District News

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

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

HARDING GOES DIGITAL WITH SCIENCE FAIR PRESENTATIONS

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

LHS MUSICIANS PERFORM IN ALL-STATE ENSEMBLES

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

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

KINDERGARTNERS' 100-DAY PROJECT BENEFITS ANIMAL SHELTER

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

REFLECTIONS HONORS DISTRICT'S CREATIVE BEST

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

LHS GRADS TEAM TO WIN NATIONAL GAMING TOURNAMENT

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

ANNUAL JUMP ROPE FOR HEART EVENT COMING FEB. 6

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

SENIOR NAMED "DISTINGUISHED WOMAN OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY"

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

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

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

GIRLS' BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER FEB. 5 @ AROUND THE CORNER

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

PLAN SET TO COVER CONSTRUCTION PROJECT BUDGET GAP

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

LHS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM SWEEPS TOURNAMENT

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

 

RANGERS EDUCATION FOUNDATION SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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

MAGIC GIVES BACK SHOW TO BENEFIT GARFIELD STUDENTS

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

LHS CHEER SQUAD TAKES SECOND IN COMPETITION

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

HARDING STUDENT WINS TOP POETRY AWARD

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

CHEERLEADERS' ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER SET FOR JAN. 27

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

W. SHORE TEAM CHOSEN FOR REGIONAL AUTO TECH CONTEST

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

HARDING & LHS WRITERS EARN TOP SCHOLASTIC AWARDS

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

DISCO TAKES SPOTLIGHT AT JAN. 23 LAKEWOOD PROJECT CONCERT

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

LHS/WEST SHORE ARTISTS EARN SCHOLASTIC CONTEST HONORS

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

LHS TIMES & CINEMA REPEAT AS TOP AWARD WINNERS

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

NEARLY TWO DOZEN LHS MUSICIANS CHOSEN FOR HONORS ORCH.

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

EINHOUSE TO LEAD BOARD IN 2016

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

HORACE MANN, GRANT STUDENTS GO ON VIRTUAL EXPEDITION

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

LINCOLN STUDENTS AMONG TOP SCORERS IN NAT'L MATH CONTEST

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

SCHEDULING MEETING SET FOR INCOMING LHS FRESHMEN

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

JOIN PTA COUNCIL FOR LUNCH AT RANGER CAFE

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

REC DEPT. WINTER/SPRING BOOKLET NOW AVAILABLE

The Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s Winter/Spring booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the youth/adult programming, Athletics and Aquatics that the department has to offer for this Winter/Spring. Click here to view the booklet.

LHS FACING HISTORY CLUB BRIDGING CULTURAL GAPS

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

IN-SCHOOL EYE EXAM PROGRAM ROLLS OUT AT EMERSON

The District recently launched a pilot in-school vision exam program with Ocular Services Management and Dr. Pete Mogyordy. On Dec. 9, 13 students at Emerson Elementary School received complete eye exams, with six of them given prescriptions for eyeglasses.
DISTRICT ATTENDING TEACHER/SUB RECRUITMENT FAIR

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

LHS SPARKLE SQUAD FEATURED ON BROWNS SHOW

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

HARDING HIROS PROGRAM RAISES $1,600 FROM PJ DAY

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

RANGER SHOP HOLIDAY SALE SET FOR DEC. 12

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

Middle Schoolers Honored in Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

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

EMERSON ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER SET FOR DEC. 10

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

PARENTS, PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY ON CONFERENCES

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

LIGHT UP LAKEWOOD TO FEATURE MANY DISTRICT GROUPS

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

SOUNDS OF SEASON CONCERT SET FOR DEC. 3 & 4

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

CLASS OF 2014 ALUMNI IN SPOTLIGHT FOR HIS SUCCESS

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

NEXT SUPERINTENDENT CHAT SET FOR DEC. 1

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

GARFIELD TEAM TOPS IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS CONTEST

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

LHS NAMED GRAMMY SIGNATURE SCHOOL SEMIFINALIST FOR MUSIC

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

DISTRICT IN NEED OF SUBSTITUTES

Want a job with flexible hours and the ability to make a difference the lives of the children of Lakewood?  If so, we want you! The District is looking for substitutes for all positions – teaching, secretarial, paraprofessionals, custodial and food service. If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, secretary or paraprofessional, please contact Rachel Wixey Associates at 419- 725-9499. If you are interested in being a substitute health aide, custodian or food service worker, please contact Human Resources at 216-529-4215.  

