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Indian Trail Elementary School Students Perform Winter Holiday Concerts

STOW, OH—(December 2016)— On Dec. 13, Stow-Munroe Falls’ Indian Trail Elementary School’s third and
fourth-grade students performed their winter holiday concerts in the school’s gym from 6-7:30 p.m.

The theme of the night was Holiday Sing-a-Long. During the night, three performances took place, including a third-grade concert at 6 p.m., the Indian Trail choir at 6:30 p.m. and the fourth-grade concert at 7 p.m.

The students enjoyed singing with their family and friends throughout the night.

To prepare for the concerts, the students practiced singing holiday songs during their music classes.

“This is an annual event that our students always enjoy and a great way to kick off the holiday season,” said John Lacoste, Indian Trail Elementary School’s principal. “It’s delightful to see the students’ excitement as they perform in front of their family and friends.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow City Council Munroe Falls City Council

Armed Forces Banner Contest

Honor a past or present member of the Armed Forces with a commemorative banner. Winners will have their name on the banners as the sponsor.


  • This contest is open to any student, grade 5-8, who lives in Stow or Munroe
  • The contestant should explain through an essay, photos or artwork (or combination of all three) why they feel a specific family member, family friend or community member is worthy of recognition with a banner. The person who is submitted by the student must be a current or former member of the United States military.
  • There will be one winning entry from Stow and one winning entry from Munroe Falls.
  • The City Councils of Stow and Munroe Falls will select the winner from their respective community and will donate the cost of the banner to be printed and hung for the winning students.
  • The winning students will be photographed with their banner and City Council members in the spring, 2017.

Falls and attends either SMF public schools or Holy Family School.

Essays are due on January 27, 2017.

Submit to:

Stow City Council Clerk, 3760 Darrow Road, Stow, OH 44224

Munroe Falls City Hall, 43 Munroe Falls Avenue, Munroe Falls, OH 44262.

Magical Theater Company Presents “Pinocchio” at Woodland Elementary School

STOW, OH—(November 2016)— On Tuesday, Nov. 22, the Magical Theater Company performed “Pinocchio” at Woodland Elementary School to an audience of 275 students. The performance was organized and sponsored by the Woodland Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

“The Magical Theater Company’s performance of this classic fable was fantastic,” said Principal Mary Lou Muckleroy. “We had hundreds of elementary students in the gym, and they were so focused on the show you could hear a pin drop.”

The Magical Theater Company is based in Barberton, Ohio. Its mission is to use the magic of live theatre to encourage children to read, develop critical and creative thinking, and to be curious about the world around them. The group will begin performances of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the company’s downtown Barberton theater on December 2.

“Thank you to the members of the Magical Theater Company, and thanks to our wonderful PTA for organizing this performance,” Muckleroy said. “The students really enjoyed it, and I hope that we can continue giving them opportunities to better appreciate the performing arts.”

For more information about the Magical Theater Company, visit www.magicaltheatre.org.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Woodland Elementary School Receives Visit from Acclaimed Children’s Author Conrad Storad

STOW, OH—(November 2016)— Stow-Munroe Falls’ Woodland Elementary School students received a visit from well-known, award winning children’s author, editor, science writer and teacher Conrad Storad on November 15. This event was sponsored by the Woodland PTA.

Storad has written and edited more than 50 science and nature books for children and young adults including award winning books: Gator, Gator, Second Grader; Monster in the Rocks; The Bat Book; Fang and Stinger; Arizona Way Out West and Wacky; Rattlesnake Rules; and Desert Night Shift. He has also been honored with many national awards.

During his visit to Woodland, he gave presentations to all kindergarten through fourth-grade students, which included a reading from one of his award-winning books. In addition, all fourth-grade students attended a writer’s workshop led by Storad.

“I would like to extend a big thank you to the Woodland PTA for sponsoring this event,” said Mary Lou Muckleroy, principal. “We were fortunate to have Conrad visit our school and work with our students.”

Prior to the event, families had the opportunity to purchase books at a discounted rate and have them autographed by Storad.

“This was a fun event for our students to attend,” said Muckleroy. “It was wonderful to see the kids eyes light up when Conrad brought out the puppets to tell his stories.”

For more information on Conrad Storad, please visit www.fivestarpublications.net/conradstorad.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Kimpton Middle School Students Create Holograms That Can Be Viewed on Virtual Reality Goggles

STOW, OH—(November 2016)—The seventh and eighth-grade students of Stow-Munroe Falls’ Kimpton Middle School’s STEM Club program recently created holograms and uploaded them to the school’s Microsoft HoloLens.

Microsoft HoloLens are virtual reality goggles that give students the opportunity to interact with their creations in 3D design, game design, and collaborate and connect with other developers.

“The holograms are the first step in students creating content to be used in lessons,” said David Ternent, Kimpton Middle School’s seventh-grade STEM teacher. “Our goal is to have students teach a virtual lesson with virtual reality or augmented reality. Students would have the ability to create virtual experiences and teach other students about any topic of their choice, including layers of the Earth, what it's like on Mount Everest, investigating the surface of Mars and more.”

To create the holograms, the students had to learn how to use Unity, a game engine that creates environments and games. After that, they had to determine how to upload the hologram to the HoloLens. Elijah Fawett, eighth-grade student, ultimately solved how to upload the hologram.

“Creating the holograms took a lot of trial and error, and the students gained valuable lessons on problem solving,” said Ternent. “Watching the excitement of the students completing a task we have never done before was worth the price of the HoloLens.”

The students are currently working to make other animations that will be transferred to the HoloLens.

Last year, Ternent applied for and received the Microsoft HoloLens Developer edition to use in Kimpton’s STEM program.

For more information on Microsoft HoloLens, please visit www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us.

For more information on Unity, please visit www.unity3d.com/.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Indian Trail Elementary Students Walk in 2016 Laps for Learning Fundraiser

STOW, OH—(October 2016)— On Thursday, Oct. 13, students at Indian Trail Elementary School, part of the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, walked in the Laps for Learning fundraiser. This is the fifth year that students have participated in the fundraiser.

Laps for Learning began at Indian Trail as a walk-a-thon fundraiser for a new playground in 2011. It has continued as a way for the school to raise funds to participate in events that are sponsored by the parent-teacher association (PTA), such as the Winter Carnival and Field Day.

Students obtain sponsorships from relatives, friends and community members, then walk laps around the school for 45 minutes. The amount of money raised is dependent on how many laps the student walks. Volunteers stood outside the school and watched the students, punched cards to track how many laps the students had completed and handed out water bottles.

The final total raised by the event is still being calculated as donations continue to come in; however, the PTA did meet its goal of raising $10,000 from the event.

“This fundraiser doesn’t just help our PTA sponsor more fun events for our students,” said Principal John LaCoste. “It is also a healthy school activity for our students and fosters a collaboration between parents, the community and our school. It is a fun way to work together to benefit our students.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Fishcreek Elementary Partners with Circle K for Fueling Our Schools Program

STOW, OHIO – (October 2016) – Fishcreek Elementary School, part of the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, has partnered with Circle K Convenience Stores to participate in the national Fueling Our Schools Program. Through this program, Circle K will donate up to $2,000 to Fishcreek Elementary.

“We saw this program as a perfect opportunity to raise additional money for our school and to connect with our community,” said Joanne Brookover, principal at Fishcreek Elementary.

Schools choose four areas for the quarterly donation to be allocated, such as technology, resource classes or teacher incentives. All schools participate in two national Fuel Up Nights at Circle K where 10 cents per gallon of fuel purchased at Circle K between 4-8 p.m. will be donated to the school. Every other day during the school year, Circle K will donate one cent per gallon up to $500 per quarter.

The program will launch on Friday, October 21 with the first Fuel Up Night. The second Fuel Up Night will be held on Friday, May 5. Everyone who wants to participate in Fuel Up Night must fill up at the Circle K gas station on the corner of Stow Road and Fishcreek Road in Stow. Parents, faculty and staff can turn in their Circle K receipts all year to enter for a chance to win two $50 Circle K gift cards. The drawings will be held four times during the year when the quarterly donation is made to the school.

Fishcreek Elementary plans to use the additional funding for student awards and incentives, school supplies, classroom materials and to support school spirit.

“We are excited about the launch of this program,” Brookover said. “It will be great to get the community involved in a practical way and to get extra funding for supplies and materials for the students. I think it’s going to be a great program and hope that as a school we can continue to participate.”

For more information about Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, visit www.smfschools.org.


Woodland Students and Grandparents Enjoy Books, Snacks and Crafts at Goodies with GRANDS

STOW, OH—(October 2016)— On Friday, October 7, students at Woodland Elementary School in the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District enjoyed quality time with their grandparents at Goodies with GRANDS (Grandparents, Relatives, Aunts/Uncles, Devoted Caregivers). The event, organized by the Woodland Parent Teacher Association (PTA), was hosted in the auditorium and lasted from 1 to 3 p.m.

“During Goodies with GRANDS, students are able to show their school to these important adults, shop for books and participate in some fun activities,” said Principal Mary Lou Muckleroy. “It’s a great way for them to spend time together and helps to encourage picking out books and reading together.”

This is the second year that Goodies with GRANDS has taken place at Woodland. Relatives were able to join their grandchildren, children, nieces and nephews for an afternoon snack, a visit to the Scholastic Book Fair and make bookmarks at a craft station.

“Many of our community members are involved with the schools because they are related in some way to out students. It’s good for the student to see that adult at school and enjoy some bonding time,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “I would like to thank the Woodland PTA and book fair volunteers for their support during this event.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Riverview Elementary School Students Participated in International Walk to School Day

STOW, OHIO (October 2016) –On Oct. 5, Stow-Munroe Falls’ Riverview Elementary School students participated in international walk to school day, a national event that encourages students to walk or bike to school.

Walk/Bike to School’s website states, “the one-day event began in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America to build awareness for the need of walkable communities. Those that have participated have found success in long-term walking and bicycling programs, new sidewalks and pathways and an enforcement of unsafe driving behaviors.”

Participating students met at Meneer’s School of Dance at 8:15 a.m. and walked to school. The City of Munroe Falls Police Department stopped traffic so the students could cross 91 and the fire department escorted the staff and students to school.

“I would like to thank Ann Dicola, City of Munroe Falls’ Community and Economic Director, and Wendy Combs, Riverview Elementary School PTA member, for putting this event together,” said Traci Kosmach, Riverview Elementary School’s principal. “I would also like to thank our Director of Transportation Larry Connelly, for coordinating how the students who ride the bus to school could be dropped off at Meener’s School of Dance to participate. This was a fun way to inspire our students to be active.”

Dicola encouraged Riverview Elementary School to participate as part of her work for Safe Routes to School, a state initiative. It is her hope that through the initiative funding may be given to create safer routes to school.

“It was a great way to start the school day,” said Kosmach. “Thank you Cornerstone Market for donating the apples for our students. The students enjoyed spending time with their friends and experiencing a different way to get to school. We look forward to participating again!”

For more information on Walk/Bike to School, please visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Copied from on-line Board Policy Manual




The following administrative guidelines should be followed to provide due process for each student charged with an offense leading to suspension or expulsion.

A. Suspension

The assistant superintendent, principal, and/or assistant principal may impose a suspension from school not to exceed ten (10) days duration.

The assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, athletic director (if an administrator), and/or coach or activity supervisor may also prohibit a student from participating in any or all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in accordance with the Code of Conduct/Student Discipline Cod

1. Preliminary Hearing

No student is to be suspended without an informal, preliminary hearing, unless a clear and present danger exists, or it is otherwise impossible or unreasonably difficult to hold such hearing (e.g., the student intentionally makes himself/herself unavailable). In such instances, the necessary written notice and hearing shall follow as soon as practicable (see Form 5610 F1).

The principal shall provide the student with a written notice of the charge(s) against him/her and shall provide a hearing for the student before a suspension is ordered so that the student has a full opportunity to state why s/he should not be suspended. The student's parents may be informed of the charges and the preliminary hearing if the principal so chooses. The hearing shall be held on the day of the alleged infraction or as soon thereafter as possible if an emergency prohibits an immediate hearing. (see Form 5610 F2, Form 5610 F3, Form 5610 F4, and Form 5610 F5)

If the principal believes the student's parents should participate in a parent training program, the parents must be notified with the suspension notice of the time(s), date(s), and location(s) of the session(s).

2. Suspension Appeal Notice

Within one (1) school day after the suspension, the principal shall notify, in writing, both the parents and the Treasurer. Such notification is to include the reason for the suspension, and the right of the student or the student’s parent or guardian to appeal the suspension to the Board or its designee, to be represented in all appeal proceedings, to be granted a hearing before the Board or its designee in order to be heard against the suspension, and to request that the hearing be held in executive session. The notice shall also specify that if the student, parent, guardian, or custodian intends to appeal the suspension to the Board or its designee, such notice of appeal shall be filed, in writing, with the Treasurer of the Board or the Superintendent within ten (10) calendar days after the date of the notice to suspend. In addition, the document must include notice that the Superintendent may seek the student’s permanent exclusion if the suspension was based on a violation listed in (R.C. 3313.662(A) that was committed when the student was sixteen (16) years of age or older and if the student is convicted of or adjudicated a delinquent child for that violation (see Form 5610 F3).

3. Appeal

Suspensions may be appealed to the Board or its designee within ten (10) calendar days of the date of the written suspension notice. The written appeal must be filed with the Treasurer of the Board or the Superintendent and contain the reason(s) that the suspension is being appealed.

a. Upon review, the Board or its designee may affirm the suspension, reverse the suspension in its entirety, or otherwise reverse, vacate, or modify the suspension.

b. The Board or its designee shall reach the decision and inform the parent in writing within two (2) school days of the hearing.

c. A verbatim record of the appeal hearing shall be made in the event of an appeal to the Court of Common Pleas.

