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West Shore students' art to be part of airport exhibit

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

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

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

Hayes Gets Creative with Growth Mindset Rap Video

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

Trio of wrestlers take home tournament titles

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

Garfield Students See Future on College Day

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

Bond Refund to Save Taxpayers $6 Million

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

Parent Workshops on Taming Tantrums & Tears Set

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

Ranger Shop Plans Pop-Up Shop on Dec. 16

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


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

Schools Raise $2,000 For Hurricane Relief

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

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

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

K-5 Literacy Night Scheduled for Oct. 26

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

Board Presentation on Report Card Emphasizes Growth

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

News 5 Highlights Badat's Work to Open Malawi School

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

Garfield Hosting Chipotle Fundraiser Oct. 11

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

Lakewood Music Boosters Thank you

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

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

Girls' Tennis Hosting Angelo's Fundraiser Sept. 27

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

Toiletries Drive to Benefit Community Closets, Honor Giffels

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

Cross Country Teams to Host Chipotle Fundraiser Aug. 29

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


Marching Band Festival Preview Is Aug. 16

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

Tech Teacher Chanter Repeat Presenter at Int'l Conference

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

Fall Sports Preseason Meeting Set for July 20

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

District Will See 1% Funding Cut Under New State Budget

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


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


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

Please take our brief #LkwdListens survey

It's Lakewood City Schools' mission to "develop responsible citizens, who are critical and creative thinkers, committed to life-long learning, invested in a diverse society, and prepared for technological and global opportunities." To continue to uphold our mission, we’re asking you to participate in #LkwdListens and take a brief, online survey. Click here and share what you think are the most important ways Lakewood City Schools prepares our students for college, careers, and beyond!

Malloy Credits LHS for his start on path to Broadway

malloyLakewood High School 1994 graduate Dave Malloy recently saw his musical, "Natasha & Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812," nominated for 12 Tonys, including two nominations for himself. The Broadway smash took home two Tonys for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting for musicals. In a recent cleveland.com article, Malloy credits Lakewood High for his musical start. Click here to read the story.

Academic Challenge Team Earns 5th Place at Nationals

tournament teamCongratulations to our LHS Academic Challenge team on its outstanding performance in the National Academic Championship tournament in Chicago! The varsity team finished 6-2 and in a tie for fifth place overall while the JV team finished 3-3. The varsity team bowed out of the tournament in the playoff round when it lost a tight match to Detroit Jesuit High School. Good work by all the tournament participants and advisers Peter Petto and Bob Sedlak.

Future Club Receives $2,500 Grant from Cox

Cox checkThe Future Club, which operates in four of our elementary schools, recently received a grant of $2,500 from Cox Charities "to support the club and advance its impact on youth and the community," Club founder Jaime Chanter received the check, which will be used to buy more technology tools and toys for its club members to tinker with and create!

Supplies 4 Success Drive Seeks Volunteers, Donations

supplies collectionSupplies 4 Success is excited to announce that it has been awarded a $500 Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Grant to support this summer’s collection drive. Anyone interested in working on this summer’s collection should contact Karen Lee at lkwdschoolsupplies@gmail.com or 216-534-2515. The group will need help creating collection boxes, managing collection sites, and on inventory collection day. Student volunteer hours will be collected. Collection boxes be placed around town after July 4. Monetary donations can be made through the Lakewood Foundation at by clicking here.

District Seeks Bids for Franklin Asphalt Paving

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 11:00 am local time on Thursday, June 22, 2017.  Immediately after the time for filing of proposals has expired, they will be opened and publicly read. The proposal includes asphalt paving for the Lakewood City School District. 

Celebration of Excellence Livestreaming

Tonight's annual Celebration of Excellence ceremony, honoring the District's top middle and high school students, will be livestream beginning at 7 pm. Click here to view the broadcast.

LHS History Club To Present "Lincoln Quotes" On May 14

Abe LincolnThe Lakewood High School History Club will present "Lincoln in Quotes" on Sunday, May 14 at 7 pm at the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium. Club president, junior Faiza Manaa, and adviser Dr. Chuck Greanoff will examine the intentions and achievements of Lincoln through an analysis of some of his most famous quotes. Context matters, but so does your attendance! Please join the club for a conversation about our most quoted president. The program should last about an hour, with time for questions afterward. 


logoThe Hayes PTO is having a dine out night at Lakewood Chipotle on Wednesday, April 26 from 5-9 pm. Chipotle will donate 50% of your order when you mention Hayes PTO or show this flyer.  All proceeds will benefit Hayes preschool student Addilynne Shirey, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Currently the family is trying to raise money  to provide Addilynne with a bedroom and suitbable bathroom in her home. 


teamThis Saturday, Feb 18, the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge team will compete on the Academic Challenge show, airing on Channel 5, WEWS, at 7 pm. The team has been burning through the regular Southwest Conference season and stands at 6-1 in conference play. Over the past five years in conference play, Lakewood has an outstanding record of 36-2.  


hannanThe Lakewood Board of Education  at its Feb. 6 meeting approved Tom Hannan, current assistant head coach at Garrettsville’s James A. Garfield High School, as the next head coach for the Lakewood High School varsity football team. The community will get its first chance to meet the new coach at a "meet & greet" planned for 6 pm on Feb. 10 at the Civic Auditorium.


The Parent Council meeting for parents with children with a disability originally scheduled for Jan. 17 has bee cancelled. The next scheduled meeting will be March 29 at 6 pm.



Please join Superintendent Jeff Patterson for his second Superintendent Chat of the year on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 6 pm in the Roosevelt Elementary Music Room. Roosevelt is located at 14237 Athens Ave. Assistant Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio and LHS Principal will be discussing the new Ohio graduation requirements. There also will be time for your questions and comments about other District issues.

KINDERGARTEN INFO NIGHT FEB. 9; registration begins Feb. 10

abcKindergarten registration will take place at the Lakewood Board of Education at 1470 Warren Road beginning Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2017 in order to be age eligible to enter kindergarten. There will be a Parent Information Night on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 pm at Grant Elementary School for interested parents to find out more about the program.


filmThis Sunday, the Lakewood Public Library will show the film "The Bad Kids" at 2 pm in its Main Branch Auditorium. The film is presented by Lakewood City Academy and will include a panel discussion with LCA staff immediately following the film, which tells the story of a high school of high-risk students and how the principal combats the effects of poverty and life struggles with empathy, love and life skills. Click here for more on the film.


ranger logoThe Lakewood High swimming and diving team will be sending 12 swimmers and two divers to the Division 1 Northwest District Championship Meet after an impressive showing at the Sectionals meet on Feb. 11 at Cleveland State, including numerous top 10 finishes at a meet that included 17 teams.

