Superintendent's Weekly Newsletters & Reports

March 16, 2018

We have important upcoming events I would like to make you aware of. At the start of our Board of Education meeting this Monday, March 19, we will hold a school safety presentation. The presentation will begin at 6pm with information provided by Superintendent Franco Gallo, LaGrange Police Officers, Keystone administrators, and school counselors.  A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.  The presentation will also be available on our website and social media pages.  The presentation will be held at Keystone High School in Room 124.

Next week, the Keystone Empowers You (KEY) collaborative is holding a no-cost cooking class on Thursday, March 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Keystone Elementary School cafetorium, Chef Katherine, of Katherine Dewitt Catering, will demonstrate how to cook weekday, budget-friendly proteins. The whole family will enjoy the easy, exciting updates to their dinners. Anyone is welcome. Space is limited, so registration is encouraged. Email with the names and contact info of registrants, or call 440-355-2424.  

In April, an important Internet Safety and Suicide Prevention Workshop will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 9am to 1pm at the Christian Heritage Church in Avon.  The training is open to the public.  Parents, caregivers, teachers, principals, school counselors, and all other interested parties are encouraged to attend. The workshop is being sponsored by the Lorain County Board of Mental Health, EPIC, inc., and Jason Foundation. Find more information on our website or social media pages.

Lastly, I would like to thank the High School staff who organized and facilitated the spring senior citizens breakfast. Great job to teachers Shannon Heffernan, Kari DoveDeal, Bethany Pearce, and Sarah Robinson as well as students in our Youth-4-Youth organization and FCCLA.

March 9, 2018
The KHS Concert Band performed at the OMEA District 4 Large Group Event in Westlake. Our concert band earned a “Superior” rating, which qualifies them for State Contest on April 20-21 at North Royalton High School. We are very proud of our students for their hard work and this exciting honor!

I encourage you to take part in a facet of our wellness initiative and join the KeystoneGo program and get rewarded for getting active. This month, pick up a punch card at the Keystone-LaGrange Library or Keystone Board of Education. Get your card punched whenever you do a designated activity – such as attending Silver Sneakers or checking out a blood pressure cuff at the library. Then submit your card for a chance to win a $100 gift card of your choice. Find more information on Keystone Empower You’s Facebook page, email, or call Andrea at 440-284-3285.

In upcoming events, the Keystone Elementary School PTA is hosting Family Science Night on Friday, March 16th from 6:00pm-9:00pm at KES. The event is free for attendees. Activities include hands on fun experiments, family photo booth, 20+ stations presented by Lorain County Community College, Ohio State University, Black River Astronomy Club, Green Circle Growers, Nordson, volunteers, and teachers!

Also, on Thursday, March 15, our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will be holding a concert at 7pm in the Keystone High School café. And lastly, although it’s hard to believe the year is flying by so quickly, the end of our third grading period is on Friday, March 16.

March 5, 2018

It has been a busy few weeks at Keystone! First, I would like to recognize our many outstanding music students and their accomplishments. Congratulations to our KMS Band students who participated in the Lorain County Solo and Ensemble event over the weekend at Brookside High School: Skylar Loeber, Nathan Geiger, Lindsay Wade, Chase Cuson, Bryson Kimble, Ayden Olic, Jacob Willi, Kelsey Kovacs, Brandon Seman, Ava Kinas, Cody Grimmett, Michael Gale, Braden Cuson, Kevin Seman, Ben Bostick, Alex Tight, Stephen Faltay, Michael Spatafore, Leah Long, Tyler Semenik, Kaylee Kassay, Hayley Vance, Brady Hurst, Grace McCormick, and Beau Hurst. In addition to these outstanding middle schoolers, congratulations the following KMS choir students who participated in the Lorain County Solo and Ensemble contest this past weekend: Grace Hagerman, Emily Wittlinger, Kennedy Jackson, Jackie Carpenter, Alana Gency, Elena Runion, Hannah Maitland, and Hayley Vance. All of our KMS vocalists received Superior or Excellent ratings! Our high school band students also had stellar performances at the event, earning both superior and excellent ratings. Great job to Krissy Heck, Dalton Conn, Bree Wilkins, Jack Sherlock, Emma Gregory, Natalie Schank, Jessica Kun, Patrick Teets, Becca Kern, Seneca McCullough, Emily Skala, Sarah Teets, Shannon Yoder, Shea Owens, Kaitlyn Likes, and Caitlin Bradley.

