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2018/2019 Pre-Kindergarten Information
2018/2019 Registration (located on our home page) will be open soon. Once you have registered your child, please call the office to reserve a time for the Friday, March 16 Pre-Kindergarten Registration/Screening Day.
Congratulations to Emma Lipkowski and Brooke Wilson for being named Varsity Travel Players of the Week!
Congratulations to Senior, Emma Lipkowski, and Junior, Brooke Wilson, for being named two of Ohio Varsity's Varsity Travel Players of the Week for Girls Basketball for the week of January 17th.  Please click here to read the article.  Keep up the great work, Emma and Brooke! 
Military Appreciation with CHS Basketball on January 20th

Please come show your support for our high school boys and girls basketball teams, as well as supporting our military!  On Saturday, January 20th, we will be participating in the Statewide OHSAA Military Appreciation Night.  As part of this event, we will not be charging admission to the games on this date; we will instead be accepting donations and all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project


“Education-based athletics in the great state of Ohio are far more than winning and losing,” OHSAA Assistant Commissioner, Jerry Snodgrass, said. “High school athletics encompass everyone. They are a school and community event. This entire school involvement helps develop student leaders on the courts and fields of play as well as in the classrooms and student groups that support their teams.  This initiative is designed to emphasize these great student leaders in our schools and their support for our military.”


Please show your support at any or all of the following high school basketball games scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 20th:

1/20  12:00 p.m. - V Girls Basketball Home vs. Fairport HS

1/20   1:30 p.m. - F Boys Basketball Home vs. Fairport HS

1/20  3:00 p.m. - JV Boys Basketball Home vs. Fairport HS

1/20  4:30 p.m. - V Boys Basketball Home vs. Fairport HS 


Be sure to wear your patriotic colors, because we will be doing a red, white and blue-out!  Students can submit appropriate pictures and videos representing this theme to the be considered for the 2017 OHSAA Battle for the Golden Megaphone contest by posting them to Twitter and Instagram, using #GoldenMegaphone.

CHS Varsity Swim Team Assembles Blessing Bags for the Homeless
Over Winter Break, the CHS Varsity Swim Team gathered at Soza Yoga Studio in Parma to assemble blessing bags for the homeless.  Keep up the good work, girls!
Senior Dylan Drummond Signs Letter of Intent to Play Football at Eastern Michigan University
High School Senior Dylan Drummond signed a letter of intent to accept a full scholarship to play collegiate football at Eastern Michigan University during a special ceremony on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.  Dylan was joined onstage in the auditorium by his family, including his parents, Wayne and Trish Drummond, and his sisters, Jordan and Brooke.  Fellow students, teachers and administrators were present to show their support and celebrate his impressive accomplishment.  Varsity Football Head Coach Al Martin delivered special remarks during the ceremony, praising Dylan’s leadership, strong work ethic and selfless attitude, as well as listing the many accomplishments and records achieved by Dylan over the course of his playing career at Cuyahoga Heights.  While at Eastern Michigan, Dylan will play wide receiver for the Eagles, and plans on majoring in Business Administration.  The Cuyahoga Heights Schools congratulate Dylan Drummond on his accomplishment and wish him continued success at the collegiate level and beyond!
8th Graders Demonstrate Mastery of Coding with Robotic Car Project
 On Friday, December 15th, 8th grade students in Ms. Brooke Dragon’s Automation and Robotics class had the opportunity to showcase robotic cars which they constructed and programmed themselves.  The culminating project required students to work in groups to create computer code which controlled and monitored every function of the car.  To complete the coding process, students had to collectively apply their problem-solving skills to set-up the car’s torque, speed, and gear ratio settings.  The students also had to calibrate the car’s sensors to recognize and stop the car on the black-colored finish line.   Using hand-held tools, the students then constructed their cars and connected a flash drive storing the computer code to the central cortex.  Finally, it was time to test their knowledge and their car’s performance in the hallway outside the classroom.  Powered by a 7.2-volt battery, each car was timed as it traveled a twenty-foot distance before stopping on the black marker designating the end of the course.  During the demonstration, each group had the opportunity to adjust the computer code, as well as the wheel alignment to improve the performance of the car.  Overall, the project proved to be both a challenging and rewarding experience for the students.  
Chamber Strings Perform at The Village at Marymount
Students from the Cuyahoga Heights High School Chamber Strings delivered an impressive holiday concert performance for over fifty residents at The Village at Marymount on Monday, December 11, 2017.  Under the direction of Jane Pitman, the students’ talent was on full display as they performed holiday favorites such as Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman and Good King Wenceslas.  The performance of Silent Night proved to be a poignant moment, as many of the residents sang along to the beautiful music.  Thank you to the student members of the Chamber Strings for sharing their music and talents with the community!
High School Music Groups Perform at Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Cuyahoga Heights High School instrumental and vocal groups, including Chamber Strings, Scarlet Angels and Jazz Band performed holiday favorites at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens during the afternoon on Friday, December 8, 2017.  Each group delivered a half-hour performance in the holiday-themed Glow Village section, which featured creatively decorated gingerbread houses and Christmas trees.  Parents, family members and guests of the Botanical Gardens had the opportunity to sit and enjoy the concert, which was also broadcast throughout the entire building.  Cuyahoga Heights High School has had the opportunity to perform at the Botanical Gardens for the past several years, making the yearly concert a highly anticipated event for both students and staff.  Congratulations to all participants for proudly representing the Cuyahoga Heights Schools!
CVCC to host STEM Career Showcase (For Students in grades 7-12 and their parents)
CVCC will host a STEM Career Showcase on Saturday, February 3, 2017 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  