4. Responsibility for School Work

Credit will be given for all classroom assignments missed due to an out-of-school suspension if timely completed. The teacher shall provide a student who was subject to an out-of-school suspension with notice of missed assignments and a reasonable period of time, which shall not be less than two times the number of days missed due to suspension, in order to complete and submit such assignments. Missed assignments will be accepted for full credit if completed within the assigned time-frame. A teacher has discretion to allow a greater period of time within which an assignment can be completed for full credit.

5. Mandatory Reporting to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Juvenile Judge

The Superintendent shall notify the County Registrar of Motor Vehicles and Juvenile Judge, within two (2) weeks, when a student has been suspended, expelled, removed, or permanently excluded from school for misconduct involving a firearm, knife, or other weapon as defined in Board policy.

6. Discretionary Reporting to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Juvenile Judge

The principal may notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles that a student has been suspended or expelled for use or possession of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or alcohol and a drug of abuse. Such notification shall be made in the manner determined by the Bureau. If a report is made to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, a report should also be made to the Juvenile J

7. Abeyance

The principal may hold all, or any part of, a suspension in abeyance, that is, set it aside and not implement it, if such action is part of a behavior contract to which the student and his/her parents, if appropriate, agree. This contract shall establish specific conditions that must be met by the student and his/her parents, if appropriate, for the suspension to be set aside for a designated period of time. At the end of that period of time the portion of the suspension that was held in abeyance will be forgiven, provided all conditions of the behavior contract were met satisfactorily.

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Revised 10/3/2016

Revised 12/14/07

AG Lab 2016 Comes to Indian Trail Elementary School

STOW, OHIO – (September 2016) – The Summit County Farm Bureau Mobile Learning Lab, commonly known as the Ag Lab, visited Indian Trail School on September 27-30. The AG Lab is a mobile classroom sponsored by the bureau that introduces students to science and agriculture through hands-on activities.

The Ag Lab activities correlate with the State of Ohio’s academic content standards in math, science, economics, social studies and language arts. Its motto is “Hear it, See it, Do it,” and students were able to learn through hands-on investigations. Some of the investigations include how to use milk to make ice cream, butter or glue; turning corn into plastic and learning about economics while marketing a product.

At Indian Trail, students learned about honeybees. The students watched a video about the life cycle of bees, played with beeswax and sampled honey.

“At Indian Trail, we try to take every opportunity to do hands on lessons with our students,” said Indian Trail Principal John Lacoste. “It helps better engage the students and they are more likely to recall what they learned later on because they are having fun while they learn.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls High School Begins All New After-School National Inclusion Club

STOW, OHIO (September 2016) –Stow-Munroe Falls High School has partnered with United Disability Services (UDS) to host a new after-school club, the National Inclusion Project, for students with and without disabilities. On September 14, the high school hosted a kick off event for students and community members to learn about the program.

The National Inclusion Project works to bridge the gap between young people with and without disabilities. All high school students are invited to join. Beginning September 21, the club will meet every Wednesday from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

“We are excited to begin offering this club to our students,” said Amanda Murray, Stow-Munroe Falls High School Principal. “This is a great way to bring the students together to have fun and get to know one another. Additionally, the club will provide the opportunity for all students to share their talents and make a positive impact in the Stow-Munroe Falls community.”

Each week, students will participate in a variety of activities. Based on a student survey that was completed last year, the first five weeks’ activities were planned. During the first five weeks, the students will plan the second five week activities.

“Our district was pleased to partner with United Disability Services to offer this new program to our students,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “The club provides many opportunities for our students to share ideas, learn and grow together.”

Students can sign-up to participate at any time by contacting Danielle Marino, UDS recreational coordinator, by email dmarino@udsakron.org, or by phone at 330-762-9755, ext. 233, or by filling out the registration form in Mrs. Peggy Peters’ room at the high school.

“With the support of the National Inclusion Project, we are excited to be able to work with Stow-Munroe Falls High School to expand inclusionary activities for students through its afterschool program,” said Howard Taylor, UDS president/CEO. “We are honored to have been selected by the National Inclusion Project as one of only twelve organizations chosen to participate in this extraordinary nationwide initiative.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Fishcreek Elementary School Students Receive a Visit from The Children’s Concert Society

STOW, OHIO (September 2016) – On September 23, Stow-Munroe Falls’ Fishcreek Elementary School students attended a special musical performance by singer, songwriter and musical explorer, Hal Walker, of the Children’s Concert Society.

The Children’s Concert Society’s website describes Walker’s performance as, “a musical journey from ancient times and far away places to present day Akron, Ohio. Students of all ages will leave this program with pockets full of musical potential and minds full of musical instruments that they never imagined existed. Hal Walker makes music that surprises and inspires.”

“We were pleased to welcome Hal Walker to our school,” said Fishcreek Elementary School’s principal Joanne Brookover. “Our students experienced a fun, meaningful presentation that highlights cultural diversity.”

After the performance, students had the opportunity to ask Walker questions through a Q and A session.

The mission of the Children’s Concert Society is to educate and enrich the lives of school age children in greater Akron by providing access to live high quality performing arts experiences. All in-school performances are free and offered to all public, private, parochial, charter and home schools in Summit County and surrounding areas.

For more information on The Children’s Concert Society, please visit www.childrensconcertsociety.org.

For more information on Hal Walker, please visit www.halwalkermusic.com.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Kimpton Middle School’s STEM Classes to be Featured at GAR Conference

STOW, OHIO (September 2016) – Kimpton Middle School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) classes recently received a visit from the Galen and Ruth Roush (GAR) Foundation’s film crew to interview and film the students completing STEM projects.

Last year, David Ternent and previous Stow-Munroe Falls employee, Jake Miller, wrote and received a $15,000 grant from GAR. The money was used to purchase two 3-D Makergear M2 printers, printer filament, Solidworks software for 10 licenses, 15 Samsung Galaxy 7-inch tablets, charging docks and supplies to make a wind tunnel. These items, along with many others, are used to expand the students’ knowledge in STEM learning.

During the taping, students worked on SketchUp projects, a 3-D modeling software, and finished designing a three-hole Putt Putt Course.

“This was a great opportunity to show GAR how our students are benefiting from the grant money we received,” said Ternent, Kimpton Middle School’s seventh grade STEM teacher. “Our district is grateful for GAR’s grant that allowed us to expand the STEM resources available to our students.”

The film crew’s footage will be shown during the Spotlight on Students section of GAR’s Reshaping Your Craft Conference on Oct. 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

“We are always pleased to welcome local Foundations to our schools to show how our students truly benefit from their assistance,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “We are honored to be featured at the GAR conference. The experience and knowledge our students are receiving from the STEM classes is invaluable.”

GAR Foundation’s mission is to invest in Greater Akron to promote quality of life, education, and economic opportunities for its people, in a culturally vibrant community.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Two Dedicated Staff Members Transform Kimpton Middle School’s Sensory Room

STOW, OHIO (September 2016) – Over the summer, Kimpton Middle School teachers, Jack Reyes and Melinda Bednarik, transformed the middle school’s sensory room.

The sensory room offers a stimulating environment to students that provides security, improves creativity, aids in the development of language, heightens a student’s awareness and improves alertness.

Additionally, the stimulating environment helps students with anxiety calm down and center themselves to achieve greater success throughout the day.

“The sensory room will benefit our students tremendously,” said Marty Saternow, Stow-Munroe Falls City School District’s director of special services. “Jack and Melinda plan to continue enhancing the room to meet the students’ sensory needs. Our students benefit greatly from the support of Jack and Melinda who are committed to their success.”

Throughout the summer, Reyes and Bednarik wiped down, primed and painted the room’s walls to add calming colors. They also created multiple objects to stimulate individual sensory needs. For example, to stimulate sight, a multi-colored disco ball was hung, along with homemade sensory bottles with a plethora of different shapes and colors, and a hanging colorful lighted ball.

Reyes and Bednarik also created frames using different material, such as puffy paint, silky fabric and carpet to stimulate texture. To enhance kinesthetic movements, a trampoline, foam mats and resistance bands were added to the room.

“I would like to extend a special thank you to Jack and Melinda for donating their time to transform the sensory room,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “Our district is fortunate to have a dedicated team of teachers and staff members who truly care for our students.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Woodland PTA and High School Student Work Together to Upgrade Courtyard

STOW, OH – (September 2016) – This past August, the Woodland Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Stow-Munroe Falls High School student James Serri worked together to spearhead an ongoing project to improve the Woodland Elementary School courtyard. Both staff and students are excited about the recent upgrades and look forward to the plans for the future.

“We are so thankful for the hard work put forth by James and the PTA members,” said Mary Lou Muckleroy, Woodland Elementary School Principal. “Their efforts will be remembered and appreciated by generations of students and staff members to come.”

Renovations to the courtyard included a complete cleanout and the development of a gravel walkway and seating area for students and staff to enjoy. Serri built new picnic tables for the courtyard as a part of his Eagle Scout project.

Future plans for the Woodland Elementary courtyard include the construction of a weather station and pavilion.

“It is always a blessing to see dedicated members of the community work together for the betterment of our students’ experiences in our school system,” said Tom Bratten, Superintendent of the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District. “And, the fact that a student collaborated with our PTA members on this particular project has made it especially memorable.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, visit www.smfschools.org.



Akron, Ohio - The National Inclusion Project has partnered with United Disability Services (UDS) to create a new, after school inclusion program this fall at Stow-Munroe Falls High School where students with and without disabilities will be able to participate together in non-competitive sports and other activities. The students participating in Club Teamwork will play an active role in planning activities including games, arts and crafts, community volunteer projects, fitness and cooking.

UDS will kick off the start of the program in the library at Stow-Munroe Falls High School on September 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. with a presentation by Aron Hall, director of programs for the National Inclusion Project. Hall will be speaking on the importance of inclusion and fostering understanding, creating a sense of belonging, and building friendships. The Club will begin meeting in late September and continue throughout the school year.

Co-founded by entertainer Clay Aiken in 2003, the National Inclusion Project works to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. UDS received a $10,000 grant to support the program and was one of only 12 new organizations that the National Inclusion Project has chosen to partner with this year. The National Inclusion Project partners with community organizations to create an inclusive environment where children with and without disabilities can play, learn and laugh TOGETHER. As part of the partnership, the National Inclusion Project provides the Let’s ALL Play program model, training, expertise, annual Power of Play Conference and a wide network of inclusion experts ready to problem solve and share best practices on ensuring that no child sits on the sidelines.

“The Let’s ALL Play model of inclusion will be a great complement to the agency’s All-Star Training Club integrated competitive sports program. With the support of the National Inclusion Project we are excited to be able to expand inclusionary activities into the local school system enabling us to touch the lives of more children,” said Laurie Freedman, UDS Director of Respite & Community Living Services. “We are honored to have been selected to participate in this extraordinary nationwide initiative.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the program, contact Danielle Marino, UDS recreational coordinator, by calling 330-762-9755.


UDS is a social service not-for-profit agency that has been meeting the social, vocational, community living, low vision, education and transportation needs of children and adults with disabilities since 1949. The agency has program locations in Akron, Kent and Twinsburg, serving all of Summit and Portage counties. For more information about any the programs and services offered by UDS visit www.udsakron.org.

A Letter from The Superintendent:

Dear Stow-Munroe Falls City School District Residents,

The Stow-Munroe Falls City School District is committed to being fiscally responsible with all resident taxpayer dollars. I would like to take this time to extend the districts sincere apology in regards to a recent incident involving library books that were accidently placed in a recycle bin.

The library at Kimpton Middle School was recently being painted by several student workers who are employed during the summer.

In order to paint, the books must be taken out of the library. The books were set aside in two piles. One pile was to be recycled, after having met board policy regulations for disposal, and the other pile was to be kept and put back on the shelves after the painting was complete.

It was recently brought to my attention that a large amount of library books were found discarded in the recycle bin at the school. When notified, I immediately stopped all processes until we could investigate.

Unfortunately, there was some miscommunication and the books to be returned to the shelves were accidently thrown into the recycle bin by a student worker.

Principal Susan Palchesko and high school librarian Kelli Lanci were able to locate the books that were accidently thrown into the recycle bin and saved close to 600 books.

The district sincerely apologizes for this mistake and moving forward I have put a policy in place that requires that all items be inspected by the building principal prior to being placed in the recycle bin. This will add another layer to the process in order to help make sure this mistake, accidental as it was, does not happen again.

Again, the district sincerely apologizes for this mistake and remains committed to ensuring all taxpayer dollars are used responsibly.


Tom Bratten

Stow-Munroe Falls City School District Celebrates a Great Year

The Stow Munroe Falls City School District’s music department had an amazing year! With many performances for huge audiences, awards for bands and choirs who competed and performances at Disney World, the American Celebration Concert and at a Rubber Ducks game, they definitely have a lot to celebrate.

