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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

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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.

Medina City School’s Board of Education in Negotiations with Aaron Sable


The Medina City Schools Board of Education met on Monday, May 2 and conducted final interviews with the three final candidates: Mr. Jeff Harrison, Dr. Kristine Quallich and Mr. Aaron Sable. The designated members of the Board have begun the negotiation process with Mr. Sable and are working toward having a draft copy of the superintendent agreement available for review by the entire board at a special meeting on May 11, 2016 at 6:30PM in the Medina High School Distance Learning Lab.

It is the intention of the Board to vote on the final agreement at their regular monthly meeting on May 16th, 2016. Mr. Sable and his family plan to be in attendance at the meeting that evening.

MHS Showtime "Illuminate" This Weekend

The Medina High School Choral Music Department, continuing its over 45 year tradition, will present Showtime on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7. Showtime features high-energy, staged performances from all six choirs and various student ensembles and soloists, accompanied by a student instrumental combo.

This year’s show, spotlighting the theme of “Illuminate,” will feature many popular and musical theater songs. The cast of more than two hundred students will be directed by a staff of MHS alumni, including choreographers Courtney Kania-Young and Oksana Klue, assistant director Katie Peyton, instrumental director Tom Bonezzi, and director Tyler Skidmore. The choreographer of MHS’s Encore Entertainment Company, Shawn Eck provides creative staging, and the technical team, led by Medina-county native Michael Sferro, will create a stunning visual to support the student performances.

Shows are presented on May 6 (Friday) at 7:30 pm, and May 7 (Saturday) at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at the Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Rd., Medina. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door and from the PAC Box Office by calling 330-636-3400. The dress rehearsal on Thursday, May 5, at 4 pm is open to Medina senior citizens without charge.

Annual Medina City Schools Foundation Run.4.Fun This Weekend

This Friday is the 1st Friday in May & that means it's time for the Run.4.Fun! This is your opportunity to shake off those winter blues & stretch into the last couple weeks of school! Join us for a fun-filled night of friendship and exercise while supporting the Medina City Schools Foundation.

Early registration is $25 per person / $70 for family of 4 for the 1 mile & 5K and $15 for the kids 1/2 mile. The fun festivities start at 6 p.m. with the pre-race check-in & expo. New this year will be the addition of food trucks, so don't forget to bring a few dollars for a bite to eat after your race. 

As always, thank you for your support of the Medina City Schools Foundation! To learn more about the MCSF or how you can become involved please visit their website at www.MedinaCitySchoolsFoundation.org.

Medina City Schools/Medina County Health Department to Host Vaccine Clinics Enabling Parents to Meet New Vaccine Requirements

The Ohio Department of Health has issued new Tdap and Meningitis vaccine requirements for students entering 7th and 12th grade for the 2016-2017 school year. The Medina County Health Department, in partnership with Medina City Schools, is making it convenient and affordable for your children to receive both vaccines and meet the new requirements. We will be offering low cost and no cost vaccines for those who qualify on May 10th and 19th at the Performing Arts Center from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

More information can be found on the below flyer. In addition, the required Tdap and Meningitis vaccine consent form can be found here.

Bike to School Night Kicks-off 2016 Bike to School Challenge

Parent registering and licensing a bike with Medina Police Officer

Century Cycles in Medina was host to the 2016 Bike to School Night on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:30-8:00PM. During the event, there were free safety checks for bikes and helmets, the Medina Police Department was on-hand for those interested in registering and licensing their bicycle and up to ten lucky families received a free helmet.  All Medina families were welcome to attend. 

Information for the upcoming Bike to School Challenge was also available. The challenge begins Monday, May 2 and runs through Friday, May 13.

Elizabeth Smith, 7th grade student, Claggett Middle School

Braden West, 6th grade student, A.I. Root Middle School

Claggett Middle School Eighth Grade 2016 Scholars Society Members Honored

Guest speaker, Matt Mattie, former Claggett Middle School Asst. Principal and current Secondary Curriculum Coordinator

On Tuesday, April 26, 65 eighth grade scholars were inducted into the Claggett Scholars Society during an evening ceremony at the school. Matt Mattie, former Claggett Middle School Principal and current Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, was the guest speaker for the evening.

To be inducted into the Scholar Society, the following criteria must be met:

1. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.5 for three years at Claggett

2. Students must not receive an F on any report card

3. Students must not incur any out of school suspensions

Students complete an application as well as an essay. The Scholar Society Committee, comprised of eighth grade teachers, select four students to speak on the characteristics of Leadership, Character, Citizenship and Scholarship. Each student received a pin and a certificate to commemorate the accomplishment.

Blake Elementary Raises Money to Help the Efforts of the Medina County SPCA

Blake Elementary’s Cooking for Charity Leadership Team sponsored a "penny war” earlier this year with funds being collected for the Medina County SPCA. The team will be presenting Kate Marshall, Medina County SPCA Humane Officer, with a check for approximately $900 on Friday, May 13th at a 2:30 p.m. school assembly.

During the assembly, the students, along with a few staff members, will be very gently taping our Resource Officer, Dave Pinkas, to the wall with duct tape, all of which was donated. In conjunction with the "penny war,” a separate fund raiser entitled, "Stuck for a Buck," helped add to the total money collected. Our students and their families continue to amaze us with their generosity to the community and the Medina City Schools.

Medina City Schools Students Attend the 63rd Annual State Conference of the Ohio Association of Student Councils

Medina High School Student Council members Payton Cassell, Natalie Claus, KK King, Christine O’Keefe, Jacob Semus and Megan Varley attended the 63rd Annual State Conference of the Ohio Association of Student Councils along with 300 other student leaders and advisors from throughout the state of Ohio. Elizabeth Judy, Caitlyn Kasper, Carlee Lisser, Crosbee Lisser, Ally McGarr, Kaitlyn Novicky, Holly Schneider and Maia Virgei were chosen to be staff members and assisted in small group workshops for leadership training. This year’s conference was hosted by Mansfield High School and the theme was “If you can dream it, you can do it”. Since 1953, students have gathered to discuss and share ideas on the development and growth of student leaders, and how student councils can make a difference in
their schools and communities.

The conference was held during National Student Leadership Week and included keynote speaker Todd Bolster. The conference continued with students meeting in small group settings to exchange ideas of programs and activities being done in their schools, as well as talk about leadership topics. Kasper and Crosbee Lisser presented a workshop called “Puzzle Pieces - Small pieces make the big picture” and talked about the importance of teamwork and using teamwork to overcome obstacles. McGarr and Novicky taught “The Box” and discussed asking effective questions in leadership roles. Judy and Carlee Lisser’s workshop was titled “Spirit Pantyhose Palooza” and they lead discussions on group dynamics and promoting school spirit. Finally Schneider and Virgei’s workshop “Carpe Diem - Seize the day” used the movie “Dead Poet’s Society” to teach the importance of individuality and embracing what makes you unique.

MHS Student Council Advisors Laura Calaiacovo, Shannon Duncan and Claggett advisor Angela Marsala presented a workshop to advisors throughout the state. The title was “Bridging the Gap” and explained how to help execute a middle school leadership workshop to provide leadership training to middle school Student Council members.

Ms. Connie Miley, Executive Director of OASC believes that it is vital we encourage young people to use their leadership skills in advancing the principles of our democracy. These are 21st century skills that these students need in order to be successful, and Student Council is a perfect vehicle to practice these skills.

Medina High School Student Council won many awards at the State Conference. The Five Star Council award recognizes schools that participate in training through OASC to develop leadership among students. The Army of Volunteers award gives distinction for outstanding service to others. The mission statement of the award is “In striving to build a generation we will aid our community to aid us all.” We also have been a member of OASC for 55 years now!

The Ohio Association of Student Councils sponsors a recognition program for the outstanding leaders in Ohio. These are kids who go beyond what is required. These are the students who stay that extra hour, who work harder, who say thanks more often, who lead by example, and are respected by their peers and teachers. These are outstanding leaders who deserve to be singled out for their dedication. They represent a standard of excellence that puts them above the crowd. Their leadership and guidance have brought new direction, insight and imagination to council through their years of service. They have made a difference in Medina’s Student Council. Seniors Ally O’Connel and Ashley Brei, and junior Holly Schneider have earned this distinction this year. Ashley Brei also completed her year as an Executive Board Member and was honored for this as well and also won the coveted Dale Hawley Award for generously and consistently sharing time and talents as a staff member at OASC events. Congratulations!

Students of the Month Named for May

Congratulations to May Students of the Month, senior Gabriella Shepard and junior Jimmy Daw!

Gabriella Shepard has earned the friendship of her classmates and teachers through her scholarship, her amiable demeanor and her compassion. She has been involved with SADD, HUDDLE, Key Club, GLC, NHS and peer tutoring as well as a fencing team and a ski team. Gabriella is the daughter of Matthew and Kimberly Shepard.

Junior James Daw III, a member of the varsity football and basketball teams, strives to promote a positive atmosphere willing to help all around him. He spends time as a mentor for the youth football league and has participated in Link Crew and HUDDLE. James is the son of Jim and Kerri Daw.

Medina City Schools Takes Steps to Proactively Test Water in District Buildings

With the ever increasing concern over safe drinking water in school buildings, Medina City Schools recently took a proactive approach by completing tests in each of the district’s 11 school buildings:  Medina High School, Claggett Middle School, A.I. Root Middle School, Waite Elementary, Blake Elementary, Canavan Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Fenn Elementary, Northrop Elementary and Evolve Academy which is housed in the Grace Drake Building.

A sample was taken from water fountains that were furthest in distance from the main water line that enters each building. On April 7th Summit Environmental Technologies, Inc., of Cuyahoga Falls, drew samples and then completed a lab report on April 15th. Official results from the tests show all buildings are within laboratory defined or method specific acceptance limits, including all Environmental Protection Agency standards.

For questions regarding the tests, please contact Jon Burkhart, Director of Business Affairs, at 330.636.3032 or by email at burkhartj@medinabees.org.

Town Hall Meetings Give Staff and Community an Opportunity to Get to Know the Final Three Candidates


On Wednesday, April 28 the district hosted an opportunity for the staff and administration of the Medina City School District along with members of the community to meet and greet the final three candidates for Superintendent of Medina City Schools: Mr. Jeffrey Harrison, Principal, Medina High School, Dr. Kristine Quallich, Director of Educational Services and Mr. Aaron Sable, Assistant Superintendent, Copley-Fairlawn City Schools.


The three round robin, town hall style sessions, identical in format, were held in the Performing Arts Center with the staff, the Distance Learning Lab with the administration, and the main cafeteria at Medina High School with the Medina community. Each candidate was presented with three questions by the session moderator. After responding to each of these questions, the floor was opened to questions from those participating in each session. 

Monday, May 2 is the next time the Board of Education will meet with the three candidates. There will be a special meeting called that evening beginning at 5:00PM in the Distance Learning Lab which will be the Board's regular work session followed by an executive session to complete final interviews with the three candidates. It is the intention of the Board to continue to move toward making an announcement at the May regular Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 16.

MHS Senior Daniella Parks Selected as April MCCC Student of Month

Seniors Daniella Parks and Derek Hawley have been selected as the Medina County Kiwanis April Students of the Month for the Medina County Career Center by a panel of their peers. The home school for Parks is Medina High School while Hawley's home school is Black River High School.

Parks recently won the regional physical therapy competition for Health Occupation Students of America and is a member of National Honor Society. She has been involved in competitive dance and the Medina High School Dance Team for the last four years.She has held a leadership role in HOSA, SADD and HUDDLE. She is already taking college-level courses through Lorain Community College and is focusing her studies at MCCC on Sports Medicine and Exercise Science.

Parks gives back to her community through her volunteer work with her church, Medina County Achievement Center and as an assistant dance teacher for dancers with special needs while holding down a part-time job at Medina Centre for Dance Art.The daughter of Scott and Kelly Parks, she plans to attend Slippery Rock University and major in pre-physical therapy.

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 Reinforcement Program Enrollment Now Open

The 2016 Summer Reinforcement Program is now open for enrollment with a deadline of Friday, May 28. This tutoring program is open to any child in Medina County. The three-hour sessions begin Monday, June 13 and end on Friday, July 15 from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and will be held at Eliza Northrop Elementary.

The program occurs in a classroom setting with tutoring emphasis on math and reading. The goal is to maintain the academic skills for kids over the summer months. For more information, see the information sheet and application here. Further questions may be directed to Jane Langol at 330-725-5311 or Kim Love at 330-289-5995 or by e-mail at sumrein@zoominternet.net.

2016 Sea of Youth Rally & Candlelight Vigil Coming in May

The 2016 Sea of Youth Candlelight Vigil and Police Rally will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 13 & 14. The Candlelight Vigil will occur at 8 p.m. at the Medina County Common Pleas Court. The Saturday Rally begins at 10 a.m. with a unity walk from MHS to Medina's Public Square. Wear your blue in support of the men and women of law enforcement who serve our community!

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.

National Merit Scholarship Finalists Named

Sunny Levine

Medina High School's two National Merit Semi-finalists, Sonoma (Sunny) Levine and Addie Schneider, have advanced to Finalist standing.

Save the Date for MCS' End of School Year Dance Party

Medina City Schools' End of the School Year Dance Party on Medina's Public Square will be held the last day of school, May 26, from 5-7 p.m. Join us to celebrate the end of a great year and the start of summer break! More details to come.

Medina High School Receives National Council of Excellence Gold Award Fourth Year in a Row

For the fourth year in a row, Medina High School Student Council has been awarded with the highest honor of National Gold Council of Excellence. The National Council of Excellence is a national award program created by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) to recognize student councils that maintain strong year-round programs and work to improve their schools and communities through their leadership activities. The award is founded on the principles of NASC and provides broad recognition for the most worthy efforts of NASC member councils. All National Councils of Excellence have demonstrated a proficiency and quality in their programs that were measured against standards developed by the NASC, a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. 

NASC applauds the work of each council and challenges them to continue their efforts to improve their schools and communities through their leadership and service. NASC is proud to honor these student councils for implementing a strong leadership program that meets council goals; functioning in an ethical and responsible way; and engaging others in leadership, spirit, civic, and service activities.

“Receiving an NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the local school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program,” says Ann Postlewaite, Director of NASSP Student Programs. “NASC applauds the work of the National Gold Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”

To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence award, a student council must demonstrate that it meets a variety of criteria. Those councils named to the Gold level have successfully met a greater number of the criterion. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, an election process and membership in NASC, schools that qualify for the award demonstrate such things as leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning and active participation in leadership training in state and national student council association.

Student Council Advisor Laura Calaiacovo states that while it is a lot of work to complete the portfolio necessary to apply for the award, it is a great learning opportunity for the students. “Challenging student council to set a new standard of leadership by applying for a National Council of Excellence Award gives our kids the experience of taking an in-depth look at how our Council runs and also allows us to see areas where we may need to improve,” Calaiacovo comments. “The committee must come up with evidence in each category to prove that our Council actually fulfills these requirements. It really shows the kids how much we do and how it ties into leadership skills.” She is proud of the committee that worked on this year’s portfolio: Ashley Brei, Ali Horner, Kaitlyn Novicky, Leah Steier, Alexa Toth, Megan Varley, and Maia Virgei.

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."

Intra District Enrollment Option Available April 1

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 2016/2017 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.

Intra District Enrollment requests will be available on the Medina City Schools Website as of Friday, April 1, 2016 at http://www.medinabees.org (go over 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). Requests will be accepted via online submission only from Friday, April 1, 2016 through Friday, May 27, 2016 for the 2016/17 school year. Parents will be notified in writing of their child’s acceptance/non-acceptance no later than the second week of August of 2016. 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.

Medina High School American Sign Language Students Create Video

Check out this interpretation of the Twenty One Pilots song, "Stressed Out" by the Medina High School American Sign Language students. 

Safety Town & Safety Town + Plus 2016 Information Now Available

Medina Safety Town has released information regarding this year's summer program to be held June 6-10 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Ralph E. Waite Elementary School. All information is available on the Safety Town website at http://amw222.wix.com/medinasafetytown. Registration forms will be available on that website and at the Medina Community Recreation Center beginning Saturday, April 30. Completed forms are due to the MCRC indoor drop off box by Saturday, May 14. The Safety Town Program is run independently of Medina City Schools.

In addition, 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.

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