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

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

Orchestra Music Marathon raises more than $18,000

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

DISTRICT HOSTING BREAKFAST FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

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

NOV. 22 RECITAL TO BENEFIT MUSIC FUND, SCHOLARSHIPS

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

GARFIELD PROGRAM HONORS OUR VETERANS FOR THEIR SERVICE

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

LHS MODEL UN TEAM TAKES TOP AWARDS AT CONFERENCE

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

POWDER PUFF GAME TO BENEFIT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTER

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

TEACHERS UNION HONORED FOR ENGAGEMENT

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

WEST SHORE CULINARY PROGRAM FEATURED ON CHANNEL 19

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

ORCHESTRA MUSIC MARATHON FUNDRAISER IS NOV. 14

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

DISTRICT ADDRESSES BED BUG CONCERNS

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

RANGER SOCKs SALES BENEFIT BOYS' TRACK PROGRAM

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

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

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

GARFIELD COLLECTING ITEMS FOR MILITARY CARE PACKAGES

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

MARCHING BAND CONCERT SET FOR NOV. 6

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

SUPERINTENDENT LAYS OUT VISION FOR TOP 20 DISTRICT

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

AWARD-WINNING IMMIGRATION JOURNALIST COMING TO CIVIC

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

CAMMOCK REPLACES ARGENTO AS HEAD BASKETBALL COACH

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

Boys Cross Country advances to regionals

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

BOYS' SOCCER VIES FOR DISTRICT TITLE SATURDAY

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

DISTRICT A PARTNER IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

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

RANGER CAFE OPENS ON OCT. 27

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

OHSAA WINTER SPORTS PRESEASON MEETING SET FOR OCT. 29

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

FUTURE CLUB IMMERSES KIDS IN TECH & TINKERING

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

MOOYAH FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT EMERSON LIBRARY

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

preschool information night set for Oct. 26

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

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

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

BARNSTORMERS' "ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD" TELLS TRAGIC TALE

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

LAKE ERIE BASKETBALL LEAGUE TRYOUTS OCT. 19-21

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

CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS SHINE AT MCQUAID; BOYS RUNNERS-UP

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

NEW JR. FIRE CHIEF RIDES TO SCHOOL IN STYLE

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

HAYES KINDERGARTENERS IN CH. 5'S MY OHIO FEATURE

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

LAKEWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL TO BENEFIT MUSIC DEPT.

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

COUNCIL OF PTAS HOLDING FUNDRAISER AT GEORGETOWN

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

JOIN SUPT. PATTERSON FOR INFORMAL CHAT ON OCT. 15

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

SENIOR BEISEL-LINN QUALIFies for golf district tournament

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

PARENT INTERNET SAFETY EDUCATION NIGHT SET FOR OCT. 13

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

ANNUAL GARFIELD BLOOD DRIVE SET FOR OCT. 12

Garfield Middle School is holding its annual American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, Oct. 12 from 3- 7 pm in the school’s cafetorium. To sign up to be a donor, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. You may be the one that saves someone’s life!

Foundation awards $800 for recess/PE EQUIPMENT

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

NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS LEAD LIST OF ACADEMIC STANDOUTS

Each September, we honor Lakewood High School’s top academic performers from the previous school year as measured by the National Merit Scholarship and Advanced Placement programs. This year’s academic stars include two National Merit Semifinalists, two National Merit Commended Scholars and 75 AP Scholars, including three National AP Scholars.

