Congratulations to Mr. Nathan Yaussy Science Teacher for winning the 2019 Milken Award-Known as "The Oscars of Teaching". Click to read more & see photos.
Thank you to the Fairport Harbor Police Department, Sgt. Eric Miller, Fairport Harbor Fire Department, Painesville Police Department, Grand River Police and Grand River Fire Department for conducting our staff ALICE training refresher on Monday November 5, 2019. We appreciate your partnership in keeping our students, staff and community safe!
Fairport’s Cody Paugh hits the 1,000-yard mark in Senior Nigh win | Chagrin Valley Conference 10/26/19
CVC Article by Steve Hare:
Cody Paugh ran for 145 yards and a touchdown and he also threw for a score in leading Fairport Harding to a 45-6 win over visiting Richmond Heights in Friday’s Senior Night win.
“We’re proud of these seniors for their efforts tonight,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “They had a goal to win their Senior Night game and they accomplished that with a huge win over Richmond Heights. These seniors have led the way for this program to experience wins like these and we’re proud of their hard work.”
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Paugh, Schuster have their way in win over Brooklyn
By Steve Hare -October 12, 2019
Brooklyn scored first in Friday’s Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division contest at Fairport Harding on Friday but the Skippers dominated from there and beat the Hurricanes, 47-7.
“These kids made a statement this week,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “This was a must-win game and the kids rose to the challenge.”
The Homecoming win was the first for the Skippers in many years and they did it in impressive fashion.
“I’m most proud of our kids’ focus during their homecoming game and their response to Brooklyn going up 7-0 in the first quarter,” Ruff said. “Rather than become upset with each other after giving up a long score, they regrouped, communicated, and played their best football by scoring 47 unanswered points.”
Jamiar Tate opened the scoring with a 57-yard touchdown run to give Brooklyn a short-lived 7-0 lead.
Justice Bartley hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass from Sam Schuster but the Skippers failed to convert the two-point conversion and trailed 7-6.
Cody Paugh’s 67-yard touchdown run and Schuster’s two-point conversion gave Fairport a 14-7 lead it would not relinquish.
Paugh finished the night with 26 carries for 287 yards and three touchdowns. His career night was set up by the work of the offensive line.
“Our offensive line of Martin Mendoza, Mike Voiles, Quentin Piotrowksi, Deano Spiesman, Noah Greene, and Dillon Knesebeck put the team on their back and blocked great all night,” Ruff said. “They made room for our running backs all night and provided ample time for Sam to throw.”
Schuster added touchdown runs of 3 and 11 yards in the second quarter and a 21-yarder in the third quarter. Paugh scored on runs of 10 yards in the third quarter and a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
“This was Fairport’s first homecoming win in a long time,” Ruff said. “These kids deserve every minute of this victory because they played their hearts out.”
Fairport's long journey pays off with 50-0 win
BY TIM SHIRER
Back in August prior to the start of the high school football season Fairport was informed by Saint John that Saint John was playing eight man football this season. Fairport was not interested in the eight-man format, so the game was cancelled. Fairport Athletic Director Sandra Knight searched for a game. The only week three game she could find was out of state in Morgantown, West Virginia against the Trinity Christian Warriors. The Skippers made the three-and-a-half-hour trek to mountains in Morgantown and the Warriors were gracious host. But in the end the talented Skippers football team lead by head coach Cameron Ruff was to much for the Warriors and the Skippers prevailed in a shut out 50-0.
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CVC Article By: By Steve Hare -August 31, 2019
Fairport Harding used a balanced offense and stout defense to open the 2019 season with a 32-6 win over visiting Newbury on Friday.
Sam Schuster completed all five of his passes for 155 yards and one touchdown and the Skippers ran for 226 yards as a team.
“Our coaching staff is extremely proud of these kids for their efforts all winter and spring,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “Their hard work in the weight room has paid dividends for these kids in their development as football players and people. Their added strength has allowed us to block and tackle much better than we’ve done in the past. That showed tonight. We blocked and tackled with and executed the game plan.”
Cody Paugh led the ground game with 11 carries for 97 yards while Schuster added 64 yards on 10 carries. Jayden Alston carried three times for 41 yards and a score and Josiah Cooper scampered for 24 yards on five carries.
“Our offensive line brought great effort tonight,” Ruff said. “They paved the way for our running backs and provided time for our pass plays to get open. Quentin Piotrowski, Martin Mendoza, Dominic Knesebeck, Mike Voiles, Ethan Whitt, and Noah Greene did great blocking tonight. Sam Schuster ran with power and Cody Paugh averaged over nine yards per carry.”
