School News


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Make your reservations for the final days of The Ranger Café for the 2013 – 2014 school year.  

The final days for the year are April 15, 16, 29, and 30.  The Café is closed for the week of April 21 due to the students going to the State FCCLA competition in Columbus.

The Ranger Café will re-open next October for the 2014 - 2015 school year.


 The Culinary Team of D’Nautica Davis, Mackenzie Moore, Katherine Renaudin, and Andrew Summers will be heading to Columbus for the State FCCLA Competition.  This team, comprised of all Junior Culinary students, earned a spot in the State Competition through a strong showing in the Regional Competition in March.  They will be joining Sahana Petras who is competing in the Garde Manger category.

For the state competition, they have been given a completely different menu to prepare.  The team will be working hard in these next few weeks planning and practicing for their competition on April 24th .

Good luck to these West Shore students!


On March 8th, West Shore Culinary students showcased their culinary skills at the FCCLA Region 3A Competition. Competing individually or as a team, all West Shore students received Silver or Bronze awards with senior student Sahana Petras qualifying for the state competition. CLICK HERE to see photos.


On Monday March 10th, at their annual Outstanding Student Award luncheon, the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club recognized fifteen West Shore students as the top performers in their career-technical program. Outstanding student nominees exemplify traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative. Read Article for a list of award recipients and click here for luncheon photos. 


On Feb 28th, Chef Nowak of Black Pig and Chef Sharosky of West Shore Career-Tech's Ranger Cafe collaborated with Ms. McDonoughs' 8th grade math students at Garfield Middle School. Students worked in teams practicing their math skills and direction following to double, triple and quadruple cornbread and butter recipes.  This event was made possible with a Project Based Learning grant from LEAF- Lakewood Earth and Farm Community.  This spring students will participate in specific cooking lessons involving local produce.


West Shore Students 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-technical program was selected to receive the Outstanding Work Ethic Award.  Chamber members, Rotarians, family, work supervisors, and school administrators gathered to celebrate the students’ success on Friday February 21st during an award breakfast at Brennan’s Banquet and Catering Center.  Click here for photos of the breakfast.


West Shore Auto Technology students Nicholas Petiya and Derek Bratsch have been selected to compete in the 22nd Annual Greater Cleveland Automotive Technology Competition on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Cleveland Auto Show.  As a team, Nicholas and Derek will compete against four other teams in a “hands-on” event.  For 2 ½ half hours, each team will be identifying and addressing bugs/faults or repair issues on close to identical cars.

These teams were selected as the top performing schools based on a written exam completed earlier in the school year.  Derek and Nicholas, representing West Shore Career Tech, will be competing against teams from Euclid High School, Polaris Career Center, Sentinel Career Center, and Valley Forge High School.  The winners of the Greater Cleveland-area competition will participate in the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City.


West Shore Interactive Media students along with Lakewood High School students have been selected for awards in the prestigous Scholastic Art & Writing Competition.

 Congratulations to Alex Sierpurtowski for earning a Gold Key and moving on to compete at the national level in Animation.

Click here to read about the students' entries and awards.




West Shore’s Culinary Arts students and chef instructors helped spread holiday cheer throughout the Cleveland area at several events over the last two weeks.  

Women in STEM Careers Conference Women in STEM Careers Conference Six West Shore Career-Technical District students participated in the GE Lighting’s Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Careers Conference held at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in early October.  The students from West Shore Career Technical District included Grace Dever, Dominique Fletcher, Deena Mansour, Victoria Milicevic, Margaret McConnell, and Claire Zimmerman.  They are currently enrolled in Biotechnology, Electronics, Project Lead the Way, and Auto Technology programs.
Career Exploration Program at LHS on November 15 What do you want to do after high school?  Trying to find the right career for you? The ASVAB Career Exploration program offers students a no-cost, no-obligation opportunity for career exploration and education planning.  A service project conducted by the U.S. Army, ASVAB helps students identify their work/education-related interests.  Your results are not shared with the Army.  10th, 11th, & 12th graders can sign-up for the ASVAB program in the West Shore office/B-101 beginning Monday October 1st. ASVAB testing is on-site at Lakewood High School on Friday November 15th

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.

