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LCA'S TOM JOSEPH HONORED FOR DEDICATION TO STUDENTS, STAFF

spotlight logoNote: Each month we will be highligting a staff member nominated by his/her peers to be honored in our new Staff Spotlight feature. We hope it shines the light on many of our unsung employees who make a difference for our students and our district.

Kind, helpful, tolerant, dedicated. These are just a few of the words colleagues used to describe our first Staff Spotlight nominee: Tom Joseph, computer assistant/paraprofessional at Lakewood City Academy. Although if you ask his colleagues, his title does not do him justice. Those at LCA will tell you that Tom is a critical link to the success of LCA’s students.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS PART OF "STOP THE HATE: YOUTH SING OUT"

choirThree choirs each from Harding and Garfield Middle Schools will compete in the "Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out" at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The event is sponsored by the Maltz Museum and Roots of American Music and is a program that combines anti-bias training with the power of music.  

SOUNDS OF SEASON PERFORMANCES DEC. 14 & 15

choirThe Lakewood High School Sounds of the Season concert returns for its fourth year when the top ensembles of Lakewood High School’s George P. Read Music Department take the Civic stage on Dec. 14 & 15. This holiday concert tradition features our top high school musicians in choir, band and orchestra. Joining the high school ensembles will be an elementary honors choir and a trio of high school drama students will perform monologues. The concert, which is the same both nights, begins at 7:30 p.m.

GRANT 4th GRADER WINS "WHY I LOVE LAKEWOOD" CONTEST

Sophia LipowskiCongratulations to Grant Elementary fourth-grader Sophia Lipowski on winning the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's annual “Why I Love Lakewood” essay contest. The contest is open each year to fourth-graders living in Lakewood. Sophia's prize includes $100 cash, a ride in the Light Up Lakewood Parade on Dec. 3 and helping to “flip the switch” to turn on the lights in Downtown Lakewood during the Light Up Lakewood celebration. Nice job, Sophia! Read the essay here.

BOARD PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS NEW READING CURRICULUM

At the Nov. 21 Board of Education meeting, Lincoln Elementary Principal Sandy Kozelka shared a presentation about the District's new reading curriculum - Readers Workshop - in action at Lincoln, It's a great glimpse for all elementary parents to see how the curriculum impacts their child. View presentation here.

RANGER SHOP POP UP SHOP SET FOR DEC. 10

Ranger ShopLooking for some Ranger spirit gear for the kids or yourself? Then you need to come to the Ranger Shop Pop Up holiday shop on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10am – 4pm at Lakewood High School, room A102. You can never have enough Ranger gear! Show your Ranger spirit!

SOPHOMORE CLASS HOLDING EASTER SEALS DRIVE; DROPOFF DEC. 10

clothing driveLakewood High's Class of 2019  is hosting a fundraiser with Easter Seals for the sophomore class.  An Easter Seals truck will be in the North Lot on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm.  Donations of clothing as well as housewares, personal accessories, shoes, purses, books, and toys will be collected. Furniture, stuffed animals, pillows, construction material, or food are not permitted.

BOARD BEGINS PROCESS TO OK LHS INDOOR TRACK

District administrators and Board of Education members conducted a planning session while in Columbus on Nov. 14 for the annual Ohio School Boards Association conference. As part of the successful session, the Board introduced a resolution to approve a change order for construction at Lakewood High to include an indoor elevated track.

music boosters fundraiser cancelled

The Music Boosters have cancelled the  Rockin’ Reverse Raffle set for Friday due to low ticket sales. Any payments made will be refunded in the next 10 days. If you have any questions please feel free to call Beth Bender Thomas at 216-374-7615 or email lkwdmusicboosters@gmail.com.

FALL SPORTS HONORS INCLUDE COACH OF YEAR FOR TOOLE

As Lakewood High varsity sports transition from fall to winter season, it’s time to salute those from the fall season who earned conference honors. The group is led by Southwestern Conference boys’ cross country Coach of the Year Stephanie Toole, who helped guide her team to the SWC championship. Among the athletes, five Rangers led the way as 1st Team honorees.

