Sailorway Students Rewarded with Game Center

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Sailorway Middle School students celebrate their charitable work with the mobile game center as it visited the school this morning. Below are some pictures of students playing the Wii, Guitar Hero, and assorted other games. Congratulations students, you did great!


Congratulations May SMS Teacher of the Month

SMS May Teacher of the Month

Jessica Schutrum, Special Education teacher at SMS has been selected as our teacher of the month.  Jessica is a dedicated professional that holds her students to a high standard. She is a caring and compassionate person that advocates for her students and helps them develop the skills necessary to be successful.
Jessica has been with Vermilion Local Schools for four years and grew up in a small town outside of Buffalo, NY.  In addition to her teaching duties, she also coaches the SMS girl’s track team and participates in professional development for the implementation of Teacher-Based Teams at SMS.
Interview on Teaching and Leading
Where did you go to school?  I attended Elementary, Middle and High School in East Aurora, New York. I attended Baldwin-Wallace College and graduated in 2008.

How many years have you been teaching?  This is my fourth year of teaching.
Why or how did you choose to come to Vermilion?  I chose to come to Vermilion after interviewing with Mrs. Riddle at a job fair that I attended while I was student teaching. Shortly after, I interviewed at Sailorway and was offered a teaching position as an intervention specialist for 7th grade.  I was excited about becoming part of a wonderful school and community and about my teaching position in both an inclusion and small group setting.
What do you like most about the Vermilion Local School District? I love the community and the many activities that it has to offer. In many ways, it reminds me of the small town community and school district that I grew up in outside of Buffalo, NY.
Give some examples of things you believe are important in teaching. I believe that it is important to make all students feel important and valued. Everyone has important ideas, beliefs and experiences that they can share with each other.
What do you think is the most important thing you offer Vermilion students? I try my best to instill a good work ethic in my students. I think that it is important they learn to value hard work and learn to always try their best.
Describe some important influences in your life. My parents, teachers and coaches have been an incredibly important influence throughout my life. My Mom is a Physical Education teacher and my Dad works as the Executive Director of a Boys and Girls Club. Both of my parents have taught me how important it is to value children and to help them achieve success. They have been wonderful role models  as I have started my teaching career.

Do you have any interests outside of your job?  Outside of school I enjoy playing sports and spending time with my family and friends. During the school year, I am a track coach for the Sailors and I still enjoy playing soccer. During the summer, I work at a summer camp that I attended as a child.

Members of Vermilion Girl’s Track Team Head to States!

Congratulations to the following girl’s track team members: Hannah Bartlome, Emily Cunningham, AuBree LaForce, Abbey Bodeker, Mallory Morris, Andrea Dillon. This group of young ladies will be traveling to Columbus this week to compete in the state track meet. Times for events can be found below.

Friday Schedule
9:30am – Hannah Bartlome will be high jumping (it is finals)
2:20pm – Emily Cunningham will be running 100m (prelims top 9 times go to finals)
2:30pm – 4x200m relay will be running (prelims top 9 times go to finals) – AuBree LaForce, Hannah Bartlome, Mallory Morris, Emily Cunningham
2:50pm – 4x100m relay will be running (prelims top 9 times go to finals) – Abbey Bodeker, Hannah Bartlome, Mallory Morris, Emily Cunningham
3:40pm – Emily Cunningham will be running 200m (prelims top 9 times go to finals)

Saturday Schedule (if qualified)
1:10pm – Emily Cunningham in 100m
1:15pm – 4x200m relay
1:50pm – 4x100m relay
2:35pm – Emily Cunningham in 200m

If you wish to follow along and get up to the minute updates on results visit:

Good luck to the coaches and team members as they represent the Purple and Gold in Columbus. Go Sailors!

Welcome 3rd Graders!

Sailorway Middle School would like to welcome the visiting 3rd grade students as they come and get acquainted with their new home for next year. This is a very exciting time for them and they all seem very happy, enthusiastic, and even a little bit nervous to come over to their new school. Once again, welcome! Everyone here at Sailorway is truly excited for the opportunity to get to work with each and every special individual.

Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy the Holiday

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. (Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May.) By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

By the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as people visited the graves of their deceased relatives in church cemeteries, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a “dinner on the ground,” the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea


Never Forget

5th Grade Sailorway Band and Choir Perform for Classmates

Emily Cunningham part of four wins, leads Vermilion to second at Division II district meet

High school track: Emily Cunningham part of four wins, leads Vermilion to second at Division II district meet « The Chronicle-Telegram – Lorain County’s leading news source.


Great job Emily and the rest of the Sailor track team on a solid season and continued winning and success.

Vermilion schedules meeting on drug tests –

Vermilion schedules meeting on drug tests –

To quote Superintendent Pempin, this is a problem everywhere you go, not just Vermilion. It is better to be proactive than reactive. Join Vermilion at the board meeting and participate in the online and mailed survey to voice your opinion.

Mock disaster set at Lorain High this morning

Mock disaster set at Lorain High this morning –

Strong, meaningful presentation about the dangers of drinking and driving. Great job here by Lorain City Schools.

Boys Tennis Results

The Boys Varsity Tennis Team raised their record to 5-0 with a 5-0 decision over Oberlin in a non-conference battle last night.

#1 singles Chaz Hansen defeated D. Bosch (6-0) (6-0)

#2 singles Conner Sexton defeated D. Pratt (6-1) (6-1)

#3 singles Kevin Cole defeated K. Vukuic (6-0) (6-2)

#1 doubles Adam White and Shane Spencer defeated D. Cowling and S. Burbridge (6-0) (6-2)

#2 doubles Tim Niehart and Eddie Adkins defeated D. Frantz and M. Hall (6-1) (6-2)

In boys jv tennis action, the team raised their record to 2-0 with a win over Oberlin last night at home.

The boys will travel to Midview Thursday to take on the Middies for a WSC battle and will compete in the Lorain County Coaches Tournament this Friday and Saturday in Avon Lake.

Go Sailors! Beat the Middies!