District News

FORUM ON HEROIN EPIDEMIC SET FOR SEPT. 30 AT LIBRARY

More people were killed in Lakewood due to heroin last year than any other suburb in Cuyahoga County.  This is an epidemic in Northeast Ohio, and an important way to combat this epidemic is through education. Judge Michael Astrab of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court thinks it’s time for the talk about heroin.


QUALITY PROFILE BOOKLET MEASURES MORE THAN SCORES

Recently, the district and the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation teamed to create a Quality Profile booklet that many Northeast Ohio school districts have created to tell the story of their districts beyond just state test scores. You can find this booklet, "A Plus for Our Students, A+ for Our Community" here. It is filled with many reasons why Lakewood residents can be proud of their schools.


PRELIMINARY SCHOOL DESIGNS AVAILABLE TO VIEW

The next round of elementary architect meetings have concluded and the Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt communities were presented with preliminary design plans, some further along than others. Architect Rodwell King of GPD Group will continue to revise plans taking the community’s input into consideration. Plans can be viewed on our School Construction page. You will also find an email on the page to send King your comments.


SEEKING EX-MARCHING BAND MEMBERS FOR ALUMNI NIGHT

Lakewood Ranger Marching Band alumni are encouraged to participate in the annual Alumni Night on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Ranger football Homecoming game. This is the 35th anniversary of the band’s trip to England and former Band Director Jim Warrick (1977-982) will be present to help conduct. There is a rehearsal on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 pm in the LHS Choir Room. Members will meet on game night at 5:30 pm for pre-game instructions. For more information, email lhsarmb@yahoo.com or call Sean Derenzo at 216-570-3019.


DISTRICT EARNS "A" FOR OVERALL STUDENT PROGRESS

The 2013-2014 state report card results are in and the report for Lakewood City Schools shows that the district continues to provide a quality education, earning an overall A for Student Progress, which measures academic gains in our students’ Reading and Math over a year’s time, also known as Value-Added.


STATE RATINGS SHOW WEST SHORE CONTINUES TO EXCEL

The West Shore Career-Technical District continues to shine with its state ratings. West Shore received all A’s and one B across all measures for its 2013-2014 Report Card. Ohio career-technical districts are graded on Achievement, 4-Year Graduation Rate, 5-Year Graduation Rate, and Post-Program Outcomes.


FIRST CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL BIG SUCCESS

Hundreds of guests enjoyed fabulous food, entertainment and games and learned about places they may never knew of before at the first-ever Garfield Cultural Heritage Festival put on by the Garfield students, staff and PTSA and sponsored by the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation and the Lakewood Council of PTAs. Read on for a great overview by one of the performers, Gary Rice, who captures the spirit of the event perfectly. 


AUCTION UNDER WAY TO SELL SCHOOL BUILDING CONTENTS

The  Board of Education is conducting its last online auction to dispose of furniture, kitchen equipment, tools, architechtural salvage pieces such as doors, and bannisters and many miscellaneous items from the school buildings set to be torn down. The auction will conclude at 5 pm on Monday, Sept. 22.


LEAF GRANTS AVAILABLE TO TEACHERS AGAIN THIS YEAR

Lakewood Earth and Food (LEAF) Community, a Lakewood based not-for-profit, is offering grants for classrooms in Lakewood schools for education projects that help fulfill LEAF Community’s mission to the development of a more sustainable, healthful and economically viable community through environmentally responsible actions producing broad access to fresh, local foods, knowledge and culture.


NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT DATA RELEASE

A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s student record system be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. 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.


HARVEST DINNER AT PLAYERS TO BENEFIT PTAS

Players on Madison is teaming up with the Lakewood Council of PTAs for the first annual "Fall Harvest Dinner" to support the Lakewood City School PTA units. On Monday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m., the popular Lakewood restaurant will donate 20% of its food sales to the Lakewood Council of PTAs.