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Thursday, January 30, 2014

SOUND OFF: Should Ohio increase the number of calamity days this year?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is urging state officials to work on legislation that would allow a one-time increase of calamity days schools districts could use this year.

Kasich said the increase is needed because many schools across the state already have used or are close to using their allotment of five calamity days because of the severe winter weather.

"School closures can, of course, be an inconvenience, but student safety always comes first," Kasich said in a news release that asks the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Department of Education to work together on legislation on the issue.

The governor said extending the school year to make up missed time can wreak havoc on school budgets and schedules.

"Giving schools a few extra snow days this year will be helpful and let everyone stay focused on the top priority when weather hits, keeping kids safe," Kasich said.

We asked readers what they thought.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Willoughby-Eastlake Spelling Bee set for Thursday, Jan. 30

From a notice emailed to Willoughby Middle School parents and guardians:

Though frigid temperatures closed school for three days this week, Willoughby Middle School is set to host the 2014 Willoughby-Eastlake City School District Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday, Jan. 30, as long as school is in session that day.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the WMS cafeteria. Students competing in the Scripps-Howard sanctioned Spelling Bee are from Eastlake, Willowick and Willoughby Middle Schools.

Families and friends of the participants are encouraged to attend.

Elizabeth Lundblad, Lake County Education Reporter
Twitter: @NewsHLiz

Friday, January 17, 2014

Perry 8th grader makes top marks in district spelling bee

Perry Middle School eighth grader Leigh Stavar recently took top prize in this year’s district spelling bee.

Stavar, who has competed in the bee for the past five years, won in the 18th round. Words she spelled correctly include cleanser, igneous, stucco, pueblo, temporal, diagnosis and trauma. She won by spelling the word angelic, according to a Perry Local Schools press release.

Runner-up in the Perry bee was fourth grader Nikhita Goel. It was Goel’s first time entering the bee. She correctly spelled words like layette, hazard, stipple and vibrato.

Other participants included fourth graders, Ethan Hicks and Cameron Marsey; fifth graders, Jack Schultz, Bradley Peters and Mateo Aguirre; sixth graders, Chrissy Schveder, Crystal Miller and Melinda Kirk; seventh graders, Amanda Schueren, Autumn Graham and Olivia Flauto; and eighth graders, Kirk Hodkinson and Brandon Horton, according to the release.

In February, Stavar will compete against other Lake County district bee winners at Auburn Career Center. The winner there will move onto the Tri-County Bee, from which the top speller will travel to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

--Elizabeth Lundblad, Lake County Education Reporter
Twitter: @NewsHLiz