Dear Skipper Families,
In Fairport Harbor, student safety is always our top priority. When our region receives a blast of winter weather it is often accompanied questions about school closing in the event of dangerous conditions.
The decision regarding school closures begins early and involves multiple factors:
Parents can always choose to keep their children home if they truly feel there is a weather-related safety risk. These absences will be recorded as excused, with make-up work provided to the student, if the Superintendent designates the day as a Severe Weather Day in the school district.
Please do not hesitate to contact the district if you require additional information in this regard.
Domenic Paolo, Ph.D.
Please note, being tardy to school counts against your hours present at school.
Naviance Student allows you to:
Naviance Student also lets us share information with you about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information. You can also use the site to stay in communication with the counseling office.
Your username and password is your student number from Infinite Campus. Copy and paste the link below to access Naviance Student:
We hope that you will find this resource helpful. If you have questions about Naviance Student, please contact Mrs. Jurick.
We are very excited to officially announce that McKinley has been AUTHORIZED to offer the Primary Years Program as an International Baccalaureate World School! As the first IB World School in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties we are proud to offer this prestigious program to our school community.
Free and reduced price meal eligibility rolls over for the first 30 days of the new school year. A new application needs to be filled out every year to ensure your student continues to receive their benefits.
As of Friday, October 5, 2018, all students that do not have a current application on file for the 18/19 school year was changed to full pay for their meals. For the next few days, in anticipation of receiving their updated applications, students will be permitted to go into the negative to receive their lunch meals.
The free and reduced-price meal application is accessible on your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. It will come directly to us and will be processed
immediately upon receipt. If you need a paper copy please call the nutrition office at 440-358-8211.
1. All students grades 6-10 and grade 12 (except Auburn students, see below) will have a late start February 20, 2019.
2. Harding High School will administer the ACT test to ALL juniors on Feb. 20, 2019
3. Students who are NOT a junior or DO NOT attend Auburn will report to school at 12:50.
4. They will retrieve their chrome book and report to their C block class. The middle school will report to their 7th-period class.
5. Lunch services will not be available at the 12:50 start time.
Students who attend the Auburn Career Center in the morning.
1. All Auburn students who are NOT a junior and attend Auburn are expected to attend Auburn on February 20, 2019
2. Students who return to Harding after Auburn will report to the lunch room for lunch and study hall until school begins at 12:50, Lunch will be served to Juniors and students coming from Auburn only.
Information for Juniors
ALL Harding High School juniors are required to take the ACT test on February 20, 2019.
1. They are to report to the high school cafeteria at 7:45 and will test until 12:30.
2. They will need a calculator ( T130) and a photo ID
3. ALL Auburn and CCP students will NOT attend their classes that day, but will take ACT test.
4. Breakfast will be served to juniors that would like to purchase it at 7:15.
5. Lunch will be provided to any junior that would like to purchase it at 12:30.
6. Juniors must leave campus after lunch is finished for the remainder of the day.
7. The state requires that no cell phones, fitness bands, smart watches , technical devices, purses or backpacks are permitted in the testing area. Please leave these items at home or you can lock them in Mrs. Fischer's office.
There is MANDATORY junior ACT meeting January 28th at 1pm
Please contact your child's teacher for more information!
McKinley 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm-Contact Jpolak@fhevs.org for more details.
Harding 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm-Please note:
All teachers will be present on both days except:
Jeannie Luoma-Toomey will only be available Feb 13.
Marissa Macko will only be available Feb 13.
Tara Messenger will only be available Feb 13.
Tim Hlousek will only be available Feb 13.
Cameron Ruff will only be available Feb 13.
Sarah Murphy-Ring will only be available Feb 13.
Chris Ruzin will only be available Feb 13.
Sheila Felix will only be available Feb 21.
Corie Kallay will only be available Feb 21.
Jen McCauley will only be available Feb 21.
Nathan Yaussy will only be available Feb 21.
Amanda Carrigan-Prosser will only be available Feb 21.
Erin Allen-Avram will only be available Feb 21.
Take a look at the Just Run 2019 Information Packet for details regarding registration, practice dates & times, race day information, Remind App Code. This program is open to kids in grade Pk to 12. Service hours will be granted to high school students who help at McKinley Elementary with practice sessions.
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No School 4/19 through 4/22.
Classes resume 4/23.
District Wide (Harding & McKinley)
On December 19, 2019, Sandra Knight was given The Glass Apple Award for her continued support and dedication to the Voice of Democracy and Patriotic Pen Contests. Way to go, Sandra Knight, keep up the good work!
Excerpt from article: "Although it is the smallest of Lake County's nine public school districts, Fairport Harbor's 2018-19 enrollment of 852 represents a 35 percent increase from its 2013-14 enrollment of 630.
Fairport Superintendent Domenic Paolo attributes much of the gain in his district's student population to an open enrollment policy in place since 2006.
