Superintendent's Weekly Newsletters & Reports

February 17, 2017
Many congratulations are in order this week to our amazing students and staff.  Keystone High School vocalists recently participated in the OMEA District IV Solo and Ensemble Contest. All of our vocalists earned either received Superior (I) or Excellent (II) ratings. Great job to the following students earning these stellar scores and to their Vocal Music Teacher Mrs. Bethany Pearce! Jessica Kun, Cole Stoots, Sarah Verderber, Job Butcher, Rebecka Haun, Isabel Knowlton, Sydnee McCollum, Abigail Sandrock, Ariana Ahart, Paige Dillen, Jennifer McDonald, Karlie Rising, Cameron Vance and Isabelle Wulf.

In upcoming events, there are still two opportunities for residents to take advantage of Lorain County’s free tax preparation service at Keystone Elementary School. The services will be offered on February 27 and March 23 from 3:30-8pm at KES. Call the Keystone Board Office at 440-355-2424 to make an appointment. There are limited walk-in appointments available. For more information about this service, visit Lorain County's Free Tax Prep Coalition's website at http://www.loraincountyfreetaxprep.org/.

Also, thanks to all our Elementary School parents who volunteered their time to help with the Valentine’s day festivities at KES. There were at least two-five parents in each room who planned different crafts for the students.  Additionally, thank you to all of our students, parents, and community members who have donated to our Keystone Kindness Closet. We are still collecting used clothing for all ages, new toiletries, and school supplies. Donations can be dropped off at the KHS office. If you know of any students or families that need these items within our district, please contact Sarah Robinson or Kari Dove-Deal at KHS 440-355-2424.

Lastly, we are hiring substitute teachers, bus drivers, and substitute bus drivers.  Please call the Board of Education Office at 440-355-2424 for more information.

February 10, 2017
It’s been an exciting week at Keystone and will continue as we enter this busy time of year! 

Congratulations to KHS Wrestlers David McCullough, Garrett Coe, and Cody Foster as they are Conference Wrestling Champions! Great job as well to Coach Chris Vondruska as his intensity, commitment, and dedication to the wrestling team is exemplified in their success!

In addition, the competition dance team Kickin It Tumbling & Cheer, comprised of all Keystone dancers, earned the titles of Division Champions and Grand National Champions of the dance division, winning rings and a full paid bid to the Xtreme Spirit National competition. Great job girls and to Coach Shannon Heffernan.

Thank you to all of the parents who attended our third parent seminar, titled “My Kids Are Tired of Testing.”  If you were not able to make it to the presentation, please contact Dave Kish, Curriculum Director at david.kish@keystone.k12.oh.us to attain information shared at the meeting. Our final parent series will take place on Monday, April 3. This presentation will focus on the impact of social media on our children.

Lastly, we are hiring substitute teachers, bus drivers, and substitute bus drivers.  Please call the Board of Education Office at 440-355-2424 for more information.

February 3, 2017
It’s hard to believe that February is already here!  The year is flying by and continues to do so! 

First, I would like to congratulate and honor the students who participated in the Middle School’s Honors Independent Study & Entrepreneur Open House. Led by Ms. Knight, the students showed their creative skills as well as their awesome abilities to acquire and analyze information!

KHS Science Teacher Ms. Stratton also deserves recognition for her hard work in putting together the Carnival, Powderbuff game, and support rally for the Heck family!  The event was well-attended and a huge success!
Also, great job to the High School’s Academic Challenge Team, led by teacher Mr. Habenicht for winning the first round of the scholastic games against Lorain. Senior Luke Peters won top scholar at the match!

The High School’s wrestling team also had a great weekend as they competed at West Holmes. Randy Hartle took 6th place at 106, Clay Todd took 3rd at 138, Garrett Coe earned 3rd at 152, Justin Ocheltree took 4th at 182, and David McCullough took 1st at 195! Great job wrestlers and Coach Vondruska

Lastly, the FCCLA would like to thank all that purchased an American Heart Association t-shirt.  With your support, they were able to raise $350 for the American Heart Association!

