In partnership with our families and community, Lakewood City Schools will develop responsible citizens, who are critical and creative thinkers, committed to lifelong learning, invested in a diverse society, and prepared for technological and global opportunities.



Click here to access the West Shore Blizzard Bag assignments due April 28.


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.

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!

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