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Networking/Cisco Team Wins Hyland Innovation Showdown

Team Mitchell membersCongratulations to seniors Damian Barto, Hong Chen, Bryce Mitchell, and Wilson Reynolds, winners of the Hyland High School Innovation Showdown! Hyland Software sponsors the Innovation Showdown to encourage high school students interested in technology to use their creativity to come up with an innovative solution to a real-world problem and present a plan to market it.

Garfield Ceremony Honors Veterans for Their Service

flagVeterans from across generations gathered on Monday at Garfield Middle School as part of the 22nd Annual Veterans Day Recognition Program hosted by Garfield staff, students, PTSA and Help To Others (H2O). Veterans from wars stretching from World War II and current active duty service members shared breakfast with other non-combat veterans, spouses and community members. Mayor Michael Summers also stopped by to thank the veterans for their service.

Preschool Scholarship Spots Available

Our award-winning preschool program has scholarship slots available this school year for 3- and 4-year-olds.  Scholarship are available for eligible students based on family income. Please call 216-529-4214 for more information.

West Shore to Add Sports & Exercise Science Program

West Shore logoThe West Shore Career-Tech District is adding a Sports & Exercise Science program beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. It will be the 13th program that West Shore offers. “We are always looking to add new programs,” said West Shore Executive Director Bill DiMascio. “We are excited about this new offering and hope to have significant college credit tied to the program.”

Staff Participates in Day of Professional Development

While Lakewood City Schools students enjoyed a day off of school on November 6, the entire staff was hard at work striving to improve their knowledge and skills whether it be for the classroom, the office or any other area that supports our students. Each year the District sets aside two full days, in addition to ongoing opportunities throughout the year, devoted to professional development. The PD day had an offering of 36 sessions for staff members to select and lasted either 90 or 180 minutes.

LHS Model UN Club Members Win Top Awards

 

Model UN logoThe Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club won multiple awards at the conference hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Nov. 7 & 8. Overall, the team finish 5th out of 16 teams. The club's leadership team of Co-Presidents Nick Cleary, Elizabeth Halko, and Sasha Seckers and Vice Presidents Aidan Bohac, Evan Bell and Tully Worron did a great job preparing the group. 

SWC Honors Include Five 1st Team Ranger Selections

Congratulations to our Ranger student athletes who have been recognized by the Southwestern Conference for their outstanding efforts during the fall 2018 season, including five All Conference 1st Team members! Earning 1st Team status in their respective sports are Nate Bilski (football), Claire Hylton (soccer), Jack Hueter (soccer), Cormac Peppard-Kramer (cross country), and Teaja Keith (cheerleading). Click on Read More for a complete list of those recognized.

Harrison Student Body Receives Free Winter Coats

coats for kidsEvery Northeast Ohioan knows that the most important thing to get you through the long winters here is a warm coat (and a positive attitude!) This week, students at Harrison Elementary each won the winter lottery as Coats for Kids provided a new coat for each of the 369 students at the school. 

Senior Citizens Invited to Holiday Breakfast Dec. 5

pointsiettaSuperintendent Michael Barnes and members of the Board of Education invite the city's senior citizens to a festive, free holiday breakfast at one of our newest elementary schools! The event is Wednesday, December 5 from 9-10:15 am at Lincoln Elementary School, 15615 Clifton Blvd. Hear from some of our talented elementary school groups, enjoy great food, and listen to Superintendent Barnes give an update on the District. RSVPs are required by Novenber 28. Please call 216-529-4074, email christine.gordillo@lakewoodcityschools.org, or respond on this page if you would like to attend.

November Staff Spotlight Honorees: Katona & Kantor

spotlightCongratulations to Emerson Elementary teacher Dawn Katona and Hayes Elementary head custodian Kris Kantor for being selected our November Staff Spotlight honorees. While the two hold very different jobs, their love for children is a shared trait! Click "Read More" below to learn more about these two special employees!

Musai Named SWC Scholar Athlete for October

MusaiCongratulations to senior football player Alvin Musai, who was named the Male SWC Scholar Athlete for October. Musai holds a 4.21 cumulative grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.  He is enrolled in four AP Courses and Robotics for Engineering as well as Engineering Capstone. Musai is also an active member of H2O.  