The Lakewood Project Taking its Show on the Road

Lakewood Project logoThe Lakewood Project, the Lakewood High electric rock orchestra, will be taking its show on the road! The group, the first of its kind in the country when it was formed in 2002, will be traveling to Delaware City Schools, Indian Hill Schools, and Ashland City Schools from March 22-24.

LHS Students Earn Top Awards in Rotary/Beck Contest

Speech winnersLakewood High students swept the Speech category and also earned recognition in other categories in the 72nd annual Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contests. Earning first place and $750 in the Speech contest was senior Elizabeth Pearlman. Second and third place went to juniors Brian Donahoe and Zach Howe, respectively.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

gradsLakewood High School seniors - 321 of them - marched across the stage to receive their high school diploma on Sunday, June 4, in front a packed Civic Auditorium full of their family, friends and teachers. Graduates received their diplomas from Board of Education President Betsy Shaughnessy along with congratulations from Superintendent Jeff Patterson and LHS Principal Keith Ahearn.

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

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

Class of 2018 Kicks off Scholarship Drive

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

Harding Holding Blood Drive on Oct. 16

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

United Way Brings New Reading Room to Harrison

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


Lakewood Project logoThe Lakewood Project will perform a "Pop Royalty" theme concert on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Joining Lakewood Project will be special guests Tricky Dick & the Cover-Ups and LHS graduate and Ohio Idol winner Abby Boland. They will play songs from such "pop royalty" as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Prince, Madonna and more. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call the LHS Bookroom at 216-4047 to purchase tickets in advance.


tshirtTo commemorate the opening of the new Lakewood High academic wing, the high school is selling “All In 216” t-shirts with rendering of the new wing on the back for $10 through the LHS Bookroom. You can order by calling 216-529-4047. Hurry, quantities are limited!


boosters logoHelp support the Lakewood Music Boosters buy buying a football square for $20 for a chance to win $200-$800. If your numbers match the end of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and/or final score you win $200! The Music Boosters are selling 100 football ‘squares’ for the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.To purchase tickets you can go to http://tinyurl.com/jc5sotz and pay with PayPal. Visit Lakewoomusicboosters.com for more details. Proceeds from this fundraiser support the Lakewood City School music programs K-12 and the new LHS Performing Arts Wing.


Incident near Harrison put school in modified lockdown

Tuesday morning at approximately 9 am the Lakewood Police Department placed Harrison Elementary on a modified lockdown where classroom instruction continued but students and staff were not allowed to leave the building. The police took this move as a precaution as the department dealt with an incident involving a shooting on an adjacent street. The lockdown lasted approximately 15 minutes and at no time were any of our students or staff in danger. We are grateful for the swift response by the Lakewood Police to ensure that our Harrison community remains a safe learning environment.


hoopThe Ranger varsity girls' basketball team beat Magnificat High School, 47-36, in a DIvision 1 District semfinal game on Feb. 27. The Rangers, coached by Mike Harper, will vie for the District title versus Medina High School on Thursday, March 2 at 7 pm at Valley Forge High School. Congratulations to the players an coaches on their postseason success so far!

Boys' track & field Chipotle fundraiser March 29

chiopotle logoThe Lakewood High boys' track & field team will host a fundraiser at the Lakewood Chipotle on Wednesday, March 29 from 5-9 pm. Download and show this flyer on your smartphone or mention the team when you order and 50% of your bill will go to the team.


Help out the Class of 2017 After Prom Committee by attending two coming fundraiser: Angelo's Pizza, all day, on Tuesday, April 11 will donate 20% of your bill to the committee and on Wednesday, April 19, from 11 am-10 pm, The Melt will donate 20% of your bill as well. Last chance to help our our seniors so they have a fantastic Prom experience!

LHS Clubs' Event Celebrates Community's Cultural Diversity

flagsLakewood High’s Facing History Girls’ Leadership Group and the Race and Diversity Club are hosting "United Neighbors: Celebrating the World in Our Own Backyard."  Come experience the different cultures in our community and enjoy interactive cultural stations, drum circle, and education our city's refugees. There will be games, dancing, raffles and food. The event is Wednesday, May 17 from 5-8 pm at the Woman's Pavilion in Lakewood Park. Click here for a schedule and more details.

LHS Teacher Petto Wins Jennings Foundation Award

PettoLakewood High School math teacher Peter Petto has been selected as the winner of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation’s George B. Champman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education. It is one of the highest awards the foundation bestows on an educator.

Garfield Science Teacher Named Next Harding Asst. Principal

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


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Ranger Cafe Accepting Reservations; Opens Oct. 24

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

Student Reports Attempted Armed Robbery

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

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

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

Community Celebrates New LHS Athletic Facilities

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


theter logoThe LHS Barnstormers Drama Club will perform its annual student-written & directed Winter One Act Play Festival February 1-4 at 7:30 pm in the LHS Art Atrium. There will be a special “after school” performance at 4 pm on Friday, Feb. 3. Tickets are $5 at the door.

LHS Students Take 1st & 2nd in Hiram Writing Contest

Zach HoweostrowskiLakewood High students took the top two spots in the Hiram College Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest and several other students earned Honorable Mention and Finalist honors. Congratulations to junior Zachary Howe, who was awarded first place and junior Isabel Ostrowski, who took second place.


recycle logoDoing some spring cleaning over Spring Break?  Please save those things for just a couple more weeks. It can translate into money for the Harding PTSA. Bring your donations to the Savers truck at Harding (in parking lot behind the school) between 10 am- 1 pm on Saturday, April 29. Four hundred bags of clothing amounts to about $1,000! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! For more information, click here.


Board OKS new GT coordinator, HR director resignation

Deb AllenDeb CahoonThe Board of Education at its May 1, 2017 meeting approved the appointment of Deborah Allen (at far let), a gifted coordinator for Highland Local Schools, to the position of Coordinator of Gifted Services for the District. The Board also accepted the resignation of Executive Director of Human Resources, Deb Cahoon, effective July 31, 2017.

Lakewood High Commencement Livestreaming Available

The 168th Lakewood High Commencement ceremony can be viewed beginning at 1:30 pm at this link: https://boxcast.tv/view/lhs-graduation-06042017-762752


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

District seeks bids for fitness equipment

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


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

Music Boosters First Meeting Sept. 5

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

LHS Pays Tribute to WWII Hero, Staff Sgt. McGraw

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

Spirit Parade & Homecoming 2017

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

Garfield Collecting Items for Soldier Care Packages

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


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

Emerson 4th Grader Wins "I Love Lakewood" Contest

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


Important information from the City of Lakewood for walkers on the southwest end of Lakewood: Starting Monday, February 6, the Hilliard Square Theater located on Hilliard will be demolished. The sidewalk on the north side of Hilliard from Woodward to Madison will be closed during this time. Additionally, the sidewalk on the south side of Madison from Woodward to Hilliard will be closed during the demolition and removal of the building. The work should be completed by mid March. Please advise your students to walk on the other side of the street when they approach these closings.


jeremyGarfield Middle School will hold a blood drive in honor of one of its students, 8th grader Jeremy Steinbrick, and all children fighting cancer on March 6 from 3-7 pm.Due to increased community interest the drive, Garfield is asking that any donors who attend the drive on Monday use RapidPass to make your donation as efficient as possible.  Please go to www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass to answer your health history questions before you come to your appointment, bring your RapidPass barcode to the drive, and shave 15 minutes off of your donation time.  Please note that RapidPass is not required to donate but will assist the Red Cross in processing as many donations as possible. 

