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Summer Reading Information

Pre-K -12 Summer Reading through Lakewood Public Library
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Note: Modified Summer Reading assignments are included on the linked websites.


Register Now for Summer School

Our middle school and high school 2020 summer school program will proceed in virtual classroom settings. Deadline to register is June 5. Payment deadline is June 16. Please see the forms below for more information.

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Class of 2020 Then-and-Now Video

See how they've grown! Enjoy this then-and-now video of the Class of 2020!
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Garfield Wins $10,000 Cox STEAM Grant

garfieldCongratulations to Garfield Middle School, which has been awarded a Cox Charities Northeast Community Grant for $10,000 for its STEM and art programs. Principal Robin Beavers, who submitted the grant application, said the money will be used to purchase equipment such as 3D printers and supplies for creative artwork. "We are excited and motivated to utilize these funds for the growth and development of our students innovative ideas," Principal Beavers said.


May 18 Virtual Board Meeting Information

The Lakewood Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 7 pm The meeting will be conducted virtually.  Public comments or questions for the meeting may be submitted at https://forms.gle/k9xQUBmoEi5qE89N8 through Monday, May 18, at 3:00 p.m. Those interested may view a livestream of the public meeting proceedings at the following YouTube Channel link:



Senior Bell Earns Prestigious National Merit Scholarship

EvanCongratulations to senior Evan Bell, who is a National Merit Scholarship Corporation $2500 Scholarship winner.  Evan is one of 96 in the state to earn the scholarship. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.


Districtwide PE Day Celebration Planned

fitness logoIn honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the District physical education teachers have planned an all-city activity to celebrate. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020 all elementary and middle school students and their families are asked to
go outside in front of their homes and do their favorite physical activity or sport. PE teachers have also planned activities for their specific school buildings as well. To learn more, click here.

LHS Students Earn Top Awards in Beck/Rotary Contest

logoLakewood High students were the top award-winners in the 75th annual Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contests sponsored by Beck Center for the Arts. Lakewood students Audrey Warren was awarded first place in the Visual Arts category and Katie Spilsbury earned the top spot in the Speech contest, in which LHS students captured the top five places.

Harding Students' Poetry Earns National Publication

quillCongratulations to Harding 6th graders Ella Clasen and Audrey McNulty on having their poetry selected to be published by Creative Communications in a hard-bound anthology of students' poetry from across the nation. Creative Communications has helped to inspire and encourage student writers with our national writing contests for over 20 years. Click "Read More" to read Ella and Audrey's poems. 

District Seeks Bids for Taft Playground Equipment

The Lakewood City Schools is seeking proposals for sale and installation of play equipment designed for ages 2-5 years. The equipment is to be placed at Taft Center for Innovation, located at 13701 Lake Ave., Lakewood, Ohio 44107. Lakewood City Schools will be accepting bids until 11:00 am EST, Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Lakewood CIty School Board of Education office, 13701 Lake Ave., Lakewood, Ohio 44107, attention Mr. Kent Zeman, Treasurer. 

View complete RFP documents and instructions here.

Board Seeks Applicants for Library Board of Trustees
The Lakewood Board of Education is accepting applications for appointment to the Lakewood Public Library Board of Trustees for the seven-year term commencing September 12, 2020.  Interested candidates should mail a written letter of interest and qualifications to the Superintendent of Lakewood City Schools, 13701 Lake Avenue, Lakewood, OH  44107.  All written letters of interest must be received by the Superintendent on or before May 15, 2020. Additional information concerning the duties and responsibilities of Library Trustees is available at www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/trustee.
Harding Students Earn Jr. Model UN Honors

logoSeveral Harding Middle School students earned recognition for their position papers as part of the Jr. Model UN Spring Conference, which was held virtually April 27-28. Conference officials said all the students' work was "really high quality ... and were full of new ideas." Click "Read More" to see which students were honored and in what category.

Board OKs New School-Year End of May 20

The Board of Education on Monday night approved amending the 2019-2020 school calendar to change the end of the academic year for students from June 2, 2020 to May 20, 2020. By May 20, the District will have exceeded the state’s required instructional hours. Seniors, who traditionally end their year earlier than everyone else, will have their last day on May 14, 2020.  

LHS Team Runnerup in Academic Challenge

logoCongratulations to the LHS Academic Challenge team of seniors Evan Bell, Aidan Bohac, and Tristan Rumsey for finishing as runnerup in the Nordson Academic Challenge competition on WEWS! The Rangers finished second by 40 points to Brunswick High School. Lakewood's team earlier in the season had won its episode versus Valley Forge and Garfield Heights high schools, earning the season's top score at the time. Way to go, Rangers! The team is advised by LHS teachers Peter Petto and Bob Sedlak.

May 4 Board Meeting to be Livestreamed

The first regular meeting of the Lakewood Board of Education will be held on Monday, May 4, 2020.  The Board of Education will begin their meeting in Executive Session at 6 pm.  The Board will exit Executive session and reconvene the public meeting at 7 pm.  Both the Executive Session and the public meeting will be conducted as virtual meetings.  Those interested may view a livestream of the public meeting at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8X6Pcjqzt2OrjwiKAo-4fA/videos?view=2&flow=grid

Voters Pass Issue 28 By Wide Margin

According to the unofficial results from the Cuyahoga Board of Elections, the 3.9 mill operating levy and 1.0 permanent improvement levy was passed by Lakewood voters by a margin of 76.66% to 23.34% Thank you, Lakewood voters!

