Schools

Two CH-UH schools earn national PTA distinction

Canterbury Elementary School and Heights Middle School each have been awarded the two-year National PTA School of Excellence distinction for their commitment to inclusivity of families and enriching the educational experience for all students.

The national program helps PTAs become partners in identifying and implementing school-improvement initiatives based on PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. To qualify, each school had to enroll, conduct a survey, load data, and create an action team and an action plan based on that data—all of which would support the school-improvement process. Each school then had to submit its plan and, finally, deploy a summative survey and narrative that showed improvement.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 11:30 AM, 09.18.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 8-21-2018

AUGUST 21, 2018

 

  • Middle school facilities cost
  • Technology plan update
  • Board approvals

 

President Jim Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz and Malia Lewis were present. Beverly Wright was absent. Superintendent Talisa Dixon, Treasurer Scott Gainer, IT Director Frank Cikach and IT staff were also present. The meeting opened at 7:05 p.m. and adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 12:20 PM, 09.17.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 8-7-2018

AUGUST 7, 2018

 

  • Board approvals and acceptances
  • Heights Schools Foundation activity
  • Request for public input

 

President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz and Beverly Wright were present. Malia Lewis was absent. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7 p.m. and ended at 8:40 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 11:35 AM, 09.11.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 7-24-2018

JULY 24, 2018

 

  • Roof repair contract approved
  • Middle schools renovation cost update

 

President Jim Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. After a 5 p.m. executive session about employment concerns, the board reconvened at 6 p.m. in open session. The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 11:29 AM, 09.11.2018

Heights High students honored as AP scholars

The College Board’s AP program recognized 31 Cleveland Heights High School students as AP scholars for their outstanding performance and college-level achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams.

Class of 2018 graduates Melanie Graham and Mary Jane Reinhardt were honored as National AP Scholars. This, the program’s highest distinction, is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

AP Scholar with Distinction was awarded to 15 Heights High students who received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 11:36 AM, 08.21.2018

Students prepare for classes at Heights High's AP Success Camp

The thought of taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses can seem daunting for many high school students. These courses, in which students can earn college credit through an end-of-year exam, are structured like college courses, with an increased rigor that includes extra work and oftentimes more stress.

Cleveland Heights High School and the CH-UH City School District sought to alleviate these worries for students with their second annual AP Success Camp, which was held in July at the high school.

A total of 23 students, in grades 9–12, attended the four-day camp in order to prepare for their upcoming classes in the 2018–19 school year. The majority of the students have at least one AP course on their schedule this year, but some, like rising freshman James Huff, were there to sharpen their study skills and see what AP is all about before diving in as a sophomore.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 10:42 AM, 08.14.2018

Communion of Saints looks back and ahead

As the coming school year approaches, Communion of Saints School would like to share some of its accomplishments during 2017–18:

Sports: The Communion of Saints Sabres seventh-grade boys won the CYO City Championship (Division II). The eighth-grade boys were the St. Francis tournament runners-up. The fourth- and fifth-grade girls team went 6-2, finishing in third place in its 10-team division.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 12:15 PM, 07.31.2018

Memorial at Noble honors Steve Kanner

Steve Kanner loved creating spaces that brought people together and fostered a sense of belonging and community. That is exactly what his memorial at Noble Elementary School is designed to do.

Kanner, a Heights High graduate (1978) and father of Mira Whitaker-Kanner, a Heights Middle School seventh-grader, was treasurer of the Noble PTA when he died unexpectedly in August 2015.

The PTA worked with his wife, Karly Whitaker, to install a memorial—a weeping cherry tree and a bench—on the school playground. “To see people sitting on that bench, listening to kids laughing and watching them play—there’s nothing that would make Steven happier,” said Whitaker.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 AM, 07.17.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 6-19-2018

JUNE 19, 2018

 

  • Middle school facilities update
  • Board approvals and contract awards
  • Minority participation in AP courses
  • OCR review of discipline practices

 

President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 6:05 p.m. and adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 12:41 PM, 07.10.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 6-5-2018

JUNE 5, 2018

 

