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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Early Release on Tuesday, November 24
Don't forget that Tuesday, November 24 is an Early Release Day for Medina City Schools! Students are dismissed one hour early.
Medina City Schools Central Office Closed for Holiday
Medina City Schools' Central Office, 739 Weymouth Rd, will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our district staff and students, and their families!
Medina High School Art Students
Work with Local Artist
Medina High School art students from Mrs. Bobbie Foy’s AP
Portfolio/Honors Portfolio and Advanced Drawing classes had the opportunity to
spend Tuesday, November 3 at Cliffside Artists Collaborative in Hinckley.
Nineteen students spent the entire day working with professional
artist, John Smolko. He is a resident of
Kent, OH where he focuses on colored pencil art sharing his talent through
“Scribbling” workshops around the country and at various exhibits. Previously, Smolko was an art teacher at
Aurora High School from 1983-2008, now retired.
The objective of the day-long workshop was to teach students another
method of colored pencil portrait work. Seven of the 19 students are pursuing the AP Drawing exam. As part of the requirement, they are to
complete 24 pieces of art for their assessment. All of the students who attended are required to complete at least one
portrait for grading and display at Medina High School.
District Buildings Partner with
Brown’s Backers to Conquer Hunger
During the last week of October, A.I. Root Middle School, Claggett
Middle School, H.G. Blake Elementary, Heritage Elementary, and Waite Elementary
participated in the North Coast Brown’s Backers Conquering Hunger in Medina
campaign. Together, 6,800 food items
were collected and donated to food banks right here in Medina-Medina Community
Services Center, Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, and Medina United Methodist
Church. “They were all more than
appreciative and thankful for the great response from our students,” said Wade
Chapman, 8th grade math teacher at A.I. Root Middle School and one
of the coordinators of this event.
This year, the community sponsors were Geppetto’s, Johnny Malloy’s,
Scapegoat Tattoos, Courthouse Pizzeria, North Gateway Tire, Rinky Dink Family
Fun Center, Root 18 CrossFit, Rockne’s, Medina Auto Mall, North Coast Brown’s
Backers, and I-Candi Graphics. UPS also
donated a truck and a few workers to help in dropping off the items to the food
banks. For participating, students had
the opportunity to win bracelets, t-shirts, stickers, and Brown’s football
All in the Spirit of Giving Back
to Our Community
The Coats for Kids Express once again made its rounds to each of the
Medina City School District’s ten buildings during the week of November 9-13 collecting
gently used or new coats, hats, gloves, mittens, and other cold weather
items.The initiative, coordinated by
the transportation department, collected over 300 items which were taken to and
distributed through the Medina Salvation Army.
With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, the Medina High
School Boys Wrestling team and coaches recently took time from their busy
schedules to help pack Thanksgiving meals for families at the Medina Community
Services Center.The team is making plans
for a second similar event for the Christmas holiday.
Medina High School November
Students of the Month Named
Recently, Medina High School senior, Alyssa Kurkul and junior, Will Turrittin have been named November Students of the Month.
Alyssa is an outstanding student who is always positive. She works hard not only for herself but for those around her helping them to succeed as well. Alyssa is involved with the Sparkle Cheerleaders, peer tutoring, LinkCrew, SADD, and VOFT as well as many other community activities. Alyssa is the daughter of Jayne and Jeffrey Kurkul.
Will is an excellent student and athlete, most recently named All-Gazette in Boys Soccer. Will is described as a genuine guy who respects everyone he comes in contact with whether on the soccer field, HUDDLE/SHUDDLE or Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He is the son of Brigid and Tim Turrittin.
Superintendent Knight Presents DSA to Canavan Staff Member Holly Kemp
On Thursday, November 19, Superintendent Dave Knight presented the highest honor bestowed on district employees, the Distinguished Service Award, to Canavan paraprofessional Holly Kemp. Following is what Mr. Knight read about Holly's exemplary service to the district.
Holly Kemp has served the Medina City School District as an instructional paraprofessional working with special needs students at Ella Canavan Elementary for the past 23 years. Several reasons come to mind when considering why she deserves the highest honor that Medina City Schools bestows upon its employees.
Holly’s dedication to her job is always apparent showing commitment to every task she encounters. Arriving at school before her scheduled start time, she is often seen preparing for the school day so she is organized and ready to work when the students arrive. She is a self-starter, always aware of what needs to be accomplished and takes the initiative to make sure she plays her part.
Holly is an advocate for all students in the building always finding the best in every student she encounters. She realizes the importance of forming relationships with the students striving to help each one she works with build the trust and confidence necessary to succeed. Along with being an advocate for the students, she is also a role model for all of the building staff members. She is always encouraging and willing to share her knowledge and expertise.
Finally, Holly shows perseverance in every task given to her with endless amounts of energy in doing so. Whether it is assisting a student exhibiting difficult behaviors or directing traffic at dismissal time, she takes on every task with great patience and enthusiasm. Holly is constantly reflecting, always looking for ways to continue to effectively help her students learn and grow and further collaborate with building staff members.
Claggett Middle School Eighth
Grade Students Receive Experience of a Lifetime
In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Principal, Paul
Worsencroft and Superintendent, Dave Knight, had a difficult decision to make
to send or not send approximately 250 Claggett Middle School eighth grade
students and 19 staff members on their annual trip to Washington, D.C. After much thought, research, and deliberation,
the trip went on as planned beginning Wednesday, November 18 thru Friday,
During the trip, Mr. Worsencroft received a special invitation for the
students to meet and talk with the Mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel
Bowser. She wanted to personally thank
them for continuing their trip and being brave in light of the recent activity
in Paris and subsequent threats on the nation’s capital. “While we want to
offer our students additional educational experiences, safety is our number one
goal,” said Worsencroft.
The group gathered in front of the White House on the afternoon of
Thursday, November 19 as the mayor greeted them. “She
thanked the students and staff for coming, shook a lot of hands and even took a
few “selfies” with the students,” stated Worsencroft.
During the same three day period, some of the eight graders
participated in the “Discover Ohio” project, enjoying three days of fun and a
variety of learning experiences. The
group started on Wednesday, November 18, taking a tour of the Western Reserve
National Cemetery. Two student winners
of an essay contest receive the honor of laying wreaths on the grave sites of
two fallen former Claggett students who died in the war on terror.
The next day brought them to the Akron Art Museum in the morning with a
behind the scenes tour of the Medina High School that afternoon. They finished their adventure with a trip to
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens with an afternoon pizza party and free time at the
Medina Community Recreation Center on Friday.
Shuck, eighth grade social studies teacher, is the chairperson for both the
Washington D.C. trip and the Discover Ohio experience. Both trips will hold special memories for
students and staff in attendance.
Medina High School Begins the
Season of Giving
In coordination with Rivalry Week, November 16-20, the entire staff of Medina
High School was challenged, Green vs.
White, by administration, to collect needed items to benefit the Children’s
Center of Medina County.
Items collected ranged from personal care to clothing. In the spirit of a little friendly
competition, teams were made up of each member of the building including
classified and certificated staff.
competition began Thursday, November 12 and ran through November 20 with a
total of 2,763 individual items brought in with the Green House taking the lead
with 1,619. “What a great response from our
staff,” said Julie McCabe, Associate Principal. “It was truly an ‘All In’ moment.” This generosity will serve many children and families in the county.
Musical Marching Bees Compete in
2015 State Marching Band Finals
The Medina High School
Musical Bees Marching Band performed at this year's Ohio Music Educators
Association (OMEA) State Marching Band Finals. OMEA State Marching Band
Finals is a musical event over two weekends and three locations across the
state of Ohio. Marching bands earn qualification for performance at state
finals through earning a "superior" rating at a variety of local
marching band competitions across the state. This year, approximately 130
marching bands performed.
The Musical Bees
performed at Hilliard Bradley High School near Columbus on a beautiful
Saturday, October 31st afternoon. After being sent off by family, friends
and supporters, the Musical Bees performed their 2015 competition show title
"Mana Tiki". Not only did the Musical Bees earn the top rating
of "superior", but this is also the 14th consecutive year in doing
Ohio University Faculty Wind Quintet Performs and Provides Workshop for Medina Band Students
Ohio University's School of Music Faculty Woodwind Quintet came to the Medina High School Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Nov. 11th. They performed a variety of woodwind quintet repertoire for Medina's 300 high school band students. Afterwards, members of Medina's flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone and French horn sections stayed after school and participated in workshops, also referred to as master classes. The Ohio University faculty had members in each of the sections playing, talking and discussing their instruments. The faculty included Matthew James (Saxophone), Matthew Morris (Bassoon), Rebecca Rischin (Clarinet), Alison Brown Sincoff (Flute), C. Scott Smith (French Horn) and Michele Fiola (Oboe).
Medina County ESC to Offer Seminar on "Social Needs of Gifted Children"
Medina County ESC is offering a seminar on "The Social Needs of Gifted Children on December 3. Please send your completed form and payment to: ESC of Medina County, Attn: Torie Griffith, 124 West Washington Street, Medina, OH 44256 by November 26. See information in below flyer.
District “Goes Google”
Over the summer, the district began its migration from the domain @mcsoh.org to @medinabees.org. As of September 18, all @mcsoh.org emails will no longer be received.
Should you email @mcsoh.org, you will receive an error message that states this user id or domain does not exist. For correct staff email addresses using the new @medinabees.org, please refer to the staff directory on the district’s website at www.medinabees.org or click here for a direct link to the staff directory.
New Medical Forms Now Available
For the 2015-2016 school year, the Medina City School District will be utilizing Akron Children's Hospital for nursing services. On our webpage to the left under links and medical forms, you will find all of the current medical forms for the district. During the transition period, Akron Children's will accept forms from the Medina County Educational Services Center which are still available on the building pages during the transition. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Paul Kidd at 330.636.3072.
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.