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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.

Annual Pancake Breakfast and Spotlight on Students This Saturday

Each year, the Medina City Schools hosts its pancake breakfast and Spotlight on Students. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, January 31 at Medina High School’s main cafeteria from 8:00 a.m. until noon. This fun-filled, family outing provides displays of student artwork at all grade levels as well as student performances on the main stage of the Performing Arts Center beginning at 9:00 a.m., face-painting and crafts with the high school student council, and of course, a full pancake breakfast.

Tickets will go on sale for this event beginning Monday, January 5 and will be available at all district buildings. Tickets are $3 each or 4 for $10. Tickets for senior citizens 60+ are FREE. Senior vouchers will also be available at all district buildings.

Each year, the Medina City Schools Foundation and the district select a worthwhile cause as a way to give back to our community. This year, we will be partnering with Easter Seals Northeast Ohio to host a “Fill the Truck” clothing drive. The Easter Seals collection truck will be at Medina High School in the small lot adjacent to the stadium beginning on Friday, January 30 at 5:00 p.m. during the boys basketball games through Saturday, January 31 during the breakfast until 2:00 p.m. We will be accepting ONLY used or unwanted cloth items. Acceptable items include but are not limited to clothing, comforters, blankets, towels, sheets, shoes and purses; any cloth items that can be recycled will be accepted. 

Easter Seals utilizes the proceeds from this fundraiser to support local Easter Seals’ programs such as speech therapy, home care, medical equipment loans, adaptive aquatics, and summer camp opportunities.  The proceeds from this event will also benefit the Medina City Schools Foundation and all of the programs and services they provide to our students and staff.

To obtain tickets or vouchers for the pancake breakfast, please contact the Communications Office at 330.636.3012 or email johnsonj@mcsoh.org.

Claggett Middle School Places in Westlake Science Olympiad Tournament

Claggett Middle School received a sixth place trophy at the Westlake Invitational Science Olympiad tournament on January 10th. The Science Olympiad is North America’s most prestigious team science and technology competition for elementary, middle, and high school teams. Students compete in 23 events, challenging their science knowledge in biology, geology, chemistry, physics, earth & environmental sciences, technology and engineering applications.  

Top finishers in individual events included:

2nd Place - Wheeled Vehicle - Griffin Polack and Liam Bandura

4th Place - Disease Detectives - Chethana Yerramsetty and Lilian Kim

4th Place - Robocross - Griffin Polack and Liam Bandura

5th Place - Simple Machines - Rachel Knaggs and Robert Williams

6th Place - Crimebusters - Seth Kerns and Alex Dediu

6th Place - Elastic Launch Glider - Seth Kerns and Alex Dediu

The following students participated in the invitational: 

Robert Williams, Zach Robertson, Lilian Kim, Chethana Yerramsetty, Alex Loeper, Jacob Persic, Zoe Lydon, Connor Welsh, Katie Lydon, Griffin Polack, Liam Bandura, Rachel Knaggs, Seth Kerns, Alex Dediu, Nick Maleski, Kyle Johnson, and Deeya Rodrigues.


The coaches for the Claggett team include Melanie Polack, Howard Polack, Tom Robertson, Dr. Brenda Rice, Dave Loeper, Michelle Loeper, Erich Huebner, Karl Gerhard, Mike Kerns, Connie Kerns, Adam McElwain, Ethan Lydon, John Schubert, Latha Narra, Aruna Rodrigues, Dee Smith, and Nancy Welsh. 

Medina City Schools Partners with the American Heart Association

On Friday, February 13, show your support of a heart healthy lifestyle and wear red as the Battling Bees take on the Mustangs of Strongsville beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Medina High School.  

Medina City Schools Students Place in County “24” Tournament

On Thursday, January 22, six area districts sent 16 students to compete in the annual Medina County “24” Tournament held at the Cloverleaf Recreation Center. As in the city tournament, the students had to use the four numbers on a given game card to add, subtract, multiply and divide to come to a final answer of 24. The first three rounds were all single digit game cards with the semi-finals being a mix of single and double game cards.

