Inside Bay Village Schools April 2020

   Monthly news round up                                                                                              April 2020
   Buildings are closed March 16-May 30, but SCHOOL GOES ON!

Bay High students promote support of businesses
who have given so much to our schools!

BAYGIVESBACKMay2020 copy The economic fallout from the COVID-19 virus has hit many local businesses hard, businesses who have been so generous to our students and schools in years past.

According to Bay High juniors Morgan Fischer and Reegan O'Leary, "It's time to give back!"

The girls are enlisting the help of the community to support restaurants in May, and they will promote other types of businesses throughout the summer.  More info HERE.

Class of 2020 post-grad plans on Instagram

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The COVID-19 crisis has changed senior year for the Class of 2020 in countless ways that keep the classmates from celebrating together.

Technology cannot make up for the missed, in-person experiences. But new and creative adaptations using social media, conferencing software, video and more are helping, just a little, to make connections.

Seniors have created this presentation on Instagram:


Bringing decision day to you, along with other senior excitement! DM your college or future decision and we will share it! "

Scroll through the postings and get excited for the bright and happy future that awaits our new graduates after we get through this difficult challenge together.

Students will help plan other celebrations, and they will have lots of support.


Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhbitors And National Scholastic Art Medalist
Congratulations to Bay High art students Masha Waiss, Chloe Rickson and Elizabeth Varis for top art recognition honors. Bay High junior Masha Waiss, was awarded a National Scholastic Art Silver Medal for her painting, Flowers. Masha, Chloe and Elizabeth all had work selected for exhibition in the prestigious Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition! AprilArtAwards2020laabels

Three National Merit Finalists at Bay High 
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Congratulations to Bay High seniors (pictured left to right) Owen Meadows, Audrey Ray and Ben Anderson on being named National Merit Finalists.

The honor is earned through scores on the Preliminary SAT college-entrance exams taken in the students' junior year. These students scores fell within the top one percent in the country.

Ben Anderson will attend the University of Alabama to major in aerospace engineering. Owen Meadows will attend The Ohio State University to major in Biomedical Sciences. Audrey Ray will attend the University of Alabama, and she is undecided about a major.

Michael Beauchesne recognized as an inspiration
Watch this inspirational video honoring Bay High sophomore Michael Beauchesne, inaugural winner of the Jersey Mike's Naismith High School Basketball Courage Award.
A true portrait of courage and perseverance! Congratulations Michael!

State-level PTA Reflections winners!

Bay High senior Dominic Sclimenti, and Normandy Elementary students Paige Thomas (grade 2) and Nikita Butler (grade 1), took top honors at the state-level PTA Reflections 2019-20 arts competition. Read details about their works HERE.

PTA Reflections is an annual arts competition that encourages children to express themselves creatively in their art work. Art is submitted and judged in the following categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Dance Choreography, Film Production and Music Composition.

This year's Reflections Theme was "Look Within."
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Bay High again named a Best High School in U.S.USNews
Congratulations to Bay High staff and students on being named to the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools list, a consistent honor earned by the school. This year, Bay High ranked #595 out of more than 24,000 U.S. high schools. It ranked #21 in Ohio and #5 in the Greater Cleveland Metro area. Rankings are based predominently on state test scores.  

Bay Village Schools recognized with 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 2019. This award recognizes the effective financial practices in place throughout the district and our commitment to fiscal transparency and accountability.

The award is given to local governments and school districts only upon the completion of a clean financial audit with unqualified opinions and with no compliance citations.

Pictured at right: Bay Village Schools Treasurer Nicole Spriggs (front) and staff members Ellen Watterson, Anne-Marie Zeuch and Judi Hansen.
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Apart . . . but together . . .
MUSIC IS NOT CANCELLED! Our student musicians continue to learn and perform. Here a some examples:

Bay Music Boosters helped purchase music staff boards for our 11 students in Music Theory/Music History, so they can practice and work on chord structure via Zoom. Mrs. Devon Gess and her daughter, Lillian, (pictured at right) delivered the boards to each student’s home. 

Music teacher Mrs. Carrie Singler (Bay High and Bay Middle School) has delivered student instruments to homes so that learning and performing can continue. (See this WestLife News story.) Watch for an upcoming, virtual public performance!
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The lights went on, the music played, and students and families honked their horns to honor the Class of 2020 on April 20, 2020 for 20 minutes and 20 seconds at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time). Members of this class have not only achieved individually, but have as a group, over their four years at Bay High, contributed so much to the school and our wider community. We will find more ways to honor you and to celebrate you!
Watch for announcements soon on
Bay High Kiwanis Academic Awards
Class of 2020 Graduation.
They will safe, but special!

Above: Watch how Bay High hosts a parent meeting, answering questions submitted by parents and hosting the meeting using Zoom conferencing software. All schools are hosting parent meetings via Zoom.
Normandy teachers and staff think the world of their students, and they tell them so in this video (created by Anne Hart, grade 2 teacher, with Normandy staff contributors as seen here):


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To contribute, send check made out to
Bay Village Board of Education, and note
COVID-19 Help Fund on memo line.
(Mail to Bay Village Board of Education, 377 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village, OH 44140.)
  • The Bay Village Schools have donated PPE (over 4,000 gloves) to local medical and safety organizations (at left, a Cleveland Clinic, Avon employee accepts our donation.)
  • The district provided several weeks worth of student lunches to more than 40 families.
  • The district's COVID-19 Help Fund has been extremely successful in raising several thousand dollars to help families in our community facing food insecurity.
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