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Our Mission Statement 
The Medina City School District prepares students for an ever-changing future by:

 Providing a student-centered learning environment to help students reach their maximum potential
 Instilling in them an enthusiasm for life-long learning
 Engaging in collaborative partnerships with our families, community, and world

Our Vision Statement
Our students will be globally prepared citizens who value positive contributions to their community and society

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   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.

Board Member Ron Ross to Participate In The "Run to the Wall"

Medina City Schools Board of Education member, Ron Ross, will be participating in a very special opportunity to support our veterans, "The Run to the Wall." The run will begin at the steps of the State Capitol in Columbus and end 120 miles later in Medina at the opening ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall that will be on display starting June 24th through June 27, 2016 in front of Medina High School.

His run will start on Wednesday, June 22nd and continue, without stopping until the opening ceremony on June 24th. Your support will help the Medina County Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Program which is bringing the traveling wall to Medina. This is a great honor for our city, our Medina County Vietnam Veterans, and our entire community. For more information, see the attached flyer or visit Mr. Ross's Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1245743728777056&set=a.243220869029352.67660.100000243231572&type=3

Mark Your Calendars for Fall Meet the Teacher/Open House Dates

Save the date for your school building's Meet the Teacher or Open House nights. Fall is only a few short months away!

Heritage Elementary
Monday, August 15

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Northrop Elementary
Monday, August 15

Kindergarten through Grade 5 ONLY

A-L: 6:00-6:45 p.m.
M-Z: 6:45-7:30 p.m.

Waite Elementary
Monday, August 15

A-L: 5:00-5:45 p.m.
M-Z: 5:45-6:30 p.m.

Fenn Elementary
Monday, August 15

Kindergarten and new students: 6:00-6:30 p.m.
First through fifth: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Blake Elementary
Monday, August 15

A-L: 6:30-7:15 p.m.
M-Z: 7:15-8:00 p.m.

Garfield Elementary
Monday, August 15

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Ella Canavan Elementary
Monday, August 15

6:00-7:30 p.m.

A.I. Root Middle School

Monday, August 15
Sixth Grade Orientation: 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, August 16
Seventh and Eighth Grade Open House: 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Claggett Middle School

Tuesday, August 16
Sixth Grade: 5:00-6:30 p.m. 
Seventh and Eighth Grade: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Medina High School 

Parent Orientation Night: Parent 101

Medina High School will be offering a Parent Orientation 101 Night on Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school Middle Stage Auditorium.

The main meeting will address student involvement and high school policies. The orientation night will involve break-out sessions relating to the following topics:

· Freshmen Orientation (Link Crew)
· Guidance/Academics
· Social Media Warnings
· Bullying/Dating Violence
· Blackboard/Progress Book
· Athletics

Parents will have the opportunity to identify and attend any break-out session that is relevant to their student. Each session will be fifteen minutes in length and offered multiple times throughout the evening.

This information will be valuable to parents as student’s transition to Medina High School. We hope that you are able to attend.

Medina High School Student Schedule Release

Freshmen and New Students

Orientation-Friday, August 12
Medina High School Gymnasium
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

· Receive your schedule (PLEASE NOTE: if a freshman does not attend orientation, he/she will not be able to receive his/her schedule until the first day of school on Wednesday, August 17)
· Meet your Link Leader
· Walk through the building finding your classrooms
· Find your locker and work the combination
· Eat lunch with your classmates
· Activity, Club Fair and information distribution
· Hold your first class meeting with the principals and counselors

Grades 10-11-12

Schedules will be mailed to your home address the first week of August.

Request for a schedule change will be considered for the following reasons:

· A course is omitted which the student had selected
· A course is scheduled which the student had not selected
· Too many courses are scheduled in one semester
· Lunch is not scheduled
· A course taken in summer school is scheduled
· A course not completed in summer school needs scheduled
· A conflict with CCP schedule has occurred
· Senior students will be accommodated for their requested one period of early release or late arrival

If you find you need to speak with your counselor for one of the above reasons, you may do so following the schedule below:

· Seniors: Wednesday, August 10 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. in the Media Center
· Juniors: Wednesday, August 10 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Media Center
· Sophomores: Thursday, August 11 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the Media Center
· Freshmen: Monday, August 15 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Media Center
· All Students: Tuesday, August 16 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Media Center

MHS Open House - Thursday, August 25 7:00 p.m.

Recent 2016 Medina High School Graduate Wins Cover Contest

Maggie Willse, a recent 2016 graduate of Medina High School, was honored to find out she was the grand prize winner of the 18th annual Ohio School Create a Cover student art contest.  Ohio Schools is a publication that is distributed to teachers, faculty members, and support professionals who work in Ohio’s schools, colleges and universities.

An AP Portfolio student of Medina High School art teacher, Bobbie Foy, Maggie worked, as did others in the class, on an altered self-portrait as one of the projects in the class.  “There were so many incredibly creative pieces that came out of this process,” said Foy.  After seeing Maggie’s masterpiece, Foy decided it should be entered into the contest.

