Schools

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 9-28-2021

SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 - work session

 

  • Third reading of policies, group A
  • Hiring bus drivers and substitute teachers

 

Present were members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, and Jodi Sourini. President James Posch was out of town and Beverly Wright was unwell and participated remotely. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was brief, lasting five minutes.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 3:02 PM, 10.20.2021

48 Heights High students and graduates named AP scholars

The College Board has recognized 48 members of Cleveland Heights High School’s classes of 2021 and 2022 for their outstanding performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The College Board, which administers the AP tests, honors students across the country who score at a consistently high level on its annual exams.

The board named 28 Heights High students as AP Scholars for earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams. Those students are: Vincent Bellini, Vanner Bochik, Isabella Bradley, Patricia Chen, Adele Dooner, Patrick Dooner, Maria Fehn, Zak Ferguson, Emmet Fluharty, Braedan Gallagher, Grant Gober, Claire Hall, Andrew Heintz, Ella Herr, Nathan Keller, Leo Kenealy, Derek Korane, Eryn Lawson, Leela Manne, Nathalie Nicol, Elly Obondo, Wolfe Pehowic, Julian Postak, Gabrielle Price, Joseph Russo, Michaela Schomisch, Rowan Trammell, and Meridith Vandall.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 3:36 PM, 10.11.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 10-5-2021

OCTOBER 5, 2021, regular meeting

 

  • Public comments
  • Recognitions 
  • Student Cadre report
  • Shared facilities update
  • Joint boards and councils meeting
  • Coalition
  • Board comments

 

Present were President James Posch, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and was adjourned at 9:18 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 2:56 PM, 10.20.2021

RoxEl PTA celebrates literacy with first read-a-thon

The Roxboro Elementary School (RoxEl) PTA held its first read-a-thon in September. The event followed more than five years of PTA and school partnerships designed to encourage literacy, and expanded on Roxboro's 2021–22 school-year theme: #RoxREADS. 

The 10-day event encouraged students to pledge to read for at least 20 minutes each night—with the schoolwide goal of reaching 46,000 total reading minutes during the event. RoxEl students surpassed that goal, reading a total of 72,035 minutes, or 1,200 hours. The top reader for the school, fifth-grader Oliver Costello, read for 2,160 minutes. Students who read and logged their reading minutes were rewarded with raffle tickets for prize baskets. Prizes were also awarded to the top readers in each grade; to Costello, as top reader for the school; and to seven additional students who each read for more than 1,000 minutes.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 11:06 AM, 10.01.2021

Heights High students and alums beautify yards of seniors

When Heights High students and recent graduates joined with youth leaders this summer to freshen up the lawns of Heights seniors, everyone benefitted. The teens learned landscaping and professional business skills; neighborhood yards were beautified, and, in one case, a woman’s slide into depression was averted.

The program, WAVE: We’re A Village of Efficacy, is the brainchild of community leaders Steve Walker and Jerod Johnson. The two have worked together for years with children and teens in the Heights, teaching, mentoring, and guiding them as they improve both their neighborhoods and their lives.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 10:30 AM, 09.28.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 8-17, 31-2021

AUGUST 17, 2021, Work Session

 

  • Financial report
  • Pandemic relief fund survey results
  • Strategic plan evaluation

 

Present were members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. President James Posch was absent. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 9 p.m. 

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 12:15 PM, 10.01.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 9-8-2021

SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 – Regular Meeting

 

  • Public comments
  • Recognitions and awards
  • Consent agenda
  • Superintendent’s report
  • Air conditioning
  • 2026 Strategic Plan
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Wiley property
  • Board comments

 

Present were Board President James Posch; members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright; Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby; and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was two and one half hours.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 12:13 PM, 10.01.2021

Cross-country teams run 250 miles in 24 hours

Members of the cross-country teams at Monticello and Roxboro middle schools joined Heights High’s cross-country and track runners for a 24-hour relay at Heights High on Aug. 7 and 8. Raising funds for the Cleveland Heights Running Boosters, the students ran 250 miles during the 24-hour period.  