  • Recognitions
  • Public comments
  • Board approvals
  • Master facilities plan amendment
  • Grading task force update
  • Gifted program update
  • Early childhood program
  • District policy readings

 

President Jim Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz and Beverly Wright were present. Malia Lewis was absent. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. After an executive session at 6 p.m. to meet with the board’s legal counsel, a reception was held to honor district retirees. The board reconvened in open session at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:01 PM, 07.07.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 5-15-2018

MAY 15, 2018

 

  • Administrative staff increases
  • Community in Schools
  • Middle schools renovation update

 

President Jim Posch, vice president Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz and Malia Lewis were present. Beverly Wright was absent. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. Community in Schools presenters, including United Way CEO August Napoli, and staff from PMC Regency also attended. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 3:42 PM, 07.07.2018

Heights class of 2008 invites all alums to reunion

The Cleveland Heights High School Class of 2008 will celebrate its 10-year reunion this summer, and invites all Heights High alumni to partake in the free event—especially those who attended the school between 2004 and 2012.

The celebration will be held at Caledonia Park (896 Ravine Drive) on Saturday, July 21, from noon to 8 p.m. There will be food trucks, games, music and other entertainment, and the entire family is welcome.

While the event is free, donations are requested. Funds raised will support the Brandon James Scholarship Foundation at Heights High.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:34 PM, 06.28.2018

Fairmount preschool adds afternoon class

Fairmount Cooperative Preschool (FCP), located at 2757 Fairmount Blvd. in Cleveland Heights, is currently enrolling children for its new, mixed-age preschool class. The class will meet Tuesday through Friday afternoons, 12:15–2:45 p.m., early September through mid-May, and is for children ages 3–5.

FCP, which has operated out of Fairmount Presbyterian Church for 46 years, employs a play-based curriculum bolstered by weekly enrichment activities, including a movements class and visits from local librarians and museums. The school's experienced educators facilitate a warm, engaging environment meant to meet the social and emotional needs of preschool-aged children.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:53 PM, 06.28.2018

Eagle Scout paints U.S. map at Noble

Students at Noble Elementary School can walk along the California coastline during recess. They can run from Maine to Washington State, and hop from the islands of Hawaii all the way to Alaska—all thanks to Heights High graduate and Noble alumnus Dylan Polley, who painted a map of the United States on the Noble playground for his Eagle Scout project this spring.

Working over the course of several days in April, Polley organized a team of family and friends to help with the project, which was intended to show his leadership skills.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank of scouting, with only 6 percent of those involved in Boy Scouts ever achieving the honor.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:31 PM, 06.28.2018

CHHS building is LEED Gold certified

The newly renovated Cleveland Heights High School building has earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification—a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.

Heights High earned 63 points, out of a possible 110, to achieve the second-highest level of certification. (Platinum is the highest level, following by Gold, Silver, and Certified.)

Sustainability was a priority for the CH-UH community in the Heights High renovation project. A key sustainability feature is the school’s hybrid geothermal system, which enabled the district to meet both sustainability and financial goals.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:45 PM, 06.28.2018

Students make and donate wigs to cancer patients

Students in Heights High’s cosmetology program recently donated to local cancer patients 38 wigs that they handcrafted this spring. Since 2016, the students have made and donated a total of 82 wigs.

"A lot of my friends have close relatives who have died from cancer. To help, it just means a lot," said junior Kaela Ruffin.

"I feel happy that I'm going to make someone feel beautiful," added senior Morghan Bynum. "I wanted to do something that I thought was really creative and that I thought someone would really love."

Under the direction of instructor Donna Pollard, the students collaborated with the American Cancer Society to donate the wigs to local patients. Shortly before graduation in late May, a group of senior cosmetology students visited University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center to donate wigs to the center’s wig salon.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:59 PM, 06.19.2018

CH-UH schools raise funds for heart health

The CH-UH City School District raised nearly $20,000 for the American Heart Association (AHA) this past school year, through various “Red Out” events. The AHA uses money raised through such campaigns to fund cardiovascular research, preventative education, quality improvement initiatives in hospitals, and advocacy work in Ohio.

