Inside Bay Schools March 2019

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March, 2019

Best Music Education Community 2019!
Standards for inclusion on the prestigious Best Communities for Music Education list have increased consistently over the last 17 years, but the Bay Village City School District is once again so honored for its exemplary music program. First recognized with the designation in 2003, and each year since, Bay Village is among just 623 districts nationwide, and 38 Ohio districts, identified for the honor by the NAMM Foundation in 2019.  [Read on . . . ]
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Bay Village Schools music educators, from left: front row, seated: Elaine Dwyer (Westerly, vocal), Mark Awad (Bay Middle School, instrumental), Heidi Herczeg (Bay Middle School, vocal). Back row: Darren Allen (Bay High instrumental), Carrie Singler (Bay High, instrumental), Jeffrey Schimelpfenig (Westerly, strings), James Kotora (Normandy, general music), Carrie Engelbrecht (Westerly, general music), and Devon Gess (Bay High, vocal).

National Scholastic Silver Medals in writing for Elizabeth Holup and Cate Kapalczynski!

Congratulations to Bay High senior Cate Kapalczynski (left) and junior Elizabeth Holup on winning Scholastic Silver Medals in Writing on the national level!

Both had work recognized with Gold Key awards at the Regional level, which qualified their work to be judged at the national level in New York City.

The Silver Medal was awarded to Elizabeth Holup for her poem, "The Colors of You." Cate Kapalczynski was awarded the Silver Medal for her personal essay/memoir "The Phoenix."


StartWithHelloVideo Start with Hello!

Our elementary students at Normandy and Westerly enjoyed Start with Hello Week March 18-22 to promote a culture of inclusion. So many new friends, new conversations and a new focus on spreading happiness!

Enjoy this short video that covers activities our students experienced during Start with Hello Week. Thank you Mrs. Basel and Mrs. Stockfish for showing us it is so easy -- just Start with Hello!

From left - Tony Ambrozik, Ron Ignaczak and Ericka Fanter.
School employees have new photo i.d. badges

The Bay Village Schools have issued new key entry, photo i.d. badges to all permanent employees. The extensive task required new photos for all employees, new electronic locks on school entry doors, and programming of access times based on employee classification and schedules.

Thanks to maintenance workers Tony Ambrozik and Ericka Fanter, as well as to Building and Grounds Supervisor Ron Ignaczak, for successfully completing and for managing the ongoing aspects of this important security initiative!

Visiting our neighbors at The Knickerbocker!
Superintendent Jodie Hausmann, Board of Education President Beth Lally, and Treasurer Nicole Spriggs visited residents at the Knickerbocker Apartments recently to talk about what our schools do to serve the "whole child."

Questions from the senior citizens included what we are doing about safety and bullying. Especially popular were photos showing how our students serve others, and how they take care of one another.

Residents also want to be more involved with our schools, and they would like to attend our events. Administration will be working with them to remove obstacles to their enjoying student performances.

Fourth-graders devise a "pay-it-forward" program to help feed the hungry, with pizza!

Watch Channel 5 coverage of how "The Destroyers" Destination Imagination Team helps destroy hunger! Congratulations Westerly fourth-graders Annalisa Crites, Emilia Lindsay, Mirella Martin, and Aine Stein!

The Destroyers

JohnsonAmelia BHS19 A musical pathway to career and travel for National Merit Finalist Amelia Johnson

Bay High senior Amelia Johnson was named National Merit Finalist this month, a prestigious academic achievement awarded to less than one percent of Preliminary SAT test-takers in the U.S. She is hopeful the designation will lead to both acceptance and scholarships to colleges where she’d like to major in music education and performance.

"I feel that my musical training has taught me to work very hard and has taught me discipline," she said. "These skills have definitely helped me succeed in other academic areas."

Read more about Amelia's musical journey and accomplishments in the Westlake Bay Village Observer.