All Ohio students enrolled in public schools grades K-12, were eligible to enter the annual design contest.  The piece had to be vertical and demonstrate the student artist’s ideas on “what I like most about my school.”  Maggie’s piece, created in colored pencil, was chosen to be the feature on the cover of the June edition of Ohio Schools. “It is a mix of things I enjoy,” said Willse.   In addition, Maggie will receive a $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble Bookstores.  Teachers of the winning students will also receive a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Nobles.  To commemorate her accomplishment, Maggie will receive an Ohio Schools Cover Design Competition Certificate of Participation.

This fall, Maggie will be attending Notre Dame University to study architecture.

Family Fun Event

Medina High School Alumni Shares Her Talent 

Kmiecik-Burlingame creating MHS mural

As one graduates from high school, sometimes you never know where life will lead you. For Mikala Kmiecik-Burlingame, her path led her back to her alma mater to share her talents as an artist.

As a senior, Burlingame was enrolled in the high school’s senior Portfolio Class. Bobbie Foy, high school art teacher and recent recipient of the district’s Distinguished Service Award, wanted to share her success with her students allowing them to shine and show their talents. Beginning in January 2015, Foy had the idea to create a mural that would be displayed in the high school. She asked her students to start thinking and brainstorming about what that would look like. Burlingame, now an art student at Baldwin-Wallace, created the design. “I truly wanted to do the project,” said Burlingame.

Working with Ron Schaedel, a 1985 Medina graduate, of Proview Window Films in Cleveland, Foy obtained the UVA/UVB film that was used to produce the mural utilizing her award dollars. Burlingame spent countless hours on the labor of love to create the piece using line drawing. The mural had a few requirements: it had to be symmetrical, it could not have any words, only pictures that demonstrated what Medina High School was all about working to give equal billing to the many sports and clubs. “She even came in during her winter break from Baldwin-Wallace to work on the project,” said Foy.

“Mikala was identified as a gifted student in art at a very young age while I was teaching at Ella Canavan Elementary,” said Foy. Burlingame has also participated in the Art 1.11 event once again demonstrating her artistic talents. The mural is now proudly displayed above the entrance doors near the middle stage auditorium and the senior commons. “Things kind of come full-circle. It’s nice to give back,” stated Burlingame.

Mural Created by Alumni Mikala Kmiecik-Burlingame

Congratulations to the Class of 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!  Proud to be a Medina Bee!  Good luck as you move on to your next adventure!

MHS Science Teacher Honored With Department of Educational Services 2016 “IT” Award

On Monday, May 23, the Department of Educational Services presented the 2016 Inclusion Teacher (IT) Award. The award is given to teachers who provide exemplary service to students with special needs in their classroom. The motto for this award is, “You know IT when you see IT.”

This year’s recipient is Dave Johnson, science teacher at Medina High School. Kind, compassionate, approachable, and fair are all words that come to mind when students describe Biology teacher, Dave. Flexible, caring, hardworking and team-player are all words that come to mind when fellow co-workers characterize Dave.

For the past several years, he has opened his classroom to a multitude of special education students, staff, and paraprofessionals. Dave's desire to help every student succeed will often find him racking his brain to come up with a different lesson plan to reach all of the various levels of students within his classroom. He approaches each student from the level that they are starting, and helps them to grow, not just in the knowledge of Biology, but in learning experiences that will help them be successful in the many avenues that life may lead them.

Dave's approach to learning helps foster a classroom environment so that every student feels that their questions or contributions are important. He is always willing to collaborate with other staff members in order to make each student's learning experience the best it can be. He values and seeks out input from other science teachers, as well as the special education staff. Countless hours are spent in co-planning and developing materials with his co-teacher to make sure that the needs of all students are met. Dave then goes home and spends endless hours searching for the perfect activity or video to reinforce his instruction. Outside of the classroom, Dave attends a multitude of IEP meetings in order to establish a working relationship with his students and their parents. His approach to learning helps every student feel that they can be successful in his classroom. He takes the time to make personal connections with his students, often talking with them about their personal interests or activities that they are involved in outside of his classroom. Making these connections helps every student in Dave’s class feel they are an important part of the classroom. Most importantly, students know that he truly cares about their learning and will go out of his way to make sure that he does everything possible to help them reach the next level.

Renacci Announces Medina Student as Winner of Congressional Art Competition 

U.S. Representative Jim Renacci (OH-16) announced on Wednesday, May 4 that Katie Semus, a junior at Medina High School, has been selected as the overall winner for Ohio’s Sixteenth Congressional District in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Katie’s artwork, entitled Emerging Sister, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. “Congratulations to Katie on this accomplishment. I look forward to seeing her artwork featured in the U.S. Capitol for the next year. It will be displayed among some of the best artistic talent across the country. I also want to commend runners-up Tess, Abraham, and Cheyenne for their outstanding art pieces. It makes me proud to know such promising talent resides in the 16th District of Ohio,” Renacci said.

