WE INSPIRE AND EMPOWER LEARNERS
NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLSâ€™ DIGITAL MAGAZINE FOR THE COMMUNITY
2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR
Inspiring Greatness at North Royalton City Schools FALL 2018 Fall 2018
Vision: Our educational community will be a model in identifying individual student needs and providing comprehensive support.
MOVING FORWARD IN EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AT NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS Dear Community,
s the superintendent of North Royalton City Schools, I want to express my gratitude to the students, staff, parents and community for a wonderful start to the 2018-19 school year. It is through a collaborative effort of everyone that North Royalton is a special place to educate our children. There will be a renewal levy on the November 6 ballot. This levy is a renewal of three current emergency levies that will expire in 2019, 2020, and 2021. By combining into one issue, the District will save costs assessed by the Board of Elections to place an issue on the ballot and ease voter fatigue of having to vote on an issue three consecutive years. This renewal levy is for operating purposes and should not be confused with the bond issue that voters approved in May 2017. That bond issue of 4.4 mill, accompanied by the .5 mill maintenance levy, is allowing us to construct a new elementary school to replace our existing three aging buildings, complete renovations at our middle school, and renovate and rebuild our high school. As promised, of the 4.9 mill, only 3.1 mill are being collected until the 1.8 mill from the
middle school bonds expire at the end of 2018. At that time, the full 4.4 mill and .5 mill maintenance levy will be collected. In no way are we asking for the 1.8 mill to be renewed.
Funds from bonds can only be used for construction or renovation of buildings, major repairs and land purchases; they cannot be used for operating our educational programs. The renewal levy makes up the difference between funding from the state and federal government and the actual cost of operating a school district. The renewal levy pays for curricular materials and equipment, technology, bus transportation, special education and gifted programs. This renewal will not increase property taxes, regardless of the recent increase in our property values. The way school funding works is that an emergency levy can never collect more dollars than it was originally approved for. As property values increase, the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer will lower the millage to keep that collection consistent. North Royalton City Schools last asked for new operating dollars in May 2009. That levy was expected to last three years before additional funds were needed. Through sound financial practices, we have extended
that levy close to 10 years with the hope of extending it several more. However, it is critical that this renewal levy is approved to keep our current programs, maintain our services and keep our state funding. If you have questions, please contact me at greg.gurka@northroyaltonsd. org or our treasurer, Biagio Sidoti, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your time and support of this issue, which will not increase your taxes. I hope that you take a moment to read the many ways we are “inspiring great” throughout the District highlighted in this edition of the Bear Way. I welcome your thoughts and comments. Sincerely, 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
ADMINISTRATION 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
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BOARD OF EDUCATION
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 Director | Mike McGinnis | 440-582-9109 Communication | Charlene Paparizos | 440-582-9031 Food Services | Mary Ellen Feigi | 440-582-9041 Maintenance | Dave Albert | 440-582-9043 Transportation | Greg Hovan | 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 440-390-8794
Mrs. Heidi Dolezal heidi.dolezal@ northroyaltonsd.org 440-237-8258
Dr. John H. Kelly john.kelly@ northroyaltonsd.org 440-552-0864
Mrs. Anne Reinkober anne.reinkober@ northroyaltonsd.org 440-582-3281
NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS RENEWAL OPERATING LEVY - ISSUE 6 ON THE NO Explain the combination of three existing levies into one… The three current 10-year levies (2009, 2010, and 2011) will be combined into one 10-year renewal levy at no additional cost to the homeowner and placed on the November 6, 2018, ballot. • 2009 renewed levy generates $6.7 million/year »» This levy was supposed to last only three years but because of the District’s fiscal responsibility and conservative budgeting, was extended seven additional years. • 2010 renewed levy generates $6.7 million/year • 2011 renewed levy generates $4.4 million/year • Total: $17.8 million annually Will this operating levy cost more money for residents?
No. There is no additional cost. Issue 6 is a renewal levy and will not raise or change taxes for property owners. Renewal of these levies will continue the $2.3 million the state of Ohio contributes to the District. Will the increase in property values cause the cost of this levy to increase? NO! Issue 6 will not increase taxes, even if your property values increase. A school levy can only bring in the amount of dollars for which it was originally approved. If property values increase, the millage is reduced by the county only to collect the dollar amount it was approved for. Again, this levy will not increase your taxes.
How is the money from this operating levy used?
The money from this renewal operating levy is used to maintain current programs and services and the high-quality education provided by North Royalton City Schools. It is a significant portion of the District’s budget that continues the excellence in many aspects of our operations: curriculum, transportation, technology, and maintenance. What is the difference between a bond issue and an operating levy? A bond issue can only be used for construction of facilities. In 2017, the community passed the bond issue to allow our District to build a new elementary school, rebuild and renovate the high school and complete renovations at the middle school. An operating levy is used for day-to-day expenses to support the programs and services offered by the District. This includes personnel, materials, supplies, utilities and the like. Bond funds may not be used to pay for any operational expenses.
