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Kindergarten Registration Open for 2019-2020 School Year

 a b c'sKindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now taking place at the Lakewood Board of Education at 1470 Warren Road, by appointment only. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2019 in order to register. To begin the process, click on the Student Registration link under Quick Links on the left side of this page.

New IT Leader to Join District in Aug.

KallayThe Lakewood Board of Education has approved Brent Kallay as the District’s Associate Director of Information Technology. Kallay, currently an integration technician with the Mayfield City Schools, will replace Technology & Communications Coordinator Paul Hieronymus, who is leaving the District.

LHS First Day for New Students Only

fresh startLakewood 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.

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.

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

classThree hundred and one Lakewood High School seniors marched across the stage to receive their high school diplomas on Sunday, June 2, in front of a Civic Auditorium full of their family, friends and teachers. Graduates received their diplomas from Board of Education President Linda Beebe along with congratulations from Superintendent Mike Barnes and LHS Principal Mark Walter.

Hannah Finishes 4th & 7th in State in Hurdles

Tyler HannahSenior Tyler Hannah wrapped up his incredible high school track and field career finishing in the top 10 in the state in two hurdles events! Tyler finished 4th in the state in the 300 meter hurdles and 7th in the state in the 110 meter hurdles at the State Tournament in Columbus on June 1. Tyler came into the meet as Regional champ in the 300 meters and Southwest Conference champ in both events. We wish Tyler well as he continues his athletic and educational career at Ashland University.


Graduation Ceremony Livestream

Click the following link to view the June 2 Commencement Ceremony live, beginning at 2 pm:


LCA to Become Franklin School of Opportunity

FranklinAfter months of gathering input from all stakeholders, including student and parent input, the District has landed on a name for its alternative learning school. The program that currently operates as part of Lakewood City Academy and is housed at the former Franklin Elementary Building will be called the Franklin School of Opportunity beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

Kindergarten Summer Readiness Program Cost Sliced

abcThe District's new Kindergarten Readiness Summer Program has cut its price from $200 to $100! Financial scholarships are available. Students entering Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year can acquire readiness skills this summer. Instruction will be led by a certified Lakewood City Schools preschool teacher and speech and language pathologist. In addition, Speech and Language Pathology graduate student interns from Cleveland State University and Kent State University will be conducting supervised lessons. Deadline to register is June 7! Click here for more info.

Horace Mann Honored for Focus on Student Health

1st gradeHorace Mann Elementary staff have embraced the idea of educating the whole child and their efforts are being recognized. Recently, the Cleveland Clinic Civic Education Department honored Horace Mann for its efforts in implementing Clinic programs that help students learn how to be caretakers of their own health.


Juniors' Leadership Institute Project Tackles Teen Relationships

first ring logoEarlier this month, a team of five Lakewood High School juniors and their mentors, teachers Aimee Guzowski and Gray Cooper, participated in the yearlong First Ring Student Leadership Institute. The institute is part of the First Ring Schools Collaborative, which brings together the school districts contingent to Cleveland in order to work together to solve issues that are common to all first ring districts and promote public school education.

Academic Challenge Shines at National Tournament

Academic Challenge teamCongratulations to the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team on its excellent performance in the 2019 High School National Championship Tournament where the team joined 335 of the top high school quiz bowl teams in Atlanta May 24-26. Lakewood finished the preliminary rounds with a 6-4 record, which qualified the team for the playoffs.

Rangers Selected for All-Conference Honors

SWC logoCongratulations to our Ranger spring sports athletes who earned All-Southwest Conference honors, including five First Team selections! Click on Read More to see who were singled out for their outstanding performance over the season.

Garfield's Black 8th in State Power of Pen Contest

Layla and coachesCongratulations to Garfield 8th grader Layla Black, who placed 8th in the State Tournament of the Power of the Pen creative writing competition! Layla was one of 750 contestants that advanced to the competition held at the College of Wooster My 23-24. In the competition, writers are given prompts to jump-start a story. The writers have 40 minutes to finish their essay or short story. Power of the Pen advisers Maggie Bacher and Leslie Eiben said they couldn't be more proud!

Regional Champ Hannah Headed to State

Tyler HannahCongratulations Tyler Hannah, who is headed to the Division 1 State Track & Field Tournament after finishing first in the 300 meter hurdles and third in the 110 meter hurdles at the Regional meet on May 24. Tyler will compete in Columbus on May 31. Junior Cormac Peppard-Kramer also competed at Regionals and finished in 11th place in the 800 meters. Congratulations to both Tyler and Cormac and coaches Mike Dow and Dan McWilliams!

Emerson's Mollison Featured in Northeast Ohio Parent

Jennifer MolliosnNortheast Ohio Parent's June issue features a "Teacher Spotlight" and our own Jennifer Mollison of Emerson Elementary is one of the dozen area teachers chosen to be highlighted! Northeast Ohio Parent asked readers to nominate one of their child’s favorite teachers — educators who go above and beyond when it comes to their actions for their students, schools and communities. Click here to see why Mrs. Mollison was nominated and by whom.

Middle School Mock Trial Teams Take Top Honors

Garfield teamGarfield and Harding middle schools each took two teams to Columbus to compete in the statewide Middle School Mock Trial Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, where 47 middle school teams went to trial against each other over a three-day period in early May at the Ohio Supreme Court Building. Each of the schools' team members earned numerous "Best" awards in the process.

Celebration of Excellence Salutes Academic Standouts

handshakeOur academic superstars were in the spotlight at the 36th annual Celebration of Excellence academic awards ceremony held May 21 at the Civic Auditorium, as the District honored 307 students in grades 6-12 for having achieved a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters this school year. The senior class had a record number of 70 students earning recognition.  They received their awards from Superintendent Barnes and Board of Education members Linda Beebe, Emma Petrie Barcelona and Betsy Shaughnessy.

District Pays Tribute to 2018-2019 Retirees

retireesAt the May 20 Board of Education meeting, District administrators and the Board bid a fond farewell and saluted 11 of our 15 employees who are retiring. The retirees and their guests enjoyed a reception at Garfield Middle School prior to the recognition ceremony with plenty of food and mingling among colleagues, family, and friends.



Hannah's Two District Titles Leads Ranger Runners

HannahLakewood High’s Tyler Hannah continues to bolster his case as one of the best track and field athletes in the school’s history as the senior added two District hurdle titles to his two conference titles in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles. He moves on to Regionals, as does the 4x400 relay that finished fourth (with Tyler, Devon Brown, Jack Hueter, and Cormac Peppard-Kramer). Cormac also qualified for the 800 meters with a third-place finish.

Lincoln Wins First 5th Grade Battle of Books

Lincoln champsThe first 5th Grade Battle of the Books is in the books and Team Lincoln is the winner! Team Harrison gave them a run for their money in the final but came up short. About 100 5th graders from all seven of our elementary schools, plus a team from Lakewood Catholic Academy, participated in the event, styled in the format of Jeopardy. Each team had two rounds to score points by answering questions about the eight books they read this school year.

Harrison PreK Teachers Honored

PreK teachersHarrison preschool teachers Sarah Holokai and Greg Stormer received an awesome surprise today when representatives from Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children early childhood program presented the pair with their 2018-2019 Parent Partner Award for their great work with the Ready Rosie program. Ready Rosie provides teachers with short, simple online videos to share with parents to view at home to reinforce concepts.  Representatives from PNC's Grow Up Great program also rewarded the teachers with new iPads and accessories! Congratulations to these two fabulous teachers! Click "Read More" for more photos.


