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K-5 Summer School a Success

Learning doesn't stop in the summer, just ask our nearly 100 elementary students who recently finished five weeks engaged in our free elementary math and literacy skills camps. These young learners sharpened their math and reading skills and our creative teachers added in some fun STEM and Olympic-themed projects, too! The District offers these summer sessions for free for parents who may want to have their child brush up on their skills to stay sharp for the fall.

Garfield Teacher Next Harding Asst. Principal

The Lakewood Board of Education at its meeting July 15 approved Garfield Middle School teacher Hadeel Nimeh as the next assistant principal of Harding Middle School, replacing Trina Poole. Nimeh had four years of teaching experience when Lakewood City Schools hired her as a language arts teacher in 2021 and since has been an integral part of the 7th grade instructional team at Garfield.

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District Joins New Athletic Conference

Today marks a significant milestone in Lakewood and Northeast Ohio high school athletics as the Cleveland West Conference is officially established. The Cleveland West Conference will be comprised of seven school districts, including eight high schools and 10 middle schools in the Greater Cleveland area. Dedicated to promoting sportsmanship, competition, and community, the conference offers a platform for student-athletes to excel both on and off the field.

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Treasurer Explains Reappraisal Process

The District has received questions regarding the 2024 reappraisal process and how it impacts the schools. This brief explanation is provided to help the public better understand the process.
Property value is determined by the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer. This is done through a reappraisal every six years, an update every three years and an inspection of any additions or modifications to a property on an annual basis. As the cost of groceries, automobiles, and clothing increases with inflation, so does the value of real property.

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Students Honored in NYT Photo Contest

Lakewood High students had an impressive showing in the recent New York Times "Where We Are" Teen Photo Essay Contest. Participants were asked to document an interesting local community through photographs and interviews, then create a compelling photo essay. The Times received 528 entries, with categories for Winners, Runners-Up, Honorable Mentions, and Finalists. Click on Read More to see which LHS students were honored.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

Congratulations to the Lakewood High School Class of 2024! The class of 313 graduates received their diplomas at the school's 176th Commencement Ceremony on June 2 in front of a full house of family, friends and staff in the Civic Auditorium. The ceremony included speeches by students Owen Rumsey, Alex Krankowski and Edie Barcelona. The graduates and audience also heard words of support, wisdom and congratulations from Principal Joy Morgan, Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki and Board of Education President Michael J. Callahan. The ceremony included several special recognitions of student groups including 66 Hawthorne Medal recipients who earned 4.0 or better GPA and the four graduates entering the military, various honor societies and music and athlete groups. Best wishes to our graduates!

Media Art & Design Student Wins Film Award

Congratulations to Media Art & Design (MAD) student Natalie Baire for being awarded the Golden Lion Award by the Academy of Cinematic Arts. Natalie's animation film, "Cinemeow", was included along with other winners from 12 Midwestern states in the Golden Lion Award Student Film Festival in Cincinnati on May 18. So proud of you, Natalie! 

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Harrison Earns Battle of the Books Title

Harrison's fifth-grade Battle of the Books team won the districtwide competition in a thrilling final round versus Hayes! The competition, a Jeopardy-style question-an-answer game, was the culmination of the team members reading four books over the last four months and answering questions on content. It was great to see so many students excited about reading and learning to love literature!

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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. 

Global Citizenship/Awareness

trout release

 

Our high school AP Environmental students recently released over 100 young rainbow trout into the Rocky River, marking the next chapter of the trouts' lives as they make their way to Lake Erie.  From testing the Rocky River water for safety before release to the release itself, teacher Rita Chahda-Gonzalez says the students were deeply involved every step of the way.  They've nurtured these trout since they received them as mere eggs from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in January.

Collaboration

students in cafe

 

Students in the West Shore Career-Tech Transition to Work program and some of the Lakewood High MILES students called on their collaboration, critical and creative thinking skills to open The Friendship Cafe for staff at Lakewood High School. The cafe, which serves coffee, tea and cocoa, is an amazing opportunity for students to learn and practice employable skills and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Whether operating the cash register or making the beverages, the students provided service with a smile! 

By the Numbers

4,200

Students grades PreK-12

12

School buildings

20

Languages spoken by our students

20

High school AP courses

13

1:1

Devices to students ratio

99%

Teachers designated as "highly qualified"

6

Best Communities for Music Ed awards