They arrived at the track on Saturday morning, carrying tents, sleeping bags, board games, and playing cards. As the clock struck 9 a.m., they began logging their miles, one or sometimes two students running four laps at a time before handing the baton off to the next runners. All participants ran more miles than they had before, and some ran faster than ever, including junior Henry Turner, who logged a personal best in his seventh mile, then beat that pace in his eighth.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 9:54 AM, 08.31.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 8-3-2021

AUGUST 3, 2021, regular session

 

  • Recognitions and awards
  • Summer programming and strategic plan goals
  • COVID protocol recommendations
  • Debt refunding 
  • State budget impact
  • Announcements

 

Present were President James Posch and members Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. Dan Heintz was absent. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 8:47 p.m. A sound problem occurred during the opening three minutes during the video recording.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:40 PM, 08.23.2021

Heights High announces 202122 administrative team

Cleveland Heights High School has named two new assistant principals for the 2021–22 school year—Taylor Smith and Brandon Towns. They join the schools’ interim administrative principal, and two other assistant principals.

“This group is like the pieces of a puzzle coming together—they bring years of experience in top-notch organizational leadership, teaching, communication, technology, coaching, and more,” said Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby. “Most importantly, these individuals have a passion for providing a high-quality education to each and every student, helping them grow into young adults ready for college and career.”

Taylor Smith, 10th-grade assistant principal

Smith served the Brooklyn City School District (BCS) as the technology coordinator (2016–21), implementing professional development and technology integration across the district. Smith also was dean of students for BCS (2019–20). In that role, Smith instituted Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for the student body, and worked with teacher teams across grade levels.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 1:03 PM, 08.09.2021

Heights High's Taylor Evans wins national award

Taylor Evans, a Heights High junior, has been named the GEAR UP Student of the Year by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships. She is the lead intern/ambassador for Heights High’s GEAR UP 2 New Heights program. 

GEAR UP—Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs—aims to increase the college and career readiness of low-income students. It currently serves more than 523,000 students in 46 states. The award is given to one student in the U.S. who embodies the GEAR UP mission to “Excel, Prove, and Mobilize.”

“Taylor was selected out of hundreds of thousands of GEAR UP students across the country, and she is incredibly deserving of this honor,” said Bob Swaggard, the CH-UH City School District’s director of curriculum and instruction. “She’s a wonderful student and we are all so proud of her.”

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:28 PM, 08.09.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 7-6-2021

JULY 6, 2021 regular session

 

  • Recognitions and rewards
  • Update on academic goals
  • Resolution on education in systemic racism
  • Treasurer’s report
  • In-person public meetings required
  • Board announcements

 

Present were President James Posch and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting lasted approximately 1 hour 10 minutes.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 11:19 AM, 07.16.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 6-29-2021

JUNE 29, 2021 work session

 

  • Online learning recommendations
  • Academic update
  • Blended learning policy
  • Treasurer’s report

 

Present were members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. President James Posch was absent. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and was adjourned at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 11:22 AM, 07.16.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 6-15-2021

JUNE 15, 2021 work session

 

  • Board approvals
  • Blended learning policy
  • College and Career Task force recommendations
  • Board comments

 

Present were President James Posch and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, and Beverly Wright. Jodi Sourini attended virtually. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and adjourned at 8 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 11:26 AM, 07.16.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 6-8-2021

JUNE 8, 2021, regular session

 

  • Public comments
  • 2021-2022 instructional model 
  • State school funding plan
  • Board comments

 

Present were Board President James Posch and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, and Beverly Wright. Jodi Sourini was absent. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and lasted about an hour and ten minutes.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 11:51 AM, 07.16.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 5-18-2021

MAY 18, 2021, work session

 

  • Career and technical education student support
  • Social-emotional learning (SEL)
  • Fair Schools Funding Plan

 

Present were Board President James Posch and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 9 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 11:49 AM, 07.16.2021

Heights High's Buescher named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Heights High senior Maple Buescher has been named a 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholar. She is one of 161 high school seniors in the country, and one of three in Ohio, to receive the award. U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced the names of the scholars on May 13.

