As we learn (and relearn) beginning in childhood, some truths and sayings are universal in nature and practice. It seems that parents around the world encourage their children to acknowledge their mistakes by simply saying, “I’m sorry”. In that statement children come to experience and realize that making mistakes is a universal human experience, and an inescapable and undeniable part of being human.
The basketball teams at Our Lady of the Lake have been taking it to the finals this season! There are so many things to be proud of from all our teams. The 8th grade girls came in first place in their division. The 8th grade boys are competing in the Mater Dei finals as we go to press, and one of our high school teams is still in the city tournament. Both 7th grade boys’ teams made it to the quarter finals in the CYO city tournament, while the 5th grade boys went undefeated. In their first year of playing together, the 4th grade girls made it to the finals in the St. Francis tournament. Both the 6th grade boys’ and girls’ teams, the 5th grade girls, and the 4th grade boys had good seasons with hard fought games. And our cheerleading team brought the spirit, cheering the fifth grade boys on to success.
Lego Mindstorm Projects Focus of Ss. Robert & William Catholic School's S.T.E.M. Evening of Learning
On Monday, March 24, 2014, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., Ss. Robert and William Catholic School will host the third in a series of “Evenings of Learning.” This program will highlight the school’s S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Program and will take place throughout the school.
St. John of the Cross Parish and Ss. Robert & William Parish Create a New Partnership for Ss. Robert & William Catholic School in the 2014/2015 School Year
In June of 2014, St. John of the Cross Parish (SJOC) will close its school and enter into a partnership with Ss. Robert & William Parish (SRW) to support one school, commencing in the 2014-2015 school year.
School Open House Successful Start to Catholic Schools Week
Our Lady of the Lake School kicked off Catholic Schools Week with an open house on January 26 that drew school families, friends and visitors interested in learning more about the many good things that are happening here. Newcomers got tours from student ambassadors, who enjoyed showing off their school. Parents and families got the opportunity to see some of the wonderful work their students are doing. And parishioners got to show their support for this important parish school, which has been an anchor in the community for more than 80 years.
Highlights of the tour included the state-of-the-art computer lab, classroom technology, quality gym facilities, music and arts rooms, and of course creative and interesting projects by Our Lady of the Lake students. Principal Rita Kingsbury shared plans for the new Pre-K program that will begin in fall 2014. And the PTO set up a table to offer free popcorn and a friendly greeting, along with information about the dozens of fun events they organize each year. All the visitors also got to take part in a raffle and silent auction, with enthusiastic bidding.
Our Lady of the Lake held a town hall meeting on January 22 to answer questions from parishioners and school families about recent school closings in the community. A sizeable crowd of parents and community members came seeking information about the future of St John of the Cross School, and how its closing might affect other area schools. What began as a conversation focused on deep community concerns ended with a positive note as attendees got a clear message of Our Lady of the Lake’s strong position.
Father Joe Fortuna shared a chronology of events leading up to the announced closing of St John of the Cross, and expressed his commitment to maintaining a strong school in Our Lady of the Lake parish both now and in the future. While rumors had apparently circulated that St John of the Cross school was merging with Ss. Robert and Williams school, and Our Lady of the Lake was in some risk of closing, both rumors were soundly refuted. A parishioner with students at St John of the Cross emphasized that, while that school has formed a partnership with Ss. Robert and William that addresses issues such as tuition, families there are free to send their students to any school of their choosing. Our Lady of the Lake is similarly offering in-parish tuition rates to St John of the Cross families.
Former Senator George Voinovich visited Our Lady of the Lake School recently, to learn about some of the school’s new initiatives. Visiting classrooms and computer labs, observing school election posters lining the main floor, seeing the halls come to life with enthusiastic young students, he got to see first-hand a thriving community school of active, engaged learners.
The students of Mrs. Patterson’s fourth grade class were delighted to tell the Senator everything they’ve been learning about anthropological science (it turns out the Senator has quite a fossil collection himself!). And the seventh grade students working in the new computer lab were eager to share their current projects researching and creating videos to document important environmental issues. While the Senator was impressed with the cutting edge technology and the students’ advanced applications, they in turn were impressed to learn of the Senator’s own commitment to environmental stewardship.
The project closest to the Senator’s heart, however, may have been the newly announced eighth grade trip to Washington, DC. Senator Voinovich recalled his own first trip to Washington as a youth, and the ways in which that experience formed his personal commitment to public service. Given the long and esteemed career that resulted from that early adventure, it is exciting to think that we may be nurturing one of our next great leaders right here. The students look forward to the Senator’s advice and guidance as they plan the details of their trip.
