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LHS Musicians Earn All-State, All-Region Honors Orchestra

Congratulations to the Lakewood High musicians chosen to be part of the Ohio Music Educators Association’s Northeast Ohio Region Orchestra, including junior Madeline Oldfield (viola), who earned a chair in the All-State Orchestra as well. Joining Madeline in the regional honor ensemble are sophomore William Detmar (bass) and junior Jill King (cello). Jill also was chosen as an alternate for the All-State ensemble.


LHS Students Honored in National Merit Competition National Merit honorees

Lakewood High School seniors Abigail Hirsch and Caleigh Naylon have been named National Merit Semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Corp. competition. This designation recognizes Abby and Caleigh as among the top students in the nation. LHS also can boast two Commended Students, seniors Andre Hallenburg and Joseph Daso. 

Board/PTA Hosting Ice Cream Social Sept. 7 ice cream cone

The Board of Education and the Lakewood Council of PTAs will hold their annual ice cream social kickoff to the new school year on Tuesday,  September 7 outside in the front of the Lakewood High cafeteria. The event begins at 6:15 pm and wraps up before the Board starts its meeting at 7 pm. Come grab some ice cream and meet your elected representatives!

LREF Awards $19,000 in Teacher Grants LREF logo

The Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation awarded its highest ever dollar amount in teacher grants for the 2021-2022 school year as xx projects were given funds totaling more than $19,000. Executive director Terri Richards called the proposed projects put forth by teachers from across the district “innovative and inspiring.”

Marching Band Preview at Park Aug. 11 band logo

The Lakewood Ranger Marching Band Preview Night is tonight, August 11 from 5pm-9pm at Lakewood Park. Come hear selections from the upcoming season halftime shows and watch the band rehearse its formations and cadences. There will be fun games and competitions as well! Have an elementary student? Make sure to be at the park by 6 PM to have them join in the fun! We will be having a marching tutorial for any students interested in seeing what it is like to be part of the LRMB! 

Meet Superintendent Niedzwiecki Superintendent Video

Former Assistant Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki succeeded Dr. Mike Barnes as Superintendent on July 1. Please watch this short video to learn more about Superintendent Niedzwiecki. You will also have the opportunity to meet the new superintendent at a community reception scheduled for Monday, August 2 from 6-6:45 pm at the Lakewood High cafeteria.

H2O’s HOME ALONE Events Return in July Home Alone logo

Don’t miss this chance to help your child be more prepared and confident in situations that could arise at home or traveling to and from school. HOME ALONE events are designed by H2O high school leaders and staff to convey critical safety information to younger students in an engaging, meaningful way.  HOME ALONE also stimulates important conversations between parents and children about safety concerns. Find out more about the program and how to register here.

Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction

Per the Ohio Department of Education, the District's Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan can be found here.


LHS Spring Art Show Goes Online art

Although the coronavirus pandemic squashed the Lakewood High Art Department's ability to hold an in-person Spring Art Show, it did not stop the LHS art students from creating wonderful art! You can view the fabulous variety of artwork at the link below.

LHS Spring Art Show

Congratulations Class of 2021! View Ceremony graduation class

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! On a beautiful June 4 evening, 316 seniors walked across the Civic stage to receive their diplomas. We wish them the best as they move on to the next chapter of their lives!

View Commencement Ceremony

Seckers Earns National Merit Scholarship Seckers

Congratulations to senior Nina Seckers, who has earned a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the National Merit Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The 2,500 Merit Scholar winners were chosen from a talent pool of some 16,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Class of 2021 Graduation to Be Livestreamed grad caps

The 173rd Lakewood High School Commencement Ceremony has been rescheduled to Friday, June 4, 2021 at 6 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Tickets to see the Class of 2021 graduate are limited, however family and friends may view the ceremony via livestream at the following link:


Garden, Scholarships Honor Fallen Rangers rock

The Lakewood community gathered on May 25 to honor and remember Lakewood High Class of 2020 graduates Max Close and Alejandro Mercado with a dedication of a memorial garden at Lakewood High School and the awarding of two scholarships in the names of the two young men who tragically died in a car crash in February.

Track Team Boasts 3 Conference Champs Alicia Smith

Congratulations to our trio of Ranger track and field athletes who earned the title of champion at the Great Lakes Conference Championship Meet!  Besting their field were sophomore Helen Roche (400 meters), senior Alicia Smith (110-meter hurdles) and senior Aidyn Zingale (800 meters).  Aidyn's time of 1:58.33 set a new meet record!

Summer School Registration is Open

Our middle school and high school Summer Learning Program will begin June 7 with in-person classes at LHS. For more information on course offerings and registration, please use the links below. Registration for six-week courses and Session 1 three-week courses closes June 4. Please register as soon as possible. 

Summer Learning Courses & Mail-In Registration Form 
Summer Learning Online Registration Form

Harding Team Earns Honors in Mock Trial Chareion Doxey

Moving the competition to a Zoom format did not stop members of the Harding Mock Trial team from continuing the Harding tradition of earning Best Witness and Best Attorney awards in the Ohio Center for Law Related Education's Middle School Mock Trial competition. Students competing in mock trials usually appear in a courtroom, in the State Judicial Court House in Columbus, and stand at the podium to deliver opening statements, direct and cross examination, and closing statements, peppered with objections and rebuttals left and right. Witnesses normally rise and are sworn in, sit in the witness stand surrounded by judges and lawyers, and deliver their testimony. 

LHS Spring Concerts Set for May 9-11 music notes

The LHS orchestra, choir and band programs are excited to offer their spring concerts May 9-11. The orchestras and bands will perform live in the Civic and the choirs will share pre-recorded performances. The format will be different in the past to accommodate social distancing with each ensemble assigned a scheduled hour. Visit lakewoodmusicboosters.com for the date and time of each ensemble's performance.

Student Vaccine Clinic to be Held April 30 vaccine

The District will be holding a vaccine clinic in conjunction with Giant Eagle Pharmacy for students 16 and older on Friday, April 30 beginning at 8 a.m. in the Civic Auditorium. The second shot will take place on Friday, May 21.  School will be in session on a normal schedule for both days. If you are interested in your child receiving the Pfizer vaccine at this clinic, please carefully read the Q & A by clicking on Read More.

A Statement from Dr. Barnes and Mayor George

To the Lakewood Community:

The recent weapons-related violence in Lakewood, including this week’s shooting at Madison Park, has dealt a blow to our community’s sense well-being and togetherness. This comes at a time when our community is already reeling from the physical, mental, and economic impacts of a pandemic that is now more than a year old.

LHS Team Sees Success in First Stock Market Challenge Team members

Congratulations to Lakewood High students Ethan Daniels, Jazyire Sims, Caden Stanuch and Jonathan Weisbarth for participating in The Stock Market Game as part of their Economics class with Ron Lewis. This is the first year LHS participated in the program and the team finished in the top quarter of regional competitors (29 of 134 teams) and the top 20% of the 421 national teams!


District Earns Best Community for Music Ed Award BCME logo

Lakewood City Schools has once again earned the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education and support from the Lakewood community. Lakewood is one of 686 districts from across the country and only 46 in Ohio to earn the prestigious award.

Barnstormers' One-Act Plays Debut April 9 drama

The Lakewood High Barnstormers Drama Club will premiere its series of one-act plays via YouTube on April 9 at 7 pm. The plays are written, directed and acted by members of the club. The video will remain online afterward for anyone who misses the initial premiere. View the plays at: 


LHS Students Sweep Rotary/Beck Speech Contest Strazek

Lakewood High juniors swept the top four spots of the Speech category in the 76th annual Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contests sponsored by the Beck Center for the Arts. Leading the way for the talented talkers was Eva Strazek, who earned $700 and the right to move on to the District competition to be held April 10. Rounding out the top four contestants were Andre Hallenburg ($500), Abby Hirsch ($300) and Sidney Bacon ($250).

Palumbo Named Next Asst. Superintendent Palumbo

The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting on March 31 approved Lakewood City Schools Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Christine Palumbo, as the District’s next Assistant Superintendent effective August 1, 2021.  Palumbo will replace Maggie Niedzwiecki, who in February was named the successor to departing Superintendent Mike Barnes.

Gov. Art Exhibit Includes 3 LHS Students' Work Nola art

Congratulations to Lakewood High senior Nola Williams-Riseng, whose artwork (pictured) was honored with an Award of Excellence as one of the top 25 pieces entered in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibit competition. Also earning a spot in the 300-piece exhibit with their artwork are juniors Grace Hoppel and Inga Wilhelmy. Judges received more than 1,000 entries from high school students across Northeast Ohio. From those entries, 126 were selected to join winners from the other Ohio regions to be judged at the state level to determine which pieces will be part of the exhibition.

District Teams with City for Vaccination Clinic

The District has teamed with the City of Lakewood and Neighborhood Family Practice to host a vaccination clinic with the capacity to administer 200 COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccinations provided by Neighborhood Family Practice will be available to residents who meet the State of Ohio’s vaccine eligibility requirements by appointment only.

Winter Sports Rangers Earn All-Conference Honors great lakes conference logo

 Congratulations to our winter sports Rangers who earned All-Conference honors in the Great Lakes Conference this season! Leading the way were our two 1st Team honorees, basketball players Peter Patsouras and Mollie Henrikson. For a complete list of honorees, please click on Read More.

Rangers Set School Records at State Track & Field Meet relay team

Congratulations to our Rangers who participated in the OATCC Indoor Track & Field State Championship Meet on March 6. Our contingent of nine athletes set three school records and several personal records. Setting new school records were Alicia Smith in the 60-meter hurdles; the 4x200 relay team of Alicia Smith, Ebony Bradford, Aniya Symons and McKenna Hunt; and the 4x400 relay team of Helen Roche, Abby Sacha, Ebony Bradford and McKenna Hunt (11th place). Congratulations to all the girls who competed and to coaches Stephanie Toole and Adam Swiat!

All In Learning Model Begins March 15

The District announced that it will move to its All In model, where students attend school in-person five days a week, beginning with the start of the fourth quarter on March 15. Those students who wish to continue in the Remote 2.0 and eLearning LKWD models may do so. You can read more about March plans for the District here.

Emerson Book Vending Machine Rewards Students book machine

Emerson Elementary students have an exciting and big new reason to strive for those gold coins they receive as part of the school’s positive culture/behavior program. The school recently unveiled its Book Experience vending machine, where students who exhibit the competencies contained in our Vision of a Lakewood Graduate can use their gold coin to select a book from the machine. Much better than candy or soda, right?!

Nine Qualify for State Indoor Track & Field Meet rangerman

Congratulations to the nine Ranger athletes who have qualified for the Ohio Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches Indoor State Track & Field Championship Meet! Competing on March 6 at Spire Institute in Geneva are: Ebony Bradford, Sadie Gregg, McKenna Hunt, Teeghan McGann, Helen Roche, Abby Sacha, Alicia Smith, Aniya Symons, Mallory Zavatchan. Good luck, Rangers!


Open Enrollment Period Begins March 1, 2021

The Open Enrollment period for the 2021-2022 school year begins March 1, 2021 and continues until March 31, 2021. Information and the application will be available on this website beginning the morning of March 1. Notification of open enrollment status will be as follows: The first-round of notifications will occur the week of June 14, 2021.  The second-round of notifications will occur the week of August 9, 2021.  Kindergarten notification will be made the week of August 9, 2021.  If you have any questions regarding Open Enrollment, please call 216-529-4203. 

Junior Dalton Shines in State Wrestling Tournament Dalton

Junior Kelsey Dalton, who began her high school wrestling career only this year, qualified for the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association (OHSWCA) state girls wrestling tournament. Kelsey finished one spot out of placing in the 235-pound weight class after winning two and losing two matches. Coach Doug Thomas said "We are extremely happy with her growth and progress to make it to this level and finish in the top 8 in one of the tougher weight classes in the state." Congratulations, Kelsey!


13 Rangers Qualify for District Swim Tournament Rangerman

Congratulations to the 13 Ranger swimmers who have qualified for the Division 1 District Tournament to be held Feb. 20 at Bowling Green State University. The girls' team had three individual event qualifiers: Charlotte Beno, Sarah Donaldson and Ethel Woodford. The boys' nine qualifiers are part of four relay teams that qualified. Click Read More to see the complete qualifying list.

Asst. Supt. Niedzwiecki Named Next Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki

The Lakewood Board of Education at special Board meeting Feb. 11 approved Lakewood City Schools Assistant Superintendent Margaret “Maggie” Niedzwiecki as the next Superintendent for the District. The Board’s search process for new leadership began shortly after current Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Barnes announced his resignation in December 2020 in order to return to Mayfield City Schools as its new superintendent.

LHS Boasts Pair of National Merit Finalists Finalists

Lakewood High's two seniors who were recognized as semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program have been named finalists, National Merit Corp. announced this week. Congratulations to Gina Marjanovic (top left) and Nina Seckers, who were among a pool of more than 1.5 million students nationwide who entered the annual academic competition, which awards scholarships based partly on their PSAT scores from junior year. The semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. 

LHS Counselor Drost Honored by College Board Drost

Congratulations to Lakewood High School Counselor, Abigaile Drost, on her nomination for the College Board Counselor Recognition program! This program honors the innovative middle and high school counselors who go the extra mile to help students recognize and realize opportunities. This year, the College Board recognized more than 400 school counselors nominated by colleagues for their work in their school and community. 

Feb. 16 and March 9 are Independent Learning Days

District staff members are scheduled to receive COVID-19 vaccinations off-site on Tuesday, February 16 and Tuesday, March 9. On those two days, all students, including Remote 2.0 students, will work independently at home on assignments provided by their teachers.

LHS Junior Runner-up in Racial Justice Essay Contest Miles

Congratulations to Lakewood High junior Miles Watts, who captured second place in the junior/senior category in Tri-C's Stand for Racial Justice High School Essay Contest. More than 200 students from across Northeast Ohio entered the contest. The second-place honor earns Miles a cash prize of $500. Click Read More to read Miles' powerful essay. 

Ranger Alumni Speaker Series Launches Jan. 26 LREF logo

Join the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation for a virtual speaker series dubbed "Ranger Resource." The sessions will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 pm and will feature Ranger alumni sharing their expertise in their chosen fields. First up on January 26 is Michael Bentley ('01), Vice President of Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James. Bentley will share his advice regarding retirement planning and smart money strategies. The 30-minute talk will be via Facebook Live on the Foundation's Facebook page.  

New Board Officers Named for 2021

On January 4 at its first regular meeting of the new year, the Board of Education selected new officers for 2021. Betsy Bergen Shaughnessy was sworn in as President and Edward Favre as Vice President. President Shaughnessy gave comments on her hopes for the year ahead and outgoing President Emma Petrie Barcelona reflected on her past year as leader. You can read their comments below.

Betsy Bergen Shaughnessy comments
Emma Petrie Barcelona comments

Horticulture Teacher Secures $5,000 Grant Snare

Congratulations to Lakewood High horticulture teacher Shannon Snare for securing a $5,000 Environmental Education and Stewardship Grant from Dominion Energy. The $5,000 is the maximum any K-12 applicant could receive. The grant program offers money toward programs that encourage environmental stewardship with students. Mrs. Snare plans to use the funds to boost her program's outdoor learning lab resources including plants and hand tools.

District Adjusts Return to School Plan return to school

Last week, Gov. DeWine recommended that schools consider delaying in-person classes for a week after the holidays. Due, in part, to this recommendation, the Lakewood City School District has revised our return-to-school plan for after Winter Break. As a result, we will remain remote on January 4, 5 and 6 for all students Prek - 12.

Board Hires Supt. Search Firm

The Lakewood Board of Education has retained Finding Leaders, a locally based school-focused firm, to support the Board in identifying and retaining the next Superintendent of the Lakewood City Schools. 

Rec Dept. Winter Booklet Now Available booklet

The Lakewood Recreation and Community Education Department’s Winter 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 winter. 

LHS/West Shore Students Earn Top Regional Art Awards Nola artwork

Congratulations to our students from Lakewood High School and the West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design program who won highest honors among the 25 awards earned in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition held in December. LHS and West Shore students won six Gold Keys, the highest honor given, including four by senior Nola Williams-Riseng.

Grant 4th Grader Wins Chamber Essay Contest Jonah

Congratulations to Grant Elementary fourth-grader Jonah McAlister on winning the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's annual “Why I Love Lakewood” essay contest. The contest is open each year to fourth-graders living in Lakewood. Jonah's prize includes $100 cash. You can hear Jonah read his essay as part of the Light Up Lakewood virtual celebration on Dec. 17 at 7 pm at this link. Nice job, Jonah! Click "Read More" to read Jonah's essay.

Junior Hoppel's Photo Selected for National Exhibit Hoppel photo

Congratulations to Lakewood High junior Grace Hoppel, whose photograph was accepted into the Drexel University High School Photography Contest Exhibit! Grace was among 267 students to have their art selected for the exhibit. Nearly 800 students submitted work to be considered for the contest. You can view the online exhibit here. Grace created her honored photo as part of Dayna Hansen's Photography 2 class.

Holiday Donation Drive Holiday Donation Drive Flyer

Give Something that Means Something is the theme of this Saturday's LHS Donation Drive. With COVID-19 having such an economic and emotional toll on our families, LHS is seeking donations to brighten the day of some of our struggling families. Please see the attached flyer for items needed. Volunteers will be at LHS between 10 am - 1 pm this Saturday, December 12.  Special guest volunteers include Rangerman and the big guy himself...Santa Claus! Please consider helping out in any way you can.  