Junior Auck Sets School Shot Put Record

AuckCongratulations to junior Christina Auck, who set a new school shot put record with her 36’ 8.5” throw at the OHSAA Div. 1 District Finals at Amherst High School yesterday! The record has stood since 1984. Christina finished 5th in the competition. 

5th Grade Battle of the Books

May 17 is our first ever 5th Grade Battle of the Books! About 100 5th graders from all seven of our elementary schools, plus a team from Lakewood Catholic Academy, will square off at Lakewood Public Library in a Jeopardy-like game to see which school knows the most about the nine books they have read this school year. We will be livestreaming the event so if you want to check in on the fun, click at the link below:


Click here to see when your school competes.

LIncoln Raises $7,000+ for American Heart Assn.

lincoln kidsLincoln Elementary enjoyed another wildly successful Jump Rope for Heart campaign as the school raised $7,516 for the American Heart Association! The school celebrated with an assembly where the Jump Rope Club performed amazing feats and the top fundraisers earned the right to throw a cream pie in the face of their favorite staff member! It was all good fun and the best part is, the students learned about being heart healthy and helped raise awareness of heart disease. Congratulations to all the students and to PE teacher Nicole Anderson for leading the charge!

Boys Grab Four SWC Track & Field Titles

teamCongratulations to the boys' varsity track and field team on a Southwest Conference Championship Meet that included four conference crowns, including two by senior Tyler Hannah as he defended his 110- and 300-meter hurdle titles! Junior Cormac Peppard-Kramer won the 800-meter run and Tyler and Cormac were also part of the 4x400 relay that came from behind to win their event. Joining Tyler and Cormac on the awards podium for the 4x400 relay were seniors Devon Brown and Jack Hueter. Cormac and Devon earned medals for a second-place finish in the 1600 meters and third in the long jump, respectively. Congratulations to these Rangers and all the athletes who competed at the meet!


2019 Summer School Application Now Available

Information and application for the two 2019 Lakewood Schools Summer School session are now available. The first session begins on June 7, 2019. 

Summer School application & information

Lakewood Project "The Jungle" Concert May 18

Lakewood Project logoThe Lakewood Project spring concert is dubbed "The Jungle" and will feature songs centered around animals.The spring  is designed by the students. The concert will also feature small ensembles showcasing the group's top musicians' talents and creativity. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $3 for students in advance. At the door, prices will increase to $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available in advance by calling the Lakewood High School Book Room at 216-529-4047.

Board Approves New Hayes Elementary Principal

FortunaThe Lakewood Board of Education on May 6 approved Eric Fortuna as the next principal of Hayes Elementary School. Fortuna will be replacing Sandy Powers, who is retiring, and begins his new position on August 1, 2019.

New Rec Dept. booklet now available

Rec bookThe Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s summer booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the Youth/Adult Programming, Athletics and Aquatics that the department has to offer for this summer. Click link below to view.

Rec booklet

Staff Spotlight: Duhr & Holton

staff spotlight logoCongratulations to Garfield Middle School BRIDGES teacher Tricia Duhr and Lakewood High paraprofessional Karen Holton on being named the May Staff Spotlight honorees! Please click on Read More to learn why these two outstanding staff members were nominated by their peers for this honor. 

Harding's Maxhimer Named PTA's Outstanding Educator

MaxhimerThe Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 1 at Harding Middle School including thousands of dollars in scholarships to four seniors and the Educator of the Year award, which went to Harding language arts teacher Marc Maxhimer. It was also announced that Maxhimer has been named the Educator of the Year for Ohio PTA District 11 as well.

Garfield's Lynch Earns Outstanding Math Teacher Award

LynchCongratulations to Garfield Middle School teacher Barb Lynch, who was selected as an Outstanding Mathematics Educator by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics! Lynch will be honored at the organization's May 16 awards banquet. "She is a true model for excellent classroom instruction, engagement and student growth. We are very proud of Barb and honored to have her as a member of the Garfield Staff," said Principal Robin Beavers.

Barnstormers Performing "Mamma Mia!" May 2-4

logoThe Lakewood High Barnstormers Drama Club will perform the musical "Mamma Mia!" on May 2, 3 & 4 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $8 in advance by calling the LHS Book Room at 216-529-4047 or $10 at the door. Don't miss what is sure to be a great show!

LHS Grad's Portfolio Chosen As National AP Art Sample

MIcah InakFor anyone who had the pleasure of viewing 2018 Lakewood High graduate Micah Inak's artwork, you know that Micah is an exceptionally talented artist. As high schools across the country prepare for students to take their Advanced Placement (AP) exams this month, thousands of art teachers are viewing Michah's work in the portfolio she submitted last year for the Studio Art: Drawing exam (which, of course, received a top score of 5). Out of more than 20,000 portfolios submitted last May, Micah's was selected to be posted on the AP website as the sample for teachers to view to understand the portfolio components and requirements for this year's students' work.

LHS Chosen Best Public High School by Scene

LHSLakewood High School has earned the top spot for Best Public High School in Cleveland Scene Magazine's The Best of Cleveland 2019 issue. LHS edged placed ahead of Rocky River, Solon, Cleveland Heights, and Shaker Heights high schools. We are proud of LHS and all our schools! Incidentally, Lakewood was named Best Neighborhood as well!

21 at LHS Inducted into French Honor Society

French honor society logoCongratulations to the 21 Lakewood High students who were recently inducted into the French Honor Society! In order to be eligible, a student must have taken at least three years of French, have earned at least an A- GPA in their French studies and a B+ GPA in their overall studies. Click on Read More to see the list of 2018-2019 inductees.

Model UN Club Returns from Memorable Cornell Conference

Model UN presidentsThe Lakewood High School Model UN Club recently attended a 3 1/2-day conference at Cornell University that lef them bone tired but filled with long-lasting memories. Due to the exemplary leadership of co-presidents and seniors Nick Cleary and Elizabeth Halko (pictured), the club was able to raise over $5,000 selling candy bars and conducting bake sales. Even more impressive, however, was the proposal that the pair made to the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation, resulting in the securing of a $5,000 grant that benefited the entire club. Club advisor Chuck Greanoff said he can't thank his co-presidents, and the LREF, enough for their four years of unfailing commitment to the club and its members. 

Art Teacher Vargas Creates Magical Mural

muralHarding Middle School art teacher Cesar Vargas has created an extraordinary piece of art designed to spark the imagination and encourage every student who walks into the school’s library to pick up a book and read. The mural does not disappoint. “I wanted to show the worlds reading can take you to, and that you can read anywhere,” Vargas said of his inspiration for his piece, called simply, “Read More Books.” 

Aber Named Next Principal at Roosevelt

AberThe Lakewood Board of Education at its meeting on April 15 approved Allison Aber as the next principal of Roosevelt Elementary School, replacing Eileen Griffiths, who is retiring. Aber, who is currently principal at Longfellow Elementary School of Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools, begins her position on August 1, 2019.

Everybody But the Seniors Show is April 25

artworlThe Everybody But the Seniors Art Show will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 4-7 pm in the Lakewood High Art Atrium. Come see the fantastic work our freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have created this school year. An awards ceremony will be held at 6:30 pm and light refreshments will be served.

Please Participate in Survey on Direction of District

The District is asking for input about the direction of the Lakewood City Schools and what you value most in the District. Please take five minutes to complete this online survey by Friday, April 26.This survey is managed by a third party. All responses will be reported anonymously and used only in the context of a summary report. Thank you for your time and participation. We value your input and look forward to hearing from you!

