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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.





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



Fenn Elementary Title 1 Teacher Receives Distinguished Service Award



On Thursday, April 16, Terri Springer, Title 1 teacher at Fenn Elementary, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award.  This is the highest award bestowed upon a Medina City Schools employee.

As a classroom teacher, Terri Springer was amazing. She continues to show her enthusiasm and passion for the education of our students as a Title 1 teacher at Fenn Elementary.

In her current capacity as Title 1 teacher, she has an opportunity every day to work with multiple staff members and numerous children always with a “what else can I do” attitude. If she does not know the answer to a question or doesn’t have a resource at her fingertips, she will find a way to make sure that an answer is given by the next day. 

Terri is the first person Fenn staff members go to for professional advice and suggestions on how to help struggling readers and other advice on implementing reading programs, the district’s new writing program and Orton. She leads book studies at Fenn, provides support to new teachers in the building and the district, organized and implemented the “Reads Naturally” program engaging members of the Medina community. She also serves on numerous district level committees and is involved in making important decisions about the future of the district’s language arts program. 

In addition to her day to day duties, Terri can be seen balancing numerous activities. She attends several workshops and brings back the best practice language arts ideas to Fenn. Terri has an amazing gift of maximizing each and every minute of her day without one wasted. She can be seen in meetings with teachers during lunch and always works to creatively find time to meet with students. She can be seen going into classrooms to work with students. In the inclusion environment, Terri assists with all students, not just Title 1 students.  She juggles all these roles and always maintains a positive attitude. 


Terri is considered one of Medina City School’s best resources and we are so glad to have her as part of the “Fenn Family.”




MHS Student-Athlete Signs National Letter of Intent


The Medina High School Athletic Department would like to announce that the following Student-Athlete has signed a National Letter of Intent from a Division I, Division II or NAIA College or University during the April 2015 signing period. 

Girls Track & Field – Sarah Pack – Kent State University

What is the National Letter of Intent (NLI)?

The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.

- Prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year.
- Institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year.

Do many high school athletes earn athletics scholarships?
- According to recent statistics, about 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded athletics scholarships to compete in college.
- Medina High School has had 71 Student Athletes since February 2010 sign a NLI.



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.




Annual Elementary Chess Club Tournament Brings Students Together


Left to right:  Avery Korb and Lou Krnac


From left to right:  Parker Wilson, Avery Korb, Lou Krnac, and Eli Hodges

Canavan Elementary was the home of the 2015 annual elementary chess club tournament finals. A total of eight schools competed in this year’s tournament:  Blake Elementary, Canavan Elementary, Fenn Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Isham Elementary-Wadsworth, St. Francis Xavier, and Waite Elementary. 

The first round was held at Garfield Elementary on Wednesday, April 8 which resulted in 16 finalists:  Canavan students Avery Korb, Lou Krnac, Donnie Bonza, Parker Wilson, Eli Hodges, Georgia Nielsen, and Andrew Altiere; Garfield students Nick Ash and Nicole Laurence; Heritage students Sammy Paffumi, Adam Plaskonka and James Feeks; Isham Elementary-Wadsworth student Luke Ramsier; St. Francis student Andrew Bugner; and Waite Elementary students Bryce Beech and Kyler Cusik.  

One week later, the final 16 competed at Canavan Elementary leaving four finalists:  Canavan fifth grade students Avery Korb taking first place, Lou Krnac taking second place after a second match to determine the winner due to a first match stalemate, Parker Wilson taking third, and Eli Hodges placing fourth.


Congratulations to all of the student participants!



Claggett Middle School Making a Difference

Water for Kids in Africa: It Takes a Village to Help a Village!


During the Monday, March 16 Board of Education regular meeting, seventh grade students from Steve Shurance’s science class at Claggett Middle School have been working for the last few months on a project based learning project bringing awareness about the state of the water supplies over in parts of Africa. World Vision, an organization working to help provide sustainable drinking water sources to those areas, is the focus of their project.

As a way to give back, they are working to raise money to help World Vision provide wells with clean and safe drinking water. Donations to this worthy cause will be accepted throughout the month of April.  Checks can be made payable to World Vision and sent to Claggett Middle School 420 E. Union Street, Medina, OH  44256, Attn: World Vision. All monies collected will go directly to the World Vision organization to help with their campaign of keeping children safe and healthy with clean drinking water.


To view the student lead presentation, please click on this link:
Student Presentation

To learn more about World Vision, click on the logo below.

World Vision



Medina High School Chinese Student Place in Speech and Essay Contest



Cleveland State University was host to the third Ohio K-12 Chinese Speech and Essay Contest on Saturday, April 11. Medina High School junior, Jayson Blankenship, won second place in the grade 11-12 division. After the contest was complete, Jayson shared his singing talent by performing a Chinese song. Shasha Gibbs, Medina High School Chinese teacher was awarded the Excellent Engagement Award as well. 



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.





“The Medina Voice” Completes Open Auditions

“The Medina Voice,” an idea stemming from the NBC network show “The Voice” has been brought to life by district parent and lead singer of the local band Skinny Moo, Jay Goodman and Claggett Middle School seventh and eighth grade vocal music director and general music teacher, Carey Knox.  With the help of a panel of judges, the open audition round has been completed. 

Originally, six finalists were to be selected. Due to a three-way tie and the opinion of the judges, there are now eight.  The finalists are:  Eva Todd, sixth grade student at Claggett, Ellis Johanson, seventh grader at Root, Kate Bowling, eighth grader at Root, Natalie Seifert, eighth grade student at Claggett, Ian Morgan, sixth grader at Claggett, Kristen Lyons, seventh grade student at Claggett, Mary-Jeanne Custer, sixth grader at Root, and Emma Ilg, seventh grade student at Claggett.

“Congratulations to the finalists and a huge thank you to all the singers who bravely shared their talents,” said Knox.  To stay connected, visit www.themedinavoice.com.




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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