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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.



Medina High School Athletic Department to Host Question and Answer Meeting

 

With on-going discussion regarding integrating a random drug-testing policy for those students participating in extra-curricular activities in the Medina City Schools, the Medina High School Athletic Director, Jeff Harrison along with a representative from Integrity Verification, a local company in Medina, will host a question and answer session with the community on Wednesday, May 6 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Medina High School distance learning lab.

 

This is an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed initiative and gain additional knowledge about similar policies currently utilized in districts in the area.





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. 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



Waite Elementary Fourth and Fifth Grade Students Give Back to Community




During the last few months, with the help of Principal Cindy Grice, Molly Adams, Waite paraprofessional, the fourth and fifth grade teaching staff and a host of parent volunteers, the fourth and fifth grade students worked to learn about hunger and prepare for their Empty Bowls project that took place on Thursday, April 16 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This was a great way for the classes to give back to their community and for the graduating fifth grade students to leave their legacy.

The students prepared and participated in a number of ways.  They made place mats with interesting facts about hunger, signage around the cafeteria and a very special stone soup with vegetable items donated from the students and their families. Thank you to the Michael Symon Restaurants and the Merchant Tavern for their generous soup donations adding to the delicious choices for the evening. Students helped by clearing tables, greeting those as they entered and worked along-side with volunteers to collect the donations. Each of the fourth grade students made ceramic cupcakes with the fifth graders making bowls that would be available for a small donation of $5 or $10 for a bowl and soup. The cupcakes were available for a $5 donation.

Friends and family were invited to join these students for this simple supper of soup and bread to help end hunger locally and abroad.  Soup was served by a few “celebrity” guests:  Dave Knight, Superintendent; Jim Shields, Human Resources Director and Legal Counsel for the district; and Sandy Hinkle, Executive Director for Feeding Medina County. All totaled, approximately $5,000 was raised with proceeds going to Feeding Medina County and the Heifer Foundation to support their efforts to end hunger. For more information, please go to Feeding Medina County at www.feedingmedinacounty.org and Heifer International at www.heifer.org.

To add to the evening’s events, visitors were able to take in the annual art show featuring Waite Elementary students works, “Exploring Africa through Art.” Bead of Life jewelry was available for sale along with Equal Exchange Coffee products. The beads are made by hand from recycled paper by the women in Uganda, whose income from these beads help to feed their families. 

Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger which was started in Michigan in 1991. Our event will support local programs that help to provide sustenance to areas in need. Due to the tremendous success of the project and the work of literally thousands of participants, Empty Bowls projects now occur throughout the year raising millions of dollars to fight hunger.

For more information, please visit http://www.lightonecandle.com/ebowls.html.







Medina High School Language Arts Teacher Receives PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Award



Congratulations to Stephani Itibrout, Medina High School language arts teacher, for receiving a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Award.

This program recognizes the top 100 applicants nationwide who are incorporating digital media in classrooms and serving as leaders in educational technology.  Additionally, the top thirty applicants are designated as Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. Stephani was among the top thirty.

To apply for this award, Stephani had to submit  a 60 -120 second video showcasing how she is  creatively using digital technology and tools in the classroom to drive student achievement and complete her profile with answers to two essay questions. As an award recipient, Stephani will receive several year-long professional development opportunities including: training focused on innovative instructional strategies and digital best practices, access to premium and exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia Custom, invitations to special events, access to a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course, membership in a robust professional learning community, and networking opportunities with other innovative educators and thought leaders. In addition, as one of the top thirty, Stephani will receive a three-day all-expense paid trip to Philadelphia to participate in the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Medina City Schools is lucky to have teachers like Stephani during this exciting time in education.




Garfield Staff Members Go Above and Beyond



During their annual “Rising Up” breakfast on Thursday, April 23, the Medina County Jobs and Family Services honored four Garfield Elementary staff members: Karen McGinty, principal; Jen Defago, psychologist; Julie Kearney, intervention specialist; and Sarah Derga, Speech Pathologist. These staff members received the “Helping Hands” award for their generosity and caring for a student in need.  These staff members rallied together to provide support to the student and a home until a foster family could be located. “We are so lucky to have staff that care for our children the way this staff does,” said Dr. Kris Quallich, Director of Educational Services.





