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Mantua - At this month’s board meeting, Director of Pupil Services, Michael Maglionico made a presentation on behalf of the District Leadership Team (DLT). Mr. Maglionico’s presentation introduced the team, which is charged with analyzing the district’s data, including student achievement and graduation rates, then accessing the most critical needs of the district. This team will then develop plans based on those needs, which will be implemented throughout the district. The DLT team is comprised of district administrators, teachers, curriculum liaisons, members of the community, representatives from the school board, and Superintendent David Toth. They will meet quarterly.

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced Maplewood Career Center student Holly DeYoung from Garrettsville, OH, has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. 

Garrettsville – James A. Garfield (JAG) Band has once again made the community proud by earning a superior rating last weekend at the Ohio Music Educators Association’s (OMEA) Northeast Regional Band and Choir Adjudicated Event held at Revere High School and advancing them to the State competition held in April.

The band performed “Gallant Marines”, by Karl King, “Kentucky 1800” by Clare Grundman and “Three Ayers from Gloucester” by Hugh Stuart. They performed before a live audience as well as the judges. Following their on stage performance, they retreated to a private room for the sight reading portion of the competition. The students were given a piece of music, and a few minutes to look it over, and then were expected to play the piece. When the performance was completed, the band was awarded a “1” which is a superior rating.  The band’s superior rating at districts advances them to state competition in April; once again making the district proud.

The band is under the direction of Theo Cebulla, assisted by Joe Gaither.

 

Tickets for Brigadoon may only be purchased from Mrs. Young at the High School front office, Mon-Fri from 8am-2pm. You may contact her at 330-527-4341. Cost of tickets are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for students 18 and under and senior citizens. There are NO refunds and NO changing of seats and dates after purchase is made. Brigadoon will be performed April 3rd-5th at 7:00 pm and April 6th at 2:00 pm.

Mantua – At Power of the Pen competitions across Ohio, students are given a topic sentence or ‘prompt’ on the spot and have 40 minutes to write a complete short story. While the exact prompts are confidential, coach Marphy shared, “In one round, students were given the topic sentence, ‘You’ve got to be kidding’ and told to use it in their story. In another prompt students were asked to consider something that is now obsolete and write a story about it.  As the competition progresses, the prompts get more difficult, and no electronic devices are permitted. At Regional and District competitions, students are permitted to use a dictionary. At the State level, however, the use of dictionaries is not permitted. 

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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 8221 Auburn Rd.  Please register online at www.leaf-ohio.org or call LEAF at (440) 358-8045 to reserve a seat. Reservations are required, capacity is limited.  Parents are encouraged to attend with their students.  LEAF is a non-profit college access agency serving students of all ages with the financial aid process.

 

The 9th Annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet will be held at the James A. Garfield Elementary School on Sept 20th. Anyone who attended JAG High School is welcome to attend. The event will include dinner, entertainment by the award winning high school band and tours of the campus including the new Intermediate School addition (grades 5 & 6) made possible through a five million dollar “Straight A” grant from the Ohio Department of Education. The committee is seeking addresses from those who attended J.A. Garfield High School with the following classes: 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984 and 1994. For further information or for anyone who has a new address or email, etc. since June 1st, 2013, please contact Helen Louise (Paul) Bouts at 330-309-2734 or email hbouts@yahoo.com.

 

Windham – The Windham Board of Education (BOE) meeting was held on February 27, 2014 with all board members in attendance. Darryl McGuire, president of the BOE called the meeting to order. Melissa Roubic reported that Maplewood will add an animal science program to the career center.  Dawn Kilgore gave an update on Ohio House Bill 416, which is a bill that will add extra calamity days for Ohio schools for this school year only. Currently it has passed the Senate but has stalled in the Ohio House.  The sticking point appears to be the number of days being added, the senate wants to add four days while the house want to add only two. 

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 a performance by the dancers of Ballet Excel Ohio.

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 reading program that highlighted the classic book by Beverly Cleary.

