Monday, December 30, 2013


The New Year looks bright for our school district as students and staff return to school on Monday, January 6.  We look forward to a year that will focus on improving our methods of instruction, opening our new elementary school and continuing with facility improvements for Sailorway Middle and Vermilion High School.  On behalf of our entire staff I wish you a happy and healthy new year.    

Just a reminder that residents who are on Facebook can view frequent photo updates on the progress of our new facility.  When logged in to Facebook, users can search for “The New Vermilion Elementary School” and “like” the page to view updates and photos as they are posted.  We also maintain a Facility Project Blog where minutes of the progress meetings are posted.  The Blog can be accessed from the home page of our website, .  You will find the blog link on the right side of the page.  As always, please feel free to call or email me if you have questions or comments about this project. 

The spotlight this month is on Vermilion Elementary School speech pathologist Jessica Fahr, Grade 5 grade math teacher Ken Ryan at Sailorway Middle School and Leo Club advisors Kellie Pancost and Patricia Renaud at Vermilion High School.   

Jessica Fahr was chosen because she makes a positive impact on VES in her role as the Speech/Language Pathologist.  Students who work with Mrs. Fahr are eager to participate in their exercises because she makes it fun as she engages them in activities that help to improve their speech and language skills. Mrs. Fahr encourages students to chart their own progress so that they take ownership of their learning.  She works collegially with the whole staff and assists all of the teachers in helping kids to be successful in the classroom.  Mrs. Fahr is extremely dependable and professional in her position at VES.  We are grateful that Mrs. Fahr is here to provide positive speech and language training for our students. 

Mr. Ken Ryan was chosen this month because he does a great job of making math fun for our kids. Mr. Ryan’s students genuinely look forward to being in class because of his creativity and his quirky personality.  Mr. Ryan grew up in Strongsville and began his teaching career in the Cleveland Public Schools, where he served for 10 years.  After being downsized in Cleveland, he was offered a job and came to Vermilion in 2012.  Mr. Ryan is a huge sports fan (Cleveland Browns, Michigan Wolverines) and shares that enthusiasm with his students.  We were very fortunate that he was able to join our staff.

Leo Club advisors Mrs. Patricia Renaud and Mrs. Kelli Pancost are both outstanding teachers who have taken on the responsibility of leading the Leo Club, which is the junior division of Vermilion’s Lions Club.  Mrs. Renaud and Mrs. Pancost have been planning creative and innovative activities with club this year.  They are responsible for helping to choose the Lions Club Student of the Month and recently organized our annual Cookie and Craft night with Santa Claus.  Mrs. Renaud is new to Vermilion High School, but not new to the area.  Before coming to VHS she taught in Cleveland and has owned a tutoring company for the past six years. She joined our staff this year as an intervention specialist in the special education department.  As a child Mrs. Renaud spent her summers in Vermilion and was excited for the opportunity to return here to teach.  Mrs. Pancost has been teaching for a total of 16 years.  She began her career in Houston, Texas, and came to Vermilion in 2003 as an English/Language Arts teacher.  For many years she taught the Publications class and served as advisor for the VHS yearbook.  This is the first year that Mrs. Pancost and Mrs. Renaud have been involved with Leo Club.

Read more about the December Spotlight employees by clicking the link on the home page of our website. 

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