At the Stow-Munroe Falls High School:

  • Music Department was named “Best Community for Music Education” 2016
  • High School Choir OMEA Results: Women’s Chorus was ranked Superior (Class A); Concert Choir was ranked Excellent (Class AA)
  • Pitch, Please, the high school a cappella group, hosted the first SMFHS A Cappella Night that included two outside ensembles, nUAnce of the University of Akron and Synergy of Nordonia High School
  • High School and Kimpton Middle School Choirs collaborated for the Winter Holiday Concert and performed for a standing-room only crowd
  • The High School Musical ‘My Fair Lady’ was a huge success, involving many choir, band and orchestra students both on stage and in the pit orchestra
  • Six SMFHS Choir students were selected to sing in the Kent State University All-Star Honor Choir
  • Three SMFHS Choir students have been selected to sing in the Ohio Choral Directors Association Summer Honor Choir
  • Concert Choir taught the Class of 2019 the SMFHS Alma Mater on the first day of school
  • High School Choir students performed at the Stow Community Pride Breakfast on June 29
  • Concert Choir & Wind Ensemble performed for a packed house with the American Celebration Concert 2016
  • SMFHS Bands performed at Disney World’s Spectromagic Parade
  • SMFHS Bands took part in a workshop presented by Disney musicians, which was based on the skills necessary to be a professional musician. At the end of the workshop, the students performed an excerpt from a Disney soundtrack that was synced with the film so students could see how soundtracks are created with the films
  • 15 SMFHS students were selected to perform in Honors Bands at The University of Akron and Kent State University
  • SMFHS Jazz Bands performed at the Community Showcase for the first time in several years
  • High School Orchestra won first place at Music in the Parks with an Excellent Rating
  • High School Orchestra students performed for community members at Rotary Breakfast
  • Orchestra retention continues to grow
  • Out of nine orchestra seniors, four received performance scholarships on their instruments for college
  • All middle school and high school orchestras performed for the community at the John S. Knight Center Christmas Tree Festival for Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Memorial Day Band and Choir combined for Cemetery Performance
  • Performed at Briar Wood Nursing Home
  • Veterans Day Assembly
  • Holiday Concert
  • Beatlemania Spring Concert

At Kimpton Middle School:

  • Lion King Musical
  • Kimpton Band OMEA Results: Seventh grade band was rated Superior (Class B); Eighth grade band was rated Excellent (Class A)
  • Kimpton Jazz Band received first place at the Music Festivals Showcase Competition with a score of 96.3/100
  • Kimpton Jazz Band hosted Hudson Middle School jazz band for a combined concert with guest artist and professional trombonist Mark Mauldin
  • Kimpton Choir OMEA Results: Eighth grade was ranked Superior (Class A); Seventh grade was ranked Superior (Class B)
  • Kimpton Eighth Grade Choir, Eighth Grade Orchestra, and High School Men’s Chorus performed a holiday concert for the entire school at Kimpton
  • Eighth Grade Orchestra won first place at Music in the Parks with a Superior Rating

At the intermediate and elementary schools:

  • There are now six choirs at the elementary level
  • Performed West Side Story Scenes with sixth grade Spanish and Music classes
  • Fifth and sixth grade choirs performed the national anthem at an Akron Rubber Ducks game
  • Fifth grade field trip Akron Civic Theatre
  • Holiday Concerts
  • Right to Read Week Book Performances
  • Little Red Writing Hood Play
  • Cleveland Gladiators-National Anthem
  • Spring Concerts
  • All fourth graders played recorders with the Akron Symphony Orchestra through the Linkup Program

Congratulations to our music department on a fantastic year!

Kimpton Middle School Honors Students at Recognition Ceremony

STOW, OH—(June 2016)— Stow-Munroe Falls’ Kimpton Middle School held a recognition ceremony at the high school auditorium on June 2.

“I am so proud of our students,” said Susan Palchesko, Kimpton Middle School’s principal. “It was my pleasure to recognize their efforts, and I am looking forward to seeing all that they accomplish in the future!”

Seventh and eighth-graders who showed excellence in academics, citizenship, character and those who did their part to make a positive difference at Kimpton and in the world were recognized.

“By choosing a larger venue, it was our hope to comfortably accommodate all of our students and families who wished to attend,” said Silvia Duecker, Kimpton Middle School’s guidance secretary. “We were pleased to honor such a significant amount of students.”

Seventh-grade students recognized were: Hannah Adams, Alexandra Adaway, Payton Ange, Jabriel Awad, Anna Balochko, Jackson Bauer, Lauren Bedrick, Eden Berkley, Spring Biggs, Sydney Braunscheidel, Kylie Briggs, Tyler Bukowski, Nicole Bunnell, Sydni Burchard, Sophia Cameron, Lilee Carlson, Abigail Casterline, Riley Cesnak, Jordan Collins, Lucia Cook, Dylan Cossin, Braden Cowger, Sydney Cravens, Mackenzie Crowe, Andrew DeCamp, Alexia Dudones, Rachel Edmondson, Kylie Eisenberg, Rylan Emanuel, Carly Feckley, Dylan Feltovich, Lillian Fiedler, Jonathan Frailey, Mya Frame, Brian Friedt, Sophia Gage, Reiley Gies, Chloe Gobble, Justin Goldan, Tiana Green, Megan Ha, Austin Harper, Tristen Harper, Sydney Hastings, Thomas Hobart, Maci Hodge, Riley Hricik, Ashley Hutchinson, Karlee Jenkins, Jennifer Jewett, Roeyn Kalpac, Emmalee Keller, Thomas Kerekes, Emily Keyser, Seth Lamancusa, Olivia Lane, Aubree Macadam, Brady Macpherson, Vibha Mandayam, Nathan Martin, Anjelica Masiella, Connor McCartney, Lea McClintock, Ellie McCoy, Alexandra Michelbrink, Megan Montoney, Alexandria Moran, Grant Morris, Joseph Morrocco, Clayton Mosher, Marissa Mosko, Ashley Muncy, Molly O’Brien, Isabella Perrotta, Abhinav Pratap, Robin Raines, Kyra Raymond-Smith, Marley Ress, Lindsay Riggs, Danny Rowe, Eliza Schoonover, Paige Schrickel, Alexis Schultz Samantha Schustrich, Samantha Senderoff, Amanda Shafer, Sharvi Shah, Madison Shepard, Caleb Shorter, Brooke Sinko, Joshua Sloan, Juliana Smith, Genevieve Stratton, Weston Suhadolnik, Jessica Tyner, Sophie Ury, Allison Vale, Brooke Walburn, Justin Weightman, Zackary Wiseman and Zachary Zemanski.

Eighth-grade students recognized were: Jenna Anderson, Joshua Andrassy, Blake Baker, Senator Abigail Baldwin, Margaret Battenhouse, Elise Baughman, Sarah Bazzel, Caleb (Michael) Benci, Ian Binder, Sydnie Bovard, Kaleigh (Page) Bozick, Vincent Carbone, Audrey Carroll, Jacey Citraro, Skylar Cole, Autumn Collins, Joshua Colvis, Marli Denholm, Haley Disanza, Brianna Doctor, Nathan Dombroski, Justin Dyer, Olivia Edwards, Marisa Ervin, Dominic Flasco, Brandon Gorrell, Emma Goss, Alexis Gray, Emma Greavu, Aimee Grimm, Gabrielle Hawk, Caitlyn Hendershot, Salil Hijazi, Dillon Holtz, Emmanuel Jensen, Yoonseo Kim, Chelsea Kirk, Carter Kline, McKenzie Klingensmith, Brooke Kollar, Christina Kotsatos, Abigail Kuhns, Braydon Lazzara, Tina Ly, Arjun Mandayam, Valerie McCauley, Erica Morrow, Lindsey Nemecek, Elora Nicholas, Shawn Nolan, Ocean Noland, Amanda Ostrowski, Daniel Patten, Riley Pierce, Rachel Pitcovich, Nina Ricchiuto, Molly Richards, Eleanor Rieger, Maison Ross, Daniella Ryden, Emily Schmidt, Hannah Seckinger, Megan Shelley, Maxwell Simms, Abigail Staats, Johnathon Staudt, Zachary Stratton, Jenna Taha, Emily Thomas, Taylor Thompson and Michael Wirebaugh Jr.

“Congratulations to all the students who were recognized,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “I am so proud of each of you for your dedication in making a positive difference in the world. Keep up the good work!”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Senior Students Win Big Prizes in Stow High School Senior Make a Difference Program

STOW, OH—(May 2016)— The Stow-Munroe High School senior class recently celebrated the end of the school year with the Senior Make a Difference Program. The program incentivizes students to make positive decisions in school by entering all eligible students into a raffle for prizes including a fully loaded 2016 Chevrolet Cruz, donated by Marhofer Chevrolet.

“The partnership between the schools and Marhofer Chevrolet started with my dad, Ron, and I have been happy to continue that tradition,” said Chris Marhofer, operations manager of Marhofer Chevrolet. “The best part is the excitement of the actual giveaway. The student is always thrilled to have won a car, and it’s a great feeling to do that for a deserving student.”

Throughout the school year, seniors earn tickets by being on time, raising their GPAs by a number of points, participating in Senior Service Day and through other opportunities. This year, 460 seniors total participated. At the end of the year, all tickets are entered into a raffle for different prizes. The senior class comes together for breakfast and a speaker, followed by the raffle.

This year’s speaker was Superintendent Tom Bratten. His message to the seniors was that they should hold themselves accountable for their own success, and that they can reach their goals with determination and hard work. After his message, 20 total prizes were raffled off, this year including several FitBits, an iPad Mini, and a MacBook Air. Each year the main prize is a car, and it is always the last item to be raffled.

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruz went to senior Juliana Moyer. Everything in the car is paid for, including the title and tags. The car is provided through a partnership with The Chevy Network and Marhofer Chevrolet.

“The Senior Make a Difference Program is always a great way to motivate our senior students,” said Assistant Principal Mark Treen. “It helps the seniors focus throughout the year, and they’re rewarded for their hard work with prizes that they’ll really enjoy. I hope Juliana enjoys her car; she definitely worked hard for it.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Kimpton Middle School Students Raise $2,100 for Their Classmate Through Dodgeball Fundraiser

STOW, OH—(May 2016)— On May 20, Stow-Munroe Falls’ Kimpton Middle School students participated in a dodgeball fundraising event. All proceeds from the fundraiser went to eighth-grade student Ian Clayton, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A total of $2,100 was raised for the Clayton family.

The fundraising idea was inspired by eighth-grade students Michael Wirebaugh and Demarion Garseche. With the help of Kimpton Middle School’s physical education teacher, Tina Keithley, Kimpton Middle School’s physical education/health teacher, Matthew Shanholtzer, Kimpton Middle School’s assistant principal, Michael Love, and staff members who volunteered their time, the event was a huge success.

“Thank you to everyone who participated in the event,” said Shanholtzer. “The staff and students had fun, while raising money for one of our Bulldog families. I would also like to extend a special thank you to Michael and Demarion, for coming up with the dodge ball fundraiser idea to support their classmate and friend.”

The dodgeball tournament consisted of 15 teams of eight students. Each student donated $40 to participate and there was an admission fee to watch the games. Additional funds were raised through the sale of t-shirts.

“I am grateful to be a part of a district that supports one another in every way possible,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “Our staff and students are always looking for ways to help each other. This was a remarkable event for Kimpton to host.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Kimpton Middle School’s Choir Receives Superior Ratings at OMEA Large Group Contest

STOW, OH—(May 2016)— Stow-Munroe Falls’ Kimpton Middle School’s seventh and eighth-grade choir received superior ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) Large Group Contest at Nordonia High School in Macedonia.

This is the third year the middle school choir has received a superior rating in the OMEA Large Group Contest.

"I enjoyed every part of the contest, but my favorite part was when we found out we received a superior rating,” said Marissa Mosko, seventh-grade student at Kimpton Middle School. “Everyone worked so hard throughout the year, and we put in a lot of time and dedication to prepare. Receiving a superior rating was a really great feeling that I will never forget!”

To prepare, students rehearse their contest music for several months, including performing it for an audience.

“I enjoy working hard to prepare for the contest with my friends,” said Logan Congrove, eighth-grade student at Kimpton Middle School. “I always strive to become a better singer than I was the day before.”

The choir is directed by Nicholas Campagna and the students meet every day to practice, unless they are involved in band or orchestra.

“I would like to extend special congratulations to the entire seventh and eighth-grade choir,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “Our choir students are quite talented and receiving a superior rating is both impressive and admirable.”

Students who are interested in joining choir can sign up when they schedule classes or speak with a guidance counselor.

For more information on OMEA’s Large Group Contest, please visit www.omea-ohio.org

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow High School Seniors Participate in Sixth Annual Prom Promise Presentation

STOW, OH—(May 2016)— Seniors at Stow-Munroe Falls High School participated in the sixth annual Prom Promise presentation on Wednesday, May 18. The presentation is meant to educate students about the dangers of drunk driving and the consequences faced by those who choose to do so.

“Prom is supposed to be a wonderful experience for our high school seniors, but it can turn into a tragedy because of one bad decision,” said Lisa Heilmeier, high school teacher and Prom Promise coordinator. “It is important for our seniors to see what can happen to someone who chooses to drive drunk and how that will affect them for the rest of their lives. We just hope that they make the right choice.”

The presentation begins with a staged car crash in the gravel parking lot of the high school. The senior class watches as three patients are cut out of the car; one is taken to a helicopter, one is put into an ambulance and one is pronounced dead on the scene. Police officers then administer a sobriety test to the driver of the car, who is determined to be intoxicated and is arrested.

The senior class then moves into the auditorium where a funeral is held for the dead passenger. The driver is then put on trial and found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The actors in the scenario are students in grades 9 though eleven. Actors in this year’s scenario were Amy Jagger as the driver, Cam Casenhiser as the dead passenger, Megan Fragola as the passenger in the ambulance and Delaney Ruth as the passenger in the helicopter.

After the hypothetical scenario, people who have had real experiences with drunk driving speak to the senior class about its negative consequences. Speakers this year were Marc Streem, who spoke about his son who died in a car accident because of an impaired driver; Allison Moncheck, a 2011 Stow graduate who talked about losing her brother, Andrew, who was a 2014 Stow graduate, to a drunk driver; and Michael Gershe, who talked about losing his mother to a drunk driver as a child and then losing his friend to a drunk driver as an adult. After her presentation, Moncheck passed out cards from elementary school students encouraging seniors to make the right choice after prom.

