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May/June Garfield Gazette - Lakewood City Schools


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May/June Garfield Gazette - Lakewood City Schools

  1. 1. 140970141605 GARFIELD GAZETTE May/June, 2009Mark Walter PrincipalCatherine White, Assistant PrincipalMary Kay Marcuse, CounselorAbby O’Connor, Counselor Garfield Middle School 13114 Detroit Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107 Phone (216) 529-4241 Fax (216) 529-4146 Attendance (216) 529-4310Lakewood Board of Education:Edward Favre, PresidentBetsy Bergen Shaughnessy, Vice PresidentLinda Beebe John KamkutisMatthew John Markling<br />A Message from the Principal’s Desk It seems like just yesterday that we were in a brand new building. Everyone had to adjust to the new building, new rules and procedures. This year everyone has become accustomed to our school’s high expectations and made great efforts to achieve our goals. It is hard to believe we are coming to the end of another wonderful and memorable school year. I have to say that I could not be prouder of the staff and students at our school for all the hard work and extra effort they have put into making Garfield such a special place. We were after all, voted the “Cool School” of the week as seen on Fox 8 news. On the state level we have been designated an Effective School and on the federal level known as Value Added we have achieved greater than expected growth.Most importantly, I can assure you that the students of Garfield Middle School received a strong education by teachers who utilized classroom data to drive instruction. I feel confident that our students grew academically and emotionally and are well prepared to take on the challenges of the next year. On the next page I’ve tried to give everyone in the Garfield Community a snapshot of the exciting opportunities and accomplishments that have taken place this year. My final message would not be complete if I didn’t take time to thank and acknowledge the wonderful Garfield PTSA. The PTSA support for the children and staff of Garfield Middle School has been immeasurable. Many of the exciting opportunities to learn and grow would not have been possible without the efforts and hard work of the Garfield PTSA led by President Amy Kemp. Please take a moment to say thank you to our very active PTSA leadership and thank you to all the families who have helped throughout the school year. Although summer is near there is still much learning taking place and many great year-end activities planned. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with you and your children this year and I am already looking forward to next year. Go Garfield!Mr. Walter <br /> Calendar _____ _______May6-88th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip11Celebration of Excellence – 7:30 p.m. – LHS Civic19Orchestra Spring Concert – 7:30 p.m. – LHS Civic20PTSA Meeting – 7:00 p.m. – LRC21 Choir/Band Spring Concert –7:30 p.m. – LHS Civic25Memorial Day - No School287th Grade “Weather Education Day” with the Cleveland IndiansJune28th Grade Physics Day – CedarPoint – 8:30 a.m. -8:30 p.m.58th Grade Party – Café/Gym –7:00-9:30 p.m.88th Grade Awards Night – Café7:00 p.m. 10Last Day of School – Studentswill be dismissed at 11:55 a.m. <br /> <br />Great Things That Happened At Garfield Middle School This Year!<br />Clubs and ActivitiesGreen ClubSki ClubArt ClubCivics ClubGame ClubBowling ClubHip Hop Dance ClubDrama ClubGuys GatheringLadies LuncheonAquarium ClubKnitting ClubStudent Leaders GroupYearbook CommitteeH2ONews CrewStudents Showing Their TalentsPTA Reflections ContestPower of the PenChoir Concerts Garfield Talent ShowOrchestra ConcertsChamber ChoirStrolling StringsGarfield Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Wrestling TeamsLocal Girl Gallery ExhibitBand Performs at: LHS w/LHS Marching Band Garfield for Veteran’s Assembly and Middle School Basketball Game LHS for Middle School Football Game Clearview HS for OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Music Festival Perkins HS for Music In The Parks FestivalJazz Band Performs at: Rocky River Jazz Festival Church of the Ascension Lakewood Public LibraryField Trips and Guest PresentersBrian Cleary-Author met with the 6th gradeShaarey Tikvah Synagogue and Holocaust MuseumWashington, D.C. TripPhysics DayCase Western Reserve TripVeteran’s Day Assembly and Class Presenters Spring Fling with Senior CitizensCleveland Indians Weather Education DayCommunity ServiceHarvest for HungerLakewood Charitable Assistance CorporationRecycling ProgramAutism SpeaksConduct and Climate ProgramsQuarterly Character ThemesCampus Impact Violence and Bullying Prevention ProgramQuotes of the WeekPositive Behavior Support LessonPositive Referral ProgramGolden Ticket Positive Behavior AwardsPep RallyGarfield Students March in LHS Spirit Parade<br />DISTRICT MESSAGE:<br />The Phase III Community Forum April 2 drew 200 residents and district staff who gathered at Lakewood High’s East Cafeteria to help determine the course of the last and final phase of the districtwide facilities construction plan. <br />Participants filled out surveys designed to gauge whether the community believes the district should have six or seven elementary schools (the State of Ohio will only pay for two of the remaining three elementary schools to be rebuilt or renovated) and what criteria are most important in deciding which school to close if that is the choice. <br />Some trends emerged as to the participants’ leading priorities in determining our district’s configuration of elementary schools. At the top of the lists of a majority of participants for criteria to consider in closing a school were geographic placement of the school, maintaining small and equitable class sizes and comparable classroom environments, walking distance and safe pickup/dropoff areas. <br />When asked what factors participants would consider important when deciding whether or not to support Phase III, the top concerns were whether or not the district received the State’s $47 million contribution to the plan, making sure that all students attend school in a renovated or rebuilt school and the financial impact on the community. Regarding the financial impact, Board President Edward Favre reiterated that the Board has no plan to put an operating levy on the ballot in the near future, however a bond issue eventually will be needed to move forward with Phase III.