On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, the Parma Schools began a new journey with Focus on the Future.
The Parma Senior High drama club received two Dazzle Award nominations for their production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein play “Carousel”.
It was unique project Valley Forge teacher Amy Byrne assigned to students in her honors U.S. History class, it was an assignment that truly hit home.
During their final year of track and field, Normandy seniors Vlad Sokol and Sean Geither made it count.
On June 7, a day before commencement, 40 students from Parma Senior High participated in the second annual ‘Senior Walk’ which took place at Shiloh Middle School, John Muir, Thoreau Park and Renwood Elementary.
Members of SADD at Valley Forge High School made sure their peers were safe for the night of prom.
For the past several years, Shiloh Middle School students have raised money by participating in the Encore Walk.
The definition of the word routine is a “sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program”.
Normandy senior Kyle Marek of the Cisco Networking Academy, part of the Career Tech and Educational program, placed first at the Business Professional of America National Leadership Conference for the content area of Computer Security.
Over the course of four years, Julia Cepis, Andrea Scali, Kirsten Mazor, Jaylin Narvaez, Rae Moro and Morgan Jackson were part of a Parma Redmen softball team that set the precedent of what excellence is all about.
On May 22 there was a Rally for Education, an event to validate the teachers, support staff, and the students. It was also a celebration to the conclusion of another successful year as well as momentum boost going into the 2017-18 school year.
The Parma City School District sponsors a Day Care Center located at Pleasantview School, 7700 Malibu Drive in Parma. The Center is open from 7 AM – 6 PM all regularly scheduled school days plus teacher in-service days
At the 64th Annual Scholarship Dinner, over 100 scholarships were distributed to seniors from all three high schools in the district. It was a night filled with recognizing students and their many accomplishments through their academic and athletic careers.
On the weekends during the month of May, members of the Normandy football team landscaped mulch for community members as part of a fundraiser.
During the month of April, students at Dentzler Elementary School dedicated their time to help fundraise money for Team Boyle and Challenger Baseball
This week, the Parma City School District and our three communities lost Rosemary Gulick, someone who dedicated her life educating and then advocating for the children and families that make up our schools.
Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, students grades 5-12 in the Parma City School District will make the switch from using Apple MacBooks and iPads to Chromebooks.
Fifth grade Shiloh Middle School math teacher Chris Keating was recently named the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Educator of the Year, an award that he is grateful for receiving.
The Valley Forge High School tennis program returned six years ago after a slight hiatus. Since the program returned there is only one person who has competed in all four seasons.
They say variety is the spice of life - and that couldn’t be more true of the students and food presented at the 23rd annual Culinary Arts Invitational Tournament, held at Normandy High School on Friday, May 12.
Thoreau Park Elementary Principal Jamie Franko was anxious about the Reading Room the school was receiving from the United Way of Greater Cleveland courtesy of the of Young Leaders and their Readers Become Leaders initiative.
Ridge-Brook Elementary School principal Steve Perry kept his promise after an amazing fundraising effort by the students for Change for Autism.
Each year members of the Parma Education Association (PEA) receive nominations and then select three individuals as Educator of the Year, Special Educator of the Year and the Helping Hand award Winners.
On May 15 at Hillside Middle School a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a STEAM (Science Technology Arts Math) mural and reading space in the library.
On June 17, the Parma City School District will host its 2nd Annual The Parma Way 5K. Proceeds from the race will go towards after school programs throughout the district.
Four students from the Business Management Career Tech program earned astonishing honors when they competed in the state competition for the Business Professionals of America.
The Parma City School District will be hosting a Future Fair on Thursday, May 18, 2017, to help community members get connected with college and career resources.
It’s a tale of brotherly love times two. It is an unusual circumstance that one may not witness much of when it comes to high school tennis.
On April 28, members from the Normandy Student Government held their annual Senior Citizen Prom which featured an afternoon of eating, dancing, and fun for those involved.
On Tuesday May 2, we heard from the voters in our three cities.
On Thursday, Aprll 27, over 100 students in the Parma City School District received some kind of monetary scholarship on an exciting day known as “Winners Circle”.
On April 13, students from Shiloh Middle School’s Team 7W and 7Z classes held its quarterly Writing Showcase.
On May 1, Greenbriar Middle School held a Career Day, an opportunity for students to explore the many possibilities of their future.
Normandy teacher Collen Lisi and students from her Spanish I class displayed their exceptional knowledge of the foreign language by earning medals after taking the National Spanish Exam.
On Tuesday, May 2, the Parma City School District will be asking the community to consider Issue 12, a 5.9 mil general operating levy that will fund district operations.
Five students from the Valley Forge High School Biotechnology program earned the gold medal during the Biotech Olympics at Tri-C.
The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 PM at Valley Forge High School Auditorium located at 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights.
