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Crestwood Retires Beloved Teachers & Staff

The end of this school year marks the end of an era for several Crestwood School District staff members and teachers. Ranging from administrators, teachers, and secretaries to custodians, mechanics, and maintenance workers, these retirees have made a positive commitment to the community, contributing a combined 200 years of dedicated service.  The Primary School bids farewell to Lee Dean, an...

Garfield G-Men’s Tyburski Selected For Blue-Grey National Super Combine

Josh Tyburski was selected to attend the Blue-Grey National Super Combine at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH.   Towards the end of his junior year of high school, Josh was invited to attend a combine at the Cincinnati Bengals Football Stadium,  he was one of about 200 other prospects from Ohio and Kentucky to...

Lady G-Men Season Comes To An End

The Garfield Lady G-Men made it all the way to the regional finals for the second time in three years before being ousted. This time it was the team speed and defense of Gilmour Academy that doomed the Lady G-Men 46-76. Just days earlier the Lady G-Men defeated a tough, gritty, athletic and young Youngstown Ursuline team 60-50. Garfield...

Windham High School Seeks Spanish Teacher

Windham - School may be out for the summer, but the Windham Board of Education (BOE) is continuing to work hard to get ready for the upcoming year. The BOE met recently at the elementary school with all members present. Principal Mike Chaffee introduced the new history teacher Terry Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong shared with the board his vision for...

Garfield Student Council Decorates McDonald’s

Garrettsville - JAG Student Council is the student government that supports positive changes for the students and those within our school community. They run the blood drives and sponsor the parade and homecoming events for the school and community. When student council sees a need, they get together to help out. Members all vote on the events and projects...

Garfield G-Men “Tackle” Cancer

The Garfield Stadium was a sea of pink Friday night as the G-men football team held a “pink out” night to pay tribute to those who have conquered breast cancer, those who are conquering the disease and those who lost the battle prior to the Mogadore-G-men game.

CIS Students Explore the Arts at Local Colleges

Mantua - For the second year in a row, Patty Timbrook, Visual Art Teacher at Crestwood Intermediate School, lead her students on a field trip to experience the art studios at Kent State University and Hiram College, exposing them to both college and potential careers in the arts.  This year, 14 students attended, with four parents and one grandparent...

JAG Students Shine at Winter Concert

Sounds of the season resonated through the Iva Walker Auditorium this past Sunday as the High School Concert Band, High School Choir and Middle School Combined Concert Band played for a standing room only crowd.

Junior Jumpstart – Free Information Sessions

The Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation will hold a free informational session March 19th 2014 at 6:30 PM.  “Junior Jumpstart” will address the senior year timeline and information regarding the financial aid and college application procedure. The session will repeat on April 9th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. LEAF Sessions are free, and will be held at the LEAF Resource Center at...

“Acting Can Be Murder”

Garrettsville - Dolores Gordon (Clare Workman), who loves the stage, has always dreamed of stardom, but the only role she ever seems to land is that of the lowly understudy. She decides the only way she might receive the lead role in an upcoming theater production is to murder the lead actress, Guinevere Black (Kaitlyn Workman). And that is...

School Board News: Crestwood Schools Face Sizeable Budget Cuts

Mantua - “Crestwood enrollment has been declining, as larger graduating classes are replaced by smaller elementary classes. In the period of 2003 - 2013, enrollment has declined by 24.9%,” explains Superintendant, Joe Iacano.  Staff reductions of nearly 27% have been made during that same time period to balance Crestwood’s budget. In spite of these cuts, Crestwood Schools have managed...

