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 Moby Max and Raz Kids Links Now Located Under Staff Links Tab

Links to connect to Moby Max (grades K-8) and Raz Kids (grades K-5) are now available under the Staff Links tab at the top of the home page.  These programs can also be used to stay fresh on subjects during the summer months.  Any questions, please contact your teacher or Tina Cassidy, Primary Education Coordinator at cassidyk@mcsoh.org.


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.

Boys Basketball Team Offers Free Basketball Clinic


Chris Hassinger, boys basketball coach, along with the team will be offering a free basketball clinic on June 8th for boys kindergarten thru sixth grade in the park behind Union Square from 10:00-11:00 a.m. The high school boys will be running through drills with the participants. Thanks to the generosity of MCTV and Drug Mart, 150 basketballs will be given out to those in attendance as well as pizza from Papa Johns. 

Medina High School Summer Camp Information Now Online

Medina High School summer youth camp information and registration is now available online. Please go to the following link  (www.medinaathletics, "Bees HQ" tab, then "Summer Camps") for specific dates, times and costs. Also, go to the Flyer Central page of our website for additional summer camps and youth programs available in the Medina area. 

2015 Medina High School National Latin Exam Results


On March 9th, Medina High School Latin students participated in the 38th 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, New Zealand, South Korea, and Singapore.


Students are able to earn various levels of awards based on their achievement on the exam.  The highest honor possible is a perfect paper, an honor limited to less than 1% of students who take the exam.  One Medina High School student, sophomore Nicholas Schmeller, earned a perfect score on the Level II National Latin Exam.  For his accomplishment, he will receive a special hand-lettered certificate from the National Latin Exam Committee.  This is the second consecutive year Nicholas has achieved a perfect score on the exam.


Overall, Medina High Students earned 93 awards on the National Latin Exam. An additional 11 students earned “Honorable Mention” for missing Cum Laude by one point.


Students earning the distinction of Summa Cum Laude include: Julia Reedy (Latin I), Olivia Tenaglia (Latin I), Ryan Oleksiak (Latin I), Laura Krupp (Latin I), Nicholas Schmeller (Latin II), Taylor McBride (Latin II), Dani McBride (Latin II), Andrew White (Latin II), Margaret Swiecicki (Latin III), Kira Palmer (Latin III), Michael Fox (Latin III), Addie Schneider (Latin III), and Andrew Smith (Latin III)


Students earning the distinction of Maxima Cum Laude include: Allison McGarr (Latin I), Anthony Kovalik (Latin I), Barbara Ciupak (Latin I), Alyssa Foster (Latin I), Thomas Garrison (Latin I), Austin Winpisinger (Latin I), Sarah Wasserman (Latin I), Ryan Barco (Latin I), Andrew Phillips (Latin I), Wyatt Fisher (Latin I), Marlaina Kurt (Latin I), Matthew Stump (Latin II), Zowie Searcy (Latin II), Maxwell Rayburn (Latin II), Logan Yates (Latin II), Chrystyana Olson (Latin II), Alex Whittaker (Latin II), Morgan Mansier (Latin II), Hanna Mackey (Latin II), Eric Brown (Latin III), Katherine Phillips (Latin III), Ngozi Williams (Latin III), Logan Usher (Latin III), Brad Tschannen (Latin III), Kelsi Mariner (Latin III), Michaela Lyons (Latin III), and Janine Keding (Latin III).

Students earning the distinction of Magna Cum Laude include: Mitchell Hershberger (Latin I), Hayden Fogle (Latin I), Luke Leyden (Latin I), Jacob Terwilliger (Latin I), Brianna Thompson (Latin I), Jessica Radice (Latin I), Joseph Obermeier (Latin I), Timothy Magargee (Latin II), Casaundra Napier (Latin II), Elizabeth Salai (Latin II), Jonathan Bonezzi (Latin II), Natalie Hart (Latin II), Sydney Hill (Latin II), Elizabeth McMillan (Latin II), Eric Breeden (Latin II), Solana Plaza (Latin III), Emily Fenner (Latin III), Kam Sarai (Latin III), Margaret Willse (Latin III), Kelly Kaletta (Latin III), Mitch Barber (Latin IV), Caitlin Colapietro (Latin IV), Anthony Boccio (Latin IV), Charles McCary (Latin IV), and Katelynn Opalka (Latin IV).