Click here to access the survey.


Harding's Balliett Awarded Grant to Study Eco Programs Abroad

BaillettHarding Middle School STEM teacher Laura Balliett has been chosen to be a 2019 Fund for Teaching-Jennings Foundation Teaching Fellow. This award will allow Balliett to observe three environmental education programs this summer in Bali, Indonesia and Borneo, Malaysia - the Green School, the Indo Ocean Project, and the Rainforest Discovery Center.

District to Join Great Lakes Conference in 2020

GLC logoBeginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the Lakewood City Schools athletic teams will move from competing in the Southwest Conference, where the District has been a member since 2015, to competing in the Great Lakes Conference. The move will provide more balanced competition for Lakewood teams and allow them to better develop, and in some cases rekindle, rivalries with schools that are in closer proximity to Lakewood.

Academic Challenge Team Headed to State Tourney

AC teamCongratulations to the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team on qualifying for the Ohio Academic Competition state tournament! The team joins the tournament roster having achieved one of the top four average point scores in all regional competitions (comprised of 67 teams) in team category and alphabet round questions. The team competes for the OAC title May 11 in Columbus. Members of the qualifying team are Evan Bell, JT Bobik, Aidan Bohac, Tim Daso, Michael Ferrone, and Sasha Seckers. 

Fox 8 to Feature District in Pledge of Allegiance Spots

Lakewood City Schools will be the featured school district in May for Fox 8's Morning News Show Pledge of Allegiance spot. Each of our elementary schools and middle schools had students recorded and their pledges will air once or twice in the month of May at approximately 6:40 am. Click "Read More" to see a schedule and links to the Pledge recordings.

Juniors Take 1st, 2nd in Hiram Writing Contest

Hiram writing cotnest winnersLakewood High students took home the top two spots in the Hiram College Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest and had several other finalists, including an honorable mention award. Earning first place was junior Halina Dreger and runnerup was junior Tyler Biddulph.

District Earns Award for Clean State Audit

The Lakewood City School District has been awarded the Auditor of the State Award for excellence in financial reporting for the fiscal year 2018 as determined by the office of Auditor Keith Faber. The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. 

District Offering Kdg. Readiness Summer Program

Students entering Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year can acquire readiness skills this summer during Lakewood’s Kindergarten Readiness Summer Program. Instruction will be led by a certified Lakewood City Schools preschool teacher and a certified Lakewood City Schools speech and language pathologist. Lessons will emphasize understanding and using language concepts needed for classroom success.

Staff Spotlight Honorees: Bunsey & Sheils

spotlight logoCongratulations to I.T./Videography Specialist Doug Bunsey and Lakewood High English teacher Pam Sheils on being named the District's April Staff Spotlight honorees! Please click Read More to find out why these two deserve to be recognized as they were suggested by their peers.

LHS Students Snag Top Awards in Beck/Rotary Contest

rotary logoLakewood High students were top award-winners in the 74th annual Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contests sponsored by the Beck Center for the Arts. Lakewood students swept the speech category and took the top spot in the music category as well.


Students' Art Chosen for Airport Water Exhibit

Seth Marroquin artCongratulations to West Shore Media Art & Design students Sarah Drago, Sara Bitter, Madi Kelly, Riley Geyer, Seth Marroquin (art pictured), and Sophia Ashby for being chosen as winners of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport's "Celebrating Clean Water, Igniting the Future" youth art contest. Our students' winning art will be displayed at the airport and seen by thousands as part of a year-long exhibit celebrating the connection of the importance of our rivers, lakes and oceans to you and the world. The exhibit runs through the end of the year. 

District Earns Best Communities for Music Education Award

BCME logoLakewood City Schools has earned its third straight Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Lakewood is one of only 38 districts in Ohio that earned the designation.

Junior's Art Chosen For Gov.'s Exhibit

jane's artCongratulations to Lakewood High junior Jane Kalinowski, whose artwork has been chosen to be part of the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition in Columbus. Arline Olear is Jane's teacher in Art 3. Judges received more than 1,000 entries from high school students across Northeast Ohio.

Artists Earn 1st, 2nd in State Reflections Contest

logoThe Lakewood Council of PTAs Reflection Committee recently announced that five of its submissions for judging at the state level earned recognition for further artistic merit. In the high school visual arts category, senior Riley Geyer won first place, which qualifies her piece to move on to national judging. Garfield Middle School seventh grader Nora Germaine earned a second place in the state in the middle school visual arts category.

LHS, Garfield Students Awarded Science Fair Honors

sci fair logoCongratulations to our high school and middle school students who participated in the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held March 11-14 at Cleveland State. Our students won many honors, including special industry awards that included cash prizes. Click Read More for a list of winners.

Music Boosters Sing & Serve is April 12

Boosters logoThe Music Boosters will host its third annual Sing & Serve event on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6-10 pm in the Lakewood High cafeteria. Join our music teachers for a night of fun, food, and karaoke! There will be Angelo's Pizza meals for $5 and the chance to sing a song with your music teacher! For more details, click here.

LHS Students Earn National Scholastic Art Awards

Lillian and IngaLakewood High School senior Lillian Horschke and freshman Inga Wilhelmy have earned national Silver Medals in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. This competition is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. More than 340,000 pieces of art were submitted for the contest and earning a national award puts Lillian and Inga in the top 1% of participants.

LHS Club Hosting Reptile Show March 14

lizardWhat: The LHS Herpetology Club will showcase some of the animals from its collection in its Reptile Show on March 20. The event will take place in Room C111 at LHS from 9-11 am. Space is limited so please RSVP here by March 14. After the short presentation, you will have time to explore the exhibits and ask questions. Herpetology Club members will help facilitate hands-on experiences for the kids, ages 0-10*. Cost: is only $3 (cash only) per child! All proceeds benefit the club. Park behind LHS and enter Door 11 (off of Robinwood). Contact Cory Streets with any questions at cory.streets@lakewoodcityschools.org

*Reptiles and amphibians carry salmonella; therefore, direct animal contact is not recommended people with compromised immune systems.


8th Grader Qualifies for State Geography Bee

HollandCongratulations to Harding 8th grader Jamie Holland, who has qualified for the Ohio Geographic Bee! Jamie, who is the Harding Bee champion, is one of 100 middle schoolers from across the state who will compete for the Ohio title and a chance to move on to the National Bee in Washington, D.C. Jamie earned the right to take a qualifying test for the State Bee by winning the Harding Bee. The State Bee will take place in April in Columbus. Nationally, more than 10,000 4-8 graders take part in the Bee.

Ranger Athletes Earn All-Conference Honors

SWC logoCongratulations to our winter sports student-athletes who have been honored for their skills by the Southwest Conference by including them on 1st and 2nd All-Conference teams, as well as Honorable Mention lists. Special shout out to our three 1st Team selections: basketball players Tommy Sala and Tim Smith, and swimmer Sistina Simcox.

Band, Orchestra Each Earn Top Contest Rating

music notesCongratulations to the LHS Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, which both earned the highest rating possible at their respective Ohio Music Educators Association Adjudicated Event. The Chamber Orchestra, directed by Beth Hankins, earned a Superior rating in the highest class level of AA and the Wind Ensemble, directed by Dale Hildebrand, earned a 1 rating in the college level category.