Crestwood Middle School December Students of the Month

6th Grade - Ashleigh Fowler, Mira Soukenik, Alexander Maiden, Logan Bailey, Kathleen Hawley, Luke Leister7th Grade - Avrie Talboo, Kassandra Fedor, Austin Shaffer, Ryan Britt, Emily Hawkins, Lincoln Chiller8th Grade - Emily Walker, Olivia Brady, Blaine Sorrick, Adam Fitzgerald, Krystal Willett, Kenneth Haynie

Chiropractic Center Awards Scholarship

Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville is happy to announce Andrew Anderson as the recipient of the sixth annual scholarship awarded to a James A. Garfield graduating senior. Mr. Anderson was awarded eight hundred fifty dollars to assist in his goal to further his education in the field of business management . The Chiropractic Center of Garrettsville plans to continue to award...

A ground-breaking!

Garrettsville - Six shiny, brand-new TRUPER shovels.  Hard hats.  A pile of dirt brought in and lined up especially for the occasion.  Students, educators &  administrators, township trustees, construction officials dignitaries interested citizens.  Photo opportunities—with or without dirt—of all sorts.  A backdrop of soil on the move, big machines, flagged stakes, safety fencing, a changing façade of the elementary...

Local Firm Helps Student’s Dreams Take Flight

Hiram - This spring, Hiram-based advertising agency the Communications Factory used a little helium to help an area high school senior on her way to earning a higher education. Over its last eleven years in operation, the Factory has awarded a $1,000 scholarship every spring to a deserving northeastern Ohio high school senior to help them in pursuit of...

Burton High School Class of 2014

Ryan Louis Acker Mikayla R. Ashba Madison Claire Barber McKenzie Marie Blau Sasha Rose Brotman Bianca Rae Brown Lindsey Nicole Burnett Courtney Karam Call Cassandra Cameron Tyler Alex Chapek Cody Allen Charvat Julie Anne Combs Branden Matthew Conrad MacKenzie Anne Cossick Dominic Allan DeLuca Julie Ann Dingman Kaylee Ann Marie Evans Kaitlyn Elena Freiling Luke Anton Freiling Joshua Michael Garrett Mackenzie Elizabeth Gilliland Max Franklin Gilliland Breanna Marie Girolamo Marc Alan Girolamo Gage Kristopher Green Jessica Cheyenne Hackett Erica Rose Marie Harris Brandon Donald Haycox William Frederick...

Neighboring Schools Rival for a Cause

Rivalries have been around for years and many times the rivalries brings out the not so good in people. Folks get so caught up in the rivalry they have a tendency to be more negative than positive, but that has been changed recently with the Garrettsville–Windham Rivalry. Last fall when Mike Chaffee took over as the principal of Windham Schools,...

Hiram College offers new public health degree program

Hiram – Hiram College will offer a new public health degree program this fall. The program, through which students can either major or minor in public health, merges the college’s liberal arts curriculum with this emerging field of preventative medicine and health promotion. This type of undergraduate degree is rare, according to Christopher Mundorf, MPH, Ph.D., who heads the...

And speaking of post-graduate success….

You know how, in literature there’s this thing called foreshadowing, where something that happens in the story is, like, a clue to what’s going to happen further on, a rehearsal for later action, say if Jack and Jill stumbled on the way up the hill prior to falling down--when Jack “broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after”--that kind...

Gallagher Receives Entrepreneur Honor

Kent - James A. Garfield graduate and Kent State University senior, Shannon Gallagher was recently inducted as a charter member of the Kent State chapter of Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society, the first academic honor society dedicated to entrepreneurship. The mission of Sigma Nu Tau is to promote, recognize, honor, and reward academic excellence in entrepreneurship and to encourage...

Windham’s Leadership and Legacies Teams Advance to State

Twenty winning teams from the local Leadership and Legacies History Contest held at Windham High School earlier this month, advanced to compete at Youngstown State University this past weekend.

Garfield Middle School Accepts Rachel’s Challenge

Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year.

