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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

On behalf of the North Royalton City Schools’ staff and Board of Education, we thank the community for their support of Issue 11. We are committed to bringing our buildings to today’s educational standards in a comprehensive way. The district will ensure an open and transparent construction process and will work closely with the Community Facilities Advisory Committee to oversee spending. I want to thank the Committee for Royalton Schools’ Future and the hundreds of volunteers for their countless hours of work to help educate residents of our need. I also want to thank our local businesses and both the North Royalton Chamber of Commerce and the Broadview Heights Chamber of Commerce for

valuing the importance of strong schools and how that equates to a strong, vibrant community. The passage of Issue 11 will have a lasting influence on the quality of our schools and the health of our community. On June 1, we will say good luck and farewell to the Class of 2017! Commencement is always a wonderful event and a cause to sit back and reflect on the growth, development, and changes that have occurred over the past 13 years of our students’ lives. It is hard to believe that many of the students in this graduating class were first graders with me at Albion in what was to be my last year as a building principal. When I think of all the changes that have occurred in my life since then, it pales in comparison to the dramatic changes our students have gone through. It is my hope

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that every student’s life that has been touched by someone in the North Royalton Schools has had a positive impact on him/ her. I wish nothing but the best to the Class of 2017 and hope they have a wonderful and safe end to their careers with the North Royalton City Schools. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 440582-9030 or at greg.gurka@ northroyaltonsd.org. 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 education 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: ONE OF NATION’S TOP PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking, North Royalton City Schools ranked 98th in the state as one of the best high schools in the country. Congratulations to our staff, students and families for this accomplishment. We will continue to inspire and empower our learners!

NORTH ROYALTON HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12) Sean Osborne, Principal 14713 Ridge Rd. North Royalton, Ohio 44133 Phone 440-582-7801

BOARD OF EDUCATION

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 Director of Pupil Services | Julie Bogden | 440-582-9140

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

(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 | 440-582-9140 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

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

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

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NORTH ROYALTON BOARD OF EDU BEGINS FIRST STEPS OF NEW FACIL On May 17, the North Royalton Board of Education met to begin plans for the design, construction and renovation of the district’s buildings, specifically different construction methods, timeline and legal obligations, and processes when working with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. David Riley, the school district’s legal counsel, answered questions and helped advise the board and administration on these issues. Riley is one of the premier legal construction counselors in Northeast Ohio and represents many school districts in these types of projects.

NEXT STEPS . . . 1. Selecting an Architect “The next step in the process is for the Board of Education to post the request for qualifications from architect firms,” said Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools. “Those proposals will be reviewed carefully by the Board of Education and several finalists will be selected to be interviewed. We hope to be done with this process by late summer 2017.” 2. Utilizing a Construction Manager Once the architect is chosen, the district will utilize the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery method which includes a commitment by a Construction Manager to deliver the project within a Guaranteed Maximum Price, based on construction documents and specifications. The CMAR provides professional services and consults in the design development and construction phases. “There are many benefits from

using a Construction Manager including an increased level of cost control from the start,” said Gurka. “In the meantime, we will meet with the Community Facilities Advisory committee to review timelines and begin the first steps in maintaining our commitment to the community.” 3. Engaging the Community Stakeholders, such as teachers and community members, will be engaged at that time to discuss what the new elementary school and new section of the high school will look like. Focus groups at the middle school level will occur to discuss instructional changes and enhancements that are needed in that building, as well. “We are building a strong foundation, both in education and facilities, and there will be opportunities for us to have dialogue with our residents throughout every step of the process,” said Gurka.

ESTIMATED TIME OF THE PROJECT . . . The design process with the architect will take approximately one year. New construction of the buildings is estimated to be complete by the 20202021 school year. The 4.9 mills that was approved on May 2 from North Royalton voters will cost $9.04 per month per $100,000 of assessed property value beginning in January 2018. This amount factors in the drop off of the existing middle school bond issue and the establishment of a maintenance fund earmarked to maintain the buildings.

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UCATION LITIES PROJECT HOW WILL FUNDS BE USED . . . Funds are being used to build one new centralized elementary school, to be located on the 23 acres of district-owned property on the southwest corner of State Road and Valley Parkway. Funds also will be used to renovate the middle school for today’s learning environments and renovate and rebuild the high school to focus on student-centered learning. A new 100,000 square foot section will be built onto the rear of the high school that will contain regular classrooms, science labs and other educational spaces. Also, as part of the bond issue plan, there will be permanent improvement projects that will be completed throughout the next several years. At the middle school, this includes replacing roofing and HVAC units, redesigning the media center, updating technology infrastructure, as well as designing learning spaces for STEM and other areas of curriculum. At the high school, this includes renovating the 1970s and 1980s areas of the high school to include new science labs, media center, expanded space for music department, as well as installation of new HVAC, lighting, roofs, doors, windows and safe and secure entrances. The full plan is available on the district website.

