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ACT PREP

Need to increase your reading or math proficiency for the spring ACT?  Through CollegeNow, West Shore students can sign up for “ImpACT the 216.”  It is a free program to help improve ACT scores and career & college readiness.  The program begins in early January, so sign up quickly at http://www.collegenowgc.org/locate/community-based-programs/impact-the-216/

CollegeNow will also be offering ACT Bootcamps in the spring and summer.  These are free to any high school student.  Bootcamps are typically offered on four consecutive days in four-hour sessions for a total of 16 hours at locations in the Cleveland area.  2015 dates should be available in late January.  To check the schedule, go to http://www.collegenowgc.org/locate/community-based-programs/act-test-prep-boot-camps/


CULINARY STUDENTS LEARN FROM CLE CHEFS

Junior Culinary students worked alongside four Cleveland chefs at a Cleveland Film Feast Fundraiser putting their newly acquired skills to the test.  Chefs Donna Chriszt of Table 45, Ruth Levine of Bistro 185, Karen Small of Flying Fig, Pamela Waterman of Duet Catering, and Britt Marie Culey from Coquette Patisserie treated guests to some of their favorite holiday dishes.  The students helped prepare, set-up, serve and clean up for the 75 person benefit.  “It is always a great opportunity for our first-year students to get a chance to meet and work with these chefs,” remarked West Shore Culinary Instructor Devan Corti.

Film Feasts is a series of parties, soirees, and gathering to celebrate all that is film and art in Cleveland.  All proceeds directly benefit the Cleveland International Film Festival.  This is the fifth year the West Shore Culinary students have assisted at the event held at the home of Laura and Barney Taxel.

HERE for photos


INSPIRING PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS TO CONFLICT THROUGH ARTS

Earlier this month, West Shore Interactive Media students had an opportunity to attend a workshop with artists and performers from the Beck Center.  The workshop, The Arts: Peaceful Solutions, was sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County.  A variety of workshops were offered: Mime and Movement, Improvisation, Drawing, Clay Sculpture, Watercolor Painting, Dance, Songwriting, Mixed Media, and Percussion. 

Using the theme of peace, students spent two hours working with an artist to create a work of art of a performance and then each student presented their work to the large group.

Click HERE to view photos


ASVAB TESTING

During high school students should be thinking about after high school and what career fields are interesting to them. An opportunity for students to do this is the ASVAB Career Exploration Assessment.  It is offered to sophomores through seniors at no-cost, no-obligation opportunity for career exploration and education planning.  This service project is conducted by the U.S. Army however please note that the results are not shared with the Army.  


INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS HELP SHAPE STUDENT LEARNING

West Shore Career-Technical District hosted its Stakeholder and Advisory Committee Meeting with over 100 industry, business, and community leaders gathering to provide insight, guidance, and professional connections to the West Shore programs.  

TeamNEO provided an overview of northeast Ohio economic and job sector trends (click HERE to view presentation)

 


STUDENT'S RECENT CPR TRAINING SAVES A LIFE

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


LOCAL HERO

Quick thinking and recent CPR/First Aid training helped junior West Shore Culinary student Ken Priddy to jump into action to help a fellow student today.


COLLEGE AND CAREER READY? WEST SHORE STUDENTS ARE!

As 2014 graduates are hitting college campuses or entering the workforce, we are not surprised to hear that our West Shore graduates are very prepared for the rigor of their new challenges. 

Keep reading to learn about the successful experiences of our recent graduates.


WEST SHORE GRADUATE FEATURED IN CAREER-TECH VIDEO

2014 West Shore graduate Kyle Kasper is featured prominently in Ohio Department of Education’s new video, “I am Career-Tech.” 

Click HERE to watch the video.


STATE RATINGS SHOW WEST SHORE CONTINUES TO EXCEL

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


NEW STAFF AT WEST SHORE

West Shore Career-Tech welcomes new teachers, Alex Zimmerman and Lynn Patton, to the district this school year. 

 


WEST SHORE GARAGE ON HOME TOUR

 A West Shore Construction Trades project   will be featured in the Lakewood Historical Society’s Home to Lakewood house tour on Sunday, Sept 7th.  During the 2012 – 2013 school year, the senior construction trades students built this two-story garage on Riverside Drive.


GUIDE TO EARNING COLLEGE CREDIT

Students in most West Shore programs can earn college credit while in high school.  Students should begin this process in the beginning of their senior year. Students have one year from the date of their high school graduation to complete the application process.   


CONCUSSION AWARENESS

West Shore Health Career students learned about the seriousness of brain injuries this year.  Several students took this knowledge a step further by creating educational videos on the important subject. The videos were entered into the 2014 Teen Brain Health contest sponsored by Metro Health. 

Click here to go to Metro Health’s site to view the videos.  You’ll find our students videos under “West Shore Career” or “Lakewood High School.”


CONGRATULATIONS 2014 WEST SHORE GRADUATES

Congratulations to the West Shore students who received a Career Passport at the annual recognition and awards ceremony on Tuesday May 20th.  West Shore Educational Coordinator Mrs. Linda Thayer was joined by representatives from the four partner districts: Bay Village, Lakewood, Rocky   River, and Westlake to celebrate the   achievements of their students. 