Return to School Plan 2021 return to school

As we look forward to the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year, we share with you our Return to School Plan 2021. It has been developed with our core principles of safety and choice in mind. Our focus continues to be to provide the best instruction possible for the students of our district in as safe a manner as possible. Currently we plan to begin in-person instruction using our Partial Return model on January 4, 2021. 

Barnes To Become Mayfield Schools Supt. in August Barnes

The evening of December 1, the Mayfield CIty Schools Board of Education voted to hire Dr. Michael J. Barnes as their new superintendent effective August 1, 2021.  Dr. Barnes will replace current Mayfield Superintendent Keith Kelly, who recently announced his retirement effective August 1.  

Superintendent Message on District Operating Status

Superintendent Mike Barnes sent a communication to families on November 20 outlining plans for the District's operation status for the next few weeks. You can read Dr. Barnes' message here.

W. Shore Billboard Design Contest Win Streak Continues Billboards

For the fourth straight year, a West Shore Career-Tech Media, Art & Design student has won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge. Congratulations to senior Gaby Bush of Bay Village High School for her winning design! The contest requires students to create a billboard design that tackles the issue of distracted teen driving.

West Shore Student Named Ohio ACTE Presidential Scholar Semifinalist Duffy with Martin and Szittai

Congratulations to West Shore and Bay High School Senior, Ryan Duffy for being recognized as an Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Presidential Scholar Semifinalist.

Singer Shares Uplifting Message for Grant Students Campbell

Who knew a virtual assembly could be so much fun! Thanks to funding from the school’s PTA, Grant Elementary students were treated to a livestreamed concert with singer/songwriter Jared Campbell that aimed to inspire, boost confidence, spread kindness, and provide some levity to wrap up the school week.

Rangers Rack Up All-Conference Honors Rangers

The Rangers' first fall season in the Great Lakes Conference has paid dividends with 50 student-athletes earning some level of All-Conference honor, including 11 named to the GLC's 1st Team. The following Rangers were selected for their standout play: 

1st Team: James O'Donnell (cross country); Omar Almutari, Quinn Costanza, Ben Merriner, and Aubree Nagel (soccer); Brandyn Bates, Javion Goudy, Tico Jones, Jr., Pete Patsouras, and Hakeem Quran (football); and Annabelle Sorge (volleyball).

First Federal Staff Give Econ Class Real World Lessons class

Students in Mr. Lewis's Economics class enjoyed a virtual visit November 9 from First Federal Lakewood employees to learn all about money and banking from their hometown bank. Financial literacy topics that will be important for the students as they move into adulthood include home lending, credit scores, student loans, etc. They also heard about some of the careers available in banking including directly from two loan officers who were once Rangers themselves! First Federal graciously provides the EverFi software program to our high school students to learn at their own pace about financial topics.

State of Ohio Special Education Survey ODE logo

The Ohio Department of Education is asking parents with a child on an IEP and receives special education services to answer a survey about your involvement in your student’s education. The purpose of collecting this information is to improve services for students with disabilities across Ohio.  If you are eligible to participate and you enroll in the study, you will be entered in a drawing for several $50 Amazon gift cards. Please click here to find out more about the survey.  

LHS Students' Artwork Chosen for University Exhibit Nola's artwork

Congratulations to Lakewood High senior Nola Williams-Riseng and junior Grace Hoppel, whose art was selected to be included in the 2nd Annual Juried High School Art Exhibition at Otterbein University.

Milestone Project Provides Trees to Every Kindergartener trees

Part of the mission of the District's Green Team is to nurture good environmental stewards among students and staff. Like the development of any mindset, it helps to start young. The team’s Kindergarten Milestone Trees Project will give our youngest learners a tangible reminder of not only the benefits of healthy trees in our community, but it will also allow them to watch those trees grow as they do!

LHS Music Students Engage with Social Activist Violinist zoom class

The students in Lakewood High's Chamber Orchestra and AP Music Theory classrooms were fortunate to spend a virtual hour with acclaimed violinist, composer and social justice advocate Daniel Bernard Roumain. Roumain, known professionally as DBR, was recently the featured performer in New York at the Lincoln Center 9/11 tribute. 

District to Continue Remote Instruction to Start 2nd Qtr.


On October 15, Cuyahoga County was placed into Level 3, Red status in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. Due to this change, we will be postponing our October 19th partial, in-person return. Therefore, PreK - 12 students will remain in their current instructional model to start the second quarter. We will continue to plan for the eventual return of in-person instruction.



WKYC Features Hayes 1st Grade Teachers' Bookmobile books

Hayes Elementary first-grade teachers Nicole Andregg and Patricia Birch and their roving bookmobile were the focus of a recent piece on WKYC Channel 3 as an example of teachers going the extra mile to keep students engaged and reading while they are learning from home. The two educators' joy for teaching and the love of students is on full display in the segment, which you can view here.

Horace Mann Fifth-Grader New Junior Fire Chief Aeron Jones

Congratulations to Horace Mann fifth-grader Aeron Jones, who was named this year's Junior Fire Chief thanks to his winning essay on fire prevention during cooking. Traditionally, the new Junior Chief earns a ride to school in a fire truck but due to students learning from home currently, the Fire Department surprised Aeron at home with a special delivery of the trophy.

District Seeks Licensed Substitute Teachers

The Lakewood City School District is seeking to hire Ohio Department of Education licensed substitute teachers.  Interested candidates should go to our Human Resources Department page to begin the application process.

LHS Student's Art Chosen for State Exhibit Lila artwork

Congratulations to sophomore Lila Wright and art teacher Dayna Hansen on the selection of Lila's artwork for inclusion in the Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibit. This honor is bestowed to a single art teacher and their student of choice, in each representative’s district, with a total of 99 pieces in the exhibit. Lila's work represents the state's 13th District. The honor includes a $100 cash prize for Lila from the Ohio Art Education Association. The exhibit will be on display at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts in Columbus through May 2022. You may also view the exhibit online here

LHS Boasts 64 AP Scholars AP logo

Offerings of 17 Advanced Placement courses at Lakewood High School has led to 64 current students and recent graduates being honored as AP Scholars by College Board. The Scholars included two National AP Scholars, who scored an average of at least a 4 on all AP exams taken in addition to scores of 4 or more on eight or more exams. 


3 Seniors Named National Merit Commended Scholars Commended

National Merit Scholarship Corp. has recognized seniors Sean McHugh, Aidan Peck and Katherine Spilsbury as Commended Scholars. Commended Scholars are among the top 5% of PSAT scorers in the nation. The Commended trio join Lakewood High's National Merit Semifinalists, Gina Marjanovic and Nina Seckers, who scored among the top 1% of national PSAT test takers. Congratulations to all!

Foundation Awards District Grant for Internet Connections internet

The Lakewood City Schools have received a grant for $32,000 from the Healthy Lakewood Foundation that will be used to provide Internet connectivity for families in need. The grant was announced during the foundation’s September 17 annual meeting via Zoom and was one of three community grants awarded.

Music Performances Set for Sept. 19 beat to the street logo

Lakewood Music Boosters “Beat to the Street” on Saturday, September 19th. We invite musicians of all ages from pre-school to “old school” to come out and fill our streets with music by holding informal porch concerts for their neighborhood. Afterward, the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band will perform at First Federal Stadium from 5-6 pm.

Board Meeting Set for Aug. 17 in Civic

The Lakewood Board of Education will meet on Monday, August 17, 2020 in the Lakewood High School Civic Auditorium. The Board of Education will begin the public portion of its meeting at 7 pm.  The Board will take action on the  agenda items that were discussed at the August 3 regular Board of Education meeting. View the here. The meeting will be livestreamed on the District's YouTube Channel at the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8X6Pcjqzt2OrjwiKAo-4fA/videos?view=2&flow=grid

Public participation will be allowed, and seating will be restricted following Health Department guidelines.  Masks will be required to attend the meeting in person.  Public comments or questions for the meeting may also be submitted at https://forms.gle/UZUXVKWxf9e2RxyY6 through 2:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting in order to be read into the public comments.


Supplies 4 Success Kicks Off supplies

suppliesAs we near the final days of this unusual summer, Lakewood students and their families are preparing to begin a new school year. Since 2011, “Supplies 4 Success” has been a big part of that process. Many Lakewood businesses have collected supplies generously donated by Lakewood families for distribution to neighbors in need. Of course, the challenge of the pandemic means a different plan for Supplies 4 Success this year. The goal is to provide the same support to Lakewood students while protecting the health and safety of our business community and volunteers. Here’s how it will work this year:

District Earns Marketing Awards LHS booklet

LHS bookletThe Lakewood City Schools earned top honors for its marketing pieces in the Ohio School Public Relations Association's recent annual awards contest. The District was honored with the Best of the Best award in the video category for its video titled "A Place for Everyone," which showed the vibrant educational environment and rich opportunities available to the District's diverse student body. The video was produced by Second Story Productions and coordinated by Communications and PR Coordinator Christine Gordillo. The District was given the Mark of Distinction award, the second-highest honor. in the Special Purpose Publication category for its Lakewood High School marketing booklet, "Where Potential Meets Opportunity," which was designed by Lakewood graphic designer David Meeker.

District Details Remote Reopening Plan laptop

District administrators presented the comprehensive plan for reopening the 2020-2021 school year in our Remote learning model at the August 3 Board meeting. The District will operate in this model through the first quarter of the school year. As we approach the second half of the semester, the District will re-evaluate where we are in terms of COVID-19 spread and make a determination on what model will be implemented for the remainder of the semester.

View Remote Model Reopening Plan

Board to Hold Aug. 3 Meeting in Civic

The first regular meeting of the Lakewood Board of Education will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 7 pm in the Lakewood High School Civic Auditorium. The meeting will be livestreamed and accessible at the following YouTube Channel link:


Public participation will be allowed in the Civic, and seating will be restricted following Ohio Board of Health guidelines.  Masks will be required. Public comments or questions for the meeting may also be submitted at https://forms.gle/qTJNb2u4usEmojJA6 through 3:00 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting.

Board Resolution Asks State for More Inclusive Standards

The Board of Education at its July 20 meeting passed a resolution challenging the Ohio Department of Education to revise current core content standards to be more culturally inclusive. The resolution allows District administrators to initiate discussion with representatives of the Ohio Department of Education for the purpose of developing revisions to Ohio’s Core Content Standards so that all Ohio public schools students may fully explore and gain understanding of the important contributions that all groups and cultures have made to our society.

July 20 Board Meeting Set for Civic

The Board of Education will meet  in-person fro its Monday, July 20 meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 pm in the Lakewood High School Civic Auditorium.  The meeting will be livestreamed and accessible through the District website at the following YouTube Channel link:


Public participation will be allowed in the Civic Auditorium, and seating will be restricted following Health Department guidelines.  Masks will be required to attend the meeting in person.  Public comments or questions for the meeting may also be submitted at https://forms.gle/H2wEiVmz7JHDnaef6 through 3:00 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting in order to be read into the public comments. 

Start Of Academic Year Changed to Aug. 31

The Board of Education at a special meeting July 17 approved an amended academic calendar that changes the start of the academic year for students from Wednesday, August 19th to Monday, August 31st. Staff will still report on the original return date of Tuesday, August 18th. This will give our staff ample time to set up their classrooms and buildings to accommodate the new safety protocols and engage in further planning. Parents will have more time to plan for child care. It will also hopefully give us more time as a community to flatten the pandemic curve. While the academic year for students will formally begin on August 31st, students will not necessarily report to their school building on that day. From August 31st to September 4th students will be engaged in an orientation period so that everyone can acclimate to the requirements of the unusual school year ahead. 

District 2020-2021 Reopening Plan Available

The District has released its Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The plan offers varying learning models tied to the current situation of the greater community in regards to COVID-19. You can view the plan here. More information is also available on our Reopening Plan webpage.

Board OKs Foote as Next Grant Principal

FooteThe Board of Education at its July 6 meeting approved Lakewood City Schools’ Teaching and Learning Coordinator Christine Foote as the next Grant Elementary School Principal. Foote will replace Kait Turner, who moves to a new position with the District.

Parent Survey on Reopening

Please fill out this brief parent/guardian survey on the District's reopening plans:


July 6 Board Meeting to be In-Person

The Board of Education will return to in-person meetings beginning with the Monday, July 6 meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 pm in the Lakewood High School Civic Auditorium.  The meeting will be livestreamed and accessible through the District website at the following YouTube Channel link:


Public participation will be allowed in the Civic Auditorium, and seating will be restricted following Health Department guidelines.  Masks will be required to attend the meeting in person.  Public comments or questions for the July 6, 2020 Board of Education meeting may also be submitted at https://forms.gle/H2wEiVmz7JHDnaef6 through 3:00 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting in order to be read into the public comments. 


Head Custodian Kantor Wins National Contest

KantorHayes Elementary School head custodian Kris Kantor has been selected from among more than 2,000 nominations from around the United States to receive the first Custodians Are Key grand prize for his dedication to his job and his school community. Kantor was awarded a prize package worth $5,000 while the school received $10,000. 

Board to Hold School Year Planning Session

A Board of Education and Cabinet Planning Session will be held on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. for the purpose of planning for the 2020-21 school year and any other business that may come before the Board.  The Board of Education will conduct this meeting as a virtual meeting.  

Those interested may view a livestream of the public meeting proceedings at the following YouTube Channel link:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8X6Pcjqzt2OrjwiKAo-4fA/videos?view=2&flow=grid

June 15 Board Meeting to Be Held Virtually

The Lakewood Board of Education will meet on Monday, June 15, 2020.  The Board will begin their meeting in Executive Session at 6 pm. The Board will exit Executive Session and reconvene the public meeting at 7 pm.  Executive Session and the public meeting will be conducted as virtual meetings. The agenda is viewable here. Those interested may view a livestream of the public meeting proceedings at the following YouTube Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8X6Pcjqzt2OrjwiKAo-4fA/videos?view=2&flow=grid 

Public comments or questions for the meeting may be submitted at https://forms.gle/j9799jBt8HmTiSZt6 through Monday, June 15 at 3 pm

West Shore Students Earn National Art Honor

ID badgeCongratulations to Media Art & Design students Willow Rosser & Gabby Toms for receiving Honorable Mention in the 2020 National High School Design Competition by the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. The students were among only 19 honorable mention recipients from hundreds of entrants from across the US. To learn more about Willow and Gabby's designs and the competition, click here.

View Class of 2020 In-Person Graduation Video

For four days, graduates took turns walking across the Civic stage to receive their diplomas. Our IT specialist Doug Bunsey pieced together the graduates walking with the virtual graduation ceremony to create a complete graduation video. You can view the video here. Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Medical Clinic at LHS Open for Patients

stethoscopeThe Cleveland Clinic Medical Clinic at Lakewood High School has reopened and is accepting patients from among our students, staff and our community. The clinic health care providers will be conducting a mix of in-person and telehealth visits. To make an appointment, please call 216-221-5379.

Supt. Barnes' Statement on Racial Injustice

We are brokenhearted and saddened over the senseless death of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd’s death, and many like his before, is a painful reminder of the systemic racism that still persists across so many of our nation's institutions, and society as a whole. We stand in solidarity with the fight against racial injustice. However, we do not condone violence. We are committed to promoting a culture of respect, tolerance, and inclusion for all people.

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

gradsThree hundred and fifty-three seniors, as of May 31, have now officially graduated from Lakewood High School, whether they walked across the Civic stage with only family members and administration in attendance, or had their name announced in the commencement ceremony video, or both. It was an unusual and unprecedented graduation, but the accomplishment and pride remains the same!

Senior Parade Videos

On May 31, the Class of 2020 paraded through the city in their cars to the cheers and support of the community, You can view the fun at the links below:

LHS area:  http://dv.lakewoodcityschools.tv/show?video=15396d1cc41c
Garfield area: http://dv.lakewoodcityschools.tv/show?video=bf31b44ea0d1
Madison Ave. area: http://dv.lakewoodcityschools.tv/show?video=78032a3fd296
Harding area: http://dv.lakewoodcityschools.tv/show?video=06b92bf92253


Lakewood High Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement

View the Lakewood High School Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony at the following link:



Notice of Hearing

The Lakewood City School District Board of Education will hold a public hearing for the purpose of consideration of the re-employment of Donna Miller, who will be retiring and seeking re-employment  as payroll supervisor in the District. Such hearing will be held as follows: July 6, 2020, 7 p.m. at the Lakewood Board Office, 


June 1 Board Meeting to Be Held Virtually

The first regular meeting of the Lakewood Board of Education will be held on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7 pm. The meeting will be conducted as a virtual meeting.  Those interested may view a livestream of the proceedings at the following YouTube Channel link:


Public comments or questions for the meeting may be submitted at https://forms.gle/j9799jBt8HmTiSZt6 through Monday, June 1, at 3:00 p.m.

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:



Register Now for Summer School Session 2

Our middle school and high school 2020 summer school program began on June 8 in a virtual classroom setting. Registration for 6-week courses and 3-week courses for Session 1 is closed. Students can register for Session 2 courses using the online registration form below. Session 2 classes begin Monday, June 29. 

For more information on 3-week course offerings, please see the brochure below.

Brochure/Course Offerings
Select one:
Online Registration Form
Mail-in Registration Form

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. 

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!

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.

Summer Reading 2019

Summer reading assignments are now available:

Middle Schools
High School

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.


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.

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.

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.



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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 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.

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. 

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.


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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.


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.

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

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.



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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lakewood Project article

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.

LHS House Principal, Harding Asst. Principal Roles Filled

Tony ChiaravalleApril PattonAt a special meeting on July 24, the Board of Education approved Garfield Middle School Assistant Principal Anthony Chiaravalle as a new House Principal at Lakewood High School and April Patton, Lead Mentor Teacher for the District, as the next Assistant Principal at Harding Middle School. They begin their new positions on August 1.

