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Medina High School Social Studies Teacher Receives Award

Shannon Conley, Medina High School social studies teacher recently received the Blackboard Catalyst Directors Choice Award for Exemplary Course Design at the Blackboard World 2014 Conference for the development of the blended learning course, Local and American History.  Submissions were judged for course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support.  In a field represented by forty one universities with faculty from around the world, Shannon was the only secondary educator who received an award.

Shannon and others from Medina City Schools participated in extended professional development programs for Teaching American History (TAH) that were funded by the U.S. Department of Education and coordinated by the Educational Services Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County and Cleveland State University’s Department of History (2007-2011.)  As a result, Shannon developed educational materials, a student website, and the Curatescape app, Medina Historical, as components of her American history course curriculum.  Initial funding for the app was provided by the ESC through the TAH grant and hosted by Cleveland State’s Center for Public History and Digital Humanities.  The app was included among the 13 most-recommended mobile apps for teaching history in the December 2013 issue of the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Journal.

The Local and American History course offered at Medina High School started as a local history project in Advanced Placement US History. “The Stephenson Foundation’s grant will ensure that future students will continue to develop rich connections to our town and its history,” said Conley.

The project began as a result of the students asking a few questions about the history of Medina Hardware. What was originally scheduled as a three week Medina history project morphed into an incredible portal for historical discovery. The class created a website at www.discovermedina.org. as well as the free app, Medina Historical, available as a download for the iPhone or Android. Like all good things in education, the project became personal to the students and was handed down through the years. It was enhanced and kept alive because of the Stephenson Foundation.


With the generous funding of the foundation, the Medina Historical app now connects our Medina-past with Medina-present with just the click of a button. Conley said, “I am grateful to live and work in a town where businesses and schools can come together for the greater good of our students and community.”

Medina Cheerleaders Attend Bowling Green Camp

This past July, the Medina Cheerleaders attended camp at Bowling Green State University. It was their most successful camp to date and a great way to show our Medina spirit and pride.

Medina Cheer received first place in the “Home Routine”-a routine they brought to camp. The girls received a number of additional awards-the “Leadership Award” for their character, spirit and overall leadership; The “Top Banana” award which they one 2-out-of-4 nights for best school spirit; “Superior Award” for being superior each night of the competition. In the finals, they took home first place in dance and third place in cheer. Congratulations!

Federal Court Instructs Ohio Districts to Post Information for Parents Concerning Data Release

A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education's Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit. 


Under the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and give the opportunity to object.  The court is instructing all local educational agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on our website and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.

A copy of the notice - which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release - can be found here. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.

Students’ names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.


Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.


The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.


Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please contact the Ohio Department of Education’s legal office at (614) 466-4705 or Paul Kidd, Medina City Schools' Coordinator of Special Service, at 330.636.3072 if you have questions.


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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