<br />The Phase III Steering Committee will continue to meet through May and then resume again in September in preparation for the next Community Forum on Sept. 15, where the committee will seek community input on its recommendations.<br />For more information and to view the documents presented at the Community Forum, please visit and click on the Phase III button on the home page. You may also leave comments about the process on the Phase III hotline: 227-5315.<br />WARM WEATHER ADIVSORY:<br />As the weather turns warmer, please be careful while driving near the schools and around town as more of our students will be walking to school and riding their bikes. Safety of our students is our top priority and we ask for your cooperation in being extra vigilant as the kids enjoy the nicer weather.<br />Lakewood Public Library Parent Pages Are Online and All New!<br />Are you a parent looking to find local resources and information that will help inspire, enrich, and encourage your kids to be their well-rounded, healthy, best selves? Look no further — the Lakewood Public Library Parent Pages are here! Check them out at This web reference is the online version of the “word-of-mouth” gems that highlight what’s great about living in Lakewood.<br />The Parent Pages cover the arts, both creating and appreciating; family activities; volunteer opportunities; schools and childcare resources; budget-minded shopping; and many ways to help your children have fun and achieve their greatest potential. Check out our huge list of things to do, regardless of the weather or season, under “Get Out & Get Active.” Discover and nurture your child’s special interests by exploring the places and events we’ve compiled under “Find & Feed a Passion.” Check out “Eat Healthy” for a list of stores and restaurants around town where you can quickly pick up a nutritious, affordable meal. Wherever possible, web links for places and events are included so that you can check out current schedules and offerings. The main page of the site offers information on upcoming events at the Library, in Lakewood and in the Cleveland area. To access this treasure trove of information, go to <br />A Night in Hollywood<br />The 8th Grade Dance on Friday, June 5th, from 7 – 9:30 pm<br />Tickets $5 per student<br />Join us to help make this a memorable night for our graduating 8th grade students! We need volunteers to help with decorations, photography, Memory Book, and setup/clean up. Please call or email Julie Fehrenbach at 216-272-5099 or to volunteer.<br />^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^<br />Field Trip Volunteer Drivers <br />Dear Parents and Classroom Volunteers:<br />Please note if you are planning to drive for a classroom field trip or other school event, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has mandated guidelines for districts to follow and ensure drivers have insurance coverage in force at the time of the field trip or school event. This must be done in advance. <br /><ul><li>Pick up Volunteer Driver Forms through your student’s classroom teacher or building principal’s office. </li></ul>We value and appreciate your time!<br />Contact Mr. Rick Beisel at 529-4245 for more information.<br />********************************************************************************************<br />Lakewood Schools Health Services<br />During the course of the school year, health screenings are done to help ensure the continued good health of your children.  During the week of May 11-15, 2009, students in Grades 6 and 7 will be screened for Body Mass Index (BMI).  If you do not want your child/children to participate in this screening, you must notify the school in writing prior to May 11th, stating your specific wishes.<br /> <br /> GARFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL<br /> THIRD GRADING PERIOD<br />DISTINGUISHED HONOR ROLLSixth GradeSamuel BakerSean CollinsIbrahim FattahAaron FordRomina GjikaBrandon GrivasJulie HoukMalaak JawhariCurtis KahnBesa MaliqiNabelh ManaaChelsea MartinezSarah MatthiesenJonathan T. PoilpreDepon PoudelMarissa RuizKayla SadeckasAbigail Shuga Parker SmithAaron SpinaGrace TherberTaylor WohlfeilSeventh GradeVictoria AaronNeelab AbdullahSamantha ByrdMargaret DeverStephen DunnJoan HoileAidan HowellsKendall KingBrian KolenzTyler Krebs Nicholas LacervaCharlotte LinkLee MechenbierChristina NelsonJiayin PengKyle PetrieMargaret RowellAlicia RussoZachary SandersonAlyssa SharrerDobrica SucevicHtee WahDISTINGUISHED HONOR ROLL (CONT.)Eighth GradeBeatrice AldrichChristopher BeallMatthew BosworthMaura BurkettJonathan ByczekWesley CarneyDevon CaskeyKatie CollinsGeorgiana DanEnrique DeJesus IIXhulja GjikaRachel GuetlingMary HentgesJulie HermanAnthony KahnCorbin KazenCorrigan KennyGrace LazosEvan LewisDiana MaliqiJacquelyn MillerChelsea PolkWilliam PrahstTaylor PrebelEmada SalaPeter SchleckmanZainab SuleimanMarquise TyusNichole WhitneyAdam ZimmermanMorgenna ZubyHONOR ROLLSixth GradeSarah AwadallaMadeline BakerInes BakiaJohn BarlowMaren Yoon BullockJamie CalabreseAidan CaskeyGrace DeverGabriela Flores-SanchezPeyton GrahamGhaida HmeidanFallon HorvathEmily HouskaCaroline JarrousLinda JonesAndrew KerrGenevieve LarsonSarah MaddenJenny MajcherSimone McClendonBenjamin McKinseyAngela NazarioSheridan PaulKejda PelariHONOR ROLL (CONT.)Sixth Grade (cont.)Nah PyuPorter