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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.
Football State Semi-Final and Pre-Sale Ticket Information
This Friday, November 24th at 7:30 p.m., Cuyahoga Heights High School will be playing Danville High School for the State Semi-Final football game at Red Rider Stadium, which is located at 841 North Ella Street, Orrville, OH 44667.  Pre-sale tickets for the game will be available for purchase in the Athletic Office on Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Pre-sale tickets are $8.00 per ticket for students and adults.  If you do not wish to purchase a pre-sale ticket, tickets can be purchased for $10.00 per ticket for students and adults at the Red Rider Stadium ticket gates this Friday prior to the start of the game.  There will be a $3.00 parking fee per car for parking at the stadium.  Go Redskins! 
Elementary School Honors Veterans with Special Assembly
As a tribute to the men and women of the armed forces and in recognition of Veteran’s Day, Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School hosted a special assembly for nearly thirty veterans of the CHS community in the school gym on Friday, November 10th.  Students presented each part of the assembly, which began with a presentation and salute of the United States flag by Cub Scout members from Pack 28.  Kindergartners then led the packed gym of students, parents, teachers and veterans in the Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by the singing of the National Anthem by students in 5th grade.  Students from the Pre-Kindergarten classrooms recited a patriotic poem and then personally handed a certificate of appreciation to each veteran in attendance for their service to our country.  The assembly also featured an impressive video presentation by gifted English Language Arts students in grades 3-5 on each branch of the military.  Under the guidance of teacher Mrs. Anne Boswell, the students had worked diligently over the course of several weeks to research a specific military branch and create a Google slideshow complete with key facts and pictures.  Technology instructor Mr. Gary Miller assisted in converting the slides to a video presentation.  During each presentation, students used a microphone to narrate each slide in the video.  The Cuyahoga Heights Schools wish to thank all veterans of the armed forces for their sacrifice and devotion to protecting our nation’s freedoms.
Elementary Students Elect Student Council Officers

Students at Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School voted for Student Council officers during technology class from Tuesday, November 7th through Thursday, November 9th.  Prior to voting, students watched a brief, pre-recorded video created by each student council candidate.  Each candidate expressed what motivated them to run for their specific position and the important issues they would seek to address if elected.  After obtaining information on each candidate, students logged onto computers and selected their preferred student candidate for each position through Google Classroom, an online learning platform.  Students also had the chance to make their voice heard on a ballot issue, specifically, what movie they would like to watch before the start of Winter Break in December.  The results of the election were revealed during morning announcements on Friday, November 10th:

Secretary- Kaitlyn A.

Vice President- Bryce R.

President- Nick D.

Movie- Moana

Congratulations to the above students on being elected to Student Council!

