Inside Bay Schools May 2017

Our monthly news roundup... May 2017

Always ready to do more good for others . . .
Bay High Key Club wraps up amazing year of service Key Club

Key Club members pictured left-to-right: Kristen Unger, Clare Laffin, Olivia Strauss, Natalie Cashmere, Lilah Cooper, Olivia Babu, Larissa Strouse, Laura Colagiovanni, Charlie Adams, Alisa Busuladzic, Nick Loufman, Shea Janos, Brigid Janos, Emily Taylor, and Elyse Legeay.

You can hardly find an event around Bay Village where Bay High Key Clubbers are not helping out in some way, be it a Kiwanis pancake breakfast, a holiday for the elderly or veterans, or a Bay Village Schools event requiring many extra hands. Collecting toys, toiletries and food for the needy is a regular activity. Many dollars are raised to make the lives of others better. This year, Bay High Key Club brought its total of dollars raised for The Eliminate Project (to end materanl/neonatal tetanus) to $18,032, adding $407 through Trick or Treat for UNICEF, bringing them past their goal of saving 10,000 lives! Together with Bay Middle School Builder's Club and Westerly Elementary K-Kids, $9,000 was donated to The Thirst Project to build drinking wells in Swaziland, a small country in southern Africa. Leadership, character, and service are the watchwords for these amazing students (and their advisor, teacher Anita Bauknecht.) More on BHS Key Club projects, honored students and award winners can be found in this year-end program.

Bay High is top-ranked school by national publications

Both the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report have honored Bay High School as one of the top high schools in the country. Read more from the Washington Post HERE and on U.S. News and World Report HERE.


Bay Village Schools in top 10 Cleveland Magazine ranking again


Once again, Bay Village Schools are ranked in the top ten of Cleveland Magazine's annual Rating the Suburbs issue. Our schools ranked at #8 (and Bay Village City overall ranked #4) of the 77 Northeast Ohio suburbs rated! Read more at:

Bay High to pilot one-to-one computer program for freshman, sophomores

Along with their textbooks, freshmen and sophomores will be issued Google Chromebooks. Students will be able to take the laptops home, use them throughout the school year and return them at the end of the year. An information meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 8 at BHS for parents of incoming freshman and sophomores to learn more about the one-to-one program. Read more on


Bike to School still going strong after 10 years!

After starting as a student protest in 2007, Bay Village Schools remains a partner with Bay High alumnus Scott Cowan, owner of Century Cycles, in motivating students to become life-long bike riders! This healthy, environmentally-friendly activity is a tradition now at Bay Middle School and Westerly Elementary. Bay Middle School teacher Lawrence Kuh has taken on this important event and helped it grow every year. This year's winners of bicycles are (pictured left-to-right in front row below) sixth-grader Cyril Yuhas and fifth-grader James Kelly. On hand to congratulate all our students were (left-to-right back row) retired Cleveland Browns kicker and Bay High alumnus David Zastudil, Sean Burkey of of Raleigh Bicycles, Bay Middle School Principal Sean McAndrews, Scott Cowan and Bay Village Council President Dwight Clark. Congratulations to all our students who met the Challenge, rain or shine!

Bike to School

Bike to School

Bay Schools honor retiring and 25-year-service employees

A sincere thank you, and congratulations, to all our retiring Bay Village Schools educators and support staff. You have made a difference in the lives of so many students and families! Teachers retiring are Anne Hurtuk (Normandy and Westerly, gifted instruction), Lauri Kinkelaar (Normandy, Grade 2), Gloria Wilder (Bay Middle School, art) and Gail Hartman (Westerly, tutor). Support staff retiring are Beth Conroy (administrative assistant to superintendent), Kathy Hitesman and Carol Tesar (copy center), Bonnie Nagel (Bay High library), Sue Ondrejovich (administrative assistant to assistant superintendent of operations), Mary Anne Pressler (secretary to Bay Middle School principal), Karen Szabo and Kathleen Streza (food services), and Catherine Wolf (Normandy aide). Best wishes to all!

In addition, we honor our employees who mark 25 years of service: Gina Tianello (Bay Middle School, gifted instruction), Denise Greene (Bay Middle School aide), Denise Greene (Bay Middle School aide), Kathy Hitesman (copy center), Amy Madda (administrative assistant to assistant superintendent of special services), and William Mears (Bay Middle School custodian).


Bay Village Schools employees are honored by the Bay Village Board of Education: 25-year employees from left, Bill Mears and Gina Tianello. New retirees Karen Szabo, Gloria Wilder, Lauri Kinkelaar and Anne Hurtuk.


New retirees werehonored at a wonderful party hosted by the Bay Teachers Association at Arabiatta's. Retiring Bay Village Schools employees (l-r): Carol Tesar, Kathy Hitesman, Bonnie Nagel, Gail Harman, Gloria Wilder, Anne Hurtuk and Lauri Kinkelaar.

Bay Middle School students create anti-drug, anti-tobacco posters


Pictured left-to-right (students are all eighth-graders): Abbey Donahue, Kiwanian Foster McMasters, Bea Jones, Elizabeth Varis, Ryan McNamara, Superintendent Clint Keener, Chloe Rickson, Kendall Thomas, Gaby Bush, Kati Koss, Principal Sean McAndrews, and Molly Mullahy.

The Bay Village Kiwanis have once again honored the winners of the Bay Middle School Drug Education & Awareness Poster Contest. All eighth-grade students recently completed a drug awareness education program and were invited to submit hand-made posters to the contest. Winning students were recognized for their creativity and messaging, and received gift certificates. All the posters were put on display in the cafeteria.

BMS Night at the Wax Museum (Musée de Cire)

Eighth-graders recently created a wax museum as part of their French class project. After researching famous French individuals, students created presentations and dressed like their research subjects. Visitors were able to browse the wax museum and learn about all the interesting and accomplished French people, both from history and from modern times, and ask students questions about them. Watch the slideshow to view the characters!

Wax Challenge


Bay High student a finalist in Maltz Museum’s 'Stop The Hate' awards

Congratulations BHS senior Aurora Fleming. Her moving essay was selected as one of the top 10 out of 3300 submissions! Read about her story, and find a link to her essay, in this Westlake Bay Village Observer front-page story.

Annual Fire Department Open House

Saturday, June 17, Noon – 3 p.m.
Refreshments – hot dogs, pizza, frozen treats!
Chance for Kids to Shoot Water from a Firehose!
Fire Safety Information
Cool Demonstrations
Take a Ride Down a Fire Truck Slide
Door Prizes
Tours of the Fire Trucks
Everyone is invited to come and join us for
a day of fun in the sun at the Fire Station!
28100 Wolf Road, Bay Village


There's still more news to come in June before school lets out. Watch for our June issue!

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June, 2017

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