Inside Bay Village Schools May 2019

Our monthly news roundup ...
Because May is so PACKED with news,
watch for more  in our early June edition next week.
May, 2019

Congratulations Aqua Girls, Global Destination Imagination Champions!
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From left, front - Team manager Michele Moore, Eliza Aleksandrovic, Caroline Fowles, Audrey Ray,
Team Manager Kim Ray; from left, back - Grace Chilton, Olivia Reed, Ava Ransom, and Patty Yuhas.
Student advisor not pictured is Marian Harmount.
Aqua Girls won Global Finals at Destination Imagination! The girls competed in an arena that included more than 1,400 teams from 15 countries. The event took place in Kansas City, MO.

This team of dedicated, creative competitors has been together for many years, first qualifying for the Global Finals in Knoxville, TN as fourth-graders in Westerly Elementary School. In 2015, the team came in at second place in the world for their category. What a sweet victory to take First Place At the Global Finals in their category as Bay High juniors!

Congratulations to the team and to all the parents who have advised this team over the years, such as Michele Moore and Kim Ray.

A special thank you to retiring Gifted Education teacher, Marian Harmount, who has guided and coordinated the D.I. program since it began in the Bay Village Schools.
Fourth-grade Aqua Girls, qualified for the D.I. Global Finals in Knoxville, TN in 2012. From left, front - Eliza Aleksandrovic,
Caroline Fowles, Audrey Ray; back -
Patty Yuhas, Olivia Reed, Ava Ransom,
Grace Chilton.

Bay Middle School students add art to architecture

Four Bay Middle School student artists have had their stunning designs melded into their school's architecture in "wall wraps." Congratulations (pictured clockwise from left) Charlotte Forsythe, Faith Beatty, Muriel Bourn and Nikki Hartman on your designs being selected by staff and peers for this honor. The project was led by art teacher Wendy Fortunato (pictured center). Explore their art in this video slideshow.
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Kiwanis Poster Contest winners at Bay Middle School
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Bay Village Kiwanis have once again honored the winners of the Bay Middle School Drug Education & Awareness Poster Contest. Seventh- and eighth-grade students recently completed a drug awareness education program and were invited to submit hand-made posters to the contest. Read more in the Westlake Bay Village Observer at:

Pictured from left, front: Dr. Maynard Bauer (Kiwanis), Juli Koss, Cati Cartwright, Mallory Kaminski, Charlotte Forsyth, Tina Varis, Bay Middle School Principal Sean McAndrews, Nikki Hartman. From left, back: Andrew Rankin, Evelyn Ray, Renee Duffy, Rachel Ploenzke, Meredith Florez, Faith Teutschbein, Jennifer Fuehrer, Morgan Norcrosss, Nick Schneiderman, Foster McMasters (Kiwanis). Not pictured are Alyssa Juhasz and Reed Clark.

Dave Vegh
Bay resident and parent appointed to school board

The Bay Village Board of Education unanimously appointed Bay Village resident David Vegh to fill a board vacancy during its Monday, May 13 regular meeting.

Vegh is a sales director for Hyland Software. He also served as president and board member from 2013 to 2017 of Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that provides school supplies to low income students. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English. He and his wife, Kathleen, have a daughter at Normandy Elementary School and two younger girls. Vegh also volunteers at his daughter’s school library. Welcome Dave!

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SCREENAGERS broadcast at Bay High School

About 100 viewers watched SCREENAGERS Thursday, May 16, at Bay High auditorium. Jen Mason (at left) organized the PTA Council and Bay Village Kiwanis sponsored event. Panelists Char Shryock (Director, Curriculum), BVPD Detective Edward Chapman, and school counselors Megan Basel and Anna Stockfish, as well and Bay High Principal Jason Martin and Bay Middle School Asst. Principal Tom Grodek, answered questions and gave advice following the screening.

The film explored how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to find balance with the digital world. Mrs. Basel recommended two resources: and using the Family Media Plan Tool.

Pictured from left: Jen Mason, Kiwanis members Foster McMasters, Stan Grisnick, Russ Bauknecht and Superintendent Jodie Hausmann.

