWARENESS OF HEART HEALTH

Fourth- and fifth-graders from Emerson, Harrison and Lincoln elementary schools jumped their hearts out on Saturday in order to raise money for research and awareness of heart disease. The 18th annual event has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the American Heart Association over the years. It is always a great time for the kids and they learn that keeping your heart healthy can be fun! Check out a photo gallery here.

SUPT. CHAT TO ADDRESS FUTURE OF TAFT, FRANKLIN BLDGS.

The next Superintendent Chat is this Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 pm in the Garfield Middle School Cafetorium. Superintendent Patterson will be using this time to gather input from our community on the future use of the former Taft and Franklin school buildings. Come join the discussion if you can!

HARDING GOES DIGITAL WITH SCIENCE FAIR PRESENTATIONS

Harding science teacher Ann Pesta put a new and modern twist on the age-old science fair presentation. Pesta went digital. All of the Harding eighth graders who completed a science fair project filmed their presentations, then Pesta – with some help from a tech-savvy relative - created a web site to showcase all of them.

PROUD TO BE PART OF CHAMBER'S NEW "THIS IS LAKEWOOD" VIDEO

KINDERGARTNERS' 100-DAY PROJECT BENEFITS ANIMAL SHELTER

Thanks to the students in Tracey Somoles and Kathy Keane’s kindergarten classes at Grant, fur friends at the Lakewood Animal Shelter will be well supplied with food and toys for some time to come. In looking for a unique way to celebrate 100 days of school this year, the two classes decided they wanted to give back to the community by donating at least 100 items to a local organization.

LHS MUSICIANS PERFORM IN ALL-STATE ENSEMBLES

Congratulations to LHS seniors Alex Figueroa (far left) and Abraham Roos, who recently performed with the Ohio Music Education Association's all-state ensembles of orchestra and choir, respectively. The All-State Orchestra and All-State Choir performances were part of the OMEA's annual convention in Cincinnati Jan. 27-30. Nice job, boys!

REFLECTIONS HONORS DISTRICT'S CREATIVE BEST

The amazing artistic talent and creativity of our students were celebrated at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held Jan. 27 at Garfield Middle School. One hundred twenty-one works from 114 artists from kindergarten through high school were honored. Of those 121 pieces of art, 28 student were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging.

LHS GRADS TEAM TO WIN NATIONAL GAMING TOURNAMENT

Congratulations to LHS Class of 2015 grads Connor Cimino, Colby Karel and Paul Sangree, who won the national title in the first Collegiate Hearthstone Championship, representing Ohio State. The team beat more than 1,000 other college teams playing the digital strategy card game to claim the title and $12,000 scholarships each!

ANNUAL JUMP ROPE FOR HEART EVENT COMING FEB. 6

Lakewood elementary schools will join together on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 to raise money for the American Heart Association. Fourth- and fifth-graders from District elementary schools will be jumping at the annual Jump Rope For Heart event. Students, parents, teachers and community members gather for a morning of “fun”raising using jump ropes to fight heart disease, which is the leading killer in America. The event, from 9-11 a.m. at Harding Middle School, is sponsored by the Lakewood Fraternal Order of Police and University Hospital.

SENIOR NAMED "DISTINGUISHED WOMAN OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY"

Lakewood High senior Naiomy Vega Miranda has been selected as the representative from Cuyahoga County for the 2016 Distinguished Young Women of Ohio program. She is one of only 23 Ohio students selected for the program, which will be held in February in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

SWIFT'S 44 POINTS FOR RANGERS BREAKS DECADES-OLD RECORD

Congratulations to senior basketball player Logan Swift, who broke the 47-year-old school single-game scoring record when he scored 44 points versus Bay Village on Jan. 23. Swift broke the record set by Ron Andregg in 1969 of 43 points. He scored 32 of his points in a torrid second half and added 15 rebounds to boot! 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER FEB. 5 @ AROUND THE CORNER

The LHS girls' basketball program will hold a fundraiser Friday, Feb. 5 from 8-10 pm at Around the Corner in Lakewood. A $20 ticket will include pizza, wings, veggie trays, and beer on tap. There will also be a Chinese raffle. Purchase your tickets from any girls' basketball player or at the door!!! You can also contact Bethany Britt at bbritt9@att.net.