Students from the Parma Schools Extended Day Care got to partake in an enjoyable activity which involves a continuing partnership with the Parma Library Branch.
Greenbriar fifth grade STEM teachers Brenda Nikic and Erika Zavatchen, along with intervention specialist Nicole VanNewhouse, were accepted to TECHFIT after school professional development program this summer which will take place in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Parma City School District preaches the importance of giving back the community, and that is exactly what two schools did.
On April 7, the Career Tech Culinary Arts program at Normandy High School hosted its first Beefed Up Culinary Cook-Off, which was sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council.
The Parma Area Family Collaborative is thrilled to once again present “Belle of the Ball” - an opportunity for EVERY girl feel like a Princess for Prom!
Four students from the Normandy High School DECA program will be heading to Anaheim, California.
Seventh grade mathematics teacher David Blaha was in for quite the surprise on April 12.
It was an exciting moment for students from the second grade STEM Education at Pleasant Valley as they got to showcase their creativity by having their roller coaster project displayed at the I-X Center from March 24 to April 17 during the I-X-Indoor Amusement Park event.
Spring recess is the last break in the school year. When we return to school on April 24 we begin the race to the finish.
Students in Valley Forge’s DECA program have continued to show their dedication and future potential in the business world.
Thoreau Park had an amusing guest speaker on March 23 by the name of Jim ‘Basketball’ Jones
On March 23, the Ridge-Brook Discovery held a Service Project Family Night.
Normandy track and field athlete Vlad Sokol had quite the offseason experience that he believes can be beneficial during his senior season.
The experience was exhilarating for students and quite humbling for Parma High choir teacher Jared Plasterer as his class collaborated with a rock band based in Macedonia, Ohio known as Drenalin.
On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, the Parma Schools began a new journey with Focus on the Future.
In 2015-2016, it was the inaugural year of Teaching Professions, a Career Tech Education program. In the following year, the program doubled its enrollment from 10 to 20 students.
Parma City School District officers Paul Barens and Simpson “Old School” Huston have been making a difference by working with special education students.
Parma Schools Board of Education member Karen Dendorfer was presented with the Ohio School Boards Association’s Award of Achievement for her commitment and service to the district.
Recently, the Parma Council of PTAs held its annual Founders Celebration, an opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful things the PTA members have done in the past, but also recognize the spectacular efforts of current members.
On March 21, the Biotechnology and AP Biology Career Tech program had a guest speaker, Katie Medlock, from the Ethical Choices Program to give an ethics regarding farming practices, the use of antibiotics and hormones and their effects on the environment and our food.
Four members from the Dental Technology Career Tech and Education program visited Ridge-Brook Elementary to educate students about the importance of oral health.
Teach Me to Read at Home is a program designed for Pre-K children and their parents, features a series of six workshops held in the evening so that parents and their children can work together with beginning reading skills.
Students in the Parma Senior Engineering Physics class, taught by William Jeckel, showcased their creativity during the Balsa Wood Bridge Competition at Case Western Reserve University.
Students from the Greenbriar Discovery Center witnessed their NASA Rockets Rock Module project come into fruition when they conducted their experiment on March 8.
On Wednesday, January 18, the Parma Schools began a new journey with Focus on the Future.
Sitting in the back of the Parma City School District Automotive Service Technology classroom are a display of trophies and plaques that exemplifies the excellence of the program.
Along with school districts across the state of Ohio, the Parma City School District will be administering Ohio’s State Tests during the months of March and April.
It all started with a pilot class in the spring of 2016.
Students from Hillside, Greenbriar, and Shiloh Middle School, collaborated with their classmates in a series of mathematical tournaments organized by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics
From February 22-24, Renwood Elementary students jump roped for a great cause.
This week in the Parma City Schools, we have two important events taking place. Both of these events highlight valuable work and programs that are taking place in our schools on a daily basis.
The Parma City School District Board of Education has scheduled Special Board of Education Meetings to ask questions of Focus on the Future Action Teams.
On February 28, members of the Valley Forge band and orchestra had a great opportunity to partake in a workshop that involved members of the Escher String Quartet.
Channel 5 newscaster Janessa Webb and members of the Hillside Middle School teaching staff rushed into Jenny Brosemer’s seventh grade math class as she was announced the WEWS Teacher of the Week.
As a tool to educate her students, Ridge-Brook Elementary fourth grade teacher Kelly Hovan has utilized Skype in the Classroom, a Microsoft Education program.
On March 2, Green Valley, Dentzler, and Thoreau Park Elementary celebrated the 20th Annual National Read Across America Day by having volunteer readers from DeVry University.
On Wednesday, January 18, the Parma Schools began a new journey with Focus on the Future.
The Ohio Department of Education has posted its state plan in response to replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), now called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
On February 16, the Parma City School District held its annual Chamber of Commerce State of the Schools Luncheon in the Reed Rees Conference Room.