Park Avenue Partnerships

Park Avenue School will not sit idle next year! Partnerships with the Greater Cleveland YMCA and the Portage County Educational Service Center are nearly complete, and we have commitments from both entities that will bring some exciting services to the community. You will see a YMCA business trailer appear near the elementary or high school on or around March 15. The YMCA will use this as a visual form of advertising for their summer day camps and youth soccer, which are the first programs they will be introducing to our area. The Portage County ESC is currently working on getting the Park Avenue School approved by the State of Ohio for public preschool. Their plans are to implement preschool for this fall. The district is proud to be a part of expanding the services to our community through the Park Avenue School.

Hiram –  The Communications Factory is doing its part again this year to help area seniors turn their dream of higher education into reality by sponsoring its annual scholarship program. In its eleventh year, the Factory’s program awards $1,000 to a deserving area high-school student that completes the agency’s scholarship application. Last year’s winner was Elaine Warren of Cardinal High School in Middlefield.
Brad Turner, founder and “plant manager” of the Communications Factory realizes announcements by companies offering student scholarships is hardly front-page news. That is, of course, unless you are an advertising agency. “Advertising agencies typically do all kinds of wacky things to get media buzz,” notes Turner. “Offering scholarships is not commonly one of them. But our agency is anything but typical or common. We simply believe in the importance of promoting young minds.”

The Communications Factory Scholarship is awarded annually. Students interested in being considered for the scholarship need to complete the application form by April 1, 2014. The application form is available on the agency’s Web site at: http://www.communicationsfactory.net/community/scholarship.pdf.
The Communications Factory is a full-service agency that helps up-and-coming organizations retool their brand by melding big agency experience, with the entrepreneurial spirit of a small shop.

Mantua –  In his report to the School Board, Superintendent David Toth shared that first grade teacher Natalie Harr was one of only two Ohio educators to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science this year. Harr will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, which administers the program. She is currently on professional leave from the District as she serves as a 2013-2014 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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Hiram – Hiram College is one of only six institutions nationwide recently accepted into the Peace Corps Prep Program. The collaboration offers students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for work in international development. In addition to gaining skills and experience which will make them competitive Peace Corps applicants, students also earn a minor in  international studies from Hiram College. Students pursuing a major in any discipline may apply for the program.

Mantua – Refuse to COOK and attend “The BEST CHILI COOK-OFF EVER”.  It starts Thursday, February 27th from 5-7 pm, in the decorated Crestwood HS cafeteria. The proceeds will assist the Rotary Club of Mantuas to fund 2014 Scholarships and Awards for Crestwood students!  The Mantua Rotary Club has supported the academic and service achievements of our Crestwood students for decades. The awarded amounts given to Crestwood students in the last ten years have exceeded $40,000!  To expand the relationship between Crestwood Schools, the Rotary Club is offering the 1st Annual “Serve It Up” Chili Cook Off.

All A Honor Roll 7th Grade

Andrew Pemberton, Evan Pawlus, Eric Jackson, Caillean Galayde, Jason Conley, Racquel Koleszar, Jessica (Mei Mei) Tannehill, Sarah DeSalvo, Max Kane, Brooke Morgan, Zoe Swenson, Mathew Glinski, Samantha Ensinger, Rachel Rader, Adam Norris, Tyler Klouda, Sarah Miller

 

All A Honor Roll 8th Grade

Jackson Neer, Jacey Luzny, Jenna Montez, Jason Riebe, Derek Miller, Kylie Hoover, Ramsey Goodner, Simon Varner

 

Honor Roll 7th Grade

Addison Varner, Hunter Sopher, Samuel Biltz, Kara Nottingham, Travis Criblez, Alexis Evans, Lyndsey Johns, Olivia Brann, Sebastian Shafer, Alissa Barton, Hannah Smith, Ryan Lance, Jessica Huebner, Madison Neer, Devyn Penna, Erika Musgrove, Robert Haney

 

