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Online Edition of Bee Informed Now Available

The first on-line edition of the Bee Informed has been sent via One Call Now to all district parents. Watch your email for great things happening in the district. The newsletter is also on our website. Click on the tab to the left that says Bee Informed and look for the September edition. If you are not a district parent and would like to receive the next edition via e-mail, please send your name and e-mail address to the Community Relations Office at johnsonj@mcsoh.org. 

Remembering Dan Sherman

Back in June we unexpectedly lost a friend and staff member, Dan Sherman, fifth grade teacher at Waite Elementary.  Dan was also the high school baseball coach and assistant varsity football coach. 

On Saturday, November 22, a benefit dinner for the Sherman family will be held at Rustic Hills Country Club from 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. There will be an Italian buffet dinner, DJ, and a silent and live auction.  Tickets to this very worthwhile event are still available. Tickets are $40 each and will be available at subsequent home games or at Waite Elementary or A.I. Root Middle School until the event is sold out.  Tickets are limited to 300 for this venue.

The staff committee organizing this event is looking for silent auction items or completed auction baskets.  If you are interested in donating, your generosity would be very much appreciated.  Please contact Cindy Grice, Waite Elementary at gricec@mcsoh.org or Tara Kaplack, A.I. Root Middle School at kaplackt@mcsoh.org to drop off donations.

Link Crew Continues to Welcome Freshmen to the 2014-2015 School Year


For the new freshmen entering the halls of Medina High School, many for the first time, it can be an overwhelming experience.  To help make the high school a familiar, friendly place, the Link Crew, a group of upper classmen mentors, helped to host Freshmen Sunrise on Friday, August 29. 

“Link Crew focuses on social, emotional, and academic success throughout the year here at Medina High School. Today's activity was about the freshmen reconnecting with their Link Crew leaders and gaining some knowledge or tips from the experiences of their upper-classmen role models.  We try to provide positive social-emotional experiences for them right at the beginning of their high school career, so that it makes it easier to connect when we get into the academic pieces,” stated Paul Worsencroft, associate principal.  “We have excellent Link Crew leaders, commissioners, and adult staff that have worked hard to make these events happen. Those that were here this morning can attest to the positive atmosphere throughout the stadium.  I'm very proud of that."

Operation Lunch Helping Our Community

While observing lunch time activities at Fenn Elementary and noting the number of food items that were not being consumed by students, parent volunteer, Marcie Henning decided to do something to help combat the waste of the unused food items. 

In December, 2011, Marcie launched the Operation Lunch program starting with Fenn Elementary.  Since then, the program has expanded to all of the Medina City School buildings.  Food that is collected through this program is pre-packaged and un-opened.  The students are given the choice to take it home, throw it away, or donate it.  Given the choice, they prefer to donate the item they are not going to use. 

The food items are collected on Fridays.  Students from Fenn Elementary then help sort and count the items.  The high school Key Club students collect the food items from the high school during the lunch periods. The food is then taken to the Community Service Center on N. Broadway Street here in Medina.  They use the food to help fill their food pantry and provide assistance to families in need in our community.  “The Operation Lunch program is a huge blessing to the community we serve,” states Michelle Hitchcock, Director of the Community Services Center.  “Because of Marcie’s commitment to this program, we are able to offer a wide variety of healthy snack items to the hundreds of individuals, particularly children, we see each month.” 

To date in the two and half years this program has been in place, 79,996 items have been collected and subsequently distributed.  The Community Service Center has come to rely on these contributions and have continued to add more shelves to accommodate the additional items.  “I am proud and honored to work with Marcie and accept and distribute this ‘rescued’ food from the Operation Lunch Program, said Hitchcock. 

Feeding Medina County also supports our community at the county level with the Weekenders Program for Children.  This program benefits elementary age children enrolled in the National Free Lunch program.  Feeding Medina County volunteers pack weekly grocery bags of food weighing seven pounds for more than 800 children in 18 elementary schools in the county including five Head Start centers.  Sandy Calvert, Executive Director of Feeding Medina County states, “Hunger doesn’t take a vacation on weekends.  Our children need to come to school hungry for learning, not food.  One in five children in our county are considered food insecure.” 