The excellence that of the Parma Senior wrestling program continues.
Being named WEWS Channel 5 McDonald’s Athlete of the Week was a humbling honor for Normandy swimmer Eric Norman.
Hillside Middle School made a television appearance after being named Fox 8’s Cool School. Fox 8 came to Hillside on February 8 to showcase the positive atmosphere at the middle school.
Coming soon, students at Thoreau Park Elementary will have their own place to lounge and cozy up with a good book.
The Greenbriar seventh grade boys basketball team took home the championship hardware as they defeated rival Hillside in the Great Lakes Conference championship game.
Influenced by reading a story by a seven year old author, eight second graders and a first grader at Ridge-Brook Elementary wanted to become writers themselves.
On Wednesday, January 18, the Parma Schools began a new journey with Focus on the Future.
During the current session at the Ridge-Brook Discovery Center, students are learning a valuable lesson in their young lives – proper etiquette.
PCSD Parent Academy will be hosting another informational session in the Parma Senior High School Little Theater on Monday, February 13 at 6:30 PM.
On Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 the Greenbriar Middle School Discovery Center’s after school program sponsored a Project Innovators Shark Tank Family Night.
Parma Senior High held its third Athletic Hall of Fame on January 20, honoring 20 of its most renowned athletes throughout the decades.
On Wednesday, January 18, the Parma Schools began a new journey with Focus on the Future.
Ridge-Brook Elementary was one out 100 schools in the United States to receive $10,000 from the Campbell’s Grand Stand for Schools $1,000,000
Green Valley teacher Holly Niro received quite the surprise on January 24 when a Channel 5 cameraman and reporter Janessa Webb came into her classroom. Niro was selected as Channel 5’s Teacher of the Week.
On January 25, Mike Mizanin, better known by his WWE name, “The Miz,” roamed the halls of Normandy High School, reminiscing his time as a teenager at the school for a WWE video production.
With a young wrestling team Valley Forge head coach Ryan Morton turns to an athlete he trusts most – four year letterman senior Naashon Cruz.
For Parma High senior Taylor Higginbotham, what began as a witty suggestion by friends transpired into something bigger.
Brady Woodworth, a senior at Parma High, and Brandon Hargus, a senior at Normandy, advanced to the top 10 out of 120 submissions across the state for the Ohio Attorney General’s Take Action Video Competition.
During the current session at the Valley Forge Discovery Center, students are learning to cook delicious meals that they can prepare at home.
On Wednesday, January 18, the Parma Schools began a new journey with Focus on the Future.
The Parma City School District is once again looking for volunteers to assist with our Project MORE program.
The Parma City School Foundation generously donated $2,000 to each of the district’s middle schools and high schools.
During the first few weeks of the season, Parma Senior basketball player Lindsay Humbel accomplished accolades she couldn’t even imagine.
Third grade students throughout the Parma City School District are given the opportunity to express themselves artistically courtesy of a generous donation from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Cox Communications continues to have a positive relationship with the Parma City School District. The company is offering affordable Internet to families that qualify.
The start of each new year symbolizes the many things that each of us wish to change in our own lives for the better.
Parma Senior High School is proud to announce that they will be holding their third Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, January 20, 2017.
The holiday season is for giving and members of the Parma community came together to help lead a successful campaign for the inaugural PCSD Stuff the Bus event.
On December 17, it was a night of friendly camaraderie as the Parma Senior hockey team hosted a charity event for the Cleveland Rockin’ Wildcats.
Parma Senior students Noah Utterback and Zahraa Al Ribeawi were winners of the MyCom Youth Voice Awards, which honors residents, leaders, and organizations that take action to support the needs of young people in Greater Cleveland.
I think all of us remember a time when we were children and we got holiday presents.
In the spirit of giving back during the holiday season, the Parma City School District in conjunction with the Parma Area Family Collaborative will be holding the first annual “PCSD Stuff the Bus” campaign in December to benefit needy students and families in our three communities.
During a time of giving, the Parma Area Family Collaborative and the Parma City Schools Treasurer’s Office had a joint effort to collect gifts for those in need.
On December 2, members of the Parma Rotary made stops at Thoreau Park and Parma Park to distribute dictionaries to third graders. In all, the Rotary donated dictionaries to every third grade class throughout the district.
The wrath of winter is upon Northeast Ohio and the kindergartners at Ridge-Brook Elementary had the opportunity to learn about weather from a special guest – meteorologist Janessa Webb from News Channel 5.
The Greenbriar Discovery Center obtained a new STEM module courtesy of a NASA Out-of-School Learning Grant.
At Greenbriar Middle School, the students in Mrs. Larrow’s seventh grade language arts class were in for a surprise when Brooke Kichurchak, owner of The Bee’s Knees Custom Cakes in Medina, presented an “Idiom Cake.”