Auto Students to Compete in State Comptition Auto Students to Compete in State Comptition

Tim Figueira and Mark Gruber have qualified to compete in the AAA / Ford  Auto Skills Student Competition on May 10th at Owens Community College in Toledo.   Auto Skills is sponsored by AAA and Ford Motor Company to encourage students to pursue careers as automotive service technicians. Students first qualify for the competition by taking an online written exam. The 10 top scoring teams from across Ohio are then selected to move on to the “hands-on” finals where teams are given new Ford vehicles which are uniformly “bugged” with identical malfunctions to diagnose and repair. Teams are then ranked by the highest quality repair workmanship in the lowest total time.  Tim and Mark will have 90 minutes to repair a 2013 Ford Focus SE.   Student awards include scholarships along with auto tools and supplies.  The top finishing school in Ohio will advance to the national competition in Dearborn, MI this June.  Good luck Tim and Mark! 

Alternative Energy Camp Registration Information

For eight summers in a row, 8th grade students interested in electronics and engineering have participated in a 3 day camp exploring alternative energy technologies. This no cost 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 10th, 11th, & 12th.  Registration has begun with a May 17th deadline. Click here for: Information Flyer   Click here for:  Registration Form

Chamber President Recognized for Service Chamber President Recognized for Service

The West Shore Career-Technical District (WSCTD) was honored to present Mrs. Patty Ryan, CEO and President of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce with an honorary membership in the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at its annual Student Recognition and Career Passport Assembly on Tuesday May 21st.  Mrs. Linda Thayer, Educational Coordinator at WSCTD recognized Mrs. Ryan for her “enthusiastic dedication, service, and support of our students. The partnership between West Shore and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and local business leaders is a valued and important part of our career-technical curriculum.  Mrs. Ryan has been a leader and advocate in the Lakewood community.”   


On November 14th, Michael Dodrill and Leaf Holland, senior students in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program, showcased the Alarmom Child Guardian System, their child-saving invention at the PLTW Fall Conference in Sandusky, Ohio.  


Lisa Boettcher's Programming and Digital Media classes recognized Computer Science Education Week by participating in an "Hour of Code." Over 4,000 lines of code were written by 90 students.  The students most popular lesson choices were Angry Birds, CodeHS Karel, and Code Academy.

To participate, go to

“At a time when people are saying "I want a good job - I got out of college and I couldnt find one," every single year in America there is a standing demand for 120,000 people who are training in computer science.“  ~ Bill Clinton

Well Done  Graduates Well Done Graduates

Congratualions to the 227 West Shore students who received a Career Passport at the annual recognition and awards ceremony on Tuesday May 21st.   Lakewood Superintendent Jeff Patterson, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kevin Bright, and Board of Education President Mr. Edward Favre were joined on stage by West Shore Educational Coordinator Mrs. Linda Thayer along with fellow Superintendents and Board of Education members from our partner districts to award students their passports.  Click here for pictures of the event.

Best Wishes Retirees Best Wishes Retirees

The end of the school year brings with it a measure of sadness when you are saying goodbye to wonderful colleagues and friends. This year the West Shore Career-Technical District will bid farewell to two wonderful co-workers.  Mrs. Connie Bellini, Teacher Early Childhood Education and Senior Services and Mrs. Deb Slater Career-Technical Aide at Westlake High School. Best wishes to both Connie and Deb as they open a new and exciting chapter… we are sure you will enjoy the adventure! Read Article to learn more about their retirement plans.



Registration for the 2014- 2015 school year has begun for Lakewood High students.


Click HERE for an overview of all programs
For the 2014 – 2015 West Shore Application click HERE.

For a more in depth listing of course offerings, please select the Career-Technical Programs button on the left tool bar menu.  

Program information and applications are available in the West Shore office/Room B-101.  Lakewood High students are accepted into West Shore programs on a first come, first qualified basis so get your completed application in soon!


An opportunity to explore West Shore!  After school on Wednesday, December 11th, Lakewood High students interested in West Shore Career-Technical programs are encouraged to visit the teachers, classrooms, and labs. Teachers will be on hand to meet with you.   If you need help finding a classroom please stop by the West Shore office/Room B-101 for directions.   We look forward to seeing you!



Students from the Interactive Media program of West Shore Career-Tech had the opportunity recently to participate in a unique art program at Beck Center for the Arts that brought students from all corners of the county together.

