The Lakewood City Schools is grateful for a recent grant of $10,000 awarded by The Healthy Lakewood Foundation. The is the second Covid Response Grant received by HLF that is used to fund the District's coordinated care program that helps provide basic needs and connect with resources/agencies for families who are struggling.
Congratulations to Grant Elementary fourth grader Landon Metz on winning the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's annual "Why I Love Lakewood" contest! Landon earned the right to flip the switch with Santa on the city holiday lights at Light Up Lakewood and read his essay as well at the Dec. 3 event. You can read Landon's essay by clicking on "Read More".
Congratulations to Harding Middle School intervention specialist Helen Cornelison and Hayes Elementary intervention specialist and District multi-sensory literacy instruction specialist Christine McElwee on being named our December Educator Spotlight honorees! Learn more about these two by clicking on "Read More".
Congratulations to Roosevelt Elementary teacher Maureen Manderfield, who was honored by the Cleveland Cavaliers at center court on Nov. 30 as Head of the Class Educator! The Cavs recognized Mrs. Manderfield's impact on students and their families through her 36 years of teaching for the Lakewood City Schools and for her many contributions to Roosevelt and the District. The Cavs also made her an honorary captain for the game and was seated in owner Dan Gilbert's suite. Such a well-deserved recognition!
The Lakewood Board of Education at its Nov. 21 meeting unanimously approved a resolution stating its opposition to a proposed anti-LGBTQ+ resolution under consideration by the Ohio Board of Education. The resolution states that the state's proposal: "contradicts Lakewood City Schools Board of Education Policy...(and) is also in opposition to Lakewood's Vision of a Lakewood Graduate, specifically the values of empathy and global awareness and violates the ideals of human kindness and inclusion that are so valued by the Lakewood Community."
The resolution encourages the community to contact the State Board of Education to express their opposition to the proposed legislation.
Congratulations to the Lakewood High School Model UN Club on an outstanding fall conference and to sophomore Shannon Katzenberger for winning her second straight Gavel Award for best delegate at the conference! In addition to Shannon's award (representing St. Lucia), Jack Phillips and Maya Trempe won an honorable mention and a position paper award (representing Ethiopia) and Cassie Auck and Tarik Ibrisagic also won a position paper award (representing the Netherlands) at the conference held last week. Great work by all the students participating and by adviser Lauren Kindstrand.
The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities is collaborating with the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children to revise The Guide to Parents Rights (parent notice). Families who have children with disabilities are invited to participate in an open forum discussion to give feedback on the revisions to the parent notice. The forum will take place via Zoom on Dec. 8 and 15 from 6:30 - 8 pm. If you are not a parent of a child with a disability, feedback opportunities will be available to professionals throughout Ohio soon.
Congratulations to Lakewood High seniors Bee Rohrs and Lila Wright on having their artwork selected for Otterbein University's 4th Annual Juried Art Exhibit! Bee and Lila's pieces were two of 65 chosen from more than 250 submissions. The exhibit will take place in December. Bee and Lila are also eligible now for a $2,000 scholarship if they choose to attend Otterbein.
Pictured: Lila Wright's "Encircled." Click on Read More to view Bee's piece, "Fly High."
Garfield Middle School staff and students showed their respect and support for our country’s veterans during the 24th annual Veterans Day Recognition Program Nov. 10. Students spoke with veterans during a breakfast sponsored by H2O before the schoolwide assembly, which included inspirational words by guest speaker, Army veteran Chris Zurawski.
Congratulations to the winners of our Educator Spotlight honor for November: Lakewood High School intervention specialist Rachel Bonsky and Harding Middle School cafeteria staff member Jean Toler! Learn more about these two staff members by clicking on Read More.
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.
Students grades PreK-12
High school AP courses
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Best Communities for Music Ed awards