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Will the combined levy be permanent or subject to future renewals? If future renewals, how often (term of proposed levy)?
The combined levy will be subject for future renewal every 10 years. The District cannot operate without the three levies or the combined tax. Once again, this renewal levy is not a tax increase.
How was the decision made to combine these three levies into one?
We arrived at the decision through community engagement, specifically the Financial Advisory and Audit Committee, and has been openly discussed with residents during the past several years. It will serve our schools for at least another 10 years.
Who is on the Financial Advisory and Audit Committee? Is that a Board committee or an administration committee?
The members are Dave Arendt, Heidi Dolezal, Barry Ezell, Greg Gurka, Dennis Jackson, John Kelly, John Kohl, John Ranucci, Biagio Sidoti, Larry Sykora, and Paul Rossman. The Financial Advisory and Audit Committee is a Board committee.
The administration considered other options besides the combined levy. What were those options?
The options were placing the three issues individually on the ballot for the next three years, potentially incurring election expense of up to $67,500 per issue for a total of $202,500; combining two of the three issues on the ballot for the next two years, potentially incurring election expense of up to $67,500 per issue for a total of $135,000; or combining the three issues into one issue, thereby reducing voter fatigue, securing state of Ohio contribution, and incurring no election expense for November 6, 2018, due to the Ohio gubernatorial election.
OVEMBER 6 BALLOT
WILL NOT INCREASE TAXES
What would happen if Issue 6 failed on the ballot?
We would place each issue on the ballot individually for the next three years, which could potentially incur election expense of up to $67,500 per year and voter fatigue. If a new operating levy had to be passed instead of the renewal, the taxpayers would lose the 12.5% rollback on these levies that is currently paid for by the state of Ohio. This amounts to $2.3 million.
When was the last time a new operating levy was passed in the North Royalton City School District?
The last new operating levy was passed in May 2009. This levy was designed to last three years, and then the District would need to go back to the voters to ask for additional funding. Through sound financial practices, staffing decisions and conservative budgeting, the District has been able to stretch these dollars and does not need to ask for new money for the foreseeable future.
In Cuyahoga County, North Royalton has the . . . lowest total expenditures per pupil. second lowest administrative costs per pupil. second lowest revenue per pupil.
SUMMARY POINTS . . . • Issue 6 will not increase taxes. • Combining the three levies into one levy will save residents money. • These are operating dollars that provide programs/services for students. • Will continue the $2.3 million that the state of Ohio contributes to the District. • Subject to renewal every 10 years. • District can’t operate without the renewal levy. It is 35% of the annual operating budget. • This new levy replaces the other three existing levies. Those levies will not be collected anymore.
PTA Executive Board President Chris May talked with Superintendent Greg Gurka about the renewal operating levy (no tax increase) on the Nov. 6 ballot. CLICK HERE to watch the video. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Greg Gurka, Superintendent | 440/582-9030 email@example.com Biagio Sidoti, Treasurer | 440/582-9045 firstname.lastname@example.org www.northroyaltonsd.org/renewal.aspx
NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS Building a FACILITIES UPDATE North Royalton City Schools continues to build a strong foundation in education and facilities with the funds secured through the communityâ€™s support of the passage of the bond issue in May 2017. Here is an update on the progress. North Royalton Middle School The District is working with ThenDesign Architecture (TDA) and Hammond Construction on the replacement of the heat pumps that control the entire heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) in the physical education wing of the middle school. The bids for this work came in well under budget and the project is set to get underway on Monday, September 17 when the contractor takes the units offline and prepares for their removal. On Saturday, September 22, the contractor will cut through a section of the roof and work with a crane company to extract the old units. The same day, the new units will be lowered through the opening and the roof will then be sealed. It will take one to two weeks for the complete installation of the new units and the final repair of the roof. Tentative completion is October 5. The District has begun planning with TDA, Hammond Construction and the middle school administration to design a safe and secure front entranceway into the building. Construction is tentatively scheduled for summer 2019. North Royalton High School Over the summer, the District received final approvals from the City of North Royalton Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission for the high school construction project. Phase 1 of the high school project is now underway. A new bus and emergency vehicle access loop driveway is being installed that will connect to the existing parking lot, which will be located on the
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east side of the building (behind the high school). The installation of this access loop will allow traffic flow patterns to be maintained during the school year while the building addition is being constructed. The District is still anticipating that over spring break (in March 2019), the fencing will be put up and construction will begin on the addition at the high school. Phase 1 also consists of installing a stone retaining wall as well as the relocation of the fire hydrants. Currently, the District is awaiting the final design development drawings and the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) from Hammond Construction. North Royalton Elementary School As we continue to plan for the construction of the new elementary school to replace the three existing buildings, a final application to delineate the wetlands has been submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as the Ohio EPA. While the District is awaiting its review, it is seeking approval from the City of North Royalton Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission on the preliminary designs, and continues to work with the city in securing other approvals needed to move forward with the project. As always, the District will continue to keep residents informed of the processes and decisions being made on our facilities project.