“Driving drunk can have serious, deadly consequences,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “These seniors are about to graduate and begin the rest of their lives; the worst thing that could happen would be for that budding life to end. I would like to thank everyone who makes this important annual event possible, including our students, staff and local emergency service personnel.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s Orchestra Wins First Place at the Regional Music in the Parks Competition

STOW, OH—(May 2016)— On May 14, Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s orchestra competed in the Regional Music in the Parks Competition at McPherson Middle School in Clyde, Ohio and won first place.

The students competed against schools from across Ohio and Michigan at the competition. An awards ceremony was held after the show at Cedar Point.

“I am so pleased with the students’ performance at the competition,” said Sarah Behal, Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s director of orchestra. “We worked hard to achieve first place and had fun while doing it.”

The students prepare for the competitions by rehearsing in class each day.

“We have fun in class and the students have a chance to be creative,” said Behal. “Many of our great ideas come from the students, and the class provides a place for them to have input on what we do. We tackle some difficult music pieces together, and it’s rewarding watching the students’ progression throughout the school year.”

The high school’s orchestra includes about 50 students in grades 9 through 12.

“I am so proud of the entire orchestra on this accomplishment,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “The amount of effort that goes into learning the different pieces of music is admirable.”

Students who are interested in joining orchestra can sign up any time during the school year.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls High School Writing Center Students Win Laws of Life Essay Contest

STOW, OHIO – (May 2016) – Four students from Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s (SMFHS) Writing Center entered and placed in the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Laws of Life Essay Contest. Students from Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit and Wayne counties were eligible to enter, with 32 students selected as winners.

For the contest, students wrote about a character trait or moral that they had experience dealing with and how it had impacted their lives. Essays were submitted by mail.

The four winning students were eleventh-grader Julianna Smith (first place), who wrote about leadership and her experiences with Stow-Munroe Falls leadership retreats; twelfth-grader Melissa Abou-Touma (second place), who wrote about maturity and body image; tenth-grader Sarah Toppin (third place), who wrote about courage and her experiences with juvenile arthritis; and eleventh-grader Rebecca Ross (Superior Mention), who wrote about unity and her experiences in cheerleading with developmentally disabled students.

All SMFHS students who entered the contest are tutors in the high school’s Writing Center. New this year, the Writing Center is a place for students to get help and tutoring for writing assignments. Tutors are also students, who sometimes help teachers during lessons and in classes. The Writing Center is run by English teachers Jennifer Pierce and Maggie Ferguson.

“Ms. Ferguson and I are extremely proud of these students,” Pierce said. “They have worked hard to build the Writing Center from scratch and they take great pride in it. Thanks to their hard work in recruiting students and working with teachers, we had 32 students sign up for next year, almost tripling this year’s number. We feel writing is an integral part of a student’s success in school and in the real world and we hope to make an impact for the students of Stow-Munroe Falls High School.”

Each winner will receive a cash prize and a certificate. Smith will receive $250 for first place, Abou-Touma will receive $150 for second place, Toppin will receive $100 for third place and Ross will receive $50 for a Superior Mention.

“Congratulations to our talented writers and essayists,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “They have done a wonderful job of helping the Writing Center become a success and have also demonstrated their own writing talents. Each one of them should be proud of the work they did this year.”

For more information about Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, please visit www.smfcsd.org.


Kimpton Middle School Hosts Kimpton Kindness Week

STOW, OHIO – (May 2016) – Kimpton Middle School hosted Kimpton Kindness Week during the week of May 9. Every day of the week, students participated in activities related to being kind to others.

“We want our students to focus on what it means to be a kind person,” said Principal Susan Palchesko. “It is important that we teach students to treat their peers with respect, and all the activities planned for kindness week revolve around the idea that being kind will make others want to be kind in return.”

Each day of the week began with the reading of a Kindness Focus during the morning announcements. On Monday, students began designing their Kindness Posters, which were displayed around the building on Friday. Also on Monday, Melissa McClain from Akron Children’s Hospital spoke to all seventh graders about the consequences of bullying.

On Tuesday, Stow High School’s How About Personally Protecting Yourself (HAPPY) Group spent all day with Kimpton students to act as mentors and counselors. Wednesday was “Paws for Applause” day, when students filled out a paw print-shaped piece of paper with a compliment about another student or teacher. The paws were on display around the cafeteria. On Thursday, a small group of students decorated the sidewalks around Kimpton with Kindness messages to greet students on Friday morning, and on Friday, the Kindness posters were displayed.

“The goal of kindness week is to promote tolerance and acceptance of others, and ultimately kindness to others. It is our hope to promote this with our seventh graders this spring, and continue our efforts next year,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “Often times, the word ‘bullying’ falls on deaf ears. It is our hope to take a positive approach, and instead of asking kids not to bully each other, we are promoting kindness, tolerance and acceptance. It is our goal to help students graduate as well-rounded adults, and events like Kindness Week are the building blocks of that development.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, visit www.smfcsd.org.


Lakeview Intermediate School Teacher Receives GCCTM’s Outstanding Teacher Award

STOW, OH—(May 2016)— Stow-Munroe Falls’ Lakeview Intermediate School Title I teacher Jandra Cotts, has won the outstanding teacher award for mathematics by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) for the 2015-2016 school year. This was the first year a teacher from Lakeview has received this award.

Cotts was nominated by Lakeview Intermediate School’s principal, Andrew Yanchunas. She will receive free membership to GCCTM for one year.

“I nominated Jandra for her exemplary work in mathematics,” said Yanchunas. “She is dedicated to making sure our students fully understand math concepts. We are pleased to have her at our school.”

An awards banquet was held on May 9 at the Woodside Event Center in Broadview Heights. The event included dinner for all award winners and one guest. Inspirational speaker Steve Leinwand, principal research analyst at American Institutes for Research (AIR) and an educator with more than than 35 years of leadership positions in mathematics, gave a presentation.

“I am so proud of Jandra for receiving this award,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “We are lucky to have teachers like Jandra to teach our students. Her commitment in her work and to her students is admirable. Thank you, Jandra, for all that you do for our district.”

GCCTM is an organization of mathematics professionals committed to improving mathematics education in Northeast Ohio.

For more information on the GCCTM, please visit www.mygcctmonline.org.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls’ Kimpton Middle School Teacher Receives Outstanding Teacher Award

STOW, OH—(May 2016)— Stow-Munroe Falls’ Kimpton Middle School teacher Mike Eckart has won the outstanding teacher award for mathematics by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) for the 2015-2016 school year.

Eckart is an eighth-grade mathematics teacher and athletic director at Kimpton Middle School. He has been teaching at Kimpton for 11 years.

Mike Love, Kimpton Middle School’s assistant principal, nominated Eckart for the award.

“Mike is an extremely dedicated teacher who is constantly working to provide his students an excellent learning experience,” said Love. “He challenges his students to comprehend difficult math concepts to help them further their understanding. Mike is always welcoming and does a great job with our students.”

All award winners are invited to attend an awards banquet on May 9 at Woodside Event Center in Broadview Heights. The ceremony will include keynote speaker, Steve Leinwand, who is the principal research analyst at AIR and an educator with more than 35 years of leadership positions in mathematics.

“I would like to extend a special congratulations to Mike on receiving the outstanding teacher award,” said Susan Palchesko, Kimpton Middle School’s principal. “He does a terrific job with our students in the classroom and on the field.”

The outstanding teacher award recognizes math teachers who go above and beyond to help kids understand math concepts.

“As superintendent, these moments make me very proud,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “The district is lucky to have teachers like Mike that go above and beyond for our students.”

GCCTM is an organization of mathematics professionals committed to improving mathematics education in Northeast Ohio.

For more information on the GCCTM, please visit www.mygcctmonline.org.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Kimpton Middle School Hosts School-Wide May Day Run

STOW, OH—(May 2016)— On May 6, Stow-Munroe Falls’ Kimpton Middle School held its May Day Run for all seventh and eighth-grade students. This was the fifth year the event was held.

The May Day Run is a school-wide 2-mile fun run/walk through a nearby neighborhood in Munroe Falls. The run/walk finishes on the field behind Kimpton.

Kimpton’s health and physical education teachers Chet Feldman, Tina Keithley and Matt Shanholtzer put the event together. The run always occurs the first Friday in May.

“Our students always enjoy this event,” said Shanholtzer. “It’s important for our students to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle and this is a great way to encourage that.”

The purpose of the run was to create a sense of community for fitness and fun. The school looks for 100% participation in the event.

T-shirts were awarded to the top 10 male and female finishers in each grade level. The Top 10 finishers were: seventh-grade females Rachel Edmondson 13:41, Hannah Bartels 13:44, Kylie Briggs 13:49, Madison Hedrick 13:56, Hannah Henlien 14:00, Lauren Roberts(no time recorded), Alexis Schultz (no time recorded), Alex Addaway (no time recorded), Robin Raines (no time recorded) and Abby Casterline 14:45; seventh-grade males Zach Zemanski 12:02, Muamar Mustafa 12:05, Henry Brosch 12:13, Jack Bryden 12:18, Zach Rude 12:25, Seth Macura 12:32, Darian Gluth 12:42, Brian Friedt 12:47, Caleb Shorter 13:15, Jared Kasper 13:20; eighth-grade females Maddie Marino 12:55, Jocelyn Shatraw 13:01, Julianna Shatraw 13:29, Abby Kuhns13:40, Megan Shelley 13:45, Maggie Battenhouse 14:10, Olivia Balawender14:28, Mandy Grimm14:30, Grace McCombs 14:35, Veronica Anokhin 14:39; eighth-grade males Matt Duffy 11:24, Jordan Seaman 11:29, Chris Miller 11:30, Ethan Harty 11:32, Maison Ross 11:38, Josh Colvis 11:40, Travis Shrout 11:57, Jad Darwiche 11:58, Blake Moravcik12:02, Elias Welty 12:04; and staff members Mr. Rogers 11:53, Mr. Love 12:48, Mr. Eckart 13:30, Ms. Bednarik 14:03, Mr. Reese 14:48, Mr. Long 15:20, Mr. Ladner 17:18, Mr. Wynn 17:37, Mrs. Shannon 20:17, Mrs. Bosko 21:40, Mr. Brown 26:49.

There were also field day points awarded for the highest team score of the top 10 finishers and for the percentage of participation. Bonus points were given for staff members that participated.

“This is a great way for our students and staff to have fun and bring the year to the end,” said Susan Palchesko, Kimpton Middle School’s principal. “We had excellent participation in the event and we look forward to next year’s race!”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe F Retention Letter.doc (05/11/16)alls City School District’s STEM Program Sees High Participation Among Elementary School Students

STOW, OH—(May 2016)— Stow-Munroe Falls City School District’s elementary school students have been participating in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program throughout the 2015-2016 school year. The program was open to all third and fourth-grade students.

“During STEM, students are exposed to a combination of activities,” said Brian Rood, one of Fishcreek Elementary School’s fourth grade teachers. “The students enjoy the interactive activities and engaging in projects that allow them to have fun while learning.”

Gifted coordinator Rebecca Fredmonsky and Rood, wrote a grant to the Galen and Ruth Roush (GAR) Foundation in Akron. It was their hope to expand the STEM Program district-wide.

Two sessions were offered throughout the year for the students.

The first session was offered at Fishcreek Elementary School and Echo Hills Elementary School to determine if there was an interest. About 50 students were involved.

This session concentrated on technology, engineering and math using LEGO WeDO Construction sets. Students created jungle animals using LEGOs and programmed them to roar, dance and flap their wings.

The second session expanded the STEM program to Riverview Elementary School where students began working with the LEGO WeDo sets. Meanwhile, students at Fishcreek and Echo hills continued their focus on science, technology, engineering and math by designing mazes with PVC, wood, and other classroom objects. The students then programmed robots to move through the mazes. Students also had the opportunity to test their engineering and math skills by designing roller coasters made from foam pipe insulation. They tested the construction and physics of their projects using marbles as coasters.

“We are excited about the opportunities that STEM offers our students,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “As a district, we feel it’s important to offer a variety of clubs and programs where students can expand their knowledge and interests outside of the classroom.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Riverview Elementary School Welcomes Special Therapy Dog and Army Veteran Visitor

STOW, OH—(May 2016)— Throughout the school year, Stow-Munroe Falls’ Riverview Elementary School has had the pleasure of welcoming Army Veteran Jordan Ray and his dog, Zeke, to most of its classrooms.

Ray is a Captain Combat Army Veteran of five deployments, who was medically discharged in February 2015. His therapy dog, Zeke, helps him with his medical needs.

Ray and Zeke visit the school at least three days a week. During their visits, Ray reads stories to the classes during “story tails” time. At the end of the story, the students have the opportunity to give Zeke snacks and watch him perform tricks.

Ray also spends time reading one-on-one with the students to help them improve their writing skills and helps them practice other academic skills. Additionally, Ray shares information with the students on what a therapy dog is and how the dogs help people.

“I love working with the kids and helping them learn,” said Ray. “I enjoy watching them progress throughout the year and their excitement when they understand a new concept. Zeke likes the extra attention he receives and he brings great joy to the students.”

Zeke also spends time in Riverview’s emotional behavioral support resource rooms, where students have the opportunity to read and spend extra time with him.

