Weekly News and Updates for the Week of November 11, 2019
Warriors of the Week
Each week through this year we will recognize several of our students through our "Warrior of the Week" award. Students receive this award for displaying effort that goes above-and-beyond our expectations - reflecting their drive to achieve personal and academic growth. 

This week's Warriors of the Week are:

Kwaw Y.
Kwaw has had an amazing start to his sixth grade year. He comes to class prepared daily and fully participates in class discussions and activities. Kwaw makes good decisions when he is put in tough situations and is always there to help other students out. Keep up the great work Kwaw!

Abby E.
Abby has been doing a great job of keeping up with her classwork and is an engaged member of her classes. She has been working hard on her organization and self-advocacy, and is finding her voice and confidence in writing, being a member of Power of the Pen. The stories that she has been writing are well thought out, interesting, and extremely detailed. She continues to amaze us with her commitment to getting out of her comfort zone, which was evident when she shared her tradition at the Tell Me Your Story exhibition night. We are very proud of Abby's hard work this year and can't wait to see her continue to grow!

Scarlett L.
Scarlett is a very kind and detailed oriented student. She is very diligent when working independently and raises the expectations of her peers in the group setting. Not only does Scarlett shine in the classroom; she also performs with her theatre group and is quite talented when it comes to sewing. Keep up the great work Scarlett, all of your hard work does not go unnoticed! 
PTA Meeting
PTA Meeting This Week: Please join the MMS/FHS PTA on November 12th at 6pm in room 125 at FHS for our monthly meeting. All are welcome!
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Conferences will take place on Monday and Tuesday, November 25 and 26 during scheduled 15 minute appointments:

Monday, November 25 - 12:00 - 4:00 PM, 5:00 - 7:45 PM
Tuesday, November 26 - 7:45 -11:30 AM, 12:30 - 3:15 PM 

The Scholastic Book Fair will be set up during conferences.

Teacher Conference Luncheon
MMS/FHS PTA will be hosting lunch for our hard working teachers and staff on Tuesday, November 26th (conference day). Please click HERE to sign up to bring dessert, water or tableware.
Scholastic Book Fair
Dear Parents and Families:

Reading increases knowledge and vocabulary, lowers stress, and supports your child's emotional growth. But perhaps the best benefit is the lasting bond you create with your child when you read with them. Visit the Book Fair with your child to discover new books together!

Book Fair dates/times: 
Friday, November 22 - 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday, November 25 - 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 26 - 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

NEW In-School and Online Shopping Options! With Book Fair eWallet, a safe and convenient digital payment account, your student can shop the Fair cash-free! And if you're not able to attend the Fair, try our new online shopping option. We've partnered with The Scholastic Store to offer over 6,000 products that ship direct to your home (with free shipping on orders of $25 or more)! Visit our homepage to access eWallet or shop online.
Visit scholastic.com/fair To find our school.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! 

Mr. Chris Vicha
Lewis F. Mayer Middle School
Fairview Park Women's Club God & Country Letter Winners
Congratulations to Erich M. and Anastasia K., who were selected as the winners of this years' God & Country patriotic letter writing contest. They will be honored at an award ceremony at City Council Chambers on Monday, November 18. Congratulations!
APP - Advocates for Progress and Preparedness
A few parents looking to network and discuss the Platform and how to support our children in the face of 21st century education have formed a group called APP - Advocates for Progress and Preparedness. Their next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 PM in Room A/B at the Fairview Park Library. 

In addition, if you are a member of the Gemini Center and are interested in talking to some fellow parents about the Platform (and whatever else may come up), look for the Prepared book on the shelf by the track. APP Walks at the Rec Center on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 10:30 AM. 

Prepared , by Diane Tavenner:
An educator and mother, Diane Tavenner cof-ounded the first Summit school in 2003. Summit Public Schools has won national recognition because 99 percent of Summit students get into a four-year college, and Summit students finish college at twice the national average. But in a radical departure from the environments created by the college admissions arms race, Summit students aren't focused on competing with their classmates for rankings or test scores. Instead, students spend their days solving real-world problems and developing the skills of self-direction, collaboration, and reflection, all of which prepare them to succeed in college, thrive in today's workplace, and lead a secure and fulfilled life. 

Today, thousands of educators, tens of thousands of students, and hundreds of schools across thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia have embraced the Summit model. 

