District News

REGISTER FOR DISTRICT'S TOP-RATED PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

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

SPOTS IN TOP-RATED PRESCHOOL PROGRAM STILL AVAILABLE

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

WEST SHORE WINS HYLAND INNOVATION SHOWDOWN

 Congratulations to Ian Bell, Zach Dudzik, Connor Kloepfer, and Julia Neff, creators of the “Continuim” app and winners of Hyland's Innovation Showdown: High School Edition held on March 28. 

PARENTS INVITED TO FINAL SPECIAL NEEDS COUNCIL MEETING

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

DISTRICT RECEIVES $10,000 GRANT FOR IPADS

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

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

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

ROOSEVELT COMMUNITY CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING

                       

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

GARFIELD TEAM RUNNER-UP IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS

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

HARDING MOCK TRIAL TEAM TAKES TOP STATE HONORS

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

BARNSTORMERS SPRING MUSICAL SET FOR APRIL 30-MAY 2

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

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

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

DISTRICT CELEBRATES GRANT GROUNDBREAKING

                     

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

GARFIELD COLLECTING CARE PACKAGE ITEMS FOR TROOPS OVERSEAS

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

COUPLE DONATES $303,000 TOWARD LINCOLN MEDIA CENTER

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

SOCCER CLUB DIVERSE GROUP OF MORE THAN 100

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

H2O SUMMER CAMP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

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

MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM FOCUSES ON SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

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

PARENT RESOURCE NIGHT SET FOR APRIL 29

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

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

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

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISERS BENEFIT AFTER PROM, GIRLS' SOCCER

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

ROOSEVELT GROUNDBREAKING APRIL 23

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

BUSINESSES NEEDED FOR LHS/WEST SHORE SUMMER JOB FAIR

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

HORACE MANN CLEARED FROM LOCKDOWN

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

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

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

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

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

HARDING TEAM HEADED TO STATE MOCK TRIAL COMPETITON

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

LHS STUDENTS EARN HONORS IN ROTARY/BECK CONTEST

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

LAKEWOOD PROJECT SHINES ON PALACE THEATER STAGE

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

YALE, BW HONOR LHS ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR HANKINS

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

THREE STUDENTS EARN STATE AWARDS IN PTA REFLECTIONS

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

DISTRICT HOLDING ONLINE AUCTION OF FURNITURE, MISC. ITEMS

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

SPECIAL CHAMBER CONCERT FEATURES GRAMMY ARTIST

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

LHS TALENT SHOW SET FOR MARCH 31 & APRIL 1

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

LHS/WEST SHORE ARTISTS WIN NATIONAL HONORS

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

"CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER" EVENT SET FOR MARCH 31

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

DISTRICT CELEBRATES LINCOLN GROUNDBREAKING

                  

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

SLEW OF SCIENCE FAIR AWARDS INCLUDE TWO 1st PLACES

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

BRICK SALE DATES SET FOR ROOSEVELT & GRANT

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

LHS BANDS SHINE AT LARGE GROUP CONTEST

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

OUTSTANDING WEST SHORE STUDENTS HONORED

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

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

GARFIELD DRAMA CLUB PERFORMS MARCH 25 & 26

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

LHS TENNIS ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER SET FOR MARCH 25

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

LHS MODEL UN TEAM CONFERENCE RUNNER-UP WITH MOST AWARDS

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

LHS ARTIST EARNS BEST IN SHOW AT REGIONAL COMPETITION

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

HAYES STUDENTS TO PERFORM WITH OBERLIN HONOR CHOIR

Hayes Elementary will be sending 15 fourth- and fifth-graders to perform in the Oberlin Choristers Children’s Honor Choir on Saturday, March 21, 3 p.m. at the Stocker Center, Lorain County Community College. Hayes music teacher and choir director Lisa Van Scyoc selected their participants for their vocal talent and dedication to music.

CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA ROCKS THE POOL

The 13th annual LHS Physics Cardboard Boat Regatta sponsored by Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions once again showed that learning about physics and its principals can be a lot of fun and not every boat floats!

PRESENTATION FROM SECOND GIFTED MEETING AVAILABLE

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

LHS STUDENTS PART OF JCU DIVERSITY CENTER PROGRAM

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

BOARD OKS 2015-2016 CALENDAR WITH EARLIER START DATE

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

LHS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM SHINES IN COMPETITION

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

SWIMMER REIS SETS NEW SCHOOL RECORD AT STATE MEET

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

WEST SHORE STUDENTS HONORED FOR WORK ETHIC

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

RANGERS' LEISINGER LEADS AREA IN TWO STATS CATEGORIES

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

LINCOLN GROUNDBREAKING SET FOR MARCH 13

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

LHS SOFTBALL TEAM CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER MARCH 12

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

LHS TRACK & FIELD FUNDRAISER MARCH 10 AT ANGELO'S

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

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

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

BOOSTERS' NIGHT AT THE RACES TAKES OFF MARCH 7

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

INVITATION TO ATTEND STUDENT SERVICES' PARENT COUNCIL

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

PARENT DROP-IN TO ADDRESS TEENS & DRUGS

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

GIFTED PROGRAM RESCHEDULED MEETING IS TONIGHT

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

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

 

MESSAGE REGARDING VACCINATIONS & MEASLES OUTBREAK

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

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

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

LHS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY WELCOMES 56 NEW MEMBERS

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

GIFTED PROGRAM INFO MEETINGS SET FOR FEB. 25 & 26

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

FEB 26 GT PROGRAM INFO MEETING LOCATION CHANGE

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

CHAMPS STUDENTS FIND OUT WHY KIDS LOVE MUSICALS

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

FEBRUARY 25 GIFTED PROGRAM INFORMATION MEETING CANCELLED

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

Chipotle Feb. 25 Fundraiser to Benefit Harding PTSA

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

LHS BANDS CONTEST CONCERT CANCELLED

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

lakewood City schools are closed friday, feb. 20

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

HARDING STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN DAY OF SILENCE

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

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS JUMP FOR HEART HEALTH

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

PTA REFLECTIONS CEREMONY HONORS STUDENT CREATIVITY

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

LAKEWOOD SCHOOLS CLOSED THURSDAY, FEB. 19

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

GRIEBEL PRESENTS BOARD UPDATE ON PARCC TESTING

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

 

LINCOLN BRICKS AVAILABLE FOR SALE FEB. 14

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

BOARD PRESENTATION SHOWCASES GRANT STUDENT CREATIVITY

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

WHAT COMES NEXT?: COLLEGE WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS

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

LHS SHOWING ITS SUPPORT FOR RESPECT WEEK 2015

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

KINDERGARTEN PARENT INFO NIGHT SET FOR FEB. 11

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

ARTISTS NOMINATED FOR CONTEST'S BEST IN SHOW AWARD

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

LHS MUSICIANS TO PLAY IN ALL-STATE ENSEMBLES

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

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART COMING FEB. 7

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

HARRISON KICKS OFF ONE SCHOOL ONE BOOK PROGRAM

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

GARFIELD TEAM TOP SCORER IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS

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

FEB. 2 BOARD MEETING TO INCLUDE TESTING PRESENTATION

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

DEMOLITION BEGINS ON LINCOLN ELEMENTARY

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

STUDENT PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS TECH INTEGRATION

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

                                 

SUPPORT MUSIC BOOSTERS AT CHIPOTLE ON JAN. 29

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

PROGRAM BRINGS ELL STUDENTS, AMER. PEERS TOGETHER

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

BOARD, CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD JOINT MEETING JAN. 26

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

HIGH SCHOOLERS REEL IN TOP ART & WRITING AWARDS

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

 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR JAN. 23 LAKEWOOD PROJECT CONCERT

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

COME OUT AND SUPPORT RANGER HOCKEY AT THE Q

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

LHS TIMES, CINEMA EARN FIRST-PLACE HONORS

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

NUTRITION SERVICES EARNS PERFECT AUDIT

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

COMMUNITY REC & EDUCATION BOOKLET AVAILABLE

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

PETRIE BARCELONA TO LEAD BOARD OF ED IN 2015

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

LHS STUDENTS PART OF KASICH INAUGURATION CEREMONY

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

CHIPOTLE JAN 14 FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT HARRISON

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

"MEET THE MUSIC TEACHERS" NIGHT JAN.13

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

CELEBRATING OHIO STATE DAY AT CENTRAL OFFICE

DISTRICT SEEKING SUBSTITUTES

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

SCHOOL CALENDAR SURVEY RESULTS AVAILABLE

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

DISTRICT MOURNS PASSING OF BENEFACTOR GEORGE READ

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

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON CONCERT

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

ALL DISTRICT EARLY CHILDHOOD SITES EARN TOP RATING

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

HUNDREDS COME TO WALK LHS HALLS FOR LAST TIME

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

BOB EVANS ATHLETIC BOOSTERS FUNDRAISER DEC. 22

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

HAYES CREATES SCHOOLWIDE NO BULLYING VIDEO

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

LTA RAFFLE BASKETS TO BENEFIT LAKEWOOD CHARITIES

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

ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT LHS SKI CLUB

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

SENIOR CLAUSE FEATURED ON CLEVELAND.COM

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

JUNIOR TONER IN SPOTLIGHT ON HIGH SCHOOL INSIDER SHOW

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

LINCOLN STUDENT WINS CHAMBER ESSAY CONTEST

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

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR REC. & EDUC. COMMISSION SEAT

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

DISTRICT PART OF EDUCATION JOB FAIR DEC. 9

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

DISTRICT EARNS SPOT ON AP DISTRICT HONOR ROLL

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

RANGER SOCCER COACH NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR

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

GRAMMY-WINNING ARTIST MEIXNER TO PLAY CIVIC

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

 

PROJECT REVISIONS ALLOW RE-ALLOCATIONS OF FUNDS

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

BOND DEBT RE-FINANCING COULD NET $1.4M SAVINGS

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

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT GIRLS' SOFTBALL

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

PATTERSON NAMED OHIO SUPERINTENDENT OF YEAR

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

DISTRICT SURVEY SEEKS INPUT ON SCHOOL CALENDAR

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

LHS' PETTO EARNS OUTSTANDING MATH TEACHER AWARD

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

TRESSEL SHARES FORMULA FOR SUCCESS WITH LHS

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

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

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

LHS MODEL UN CLUB EARNS TOP AWARDS AT CONFERENCE

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

MIDNIGHT MADNESS TO HELP KICK OFF HOOPS SEASON

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

REVISED DESIGNS WELL RECEIVED FOR 3 ELEMENTARIES

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

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

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

MUSIC BOOSTERS MEETING MOVED TO NOV. 18

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

JOIN RANGER 360 FOR BOOK DISCUSSION ON "SPEAK"

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

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

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

TEEN STRESS & ANXIETY TOPIC OF NEXT PARENT DROP-IN

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

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

STUDENT'S RECENT CPR TRAINING SAVES A LIFE

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

STATE RECOGNIZES LEWIS FOR FINANCIAL LITERACY EFFORTS

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

CARTOON NETWORK NO BULLYING TOUR STOPS AT GARFIELD

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

LHS EARNS OHSAA EXCEPTIONAL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

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

RANGER CAFE OPENS OCTOBER 28

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

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT ATHLETIC BOOSTERS

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

JAMMY BUGGARS FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT HARDING PTSA

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

GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW ON WHEN TO KEEP CHILD HOME

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

CROSS COUNTRY DISTRICT CHAMPS FINISH 13TH @ REGIONALS

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

DISTRICT MOURNS LOSS OF CREC PRESIDENT, DON SHARP JR.

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

JR. FIRE CHIEF RIDES TO SCHOOL IN STYLE

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

 

LHS, SWEET SPOT TEAM UP TO BENEFIT ART DEPT.

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

LHS TOPS FOR MUSICIANS IN STATE, REGIONAL ORCHESTRAS

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

LHS HOSTING MONTHLY PARENT COFFEE CHATS

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

RAIN DIDN'T DAMPEN HOMECOMING WEEKEND SPIRITS

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

GARFIELD HOSTING BLOOD DRIVE OCT. 13

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

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

Our alumni are around the globe and are making contributions to their communities in ways big and small. It all began with an education in the Lakewood City Schools. This Homecoming Week, the district and the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation will be sharing the stories of some of these grads. Today: Cleveland Foundation CFO Kate Hahn Asbeck.

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

MARKLING JOINS REC YOUTH ATHLETIC COMMISSION

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

NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS LEAD ACADEMIC HONORS LIST

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

LHS ARCHITECT MEETING SET FOR OCT. 7

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

HARVEST DINNER AT PLAYERS TO BENEFIT PTAS

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

SPIRIT PARADE STEPS OFF OCT. 3 FROM LAKEWOOD PARK

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

SEEKING EX-MARCHING BAND MEMBERS FOR ALUMNI NIGHT

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

NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT DATA RELEASE

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

PRELIMINARY SCHOOL DESIGNS AVAILABLE TO VIEW

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

QUALITY PROFILE BOOKLET MEASURES MORE THAN SCORES

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

FORUM ON HEROIN EPIDEMIC SET FOR SEPT. 30 AT LIBRARY

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

KINSHIP CAREGIVER LEGAL AID WORKSHOP SET

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

LEAF GRANTS AVAILABLE TO TEACHERS AGAIN THIS YEAR

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

STATE RATINGS SHOW WEST SHORE CONTINUES TO EXCEL

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

AUCTION UNDER WAY TO SELL SCHOOL BUILDING CONTENTS

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

DISTRICT EARNS "A" FOR OVERALL STUDENT PROGRESS

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

FIRST CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL BIG SUCCESS

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

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

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

BOB EVANS FUNDRAISER BENEFITS MARCHING BAND

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

MIDDLE SCHOOLS JOIN IN "WONDER"FUL DAY

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

MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL SET FOR SEPT. 13

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

REC DEPT. FALL BOOKLET AVAILABLE NOW

The Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s Fall booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the youth/adult programming, athletics and aquatics that we have to offer for this Fall. Click here to view the booklet.

GARFIELD TO HOST CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL

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

ARCHITECT MEETINGS SET; NEW GRANT MEETING LOCATION

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

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

LHS JUNIOR TONER NAMED TO NATIONAL HONOR ORCHESTRA

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

ADMINISTRATORS, STAFF STEP UP TO ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

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

 

 

RANGER MARCHING BAND FEATURED ON WEWS-CH. 5

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

 

JOIN BOARD & PTA FOR ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL SEPT. 2

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

BOARD APPROVES DISTRICT GOALS FOR 2014-2015

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

MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS

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

RANGER MARCHING BAND FEATURED ON WEWS-CH. 5

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

BOARD OKS STEINBRUNNER AS NEW LHS BAND DIRECTOR

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

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

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

DISTRICT PREPARED FOR NEW ONLINE ASSESSMENTS

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

STAFF MEMBERS PEDAL TO THE POINT FOR MS

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

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

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

LHS MUSICIANS PART OF OHIO STATE FAIR TRADITION

Four Lakewood High students and one recent graduate are wrapping up their second week as part of  the All-Ohio State Fair Band. The Fair Band and accompanying Youth Choir have been part of the Ohio State Fair since 1925 and 1963, respectively. Representing Lakewood in this year’s band are Class of 2014 graduate Hugh Campbell, Zak Inak, Tess Marjanovic, Stephen Moncol, and Taylor Wohlfeil.

WAGNER NAMED FAIRVIEW INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT

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

REC COMMISSIONERS SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AUG. 8

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

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

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

H2O CLOTHING DRIVE SUPER SALE SET FOR JULY 26

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

FALL SPORTS PRESEASON MEETING SET FOR JULY 22

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

LATEST DISTRICT ONLINE AUCTION TO END JULY 22

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

DISTRICT PATRIOTISM ON DISPLAY AT JULY 4 PARADE

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

A LOOK BACK AT THE LAKEWOOD PROJECT CONCERT

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

BOARD OKS PERSONNEL, CONSTRUCTION MOVES

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

SURVEY SHOWS HIGH SATISFACTION WITH REC PROGRAMS

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

PUBLIC NOTICE TO BIDDERS

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

BOARD OKS NEW ADMINISTRATIVE HIRES

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

VIDEO TAKES VIEWER DOWN MEMORY LANE AT GRANT

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

CONGRATULATIONS TO LHS CLASS OF 2014!

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

BOARD NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF TEACHING & LEARNING

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

CITY COUNCIL HONORS HARDING POWER OF PEN TEAM

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

LHS BANDS MEETING SET FOR JUNE 20

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

DISTRICT EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL BATTERY

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

HARVARD, MILITARY AMONG SENIORS' DESTINATIONS

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

GARFIELD HAIR CLUB DONATES LOCKS FOR GOOD CAUSE

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

FIRST 5TH GRADE DISTRICTWIDE TRACK MEET SUCCESS

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

SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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

LAKEWOOD CITY ACADEMY CELEBRATES 12 GRADUATES

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

BOARD OKS NEW CONTRACT WITH SUPPORT STAFF UNION

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

GARFIELD STUDENTS SHOWCASE FRUITS OF FOOD UNIT

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

ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM EXCELS AT NATIONALS

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

HARDING FINIISHES 6TH IN STATE IN POWER OF THE PEN

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

LHS MUSIC DEPT. TO BE NAMED AFTER DONOR READ

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

8TH GRADERS HEAR REAL LIFE STORIES OF HEROIN DANGERS

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

LINCOLN FAREWELL OPEN HOUSE SPURS MANY MEMORIES

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

DISTRICT CELEBRATES STUDENTS' ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

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

RANGER SHOP HOLDING YEAR-END SALE

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

TASTE OF LAKEWOOD TO FEATURE LHS JAZZ BAND

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

DISTRICT CHAMP BOATMAN LEADS REGIONAL QUALIFIERS

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

ELEMENTARY PARENTS, WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK

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

PANGRACE WINS PRESTIGIOUS MASTER TEACHER AWARD

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

MEMORIES ABOUND AT GRANT, ROOSEVELT OPEN HOUSES

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

GARFIELD CEREMONY HONORS OUR VETERANS

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

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS TO HOLD FAREWELL OPEN HOUSES

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

GARFIELD INVITES VETERANS TO MAY 23 RECOGNITION PROGRAM

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

HOT POLKA/COOL JAZZ FUNDRAISER SET FOR MAY 23

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

PTA HONORS TEACHERS OF YEAR, VOLUNTEERS & STUDENTS

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

ROOSEVELT HOSTS FAMILY WATER SAFETY NIGHT

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

THREE RANGERS CLAIM TRACK & FIELD WSC TITLES

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

SENIOR ART SHOW SET FOR MAY 22

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

HARDING CIRQUE DE SCIENCE A GREAT FAMILY EVENT

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

$10 SPORTS PHYSICALS OFFERED MAY 20 & 22

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

STUDENTS SNAG PRIZES AT INVENTION CONVENTION

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

SECOND ROUND OF ARCHITECT COMMUNITY MEETINGS SET

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

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

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

VARSITY BASEBALL GRABS FIRST CONFERENCE TITLE SINCE '96

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

LAKEWOOD PROJECT SPRING CONCERT SET FOR MAY 17

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

LINCOLN'S MCGUAN FEATURED ON CLEVELAND.COM

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

CULINARY STUDENTS TAKE TOP STATE HONORS

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

FIRST FEDERAL, LHS TEAM FOR STUDENT FINANCIAL LITERACY

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

DISTRICT WALKING STATUS FOCUS OF NATIONAL VIDEO

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

TABAJ TO PERFORM ON NATIONAL POLKA SHOW

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

DISTRICT CHOOSES TURNER REGENCY TO OVERSEE PROJECT

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

MAY 7 RANGER 360 HOSTS TEEN STALKING DISCUSSION

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

RANGER SHOP OPEN EXTENDED HOURS APRIL 30

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