The Skippers were equally effective in the passing game where Schuster spread out his five passes to four different receivers.
Justice Bartley caught one pass for 72 yards and a score, Damon Yahner hauled in one for 45 yards and Paugh had a 10-yard reception. Dillon Knesebeck recorded two catches for 38 yards.
Fairport’s defense shut down Newbury’s offense thanks in large part to six takeaways.
Bartley and Tai Malone both picked off a pair of passes.
Whitt led the defense with eight tackles and Dominic Knesebeck finished with three stops, a fumble recovery a blocked field goal and a defensive touchdown.
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Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Jessica Hibbard 00'
Steven Tokar 85'
Skip Lakia 73'
1961 Fairport Track Team State Runners-up
Friday, Sept 20-Hall of fame inductees will attend an assembly at Harding High, be introduced at Greig Field at 6:15.
Saturday, Sept 21 is the Induction Ceremony & Hall of Fame Banquet at the Fairport Harbor VFW at 6:00 pm Tickets are $25.00 each
Contact Scott Hribar at SHribar@fhevs.org for more information
PHOTOS: Fairport vs. Southington football scrimmage, Aug. 22, 2019
By Coleen Moskowitz
Photos from the Fairport vs. Southington football scrimmage, Aug. 22, 2019
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Lake Erie College, Fairport Harbor School District forge early college partnership 8/17/19 News-Herald
Students attending Fairport Harbor School District will have an opportunity to fast-track their education as the 2019-20 school commences.
The potential acceleration comes thanks to a partnership brokered between the district and Lake Erie College in Painesville to provide an Early College in High School program to students attending Fairport Harding High School.
Through the use of the state’s College Credit Plus program, students can earn up to 30 college credits at LEC while still attending high school. Students participating in the program will also be able to access LEC resources.
A huge thank you to all who came to support Fairport Football's inaugural All-Ohio Night with the legendary All-Ohioans. We appreciate the families & community members who joined. Thank you to Mike Nahorniak for the invitations & Rego's Brickhouse Pizza for dinner.
News-Herald June 2019
By Nate Barnes firstname.lastname@example.org @NateBarnes_ on Twitter Jun 14, 2019
The ninth class of The News-Herald High School Sports Hall of Fame was inducted during halftime of the Senior Bowl on June 14 at Mayfield. The 2019 honorees included Bob Ritley, John Matteucci, Kaayla Chones, Don Schutz, Tom Orosz and Cliff Hunt.
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Fairport is leaving the Chagrin Valley Conference after the 2020-21 school year, league commissioner Don Lewis confirmed to The News-Herald on April 26.
Earlier this week, Fairport was accepted into the Northeast Athletic Conference, Lewis said. There the Skippers will join Pymatuning Valley, Vienna Mathews, Newbury, Southington, Lordstown, Bristol, Bloomfield, Kinsman Badger, Windham and Maplewood.
"We're thrilled. I'm thrilled," said Sandra Knight, activities director at Fairport. "I know the head coaches are excited. I know the administration is on board. The board (of education) voted unanimously on April 23 to move into the NAC.
McKinley has been awarded a School Climate State Grant in the amount of $5,000. This grant supports 360 public and charter school buildings in the statewide implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports frameworks, evidence- and/or research-based social and emotional learning initiatives, or both. Our grant was written to support the expansion of the Zones of Regulation social thinking curriculum, teacher training, and resources for the 2019-2020 school year.
Andrew Cass - The News-Herald 4/6/19
Even after the noon rush that saw about 70 people come through the McKinley Elementary School gym April 6, there was still plenty of clothing and other items available for those in need.
It’s a testament to the close-knit, caring community of Fairport Harbor, Amy Neff said.
Neff, who collected many of the donations herself, said she didn’t have any trouble finding people to donate. It was harder getting them to stop, she joked.
With people doing some spring cleaning, Neff thought it was a good time to hold a clothing distribution and put items no longer needed in their current home to good use.
All sorts of clothing were available at the four-hour event at the elementary school, from baby clothes to professional attire for adults. Additionally, toys, handbags, jewelry, and other items were available for those in need free of charge.
Amy Neff of Feeding Fairport's Hungry joked that it was harder to get people to stop donating than it was getting them to give. Feeding Fairport's Hungry collected clothing and other items like toys and handbags for a distribution held April 6 at McKinley Elementary School.
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Thank you Scott Hribar!
