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 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@mcsoh.org.


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.

Claggett Middle School Making a Difference

Water for Kids in Africa: It Takes a Village to Help a Village!

During the Monday, March 16 Board of Education regular meeting, seventh grade students from Steve Shurance’s science class at Claggett Middle School have been working for the last few months on a project based learning project bringing awareness about the state of the water supplies over in parts of Africa. World Vision, an organization working to help provide sustainable drinking water sources to those areas, is the focus of their project.

As a way to give back, they are working to raise money to help World Vision provide wells with clean and safe drinking water. Donations to this worthy cause will be accepted throughout the month of April.  Checks can be made payable to World Vision and sent to Claggett Middle School 420 E. Union Street, Medina, OH  44256, Attn: World Vision. All monies collected will go directly to the World Vision organization to help with their campaign of keeping children safe and healthy with clean drinking water.

To view the student lead presentation, please click on this link:
Student Presentation

To learn more about World Vision, click on the logo below.

World Vision

Intra District Enrollment Option for the 2015-2016 School Year

The 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 2015/2016 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.

The Intra District Enrollment Request form will be available on the Medina City Schools Website as of Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at http://www.medinabees.org  (go 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 Wednesday, April 1, 2015 through Friday, May 29, 2015 for the 2015/16 school year. Parents will be notified in writing of their child’s acceptance/non-acceptance no later than the second week of August of 2015. 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.

Kindergarten Registration Deadline April 15

The Medina City School District is accepting kindergarten registrations for the 2015-2016 school year at this time. Please be sure to register prior to April 15th to ensure your child receives their kindergarten screening prior to the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. Registration is done by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling Central Registration at 330-636-3100. 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 all-day kindergarten 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.




The Summer Reinforcement Program is a tutoring program open to any child in Medina County. It is a classroom-setting program with tutoring emphasis on math and reading. There are no new materials introduced—only reinforcing and re-teach of basic classroom skills. Speech therapy is offered, plus Autism services. The attending child must be 3-12 years of age as of the first day of school. Our mission is to maintain the academic skills of kids over the summer months.



The Summer Reinforcement Program (SRP) is starting its 42st year in 2015. The three-hour sessions will be held starting Monday, June 15, 2015 and end on Friday, July 17, 2015—from 9:00 am to 12 noon, Monday through Friday. The classes will be held at Northrop Elementary School, 950 East Reagan Parkway, Medina, OH. Maps are available.



Every effort is made to keep the classes small. If the schools or parents request speech therapy, our therapist will provide that service in a resource room or classroom setting. Easter Seals of Northeast Ohio provide the speech therapy. The classes are a structured schedule of academic skills. The emphasis is on math and reading skills, but many other activities are included. A Social Group experience is offered. There are no textbooks, no grades, and no homework. Every effort is made to make the Program fun while the children learn.



At the end of the Program, an evaluation report will be given to each family to identify the child’s progress. Skills and activities held during the five-week program will be listed so that parents will know what learning opportunities were provided. Parent conferences are encouraged. Parents are invited to observe their child in the classroom setting at any time.



The Program is staffed with fully licensed teachers with appropriate experience/certification. Each classroom will have a lead teacher, an assistant teacher, and a teen/college aide. Many of the aides are employed during the year with school systems within the county. If needed, one-on-one aides are available. A Children’s Literacy teacher and a Social Group facilitator provide extra services.




The tuition fee for the 5-week program is $300.00* (*optional speech services – additional $50). Payment of $100.00 is due upon registration to hold a place. The balance of the tuition ($200) is due the first day of the program. There is a limited amount of financial assistance available. To qualify for financial aid, the family must write a letter requesting such and include it with the application. The letter should include why they need assistance. No rent or pay stubs are needed. A truthful letter will be sufficient. Classes fill quickly, and classes will be closed prior to the deadline if enrollment is full.




The completed Registration form along with payment is due by Friday, May 22, 2015.

Checks should be made payable to the Summer Reinforcement Program and mailed to:


Robin Menon                            

1519 Brighton Way                    

Broadview Hts. OH  44147      



Transportation to the Program is the responsibility of the parents. The Program will share address information to assist with car pool arrangements. An Extended School Year child will be bussed.



Our schedule is flexible, but there are no refunds for absent days due to illness or vacation. If your child goes to camp, we will continue your child’s program when he/she returns. There are many camp-offerings in the summer. We encourage each family to decide what camp program is best for their child. Frequently, children attend one or more programs throughout the summer. 



The staff of the Summer Reinforcement Program is fully prepared to provide special services. If your child needs special equipment, let us know. Your child need not be potty-trained to attend.



The Summer Reinforcement Program is a Partner Agency of the United Way of Medina County. Tuition, fundraisers, and special grants also assist in providing funds for the program.



Contact Jane Langol at 330-725-5311, Kim Love at 330-289-5995 or Robin Menon at 440-567-2454. SRP’s E-mail address is:  sumrein@zoominternet.net

Medina High School Places in Lorain Regional Science Olympiad Tournament, Moves on to State

Medina High School received third place at the March 21 Lorain Regional Science Olympiad tournament.  Science Olympiad is North America’s most prestigious team science and technology competition for elementary, middle, and high school teams.  Students compete in 23 events, challenging their science knowledge in biology, geology, chemistry, physics, earth & environmental sciences, technology and engineering applications.  Over 270 schools in Ohio participate in Science Olympiad.


Brenda Rice, MD, is the head coach for the team.  Additional coaches are Sandy and Robert Brown, Jeff Carey, Connie Kerns, Dr. Mike Kerns, Drs. David and Michelle Loeper, Howard Polack, Bob Puls, John Schubert, Lisa and Paul Thompson, and Jill Towne. 


The high school team consists of the following Medina High School students:  Eric Brown, Zack Carey, Justin Drehs, Sam Hardy, Sean Kerns, Sam Kratsis, Sunny Levine, Ben Loeper, Ben Puls, Julia Reedy, Trevor Thompson, Brian Towne, Megan Towne, Riley Weatherholt and Andrew White. 


Medina City Schools will hold its third annual elementary Science Olympiad tournament on May 9, 2015 at Medina High School. Elementary schools from Medina and surrounding areas will be participating. For more information, please visit www.medinascienceolympiad.com.

Waite Elementary Fifth Grade Team Takes Home the MCPAL March Madness Championship

With March Madness well underway, the Medina Community Police Activities League hosted its second annual March Madness Tournament.  Moving into the final game for the championship held at the Medina Community Recreation Center on Thursday, March 26 was Ella Canavan Elementary and Ralph E. Waite Elementary.  In an intense game, Waite Elementary, coached by Waite physical education teacher, Joe Ortenzi, pulled out the championship win with a score of 56-62. 

The tournament, which began earlier this month, consisted of eight teams and more than 100 students from the Medina City Schools seven elementary buildings.  The MCPAL initiative is a partnership between area police departments and the schools in an effort to bring officers and kids together to create a bond and a level of trust that will carry through into adulthood.  At any of the MCPAL events, there is always an officer present to help foster that level of relationship.  MCPAL is funded primarily through Medina County Probate/Juvenile Judge Kevin Dunn’s office.  Judge Dunn did the tip-off at the championship game. 

The Magical Theater Company Brings Student Stories to Life

During the month of March, The Magical Theater Company out of Barberton, OH came to visit several of the elementary schools to bring their student’s creative stories to life.

On March 4, Waite Elementary fifth grade students Erik Shimko and Derek Myers were the winners.  Their peers had the opportunity to watch the reenactment of the stories they submitted.

March 23 gave Blake Elementary students the chance to see fifth grade students Olivia Leech’s story, “The Year Santa Quit” and Sommer Ostendorf’s, “Bad Hair Day,” through the eyes of the Magical Theater actors.  The group then toured to Canavan Elementary entertaining the student body with their student’s original stories.  This is a great opportunity for students to show off their creative writing skills and share them not only with the theater company but the staff and students at their respective buildings. 

Congratulations to all who submitted stories and were either winners or received honorable mention.

Claggett Middle School Presents Annie, Jr.

Claggett Middle School will present their production of Annie, Jr. in the Medina High School middle stage auditorium on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m.  This production is directed by Deb Laneville, intervention specialist and Nancy Wojciak, music instructor at Claggett.  There are 32 student cast members from all grade levels:  sixth, seventh and eighth.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.  Tickets will be available the day of the event.

Root Middle School’s Drama Club Performed “Girl with the Golden Locks”

On Friday, February 27, A.I. Root Middle School’s drama club presented the production, “The Girl with the Golden Locks” in the Medina High School middle stage auditorium. 

The story is one of fairy-tale espionage and intrigue where top-level spies take on the kingdom’s biggest criminal masterminds.  Dealing with dwarves and witches, magic beans and porridge, various double-agents and giants, Agent Gold and her side-kicks have their work cut out for them as they race to stay one step ahead and save the kingdom.  Directed by parent volunteer, Marcia Aguiar along with a host of other parent volunteers and staff, the performance consisted of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. 

VOFT Dance Marathon Provides Medina High School Students a Chance to Give Back

On Friday, March 27, the Medina High School gymnasium floor was filled with over 500 students for the semi-annual VOFT (Volunteer Opportunities for Teens) Dance Marathon.  It is an optional event that is hosted every two years to raise money for charitable organizations.  To participate, each student must raise a minimum of $50 through donations and pledges.  All totaled, the students will have raised close to $25,000.  All proceeds will go to local charities such as:  The Wounded Warriors Fund and the Jessica Lynn Schaffer Scholarship Fund.

Brittany Becka, Chris Davis and Zeke Martin are the student leaders of VOFT and helped to plan the event featuring DJ Sparky B and refreshments which included breakfast and lunch for the participants.  Thank you as well to program coordinator, Linda Florian, for assisting in organizing the event describing VOFT as “a great organization that allows kids to volunteer time for student organizations to give back.”

Medina County Art League Scholarship Winners Announced

Medina Hospital, the home of the Medina County Visual Art Festival-High School Senior Art Show, which runs from March 12-April 9, was also host to the Medina County Art League scholarship award presentation which was held on Monday, March 23. 

The winners of the Medina County Art League 2015 Continuing Art Education Scholarship were:  first place, Maria Uhase, Wadsworth High School with plans to attend University of Akron; second place, Mikala Burlingame, Medina High School with plans to attend Baldwin-Wallace University; Aaron Pajestka, Brunswick High School with plans to attend the Ohio State University; and Olivia Pickard, Wadsworth High School with plans to attend Kent State University.

Congratulations as well to the non-scholarship entries and individual entries from Buckeye, Highland, and Cloverleaf High School.

Medina County “Sea of Youth” Rally Coming to Medina

The week of May 10-16 is National Law Enforcement Week.  Proving that it only takes a dream and inspiration to become one of Medina County's youngest community organizers, Trevor Satterwaite, an eighth grade student at A.I. Root Middle School, is organizing the first Sea of Youth Rally for Medina County. 

"My inspiration came while attending the Sea of Blue Rally in Cleveland with my mom in support of our police and safety forces following civil disturbances which occurred last fall all across the nation," Trevor related. "I wondered how to tell the story as seen through the eyes of a child. What better place to begin than here in my hometown of Medina."

The ‘Sea of Youth’ rally will take place on Saturday, May 16 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Supporters will walk from Medina High School to the historic public square. The rally, which will take place in front of the court house, will feature guest speakers, local choruses, student leaders, youth groups and activities to promote respect and awareness and to provide a positive voice for youth.  In addition to the rally, local businesses will be encouraged to display bouquets of blue balloons to invite officers in for complimentary coffee, soda and cookies.  Medina City Schools students will be encouraged to write letters to our local law enforcement thanking them  for their service and make ‘Thank You’ signs to display on school grounds during that week.

Special rally shirts have been created for this event and are available for sale for $7 each. The order forms will be available in all district school buildings and on the district’s website on Flyer Central. 

Dr. Mike Davanzo, Ohio Rotary District Governor #6630, invited students, adults, families, and businesses to come together in supporting Trevor and the Medina County Sea of Youth Rally and join the Rotary in their mission:

"Committed to making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond through our time, talents and treasures."

-Medina Sunrise Rotary

For more information about the rally, visit the Sea of Youth Facebook page and look for the e-vite.

Medina High School Students Get Ready to Take the "Prom Promise”

On May 7 (rain date of May 8), Medina High School, in conjunction with Metro Health Life Flight, Medina Police, Medina Fire, Medina LST and SADD will host the “Prom Promise” event to educate the high school’s juniors and seniors as they prepare to attend Prom. Part of the event will be a simulated mock crash to provide education and insight on the importance of making good choices. In addition, the high school will join forces with the City of Medina and Ken Ganley Nissan to support Nissan’s theme, #Red Thumb, Nissan’s no texting and driving campaign.

Camp Invention:  Where Big Ideas Become the Next Big Thing

Ella Canavan Elementary, 825 Lawrence Street, will host Camp Invention from June 15-19 from 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. The camp, directed by Sue Scalia, A.I. Root Middle School math teacher, is in its 25th summer. The program is inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

 If your student likes to make things from parts and pieces of other things, here is a chance for them to use creative problem solving skills while having fun. The program is offered to students in first through sixth grade. The cost for the program is $220. To register, visit www.campinvention.org. Should there be any questions, please contact Sue Scalia by email at scalias@mcsoh.org.

Reep and Knechtel are Career Center March Students of the Month

Seniors Madison Reep and Jacob Knechtel have been selected as the Medina County Kiwanis March Students of the Month for the Medina County Career Center by a panel of their peers. The home school for both seniors is Medina High School. 

Madison is ranked 111th out of her class of 555. She has been enrolled in the Digital Design course at the career center and has completed post-secondary coursework at Lorain County Community College.

Madison has been a member of President’s Council and has served as president of her class as well as treasurer. She has been involved with the student run Teens Hope group as well as donating her time to the Revolve Youth Group. 

Madison has maintained employment through most of her high school career, averaging between 25-30 hours per week. A member of National Technical Honor Society, Madison has obtained national certifications in Photoshop, In Design and Illustrator. 

The daughter of Christina Dawson, Madison plans to attend college following graduation to major in design while minoring in business.

Jacob Knechtel is ranked 79th out of his class of 555. He has taken honors biology as well as post-secondary classes and has been named a Star Student.

A class officer his junior and senior years, he has been active as an open house volunteer at MCCC as well as a helping host sophomore visitation and the school’s “Road Show”. An Akron Marathon volunteer, Jacob also participated in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser last year. 

A two year member of National Technical Honor Society, he has also participated in Men’s Chorale, the football program and men’s varsity volleyball. Jacob has stayed employed through most of his high school career, averaging approximately 25 hours per week during the school year. 

The son of Eric and Cass Knechtel, Jacob intends to attend college after graduation to obtain a degree in biomedical engineering. 

The Student of the Month program is sponsored by Medina County Kiwanis Clubs and the Feckley Charitable Foundation. Ms. Jody Toddy is the Student of the Month advisor for the Medina County Career Center (MCCC) and county auditor Mike Kovack is the county-wide advisor. 

Local Cover Band Partners With Medina City Schools 

Local band Skinny Moo front man and district parent, Jay Goodman and Claggett Middle School choir director and music instructor, Carey Knox, are teaming up to bring their version of “The Voice” to Medina.  The idea surfaced as a result of Goodman’s experiences auditioning for “The Voice” in their open auditions. 

The “Medina Voice,” the community’s first youth music competition, will follow the same format as the popular NBC prime time television show. The contest will be open to all Medina middle school students.  The a cappella auditions will be held beginning Wednesday, April 8 at Claggett Middle School. Each contestant must sing a verse and chorus from a song of their choice. From these auditions, six finalists will be chosen and will rehearse with Knox and Goodman. Those contestants will have a live showdown with Skinny Moo as the back band at Johnny Malloy’s on Saturday, April 25 in front of a panel of four judges. Many will audition but only one will get the chance to perform with Skinny Moo during the Friday, May 29 Rally in the Alley summer concert along with a $200 Amazon gift card and a $25 gift certificate from Geppetto’s/Johnny Malloy’s. The runner up will receive a $150 Amazon gift card and $25 gift certificate from Geppetto’s/Johnny Malloy’s. Prizes will also be awarded to third, fourth, fifth and sixth place contestants for their participation and be recognized on stage the night of the Rally show.

This will not be the first time Goodman and Skinny Moo have provided opportunities to Medina students to showcase their talents. He has handed the mic to Kristin Lyons, seventh grade student at Claggett, who sang Lady Gaga’s “Let’s Dance” during a 2013 performance and Root Middle School seventh grader, Ellis Johansen, who sang Bruno Mars “The Lazy Song” at a 2014 show.

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to Take Place April 24

On Friday, April 24, the Class of 2013 and 2014 will be officially inducted into the Medina City Schools Hall of Fame. In recognition of the inductees, a Hall of Fame dinner/ceremony will take place at Weymouth Country Club beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Categories of recognition include:  Academic/Career/Life Accomplishments; Athletic Accomplishments; Cultural/Performing Arts; Major Contributions to the Medina City Schools; Special Honorary Achievement. The inductees are selected by a committee comprising of members from the Medina City Schools Foundation, Medina City Schools and alumni from nominations submitted.

Inductees being honored are:  2013 Recipients:  Jennifer Chidsey/Academic/Career/Life Accomplishments, Jeff Eble/Major Contributions, Dr. James Fritz/Academic/Career/Life Accomplishments, Tom Lehrer/Special Honorary Achievement, Wes Florian/Special Honorary Achievement; 2014 Recipients:  Margo Miller/Cultural/Performing Arts, Edward Erastus “Tunk” Simmons/Athletic Accomplishments, Dr. William Tuchek, DDS/Special Honorary Achievement, Jim Wienczkowski/Special Honorary Achievement, Mindy Wirtz/Athletic Accomplishments.

The purpose of the Hall of Fame program is to recognize Medina High School graduates who have made important contributions and who have provided extraordinary service to their community and chosen field, and to also recognize non-graduates who have served as positive role models for Medina City School District students and have significantly promoted and supported the district. 

This event is sponsored by the Medina City Schools Foundation and Medina High School Student Council. Should you be interested in attending the event, please contact the Communications Office at 330.636.3012.

Individual Buildings to Provide Blizzard Bag Information

With regard to blizzard bags, you should receive information from your building principals with details about where to locate the work and the procedure to complete the work. Any specific questions should be directed to each of your children's buildings.

Online Testing

Online testing, including the PARCC and Ohio Next Generation Assessments will be taking place beginning February 17th at the high school and continuing to the middle and elementary school. It has been fantastic to see the response from parents as each building has held informational sessions for parents in the evenings. These sessions have including answering questions, providing devices for parents to practice the tests, and providing information to clarify discrepancies in information. 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.

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.

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