PLAN SET TO COVER CONSTRUCTION PROJECT BUDGET GAP

Superintendent Jeff Patterson informed the Board of Education at its Jan. 19 meeting that estimated costs for the construction of Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools and the new wings at Lakewood High School are 6% over budget, or nearly $6 million variance. The District plans to cover the $6 million through a proposed agreement with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC).

LHS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM SWEEPS TOURNAMENT

The LHS Academic Challenge A and B teams won both the finals and consolation finals at the 12-team Warren G. Harding Quiz Bowl on Jan. 16.  The A Team with members Robby Fehrenbach, Alex Grunder, Fox Milenski, Ian Bell, and Brian Donahoe won all seven matches to capture first overall. The B Team, comprised of Kevin Cush, Abe Dalisky, Seamus Holian, Damian Jouriles, and Andrew van Auken, won the consolation finals, going undefeated in the last three rounds. Congrats to all, including advisers Bob Sedlak and Peter Petto.

 

MAGIC GIVES BACK SHOW TO BENEFIT GARFIELD STUDENTS

Garfield Middle School is bringing a Las Vegas-quality magic show to our community. On Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Civic Auditorium, you can see a production with a variety of entertainment that will astound you! Led by world-renowned magician Rick Smith, Jr. and his team of top-notch performers, the audience will experience this high-energy production while helping to raise money for Garfield students.

RANGERS EDUCATION FOUNDATION SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation (LREF) is seeking an executive director to oversee the management and execution of the LREF mission and the maintenance and growth of its $1.5+ million assets. The duties will include marketing, fundraising, prudent financial management, and maintenance of stakeholder relations with alumni, donors, school administration, faculty, and the Lakewood community. 

LHS CHEER SQUAD TAKES SECOND IN COMPETITION

The LHS cheer competition squad placed second at the Big Chill Cheer Competition held Jan. 16.  The competition took place at Shaker Heights High School and the squad competed in a division with five other Cleveland area high schools.  The LHS competition squad plans to compete in one other cheer competition, which will take place in Chardon on Feb. 21.

HARDING STUDENT WINS TOP POETRY AWARD

Harding Middle School eighth-grader Kitty Crino was honored at a ceremony on Jan. 16 with the Regional Prize for Best Poetry in the Scholastic Art & Writing Contest. Her work was chosen from among hundreds of middle and high school writers who entered the contest. She was also one of only five students chosen to receive the Visionary Voice Award, which honors the best pieces in the regional judging. Click here to read the award-winning poem.

CHEERLEADERS' ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER SET FOR JAN. 27

Dine in, carry out or get your food delivered from Angelo's Pizza anytime on Wednesday, Jan. 27 and 20% of  your bill wil go toward helping the LHS Cheerleaders. Present this flyer or be sure to mention LHS Cheerleaders when you order. Offer is good from 11 am - midnight.

HARDING & LHS WRITERS EARN TOP SCHOLASTIC AWARDS

Lakewood City Schools was well represented in the writing portion of the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition with three students honored with Gold Keys and three with Silver Keys.

W. SHORE TEAM CHOSEN FOR REGIONAL AUTO TECH CONTEST

Congratulations to Jackson Nugent and Austin Slemc, Auto Technology seniors with West Shore Career-Tech who have qualified to compete in the 24th Annual Greater Cleveland Automotive Technology Competition on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 at the Cleveland Auto Show.  

DISCO TAKES SPOTLIGHT AT JAN. 23 LAKEWOOD PROJECT CONCERT

Don't miss this year's Lakewood Project winter concert, "70's Disco Funk," with special guest, Disco Inferno. The concert is set for Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the door. Click here for a ticket order form, or you can all the LHS bookroom at 529-4047 to order. For more about the lakewood project, click here.

LHS/WEST SHORE ARTISTS EARN SCHOLASTIC CONTEST HONORS

Lakewood High School and the West Shore Career-Tech Interactive Media students once again earned a significant number of honors in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition, including three Gold Key winners.

LHS TIMES & CINEMA REPEAT AS TOP AWARD WINNERS

For the second consecutive year, both the Lakewood High School Cinema yearbook and Times news magazine earned first place awards from the American Scholastic Press Association in a nationwide publication competition.