Bay Middle School Power of the Pen excels at District Level
​Both 7th and 8th grade writing teams earned came in FOURTH place out of 21 competing schools in the Power of the Pen District competition held at Columbia Station Middle School. Faith Beatty won 7th in the 7th-grade individual awards.
TOP: 7th Grade Team Award: From left: Front - Faith Beatty and Delaney Carter; Back - Emma Lindway, Faith Teutschbein (runner), Clara Lang (runner), Chloe Hoban (runner), Noelle Oppewall, Laila Fiorentino, and Angie Ingraham.
BOTTOM: 8th grade Team Award: From Left: Ella Tenerowicz, Addison Meaux, Rachel Ploenzke, Anna Mayer, and Ted Donahue. Not Pictured: Miya DeBolt.
AT RIGHT: Faith Beatty
Read about Power of the Pen in the WestLife Newspaper (subscription required).

Regular updates from Superintendent and from School Board

The Bay Village Board of Education has published its second Work Session report, and the topic were technology and finances. These work session reports present content and background on issues being presented to the board. Formal agendas and minutes to all meetings are available at our Board Docs site.

Superintendent Hausmann has sent a Superintendent's Update to parents and guardians for the month of March. You can find all of her updates to parents on our website here.

Bay Village Board of Education members, from left:
Steve Lee, Beth Lally, Gayatry Jacob-Mosier, Lisa Priemer and Amy Huntley.


Listen to this interview and all of Superintendent podcast with students and staff at
Podcast with senior basketball players

Superintendent Hausmann asks three senior boys basketball players to reminisce a bit, not only about the great 2019 season, but going all the way back to their childhoods! In addition, the boys are asked to project themselves 10 years into the future and think about what their hopes and expectations are for those future selves.

From Coach Shetzer: "4 years. 4 district championship games. Fantastic run by our senior class! Thank you for the memories & the commitment to setting the standard high. The best part of this is our kids are from here. Born here. Raised here. Played here. Couldn’t be prouder!"

Pictured: Superintendent Hausmann with Bay High senior boys basketball players (from left): Eric Painter, Jack Maxwell and Christian Dupps.
Events and opportunities . . .
Bay Middle School Poetry Slam
Bay Middle School students will read original and famous poetry in a fun and casual setting of a Poetry Slam! The event takes place on Thursday, April 11, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Bay Middle School library.

Light refreshments will follow the performances.

This project is organized by Bay High junior Elizabeth Holup as part of her work toward her Girl Scout Gold Award!

All are welcome!

Bay Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, April 7, 8 a.m. to Noon
Bay Middle School
Adults: $6 advance; $7 at door
Children under age 5 are free!
All you can eat!
(Contact Russ Bauknecht for advance tickets.)

Benefits the Class of 2019!

The Senior Parents of the Class of 2019 are hosting a “SUPER FAN” online raffle!

We have 5 great prizes including Indians, Browns and OSU football tickets, a Bay Rockets 20 game pass and a unique Ohio/Rocket plaque. Each prize also contains extras like: a signed Antonio Callaway photo, sportswear and more…

All proceeds will benefit the Bay Senior Class of 2019.
It’s easy to buy tickets! For details and tickets, just follow this link:

Benefits the Class of 2020!

PARENTS! Give yourselves a night out and a fun time for the little ones. babysitting
27th Annual Ballroom Blitz
Saturday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.
The 27th Annual Ballroom Blitz will take place on May 4th at 6:30pm in the high school cafeteria.

Tickets go on sale March 31st-April 28th, and will be available to purchase through the Bay Music Boosters website. Tickets are $40 per person and $30 for seniors and non-performing students.

New this year, we are raffling off a performance by our Bay Rocket Marching Band! Raffle ticket are one for $20 or 3 for $50. You will be able to purchase raffle tickets via PayPal on our website. The drawing will be held on May 4th at the Ballroom Blitz.

Catered by Thyme Catering Company. Channel 19's Jon Loufman will emcee! Playing in the Cantina: Jazz Ensemble, Stage Band, BMS Jazz Band, Honors Quintet, Rocket Quartet and Choraleers!

"May the 4th Be With You!"

The Bay Village City School District is in need of Substitute Educational Aides, Substitute Food Service Workers and Substitute Bus Drivers. Find more information at:

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