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“We are building a strong foundation, both in education and facilities, and there will be opportunities for us to have dialogue with our residents throughout every step of the process.” - Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools Spring 2017

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NORTH ROYALTON SCHOOLS HON STAFF MEMBERS WITH CRYSTAL ST North Royalton City Schools congratulates the winners of the second semester Crystal Starfish Award presented by the First Federal of Lakewood. At Royal View Elementary, Mrs. Laura Kunz, the preschool speech therapist, was presented the Crystal Starfish Teacher Award. Besides the award, she also received a $250 Professional Development Grant from the First Federal of Lakewood, a $50 gift certificate to Cleats restaurant and flowers from Independence Flowers and Gifts. Mrs. Kunz received 14 nominations from a variety of fellow teachers, support staff, and parents. “Everyone needs a cheerleader! For every child that comes through Lil’ Bears Preschool, Laura Kunz is their personal cheering squad. In her time at North Royalton, Laura has helped literally hundreds of kids learn to use their voice to express themselves and develop the important milestones of communication,” said Preschool Coordinator and Director of Instructional Technology Mike McGinnis, North Royalton City Schools. Highlights of her nominations include: • Laura is always there to give advice, guidance and support when needed. • She also is an inspiration to the lives of my students. She absolutely loves working with students and loves to see them succeed. • Her personality and problem-solving ability when it comes to treating students with disabilities is unmatched. • Her work and coordination helped my son go from saying a few words when he began at Little Bears to quickly talking in complete sentences and expressing himself verbally • Both of my girls have had her in preschool. They both speak very well and have improved from the program. She has done a great job with some of our special needs friends as well. • HUGE impact with my child who has apraxia, down syndrome and hearing loss. The Touch Cue system she developed has been key to my daughter’s emerging speech and has even been shared

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with children outside the school system. Her enthusiasm and skill has impacted all her students both typical and special needs. Her upbeat and kind personality draws the kids in and makes learning fun. She has a smile that lights up the room and is dedicated to her work. She continues to serve as mentor to not only myself, but other teachers and speech language pathologists that are just beginning their careers. She always has time to answer a question from a colleague or brainstorm about a strategy or a technique to try with a child. She approaches all parents with kindness during difficult meetings. She brings a positive energy to our preschool team (including leaving notes of encouragement on our desks when we need it the most). Each week she creates fun and meaningful learning opportunities for not only the students with identified communication needs, but all children in the preschool program through running a circle time and a language based center each week in each preschool classroom. When she enters our room, all the children stop and make a point to say “hi” to her because of the joy she brings to them. You can see it on the faces of the children she is working with that they adore her and know how much she cares for them. Laura is an amazing teacher and is always willing to go above and beyond to meet the unique needs of our youngest learners in our district.


NOR TARFISH Mrs. Michelle Parente, North Royalton Middle School office aide, is the recipient of the Crystal Starfish Support Staff Award. Along with the award, presented by First Federal of Lakewood, Parente received a $50 gift certificate to Cleats restaurant and flowers from Independence Flowers and Gifts. She was nominated by her colleagues. “Mrs. Parente is truly a kind, caring, individual, who always has a smile on her face,” said Jeff Cicerchi, principal, North Royalton Middle School. “She is the first person that guests of NRMS interact with as they come into the school. She exemplifies the ideal of serving others and is quick to drop whatever she is doing to help a student, teacher, or parent. She wants what is best for our school community and works each day to ensure that NRMS is a great school. Mrs. Parente models how people of all ages should interact and treat one another and for those reasons is certainly deserving of the Crystal Starfish Award.” Highlights of her nomination include: • Mrs. Parente is always happy to greet everyone with a smile when they come into the middle school office. She deals with students, parents and staff on a daily basis and is always willing to go above and beyond to help anyone out. • Mrs. Parente will always go the extra mile to help out with special projects that we may have in the office. She is a hard worker and never complains, she is a true joy to work with! • Her genuine kindness and helpfulness towards staff, students and visitors that come into our building is refreshing. She makes everyone feel welcomed and important. • Mrs. Parente is an extremely hard-working person and goes above and beyond to ensure that a child gets their book they forgot at home, a lunch they may have left on the bus, or keys to get into their house at the end of the day. She’s a wealth of knowledge, providing information to parents and students and a “go-to” for all the staff members.

• She empowers all of us as learners, as she truly lives her life by setting a good, honest example of what a role model should be. • Michelle is the most kind and thoughtful person I have ever met. If she hears that something needs to be done, she will do it for you before you even have a chance to get up and do it. • She is the “face” of the middle school as the first person anyone sees when they come into the office. She is a remarkable person and employee. She goes above and beyond every day to make sure the people around her are happy. She makes coming to work a pleasure. “Both Laura and Michelle are deserving of this recognition,” said Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools. “The Crystal Starfish award was developed to recognize those staff members who make a difference in the lives of others. Both Laura and Michelle live our mission of inspiring and empowering learners by making a difference in their lives of our students, staff and parents. Congratulations to both of them and thank you to those who nominated them.” The First Federal of Lakewood Crystal Starfish awards are presented to support staff members and teachers who make a difference in their schools and go above and beyond in all that they do. “Every day, teachers and staff of North Royalton City Schools are making a difference,” said Branch Operations Manager Michelle Cabassa, First Federal of Lakewood. “Our bank is honored to partner with the district, enabling these special individuals to be recognized publicly for their contributions.”

