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.
Principal's Advisory Group
Do you have a question, concern, or suggestion to help our schools? Join the building principals on Monday (Dec. 18) @ 6 PM in the Fairport library for a discussion on what you see that's great and what needs to improve.
Congrats! Mr. Luster is the 2017 Franklin B. Walter outstanding educator recipient. Thank you for all you do for our students and faculty.
Dear Parents, Please download and read our Parent Emergency Notification and School Closing Procedures. If you have any questions, please contact the main office. Thank you.
There will be a college panel on Monday, December 18 at 8:45 a.m. All students in grades 9-12 are invited. The panel will be finished by the end of A block, and students will be dismissed to B block.
There will be student representatives from the following colleges/universities:
Alderson Broaddus University
Kent State University
Miami University of Ohio
The Ohio State University
West Virginia University
There will be a reception in the library meeting room immediately following the panel. Please join us!
All juniors and seniors who have additional questions for the panel members are invited to attend the reception in the library meeting room afterwards.
What? Principal Advisory Council is comprised of parent representatives from each school. They meet with the principals and other district staff on a monthly basis during the school year to discuss a variety of topics, share information and broaden understanding of school-related issues.
Where? Fairport Harbor Public Library
When? Monthly - Next Meeting: December 18, 2017 @ 6 pm
-Identify common needs and goals among the parents of students enrolled in Fairport Harbor School and facilitate strategies to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their respective school’s parent organizations.
-Provide the principals with feedback and insight from the parent’s perspective
-Bring to the principal’s attention existing and emerging issues expressed by parents at the school they represent.
-Serve as an advisory, not a decision-making body, that makes recommendations, encourages brainstorming and provides opportunities for parent involvement on committees and task forces.
-Facilitate communication between and among the parents and parent organizations from different district schools
-Serve as a forum for sharing innovations and best practices from around the district.
Bring in your donations during the month of December - 2017
Donations are being collected!
Socks * Gloves * Pillows * Hair Products
Childrens clothes – Baby * Toddler (all sizes)
Board Games * Toiletry * Deodorant
Toothpaste/Brushes * Nail Remover
Cleaning Supplies * Toys * Snacks
Drop off (new) items to Mrs. Jurick
Items will be collected through Jan 5, 2018
Update: Please plan to donate any of the above items during Harbor Holidays! There will be a special table for donations in the hallway as you enter the main gym!
Please join us for Shadowing Day on Feb. 2, 2018.
Please RSVP to the Fairport Harbor Board of Education Office by Jan. 26, 2018.
Parents are welcome before and after school to attend an informational meeting about Fairport Harbor Schools.
We hope you will join us!
By Nate Barnes, The News-Herald
POSTED: 12/14/17, 12:30 PM EST | UPDATED: 15 HRS AGO
Corey Paugh averaged almost 13 points per game and made 56 total 3-pointers as a junior for Fairport last season.
Before his senior season, the Skippers’ sharpshooting guard wanted to put his talents to use for a cause.
Paugh teamed with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio to raise money with donations from local businesses and members of the Fairport community.
“I kind of just wanted to give to a program to help them out,” Paugh said, “get the name out and stuff. Me and my parents were talking about it, it sounded like a good idea.”
Before the winter season began, Paugh secured donations of $1 or $2 for each 3-pointer made.
Paugh said his goal is to raise $1,000, and he hopes to make between 50 and 60 3-pointers once again this season.
“I’ve been working on my overall game,” Paugh said. “I’m trying to get high numbers up there, but focus on everything also.”
Paugh said he previously had not worked with any charities or community service organizations, which was part of his motivation to work with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
“We just kind of found a nice organization to help out,” Paugh said. “They were willing to cooperate with us and get their name out, I found out it was a good way to get it out.”
You can donate to Corey's cause and support Big Brothers Big Sisters at all home varsity games at the ticket table. If you can't attend, but you would like to help donate to this cause, please contact Head Boys Basketball Coach Matt Cardina @ email@example.com or Activities Director Sandra Knight @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck to Corey - we wish you sharp shooting this season!
Updated Dec 10; Posted Dec 10
By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer
MANSFIELD, Ohio - Not all schools in Ohio are using suspensions as the primary way of managing student behavior.
The state awarded "medals" to 108 schools Thursday in a ceremony and conference in Mansfield for leading the way in adopting proactive and positive school culture and discplinary systems known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
Under a 2013 state policy, districts should avoid harsh punishments, when possible, and instead adopt use "systemic and individualized positive strategies to reinforce desired behaviors, diminish reoccurrences of challenging behaviors and teach appropriate behavior to students."
Suspensions still remain at these schools, as do other serious consequences for bad behavior.
Michelle Nizen, the academic coach at McKinley Elementary in Fairport Harbor, another gold medal winner from Northeast Ohio, said the approach makes students confront the negative feelings that drive bad behavior and look at the causes.
"It's teaching the kids skills to deal with whatever it is (causing them problems)," Nizen said as she also taught her school's system to other districts Thursday. "If you're angry, why are you angry -- what made you angry?"
Though teachers, she said, may have to teach students how to deal with tough emotion, it's worth it.
"It is very powerful and transformative for the behavior of the student," she said.