LHS GRAD'S PLAY OPENS TO RAVE REVIEWS ON BROADWAY

The Ranger Way has made it to the Great White Way! Class of 1994 graduate Dave Malloy wrote the book and score for the musical, “Natasha & Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812,” which opened on Nov. 15 in Broadway’s Imperial Theater. The production earned rave reviews after its Opening Night.

LHS CHEER SQUAD CLOSE SECOND IN COMPETITION

The Lakewood High varsity cheer competition squad competed in the Champion Cheer Central's Turkey Time Cheer and Dance Competition on Nov. 12 and just missed winning the compeition, finishing in second place to Madison by three points. Lakewood's overall score was 91.1/100 with zero deductions in the non-tumbling/non-mounting division. Lakewood was one of the top scoring schools overall in all divisions and had an outstanding performance, according to coach Amy Staib. Congrats to Coach Staib and the entire squad!

BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY TEAM ADVANCES TO REGIONALS

The Lakewood High boys' cross country team finished 3rd at the OHSAA Div. 1 District Meet at Lorain County Community College on Oct. 22, earning the team a trip to the Regional Meet in Boardman on Oct. 29. The Rangers, SWC champions, were beat by two state-ranked teams: St. Edward (59 points) and Strongsville (60). With 114 points, the Rangers finished ahead of Avon Lake (120) and Amherst Steele (146), whose teams also advance to the Regional Meet.

CLUB IDENTITY, CIVIC TO HOST "LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED?" PREMIERE

Attention all film buffs and social justice advocates: On Thursday, Oct. 27, LHS' Club Identity will be sponsoring the local premiere of the film "Love Is All You Need?" The film examines what might happen if being gay was the norm and heterosexuals were the minority. Join Club Identity at 7 pm in the Civic Auditorium for the film viewing and a special discussion panel afterwards with the filmmaking team and cast members. Admission is free for students with a valid student ID and $5 for adults. All money raised will benefit the local nonprofit organization Dare2Care to aid with their efforts to raise LGBTQ awareness and anti-bullying. Click here for the movie trailer and here to reserve tickets.

ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM NIGHT PRESENTATION

For those parents who were unable to attend the Elementary Curriculum Night on Oct. 20, you can view the presentation here.

TEACHERS AMONG TOP IN STATE FOR NEW TEACHER ASSESSMENTS

Congratulations to two of our young teachers who were recently recognized by the Ohio Department of Education for being among the top scorers in the state on their Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA). Elementary music teacher Aaron Waryk was in the top 1% of scorers in 2014-2015 and Harding Middle School language arts teacher Leslie Barnes was in the top 3% of scorers in 2013-2014. The ODE honored the top RESA scorers from the last three school years.

BOARD RECOGNIZES ROTARY CHAPTERS FOR SERVICE TO YOUTH

The Board of Education at its Oct. 17 meeting recognized our two local Rotary chapters, the Rotary Club of Lakewood/Rocky River and the Sunrise Rotary Club, for their "extraordinary amount of time, resources and energy given to provide opportunities within our community and schools."

BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY TEAM ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER OCT. 12

Dine in or carry out from the Angelo's Pizza on Wednesday, Oct. 12 and 20% of your bill will go toward the boys' middle and high school cross country teams. Make sure to show this flyer when ordering.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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."

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.

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.

Roosevelt elementary dedication
 
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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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! 

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 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.

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. 

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.

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.  

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

GRANT DEDICATION TO BE LIVESTREAMED!
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:

BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY SWC CHAMPS! JV TEAM IS RUNNER-UP

The Lakewood High varsity boys' cross country team finished its season with a bang, winning the Southwestern Conference Championship Meet Oct. 15 at Lorain County Community College. To add to the winning day, the boys' JV team took second place in the JV division.Leading the way for the Rangers was 1st Team All-Conference senior Henry Bish in 5th place.