Congratulations to Kendra Lindway!
Congratulations to CHS Senior, Kendra Lindway, on signing to attend college at Kent State University starting this coming Fall semester.  Kendra's signing ceremony occurred during convocation in front of her peers this morning, while she was accompanied by her mother, father and younger brother.  Kendra plans to major in Exercise Science and participate in Gymnastics during her time at Kent State University.  
Best of luck at Kent, Kendra! 
Book It! Program Gives Students a Chance to Read ‘Under the Stars’ with Principal Houchen
On Thursday, November 9th, 2017, students at Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School had the unique opportunity to sit with Principal Houchen and read a story together in a campfire setting in the school gym.  The day-long event was part of the Book-It! Principal Challenge, a nationwide program that coincides with the Pizza Hut Book-It! Program’s National Young Readers Week, and which seeks to provide a way for principals to model and encourage student literacy.  This marked the fifth year that Principal Houchen participated in the challenge, during which she spends the entire day reading in a “campsite under the stars” in the school gym, complete with a tent, lawn chairs, a creatively constructed imitation campfire, and stars projected onto the ceiling by an LED light projector.  Students and staff had a fun time visiting the ‘campsite’ throughout the day and celebrating the importance of literacy.  
Elementary School Library Decorations Spotlight Cleveland Skyline and History
Visitors to the reading area of the Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School library will be impressed to find the room transformed into a celebration of iconic landmarks from Cleveland’s skyline and history.  The mostly cardboard decorations were created by District Librarian Karen Bergen and other staff members, and include prominent buildings such as the Terminal Tower, Federal Building, Key Bank Tower and the Huntington Bank Building.  Other famous re-created Cleveland landmarks include the chandelier that lights up the intersection outside Playhouse Square, Lolly the Trolley, and the iconic script Cleveland sign.   Students are also able to get inside larger cardboard constructions of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Progressive Field!  The reading area is also home to the Indians’ mascot, Slider, albeit a smaller version, which is moved around to a different place each week for students to search for and find.  The school library is an inviting and fun place for students to visit, and features a different theme each school year.  All students (PreK-5) visit the library once each week to work on library skills, research, reading and book selection, as well as collaborate with classroom teachers on various projects. A big-thank you to the staff at Cuyahoga Heights Elementary for helping to create a fun and engaging learning environment for our students!
High School Student Darla Bundus Named SkillsUSA Officer
Cuyahoga Heights High School senior Darla Bundus was recently selected by her fellow peers to represent Cuyahoga Valley Career Center (CVCC) as a North Regional Officer for SkillsUSA, a national association that seeks to support students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.  Darla, who is enrolled in the Cosmetology program at CVCC, will serve in the role of Vice-President and was one of four student officers elected by the CVCC delegate team at the SkillsUSA Ohio Fall Conference in Columbus, OH from Monday, October 30th through Tuesday, October 31st, 2017.  As a Regional officer, Darla will have the opportunity to travel to the SkillsUSA headquarters in Leesburg, VA, which sits just outside Washington D.C., in January 2018.  During the weeklong leadership training seminar, Darla will join students from across the country to engage in a variety of engaging programs and activities.  Congratulations to Darla Bundus on her noteworthy accomplishment!
Red Ribbon Week Teaches Students to Take a Stand Against Drugs and Bullying
From Monday, October 30 through Friday, November 3rd, the Cuyahoga Heights Schools celebrated Red Ribbon Week, a yearly initiative which seeks to promote student awareness and prevention regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as bullying.  To show their support for this year’s theme of “Real Heroes Don’t Do Drugs!” students and staff participated in special dress up days, specifically, red clothing to show support for being “"Red-y to live drug free" (Monday, 10/30), spirit shirts for  "One school, one goal - bully and drug free" (Tuesday, 10/31), pajamas to encourage everyone to "Follow your dreams, don't do drugs" (Wednesday, 11/1), bright and neon clothing to state that "I'm too bright to do drugs" (Thursday, 11/2), and finally, team jerseys or shirts to "Team up against drugs" on Friday, 11/3.  Thank you to the students and staff of the Cuyahoga Heights Schools for supporting Red Ribbon Week! 
Alumni Profile-- Nes Janiak
It was the summer of 1977 when a parent in the Mentor school district approached Nes Janiak, a young teacher at Ridge Middle School, and asked him if he could take a few minutes to work with his son on his quarterbacking mechanics.

Some years had passed since Nes Janiak starred at quarterback for Coach Bill Jacobs’ Cuyahoga Heights Redskins, but Janiak agreed to work with the aspiring football player.

That youngster who Janiak agreed to work with was a 15-year-old boy named Steve Trivisonno.

A quarterback whisperer had been born.

Four decades have gone by since Janiak first took a quarterback under his wing. During that time, dozens of Mentor quarterbacks have risen to stardom under Janiak’s tutelage.

From Jason Bratten to current starter Tadas Tatarunas and all the quarterbacks in between, the one constant with the Mentor offense has been its quarterback coach.

When Mentor takes to the field for its first-round Division I, Region I playoff game Nov. 3, it will do so with the first — and only — specific quarterback coach the program has ever had — Nes Janiak.

The man Trivisonno — who has gone from Janiak’s first pupil to his boss as Mentor’s head coach — says doesn’t get the credit he deserves for the Cardinals’ offensive success the past 21 years they have coached together.

“I still remember sitting on your patio and you saying, ‘Gee, I think we’re going to do this,’ ” said Janiak, looking Trivisonno in the eye as they sat in the coaches’ office. “You said, ‘I’d like you to be my quarterback coach,’ and I was like, ‘Hey, let’s go with it.’

“There wasn’t any such thing as a quarterback coach back then when I first started here at Mentor. It was mostly running with a little bit of passing. It wasn’t emphasized like it is today.”

Janiak chuckles when thinking back to his first day of teaching math at Ridge when a frail seventh-grader walked in and asked him where he was supposed to sit. He never imagined that boy — Trivisonno — would be the man to hire him as a quarterback coach.

