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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

Our Vision Statement
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.

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 Boards 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.

Community Invited to Heritage Elementary 40th Anniversary Open House

The community is invited to join Heritage Elementary as they celebrate their 40th anniversary on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event includes tours of the building, speakers, Glee Club performance, as well as the annual PTO carnival. Shuttle service is available at Blake Elementary beginning at 8:30 a.m. If possible, please RSVP to Heritage40@gmail.com by April 25 if you are planning to attend.

MCCSP to Hold Annual Suicide Prevention Walk This Sunday

On Sunday, May 1, the Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention will hold its annual "Step Up to Prevent Suicide" Community Walk at Medina's Public Square. To register or donate, go to www.alternativepaths.org. The first 300 participants who register will receive a t-shirt. For more information, contact Gail Houk at 330-764-3607.

Get Ready for the 2016 Bike to School Challenge

The 2016 Bike to School Challenge is just around the corner. This year’s event will kick-off with Bike to School Night at Century Cycles in Medina on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:30-8:00PM with the riding challenge officially beginning on May 2 running through May 13, 2016. This year, A.I. Root Middle School, Claggett Middle School and Blake Elementary will be participating in this two week long challenge. 

There are giveaways each day thanks to all of the generous sponsors of this event: Century Cycles, Raleigh, Subway, Bike Cleveland, School House Scoops, Dairy Queen, Castle Noel, Domino's, Medina City Schools Foundation and Rinky Dink Family Fun Center. The more times a participant bikes to school, the more opportunities they will have to win. Those students who ride four days receive a free Bike to School t-shirt with artwork done by Claggett Middle School eighth grader, Gigi Cox, winner of this year's t-shirt contest. In addition, for every 4 days of riding, an entry for the grand prize is received to win a new Raleigh bicycle, gift cards and so much more. Winners of the grand prizes will be drawn during assembly’s at all three buildings. Blake's assembly will be on Friday, May 13 with A.I. Root and Claggett Middle School's hosting their assemblies on Monday, May 16. 

Get ready to ride!

Medina County Share Cluster Names Outstanding Seniors

Congratulations to all of the Medina County Seniors honored today at the Medina County Share Cluster Breakfast. Among the recipients of the Outstanding Senior Award this morning were Medina High School seniors, Olivia Sency and Gabriella Shepard. Thank you for making a difference!

Senior Gabriella Shepard with MHS Principal Jeff Harrison

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!


Students of the Month Named for April

Congratulations to April Students of the Month, MHS senior Mariah Edwards and junior Shane Cullen!

Mariah Edwards is a dedicated student described as consistent, persistent, thoughtful and insightful. She is involved in NHS, Key Club, Huddle, Peer Tutoring and a member of the Dance Team. She volunteers are her church’s food pantry and dances competitively outside of school. Mariah is the daughter of Monica and Severn Edwards.

Junior Shane Cullin is a self-motivated leader in the classroom and on the basketball court. His positive, friendly attitude earns him respect. Shane volunteers at basketball camps and clinics as well as being a youth mentor. He is the son of Brian and Katherine Cullen.

Medina High School Chinese Students Participate in Speech and Essay Contest

From left to right:  Nikki Piskac, Shasha Gibbs and Kathryn Salai

The fourth annual Ohio K-12 Chinese Speech and Essay contest was held on Saturday, April 16 at Cleveland State University. Medina High School sophomore Chinese students Nikki Piskac and Kathryn Salai both won the Award of Excellence in the grade 9-10 division. In addition, Medina High School Chinese teacher, Shasha Gibbs, won the Outstanding Engagement Award.

Medina High School Art Student Artwork on Display at State Office

Kasey Kania, junior, Medina High School, was selected to have his artwork on display in the 2016 Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition in the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus from April 17 through May 19, 2016. Kasey, an Honors Portfolio 2 student of Medina High School art teacher, Bobbie Foy, was selected from over 5,000 pieces of artwork as one of the top 200 pieces in the state.

2016 District Chess Tournament Comes to a Close 

The 2016 chess tournament finals were held at St. Francis Xavier on Thursday, April 21 resulting in four fifth graders who placed in this contest. In fourth place, Jacob Hutz, Ella Canavan Elementary; third place, Sammy Paffumi; second place, Nate Cummings; and first place going to Tony Stabile, Ella Canavan Elementary.

Claggett Middle School Students Participate in the 11th Annual Samurai Contest

Recently, seventh grade students from the Claggett Middle School social studies classes of Jeff Diesch, John Leatherman, and David Wyemura competed in the annual “Honorable Claggett Samurai Contest.”  In its eleventh year, the social studies students in each of the three classes voted to pick the top 15. The staff then voted to select the final five. This year, the winners were: tied for fourth place, Kylie Hosey and Noah Mowery, third place, Sarah Barr, second place, Lucy O’Cull with first place going to Aaron Jensen. Thanks to Jimmy John’s and House of Hunan for providing prizes for the students.

From left to right:  Aaron Jensen, Lucy O’Cull, Sarah Barr, Kylie Hosey and Noah Mowery


(Photo credit to parent Brigid Turrittin.)

Congratulations to the 2016 Medina High School National Honor Society inductees who were honored at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 20!


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 On Its Way

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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