Join the Parma City School District for the next Parent Academy, scheduled for Monday, December 5 at Parma Senior High School’s Little Theater as they host a discussion on “Suicide vs. Self Harm”.
On November 30, Normandy graduate and internationally known opera singer David Cangelosi visited the Parma City School District to teach a master class to students from the district’s three high schools along with Padua High School.
Members from the Valley Forge choir and band had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most talented musicians and singers at the Ohio Music Education Association District IV and VII Honors Ensemble Festival. The event took place at Cleveland State University November 11-12.
Normandy hockey players and twins Kyle and Alexis Ryan will be featured on WEWS Channel 5’s Student Athlete of the Week on December 6 and December 13 during the sports segment during the 6 p.m. newscast.
The event was a battle for the ages as the Valley Forge Senior Advisory Board members organized a faculty versus student volleyball match that took place November 22.
Valley Forge seniors Matthew Lee and Brett Bentkowski were commended for the National Merit Scholarship after ranking in the top 5 percent of 1.6 million students who took the PSAT/NMSQT.
On November 22, two days just before Thanksgiving, Green Valley Elementary students displayed their gratefulness for their grandparents during GrandFriends Day.
Growing up during the Space Race of the 1960s, Valley Forge alum Thomas Snitch, class of 1972, gained an interest in satellites and how they worked.
Henry David Thoreau once said “I am grateful for what I am and have. My Thanksgiving is perpetual.”
The Parma City School District is proud to celebrate the generosity and hard work of the employees and students who help those less fortunate in our three communities.
The Parma Symphony Orchestra will perform a Holiday Pops concert on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Valley Forge High School Auditorium, 9999 Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights, Ohio.
Three Parma Senior High School student athletes recently signed letters of intent to compete athletically next season at the collegiate level.
On November 7, over 250 seniors from Valley Forge, Parma, and Normandy were given the opportunity to explore postsecondary options during the GEAR UP Ohio College Senior Visit Day.
Valley Forge graduate Khory Katz is making headway during his tenure at Bowling Green State University. Katz, who graduated from Valley Forge in 2014, is a junior at Bowling Green and is majoring in Finance, Insurance and Sales and Services Marketing in the College of Business.
The Parma City School District presents another Parent Academy on Monday November 14 in the Parma High Little Theater at 6:30 PM.
First and foremost, I want to give a heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted and supported Issue 118 on Election Day.
On November 7, Dentzler Elementary commemorated veterans during the 5th Annual Dentzler Walks With Their Veterans Walk and Program for the Greater Cleveland Fisher House.
Veterans Day 2016 was once again a day of reflection and honor for students throughout the Parma City School District. Many of the district’s students engaged in activities to salute current and former members of our armed forces.
A prominent landmark of Parma for over 60 years, Byers Field is where memories have been etched in the minds of thousands of athletes who took the field and the thousands of fans who observed from the stands.
Hillside Middle School took part in a mock election on November 7, but instead of voting for presidential candidates they voted for students in seventh grade that were running for class president and vice president.
In last week’s issue of this publication, I discussed how important it was for all of the stakeholders of our school district and in our three cities to work together.
Six schools in the Parma City School District recently received the prominent National PTA School of Excellence Award, thanks to their dedication to family engagement.
Shiloh Middle School’s fifth grade Team Z earned the Ohio Middle Level Association Team Award and were recognized for their teaching excellence at the OMLA Conference in Cincinnati on October 27.
The Shiloh Middle School seventh grade captured the Great Lakes Conference championship after a win against Bay, 14-8. Shiloh finished the season 7-1.
An evening filled with food, games, crafts, dance, and unique costumes at Parma Park Elementary’s Boo at the School on Oct. 21 turned out to be a success and was well received by the many families and students that were in attendance.
Earlier this October the Special Education Department welcomed Beth Carter, a new Parent Mentor.
There is a vacancy on the Parma City School District Board of Education due to the resignation of Mrs. Lynn Halloran.
The past few weeks have seen many challenges for the Parma City School District. Yet here we are, still together, fighting for what’s best for our students, our staff and our communities.
On October 27, three students from Parma Senior High School took part in an anti-bullying assembly at Pleasant Valley Elementary School.
On October 19, twelve former athletes and two former coaches were inducted into the Normandy Athletic Hall of Fame.
Running cross country is something that Normandy senior Casey Eweroke never really thought about. In fact, it is only his second season in which he has competed running on the trails.
The Parma Senior cheerleading squad, consisting of 26 girls from JV and varsity, strung together a premiere competition routine which led to winning the Great Lakes Conference Championship.
On October 20, Greenbriar Middle School was the destination of the Lights On Afterschool event, a nationwide occasion that recognizes afterschool programs.
