Inside Bay Village Schools January, 2020

Monthly news round up                                                                                           January 2020

Bay High students win 67 Scholastic Arts awards

Thirty-three Bay High School student artists and writers garnered a total of 67 awards at the Annual Greater Cleveland Scholastic Art + Writing Competition and Exhibition hosted by the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Twenty-one Bay High students received Art Awards, winning 13 Gold Key, 11 Silver Key and 22 Honorable Mention Awards. Twelve Bay high students received Writing Awards, winning 5 Gold Key, 9 Silver Key and 7 Honorable Mention Awards. Gold Key recipients will have their work judged at the national competition held each spring in New York City. Details at:

Pictured at right, from left: Masha Waiss and Chloe Rickson at the Cleveland Institute of Art Exhibit. (Photo by Greg Hildebrandt.)

Pictured below, from left: Gold Key Art Award winners (front row) Samantha Gulley, Paige Lucas, Olivia Doland, Olivia Reed, Elizabeth Varis; and (back row) Chloe Rickson, Katianne Koss, Masha Waiss, Kaylee Buehler, and Brooke Brewer.

Pictured below right, from left: Gold Key Writing Award winners Patricia Yuhas, Elizabeth Holup and Carly Elliott.

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Investing in your child's future
InvestInYourChildsFuture2020 Parents learned Thursday, January 30 that early is way better when investing in their child's future. Bob Gillingham (BHS alumnus and financial literacy specialist) shared the "miracle of compound interest," the wisdom of index stock investing, and other strategies to ensure an ample college fund once those Birth-Grade 12 years whiz by. Char Shryock, our district's Director of Teaching and Learning, shared how the investment of parental time coupled with four learning investment strategies will have children ready to make the most of scholarship opportunities and other higher education choices. Find resources HERE.

When do we close schools due to illness?


Several factors entered into the closing of Westerly Elementary at the end of January. The first factor was a much higher-than-normal proportion of student absences (at Westerly, it rose to 35% of enrollment). The second factor was a steadily increasing rate of absence due to illness. We normally expect to see absence rates rise and fall over several days, but in this case, the rate continued to rise. (A third factor would often be staff absence rates, but this was not an issue at Westerly in January.) Our other schools did not approach this percentage of absences, although there were clusters of absences in some classrooms. 

A professional cleaning staff was brought into Westerly to sanitize every surface. In addition, we added extra cleaning staff at Normandy Elementary, where absences increased to a lesser extent. Finally, the professionals brought in a "fogging" disinfectant system that was used at Westerly Elementary, Normandy Elementary and in our school buses. This treatment uses an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant and NSF registered, no-rinse required food contact surfaces sanitizer.

While we do remind students of good health habits to keep the spread of illnesses down, we ask that parents reinforce these habits with their children. Those guidelines and more can be found HERE.

Schools partner with BVFD/UH on safety traing
"Stop the Bleed" training includes gifts of tourniquet kits and classroom safety buckets

Bay Village Schools staff are being trained to use tourniquets and other methods to stop bleeding in the event of severe injury and save lives. The "Stop the Bleed" training is a national awareness campaign promoted by a number of professional groups, including the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. Bay Village Fire Chief Chris Lyons works with University Hospitals EMS Institute trainers to bring this important knowledge and skill to Bay Village Schools staff members.

"The hands-on experience with the tourniquets really drove home how important it is to train and practice this skill," said Brian Reynolds, the district's techology coordinator. "I was really impressed with the statistic they referenced that said 100% of vicitims of the Boston Marathon attack survived when a medical tourniquet was used, but 0% survived where an improvised tourniquet was used. I'm sure the training that went with the medical tourniquets was a factor, as well."

About 240 tourniquet kits and 225 classroom lockdown buckets containing first aid supplies and more were donated by University Hospitals to cover the entire school district.
Pictured above, from left: University Hospitals EMS Institute Stop the Bleed Instructors Ken Hehnan (lead instructor) Nate Gardner, Jake Nakel, St. John Medical Center Manager of Community Outreach Paul Forthofer, Bay Village Fire Chief Chris Lyons, Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar, St. John Medical Center President Robert David, Bay Village Schools Superintendent Jodie Hausmann, Bay High Principal Jason Martin, Bay Middle School Principal Aaron Ereditario and Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel. Every classroom, office and vehicle in the school district received a tourniquet kit, and classrooms received lockdown buckets, courtesy of University Hospitals.

Superintendent Hausmann interviews Tech Time students
A number of tech-savvy Bay High seniors have been helping senior citizens visiting the Dwyer Center in Bay Village navigate the features of their smart phones, iPads and other tablets, and laptop computers.

Listen as Superintendent Jodie Hausman interviews them about for a podcast  their experiences in a podcast you can find HERE.
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Staff members keep on learning . . .
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Normandy teachers Debbie Brax (Kindergarten, Gabrielle Abraham (grade 2) and Brenda Donohue (grade 2) study early literacy strategies. Teachers throughout the district choose a professional topic to study, organize into learning circles, and share with others as they become "resident experts."

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Central office staff members dig into the finer points of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access to continue increasing their efficiency and productivity!

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The Bay High Freshman Class is hosting a pre-Valentine's Day Parents Night Out!

Take a night off and have the kids spend a fun evening with high school freshmen (and their advisor). Children from Kindergarten through Grade 4 will enjoy games, pizza, craft making, popcorn and a movie! The cost is $21 per child, and the event, held at Bay High, is Saturday, February 8, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. C
hildren are separated into groups k-2 and 3-4 for activities, and there is overall adult supervision while BHS students run the activities. Find information and registration form HERE.
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Rockets Youth Camps
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Two-Year Calendar reference available: You can find a side-by-side listing of the approved school calendars for 2019-20 and 2020-21 HERE.

Find full district calendar of activities HERE.
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