Administrators and SRO respond quickly to threat of violence at Sailorway

By Melanie Williamson On Tuesday, October 23, Sailorway Middle School students, teachers, and administrators were preparing to participate in a district-wide evacuation drill, which involved every student leaving the school and walking to a secondary location. This type of drill requires a great deal of preparation and practice to ensure that in the event ofContinue reading “Administrators and SRO respond quickly to threat of violence at Sailorway”

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Vermilion students enjoy benefits of free afterschool program

By Melanie Williamson Through a grant, the Vermilion Local School District has been able to provide a free afterschool program for students at the elementary and middle schools in cooperation with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County started in 1999 and is now the largestContinue reading “Vermilion students enjoy benefits of free afterschool program”

Sailorway is embracing camp theme inviting community to participate

By Melanie Williamson Each year Sailorway Middle School chooses a new theme that guides new and ongoing school activities and events. This year, the administration has chosen a camp theme and is working to ensure the students learn plenty of new skills. As part of this adventure, they have instituted a new program called S.A.I.L.,Continue reading “Sailorway is embracing camp theme inviting community to participate”

Eagle Scout project at Sailorway Middle School is relaxing reading garden

By Karen Cornelius   Scout Troop #214 member Zachary Redmon is on his way to fulfilling his goal to be an Eagle Scout. Part of the process is to create an Eagle Scout project to inspire and share with others. Redmon, 15, has just completed his project and it’s a quiet, relaxing spot located inContinue reading “Eagle Scout project at Sailorway Middle School is relaxing reading garden”

Sailorway students spend time with author, get preview of her next book

By Melanie Williamson Maria Balotta has been working with students her entire adult life, and after retiring as a school counselor in 2015, she decided to pursue her dream of writing children’s books. Although she had previously published works, this summer, she released her first English/Spanish illustrated children’s book; The Little Box of Truth, LaContinue reading “Sailorway students spend time with author, get preview of her next book”

Vermilion troop 51164 “goes green” to earn Girl Scout Silver Award

By Melanie Williamson   If you haven’t driven by Sailorway Middle School recently, be sure to swing by the front entrance to get a look at one of the school’s three new recyclable benches made possible by Vermilion Girl Scout Troop 51164. The troop is comprised of Kayla Bartlebaugh, Hannah Piwinski, Hannah Welch, Sydney Stacklin,Continue reading “Vermilion troop 51164 “goes green” to earn Girl Scout Silver Award”

Superintendent suggests alternative to protest state report cards

By Melanie Williamson Last month the state report cards for all the school districts were released. In an article published in the Thursday, September 21, edition of the Photojournal, superintendent Phil Pempin and assistant superintendent Jim Balotta responded to the release of the state report card. At that time, both Pempin and Balotta reiterated theirContinue reading “Superintendent suggests alternative to protest state report cards”

School board approves hiring of new Sailorway Middle School Principal

By: Melanie Williamson At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, Sailorway Middle School Principal Brian Zeller announced to parents and students at the Sailor Salute night that he was leaving Sailorway to take a position in another district. He gave a heartfelt goodbye as he shared what he loved about Sailorway and what heContinue reading “School board approves hiring of new Sailorway Middle School Principal”

Sailorway athletes prove competitive

Sailorway Middle School spring sports are in full swing, and the young athletes are proving the have what it takes to be competitive. On Thursday, April 13, the 7th grade softball team played a tough game against Rocky River only leading by a few points until the girls got their bats moving, which is whenContinue reading “Sailorway athletes prove competitive”

District decides parking lot needs take preference over tennis courts

By: Melanie Williamson Student liaison updates: The VHS computer science coding class has been working for several months now on building a website for the coffee shop that would allow teachers and students to order their drinks online to be picked up after class. This has been quite an undertaking as students described having toContinue reading “District decides parking lot needs take preference over tennis courts”