Crestwood Class of 2014

Ian Sterling Adams Jacob Louis Agle Victoria Hope Andexler Clyde Douglas Arnett Taylor Leigh Atkins George William Baran Landis Grant Bates Douglas Guy Battiest BreAnna Lee Benner Carrigan Alyssa Benoit Ryan Adam Bernhard Tod Allen Bevilacqua Lauren Olivia Bissell Charles Wesley Blankenship Megan Leann Blankenship Mikayla Rae Blankenship Tyler Richard Brady Sarah Ann Bridgman Kyle Stephen Brookover Miranda Louise Brothers Emily Katherine Bruyere Travis James Burkett Erin Marie Calvey Brittany Renae Campbell Samantha Lee Canepa Samantha Rose Cannella Jordan Ashland Carver Danielle Raye Cavanaugh Jenna Marie Cisar Madison...

Twardzik and Gorby Named OHSAA Scholar Athletes of the Year

Emma Twardzik and Travis Gorby were selected as the 2013-14 Garfield High School “OHSAA Scholar Athletes of the Year”. Ironically they were both soccer players and have played together since 2005 on various travel teams, etc. The criteria for the Award was. 1. Minimum of 3.25 or above G.P.A. 2. Minimum of Four Varsity Letters. 3. Three of the Varsity Letters must be...

Windham Band Revival

Windham - Two years ago Windham football season started with the usual elements, players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans but   one important element was missing on the field. The band. The band helps lead cheers and adds to the spirit of the...

G-Men Baseball

4/23/2013 - Garfield G-Men 10, Waterloo Vikings 2 Batteries: Waterloo: Daniel Buckley and Cooper. Garfield: Kaiser and Damko; Schustrich and Damko.  W: Kaiser 3-2. L: Daniel Buckley 0-0.  HR:   Waterloo: None. Garfield None. Notes:  Waterloo: Cooper RBI Garfield: Patterson 3B, 2 R, RBI. Schustrich 3B, 2B, 2 R, RBI. JV Score:  G-Men 19, Vikings 4   4/26/2013 - Garfield G-Men 9, Streetsboro Rockets...

News from Garfield Schools

Garrettsville - Last week, our safety plans were put to a test, and it was clear that we were prepared on all fronts. The situation resulted in all students leaving our campus safely. We were prepared and could not have accomplished what we did without the help of our staff, law enforcement, students and community. The Portage County Sherriff, Garrettsville...

Due to circumstances beyond our control….

Garrettsville - Sincere apologies and grateful thanks go to the folks who showed up for the Machine-0-Mania / Touch-A-Truck event last Saturday at Garfield H.S.   Apologies go to the parents, grandparents and such who came expecting to see LOTS more trucks and big rigs of all sorts that simply were not there (The EMS squad even got a call...

Local Ballet Brings Midsummer to CPS

Mantua - Last week, students at Crestwood Primary School were on their feet, clapping wildly as their school gymnasium was filled with music and dance. Was it simply a cure for cabin fever, or the result of far too many recess periods spent indoors?  It was all that, and much more, as these fortunate kids received a visit, and...

Crestwood School Board Organizational Meeting

Mantua - At the School Board Organizational meeting on January 6th, new School Board members David Becker and Todd Monroe took the oath of office. Once they took their seats, the Board held an election to fill the office of board president and vice president. Matt Sorrick was elected to the position of President, while Debbie Soltisz was elected...

The Truth Behind Snow Days

Winter weather is officially upon us.  With this weather comes the ‘polarizing’ topic of Snow Days. When I was a child I participated in all of the rituals that supposedly helped the snow day cause.  I wore my pajamas backwards.  I flushed ice cubes down the toilet.  I even opened the door to the refrigerator and danced the snow-day...