Students earning the distinction of Cum Laude include: Megan Warren (Latin I), Mason Schick (Latin I), Megan Oswald (Latin I), Clara Varndell (Latin I), Brynn Cullings (Latin I), Victoria Osborne (Latin I), David Holdridge (Latin I), Jessica Dannery (Latin I), Ryan Milroy (Latin I), Sydney Mima (Latin I), Zachary Robbins (Latin I), Morgan Yanke (Latin I), Hannah Ellis (Latin II), Meghan Burkhardt (Latin II), Brett Helsel (Latin II), Marissa Moore (Latin II), Shane Gazley (Latin II), Derrick Cathcart (Latin II), Bailey Mowrer (Latin II), Benjamin Winpisinger (Latin II), Sam Kovalchik (Latin III), Zachary Myers (Latin III), Brian Fotheringham (Latin III), Alexis Grimm (Latin III), Sydney Lynskey (Latin III), Kendra Willhoite (Latin IV), and Coral Ciupak (Latin IV).

Students earning Honorable Mention include: Joe Freeman (Latin I), David Dikic (Latin I), David Schmit (Latin I), Megan Polk (Latin I), Benjemen Leeson (Latin I), Julia Knox (Latin I), Rachel Roganish (Latin II), Joseph Shamatta (Latin II), Conner Chaye (Latin II), Julia Vanwagnen (Latin III), and Mackenzie Hitchcock (Latin IV).

Random Student Drug Testing Information Available on Medina Athletics and Channel 36 Websites

Information is available for district parents regarding the discussion on random student drug testing. Please click here or go to www.medinaathletics.com to read the "Frequently Asked Questions" from the May community meeting. 

You can also view the meeting video by clicking here or by going to medinatv.org, clicking on "Video on Demand" then "PEG Central" and selecting "MCS Athletic Drug Testing Discussion."

For questions related to random student drug testing, please contact Jeff Harrison, MHS Athletic Director, by e-mail at harrisoj@mcsoh.org.

Claggett Middle School Students Participate in Mock Trial

Claggett Middle School’s 2014-2015 Mock Trial team participated in their mock trial on Thursday, May 21 in the Medina County Court House, Judge Dunn's Juvenile Court.

Trevor Jones (defense team) and Jeremy Koci (prosecution team) won best attorney for both rounds.  Genelle Beier (Melvin Simms) and Claire Schmeller (Caleb/Kris Wallace) won an award for best witness in the case of The State of Mississippi vs TJ Avery, based on the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  Genelle was filling in for a student who was out ill.  She had never practiced as the character Melvin!  

Approximately fifty kids from four different districts participated: Wellington, Black River, Wadsworth, and Medina City.

Real Money. Real World. Comes to A.I. Root Middle School


For the past five years, A.I. Root Middle School has been participating in the Real World. Real Money program. On Wednesday, May 20, eighth grade social studies students in Ken Bazydlo and Judy Carlson’s classes received a unique, hands-on opportunity working in collaboration with Joanna Rini from the Ohio State Extension-Medina County, staff members and parent/community volunteers. “We could not do this program without the tremendous support from Root parents and business partners who freely give of their time to be volunteers,” said Bazydlo. 

Real Money. Real World. (RMRW) is a financial literacy program from the Ohio State University Extension-Medina County ideally geared to youth ages 13-16. It provides an interactive spending simulation that provides the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those made by 26-year-old adults. The three primary goals of RMRW:

·         Increase participants’ awareness of how education level and corresponding career choice influence personal income and financial security.

·         Increase the students’ knowledge of money management tools used in daily spending for cost-of-living decisions.

·         Increase participants’ awareness of how income and lifestyle choices affect the amount of money available for discretionary spending.