New LHS Students, Register Now for Fresh Start

Fresh Start 2018 orientation will take place on August 15 from 9-11a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. for all incoming 9th graders and students new to LHS for the 2018-2019 school year. Students will tour the building and receive IDs and lockers among other activities. Please complete this form by July 31 to participate. There will be a parent orientation on August 14 at 6:30 pm in the Civic Auditorium.

Harding Asst. Principal Named Next Garfield Principal

Robin BeaversThe Board of Education at its meeting on Monday, July 16, approved Harding Middle School Assistant Principal Robin Beavers as the next Principal for Garfield Middle School. Beavers will replace Mark Walter, who will be moving to Lakewood High School as Principal.

District Seeking Subs for Teachers, Support Staff

Come work for Lakewood City Schools! We are in need of subs for the 2018-2019 school year.

Substitute Teachers: To begin the employment process, please submit your application to North Coast Shared Services Alliance. The NCSSA serves as our substitute certified management provider, responsible for recruitment and employment of substitute teachers.

North Coast Shared Services Alliance: Learn More | Substitute Teacher Application


Krogman Honored as Outstanding Woman of Year

Leslie KrogmanThe Phil Bova Baseball Camp honored Community Recreation and Education Department Coordinator Leslie Krogman with its Oustanding Woman of the Year Award for her longtime support of youth baseball in Northeast Ohio.


New LHS Spaces Honored for Outstanding Design

cafeteria photoLakewood High School was recently selected as an Outstanding Design by the American School & University magazine and will be included in the magazine’s Interiors Showcase awards issue in August. This is the premiere competition honoring educational interior excellence. The high school was honored in the category of Common Spaces, such as the cafeteria, media center and gym. It is one of only 70 educational institutions to be included in the issue.

Board Approves Garfield's Walter as Next LHS Principal

Mark WalterThe Lakewood Board of Education approved on June 14 in a special session the appointment of Garfield Middle School Principal Mark Walter as the next Principal of Lakewood High School effective August 1.

District Celebrates Lakewood City Academy June Grads

June gradsCongratulations to the  members of the 18th graduating class of Lakewood City Academy! Nine graduates received their diplomas in a commencement ceremony that was part of the June 4 Board of Education meeting at Harding Middle School.

Ahearn Named Assistant Superintendent at N. Ridgeville Schools

Keith AhearnLakewood High School Principal Keith Ahearn has been named the Assistant Superintendent of North Ridgeville City Schools.  He will leave his position with the District on July 31 after serving Lakewood City Schools for nine years.

Hannah Finishes 8th in State in Hurdles

tyler hannahCongratulations to junior Tyler Hannah for his 8th-place finishin the Divison 1 Track & Field State Championships in the 110-meter hurdles on June 2! He also finished n the top 16 in the 300-meter hurdles. Earlier this season, Tyler won the 110-meter Regional title and was District champ in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles! Congratulations to Tyler on a fantastic season!

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

graduationLakewood High School seniors - 318 of them - marched across the stage to receive their high school diplomas on Sunday, June 3, in the Civic Auditorium full of their family, friends and teachers. Graduates received their diplomas from Board of Education President Edward Favre along with congratulations from Superintendent Jeff Patterson and LHS Principal Keith Ahearn.

Graduation Ceremony to be Livestreamed

Lakewood High School's 170th Commencement Ceremony being held Sunday, June 3 at 2 pm will be available for viewing via livestream at the following link:


Seniors' College Choices Span the Country

graduation capEach year, about two-thirds of our seniors choose to continue on with post-secondary education. Lakewood High graduates flock to our state universities but many also choose to spread their geographic wings and head to universities in states such as Washington, Arizona, Florida and Texas. Some or our top students will be attending several of our nation's most selective universities. Click here to see the list of where the Class of 2018 is headed!

Spring Sports Rangers Earn All-Conference Honors

rangermanCongratulations to the following Rangers who have earned all-conference honors in the Southwest Conference:

Track & Field: Tyler Hannah (1st Team); Emily Bradford, Joe Burtzlaff, Abby LaForm and Elias Khawam (Honorable Mention)
Baseball: Jared Naida (2nd Team); Edison Budzar-Tigue (Honorable Mention)
Boys’ Tennis: Abe Dalisky and Ben Swartz (Honorable Mention)
Softball: Audra Tuleta (2nd Team); Maizy Cunninghame, Payton Rossen (Honorable Mention)

Hannnah Regional Hurdles Champ, Breaks School Record

Tyler HannahCongratulations to junior Tyler Hannah, who is the regional champion in the 110 meter hurdles and third-place finisher in the 300-meter hurdles. Tyler's performance at the Division 1 Regional Track & Field Tournament earned him a chance to compete at the State Tournament June 1-2 in Columbus. He also broke a school record in the 110 with a time of 37.94 seconds.

 Said Coach Mike Dow about Tyler: "Tyler has been a model team member since he enrolled in Lakewood in the fall. He is a tireless worker who demands much of himself. All of his success is a direct result of his outstanding work ethic and desire to be successful.The sky is the limit in what Tyler can accomplish. "

Harding Class Welcomes Graphic Novelist James Beard

In anticipation of the middle schools' graphic novel summer reading assignment, Harding's 6th grade advanced Language Arts class welcomed graphic novel author Jim Beard to discuss how he got started, his experiences seeking out seeking advice, and what tenacity it takes to get published! A special thanks to Grant's PTSA President Michael Miller who initiated this fantastic opportunity! View video of visit here.

Hannah Takes Two District Titles in Hurdles

Tyler HannahCongratulations to junior Tyler Hannah, who won titles in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles at the Division 1 District Championship Meet! This is on the heels of Tyler's SWC titles in the same events. Also placing for the boys' team were the 4x800 relay team of Joey Toole, Aidyn Zingale, Joe Burtzlaff and Cormac Peppard-Kramer (8th), Cormac Peppard-Kramer in the 800 meeters (8th) and Elia Khawam in the 200 meters (5th). Congrats to all!

Junior Qualifies for U.S. Marine Corps Music Program

kira marjanovicLakewood High School junior Kira Marjanovic has accomplished a feat few women and even fewer juniors accomplish – earning entry into the U.S. Marine Corps Music Enlistment Option Program for eventual placement in a U.S. Marine Corps Band.

LHS Students Lead Middle School Drug Education Program

While middle school students often hear the message about the dangers of prescription drug and opioid abuse as they move through the school year, this year the message was delivered in a new way – by students themselves. The District this school year teamed with the nonprofit Recovery Resources of Cleveland to participate in the Casey’s Kids program, which trains high school students to teach middle schoolers about drug addiction.

Garfield Students Donate Hair Because They Care

hair locksFor the seventh year, members of Garfield Middle School's Hair Because We Care Club, plus a staff member, had their hair shorn after school on May 17 in order to donate to Locks of Love, nonprofit organization that turns the locks into hairpieces for children suffering hair loss from medical conditions such as cancer or children’s alopecia. Oncec again, Revelations Salon & Spa donated its stylists' services for the cause. 


Board Approves New Assistant Superintendent

NiedzwickiThe Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting on May 16 approved Maggie Niedzwiecki, Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction, as Lakewood City Schools’ next Assistant Superintendent beginning Aug. 1, 2018.

Celebration of Excellence Honors Academic Standouts

medalsOur academic superstars were in the spotlight at the 35th annual Celebration of Excellence academic awards ceremony held May 15 at the Civic Auditorium, as the District honored 296 students in grades 6-12 for having achieved a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters this school year. 

Junior Hannah Two-Time SWC Champion

Tyler HannahCongratulations to junior Tyler Hannah, who won the Southwest Conference title in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles events at the championship track and field meet May 17-19. Other boys' team top placers included 3rd place for senior Joe Burtzlaff in the 3200 meters, fifth place for junior Cormac Peppard-Kramer and sixth for senior Elias Khawam.

Elementaries Kick Off 7 Schools 1 Book Project

dragonLakewood elementary students are now part of a book club of 2,500 people as each of the District’s seven elementary schools kicked off the start of the 7 Schools 1 Book project! Staff at each of the schools worked hard to make the kickoff an “event” for the students, bringing characters from the book, “Kenny and the Dragon,” to life. The students even had a video visit from author Tony DiTerlizzi to help get the students pumped up and excited about reading the same book together.

Still Time to Sign Up for Leadership Academy

Lakewood City Schools in conjunction with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Effective Leadership Academy will be offering a weeklong summer program in leadership. Club LEAD programs are for students in grades 5-12. Spots are limited so please apply ASAP. Visit efffectivela.org for more info.

LHS Named Among Best High Schools By U.S. News

Lakewood HighLakewood High School has been named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools and a Bronze Medalist for 2018. The magazine awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medals according to college readiness, math and reading scores and graduation rates.

Harrison Invites Community to May 19 Carnival

Harrison Elementary PTA invites all to attend its annual School Carnival and Ranger Raffle. Come have fun and play games for a nominal fee. Grab a bite to eat and visit with other families. There will be an amazing raffle as well that you can enter to win for just $1. The event takes place on Saturday, May 19 from 2-5 pm on school grounds.

May Staff Spotlight Honorees: Breckel & Fleming

spotlight logoCongratulations to Lakewood High Intervention Specialist Alison Breckel and Lincoln Intervention Specialist Mandy Fleming on being chose as our May Staff Spotlight honorees! Click on Read More to find out why these two staff members deserve the spotlight for their work.

Rupright, Two Students Honored for Achievements in Special Ed

Neil RuprightThe 39th Annual Excellence in Education Awards recognizing students with disabilities, peers, and educators was held May 4 and included recognition for two Lakewood Schools students and staff member Neil Rupright. The event is planned by the ESC of Northeast Ohio and the State Support Team – Region 3 to recognize the great work being done by educators, teachers, students, and community members in special education.

Garfield Pair to See Work Published in Teen Anthology

Clare BlackKali PedleyCongratulations to Garfield Middle School eighth-grader Clare Black (far left) and  seventh-grader Kali Pedley on having their literary pieces accepted for publication in Roots & Branches, an anthology of Cleveland teen writers. Clare and Kali are part of Garfield's Creative Writing Club, led by Maggie Bacher. Clare and Kali will join others whose work was chosen at a release party on May 31. Congratulations to both!

Rec Dept. Summer Booklet Available


rec coverThe 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 offered for this summer. 

Summer Booklet

PTA Awards Led by Educator of the Year Csongei

Educator of Year CsongeiThe Lakewood Council of PTAs handed out its annual awards at a ceremony on May 2 at Harding Middle School. The ceremony included awarding four senior scholarships, honoring teachers of the year at each building, and recognizing the District’s Educator of the Year, Sarah Csongei, who also was named Ohio PTA’s District 11 Educator of the Year.

Summer School Registration Now Open

Students may register now for the two 2018 Summer School sessions, which begin June 8 and June 29.
Summer School brochure and registration info

Harrison Parents Join in Motivational Monday Workouts

Motivational Mondays in gymHarrison's Motivational Mondays provide opportunity for staff and students to focus on healthy eating and physical activity throughout the day at school. On Monday, the Harrison PTA and PBIS Committee joined efforts and invited families to jump start the day. Get Fit Circuit Stations led by PBIS Committee members gave families the opportunity to join this physical activity promotion with students and staff before school. PTA also provided healthy snacks for students for them to take on their way to class after the workout. Click Read More for more photos.

"The World Next Door" Event Set for May 10 at LHS

globeA number of Lakewood High students will be part of a fun event at LHS on May 10. The free event, "The World Next Door,"  is from 3:30-5:30 pm in the cafeteria.  LHS students that have participated in an leadership program Youth Against Hate will be hosting the event with ASIA Inc.  Students will set up stations to teach people about their culture. They will have interactive activities as well to highlight assets of our Lakewood community.  Food and music will be provided..

Middle School Mock Trial Teams Excel in State Competition

Congratulations to the Garfield and Harding Middle School Mock Trial teams, who on April 20 earned top ratings at the statewide Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education held in Columbus. Both Garfield 7th grade teams and the Harding 7th grade team earned the highest Superior rating and Harding’s 8th grade team narrowly missed the top rating and earned an Outstanding rating.

LHS for Incoming 9th Graders & Parents Set for May 17

Lakewood HighLHS 101 will be hosted by the LHS PTA on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30pm in the Ranger Cafe for incoming 9th grade parents and students.  This session will provide incoming families with information about LHS logistics and opportunities available for families and their students. This is a great way to help acclimate you and your child to LHS!

Developer Gives Update on Board of Ed Property Plans

1456 Warren propertyLiberty Development Co. Development Director Dru Siley provided an update on the company’s plans for the Board of Education Warren Road properties at the Board’s meeting on April 23. The presentation included a preliminary rendering of a redeveloped 1456 Warren Road building, the former Recreation Department home that will be the future home of the Board offices.

Harding Builders Club Blood Drive May 7

Builders club logoHarding Builders Club is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, May 7 from 2:30-7:00 pm in the school's cafeteria. Students who recruit a blood donor will receive a gift from the Red Cross.  Donors can also sign-up for a specific time on the Red Cross Rapid Pass page at http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass. Rapid Pass can only be used on the day of the blood drive. "You can make a difference!".

Middle School Celebration of Arts on May 22

Our third annual District Celebration of Arts is set for Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The event will be in Harding's gym from 6:30-7:30 pm and is an open house format for all middle school students and their families. This year will feature writing, art, STEM, Strolling Strings, and Mock Trial teams. Students should let their Language Arts teacher know if they plan to attend this event.  

Earth Day Activities are April 28

Earth Day logoKeep Lakewood Beautiful's Earth Day and Great American Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 28 from  9am -1pm at the Woman's Pavilion in Lakewood Park to help spruce up our city.  Plant a tree with the City's arborist, clean up our city areas, mulch trees and learn about recycling. Pre-register at onelakewood.com/KLB or call 529-6601.  Individuals and groups welcome. Seedlings potted by our LHS Horticulture students will be given away as well.

District Earns Best Music Education Community Award

award logoFor the second 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. Only 4% of districts across the nation were selected for the prestigious award.

Recap of School Safety Forum on April 12

safety forum panelMore than 100 community members took part in a conversation April 12 about school safety at a joint forum hosted by LakewoodAlive in partnership with the Lakewood City Schools and the City of Lakewood. The forum included the announcement of some new safety initiatives in the works.

Lakewood Project's May 12 Concert Tickets on Sale Now

LP posterTickets for The Lakewood Project's concert at 7 pm on Saturday, May 12 are now available at the LHS Bookroom, The Paisley Monkey, Lion & Blue and Little Lakewood Pasta Co.. Theme for the concert is "50 Years of Rock & Roll" and will feature songs from The Who, Marvin Gaye, The Eagles, Blink 182, The Clash and more. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults in advance and $5/$8 at the door. You can buy in person at the Bookroom or by calling 216-529-4074.

LHS History Club to Present on Women in War On April 22

women in war posterYou are cordially invited to The LHS History Club presentation:  "Women in War-How Society is Challenged and Changed."  The event will be held Sunday, April 22 at 7 pm in the Main Auditorium of the Lakewood Public Library.  We will look at how different societies have used women in wartime, especially the US during World War II. The LHS History Club aspires to engage students, staff and the citizens of Lakewood in dialogue about the history of of town, region, nation and the world.  All presentations are created and delivered collaboratively by teachers and students.  Club adviser Dr. Chuck Greanoff and freshman Gina Marjanovic will be the presenters.  Hope to see you there -- Faiza Manaa, President. 

Academic Challenge Team Headed to Nationals Again

academic challenge logoFrom Academic Challenge adviser Bob Sedlak: The Lakewood High Academic Challenge Team has been busy over the past several months competing in regularly scheduled Southwest Conference competition and in two invitational tournaments at Solon and Olmsted Falls High Schools.  The varsity team and JV teams finished 3rd of 10 schools in the conference matches.  At the invitational tournaments the JV finished 2nd of 20 teams at both Solon and Olmsted Falls. 

LHS Students Take Top Awards in Rotary Arts Contest

rotary logoLakewood High students were top award-winners in the 73rd annual Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contests. Lakewood students swept the speech category and took the top two spots in visual arts.

Staff Spotlight: Leah Kapsalis & Jennifer Johnson

logoElementary Media Specialist Jennifer Johnson and Garfield Middle School secretary Leah Kapsalis have been selected as April’s Staff Spotlight honorees. Click on Read More to hear about why these two were chosen by their peers to be honored.

Board Approves Mayfield Administrator as New Superintendent

Dr. BarnesThe Lakewood Board of Education, at a special meeting March 28, approved Mayfield City School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Barnes as the next Superintendent of Lakewood City Schools. 

District Students Earn Honors for Science Fair Projects

science fair logoLakewood City Schools' eighth- and ninth-graders excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held March 12-15 at Cleveland State, led by four second-place winners for the District and several special award winners.


Rotary Honors West Shore's Most Outstanding Students

Rotary logoAt their annual Outstanding Student Award lunch on March 19, the Lakewood /Rocky River Rotary Club recognized 15 West Shore Career-Tech students as the top performers in their career-technical program. Outstanding student winners exemplify traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative. 

Pair of LHS Artists Win National Silver Medals for Work

Emilly Perry artworkLakewood High School senior Jordan Bozak and junior Emily Perry have been named national Silver Medal winners 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.

LHS Raises More than $20,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research

brave the shave participantsOn Friday, 25 students and staff from LHS shaved their heads in support of The St. Baldrick's Foundation and pediatric cancer research. "Brave the Shave" participants raised more than $20,000 in just a few weeks! It is an amazing show of support from the school and community. The event was organized by teachers Aimee Guzowski and Scott Stetler. View a photo gallery here.

