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Our latest news roundup . . . June, 2015
We welcome our new Bay Middle School assistant principal, Tom Grodek!

Congratulations Class of 2015

Thirteen years of hard work and learning have paid off for our 205 Bay High School graduates in the Class of 2015.

Here is a list of graduates, and a picture slideshow of a wonderful graduation ceremony on a chilly, but wonderful, June 1 evening.

Best wishes to all for a bright and wonderful future!

Best Destination Imagination Year Ever!
Bay Village Schools sends 20 teams to Regional, 5 teams to State, and 3 to Global Finals.

Aqua Girls places second in their Global category.

On their fourth trip to the Global Finals, the Bay Middle School Destination Imagination (DI) team Aqua Girls placed second in their category! Read more about their team, hard work and strategies in this Westlake Bay Village Observer article.

Five Bay Village Schools teams  qualified for the state level competition, with three teams advancing to DI's Global Finals in Knoxville and the University of Tennessee.

In all, Bay Village Schools had 20 teams compete in the Destination Imagination (DI) Regional Tournament at Beachwood High School this year, a record number of teams sent by the district to this competition of innovative and creative problem solving using both the arts and sciences. Teams from all four K-12 buildings competed. [Read morewatch video slideshow.]

Aqua Girls

Global 2nd-place winning team from Bay Middle School (l-r): front - Caroline Fowles, Eliza Aleksandrovic, Audrey Ray, Olivia Reed; and back - team manager Kim Ray, Grace Chilton, Ava Ransom, Patty Yuhas and team manager Michele Moore. (Photo courtesy of DI.)


Superman's Cake Shoes

State DI winners and Bay High students (l-r):

Jessica Perri, Olivia Risch,

and Jessica Bohannon.

Photo by Holly Risch.

The Crew

State DI winners and Westerly Elementary students (l-r): Maeve Ransom, Finn Meadows, James Fowles, Patrick Lehane, Iain Ray, James Chilton and Annie Davenport.

Photo by Kim Ray.

10/10 Would Enter Without Asking

Regional DI winners and Bay High students

(l-r): Maria Lally, Michael Rising (front),

Kyle McPhillips (back), Phil Lally, Brad Beverly, Malena Grigoli and Bethany Comienski.

Photo by Beth Lally.

Double K, Double E, SLG

Regional DI winners and Westerly students

(l-r): Simona Overfield, Kellie Keane, Grace Hopper, Elise Papp and Evelyn Ray.

Photo by Amy Papp.

Bay Middle School Health and Wellness Fair presents education and fun

Thirty health-related organizations set up booths and presented information related to healthy lifestyles at a Health and Wellness Fair in May.

Healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle choices were covered by representatives from hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, fitness centers, grocery stores and more.

Students were encouraged to collect stickers and giveaways at the booths.

The Fair is organized by school district nurse Chanda Wall.

A Cleveland Clinic nurse demonstrates the "inflatability" differences between a diseased pig's lung and one without signs of disease.

BHS Anatomy Class presents "Grossology!"

Mr. Chaney's Bay High Anatomy students got creative in explaining some functions of the human body!

The exhibit had 12 stations with various hands-on demonstrations of some of the interesting, but "gross," things the human body does.

Watch the video slideshow

Summer construction will close buildings, lots, track and stadium to public

Construction work, much of it outdoors, will close down public access to some buildings and property this summer. Paving projects begin in early June. The high school track and stadium will be inaccessible for most of the summer. Read on...

(Note that Bay High staff members will have access to their building on June 8.)

Bay High's Kara Gillespie (top left), Mary Woods (center) and Anna Walker (front) volunteered to be running guides for Jennifer Kasunich (right).

Blind fourth-grader joins Girls on the Run with BHS student help

Jennifer Kasunick, a fourth-grader at Westerly Elementary who has been blind since she was a baby, wanted to join Girls On The Run and train for a 5k race. Bay High senior Mary Woods, junior Kara Gillespie, and sophomore Anna Walker agreed to serve as her guides. They are now all Romona's Kids! Watch the coverage online

Kindergarten eligibility birth date changes for 2016-17 to age 5 by August 1

The Bay Village Board of Education changed its kindergarten eligibility birth date to age 5 by August 1 (currently September 30), effective in the fall of 2016. Parents will continue to have the opportunity to apply for early entrance if their child turns 5 by January 1 of the school year of admission.

The district's kindergarten teachers asked the board for the change based on new education standards that require earlier exposure and mastery of higher-level learning skills. In addition, the teachers pointed out that most other area districts have changed the age 5 eligibility date to August 1.

Bay High choir members toured the sites, enjoyed some shows, and performed in NYC this May.

Choir visits the Big Apple

The Bay High School choir gave special performances at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle and the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, two beautiful and historic churches in New York City.

While there, the group did a little sightseeing, covering Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Battery Park, the National September 11 Memorial, Wall Street and much more. They also toured Manhattan, China Town, and Little Italy. (We understand they may have even done a little shopping.)

Students visited Broadway to see the shows Matilda and Jersey Boys!

Parents follow eighth-grade Washington D.C. trip on Twitter

The annual eighth-grade trip to our nation's capital was, once again, an awe-inspiring experience that made the birth of our country and our democracy real for our students.

Parents and others were able to follow the highlights of the trip as Bay Middle School teacher Scott Hack tweeted the out the highlights, photos included. Check out his account: @BayDCteacher208


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.)

Don't miss these . . .

Bay Village Board of Education

is accepting applications for new members:

The Bay Village Schools 12-member Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is accepting applications for new members. The CAC has, for more than two decades, served in an advisory capacity to our Board of Education. Members complete research and make recommendations about a wide range of educational and administrative issues, such as literature-based reading programs, benchmarking in assessing our educational program, transportation, student fees, safety, and many others.

More information is available on this Application Form, due Friday, June 5. Here is your opportunity to help shape the future of the Bay Village Schools in a thoughtful, tangible way!

Help the Bay Fireworks Committee - you might win an awesome raffle prize!

The Bay Fireworks Committee is trying to raise the funds to continue our July 4 fireworks celebration at the conclusion of Bay Days. As you probably know, the city no longer covers the entire cost of the fireworks. Although they subsidize it, there is still a sizable difference that must be made up through private donations. The committee has come up with several ideas to try to raise these funds, including two raffles and tee shirt sales. [Read more ...]

Annual Tri-Bay Golf Classic is Friday, June 12

The Bay Alumni Foundation, Bay Village Education Foundation and Bay Rockets Association - three of the greatest support groups for our students - will join forces once again to host the Tri-Bay Golf Classic at Sweetbriar Golf Club on Friday, June 12.

Don't miss this fun event! [Details 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 licensed 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

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June, 2015



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