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.
It was the first clothing drive held by Feeding Fairport’s Hungry, a group that Neff started. It began near the beginning of the school year, in early September when hot weather canceled school. For some children, school lunch is their only meal of the day. She and others in the community wanted to ensure those students got the meals they needed.
In just two days after forming, the group dropped off its first-rounds of snacks for McKinley Elementary students and raised more than $100 for past-due lunch accounts for students across the district.
A food drive was held to help 11 Fairport Harbor families provide Thanksgiving meals.
At the clothing distribution, the group also collected non-perishable food items for local food banks and student snacks as well as collected money for the lunch accounts.
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.
*Click to see more*
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.
Click image to read more.
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."
Click the image to read more.
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.
April 24, 2018
Please click the image or article title to learn more about how Fairport has been honored for the past 7 years and is in the Fields of Excellence Club!
CLEVELAND, March 23, 2018 – The Lubrizol Corporation, in partnership with the Lake County Educational Service Center (ESC), announces the teacher team of Russ Messer, Jerry Hites, Paul Conn, Sheila Felix, Tim Hlousek, Sarah Murphey and Susan Tenon as the winner of the annual Lubrizol Lake County STEM Teacher Award. The "Hooked on Education" team led by Russ Messer, a STEM teacher at Fairport Harding High School, was selected for their innovative, interdisciplinary project-based lessons that engage students with personalized learning and connections to the real-world.
As recipient of the award, the "Hooked on Education" team will receive $5,000 for STEM-related teaching expenses of the teams choice, and team leader Russ Messer will receive sponsorship to attend the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council (OCTC) Teachers, Industry and Environment (TIE) Conference. In addition, Fairport Harding High School will receive an award of $5,000 for STEM equipment.
Addressing the Fairport Harbor Schools Board of Education, administration and community members, Julie Edgar, corporate vice president of innovation and chief sustainability officer for Lubrizol, honored the team by highlighting their innovative unit entitled "The Sky's the Limit". This unit is an interdisciplinary collaboration between an English and physics class to design, create and test water-fueled bottle rockets and launchers in the context of the themes of tenacity, dreams and the importance of education from Homer Hickam's memoir, Rocket Boy. During her remarks, Edgar stated, "I would like to recognize the team for promoting innovation in teaching and education, and in providing students the opportunities to learn in ways that match their interests, skills and talents. I applaud them all for their commitment and passion, and for making such a positive impact in their students' lives."
By Steve Couch, For The News-Herald
POSTED: 03/14/18, 10:20 AM EDT
The Fairport Harbor Schools Theatre Department is proud to present “The Addams Family” this weekend under second-year director Johnathan Luster.
Performances are at 7 p.m. March 16-17, and 2 p.m. March 18 in the Branthoover Auditorium at Fairport Harding High School. Tickets are $5 per person on a first-come, first-served basis at the door or pre-sale at the high school office.
Doors open one hour before curtain, and seating is 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. The show runs approximately 2 ½ hours with a 15 minute intermission, and light refreshments will be available. Information can be found at www.fhevs.org or contact Harding High School at 440-354-5400.
As an added bonus, kids can come early to enjoy free crafts, photo props, and are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Addams Family member. You might even be able to get a signed autograph and your picture taken with your favorite character after the show!
In the small world of Fairport Harbor, a production this size requires a community effort, and indeed that is what they have done here by fielding a cast that utilizes students from the high school, middle school and elementary school.
“I’m encouraged by some of the young, strong, musical talent I have seen in Fairport already this year,” Luster writes, “with the assistance of choreographer and Fairport chemistry teacher, Dr. Erin Allen, who has infused the show with some energetic dance numbers to delight the audience.“
Luster also works with kindergarten teacher Jennifer Dubeansky, as the music director. Costumes, make-up, lights, sound and set design have all been touched by students in the show.
Don’t skip this positively ooky production this weekend.
Click the image to watch the WVIZ Ideastream Video.
Harding High School students involved in the SALES leadership group went to West Virginia over Winter Break.
The students involved in the SALES Leadership program are Hannah Babbit, Mason Conn, Nathan Urban, Patience Doeing, Caitlin Potter and Riley Erb.
This news story appears at 22 minutes and 50 seconds.