The NRMS HVAC units were installed on September 22. Another step forward for the District! Thank you to the communities for supporting the bond issue.
The initial phase of constructing the bus/emergency road at North Royalton High School is coming along very well.
NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS WELCOMES NEW STAFF North Royalton High School
Lisa Walker - English; Nicholas Woods - Math; Abby Neidert Counselor; Heather Bartel - Spanish / TESOL; and Bryan Bielak Intervention Specialist
North Royalton Middle School
Mike Myers - Grade 6 Science; Erin Barrett - Physical Education; Nathan Dick - Grade 7 Science / Math; Hannah Sedely - Grade 7 Math; Mary Moroney - Small Group Instructor; Bradley Glaze - Cleaner II and Deborah Jensen - Data Entry Clerk
Kara Wojcik - Grade 1; Allison Lebo - Grade 1; Maisie Cross - Intervention Specialist and Abigail McElroy - Kindergarten
Royal View Elementary
Tammie Vasek - Small Group Instructor
Valley Vista Elementary Kelly Dâ€™Ambrosia - Aide
Amber Holnapy - Psychologist and Adam Benne - Maintenance
Familiar Faces in New Places
Mary Ellen Feigi - Food Services Supervisor Robin Kramer - High School Cafeteria Manager Robert Rodriguez - Maintenance Worker Deanna Mikin - Curriculum Facilitator Jacqueline Kuchta - Middle School Administrative Secretary Walter Pesta - Elementary Building Custodian (VV) David Anderson - Maintenance Worker Cassandra Franko - Valley Vista, Kindergarten Olga Zhakunets - Albion, Grade 1 Laura Stricker - Albion, Grade 1 Sara Alhajomar - Royal View , Kindergarten Maria Masch - Royal View, Grade 4 Holly Fox - Middle School - Grade 5 ELA Bottom row left to right:
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Allison Lebo - Grade 1 - Albion Abigail McElroy - Kindergarten - Albion Bryan Bielak - Intervention Specialist - High School Amber Holnapy - Psychologist - District Maisie Cross - Intervention Specialist - Albion Erin Barrett - Health/Physical Education Middle School Mary Moroney - Small Group Instructor Middle School
Lisa Walker - English - High School Heather Bartel - Spanish/TESOL - High School Deborah Jensen - Data Entry Clerk - Middle School Nathan Dick - Grade 7 Math/Science - Middle School Nicholas Woods - Math - High School Michael Myers - Grade 6 Science - Middle School Adam Benne - Maintenance Worker - District Hannah Sedely - Grade 7 Math - Middle School
Top row left to right: Not pictured: Kara Wojcik - Grade 1 - Albion Kelly Dâ€™Ambrosia - Aide - Valley Vista Bradley Glaze - Cleaner II - Middle School Abby Neidert - Counselor - High School Tammie Vasek - Small Group Instructor - Royal View
NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS Recognizes STAFF FOR YEARS OF SE On August 16, North Royalton City Schools recognized staff members who have been with the District for 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years. Congratulations to the following:
40 Years of Service Josephine Trusso
35 Years of Service Lillian Bender and Linda Kraus
30 Years of Service Tracy Csizmadia, Cheri Rourke and Cheryl Tenhunfeld
25 Years of Service Susan Ballas, Jodi Branco, Christopher Burdick, Joseph (Chris) Carion, Leslie (Les) DoBroka, Cherrie Jackman, Anthony Kleem, John (Mike) McGinnis, Barbara McLaughlin, Lee Ann Morris, Tracey Peterjohn, Denise Romanchok, Angeline Scott and Pauline Simonek
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20 Years of Service Christine Andexler, Jennifer Barr, Doreen Billak, Christine Cartwright, Ann Marie Dâ€™Amico, Maureen Harris, Beth Iafigliola, Caroline Loder, Alison Novosel, Vittoria Rodriguez, Lina Silvestro, Scott Spessard and Carolyn Sutton
15 Years of Service Leslie Bardwell, Brianne Caruso, Ann Marie (Tammy) Chikik, Patricia Cline, David DeLong, Heather Fitzgerald, Aaron Garman, Rebecca Gill, Kristina Hegedeos, Michael Hemery, Lorraine Imke, Michelle Kovach, Sandra Kudrin, Nicholas Lapsevich, Timothy Matus, Scott Matusik, Charles Mercurio, Iosif (Dan) Muresan, Richard Nestoff, Donald Orszag, Michelle Parente, Ann Marie Radefeld, Lourena (Chris) Roach, Melissa Siembor, Brandon Speers, Annetta Strimel-Paszt, Gisella Trunzo and Douglas Zimlich
NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED STUDENTS AT SEPTEMBER BOARD MEETING At the September 10 North Royalton Board of Education meeting, Board members and administrators recognized various students from all five buildings for their commitment to excellence, whether it be through academics, arts, athletics, community service or for exhibiting core values.