What could be better than a bowl of hot, spicy chili on a cold day? How about a tasty dessert to go with it! The third annual Chili Cook-Off at Our Lady of the Lake was bigger and better than ever, with 19 chili competitors and 12 dessert entries. Competition was tough, but our seasoned judges enjoyed their work as they sampled the full range of offerings. The church hall was busy and full, with visitors coming and going between the cook-off and open house. All the visitors enjoyed great eats, good fellowship and live music provided by the newly formed “Lakers” – a band of parish musicians who enjoy coming out for community events. The mood was festive and fun, and everyone left a winner.
The Euclid City School District would like to express heartfelt gratitude for the generosity and kindness that the Euclid Firefighters Local 337 provided to our students through Operation Warm. A special thanks to Operation Warm organizer and the Chief Steward, Bill Mastroianni of the Euclid Fire Fighters Local 337.
Our Lady of the Lake’s parish play performed to near sell-out crowds at the end of November. Nearly 900 people enjoyed performances of The Adventures of the Fearsome Pirate Frank, a dramatic comedy that featured more than 130 young members of the school and parish. Director David Malinowski, of Willoughby’s Fine Arts Center, brought out the best in all the performers, and all three shows received rave reviews.
Homelessness - It’s something we’ve more than likely prayed we’ll never have to endure. Yet, for 14 dark and chilling hours, that’s exactly what a handful of New Day Academy (NDA) students volunteered to experience while staying overnight at a makeshift outdoor shelter. So, why did these young boys and girls willingly brave the frigid night air with nothing more than a cardboard box for cover? The answer to this question captures the very heart of "Shanty Town," a national program that New Day Academy has taken part in for several years to bring attention to the problem of homelessness.
High-fives were flying after the first official letter of intent (this year) was signed by Euclid High School senior, Erin Haislah. Notre Dame College presented Miss Haislah with a full ride scholarship for basketball while family, friends, teachers, and administrators watched her sign her letter of intent.
Forest Park Middle School's Student Council is sponsoring the first annual “Twelve Days Before Break” starting this Thursday, December 5th. The plan is to countdown to break with surprise prizes, treats and fun! The Student Council created the different daily activities to engage the students and finish the first half of the school year strong. What an amazing way to end 2013.
For the third consecutive year, John Yuha's physical education students have won the Fuel Up to PLAY 60 Challenge. Congratulations to Central Middle School for logging over 2.8 million minutes of play! The top female winner was D'Yani Calhoun and the top male winner was Reggie Moore. Both students along with 20 other top students got to participate in fitness activities with the four of the Cleveland Browns players.
A whole day full of science fun was brought to Chardon Hills by The Center of Science and Industry (COSI). The Investigating Energy program was designed to introduce students to the science of energy. Students had the opportunity to use an anemometer to test wind speed, built circuits by attaching a variety of components to a power supply, use blocks to transfer energy, and use the "Watts Up" meter to determine the amount of energy being used by household objects. The program was complete with vocabulary words like "biomass," "conductor," "geothermal,"kinetic energy," and "nuclear energy." Students also learned science process skills such as observing, inferring, hypothesizing, and predicting. Needless to say, the program left Chardon Hills students and staff very "energized" about science!
First grade students in Ms. Laurie Flanders' class at Arbor Elementary School put on a Thanksgiving play for family and friends. The character trait for the month of November was "GRATITUDE." Students learned how to share their gratitude.
The basement is an endless maze of sterile-looking corridors. Massive robotic machines transporting mega-loads of supplies churn their way up and down the hallways. People wearing white lab coats pass by at a pace that conveys intensity. It’s a futuristic scene that bears resemblance to a science fiction movie teeming with suspense.
But this is no movie. The stakes are much higher than the cost of a movie ticket. This is The Cleveland Clinic – known across the globe for its cutting-edge innovation. And navigating her way with ease through the esteemed hospital system is New Day Academy Junior, Julai Matthews, on her way to her next assignment.
Julai is part of NDA’s Career Internship Program with The Cleveland Clinic. It’s a partnership that has been in place for years and offers New Day Academy Juniors the opportunity to explore the medical field as a potential career possibility. Julai aspires to enter the field of medicine one day and finds the internship program offered by New Day Academy an invaluable resource. When asked what she most enjoys about her internship with The Cleveland Clinic, Matthews responds, “It gives me the chance to get real hands-on experience. I don’t think I’d be able to get this kind of experience anyplace else.”
