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April, 2014

Ron Rutt is new Varsity Football Coach

Before even the first practice session for the 2014 Bay High Varsity Rockets Football team, its new head coach,  Ron Rutt, has a well-informed, strategic plan for exploiting the team's strengths, shoring up its weaknesses, and putting it on a focused path for a successful season.

Rutt, who was hired as a technology teacher at Bay Middle School in 2005 and then at Bay High in 2010, spent a number of years coaching the school district's middle school football, freshman football, and freshman boys basketball teams. He has served as assistant football coach at Bay High since 2008 and head coach of boys track at the school since 2010. [Read more ...]

Ron Rutt   

Bay Village Schools on Best Music Education Communities list again

After top scores in orchestra and vocal performance competitions this year, it is always nice to have further acknowledgement of our great music program on a national level.

Once again, in one of the most rigorous and detailed assessments ever of its exemplary music program, the Bay Village City School District has been named to the NAMM Foundation's Best Communities for Music Education list. [Read more]

Another great year for Key Club!

The Bay High Key Club seems to get bigger and do more good work each and every year.

During this school year, its 94 members have completed more than 1,200 hours of service, and together with Bay Village Kiwanis and other school organizations, have donated more than $37,730 to local and worldwide efforts, including Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, March of Dimes, UNICEF, St. Baldrick's, The Eliminate Project (International Kiwanis project to eliminate maternal/ neonatal tetanus) and the local Fill This House for teens aging out of the foster care system. They have also collected numerous other items for various other charity drives such as Jared Boxes, Clean Your Closet, KIWI Kits, and Jeans for Teens.

Bay High Key Clubbers also prove themselves each year at their Ohio District Leadership Conference, which is equivalent to a state competition. Students winning trophies were Laura Colagiovanni (first place for K Family Service Tri Board - Jared Boxes), Tori Hamilton (first place for Major Emphasis - Eliminate Project), Emily Haskett and Alex Randall (second place for video contest), Katherine Kotora (second place for Single Service - Knickerbocker), Jessica Mosier (second place for Poster Contest), and Ameera Venkataraman (second place for Traditional Scrapbook). 

As always, Bay High Key Clubbers distinguished themselves at their Ohio District Leadership Conference.

Recognition certificates were awarded to Ian Janos (Kiwanis Sponsorship Award), Branson Stang (Teacher Appreciation Week), and Hannah Wittkopf (Key Club Week). The entire Bay High Key Club came in second in the state with their contributions of $7,050 for The Eliminate Project.

Continued state-level leadership

Bay High junior Claire Mercer, who has served this year as the Ohio District 14 Lt. Governor, received the Governor's Excellence Award and was named the Robert L. Lucas Outstanding Lt Governor. She is Ohio's District Nomination for International Trustee, competing in California at the International Conference this July in Anaheim.

Bay High sophomore Branson Stang was installed as the Ohio District 14 Lt. Governor for the coming academic year.

The students' advisor is Anita Bauknecht, family & consumer sciences teacher at Bay High School.

Fifth-grader Ella Boyer contributes to book by national author

Bay Middle School fifth-grader Ella Boyer will be quoted in an upcoming book by children's author R. J. Palacio. Ella's class recently read the novel "Wonder," about a boy born with facial deformities who goes to school with other children for the first time in the fifth grade.

Ella Boyer

He deals with many challenges, and one of the precepts, or sayings, from the book is, "You can't blend in when you were born to stand out."

The author asked readers, through her website, for help with her next book - "Do you have a WONDER-ful precept that you live by? I'm looking for some original precepts for a new book I'm working on! If you have a unique, or daring, or especially beautiful precept that you'd like to share with the world - this is your chance!"

All the fifth-graders in Mrs. Jill Battershell's class took on the challenge and sent their own precepts to the author on handwritten postcards. Ella's precept, "All you have to do is believe," was selected to appear in Palacio's next book.

These will be Ella's first widely published words, but since she says she would like to be a writer, they probably are the first of many!

Power of the Pen offers showcase for student writing talent

Bay Middle School eighth-grader Maggie Williams will be traveling to The College of Wooster on May 23 to compete in the Power of the Pen State Tournament. Maggie will be one of only the top 20 percent of writers at all the Power of the Pen Regional competitions throughout Ohio to move on to the State Tournament.