Honor Roll 8th Grade

Courtney Siracki, Anthony Denigris, Kailyn Woodrum, Seth Rinearson, Keenan Rankin, Isaac Russell, Kiley Carey, Travis Sommers, Makenna Lawrence, Jack Lawrence, Kyle Turrentine, Zachary Fergis, Jordan Bayus, Haley Kern, Theresa Paroff, Deborah Lough, Ryan Brown, Makayla Gough, Carissa White, Mallie Smith, Daniel Kleinhen, Madeline Caldro, William Criblez, Ryan Finney, John Lininger, Katherine Synnestvedt, Luke Blohm, Andrew Morrissey, Ashlyn Geddes, Mikayla Thornton, Julia McGrew, Casey Johnson, Kierra Jordan, John Lorinchak, Catherine Brann, Shannon Williams

 

Merit Roll 7th Grade

Travis Synnestvedt, Dylan Wilson, Natalie Hall, Kaitlyn Workman, Brianna Stanley, Austin Wise, Arielle Sokolowski, Faith Miller, Robert DelTorto, Trinity Syvertsen, Joseph Fresch, Madisan Brown, Abigayle Gembecki, Chad Angermeier, Halle Tatonetti, Zachary Rabatin, Caitlyn Minor, Mathew Tubre, Samantha Brys, Nicole Ober, Lauren Walz, Elizabeth Logan, Cody Kibler, Jacob Spicer

 

Merit Roll 8th Grade

Alyssa Zupancic, Deandra Roberts, Logan Kissell, Elizabeth Perkins, Skylie Nutter, Mason Mayoros, Casssandra Hightower, Ethan Marek, Louis Danku, Evan Peters, Zackary Smith, Emma Trent, Zayne Veon, Carley Kerkhoven, Tyler Lippert, Zachary Gorby, Samantha Guyette, Nicholas Cornicelli, Isabella Obreza, Drew Tushar, Kevin Splinter, Tiffany Yeager, Sarah Kent, Chelsea Bates, Corin Ball, Madeline Scott, Benjamin Kelling, Gabrielle Hicks, Jessalyn Cook, Abigail Metz, Natasha Rantilla, Leon Masga, Alexander Griffith

 

 

9th Grade

*Cali Apthorpe, Ja’Mario Brown, Alexis Knight, Benjamin Knight, *Elizabeth Richmond, *Kathlyn Richmond, Erik Roche, Jacob Sheesley, Paige Simpson, *Mahlia Smith, Sara Taylor, *Holly Thompson

 

10th Grade

Tobie Barker, *Joseph Barnes, Chandler Bee, Christopher Chambers, Samantha Dean, *Tristan Hankins, Logan Hershberger, *Nicole James, *Brittany Knight, *Brooke Lissy, Jasmine Nevarez, Joseph Prasky, Alexia Rushnok, Floyd Shackelford, *Lauren Simmons, Adam Tanner, Alexander Workman, Brianna Workman

 

11th Grade

Alexis Fabry, Daisy Fleming, Corinna Hechenberger, *Sarah Hodson, Jessica Isler, Zacharie Lewis, Emily Miller, Jordan Small

 

12th Grade

*Britney Collins, Kaitlynn DeVenture, Kendra Eskins, William Hickman, Ryan Kerschner, Joseph Miranda, Alexandria Polichena, *Jared Taylor, *Joshua Youngen

 

*Denotes 4.0

 

Grade Six

Jazelle Artman, Aiden Barker, Heavenly Cheatham, Paige Collins, Darah Fall, Abigail Forsythe, Samuel Howell, Landen Kiser, Brevin McCrae, Michael Priddy, Annetta Sanders, Victoria Showalter, Ashley Simmons, David Stout, Dawson Swearingen, Tyler Wiley

 

Grade Seven

Eugenia Brown, Nathan Carpenter, Garrett Cogar, Josh Forsythe, Madison Howes, Phillip Maiorca, Blake Eye, Mackenzie McLean, Trynity Mock, Isabella Simpson, Rebekah Stout, Isabella Warrick

 

Grade Eight

Claire Alderman, Lauren Beckwith, Molli Betters, Talina Cooper, Daniel Deventure, Nathan Dyer, Sabrina Garl, Nathaniel Garrett, Michael Gearhart, Deidra Hankins, Kelsey Knoll, Tim Murton, Summer Nadiak, Isaiah Pemberton, Ashlyn Riggs, Sam Speicher, Mariah Walker

