Just a reminder that Music Boosters is having a general meeting Tuesday, January 9th in the Keyboard room at LHS Performing Arts Wing. Enter through the doors on the south side of the performing arts wing, east of the band room door. We will have signs directing you to the keyboard room. The general meeting starts at 7:30pm. Please come and hear about the Sing and Serve Fundraiser at Garfield Middle School on Friday, Jan 26th.
We are selling spirit wear for Lakewood High School’s music programs. The store will close Sunday Dec. 3rd at midnight. We should have the items available Dec. 22nd for distribution. If it is a gift, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a phone number contact to set up pick up of your items so your student will not know if it is a gift for them.
This year Music Boosters has another great discount opportunity for you.
For $20 you can purchase a discount phone app that is valid until August 1,2018 and can be used all year multiple times at the following businesses.
Fear’s confection: 10% off (in store only)(excludes special offers)
Angelo’s Pizza: 15% off of order of $20 and above
Campbell’s Sweets:10% off
Ice Cream Joy: $1 off $5 purchase
Little Lakewood Pasta Co.: 20% off a bag of pasta
Burgers 2 Beer: 10% any purchase (excludes alcohol)(Can’t be used with any other coupons or offers)
Cozumel: 10% off any purchase
Liquid Planet: $5 off $25 purchase
K B Confections: $5 off $25 purchase
Kwick – N-Clean Dry cleaners: 25% off
Domino’s Pizza: (Lakewood and Westlake stores):FREE Medium 1 Topping Pizza with Purchase of Large Pizza at Menu Price (Carryout Only)
Urban Bulk Foods: 10% off orders over $20
3 Palms (Westlake): 10% off pizzas Mondays only
Airport Go-Karts: (Brookpark): buy one get one free
Bomba Tacos and Rum:(Rocky River) 10% off purchase((excludes alcohol)
Dewey’s Pizza: free side salad with any pizza purchase
Georgio’s Pizza: $5 off $25 purchase (Detroit Rd. Lakewood)
O’Tooles Pub and Restaurant : 10% purchase (excludes alcohol)
Pizza Fire: (Rocky River) 15% off purchase
Randy’s Pickles: (Cleveland) 15% off any on line purchase
Scales and Tails of Ohio: 10% off feeders and supplies, see store for additional discounts
Yuzu: (Lakewood) free appetizer with 2 rice bowls (*Cannot be combined with any other special offers or discounts.*Yakitori Flight Excluded from this offer)
One time use discounts:
Dave and Busters: buy 20 game play and get 20 free (one time use only)(Not Valid with Any Other Promotions)
Not Valid Half Price Game Day (Wednesday’s)
River Dog Cafe: Free root beer float with purchase (one time use only)
Sports Cuts: (Rocky River only) $5 off the MVP haircut (one time use only)$5 off the MVP Hair Cut
Only Valid at Rocky River Location
Can not be used with Any other Offer
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Lakewood Music Boosters will have our first general meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The meeting will be in E134, the keyboard room. Please enter LHS through the back double door by the athletic offices. We will have signs! The general meeting starts at 7:30pm. Please attend and learn about our fund raisers for this year and volunteer opportunities to get involved. Come and see the music library and the garment storage system that Music Boosters funded for the new wing!
March 2nd: LHS Band contest concert 7:30pm Civic
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic bands perform their contest pieces
March 9th: LHS Jazz Festival 7:30pm Civic,
Harding and Garfield middle school jazz bands and LHS jazz workshop and LHS Jazz band
March 10th: Large group OMEA District contest at Midview East Intermediate School
March 11th: Large group OMEA District contest at Westlake High school
Tentative times for the Band:
Wind Ensemble – 10:30 AM
Symphonic Band – 3:30 PM
March 15th: Elementary Choir Festival 7pm Civic
The elementary extracurricular choir perform individually and together, Vive a la Four and Fourtes will also be performing.
March 16th: Angelo’s fundraiser for Lakewood Music boosters!
March 17th: Grant Elementary 1:30pm at Grant elementary school
Grades 2 & 3/Grant Singers
March 18th: Middle school Greater Cleveland Solo and Ensemble at Fairview Park
March 22nd: 8th Grade band festival 7:30pm Civic,
Harding and Garfield 8th grade bands perform with LHS Wind Ensemble
March 30th and 31st: Garfield 8th grade play 7:00pm both nights
8th grade play “Half Frozen” at Garfield middle school cafeteria, This play is a drama loosely based on the movie Frozen.
Save the date: Friday, May 19th Lakewood Music boosters will be holding a fund raiser at Around the Corner. Save the date to come for our gathering and enjoy food and drinks!
Wednesday evening June 10th around 70 concerned staff, citizens, and board members gathered at Around the Corner to receive updates regarding the new performing arts wing of the high school. Spearheaded by the performing arts department and representatives of the Lakewood City Schools Administration, the crowd was filled in on the status of the new Performing Arts Wing.
First there was a briefing from Jim Reitenbach, Executive Director Operations & Construction who explained that the State of Ohio has 50% of the decision-making power considering that they are providing 50% funding; furthermore, there are three “pots” of monies that any project draws from. Consequently, there is a large disparity between what the new wing needs- specifically regarding the acoustic treatments of the new rooms- and what the State of Ohio has budgeted for the project. The state follows a manual for a school that is 1400-1800 students in size; however, that number does not reflect our school performing arts program and the actual numbers of students served.
To encapsulate the problem, the acoustic treatments need to be planned into this phase of the project and the funds just aren’t there, neither for the consultants needed nor for the actual project. The State of Ohio budgeted 10K for the services of an acoustician; however, the actual cost of was significantly higher. This cost was born by the performing arts department the firm of Talaske Sound Thinking from Chicago one was retained by the raising of $63K in one week so that a professional could accurately determine what is needed.
