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School Gardens in Full Bloom

As the summer planting season comes to a close, the district school gardens are in full bloom. With lots of sunshine and watering help from the high school student council members, a variety of produce was able to be gathered. Weekly donations began in early July to the Medina Methodist Church food pantry. Donated items have included:  blueberries; radishes; lots of peppers; three varieties of squash; tomatoes; green beans; eggplant; and cucumber. Kim Grigsby, parent volunteer and one of the coordinators of the gardens stated, “We expect to make many more donations this season and will soon have carrots and sweet potatoes ready.” 

Earlier this summer, a community member donated a large, fully enclosed tumbling composting barrel to the high school garden program. “We were thrilled to receive this donation. It will allow students to learn the value of composting – turning waste into nutrient rich compost,” said Grigsby. The composting barrel, located by the picnic tables outside of the high school cafeteria, has been used to compost garden waste all summer. In addition, the students will get involved with the composting of cafeteria waste this fall. “By next spring, we should have a fair amount of compost to use on the garden,” says Kim. Soon after school begins, students will plant some fall crops including turnips and peas. It is also planned to set out a variety of garlic bulbs this fall which will be harvested next summer.

This past school year, the Medina High School garden was designated as an official Ohio Wild Site with new signage boasting its special designation. 

Other buildings in the district have worked on gardens as well this summer. Carol Parsons, fourth grade teacher at Heritage Elementary, was the gardening coordinator again this year. “We mostly did a spring cleaning of the beds, pulling weeds and removing debris. We also filled the planters leading up to Heritage’s doors with colorful annuals,” said Parsons. Children and some dedicated parents arrived each Wednesday throughout the summer as it fit in their schedules working side by side with their child. “Carol is a wonderful teacher who gives of her time to pass on her love and passion for gardening onto students each and every year. She is a blessing to our school,” stated Carol Starrick, principal, Heritage Elementary.

Medina High School Students Take a Life-Changing Trip

During the week of June 10-17, a group of Medina High School students embarked on a life-changing service trip to the Dominican Republic.  Organized through Student Council, 30 students committed to helping others in the town of Jarabacoa at an environmental school to help focus on natural resources, ecology, and ecotourism. The students worked in a seedling nursery on reforestation projects, refurbished a camp site, planted trees and removed invasive species. Relationships were built with both the students and faculty of the school.

While the students worked hard on tough projects that required vigorous physical labor, they found time to have some fun and explore the island as well. Adventures such as waterfall hikes, whitewater rafting and snorkeling on the north coast in the Atlantic allowed the students to see the island and spend time trying new things. 

Student Council advisor and trip organizer, Laura Calaiacovo believes the students made a great contribution but learned even more about civic duty and assisting others. “The students worked hard each day but had fun and learned a lot. I think everyone should try to give back and serve others, and these kids have so much compassion and passion for helping others. I hope that it instills a lifelong desire to make a difference in others’ lives.”

Claggett Middle School Spanish Students Learn From Experience

What would you think about spending a week touring and learning about Costa Rica? Back in June, five former Claggett Spanish students, Brian Burnett, Derek Demlow, Megan Hlas, Clara Watkins, and Shawna Wolf, all ninth grade students at Medina High School had just that opportunity. 


Marcie Komar, Spanish teacher at Claggett Middle School organized the trip allowing these students the opportunity to visit the capital city of San Jose, the Paos and Arenal volcanoes, the Montevede Cloud Forest and the Manuel Antonio national park/beach. The students interacted with students there through games and conversations. They participated in cooking lessons from locals and ate the local cuisine that they prepared. “Boyero” – ox-cart wheels, are a traditional art craft the students participated in as well. Komar said, “It was a great time for everyone and as they say in Costa Rica, “Pura Vida!”

Sixth Grade Students Receive Copy of Wonder

One book, one community is about living united to make our great community even better. Every sixth grader in Medina County will be reading and discussing the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. The United Way of Medina County and the Medina County District Library, as well as local businesses, community groups, and individuals helped collect and distribute over 2,300 copies of this book to the sixth graders.  Medina City Schools has joined in the effort engaging students in activities reinforcing the tenets of the Choose Kind campaign. 

On Friday, August 22, the sixth grade students at both Claggett and Root Middle Schools attended assemblies and received their own personal copy of the Wonder book. Thanks to the financial support of the Medina City Schools Foundation, this effort was made possible.  The students were joined in celebrating the event with representatives from United Way and the Medina District County Libraries of Medina and Brunswick. They spoke about the project and the impact in the community. 

The official kick-off of this campaign begins on August 23 at the Medina International Festival on Public Square. The community is invited to stop by the library Bookmobile and display to learn more about the book Wonder. The book will also be available in hard back and digital copies by reserve at www.mcdl.info. After reading, plan to attend one of the nearly two-dozen programs at Medina County District Library beginning September 1. Visit the library’s website for a complete list at www.mcdl.info/OneBook.

Two special events in October will wrap up the One Book, One Community campaign. First, J.R. Martinez, a U.S. Army Veteran, actor, best-selling author, motivational speaker, and Dancing with the Stars champion will be at the Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road on Thursday, October 9 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Martinez is the author of Full of Heart:  My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit, a memoir of how he took his personal tragedy and turned it into inspiration for others. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Then, on Friday, October 17, Celebrate Wonder: The Big Blue Bouncy Ball Drop will take place from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Medina Library. Celebrate Wonder and drop thousands of blue bouncy balls from the third floor of the library.

Federal Court Instructs Ohio Districts to Post Information for Parents Concerning Data Release

A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education's Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit. 


Under the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and give the opportunity to object.  The court is instructing all local educational agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on our website and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.

A copy of the notice - which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release - can be found here. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.

Students’ names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.


Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.


The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.


Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please contact the Ohio Department of Education’s legal office at (614) 466-4705 or Paul Kidd, Medina City Schools' Coordinator of Special Service, at 330.636.3072 if you have questions.


Open House Date Scheduled for MHS

Medina High School annual Open House occurs after the school year begins. Please mark your calendar for this year's event on                                Thursday, August 28, 7:00 p.m.

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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