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CONSTRUCTION & COMMUNITY MEETINGS UPDATE

The Superintendent has concluded his three community engagement meetings at the elementary schools slated to be rebuilt - Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt - and will hold a meeting on plans for the high school on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 pm in the LHS East Cafeteria. You can keep abreast of the planning process on our School Construction page, which includes videos and minutes from the community meetings as well as contact info for the architects, who welcome your input. We look forward to this exciting process that will bring the community three new elementary schools and a completed high school!


HARDING'S PESTA TO BE FEATURED ON NATIONAL TV

Harding Middle School science teacher Ann Pesta will be featured as the Science Teacher of the Week on the TV show, COSMOS, which airs Sundays at 9 pm on Fox. Pesta will be on at the end of the show this Sunday, April 20. The Harmon Family, which includes one of Pesta's former students, nominated Pesta for the honor. If you've ever been in Pesta's fun and energized classroom, you know this honor is well-deserved!


HARRISON 5TH GRADER EARNS STATE WRESTLING TITLE

Harrison Elementary 5th-grader Jayden Jackson placed first at the Ohio Athletic Commission (OAC) state tournament March 15-16, defeating the defending champion for the title. Jackson qualified for the state meet by winnning his district tournament and finished his season 41-5.


LAKEWOOD SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED JAN. 28

All Lakewood City Schools buildings will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 28, due to expected extreme weather conditions for Tuesday. All evening activities are cancelled as well.


LAKEWOOD PROJECT CONCERT IS ON FOR TONIGHT!

Despite a number of sports cancellations, the concert with the Lakewood Project and Hard Day's Night will go on tonight at 7:30 pm in the Civic. Drive safely!


BOARD SWEARS IN NEW OFFICERS FOR 2014

Longtime Board member Linda Beebe (pictured with Treasurer Kent Zeman) and Emma Petrie Barcelona were sworn in as the new President and Vice President, respectively, of the Lakewood Board of Education for 2014 at an organizational meeting on Jan. 6. Members Edward Favre and Betsy Bergen Shaughnessy were also sworn in to new terms following their re-election in November. President Beebe then presented comments about the coming year, including the challenges facing the district as it begins the final phase of its construction plan and implements Common Core. Read the text of the new Board leader's comments here.


BOARD OFFICES RE-OPENED ON WARREN ROAD

The majority of the Board of Education offices have been relocated back to the Board of Education building at 1470 Warren Road, including the Recreation Dept. The remaining departments - Treasurer's Office and Payroll & Accounting - will be at the Franklin School location until Monday, Jan. 13. Thank you for your cooperation during this transition time. 


COLLEGE SPORTS RECRUITING TOPIC OF JAN. 8 SEMINAR

Former Browns player and NFL Super Bowl Champion Darnell Dinkins, a current Rutgers University assistant football coach, will be at Lakewood High Wednesday Jan. 8, at 6 pm in the Civic Auditorium to speak to our student athletes and parents regarding the college recruiting process. The seminar is open to all parents and students of all ages that are interested in participating in college athletics.


RANGER CAFE TO BE CLOSED THIS WEEK

Due to Monday's school closing and impending inclement weather , the Ranger Cafe @ West Shore will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Wednesday, Jan. 8. The Ranger Cafe will accept reservations for Wednesday, Jan. 22, Tuesday, Jan.  28,  and Wednesday, Jan. 29.


LET'S KEEP SIDEWALKS CLEAR FOR STUDENTS' WALK TO SCHOOL

With our students returning to school this coming week, it is imperative that everyone pitch in and make sure sidewalks are cleared. When sidewallks are unshoveled, students resort to walking in the streets, putting themselves in danger. So, please help out and clear for kids.


WINTER RECREATION BOOK AVAILABLE

The Lakewood Recreation and Education Department Winter Booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the Youth/Adult Programming, Athletics and Aquatics offered this winter. The booklet includes listings for Summer Camps, Learn-to-swim, Adult Spring Softball, Youth Baseball and much more. Click here to view the booklet.

 


B.R.I.D.G.E.S. STUDENTS MAKE COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Students from the B.R.I.D.G.E.S classrooms at Garfield Middle School made a holiday ‘community connection’. The students collected money to purchase personal care items to be donated to the Lakewood Community Service Center. Students used many academic, social and daily living skills to complete this project. Each student participated by helping those in need in the Lakewood community. Click here for a photo story of their efforts.


REPORT OF SUSPICIOUS DRIVER NEAR ROOSEVELT UNTRUE

After further investigation by the school district and the Lakewood Police Department, it has been determined that the report earlier by a Roosevelt Elementary parent that her children had been approached by a man in a pickup truck on their walk home from school on Dec. 16 was unfounded. No children were ever in danger nor was there a suspicious person in a black pickup truck.

While the district regrets causing any alarm among our parents and community, district officials felt it was important to let parents know what was thought to be accurate at the time and that it was best to err on the side of caution when it comes to the safety of our students.


LEARN MORE ABOUT BEING AN FOSTER/ADOPTIVE PARENT

On  Dec. 1, from 2pm-5pm, City of Lakewood Division of Youth staff will have a table set up by the Lakewood Public Library main branch circulation desk in order to provide information to anyone interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Please contact Donna Rakerd at 216-529-6108 with any questions. 


HARDING CEREMONY SALUTES VETERANS' SERVICE

Veterans from across generations and from all the Armed Forces branches gathered on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Harding Middle School as part of the 17th Annual Veterans Day Recognition Program hosted by Harding staff, students, and Help To Others (H2O) service group.


BARNSTORMERS TO STAGE NEIL SIMON'S "FOOLS"

This year’s LHS Barnstormers’ fall comedy is Neil Simon’s “Fools,” on stage in the Tryout Theater Nov. 14-16 at 8 p.m. The play takes place in a remote village in the Ukraine, where the entire population has been placed under a curse of stupidity. A young schoolteacher happens upon the village and vows to break the curse by educating the village’s most hopeless—and beautiful—individual.Tickets are $5 at the door.


LINCOLN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION SET FOR OCT. 16 Join the Lincoln Elementary community as it celebrates the school's 100-year anniversary on Wednesday, Oct. 16. An Open House will take place from 6-8 pm at  the school. Former and current teachers, alumni and current students will be there and guests are free to tour the building. Read more about the celebration here.
RIVER COUPLE GIVES SHOUT OUT TO BAND & DISTRICT A Rocky River couple who attended the Rangers vs. Pirates football game last Friday took the time to share some kind words for our Ranger Marching Band and our district in general, all thanks to our spirit of inclusiveness. Read the letter to Band Director Nathan Harris here.
LINCOLN EARNS $500 FROM FITNESS FITS EVERYONE Congratulations to Lincoln Elementary, which earned $500 for phys ed or recess equipment from Jordan's Family Foundation for having the highest percentage of its students attend Fitness Fits Everyone on Sept. 29. Grant took second place and earned $200. Thanks to the JFF for these great gifts!
ALUMNI FOUNDATION EVENT RAISES MORE THAN $25,000 The Lakewood Alumni Foundation's Salute to the Lakewood City Schools celebration was a huge success, raising more than $25,000 for the Foundation. That money wil directly benefit the Lakewood City Schools in a myriad of ways. Thanks to the Foundation for its fantastic support of our students and to all the donors and volunteers who made the weekend such a success. Click here to see a photo gallery of the weekend.
COME PLAY IN ROOSEVELT'S CARDBOARD ARCADE Roosevelt fourth- and fifth-graders are taking part in Caine's Arcade Global Cardboard Challenge and have been creating arcade games out of cardboard that they would like to share with the public. Come play in their Cardboard Arcade this Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 am-12 pm at Roosevelt. Learn more here.
RANGER 360 PARENT MEETING SET FOR OCT. 1 Parent 360, a committee of Ranger 360, invites you to a parent/guardian discussion that will help parents learn how to become a key player in teaching about healthy relationships. The meeting is Oct. 1 from 7-8:30 pm at Garfield Midle School. Ranger 360 is a collaborative community effort designed to keep our youth and community healthy and safe.
VOTE FOR HAYES AS FOX 8 COOL SCHOOL OF THE WEEK Hayes Elementary is in the running for this week's Fox 8 Cool School of the Week. The winning school will receive a visit from the Fox 8 Morning News Show. Voting ends at 5:59 am Thursday. Vote from all your devices and let's help put Hayes over the top! Vote here.
LHS TWITTER CONTEST MARKS CONSTITUTION DAY

More than 100 students at LHS honored Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the document 226 years ago, in a very modern way – they tweeted about it.


SUPERINTENDENT BRIEFS COMMUNITY ON BOND ISSUE

Superintendent Jeff Patterson filled in about 150 community members on what will be in store for the district if the bond issue on the November ballot passes and the district's final construction phase moves forward. He also briefed audience members on the results of the recent state report card. View the the Superintendent's presentation from the meeting here.


LHS MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL SET FOR SEPT. 21

The pageantry and precision that goes along with the music of a high school marching band will be on display big-time on Saturday, Sept. 21, as the Ranger Marching Band hosts the 27th annual LHS Invitational Marching Band Festival at First Federal of Lakewood Stadium.
 


RANGER SHOP TO BE OPEN DURING LHS OPEN HOUSE

The Ranger Shop will be open Thursday, Sept. 5, from 5:30-8:30 pm, for LHS’ Open House. Come and check out the fun, new items for Fall.


MIDDLE SCHOOL ORIENTATIONS SET FOR AUG. 15

Middle school orientation for new students and their parents will be held on Thursday, August 15. Two orientation sessions will be offered on that date at each middle school. The first session will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the evening session at 6:30 p.m. You are invited to attend either session. Parents who are home during the day are encouraged to attend the daytime session.


CROSS COUNTRY FUNDRAISER GIVING PRIZE A DAY AWAY

The LHS boys and girls cross country teams are selling August Shop Local Calendar raffle tickets. The calendars cost $5. That entitles the buyer to an entry into the 31-day raffle. Each day in August one winning ticket will be picked for the $25 gift card/cash prize for that day. Tickets can be purchased from any team member or Coach Troyan at psl1122000@yahoo.com or Coach Toole at stephtoole@cox.net. Click here to view the calendar.


