Bee Informed

Newsletter from Medina City Schools-November 30, 2020

Bee Informed

The Bee Informed is a newsletter for Medina City Schools' parents, students and community members in an effort to keep the District informed of important information and events.

Back-to-School Student Information Update

The District requires that you confirm your contact information and sign off on all of the necessary paperwork each school year for each student enrolled. All parents or guardians must complete the Registration Gateway Back-to-School update. To complete your student's update, please click on this link.

Medina High School December Student of the Month

Medina High School senior Lucy O’Cull has been named December Student of the Month. She is bright, hardworking, conscientious, a natural leader, and a role model to her fellow classmates. Lucy believes leadership is built upon the connections that you create with others. She is committed to building meaningful relationships with her classmates, teachers, coaches, and community leaders. She goes out of her way to help others, even staying after her school day ends, to tutor students in her class.

Lucy is a National Merit Commended Scholar. Her class schedule consists of Advance Placement courses. She is a member of the National Honor Society, HOPE Squad, Student Council Secretary, a student leader in HUDDLE/SHUDDLE, a member of Link Crew, and a two-year member of the Medina High School Video Production team. In addition, she volunteers with Top Soccer Medina, youth lacrosse camp, and has served on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee. Lucy is a four-year member of the Girls Cross Country team and lettered in both Girls Cross Country and Girls Lacrosse. In her spare time, she volunteers in the Joyce B. Ebner Tutoring Center as a peer tutor and works at Circles on the Square.

After graduation, Lucy plans on attending college majoring in biomedical engineering. Lucy is the daughter of Ryan and Kate O’Cull.

Registration for the Medina Online Digital Academy Is Now Open For Second Semester

Registration for the Medina Online Digital Academy (MODA) is now open for the second semester. To register, please click on the links below. The deadline is December 3.

Elementary Second Semester MODA Registration Form (Grades Pre-K (on IEP) through 5

Secondary Second Semester MODA Registration Form (Grades 6-12)

Art 1.11 Auction Underway

Each year, Medina High School is host to the performance art show Art 1.11. Paintings from the prior year's performance go up for auction to raise funds for scholarships for seniors planning to continue in the field of art. This year, there are 46 paintings available with bids starting at $40.00. The online auction bidding ends on January 11, 2021. To place a bid, please visit:

This year's event has been canceled due to the pandemic but will hopefully return in 2022.

Peer Tutoring Available

Peer tutoring will once again be available this school year through the Joyce B. Ebner Tutoring Center (located at Medina High School) for all high school students. This program is made possible thanks to the continued support of the Medina City Schools Foundation. As in the past, tutoring will be available in all subject matters. In addition, preparation for the ACT and SAT is also available.

Students will be paired with National Honor Society students and other honors students. They will meet one to two times per week depending on their schedules. In addition, optional virtual tutoring will be available.

Tutoring applications are available online or at Medina High School in the Tutoring Center. All tutoring sessions will be coordinated through Carolyn Grenfell, Tutoring Center Director. Interested students and/or parent/guardians should contact Carolyn Grenfell at

Medina City Schools Mobile App

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Board of Education Meeting Calendar

Monday, December 7, 2020

Board of Education Work Session

6:00 PM

Monday, December 21, 2020

Board of Education Regular Meeting

6:00 PM

The District and the Board of Education feels it is important to continue holding meetings of the Board. During this time, upcoming meetings will be held virtually for the public via Facebook Live, YouTube, and on Armstrong Channel 201. Currently, public comments can be made through Zoom. A link will be provided during the meeting with comments taken during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Replays of the meeting will then be available on Medina City Schools' YouTube Channel Armstrong Channel 201, and MedinaTV Facebook page.

Medina City Schools Hall of Fame Committee Names Inductees to the Class of 2020

The Medina City Schools' Hall of Fame Committee recently selected the inductees to the Class of 2020. The Hall of Fame recognizes and honors individuals who have made important contributions and provided extraordinary service to their community and chosen field. This honor also recognizes non-graduates who have served as positive role models to students of the Medina City Schools and significantly promoted and supported the District.