Students and parents can explore a variety of STEM careers (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) through interactive presentations, learn why companies seek STEM skills; talk to employees from leading companies and professional societies, participate in hands-on-activities and demonstrations; meet college representatives and students who will discuss STEM majors and recommend classes to take now.  Students can take an online assessment to identify their skills and interests.  Free event, no registration required.  For more information contact Marie Elias at or visit


CVCC to host College and Career Planning Seminar for High School Freshmen/Sophomores and their Parents
CVCC will host a College and Career Planning Seminar for High School Freshmen and Sophomores on Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Identify tips to develop an independent student. Discover resources to assist with career decision making and planning. Learn what colleges are looking for and how to earn college credit while in high school. Register online at: or contact Darden Blake at


CVCC Student/ Parent Information Night
A Student/ Parent information night will take place at CVCC on Thursday, January 18 from 7:00 -8:30 p.m.

Students and parents can visit CVCC and have the opportunity to learn about all the program offerings as well as meet instructors. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn how students can earn industry certifications/credentials and college credit.  (By attending this event student can earn enrollment points).

 AP Honor Roll Banner
We are proud to announce that the Cuyahoga Heights Local School District is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, the Cuyahoga Heights Local School District had to, since 2015, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. To read more about the AP Honor Roll, please click here.

This is the second time in four years that our district has been recognized with this honor – repeat selection of this national recognition is a rare occurrence. Congratulations to our AP teachers, students and families, as well as all who support efforts of excellence in academics, arts, and athletics in our district. This award is, in large part, the result of the PreK through 12 student-centered focus by our entire school community of Empowering Students to Reach New Heights. Congratulations and thank you!

Special Assembly Teaches Students About Energy Use and Conservation

On Monday, December 4th, students at Cuyahoga Heights Elementary attended a special assembly to learn about energy use and conservation. Titled “The Energized Guys,” the fun and educational program was performed by members of The National Theatre for Children in collaboration with First Energy.  Using humor and a cast of zany characters, the assembly addressed the various sources of energy, including how they are used, examples of energy waste, and practical energy conservation tips.  Lessons from the assembly continued in the classroom, as teachers and students received various activities and learning resources to utilize over the next few weeks.  Students also received information on how to obtain a free Energy Efficiency Kit for their own families to use.  Overall, the assembly was an entertaining and informative message on the importance of energy use and conservation.

