Bay High School selected as College Success Award winner: West Shore Chatter

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — Congratulations to Bay High School, which recently was recognized as a 2020 College Success Award winner by The award honors public high schools doing an extraordinary job preparing students for college and beyond.


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BHS was one of only 2,158 public high schools across the country to be recognized.

This is the third year for the College Success Award. College Success Award-winning high schools are identified based on school-level college preparation and post-secondary data which are collected and shared by their states. The data indicates whether students are prepared for college, enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework when they get there and/or continue on to their second year. is a nonprofit website that reaches more than 46 million users every year. It is supported by charitable foundations that support educational causes that seek to shine a spotlight on education excellence across the country. Remembering those who served: Veterans Day will be observed on Nov. 11, recalling the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served the United States as members of the military.

Unlike Memorial Day, which honors those who made the supreme sacrifice by giving their lives in the service of their country, Veterans Day honors all who served – living and dead. The observance began as Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month: Nov. 11, 1918. In 1954, it was renamed Veterans Day.

Many cities, including Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake have memorials or plaques dedicated to their veterans. During non-pandemic times, many communities also celebrate those who served with patriotic ceremonies.

In Bay Village, the Veterans Honor Wall is located in the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center, which unfortunately remains closed because of the coronavirus. The usual veterans’ luncheon will not take place this year, either.

But we still can take a minute to thank all veterans for their service.

Connecting for Kids: With the pandemic continuing, Connecting for Kids’ November programs will be offered on the Zoom virtual platform. Registration is required and can be completed online at; by email at [email protected]; or by calling/texting 440-570-5908; para español, 440-907-9130.

The Early Childhood Education Series: Using Social Stories to Teach Behavioral Skills will be offered at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. The program will feature early childhood intervention professionals explaining how to use short stories with simple text and pictures to reinforce accepted and proper behavior for children ages 18 months to 6 years. The program offers a safe space to connect with both professionals and other families and will not be recorded. The first 20 households who register and sign on to Zoom will get a free social story kit to make at home – one kit per household.

This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library and is supported by a grant from GPD Employees’ Foundation. The Virtual Early Childhood Education Series is sponsored by the Westlake Early Childhood PTA.

The next monthly Coffee and Chat top is “How to Use Journaling to Deal with Worry and Loneliness for Families of Children with Moderate-to-Severe Disabilities.” It will take place 8:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 11. This group is a way for families to share their struggles, challenges and to encourage one another. The first 20 households who register and attend this program will earn a free self-care item related to this month’s tip. The program is supported by a grant from Nordson Corp. Foundation. It will not be recorded.

“Assessing and Reacting to Problems” is the next program in CFK’s Social Series. It will be offered 1-2 p.m. Nov. 14 and will teach parents skills to assist children in determining how big or little a problem is and then know what strategies will work to help deal with that problem. This program is for parents and caregivers of children ages 7-12. This program is supported by a grant from the Knights of Columbus at St. Ladislas Parish in Westlake. It is for adults only and a portion will be recorded.

At the library: Westlake Porter Public Library has another full slate of virtual programs planned for the coming week. For more information on all programming, visit The library is at 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake.

Students in grades 1-2 who sign up for the Nov. 6 “Got Science?” supply pickup for the Nov. 13 program on Newton’s Law of Motion automatically are registered for both events. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the event.

Create a pair of silver-plated fall leaf earrings at the “Jewelry Junction” program. Supply kits can be picked up during library hours on Nov. 9. There is no video or online program.

Adults are invited to participate in “Career Transition: Best Job Search Letters” 1-3 p.m. Nov. 10 via Zoom. The session will teach about letter-writing techniques for the best cover letters, cold call or networking letters, thank-you and follow-up letters, as well as keywords that may be used to screen candidates in or out and what employers are looking for in a letter Registration is required to receive Zoom instructions.

Join library staff on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 for a virtual tour of WPPL’s Storywalk at the Westlake Recreation Center.

College Club West scholarships: Women 25 or older who live in Greater Cleveland and are pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree program are invited to apply for scholarships from College Club West to help with educational costs.

This year, four women each received a $3,000 scholarship. Winners are Tammy Bailey, who will attend graduate school at Kent State University; Stephanie Furino who is working on her MFA in creative writing at Ashland University; Silvia LaBoy who is working on her MBA at Walsh University and Sinegugu Ghasa, who will graduate from Hiram College with a bachelor degree in business management.

Applications for 2021 scholarships are available at

Completed forms and supporting letters must be submitted by March 20 to the chair of the Scholarship Committee. Awards will be announced at the annual meeting.  Recipients will be chosen on the basis of academic record, goals, commitment and need.

No member of College Club West or her family is eligible for tuition grants.

For more information, contact Claire Stair, [email protected]

Information, please: Readers are invited to share information about themselves, their families and friends, organizations, church events, etc. from Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake for the West Shore Chatter column, which I write on a freelance basis. Awards, honors, milestone birthdays or anniversaries and other items are welcome. Submit information at least 10 days before the requested publication date to [email protected]


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