Albion Elementary Albion Elementary recognized third-grader Bella Scebbi, fourth-grader Madeline Pehanic and second-grader Reagan Jacubenta. “This strong group of girls are true ambassadors of the ‘Bear Way’ exemplifying the Albion core values of courage and resilience,” said Principal Vince Ketterer. “They face fears and worries head on and show that you can change your mindsets to overcome difficult challenges and get a job done.”
Valley Vista Elementary Valley Vista Elementary begins each new school year with an all-school assembly. At this assembly, Principal Jeff Hill introduces each grade level, along with their graduation year, and everyone cheers them on to have a great year. The school also welcomes any new students who may have transferred to the building. A highlight of the assembly is the kick-off video that is produced throughout the summer. The video reviews the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) program. It also introduces the school’s theme of Positive
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Attitude, Act Responsibly, Work Together and Show Kindness (P.A.W.S.). The video highlights the school’s bully prevention program, literacy initiative and how students can choose kindness in their daily interactions with their peers. The video featured a space theme this year since the literacy theme is “Reading is out of this World.” Fourth-graders Alaina “Lani” Kovach, Reagan Cox, Ginny Baugh, Kaleb Evanish and Dexter Pedaci were recognized for being actors and actresses in the video. “Not only were they extraordinary actors and actresses, they showed their dedication to promoting our positive school culture by coming in twice during the summer to film the video in a very hot school. They are great examples of Valley Vista student leaders,” said Hill. “A special thank you to their parents and grandparents who drove them to school in June and again in August to film.” The full video can be viewed on the Valley Vista Elementary Facebook page as well as the school’s website.
Royal View Elementary Royal View Elementary recognized fourth-grader Sophia Ray. “Each and every morning, this student brings a smile to my face when she literally jumps out of her car, skips toward me, hand outstretched for a high five, as she eagerly heads toward the building to start her day,” said Principal Kirk Pavelich. “Her smile is wide and her positive attitude is infectious, as staff members, like myself, call out her name enthusiastically to greet her.” So many of her teachers had wonderful comments about Sophia. “Sophia is a ray of sunshine and brings light wherever she goes. She is the first to offer to help and is kind to other students and her teachers,” said fourth-grade intervention specialist Brittany Troyer. “Sophia’s happy disposition and helpful attitude make our classroom a wonderful place to be because she is
in it,” said fourth-grade teacher Cindy Richards. “Always quick to help, she adds so much to our day-to-day school experience.” “Seeing Sophia’s beautiful smile and hearing her say ‘good morning’ was the highlight of every school day,” said third-grade teacher Sharon Hansen. “Always a hard worker, her dedication to the Wax Museum project showed what a good model she could be to everyone else! I wish I had a crystal ball to witness the future successes of this young lady. Even adults can take a lesson when it comes to having that positive attitude!” “Sophia always came to school with that bright, big, beautiful smile on her face, motivating other classmates with positivity,” said first-grade teacher Lee Ann Morris. “She was always willing to help both classmates and teachers. Her motivation to always do her best was an inspiration to all those around her. My husband and I were fortunate to attend one of Sophia’s soccer games and she truly was a shining light with her smile and enthusiasm.” Finally, Sophia’s second-grade teacher Antonietta Wanko wrote a poem about her... Like her last name implies, She truly is a “Ray” of sunshine! A friendly smile and a caring way That’s how I would describe Our Sophia Ray! Skipping in the halls in her twirling dresses, Not knowing all of those she impresses! She touches the hearts of all those she meets!
North Royalton Middle School The beginning of the school year brings a fresh start to many activities and clubs that help to make the school environment fun and positive for students. In early August, our athletes begin practicing. A short week later, eighthgrade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leaders are trained to welcome the incoming fifth-grade students among other activities that they will facilitate throughout the year. Once the year starts, eighth graders are inducted into the North Royalton Middle School Honor Society where
among other things, they learn about the American flag and how to properly fold, raise and lower it. Our student council leaders begin to meet and plan for the year. All of this is happening while students are learning the expectations of their classes and showing what they know academically. As anyone can see, North Royalton Middle School is very busy and student leaders do a lot to make the school a special place. One student that is involved in each item mentioned is eighth-grader Megan DeAngelis. She was recognized for her involvement in not only all of these activities, but most importantly for being a tremendous student leader. “Megan treats people as she wants to be treated and constantly lives the ‘Bear Way,’” said Principal Jeff Cicerchi. “Megan is a great example of all the students and activities that are happening at NRMS.”
North Royalton High School Royal Harmony is North Royalton High School’s co-ed, audition-based show choir that began competing in 2012. The group is directed by choir teacher Joe Mikolajczyk and consists of 38 singer/ dancers, 15 crew members, and 13 combo members. The choir sang two songs, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” as performed by Fergie and “You Set the Rhythm” by NewWorldSon, from the upcoming competition show “Tune In to Love.”
