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P.A.C.E. Popcorn Delivery Rescheduled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the PACE popcorn delivery originally scheduled for tomorrow evening, Tuesday, April 16th has been rescheduled for Friday, April 25 from 4:00-5:30 PM at Ella Canavan Elementary. The P.A.C.E. Committee apologizes for any inconvenience.

MHS, Middle School and Elementary Blizzard Bags Now on Website

All district Blizzard Bags are now available on the website. Please go to your school building's webpage, click on "Blizzard Bags" in the Navigation box on the left-hand side, and then select your child's grade level or specific classes for assignments. For those students who do not have computer access, hard copies are available from your school office. Files will also be made available on Blackboard.

Elementary Blizzard Bags are due Monday, April 21. All MHS and Claggett and Root Middle School Blizzard Bags are due on Friday, May 2.

High School Art Teacher Receives Distinguished Service Award

Medina High School art teacher and department chair Bobbie Foy was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by Superintendent Dave Knight at the high school’s staff meeting on April 16.  The Award is the highest honor an employee can receive from the superintendent of schools.  Following is what Mr. Knight shared about Mrs. Foy.

Medina High School Art teacher Bobbie Foy is a true role model.  She has been a valued member of the Medina City Schools for 16 years.  Bobbie has brought energy and dedication to Medina High School, through her efforts in and out of the classroom.  Her amazing attitude and ability to work with everyone reflects her dedication to the school district.

Bobbie’s enthusiasm for education is overwhelming – she continually makes those around her want to be their very best!  Under her leadership as department chair, the Art Department and Medina City Schools have benefited with the creation of 1.11 Day, development of new courses, guidance with the design and painting of the high school’s Bee, and countless programs which have infused art into the halls of MHS.  She has worked to develop activities that meet the individual needs of all children.

Bobbie has left a lasting impression on hundreds and hundreds of students, which is evident as they will often return to her classroom for a special visit.  During her years at Canavan Elementary, she developed a number of school-wide projects that continue to enhance the school today including a tile mural that fills a wall in the art room and a Dale Chihuli inspired chandelier that graces the Media Center.  She has gone above-and-beyond to assure that students have enrichment opportunities, writing grants to secure funding to take students to the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Bobbie, is always willing to give a helping hand from serving as a volunteer for levy campaigns to running the school’s United Way campaign. 

Bobbie is often the first one in and the last one to leave school. She consistently shows that she wants to give her staff members a work environment to be proud of, developing and carrying out initiatives with little assistance from others.  Bobbie’s legacy will live on forever – in the hearts of students and staff and in the beauty of the art that she helped to create. 

Latin Students Excel on Annual National Latin Exam

On March 6th, 2014 Medina High School Latin students participated in the 37th Annual National Latin Exam.  Each year, approximately 150,000 students take this exam which is sponsored by the American Classical League.  Participation is not limited to the United States, but the exam is administered internationally in countries such as Canada, China, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, and Singapore.

Students are able to earn various levels of awards based on their achievement on the exam.  The highest honor available is a perfect paper, an honor limited to less than 1% of students who take the exam.  Four Medina High School students earned this distinction this year: freshman Nicholas Schmeller (Latin I), senior Allisa Diekman (Latin I), junior Dani McBride (Latin I), and sophomore Eric Brown (Latin II).  For their accomplishment, these students will receive a special hand-lettered certificate from the National Latin Exam Committee.

In addition, six students only missed one question on the entire exam.  These students include junior Andrew White (Latin I), freshman Sydney Hill (Latin I), sophomore Natalie Hart (Latin I), freshman Elizabeth Salai (Latin I), junior Kira Palmer (Latin II), and sophomore Margaret Swiecicki (Latin II).  All in all, Medina High Students earned 90 awards on the National Latin Exam. An additional 15 students earned “Honorable Mention” for missing Cum Laude by one point.