HONORING TERESE CHEVALIER'S COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS

Linda Thayer and the West Shore Career-Technical District staff honored Terese Chevalier and her 25 years of service to the students of Lakewood City Schools during a luncheon today in the Ranger Cafe.  "Ms. Chevalier has continually strived to bring out the best in her students each and every day.  This has contributed to the success of her students and has had a positive impact on our entire West Shore district.  Congratulations Terese on your outstanding career," commented Mrs. Thayer.


ELECTRONICS STUDENT SHARES STATE SPOTLIGHT

Kyle Kasper, a senior in West Shore’s Electronics   Technology program has been named the Ohio Department of Education’s Class of 2014 Success Story for Manufacturing Technologies.  The state Office of Career-Technical Education selected one student for each of the fifteen career fields from over 100 teacher nominations. Click here to read Kyle’s story as well as the other students honored in the Class of 2014.  


PETRAS TAKES TOP SPOT AT STATE


 “Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth,” but that’s not the  case for the West Shore culinary competitors at the FCCLA State  Competition held at Ohio State University from April 23rd – 25th.   Each participant placed at the top in regional competition so the  level of talent was very high.  However this didn’t shake Sahana  Petras’ nerves as she took first place and earned a Gold Medal in  the Garde Manger Category.  


INTERACTIVE MEDIA STUDENT IN GOVERNOR'S ART SHOW

For the third year in a row, a student from Interactive Media has been accepted into the prestigious Governors Art Show. Alex Sierputowski's animation "The Grave Tree" has received this honor.

Click HERE to see Alex's work.

 


BLIZZARD BAG ASSIGNMENTS

Click here to access the West Shore Blizzard Bag assignments due April 28.


LAST DAYS OF RANGER CAFÉ

Make your reservations for the final days of The Ranger Café for the 2013 – 2014 school year.  

The final days for the year are April 15, 16, 29, and 30.  The Café is closed for the week of April 21 due to the students going to the State FCCLA competition in Columbus.

The Ranger Café will re-open next October for the 2014 - 2015 school year.


CULINARY TEAM ADVANCES TO STATE COMPETITION

 The Culinary Team of D’Nautica Davis, Mackenzie Moore, Katherine Renaudin, and Andrew Summers will be heading to Columbus for the State FCCLA Competition.  This team, comprised of all Junior Culinary students, earned a spot in the State Competition through a strong showing in the Regional Competition in March.  They will be joining Sahana Petras who is competing in the Garde Manger category.

For the state competition, they have been given a completely different menu to prepare.  The team will be working hard in these next few weeks planning and practicing for their competition on April 24th .

Good luck to these West Shore students!


CULINARY STUDENTS RISE TO THE CHALLENGE AT FCCLA COMPETITION

On March 8th, West Shore Culinary students showcased their culinary skills at the FCCLA Region 3A Competition. Competing individually or as a team, all West Shore students received Silver or Bronze awards with senior student Sahana Petras qualifying for the state competition. CLICK HERE to see photos.


ROTARY RECOGNIZES TOP WEST SHORE STUDENTS

On Monday March 10th, at their annual Outstanding Student Award luncheon, the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club recognized fifteen West Shore students as the top performers in their career-technical program. Outstanding student nominees exemplify traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative. Read Article for a list of award recipients and click here for luncheon photos. 


STUDENTS WHIP UP MATH SKILLS

On Feb 28th, Chef Nowak of Black Pig and Chef Sharosky of West Shore Career-Tech's Ranger Cafe collaborated with Ms. McDonoughs' 8th grade math students at Garfield Middle School. Students worked in teams practicing their math skills and direction following to double, triple and quadruple cornbread and butter recipes.  This event was made possible with a Project Based Learning grant from LEAF- Lakewood Earth and Farm Community.  This spring students will participate in specific cooking lessons involving local produce.


2014 OUTSTANDING WORK ETHIC AWARDS

West Shore Students were recognized by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the Lakewood/ Rocky River Sunrise Rotary 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.  Chamber members, Rotarians, family, work supervisors, and school administrators gathered to celebrate the students’ success on Friday February 21st during an award breakfast at Brennan’s Banquet and Catering Center.  Click here for photos of the breakfast.


STUDENTS TO COMPETE AT GREATER CLEVELAND AUTO SHOW

West Shore Auto Technology students Nicholas Petiya and Derek Bratsch have been selected to compete in the 22nd Annual Greater Cleveland Automotive Technology Competition on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Cleveland Auto Show.  As a team, Nicholas and Derek will compete against four other teams in a “hands-on” event.  For 2 ½ half hours, each team will be identifying and addressing bugs/faults or repair issues on close to identical cars.

These teams were selected as the top performing schools based on a written exam completed earlier in the school year.  Derek and Nicholas, representing West Shore Career Tech, will be competing against teams from Euclid High School, Polaris Career Center, Sentinel Career Center, and Valley Forge High School.  The winners of the Greater Cleveland-area competition will participate in the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City.


INTERACTIVE MEDIA STUDENTS EARN AWARDS

West Shore Interactive Media students along with Lakewood High School students have been selected for awards in the prestigous Scholastic Art & Writing Competition.

 Congratulations to Alex Sierpurtowski for earning a Gold Key and moving on to compete at the national level in Animation.

Click here to read about the students' entries and awards.


SEASON OF GIVING

 

 

West Shore’s Culinary Arts students and chef instructors helped spread holiday cheer throughout the Cleveland area at several events over the last two weeks.  


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