• Fairport Harbor School District Quality Profile reflects growth, commitment to personalized learning

    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.

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  • 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.”

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  • 2016-17 Ohio PBIS Award Winners Announced

    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.

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  • Hooked on Education: A Personalized Learning Project

    May 4, 2017

    Please click to read the rest of this blog post from the Ohio Department of Education.

    Hooked on Education is a personalized learning project that had an authentic beginning that started with a 3-D printer, a student-centered teacher and a struggling student with a great idea. Fairport Harbor is located next to Lake Erie and much of the economic development of the region is stimulated by the lake. The Fairport Harbor School District has a K-12 enrollment of around 750 students. It is a unique district as they do not have a transportation department — all students walk to school.

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  • FHEVS Building Project

    As a district that has been educating young minds since the first brick school building was built in 1876, Fairport has had a significant place in the history of Lake County, Ohio. Today the educational program of Fairport Harbor looks much different than it did in the 1870s. However, the existing facilities are deteriorating. The buildings do not meet all state and federal codes for accessibility. The heating, electrical and plumbing systems are showing their age. Although great efforts have been made to maintain these historic buildings, they are in need of necessary and costly updates.

    Please click on this announcement for more information.

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  • Hooked on Education: Fairport Harding students design, test fishing lures (photos)

    By Grant Segall, The Plain Dealer
    on December 01, 2016 at 11:34 AM, updated December 01, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio -- Domenic Paolo, Fairport Harbor's superintendent of schools, was tutoring an expelled student last year. Knowing Paolo loves to fish, the student made him a fishing lure on the office's 3-D printer.

    Paolo loved the lure. "It was out-fishing my other lures," he said. "With 22 cents of plastic, he made a lure better than ones I'd paid $10, $12 for."

    The result is a new student program called Hooked on Education. Since September, some 36 students at Fairport Harding High School who'd struggled in traditional classroom are spending most of their day researching, designing, printing and painting lures.

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  • In Fairport, Rich Lanes and the high school’s bowling program a perfect match

    By Mark Podolski, The News-Herald

    It doesn’t take long to drive through Fairport Harbor.

    “Oh, about a 1-mile square radius,” said Jerry Rich, co-owner of Rich Lanes.

    If you blink, you might miss a treasure and mainstay of the tiny village near to the shores of Lake Erie.

    Rich Lanes has been in existence for more than 60 years. Brothers Jerry and Brian Rich co-own the bowling alley.

    Their grandfather Tony built it in 1955, then sold it to their father Jerry Sr., who ran the Lanes for 32 years. Brian and Jerry have owned it going on 12 years.

    Community pride and tradition has built Rich Lanes into an institution in Fairport Harbor.

    Over the last eight years, another tradition has been built — Fairport High School’s bowling program.

    The school usually short on numbers for most sports has made its mark in bowling.

    For the first time in program history, Fairport has qualified a boys and girls team to the state tournament in the same year.

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  • Straight A Grant Awarded to Fairport Harbor School District

    The Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School district was awarded a "Straight A" grant from the Ohio Department of Education. In collaboration with Auburn Career Center, the Lake County ESC, and Battelle, the district developed a strategy for transdisciplinary, project-based learning that will allow students to master state standards while engaging in a project that will not only deepen learning, but also deepen their connection to their community.

    Piloted last spring, the innovative approach to education has students learning and applying Ohio learning standards from all disciplines while engaged in a project which researches, designs, manufactures, markets and sells fishing lures using computer software, code writing, and three-dimensional printers. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Fairport has a long tradition of recreational fishing. The fishing lure project takes advantage of the district's geography, pays homage to its traditions, and creates a new avenue to develop the entrepreneurial talents of its students.

    The department received 141 grant applications representing 404 schools.

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  • Launching an Effort in Collaboration

    Eighth graders in Susan Tenon’s English class at Fairport Harding High School in Fairport Harbor spent much of second semester building rockets in the high school physics lab.

    After reading and discussing Homer Hickam’s memoir, October Sky (the story of a West Virginia coal miner’s son who was inspired by the launch of Sputnik to take up rocketry), the students worked together with older physics students to build homemade rockets they launched before their classmates at semester’s end.

    “The skills you use for creative writing are the same skills you use for technical or scientific writing; you have to observe, interview, research, document, and reflect,” explains Ms. Tenon, who partnered with physics teacher Russ Messer to show how literacy and science overlap.

    With a Grant-to-Educators from the Jennings Foundation, the teachers collaborated to develop students’ skills in critical reading and writing, problem solving, self-directed learning, and thinking like scientists. They challenged students to build and test bottle rockets, documenting in scientific notebooks every hypothesis, problem, material, and trial launch result each step of the way.

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