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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.

Mark Your Calendars for the Annual Pancake Breakfast and Spotlight on Students

Each year, the Medina City Schools hosts its pancake breakfast and Spotlight on Students. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, January 31 at Medina High School’s main cafeteria from 8:00 a.m. until noon. This fun-filled, family outing provides displays of student artwork at all grade levels as well as student performances on the main stage of the Performing Arts Center beginning at 9:00 a.m., face-painting and crafts with the high school student council, and of course, a full pancake breakfast.

Tickets will go on sale for this event beginning Monday, January 5 and will be available at all district buildings. Tickets are $3 each or 4 for $10. Tickets for senior citizens 60+ are FREE. Senior vouchers will also be available at all district buildings.

Each year, the Medina City Schools Foundation and the district select a worthwhile cause as a way to give back to our community. This year, we will be partnering with Easter Seals Northeast Ohio to host a “Fill the Truck” clothing drive. The Easter Seals collection truck will be at Medina High School in the small lot adjacent to the stadium beginning on Friday, January 30 at 5:00 p.m. during the boys basketball games through Saturday, January 31 during the breakfast until 2:00 p.m. We will be accepting ONLY used or unwanted cloth items. Acceptable items include but are not limited to clothing, comforters, blankets, towels, sheets, shoes and purses; any cloth items that can be recycled will be accepted. 

Easter Seals utilizes the proceeds from this fundraiser to support local Easter Seals’ programs such as speech therapy, home care, medical equipment loans, adaptive aquatics, and summer camp opportunities.  The proceeds from this event will also benefit the Medina City Schools Foundation and all of the programs and services they provide to our students and staff.

To obtain tickets or vouchers for the pancake breakfast, please contact the Communications Office at 330.636.3012 or email johnsonj@mcsoh.org.

MHS Teacher Shannon Conley Receives Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor bestowed on an employee within the district. Recipients of the award are positive role models and exemplary representatives of the school district. Superintendent Dave Knight presented the DSA to MHS teacher Shannon Conley on Wednesday, January 14. Following is what Mr. Knight read about Mrs. Conley's contributions to our school district.

Shannon Conley-Kurjian is regarded as one of the hardest working, innovative, and student centered teachers within the Medina City School District. Her initiative and drive to attempt new projects utilizing technology and exposing our high school students to future possibilities is outstanding. She is a positive role model for students, peers, and the community as well as an exemplary representation of our district. 

Forging new ground in the classroom, Shannon was one of the first teachers within Medina City Schools to implement blended learning education with her American history course. Creating courses from scratch, in a new platform, with minimal guidance and structure, is a major undertaking for even a veteran teacher. Implementing such a project takes not only hours, days, and weeks, but a true commitment of one’s life. 

Not only do her students gain historical knowledge in a blended learning atmosphere, she recently worked with them to create the nationally recognized Medina Historical App which can be downloaded on mobile devices and allows visitors to the city the opportunity to learn about historical locations. Her app was also listed by the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities as one of the thirteen most-recommended mobile apps for teaching history by the International Society of Technology in Education journal. 

Shannon did not stop there. She continued to present and advocate for the funding of the application a year later, writing several grants and securing multiple funding sources to ensure that the app is fully funded and free to all those who wish to utilize it. Shannon has also presented her project and the app to local high school social studies teachers to ensure that other teachers and students in the county could benefit from the use of her product and this amazing resource. 

Another great example of how Shannon seeks to touch the lives of every Medina High School student is the recent Manufacturing Road Show conducted in collaboration with the Medina Economic Development Corporation. Shannon was the first person to see the possibilities of this project and worked diligently to make it happen and ultimately put in charge. Because of her efforts and the support of the Medina Economic Development Corporation, all Medina High School sophomores were provided the opportunity to visit local manufacturing plants for the day. This program provided our students with a better understanding the entire manufacturing process from all angles from product production, marketing, sales, finance, and more. It also afforded these students the opportunity to speak with presidents of various facilities toured to ask questions and gain better understanding of the manufacturing process and possible career paths. 

Inspiring students, teachers in the district, and teachers across the country are only a few of the things that Shannon has done in her career. She has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences on the use of technology in the classroom including the blended learning model. Her expertise is well respected. As proof, this year, she was the 2014 recipient of the Blackboard Catalyst Award (Directors Choice) for Exemplary Course for her Local and American History class developed as a blended learning teacher. 