Nov. 13 Forum to Address Teen Depression, Anxiety

LkwdAlive logoLakewoodAlive will host a community forum on Tuesday, November 13 that addresses the topic of anxiety and depression in teens how we as a community can address it. The forum, "Depression, Anxiety and Teens - Who Cares? A Community Conversation," will be held at 7 pm in the Lakewood High cafeteria. Panelists include an adolescent psychiatrist and Roberta Marcinek and Nina DeChant of the Lakewood High School Counseling Department. Hope you can make this important forum! 

Barnstormers To Present "The Laramie Project"

laramie project logoThe Lakewood High Barnstormers' first performance of the season will be "The Laramie Project." Performances in the Black Box Studio Theatre are November 1 at 7:30 pm, November 2 at 4:00 pm, and November 3 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm. The play is a docu-drama following the aftermath of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year-old college student who was murdered for being gay. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the murder. The Barnstormers' goal is to use the show to honor Matthew Shepard's memory, to bring the Lakewood community together, and to open a dialogue for our students about acceptance. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased by calling 216-529-4047.

Juniors Participating in First Ring Leadership Academy

First Ring Leadership studentsOn October 19, five Lakewood High students and teacher mentors Gray Cooper and Aimee Guzowski traveled to the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland for the first session of the First Ring Student Leadership Academy, which is part of the First Ring Schools Collaborative. Participating for Lakewood are juniors, Christopher Brown, Ava Clause, Autumn Cruz, Will Holden, and Aziza Mohamed.

Ranger Day Brings 8th Graders to LHS

Harding 8th graders enjoyed a visit to Lakewood High on Thursday as part of Ranger Day where they were able to experience all that is Lakewood High! Friday will be the Garfield 8th graders' turn. While half of the Harding class was at LHS, the other half were back at Harding hearing presentations from various school groups and the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation about all the opportunities from clubs to sports to community service that they can take advantage of as a Lakewood High School student. They then switched places after enjoying lunch together at LHS. Watch the video below to learn about some of those great opportunities!

LHS Video

Board Seeks to Fill Position on Financial Advisory Committee

The Lakewood Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill a position on its Financial Advisory Committee (FAC), which is dedicated to the District’s finances. Applicants must be Lakewood residents.

LHS Students Spend Day Off Leading Diversity Workshop

Diversity workshop group

While most of our students enjoyed October 12 as a welcome day off from school, more than 15 students spent their day leading an anti-bullying workshop that focused on students embracing each other's diversity. The dozen LHS facilitators were trained to be workshop facilitators a week earlier by the Cleveland Leadership Center and Dare2Care. At the October 12 workshop, they put their training to the test as they facilitated small group discussions and activities with students from a mix of nine public and private schools from across Northeast Ohio.

West Shore Senior Wins Billboard Design Contest

madisyn kellyFor the second year in a row, a student from the Media, Art & Design program in the West Shore Career-Tech District has won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge. Congratulations to senior Madisyn Kelly for her winning design! The contest centers on students creating billboard designs that address the issue of distracted teen driving. LHS 2018 graduate Micah Inak was last year's winner.

Boys' Cross Country Captures SWC Title

boys champsCongratulations to the boys' varsity cross country team, which captured the Southwest Conference title at the Championship Meet on October 13 at Lorain County Community College. It is the second time in three years that the team, coached by Stephanie Toole, has won the conference championship. The team was paced by senior Cormac Peppard-Kkramer, who finished third overall. The other champion team members are seniors Tyler Hannah, and Joey Toole, juniors Patrick McCallum, Sean O'Donnell, sophomores Joe Kelly and Aidyn Zingale and freshmen James O'Donnell.

Superintendent to Hold "Listen & Learn" Sessions

Dr BarnesSuperintendent Barnes will be holding a series of "Listen & Learn" sessions to listen to what the Lakewood community has to say about our schools. The one-hour sessions will be informal conversations and people are welcome to drop in any time. The first one will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 9-10 am at Blackbird Baking Company at 1391 Sloane Ave. Please click here for a full schedule of the sessions. Come and share with Dr. Barnes your thoughts, ideas and concerns for the District.

Ranger Cafe Opens Oct. 23, Accepting Reservations Now

Ranger Cafe logoThe Ranger Cafe's grand opening date is scheduled for October 23 and reservations are now being taken. The Ranger Cafe is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 pm. To make a dining room reservation, please call: 216-529-4165, ext. 1.   Please look at the Ranger Cafe Calendar to view dates we our open and closed throughout the school year. The menu can be viewed on the Ranger Cafe website.