BOARD TO EXTEND SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT

At its July 15 meeting, the Lakewood Board of Education plans to extend the contract of Superintendent Jeffrey Patterson for an additional five years, through 2019. Patterson’s contract extension is similar to recent school employee contracts. There is no pay increase and his medical coverage contributions were increased consistent with other district employees.


TREASURER PENTON SUBMITS RESIGNATION

Lakewood City Schools Treasurer Tim Penton has resigned from his position effective July 31, 2013. Penton cited “unforeseen circumstances” of a personal nature in his letter of resignation to the Board of Education.


LAKEWOOD PROJECT CONCERT CELEBRATES 10 YRS. STRONG

Lakewood High School’s The Lakewood Project, the world’s first high school rock orchestra, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a reunion concert Saturday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the Lakewood Civic Auditorium.


GIRLS ON THE RUN TEAMS GEARING UP FOR 5K

Girls on the Run, a program now in its third year in the district, is helping many of our elementary and middle school girls learn to build strong and healthy lives physically, socially and emotionally. This weekend, they will test how far they've come with a regionwide Girls on the Run 5K.


MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO CELEBRATE BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY MAY 8

Garfield and Harding Middle Schoolswill join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8.  Organizers hope to see hundreds of students riding to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders. This first annual Bike to School Day is being presented by Bike Lakewood with support of the middle school principals and staff, along with the City of Lakewood, PTA Council and Spin Bike Shop.


SCHOOL SUPPLIES FUNDRAISER MAY 7 AT JAMMY BUGGARS

Supplies 4 Success (formerly the Lakewood School Supplies Initiative) is holding a fundraiser May 7 all day at Jammy Buggars on Detroit. Mention Supplies 4 Success and 15% of every sale will go toward purchasing supplies so all of Lakewood’s students have the tools they need to succeed academically. Click here for more info.


LHS ART STUDENTS SHARE VANS STORY WITH CH. 3

Amy Sedlak and her LHS Art 4 students shared their story about creating the Vans shoes that are in the running to win a $50,000 grand prize in Vans' national art contest. View the video here. Vote for LHS in the national contest at www.vans.com/customculture.


HARDING CIRQUE DE SCIENCE FUN FOR WHOLE FAMILY

Harding's annual Cirque de Science is set for  April 24 from 6-8 p.m. at Harding Middle School. Science teacher Ann Pesta and her 7th & 8th grade students will put on a carnival event full of fun games, hover car rides, a planetarium and more. Tickets are $1 so bring your family and come enjoy some fun and learn a little something about science!


WELCOME TO LAKEWOOD EVENT IS APRIL 24

For those new to Lakewood in the past year, Wednesday's Welcome to Lakewood Event is the place for you. The city-sponsored event will take place at Garfield Middle School from 7-9 p.m. and will include more than 50 local organizations, children's activities and even some treats. Mayor Mike Summers and Superintendent Jeff Patterson will also be on hand to greet you!


MAY 4 ZUMBATHON EVENT TO BENEFIT SCHOOLS

Get your dance fitness on and support the Lakewood City Schools at Lakewood Alumni Foundation's first-ever Zumbathon. All proceeds benefit school programs and students. Four energetic teachers will lead the crowd in Zumba, an exhilarating, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness party. All ages are welcome! Admission is $10. Children 10 and younger are free. Secure your spot today here: http://www.lakewoodrangers.com/wp/news-2/.


FALL SPORTS PRESEASON MEETING SET FOR JULY 23

All students and parents are welcome to attend the Fall Ohio High School Athletic Association preseason informational meeting on Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium. New Athletic Director Sean Jackson will lead the meeting.


OHIO CHAUTAUQUA RETURNS TO LAKEWOOD JUNE 25-29

This five-day event presented by the Ohio Humanities Council and the Lakewood Historical Society combines living history, music, education, theater and audience interaction in an exciting community educational event. This year’s theme for the Ohio Chautauqua is When Ohio was the Western Frontier.


SUPERINTENDENT TO HOLD COMMUNITY MEETING SEPT. 11

Superintendent Jeff Patterson will hold an important community meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Lakewood High East Cafeteria on Sept. 11. The Superintendent will cover several important topics including the district's bond issue in November, a financial update and results of the 2012-2013 state Report Card. There will be a Q&A session following the presentation.


PROGRESSBOOK NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR

The online grading system ProgressBook has undergone an upgrade that will require parents and students to create new accounts. Parents should receive info in the mail soon with instructions and student codes to create the new accounts. In the meantime, ProgressBook is unavailable. Thank you for your patience.


MANDATORY PARENT WINTER SPORTS MEETING OCT. 29 There will be a Winter Ohio High School Athletic Association preseason informational meeting Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6 pm in the Civic Auditorium for all parents and students interested in basketball, hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, and swimming & diving.
COMMON CORE INFORMATION MEETING SET FOR DEC. 4

Join the district's Director of Teacher & Learning, Roxann Ramsey-Caserio, for a presentation and discussion regarding the district's implementation of the Common Core State Standards on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 pm in the Garfield Cafetorium. Learn what the standards are and how they impact our students and teachers.


A THANK YOU TO VOTERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF ISSUE 84

Thank you, Lakewood voters, for passing Issue 84 with such overwhelming support! The district can now move forward finishing the final phase of its Master Facilities Plan. This last phase includes rebuilding Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools and the eastern half (from the Civic east) of Lakewood High School. The district will now receive $50 million from the State of Ohio or half the cost of the $100 million project.


CH. 3 FEATURES WEST SHORE STUDENTS' CHILD-SAVING DEVICE

West Shore Career-Tech students Leaf Holland and Michael Dodrill created a child-saving device in their Project Lead the Way class that alerts parents if they accidently leave their child in the car. Click here to see the piece by WKYC Channel 3 on their invention and its life-saving potential.


MIDDLE SCHOOLERS ADVANCE IN POWER OF THE PEN

The district's middle school teams have advanced the most writers in years to the Regional round of the Power of the Pen competition, following an outstanding showing in the first round Jan. 18, including first place overall for Garfield 8th grader Izzy Ostrowski and third place for Harding's 7th grade team.


COLLEGE PLANNING WORKSHOP SET FOR FEB. 10

Parents of 9th, 10th and 11th graders: On Monday, Feb. 10, the LHS Guidance Department will be hosting an overview of the college process from 6:30-8 pm in the Civic Auditorium. Guidance counselors along with admission representatives from local universities and colleges will give parents an idea of what to expect of the process. Please consider joining us with your child for this important presentation!


ASST. SUPERINTENDENT BRIGHT LEAVING DISTRICT

The Board of Education at its March 17 meeting accepted the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Kevin Bright, effective Aug. 1, 2014. Bright, who came to Lakewood in August 2011, has been instrumental in implementing several new educational programs and initiated new community partnerships that have significantly benefited our students.


DISTRICT TO USE BLIZZARD BAGS TO MAKE UP CALAMITY DAY

Please click here to read an important letter from Superintendent Patterson regarding the district's use of Blizzard Bags to make up our sixth calamity day taken.

Link to access Blizzard Bags 


COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON NEW SCHOOL DESIGNS SET

Superintendent Patterson will be holding community meetings to introduce to the public the architect team for our new elementary schools and solicit input on designs.The meetings will begin at 7 pm and are as follows: April 8 in the Lincoln Gym, April 10 in the Grant Gym and April 16 in the Roosevelt Gym. The meeting regarding the high school will be held April 22 at 7 pm in the LHS East Cafeteria. Come and have your opinion heard!


LINCOLN & HORACE MANN JUMP FOR HEART HEALTH

Both Horace Mann and Lincoln Elementary Schools joined in the fun last month of jumping rope for heart health and raising awareness of heart disease by holding their own Jumpe Rope For Heart events on the heels of the districtwide event in early February. Lincoln students raised more than $5,500 for the American Heart Association. Click here for photos from the events.


REFLECTIONS HONORS INCLUDE TWO BEST IN STATE AWARDS

The results from the Ohio PTA Reflections art contest judging is in and the works of two district students have been deemed the best in the state in their respective categories and four others earned recognition as well. LHS students Julia Neff and Gregory Watson will move on to national judging with their Awards of Excellence.


STUDENTS TO JOIN GRAMMY WINNING PIANIST IN CONCERT

Lakewood City Schools is thrilled to present Grammy award-winning and internationally acclaimed pianist, Angelin Chang, in concert on Sunday, April 27 at 2 pm at the Civic Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Chang will be collaborating and performing with nearly a dozen student pianists from the district as Lakewood City Schools continues to go above and beyond in its dedication to music education.


HARRISON RECEIVES GIFT OF WARM GEAR FOR ALL

A big thank you to Lakewood Hospital and its partners for the nearly 500 items of cold weather gear that were donated to Harrison Elementary this week. Members of the Hospital Foundation’s Board of Trustees and some hospital employees brought the items along with their good cheer to the school on Tuesday. Groups who donated items also included the hospital’s Board of Trustees, Woman’s Board, Children’s Board and the American Baptist Women’s Ministries of Lakewood Baptist Church.


DISTRICT GROUPS HELP CELEBRATE LIGHT UP LAKEWOOD

Whether it was singing, playing, or marching in the parade, a variety of Lakewood City Schools groups helped to brighten an already shining Light Up Lakewood on Dec. 7. Click here for a photo sampling of some of the groups enjoying this unique Lakewood event.


MARCHING BAND SEASON FINALE CONCERT NOV. 7 If you missed the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band at one of the football games or the band festival this season, not to worry, you can hear all the selections played this season at the band's annual end-of-season concert. The concert is Nov. 7 at 7:30 pm in the LHS East Gym. Doors open at 6:45 pm and a special video presentation will begin at 7 pm.
FOX 8 VISITS HAYES FOR COOL SCHOOL OF WEEK WINNER Hayes Elementary had its turn as Fox 8's Cool School of the Week and the local news station spotlighted Hayes during its Morning Show. Click here to see why Hayes School is so cool!
TONER NAMED TO NAT'L HONOR ORCHESTRA SECOND TIME

Lakewood High School senior cellist Danny Toner has been selected to perform with the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Orchestra, which will perform in late October in Nashville, Tenn. This is Toner’s second selection to the prestigious ensemble as he performed with the group his sophomore year as well.


