Beachwood Schools News: High School Music Students Learn From Pros; presented two options for elementary school buildings

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Here’s a look at what’s happening at Beachwood City Schools as presented by the district.

Beachwood High music students learn from professionals

The Music Department of Beachwood High School is hosting three musical residencies in partnership with the Cleveland Federation of Musicians, Local 4. Kent State University’s Black Squirrel Winds Ensemble and the BlueWater Brass Quintet will reside with the concert band, as will conductor, cellist and viola viol player David B Ellis.

The musicians in residence will lead nine workshops to prepare students for the Ohio Music Education Association’s annual solo and ensemble competition in January. The workshops focus on conductorless ensemble skills – meaning students will learn to play without a conductor in front of them. Students learn to read each other’s body language and breathing to communicate tempo, phrasing, and dynamics while sharing leadership responsibilities during a chamber performance.

“We’re raising the bar,” said Lisa Goldman, visual arts resource specialist and recently retired director of the school’s orchestra. “The residencies will nurture the students participating in the OMEA competitions and help them to develop musically and confidently.”

To read more about the partnership, visit here.

Beachwood High student collects 30,000 pajamas for children in hospitals

Beachwood High School student Dalya Berezovsky, who survived cancer as an infant, has raised more than 30,000 pajamas for children in hospitals through her nonprofit organization Sweet Dreams for Kids.

This holiday season, Dalya continued to spread comfort to kids around the world with the 2022 Sweet Dreams for Kids Pajama Drive at Beachwood City Schools. To kick off the PJ Drive, Dalya created a video message and letter to the school community. Beachwood City Schools rallied in support of Dalya by collecting new two-piece pajamas through November 22.

CVC athletes set aside rivalries for 2022 leadership conference

Students from 23 Chagrin Valley Conference schools put aside athletic rivalries for a day of collaboration and teamwork during the annual Chagrin Valley Leadership Conference taking place Nov. 18 at Beachwood High School’s gymnasium.

The interactive program included a keynote presentation on Creating a Positive Mindset by Youth Leadership Development Coach Ted Weise.

“A positive attitude is critical to being a successful leader,” said Ryan Peters, Beachwood’s athletic director. “Ted works with the students on how to go the extra mile for a teammate or an opponent by treating them with respect and gratitude.”

Eleventh grader Mar’Tez Pinkney, who plays varsity football and basketball, said he enjoyed working with students from other schools.

“I’ve learned to share my ideas and also to hear other people’s,” Pinkney said. “This conference helped me learn how to deploy my team and also take control of something when something needs to be done.”

Beachwood High athletes at the CVC leadership meeting

Beachwood High School athletes, from left: Anna Zhao, Sydney Anderson, Jack Felder, Ozan Sasmaz, Hudson Peters, Kylie Walters, Johnathon Owens and Mar’Tez Pinkney.

The Board of Education holds the first of two study sessions on the Basic Institutions Master Plan

The Beachwood Board of Education held a public study session on November 17 to examine two master plan options that the design team recommended based on community input. Click here to view the entire meeting.

One option includes updates to the Fairmount School/Preschool Board of Education building and the construction of two new elementary facilities – one at Bryden Elementary for grades K-2 and another at Hilltop Elementary for grades 3-5. The estimated cost of this option is $64.9 million.

The second option involves renovations and additions to Fairmount for grades PreK-2 and a new primary school in Bryden for grades 3-5. This plan also includes the redevelopment of the Hilltop site into a community recreation park. Estimated cost is $58.4 million.

At the study session, the school board asked consultants from ThenDesign Architecture and Project Management Consultants detailed questions about the pros and cons of each option, construction time, student impact and project costs. The conversations will continue during a second public learning session scheduled for November 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairmount Building, 24601 Fairmount Blvd.

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