Pep Rally Provides Spirited Send-Off for Varsity Football Team
The Cuyahoga Heights Schools held a district-wide Pep Rally on Thursday, November 30, 2017 to provide the Varsity Football Team a spirited send-off as they prepare to take on Minster High School in the OHSAA Division VII State Championship Game on Friday, December 1st at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH.  ‘Redskin Pride’ was on full display in the High School gym as students from all grade levels packed the bleachers to cheer and show their support for the players and coaches.  The Pep Rally included performances by the High School Marching Band and Cheerleaders, as well as spirited remarks by Superintendent Tom Evans, MS/HS Principal Matt Young and George Burich, 6-12 Assistant Principal and Co-Curricular Director.  Head Varsity Football Coach Al Martin introduced all senior members of the team before the enthusiastic crowd as well.  Good luck to the Cuyahoga Heights High School Varsity Football Team as they pursue their goal of taking care of ‘unfinished business’ and winning a state championship!  Go Redskins!
CHS Students Selected to Perform at 2017 CVC Honors Choir Festival
Congratulations to Cuyahoga Heights High School students (pictured L to R above) Meghan Bowden, Eric Holler, Bebe Menkhaus, Megan Pech, Jordan Toler, and Molly Cecil on being selected to perform at the 2017 Chagrin Valley Conference (CVC) Honors Choir Festival.  All six students were selected to perform at the prestigious event by teacher Jon Sokol due to their vocal performance in class, as well as their ability to read and learn music quickly.  The CVC Honors Choir Festival was held at Kirtland High School on Monday, November 20, 2017, and included students from eleven other schools in the conference.  Participating students also had the chance to interact with and learn from guest clinician Terry Herschman, a retired music educator from Mentor.  It is with great pride that the Cuyahoga Heights Schools congratulates all participating students on their impressive accomplishment!
Lake Metroparks Visits Elementary School with Live Bald Eagle
Picture of students at a table Bald Eagle
Students in PreK-5th grade had the unique opportunity to view a live bald eagle and two other raptors or birds of prey as part of a special presentation by Lake Metroparks Wildlife Center at Penitentiary Glen Reservation on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017.  Cuyahoga Heights Elementary is only the fourth school in Ohio to host the Lake Metroparks’ presentation featuring a live appearance by a bald eagle.
Youth Hoops Program Begins Fall Session image Youth Hoops Program Begins Fall Session

The Youth Hoops program officially kicked off its fall session in the elementary gym on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Now entering its twelfth year, the Youth Hoops Program provides 4th and 5th grade boys the opportunity to learn basic basketball fundamentals and skills from high school players and coaches, including Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Mike Tartara. Approximately twelve boys attended the first practice of the fall session, which began with introductions from Coach Tartara and his assistants, Cuyahoga Heights Schools Board Member Steve Harris and Matt Rusch. Both Mr. Harris and Mr. Rusch are graduates of the district. All three coaches urged the players to work hard, listen carefully to directions and support their teammates. The players then participated in several drills involving passing, dribbling, and how to properly use a two-footed jump stop before attempting a layup. The fall session will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 PM in the elementary gym over the next four weeks. The Youth Hoops program will resume in the spring of 2018.