RamseyCassidy RearickBreanna ReidNina ScavoneLenna ShafikSamia ShaheenSara ShyteAaron SwartzGregory WatsonLeegha WhitesideSeventh GradeZaid AbusharekhVirginia AshleyNicholas BoatmanJennifer ByczekDavid Clayton Doriyan ColemanClaire CorridoniRobert Dang Kashay DickersonOmar El-EbrashyAmy GarleskyCarole GibsonAshley GoforthMitchell GreggAlyssa HasmanJoy HoileGrace HurleyAeisha KanganDavid KempLisa KishColin LybargerBrendan McCannAaron MoritMackenzie NeklHong NgoAndrew NolanSara OrtizSi RaGabrielle RovitoYasmeen ShafikHannah TyburskiHarrison WernerTyler WineGabrielle WiseJacob ZbinEighth GradeMishgan AbdullahIsmael AlnajjarRahmatullah BakhshiLorna BarimiRichard BottiglierChristopher BrinichMatthew CarlsonMuhammed Daud<br /> GARFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL<br /> THIRD GRADING PERIOD<br />HONOR ROLL (CONT.)Eighth Grade (cont.)Heather DeJesusAbdellatif El-AshramRachel ElderBridget EllertAmir FattahZachary FehrenbachRhonda FrumMackena GrahamHannah GregoryDaniel JenkinsTyler JohnEmma LarsonKyra LatimoreDominique LeeKristina McKinnieDaniel MezinKyra MihalskiEnas MuhammadAmira NasrallahRaven OdorizziDebora PetaniLillian PollackNourdean RabahHarnold RamazaniNoor SarkisAudria ScavoneTad ShafikHedaia ShahinJacob SupinskiDuncan VirostkoElana ZollarsMERIT ROLLSixth GradeCraig AmberikJade BartelJames BrinkHannah BurkeSoule DimacchiaJordan FergusonNathan ForteAlonzo GriffinEmilio GriffinNick GuerinCashaney HarrisSierra HendersonCharlotte HiselCarla Martinez-DiazMelissa MeadeMERIT ROLL (CONT.)Sixth Grade (cont.)Andrew MillerMarwah MuhammadCatherine PattonSamuel RothackerCarleigh SpenceClaudia StadlerAndrew StokesKathleen SuttonMonica TravisMeghan TyburskiSeventh GradeThalia AyoubMark BielopetrovichPaige BrunoriArbela CapasKalyn CardonaSteven CrossLevio CunninghamAnthony FerroneTaylor FilmerJoey GawneJamie Denise GibsonAmanda HammadAaron HelbigDarion HolmesSerxhio JacelliCasey JohnsonMadyson KesslerRosalie KisselHolly LacourseNo MaeCourtney MapstoneNicholas MaysJohn McCannYousra NaserallahJohn NicholsonJumoke OlowuBrandon ReidSamantha SponslerRuby ThomasMarquita WilliamsEric WonkovichNabeel ZafarSamantha ZingaleMERIT ROLL (CONT.)Eighth GradeAnthony BaysTesla BurdettePaige CoyArgisa DedaGiorgi DevitoNicholas ErhardtAdam FaruniaJoseph GucwaSilvio IslamajRalph JohnsonDaniel KenneyBrittany LewkowskiAaron McCannKevin McConnellRace McKernanJames McMahanIlia MengriAustin MorrisseyKrisjen MusaiTimothy NormanJazmyn PaoliConnor Patton David PerryMichael RuizDeangelo StephensonDevon WilsonJovon Young<br /> GARFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL<br /> THIRD GRADING PERIOD<br /> PERFECT ATTENDANCE<br /> <br />Sixth GradeJasmin AbuaunArslan AliBayram AlkhazovLara AlkhdourSamuel BakerInes BakiaJames BrinkMaren Yoon BullockJamie CalabreseSchylar CopeIbrahim FattahBrandon GrivasAkin HobsonRyan HubertCurtis KahnAndrew KerrAhmad KhalidSuaad MafargehSteven MahnkeNabelh ManaaSarah MatthiesenKevin McNealAndrew MillerMckenna MorrisseyDepon PoudelEvan RobertsonMarissa RuizNina ScavoneSamia ShaheenAlan Smith Jr.Andrew StokesMiranda ThompsonMonica TravisGregory WatsonTatianna WilliamsTaylor WohlfeilSeventh GradeNeelab AbdullahHanan AbuaunZaid AbusharekhMark BielopetrovichValencia Black Jennifer ByczekArbela CapasKalyn CardonaSteven CrossLevio CunninghamRobert DangAmber DawsonElijah DunlapAnthony FerroneJordan GaigeZachary JankovicCasey JohnsonNicholas LaCervaVictor LaCourseColin LybargerNaddie MathkourLapeatra McLaurineLee MechenbierJumoke OlowuDeshpandya PadarajuSi RaBrandon ReidGabrielle RovitoMarco RuizAlicia RussoYasmeen ShafikDobrica SucivicElison VogliMahmoud YoussefJacob ZbinEighth GradeHanadi AbuzahriyehBeatrice AldrichHirwa AxcelRahmatullah BakhshiSom Basnet Emily Bir Matthew BosworthRichard BottiglierJonathon ByczekWilliam CrosbyMuhammed DaudBryanna DefilippoChristopher EckertRachel ElderAdam Farunia Amir FattahMackena GrahamRachel GuetlingMary HentgesJulie HermanNicklaus HudsonDaniel JenkinsAnthony KahnEmad MafargehOmar MahmoudJames McMahanDaniel MezinKyra MihalskiJacquelyn MillerAmir NasrallahAmira NasrallahTomas PanoDebora PetaniChelsea Polk Eric RoderAudria ScavonePeter SchleckmanTad ShafikHaley StoneZainab SuleimanJacob SupinskiDanial TreichelMarquise TyusMorgenna Zuby<br />Summer Reading Returns<br />Reading is an enjoyable and educational experience that can easily be treasured over the summer months. Once again this summer, all future sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grade students have a required reading assignment. All incoming middle school students should read two books over the summer and complete a journal writing activity and/or participate in a book discussion at the Lakewood Public Library. Information is forthcoming for all incoming ninth grade students. Please watch the Lakewood High School website for further details. <br />These required summer reading assignments are due when school starts in the fall. All future sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students will be given assignment information packets before school ends in June. Additional details about these important assignments can be accessed on the Harding, Garfield, or LHS websites. <br />ART NEWS<br /> We wanted to thank everyone for attending our opening night at the Local Girl Gallery for our second annual Garfield Middle School art show. The art show was a huge success! If you did not have the opportunity to attend, the show will remain hung up at the Local Girl Gallery on Detroit Rd. until May 2nd. At that time the students will receive their portion of the funds raised if their work sold, or their work will be returned to them by the end of the school year through a series of morning announcements.