November 28, 2017
The Personalized Learning Initiative Program, Hooked On Education, hosted their 2nd Annual Fish Fry on November 28th, 2017 with the fish they caught during research and development of their lure project.
The students that work in the Community Garden provided the tomatoes for the Homegrown Fried Green Tomatoes. They planted, harvested, canned and then breaded and fried them for everyone who attended the fish fry.
Miss Felix and Dr. Allen's Chemistry students spent a day at the Fairport Senior Center Kitchen measuring, kneading and baking bread that was served at the dinner - it was enjoyed by everyone!
A huge thank you to Joe Longo of Longo's Catering To You (email@example.com) for bringing his food truck to fry all of the fish and provide french fries and cole slaw. Your participation and donation were greatly appreciated.
We couldn't have had a successful event without Captain Dave Hall of Top Flight Fishing (Dave@topflightfishing.com). He was on hand at the fish fry to discuss his adventures with the students on Lake Erie. Thank You, Captain Dave!
Jerry Hites and family generously provided the big pot of Clam Chowder and smoked the trout for the event. Everything was delicious.
Chris Yano at the Fairport Harbor Senior Center went over and above the call of duty to help us make this event a huge success. She helped out and was exactly where we needed her when we needed her. Thank you to all of the seniors who helped out and to those that came to spend the evening with us.
The Fairport Harbor Board of Education would like to thank everyone who helped make this evening a success. The students enjoyed interacting with the community. If you missed it this year, we hope you will join us next year. Thank you again to all who attended and volunteered at the Second Annual Hooked on Education Fish Fry.
On December 11, 2017, Fairport Harding High School Band Members performed at the Painesville Exchange Club Luncheon. They performed several holiday songs. The Fairport Band provided beautiful music for the Painesville Exchange Club's December 11th meeting at Hellriegels. About 15 Fairport students attended the luncheon under the direction of Band Director Chris Ruzin. The Painesville Exchange Club provides scholarships to students in the Fairport Harbor, Perry, Painesville, Riverside districts each year. If you are senior, be sure to check our website for updates on the Exchange Club scholarship form in the spring.
Students from multiple school districts in Ohio came together to think outside of the box and brainstorm ideas to bring change. The ALPHA Project, Authentic Learning Personalized for Higher Achievement, wants students to tackle something they feel is an issue and set a workable plan in place. All groups will be showcasing their projects in the Spring.
Harding Jr. High School Students accepted into this program are using the design learning process along with students from Chardon, Fairport Harbor, and Yellow Springs School districts. Working together with these school districts, a problem will be identified followed by the creation of a plan to implement a solution. This project offers high school credit as a credit flex course that meets at various times determined by the group. There was an initial, two-day face-to-face kick-off meeting on December 11 and 12 where our students met other students from the other schools at Perry High School. This project allows for strengthening leadership, problem-solving, teamwork and presentation skills.
Please contact Mrs. Rumbarger at Harding with any questions. 440-354-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Writer: Mark Wilmes
Several students from Harding took a field trip to the Fairport Harbor Senior Citizen Center to investigate the relationship between chemistry and baking. The purpose of the lab was to observe chemical reactions in action by taking measurements of the oxygen being used and carbon dioxide being produced as the yeast metabolize the sugars present in the dough, along with baking the bread and testing it out for themselves. They used multiple different sugars, such as honey, agave extract, aspartame, sucralose and more. The dough was then sealed in an airtight container to let it rise and let the yeast eat up some sugars, while an oxygen and a carbon dioxide probe measured the amount of each gas being consumed or produced, respectively. After all the work was done, the students then indulged in the fruits of their labor. The bread the students made was also served at the Fish Fry Dinner at the Senior Citizen Center hosted by the Design Lab.
This past year's 20/20 Trip allowed the top 20 juniors and 20 sophomores to visit some of Ohio's colleges. This year the tour included stops at six colleges including Hiram, Youngstown, Ashland, Kent State, Akron, and Baldwin Wallace. The students attended this trip prior to Thanksgiving Break on November 20-21, 2017. Click to read more about what the student's experienced on their 20/20 trip!
The small gestures of kindness started with one small idea but has spread throughout Fairport Harding Jr. High School. It all started when four students got together and decided they wanted to make a change. The students thought of ways to start "spreading happiness" because they saw some negativity around the school. One organizer, Audrey, a 6th grader, immediately took action and told the rest of the group called the "Happy Spreaders" about what she saw and that’s where it all started. The Happy Spreaders made a positive impact on the students, the teachers and in themselves. While working each day to spread positivity with their friends, it made them realize the creativity and kindness of each other. Click to read more!
By Staff report, The News-Herald
POSTED: 11/26/17, 5:29 PM EST
As selected by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association, Congratulations to our Fairport Skippers!
DIVISION VII ALL-OHIO
Third Team Defense - All-Ohio
Click to read more!
Our eighth graders at Harding High School visited the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to hear a Holocaust Survivor's Story on November 21, 2017. Students had the opportunity to meet Helen Marks, one of the youngest Holocaust survivors still living today. Mrs. Marks shared her personal story about her family's experience during the Holocaust. Students participated in a one hour "Stop the Hate" guided tour led by two volunteer docents at the museum. Our very own Mr. Yaussy shared his own family's heritage with our students by showing his family's photo which is displayed in one of the exhibits at the museum. Click to read more about our students' experiences at the museum!