Individual First Place winners in the U.S. from left: Adri Pirinelli, Reed Clark, Jack Chalmers and Patrick Lehane.


Pictured from left: Front row - Teacher Mrs. Hill, Despoina Staurulatis, Brynn Chalmers, Renee Duffy, PJ Sobczak, and Jack Oster. Back row - Adam Ward, Addison Meaux, Adri Pirinelli, Anna Mayer, Elise Kelley, Patrick Lehane, Adam Tenerowicz,  Andy Mold. Not pictured are Owen Ballog, Frank Bird, Reed Clark, Miya DeBolt, Emma Morton,  Rachel Ploenzke, Iain Ray, Jackson Schelzig, Norah Schlegel, Georgia Rice and Tessa Wunder.
First place for 8th Grade and four individuals in Continental Math League national competition

Bay Middle School’s eighth-grade Continental Math League (CML) team ranked first out of 84 school teams from across the nation. The team scored a cumulative 180/180.

In addition, sixth-grader Jack Chalmers, and eighth-graders Adri Pirinelli, Reed Clark and Patrick Lehane, were recognized as individual national leaders, each scoring a cumulative 36/36, in the CML program.

In addition, the fifth-grade team placed fifth our of 156 teams (score 171/180). The sixth-grade team placed 20th out of 117 teams (score 162/180). And the seventh-grade team placed 55th out of 84 teams (score 106/180).

Participating students meet five times during the school year to individually tackle problem-solving and math challenges. Bay Middle School competed in the more difficult Pythagorean Division, reflecting above-average reading comprehension and analytical reasoning, as well as computational skills appropriate to the grade level. The top five student scores are added together to form the grade-level score for each meet. That score is ranked against other schools across the country so that students are competing as a team, as well as individually.

Math teacher Lauren Hill coordinates the CML program at Bay Middle School. “The students are excited to give up their free time to take part in this competition," she said. "This program allows students to challenge themselves and really see what they can do in terms of problem solving. I really admire their perseverance in being winners."

Thank you for serving our children!
Our Board of Education honored our new retirees and 25-year-service employees this month. Pictured below (most with Superintendent Jodie Hausmann) from top left, retiring: Gifted Coordinator Marian Harmount, Bay High English/Language Arts Teacher Colleen Lanning, Bay Middle School Secretary Lynne Giessler, and (second row) Bay Middle School Library Aide Marsia Arty. Serving 25 years (from left, center) Gifted Instructor Laurel Beck, Bay Middle School English/Language Arts Teacher Scott Hack, (third row from left) Bay Middle School Guidance Counselor Janet Machcinski, Bay High Guidance Counselor Ken Schroeder and Westerly Art Teacher Debra Sanson. Not pictured are retirees JoAnn Peluso and Laura Wirth (St. Raphael small group instructors) and 25-year-service Bay High Math Teacher Scott Sharp. Thank you to all for serving our children!

Students share ideas and thoughts with Superintendent Hausmann

Superintendent Jodie Hausmann has spent her first school year in Bay listening carefully to various community and staff members.

She is not leaving student opinions out, either! Read about her Superintendent's Student Advisory Council in the Westlake Bay Village Observer at:

At left: Bay High students meet with Superintendent Jodie Hausmann and Principal Jason Martin in the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council.

Abigail Donahue provides classroom first aid kits

Bay High sophomore Abigail Donahue (pictured at right with Superintendent Jodie Hausmann) put together classroom first aid kits for teachers so that band aids and other supplies are readily available for minor cuts, etc.

Students can then save a trip to the school clinic when not necessary. This was a project for Abbey's Girl Scout Gold Award. Nice job, Abbey!

More May events in photo slideshows:
Our students and school representatives add so much to community events like our Memorial Day Parade. Click below for video:

A stormy evening could not dampen the happiness of our graduating seniors and their families as the Class of 2019 commenced! Watch for more on our graduates next month.

Events and opportunities . .
It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since Bay Village Schools and the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center (with our own Barb Marsh coordinating) partnered to bring the Wild Summer Reading Program to hundreds of young readers in our school district. Mark the date and plan to help us celebrate (with some special guests). What an amazing success story! Please join us on June 10!
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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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