In the last month of the school year, families and staff of the three elementary schools in North Royalton–Albion, Royal View and Valley Vista–had the opportunity to say goodbye to their buildings as they look in anticipation of the opening of the new North Royalton Elementary School on August 30.
At Albion Elementary, students and staff had the opportunity to break the rules and write on the walls and doors of the school. All classrooms had the opportunity to sign their name, draw an Albion picture, or write a farewell message to the building.
The Albion Elementary School marquee was changed on May 7 with a farewell message. Albion Elementary has served the community from 1956-2021. Students, families and the community were invited to stop and take a photograph next to the Albion sign throughout the month of May. There also were lawn letters that spelled A-L-B-I-O-N near the front entrance of the building. The community enjoyed stopping by to take pictures in front of the sign. They created a farewell video that can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/AlbionFarewell
At Valley Vista Elementary School, students enjoyed signing bricks with a farewell note or pictures throughout the month of April. The marquee in front of the building also was changed to read, “Valley Vista, Final Farewell, 1959-2021.” Students, staff and families enjoyed taking pictures in front of the marque throughout the month of May. Lawn letters that spelled out T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U V-A-L-L-E-Y V-I-S-T-A were placed in the front lawn for pictures as well. The school developed a tribute video celebrating the building being in the community for 62 years. They had many special guests in the video including Heidi Dolezal, BOE President, who attended Valley Vista as a student. There were many other creative closing activities and displays of decorations to say goodbye to this great building. They created a farewell video that can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/ValleyVistaFarewell
“It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of our time in a building that has meant so much to the staff, families and students of the North Royalton City School District and the community,” said Principal Jeff Hill. “Valley Vista Elementary was built in 1959. Over the span of 62 years, Valley Vista has had thousands of students walk through its front doors. The school has provided students with safety, security, a sense of belonging, created opportunities and friendships but most importantly paved a path for students to take the next step in their academic growth. Valley Vista will always hold cherished memories and we truly appreciate all it has given us over the years. We are grateful for the support from our PTA, volunteers and parents that have served our staff and students. We may be starting a new chapter in the new building, but this old structure will never be forgotten. Starting each day with, ‘Today is a great day to learn something new, so let’s get started’ will always hold its place in our hearts and be a tradition that will be carried to the new building. Although time and years will pass, our love for Valley Vista will always hold a special place and memory for all!”
At Royal View Elementary School, students, families and community were invited to stop and take a photograph next to the Royal View sign near Ridge Road throughout the month of May. Lawn letters R-O-Y-A-L-V-I-E-W were placed in front of the building for pictures as well. The school also premiered a tribute video celebrating the building being in the community for 57 years. The video included messages from current and former staff members, teachers and administrators, along with pictures and memories throughout the years. Special guests in the video included former Superintendent Jeff Lampert, the building’s principal from 1985-1989 and Dr. Andrea Lasko, who served as principal at Royal View for more than 15 years. The video premiered on May 31 and can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/RoyalViewFarewell
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with hundreds of amazing elementary students each year and a staff that is truly the most dedicated group of educators that I have ever had the pleasure to lead,” said Principal Kirk Pavelich. “While it’s hard to grasp that nine years of my professional life have passed by so quickly, it’s easy to see how it happened so effortlessly at a building like Royal View. There was an incredible amount of joy, excitement and enthusiasm each day at the building. We hope those memories will last forever through our tribute video, dedicated to Royal View’s nearly six decades of impacting the North Royalton community.”
Saying goodbye to the 1950s and 1960s sections of North Royalton High School also was sentimental as walk-through, socially distanced tours took place during the months of March. Demolition began on May 3. Residents also were able to stop by and pick up bricks as commemorative keepsakes. The school’s Video Club also produced a video that featured many alumni, community members and current and former staff members. The video was enjoyed by approximately 3,000 viewers.
“I feel so lucky to have attended all of these schools as a student,” said Principal Sean Osborne, North Royalton High School. “Each school holds so many fond memories. I associate certain friends and life events with each school. I have made fantastic friends and even met my wife while attending North Royalton. It will be bittersweet to see the schools go, but I know that the real memories will always be connected to the people you meet and share time with, not the bricks and concrete that make up the school.”