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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 email@example.com.
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.
Boys Basketball Team Offers Free
Hassinger, boys basketball coach, along with the team will be offering a free basketball
clinic on June 8th for boys kindergarten thru sixth grade in the park behind
Union Square from 10:00-11:00 a.m. The
high school boys will be running through drills with the participants. Thanks to the generosity of MCTV and Drug
Mart, 150 basketballs will be given out to those in attendance as well as pizza
from Papa Johns.
Medina High School Summer Camp Information Now Online
Medina High School summer youth camp information and registration is now available online. Please go to the following link (www.medinaathletics, "Bees HQ" tab, then "Summer Camps") for specific dates, times and costs. Also, go to the Flyer Central page of our website for additional summer camps and youth programs available in the Medina area.
2015 Medina High School National
Latin Exam Results
On March 9th,
Medina High School Latin students participated in the 38th Annual
National Latin Exam. Each year, approximately 150,000 students take this
exam which is sponsored by the American Classical League. Participation
is not limited to the United States, but the exam is administered internationally
in countries such as Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and
able to earn various levels of awards based on their achievement on the
exam. The highest honor possible is a perfect paper, an honor limited to
less than 1% of students who take the exam. One Medina High School
student, sophomore Nicholas Schmeller, earned a perfect score on the Level II
National Latin Exam.For his
accomplishment, he will receive a special hand-lettered certificate from the
National Latin Exam Committee.This is
the second consecutive year Nicholas has achieved a perfect score on the exam.
Medina High Students earned 93 awards on the National Latin Exam. An additional
11 students earned “Honorable Mention” for missing Cum Laude by one
earning the distinction of Summa Cum Laude
include: Julia Reedy (Latin I), Olivia Tenaglia (Latin I), Ryan Oleksiak (Latin
I), Laura Krupp (Latin I), Nicholas Schmeller (Latin II), Taylor McBride (Latin
II), Dani McBride (Latin II), Andrew White (Latin II), Margaret Swiecicki
(Latin III), Kira Palmer (Latin III), Michael Fox (Latin III), Addie Schneider
(Latin III), and Andrew Smith (Latin III)
earning the distinction of Maxima Cum Laude include:
Allison McGarr (Latin I), Anthony Kovalik (Latin I), Barbara Ciupak (Latin I),
Alyssa Foster (Latin I), Thomas Garrison (Latin I), Austin Winpisinger (Latin
I), Sarah Wasserman (Latin I), Ryan Barco (Latin I), Andrew Phillips (Latin I),
Wyatt Fisher (Latin I), Marlaina Kurt (Latin I), Matthew Stump (Latin II),
Zowie Searcy (Latin II), Maxwell Rayburn (Latin II), Logan Yates (Latin II),
Chrystyana Olson (Latin II), Alex Whittaker (Latin II), Morgan Mansier (Latin
II), Hanna Mackey (Latin II), Eric Brown (Latin III), Katherine Phillips (Latin
III), Ngozi Williams (Latin III), Logan Usher (Latin III), Brad Tschannen (Latin
III), Kelsi Mariner (Latin III), Michaela Lyons (Latin III), and Janine Keding
earning the distinction of Magna Cum Laude
include: Mitchell Hershberger (Latin I), Hayden Fogle (Latin I), Luke Leyden
(Latin I), Jacob Terwilliger (Latin I), Brianna Thompson (Latin I), Jessica
Radice (Latin I), Joseph Obermeier (Latin I), Timothy Magargee (Latin II),
Casaundra Napier (Latin II), Elizabeth Salai (Latin II), Jonathan Bonezzi
(Latin II), Natalie Hart (Latin II), Sydney Hill (Latin II), Elizabeth McMillan
(Latin II), Eric Breeden (Latin II), Solana Plaza (Latin III), Emily Fenner
(Latin III), Kam Sarai (Latin III), Margaret Willse (Latin III), Kelly Kaletta
(Latin III), Mitch Barber (Latin IV), Caitlin Colapietro (Latin IV), Anthony
Boccio (Latin IV), Charles McCary (Latin IV), and Katelynn Opalka (Latin IV).
earning the distinction of Cum Laude
include: Megan Warren (Latin I), Mason Schick (Latin I), Megan Oswald (Latin
I), Clara Varndell (Latin I), Brynn Cullings (Latin I), Victoria Osborne (Latin
I), David Holdridge (Latin I), Jessica Dannery (Latin I), Ryan Milroy (Latin
I), Sydney Mima (Latin I), Zachary Robbins (Latin I), Morgan Yanke (Latin I),
Hannah Ellis (Latin II), Meghan Burkhardt (Latin II), Brett Helsel (Latin II),
Marissa Moore (Latin II), Shane Gazley (Latin II), Derrick Cathcart (Latin II),
Bailey Mowrer (Latin II), Benjamin Winpisinger (Latin II), Sam Kovalchik (Latin
III), Zachary Myers (Latin III), Brian Fotheringham (Latin III), Alexis Grimm
(Latin III), Sydney Lynskey (Latin III), Kendra Willhoite (Latin IV), and Coral
Ciupak (Latin IV).
