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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.

No School February 12 or February 15

Just a reminder that there is no school on Friday, February 12 for staff professional development and Monday, February 15 in honor of President's Day.  Enjoy the extra long weekend.

Community Survey for Superintendent Search Now Open

The Medina City Schools Board of Education values your input as to the attributes that it should seek in the next Superintendent of the Medina City School District. To share your insights, please complete the survey by clicking on the link not later than Monday, February 22. Thank you for your time. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 

Community Meetings Scheduled as Part of Superintendent Search

During the Board of Education work session on Monday, February 1, the Medina City Schools Board of Education voted to work with the Educational Services Center of Medina County as the district begins its search for the next superintendent of Medina City Schools.

As part of the process, three separate public community meetings will be held in an effort to gather information regarding attributes the various segments of the community value in the next superintendent of the Medina City Schools.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, February 11

H.G. Blake Elementary Cafeteria
4704 Lexington Ridge

Wednesday, February 17

Claggett Middle School Cafeteria
420 East Union Street

Friday, February 19
Medina Community Recreation Center-Community Room A
855 Weymouth Road

For those who are unable to attend the community meetings, there will be a survey that can be completed to submit input. This survey will be available online on the district website at www.medinabees.org beginning Thursday, February 11.

For ease of printing, see linked flyer here.

MHS Choral Music Department/Harmony Helpers to Host 7th Annual Medina Midwest Showcase

The annual show choir festival, Medina Midwest Showcase, will be held Saturday, February 13, in the Performing Arts Center starting at 8 a.m. This year's festival will feature 18 high school and middle school show choirs from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Tickets are available at the door. All day passes cost $15, daytime competition passes (8 a.m.- 6 p.m.) are $10, and evening competition passes (7 p.m. and later) are $10.

Cleveland Clinic Presents Health Expert Dr. Mark Hyman

The Cleveland Clinic and Healthy Medina present physician Mark Hyman, MD, nationally known health expert, author, speaker and frequent Dr. Oz guest, speaking on "Separating Fact from Fiction: The Slippery Science of Fat" at the Medina Performing Arts Center, Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m.

This is a free event, however, registration is required. Please go to clevelandclinic.org/markhymanmedina to register. Books will be available for purchase at the event. To view the event flyer, click here.

MHS to Hold College Credit Plus Informational Meeting

Medina High School will be holding a CCP (College Credit Plus) informational meeting Tuesday, February 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Middle Auditorium (enter through doors D4). Representatives from the University of Akron, Tri-C, Kent State University, and Lorain Community College will be on-hand to answer questions. 

MHS Spring Concert Dates Revised

Two MHS spring concert dates have been moved due to MHS Testing Week. The MHS Orchestras Spring Concert has been moved to Wednesday, April 20 (originally April 26) at 7:00 p.m. The MHS Bands Spring Concert has been moved to Thursday, April 21 (originally April 28) at 7:30 p.m. Please be sure to spread the word among your family and friends.

MHS Girls Soccer Players Sign National Letters of Intent

Congratulations to the following MHS Girls Soccer players who have signed National Letters of Intent during the February 2016 signing period!

Elizabeth Ash - Canisius College
Brianne Caccavale - Lipscomb University
Lillian Jackson - Valparaiso University
Sydney Leckie - Ohio University
Olivia Sency - Ohio University

What is the National Letter of Intent (NLI)?

The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student‐athlete and an NLI member institution.

● Prospective student‐athlete agrees to attend the institution full‐time for one academic year.

● Institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year.

Do many high school athletes earn athletics scholarships?

● According to recent statistics, about 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded athletics scholarships to compete in college.

Medina High School has had 78 Student Athletes since February 2010 sign a NLI.

"No Turn On Red" Sign Posting at MHS Intersection

Recently, the City of Medina placed “No Turn on Red” signage on the traffic light arms at the intersection of Weymouth Road, Rolling Meadows and Union Street. The “No Turn on Red” restriction will be in affect at that intersection from 7:00AM-9:00AM and again from 2:00PM-4:00PM. This will help insure pedestrian safety during high foot traffic hours during school hours.

Medina Police Officers Receive Proclamations from the City of Medina and Medina Hospital

On Monday, January 25, 2016, Medina Police Officers and School Resource Officers Mike Wesner and Al Roland received proclamations from the City of Medina and Medina Hospital for their roles in saving the life of Dr. Steve Sroka during an assembly held at the Medina Performing Arts Center. The following article, written by Allison Wood at The Medina Post, details the acknowledgement of both men and the events surrounding their involvement. Post Article

Superintendent Knight Set to Pass the Baton

Superintendent Dave Knight has served in public education for forty years, twenty-five of which have been with the Medina City School District. Prior to beginning his career with the district, he was an elementary teacher at Northwestern Local School District and subsequently elementary principal prior to taking on the position of principal in the 1990-1991 school year at Sidney Fenn Elementary until 2011-2012. In April, 2013, he agreed to come back to the district to serve as Interim Superintendent and ultimately named Superintendent in May, 2014. Knight’s contract ran from May 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015 with a board option to continue the agreement for up to two additional twelve-month periods through July 31, 2017. 

During the Tuesday, January 19, 2016 regular Board of Education meeting, Knight formally announced his resignation as Medina City Schools Superintendent effective July 31, 2016. “As much as I enjoy serving the students and the families of the Medina community, I feel the present time provides the optimum opportunity for a positive transition for a new individual to assume the role of Medina City School’s superintendent,” stated Knight.

“First of all, I want to say the Medina City School District is forever grateful for the service Mr. Knight has given,” stated Rob Skidmore, Board of Education President. “He has had a stellar career as principal at Fenn and has done a great job coming into one of the most difficult situations for any superintendent. Mr. Knight has done an enormous amount of work trying to help heal the rift with the community and was incredibly instrumental in helping to pass the levy back in November, 2013 and has worked diligently to assure we have followed through on the levy promises to the community,” Skidmore continued.

Over the last year and a half, Knight has been dedicated to the work of meeting the community’s collective expectations for excellence and bringing opportunities to our students. “The district has outstanding teachers, support staff, and administrators that possess great expertise and dedicated work ethic,” said Knight. “During this time, I have been blessed to work with countless caring and committed school staff, board and community members,” he continued.

As Knight prepares to pass the ‘Medina Bee Baton,’ the Board of Education will go through the process to seek a successor. “Mr. Knight has served as a mentor to all of the staff of Medina City Schools and continues to lead with his brand of kindness. He is admired by this board and we would agree to continue his contract into the foreseeable future,” said Skidmore. “With this announcement, the board realizes it has a daunting task ahead of it. We were informed that this announcement would be forthcoming sometime last year and have recently been busy preparing for succession and looking at firms that could assist in the process of hiring a new superintendent. We are still digesting this announcement tonight and realize that we will be moving relatively quickly over the next several months to be sure we have a new superintendent in place before Mr. Knight’s final day at Medina,” stated Skidmore. He continues, “Since joining the board, I have assisted in the search for hiring three treasurers and one superintendent, which includes experience at the Medina County Career Center. I can assure the public that the board will be looking at all options including hiring search firms, to using the Educational Services Center, which is at no cost to the district, as well as conducting the search ourselves, as we did when we hired our current treasurer.”

“I believe this board is in agreement; we want to hire the best person possible to lead this district over the next several years with a vision for the future. We will all be doing our best to be sure that we find that person,” affirmed Skidmore.

“I have grown to love this community. Medina is a great place to live, to work, and to raise a family,” Knight reminisces. “I look forward to being connected to everyone here in new ways and being able to see dear friends often.”

MCRC to Host "Amazing Race Family Heart Healthy Challenge"

The Medina Community Recreation Center will be hosting an "Amazing Race Family Heart Healthy Challenge" on Friday, February 19 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. All are invited for a fun night of competition against other families in the community. 

Registration is required at www.medinarec.org or at the MCRC front desk. Admission is free for MCRC members and $10 per family for non-members.

For more information, see the following flyer.

MHS Spring Course Registration Underway

With the completion of the 8th Grade Parent Night, MHS spring registration is now underway. Following is the timeline for students in grade 8 who will be freshmen at MHS in the fall.

January 22 – 8th grade teachers will be distributing Spring Registration Cards with course recommendations for Language Arts, Math, Science and level II World Languages. Please discuss your student's selections with them.

January 28-29 – Claggett Middle School will request your course selections through a registration account (DASL) specifically generated for each individual student in order to complete course requests for the next school year. DASL account usernames and passwords will be distributed when the student schedules with a high school counselor on this day. High school counselors will assist students in the media center computer lab from 7:40am-2:40pm. Parents are welcome to register with their student during study hall or lunch. Spring Registration Cards will be collected from the student.

February 1-2 – Root Middle School will request your course selections through a registration account (DASL) specifically generated for each individual student in order to complete course requests for the next school year. DASL account usernames and passwords will be distributed when the student schedules with a high school counselor on this day. High school counselors will assist students in the media center computer lab from 7:40am-2:40pm. Parents are welcome to register with their student during study hall or lunch. Spring Registration Cards will be collected from the student.

April 15 – End of Spring Registration. Student-initiated schedule changes will not be accepted after April 15, 2016. Student schedules will be developed according to Spring Registration Requests.

The timeline for students entering grades 10-12 is as follows.

February 2 thru February 9 (STEP 1) – Spring Registration begins at Medina High School through a registration account (DASL) specifically generated for each individual student in order to complete course requests for the next school year. DASL account usernames and passwords will be distributed prior to scheduling through the students' 1st period course. Distribution will include the username, password and detailed instructions along with screen shots of the registration process. Students are to review the general information and registration procedures posted in the Registration Guide which will be available on the Guidance Blackboard beginning January 19. Determine the required courses for your upcoming grade level using the indicated prerequisites to schedule appropriately. Next, determine the elective courses you may be interested in taking by referring to the description of courses for details. Again, check the prerequisites. Students entering grades 10 and 11 must schedule 6 courses each semester. Students entering grade 12 may schedule the minimum required courses for graduation. Remember to consider eligibility requirements for athletic purposes (five ½ credit courses per semester).

Discuss individually your selections for the upcoming year with your current teachers and school counselor. Discuss your selections with your parents. Please note that all students will have a one-on-one meeting with their school counselor AFTER courses have been selected.

Request your course selections through the provided DASL account. Assistance will be available at school to access your DASL account Monday and Tuesday, February 8 and 9 in the Media Center Computer Lab from 7:30am-2:45pm. All requests must be entered prior to midnight February 9, 2016.

February 16-March 18 (STEP 2) – All students will meet individually with a school counselor during their current mathematics course to review your Spring Registration request. At this time, students will be able to adjust courses with the input of their school counselor.

April 7-April 15 (STEP 3) - Teacher verification Day will occur on April 7, 2016. All students will receive through 1st period a copy of scheduling requests. Current teachers of each student will approve the courses requested. Verification sheets will then be returned to the school counselor.

April 15 is the last day of spring registration. Student initiated schedule changes will not be accepted after April 15, 2016. Parent initiated schedule changes will not be accepted after May 4, 2016. Teacher initiated schedule changes will not be accepted after June 1, 2016.

For more information, please go to the Medina High School website page and click on "Guidance Department" in the Information box. Next, click on "Registration Guide 16/17" and then "Spring Registration Timeline" or "Scheduling 16/17."

Students of the Month Named for January
Congratulations to January Students of the Month, MHS seniors Julia Reedy and Adam Usher! 

Julia Reedy, Medina High School senior, is described as responsible, kind and patient making her a wonderful role model for her fellow classmates. Julia is a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Link Crew, SHUDDLE and a peer tutor. She volunteers in many activities at school and in the community. Julia is the daughter of Andrea and James Reedy.  

It is said that Medina High School senior, Adam Usher’s musical talents are only exceeded by his positive spirit. A very active member of band, choir and Encore, he is also busy out in the community. Adam is the son of Tom and Anne Usher.

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.

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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