NORTH ROYALTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS EARN AWARDS FOR HIGH SCORES ON AP EXAMS North Royalton High School (NRHS) students have again had immense success with the Advanced Placement (AP) program. The AP program offers college-level curriculum and exams for high school students. Each year, students take AP exams in multiple subjects, and by earning high scores on the test, are awarded an AP Scholar Award. NRHS offers 12 Advanced Placement Courses: American Government, United States History, Microeconomics/Macroeconomics, Psychology, English Literature and Composition, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Physics I, Physics II, French and Spanish. The AP awards have several categories. NRHS had 39 AP Scholars, 13 AP Scholars with Honor, 49 AP Scholars with Distinction and 8 National AP Scholars. The AP Scholar Award is earned by students who receive scores of three or higher on three or more AP exams. This year’s recipients are Kate Altany, Jessica Altshuler, Grace Amato, Vedant Amin, Jessica Barrett, Brandon Bielak, Sara Bockelman, Jackson Brown, Rachael Caldwell, Elise Chojnacki, Connor Clark, Tyler Frantz, Thomas Frey, James Furio, Evan Groh, Allison Hrovat, Margaret Kaniecki, Sean Knipp, Becca Koetter, James Konet, Matthew Lam, Charles Lobello, Kendall Lord, Conner Lubinski, Mary Masterson, Anthony Miduri, Mason Montag, Zachary Mueller, Dominic Palko, Isabel Petchler, Stefan Rakic, Rachel Roberts, Brian Rossman, Tyler Schwarz, Philip Thomas, Anush Tomar, Christina Vitakis, Carolyn Weiser and Kate Young. The AP Scholar with Honor Award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of three or higher on four or more of these exams. This year’s recipients are Adam Compan, Rachel Dietz, Samantha Fink, Tyler Gardner, Gracie Goodman, Megan Grospitch, Scott Hilfer, Robert Menon, Tanner Price, Evan Scott, Elaine Slaby, Nazar Tkachenko and Anna Weber.
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The AP Scholar with Distinction Award is for students who earn an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of three or higher on five or more of these exams. This year’s recipients are Ryan Benefiel, Brian Berish, Alex Berkes, Erik Bodily, Ryan Burdick, Loren Calomfirescu, Emma Chu, Matthew Compan, John Daiker, Eric Devney, Christopher Emling, Cameron Furbeck, Larissa Gaborick, Ryan Gallagher, Aileen Hall, Gabrielle Horvath, Matthew Hu, Riley Jenkins, Sankara Jeyabalan, Sarath Kareti, Elizabeth Kelly, Jeffrey Kozik, Emily Krejci, Emma LaGuardia, Allison Liptak, Colin Maguire, Olivia Manias, Anna Martin, Kyrolos Melek, Anaam Mostafiz, Brett Nemetz, Jack Nemetz, Tam Nguyen-Huynh, Nemanja Ninkovic, Diya Patel, Palak Patel, Nolan Pearce, James Ptak, Kyle Roberts, Maxfield Rowlett, Nathan Rush, Nicholas Sanfilippo, Jordan Shifflet, Michael Spisak, Lindsey Tout, Paul Twarog, Manal Vakil, Andrew Vance and Denzel Walker. The National AP Scholar Award recognizes students who receive an average score of at least four on all AP exams taken and scores of four or higher on eight or more of these exams. This year’s National AP Scholars are Alex Berkes, Emma Chu, Christopher Emling, Gabrielle Horvath, Brett Nemetz, Nolan Pearce, Kyle Roberts and Jordan Shifflet. The AP Scholar Awards recognize students who have shown college-level achievement. Students who earn an award will have the designation appear on any AP score report sent to potential colleges. In addition to an award, high scores on AP exams can earn students college credit. The Advanced Placement program is a great way for students to be challenged and experience collegelevel coursework. Taking AP exams offers students the potential for earning college credit while still in high school that is accepted nearly anywhere a student chooses to attend. - Principal Sean Osborne, North Royalton High School
Class of 2018 Quick Facts 3
students participated in
AP exams with
of students scoring a 3 or better
39 13 49 8
AP Scholars AP Scholars with Honor AP Scholars with Distinction National AP Scholars
attending a four-year college or university
attending a community college for one or two years and then will transfer to a four-year university
4% 1.4% 5.8% 14% 35%
attending a two-year college or trade school joined the military entered the workforce were members of National Honor Society received an Honors Diploma
Based on 2017-18 school year
NORTH ROYALTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Five students from North Royalton High School (NRHS) have earned recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their high scores on the PSAT/NMSQT test. Students took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and met requirements to enter the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. To qualify, students had to have a selection index score of 212 or higher. There were a total of 1.6 million program entrants in the country and each of the five NRHS students is among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants. From that group of 50,000 students, only 16,000 were named National Merit Program Semifinalists, representing the top scorers in each state. The other 34,000 students were commended for their performance on the test. John Daiker, Tyler Frantz, Matthew Hu and Matthew Lam were all recognized as Commended Students while Jeffrey Kozik qualified as a Semifinalist. The commended students received Letters of Commendation and may qualify for special scholarships offered by corporate sponsors. Semifinalists have the chance to compete for about 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards offered in 2019. To be considered for a Finalist award, Kozik must continue to meet the program requirements, be enrolled in his last year of high school and be planning to enroll in full-time college the following fall. He must also have a record of high academic performance, be endorsed for Finalist standing and recommended for a National Merit Scholarship by the high school principal. His final step is to take the ACT and SAT, earning scores that confirm his previous PSAT/NMSQT performance.