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NORTH ROYALTON SCHOOLS RECEIVE CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING North Royalton City School District received the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. This is the 24th time the district has received this recognition for excellence in financial reporting. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure� to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

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DISTRICT RECOGNIZES RETIREES

CLASSIFIED STAFF

Patricia Thomas – Bus Driver/Transportation

Rosanne Kacenjar – Administrative Assistant/Pupil Services Carolyn Bloom – Aide/Middle School

Donna Gergely – 9-month Office Secretary/High School

Thank You All!

Jean Jackson – Aide/Albion

Jan Troy - Administrative Assistant, Central Office Paula Atves – Aide/Albion

Jovo Batkovic – Utility Custodian/Royal View Linda Koler – Aide/Middle School

Joseph Marcinowski – Transportation Supervisor/ Transportation

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Michael Budzik – Science/High School Aggie Ozello – English/High School

Marigene Margevicius - Science/High School Michael Rudolph – Math/High School

Carol Kolodka – Cafeteria Worker/High School Becky Moll – Aide/Middle School

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CONGRATULATIONS TEACHER AND SUPPORT STAFF PERSON OF THE YEAR North Royalton City Schools’ Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Person of the Year were recognized at the North Royalton Educational Foundation’s reception on April 25. Teacher of the Year Lee Ann Morris is a first grade teacher at Royal View Elementary. She has been teaching in North Royalton for 23 years. “Not only is she a dedicated, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic teacher, but she is also the consummate team player who is always willing to help anyone in need at Royal View,” said Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools. “Lee Ann has been a wonderful coteacher in the first grade for a number of years and has made a lasting impact not only on the students she serves, but also the intervention specialists she has teamed with. Lee Ann works hard to communicate with her students at their level, respectfully approaching them while using positive reinforcement as a way to motivate and instill confidence.” “Lee Ann is also one of those rare individuals who has earned the respect of every single educator who works in our building, primarily because they recognize her as one of the hardest working staff members at Royal View,” said Principal Kirk Pavelich, Royal View Elementary. “She routinely spends hours before and after school, perfecting her lessons and preparing for the next day. In

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addition, she consistently attends just about every school function and activity that takes place outside the scope of the normal workday.” Mrs. Morris has also been an instrumental team member on Royal View’s Literacy Committee, helping the building establish the tradition of Family Literacy Night each March. She has also been frequently spotted at events such as the Fall Festival and other PTA-sponsored activities. “She is an exceptional communicator, ensuring that her co-teacher and all key support people are well informed at all times. She has a positive attitude, is enthusiastic, knowledgable, and compassionate,” said Pavelich. The Support Staff Person of the Year is Beth Machusick, a paraprofessional at North Royalton Middle School. Mrs. Machusick has worked in many different classrooms and with many different teachers during her tenure in North Royalton. “Beth is an ardent supporter of helping students and develops meaningful relationships with each and every one of them,” said Principal Jeff Cicerchi, North Royalton Middle School. In addition, she is an advocate for all staff as she serves in a leadership role for the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) union.


NORTH ROYALTON CITY SCHOOLS CONGRATULATES 2016-17 FRIEND OF EDUCATION During the North Royalton Middle School PTA meeting on February 21, Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools, surprised Middle School PTA President Chris May with the 2016-17 North Royalton City Schools’ “Friend of Education” Award. “The Friend of Education Award is an annual award given by our district designed to recognize a friend who is not a teacher or support staff member, but somebody who just cares about making our school district the best it can be,” said Gurka. “Chris May is supportive and has the best interests at heart for our students and entire school community. Chris gives her time tirelessly in her roles as PTA president and member, parent, and booster. She was a member of the district’s Strategic Planning Community Engagement Committee and is also on the Committee for Royalton Schools’ Future.

“As a friend, Chris is supportive, always by your side and always willing to lend a helping hand,” said Gurka. Chris was formally recognized at the North Royalton Educational Foundation’s reception on April 25.

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NORTH ROYALTON PTA PRESENTS LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS AT FOUNDERS’ NIGHT On April 20, the North Royalton PTA celebrated its founding through its annual Founders’ Night celebration in the North Royalton High School Media Center. Entertainment was provided by the North Royalton High School Royal Harmony Show Choir and the evening emcees were Ashley DeAngelis and Chris May. The invocation was done by Superintendent Greg Gurka. In addition to the recognition of awards and past presidents, the PTA had the installation of new officers. Closing remarks

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were given by Becky Cozzens. Recipients of the National PTA Life Achievement Awards at North Royalton PTA 2017 Founders’ Night event: Anne Reinkober and Laura Nary. Recipients of the Ohio PTA Achievement Awards at North Royalton PTA 2017 Founders’ Night event: Ashley DeAngelis, Ann Gurin, Greg Gurka, Chris May, Deanna Mikin, and Michelle Toth.


