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Safe School Helpline

To view the letter by Dr. Kristine Quallich, Director of Educational Services, 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 well-being, please click here.




Individual Buildings to Provide Blizzard Bag Information

With regard to blizzard bags, you should receive information from your building principals with details about where to locate the work and the procedure to complete the work. Any specific questions should be directed to each of your children's buildings.





A Message from Superintendent Dave Knight  (2/23/2015)

With the many snow days we have had recently, the next snow day used is a Blizzard Bag make-up day. Blizzard bags provide students with required school work that should be done at home and turned into school for credit. Buildings at all grade levels will share where to find your appropriate Blizzard bag be it on Blackboard, the web site, or take home materials hopefully on the snow day itself. The district has three Blizzard Bag make-up days before snow days extend the end of the school year. Check the school calendars on the web site.





Medina High School Show Choirs Host 6th Annual Medina Midwest Showcase



This past weekend, February 14-15, Medina High School once again was host of the Midwest Showcase show choir event. “Despite the weather, the event was well-attended and went quite smoothly,” stated Tyler Skidmore, director.

This show, marking the sixth year, showcased sixteen visiting show choirs competing while the Medina High School Encore and Spotlights performed as hosts. The solo competition included performances from over thirty great high school and middle school vocalists. ETC All Americans group hailing from Akron, finished the day as the Grand Champion for 2015. “Our Medina parents and students helped to make this year's Showcase yet another successful event. An event like this takes many hundreds of hours of planning and a good 18 hour day of implementation. We really appreciate all of the support from our Medina High School community,” said Skidmore.

Past Grand Champions include:

2010 - Piqua HS

2011 - Clover Hill HS, VA
2012 - Findlay HS
2013 - Twinsburg HS
2014 - Findlay HS
2015 - ETC All Americans






Medina School Board and OAPSE Local 35 Union Agree to Contract Terms

During the regular Board of Education meeting this evening, the Medina City School’s Board of Education and the OAPSE Local 305 Union for support staff have reached a three year agreement. Under the Critical Issues Bargaining process and through a Federal Mediator, a fair and fiscally responsible contract was negotiated in good faith with consideration of all stakeholders. The terms under the agreement that ends in 2017, realizes a 1.75% increase on the salary schedule in year one and 2% increases in years two and three. Additionally, starting in June of 2016, OAPSE members will pay up to 16.5% of the medical premium -­ surpassing the state average of 15.5%.

Warren Stanard, OAPSE President states, “We are very happy we have reached this long-term agreement. We believe it is a fair and responsible agreement and a collaborative effort on all sides. We look forward to continuing to provide the services that support our students, staff and our community as a whole each and every day.”

“We are happy to have reached this agreement. The support staff is the vital back bone to our district. Without the support staff, we would not be able to keep the district operating. They are the ones responsible for the daily tasks of transportation, food services, secretarial and education assistance, and maintenance and upkeep. In addition, they are also the ones that will be found working in the middle of the night clearing our sidewalks, turning up the heat, turning on the lights, and making sure that we can safely open the doors for our children, said Doug Adamczyk, Board Of Education President.

Dave Knight, Medina City Schools Superintendent stated, "This agreement, which took many days to reach, is responsible to our community, fair for our support staff, allows for additional programs and services that ultimately helps our children. We are committed to serving our children and the community. We recognize that exceptional service and success is dependent upon all staff working hard together. This agreement assures our commitment continues well into the future.”




Online Testing


Online testing, including the PARCC and Ohio Next Generation Assessments will be taking place beginning February 17th at the high school and continuing to the middle and elementary school. It has been fantastic to see the response from parents as each building has held informational sessions for parents in the evenings. These sessions have including answering questions, providing devices for parents to practice the tests, and providing information to clarify discrepancies in information. For the most up-to-date information from the Ohio Department of Education on graduation requirements visit here and for additional information on Ohio’s state tests click here.





Kindergarten Registration Underway for 2015-2016 School Year

Kindergarten registration is now open for the 2015-2016 school year. In order to be eligible for kindergarten, students must be five years of age by August 1, 2015. 

An all-day kindergarten option is also available with registration ending on Monday, March 2, 2015. The fee-supported program brings all-day kindergarten to families that choose to participate. The program cost is $2,700 for the year for most families; $2,100 for families that qualify for reduced lunch; and will be provided free of charge to families that are eligible for free lunches. To be considered for free or reduced fees, the Free and Reduced Lunch application must be completed. 

A non-refundable deposit of $300 must be submitted upon registration by March 2 in order to be considered for this program. If accepted into the program, fees may be paid in installments with the first installment due August 18, 2015; second November 13, 2015; and the last on February 26, 2016. In order for the all-day program to be at each building, a minimum of 20 students must apply with a maximum of 25 in a class, unless half-day enrollment is higher. Bus transportation will be available for students who are eligible and going to their home school.

The district will hold a lottery in the instance there should be more than 25 students registered in an all day program at a school building. The lottery will take place after March 2 and parents will be notified of the status of their application by April 6.

For additional information and forms, please see below or visit the Department of Educational Services page under the "Departments" tab at www.medinabees.org or contact Tina Cassidy, Coordinator of Primary Education at 330.636.3077 or by email at cassidyk@mcsoh.org. 



Intra District Enrollment Option for the 2015-2016 School Year

The Intra District Enrollment Option will be available to all Medina City Schools’ students who wish to attend an elementary or middle school other than the one they are assigned within the school district during the 2015/2016 school year. This option is based on enrollment numbers, as well as space and staff availability. Class assignments are made only to those grades that are at the district class size less one.

The Intra District Enrollment Request form will be available on the Medina City Schools Website as of Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at http://www.medinabees.org  (go to the left side of the screen and click on Student Registration, then on the right side of the screen click on the link to Intra District Open Enrollment). Requests will be accepted via online submission only from Wednesday, April 1, 2015 through Friday, May 29, 2015 for the 2015/16 school year. Parents will be notified in writing of their child’s acceptance/non-acceptance no later than the second week of August of 2015. Assignments may be revoked in reverse order of date received (last in, first out) if enrollment figures no longer allow for additional classroom space. 

Parents whose children are approved for this Intra District Open Enrollment Option are responsible for transporting their own children. 

As a matter of information, Medina City Schools does not allow students from other school districts to enroll in the Medina City School District under the Inter District Open Enrollment Option. However, Medina City Schools does allow students to leave the district for another district under this enrollment option.

For more information, please contact the Department of Educational Services at 330-636-3100.



Save the Date for Family First Night

 

Medina City Schools will once again be hosting Family First Night on Tuesday, March 24.  It is an evening that provides the opportunity for all district families to spend time together without the worries of homework or district practices. 

Whatever you choose to do, be sure to do it as a family. Whether it is playing games, eating dinner at the same table or taking a family outing , Family First Night is all about putting other activities on hold and getting back to the basics of family relationships. More information will be forthcoming.






Mark Your Calendars for the Medina High School Spring Musical

The Medina High School Drama and Music Departments are pleased to announce this year’s Spring Musical, “GREASE!”  Performances will be held at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. Senior citizens are invited to attend the dress rehearsal on March 19 at 4:00 p.m. at no charge.

All general seating tickets are $10 with sales beginning March 9.  Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 330.636.3400 Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Patron opportunities are also available.



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.




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.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to set up a parent portal account and Formshare Access.


Manage Your Blackboard Parent Portal

Click here   for a form that will help you change your username or password for your Blackboard Parent Portal account.

Please contact Sandy Downey with any questions.

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