 

Garrettsville – As you may be aware, the James A. Garfield Local Schools were recently awarded a $5 Million grant to construct an addition on the elementary to create a centralized campus and update our technology.  While this is exciting and will shape the education of kids for years to come, this is just the beginning!  Since grant dollars cannot be used to address other issues like our athletic fields or stadium, we have brought many groups together over the past two months and have everyone’s efforts pointed in the same direction.  Through a concentrated fundraising campaign we will update our athletic facilities in phases without having to raise taxes in our community.

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Windham – The Windham Board of Education (BOE) met for their regularly scheduled meeting at Katherine Thomas Elementary School Thursday, January 23, 2014. All BOE members were in attendance along with Treasurer Samantha Pochedly. Superintendent Gregg Isler was excused from the meeting to coach the girl’s basketball game scheduled that evening.

Newton Falls – Registration for children entering the Newton Falls School System for the 2014-2015 school year will be held:

February 10 & 11, 2014 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

March 17 through March 21

8:30-11:30 a.m. & 12:30-2:30 p.m. daily

You do NOT need an appointment, but please only come during these times.  It is not necessary to bring your child at this time.

You should bring the following items with you when registering:

Your child’s legal birth certificate

Immunization records (see list below)

Proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.)

Child’s Social Security Number

Custody papers (if applicable)

The Ohio Department of Health requires that all children entering kindergarten  in the state of Ohio shall be immunized as follows:

5 doses Dtap vaccine (unless the fourth dose was administered after the 4th birthday)

4 doses Polio vaccine (last dose must be given after the 4th birthday)

2 doses MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)

3 doses Hepatitis B vaccine

2 doses Varicella Vaccine

PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD’S IMMUNIZATION RECORD NOW WHICH WILL GIVE YOU AMPLE TIME TO COMPLETE THESE REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO REGISTRATION.  YOUR CHILD CAN NOT START SCHOOL THE FIRST DAY WITHOUT A COMPLETED SHOT RECORD.

If you have any questions, you may contact the school Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Dee Howard, at 330-872-5225 (ext. 2301).

 

Mantua – “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle…” is a quote you will see displayed throughout Crestwood Middle School.

Eighth grade Crestwood Middle School Wrestler, Tom Carson, acted in the very spirit of this quote showing the finest character and integrity during a wrestling tournament at West Geauga the weekend of January 11th, 2014.

Garrettsville – Over the next nine months the James A. Garfield Community will take three giant leaps into the future because of the $5 Million Straight A Grant.  The construction of an addition on the elementary school will create a “Campus of Excellence”.  Partnerships hope to bring exciting services to the school on Park Avenue. Finally, technology improvements for staff and students will be among the first purchases made with the grant dollars.  Below are updates on how the district is moving carefully forward in each of these areas.

Garrettsville – On January 28, 2014 The Mobile Dentists will come to the Elementary with all the necessities to do x-rays, exams and routine cleaning.  Parents, take advantage of this awesome program.  There will be no need for you to take off work or take your child out of school for their dental appointment.  You will also receive a written report on the health of your child’s teeth from the dentist.  Permission forms have been sent home with the students, please send back the form if you want your child to participate in this wonderful program.  If you need a form, they are available in the office.  Children can use their insurance, Medicaid, or apply with grant forms for dental care at NO COST.  Please call the elementary @ 330-527-2184 if you have any questions.

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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 to fill the Vice President position.

Garrettsville – This past weekend J.A. Garfield High School junior Edie Svonavec turned in big performances at two indoor track meets.
On Saturday she established a new meet record at the Jerome Field Open at Akron University in the shot put with a throw of 43’7″. She followed up that performance on Sunday by not only winning the shot put at the Youngstown State High School Open in the shot put, but also breaking the meet and facility record with a throw of 43’9.5″. Her throw currently is not only the best in the state of Ohio by over 4 feet but also ranks her among top throwers across the U.S.

Mantua – Crestwood area boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.  This is a fun, free activity for area youth to compete in a Free Throw (foul shot) competition for best of fifteen consecutive shots.  The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually where winners have the chance to progress through local, district, regional, state and possibly international competition levels.  Our 2013 event was a huge success with more than 344,000 sharpshooters participating in over 4,700 local competitions.

Mantua - Principal Arden Sommers is pretty proud of “his kids” at Crestwood High School.  At a recent visit to the school, Sommers proudly shared their stories, as he discussed a program called the Junior/Senior Seminar. The class, which is an elective, and therefore, not a requirement for graduation, is always one of the most popular, even though it is what Sommers calls a “service learning” program. Students are allowed to use their own creativity to design something they feel is lacking, or something that would be beneficial to the local community. They are then encouraged to figure out how to make their vision a reality.

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Schools was recently awarded $5 million through a state grant to create a “Campus of Excellence”. The project will be funded 100% by grant dollars that would never have to be paid back. The project includes constructing a nearly 20,000 square foot addition to the elementary school in order to bring the fifth and sixth grade students onto the district campus. Grant dollars would also supply each  student in grades 7-12 with a laptop and access to updated digital resources and online courses.

Mantua – The Eighth Grade Crestwood Middle School Pre-Engineering Academy, under the direction of instructor Ed Judd, have the opportunity not only to learn valuable engineering skills, but to how to accurately present their ideas to potential clients. According to Judd, the Acedemy took root when Crestwood Middle School Principal, Julie Schmidt, wanted to add an additional “Star” class to the school’s schedule.  They worked to design the Pre-Engineering Academy — a nine-week class offered to 8th graders to introduce basic engineering concepts.  Explains Judd, “In addition to sketching isomorphic and orthographic figures, hearing from local engineers, researching different engineering careers and learning and using computer assisted design software, the students were in need of an assessment to demonstrate what they have learned. A real-world, “hands on” project seemed like a logical choice.”   

We’ve all heard that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Well on Tuesday, December 10th, that old adage will be updated to include paper clips, dryer sheets, and lots of other seemingly harmless household items. That evening, the Mantua Police Department will host a traveling exhibit entitled “Hidden In Plain Sight,” at the Crestwood High School. The exhibit, hosted by the Bath and Copley Police Departments, gives adults the opportunity to explore and interact with a display designed to resemble an average teenager’s bedroom. Throughout the exhibit are over 150 seemingly harmless items that may indicate that a teen could be involved in some high-risk behavior such as substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, and sexual activity.

Attendees at the awareness program will be able to get an up-close look at the items in the room and be shown how they can be used. The 90-minute program that accompanies the exhibit provides in-depth highlights, as well as resources, should parents need help in resolving any issues they uncover.

Doors open for the program in Mantua at 7:15 p.m.; the presentation begins at 7:30. There is no charge for admittance; however, the program is for adults only.  The traveling exhibit has been shared in over 30 communities throughout Northeastern Ohio since 2012.

For details, contact School Resource Officer Joe Urso at SRO@crestwoodschools.org.

Mantua – Crestwood area boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.  This is a fun, free activity for area youth to compete in a Free Throw (foul shot) competition for best of fifteen consecutive shots.  The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually where winners have the chance to progress through Local, District, Regional, State and possibly International competition levels.  Our 2013 event was a huge success with more than 344,000 sharpshooters participating in over 4,700 local competitions.

The competition will be held at Crestwood Middle School at 6:30 pm on January 15, 2014.  All boys and girls 10 to 14 years old (as of January 1, 2014) are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions.  Participants are required to furnish a copy (not the original) of their birth certificate as proof of age and written parental consent.

All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event.    Entry forms are available at Crestwood Middle & Intermediate Schools, St. Joseph PSR Office or by contacting Anthony Marinelli at 330.296.3097 or 216.789.8495.

 

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 dance.  While I will not disclose the age at which I stopped wearing my pajamas backwards, I will share that my two boys still do the same things in an effort to spend a day outside in the snow each time inclement weather is in the forecast.

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Mantua – Author Leo Buscaglia is quoted as saying, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Never has that statement been truer, than in the case of fifth grader Mathieu Arotin, a young man inflicted with a disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) type II. Due to his disease, Mathieu is confined to a power wheelchair, but to say that Mathieu suffers from this disease would be a false statement. While it’s true that Mathieu needs his wheelchair, that chair doesn’t confine his spirit, or define who he is. Instead, those who know him are struck first by his broad smile, and immediately feel the warmth of his positive outlook as he comes cruising down the halls at Crestwood Intermediate School (CIS). 

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Mantua – At the recent School Board meeting, the Board approved the resubmission of the Five-Year forecast for the fiscal years ending June 20, 2014 through 2018. The forecast was submitted to the Ohio Department of Education, as required by law. Continuing, the Board approved the first reading of several new and revised Board policies. Items included were several new and revised policies relating to anti-harassment, and the revision on a policy relating to bullying.

During Board Reports, Debra Soltisz updated the Board on the status of Middle and High School fall sports. Ms. Soltisz reported that Crestwood Middle School Cross Country Girls Team was 2nd place in the PTC Metro Division, while the Boys Team was 3rd place. The Middle School Soccer Team completed its fourth, and most successful season ever this fall. The team’s final record was 10-2-1.

Both the 7th and 8th Grade Football Teams had a building year. There were many positive experiences for both teams, which had many close losses. There is great potential for both teams next year. In addition, both 7th and 8th Grade Volleyball Teams finished as PTC Metro champs. Both teams had great season records and a great tournament finish.

At the High School, both the Girls & Boys Cross Country teams were 2013 PTC champs.  Junior Jeremiah Fitzgerald was named Runner of the Year as the individual champion of the Boys Metro PTC meet.  Boys CC coach Jim Schweickert was named Coach of the Year, and the girls CC coaches, Megan Cameron and Samantha Usher, were named Co-Coaches of the Year.

The High School boasted three District Championship Teams this fall in Volleyball and both the Boys and Girls Cross Country Squads. The Volleyball Team reached the Regional Final game this year, completing their finest season in Crestwood history.  The defending Division II State Champion, Beaumont, defeated them.

The Girls Cross Country Team of Abby Soltisz, Challis Roberts, Kira Judd, Evie Head, Melissa Soltisz, Taylor Michael, Bella Wagner and alternate Melina Edic qualified for the State Cross Country Tournament, where the girls ran well, placing 13th.

Jacob Ondash from the Boys CC team qualified as an individual to the State meet.  Jake ran a very strong race, finishing in 44th place. It’s important to note that these nine CC scholar-athletes representing Crestwood at the State Tournament averaged a 3.81 GPA.

The next School Board Meeting will be held in the High School Library on Monday, December 9th at 7 pm. This regular December meeting of the Board will be preceded at 6:45 pm by a public hearing for rehire of a retiree.

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 being super citizens. Each quarter, classroom teachers from Preschool through Grade 5 will select students who best exemplify those character traits. Those talented students have the chance to have lunch with a special guest whose name also starts with C — Chloe the Therapy Dog.

Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Schools recently submitted an application to the Ohio Department of Education to create a “Campus of Excellence” through a newly established Straight A Fund.  The project would cost $5 million and be funded 100% by grant dollars that would never have to be paid back.  The project is very extensive and includes moving students from Garfield Intermediate School on Park Avenue, which was built in 1939, to an addition that would be constructed onto the current elementary school. Grant dollars would also supply all students in grades 7-12 with a laptop and access to updated digital resources and online courses.

Our students are amazing. Academically they perform at levels that exceed expectations. For example, our third grade math scores were third highest in Northeast Ohio (96.6%). Our high school students showed improvements in all five areas of the Ohio Graduation Test, and this is after they were already scoring above 90% in all areas! This excellence does not stop when students walk out of their classrooms. Recently, the James A. Garfield Marching Pride received a standing ovation at a band show in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Athletic excellence is now on display as our boys soccer team won the Portage Trail Conference, the football team upset the Southeast Pirates on their home field and the cross country team finished second in the league.

