Inside Bay Village Schools November 2018

Our monthly news roundup ...
November 2018

Holiday Concerts Begin!
A wonderful holiday tradition . . . Bay Village Schools concerts!

Bay High students serve homeless at St. Augustine's Hunger Center
Bay High students from their school's Master Your Future class went to St Augustine's Hunger Center to serve the homeless on Monday, November 19. The class instructor is Mrs. Anita Bauknecht. A most wonderful way to show gratitude for all we have at Thanksgiving!

Bay Village Schools host "A View from the Bridge"
Bay Village Schools employees, from teachers to administrators to support staff, gathered to share job perspectives and passions regarding public education. Read about it in the Westlake Bay Village Observer.

Bay High's Dennis Risch is National Merit Commended Student

Bay High senior Dennis Risch has been named a 2019 National Merit Commended Student.
   Risch scored within the top 4 percent of test takers on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, taken in his junior year. The achievement earns a Letter of Commendation in the National Merit Scholarship Program in recognition of his outstanding academic promise.
   Risch plays percussion in the Bay High Symphonic Band and in the Bay High Marching Band. He is interested in studying computer science when he attends college next year.


Sharing a love of reading at Westerly
Westerly students are making it easier to share the gift of reading. A new, big blue book bin has been installed at the entrance of Westerly Elementary School so students and others in the community can drop off children's books. All donated books (new or gently used please) will go to the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank, where they will be distributed to children in the Cleveland area who have no books of their own. Especially needed are books for younger readers as well as books that show diversity. Helping with the project are Westerly K-Kids, a young group affiliated with Kiwanis, and their advisor on the project, Marian Harmount.

Bay Middle School Eighth Graders presented
Famous French WAX Museum
So many famous French monarchs, scientists, entertainers and other historical figures came to life on Monday, November 19 when our eighth grade French classes presented their Famous French WAX Museum. Students researched famous French individuals, created presentations about them and dressed like their research subjects. What a way to make these interesting and accomplished French figures come alive for the students and visitors to the "museum." Their French teacher is Laura Hall.

Top sellers for Bay Middle School PTSA get super prizes!

Bay Middle School PTSA turned the student body into a Sales FORCE! Ten top sellers of the most magazines and chocolates rode a limo to Chipotle, each inviting a friend.
   Mr. McAndrews and Mr. Grodek chaperoned the trips with lights and music inside - what a blast! 64 students enjoyed Kalahari Resort on Tuesday for reaching other selling levels.
   The fundraiser benefits the entire school of students as PTSA provides so many wonderful programs.

LeafRaking Annual Rake Out by Bay Middle School students greatly appreciated by residents

Our Bay Middle School students raked the yards of close to 200 elderly or disabled residents in Bay Village on Friday, November 16! This annual Great Rake Out is such a wonderful benefit to our community AND to our students. Thanks to students, staff and parent volunteers. You did it again! (And a special thanks to Mr. Gary Fitchpatrick, our advisor/organizer.)

Superintendent Hausmann hosts crossing guards with breakfast
Thank you to our Bay Village Crossing Guards! They keep our students safe on their way to and from school. Superintendent Hausmann hosted a breakfast in their honor on Friday, November 16. You can thank them by giving a wave when you see them. Honor their service by following their lead as they escort our children in their safe street crossings!
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Honoring our Veterans
Veteran's Day commemorated by our staff and students.
In honor of both Election Day and Veterans Day, our school properties were lined with hundreds of American flags from November 5-12. This visual was meant to inspire our students, and our entire community, to take pride in our democratic process and in our veterans who have fought so hard for our freedom! (Thank you to Jack Heider and Kevin Egan of our maintenance staff for placing all those flags!)
   In addition, students participated in a variety of Veterans Day activities, some of which are detailed in this photo slideshow:

Best Wishes to Ron Flowers on his retirement!

The Bay Village Board of Education honored long-time Head Custodian Ron Flowers on Monday, November 26, as he retires from serving the Bay Village Schools. Ron began his career more than 32 years ago as a custodian at Bay High before becoming Head Custodian at Westerly and then at Bay High School. Described by colleagues as a "student-first custodian," Ron was lauded for his 
Superintendent Jodie Hausmann presented Ron Flowers with a parting retirement gift as well as an exceptionally long list of compliments provided by his colleagues throughout the district.

support of student athletics and philanthropic efforts (including shaving his long-time beard for LLS Shave to Save), his sense of humor, his wonderful singing voice, and his pride in keeping Bay High looking wonderful.Ron retires from the Bay Village Schools at the end of the calendar year, but we think we will continue to see this avid Rockets fan at many of our athletic events!
Mrs. Hausmann's podcast interview with Bay High Robotics Club students:
Superintendent Jodie Hausmann interviews three students -- Patrick Brophy, Zoe Cox and Sabina Williams -- active in the Bay High Robotics Club as they prepare, in this second year of the club, to compete in the rigorous FIRST Robotics competition this spring!

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Watch for more news on this exciting club! And thank you to funding by grants from the Bay Village Education Foundation and the Argosy Foundation, and to sponsors NASA Glenn Research Center, Greg Allen Builders, Oster Services, Sixmo Architects and Engineers, KJ Trading Systems, and SurfTech. Students have raised money through a variety of fundraisers, including bake sales, raffles, and a Spooky Halloween Science Lab. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor as the club continues to raise needed funds, contact the club's advisor, Michael Clifford, at

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