<br /> I would also like to send a warm wish to Staci Peltz, one of our art teachers, as she will no longer be with us at Garfield next year. Mrs. Peltz has been with us for two years and has made some wonderful connections with our students. Unfortunately due to this change not all students will receive art at our middle school since we will only have one art teacher, but the students can look forward to having art with Mrs. Peltz at the high school! <br />Thank you for another wonderful year at Garfield Middle School!<br />~Mrs. Leah Roudebush (Rudy) and Mrs. Staci Peltz<br />-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Parents<br />The end of the year is fast approaching. Students who take medication at school and have their meds at school will have to make arrangements for picking up those medications. Please plan to pick up medications on the last day of school or two days after. We will be discarding any medication that is not picked up by an adult. Please take a medication form for the 2009-10 school year, at that time, so that your Dr. can fill it out over the summer, and get it back to us. We will be ready to start the year in the fall with the new sheet for our new school year.<br />Thanks for your help with this end of the year process. If you have any questions, you can call Mrs. Okuma our school nurse at 216-227-5545<br />Spring Plant Sale<br />Thanks to our Garfield Families who purchased flowers, veggies and herbs from Garfield PTSA's Spring Fundraiser.  We appreciate your support!  Remember the pick-up date is Saturday, May 23rd, in the Garfield rear Parking lot.  <br />Last names:    A - H   Pick up between 12 - 1 pm<br />                        I - P    Pick up between 1- 2 pm<br />                        Q - Z  Pick up between 2- 3 pm<br />Picking up orders at a time other than your scheduled slot must be approved in advance by calling Ann 221-7264.<br />Plant Sale Volunteer Opportunity<br />Moms, Dads, Students, Teachers…We need volunteers to unload the truck, sort and fill orders and deliver some orders on May 23rd. Volunteers needed between 8:30 am and 3 pm. Please consider helping for a couple hours! We also need wagons to move the plants. Call 221-7264 or email <br />////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////<br />Band2gether Applications Available You are invited to join Band2gether, a youth-based Friday night concert series, from 7 – 9, every Friday in July at Sinagra Park (in front of Marc’s on Detroit Ave.) Concerts celebrate the talents of local Middle School and High School bands. Youth bands interested in participating must submit a signed application by May 15th. You may download an application and rules from www.vancemusicstudios.comBand2gether is made possible largely through volunteer efforts of Lakewood Is Art representatives, with support from Vance Music Studios and Lakewood Alive who solicits funds to cover the costs of event. A truly collaborative effort, The Beck Center for the Arts provides a stage and the City of Lakewood provides set-up assistance. This year the Lakewood High School Arts & Communication students have banded together to create marketing materials.Please contact Ruth Koenigsmark, Lakewood Is Art at (216) 521-2894 for further information.<br />The Second Saturday Lakewood ArtWalk on Madison is a collaborative effort between Lakewood is Art (LIA) and the Madison Avenue Merchants Association (MAMA). It is a free, self-guided tour of in-store art exhibits designed to highlight local artists and the businesses hosting them. <br />Location:              The festivities take place on Madison from Riverside Drive to West 117th. <br />Saturday Dates:   June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, <br />12:00 - 8:00 p.m. each month. <br /> <br />We are currently looking artists interested in participating--if you draw, dance, sing or anything in between you should participate in one or more of the ArtWalks--this is truly a Lakewood Celebration of the Arts!<br /> <br />For more info. call Ruth Koenigsmark 216.521.2894 or email:   <br />GARFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS<br />Harry Manos- Garfield Middle School Athletic Director<br />Voice Mail: (216) 227-5769<br />Email:<br />Fall Sports<br />Mid-July-October<br />7th/ 8th Football<br />7th/ 8th Volleyball<br />7th/ 8th Cheerleading<br />Winter Sports<br />Late October-February<br />7th/ 8th Basketball (Boys/Girls)<br />7th/ 8th Wrestling<br />7th/ 8th Cheerleading<br />Spring Sports<br />March-June<br />7th/ 8th Track (Boys/Girls)<br />For more information and try-out information on any of our sports, please be sure to visit <br />the Garfield Middle School Athletics website at:<br /><br />During a recent language arts class students were learning about character traits.  Here is what they composed about our beloved character, Mr. Walter. <br />Class #1<br />As a leader, confidence, responsibility and fairness describe him, however, he has a fun side as well.  You can find him at school sporting events sitting with the students, cheering on the team. At school dances, you won’t find him standing along the wall in the back of the gym, but instead, on the dance floor trying out the latest moves.  He even makes an appearance at the weekly after-school knitting club. When someone does make a mistake, he listens and approaches the issue looking at both sides of the story.  His fairness, outgoing personality, and positive approach to his job are what make him the most popular principal in town.  We are proud that Mr. Walter is our principal.<br />Class #2<br />Attentive, dependable, and responsible, are all traits of a good leader.  Our leader, Mr. Walter, expresses these traits on a daily basis through his actions, thoughts, and words.  Even on the coldest day, you will find him directing traffic to make sure every student stays safe.  You can count on Mr. Walter to appear on the news every Monday to announce the winners of the gold ticket drawing.  He takes his job seriously, making sure every problem is handled quickly and fairly.   Mr. Walter, our school principal, is a great leader.<br />Mrs. Eiben and Mrs. Csongei’s 7th grade language arts classes<br /> <br /><ul><li>* * * * * * * *
