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Inside Bay Village Schools April 2011
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April, 2011

In this issue:



  • District mourns Ruth Purdy-Leslie

  • Citizens Advisory Committee accepting applications

  • Normandy wins BVEF "10" award

  • Bay High choir excels at competition

  • Jason Martin is new Bay High principal

  • Sue Denham is new Transportation Supervisor

  • First-graders learn Japanese, then help disaster victims

  • BMS LEGO team trophies

  • New advanced math/science summer program for 6th-graders

  • Parents Who Host, Lose the Most

"Don't Miss" Opportunities:

  • "Let's Talk About It"

  • Tri-Bay Golf Classic

  • PTA fundraisers

  • Relay for Life fundraisers



Westerly 3rd-graders on mission to save water via rain barrels

Third-grader Audrey Ray, student journalist, describes the project in her

Westlake/Bay Village Observer

news story [here].


Bicycle Safety Fair May 5

Get ready for Bike to School month

Get your bicycle ready to roll at the Bay Village Bicycle Safety Fair on May 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bay Middle School. Free safety inspection, a chance to win a bicycle helmet, and much more! Public welcome. [Read on]


  District mourns Ruth Purdy-Leslie

Ruth Purdy-Leslie retired from her job as art instructor at Bay Middle School just last year, but she remained a part of the school where she served as an employee for 26 years. As a substitute teacher, a volunteer and a member of the Bay Village Education Foundation, Ruthie remained a part of Bay Middle School and an enduring part of her students' and co-workers' lives. She passed away unexpectedly on April 23.

Students, parents, colleagues and friends will remember her relentless pursuit of excellence and creativity. She brought senior citizens into the classroom to model for artist students and to talk about their lives when they themselves were youngsters. She invited classic car aficionados to park their treasured vehicles at the Bay Middle School parking lot so that students could photograph and draw the classic lines. She spoke out compellingly on the need for a new middle school building and, once it was built, worked for seven years to raise funds for the completion of an art mobile project designed by a nationally-renowned artist who worked with the students on their own projects as well. The mobile hangs in Bay Middle School's entry lobby.

Ruthie lost her love of many years, husband George, in 2005. She was amazed to have found happiness once again with her second husband, Jack. She is survived by him and her children, all Bay High graduates, Janet, Geoffrey and Kristin, and five grandchildren. Arrangements are in the Plain Dealer here.

Citizens Advisory Committee accepting applications

The Bay Village Schools Citizens Advisory Committee is a research arm of the Board of Education that studies one or two topics per year and makes recommendations to the board. Applications are being accepted now through June 3 for several three-year term positions. Please complete this form and return to Superintendent Clint Keener no later than 4 p.m. June 3.

Normandy Elementary wins "10" fundraising award

The Bay Village Education Foundation awarded Normandy Elementary its $500 prize for raising the most money during its winter "3rd Annual 10 campaign" fundraiser.

This is the second year the school has won the first prize.

The Bay Village Education Foundation has had such a successful fundraising year that they offered a second round of classroom grants this spring.

Dr. Jim McGlamery, principal of Normandy Elementary, accepts the school's award from Scott Best, president of Bay Village Education Foundation.

Bay High A Cappella Choir excels at district competition

The Bay High A Cappella Choir received a Superior Rating at the OMEA District Large Group Adjudicated Event on March 18th. The choir is made up of 95 auditioned members and participated in Class AA, which is the highest level any ensemble can enter.  They are under the direction of Devon T. Gess.

The choir is now eligible to participate in the OMEA State Large Group Adjudicated Event on May 6th.

Board confirms Jason Martin as new Bay High principal

Jason Martin, currently assistant principal at Bay High School, was selected to replace retiring Bay High principal Jim Cahoon. 

"When we came to Bay Village six years ago, my wife and I just fell in love with the community," he said, noting that he and his wife were then expecting their second daughter, who will be entering Normandy Elementary kindergarten next year. [Read more]

Sue Denham named Transportation Supervisor

Suzanne Denham was named as the Bay Village City School District's Transportation Supervisor. She has worked for the Bay Village City School District as a bus driver since August, 1990. She has served as interim Transportation Supervisor since January, 2011. Her new position becomes effective July 1.

“Everyone in this office and in the transportation department has been proud of Sue and the way she has taken to the job as the interim person,” Superintendent Clint Keener said. “Her years of service, her safety record, her professionalism and everything carries over to the whole group.”

