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Middle School Voice of Democracy Winners

This past fall, Cuyahoga Heights Middle School students had the opportunity to participate in the VFW’S Patriot’s Pen, an essay contest in which students analyze American history and their own experiences in American society. We are proud to announce that out of 184 essays submitted by students across northeast Ohio, 4 students from Cuyahoga Heights Middle School were selected as winners:

-Daniel Keller (8th Grade)

-Hannah Morrow (8th Grade)

-Dominic Belko (8th Grade)

-Jaden Figard (7th Grade)

Your families, your school, and your community are all very proud of your tremendous accomplishments!


 
High School Voice of Democracy Winner
Congratulations to Lexi Martin.  Lexi has been selected as the Voice of Democracy winner by the VFW Post in Seven Hills.. Presenting the Award are Mike Rebeta and Nada Fleming of VFW Post 7609.
 
 
Cuyahoga Heights Student Named Tri-C Student with a Future
Lexi Martin was interviewed by High School Sports Insider. Watch her video clip here 
Cuyahoga Heights Track Dominates Independence Invitational
Last night the Girls and Boys track teams competed at the Independence Invitational.  Despite non-stop cold and rain the girls scored 94 pts finishing 4th and the boys won the meet scoring 153 pts.  42 kids scored pts and 22 had season or career best performances! This Saturday, we will be hosting the 62nd Cuyahoga Relays.
 
 
 
Job Opportunity
Cuyahoga Heights Schools has a summer job opportunity for current CHS students over 16 years old and former CHS graduates attending college.  Summer Painting Crew workers (Summer Maintenance Aides) are needed for work during the summer of 2018.   The job is for 10 weeks, 8 hours/day beginning June 4, 2018.  Interested applicants should complete a Summer Maintenance Aide application (pick-up application in the HS Guidance Office) or apply online at www.applitrack.com/cuyhts/onlineapp.
The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, May 2, either online or via applications available in Guidance Office.  
 
Payschools Central Payforit.net to PaySchools Central

 

 

 

The developer for payForIt.net has implemented a new software product called PaySchools Central. PaySchools Central is the new online location to see what your child is ordering for lunch, add funds to their account, and pay school fees online.

To log in, navigate to www.payschoolscentral.com. Enter your payforit.net username and password and follow the prompts. This link is also available under Parent Resources on www.cuyhts.org.

PaySchools Mobile is available for Apple iOS and Android! Click here for step by step instructions on how to install on your mobile device.

 
Logan Diedrich to Represent CVCC at the National Business Professionals of American Competition
CONGRATULATIONS TO LOGAN DIEDRICH!!
Logan has placed 5th in the State in the State Java Programming Contest and will represent Cuyahoga Valley Career Center at the National Business Professionals of American Competition in Dallas, Texas from May 9-13. 
Great Job, Logan!
 
 
Varsity Track Diesel Relays Accomplishment
The Varsity Track program started charting the 4x100 Diesel Relays 15 years ago.  It's a sprint relay for our throwers.  It has become an event that we have in the Varsity Cuyahoga Relays and most of our regular season home meets.  This past Friday, April 13th we had a group break the school record of 62.2 seconds, which has stood since 2010!  Congratulations to Purva Chauhan, Katarina Kiriazis, Alex Pignatiello and Jennifer Grabel on breaking the 4x100 Diesel Relay record with a time of 61.5 seconds! 
 
 
 
Cuyahoga Heights participates in CVC Honor's Band Festival 2018!
The CVC Honors Band Festival was held on Wednesday, April 4th at Painesville Harvey High Schoool. Nine CVC schools were represented, making up a band of 88 players. Students were conducted by guest conductor Dr. Birch Browning from Cleveland State University. 
 
Members from Cuyahoga Heights include Eric Holler, Natalie Sisler, Lauren Adamo, Mara Voytek, Ada Gee, Monica Menkhaus, and Bebe Menkhaus. Cuyahoga Heights is very proud to have such dedicated and involved students!  
 
Cuyahoga Heights PreK Program Earns 5-Star Step Up to Quality Rating

The Cuyahoga Heights Schools Pre-Kindergarten program recently received a 5-Star rating from Step Up to Quality, the highest rating from Ohio’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System for early learning and development programs.  To obtain the five-star rating, the Cuyahoga Heights Schools went above and beyond the requirements for the first three rating levels by earning additional points in key areas.  Those areas include providing individualized instruction aligned with student interests and learning needs, using assessment data to evaluate student learning and adjust classroom instruction accordingly, and maintaining a strong partnership with parents through regular communications and providing learning resources for use at home.  The district also places a strong emphasis on professional development for all staff and administrators, which includes a professional growth plan based on preschool student growth and development. 