  2. 2. GMS Talent Show</li></ul>Can you sing? Can you dance? Can you play an instrument? Well, we know a few people who can and they were in the school talent show. There weren’t many dancers, but there sure were a lot of singers.<br /> <br />First, Nabelh Manaa sang My Heart Will Go On. Her voice was great. It was a good choice to have her open the show.<br />Secondly, Willow Hawks sang Caught Myself. She sang in a cappella and she did an amazing job. For her voice, she didn’t need the music at all.<br />After Willow, Joan Hoile, Virginia Ashley, and Joy Hoile sang The Call. The three did an awesome job. They each got to share their own fame by singing a part alone.<br />Next, we had Carleigh Spence singing Yesterday. She didn’t really sing yesterday that’s just the name of the song. <br />Following Carleigh Spence was Bryanna DeFilippo singing Full Circle. She threw in a few steps to go along with her song. She did great.<br />Grace Therber did an Irish step dance to Treble Jig. She looked like the part because she had all that she needed. She is an amazing Irish dancer.<br />After the Irish step dance came Enas Muhammad singing If I Were A Boy. <br />Next Jazmyn Paoli sang Sunny Happiness. She really made the crowd happy. Her voice was incredible. <br />Before the intermission, Bryanna Defilippo and Argisa Deda sang Put Your Records On. They were great and they definetly put the crowds records on.<br />FIVE MINUTE INTERMISSION<br />Its trio time! All The Single Ladies was the song that was danced by Katya Tawasha, Shereen Abuzahriyeh, and Hailey Jones. They did an amazing job. They even threw in a few cartwheels to spice up the dance. <br />Following the intermission, Soule Dimacchia did gymnastics to Stronger. Her flips and splits were great. Everyone loved her.<br />After the dance, Joy Hoile sang About You Now. She has an amazing voice and the crowd really thought so too.<br />Argisa Deda, who also sang Put Your Records On, sang Bleeding Love. She had to multitask but she made it through and did a wonderful job.<br />Next, Ines Bakia and Carliegh Spence sang Teardrops On My Guitar. Both sang right on and they were flawless.<br />After Ines Bakia and Carliegh Spence, Me (Mackenzie Nekl) and Jenny Majcher danced to Geek Love. The crowd was listening to the music clapping along. We both did an awesome job. Everyone loved our dance.<br />Next Virginia Ashley sang and played guitar to the song Decode. Her singing was phenomenal. Her guitar playing was what got the crowd going. She played the guitar during a solo in her song. Virginia Ashley had an awesome show.<br />To end the show, Emily Stokes sang Fly On The Wall. She did an amazing job. <br /> By Jenny Byczek and Mackenzie Nekl<br />Author Sonia Nazario talks to Mr. Corrigan’s 6th period Spanish class at Lakewood High about her bestseller Enrique’s Journey<br />“Wow, that was amazing” Brittany said. “I never realized how hard life was for people in Central America and Mexico” Rick told me. Matt commented “I see why they risk so much to come the USA” adding “I really have it pretty good here”. Sarah said “I cried hearing how the mom had decided to leave her kids not because she did not want them but because she could not feed them and send them to school with so little money available at her job in Honduras”.<br />This is a tale of human tragedy and sacrifice, love and redemption. It also is a ‘reality check’ for the reader to begin to understand the life of the migrant who seeks a better life in the USA. As our own government hammers its way through the legislative process on immigration, the illegals continue to arrive. Sending soldiers with machine guns, hiring border minute men and armed mercenaries to patrol the border between the USA and Mexico will not stop the refugee from attempting to enter the USA. The depth of poverty, misery and suffering in their home countries is so overwhelming that anything seems a better option.<br />Garfield students gained a first hand true account of a young 15 year old boy named Enrique who leaves Honduras to find his mom in the USA. She left when he was 5 and she now lived and works in North Carolina. She entered the USA illegally to work so her family could live a better life in Honduras, one of the poorest nations in the Americas. But Enrique needed to see her, to hug her and to know if she loved him for sure. So, he jumped the trains- the beasts- of Mexico over and over again, finally making it to the border after 12 attempts. Each time previously, he was caught by corrupt Mexican agents, MS6 gangsters who beat him senseless, or police who robbed him then shipped him to Guatemala. He came back and tried again time after time. Finally he made it after traveling 12,000 miles in repeated trips.<br />Students heard first hand form the author about how kids would be beaten, hacked by machetes, and thrown form the trains by various gang members who would rob them of everything except their underwear. Girls were raped repeatedly and often killed afterwards. The author herself went to Tegucigalpa and retraced the trail of Enrique and thousands of others who have done the same odyssey. She tells of one evening when gang members were chasing her across boxcars as the train rumbled through Chiapas, Mexico and she feared being reaped and beaten. She made it to the conductor before being caught by the thugs. After returning to her job at the LA Times, she had to undergo therapy for 6 months due to the recurring nightmare of being assaulted by the gangbangers.