Each year, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects the students “based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.”

“I am thrilled that Maple has received this great honor. She has always been committed to education, serving her community and learning as much as she can about the world," said CH-UH City School District Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 10:06 AM, 05.25.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 4-20-2021

APRIL 20, 2021, work session

 

  • School-community partnerships
  • Noble community learning center
  • Performance audit update
  • COVID vaccine clinic
  • Tiger Camp

 

Present were board President James Posch; members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright; Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby; and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 9:05 AM, 05.11.2021

Kirby to deliver State of our Schools Address April 15

Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby will deliver the virtual 2021 State of our Schools Address on April 15.

Kirby will discuss strategic-planning updates, achievements and notable events from the past year, and the major new initiatives taking shape. The event will also feature musical performances and remarks from students.
 
"I'm looking forward to sharing the district's accomplishments over the past year, as well as how Tiger Nation came together to overcome the monumental challenges we faced with the COVID-19 pandemic," said Kirby.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 5, Posted 12:35 PM, 04.11.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education 3-16-2021

MARCH 16, 2021 Work Session

 

  • Full five-day reopening
  • Update: board strategic planning 

 

Present were Board President James Posch, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, Beverly Wright, Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby, and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 9:38 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 5, Posted 9:29 AM, 04.13.2021

Two Heights seniors are national scholarship finalists

Heights High seniors Maple Buescher and Xavier Routh have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

"Being named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist is a tremendous achievement,” said CH-UH City School District Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby. “I'm proud of Maple and Xavier and excited to see all that they continue to accomplish." 

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships. Buescher and Routh qualified for the award because of their performances on the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). They were named semifinalists in September.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 1:55 PM, 03.08.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education regular meeting 3-2-2021

MARCH 2, 2021

 

  • Recognitions
  • Public comments
  • Public reading, policy group A
  • Resolution to waive standardized testing
  • COVID monitoring and school reopening
  • Equity update
  • Elementary achievement trends
  • Fair School Funding Plan plank
  • Five-year forecast

 

Present were Board President James Posch, members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright, Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby, and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7:45 p.m. and was adjourned at 9:17 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 1:51 PM, 03.23.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session 2-16-2021

FEBRUARY 16, 2021

 

  • Student progress under virtual instruction
  • Performance audits

 

Board President James Posch and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright were present. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. This was the first "in-person" meeting of the board for the 2020-2021 year. It was held in the high school auditorium so members of the public could socially distance. Board President Posch and several administrative staff members attended virtually, which caused some minor audio issues. The meeting was also livestreamed on the district's YouTube channel.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 03.10.2021

Students perform successful egg drops

From Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, Communion of Saints School celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a variety of activities. During Catholic Schools Week, schools celebrate their parish, community, students, vocations, the nation, faculty, staff, and their families. 

Each day of the week has a different theme and an activity related to the day’s theme. Throughout the week, all classes participated in community-building STEM activities to regain a sense of connection that has been lost through the pandemic’s need for social distancing.

Junior high students at the school worked in small groups, which included the school’s remote learners, to create a container that would cushion an egg being dropped from the top of a stairwell. All the student groups successfully dropped their eggs, with every egg landing intact.                        

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 4:02 PM, 02.25.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education special meeting 1-28-2021

JANUARY 28, 2021

 

  • Recognitions
  • Transition to hybrid learning
  • Moving to in-person board meetings 

 

Board President James Posch and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright were present. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and adjourned at approximately 9:40 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.08.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education regular meeting 2-2-21

FEBRURARY 2, 2021

 

  • Recognitions
  • FutureHeights housing initiative
  • Public comments
  • Athletic department donations
  • Policy group A reading
  • Trauma-informed action plans
  • Vaccine rollout 
  • in-person instruction
  • Treasurer’s five-year forecast
  • Public records 
  • Board goals development
  • In-person board meetings 

 

Board President James Posch and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright were present. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and was adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.26.2021

CH-UH district celebrates School Board Recognition Month

The CH-UH City School District joins more than 700 school districts throughout Ohio to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month, Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby announced Jan. 4.

