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October is Bullying Awareness Month

Make it Orange and make it end! Unite against bullying!

Wear orange to school on Wednesday, October 22 for Unity Day and come together in one giant message of support, hope and unity. Be a part of the movement to make a statement and end bullying.

Additional Resource Available Regarding Ebola

An additional resource from a MetroHealth expert regarding the Ebola virus is available here for your reference.

State of Ohio Sets Up Ebola Call Center

The State of Ohio has set up a new 24-hour call center staffed by health professionals for questions about Ebola at 866-800-1404.

A Message from Dave Knight, Superintendent of Medina City Schools

Today we have learned that a dress shop visited by Ms. Vinson, the nurse being treated for Ebola, was also visited by Heritage 1st grade Teacher, Mrs. Carlisle.

The Health Departments of both Summit and Medina Counties have been working in conjunction with Medina City Schools. As a proactive precautionary measure, Mrs. Carlisle will voluntarily avoid student contact for 21 days. Our school’s position is to take a very cautious stance. Mrs. Carlisle does not have any symptoms of sickness, is not contagious, and is not at risk. This is a measure of caution fully supported by the health department.  More information is available at the Medina County Health Department website or click on this link to review important information from the Health Department with regard to Ebola. We will update you as necessary in the event of any new information. Look for updates from the health department as well. Our children’s and staff’s safety are of utmost importance.  
Buzz, I am proud to be a Medina Bee.

Infectious Disease Information Available at Medina County Health Department Website

A link to the Medina County Health Department is available here with answers in regard to infectious diseases. Should you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Kris Quallich, Director of Educational Services at 330.636.3092

Medina High School Holds Third Annual Junk Boat Float

Medina High School held its third annual junk boat float on Tuesday, October 14th in the Forest Meadows subdivision lake. Click on this link to read an entertaining and informative article about the event written by Sun News Reporter Ann Norman.

"Defy the Hand You're Dealt" Run to Benefit MHS Student Collin Kiousis

On Saturday, November 8, 2014 the "Defy the Hand You're Dealt" Kids 1 Mile and 5K Run will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Buckeye Woods Park.

Collin Kiousis is a very active senior at Medina High School. He plays the string bass in the orchestra, he is a member of the Encore crew, has run cross country, played soccer, and is a complete stud in lacrosse. Just a couple short months ago his life changed dramatically. He is now battling the toughest fight of his young life. 

He was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei carcinoma/colon cancer (the club you don’t want to belong to). Collins positive attitude won't let him be defeated. He will beat this. Collin would like to have you join him in his 5k. The proceeds of this year's race will help with Collin's medical expenses and be donated towards cancer research. Collin is hoping for the race to continue on for another family next year in order to raise funds for research until there is a cure. Collin's ultimate goal is for no one else to be dealt the hand that he has been dealt.

For more information on the run, click here or go to the Flyer Central page.

Staff at Heritage Elementary Shares Knowledge and Experience

On Monday, October 6, thanks to the coordination of Laura Hough, school psychologist, some of the staff from Heritage Elementary as well as the Medina City Schools’ Educational Services Department had the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience in the area of research-based intervention for students with reading and/or writing difficulties with Fran Warkomski of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Warkomski is in charge of implementing a pilot project in Pennsylvania to aid in identifying and intervening with students who may have dyslexia.  The Medina City Schools is one of the pilot districts chosen by the Ohio Department of Education to implement early dyslexia screening and intervention thus the purpose for Warkomski’s visit.  The district was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to utilize as a benchmark because of the programming that is in place that has proven successful with these students.  During her visit, Warkomski had the opportunity to visit several classrooms at Heritage to see the research-based interventions in action.  The classrooms of Sara Simpson, second grade teacher; Mandy Reigler, intervention specialist; Betty Carlisle, first grade teacher; and Beth Jack, first grade teacher were observed. 

While in Jack’s classroom, Warkomski had the opportunity to observe her lessons in Orton Gillingham, Seeing Stars, and LIPS.  “Observing the classrooms here at Heritage helped me define the parameters to set for Pennsylvania school districts to commit to before sending in their grant proposals,” stated Warkomski.  She particularly liked the fact we are using several measures to make a data-based decision to move students in and out of learning groups. Further thoughts and ideas were exchanged with the kindergarten, first, and second grade teams.  This visit was a great way to demonstrate the district’s commitment to providing each child with the tools to succeed.

Garfield Elementary Family Night a Success


Thanks to the efforts of the Title 1 staff at Garfield Elementary, they were once again able to host their annual Family Expo Night.  It was an opportunity for Garfield families to visit businesses and community groups that offer educational and recreational opportunities to students and their families.  Some of the participants included:  The Medina Fire Department; the Medina Police Department; the Medina Community Recreation Center; Project Learn; Help Me Grow; the Medina County District Library; Woodsy’s Music; Medina County Parks Department; Bricks for Kids; Castle Noel; Upward Basketball; Garfield PTO; the OSU Extension; and many more.  Superintendent Knight was on hand to amaze event goers with his entertaining magic tricks.  It was a great time to get the Garfield family community together to celebrate and embrace education.

Medina City Schools Receives a “Grand” Gift

The Garfield North building (previously the Grace Drake building) will be the new home to a spectacular antique Steinway baby grand piano.  This piano has an amazing history.  The Medina City School District is proud and very grateful to be able to add to that rich history thanks to the generosity of Mr. J. Randall Baird.

This family heirloom was purchased for Mr. Baird’s grandmother, Irene Crawford, in 1917 by his grandfather, Don Crawford.  Don was, at one time, the mayor of Seville.  Irene was a concert pianist and a graduate of Oberlin College.  Keeping music in the family, both Mr. Baird and his sister took piano lessons on the Steinway.

The home on Shadywood Drive in Chippewa Lake, where the Steinway has been for some time, is currently on the market for sale.  As a result, he was looking for a new home that would help give his family piano renewed life as it sits un-played in its current location.  In talking with his Realtor©, Leslie Burns of MC Real Estate, he was inquiring about an organization she may know of that may have interest in accepting the donation of the piano. “Mr. Baird wanted to provide the opportunity for someone or a group to be able to enjoy this wonderful family heirloom,” said Burns.

Thanks to the quick thinking of Burns, phone calls were exchanged and arrangements were made to move the timeless instrument to the stage of the Medina City Schools Garfield North Building.  Vicki Calvin, Manager of the Medina Performing Arts Center stated, “We are grateful for Mr. Baird’s generous donation.  The piano is a key piece we have been missing from the building.  The Steinway will be utilized for private recitals and concerts for years to come.”  Mike Sferro, President of the Medina County Arts Foundation adds, “The intimate theatre at Garfield North is already a perfect acoustical environment, and the “new” Steinway will enable it to be maximized in exciting new ways both for our students and community.”

Medina High School Sophomores Participate in Manufacturing Roadshow

Thanks to the generosity of the Medina County Economic Development Corporation and the coordination of Medina High School staff and administrators, all of the tenth grade students had the unique opportunity to participate in the Manufacturing Roadshow on Wednesday, October 1.  As part of their American History class, they were invited to join a tour of a number of Medina county manufacturing facilities.  To kick-off the tour, the students gathered in the Performing Arts Center to listen to some opening remarks from Medina County Commissioner Adam Friedrick.

The program was designed to enhance the student’s educational experience and build awareness by showcasing the multitude of career prospects available right in their own backyard while seeking evidence of Medina’s contributions to the national economy. 

Throughout the tour, the students had the chance to experience manufacturing first-hand through an on-site tour of local companies such as Root Candle Company, BPR Rico, and McJak Candy Company.  As a result of the tour, students were able to understand that manufacturing is much more than production.  They learned that operation of such facilities include accounting, sales, human resources, marketing, quality control, engineering, research and development, and entrepreneurial endeavors.  In addition to visually experiencing this industry, students had the opportunity to engage in conversation with company owners and interact with employees that have a wide range of educational experiences after high school.

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.

Questions should be directed to the Community Relations Department at 330.636.3012 or email 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.

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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