<br />Most students marveled at the level of human kindness many of the Mexican people bestowed upon the victims of the trains. Each day young migrants slip from the trains, get sucked into the wheels or are thrown from the tops by marauding gangsters. The Red Cross or local hospital tends to the immediate needs of those who loose a leg or both, an arm, or other injuries form ‘the beast”. But as they are poor with no money to pay the hospital, they are usually sent out after their wounds stop bleeding. Local poor who live near the rails or local parish priests take the damaged humans into their homes or churches to nurse them as well as possible. <br />Sonia talks about an unsung hero named Olga who has dedicated her life and opening her tiny home to help these Central American young victims of the trains who now can never work, run or play due to amputations. Many cry or ask for death saying who would want them as spouses now they are damaged. She tells them of her own loss of finger tips in a tortilla factory. She inspires them to go on and that God has a plan for them. Olga is very poor but still raised funds in numerous ways and asks stores and restaurants to donate dated food and items to be used in her mini clinic. <br />The book is an excellent contemporary snapshot of what life is like for so many poor and desperate people -our neighbors to the south. Kids learned that 50% of all Hondurans live on $1 per day and that 50% of all Mexicans live on $2 per day. With these statistics in mind, kids begin to understand the desperation of so many who seek a better life in the USA legally or illegally. <br />I have donated a copy of the book, signed by Sonia Nazario, to the Garfield LRC for students to read. Please encourage your students to read this excellent true story. Mr. Corrigan<br />Performance Schedule for Upcoming Band Concerts<br />Friday, May 8th<br />7th Grade Band will perform in the OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Festival at:<br />Lorain Admiral King High School 2600 Ashland Ave. Lorain, Ohio 44052 Performance <br />time will be announced once the schedule has been sent to me.<br />Wednesday, May 13th<br />Please join me at 6:30pm at Grant Elementary for the PTA Council recognition award <br />ceremony for being Lakewood’s Outstanding Educator of the Year and Ohio PTA <br />District 11 Outstanding Educator of the Year. <br />Friday, May 15th<br />We will be having a Cedar Point Band dress rehearsal and performance at Garfield MS on <br />May 15th in the gymnasium. Student’s are to report at 6:30pm for set up and a quick <br />dress rehearsal. Family members report at 7:00pm for the performance. We are presenting <br />this concert to give us an opportunity to practice performing in the gym and adjust to the <br />loud acoustics that we will be facing on Saturday. <br />Also, we will be performing at Perkins High School on Saturday, May 16th. The address is: <br />3714 Campbell Street Sandusky, Ohio 44870. All participating students will be transported <br />by bus. The schedule is as follows:<br />Jazz Band - Warm-up time 8:50am Performance Time 9:15am in the Auditorium <br />Cedar Point Band – Warm-up @9:40am Performance Time @ 10:05am in the Gym<br />Thursday, May 21st<br />The Garfield Spring Concert for all Band and Choir members at LHS Civic Auditorium <br />will be on Thursday, May 21st. The performance begins at 7:30pm. Band members <br />are to report to the East Cafeteria at 7:00pm in concert attire.<br />Wednesday, June 3rd<br />Jazz Band, Trash Can Band and Strolling Strings showcase their talent to four <br />Lakewood elementary schools. We will leave Garfield at 8:15am and return at 2:38pm.<br />It has been a great year! Remember there are many area band camps. If you would like <br />information please let me know. I have a few information and application handouts. <br />Can’t wait to see you at the concerts! Mrs. Tabaj 216 – 227 – 5701 ext. 8311#<br />lefttop CONGRATULATIONS<br />to the participants of the <br />2009 Garfield Talent Show<br />On March 5, 2009, nineteen Garfield students shared their talents on stage for a cafetorium-packed audience. Thanks to the following students who participated as a performer, emcee, or tech and stage crew member:<br />Nabelh Manaa, Willow Hawks, John Hoile, Virginia Ashley, Joy Hoile, Carleigh Spence, Bryanna DeFilippo, Grace Therber, Enas Muhammad, Jazmyn Paoli, Argisa Deda, Katya Tawasha, Shereen Abuzahriyeh, Hailey Jones, Soule Dimacchia, Ines Bakia, Jenny Majcher, MacKenzie Nekl, Emily Stokes, Nick Hudson, Chris Brinich, Wes Carney, and Sam Hawkins.<br />3976370348615-19053871595Author Brian Cleary Visits Garfield’s Sixth Graders<br /> <br />On February 25th, the entire sixth grade was privileged to spend the day with author Brian Cleary. Brian Cleary is the author of many books including Rainbow Soup-Adventures in Poetry, The Laugh Stand, and Rhyme and PUNishment. An introductory presentation took place in the cafetorium for all sixth graders. Then throughout the day Mr. Cleary conducted workshops with groups of students on how to write creatively utilizing figurative language and poetic devices. Each student left their workshop with a finished poem. This author visit was made possible with a Margaret Warner Educational Grant through the Lakewood Alumni Association.<br />SIXTH GRADE TEAM NEWS<br />Congratulations to the sixth grade students who are now veteran middle schoolers! They have finished the year strong and have worked hard on preparing for the Ohio Achievement Tests in reading and math. They are experienced science technicians in utilizing the scientific method, and in social studies they completed a trip around the world studying world geography and cultures culminating in a major research project of a European country. Don’t forget the Summer Reading Assignment! It’s your first assignment for next school year! Best of luck in seventh grade!<br />CBI NEWS<br />Students are now preparing themselves for designing their personal career plan by assessing their interests, skills and work values online at a website called “Kudor”. In addition, each student will explore a variety of college and career options.