In upcoming events, the spring senior citizens breakfast, hosted by the High School’s FCCLA and Youth-4-Youth organization is on Wednesday, March 14 from 9:30-10:30am in the KHS Cafe. Please RSVP with the number attending to Shannon Heffernan @ or at 440-355-2400 by Monday, March 12. All senior citizens in our District are welcome to attend.

We are also holding our Family First Night on Monday, March 12. On this day, we are keeping the focus on our families and will not be holding any after-school activities, games, practices, or events. Several local businesses have joined us in this effort, and on this day, they will have discounts and promotions on their foods and services. A list of these participating businesses is forthcoming.

Lastly, plan on taking part in our KeystoneGO program and get rewarded for getting active. In March, pick up a punch card at the Keystone-LaGrange Library or Keystone Board of Education. Get your card punched whenever you do a designated activity – such as attending Silver Sneakers or checking out a blood pressure cuff at the library. Then submit your card for a chance to win a $100 gift card of your choice. Find more information on Keystone Empower You’s Facebook page. Please email with any questions. Great job Keystone on our commitment to getting active and living healthy lifestyles!

February 9, 2018
Congratulations to Keystone High School sophomore Job Butcher as he was selected to perform in the Ohio All-State Choir at the Ohio Music Education Association conference in Columbus. More than 600 vocalists apply yearly to earn this distinction, and Job was one of 161 performers to be selected. Job is also the third Keystone choir member EVER to perform in this group. Congratulations Job and teacher Mrs. Pearce on this outstanding accomplishment.

Our District also recently earned a distinction as a result of our development of three policies related to tobacco use on school grounds. These policies prohibit the use of tobacco products on Keystone’s campus by students, staff, community members, extracurricular and athletic event attendees, etc. As a result of the adoption and enforcement of these policies, Keystone earned a 100% score from the Ohio Department of Health for our tobacco policies, making our District one of the four Lorain County Schools to earn this distinction. The Department of Health is donating 150 lunch boxes for our students and providing free signage to continue to promote and enforce these policies. We would like to thank our community and parents for supporting us in this commitment to provide a healthy environment for all attending Keystone.

In upcoming events, I encourage qualifying families to take advantage of Lorain County’s Free Tax Preparation Services. These services are available for individuals or families whose income for 2016 is under $60,000 and for those who do not have any rental property income. If you qualify, please schedule an appointment to take advantage of these services as walk-in appointments are limited. These services will be offered at Keystone Elementary School on February 26 and March 22 from 3:30-8:30pm. Call the Keystone Board Office at 440-355-2424 to schedule your appointment today or visit for more information.

Lastly, if your child is going to be joining us as a Wildcat Kindergartner next year, and you were unable to make it to our recent 2018-2019 kindergarten meeting, please navigate to the Elementary School’s website at to view the presentation.

February 2, 2018

I am excited to introduce our new board members, Carrie O’Boyle and Devin Stang.

Carrie O’Boyle has been actively involved in Keystone’s PTA as a board member and as a volunteer mom. She is also a member of the KEY Collaborative, an organization in the community that brings nutrition and physical education resources to the community. Carrie’s passion for good health has led her to form a PTA sponsored health club called Tough Kids Eat Broccoli with the goal being to teach and empower elementary school-­‐age children to make healthy choices and to form good habits that will follow them into adulthood. Carrie has been the Clinical Dietitian at Keystone Pointe Health and Rehab Facility in Lagrange since 2008. Carrie has her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from Notre Dame College and Masters of Science in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University and has been a dietitian for almost 20 years. Her love of Keystone Schools and the community is what led her to become a board member and she is excited to serve and help make the district the best it can be.

Devin Stang graduated from Ashland University with a BS in Elementary Education 1-8 and a Reading endorsement in grades K-12 in 1995.  He went on to earn a M.Ed. in 2003 in Curriculum and Instruction and later gained licensure in Administration and Gifted Education.  He is currently working towards earning a doctoral degree in Gifted Education through the University of Toledo, and is an active member of OAGC.  He has been employed by Sandusky City Schools since 1998 and has served on numerous educational strategic teams, a STEM advisory board, and has helped construct curriculum for an all-gifted school. He is both proud and excited to be a part of the leadership team of the Keystone Local School District.