Four Students' Work Chosen for Governor's Youth Art Exhibit

mihalski imageLakewood High students had the most pieces of artwork ever selected to be part of the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition in Columbus. Six works were chosen, including four by senior Elyza Mihalik, whose “Here is Goofy” piece earned a top 25 Governor’s Award of Excellence. Also earning a spot in the 300-piece exhibit are Riley Geyer, Husam Mafargeh and Micah Inak.

Harrison Raised $4,500 for American Heart Assn.

Mark MollisonHarrison Elementary raised $4,500 for the American Heart Association during its Jump Rope for Heart campaign. The amount included a large donation from the Lake Erie Monsters. To celebrate, the three top student fundraisers chose a teacher pie in the face! Mark Mollison and Sarah Anderzjewski were good sports! 

Board Passes Resolution on School Safety, Violence Reduction

At its meeting on March 5, the Lakewood Board of Education passed a resolution on one reading supporting school safety and reducing violence in schools. The resolution states that “school board members, administrators, employees and community members should work together with lawmakers, legal counsel, law enforcement and security experts to determine how best to ensure student safety in their district” and “implores” the President of the United States, Governor of Ohio, U.S. Congress and Ohio General Assembly to enact legislation and provide adequate funding for the following:

Harding 7th Grader Qualifies for State Geography Bee

Jamie HollandCongratulations to Harding 7th 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. 

LHS to Brave the Shave for Pediatric Cancer Research

Brave the Shave logoLHS BRAVES THE SHAVE!  On Friday, March 16, members of the Lakewood High School community are shaving their heads in order to raise money for St. Baldrick's Foundation.  Cancer claims more kid's lives than any other disease in the United States.  As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, St. Baldrick's gives kids with cancer their best chance at long, healthy, and happy lives.  Help organizers surpass their goal by clicking on the link and donating: https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/LHS2018

Junior Tyler Hannah 3rd in State in 60 M Hurdles

Tyler HannahCongratulations to Lakewood High junior Tyler Hannah for his third-place finish in the  60 meter hurdles at the Indoor Division 1 State Track Meet on March 3!. Tyler will also be competing in the New Balance Nationals Meet in New York City on Friday March 9. Congrats to Tyler and his coach, Mike Dow!

Lincoln Tops Hayes for Basketball Tournament Title

DARE champsLincoln Elementary beat Hayes Elementary, 32-27, to capture the annual Lakewood Police Youth Basketball Tournament (formerly D.A.R.E. Tournament) on March 3 at Harding. The annual tournament brings all seven elementary schools together to compete in a single elimination tournament. The teams are comprised of fifth-graders and coached by volunteers. It's always a fun day of friendly competition and camaraderie!

Diemert, Flannery Share Staff Spotlight in March

staff spotlight logoThe Staff Spotlight honor is shared this month by Grant Elementary Health Aide Melissa Diemert and Roosevelt Elementary Intervention Specialist Caroline Flannery. Click Read More to learn more about these two outstanding staff members!

Harding Builder Club Raising Money for Leukemia/Lymphoma

Harding's Builder Club is teaming up with the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society of Cleveland to fundraise this spring. The club kicked off the fundraiser with an assembly and visit from the Kona shaved ice truck on Feb. 23. Students will continue to raise funds online. 

Basketball Win Gives Rangers Share of SWC Title

teamphotoThe Lakewood Rangers varsity basketball team won its first conference title since 2014 with a 71-52 win over North Ridgeville. The team shares the crown with Olmsted Falls. It's been a tremendous season for the Rangers, who finished 20-2 overall and 17-1 in the conference. Next up are the playoffs, with the Rangers opening on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 pm at home versus Max Hayes. Come cheer on the champion Rangers!

Superintendent Message on Parkland Tragedy

We are all grieving the 17 precious lives lost yesterday in Parkland. Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and the Parkland community as they cope with this senseless tragedy. As we are so painfully aware, a mass shooting can happen anywhere. It is our job as a school district to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our students. To that end, I want to share with you some of the strategies we have in place to help address the physical and emotional well-being of our students:

14 Swimmers & Divers Moving on to Districts

rangermanAfter a successful Sectionals meet where many of our Lakewood High swimmers and divers earned personal bests, 14 athletes are moving on to Districts on Feb. 17. Leading the way at Sectionals was senior Maggie McHugh with a third place (100-yard butterfly) and seventh place (50-yard freestyle).

Course Guide Displays Plethora of Opportunities at LHS

LHS Course GuideStudents at Lakewood High School and middle school 8th graders are busy poring over the latest LHS Course Guide in preparation for filling out schedule requests for next school year.  They are likely finding that the hardest part of the process is narrowing down the choices from a course selection that is arguably the broadest in the state with more than 200 courses.

Music Boosters Hosting Melt Fundraiser Feb. 14

Melt logoThe Lakewood Music Boosters will host a fundraiser at Melt Bar & Grilled in Lakewood on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 11 am - 10 pm. Show this flyer when you order and 20% of your bill will go to the Boosters. Offer is good for dine-in or carryout. You must show either the physical or digital flyer.

Board OKs Sale of Warren Properties to Liberty Development

Board officesThe Board of Education at its Feb.5 meeting voted unanimously to sell its properties at 1456 and 1470 Warren Road to Liberty Development Co. for a price of $500,000. Liberty intends to preserve the 1456 East Rockport Central School Building and renovate it into office space of which the Board will have an option to lease. For more information on the deal, click here.

Hockey Team Captures Share of Division Title

ranger hockey logoCongratulations to the LHS hockey team for earning a share of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League Blue Division title! The team clinched the co-championship with a victory over Mayfield Heights on Feb. 3. The team, which is 17-8-1 overall and 11-1 in the division, shares the title with Brooklyn High School. The team starts playoff competition Feb. 7.

Staff Spotlight Honorees: Baughman & Severino

staff spotlight logoThis month's Staff Spotlight honorees are Harding Middle School In School Assignment supervisor Karen Baughman and West Shore Career-Tech Transition to Work teacher Stephanie Severino. Click on Read More to check out why their peers found these two to be so deserving!

Reflections Particpants Honored, 16 Advance to State

Reflections logoThe creativity and imagination of our students were celebrated at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held Jan. 30 at Garfield Middle School. Eighty artworks from preschool through high school were honored. Of those 80 pieces of art, 16 were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging, with winners to be announced in late spring.

Pair of Rangers are SWC Swimming Champs

swimming champsCongratulations to our two new Ranger conference champions: swimmers Maggie McHugh and Sistina Simcox. Maggie, a senior, is a two-time champ, winning both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly at the conference championships on Jan. 27. Sistina, a freshman, captured the 100-yard freestyle title.

Survey Seeks Input on District's Future

We need your input! As Lakewood City Schools looks toward its future with a new superintendent, it's important for the District to understand your thoughts and what you value most. Please take this online survey by Friday, February 2: http://research.zarca.com/r/6dmmFp

View Presentation on Managing Online World Danger/Risks

On January 17, to help our students and parents understand that with the use of technology there is also responsibility, Lexi Giering, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Outreach Coordinator at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, gave a presentation to parents about the dangers of the internet and social media, sexting and the law, and how cyberbullying can affect everyday lives and make lifelong impacts.  

Proposed Developer for Board Property Announced

board buildingThe Board of Education at its January 22, 2018 meeting introduced a proposed contract with Liberty Development Co. to purchase the Board of Education properties located at 1456 and 1470 Warren Road. The Board is scheduled to vote on approval of the contract at its meeting on February 5.

8th Grade LHS Scheduling Night Set for Jan. 24

There will be an 8th grade scheduling information night on January 24 to share with parents the ins and outs of scheduling classes for the high school for the 2018-2019 school year. The meeting will take place at 7 pm in the Civic Auditorium.

Garfield's Smith to Give History Club Talk on Vikings

viking hatAre you related to Vikings? What were they really like? What is fact, and what is fiction? Want some answers? On Sunday, January 21 at 7pm, in the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium, Garfield Middle School teacher Dan Smith will present a fabulous slide show and discussion on the surprises, ironies and history of Vikings. The program, "Vikings: Be Amazed" is free and open to all. The Lakewood High School History Club (President Faiza Manaa, Advisor Dr Chuck Greanoff) hopes to see you there!

Presentation Addresses Online World & Student Safety

On January 16, the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (Ohio ICAC) will make an important presentation: "Online World: Is it Worth the Risk?" on internet safety at Garfield Middle School starting at 7 pm. The Ohio ICAC is a cooperative venture between  the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, the FBI, and other state agencies concerned with preventing crimes against children. The event is aimed at educating parents on the dangers of the internet as well as ways to protect your children. Click here for more information.

Music Boosters Sing & Serve Fundraiser Jan. 26

boosters logoJoin the Lakewood Music Boosters for their second annual Sing & Serve fundraiser on Friday, January 26 from 6-10 pm at Garfield Middle School in Lakewood. This is a fun-filled family event full of music, singing, food and drink. Lakewood teachers and administrators will be your celebrity servers!


Hayes Gets Creative with Growth Mindset Rap Video

Girls recordingThe philosophy of a growth mindset is on the mind of Hayes Elementary students and staff. The belief that we grow and make new connections by pushing ourselves to work through the struggles of learning something new is reiterated by Principal Sandy Powers on daily announcements. Recently, Hayes music teacher, Karen Bescan and librarian/media specialist, Kevin Costello, worked to write a growth mindset song and record it with a group of 5th graders. Take a listen, it's pretty special! Growth Mindset video

Trio of wrestlers take home tournament titles

rangerman logoLakewood High wrestlers wrapped up their weekend with three individual champions and a solid team finish at the Riverside Rumble Tournament. Freshmen Jayden Jackson moved to 12-1 after winning the 152 weight class​. Senior Joey Rodriguez (182 pounds) won his second championship this season and is 11-0. Sophomore Yousef Awad also won his class and is now 11-1.

Garfield Students See Future on College Day

doorFriday was College Day at Garfield Middle School as students chatted with Garfield alumni currently in colleges across the country via Google Hangouts and enjoyed other activities to learn the ins and outs of post-secondary school life. Former Garfield student and current West Virginia University undergrad Grace Dever was among the nearly dozen students who took time out of their college days to interact with the current Garfield students.

Bond Refund to Save Taxpayers $6 Million

dollar signThe current tax reform debate occurring in Washington created an opportunity for the District to advance refund $43,825,000 of its 2014 bonds. The District was able to save $6,100,112 in future debt service costs for nearly 10% net present value savings. This will average approximately $235,000 per year over the life of the remaining bonds (final maturity 2043). 

Ranger Shop Plans Pop-Up Shop on Dec. 16

Ranger Shop logoNeed a gift for your Ranger? Stop by the LHS Ranger Shop on Saturday, December 16th from 10 am - 3 pm for all of your Ranger Spirit Wear needs. PJ pants are back in stock along with some great new knit hats-perfect for the cold weather! The shop is located in the Lakewood High Bookroom, which can be accessed through the east-end cafeteria doors.


vaseThe Lakewood High Art Department will host a Photography, Ceramics & Fiber Arts Show on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 5-7 pm in the Civic Auditorium lobby. An awards ceremony will take place at 6 pm. Come see the show before attending the Sounds of the Season concert at 7:30 pm. Make it a great arts evening!

Schools Raise $2,000 For Hurricane Relief

hurricane check groupWhile the suffering continues in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Marie, students and staff at Harding Middle School and Harrison, Hayes and Lincoln elementary schools are doing their part to help. Art teacher Cesar Vegas initiated the donation drive and combined, these schools, raised more than $2,032 for relief efforts. Representatives from the Cleveland Foundation and Julia de Burgos Cultural Art Center, who are helping to facilitate donations through the Puerto Rico Community Foundation were on hand at Harding Oct. 19 to accept the money raised. Click here to make your own donation.

Grant 5th Grader Chosen as This Year's Junior Fire Chief

valerie morrisFire Prevention Week means the crowning of a new Junior Fire Chief. Congratulations to Grant Elementary 5th grader Valerie Morris, who was chosen based on her essay titled "Every Second Counts." As is custom every year, the new Junior Chief earned a special ride to school in a fire truck. She also had the honor of reading her essay at the Fallen Firefighter Ceremony on October 8.  

K-5 Literacy Night Scheduled for Oct. 26

booksThe Teaching & Learning Department will host a K-5 Literacy Night on Thursday, October 26 from 6:30-7:30 pm at Emerson Elementary School. The program will share what the District is doing to grow readers and writers through the workshop curriculum. You will also learn how you can support your student's work at home. See you there!

Board Presentation on Report Card Emphasizes Growth

At the most recent Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent Roxann-Ramsey Caserio and Director of Teaching and Learning Christine Palumbo presented an in-depth look at the numbers behind the District's 2016-2017 State Report Card. Looking at the data behind the letter grades shows growth in many areas. Please view the video by clicking on Read More to hear not only about the grades, but also the context in which our district fits with other districts. 

News 5 Highlights Badat's Work to Open Malawi School

badatLakewood HIgh Principal Yakoob Badat's efforts to open a primary school in his native Malawi through Nanze, the nonprofit he founded, were featured recently on News 5 Cleveland. You can view the video here.

Garfield Hosting Chipotle Fundraiser Oct. 11

chiopotle logoCome to the Lakewood Chipotle on Wednesday, October 11 between 4-8 pm and help raise money for Garfield Middle School. Show this flyer when you order or mention Garfield and 50% of your bill will go to Garfield to help support school activities.

Lakewood Music Boosters Thank you

boosters logoLakewood Music Boosters would like to thank the community for their outstanding support of the Performing Arts Groups of Feet to the Street/TAG Day on Saturday, September 9.  Donations will be used to cover expenses for the school year.  Please join us for this month's events:  

The Orchestra Pops Concert at the Civic on October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Drama Club Production of "Elf, Jr." at Garfield Middle School on October 19 & 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Lakewood High production of "Macbeth" on October 19-21 at 7:30 p.m.

Girls' Tennis Hosting Angelo's Fundraiser Sept. 27

angelo's logoThe Lakewood High girls' tennis team will be hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, September 27 at Angelo's Pizza. From open to close, Angelo's will donate 20% of your bill if you mention the tennis team. The offer is good for dine-in, delivery or takeout and includes gift cards as well. An easy way to help one of our Ranger teams!

Toiletries Drive to Benefit Community Closets, Honor Giffels

t shirtAt this Friday's LHS football game vs. Berea-Midpark, the first 500 people to make a donation ~ either monetary or new, unopened toiletries ~ will receive a free “NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE” t-shirt in honor of Anne Giffels, friend and colleague to many in the Lakewood City Schools and the community.

Cross Country Teams to Host Chipotle Fundraiser Aug. 29

chipotle logoCome to Lakewood's Chipotle and support the Lakewood High School boys' and girls' cross country teams. Fifty percent of sales from 4-8pm will be donated to the teams. Be sure to show this flyer or mention you are supporting the cross country teams.
If you order online, be sure to pay in the store and mention/show the flyer for credit to to the teams.


Marching Band Festival Preview Is Aug. 16

band logoBring the family, camp chairs and a picnic basket, and watch and listen as the Ranger Marching Band prepares for the annual Lakewood High School Band Festival by marching non-stop for four hours. All families, fans, friends, and alumni of the band, and all members of the local business community, are invited to sponsor a student with a donation. Nine sponsorship levels are available with corresponding rewards at the Preview event and in the Festival program. Sponsorship information is available here.

Tech Teacher Chanter Repeat Presenter at Int'l Conference

chanterFor the second straight summer curriculum and technology teacher Jaime Chanter was a selected presenter for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, held in San Antonio this year. The conference draws over 15,000 educators. Chanter presented a session on starting a District Twitter chat and gave a speech on making the most of school resources. Chanter also was accepted into the Google GEO Institute and visited Google headquarters this summer. Chanter will be bringing her educational tech knowledge to Lakewood High this school year.  

Fall Sports Preseason Meeting Set for July 20

Ranger logoFor those interested in playing a fall sport for the 2017-2018 school year, there will be a OHSAA-required preseason meeting for parents and athletes on Thursday, July 20 at 6 pm in the Harding Middle School Gym. 

District Will See 1% Funding Cut Under New State Budget

An update from Treasurer Kent Zeman: The Conference Committee (made up of members from the House of Representatives and the Senate) met June  27 and resolved the differences between the House and Senate version of House Bill 49 – Biennial Budget.  Both the House and Senate approves the Conference Committee recommended Biennial Budget without modifications. Gov. John Kasich signed the bill June 30, just minutes before midnight. The financial impact to the Lakewood City School District followed the Senate version of the bill, which means the District will see a 1% reduction in foundation funding in FY 2018 or $172,825 and no additional reduction in FY 2019. 


chipotle logoThe LHS girls' soccer program will be holding a fundraiser on Tuesday, June 27 from 5-9 pm at Lakewood Chipotle. Make sure to show this flyer when you order and Chipotle will donate 50% of your check to the team.


schladeRogelThe Lakewood Board of Education at its June 19 meeting approved the hiring of two new administrators, who will both begin their positions on Aug. 1, 2017. Swanton (Ohio) Local School District Superintendent Jeffrey Schlade has been named the new Director of Human Resources and Oberlin City Schools Director of Pupil Services Elizabeth Rogel has been named a Coordinator of Student Services.

Please take our brief #LkwdListens survey

It's Lakewood City Schools' mission to "develop responsible citizens, who are critical and creative thinkers, committed to life-long learning, invested in a diverse society, and prepared for technological and global opportunities." To continue to uphold our mission, we’re asking you to participate in #LkwdListens and take a brief, online survey. Click here and share what you think are the most important ways Lakewood City Schools prepares our students for college, careers, and beyond!