Acoustics are important in these spaces for three reasons:
- to prevent “sonic bleed”- sound coming through the walls or ceiling, disrupting practices, rehearsals or studies;
- to protect the hearing of students and staff from exorbitant decibel levels; and
- to promote the ear-training of student musicians; to be able to hear all of the instruments or voices for improves pitch accuracy, harmonic blending, etc.
At the time of this meeting, Talaske is providing the plan and supervision of the plan for the acoustical treatment of the performing arts wing. The estimates of cost for gypsum board etc have come from the Lakewood Administration and Construction Company in preparation for the next step. The music staff asked the community for a vote of confidence and support in potentially raising the necessary funds to complete the project; the estimated figure to do so is around $324,000.
This target figure of $324,000 incorporates:
- the “best” acoustical treatment, including multiple layers of gypsum board on the ceiling to provide the safest and cleanest sonic environment.
- $91K for conservative wall treatment; 93K for wall treatment which he recommends.
- $211K for the ceilings alone.
- and $22K for 2 motorized garment storage systems for the uniforms and costumes. Much like ones utilized by a dry-cleaners, it is efficient to use because the clothes come to you and it makes excellent use of otherwise unusable space. (There could be additional cost for specialty items that make the best us of the space.)
Jim Reitenbach noted that project could actually come in *under* this amount, but it’s always better to aim for the high mark and come under budget than to need more monies later. We also received assurances from Reitenbach that any “overage” money- monies raised for the building and perhaps not needed- would stay in the Performing Arts budget and could be used at their discretion; those funds would NOT go back into the general fund.
A question was raised about the possibility to renting the Performing Arts areas to community groups, and this possibility remains a viable one. It was mentioned that in time, the space could be rented out to community groups on the evenings and weekends and could potentially be a revenue-producing venue for the Music Department- much like the Civic is for the schools. However, to be a top-tier space, the acoustics must be solid.
During the meeting, the community present voiced it’s resounding support and with “vote” unanimously “agreed” to explore fundraising for the Performing Arts Wing. There were no dissenting voices. There was a suggestion to create a separate fundraising entity separate from the Lakewood Music Boosters, and that that entity would need to be bonded and insured. At that time, the Co-Presidents of Lakewood Music Boosters Tracey Logan and Rachel Pavey took the floor and offered an immediate vote of the executive board (a quorum of executive board members is necessary and was present) to create an ad-hoc sub-committee of Lakewood Music Boosters to spearhead the fundraising efforts, since LMBO is already bonded, insured, and has the necessary infrastructure that will eliminate unnecessary delays.
Shortly after, the floor was opened for discussion of the staffing changes in the district. As district employees, the attending staff could only share the schedule changes and the ripple effects that will impact the schools and community.
Two elementary music specialists retired at the end of the 2015 school year. Per BOE practices, the Superintendent Jeff Patterson determined that only one position should be filled and that one position would be eliminated and those job duties absorbed by the remaining staff. While the whole staff is certified for K-12 music, this puts many music educators out of their fields of specialty- ie, vocal music, band, or orchestra.
Furthermore, the elementary and middle school staff are being asked to cover the CHAMPS and Bridges programs- self-contained special-needs classrooms. None of the music staff have certifications in special needs nor do they have music therapy certifications. Last school year a teacher was asked to cover a CHAMPS class and the district called in a Board Certified Music Therapist to consult and supervise.
Due to the extra classes, increased travel time, and planning necessary to get up to speed in these special needs classes, the middle school vocal and instrumental departments will no longer be able to offer extra-curricular music groups. The teachers have been offering the following ensembles WITHOUT PAYMENT for their time.
Potential programming ramifications include: Losing middle school extra curricular music groups:
- Harding Singers,
- Harding Singers Too,
- Garfield Music Crew,
- Garfield Drama Club [2 productions per year],
- Strolling Strings [at both middle schools],
- both middle school jazz bands,
- Vive L’Garfield, the Capellas)
- OMEA Middle School Solo and Ensemble Contest
- OMEA Middle School Large Group Adjudicated Events
- Sending students to OMEA District 4 Honors Festival (Band, choir and/or orchestra)
- Greater Cleveland Middle School Solo and Ensemble Contest
- Students switching to color instruments
- Music Before the Parks
- Elementary School Choirs
- Elementary Choral Festival
- Light Up Lakewood
This would trickle down to effect:
- Vive L’Four
- Fortes Chamber Choir
- The Lakewood Project
- High School Jazz Band
- Marching Band
The case was made by the music staff that without these “feeder” programs, we will not have well-trained, dedicated and proficient student musicians at the High School level that we currently have. Furthermore, many of these extracurricular ensembles enrich our community with concerts, at public events, and media events.
The meeting wrapped with speakers from the community advocating for music specialists and music therapists for special needs students and a call to action to attend the School Board Meeting on June 15th at Hayes Elementary School. The community was urged to write statements directed at the whole board and last no longer than 3 minutes each.
The information for the meeting is as follows:
Lakewood Board of Education being held on Monday, June 15, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at Hayes Elementary School, 16401 Delaware Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107.
The Board will move immediately to Executive Session in the Hayes’ Main Office Conference Room and will return to public session at 7:00 p.m. in the Hayes’ Cafetorium.
The Board will then take action on the agenda items that were discussed at the June 1 meeting.
Please note that the meeting will now be held in Hayes’ Cafetorium instead of the Board Auditorium as previously noticed.
The community was also urged to send emails and letters of support to the School Board. Their contact information can be found here.