“We are incredibly grateful to have Jordan and Zeke as part of Team Riverview,” said Traci Kosmach, Riverview Elementary School’s principal. “It’s a mutually beneficial experience for everyone. Our students enjoy their time with them and learn a lot from the visits. I look forward to having them return next year.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls High School Displays Gallery of Senior Artwork and Photography

STOW, OHIO – (May 2016) – Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s (SMFHS) Senior Advanced Placement (AP) Drawing and Photography classes opened a gallery of senior student artwork on Friday, April 29 at the Almond Tea Gallery in Cuyahoga Falls. The gallery will remain on display until Saturday, May 14.

The opening night of the gallery was attended by over 300 people. Students chose what they considered their best work from their entire high school career to display. The artwork could be in any medium, from sculpture to film photography.

“We have many creative and talented students at this school,” said Steve Pierce, who teaches the AP photography class. “The show is a wonderful opportunity for them to put their work on display in a real gallery for others to appreciate, which I think it is a valuable experience for any young, aspiring artist.”

This is the seventh year that senior students from SMFHS have held an off-site art show and the fourth year that it has been hosted at the Almond Tea Gallery. It is the third year that Michelle Surrena’s AP drawing class has participated.

Ten students from the AP photography class, 10 students from the AP drawing class and one honors photography student displayed their artwork in the gallery. Those students included Claudia Apaestegui, Miranda Beaujon, Ashley Blaha, James Brooker, McKaylan Drach, Akie Gabbas, Maddie Halsne, Kirsten Kostoff, Nicole Lott, Hailey Lybrook, Chloe Miller, Lydia Miller, Olivia Morris, Nick Norton, Jason Roznak, Ameeya Singh, Cameron Stebbins, Jasmine Valvoda and Salena Xongmixay.

“Congratulations to all the students who displayed their artwork at the Almond Tea Gallery,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “They should be proud of the art that they have created. Thanks also to all the community members who came out to support our students on the gallery’s opening night; your attendance helped to make the night a success.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, visit www.smfcsd.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls High School Seniors Visit Washington, D.C. for an Inside Look into the Government System

STOW, OH—(April 2016)— Five Stow-Munroe Falls High School senior students recently spent six days in Washington, D.C., meeting members of Congress and talking about key issues the United States faces today.

Students who attended the trip included Briana Bassett, Deanna Durkos, Alex Holcomb, Alicia Pereira and Chance Ratta. Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s social studies teacher, Trina Poole, chaperoned the trip.

“This was once in a lifetime experience for our students,” said Poole. “They gained a lot of valuable information and had a real world inside look into the government system.”

As part of the Close Up student program, all seniors were invited to participate in the trip and complete the program activities. Close Up is a non-profit organization that educates, inspires and empowers young people to be effective participants in our democracy.

The program included spending more than 80 hours with students from across the country, using the nation’s capital as the classroom to give students a “close up” view of the government. Students had the opportunity to interact with the people, processes and places that make up the federal government.

Onsite visits during the trip included time at the memorials and monuments, national parks, Smithsonian, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery.

Students also participated in a liberal/conservative debate, a mock Congress and met with national interest groups who lobby Congress. Additionally, they spent time at the Supreme Court and went to the Library of Congress.

Fundraising for the trip was run by the students and included selling donuts from Stow Nut Donut, candy bars and more.

“I would like to extend a special thank you to Judge Lisa Coates, Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club, our high school principal, Jeff Hartmann, Stow Nut Donut, Stow-Munroe Falls Kiwanis Club, PTSA, Ron Marhofer, Debbie Husted, Superior Mold and Die, Stow City Council and The Hillier Family Foundation for contributing to this year’s trip,” said Poole. “The students had a great time and learned a lot.”

For more information on the Close Up program, please visit www.closeup.org.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Kimpton Middle School Student’s Participated in a Pen-Pal Project with a Swedish Class

STOW, OH—(April 2016)—Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, Kimpton Middle School’s seventh-grade students participated in a pen-pal project with The International English School in Nacka, Sweden.

Each student in Melinda Bednarik’s seventh-grade language arts class was matched with one student from the Sweden school for the project.

“This was a great way for our students to practice their writing and grammar skills,” said Bednarik. “My class enjoyed communicating and building friendships with the Swedish students.”

The first set of letters the students wrote contained a number of questions to get familiar with the culture of Sweden. The second set of letters gave them the opportunity to connect on a more personal level and learn about the interests and hobbies of their pen-pal.

The pen-pal exchange ended with both classes Skyping with one another. Due to the time difference between the two schools, it was the end of the school day for the Swedish students, so they were able to give the Kimpton students a tour of their school.

“This project gave the students a unique way to engage with students from another country,” said Susan Palchesko, Kimpton Middle School’s principal. “It’s important for our students to have the opportunity to apply what they are learning and improve their literacy skills in a variety of ways.”

Even though the project has ended, the students continue to stay in touch with one another through different avenues. One way in particular is through playing games on Xbox.

The pen-pal project was started by Bednarik and one of The International English School’s teachers, Dylan Gormen. Both teachers met while working at a Summer Camp for kids with developmental disabilities. They agreed this was a great way for their classes to practice the writing and grammar skills they were learning in class.

Both teachers plan to continue the pen-pal project next year with their 2016-2017 seventh-grade classes.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Last month, Kimpton Middle School’s seventh and eighth-grade students performed Backstage, a comedy that takes place at a high school and gives the audience a “behind the scenes” look at what goes on to produce a play. About 50 students were involved in the production.

The students prepared for the play afterschool from late November to early March.

Congratulations to all of the staff and students who were involved. It was a wonderful show!

There will be informal meetings at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year for all seventh and eighth-grade students interested in joining drama club. Rehearsals for next year’s play will begin in the fall.

Stow Girls’ Basketball Team Recognized by National Guard, OHSBCA for Team GPA

STOW, OHIO – (April 2016) – The Stow High School Girls’ Basketball team has been recognized by the National Guard and the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches’ Association (OHSBCA) for its outstanding team grade point average (GPA) of 3.96. This is third time in five years that the team has been recognized for its performance on and off the court.

The 10 high school basketball teams, five boys’ teams and five girls’ teams, with the highest GPAs in Ohio will receive a plaque and a pizza party. The plaque will be presented to Coach Robert Podges and the girls’ basketball team during the pizza party in May. The Stow girls’ basketball team has the second highest GPA out of all the teams being recognized.

“Congratulations to the girls participating in basketball this year with outstanding academic records,” said Athletic Director Cyle Feldman. “Coach Podges not only had success on the floor with a District Championship, but consistently has success off the floor communicating the true mission of education-based athletics. His program is truly accomplished in both areas of the Athletic Department’s mission.”

Dates for the plaque presentation and pizza party are to be determined.

“With a 3.96 GPA, I knew we had a good chance,” said Coach Podges. “This year we have an extremely intelligent team both on and off the floor. They have worked hard to be great basketball players, and they have applied that same work ethic in the classroom. At Stow-Munroe Falls High School, we promote high standards on the court and in the classroom.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls School District, visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls City School District Receives 2016 Best Communities for Music Education Designation

STOW, OH—(March 2016)—Stow-Munroe Falls City School District has received the 2016 Best Communities for Music Education Designation by The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. Only 467 districts across the country received this award in 2016.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the district answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“We are very fortunate to have a district that encourages learning through the arts and music,” said Brian Monroe, Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s band teacher. “This award celebrates the great work being done by our teachers in Stow.”

The district will receive a certificate in recognition of this award.

The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) program is a signature program of the NAMM Foundation that recognizes and celebrates schools and districts for their support and commitment to music education.

“The teachers continue to set high expectations for themselves and their students,” said Monroe. “Our high school and middle school ensembles continue to receive superior marks at competitions. This award is a true tribute to the kids for their hard work, the parents for their continued support, the school and administration for providing the best teachers and to the teachers for their dedication to students.”

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.

“It’s important for our students to experience the arts and music,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “This experience plays a vital role in shaping students. Thank you to everyone who helped our district to receive this prestigious award.”

For more information on the Best Communities for Music Education Designation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls City School District’s Hitting 4 Home Club Positively Influences Students

STOW, OH—(March 2016)—Stow-Munroe Falls City School District’s Hitting 4 Home club, in honor of Jakob Gehring, continues to touch the lives of Kimpton Middle School’s seventh and eighth-graders and many high school club members.

Jakob (Jake) was involved in a fatal car accident on Dec. 1, 2004. As a way to cope, junior Bryan Graham, and a group of about 20 other students began the club at the high school in the fall of 2005.

The purpose of the club is to help students realize the impact their decisions can have on their lives and the lives of others.

“Being able to continue the club year after year is a great way to honor Jake,” said Silvia Gehring, Jake’s mother, Echo Hills Elementary School’s teacher and Hitting 4 Home club advisor. “I enjoy watching the young men and women grow and become wonderful individuals who care about others and are mindful of their decisions.”

Every year, a group of 40-60 club members visit Kimpton Middle School four times throughout the year. During the visit, the high school students give a presentation to all seventh and eighth-grade students. After the presentation, the students break into small groups and complete decision making activities.

T-shirts and wrist bands are given out to continually remind the students to think about the effects of their decisions.

The students see the club as a place to feel safe and belong. It gives them the opportunity to develop lasting friendships with fellow classmates and make a positive impact.

The club meets eight to 10 times throughout the year on Sunday’s at the Stow Safety Building.

“Our Hitting 4 Home club is very influential in showing the impact a decision can have in someone’s life,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “It also presents a great opportunity for our students to form relationships with one another. I would like to extend a special thank you to Silvia, for continuing to guide the club.”

Eighth-grade students have the opportunity to sign up for the club every year. Typically, students who join the club stay involved all four years of high school.

A scholarship opportunity is also available in Jake’s name, for all seniors of Stow-Munroe Falls High School. For more information on the scholarship opportunity, please contact Silvia Gehring at st_gehring@smfcsd.org.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


OHSBCA Recognizes Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s Head Boys Basketball Coach for 500 Career Wins

STOW, OH—(March 2016)—On March 19, Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s head boys basketball coach, David Close, was recognized by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association (OHSBCA) at halftime of an OHSAA state championship game in Columbus. Close was honored for achieving the 500-win milestone during the 2014-2015 school year.

"It is truly an honor to receive this recognition,” said Close. “I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with great student-athletes over the years who have been committed to becoming the best they can become, both as individuals and as teams. It has been great to be a part of the Stow-Munroe Falls’ basketball program. Hopefully Stow basketball has made a lasting impact in the lives of our student-athletes.”

Every year, the OHSBCA honors century milestones of 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 wins at the OHSAA Final 4. The OHSBCA collects coaching information at the end of each season. All career-win achievements are honored the following year during halftime of a state championship game.

This year, including boys and girls’ coaches, they honored 15 coaches for 300 wins, 10 coaches for 400 wins, two coaches for 500 wins and one coach for 600 wins.

This year marks Close's 31st year as a varsity head coach. Three of those years were spent at Painesville Riverside High School and 28 years were spent at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Close’s current career record is now 530-195.

In terms of career wins, Close’s win total places him in the top 35 in the history of OHSAA boys’ basketball coaching. Additionally, his career varsity winning percentage, 0.731, ranks him 11th out of that top 35.

“This is a well-deserving accomplishment for Coach Close,” said Cyle Feldman, Stow-Munroe Falls athletic director. “Dave is an outstanding coach who is very influential to our students both on and off the court.”

Close received a ring for his 500-win achievement at the Final 4 halftime recognition.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Lakeview Intermediate School Hosts Dollars for Doggies Fundraiser

STOW, OH—(March 2016)—Stow-Munroe Falls City School District’s Lakeview Intermediate School hosted a Dollars for Doggies fundraiser in an effort to raise funds for the Stow K-9 unit. The fundraiser included a silent auction open to all Stow-Munroe Falls City School’s employees and student donations. A total of $1,000 was raised.

On Monday, March 7, the school hosted an assembly for the students. The assembly included Macconmara Irish Dancers, Celtic Rush Band, several K-9 units, as well as Principal Andy Yanchunas wearing a bite suite and demonstrating what happens when a K-9 dog chases a criminal.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to help raise funds for a great cause,” said Yanchunas. “The students enjoyed meeting the dogs, seeing the performances and watching the demonstration. Thank you to the Macconmara Irish Dancers, Celtic Rush Band and the K9 units that joined our assembly.”

The event was a collaboration between Jim Collver, President of the Celtic Club of Ohio and Lakeview’s student council.

Officer Ryan Davis of Canton, spoke briefly with the students and introduced his new dog. He thanked the students for their support and shared his appreciation.

Officer Steve Miller also spoke briefly to the students. He thanked them for their support and introduced his dog.

“Our district is made up of a compassionate group of students and staff,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “This is a perfect example of the great things happening in our district. A special thank you to Lakeview’s student council and Jim Collver for putting this event together.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s Speech & Debate Team Received Top School in Performance at the State Tournament

STOW, OH—(March 2016)—Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s speech and debate team competed in The Ohio High School Speech League (OHSSL) on March 3-5 at Princeton High School, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

As a team, Stow-Munroe Falls took fifth place sweeps out of 83 schools and received “Top School in Performance,” for first place rankings in Drama, Humor and Duo Interpretation events.

“I’m so proud of the team and their accomplishments this year,” said Suzanne Theisen, English language arts teachers and speech and debate coach. “We have worked hard and grown so much as a team. I look forward to finishing the season strong.”

Semi-finalists included Hannah Laubach and Mike Kinkoph, who placed third in Public Forum Debate and Amy Jaggers in Dramatic Interpretation.

Quarter finalists included AnnaMarie Mccombs and Maclaine Stebbins in Duo Interpretation; Corrine Dunton and Sarah Laubach also in Duo Interpretation; Dayne Gellner in Performance of Oral Interpretation; and Sydney Dangel in Humorous Interpretation.

