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NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS’ DIGITAL MAGAZINE FOR THE COMMUNITY

DISTRICT LAUNCHES NEW THEME

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Vision: Our educational community will be a model in identifying individual student needs and providing comprehensive support.

FOCUSED ON INSPIRING GREATNESS AT NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS By Greg Gurka, Superintendent North Royalton City Schools Greetings and thank you for taking the time to read our latest edition of the district’s Bear Way digital magazine. We have a lot of things happening in our district as you will see from the pages that follow. When we began the year with our theme of Inspire Great and hoping to chronicle all the wonderful activities that occur, I could never have imagined that it would grow like it has. The link #NRinspiregreat is filled with stories, pictures and descriptions of things that are happening in our schools each and every day. By following your principal or teacher (or me @gurkag) you can see first hand how hard of our staff and students work. I want to take a moment to congratulate our Board of Education for receiving the Ohio School Boards Association Northeast Region

Board of Education Outstanding Team award. This award is given to Boards of Education who not only are involved in advocacy for public schools, but also work together for a common goal of bettering public education. I cannot think of a more deserving group as they focus on doing what is best for our schools and our community to keep both moving forward. Congratulations! As you know, Issue 116 on the November 8th ballot is critical for the future of our district and our community. Education has changed and our facilities are no longer able to offer the flexibility and the spaces that allow staff to work with our students on collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity. I am not saying that they are not making attempts to do this because they are and they are working very hard at it. However, they can only do so much with the spaces we have. In addition, the new additions at the high school will allow us to have up to date science classrooms and other spaces that will allow us to expand our educational offerings

to meet all students needs to help them be college and career ready. John Dewey once said “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” The world has changed and continues to change. School districts around us and around the state have or are embarking on the same projects as we are doing. In order for our students to compete with them at the next level, we have to offer them the same opportunities. I encourage you to educate yourself and make an informed decision on November 8. Click here for more information. I welcome your thoughts and comments. Please call me at 440-582-9030 or email me at greg.gurka@northroyaltonsd.org. All of us at North Royalton City Schools wish you and your families a wonderful autumn season. Greg Gurka Superintendent North Royalton City Schools

What exactly is the “Bear Way?” It’s not just a saying, or title of a magazine, but a way of life here in our district. It is a sense of pride students have in their schoolwork and how they manage their extracurricular activities while keeping an eye on succeeding academically. It is a sense of pride teachers have when they continually go the extra mile to make sure every student receives a personalized eduation and succeeds.

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SCHOOL BUILDINGS ALBION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Grades K-4) Vince Ketterer, Principal 9360 Albion Rd. North Royalton, Ohio 44133 Phone 440-582-9060 ROYAL VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Grades Preschool-4) Kirk Pavelich, Principal 13220 Ridge Rd. North Royalton, Ohio 44133 Phone 440-582-9080 VALLEY VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Grades K-4) Jeff Hill, Principal 4049 Wallings Rd. North Royalton, Ohio 44133 Phone 440-582-9101 NORTH ROYALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 5-8) Jeff Cicerchi, Principal 14709 Ridge Rd. North Royalton, Ohio 44133 Phone 440-582-9120 NORTH ROYALTON HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12) Sean Osborne, Principal 14713 Ridge Rd. North Royalton, Ohio 44133 Phone 440-582-7801

Inspiring and Empowering Learners . . . North Royalton City Schools #NRinspiregreat

ADMINISTRATION

BOARD OF EDUCATION

6579 Royalton Rd. North Royalton, Ohio 44133 Phone 440-237-8800 Superintendent | Greg Gurka | 440-582-9030 Treasurer | Biagio Sidoti | 440-582-9045 Assistant Superintendent | Jim Presot | 440-582-9034 Director of Personnel | Pat Farrell | 440-582-9036 Director of Curriculum & Instruction | Melissa Vojta | 440-582-9038 Director of Pupil Services | Julie Bogden | 440-582-9140 (Health/Nursing Services, Home Schooling, Residency/Custody, Special Education Programs & Services, Gifted Services)

Director of Instructional Technology and Preschool Coordinator | Mike McGinnis | 440-582-9055 Central Registration | Rosanne Kacenjar | 440-582-9131 Communication | Charlene Paparizos | 440-582-9031 Food Services | Sue Rudolph | 440-582-9041 Maintenance | Dave Albert | 440-582-9043 Technology | John Nickell | 440-582-9042 Transportation | Joe Marcinowski | 440-582-9151 Before and After School Care (at Valley Vista Elementary) | 440-582-9108

Mrs. Jackie Arendt jackie.arendt@ northroyaltonsd.org 440-230-1567

Dr. Susan G. Clark susan.clark@ northroyaltonsd.org 440-582-5825

Dr. John H. Kelly john.kelly@ northroyaltonsd.org 440-552-0864

Mrs. Heidi Dolezal heidi.dolezal@ northroyaltonsd.org 440-237-8258

Mrs. Anne Reinkober anne.reinkober@ northroyaltonsd.org 440-582-3281

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INSPIRE GREAT!