On October 12 at Parma Senior High, the foundation known as High School Nation brought their interactive mobile arts festival to the school. High School Nation promotes the arts and art education in public schools.
Parma City School District Superintendent Carl Hilling will be holding two Community Town Hall meetings this week. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25 at Normandy High School.
The Greenbriar Middle School volleyball team was jubilant after they won the Great Lakes Conference title against Hillside Middle School on October 15.
On October 16 at Valley Forge High School, the Parma Symphony Orchestra held a concert that included members from Normandy, Parma Senior, and Valley Forge High school choirs.
Dentzler Elementary and Green Valley Elementary both took part in Unity Day on October 19, an event that is an effort of social change when it comes to eliminating bullying.
Out of 75 schools nominated, the Normandy High School marching band reached the round of 32 in Cleveland.com ‘s "Best of" that determined the top high school marching band in the Greater Cleveland Region.
To help answer some of these questions and involve our communities in our decision making process, we will be holding two community meetings next week.
On Thursday, October 20, the students and staff of the 21st Century Discovery Centers will be holding “Lights On Afterschool” at Greenbriar Middle School.
Parma City Schools will be implementing an appointment registration program for the convenience of families with students new or returning to our district.
October 5 was International Walk to School Day and Thoreau Park Elementary School was one of 16 schools in the Greater Cleveland area that took part in the event.
On October 6, Green Valley Elementary School held the Green Valley Fall Festival, an event that brought students, families, and faculty together to celebrate the upcoming autumn months.
In his first year as the Parma Senior band director, Dan Jaszczak has been enjoying the challenge of learning what it takes to have a successful marching band.
In an amazing display of unity, citizenship and pride our three high schools, our parents, staff and community came together on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 to show their support of their schools and togetherness.
Valley Forge band director Kristopher Morron was ahead of the game when it came to the 2016 marching band season.
Thoreau Park Elementary School kicked off another One Book One School drive on September 30. The One Book One School initiative is an effort to help promote literacy.
From September 28-29 Pleasant Valley held its Fourth Annual Triathlon, an event that fundraises money for the school.
As was widely reported last week, the District Fiscal Recovery Proposal was presented at the September 26 Board of Education meeting.
The Parma City Schools Foundation is teaming up with Barry Axelrod Buick GMC for the Drive For Your Students Test Drive Experience, this Sunday October 9 at Byers Field.
A moment unlike any other in her life, Parma High junior Lauryn DeLuca embraced the opportunity of being able to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro that took place from Sept. 7-18.
The 2016 season has been enjoyable for the Valley Forge boys soccer team as the Patriots sit at 9-2-1 and 4-0-1 in the Great Lakes Conference.
On September 15, the Ohio Department of Education released the 2015-2016 School Report Cards for all the districts in the entire state.
The turnout was tremendous for the Fathers Walk event that took place among the elementary and middle schools in the district on September 22.
The Parma City School District Board of Education has announced changes for upcoming Board of Education meetings.
Normandy senior Katie Albert is ranked in quite an elite class. She was recently selected as a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship.
On October 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Byers Field, The Parma City School District Foundation, in conjunction with Axelrod Buick GMC, will hold the Buick Drive for Your Students event.
On Sept. 23 at Hillside Middle School, over 50 students fifth through seventh grade took part in the painting of a mural that symbolizes the concepts of STEM.
The Parma City School District has changed the date of the Community Meeting scheduled to be held at Hillside Middle School on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.
It was a waiting game for Normandy High School math teacher Beth Vavzincak, and ultimately, the patience paid off when she was informed that she had won the prestigious Presidential Award in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
The Department of Family and Community Engagement at the Parma City School District established a new initiative known as the Parent Academy, which will provide information to parents and guardians and how they can help their student academically.
It is easy to say Parma High senior Megan Utlak is quite the balancing act.
Normandy High School art teacher Dave Fogle received the eXpressions Teacher Celebration Award courtesy of having being part of the Cleveland Clinic eXpressions program for over five years.
With dedicated guidance counselors helping students and parents during the hectic time of applying for college and deliberating postsecondary options, other services offered to students by counselors can be overlooked.
The Parma City School District is once again hosting the Marching Band Spectacular at Robert Boulton Stadium at Byers Field. The event will be held on Saturday, September 17 and starts at 7:00 PM.
As a parent or community member there are a number of issues facing our schools that you need to both know about, and express your thoughts about how we should address these issues.
A trip to Europe this past summer is an experience students, teachers, and chaperones will never forget.
After being the deputy principal at Normandy for two years, Sam Dickerson was hired to become the principal at the same school – an opportunity he is grateful for.
Parma born and raised, Michelle Cook has the enjoyable task of being the principal of a familiar building – Hillside Middle School.
Dr. Karl Schneider has made an impact at the high school and middle school levels, and now, has been given the chance to positively influence students at the elementary school level after being hired as the principal at John Muir.