Windham High School Honor Roll – First Nine Weeks

Freshmen Joseph Barnes,  Dakota Casseday,  Christopher Chambers,  Samantha Dean,  Taylor Gump, *Tristan Hankins,  Logan Hershberger, *Nicole James, *Brittany Knight,  Tasheana Martinez,  Jasmine Nevarez,  Giana Pemberton, *Joseph Prasky, *Alexia Rushnok,  Kyle Russell,  Mariah Scott, Floyd Shackelford, *Lauren Simmons,  Colton Starcher, *Adam Tanner,  Alexander Workman,  Briana Workman   Sophomores Alexandrea Blake,  Alexis Fabry,  Daisy Fleming,  Rocky Hager,  Darianna Heller,  Macey Hickman, *Kyle Hilfer, *Sarah Hodson,...

Crestwood School News

Mantua - Superintendent, David Toth recently announced that the Crestwood Local School Board approved a contract to hire Cynthia Ducca as the new principal at Crestwood Primary for the 2013-2014 academic year. According to Superintendent Toth, Ms. Ducca has an extensive teaching and administrative background, and most recently served as the principal of Berkshire Elementary. While at Berkshire Elementary,...

Drum Lessons @ GES

Students at the James A. Garfield Elementary School were treated to a fascinating program featuring  Brother Olugbala Manns, teacher of African drumming at Hiram College and Kent State University.  He taught the assembled crowd the expression “On the One” (ready, set to go, focused) and got their attention—not always an easy task—by calling out “Ah-go” and requiring the response,...

Dramatic Win Moves G-Men Into Regional Play-offs

Garrettsville - The Garfield G-Men football team is literally saving their best for last, and last week’s dramatic 33-28 come from behind victory over LaBrae Vikings is no different. With 10 seconds remaining and a timeout in his pocket Garfield head coach Mike Moser sent in the play that Garfield has run dozens of times, “wing left power left.”...

2013 Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipients

Garrettsville - On June 5th the Garrettsville Area Chamber held their annual Scholarship Luncheon at Cal’s Restaurant.  Pictured above are the 2013 recipients of the scholarships.  Kaleigh Gilmer (left) will be attending the Indiana University of Pennsylvania to study nursing and psychology; Garrett McArdle (center) will be persuing a degree in actuarial sciences at Ohio University; Caitlin Chartier will...

Volunteers? Do I hear volunteers?

Here’s your chance to check into the current scene amongst the “younger set”.  Portage County has a regular program of Quiz Bowl competitions hosted by  the participating  schools--Garfield, Ravenna, Field, Streetsboro, Southeast, Waterloo, Aurora (which also presents the Early Bird Open Tournament), Rootstown and a new (outside) addition, Lake Christian in Hartville.  These competitions are held at various locations...

Hall of Fame – Part 3

The 2011 James A. Garfield Hall of Fame slate is completed by two young men a decade apart who displayed their talent and teamwork in several venues and at several levels. Matt Paul, class of ‘85, earned letters in golf (3), basketball (3) and...

Of Mice and Motorcycles

Mantua -  The Mouse and the Motorcycle  came to life at Crestwood Primary School last week, as Principal Cindy Ducca appeared, dressed as a mouse at her school’s “One Book, One School” assembly. According to Mrs. Ducca, her attire was a reward to her students, who exceeded their goal of reading five books per child during the school’s special...

Crestwood Board of Education to Hire New Superintendent

Mantua - Crestwood Board of Education will complete its superintendent search tonight at a special board meeting at 6 p.m. when it is expected to approve the appointment of Mr. David Toth. A community welcome and reception will immediately follow.  Mr. Toth is currently the principal of West Geauga High School and will replace retiring Superintendent, Joe Iacano, Aug. 1,...

Elementary Students Thank Garfield PTO

Garrettsville – Gym Teacher Mark Rado and his students expressed their appreciation to the James A. Garfield PTO, which recently donated a rock-climbing wall to the Elementary School for use during gym classes. Spanning the width the gymnasium, this multicolored climbing wall will provide Garfield students fun new opportunities to be physically active while having a great time.

