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Hall of Fame Committee Seeking Candidates for This Year's Induction

The Medina City Schools Hall of Fame Committee is seeking candidates for this year’s Hall of Fame Induction.  If you are interested in applying or know of someone who would be a great candidate, please complete an application which can be found on the Flyer Central page of the district website. Please click on the Flyer Central icon on the right hand side of the home page.

Send all completed applications to:  Medina City Schools Board of Education, 739 Weymouth Road, Medina, OH  44256, Attention:  Community Relations Department. Applications are due by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10.

Questions should be directed to the Community Relations Department at 330.636.3012 or email at johnsonj@mcsoh.org.

Medina Library to Host Parent Resource Night

On Wednesday, October 8 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., the Medina Library will host a Parent Resource Night. Meet representatives from community organizations, support groups, and counseling services for teens and parents. To register for this event, please visit www.mcdl.info/events or call 330-725-0588.

Wendy Shubrowsky Receives News Channel 5's Teacher of the Week Award

Our very own Wendy Shubrowsky, Intervention Specialist at Garfield Elementary, received News Channel 5's Teacher of the Week award today. She was nominated by Garfield parent, Angie Kovacs. The story will air on News Channel 5 on Monday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m. Congratulations, Wendy!

Waite Elementary Fifth Grade Students Tour Art Exhibit at Cleveland State University

Thanks to Waite Elementary art teacher, Jenn Hayden and a $500 grant from the Fowler Foundation, the fifth grade students from Waite Elementary had the opportunity to take a field trip to The Galleries at Cleveland State University to view their latest exhibit, “At Home in Africa.”
The exhibit features inspirational and creative designs, patterns and forms found in objects in the African home.  More than 300 objects created by 75 ethnic groups from 26 countries are displayed.  The exhibit offers a glimpse into the daily rhythms of African life and demonstrates some of the reasons that African works have become a key aspect of global design influence.

The exhibit is open now through October 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Fridays, and noon – 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Medina High School Social Studies Department Hosts European Trip

The Medina High School social studies department hosted a history trip to London and Paris this past summer.  Eighteen students and four parents accompanied Erin Dargan and Simon Spelling, social studies teachers at the high school, on the visit to these two great cities rich in history.

The group had the opportunity to travel on the Eurostar, a high-speed train connecting Great Britain to Continental Europe, the Metro and the Tube, London’s underground rail network.  They ventured to see The Louvre, the Tower of London and the beaches of Normandy.  They experienced the flavors of the region with traditional Fish and Chips and flan.  They took in the views of amazing castles that have been standing for centuries.  It was an awesome experience for all.

There is another trip in the works to Eastern Europe in summer, 2015.

Claggett Middle School Students Receive First-Hand Experience

The students in Deb Laneville and Amy Lloyd’s Read 180 class have been studying immigrants. One of their students, Nick Ryder, talked about the foreign exchange student from Finland that is staying with his family for the 2014-2015 school year. The class invited her to come in and talk with the students about her experience and answer student questions the students composed to ask when she visited. 

On Friday, September 12, Anni Niemi, along with Nick’s mom, Rebecca Ryder, visited the eighth period class. After introductions were made, the students began asking her many interesting questions and learning fascinating facts about her homeland, opinions about Anni’s experiences here in Medina, and as an 11th grader at Medina High School. 

Anni has been able to experience the many different aspects of being a teenager in our country and as a student in our high school in the short time she has been here.  She explained that high school classes in her country seem more difficult. Anni said, ”once you complete eighth grade, you then decide whether to go to vocational school to become prepared for a job as an adult or to go on to high school and then college. College in Finland is free to residents. 

“I like the shopping here better and the prices are better too,” commented Anni. “Students at the schools in Finland dress more formally than the kids do here.” There are no sports in the schools although you can play club sports outside of school. She is currently on the Medina girls cross country team and is enjoying running and competing at the meets.

On weekends, she goes to movies with friends and just likes to hang out. “People here are friendly and make small talk, even with strangers,” Anni shared. On a map, Anni pointed out Finland and the city in which she lives so students could better understand where her home is located.  She also shared about the different countries she has visited such as Egypt, places in Asia, and South Africa. She is enjoying her time in Medina and she misses her family too. She keeps in touch with them just like we keep in touch, by texting, emailing and Skyping.  The students enjoyed meeting Anni and hearing about her life as a foreign exchange student.

Medina High School Debate Team Attends Yale University Invitational Debate Tournament

This past weekend, the Medina High School Debate Team attended the Yale University Invitational Debate Tournament. Three hours after arriving at Yale following 11 hours on the road, the students jumped right in to competition rounds. 

“Our students, as always, represented Medina High School with integrity, honor and an impressive soundness of mind,” states Scott Quade, debate team advisor.  Of the 253 schools competing, Medina finished 17th in the Lincoln-Douglas, 33rd in Public Forum, and 41st in Student Congress.   A couple notable achievements:  one of the rookie Public Forum teams won over a veteran team from Hawken who competed in the national championships last summer and one of Medina’s novice Lincoln-Douglas debaters made it into the break rounds.  Congratulations!

An Evening of Community Spirit and Pride


On Friday, September 19, the Medina community came together for an evening of spirit and pride at the annual Community Spirit Night held at Ken Dukes Stadium.  The event welcomes the incoming kindergarten class with a family tailgate party with games, music, food and fun!  The new class of 2027 was introduced as they walked around the track in their very first Medina Bees t-shirts.  Many stayed for the home football game against the Garfield Heights Bulldogs and enjoyed the half-time honor of the parents of the Medina High School Musical Marching Bees.

Thank you to the sponsors of this years’ Spirit Night event:  Fechko Excavating; Centerpointe Chiropractic and Physical Therapy; FirstMerit Private Bank; M.C. Real Estate; Medina Vision and Laser Centre; and Pfister Orthodontics.

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.


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.

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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