Left to Right: John (Jack) Daiker, Matthew Lam, Jeffrey Kozik, Matthew Hu, Tyler Frantz
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NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS AND LIONS CLUB HONOR MEMBER AT HOME OPENER Club members took part in the flag raising, and Bob Serpentini, Sr.â€™s wife, son and daughter were there along with several current Lions Club members. Following the flag raising was the playing of the national anthem by the North Royalton High School Marching Band. The Lions Club plans to have a special flag raising ceremony at each of the home football games. Each home game will honor one of the five branches of the military. Mark Keider and Ray DeAnna, two former U.S. Marines and Lions Club members, attended the home opener to raise the U.S. Marine flag. Two veterans or active members of each branch of service honored that week will attend the game to raise their flag before kickoff. The Lions Club International is the largest service organization in the world. They dedicate themselves to the civic, cultural and social welfare of the community around them. While their most significant service is for those who are visually impaired, the North Royalton chapter has built a pavilion at Memorial Park and a gazebo on the city square. They also support North Royalton High School students by providing numerous scholarships.
North Royalton City Schools made the first home football game on August 24 at North Royalton Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium a little more meaningful by holding a flag dedication before kickoff. The North Royalton Lions Club donated a 10 ft. by 15 ft. flag for the stadium in memory of Bob Serpentini, Sr. who served with the Lions Club for 45 years. He passed away this past June. After the announcer named those involved in the dedication, the American flag was raised as well as the Ohio and U.S. Marine flags. U.S. Marines and Lions
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NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES THE MY SCHOOL MENUS(TM) MOBILE APP FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS North Royalton City Schools now has a My School Menus™ mobile app for parents and students. Available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play, the My School Menus™ app allows access to nutrition information for the school meal programs on any device. My School Menus™ is designed to provide nutrition information on all of the foods served in the school meal programs. This app will enable parents, students and teachers to make healthy food choices whenever it’s convenient, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Parents can access this service by going to either the iTunes App Store or Google Play and downloading
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the app to their device. They can also get the same information by visiting the District website or www.MySchoolMenus.com. There, they can easily print nutrition information and menus for posting at home. The food service department is excited to offer parents and students this new nutrition resource. For further questions regarding My School Menus™, contact Food Service Supervisor Mary Ellen Feigi, North Royalton City Schools at 440-582-9041.
CELEBRATING NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, North Royalton City Schools will recognize National School Lunch Week from October 15-19, 2018. The theme, “Lots 2 Love,” encourages students and school nutrition professionals across the country to share what they love most about school lunch programs. National School Lunch Week will emphasize the healthy foods that are offered daily at North Royalton City Schools. The elementary school students will be coloring activity sheets, which will be hung up in and around the cafeteria telling what they love about school lunch. The high school and middle school cafeterias will be piloting new sandwich ideas, then surveying the students to determine their favorites. The farm-to-school apple program, in partnership with Royalton Farms, will be in full swing at every school featuring a different apple variety every week.
The federally-funded National School Lunch Program provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day. The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for more than 70 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards like offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole grain-rich foods, and limiting fat, calories and sodium. The “Lots 2 Love” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association. Parents and students can follow the fun using the hashtags #NSLW18, #SchoolLunch, and #Lots2Love. For more information on National School Lunch Week, visit https://schoolnutrition.org/nslw/.
Every day, the middle and high schools offer a salad bar as part of the daily lunch. It always includes a variety of vegetables with a different theme every day–from TexMex featuring black bean and corn salsa to Italian with garbanzo beans and a cucumber and tomato salad.
School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium. The goal of National School Lunch Week is to help educate parents and students about all the benefits of the lunch program, and the appealing choices offered at school. - Mary Ellen Feigi, North Royalton City Schools Food Service Supervisor
NORTH ROYALTON HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING HIGHLIGHTS 9-21-18
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NORTH ROYALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR S LEARN PROPER WAY TO HANDLE AMERICA The North Royalton Middle School (NRMS) Honor Society is an honorary organization for students who have exemplified strong academic achievement, extracurricular participation and community service during their middle school years. At the beginning of the year, students learn about the American flag and what it means to the community. School Resource Officer Jon Karl talked to them recently about how to raise the flag on half and full mast days. He also talked to them about how to fold the flag. Throughout the school year, groups of four students rotate weekly to raise the flag on Monday and lower and fold it on Friday. The NRMS Honor Society also makes three annual trips to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank during the year. Each student volunteers for one four-hour trip on a Saturday. During the spring, the NRMS Honor Society takes a trip to the elementary schools for team building activities and Bird Mania, held every year for students to participate in interactive lessons on birds at the Valley Vista Elementary School Nature Center. They also act as readers and chaperones at our Bear and Cub award nights.