RMRW is unique and effective in that it creates an authentic experience for each student by defining the students age, education, job skills, and number of children. The students are also introduced to the world of federal and state taxes, health care, retirement, and savings; all critical components of building a financially literate citizenry for our great state. In turn, as students share their experiences with each other, the whole group develops and builds upon a variety of their experiences combined. As twenty six year-olds, students learn that along with financial freedom from their parents comes financial responsibility as an adult. Some comments made by participating students were:  “Now I know what my mom and dad go through to pay bills.” “Education leads to a good paying job,” “I didn’t know how expensive it was to have children,” “I’m only going to spend what I have…no credit card debt for me,” “It’s not easy to have a family,” “This really makes me think about money,” “This is a ‘scared straight’ program,” “The more you make, the more they take.”

The unit implemented for these eighth grader students requires a true partnership from the Treasurer's office, the Ohio State University Medina County Extension, the community of Medina, and the Medina City School District. The Ohio State University Extension-Medina County provides the curriculum with up-to-date statistics regarding employment and education as well as power points and worksheet/check register papers. The community provides 16-18 volunteers all day to run 10 to 12 tables that students must visit on the day of the simulation providing breakfast and lunch for the volunteers. The teachers implement the unit the week prior to the simulation and organize all of the logistics. 


Medina High School Basketball Team Partners with the Medina Rotary Club

The Medina High School boys basketball team is partnering with the Medina Rotary Club and the Parade of Flags program to raise money. If you would like to subscribe to a flag through this program, please select the Medina High School boys basketball team group upon placing your order. The flags are posted Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Labor Day, 9/11 and Veteran's Day.

Flags are $40 each for the entire year. How it works - Rotary volunteers go out 2-3 days prior to the holiday and install the... flag. A piece of PVC as a base in the ground in such a way that it would not be interrupted by a mower. After the holiday, the flag is retrieved and properly stored for you. The pipe is capped with a red top so that it can be easily located and protected from the elements.

For each flag subscription, the team will receive $5. The balance of the money will go to local charities supported through the Medina Rotary Club.

For more information or to order online, please visit www.medinarotary.org.

Bike to School 2015 Comes to a Close

The 2015 Bike to School Challenge has come to a close with another successful year of students riding their bikes to school for the 10 day period from Monday, May 4-Friday, May 15.  A.I. Root Middle School, Claggett Middle School and in their inaugural year, H.G. Blake Elementary, participated in this year’s challenge in collaboration with Century Cycles.

During the 10 day event, A.I. Root had 996 riders, a 20% increase in participation from 2014 with a high ride day on Wednesday, May 13 of 110 riders; Claggett Middle School had a total of 932 riders, up 53% from the prior year with a high ride day on Friday, May 8 of 117 riders; and Blake Elementary had a total of 1,696 riders-quite an accomplishment for a first year-with a high ride day of Thursday, May 7 of 235 riders.  

Each year, a t-shirt is designed for the event. The winning design went to Anne-Marie Shimko, 8th grade student at A.I. Root. The shirts were available to all of the participating riders and school staff members. Thanks to the generosity of Raleigh Bicycles, a participating student is chosen as the grand-prize winner of a brand new Raleigh bike. This year, the winners were:  A.I. Root Middle School, eighth grader, Parker Ayres; Claggett Middle School sixth grade student, Mia Henning; and H.G. Blake kindergarten student, Lauren Sherman. In addition to the grand-prize, several students at each building received other great prizes randomly drawn at each of the closing assemblies. 

Special thanks to the staff members at each building who helped make the challenge a huge success. Thank you to Mayor Hanwell for attending the assemblies on Monday, May 19 at Claggett and Root as well as Montville Police Chief Terry Grice for his attendance at the Blake Elementary assembly on Friday, May 15.

Strings in the Park Draws a Crowd

Medina’s Historic Square was filled with music enthusiasts on Friday, May 22 as the Medina High School Orchestra, conducted by director Shelly Jansen, performed for the annual “Strings in the Park.” In addition to the many high school orchestra members, some of them seniors honored during the performance, the group was joined by several alumni of the orchestra to play a variety of songs during the program.

