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Monday, September 26, 2016 was a day away from school for students in the Cuyahoga Heights School District, but staff members took advantage of the designated Professional Development Day to collaborate with teachers and staff from nearby Independence Local Schools. Hosted by Independence, Cuyahoga Heights staff members met in the auditorium of Independence High School to begin this week of school and its respective staff for early morning refreshments followed by an introduction from our very own Director of Administrative Services Dr. Ted Caleris and Independence Superintendent Ben Hegedish. From there, a series of breakout sessions were planned for the entire school day, where teachers from both districts were aligned by grade level and subject matters. Full group sessions took place as well. All in all, the professional development day was an ‘outside the box’ way of collaborating which was spearheaded by administrators from both school districts. Future collaborations with the two school districts are planned for later this year.    
Dear Residents,

Please accept this correspondence as a formal notice to the community that an opening on the Cuyahoga Heights Board of Education became effective on September 21, 2016, due to board member James Lawrence’s official resignation. Mr. Lawrence faithfully served on the Board since September 16, 2015, and served on the treasurer search committee in spring 2016. The Board of Education thanks him for his service and wishes him well in future endeavors.

The remaining members of the Board of Education have the responsibility of appointing a replacement for this vacancy in an expeditious manner. A Board Member’s official duties include approximately two regular meetings per month with a compensation of $125 per meeting.

Individuals interested in serving on the Board to fulfill the remainder of the term, through December 31, 2017, should apply by clicking here. If you prefer the application be mailed to you or have any further questions about the process, please contact Dr. Thacker, Board President, at 216-965-1252. All applications should be submitted by end of the day, October 6, 2016.

Please note that anything submitted in this application will be a "public record."


Dr. Holly Thacker
Board President
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center is celebrating 45 years of operations thanks to your support. Each year thousands of youth and adults receive career and technical training that prepares them to enter and advance in the workplace. Join us on Saturday, October 1, for our anniversary celebration. Click on read more for the program of events. 

Newsweek recently released its coveted list of America's Top High Schools 2016: Beating the Odds and Cuyahoga Heights High School ranked among 500 schools across our country that are doing an excellent job of preparing their students for college, while also overcoming the obstacles posed by students at an economic disadvantage. Newsweek obtained academic and demographic information from nearly 16,000 public schools to determine their college readiness standards used in the rankings.

This recognition is in addition to other awards received by the high school over the past year, including:

  • Our school was selected as a 2016 Silver Medal School by US News & World Report, ranking 77th in Ohio and the top 8% nationally out of nearly 20,000 qualifying schools.
  • Our outstanding music program was recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation as a Top-100 “Best Music Communities for Music Education” in the nation for the 11th consecutive year.
  • Ohio’s State Board of Education has recognized Cuyahoga Heights HS as one of its first annual "All A Award" winners.
Mrs. Wanyerka is OMLA's 2016 State Educator of the Year!

Cuyahoga Heights Schools is proud to announce that middle school teacher, Mrs. Nancy Wanyerka, has been named the Ohio Middle Level Association (OMLA) Educator of the Year for 2016.

Mrs. Nancy Wanyerka is a veteran teacher of 29 years at Cuyahoga Heights Middle School, teaching reading and language arts to seventh and eighth grade students. In addition, during her tenure at Cuyahoga Heights, she has served on 32 different committees, working tirelessly to make our school an exceptional place. Her significance to our school is profound and impactful.

Mrs. Wanyerka serves as our lead mentor. She works with all new teachers in our district, guiding them through the challenges of beginning a career while meeting the demands of the Resident Educator Program. One resident educator states, “Though her contributions to students, staff, and school are many, I am particularly thankful for her work as lead mentor and as my personal mentor. The different ways Nancy has helped me (and all the resident educators) over the last few years are innumerable. She has been for me a shoulder to cry on, a cheerleader, a fount of information/advice, and someone to share a laugh with (sometimes all at the same time). I cannot begin to express how much Nancy means to many of us.”

Beyond her duties as lead mentor, Mrs. Wanyerka is vital to all staff. She is a role model for accomplished teaching and of personal character. She is a trusted colleague to whom people often go for advice, and she is the definition of a team player. She is organized and constantly thinking ahead. She is quick with a joke and brings a smile to her colleague's faces. She is often that crucial puzzle piece that makes everything fit together. She is the absolute model of a compassionate, enthusiastic and driven educator. Mrs. Wanyerka always thinks of herself last and others first – in any situation.

Above all, Mrs. Wanyerka internalizes that her students are the origin and motivation of her teaching. She truly gets to know them as students and as human beings. She develops authentic lessons tailored to the specific abilities of her students. She tracks growth throughout the year, producing volumes of data on her students. She is constantly reinventing herself and her teaching to meet the interests of her students while making data-driven, standards-based decisions.

Mrs. Wanyerka also builds genuine relationships with her students. She treats them as her own children and respects them as valuable contributors to her classroom and to society. She provides tough love when needed, but is always compassionate. She is a giver who puts the needs of her students and her profession before her own. We are so fortunate to work beside a professional like Mrs. Wanyerka. Someday, when Mrs. Wanyerka retires from teaching and moves to the next chapter of life (hopefully many years from now), only then will we fully grasp everything that she means to our profession, to the children she teaches, to the teachers she leads and to the communities we serve. Congratulations Mrs. Wanyerka on this outstanding honor! 

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