<br />Why do this? <br />Young people too often have a tendency to “drift” into jobs because of a lack of guidance, direction, understanding of the world of work. Most often, they simply don't know what they want to do. <br />For example, a high school senior may feel pressure from peers, or elsewhere, to pursue a university degree in some field when his or her interests, skills, and work values may indicate a technical career is a better match. <br />A college or university student with a two or four year degree may be better suited to select a professional field more compatible with the their interests, skills, and work values.<br />Similarly, adults in the work force are often unhappy with their career choice because too often the employer may not be prepared to provide the tools and guidance necessary in determining a career path within the organization beneficial to both.<br />So, by developing a career portfolio, an interest inventory, and a work values inventory, students in the future have a better chance of finding a career that provides fulfillment and satisfaction.<br />BRUCE SCHAEDLICH<br />CBI COORDINATOR<br />GARFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL<br />*********************************************************************************************************************<br />Thank you to all Garfield Middle School 2008-2009 Members! Your membership has included you in one of the nation’s largest advocacy groups for children-The PTA. On the local, level you have enriched and supported book fairs, luncheons, dances, band, orchestra, and sports programs by becoming members or by volunteering for the events. Farewell to the eighth grade parents and students that have supported the Garfield PTSA and best wishes on your move to high school and beyond. We look forward to the continued support of the current sixth and seventh grade families when we begin the 2009-2010 school year. Thank you, also, to the positive and overwhelming support from the teachers and staff whose continued support is a much appreciated and vital element in the PTSA partnership.<br />Thank you and have a great summer! <br />Mary Beth Kohl<br />Garfield Middle School<br />Membership Chair<br />PTSA NEWS<br />May is here!! It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time to close the books on the 2nd year at Garfield Middle School. In many ways, this beautiful school feels like it is still brand new and yet things run so smoothly its seems like its been around for years. We are truly blessed to have such a great learning environment for our students. Thank you to the staff, students, and volunteers for making it happen. <br />As we enter May and June, there are still opportunities for you to get involved. Read on to find out how:<br />Staff Appreciation Celebration May 26th – 29th – Join us as we honor our dedicated staff. We will be doing something special for the staff each day. The highlight of the week will be a special Afternoon Tea on Thursday May 28, 2009 from 3:00 – 4:30pm in the LRC. At this tea, we will honor both Mrs. Tabaj, GMS Teacher of the Year and Mr. Rice, our Helping Hand Recipient. Both recipients demonstrate a love of teaching and enthusiastically help our students grow in their world of music. Congratulations!<br />Contact Katrina Holmes if you are interested in helping out with this event. 216.227.1224 (<br />8th Grade Celebration – The 8th grade Dance & Celebration will be held on Friday June 5th. The students have voted on a theme and will work with the 8th grade dance committee to create a wonderful night of fun to remember. The 8th Grade Awards Night will be held on Monday June 8th. If you are interested in helping with either of these 8th Grade events, please contact Amy Kemp 216.521.0056<br />Garfield PTSA Plant Sale – This is a great way to support our PTSA and add wonderful color to your yard. Order deadline was May1st. Plant Pick Up is May 23rd in the back parking lot of the school. <br />Green Thumbs Needed – Thank you to teacher Mrs. French and the Green Club, along with parent volunteer Katie Stadler for guiding our the efforts to beautify the grassy area behind the LRC. Staff and students will be making good use of this green space during the warmer weather. If you are interested in joining the Green Team and supporting this effort, please contact Mrs. French or Katie Stadler or you may let me know and I will pass your contact information along. Amy Kemp 216.521.0056<br />Garfield PTSA Nominating Committee – Thank you to the PTSA nominating committee for filling the majority of the 2009-2010 Board and Chair positions. They put together a slate of PTSA officers for the 2009-2010 school year that was voted on at our April Meeting. The slate is published in this edition of the Gazette. However, there are still open positions. Please consider accepting a nomination to one of these positions. Nominations can be forwarded to Amy Kemp <br />Council Delegate – This position involves attending the Lakewood PTA Council meetings and reporting back district information to our own PTSA. This is another position that can be shared. <br />PTSA News Continued….<br />Reflections – This position promotes and organizes student entries for the National PTA sponsored art contest. <br />I would like to personally thank the 2008-2009 PTSA Board and committee chairs for all of your hard work and the dedication of your time to make so many exciting events happen at Garfield Middle School. You make my job as president rather easy <br />Thank you Board members:<br />1st VP Katrina Holmes 2nd VP Ann Schleckman<br />Secretary Karen ForteCorresponding Secretary Tricia Madden<br />Treasure Sue MoritCouncil Delegate Haylee Schwenk<br />Thank you Committee Chairs:<br />MembershipMary Beth Kohl VolunteersWally King <br />NewsletterSusan KrebsBox TopsBeth Keenan <br />Reflections - Diane Helbig<br />8th Grade PlanningJulie Fehrenbach<br />Ann Schleckman <br />Veterans Day ChairStacey Sponsler<br />Election Day Bake SaleKaren Bosworth<br />Dianne Brinich<br />Thank you Dance Volunteers! - Katrina Holmes would like to thank the people that helped at The End of 3rd Quarter Dance/Activity Night: Mr. Walter, Amy Kemp, Wally King, Tricia Madden, Kathy dela Garza, Kathy Rivi, Peach Parker, Nicholas Naidin, Cathy Poilpre, Dr. William and Dr. Jennifer Ramsey, Michelle.