Fairport Harding High School
Honored for Work on Athletic Fields
CLEVELAND, OH, (March 30, 2019) Pioneer® Athletics proudly announces that Fairport
Harding High School has been selected as a WINNER of the 2018 Fields of Excellence®
As a winner, Fairport Harding High School will receive a certificate of recognition and a Fields of Excellence banner that they can proudly display at their winning field. Pioneer may also use the picture of Fairport Harding High School publications and annual calendar.
Pioneer understands that excellence in athletic field maintenance goes unrecognized and often, unappreciated. The Fields of Excellence Award Program honors outstanding athletic fields and the hardworking field crews who diligently maintain them. The Fields of Excellence Award Program was established in 1997 and has honored over 1102 athletic fields from around the country since its creation.
Colleges, universities, high schools and parks & recreation departments from all over the United States submitted photographs, letters of recommendation and application forms describing their institutions detailed athletic field maintenance program. A rigorous judging process yielded 91 winners from a large pool of applicants, with two athletic fields randomly selected as Scholarship Winner's.
Pioneer® -The nation's leading manufacturer of athletic field marking paint and
equipment. Designed for durability and dependability, Pioneer's line-up of natural and synthetic field paints, antimicrobial coatings, striping machines, high-quality stencils and athletic accessories are used by over 22,000 high schools, colleges and professional athletic organizations throughout North America.
McKinley Elementary School in Fairport Harbor Village holds a title that applies to no other school in Lake, Geauga or Ashtabula counties.
McKinley is the only International Baccalaureate World School in the three-county region. The school earned its IB designation on Oct. 19 of last year, according to the International Baccalaureate website.
That 2018 accomplishment was the top item that Fairport Harbor Schools Superintendent Domenic Paolo covered in his recent State of the Schools speech. He delivered that address after Fairport Harbor Mayor Timothy Manross gave his annual State of the Village speech.
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On December 19, 2018, 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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From the News Herald Article 9-16-18, By: John Kampf
"Cameron Ruff never played for Coach Don Andersen at Riverside, but the current coach at Fairport made sure he and his Skippers paid tribute to the legendary coach who died last week from pancreatic cancer.
The Skippers were decals on their helmets with the initials “D.A.” on them for a Week 4 win over Berkshire. The initiative was spearheaded by Jim Paugh, father of Fairport player Cody Paugh, who played at Riverside under Andersen."
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The Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools in consortium with Perry, Riverside, Lake Erie College, and Lake County ESC, has received a $500,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education on May 23, 2018!
Ohio was awarded a $35 million Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The three-year grant focuses on serving the greatest numbers of students living in poverty, students with disabilities, English learners and students identified as having reading difficulties. The grant builds on Ohio’s commitment to ensuring all students have the reading skills needed to succeed in education and life.
“We are excited to partner with Riverside, Perry, The Lake County Educational Service Center, and Lake Erie College to develop a comprehensive literacy plan to improve outcomes for our students across our collective districts. This generous award will allow us to specifically target literacy outcomes for our middle and high school students” said Jennifer Polak, the District’s Director of Pupil-Personnel. “It was a great pleasure to work with the other districts in writing this grant and we are honored to have the opportunity to improve our curriculum and teaching practices to ensure that our students have the reading skills necessary to achieve success!”
The grant, submitted by the consortium, addressed students from birth to twelfth grade. The award from ODE, however, will fund activities and professional development for content teachers of middle and high school students to assist them in implementing effective, research-based literacy strategies in all classes.”
“Reading is the foundational skill that ultimately allows us to learn more, and through this application process, we were able to see the great work happening in Ohio’s schools,” added Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction.
“These Striving Readers grants put crucial resources directly into classrooms across the state, and we’re excited to work with awardees to improve outcomes for Ohio’s most vulnerable children.”
By Chris Lillstrung, The News-Herald
POSTED: 05/02/18, 12:15 PM EDT
Fairport’s Greig Field was again honored by Pioneer Athletics with a 2017 Fields of Excellence Award.
This is the seventh time Greig Field has received this plaudit.
According to a news release, Fields of Excellence “honors outstanding athletic fields and the hard working field crews who diligently maintain them.”
Created in 1997, the program has honored more than 1,000 fields across the country.
College, universities, high schools and parks and recreation departments submit pictures of the fields, along with letters of recommendation and application forms describing their field maintenance program.
From those this year, 91 winners were selected by Pioneer Athletics.
Greig Field was one of 13 winners in Ohio, along with Convoy Crestview, Elida, Fort Loramie, Galion, Berlin Hiland, Lexington, Lorain, West Lafayette Ridgewood, Spencerville and Elmore Woodmore at the high school level and Xavier University.
Fairport will get a certificate of recognition and banner for the award.