Students earning the distinction of Summa Cum Laude include: Allisa Diekman (Latin I), Nicholas Schmeller (Latin I), Dani McBride (Latin I), Andrew White (Latin I), Sydney Hill (Latin I), Natalie Hart (Latin I), Elizabeth Salai (Latin I), Elizabeth McMillan (Latin I), Alex Whitaker (Latin I), Eric Brown (Latin II),  Kira Palmer (Latin II), Margaret Swiecicki (Latin II), Ngozi Williams (Latin II), Michaela Lyons (Latin II), Kelsi Mariner (Latin II), MacKenzie Hitchcock (Latin III), Kendra Willhoite (Latin III), Charles McCary (Latin III), Anthony Boccio (Latin III), Elena Schorr (A.P. Latin IV), Marcella Miller (A.P. Latin IV), and Bradley Lynes (A.P. Latin IV).

Students earning the distinction of Maxima Cum Laude include: Logan Yates (Latin I), Maxwell Rayburn (Latin I), Matthew Stump (Latin I), Andrew DeLaat (Latin I), Joshua Taylor (Latin I), Jonathan Bonezzi (Latin I), Taylor McBride (Latin I), Kelly Kaletta (Latin II), Sam Kovalchik (Latin II), Addie Schneider (Latin II), Andrew Smith (Latin II), Katherine Phillips (Latin II), Michael Fox (Latin II), Julia Van Wagnen (Latin II), Morgan Rittenhouse (Latin II), Mitch Barber (Latin III), Brendan Kelley (Latin III), Sarah Murrin (Latin III), Coral Ciupak (Latin III), Andrew Armstrong (Latin III), Elizabeth Gemmer (Latin III), Linden Glaze (Latin III), Alexis Conway (A.P. Latin IV), and Evan Neidig (A.P. Latin IV).

Students earning the distinction of Magna Cum Laude include: Zowie Searcy (Latin I), Emily Platz (Latin I), Ethan Farrenholz (Latin I), Derrick Cathcart (Latin I), Megan Byrnes (Latin I), Joseph Shamatta (Latin I), Thomas Nikolai (Latin II), Logan Usher (Latin II), Emily Fenner (Latin II), Janine Keding (Latin II), Lillian Jackson (Latin II), Abby Sulesky (Latin III), Samantha Tietjen (Latin III), McKenzie Kelly (Latin III), Samuel Lambert (Latin III), Caitlin Colapietro (Latin III), Nathaniel Smith (Latin III), Olivia Passe (Latin III), and Rebekah Knaggs (A.P. Latin IV).

Students earning the distinction of Cum Laude include: Bailey Mowrer (Latin I), Chrystyana Olson (Latin I), Zachary Carey (Latin I), Morgan Lawrence (Latin I), Ryan Neubauer (Latin I), Mikaela Faus (Latin I), Savannah Norton (Latin I), McKenzie Moran (Latin II), Sydney Lynskey (Latin II), Peter Viskocil (Latin II), Kam Sarai (Latin II), Margaret Willse (Latin II), Solana Plaza (Latin II), Zachary Myers (Latin II), Megan Hascher (Latin II), Caroline Calhoun (Latin II), Tony Albery (Latin II), Hannah Miller (Latin III), Thomas Jones (Latin III), Eric Hahn (Latin III), Elizabeth Crowley (Latin III), Caleb Parker (A.P. Latin IV), Amanda Maillie (A.P. Latin IV), and Cathy Shambaugh (A.P. Latin IV).

Students earning Honorable Mention include: Harper Hope (Latin I), Connor Brownsberger  (Latin I), Rachel Roganish  (Latin I), Benjamin Loeper  (Latin I), Cassandra Napier (Latin I), Christina Nikolai (Latin I), Conner Chaye (Latin I), Madeline Sabetta (Latin I), Timothy Magargee (Latin I), Eric Breeden (Latin I), Payton Lower (Latin II), Brad Tschannen (Latin II), Corbin Cerny (Latin III), Zachary White (Latin III), and Owen Koehler (A.P. Latin IV).


Blake Elementary Hosts Bowls for Charity Event Benefitting Akron Children’s Hospital

On Friday, April 11, Blake Elementary hosted their annual Bowls for Charity event with great success.  Each year, a new charity is selected as the beneficiary of the proceeds.  This year, Akron Children’s Hospital was chosen. 