Hannah Places 13th in Nation in Hurdles

Tyler HannahCongratulations to senior Tyler Hannah for his 13th-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles at the New Balance Nationals Indoor held March 8-10 in New York City! Tyler's national finish is on the heels of him capturing the state title in the event. We look forward to seeing what heights Tyler will reach as the spring track and field season begins!

Lakewood PD Youth Basketball Tournament April 6

basketballThe Lakewood Police Dept will its annual Youth Basketball Tournament on Saturday, April 6 at Lakewood High. The tournament consists of fifth graders from all seven elementary schools competing in a single-elimination tournament. The first game begins at 9 am with the championship game at 2 pm. Lakewood Community Services Center representatives will be present to collect cash donations, non-perishable items, and hygiene products for the less fortunate. The Police Department also has joined with the Lakewood Teachers Association for a raffle. The drawing will be held at halftime of the championship game. Winners need not be present. This fun-filled, community day is free of charge. 

$8K Raised for St. Baldrick's Brave the Shave Event

Jimmy TRudelStudents and staff of Lakewood High raised nearly $8,000 for St. Baldrick's Foundation and pediatric cancer research. On Friday, March 8, eleven people willingly had their heads shaved for the cause, including three teachers. The top fundraiser was junior Jimmy Trudel with more than $2,000 raised. Stylists from local salons such as Crazy Mullets donated their time to be the barbers. Beyond the money raised from individual solicitations, bake sales and button sales helped the organizers boost the donation level. 

Cardboard Boat Regatta Shows Fun of Physics

boat raceThe 17th annual Lakewood High Physics Cardboard Boat Regatta sponsored by Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions once again showed that learning about physics and its principles can be a lot of fun and not every boat floats!

Nine Students' Work Honored in Gov. Art Exhibit

Nine students from Lakewood High and West Shore Career-Tech's Media Art & Design program had their art selected to move on to the state-level judging in the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition regional competition held March 9. Artwork selected from among the regional award winners will hang in the Statehouse in Columbus for one month.

Rotary Honors Outstanding West Shore Students

West Shore logoThe Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Club recognized 16 West Shore Career-Technical District students at their annual Outstanding Student luncheon March 4 at the Rocky River Civic Center. Students are acknowledged as the top performers in their career-technical program. Outstanding students share traits of leadership, academic excellence, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative. 

Hannah Wins State Title in Hurdles!

Tyler Hannah with medalCongratulations to senior Tyler Hannah, who won the Division 1 Indoor title in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.96 seconds! Tyler was seeded second going into the race and narrowly beat out Muhammad Fall of Reynoldsburg by .09 seconds. Tyler will next compete at the New Balance Nationals Indoor competition in New York City. Joining Tyler at the State Tournament at the Spire Institute were juniors Christina Auck, who finished 15th in the shot put, and Cormac Peppard-Kramer, who finished 18th in the 800 meters. Proud of all our Rangers!

Staff Spotlight Honorees: Groh & Smolen

Staff Spotlight logoCongratulations to Lakewood High School secretary/recordkeeper Deb Groh and Grant Elementary preschool teacher Cheryl Smolen on being named our March Staff Spotlight honorees! Please click on Read More to find out more about these two outstanding staff members and why they are so deserving of their honor.

LHS Academic Challenge Team Wins SWC Title

Academic Challenge logoThe Lakewood High Academic Challenge Team continues its legacy of excellence as the varsity squad  wrapped up its regular season Southwest Conference play undefeated at 9-0. The team earlier this year had earned invitations to Regional Ohio Academic Challenge Tournament and also to the National Academic Quiz Tournament to be held in Atlanta in May. Congratulations to all the team members and to advisers Peter Petto and Bob Sedlak!

Grant, Lincoln Teams Shine at Math Tournaments

Lincoln Math team AOn February 23, two sets of District elementary teams competed in a Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics event and both the Grant and Lincoln Elementary teams came away with many honors and awards!

Three Qualify for State in Indoor Track

Rangerman logoCongratulations to our qualifiers for the Division 1 State Championship Tournament taking place March 2 at The Spire Institute. Our athletes competing among the top 24 in the state are junior Christina Auck in shot put, junior Cormac Peppard-Kramer in the 800 meters, and senior Tyler Hannah in the long jump and 60 meter hurdles, in which he is seeded second in the state. Congrats and good luck to all our Rangers!


Garfield Hosting Blood Drive March 4

blood drive logoGarfield Middle School will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, March 4, 2019 from 3-7 pm in the school cafeteria. Please sign up to donate at redcrossblood.org by using the sponsor code of Garfield Middle School.

Wrestler Awad Wins Sectional, 4 Others Headed to Districts

Yousef AwadThe Lakewood High wrestling team enjoyed a successful Sectionals tournament on February 23, led by two-time Sectional champion Yousef Awad! Joining the junior Yousef at the District tournament March 1 & 2 in North Canton will be freshman Rubyn Semedo (placed 3rd at 120 lbs.), sophomore Jayden Jackson (2nd, 145 lbs.), junior Spencer Reynolds (4th, 195 lbs.), and freshman Brandyn Bates (4th, 220 lbs.). Senior Ahmed Muhammad and sophomore Jimmy Trudel both placed 5th in their weight class to qualify as alternates. Congratulations to all!

Junior Ashley is Sectional Bowling Runnerup

Megan AshleyCongratulations to junior bowler Megan Ashley, who finished second in the individual event at the Divisin 1 Sectional tournament on February 17. Megan will be competing at the District tournament on February 23 at Roseland Lanes.

NHS Chapter at LHS Inducts 58 New Members

NHS logoThe current members of the Lakewood High National Honor Society welcomed 58 new members into the prestigious academic group at an induction ceremony held at the Civic Auditorium on February 14.Gaining entry into NHS is the highest honor a school can bestow upon a student.

Garfield 8th Grader Wins District Wrestling Title

Muimayn SaltiCongratulations to Garfield 8th grader Muimayn Salti for capturing the 176-pound title at the Ohio Athletic Committee District tournament wrestling meet held February 17 in Oregon, Ohio. Muimayn will compete as one of 48 state qualifiers from all over Ohio for a chance to win the Junior High State Championship March 16-17 in Youngstown. Good luck to Muimayn as he vies for the Junior High state title!

Harrison Turns School into Black History Museum

Museum signMichael Jackson, Barack Obama, Josephine Baker, Garret Morgan – these are just some of the names honored as part of Harrison Elementary School’s Black History Museum, created to celebrate Black History Month. Harrison staff members were looking to do something extra special this year for the month of February and came up with the idea of transforming the entire school into a museum.

Showcase Event to Share All LHS Offers

LHSThe Lakewood High School Showcase event is scheduled for Thursday, February 28 from 6-7:30 pm. 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. The evening will also include a session for parents of incoming freshmen to talk about scheduling and a session for parents of non-public students interested in LHS. Click here for more information.

11 Swimmers & Divers Qualify for Districts

rangermanThe Lakewood High swimming and diving team will be sending 11 athletes to Districts following the success of the team at the Division 1 Sectional meet on Saturday at CSU. Two divers and two swimmers qualified individually, and seven other swimmers qualified as members of the four relays that qualified to compete on February 15 & 16 at Bowling Green State University.

Open Enrollment for 2019-2020 Begins March 1

The Open Enrollment period for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on March 1, 2019 and continue until March 31, 2019. An online form will be available on this website beginning the morning of March 1, 2019. Notification of Open Enrollment status will be as follows:  The first round of decisions will occur in June. Second-round decisions will occur in August. Kindergarten decisions will not be made until August.  If you have any questions regarding Open Enrollment, please call 216-529-4203.