Top 16 finalists included Logan Henderson and Cam Casenheiser, who placed 14 in Public Forum Debate.

Additional team results included, Nathaniel Halasz placing third in Humorous Interpretation and Mitchell Norman placing fifth also in Humorous Interpretation; Madison Light and Samantha Wilcox placing third in Duo Interpretation and Cameron Stebbins and Matthew McCombs placing fifth also in Duo Interpretation; David Hall was a finalist in Congressional Debate.

“I would like to extend congratulations to the entire speech and debate team,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “The 2015-2016 season has been phenomenal thus far! I cannot wait to hear how the team does in the remaining tournaments. Good luck!”

The district competition for the congressional debate will be March 19 at Our Lady of the Elms.

The speech and debate team will compete in the national tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah in June. Students who compete and qualify in the congressional debate will join their teammates at the national tournament.

For more information on the National Speech and Debate Tournament, please visit www.speechanddebate.org.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Kimpton Middle School Students Participate in a March Madness Poetry Tournament

STOW, OH—(March 2016)—Throughout the month of March, Stow-Munroe Falls’ Kimpton Middle School students are participating in a March Madness Poetry Tournament for the second consecutive year.

During the month, students read one poem a day and then vote on which poem is their favorite. The poems move through a bracket based on student votes.

“The students really like participating in this tournament,” said Maria Pocek, language arts teacher. “They eagerly wait to read the day’s poem, groan when their favorite poem is eliminated and cheer when their favorite picks move on.”

The tournament is open to accelerated English students in seventh and eighth grade. Once the Elite 8 is chosen, the tournament will be open to other classes and staff at Kimpton to judge. This year, voting will be open to parents as well.

The purpose of the tournament is to encourage students to read poems for personal enjoyment. The students like reading and judging the poetry based on their own criteria.

“I only make a class set of poems for conversation purposes, but the students are welcome to keep any poem they like,” said Pocek. “It is my hope that they find a connection to the poems they read that will help guide them through life.”

The collection of poetry that the students read is comprised of the staff members’ favorite poems.

During the final stages of the tournament, students are encouraged to convince others to vote for their favorite poem by practicing speaking and listening standards and reading skills.

Pocket-sized copies of the overall winning poem are printed and distributed to the students on “Poem in Your Pocket” day.

Poem in Your Pocket Day was originally initiated in 2002 by the Office of the Mayor, in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, as part of the city’s national poetry month celebration.

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2016 will be held on April 21.

For more information on Poem in Your Pocket Day, please visit www.poets.org.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls City School District Superintendent Invites Local Realtors for a Luncheon

STOW, OH—(March 2016)—On March 2, Stow-Munroe Falls City School District Superintendent Tom Bratten invited local area realtors for a luncheon to learn about the district.

The luncheon was held at Joshua’s Restaurant located at Stow-Munroe Falls high school.

“The goal of the luncheon is part of a continued effort to reach new potential community residents,” said Bratten. “Our realtors play a vital role in bringing families into the district and it’s important they are sharing the great things our district is doing.”

Ten realty companies attended the luncheon including Cutler Real Estate, Harvest Home Realty, Howard Hanna Realty, Keller Williams Chervenic Realty, Markley Realty, Northwood Realty Svc., Penney Real Estate, Berkshire Harthaway HomeServices|Carman and Simon, Stouffer Realty and Coldwell Banker Hunter.

Representatives from the district including Superintendent Tom Bratten, Director of Special Services Dr. Marty Saternow, Director of Operations Mark Fritz, Athletic Director Cyle Feldman, Director of Human Resources Chris DiMauro, Treasurer Dave Osborne and Board Members Gerry Bettio and Pat Matthews spoke briefly about the wonderful things the district has to offer.

“We enjoyed having everyone together to discuss our schools,” said Bratten. “Thank you to the culinary students for preparing a lovely lunch.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Kimpton Middle School Incorporates Google Cardboard to Understand the World

STOW, OH—(Feb. 2015)— Stow-Munroe Falls’ Kimpton Middle School students are using Google Cardboard to virtually understand the world.

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality experience developed by Google to use with your smartphone. The cardboard holds a smartphone in position and allows an individual to view images from around the world.

Science teacher Jen Fulton is teaching her students about plate boundaries by utilizing Google Cardboard in class. They are investigating how the Earth’s surface is shaped and how it has changed over time by the movement of plate tectonics.

“It is my hope to expand the students’ learning experience by finding opportunities for them to use the virtual reality device to learn,” said Fulton. “The students are enjoying the opportunity to visit new places and see the world. I would like to extend a special thank you to Superintendent Tom Bratten for purchasing the Google Cardboard.”

During advisory period, students are taking virtual field trips to locations around the world that are a result of plate boundaries, like mountain ranges, volcanoes and underwater.

Google Cardboard is helping the students learn by stimulating an intrinsic motivation to fully understand concepts. It inspires the students to ask the right questions and investigate new ideas.

Kimpton Middle School’s STEM department, specifically Dave Ternent, seventh-grade STEM teacher, is responsible for bringing the Google Cardboard learning idea to the school.

“Every day we are trying to find ways to incorporate the device during class,” said Fulton. “This is a cutting edge experience that we believe (thanks to research out there) students will be using in the workforce one day. We are trying to teach our students how to perform a job that doesn't even exist yet!”

For more information on Google Cardboard, please visit www.google.com/get/cardboard.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s Speech & Debate Team Qualifies for Nationals

STOW, OH—(Feb. 2015)— Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s Speech and Debate team recently competed in the Eastern Ohio National Speech and Debate League District Tournament to qualify for nationals. The national tournament will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah in June.

Out of the 33 students who competed at the district tournament, 21 students made it to the semi-finals round in Drama, Humor, International Extemp., Original Oratory and Duo Interpretation. Additionally, four students placed in the top eight in Public Forum debate.

“We competed in the fifth largest region in the U.S. in one of the most difficult "big" district competitions ever,” said Suzanne Theisen, English language arts teachers and speech and debate coach. “The students should be very pleased with themselves. The time and effort the team puts into preparing for the competitions is admirable. I am very proud of each of you.”

Since October, the team has competed in a minimum of two competitions per month. To prepare for the competitions, the students practice every night after school.

National qualifiers include Hannah Laubach and Mike Kinkoph in Public Forum Debate; Matt McCombs and Cam Stebbins in Duo Interpretation; and Madi Light and Sam Wilcox, also in Duo Interpretation. First alternate is Mitchell Norman in Humorous Interpretation and second alternate is Noah Barr in Informational Speaking.

Additionally, four students qualified to be Academic All Americans through the National Speech and Debate Association.

The speech and debate team follows the motto, “We work hard not because it is fun, but because of the fun it brings.”

The district competition for the congressional debate will be held on March 19 at Our Lady of the Elms. Students who compete and quality will join their teammates at the national tournament.

“Congratulations to the speech and debate team,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “I know a lot of hard work goes into preparing for the competitions. Good luck as you move on to the national tournament, we are honored to have you represent the district.”

For more information on the National Speech and Debate Tournament, please visit www.speechanddebate.org.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls High School Football Team Shovels Sidewalks for Local Senior Citizens

STOW, OHIO – (Feb. 2016) – The Stow-Munroe Falls High School football team recently teamed up with the City of Stow to lend a hand, and a shovel, to those who needed help shoveling their own sidewalks. This is the first year the team has done so, and overall it has been a positive experience for the whole community.

The City of Stow has long had a plow program for senior citizens who needed their driveways cleared. This year, those who signed up for the program were grouped into geographic clusters. Then, members of the football team who lived close by were assigned to those regions. After the City of Stow plowed a driveway, the football players would shovel the sidewalk and make a path from the front door of the house to the driveway.

“We go where we are needed, and each player is either assigned to houses or put on ‘shovel reserve,’” said Football Coach Mark Nori. “It has been a great program so far. I’m very proud of the students who have participated and we have received a lot of positive feedback.”

This year, almost 40 households registered for the program. The football players have been sent out twice this year, but they are ready to keep shoveling if it snows again.

At least four inches of snow has to fall before the football players are sent out to shovel. Additionally, the players are not sent out until 24 hours after the snow stops falling, in order to prevent students from driving on unsafe roads. The players are assigned geographically and can walk to most of houses they are assigned to.

Players who were able to participate include Mike Miranda, Andrew Shockling, Bennie Keener, Joe Radigan, Ryan Steinlechner, JR Atkinson, Paulo Gill, Joe Gobble, Aaron Moncheck, Terrian Wray and Rockwell Graehling. Athletic director, Cyle Feldman, and head football coach, Mark Nori, helped to organize the program with Nicholas Wren, Director of Public Service, for the City of Stow.

“I think the players really enjoyed this opportunity to work together,” Nori said. “Because they were assigned geographically, the players were working with teammates in different grades and classes. It worked as a fun team building exercise and a positive way to get the team involved in the community.”

Although the application to sign up for the plow program is closed for this year, citizens can sign up for next winter on the City of Stow website.

From Left to Right: Mike Miranda, Andrew Shockling, Athletic Director Cyle Feldman, Bennie Keener, Joe Radigan (with shovel), Ryan Steinlechner (with shovel), JR Atkinson, Paulo Gill, Joe Gobble, Coach Mark Nori, Aaron Moncheck, Terrian Wray, Rockwell Graehling

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, please visit www.smfschools.org.



The Stow-Munroe Falls City School District is hosting a Parent Information Night for all six elementary buildings on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Stow-Munroe Falls High School Auditorium. Parents of new kindergarten students (children must be 5 years old on or before August 1), are invited to attend this welcoming event to enjoy an evening with our elementary principals and kindergarten teachers. During the course of the evening, parents will have the opportunity to hear how to register their child for school and learn more about our kindergarten program. In addition, our kindergarten teachers will be on hand to answer any questions.

Parents of students who are not eligible (due to their age) may attend this event, however, they will need to obtain and submit an Early Entrance to Kindergarten Packet. These packets can be found by visiting our website at www.smfschools.org. Early entrance testing will occur in early May/June. Students not eligible for kindergarten (due to their age) will not register for kindergarten unless testing is complete and results indicate the student is qualified for kindergarten.

For families unable to attend, registration information will be posted on the district website beginning March 18. We look forward to meeting our new parents!


Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools will begin student registration for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year beginning March 18, 2016. Parents/Guardians may begin the enrollment process by visiting the District website www.smfschools.org , selecting the Parent and Enrollment tabs. The website will outline the three step process for enrollment:

Step 1: Schedule a time to register your child(ren) using the online calendar called Sign Up Genius located at the top of the Enrollment page on the website, or phone the Board of Education Registrar at (330) 689-5445.

Step 2: Enter your child(ren)’s enrollment information into Job Router, the District’s online enrollment program.

Step 3: Gather necessary documents required for student enrollment and bring them with you to your scheduled appointment. Details regarding required documents may be found on the website.

If you have questions regarding the enrollment process, please contact the Board of Education Office at (330) 689-5445. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kimpton Middle School’s Power of the Pen Team to Compete at Regionals

STOW, OH—(Feb. 2015)— On Jan. 17, Kimpton Middle School’s Power of the Pen team competed in the Interscholastic Tournament for young writers at Garfield Middle School. Eight students will be advancing to the regional tournament at Kent State University on Feb. 27.

The team competed in three 40-minute rounds of creative writing against 16 different schools, placing fourth.

“Congratulations to all of our writers,” said Leslie Shannon, Kimpton Middle School’s Title 1 teacher and Power of the Pen coach. “Each of you has an amazing gift and have made Kimpton very proud. You should be proud of yourselves as well. Good luck to the writers who are moving on to regionals!”

The Power of the Pen team included both seventh and eighth-graders. Seventh-grade members include Jillian Goeden, Kyra Raymond-Smith, Kaylee Lot and Lillian Fiedler, who placed second over all seventh-grade students, Emily Keyser who placed sixth and Vibha Mandayam who placed 12. Eighth-grade students include Arjun Mandayam, Bianca Tulley and Zachary Stratton, who placed ninth over all eighth-grade students, Kayla Flake, Charlie Johns and Daniella Ryden.

Students who will be moving on to regionals are Lillian Fiedler, Emily Keyser, Vibha Mandayam, Kaylee Lott, Zachary Stratton, Kayla Flake, Daniella Ryden and Arjun Mandayam.

Students don’t know ahead of time what prompts they will be given to develop a story at the tournaments, adding the element of surprise. This gives them the opportunity to use their creativity to develop a story in a short amount of time.

The team meets every Monday after school to practice for the tournaments. Coach Shannon also gives the students prompts to practice writing stories at home. The students bring in their writings for review at practice.

“Congratulations to the Power of the Pen team,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “This is a great way for our students to express themselves and use their creativity. Good luck to those competing at the regional tournament.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Kimpton Middle School Students Write Letters to Change the World

STOW, OH—(Feb. 2015)— Stow-Munroe Falls’ Kimpton Middle School seventh graders are exploring ways to change the world using words.

The students began the process by reading lyrics and listening to songs that have impactful messages on important topics. Some of the songs that were reviewed included Ebony and Ivory, Imagine, Let It Be, Peace Train, Where is the Love?, Where Do the Children Play?, Big Yellow Taxi and Hands Across America.

In addition, they discussed ways in which some of the most influential people such as Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, have used words to change the world.

Students were then asked to write a poem focusing on an issue they felt is wrong in our school, city, county or world that could be changed or fixed. Topics chosen included hunger, poverty, homelessness, animal abuse, war, bullying, racism, genderism, pollution and deforestation.

“This has been a great way for the students to discuss important topics,” said Pamela Groom, Kimpton Middle School’s language arts teacher. “They were able to see how a message that is worded the right way can change the way people view an issue.”

