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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.

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.

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.

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.

Summer Reading 2019

Summer reading assignments are now available:

Middle Schools
High School

Walk-In Registration Now Available

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

Marching Band Festival Preview Set for Aug. 14

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

School Supplies Drive Is Underway

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

Board Celebrates LCA Class of 2019

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