District Seeks Bids for Taft Pre-Renovation Work

The Lakewood City School District Board of Education (Board) hereby gives notice that sealed bids for the Taft School Pre-Renovation Asbestos Abatement & Removal of Light Tubes and Ballasts, will be accepted until noon on Monday, February 25, 2019, at the Lakewood City School District, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH 44107. Please click on the link below for more information relating to this Invitation to Bid.

Invitation to Bid
Bid Package Addendum

Gblah Wins Male High School Athlete of the Year

Malvin GblahCongratulations to senior and soccer All-American Malvin Gblah on winning the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards' Male High School Athlete of the Year honor! Malvin was one of three finalists for the award, which was given at a ceremony hosted by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission on February 7. Malvin's accolades, in addition to his All-America award earned earlier this year, include:



  • 2018 OSSCA All-Ohio First Team
  • 2018 All-Greater Cleveland Player of the Year
  • 2018 All-Greater Cleveland First Team
  • 2018 All-Lake Erie Regional Team
  • 2018 All-Southwest Conference 2nd Team
  • 2018 GCSSCA All-Star First Team

Malvin's success is even more remarkable when you consider that he came to the United States four years ago from an African refugee camp and found his home here in Lakewood and on the soccer field. We are so proud of all Malvin has accomplished!

LHS History Club Presents on Civil Rights Movement Feb. 10

Please join the Lakewood High History Club for its Black History Month presentation on the spirit of achievements of the Civil Rights Movement. Explore the long struggle for voting rights, equal access to education and employment, and the end of Jim Crow laws. The presentation is Sunday, February 10 at 7 pm in the Lakewood Public Library main branch auditorium. LHS student Gina Marjanovic and Joshua Thornsberry, Garfield Middle School teacher, will present.

Costello & Williams Share Staff Spotlight

staff spotlight logoCongratulations to Hayes Elementary and Harding Middle School Media Specialist Kevin Costello and Lakewood High Book Room Manager Pam Williams on being chosen as the February Staff Spotlight honorees! Click on Read More to learn more about these deserving colleagues.

28 Students' Work Moving on in Reflections Contest

Reflections logoThe creativity and imagination of our students were celebrated at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held Jan. 29 at Garfield Middle School. Seventy-three artworks from preschool through high school were honored. Of those 73 pieces of art, 28 were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging, with winners to be announced in late spring. Overall, 150 students across the eight PTA schools entered the contest.

Conference Champs Results Include Title for Swimmer Simcox

Sistina Simcox on podiumCongratulations to the Lakewood High swimming and diving team for a successful Southwest Conference Championship Meet that included sophomore Sistina Simcox winning a conference title! Many other Ranger swimmers and divers placed in the top 12 to earn points for their team as well.

LHS Team Fares Well in First Mock Trial Competition

attorneysFor the first time ever, Lakewood High School participated in the annual Ohio Mock Trial competition, sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law Related Education.  Mock Trial is a program where students are given a case folder with facts and legal cases, and then present a trial. The participants act as lawyers and witnesses. The team did well in the competition, including winning a Best Attorney award.

LHS to Host Viewing of Toni Morrison Documentary on Feb. 4

Foreigner's Home posterLakewood High School welcomes the community to a viewing of the documentary "The Foreigner's Home, " which explores author Toni Morrison’s artistic and intellectual vision for her 2006 exhibition of the same name at the Louvre. The documentary was directed by Oberlin College Cinema Studies professors Geoff Pingree and Rian Brown. Brown will be at the showing for a Q&A session afterward. The event is Monday, February 4, 5:30-7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. There is no admission fee to attend. Recommended for middle school and older.

District to Expand Alternative Ed Opportunities

The Lakewood Board of Education has approved a plan for the District to move into a new era of alternative education programming that entails reconfiguring Lakewood City Academy. The District will no longer sponsor LCA as a community charter school and will begin its own program in the former Franklin Elementary School building.

Successful Acad. Challenge Team Headed Back to Nationals

Academic Challenge logoOver the past couple months, the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team has competed successfully in two major tournaments.  At the Solon Tournament in November, Lakewood finished fifth of 32 schools. At the Olmsted Falls Tournament four weeks ago, the team finished second of 38 schools.  Because of that success, the team has qualified for the Regional Ohio Academic Challenge Tournament (OAC) in late April and the National Academic Quiz Tournament (HSNAQT) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Video Celebrates Vibrancy of Lakewood City Schools

We are proud of all the Lakewood City Schools offers our students and of the engaged, hands-on learning that happens in and out of our classrooms! Take a peek.....



Board Seeks At-Risk Manager for Taft Renovation Project

The Board of Education of the Lakewood City School District ("Owner") is soliciting statements of
qualifications for a construction manager-at-risk in connection with the renovation of Taft School for Board
offices, adult education classrooms, Pre-K classrooms, professional development classrooms, renovation of
parking and playground, and additional related improvements as deemed necessary by the Owner (the
“Project”). The deadline for submission of a statement of qualifications is 4:00 p.m. on February 14, 2019.

Owner’s Request for Qualifications for Construction Manager at Risk Services
Addendum #1: Bonding/Insurance

Emerson 2nd Graders to Benefit from Two Grants

The recent awarding of nearly $3,600 in grant money will allow for some deeper learning to take place in the second grade classrooms at Emerson Elementary School. The grants were awarded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and Target.

Students Earn Top Honors in Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Winning photoStudents from Lakewood High School and the West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design earned a  high number awards in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition held in December, including eight Gold Keys, the highest honor given, and 44 total pieces honored overall. Lakewood students were also well-represented at the Silver Key and Honorable Mention levels.

Roosevelt Repeats as High Progress School of Honor

RooseveltCongratulations to Roosevelt Elementary, which for the second year in a row has earned designation as a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education! The honor recognizes the school for its gains in reading and math proficiency among all students during the 2017-2018 school year. Roosevelt is the only school in Cuyahoga County to have earned this significant award.

Preschool Registration Open for 2019-2020

boy readingOur award-winning preschool program is now accepting applications for the 2010-2020 school year for eligible 3-5-year-olds. Scholarship are available for eligible students based on family income. Please call 216-529-4214 for more information and/or visit the preschool webpage.


Byrne & Francis Earn Staff Spotlight Honor for January

spotlight logoCongratulations to Lakewood High speech language pathologist Beth Byrne and Central Office cleaner Erik Francis for being named the Staff Spotlight honorees for January! The two will be honored at the January 7 Board meeting at Harding Middle School. Please click on Read More to learn more about these two outstanding staff members.

Lakewood Project's "A Night at the Movies" is Jan. 19

Lakewood Project logoThe Lakewood Project's winter concert on Saturday, January 19 will take you back to many of your greatest film memories as the group puts on its show, "A Night at the Movies." Songs from favorite films such as "Rocky," Mamma Mia," and "Ghostbusters" are on tap. The group will also be joined by some of our middle school musicians. The show kicks off at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $3 for students and $8 for adults in advance at the LHS Bookroom (216-529-4047) or by using this order form, and $5/$10 at the door. 

Garfield Choirs Tie for First in Stop the Hate Contest

stop the hate logoIn partnership with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and Roots of American Music (ROAM), the Rock Hall hosted performances by middle school students from across Northeast Ohio who have been working with teaching artists to compose original songs for the Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out competition held on December 12, 2018. The Garfield Middle School 6th and 7th grade choirs tied for first place and earned their school $5,000!