Seven Bay Middle School students qualified at district tournaments to compete at the local regional tournament held at St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland on March 15, where 65 schools from six counties competed. Seventh-graders Maddie Bish, Maddey Clair, Jessica Eagleeye and Mason Smith; and eighth-graders Chloe Roberts and Jessica Rychel, as well as Maggie Williams, competed at that event. Helen Lanning, Bay Middle School language arts teacher, is the team's advisor.

Power of the Pen is a state writing competition meant to encourage creative writing. Students are given prompts and then use their skill and imagination to create written stories and essays that are judged anonymously.

Maggie Williams (Grade 8) will compete at state-level Power of the Pen competition at The College of Wooster.

Celebrate 20 years of Westerly's Outdoor Science Lab Friday, May 9, Noon - 3 p.m.

Plant New Ideas celebrates the 20th birthday of Westerly School's Outdoor Science Lab (OSL). Westerly's Outdoor Science Lab is a natural habitat located in the center of the school. Throughout the year students can observe close up the many changes that occur with the animal and plant residents. Mrs. Fisher's students invite community members to join them at this Plant New Ideas environmental fair to learn more about the nature gem at Westerly. [Read more . . .]

Bay Village Schools administrative assistant Mary Jane Hull sorts state tests for transport to individual schools. This is the final year that Ohio Achievement Tests will be taken with paper and pencil.

Last year for state tests on paper

Every spring since the early 1990s, when the Ohio Department of Education began mandating statewide proficiency testing, the Bay Village City School District has accepted many dozens of cartons containing printed test booklets and bubble answer sheets. The tests had to be counted out, secured, and delivered to teachers and students exactly when needed.

Next school year, students across Ohio will take the new state tests on computers. While much has been written and discussed about the Common Core curriculum and the tests that will measure mastery of mandated knowledge and skills, little mention can be found about the enormous savings in paper, printing and shipping costs, as well as administrative time, with the switch to online tests.

Read more about the coming changes in this Westlake/Bay Village Observer article.

Keeping track of kindness

Watch out - your good deeds are being noticed!

Students at Bay Middle School are keeping track of "random acts of kindness" on their school's website at:

The focus on spreading kindness began with Rachel's Angels, a Bay Middle School student group. Rachel's Angels came about after students heard a seminar in 2011 based on a journal by Rachel Scott, a student victim of the Columbine shooting, in which Rachel advocates "random acts of kindness."

Guidance counselor Jan Machcinski and assistant principal Kevin Jakub work with the group to promote kindness and service to others.

Kindergarten Food Drive for

Village Project's "Project Pedal"

Donate food to Beth Drinan's Kindergarten Class food drive and help feed the hungry bikers participating in the Village Project's "Project Pedal" after their ride on June 14.

For a list of food needed, visit:

Mrs. Drinan's Kindergarten News

Special Opportunities . . .

 Host a student from Kosovo

or Mexico! July 21-August 2

This is a short-term exchange program for student leaders visiting Cleveland. 

More information HERE.

Help fund FIREWORKS at Bay Days this July!

(and enter to win some

absolutely phenomenal prizes)


Read ALL about it HERE.

Boys Spring Basketball Clinics - Grades 3-6

Learn offensive and defensive skills from Bay Rockets coaches and players. Sundays starting April 27 through May 18, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (excluding Mother's Day). Register early by Thursday, April 17, or walk in any clinic day!


Hoops for Heart is going on now! The 10th annual Hoops for Heart Event is happening now! Put on by Wendy Crumbacher (P.E. Teacher at BMS) and the American Heart Association. Make your donation by Thursday, April 17 and help us reach our goal of $8,000 to beat heart disease!
Read details.


Ballroom Blitz on Saturday, May 3 will benefit music program

Get ready to kick up your heels! Make reservations now for the annual Ballroom Blitz! Dinner, dancing and more--music by our wonderful student musicians! May 3 at the "Parkview Club" at Bay Middle school: Flyer

Bay Skate and Bike Park Rib Rockin' Cook Off is Saturday, June 7, 5-11 p.m.

This rib cook off has become one of the "hottest" events in town!

It's a great way to kick off your summer after the kids' last day of school! Wonderful family fun.

Proceeds benefit BSBP Student Scholarship & park upkeep.


Read all about it HERE.




























Annual Tri-Bay Golf Classic is Friday, June 13

The Bay Alumni Foundation, Bay Village Education Foundation and Bay Rockets Association will join forces once again to host the Tri-Bay Golf Classic at Sweetbriar Golf Club on Friday, June 13. [Details at

Full registration and information here.

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!


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accounts for frequent, up-to-date announcements.



April, 2014



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