Windham – Students at Windham High School recently had the opportunity to meet the student free speech advocate that virtually all high school Government and US History students cite as a landmark case. Mary Beth Tinker was the lead plaintiff in the Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. Ms. Tinker, siblings and classmates were suspended for wearing black arm bands in an effort to bring attention to those giving their lives in the Vietnam War. The case ultimately was decided by a 7-2 decision by the Supreme Court Justices determining that “…students nor teachers shed their rights at the schoolhouse gate.”

Garfield Boys Soccer Team has dominated their opponents all season and the past two  weeks were no different. The boys have kept their winning streak going by defeating Streetsboro 8-0. The group played as a team, with the scoring being spread out. Four players managed to score goals for the G-Men. They were Ante Dejanovic, who scored four goals and had one assist, Travis Gorby scored two and had two assists, Noah Reider scored one goal and had three assists and Kyle Heim with a goal. Mason Maddox also had one assist that helped the G-Men chalk up another victory.

The G-Men took on Ravenna later in the week and defeated them as well with a score of 3-1. Scoring goals for the G-Men were Ante Dejanovic two and Travis Gorby one. They were assisted by Noah Reider, Mason Maddox and Sean Tannehill.

On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, the boys traveled to Woodridge and kept their streak alive, by winning 2-1 over the Bulldogs.  Goals were scored by Ante Dejanovic and Noah Reider. Reider was also credited with an assist.  Garfield Goal Keeper Nick Crawford had eight saves on the day

On Thursday, September 12, 2013, the boys were on the road again and traveled to Southeast High School. The game was a white-knuckle game as both teams fought hard and in the end, the G-Men took a 1-0 lead on an Isaac Cumberledge goal. This was the only goal of the game, giving the G-Men the win and keeping the streak alive. The G-Men have a 9-0 record and are 5-0 in the Portage Trail Conference (PTC).

The Lady G-Men played host to Streetsboro and were not gracious hosts, as the Lady G-Men held Streetsboro to zero goals. Garfield’s Goal Keeper Taylor Brown had seven saves. The Lady G-Men took 11 shots at the goal, with goals scored by Erin Shea and Meghan Kenesky. Abby Woolard was credited with the assists.

The Lady G-Men also played host to the Ravenna Ravens and were far more accomodating with Ravenna than they were with Streetsboro. Ravenna defeated the Lady G-Men by a score 3-1. The only goal scored was by Alicia Witte with Megan Kenesky assisting. The Lady G-Men goal keepers, Taylor Brown saved four and Emma Harvey was credited with two saves. Ravenna took eight shots on the goal, while Garfield only had six.

The Lady G-Men also travelled to Woodridge on Tuesday September 10th and suffered a 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs. Madison Geddes scored the only goal for the Lady G-Men. Garfield had only four shots on the goal and Goal Keeper Taylor Brown had two saves.

On September 12th, the Lady G-Men had another rough game as they traveled to Southeast to face the Lady Pirates. In the end, the Lady Pirates finished on top, 2-0, giving the Lady G-Men their third straight loss. The Lady G-Men have an over all record of 4-5 and 2-3 in the PTC.

The next game will be September 26, 2013 at Streetsboro. The boys and girls rotate who has the first game. The boys will play at 5pm on Thursday and the girls play at 7 pm.

 

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Students and faculty at Crestwood’s Primary and Intermediate Schools will ring in the tenth school year in the same way they celebrated the first one; with a concert by national children’s musician and author Jim Gill. Gill has performed for early childhood educators, families and children’s librarians across the country, and on September 25th, he will again be sharing his playful songs and active play with students and faculty of Crestwood Schools. 

Mantua – Imagine millions of pinwheels spinning in the wind. Pinwheels around the world in Great Britain, South America, the Middle East, and here in Mantua, Ohio. Yes, on Friday, September 20th, in honor of the International Day of Peace, Crestwood students will take part in an international art and literacy project called “Pinwheels for Peace.” On Friday, students will plant hand-made pinwheels with messages of peace at Crestwood Intermediate & Primary Schools as an art installation and public statement of peace.