WE LOVE A PARADE!

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

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

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

13 INDUCTED INTO FOUNDATION HALL OF FAMES

The Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation inducted 13 new members into its three Hall of Fames In a ceremony on Sept. 24 at the Civic Auditorium filled with inspiring stories from the guests of honor.

FOX 8 FEATURES LINCOLN'S PEDALING CLASSROOMS

The 3rd & 4th grade classrooms of Sonja Kreps and Allison Martzolff were featured on Fox 8's newscast on Sept. 21 to highlight an innovative way the two teachers are keeping their students focused - desk pedals! Click here to see the video.

FIRST CONCERT OF YEAR: ORCHESTRA POPS ON OCT. 1

All five of our LHS orchestra ensembles and our two middle school orchestras will put on their annual Pops Concert on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 pm in the Civic. Musical selections will include Lady Gaga Fugue-which is a mash up of a Bach Fugue with a Lady Gaga song, themes from John Williams, including Wars, Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark. 

ALUMNI SHARE THEIR STORIES ON HOMECOMING WEEKEND

In honor of Homecoming Week, the Lakewood City Schools and Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation wish to share a few of our alumni stories. Lakewood Schools have left a lifelong impact on generations of students and each has a unique story to tell. Listen to the reflections of artist and former Cleveland Institute of Art President David Deming, Garfield Middle School Principal Mark Walter, Cardboard Helicopter parnters Sean Barry, Tim Hayes and Carlo Russo and PNC Asst. Vice President Mariko Weaver.

    

 

Back to School = One Powerful Partnership

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

REPORT CARD REFLECTS WEST SHORE STUDENT SUCCESSES

West Shore Career-Tech received a strong report across all categories on the State of Ohio’s recently released report cards for career-technical centers.  West Shore earned A’s in achievement, four-year graduation rate, and placement while being was just one tenth of a point shy of an A in the five-year graduation rate.

PTA HOSTING MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT SEPT. 29

The Lakewood Council of PTAs will host Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 pm at Garfield Middle School. Candidates for the Lakewood Board of Education will answer questions from the community. To submit a question, email meetthecandidates929@gmail.com.

BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY WINS INVITATIONAL

Congratulations to the boys' varsity cross country team for its first-place finish at the McDonough Invitational on Sept. 19. Top scorers for the Rangers were Henry Bish (3rd), Ty'Saun Blevins (9th), Micah Swartz (12th), Joe Burtzlaff (18th) and Jacob Gregory (19th). The girls' varsity finished third with Mallory Shaw leading the way, placing 7th.

BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY UP FOR OHIO TEAM OF WEEK

Vote for our boys' varsity cross country team as the JJHuddle.com/Bucknuts Ohio High School Team of the Week for the Rangers' victory at the McDonough Invitational! Voting ends Monday at noon. Click here to vote.

HOMECOMING SPIRIT PARADE SET FOR SEPT. 25

The annual Lakewood Homecoming Spirit Parade - the traditional kickoff of Homecoming Weekend -  is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25. The parade will step off from Lakewood Park at 5:45 pm and wind its way down Clifton Blvd. and up Bunts Road to First Federal of Lakewood Stadium just in time for the Rangers' kick off against North Olmsted. Any school group or club is welcome to march!

ANNUAL MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL SET FOR SEPT. 19

The Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band has been working hard since June to prepare for game days as well as a performance as one of the District highlight events of the year - the 29th Annual Lakewood High School Marching Band Festival. The festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 19 at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium.

REC DEPT. FALL BOOKLET NOW AVAILABLE

The fall booklet from the Lakewood Community Recreation and Education Department has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the Youth/Adult programming, athletics and aquatics that is offered this fall. Look for it in your mailbox or click here to view.

