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Clarification Regarding School Calendar 

School will not be in session on Monday, November 3 for parent/teacher conferences. All students report back to school on Tuesday, November 4.

OPERATION: Street Smart Seminar Coming to Medina

Join Captain Shawn Bain and Sergeant Michael Powell of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department along with Dr. Jason Jerry of Medina Hospital/Cleveland Clinic as they discuss up-to-date narcotics information on trends, terminology, paraphernalia, concealment techniques, and physiological effects of drug use at the OPERATION: Street Smart seminar on Wednesday, November 19 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Lafayette Church, 6201 Lafayette Road. For more information, please see flyer here or go to the Flyer Central page of the website.

Blake Elementary Becomes an Official Ohio WILD School Site

On Tuesday, October 14, H.G. Blake Elementary was presented with the Ohio WILD School Site award from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. 

The Ohio Division of Wildlife’s WILD School Site Certificate is awarded to schools in recognition of the efforts of teachers, students, and the school community to benefit wildlife through habitat improvement projects accomplished on the school grounds.  These wildlife habitat improvement projects that occur at a school site provide valuable educational experiences. 

The goal of the school garden at Blake is to engage students in active learning.  The children are learning that plants and animals need food, water, shelter and space to grow.  They are also learning about composting.  H.G. Blake Elementary second grade teachers Michelle Mardovin and Cheryl Bell are the Garden Team advisors.  They, along with Vanessa Stygles, Blake secretary, were key coordinators of the project successfully writing the application to become an official Ohio WILD School Site.  Students in grades one through five are encouraged to participate in the school garden, one of the many leadership teams students can be involved in at H.G. Blake.

District Dedicates Waite Elementary Playground to Late Fifth Grade Teacher

Going to the Waite Elementary playground will have new meaning as it was dedicated to late Waite Elementary fifth grade teacher, Dan Sherman on Thursday, October 23. 

During the half hour ceremony, Dan was remembered by principal, Cindy Grice, fellow fifth grade staff members Vanessa Shriver and Nichole Caleris along with a few current and former students and athletes. Emma Stobbs, former student of Sherman’s and current sixth grader at Root Middle school remembers her favorite teacher during his infamous read a-louds,” He would always use his booming voice to describe the characters’ voices,” she recalls. “People could hear him down the hall.”

During the regular Board of Education meeting on October 20, the board approved the naming of the Ralph E. Waite Elementary playground, “The Dan Sherman Playground.” 

The decision to name the playground in his honor was determined by a naming committee which consisted of students Colin Minor and Parker Fronk, both seniors at Medina High School; Emma Stobbs, 6th grade student at A.I. Root Middle School; parents Sue Kelly, Waite Elementary parent; Emily Minor, Medina High School parent; community members Mr. Ralph Waite and Officer Dave Pinkas, Montville Police Department; Waite Elementary staff members Nicole Caleris, fifth grade teacher and Laura Francis, paraprofessional; board members Tom Cahalan and Doug Eastwood; and administrators, Cindy Grice, principal at Waite Elementary and Kris Quallich, Director of Educational Services.

For a district property to be named, three criteria must be met:  outstanding contribution to the district, community, county, state, or nation; the character of the individual must be unquestioned; and the individual be a resident or former resident of the community. Dan Sherman met and exceeded all three criteria. “Mr. Sherman is an inspiration to the district and community as a whole in a number of ways,” said Grice. “In the classroom with his loud, boisterous read a-louds, commitment to his student’s success, and overall dedication to teaching and learning; in the building always providing positive spirit and enthusiasm as one of the ‘founding members’ of Waite Elementary; and on the baseball and football field teaching respect and leadership to his team through his word of the day and positive mentoring; in the community always acting to give back to the community coordinating canned food drives, community events and more,” Grice recalls.

Dan Sherman has touched the lives of many students and families at Waite Elementary and A.I. Root Middle School as well as on the field as a Medina High School baseball and football coach. His dedication to teaching, enthusiasm, and leadership will forever be remembered. 


Unity Day-A Day of Support, Hope and Unity

October is anti-bullying month and the entire Medina City School district showed their support by wearing orange on Unity Day, Tuesday, October 22. Part of the events during the month included a slogan contest at Medina High School earlier in the month. This year, the winning slogan, “Not in Our House,” came from Dave Johnson’s first period biology class was “Not in Our House.”  A logo was then designed by Mindy Hamann, a senior at Medina High School and Medina County Career Center student. “Medina High School came together in one giant message of support, hope and unity,” said Julie McCabe, associate principal at Medina High School. “The students and staff were part of the movement to make a statement and end bullying.” The logo was printed on orange shirts and sold for $8 each with the proceeds going to support the Medina County Battered Women’s Shelter as October is also Domestic Violence month. 

