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Our Mission Statement 
The Medina City School District prepares students for an ever-changing future by:

 Providing a student-centered learning environment to help students reach their maximum potential
 Instilling in them an enthusiasm for life-long learning
 Engaging in collaborative partnerships with our families, community, and world

Our Vision Statement
Our students will be globally prepared citizens who value positive contributions to their community and society

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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.

Safe School Helpline App Now Available for Reporting Safety Concerns

The Safe School Helpline has introduced a new mobile app in order to provide the best, most flexible service available for reporting student safety concerns. The App can be downloaded for free at Google Play or the Apple Store. Click here for flyer.

Mandatory Immunization Deadline Approaching

One week remaining! The Ohio Department of Health has issued new
Tdap and Meningitis vaccine requirements for students entering 7th and 12th grade for the 2016-17 school year. All 7th grade students and seniors must provide proof of receiving the required vaccine or proof of having an appointment by Friday, September 30th. Failure to do so will result in the student being unable to attend school. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Autism Support Group To Meet

September Bee Informed Now Available

The September issue of the Bee Informed is now available. Click on the link below to read about the latest district news and upcoming events.


Medina High School Student Council Members Participate in Day-Long Leadership Workshop

MHS Senior Christine O'Keefe

L-R: Sophomore Cali Leonhardt, senior Kaitlyn Novicky, junior Megan Varley, senior Leah Steier, senior Ally McGarr, and junior Abby Gillespie

On Saturday, September 10, 2016 almost 60 Medina High School Student Council members participated in a leadership workshop day that that revolved around clean water initiatives. This year, the Student Council members chose the theme “Color the World - Look In, Reach Out.” Members want to make a difference not only at Medina High School, but in the community and the world. After several members traveled to Ecuador this past summer, they realized what an issue clean water is in our world and wanted to educate Council about the problem. Holly Schneider, Student Council president explained to the group, “During our involvement in the village in Ecuador we witnessed first-hand the detrimental effects of consuming contaminated water. We were inspired to make a difference here to keep our Great Lakes clean.”

Laura Calaiacovo, Student Council Advisor, contacted the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Cleveland Metroparks to help get things started. Along with Shannon Duncan, Student Council Co-Advisor, they planned leadership workshops with activities that taught about clean water and the problems in our society. Holly Schneider and Austin Gambacinni taught a mini lesson on the importance of brainstorming using beach experiences as the topic of discussion. Julianna Morgan and Claire Leupp then explained methods of problem solving as the students learned about the effects of litter on the beach even playing litter tag to show how everything from cigarette butts to fishing lines affect animals and plant life. The third workshop was led by Megan Varley and Abby Gillespie as they talked about working together with understanding group dynamics. Students put the knowledge into action by working in groups to solve “bacteria mysteries” as they contemplated scenarios of why beaches were closed. E.coli, storm runoff, algae and other clean water problems were debated.

Students then headed to Hinckley Reservation where they helped in a higher elevation trail clean-up and learned about water runoff issues from lawn fertilizer to farm insecticides and how that impacts water flowing to the rivers into Lake Erie. Keeping people on the trails and out of protected marshes and wetland areas help to keep the water from becoming more contaminated. The students worked hard removing fallen trees and cleaning up the trails from debris. Ali Horner reflected, “I had a great time with everyone and we got a ton done working together.”

The afternoon session consisted of Delaney Baumann and Abby Fox’s presentation on effective communication. Science teachers Jessica Niemantsverdriet and Justin Brantner volunteered part of their Saturday to speak about POP’s and their effect on our water and iron runoff from strip mining. The students were fascinated by the information and excellent explanations of these issues that are so pressing in our society when clean water is involved. “It is so refreshing to see the kids become passionate about these issues as they learn more and more about them. We have great leaders that can go out and make a difference when they are armed with skills and knowledge,” stated Calaiacovo. Carlee Lisser commented, “This day really inspired us to help get rid of disposable water bottles and clean the earth.”

After a beautiful Italian dinner from Dominic’s, the day concluded with Kaitlyn Novicky and Ally McGarr addressing goal setting and having students use SMART planning to set goals as a Council, and KK King and Leah Steier talked about the purpose of evaluations and how to use them for a footprint for improvement. The nine hour day was jam-packed. The Student Council kids enjoyed the leadership training, learning about clean water initiatives and group bonding. They are ready to go out and make a difference.

5th Annual Junk Boat Float Full Of Student Creativity

On Tuesday, September 20, Forest Meadows Lake came to life as the start of the fifth annual Medina High School Junk Boat Float set sail. The idea began in 2009 with inspiration from Cathi Lehn, program manager for the Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization and Dr. Marcus Eriksen, founder of The 5 Gyres Institute, which is dedicated to reducing plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, rivers and lakes, and the Lake Erie Junk Boat Float. Dr. Eriksen built a raft made of 15,000 plastic bottles, considered “junk” and sailed from California to Hawaii in 2008. 

When this initiative made its maiden voyage in 2009, the project was started by Medina High School teachers Pat Sack, Rosemary Balsinger and Jessica Niemantsverdriet. After a brief respite, the project was reestablished in 2013 by high school teachers Sharon Schorr, Spanish, and Laura Frawley and Jessica Niemantsverdriet, science. Students participating were responsible for building their own boats. The requirements included plastic waste must be incorporated into the design. Any other post-consumer material may be used, unless it is an actual boat. Paddles may be constructed or real paddles may be used. Duct tape or plastic wrap may be used to aid design. Students must paddle. Swimming or kicking of feet is not allowed. There is an entry fee of $36 per team. With a record 38 teams participating, the event was able to raise $1,368 through this year’s team fees. These dollars will be used to purchase a water filling station for Sidney Fenn Elementary and possibly another station for Garfield Elementary. 