END-OF-YEAR MARCHING BAND CONCERT NOV. 1

The Lakewood Ranger Marching Band will perform all of its halftime selections and pregame show selections in an indoor concert on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakewood Civic Auditiorium. If you were unable to catch a football game and hear the band's performances, now's your chance. Selections include the Lakewood High Fight Song, Alma Mater, Star Spangled Banner, music from movie and cartoon themes and much more! There will also be a special drumline feature, always a favorite. 

GARFIELD PROGRAM HONORS OUR VETERANS

Veterans from across generations and from all the Armed Forces branches gathered on Thursday, Nov. 10 at Garfield Middle School as part of the 20th Annual Veterans Day Recognition Program hosted by Garfield staff, students, PTSA and Help To Others (H2O).

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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! 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oct. 11 superintendent chat to focus on district finances

Lakewood City Schools’ first Superintendent Chat of the school year will be a special presentation by Superintendent Jeff Patterson and Treasurer Kent Zeman on the District’s current financial condition and how school funding impacts our students, community, and the District. The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 pm in the Ranger Café at Lakewood High School. This is a great opportunity to hear how your investment in our schools is at work! Light refreshments will be served.

ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM NIGHT SET FOR OCT. 20

Parents of the District's elementary students are encouraged to attend the Elementary Curriculum Night set for Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 pm at Grant Elementary School. The Teaching & Learning Department will review the District's new reading, writing and math curriculums: Reading & Writing Workshop and Eureka Math. Staff will share with parents how they can support their child at home and where they can find resources to do so.

OHSAA PRESEASON WINTER SPORTS MEETING IS NOV. 1

For parents of middle school or high school students interested in playing a winter sport, there is a preseason OHSAA meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Harding's gym from 8-8:30 pm.

NEXT BARNEY'S CAFE COMING UP ON NOV. 10

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

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, Grant Elementary 5th grader Ally Bookman has won the honor thanks to her winning essay on fire prevention. 

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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!

CHORAL SYMPOSIUM SET FOR OCT. 6

On Thursday, Oct. 6, LHS will hold its Fall Choral Symposium, which will feature the Symphonic Mixed Choir performing Bach’s Cantata #140, accompanied by the Amethyst String Quartet. Vive L’Four, the Fourtes, and the Chamber Choir will also perform. Both concerts begin at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. 

OPEN ENROLLMENT GUIDELINES - FOR NEW ENROLLEES ONLY

Parents wishing to have their child transferred to a different school from their home school (home school is defined by attendance area as determined by the district) shall request so in writing by completing the front of the Open Enrollment form located at this link: https://goo.gl/MNJVGc

The school district administration has established the following criteria and procedures pertaining to intra-district open enrollment:

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.

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 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!

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.

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.

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. 

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! 

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.

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

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

OLYMPIAN & RANGER GRAD SHARES INSPIRATIONAL STORY

Some language arts classes at Harding Middle School were honored on Friday to welcome Lakewood High grad and Olympic marathoner Makorobondo "Dee" Salukombo to their classrooms. Dee spoke to the group about his experiences, both living in the Congo and his transition to living in the United States. Earlier in September, Dee shared his life story and his running journey with the middle and high school cross country teams. He also shared with the students his work with Project Kirotshe, the nonprofit he founded to help bring educational opportunities to his native Congo.

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM IN 5TH YEAR OF SERVING ELL STUDENTS

When most kids are bolting out the school doors at dismissal time, eager to go home and unwind or hang out with friends, a group of dedicated students instead make their way to Emerson Elementary School where more instruction time awaits them. These students are the District’s English Language Learners and they are beneficiaries of a joint partnership program with Asian Services in Action (ASIA) Inc., a nonprofit serving Northeast Ohio’s immigrant and refugee communities, and the Lakewood City Schools. 

LHS MODEL UN TEAM TAKES TOP AWARDS AT CONFERENCE

The Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club performed very well at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference Nov, 2&3 at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Senior Zach Dudzik, representing the United Kingdom, won the “Gavel” as the most outstanding delegate in the UN World Health Organization Committee. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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
 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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).