Emerson 5th Grader Earns 2018 Junior Fire Chief Title

Connor Coleman junior fire chiefFire Prevention Week means the crowning of a new Junior Fire Chief. Congratulations go to Emerson Elementary 5th grader Connor Coleman! Connor earned his title based on his essay on the theme of Prevention Week, "Look, Listen and Learn," and his score on a quiz about fire safety. As is custom every year, the new Junior Chief earned a special ride to school in a fire truck. Connor also had the honor of reading his essay at the Fallen Firefighter Ceremony on October 7. Congratulations, Connor!

Preschool Spots Still Available This School Year

Our preschool program is still accepting students for the current school year. Fees are determined on a sliding scale according to income and scholarships are available. For more information on our program, click here. To register, call 529-4214. 

Safety Forum Presentation Available to View

For those who were unable to attend the Parent School Safety Info Forum on September 27, you can view the presentation in PDF format here.

To view PowerPoint presentation with videos included, click here.

Pair of Rangers Set/Tie Football Record

rangers man The varsity football team may have lost the game to North Olmsted on September 28, but Ranger players Albert Wilhelmy and Kyren Jefferson set or tied new records to give the team something positive to celebrate. Wide receiver Jefferson set a new record for receptions in a single game with 13 and quarterback Wilhelmy tied the single-game passes completed record of 28 held by current Lakewood City Schools staff member Mike Ribar, Class of '85. Congrats to Kyren and Albert!

Corrigan & Ribar Named Staff Spotlight Honorees

logoDistrict Nurse Katy Corrigan and Lakewood City Academy Behavior Specialist Mike Ribar have been selected as our October Staff Spotlight honorees! Please click Read More to see why these two are so deserving of recognition by their peers.

Creatures Project Comes Alive in MILES Classroom

lizard close upTeachers strive daily to find a way to keep students engaged in the classroom. At Lakewood High, special education teacher Corey Streets has developed a pet project that has his students excited to come into class every day. In the corner of Streets’ classroom a bevy of reptiles and a pair of rats named Ronald and Delilah scurry around their cages. They are all part of Streets’ C.R.E.A.T.U.R.E.S. in the Classroom project where the aim is to Cultivate Responsibility And Empathy Through Unique, Real and Engaging Studies.

Grant Teacher Selected as Art Museum Teaching Fellow

McGuanThe Cleveland Museum of Art has enlisted the help of 10 educators across Northeast Ohio to serve as Teaching Innovation Fellows. Grant Elementary 5th grade Gifted teacher Sean McGuan has been selected as one of the museum’s Teaching Fellows for the 2018-2019 school year.

Congrats to LHS' Three National Merit Commended Scholars

National Merit Commended ScholarsThe annual September announcements of the National Merit Scholarship Program recognitions includes three Lakewood High students who are among the top academic students in the nation . Seniors Nicholas Cleary, Timothy Daso and Andrew Sheldon were named Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

A Dozen New Hall of Famers Inducted

Hall of Fame logoOn September 13 the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation inducted 12 outstanding individuals from the Lakewood Schools into its Hall of Fame. Individuals are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their accomplishments in athletics, exemplary service as faculty or staff, by distinguishing themselves as successful adults in their chosen careers and/or serving as benefactors in their local communities, state or the world.

State Board Presidents Enjoys District Visit

Elshoff and BarnesLakewood has always been proud of its public school system and on September 15, the District was able to show off just why the community has supported it so strongly over the years when Ohio Board of Education President Tess Elshoff spent the day experiencing the Lakewood Way.

LHS Boasts 83 AP Scholars, Including 5 National Scholars

The growing number of Advanced Placement courses (16) available at Lakewood High School has translated into a growing number of AP Scholars as well. Eighty-three members of the Classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the AP Exams taken each spring. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievement:

District commemorates 9/11 by encouraging community to serve

FlagsIn honoring the victims and first responders who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001, Lakewood City Schools encourages students, teachers, parents and friends to consider volunteering with our own Help To Others (H2O) or another local service organizationCheck out the opportunities by contacting H2O, visiting the City of Lakewood volunteer page or the website of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which began efforts to make 9/11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2002.

Information Regarding Instrument Rental

instrumentsLakewood City Schools provides low cost instrument rental for families eligible for free and reduced lunch. Students grades 5 and up are eligible to apply for low cost rental. If your child is interested in playing a color instrument (piccolo, oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, French Horn, baritone horn, tuba, or string bass) they should speak directly to their teacher to be approved.