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NORTH ROYALTON EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF GRANT The North Royalton Educational Foundation (NREF) presented several grants to teachers and staff at its Annual Reception held on April 25. More than 25 teachers received grants that covered all grade levels and types of learners, a wide range of curriculum subjects that focus on student-centered learning through the 4C’s - communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, as well as technology, flexible seating options, books, sensory tools, art and music supplies, robotics, and even a weather station. The total dollar amount granted to staff this year was more than $15,000. The NREF raises money throughout the year through a number of fundraisers, including the popular Taste of North Royalton held in the fall. Elementary Schools Judy Sholtis - Valley Vista/Royal View - Biographies for Believers Judy Sholtis - Albion - Biographies for the Present and Future Arynn Leety - Valley Vista - Flexible Seating for Engaged Learners

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Brittany Troyer & Antonietta Wanko - Royal View Flexible Seating- Hokki Stools Laura Kunz - Royal View - Gemiini Program Jennifer Petty - Royal View - Oral Motor/Sensory Assistance Briana Raleigh - Royal View - Sensory Exploration for All Kate Hindall & Amy Ness - Albion - Biographies and Book Bins April Robins & Jennifer Nemeth - Albion - Sensory Support Rachel Tarnowski - Albion - Differentiated Seating Amanda McClain - Albion - Flexible Seating for Active Learners Beth Iafigliola - Albion - I Can Create Music (Differentiation in the Music Classroom) Middle School

Amanda Scott - Valley Vista - High Interest Reading at Accessible Levels

Beth O’Donnell - 7th Grade ELA #ReadersGonnaRead

Deanna Gordon - Valley Vista - The Calm Kindergarten

Gina Stabile - 6th Grade Science - 4 C’s in the Science Classroom

Sarah Burrows - Valley Vista - The Science of Sound: Building Drum Frames

Meredith Stanton - 5th Grade Intervention Specialist - Character Education/Team Building

Olga Zhakunets - Royal View - Flexible Seating

Cherie Jackman - 5th Grade Social Studies Distance Learning in the Social Studies Classroom

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TS Sarah Franko - 5th Grade Science - Flexible Seating = Focused Minds Janele Kauffman - 7th Grade Intervention Specialist - Stand4Success Deanna Mikin - 6th Grade Science - The 4 C’s of 6th Grade Science Jessica Connelly - 6th Grade Science - The 4 C’s of 6th Grade Science High School Brandon Speers - Art - Art and Portable Partitions Kate West - Special Education - Manipulatives for Movement Math Dave Hartmann - Science - Solar Powered Wireless WiFi Remote Monitoring Weather Station

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VALLEY VISTA ELEMENTARY STUDENTS MAKE ART FROM TECHNOLOGY AT THE ANNUAL ART SHOW On Thursday, February 16, Valley Vista Elementary students participated in the annual art show. The theme for this year’s show was artwork inspired by technology and social media. Each grade level had a different project–kindergarteners made Emoji paintings and selfies based on the emoji, first graders made animal Snapchat selfies, second graders made selfie drawings and designed iPhone cases, third graders redesigned Twitter apps and fourth graders made Instagram photos filtered by their choice of media. At the show, there was also an interactive wall where students could create their own emoji on yellow paper plates. “The students always enjoy this event,” said Valley Vista Art Teacher Rebecca Gill. “The theme this year and the emoji wall definitely made it a big hit!”

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NORTH ROYALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ROLLER SKATE FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION North Royalton Middle School students were able to participate in a roller skating unit during Physical Education class. Students paid $10 to Skatetime, a company based in Columbus, which supplied the students with quad skates and safety gear. In total, more than 350 students were able to participate in this unit that was centered on safety, starting, stopping and safe zone. “This was a new activity for us as a department and it was a huge success,” said NRMS Physical Education teacher, Mario Francescone. “The students had a blast!”

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ROYAL VIEW ELEMENTARY PLANS SUCCESSFUL “RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK”

In the words of Principal Mr. Kirk Pavelich, “Charlie Stella was beloved by many and was truly an inspiration. With the help of his parents, Charlie championed the message of acceptance and inclusion for all. We, as a school, want to continue to carry out this message by participating in the Random Acts of Kindness week in Charlie’s honor.” Charlie was a first grade student at Royal View during the 2015-16 school year. Sadly enough Charlie passed away last year. Before his passing, many of you may remember Charlie’s wish for Royal View. On September 23, 2015, Royal View had a playground ribbon cutting ceremony with the Make a Wish Foundation to dedicate Charlie’s wish of an all-inclusive playground featuring “The Cruiser.” The new playground equipment was designed for two wheelchairs which included two full bench seats, allowing up to 12 children of all abilities to play together.

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During the weeks of Feb 13-24, Royal View Elementary participated in Random Acts of Kindness honoring a remarkable child, Charlie Stella. As the students worked toward participating in Random Acts of Kindness, each student received a card in which they passed on when he or she completed an Act of Kindness. The card gave information about The Charlie Stella Foundation, and how one can donate in order for Charlie’s wish to continue building inclusive playgrounds for children of all ages. The Random Acts of Kindness card the Royal View students will pass along includes the following message: “Pay it forward by continuing the kindness or visiting The Charlie Stella Foundation website at www. thecharliestellafoundation.org. Feel free to share your act of kindness with us on the Royal View Elementary Facebook, Twitter (@RoyalViewElem), or Instagram (royalviewelem) pages.” Activities during the two weeks included Let Kindness Shine - “Wear Green” - Charlie’s favorite color; Kicking it for Kindness - “Crazy Sock Day”; Go “Krazy” for Kindness - “Krazy Hair Day”; Powered by Kindness - “Super Hero Attire Day”; Dreaming of Kindness – “Pajama Day” (no slippers) During the weeks of February, 13 -28, the school also participated in “Random Acts of Positivity.” The school was featured on WOIO TV 19. Click here to view the story.