Julai is just 1 of 9 NDA students who intern at the Clinic every Tuesday and Thursday, with round-trip transportation provided by New Day. Each student intern is assigned specific duties by Cleveland Clinic Volunteer Coordinator, Kevin Phipps. From transporting patients by wheelchair to delivering charts to physicians, Phipps keeps a masterful eye on the students’ activities, ensuring they are exposed to a full range of hospital procedures.
Apparently, it’s a partnership that has payoff for both New Day Academy students and The Cleveland Clinic. Phipps comments, “We really appreciate having the students. They pick up things quickly and they are a big help to us.”
The halls were hallowed and the line was out the door for the annual trick-or-treating event at Euclid High School. Various organizations throughout the Euclid City School District decorated doors, donated candy, and volunteered to work the event. All of the money raised from ticket sales was donated to the Euclid Police Animal Shelter. This spooktacular event was organized by Mr. Nick Selvaggio and his criminal justice and crime scene classes.
The faculty, staff and students of Ss. Robert & William Catholic School cordially invite all to their second in a series of “An Evening of Learning.” These popular evenings bring a fresh look to the traditional Open Houses that the school has hosted in the past.
On Monday, November 25, 2013, from 6:30-8:00p.m., in the school gym, the focus of the night will revolve around diversity and the topic of “Cultures.” Presentations will include a Living Museum where you will see our traditions come to life, Immigrant Projects, how Christmas is celebrated around the world, and a glimpse of how technology is used in the study of Religion.
An interactive project “We Are Thankful For…” gives guests a moment to reflect on all the goodness that is around them. Adults who attend the evening will have the opportunity to enter a free raffle to win a Thanksgiving Dinner from Bob Evans Restaurant.
Future Night of Learning Dates are planned for March 24, 2014 where the S.T.E.M. curriculum will be featured and May 14, 2014 where the Fine Arts will be highlighted.
Ss. Robert & William Catholic School is located at 351 East 260th St., Euclid. Please call (216)731-3060 for additional details.
What better way to spread some Halloween cheer, but to visit with neighbors! The seventh graders of Our Lady of the Lake did just that. The students walked down Lakeshore Boulevard to Mary Mavec Opportunity School in order to play some Halloween games and make a craft. The afternoon was filled with fun and laughter for everyone who was involved with the day.
A key objective in the religion curriculum for seventh graders is to offer service to others. The Our Lady of the Lake seventh graders did this by working hard in class to develop different Halloween activities that they could share with the Mary Mavec community. Some students created “Goblin Bowling” which was made out of recycled materials. There were also Halloween word games and guessing games too. One group of students even made many individual crafts, such as pumpkins, witches, and ghosts to help the clients put together. Still another group, created a Halloween version of the game Candy Land.
The students were not only performing an act of service, but they had fun doing it. In fact, the seventh graders are already planning for the holidays!
New Day Academy’s 10th grade girls demonstrated their dedication to raising awareness of breast cancer by collecting donations from fellow students, and giving a voice to all those who’ve been affected by the disease. Collaborating with New Day’s Student Council, the girls hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Thursday, October 31.
Student, Chardelle Wills, who first thought of the idea, states, “I like helping people and since October is breast cancer awareness month I thought this would be a good way to raise money.” All students who donated in advance were allowed to wear pink shirts, socks, and accessories to support finding a cure for breast cancer. All proceeds will benefit breast cancer awareness.
New Day Academy students are proud to be participating in the 2014 Best of the Best Fashion Face-Off and Prom Expo. The annual event is a city-wide high school fashion competition with a grand prize of $1,000 awarded to the winning school. Beginning in 1997, the competition, which is open to both males and females, enables students to raise money for their prom, as well as show off their fashion style. The competition has previously brought together hundreds of students throughout the Cleveland and Akron areas.
While the final competition is not until March 2014, New Day Academy students have assembled as early as October to decide on a theme, select music, and the clothing that will be modeled. More than modeling, however, New Day students are learning the importance of teamwork, organization, and how to prepare for large scale events. Henderson Deal, the advisor for NDA’s team, had the New Day Academy models first walk the runway at NDA’s YOU-nity Fest in June, an event that allowed the community at-large to view what NDA has to offer.
To date, NDA’s participants are Desiree Battle (11th grade), Kamille Harris (9th grade), Janasha Robinson (10th grade), Naija Roundtree (12th grade), and Brooke Sims (10th grade). Deal states that spaces for both male and female models are still available, however. Don’t forget to check the New Day Academy website at www.newdayacademy.us for more information on this exciting competition.
The teaching surprise of a lifetime happened for Bluestone Elementary School teacher, Cheree Mason as she received an award and $1,000 in school supplies from OfficeMax. The award program known as "A Day Made Better" is part of the Office Max National School Advocacy Program where principals nominate teachers who go above and beyond. Bluestone Elementary School's Principal, Linda Knight nominated Cheree Mason for this incredible award due to her dedication, excellence and love for her students. With family, friends, and colleagues surrounding her Mason humbly accepted this tremendous honor.
Chardon Hills Magnet School teachers and staff are enjoying “catching” students going above and beyond in their attitude and actions with their All That and a Bag of Chips reward system.
“What field do you want to go into when you graduate?”
It’s a question that’s baffled high school students for decades. Unless a school develops creative ways of offering real-world learning, students oftentimes miss out on the opportunity to discover their true calling.
New Day Academy, located in Euclid, cuts clean through career confusion. The proof is in the internship opportunities they’ve developed for their students. What’s so special about the internships at New Day? Just ask the Assistant Dean of the Upper School (Grades 8 – 12), Chanelle Stepp, “It’s my job to make sure that my students feel inspired in school and in work. I’m always on the lookout to uncover opportunities that will enable my students to spread their wings and fly. No other school is placing their students in the organizations that we are.”
Stepp is referring to such powerhouses as the Cleveland Clinic, the Justice Center, and the office of Cleveland’s own, Frank Jackson. This year, New Day Academy placed 9 of its students at the Cleveland Clinic where they will be learning a variety of skills including medical procedures as well as office operations.
For 40+ years, the parish school at Ss. Robert & William Catholic Church has been celebrating “Grandparent's Day.” This is a unique day where students and their grandparents/special guests are embraced and recognized.
New Day Academy’s Middle and High School, located in Euclid, recognize their Student of the Month as well as those students whose academic achievement sets a standard of excellence. Congratulations!
Join New Day Academy in welcoming the newest additions to its faculty:
Mary Colan – Kindergarten
Charles Hayward – 4th Grade
Elizabeth Couture – High School Algebra and Statistics
Warren Franklin - Electives
Did you know that President Carter initiated Grandparent’s Day as a national holiday in 1978? It’s true. He’d set aside the 1st Sunday after Labor Day exclusively to honor the unwavering dedication of our “family pillars”. All these years later, President Obama agrees, “I call upon all Americans to take the time to honor their own grandparents and those in their community.” New Day Academy did just that! On September 9, faculty, students, and administration came together to celebrate Grandparents Day in NDA style! Lower school students, grades K – 4, read poems of praise, showed off their alphabet skills, and made gifts to present to their loving grandparents…all to say, “We love you!”
The Annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/Banquet will be held on Thursday, September 19 at Tizzano’s Party Center, 1361 East 260th Street. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m. and the ceremony begins promptly at 8:00 p.m.
This year’s inductees are:
Don Shisila Class of ‘68
Rod Sullivan Class of ‘69
Ellen Buck McKernick Class of ‘80
Eric Goulde Class of ‘81
Clayton Cunningham Class of ‘96
Delvona Oliver Class of ‘99
Tony Basalla Class of ‘01
Tickets are still available: Adults $30.00 Children under 12 - $15.00
The Class of 2026 was welcomed to the Euclid City School District with a backpack full of supplies courtesy of the PTA. A special thanks to all of the PTA members and donors who helped make this possible.
Keeping up with technology has become quite a challenge in today’s world with new devices, new forms of social media, and new apps that can do things like close your garage door. Information is literally at your fingertips and now Euclid City Schools is too! With the touch of a button on your smartphone, you can download the Euclid City Schools Mobile App, which brings you up to the minute news, pictures, videos, social media feeds, and events. The app is free and available in the Google Play and Apple App Stores. Simply search, “Euclid City Schools” in the search tab.
While you are checking your Facebook, check out all eight of the Euclid City Schools’ Facebook Pages. Each building has their very own page, so that we can show you all the growing, learning, and exciting events that happen in our buildings everyday. Whether it is the 5th grade Chocolate Emporium, the 3rd grade Living Wax Museum, or the Dancing Classrooms Grand Performance, you can keep up and share pictures and videos with family and friends. Arbor, Bluestone, Chardon Hills, Shoreview, Central, Forest Park, EHS, and the Early Learning Center are all waiting for your “like!” Simply type in the school name “Arbor Elementary School” and look for the big yellow block letter “E” with the blue background.
