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May, 2014

Bay Village Schools featured in National PTA Common Core video

Bay Middle School sixth-grade math teacher Lawrence Kuh is a supporter of the Common Core Standards, and he has no problem telling the rest of the country exactly why. He did so recently in a video taped by the National PTA intended to education the public about the new Common Core Standards.

"The Common Core Standards translate to collaboration, problem-solving, and real-life examples within my classroom," says Kuh.
"They focus on helping students become college and career ready. Teaching with this particular goal in mind, drives me to utilize rigorous problems within my classroom that will transfer to real-life application of the skills being taught."

Lawrence Kuh is featured in

National PTA video on Common Core.



Also interviewed were Normandy Principal Dan Sebring and Curriculum Director Char Shryock.

National PTA plans to release the video this summer.


Normandy students star in video series

Normandy Elementary second-grade students are videotaping morning announcements for their entire school


The pilot program, developed by Principal Dan Sebring, has students reading a script for videos available only at school. However, the special video interview at left is so informative that special permission was granted by parents so everyone can enjoy it!

Word Play Around Bay!

Parents of young children have a new resource available to build their children's vocabulary in a fun, engaging way all around Bay Village!

In partnership with the Bay Library, the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, and funding from the Bay Village Education Foundation, the Bay Village Schools have published a brochure packed with dozens of location-specific activities that make it easy for parents to help children build a rich and meaningful vocabulary during everyday visits throughout Bay Village.



QR Code for mobile version

of Word Play Around Bay

Read more details about this project HERE.

The brochure is available at locations throughout Bay Village. You can also download the brochure at or scan the QR code (at left) for a mobile version.


Bay Village Schools administrative assistant Mary Jane Hull, left, and Director of Curriculum Char Shryock, center, with Bay Village Education Foundation grants coordinator Ellie Bricmont.

Whale sculptors, left-to-right:Josh Verdier, Anthony Taylor, Tom Schemrich (BHS art instructor), Jackie Sartschev, Marci Walters, Emily Neroni, and Aubrey Theobald. Not pictured are Fred Blaine, Gretchen Craig, Jocelyn Dobbins, Jake Hautz, Megan See, Jake Vovos, Sebastian Wozniak and Stephen Zbornik.

Normandy dedicates Playground Whale and honors BHS sculptors

Normandy Elementary held a dedication ceremony on Monday, May 12, to honor individuals and student artists who created a special sculpture for the school's playground -- a bronze whale that indentifies the school's west playground as "the whale playground."

The 2011 Normandy Elementary Marketing Team and then-principal Dr. Jim McGlamery decided to sponsor and fund the work of art for the school's playground, and the whale sculpture was taken on and completed by the Bay High School sculpture class. Students worked on personal projects while simultaneously creating the sculpture out of foam and clay that was then cast in bronze. 

Watch this fascinating video: Creating the Normandy Whale, and then learn more details about the project here.

Westerly celebrates 20 years of wildlife habitat in school courtyard

Westerly students have enjoyed an outdoor research and learning lab for 20 years now, and students held a "birthday party" for it on Friday, May 9.

Read third-grade teacher Martha Fisher's Westlake Bay Village Observer article that describes the celebration and offers more information about this wonderful natural habitat and certified National Wildlife Site.

Bay Village children's librarian Anne Lynch leads a trio of Westerly students in a hands-on experiment demonstrating a principle of air pressure. (Photo by Westlake Bay Village Observer's Tara Wendell.)

Health and Wellness Days bring important information to BHS and BMS students

Bay Middle School and Bay High School students recently enjoyed a smorgasbord of interactive activities, information and food samplings, all related to better health.

Students were able to visit dozens of tables set up by local hospitals, fitness centers, therapists, doctors, dentists, and other resource providers from our local area.

Bay Village Schools nurse Chanda Wall arranged for the visitors and coordinated the fairs. "I tried to choose activities that related to each particular age group," she said, noting that the high school had some different offerings, like impaired driving demonstrations, while the middle school had other offerings, like internet safety. Read the Sun News coverage.

Sophomore Ivan Roybal has his vital signs check by St. John Medical Center's Marian Buzzard after working out with a hula hoop.

Regency Construction's John Sanner discusses the finer points of construction planning with Bay Village Schools students in the Junior Core program.

Junior Core is learning about construction

John Sanner of Regency Construction is sharing a lot of behind-the-scenes know how and building projects with a group of grades 2-6 students, dubbed the Junior Core. These youngsters, who had to apply for these construction "jobs," are learning using our district's coming additions to Normandy and Westerly Elementary schools as learning laboratories. They recently constructed the additions from Lego blocks, cardboard, string, tape and foil after developing a construction plan to scale and completing a budget. Regency is the construction management firm hired by the Bay Village Board of Education for its facilities improvement plan approved by voters with a 2010 $16.8 million bond issue.

Citizens Advisory Committee accepting applications

The Bay Village Board of Education Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is accepting applications for new three-year terms.

The Committee is the research arm of the board, studying various topics important to our schools and making recommendations. This year, the CAC studied Foreign Language Instruction and recently presented their findings and recommendations to the board.

The CAC has, for more than two decades, served in an advisory capacity to our Board of Education.

Applications are due May 30, and the application form can be downloaded HERE.

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

Thank You for your Service!

Our Bay Village Board of Education honored

these employees on Monday, May 19.

Retiring Bay Schools Employees!

Left-to-right: Deborah Putnam, Sue Denham, Jennifer Dlugosz, Debra Renkel, Sharon Sauer, Linda Erickson, Rose Marie Crudele, Susan Del Rosario, Cheryn Kloss, Jane Klugman and William Egan. (Not pictured are Francine Conn and George Conn.)

Honored for 25 years of Service!

Left-to-right: Deborah Putnam (retiring), Mark Krempasky, Susan Del Rosario (retiring), Renee Dempsey, Martha Fisher, and Kelli McMaugh. (Not pictured: Keith Klink and Nancy McLaughlin.)

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!

Free and Reduced Lunch benefits families, schools

Many families need financial assistance at times. Check to see if your students qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch and school fees HERE. If you do, and if you apply this year, it will help our schools fund extra instructional help for students in 2014-15.

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May, 2014



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