Malloy Credits LHS for his start on path to Broadway

malloyLakewood High School 1994 graduate Dave Malloy recently saw his musical, "Natasha & Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812," nominated for 12 Tonys, including two nominations for himself. The Broadway smash took home two Tonys for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting for musicals. In a recent cleveland.com article, Malloy credits Lakewood High for his musical start. Click here to read the story.

Academic Challenge Team Earns 5th Place at Nationals

tournament teamCongratulations to our LHS Academic Challenge team on its outstanding performance in the National Academic Championship tournament in Chicago! The varsity team finished 6-2 and in a tie for fifth place overall while the JV team finished 3-3. The varsity team bowed out of the tournament in the playoff round when it lost a tight match to Detroit Jesuit High School. Good work by all the tournament participants and advisers Peter Petto and Bob Sedlak.

Future Club Receives $2,500 Grant from Cox

Cox checkThe Future Club, which operates in four of our elementary schools, recently received a grant of $2,500 from Cox Charities "to support the club and advance its impact on youth and the community," Club founder Jaime Chanter received the check, which will be used to buy more technology tools and toys for its club members to tinker with and create!

Supplies 4 Success Drive Seeks Volunteers, Donations

supplies collectionSupplies 4 Success is excited to announce that it has been awarded a $500 Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Grant to support this summer’s collection drive. Anyone interested in working on this summer’s collection should contact Karen Lee at lkwdschoolsupplies@gmail.com or 216-534-2515. The group will need help creating collection boxes, managing collection sites, and on inventory collection day. Student volunteer hours will be collected. Collection boxes be placed around town after July 4. Monetary donations can be made through the Lakewood Foundation at by clicking here.

District Seeks Bids for Franklin Asphalt Paving

A sealed bid proposal for Lakewood City Schools will be received by Kent Zeman, Treasurer, Lakewood City School District, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH, 44107, until 11:00 am local time on Thursday, June 22, 2017.  Immediately after the time for filing of proposals has expired, they will be opened and publicly read. The proposal includes asphalt paving for the Lakewood City School District. 

Celebration of Excellence Livestreaming

Tonight's annual Celebration of Excellence ceremony, honoring the District's top middle and high school students, will be livestream beginning at 7 pm. Click here to view the broadcast.

LHS History Club To Present "Lincoln Quotes" On May 14

Abe LincolnThe Lakewood High School History Club will present "Lincoln in Quotes" on Sunday, May 14 at 7 pm at the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium. Club president, junior Faiza Manaa, and adviser Dr. Chuck Greanoff will examine the intentions and achievements of Lincoln through an analysis of some of his most famous quotes. Context matters, but so does your attendance! Please join the club for a conversation about our most quoted president. The program should last about an hour, with time for questions afterward. 


logoThe Hayes PTO is having a dine out night at Lakewood Chipotle on Wednesday, April 26 from 5-9 pm. Chipotle will donate 50% of your order when you mention Hayes PTO or show this flyer.  All proceeds will benefit Hayes preschool student Addilynne Shirey, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Currently the family is trying to raise money  to provide Addilynne with a bedroom and suitbable bathroom in her home. 


teamThis Saturday, Feb 18, the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge team will compete on the Academic Challenge show, airing on Channel 5, WEWS, at 7 pm. The team has been burning through the regular Southwest Conference season and stands at 6-1 in conference play. Over the past five years in conference play, Lakewood has an outstanding record of 36-2.  


hannanThe Lakewood Board of Education  at its Feb. 6 meeting approved Tom Hannan, current assistant head coach at Garrettsville’s James A. Garfield High School, as the next head coach for the Lakewood High School varsity football team. The community will get its first chance to meet the new coach at a "meet & greet" planned for 6 pm on Feb. 10 at the Civic Auditorium.


The Parent Council meeting for parents with children with a disability originally scheduled for Jan. 17 has bee cancelled. The next scheduled meeting will be March 29 at 6 pm.


Sounds of season concert on for tonight

The second performance of the Sounds of the Season concert will take place tonight at 7:30 pm at the Civic Auditorium. Hope to see you there! 


boosters logoThe Lakewood Music Boosters is holding an online raffle basket auction now through Dec. 18.  You can bid on ebay.com with Item ID’s listed on the next page with the basket descriptions.  If your bid wins the basket, Boosters will contact you to set up local delivery. See ebay.com for more details about each silent auction item.


The Lakewood Board of Education is  conducting an online auction of mostly used high school building furniture that will conclude on Tuesday, Dec. 20. To view the auction go to www.publicsurplus.com; click on “Select Region”; click on “Ohio”; click on “Select Agency”; click on “Ohio Schools Broker”; click on “See All”.  Lakewood’s items are prefixed with “L.”  To see a description, terms and location, click on the “item”.  If interested in bidding on an item or items, go back to the home page and register and proceed to enter your bid on the item or items you are interested in purchasing.   For clarification you may contact the Lakewood Board of Education at 216-227-5302.


choirThree choirs each from Harding and Garfield Middle Schools competed in the "Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out" at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The event was sponsored by the Maltz Museum and Roots of American Music and is a program that combines anti-bias training with the power of music.  


District administrators and Board of Education members conducted a planning session while in Columbus on Nov. 14 for the annual Ohio School Boards Association conference. As part of the successful session, the Board introduced a resolution to approve a change order for construction at Lakewood High to include an indoor elevated track.

music boosters fundraiser cancelled

The Music Boosters have cancelled the  Rockin’ Reverse Raffle set for Friday due to low ticket sales. Any payments made will be refunded in the next 10 days. If you have any questions please feel free to call Beth Bender Thomas at 216-374-7615 or email lkwdmusicboosters@gmail.com.


As Lakewood High varsity sports transition from fall to winter season, it’s time to salute those from the fall season who earned conference honors. The group is led by Southwestern Conference boys’ cross country Coach of the Year Stephanie Toole, who helped guide her team to the SWC championship. Among the athletes, five Rangers led the way as 1st Team honorees.


The Ranger Way has made it to the Great White Way! Class of 1994 graduate Dave Malloy wrote the book and score for the musical, “Natasha & Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812,” which opened on Nov. 15 in Broadway’s Imperial Theater. The production earned rave reviews after its Opening Night.


The Lakewood High varsity cheer competition squad competed in the Champion Cheer Central's Turkey Time Cheer and Dance Competition on Nov. 12 and just missed winning the compeition, finishing in second place to Madison by three points. Lakewood's overall score was 91.1/100 with zero deductions in the non-tumbling/non-mounting division. Lakewood was one of the top scoring schools overall in all divisions and had an outstanding performance, according to coach Amy Staib. Congrats to Coach Staib and the entire squad!


The Lakewood High boys' cross country team finished 3rd at the OHSAA Div. 1 District Meet at Lorain County Community College on Oct. 22, earning the team a trip to the Regional Meet in Boardman on Oct. 29. The Rangers, SWC champions, were beat by two state-ranked teams: St. Edward (59 points) and Strongsville (60). With 114 points, the Rangers finished ahead of Avon Lake (120) and Amherst Steele (146), whose teams also advance to the Regional Meet.


Attention all film buffs and social justice advocates: On Thursday, Oct. 27, LHS' Club Identity will be sponsoring the local premiere of the film "Love Is All You Need?" The film examines what might happen if being gay was the norm and heterosexuals were the minority. Join Club Identity at 7 pm in the Civic Auditorium for the film viewing and a special discussion panel afterwards with the filmmaking team and cast members. Admission is free for students with a valid student ID and $5 for adults. All money raised will benefit the local nonprofit organization Dare2Care to aid with their efforts to raise LGBTQ awareness and anti-bullying. Click here for the movie trailer and here to reserve tickets.


For those parents who were unable to attend the Elementary Curriculum Night on Oct. 20, you can view the presentation here.


Congratulations to two of our young teachers who were recently recognized by the Ohio Department of Education for being among the top scorers in the state on their Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA). Elementary music teacher Aaron Waryk was in the top 1% of scorers in 2014-2015 and Harding Middle School language arts teacher Leslie Barnes was in the top 3% of scorers in 2013-2014. The ODE honored the top RESA scorers from the last three school years.


The Board of Education at its Oct. 17 meeting recognized our two local Rotary chapters, the Rotary Club of Lakewood/Rocky River and the Sunrise Rotary Club, for their "extraordinary amount of time, resources and energy given to provide opportunities within our community and schools."


Dine in or carry out from the Angelo's Pizza on Wednesday, Oct. 12 and 20% of your bill will go toward the boys' middle and high school cross country teams. Make sure to show this flyer when ordering.


The following message was sent Sunday evening to all District families:

Last night, Lakewood High Principal Keith Ahearn shared with the LHS community that a graffiti threat had been discovered by custodial staff on Friday evening. The threat made reference to the Columbine shootings. Attached is an edited photo of the threat. The Lakewood Police Department was notified immediately and has been working on the investigation ever since.


On Friday night, the Lakewood High custodial staff discovered a graffiti threat against the school written in a bathroom stall. This threat was reported to the Lakewood Police Department and is being investigated. The safety of our school community is our top priority. We ask that if you have any information regarding this threat or any information that you think might be helpful, please contact our anonymous 24-hour hotline at 216-227-5311. Classes will be held as normal on Monday, Sept. 19 and extra security provided by the Lakewood Police Department will be on campus.


The Lakewood community responded overwhelmingly to the call to provide school supplies for students in need, making the fifth year of the Supplies 4 Success school supply drive another smashing success! Throughout the summer, the community dropped off at area businesses notebooks, markers, folders, binders, pencils, pens, paper and whatever else a student needs to succeed at school so that no District student would be unprepared come the first day of school.


As is tradition, the employees of the Lakewood City Schools gathered on the day before students returned to school for Convocation 2016, a pep rally of sorts designed to motivate and inspire the staff to rise to the challenge of another school year.


Join the Lakewood Council of PTAs and the Lakewood Board of Education members at the annual back-to-school Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 6:15-7 pm in the Garfield Middle School Gym. The Board members will be dishing out the scoops with plenty of sundae fixins’ as well. Eighth-grade members of the Harding and Garfield bands will provide entertainment. It's a great way to kick off the school year and a chance to get to know your elected Board members!


For the last eight years, 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 than $9,000 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.22.


If you missed attending one of the three Dedication Celebrations during the week of Aug. 15, you can view them on our web site by clicking here or on the Quick Link labeled "Livestreaming Archive."


Our District had much to cheer this week as Lakewood City Schools dedicated the new Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementaries with Dedication Celebrations shared with hundreds from the community who turned out to see the beautiful buildings their taxpayer investment created.


Hundreds turned out to enjoy the opening of the second of our three new elementary schools as Lincoln Elementary held its Dedication Celebration on Wednesday. Grant Elementary celebrated its opening on Tuesday and Roosevelt Elementary will officially open on Thursday evening.

Roosevelt elementary dedication

Lakewood City Schools kicked off a new era for Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementary Schools with the first of three Dedication Celebrations that will be held this week. On Tuesday, the community gathered to christen the new Grant Elementary School.


In hoping this becomes a new tradition, signs were placed at 55 Lakewood High students' homes on Wednesday congratulating the students for scoring a "5" on at least one Advanced Placement exam taken in May. Nearly one-quarter of the students who took an exam earned a "5," the higest score. Many of those students scored multiple "5s". Congratulations to these students and all who took these difficult college-level exams!


The LHS Facing History Girls' Leadership Group and the Race & Diversity Club are hosting an event to celebrate Lakewood's multi-culturalism. "United Neighbors: Celebrating the World in Our Own Backyard," will take place Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Lakewood Park Woman's Pavilion. Come enjoy interactive cultural stations, drum circle, music, dancing, food and more!

LCA Receives Top State Report Card Rating

Lakewood City Academy was one of seven schools out of 94 community schools in Ohio to achieve the “Exceeds Standards” final rating as its overall rating on its state Report Card even while Ohio continues to raise the bar for student achievement and higher expectations.


Lakewood City Schools' eighth-graders excelled at the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held the week of March 14 at Cleveland State, led by Garfield Middle School's Evan Bell and Claire Martin and Harding Middle School's Emma Carson winning second-place awards in their categories.


The Lakewood Board of Education at a March 24 special meeting heard the first reading of a resolution to approve the 1st Amendment to the Project Agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission. The amended agreement would allow for the state to provide 31% or $1.4 million of a $4.5 million cost overrun of the District's school construction project. The District would provide the remainder, or $3.1 million.

Six Honored in Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest

A number of students were honored for their writing skills in the annual Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest sponsored by Hiram College. The highest honor among LHS students was an honorable mention earned by sophomore Isabel Ostrowski.

Strong showing by LHS in Rotary/Beck Arts Contest

Lakewood High School music students had an impressive showing in the 71st annual Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club Music, Speech and Visual Arts Contest, sponsored by the Beck Center as LHS students swept the Music category’s top three award spots. An LHS student also took second place in the Speech catergory.

"Bunnicula" series author visits Harrison

Harrison third-graders in Tiffany Connelly's class had a special treat on Tuesday as James Howe, author of the Bunnicula children's book series, paid the class a visit. Howe shared with the students how his beloved series came about and what kind of writing process he goes through. He also fielded questions from the students, who have read the entire series this year.

State Seeking Parent Input on Math, Lang. Arts Standards

The Ohio Department of Education is reviewing its Learning Standards and is asking for input from educators and parents. Now is your chance to have a say in the process! Click here for more information. Deadline to submit comments is April 6.


Looking for something fun to do on Saturday, April 2? Join the LHS After Prom Committee at The Avenue Tap House, 18206 Detroit Ave., from 7-9pm. Tickets to the event are $20 each. Raffle tickets for one of two cash prizes of $700 and $300 are also available for purchase for $10 each or 6 for $50 (you don't need to be present to win). Hope to see you there!


The Garfield Middle School Academic Challenge Team performed extremely well in a countywide competition March 17, placing second overall. The team of Evan Bell, Colin Sabo, Aidan Bohac, and Patrick McCallum finished in second place, only losing the championship by two questions. The team of Alice King, Max Gilliland, Brier Bracken, and Kathryn Oleksa competed well for a team seeing their first live competition. The two teams' scores added together were good enough to earn the 2nd place school district award. Next up for the team is a state competition in Columbus April 9 then a likely spot in the St. Ed’s Classroom of Champions Championship April 20.   


The educational news show NewsDepth recently turned the spotlight on Lincoln Elementary for its efforts in raising more than $7,600 for the American Heart Association with its Jump Rope for Heart event. You can see the report at about the 24:00 mark of this video.


The LHS Barnstormers Club and the LHS Orchestras will hold their final Barney's Cafe acoustical performance night of the year on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Come join our students for this fun, casual evening of entertainment. Admission is free!


Angelo's Pizza will be hosting a fundraiser for the Harding Middle School 8th Grade Washington, D.C. trip on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 11 am-midnight. Any dine-in, carryout or delivery order that shows this flyer or mentions Harding will have 20% of the bill put toward the trip.


Lakewood elementary schools will join together on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 to raise money for the American Heart Association. Fourth- and fifth-graders from District elementary schools will be jumping at the annual Jump Rope For Heart event. Students, parents, teachers and community members gather for a morning of “fun”raising using jump ropes to fight heart disease, which is the leading killer in America. The event, from 9-11 a.m. at Harding Middle School, is sponsored by the Lakewood Fraternal Order of Police and University Hospital.


The LHS girls' basketball program will hold a fundraiser Friday, Feb. 5 from 8-10 pm at Around the Corner in Lakewood. A $20 ticket will include pizza, wings, veggie trays, and beer on tap. There will also be a Chinese raffle. Purchase your tickets from any girls' basketball player or at the door!!! You can also contact Bethany Britt at bbritt9@att.net.


Lakewood High will certainly leave its mark on the orchestra ensemble at Ohio University’s annual Honor Choir & Orchestra Festival Jan. 15-17 as nearly half of the musicians will be from LHS, including all the principal chairs of the 54-person ensemble.


A meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 pm for parents of 8th graders and their students who will be attending Lakewood High next fall. The meeting will be in Lecture Hall 2 (Room A218) and will provide information for scheduling for next school year. If you have questions, or cannot attend, please call Debra Diamond at 216-529-4032.


For the second consecutive year, both the Lakewood High School Cinema yearbook and Times news magazine earned first place awards from the American Scholastic Press Association in a nationwide publication competition.


The District recently launched a pilot in-school vision exam program with Ocular Services Management and Dr. Pete Mogyordy. On Dec. 9, 13 students at Emerson Elementary School received complete eye exams, with six of them given prescriptions for eyeglasses.

Lakewood City Schools will be attending the 2nd Annual North Coast Shared Services Alliance Regional Teacher Job Fair on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 10 am -1 pm at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County in Independence. Human Resources personnel will be scouting for certified teaching opportunities and daily substitute teaching positions in the District.


Forget cooking on Dec. 10 and dine in or pick up dinner or lunch at Angelo's. On that day,  20% of all proceeds will go to the Emerson PTO to provide programs and events for Emerson families and students. Just mention Emerson PTO when you order.


The Cleveland Browns pregame show last week featured our Browns-sponsored Sparkle Effect cheerleading squad and the positive effect it has had at LHS. Check it out:


Nothing says holiday cheer like Ranger gear! Come to the Ranger Shop's annual holiday sale for all your favorite Ranger Pride swag on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 am - 4 pm. The sale will take place in the Ranger Cafe, which is located near the front entrance of Lakewood High School.


Students in Harding's HIROS program raised more than $1,600 on Friday simply by letting students wear pajamas to school. Students who wanted to wear PJs had to make a $3 donation. The money raised will go to Catholic Charities' Sweet Dreams program to provide warm bedding for refugee and immigrant families. Nice work, Harding!