NEARLY TWO DOZEN LHS MUSICIANS CHOSEN FOR HONORS ORCH.

Lakewood High will certainly leave its mark on the orchestra ensemble at Ohio University’s annual Honor Choir & Orchestra Festival Jan. 15-17 as nearly half of the musicians will be from LHS, including all the principal chairs of the 54-person ensemble.

LINCOLN STUDENTS AMONG TOP SCORERS IN NAT'L MATH CONTEST

Five Lincoln Elementary students were honored with medals and certificates recently for their outstanding performance in the national Noetic Learning Math Contest. The third- and fourth-graders were among the top 10% of the 3,995 and 4,732 students who competed in each respective grade.

EINHOUSE TO LEAD BOARD IN 2016

The Lakewood Board of Education at its Jan. 4 meeting elected Tom Einhouse as president of the five-member body. Einhouse replaces Emma Petrie Barcelona. Einhouse and new Vice President Betsy Shaughnessy, who replaces Einhouse, took the oath of office from Treasurer Kent Zeman. Newly re-elected Board members Einhouse, Petrie Barcelona and Linda Beebe were also sworn in at the meeting.

HORACE MANN, GRANT STUDENTS GO ON VIRTUAL EXPEDITION

It’s not often that teachers hear “oohs” and “aahs” from their students when going over a geography lesson. But the oohs and aahs kept coming on Tuesday for some lucky Grant and Horace Mann Elementary students who were able to experiment with Google’s new virtual reality field trip product, Google Expeditions.

SCHEDULING MEETING SET FOR INCOMING LHS FRESHMEN

A meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 pm for parents of 8th graders and their students who will be attending Lakewood High next fall. The meeting will be in Lecture Hall 2 (Room A218) and will provide information for scheduling for next school year. If you have questions, or cannot attend, please call Debra Diamond at 216-529-4032.

JOIN PTA COUNCIL FOR LUNCH AT RANGER CAFE

The Lakewood Council of PTAs invites you to join its members for a lunch at the Ranger Cafe on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 12:30 pm. Come meet some new people or join old friends and keep updated on events for the year. RSVP to Tricia Dent at triciadent@cox.net by Jan. 11.

LHS FACING HISTORY CLUB BRIDGING CULTURAL GAPS

Lakewood High’s Facing History Girls Group is making a difference in the Lakewood community while at the same time bridging cultural gaps among its own members. Each week about 20 girls get together so share cultural experiences and plan service activities for the school and greater community. About one-quarter of the girls are Americans and the rest are refugees or immigrants from countries such as Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Nepal.

REC DEPT. WINTER/SPRING BOOKLET NOW 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 the department has to offer for this Winter/Spring. Click here to view the booklet.

IN-SCHOOL EYE EXAM PROGRAM ROLLS OUT AT EMERSON

The District recently launched a pilot in-school vision exam program with Ocular Services Management and Dr. Pete Mogyordy. On Dec. 9, 13 students at Emerson Elementary School received complete eye exams, with six of them given prescriptions for eyeglasses.
LHS SPARKLE SQUAD FEATURED ON BROWNS SHOW

The Cleveland Browns pregame show last week featured our Browns-sponsored Sparkle Effect cheerleading squad and the positive effect it has had at LHS. Check it out:

DISTRICT ATTENDING TEACHER/SUB RECRUITMENT FAIR

Lakewood City Schools will be attending the 2nd Annual North Coast Shared Services Alliance Regional Teacher Job Fair on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 10 am -1 pm at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County in Independence. Human Resources personnel will be scouting for certified teaching opportunities and daily substitute teaching positions in the District.

HARDING HIROS PROGRAM RAISES $1,600 FROM PJ DAY

Students in Harding's HIROS program raised more than $1,600 on Friday simply by letting students wear pajamas to school. Students who wanted to wear PJs had to make a $3 donation. The money raised will go to Catholic Charities' Sweet Dreams program to provide warm bedding for refugee and immigrant families. Nice work, Harding!