“Our school board members are citizen-servants who shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices for our district, all with minimal pay,” Kirby said. “Their focus is always on the future success of the children in our district. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.”

Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. The CH-UH school board is responsible for an annual budget of $120 million, nearly 5,000 students, approximately 880 employees, and 11 schools.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 1:32 PM, 01.14.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education regular meeting highlights 1-5-21

JANUARY 5, 2021

 

  • Organizational meeting
  • Public comments
  • Recognitions and awards
  • Consent agenda
  • Calendar
  • Superintendent’s report
  • Five-Year Forecast
  • Board comments 

 

Present were President James Posch, Vice President Malia Lewis, Beverly Wright, Dan Heintz, and Jodi Sourini. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer.

The board convened its 2021 organizational meeting at approximately 7 p.m. then immediately adjourned to executive session, after which it reconvened the organizational meeting in public session. Upon adjournment of the organization meeting, the board convened the regular public meeting and adjourned approximately two hours later.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 AM, 01.29.2021

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education regular meeting highlights 12-8-2020

DECEMBER 8, 2020

 

  • Recognitions and awards
  • Public comments
  • Union contract
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Superintendent’s update on pandemic operations
  • Board comments and announcements

 

Board President Jodi Sourini and members Dan Heintz, James Posch, and Beverly Wright were present. Malia Lewis was unable to attend due to a medical issue. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby, Treasurer Scott Gainer, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Operations Dr. Paul Lombardo, and Athletic Director Joseph D’Amato. After the board met in executive session, the public meeting was called to order at 8:03 p.m. It was adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 9:33 AM, 01.05.2021

New teachers' contract averts strike

The CH-UH City School District Board of Education (BOE) has approved a new contract for the teachers’ union, averting a strike by teachers. [To view the contract, go to this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_9s3n1qUxJCDwF_fc3-D-9IVPvhZvgu3/view.]

Following an all-night negotiation session that began Dec. 1, a tentative agreement was reached between the BOE and the Cleveland Heights Teachers Union, early in the morning of Dec. 2—the date the union had intended to begin its strike. The union voted on Dec. 3 to ratify the agreement, with 94-percent approval. 

As the final step [in the agreement], BOE members unanimously approved the contract during its regular meeting on Dec. 8. (BOE Member Malia Lewis was not present, due to an excused absence.)

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 12:03 PM, 12.13.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education special session highlights 11-23-2020

NOVEMBER 23, 2020

  • Strike preparation and approvals
  • Update on the pandemic response
  • Treasurer’s report

Board President Jodi Sourini and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Beverly Wright were present. Ms. Wright participated by telephone because of internet technical issues. The meeting was called to order at approximately 6:45 p.m. The board adjourned immediately to executive session and reconvened in public session at approximately 8 p.m. The meeting was adjourned atapproximately 9:30 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 10:14 AM, 12.14.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education special session highlights 11-17-2020

NOVEMBER 17, 2020

 

  • Schools foundation name change
  • Resolution to support Ohio House Bill 305
  • First quarter educational data report

 

Board President Jodi Sourini and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Beverly Wright were present. Also attending were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby; Treasurer Scott Gainer; Assistant Superintendent Felisha Gould; Director of Data, Research, and Assessment Allison Byrd; and six school principals. The meeting was called to order at 7:12 p.m. and adjourned at 9:35 p.m., when the board went into executive session.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 10:32 AM, 12.14.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education regular meeting highlights 11-10-2020

NOVEMBER 10, 2020

 

  • Public comments concerning the levy
  • District response to the pandemic
  • Vote to continue remote learning
  • District’s role as a financial agent

 

Board President Jodi Sourini and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Beverly Wright were present. Also attending were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby, Treasurer Scott Gainer, and Athletic Director Joe D'Amato. The meeting lasted one hour 30 minutes.