The event, emceed by Mr. Greg Miller, 5th grade teacher, and special celebrity guest, Slider from the Cleveland Indians, helped raise $4,720 for the hospital.  The bowls slated for auction that evening were created by all of the talented 5th grade students, Blake staff, as well as elementary art teacher, Jenn Hayden and high school art teacher Michelle LoBuglio.  Hand-crafted bowls were also made by Board of Education members Tracy Givelekian and Doug Eastwood along with Interim Superintendent, Dave Knight.  In addition to the beautiful bowls, many Blake parents donated items for baskets and baked goods as part of the silent auction.

Annual Bike to School Event Kicks Off April 29 at Medina Century Cycles

The annual Bike to School program is coming soon!  Beginning Monday, May 5 and running through Friday, May 16, A. I. Root and Claggett Middle School students are invited to join in the fun and ride to school during those days.  The event, coordinated by A. I. Root physical education teacher, Melanie Condosta, Claggett health teacher, Connie Daum, and Claggett intervention specialist, Sherrie Schneider, encourages health and fitness.

To kick off the event, Medina Century Cycles (1059 North Court Street) is hosting Bike to School Night on April 29 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  Bring your bikes and helmets in for a FREE safety check and register your bike with the Medina Police Department.  More information about the Bike to School program will also be available.  All Medina families are welcome to attend.

Board Discusses Knight's Contract

The Board of Education held a special board meeting on April 10 to review and discuss Interim Superintendent Dave Knight's contract and position.  The proposed contract names Mr. Knight as superintendent. It runs from the term May 1, 2014-July 31, 2015 with a Board option to continue the agreement for up to two additional twelve month periods through July 31, 2017.

The proposed contract states that Mr. Knight would receive an annual salary of $102,500.  The Board will vote on the proposed contract at its regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, April 21.

Annual Elementary Chess Tournament Nets 16 Finalists

Heritage Elementary School was the site for the 8th Annual Elementary Chess tournament.  Sixty-four students from nine different elementary schools competed resulting in 16 finalists.

The finalists are:  Blake Elementary - Anthony Acierto, Peter Jelenic, Jack Murdock, and Matt Zaccaro; Canavan - Jake Johnson, Michael Kermes, Weston Mansier, Bayethe Rowell, and Ty Stolarski; Fenn - Sophie Albert, Carlos Levine, Sean O'Brien, Simon Steirer,and Garret Viton; Isham Elementary (Wadsworth) - Luke Ramsier; St. Francis (Medina) - Ivan Shuran. The finals will take place on April 16 at Ella Canavan Elementary.

MHS Receives NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award for Second Year 

For its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Medina High School has been awarded the 2014 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils.  “Receiving an NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the local school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program,” says Ann Postlewaite, Director of NASSP Student Programs.  “NASC applauds the work of the National Gold Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”

MHS Student Council Advisor Laura Calaiacovo is thrilled that they have earned the award for two years straight.  “Medina was the only school in the state to earn the award last year and the kids have continued to work hard this year to be qualified again.  I am so proud of all the work that they do around the school and especially in the community.” Calaiacovo said there was a big focus this year on using service learning and service projects as a vehicle for leadership training.  “By doing service projects to teach problem solving, time management, communication and critical thinking, we are encouraging kids to not only strengthen their leadership skills, but to help others as well,” states Calaiacovo.

To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence award, a student council must demonstrate that it meets a variety of criteria.  Those councils named to the Gold level have successfully met a greater number of the criterion.  In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, an election process and membership in NASC, schools that qualify for the award demonstrate such things as leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning and active participation in leadership training in state and national student council associations.

2014-2015 Intra-District Open Enrollment Applications Are Available On the Website Starting April 1, 2014.

Online Applications Only.

Deadline for Applications is May 30, 2014.

Please contact the Department of Educational Services with questions at 330-636-3100.

April Students of the Month Selected 

The Kiwanis Student of the Month Program recognizes outstanding students from each of Medina County’s eight high schools on a monthly basis.  Awardees are recognized at an annual banquet in May.  All juniors and seniors are eligible for the honor.  County Auditor Mike Kovach is the coordinator for the county.