“I knew he helped me when I was a quarterback 100 years ago,” Trivisonno deadpanned, “and I knew what kind of teacher he was. It was a good relationship and we knew where we wanted to go with it here.”

Janiak has tutored all of Mentor’s great quarterbacks, starting with Bratten, a three-year starter in the late 1990s who cut his teeth as a wide-eyed sophomore.

Bratten, Thom Abbott, Chris Jacquemain, Bart Tanski, Mitchell Trubisky, Conner Krizancic — all the QBs in between — flourished under Janiak.

“The wisest man I’ve ever met,” said Trubisky during a recent phone interview. “He has done so much to develop young men. He taught me about the game, but more so about how to be a man and be the ultimate player when it comes to being a teammate, how to carry myself and how to be a man.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without Nes Janiak.”

Krizancic was blunt.

“A genius. He should be in the hall of fame someday,” he said. “He’s one of the best people I’ve ever met in my life.”

Tanski agreed. He harkened back to his junior high years when he would catch a bus up to the high school for tutoring time with Janiak, going over film sessions, terminology and technique drills. Abbott and Jacquemain were the headliners then, but Janiak was already working with the next names well before they were in high school.

“The part about him I think I admire most is his demeanor,” Tanski said. “He’s calm the entire game. You could be having the worst game ever, and he’ll find a way to get out of the (rut) and keep you from getting flustered.

“I take pride in knowing him. The things he’s done for me and a bunch of other young men — not just as a coach, but as a person as well — is amazing.”

Janiak said he is often asked to compare and contrast all the successful quarterbacks he has coached. He said the key is to maximize the skill set each one possesses because, while the statistics say they were all great, all were “incredibly different” skill set-wise, he said.

“We’ll look at them when they are young,” Janiak said of he and Trivisonno, regarding prospective quarterbacks in junior high, “and we’ll notice potential or something we need to work on in a certain area. We try to pick kids without us coaching them and then think of what we could do if we coached them. Then the nurturing starts.”

Trivisonno calls Janiak “the best pure teacher” he has ever been around, from technique to mechanics to film work and the demeanor of which Tanski spoke.

“I know I get a little feisty at times,” Trivisonno said with a laugh, “and Nes knows how to get the quarterback away from me so I don’t yell at him.”

Said Janiak, “My wife always asks me how I can be so calm on the sidelines, and you have to be. If you’re off the wall every time something happens, that’s how the quarterback will be, too. You have to learn what the mistake was, fix it and move on to the next play.”

Janiak’s case in point was a Division I state semifinal Nov. 25, 2006. The Cardinals trailed Canton McKinley, 13-11, with less than two minutes remaining and the length of the field to go.

The fans were going crazy.

Emotions were ramped on the field.

Janiak said he put his hands on Tanski’s shoulders and calmly spoke.

“Look at the clock,” Janiak said. “That’s how much time we have left. We have one timeout. You can do this. Now go win the game.”

Tanski did, leading the Cardinals down for the winning score in an 18-13 game that sent the Cardinals to the state title game against Hilliard Davidson.

“Bart probably had the best mental vision of anyone we ever had here,” Janiak said.

The bond between Janiak and his quarterbacks runs deep. He channels each differently.

For instance, with Trubisky — “He was more quiet,” Janiak said, “I would just ask him two or three questions to help get him prepared for a game.”

Krizancic was “fiery” and he’d help stretch his legs out prior to the game and talk about the game plan while doing it.

This year, Janiak and starting quarterback Tatarunas push out the equipment carts together before the game.

“It reminds him what got him to this point, working hard and putting forth the extra effort,” Janiak said of the pregame ritual with Tatarunas.

Every quarterback is a unique and gratifying success story in itself, Janiak said. He reiterated each quarterback is different, and success to him is based on maximizing each’s specific skill set.

That being said, he admitted being in the green room when Trubisky was selected second overall in the 2017 NFL draft was special.

“It’s surreal,” Janiak said. “You might think about it and talk about it, but until you’re actually there, it’s very hard to describe that feeling.”

Trubisky, taking time out from the Bears’ preparation for their game at New Orleans, spoke fondly of his youthful days with Janiak, starting with Mentor football camps at age 7 to serving as the Cardinals’ ball boy when he was in fifth and sixth grade.

“I hung around with him on trips, before games, all the time — learning about Mentor football and what Nes Janiak was all about,” Trubisky said. “(Having him at the NFL Draft) meant the world to me. I wouldn’t have gotten to that point without him believing in me at a very young age, teaching me about the game and developing me into the person and player I dreamed to be.

“For him to be there to share that with me and my family was important.”

At 64, and with four decades of coaching under his belt, Janiak could easily ride off into the proverbial sunset of retirement.

He retired from the classroom in 2011, but is nowhere near ready to retire from the football field.

After 21 years of Janiak coaching Mentor’s quarterbacks to great heights, it’s safe to say the Mentor fan base isn’t ready for that, either.

“It would have been a little different over here,” said Trivisonno, hypothesizing if he didn’t have Janiak on his staff all these years. “You’re only as good as the people around you.”

A smile comes across Janiak’s face when he thinks back of the journey he’s been on, one that began back in 1977 when he was asked to work with a young quarterback named Steve Trivisonno.

He didn’t expect to be a quarterback coach for 21 years, and he probably didn’t expect to churn out the litany of high-profile quarterbacks he has helped churn out, including two Ohio Mr. Football-award winners — Tanski and Trubisky.

“A lot of people really don’t know how much this man has contributed to Mentor football, mostly because he doesn’t want people to know,” Trubisky said. “He doesn’t care about recognition. It’s what he does for others that is most important to him.”

Which means bringing the best out of young men and having them reach their maximum level with the skill set God gave them.

The statistics — and all the wins — are a fortunate byproduct.

Janiak doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

“It’s fun. As long as its fun and I’m physically able, then I’m OK,” Janiak said. “When I’m not physically able to, or when it’s not fun, that’s when it’s time to step away.”

Elementary Students Participate in Annual Halloween Costume Parade
Cuyahoga Heights Elementary students and staff had a ‘Spooktacular’ time on Friday, October 27th, as they participated in the school’s annual Halloween Costume Parade.  Beginning at 2:30 PM, students and staff put on their favorite costume, and exited the building towards the High School Stadium.  The Halloween Costume parade was greeted with cheers by parents, who waved and took pictures as teachers and students marched around the track in a wide variety of colorful and creative costumes.  Thank you to our students, teachers and parents for helping to make this year’s Halloween Costume Parade a fun time for everyone involved!
Elementary Students Visit Lake Farmpark
Students in grades 1-3 took an exciting field trip to the Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, OH, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  During the visit, students had the opportunity to meet a collection of farm animals, including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits and horses.  Students also learned about the importance of bees in pollinating plants and crops, explored a variety of plant life in the greenhouse, and took a horse-drawn wagon ride throughout the 235-acre park.  The program also included a STEM-based learning activity where students learned about healthy ingredients to make pizza, including cow milking and cheese making, and worked together in groups to make their very own healthy pizza to sample!  The visit to the Farmpark provided a fun, educational and memorable experience for all the students who participated.
Cleveland Metroparks Program Teaches Students About Animal Adaptations

Students in Kindergarten and 1
st grade participated in a special program on animal adaptations hosted by the Cleveland Metroparks’ Garfield Park Center on Friday, October 27, 2017. During the presentation, students learned about the different types of adaptations and how they help an organism survive in its environment, including species native to northeast Ohio such as the beaver and American Gold Finch. Students even had the chance to view and touch a real beaver pelt and skull. The hands-on learning experience captured the attention of the students and helped to reinforce science concepts previously discussed in the classroom. Thank you to the Cleveland Metroparks for providing an exciting and interactive learning experience for our students!
Alumni Profile-- Nick Orr
Nick Orr, Class of 2014 was a featured student on the Coastal Carolina social media last week (3 years @ 4.0gpa).

Name: Nick Orr

Hometown: Valley View, Ohio

Year in School: Senior

Major: Marketing

Specialization: Professional Golf Management

Nick is from Valley View, Ohio

Nick's Video

To say that our students enrolled in the professional golf management program are envied by people around the country is an understatement. However, the program is rigorous and requires a strong commitment. There is no better example of a model PGM student than Nick Orr.

A senior marketing student who holds a perfect 4.0 GPA and lists business calculus as his favorite class, Nick is a bright young man. He is also someone who is dedicated to reaching his dream of becoming a golf instructor. In his time at Coastal, he has already interned at golf clubs in Midlothian, