Inside Bay Schools November 2017

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November 2017
Bay Middle School students and staff rake the leaves for hundreds of elderly and disabled homeowners every single fall, and they had a beautiful day for it November 17. More than 150 homes were raked this year!

This is a long tradition when, rain or shine, students in grades 5-8 roll up their sleeves and get raking. They get plenty of help from parents and the school's staff members. Mr. Fitchpatrick and Ms. Flamos were the advisors for this year's project.

Empathy . . . kindness . . . compassion -- more than just words at our Bay Village Schools.
Bay Middle School's annual Rake Out cleans up the town!RakeOut2017at400px 2See more Rake Out photos in this video (thank you photographer Nancy Schley).

Providing a wonderful start for infants, toddlers and preschoolers . . .
Glenview Child Care and Learning Center celebrates 35 years
Three generations of Glenview directors met at the Center's recent 35th birthday party: Pictured at right: current director Dody Chadwick (left), first director Carol Ball (center) and Barb Manning (right), director from 1998-2008, after working there as a teacher from the center's beginning in 1982. (Carol is fighting lymphoma and chose not to wear her hat for this photo in support of Bay High's "No One Fights Alone" campaign.)

Since 1982, the year-round program has operated in the former Glenview Elementary School building, providing infant and toddler daycare, a preschool program based on the Ohio State Early Learning Content Standards, and before-and-after care for school-aged children through grade 5. Read more HERE.

Weston Wolf gets a makeover!
WestonWolfcrop Westerly has a new Weston Wolf mascot this year who is a more kid-friendly, kid-sized version of the original.

"Weston had been around as long as anyone here on staff could remember," said Westerly Principal Josie Sanfilippo. "The costume had been cleaned so many times, and it really was time to replace it. We used the opportunity to reconsider everything we wanted in a mascot while retaining our traditional wolf."

Mrs. Sanfilippo met with Mrs. Denise Toil, who had a friend who made and designed costumes. They looked at photos and came up with some new ideas. Mrs. Sanfilippo thought that at the third and fourth-grade level of Westerly students, the costume should be kid-sized.  [More ...]

Bay music teachers to sing with Bocelli Devon Gess and James Kotora perform in Cleveland Pops chorus with famous tenor.
This Friday, December 1, the Cleveland Pops chorus, including Bay High Choral Director Devon Gess and Normandy music teacher James Kotora, will perform with Andrea Bocelli! "My high school director is the director of the chorus and is so incredibly talented!" said Gess. "Every rehearsal is like a workshop." Read more about the concert and tickets HERE.
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Bay Village Education Foundation, Kiwanis, awards classroom grants

The Bay Village Education Foundataion awarded $18,000 in classroom grants, and Kiwanis awarded an additional $2,000 in grants, to make proposed enrichment plans of educators here become a reality.

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Left-to-right: front row, seated, Brian Reynolds (district technology coordinator), Michael Clifford (Bay High physics teacher), Amanda McLin (sixth-grade science teacher); standing, Martha Fisher (third-grade teacher), Ellie Bricmont (BVEF VP and Grants Manager), Kelsey Wermer (Normandy Spanish teacher), Laura Godfray (first-grade teacher), Kristyn Webber (Bay High intervention specialist), Beth Shiry (Kindergarten teacher), Rob Grossman (Bay High social studies teacher), Patrick Mosier (Kiwanis), Colin Lackey (Bay Middle School intervention specialist) and Tom Schemrich (Bay High art teacher). Read more for names of all those educators not pictured here.  

Bay High Marching Band and Rockettes have a Disney Thanksgiving!

The Bay High School "Rocket" Marching Band and Rockettes wowed the crowds gathered for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Pre-Parade, introducing the Magic Kingdom's tribute to the tales of Fantasyland.

Musicians participated in Disney's "You're Instrumental" Workshop, recording a polished performance of Disney music in a studio environment. The Rockettes Dance Team attended "Disney's Dancin' Workshop," experiencing a mock audition that went from warm ups through the whole process of learning choreography, performing the routines, to how dancers are eliminated and then finally chosen. As a bonus,  the instructor was also a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette!

After all the work, there was plenty of time to enjoy Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot Center and Universal Studios.



Fall athletics sees conference, district, regional and state contests.
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Bay Middle School Girls Cross Country Division II State Champs!

Bay High Rockets Football ends historic 12-1 season as Regional Runner Up!
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Boys Varsity Soccer is State Runner Up!

Bay High Boys Cross Country Competes at States, places 7th.

Bay High Girls Varsity Soccer competes at Regional Finals.

Bay Village Schools staff, students mourn passing of Bill Goepfert


Bay Middle School's beloved seventh-grade math teacher and basketball coach, Bill Goepfert, passed away suddenly before Thanksgiving. The school was closed one day so that students and staff could attend services. Students set out luminaria around Bay Middle School the same evening to honor Mr. Geopfert. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends, colleagues and students. Mr. Goepfert will be truly missed.


Students get early start on holiday music:

Bay High Honors Quintet performed for Bay Village Early Childhood PTA Holiday Home Tours
Strings students spent a full day learning
and performing in "A Day of Strings."

ENJOY these wonderful, holiday concerts and prepare to be impressed
by our talented student vocalists and musicians!
(All concerts at Bay High Auditorium.)

Monday, December 4 -  Westerly Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5 - Westerly Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6 -  Normandy 2nd-Grade Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 7 BHS Holiday Choir Concert, 7 p.m. (ticket purchase at door) 

Sunday, December 10  -  BHS Holiday Choir Concert, 3 p.m. (ticket purchase at door) 

Monday, December 11 -  BMS/Westerly Holiday Orchestra Concert, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, December 11 -  BHS Holiday Orchestra Concert, 8 p.m. 

Wednesday, December 13 - BMS 7/8 Grade Band and Jazz Band Holiday Concert, 8 p.m.

Thursday, December 14 - BMS 5/6 Grade Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

Monday, December 18 -  BMS 7/8 Grade Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 19 - BHS Band Concert, 7 p.m.


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November, 2017



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