Marcella Miller a senior at Medina High School has been selected as April’s Student of the Month.  Marcella plans to study Physics and has narrowed her college choices down to MIT, Brown, Princeton, Columbia, Vanderbilt or Cincinnati.  She is ranked second in her class out of 525 and is taking several AP classes.  She has made the Honor Roll all 14 quarters at Medina High School as well as three years of Honor Roll at The University of Akron.  Marcella has played soccer and participated in S.P.I.C.E. (a student talent show) as a pianist. 

Marcella was a Medina County Junior Leadership Honoree for Feeding Medina County and was awarded the Cleveland Technical Society Honor through Cleveland Technical Society.  She has volunteered for Holy Martyrs Life Teen Program, Key Club, tutoring at Medina High School and is an elementary school volunteer.  

Senior Brooke Chrisman has been selected as the Medina County Career Center’s Student of the Month.  Her home school is Medina High School.  Brooke plans on pursuing a B.A. in the sciences and then continuing on to medical school.  She is a dedicated student taking several classes through Lorain County Community College along with Advanced and Honors classes.  Brooke has taken on numerous leadership roles including serving as a member of Student Council her freshman year, HOSA (a national student organization for students pursuing health professions) president her junior year, serving on President’s Council, Girls Leadership, a student facilitator for Junior Leadership Medina County and the E4 Youth Summit, Medina Red Cross High School Leadership, an Investment Leader, a church Worship Leader, a member of the National Honor Society, and the National Technical Honor Society.   She also received the Career Center’s Top Scholar Award. 

Brooke volunteers for a number of organizations and causes including Girls Leadership Club, Junior High Church Camp and other church related activities, the American Red Cross Blood Drives, a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, Medina Hospital, Indiana Mission Trip and donates to Feeding the Hungry.   She has also played soccer, took a lead role in a spring play, is a backup vocalist for the High School Worship and Northside Worship Bands and is the lead vocalist for Holton Christian Church.  Brooke also works 36 hours a week as an STNA at Life Care Center of Medina.

Blood Drives to be Held at Medina Schools

Several Medina schools will be hosting upcoming blood drives. The need for blood is always constant. With the winter weather we have encountered, several of the blood drives have been rescheduled. If you are eligible to donate blood, please consider giving the gift of life at one of the following drives:

Waite Elementary: Monday, April 14 from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Blake Elementary: Monday, April 14 from 3:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Ella Canavan Elementary: Monday, April 21 from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Appointments are recommended. Walk-ins are always welcome as openings allow. To sign up for a time slot, please visit www.redcross.org and find one of the drives by typing in the Medina zip code 44256. Thank you for your support of the American Red Cross.

High School Teacher Presenting Webinar on Blackboard and the Flipped Learning Classroom

Medina High School Honors and AP Chemistry teacher David Hamman will be presenting a webinar titled “Blackboard and the Flipped Learning Classroom – A Perfect Match” which is part of the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS).  During the webinar participants will discuss the flipped classroom model and how Blackboard Learn can enhance the student’s experience. Hamman will share how Blackboard Learn can improve the class by increasing student interactions; timely formative and summative assessments; more effective student/parent feedback; organized video, text and interactive content.  Participants will also have the opportunity to explore Hamman’s class.  Additionally, he will discuss how Blackboard Collaborate is used to provide an interactive, online classroom experience.  Hamman stated, “I am excited and honored that Blackboard asked me to lead one of their BITS webinars.  I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences on Blackboard and my Flipped Classroom with Blackboard users around the world.”

Hamman is the high school’s Science Department Chair and has been teaching for 21 years, the last 13 in Medina.  He is a member of the district’s Technology Committee.  In 2009, he was a member of the pioneer group that implemented Blackboard throughout the district.  He has fully implemented the flipped classroom learning model in his Chemistry classes.  He has presented at various technology conferences across the state.  Last November, David presented at The Never Stop Learning Tour in Cleveland.