Several CH-UH elementary schools participated in Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraisers, where students jump rope and play basketball at school while soliciting donations from friends, family and the community.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:49 PM, 06.28.2018

Dewey's Decimators again win Reaching Heights Spelling Bee

The 27th annual Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee went eight rounds on April 18, on the Heights High auditorium stage.

Dewey’s Decimators, representing Friends of the Heights Libraries, correctly spelled “chiaroscurist” to win the fun—but quite serious—spelling competition.

Spellers Victor Rosenberg, Susan Marshall and Chris Mentrek were happy to bring home the team’s fourth victory, tying it with the OOPS team, representing the Cleveland Orchestra musicians, as the “winningest” in the history of the Bee.

Upper Case, representing Case Western Reserve University, was the fundraising champion again this year, collecting more than $1,700 to benefit the work of Reaching Heights.

Collectively, participating teams raised $11,000 for Reaching Heights. 

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:50 AM, 05.01.2018

Heights honors 10 alumni

The Heights Schools Foundation and the CH-UH City School District inducted 10 new members into the Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on May 4, in the high school’s newly renovated auditorium.

The 2018 inductees are Gail Rose Kane ‘56, Tracy Schermer ‘67, Lori Hermelin Bush ‘74, Tovah Klein ‘82, Milton "Chip" Morris ‘88, Sean Sullivan ‘88, Christopher Young ‘90, Jacques Evans ‘99, and brothers Jason Kelce ‘06, and Travis Kelce ‘08. Nine of the 10 inductees were present for the ceremony; Young sent his remarks via video from San Francisco.

The ceremony proved emotional for the inductees, as well as the audience that listened to these successful alumni talk about what Heights has meant to them.

“Because of how special Heights is to me . . . it builds something in me that everything that I do is for this city,” said a teary-eyed Travis Kelce, current NFL star and the youngest of the 10 inductees. “It sounds cliché, but I promise you every single thing that I do out there—when you see me dancing in the end zone, that’s Cleveland Heights right there.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 12:06 PM, 06.01.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 5-1-2018

MAY 1, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Tiger Team members
  • Career tech and education program growth
  • Board approvals and donations
  • Social studies curriculum
  • Annual review of board policies

 

Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, and Beverly Wright were present. President James Posch was absent. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7 p.m. after an executive session and adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:47 AM, 06.07.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 4-17-2018

APRIL 17, 2018

 

  • State payments for facilities renovation
  • Equity Task Force

 

President James Posch, Vice President Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Jodi Sourini was present by phone. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7:10 p.m. after an executive session and adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:40 AM, 06.07.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 4-10-2018

APRIL 10, 2018

 

  • Public comments
  • Awards and recognitions
  • Green Apple Project report
  • Board approvals, donations
  • Social studies curriculum
  • Five-year financial forecast
  • Middle Schools renovation
  • Board training and dates
  • Including public comments in work sessions

 

President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7 p.m. after an executive session and adjourned at 10 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:35 AM, 06.07.2018

Boulevard earns STEM designation

For years, Boulevard Elementary School has been a STEM-focused school, and now the designation is official with the Ohio Department of Education. The school joined the ranks of the Ohio STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Learning Network, receiving word of the accomplishment in late April.

Boulevard is one of just four schools in Cuyahoga County, and one of 21 elementary schools in the state of Ohio, to have the official STEM designation.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.04.2018

Gesu selected for STEM distinction

Gesu Catholic School has received STEM designation from the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Learning Network. It is one of just 55 elementary, middle and high schools in the state to have received this recognition since 2006.

According to the network, “Designation recognizes a school’s holistic approach to STEM learning as more than just science, technology, engineering and math. These schools showed exceptional proof of engagement across academic disciplines, of empowering students as creative problem-solvers, and of a school-wide commitment to a quality STEM education for all students.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:37 AM, 06.04.2018

Rox El celebrates student writers

Each year, Roxboro Elementary School invites students to submit a piece of their own creative writing to the Children’s Ink event. Jennifer Thomas, fifth-grade teacher, coordinates the event, which begins with a committee of teachers reading the submissions. They then select a dozen or so to be read aloud in front of the entire school by guest readers, usually local adults who use writing in their careers and lives. 