He said while most open enrollment students are coming from Painesville, Painesville Township, Mentor and nearby communities, some are from communities in Geauga and Ashtabula counties.
The influx of students means the district's two aging schools, McKinley Elementary and Fairport Harding Junior-Senior High, are operating at full capacity and beyond.
"People want the more-personalized learning experience for students we offer," Paolo said. "To keep doing that, we need to modernize facilities."
Paolo said the Fairport system in February submitted an application to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission for state funding to build a new school that would house all of its students in one building.
The new school would be built on the site of the junior-senior high school. Paolo said the estimated cost of the project is $30 million.
Because of the economic profile of the village of 3,000, the state commission would provide 92 percent of the funding. The Fairport school board will place a 3-mill bond issue on the ballot to raise the remaining $2.4 million.
Paolo said the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission has $300 million in its coffers while there are 17 school districts in line for funding before Fairport Harbor.
The current scenario could have the new bond issue in front of Fairport Harbor voters in 2020."
By David S. Glasier firstname.lastname@example.org @nhglasier on Twitter Dec 11, 2018
Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction presented McKinley Elementary a Gold Award, Harding High School a Silver Award and the District was recognized for implementing PBIS district-wide. Congratulations, teachers, students & staff for creating a positive environment at Fairport Harbor Schools.
(Pictured L-R, Sarah Healan, Jennifer Polak, Paolo DeMaria, Doreen Fischer, Tim Hlousek and Chris Ruzin)
Fairport Harbor Schools Theatre will be performing the classic Neil Simon comedy “The Odd Couple (Female Version)” Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Branthoover Auditorium at Fairport Harding High School.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students on a first-come, first-serve basis. The show is rated PG and runs approximately 2 hours. Doors open one hour before show time and seating begins 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance.
“I wanted to perform a classic comedy as a tribute to Simon who sadly passed away this summer,” says director Johnathan Luster. “Working in a smaller district and with a predominantly female theater department, it was fortunate Neil Simon created a female version of this beloved play. It’s a natural fit for the cast and a lot of fun to perform.”
In Simon’s “Female” version, Felix Unger and Oscar Madison are at it again, but with a bit of a twist. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version of the play, the roles are changed. Ms. Olive Madison invites the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit and the comedy ensues when Florence Unger arrives on the scene.
“The characters may have changed,” Luster says, “but the laughter remains the same."
Making things even more interesting, Olive and Florence will be played by sisters Victoria Palmer, a senior, and Gabrielle Palmer, a junior. Both girls have grown up on the FHS stage since middle school.
“Playing the role of the messy, laid-back New Yorker opposite Gabby, who plays an uptight and neurotic neat freak, is a dream come true,” Victoria says. “Not many people get to share the stage with family and play such amazing roles.”
“We have been blessed with amazing directors and opportunities through FHS Theater and we are having a lot of fun,” Gabby says. “I am going to miss this senior class and performing with my sister.
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National Honor Society Inductions were held in the auditorium 1-10-19. Congratulations!
Thank you to Mr. Dan Sherwood from the VFW for coming to Fairport today to honor the winners from the VFW Patriot's Pen (grades 6-8) essay contest and Voice of Democracy (grades 9-12).
The winners for the Voice of Democracy are as follows:
Connor Hulett - 1st place - 10th grade - $400
Emmett Uhlir - 2nd place - 11th grade - $250
Maarika Haller - 3rd place - 10th grade - $150
The winners for the Patriot's Pen essay contest are as follows:
Samantha Yowell - 1st place - 8th grade - $300
Aiden Day - 2nd place - 8th grade - $225
Owen Meacham - 3rd place - 8th grade - $150
Ms. Wessels and 8th-grade students visited Miss T's preschoolers to help them shop at the Santa Shop, read winter-themed books and watch "Frosty The Snowman".
Students in grades 6-8 were invited to attend "A Christmas Carol" at Cleveland Playhouse Square. It was a fabulous show performed in front of a packed house. The students enjoyed the show. Thank you to the Fairport Board of Education and parents for sponsoring this trip.
8th grade students went to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood on Dec. 12. They met Holocaust survivor Helen Marks. She was born in 1941 and went into hiding during the Holocaust. Her father was in Auschwitz and lived through it. After the war her family was reunited and moved to America. Students participated in a guided tour of the museum on the "stop the hate" tour. Students are writing essays in their English classes called "stop the hate." They learned that hatred is not something you are born with - you are taught to hate. Students discussed how to stand up for someone when they may witness something that isn't right. It was a truly educational experience. This will be the last generation of children to meet Holocaust survivors.
Mrs. Michelle Jurick & Principal Katie Rumbarger took the top performing Sophomores & Juniors on a whirlwind tour of colleges in Ohio. Students could compare campus size, offerings, and student life as they toured several colleges over a two day period.