There are five categories in which individuals can be nominated: Academic/Career/Life Accomplishments; Athletic Accomplishments; Cultural/Performing Arts; Special Honorary Achievement; and Major Contributions to the Medina City Schools. The 2020 inductees are honored in the following categories: Mitch Lehman, Academic/Career/Life Accomplishments; Athletic Accomplishments, Taylor Burke; Cultural/Performing Arts, Richard Doyle all of which are Medina High School graduates. Major Contributions to the Medina City Schools, Dr. J. Bradley Garner; and David Knight, Special Honorary Achievement. These individuals will officially be inducted into the Medina City Schools' Hall of Fame during a ceremony in the fall of 2021. For more information, please contact Amy Busby at or Jeanne Pritchard at

Medina High School Student Council Members Participate in LEAD Spark National Student Council Virtual Conference

LEAD Spark hosted a virtual event on November 20-21, 2020 bringing together and inspiring almost 4,000 National Student Council students and advisors from all over the world to carry out their mission to make a difference in their schools and communities.

Four Medina High School students, junior Bryn Heath, sophomore Delaney Fogle, sophomore Lexi Davis Romine, and freshman Taylor Nicol represented Medina along with Student Council advisor Laura Calaiacovo. Uplifting national motivational speakers talked about continuing to be leaders and motivators even though school may look a little different this year.

“It was great to be able to give the kids something positive and encourage them to keep working together even when Student Council looks a lot different this year. Leadership skills need to continue to be developed and kids can still make a difference in their school and community,’’ stated Calaiacovo.

When asked what she learned from the conference Fogle commented, “As a generation, we adapt faster and can lead better because of our circumstances. We want to make a difference and care a lot about the people around us.’’

Nicol responded, ’’Building resilience is an important skill that we all need to have and COVID-19 is teaching us how to bounce back from difficult situations.’’ Medina High School Student Council hopes to have the opportunity to participate in additional virtual leadership conferences during the course of this school year.

Medina High School Recognized by Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) as Gold Standard School for Financial Literacy Education

Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a leading non-profit provider of financial education curriculum and teacher professional development, has recognized Medina High School as a Gold Standard School for requiring all students to take at least one semester of personal finance before graduation.

With fewer than 1 in 5 students nationwide (18.3%) receiving this level of access to a comprehensive financial education in high school today, Medina High School is one of just 1,247 NGPF Gold Standard or Future Gold Standard Schools.

Outside of the five states (Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia) that currently require their high school students to take a personal finance class for at least one semester, the responsibility falls on individual schools and school districts like Medina High School to ensure all students take this common-sense course. Outside of these five mandated states, fewer than 1 in 10 high school students (9.3%) are required to take at least one semester of personal finance to graduate. This further highlights Medina High School’s achievement of the Gold Standard.

Medina Century Cycles Donates Bicycles to Claggett Middle School

Thank you to Century Cycles for their generous donation of bikes for use in Claggett's physical education classes.

After Prom Committee Selling Class of 2021 Signs

The Medina High School After Prom Committee is once again selling Senior Yard Signs for the Class of 2021. This is the largest fundraiser for After Prom and although we are in uncertain times, the committee is still going forward with planning and fundraising for this safe, drug & alcohol-free event. The sale of the yard signs will begin on Monday, October 26th. The cost of each sign is $15. For complete details and to place an order, please click on this link.

Boosters Corner

Are you looking for Medina-themed gifts this holiday season? The Medina Boosters Store is offering Medina masks, gaiters, and water bottles. Go to and click on Masks and Gaiters to find out more. Support a local Medina business owned by Medina alumni. All proceeds from sales of these items go toward the team of your choice.

The Medina Athletic Boosters would also like to welcome Oswald Companies as their newest Gold sponsor for the 2020-21 school year. Oswald Medina was established in 2016 as a result of a merger with the Hoffman Group, an Ohio based Insurance firm founded in 1919. Oswald Medina is a full-service risk management firm and insurance broker focusing on Property & Casualty Insurance, Employee Benefits, Personal Client Management, Retirement Plan Services, and Life Insurance. Find out more on or follow the Boosters on Twitter @medinaboosters