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Click here for Bus Routes for Independence Local Schools. If adjustments are needed (due to child care arrangements, etc.) please contact Francine Kane in the Service Department at 216-642-5853.  Please remember, bus routes will be updated regularly so please check back to verify your information before school starts.  St. Michael School parents . . . Independence Local Schools does not start the school year until August 22 so when our district is not in session, your children will be dropped off in the afternoon much earlier than usual.  Please plan accordingly. 
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Posted Thursday, August 9, 2018
Independence Board of Education hired James (Jamie) Vanek as the next principal of Independence Middle School.  Vanek replaces Kevin Jakub who accepted the position of principal of Buckeye High School in Medina.

Vanek comes to Independence from Learwood Middle School in Avon Lake where he served as assistant principal since 2015.  While at Learwood, he performed various duties such as serving as one of the representatives for Avon Lake City School District curriculum council, district supplemental committee, and attendance council.  He created, implemented and presented a safety management plan for all grade levels, and was part of a team that created current research-based schedules for seventh and eighth-grade students.  In addition, he managed various in-service opportunities for teachers, organized a district-wide grant writing program that earned more than $25,000 in grants, and spearheaded several parent programs related to anti-bullying and social media.  Vanek also created a “Streets to Cleats” program promoting positive relationships between local police and students.

“Vanek’s management, organization, interpersonal, and research and planning skills are outstanding and one of the many reasons we are delighted to welcome him to the Independence Local Schools’ team,” said Superintendent Ben Hegedish, Independence Local Schools. “Jamie is a leader.  He leads with compassion, energy, and integrity.  I believe he will be a great fit for our middle school and our community.”
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Posted Monday, July 30, 2018
During the 2017-18 school year, Independence High School Wind Ensemble commissioned composer Lisa Galvin to create a new musical work for the concert band. They selected Galvin, a Columbus, Ohio native, as she fulfilled the mission of helping support endeavors to bring new and original works by prominent composers to the ensemble. [...click for more]

Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Introducing the Independence High School Class of 2018 TOP TEN! From left to right, Madeline Harper, Marissa Fogg, Karah Chappel, Brian Synek, Grace Heldwein, Nina Savastano, Ryan Zygmunt, Maura Collins, Caroline Barto and not pictured Maren Benos.
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Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Junior Biology Society at Independence Middle School began an initiative to encourage the community to plant Ohio Native Species. Native plants are adapted to local conditions and require little maintenance.  They also provide the best quality resources because wildlife species are adapted to use native plants. This is important for maintaining clean air and water, soil stability, and provides critical food and shelter for wildlife.  Examples of native trees include Red Maple, Ohio Buckeye, Flowering Dogwood, American Beech, Red or Green Ash, White Oak, and Sweetbay Magnolia.  An example of a native shrub is the Burning Bush.  Black-eyed Susan, Tall Ironweed, Lemon Mint, New Englad Aster, Grey/Yellow-Headed Coneflower, and Wild Bergamot are examples of native wildflowers. [...click for more]

Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018
By, Independence High School Senior Aliya McDonald

On March 14, Independence High School participated in the March for Our Lives Cleveland Rally. At 10 am seniors Maggie George and Sophia Trombetta led over 120 students and faculty, signs, and posters in hand, outside where they held a moment of silence for the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Ending the march inside, Superintendent Ben Hegedish, Mayor Anthony Togliatti, Officer Green, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Annie McGhee, history teacher Joshua Piscura and Technology and Curriculum Director Mike Pennington all shared thoughts and words of inspiration with the students and faculty about keeping the Independence Local Schools safe and how the students have the power to make change happen. Independence was one of the thousands of schools who participated in this event nationwide.
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Posted Thursday, March 15, 2018
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Education Administration Center  |  7733 Stone Road  |  Independence, OH 44131
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