Mrs. Hervol's class at Normandy Elementary. Back row, left-to-right, is Amara Suehrstedt, Lorelei Suehrstedt, and Hennie Hervol.

Normandy students learn Japanese, then step up to help

Lorelei Suehrstedt, mom to Amara, has spent this school year sharing her knowledge of Japan and the Japanese language with her daughter's classmates in Mrs. Hervol's first-grade class. When disaster struck Japan, the students took action. Read more in this Westlake/Bay Village Observer news story.

BMS LEGO Team brings home three trophies

For the past eleven years, the Bay Middle School LEGO Club has participated in and won at least one trophy at the Lorain County Community College’s LEGO Olympiad. This year, the Bay Middle School team brought home three trophies.

The 1st Place Theme 7th-8th grade trophy went to BMS’s “Squishy, Squishy, Squiggle, Squiggle” Team consisting of Ben Finicle, Ennio Gallucci, Owen Humphrey, Eric McDonald and David Russell. [Read more . . . ]

The Bay Middle School LEGO team (advisor Bonnie Nagel on far right)

Advanced Math/Science Summer program offered for incoming sixth-graders

A new, three-week summer program will provide a challenging math/science curriculum for advanced students, while also offering practical experience in applications of higher-level science and  math to real-world problems. Field trips will include Stone Laboratory, a freshwater biological field station operated by Ohio State University near Put-in-Bay. Students will travel on boats, collect water samples and study invertebrates. Other planned outings include the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Great Lakes Science Center. The deadline for this tuition-based program is May 4. Read details in this

Sun News article . . .

Sixth-grade teachers Brent Illenberger and Rachel Hoffman will challenge students in a special summer math and science camp. The camp is a result of a nonprofit foundation started by Dr. James McGlamery, Normandy Elementary principal. Expansion of the program is planned as more funds are raised.


Planning your celebrations?

"Don't Miss" Opportunities . . .

Let's Talk About It, Monday, May 2, 7 p.m. in BMS cafeteria

Presentation for 7th and 8th grade students and their parents about substance abuse and how to engage in a conversation. For BMS and St. Raphael parents/students.

11th Annual Tri-Bay Golf Classic

Tee off to support our students on Friday, June 10. This 11th Annual Tri-Bay Golf Classic will be held at Sweetbriar Golf Course. Sponsored by the Bay Alumni Foundation, Bay Village Education Foundation and Bay Rockets Association. A great time including 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, appetizers, steak dinner, prizes and more! More info.

Support our PTAs

Does your yard need sprucing up for Spring? Shop at the Rock Pile in Avon and help support Bay Village PTA Council scholarship fund. Whether you’re buying a bag of birdseed or a truckload of mulch, simply mention the Bay Village PTA and 5% of the total purchase will go towards the fundraiser that rocks! The Rock Pile is located at 900 Nagel Road in Avon or you can visit their website at This special offer ends June 30th. Happy shopping!

Mitchell’s Ice Cream Gift Cards will also be available for purchase to support the Bay Village PTA Council. For every $10 spent, $2.50 will be donated to the Bay Village PTA Council scholarship fund. These make great gifts for teachers, coaches, students or anyone special to show your appreciation or just treat yourself! The gift cards are redeemable at any Mitchell’s Ice Cream location. Gift cards are available in $5 and $10 increments and will be sold at the following district art shows this Spring: Normandy, April 28; BMS, May 9; Westerly, May 10; BHS, May 31.

Support our Relay for Life Efforts

  • Fantastic prizes given away each day in May
    Westerly's Relay for Life GIVEAWAY-A-DAY-IN-MAY is selling raffle tickets for $10. Even winning entries are put back in to the daily drawing, so you can win multiple times! Local businesses have donated some of the greatest prizes; you must see to believe! GIVEAWAY-A-DAY-IN-MAY Raffle Calendar

  • Bay Middle School raffles beautiful Pandora Bracelet
    Donated by Peter & Co. Jewelers, this bracelet with seven Murano glass beads and eight sterling silver beads or charms is a $700 value. Raffle winner will be drawn on May 27 at Relay for Life; winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $10. Info flyer

  • May in Bay 5k Run/Walk at Bay High, Saturday, May 28. Proceeds benefit Bay Village Relay for Life. See informational flyer and registration form here.

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