Feeding Medina County’s mission is to educate, engage, and lead our community in creating an environment where no one goes hungry.  “We nourish our community with essential programs that put food on the table for children, families and seniors who are at risk of hunger,” Calvert said. 

There will be a piece aired on News Channel 5 on Monday, September 15 during the 11:00 p.m. newscast talking about the changes mandated to the school lunch program and the effects of the changes not only on local school districts but districts nationwide.  Part of the report will reflect the efforts of Operation Lunch.

Spirit Night Coming Friday, September 19

Be sure to mark your calendars for Spirit Night which will take place on Friday, September 19 beginning with a tailgate party at Medina High School in the parking lot adjacent to the stadium from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Enjoy music, activities, and food that evening.  Be sure to stay for the game against the Garfield Heights Bulldogs.

This evening is not only about welcoming the incoming Kindergarten class but also marks the annual Band Parents Night.  All parents and families of our band students grades six through high school are asked to join Marching Musical Bees during their pre-game performance that evening.

Homecoming 2014 Activities Planned

Homecoming 2014 homecoming activities are in full swing.  Homecoming is scheduled for Friday, October 10. The schedule of events is as follows:

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.:    Community Spaghetti Dinner-Medina High School Senior Commons

Tickets are on sale now. Adults are $5 in advance, $8 at the door; seniors $3 in advance, $5 at the door and children five and under are FREE. Tickets are available at all school district buildings and both Medina Buehler’s locations. 

6:00 p.m.    Homecoming Parade

The parade will leave Garfield Elementary’s back parking lot at 6:00 p.m. and travel through Medina’s historic square to the high school.

7:15 p.m.    Musical Marching Bees and Homecoming Court

Get an early seat in the stadium and welcome in the Musical Marching Bees and the honoring of the 2014 Homecoming Court.

7:30 p.m.    Homecoming Football Game

Come and cheer on the Battling Bees that evening as they take on the Shaker Heights Raiders beginning at 7:30 p.m. Please note the special start time of this game. Fireworks, sponsored by Medina High School’s Student Council, will immediately follow the game.

Not planning to stay for the game? Be sure to stop by the square Friday evening for the Medina Community Recreation Center’s Halloween Harvest Festival from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with trick or treating, costume contests, and the Jason Alan Magic Show. The festival continues on Saturday, October 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with the Jungle Bob Animal Show, Pet Parade and contests, the Jason Alan Magic Show and many other activities.  

Medina High School National Merit Scholarship Program Semi-Finalist Named

Collin Dabbieri, Medina High School senior, has been named as a National Merit Scholarship program semi-finalist.  Semi-finalists are designated on a state representational basis.  They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.  Congratulations, Collin!

Medina County Food Safety Awards Given to Medina City Schools

Medina City Schools is the recipient of several Medina County Food Safety awards given by the Medina County Board of Health.  Excellence awards are in recognition of no critical or operational violations noted during any inspections conducted during the 2013-2014 licensing year and their overall excellence in food sanitation and organization.

The Food Operation Excellence Awards were given to Northrop Elementary, Canavan Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Claggett Middle School, and Medina High School. 

Compliance Awards, in recognition of no critical violations on the 2013-2014 food inspection reports and their overall excellence in food sanitation and organization were given to Garfield Elementary, Blake Elementary, Fenn Elementary, and A.I. Root Middle School by the Medina County Board of Health.

Senior Sunrise at Medina High School-September 11

Medina County Fair Honors Ensembles Honored

Heritage Students Receive Honors Choir Certificates

Over the summer, the Medina County Schools’ Fair Honors Ensembles performed in concert at noon in the pavilion of the County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 31, 2014. More than 280 students participated in this year’s ensembles. The event was held with the support of Hunter Insurance, Medina County Agricultural Society, Medina County Federal Credit Union, Royalton Music Center, Spencer Farmers Savings Bank, United Sports Apparel, and Woodsy’s Music of Medina.

Michael McCormick and Pamela Haberkorn conducted the Fair Honors Elementary and Youth Choirs with Emily Miller serving as accompanist and Alison MacDonald serving as Choral Assistant. Alice Rudolph conducted the Fair Honors elementary and junior high/middle school bands with Nathan Rudolph serving as assistant director. The honors ensembles were under the supervision of Michael McCormick, Fair Honors Ensembles Coordinator for the Medina City Schools’ Educational Service Center. Brenda Zacharias, Fine Arts administrative assistant, provided logistical assistance.