Junior Vega Earns 2nd in City Club Essay Contest

VegaCongratulations to junior Tovi Vega, who earned a second place in the 11th/12th grade category in the City Club's 2020 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Essay Contest! The contest celebrates free speech and asks students to write on a specific topic each year. This year's topic addressed the prevalence of technology and its encroachment on our privacy and how that affects freedom of speech and democracy. Great job, Tovi!

LHS Pair Have Art Selected for State Exhibit

Costello artCongratulations to Lakewood High senior Natalie Costello and junior Nola Williams-Riseng, who each had their artwork selected to be part of the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. The works are two of 275 from students across the state chosen for the exhibit, which due to the coronavirus pandemic will be a virtual exhibit this year.

Schools Ordered Closed Remainder of Year

Gov. Mike DeWine on April 20, 2020 ordered Ohio public schools to continue remote learning through the remainder of the academic year in order to keep our students, staff and community safe during the coronavirus pandemic. There is no determination at this time when the schools will re-open.

April 20 Board Meeting to Be Livestreamed

The Board of Education will meet remotely for its meeting on April 20, 2020 at 7 pm. To view the meeting via livestream, click here. The public may submit questions for the Board at this link: https://forms.gle/pRhfAiZhn8rUzfUd8

District Repeats as a Best Community for Music Ed

award logoFor the fourth consecutive year, Lakewood City Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Lakewood is one of 754 from across the country and only 47 in Ohio to earn the prestigious award.

Four Students Earn State Reflections Honors

logoCongratulations to four of our students whose artwork was honored at the state level in the PTA Reflections art recognition program! Special shout out to Grant Elementary fifth-grader Sean Miller, who won an Award of Excellence, Ohio's highest honor in the literature category for the Intermediate level. His piece will move on to national judging. Out of thousands of pieces of artwork submitted for state judging, only six students were recognized in each age level/category.


Junior's Essay Selected for NY Times Contest

JareckeCongratulations to Junior Sara Jarecke, who is one of 56 winners of this year's New York Times Connections Contest, which asks students to “connect what you’re learning in school with the world today." Sara's essay was selected from nearly 1,600 entries from 16-19-year-olds nationwide. You can read her essay by clicking on Read More.

Board Cancels April 6 Meeting

Due to the current social distancing measures and directives coming from local, state and federal officials, the Lakewood Board of Education will not be holding its meeting previously scheduled for April 6, 2020.  All other scheduled meetings of the Lakewood City School District Board of Education remain as scheduled subject to further directives from the Board President.  

27 Ranger Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors

rangermanWinter sports All-Conference awards were announced earlier this month and the Rangers can boast 27 athletes who earned All-Conference honors in the Southwest Conference, including five 1st Team selections! Click Read More to view a list of our Ranger athletes who were standouts among their peers.

District Artists Earn Regional Recognition

Regional judging for the Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition was recently completed and Lakewood High and West Shore students had the third highest number of artwork pieces selected to move on to state-level judging of all the Northeast Ohio districts! 

No School Monday March 16, 2020

With the increasing number of positive cases of COVID-19 throughout the state emerging over the weekend, we’re exercising an abundance of caution and we have decided to close all our school buildings (including before and aftercare) tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020.

March 16 Board Meeting to Be Livestreamed

The District is asking that residents not attend the March 16, 2020 Board of Education meeting at Harding Middle School. Residents will be able to watch the proceedings via livestream. Click here for the livestream broadcast that will begin at 7 pm on March 16.

Coronavirus School Closure Plan

Please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page for the latest information.

Schools Closed for 3 Weeks Beginning March 17

From Superintendent Barnes: Gov. DeWine has ordered all Ohio schools closed for three weeks beginning Tuesday, March 17 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Gov. DeWine, students will not report to school from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 3. During these three weeks, there will be no school-sponsored activities. This also includes all Recreation Department activities. There are many details to work out as we consider this decision’s ramifications for both students and staff. We will communicate our plan as soon as we are able. For those parents whose children attend one of our partner child care providers located in our buildings, we suggest you contact your child care provider as those programs will not take place in our schools during the three-week closure.

These are unprecedented times and we will all need to pull together to help keep our community safe. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unchartered waters.

Listen & Learn March 11 Session Postponed

The March 11 Listen & Learn session with Dr. Barnes has been postponed. We hope to reschedule at a later date this spring.

Big Ranger Sports Weekend

ranger guyThe Rangers were rocking in the postseason this past weekend as two of our Indoor Track & Field athletes competed at the State Meet and wrestler Shamique Bryant qualified for the Div. 1 Wrestling State Tournament! Meanwhile, our Ranger boys basketball team played in the District Final and ended up with the runner-up trophy. Congratulations to runners sophomore Teeghan McGann, who set a school record in the 800 meters, and senior Cormac Peppard-Kramer, who finished 6th in the state in the 1600 meters. Congrats to all of our Ranger competitors, including great performances by seven more of our wrestlers at the District tournament.

Local Biz Owners Collaborate with Harding Students

entrepreneur meetingHarding 6th grade advanced social studies students had the opportunity to learn about economics and how to be an entrepreneur by collaborating with several Lakewood small business owners. The owners of Brewella’s Coffee and Crepes, Stem Handmade Soap, Root Cafe, Lion and Blue, Freddy Hill Designs, Everarbore Co., Norris Family Chiropractics, and CARE Nonprofit spent the day sharing and working with our young entrepreneurs. 