SPIRIT PARADE SET FOR SEPT. 27

The annual Spirit Parade is Friday, Sept. 27. The parade steps off from Lakewood Park at 5:45 p.m. and will wind its way up to First Federal of Lakewood Stadium via Belle, Clifton and Bunts. The parade should arrive just in time for pregame activities for the Homecoming game between the Rangers and the Bay Rockets. Come out and join the fun as clubs, bands and sports teams of all ages march to display their Ranger Pride!


PTA HOLDING WELCOME BACK CELEBRATION AUG. 28

Connect with your school and community at the Lakewood Council of PTAs inaugural Welcome Back to School Celebration on Aug. 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Garfield Middle School. Join your PTA, meet the Superintendent and principals and enjoy fun family activities and refreshements. Click here for more info.


TEACHERS' ASSN., ART DEPT. TEAM TO BEAUTIFY BANDSTAND

The Lakewood Teachers Association has been maintaining the Adopt-a-Spot in front of the Bandstand at Lakewood Park for four years as part of the Keep Lakewood Beautiful Program. This year, besides sprucing up the flower bed, LTA and LHS art students team to give the spot something special.


COMMUNITY MEETING ON SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION MAY 28

On Tuesday, May 28, Superintendent Jeff Patterson will hold a brief but important community meeting to give an update on the district’s school construction project. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Grant Elementary gym. We look forward to bringing you up to speed on the latest developments for our Master Facilities Plan.


STUDENTS ASKED TO WEAR COLLEGE GEAR ON MAY 7

May 7 is College Day at Lakewood High in celebration of  the college choices our graduating seniors have made. Students wear college t-shirts or sweatshirts and this year, the LHS Guidance Dept. invites students and staff in all schools to wear college t-shirts or sweatshirts May 7 to help promote a college culture among all our students.  We encourage staff members to share information with students about where they went to college. Let’s get our kids talking about college!


BOARD OKS PARTICIPATION IN CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

The Board of Education at its June 3 meeting passed a resolution agreeing to participate in the Ohio School Facilities Commission Classroom Facilities Assistance Program. Participation in the program will allow the district to receive more than $50 million in state funding for the final phase of the district's construction program. The OSFC votes July 11 on which districts will receive funding next and it is likely Lakewood will be on the list.


COME LEARN ABOUT RANGER 360 AT MAY 29 FORUM

Ranger 360, a collaborative program headed by the Lakewood City School District , Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC), Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) and Lakewood Police Department, is holding its first community forum on Wednesday, May 29 at 7p.m. in the Garfield Middle School Cafetorium.


RANGER SHOP OPEN TUESDAY EXTENDED HOURS

The Ranger Shop will have extended hours: Tuesday, May 21st, 3:00pm-6:00pm. Great gifts available for your incoming freshman or graduating senior!


RANGER SHOP OPEN EXTRA HOURS FRIDAY

End of School Year Sale: Friday, May 31st, 3pm-7pm. 15% store wide and a clearance table. Stock up on your spirit wear for the summer. New Alumni Tees are in! Stadium seats make great Father’s Day gifts.


CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2013!

Nearly 400 Lakewood High School seniors marched across the stage to receive their diplomas on Sunday, June 9, in front a packed Civic Auditorium full of their family and friends. Graduates received their diplomas from Board of Education President Edward Favre along with congratulations from Superintendent Jeff Patterson.


DISTRICT TO HOLD ONLINE FURNITURE/EQUIPMENT AUCTION

The Lakewood Board of Education at its Aug. 19 meeting passed a resolution that will allow the district to hold an online public auction to dispose of furnishings that are no longer of use to the district. State law requires Boards of Education to offer for sale any classroom or office furniture that exceeds $10,000 in total value and is no longer needed.


STILL TIME TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR PRESCHOOL

The district's preschool program still has slots available for 4-year-old preschoolsers. Positions are open at Emerson, Harrison and Horace Mann. Morning session runs 8:30-11 am and afternoon 12:30-3 pm. Call 529-4214 for more information. Tuition is on a sliding fee scale.


VOTE FOR RANGERS FOR BROWNS GAME OF THE WEEK

Vote for the Rangers vs. Parma game this Friday as the Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week, presented by PNC Bank. The winning team of the Browns Game of the Week will receive $2,000 for its program and the coach and game MVP honored at a Browns halftime. Click here to vote up until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

 


EXPERTS CONVERGE ON LHS FOR OUTLIERS DAY What's it like to fly a Navy jet? Or go to the White House? Or design a world-renown building? LHS students learned the answers during Outliers Day at Lakewood High on Oct 2. Students discussed  Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, which was required reading for the summer, in the second half of the day with 30 experts in various fields.
RANGER BASKETBALL GAMES TO BENEFIT MADD

The Lakewood Rangers basketball program will be hosting its 5th annual basketball Ohio High School Athletic Association Foundation Game vs. Lutheran West on Nov. 30.  The game is part of Foundation Service Week, a leadership/service program through the OHSAA to give student-athletes service opportunities.


STUDENTS KEY PART OF LIGHT UP LAKEWOOD FESTIVAL

More than a dozen student musical groups from the district will help brighten the annual Light Up Lakewood Festival. The all day event will have fun programs around the entire city throughout the day. 


CHAMPS, HARDING STUDENTS TEAM UP FOR SCIENCE

Students from Horace Mann’s CHAMPS program, for students with developmental disabilities, recently received some hands-on lessons in science with a little help from their new 8th grade friends at Harding Middle School. It was a perfect match.


FOX 8 HIGHLIGHTS LHS AS COOL SCHOOL OF WEEK

Fox 8 featured Lakewood High on its Morning News Show as its latest Cool School of the Week. Click here to view the piece.


KINDERGARTEN PARENT INFO NIGHT SET FOR FEB. 10

Parents of incoming kindergarten students can learn more about the district's kindergarten experience by attending an information session on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 pm at Grant Elementary School, 1470 Victoria Ave. 


H2O BIKES AND BANDS EVENT SET FOR APRIL 26

H2O wants your old bikes!  On Saturday April 26, H2O (Help to Others) will hold its second annual Bikes and Bands celebration. Drop off your bicycle donation at Madison Park between 4-7pm, and then head across the street to Mahall’s 20 Lanes to enjoy music from Vance Music Studios’ rock ensembles and Tri-C High School Rock Off finalists, High Acres.


CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT MUSIC BOOSTERS

The Music Boosters will be holding a fundraiser at the Lakewood Chipotle on Thursday, March 13 from 4-8 pm. Mention the Boosters or present this flyer when you order and 50% of your bill goes to the Music Boosters. The money will help provide scholarships, lessons and much more for our students.


AFTER PROM FUNDRAISER AT FIVE GUYS MARCH 18

Join the Class of 2014 After Prom Committee at Five Guys Burger & Fries at Westgate on Tuesday, March 18 between 5-8 pm. Mention the After Prom Committee and 25% of your bill will go to the committee. Help our students have a prom to remember!


SPRING PRESEASON MEETING, SEMINAR CANCELLED

Due to repairs scheduled to be made to the Civic Auditorium, the Spring Preseason Sports Meeting and college recruiting seminar set for April 8 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.


DISTRICT HOSTS MIDDLE SCHOOL HONORS FESTIVAL

The district hosted the OMEA District IV Honors Music Festival on March 1. The annual event brings together nearly 300 of the best band, choir and orchestra students from 23 schools in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. To see who participated from Garfield and Harding, click here.


CREC MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 3

The Community Recreation & Education Commission meeting that was originally slated for Feb. 25 has been rescheduled to Monday, March 3 at 6 pm in the Board Auditorium, 1470 Warren Road.


GARFIELD 7TH GRADER LEADS WAY IN SCIENCE FAIR AWARDS

Garfield 7th-grader Nicholas Cleary led the way of a number of recognitions for Lakewood middle school students at the 61st Annual Northeast Ohio Science & Engineering Fair (NEOSF) held March 11 at Cleveland State. Cleary won first place in his category and reeled in three other special awards.


LINCOLN CAPTURES D.A.R.E. BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Congratulations to the Lincoln Elementary 5th grade basketball team, coached by P.E. teacher Nicole Anderson, on winning the 2014 D.A.R.E. championship. 


VOTE FOR RANGERS AS STATE TEAM OF THE WEEK

The Ranger boys' varsity basketball team is in the running for JJHuddle.com's high school basketball state team of the week for capturing its first conference title in four decades. Vote here for the Rangers. Voting is open until noon Friday.

 


SOUNDS OF SEASON CONCERT STARTS NEW TRADITION

The Music Department at Lakewood High School will be debuting a new concert format on Dec. 18 & 19 that is destined to become a new holiday tradition. The top performing ensembles of the band, choir and orchestra departments will put on a winter musical event that is sure to send you off in the spirit of the season! 


WEBELO PACK EXPERIENCES REAL LIFE CIVICS LESSON Members from Pack 68 4th Grade Webelos received a lesson in citizenship Monday as four members and their pack leader participated in the Board of Education meeting to meet part of the requirements needed to earn their Citizen Badge.
6TH GRADERS SHINE IN PEACE SCULPTURE CONTEST

Keep Lakewood Beautiful celebrated  its dedication of the World's Children Peace Monument Sculture at Lakewood Park with a Peace Essay Contest, and many of our sixth graders were honored for their essay.