ALBION ELEMENTARY STUDENTS COLLECT CLOTHING FOR LESS FORTUNATE Albion Elementary’s Student Council organized a Clothing Drive during the month of April. With the help of their Albion classmates, they filled the lobby.

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VALLEY VISTA ELEMENTARY HOSTS “LUNCH WITH A Loved ONE”

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On February 7 and 8, Valley Vista Elementary had a special activity called Lunch with a Loved One. The turnout and positive feedback was overwhelming. Throughout the two days, the school had close to 400 loved ones in attendance! Maintaining a positive connection between home and school will always be a priority in the success of our students, not only at Valley Vista, but all of our schools.

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SECOND GRADERS AT VALLEY VISTA ELEMENTARY BUILD DRUMS WITH PARENTS Sarah Burrows, K-4 general music teacher at Valley Vista Elementary received a grant through the North Royalton Educational Foundation to purchase materials for the second graders to have a “Build Your Own Drum” night with their families. Burrows idea became a reality on March 1 when more than 200 people attended this fun event held at the school. This spring, Burrows is focusing on the science of sound in the music classroom and it is even their May concert theme. “We are learning about

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vibrations, such as why we are building a drum, how the ear works, sound waves, frequencies of low and high sounds and performing small science experiments in class,” said Burrrows. The families did all the work from nailing the frame together to creating the drum head from packing tape, as well as creating a drum mallot. Burrows provided the children with the basic materials and they enjoyed bringing decorating materials from home. Students were excited to take home their drums.


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ENRICHED LANGUAGE ARTS STUDENTS RISE TO THE CHALLENGE WITH RESEARCH PROJECTS class researched an ecological issue while her eighth grade class researched a social issue.

On March 22, the North Royalton City Schools’ Research and Independent Study Extravaganza (RISE) was held at North Royalton Middle School. Enriched English Language Arts students in grades three through eight conducted formal research on a topic of their choice and then combined their findings into the form of an Independent Study Project that was showcased to the public during the event. Samantha Lumpkin’s third and fourth grade classes and Tim Anderson’s fifth grade class researched a topic they found an interest in; Tim Anderson’s sixth grade classes chose an historical event to research; Cathy Drescher’s seventh grade

Throughout the evening, community members, board members, teachers and district and city leaders volunteered as consultants and provided feedback to the students. This year, North Royalton High School seniors who participated in this event when they were younger also served as consultants. Some of the consultants included Superintendent Greg Gurka and Board of Education Members Jackie Arendt and Anne Reinkober. After the consulting, the public was able to view the third, fourth, and fifth grade displays. Students in grades six through eight exhibited their research and findings to the public and consultants through formal presentations. Independent Study allows students to explore high interest topics with depth and complexity. This process causes the students to shoulder more of the responsibility for their learning as they organize ideas and theories, develop real world, problemsolving strategies, and cultivate time management and organizational skills.

“It is wonderful to see the depth to which our students examine their topics and the poise and knowledge they exhibit when formally presenting their subject matter. The passion these students have regarding their topic and the hard work they put into their research and presentation is amazing to witness.” - Beth Burdick, Coordinator of Gifted Services

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VALLEY VISTA STUDENTS HAVE A LOT OF S.O.L.E. Staff members at Valley Vista are using a new form of instruction in their classrooms, and it is making quite a difference with student involvement and excitement in their learning. S.O.L.E., which stands for Self-Organized Learning Environment, gets students engaged in their learning. Both teachers and students shared their experiences at the April 10 North Royalton Board of Education meeting. It incorporates collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity. These are skills that future employers are looking for in college graduates today. Problem solving skills are appropriate for all future careers and the real life experiences ahead. The idea behind using S.O.L.E. is to use higher levels of cognitive ability including creativity, evaluating, analyzing, and applying. It requires students to work together and, at times, think outside of the box to solve problems and analyze their work rather than simply memorizing data. Students are presented an analytical question, and they then work in groups using the Internet, Chromebooks, and one another to investigate and then report back to their classmates. All four of the fourth grade teachers at Valley Vista Elementary have been using this process and are finding it to be successful with their students. Mrs. Pauline Simonek taught a science lesson with the assignment of providing evidence that verifies that energy causes motion and creates change. They then used the research they found and used it to then create catapults with supplies provided to them by their teacher. They had to prove that energy creates change and causes motion. Mrs. Simonek said, “I was most impressed with how many forms of energy they came up with on their own. I expected to see perhaps five or six forms of energy, but they came up with over twenty! They were so engaged in their learning, and I was most impressed with how much they got out of these lessons. I will continue to use S.O.L.E. on a