Students earning Honorable Mention include: Joe
Freeman (Latin I), David Dikic (Latin I), David Schmit (Latin I), Megan Polk
(Latin I), Benjemen Leeson (Latin I), Julia Knox (Latin I), Rachel Roganish
(Latin II), Joseph Shamatta (Latin II), Conner Chaye (Latin II), Julia
Vanwagnen (Latin III), and Mackenzie Hitchcock (Latin IV).
Random Student Drug Testing Information Available on Medina Athletics and Channel 36 Websites
Information is available for district parents regarding the discussion on random student drug testing. Please click here or go to www.medinaathletics.com to read the "Frequently Asked Questions" from the May community meeting.
You can also view the meeting video by clicking here or by going to medinatv.org, clicking on "Video on Demand" then "PEG Central" and selecting "MCS Athletic Drug Testing Discussion."
For questions related to random student drug testing, please contact Jeff Harrison, MHS Athletic Director, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claggett Middle School Students Participate
in Mock Trial
Middle School’s 2014-2015 Mock Trial team participated in their mock trial on
Thursday, May 21 in the Medina County Court House, Judge Dunn's Juvenile Court.
Trevor Jones (defense team) and Jeremy Koci (prosecution team) won best
attorney for both rounds. Genelle Beier (Melvin Simms) and Claire
Schmeller (Caleb/Kris Wallace) won an award for best witness in the case of The
State of Mississippi vs TJ Avery, based on the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
Genelle was filling in for a student who was out ill. She had never practiced as the character
fifty kids from four different districts participated: Wellington, Black River, Wadsworth, and Medina City.
Real Money. Real World. Comes to A.I. Root
For the past five years, A.I. Root Middle School has been participating
in the Real World. Real Money program. On
Wednesday, May 20, eighth grade social studies students in Ken Bazydlo and Judy
Carlson’s classes received a unique, hands-on opportunity working in
collaboration with Joanna Rini from the Ohio State Extension-Medina County, staff
members and parent/community volunteers. “We could not do this program without
the tremendous support from Root parents and business partners who freely give
of their time to be volunteers,” said Bazydlo.
Real Money. Real World. (RMRW) is a financial literacy program from the
Ohio State University
Extension-Medina County ideally geared to youth ages
13-16. It provides an interactive
spending simulation that provides the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget
choices similar to those made by 26-year-old adults. The three primary goals of RMRW:
·Increase participants’ awareness of how
education level and corresponding career choice influence personal income and financial
·Increase the students’ knowledge of money
management tools used in daily spending for cost-of-living decisions.
·Increase participants’ awareness of how income
and lifestyle choices affect the amount of money available for discretionary spending.
is unique and effective in that it creates an authentic experience for each
student by defining the students age, education, job skills, and number of
children. The students are also introduced to the world of federal and state
taxes, health care, retirement, and savings; all critical components of
building a financially literate citizenry for our great state. In turn,
as students share their experiences with each other, the whole group develops
and builds upon a variety of their experiences combined. As twenty six
year-olds, students learn that along with financial freedom from their parents
comes financial responsibility as an adult. Some comments made by participating
students were: “Now I know what my mom
and dad go through to pay bills.” “Education leads to a good paying job,” “I
didn’t know how expensive it was to have children,” “I’m only going to spend
what I have…no credit card debt for me,” “It’s not easy to have a family,”
“This really makes me think about money,” “This is a ‘scared straight’ program,”
“The more you make, the more they take.”
unit implemented for these eighth grader studentsrequires a
true partnership from the Treasurer's office, the Ohio State University Medina
County Extension, the community of Medina, and the Medina City School District.
The Ohio State University Extension-Medina County provides the curriculum with
up-to-date statistics regarding employment and education as well as power
points and worksheet/check register papers. The community provides 16-18
volunteers all day to run 10 to 12 tables that students must visit on the day
of the simulation providing breakfast and lunch for the volunteers. The teachers implement the unit the week prior
to the simulation and organize all of the logistics.
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 upon placing your order. 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.
The 2015 Bike to School
Challenge has come to a close with another successful year of students riding
their bikes to school for the 10 day period from Monday, May 4-Friday, May
15. A.I. Root Middle School, Claggett
Middle School and in their inaugural year, H.G. Blake Elementary, participated
in this year’s challenge in collaboration with Century Cycles.