Roosevelt Unveils New House System

House of AmistadIf it worked for Hogwarts, why not Roosevelt Elementary? Last week after much planning by the Roosevelt staff, a new shool house system was unveiled to the Roosevelt community with exciting sessions of virtual wheel spinning where students found out which house they will call home and a kickoff all-school assembly to reveal staff house assignments and  house expectations.

Culinary Students Medal in State Contest

ChefsOur West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts students were stars at the recent Family, Careers, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) regional competition in Columbus on February 29. Our students who competed all won gold medals for  their creations except for one student. The students worked many additional hours after school to perfect their recipes. Click on Read More to see who are the award-winning chefs.

Staff Spotlight: Giuliano & Prindle

staff spotlight logoCongratulations to assistant custodian Tony Giuliano and Emerson Elementary kitchen manager Leanne Prindle on being selected as the District's March Staff Spotlight honorees! Click on "Read More" to learn why these two have been chosen by their peers to be honored.

Grant, Lincoln Students Shine in Math Tournament

math graphicOn February 22, nearly two dozen students from Grant and Lincoln competed in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics' annual Problem Solving Tournament. Grant sent 12 students and Lincoln eight, along with teachers Christine Masgras, Jessie Holland and Sean McGuan (Grant) and Kate Bunsey (Lincoln). The students have been preparing and practicing since fall for the competition. All students came home with trophies or ribbons. Wonderful to see them all working hard, persevering and having fun with math! Congratulations!

Holdens, Coach Chosen for Hockey All-Star Tournament

Ranger hockey guySenior goaltender Rob Holden, forward Will Holden  and Ranger hockey head coach Mark Ferfolia have been selected to participate in the Greater Cleveland High School Senior All-star Tournament to be held at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Friday, March 6. The competition will have players on four teams in a 4-on-4 competition beginning at 3 pm. The draft for the teams will be held this Thursday night at 7pm at the BW3 in Fairview Park and will be streamed live on Sports on Tap. The Holdens were also recently selected to play in the state all-star game!

Jackson Brothers Win SWC Wrestling Titles

Jackson brothersThe Lakewood High School wrestling team competed in its last Southwest Conference championship tournament and left with two individual titles and a runner-up. Congratulations to senior Milan Jackson, who won the 160-lb. weight class, and junior Jayden Jacskon, who won the 170-lb. weight class. Also reaching the awards podium were sophomore Brandyn Bates (220 lbs.) as runner-up, and junior Nistor Krizan (195 lbs.), who took third place. The team moves on to Sectionals Feb. 29 at St. Ed's. 

Senior Ashley Captures Sectional Bowling Title

AshleyCongratulations to Lakewood High senior Megan Ashley, who finished first in a field of 61 bowlers on February 15 to capture the OHSAA Sectional championship. Megan finished with a total of 553 points and will now move on to compete February 23 at Stonehedge Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls in the OHSAA District Tournament.

Horace Mann's CHAMPS Cafe Featured on TV

Champs cafe logoThe CHAMPS Cafe, run by the CHAMPS program for students with special needs at Horace Mann Elementary, was recently featured on WEWS Newschannel 5 due to a CHAMPS parent running the Cleveland Marathon in May to benefit the cafe. The parent has raised more than $1,500 so far for the cafe. Click the link below to see how the CHAMPS program and the cafe are changing lives.
View CHAMPS Cafe video

Taft Open House Postponed

The Open House for Taft Center of Innovation that was scheduled for March 11, 2020 has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled at a later date. The Listen & Learn with Dr. Barnes that was scheduled for Taft on March 11 at 6 pm will now take place at the Ranger Cafe at Lakewood High School.

Harding Club Lends Hand to Senior Shoppers

Shopping at GENearly 10 years ago as a teacher at Garfield Middle School, Pam Thompson saw a need for bringing together girls outside the classroom to form a group that could encourage and support each other during the often difficult middle school years. She wanted a group where the girls could form strong bonds and a sense of belonging. That group became the Margaret Warner Ladies Luncheon Club thanks to a Margaret Warner Educational Grant from the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation and is in its third iteration at Harding

Senior Holden Sets New School Hockey Record

hockey rangerLakewood High School senior Will Holden set a new school record for most career goals scored on Feb. 8 when he scored four goals in a Ranger victory versus Canfield. Holden's four goals brought his career total to 141, breaking the previous record of 138. Congratulations, Will!

LHS NHS Chapter Welcomes 40 New Members

NHS logoThe current members of the Lakewood High National Honor Society welcomed 40 new members into the prestigious academic group at an induction ceremony held at the Civic Auditorium on Feb. 6. Gaining entry into NHS is the highest honor a school can bestow upon a student.

Contest Recognizes Hayes Custodian Kantor

KantorThe staff and students at Hayes Elementary School know what a gem they have in head custodian Kris Kantor. Now, people across the country know it. Kantor was recently chosen as one of three nationwide quarterly winners in the Custodians are Key contest sponsored by Tennant Co., a provider of cleaning products and solutions.

W. Shore Student Art Part of Black History Display

Shields artworkCongratulations to our West Shore Media Art & Design students who have had their artwork selected to be included in the the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court's Black History Month display. Select works from students from across the county are currently on display on the 1st floor of the Justice Center, along with profiles of prominent African-Americans in the local and state judicial system. Congratulations to Darnasia Shields, Turner Sorge, WIllow Rosser, and Kathering Skourlis. Click Read More to see the chosen artwork.

