November 26, 2014

Medina
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Teachers preparing classrooms for start of school next week

Jodie Rubino, a 6th grade language arts teacher of A.I Root prepares her classroom for the upcoming school year. Rubino started her teaching career at A.I. Root 12 years ago. She said she enjoys teaching at the middle school level and watching her students grow from kids during 6th grade into young adults as they leave middle school for high school. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Jodie Rubino, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at A.I Root prepares her classroom for the upcoming school year. Rubino started her teaching career at A.I. Root 12 years ago. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Teachers around Medina County are gearing up to welcome students back to school next week and preparing for orientation meetings with new students and their parents.

On Thursday afternoon, Jodie Rubino, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at A.I. Root Middle School in Medina was readying her classroom for orientation meetings.

She said she enjoys teaching sixth grade because during the three years the students are in her school, she gets to “see them grow up while they’re here,” she said.

Jodie Rubino, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at A.I. Root Middle School, prepares her classroom for the upcoming school year. Rubino started her teaching career at the Medina school 12 years ago. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Jodie Rubino, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at A.I. Root Middle School, prepares her classroom for the upcoming school year. She was busy hanging posters on Thursday afternoon and said her favorite poster is a small puppy facing a line of very large dogs. The poster says “Success starts with believing in yourself.” (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Her bookcase already is filled with popular books, including “Wonder,” a novel about a fifth-grade student with facial abnormalities who attends public school for the first time and is met with bullying.

The United Way of Medina County and Medina County District Library are encouraging all residents to read the book in an effort to combat bullying and teen suicides. Area businesses, organizations and private donors help purchase 2,300 copies of the book to give to all sixth-graders in Medina County.

Rubino said there are many characters her sixth-graders can relate to.

“All the characters in the book are dealing with something,” she said. “It’s perfect for middle school.”

Teachers at the Medina County Career Center in Medina are also getting ready for the year.

John Skarl, who teaches English, said he enjoys preparing the students for college. He teaches a dual college credit class to set students up to be prepared for college coursework.

“It’s nice our seniors can walk out of here with college credit,” he said.

He said he enjoys working at the Career Center where he is beginning his 13th year.

“Life puts you where you need to be and I am happy with the place I’m in,” he said.

Most schools welcome students back to class next week. Over the next few days, teachers will conduct staff meetings and student and parent orientations.


FIRST DAYS

Below is a list of starting dates for all Medina County public schools:

Black River
• Aug. 27 — First day for students
Brunswick
• Aug. 18 — First day for students in grades one to 12
• Aug. 19 — First day for kindergartners
Buckeye
• Aug. 20 — First day for students
Cloverleaf
• Aug. 19 — First day for students
Highland
• Aug. 20 — First day for students
Medina
• Aug. 19 — First day for students
Wadsworth
• Aug. 20 — First day for students in grades one to 12 and first day for kindergarten students with last name beginning with the letters A to H
• Aug. 21 — First day for kindergarten students with last name I to Q
• Aug. 22 — First day for kindergarten students with last name R to Z
• Aug. 25 — Regular schedule for all kindergarten students and first day for preschool students


  • Buckeye

    Buckeye kindergarten does not start until Aug 22nd.