During the 10 day event,
A.I. Root had 996 riders, a 20% increase in participation from 2014 with a high
ride day on Wednesday, May 13 of 110 riders; Claggett Middle School had a
total of 932 riders, up 53% from the prior year with a high ride day on Friday,
May 8 of 117 riders; and Blake Elementary had a total of 1,696 riders-quite an
accomplishment for a first year-with a high ride day of Thursday, May 7 of 235
Each year, a t-shirt is
designed for the event. The winning
design went to Anne-Marie Shimko, 8th grade student at A.I. Root. The shirts were available to all of the
participating riders and school staff members. Thanks to the generosity of Raleigh Bicycles, a participating student is
chosen as the grand-prize winner of a brand new Raleigh bike. This year, the winners were: A.I. Root Middle School, eighth grader, Parker
Ayres; Claggett Middle School sixth grade student, Mia Henning; and H.G. Blake
kindergarten student, Lauren Sherman. In
addition to the grand-prize, several students at each building received other
great prizes randomly drawn at each of the closing assemblies.
Special thanks to the
staff members at each building who helped make the challenge a huge
success. Thank you to Mayor Hanwell for
attending the assemblies on Monday, May 19 at Claggett and Root as well as
Montville Police Chief Terry Grice for his attendance at the Blake Elementary
assembly on Friday, May 15.
Strings in the Park Draws a Crowd
Historic Square was filled with music enthusiasts on Friday, May 22 as the
Medina High School Orchestra, conducted by director Shelly Jansen, performed
for the annual “Strings in the Park.”In
addition to the many high school orchestra members, some of them seniors
honored during the performance, the group was joined by several alumni of the
orchestra to play a variety of songs during the program.
Garfield Hosts Safety Services Picnic
On Friday, May 22,
Garfield Elementary hosted its annual picnic to honor the safety services
personnel to recognize their efforts to keep not only our schools but our
entire community safe. Students and
staff along with safety services personnel, from fire fighters to police to EMS
enjoyed a picnic lunch with music spun by DJ Tom McKenna.
Northrop Fourth Grade Students Learn About
Supply and Demand
Fourth grade students from Dana Notarianni, Vicki Kocher,
and Jackie Harper’s classes at Northrop Elementary learned about the world of
supply and demand as the students shared their creative businesses during
economics day on Tuesday, May 19.
These students used their imaginations to come up with a
viable business venture. They were
responsible for “manufacturing” their products, marketing and selling their
items. They learned about profit and
loss, inventory, and supply and demand concepts.
Director Receives Distinguished Service Award
On Tuesday, May 26, Mr. Gary Ciulla was
presented with the Medina City Schools Distinguished Service Award. This is the highest award bestowed upon a
Mr. Ciulla has served the Medina City
School District as an instrumental music teacher for the past 35 years. During
his tenure, he has served as head band director, developing an outstanding band
program that is recognized as one of the best in the state. Numerous band
competition championship trophies and annual superior state rankings are just a
few of the many indicators of Mr. Ciulla’s high expectations of excellence for
the band program.
Mr. Ciulla’s leadership and
organizational skills, along with his exceptional instructional expertise and
work dedication, have created a greatly admired “Medina Band Culture” that includes
students, parents, alumni, and the entire community. The band is the
highlight of the evening on fall Friday nights. Throughout the winter
months, parents and community members flock to middle school and high school
instrumental concerts. The band music program is one of the school
district’s greatest sources of pride in the community. The many annual
community parades would not be possible without the band
participation. The expectation to be a proud part of the Medina band and
ever-present excellence is a direct result of Mr. Ciulla’s career efforts.
Mr. Ciulla’s leadership as head band
director is again demonstrated by the over 800 students that are part of the
instrumental music program in grades 6 through 12. As a matter of fact,
the 8th grade band students at A.I. Root Middle School prepared the
nomination for Mr. Ciulla as a way to thank him for all his efforts and to
recognize him as an outstanding educator.
In 2015, the Friday night half-time
band show featured over 275 students. When not playing during the game,
the band group is the most enthusiastic cheering section in the
stadium. Student program devotion and proper band behavior has set the bar
high for all other student groups at the high school.
To add to Mr. Ciulla’s achievements,
this past year, he was recognized by proclamations from both the Ohio State
Senate and the House of Representatives for his outstanding service to
public education. He is a devoted educator, husband, and father. The district and community as a whole
commends Mr. Ciulla for his contribution to the Medina City Schools and the
MCDL to Offer Medina County R.O.C.K.S. Workshop Series for Kindergarten Readiness
Medina County R.O.C.K.S. is an interactive workshop based program
series for parents and their kindergarten-age children to attend together. Each
workshop has informational speakers for parents, interactive programs for the
children and reading readiness activities that parents and children complete
together. The workshops are each 2 hours long and children and parents who
participate in ALL workshops in the series will show the greatest gains in
For more information on the program, please go to the Medina County District Library link.
Intra District Enrollment Option May 29th Deadline Approaching
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 here. Requests 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.