LHS Mock Trial Team Takes Home Honors

gavelEarlier this month, the Lakewood High School Mock Trial team competed in the district Ohio High School Mock Trial competition sponsored by the OCLRE (Ohio Center for Law Related Education) and held at the Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland. The LHS team came away with a trial victory and individual awards for three team members.

Staff Spotlight: Roudebush & Trentel

spotlight logoCongratulations to February Staff Spotlight honorees: Garfield Middle School art teacher Leah Roudebush and Grant Elementary lunch and recess monitor Janet Trentel! Please click on Read More to find out why these two staff members were singled out by their peers for their excellent work.

Swimmers, Diver Earn Conference Medals

At its final Southwest Conference Championship Meet, the Lakewood High School Swimming & Diving team turned in some great individual and relay performance that earned a number of competitors spots on the awards podium at the Westlake Rec Center on January 24 & 25, 2020.

Reflections Celebrates Student Creativity

Reflections lofoFrom Lakewood Council of PTAs: Congratulations to the students who entered the Lakewood Council of PTAs Reflections Program. This year’s theme, Look Within, challenged our students to actually look within. We are so proud to share the dancer, artists, writers, and photographers who participated. 

Board Offices Moved to Taft Center for Innovation

TaftThe Board of Education headquarters has moved from its longtime location at 1470 Warren Road to its new home in the Taft Center for Innovation, located at 13701 Lake Ave. The Board's new home was formerly Taft Elementary School until it closed in 2008. The building has been completely renovated and will also house the District's new all-day preschool program beginning in August 2020.

Acad. Challenge Team Returning to Nationals

NAQT^ logoDue to its very successful outcomes in recent tournaments, the Lakewood Academic Challenge Team once again has qualified for the National Academic Quiz Tournaments'  National Tournament in Atlanta in late May.  This will be the seventh straight year that the team has qualified for a national tournament.

Staff Spotlight: Hvizdos & R. Smith

logoCongratulations to Hayes Elementary teacher Nancy Hvizdos and Roosevelt Elementary teacher Renee Smith on being named our February Staff Spotlight honorees! Click on Read More to find out why these two special staff members deserve this honor. 

LHS Students Attend Art Museum Teen Summit

summitThirteen LHS students on January 15 traveled to Cleveland Museum of Art to participate in the museum's Teen Summit. Summit participants learned about how museums work and the processes that happen behind the scenes to make an exhibition come to life. Through the creation and final product of a miniature 3-D exhibition, students went through a full design process in which they learned how to generate, prototype, and present ideas. Participants worked on communication skills, teamwork, and creative problem-solving. Thanks to teacher Autumn Sabin for connecting our students with this opportunity!


Senior Awarded Trip to French Engineering Camp

HudakWhen Lakewood High senior Nicole Hudak signed up as a freshman for West Shore Career-Tech’s Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program, never in her wildest dreams did she imagine it would lead to an all-expenses paid trip to France.  But here she is, headed to Clermont Ferrand, France in June as one of only two United States high school students to attend a materials engineering camp. The camp is sponsored by ASM International’s Education Foundation.

Garfield's Lynch Wins Grant to Attend Int'l Math Conference

LynchCongratulations to Garfield Middle School math teacher Barb Lynch on receiving a travel grant from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) to attend The International Congress on Mathematical Education 14 (ICME-14) in Shanghai, China next summer! ICME is held every four years and offers an opportunity for educators from the United States to discuss issues related to mathematics education with international leaders from developed and developing countries.

Program Offering Free Monthly Books to Kids Under 5

booksFamilies in Cuyahoga County can now take part in the Imagination Library program through the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library and receive a free, age-appropriate book for every child under age 5. All children from birth to age 5 living in the county are eligible to receive a book. Your child will be able to create a home library of up to 60 books, instilling a love of books and family reading from an early age. To enroll your child, click here. For more information, check out this cleveland.com story.


Martzolf Selected as an Ohio Teacher Leader Liaison

MartzolfHorace Mann Elementary teacher Allison Martzolf has been selected as one of 50 educators to participate in the first cohort of the Ohio Teacher Leader Liaison program. This new, innovative and prestigious network of teachers from across the state will engage with the Ohio Department of Education on topics related to current and future education initiatives in the state. As an Ohio Teacher Leader Liaison, Martzolf and her peers will gain knowledge and skills related to trust-building, communications, feedback and use of data as well as acquiring understanding of state government roles and processes related to education.

2020-2021 Preschool Registration Opens Jan. 13

a b cPreschool registration for Lakewood residents for the 2020-2021 school year will open on January 13, 2020. In addition to our current half-day offerings for 3-5 year-olds, next year will also include a full day option at our new Taft Center for Innovation in the former Taft Elementary building. Non-residents may begin registering on February 3, 2020. Call 216-529-4214 for more information and also visit our webpage.

Lakewood Project Concert Coming Jan. 24

lakewood project logoLakewood High School's rock orchestra, The Lakewood Project, will join with the E5C4P3 - Escape - The Journey Tribute band for its Friday, January 24th concert. The concert will kick off at 7:30 pm in the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Lakewood Project and E5C4P3 will each do a set then join for a combined set as well. Tickets are $8 adults and $3 student, in advance, and $10 and $5 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the LHS Bookroom or by calling 216-529-4047.

Students Earn More Than 40 Scholastic Art Awards

Nola artCongratulations to our students from Lakewood High School and the West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design program who won highest honors among the 41 awards earned in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition held in December. LHS and West Shore students won seven Gold Keys, the highest honor given, including two each by senior Natalie Costello and junior Nola Williams-Riseng.