DARE Basketball tournament set for April 8

basketballThe Lakewood Police Department DARE basketball tournament is set for Saturday, April 8. The tournament tips off at 9 a.m., and the championship game begins at 2 p.m. This year’s tournament will take place in the gymnasium at Harding Middle School. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. 


microphoneCome see the incredible diversity of artistic talent our Lakewood High students have by attending the annual LHS Talent Show. You have two nights to choose from: Friday, March 24 or Saturday, March 25. Show begins at 7 pm each night and tickets are $5. Proceeds go toward defraying the cost of Prom for the senior class.

Middle Schools Earn Top Awards, Ratings in Mock Trial

gavelOver two Fridays in in late March, the Garfield and Harding Middle Schools’ mock trial teams traveled to Columbus to compete in the statewide Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education. The group of 7th and 8th graders came away with high ratings and awards for Best Lawyer and Best Witness.

Junior Robinson sets school record in 100-meter dash

Jordan RobinsonCongratulations to LHS junior Jordan Robinson, who broke the school record in the 100-meter dash twice last week! On April 5, she ran a 12.55, and then April 8 she improved the record with a 12.15.. The previous record (12.65) was set by April Yachanin in 1999.

Barnstormers to Perform "Little Women" May 4-6

Little Women logoIt’s getting close to spring musical time! You won’t want to miss this year’s Barnstormers’ production, “Little Women,” based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. The show is May 4-6 at 7:30 in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $10 at the door. Presale tickets can be purchased through the LHS Bookroom for $8 by calling 216-529-4047. It's going to be a great show!

Harding Cirque de Science Fun for Whole Family

science logoThis year's annual Harding science carnival, organized by teacher Ann Pesta, is called the Mary Sue Hongosh Memorial Cirque de Science as the proceeds will benefit the Reading Nook at Lincoln Elementary. Hongosh was a longtime Lincoln teacher who died last year. The carnival is Wednesday, May 17 from 6-8 pm and will have lots of interactive games designed by students. Admission is $1. Click here for more info. 

Memorial Day Ceremony Salutes Our Fallen Veterans

veteransVeterans gathered along with the staff and students of Harding Middle School on Tuesday to commemorate Memorial Day as Superintendent Jeff Patterson, Mayor Mike Summers and keynote speaker Ret. Col. Jim Riley of the U.S. Army  urged the students to never forget the sacrifice that our fallen veterans made for them. 

June Staff Spotlight Shines on 4 Dedicated Staff Members

spotlight logoThe last month of recognition for our Staff Spotlight feature shines the light on four staff members with very diverse roles in the District but all have in common their professionalism and dedication as they go about doing their jobs. Congratulations to Garfield Middle School cleaner Nadia Bouti, LHS teacher Megan Eadah, Lakewood City Academy dropout prevention agent Renee Kolecki, and Roosevelt Elementary teacher Cindy Vullo. Click "Read More" to learn why these four are honored.

ASIA Program Gives ELL Students Summer Boost

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

LHS New WIng Dedication to be livestreamed

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

Link to livestreaming here.

Doubles Title Highlights Tennis' SWC Tournament Showing

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

Soccer Tops St. Ed's To Claim Community Cup

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

October Staff Spotlight Honorees: Hanrahan & Hickey

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

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

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

Harding PTSA to Hold Chipotle Fundraiser Nov. 21

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

Save Around books fundraiser to benefit Class of 2018

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


ranger logoCongratulations to our trio of Ranger Southwest Conference individual swimming champions: seniors Evan Gainous, Preston Polen and Kelley Reis! Reis set a pool and meet record en route to a win in the 100 backstroke and she also topped the field in 100 butterfly at the conference championship meet Jan. 28. Polen defended his title in the 100 butterfly and Gainous won the 100 backstroke. The 400 free relay of Gainous, Polen, Nick Ferrone and Colman McGuan were also champs!


dollar signOne day, two great chances to help students in our District: On Thursday, Feb. 16, Garfield Middle School will hold a fundraiser at Angelo's Pizza to help raise money for the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. Angelo's will donate 20% of the bill to Garfield if you show this flyer or mention Garfield. That same day, the LHS girls' track team will host a fundraiser at Chipotle, which will donate 50% of your order between 5-9 pm. Mention LHS track or show this flyer. How about Angelo's for lunch and Chipotle for dinner?!

Board OKs Contract Extension with Support Staff Unions

The Lakewood Board of Education at its March 20, 2017 meeting approved two-year contract extensions with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) Local 129, which covers clerical staff and educational aides, and OAPSE 134, which covers custodial and maintenance staff.


DARE champs LincolnCongratulations to the Lincoln Elementary D.A.R.E. basketball team, which on April 8 won the 2017 D.A.R.E. tournament, sponsored by the Lakewood Police Department. Lincoln, coached by Nicole Anderson and assisted by Valerie Garcia, beat Harrison Elementary, 27-9. The finals appearance was the first in school history for Harrison. Kudos to all the players and coaches and to the Lakewood PD for another great tournament!

Sophomore class holding clothing drive May 6

box of clothesThe sophomore class is holding an Easter Seals clothing drive this Saturday, May 6 from 10 am-1 pm.  An Easter Seals truck will be parked in the North Lot at Lakewood High to collect items such as clothing, boots, belts, purses, bags, sheets, blankets, and coats. Easter Seals will also accept small household items such as dishes, kitchen appliances, picture frames, jewelry, and toys.  All items must be bagged or boxed. Please no bed pillows, stuffed animals, furniture, or any item a baby sleeps or sits in.

Lakewood Project Spring Concert Set for May 20

Lakewood Project logoThe  Lakewood Project will perform its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. The show will feature small ensembles where students perform their own compositions. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. You can order tickets via this order form or by calling the LHS Bookroom at 216-529-4047.

Tell Us About Your Favorite Staff Member!

Teacher Appreciation Week has passed but we appreciate our teachers and staff more than one week a year. We plan to check in periodically to get your feedback about our District and top priorities, and thought we’d start with our greatest asset – our employees! To start, whether you grew up here in Lakewood, or somewhere around the globe, please tell us about YOUR favorite teacher or staff member! Please click here to offer your thoughts and opinions in our brief online survey.