ART/MUSIC FEST BRINGS ALONG $10K IN DONATIONS TO LHS

On Oct. 13 Lakewood High School became one of three Ohio schools to host The High School Nation Tour, a musical and arts festival founded to celebrate the arts in public schools. Besides music appreciation, the festival will highlight film, fine & performing arts, fashion, photography, and stage production. As part of the tour, Lakewood High art and music departments will receive more than $10,000 in donations from tour sponsors. Click here for a photo gallery of the event.

DISTRICT TO HOST HOLIDAY BREAKFAST FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Senior citizens of the community are invited to a holiday breakfast hosted by Superintendent Jeff Patterson on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 am at Grant Elementary School, 1470 Victoria Ave. The event will feature music by Lakewood High ensembles and an update on district activities, including school construction. Please RSVP by Nov. 29 by calling 216-529-4074 or sending an email to christine.gordillo@lakewoodcityschools.org. There is no cost to attend!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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!

 

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.

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).

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.

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.

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! 

TWO PLAY PRODUCTIONS ON TAP THIS MONTH

This month, District theater groups will put on two great play productions for everyone to enjoy. The LHS Barnstormers will perform Shakespeare's comedy, "Much Ado About Nothing," Oct. 19-22 in the LHS Art Atrium. The Garfield Middle School drama group will present "Honk Jr.," an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "Ugly Duckling" tale, Oct. 20 & 21 at 7 pm at Garfield. 

WEST SHORE COLLECTING BOOKS FOR LITERACY ORGANIZATION

The West Shore Career-Technical District is collecting gently used or new books for children ages 6 months-5 years to donate to Reach Out and Read, an organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care. The books will be given to doctors' offices to hand out at wellness visits. The classrooms of Early Childhood Education (Room A202), Medical Office Management (A201) and Child Development (A228) as well as the West Shore main office will be collecting the books through Dec. 16.

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.

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.  

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

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.

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. 

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 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.

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.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR VISITS MIDDLE SCHOOLS

The author Susan Campbell Bartoletti shared her insights on writing in a visit with students at Garfield and Harding Middle Schools on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The award-winning author of primarily non-fiction books for children and teenagers such as "Hitler Youth," "The Boy Who Dared" and "Growing Up in Coal Country," shared her method of writing and answered many interesting questions from the students.

GARFIELD, HARDING WELCOME SANDY HOOK PROMISE

Students at Garfield and Harding Middle Schools are now part of the Sandy Hook Promise community. In the wake of threats at Harding and Lakewood High last month, our middle school administrators asked the organization born out of the 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School to come visit and educate our middle schoolers on how to help prevent violence in their school community and drive home themes of empowerment and inclusion.

Garfield collecting supplies for soldier care packages

The Garfield Middle School Civics Club will once again be collecting goods to create care packages to send to troops overseas in honor of Veteran's Day. The care package drive will run Nov. 1-18. Items can be dropped off at Garfield, 13114 Detroit Ave. Click here for a list of suggested supplies.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BOYS' TRAVEL BASKETBALL TRYOUTS SET FOR OCT. 24-29

Boys' travel basketball league tryouts will be hold Oct. 24-29 at Roosevelt Elementary Gym. Tryouts are for boys in grades 3-6. For more information on the tryouts and the Lake Erie Basketball League, click here.

PANELS TO DISCUSS GROWING HEROIN EPIDEMIC

With the heroin epidemic growing worse by the day in our county, we wanted to share two important events aimed to help educate and raise awareness about a serious problem affecting our community. On Monday, Oct. 24, "Heroin Hits Home" will be held from 7-8:30 pm at West Shore Unitarian Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. On Thursday, Nov. 10, LakewoodAlive will host "The Heroin Epidemic: Understanding Impact & Options," from 7-8:30 pm at Lakewood Public Library, Main Branch. We hope you can attend one of these as we work as a community to solve this scourge.

DISTRICT SEEKS BIDS FOR BASKETBALL HOOPS

Sealed competitive bids for Lakewood City Schools will be received by Kent Zeman, Treasurer, Lakewood City School District, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH, 44107, until 3:30 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Immediately after the time for filing of competitive bids has expired, they will be opened and publicly read. The bid includes the purchase and installation of a six (6) basketball backboards, supporting structures, hardware and controls for the Lakewood City School District.  