Garfield Hosts Safety Services Picnic

On Friday, May 22, Garfield Elementary hosted its annual picnic to honor the safety services personnel to recognize their efforts to keep not only our schools but our entire community safe. Students and staff along with safety services personnel, from fire fighters to police to EMS enjoyed a picnic lunch with music spun by DJ Tom McKenna.

Northrop Fourth Grade Students Learn About Supply and Demand

Fourth grade students from Dana Notarianni, Vicki Kocher, and Jackie Harper’s classes at Northrop Elementary learned about the world of supply and demand as the students shared their creative businesses during economics day on Tuesday, May 19. 

These students used their imaginations to come up with a viable business venture.  They were responsible for “manufacturing” their products, marketing and selling their items.  They learned about profit and loss, inventory, and supply and demand concepts.     

Band Director Receives Distinguished Service Award

On Tuesday, May 26, Mr. Gary Ciulla was presented with the Medina City Schools Distinguished Service Award.  This is the highest award bestowed upon a district employee.

Mr. Ciulla has served the Medina City School District as an instrumental music teacher for the past 35 years. During his tenure, he has served as head band director, developing an outstanding band program that is recognized as one of the best in the state. Numerous band competition championship trophies and annual superior state rankings are just a few of the many indicators of Mr. Ciulla’s high expectations of excellence for the band program.

Mr. Ciulla’s leadership and organizational skills, along with his exceptional instructional expertise and work dedication, have created a greatly admired “Medina Band Culture” that includes students, parents, alumni, and the entire community. The band is the highlight of the evening on fall Friday nights. Throughout the winter months, parents and community members flock to middle school and high school instrumental concerts. The band music program is one of the school district’s greatest sources of pride in the community. The many annual community parades would not be possible without the band participation. The expectation to be a proud part of the Medina band and ever-present excellence is a direct result of Mr. Ciulla’s career efforts.

Mr. Ciulla’s leadership as head band director is again demonstrated by the over 800 students that are part of the instrumental music program in grades 6 through 12. As a matter of fact, the 8th grade band students at A.I. Root Middle School prepared the nomination for Mr. Ciulla as a way to thank him for all his efforts and to recognize him as an outstanding educator. 

In 2015, the Friday night half-time band show featured over 275 students. When not playing during the game, the band group is the most enthusiastic cheering section in the stadium. Student program devotion and proper band behavior has set the bar high for all other student groups at the high school.

To add to Mr. Ciulla’s achievements, this past year, he was recognized by proclamations from both the Ohio State Senate and the House of Representatives for his outstanding service to public education. He is a devoted educator, husband, and father.  The district and community as a whole commends Mr. Ciulla for his contribution to the Medina City Schools and the band program.

MCDL to Offer Medina County R.O.C.K.S. Workshop Series for Kindergarten Readiness

Medina County R.O.C.K.S. is an interactive workshop based program series for parents and their kindergarten-age children to attend together. Each workshop has informational speakers for parents, interactive programs for the children and reading readiness activities that parents and children complete together. The workshops are each 2 hours long and children and parents who participate in ALL workshops in the series will show the greatest gains in skills. 

For more information on the program, please go to the Medina County District Library link. 

Intra District Enrollment Option May 29th Deadline Approaching

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). You can also access the form hereRequests 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.

Camp Invention:  Where Big Ideas Become the Next Big Thing

Ella Canavan Elementary, 825 Lawrence Street, will host Camp Invention from June 15-19 from 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. The camp, directed by Sue Scalia, A.I. Root Middle School math teacher, is in its 25th summer. The program is inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

If your student likes to make things from parts and pieces of other things, here is a chance for them to use creative problem solving skills while having fun. The program is offered to students in first through sixth grade. The cost for the program is $220. To register, visit www.campinvention.org. Should there be any questions, please contact Sue Scalia by email at scalias@mcsoh.org.

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.

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