The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series is a training initiative to help augment (not replace) training efforts.  BITS shares the top strategies and pedagogy for both increasing educator efficiency and improving learning outcomes.   


Mark Your Calendars for This Year’s Run.4.Fun

Mark your calendars for Friday, May 2, 2014 - the Medina City Schools Foundation 19th Annual Run.4.Fun!  A Subway Challenge Series Race at Medina High School featuring a 5 K, 1 Mile & 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run & Crazy Costume Contest.  This year’s title sponsors are Medina Hospital, Mellion Orthodontics and Westfield Bank.

This event is one of the Foundation’s largest fundraisers with over 630 participants last year.  Registration information & online registrations at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Medina/MedinaCitySchoolsFoundationRun4Fun

Advanced registration is $20 individual and $70 for a family of four.  All pre-registered racers/walkers will receive a Free t-shirt designed by Northrop Elementary fifth grader, Jack French.  On-site registration is $25 per person.  For more information visit the Foundation website at:  www.medinacityschoolsfoundation.org.

The Foundation had 110 entries this year for the Run.4.Fun t-shirt design contest with Northrop Elementary fifth grader, Jack French having the winning design.  Runners up were chosen from the other elementary schools:  Cleo Meldrum, fifth grader at Fenn, Brox Benesn, fifth grader at Waite Elementary, Theresa DeSousa, third grader at Garfield Elementary, Kacey Costello, fifth grader at Canavan Elementary, Parker Allen, third grader at Blake Elementary, and Jillian Sohar, first grader at Heritage Elementary.  Congratulations!

The monies raised from the Run.4.Fun allows the Foundation to continue to support great programs including free tutoring through the Joyce B. Ebner Tutoring Center for high school and middle school students, the ACE after school program, the mentoring programs HUDDLE/SHUDDLE and Link Crew, classroom grants and much more!


Board Approves Use of Blizzard Bags and a Calamity Day for Make-Up Days

The Medina City Schools has had nine calamity days this winter, exceeding the amount allowed by the State by four days.  The Board of Education approved the use of Blizzard Bags and a Calamity Day for the four make-up days required by the State.  Due to the unprecedented harsh winter, the General Assembly amended provisions for Calamity Days with amended Substitute HB 416 providing a number of options for school districts to consider.

Past legislation has allowed school districts five calamity days.  Under HB 416, districts have four additional calamity days but these can only be used after districts have used four of their required contingency plan days.  The Board of Education considered a number of options allowed by the State prior to voting to approve the plan recommended by Interim Superintendent Dave Knight and district administration.

Following are the plans for the Medina City Schools:

·         Blizzard Bags for 3 of the Calamity Days

·         1 Make-up Day – which will be Friday, May 30, this is an early release day and will be the last day of school for the students.

Blizzard Bags will be released to elementary students on March 27 – they will have three weeks to complete the assignments with a due date of April 21.  There will be a total of three assignments per course.

Blizzard Bags will be released to middle and high school students on April 14 – they will have three weeks to complete the assignments with a due date of May 2.

Blizzard Bags will be posted on Blackboard, the district web site, and hard copies of assignments will be available to students who need them.

School Board president Tom Cahalan stated, “None of the options that were available seemed ideal but it has been a very unusual winter and we have had an unprecedented amount of calamity days.  The plan recommended by the administrative team, and supported by the teaching and support staff, seems to be a decent compromise to serve the needs of those involved:  students, parents, and staff."

Blizzard Bags FAQ

Why do we have Blizzard Bags?

On March 11, 2014 a joint conference committee allowed districts to utilize Blizzard Bags to make up 3 of the 4 required make up days.  Prior to this date, districts were not allowed this option unless they approved Blizzard Bags prior to the school year.  The Medina City School District did not submit a plan prior to this school year.

The Board of Education, on March 17, 2014, the next available regular Board Meeting after the committee reopened the option of Blizzard Bags, considered this and other options, and voted to approve the Blizzard Bag option along with students attending school on May 30, 2014.  

Who participates in Blizzard Bags?

All Medina City School students grades K-12 will receive Blizzard Bag assignments.  Preschool students do not need to complete blizzard bags.

