Weekly News and Updates for the Week of November 4, 2019
Warrior of the Month
The 7th Grade team nominated Mia K. to be the Warrior of the Month. Mia is a strong student who leads by example. She recently showed perseverance in math class when correcting an assignment. Mia made corrections on a Math End of Unit Assessment that she did well on and did not necessarily need to make corrections.This drive to improve her work was a great example for what we strive for the rest of our students to exemplify. Mia asks great questions in science class that approach topics from new perspectives. She has a great sense of humor as well! In Language Arts Mia has phenomenal insight to stories and is always participating in class. Her writing pieces are top notch and she always puts 110% into her work. Mia is very creative and this shows in her end products with all of her classes. Not only does she excel in the classroom but she excelled in cross country as well!  We are very proud of her and are looking forward to seeing her progress the rest of the year. Mia stands out and should be awarded the Warrior of the Month.

Also nominated:
Ava B.
Lauren E.
Shaya E.
Nola F.
Anastasia K.
Luella S.
Red Ribbon Week
Last week was Red Ribbon week. We celebrated in an effort to encourage students to say no to drugs. To reinforce Red Ribbon Week, we had a group of people called the Improbable Players come in to present a play called Stages, which focused on the misconceptions that lead to substance misuse. Information for parents regarding the show as well as follow-up questions you can ask your child can be found here: Improbable Players Information for Parents: STAGES.
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.

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
If you want to understand the Platform better, we have a group of parents willing to be your mentor! If you are interested in having a parent mentor, email Carrie Sullivan , FACE Coordinator, and she will connect you.

Other ways to get help: call/email your child's mentor teacher, counselor or principal, and/or Mrs. Wightman (Director of Teaching and Learning) for individual help.
The Fairview Park City School District is seeking a diverse group of student, parent, staff, and community member stakeholders to be a part of the Learning Management System (LMS) Review Committee.

Meetings will be held as needed from November 2019 through May 2021. The first meeting will be: Monday, November 4, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Gilles-Sweet Elementary.

The committee facilitator will be Dr. Terri S. Pope, Tri-C Westshore Campus President.

The first meeting activities will include:
  • Establish key criteria for the "best-fit" Learning Management System (LMS) for FPCS grades 6-12
  • Affirm timeline and committee commitment to goal
  • Develop communication plan to provide transparency and keep all stakeholders apprised of committee work and progress toward goal.
Subsequent work will include:
  • Research LMS options, interview current users, conduct site visits
  • Quarterly updates to the Board of Education
  • Reviewing LMS options with stakeholders
  • Soliciting and addressing feedback throughout the process from Board members and stakeholders
  • Assuring curricular delivery in LMS allows for alignment with Ohio Learning Standards and FPCS strategic plan.
Tasks for between meeting work and sub-committees will be established as needed.
Please sign up here if you plan to attend.
Math Club
LFM Math Club Meeting will be every Thursday after school from 3:30-4:15 p.m. 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.
Fairview Young Life Dodgeball Tournament
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. 
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.
Parent Information and Tips!
Staff Highlights


Kymberly Bowlen, Psychologist

  1. Where did you grow up?  Austintown, Ohio
  2. What college did you attend?  I attended Youngstown State University for my undergraduate degree in psychology. I also attended YSU for my Master's and Educational Specialist degrees. 
  3. What other roles have you had before your current position?  I was a pharmacy technician prior to and during grad school (for 11 years total!). I also worked as a behavior technician at a center that served students with Autism. 
  4. Children / pets? Neither, but I am hoping to have a dog soon. 
  5. What do you like to do when you're not working? I recently got a new bike, so that's been my go-to hobby lately; both on paved trails and in the woods. I enjoy being active outdoors. I also like to read and exercise when I can find the time. 
  6. Favorite song/artist?  Brand New and Motion City Soundtrack have been long-standing favorites of mine.
  7. Favorite food? It just depends on the day, but you really can't go wrong with a good pizza. 
  8. What makes you passionate about your work?  I enjoy trying to figure out how students think and problem-solve. My position allows me to get a glimpse into the minds of the students I work with, and to use that insight to help them. 