This year, over 45 students from nine different high schools around the district participated in the OH-16 Congressional Art Competition.

MHS Students of the Year Named for 2015-2016

Congratulations to the Medina High School Students of the Year, seniors Sunny Levine and Steven Stenquist and to MCCC/MHS Senior Gabby McNeil!

Sunny Levine

Steven Stenquist

Gabby McNeil


Notice from the City of Medina:  Road Closure Information

Beginning Wednesday, April 20 at 6:00AM, Ryan Road will be closed between Lafayette Road and Sturbridge Drive in both the north and southbound directions. See official notice from the city below.

Summer Science Camp Options Available through Medina City Schools

Several summer science camp options are now available to students during the weeks of June 13-24 at both Canavan and Waite Elementaries. Camp Invention will return during the week of June 13 to Canavan Elementary to focus on innovation, creative problem-solving and teamwork for children entering 1st-6th grade. Students will have the opportunity to brainstorm product ideas, build prototypes, explore the lives of insects, construct a DIY solar-powered cricket and discover the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding. Registration can be completed at campinvention.org.

In addition to Camp Invention, the Great Lakes Science Center will be offering "Great Summer Science" Day Camps. A variety of themes
include "Chemical Concoctions," "Skywalker's Galaxy," "Mindcraft Multiverse," "Earthquake," and more. All camps will occur during the weeks of June 13 and June 20. Information and online registration is at greatscience.com.

Board Approves New Calendar for 2016-2017

The Medina City Schools Board of Education approved a new calendar for the 2016-2017 school year during the Monday, April 18, 2016 regular Board of Education meeting. The changes from the previous calendar are summarized below:

●  September 12 will now be a school day.
●  October 21 will now be a waiver day.
●  One student and one staff day were added in December. December 15 will now be a full school day with December 16 being an Early Release Day.
●  January 13 will now be a school day.
●  February 17 will now be a school day.
●  Spring break has been moved from April to the last week in March (March 27-31).
●  April 14 will remain a day off for students.
●  The end of the school year has been moved up one day to May 25, an Early Release Day.
●  May 30 and 31 will now be the Day Seven and Day Eight make-up days.

The new calendar is posted on the home page of the district's website to the left under "Links."

Safety Town + Plus 2016 Information Now Available

The Medina County Achievement Center will host Safety Town + Plus offering all the regular Safety Town fun "PLUS" the extra help some children with developmental disabilities may need. Safety Town + Plus will run the week of July 18-22 from 9:15-11:30 a.m. Please see informational flyer and registration form here. For more information, please contact Sharon Horn at 330-725-7751, ext. 299, or sharonh@mcbdd.org. Registration deadline is Friday, July 8, 2016.

Summer Sports Camp Information Available 

Summer is quickly approaching along with the MHS Summer Sports Camps. All camp information will be posted on Flyer Central and flyers available in each of the elementary and middle school offices as information becomes available.

Board Approves Blackboard Agreement for Community Engagement Solution

The Medina City Schools Board of Education approved an agreement with Blackboard during the regular board meeting on Tuesday, February 16 to move forward with a new community engagement solution that will provide a new, updated website and mobile application in an effort to allow the district to continue to improve communication with students, staff, parents and the community.

A short, four-minute demo of the products is available here for review to see what the solution will provide to the district. The goal is to be able to launch the new site and application along with the other services by the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

District Kindergarten Registration Now Underway

Kindergarten registration is now open for the 2016-2017 school year for all students entering kindergarten who are five years of age (or older) by August 1, 2016. Registration is by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling the Registration Office at 330-636-3100 from 7:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:00-2:15 p.m. 

All forms found under "New Student Registration" must be completed, printed out and brought to the registration appointment. 

All Day Kindergarten (ADK) is an optional fee-supported program available to families that choose to participate. Deadline for the ADK option is Friday, March 4. In order to offer this program at each building, a minimum class size of 20 children is required. If class size reaches greater than 25 students, a lottery will take place after March 2 to determine placement. Parents will then be notified of their application status by April 6, 2016. 

For questions or more information, please contact Tina Cassidy, Coordinator of Primary Education, at cassidyk@medinabees.org or by phone at 330-636-3077.

In addition, following is information on early entrance to kindergarten, which can also be found on the website under "Department of Educational Services" in the "Student Registration" box on the right-hand side of the page. Questions and inquiries regarding early entrance to kindergarten may be directed to Rachel Folkman, Asst. Coordinator of Special Services, at folkmanr@medinabees.org or by phone at 330-636-3081 or to Shayna Samosky, Gifted Services Coordinator, at samoskys@medinabees.org or by phone at 330-636-3083.

Online Testing

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.

 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@medinabees.org.

Medina District Calendar