January 27, 2017
We are continuing our Parent Series with our upcoming third program, called “My Kids Are Tired of Testing.” The program will be held on Monday, February 6 at 6pm in the KMS Cafe. In this session, parents will learn what state and district tests their children have to take and secrets that both the students and parents can use in order to ensure the best score possible on those tests.

Please plan on attending our Powderbuff game, Carnival, and Support Rally on Thursday, Feb 2 for the family of Keith Heck, a beloved Keystone staff member who passed away this summer.  The Carnival begins at 6:30pm and concludes at 8pm, and the Powderbuff game will begin at 7pm.  The event features face painting, a photo booth, crafts, and other popular carnival games! Game tickets, basket raffle tickets, and concessions will be available throughout the event. Also, raffle tickets will be sold for numerous items. 

Lorain County’s Free Tax Preparation will be offered at Keystone Elementary School on February 9 and 27, and on March 23 from 3:30-8pm for qualifying families. Call the Keystone Board Office at 440-355-2424 to make an appointment. There are limited walk-in appointments available. For more information about this service, visit Lorain County's Free Tax Prep Coalition's website at http://www.loraincountyfreetaxprep.org/.

Lastly, we are hiring substitute teachers, bus drivers, and substitute bus drivers.  Please call the Board of Education Office at 440-355-2424 for more information.

January 20, 2017
Great job to all of our students on a wonderful first semester here at Keystone.  They have been working hard, and this is shown in their exemplary academic progress!

We have many upcoming events that we encourage you to attend.  First, we are holding a Powderbuff game, Carnival, and Support Rally on Thursday, Feb 2 for the family of Keith Heck, a beloved Keystone staff member who passed away this summer.  The Carnival begins at 6:30pm and concludes at 8pm, and the Powderbuff game will begin at 7pm.  The event features face painting, a photo booth, crafts, and other popular carnival games! Game tickets, basket raffle tickets, and concessions will be available throughout the event. Also, raffle tickets will be sold for numerous items.  T-shirts will also be sold.  Anyone wearing the t-shirt will be admitted free into the event.  If you do not choose to purchase a t-shirt, admission is $5 at the door. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Heck family. Please see our website at www.keystonelocalschools.org for more information.

In addition, our third parent series, titled “My Kids Are Tired of Testing” will be on February 6 at 6pm in the KMS Cafe. In this session, parents will learn what state and district tests their children have to take and secrets that both the students and parents can use in order to ensure the best score possible on those tests.

Lastly, we are hiring substitute teachers, bus drivers, and substitute bus drivers.  Please call the Board of Education Office at 440-355-2424 for more information.

January 13, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 school year!  We are excited to foster continued success as we enter the second part of our school year. The grading period concludes on Friday, January 20.  The High School will administer semester exams on January 18, January 19, and January 20. The exam schedule is posted on the High School’s website and has also been distributed in paper copy to your student.

In addition, we would like to remind parents and students of our school cancellation policies. When there is a potential school cancellation, administrators attempt to make a decision by 6am. The all-call system, website, Twitter, and Facebook pages are updated immediately, and local media outlets are notified. Two-hour delay schedules are available on each school's website. Our #1 priority is always the safety of the students, and decisions on school closings are based on this priority. If you have questions concerning the school cancellation policy, contact the Board Office or the respective school offices.

Congratulations to our High School wrestling team as they recently held their senior night celebration.  The wrestlers have been working hard, and this is shown in their season’s success.  Also, congratulations to their coach Mr. Vondruska on their stellar performances!

We are hiring substitute teachers. The pay is $90 a day. A substitute license is needed. Please contact the Board Office at 440-355-2424 for more information. We are also hiring substitute bus drivers.  Please contact the Board Office at 440-355-2424 for more information.