New Tech Tools Bring Subjects to Life at Garfield

viewmasterStudents at Garfield Middle School enjoyed some new learning experiences this week that brings their subject to life in ways they haven’t seen before.Thanks to a joint effort with between the school and its PTSA, students now have a virtual reality classroom kit of 28 Viewmasters activated by 28 iPod Touches that allows students to learn by immersing themselves in real world environments that otherwise never be visited in a classroom.

Yard Signs Celebrate Highest Achievement on AP Tests

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

Fall Rec. Dept. Programming Now Available

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

Garfield Civic Club Hosting Blood Drive on Oct. 2

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

Grant PTA Seeks Vendors for Craft Fair Nov. 11

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

Rangers Education Foundation Seeks Program Coordinator

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


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


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


bookletThe Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s Winter/Spring booklet is now available. 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. 



jaelynn bennett artworkThe depth and diversity of Lakewood City Schools students’ creativity and imagination were celebrated and on display at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held Jan. 25 at Harding Middle School. One hundred twenty works from 116 artists from preschool through high school were honored. Of those 120 pieces of art, 28 were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging, with winners to be announced in late spring.


pattersonPlease join Superintendent Jeff Patterson at his next Superintendent Chat on Tuesday, March 21 at 6 pm in the Ranger Cafe at Lakewood High. This will be an informal discussion about any District-related issues or concerns the community may have. Supt. Patterson will also give an update on the high school construction progress.


maya and garrettLakewood High School senior Maya Sutliff has been named a national Gold Medal winner - the highest honor - in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and senior Garrett Bodnar a Silver Medal winner.

Council of PTAs holding annual flower & veggie sale

flowersThe Lakewood Council of PTAs is holding a flower and veggie sale from Deans Greenhouse. Orders are being taken until April 21. Pick up will be Saturday, May 6 from 9:30-11:30 am at Garfield Middle School. Order at this link and help support our PTAs, which do so much to support our students and staff!

Emerson Principal Named New LHS Associate Principal

SiftarThe Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting held Friday, April 7, 2017 approved the appointment of Emerson Elementary School Principal Brian Siftar as Associate Principal for Lakewood High School effective with the 2017-2018 school year. The move to Lakewood High School will be a familiar one for Siftar, who was hired by the District in 2008 as a House Principal for Lakewood High School.  

Middle School Celebration of the Arts Set for May 8

the arts logoOn Monday, May 8 from 7-8 pm, Garfield and Harding Middle Schools will host a Celebration of the Arts and Open House. This event will showcase a year of learning for our students in their writing workshop, art, and STEM classes. The event will take place in Garfield's cafeteria for all middle school students and parents to attend. Garfield and Harding Strolling Strings ensembles will combine to perform at the event. Come help celebrate the success and growth of our students as writers, artists, musicians, and scientific problem solvers!

Garfield Choir to Perform at Station of Hope Event

station of hope posterThe Garfield Middle School AM Choir has been invited to perform at the annual Station of Hope event at St. John's Church in Ohio City on April 29 at 7:20 pm. The event celebrates the city’s social justice heritage. Station Hope celebrates hope and addresses many of the most important issues of our time through powerful theatre, spoken word, dance, music and multimedia performances.The choir will perform an original song, "Can't Treat People Like Dust," created by a collaboration with the Rock Hall and Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.


cello playersMIddle schoolers and their parents celebrated a school year full of excellent progress in writing, the arts and STEM disciplines with the Middle School Celebration of the Arts held May8 at Garfield Middle School. Parents were able to view and comment on student writing samples, check out hand-crafted STEM design projects and visual art pieces, listen to the Strolling Strings and see how our Power of the Pen and Mock Trial teams did. It was a wonderful evening celebrating a year of accomplishments! View Photo Gallery here.

Treasurer Update on Ohio Education Budget

From Treasurer Kent Zeman: The current version of the budget bill (HB 49) that is in the Ohio Senate right now for deliberation and consideration would result in a $600,000 (or 5%) cut in state funding for the Lakewood City School District in school year 2017-2018. Testimony is ongoing and the bill will eventually go to a conference committee. At this time, it appears there is an alignment between the House, the Senate and Gov. Kasich in regards to the school funding component of the budget bill. 

LHS Basketball/Golf Teams Join for Golf Fundraiser

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

LHS Duo Part of All-Ohio State Fair Band

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

Board Considers Multi-Purpose Field Proposal for North Lot

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

Marching Band Festival Set for Sept. 16

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

Summer Reading Book Author Visits Garfield & Harding

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

Bond Refinancing to Save District Millions

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

District's Labor Relations Lauded in News 5 Piece

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

Makerspace Coming to LHS Thanks to LREF Grant

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

Sounds of Season Set for Dec. 14 & 15

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


Joe MadakIt is with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of former Lakewood Superintendent Dr. P. Joseph Madak. Dr. Madak served as the Superintendent of Lakewood City Schools from 1995 – 2004 and 2009-2011. During his tenure in Lakewood Dr. Madak won the Ohio PTA’s State Superintendent of the Year award and the Buckeye Association of School Administrator’s Superintendent Exemplary Leadership Award.

Dr. Madak successfully led our community in creating a vision to restructure the District’s learning environments. Once the Facilities Master Plan was created, he put that plan in motion. It is due to his creative and strong leadership that once Lakewood High School is completed next fall, his vision of new buildings will be realized. Also, earlier in his tenure as Superintendent, he led the District in establishing financial stability after several failed levy attempts. The impact of his leadership will exist through many generations of Lakewood students.

We offer our sincerest condolences to the Madak Family.

Jeff Patterson


school lunchCongratulations are due to our Nutrition Services Department as all Lakewood City Schools buildings recently received the Bronze Award for the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom. Each school will be recognized nationally and awarded $500 for use in the cafeterias.


Fox 8 News featured a story about one of our Hayes' preschool students using some amazing robotic technology to keep her connected to the classroom and her classmates despite medical challenges that keep her home. Check out the video here.


The District Family Resource Coordinators together with Connecting for Kids will host "Parenting the Anxious Child" on Tuesday, March 21 from 6:30-8 pm at Grant Elementary. In this session, you will learn: What anxiety looks like, how it presents itself, causes of anxiety, strategies to both reduce and handle worries in the home and at school, how to help your child express their feelings. Child care is available (by RSVP). Register at: connectingforkids.org/register or call 440-250-5563. Questions, contact Jeanne Harvan at 216-529-4226.

LHS Braves the Shave event raises $12,000 for pediatric cancer

arianna in the chairThe students and staff of Lakewood High can hold their bald heads proud as they raised more than $12,000 for pediatric cancer research and St. Baldrick's Foundation at the school's LHS Braves the Shave event on March 16. About 30 students, teachers and other District employees and community members shaved their heads for the cause.

