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March, 2015

Bay Village Schools named to Best Music Education Communities in America list for 2015

Despite the increasing rigor and detail required for inclusion on the NAMM Foundation's Best Communities for Music Education list, the Bay Village City School District has once again been so honored for its exemplary music program. The district has been named to the prestigious list each year since 2003. We are among 25 Ohio school districts, and 388 districts nationwide, to achieve the designation which recognizes an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. [Read more ...]

Bay High students raise $21,358 to fight childhood cancer

Bay High School students challenged themselves and the community to once again, as they did last year, hit the $20,000 mark in fundraising for St. Baldrick's Foundation. Thirteen students and staff members volunteered to have their heads shaved as the dollars piled in over just four days, hitting $21,358.27 by the time their hair hit the floor.

Bay High students and brothers Will and Connor Huntington chaired the event, which pooled the efforts of the school's Student Council, Key Club and Youth Philanthropy Fellowship (YPF). In addition to the Huntington brothers, other students getting shaved were Alex Bennett, Michael Clark, Connor Flynn, Tim Garner, Megan Hughes, Kyle McPhillips, Sarah O'Hare, and Olivia Risch. Staff members shaved this year were coach Dave Adams, teacher Scott Stelter, and security staff member Jeff Nemeth.

Bay High Principal Jason Martin reminded students that in meeting this significant challenge for the second year in a row, they were truly helping researchers move closer to finding a cure for children's cancer.

"We're reminded again of the power of an idea, that we can make a difference, to follow through on our passions and to take risks, to set our goals high and never sell ourselves short and, finally, to remember the strength and power of a unified community."

"Shavees" left-to-right: Seated front row -
Megan Hughes, Sarah O'Hare, Olivia Risch; second row -- Connor Flynn, Tim Garner,
Will Huntington, Michael Clark, Kyle McPhillips; back row -- Alex Bennett, Scott Stelter,
Connor Huntington, Jeff Nemeth.
Not pictured is Coach Dave Adams.

Watch the video HERE.


Read our answers, and ask questions, about the

new Ohio state testing program at our new FAQ page.


Bay High junior Alana Bernys earns top ACT score of 36

Bay High junior Alana Bernys earned the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam she took in February. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.

Alana is a member of Bay High's National Honor Society, a Bay High Rockette, and a team leader for the school's Team Africa. She has been a serious student of ballet and is currently a member of the ballet company at Beck Center, putting as much as 11 hours per week into her pre-professional training.

While Alana hasn't yet decided on a future college or career, she is interested in doing medical research. "I will probably major in biochemistry or microbiology," she said.

Alana has attended the Bay Village Schools since fourth grade. She resides in Bay Village with her parents, Julie and Bill, and three younger siblings.

"Since her freshman year, Alana has always been able to balance her involvement in school groups, her involvement in groups outside of school, and the expectations of a rigorous schedule," said Bay High Principal Jason Martin. "It is great to see such a diligent, hardworking student receive such positive feedback for her commitment to learning. This is a score that truly reflects her ability due to her effort and positive attitude toward learning."

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

Bay High junior Alana Bernys earned the top ACT score of 36.

Bay High provides strong leadership for Ohio Key Club

Bay High continues its tradition of providing strong Key Club leaders for the Ohio District Key Club.

Next year, Bay High sophomore Laura Colagiovanni (pictured left) will serve as the state Governor!

And as junior Branson Stang (top photo, far right) gets ready to leave his post as our Division Lt. Governor, junior Annamarie McGuire (top photo, left) is ready to step in and serve in his place next year!

The club's advisor is teacher Anita Bauknecht.

Zoe Miller hopes to major in art and psychology or English after high school. She also plays clarinet with Bay High's band.

Zoe Miller wins national silver medal in Scholastic Arts contest

Zoe Miller's photograph, Paper Rolls, came about with a school art assignment requiring a work inspired by a famous photographer. Zoe chose Man Ray, mimicking his photograms by using a modern scanner. (Her BHS photography instructor is Denise Ross.)

Bay High sophomore Zoe Miller earned a Silver Medal at the national level of the Scholastic Arts competition. Her work will be on display on New York City this summer.

Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition Finalists

Only three hundred works were selected from 12,000 entries!

Payton Lake, Grade 12

Mia Russell, Grade 10

Lauren Urham, Grade 12

See these paintings as part of the highly selective exhibit at the Rhodes Office Tower in Columbus, April 12th to May 14th. (Students' instructor is Cherie Bauer.)

DeWine visits Bay High School

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine described the work done by his office and the path he traveled in his political career when he visited Bay High School students on Thursday, March 5. Then he encouraged the students to become involved in politics on any number of levels.

DeWine's visit was arranged in cooperation with Bay High social studies faculty and Bay Village City Council President Paul Koomar.

Read more about DeWine's visit here.

Juliana Reising (left) and Courtney Dixon (right) show off their Power of the Pen awards from the regional competition held in Sandusky on Saturday, March 14.

BMS writers win Regional Power of the Pen recognition

Bay Middle School writers who qualified to advance from the district-level Power of the Pen writing competition competed at the regional level on Saturday, March 14.

Seventh-grader Juliana Reising (left) won 2nd place out of all other 7th graders at the competition.  

Courtney Dixon (right), also in seventh grade, placed 9th place out of all other 7th graders at the competition. 

Our 8th grade writing team also won 4th place overall. Members are Maddy Claire, Grace Clark, Hope Beatty, Ann Marie McAvinue, Anne Beckwith.

Seventh-grader Abby Roche was also selected to compete.


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.)

More signings!

Alex Furst will be playing soccer for Muskingum College, and Griffin Watterson will be playing baseball for Marietta.

In November, swimmer Trevor Lake committed to the University of Wisconsin.

You can read more about all these high school athletics careers at

Congratulations to our college-bound student athletes!

Seniors Alex Furst (left) and Griffin Watterson.


Partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance aims to teach athletes how to score bigger goals than just on the sports field

Read about our three-year partnership with PCA, and find more sports stories, on our new Athletic Department website at

Don't miss these . . .

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. Make checks out to Bay High School. Please consider joining us for a great night at the ballpark! Tickets can be purchased for $5. Additional Info & order form ...

for students entering Kindergarten August 2015
Safety Town online registration begins this Sunday, March 22, after 9 p.m., and paper registration begins Monday, March 23rd. Links, forms and more information can be found at

S.E.E.D. Program accepting preschool applications

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

All children aged 3 by June (2015) 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. Children are screened in the areas of speech/language, motor skills, social skills/behavior, cognitive/pre-academic skills, and adaptive behavior. A parent questionnaire also lends itself to the screening process.

Classes are Monday through Thursday, 9-11:30 a.m. or 12:15-2:45 p.m. The cost is currently $550 for the school year; any increase in next year's rates will be announced in the spring. To begin the intake process, contact Dianne Williams at 617-7322. You can also learn more by visiting

League of Women Voters present community forums

The second of three community forums hosted by the Bay Village League of Women Voters takes place Wednesday, March 25, 7:30-9 p.m. at Bay Middle School. "The State of Municipal and School Financing" features Bay Village Schools Superintendent Clint Keener and Bay Village Mayor Deborah Sutherland. The discussion will discuss trends and options regarding raising revenue, cutting services, increasing efficiency and other options to meet the economic challenges ahead. (The third in this Spring Speaker Series addresses "Tax Abatements" on Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Dwyer Senior Center.)

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