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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.



Medina High School Student Council Attends National Leadership Conference



Several Medina High School Student Council members, ambitious sophomores and juniors, are some of 800 student leaders that attended the Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conference held February 13-15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The LEAD Conference is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which administers the National Honor Society™, the National Junior Honor Society™, and the National Association of Student Councils™. 

Student Council Advisors Laura Calaiacovo and Shannon Duncan, as well as Junior Class Advisor Darlene Sparks, along with the students, attended workshops on improving leadership skills, problem solving, project planning, fundraising, team-building, idea sharing and networking. In addition, all participated in special sessions presented by popular national motivational speakers Mike Smith, Stu Shaffer, and Amy Gallimore.

The following Student Council members represented Medina High School:  Juniors:  Ashley Brei, Ally Campbell, Savannah Campbell, Ally O’Connell, Jensen Tata; Sophomores:  KK King, Maddie King, Holly Schneider, Maia Virgei. The students were excited about the opportunity to increase their leadership skills. Ashley Brei and Ally O’Connell presented an interactive workshop on directing group differences to obtain a common goal.






“Root Rocks” Café Helps Promote Positive Behavior



The "Root Rocks" Café is now open for "business." With the help and support of Root's S.T.E.P.S. group, parent volunteers are being organized to come in and run the café. To volunteer, there is an online calendar on Root's website.

The café is for students to utilize during study hall or recess to enjoy a hot chocolate, hot apple cider, popcorn or a snack. In the café, students can do their homework; play a board game with a friend or sit and chat. This is an incentive program to help promote positive behaviors within the building and recognize the great things Root students are doing each and every day.




Claggett Girls Choir Performs at Valentine’s Day Show



On Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31, a small group from the Claggett Middle School girls’ choir performed at the Rick and Jim Valentine’s Day Show held at the Medina County Administration Building at 144 N. Broadway Street. The performance was held as a fundraiser to help sponsor youth theater opportunities in Medina and assist with the funding of Shakespeare on the Square.
 
Students involved in this worthwhile event were Allie Burns, Payton Cassell, Becky Gray, Taylor Heintz, Carmella Henning, Jaisanna Jarvis, Lillian Kim, Sydney Lally, Cami Ratliff, Claire Schmeller, and Amanda Woods. They performed the number, “Taylor the Latte Boy” by Goldrich and Heisler.
 
Also featured that day was Ellis Johanson, a seventh grade student from A. I. Root Middle School and private voice student of Carey Knox, seventh and eighth grade vocal music director at Claggett. He performed a solo of John Legend’s “All of Me.”


Fourth Grade Students to Complete Artwork for Community Mosaic Mural at Akron Children’s Hospital



Thanks to the efforts of Bobbie Foy, Medina High School art teacher and the elementary art teachers, all Medina City Schools fourth grade students will be creating a piece of artwork that will become part of the Akron Children’s Hospital’s “Big Picture”, a mosaic mural project which is part of the hospital’s 125th anniversary celebration and the opening of their new medical building this year. 

The student’s artwork will join thousands of pieces created by patients, community members, and supporters. The pictures will be transformed into a tile that will be part of the 8’ x 20’ mural that will greet patients and their families as they enter the hospital. Once the mural is complete in October 2015, the students will be able to find their artwork and its exact location in the Project S.N.A.P. Online Art Museum. 


The hospital has partnered with Project S.N.A.P. to create the mosaic mural.  Project S.N.A.P. is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to communicate about issues that are important to them, collaborate around a common goal and develop skills and insights necessary to become socially responsible leaders promoting positive change in their communities.




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.




A Message from Superintendent Dave Knight  (2/23/2015)

With the many snow days we have had recently, the next snow day used is a Blizzard Bag make-up day. Blizzard bags provide students with required school work that should be done at home and turned into school for credit. Buildings at all grade levels will share where to find your appropriate Blizzard bag be it on Blackboard, the web site, or take home materials hopefully on the snow day itself. The district has three Blizzard Bag make-up days before snow days extend the end of the school year. Check the school calendars on the web site.




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.





Kindergarten Registration Underway for 2015-2016 School Year

Kindergarten registration is now open for the 2015-2016 school year. 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 fee-supported program brings all-day kindergarten to families that choose to participate. The program cost is $2,700 for the year for most families; $2,100 for families that qualify for reduced lunch; and will be provided free of charge to families that are eligible for free lunches. To be considered for free or reduced fees, the Free and Reduced Lunch application must be completed. 

A non-refundable deposit of $300 must be submitted upon registration by March 2 in order to be considered for this program. If accepted into the program, fees may be paid in installments with the first installment due August 18, 2015; second November 13, 2015; and the last on February 26, 2016. In order for the all-day program to be at each building, a minimum of 20 students must apply with a maximum of 25 in a class, unless half-day enrollment is higher. Bus transportation will be available for students who are eligible and going to their home school.

The district will hold a lottery in the instance there should be more than 25 students registered in an all day program at a school building. The 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. 



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.



Save the Date for Family First Night

 

Medina City Schools will once again be hosting Family First Night on Tuesday, March 24.  It is an evening that provides the opportunity for all district families to spend time together without the worries of homework or district practices. 

Whatever you choose to do, be sure to do it as a family. Whether it is playing games, eating dinner at the same table or taking a family outing , Family First Night is all about putting other activities on hold and getting back to the basics of family relationships. More information will be forthcoming.






Mark Your Calendars for the Medina High School Spring Musical


The Medina High School Drama and Music Departments are pleased to announce this year’s Spring Musical, GREASE! Performances will be held at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. Senior citizens are invited to attend the dress rehearsal on March 19 at 4:00 p.m. at no charge.

All general seating tickets are $10 with sales beginning March 9.  Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 330.636.3400 Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Patron opportunities are also available.



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.




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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