Through personal stories and the hard-earned lessons of Summit's exceptional team of educators and diverse students, Diane Tavenner shares the underlying learning philosophies and unconventional wisdom that lead to all children being prepared for school and life.
Summit Personalized Learning Platform
Hello Lewis F. Mayer Middle School Families! Over the past few weeks, we've been so encouraged by what we're seeing in our classrooms. Students are engaging in hands-on projects and developing important skills, like collaboration and presenting an argument. They are meeting one-on-one each week with their dedicated mentor and setting goals, making plans, and reflecting on their learning.

When you receive your child's grades, they may look different than they have in the past. This grading method gives families and students a clearer view of where a student is making particularly strong progress and where they have areas for improvement. In addition, instead of showcasing their knowledge in a one-time test, a student's grade is formed over the course of the year, meaning they have plenty of opportunities to improve over the course of the year before being awarded their final grade.

Once logged in with your student's (or parent) login [as a reminder, log in as your child at  www.summitlearning.org  using their email address and their password] visit your child's dashboard, and then go to the Progress Page. The grades panel on the right side gives the current academics grades. Courses with grades, are on or ahead of pace. Courses with Incomplete, need attention. Click on the grades for each class for more detailed information.
Math Club
LFM Math Club Meeting will be every Thursday after school from 3:30-4:15pm in Room 247. They will also meet every other Thursday morning from 7:45-8:30am in Room 247 starting on November 7.  LFM Math Club is available for students in grades 6th, 7th and 8th.
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.
Ski & Snowboard Club
If you haven't signed up for Ski & Snowboard Club, but still want to, you have time! Please go to the following link to sign up by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd. There will be another meeting in November to talk about bus pricing and logistics. Our first trip to Boston Mills/Brandywine will be in January! See Miss Smigelski in room 251 for more information. 
Fundraiser - Ski Club
Math Lab
Math help is available before school on Tuesday, 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.
Homework Help
The Fairview Park Library is one of several branches in the Cuyahoga County Public Library system that will be once again offering free, after-school homework help Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 PM for students in grades K-8. For more information, click HERE.
Staff Highlights

Carin Cataldo, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

1. Where did you grow up? Olmsted Falls, OH

2. Where did you go to college?  What did you study? I went to Kent State University, originally for interior design. After my first year of college I switch majors to education because of my love for math. I studied Middle Childhood Education within the concentrations of reading, mathematics, and social studies. I also have credits towards a minor in Pre Law. Currently, I am attending Ashland University for my masters in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on Technology.

3. What other roles have you had before your current position? Before teaching I worked two years as a Director of Sales for a technology consulting and auditing firm in Westlake, Ohio. I was hired at Fairview in 2015 as a sixth grade social studies teacher. Since then I have moved to 7th grade social studies, as well as teaching 8th grade math.

4. Do you have any children / pets? I have a two year old daughter Marlo, and I am expecting our second this coming March. We also have a doberman named Matilda, and a cat named Otto.

5. What do you like to do when you're not working? Favorite Hobby? When I am not working I love going out to dinner, or coffee dates with my friends. I also enjoy a good Lifetime movie and relaxing in my PJs on Saturday nights.

6. Favorite song/artist? I enjoy listening to Frank Ocean, and James Blake when I can, but most of the time it's Disney Nursery Rhymes, Moana Soundtrack, or Baby Shark.

7. Favorite food? I am a sucker for junk food. I love blue cosmo ice cream with sprinkles from Mitchells. My favorite meal would have to be pizza topped with jalapeños, pineapples, and pepperoni. 

8. What makes you passionate about your work? I love teaching because each day is something new. I get to share my interests with students and grow an excitement around learning. Every student deserves an invested teacher, someone who cares about their future and helps shape their individual goals, to be the best version of themselves.

Isis Prior, HS English Teacher, MS and HS French Teacher
  1. Where did you grow up? Bay Village, Ohio (But, don't hold it against me.) But I also lived in San Francisco, Chicago, and central Pennsylvania during my summers. 
  2. What college did you attend? University of Pittsburgh.
  3. What other roles have you had before your current position? Assistant Manager at the GAP in California and Northeast Ohio; French teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (in three different schools). 
  4. Children / pets? I have 2 kids- Sam is 18 and a freshman at CSU and Sophia is 14 and a freshman at Hathaway Brown. I have 2 furry kids- Pumpkin is 12 and Bruno is 6. 
  5. What do you like to do when you're not working? I have 2 jobs, 2 kids, and am a doctoral student at CSU- I am always working.   
  6. Favorite song/artist?  It depends on my mood. I like all types of music.
  7. Favorite food? Gnocchi pomodoro
  8. What makes you passionate about your work? I love learning, discussion, and helping people to be successful in life. (It sounds corny, but it's true.)