District Holds Bus Emergency Evacuation Drills image District Holds Bus Emergency Evacuation Drills

To ensure the safety and security of our students, as well as meet mandated requirements by the State of Ohio, the Cuyahoga Heights Schools held bus emergency evacuation drills for all students in the district who receive bus transportation on Wednesday, August 23rd through Friday, August 25th, 2017. The drills took place during the morning in the Elementary School back parking lot before students entered the school buildings, and included a front evacuation drill on Wednesday, August 23rd, followed by a rear exit evacuation drill on Thursday, August 24th. On Friday, August 25th, students practiced a combination front and rear exit evacuation drill. Each bus emergency evacuation drill is required by the State of Ohio to be conducted annually as early as possible in the school year. Transportation AM Coordinator Kathie Toplovich, district bus drivers and administrators were on-hand to supervise the students during the entire bus evacuation drill schedule. Students carefully followed directions and performed the drills successfully. The Cuyahoga Heights Schools would like to thank all members of the Transportation Department staff for their hard work to ensure a successful completion of the bus emergency evacuation drills.

Elementary Teacher Dr. Matthew Luginbill Named State Finalist for Ohio Teacher of the Year image Elementary Teacher Dr. Matthew Luginbill Named State Finalist for Ohio Teacher of the Year

Cuyahoga Heights Elementary Teacher Dr. Matthew Luginbill was recently named a state finalist for the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year award, in addition to being recognized as the 2018 Teacher of the Year for State Board of Education District 11. The award program recognizes influential and inspiring educators in the State of Ohio. A Kindergarten teacher, Dr. Luginbill was nominated for the District 11 award by the Cuyahoga Heights Schools, and was selected as the recipient by State Board of Education member Meryl Johnson and a committee of educators, parents and business leaders. The winner of the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year award will be selected by a panel of education and community stakeholders, and announced during the fall of 2017.

An early childhood educator for the past fifteen years, Dr. Luginbill’s passion for helping students learn is evident in his innovative and creative use of 21st century technology in the classroom, as well as his ability to connect content to real-world experiences. Dr. Luginbill has also demonstrated a commitment to professional development and lifelong learning by recently earning a doctorate from the urban education program at Cleveland State University. The Cuyahoga Heights Schools congratulate Dr. Matthew Luginbill on being named 2018 Teacher of the Year for State Board of Education District 11, and for proudly representing the district!

Cuyahoga Heights' Zac Lowther taken No. 74 by Baltimore Orioles in MLB Draft 2017 image Cuyahoga Heights' Zac Lowther taken No. 74 by Baltimore Orioles in MLB Draft 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Xavier pitcher Zac Lowther, a Cuyahoga Heights High School graduate, was selected 74th overall Monday evening by the Baltimore Orioles in the second round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound left-hander finished his Xavier career with 249 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.18 in 48 games. As a sophomore, he led the Big East Conference in strikeouts (84) in 2016.

During the spring, Lowther set the school record for strikeouts with 115. He became the first baseball player from Xavier to be ranked in Baseball America's Top 100. 

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Future Business Leaders Award - Joey Stefanko

The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce prides itself in collaborating with local businesses and schools in our community to promote growth and prosperity in the region. They believe in recognizing outstanding young students in the local communities who have gone beyond what is expected of them. The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce's 'Future Business Leader' Award is provided on behalf of their members to recognize students who have strong character based on academic and extra-curricular activities and are exemplary role models among their peers. On May 17, 2017, The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Brooklyn Heights recognized Joseph Stefanko as a Future Business Leader at their annual Chamber luncheon entitled State of our Schools. Joseph is majoring in Business next year at Miami University.
Senior Walk Recognizes Class of 2017 image Senior Walk Recognizes Class of 2017

Members of the Class of 2017 had the opportunity to retrace their journey through the Cuyahoga Heights Schools and be recognized by fellow students and staff as part of a Senior Walk on Friday, May 26th. The entire senior class donned their graduation caps and gowns, and were led by High School Principal Matt Young throughout the entire district campus. The journey began down E.71St street to the Elementary School before circling back to the Middle School and High School building. Along the way, teachers, staff and students from all grade levels lined the hallways to applaud the graduating seniors as they retraced the steps of their journey through the district over the past thirteen years. The Cuyahoga Heights Schools congratulates the Class of 2017 on their many accomplishments and wishes them continued success in all future endeavors!

Understanding the 2017 State Report Card
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