RANGER SHOP HOLIDAY SALE SET FOR DEC. 12

Nothing says holiday cheer like Ranger gear! Come to the Ranger Shop's annual holiday sale for all your favorite Ranger Pride swag on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 am - 4 pm. The sale will take place in the Ranger Cafe, which is located near the front entrance of Lakewood High School.

Middle Schoolers Honored in Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

Garfield sixth-grader Lindsay Gregg (far left) won the local VFW's Patriot's Pen Essay Contest, which had the theme this year of "What Freedom Means to Me," and Harding eighth-grader Emma Carson was a runner-up. Lindsay's essay spoke to the messages found in the Pledge of Allegiance, God Bless the USA, and the American flag. She was awarded $100 and the opportunity to attend the VFW awards banquet. Emma earned $75 for her essay.

EMERSON ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER SET FOR DEC. 10

Forget cooking on Dec. 10 and dine in or pick up dinner or lunch at Angelo's. On that day,  20% of all proceeds will go to the Emerson PTO to provide programs and events for Emerson families and students. Just mention Emerson PTO when you order.

LIGHT UP LAKEWOOD TO FEATURE MANY DISTRICT GROUPS

Nearly a dozen student musical groups from the District will help brighten the annual Light Up Lakewood festival scheduled for Dec. 5. The all day event will have fun events around the city throughout the day with the main festival taking place from 4-8 pm in downtown Lakewood.

PARENTS, PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY ON CONFERENCES

The District has formed a committee to review our parent/teacher conference process. Please take some time to fill out a brief survey so that we may better evaluate the effectiveness of our current format. Parent input is key to our improvement process. Survey must be filled out by Sunday. Click here for survey.

SOUNDS OF SEASON CONCERT SET FOR DEC. 3 & 4

The George P. Read Music Department at Lakewood High School will peform its annual Sounds of the Season concert on Dec. 3 & 4 at 7:30 pm at the Civic Auditorium.  The top performing ensembles of the band, choir and orchestra departments will put on a winter musical event that is sure to send you off in the spirit of the season! 

CLASS OF 2014 ALUMNI IN SPOTLIGHT FOR HIS SUCCESS

A Wright State University news article recently featured 2014 Lakewood High graduate Mitchell Schneider for his success on campus and how despite being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, he has achieved at high levels. Click here for more on Schneider's story.

NEXT SUPERINTENDENT CHAT SET FOR DEC. 1

Superintendent Jeff Patterson will hold the second in his series of Superintendent Chats on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6 pm in the Ranger Cafe at Lakewood High School. Join the Superintendent for some informal conversation about the district. Bring your questions and comments. Light refreshments will be served.

LHS NAMED GRAMMY SIGNATURE SCHOOL SEMIFINALIST FOR MUSIC

Lakewood High School is among 119 schools nationwide that The GRAMMY Foundation has selected as GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists for 2016. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. Only two other Ohio schools were named a semifinalist.

GARFIELD TEAM TOPS IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS CONTEST

Garfield's Academic Challenge team defeated two tough opponents from St. Charles Borremo and St. Joseph and John at the St. Ed's Classroom of Champions competition on Nov. 18. Garfield scored 475 points, winning by 175 points over their closest competitor.  The team, which is advised by Josh Thornsberry, consists of Alice King, Colin Sabo, Brier Bracken, Evan Bell, Patrick McCallum, Max Gilliland, and Aidan Bohac.Currently Garfield is in the top spot for the finals held in the spring.  

HAYES 1ST GRADER FEATURED IN "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" PRODUCTION

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a longtime Cleveland holiday tradition and this year, one of our tiniest students will have one of the biggest roles in the Great Lakes Theater production. Hayes first-grader Macon Taylor will appear as Tiny Tim in the holiday classic that has been a family staple for 27 years in Cleveland.

Orchestra Music Marathon raises more than $18,000

The Lakewood High School Orchestra Program hit a new record in fundraising with its $18,575 raised from the recent Music Marathon held on Nov. 14. Students collected sponsorships from friends, family, teachers, neighbors and businesses and easily surpassed the event's goal of $10,000.

DISTRICT HOSTING BREAKFAST FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Senior citizens of the community are invited to a holiday breakfast hosted by Superintendent Jeff Patterson on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 am at Harding Middle School. The event will feature music by Harding and Lakewood High ensembles and an update on district activities, including school construction. Please RSVP by Nov. 24 by calling 216-529-4074.

