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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

14 Mayfield students honored for artistic works

Several students from Mayfield Schools were honored for their creativity in the 2014 Scholastic Art Show at the Cleveland Institute of Art. 
These students won 18 awards for their artistic works, which can be viewed here
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards celebrates a variety of work from talented students, across the country, with a chance to have their work recognized and published. There are also scholarship opportunities for superior creative works.

Winners from Mayfield Schools are:

George Hawkins
Jenna Perry
Hanniya Qureshi
Maggie Stickley

Jennavieve Czaplicki
Alexandria Domoracki
George Hawkins
Julian Kozmon
Sheena Mathur
Emily Sartain

Ashley Cingel
Alexandria Domoracki
Yaxin Gu
George Hawkins
Haley Jacobson
Julian Kozmon
Emily Sartainj
Alan Trester

All information from Mayfield School District

Euclid Schools getting musical, staying healthy

At a recent meeting of the Euclid School Board, the board accepted a donation from Mr. David Matthias of musical instruments.
The donation will help support the music department at Euclid High School.
Board President, Kay Van Ho, said this generous donation is a reminder that the district will happily accept music instruments from donors to keep music thriving in schools.
It was also announced recently that Euclid Schools will be participating in National School Breakfast Week, March 3-7.
Students will learn more about why breakfast is the most important meal of the day and healthy eating habits. The district said there will be some surprises for the students during this week too.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Berkshire-Newbury consolidation: What do you think?

The Berkshire and Newbury school districts are discussing potential consolidation. The next step is a meeting arranged by the Ohio Board of Education Capacity Committee to hear questions and concerns of the public, planned for 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in Clark Commons on the Kent State University Geauga Campus, 14111 Claridon-Troy Road in Burton Township. The Capacity Committee is chaired by state Board Vice President Tom Gunlock.

Sometime after the meeting, the state board will decide whether to place the consolidation issue on the ballot in November. At that time, voters would decide whether to approve the move.

What do you think the districts should do? Call 440-379-0858 to let us know your thoughts, which will be published as part of a Sound Off audio feature on We also may publish some comments in the print edition of The News-Herald.

Have more to say? Write a letter to the editor by emailing

Here's some more information on the most recent developments in the situation:

At a board meeting on Feb. 10, several aspects of the action that would essentially dissolve both Geauga County districts and create a new joint entity were discussed.

“The reason we’re willing to consider consolidation with Newbury — the big reason — is that educationally, they have provided a good product just like we are,” said John Manfredi, Berkshire board president.

In addition, because enrollment numbers are decreasing in both districts and lack of state funding is squeezing already-tight budgets, he said looking at linking together now is a preferred scenario than that of waiting until possible fiscal deficits arise.

Newbury has placed a levy on the ballot in the May election to help its dwindling budget.

“We need it to operate the schools, and we need it to consolidate,” Newbury Superintendent Richard Wagner said in an earlier interview. “In both cases (retaining the current district or consolidating), we have to be in the black, and we can’t be there without passing the levy.”

If the levy fails, the district will be more than $1 million in debt in fiscal year 2015.

Although fiscal deficit would not be arriving as quickly for Berkshire, Manfredi said at this point the district needs to appeal to voters for a levy passage in 2015 in order to secure funds by 2016 and thus, avoid going into debt the following year.

“Whether we consolidate or not, by 2017 we have to have money coming from someplace,” Manfredi said.

After initial talks in 2013, both districts hired a firm to compile a report on the financial feasibility of the consolidation.

“If it goes on the ballot in November, between now and then there’s a lot more we have to do and there’s a lot more information that we’ll give to the public,” Manfredi said. “If the public decides they don’t want to do it, that’s why you have a vote. But just know the taxation part isn’t going to go away.”

Read more in Jean Bonchak's story: Berkshire looks at ramifications, benefits of potential consolidation with Newbury Schools.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Basheer Jones to speak at Brush High School

South Euclid-Lyndhurst will present the third of its four-part speaker series on Feb. 13.

Motivational speaker Basheer Jones will present "Invest in Your Child: Pay Now or Pay Later" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center at Brush High School.

According to the district’s website, Jones’ presentation involves “a discussion of how parents can speak to their children on their own level in order to better understand their needs. The encouragement of this discussion will be for parents to make an authentic investment in their children’s lives now, in order to better prepare them for the future.”