Shannon consistently strives to take an amazing opportunity and make it happen for students. Whether it’s the Manufacturing Roadshow or blended learning, she takes it to the next level and makes it unforgettable not only for students, but for all of us. 

Congratulations, Shannon!

Medina City Schools Partners with the American Heart Association

On Friday, February 13, show your support of a heart healthy lifestyle and wear red as the Battling Bees take on the Mustangs of Strongsville beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Medina High School.  

Unique Works of Art Created at ART 1.11, 2015


The senior commons at Medina High School transformed into an art studio filled with creativity on Sunday, January 11 as the second annual ART 1.11 event took shape.  About 24 students and staff worked diligently to create amazing works of art beginning with a simple, blank canvas in just 111 minutes as observers watched their paintings come to life. 

This event is organized by Medina High School art teacher, Bobbie Foy.  Interested artists looking to participate were required to submit five different sketches to Foy for consideration.  Some of the participants she has never had in class before.  Artists are chosen by members of the art staff at the high school. 

Pro Hliatzo, the districts lead computer technician, used an outline of a violin as the focus for his work, using colorful, bright colors to create an abstract piece.  Hliatzo has painted for many years.  “It’s really just a hobby,” said Hliatzo.  He has had his works of art appear at Cleveland Hopkins Airport and on walls of local restaurants.  He had just learned about Foy’s ART 1.11 event while working in her classroom on a computer. 

The event is sponsored by the Medina County Performing Arts Foundation.  Pieces created during last year’s event were displayed and up for final bids as an extension of an online auction.  Proceeds from this event will be used for scholarships to students pursuing art.  The works of art from this year’s event will be on display for the year around Medina High School and then auctioned off beginning next fall to raise additional monies for scholarships.  “Parents of basketball players have basketball games and parents of football players have football games.  I wanted people to have a chance to see artists,” Foy said.  “It makes me so happy to see them all painting.”

Ella Canavan Fourth Grade Student Has “Top Dog” in Medina County

Grace Nelson’s dog, Charlie, is the Top Dog in Medina County for the coming year! Grace’s essay on why her dog is tops bested entries from over 400 other fourth graders this week and she was recognized yesterday along with four other children whose essays were the best in the county. This is the 20th year for Auditor Mike Kovack hosting the contest to kick off the 2015 dog licensing season.

Grace Nelson, fourth grade student at Ella Canavan Elementary School and daughter of Dan and Kristen Nelson, brought her Cockapoo, Charlie, for a visit to Auditor Kovack’s office to read her winning essay. Grace’s essay was selected as the best from over 400 essays submitted by county fourth grade students. This is the 20th year Auditor Kovack has hosted the contest as a kick-off to the 2015 dog licensing season.

Charlie has battled physical problems with his hip and also seizures. Charlie was rewarded for his victory with Dog Tag Number One in the county along with dog food from Medina County manufacturer Bil-Jac and nearly $500 in veterinary services from Banfield Pet Hospital. Grace and the other authors received prizes from Amazone Entertainment Center, Kitten Krazy, Medina AMF Bowling Center, Medina/Seville Dairy Queen, Pet Supplies Plus and Medina Skateland! Mrs. Tracy Machalec, Grace’s teacher, has had a winning student in the contest four years in a row!

The Top Dog Contest awards ceremony marks the beginning of the dog licensing period in the State of Ohio, which ends on January 31, 2015. During this time, all dog licenses must be renewed or new tags must be purchased. The cost is $10 for a one year tag, $30 for a three year tag or $100 for a permanent tag with all proceeds going to fund the Medina County Animal Shelter. Licenses may be purchased online at www.medinacountyauditor.org (click on pets), at satellite stations throughout the county or at the auditor’s office. Licensing your dog is a State law and fines are levied for untagged dogs. The dog tag is a dog’s best chance of being reunited with his family should he get lost.

Four other fourth graders from throughout the county were also honored for their outstanding essays. They also received prize packages as well as dog license numbers two through seven for their dogs. All the award winning essays may be read at www.medinacountyauditor.org.