Read Full Story
Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 10:34 AM, 12.14.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education special session highlights 10-29-2020

OCTOBER 29, 2020

 

  • Quarter two remote learning 
  • OSBA legislative platform

 

Board President Jodi Sourini and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Beverly Wright were present. Also attending were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. Ms. Lewis had to leave to join an Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) meeting, and was not able to return before adjournment. The meeting was called to order at approximately 6:40 p.m. and adjourned at approximately 7:40 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 12:09 PM, 11.30.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 10-20-2020

OCTOBER 20, 2020

 

  • Financial impact of EdChoice changes
  • School reopening update
  • Resolution to amend treasurer’s contract 

 

Board President Jodi Sourini and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch and Beverly Wright were present. Also attending were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at approximately 7 p.m. and adjourned at approximately 9 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 12:05 PM, 11.30.2020

Issue 69 is our Netflix

Issue 69 is our Netflix.

I'm a big believer in Netflix. Back in the early 2000s, when I was young and swimming in time, there came this service that would send you DVDs in the mail and charged no late fees. 

It was revelatory. I got a real education in cinema through Netflix: "The Godfather,” "The Exorcist" . . . that "Dungeons and Dragons" movie with Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans—a true masterclass.

Amidst all of the children, moves, lost jobs, utilities, mortgages, and questionable binge watching . . . the Netflix bill has been paid. Every month. For 18 years.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 3:30 PM, 10.23.2020

Farmers to Families program returns Oct. 15

The Farmers to Families program returns to the Heights, in partnership with Produce Alliance and the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. On Oct. 15, 22 and 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., families in need can receive a free 35-pound mixed box containing produce, dairy, cooked meats, and milk at the CH-UH City School District’s Wiley Campus (2181 Miramar Road, University Heights).

"We're thrilled to continue providing this service to our community," said Nancy Peppler, the district’s supervisor of Community and School Partnerships. "Especially during this time of uncertainty, I'm thankful that we can help keep food on our neighbors' tables."  

The first phase of the Farmers to Families program took place over 10 weeks, between May and July of this year, in partnership with Perfect Pact. With the help of volunteers from the school community, Heights High was the distribution point for more than 40,000 pounds of fresh produce that went to local families.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 5:55 PM, 10.12.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 9-29-20

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

Board President Jodi Sourini and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch and Beverly Wright were present. Also attending were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. 

Approval of resolution concerning union contract provisions

All members of the board spoke at length about the district’s financial constraints due to factors such as EdChoice vouchers and the expenses and loss of district funds due to the COVID-19 virus. Many expressed their respect for the district’s teachers.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 9:18 AM, 11.04.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 9-22-20

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

 

  • School reopening update
  • Treasurer’s report

 

Board President Jodi Sourini and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Beverly Wright were present. Also attending were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. After an executive session, the public meeting began at 8 p.m. and ended at 9:40 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 9:15 AM, 11.04.2020

AP scores at Heights are on the rise

The CH-UH City School District is addressing long-standing issues of academic disparities head on. 

In 2015, Heights High took a hard look at its 21 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and discovered that, in a building where the vast majority of students are Black, the most rigorous classes were almost entirely white.

“We need high expectations for all our students,” said Alisa McKinnie, an assistant principal, “regardless of their background.”

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:57 AM, 09.30.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education regular meeting highlights 9-3-2020

SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

 

  • Public comments and board response 
  • Recognition of technology coaches and facilitators
  • Enrollment in remote learning platforms
  • Ohio Senate Bill 358  
  • 21st Century grant award 
  • AP program participation 
  • Ohio School Board Presidents meeting

 

Board President Jodi Sourini and board members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Beverly Wright were present for a virtual meeting. Also attending were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. After an executive session, the public meeting began at 7:45 p.m. and ended at 8:52 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 11:10 AM, 09.23.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education special meeting highlights 8-25-2020

AUGUST 25, 2020

 

  • School opening update
  • Communication with parents 
  • Fall athletics 
  • Ohio Teacher Evaluation System approved