If you happen to be tweeting about the weather or the terrible traffic you just ran into on the highway, take a minute to check out Euclid City Schools’ twitter feed @euclidschools. Follow us for honors, schedule changes, and lots of other information in 140 characters or less. Sometimes you can even find a tiny URL that will link you to our YouTube page! Head on over to www.youtube.com/euclidEDtv to watch board meetings and special projects like our “We Believe” video made for our awesome Sophomores as they faced Ohio Graduation Testing.
The following students scored a “5” (highest possible score) on the indicated AP Exam at the end of last year:
Rayshaun Bennett (US Gov’t)
Aaron Hoch (US Gov’t)
Emma Larive (US Gov’t)
Samantha Lisy (US Gov’t, Calculus AB)
Congratulations also to Susan Withers (Gov’t) and Denise Palermo (Calculus), the teachers who structured their preparation and course work. We are Panther Proud!
A fun thing our school does to wrap up the summer is the Ice Cream Social sponsored by our PTO. We opened our school year with a Magazine Drive. Our final day to turn in magazine drive orders is September 13, 2013. It is not too late to order from a school student.
We have an awesome Beginner’s Band and Advanced Band. We often have concerts throughout the year.
On September 19th we will begin a special after-school program called Young Rembrandts. It is an opportunity to explore art beyond our classroom curriculum. It is an hour-long 6 week program to develop drawing and artistic skills.
We are already looking forward to our S.T.E.M. week. S=Science; T=Technology; E=Engineering; M=Math. During S.T.E.M. week, we do many fun, educational activities.
PTO will sponsor a 7th and 8th Grade Night to look at the various high school options. We are lucky to have such a strong and supportive parent organization.
This is just the “tip of the iceberg” as we begin our school year at Our Lady of the Lake School.
Sebastian Haase, Erin Osborne, Claire Roland, are 8th grade Our Lady of the Lake students who gathered at lunch to put together school news. Look for more from them in the future.
The new school year has begun at Ss. Robert & William Catholic School. With 400+ students on campus, life is vibrant and the faculty, students, and parents are partnering to make this a very successful school year.
In an effort to bring awareness to the creativity and learning that is taking place within these walls, the school has scheduled four “Nights of Learning” throughout the school year. They are free and open to the public.
On Monday, September 30, 2013, from 6:30-8:00p.m., the first of this series is being held. “A Night of Learning: Celebrating the Art of Reading and Writing,” will showcase and recognize the art and beauty of reading and writing. We believe literacy and communication are vital skills in the 21st century and we wish to share some of the highlights of what we do, in order that you, too, can share in our passion of reading and writing.
Included in the evening will be student presentations and interactive activities. A Book Fair which is being hosted by Usborne Books and Scholastic, will round out the event. You will have the opportunity to purchase quality items at a reasonable price.
Other “Nights of Learning,” are scheduled as follows: A “Night of Learning: Social Studies & Cultures,” Monday, November 25, 2013, “A Night of Learning: S.T.E.M.,” Monday, March 24, 2014, and the last session will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 and will feature, “A Night of Learning: Fine Arts.”
Ss. Robert and William Catholic School is located at 351 East 260th St., Euclid. Please call 216.731.3060, for additional details.
Maureen Frydl assisted with this article.
The St. Vitus Adult Slovenian School is beginning its 2013-2014 Slovenian language classes on September 14, 2013.
Classes are scheduled on two Saturdays each month from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. and will continue through May 24, 2014. Location is at St. Martin de Porres High School (formerly St. Vitus School), 6111 Lausche Avenue, Cleveland.
Three levels are taught –
- BEGINNING – New material from Slovenia with emphasis on everyday conversation. Textbook is up-to-date.
- INTERMEDIATE – for students who have some knowledge of the language. Continuation from the beginning class using a newly published textbook. Continued conversation.
- ADVANCED – for those who have a speaking knowledge of Slovenian and would like to have further knowledge in reading and writing. Lessons include textbook study along with general information about customs and culture of Slovenia.
Tuition is $50 per semester. Textbooks are purchased separately from the instructor.
For information call Lillian at 216.289.7253 or Majda at 440.255.1178 or email Lillian at firstname.lastname@example.org.