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weekly basis in all subject matter because I believe in showing students how to work collaboratively, and even as young as fourth grade, instilling work ethics in children so that they can have bright and successful futures in the 21st century.” Ms. Betsy Meinberg engaged students in their first S.O.L.E. activity as her fourth graders wrapped up a unit on fractions and decimals. The students loved their first S.O.L.E. experience. The students collaborated during the “Research” part of the activity as they faced the big question: “How would the world be different without fractions?” The students displayed many of the objectives from Bloom’s Taxonomy as they built on what they knew (concepts of time, money and part-to-whole) and ultimately made connections to how important the concepts of fractions and decimals are in the real world. Students were creative in the “Review” portion of the activity. Ms. Meinberg was impressed that while some students shared information in Google Docs, some presented a slide show, and several even performed a rap song with the new connections they made. Ms. Meinberg said, “The students exceeded all of my expectations.”


Mrs. Patricia Redman’s fourth graders had a positive experience with S.O.L.E. as they investigated, researched, and collaboratively explored the big question “How are nature and human beings connected?” This big question fit perfectly with their current science unit on ecosystems. The children bridged what they previously learned in class, to their personal background experiences in nature, to the new information gathered during research. They were challenged to think about nature in new ways while connecting nature’s importance to all human beings. This new method of student led research and collaboration will surely become part of our routine since all could feel the positive effects.

This question connected to both their reading story and government unit. As a class, they read the story “I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote,” which details the many accomplishments of Esther Morris and how she worked for women’s suffrage, and the students already had a basic understanding that we live in a democracy from their social studies lessons. This flowed easily into their S.O.L.E. question, and the students loved exploring countless websites to locate other reasons that democracy is important. Some groups shared their information through a Google Slide or Doc, where others decided to create a poster or an oral report. The format of S.O.L.E. lessons allows any teacher, with access to the Internet and multiple devices, the ability to turn questions into Finally, in Mrs. Tiffany Timar’s fourth grade class, the a fun learning environment, where students take students were presented with the S.O.L.E. question ownership of their own education and ultimately “What are the benefits of a democratic society?” teach the class.

Valley Vista Elementary students and staff presented at the April North Royalton Board of Education meeting

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BROADCASTING STUDENTS AT NORTH ROYALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL VISIT IDEASTREAM WNRMS students were at Ideastream/WCPN/WCLV to tour the studios and control room, as well as learn about broadcasting first-hand from experts like Robert Conrad of WCLV. #NRInspireGreat

ALBION ELEMENTARY HERITAGE DAY

On March 20, Albion Elementary celebrated Heritage Day. Students and staff celebrated their diversity and culture. Please take a moment to watch Albion Elementary’s Heritage Day video at youtu.be/ixVGJf7GYvE

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NRMS STUDENT RECEIVES JOHN SHEPHERD SCHOLARSHIP

North Royalton Middle School administered an essay scholarship contest to all eighth graders to honor the memory of Sgt. John Shepherd, who lived nearly 118 years, making him most likely the longest-lived veteran of the American Revolution. Shepherd came to North Royalton in 1817 with his daughter, Margaret Engle, and they were one of the first settlers in the area. The goal was to foster an interest in American History and North Royalton history among this age group. The chosen winner, Julia Falcioni, received a scholarship at the April 10 Board of Education meeting for the school’s annual three-day trip to Washington, D.C. in May. While in the nation’s capital, students enjoy a tour of key monuments and governmental institutions by Educational Discovery Tours. The scholarship program is headed by Charles Phebus, who is the fourth greatgrandson of John Shepherd.

The middle school is a short walking distance from the cemetery where Mr. Shepherd’s remains are located. Mr. Phebus discovered his ancestor’s grave in North Royalton after many years of genealogical research. Mr. Phebus has conducted two major events in North Royalton to honor John Shepherd and the American Soldier, the first year event saw the first ever trip to Ohio by the Traveling Liberty Bell from Texas. Sgt. Shepherd fought in Washington’s army not only during the Revolution, but also was with Washington at Braddock’s Defeat of 1755. He was truly “with Washington all the way.”

“We are thankful for this opportunity because it has a positive impact on the students at NRMS, while keeping Mr. Shepherd’s legacy alive and well.” - Jeffrey Cicerchi, North Royalton Middle School Principal

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MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE ATTEND ROYAL VIEW ELEMENTARY’S 3RD ANNUAL LITERACY NIGHT More than 400 people attended the 3rd annual Royal View Elementary Literacy Night on Thursday, March 2, to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Students traveled from classroom to classroom listening to friends from the North Royalton community read their favorite children’s books. Students either wore their “Read Across America” tshirts or came in their pajamas for a night dedicated to the magic of reading. Prizes were given out throughout the evening, and there was even an appearance by the Cleveland Indians’ mascot, Slider, and also Clifford the Big Red Dog, a favorite childhood book character. Families enjoyed browsing through the Scholastic Book Fair as well. Literacy Night was just one of many activities planned throughout the entire week to promote reading. The theme of the week was “Wild About Reading” and each day, students had fun with a different theme. Monday was “Readable Shirt Day” and students displayed their Dr. Seuss hat decorations on the classroom doors or student lockers. Tuesday was “Mismatch Day” and students enjoyed books read by different teachers. Wednesday was “Wild about Reading Day” and students watched the school play, “The Reluctant Reader.” Thursday was “Literacy Shirt or Red and White

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Day” and in addition to the evening event, the magic of magician Jim Kleefeld amazed the students during an afternoon assembly. The week concluded on Friday with a “Royalton Spirit Day.” Throughout the week, daily announcements featured Dr. Seuss famous quotes and a “drop everything and read when you hear a special sound” on the PA. “When we established our building’s literacy committee three years ago, I told the group that our energy, enthusiasm, and passion would help define the literacy culture at Royal View,” said Principal Kirk Pavelich, Royal View Elementary. “Being able to plan an annual event like this, with the phenomenal support we have from our families, validates the work we’ve done to create a culture where every member of our school community places such a high value on literacy.” Royal View Elementary also announced this week that it is now a proud participant in the America’s Book Shelf (ABS) program. Founded three years ago in Alexandria, Virginia, the goal is to provide constant access to high quality books for children. Gently loved books from the community are put on bookshelves for children to enjoy. Royal View’s Book Shelf program makes getting books into children’s homes simple. “Students can go to the Royal View Library and visit our America’s Book Shelf site, pick a book of their choice, and dive into a Reading Adventure,” said Media Specialist Judy Sholtis, Royal View Elementary. “They can keep the book as long as they would like. When they’re finished, they bring the book back to our library to share with a friend. It’s that easy.” “All of our students have been so excited and books are literally flying off our version of America’s Book Shelf. It is important that we continue to get books to be able to replenish the Book Shelf. If you have books that you don’t need or would like to donate, please bring them to Royal View so we can add them to our Book Shelf,” said Sholtis.


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PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST WINNERS RECOGNIZED

“Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s Reflections contest, and especially to our Council level winners. I look forward to seeing all of your names again next year, as you share your talent in the arts with the PTA. Next year’s theme is “Within Reach,” so you can start planning now!” - Lori Krzywicki, Council PTA Chair for Reflections

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This year’s PTA Reflections Contest theme was “What is Your Story?” Our district’s PTA ran the program from October 11 to November 15, 2016. Students submitted items in the categories of Visual Arts, Literature, Photography, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production to their schools for judging. All first place winners at each school were submitted for judging at the Council level in December. There were 14 students in 16 categories who won at the Council level and went on to compete at the State level in January. At the April 10 North Royalton Board of Education meeting, Lori Krzywicki, Council PTA Chair for Reflections, announced the winners’ names to the board. They include: At the high school level: Visual Arts and Literature - Rachel Pavelich 11th grade - Rachel received an Honorable Mention for her work in Literature For Music Composition - Elaine Slaby 11th grade At the middle school level, which is grades 6 through 8: Visual Arts - Varuni Chopra, 6th grade Literature - Emmanuel Velkos, 6th grade

At the intermediate level, which is grades 3 through 5: Visual Arts - Alanna Olman, 5th grade Literature - Jonathan Pavelich, 5th grade - Jonathan received an Honorable Mention also Photography - Alyssa DeAngelis, 4th grade at Valley Vista Music Compositon - Andrew Gurin 4th grade at Albion Dance Choreography - Alivia Olman, 3rd grade at Valley Vista Film Production - Maddie Putnam, 4th grade at Valley Vista At the primary level, which is grades kindergarten through 2nd: Visual Arts and Photography - Jackson Brihn, 1st grade at Royal View Literature - Katie Crowe, 2nd grade at Royal View Film Production - Alexandros Velkos, 2nd grade at Albion - Alexandros received a 2nd Place Award of Achievement at the State level

Photography - Gabrielle Brihn, 7th grade

North Royalton Middle School eighth-grade students and staff from Team Gold held monthly food drives from March through May for the North Royalton Food Bank. The goal was to collect 450 items by March and they surpassed that by collecting 568 items.

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NRHS STATE QUALIFIERS FOR SWIMMING RECOGNIZED BY DISTRICT At the April 10 Board of Education meeting, our North Royalton High School State Qualifiers for swimming were recognized. They include: OHSAA DISTRICTS/ADVANCE TO STATES: -Emma Glickberg - relay alternate -Anna Martin - 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 100 breaststroke -Gina Smith - 200 medley relay, 200 free relay -Sarah Turchanik - 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 200 free relay, 100 backstroke -Anna Weber - 200 medley relay, 200 free relay

OHSAA STATES: -200 YARD IM: -Sarah Turchanik: 8th place -100 YARD BREASTSTROKE: -Anna Martin: 11th place OHSAA DISTRICTS/ADVANCE TO STATES: -Bobby Bottomley - 200 free relay, 400 free relay -Colton Phelps - 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay -Mason Romstadt - 200 free relay, 400 free relay -Andy Vance - 200 free relay, 400 free relay -Tanner Wilson - relay alternate OHSAA STATES: -200 YARD IM: -Colton Phelps: 7th place

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NORTH ROYALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL STEM PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTED At the April board meeting, North Royalton Middle School Science Teacher Mrs. Samantha Brown, along with eighth grade students Nick DiSisto, Nick Trottnow, Lauren Devney, and Paul Boersma and seventh grade students Ali Hertel and Taylor Jacubenta, represented the middle school with a sense of pride and professionalism as they discussed the many benefits of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) course called Project Lead the Way. All seventh grade students at NRMS take the course for nine weeks. Students in grade eight can elect to take the course for one semester. During this time, students gain an understanding of the design process, automation and robotics. These students have truly excelled in this course and applied their knowledge to real world situations both in and outside of the classroom.