 

Board President Jodi Sourini and board members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Beverly Wright were present for a virtual meeting. Also attending were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby, Treasurer Scott Gainer, and Assistant Superintendent Paul Lombardo. After an executive session, the public meeting began at approximately 7:30 p.m. and ended at approximately 7:40 p.m.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 11:17 AM, 09.23.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education special meeting highlights 8-18-2020

AUGUST 18, 2020

 

  • School reopening update
  • Board approvals
  • Protective facial covering and teacher evaluation policies

 

After an executive session, the public meeting, held virtually, was called to order at 7:44 p.m. and adjourned at 9:38 p.m. Board President Jodi Sourini and board members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Beverly Wright were present. Also attending were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby, Assistant Superintendent Paul Lombardo, and Treasurer Scott Gainer.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 11:14 AM, 09.23.2020

CH students earn Tri-C fellowships

Maya Serna and Talia Weeks of Cleveland Heights have been selected for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Honors Program Fellowships, which offer high-achieving students scholarships to cover tuition, fees and books as they work toward an associate degree. 

Serna and Weeks signed commitment letters with Tri-C in a virtual ceremony. Each scholarship—funded by donors to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation—is valued at up to $5,120 per academic year.

The college’s seventh fellowship class comprises 54 students with GPAs of at least 3.5, and outstanding ACT/SAT scores. By entering the scholarship program, they commit to being full-time students, maintaining a high GPA, and earning a degree from Tri-C within two years. 

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 8:06 AM, 09.01.2020

RoxArts funds art kits for kindergartners

Back-to-school season just became a little more joyful, thanks in part to RoxArts in Tiger Nation, the nonprofit organization whose mission is to supplement arts and science education for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has interfered with students participating in hands-on art and science projects, RoxArts board members decided to help children keep art “front and center” during these challenging times.

The organization has funded the purchase of 800 new art kits, to be distributed to every kindergarten student in the district by the start of school. Every kit includes a book, paper, stationery, markers, chalk pastels, and stickers. The kits were made possible with support from Alexander Hanna, Faber Castell, Scholastic, and JakPrints. 

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 8:10 AM, 09.01.2020

CH-UH BOE places 4.8 mill levy on November ballot [Updated]

In an Aug. 10 letter to the Heights Observer, Ryan Routh, chair of the CH-UH City School District’s Lay Finance Committee, announced that the district’s board of education (BOE) “has placed a 4.8 mill levy on the November 2020 ballot.” In remarks at the July 7 BOE meeting, Routh stated that the “additional, two-year operating levy of 4.8 mills is the minimum amount needed to sufficiently cover the costs to operate the district.”

On Aug. 10 and 11, the district’s supervisor of communications, Cathan Cavanaugh, confirmed that the BOE “is moving forward with a November levy.” She declined to provide further information until a press release was approved. 

That press release, submitted to the Heights Observer the evening of Aug. 11, stated in part:

“The CH-UH BOE approved the second reading of the proposed 4.8-mill November 2020 additional operating levy language at its July 28 special meeting.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 10:46 AM, 08.11.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education special meeting highlights 8-4-2020

AUGUST 4, 2020

 

  • Community comments
  • Recognition of Farmers to Family
  • School reopening update
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Board comments and announcements

 

The public meeting was called to order at 7:29 p.m., after an executive session, and was adjourned at 8:35 p.m. The public meeting was conducted remotely, with each school board member, the treasurer and the superintendent joining the meeting from their individual homes. Board President Jodi Sourini and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Beverly Wright were present. Also attending were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby, Assistant Superintendent Felisha Gould, and Treasurer Scott Gainer.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 5:40 AM, 08.25.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education special meeting highlights 7-28-20

JULY 28, 2020

 

  • Levy for the November ballot
  • Performance audit and fringe benefits
  • School reopening during the Covid pandemic
  • CARES Act funds

 