New Rec Dept. Booklet Now Available

Rec coverThe Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s Winter Booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the youth/adult programming, athletics and aquatics that the department offers this Winter as well as its summer camp offerings. Click here to view the booklet.

LHS Students Integral to Youth Council Creation

When Lakewood High junior Olivia Patterson was asked by one of her teachers to apply for a new City of Lakewood task force that would be in charge of developing the city’s first Youth Council, Olivia jumped at the opportunity. “I really wanted to make a difference and youth don’t usually get the chance to make a change in the city,” Olivia said. The new Lakewood Youth Council will officially be active in January but the hard work behind the creation of this exciting new advisory group for our city has been going on since April thanks to the dedication of Lakewood High students.

Board Approves March 2020 Levy Issue

At a special meeting December 10, the Board of Education acted upon and unanimously approved the recommendation by Superintendent Mike Barnes and Treasurer Kent Zeman to place a 3.9 mill operating levy combined with a 1.0 mill permanent improvement levy on the March 17, 2020 ballot. This levy will cost taxpayers less than $2 a month more than they currently pay, based on a property valuation of $100,000. Due to sound financial practices and restructuring and refinancing of existing debt, the new issue will not change the current tax rate, but will be a small tax increase because of a law change.

Coffee Chat About Elementary Report Cards Set

cupParents are invited to a Coffee Chat hosted by the Departments of Teaching and Learning and Student Services on the new elementary report card on Tuesday, December 17 from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the Emerson Art Room. Come share your thoughts on the new format!

Cleveland Orchestra to Play Concert at Civic

orch logoThe Cleveland Orchestra is pleased to present a free community concert for Lakewood residents and families on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Lakewood Civic Auditorium. This concert is presented as part of the Orchestra’s Neighborhood Partners program which unites communities through music. Free tickets will be available for pick-up at various Lakewood libraries and businesses in January 2020. We hope you will join us!”

Lincoln Student Wins "Why I Love Lakewood" Essay Contest

ZenoviaCongratulations to Lincoln Elementary fourth grader Zenovia Parkanzky on winning the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's annual “Why I Love Lakewood” essay contest. The contest is open each year to fourth grade students living in Lakewood. More than 170 essays were entered in the contest. Zenovia's prize includes $100 cash, a ride in the Light Up Lakewood Parade on Dec. 7. She will also help “flip the switch” to turn on the downtown holiday lights during Light Up Lakewood. Click "Read More" to read Zenovia's winning essay.

Register Now for Kindergarten 2020-2021

kindergarten logoKindergarten registration for 2020-2021 is now open. Register at the Board of Education at its new location at 13701 Lake Ave. in the former Taft Elementary building, now the Taft Center for Innovation.. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2020 in order to be age eligible to enter kindergarten. Registration materials can be found on this website under Student Registration. Registration is by appointment only. 

Board Hears First Reading of Resolution to Proceed with Levy

At its December 2 meeting, the Lakewood City Schools Board of Education had the first reading of a resolution to proceed with the consideration of placing a 3.9 mill levy and 1 mill permanent improvement (PI) levy on the March 17, 2020 ballot. Due to responsible refinancing, sound financial practices, and property value growth, some of the District’s current debt service millage will be reduced, which allows the District to pursue this much-needed levy that will keep our funding stable. This levy would result in a no new tax rate and would cost taxpayers less than $2 a month more than they currently pay, based on a property valuation of $100,000.

Staff Spotlight: Coleman & Teer

logoHayes Elementary media assistant Michelle Coleman and Harding Middle School math teacher Quinci Teer are December's Staff Spotlight honorees! Congratulations to these two outstanding staff members! Click "Read More" to find out more about these two hard-working employees. 

Sounds of the Season Set for Dec. 13 & 14

music notesA favorite Lakewood City Schools holiday tradition, Sounds of the Season, is just around the corner! The concert will include our top performance ensembles from Lakewood High School as well as our elementary honor choir. There will be two chances to see this crowd favorite: December 13 and December 14 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $5 in advance at the LHS Bookroom (216-529-4047) or $8 at the door.

Board Takes First Step Toward Proposed Levy

The Lakewood Board of Education voted unanimously at a November 25 special meeting to take the first step to place a 3.9 mill levy and 1 mill permanent improvement (PI) levy on the March 17, 2020 ballot that will not increase the tax rate for the community. The additional resources will help the District to expand academic programming, retain and recruit professional staff, expand the preschool program, bolster mental health services, and maintain District facilities.


Ranger All Conference Honors Include MVP

RangermanCongratulations to our Ranger student athletes who have been recognized by the Southwestern Conference for their outstanding efforts during the fall 2019 season, including MVP, senior runner Cormac Peppard-Kramer, and seven All Conference 1st Team members! Click "Read More" to find out who earned honors for their sport.

Students/H2O Gearing to Launch Home Alone Program

logoA group of 11 Lakewood High students spent hundreds of hours this past summer and the first months of the school year devoting their time to a project that has become near and dear to their hearts. They are working together to create the Home Alone Youth Leadership Program for Help To Others (H2O). Their work on the program, which aims to educate 9-12-year-olds how to safely be home alone or with younger siblings, has given them leadership skills that will serve them well long after their time with Home Alone.