POSTED: 03/07/18, 4:46 PM EST
Two Auburn Career Center students not only have a new look, but they are also making a difference.
Cecelia Nemergut, a Cosmetology student from Berkshire, and Shelby Benko, an Allied Health student from Fairport, both donated their long locks.
“My hair was getting really long and was always getting in my way. It was long enough to donate. I wanted to do something good with it,” Shelby said. “It feels a lot lighter, and I feel good it is not going to waste.”
Lindsey Benko, Shelby’s twin sister, is in Auburn’s Cosmetology program and cut Shelby’s hair.
“I love her new haircut. I feel really accomplished and it makes it even better knowing that it’s going to a good cause,” Lindsey said.
Both students donated 12 inches of hair to Wigs for Kids.
Auburn’s cosmetology salon is open on select Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Auburn Career Center is located at 8140 Auburn Road in Concord Township. For additional information, call 440-357-7542 or visit www.auburncc.org.
Special thanks to the American Legion Post 336 Painesville for the honor guard ceremony prior to the FHS Boys Basketball game on February 2, 2018. It was a great collaboration between boys basketball and student council along with the FHS band, FHS Cheerleaders, Junior Class Stand, FHS Art Department and Athletic Director.
Coach Cardina added to the fun evening by providing a raffle basket and candy treats for the crowd.
The Fairport School District would like to extend their respect to all the men and women in the military that devote their time to the safety of our country at home and away.
FEBRUARY 12, 2018 — Educators in tiny Fairport Harbor, Ohio, got hooked on the growing concept of personalized learning the way so many perch and walleye get snagged in neighboring Lake Erie – with a fishing lure and some luck.
A struggling high school student made the lure on a 3-D printer and gave it to his superintendent, who used it to catch a fish. Hoping to tap into the buzz it created among students, the district applied for a state education-innovation grant to build a program around designing, making, and selling lures.
The Hooked on Education program has used the focus on fishing to teach core subjects and a dose of entrepreneurship. It has leveraged community traditions in the single-square-mile fishing port for an intensely localized version of personalized learning, which is centered on the interests and needs of each child.
"This class actually changed my whole perspective on school," said Terrell Becks, the now-19-year-old who made that first lure and later found success in the program.
Mr. Becks was so chatty that teachers joked he could sell snow shovels in Hawaii, but it got him into trouble in class and, after some fighting, expelled for a year. He was way behind academically and seemed a longshot for graduation when he joined about 30 students in the program's initial group last school year.
The students were picked by teachers who felt they weren't reaching their potential in the traditional classroom because they were gifted or had special needs, or unfocused, or, like Becks, kept getting into trouble. With a blend of class and computer work, they helped design their assignments and worked at their own pace.
Click to read the rest.
Congratulations to the Five Fairport Harbor Harding High School students inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at Auburn Career Center on January 31, 2018.
Sofyea Bailey-Culinary Arts 2
Autumn Bodenstadt-Patient Care Technician 1
Shy Bodenstadt-Allied Health Technology 1
Nicholas Fazekas-Electrical Engineering Prep 2
Hannah Hulett-Allied Health Technology 1
On January 18th, 2018 teachers from FHEVS High School, Middle and Elementary School participated in a Professional Development opportunity at Auburn Career Center through the Northern Ohio Research and Training Technology Hub (NORT2H). They used their amazing skills to build an AUGMENTED REALITY SANDBOX for our students!!
On Thursday, January 25th, McKinley Elementary held it’s annual District Spelling Bee. Participants from Grades 3-5 who won their classroom spelling bees earned a spot in the District Spelling Bee held in McKinley’s Gymnasium. Our twelve McKinley students did an excellent job showcasing them spelling aptitudes. After about 50 minutes of competitive spelling rounds, Fifth Grader, Lily Elmore was the last speller standing and winner of the 2018 McKinley District Spelling Bee. Lily will be attending the Lake County Spelling Bee held on February 22nd from 7:00-9:00 at the Auburn Career Center Presentation Center. In the case of a snow day, a backup date has been held for February 27, 2018 at 7:00pm. The winner from the Lake County Spelling Bee will proceed to the Tri-County Spelling Bee which will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Kirtland Public Library at 9:30am. Way to go Lily Elmore! We are very proud of this young scholar!