Weekly News and Updates for the Week of January 6, 2020
WELCOME BACK! We hope you had a happy, healthy and rejuvenating winter break, and look forward to starting off 2020 with you! 
Warrior of the Month (December)
Each month a student will be recognized as Warrior of the Month. These students are nominated by their teachers and exemplify what it means to go above-and-beyond our expectations - reflecting their drive to achieve personal and academic growth.

Gabby D.
Gabby is a wonderful student as she always comes prepared to class, works diligently to understand concepts, prepares for content assessments with integrity, helps other students learn, and participates positively in the classroom. She goes above and beyond with everything she does, and is one of the most caring and compassionate students we have. What a great example of human spirit at this time of year.

Also nominated: Alexa P.
Lost and Found
PARENTS! The lost and found bin in the cafeteria is overflowing! If your child lost something, please encourage them to look in the lost and found. We're amazed at how many winter coats are in there!
Math Club
LFM Math Club Meeting will be every Thursday before (7:45-8:30 AM) and after school (3:30-4:15 PM) in Room 247. LFM Math Club is available for students in grades 6th, 7th and 8th.
Math Lab
Math help is available before school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:45-8:30 AM in Room 201 for students in 6-12 grade. Students can receive help on checkpoints, power focus areas, portfolio problems, etc. 
Office Hours
Office Hours take place every Tuesday morning from 7:45-8:30 AM and are open to ALL students.
Staff Highlights
Erin Frank, 7th Grade Science Teacher


1. Where did you grow up?  Massillon, OH (about an hour south of Cleveland)


2. Where did you go to college? What did you study?  I did my undergrad work at The College of Wooster (go Scots!) and I majored in Archaeology and Anthropology. I received my teaching degree from Baldwin-Wallace College.


3. What other roles have you had before your current position?  I've taught all over the building!  7th/8th- Tutor,  7th- Social Studies,  8th- Reading,  8th- Social Studies,  6th- Social Studies,  7th- Science.  Before being a teacher, I was an event planner for my college alumni association and I was a receptionist for a real estate company.

4. Do you have any children / pets?  I have three children: Lucy (5), Clara (3), and Charlotte (6 months).  We have a pet newt named Bernie, who is 30 years old. Seriously!


5. What do you like to do when you're not working? Favorite Hobby? 
Most of my time outside of school is spent with my family. We like to read books, visit museums and the zoo, and plan trips. My kids take up most of my time outside of school, but when I get a free moment I enjoy reading (books without pictures), kickboxing, and watching shows like Monty Python, Dr. Who, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 


6. Favorite song/artist?  My favorite band is a group out of Portland called The Decemberists


7. Favorite food? I  have a big sweet tooth, so anything chocolate is perfect in my book. I love seafood, such as shrimp, crab, and sushi as well! 


8. What makes you passionate about your work?  I really enjoy getting to know students and finding out what drives them and their passions. I LOVE the subjects I teach (History rules! Science rocks!) and I am so lucky that I get to share my interests with students every day.


Carli Vandrak, English Teacher (HS), TED Ed Teacher (MS)

1. Where did you grow up? Highland Heights, Cleveland (East Side- Woot Woot!)

2. What college did you attend? THE Ohio State University 

3. What other roles have you had before your current position?  I used to nanny for children in the summer and was an after school tutor.

4. Children / pets? Getting a dog soon... until then I have a variety of houseplants to take care of :)

5. What do you like to do when you're not working? Listen to music, cook/bake, or catch up with TV   

6. Favorite song/artist? Forever favorite→ "Satellite" by Dave Mattews Band; current favorite→ "Superposition" by Young the Giant

7. Favorite food? White rice & beans with red sauce and steak (Puerto rican dish)

8. What makes you passionate about your work? I always tell people that I laugh out loud at least a few times a day. We have a lot to learn from our younger generations and a lot to bestow upon them as well. 

Steve Ruic, Intervention Specialist


1. Where did you grow up?   Strongsville, but I've lived in a number of other places including Surfside Beach, South Carolina and Mesquite, Texas.


2. What college did you attend? What did you study?  I went to Bowling Green State University for my undergrad. I earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a specialization in public relations.  I went to Baldwin Wallace for my MAEd in Literacy.