District Hosting Senior Citizen Holiday Breakfast

wreathThe District will be hosting a free holiday breakfast for our community's senior citizens on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 8:45 am at Garfield Middle School. Join Superintendent Michael Barnes and members of the Board of Education for a festive, morning! Hear from some of our talented music groups, enjoy great food, and listen to Superintendent Barnes give an update on the District. RSVPs are required by Dec. 3. Please call 216-529-4074, or email christine.gordillo@lakewoodcityschools.org.

PTA Hosting "Screenagers" Documentary Viewing

The Lakewood Council of PTAs is hosting a screening of filmmaker Delaney Ruston' documentary, "Screenagers" on Monday, November 11 at 7 pm in the Civic Auditorium. "Screenagers" addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on— depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it. This film is recommended for students age 10 and over. It lasts 60 minutes and there will be a Q&A afterward.

Staff Spotlight: Foote & Saksa

spotlight logoCongratulations to Teaching & Learning Coordinator Christine Foote and Lakewood High Health teacher Jason Saksa on being named our November Staff Spotlight honorees! Please click on Read More to learn why these two have earned the recognition of their peers. 

PCA Workshop for Parents of Athletes Set for Dec. 2

PCA logoThere will be a parent workshop led by Positive Coaching Alliance Cleveland for parents of our Ranger athletes on Monday, December 2 at 6 pm in the LHS cafeteria. This 75-minute workshop explores the role of a high school Second-Goal Parent. Topics include how parents can help ensure their student-athletes’ experience yields healthy, developmental outcomes that will serve them far beyond the playing field, guidelines for developing a positive Coach/Parent relationship, scenarios and discussions about academic eligibility, injuries, cutting from teams, and the role of parents in high school sports.

Board Seeks Financial Advisory Committee Applicants

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. Duties of the committee include reviewing the annual state audit, conducting pre- and post-audit meetings, sharing business and financial “best practices” information, and reviewing the treasurer’s five-year forecast. The committee meets on a quarterly or as needed basis. 

Peppard-Kramer Finishes in Top 50 of State

Cormac runningCongratulations to senior Cormac Peppard-Kramer, who qualified for the Division 1 Cross Country State Tournament! Cormac finished 49th of 186 runners at the meet on Nov. 2 in Columbus. The race capped off an amazing season for Cormac, who was SWC champion and District runner-up. Best wishes to Cormac as he continues his cross country career in college.

Board Seeks Applicants for Library Board of Trustees

The Lakewood Board of Education is accepting applications for appointment to the Lakewood Public Library Board of Trustees for an unexpired seven-year term ending September 12, 2026. Interested candidates should mail a written letter of interest and qualifications to the Superintendent of Lakewood City Schools, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, Ohio  44107. All letters of interest must be received by the Superintendent on or before December 2, 2019. Additional information concerning the duties and responsibilities of Library Trustees is available at www.lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/trustee.

Cross Country Team Qualifies for Regionals

footCongratulations to the boys' cross country team and girls' team member Sadie Gregg on qualifying for the Division 1 Regional Meet on October 26 in Boardman, Ohio by virtue of their performance at the District Championship Meet October 19. The boys' team was led by seniors Cormac Peppard-Kramer, who was second at Districts, and Patrick McCallum, who finished 13th. Junior Aidyn Zingale also finished in the top 20 at 17th. Freshmen Sadie Gregg finished 19th to qualify for Regionals.

Lincoln 5th Grader Named Junior Fire Chief

CadenCongratulations to Lincoln 5th grader Caden Sandoval on earning the title of Lakewood Junior Fire Chief! The Junior Chief is chosen from among all District 5th graders through an essay contest on the Fire Prevention Week topic of the year, which for 2019 was "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!" Caden's essay was chosen as the best for Lakewood. As is tradition, on October 17 the new Junior Fire Chief was given a special ride to school in a fire engine truck. Caden also read his winning essay at the annual Firefighter Recognition Ceremony October 12. Congrats again, Caden!

Peppard-Kramer SWC Cross Country Champ

CormacCongratulations to senior Cormac Peppard-Kramer on capturing the boys' cross country Southwest Conference individual championship on October 12, 2019. Cormac won the race going away with more than 10 seconds between him and the runner-up. Helping boost the Rangers to its second-place team finish was senior Patrick McCallum, who finished third overall. On the girls side, the team finished 6th with sophomore Teeghan McGann the top runner at 11th place. Congrats to all!

Garfield Hosting Blood Drive Oct. 21

blood drive logoGarfield Middle School is hosting a Blood Drive on Monday, October 21 from 3-7 pm in the school cafeteria. Please go to redcrossblood.org to sign up to be a donor!


Parent Resources for New K-5 Report Cards

For those who could not attend the parent information sessions on the new elementary report cards, this video offers an explanation of the new format. There are also some Parent FAQs to help further clarify the standards-based format.


W. Shore Student Wins Billboard Design Contest

billboardFor the third straight year, a West Shore Career-Tech Media, Art & Design student has won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge. Congratulations to senior Natalie Costello for her winning design! The contest requires students to create a billboard design that tackles the issue of distracted teen driving. Madisyn Kelly and Micah Inak were winners the previous two years.

Guzowski & Mews Oct. Staff Spotlight Winners

Staff Spotlight logoCongratulations to Lakewood High Intervention Specialist Aimee Guzowski and Garfield Middle School EL teacher Patty Mews on being named the District's Staff Spotlight honorees for October. Guzowski and Mews will be honored at the October 7 Board of Education meeting held at 7 pm at Harrison Elementary School. Click Read More to learn more about these two outstanding staff members.

