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The Truth Behind Snow Days

Is there a magic number of inches of snow needed to call school? Is there a specific street that has to be impassable? The answer to each of to each of these aforementioned questions is no.

Crestwood Is A “Google District”

Mantua - This school year the Crestwood District began using Google Apps for Education and is a “Google District.” The technology department has been hard at work ensuring a smooth transition and we are continuing to add applications for our teachers and students to use. Why did we switch to Google Apps? •  Google apps allow us to provide our teachers...

TREE House Takes Root in Hiram

Minor work is still being finalized on the TREE House, with a schedule for public access to be established in early 2015. Contact Debbie Kasper at kasperdv@hiram.edu for more information.

Hiram College to receive funds from Talent Dividend

Hiram College’s share of the grand prize will be put toward degree completion initiatives.

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.

Excellence Abounds At Garfield Schools

While testing is how the state ranks our schools, our students excel in so many more areas. For example, JAG High School students earned 102 college credits through dual enrollment and AP courses. Our band continues to impress at band shows across the area, and even performed at the Hiram College Homecoming game!

Nature Treks Help Kids Discover Local Treasures

While some kids treasure their extra days off school by sleeping in, on NEOEA Day, several kids donned rubber boots, joined their families to hunt for treasures in the heart of Mantua Village.

Petrie and Beach are Crowned Garfield’s Royalty

Garrettsville - The week leading up to homecoming is always an exciting week as the student council held spirit week with various themes. Monday’s theme was camouflage, Tuesday was tie-dyed, Wednesday was class t-shirts, Thursday was pink for breast cancer awareness and Friday was black and gold. Besides the themed days, they had a bonfire night, hall-decorating contest, fence...

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.

Hiram College Receives U.S. State Department Grant to Fund International Collaboration

Hiram  – Hiram College will help build bridges between local high schools and their international peers, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of State. The program is in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, The Shoals Marine Laboratory and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The grant, totaling $492,309 for “Public Diplomacy Programs for Afghanistan and Pakistan” is the...

Richmond Named Commended Student

James A Garfield principal Michael Dobran announced today that Jason Richmond has been named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

Northeast Ohio Medical University Dedicates Education and Wellness Center, Announces Summa Health System as Newest Tenant

"This facility not only grows our campus in an exciting new way, but it is the cornerstone of our community wellness initiatives," said Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of Northeast Ohio Medical University. "By collaborating with other health professionals, NEOMED is bringing an innovative vision of health and fitness to Portage County, one that promotes true wellness by addressing every avenue of care to develop and sustain healthy, active lifestyles."

Crestwood Kids Hold Walkathon Fundraiser

At the end of the day, the grand total of 1,287,442 steps was reached -- or nearly 130 miles!

Crestwood Students Celebrate Peace

Across the world, many nations are engaged in political conflicts. At the same time, millions of paper pinwheels emblazoned with childrens’ messages of peace and hope spin worldwide, in places like South America, the Middle East, and even Mantua, Ohio. Last Friday, Crestwood students from kindergarten through grade five planted hand-made pinwheels at Crestwood Intermediate & Primary Schools to...

Little Village Dedicates New Outdoor Classroom

Little Village Early Learning Center at Hiram Christian Church celebrated the dedication of their new outdoor classroom and playground on September 16, 2014 at 4:30PM. The ribbon cutting was a culmination of months of planning, cooperation and coordination between Little Village and its many partners, including Hiram College, Kiwanis of the Western Reserve and Hiram Village as well as individual families and churches.

Alumni Banquet — A Good Time

It was a fine old time with friends and family (note the number of Collinses and Andrewses, among others, in attendance) and the date has already been set for the next one. Mark your calendars for September 19, 2015, same time , same place. Everybody learn the Alma Mater!

Pinwheels for Peace in Windham

In today's world, peace needs to become more than just a word. Students at KT Elementary School took part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by "planting" pinwheels with messages of peace at their school in Windham.

The Official Ribbon Cutting

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Local School District cut a ribbon on Saturday, September 20 marking the amazing (120 days!) completion of the addition to the James A. Garfield Elementary School, bringing about the relocation of the district’s fifth and sixth graders to the Campus of Excellence, with all of the system’s students sharing the same venue.  This...

Garfield Marching Pride’s Longest Day

James A. Garfield High School’s Marching Pride Band took this past weekend by storm as they performed four times in 24 hours.

Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Scheduled for the “Campus of Excellence”

We did it! The James A. Garfield Local Schools used funds from a $5 Million State Grant to create a “Campus of Excellence” that will enhance education for children in our district for decades to come. The district will celebrate this wonderful accomplishment on Saturday, September 20 at 10am with a ribbon cutting ceremony that will be open to the public.