The District has formed a committee to review our parent/teacher conference process. Please take some time to fill out a brief survey so that we may better evaluate the effectiveness of our current format. Parent input is key to our improvement process. Survey must be filled out by Sunday. Click here for survey.


A Wright State University news article recently featured 2014 Lakewood High graduate Mitchell Schneider for his success on campus and how despite being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, he has achieved at high levels. Click here for more on Schneider's story.


The varsity boys' soccer team, on the heels of a thrilling 1-0 double overtime victory in the District Semfinals, will meet state champion St. Ignatius in the District Final on Saturday, Oct. 31, 11 am at North Royalton High School. Come out and cheer on our Rangers! Good luck, team!

Boys Cross Country advances to regionals

Bouyed by a third-place finish by junior Henry Bish, the boys' cross country team finished fourth at the Division 1 District Meet on Oct. 24 at Lorain County Community College. The top four teams qualify to compete at Regionals Oct. 31 at Tiffin University.






This coming school year, Lakewood High School’s cheerleading team will have a certain sparkle it didn’t have before as the program introduces its first inclusive team of students with and without disabilities. The new unit, dubbed the Sparkle Squad, is sponsored by the Cleveland Browns Foundation and is part of a nationwide program called The Sparkle Effect. 


Three Lakewood High students on June 22 participated in the Ohio Choral Directors Association's high school men's and women's honors choirs. Seniors Evan Levis and Abraham Roos, and junior Sopie DeBaltzo spent the day rehearsing and preparing music with 160 other high school students from across the state at Otterbein University in Westerville.  


Join the Lakewood High Ranger basketball program staff and players for two basketball camps for children from 1st grade through 8th grade. The Pee Wee and Lakewood Ranger basketball camps will have two sessions each.
Pee Wee camp info
Ranger camp info


Please join Harding's HIROS program on Thursday, May 28 at Angelo's Pizza for a fundraiser to help raise money for the Nepalese earthquake victims. Angelo's will donate 20% of your order to the cause. The offer is good open to close and for takeout, dine-in or deliver. Click here for the flyer or just mention HIROS program/Nepal when you order.


Watch this video from WKYC-Channel 3 and see how Ruth Pangrace's HIROS program has brought together two groups of students that might otherwise not have found each other.


Join the Lakewood Athletic Boosters for a fundraiser at the Lakewood Chipotle this Tuesday, May 19 from 5-9 pm. Show this flyer or mention the Boosters and 50% of the proceeds from your order goes back to the group. 


The Grant Elementary PTA will host the Grant School Carnival tonight from 6-8 pm at Harding Middle School. There will be bounce houses, inflatables, games, food, cotton candy, sno cones, popcorn, a raffle, and so much more.


After reviewing video from this morning's incident, it was discovered the person near the elevator was a school employee. Earlier this morning, Horace Mann Elementary was on lockdown from 8:40 - 9:15 am after an unknown person was seen getting on the elevator without authorization. As a precaution, police were called and students were delayed from entering the building.  Those inside went into lockdown.  After determining the building was safe, students were then allowed to enter. Staff members implemented the safety plan as practiced, as our students' safety is our top priority. 


From music to theater to dance, the artistic talent of our high school students is amazing! Come see this talent on display in its many forms at Lakewood High’s annual Talent Show, sponsored by the Class of 2015. There are two performances: Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1 from 7-9 pm in the Civic. Tickets are $5 at the door and proceeds go toward the Class of 2015 Prom. 


The Thursday, February 26 GT Program information meeting location has been changed to the Horace Mann Elementary School cafetorium.  Horace Mann is located at 1215 West Clifton Boulevard.  The parking lot is accessible from Webb Avenue.  The meeting will begin at 7 pm.


The gifted program information meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 25 has been cancelled.  A new date will be announced as soon as possible.  The meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 26 will take place as scheduled, at 7 pm in the Harding Middle School Cafetorium.  All are welcome!


Tonight's scheduled Lakewood High School Bands Contest Concert has been cancelled.  A new date will be announced once it is rescheduled. 


Lakewood City Schools are closed today, Feb. 19 due to extreme weather. No decision has been made yet regarding Friday, Feb. 20. 


Students and staff at LHS today are wearing orange in honor of Orange4Love Day, part of Respect Week 2015, which is the youth-led awareness week during teen dating violence awareness month. Those wearing orange are showing our community that we choose love and respect over violence and abuse. Students and staff can post pictures of themselves on social media rocking their orange to the hashtags #Orange4Love #RespectWeek2015 and #RespectWeekOH.


The Lakewood Music Boosters is holding a fundraiser at the Lakewood Chipotle on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5-9 pm. Print out and bring this flyer and show it to the cashier or just mention the Boosters and 50% of your bill will go to the group. 


Students in Sean McGuan's 5th grade classroom prepared the video presentation that Principal Sandy Kozelka presented in her Building Report to the Board of Education on Jan. 20. The presentation highlighted how students at Lincoln are infusing technology into their learning and how the technology is deepening their learning. Check out Lincology: 



The Lakewood Board of Education and Lakewood City Council will hold a joint meeting on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the Garfield Middle School Cafetorium. Items to be discussed include construction projects, technology updates and the healthy living task force.


Construction crews began tearing down the 101-year-old Lincoln Elementary on Monday, starting with the gym. Demolition most likely will continue into February. Roosevelt is slated to come down in February, with Grant to follow. Check out our Construction Page for updates throughout the exciting project and click here for some demolition photos by cleveland.com.


Ruth Pangrace's HIROS program (Helping Immigrants & Refugees Obtain Support) at Harding has been bringing her 7th & 8th graders together with ELL students at Garfield, where students are learning they have much more in common than they do differences. Watch this video to see how both groups are learning from and enjoying each other.


The district's Nutrition Services Department, led by registered dietician Nancy Early, has earned a perfect score on its recent audit by the Ohio Department of Education. 


On Thursday, Dec. 18, Angelo's Pizza will donate 20% of a customer's bill to the LHS Ski & Snowboard Club. Just print out this flyer or mention the fundraiser when you order. The 20% good all day and includes dine-in and takeout and even gift cards and t-shirts!


The Sounds of the Season concert on Dec. 17 & 18 will feature 38 raffle baskets sponsored by the Lakewood Teachers Association and for the benefit of several Lakewood charities. Tickets for both the concert and raffle can be bought in advance through the LHS Bookroom, 216-529-4047. You don't have to attend the concert to participate in the basket raffle. View raffle info and basket descriptions here


Hayes' "Do No Harm!" video brings the entire school together to share the message of choosing actions that do not harm another person, for everyone to "be a buddy not a bully." 


The LHS Athletic Boosters are having a Dine to Donate at Bob Evans on Monday, Dec. 22. The Boosters will get 15% of sales from 7am-10pm. Make sure to print this flyer and show it at check out, or you can also show it on your smartphone. Come support the Boosters!


Congratulations to Lincoln Elementary student Clement Bouvier, who has won the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's annual 4th Grade "Why I Love Lakewood" Essay Contest. Clem's essay was chosen out of 123 submitted. As the winner, he will receive $100 cash and ride in the Light Up Lakewood Parade as well as help Santa and Mayor Summers flip the switch to Light Up Lakewood on Dec. 6. Read Clem's winning essay here.


Junior Jimmy Toner was featured in the most recent High School Insider show on Time Warner Cable. Toner's outstanding performance as a musician and athlete earned him the honor. Click here to view the piece.


Varsity basketball player and senior Madison Clause was the subject of a recent cleveland.com interview. Click here to check out the Ranger captain's thoughts on basketball and the team's season ahead. 


The LHS girls' softball program is hosting a fundraiser at the Lakewood Chipotle on Friday, Nov. 28 from 5-9 pm. Simply mention girls' softball when you order, print this flyer here or show the flyer on your phone when you order and half of your bill goes toward the softball program. 


WEWS-Channel 5 has put the spotlight on our Lakewood Ranger Marching Band for a nice feature about marching bands and all the hard work entailed. The station will run a prime time high school football preview Wed., Aug. 27 from 8-9 pm that will also include footage of our band. Click here for the Ch. 5 story.


Jammy Buggars on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood will donate 15% of a diner's bill to the Supplies 4 Success initiative, a collaborative effort between Lakewood City Schools and several community organizations, including Lakewood Family Collaborative, Lakewood Community Services Center, H2O and Trinity Lakewood Communiity Outreach. Good for lunch, dinner and takeout!


An OHSAA preseason meeting is set for July 22, 2014 at 7pm in the Civic Auditorium for all parents and athletes grades 7-12. If you cannot attend the meeting you can watch the OHSAA video on the Ranger Athletics web site here


H2O's Clothing Drive and Super-Sale is a citywide project to provide affordable back-to-school clothes for Lakewood families (including adults!). Most items priced at $1.00 or less! H2O is still accepting gently worn infant-adult clothing donations through July 19th. Donations can be dropped off at any Lakewood Fire Station 7 days a week.


The annual July 4 Lakewood Project concert has become a much-loved Lakewood tradition. Click here to see photos from this year's concert taken by Lakewood Project parent Randy Varcho.


The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting on July 9 approved two new administrative hires: Christine Foote and Cassandra Squires as Coordinators of Teaching & Learning. The two formerly served as Instructional Coaches for the district. The Board also accepted a number of resignations, including that of Lakewood High Band Director Nathan Harris. Also at the meeting, the Board approved a contract with Ozanne Construction to serve as Owner's Agent for the district's final phase of construction and OK'd a purchase agreement for property at 1600 Robinwood Avenue that will allow greater flexibility in the high school design in relation to the surrounding neighborhood.


Check out a photo gallery of many of the district groups that marched in the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade! 


As part of an effort to follow through on its continuous improvement plan, this past spring the Lakewood City School District surveyed the Lakewood community in regards to the district’s Community Recreation and Education Department programs.  The survey, conducted by the Triad Research Group using a random sampling technique, confirmed a number of key findings that indicates that Lakewood residents are satisfied with the department’s operations.


The Lakewood Board of Education will be conducting an online auction of used school building furniture on Monday, June 23, 2014, and will conclude on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. 


A sealed bid package for Lakewood City Schools will be received by Kent Zeman, Treasurer, Lakewood City School District, 1470 Warren Road, Lakewood, OH 44107, until 10:00 am local time on July 7, 2014.  Immediately after the time for filing of proposals has expired they will be opened and publicly read. The project includes Construction Trades/Maintenance Building.


The Lakewood City Schools has been informed by law enforcement that one of our employees, Lakewood High School Band Director, Nathan Harris, was charged today in Rocky River Municipal Court with one count of sexual battery in connection with a student.


The Lakewood City Schools first annual 5th Grade District Track and Field Meet was hosted by the district elementary P.E. staff on Saturday, May 10, at First Federal Stadium. The weather was outstanding and approximately 70 5th graders representing all seven elementary schools participated in this new and exciting event. 


Garfield Middle School students in Miss McDonough, Miss Street and Mrs. Yoder’s class wrapped up a yearlong unit called “Farm to School” on our food system with a project fair where students showed off all they had learned about where their food comes from and why it’s important to know.


Come get your latest Ranger spirit wear at the Ranger Shop's year-end sale. The shop will be open on Tuesday, June 3, from 3-7 pm. Lots of great purple and gold gear!


The Ranger Shop will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, April 30, from 3-7 pm for you to stock up on your Spring Ranger Spirit Wear – perfect for Track and Field Days, Spirit Days, and great end-of-year gifts.


Harding Middle School science teacher Ann Pesta will be featured as the Science Teacher of the Week on the TV show, COSMOS, which airs Sundays at 9 pm on Fox. Pesta will be on at the end of the show this Sunday, April 20. The Harmon Family, which includes one of Pesta's former students, nominated Pesta for the honor. If you've ever been in Pesta's fun and energized classroom, you know this honor is well-deserved!


Harrison Elementary 5th-grader Jayden Jackson placed first at the Ohio Athletic Commission (OAC) state tournament March 15-16, defeating the defending champion for the title. Jackson qualified for the state meet by winnning his district tournament and finished his season 41-5.


All Lakewood City Schools buildings will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 28, due to expected extreme weather conditions for Tuesday. All evening activities are cancelled as well.


Despite a number of sports cancellations, the concert with the Lakewood Project and Hard Day's Night will go on tonight at 7:30 pm in the Civic. Drive safely!


Longtime Board member Linda Beebe (pictured with Treasurer Kent Zeman) and Emma Petrie Barcelona were sworn in as the new President and Vice President, respectively, of the Lakewood Board of Education for 2014 at an organizational meeting on Jan. 6. Members Edward Favre and Betsy Bergen Shaughnessy were also sworn in to new terms following their re-election in November. President Beebe then presented comments about the coming year, including the challenges facing the district as it begins the final phase of its construction plan and implements Common Core. Read the text of the new Board leader's comments here.


The majority of the Board of Education offices have been relocated back to the Board of Education building at 1470 Warren Road, including the Recreation Dept. The remaining departments - Treasurer's Office and Payroll & Accounting - will be at the Franklin School location until Monday, Jan. 13. Thank you for your cooperation during this transition time. 


Former Browns player and NFL Super Bowl Champion Darnell Dinkins, a current Rutgers University assistant football coach, will be at Lakewood High Wednesday Jan. 8, at 6 pm in the Civic Auditorium to speak to our student athletes and parents regarding the college recruiting process. The seminar is open to all parents and students of all ages that are interested in participating in college athletics.


Due to Monday's school closing and impending inclement weather , the Ranger Cafe @ West Shore will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Wednesday, Jan. 8. The Ranger Cafe will accept reservations for Wednesday, Jan. 22, Tuesday, Jan.  28,  and Wednesday, Jan. 29.


With our students returning to school this coming week, it is imperative that everyone pitch in and make sure sidewalks are cleared. When sidewallks are unshoveled, students resort to walking in the streets, putting themselves in danger. So, please help out and clear for kids.


The Lakewood Recreation and Education Department Winter Booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the Youth/Adult Programming, Athletics and Aquatics offered this winter. The booklet includes listings for Summer Camps, Learn-to-swim, Adult Spring Softball, Youth Baseball and much more. Click here to view the booklet.



Students from the B.R.I.D.G.E.S classrooms at Garfield Middle School made a holiday ‘community connection’. The students collected money to purchase personal care items to be donated to the Lakewood Community Service Center. Students used many academic, social and daily living skills to complete this project. Each student participated by helping those in need in the Lakewood community. Click here for a photo story of their efforts.


After further investigation by the school district and the Lakewood Police Department, it has been determined that the report earlier by a Roosevelt Elementary parent that her children had been approached by a man in a pickup truck on their walk home from school on Dec. 16 was unfounded. No children were ever in danger nor was there a suspicious person in a black pickup truck.

While the district regrets causing any alarm among our parents and community, district officials felt it was important to let parents know what was thought to be accurate at the time and that it was best to err on the side of caution when it comes to the safety of our students.


On  Dec. 1, from 2pm-5pm, City of Lakewood Division of Youth staff will have a table set up by the Lakewood Public Library main branch circulation desk in order to provide information to anyone interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Please contact Donna Rakerd at 216-529-6108 with any questions. 


Veterans from across generations and from all the Armed Forces branches gathered on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Harding Middle School as part of the 17th Annual Veterans Day Recognition Program hosted by Harding staff, students, and Help To Others (H2O) service group.


This year’s LHS Barnstormers’ fall comedy is Neil Simon’s “Fools,” on stage in the Tryout Theater Nov. 14-16 at 8 p.m. The play takes place in a remote village in the Ukraine, where the entire population has been placed under a curse of stupidity. A young schoolteacher happens upon the village and vows to break the curse by educating the village’s most hopeless—and beautiful—individual.Tickets are $5 at the door.

Join the Lincoln Elementary community as it celebrates the school's 100-year anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 16. An Open House will take place from 6-8 pm at  the school. Former and current teachers, alumni and current students will be there and guests are free to tour the building. Read more about the celebration here.
A Rocky River couple who attended the Rangers vs. Pirates football game last Friday took the time to share some kind words for our Ranger Marching Band and our district in general, all thanks to our spirit of inclusiveness. Read the letter to Band Director Nathan Harris here.
Congratulations to Lincoln Elementary, which earned $500 for phys ed or recess equipment from Jordan's Family Foundation for having the highest percentage of its students attend Fitness Fits Everyone on Sept. 29. Grant took second place and earned $200. Thanks to the JFF for these great gifts!
The Lakewood Alumni Foundation's Salute to the Lakewood City Schools celebration was a huge success, raising more than $25,000 for the Foundation. That money wil directly benefit the Lakewood City Schools in a myriad of ways. Thanks to the Foundation for its fantastic support of our students and to all the donors and volunteers who made the weekend such a success. Click here to see a photo gallery of the weekend.
Roosevelt fourth- and fifth-graders are taking part in Caine's Arcade Global Cardboard Challenge and have been creating arcade games out of cardboard that they would like to share with the public. Come play in their Cardboard Arcade this Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 am-12 pm at Roosevelt. Learn more here.
Parent 360, a committee of Ranger 360, invites you to a parent/guardian discussion that will help parents learn how to become a key player in teaching about healthy relationships. The meeting is Oct. 1 from 7-8:30 pm at Garfield Midle School. Ranger 360 is a collaborative community effort designed to keep our youth and community healthy and safe.
Hayes Elementary is in the running for this week's Fox 8 Cool School of the Week. The winning school will receive a visit from the Fox 8 Morning News Show. Voting ends at 5:59 am Thursday. Vote from all your devices and let's help put Hayes over the top! Vote here.

More than 100 students at LHS honored Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the document 226 years ago, in a very modern way – they tweeted about it.