RangerThe LHS volleyball program will be holding a fundraisers on Friday, October 18 at Vosh Nightclub in Lakewood. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Ticket includes appetizers, one free drink, reduced beer and wine prices and free valet parking. For more information and how to buy tickets, click here.

District Outlines Focus Areas in Video Series

Our Vision of a Lakewood Graduate strategic vision to build career and college ready graduates will work only if we have the foundational pillars in place to support it. In a series of three videos over the next month or so, the District will introduce our three community driven focus areas that will provide this foundation. Our first focus area is Student-Centered Learning. Please watch this brief video to learn more about this important focus area.


LHS Showcase Night Set for Oct. 8

LHS Showcase flyerOn Tuesday, October 8 from 6-8 p.m., Lakewood High School will host its second annual LHS Showcase Night. The event is designed to share with the community all the opportunities available to an LHS student, from the abundance of extracurricular activities, to the wide range of curricular options such as Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus, and career-tech classes. Academic departments, sports teams, and extracurricular groups will be set up throughout the cafeteria and gym to share their stories. The evening will also include a Q-and-A session for parents of students not currently in the District interested in LHS. See you there! 

3 Commended Students Join Our Nat'l Merit Semifinalists

Commended ScholarsEarlier this month we celebrated Lakewood High’s two National Merit Semifinalists – Evan Bell and Aidan Bohac – and now we toast our three Commended Students! Congratulations to seniors Emma Carson, Emma Hirsch and Alexander Weber.  More than 1.6 million students in over 22,000 high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship Corporation competition by taking the PSAT their junior year. Commended Students represent the top 5% of PSAT participants.

Parade Kicks off Homecoming Weekend

Block LFrom senior Colin Sabo: Communities nationwide use Homecoming Weekend as a time to celebrate the return of their former students. Lakewood is no exception. On Friday, September 27, Lakewood High will honor its graduates with thrilling high school football game and a beautiful Homecoming parade, sure to remind the Lakewood alumni of what makes this community such a great place to call home. 

Congrats to LHS's Two National Merit Semifinalists

Bohac and BellCongratulations to Lakewood High School seniors Evan Bell and Aidan Bohac, who have been named National Merit Semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Corp. competition. This designation recognizes Evan and Aidan as among the top students in the nation.

Parent Info Sessions Set for New K-5 Report Cards

The Teaching & Learning Department will be holding information sessions on the new Standards-Based Report Cards for elementary students for parents who wish to learn more. The meetings are:

  • Wednesday, October 9th, 9:15-10:15 am, Grant Cafetorium
  • Wednesday, October 9th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, LHS Cafetorium
  • Tuesday, October 15th, 6:30-7:30 pm, LHS LRC Conference Room (for families with students with disabilities)

Click Read More to learn more about the new report cards.

Come Chat with Dr. Barnes @ LIsten & Learn

BarnesDr. Barnes will be holding his first Listen & Learn session of the year on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 6 pm in the Ranger Cafe at Lakewood High School. Listen & Learn sessions are one hour informal conversations about issues of importance in the District. Bring your thoughts, concerns and ideas!

LHS Musicians Make All-State Orchestra

All State Orchestra studentsAs has become tradition, Lakewood High orchestra students have been selected for the prestigious Ohio Music Educators Association’s All-State Orchestra. Students must first be chosen for one of OMEA’s five Region Orchestras to be eligible to audition for the All-State ensemble. Congratulations to senior cello player Grace Gill, junior harpist Nina Seckers, and freshman violist Lydia Kress for their selection to the top state orchestra. Senior Emma Carson was chosen as an alternate for violin.

New Fall Rec Booklet Has Arrived

bookletThe Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s Fall Booklet is now available. It has a complete listing of all of the Youth/Adult Programming, Athletics and Aquatics that the department has to offer for this fall. 

Fall Booklet

LKWD Rides ready to roll on Sept. 21

bikeJoin Mayor Summers and Superintendent Barnes for the first LKWD RIdes event! This community bike ride will take place on Saturday, September 21. Meet at 8:15 am in front of the Lakewood High Cafeteria. The ride will start at 8:30 am with the route going from LHS, west on Franklin Boulevard, north on Belle Avenue and finish at Lakewood Park. There will be light snacks in the Kiwanis Pavilion. Bring your helmet and come join the fun!

Congrats to LHS's 76 AP Scholars!

AP logoThe growing number of Advanced Placement courses (16) available at Lakewood High School has translated into a growing number of AP Scholars as well. Seventy-six members of the Classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021 have earned AP Scholar Awards – including three National AP Scholars - in recognition of their outstanding achievement on the AP Exams taken each spring. Congratulations to all our AP Scholars for their outstanding accomplishment! Click Read More to see the list of Scholars.

Bids Sought for Taft Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment

The Lakewood City School District Board of Education (Board) hereby gives notice that sealed bids for the Taft School Elementary Renovation Project FF&E will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019, at the Lakewood City School District, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH 44107.  Requests for information shall be made to Mr. Kent Zeman, Treasurer/CFO, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH 44107, kent.zeman@lakewoodcityschools.org. The Project documents, on which each bid should be based, including the requirements for each bid, are on file and may be examined The Cleveland Builders Exchange, Inc. 9555 Rockside Rd., Suite 300 Valley View, OH 44125. Click here for complete RFP.