This year, the entire district did their part to participate in Unity Day wearing orange to show support of the efforts to end bullying. “It was great to see all of the orange present in the buildings around the district,” stated Superintendent, Dave Knight. In addition to staff and students, parent volunteers Christy and Tom Mattie helped to continue to move the message of acceptance, tolerance, unity and hope into the community. “I think the message displayed on the t-shirts was so well received,” said Christy. 

Activities surrounding the month long movement continue at the last home football game on Friday, October 31 as the Battling Bees take on Elyria.  All football players will be sporting orange socks showing their support and attendees of the football game are asked to wear orange for an “orange out.” The “Not in Our House” t-shirts will be available for sale at the game through the third quarter for $8 each. Checks made payable to Medina City Schools or cash will be accepted again with proceeds from this sale going to the Medina County Battered Women’s Shelter.

Additional Resource Available Regarding Ebola

An additional resource from a MetroHealth expert regarding the Ebola virus is available here for your reference.

State of Ohio Sets Up Ebola Call Center

The State of Ohio has set up a new 24-hour call center staffed by health professionals for questions about Ebola at 866-800-1404.

A Message from Dave Knight, Superintendent of Medina City Schools

Today we have learned that a dress shop visited by Ms. Vinson, the nurse being treated for Ebola, was also visited by Heritage 1st grade Teacher, Mrs. Carlisle.

The Health Departments of both Summit and Medina Counties have been working in conjunction with Medina City Schools. As a proactive precautionary measure, Mrs. Carlisle will voluntarily avoid student contact for 21 days. Our school’s position is to take a very cautious stance. Mrs. Carlisle does not have any symptoms of sickness, is not contagious, and is not at risk. This is a measure of caution fully supported by the health department.  More information is available at the Medina County Health Department website or click on this link to review important information from the Health Department with regard to Ebola. We will update you as necessary in the event of any new information. Look for updates from the health department as well. Our children’s and staff’s safety are of utmost importance.  
Buzz, I am proud to be a Medina Bee.

Infectious Disease Information Available at Medina County Health Department Website

A link to the Medina County Health Department is available here with answers in regard to infectious diseases. Should you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Kris Quallich, Director of Educational Services at 330.636.3092

"Defy the Hand You're Dealt" Run to Benefit MHS Student Collin Kiousis

On Saturday, November 8, 2014 the "Defy the Hand You're Dealt" Kids 1 Mile and 5K Run will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Buckeye Woods Park.

Collin Kiousis is a very active senior at Medina High School. He plays the string bass in the orchestra, he is a member of the Encore crew, has run cross country, played soccer, and is a complete stud in lacrosse. Just a couple short months ago his life changed dramatically. He is now battling the toughest fight of his young life. 

He was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei carcinoma/colon cancer (the club you don’t want to belong to). Collins positive attitude won't let him be defeated. He will beat this. Collin would like to have you join him in his 5k. The proceeds of this year's race will help with Collin's medical expenses and be donated towards cancer research. Collin is hoping for the race to continue on for another family next year in order to raise funds for research until there is a cure. Collin's ultimate goal is for no one else to be dealt the hand that he has been dealt.

For more information on the run, click here or go to the Flyer Central page.

Hall of Fame Committee Seeking Candidates for This Year's Induction

The Medina City Schools Hall of Fame Committee is seeking candidates for this year’s Hall of Fame Induction.  If you are interested in applying or know of someone who would be a great candidate, please complete an application which can be found on the Flyer Central page of the district website. Please click on the Flyer Central icon on the right hand side of the home page.

Send all completed applications to:  Medina City Schools Board of Education, 739 Weymouth Road, Medina, OH  44256, Attention:  Community Relations Department.

Questions should be directed to the Community Relations Department at 330.636.3012 or email at johnsonj@mcsoh.org.

Remembering Dan Sherman

Back in June we unexpectedly lost a friend and staff member, Dan Sherman, fifth grade teacher at Waite Elementary.  Dan was also the high school baseball coach and assistant varsity football coach. 

On Saturday, November 22, a benefit dinner for the Sherman family will be held at Rustic Hills Country Club from 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. There will be an Italian buffet dinner, DJ, and a silent and live auction.  Tickets to this very worthwhile event are still available. Tickets are $40 each and will be available at subsequent home games or at Waite Elementary or A.I. Root Middle School until the event is sold out.  Tickets are limited to 300 for this venue.

The staff committee organizing this event is looking for silent auction items or completed auction baskets.  If you are interested in donating, your generosity would be very much appreciated.  Please contact Cindy Grice, Waite Elementary at gricec@mcsoh.org or Tara Kaplack, A.I. Root Middle School at kaplackt@mcsoh.org to drop off donations.

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.

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 well-being, 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.

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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