Inside Bay Village Schools April 2019

Our monthly news roundup ...
Have a wonderful spring break -- April 19-26, 2019!
April, 2019

PTA Reflections Winners, 2019!
Bay Village PTA Council hosted the annual PTA Reflections fine arts competition, giving our students a wonderful opportunity to use their creativity to illustrate this year's theme, "Heroes Around Me." Bay Schools Curriculum Director Char Shryock, our school principals, and PTA Council President Meghan Jenkins presented the awards on March 28 in visual arts, literature, film/video, photography, dance choreography, music composition and special artist categories. Entries winning at the local level can be viewed in this presentation (created by Tina Ingraham). Entries that garnered state-level awards in their age category were by Abigail Cronin (1st, visual), Mackenzie Lowry (2nd, visual), Drew Jenkins (2nd, photography), Claire Jenkins (3rd, literature), and Honorable Mentions for Micah Bendoraitis, Jenna Gulinas, Riley Kraft, and Chloe Schulz.

Pictured from left, clockwise: State-level top-place winning entries by Drew Jenkins (2nd, photography), Abigail Cronin (1st, visual), Mackenzie Lowry (2nd, visual), Claire Jenkins (3rd, literature).

THIRSTchairs600px THIRST project provides safe, clean water to African community

Bay High Key Club's THIRST Project chairs (pictured from left), Noah Lowery, Shea Janos and Benjamin Anderson stand with some of the “water drops” sold during the recent fundraiser that raised $12,000 to provide safe, clean water to a community in the country of eSwatini in Africa. Bay High Key Club, Bay Middle School Builders Club and Westerly K-Kids joined the Bay Village Kiwanis family in collecting donations, selling t-shirts and water drops, and holding a Chipotle fundraiser. Advisors are Anita Bauknecht, Zorana Levi and Patrick Kelly. These schools made a life-changing difference for an entire community! Look for a podcast interview with these Key Club student leaders coming soon.
Normandy Elementary's Dr. Kotora honored by NPR's Ideastream

Dr. Jim Kotora, our music teacher at Normandy Elementary, has been named one of Ideastream's 2019 Innovative Educators.

The designation honors educators who integrate technology into teaching and learning. Dr. Kotora has made learning about music extra fun with gamification, augmented reality, and more.

He was honored Monday, April 9, at an awards ceremony at Ideastream in Cleveland. (Dr. Kotora is pictured here with his wife, Cynthia.)

BTSC T-shirt 2019 Bike to School coming up

The Bay Village Bike To School Challenge runs from April 29 through May 17 at Bay Middle School. We can expect to see hundreds of students riding their bicycles to school!

Westerly Elementary jumps into the cycling action May 6-17.

Be sure to visit the Bike Clinic on Thursday, May 2, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Bay Middle School gymnasium. Get your bike checked out and learn about bike safety and safe cycling.

There will be plenty of prize incentives throughout the Bike to School periods from sponsors like Bay Food Mart, Honey Hut, Marco's Pizza, Mojo's, Subway, and Thyme Table. And the team at Century Cycles (led by Bay High alumnus Scott Cowan) will provide, as always, grand prizes for the overall winners. Bay Middle School teacher Lawrence Kuh coordinates the program designed to promote this healthy, environmentally-friendly mode of transportation in an educational and safe way.

At left: Official t-shirt design for Bike to School 2019 by t-shirt design contest winner, Bay High senior Alex Semancik.

Bay High part of Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition
Two Bay High students, Olivia Doland and Lizzie Varis, had entries accepted into the state-level, juried exhibit of the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. From 11,500 regional entries from 15 regions of Ohio, approximately 2,500 entries are selected enter the state judging. State jurors then select 300 for the actual exhibition at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, across from the State Capitol, on display now through the end of May. Cherie Bauer is the girls' instructor in painting.
Olivia Doland Lizzie From left:  Olivia Doland's painting "til Death do us Part" and Lizzie Varis"s "Still Life" painting.


Bay Village Schools win the Ohio Auditor of State Award

The Bay Village City School District received the Ohio Auditor of State Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting fiscal year 2018. This award recognizes the effective financial practices in place throughout the district and our district's commitment to fiscal transparency and accountability.

The award is given to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a clean financial audit. 

Pictured at left: Bay Village Schools Treasurer Nicole Spriggs (front) and staff members Ellen Watterson, Anne-Marie Zeuch and Judi Hansen.

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.

Quantum Steam competes in day-long Robotics competition

Bay High's robotics team, Quantum Steam, competed at the top-level FIRST Robotics Competition held at Cleveland State University on Friday, March 29.

“Building robots to solve the challenge of a rigorous competition is just the best learning experience on so many levels,” said Michael Clifford, Bay High science teacher and the club’s advisor. “It is a goal of the school to prepare students for a world of technology, and the FIRST Robotics Competition is as technical as it gets for high school students."

In just its second year, Quantum Steam finished 45th of 60 in a field of far more experienced clubs. The team will compete in a couple off-season scrimmages next year to gain more experience driving and strategizing with the robot.

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Podcast with Addams Family cast, crew, pit

Superintendent Hausmann interviews representatives of the cast, crew and pit orchestra about their love of stage and so much more after celebrating a successful, three-day run of The Addams Family, to city-wide, rave reviews!

Listen to this interview and all of the Superintendent's podcasts with students and staff at

Amy Huntley honored for her service

The school board hosted quite a send off for Amy Huntley as she leaves our school board after serving more than 17 years. Our district has attained many positive achievements over her tenure, including the construction of a new middle school, the renovation of our other school buildings, stable financial management and strong academic performance. Our best wishes go with you!
Events and opportunities . . .
Flower and Plant Sale April 1-18, pick up May 4
Sponsored by Normandy and Westerly PTA.
Great deals from Dean’s Greenhouse!

Order your flowers, herbs, veggies, foliage, hanging baskets and more through the Normandy and Westerly PTA’s Plant and Flower sale! Orders are being accepted online (link below) through Thursday, April 18th! Volunteers will load up your car with your order on May 4th at Normandy.

There are so many selections to choose from!
And gift certificates to Dean’s are available on the website as well!​

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
We’re ready to start planting.
How about you?



When we return from spring break
Bay Middle School presents . . .

Bay Middle School Art Show
Opening Reception
Wednesday, May 1, 6-8 p.m.
Featuring our wonderful student art
exhibited in the library.

AND join us for dinner and dessert!
Featuring food trucks The Little Pig
and the Little Penguin
starting at 5:30 p.m.

(Art will be on exhibit
throughout the week.)

27th Annual Ballroom Blitz
Saturday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.
The 27th Annual Ballroom Blitz will take place on May 4th at 6:30 p.m. 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!"

Screenagers Bay Village PTA Council in partnership with
Bay Village Kiwanis presents

Growing up in the Digital Age
(Film screening: 70 min.)

Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m.
Bay High Auditorium
Free admission

Highly recommended for parents of children ages 0-18.
This film is appropriate for children ages 10 and up.
SCREENAGERS explores struggles over all that time kids spend online: social media, video games, academics and the internet. Through poignant and often funny stories, the film offers surprising insights from authors, psychologists and brain scientists. Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to find balance with the digital world. An expert panel, including Bay Village Schools counselors Meghan Basel and Anna Stockfish, will answer questions following the film.
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