After an executive session, the public meeting was called to order at 8:10 p.m. and was adjourned at approximately 9:45 p.m. The public meeting was conducted remotely, with each school board member, the treasurer, and the superintendent joining the meeting from their individual homes. Board President Jodi Sourini and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch and Beverly Wright were present. Also attending were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 5:56 AM, 08.25.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education special meeting highlights 7-21-20

JULY 21, 2020

 

  • Proposed levy and finance discussion
  • Updated school calendar
  • Updated school reopening plan 

 

The public meeting was called to order at approximately 7:30 p.m., after an executive session, and was adjourned at approximately 9:15 p.m. The executive session ran about 30 minutes longer than scheduled. The public meeting was conducted remotely, with each school board member, the treasurer and the superintendent joining the meeting from their individual homes. Board President Jodi Sourini and members James Posch, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Also attending were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 6:00 AM, 08.25.2020

Taylor named Oxford principal

Jacquelyn Taylor, CH-UH City School District STEM specialist, is the new principal at Oxford Elementary School.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jacquelyn into this school leadership position,” said CH-UH Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby. “Jacquelyn is an accomplished and dedicated instructional leader who is highly respected by her peers across the district.”

Taylor has spent the past eight months in an administrative support role at Oxford. She served as the STEM program specialist for Boulevard and Gearity elementary schools for five years prior to that.

“I am beyond excited for the opportunity,” said Taylor. “This is where I started my career 20 years ago; it feels like home to me. I'm honored to work with such a talented group of teachers, and I look forward to collaborating with the staff to make a difference for all students and families at Oxford.”

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 2:34 PM, 07.20.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education regular meeting highlights 7-7-2020

JULY 7, 2020

 

  • Public comments
  • Recognition
  • Five-year forecast
  • Lay Finance Committee report
  • Board comments on budget
  • School reopening

 

Present were President Jodi Sourini, Vice President James Posch, Treasurer Pro Tem Beverly Wright, Dan Heintz (who left early), and Malia Lewis. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting lasted about two and a half hours.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 7:47 AM, 07.28.2020

Teacher honors English-language learners

Ola Esmail learned a new English word recently: bittersweet, referring to leaving high school and a beloved teacher.

“I felt so happy when Ms. Scully came to visit me at my house,” said the 2020 Heights High graduate who came to the United States as a refugee from Yemen. “But I also feel sad because I might not see her again.”

Kathleen Scully feels the same way. The Heights High teacher of English Language (EL) was so impressed by the accomplishments of her four graduating seniors that she drove from Summit County to personally visit their homes, deliver gifts, and express her pride in their accomplishments.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 10:31 AM, 07.03.2020

Communion of Saints teacher keeps students engaged

Ending the school year with three months of virtual learning is not what any teacher intended. At Communion of Saints Catholic School in Cleveland Heights, Adam Cottos went above and beyond for his fifth-grade students.

Though he was not able to teach his class in person, he managed to keep all of his 28 students engaged in daily remote learning, through Facebook presentations and hosting weekly Kahoot game nights for the fifth-grade families. He even drove to each of the students’ homes and hand delivered a personalized end-of-the-school-year gift.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 10:32 AM, 07.03.2020

Communion of Saints students receive high school scholarships

Communion of Saints School is proud to announce the names of four eighth-grade students who received scholarships to Beaumont School.

Beaumont School awarded Camryn Mango its Lozick Scholarship, and Samaya Triggs received the school’s Howley Scholarship. Sophia Pesta received Beaumont’s Merit Award, and Beth Manning received its Presidential Academic Achievement Award.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 3:04 PM, 06.22.2020

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education regular meeting highlights 6-2-2020

JUNE 2, 2020

 

  • Recognition of retirees and Heights High swim team
  • Public comments
  • OSBA legislative platform
  • Five-year forecast
  • Superintendent’s report

 

The meeting, conducted remotely, was called to order at 7 p.m. and was adjourned at 7:58 p.m., after which the board went into executive session. Board President Jodi Sourini, members James Posch, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present.

Read Full Story
Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 1:01 PM, 06.22.2020