The North Royalton City Schools kicked off the 201617 school year with a theme that sums up the district’s mission: to “inspire and empower learners.” Launched at the staff convocation meeting on August 22, “Inspire Great,” are now two words that everyone in the North Royalton/Broadview Heights communities see and hear because everything the district does is focused on inspiring greatness. “We hope this new theme sends a positive message to our community of who we are, who we want to be, and what we strive to work at everyday,” said Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools. “Our district is taking teaching and learning above and beyond, embracing the 4Cs for student-centered learning: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. We want to inspire great education, great opportunities, and great tools and resources for bright futures.” The district is tracking all of its efforts by using the social media hashtag #NRinspiregreat. “Each and every time we do something in our classrooms, cafeterias,

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gyms, fields, and stage that inspires great, we want to share it with the world,” said Gurka. “We have great expectations...for our students, for our classrooms, for how we teach, and for how we learn. You will see more stories and posts on students collaborating, using technology to learn, or being creative instantaneously.” Goals to Inspire Great at North Royalton City Schools include: • To empower learners by supporting their passions with the education to allow them to accomplish their goals, whatever they may be. • To provide students a well rounded, rigorous education to prepare them for their future in this competitive, global society. • To offer programming that exposes students to opportunities that they may not have known they have a passion about. • To provide meaningful opportunities and experiences to all students that foster collaboration, encourage communication, develop critical thinking skills, and ignite creativity. • To inspire students, teachers, and staff to exemplify


their values and beliefs each and every day through their words and actions in school and in giving back to their community. To have heart and compassion for those around us. • To inspire and empower learners! “Our beliefs, vision and mission for who we are as a district will continue to guide us and with determination and the passion of perseverance, we will definitely inspire great!” said Gurka. “We are a district that strives to build positive, meaningful relationships with all students, parents and our community. We ask the community to join us and ask: How can I help inspire others to be “great” today?” A more complete definition of “Inspire Great” can be found on the homepage of the district website. The community also is encouraged to follow the hashtag #NRinspiregreat on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

#NRinspiregreat follow the hashtag for updates on how we "Inspire Great" at North Royalton City Schools

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WELCOME NEW STAFF: HIGH SCHOOL Kimberly Arbogast, Aide Sharon Bohland, Cafeteria Worker Judy Bruce, Cafeteria Worker Allison Jericho, English/RtI Amy Franczak, Speech-Language Pathologist Marilyn Miller, Government Terri Pfister, Spanish William Van Jura, AP Social Studies MIDDLE SCHOOL Lisa Adkins, Cleaner Angela Bazzo, Grade 8 Math/Science Erin Calabrese, Assistant Principal Kaylee Habeeb, Grade 7 Math Gabrielle Heinemann, RtI/Title I Kalee Moore, Grade 6 ELA Rachel Nelson, Aide Raluca Paulesc, Aide Charles Pekar, Cleaner Veronica Sefchik, Intervention Specialist Nicholas Tatoczenko, Intervention Specialist

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ALBION ELEMENTARY Emily Krause, Intervention Specialist Lauryn Mewhinney, Intervention Specialist Laura Stricker, Grade 3 ROYAL VIEW ELEMENTARY Amanda Fulton, RtI/Title I Jennifer Kramer, Aide Jo Anna Lint, Aide Olga Zhakunets, Grade 3 VALLEY VISTA ELEMENTARY Elizabeth Boyer, Grade 3 Amy Brenner, Grade 3 Nikki Kaminski, Aide Emily Koziol, RtI/Title I (All 3 Elementary Buildings) CENTRAL OFFICE Kayla Lopez, Information Management Specialist (EMIS)


NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS

PUBLISHES QUALITY PROFILE

On September 15, school districts throughout Ohio released a comprehensive, community-oriented companion to the State’s School District Report Card. Called a “Quality Profile,” the report includes additional accountability measures that better define a high quality education and are not included in the State’s report. North Royalton City Schools has placed its Quality Profile report on its website homepage and on the Board of Education page. The Quality Profile examines the elements of a quality public education as defined by residents of the community. Its content is divided into six categories: academics, arts, student leadership and activities, fiscal stewardship, parent and community involvement, and student services. “This Quality Profile reflects a complete, qualitative overview of our district. The efforts of our parents and community members are an important part of our success and I want to thank everyone for their support of our students, staff and programs,” said Superintendent Greg Gurka.

