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March, 2014

$20,000 for St. Balderick's!

Students and staff sacrifice locks to motivate donations for childhood cancer cures. Watch video with the whole story!

Video (2:44)

St. Baldrick's "shavees" left-to-right: Front Row - Jason Martin, Michael Clark, Connor Huntington, Jared Hengst, Kyle McPhillips, Tom Schemrich, Jack Rodman;
Back Row - Billy Judge, Joe Cheney, Scott Stelter,

Tim Garner, Andrew Taylor, Molly Harkness, Elyse Legeay.

Not pictured: Nick Best, Will Huntington, Andrew Majercik. 

More than 1,400 views of Tom Schemrich's haircut! Watch!

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Read all about it:

Sun News/

The Villager Newspaper

Westlake/Bay Village Observer


Don't miss Bay High's Spring Musical!

Two more performances Friday and Saturday, March 21 & 22.



Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is being presented Thursday through Saturday, March 20, 21, and 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Bay High Auditorium. Reserve seats, $10, General Admission, $5.


Details and full cast information HERE.




Photo: Lead cast members pictured clockwise from upper left: Katie Randazzo (stepmother), Maisie Kuh (stepsister), Jessica Cusimano (Fairy Godmother), Kerry O'Brien (stepsister); Kaitie Foley (Cinderella), and Peter Kotowski (Christopher, the handsome prince)


 in NATIONAL Scholastics Art Competition

National medalists from Bay High will be honored at Carnegie Hall in NYC this June. Winning Gold were seniors Grace Harms for her "Modus Vivendi 1960" mixed media and Grace Veres for her "California Dreaming" painting.



"California Dreaming" by Grace Veres

"Modus Vivendi 1960" by Grace Harms


Grace Veres also won SILVER for her painting, "Overdone," and senior Elizabeth Auckley won a SILVER medal for her "Overalls" mixed media.

District, Treasurer receive Auditor's Award

Based on the recent financial audit of the Bay Village City School District, Ohio Auditor of State, Dave Yost, has presented Treasurer Deborah Putnam with the Auditor of State Award.

The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a "clean" financial audit report. The audit report must be free of any findings for recovery, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs.

This is the second consecutive Auditor of State Award earned by our district and treasurer. Putnam retires at the end of July.


Normandy Elementary sponsors

One School One Book program

and reads

"The World According to Humphrey"

See the video of this great assembly HERE.

Humphrey the Hamster made a live appearance on Monday, March 3, at Bay High School during an assembly for Normandy Elementary students. The book's author, Betty G. Birney, also addressed the kindergarten-through-second-grade students through a pre-recorded video just for them. Humphrey himself (played by Bay High student Matt Szekely) then whipped the young students into a frenzy as he teased them by videoconferencing with Normandy Principal Dan Sebring from landmark locations in Bay Village. Students report sightings all over Bay [Read more details]

Bay High students distinguish themselves at West Shore Career Technical District

Three Bay High seniors have been recognized for their work at the West Shore Career Technical District.

The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club gave its  Outstanding Student Award - Culinary Program to Sahana Petras. In addition, Sahana's top performance at the Ohio Association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Regional cooking competition has won her a spot in the state-level competition.

Nick Petiya qualified to compete in the Annual Greater Cleveland Automotive Technology Competition at the Cleveland Auto Show with top scores on a written examination. He had to spend several hours identifying and addressing bugs/faults or repair issues on close to identical cars. On one of only five qualifying teams, Nick said the competition was a great experience.

Hannah Chambers was recognized by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the Lakewood/ Rocky River Sunrise Rotary for being "dependable, hard-working, and committed to doing a good job" in the classroom and in the workplace. She studies Interactive Media at the school.



Bay High seniors, left-to-right: Sahana Petras, Nicholas Petiya and Hannah Chambers.

The West Shore Career Technical District is a collaboration with the Lakewood, Westlake and Rocky River school districts on vocational education. The program saves Bay Village taxpayers an estimated $600,000 annually, and it eliminates an automatic, unvoted 2+ millage in taxes for a joint vocational district. It offers education and training in 14 career areas.