Eight High Schools Select Students of Year 

Student of the Month committees at each high school in the county recently selected the top male and female Students of the Year at all eight Medina County high schools as part of the Medina County Kiwanis Student of the Month program.  Students of the Year for 2014-2015, selected by a committee of their peers, are:

Black River:                        Anna-Marie Stiver, Logan Goff

Brunswick:                         Megan Lear, Rohan Srivastava

Buckeye:                            Elizabeth Kisiday, Keegan Gallagher

Cloverleaf:                          Janelle Jordan, Andrew Jarrett

Highland:                            Nicole Tecco, Benjamin Hauser

Medina:                               Kira Palmer, Thomas Milam

Medina Career Center:         Deanna Drockton, Thomas Matheis

Wadsworth:                         Sonia Potter, Robert Krueger

These students, along with all county-wide Student of the Month recipients, will be honored at the Student of the Year banquet Wednesday, May 6th at Williams on the Lake. The male and female Medina County Students of the Year will be announced at that time.  Each recipient will receive a $500 scholarship donated by the Feckley Charitable Foundation.

Dana Addis, Principal at Highland High School, will be the speaker for the banquet.  Doors open at 6 pm and dinner is served at 6:30 pm.  Tickets to the event are $20.  Reservations can be made through Auditor Mike Kovack at 330-410-9905 or ohiomike2162@aol.com.




Medina High School Student Council Attends Annual State Conference, Takes Home Top Awards

Brooke Ryan and Jacob Semus attended the 62nd Annual State Conference of the Ohio Association of Student Councils along with 300 other student leaders and advisors from throughout the state of Ohio.  Kaitlyn Mollohan, Leigha Takacs, Ashley Brei, Allison O’Connell, Savannah Campbell, and Maia Virgei were chosen to be staff members and assisted in workshops for leadership training. This year’s conference was hosted by Wellington High School. Since 1953 students have gathered to discuss and share ideas on the development and growth of student leaders, and how student councils can make a difference in their schools and communities.

The conference was held during National Student Leadership Week and included national motivational speaker Harriet Turk. The conference continued with students meeting in small group settings to exchange ideas of programs and activities being done in their schools, as well as talk about leadership topics. Mollohan and Takacs presented a workshop called “Survival of the Fittest” and talked about adapting to situations and using teamwork to overcome obstacles.  Brei and O’Connell taught “Let’s Get the Ball Rolling” and discussed utilizing different leadership styles effectively in Student Council. Campbell and Virgei’s workshop was titled “First Impressions- Why Not to Judge a Book by its Cover” and they lead group discussions on first impressions leading to misunderstandings and unfair treatment of others.

Ashley Brei ran for a seat on the State Executive Board and was elected by her peers! She is one of only four students elected to help with programming, decision making and business items as a Board member. Congratulations to Ashley!

Ms. Connie Miley, Executive Director of OASC believes that it is vital we encourage young people to use their leadership skills in advancing the principles of our democracy. These are 21st century skills that these students need in order to be successful, and Student Council is a perfect vehicle to practice these skills.

Medina High School Student Council won many awards at the State Conference. The Five Star Council award recognizes schools that participate in training through OASC to develop leadership among students. The Army of Volunteers award gives distinction for outstanding service to others. The mission statement of the award is “In striving to build a generation we will aid our community to aid us all.”  We also have been a member of OASC for 53 years now!

The Ohio Association of Student Councils sponsors a recognition program for the outstanding leaders in Ohio.  These are kids who go beyond what is required. These are the students who stay that extra hour, who work harder, who say thanks more often, who lead by example, and are respected by their peers and teachers. These are outstanding leaders who deserve to be singled out for their dedication.  They represent a standard of excellence that puts them above the crowd. Their leadership and guidance have brought new direction, insight and imagination to council through their years of service.  They have made a difference in Medina’s Student Council.  Seniors Joe Semus and Tessa Johns, juniors Ashley Brei and Ally O’Connell and sophomore Ally McGarr have earned this distinction this year.




