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June, 2014

Bay High Class of 2014 is launched!

Bay High School celebrated the graduation of 201 seniors on Monday evening, June 2. The commencement ceremony was held indoors due to rainy weather, but the mood was sunny as students, families and staff members marked this important academic milestone.

You've made our school a better place," said Principal Jason Martin. Student speakers Krista Bliumentalis and Samantha Meisenburg reminded students of how they'd changed and what they'd accomplished over their 13-year journey through the Bay Village School District. Superintendent Clint Keener reminded them to carefully weigh the advice that would come their way. Board of Education President Bill Selong gave parental reminders to "Be kind, be safe and be neat (first impressions matter)," before reminding students that no one would ever love them as much, or be willing to forgive them as much, as their parents.


  Approximately 90% of these graduates will be going on to higher education, with four going on to military service or education. Others are going to work or are still undecided.

The Class of 2014 has been offered at least $11,721,518 in scholarships from colleges and universities.


Bay High Class of 2014 List

Sahana Petras wins top state school cooking competition award


Bay High senior Sahana Petras won the first place gold medal in the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) cooking competition held at The Ohio State University on Wednesday, April 23.

Sahana studies culinary arts for part of her school day at the West Shore Career-Technical District, housed at Lakewood High School. Earlier this year she was awarded the Outstanding Student Award in Culinary Arts by the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club. She has participated as a team member in other cooking competitions, as well.

For the April competition, Sahana prepared a Garde Manger (appetizer tray) that was Asian-inspired and included Thai peanut noodles, tuna tartare on a bed of seaweed salad and cucumber, and chicken wontons with carrot, daikon radish and sombol salad. Yum! Good luck to Sahana as she studies at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY next year. Read more about Sahan's amazing accomplishments in her field in this Westlake/Bay Village Observer story.

Practice Word Play Around Bay this summer!

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.

Aqua Girls, left-to-right: Ava Ransom, Audrey Ray, Caroline Fowles, Eliza Aleksandrovic, Grace Chilton,, Olivia Reed, and Patty Yuhas.

Aqua Girls compete again in Destination Imagination Global Finals

After winning top prize at the state-level Destination Imagination competition, the Bay Village Schools Aqua Girls competed for the third year at the global competition held in Knoxville, TN.

The team did very well and placed 16th overall in their challenge out of 90 teams from all over the world. They outperformed teams from 25 different states in their challenge, as well as teams from Canada, Guatemala, South Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Turkey, and China.  It was a very successful event. Thanks again, Aqua Girls, for making Bay Village proud!

Haitian students read BMS student-created books

Four years ago, BMS teacher Lawrence Kuh went to Haiti to work with students and teachers at Matenwa Community Learning Center (MCLC) where his brother is headmaster. Lawrence initiated a Mother Tongue Book Project between 100 Bay Middle School 5th-graders and the Haitian students.

After translation of the comic-strip-type books into Haitian Kreyol, and then formatting and laminating the books, students at the Haitian school are now reading our books.

Almost all other Haitian schools teach in French, despite the national plan that states that all students should be instructed in Kreyol through the 4th grade. MCLS teaches those students in their native tongue, but since very few books are published in Kreyol, it is difficult for MCLC to have enough instructional materials for its students. BMS is now helping to make a positive impact at MCLC!

Students at the Matenwa Community Learning Center in Haiti read books created by BMS students. The books were translated into the students' spoken language of Kreyol, rather than French, as part of Lawrence Kuh's Mother Tongue project in an effort to help the school

Bike to School a great tradition here

Left-to-right: Bay Middle School teacher Lawrence Kuh, seventh-grader Timmy Schilling, Charlie Cooper of People for Bikes, Bay Village Mayor Deborah Sutherland, sixth-grader Julia Garber, Sean Burkey of Raleigh America, Scott Cowan of Century Cycles, fifth-grader Jack Nageotte, and Chris Speyer, CEO of Accell North America.


Bay Middle School, Bay High School  and Westerly students joined in our district's annual Bike to School effort, a tradition each May since students at Bay High staged a Bike to School Day to protest rising gasoline costs and emissions.

Since then, Bay High alumnus Scott Cowan of Century Cycles in Rocky River stepped in to make the month of May a true Bike to School Challenge. With the help of principals and staff members at Bay High and Bay Middle School, many students were challenged to ride to school every day to win prizes, including new bicycles. National companies Raleigh America and Accell North America also became involved and now hold Bay Village Schools up as a national model for a Bike to School program. This year, Bay Middle School teacher Lawrence Kuh reported that a total of 7,239 rides took place at BMS with an average of 61% of total enrollment riding.

Teacher Eryn Sutterlin at Bay High reported 1,245 miles, 49,000 calories burned, and 920 lbs. of carbon emissions saved during BHS's one-week Challenge.

Westerly students also rode for incentives like water bottles, t-shirts and a grand-prize bike from Century Cycles.

Read more about Bay's Bike to School Challenge at



PTA Council reminds you to

Take The Parent Pledge!

Sign the Pledge Now!

Keep our children drug and alcohol free!

Read about all the summer Bay Village Library programs:

There's fun still coming up . . .

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.

Mulch season is upon us . . .

Get yours at The ROCK PILE in Avon!  

PTA Council gets 5%!

Just mention Bay Village PTA Council

It's been a great year!

First day of school for students in 2014-15 is August 21.

Find the academic calendar HERE.

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May, 2014



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