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NORTH ROYALTON HIGH SCHOOL ART DEPARTMENT HOSTS FIRST EVER JUNIOR/SENIOR ART SHOW North Royalton’s High School Art Department hosted their first ever Junior/Senior Art Show in April. Approximately 30 upperclassmen were featured in the show, which included 180 pieces ranging from paintings on canvas to ceramic sculptures and mix-media pieces. There was even an interactive art area where guests could participate in the creation of some art. The opening reception on Wednesday, April 12 was free and open to the public and was a great success with

more than 250 people in attendance. On Thursday, April 13, the show was open to staff and students for the school day and also had record highs in attendance. “The department hopes that this will become an annual event to celebrate the art department’s student body successes and serve as a free family-friendly event for all residents of North Royalton to enjoy,” said Dalia Erney, art teacher.

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NEW WEATHER STATION INSTALLED ON ROOF OF HIGH SCHOOL Thanks to a grant from the North Royalton Educational Foundation, North Royalton High School Science Teacher Dave Hartmann was able to implement a weather station for the school district and the City of North Royalton. The system was installed onto the high school roof and is now connected to weather data and displayed on the school’s website homepage at www. northroyaltonsd.org where anyone can access a live view of the current conditions. Weather information can now be accessed over smart devices, computers and current social media sites like Twitter and Weather Underground. “This new system involves not only students and faculty in the district, but our community as a whole,” said Hartmann. “The sunrise, sunset and

moon phase keeps you in touch with your environment. You also get dew point and rainfall rate, and a graph provides detailed trends for barometer, temperature and humidity. We now have increased student achievement through laboratory investigations using current weather data from North Royalton and around the USA from other weather underground participants. It also can help our superintendent determine snow days!”

ALBION ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ENJOY LEARNING FROM GUEST SPEAKERS

Teaching local government to second graders? No better guest to invite than City of North Royalton Mayor Robert Stefanik. The second grade team made this social studies lesson literally come to life when Mayor Stefanik volunteered to speak.

Teaching third graders about entrepreneurship? No better guest to invite than an entrepreneur. Bob Rybak, owner of My Pizzetta, shared his knowledge and expertise on the subject.

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STUDENTS WORK ON GLOBAL PEACE PROJECT

Seventh graders in Mrs. Kauffman’s class at North Royalton Middle School have been working on a Global Peace Project through a partnership with a school in Anchorage, Alaska. Part of the project required them to create a video in which they interview members of our community who explain what peace means to them and what it is like in their city. They went on three walking field trips the last week of April to interview Chief Robert Chegan, North Royalton Fire Department, Superintendent Greg Gurka, and North Royalton Mayor Robert Stefanik. Mayor Stefanik also gave the students a tour of City Hall.

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NORTH ROYALTON HIGH SCHOOL RECOGNIZES HONOR STUDENTS IN THE CLASS OF 2017 On April 19, the following North Royalton High School seniors were recognized for having a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or above after their 7th semester. Magna and Summa will be determined after their last semester. Sofia Aceto Benjamin Althouse Aseel Amer Alexander Bajzer Jordan Boldt Samantha Bradford Emily Butler Carly Chester Alexis Chuppa Anthony Ciulli

Kip Coljohn Alex Costa Benjamin Cozzens Phillip Da Silva Fatimah Elghazawi Samuel Ferguson Shelby Franczak Allison Higgins Allison Hornyak Angela Humbel Steven Ivec Angelica Jang Julia Jones Amanda Kall William Kanieski Brandon Kinsey Kristin Knull David Kotovets Megan Kucharski Natalie Kulka

Brandon Kyle Ian Layhew Beatrice Anne Malala Emily Mark Patrick McKee Alexis Mendoza Drake Miller Bayley Miozzi Isabelle Moryan Evan Neczypor Callie Papenfuss Srivarshini Parameswaran Jehoash Pedavada Ethan Pelagalli Carmen Piazza Gina Pignataro Amy Podsiadlo Mallory Radesic Josephine Raju Charles Samantha Raudins

Matiss Reineks Elena Rielinger Tygue Saunders Megan Scharrer Ashley Shaji Cassidy Shokles Jacob Shook Mary Clare Slezak Hannah Spisak Patryk Swiderek Franz Tandoc Jessica Tuttle Abigail Vago Danielle Vivcharenko Gabrielle White Tanner Wilson Rourke Zarzycki

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The Bear Way is the digital magazine of North Royalton City Schools