Solon High School students accused of using marijuana

5 Solon High School students have been issued misdemeanor citations for drug abuse, according to Solon Police Department.

Solon High School’s principal noticed the students had red eyes and smelled of marijuana. The principal questioned the students and the police were called to the scene.

Marijuana use at Solon High School

Alleged marijuana use at Solon High School

Police officers say the high schoolers all admitted to smoking marijuana at the Park East Apartments prior to coming to school.  Tyler Wall, Melvin Jackson and Antonio Simmons were issued misdemeanor citations for Drug Abuse. Two others are under 18 and have been referred to the juvenile officer for the same offense.  The accused are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Solon High School Conducts Boys’ Basketball Camps

Solon Schools Basketball Coach Bob Patton

Solon Schools Basketball Coach Bob Patton

The Solon Recreation Department along with Solon High School Boys’ Basketball Coach Bob Patton ran a week long basketball camps at the Solon High School Main Gymnasium from June 13th to July 1st.  1st to 8th graders participated in two different sessions.

The basketball camps are designed to teach the fundamentals in a fun environment.  There was instruction time for all the basics of basketball as well as competitions and games.

Each participant received a T-shirt and a basketball.  The fee for the camp was about $70.

Solon Mayor Congratulates National Science Olympiad Teams

City of Solon Mayor Susan Drucker welcomed the winners of the 2011 National Science Olympiad team from Solon High School and Solon Middle to the June 6th meeting of Solon City Council.  An award was presented to the Solon School coaches for the High School and Middle School, Drew Kirian and Donna Ross.  The team members received proclamations.

Mayor Drucker said that the teams from the Solon School district “broke a 21 year old record by taking the first place at the high and middle school level at the tournament”.

The names of the team members were recognized at the meeting. The 2011 National Science Olympiad team members from Solon High School were  Roger Zou, Shashank Raghavachari, Ayush Gupta, Aditya Nair, Eugene Rabinovich, Ben Nudelman, Oliver Chen, Stephen Tang, Nick Palumbo, Andrew Mikofalvy, John Zeng, Haoran Yuan, Danny Sperling, Stephanie Sang, Lisa Guo, Sonia Godbole, Yuxi Liu, Lillian Sun and Stephanie Zhu.

The Solon Middle School team members included Katrina Mikofalvy, Zach Bogorad, Alan Jaffe, Tyler Eston, Dorothy Chan, Kevin Sang, Rachel Sperling, Rebecca Zhao, Jessica Zhang.

Solon Schools Win 2011 National Science Olympiad Tournament

Science Olympiad is a Chicago-area based, national non-profit organization founded in 1984 dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.

The 2011 National Tournament brought together 120 winning middle school and high school teams to the University of Wisconsin Madison.  These teams advanced from state-level competitions this spring.  Teams competed in more than two- dozen scientific and engineering events on topics ranging from human health, ecology, chemistry, cell biology, geology and engineering.

The Science Olympiad has four divisions:

  1. Division A1 (grades K-3);
  2. Division A2 (grades 3-6);
  3. Division B (grades 6-9); and
  4. Division C (grades 9-12).

The Solon High School team coached by Donna Ross was placed first in the Division C Science Olympiad National Championship with a total score of 197 followed by Centerville High School of Ohio with a score of 203.

The Solon Middle School coached by Drew Kirian was the Division B repeat Champion with a total score of 244 followed by Marie Murphy School of Illinois with a score of 258.

2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament

Division C-2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament-Click To Enlarge

2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament

Division B-2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament-Click To Enlarge

Solon Board of Education Approves Basketball Coach Bob Patton

In selecting Bob Patton as its new varsity basketball coach, Solon High School has underscored its commitment to a winning tradition and excellence on and off the court for its student athletes.  Patton, who coached and teaches at Westlake High School, will replace Sean Fisher, who resigned as Solon’s head coach this year to spend more time with his young family.

Basketball Class at Solon School

Basketball Class at Solon School

Patton has coached the varsity basketball and golf teams at Westlake since 2007.  Prior to that he was head varsity coach for both sports at Kenston High School, serving as head basketball coach from 2002-2007. In addition, he was an assistant basketball coach at Dublin Coffman and Mount Pleasant high schools.

The Solon Board of Education approved Patton’s hiring at today’s board meeting.

“Bob Patton has an impressive record as a varsity coach,” said Solon Comets’ Athletic Director Mark McGuire. “We think his record as a successful coach and player in his own right makes him a perfect fit for our Solon basketball community. We also want to take this opportunity to thank Sean Fisher for his dedication to our program and our student athletes.”

Patton played college basketball at Stanford and was a standout during the team’s NIT championship year, 1991, and its NCAA tournament run in 1992.

“I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to play for and coach with some of the best basketball people in the state of Ohio and throughout the country,” Patton said. “In both instances as a head coach, I took programs to levels they had previously not reached with a short period of time. My teams have always achieved more than what was expected due to hard work and discipline. My players learn more than just basketball skills; they will be prepared for their toughest challenge, their life.”

Patton earned a bachelor’s in political science from Stanford in 1995 and a master’s in teaching from Kent State University in 1997.  He will continue in his teaching role at Westlake.

“We are very excited about the addition of Bobby Patton to our athletic department,” said Solon High School Principal Erin Short. “Bob is a proven winner, who has experience developing programs. I am confident he will help us get ‘to the next level.’”

Tragedy Strikes Solon Schools' Family

It was reported that Maliyah Jones, a fifth-grader at Orchard Middle School in Solon was killed in a fiery collision between a tanker truck and a car that killed three people.  Maliyah Jones’s mother Malaka Jones was also killed in the crash.  Maliyah Jones has three siblings in the Solon School District’s Parkside Elementary School and Solon High School.

Solon Schools spokeswoman, Tammy Strom, sent the following email to Solon Schools’ Families,

The thoughts and prayers of the Solon Schools’ community today are with the family of Maliyah Jones, a Solon student who passed away last night in a tragic accident. Maliyah was a fifth grader at Orchard Middle School.

For those students who knew Maliyah well, the guidance counselor and psychologist at Orchard are prepared to help them address their feelings of loss. The school counselors, administrators and all staff will have an open-door policy to assist students who need to talk or need reassurance at any time. Counselors will also be available at the other Solon Schools (Parkside and Solon High School) where Maliyah’s siblings Antonio, Dayna and Khrystian attend.

In addition, the Bereavement Center of Hospice of the Western Reserve, which helps schools handle situations such as this, can provide assistance to students and families as well. The number for the Bereavement Center is (216) 486-6838.

The counselors at the Bereavement Center stress that it is important for families to understand that each child deals with loss in his or her own way. The most important thing for parents to do is to be supportive and listen to their children if they need to talk. Some children won’t want to talk about a loss and move on as if nothing has happened. This also is a normal response. A resource guide for Common Grief Reactions is attached and is also posted on the home page of each of the Solon Schools to assist parents.

At this time, Maliyah’s family needs space and time to deal with their loss. If additional information becomes available or if there is assistance that the family requests, we will pass that information along to you.