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.
April 24, 2018
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
By Jonathan Tressler, The News-Herald
POSTED: 12/18/17, 3:30 PM EST
Picture Caption: Fairport Harding High School senior Olivia Hulett asks a question Dec. 18 inside the school’s auditorium, where a discussion panel made up of college-student children of a number of Fairport Schools’ employees shared their college experiences with high-school students, giving them food for thought about their own plans for college. Jonathan Tressler — The News-Herald
Ten college students, ranging from freshmen to those pursuing graduate degrees, appeared on stage in the Fairport Schools’ auditorium Dec. 18 in front of an audience of high-school kids contemplating college themselves.
Dubbed Student-to-Student: Navigating the College Process, its 10 panelists had one thing in common: They’re all children of teachers in the Fairport Schools.
High School Intervention Specialist Jerry Hites is one of the people behind the panel and said he’s happy with how it played out.
“I thought it went great,” he said following the 45-minute, interactive discussion, during which high-school students thinking about continuing their education at the college level got to hear the experiences of people in a similar age bracket who have gone on scholastically themselves.
The panelists included Allyson Barlow, who attends Stevenson University; Allegheny College student Lauren Bodi; Ashland University student Kenzie Fischer; Caleb Hites, who goes to Alderson Broaddus University; Colin Hites, a student at Hillsdale College; Wittenberg University student Corey Hites; Kent State University student Sarah Kazsmer; Karissa Messer, who attends West Virginia University; Ryan Messer, who studies at Ohio State University; and Miami University of Ohio student Elizabeth Tenon.
The group talked about everything from how early in high school, aspiring collegians need to start making plans and doing paperwork, to how to manage their time and the varying options for sports enthusiasts to play on a team.
Pictured in the Back Row: Teachers Tim Hlousek, Russ Messer, Jerry Hites, Paul Conn, Susan Tenon, Lubrizol's Chris Cioli, Front Row: Lubrizol's Doris Behnke and Teacher Sheila Felix
By Jonathan Tressler, The News-Herald
POSTED: 12/19/17, 7:25 PM EST
A team of Fairport Harding High School teachers won an award from the Lubrizol Corp. Dec. 18 for the work it put into the district’s design lab.
The honor comes with a $10,000 check the school can use to up the ante with its design lab and individualized learning program, dubbed Hooked on Education, Fairport Schools confirm.
According to Cynthia Clair, administrative assistant to Superintendent Domenic Paolo, the teachers who won the award are lead science, technology, engineering and math teacher Russ Messer, along with team STEM teachers Paul Conn, Sheila Felix, Jerry Hites, Tim Hlousek, Sarah Murphey and Susan Tenon.
Aside from the fact that this is the first time Lubrizol Corp. recognized a team, as opposed to a single teacher, in is award-giving, Paolo said he’s just plain proud of the fact that his school system is on the cutting edge of the kind of personalized learning the district’s design lab and its teachers nurture.
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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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Activities Director Sandra Knight @ email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Our FHS Bowling program has had great success with state tournament appearances 4 out of the last 5 years, including both the boys and girls last season. Just getting there is an outstanding feat but it is a significant goal of our bowling team to not only make an appearance at the state tournament, but to compete for that elusive state championship. Good luck to all of our bowlers as they continue to do the work necessary to achieve that goal.
Congratulations to Head Coach Jerry Rich on this outstanding achievement!
By Tawana Roberts, The News-Herald
POSTED: 10/27/17, 11:52 AM EDT
Over a dozen schools in Lake and Geauga counties are being recognized for their successful implementation of Ohio Positive Behavioral Inventions and Supports.
These schools will be honored at the 2017 Ohio Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Showcase on Nov. 30.
According to The State Support Team Region 4, the award winners demonstrated extraordinary leadership of implementation efforts, creative problem solving and innovative strategies.
Fairport Harbor School District Quality Profile reflects growth, commitment to personalized learning
By Jonathan Tressler, The News-Herald
POSTED: 10/10/17, 3:45 PM EDT
A brochure distributed by the Fairport Harbor Schools earlier in October highlights some of the district’s accomplishments over the 2016-17 school year.
The Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District Quality Profile arrived in area mailboxes during the week of Oct. 2.
“The purpose of the Quality Profile is to provide ‘the rest of the story,’ giving the Fairport Harbor community a report on how our schools are performing in the areas that matter most,” the publication’s cover reads. “The Fairport Harbor Board of Education believes schools should provide opportunities for students to pursue excellence in many forms. The education we provide goes far beyond what is measured by standardized tests.”
School Board President Mary Javins in an Oct. 10 phone interview said she’s seen lots of growth in the district in her time as a school official.
“I’ve been on the school board for 16 years and, in the last 10 to 12 years, we’ve added a lot of programs we haven’t had before, such as International Baccalaureate (candidacy at McKinley Elementary School), personalized learning and early college. That was the biggest thing and it’s blown up into our design lab,” Javins said, referring to the increasing number of students earning college credit while still in high school, along with the new space at Fairport Harding Middle/High School where project-based education takes place day in and day out at the school.
Fairport Harbor marching band director blends experience, understanding, respect to gain great results
By Jonathan Tressler, The News-Herald
POSTED: 10/05/17, 9:37 PM EDT
If you ask Fairport Harding High/Middle School’s marching band director, Chris Ruzin, what the band is all about, he’ll likely tell you it’s all about the kids in the band.
The 38-year-old musician, who grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, said he’s less concerned about leading the band than he is about teaching his students how to become competent leaders and band members, themselves.
“I feel like you need to try to explain to students why you think the subject is important and why it can be meaningful in their lives,” Ruzin said in an Oct. 5 phone interview. “I don’t expect that they’re just into it right off the bat. So I try to get them to want to do it because it’s something that they can have fun with and it’s something that they can be proud of doing.”
He added that, “Even though they might not all be planning on making a career out of music, I want them to know it’s something they can do for the rest of their lives.”
Eighteen schools from Lake and Geauga County will be honored at the 2017 Ohio Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Showcase on November 30, 2017 for their successful implementation of PBIS. Recipient award winners demonstrated extraordinary leadership of implementation efforts, creative problem solving and innovative strategies.
Congratulations and special recognition to McKinley Elementary for earning a Gold Award. For additional information regarding Ohio’s PBIS efforts, visit the Ohio Department of Education's PBIS Web Page.