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Congratulations to the newest members of the North Royalton Middle School (NRMS) Honor Society. The induction ceremony was held on September 20. Kyle Adkins Lia Armstrong Evan Banner Zachary Bitterman Alexandra Bottomley Casey Charles Varuni Chopra Christopher Cooper Dylan Crowe Tyler Darby Megan DeAngelis Christopher Domke Chase Dormody Maggie Fairchild Colin Finnecy Ian Finnecy
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Daniel Flanagan Madelyn Geschke Maxwell Gruhn Gianna Gulasey Emily Hain Safa Hameed Gabriella Harvey Thomas Joniec Emanuel Kalevakis Paul Kalevakis Mehakveer Kandola Akshita Kannan Harikrishnan Kasi Asma Khan Claire Kramer Prathisha Krishna
Kylie Maciak Brock Mason Brayden Miozzi Keira Oâ€™Callahan Michael Olexa Andrew Oriold Ava Panigutti Charles Putnam Lillian Putnam Julia Radziszewski Arleen Rai Olivia Safranek Kyle Sandborn Nathan Sawyer Anna Scaria Elana Scocos
Samantha Shields Makena Shroka Connor Stafford Isabelle Stannert Dylan Stetler David Swab Aaronne Ung Criss Ann Valenti Emmanuel Velkos Reese Vollweiler Ryan Watrobski Isabella Weatherbie Elizabeth White Hailey Yurichak Alex Zekanovic
NORTH ROYALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS USE TECHBOOKS TO EXPLORE THE WORLD North Royalton Middle School seventh-graders explored the world right from their classroom by using the atlas feature on their Techbooks.
Techbooks are digital textbooks that come in several subjects including math, social studies and science. They use text and media to engage students in model lessons, student activities, assessments and data dashboards. Discovery Education, a company providing digital content for K-12 grades, provides these textbooks. North Royalton Middle School teacher Andrea Lemmer had recently been introduced to Discovery Education at a professional development meeting and decided to utilize its atlas feature. She had students select different overlays and base maps while in the atlas program. They were able to find places around the world using political boundaries, political labels, water labels and latitudelongitude overlays. Students also could change the region of the world they were viewing. They were encouraged to zoom in to see
more details of the places they needed to find. “This was our first time using the Techbook and this atlas, and it was awesome,” said Lemmer. “It will be a great tool for my students to use throughout the year as we continue to study the geography of each civilization.”
She also used the atlas tool for the unit on Greece. “There is much more I would like to try with the Techbook, including an interactive board about Greece, which will link students to background reading and videos about the topic,” said Lemmer.
NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS RECOGNIZES BUSINESSES FOR PARTNERSH During the month of September, North Royalton City Schools presented four organizations with the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Business Honor Roll Award. These organizations are The Cleaning Authority, ProMarketing, Inc., Chick-fil-A and North Royalton YMCA. “Business/school partnerships are vital to our schools, and the Board of Education values this opportunity to thank these local organizations for giving of their time, talent, energy and/or resources,” said Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools. The Cleaning Authority is an active member of the District’s Business Advisory Council and helped with the development of the District’s revised strategic plan. The District recognized Terry and Janice DeLap, owners. ProMarketing, Inc. continues to help sponsor both the North Royalton Middle School STEM and North Royalton High School science equipment needs. The District recognized owner Ron Stetler, owner/president, and Sean Stetler, vice president.
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Chick-fil-A’s Strongsville location helps sponsor many of the District’s athletic half-time programs, giveaways and a Leadership Club at North Royalton High School. The restaurant also donates certificates to the buildings’ positive behavior programs. They have donated food to the high school Computer Club’s senior citizen technology assistance program as well. The District recognized Brian Wellman, the restaurant operator, and Aaron Sweeney, the catering manager. The District partners with the North Royalton YMCA in the use of the pool for its swim program, along with many other recreational programs. The YMCA is active in the District’s Business Advisory Council and participates in the North Royalton Health Fair and Family Expo. The YMCA also has offered yoga classes to high school students in the community room twice a week. The District recognized Brandon Bussey, branch director.
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ROYAL VIEW ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES GRANDPARENTS DAY Royal View Elementary celebrated Grandparents Day on Monday, September 10. Students enjoyed lunch and recess with their grandparents or special loved one. The grandparents enjoyed listening to the students perform songs, poems and stories during an assembly dedicated to all of their special guests. “We enjoy planning for this day each year and love to see all the smiles on our grandparents’ faces as they get to spend some time with their grandchildren in their school environment,” said Principal Kirk Pavelich, Royal View Elementary. “Many thanks to our second-grade teachers who coordinated this incredible event. Memories made today will last a lifetime.”
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VALLEY VISTA ELEMENTARY STUDENTS TAKE VIRTUAL TOUR OF SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM Third graders in Sarah Burrows’ music class at Valley Vista Elementary took advantage of technology in the classroom by taking a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.
