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.
7th Grade youth boating program- Spirit of America
Hosted in Fairport Harbor with LAKE Metro Parks.
This program is FREE IF YOU REGISTER BY 4/15/2019!!!
Click image to print form or ask in the Harding Office.
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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Attention Students in Grades 6-12:
Fairport Harding High School has been invited to attend a Lake Erie College Lacrosse Game on April 3. The game starts at noon and will be played at Jack Britt Stadium in Painesville, Ohio. All students who earn this event will need to pack a lunch, we will depart at 11:30 am and return by about 2:30 pm. It is free to attend the game.
In order to attend the Lake Erie College Lacrosse Game on Wednesday, April 3, students must not have any of the following for the month of March:
No missing assignments as of March 20th (teachers will verify)
No suspensions starting March 6, 2019
No Saturday School Detentions
Begin working hard to complete any missing work so that you can attend this fun event at Lake Erie!! Show your dedication to your school work so you can go! We want everyone to attend.
Spring break is March 23-March 31. There is no school on April 1. It is a teacher work day. You will need to get your permission slip in before Spring Break.
Mrs. Prosser - 6th grade
Ms. Macko - 7th grade
Mrs. Knight - 8th grade
Mr. Cardina - 9th grade
Grades 10-12 - Turn in to Mrs. Knight
*Click for link to permission slip*
Be prepared, have a good breakfast, be on time to school.
Testing Schedule for End of Course Exams
April 8- ELA 6
April 9- ELA 7
April 10- ELA 8
April 11- ENG 1
April 12- Eng 2
April 15- Make ups
April 16- Make ups
April 25- Math 6
April 26- Math 7
April 29- ALG 1
April 30- Government
May 1- Biology
May 2- American History
May 3- Geometry
May 6- Science 8
May 7- Math 8
May 9- Make ups
Parents should attend the NYC Travel meeting on April 17, 2019, in the Harding Auditorium at 7:00 PM. Rick from R&E tours will be discussing travel rules, student expectations and answering any questions from parents or students.
If you miss the parent meeting please contact Michelle Jurick the travel coordinator at MJurick@FHEVS.org
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 email@example.com @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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Eight Harding students competed in the 2019 Spring Model UN Conference at Case Western Reserve University hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. The conference was attended by over 400 students representing over 30 schools in Northeast Ohio. The Harding delegation, advised by Mr. Tim Hlousek and Ms. Susan Tenon included Shelby Kocevar and Betty Mollard, representing Ireland in the World Health Organization, Kayla Sharpe and Lydia Shaw, representing Spain in the Commission on the Status of Women, Matthew Oravecz and Patience Doeing, representing the Administrator of International and Interagency Affairs in the 2025 NASA Space Race Crisis Committee, and Amanda Kazsmer and Nick Fazekas, representing Secretary of State Cordell Hull in the WWII Cabinet of the United States Crisis Cabinet. All of the students represented Fairport well as they argued their positions, trying to come up with solutions to several issues that came up during the simulations.
Fairport Harding hosted its 3rd Annual Olympic Day competition. As always, the competition started with the world famous lip sync contest with the theme of, “Time.” The teachers began the competition with their rendition of MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This. There was a standing ovation as they danced their way out of the gym. Mr. JJ Luster and Mr. Tim Hlousek kept the crowd excited with their unique hosting style for the event. In between each of the lip sync performances, there were bonus dance competitions including the Chicken Dance and the Whip and Nae Nae, which was dominated by English teacher, Mrs. Sandra Knight. After the lip sync, which was won by the senior team of Breanna Cremeans and Shyan Apple and their rendition of Queen songs, the relay games began.
The relay games began with the world-famous balloon pop. Following that, the crowd got excited for the human Hungry Hungry Hippo event, which included a student getting pushed on a scooter while scooping up balls in a laundry basket. It was a fast and furious competition that the crowd couldn’t get enough of. Following that, students raced while balancing ping pong balls on spoons. Overall, it was a great afternoon of fun and camaraderie.
After our official scorekeeper, Mr. Nathan Yaussy tallied all of the scores, the sophomores came out as the champions. They will have bragging rights for the whole year. Once again, Olympic Day was a huge success. PBIS Team 2 would like to thank our unbiased judges, Mrs. Anna Coll, Mrs. Mary Javins, and Mrs. Becky Darida, as well as our scorekeeper, Mr. Nathan Yaussy. Also a huge shout out to DJ Chris Ruzin. Their help was critical in making it a great day for everyone. The team would also like to thank the following businesses for making generous donations to allow each of our students to wear t-shirts that designated what class they were a part of:
Harvey’s Farm Market
Fairport Harbor Academic Boosters
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".