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Congratulations to Hayes Elementary fourth grader Owen Ross on winning the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's annual "Why I Love Lakewood" contest! Owen's essay was chosen from more than 150 entries. Owen earned the right to join Santa to flip the switch on the city holiday lights at Light Up Lakewood Dec. 2. He will also read his essay at the event. You can read Owen's winning essay by clicking on "Read More".

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Grant Awarded $3,176 SEL Grant

Student Wellness Specialist Julie May has been awarded a NEA Foundations Student Success Grant of $3,176. The grant will provide the funding to replenish materials for Grant classrooms' calming corner, materials for the Tier 2 social skills and self-regulation groups, and materials for our SEL/Service Learning Project groups. "We are excited to have been given this opportunity to continue to grow great things at Grant," May said.

LHS Model UN Club Earns Honors

Congratulations to the Lakewood High Model UN team for a successful Fall Conference held Nov. 6 & 7 at the Cleveland Council of World Affairs. Several team members earned honors: 

Jack Phillips and Parker Toke won the superior delegation award, representing Vietnam.

Reagan Bratko and Coralie Barcelona won a position paper award, representing Chile.

Shannon Katzenberger won an honorable mention, representing New Zealand.

Great job by all!

Window Safety Film Installation Bids Sought

Lakewood City Schools will be accepting bids for the purchase and installation of window security film until 11:00 a.m. EST, Monday, Nov. 27, 2023, at Taft Center for Innovation, 13701 Lake Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107, attention Mr. Kent Zeman, Treasurer. Bid documents may be viewed at the link below. The competitive bids must be sealed in an envelope, addressed to the Lakewood City School District, with the name of the vendor and project name clearly marked on the envelope. The Lakewood City School District reserves the right to accept or reject any or all competitive bids. Please email interest in participating along with any questions to Mr. Chris Donahoe at Responses will be shared with those parties who have expressed interest.

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State Awards West Shore $5.78M Grant

The West Shore Career-Technical District and Lakewood City Schools are thrilled to announce that West Shore Career-Tech has received a $5.78 million career-tech expansion grant from the State of Ohio as part of the State’s efforts to improve technical education and training across Ohio. The grant will allow West Shore to build facilities to house programs in welding and micro electronic mechanical systems (MEMS), which is the technology behind computer chips, among other applications.

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Senior Earns a Perfect ACT Score

Congratulations to Lakewood High School senior Bode Smith on receiving a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam! Bode was "shocked" when he discovered his score and he has hopes that it will improve his chances of earning admission to one of his top schools, where he will study music. Of the more than one million students who take the ACT each year, on average only .25% will get all answers correct. Yours is truly a rare feat, Bode!

Lila Wright's art

Congratulations to Lakewood High seniors Turner Gilliland and Ryann Stirling on having their artwork selected for Otterbein University's 5th Annual Juried Art Exhibit! Turner and Ryann's pieces were  two of 65 chosen from more than 250 submissions. The exhibit will take place in December. Turner and Ryann are also eligible now for a $3,000 scholarship if they choose to attend Otterbein.

Pictured: Ryann Stirling's piece, "Swimming". Click on Read More to view Turner Gilliland's "Street Dreams".

Read More about Seniors' Artwork Chosen for Otterbein Exhibit
Payne Headed to State Cross Country Meet

Congratulations to senior Charlie Payne on qualifying for the Ohio Div. 1 State Cross Country Championship Meet! The top 28 runners at the Oct. 28 Regional Championship Meet move on to State and Charlie placed 10th! This is on the heels of his 5th place finish at Districts. Charlie will compete with the best in the state on Nov. 4 in Obetz, near Columbus. Good luck, Charlie! 

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Our Mission

In partnership with our families and  community, Lakewood City Schools will develop responsible citizens, who are critical and creative thinkers, committed to life-long learning, invested in a diverse  society, and prepared for technological and global opportunities.

Vision of a Lakewood Ranger

In this space we will highlight periodically the ways our Vision of a Lakewood Ranger comes alive in our classrooms and in the many enrichment activities our students enjoy. 

Growth Mindset

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The new AP African American Studies course at Lakewood High School is part of a pilot program in which LHS is one of only 60 schools across the nation participating. Teacher Austin Sparks and his students are stretching their minds and diving deep into a historical perspective that most students have not before learned at such a comprehensive level. The interest in this new course has been high from our students and the local and national media. Click on Learn More below to watch a recent local news story on Austin Sparks, the class and his students.



A partnership with First Ring First Fellowship (FRFF) program and the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District led Lakewood High science teachers Rita Chahda and Ann Pesta and their AP Environmental Science and biology students to remove a large amount of the invasive vegetation recently from a storm basin on the high school grounds. Working together with the county, the students learned about the Great Lakes watershed and how to protect it. Click on Learn More below to read about this project that also included Vision competencies of communication and global citizenship. 

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