NOV. 22 RECITAL TO BENEFIT MUSIC FUND, SCHOLARSHIPS

Join the Lakewood High band program for a recital on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 4 pm at Lakewood Congregational Church, 1375 West Clifton Blvd. There is no admission fee, however donations will be accepted and will benefit the George P. Read Music Fund and music lesson scholarships. 

LHS MODEL UN TEAM TAKES TOP AWARDS AT CONFERENCE

The Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club turned in a stellar performance at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference Nov. 4 &5, winning eight awards overall. Junior Ian Bell, representing Finland in the High Commissioner For Refugees Committee,  won the "Gavel" for the top delegate in his committee, and teamed up with junior Rachel Daso to win the Superior Delegation Award.

GARFIELD PROGRAM HONORS OUR VETERANS FOR THEIR SERVICE

Veterans from across generations and from all the Armed Forces branches gathered on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Garfield Middle School as part of the 19th Annual Veterans Day Recognition Program hosted by Garfield staff, students, PTSA and Help To Others (H2O).

POWDER PUFF GAME TO BENEFIT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTER

Come support Lakewood High School’s revived tradition of girl’s flag football at the Powder Puff Games on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 4 pm at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium. Admission is free but donations are welcome.  All funds raised benefit the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center. All are welcome!

TEACHERS UNION HONORED FOR ENGAGEMENT

The Lakewood Teachers Association was honored  with two awards at the North East Ohio Education Association's representative assembly on Nov. 7.  For the fifth straight year, LTA was recognized as a Five Star Local by meeting the criteria that includes representation at specific events and workshops, at least 25% of members contributing to the Ohio Fund for Children & Public Education and applying for an NEOEA public relations award.

WEST SHORE CULINARY PROGRAM FEATURED ON CHANNEL 19

Culinary Arts program was the focus of a recent feature on Channel 19 News. Watch this video and see what the program entails and how West Shore students are benefitting from the hands-on learning.

ORCHESTRA MUSIC MARATHON FUNDRAISER IS NOV. 14

While their peers will be relaxing and having fun on a school-free Saturday on Nov. 14, members of the Lakewood High School Orchestra Program will be spending 13 hours at school playing music – in their pajamas! The event is the Orchestra Program’s annual Music Marathon fundraiser that runs from 6:30 am – 7:30 pm at the Civic Auditorium.

RANGER SOCKs SALES BENEFIT BOYS' TRACK PROGRAM

The boys' track team is selling three styles of Ranger athletic socks. The socks are $15 per pair and must be ordered by Nov. 16. For more information, click here. Questions? Email Coach Mike Dow at LwoodRangerTrack@gmail.com.

DISTRICT ADDRESSES BED BUG CONCERNS

From Superintendent Jeff Patterson: There has been much concern among students, parents, and the community regarding bed bugs at Lakewood High School. Yes, bed bugs have been detected at LHS in small numbers. However, there is no infestation in the building.

LHS COFFEEHOUSE TO FEATURE POETRY, PROSE, MUSIC NOV. 12

Lakewood High School Orchestras and Barnstormers Drama Club will present LHS’ first Coffeehouse on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Students will show off their talents in the form of prose, poetry or acoustic music as a solo artist or group, while sharing the Civic stage with the audience. Admission is free. Coffee and baked goods will be available.

GARFIELD COLLECTING ITEMS FOR MILITARY CARE PACKAGES

In honor of Veterans Day, Garfield staff and students are sponsoring a care package drive to collect items to send to U.S. troops overseas. Please bring items to the school by the end of the day on Monday, Nov. 9. Place items in boxes in the main office hallway. Click here for a list of items needed by the troops. Cash donations are also welcome!

MARCHING BAND CONCERT SET FOR NOV. 6

The Lakewood Ranger Marching Band will hold its annual end-of-the-season concert on Friday, Nov. 6 in the Civic Auditorium. Come hear all the selections performed at pregame and halftime this season in the warmth and comfort of the Civic. It’s a fun evening of music that includes a special drumline feature, too. 