Jones is an “acclaimed Spoken Word Artist and Essence Award Winner” as well as talk radio host, 
according to his website. He is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. and now lives in Cleveland. He has opened for leaders such as Barack Obama and Tavis Smiley.

Motivational speaker Judson Laipply kicked off the speaker series in September with a discussion of how human beings internalize information by drawing on personal experiences. Laipply was followed by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Community Outreach Officer Leah D. Hackney who presented “Cyber Safety 911: Protecting Our Children” in November.

Jones’ presentation was originally scheduled for Jan. 29, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

Community members interested in attending the speech are asked to RSVP here
Andrew Cass, Eastern Cuyahoga County Reporter 
Twitter: @AndrewCassNH

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Upcoming college fair for adult & transfer students at Lakeland

Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, will host its annual Adult & Transfer Student College Fair, Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium hallway of Building A on the main campus.

The event, and parking, is free and open to the public.

"This is an opportunity for students to explore their options to transfer to another college/university, or to find out more about Lakeland's Holden University Center to obtain a bachelor's degree without leaving the Lakeland campus," according to a press release.

The following colleges/universities will be represented but are subject to change:

University of Akron
University of Akron/Partnership
Baldwin-Wallace University
Bowling Green State University
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland State University/Partnership
University of Findlay
DeVry University
Franklin University-Alliance
Gannon University
Grand Canyon University
Hiram College
John Carroll University
Kent State University/Partnership
Lakeland Community College
Lake Erie College
Miami University of Ohio
Notre Dame College
The Ohio State University
Ohio University
South Univeristy
Thiel College
University of Toledo
Ursuline College/Partnership
Ursuline College-UCAP
Youngstown State University/Partnership

Information provided by Jessica Novak, marketing & communications specialist for Lakeland.

St. Gabriel School celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Sixth and seventh grade students accept their awards with Mrs. Donna Lee Saladino.
Concord Township – St. Gabriel School announced the winners of this year’s Catholic Schools Week Art Contests on Wednesday.

This year’s theme was, "Lord, when did we see you? Helping others is helping Jesus."

Each grade had one winner and one runner up. The students participated by creating posters or writing essays and poems.

The winning students included:

Sasha Bober, Emily Laukonis, Selena Moissis, Brecklin Harrold-Timco, Sophia Purgar, Belle Langer, Isabella Dipko, Gabriella Wasner, Brooke Dobrski, Maria Mancari, Sarah Boyle, Faith Smolik, Vanessa Krix, Liam Powers, Nick Longano, Patrick Gerboth, Alex Mohr, Gianna Garman, Johnny Nguyen, Olivia Remchick, Grace Klein, Emma Smallwood, Sarah Mancari, Katrina Kresock, JP DelFreo, Hailey Mullin, Domenic Fiore, Dillon Bangasser, Celeste Koerwitz, Hannah Cvelbar, Tommy Horen, Matthew Novak, Anthony Raguz, Jillian Petersen, Sarah Birman.

Information and photo provided by Alicia Henrikson and the St. Gabriel.

South Euclid-Lyndhurst launches "SEL On Demand"

The South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District recently launched “SEL On Demand,” a YouTube channel designed to keep the community up-to-date with what’s going on in the district.

“We’re constantly brainstorming ways to keep the community fully engaged with the events in our district and our next step was YouTube,” school board vice president Cassandra Jones said during her report at the Feb. 3 Lyndhurst City Council meeting.

The channel, which currently has 18 videos posted, features special events such as choir concerts, interviews with school principals conducted by Superintendent Linda N. Reid and even instructional cooking videos from executive chef Kevin Needham.   

Structured programing on Channels 22 and 99 and live-streaming video don’t always accommodate parents’ schedules, nor are they available to everyone. The district’s YouTube channel will allow parents stay informed at their own convenience. 

“I know a lot of people don’t have Channel 22 or U-verse,” Jones said. “I don’t. I’ve never seen myself on Channel 22, so I’m excited for YouTube.” 

Andrew Cass, Eastern Cuyahoga County Reporter 
Twitter: @AndrewCassNH 

Monday, February 3, 2014

What do inventors do?

Thanks to Juli Shively for sharing this video on The News-Herald's Facebook page. In her post, Shively said that the video is "inspired by Ohio's young inventors!"

Do you have a young inventor in your house? Check out the Invention Convention Facebook page. And remember to share this video with your kids. They'll surely love the song — which is a parody of some nonsense that became incredibly popular last year.

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