This annual celebration of student writing began 20 years ago when Lynne Maragliano, a now-retired kindergarten teacher, attended an adult poetry reading, and thought, “Why aren’t we doing this for kids?”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.04.2018

Heights High robotics teams place first and second

Heights High teams won first and second place at the April 28 regional Battle Bot Robotics competition at Lakeland Community College, in which 20 high school teams from Northeast Ohio competed.

This year Heights High fielded two teams; Team Black placed first and Team Gold placed second.

Team Black defeated Beaumont School in the semifinals—an upset that set the stage for Heights High’s Team Gold to vie with Team Black for first place. Beaumont took third place.

“Beaumont was a tough team to beat, as always, they are well prepared and have great design,” said Heights High Robotics coach Greg Nachman.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 8:41 PM, 05.21.2018

Get ready to 'Run Like It’s Recess'

The RoxEl Run, a fun-filled, community, and inter-generational family event benefiting Roxboro Elementary School, takes place Saturday, May 19 at 9 a.m. The race begins at the Roxboro Middle School track, 2400 Roxboro Road, and loops through the Cleveland Heights neighborhoods surrounding the school.

The race options include 4-mile and 2-mile runs, or a 2-mile walk that begins shortly after the run start time and follows the same route. The Kid’s Fun Run, for the youngest elementary-age children, begins at 10 a.m. and takes place inside the middle school track. Last year’s event drew 350 participants and raised over $5,000. Everyone is encouraged to attend regardless of fitness level.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:17 AM, 05.15.2018

Communion of Saints students bring 'Shrek' to the stage

In the mood for some ogre-sized family fun?

The Communion of Saints School Drama Program, now in its ninth year, will present “Shrek Jr. The Musical” on May 4 and 5, at 7 p.m., in Powers Hall at Communion of Saints School.

More than 70 students are involved in this year‘s production, on the stage and behind the scenes. Under the guidance of Lydia Chanenka, director and scenery painter, and Maria Botti-Lodovico, choreographer and musical director, the magic of the swamp is brought to life through music and magical scenery.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:06 AM, 05.01.2018

Heights seniors earn peace officer certification

Ten seniors in the Heights High Criminal Justice program have received Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy (OPOTA) certification. Students also earned college credits from Tri-C Community College and Bryant & Stratton College.

OPOTA is part of Heights High’s Career and Technical Education program, and is taught by Commander Johnnie Lemons, a retired Ohio State Patrol trooper.

The certification qualifies students for employment in private security. Additional certifications earned by the students are in CPR, first aid, automated external defibrillator, and 12 sections of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 8:20 AM, 05.01.2018

District receives Auditor of State Award

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District has received the Auditor of State (AOS) Award with Distinction for the district’s “clean and accurate” financial record keeping.

Michelle Stys, AOS state liaison director, presented the award, for fiscal year 2017, to Treasurer Scott Gainer and his finance team at the April 10 board of education meeting.

The award is given to those governmental entities that produce a voluntary Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and receive a “clean” audit report.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 10:40 AM, 05.01.2018

Project Lead the Way comes to CH-UH middle schools

According to its website, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national K-12 program designed to “engage students in hands-on activities, projects, and problems; empower them to solve real-world challenges; and inspire them to reimagine how they see themselves.” 

Recently adopted as a course for CH-UH middle school students, it is offered as an elective for seventh- and eighth-graders at Roxboro and Monticello middle schools. Because the two schools are currently operating under one roof, the PLTW classroom has combined as well, with Amy Statler and Dianna Neal team-teaching the classes.

According to Statler, PLTW takes a human-centered approach, and the projects are challenging. One recent assignment asked students to design an orthopedic shoe for a patient with cerebral palsy who has specific medical and lifestyle needs.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 8:40 AM, 05.01.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 3-20-2018

MARCH 20, 2018

 

  • MSAN report
  • Middle school discipline and security

 

President Jim Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) students and administrative staff from the middle school also attended.The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and was adjourned at 9 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 12:05 PM, 04.17.2018

Heights High Symphony concert will feature two senior soloists

Two Heights High graduating seniors, Eva Bambakidis and Matthew Fields, will perform with the Heights High Symphony, under the direction of Daniel Heim, in the CHHS Instrumental Music Department's (IMD) Season Finale Concert II, on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. Bambakidis will play the third movement of Dmitri Kabalevsky's Concerto No. 3 in D for Piano and Orchestra. Fields will perform the first movement of Concerto No. 9 in B Flat for Violoncello and Orchestra by Luigi Boccherini.