Crestwood High School Class of 2017

Academic Top 10 1.Olivia Jordan Brady* Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude, NHS 2. Evelyn Pauline Head* Salutatorian, Summa Cum Laude, NHS 3. Emily Taylor Graves Summa Cum Laude 4. Madeline Augusta Turner* Summa Cum Laude, NHS 5. Allison Renee Durham Summa Cum Laude, NHS 6. Melina Olivia Edic* Summa Cum Laude 7. Katelyn Nicole Riley Summa Cum Laude 8. Megan Louise Cymanski* Summa Cum Laude, NHS 9. Melody Renee Bencie Summa Cum Laude, NHS 10. Benjamin Hunter Pearce* Summa Cum...

Forsooth!!

Prithee, milords and miladies, hast thou fetched thy silken smallclothes and finest gowns?  Hast thou brought thy doublet and jerkin from the wardrobe? Art thy jewels brought from the strongroom?  Dost thou have thy tickets to the Yuletide Revels?Forsooth!  Make haste to send a page to the James A. Garfield High School, forthwith (Or call Laura Young for reservations...

Crestwood Intermediate School Visits Cleveland Museum of Art

Armed with a photo scavenger hunt prepared by Timbrook, kids and adults gathered in groups in the lobby to plot out their course of attack. Each group had a mission to see as many of the museum’s art objects as possible, as well as a visit to the Museum’s well-stocked café and gift shop, before heading back home on the bus later that afternoon.

During two special Saturdays in March, Crestwood Intermediate School (CIS) Art Teacher Patricia Timbrook hosted groups of CIS students and their guests on an excursion to the Cleveland Museum of Art on University Circle.

G-Men Way

Leave your mark on G-men Way by sponsoring a “G” on the driveway around James A. Garfield High School. G’s will be painted gold and lettered with your business, graduating senior, athlete, or favorite student. G’s can also be purchased in honor of alumni. All proceeds will go to make a safe and memorable Prom for our students. Order...

Conscientious, Citizenship, and Chloe

Mantua - Crestwood Schools have much more going for them than just the three Rs. This fall, Primary School Principal Cindy Ducca and Intermediate School Principal Michelle Gerbrick have instituted a program that rewards students for exhibiting crucial skills at each of their schools -- qualities they call the two Cs. Those character traits include being conscientious students and...

Mr. King’s Plays Return to the Stage

Garrettsville - After a three year hiatus, he’s back. Mr. King returns to the stage at James A Garfield School writing, directing and producing his play  “The Right to Bare Arms.” The play mixes modern day and ancient times together as a small island learns to overcome fear, to survive the curse that it has been said to be...

The Orchid Ensemble

Hiram - The 2015 Watson Memorial Concert will feature   the Orchid Ensemble, a Vancouver-based Chinese music trio which blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond.  They create a beautiful new sound, both creative and distinct.  Acclaimed by Georgia Straight as “One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene,” the Orchid Ensemblehas been tirelessly...

Windham Junior/Senior High School Honor Roll Third Grading Period

Grade Six - Nathan Carpenter, Garrett Cogar, Josh Forsythe, Zowie Hood, Cody Hostetler, Payton Justham, Nicholas Lewis, Phillip Maiorca, Mackenzie McLean, Ashley Sheesley, Rebekah Stout, Isabella Warrick, Joseph Zdunczyk   Grade Seven - Claire Alderman, Lauren Beckwith, Justin Collins, Talina Cooper, Sabrina Garl, Michael Gearhart, Deidra Hankins, Samantha Joan, Miranda Jones, Kelsey Knoll, Tim Murton, Summer Nadiak, Tim O’Connor, Eric Park,...

Read To Succeed National Winners

Windham - Mr. Pennell’s grade 6 class earned the Read to Succeed Award from Achieve 3000. Achieve 3000 is a program where students receive differentiated instruction according to their reading capabilities. Mr. Pennell’s class goal is for each student to complete five articles a week, earning a 75% or higher on their assessments. Students have the opportunity to read...

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