All poems were shared through Google Docs for the entire seventh-grade team to review. The students read each of their classmates’ poems and were asked to write a friendly letter to the student author explaining the connection they felt.

Additionally, students created murals as part of a group assignment. The murals were placed around the school along with the poem that the mural represented. Afterwards, the students researched authority figures who they could contact to help create a change on their issue.

The students then wrote to the authority figures using an argument paper format as to why a change needed to take place. Students had to use at least six credible sources to support their argument.

Some of the students received responses to their letters. City of Stow Mayor Sara Drew was among the individuals to respond.

On Thursday, Jan. 28, Mayor Drew made a visit to Kimpton to address their concerns.

“The students were very pleased with themselves for finding the words to influence Mayor Drew to respond,” said Groom. “I would like to extend a special thanks to Mayor Drew for visiting with our students. They truly appreciated having her visit and enjoyed taking pictures with her.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls City School District Conducting Phone Poll For Community Feedback

Earlier this week, the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District launched a phone poll, conducted by a third party, of randomly selected registered voters in the school district. Topics for community feedback include areas such as communication, safety, academics, facilities, technology and more.

As a district, we are interested in hearing feedback from the community. Our main goal is to get important input from residents and parents on how well they feel the district is doing in a number of areas. We want to know where we can improve as a district.

If you receive a call, we encourage you complete the survey.

Fishcreek Elementary School’s Student Council Hosts a Fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

STOW, OH—(Feb. 2015)— Beginning Feb. 1 through Feb. 19, Stow-Munroe Falls’ Fishcreek Elementary School’s student council is hosting a fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. All proceeds will benefit Akron Children’s Hospital to support its blood cancer research center and additional hospitals in the Cleveland area.

“We are excited to help support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s campaign,” said Ashley Heverly, Fishcreek Elementary School’s student council advisor. “This is our first year participating in the fundraiser and we look forward to seeing how much we can raise to benefit cancer research.”

Each student was given a change box to participate in the fundraiser. The students are encouraged to take their box home each night to collect change.

Every Friday, members of student council will collect the change boxes and total the amount of change that has been collected.

The class that contributes the most change will win an Olive Garden lunch which includes pasta, breadsticks and salad.

“This is a great way for our school to raise funds for an organization that helps individuals fight against blood cancers,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “The students are learning the importance of getting involved and helping to make a difference in the world.”

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

If you would like to learn more or get involved, please visit events.lls.org/pages/noh/FishcreekElementarySchool to donate online.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


35 Stow-Munroe Falls’ High School DECA Students Will Compete at the State Competition

STOW, OH—(Feb. 2016)—On Jan. 27, Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s DECA students competed in the annual District Competition held at The University of Akron.

The DECA team consists of 40 students who are coached by Stow-Munroe Falls’ business teachers Lisa Mowls and Carrie Harris.

Students competed against approximately 300 students in various business subjects at the district competition. Out of the 40 students who competed, 35 will continue to the state competition in March.

“We have a great group of students who work hard to represent the district,” said Mowls. “We are very proud of them and cannot wait for the state competition.”

Students who will be competing at the state level include Lauren Turschak, Grace Baumgardner, Kristina Kunarac, Madison Baughman, McKenzie Jones, Olivia Slama, Maddison McMurray, Madison Mills, Alexandra Tinkler, Leah Wooten, Megan Fragola, Madeline Fink, Christine Demarino, Kimberly Schirra, and Natalie Bovard. Left to right (second row): Faith Workman, Madison Ryan, Jack Miller, Ryan Chilinski, Brittany Nasea, Serena Ponas, Zane Obaid, Aangel Bickely, Dakhil Silmi, Shane Lavery, Justin Racheter, Desmond Elkins, Max Stillisano, Alex Seridan, Ryan Stone, Dominic Bruner, Mark Beeson, Brendan Hopgood, Mohammad Silmi, Kaely Montgomery, Stephen Hawthorne and Nishkam Joshi.

“Congratulations to all of the students who competed at the district competition,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to prepare for the competitions. Good luck to the students who will be moving on to the state competition!”

The state competition will be held on March 18-19 in Columbus, Ohio.

DECA is an organization for students enrolled in Marketing Education. It is designed to promote a total program of activities which develops leadership, teamwork skills and individual growth.

For more information on DECA, please visit www.ohiodeca.us.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls High School CADET Student Takes Third Place in Cuyahoga Valley Career Center’s Great Big Home & Garden Show

STOW, OHIO – (Jan. 2016) – Grant Roberts, a senior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, and his partner Jordyn Kapis, a senior at Kent Roosevelt High School, recently took third place overall in the Great Big Home & Garden Show’s 19th Annual Student Model Home Design Contest. The contest was hosted by the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center on January 22 and 23. Roberts and several other students from the Computer Aided Design and Engineering Technology (CADET) program at Roosevelt High School participated in the competition.

The CADET program, taught by Jeff Bee, is made up of students from several schools within the Sixth District Educational Compact.

The theme of the Student Model Home Design Contest was “The Great Right Sized House.” Students were challenged to design a 2,200 sq. ft. house to accommodate a young couple and their two children, a 16-year-old female and a 10-year-old male. The house had to be suitable for year-round occupation, designed for the Northeast Ohio area and incorporate green, smart technology in a modern style.

The students were also required to design the house featuring an above grade concrete home (ICF – Insulated Concrete Form) system, while incorporating appropriate and creative use of other building elements, such as energy efficient and environmentally conscious products and systems to reduce energy costs.

All student entries included a floor plan, elevation drawings and the scaled model homes. They were judged in 15 separate categories, including design, planning and innovations, energy-conserving

features, drawing presentation, model presentation, and exterior design.

Winning entries will be on display at the Great Big Home and Garden Show at the IX Center in Cleveland, which will take place February 5-14.

“Congratulations to Grant for achieving third place in the model home design contest,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “It is wonderful that he and other students are able to develop their professional and critical thinking skills in a real-world scenario through programs like the CADET program, and that they have such opportunities thanks to the Sixth District Educational Compact.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, please visit www.smfschools.org.

Kimpton Middle School Student Chosen for the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing & Multimedia Contest

STOW, OH—(Jan. 2015)— Karlee Jenkins of Stow-Munroe Falls’ Kimpton Middle School was recently selected as the winner for the seventh-grade writing competition for the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing & Multimedia Contest sponsored by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, with support from PNC, Honda of America and Wright State University.

Students were asked to focus their essays on ways people work together to understand each other, cooperate, spread peace and improve the world to create a “beloved community”. Approximately 500 entries were received and only one winner was selected from each grade level.

“In the future, I would like to start an organization that will feed the hungry in our community,” said Jenkins. “I would raise money to help it be a successful. I know there are other organizations that help individuals in need, but I feel like you can never have too many groups.”

Jenkins is a seventh-grade student at Kimpton Middle School. As part of the English language arts assignments, the students were required to write an essay to enter the contest.

“I think it’s important for the students to get involved in helping out in the community at an early age. Our generation has so many fresh ideas and if the community all works together we can create an even more beloved community.”

Jenkins’ essay shared many examples of how she works to create a beloved community. Through her Student Council activities, she has made cards for veterans, donated blankets to homeless shelters and helped new students get acclimated to the school. In addition, she explained that she volunteers her time to teach and clean up at the dance studio she attends.

She is in the process of working to end bullying and fighting at Kimpton. She always stands up for people and realizes how hurtful words can be.

“Karlee is a great example of the wonderful students we have in our district,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “This is an amazing accomplishment and Karlee should be very proud. I know she is going to bring a lot of positive change to both our district and the community.”

In February, an award ceremony will take place in Columbus where winning entries will be showcased and contest winners will be formally recognized. The ceremony will include a speech from Cynthia Dungey, Director or the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

For more information on the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing & Multimedia contest, please visit crc.ohio.gov.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Woodland teachers Traci Hricik and Nicole Marconi are recognized as part of this year's Chamber of Commerce Leadership class. These two outstanding teachers were chosen to represent SMFCSD this year and are incredible assets to our district. Please congratulate and thank them.

2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

The Stow-Munroe Falls City School District is hosting a Parent Information Night for all six elementary buildings on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 6-7 p.m. at the Stow-Munroe Falls High School Auditorium. Parents of new kindergarten students (children must be 5 years old on or before August 1st), are invited to attend this welcoming event to enjoy an evening with our elementary principals and kindergarten teachers. During the course of the evening, parents will have the opportunity to hear how to register their child for school and learn more about our kindergarten program. In addition, our kindergarten teachers will be on hand to answer any questions.

Parents of students who are not eligible (due to their age) may attend this event, however, they will need to obtain and submit an Early Entrance to Kindergarten Packet. These packets can be found by visiting our website at www.smfschools.org. Early entrance testing will occur in early May/June. Students not eligible for kindergarten (due to their age) will not register for kindergarten unless testing is complete and results indicate the student is qualified for kindergarten.

For families unable to attend, registration information will be posted on the district website beginning March 18th. We look forward to meeting our new parents!

Stow-Munroe Falls High School Student and Teacher Build New Lost and Found Bench for Highland Elementary School

STOW, OH—(Jan. 2015)— At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, Meghan Graziano, Highland Elementary School principal approached Garrett Mattes, Stow-Munroe Falls High School Woods I and Advanced Woodworking teacher, to build a new lost and found bench for the elementary school.

“I grew up in Stow and went to Highland Elementary School so I jumped at the opportunity to help build the bench,” said Mattes. “It’s always a pleasure to give back to the school district that I attended. Each school year, I try to get my Advanced Woodworking class involved in at least one major project.”

Mattes presented Graziano’s idea to the various carpentry classes to see if anyone would be interested in building the bench. Senior Ian Schloss, who also attended Highland Elementary School, volunteered.

Based on ideas from Principal Graziano, Schloss and Mattes came up with a design. Once the design was developed, they determined the materials that would be needed. The materials were delivered to the school by Hartville Hardware.

During the first semester, Schloss built the bench to fulfill the requirements for his second nine weeks grade.

Over the years, the Advanced Woodworking classes have built many things for the district including the lifting platforms that are located in the weight room, the Joshua’s Restaurant sign that is hanging outside the restaurant and the long benches in the JV Baseball dugouts. In addition, the students have built projects for the Munroe Falls Police and Fire Departments.

“I want to extend a special thanks to Ian and Garrett for donating their time to build our bench,” said Graziano “It is exactly what we were looking for and it’s a great addition to our school. Thank you to the Highland PTA for donating the money needed for this project.”

Woods I is available to all students who are interested in taking the carpentry classes at the high school. Once students pass Woods I,they are encouraged to sign up for Advanced Woodworking where they are allowed to build a project of their choosing.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Highland Elementary First Graders Donate PJs and Books with Scholastic Pajama Drive

STOW, OHIO – (Jan. 2015) – First graders at Highland Elementary in Leslie Detweiler’s and Jennifer Dudley’s classes recently participated in One Million Good Nights, a pajama drive sponsored by Scholastic Books. The concept behind the program is that every child deserves a good night’s sleep, starting with a bedtime story and warm pajamas. For every pair of pajamas the students donated, Scholastic Books donated a new book to a child in need.

“We chose the Akron Battered Women’s Shelter to receive the pajamas, as often those individuals arrive with just the clothes on their backs,” Detweiler said. “We delivered 30 new pair of pajamas to the children staying at the shelter on Christmas Eve. The administrators were so excited they couldn’t stop smiling!”

The Akron Battered Women’s Shelter will also match each donation by donating $15-$20 for every pair of pajamas they receive. When the drive ends, the new books that Scholastic donated will be delivered to the shelter.

Detweiler said the plan for next year is to start collecting pajamas earlier and try to get more classes and more community members involved. First graders at Highland celebrated the success of their pajama drive with a pajama party.

“Giving is more important than receiving. First grade students are not too young to start learning that,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “It is fantastic that these students were able to see that lesson in action while also helping those in our community who need it the most.”

For more information about Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, visit www.smfschools.org.


Kimpton Middle School STEM Club Students Work to Create 3D Prosthetic Hands for Underprivileged Children in the US and Developing Countries

STOW, OH—(Jan. 2016)— Stow-Munroe Falls’ Kimpton Middle School’s STEM club students are learning how to create prosthetic hands for underprivileged children in the US and developing countries.

By creating and printing the hands using the in-house 3D printer, students can print the hands for less than $10. The STEM students are currently looking to partner with Project e-NABLE, a global network of volunteers who use their 3D printers, design skills, and personal time to create free 3D printed prosthetic hands for those in need. All volunteers have the same goal in mind – to provide prosthetic hands for underserved populations around the world.

“STEM offers our students amazing hands-on opportunities to solve problems,” said David Ternent, Kimpton Middle School’s seventh-grade STEM teacher. “The students enjoy getting to work on the various projects in STEM. The class gives them the chance to work with equipment that they don’t normally get to use.”

As part of their Exploratory rotation, students take STEM for nine weeks then move on to another class. In addition, 35 students have joined STEM Club. Every Thursday, the club members work on STEM projects after school.

The students enjoy working on the various projects including robotics, 3D printing of various models, tests in wind tunnels and hydroponics. In addition, they have worked with rube goldberg machines and drones and competed in gravity racer challenges at Derby Downs in Akron.

“This is an exciting time for our students to gain hands-on learning,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “STEM offers a wonderful opportunity for our district to help individuals in need while furthering our student’s knowledge and skills.”

Kimpton’s first 3D printer was purchased by their previous principal, Jim Saxer. An additional two printers were purchased though a grant which Ternent and Jake Miller, previous eighth-grade STEM teacher, wrote to the GAR Foundation. The school received almost $15,000 for 3D printers, tablets and supplies to design, print and test Aerospace Models including planes and space capsules.