The Parma City School District’s Greenbriar Discovery Center after school program received a generous grant of $11,000 from Cox Northeast on Aug. 8 to help fund the “Innovators Project.”
When she was searching for a new job, Parma Park Principal Wendy Jewell was seeking to work in a school district that was close-knit.
After spending four years as an elementary school principal at McGregor Elementary in the Washington Local School District, new Ridge-Brook Principal Steve Perry is coming home.
On Aug. 20, volunteers came out to Parma Senior High to distribute 1,300 backpacks for students in the district that were in need of school items at the annual Backpack Supplies Drive.
From August 8-14 this year, students from the Pleasant Valley STEM program were given the opportunity to have their projects on display at the Cuyahoga County Fair.
If you are a parent or guardian of a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) student in the Parma City School District, make sure to mark your calendar for September 20, 2016 from 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM for an informational meeting in the Parma Senior High School Little Theater, 6285 West 54th Street in Parma.
Our teachers have their classrooms ready, our maintenance staff have our buildings cleaned and ready for children, our transportation department has spent the summer checking our buses to make sure they are ready mechanically and safe for students.
Leo Spagnola has a change of scenery within the Parma City School District.
Last year Stacy Stuhldreher was the Coordinator of Student Services for the Parma City School District and the acting principal for four months at Parma Senior High.
Next Friday, September 2, 2016, is the last day for June 2017 graduates to have their free senior yearbook picture taken.
Now that the summer recess has started it is not time to turn off learning.
On May 21, The Parma Way 5K was a success as the Family and Community Engagement and Health and Wellness Departments for the Parma City School District raised $8,500 for the 21st Century after school programs.
Sometimes children of families in need go hungry during the summer months.
On May 27 at the Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, students from the Pleasant Valley K-5 STEM program showcased their final design challenges at the Capstone Gala
In an effort to promote literacy skills, Dentzler Elementary School unveiled its Free Little Library on May 18.
The Cleveland Indians, in conjunction with the Parma City Schools, will have Parma City Schools Night at Progressive Field on Saturday, August 20 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
On May 7, over 120 students from Normandy High School took part in the annual River Sweep, an event the school’s Environmental Club has collaborated with the West Creek Preservation Society for over 15 years.
Parma Senior High eighth graders Amy Dailey and Daniella Lozovyy were recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, District 7, by winning the Patriot’s Pen essay contest.
Once again this year the school district has arranged with John Michael Photography at 5963 State Road in Parma between Snow and Grantwood, to take senior yearbook pictures at no charge to the students.
Parma City School District Superintendent Carl Hilling is dedicated to making sure the staff, students and families of the Parma City School District have the correct information and accurate facts about what is happening in the district.
Logan Sword, a junior at Parma Senior, will represent the school at the Dazzle Awards after being nominated for “Best Actor” in his role as Leo Frank in the musical “Parade”.
The Parma City Schools Adult Education Services department is collaborating with the Cuyahoga County Public Library and Center for Arts Inspired Learning (CAIL) to host the second annual Families Learning Together, a program dedicated to helping adults obtain their GED.
Predominantly a runner in the 1,600m, Valley Forge track and field athlete Caitlin Jugler shifted her attention to another event – the 3,200 - and she has been doing quite well since the transition.
When Andrea Scali steps in the circle, the opposition knows it’s going to be a long afternoon.
Students from Normandy’s Spanish II class taught by Colleen Lisi gained national recognition for their performance on the National Spanish Exam. It is the fifth year that students from her classes have participated in the testing.
In recent weeks, the student council at Renwood Elementary has made a positive impact within the school and the community.
Fifth grade Pleasant Valley STEM student Payden Tyler is quite the popular kid.
On Thursday May 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., there will be a Future Fair located at Parma Senior High in the cafeteria, 6285 W. 54th Street in Parma.
We always are hearing stories about students “calling off” to sleep in, go to the movies, or just fool around.
When Business Management teacher Mary Ellen Swinger took her students down to Columbus for the Business Professionals of America state competition in Columbus March 17-18, she witnessed a remarkable showing as six students were honored for their performances in their respected fields.
The Parma City Schools Extended Day Care program celebrated the first “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week” which took place from April 25-29
This week, I am writing this column so that you, the community and staff of the Parma City School District, are aware of the district’s current and upcoming financial situation.
For the eleventh straight year, Parma Area Community Television, PACT-TV, will be selling DVD and Blu-Ray copies of the high school graduation ceremonies from each of our high schools in the district - Normandy, Parma and Valley Forge.
On April 12, the Career and Technical Welding Technology Program at Parma Senior High School gained exposure after being filmed by Lincoln Electric, a worldwide leader in welding products and equipment. The company filmed the class for promotional purposes to highlight students using their products in classrooms
The Parma Area Collaborative will hold its second Belle of the Ball Boutique that will take place on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the PCSD Hanna building located at 11212 Snow Rd. in Parma.
