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REMINDER:  As everyone gets ready for the holidays, just a quick reminder that there is early release on Thursday, December 18 and NO SCHOOL on Friday, December 19. Classes resume again on Monday, January 5.


Have a safe and happy holiday season!





Medina Performing Arts Center to Host Akron Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Holiday Concert

For information on upcoming holiday concerts at the Medina Performing Arts Center, please click on the PAC tab on the district homepage. There you will find a link to the PAC calendar as well as information on numerous upcoming December events. 



Northrop Elementary Students Making a Difference



Recently, Shelly Bonner’s third grade class at Northrop Elementary collected several dozen jars of peanut butter to support the efforts of Feeding Medina County.  “We heard that they were in short supply and decided to give them a Merry Christmas,” said Bonner.  “Did you know that approximately 750 jars of peanut butter go home with Medina County students every week?” she stated.




Laura Ingalls Wilder Comes to Life at Pioneer Day



Corresponding with their third grade social studies curriculum, Northrop Elementary students in Shelly Bonner’s class had the opportunity to learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder first-hand as Judy Green, a Laura Ingalls Wilder enthusiast and presenter, brought her mini museum to share with the students. During her presentation, Green discussed what Wilder’s life was like and provided Mrs. Bonner’s student’s hands-on time with items displayed in her traveling museum. 







Claggett Middle School Celebrates Grandparents Day


 

Grandparents truly play an important role in the lives of our children.  They are someone we like to look up to. On Tuesday, November 25, Claggett Middle School students were provided the opportunity to share some of their daily experiences at school with their grandparent(s). 

On this special day, a record 430 grandparents along with over 240 Claggett students attended a musical assembly at 8:00 a.m. in the gymnasium. At the conclusion of the program, cookies were provided for the grandparents who wished to stay courtesy of the Claggett PTO.  It is a great way to say “thanks” for all they have done.





Garfield Elementary Teacher Receives Crystal Apple Award



Garfield Elementary Kindergarten teacher, Tiffany Kosman was awarded the prestigious Crystal Apple Award on Friday, December 12.  Mrs. Kosman was nominated by one of her former students, Jack Speyer, now a seventh grade student at Claggett Middle School. 

The Northeast Ohio Media Group accepts nominations for the award to give students the opportunity to thank an extraordinary educator that has inspired, challenged, supported, and helped the students realize their true potential.

To be nominated, an educator must currently teach full-time in any grade K-12 in a public, private, or parochial school within the Plain Dealer seven county distribution area. There are four recognition periods per year awarding educators from the elementary, middle school and high school level. 

Mrs. Kosman was honored at a surprise ceremony in her classroom where she was personally congratulated by a representative from Northeast Ohio Media Group and Bryant & Stratton College, the sponsor of the award.  She was joined by her family, Jack Speyer and his parents and many other Medina City Schools staff members.  In addition, she will receive recognition of her award in the Plain Dealer and on Cleveland.com beginning Sunday, December 21. Mrs. Kosman will also be invited to officially receive her Crystal Apple at an awards banquet at the end of the school year in May.






American Sign Language Students Create Music Video

 

Stephanie Jessup, American Sign Language teacher at Medina High School worked with her students to create a music video to the song “Riptide” all done in sign. This is a brand new course offering this school year at the high school. “The students involved rehearsed multiple times after school and shot the video without any inclination they would get extra credit or anything in return. They just wanted to do it!” stated Jessup. “Today to their surprise, I rewarded them with extra credit points for participating.” Click this link to check out the video on YouTube to see how our students are using what they have learned.





Get Ready for ART 1.11, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015 will mark the second annual live performance art event, ART 1.11, which will be held at Medina High School in the senior commons from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Twenty-four student and staff artists will be transforming a blank 24” x 30” canvas in 111 minutes…nine minutes short of two hours! The paintings will be on display at Medina High School for a year. They will then be auctioned off the following year to raise money for scholarships for Medina High School students interested in pursuing art. 

