NORDONIA HILLS — Students will see several new programs starting this coming school year, which starts Aug. 22.

"We are looking forward to another great year," said Superintendent Joe Clark.

One new program is Good Night Nordonia, Clark said.

"Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. I will be reading a good night story on Facebook live," Clark said. "Kids who watch will have the opportunity to win the book. I will have guest readers appear periodically."

Another new initiative is a partnership with the Macedonia Senior Center, Clark said.

"Each month, students from a different school will serve lunch and interact with the senior citizens," Clark said.

In another new program, Students at the high school will learn about "new college majors and future career opportunities," Clark said.

High School Principal Casey Wright said that the school will continue to expand its Student Enrichment Series, which started last year.

"The Student Enrichment Series' goal is to provide students with high-interest learning opportunities on relevant topics outside of the normal classroom setting during staff professional development days," Wright said. "Students do not attend school on in-service days and instead can use this time for self-reflection and personal development. Last year, all of the workshops were provided at NHS and topics ranged from leadership development to time management. This year, the program will be a combination of in-house trainings and exploratory field trips to college campuses, a manufacturing plant, and health care facilities. The series events are free for all Nordonia High School students."

One new event is the Nordonia Knight 5K Glow Stick Run on Aug. 24. The run is hosted by Nordonia Health and Wellness team, in conjunction with the Longwood Branch YMCA. The evening event begins at 7 p.m. and will include a one-mile fun run for kids on the track beginning at 6:30, along with other outdoor games on the infield inside the stadium. The start and finish will be at Nordonia High School, and there will be free hot dogs and a cookout at the finish line. For details or to register, visit or on the Nordonia Schools website ( and Facebook page.

Before and after school enrichment

The Longwood YMCA will offer a Before and After School Enrichment program at the four elementary schools this school year. Registration packets can be dropped off to the YMCA Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Special dates

Thanksgiving break is Nov. 27 through 29, and winter break is Dec. 23 through Jan. 3. Spring break is April 6 through 13, and the last day of school is June 3.

For details, visit online.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423,, or @AprilKHelms_RPC