Students enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten Program are taught by licensed teachers and teacher assistants and attend school five-days per week during the morning or afternoon for 2.5 hours each day.  Instruction includes a state approved curriculum and assessment program, lessons that promote social interaction, and phonics instruction for students who are developmentally ready. The program features a low staff to child ratio and incorporates technology into the classroom, including an interactive TV, touch-screen computers and iPads.  Students also have access to specials such as art, music, Physical Education, Guidance Counselors, library and technology instruction. Congratulations to the teachers, staff and administrators who contributed to the district’s Pre-Kindergarten program receiving a 5-Star Step Up to Quality rating!
 
Cuyahoga Heights Hosts 2018 FCA Huddle Showdown
On Saturday, March 4th Cuyahoga Heights' Fellowship of Christian Athletes hosted this years Huddle Showdown, bringing together six local schools to compete in different mini-games including games like Hot Potato Volleyball, Dodgeball, Ultimate Basketball, Tug-O-War, and Chariot Races. Returning as last years Champions, Cuyahoga Heights emerged from the event with second place.
 
More important than this, however, was the message that the students were able to take away from the event. Former Denver Nugget, Marcus Liberty, came to speak with the student athletes about the importance of perserverance and practice. He reminded them that practice for their sports was more important than the "big game" because it set up the foundation for skills. He also drew the connection between practicing for a sport and practicing faith throughout life. He reminded the althletes that at times, negative things are going to happen and life will not always go as planned, but the most important thing is that the students never give up on their goals and more importantly, their faith. 
 
 
 
Varsity Boys Basketball District Semi-Final Game
On Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m., the Varsity Redskins Boys Basketball Team will take on Whitney Young at Norton High School.  This is a Division IV District Semi-Final Game.
 
Best of luck to our Redskins Boys Basketball Team!
 
Electrify Your Strings! Rock Orchestra Experience Comes to Cuyahoga Heights Schools

Cuyahoga Heights string students in grades 4-12 will have the opportunity to channel their inner “rock star” as part of the Electrify Your Strings! Rock Orchestra Experience, a groundbreaking musical education program that will transform the student musicians into a full-fledge Rock Orchestra!  As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to learn from and perform with international performing artist Haydn Vitera. Haydn, who has performed with several noteworthy artists, including Stevie Wonder and George Strait, will be focusing the students not only on the concert material, but helping to inspire them to explore their musical creativity and improvisation.  Joining Haydn and the Cuyahoga Heights Orchestra will be Northeast Ohio native and electric violinist Kent Dockus.

The students will rehearse over the next two days in preparation for a live concert alongside Mr. Vitera and Mr. Dockus on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Paul L. Baumgardner Theatre of Performing Arts.  The concert is open to the public and will feature exciting arrangements of contemporary pop music plus selections by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and more. Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased for $10 ($8 for Senior Citizens) at the Elementary and Middle School Main Offices, or at the door on Tuesday, March 6th.  All proceeds will benefit music education in the Cuyahoga Heights Schools.  
 
 
Closing Ceremony Provides Fitting Conclusion to CHES Olympics

Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School concluded its School Olympic Games with a fun and exciting closing ceremony on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018.  3rd and 4th grade students packed the school gym to cheer on the Top 5 qualifiers for each Olympic event, which included bobsled, luge, speed skating, biathlon and cross-country skiing.  Over the past several weeks, each 3rd and 4th grade classroom had participated in the Olympic events, which were creatively adapted for school use.  For the bobsled and luge event, students used a wheeled cart to speed across the length of the gym floor and were ranked based on the amount of time it took to reach the other side of the gym.  Students shuffled on paper plates as their “skates” for the speed skating, biathlon and cross-country skiing events.  A three-person sling-shot and bean bag was used for the target portion of the biathlon competition.  

The ceremony concluded with a medal ceremony on-stage to recognize every student who achieved the best time in each event.  As part of the school’s AMP’D Up Lessons, the School Olympic Games involved a collaboration of the Art, Music and Physical Education content areas.  Students learned about each featured country’s national anthem in music class and created posters and other Olympic-themed artwork in art class.  Overall, the activity was a huge hit with the students and provided a strong example of how various content areas can be integrated to create fun, interactive learning projects.


 

  BEST OF LUCK TO THE VARSITY WRESTLING TEAM AS THEY PARTCIPATE IN THE DISTRICT MEET!! 
 
 GOOD LUCK TO THE VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM WHO ARE PLAYING IN THE SECTIONAL FINALS TONIGHT AT HOME!!
 
