Highlights of the April 10, 2017 Board of Education Meeting Presentations
NRMS John S. Shepherd Scholarship Award Winner
North Royalton Middle School eighth grader Julia Falcioni is deserving of the John S. Shepherd Scholarship. Her essay detailed the life of John S. Shepherd, a local hero who fought in George Washington's army, while paying tribute to his memory as as a veteran of the Revolutionary War. She did a nice job of celebrating his legacy as he lived to be 117 years old. Her 500-word winning essay earned her a scholarship for the cost of the eighth grade extended field trip to Washington D.C. Click here to read more.
NRMS STEM Program Highlighted at April Board Meeting
North Royalton Middle School Science Teacher Mrs. Samantha Brown, along with eighth grade students Nick DiSisto, Nick Trottnow, Lauren Devney, and Paul Boersma and seventh grade students Ali Hertel and Taylor Jacubenta, represented the middle school with a sense of pride and professionalism as they discussed the many benefits of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) course called Project Lead the Way. All seventh grade students at NRMS take the course for nine weeks. Students in grade eight can elect to take the course for one semester. During this time, students gain an understanding of the design process, automation and robotics. These students have truly excelled in this course and applied their knowledge to real world situations both in and outside of the classroom.
Valley Vista Elementary Students Have a Lot of S.O.L.E.
Staff members at Valley Vista Elementary are using a new form of instruction in their classrooms, and it is making quite a difference with student involvement and excitement in their learning. S.O.L.E., which stands for
Self-Organized Learning Environment, gets students engaged in their learning. Both teachers and students shared their experiences at the April 10 North Royalton Board of Education Meeting.
S.O.L.E. incorporates collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity. These are skills that future employers are looking for in college graduates today.
Problem solving skills are appropriate for all future careers and the real life experiences ahead. The idea behind using S.O.L.E. is to use higher levels of cognitive ability including creativity, evaluating, analyzing, and applying.
It requires students to work together and, at times, think outside of the box to solve problems and analyze their work rather than simply memorizing data. Students are presented an analytical question, and they then work in groups using the Internet, Chromebooks, and one another to investigate and then report back to their classmates.
All four of the fourth grade teachers at Valley Vista Elementary have been using this process and are finding it to be successful with their students.
North Royalton PTA Recognizes Reflections Contest Winners
This year's PTA Reflections Contest theme was "What is Your Story." Our district's PTA ran the program from October 11 to November 15, 2016. Students submitted items in the categories of Visual Arts, Literature, Photography, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production to their schools for judging. All first place winners at each school were submitted for judging at the Council level in December. There were 14 students in 16 categories who won at the Council level and went on to compete at the State level in January.
At the April 10 North Royalton Board of Education meeting, Lori Krzywicki, Council PTA Chair for Reflections, announced the winners' names to the board. They include:
At the high school level:
Visual Arts and Literature - Rachel Pavelich 11th grade
Rachel received an Honorable Mention for her work in Literature
For Music Composition - Elaine Slaby 11th grade
At the middle school level, which is grades 6 through 8:
Visual Arts - Varuni Chopra, 6th grade
Literature - Emmanuel Velkos, 6th grade
Photography - Gabrielle Brihn, 7th grade
At the intermediate level, which is grades 3 through 5:
Visual Arts - Alanna Olman, 5th grade
Literature - Jonathan Pavelich, 5th grade
Jonathan received an Honorable Mention also
Photography - Alyssa DeAngelis, 4th grade at Valley Vista
Music Compositon - Andrew Gurin 4th grade at Albion
Dance Choreography - Alivia Olman, 3rd grade at Valley Vista
Film Production - Maddie Putnam, 4th grade at Valley Vista
At the primary level, which is grades kindergarten through 2nd:
Visual Arts and Photography - Jackson Brihn, 1st grade at Royal View
Literature - Katie Crowe, 2nd grade at Royal View
Film Production - Alexandros Velkos, 2nd grade at Albion
Alexandros received a 2nd Place Award of Achievement at the State level
"Congratulations to all who participated in this year's Reflections contest, and especially to our Council level winners," said Krzywicki. "I look forward to seeing all of your names again next year, as you share your talent in the arts with the PTA. Next year's theme is "Within Reach," so you can start planning now!"
At the April 10 Board of Education meeting, our North Royalton High School State Qualifiers for swimming were recognized. They include:
OHSAA DISTRICTS/ADVANCE TO STATES:
-Emma Glickberg - relay alternate
-Anna Martin - 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 100 breaststroke
-Gina Smith - 200 medley relay, 200 free relay
-Sarah Turchanik - 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 200 free relay, 100 backstroke
-Anna Weber - 200 medley relay, 200 free relay
-200 YARD IM:
-Sarah Turchanik: 8th place
-100 YARD BREASTSTROKE:
-Anna Martin: 11th place
OHSAA DISTRICTS/ADVANCE TO STATES:
-Bobby Bottomley - 200 free relay, 400 free relay
-Colton Phelps - 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay
-Mason Romstadt - 200 free relay, 400 free relay
-Andy Vance - 200 free relay, 400 free relay
-Tanner Wilson - relay alternate
-200 YARD IM:
-Colton Phelps: 7th place
Other Useful Links for you . . .
to read the North Royalton City School District's Quality Profile.
for the 2016-17 school calendar
for the NR Board of Education meeting minutes and agendas.
for meeting dates for 2016-17.