Power of the Pen writers compete at Regional level

Bay Middle School writers traveled to St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland to compete in the Power of the Pen Regional Tournament. Only the top 50% of the writers at Districts move onto Regionals. The competition was tough at St. Joe's as there were 65 other schools participating! Our writers wrote very well and should be very proud of their hard work: 8th graders Chloe Roberts, Jessica Rychel and Maggie Williams; 7th graders Mason Smith, Jessica Eagleeye, Maddey Clair, and Maddie Bish. Thanks, too, to our volunteer runners Grace Clark and Alex Earl. BMS Language Arts teacher Helen Lanning is advisor for the Bay Middle School Power of the Pen competition.

Mardi Gras - Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Bay High students in Mrs. Dempsey's French 3 class had a great time for Mardi Gras. They listened to Zydeco music, decorated Mardi Gras masks and ate King Cake and other Mardi Gras treats. It was almost like being in New Orleans!

New treasurer hired

Kevin D. Robertson, CPA, has been hired by the Bay Village Board of Education to serve as the district's new treasurer, beginning in August. Robertson is currently treasurer for the Sandusky City School District. He replaces retiring treasurer Deborah Putnam.

"Kevin's organizational skills are strong," said Bay Village Board of Education president, Bill Selong. "His management style shows an attention to detail that will be very important as we move into a new school year with all three of our very experienced treasurer's office staff members retiring." [Read more]

Kevin D. Robertson, CPA

PTA Council honors members, staff, at Founder's Day celebration

Bay Village Board of Education member and past-president of PTA Council, Dr. Gayatry Jacob-Mosier, received the Bay Village Council of PTAs Apple Award, its highest honor recognizing service to our schools and students.

Other PTA volunteers honored were: Shalimar Markovicz-Williams (PTA Council), Lisa Chmielewski and Liese Nainiger (Bay High School PTSA), Melissa Mason (Bay Middle School PTSA), Laura Rankin and Colleen Oxsalida (Westerly Elementary PTA), Ashley Florez and Hope Feicks (Normandy Elementary PTA), and Jeni Wamelink and Erin Marotta (Bay Village Early Childhood PTA).

Staff members recognized for 20 years of service were: Westerly's Debra Sanson; Bay Middle School's Laurel Beck, Scott Hack, William Goepfert, and Jan Machcinski; Bay High's Bill Egan, Scott Sharp, Ken Schroeder, and Nancy Schley; and Central Office's Deborah Putnam and Rose Marie Crudele.

Physical Education instructors were recognized as a group: Bay High's Bob Dougherty and Ryan Gorius; Bay Middle School's Chris Brewer and Wendy Crumbacher, Westerly's John Topolski, and Normandy's Katie Winton.

Dr. Gayatry Jacob-Mosier, left, school board member and the 2014 recipient of Bay Village PTA Council's Apple Award with PTA Council president, Robin Lucak.

Please support the Annual Mitchell's Gift Card Sale!


Eventually, it will get warm. . . and you will want ICE CREAM again!!!

 You will also need gifts for teachers, coaches, graduates, thank you gifts . .


PTA gets 25% of proceeds.

 Deadline for orders is May 16.

(Cards will be mailed within one week after deadline.)

Click here for order form


Mulch season is upon us . . .

Get yours at The ROCK PILE in Avon!  

PTA Council gets 5%!

Just mention Bay Village PTA Council

PTA Council reminds you to

Take The Parent Pledge!

Sign the Pledge Now!

Keep our children drug and alcohol free!


Kindergarten screening in April

Kindergarten screening will take place April 14, 15, 16, 17, 2014 at Bay Lodge, 492 Bradley Rd. in Bay Village. Screening sessions are by appointment only, and students must be registered for Kindergarten this fall.

Please contact Mary Szekely at Normandy School, 440-617-7350, with any questions. The Kindergarten Screening schedule can be found HERE.



S.E.E.D. program accepting applications for preschool

Peer models in special needs classes enjoy benefits, learn empathy and leadership skills.

All children aged 3 by June, 2014 and potty-trained can enroll in S.E.E.D. (Special Early Education) at the Glenview Center for Child Care and Learning. This unique preschool experience is taught by certificated teachers and combines students having special needs with their typically-developing peers.

[Read more . . .]

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