Softball program update meeting set for April 10

softball logoSoftball parents are invited to meet with administrators to receive updates to the softball program and have the opportunity to ask any questions. The meeting will be held at Harding Middle School in the cafetorium on Monday, April 10 at 7:30pm.

District Earns Best Communities for Music Education Award

logoLakewood City Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Only 4% of districts across the nation are receiving the prestigious award in 2017.

LHS Band, Choirs Receive High Ratings at State Contest

music notesOn Friday, April 28, the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Mixed Choir, and Symphonic Treble Choir all participated in the OMEA State Adjudicated Event.  Wind Ensemble performed at North Royalton High School and received an Excellent rating. Symphonic Mixed Choir and Symphonic Treble Choir performed at Highland High School in Medina, and each received a Superior rating. Congratulations to directors Clinton Steinbrunner and Peter Hampton and their students!

Hankins Receives Grammy Music Educator Finalist Award

hankins with awardFive months after being named one of 10 nationwide finalists for the Grammy Museum’s Music Educator Award, Lakewood High School Orchestra Director Beth Hankins was presented with her finalist award and the accompanying check for $1,000 at a ceremony during intermission of the school’s spring musical.

Ranger Athletes Earn Conference Honors

rangerman logoCongratulations to our Ranger student athletes who have been recognized by the Southwestern Conference for their outstanding efforts during the spring 2017 season, led by senior Hailey Owens, who was named to the conference 1st Team in softball and will continue her career at Baldwin Wallace University.


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


Middle Schools, Elementaries to Re-Open in August

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

LHS Musicians Selected for All-State, Region Orchestras

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


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

Lincoln PTA Hosting Fun Run Oct. 7

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

Runners Shine in District, State Meets

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


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


china delegationThe reading and writing curriculum the District has been using the past two years has impressed some outside educators so much they came from around the world to check it out! On Monday, University of Akron assistant professor Wie Zhang was accompanied by two of her education colleagues from China to observe the curriculum in action at Horace Mann Elementary.


logoLakewood High math teacher Peter Petto is one of those people who revels in the process as much as the result. In contrast to the black and white of math, Peter recognizes there is no one way to achieve a result in teaching and that each student deserves the instructional approach that works best for him or her. Because of this, and many other qualities, Peter has been selected as our February Staff Spotlight honoree.


Ian BellCongratulations to senior Ian Bell, who was the highest scorer in Cuyahoga County on the American Legion Government & Americanism test administered by American Legion Post 451 in Rocky River. Bell's test will now be forwarded to the Department of Ohio American Legion to compete with top scorers from other districts around Ohio. 


The FDA is alerting consumers to Meridian Medical Technologies’ voluntary recall of 13 lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) AutoInjector products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices’ failure to activate. The recalled product was manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies and distributed by Mylan Specialty. Click here for more information and what lots are affected or click here to see the web site announcement from the FDA.

West Shore Student Wins State Culinary Competition

Jessica with trophyCongratulations to West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts student Jessica Bohannon, who won first place in the 2017 Ohio FCCLA State Creative Cake Competition! Jessica created a chocolate butter cake with raspberry jam, white chocolate mousse, vanilla buttercream and a swirled mirror glaze and gum paste flowers. 

PTA End-of-Year Awards Led by Top Educator Chanter

Jaime ChanterThe Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 3 at Garfield Middle School including $4,000 in scholarships to students and the Educator of the Year award, to Horace Mann & Grant Elementary curriculum and technology teacher Jaime Chanter.

Student Artwork Graces Clinic Construction Banners

art bannerThe Cleveland Clinic unveiled two large banners filled with artwork from students at every one of our school buildings. The banners will be posted on the fences surrounding construction of the Family Health Center planned for the block of Detroit Avenue between Belle and St. Charles. Art teachers helped select whose work was chosen and students from kindergarten through 12th grade are represented.

Class of 2017 Post-Grad Plans Reflect Diverse Class

grad capWhen the Class of 2017 graduates on June 4, a new chapter will begin for its members. Some grads will go off to serve our country, some will join the work world. Many will continue their education at 2- and 4-year institutions. Many of our graduates will stay close to home, attending Cleveland State and Tri-C, while others will attend some of our country's most prestigious schools such as Carleton College, Georgetown University and University of Pennsylvania. For a list of the post-grad choices of our seniors, click here.

Enter Your Student's Information in Registration Gateway

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

District Accepting Proposals for Multi-Purpose Field

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

LHS Model UN Club Earns Conference Awards

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

K-5 Literacy Info Night Videos Available

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

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

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


spotlight logoIt’s not enough for Pam Thompson to teach her students the math, science, reading and social studies they need. She wants to nurture and grow the whole child, inside and outside the classroom, and that’s why Pam, 5th grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary, has been selected as our January Staff Spotlight honoree.


posterCongratulations to Harding Middle School seventh-grader Eric Abramczyk on winning a poster contest for the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District out of more than 200 entries. The theme of the contest was "Lake Erie Starts Here" and is about how our connection to Lake Erie starts at home, or at school, or wherever  go during your day and that your actions affect the lake as we are all a part of the Lake Erie Watershed. Eric received $50 for his winning poster!


West Shore logoWest Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at a luncheon on March 13 at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River. The 14 students, top performers in their career-technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. 


The Lakewood City School District will offer for sale at public auction the Board Office building located at 1456 and 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. The property will be auctioned on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 4 p.m. (EST). Minimum bid is $850,000. Pre-registration is required and will begin at 3:30 p.m. A tour of the property is set for Friday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m.

Legal Notice    Appraisal    Condition of Sale   Purchase Agreement


chiopitle logoThe Lakewood High sophomore class is hosting a fundraiser at the Lakewood Chipotle on Saturday, March 25th at 5:00-9:00 pm.  Mention the sophomore class and 50% of the sales will go toward the class.


On March 29, Kevin Spooner's and Donna Tomlin's social studies classes at Harding MIddle School had a Google Hangout with world-renowned Indus Valley of Southeast Asia archaeologist Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer of the University of Wisconsin. Students posed questions that included trade, culture, government, and his experiences on several digs. View a slideshow from the experience here.



honor society logoCongratulations to the latest membersof the LHS chapter of La Société Honoraire de Français (The French National Honor Society)! The honor society is an organization whose intent is to recognize high school students in the United States who have maintained excellent grades in at least three semesters of French language courses.


The public auction held on April 25 for the purpose of bidding on the Board of Education property at 1470 Warren Road drew no bidders. The minimum bid required was $850,000. By Ohio statute, the Board of Education is now free to enter into negotiations for a private sale. 