The on-line auction containing the paintings from last year’s performance is now available to view. Please check out the twenty-four paintings from the inaugural ART 1.11, 2014 by visiting www.32auctions.com/art111. In addition, the artwork will also be available to view during the upcoming Akron Symphony Pops Holiday Concert at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 20.  The pieces will be on display in the main cafeteria at the high school during the performance. You will also have an opportunity to bid on the works of art that evening. You may bid as often as you like. All bids start at $25.00. The online auction will close on Monday, January 12 at midnight.

Interested students and staff who would like to participate need to submit at least five sketches, 8 ½ x 11 inches or larger to Bobbie Foy, Medina High School art teacher by Friday, December 19. The Art 1.11 committee, comprised of the four high school art teachers, will be selecting the twenty-four artists to participate in this performance art event.



Medina High School Debate Team Attends Princeton Classic Invitational



On Thursday, December 5th, the Medina High School debate team headed to Princeton to attend the Princeton Classic Invitational Debate Tournament to compete against approximately 700 students from around the country.    

Medina finished third and seventeenth in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and won "best speaker" award. Seventeen of the nineteen Medina High School debaters who competed either made it to the elimination brackets (think sweet 16) or were within two rounds of that level. Students were in competition for over thirty hours over the course of the weekend and arrived back at the high school at 3:45 Monday morning.

The team would like to extend a most sincere thank you to the parent judges/chaperones who graciously volunteered their time and energy to make this trip possible.




Mark Your Calendars for the Annual Pancake Breakfast and Spotlight on Students

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.




Blake Elementary Partners with Easter Seals Northeast Ohio




During October 30, 31, November 1, and 3, Blake Elementary staff members teamed up with Easter Seals Northeast Ohio to host a “Fill the Truck” fundraising event.  Their drive was successful and collected just under 5,000 pounds of clothing to earn $1,000 and will go to support efforts of their “Leader in Me” program.



Poetry Out Loud Celebrates Ten Years

For the past 10 years, Julie Zavesky and Sherri Hufford, Medina High School language arts teachers, have brought the Poetry Out Loud project to life in our district. Students participate in a poetry recitation contest based on poems they choose from the Poetry Out Loud website.  One winner from our school will attend the national competition at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. April 28-29, 2015. There are prizes along the way as well as the opportunity to receive scholarships.

This year, the event will take place on Wednesday, January 21 from 2:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the studio theater located at Medina High School.

Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.  For more information on Poetry Out Loud, please visit www.poetryoutloud.org.




Girls Leadership Club Making a Difference




At the holiday season, the Girls Leadership Club truly shines. In the past month, these thirty young women have accomplished so much.  They have completed 61 fleece tie blankets for Project Linus. This organization delivers blankets to children in hospitals and other long-term rehabilitation facilities to use as items of comfort. In addition, 185 food items were purchased, delivered, and served for Thanksgiving dinner through the Salvation Army; over 100 holiday cards were written to men and women serving in our military overseas who will not be able to be with their families during this holiday season; $610 in gifts were purchased for teenagers to allow them a brighter holiday; and over $1,000 was raised during the Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringing throughout the season. “These girls truly represent the Medina spirit and are wonder ambassadors to our community,” said Laina Makepeace, Girls Leadership Club advisor.




Claggett Middle School Hosts Third Annual Students vs Staff Challenge



Claggett Middle School held its third annual “Bob Capito Memorial Students vs. Staff Challenge” on Friday, December 5 from 3:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 

This year, there was a total of 34 student teams, comprised of 215 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. The challenge included three basketball games; two soccer games; one volleyball match; one hockey game; and 27 dodgeball games. A total of $2,400 was collected through player registration fees, admissions, concessions, and games. In addition, the event brought in about 80 non-perishable food items that will be donated to a local food bank.


Over 30 staff members volunteered their time for some if not all of their Friday evening to play or help out at the event. Countless muscles then needed rest and Ben-Gay over the next week or so. Although the students' efforts were valiant, the Claggett staff continue to be undefeated in student vs staff challenge play. All of the money raised for this event will be put toward the completion of the courtyard project to honor the late Bob Capito, language arts teacher, coach, and friend who is truly missed by everyone he worked with. The courtyard project will be complete this spring and named in his honor.



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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