Saturday, December 29, 2012
What do you think were some of the biggest stories from Patch’s Ohio sites in 2012? Tell us in the comments.
As the year ends, we're taking a look at some of the most-read local stories on Ohio’s Patch sites in 2012. The stories above are the ones that readers read and responded to the most. They had long discussions in the comments and shared them on Facebook and Twitter. Many of the stories are of loss in our Patch communities, but others, like the video of the Navy dad's homecoming on Fairlawn-Bath Patch or the story of an employee who gave his boss a kidney on Cleveland Heights Patch, inspire hope. Click through the gallery above for a brief look at some of the most-read local Patch stories of 2012 or click on the headlines below for the full stories.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
With the help of a $50,000 Safe and Drug Free School grant, Cuyahoga Falls students will combat bullying on a district-wide basis through seminars and interactive programs starting Sept. 17.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The start of the new school year brings a new front in the battle on bullying in the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools with the help of the $50,000 Safe and Drug Free Schools Grant the district received from the Ohio Department of Education last spring. This grant money will be used to further create a safe, disciplined school environment that supports academic achievement for every student in the community. With a portion of the funds from this grant all students in the district will participate in Rachel’s Challenge, a series of empowering assembly programs that will equip students to combat bullying and create a culture of kindness and compassion in the schools. The assemblies are based on the life of Rachel Scott, the first person killed in …
Monday, June 18, 2012
The group, otherwise known as Students Supporting Tolerance, Acceptance, uNderstanding and Diversity, will use the five-figure grant to promote its district-wide initiatives, writes STAND adviser Rachel Muster.
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Cuyahoga Falls City School District was recently awarded a $50,000 Safe and Drug Free Schools (SDFS) grant by the Ohio Department of Education. The grant, written by myself and Jessica Moore, will be used for district-wide S.T.A.N.D. and school climate programming. S.T.A.N.D. is an anti-bullying initiative that began at CFHS at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. The acronym stands for students supporting tolerance, acceptance, understanding, and diversity. The purpose of this club is to improve school climate and promote open-minded, non-judgmental ways of coexisting with others. The goal of S.T.A.N.D. is to foster a school environment in which every student and staff member feels accepted, valued, and celebrated. STAND was …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Patch caught up with Moore on Friday to discuss how the middle school is combating the bullying issue and what still needs to be done.
On March 14, over 100 Bolich students assembled on the school's front lawn to protest against bullying. Students said Bolich administrators weren't taking the problem seriously and demanded change. Two months later, roughly the same number of students plus staff gathered in the courtyard to celebrate STAND week, an anti-bullying initiative set up, in part, by Bolich teacher Jessica Moore. Patch caught up with Moore on Friday to discuss how the middle school is combating the issue and what still needs to be done. Patch: What is STAND, why was the organization formed and how did STAND week come about? Jessica Moore: The mission of STAND is to support beliefs of tolerance, acceptance, understanding, and diversity. This is done through …
Friday, May 18, 2012
Over 100 students convened in front of Bolich early Friday morning to cap off this year's battle against bullying.
Bolich students didn't disappoint when it was their time to take a STAND. The newly formed organization, comprised of teachers, staff and students who Support Tolerance, Acceptance, uNderstanding and Diversity, organized a week of events and activites to stem bullying and spread kindness, said Bolich teacher and STAND adviser, Jessica Moore. The week was capped off by Friday's flash dance, choreographed by eighth graders Lauren Cea and Shelly Criss. About 50 students began rehearsing on Monday with the number of dancers doubling by week's end. For more on STAND week, read on. For full coverage of bullying and local efforts to combat it, check out our topic page on bullying in middle school.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Bolich intervention behaviorist Jessica Moore offers a comprehensive look at how the middle school's teachers and students are combating bullying.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I am a teacher at Bolich and the advisor for our newly formed STAND group (Supporting Tolerance, Acceptance, uNderstanding and Diversity). This week the STAND students at Bolich are doing some great things to help promote the core principles of STAND, to improve school climate, to help stop bullying and to spread kindness: Monday morning as students and staff came into the building, they were greeted with positive messages written on post-it notes on their lockers/doors. Everyone was given a "fuzzy," which is a necklace with some pieces of yarn attached. Anytime students or staff want to compliment someone or thank them, they can pull off a piece of yarn and give it to the other person. Throughout the week STAND students will be …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The new initiative will align parents with the Cuyahoga Falls City School district to help stem bullying.
Bullies beware, the Upstanders of Cuyahoga Falls are coming to a school near you. At the conclusion of Wednesday’s Bolich Middle School bullying forum, parent Kryste Lilliquist announced the new initiative, which will “bridge the gap between parents and the school district” and create a more unified front in the fight against bullying. Their mission breaks down to prevention, awareness and peaceful resolution, she said. Lilliquist and the seven other parents who lead the group have already recruited therapists to help treat students who are bullied and the bullies themselves. Other plans include: distributing Upstander bracelets and t-shirts, working to get a spot in the bicentennial parade, raising money for anti-bullying causes and …
Monday, April 2, 2012
A local parent echoes the concerns of her children and asks school administrators to take a tougher stance on bullying.
Editor's Note: Given the controversy involved in this issue, the writer of this letter has asked to remain anonymous. I am a new parent in the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools. My children and I moved here last year. Everyday, my son (a very outgoing, popular boy in his last school) takes a deep breath before entering the high school, and everyday when I pick him up, he takes a deep breath of relief that nothing has happened to him. He tells me everyday going from one class to another he does NOT feel safe. He sees kids picked on, called names and sometimes hit or thrown around. This is something he has never experienced before. He lives in fear and wonders when it's going to be his turn. His so-called friends talk in a cruel fashion to one …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Nichols says he'll work with the Cuyahoga Falls City School district and community at-large to help solve ongoing bullying issues.
Editor's note: Last week, we asked readers to offer constructive solutions on how best to solve the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools' ongoing bullying issues. I submitted your comments to Superintendent Todd Nichols, and he offered the following message in response. “The Cuyahoga Falls City School District is committed to a partnership with our parents and community to address the issues related to student behavior. We encourage all parents and students grades 7-12 to join us Monday, March 26. While the event won’t be an open forum, opportunities and next steps will be taken in the days, weeks, and months to follow. The next, and most immediate step, will be an administrative team meeting at which we will discuss the play (on Tuesday, …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Parents, students, faculty and staff from each district are invited to the event, which will consist of a stage performance and discussion led by a panel of local law experts.
Later this month, the Cuyahoga Falls City School district will host the I Have A Secret anti-bullying event and the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools have been asked to participate as well. The event is open to the community, and students from grades seven to 12 and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend, said Cuyahoga Falls Schools Superintendent Todd Nichols. "(I Have a Secret), presented in part by Diversity Initiatives, is designed to raise awareness of bullying while supporting teachers, administrators and students to actively take steps to help counter the social issue," said Stow-Munroe Falls Schools rep Jacquie Mazziotta. Following the stage performance, a guided discussion will be hosted by a panel of experts, who include…