Superintendent Jeff Patterson filled in about 150 community members on what will be in store for the district if the bond issue on the November ballot passes and the district's final construction phase moves forward. He also briefed audience members on the results of the recent state report card. View the the Superintendent's presentation from the meeting here.


The Ranger Shop will be open Thursday, Sept. 5, from 5:30-8:30 pm, for LHS’ Open House. Come and check out the fun, new items for Fall.


Middle school orientation for new students and their parents will be held on Thursday, August 15. Two orientation sessions will be offered on that date at each middle school. The first session will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the evening session at 6:30 p.m. You are invited to attend either session. Parents who are home during the day are encouraged to attend the daytime session.


The LHS boys and girls cross country teams are selling August Shop Local Calendar raffle tickets. The calendars cost $5. That entitles the buyer to an entry into the 31-day raffle. Each day in August one winning ticket will be picked for the $25 gift card/cash prize for that day. Tickets can be purchased from any team member or Coach Troyan at psl1122000@yahoo.com or Coach Toole at stephtoole@cox.net. Click here to view the calendar.


At its July 15 meeting, the Lakewood Board of Education plans to extend the contract of Superintendent Jeffrey Patterson for an additional five years, through 2019. Patterson’s contract extension is similar to recent school employee contracts. There is no pay increase and his medical coverage contributions were increased consistent with other district employees.


Lakewood City Schools Treasurer Tim Penton has resigned from his position effective July 31, 2013. Penton cited “unforeseen circumstances” of a personal nature in his letter of resignation to the Board of Education.


Lakewood High School’s The Lakewood Project, the world’s first high school rock orchestra, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a reunion concert Saturday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the Lakewood Civic Auditorium.


Girls on the Run, a program now in its third year in the district, is helping many of our elementary and middle school girls learn to build strong and healthy lives physically, socially and emotionally. This weekend, they will test how far they've come with a regionwide Girls on the Run 5K.


Garfield and Harding Middle Schoolswill join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8.  Organizers hope to see hundreds of students riding to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders. This first annual Bike to School Day is being presented by Bike Lakewood with support of the middle school principals and staff, along with the City of Lakewood, PTA Council and Spin Bike Shop.


Supplies 4 Success (formerly the Lakewood School Supplies Initiative) is holding a fundraiser May 7 all day at Jammy Buggars on Detroit. Mention Supplies 4 Success and 15% of every sale will go toward purchasing supplies so all of Lakewood’s students have the tools they need to succeed academically. Click here for more info.


Amy Sedlak and her LHS Art 4 students shared their story about creating the Vans shoes that are in the running to win a $50,000 grand prize in Vans' national art contest. View the video here. Vote for LHS in the national contest at www.vans.com/customculture.


Harding's annual Cirque de Science is set for  April 24 from 6-8 p.m. at Harding Middle School. Science teacher Ann Pesta and her 7th & 8th grade students will put on a carnival event full of fun games, hover car rides, a planetarium and more. Tickets are $1 so bring your family and come enjoy some fun and learn a little something about science!


For those new to Lakewood in the past year, Wednesday's Welcome to Lakewood Event is the place for you. The city-sponsored event will take place at Garfield Middle School from 7-9 p.m. and will include more than 50 local organizations, children's activities and even some treats. Mayor Mike Summers and Superintendent Jeff Patterson will also be on hand to greet you!


Channel 19 News recently featured Lakewood High's Dare2Care pilot project, which aims to foster tolerance and open dialogue among the LHS community. Click here to view the video.


Hundreds of community members streamed through Lakewood High April 17 to experience "Electric and Eclectic: A District Showcase." The event highlighted the smorgasbord of opportunities and talented array of students and staff in the Lakewood City Schools. Clubs, teams, music groups, classrooms all gathered together to share their pride in their district. Click here for a Photo Gallery.


Congratulations to seniors Ellen Latsko and Sheila McMahon, who were recently named National Merit Finalists. The pair were named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program in the fall, and now continue on in the competition for more than 8,000 scholarships to be awarded this spring.


Two notable personnel moves were approved at the Lakewood Board of Education’s April 15 meeting. The Board accepted the retirement of Athletic Director Bob Thayer (far left), effective Sept. 6, 2013, and the appointment of Harding Middle School Band Director Nathan Harris as Lakewood High School Band Director beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.


Click here to see video shot this morning at the LHS pool by Fox 8 News and Kenny Crumpton.


Twenty members from the Lakewood community joined the students at Hayes on Friday, March 1 to celebrate the national Read Across America day. Among those taking the time out of their busy days to read a story to students were Superintendent Jeff Patterson, Board member Emma Petrie-Barcelona and Mayor Michael Summers.


The Lakewood Orchestra program played host to the OMEA State Orchestra Adjudicated Event Feb. 22 & 23 and the Lakewood Symphonic Strings (Symphony and Chamber orchestras combined) was the first orchestra to receive straight superior ratings in Class A.

Rumors have been circulating about a possible  threat of a shooting at Lakewood High School today. District and Lakewood Police officials have been investigating this rumor since last night and found no validity to it. The high emotions of the week related to the Mayan calendar "end of the world" prediction and aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy has prompted some additional rumors. Please know that our students’ safety is our top concern and we are taking these rumors very seriously and all have been found to be only rumors. Additional security, including Lakewood Police Officers, will be in and around the high school today as a safety precaution. We also encourage anyone who witnesses anything suspicious to share these concerns with administration or call our 24-hour security hotline at 216-227-5311. Thank you for your support and cooperation.
As our community heads into our third day of recovery from Hurricane Sandy, the district wants to reassure parents that administrators are continually monitoring the situation and are in close touch with city safety officials. Being a walking district, it is critical that we ensure that our students' routes to school are safe and that we are not endangering any of our children. The number of trees and power lines felled by the storm throughout the city as well as intersections with inoperable traffic lights has caused an unsafe situation for our students to be walking the city sidewalks. Our top priority is the safety of our students and we cannot put that at risk in a rush to re-open schools.  For that reason, all Lakewood Schools will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 1
This has been a trying time for all of us, but with everyone's cooperation, we will get through it safely and welcome the return to our normal routines.
Thank you, Superintendent Jeff Patterson
Due to safety and weather concerns, Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers has announced that trick-or-treating in the city will be postponed until Sunday, Nov. 4. Trick-or-treating hours will be from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday.
The LHS Barnstormers' are gearing up for their latest production, "Father of the Bride, " which will be performed on the Tryout Theater stage Nov. 1-3 at 8 p.m. Advance sale tickets are $4 or $5 at the door. 
The long-held wish to see a swing set become part of the Emerson Elementary playground has finally been fulfilled, thanks to fund-raising by the school’s PTO, its students and families and a generous donation by a local VFW post.
Veterans and their families, or surviving family members, are invited to attend the 16th Annual Veterans Day Recognition program on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Garfield Middle School. The program is sponsored by Garfield Middle School students and staff and “H2O,” Help To Others,  youth volunteer organization.
The Ranger Shop (at Lakewood High School, east of the Lakewood Civic Auditorium) will be open extra hours on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 3:00-7:00pm. The shop has sweatshirts, fleece jackets, and hats for all of your cold weather Ranger Wear needs.
Garfield Middle School will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive this Monday, Oct. 8 from 3-8 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. For more info on donating blood, visit redcrossblood.org. All are welcome!
The Lakewood High School Ranger Marching Band will partake in a unique experience on Saturday, Oct. 6 when it travels to Columbus to participate in the Ohio State Marching Band’s Skull Session before the OSU vs. Nebraska game
The Lakewood Community Service Center will take a moment out of its "Got Green?" fund-raising event this Friday to recognize the partnership between it and the students and staff of Lakewood High School and the West Shore Career-Technical District in the success of both the annual event and the organization's community garden at Madison Park.
This Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., hundreds will gather to see a football match-up between the Rangers and the Norwalk Truckers. However, rather than purple and gold on one side of the field facing blue and gold on the other, this year there will be RED in the stands to bring awareness to heart disease.
The Lakewood Collaborative invites all current and past foster and adoptive families to be recognized on the field at the LHS home football game vs. North Olmsted this Friday, Aug. 31 at 7:00 p.m. The crowd will cheer you and your children as you go on the field to toss frisbees promoting foster care and adoption.
From the The Lakewood Alumni Foundation (LAF) Board of Directors: We are pleased to announce the appointment of Missy Toms for the position of Interim Executive Director of the LAF. Toms, a resident of Lakewood with three children in the Lakewood City Schools, brings extensive fundraising and marketing experience to the organization.
The Second Annual Summer Jazz Jam was hosted through the Lakewood Recreation Department at Harding Middle School the week of June 18. Nineteen students from Lakewood and Rocky River, ranging from  5th to 9th grade came together to form a Jazz Band that learned the ins and outs of Big Band Jazz.
Members of the Class of 2012 and those in the audience at the Civic during Commencement on June 10 were treated to three great speeches by students A.J. Graber, Gwen Stephen and Nina Pizzo. To view the speeches click on Read More.
Congratulations to defensive lineman Sie Doe, a recent grad of Class of 2012, for being chosen as a team captain for the West All-Star team in the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association Cuyahoga County All-Star game. The game, in its 40th year, will be played June 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Shula Stadium at John Carroll University. Way to make the Rangers proud!
The 2012 LHS Commencement Ceremony  is now airing on Cox Cable Channel 74 every day at 7 a.m., 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. You can also view the program with the full list of graduates here.
Lakewood High School seniors, 369 of them, marched across the stage to receive their high school diploma on Sunday, June 10, in front a packed Civic Auditorium full of their family and friends. Before receiving their diplomas from Board of Education President Betsy Bergen Shaughnessy and congratulations from Superintendent Jeff Patterson, the class heard from classmates A.J. Graber, Gwen Stephen and valedictorian Nina Pizzo.
Nearly a dozen Garfield Middle School students along with a few friends and family had their hair shorn after school on June 6 as part of the school’s Hair Because We Care Club. The club staged a hair-cutting party on at Revelations Salon & Spa in Lakewood to donate hair to the national Locks of Love nonprofit organization. that turns the locks into hairpieces for children suffering hair loss from medical conditions such as cancer or children’s alopecia.
Lakewood City Academy is among the top 10 performing charter schools in the state in three of five subjects of the Ohio Graduation Test based on preliminary results. LCA scored in the top 10, out of more than 375 charter schools, in Writing, Social Studies and Math for students passing.
The Board of Education approved several significant measures, including unanimous passage of the Superintendent’s budget reductions recommendation, at its June 4 meeting.  The Board also approved a revised and improved five-year financial forecast as presented by Treasurer Rick Berdine and also OK’d an amended calendar for the 2012-2013 school year that includes 15 early release days for students.
Congratulations to the 20 members of the 11th graduating class of Lakewood City Academy who received their diplomas in a graduation ceremony that was part of the June 4 Board of Education meeting. The staff of LCA congratulated the seniors and their families for perservering and accomplishing an important milestone that will launch them into their next phase of life.
For those who pre-ordered a copy of the Lakewood Reads selection "The Other Wes Moore," and have not yet picked up the book, you will be notified when the book is in as LHS had to order more to meet the demand.  
My first school year as Superintendent has been a gratifying one in many ways. First and foremost, I am proud of the outstanding student achievement that has occurred on many different levels, from academics to arts to sports. I am also proud of our staff and the continued dedication and talent they exhibit day in and day out on behalf of our students.
The district said its official goodbye and honored 29 dedicated staff members who will be retiring at the end of this school year in a ceremony held on May 30. In total, 37 employees will be finishing their careers with the district this school year. Superintendent Jeffrey W. Patterson called the retirees' combined contributions "simply amazing" and said their "skill level and talent will be severely missed." For photos of the event, click here.
Eighth-graders headed to Lakewood High School next year can now register for the student-led Fresh Start orientation to be held on Aug. 16 & 17. Click here for more info and to register.
Representatives from Lakewood's North Coast Health Ministry made a special visit to Emerson Elementary on May 30 to receive a generous gift from the school's Student Council. Members of the group spent many of their morning meetings creating eight no-sew fleece blankets that were donated to North Coast for their patients.
H2O invites middle and high school students to join them in a Memorial Day Grave Decorating with the Veterans event. Students will assist veterans by placing flags on soldiers' graves at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River on Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. For a permission slip and more information on the event, click here.
Superintendent Jeff Patterson's presentation of the adminstration's recommendation on how to balance the district's budget originally targeted for tonight's Board of Education meeting will instead be given at the Board's May 21 meeting to be held at Horace Mann Elementary School at 7 p.m.
Thanks to the many who responded to the LHS Key Club’s book drive to help alumni Dee Salukombo start a library and tech center in his native village in the Congo. Because of the generosity of district staff, students, the Lakewood community and a generous donations from Half Price Books and Lakewood Kiwanis, Salukombo will have more than 10,000 books collected from the drive. To learn more about Salukombo's efforts to bring better educational opportunities to his home village click here.
Harding Middle School’s Mock Trial team earned the second-highest rating of “Excellent” in Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase held April 26 & 27 at the Ohio State Judicial Center in Columbus. Eighth-grader Veronica Gordon also won a “Best Witness” award in the competition, which drew 30 schools from across Ohio. Only four schools earned the top rating of “Superior.”

Producers of the documentary "Bully" have chosen to have director Lee Hirsch host a post-screening Q&A session following the documentary's 4:40 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. showings at the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Hts. this Saturday, May 5. While we are disappointed that the producers have chosen the East Side for Hirsch's visit, there is still a possibility that the movie and the director may come to Lakewood in September for a panel discussion and showing. Stay tuned....
The Lakewood Music Boosters annual flower and plant sale fund-raiser is under way. Proceeds from the sale help pay for many aspects that the Boosters support in the district's Music Department. Deadline for orders is April 13 and pickup is May 12 at McKinley School. Click here for an order form.
The Lakewood City School District has received the Auditor of State Award for its excellent financial record keeping. “Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability,” State Auditor Dave Yost said in a letter to district Treasurer Rick Berdine announcing the award.
The Lakewood Alumni Foundation (LAF) is accepting applications for the position of a part-time Executive Director, to begin on June 15, 2012. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and execution of the LAF mission and maintenance and growth of its $1.7+ million assets.
Lakewood High School teacher Becky Havel, who works with the school’s English Language Learners, has won the James Thomas High School Award at Baldwin-Wallace College. The award was instituted as a way for graduating Baldwin-Wallace seniors to recognize a high school teacher that had a significant impact on his or her life.

Eight Lakewood High School students participated in the 59th annual Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair at Cleveland State last month and all came away with an honor, including many special second place awards and special recognitions.