SUPERINTENDENT LAYS OUT VISION FOR TOP 20 DISTRICT

Superintendent Jeff Patterson in a new Superintendent's Message for this quarter has detailed his vision for what measures he believes need to be met in order to accomplish his goal of being top 20 district in the state by 2020. The list is comprehensive and achievable. Click here to read more.

AWARD-WINNING IMMIGRATION JOURNALIST COMING TO CIVIC

Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario will be speaking at the Civic Auditorium tonight from 6:30-8 pm as part of Facing History and Ourselves and All State Foundations's Community Conversations series. Nazario is one of the foremost journalists on the issue of immigration in the U.S. Students from LHS will be speaking privately with Nazario before the program. For more info on the talk and Nazario, click here

CAMMOCK REPLACES ARGENTO AS HEAD BASKETBALL COACH

The Board of Education at its Oct. 19 meeting approved the hiring of Lakewood High Social Studies teacher Alexander Cammock (near left) as the next head coach for the boys’ varsity basketball team. He replaces Phil Argento, Sr., who recently resigned after eight years with the team.

Boys Cross Country advances to regionals

Bouyed by a third-place finish by junior Henry Bish, the boys' cross country team finished fourth at the Division 1 District Meet on Oct. 24 at Lorain County Community College. The top four teams qualify to compete at Regionals Oct. 31 at Tiffin University.

DISTRICT A PARTNER IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Lakewood City Schools is proud to be the only school district to be an official partner for Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center's October DV Awareness Month campaign. The "Paint the Town Purple" campaign aims to raise awareness and engagement around the important issue of domestic violence. Visit and like DVCAC's Facebook page to follow the work DVCAC is doing to support safe and healthy families.

BOYS' SOCCER VIES FOR DISTRICT TITLE SATURDAY

The varsity boys' soccer team, on the heels of a thrilling 1-0 double overtime victory in the District Semfinals, will meet state champion St. Ignatius in the District Final on Saturday, Oct. 31, 11 am at North Royalton High School. Come out and cheer on our Rangers! Good luck, team!

RANGER CAFE OPENS ON OCT. 27

The Ranger Café at West Shore will open for the school year on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. The restaurant, operated by West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts students, will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12-1:30 pm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 216-529-4165 and select "1". Food is great and prices are a bargain! Click here for more info on the cafe.

OHSAA WINTER SPORTS PRESEASON MEETING SET FOR OCT. 29

An Ohio High School Athletic Association preseason meetingis scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 pm in the Harding Middle School Gym. This meeting is for parents who have a student in grade 7-12 who will be playing a winter season sport. Students are encouraged to attend as well.

FUTURE CLUB IMMERSES KIDS IN TECH & TINKERING

A new club started this year at several of our elementary schools is feeding our young students’ thirst for all things tech and teaching them skills that will prepare them well for the future.

MOOYAH FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT EMERSON LIBRARY

Help the Emerson Elementary community raise money for new books for its library by dining at Mooyah, 19815 Center Ridge Road in Rocky River, on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Dine in or carry out from 3:30-8:30 pm, mention Emerson Library, and a portion of your bill will go toward the new books.

preschool information night set for Oct. 26

Lakewood Early Childhood PTA's annual Preschool Information Night will be held Monday, Oct. 26 from 7:30-9 pm at Hayes Elementary School. Representatives from area preschools and day cares will be on hand to give information and answer questions. Great way to get an overview of all the options out there.

BISH Cross Country Conference Runner-Up, Team is 3rd

The Ranger cross country teams wrapped up their regular season racing at the Southwest Conference Championship Meet on Oct. 17. The boys' team finished third, led by Henry Bish, the conference runner-up. 

BARNSTORMERS' "ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD" TELLS TRAGIC TALE

The LHS Barnstormers' club will perform its Fall play Oct. 22-24 in the Lakewood High Art Atrium. The drama, “Elephant’s Graveyard,” by George Brant, is based on a true story about the tragic collision in 1916 of a struggling circus and a tiny Tennessee town that ended in the only known lynching of an elephant. The content may not be appropriate for children under 13. The play is at 7:30 pm, plus a matinee performance at 2:30 pm on Oct. 24. Tickets are $5. 