Gayle Dill, Librarian

  1. Where did you grow up?  Fruit farm in Western NY.  It had been in the family for over 100 yrs.  You learn to have a solid work ethic on a farm!
  2. What college did you attend?  BA - State University of NY at Geneseo, MA - State University of NY at Buffalo, Library Media - Kent State    
  3. What other roles have you had before your current position? 3rd and 5th gr. Teacher for 6 years in Western NY, Digital telephone trainer - 2 years, Cuyahoga County Public Library Librarian's Assistant - 6 years, Miles Standish Elem. Librarian (Cleveland Public Schools) - 2 years.  But my favorite roles are wife, mother and grandmother!
  4. Children / pets? 2 grown sons and 2 daughters-in-law, 4 adorable grandchildren
  5. What do you like to do when you're not working? Read (of course), bake, volunteer work, travel with husband (especially camping and hiking in the national parks), scrapbooking vacation and family photos  
  6. Favorite song/artist? Oldies groups like ABBA, Beatles, Beach Boys and Contemporary Christian music
  7. Favorite food? Mitchell's Ice Cream
  8. What makes you passionate about your work?  I love talking with students about books, especially when students tell me they loved a book I recommended.  I am also passionate about teaching students/adults how to find and use reliable resources and appreciate when previous students visit and tell me they were the only student in their college class that knew how to choose and use credible sources. 
Search the Twitter hashtag #FoundSomethingCool for updates on cool activities being done on campus! Look for updates from Mr. Vicha @fhsprincipal and  Mr. Honeck @fhswarriors_apThere's LOTS of great things happening on campus and we want you to be able to see some of the wonderful things we see every day!

Box Top Earnings (2019-2020 School Year)
Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year's theme, "Look Within," calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Print out the submission guidelines and an entry form and return your entries by November 18th.  For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards . Have questions? Contact Angie Cause, the Fairview Park Council of PTAs Reflections Chair, via email at angiekleincause@yahoo.com .
Fundraising - Friends of the Fairview Park City Schools 
Take a look at these opportunities to show your support!
Friends of Fairview Park Holiday Ham Sale
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Upcoming Events
Tuesday, November 12
Book Club
6:00 PM - PTA Meeting, FHS Room 125

Wednesday, November 13 - Friday, November 15
8th Grade Trip to Washington DC

Thursday, November 14
3:30 - 4:15 PM - Math Club Meeting, Room 247 (every Thursday)

Friday, November 15 - Saturday, November 16
7:00 PM - Fall Play at FHS

Sunday, November 17
2:00 PM - Fall Play at FHS

Tuesday, November 19
6:30 PM - Board of Education Meeting, Gilles-Sweet Cafetorium

Thursday, November 21
7:45 - 8:30 AM - Math Club Meeting, Room 247 (every other Thursday)
3:30 - 4:15 PM - Math Club Meeting, Room 247 (every Thursday)
6:30 PM - APP Meeting, Room A/B at the Fairview Park Library

Friday, November 22
Scholastic Book Fair Preview during the school day

Monday, November 25 - Tuesday, November 26
NO SCHOOL - Parent / Teacher Conferences
Scholastic Book Fair during Conferences

Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29
NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, December 12
6:30 PM - Learning Management System Review Meeting, Gilles-Sweet

Saturday, December 14
2:00 - 6:30 PM - District Music Concert, FHS Auditorium

Tuesday, December 17
6:30 PM - Board of Education Meeting, Gilles-Sweet Cafetorium

Wednesday, December 18
7:00 - 8:30 PM, Holiday Choral Concert, FHS Auditorium

Monday, December 23 - Friday, January 3
Winter Break

Monday, January 6
Return to School

Friday, May 22
8th Grade Dance, Bain Park Cabin

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Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
Two awesome resources available:

(Isn't it great to see that Family Engagement is across our state!) A great site for families and teachers that has many tools and ideas of how we can all work together = parent + student + teacher! Need some ideas for family time? Check out the website!

2) Transition Bridge - we are collaborating with Cleveland Clinic Foundation to bridge communication and support between the school, medical side and families!  This is an important piece for families that have a child that is hospitalized for various reasons. We are building a way to make a smoother transition for students to return to school.
If your child becomes hospitalized, please make sure you contact your child's counselor or myself so that we can create a smooth transition for them! Click HERE for a great return-to-school checklist.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

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

Useful Links for Middle School Parents

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