3. What other roles have you had before your current position?   As a teacher, I've taught at both Gilles-Sweet and here at the Middle School.  Before teaching, I ran a communications office for Notre Dame College. I did pretty much everything from writing advertising to publishing magazines, to serving as the college photographer. Before that, I was a college admissions counselor, also at Notre Dame, recruiting in northwest Ohio and southeastern Michigan.  For a while, I had to work two and three jobs at a time, so I can say I've worked in construction, as a landscaper, and drove everything from a Zamboni to a school bus.


4. Children / pets?  I've got two boys--one in middle school and the other in third grade. I've also got a slightly-used beagle (she's a rescue dog).

5. What do you like to do when you're not working?  I read a lot and practice martial arts. But mostly, I'm doing stuff with my kids.  

6. Favorite song/artist?  I like anything from classic rock to country. It depends on the day whether its Jimmy Buffett, Led Zeppelin or Ben Nichols and Lucero


7. Favorite food?  Coffee.

8. What makes you passionate about your work?  This is a job that matters--everything we do, everything we say, every minute we are around our students is a chance to make an impact on their lives.
PTA - Volunteer
Basketball season is almost here and MS/HS PTA and the Junior Class are teaming up to run the concession stand for the Boy's Basketball home games. Volunteers are needed, so please consider signing up by clicking here.  
Rewards Programs
Mayer Middle School is registered with both the Giant Eagle's Apples for Students and Heinen's Teaming Up for Education programs. When signing up for Giant Eagle's program, the code for Lewis F. Mayer Middle School is 2472.  When signing up for Heinen's program, sign in to your account on the Heinen's Tasteful Rewards Program page and select Lewis F. Mayer Middle School from a list of participating schools.
Box Top Earnings (2019-2020 School Year)
Fundraising - Class of 2020 After Prom
Fundraising - Class of 2021
The Class of 2021 have added some new items to their merchandise table:  
~Grey Holloway joggers - $30.00.  They have a pocket at the back and at the side. Fairview    Warriors is embroidered on the top of the leg.  
~Fairview Warriors car magnet.  It is 7X2 inches and is $5.00.
~A stylish jute/burlap tote bag for $10.00. This bag is 16inX14inX7

For more information contact Mary Moore, Class Advisor
Fundraising - Class of 2023
Please consider a purchase from our Class of 2023 fundraiser - Yankee Candle Sale. Every little bit helps! Candles make great gifts for hostess or holiday presents. Sales are done online and are shipped directly to your home. What a convenience!! Feel free to share the online code with friends and family who enjoy Yankee Candle fragrances. Sale ends Wednesday, January 8.
Fundraising - Friends of the Fairview Park City Schools 
We are so appreciative of the continued support throughout this year. Thank you all for dining to donate, purchasing pepperoni rollers, ordering Holiday Ham gift cards or Holiday wreaths. (All order forms are available on our website at friendsfpcs.org .) You can still order your Honeybaked Ham!

Also, we are very excited to bring you something new this fall. We will be selling foam fingers during the basketball season. We need volunteers to make this fundraiser a success. Please consider signing up for a shift or two. 
Contact Us
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Important Upcoming Dates
Monday, January 6
Return to School

Tuesday, January 7
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201

Tuesday, January 14
7:40 AM - 7th and 8th Grade Book Club, Room 204 

Wednesday, January 15
7:40 AM - 6th Grade Book Club, Room 209

Thursday, January 16

8th Grade Science Fair SETUP, Gemini Center

6:30 PM - Learning Management System Review Committee Session, Gilles-Sweet Cafetorium

Friday, January 17
8th Grade Science Fair, Gemini Center

Tuesday, January 21
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201
Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
Save the date for January 27 at 6:30 p.m. for the next Parent University held at Gilles-Sweet Elementary. 

Carrie Sullivan
FACE Coordinator 
(440) 356-3510 ext. 4117
Contact Us 

Student Counseling

Mrs. Mary Cory
Middle School Student Counselor
440-356-3510 ext. 3135

Digital Request Form for students wanting to see Mrs. Cory

Follow the counseling office on Twitter: @FviewCounselors

Click HERE to sign up for our Counseling Newsletter!


Mr. Chris Vicha
Campus Principal
440-356-3500 ext. 4100
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