Medina City Schools qualifiers for the county tournament were:  Jeremy Adams, David Kramer, Nick Beard, Sammy Paffumi, Corbin Derrig, Eve Chester, Joshua Koval, Andrew Cecedi, Chase Gordon, Tony Stabile, Geo Stabile, Jacob Hutz, Gavin Kurka, Matthew Suliks, Michael Gleske and Kylie Hennen. 

The top two score earners from every district in attendance advanced to the semi-finals along with the top four winners achieving overall points. Medina took three of the four top places. Fourth place went to Nick Beard, Northrop Elementary; third place to David Kramer, Northrop Elementary; and Sammy Paffumi, Heritage Elementary. The first place spot went to a Cloverleaf student. 

Congratulations to all of the participants in this fun and rewarding event.

Medina High School Technology Club Participates in FIRST® Tech Challenge

The Medina High School Technology Club is celebrating its success after attending a recent FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) event at the Cuyahoga Community College on Saturday, January 3. FTC, a robotics competition for high school students, is based on a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building and programming their robots to compete against other teams at FTC tournaments.

This is the fourth year the Medina High School Tech Club has participated in FTC. At the January 3rd event, this team was on the winning alliance and was chosen by a panel of judges for the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award and the third place Inspire Award.

The team, consisting of Jonathan Bradford, Zack Carey, Taylor DeAgazio, Holden LeBlanc, Spencer Lynch, Henry Sayyarpour, Trevor Thompson, Brian Towne and Ryan Woods, traveled to Columbus to compete again on January 24th. The goal is to qualify for the state competition to be held on February 14 in Cincinnati.

Teams advance from local qualifying tournaments to state championship tournaments, before having the opportunity to advance to the World Championship Tournament.

The Medina High School Tech Club is led by industrial technology teacher, Ron Fuller. Fuller started the club in the late 1990’s to give students a chance to design and build robots for competition.  In addition to the FTC events, the team also competes in the National Robotics Challenge held every spring.

Fuller points out the challenge of competing on a shoestring budget, “along with the cost of the equipment, each competition has registration fees and sometimes travel costs. In the past, local companies have been generous sponsors of this club.” 

Medina High School History Department Organizing European Tour

The Medina High School History department is organizing a European tour slated for June, 2016. Students will travel to England, France, Belgium and Germany allowing students to experience, first-hand, World War I and World War II sights. They will visit the beaches of Normandy, as well as see the trenches of the Western Front and even Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.

An informational meeting will be held Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in room 2103 at the high school beginning at 7:00 p.m. Attending this meeting is a great way to gain information about this opportunity. For additional questions, please contact Erin Dargan at dargane@mcsoh.org. or Katie Shaffer at shafferk@mcsoh.org.

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.

Medina High School Students Share Their Love of Poetry

On Wednesday, January 21, Medina High School students shared in the reciting of poetry during the 10th annual Poetry Out Loud event.  Eleven students recited two poems before a panel of three judges who decide the winner based on physical presence, voice, dramatic appropriateness, level of complexity, understanding of the poem and overall performance. “It is usually a good afternoon when we are reciting poetry,” stated Julie Zavesky, Medina High School language arts teacher and one of the coordinators of the event.

The final results of the day provided a third place award to Adam Usher, second place to Kelsi Mariner, and first place going to Logan Usher. The state finals will be held on March 7 at the Lincoln Theatre in Columbus. Medina High School will be represented by Kelsi Mariner, second place winner, as first place recipient, Logan Usher has a prior commitment on the day of the state competition.

Encore and Spotlights Compete in Mount Zion Midwest Invitational Show


About 100 students from the two Medina High School show choirs, Encore and Spotlights, participated in the 33rd Annual Mount Zion Midwest Invitational show on Saturday, January 17. With a line-up of great show choirs from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, these groups represented Ohio and Medina High School well.

The Spotlights took second place in the Women’s Division. Encore missed the finals event by only three points. The two solo competitors, Michaela Lyons and Zach Meyers, both received praise from the solo competition judge. “Students enjoyed the experience of seeing many of the region’s top show choirs in one event,” said director, Tyler Skidmore. Equipped with great memories and strong feedback, both of these groups are looking forward to continuing their season this coming weekend in Findlay, OH on Saturday, January 31.

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.

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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