In upcoming events, our fourth annual Keystone Adult Choir will begin practice soon. The choir is open to all Keystone relatives, older siblings, neighbors, friends, etc.-- not just parents and staff! Rehearsals will take place on February 13, February 20 and February 26 from 7:30-8:15pm in the KHS music room. The adult choir will perform at the high school choir concert on Tuesday, February 27 at 7pm. Please plan to attend at least TWO of the three rehearsals! Please contact Choir Director Bethany Pearce at or at 440-355-2400 with questions.

January 26, 2018
I would like to congratulate our many outstanding students who achieve success academically and also within the arts. Recently three Keystone High School band students, Matt Rister (percussion), Blaise Sherlock (horn), and Jack Sherlock (trombone) were selected to participate in the Kent State University All-Star Honors Band Festival, practicing and performing with outstanding musicians from area schools. In addition, freshman Emma Gregory (clarinet) impresses as she is participating in the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra and their philharmonic orchestra. Lastly, five KMS band students also earned recognition for their outstanding talent. Cody Grimmett, horn, Michael Spatafore, trombone, Braden Cuson, trombone, Beau Hurst, saxophone, and Declan Herbert, tub, recently performed in the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra’s concert.

In addition to our outstanding musicians, our Keystone artists also continue to impress. KHS student Alexa Olic earned a multitude of awards for her outstanding artwork! The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recognized Alexa with the following accolades: honorable mention, silver key, and gold key for her portrait of a young child. The gold key artwork will go on to the national judging in New York. Her artwork and those from many other talented students are on display now at the Stocker Center gallery at LCCC until February 11. They are open for viewing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 4:30-7:30pm and on Sunday 1-3pm.

In upcoming events, The Kayden Williams Powderbuff Volleyball Tournament will take place on Tuesday, January 30 at 7 pm. Admission is $5 at the door and profits will go toward the Kayden Williams Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded next year.

Lastly, the After Prom Committee is hosting a high school cosmic bowling night Feb 18 at Strike Out Lanes from 9:30-midnight (there is no school on Feb 19) . The cost is $15 and includes two hours of bowling & shoe rental. Tickets will be sold at home boys basketball games on a first come/first serve basis with payment.

January 19, 2018

As we continue into the month of January and enter into the third grading period of the year, there are many upcoming important events for parents and students.

On Wednesday, January 24, Keystone Middle School will hold a College Credit Plus Parent Information Night from 6:00-7pm in the KMS Cafeteria. This information night is for students currently attending the Middle School. At the event, the Guidance Department will be joined by representatives from Lorain County Community College. They will discuss the numerous college credit options for Keystone students. If you have questions about this event or are unable to attend, please contact Kristen Lazard, KMS Guidance Counselor, at 440-355-2200 or at

For our entering kindergarteners, Keystone Elementary is holding a Parent Information Night for upcoming kindergarteners on Tuesday, January 23 from 6:00-7pm in the KMS/ KES cafeteria. The night will be filled with information about enrolling, curriculum and what to expect in kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. Children eligible for kindergarten must be 5 years old before August 1st.

The Middle School’s Honors Reading & Writing Students will present at the annual Independent Study/Entrepreneur Open House on January 30 in the KES/KMS Café from 4:30-6pm. Please plan to attend and see their impressive projects!

Lastly, I would like to remind our parents, residents, and students that Keystone Elementary is open for indoor walking every Thursday from 6-7pm. In addition, we are also continuing to offer our residents FREE use of Keystone High School’s fitness weight room.  The weight room is open for community use Monday through Thursday from 6pm-8pm.

January 12, 2018

Welcome back and Happy New Year 2018. I would again like to extend our deepest sympathies for the Williams family and friends. The High School guidance counselors, administration, and teachers are available for students as they continue to cope with this loss.

As we progress into the 2018 school year, there are numerous upcoming events for parents of both present and incoming students to be aware of.  

On Wednesday, January 24 from 6:00-7:00pm, KMS will hold a College Credit Plus Parent Information Night with representatives from Lorain County Community College. The meeting will take place in the Middle School’s cafeteria and will provide information for parents and students concerning earning college credit while attending Keystone.  

Keystone Elementary School is holding a Parent Information Night for upcoming kindergarteners on Tuesday, January 23rd from 6:00-7:00 pm in the KMS/ KES cafeteria. The night will be filled with information about enrolling, curriculum and what to expect in kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. Children eligible for kindergarten must be 5 years old before August 1st, 2018.

Lastly, as we continue into the harsh winter we are experiencing, I would like to outline our school cancellation procedures. When there is a potential school cancellation or two-hour delay, administrators attempt to make a decision by 6am. The all-call system, District 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. The District's #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 at 440-355-2424.