Beachwood Schools news: High school music students to learn from pros; two options presented for elementary school buildings


BEACHWOOD, Ohio — Here is a look at what is happening in Beachwood City Schools as presented by the district.

Beachwood High music students to learn from professionals

The Beachwood High School music department 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 da gambist David B. Ellis.

The musicians in residence will lead nine workshops to prepare students for January’s Ohio Music Education Association’s annual solo and ensemble competition. The workshops will focus on conductorless ensemble skills — that is, students will learn to play without a leader in front of them. Students will learn to read each other’s body language and breathing to communicate tempo, phrasing, and dynamics as they share the responsibility of leadership during a chamber performance.

“We’re raising the bar,” said Fine Arts Resource Specialist and recently retired school orchestra director Lisa Goldman. “The residencies are going to elevate students participating in the OMEA competitions, helping them develop musically and with confidence.”

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 collected more than 30,000 pajamas for children in hospitals through her nonprofit Sweet Dreams for Kids.

This holiday season, Dalya continued to spread comfort to children 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 PJs through Nov. 22.

CVC Athletes Put Rivalries Aside for 2022 Leadership Conference

Students from 23 Chagrin Valley Conference schools put athletic rivalries aside for a day of collaboration and teamwork during the annual Chagrin Valley Leadership Conference, hosted Nov. 18 in the Beachwood High School gymnasium.

The interactive program featured a keynote presentation on creating a positive mindset by Youth Leadership Development Coach Ted Weise.

“A positive mindset is critical for being a successful leader,” said Beachwood Athletic Director Ryan Peters. “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 collaborating with students from other schools.

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

Beachwood High athletes at 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.

Board of Education Holds First of Two Study Sessions on Elementary Facilities Master Plan

The Beachwood Board of Education held a public study session Nov. 17 to explore two master plan options that the design team has recommended based on community input. Click here to watch the full meeting.

One option includes updates to Fairmount School/board of education building for prekindergarten, 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 projected cost for this option is $64.9 million.

The second option includes renovations and additions to Fairmount for grades PreK-2, and a new elementary school at Bryden for grades 3-5. This plan also includes redeveloping the Hilltop site into a community recreation park. The projected 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 duration, student impact, and project costs. The conversations will continue during a second public study session scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Fairmount building, 24601 Fairmount Blvd.

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