Click HERE to read the full article in the Lakewood Observer

Ranger Cafe Closed   Ranger Cafe Closed

Thank you for your patronage. Ranger Cafe is now closed for the school year.  We look forward to you joining us for lunch when the restaurant opens again in the fall.

Hyland Software Innovation Showdown Winners Hyland Software Innovation Showdown Winners

Congratulations to Sydney Ward, Kyle Kasper, Matt Kerrigan, and Liam O’Donnell, members of the Happy Feet Team and winners of Hyland’s Innovation Showdown:  High School Edition held on April 27th.  Hyland Software, voted one of the Best Places to Work in the US, sponsored the Innovation Showdown to encourage young innovators to learn how to create a business plan, prototype, and presentation to answer the question: “How can you use technology to solve a business problem?”  Networking junior Matt Kerrigan commented, "It was really cool how the project actually all came together. It actually felt like a professional setting. West Shore is great at giving us these kind of opportunities.”  High School students on four different teams spent a week working with industry professionals on-site at Hyland Software and independently after school.  In addition to working with the business professionals, students also received complimentary meals, prizes, and had a rewarding, hands-on, professional experience.  Innovation ideas ranged from the winning team’s feet warmers that recharged kinetically from walking, a medical app that ran on smart phones to aid nurses treating patients, another app which would locate lost keys by giving you a map or alert, and a web based product that could help plan a vacation that merged all sorts of social media; MapQuest, Cheap Gas, and Facebook.  West Shore would like to thank Hyland Software for sponsoring this rewarding program. Click here for photos of the event.


West Shore 2012 graduate, Nicole Matthews continues to make her mark on the world with her photography.  Her latest accomplishment, Project Imaginat10n earned her a trip to the Big Apple!

A Dozen Digital Donuts

Students in the Digial Media classes combined their newly acquired Adobe Photoshop techniques and creative energy to design digital donuts for their final Photoshop project.  Each of the four classes voted on the best designs.  The winners are:

1st Period - Caramia Ditzel, Marcus Peck, and Brandon Downing
2nd Period - Gabe Almodovar, Chris Hurd, and Eddie Rychel
7th Period - Kayley Gallagher, Paul Geballa, and Marco Ruiz
9th Period - Nick Johnson, Lillie Smith, and Amana Zahriyeh

Click here to see the designs.

Construction Complete Construction Complete

Construction Trades students recently completed a two-story Gambrel style garage in the Lakewood community.  Garage features include:  upstairs workshop, cedar shake siding, side storage area, and a covered walkway to the home.  “This was a more complex garage project than we have done in the past, but the students rose to the challenge and I am proud of their efforts” said instructor Mike Dow.  Click here for a photo gallery of the garage from start to finish. This garage was featured in the Lakewood Observer; to read the article, click here.

YOUNG ENGINEERS YOUNG ENGINEERS The Principles of Engineering classes spent the last two weeks learning the fundamentals and concepts of building bridges.  Twenty bridges were built across the three engineering classes.  The winning team was Kenny Miller and Makito Otisuka.  Their bridge held an impressive 70.6 lbs before the roadbed broke and the efficiency rating of the bridge (weight held before destruction/weight of bridge) was 542.778.  Outstanding work!


At last night's Board of Education meeting, West Shore's Auto Technology program was acknowledged for its distinction as a Top 20 program in the nation by Tomorrow's Technician.  Board President Ed Favre recognized Educational Coordinator Linda Thayer, Instructor Mike Szittai and students for their contribution to the program.  Students in attendance (from left to right) are William Solarz, Roy Byers, Greg Antz, Jesse Williams, and Samantha Hall.  

Cooking Up College Success Cooking Up College Success

Stephanie Herndon has always enjoyed cooking. Stephanie’s passion turned into a career path while attending the West Shore Culinary Arts program.  Stephanie is on track to graduate from Lorain County Community College (LCC) with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts in June, 2014.  Stephanie believes “the discipline, food service production, and learning how to get along with fellow employees, all the things I learned at West Shore, have helped me succeed at LCC.”   Way to go Stephanie!

Innovation Showdown at Hyland Software Innovation Showdown at Hyland Software

West Shore students, do you have a great idea for a new mobile app, web service, or other new technology you just know would solve a business problem?  Have we got an opportunity for YOU!  Hyland Software, voted one of the Best Places to Work in the US, is sponsoring a program for young innovators to learn how to create a business plan, prototype, and presentation to answer the question: “How can you use technology to solve a business problem?”  Work with industry professionals on-site at Hyland Software.  In addition to working with the business professionals, you will also receive complimentary meals, prizes, and learn some really cool stuff!  To download contest information, click on the following links:  Innovation Showdown Flyer, Contest Application, Innovation Showdown Info Sheet, and Project Log.  If you have any questions, please stop by the West Shore Office in B-101.  Good luck!  