NORTH ROYALTON SCHOOL BOARD RECEIVES OSBA

NE REGION OUTSTANDING SCHOOL BOARD TEAM OF THE YEAR!

Last year was the first year this award was given by the Ohio School Boards Association, with three school boards earning it. Out of a 19-county area, North Royalton is the only Board of Education to receive this distinction in 2016.

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DOLLARS AND CENTS

by Treasurer Biagio Sidoti, North Royalton City Schools

Property Valuation The Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer (Auditor) recently completed the valuation of all properties located in Cuyahoga County. As a school community, our taxable valuation increased from $1,043,392,780 in calendar year 2014 to $1,058,869,750 in calendar year 2015. The $15,476,970 (1.5%) increase consists of $6,953,530 of new construction and $8,523,440 of existing real estate properties. Given the information provided, the majority of our residential property owners should have seen a decline in their property taxes from calendar year 2014 to calendar year 2015 which ranged from $20 to $35 per year. The decrease is the result of House Bill 920. House Bill 920 was passed by the State Legislature in 1976 with the objective of keeping property taxes constant during periods of inflationary growth. The law requires the tax rate to be lowered by approximately the same percentage property values are increased by the County Auditor. In calendar year 2014, North Royalton City Schools levied 41.88 mill of taxes to fund its operations. House Bill 920 lowered the mills to 41.64 mills for residential and agricultural real estate. In essence, House Bill 920 removes inflationary growth in revenue which in turn requires school districts in Ohio to periodically place tax issues on the ballot for voter approval in order to receive additional revenue to offset rising costs. There are certain instances when property taxes do not decrease from one year to the next. The passage of an additional or replacement levy by the county, city, or school district in the prior year will cause property taxes to increase. Another factor for an increase in property taxes is an increase in property value during triennial updates conducted

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every three years or during reappraisal updates conducted every six years or new construction causing an increase in property value.

Two and One-Half Percent Tax Reduction on Owner Occupied Home Please take the time to make sure you are receiving your owner occupied tax reduction and/ or your homestead exemption if you qualify. You are entitled to a 2.5% reduction on your principal place of residence if you own or occupy that residence. Every property owner is entitled to this 2.5% reduction on one property in Ohio. Married couples are entitled to one property reduction. This reduction is usually applied for at the time of real estate transfer. The reduction is reflected on your property tax bill or online as owner occupancy credit (OCC).

Homestead Exemption You may also be entitled to a homestead exemption if you are 65 years of age, going to be 65 years of age in the year you make the application, became totally and permanently disabled as of January 1 in the year of application or you are at least 59 years of age and the surviving spouse of a person who was receiving the credit. An application needs to be completed with the Auditor in order to obtain this exemption. The exemption is approximately $563 per year for a North Royalton resident and $590 per year for a Broadview Heights resident that is in the North Royalton City School District. The exemption, if you qualify, is reflected on your tax bill or online as homestead reduction amount.


ALBION ELEMENTARY STUDENTS MEET JOHNNY APPLESEED On Monday, September 26, students at Albion Elementary in North Royalton celebrated Johnny Appleseed’s birthday. Many of the classes spent the day reading Johnny Appleseed folklore and poems. They also created art and did other apple related projects. The highlight of the day was when Albion Elementary Principal, Vince Ketterer, dressed as Johnny Appleseed, stopped by each classroom to discuss what the students were learning.

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VALLEY VISTA ELEMENTARY PTA NAMED 2016-2018 NATIONAL PTA SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE On September 1, the National PTA named Valley Vista Elementary PTA a 2016-2018 National PTA School of Excellence. More than 170 schools across the nation received this recognition for their leadership and accomplishments nationwide in building strong, effective family-school partnerships. PTAs and schools then work together to address barriers and create new ways for families to support student success. The National PTA School of Excellence designation is awarded when a PTA and school have

achieved a high level of family engagement or when a PTA and school have made substantive, positive improvement in families’ perceptions by the end of the school year. “Valley Vista’s PTA has been so caring, thoughtful and committed to our staff, parents, building and most importantly our students,” said Valley Vista Principal, Jeff Hill. “I am so proud to be part of this great group of dedicated individuals, this honor is well deserved.”