Medina City Schools participated in this event with directors Beth Bayda, Root Middle School; Lynn Campbell, Heritage Elementary; Gary Cuilla, Root Middle School; Natalie Gilbert, Fenn and Northrop Elementary; Elena Hoffmann, Waite Elementary; Carey Knox, Claggett Middle School; Jason Locher, Claggett Middle School; Tyler Skidmore, Medina High School; Jan Swanson, Garfield Elementary; and Nancy Wojciak, Claggett Middle School.

Jeremy Brodersen, Root Middle School, participated in the junior high/middle school Honors Band playing the Baritone Bass Clef (BC). 

The following students from Medina City Schools participated in the Elementary Honors Choir-Jacob Berger, Heritage Elementary; Julia Carano, Waite Elementary; Nicholas Carano, Waite Elementary; Ana Centlivre, Heritage Elementary; Theresa DeSousa, Garfield Elementary; Tim Dever, Garfield Elementary; Rufus Dowe, Garfield Elementary; Abigail Gehman, Waite Elementary; Jakob Gerhard, Heritage Elementary; Beth Gornall, Waite Elementary; Hallie Haycock, Heritage Elementary; Riley Helmick, Garfield Elementary; Alexandria Henry, Northrop Elementary; Peyton Hopper, Heritage Elementary; Stephanie Joseph, Northrop Elementary; Kyler Keck, Heritage Elementary; Laurana Kovach, Heritage Elementary; Reese Lloyd, Northrop Elementary; Lexxie Mack, Heritage Elementary; Ben McClintock, Northrop Elementary; Katie Mellinger, Waite Elementary; David Minotti, Waite Elementary; Emma Nort, Waite Elementary; Dominic Pagura, Fenn Elementary; Zach Pietrasz, Garfield Elementary; Dana Rabung, Fenn Elementary; Emma Rieger, Heritage Elementary; Jack Rieger, Heritage Elementary; Lilly Sency, Fenn Elementary; Jenna Shubrowsky, Garfield Elementary; Hunter Smith, Waite Elementary; Rosalie Speyer, Garfield Elementary; Natalee Studd, Waite Elementary; Kayleigh Terrell, Waite Elementary; Isabella Vein, Heritage Elementary; Victoria Williams, Garfield Elementary.

The following Medina City Schools students participated in the Youth Honors Choir-Sydney Anzalone, Claggett Middle School; Melinda Baddeley, Claggett Middle School; Ryan Bowles, Root Middle School; Victoria Chase, Claggett Middle School; Emma Clardy, Claggett Middle School; Melissa Gottschalk, Root Middle School; Kaitlin Kline, Claggett Middle School; Kathryn Lawson, Claggett Middle School; Abby McClintock, Claggett Middle School; Alexis McDonald, Claggett Middle School; Gabby Pagura, Claggett Middle School; Shannon Robbins, Claggett Middle School; Emilie Root, Northrop Elementary; Juliana Ross, Claggett Middle School; Taylor Rudolph, Root Middle School; Joshua Sizemore, Root Middle School; Kaelyn Wells, Claggett Middle School.  Emma Clardy, Gabby Pagura and Shannon Robbins had solos during the performance.

The event was sponsored by the Medina County Schools’ Educational Service Center and hosted by the Medina County Fair Board.  Rehearsal facilities were provided by the Medina United Methodist Church.  Sound equipment was provided by the Medina County Agricultural Society.

Waite Elementary Staff Members Receive Clinical RM Grant

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Clinical RM awarded Waite Elementary with a $5,000 grant to a team of Waite parents and staff members to implement an after-school Coding (computer programming) Club program for students in grades two through five.  Clinical RM supports school initiatives providing students with opportunities to grow and learn in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM.)  These funds will be used to purchase electronic devices for the students to use.  Special thanks to Waite parents Julie Tollis and Bill Dolan along with Waite fifth grade teacher Vanessa Shriver for creating this opportunity.  Receiving the award are:  (from L to R) Julie Tollis, parent volunteer, a representative from Clinical RM, and Vanessa Shriver, fifth grade Waite teacher.

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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