Windham School Enrollment is Down From Last Year

Windham Board of Education (BOE) held their regularly-scheduled meeting on August 28, 2014 at the high school. Melissa Roubic presented the Maplewood report.  The biggest news to report was the summer construction of the animal science lab, is now completed. This is a new program added to the Maplewood Career Center and it appears to be a hit with the...

I want three volunteers–you, you and you.

It’s that time again. School has begun and so have a number of other activities.  Most of them could use some volunteers to keep things moving along and produce the best outcomes for all concerned. Booster groups of every stripe need help in their fund-raising  activities.  Picture yourself hustling hot dogs at a game or topping off a root beer float...

Crestwood School News – August 2014

This Sunday, August 24th, from 5-8pm, Crestwood Schools will hold Community Day at Crestwood High School. Come for an evening of family fun, including bouncy houses, magic, balloon twisting and face painting. A pep rally will begin at 7pm. In addition, the fire and police departments will give tours of a fire truck and police car, and local organizations will be on hand to share community information. Please bring extra school supplies and new or gently used backpacks to “Stuff the Bus” for less fortunate families in the community.

Heads Up!

The James A. Garfield Local School District has got a TON of things—programs, activities, competitions, etc.—coming up.  Here’s a quick look; check the district website for more info or watch for stories in The Villager. 8/20—the Elementary School addition is to be finished - Frantic activity 8/21—the Steering committee tours the facility -   Frantic activity 8/23—the State Superintendent inspects the facility...

James A Garfield Local School District Bus Routes

Bus Route Information for the 2013/14 school year is now available! Note: Bus Route Information is provided to the Villager by the school district. Please DO NOT call the Villager with questions or concerns.

New Addition…New Traffic Pattern

This map should help provide some direction for everyone as you return to school on August 26. We will also have staff members at specific areas the first week back to assist everyone with these new traffic patterns.

Conference Builds Confidence for Local Student

“I’m not just a bookworm,” she explained. “I’m fun to be around and I pick and choose my friends wisely.”

The Harlem Ambassadors to Challenge the Garrettsville Inspectors in October: Tickets go on sale Monday, August 18th

Advance tickets go on sale Monday, August 18th and may be purchased online at garrettsvillearea.com/tix or at one of many area businesses including: The Villager (8088 Main St); Charles Auto Family (10851 North St); Miller’s Family Restaurant (8045 State St); Garrettsville DQ Grill & Chill (8013 State St); and the James A Garfield School offices when school returns.

Campus of Excellence Update: School Construction is On Schedule and Under Budget

"Regardless of the obstacles, the addition is on schedule to open for students on August 26. Here are the latest developments on each component of the grant".

Student Laptop Pickup Dates Scheduled

Dates have been scheduled for parents to come in with their children to receive their laptops over the coming weeks. Our goal is to distribute all laptops before the first day of school on August 26.

Are You Our Alumni?

If you attended James A. Garfield (at any point), or Freedom, Nelson or Garrettsville Schools prior to the 1951 consolidation.... you are! JAG Alumni are cordially invited to the James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet which will be held on September 20, 2014 at JamesA. Garfield Elementary School. The banquet is a wonderful opportunity to reacquaint with past classmates, enjoy...

One To Go!

Savings were realized in the bidding process and have been re-invested in upgrades throughout the James A. Garfield campus, for all buildings. This includes more efficient windows, security upgrades (also utilizing funds raised initially by Dee Synnestvedt for parking lot security cameras), digital signage for the high school and elementary school campus—5’x8’, wireless, , kitchen improvements, carpeting in the new elementary band room, furniture upgrades…the whole shootin’ match…looking good.

Crestwood School Board News

Mantua - At the July meeting of the Crestwood School Board, the Board approved a contract with Virtual Community School (VCS), an online school based in Ohio. Through enrollment in the special program, families who choose online schooling for their students would be supplied with a computer, printer and online instruction aligned with State and common core standards through...

Campus of Excellence Progress

The latest update, delivered June 19 in a presentation and walk-through to an interested and inquisitive group disclosed the various contracts and contractors involved, from sitework and concrete through structural steel, lockers, HVAC, building electric(Scotchman Electric),painting and wall covering(Doug Seaman Decorating), technology and paving. Not to mention kitchen equipment, carpentry, flooring and plumbing. Every one of these contracts was bid out and issued keeping both the cost and the time constraints in mind. The intricacies of scope in such construction are quite amazing, involving the “breathability” of a building combined with building efficiency, updating of the utility functions for the entire campus, the element of “Seek and ye shall find,” in discovering an Insinkerator in the bus garage attic, brick types and so much more.

Local Resident Leaves Legacy

By terms of the sale the house will be called the Garfield Robbins Zimmerman House, to reflect the history of those who owned it. The home will house the offices for the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership, which instructs students in public service. Eventually, it will serve as a venue for discussions and guest speakers and a mini-museum showcasing the legacy left by James Garfield.