Congratulations to the 17 West Shore Career-Technical students who were recognized at the annual Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club Outstanding Student Award luncheon. The students honored were the top performers in their career-tech program.
Winter sports All-Conference awards have been announced and the Rangers can boast 28 athletes who were named All-Conference. In addition, senior Mike Pearlman was named NOC Diver of the Year, and Jim Stacy (girls' swimming) and Josh Dress (hockey) were named Coaches of the Year. Click here to view a list of all the All-Conference honorees.
Even as a 5-year-old new soccer player, LHS senior Gina Mack had aspirations of playing soccer in college but admits she never thought it would happen. Now her dreams are becoming a reality as Mack signed a letter of intent to play for Division II Ashland University.
Congratulations to the all who participated in the 10th annual Physics Cardboard Boat Regatta which took place Wednesday, March 7. Over 500 people were in attendance to watch these students try to float their boats made of cardboard and clear packing tape capable of holding two students. 
It was quite a past week for the Lakewood High School Orchestra Program. Two student musicians - junior Chelsea Polk and sophomore Danny Toner - were selected to play in the National Association for Music Education's All-National Honor Orchestra. That announcement was on the heels of all the orchestras earning Superior ratings at the State Orchestra Adjudicated Event held at the high school March 2-3.
Students from Harding and Garfield middle schools showed their grace under pressure and creative flair at the District Power of the Pen Writing Competition held Jan. 28 at North Royalton Middle School, where two of the district teams placed in the top five. Of the 26 teams competing in the two grade-level competitions, Harding’s 8th grade team placed third and Harding’s 7th grade team took fourth.
The Community Recreation and Education Department offers community education, aquatics, and athletics programming for adults and children of all ages. Online registration is presently available for many of the programs and recently, the department announced that online registration will be available for more activities.
For the second straight year, the Ranger hockey team has won the Blue Central Division in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League. The Rangers clinched the championship Saturday with a 10-0 shutout against Brush High School.
The 10th grade students of Lakewood High School’s 2.0 program will be exhibiting their work from “The WikiSeat Project” at the Beck Center for the Arts on Monday, Feb. 6 from 6-8 p.m. The project required the students to design and build a chair by hand. On display will be the final results of a unique learning experience that called for students to engage in ideas surrounding design concepts, the experiential learning cycle, and the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. 
Senior Aturo Morgan, who Ranger fans watched scramble and throw all over the field these past two seasons as the Rangers’ quarterback, will be taking his speed and athleticism down the road to Division II Lake Erie College in Painesville next year.
The LHS Barnstormers will stage, "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later," Janury 26-28 at 8 p.m. in the high school’s Tryout Theater. In 2003 the Lakewood High School Barnstormers Drama Club produced the thought-provoking play, "The Laramie Project."
On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Jammy Buggars will donate a portion of its proceeds from all its sales that day to the LHS Class of 2012 After-Prom Committee. Just make sure to mention LHS After Prom when you order. C'mon out and enjoy a good meal while helping to provide our seniors with a fantastic prom experience!
LakewoodAlive's annual citywide holiday celebration, Light Up Lakewood, always includes plenty of participation from performing groups from throughout the district and this year's event from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, will be no different.
From the elementary schools to the high school, students and staff have done their part to make this Thanksgiving a little brighter for Lakewood families in need. More than $1,200 was raised at Lakewood High through its annual Hope for the Holidays drive and Harding Middle School also held a fund-raiser. Tons of canned and dry goods were donated by the Lincoln, Grant and Horace Mann communities as well.
Dominic (1st grade) and Sophia (3rd grade) Mangione had special reason to enjoy the Nov. 15 Veterans Day assembly at Horace Mann. The pair's sister, Nikki, dressed in her Air Force uniform, surprised her little brother and sister when she showed up to the assembly with her new husband, also in the Air Force. Dominic and Sophia had not seen their sister, who has been stationed in Korea, for more than a year. Watch the video to see the sweet reunion.
The Lakewood Community Recreation and Education Commission is accepting letters of interest to fill open seats on the Adult Athletic Commission. The Adult Athletic Commission is the governing body of all adult athletic programs sponsored by the Community Recreation and Education Department of the Board of Education. 
Led by senior Nick Jackosky's winning run, the boys' cross country team performed well enough to finish 3rd at the District meet on Oct. 22 and qualify for the Regional meet next weekend at Tiffin. Congrats to district champ Jackosky and the rest of the Ranger runners headed to regionals: Nick Boatman, AJ Graber, Marty Hartsel, Peter Quigley, Nick Stadler and Ben Toole.
Lakewood High School is dangling a 50" flat screen TV as the carrot to get more students to show up at school each day. Students who have perfect attendance will have their name entered into a drawing for the TV. To get the kids pumped up about the contest, the school has arranged for a fun basketball game between the Attendance All Stars, comprised of Lakewood Schools alumni and staff, and the Best Buy Geek Squad.
As the fall sports season winds down, the high school teams have much to be proud of as players on four of the varsity teams were named Northeast Ohio Conference Players of the Year or MVP.
The Culinary Arts program in the West Shore Career-Technical District is hosting its second annual Turkey Dinner Fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 10. All proceeds will go toward helping fund the Culinary Arts students' trip to Columbus for the ProStart Invitational Competition. For information on seating times, price, menu and how to make a reservation, click here.
The Lakewood Family Collaborative's fourth annual Celebration of Families Night will take place at the Lakewood vs. Brush football game Friday night, Oct. 14. The event seeks to celebrate the contribution of adoptive and foster families to our community. The Collaborative is looking for families who have adopted or fostered children to participate and be recognized on the field at this fun event. Click here for more info.
Lakewood City Schools, Lakewood Council of PTAs and Lakewood Public Library have teamed up to offer guidance and support to parents of teenagers through a six-week discussion course that focuses on the book Please Stop the Rollercoaster! How Parents of Teenagers Can Smooth Out the Ride by Sue Blaney. There are two sessions from which to choose: Wednesday evenings (7:00-8:30 p.m., October 5- November 9) or Thursday mornings (9:30-11:00 a.m., October 6- November 10.)
Join the Lakewood Council of PTAs for its "Meet the Candidates Night" on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 7-9 p.m. at Garfield Middle School's Cafetorium. The evening will feature all six candidates for the Lakewood Board of Education. Pre-selected questions submitted by the public will be asked of the candidates during the forum. Come hear what each has to say and be an informed voter.
Recess ROCKS! is Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. at Lakewood Park. The event turns the park into a giant playground where about 70 organizations, including the Cavs, Browns and Indians will be there helping kids learn how to be active and healthy as will many of our high school athletic teams. Students riding their bike to the park can earn prizes and the school with the most of its students in attendance wins $500 for recess equipment. A highlight of the day will be the giant dunk tank with teachers, principals and School Board members ready to take the plunge! It's all free so be sure not to miss this great community event.
Every day culinary students in the West Shore Career-Tech’s ProStart program enjoy a fantastic facility that offers them hands-on experience as they learn. Recently, however, they’ve ramped up the real-world experience and glam factor with a few recent high profile jobs that had them rubbing elbows with stars of the culinary world, including helping one chef win a local Top Chef competition.
The Lakewood vs. Parma football game on Friday has been selected as the Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week, thanks to the votes of the many Ranger supporters. View video highlights of the game from Byers Field at the Browns web site, which can be accessed here.
The annual "Battle of Lakewood" will take place on the LHS Stadium turf on Wednesday, Sept. 14 as Garfield and Harding middle schools face off on the gridiron in this showdown highlight of the season. The 7th graders play at 6 p.m. followed by the 8th grade teams at 7:15 p.m. The Garfield teams are so far undefeated (with one tie for the 8th graders) and the Harding teams are looking for their first win. Should be interesting, so come on out and support your favorite middle school!
Hundreds of people came out on Sunday, Sept. 11, to help the Lakewood Fire Department honor its fallen firefighters along with the 343 firefighters who died on 9-11 with a memorial dedicated in their honor. At the unveiling on the 11th, Fire Marshal Tim Dunphy, who spearheaded the project for the department, thanked all the community members involved in helping the committee’s dream come to fruition. Among those integral to the memorial’s success were Lakewood High and West Shore Career-Tech students who helped create the memorial’s design, which includes two soaring steel beams recovered from the rubble of the Twin Towers, and horticulture students who planted the landscaping. To see photos from the day, click here.
The Key Club at Lakewood High school has created its annual tribute to the victims of the September 11th attacks by placing an American flag in the ground in front of the school for each of the nearly 3,000 victims on that tragic day. If you haven't had a chance to see this moving display, it is well worth a detour to drive by on Franklin Blvd. Volunteers with Help To Others (H2O) also pitched in to create the display. Key Club also initiated a project, "A Million Thanks" to honor Patriot Day that has students writing letters of thanks to members of the military.
The Lakewood Early Childhood PTA is rolling out its ninth season of the Brake 4 Kids™ campaign aimed at reminding drivers to slow down now that students are walking back and forth to school. LECPTA is asking residents and businesses to post signs on their tree lawns as a reminder. Signs are free and can be picked up at Geiger's, Steve Barry Buick and at the Lakewood Community Festival at Madison Park on Sept. 10.
The Lakewood Teachers Association, which for years has provided district first-graders with a book of their own, has turned its focus from those just starting out in school to those half way through. Earlier this week, sixth-graders at Harding and Garfield middle schools were given their own drawstring sport bag with the Ranger mascot on it as a gift from the teachers' union. "It's our way of reaching out and saying "welcome to middle school," said LTA president Colleen Corrigan (pictured at left).
If you are interested playing girls' basketball, come up to LHS East Gym Monday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m. and meet the new varsity girls' head coach, Mike Gallagher. You'll hear about his vision for Ranger girls' basketball and get the chance to do some drills as well. All ages welcome.
Stop in Lakewood Donato's with a dine-in or pickup order on Aug. 10 from 4-10 p.m. and 20% of your bill will go to support LHS cross country teams. Just make sure to mention "Lakewood cross country" when you order.
As Superintendent P. Joseph Madak wraps up his tenure as leader of the Lakewood City Schools, the district would like to thank Dr. Madak for the many years of service he has given to the children of Lakewood and to the community in general. Much of Lakewood City Schools’ successes are the result of Dr. Madak’s steady and insightful leadership, whether it was in his first tenure as superintendent from 1995-2004 or his last two years at the helm. The levies that were passed and the school construction plan crafted under his leadership are two of the long-lasting legacies he will leave the district and the community. As we welcome new Superintendent Jeff Patterson on August 1, we give a tip of the hat to Dr. Madak and wish him well in his next chapter of life.
The Recreation Department has begun an open gym basketball pilot program for students from elementary school through high school. Each age group will have one evening a week to play at Garfield Middle School. Players must register to participate. The cost is $15. For more info, visit the Rec Dept. web site here or call 529-4081.
Due to a homecoming scheduled at the Civic Auditorium for the National Guard 112th Engineering Battalion out of Brook Park, all summer school students will be released at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 8.
The five-day cultural event, Ohio Chautauqua: Civil War, is coming to Lakewood beginning Wednesday, June 22, and features a number of musicians from our elementary schools to our high school. Each night under the big red tent at Lakewood Park, a musical performance by a district group will open the evening. Following the music, a living history presentation of a pivotal figure from the Civil War will be given. Workshops for adults and children will be held throughout the day. For more info, visit www.lakewoodhistory.org.
The Ohio Department of Education has Lakewood High and West Shore Career-Technical District senior Erika Thomas featured in the department's Class of 2011 Snapshot on their web site. To read about Erika and her success in West Shore's Medical Office Management program, click here.
As part of a their year-long research project on bike safety in Lakewood, a group of students from Emerson Elementary created a Public Service Announcement focusing on  the dangers of biking without a helmet and provides suggestions for finding a stylish and comfortable helmet. With summer just around the corner, this is an important video to watch. Click here to view the video.

Lakewood City Academy, in its sixth year as an alternative education option for Lakewood City Schools students, celebrated its 10th graduating class at the Board of Education meeting Monday, June 6.
Junior Nick Jackosky competed in the state track & field championships on Saturday in Columbus in the 3,200 meters and finished ninth overall with a time of 9:38.49. Congratulations Nick!
Students from Hayes Elementary on Thursday drew a chalk chain of themselves around their school in honor of their Positive Behavior System theme of the month: peacemakers. Every student had an outline drawn of themselves on the sidewalk around the school with their chalk image holding hands with the student's outline next to them. It was a fun way to re-inforce the idea of respect and cooperation for and with each other. Click on Read More for photos.
Nearly a dozen Garfield Middle School students and half a dozen staff members had their hair shorn after school on June 1 as part of the Locks of Love club. The group, part of the school’s Locks of Love club, staged a hair-cutting party on June 1 to donate hair to the national Locks for Love nonprofit organization that turns the locks into hairpieces for children suffering hair loss from medical conditions such as cancer or children’s alopecia.
Although Lakewood City Schools students will have no school on Friday, May 27, due to a professional development day for teachers, LCA will be open and students expected to be in attendance.
On Saturday, May 7, Emerson Elementary will host the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics' 30th annual Problem Solving Tournament . Fifth and sixth grade students from Lakewood and surrounding communities will work in teams to solve a variety of challenging problems. In four events, students will demonstrate abilities from mental math to geometric construction. For more information visit www.mygcctmonline.org
Join the Garfield Jazz Band as they host "Jammin' in Our Jammies" on Friday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the Church of the Asension at 13216 Detroit Avenue. Bring a blanket, wear your PJs and come hear the jazz band and storyteller Misty Drotleff for a relaxing, fun evening. Milk and cookies reception to follow! Concert moves inside if it rains.
Due to power outages and power lines down throughout the city, all schools in the district will be closed today, April 28. All Recreation Department activities will be held this evening, however any activities at the LHS Pool are cancelled due to the lack of power.
Harding Middle School’s Mock Trial team is the best in the state, and there’s no arguing with that. The team earned the top score of all schools in earning a "Superior" rating at the Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase held April 14-15 at the Ohio State Judicial Center in Columbus. It also swept the “Best Attorney” and “Best Witness” awards in the competition, which drew 32 schools from across Ohio.
Congratulations are in order for the Lakewood High School Model United Nations Clubs for another outstanding performance at the spring Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference held April 13.
Six Lakewood City Schools students have had their creative work recognized as among the best in the state in the National PTA Reflections art recognition program. Two of those students earned the highest award in the state and a third was given the second highest award designation.
The legacy of excellence for Lakewood City Schools in the Power of the Pen competition continues as the Harding Middle School combined team won the Sweepstakes Trophy signifying the best all-around team from both the district and regional tournaments for the second straight year and writers from both Harding and Garfield Middle School took home individual honors at the regional tournament held April 9 at St. Joseph Academy.
The Lakewood Board of Education at its meeting on March 7, 2011, endorsed national Sunshine Week (March 13-19) by unanimously passing a “Sunshine Week Proclamation” that outlines the government body’s commitment to openness and transparency.
The OMEA State Orchestra Adjudicated Event scheduled at Lakewood High School and Brecksville Broadview Hts High School for today, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26, has been cancelled for both days due to the winter storm.
Emerson Elementary is in the running for Fox 8's Cool School of the Week. Vote here, until 5:59 a.m. Thursday. If Emerson wins, the school will be featured on the station's morning news show. Start voting now!
Although Lakewood Schools are open today, school closings on the East Side of town have affected several of our Rangers Athletics contests today. The boys' basketball game at Twinsburg has been cancelled and rescheduled for Jan. 18. The swim meet vs. Brush has been postponed to a later date yet to be determined and the JV Wrestling meet at Parma has been cancelled.
In our walking district it is critically important for our students' safety that everyone in the community chips in and clears their walkways of snow. If students are not able to pass easily on the sidewalks, they often turn to the street instead. Please help us avoid this dangerous situation. Thank you.
This Wednesday, Dec. 1, the Rangers basketball team will host St. Ed's in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Foundation Game. OHSAA sponsors Foundation Week where member schools are encouraged to take part in a community service project. All proceeds from the Rangers-Eagles games will go to local charities. Game times are freshmen at 4:30 p.m., junior varsity at 6 p.m. and varsity at 7:30 p.m.
The City of Lakewood will hold its second Bicycle Network Plan Workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6:30- 8:00 p.m. at the Woman's Pavilion in Lakewood Park. The city is seeking parents of students from kindergarten to 12th grade to take an online survey focused on the needs of children biking and walking to school to help gauge the biking needs of our youth and families. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, which can be accessed here.
Who knew eating pizza could help you support the Lakewood Music Boosters? Donatos in Lakewood will donate 15% of its proceeds earned between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 10 to the Boosters club. Bring in the attached flyer or mention "Lakewood Music Boosters" when you order.
Treasurer Rick Berdine presented the district's latest 5-year financial forecast to the Board of Education at its Nov. 1 meeting. View the video of the presentation here and click here to read the Treasurer's summary of the forecast. Look for more coverage of the forecast in the upcoming community Report Card newsletter.
LHS Student Council and H2O are sponsoring the high school's annual "Hope for the Holidays" food drive Nov. 8-12. Students will be in front of the school during dropoff and pickup times on Monday, Nov. 8, to collect change from drivers. All proceeds of the drive benefit the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. to buy food for needy Lakewood families. $100 can feed a family of four for a week!
The LHS Barnstormers Drama Club will be performing Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" in the Tryout Theater Nov. 10-13 at 8 p.m. While the shows Nov. 10 & 12 will be the traditional script, the shows on Nov. 11 & 13 will be done with female lead roles. Tickets for the show are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. Call 529-4162 for more information.
West Shore's Culinary Arts students will be hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner fundraiser at the Ranger Cafe on Thursday, Nov. 11 to support their ProStart Invitational Competition to be held in Columbus in February 2011. For reservation information and a full menu offering click here.

This week marks the traditional Battle of the Middle Schools between Garfield and Harding athletic teams. The volleyball teams are up first, with 7th and 8th grade matches on Tuesday at LHS. 7th grade match is at 5 p.m. and 8th graders play at 6:15 p.m. The football teams square off on Wednesday at Lakewood Stadium. 7th graders kick off at 5 p.m. and 8th graders at 6:30 p.m.
The annual Pumpkin Palooza is just around the corner and will be held Sat., Oct. 30 in LHS' East Gym from 1 - 4 p.m. Expect lots of carnival games, craft tables, a haunted hallway, a costume parade, Halloween songs, yummy food, spooky storytelling, and a pumpkin patch. Admission is free and attraction tickets are 25¢. Click here for more info.
This Friday's Ranger varsity home football game will take a moment to recognize and honor adoptive families and their special commitment to children. Adoptive parents and their families will be ushered onto the field and recognized at half time. If you'd like to participate, call Molly Smith at 529-6108. 
Garfield Middle School is in the running this week to be Fox 8 News' "Cool School of the Week." If Garfield tops the other two schools in the voting, Fox 8's Morning Show will come to Garfield next week to highlight its many assets and what makes it a "cool school." Voting ends this Thursday at 5:59 a.m. Vote now at http://www.fox8.com/news/education/coolschools/
On Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m., President Obama will deliver his annual Back to School speech to students. Lakewood City Schools will show the address live to students. Parents not wishing their student to see the address may send a note to their child's principal and accommodations will be made for the student during the speech. The speech will be available on our web site as soon as the video is made available to the public. You can watch it live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
The Lakewood High School Rangers Boys Varsity Soccer team brought home the Lakewood Community Cup for the first time in its history, defeating cross-town rival St. Edward, 2-1, in an exciting match Thursday night. 
On Friday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. at Lakewood Park's Veterans Memorial, H2O will hold a welcome rally for Army veteran Mike Ehredt, who is running across America to honor and remember service members lost in Iraq.
The district Recreation Department has a busy September ahead as tryouts for the Emerald Necklace softball league and the Lake Erie Basketball League  get under way. Sign-ups are also ongoing for a variety of clinics to sharpen your basketball skills.
The varsity football team's contest at North Ridgeville on Friday, Sept. 3, has been chosen as the Browns Game of the Week, a new program introduced by the Browns to help promote youth football. The game will be covered by Browns reporters and highlights shown on www.clevelandbrowns.com. Come out to North Ridgeville and cheer the Rangers on to a second straight win!
A planned jump by the Army's Golden Knights parachute team into LHS Stadium was canceled due to high winds, to the disappointment of many gathered for the event. The Golden Knights, however, managed to return to Burke Lakefront Airport and get back to LHS to present the school with a commemorative lithograph. The team members planned to spend the lunch periods with the students as well.
On its newscasts on Aug. 18, WKYC-Channel 3 TV highlighted the Lakewood High football team staff's effort to help accommodate five of its Muslim players observing Ramadan during two-a-day practices where they players cannot drink a drop of water. Click on "Read More" to see Channel 3's feature.