Pete Cibulskas, MS / HS Band Teacher
  1. Where did you grow up?  I grew up in Parma, Ohio and moved to Olmsted Falls my Sophomore year of High School.  I graduated from Olmsted Falls High School.
  2. Where did you go to college? What did you study?  I attended THE Ohio State University.  I studied Music Education. I earned a Masters in Music degree from Case Western Reserve University.
  3. What other roles have you had before your current position?  I was a substitute Teacher for one year.
  4. Do you have any children / pets?  I have 3 children.  Ellie is 18, Emma is 15, and Ian is 10.  No pets.
  5. What do you like to do when you're not working? Favorite Hobby?  I love to take my camper and visit the country.  We have been to 39 states and visited a ton of National Parks.
  6. Favorite song/artist?  Right now I enjoy the bands Maroon 5 and Old Dominion
  7. Favorite food?  Steak.
  8. What makes you passionate about your work?  I love to make music.  There is nothing better than to work with people with similar passions and achieve a goal we all set.

Zak Broschk, 8th Grade Science Teacher
  1. Where did you grow up?  Lakewood, Ohio
  2. What college did you attend?   Cleveland State for Undergrad and Baldwin Wallace for Graduate School.       
  3. What other roles have you had before your current position?   I was a dishwasher at a country club and set up for banquets and weddings at the Holiday Inn during high school. I was a line cook at a retirement community in Westlake while I debated Culinary School. I worked retail at a couple of clothing stores through college. 
  4. Children / pets?   3 Children... Benjamin (5), Ryan (4), Andrew (1). 2 Cats... Julius and Nala.
  5. What do you like to do when you're not working?   When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and eating chicken wings. 
  6. Favorite song/artist?  Jack Johnson - Better Together
  7. Favorite food?   My Mothers Lasagna and Buffalo Garlic Parmesan Wings
  8. What makes you passionate about your work?  I enjoy watching the students get excited about science and discover new things about the world around them. I love watching the kids learn and grow from their mistakes and watching them attack a problem from multiple different angles.
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 .

Take a look at these opportunities to show your support!

Holiday Wreath Fundraiser
The Friends of Fairview Park City Schools is selling fresh and great smelling holiday wreaths, tabletop trees and centerpieces from Mickman Brothers, one of the top suppliers of decorative wreaths in the United States. You can choose from 5 great options: Holiday Classic Wreath, Victorian Wreath, Cranberry Splash Wreath, Table Top Tree and Candlelit Center Piece. Orders ship out the week before Thanksgiving. Once we receive the whole order, we will be in contact for pick up.

Please review the descriptions below, fill out the online form and submit payment no later than Friday, November 8th.

Contact Angie Cause ( angiekleincause@yahoo.com) or Christine McElwee ( cmcelwee10@yahoo.com) with any questions.

Friends of Fairview Park Holiday Ham Sale
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Upcoming Events
Monday, November 4
6:30 PM - Learning Management System Review Committee Meeting, Gilles-Sweet

Tuesday, November 5
7:45 AM - Builder's Club Meeting, Room 201
3:30 - 5:30 PM - Dodgeball Tournament, sponsored by Young Life

Thursday, November 7
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)

Tuesday, November 12
Book Club

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

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

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)
Hi Fairview Park Families!

I hope that the end of the first quarter has gone smoothly for you and your family!!! If there are any issues  please call or email your child's mentor  teacher, counselor or principal. We all want you and your child to  have a successful year.

Regarding the platform - if there are any parents that want to understand it better, we have a group of parents willing to be your mentor.  If you are interested in having a parent mentor,  email me and I will connect you.

Other ways to get help: call/email your child's mentor teacher, counselor or principal, and/or Mrs. Wightman (Director of Teaching and Learning) for individual help.

On the topic of Red Ribbon Week : we had a great week of activities and announcements district-wide. At the Parent University on Monday we had some amazing speakers come in to talk about drugs, alcohol and vaping. The information we received can be found in the links below. Some important notes: 

1) A child's brain is not developed until at least 25 years old, so any substance they put into their body will cause issues with the development of the brain.

2) If you see a change in your child such as coughing, fatigue, change in sleep habits, change in their behavior, etc., monitor what they are Googling, texting and talking about. Talk to them! Click HERE if you need some guidance on how to talk to your kids about drugs.

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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