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February, 2015

Superintendent Keener explains how he determines "snow days"

It has been a cold winter, and many factors play into whether we close school because of weather conditions. Bay Village is a unique little city, and factors that affect others may not affect us. In this video, Superintendent Clint Keener discusses all the serious considerations involved in making this important call.


School Safety Tip Line available

The State of Ohio offers this new tip line to make it easy for students, parents and community members to report anything that is suspicious or that is endangering you, your friends or your school. This includes potential suicides, school shootings or other threats to safety, bullying or other problems.

The Ohio Homeland Security Threat Assessment and Prevention Unit analysts answer the calls, assess the threat and follow up.

Calls and texts are ANONYMOUS. The number to text or call is 1-844-723-3764, or


(And remember, you can also anonymously report bullying to your building principals through our own online Report Bullying Form.)

BHS students now have multiple opportunities to learn, perform and compete Shakespeare

Above left: Great Lakes Theater actor/teacher Kristy Miller critiques Claire Mercer's performance. Above right: Bay High students (left-to-right) Maria Lally, Katie Kunze and Emma Legeay read a scene from Romeo and Juliet.

Bay High School was represented at the recent National English-Speaking Union (NEU) Shakespeare competition by senior Claire Mercer, who had won her school competition. All participants in the Bay High competition had a training opportunity with Kristy Miller, a Great Lake theater Shakespearean actor.

Claire competed against 26 other (mostly private) schools. She performed part of Lady Macbeth's Act I, scene V, and Sonnet number 121.

"Claire recited with poise and passion," said her English teacher, Colleen Lanning, who accompanied Claire to the competition at The Idea Center at Playhouse Square on Saturday, February 21. "A cadre of judges winnowed the group down to six finalists.  Lunch was served, theatre games were played, then the finalists presented their Shakespeare scene and monologue, plus a "cold read" of a different, new-to-them scene. It was a wonderful experience."

Bay High now has two FULL classes (25+ students each) of the elective course "Shakespeare for Everybody."

State of the Schools topic-by-topic videos

Supt. Clint Keener interviews administrators and coaches before a live audience, and videos are enhanced with extra student interviews, photos, and more. View them all HERE.

Bay Middle School writers take home awards from Power of the Pen

Bay Middle School Power of the Pen writers faced off 10 other schools at the competition's District Tournament to bring home a bounty of team and individual awards.

The entire eighth-grade writing team won 2nd Place overall. Eighth-grade team writers are: Maddey Clair, Christina Randazzo, Grace Clark, Hope Beatty, Ann Marie McAvinue and Anne Beckwith.

Three eighth-graders won individual awards for their writing. Maddey Clair won 2nd Place and the distinction of having all of her pieces win first place in all three writing rounds (something that rarely happens). Ann Marie McAvinue won 8th Place and Hope Beatty won 12th Place.

The seventh-grade writing team won 3rd Place overall in the competition. Seventh-grade team writers are Abby Roche, Laura Wirtz, Victoria Gantzer, Juliana Reising, Maggie Lekan and Courtney Dixon.

Two seventh-graders won individual awards for their writing. Abby Roche won 8th Place and Juliana Reising won 10th Place among all seventh-grade writers at the tournament.

Writers scoring in the top 50 percent will move on to the Regional Tournament at Perkins Briar Middle School in Sandusky on Saturday, March 14th. Eight of our 12 District writers move on: seventh-graders Abby Roche, Juliana Reising, and Courtney Dixon; and eighth-graders Maddey Clair, Grace Clark, Hope Beatty, Ann Marie McAvinue, and Anne Beckwith. Maddey Clair was also one of only two writers at Districts who earned Perfect Rank Point Total Scores of 300, meaning she achieved the highest ranking possible in all three rounds of writing! 

Congratulations Westerly, and good luck!

Westerly Elementary was nominated by the State of Ohio for a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award. The school is one of just 14 public schools nominated by the state this year for outstanding academic performance.

Westerly staff members will be completed the required, and extensive, application in March, and national winners will be announced in the fall.

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2015 Cleveland Indians Charities Hardball Classic

The Bay Baseball team has been given the honor of playing against Chagrin Falls at Progressive Field for the Cleveland Indians Charities Hardball Classic on Friday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. Also watch River v. Eastlake North and St. Ignatius v. North Royalton on same ticket!

We have to raise a minimum $1,500 for the charity. Every $5 donation will get you a ticket to the game if purchased by February 28 (tickets after that are $7). Make checks out to Bay High School. Please consider joining us for a great night at the ballpark! Use this order form.

Order healthful citrus from Bay High PTSA

Always a great buy, navel oranges, grapefruit and Gala apples ordered through the Bay High PTSA Citrus Sale are also of the highest quality. Orders are due Monday, March 2 for curbside pick up at Bay High on Saturday, March 7.

Here is your Citrus Order Form.

Thoroughly Modern Millie to be performed at Bay High March 19-21

Bay High drama students will perform Thoroughly Modern Millie Thursday through Saturday, March 19 through 21, at Bay High auditorium. Curtain time is 7 p.m. for each performance. Tickets are $11 reserved, $5 general admission. Pre-order ticket form ...

Poster at left by Mandy Hoskins; poster at right by Taylor Aslanis.

League of Women Voters present community forums

The first of three community forums hosted by the Bay Village League of Women Voters takes place Wednesday, February 25, 7:30-9 p.m. at Bay Middle School. "History and Trends" features CWRU Mandel School Associate Professor and City of South Euclid President, Bay Village City Finance Director Renee Mahoney and Bay Village Schools Treasurer Kevin Robertson. The panelists will talk about the history and current state of funding for our schools and city, along with the near-term outlook. More forums are planned for March and April.

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