FOX 8 FEATURE'S HARDING TEACHER GANNON On Tuesday, Fox 8 ran a feature on Harding math teacher, Mary Gannon, who is an inspiration to all who know her. Watch here.
SKI & BOARD CLUB RAFFLE COULD NET YOU $600 The Lakewood High Ski & Board Club is selling $10 raffle tickets that will pay out handsomely. The winning tickets will be drawn at the final varsity home football game on Nov. 1. Amounts to win are $600, $250 and $150. Please contact Dave Hille or Lauren Flynn if you are interested in a ticket.
JOIN BOARD & PTA FOR ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL SEPT. 3

Join the Lakewood Council of PTAs and the Lakewood Board of Education members at the annual back-to-school Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 6:15-7 pm at Grant Elementary. The Board members will be dishing out the scoops with plenty of sundae fixins’ as well. The Garfield 7th & 8th grade bands will entertain everyone.


H20 CLOTHING SALE SET FOR JULY 27

H2O's annual Clothes 4 Kids super sale will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 9 am - 3 pm in the LHS East Cafeteria. Gently used clothing for all ages will be available at bargain basement prices. Donations for the sale may be dropped off at any Lakewood fire station through July 21.


ALUMNI FOUNDATION GARAGE SALE TO BENEFIT SCHOOLS

The Lakewood Alumni Foundation is cleaning out its storage rooms in preparation for its first-ever garage sale. The East Cafeteria and sidewalk will be overflowing with housewares, collectibles, tools, and much more on June 27, 9 a.m-noon and June 28& 29, 9 am -3 pm. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. All proceeds benefit the Lakewood City Schools. Donations for the sale will be accepted June 16 & 22 from 10 am-2 pm.  Donations for H2O's clothing drive will also be collected.


TEACHERS ASSN. CONTINUES BOOK GIVEAWAY TRADITION

For a dozen years now, the Lakewood Teachers Association has given first graders the gift of reading by providing each student with a new book. Paid for by teacher donations, the books are chosen by the first grade teachers with each student in mind. The goal is to foster literacy and instill a love of reading, said LTA president Colleen Corrigan. For pictures from the giveaway day on May 30, click here.


DISTRICT EARNS AUDITOR OF STATE AWARD

Auditor of State Dave Yost recently announced that the Lakewood City School District has earned the Auditor of State Award. This award is presented to local government and school districts upon the successful completion of a financial audit.


HORACE MANN, LINCOLN PRINCIPALS TO RETIRE

The Board of Education at its May 6 meeting approved the retirements of two key longtime administrators. Horace Mann Elementary principal Kathleen McGorray and Lincoln Elementary principal Noreen Hazen will retire at the end of the school year.


COLLEGE DAY SPREADS THROUGHOUT DISTRICT

Case Western University, Bowling Green, Kent State, Carnegie Mellon, John Carroll, Cincinnati, Alabama, Notre Dame, Army. That is just a sampling of the many t-shirts proudly worn by our LHS seniors on College/Military Day May 7. In an effort to cultivate a college culture among all our students, students and staff at all our buildings were asked to sport gear from their favorite schools. As the photos in this gallery suggest, it was an enthusiastic success!


REC DEPT. SUMMER BOOKLET NOW AVAILABLE

The Lakewood Recreation and Education Department Summer Booklet has arrived. It has a complete listing of all of the Youth/Adult Programming, Athletics and Aquatics offerings for the summer.  The booklet includes listings for Summer Camps such as the popular Rock On & Classical Academy, Summer Learn-to-swim,  pool hours and much more. Click here to view the booklet.


BOARD HONORS DISTRICT RETIREES

The Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Patterson honored the service of the district's 37 retirees this year at the Board's May 20 meeting. "Our district is clearly better for you having been here and thousands of kids have benefitted from your service," said Board President Edward Favre. Click on Read Article to see the list of retirees and photos from the ceremony.


GIRLS' RELAY HEADED TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

The track season continues for four Rangers as the girls' 4x800 relay will compete in the state championship tournament this Friday, June 7. Congratulations and good luck to freshman Mallory Shaw, junior Maeve Christie and seniors Julie Herman and Amanda Sacha.


NEW DIRECTORS OF ATHLETICS, TEACHING & LEARNING HIRED

The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting June 7 approved the hiring of Sean Demetries Jackson, the current Director of Athletics and Student Activities for Bedford High School, as the district’s next Athletic Director and Roxann Ramsey, current Principal of Grant Elementary, as the next Director of Teaching & Learning K-12


LHS WINS GRANT FOR GROUNDBREAKING TEACHING MODEL

Lakewood High School is one of 30 organizations nationwide to be awarded a $100,000 planning grant from the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) initiative, which is accelerating educational innovation through technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. The grant will fund a year-long planning process for a new and innovative secondary school model that is based on students learning by making.


STATE OKS FUNDING FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

The Lakewood City School District has been advised that the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) approved over $50.4 million in state funding for school construction work in the District. Lakewood is one of 19 from across the Buckeye state that received an offer of funding from the Commission, which oversees the state’s school facility renovation and construction program.


NEW YORK LIFE OFFICE PROVIDES BACKPACK BOOST

Kudos to New York Life’s Lakewood office and its staff, who recently donated 101 backpacks filled with school supplies for Lakewood elementary students. Each backpack has exactly what a student needs, according to his or her supply list. This is the approximately 10th year that the 300-employee New York Life office has donated supplies.


ACHIEVEMENT A BRIGHT SPOT IN NEW REPORT CARD FORMAT

The 2012-2013 State Report Card results are in and the report for Lakewood City Schools shows that the district continues to provide a quality education that results in many of our students achieving significantly more than one year of academic growth in a school year. In addition, the state results indicate that the district has made significant strides in helping our most struggling students achieve above average progress in a year.


NEW FINANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FINALIZED

In May, Board of Education created a Financial Advisory Committee to work with the Treasurer, Superintendent, and the Board Member assigned to Finance. The purpose of the committee is advisory in nature and to work in a cooperative and collaborative manner in following areas: review the annual State Audit and address any concerns; conduct a pre-audit and  post-audit meeting; share business and financial “Best Practices;” review the Five-Year Forecast; and make an annual report to the Board.


BOATMAN FINISHES 28TH, SELECTED FOR TEAM OHIO Congratulations to Nick Boatman, who finished 28th in the Division 1 State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 2. Boatman will continue his season as a member of Team Ohio, an elite selection of only 12 senior cross country runners from across the state from all three divisions. The team is selected by the Ohio Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches to represent Ohio in the Mid-East Cross Country Meet of Champions.
ROTARY CLUB PROVIDES DICTIONARIES TO 3RD GRADERS Like it has done every year since 2005, the Lakewood & Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club today provided dictionaries to every one of the district's 420 third-graders. Member Chuck Gustafson brought the books to Harrison Elementary and saw the joy in the students' faces to receive this treasure trove of information. Thank you, Rotary!
TWO NAT'L MERIT SEMIFINALISTS LEAD LHS ACADEMIC HONORS The National Merit Scholarship program and AP Scholar honorees have been announced and once again LHS has its share of top academic performers, including two National Merit Semifinalists (pictured left), three National Merit Commended Scholars and 79 AP Scholars, including two National AP Scholars.
SALUTE TO SCHOOLS EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

The Lakewood Alumni Foundation has planned a Homecoming Weekend extravaganza – all to benefit the Lakewood City Schools. The weekend kicks off with the Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sept. 26. Sept. 27 brings a Tailgate Party prior to the Homecoming Game vs. Bay and the weekend wraps up an LHS tour 10 a.m. Saturday and a Cocktail Supper and silent auction at the Clifton Club Saturday night, For more info and to buy tickets, visit www.lakewoodalumnifoundation.com.


MUSIC DEPT. RAFFLE TO BENEFIT COMMUNITY AGENCIES

The LHS Music Department will be raffling off gift baskets at the Sounds of Season concert on both Dec. 18 & Dec. 19. All proceeds will go to the Lakewood Community Service Center, the Lakewood Family Room and North Coast Health Ministry. Check out ticket details and basket contents here


TWO MORE RANGERS QUALIFY FOR STATE TOURNAMENTS

Congratulations to wrestler Yassir Abdelsalam and gymnast Grace Hinslea-Burke, who both qualified for their respective State Championship Tournaments by virtue of their District performances. Abdelsalam captured the District title at 138 lbs. and Hinslea-Burke placed 9th in the vault in her District competition. Good luck to both as they compete with the state's bests athletes this weekend!


LHS STUDENT TO HOLD BOOK SIGNING FEB. 13

LHS junior Brett T. Brown will debut his book "Haley's Comet," at Barnes & Noble bookstore at Crocker Park this Thursday, Feb.13, at 6:30 pm.  Brown, who also illustrated the book, calls his first published book a fantasy adventure that touches on many themes teens and pre-teens experience, including moving, relationships with parents and siblings and bullying. Read more about his book here.

 


BARNSTORMERS' WINTER DRAMA SET FOR JAN. 30-FEB. 1

The LHS Barnstormers’ annual winter drama production this year will be “Searching for David’s Heart,” by Cherie Bennett. Performances are Jan. 30, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm in the Tryout Theater. Tickets are $5.


COMMUNITY MEETINGS CONTINUE COMMUNITY MEETINGS CONTINUE

For those who have not been able to attend the first two community engagement meetings regarding the new schools, video from the Lincoln meeting will get you up to speed. Click on "Read Article" to view the video. There are two meetings left, one on April 16 at 7 pm at Roosevelt and one on April 22 at 7 pm in the LHS East Cafeteria. Please join us and give your input!


LHS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAMS WINS CONFERENCE AGAIN

For the second straight year the Lakewood High School Academic Challenge Team has won the regular season competition for the West Shore Conference. The team was able to showcase its knowledge in history, literature, science, mathematics, astronomy, art, geography, politics, current events, and the arts.


TRACK HOSTING DQ FUNDRAISER MARCH 19

Stop by Lakewood Dairy Queen on Wednesday, March 19, between 5:30-7:30 pm and make sure to mention Lakewood Track when you order and a portion of your total bill will go to the middle school and high school teams. Help support our athletes!