On the evening of Oct 23, 2013, West Shore Career – Technical District hosted the Stakeholder and Advisory Committee Meeting with 133 leaders in industry, business, and community leaders gathering to provide insight, guidance, and professional connections to the West Shore programs.

Top Chef Instructors 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.   This recognition is awarded to elite teachers who go beyond the classroom offering their students opportunities for expanded learning opportunities, work to improve the state and national ProStart program, and advise other Culinary teachers.  Their students and fellow staff members benefit from their passion and commitment to the program every day.  We are delighted to highlight their achievement!
Volunteering Talents for a Good Cause   

Culinary Arts students from West Shore Career-Technical District donated their food prepping talents to the Lakewood Community Service Center’s Got Green? annual fundraiser on Sunday, September 22.   

NETWORKING PROGRAM PROVIDED SOLID FOOTING “The Cisco networking program gave me a unique opportunity to hit the ground running out of high school,” states Steve McMaster, a 2007 graduate of LHS & West Shore Career-Tech.  He took the knowledge he learned in the Networking /Cisco program and within a few short weeks after graduation, was employed by Hurricane Labs, a leader in information security.

Click HERE to read more about Steve's immediate career success.


West Shore’s Auto Technology program has been selected as one of Tomorrow's Tech's Top 20 programs in the nation and is now competing to be selected as the 2013 School of the Year. 

A Leg-Up in the Classroom and on the Job A Leg-Up in the Classroom and on the Job

The Health Careers Program at West Shore has helped set James McMahan (LHS/WSCTD 2013) up for short and long-term success.  Just a few months after graduation, James is employed at Fairview Hospital as a PCNA (Patient Care Nursing Assistant).  He works weekends at the hospital and dives into textbooks during the week at Cleveland State University where he is a freshman majoring in Nursing.James acknowledges the tremendous help and guidance the West Shore program and Mrs. Jackie Smith provided.  “Everything I do at work is a direct correlation to what Mrs. Smith taught in her class,” says James.

Click Here to read more about James.

Connections for Life Connections for Life

Dan Twardesky continues to walk the halls of LHS, but he doesn’t get asked for a hall pass anymore.   In June 2013, he graduated from Lakewood High School and West Shore Career-Technical District, but even before he graduated, he began working in the Information Technology Department of the Lakewood City Schools.

Click here to read more about Dan's West Shore experience and job opportunity.

Turning a Dream into Reality Turning a Dream into Reality

Andrew Schulte, 2010 graduate of LHS and West Shore’s Auto Technology and Pre-Engineering programs, is fueling his passion for cars in his position with Nissan’s Vehicle Engineering Quality Department near Phoenix, Arizona.  He credits the West Shore programs and teachers for giving him a “head start” on his industry peers, and a teacher/mentor relationship that has helped shape him into the person he is today.

To learn more about Andrew and other West Shore students success stories, click here.

First early release day is this Thursday, Sept 5

The first of 15 early release days is this Thursday, September 5th for the Lakewood City Schools.  Lakewood High School and West Shore students will be released at 2:10pm.  Students will attend each period of their schedule with periods 1-3 and 7-9 shortened by 8 minutes each.

Transportation for West Shore students will accommodate this schedule.

West Shore welcomes new teachers West Shore welcomes new teachers

West Shore Career Technical District has 2 new teachers this school year that won’t have any trouble navigating the halls of Lakewood High on the first day of school.  Both educators have deep roots in the West Shore District - one as a student and the other as a staff member.

Straight A's for West Shore Career-Technical District Straight A's for West Shore Career-Technical District

The West Shore Career-Technical District received top marks on the 2011 Ohio Career – Technical Education Report Card for 2012-13.  Out of 91 districts across the State of Ohio, West Shore was one of only 11 districts to receive straight “A’s” across all components.  Each district was measured on Technical Skill Assessment Passage Rate, Graduation Rate, Industry Credentials/Post-Program Placement, Academic Attainment, and Dual Enrollment