The class first listened to a song from the company Music K-8, which is a hands-on magazine with music and information in a usable format made for kindergarten through eighth grade. The song
was called “Pony Express” and students discussed the Pony Express in early pioneer times as a way to deliver mail. Settlers rode horses between the Eastern U.S. to California. “The class learned that the average time for mail was 10 days and there were relay stations every 10 to 15 miles where a rider could exchange their horse for a new one to continue the journey,” said Burrows. “Students engaged in conversations about the challenges the settlers may have faced.” After hearing the song and discussing the historical significance, students had the opportunity to visit the Postal Museum Smithsonian website to take a virtual tour of the building. One point they found interesting was that the stonework in the floor was designed to look like an envelope. These students toured the building each using their own school-provided Chromebook.
ALBION ELEMENTARY STUDENTS DEVELOPING A GROWTH MINDSET The start to the 2018-19 school year has Albion Elementary students practicing and developing a growth mindset. “A growth mindset is the belief that we control our destiny and that we can improve, learn and develop our abilities,” said Principal Vince Ketterer, Albion Elementary. Teachers are helping students “change their thinking” about challenges, obstacles and failed attempts. Students decorated the walls and halls as a reminder that a change in thinking is the first step in growing
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and succeeding. The positive messages are reminders to be resilient and persistent. Third graders created personal bucket lists for the year, identifying goals and challenges they have yet to meet, but looking forward to accomplishing. “The ‘I Can’ attitude at Albion Elementary connects and encourages the Albion core values of resilience, courage and curiosity,” said Ketterer.
NORTH ROYALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL FIFTH GRADERS START SCHOOL YEAR WITH BOOK FRENZY The fifth-grade English/Language Arts (ELA) class at North Royalton Middle School began the school year by engaging in a “book frenzy.” Fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Lorene Cole explained to her students about her classroom library setup and how to treat the books. Following the briefing, students were able to explore their classroom’s library. The students looked at books and took four selections back to their seats. Two of the books had to be from different genres. They then looked at the front and back covers, read the summary, and opened up to a page to read. While reading, they used the five-finger rule to determine if the book was a good fit. Students put up a finger for each word they didn’t know. Holding up 0-1 fingers meant too easy, 1-2 meant just right, 3-4 meant to give it a try, and 5 or more meant it might be too difficult. If the book fit the criteria, students wrote the title in their reading journals under the heading, “Book I’d Like to Read.” They repeated this process and were allowed to check out one book at the end of the frenzy.
VALLEY VISTA ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTNERS MAKE LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD BASKETS Valley Vista Elementary kindergartners incorporated lessons on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), colors, stranger danger and inclusivity in a project focusing on the story “Little Red Riding Hood.” The students were learning about the sight color red and were expected to identify the color. To help them commit this color to memory, they sang songs about the color and kindergarten teacher Cassie Franko read them the story of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Not only did the story use the repetition of the word ‘red,’ but also taught valuable lessons about not talking to strangers. Following the book reading, parent volunteers came in and worked in groups with the students to partake in a STEM activity. Each group was tasked with creating a basket similar to what Little Red Riding Hood used to carry food to her grandmother. The basket had to carry 50 Unifix cubes for 100 steps taken. Students used glue, tape, duct tape, pipe cleaners, stickers, staplers, crayons, and Popsicle sticks to make a basket. Before construction, the students had to draw out a plan of what they wanted their basket to look like. “They absolutely loved building baskets with their friends and were amazed at how they turned out,” said Franko. After completing their baskets, students walked with them, counting out their 100 steps aloud, to see if their basket design could hold the Unifix cubes. As a group, students then filled out a reflection sheet on what materials they would use if they did it again or how they would participate differently. When the project was complete, students gathered as a class to discuss their basket construction and how everyone’s idea was a little different. The idea of differences led to referencing a previous story they had read called, “Stand Tall Molly Lou Lemon.” The story was about a girl who was different from others in her class, but stood up for her differences, explaining why they were good. The baskets students made were all different, but successful in holding the cubes for the 100 steps.
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Not only was this a lesson about helping my students identify the sight word ‘red’ and how to work in groups, but it also helped my students understand that we can achieve anything, even if we all do it differently. - Cassie Franko Kindergarten Teacher
ALBION ELEMENTARY FOURTH GRADERS COMPLETE REALISTIC F
Fourth graders at Albion Elementary completed a project on a “Realistic Fiction” book of their choice. Realistic Fiction is defined as a genre of stories that could have happened to people or animals in a believable setting. While these stories resemble real-life situations, the characters are fictional. Students chose a book that interested them and learned about the different story elements that related to their choice. Once fourth-grade teacher Lesley Smith had a short conference with the student over their book, they began the project. First, students drew a picture of the main character in the book on poster board. Smith said it was neat to see them use Chromebooks to learn how to draw the character. Once the picture was drawn, the students typed sentences about the character’s friends, conflicts, feelings, personality traits and appearance. Finally, students wrote a paragraph relating themselves to the character. When the projects were finished, the students shared them with the rest of the class.
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