Music Boosters Hosting Casino Night Fundraiser

Speakeasy night logoThe Lakewood Music Boosters will host its first annual Speakeasy Casino Night to benefit the Boosters and the Music Department on Saturday, January 26 from 7-11 pm at the Lakewood Masonic Temple. The evening will include plenty of casino games, live music, hors d'ouevers, raffles, sideboards, and more. Your $60 ticket entitles you to starter betting chips, hors d'oeuvres and two drinks from the bar. 21 and over only. 1920's attire is highly encouraged! Purchase your tickets now by clicking here.

District Plans Major Taft Renovation

TaftThe Lakewood Board of Education has approved a proposal for the use of the former Taft Elementary School building that will address a number of space needs that were not included in the District’s Ohio Facilities Construction Commission projects. The proposal will give the District space to expand programming that will result in students better prepared for academic success from preschool through college.

Garfield Power of the Pen Team Has Two Top Finishers

Powerof Pen logoThe Garfield Middle School Power of the Pen team attended the District Tournament on December 8 at Monticello Middle School in University Heights and landed two of its writers in the top 15. Congratulations to 8th graders Layla Black, who placed 3rd overall, and Ellie Clark, who placed 12th. The team is coached by teachers Maggie Bacher and Leslie Eiben.


Rangers Win Wrestling Invitational

RangermanCongratulations to the Lakewood High wrestling team on winning the Dean Kinley Invitational Tournament on December 8! The victory over 12 other teams was led by six Ranger first-place winners: Ruben Semedo (126 lbs.), Jayden Jackson (152), Milan Jackson (170), Spencer Reynolds (195), Brandyn Bates (220), and Yousef Awad (285).  Well done, Rangers!

Glbah Named Soccer All-American

MalvinCongratulations to senior Malvin Glbah, who was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Team. Malvin is just one of 68 young men selected for the honor. The award is the icing on a cake full of accolades for Malvin's play this year. His other awards include All Lake Erie Regional Team, All Ohio First Team, Greater Cleveland Player of the Year, All Greater Cleveland First Team, and All Southwest Conference Second Team. His 14 goals this season tied a school record.

Garfield Awarded Grant to Purchase Books

booksGarfield Middle School has been awarded a grant of $1,382 from the State Library of Ohio as part of the Library Services and Technology Act. The grant is to help support costs associated with the Celebrating Ohio Book Awards & Authors initiative. Garfield media specialist April Hoy said the 146 books to be purchased will be used to supply the books clubs that are part of Reading & Writing Workshop at both Garfield and Harding.

Join Us for Sounds of the Season Dec. 13 & 14

SOS logoThe popular Lakewood High School Sounds of the Season concert will be performed on December 13 & 14 at 7:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Come and celebrate the holidays with the LHS George P. Read Performing Arts Department as students perform holiday songs and tell holiday stories. The following groups will be performing: Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Mixed Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Four Seasons String Quartet, and Barnstormers members as narrators. Tickets are $8 at the door or $5 in advance. Call 216-529-4047 or stopping by the Lakewood High Bookroom in person during school hours for presale tickets.

Moreman & Wade are Dec. Staff Spotlight Honorees

staff spotlight logoCongratulations to Harrison Elementary secretary Terry Moreman and Garfield Middle School paraprofessional Lana Wade on being chosen as our December Staff Spotlight honorees! Click on Read More to find out why these two women were singled out by their peers for recognition. 

Preschool Scholarship Spots Available Now

abcOur award-winning preschool program has scholarship slots available for the current school year for 3- and 4-year-olds.  Scholarship are available for eligible students based on family income. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year begins January 7. Please call 216-529-4214 for more information.

Emerson 4th Grader Wins "I Love Lakewood" Essay Contest

Ruby McEwenCongratulations to Emerson Elementary fourth grader Ruby McEwen 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 200 essays were entered in the contest. Ruby's prize includes $100 cash, a ride in the Light Up Lakewood Parade on Dec. 1. She will help “flip the switch” to turn on the downtown holiday lights during Light Up Lakewood. Click "Read More" to read Ruby's essay.

After Prom Committee Fundraisers

The LHS After Prom Committee has scheduled several fundraisers in the next couple of weeks to raise money for the post-dance event. A Chipotle fundraiser is set for December 4 from 5-9 pm and two Angelo's fundraisers are scheduled for November 28 and December 20. Please mark your calendars and order some great food while helping out our seniors! Make sure to mention LHS After Prom when ordering.

Gblah Named Soccer Player of the Year

Malvin GblahCongratulations to senior Malvin Gblah on being named the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Soccer Associations' Division 1 Boys Player of the Year! Malvin's award was one of many earned by our Ranger players, including First Team designations for Malvin and his co-captain, senior Jack Hueter, and five players who earned the Academic All Ohio award.

Collection Bin Part of Partnership with Kids' Book Bank

Book bin with studentsGently-used children’s books that might have been thrown out will now have a second life thanks to the Lakewood Schools’ new partnership with the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank. The Kids’ Book Bank has provided a large steel bin for the collection of children’s books from the community. The bin is located in front of the Lakewood High School cafeteria at the east end of the building.

Networking/Cisco Team Wins Hyland Innovation Showdown

Team Mitchell membersCongratulations to seniors Damian Barto, Hong Chen, Bryce Mitchell, and Wilson Reynolds, winners of the Hyland High School Innovation Showdown! Hyland Software sponsors the Innovation Showdown to encourage high school students interested in technology to use their creativity to come up with an innovative solution to a real-world problem and present a plan to market it.

West Shore to Add Sports & Exercise Science Program

West Shore logoThe West Shore Career-Tech District is adding a Sports & Exercise Science program beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. It will be the 13th program that West Shore offers. “We are always looking to add new programs,” said West Shore Executive Director Bill DiMascio. “We are excited about this new offering and hope to have significant college credit tied to the program.”

Garfield Ceremony Honors Veterans for Their Service

flagVeterans from across generations gathered on Monday at Garfield Middle School as part of the 22nd Annual Veterans Day Recognition Program hosted by Garfield staff, students, PTSA and Help To Others (H2O). Veterans from wars stretching from World War II and current active duty service members shared breakfast with other non-combat veterans, spouses and community members. Mayor Michael Summers also stopped by to thank the veterans for their service.

Staff Participates in Day of Professional Development

While Lakewood City Schools students enjoyed a day off of school on November 6, the entire staff was hard at work striving to improve their knowledge and skills whether it be for the classroom, the office or any other area that supports our students. Each year the District sets aside two full days, in addition to ongoing opportunities throughout the year, devoted to professional development. The PD day had an offering of 36 sessions for staff members to select and lasted either 90 or 180 minutes.

SWC Honors Include Five 1st Team Ranger Selections

Congratulations to our Ranger student athletes who have been recognized by the Southwestern Conference for their outstanding efforts during the fall 2018 season, including five All Conference 1st Team members! Earning 1st Team status in their respective sports are Nate Bilski (football), Claire Hylton (soccer), Jack Hueter (soccer), Cormac Peppard-Kramer (cross country), and Teaja Keith (cheerleading). Click on Read More for a complete list of those recognized.

LHS Model UN Club Members Win Top Awards


Model UN logoThe Lakewood High School Model United Nations Club won multiple awards at the conference hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Nov. 7 & 8. Overall, the team finished 5th out of 16 teams. The club's leadership team of Co-Presidents Nick Cleary, Elizabeth Halko, and Sasha Seckers and Vice Presidents Aidan Bohac, Evan Bell and Tully Worron did a great job preparing the group. 