What are Blizzard Bags?

Blizzard bags are not actually bags at all!  They are 1 assignment per class per day for each of the 3 days being made up with Blizzard Bags.

These are practical assignments that allow learning opportunities that are ideally independent, hands-on, and experiential (ex. independent reading for 30 minutes; fact practice on MobyMax for elementary and middle school; supporting work for current assignments).

When will we receive Blizzard Bags and when are they due?


Released to students March 27th

Due April 21st


Released to students April 14th

Due May 2nd

Are Blizzard Bags graded?

Yes, Blizzard Bags will be graded and reviewed by teachers.  They will be scored pass/fail according to the grading scale.  These scores will not, however, be entered into the gradebook.  They will be utilized to equate to attendance.  Students who receive a "Fail" mark will be given one opportunity to redo the work with teacher feedback, if they have completed the work within the timeframe above.  

 A pass score equates to a "present" record in attendance and a "fail" score equates to an absence record for attendance.

I am hearing there is an 80% rule, what does that mean?

The Ohio Department of Education confirmed with us there is no 80% completion rule in the state of Ohio for Blizzard Bags to count for attendance. 

My child has perfect attendance so far, what does this mean for them?

If your student completes and passes all 3 Blizzard Bags, they will continue to have perfect attendance.

Can I use vacation days instead of completing Blizzard Bags?

No you cannot use vacation days to be excused from Blizzard Bags.


Will all day kindergarten students have to do Blizzard Bags?

No, because all day kindergarten students are already attending over the required hours of school per day, they will not be completing Blizzard Bags.


If my child does not complete the work what will happen?

If your child does not complete the majority (greater than 50%) of the work assigned for that day (1 "bag" is 1 assignment for each class) then he/she will be given an unexcused absence for the day. 


For example, my elementary student has 5 classes (language arts, math, social studies, science, and physical education).  If they complete the work for 3 out of 5 of these classes (language arts, math, social studies), they will receive credit for the day.


My teacher provided work over the snow days for my child, can this count?

Your teacher will notify you if the work he/she provided over the snow days can count as Blizzard Bag work.  We are allowing for this work to count if it was given over the snow days and approved by the building principal.


District and Community Sponsors Hosting an
 "Out of Darkness" Walk

The Medina City Schools in cooperation with the City of Medina, the Medina County Adamh Board, and Judge Dunn is hosting an "Out of Darkness" Walk on April 27.  


OAA Testing and 3rd Nine Weeks Date Changes Available

Please click on the below image for a parent letter regarding the OAA Testing date changes and the 3rd Nine Weeks date changes. Also, for a revised calendar, click on the 2013-2014 School Calendar in the "Links" box to the left.

Community Challenge

Beginning spring of 2015, Ohio students will experience new computer-based tests based on Ohio's New Learning Standards. Get a feel for these new tests. Click here to participate in Medina's Community Challenge.

Bus Drivers Needed

Due to the passage of the levy the school district will need to hire between 25 and 30 bus drivers for next school year.  If individuals are interested in applying for a bus driver position, please complete this application and return it to Medina City Schools, ATTN: Debra Nelsen, 140 W. Washington St., Medina, OH 44256.

Safe School Helpline

To view Dr. Quallich's letter containing valuable information on the Safe School Helpline, a resource available to parents, students and others who have concerns regarding a student's safety, health or wellbeing, please click here.

Parent Access in Blackboard

Parent Access Setup for Blackboard

Please click here to create a Parent Portal account for Medina City Schools.

Parent Portal accounts will allow families to:

  • Complete Emergency Medical forms online
  • Access student grades online
  • Provide access to view all Blackboard classes for your student(s)

Only one Parent Portal account is needed for each parent or guardian. With our new Parent Portal, account holders will be able to view all of the information for their students with a single sign-on.

Parent Portal Account Demo

Please click here to see a short video demonstration of the Medina City School Parent Portal creation steps.

Please contact Sandy Downey with any questions.

Manage Your Blackboard Parent Portal

Click here for detailed instructions on how to change your username or password for your Blackboard Parent Portal account.

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