Mollison & Cernanec Earn May's Staff Spotlight

staff spotlight logoThe Staff Spotlight shines in May on longtime Lincoln Elementary media assistant Sue Cernanec and Harrison Elementary 5th grade teacher Mark Mollison. These two staff members' dedication, enthusiasm and helpfulness have earned them recognition from their peers. Read more about these two standout employees by clicking on Read More.

Board Seeks 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 September 12, 2017.  Additional information concerning the duties and responsibilities of Library Trustees is available on the Library’s web site:  www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/trustee.pdf.  Interested candidates should direct a letter of interest and qualifications to the Superintendent of Lakewood City Schools, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH 44107.  All written letters of interest must be received on or before May 15, 2017.

District, Board Pay Tribute to Latest Retirees

rathgeThe District on Monday bid farewell and saluted its 25 employees who will be retiring after this school year. The retirees - a blend of teachers, secretaries, custodial, paraprofessionals and Nutrition Services employees - were honored before the May 15 Board of Education meeting at Garfield Middle School.  

Congratulations to MILES Class of 2017 graduates!

MILES graduateFIve students from the Moving to Independent Learning and Employment Successs, or MILES, program are Lakewood High Class of 2017's first graduates! The five students were awarded diplomas by Superintendent Jeff Patterson at a ceremony at the school on May 24. Congratulations to Frannie Borick, Emily Gilgallon, Anthony Scott, Nick Scavone and Owen Teets! Click "Read More" to view photos.

Supplies 4 Success Drive Gets Students What They Need

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

District seeks bids for purchase/lease of fitness equipment

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

National Merit Semifinalist Leads List of Academic Standouts

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

Rangers Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors

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

Superintendent Patterson to Retire in July 2018

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

Music Boosters Joins the #GivingTuesday movement

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


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

middle schools earn Sandy Hook promise award

wristbandsGarfield and Harding Middle Schools have earned a runner-up award from the Sandy Hook Promise organization for their participation in Say Something Call-to-Action week in October. The schools won in the Student Spirit, Creativity and Sustainability category. The two schools will split the $500 award to go toward sustaining Sandy Hook Promise activities in our schools. The schools will host the Start with Hello Sandy Hook program in February.


Need a break from this dreary, rainy weather lately? The Hayes PTO is hosting a fundraiser at Kalahari Resort on Thursday, Feb. 16. When you make reservations and mention Hayes PTO you will get a special discount rate of $119. See this flyer for more information. 


Hello logoThe District’s two middle schools continued their engagement with the Sandy Hook Promise organization’s programs designed to empower students to be inclusive and tolerant of others and build a school community based on kindness and respect. This week the two schools participated in “Start With Hello” week, which is a follow up to the “Say Something” week that occurred in October.


logoLHS athletes continue to shine in the postseason as three Ranger wrestlers have qualified for the District Tournament on March 3 and junior Jordan Robinson has qualified for the indoor track state championships in the 60 meters.


music boostersThe Music Boosters are raising funds for equipment for the new LHS performing arts wing and have several fundraisers happening. On Thursday, March 16, Angelos's will donate 20% of your check to the Boosters. The offer is good on dine-in, carryout or delivery. The Boosters are also selling "hangers" to raise money to purchase a uniform storage conveyor system.


Model UN logoThe Lakewood High School Model United Nations club recently completed their “season” with an outstanding showing at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference at Case Western Reserve University March 7-8. Senior co-president Evan Suttell won the "Gavel" as the best delegate in his committee (the highest award), representing Ethiopia in the General Assembly.

Board Accepting Proposals for Sale of Board Property

On April 25, 2017, the Lakewood Board of Education conducted a public auction to sell the real estate and building (Board Offices) located at 1456 and 1470 Warren Road. The appraised value is $850,000. No acceptable bid was received. Consequently, as permitted by Ohio Revised Code, the Board of Education is authorized to negotiate the sale of the Board Offices at a private sale. If interested in presenting a proposal, contact Jim Reitenbach, Director of Operations, at 216-529-4326 or via email at jim.reitenbach@lakewoodcityschools.org.

Board OKs Alliance Educator as Next Emerson Principal

LeddyThe Lakewood Board of Education at its May 15 meeting approved Denice Leddy, current Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at Alliance City Schools, as the next principal of Emerson Elementary School. Leddy will replace Brian Siftar, who will move to Lakewood High School as associate principal next school year.

Celebration of Excellence Toasts Students' Academic Success

hand shakeOur academic superstars were in the spotlight at the 34th annual Celebration of Excellence academic awards ceremony held May 23 at the Civic Auditorium, as the District honored 274 students in grades 6-12 for having achieved a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters this school year. 

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Board Adopts District Goals for 2017-2018

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

Supplies 4 Success Succeeds Again

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


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

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

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


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


O'Reilly vaseArtwork created by students from Lakewood High School, West Shore Career-Tech’s Media Art & Design program and Harding Middle School  earned more than 40 honors, including 11 highest honors, in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition. In total, Lakewood and West Shore students earned 45 recognitions.


Information regarding preschool registration for the 2017-2018 school year will be coming soon. The District is unable to begin registration until sliding fee scale guidelines are issued from the Ohio Department of Education. Keep checking our web site for an announcement of when registrationw will begin. Thanks for your patience!



hieronymusLakewood City Schools Director of Technology and Communications, Paul Hieronymus, shares an insider's perspective on our District's strategic technology plan in the latest edition of EdTech Digest. Read the article on the thought process behind the new technology in our new buildings by clicking here. Note: The date the construction project began is incorrect in the article. Phase I began in 2005.


abcThe District held a successful Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Feb. 9 with nearly 150 in attendance. If you were unable to attend the meeting and want to find out more about our kindergarten program, click here for the video presented at the meeting. For more information, you can call 216-529-4203.


WotjkunPositive Behavioral & Intervention Supports – or PBIS – has played a key role at several of our schools in developing a positive, respectful and inclusive culture conducive to learning. Now the District has dedicated a staff member to developing a more extensive PBIS network throughout the District.

LHS Inducts 68 New Members Into NHS Chapter

NHS logoThe current members of the Lakewood High National Honor Society welcomed 68 new members into the prestigious academic group at an induction ceremony held at the Civic Auditorium on Feb. 15. Gaining entry into NHS is the highest honor a school can bestow upon a student.


science fair logoLakewood City Schools' eighth- and ninth-graders excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held March 6-9 at Cleveland State, led by five second-place winners for the District and several special award winners.

I.T. Whiz Forkins in Staff Spotlight

staff spotlight logoNetwork specialist Ron Forkins, our April Staff Spotlight honoree, says working for the Lakewood City Schools is the best job he ever had. “I get to save the day and be superman,” he says. “When I show up and fix things, I make people happy.”