Share Cluster Outstanding Senior Award Recipients Announced

Congratulations to Medina High School seniors Jenna Berger and Madeline Nielsen as well as Medina County Career Center senior Jessica Hurley receiving the Share Cluster Outstanding Senior award at the 27th annual Share Cluster breakfast on Friday, April 24.





Medina High School Social Studies Teachers Host Informational Meeting

Join Medina High School social studies teachers Ms. Dargan and Ms. Shaffer as they present an opportunity to tour Europe in June, 2016.This informational meeting will be held on Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. in room 2103 at the high school.



Medina City Schools Foundation 20th Annual Run.4.Fun Coming Friday, May 1, 2015

The 20th annual Medina City Schools Foundation Run.4.Fun is Friday, May 1 at Medina High School. There is a ½ mile kid’s fun run/walk as well as a 1 mile and 5K run/walk. The deadline to register for this event to ensure a t-shirt is April 23. Advance on-line, no fee registration is $25 for an individual, $70 for a family of 4 and $15 for the kid’s half mile fun run/walk. To register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Medina/MedinaCitySchoolsFoundationRun4Fun. You may also register the night of event. On-site registration is $30 per person.
 
Not participating in the race but want to be a volunteer and help make this event a huge success? You can sign up to volunteer on Volunteer Spot at this link.

Also, check out the Run.4.Fun video here



Get Ready for Bike to School Week 2015

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Medina Bike to School Challenge will be underway May 4-15 at A.I. Root Middle School, Blake Elementary, and Claggett Middle School. To open the event, the Medina Century Cycles is hosting a Bike to School Night on Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.at the Century Cycles location at 1059 N. Court Street. First 10 people to the event on the 29th will receive a FREE Bell helmet. The event offers free safety checks for bikes and helmets, registr...ation of bikes and licensing by the Medina Police Department, and Bike to School program information will also be available.

The more you bike to school, the more you can win. See the list of prizes in the attached flyer. Every four days of riding enters you into the GRAND PRIZE raffle to win a NEW Raleigh bicycle, and much more. Winners will be drawn at the school assemblies schedule for May 15 at Blake and on May 19 at Claggett and Root.




Intra District Enrollment Option for the 2015-2016 School Year


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.




SUMMER REINFORCEMENT PROGRAM 2015

 

WHAT IS THE SUMMER REINFORCEMENT PROGRAM?

The Summer Reinforcement Program is a tutoring program open to any child in Medina County. It is a classroom-setting program with tutoring emphasis on math and reading. There are no new materials introduced—only reinforcing and re-teach of basic classroom skills. Speech therapy is offered, plus Autism services. The attending child must be 3-12 years of age as of the first day of school. Our mission is to maintain the academic skills of kids over the summer months.

 

HOW OFTEN, WHEN AND WHERE IS THE PROGRAM IN SESSION?

The Summer Reinforcement Program (SRP) is starting its 42st year in 2015. The three-hour sessions will be held starting Monday, June 15, 2015 and end on Friday, July 17, 2015—from 9:00 am to 12 noon, Monday through Friday. The classes will be held at Northrop Elementary School, 950 East Reagan Parkway, Medina, OH. Maps are available.

 

WHAT ARE THE CLASSES LIKE?

Every effort is made to keep the classes small. If the schools or parents request speech therapy, our therapist will provide that service in a resource room or classroom setting. Easter Seals of Northeast Ohio provide the speech therapy. The classes are a structured schedule of academic skills. The emphasis is on math and reading skills, but many other activities are included. A Social Group experience is offered. There are no textbooks, no grades, and no homework. Every effort is made to make the Program fun while the children learn.

 

HOW WILL ONE KNOW IF LEARNING HAS HAPPENED?

At the end of the Program, an evaluation report will be given to each family to identify the child’s progress. Skills and activities held during the five-week program will be listed so that parents will know what learning opportunities were provided. Parent conferences are encouraged. Parents are invited to observe their child in the classroom setting at any time.

 

WHAT ABOUT THE STAFF?

The Program is staffed with fully licensed teachers with appropriate experience/certification. Each classroom will have a lead teacher, an assistant teacher, and a teen/college aide. Many of the aides are employed during the year with school systems within the county. If needed, one-on-one aides are available. A Children’s Literacy teacher and a Social Group facilitator provide extra services.