The Parma City School District is holding its first annual “The Parma Way 5K” on May 21 at the Tri-C Western Campus.
On Thursday, April 14 we enjoyed an exceptional evening with some of our finest students. The event was “Celebrating Our Best” and it honored those students who believe in “service.”
Students from Pleasant Valley’s second grade STEM program had their innovative roller coaster project on display at the I-X Indoor Amusement Park from March 25 to April 17 – and what better venue to exhibit their hard work.
On March 21 and March 22, Normandy High School’s Theater Arts class, taught by Sarah Kelly, performed for two second grade classes at Green Valley Elementary. The play performed “Piggy Little Liars,” a spin on the fable Three Little Pigs.
Project SEARCH has made a positive impact on numerous individuals who have disabilities, providing students the opportunity to work in a competitive environment with the goal of competitive work within a normal setting.
From April 4 to April 29, the Parma Council of PTAs will be holding its 64th Annual “Geraniums for Scholarships” that will benefit students throughout the Parma City School District from the graduating class of 2017.
The Parma City School District will be holding its’ Annual Federal Programs Meeting on Thursday, April 21 from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the Parma City School District Administration Building, 5311 Longwood Avenue in Parma.
With results recently released, Normandy eighth grader Regan Sheets learned that she will be heading to the Power of the Pen State Competition after her performance at the regional competition at St. Joseph’s Academy on March 12.
In the pilot year of Teaching Professions, the course has gained a positive momentum to the extent that enrollment for the 2016-2017 class has nearly tripled.
Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, there is no longer an application process for the STEM education lottery. We have a limited number of available spots in our STEM Kindergarten classrooms.
Over the past few months I have written about accountability, moving forward, clarity and expectations.
During all lunch periods on March 23 at Hillside Middle School, students had the opportunity to sample three foods that had not been available on the school’s current menu – loaded tater tots, chicken and waffles and a cheeseburger bowl.
Students from the 21st Century Afterschool program and the Ridge-Brook student council collaborated for the Sole Hope Family Night event that took place at Ridge-Brook Elementary on March 23.
On March 2, seven Parma City School District elementary schools and the afterschool program at Greenbriar Middle School partook in the 19th Annual National Read Across America Day initiative that promotes the importance of reading.
This is always one of the busiest times of the year for school administrators.
When Iann Johnson became the Chef Instructor for the Culinary Arts program at Normandy High School nine years ago, students weren’t known for making food from scratch, something he wanted to change.
Through the NFL Fuel Up To Play 60 campaign, the Valley Forge DECA Cooperative Marketing Management class taught by Carolyn Holt-Balis has made an impact this school year promoting the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast and participating in healthy activities.
Parma Senior High sophomore Lauryn DeLuca is just a normal high school teenager. She does her homework and diligently works to earn superb grades – she ranks near the top of her class.
When Valley Forge junior Josh Arkangel talks about music, the articulation of the discussion is full of enthusiasm – his passion for music is evident.
Normandy High School was one of 12 locations that hosted the 35th Annual 5th and 6th Grade Problem Solving Tournament that took place on February 20.
When I was Superintendent of Schools in the early nineties we had a number of non-English speaking students.
As we incorporate more technology in the school district, we are striving to increase availability for parents to access information about your students.
It was a remarkable 2015-16 season for Normandy seniors Troy Massa and Kelsey Metlesitz as they both accomplished historic milestones by eclipsing the 1,000 career point plateau.
The Valley Forge eighth grade Power of the Pen team participated at the district competition February 6 at University School where Jenna Wayland placed fifth out of 74 writers
One of the first major steps in a child’s education is taken in Kindergarten.
When we look at our failure rate we are looking at all kinds of situations.
Since 2006, Parma Area Community Television (PACT) has been the television home of the Parma City School District.
Some questions I hear frequently are: How many teachers live in the district? Does all of the support staff live in the district?
Dave Rauch, an athletic trainer at Valley Forge High School, will be recognized as one of the winners for the 2016 Athletic Trainer Service Award.
At the February 8, 2016 Board of Education Meeting, Superintendent Carl Hilling explained recommendations for the STEM program for the 2016-2017 school year.
Parma City Schools District Officer Simpson Huston was seeking a way to help students going through difficult times to release their emotions and he thought of an innovative way to do so.
On February 8 at the Parma Senior High School auditorium, all three Parma schools participated in The Great Lakes Conference Music Festival.
The Parma City School District high schools have a rich tradition of athletic excellence and winning the big game
There is a common misconception that not talking about a problem will make it go away.
There is an ancient Chinese saying “May you live in interesting times.” In the Parma City School District we are, indeed, living in very interesting times.