Senior Citizens Invited to Holiday Breakfast Dec. 5

pointsiettaSuperintendent Michael Barnes and members of the Board of Education invite the city's senior citizens to a festive, free holiday breakfast at one of our newest elementary schools! The event is Wednesday, December 5 from 9-10:15 am at Lincoln Elementary School, 15615 Clifton Blvd. Hear from some of our talented elementary school groups, enjoy great food, and listen to Superintendent Barnes give an update on the District. RSVPs are required by Novenber 28. Please call 216-529-4074, email christine.gordillo@lakewoodcityschools.org if you would like to attend.

Harrison Student Body Receives Free Winter Coats

coats for kidsEvery Northeast Ohioan knows that the most important thing to get you through the long winters here is a warm coat (and a positive attitude!) This week, students at Harrison Elementary each won the winter lottery as Coats for Kids provided a new coat for each of the 369 students at the school. 

November Staff Spotlight Honorees: Katona & Kantor

spotlightCongratulations to Emerson Elementary teacher Dawn Katona and Hayes Elementary head custodian Kris Kantor for being selected our November Staff Spotlight honorees. While the two hold very different jobs, their love for children is a shared trait! Click "Read More" below to learn more about these two special employees!

Musai Named SWC Scholar Athlete for October

MusaiCongratulations to senior football player Alvin Musai, who was named the Male SWC Scholar Athlete for October. Musai holds a 4.21 cumulative grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.  He is enrolled in four AP Courses and Robotics for Engineering as well as Engineering Capstone. Musai is also an active member of H2O.  

Nov. 13 Forum to Address Teen Depression, Anxiety

LkwdAlive logoLakewoodAlive will host a community forum on Tuesday, November 13 that addresses the topic of anxiety and depression in teens how we as a community can address it. The forum, "Depression, Anxiety and Teens - Who Cares? A Community Conversation," will be held at 7 pm in the Lakewood High cafeteria. Panelists include an adolescent psychiatrist and Roberta Marcinek and Nina DeChant of the Lakewood High School Counseling Department. Hope you can make this important forum! 

Barnstormers To Present "The Laramie Project"

laramie project logoThe Lakewood High Barnstormers' first performance of the season will be "The Laramie Project." Performances in the Black Box Studio Theatre are November 1 at 7:30 pm, November 2 at 4:00 pm, and November 3 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm. The play is a docu-drama following the aftermath of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year-old college student who was murdered for being gay. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the murder. The Barnstormers' goal is to use the show to honor Matthew Shepard's memory, to bring the Lakewood community together, and to open a dialogue for our students about acceptance. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased by calling 216-529-4047.

Juniors Participating in First Ring Leadership Academy

First Ring Leadership studentsOn October 19, five Lakewood High students and teacher mentors Gray Cooper and Aimee Guzowski traveled to the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland for the first session of the First Ring Student Leadership Academy, which is part of the First Ring Schools Collaborative. Participating for Lakewood are juniors, Christopher Brown, Ava Clause, Autumn Cruz, Will Holden, and Aziza Mohamed.

Ranger Day Brings 8th Graders to LHS

Harding 8th graders enjoyed a visit to Lakewood High on Thursday as part of Ranger Day where they were able to experience all that is Lakewood High! Friday will be the Garfield 8th graders' turn. While half of the Harding class was at LHS, the other half were back at Harding hearing presentations from various school groups and the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation about all the opportunities from clubs to sports to community service that they can take advantage of as a Lakewood High School student. They then switched places after enjoying lunch together at LHS. Watch the video below to learn about some of those great opportunities!

LHS Video

Board Seeks to Fill Position on Financial Advisory Committee

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.

LHS Students Spend Day Off Leading Diversity Workshop

Diversity workshop group

While most of our students enjoyed October 12 as a welcome day off from school, more than 15 students spent their day leading an anti-bullying workshop that focused on students embracing each other's diversity. The dozen LHS facilitators were trained to be workshop facilitators a week earlier by the Cleveland Leadership Center and Dare2Care. At the October 12 workshop, they put their training to the test as they facilitated small group discussions and activities with students from a mix of nine public and private schools from across Northeast Ohio.

West Shore Senior Wins Billboard Design Contest

madisyn kellyFor the second year in a row, a student from the Media, Art & Design program in the West Shore Career-Tech District has won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge. Congratulations to senior Madisyn Kelly for her winning design! The contest centers on students creating billboard designs that address the issue of distracted teen driving. LHS 2018 graduate Micah Inak was last year's winner.

Boys' Cross Country Captures SWC Title

boys champsCongratulations to the boys' varsity cross country team, which captured the Southwest Conference title at the Championship Meet on October 13 at Lorain County Community College. It is the second time in three years that the team, coached by Stephanie Toole, has won the conference championship. The team was paced by senior Cormac Peppard-Kkramer, who finished third overall. The other champion team members are seniors Tyler Hannah, and Joey Toole, juniors Patrick McCallum, Sean O'Donnell, sophomores Joe Kelly and Aidyn Zingale and freshmen James O'Donnell.

Superintendent to Hold "Listen & Learn" Sessions

Dr BarnesSuperintendent Barnes will be holding a series of "Listen & Learn" sessions to listen to what the Lakewood community has to say about our schools. The one-hour sessions will be informal conversations and people are welcome to drop in any time. The first one will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 9-10 am at Blackbird Baking Company at 1391 Sloane Ave. Please click here for a full schedule of the sessions. Come and share with Dr. Barnes your thoughts, ideas and concerns for the District.

Ranger Cafe Opens Oct. 23, Accepting Reservations Now

Ranger Cafe logoThe Ranger Cafe's grand opening date is scheduled for October 23 and reservations are now being taken. The Ranger Cafe is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 pm. To make a dining room reservation, please call: 216-529-4165, ext. 1.   Please look at the Ranger Cafe Calendar to view dates we our open and closed throughout the school year. The menu can be viewed on the Ranger Cafe website.

Emerson 5th Grader Earns 2018 Junior Fire Chief Title

Connor Coleman junior fire chiefFire Prevention Week means the crowning of a new Junior Fire Chief. Congratulations go to Emerson Elementary 5th grader Connor Coleman! Connor earned his title based on his essay on the theme of Prevention Week, "Look, Listen and Learn," and his score on a quiz about fire safety. As is custom every year, the new Junior Chief earned a special ride to school in a fire truck. Connor also had the honor of reading his essay at the Fallen Firefighter Ceremony on October 7. Congratulations, Connor!

Safety Forum Presentation Available to View

For those who were unable to attend the Parent School Safety Info Forum on September 27, you can view the presentation in PDF format here.

To view PowerPoint presentation with videos included, click here.

Preschool Spots Still Available This School Year

Our preschool program is still accepting students for the current school year. Fees are determined on a sliding scale according to income and scholarships are available. For more information on our program, click here. To register, call 529-4214. 

Pair of Rangers Set/Tie Football Record

rangers man The varsity football team may have lost the game to North Olmsted on September 28, but Ranger players Albert Wilhelmy and Kyren Jefferson set or tied new records to give the team something positive to celebrate. Wide receiver Jefferson set a new record for receptions in a single game with 13 and quarterback Wilhelmy tied the single-game passes completed record of 28 held by current Lakewood City Schools staff member Mike Ribar, Class of '85. Congrats to Kyren and Albert!

Corrigan & Ribar Named Staff Spotlight Honorees

logoDistrict Nurse Katy Corrigan and Lakewood City Academy Behavior Specialist Mike Ribar have been selected as our October Staff Spotlight honorees! Please click Read More to see why these two are so deserving of recognition by their peers.

Creatures Project Comes Alive in MILES Classroom

lizard close upTeachers strive daily to find a way to keep students engaged in the classroom. At Lakewood High, special education teacher Corey Streets has developed a pet project that has his students excited to come into class every day. In the corner of Streets’ classroom a bevy of reptiles and a pair of rats named Ronald and Delilah scurry around their cages. They are all part of Streets’ C.R.E.A.T.U.R.E.S. in the Classroom project where the aim is to Cultivate Responsibility And Empathy Through Unique, Real and Engaging Studies.

Grant Teacher Selected as Art Museum Teaching Fellow

McGuanThe Cleveland Museum of Art has enlisted the help of 10 educators across Northeast Ohio to serve as Teaching Innovation Fellows. Grant Elementary 5th grade Gifted teacher Sean McGuan has been selected as one of the museum’s Teaching Fellows for the 2018-2019 school year.

Congrats to LHS' Three National Merit Commended Scholars

National Merit Commended ScholarsThe annual September announcements of the National Merit Scholarship Program recognitions includes three Lakewood High students who are among the top academic students in the nation . Seniors Nicholas Cleary, Timothy Daso and Andrew Sheldon were named Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

A Dozen New Hall of Famers Inducted

Hall of Fame logoOn September 13 the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation inducted 12 outstanding individuals from the Lakewood Schools into its Hall of Fame. Individuals are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their accomplishments in athletics, exemplary service as faculty or staff, by distinguishing themselves as successful adults in their chosen careers and/or serving as benefactors in their local communities, state or the world.

State Board Presidents Enjoys District Visit

Elshoff and BarnesLakewood has always been proud of its public school system and on September 15, the District was able to show off just why the community has supported it so strongly over the years when Ohio Board of Education President Tess Elshoff spent the day experiencing the Lakewood Way.

LHS Boasts 83 AP Scholars, Including 5 National Scholars

The growing number of Advanced Placement courses (16) available at Lakewood High School has translated into a growing number of AP Scholars as well. Eighty-three members of the Classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the AP Exams taken each spring. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievement:

District commemorates 9/11 by encouraging community to serve

FlagsIn honoring the victims and first responders who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001, Lakewood City Schools encourages students, teachers, parents and friends to consider volunteering with our own Help To Others (H2O) or another local service organizationCheck out the opportunities by contacting H2O, visiting the City of Lakewood volunteer page or the website of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which began efforts to make 9/11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2002.

Information Regarding Instrument Rental

instrumentsLakewood City Schools provides low cost instrument rental for families eligible for free and reduced lunch. Students grades 5 and up are eligible to apply for low cost rental. If your child is interested in playing a color instrument (piccolo, oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, French Horn, baritone horn, tuba, or string bass) they should speak directly to their teacher to be approved.

LHS Musicians Selected for Region, State Orchestras

All State membersLakewood High will be well-represented at the Ohio Music Educators Association’s Northeast Ohio Region Orchestra as four student musicians were selected for the honors ensemble. In addition, junior cellist Grace Gill, senior violinist Safe Jassani and senior violist Zearatus Perry were chosen to be part of the All-State Orchestra.

LREF Hosting Hall of Fame Inductions, Tailgate Party

Hall of Fame logoJoin the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation for the annual Lakewood City Schools Hall of Fame Inductions and Hall of Fame Tailgate Party. The Inductions ceremony takes place at the Civic Auditorium at 7pm on September 13. The Tailgate Party will be Friday, September 14 from 5:30-7:30 pm at First Federal Stadium.

District Offering In-School Flu Shots

The District has partnered with Healthy Schools to offer flu shots to students during the school day with the goal of ensuring that flu shots are available to 100% of our students. The 2017-2018 flu season was the worst in a decade, resulting in school closures, high rates of hospitalization, and even death. Be a flu fighter, and protect your child against the flu this season. Learn more & sign up by September 18th: http://bit.ly/2kQvf1t


Rec Fall Booklet Available


rec booklet coverThe Lakewood Recreation and Education Department’s Fall Booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the youth/adult programming, athletics and aquatics that we have to offer for this Fall. Click here for booklet.


Marching Band Festival Set for Sept. 15

Ranger Marching Band logoThe pageantry and precision that goes along with the music of a high school marching band will be on display at the 32nd annual Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band Festival set for Saturday, September 15 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium.

Summer Reading Authors Visit with MS Students

Garfield & Harding Middle School students had a special treat this week as all three summer reading book authors talked with students either live or by Skype, answering questions and sharing an inside look at their craft.

School Safety Parent Info Forum Set for Sept. 27

Lakewood PD logoThe Lakewood Police Department and the District are hosting a school safety parent information forum on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 pm in the Lakewood High Cafeteria. The Police Department will be presenting to parents on the concepts of A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) in school crisis situations. The Police Department will also share how your student will be trained for emergency situations. Safety tips for parents will be offered as well as a time for questions. Please join us for this important meeting.

Rangers Educ. Foundation Awards Teacher Project Grants

Rangers Education Foundation logoFor the last decade, money from the Margaret Warner Educational Grants Fund of the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation has provided Lakewood City Schools teachers the ability to offer enrichment opportunities to its students. This year is no different as the Foundation awarded more $10,000 in grants. The awards, along with a grant from the Meinke Creative Teaching Grant Fund, were announced at the District's annual Convocation on Monday, Aug.20.

Preschool Spots Available for 2018-2019 School Year

The Lakewood City Schools preschool program has openings to enroll 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds in itstop-rated programs. For more information, please call 216-529-4214. You can find more information about our program here.

Marjanovic Wins Top Award for State Fair Band

Kira MarjanovicCongrats to senior Kira Marjanovic on receiving the Director's Award for this summer's All-Ohio State Fair Band! Kira was selected out of the more than 200 band members from across the state! Earlier this year, Kira earned entrance into the U.S. Marine Corps' prestigious music program.

LHS Student Parking Permits on Sale Aug. 21 & 22

carParking passes for Lakewood High School for the 2018-19 school year will go on sale to seniors only on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 21 from 7 am - 8 am. All other parking passes will be sold beginning at 7 am on Wednesday, August 22 until they sell out. The number of parking spaces is limited so passes will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Shaker Administrator Named New Garfield Asst. Principal

Oiumet Smith photoThe Lakewood Board of Education approved Ouimet Smith, Shaker Heights Schools’ Director of Student Affairs, as the new Assistant Principal at Garfield Middle School. He replaces Tony Chiaravalle, who is moving to Lakewood High as a House Principal.

Lakewood Project is Cover Story of National Magazine

Teaching Music cover with Lakewood ProjectThe Lakewood Project and its Director Beth Hankins are the topic of the cover story of the latest edition of Teaching Music, a magazine produced by the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) for its members. The article explores the genesis of the first-ever high school rock orchestra and the ensemble's outside-the-box approach to music education.

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Quartet Represents LHS in All-Ohio State Fair Band

All State Fair Band logoFour Lakewood High musicians have spent the last two weeks in Columbus as members of the All-Ohio State Fair Band. The Fair Band and accompanying Youth Choir have been part of the Ohio State Fair since 1925 and 1963, respectively. Representing Lakewood in this year’s band are seniors Lidia Logan and Kira Marjanovic, junior Katie Livingston and sophomore Gina Marjanovic.