The Heights High IMD’s spring concert series will begin on Wednesday April 25, with Season Finale Concert I at 7:30 p.m., featuring the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and the Concert Orchestra. The series continues on Friday, April 27, with Season Finale Concert II, featuring the two soloists, as well as the Symphonic Winds and the symphony.

Both concerts will be held in Heights High’s auditorium, and will be preceded by performances by chamber ensembles at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow the April 27 concert, with entertainment by the jazz ensembles.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 11:18 AM, 03.31.2018

Heights High musicians meet alumnus and Super Bowl champion Jason Kelce

The annual Heights High Instrumental Music Department’s (IMD) Spring Tour (Feb. 21–24) featured an athletic element this year, as band members had a chance to meet with Jason Kelce, Heights High alumnus (2006) and Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Champion. As a student, Kelce played baritone saxophone in the school’s jazz band.

Last fall, when Band Director Brett Baker learned that the spring tour would be in Philadelphia, he texted Kelce to see if they could catch up for a few hours during the band’s visit to Central High School in North Philadelphia.

A few weeks before the visit, Baker asked Kelce if he would like to play baritone saxophone with the jazz band during its visit.

 

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:24 AM, 03.29.2018

RoxArts benefit supports school arts programs

The annual ROXARTS community fundraiser, supporting arts enrichment for all CH-UH City School District students in kindergarten through eighth grade, will be held on Saturday, April 28, at the B-Side in Cleveland Heights.

The night will start grooving at 7 p.m. with a disco-themed benefit that will include food from local eateries, complimentary beer and wine, a tabled auction with more than 30 items up for bid, and a live auction. Attendees are urged to dress in disco attire.

At 9 p.m., the B-Side and Grog Shop will transform into a Silent Disco. In lieu of a speaker system, the silent disco broadcasts music via radio transmitter into wireless headsets worn by the guests. Experience live DJs and dancing, like never before.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 11:00 AM, 03.31.2018

Annual alumni pancake breakfast is April 15

On Sunday, April 15, the community is invited to enjoy tours of the new Heights High, and a delicious pancake breakfast benefiting opportunity grants for every school in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

The annual Community and Alumni Pancake Breakfast will run from 9 a.m. until noon. Tickets, sold at the door, are $8 for standard admission, $5 for seniors (65 and older) and kids ages 4–12. Children 3 and younger are free.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:42 AM, 03.29.2018

Heights High celebrates 60 years of international exchange

The Cleveland Heights High School AFS International Exchange Program has been an active part of the Heights community for 60 years. Since 1957, Heights High families have hosted AFS international exchange students or sent their students abroad.

Heights High and the Greater Cleveland AFS program will celebrate this history at the AFS Heights High Gala on Saturday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person, and include appetizers. Beginning March 31, tickets will be available for purchase at Zagara’s Marketplace.

The April 21 benefit event will celebrate the long history of international exchanges and cultural learning at the school, and will include displays from current Heights High AFS students and performances by Heights High vocalists. 

AFS was started after World War II by volunteer ambulance drivers who transported wounded soldiers to safety from both sides of battle (thus, the original name, American Field Service, or AFS). They established the AFS exchange program to promote understanding among nations and build cultural awareness.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:38 AM, 03.29.2018

Fairfax announces IB event

Fairfax Elementary School is on a path to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. Parents, students, and community members are invited to the school on Thursday, April 19, to learn about, and celebrate, what it means to be an IB school. Fairfax Elementary School is located at 3150 Fairfax Road, in Cleveland Heights.

The International Baccalaureate program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:30 AM, 03.29.2018

PTA program will provide guidelines for children's technology use

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights PTA Council will host the last program in its 2017–18 Social & Emotional Speaker Series, "Guidelines for Managing Children's Use of Media & Technology," on Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Heights High mini-auditorium.