LHS Musicians Selected for Region, State Orchestras

All State membersLakewood High will be well-represented at the Ohio Music Educators Association’s Northeast Ohio Region Orchestra as four student musicians were selected for the honors ensemble. In addition, junior cellist Grace Gill, senior violinist Safe Jassani and senior violist Zearatus Perry were chosen to be part of the All-State Orchestra.

District Offering In-School Flu Shots

The District has partnered with Healthy Schools to offer flu shots to students during the school day with the goal of ensuring that flu shots are available to 100% of our students. The 2017-2018 flu season was the worst in a decade, resulting in school closures, high rates of hospitalization, and even death. Be a flu fighter, and protect your child against the flu this season. Learn more & sign up by September 18th: http://bit.ly/2kQvf1t

 

LREF Hosting Hall of Fame Inductions, Tailgate Party

Hall of Fame logoJoin the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation for the annual Lakewood City Schools Hall of Fame Inductions and Hall of Fame Tailgate Party. The Inductions ceremony takes place at the Civic Auditorium at 7pm on September 13. The Tailgate Party will be Friday, September 14 from 5:30-7:30 pm at First Federal Stadium.

Rec Fall Booklet Available

 

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

 

Marching Band Festival Set for Sept. 15

Ranger Marching Band logoThe pageantry and precision that goes along with the music of a high school marching band will be on display at the 32nd annual Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band Festival set for Saturday, September 15 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.

Summer Reading Authors Visit with MS Students

Garfield & Harding Middle School students had a special treat this week as all three summer reading book authors talked with students either live or by Skype, answering questions and sharing an inside look at their craft.

School Safety Parent Info Forum Set for Sept. 27

Lakewood PD logoThe Lakewood Police Department and the District are hosting a school safety parent information forum on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 pm in the Lakewood High Cafeteria. The Police Department will be presenting to parents on the concepts of A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) in school crisis situations. The Police Department will also share how your student will be trained for emergency situations. Safety tips for parents will be offered as well as a time for questions. Please join us for this important meeting.

Rangers Educ. Foundation Awards Teacher Project Grants

Rangers Education Foundation logoFor the last decade, money from the Margaret Warner Educational Grants Fund of the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation has provided Lakewood City Schools teachers the ability to offer enrichment opportunities to its students. This year is no different as the Foundation awarded more $10,000 in grants. The awards, along with a grant from the Meinke Creative Teaching Grant Fund, were announced at the District's annual Convocation on Monday, Aug.20.

Preschool Spots Available for 2018-2019 School Year

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

Marjanovic Wins Top Award for State Fair Band

Kira MarjanovicCongrats to senior Kira Marjanovic on receiving the Director's Award for this summer's All-Ohio State Fair Band! Kira was selected out of the more than 200 band members from across the state! Earlier this year, Kira earned entrance into the U.S. Marine Corps' prestigious music program.

LHS Student Parking Permits on Sale Aug. 21 & 22

carParking passes for Lakewood High School for the 2018-19 school year will go on sale to seniors only on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 21 from 7 am - 8 am. All other parking passes will be sold beginning at 7 am on Wednesday, August 22 until they sell out. The number of parking spaces is limited so passes will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Lakewood Project is Cover Story of National Magazine

Teaching Music cover with Lakewood ProjectThe Lakewood Project and its Director Beth Hankins are the topic of the cover story of the latest edition of Teaching Music, a magazine produced by the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) for its members. The article explores the genesis of the first-ever high school rock orchestra and the ensemble's outside-the-box approach to music education.

Lakewood Project article

Shaker Administrator Named New Garfield Asst. Principal

Oiumet Smith photoThe Lakewood Board of Education approved Ouimet Smith, Shaker Heights Schools’ Director of Student Affairs, as the new Assistant Principal at Garfield Middle School. He replaces Tony Chiaravalle, who is moving to Lakewood High as a House Principal.

Quartet Represents LHS in All-Ohio State Fair Band

All State Fair Band logoFour Lakewood High musicians have spent the last two weeks in Columbus as members of the All-Ohio State Fair Band. The Fair Band and accompanying Youth Choir have been part of the Ohio State Fair since 1925 and 1963, respectively. Representing Lakewood in this year’s band are seniors Lidia Logan and Kira Marjanovic, junior Katie Livingston and sophomore Gina Marjanovic.