The winners are:

2nd:      Leana Stillings

Dog: Bubba Tipp’s

Franklin Elementary, Wadsworth

Parents:  Mike and Kristen Oberhaus

Teacher:  Ms. Mary Linn Teacher

3rd:        Rose Short

Dog:  Lucy

Isham Elementary, Wadsworth

Parents:  Tim and Missy Short

Teacher:  Mrs. Diane Lukens Teacher 

4th:         Jordanne Oberhaus

                Dog:  Jack

                Sharon Elementary

                Parent:  Krystal Conley

                Teacher:  Mrs. Kim Reichelt

5th:         Chiara DeLappi

                Dog:  Bella

                Heritage Elementary School, Medina

                Parents:  Tony and Pat DeLappi

                Teacher:  Mr. Michael Hartshorn

Elementary “24” Tournament Held

On Wednesday, January 14, each of the seven elementary schools in Medina sent their top 8 students to the city level “24” tournament held at Blake Elementary.  From these 56 students, the top 16 scores advance to the county tournament to be held on Thursday, January 22 at the Cloverleaf Recreation Center. These students will play against the top 16 students from Brunswick, Wadsworth, Cloverleaf, Buckeye, and Wellington. The qualifiers from Medina are Jeremy Adams, David Kramer, Nick Beard, Sammy Paffumi, Corbin Derrig, Eve Chester, Joshua Koval, Andrew Cecedi, Chase Gordon, Tony Stabile, Gio Stabile, Jacob Hutz, Gavin Kurka, Matthew Suliks, Michael Gleske, and Kylie Hennen.

What is “24”? “24” is a math card game. Each card has four numbers on it. The students need to add, subtract, multiple and divide those four numbers to come up with the solution of 24 mentally. Each number on the card must be used and you can only use each number once. Each card has 1, 2, or 3 dots in the corner and corresponds to an equal point value. If the student achieves the correct answer, they keep the card. At the end of each round, the students tally up their points. Each round lasts approximately 10 minutes playing three rounds with each round against different students.  

Recently Installed Water Bottle Refilling Station Dedicated

This past October, Medina High School students and staff participated in the annual Junk Boat Float, a project that has become a tradition to raise awareness about clean water and recycling. The organizers of this event, Jessica Niemanstverdreit and Laura Frawley, biology teachers and Spanish teacher, Sharon Schorr’s goal was to do more than just raise awareness and spread the word about pollution, they asked the 24 teams participating to pay an entrance fee used to purchase the refilling stations. Two stations were purchased at a cost $997 each for a total of $1,994. The entrance fees from the float covered $828 of the total cost. With the help of Student Council, they covered the difference.

These stations are made by Elkay, the same manufacturer of the water fountains they attach to. The filling station filters the waters allowing students, staff and visitors to fill their reusable bottles easily. One station is located in the main cafeteria and has already logged more than 400 refills. The second, most recently installed by the restrooms near the gymnasium, has a great start at over 70 refills. 

On Tuesday, January 13, city officials, staff and students dedicated the newest station located across from the gym, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Bryan Farson, Medina High School principal, said, “the students who made this possible should be proud of the awareness they are bringing about recycling. This is a contribution that will make a difference for years to come.”

Kindergarten Registration Underway for 2015-2016 School Year

Kindergarten registration is now open for the 2015-2016 school year. In order to be eligible for kindergarten, students must be five years of age by August 1, 2015. 

An all-day kindergarten option is also available with registration ending on Monday, March 2, 2015. The fee-supported program brings all-day kindergarten to families that choose to participate. The program cost is $2,700 for the year for most families; $2,100 for families that qualify for reduced lunch; and will be provided free of charge to families that are eligible for free lunches. To be considered for free or reduced fees, the Free and Reduced Lunch application must be completed. 

A non-refundable deposit of $300 must be submitted upon registration by March 2 in order to be considered for this program. If accepted into the program, fees may be paid in installments with the first installment due August 18, 2015; second November 13, 2015; and the last on February 26, 2016. In order for the all-day program to be at each building, a minimum of 20 students must apply with a maximum of 25 in a class, unless half-day enrollment is higher. Bus transportation will be available for students who are eligible and going to their home school.

The district will hold a lottery in the instance there should be more than 25 students registered in an all day program at a school building. The lottery will take place after March 2 and parents will be notified of the status of their application by April 6.

For additional information and forms, please see below or visit the Department of Educational Services page under the "Departments" tab at www.medinabees.org or contact Tina Cassidy, Coordinator of Primary Education at 330.636.3077 or by email at cassidyk@mcsoh.org.

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.

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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