Want your student to earn college credit while still in high school? College Credit Plus is a program offered under Ohio Law that allows students access to college coursework while still in high school.
Another week - another story about a championship PCSD team.
Every year in June, seniors from all three of our high schools walk across the stage to receive their high school diplomas.
In education nothing is more important than clarity. The teacher must give clear explanations and instructions to the students or they will be confused and learning will be sidetracked.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are not the only team that is the talk of the town.
Join law enforcement agencies like the FBI and the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for an important safety presentation called “The Dark Side of Social Media”, sponsored in conjunction with the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland.
As the sporting world goes, referees typically are not the crowd’s most favorite. Perceived missed calls and general lack of vision are just a few reasons why they are sometimes made out to be the “bad guy”.
As a school district, data is one of the most important elements in determining how we are doing and where we are going.
The Parma City School District wants to hear from you. Now we’ve made it a little easier to get in contact with us and provide your feedback on our website at www.parmacityschools.org.
The Great Lakes Conference is the new athletic conference that all of our Parma City School District High Schools fiercely compete in. Did you know that the schools that make up the conference actually get along and want to provide you with a great night of music that everyone can enjoy?
For the past 30 years the Superintendent of Schools has annually presented a State of the Schools address.
As Parma City School District high school sports teams enter their final weeks of regular season competition, there are two places where you can catch your favorite PCSD team.
As I meet and talk with parents, staff and members of the community one of the things I continue to say is that we must move the district forward.
On Tuesday December 8, 2015 students from Valley Forge High School’s Marketing class (DECA) joined Fuel up to Play 60, at the Browns facility in Berea to help out with “Milk and Cookies with the Rookies”.
A family and community culture that supports college and career readiness is as vital to a student’s success as much as any course they might take or work related experiences they might have
Congratulations to Shayla Anderson, the first student to be “mugged” by Superintendent Carl Hilling. Shayla is a student is Career and Technical Visual Communications class taught by Mrs. Kim Weber at Valley Forge High School.
Thank you to everyone who has written in to give us feedback about the Monitor. Overall, responses have been positive and we have also received great suggestions as well.
At the January 6, 2014 PCSD Board of Education Meeting, the Parma City School District began the process of working on a Strategic Plan to help outline a future for the district.
New Years is the perfect time to reflect on what has happened in the past year, good or bad.
Although the temperature in December so far has been mild, everyone knows how unpredictable Northeast Ohio weather can be.
On Friday, November 6, Parma Senior High School’s Alumni Association continued to showcase the tradition of excellence, success and devotion from alumni of the Queen of the High Schools by inducting seven former Redmen into the Parma Senior High Hall of Fame.
Hannah Stumpf, a senior at Parma Senior High and Nicholas Haber, a senior at Normandy High have been named as National Merit Commended Scholars.
As everyone knows, ice hockey can be an unforgiving sport to play. However, hockey players and families have among them some of the strongest bonds in all of sports whether in high school or in the pros.
The Parma City Schools received a check for $42,000 from the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program to support better nutrition and exercise among students throughout the district. This grant was sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture.
When an entire community comes together to help children learn to read, that tells us about the level of community commitment to our children and just how important reading is for future success.
This past fall, as was widely reported by various news outlets, some of the Parma City Schools had incidents involving bed bugs.
In September of this year, the CBS Connects program was launched in the Parma City School District, in cooperation with the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Community/ Business/ Schools Partnership and Community Ambassadors.
In our book, educators are heroes. They have bravely faced a sea of change in how they teach, who they teach and what new rules have been mandated.
PCSD students from the Greenbriar Discovery Center, Ridge-Brook Discovery Center and Valley Forge Discovery Center joined together along with their parents and staff members to celebrate and recognize their after school programs on October 22 with “Lights On Afterschool”
At the October 26, 2015 Parma City School District Board of Education meeting, Mr. Barry Axelrod from Axelrod Buick GMC in Parma was honored for his charitable donations, hard work, dedication and support of the Parma City Schools Foundation and the students of the Parma City School District.
On November 3, 2015, the voters of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills sent our public schools a clear message with the “No” vote on Issue 5 - our technology levy. We at the Parma City School District hear you.
During the week of October 19, Pleasant Valley Elementary celebrated its annual Anti-Bullying week with many activities organized for students throughout the entire week.
Shiloh Middle School recently received a grant for $9,900 to create a reading and communications opportunity for everyone in their school community.
In the Parma City School District, Anti-Bullying Initiatives are year-round.
It was a busy summer for the PCSD maintenance staff who spent June, July, and August repairing, replacing, and painting areas around the school grounds that are not available when school is in session.
Congratulations to Colleen Moran, Assistant Custodian at Parma Senior High, who is our Pride of the Parma City Schools recipient for this month.
Buddy Benches are popping up around the district as a way to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground.