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5/1/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Local high schools ranked among top

SUMMIT COUNTY — West Side Leader-area high schools have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the best high schools in Ohio and in the nation for 2014 through the annual Best High School Rankings.

Revere High School ranked 48 out of 832 Ohio public high schools and 1,065th out of more than 19,400 nationwide. Highland High School ranked 59th in Ohio and 1,238th in the nation. Copley High School ranked 73rd in Ohio and 1,492 in the nation. All three schools earned silver medals.

U.S. News analyzed more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and published data on more than 19,400, including student demographics and results on state exams and Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests.

U.S. News teamed up with American Institutes for Research, a Washington, D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools in three phases. The first two steps looked at overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. U.S. News used participation in and performance on AP and IB exams to evaluate how well schools prepared students for college-level course work.

In the national rankings, 500 high schools earned gold medals, 1,519 took home silver and 2,688 were awarded bronze for their College Readiness Index score.

Woodridge and Norton high schools and Akron Early College High School were awarded bronze medals locally.

For more information, go to www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

St. Sebastian Parish Foundation announces iPad Challenge Grant

Steve and Holly Wilt
Photo courtesy of St. Sebastian Parish
WEST AKRON — The St. Sebastian Parish Foundation has announced a Challenge Grant to help purchase 30 iPads with a charging and sync cart, called the Apple iPad Learning Lab, by longtime community philanthropists Steve and Holly Wilt.

Through a gift by the Wilt family and the CAPTRUST Community Foundation, any funds donated toward the purchase of the Learning Lab will be matched up to $3,000.

According to school officials, the Apple iPad Learning Lab streamlines the management of classroom sets of iPads. Each lab, which costs $15,000, includes a compact and durable cart that stores, charges, syncs and secures multiple devices quickly and cost effectively, according to school officials. This educational opportunity, coupled with a desire to teach students to use 21st-century technology, is driving St. Sebastian Parish School to challenge all students, alumni, parents, parishioners, supporters of education and the Catholic community to help exceed this goal, according to school officials.

“We are so excited that the Wilt family stepped up for our children,” said St. Sebastian Parish School Principal Sandie Isabella. “Any size donation will be valuable, and if just four more families from our community would match the Wilt’s generosity, we will be able to purchase one Learning Lab for our kids. We are very fortunate.”

The goal is to have at least one cart for each grade level.

To help St. Sebastian Parish School meet this challenge, contact Director of Development Jennifer Knapp Ciarlariello at 330-836-2233, ext. 113, or jenniferc@stsebastian.org or visit www.stsebastian.org/ipad.

Nominations Sought for Teacher Excellence Awards in Revere district

BATH — Once again, students, parents, faculty, staff and community residents of the Revere Local School District are invited to nominate an outstanding teacher for the Revere Schools Recognition for Teacher Excellence Award.

The awards were established by residents Chris and Gigi Kostoff to recognize the hard work and dedication of teachers who challenge and enable Revere children each day to work hard and succeed, according to district officials.

Two teachers will be recognized at the annual Convocation Day in August with an award carrying a $500 stipend and a plaque. One award will be given to an educator who teaches kindergarten through fifth grade students, and the other award will be given to an educator working with students in grades six through 12.

Teachers are eligible if they stimulate intellectual curiosity, raise aspirations and demand the best from their students, according to district officials. The deadline for nominations is May 31. Complete guidelines and a nomination form are available at www.revereschools.org, any district school or at the Revere Administration Building.

Nominees must have demonstrated commitment to Revere Schools as evidenced by a minimum of three-year tenure. Teachers should also demonstrate one or more of the following qualities: significant impact and effectiveness; commitment to students, including responsibility and concern for academic progress; creativity and innovation in teaching; and leadership that provides a positive role model for students.

Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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