<br />************<br />Please join us at our last PTSA Meeting of the 2008-2009 School Year. We will meet in the LRC at 6:30pm on Wednesday May 20th. We will say thank you to our current board members and install our new board members.<br />On behalf of the Garfield Middle School PTSA, I would like to wish you all a happy & safe summer. I am already looking forward to the 2009-2010 year at Garfield. It’s going to be another great one.<br />Thank you, <br />Amy Kemp, PTSA<br />SPOTLIGHT ON PTSA 2008-2009 ACCOMPLISHMENTS:<br />Participated in the 6th Grade Orientation Day<br />Sponsored the Welcome Back Staff Breakfast<br />Hosted monthly PTSA meetings<br />Provided volunteers for the Parent/Teacher conferences<br />Collected Box Tops for education to earn over $200 for our school.<br />Assisted in the production of the monthly Garfield Gazette<br />Sponsored the Garfield Spiritwear Sale<br />Sponsored the Scholastic Book Fair<br />Sponsored the Garfield Middle School plant sale<br />Sponsored the PTA Reflections Program<br />Honored our Staff during Staff Appreciation week<br />Supported & Participated in the Veteran’s Day Celebration<br />Held a grand Election Day bake sale to raise money for our school<br />Sponsored the Fall Festival Activity/Dance Night<br />Assisted with the End of 2nd & 3rd Quarter Activity/Dance nights<br />Purchased LRC Materials<br />Purchased Display cases used to showcase student work in the halls.<br />A huge thank you goes out to all of the volunteers and staff who made these wonderful events possible. <br />CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GARFIELD PTSA OFFICERS for 2009-2010<br />At the April 22, 2009 PTSA meeting, the following people were elected to serve:<br />PresidentAmy Kemp <br />1st VPStacey Voll<br />2nd VP’s (fundraising)Stacey Sponsler<br />Secretary:Haylee Schwenk<br />Corresponding SecretaryKaren Forte<br />TreasurerAnn Schleckman<br />Council DelegateOPEN Delegate attends the Lakewood <br />PTA Council meetings and reports business back to our PTSA.<br />Committees:<br />MembershipMary Beth Kohl <br />VolunteersWally King <br />NewsletterKatrina Holmes<br />Box TopsBeth Keenan <br />Reflections - OPEN - Promote and organize student entries for <br />the PTA sponsored art contest.<br />8th Grade PlanningDiane Helbig <br />Katrina Holmes<br />Veterans Day ChairMary Therber<br />Election Day Bake SaleOPEN<br />Hospitality – munchies at meetingsShared by All<br />Welcome Back LuncheonTricia Madden<br />Parent-Teacher Conference Dinner Tricia Madden<br />Nominations are still being accepted for the open positions. <br />%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%<br />From the Garfield Library<br />The end of the school year may be approaching but our online resources will be available all summer! If you or your students have not received a password flyer during the school year, be sure to get one in the LRC. Some are free to us but still require passwords as they are expensive databases either paid for by the state of Ohio, Garfield PTSA or Garfield Library funds. <br />Here are some of the resources:<br /><ul><li>ABC-Clio Issues – American social issues
  3. 3. Biography Resource Center
  4. 4. Biography Reference Bank
  5. 5. Country Reports
  6. 6. LitFinder
  7. 7. Today’s Science
  8. 8. Science Online
  9. 9. World Book Encyclopedia – there are different levels of this tool
  10. 10. EBSCO Images
  11. 11. EBSCO Animals
  12. 12. EBSCO Student Research Center
  13. 13. World Data Analyist – very easy tool to use to compare statistics between countries!</li></ul>The url for the Garfield Library site is rather ugly:<br />It is easier to go to then click on Garfield Middle then on the bottom of the left column, click Library. Don’t forget to add the Library page to your Favorites once you get there!<br />Happy Summer Reading!<br />Garfield Middle School<br />Washington D.C. Trip<br />May 19, 20, 21, 2010<br />8th grade class of 2009 - 2010<br /> Mark your calendars<br />The planning for the 8th grade trip to Gettysburg and Washington D.C. has already begun! <br />The trip’s cost will hopefully be in the range of $400 which includes transportation, 8 meals, two nights lodging, admissions when needed, and a t-shirt. (The cost for the 2009 trip was $395) Nighttime security at the hotel is provided and a tour guide on every bus.<br />This is a list of sights visited on this year’s trip included: <br />Gettysburg battlefields Smithsonian Museums: Air & Space, Natural HistoryMedieval Dinner and TournamentLincoln, Korean, Vietnam and WWII MemorialsHolocaust Museum Permanent displayFDR, Jefferson, Iwo Jima MemorialsArlington Cemetery<br />There will be a COOKIE DOUGH/PASTA fundraiser starting in November in time for Christmas delivery.<br />There wil1 be a MALLEY’S CANDY BAR sale in January/February 2010.<br />Much more information will be available when you return in the fall. <br />However, you may want to use the summer to start earning money for this trip.<br />The down payment of $100 is due Wednesday, November 11, 2009!!!<br />It is a chance of a lifetime!<br />If you have any questions please call Barb Lynch at (216) 529 – 4241 ext. 4286<br />Have a nice summer!<br />2540031750<br />-4953018415Lakewood City Schools1470 Warren RoadLakewood, OH 44107Non-Profit OrganizationUS Postage PAIDCleveland, OH Permit No. 2512DATED MATERIAL<br />