Bee Informed

Newsletter from Medina City Schools-October 9, 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. Historically, this newsletter has been published on a monthly basis. To be sure timely information is being provided, this newsletter will now be published bi-monthly.

October Student of the Month

Medina High School senior Brandon Schramm has been named October Student of the Month. He is intellectually gifted, has a readiness for learning, and a passion for new information. He raises the bar for himself and his peers and is admired for his character and integrity. Brandon is a diligent, committed academic student but more importantly, he is kind and thoughtful. He has the rare skill of sharing his talents with students that he tutors in such a way that they feel confident and valued. He is the epitome of what it means to be a successful student at Medina High School.

Brandon is a 2021 Commended National Merit Scholar and has received a perfect score of 36 on the ACT in his sophomore year. His class schedule consists of Advanced Placement (AP) and College Credit Plus (CCP) courses and he is currently ranked first out of 534 in his class.

In addition, Brandon Is a member of the National Honor Society, has been a Link Crew Leader, and a Student Council representative. He is a member of the Boys Cross Country team, has run track, and plays recreational basketball and Ultimate Frisbee. Brandon volunteers in the Joyce B. Ebner Tutoring Center as a peer tutor, the Mary Grace Memorial Foundation Race with Grace, and at St. Francis as an altar server. In his spare time, he tutors students in Algebra, Calculus, and helps students prepare for the ACT test.

After graduation, Brandon plans on attending college majoring in either biochemistry or molecular biology on the path to medical school. He is the son of Kevin and Sara Schramm.

Ella Canavan Elementary School Turns 60

This month, Ella Canavan Elementary School turns 60 years old. The school, built in 1959-1960, was the first new school to open in the District and was named after beloved kindergarten teacher, Miss Ella Canavan and formally dedicated on October 9, 1960.

Unity Day: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Unity Day is Wednesday, October 21. Wear and share orange to prevent bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

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 on line 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

"When Big Yellow Stops, Everyone Stops"-Distracted Driving

With buses back on the road, it is important to stay alert especially when students are waiting for their bus at a stop or traveling to and from school on a bus. The video below discusses distracted driving.
Medina City Schools Bus Safety: Distracted Driving

Medina City Schools Mobile App

Want Medina City Schools information right at your finger tips? Download the mobile app available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

Board of Education Meeting Calendar

Monday, October 19, 2020

Board of Education Regular Monthly Meeting

6:00 p.m.

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.

Upcoming Fundraisers

Flyer Central

Get the latest community event information on Flyer Central.

Medina Boosters Corner

Congratulations to Jen Hamula of Medina, winner of the 2020 Chevrolet Trax in the Medina Athletic Boosters 2020 Car Raffle. The car is courtesy of Serpentini Chevrolet of Medina. Thanks to the efforts of the Medina student-athletes and members of the Medina High School Student Council, and online sales, the Boosters were able to sell over 2,000 entries to the raffle.

"Being supportive of the community that supports us is something our organization has always taken seriously in every community we are in," said Jason Anderson, general manager of Serpentini Chevrolet of Medina. "The kids and families that benefit from fundraisers like these are the future of our community. This is something we look forward to doing for many years to come. GO BEES!"

Pictured: Medina resident Jen Hamula celebrates winning the Medina Boosters Car Raffle and a 2020 Chevy Trax courtesy of Serpentini Chevrolet of Medina.

Medina Boosters Corner, Con't.

The Medina Athletic Boosters use fundraising dollars to help pay for important projects for the Athletic Department. The most important project received is yearly installment last month when Athletic Director Todd Hodkey was presented with a check for $50,000 to pay for new uniforms for the high school and middle school athletes. Every team is on a minimum four-year rotation to give every athlete the chance to wear new clothing during their high school career.

Pictured: Vice President-Sponsorship Crell Johns (left) and Boosters President Tom Delac '90 (right) presented Athletic Director Todd Hodkey with a check for $50,000 for new uniforms for Medina High School and middle school sports teams.