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GOTR Girls on the Run Club Promotes Positive Development and Active Lifestyle

Girls on the Run, a program for 5th grade girls at Cuyahoga Heights Elementary, held its first meeting of the 2017-18 school year after-school on Monday, September 11th in the school gym. The program seeks to encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development, and incorporates physical activity to promote an active lifestyle. Each meeting features a lesson that includes sharing and discussion, followed by an opportunity for participants to walk or run around the elementary building or on the high school track. Approximately sixteen students participated in the first session, which was led by Guidance Counselor Jessica Satterlee and Elementary School Library Assistant Melissa Meadwell. 1st Grade Teacher Kristin Gammell and Kindergarten Teacher Kelsey O'Callahan will also serve as program coaches. The students will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 PM for the next nine weeks, and conclude with a 5 K walk/run event at Mayfield High School.

Congratulations to CHS Alumni, Mark Shafer!
Congratulations to CHS Alumni, Mark Shafer, for winning the starting kicker position on the Mercyhurst College Football Team. Keep up the good work, Mark!
Athletics Hall of Fame Athletic Hall of Fame Committee Holds 2017 Induction Ceremony

The Cuyahoga Heights Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Committee honored its newest members at the 2017 Induction Ceremony on Friday, September 8th at Harry’s Steak House in Independence. The event was attended by district administrators, teachers, coaches, community members and family of inductees. Formed in 1998, the Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who distinguished themselves as athletes or made outstanding contributions to the athletic program at Cuyahoga Heights High School. The following individuals were officially inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame:

Crystal DeBolt-Murphy (Class of 2006)
Daniel Kaliszewski (Class of 2004)
Michael Krimmel (Class of 2003)
Jessa Matt-Coniglio (Class of 2004)
Kimberly Skully (Class of 2005)
Mark Soldat (Class of 2005)

In addition, members of the State Runner-up Track Teams of 1954 and 1967 were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their noteworthy accomplishments. Remarks provided by presenters, which included teachers and coaches, praised not only the athletic achievements of each inductee, but their determination, character and strong work ethic as well. The Cuyahoga Heights Schools congratulate the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and wish them continued success in their future endeavors.

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.

Congratulations to Eric Holler on earning his Eagle Scout
This past summer, Senior Eric Holler completed his Eagle Scout Service Project on his journey to Eagle Scout Rank. For his project, Eric chose to renovate four practice rooms in the high school and middle school music wing. Vocal and instrumental music students throughout the year use these rooms to practice and perfect their craft. Having last been remodeled more than a decade ago, Eric applied fresh coats of paint, installed acoustic sound boards, and performed other aesthetically pleasing tasks to modernize these highly functional spaces. To complete the project, Eric used donations and fundraising to support the cost of materials, as well as assistance from very good friends. CHS is very grateful for the outstanding service that Eric provided to the students of our district, both presently and in the many years to come. Best of luck to Eric Holler on the completion of his Eagle Scout requirements. 
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.
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