Bio-Med Science Academy Selected As Ohio STEM Learning Network Regional Training Center

Rootstown - As a result of its ongoing success in developing innovative and progressive learning opportunities for students, Bio-Med Science Academy, a year-round public STEM+M high school located on the campus of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), has been selected by the Ohio STEM Learning Network to serve as one of its regional STEM training center sites. The Ohio STEM Learning...

Crestwood School Board News

Mantua - At the June meeting of the Crestwood School Board, District Technology Supervisor Jeff Woolard was asked to give a presentation to the Board sharing his team’s achievements this year, and the projects they’re looking to implement within the District over the coming months. With the help of his team, District Network Technicians Carl Zeleznik and Nicholas Karman,...

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...

Folio and Swigonski are 2014 Chess Champions

Garrettsville - Isabella Folio (right)  and Brody Swigonski (left) won their respective divisions for the annual Garfield 4th grade PTO chess tournament (pictured).  Congratulations to them both!  The tournament was held over their lunch break for several weeks, and they recently competed in the finals. For the boys division, Brody Swigonski defeated Kodiak Brogan in the final match.  For the...

Simeon Brown Wins Scholarship

Garrettsville - Garfield High School graduate Simeon Brown of Garrettsville is the 2014 recipient of the President James A. Garfield Award.  The $1000 scholarship honors the values held  by James A. Garfield, who at age 26 became president of what would later be known as Hiram College and who later became president of the United States.  The scholarship is...

Mantua Rotary Awards Scholarship

Mantua - The Rotary Club of Mantua would like to congratulate Crestwood high school junior Morgan Strenk.  Morgan is the winner of the prestigious Rotary Youth Leadership Award scholarship. This award will enable Morgan to participate at a camp held at Baldwin Wallace University from June 8-14, 2014. Approximately 50 juniors from the northeast, Ohio area will participate at this...

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...

Garrettsville Area Chamber Scholarship Winners

Garrettsville - On June 4th the Garrettsville Area Chamber held their annual Scholarship Luncheon at Cal’s Restaurant.  Each year the Chamber awards three scholarships to graduating Garfield High School seniors. Pictured above are the 2014 recipients of the scholarships.  Amber Wenger (right) will be attending Kent State University to study Nursing; Trevor Chambers (left) will be pursuing a degree in...

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...

Garrettsville Eagles Award Scholarships

For the ninth year in its more than 30 years of history the Garrettsville Eagles Club No 2705 has award four $750.00 scholarships to family members of members. Bradley Kowalski is a  2014 graduate of Windham High School as valedictorian and is accepted both by Bowling Green and Kent State universities. After he makes his choice will major in Pre-Med...

James A. Garfield High School Class of 2014

Morgan Aebischer Stephanie Alexander Ziad Al-Noubani Daniel Anders Kyle Angermeier Trevor Baldwin-Hoobler Brianna Bandy Katie Bartlett Shelby Baughman Austin Bracken Anna Brigham Jessica Britton Alan Broadwater Simeon Brown Marilyn Brunton Samuel Buganski Mason Butler Victoria Carnahan Trevor Chambers Chase Chapman Kaley Collins Jared Damko Cassie Daniels John Davenport Brandon Davis Jamie Davis Holly DeYoung Olivia Doraski Seth Duvall Michael Ebie Tessa Flattum David Forgony Ashley Freiberg Christopher Gadus Katlyn Gembicki Krista Gholson Caitlynn Gilles Candace Glinski Travis Gorby Sasha Gough Assyria Gray Kevin Griggy Racheal Gruszewski Alec Hartman Jewels Haylett Ryan Hecky Kyle Heim Ethan Hoffmann Zachary Hoffmann Courtney Hood Sarah Hyde Adriene Kearney Jessica Kelley Megan Kenesky Rebecca Kern Erica King Kayla Kuzniakowski Yakira Lane Jeffrey...

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...

Challenge Raffle a Success!

Garrettsville - Months ago I challenged the James A. Garfield students to take an active part in a fundraising effort to kick off renovations to the schools’ athletic facilities. Our students accepted the challenge with great fervor, and I am proud to report that the “Challenge Raffle” winner was drawn at noon on Friday, May 30th by Mayor Rick...

Brittany Myers Scholarships Awarded

Garrettsville - The Brittany Myers Scholarship Fund was founded in 2001 as a memorial to Brittany, a 9 year old little girl who lost her life in a tragic car accident in 2000. Brittany attended James A. Garfield Elementary School where she was an avid softball player and a complete joy to everyone. Left behind are her parents, Tom...

One Book, One School, and One Local Hero

Mantua - Specialist Adam Scott Hamilton was one of the top marksmen in his unit and was assigned as a sniper. Since joining the U.S. Army in March, 2009 Specialist Hamilton has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. But he was more than that to Crestwood...

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