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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. 

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.   

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.

HARDING HOSTING BLOOD DRIVE OCT. 17

Harding Middle School will be holding a blood drive on Monday, Oct. 17 from 2:30 - 7 pm. Donors can make an appointment online by clicking here. The sponsor code to sign up is Harding Middle School. Donors can also use the Red Cross' Rapid Pass tool to do much of the paperwork online from home, cutting up to 15 minutes off of your appointment time. Click here  to access Rapid Pass.

CONGRATS TO OUR NATIONAL MERIT & AP SCHOLARS!

Each September brings announcements of stellar academic achievements accomplished by high school students in the previous school year. And each September, Lakewood High School has always been well represented, this year is no different. Our latest academic stars include three National Merit Semifinalists, two National Merit Commended Scholars and 67 AP Scholars, including six National AP Scholars.

SUPERINTENDENT TO RECOMMEND SALE OF BOARD OFFICE PROPERTY

Superintendent Jeff Patterson at a joint meeting on Sept. 26 with the Lakewood Board of Education and Lakewood City Council announced that he will recommend to the Board of Education that it sell the property where the Board’s administrative offices are at 1470 Warren Road.

HOMECOMING WEEK VIDEO SALUTE TO OUR ALUMNI

It's Homecoming Week in the District and to honor our Ranger alumni, we will be posting a video each day for the rest of the week featuring local alumni who are making their mark in Northeast Ohio. The videos, in which these Ranger grads share how Lakewood City Schools and their time at Lakewood High School impacted them, were produced by West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design student Julia Neff. Today's video features Class of 2006 grad Neil Anderson, who was a record-breaking swimmer at LHS and is currently a process engineer .Please click on "Read More" to see the other alumni videos.

NEW HARRISON OUTREACH PROGRAM FOCUSES ON KINDNESS

Students and staff at Harrison Elementary have embarked on a yearlong community service program dubbed Harrison Outreach Program (HOP). The school celebrated with a rousing kickoff assembly last week that included a visit from the One Million Acts of Kindness bus of Bob Vortruba and his dog, Bogart. Vortruba and Bogart travel the country in his bus covered in words and acts of kindness spreading his organization’s message. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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?

 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

RANGER CAFE TAKING RESERVATIONS, OPENS OCT. 25

The Ranger Café at West Shore will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. The Cafe is now taking dining room reservations. The student-run restaurant is open Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30 pm. To make a dining room reservation please call 216.529.4165 ext.1

LINCOLN MINES VIDEO/TECH EVENT SET FOR NOV. 12

Does your child like video games and technology? Don't miss the 2nd Annual Lincoln MINES, Saturday, Nov., 12, 10 am-3 pm, at Harding Middle School. Lincoln MINES takes popular games like Minecraft, Pokemon Go, and classic arcade games and makes them interactive learning experiences. It's five hours of hands-on activities to engage kids in science, math, engineering, and art for a single admission price of $15 for students (5 and up) and $8 for adults. (Children under 5 are free.) All are welcome. For tickets, visit www.lincolnmines.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Middle school assignment
High school assignments

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.

DISTRICT SEEKS PROPOSALS TO PURCHASE LHS MODULAR UNITS

The Lakewood City School District is soliciting proposals for the purchase and removal of the 42 modular units located across the street from Lakewood High School on Franklin Boulevard.  All qualified vendors are encouraged to participate. Please click here for more detailed information.

LHS ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR NAMED GRAMMY EDUCATOR SEMIFINALIST

Lakewood High School Orchestra Director Elizabeth Hankins is one of only 25 teachers from a field of 3,300 from across the country to be named a semifinalist for the 2017 Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. This is the second straight year Hankins has been considered for the award. In 2016, she advanced to the quarterfinalist round.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”  

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!

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. 

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 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.  

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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!

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.

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. 

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.  

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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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! 

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. 

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.

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.

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.