HARDING FINISHES 3RD IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS

The Harding Middle School team finished third out of 40 teams behind Incarnate Word Academy and St. Christopher  in the Classroom of Champions competition, which held its finals April 9 at St. Ed's. Congrats to team members Kevin Cush, Abe Dalisky, Captain Veronica Lee, alternates Calvin Dolatowski, Zachary Howe and advisers Ruth Pangrace and Mary Kay Ryan. Earlier in the day, Harding & Garfield Academic Challenge teams combined to earn third place in another academic competition in Independence with 13 other schools.


STUDENTS SKYPE WITH CULTURAL REVOLUTION SURVIVOR

Students in Mrs. Sheils’ and Ms. Pollner’s Harding Language Arts classes on Dec. 11 had the treat of Skyping with author Ji-li Jiang. Students had read her memoir Red Scarf Girl – the story of two years of her life during the Cultural Revolution in China in the 1960s. 


ALL-STATE SELECTIONS LEAD LHS MUSIC HONORS

Fall is the season for the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) All-State and Regional Orchestra and District Band and Choir selections. Once again, Lakewood High can be proud of its high number of musicians selected to perform in these prestigious groups.


LHS MODEL UN TEAM GARNERS HONORS AT CONFERENCE

The Lakewood High Model United Nations team turned in an outstanding performance at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Fall Conference on Nov. 13 & 14. Excellent Delegation awards went to junior Charlotte Hisel, representing Finland in the UN Women Committee and juniors Devon Chodzin and Laert Fejzullari, representing the Russian Federation in the difficult Security Council competition.


WEST SHORE AUTO TECH PROGRAM NAMED TOP 20 IN NATION West Shore’s Automotive Technology program has been selected as one of the Top 20 programs in the nation and is now competing to be selected as the 2013 School of the Year.  
GARFIELD VERSION OF ALADDIN TO RUN NOV. 1-3 The Garfield Drama Club will present Disney’s Aladdin, junior version, Nov. 1 at 6:30 pm, and Nov. 2 & 3 at 3 pm in the Garfield Cafetorium. There is no admission, but donations will be accepted. If you wish to reserve special seating, contact director Lisa Richards at lisa.richards@lakewoodcityschools.org. Come out and support our young thespians! 
BOARD OFFICES MOVING TEMPORARILY TO FRANKLIN SCHOOL The Lakewood Board of Education offices have moved temporarily to the former Franklin Elementary School building at 13465 Franklin Blvd. This move is necessary due to the discovery of pigeons nesting in the attic of the Board of Education building. 
AVON'S ZEMAN NAMED NEXT LAKEWOOD TREASURER

The Board of Education at a special meeting Aug. 22 approved Kent R. Zeman as the next Lakewood City Schools Treasurer. Zeman is the current Treasurer of Avon Local Schools and will replace interim Treasurer Jim Estle starting Dec. 1.


DISTRICT HIRES MORE VENDORS FOR STUDENT TRANSPORT

This year the district has secured multiple vendors to provide transportation for eligible students with disabilities. Vendors this year include Personal Leasing, Westlake/Sunshine Transportation and Suburban. If your child will not be riding on a given day or days please contact Cher Guetling in Student Services at 529-5134 and she will contact the provider. Parents should not contact the provider directly.


NEW STATE REPORT CARD SYSTEM TO IMPACT DISTRICT

The district and school building state Report Cards expected to be released any day now will look dramatically different than what everyone is used to as Ohio has changed the way it measures and rates the performance of its schools and districts.


SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE AIMS TO HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED

The Lakewood School Supplies Initiative (a committee of the Lakewood Family Collaborative) has joined with Lakewood Community Service Center (LCSC), Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach (TLCO) and H20 to become Supplies 4 Success. The combined group aims to support the district's families and students who find themselves unable to purchase the supplies needed for a successful school year.


DISTRICT TO LAUNCH ONLINE STUDENT DATA COLLECTION

Later this month, the district will roll out its new digital data verification system, InfoSnap, that will allow parents to enter online the student data that is collected at the beginning of each school year and during registration. This will cut down significantly on the amount of paperwork parents receive each year. Parents, click here to download a required form that must be returned to the Board of Education if you wish to participate in this online method.


GARFIELD STUDENTS, STAFF GIVE HAIR FOR A CAUSE

Garfield's Hair Because We Care Club members as well as other students, staff and family members all gathered at Revelations Salon & Spa on Wednesday to donate their hair to Locks of Love. This is the club's third year and more than a dozen turned out to chop their locks for wigs for medical patients. Check out this video by Lakewood Patch for more on the event.


JOIN GARFIELD'S "HAIR BECAUSE WE CARE" EFFORT

Commit yourself (and your hair!) to donate at least eight inches to children in need. Garfield’s Hair Because We Care Club members will be donating their hair on June 5 at 3 p.m. at Revelations Hair Salon, 15620 Detroit Ave.  Come join the club and get rid of those long, hot locks for summer! Any questions, contact Liz Street at elizabeth.street@lakewood.k12.oh.us


LHS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE TEAM HEADS TO NATIONALS

The Lakewood High School Academic Challenge team will test its factual knowledge against the best in the nation when it travels to Washington, D.C. this weekend to compete in the 31st annual National Academic Championship tournament. The team qualified for the national contest as a result of its undefeated regular season victories in its eight-team West Shore league.


HORACE MANN STUDENTS SHARE LOVE OF LAKEWOOD

The third grade Social Studies curriculum includes a unit on Lakewood and its history. Horace Mann teacher Katie Bunsey took the opportunity to ask her students "What's So Great about Lakewood?" The students' responses in their essays here are a nice reminder of what makes our city special.


A THANK YOU TO LAKEWOOD VOTERS

Thank You, Lakewood!

On behalf of the Lakewood Board of Education, I would like to thank Lakewoodites for once again showing that our City values public education and understands the connection between strong schools and a strong community by passing our operating levy.


BOARD OKS MORE ADMINISTRATIVE/PRINCIPAL APPOINTMENTS

The Board of Education at a July 9 special meeting and July 15 regular meeting approved a number of new administrative appointments as the district continues to shape its leadership team in the wake of a number of recent retirements and professional advancements.


LHS MUSICIANS PART OF STATE FAIR TRADITION

A number of LHS musicians are part of grand Ohio State Fair tradition that dates back for decades. The All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir have been part of the Ohio State Fair since 1924 and 1963, respectively. Band students Hugh Campbell, Zak Inak, Stephen Moncol, and Taylor Wolhfeil were part of the 200-member band and Maddie Burns, Shawn Lopez and Tess Marjanovic sang in the choir at this year's fair.


NEW CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM FOR GRADES 4-6

The Rec Dept. is launching a new Ranger Cross Country program for interested runners in grades 4-6. Practices begin Aug. 24 and will be held three times a week. Meets will be held in September and October. Click here for more information.


DISTRICT ONLINE FURNITURE AUCTION EXTENDED TO NOV. 26

The Lakewood Board of Education's online auction of used school building and office  furniture has been extended and will now conclude on Nov. 26. New items have been added.


GARFIELD SEEKING CRAFTERS FOR OCTOBER SHOW

Do you have a craft to sell or are involved in a home-based business? If so, Garfield Middle School invites you to join its Holiday Craft Show on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 am - 3 pm in the Garfield gym. Deadline to register a table is Oct. 10. Click here for more details.


BOARD LOOKS TO SELL MCKINLEY TO CITY

The Lakewood Board of Education introduced a resolution at its Sept. 16 meeting that outlines a proposed sale of the former McKinley Elementary School property to the City of Lakewood.


STUDENTS HEAR EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF DEATH CAMPS A Holocaust survivor and a WW II Army veteran came together recently and shared a powerful history lesson with a group of LHS students that the teen-agers will likely never forget.
CULINARY TEACHERS EARN DISTINGUISHED HONOR West Shore Career-Tech Culinary instructors Devan Sharosky and Robert McGorray have been named Teachers of Distinction by the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s ProStart program for 2013 - 2014.
HELP LHS WIN $10K BY TAKING SAFE DRIVER PLEDGE Lakewood High Schools is participating in the Safe Driver Pledge contest through Brunswick Auto Mart and has a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000. LHS is currently in 8th place. The school that lands in second place will receive $5,000. Please take a minute to take the pledge here and help LHS win $10,000!
TRIO OF SENIORS TAPPED AS SERVICE ACADEMY HOPEFULS

Three Lakewood High School seniors were honored recently at a ceremony at Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s office for earning alternate nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy. The nominations allow Andrew Gordon, Elizabeth McIlwee and Zach Moran to continue on in the process of earning an appointment to the prestigious institution.


LAKEWOOD PROJECT JAN. 25 CONCERT A SALUTE TO BEATLES

The Lakewood Project’s annual winter concert is set for January 25 at 7:30 pm in the Civic.  The show, “Come Together,” features music from the ‘60s and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Ed Sullivan Show appearance. Joining Lakewood Project for the evening will be Beatles tribute band, Hard Day’s Night. Tickets are $10 presale and $12 at the door. Click here for a ticket order form.


JUNIOR GERHARDT IS STATE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to junior basketball player Wes Gerhardt who was named JJHuddle.com's statewide Player of the Week for his outstanding, record-setting performance against Bay Village on Jan. 24. Gerhardt made a school-record 11 3-pointers and scored 36 points in the victory.


BOYS' BASKETBALL ENDS CONFERENCE TITLE DROUGHT

Congratulations to the LHS boys' varsity basketball team, which captured the West Shore Conference title with its victory over Elyria Catholic on Feb. 7. This is the first outright conference title for the school since 1974! The Rangers are undefeated in conference play (11-0) and have an overall record of 15-3 heading into the last four games of the regular season. Read more about how the Rangers clinched the title here.


BOOSTERS' NIGHT AT THE RACES SLATED FOR MARCH 8

The Lakewood High School Athletic Boosters will be hosting their 10th annual "Night at the Races" fundraiser on Saturday, March 8 at St. Mary's Hall on Warren Road. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit LHS athletic programs. 


LHS NHS CHAPTER INDUCTS 55 NEW MEMBERS

The current members of the Lakewood High National Honor Society welcomed 55 new members into the prestigious academic group at an induction ceremony held at the Civic Auditorium on Feb. 13.


RANGER 360 TO HOST "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS" PROGRAM

The Lakewood Schools and community support all youth who experience dating violence, sexual violence and stalking. "Know Your Rights!" is a collaborative, youth-focused event sponsored by Lakewood Schools and Ranger 360 to inform youth and their parents on teens' rights and steps to take if they or a friend experiences violence. The program is April 9 from 6:30-8 pm at the Lakewood Park Women's Pavilion. 


ELEMENTARY DARE TOURNAMENT SET FOR APRIL 12

The Lakewood Police Department D.A.R.E. Unit will be conducting its14th annual basketball tournament for fifth gradesr on Saturday, April 12. The tournament begins at 9:00 am, and the final game will start at 2:00 pm in Lakewood High's East Gym. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. 


JOIN GARFIELD FOR BLOOD DRIVE ON MARCH 19

Garfield Middle School's Civics Club will host its second blood drive of the school year on Wednesday, March 19. If you are interested in donating blood, please sign up online at RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-Red Cross, or simply show up between 3-7 p.m. All students who recruit a donor will receive a fun appreciation gift.


GARFIELD COLLECTING ITEMS FOR OVERSEAS TROOPS

In preparation for this year's Memorial Day program at Garfield Middle School, students are collecting non-perishable items to send with letters they have written to our military men and women overseas.  Community members are asked to help provide items for the care packages by dropping them off at Garfield before April 16.  Collection hours are weekdays, 8 am-4 pm. Click here for a list of needed items.


DISTRICT TO AUCTION OFF FURNITURE, VEHICLES, ETC.

The Lakewood Board of Education will be conducting an online auction of used school building furniture, plumbing supplies, and two vehicles beginning on April 10, 2014, and will conclude on May 12, 2014.


RAMSEY-CASERIO NAMED NEXT ASST. SUPERINTENDENT

The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting on April 3 approved current Director of Teaching & Learning Roxann Ramsey-Caserio as the district’s next assistant superintendent, effective Aug. 1, 2014. Ramsey-Caserio will replace Kevin Bright, who submitted his resignation in March.


LHS SOPHOMORE EARNS NATIONAL ART AWARD

Lakewood High School artist Madison Heasley has been named a national winner in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a national competition with more than 255,000 works submitted from more than 50,000 students in grades 7-12 from across the nation.


GIRLS' BASKETBALL TEAM TAKES SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE

The girls' varsity basketball team clinched its second straight West Shore Conference championship with a 34-28 victory on Wednesday vs. Rocky River. The team is 16-4 overall and 12-1 in the conference with one more conference game remaining. The team will start its playoff run on Feb. 20 at home so come out and support your Lady Rangers!


COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS FOR FOUR RANGER COACHES

Four Ranger coaches have been honored for their outstanding work with their respective teams. Congratulations to varsity baseball coach Mike Ribar, who was named the Greater Cleveland Baseball Coaches Association's 2013 Coach of the Year, and boys' varsity basketball coach Phil Argento, girls' basketball coach Mike Harper and swimming coach Allison Davila for earning the same honor from the West Shore Conference. Keep up the good work!


BOY DIVERS DOMINATE IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Rangers boys' diving team took three of the top four places in the West Shore Conference championship meet on Jan. 23, led by conference champ and senior John Liber. Liber dominated the field, finishing 72 points ahead of Lakewood runner-up and freshman Allen VanHouten. Junior Robin Gruber finished fourth for the Rangers, who are coached by Denny Dyke. 

 


TRIO OF ATHLETES EARN COLLEGIATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Three Lakewood High School seniors have parlayed their athletic talent into scholarships that will allow them to compete in their sport at the collegiate level. Margaret Dever, Chase Miller and Christina Sharkin were honored during a seminar Jan. 8 at the Civic Auditorium on college sports recruiting for their outstanding accomplishments.


HAYES CLASS DIVES INTO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

Fifth grade students in Katie Bunsey’s class at Hayes Elementary School are participating in “The Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9-15. The goal of The Hour of Code is to help teach students how to think critically and solve complex problems, as well as introduce students to the vital field of computer science. 


GRANT, LINCOLN, ROOSEVELT MEETINGS SET Superintendent Jeff Patterson will hold meetings this month with each of the Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt communities to gather input from parents on their thoughts about the transition process for their students during the final phase of the district’s construction project. The meetings are on the following dates: Grant, Oct. 24, Roosevelt, Oct. 28 and Lincoln, Oct. 30. All the meetings will be at the respective school buildings and begin at 6:30 p.m.
ALUMNI FOUNDATION SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Lakewood Alumni Foundation (LAF) is accepting applications for the position of a part-time Executive Director, to begin on January 1, 2014. The Executive Director is responsible for the management and execution of the LAF mission and maintenance and growth of its $1.5+ million assets. Click here for more info.
HARDING 6TH GRADER HIGHLIGHTED FOR GRIDIRON PLAY Harding sixth-grader Christina Auck was featured on WKYC-Channel 3 recently for her outstanding play as a Lakewood Purple Ranger football player who just happens to be a girl! View the video here.
CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED

The City of Lakewood is seeking applicants for the part-time position of School Guard. Applicants must be at least 18, have a high school diploma or GED and be able to satisfactorilycomplete a phyical exam, including drug screening, a police background check. Salary is $12.05 per hour. Applications are available in the  Human Resources Dept. of City Hall or online at onelakewood.com


WEST SHORE CISCO DUO TAKE 1ST IN STATE; 10TH IN NATION

Congratulations to West Shore Career-Tech and Lakewood High students junior Matt Kerrigan and senior Dan Twardesky on their 10th place finish in the national 2013 Cisco NetRiders IT/networking competition on May 3. Over 1,800 students from 36 states and Canada competed.


DISTRICT CELEBRATES STUDENTS' ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

The hard work and perseverance that has paid off in academic excellence for 276 sixth- through 12th-graders was honored at the 30th Annual Celebration of Excellence, held May 15 at the Civic Auditorium. The ceremony honors those students who have achieved a 4.0 or more GPA through three quarters.
 


DISTRICT PURCHASES AEDs FOR EVERY BUILDING

Lakewood City Schools recently reaffirmed its commitment to the safety and well-being of its students by purchasing 10 AED (automated external defibrillators) units for the district. With the purchase, all school buildings will have an AED on site.


JOIN LHS' DR. G FOR CIVIL WAR DISCUSSION ON AUG. 20

The Lakewood High School Social Studies Department invites you to a presentation: “Why did they fight - an analysis of the motives of Union and Confederate soldiers,” by LHS teacher Dr. Chuck Greanoff on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Lakewood Public Library Auditorium (main branch).


LHS PRINCIPAL WAGNER TO BECOME DISTRICT'S HR DIRECTOR

After 10 years at the helm of Lakewood High School, Dr. William Wagner will be leaving his position as principal to become Lakewood City Schools’ Director of Human Resources, beginning Aug. 1.


CONGRATULATIONS, LCA CLASS OF 2013!

Congratulations to the 18 members of the 12th graduating class of Lakewood City Academy! Sixteen of the graduates received their diplomas in a commencement ceremony that was part of the June 3 Board of Education meeting.


FIRST FED. SPONSORS FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR STUDENTS

A partnership between First Federal of Lakewood, EverFi and Lakewood High School has helped the schools’ seniors become financially literate and First Federal and EverFi representatives were on Wednesday to recognize the students’ new-found financial knowledge.


AHEARN HEADED TO LHS; THREE MORE PRINCIPALS NAMED

The Board of Education at its June 17 meeting approved the hiring of four principals for the 2013-2014 school year to replace two retiring principals and two who will be moving into other administrative positions with the district.


DISTRICT DOMINATES AT INVENTION CONVENTION

Lakewood City Schools grabbed three of the top six prizes at the annual Cleveland Regional Invention Convention on May 11, including the Grand Prize. Sydney Heckeler, a fourth-grader at Emerson Elementary, took home the Grand Prize and a $2,500 and fifth-grader Evan Bell of Emerson and seventh-grader Damien Jouriles of Garfield Middle School captured first place for their grade levels, along with $500 scholarships.


WEST SHORE TEAM WINS HYLAND SOFTWARE COMPETITION

A team from West Shore Career-Tech captured the 1st annual Software Innovation Showdown: High School Edition presented by Hyland Software held April 27 at the software company’s Westlake headquarters. Congratulations to Sydney Ward, Kyle Kasper, Matt Kerrigan, and Liam O’Donnell, who made up the Happy Feet Team.


BOARD OKS PUBLIC AUCTION FOR FORMER MCKINLEY BLDG.

The Board of Education at its May 6 meeting approved a resolution authorizing the sale of the former McKinley Elementary building at public auction. The resolution was required in order to proceed to the next phase of the state-mandated process. No offers were received in the first phase, which gives first dibs to any charter schools operating or intending to operate in Lakewood. A 30-day public notice will be given before the auction begins.


NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR BRINGS BEVY OF IDEAS

The Lakewood Rangers athletic program has gotten a boost of energy in the form of new Athletic Director Sean Jackson. The former Bedford athletic director has big plans for Lakewood sports that emphasize collaboration, excellence, school spirit and athlete development.


BOARD OKS SALE OF MCKINLEY TO CITY OF LAKEWOOD The Board of Education at its Oct. 21 meeting approved the sale of the former McKinley Elementary School property to the City of Lakewood for $100. The purchase agreement, which the City also OK'd on Oct. 21, includes stipulations that the property be used primarily for residential purposes and that there be no tax abatements used. For more details on the sale, click here.
BOATMAN'S TITLE LEADS WINNING RANGER SPORTS WEEKEND LHS senior Nick Boatman ran away with the race and was crowned champion at the Division 1 district cross country tournament Oct. 19 at Lorain County Community College. Boatman's time of 16:49.04 was nearly 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Boatman continues on to the regional tournament on Oct. 26. The girls' team captured third at districts and qualified for regionals as well, the first team in 10 years to do so. The girls' soccer team captured its sectional title with win over Normandy Oct. 18. 
STATE HONORS HAYES FOR BIG GAINS IN PROFICIENCY

Hayes Elementary is one of only 37 schools in the state to be named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education for its gains in reading and math proficiency among all students during the 2102-2013 school year. Hayes is the only school in Cuyahoga County to have earned this significant award.


WINTER CONCERTS DOT DECEMBER CALENDAR

December is always a wonderful time to experience the sounds of our fabulous Music Department as winter concerts fill the calendar now until Winter Break. The freshmen band, choir and orchestra kick it off with their concert on Dec. 3 and the top musical groups at LHS wrap it up with a very special "Sounds of the Season" concert on Dec. 18 & 19. For a full list of concerts, visit our Performing Arts Page.


A "SLAM DUNK" FOR HARDING ATTENDANCE PROGRAM

On Friday, Jan. 31, staff members from Harding Middle School challenged the Best Buy Geek Squad of North Olmsted to a friendly game of basketball to support Harding’s attendance incentive program.  While previously at LHS, the attendance incentive program strives to raise student awareness of the connection between good attendance and academic success. 


DISTRICT EARNS AWARD FOR HEALTHY MENUS

Lakewood City Schools and its Nutrition Services Department has earned the Cleveland Clinic's Eat Right at School Menu Award for the second straight year. The district received the award for all of its school buildings. 


HARDING TAKES FIRST IN CLASSROOM OF CHAMPIONS ROUND

The Harding Classroom of Champions team convincingly won its preliminary round in the the Academic Challenge-style tournament held at St. Edward High School on Jan. 15.

 


ORCHESTRA GROUPS EARN PERFECT SCORES

Congratulations to the three Lakewood High Orchestra ensembles that performed at the OMEA State Orchestra Adjudicated Event held at LHS Feb. 21 & 22. The three groups - Chamber, Symphonic and a combined Philharmonia and Camerata - each earned straight 1s from the judges. These groups were three of seven at the event to earn perfect scores out of 22 schools that attended.


LIBER FINISHES 15TH IN STATE DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to LHS senior diver John Liber, who finished in 15th place in the Division 1 District Diving Championships on Feb. 20 with a score of 397.10.  Liber was the West Shore Conference champ and finished sixth at Districts in his final season as a Ranger.


LHS ARTISTS/MUSICIANS TAKE TOP CONTEST HONORS

Student artists and musicians from Lakewood High school had an impressive showing once again in the 69th annual Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club Music, Speech and Visual Arts Contest, sponsored by the Beck Center. Senior Liz McIlwee captured first place for her oil painting in the Visual Arts category and senior cellist Daniel Toner won the top prize in the Music category.


LHS MODEL UN TEAM FINISHES FIRST AT CONFERENCE

The Lakewood High School Model UN Club finished first among 15 competitors at the Spring Cleveland Council on World Affairs Conference held March 5-6.  Lakewood had four delegations achieve the “Superior” award as best delegation in their committees.


LHS CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA SUPER-SOAKED FUN

The 12th annual LHS Physics Cardboard Boat Regatta sponsored by Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions once again showed that learning about physics and its principals can be a lot of fun. 


TRESSEL HIGHLIGHTS COMMUNITY LEADERS BREAKFAST

Nearly 200 leaders from the city's education, government, business, non-profit and religious organizations gathered on March 12 at the 19th annual Community Leaders Breakfast co-hosted by the district and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Attendees heard from University of Akron's Jim Tressel on leadership and success. Click here to read more about the event.


STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR 2014-2015 PRESCHOOL

It's not too late to sign up for the district's preschool program. Classes are filling up fast for 4-year-olds so register now. There are also slots available for 3-year-olds both in two-days-a-week and three-days-a-week morning classes. Contact Cher at 216-529-4214 for more info.


AFTER PROM FUNDRAISER OUTING SET FOR APRIL 12

The LHS After Prom Committee will host an adult outing fundraiser on April 12 at Avenue Tap House, 18206 Detroit Ave. from 6-8 pm. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, subs, wings, drinks and more. There will be prizes, raffles and sideboards to win as well. Contact Sharon Gadzick, 216-392-2818, for tickets or buy them at the door. Those who wish to make a donation to the committee can do so by writing a check to LHS Afer Prom Committee and sending it to Lakewood High, 14100 Franklin Blvd.


CORRIGAN NAMED OHIO PTA SCHOOL NURSE OF YEAR

School Nurse Katy Corrigan has accomplished more in her short time with Lakewood City Schools then many people do in their entire career. For all she has done to raise the level of health and wellness education and awareness in our district, Corrigan has been named the Ohio PTA’s School Nurse of the Year.


WEST SHORE STUDENTS' WORK ETHIC RECOGNIZED

Students in the West Shore Career-Technical District programs on Feb. 21 were recognized by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the Lakewood/ Rocky River Sunrise Rotary for being “dependable, hard-working, and committed to doing a good job” in the classroom and in the workplace.  One student from each career-tech program was selected to receive the Outstanding Work Ethic Award.  


REFLECTIONS CEREMONY CELEBRATES STUDENT CREATIVITY

Lakewood students’ creativity and imagination were on full display at the annual Lakewood PTA Council Reflections Ceremony, held Jan. 22 at the Civic Auditorium. Works by 99 students from preschool through high school were honored and 24 students’ works were chosen to move on to the state PTA judging.


RIGOROUS COMMON CORE STANDARDS SHARED WITH PUBLIC

The Common Core Standards were somewhat demystified for a room full of parents and other community members at a meeting led by the district’s Teaching & Learning Department on Dec. 4.


ART STUDENTS GARNER TOP REGIONAL AWARDS

The Lakewood High Art Department and West Shore Career-Tech’s Interactive Media program always produce top award winners in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national competition and this year is no different. Seven LHS and West Shore students’ works were honored with the top regional award, a Gold Key, and four students earned Silver Key awards. The Gold Key winners in the Cuyahoga County Region will have their artwork judged on the national level next month.


GRANT HONORED AS SCHOOL OF PROMISE BY STATE Grant Elementary is one of an elite group of schools in the state to be named a School of Promise by the Ohio Department of Education for its efforts in closing the achievement gap among students during the 2102-2013 school year. Only six schools in Cuyahoga County and 141 in the state have been given this significant award.
DISTRICT HIRES TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR

The Lakewood Board of Education at its meeting Aug. 19 approved Paul Hieronymus as the district’s Coordinator of Technology and Communications beginning Aug. 28. Hieronymus comes to Lakewood from the Education Service Center of Lorain County, where he is the Educational Technology Integration consultant for the Northern Ohio Research  & Training Technology Hub. He replaces Jim Marras, who retired July 31.


TRACK & FIELD DONATOS FUNDRAISERS SET FOR MAY 13 & 20

Help out the middle school and high school track & field teams by dining in or ordering out from Donato's on May 13 and May 20 from 4-9 p.m. Make sure to present the May 13 or May 20 flyer or mention Lakewood Track when you order.


NELSON TO PLAY BALL AT CENTRE ON ROTC SCHOLARSHIP

Lakewood High School senior Peter Nelson will combine his love of basketball and his desire to serve his country next year when he attends Centre College in Danville, Ky., on a four-year full-ride Army ROTC scholarship. Nelson announced his commitment at a signing ceremony on Monday.


TITLE 1 SURVEY SEEKS PARENTS' FEEDBACK

We would like to know what you think about the Title I program services offered to your elementary-age child. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The responses will be used to improve the Title I program. This survey will close on May 31 at 8 p.m. To learn more about this survey and the Title 1 program, click here .

https://s.zoomerang.com/s/Title_Parent_Survey_2013


STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR PRESCHOOL

It's not too late! Registration for  Lakewood’s Early Childhood Program is still open. The program offers classes for children who will be 4 by Sept. 30, 2013 and one class for children who will be 3 by Sept. 30, 2013.  Children must be Lakewood residents and potty trained.


"OUTLIERS" CHOSEN AS SUMMER READ FOR COMMUNITY

Lakewood Reads is Lakewood High's effort to get the community involved in celebrating literacy by reading a book together. All LHS students will be reading, Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell, as part of their summer reading requirements. LHS is asking the community to join in reading the summer reading book as well.


CANDIDATES SOUGHT FOR FINANCIAL ADIVSORY COMMITTEE

The Lakewood Board of Education at its May 20 meeting created a Financial Advisory Committee to work with Treasurer Tim Penton, Superintendent Jeffrey Patterson and the Board Member assigned to Finance.


NEXT CONSTRUCTION PHASE NEARS; WILL INCLUDE GRANT

Superintendent Jeff Patterson informed the community on May 28 at a meeting at Grant Elementary that the state will most likely approve the distrrict in July for the next round of Ohio Facilities Construction Commission funding that will enable the district to finish its school construction project began nearly a decade ago.


BOARD OKS BOND ISSUE/PERMANENT IMPROVEMENT LEVY

The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting on July 22 unanimously approved a resolution to place a 3.25 mill bond issue and a .5 mill permanent improvement levy on the Nov. 5, 2013 ballot.


STAFF MEMBERS EARN REGIONAL HONORS FOR THEIR WORK

Three district staff members have been honored for the good work they do with our students. Peter Petto has been chosen as this year’s Outstanding Math Educator by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Nima Zaaeed was given the Technical Educator Award from the Cleveland chapter of ASM International and physical therapist Gina Babinec as been selected from  to receive the Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Achievement Award for Educators from the State Support Team 3 Region.


$10 SPORTS PHYSICALS AT EAST GYM MAY 21 & 23

The Athletic Department has arranged for our student-athletes to receive a sports physical for $10 on May 21 (boys) or May 23 (girls) from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at Lakewood High's East Gym. Click here for more information.


BOARD PRESENTS MARY LOUISE BEECH SCHOLARSHIPS

Seniors Amira Nasrallah and Alexander Northrop are recipients of the 2013 Mary Louise Beech Scholarship Award and received their award checks and Certificates of Recognition at the May 6, 2013, Board of Education Meeting.