For more information on Project e-NABLE, please visit, www.enablingthefuture.org.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Bulldog Bags Inc. to Launch in January for Grades K-4

STOW, OH—(Dec. 2015)— Starting January 2016, Stow-Munroe Falls’ six elementary school buildings will begin offering a weekend food assistance program through Bulldog Bags, Inc. The program will be available to students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Laura Root and Jan Mather, both members of United Methodist Church in Stow, recognized the growing need for the district to offer a food pantry. Gary Spring, University of Akron Law professor, volunteered his time to complete the 501©3 application process.

As cited in an Ohio.com article, Root stated “people sometimes don’t recognize here in the city we have a tremendous number of children eligible [for subsidized lunches]. It’s pretty striking, the need for food security that we have in our community.”

While waiting for the city to approve the 501©3, local businesses, churches, civic organizations and the city have joined forces to help offer assistance to the students in need. Once the application has been approved, Bulldog Bags, Inc. will work with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

The school district will handle the distribution of all bags to the students. Volunteers are needed to help assemble the bags each month. If you would like to help, please email bulldogbags44224@gmail.com.

“We are so fortunate to be surrounded by local community members and organizations that help our students,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “This is a wonderful community that looks out for everyone and I am glad to be a part of it. It’s essential for our students to have the food and nutrients they need to concentrate and achieve their best.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Final Four!

Congratulations to the Bulldog football team on an amazing 38-16 win against the Olentangy Braves at Arlin Field in Mansfield! This puts them in the final four against St. Ed's next Saturday, the farthest the football team has ever made it in the playoffs. What an accomplishment!

"The way the team played tonight was incredible," said Cyle Feldman, athletic director. "It was a fun and exciting game. I want to thank the entire Stow-Munroe Falls community for the support they've shown the team. We had four fan buses there tonight, along with the band and so many others. It was a great event for everyone."

Go Bulldogs!

Marlene Beckley Named NewsChannel5 Teacher of the Week

Marlene Beckley, fifth grade teacher at Lakeview Intermediate School, was named as NewsChannel5 Teacher of the Week for the week of November 16. Ohio Savings Bank sponsored the award, which included a certificate and a $50 gift card to Omaha Steaks.

Beckley was nominated by one of the students in her class, Paige Galperin. Galperin had to write an essay detailing why she thought Beckley should be honored as Teacher of the Week.

“Mrs. Beckley was the first teacher who showed me that learning can be really fun,” Galperin said. “I like her class because I like the different out-of-the-box activities that we do. She makes learning awesome.”

Beckley said that she was completely surprised at receiving the award and enjoys having Galperin in her class.

“I believe that every student should learn something new every day,” Beckley said. “I sincerely enjoy getting to know my students and seeing each as wonderfully unique persons who help build the vibrant community of learning that I strive to provide.”

Superintendent Tom Bratten, Principal Andrew Yanchunas and Keith Viers, second vice president and branch manager of Ohio Savings Bank, presented Beckley with her award.

“Marlene has a passion for teaching that is as strong now as it was on her first day,” Yanchunas said. “I think that she learns as much from her students every day as they do from her. Congratulations to Marlene, she has truly earned this award.”

Jayson Gobble Interviewed for High School Sports Insider

High school student and football player Jayson Gobble was interviewed for High School Sports Insider, a show featured on the Stow-Munroe Falls SportsChannel. Please watch and enjoy the full interview below.

Earlier this week, Hudson City Schools’ Superintendent Phil Herman made good on a bet and wore Stow-Munroe Falls Bulldogs’ gear to the county superintendents’ meeting. The terms of the bet were that whichever football team lost the Hudson/Stow football game, that superintendent would wear the opposing school’s spirit attire. Thanks to Mr. Herman for being a good sport, and we think he looks great as a Bulldog!

Echo Hills Elementary Teacher Silvia Gehring Named as a 2015 Autism Ambassador

STOW, OHIO – (November 2015) – Silvia Gehring, life skills teacher at Echo Hills Elementary School, has been named as one of the 2015 Autism Ambassadors by the Autism Society of Greater Akron. The Autism Society of Greater Akron is a chapter of the national Autism Society, an organization dedicated to increasing the quality of life for all individuals living with autism.

The Autism Ambassadors are chosen based on their work in helping to progress the Autism Society’s 15 Quality of Life goals, which include health and wellness, helping make social connections, inclusion, recreation and leisure and community acceptance.

Gehring was nominated by the parent of a former student for her work on inclusion.

Gehring began a “reverse inclusion” program, where kids from other classes join her life skills class and work with Gehring’s students. The students also have lunch and recess buddies so that they continue creating relationships outside of the classroom.

“I try to create authentic, meaningful inclusion experiences for students with disabilities, including those with autism,” Gehring said. “These experiences create true interaction that doesn’t naturally occur in a classroom setting. Students are building relationships. It’s awe inspiring for me to watch young people, students in third and fourth grade, what they do in terms of interacting with our kids.”

“It’s so important to give back and change lives. And I hope I am doing that by supporting, supervising and guiding my students,” Gehring said. “I want my kids to feel that they are a part of something. Everyone deserves to feel like they are part of something.”

Gehring will be recognized at a luncheon at the Autism Summit on Nov. 13.

“We are honored to have Silvia in our schools working with our students. She has been teaching special education for 32 years and is incredibly deserving of this recognition,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “Congratulations and thanks to Silvia for her hard work and dedication to our students.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Fishcreek and Indian Trail Girls Learn Valuable Life Lessons Through Northeast Ohio’s Girls on the Run Program

STOW, OH— (Oct. 2015)—Stow-Munroe Falls’ Indian Trail and Fishcreek Elementary Schools are currently participating in the Northeast Ohio Girls on the Run (GOTR) program, for third through fifth-grade students.

“The GOTR program teaches the girls important life lessons and skills they can use at practice, school and at home,” said Hillary Flohr, Fishcreek Elementary School coach and first-grade teacher. “If you had the opportunity to attend a practice, you would hear the girls talking about their feelings, expressing gratitude and using positive self talk. At the same practice you would also see them smiling, cooperating, cheering for their teammates, building lasting friendships and laughing together! The best part about the program is that it incorporates workouts with the lessons so the girls are running, walking, jogging and skipping while practicing these skills.”

Over a period of 10 weeks, the girls meet two times a week after school at both Indian Trail and Fishcreek.

During these practices, the girls play games, run and get tips from their coaches on valuable life lessons.

These lessons include tips on recognizing their power and responsibility to be intentional in decision making; embracing their differences; expressing joy, optimism and gratitude through words, thoughts and actions; nurturing physical, emotional and spiritual health; leading life with an open heat; and standing up for themselves and others.

When the girls were asked what they enjoy most about the program they stated making new friends, working as a team, cheering each other on, learning new things and feeling special.

At the end of the 10 weeks, the girls participate in a 5K event. The fall 5K will be held at Mayfield High School on Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Girls on Track is a GOTR program tailored for sixth through eighth-grade girls. In spring of 2016, this program will be focusing on a new version called, Heart & Sole. The lessons will focus on more mature topics including eating disorders, internet safety, relationships, cyber-bullying and tobacco and alcohol use. At the end of the 10 weeks, the girls will also complete the GOTR 5K.

“I enjoy watching the girls become friends with one another and completing their running goals throughout the season,” said Flohr. “It’s a rewarding feeling when the girls come to practice and share examples of a time they used something they learned at practice. I also enjoy when the girls cross the finish line at the 5K, it is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment for the girls and the coaches.”

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. The Northeast Ohio program currently serves Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties.

Spring registration begins in February. For more information or to register for the GOTR spring program, please visit www.gotrnortheastohio.org.

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.


Stow-Munroe Falls Elementary Schools Participate in Global Read Aloud

STOW, OHIO—(Oct. 2015)—Students in five of Stow-Munroe Falls elementary schools are participating with nearly half-a-million students across the country and world during the annual Global Read Aloud. Started in 2010 by a teacher who was born in Sweden and grew up in the United States, the project connects students across the world as classrooms connect with one another through online tools like Skype, Google Classroom and more.

“It’s amazing to see the excitement on the students faces when they are talking to students thousands of miles away about the same book,” said Kristen Fudale, academic integration specialist in grades K-4. “Not only are they learning how reading can be an enjoyable activity, they are able to see how this is happening all over the world, giving them a more global perspective.
This is something we want incorporate every year, while expanding it across the district.”

The youngest students participated in an author study, reading five books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. In Riverview, Fishcreek, Woodland, Indian Trail and Echo Hills Elementary Schools, grades two through four either read The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes or Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

Stow-Munroe Falls Schools started participating in Global Read Aloud this October. This year’s students talked to kids from places like Maine and New Zealand, sharing their thoughts about the book and classroom photos and videos.

The teachers decide how their classroom will connect with others, whether it’s through social media or specific education-based online tools and apps.

The classes can also do a “mystery Skype,” where they connect with another classroom somewhere in the world and each class tries to figure out where the other class is located by sharing facts and clues. Through this method, the students can learn new facts about different places and cultures.

“This is an exciting example of how our schools are using 21st-Century learning techniques in the classroom,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “Our teachers no longer have to rely on static facts to teach, but rather, students can learn and become well-versed in other cultures by talking to students just like them from thousands of miles away.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, visit www.smfschools.org.



Congratulations to the Bulldog football team and coaching staff on an awesome season! The last undefeated season for Stow-Munroe Falls High School was 1980; before that, it was 1962. What an accomplishment for the 2015 football team!

The district is proud of the hard work, dedication and sportsmanship the team has shown this year.

Next up: playoffs!

The first playoff game will be held at Stow-Munroe Falls on Saturday, Nov. 7. The opposing team has not been announced.

“This basically starts a second season for our team,” said Mark Nori, head football coach. “They’ve come a long way, but have a lot of work left to do. I’m very proud of what they’ve accomplished so far and look forward to the playoffs.”

Go Bulldogs!

Two Stow-Munroe Falls Teachers Nominated for Awards at Annual Education Celebration

STOW, OHIO—(Oct. 2015)—Echo Hills Elementary teacher Amanda Cargioli and Riverview Elementary teacher Katie Swanger were both nominated by the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District for awards at Tuesday night’s Summit Educational Service Center’s (ESC) Annual Summit County Educational Celebration.

Amanda Cargioli

Cargioli was in the running for the Teacher of the Year Award and was named to the All-County Teaching Team, while Swanger was a nominee for the Rookie of the Year Award.

“While neither of our teachers won in their categories, we are proud of the hard work they do and how much they care about the academic success of their students,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten.

“Ms. Cargioli and Ms. Swanger are two of the many great educators in our district and we are grateful for

the men and women who have dedicated their lives to preparing our students for the future.”

Each principal throughout the district submitted their candidates for Teacher of the Year and Rookie of the Year to the superintendent, who then picked one in each category to submit to the Summit ESC.

In Cargioli’s nomination, Principal David Ulbricht praised how she helps the youngest learners excel with complex topics. Her kindergarteners regularly engage in reading and writing activities that foster a love of language and her partnership with the primary Life Skills classroom has created inclusive learning opportunities, along with important lessons on empathy and friendship. She is also an active leader among her colleagues and within the Echo Hills PTA.

Katie Swanger

Swanger is described as “energetic and inspiring,” known for her passion for education and ensuring that her students are learning. A teacher who cares for her students, she uses her level of teaching experience to create a fun and educational classroom environment. Principal Traci Kosmach said she has a “teacher’s heart” and believes she is “one of those teachers who has the inexpressible quality all teachers strive for.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, visit www.smfschools.org.


WKYC Meteorologist Marcus Walter Visits Second Graders at Indian Trail Elementary School

STOW, OHIO—(Oct. 2015)—The second-grade students at Indian Trail Elementary School were excited to

welcome Marcus Walter, a meteorologist from WKYC Channel 3, to speak on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

He did a presentation using interactive maps, calling kids up and using them to model how the earth spins and moon rotates. Kids were active participants, learning about cloud maps, radar maps and showing them what he looks at to determine if and when rain is coming.

“All of our students had a great time and loved talking to Mr. Walter about the weather and being a meteorologist,” said Kathleen Campopiano, second-grade teacher. “We were very impressed with his professionalism and how great he was with the kids. We are excited to establish a relationship and continue this program.”

Part of the second-grade curriculum at Indian Trail includes a weather and earth science unit, focusing on how changes in energy influence weather patterns and how to use these factors in forecasting the weather. They also cover how to measure and keep track of weather patterns using data and graphs.

Walter visited with students for an hour-and-a-half, talking about the basics and getting into topics such as air pressure, hurricanes and tornados. He took a long time to answer every question the students asked him about weather and his career.

Along with Mrs. Campopiano’s class, students from Mrs. Shannon Hartman’s and Mrs. Mary Ellen Nyszczy’s classes participated in the visit.

“We appreciate Mr. Walter and WKYC for taking time to visit with our students,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten. “This was an amazing opportunity for our students to ask questions and enhance their learning with the help of a well-respected meteorologist. This is a great example of how our teachers and schools use new ideas to further their students’ academic success.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, visit www.smfschools.org.


Welcome to 2015-2016 New Faculty and Staff!

Transportation Department Bus Inspection Finds No Violations, NewsChannel5 REPORTS

Congratulations to Larry Connelly and the entire transportation department! The Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools ranked second in annual inspection performance of its buses passing with no violations, according to a report by NewsChannel5 that aired last night. The safety of our students is our top priority. We appreciate the hard work of our transportation team to ensure our students are safe on their way to and from school. For the full story, visitwww.newsnet5.com.