ALBION ELEMENTARY OPENS LENDING LIBRARY WITH MORE THAN 1,500 BOOKS America’s Book Shelf (ABS) is a success at Albion Elementary. Thank you to all of the families, teachers and Discover Books for donating books last school year. More than 1,500 books went home with Albion students from the start of the program from February through June. This year we are aiming to get over 5,000 books into students’ hands. The goal of the program is to provide constant access to high-quality books for children. If you have any gently loved books that your child has enjoyed, but is no longer using please donate your books to ABS. There is a donation bin in Albion’s lobby. For more information on ABS check out www. DreamDog.org or if you have questions or would like to volunteer email larashiplett@yahoo.com.

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NORTH ROYALTON STUDENTS USE FLEXIBLE SEATING TO INCREASE FOCUS IN THE CLASSROOM Fourth grade students at Royal View Elementary in Mrs. Cindy Richard’s and Mrs. Brittany Troyer’s co-teaching classroom are using flexible seating to increase focus and productivity every day. Research has shown that students are able to focus and do their best work and stay focused when they are comfortable. As a result, students are able to use padded crate seats, stability balls, wobble cushions and standing desks throughout the day. “We felt that with the varied needs of students in our co-teaching classroom, these opportunities would allow for more focus and overall productivity,” said Richards. “It has been very apparent that our students’ focus has improved with the new seating options.” At North Royalton Middle School, Mrs. Sarah Franko and Mrs. Meredith Stanton are also doing flexible seating in their classrooms. Franko says students are making responsible choices and she is excited to see what the future will hold in expanding this concept in her classroom.

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FOURTH GRADE SPIRIT NIGHT AT MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME A SUCCESS

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North Royalton Middle School and all three elementary schools teamed up to host the first annual NRMS Fourth Grade Spirit Night during the seventh grade football game against Wadsworth on Tuesday, September 6. More than 150 fourth grade students who chose to participate took a bus from their respective elementary buildings to the middle school at the end of their school day on Tuesday. Once they arrived, they

were greeted by eighth grade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leaders at NRMS, who led them to the Purple Gym and eventually Serpentini Stadium. North Royalton Middle School Principal Jeff Cicerchi came up with the idea of hosting “Tailgate Parties” for students to attend middle school athletic events in 2011, when he was an assistant principal at the building. Royal

View Principal Kirk Pavelich said he was excited for the event and hopes it becomes a new tradition. “I’ll always cherish the memory of attending the first Tailgate Party when I was principal at NRMS,” said Pavelich. “I believe this event will become just as popular, as it is an excellent way to help our students make the eventual transition to middle school.”

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NORTH ROYALTON HIGH SCHOOL BEGINS OFFERING ASIAN FOOD OPTION AT LUNCH North Royalton High School is now offering made-to-order Asian-inspired stir fry. Stir fry will be available in Cafe1 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and in Cafe2 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The meal includes stir fry in a takeout container with chopsticks, fruit, milk and fortune cookie and will cost $4. Students can spice up their dish with assorted sauces.

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GOOGLE EXPEDITION OF 9/11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM HELPS NORTH ROYALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TO ‘NEVER FORGET’

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Google Expeditions is a virtual reality experience that requires the use of a SmartPhone and a viewer to place the phone in. The teacher is the “guide” and the students get to tour places around the world with a 360 degree view. On September 13, seventh grade students at North Royalton Middle School took an expedition to the 9/11 Memorial Museum to help these children “never forget.” Students were able to virtually experience the multitude of emotions, artifacts and history of the museum firsthand without having to travel to New York.

“Mrs. Sprunger and I are excited to give our students the opportunity to immerse themselves in history and experience what it is really like to visit locations around the world,” said Andrea Lemmer, M.S., Ed, seventh grade English/Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher at North Royalton Middle School. “Google Expeditions provides the chance for our students to see and learn about things in a ‘real’ way that we likely otherwise would never be able to. Our hope is to increase excitement and enthusiasm in my students about learning history.”

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HIGHLIGHTS OF GRANDPARENTS’ DAY AT ROYAL VIEW ELEMENTARY SEPTEMBER 12

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TEACHING TEAM BUILDING THROUGH EDUCATIONAL GAMES

Teaching team building through educational games. . . Outstanding collaboration! - LeeAnn Cichon, North Royalton Middle School Sixth Grade Math Teacher #NRinspiregreat

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RAISING THE FLAG TO BEGIN A NEW SCHOOL DAY

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NATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

