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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Smile Mission coming May 10 to residents of Mayfield City Schools

Children and seniors of Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Gates Mills and Higland Heights are invited to a free dental care event on May 10, 2014.
Smile Mission, sponsored by Mayfield City Schools and Excel TECC, is open to residents of the district and will offer several free dental services including cleaning, fillings, sealants and more by a board certified surgeon and license dentists. 
The event is for children under 18 and adults over 60. 
Smile Mission will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the former Mayfield Library on the Mayfield High School campus, 6080 Wilson Mills Road. 
Those interested can register before the event, and services are on a first come, first serve basis. 
To sign up, call 440-995-6843, email (include first and last name, date of birth, address, phone number and dental service requested) or download a registration form and fax it to 440-995-6755 or print it out and bring it to the event. 

According to the district's website, Smile Mission was "developed by Dr. Joseph Krajekian DMD, MD, (and) is a 'Pay it Forward' Event whose goal is to provide basic dental services to the pediatric population (under 18) and geriatric population (above 60) while engaging Mayfield high school and Excel TECC students and promoting community involvement."

All information from Mayfield City Schools,

Friday, April 18, 2014

St. Paschal Baylon students won 15 medals at Science Olympiad

Students from St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School, in Highland Heights, won several medals and awards from this year's Catholic Elementary Science Olympiad held at John Carroll University. 
Five first place medals, five second place medals and five third place medals were awarded as well as two special honors to two students for their achievements. 
The winners include: 
• Aerodynamics - 1st: Daniel Kotrebai and Colin McAndrew; 3rd: Connor McAndrew and Dominic Piunno
• Deep Blue Sea - 2nd: Nathan Conrad and Connor Keefe
• Image ID -1st: Charlie Shepherd and Sam Dornback; 2nd: James Fioritto and George Zein; 3rd: Celine Najm and Megan Fowler
• Mystery Powders - 2nd: Daniel Kotrebai and Colin McAndrew
• Pentathlon - 2nd: Daniel Jevnikar, Ryan Tyler, Dominic Piunno, and Connor McAndrew
• Reflection Relay - 1st: Cerri Yormick, Johnny Mugnano, and Brady Nolan
• Rotor Egg Drop - 1st: Matt Platko and Michael Herbst; Special Awards: Matt Platko and Michael Herbst
• Sinking Ship - 2nd: Daniel Kotrebai and Colin McAndrew
• Space Cadet - 3rd: Crystal Yormick and Leann Dulzer
• Tower Building - 3rd: Gabriella DiCenzo and Giuliana Olivo
• What Went By - 1st: Bridget Popelka and Sarah Azzi; 3rd: Mary Kate Healy and Mariam Jallow

Information from St. Paschal Baylon School 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cat skeleton leads to hands-on learning for Harvey High students

Meet Charley the Cat

Harvey High School students in Lisa McDonald's anatomy and physiology class recently reconstructed the skeletal bones of a deceased cat after one classmate found the remains buried in her yard.

Senior Julia Herendeen found the skeletal remains of a wild cat that died in her yard several years ago, according to a school press release. After getting McDonald's approval, Herendeen collected, boiled and cleansed the bones with water and bleach and brought them to class.

Students involved in the project are seniors Julia Herendeen, Michael Hall, Luis Aquirre, Yesenia Torres, Khalil Guildford, Karla Zermano, Lucia Padilla and Sarah Huff.

In the photo below, Khalil Guildford and Julia Herendeen show off the cat skeleton their class put together. They've named the cat Charley.

Information and photos provided by Chris Hanahan, Painesville City Local Schools Communications, Public Relations
& Wellness Coordinator.

Elizabeth Lundblad, Lake County education reporter

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Do you have student loan debt?

According to recent story by the Associated Press, there is over $1 trillion in student loan debt across the country.

 Do you have student loan debt? Staff writer Amy Popik would like to hear from you for an upcoming story. You can contact her at 440-954-7168 or

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