This year, the winning team was Boatily Floatily with crew members consisting of juniors, Jake Wickert, Zachary Robertson, Nolan Andrasik. The runner up was The Jane. Members included seniors, Isabelle Poling, Natalie Chaney, and Richie Holben. 

Students and observers watching the competition were treated to a free hamburger and hot dog lunch courtesy of Longhorn Steakhouse.

National Merit Semi-finalists Named

Jeff Harrison, Principal, Medina High School, had the privilege to announce seniors Ally McGarr, Tim Maynard and Kassandra Blackburn as Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program on Wednesday, September 14. They are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists named in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship ®award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of United States high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and will be notified in February of this designation. Merit scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to race, gender, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2017. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor's employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2017 will be announced beginning in April. These scholarship recipients will join more than 323,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

Medina City Schools To Host "Community Chats"

Your input about our school district is valued. Join Superintendent Aaron Sable and other district administrators for community chats inviting open discussion about a variety of topics over the course of the 2016-2017 school year. All are welcome to attend any or all of the scheduled discussion groups.  

The next "Community Chat" is slated for Saturday, October 22 at 9 a.m. to discuss District Communications in the barn at Boyert's Farm, 7177 Paradise Road. Please join us!

Tryouts for Girls and Boys Youth Basketball Coming Up

Mark your calendars.  Tryout information for girls and boys youth basketball tryouts below.

Mark Your Calendars for Medina City Schools' Picture Days

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming picture days that pertain to your students. Please note: dates are subject to change.

Medina High School
Wednesday, August 31 (Including senior yearbook photos)
Retake Day – Wednesday, October 26 (Grades 9-11 only)

A.I. Root Middle School
Thursday, September 15
Retake Day - Thursday, November 3

Claggett Middle School
Tuesday, September 6
Retake Day – Tuesday, October 18

Eliza Northrop Elementary
Tuesday, October 25
Retake/Candid Day – Tuesday, November 29

Ella Canavan Elementary
Thursday, October 6
Retake Day – Thursday, November 17

Garfield Elementary
Friday, October 7
Retake Day – Tuesday, November 22

Heritage Elementary
Thursday, September 15
Retake Day – Friday, November 18

H.G. Blake Elementary
Friday, September 16
Retake Day – Thursday, November 3

Sidney Fenn Elementary
Wednesday, October 5
Retake Day – Thursday, November 10

Ralph E. Waite Elementary
Wednesday, October 26
Retake Day – Tuesday, November 29

Community Career Connections Partnership (C3PO)

Training High School Students for Careers in Intellectual/Developmental Disability Fields


The Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA), in collaboration with the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP), have developed a plan that will provide students an opportunity to learn about the field of direct support through in-class training, on-site internships, and the opportunity to earn the Certificate of Initial Proficiency (CIP) and the Certificate of Advance Proficiency (CAP) through the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals.  While working on the coursework, students will also participate in a four-day-per-week internship at area providers (SHC, Arc of Medina County and Self Directed Living) who serve a diverse population. 

These full-time jobs are in demand and come with full benefits, as well as opportunities for advancement.  By having earned the CIP and CAP credentials, the students will have an excellent advantage of being hired by any I/DD direct service provider in the State of Ohio.  Following graduation, students will be encouraged to apply for jobs in direct support professions.

Medina City Schools is the first school in Northeast Ohio to participate in this program with OPRA and OADSP and wishes to thank them as well as the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities for providing funding to support the program.  We are also very proud of our collaborative partnerships with SHC, The Arc of Medina County and Self Directed Living as well as the Medina City Schools transportation department, for making this possible for our students and our community.

Student Log-in Changes for the 2016-2017 School Year Announced

Beginning in the 2016‐17 school year, the Medina City School District is working to ensure students have the safest method available to them for logging in to our network and accessing their student e‐mail accounts. New user ID’s and passwords were implemented as of July 18, 2016. A letter went home to each student the week of July 11 from the Technology Department explaining the changes.The new user‐id will remove the student’s name and their student identification number will no longer be used for account access passwords. The new format will consist of the following: two‐digit grad year, first and last initial, and a random 4‐digit number.

This change will allow for a common 8‐character based user‐id that will be used by your student for the duration of their education at Medina City School District. The specific login information for your student (s) is contained in the letter. This information should be kept in a safe place.  

If your student should need to access their account, please be aware of this change. If your student had an existing e‐mail address, their existing e‐mail address will continue to be available to receive e‐mail at the old e‐mail address. However, to login to the student Google e‐Mail program and school computers the new 8‐character e‐mail user‐id must be used. Please advise your student not to share their passwords with their friends or anyone else. Should your student have any issues or questions, please contact the Technology Department at (330) 636‐4357.

Board Approves Blackboard Agreement for Community Engagement Solution

The Medina City Schools Board of Education approved an agreement with Blackboard during the regular board meeting on Tuesday, February 16 to move forward with a new community engagement solution that will provide a new, updated website and mobile application in an effort to allow the district to continue to improve communication with students, staff, parents and the community.

A short, four-minute demo of the products is available here for review to see what the solution will provide to the district. The goal is to be able to launch the new site and application along with the other services by the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

Online Testing

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.

 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@medinabees.org.

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