 

 

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

The tuition fee for the 5-week program is $300.00* (*optional speech services – additional $50). Payment of $100.00 is due upon registration to hold a place. The balance of the tuition ($200) is due the first day of the program. There is a limited amount of financial assistance available. To qualify for financial aid, the family must write a letter requesting such and include it with the application. The letter should include why they need assistance. No rent or pay stubs are needed. A truthful letter will be sufficient. Classes fill quickly, and classes will be closed prior to the deadline if enrollment is full.

 

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

 

The completed Registration form along with payment is due by Friday, May 22, 2015.


Checks should be made payable to the Summer Reinforcement Program and mailed to:

 

Robin Menon                            

1519 Brighton Way                    

Broadview Hts. OH  44147      

                                             

WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORTATION?

Transportation to the Program is the responsibility of the parents. The Program will share address information to assist with car pool arrangements. An Extended School Year child will be bussed.

 

WHAT IF MY FAMILY GOES ON VACATION OR ATTENDS CHURCH CAMP?

Our schedule is flexible, but there are no refunds for absent days due to illness or vacation. If your child goes to camp, we will continue your child’s program when he/she returns. There are many camp-offerings in the summer. We encourage each family to decide what camp program is best for their child. Frequently, children attend one or more programs throughout the summer. 

 

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS UNIQUE NEEDS?

The staff of the Summer Reinforcement Program is fully prepared to provide special services. If your child needs special equipment, let us know. Your child need not be potty-trained to attend.

 

WHAT IS THE FUNDING SOURCE FOR THE SUMMER REINFORCEMENT PROGRAM?

The Summer Reinforcement Program is a Partner Agency of the United Way of Medina County. Tuition, fundraisers, and special grants also assist in providing funds for the program.

 

            WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM?

Contact Jane Langol at 330-725-5311, Kim Love at 330-289-5995 or Robin Menon at 440-567-2454. SRP’s E-mail address is:  sumrein@zoominternet.net





Medina County “Sea of Youth” Rally Coming to Medina

The week of May 10-16 is National Law Enforcement Week.  Proving that it only takes a dream and inspiration to become one of Medina County's youngest community organizers, Trevor Satterwaite, an eighth grade student at A.I. Root Middle School, is organizing the first Sea of Youth Rally for Medina County.
 
"My inspiration came while attending the Sea of Blue Rally in Cleveland with my mom in support of our police and safety forces following civil disturbances which occurred last fall all across the nation," Trevor related. "I wondered how to tell the story as seen through the eyes of a child. What better place to begin than here in my hometown of Medina."

The ‘Sea of Youth’ rally will take place on Saturday, May 16 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Supporters will walk from Medina High School to the historic public square. The rally, which will take place in front of the court house, will feature guest speakers, local choruses, student leaders, youth groups and activities to promote respect and awareness and to provide a positive voice for youth.  In addition to the rally, local businesses will be encouraged to display bouquets of blue balloons to invite officers in for complimentary coffee, soda and cookies.  Medina City Schools students will be encouraged to write letters to our local law enforcement thanking them  for their service and make ‘Thank You’ signs to display on school grounds during that week.

Special rally shirts have been created for this event and are available for sale for $7 each. The order forms will be available in all district school buildings and on the district’s website on Flyer Central. 
Dr. Mike Davanzo, Ohio Rotary District Governor #6630, invited students, adults, families, and businesses to come together in supporting Trevor and the Medina County Sea of Youth Rally and join the Rotary in their mission:

"Committed to making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond through our time, talents and treasures."
-Medina Sunrise Rotary

For more information about the rally, visit the Sea of Youth Facebook page and look for the e-vite.





Medina High School Students Get Ready to Take the "Prom Promise”

On May 7 (rain date of May 8), Medina High School, in conjunction with Metro Health Life Flight, Medina Police, Medina Fire, Medina LST and SADD will host the “Prom Promise” event to educate the high school’s juniors and seniors as they prepare to attend Prom. Part of the event will be a simulated mock crash to provide education and insight on the importance of making good choices. In addition, the high school will join forces with the City of Medina and Ken Ganley Nissan to support Nissan’s theme, #Red Thumb, Nissan’s no texting and driving campaign.








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.





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.




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