LAKE ERIE BASKETBALL LEAGUE TRYOUTS OCT. 19-21

The Lake Erie Basketball League will be holding tryouts for boys in grades 3-6 Oct. 19, 20 & 21. Tryouts will take place at Emerson Elementary. This league is highly competitive community-based travel league. Click here for more info.

CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS SHINE AT MCQUAID; BOYS RUNNERS-UP

The LHS boys' and girls' cross country teams traveled to Rochester, NY, this past weekend to compete in the second largest interscholastic cross country meet in nation, The McQuaid Jesuit Invitational, with almost 8,000 runners representing 245 schools. The boys' team came away runners-up in the AAA Unseeded Large School Race, losing out on the title by only 5 points.

NEW JR. FIRE CHIEF RIDES TO SCHOOL IN STYLE

A highlight of Fire Safety Week is the naming of the new Junior Fire Chief. This year, Emerson 5th grader Madeline Oldfield has won the honor thanks to her winning essay on fire prevention. 

HAYES KINDERGARTENERS IN CH. 5'S MY OHIO FEATURE

Hayes kindergarteners on a field trip to Miller's Apple Hill Orchard found themselves part of the filming of NewsChannel 5's "My Ohio" feature by Leon Bibb. Check them out on the video by clicking here.

LAKEWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL TO BENEFIT MUSIC DEPT.

The Lakewood Music Boosters will host the first Lakewood Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 1-8 pm at Vosh, 1414 Riverside Drive. The event will feature five local bands and student musicians. Proceeds will benefit the District's many music programs. Come hear some great music and a chance to win door and raffle prizes! Suggested donations are $10 for students, $20 for adults. Buy tickets at the door or in advance by emailing lkwdmusicboosters@gmail.com.

COUNCIL OF PTAS HOLDING FUNDRAISER AT GEORGETOWN

The Lakewood Council of PTAs will hold a dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Georgetown Restaurant in Lakewood. For $35, you can enjoy a three-course meal with choice of salad, entree and dessert. The special is good from open to close. Click here for the flyer to be presented when ordering. 

JOIN SUPT. PATTERSON FOR INFORMAL CHAT ON OCT. 15

Superintendent Jeff Patterson invites you to join him for the first of a series of "Superintendent Chats" to be held this year. The first one will be on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6 pm in the Ranger Cafe at Lakewood High. Come with your questions and comments. 

PARENT INTERNET SAFETY EDUCATION NIGHT SET FOR OCT. 13

Garfield Middle School and the Garfield PTSA are hosting an informational presentation on Internet safety on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 6-7:30 pm. Members of the Digital Innocence Recovery Group, which is dedicated to the prevention of Internet-related crimes by equipping students and parents with the prevention principles, strategies, and tools to safely navigate the digital world, will give a presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session. The presentation is for adults only. H2O will provide child care in the Garfield Gym. Click here to RSVP for child care.

SENIOR BEISEL-LINN QUALIFies for golf district tournament

Congratulations to senior golfer Rose Beisel-Linn for qualilfying for her sport's Division 1 girls' District Tournament next Tuesday, Oct. 13 at The Legends of Massillon course. Beisel-Linn was one the top four individual scorers from non-qualifying teams to advance. She shot an 85 in Sectional play on Tuesday, including two birdies. Good luck to Rose next Tuesday! 

Foundation awards $800 for recess/PE EQUIPMENT

Each year Jordan's Family Foundation donates money to the schools with the highest percentage of students in attendance at Fitness Fits Everyone, held Sept. 26. This year's grand prize winner is Lincoln Elementary, receiving $500. Second place honors go to Harding Middle School, receiving $200, and Horace Mann Elementary received $100 for third place.

WE LOVE A PARADE!

Check out this year's Homecoming Spirit Parade Photo Gallery. Another year, another great parade and Homecoming King & Queen crowning! Congrats to Queen Shannon Wood and King Evan Levis! 

PINK OUT GAME IS OCT. 16; Order shirts by Oct. 3

The Oct. 16 Rangers vs. Midview varsity football game will be the annual Pink Out Game sponsored by LHS Student Council. Fans are asked to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness and in honor of LHS staff members and cancer survivors Mona Atfield and Andrea DeVries. Shirts are $20. Orders are due Friday, Oct. 3. Click here for an order form or call the Bookroom, 529-4047.