HAYES FEATURED AS FOX 8'S COOL SCHOOL OF WEEK

Garfield World Cup Soccer Exhibition Sept. 17

This Thursday, Sept. 17, the 2nd Annual World Cup Soccer Exhibition will take place at Garfield Stadium. Students from America and around the world will be playing in one of three soccer games starting at 7 pm. There will be a middle school girls game, a middle school boys game, and a high school game played to enjoy and celebrate the diversity that our students bring to Lakewood.  As an added treat fans will enjoy good old American hot dogs and chips. Families and community members are encouraged to attend.    

SUMMER READING BOOK AUTHOR VISITS MIDDLE SCHOOLS

District middle school students had the privilege this week of hearing from the author of this year’s summer reading book, “Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie,” by Jordan Sonnenblick. “Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie” is a story about Stephen, a 13-year-old whose family’s life turns upside down when Steven’s 5-year-old brother is diagnosed with cancer.

PARENT SESSION DESIGNED TO HELP WITH "HOMEWORK HASSLES"

The District elementary Parent Resource Coordinators are hosting an information session for parents designed to help them help their students manage homework issues. "Help for Homework Hassles" will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Horace Mann Elementary from 7-8:30 pm. Limited child care is available. For more information, click here.

1:1 COMPUTER PROJECT UNDER WAY AT MIDDLE SCHOOLS

A goal that has been in the sights of the administration for a number of years is now a reality as every middle schooler in the District has been given the opportunity to have a personal laptop for use during the school year.

SIGN UP FOR DISTRICT MOBILE SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC

The mobile school health center clinic operated by Cleveland Clinic Children’s now is on site to serve our students every Thursday, alternating its location between Harrison Elementary and Garfield Middle Schools. All students in the District are eligible to use the services of the mobile clinic, including well child examinations, sports physicals and immunizations.

LHS GROUNDBREAKING MARKS NEW ERA AT HIGH SCHOOL

                       

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

HAYES FEATURED AS FOX 8'S COOL SCHOOL OF WEEK

 

HAYES FEATURED AS FOX 8'S COOL SCHOOL OF WEEK

                          

BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY SWC DEBUT BRINGS FIRST-PLACE FINISH

The LHS boys' cross country team kicked off its season Aug. 29 in the Southwest Conference Preview Meet at Lorain County Community College. Led by top 5 finishers Henry Bish and Micah Swartz, the Rangers finished first as a team in the 10-team conference field.

JOIN BOARD, COUNCIL OF PTAS FOR ICE CREAM SOCIAL

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

CONTRIBUTIONS SOUGHT FOR ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE

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

GROUNDBREAKING FOR LHS SET FOR AUG. 27

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

CHEERLEADERS' SPARKLE SQUAD DEBUTS AT BROWNS GAME

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

DISTRICT WELCOMES 32 NEW TEACHERS

                              

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

KROGMAN TO HEAD COMMUNITY RECreation & EDUCATION DEPT.

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

LHS MUSICIANS PART OF ALL-OHIO STATE FAIR BAND

One Lakewood High student and one recent graduate are doing their part to keep the masses at the Ohio State Fair entertained  as part of  the All-Ohio State Fair Band. The Fair Band and accompanying Youth Choir have been part of the Ohio State Fair since 1925 and 1963, respectively. Representing Lakewood in this year’s band are Class of 2015 graduate Stephen Moncol and senior Tess Marjanovic.

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

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

LHS' BARBA CHOSEN AS DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR

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

SUMMER READING CAMPS KEEP STUDENTS ON TRACK

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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SIGN UP SITE NOW ACTIVE

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

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

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

 

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

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

SALES TAX HOLIDAY FOR CLOTHING, SUPPLIES STARTS AUG. 7

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

DISTRICT HIRES NEW MANAGER OF OPERATIONS

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

Board adopts district goals for 2015-2016 school year

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

DISTRICT'S RANGER RIDERS TO BIKE IN SUPPORT OF MS

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

SPOTS IN TOP-RATED PRESCHOOL PROGRAM STILL AVAILABLE

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

FRESH START ORIENTATION SET FOR AUG. 12 & 13

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

BOARD PRESIDENT MAKES STATEMENT ON MUSIC DEPT.

