A.I. Root Middle School

September Newsletter

Chromebook Insurance

All students who received a school issued Chromebook were assessed a $30 charge for insurance. Families have the opportunity to OPT-OUT if they choose too.

If you would like to OPT-OUT: Please complete the attached form with all information listed if you would like to OPT-OUT of the $30 Chromebook insurance. This form MUST be completed by September 15, 2021 or the $30 insurance will stay billed to your school fees.

Opting Out - Click here

New Associate Principal

Dear Root Families,

It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as your new associate principal. I am very excited to continue my work at AI Root Middle School this year in this new role. I am committed to working in a partnership with Mr. Farson, the students, the parents, and the staff to nurture the academic, social and emotional development of each of our students.

I am thrilled and privileged to be a part of this wonderful community. I have sixteen years of educational experience spanning grades K-6, with a specific concentration in special education. My most recent educational experience was as an intervention specialist in 6th grade here at AI Root.

On a personal note, my husband and I are the proud parents of Trent, eleven, and Grace, who is eight. They keep us busy and always on our toes. My husband can be found on the sidelines at Medina High School athletics as one of the athletic trainers.

I am passionate, energetic, and love what I do! As we continue to encourage families to be partners in the educational process, my door will always be open. I look forward to meeting the wonderful students and families of AI Root Middle School as we start the school year.

Terri Horton

Welcome New Staff

Murphy Vance

Hometown: Brunswick, Ohio

HS Graduated from: Walsh Jesuit High School

College Graduated from: University of Findlay

Subject Teaching: Math

Jeremy Thompson

Hometown: Wadsworth, Ohio

HS Graduated from: Wadsworth High School

College Graduated from: University of Akron

Subject Teaching: Special Education

Jess Mitchell

Hometown: North Royalton, Ohio

HS Graduated from: North Royalton High School

College Graduated from: Kent State University

Subject Teaching: Language Arts

Jill Hopkins

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

HS Graduated from: St. Augustine Academy

College Graduated from: Undergrad- Ashland University,

Masters- Cleveland State University

Subject Teaching: Special Education

Denise Gebe

Hometown: Richfield, Ohio

HS Graduated from: Revere High School

College Graduated from: The Ohio State University and

University of North Carolina,-Charlotte

Subject Teaching: Special Education

Brian Fozio

Hometown: North Royalton, Ohio

HS Graduated from: North Royalton High School

College Graduated from: Baldwin Wallace University

Subject Teaching: Language Arts

Laura Evangelista

Hometown: Paulding, Ohio

HS Graduated from: Paulding High School

College Graduated from: Undergrad - Bowling Green State University,

Masters - Cleveland State University

Subject Teaching: Special Education

Jodi Dobben

Hometown: Norton, Ohio

HS Graduated from: Norton High School

College Graduated from: University of Akron

Subject Teaching : Language Arts

Picture Day

September 16, 2021

Online Ordering:



Team Webpage Links

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8th Grade Teams




Green & Gold

Important Dates

Monday, September 6 - No School / Labor Day

Thursday, September 16 - Picture Day

Friday, October 8 - No School

Friday, October 15 - End of Nine Weeks

Thursday, October 21 - Parent / Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 28 - Parent / Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 12 - Picture Re-Takes

We Need You!

Medina City Schools is looking for a few good employees. We have several jobs that are perfect for parents with school aged children. Our Cafeteria Servers and Cooks normally work between 2.5-5.0 hours a day and are generally done working by 1:30 p.m. We also need Support Paraprofessionals who act as lunchroom, recess or study hall monitors. These positions range from 2.25-4.5 hours a day with most being during midday hours.

If you are looking for full time work with a good benefits package, we are in need of Custodians and a Repairperson in the Maintenance department. Both of these jobs would likely be 2nd shift with a start time between 2:30-3:15 p.m.

An on-line application for these positions can be accessed at: www.medinaoh.org/job-opportunites or the Medina Civil Service office at 132 N Elmwood.

If you are looking for more flexibility in a work schedule, we are also in need of support staff substitutes and have just received approval for an increase in the substitute pay rates. For additional information about subbing, please contact Deb Nelsen at (330)636-3013.

School Based Health

The Akron Children's Hospital School-Based Health Center will continue to offer in-person well-child visits, including recommended immunizations through your school district. These appointments are offered monthly during normal school hours at your child's school.

Telehealth services are also available daily to students during school hours for minor medical illnesses that occur while the student is in school.

To schedule an appointment or to obtain additional information on these services please contact the Akron Children's Hospital School-Based Health Center at 330-543-7242.

Please see the attachment for the School-Based Health Center flyer for additional information as well as consent forms for visits.


SBHC Consent Form

Food Service Information

The United States Department of Agriculture has once again extended FREE meal benefits to all students for the 2021-2022 school year. This means ALL enrolled A.I. Root Middle School students will be able to receive one lunch at no charge every day that school is in session.

All additional items, such as extras and a la carte items are available for purchase. Students must have funds in their meal account or cash to make these purchases. Students will NOT be allowed to charge extras or a la carte items.

For additional information, including menus, please see the Food Service & Child Nutrition Webpage

Together We Rise