Students Enjoy First Day in New LHS Cafeteria

cafeteria lineLakewood High students were welcomed back from Spring Break with a new cafeteria waiting for them to enjoy. The new kitchen and dining space were the talk of the school. Walls of glass and high ceilings give the space an open, airy feel. The cafeteria still has some work to be done, which will be completed over the summer. See photos from the first day in this Photo Gallery.

Spring/Summer Rec Booklet Now Available

recd booklet coverThe Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s Spring/Summer booklet is now available. It has a complete listing of all of the youth/adult programming, athletics and aquatics that the department offers for this spring/summer. Click here to view the booklet. 

Univ. of Akron Moving Lakewood Campus to LHS

akron logoThe Lakewood Board of Education at its May 15 meeting approved a lease agreement with the University of Akron (UA) that will relocate the University’s Lakewood regional campus from its current space on Warren Road to Lakewood High School. This move will help expand post-secondary educational opportunities for Lakewood High School and other area students.


LHS shieldThe Lakewood High new student Fresh Start orientation program will be Aug. 15 & 16, 2017. A parent session will be held Tuesday, Aug. 15 beginning at 6:15 pm in the Ranger Cafe for mingling and refreshments. The information program will begin at 7:30 pm in the Civic. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, students can attend on of two sessions: 9-11:30 am or 12:30 - 3 pm. Students will receive Chromebooks and learn the ins and outs of LHS. Please register here by Aug. 6. Any questions, email alison.breckel@lakewoodcityschools.org

Garfield Students, Staff Shed Hair for Good Cause

hair clippingsGarfield Middle School’s Hair Because We Care Club held its fifth hair donation day with eight students and four teachers choosing to donate their tresses to Locks of Love, which creates wigs for children suffering from hair loss from medical conditions such as cancer and alopecia. 

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

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

Chef McGorray & Computer Technician Smigelski Honored

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

Light Up Lakewood Dec. 2 Features District Ensembles

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


Into the WoodsCongratulations to Lakewood Schools parent Shawn Warren and the LHS Barnstormers Club for winning the prestigious Northeast Ohio Performing Arts List for Musical Scene Design for last year's Barnstormers production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods." The NEohioPAL award winners aree nominated and voted on by the public and were created to bring recognition to the region's non-professionals working in theater. Great job by all involved!!


lca logoMembers of the community on Jan. 22 enjoyed the film "The Bad Kids," presented by Lakewood City Academy at the Lakewood Public Library. The event included a panel discussion by LCA staff : Director, Terri Bornino-Elwell, Drop out Prevention Counselor, Renee Kolecki, Intervention Specialist, Nicole Boguszewski, Teacher and Coach, Pat Barrett, and Technology Aide, Tom Joseph.


ROX logoLakewood High guidance counselor Nina DeChant has started a girls’ empowerment group at LHS that is already improving the lives and attitudes of its members only a few short weeks into the program. “My self esteem has gotten higher and it’s helped me with relationships,” says one member of ROX.  “It’s a place where I’m not judged,” said another girl of her ROX group.


The open enrollment period for parents who wish to send their student to a school other than their assigned school for the 2017-2018 school year is now open. Parents have until March 30 to submit a request form. The first notification period will be from June 5-12 and the final notification round will be Aug. 14-18. Any questions? Please call 216-529-4203.

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Senior McCrae Selected for Hockey All-Star Game

McRaeLakewood High Donny McCrae has been chosen from among nearly 200 Greater Cleveland senior hockey players to participate in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League's All Star Event on March 17 at Quicken Loans Arena. McCrae, who plays defense, will join 58 other seniors who will split into four teams for a 4 v 4 tournament beginning at 3:55 pm.


ChanterSeckersCongratulations to Harding Middle School eighth-grader Anastasia Seckers and seventh-grader Amanda Chanter, who this past Saturday competed in the "You Be The Chemist Challenge" at the Great Lakes Science Center. Only 30 of the 1,600 students who took the written chemistry and general science test qualified for the competition, and Harding had two of those qualifiers! Both are students of Ann Pesta. The winner of Saturday's challenge was Alex Masgras, who is the son of Grant Elementary teacher Christine Masgras.


band instrumentsThe Lakewood High School Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Mixed Choir and the Symphonic Treble Choir all earned a 1 or Superior rating at the Ohio Music Education Association Large Band/Choir Adjudicated Event on March 11, earning the ensembles a trip to the High School State Large Group competition on April 28. The Symphonic Band and Men's Choir also did well, earning a 2 or Excellent rating. Only groups judged Superior move on to state competition. Congrats to all the musicians and directors Clinton Steinbrunner and Peter Hampton!


The District is looking to purchase a 2017 Jeep Wrangler 4x4. Sealed competitive bids will be received by Kent Zeman,Treasurer, at the Lakewood City School Board of Education offices, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH, 44107, until 11 am (EST) on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Immediately after the time for filing of competitive bids has expired, they will be opened and publicly read.

LHS Academic Challenge Team Fourth in State

Academic Challenge teamThe Lakewood High Academic Challenge  team finished fourth in Ohio at a state tournament in Columbus on May 13 after finishing as a regional runner-up the weekend before. Over the past few months, the team has been competing both on Channel 5’s TV show, “Academic Challenge” and in Southwest Conference matches.  The team's point total on WEWS was the highest of the season (78 schools competed).  You can watch the team on June 17 in the WEWS “Academic Challenge” Championship. 

Board Lays Out Criteria Considered for Property Sale

At its June 5 meeting, the Lakewood Board of Education shared the parameters that it is using when considering any proposals by developors to purchas the Board of Education property on Warren Road. Those criteria are:

  1. Ensure the safety and security of Grant Elementary School
  2. Purchase price
  3. Guarantee occupancy for current Board offices for minimum 12-18 months
  4. Preserve historical nature of the East Rockport building
  5. Return of tax paying property to the tax duplicate
Community Celebrates New Performing Arts & Phys Ed Wing

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

Athletic Ticket Packages Now on Sale

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

W. Shore Student Wins Billboard Design Contest

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

Boys' Soccer Team Earns GCSSCA Awards

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


Betsy swear inThe Lakewood Board of Education began the new year by electing new officers for 2017. At the Jan. 3 regular meeting, Treasurer Kent Zeman administered the oath of office to newly elected President Betsy Shaughnessy and Vice President Edward Favre. As is tradition with the Board, outgoing President Tom Einhouse offered remarks on his tenure as did new President Shaughnessy. Read Einhouse's remarks here and Shaughnessy's remarks here.


grad capIf you were unable to attend last week's Superintendent Chat on the new Ohio graduation requirements, please take a moment to view Assistant Superintendent Roxann Ramsey Caserio's presentation, Keep informed to know if your child is on track! View presentation here.


The open enrollment period for parents who wish to send their student to a school other than their assigned school for the 2017-2018 school year will be open from March 1-March 30. The first notification period will be from June 5-12 and the final notification round will be Aug. 14-18. The application form will be available on our web site on March 1. Any questions? Please call 216-529-4023.



veggiesHarrison Elementary has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation, the charitable arm of Whole Foods Market, to build and maintain a community garden on school grounds.

LHS Academic Challenge Team Rolls to Victory

academic challenge teamCongratulations to the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge team on its victory on the Feb. 18 episode of the quiz show aired on WEWS News 5. The team of seniors Ian Bell, Brian Donahoe and Evan Suttell dominated opponents Valley Forge and Euclid high schools, winning with the highest team score of the show's season at 750. Runner-up Valley Forge had 360.


staff spotlight logoLakewood High head custodian Randy Hatmaker is a military man at heart and it’s that sense of duty and service that he brings to his job that has earned Randy the honor of being one of our March Staff Spotlight honorees. Joining Hatmaker as a co-honoree this month is Garfield Middle School's Colleen Moran, whose love of teaching and  love of sports come together in the form of  a passionate, team focused teacher.


RangermanWinter sports All-Conference teams for the Southwest Conference have been announced and there are plenty of Rangers represented! These honors are nice icing on the cake of a great winter sports season.

LHS Ranked Among U.S. News' Best High Schools in Nation

Lakewood High School has been named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools and a Bronze Medalist for 2017. The magazine awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medals according to state proficiency standards and how well schools prepare students for college.

District Seeks Bids for Painting in Civic Auditorium

Sealed competitive bids for the Lakewood City Schools will be received by Kent Zeman, Treasurer, at the Lakewood City School Board of Education offices, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH, 44107, until 12:00 pm. noon (EST) on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  Immediately after the time for filing of competitive bids has expired, they will be opened and publicly read. The bid is for painting of the Civic Auditorium ceiling.  Bid documents may be picked up at the Lakewood Board of Education offices during business hours Monday through Friday.

Student Musicians Coming to Your Neighborhood Sept. 9

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


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

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


Ian BellRachel DasoLakewood High seniors Ian Bell and Rachel Daso have been selected by the Ohio Department of Education as two of 20 Ohio high school students to be nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. This is the third straight year LHS has had a student nominated for the honor.


relayCongratulations to the members of the boys' varsity 200-free relay, who broke a 21-year-old school record at the Northeast Classic Invitational at University of Akron on Jan. 14. The team of Preston Polen, Evan Gainous, Colman McGuan and Nick Ferrone took first place with a time of 1:32.42. Congratulations, boys!


RangermanThe LHS swim team had a momentous Div. 1 Championship Meet on Feb. 18 at Bowling Green State University as swimmers broke four school records and senior Kelley Reis qualified for her third straight State Championship Meet in her two individual events.


jump ropeFebruary is American Heart Month and to help raise awareness of the number-one killer of Americans, heart disease, Lincoln Elementary students earned pledges for the school's annual Jump Rope for Heart assembly. The students raised more than $8,600 to donate to the American Heart Association! Congratulations to all who participated and phys ed teacher Nicole Anderson for organizing. See Photo Gallery.


district champsCongratulations to the Lakewood High girls' basketball team, which defeated Medina 49-41 on Thursday night at Valley Forge High School to claim the District championship! The huge contingent of Ranger fans were treated with the program’s biggest win since 1995. Junior center Olivia Nagy led the scoring with 23 points. Medina staged a furious third quarter rally to narrow a 12-point halftime deficit, but Lakewood’s tenacious defense carried the Rangers to victory. The Rangers next play in a Regional quarterfinal vs. Berea-Midpark High School on Tuesday, March 7.

Summer School Registration Begins May 1

Registration for the Lakewood City Schools' summer school program for high school and middle school begins May 1. Session 1 runs from June 9-29 and Session 2 from June 30-July 21. Click here for more information on classes and how to register.

Immunization Reminders & Clinics for 6th, 11th Graders

syringeThe Ohio Department of Education has required immunizations for students entering 7th and 12th grade. The District will be holding immunization clinics at both middle schools and the high school in May. Please read the appropriate letter to find out more on how to report your immunizations and dates and times for the clinics: Harding students  Garfield students  LHS students

Football Head Coach Hannan Resigns

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


Lakewood City Schools is looking for substitute cleaners. The position is based on hourly rate of pay; hours are typically 2 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Interested candidates can fill out an application online by clicking here. Current employees need only fill out the first page of the application.


Kelley ReisCongratulations to senior swimmer Kelley Reis, who closed out her LHS swimming career with a 11th place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and 21st place finish in the 100-yard butterfly in the Division 1 State Championship Meet! Reis broke her own school backstroke record twice over the course of the meet and finished with a time of 56.96 seconds!

District seeks bids for HVAC service contract

Lakewood City Schools will be accepting bids for HVAC Preventative Maintenance, Water Treatment Service and Building Automation System Monitoring & Support until 11:00 a.m.(EST), Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Lakewood City Schools Board of Education Office, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH  44107, attention Mr. Kent Zeman, Treasurer.

Five Ranger Athletes Sign to Continue Sports Careers

athletes signingLakewood High celebrated the signing of letters of intent of five of its senior Ranger athletes to play collegiate sports at the Division I and II level. Not only are these five Rangers top athletes in their respective sport, but they are stellar students as well. Congratulations to Halle Krebs, Elizabeth Pearlman, Kelley Reis, Daniel Strachan and Gabby Wine!


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


car with cheerleadresSale of tickets has been extended! The Lakewood Athletic Boosters is raffling off a 2-year lease on a 2017 Buick Encore courtesy of Lakewood's Steve Barry Buick or $10,000 in cash instead. Tickets for the raffle are $25 each. Visit www.lakewoodathleticboosters.org to purchase your ticket. View more info here as well. Winner will be announced at the Spring Sports Banquet on May 30.


patchStudents at Lincoln Elementary this week were transported to the exciting world Nome, Alaska and the Iditarod – The Last Great Race through activities for the school’s IditaREAD week. Students even experienced what an authentic Iditarod sled looks and feels like.

2017-2018 Preschool Registration Now Open

abcsRegistration for the Lakewood City Schools' 2017-2018 5-star rated preschool program is now open. Students must be 3 or 4 years old before September 30, 2017, live in Lakewood and be potty-trained to be eligible for the program. Download this registration packet or pick up a packet at the Board of Education, 1470 Warren Road, in the Student Services Department on the second floor. For more information, call 216-529-4214.


cardboard boat regattaThe 15th 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!

Board OKs 2-year contract extension with teachers

The Lakewood Board of Education at its March 6 meeting unanimously approved a two-year contract extension with the Lakewood Teachers Association. The agreement, which ends on July 31, 2020, includes a 2.5% base salary increase for the 2018-2019 school year. A similar increase is slated for the 2019-2020 school year depending on the District’s funding level in the next biennial state budget.