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

SPARKLE SQUAD TO OFFER STUDENTS W/DISABILITIES CHEER OPTION

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

CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2015!

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

LHS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM TAKES 3rd IN NATIONAL TOURNEY

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

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

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

H2O CLOTHING SALE SET FOR JULY 25

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

LHS BRICKS STILL AVAILABLE

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

BASKETBALL CAMPS SET FOR PEE WEE THROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

THREE LHS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN HONORS CHOIRS

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

HIGHLIGHTS FROM ANOTHER GREAT SCHOOL YEAR

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

 

STUDENT ART SHOW RAISES MONEY FOR HARDING

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

SENIORS' COLLEGE CHOICES SPAN THE COUNTRY

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

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

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

TWO LHS MUSICIANS CHOSEN FOR NATIONAL HONOR ORCHESTRA

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

LHS JUNIOR WINS STATE PIANO COMPETITION

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

 

LHS GOLF OUTING SET FOR JULY 27

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

LCA CELEBRATES GRADUATION OF CLASS OF 2015

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

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

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

HORACE MANN'S GOT TALENT!

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

GARFIELD HAIR CLUB DONATES LOCKS FOR GOOD CAUSE

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

SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGINS MAY 11

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

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

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

 

HARRISON STUDENTS LEARN DANCE MOVES & SO MUCH MORE

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

LHS STUDENT WINS MAGAZINE'S NATIONAL INVENTORS CONTEST

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

GARFIELD UNVEILS LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

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

LHS TEAM WINS TEACHING CLEVELAND CHALLENGE

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

SENIOR CHODZIN WINS THIRD IN FREE SPEECH CONTEST

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

GARFIELD MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY HONORS FALLEN HEROES

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

CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE SALUTES ACADEMIC STANDOUTS

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

FREE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CAMP OFFERED

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

HARRISON GIRLS ON RUN FUNDRAISER BENEFITS HICKEY FAMILY

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

FORMER RANGER SIGNS ON TO PLAY PRO BALL

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

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS GET-TOGETHER SET FOR JUNE 8

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

TONER REGIONAL POLE VAULT RUNNER-UP, HEADED TO STATE

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

CAR WASH JUNE 6 TO BENEFIT NEPAL EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

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

4TH GRADE INSTRUMENTAL TRYOUT NIGHTS SET

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

HARDING HIROS PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTED ON WKYC-CH. 3

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

DISTRICT HONORS THIS YEAR's RETIREES

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

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

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

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

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

HAYES, Lincoln rally for Two Schools One Book Project

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

LHS ART SHOWS SET FOR MAY 14 & MAY 28

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

HARDING MAY 28 ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT NEPAL VICTIMS

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

LHS SENIOR'S REFLECTIONS ENTRY EARNS NATIONAL HONOR

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

LHS SOPHOMORE TO PLAY FOR NATIONAL JR. HOCKEY TEAM

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

LHS NAMED AMONG BEST HIGH SCHOOLS IN NATION

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

5th Graders Gather for Track & Field Meet

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

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

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL FALL SPORTS MEETING SET FOR MAY 21

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

H2O HOLDING FUNDRAISER AT ANGELO'S MAY 21

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

HANKINS QUARTERFINALIST FOR GRAMMY EDUCATOR AWARD

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

DISTRICT ACCEPTING BIDS FOR 3 PROJECTS

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

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER MAY 19

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

PTA COUNCIL CEREMONY HONORS STAFF, STUDENTS, PARENTS

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

YOUTH FITNESS INITIATIVE KICKS OFF WITH CELEBRATION MAY 16

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

LAKEWOOD PROJECT SPRING CONCERT SET FOR MAY 16

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

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

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

PAIR OF STUDENTS AMONG WINNERS AT INVENTION CONVENTION

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

GRANT CARNIVAL TONIGHT AT HARDING

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

NEW RECREATION & EDUCATION BOOKLET NOW AVAILABLE

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

WEST SHORE CULINARY STUDENTS SHINE IN STATE CONTEST

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

PARENTS INVITED TO FINAL SPECIAL NEEDS COUNCIL MEETING

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

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

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

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

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

LTA HONORED WITH POSITIVE IMAGE AWARD

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

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.

