Cari Mineard and Mike Acomb Are The New Principals in Solon

The Solon Board of Education approved personnel moves that solidify the district’s administrative leadership team for the upcoming school year.  Specifically, Cari Mineard will be the new principal at Orchard Middle School and Mike Acomb will be the new principal at Lewis Elementary School.

“We are pleased to announce the new roles for these two excellent administrators,” said Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joe Regano. “In launching the search to fill the open Lewis principal position, we took a hard look at the needs of all the buildings in the district and how the current administrators matched up to those needs. We have spoken often about how successful we have been cultivating our administrators from within the district and these administrative changes follow that pattern.  Both Mike Acomb and Cari Mineard are curriculum experts and have been leaders in our district in implementing research-based educational practices that have direct and positive results on student achievement.

“Mike is a well-respected and seasoned principal in the district and we believe he is a great fit to lead the Lewis school community,” Mr. Regano added.  “Similarly, Cari Mineard spent much of the past year at Orchard Middle School as the interim assistant principal.  She has already built a strong rapport with the Orchard teaching staff, as well as the parents and students.  The leadership transition at both schools should be very smooth and the academic excellence at Lewis and Orchard will continue uninterrupted.”

Mike Acomb has served as the Orchard Middle School principal since 2005.  Prior to his appointment as Orchard principal, Mr. Acomb was an assistant principal at Orchard, a technology resource teacher leader as well as a classroom teacher.

“I am thrilled to be the new Lewis principal,” said Mr. Acomb.  “My career in Solon started as an elementary teacher at Roxbury, so I am looking forward to returning to the K-4 environment and getting to know the Lewis students and their families.  Building partnerships with parents is something that I value highly and I am eagerly anticipating beginning those new relationships at Lewis.  I also am anxious to begin working with the exceptional staff at the school. Together, I believe there is great opportunity to improve upon the already high-performing school culture at Lewis.”

Prior to her move to Orchard this year as interim assistant principal, Mrs. Mineard worked as a guidance counselor at Lewis Elementary School, a curriculum and gifted resource teacher and a classroom teacher, all in Solon.

“I am delighted and honored to become a permanent member of the Orchard team,” Mrs. Mineard said.  “During my time at Orchard this year, I have had the opportunity to work with the highly skilled and hard-working Orchard staff members and talented students.  I am excited and looking forward to the new school year and continuing to build relationships with the students, parents and staff.”

As the start of school approaches, information about meet-and-greet events at Lewis Elementary School and Orchard Middle School will be shared with families so students and parents can begin getting to know the new principals.

Solon City Schools Offer Camp Invention

In partnership with Invent Now, Solon City Schools offered the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six at Parkside Elementary School .  This exciting, week-long summer adventure in creativity immersed children in imaginative play that reinforced and supplemented school-year learning in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Children worked together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpened critical 21st century learning skills such as teamwork and creative problem solving as they rotated through four modules each day that disguise learning as fun.  This exciting week of four fun-filled modules began on June 22, under the direction of Dr. Bryan R. Drost.

In the Inventeureka™ module, children ventured on the Ci6000 Space Modulator Time Machine for a fantasy adventure. Children built their own inventions and learned to adapt certain features for various situations.

Participants spent their time navigating an island via upcycled ships and learned the power of combining magnetism and electricity during the Magnetropolis™ module.

Camp Invention at Solon Solon District

Camp Invention at Solon Solon District

In the I Can Invent: Balloon Burst™ module, children designed balloon bursting machines, while learning the importance of gears, motors, springs, and magnets.

Finally, in the Action and Adventure Games™ module, a participant favorite, children combined physical activity and creativity to manipulate the rules of fun, energetic games.

Children used many recyclable items such as bottle caps, bubble wrap, foam trays, plastic tubing, shoe boxes, water bottles, buttons, cereal boxes, foam trays, containers, lids in their projects.

Local educators Mrs. Renee Illa, Mrs. Laura DiBarto, Mrs. Susan Kenzig, Mrs. Wendy Houlahan, Ms. Becca Weinfurtner facilitated the program modules.  High school counselors Lauren Kirian, Thai McLoughlin, Molly Houlahan and Kyra Douglas and volunteers Stephanie Kenzig, Chris Kenzig, Andy DiBarto and Sarah Vale provided assistance ensuring that one staff member was in place for every eight children.