 
CHS Winter Newsletter Now Available for Viewing
The latest edition of the Cuyahoga Heights Schools’ newsletter, The Chieftan, is now available for viewing on the the district website.  Parents and community members can obtain an update on important district news from Superintendent Tom Evans, The Board of Education and District Treasurer Keith M. Kallay.  Readers can also learn more about exciting student achievements and milestones at each district building.  For this edition’s Redskin Spotlight, The Chieftan highlights the contributions of Music Department Instructor Jon Sokol.  Printed copies of the winter edition of The Chieftan will be delivered to mailboxes in the coming days.  Thanks for supporting the Cuyahoga Heights Schools and Go Redskins! 
Cuyahoga Heights Schools Ranked One of the Best School Districts in America
 
 
The Cuyahoga Heights Schools was recently ranked as one of the Best School Districts in the United States, according to a recent study by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.  Earning a spot at #457 out of 9,577 schools nationwide, the Cuyahoga Heights Schools received its ranking based on specific criteria, including level of school funding, poverty rate, dropout rate and student performance on standardized math and reading tests.  The National Council of Home Safety and Security is a national trade association comprised of home security professionals from across the country.  Congratulations to the Cuyahoga Heights Schools on being recognized as one of the top school districts in America!
 
CHS Takes Student Learning to New Heights with Impressive STEM Lab
Cuyahoga Heights Schools recently opened an impressive, new STEM Lab in January 2018 that will provide High School and Middle School students access to an exciting world of learning opportunities.  The new lab features state-of-the-art technology, including an interactive computer, laptops, microscopes, digital projector and document camera.  Using hand-held devices, students can utilize twenty-two different sensors to more quickly measure and analyze data, including motion, pH level, voltage, temperature and light.  The incorporation of technology makes it possible for students to complete experiments that would normally take several days within a single class period.  Classroom teachers are provided a powerful learning resource which helps to integrate mathematics, life and physical sciences in a lab setting.  Funding for the STEM lab was made possible through a $30,000 grant from the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, which was used to help purchase and implement the lab equipment.  Along with advanced Mathematics courses, and the Project Lead the Way labs located at both buildings, the new STEM Lab is one of several top-notch STEM learning opportunities offered to students in the Cuyahoga Heights Schools.  Stay tuned for additional updates on how the STEM Lab is revolutionizing learning in the classroom.  
 
 
5th Grade Teacher Corey Taylor Wins Head of the Class Award from Cleveland Cavaliers

Corey Taylor, a 5th grade teacher at Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School, was named the Cleveland Cavaliers “Head of the Class” educator for the month of February on Friday, February 9th, 2018.  Cavaliers in-arena host Ahmaad Crump and mascot Moondog made a surprise visit to Mr. Taylor’s classroom to present him with the award for his hard work and dedication on behalf of the Cuyahoga Heights Schools.  As part of being recognized as a “Head of the Class” educator, Mr. Taylor will receive two tickets to an upcoming Cavs game, where he will be present on-court to be formally honored and given the opportunity to hand the game ball to the Cavaliers’ team captain.  

Mr. Taylor truly exhibits the qualities and dedication recognized by the Cleveland Cavaliers “Head of the Class” award.  As an educator, his students have excelled and/or made significant academic progress.  He not only provides students with a fun and nurturing classroom environment but uses his personal time to give additional tutoring and academic assistance outside of the school day.  Mr. Taylor also serves as an active advisor and coordinator to various school clubs and activities, including Student Council, Science Olympiad, PTO, Elementary Tailgate Party, Field Day and the recycling program.  Mr. Taylor also has a personal connection to the Cuyahoga Heights Schools, as his own children attend or have attended the district.  The Cuyahoga Heights Schools congratulate Mr. Corey Taylor on his accomplishment, and express our sincerest appreciation for his consistent dedication on behalf of our students!


 
Cuyahoga Heights Elementary Hosts Opening Ceremony of School Olympics

The spirit and pride of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games is being celebrated at Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School, which hosted its own Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday, February 9th in the school gym.  The ceremony began with a short presentation by fifteen teams composed of third and fourth grade students, each one representing a specific country.  Members of each team formed a procession into the gym holding Olympic torches made in art class, while the national anthem of their respective country was played over the sound system.  Prior to the ceremony, each team researched their country’s national anthem in music class.  Using a microphone, each team member took turns reading a fun fact about their country’s culture and history from a PowerPoint presentation displayed on a large screen.  

Over the next several weeks, students will compete in four Olympic events in PE class.  The Closing Ceremony will occur on Friday, February 23rd at 10:40 AM and will include a medal round for each event.  The Elementary School Olympic Games are part of the school’s AMP’d Up Lessons, which are a collaboration of the Art, Music and PE content areas.  Teachers from each of the three content areas presented at a recent conference for early childhood educators about how to bring the various subjects together to create fun, interactive projects which align with the core curriculum and lessons.  Stay tuned for future updates on the Olympic games at Cuyahoga Heights Elementary!
 
 
Understanding the 2017 State Report Card
Click on the image to find information that will be helpful in understanding the 2017 State Report and what that information means for the school district.
 
 
 
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