Band Festival Marches into Stadium Sept. 21

Band logoThe Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band has been working hard since June to prepare for game days as well as a performance at one of the District highlight events of the year - the annual Lakewood High School Marching Band Festival. The festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.

Freshmen Tailgate Kicks Off Aug. 30

footballOn Friday, August 30, 2019, LHS will host its first Freshmen Tailgate Party! The fun starts at 6 pm in the D Lot near the north end of the football field. Students with school IDs will receive free food, play games, and receive free entrance to the home opener versus Amherst High School. Freshmen, make sure to wear your Fresh Start t-shirt.

Harding's Thompson Chosen as CMA Fellow

ThompsonHarding Middle School English Learner (EL) teacher Pam Thompson is on of 10 educators from across Northeast Ohio chosen to be Cleveland Museum of Art Teaching Innovation Fellows for the 2019-2020 school year. She follows in the footsteps of previous Lakewood Schools CMA Fellows Sean McGuan and Autumn Sabin.

Board/PTA Ice Cream Social is Sept. 3

coneJoin the Lakewood Board of Education members and the Lakewood Council of PTAs for their annual Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:15 pm in the Garfield gym. The event is a back-to-school tradition and fun for all ages! Board members will be scooping out the ice cream so it's a great chance to chat with your elected officials before their Board meeting at 7 pm. Come chat with your neighbors, enjoy a sundae, and listen to the sounds of the Middle Schools Band!

Rangers Educ. Foundation Awards Teaching Grants

LREF logoThe first day back for teachers on August 19 included learning who was awarded one of the 17 teaching grants distributed by the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation for innovative classroom and extracurricular projects. The Foundation awards the grants each year from the Margaret Warner Educational Grants Fund, the Meinke Creative Teaching Grant Fund, and Foundation funds. This year's grants totaled just over $9,000.  

Ranger Athletics Required Workshop Set for Aug. 23

The Lakewood City School District has joined with the Positive Coaching Alliance to work alongside District coaches, parents, and athletes to help create a positive sports culture within the Ranger program. This will allow for athletes to not only enjoy the best experience, but excel on and off the sports arena. The alliance requires all parents, coaches, and athletes to attend a PCA workshop to help them understand their unique role and help identify their own personal goals as a parent, athlete or coach. The first free workshop for parents and coaches will be August 23 at 6:00 pm in the LHS Cafeteria.  If you are unable to attend, you will be required to take the online course at a cost of $20. We encourage everyone to attend the free, live session as it allows for a more engaging opportunity to learn how to help your athlete excel at their highest level. You can learn more about the workshop in this flyer.

City Seeks Respondents for Resiliency Survey

city logoThe Resiliency Task Force for the City of Lakewood has been meeting for over a year to discuss how Lakewood can be resilient into the future. The task force has released a survey to Lakewood residents to learn about what they like about Lakewood, and what shocks and stresses they face. The task force wants to hear from a large cross-section of Lakewood residents, and it’s important that it hear from young people. Please take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2CCMG2V.  

Board Adopts New Strategic Vision

The Lakewood Board of Education, at its August 5 meeting, adopted Vision of a Lakewood Graduate as the District’s strategic vision moving forward. “The Vision of a Lakewood Graduate represents the hopes, dreams, and aspirations that the Lakewood Schools community has for its graduates,” Superintendent Mike Barnes said.

LHS Fresh Start Aug. 20; Grades 10-12 Start Aug. 21

Lakewood High School is excited to introduce a new Fresh Start orientation for the 2019-2020 school year!  The first day of school on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 will be dedicated to freshmen and other new students to Lakewood High. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will report for their first day on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Walk-In Registration Now Available

The 2019-2020 school year begins August 20 (August 21 for grades 10-12). If you have not registered your child for school yet, you can take advantage of our walk-in registration at the Board of Education (1470 Warren Road) daily from 9 am - 4 pm July 29 through August 16. Those with an Internet connection, please complete your pre-registration online before coming. Those without access can receive help at the Board of Ed. Walk-in registrations are handled first come, first served. Please make sure you have all required documents when you arrive.

Marching Band Festival Preview Set for Aug. 14

band logoJoin the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band for its annual preseason Festival Preview on Thursday, August 14 from 5-9 pm at Lakewood Park. Bring your lawn chairs, relax and listen to this sneak peak of the performances to come in the 2019 season, including the Marching Band Festival on Saturday, September 21. The Band Festival will include six high school bands and the Bowling Green State University band. Donations will be accepted at the Preview and will go toward purchasing new uniforms for the band. Depending on your donation level, you may be able to hear your favorite, song or cadence played!

School Supplies Drive Is Underway

suppliesThe annual school supply drive, Supplies 4 Success (S4S), has kicked off! Many of our students may find it difficult to buy the supplies necessary to compete academically throughout the school year and Supplies 4 Success helps relieve students and their families of this burden. Over the past seven years, the summer supply drive has been able to support over 500 students each year with the supplies needed.  Please see this flyer to find a location near you to drop off donations. Thank you to all the local businesses willing to be a collection spot!

Board Celebrates LCA Class of 2019

gradCongratulations to the  members of the 20th and final graduating class of Lakewood City Academy! 13 graduates received their diplomas in a commencement ceremony that was part of the June 3 Board of Education meeting at Emerson Elementary School. The teachers and staff of LCA congratulated the seniors and their families for persevering and accomplishing an important milestone that will launch them into their next phase of life.

Summer Reading 2019

Summer reading assignments are now available:

Middle Schools
High School