Lomond Elementary School was built in 1928. It sits on over 8.5 gorgeous acres. The building is a beautiful, well maintained Georgian-style brick and stone structure with tree-lined streets surrounding it. The front grounds of Lomond School boast beautiful shrubs, flowers, trees, and walking paths for children. The school is surrounded by landscaped grounds, including a learning garden created and maintained by Lomond’s PTO, an abundance of climbing and sliding equipment suitable for all students, two softball fields (the home field for the High School’s Varsity and Junior Varsity softball teams), and a soccer field. In addition, our large blacktop is painted with a kickball field, the alphabet, and hopscotch games from around the world.
Current enrollment at Lomond Elementary approximately 480 students. Our student body is comprised of 60% African American students, 25% white students, and 15% represent other ethnicities. Lomond has student representation from 18 countries. We have 64 staff members.
Parents are active partners with Lomond School. Teachers maintain close contact with parents via newsletters, voicemail and email to keep them informed of their children’s progress. Teachers work cooperatively to meet students’ needs. Parent conferences are held in the spring and fall, and teachers are available by appointment. Lomond is a family-friendly environment where parent participation is welcomed.
Lomond has an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) which supports the school in many aspects. Parents created and maintain an outdoor learning garden and conduct small group lessons for students. They sponsor and organize an after school chess club; hold an annual social at the beginning of the school year—the Blacktop Bash; organize and run the Fall Pumpkin Affair; hold an annual Ice Cream Social at the end of each school year in conjunction with our International Night; and conduct fundraisers to provide visits by authors, musicians and artists.
Lomond Elementary is a vibrant community of learners. We offer solid grounding in the basics, excellent art, music, physical education, and library media programs. Computer instruction begins in kindergarten and is developed throughout the grades.
Beginning with full-day kindergarten, children are exposed to the joy of reading, the thrill of seeing their thoughts transformed into written stories and published books, and the hands-on application of scientific and mathematical concepts. The foundation of the K-4 curriculum is a whole language philosophy used in conjunction with phonics, hands-on mathematics and science instruction, and creative problem solving. The regular classroom teacher provides daily instruction in mathematics, language arts, social studies and science.
Students learn computer basics beginning in kindergarten and incorporate technology into their work in many subjects. Each classroom has at least three computers and one Smart Board, and all classrooms are equipped with projection learning systems. Each class works in the computer lab one to two times per week. The lab is outfitted with 26 networked student computers and two teacher work stations.
Students in each grade receive scheduled instruction from specialists in science, art, music, library use, and physical education. Introductory Mandarin Chinese is taught to all first to fourth graders. A science specialist is available to support and enhance instruction. An enrichment teacher is available to help teachers plan extended and challenging learning experiences for children.
Field trips help bring the curriculum to life. Destinations for K-4 students include local parks and arboreta, Cleveland’s renowned Museum of Art, the science lab at Woodbury School, the planetarium at Shaker Heights High School, and the Shaker Historical Museum.
Additional Support for Students
When needed, support is available from a school nurse, a speech and language specialist, a teacher of English as a second language, intervention specialists, reading support staff, school psychologists and a district social worker. Additional tutoring is available to students before and after school in the areas of reading and math.
National and International News
Instructional models developed at Lomond in the areas of math, science and writing have been presented at conferences throughout the nation. Lomond staff is in the process of applying to become an International Baccalaureate School. During the 2011-2012 school year, grade level teachers are teaching all six units of inquiry. Lomond School was recently featured (11-19-2010) in Time for Kids (Grades 3-4 & 5-6 editions) for its Mandarin Chinese Program.
Extra Curricular Activities
A jump rope club is available to students in 3rd and 4th grades during the lunch period. In the Recycling Heroes club, students recycle paper throughout the building. The club also collects juice pouch containers, cleans them, and reuses them by sewing them into bags, ties, and belts. A student newspaper club is under the direction of parents who help the students write, edit and publish the paper, “The Lomond Wave”, twice a year. The Garden Club maintains our Learning Garden throughout the school year. Our PTO sponsors an after school Chess Club. We also have a strong group of Lomond Ambassadors, fourth graders who volunteer their time to assist us welcoming guests to the building.
Volunteers enrich our instructional program helping children to publish their own books, reading to them through the Ohio Reads program, supervising enrichment activities, and assisting classroom teachers in many ways. The Shaker Heights Department of Community Life, a unit of City government, provides fee-based child care before and after school at each building. Bus transportation is provided free of charge to students who live one mile or more from Lomond. Breakfast is available daily. Students may purchase a hot lunch or bring lunch to school. Milk is available for purchase.