The program will feature child therapist Karen Farley, who has worked for 30 years as a mental health worker with children ages 5–18. and as an adjunct faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College and Kent State University. She is an associate therapist at Jay Berk, Ph.D. and Associates.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:35 AM, 03.29.2018

Renovations begin at Monticello and Roxboro middle schools

Renovations at Monticello and Roxboro middle schools are officially underway as Turner Construction assumed control of the sites on March 12.

Turner will be renovating the buildings over the course of the next 15 months with the expected completion date sometime in the summer of 2019. Middle school students will begin the 2019–20 school year in the renovated buildings, after spending two years at the Wiley campus.

The focus of the renovations is on improving the instructional space in each building. Once complete, every classroom in each building will have new heating and air conditioning, paint, flooring, ceilings, lighting, fire alarms, a sound reinforcement system, a short throw projector, and a whiteboard.

New heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems will be installed throughout both buildings, including the auditoriums, along with new lighting. Administrative areas will receive facelifts, with new carpet, paint and reception desks. 

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:24 AM, 03.27.2018

CH-UH students participate in National Walkout Day

Frigid temperatures were no deterrent for more than 1,000 CH-UH City School District students who chose to participate in National Walkout Day on Wednesday, March 14.

High school and middle school students walked outside at 10 a.m., joining the national movement to raise awareness for school safety and the impact of gun violence.

At Cleveland Heights High School, more than 700 students participated in a demonstration on the snow-covered football field. The event was student-led and voluntary. Many of the student organizers spoke at the demonstration to remember the victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, and to voice a call to action for stricter gun control.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 11:06 AM, 03.15.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education highlights 3-6-2018

MARCH 6, 2018

  • Public comments
  • High school music
  • Model UN participation
  • Tiger Team Members of the Month
  • Top of the Hill project
  • Gun violence in schools
  • Ohio House Bill 512
  • Field trips and donations

President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon, Treasurer Scott Gainer, Cleveland Heights City Manager Tanisha Briley and Cleveland Heights Director of Economic Development Tim Boland. The meeting began at 7:08 p.m., after an executive session, and adjourned at 9:18 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 12:55 PM, 03.20.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 2-20-2018

FEBRUARY 20, 2018

  • Public comments
  • MLK Essay award winners
  • Tiger Team members
  • Donations
  • Coventry building
  • Middle schools renovation
  • ECOT, other charter school payments
  • Top of the Hill update
  • Students’ stand on gun control
  • Conference room naming
  • Citizen resolution on automatic rifle sales
  • Board goals and committee assignments

President Jim Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. Prior to the open meeting, a Sunshine Laws Training was held at 6 p.m. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 10:45 p.m.

 

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 1:45 PM, 03.20.2018

St. Paul's Cooperative Preschool finds new home in the Heights

St. Paul’s Cooperative Preschool has found a new home and chosen a new name for fall 2018. After the current school year ends in May, the preschool will move to Church of the Redeemer UMC, at 2420 S. Taylor Road, a little over a mile from its current location.

The co-op’s new name will be Heights Cooperative Preschool.

There will be two open-house sessions for interested families on April 23, at 9:30–10:30 a.m. and 6:30–7:30 p.m., at the preschool’s current location, 2747 Fairmount Blvd. For more information, call Deb Binkofsky, director of the co-op, at 216-932-0002.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 11:57 AM, 03.09.2018

CH-UH schools to host kindergarten info nights

In the next month, each Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District elementary school will host a Kindergarten Information Night for incoming and prospective families. 
 
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the schools’ principals and teachers, ask questions, and tour the buildings. Several of the schools will offer dinner and childcare or playtime services.
 
To find the school that corresponds to your place of residence, use the district’s interactive boundary map.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 11:56 AM, 03.09.2018

Coventry property will transfer to Heights Libraries

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education (BOE) and the CH-UH Public Library System (Heights Libraries) have reached an agreement on the future of the former Coventry school property. On Feb. 5, the library board voted to accept from the school district the six-acre property, including the school building, playground and greenspace; on Feb. 20 the school board voted to transfer the property to Heights Libraries for $1. The transaction will close on March 31.

In 2017, upon learning of the school district’s desire to sell the property, current tenants of the building formed Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus and presented a unified vision for an arts and educational center. The library’s Coventry branch abuts the property at the corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard, and provides the only free parking for the branch.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 03.01.2018

Barbershoppers receive ‘outstanding’ rating

If you’ve heard them you already know: The Heights High Barbershoppers are Outstanding. And now, it’s official. Both the Boys and Girls Barbershoppers received a rating of outstanding at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Festival in Costa Mesa, Calif. 

More than 600 students from 18 schools attended the event, Jan. 17 through 20. Barbershop music is unaccompanied (a capella) vocal music with four-part harmony.

This is the first year that the girls have attended the competition. The boys have attended for several years. The possible ratings of Good, Excellent, Outstanding and Superior are awarded by a panel of international vocal experts.

The Heights students performed without their director, Jesse Lange. “Our students were one of the few groups performing without a director,” said Lange. “That requires the singers to be more self-reliant and to depend on each other.”

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 12:39 PM, 03.02.2018

Penguins invade Gesu School

At the end of January, Gesu School launched a new program, Gesu Reads Together. The school embarked on this project to promote family literacy and demonstrate connections between academic subjects across the curriculum.

During the months of January and February, students in kindergarten through fourth grade read the classic children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater, and class work connected to the themes of the book, covering topics such as penguins, Polar regions, and the water cycle.

Each child received a copy of the book, and the Gesu School Parent Teacher Organization arranged many activities, including a kick-off assembly featuring Mr. Popper (an actor with Great Lakes Theater Company) reading the first two chapters of the book to the student body.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 12:37 PM, 03.02.2018

Heights educators swim with the sharks

A group of 20 CH-UH educators “swam with the sharks” on Professional Development Day in order to quality for opportunity grants courtesy of the Heights School Foundation (HSF).

In an event modeled after the reality-TV show “Shark Tank,” HSF offered grants of up to $500 directly to teachers, who had to face a panel of sharks who determined if their proposals were investment-worthy.

Each teacher who submitted a proposal had two minutes to make the pitch, and then 60 seconds of back-and-forth with the panel. In the end, a shark had to make an offer to fund the proposal.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 12:41 PM, 03.02.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education highlights 2-6-2018

FEBRUARY 6, 2018

  • Master facilities plan update

Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, and Beverly Wright were present. President James Posch was absent. Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. Present for the master facilities plan presentation were Project Management Consultants LLC Senior Project Consultant Doug Myers, Bond Accountability Commission Vice Chair Debbie Herrmann, and Director of Business Services George Petkac. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

 

 

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:30 PM, 02.21.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 1-23-2018

JANUARY 23, 2018

  • Public Education Week
  • Lease for storage
  • Update on Top of the Hill project
     

President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Talisa Dixon, Treasurer Scott Gainer, Cleveland Heights City Manager Tanisha Briley, and Cleveland Heights Director of Economic Development Tim Boland were also present. 

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:22 PM, 02.21.2018

CH-UH kindergarten and preschool registration begins soon

Kindergarten registration for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District will begin on Feb. 26. Registration will take place by appointment only at the Delisle Options Center, 14780 Superior Road.

Registration materials will be made available at www.chuh.org under the "Families" tab. All materials must be completed and all documentation must be brought to Delisle at the scheduled appointment time. To schedule an appointment, call 216-371-7430.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 10:17 AM, 02.20.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 1-9-2018

JANUARY 9, 2018

  • Public comments
  • Tiger Team members of the month
  • Board approvals
  • Five-year forecast and state voucher program
  • Coventry building transfer

President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Dr. Talia Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7 p.m. and ended at 8:20 p.m. Prior to the meeting, an organizational meeting was held at which the new board members were sworn in and James Posch was elected President, Jodi Sourini was elected Vice President, and Beverly Wright was elected Secretary Pro Tempore.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.27.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 12-19-2017

DECEMBER 19, 2017

  • Public comments
  • Recognition of master teachers
  • Tiger Team members of the month
  • Board approvals for policies, field trips, donations
  • Middle school facilities approvals
  • Comments by outgoing board members

 

Board President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Dr. Talia Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7 p.m. and ended at 9:05 p.m. Prior to the meeting, a reception was held to honor outgoing board members.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 2:20 PM, 02.06.2018

BOE swears in three new members

Three new members of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Board of Education were sworn in during the board’s annual organizational meeting on Jan. 9, in University Heights.