On Wednesday, September 21, over 60 North Royalton Middle School seventh and eighth graders were inducted into the National Honor Society. The following students were inducted: Atheer Amer; Jillian Baracz; Julia Barnett; Kaitlyn Bockelman; Tyler Bodily; Paul Boersma; Mackenzie Brunecz; Jake Bulkowski; Hannah Bunder; Owen Butler; Michael Camardo; Angela Carozza; Sean Charles; Aidan Connor; David Cooper; Lauren Devney; Jacob Dezzutt;, Alayna Dietrich; Hailey Dyson; Connor Hain; Natalie Harvey; Paige Heffke; Katelyn Hoffman; Trista Horvath; Cole Huzl; Tyler Jenkins; Lindsay Johnstone; Jocelyn Jones; Michael Kelly; Taylor Klaiber; Brianna Knull; Noelle Kostyack; Abigail Kramer; Emily Krusinski; Delaney Lineweaver; Abigael Link; Christopher Linne; Julia Liptak; Brandon Lobianco; Peyton Maciak; Jayden Meluch; Emily Michalak; Hayden Miller; Riley Miller; Killian O’Callahan; Andrew Osborne; Anthony Paetzke; Mira Patel; Breanna Rightnour; Alexandra Rodopoulos; Anthony Rohloff; Katelyn Sandborn; Elza Scaria; Muskan Shergill; Paige Sheroke; Emily Shuck; Nina Simonelli; Savannah Skorepa; Nathaniel Sprecher; Garrett Sprunger; Adam Swab; Nicholas Taylor; Jaden Tri-Leanza; Aidan Wagner; Julianna Watrobski; Nathan Weagraff; Maelei Williams; Illya Yefymenko and Madison Yuzwa.

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WAY TO GO VALLEY VISTA “GIRLS ON THE RUN”

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NICK MACKAY RECOGNIZED FOR EARNING RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT

At the September 12 Board of Education meeting, Nick MacKay, a North Royalton High School student was recognized for earning the rank of Eagle Scout. On the trail to Eagle, a scout must complete a service project. Nick’s outreach was to support his former elementary school, Albion Elementary. Nick raised money, acquired donations, organized volunteers, planned and implemented the revitalization of the Albion Butterfly Garden. “The space is now alive and beautiful,” said Principal Vince Ketterer. “We recognize Nick’s work, but also want to recognize what a wonderful example he is to our younger students. Nick provided them with a great example of leadership, volunteerism, and service to our community.”

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NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS SELECT LOCAL BUSINESSES FOR OHIO SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION’S BUSINESS HONOR ROLL

North Royalton City Schools selected Mastro’s 3-Spot, Sports Rehabilitation Consultants, First Federal of Lakewood and Lineweaver Financial Group as the 2016 Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) Business Honor Roll. These businesses were selected for their strong support of the North Royalton City Schools. School-business partnerships greatly benefit all involved. Local businesses play a crucial role in supporting their communities’ schools. Just as businesses support their schools, it’s equally important that schools and communities support their local merchants and service providers. Superintendent Greg Gurka, Assistant Superintendent Jim Presot and Board President Jackie Arendt presented the businesses with a certificate in recognition of their achievement at their places of business earlier this school year.

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THERAPY DOG VISITS STUDENTS AT NORTH ROYALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL On Friday, September 23, students in Janel Kauffman’s North Royalton Middle School seventh grade class had a special visit by a therapy dog, Luca. Luca’s owner and supervisor of community counseling for Ohio Guidestone, Rivienne Levin, discussed the differences between therapy and service dogs and allowed the students to interact with Luca and even try some commands with him. Both the students and teachers at the middle school enjoyed Luca’s visit.

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STOMP OUT BULLYING AT NORTH ROYALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL STOMP Out Bullying . . . Students at North Royalton Middle School wore blue t-shirts on October 3: KIND = AWESOME! STOMP Out Bullying is the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the United States.

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NORTH ROYALTON HEALTH, WELLNESS & COMMUNITY EXPO On Saturday, October 3, North Royalton City Schools teamed up with North Royalton Mayor Robert Stefanik’s office as well as Sports Rehabilitation Consultants to host the “North Royalton Health, Wellness and Community Expo,” the annual 5K Bear Run/Walk and Pancake Breakfast. The Expo took place at North Royalton High School with events running from 8 am until noon. Mayor Stefanik started the day with a free pancake and sausage breakfast while the North Royalton Schools’

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Student Turkey Trot and food drive took place to benefit the North Royalton Food Bank. However, the Food Bank wasn’t the only way participants could give back to the less fortunate during the event. North Royalton Cub Scout Pack 526 along with a truck from Easter Seals held a “Fill the Truck” clothing, shoes and linen drive, too. The 5K Bear Run/Walk kicked off at 9 am along with the health and wellness portion of the expo. From 9 until noon, guests took advantage of getting their flu and pneumonia

vaccinations, as well as donating blood to the Red Cross. Guests were also able to receive health screenings from representatives of the University Hospitals Parma Medical Center. Ronald McDonald and the North Royalton Bear were also in attendance and posed for pictures with the guests. Before the morning was over a Martial Arts Anti-Bullying Demo and a K-9 Demo courtesy of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department took place.


“We are so grateful for the many sponsors and people involved in making this expo a success. This is a great way to bring the community together to not only stress the importance of being healthy, but to also have some fun.� said North Royalton City Schools Superintendent Greg Gurka.

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NORTH ROYALTON EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION PASTA DINNER HIGHLIGHTS On October 7, more than 250 pasta dinners were served in the NRMS cafeteria at the North Royalton Educational Foundation’s (NREF) Annual Pasta Dinner. Many NREF members served in a variety of roles to make this event successful. Proceeds benefit students with scholarships and teachers with grants to purchase items that will enrich their teaching. Special thanks to . . . NR Alumni Association - desserts High School Royal Harmony- music performance Middle School Student Council - sold tickets for raffle items and sold spirit wear items for the face Thanks also to the many staff members who volunteered their time to make this a successful event and the community who supports the NREF. The North Royalton Educational Foundation provides grants that enhance the educational opportunities in the North Royalton City Schools as well as provide scholarships and awards to the students.

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HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING 2016

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North Royalton High School students Emily Butler and Giana Parsons had a great time talking about their school live on FOX8 in the Morning

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IS A FOX8 COOL SCHOOL! Click here to watch the FOX8 video featuring North Royalton High School as their latest “Cool School!” You’ll see how we inspire and empower learners every day in NORO Nation! #NRinspiregreat From the FOX8 story: NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio-- At nearly 1,600 students strong, North Royalton High School is FOX 8’s latest “Cool School.” Students and school leaders say the large student body feels surprisingly like a tight knit. “We’re so awesome because we come together when we need to and even when we don’t need to,” said Gina Parsons, a senior at the high school. Principal Sean Osborne said he inspires great leaders while making all students feel comfortable at school. As a North Royalton 1989 graduate, Osborne recently came back to the school district. He said he wanted to make a difference in the community that gave him a successful start in life.

North Royalton is often referred to as NoRo Nation. Osborne said the focus is on the sports, academics and the arts. Danielle Vivcharenko is proof of the latter. She was nominated for a Dazzle Award what she describes as a high school Tony for her role in the play “Big Fish.” “I got to work with a Tony-nominated director down at Playhouse,” Vivcharenko said. “I got to perform at the Connor Palace Theatre and I just got so many opportunities because of doing what I love right here at home.” NoRo is one of a few remaining schools that still offers metal and home maintenance classes. Over the years, Osborne said the high school was ranked in the nation’s top 1,000 public high schools in Newsweek.

“What really makes North Royalton High School special is we are a family,” Osborne said.

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NORTH ROYALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS INCORPORATE

LEARNING WITH COLLECTING POKÉMON AFTER SCHOOL North Royalton Middle School fifth, sixth and seventh grade students have begun searching for Pokémon after school with computer education teacher, Kathy Zamborsky. Over the summer, Kathy’s daughter became interested in Pokémon Go as it gained popularity all over the world. Being a computer teacher, Kathy decided to investigate the game. At the start of the new school year, she created a bulletin board at the middle school to share safety tips and fun facts related to the game like math applications and information about the City of North Royalton. “I thought this would be a good way to relate to the students,” said Zamborsky. “It wasn’t long before I found there were quite a few students interested in the game. That was when I emailed my students asking if they would want to go ‘hunting’ with me and the popularity grew.”

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The Pokémon hunts are fun, but also educational as Zamborsky goes over safety rules, such as always traveling with a partner, and to look both ways when crossing the street. She stresses the importance of exercise and tracks the number of steps the group takes via her Fit Bit. The students are also encouraged to strategize and analyze to help collect and evolve the Pokémon characters they find. On their latest trip, the group learned some local history by listening to a narrative from John Sheppard before visiting the North Royalton Cemetery. At the cemetery, the students not only searched for Pokémon but also had many discussions about the design of the headstones and the dates on them. Some other trips have consisted of visiting the City Green and Memorial Park. “Being the computer teacher, I like to involve as much technology as possible, like encouraging my students to check their email to find out about the next outing,” said Zamborski. “The students are really enjoying themselves and I’m sure its popularity will keep growing.”


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NORTH ROYALTON STUDENTS STAND AGAINST DISTRACTED DRIVING

On Monday, September 19, students at North Royalton High School and Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School built full-size hot rods at their respective schools in order to illustrate exactly why distracted driving is so dangerous. The cars are now on display at the high schools as part of an ongoing education and outreach campaign aimed at addressing the top 10 distractions drivers are tempted with when behind the wheel. Texder’s Distracted Driving Crusade (www.texderscrusade. com) is a campaign developed by partners Joe Watson and Jim Gundlach of local company, Go Big Creative Lab.

His hot rod, Wipeout, is the centerpiece of the campaign and serves as a visual reminder and interactive vehicle for getting teens and adults thinking about their dangerous driving habits and making positive changes. Once assembled, the car is mostly blank with room for students to sign after they have read the distracted driving pledge that is printed on the roof of the vehicle. While the pledge car is on display there are video lessons, announcements, and displays that address the most common distractions – from cell phones and daydreaming to eating and grooming – for wrap around programming.

Building upon their expertise at creating large public art sculptures built from blocks personalized by participants, Watson and Gundlach turned their attention to educating people about the dangers of distracted driving. “We thought this was an area where we could use our creative energy to have a lot of impact on an important health and safety issue,” explains Watson. “As we looked around we found a real lack of impactful options for teaching teens and adults about distracted driving. From there Texder was born.”

Through October 1, North Royalton and Brecksville-Broadview Heights High Schools competed to get the most safe driving pledges. The opportunity to commit to ending distraction extends beyond students to their friends and families with an online pledge option.

Texder is the fearless leader of the Distracted Driving Crusade. He is a skeleton character with an attitude and a group of misfit friends that star in a series of short video lessons that illustrate the dangers of being distracted behind the wheel.

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Support for the campaign materials was provided by State Farm, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Injury Prevention Center, North Royalton Police Department, Partnership for a Healthy North Royalton, and State Farm Agent Savina Pavluk. These are the first two local schools that are participating in Texder’s Distracted Driving Crusade, with more schools planned throughout the 2016/2017 school year, especially during homecoming and prom season.


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SENIOR CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE GATHERS FOR FALL MEETING On Septmber 29, members of our North Royalton City Schools’ Senior Citizen Advisory Committee came together for their fall meeting. AP Spanish teacher Kelly Moore and some of her students explained how they incorporate interactive research and technology in their classes. Guests also were updated on other district happenings and also our “Inspire Great” initiative.

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ALBION ELEMENTARY TEACHER AWARDED TYNKER GRANT

In September, Albion Elementary Second Grade Teacher Amanda McClain was awarded the Tynker Grant. This grant makes it easy to teach computer programming with grade-specific courses for students to move at their own pace through staggered lessons to learn concepts and apply them creatively. McClain applied for this grant after a recommendation from district Curriculum Facilitator Ann Radefeld. McClain had begun teaching some coding to her students after participating in the Hour of Code activities last year. The Hour of Code was a one hour introduction to computer science, designed to make code easy to show that anyone can learn the basics. Many of McClain’s students showed an interest in coding after these activities that prompted her to teach more coding and apply for the grant this school year. “Tynker is a very kid-friendly way to learn computer science,” said McClain. “The students are really enjoying what they are learning.”

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Sharing thoughts, questions, ideas, and solutions

Looking at problems in a new way, linking learning across subjects & disciplines

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Working together to reach a goal — putting talent, expertise, and smarts to work

Trying new approaches to get things done equals innovation & invention


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO . . . “Great” may be one of the most overused words in the English language. It is a comfort word that we use to fill space. We all use it to lethargically and mindlessly to answer or describe anything and everything that hovers just above the average mark. “How was your weekend? Great!” “How have you been? Great.” “You do a great job.” “Great concert! Great game! Great effort!” “Great answer!” “You look great.” “The yard looks great!” The word GREAT has been stripped of its meaning, its beauty and purpose. However, when you add “inspire” to the phrasing, something powerful happens. The lazy word, great, goes through a transformation. It changes not the meaning or definition, but the feeling we hold for the word. Inspire Great. By placing that simple verb in front, the passion and the power of our word, great,are once again returned. It takes on a whole new meaning. “Great” is no longer just a descriptor, a grammatical part of speech. It no longer is just an adjective or adverb. Now, great is a powerful choice. It means that someone has taken the steps or measures toward becoming better. It becomes a quest for the top, a race to be first or a drive to be better than you are. Better than the rest. It is now a moment in time or an event that results in pride and satisfaction. It is the sum of our labor. Great now holds a history. A history of hard work and dedication, a path of change, choices and true grit. The additional placement of inspire forces our comfortable word, great, to become uncomfortable. It is no longer easy or mindless. The move towards great takes the courage to truly and honestly reexamine and with maximum effort, change course when needed. Great is calculated, tactical and strategic. Great doesn’t just happen. We identify great in our championship teams, our heroic figures, our stories of the underdog fighting for the win. Inspire great, transcends all genres, all venues. It need not be grandiose with

awards and ribbons. Add NR before Inspire Great and the meaning becomes even more relevant to our own schools and community. It is the teacher that spends countless hours planning lessons and developing professionally to bring new, fresh ideas to student learning. It is the custodian who works tirelessly to make sure buildings are spotless, ready for students, and takes great pride in his/her work. It is the bus driver that studies, practices, and fine tunes his/her skills. Great is the struggling reader that knows he/she is behind but works harder than his/her classmates every single day, before school, in class, and during intervention and recess. Great is the athlete who trains with intensity, yet still puts academics first. Great are the artists, musicians, and thespians who brighten lives with their talent. This is what creates a champion and this is what takes us to great. Great is a devotion to being better. It is a commitment to take action. Because it is not easy or comfortable, great needs inspired. It needs to be recharged, fueled and fed. Without inspiration great can become just good. Sometimes it needs a push. Great needs its cheerleader, it needs encouragement and acknowledgment. To choose the path of great, most of us need a little inspiration, someone to believe in us or someone to help us believe in ourselves. Great never happens alone, it always needs a partner. Where there is one, you will always find the other. Inspire Great . . . North Royalton City Schools’ style. We are kicking off this new school year in North Royalton with a theme that sums up our goal . . . Inspire Great! We are a district that is child-centered, warm, and welcoming. We are a district that strives to build positive, meaningful relationships with all students, parents, and our community.

Our goals to Inspire Great at North Royalton City Schools include: • • • • • •

To empower learners by supporting their passions with the education to allow them to accomplish their goals, whatever they may be. To provide students a well-rounded, rigorous education to prepare them for their future in this competitive, global society. To offer programming that exposes students to opportunities that they may not have known they have a passion about. To provide meaningful opportunities and experiences to all students that foster collaboration, encourage communication, develop critical thinking skills, and ignite creativity. To inspire students, teachers, and staff to exemplify their values and beliefs each and every day through their words and actions in school and in giving back to their community. To have heart and compassion for those around us. To inspire and empower learners!

Will you join us? Ask yourself. . . “How can I help inspire others to be great?”

Follow the hashtag #NRinspiregreat on Twitter and Facebook for updates on how we Inspire Great at North Royalton City Schools

#NRinspiregreat

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The North Royalton Schools & First Federal of Lakewood

Crystal Starfish Award

Teachers play a pivotal role in our children’s lives. The North Royalton Schools/First Federal of Lakewood Crystal Starfish Award honors those teachers that are “making a difference above and beyond” each year. If you know of a teacher that deserves special recognition, nominate them for the Crystal Starfish Award, a celebration of teaching excellence in North Royalton.

Name of Teacher you are nominating: Grade level/Subject they teach: How has this teacher made a difference in your life or the life of a student? (use back if needed)

Nomination Submitted by: (may be more than one person) Address: Phone: Relationship to Nominee: q Student q Colleague

q Parent

q Community Member

NOMINATION DEADLINE: November 11, 2016 Send nominations to “Crystal Starfish Award” • 6579 Royalton Road, North Royalton, OH 44133 Winner will be recognized December 2016 and will receive a Crystal Starfish Award as well as a $250 Professional Development grant from First Federal of Lakewood. In addition, they will receive a $50 gift certificate to Cleat’s restaurant and flowers from Independence Flowers & Gifts.

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Nominate That Special Staff Member The North Royalton Schools & First Federal of Lakewood

Crystal Starfish Award

Support staff members play a pivotal role in our children’s lives. The North Royalton Schools/First Federal of Lakewood Crystal Starfish Award honors those support staff members that are “making a difference above and beyond” each year. If you know of a support staff member that deserves special recognition, nominate them for the Crystal Starfish Award, a celebration of employee excellence in North Royalton.

Name of Support Staff Member you are nominating: Title/Building they work at: How has this individual made a difference in your life or the life of a student? (use back if needed)

Nomination Submitted by: (may be more than one person) Address: Phone: Relationship to Nominee: q Student q Colleague

q Parent

q Community Member

NOMINATION DEADLINE: November 11, 2016 Send nominations to “Crystal Starfish Award” • 6579 Royalton Road, North Royalton, OH 44133 Winner will be recognized December 2016 and will receive a Crystal Starfish Award as well as a $50 gift certificate to Cleat’s restaurant and flowers from Independence Flowers & Gifts.

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