LHS STAFF "WALK A MILE" FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE AWARENESS Five Lakewood High staff members and a student spent their NEOEA Day raising awareness of domestic violence as part of the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event in downtown Cleveland.
RANGER SHOP OPEN SATURDAYS FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Don't forget to stop by the Ranger Shop while you are out doing the holiday shopping. The store, located in Lakewood High School near the East Gym, will be open Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm starting Thanksgiving weekend to Christmas. Spread the Ranger cheer!


OPEN ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE ANNOUNCED

The elementary and middle school open enrollment period for the 2014 – 2015 school year will be from March 3 through April 4, 2014. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first served basis.


BOARD OKS ELEMENTARY TRANSITION PLANS

The Lakewood Board of Education at its Jan. 21 meeting approved transition plans for students at Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementary Schools that will see those students in new homes for the next two school years as the three buildings are demolished and rebuilt as part of the district’s final phase of its construction program.


COURT BRINGS JUDICIAL SYSTEM TO LIFE FOR STUDENTS

Thanks to a mobile Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, eighth graders at Garfield and Harding Middle Schools were able to see their government in action without ever having to leave school.


RIBAR NAMED NEXT RANGER FOOTBALL HEAD COACH

The Lakewood Board of Education at a special meeting on April 3 approved Mike Ribar as the next varsity head football coach for the Lakewood Rangers.


ROTARY RECOGNIZES CAREER-TECH OUTSTANDING STUDENTS

At their annual Oustanding Student Award lunch on March 10, the Lakewood /Rocky River Rotary Club recognized 15 West Shore Career-Tech students as the top performers in their career-technical program. Outstanding student winners exemplify traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative. 


AUTHOR DRAPER PAYS VISIT TO GARFIELD

On Feb. 28, Garfield Middle School students heard about the art of writing directly from someone whose work they have enjoyed as author Sharon Draper brought her spirited attitude toward writing to Lakewood.


MUSIC GROUPS EARN TOP RATINGS AT CONTEST

Congratulations to the LHS Wind Ensemble and the Treble Choir for earning straight 1s (the top rating) from the judges at the OMEA Large Band & Choir Contest on March 8. The Symphonic Band and Symphonic Mixed Choir also competed and each earned an "Excellent" rating. Kudos to Band Director Nathan Harris and Choir Director Peter Hampton for a job well done.


HARRISON TEACHER RECEIVES SUPPLY SURPRISE

March 11 is not her birthday, but Harrison fourth-grade teacher Megan Weiden felt like it was when representatiaves from OfficeMax surprised her with $1,200 worth of school supplies as part of the retailer's "A Day Made Better" program.


KIDS CONNECTION SUMMER CAMP SAFE, FUN & AFFORDABLE

Summer is an important part of the year for fun and exploration. Again this summer, the Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department will be offering its Kids Connection-Summer Day Camp for kids’ kindergarten through sixth grade for around $25 per day.


DETAILS OF CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA RESIDENCY ANNOUNCED

The Lakewood City Schools will be a big part of the exciting "The Cleveland Orchestra at Home in Lakewood" four-month neighborhood residency this Spring, culminating with a week long of community activities and concerts May 17-24. Read on to find out all the details of how our city and schools will be involved in this amazing experience.


REC DEPT. BRINGS BACK SLOW PITCH SOFTBALL

Just like back in the day when most of the leagues were sponsored by George J. Usher, Insurance and for the first time since 2006, the Lakewood Recreation Department is offering Slow Pitch Summer Softball for girls.  


DISTRICT HOLDING ONLINE AUCTION OF UNUSED INVENTORY

The Lakewood Board of Education is now conducting an online auction of used  furniture, plumbing supplies, automotive materials and two vehicles. The auction will end on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.  


TABAJ DONATING POLKA CD PROCEEDS TO MUSIC DEPT.

Garfield Middle School Band Director and expert button box player Julie Tabaj has written, recorded and published her own polka and has committed the proceeds of the recording’s sales to the Garfield Music Department.

 

LINCOLN SHINES IN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Lincoln Elementary threw itself a weeklong party to mark the school’s 100-year birthday, and students not only learned about their school, but a bit of history as well.  See Photo Gallery.
BOYS' TENNIS TEAM TAKES CONFERENCE TITLE

The LHS boys' tennis team finished off its finest year in the past half a century by beating Rocky River 3-2 and claiming the West Shore Conference title in the team's first year in the league. Seniors Chris Brinich and Dan Mezin won in straight sets at second and third singles, respectively. The second doubles team of senior Matt Carlson and junior Colin Levis dominated in their straight set win. The Rangers were undefeated in the WSC and completed their regular season at 13-4. They have now won three of their past four league titles.


FREE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CAMP OPEN TO 8TH GRADERS

Eighth grade students interested in electronics and engineering can participate in a free three-day camp at LHS exploring alternative energy technologies. This camp offers students a hands-on opportunity to learn about earth friendly energy sources; wind turbines, solar energy, and fuel cell technology. Camp will be June 10-12. Deadline to register is May 17.  Information Flyer   Registration Form
 


PUMPKIN PALOOZA ROLLS INTO EAST GYM OCT. 26 A costume parade, carnival games, scary storytelling, crafts and a pumpkin patch are just some of the fun that will happen between 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 26 when H2O's annual Pumpkin Palooza returns. All proceeds from this great event benefit the Lakewood Community Services Center, Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. and H2O For more info on this free family event, click here.
LHS BOOKROOM HAS "OUTLIERS" AVAILABLE FOR $11

LHS students and members of the community can purchase a copy of Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" in the LHS Bookroom for $11. The Bookroom is open Monday-Friday from 8 am - 2 pm. The Bookroom closes for lunch from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.


HARDING HOLDS SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE

Veterans and their families gathered along with the staff and students of Harding Middle School on Thursday, May 23, to commemorate Memorial Day as speakers such as the Commander of the Veteran's Council and Superintendent Jeff Patterson urged the students to never forget the price that many have paid for their freedom.


LHS GOLF OUTING FUNDRAISER SET FOR JUNE 8

TIme to hit the links! Have some fun and help raise some money for the LHS Golf program by joining in the team's annual golf outing at Springvale Golf Course in North Olmsted on June 8. Entry deadline is June 1. Click here for more info and an entry form. Those interested in sponsoring the event can click here for a sponsor form.


VOTE FOR LHS IN VANS ART CONTEST; SCHOOL IN FINAL 50

Lakewood High School is one of 50 schools from across the country named finalists in Vans Custom Culture art competition that includes a grand prize of $50,000 for the winning high school’s art department. Vote here to help the school win the grand prize. Voting ends May 13 at 11:59 p.m.


LHS NAMED AMONG BEST HIGH SCHOOLS IN NATION

Lakewood High School has been named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools and a Silver Medalist for 2013! The magazine awards Gold, Silver and Bronze medals according to state proficiency standards and how well schools prepare students for college.


RANGER CAFE @ WEST SHORE OPENS ITS DOORS The student-run Ranger Cafe @ West Shore opened for the 2013-2014 school year on Oct. 22. The restaurant, managed and operated by West Shore Career-Tech's Culinary Arts students, will be open Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 12-1:30 pm. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 529-4165 and pressing 1. Click here for more info, including a menu.
PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION BEGINS FEB. 18

Registration for our 2014-2015 preschool program will open on Feb. 18, 2014. Students must be 3 or 4 years old before Sept. 30, 2014, live in Lakewood and be potty trained to be eligible for the program. You can download registration forms here or pick up a packet at the Board of Education, 1470 Warren Road, in the Student Services Dept. on the second floor.  For more information, contact Cher at 529-4214.  


NUTRITION SERVICES IN SEARCH OF SUBSTITUTES

The Nutrition Services Department is looking for substitutes to hire. The length of the day varies from 2.75 to 8 hours per day. The hourly rate of pay is $ 8.50. You may call Nutrition Services at 216-529-4156 to make an appointment to pick up an application.


WEST SHORE CAREER-TECH REGISTRATION UNDERWAY

Sophomore students and parents: Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to start on a career path at West Shore Career-Technical District, located at Lakewood High. Sign-ups for West Shore classes are currently going on now.  Space is limited so apply NOW for the 2014-2015 school year. 


CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA COMPOSER PAYS VISIT TO LHS

Lakewood High Music Theory students were among the first to benefit from “The Cleveland Orchestra at home in Lakewood” residency that will culminate with a weeklong slate of activities in May as the Orchestra’s composer-in-residence paid a visit to their classroom on Friday.


VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL IN SCARECROW FEST The inaugural Scarecrow Festival along Madison Avenue includes creations by four of our schools' parent teacher organizations and a student council. Grant PTA, Hayes PTO, Garfield PTSA and Lincoln PTA all have unique scarecrows displayed along Madison along with about 30 other scarecrows.
DISTRICT TO HOLD K-3 SUMMER READING CAMP

The Lakewood City Schools are proud to announce a six-week summer Reading Camp for eligible students currently in grades kindergarten through third grade.  This summer Reading Camp is offered to our students free of charge due in large part to a state grant received associated with the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. 


HAYES STUDENTS TO PERFORM IN HONOR CHOIR

Hayes Elementary will be sending 16 fourth and fifth graders to perform in the Oberlin Choristers Children’s Honor Choir on Saturday, March 8, 3 p.m. at the Stocker Center, Lorain County Community College. Hayes music teacher and choir director Lisa Van Scyoc selected their participants for their vocal talent and dedication to music.


DISTRICT SEEKS BIDS ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Lakewood City Schools will be receiving bids for renovations at the former Taft and Franklin Elementary Schools as part of the district's preparation for students to be housed in those buildings beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. For complete information, click here for the Notice to Bidders.


READING MENTORS NEEDED FOR PROJECT MORE Do you enjoy reading? Do you have some extra time on your hands? Do you get a kick out of working with children? If so, Lakewood City Schools could use you. The district’s elementary schools participate in Project MORE, a reading mentoring program that aims to boost literacy among students with disabilities and students at risk for reading failure, and they need adult volunteers to make it work.