Newly elected board members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Jodi Sourini each took the oath of office, which was administered by the district’s treasurer, Scott Gainer.

After the swearing-in ceremony, the board elected its president, vice president and treasurer pro tem for 2018. Returning board member Jim Posch is the board’s new president, and newcomer Sourini was elected vice president. Another returning board member, Beverly Wright, was chosen as treasurer pro tem, which means she would fill in for Gainer if he were absent from a board meeting. All three officers were unanimously elected.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:20 AM, 02.01.2018

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 12-5-2017

DECEMBER 5, 2017

  • Issuance and sale of bonds
  • Library board of trustees interviews and appointment

Board President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch and Eric Silverman were present, as were as Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. Beverly Wright arrived in time for the interviews. The meeting opened at 6:15 p.m. and ended after 9:30 p.m., at which time the board went into executive session to discuss district land issues.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 11:48 AM, 01.30.2018

St. Paul's Cooperative Preschool seeks new home

St. Paul's Cooperative Preschool (SPCP) is about to lose its home of 61 years. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, that built the nursery school wing in 1956, has decided, as of Nov. 29, not to renew the preschool’s lease. Now, the cooperative is faced with the challenge of finding a new home for next year so that it can continue to serve its students. The co-op currently has 54 of its 58 possible student spaces filled. SPCP is rushing to find a place before January, when preschool registration begins for the 2018–19 school year.

SPCP’s top priority is to continue to offer affordable preschool access for the 2018–19 school year. "We are looking for a space, ideally located close to the current location [2747 Fairmount Blvd.] so that we can continue to serve the local community’s families and children," said Deb Binkofsky, director of the co-op."Research continues to come out about how important preschool can be for future academic success. If we were to close, which we are determined not to do, that would leave Cleveland Heights with just one cooperative preschool.” That school, Fairmount Cooperative Preschool, is currently at capacity, serving 44 students.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 7:43 PM, 12.07.2017

Oxford fifth-grader is Cavs All-Star Kid

Oxford Elementary School fifth-grader Mykaila Davis was the Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kid for the month of November.

Davis’ Spanish teacher, Juana Cuervo, nominated her for the award, stating, "Mykaila is involved in Student Council, Spanish Club and Reading Challenge. Mykaila is kind and supportive to other students and also helps tutor them. She is dedicated to her classwork, is willing to do whatever it takes to succeed and never gives up."

Davis was recognized at the Cavaliers' Nov. 17 game against the Clippers, at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:37 AM, 01.03.2018

Task force to propose 'wrap-around' services model for district's schools

From the outside, Oyler School in Cincinnati looks like an ordinary building, but from the inside, it’s “breathtaking,” according to Beverly Wright, CH-UH Board of Education member. She and four other members of the district’s Community In Schools Task Force recently visited Cincinnati for an in-depth look at “the Cadillac of wrap-around schools.”

Oyler gained national recognition for its groundbreaking embrace of wrap-around services: full-scale health clinics (including mental, dental and vision care), child care, enrichment programming, one-to-one mentoring, and other services that meet a vast array of student needs.

The CH-UH district began looking at this model two years ago, led by Teachers Union President Ari Klein and Superintendent Talisa Dixon. The task force, comprising more than 30 district staff, community members, and representatives from potential partner agencies, began meeting last spring and plans to present a proposal to the school board by April.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:39 AM, 01.03.2018

School superintendents will discuss their challenges to state policy at Jan. 29 forum

When it comes to public education, Ohio state policymakers have passed laws that shrink resources for local schools, diminish local control, impose limiting graduation requirements, reduce the evaluation of the quality of education in a school district to a letter grade, and attempt to standardize education and outcomes. 
 
As the policies have taken hold, their detrimental effects are being felt across the state. School leaders from diverse school districts are beginning to challenge mandates that work against the best interests of their students and diminish public education. 

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 1:42 PM, 01.02.2018