Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Eight students announce where they will study and play sports this fall
More than anything, each Mentor student-athlete signing ceremony reminds athletic director Jeff Cassella of the diverse talent pool at Mentor High School. The district hosted another of its periodic signing ceremonies Tuesday morning, allowing eight standouts to announce where they have decided to attend college. "You have golfers, lacrosse players, basketball players," Cassella said. "It just shows you, across the board, where our students and athletes are. That's what's amazing to me." Here's a quick breakdown of the students who announced their intentions on Tuesday, courtesy of the district: Jeff Foreman - Ashland University Lacey Miller - Mercyhurst North East Joan Graziano - Lake Erie College Paige Victor - Walsh University Natalie …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Fifth-grader Simon Ukotic beat out 11 other young artists across the country
A 5th-grader from Mentor holds tops honors in the country this week for artwork inspired by his hometown. Simon Ukotic of Fairfax Elementary School has been named Artist of the Week by Artsonia, an online children's museum of artwork. Simon's portrait of two cardinals earned 1,368 votes in the 4th-6th grade category on Artsonia's website. Simon beat out contributions from children in California, Texas, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina and Ohio. The Mentor Schools website encouraged residents to give Simon some extra votes during the competition.
Friday, April 26, 2013
The students of Leadership Lake County are running a collection drive to help the needy this Saturday.
Leadership Lake County is designed to help the students of today become the leaders of tomorrow. However, when it comes to addressing poverty in Lake County, these students aren't waiting until tomorrow to take the lead. The Junior Leadership Program class of 2013 -- comprised of 33 high school juniors from around the region -- has formed Growing Awareness of Poverty (G.A.P.) to help those who need it the most. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, G.A.P. is running a collection drive in the parking lot of Crossroads Early Childhood Services (1083 Mentor Avenue). The students will be collecting paper towels, toilet paper and other hygiene products (taxable goods) that cannot be purchased with food stamps but are essential to daily living. …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Teachers, principals and staff post fun video to inspire students during OAA testing
Teachers and staff at Ridge Middle School know how stressful testing can be, but they figured they had a good solution to ease their nerves. Staff, including the school's two principals, have posted a video on YouTube full of laughs, dancing, wigs and more. Though it's a cover of a song created long before any of of the students were born — 1990's "Hold On," by Wilson Phillips — it has plenty of inspirational material aimed at pushing the kids through the home stretch of the Ohio Achievement Assessments. Watch "Hold On for One More Day" by clicking above.
Find information and guidelines here
Prom is fast approaching, and tickets are already on sale for the big night. The event takes place from 8 p.m. to midnight on May 11 at the American-Croatian Lodge, 34900 Lake Shore Blvd., in Eastlake. Tickets cost $32 for a single ticket, and $64 per couple. They will be on sale through the day before prom, according Mentor High School's office. Here a few dance guidelines, courtesy of Mentor Schools: For the complete list of dance rules, click PDFs to view the document.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Click here and learn more about the district's ranking in U.S. News & World Report
Mentor Schools earned national recognition Tuesday when a popular publication released its annual academic rankings. Accord to U.S. News & World Report, Mentor High School is the 111th ranked public high school in Ohio. The school placed at 2,051st in the nation. Click here for the Ohio rankings and for a database including all public Ohio schools. The school was one of 106 in Ohio to receive the silver medal, indicating that Mentor and the 105 schools in this group fall somewhere between Nos. 501 and No. 2,290 nationally, in terms of college readiness. According to U.S. News & Report rankings were compiled by: If Mentor High's ranking seems low, consider that there are 892 high schools in the state. Only 234 made U.S. News & World Report'…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Fifteen acts took the stage Monday
It had been a few years since Lake Catholic High School hosted a talent show, and it showed through the audience's enthusiasm. Whether a guitarist or rap group hit the stage, the crowd filled the auditorium with cheers Monday night. The show featured 15 performances that ranged from a Bruno Mars cover to a color guard routine to a touching tribute from junior Michelle Gaw, whose mother recently passed away. Families got into the act, too. The Jones brothers, sophomore Kyle and junior Ian performed a humorous piano act, and the Brennan Singing Trio of sisters Rachel, Veronica and Emma finished the showcase with a song. Watch the video for some sights and sounds from the evening.
Monday, April 22, 2013
The video looks at "A Day in the Life" of Matthew Miller
It's been nearly a year since Matthew Miller introduced himself to the community as superintendent of Mentor Schools, but there still may be some things you don't know about him. To fill in any gaps, Prelude Photography presents a six-minute feature on Miller as part of its monthly "Day in the Life" series. The videos attempt to shed light on the backgrounds of key people in various industries and they jobs they do in the community. Prelude owner Matthew Huested produces and posts the videos on the business' Facebook page. Ever wonder what time the superintendent wakes up to fulfill his duties? How about his education or how his kids handled relocating to Mentor? It's all in Prelude's video, which can be viewed above.
The Cardinals will host a meet 'n greet April 28 at the Mentor Senior Center
If you have not had a chance to congratulate or celebrate with the state champion Mentor High boys basketball team, then you will get your chance April 28. From 5 to 8 p.m., the Cardinals, their coaches and the Cage Club will host a meet 'n greet at the Mentor Senior Center as part of Community Appreciation Night. Championship T-shirts, team photos and team posters will also be available for sale with the proceeds going to support the team. Those who would attend are asked to RSVP to Angela Valeri at Advaleri4@yahoo.com by April 24. The Mentor High boys basketball team (25-5) beat Toledo Rogers (21-8) by 76-67 to win their first state championship in the program's history last month. The championship represents the fourth state title in …
The renewal levy would continue to cost the owner of a $100,000 home $22.50 per month
Residents in the Mentor Schools district will vote on an 8.8-mill renewal levy on the May 7 ballot. The renewal levy would continue to cost the owner of a $100,000 home $22.50 per month. The levy is a renewal of an existing tax, and if approved, would not raise taxes above what residents now pay. To Mentor administrators, a large part of renewing the levy would be a pledge by voters to uphold the district's "Excellent with Distinction" performance on the most recent state report card. "What our community understands is that we're performing at the highest academic level we can in the State of Ohio," Superintendent Matthew Miller said. "We have a very good, positive track record. "When looking at communities and school districts, I think …