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

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.

MUSIC THERAPY PROGRAM FOCUSES ON SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

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

PARENT RESOURCE NIGHT SET FOR APRIL 29

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

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

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

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISERS BENEFIT AFTER PROM, GIRLS' SOCCER

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

ROOSEVELT GROUNDBREAKING APRIL 23

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

BUSINESSES NEEDED FOR LHS/WEST SHORE SUMMER JOB FAIR

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

HORACE MANN CLEARED FROM LOCKDOWN

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

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

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

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

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

HARDING TEAM HEADED TO STATE MOCK TRIAL COMPETITON

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

LHS STUDENTS EARN HONORS IN ROTARY/BECK CONTEST

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

LAKEWOOD PROJECT SHINES ON PALACE THEATER STAGE

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

YALE, BW HONOR LHS ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR HANKINS

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

REGISTER FOR DISTRICT'S TOP-RATED PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

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

THREE STUDENTS EARN STATE AWARDS IN PTA REFLECTIONS

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

DISTRICT HOLDING ONLINE AUCTION OF FURNITURE, MISC. ITEMS

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

SPECIAL CHAMBER CONCERT FEATURES GRAMMY ARTIST

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

LHS TALENT SHOW SET FOR MARCH 31 & APRIL 1

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

LHS/WEST SHORE ARTISTS WIN NATIONAL HONORS

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

"CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER" EVENT SET FOR MARCH 31

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

DISTRICT CELEBRATES LINCOLN GROUNDBREAKING

                  

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

SLEW OF SCIENCE FAIR AWARDS INCLUDE TWO 1st PLACES

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

BRICK SALE DATES SET FOR ROOSEVELT & GRANT

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

LHS BANDS SHINE AT LARGE GROUP CONTEST

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

OUTSTANDING WEST SHORE STUDENTS HONORED

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

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

GARFIELD DRAMA CLUB PERFORMS MARCH 25 & 26

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

LHS TENNIS ANGELO'S FUNDRAISER SET FOR MARCH 25

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

LHS MODEL UN TEAM CONFERENCE RUNNER-UP WITH MOST AWARDS

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

HAYES STUDENTS TO PERFORM WITH OBERLIN HONOR CHOIR

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

LHS ARTIST EARNS BEST IN SHOW AT REGIONAL COMPETITION

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

CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA ROCKS THE POOL

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

PRESENTATION FROM SECOND GIFTED MEETING AVAILABLE

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

LHS STUDENTS PART OF JCU DIVERSITY CENTER PROGRAM

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

BOARD OKS 2015-2016 CALENDAR WITH EARLIER START DATE

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

LHS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM SHINES IN COMPETITION

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

SWIMMER REIS SETS NEW SCHOOL RECORD AT STATE MEET

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

WEST SHORE STUDENTS HONORED FOR WORK ETHIC

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

LINCOLN GROUNDBREAKING SET FOR MARCH 13

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

RANGERS' LEISINGER LEADS AREA IN TWO STATS CATEGORIES

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

LHS SOFTBALL TEAM CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER MARCH 12

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

LHS TRACK & FIELD FUNDRAISER MARCH 10 AT ANGELO'S

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

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. 

FEB 26 GT PROGRAM INFO MEETING LOCATION CHANGE

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

LHS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY WELCOMES 56 NEW MEMBERS

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

GIFTED PROGRAM INFO MEETINGS SET FOR FEB. 25 & 26

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

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.