March 23, 2023

In this Issue

White and Gold Talent Show


Bison Soccer Academy


PTO Election Day Bake Sale


April Bison Talk

Ohio Department of Education Family Survey


Department Spotlight: Communications


High School Wins AP Computer Science Award

Bison Staff Spotlight 

Many Cultures, One Bison Highlights


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Message from the Board of Education

Kim Allamby

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The Board would like to recognize the outstanding efforts of school administrators, faculty, staff, and students who organized, implemented, and participated in our Many Cultures, One Bison Summit at Beachwood High School and Beachwood Middle School. Over two days, students in fifth through eleventh grades listened to presentations from many esteemed lecturers on topics that promote inclusion and celebrate our cultural, social-emotional, and physical diversity. Trained student facilitators led small-group discussions to engage their peers in conversations from various perspectives aimed at strengthening our school unity. Additionally, students had the opportunity to join the No Place for Hate program, which is designed to fight bias and eliminate bullying in schools. The Board is encouraged by the extent of student participation and staff support. Congratulations for making the Many Cultures, One Bison summit a meaningful and memorable experience for all who attended. In a presentation to students, Beachwood parent and Neurodiversity Family Network guest speaker Melina Aguinaga Meza captured the essence of this summit: “Acceptance and love. That is all that it takes, and we can change the world,” she said.

Important Dates

MAR 23

Beachwood Board of Education Meeting

Beachwood Board of Education

7 p.m.

APR 12

Softball Stadium Grand Opening

Beachwood High School

3:45 p.m.

APR 14-16

SpongeBob the Musical Beachwood High School

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Beachwood Schools Calendar


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White and Gold Talent Show

Mark your calendar for the annual White and Gold Talent Show on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at Beachwood High School. Students will showcase their creativity in singing, dance, rap, music, and poetry. In addition to featuring performing arts, the talent show has been expanded to include a variety of student interests and passions in other areas, including Lego building, photography, sculpture, videography, and more. Learn More

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Register by Friday for Spring Bison Soccer Academy

The registration deadline for Spring Bison Soccer Academy is this Friday, March 24. Girls and boys in grades 1 - 6 will learn skill and tactical development. Weekly practices start April 17, and families have an option to choose between Saturday or Sunday games. There are no tryouts. Players will have opportunities to play in different positions throughout the season. Register and learn more

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PTO Election Day Bake Sale

Whip up your favorite delicacies, and sign up to sell and celebrate eating local with us! The Beachwood PTO is currently recruiting BAKERS and VOLUNTEERS for the Election Day Bake Sale. Please take a look at the sign up opportunities and let us know where you can help!

April Bison Talk

The Board of Education invites the Beachwood community to connect, ask questions, and share your ideas at the next Bison Talk on Thursday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Beachwood Board of Education (24601 Fairmount Blvd.). Board President Megan Walsh and Member Kim Allamby will be present, along with Director of Curriculum & Instruction Linda LoGalbo and Director of Communications Lauren Meade.

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Ohio Department of Education Family Survey

The Ohio Department of Education would like to invite you to participate in a short, 25 question survey about your involvement in your student’s education. Research suggests that parental involvement is a key predictor of positive educational outcomes. You may be eligible to participate if your child has an IEP and receives special education services. The purpose of collecting this information is to improve services for students with disabilities across Ohio. If you are eligible to participate and you enroll in the study, you will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card. Your chance of winning a gift card is approximately 2.0%. Find out more about the survey and if you are eligible.

Department Spotlight

Featuring updates from the different departments that make

Beachwood Schools thrive

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Communications: Proactive Media Relations 

An important role of the Communications Department is to maintain a proactive media relations strategy that shines a light on Beachwood Schools as a center of excellence in Greater Cleveland and beyond. It has been a joy to celebrate the success of our students, staff, and community partnerships through our media relations. Here is a roundup of top stories from the 2022-2023 school year. 

  • Channel 3 News featured eleventh grader Dalya Berezovsky’s inspiring Sweet Dreams for Kids pajama drive for children in hospitals. 
  • NewsDepth, a PBS current events program for kids, profiled second grader Shin Hashiba for founding the Save the Earth Club at Bryden Elementary. 
  • News 5 Cleveland featured delicious creations from the Beachwood Bistro on Good Morning Cleveland. 
  • The Cleveland Jewish News highlighted the Beachwood Schools Foundation’s generous donation of a book vending machine at Bryden Elementary.
  • News 5’s Camryn Justice covered the addition of three new holidaysLunar New Year, Diwali, and Eid al-Fitr–on the District calendar starting in the 2023-2024 school year. 
  • Northeast Ohio Parent featured the expertise of teachers Alise Kulbago and Carmela Cira in an article on helping children develop good study habits.
  • News 5 Cleveland highlighted the Beachwood Medical Academy’s hands-on summer camp at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center.
  • profiled our two new elementary principals, Arianna DeGeorge and Dr. Octavia Reid.
  • The Cleveland Jewish News featured the Board of Education’s unanimous decision to hire Matthew Brown as the new treasurer/chief financial officer.  
  • The Beachwood Buzz continues to be a strong media partner. Check out the March issue, which features Presidential Scholar candidates Dhruv Seth and Kai Zheng, our nationally recognized music program, and the Beachwood affinity groups.

Do you have a story to share? Please email Lauren Meade, Director of Communications, at:

News & Highlights

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Beachwood High School Earns College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Beachwood High School has earned the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to AP Computer Science Principles. The award is an important acknowledgement of our efforts to close the gender equity gap in computer science. Research shows that female students who take AP computer science are more likely to major in computer science. “Your leadership in creating more equitable access to computer sciences is helping prepare more young women for the high-paying, in-demand jobs of the future, and giving them the opportunity to solve some of society’s greatest challenges,” stated Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, Advanced Placement and College Readiness at the College Board. “We want to recognize Craig Alexander for contributing to this great achievement.” 

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Bison Staff Spotlight: Kristen Walker

This week’s Bison Staff Spotlight is Kristen Walker. As an intervention specialist at the Fairmount Early Childhood Center, Ms. Walker enjoys being a trusted mentor and guide to Beachwood’s youngest learners and their families. Her creative, playful nature shines in her teaching. Ms. Walker utilizes a play-based approach to teaching preschool students the foundational life skills they will need for the rest of their lives. “Students participate in child-choice centers every day,” she said. “We are able to incorporate teaching play skills, peer interactions like turn-taking, and target communication during center time. My favorite centers to set up are the sensory tables and the dramatic play center.” Read More

Many Cultures, One Bison Highlights

Scenes from the Many Cultures, One Bison summit, which was held at Beachwood High School and Beachwood Middle School on March 22-23. Special thanks to tenth-grader Jessie Gao for helping us capture this incredible learning experience for our students.

Many Cultures, One Bison Highlights 2023

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Go on Facebook to watch members of the Beachwood Neurodiversity Family Network present intervention specialist Meg Miller with the Neurodiversity Champion Award! Nominate the next Neurodiversity Champion

Neurodiversity Champion Award Presentation March 2023

In Case You Missed It

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Preschool & Kindergarten Registration

To register your child for the Fairmount Early Childhood Learning Center, please complete the paperwork on the preschool registration page. Families with a child entering kindergarten in the 2023-2024 school year should complete the online registration form. For questions about registering for kindergarten, please contact district registrar Grace Perryman at or (216) 464-2600, ext. 2107.

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