Brick Pond Brings Science and Collaboration

Students from Allison Bartunek’s first grade and third graders in Lori St. Angelo’s class met up with Aaron Chamberlain’s and Stacy Gancos’ 7th Grade STEM classes to explore the living things in and around Ashtabula Area City School’s brick pond that resides just behind the elementary campus. The project began as a pen pal project where the
7th graders wrote letters to the first and third graders. The younger kids were so excited to respond and wrote letters back to their 7th grade penpals. “Their smiles lit up the room as they read their letters!” remarked Mrs. Bartunek “I have never seen my students so excited to write!”
Suzanne Westlake of the Ashtabula County Soil and Water District and AACS parent joined the group and helped the students explore and find animal tracks and a tree that a beaver had chewed. RoLesia Holman, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for AACS joined the classes as well to help them discover the biodiversity of the brick pond.
The students were full of smiles and excitement as they hiked around the pond. “My pen pal was so nice to me!” said Emerald Bopp, first grader.
Stacy Gancos said, “The kids loved meeting and walking with their pen pals as they took pictures of nature around the pond. What a great collaboration! I hope we can do it again and keep this project going.”
The next step in the project is for the students to work together with their pen pals to identify species from photos they took and determine how their needs are met by the environment.

2022 Jarrod Bunch Youth Football Camp - June 25th

The Jarrod Bunch Youth Football Camp is back on Saturday, June 25th at Spire Institute in Geneva. The event is FREE for ages 7-13.

Pre-registration at the Ashtabula Public Library on Thursday, May 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Geneva Public Library on Tuesday, May 31st from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Register online:

There is walkup registration the day of the event from 7:30-8:45 on June 25th.


Hello Erie Band and Orchestra Families!

Students have their Spring Concert TOMORROW (Friday, May 20th)!! The concert will begin at 2:30pm in the Erie Cafetorium, and is expected to last until about 3:15.

Apologies for all the changes of plan and any inconvenience it has caused; families are invited to attend in person! But we are limiting attendance to TWO guests per musician. Unfortunately there is not unlimited space in the cafetorium.

Students are welcome to leave with their families at the end of the concert, as long as they are signed outl

A few other minor details:
Performers are asked to dress nice, in springy colors if possible :)
Performers will receive a small sweet treat following the concert as a reward for all their hard work. I am aware of a few dietary restrictions, but if you have any concerns please let me know.

Those who are borrowing a school instrument will leave it at the school with me directly following the concert - please do not take these home over the summer. Conversely, those who own or rent their own instruments should take them home after the concert - do not leave these at the school over the summer!

Please let me know if I can answer any more questions. We look forward to sharing our hard work with you!

- Mrs. Ryan


IMPORTANT REMINDER-JUNIOR HIGH CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS: Tuesday, May 17th at 4:00 p.m. at Lakeside Junior High. Any questions, please contact

Cheerleading memories for your enjoyment, the 2020-2021 Lakeside Dragon Cheerleaders hype video:
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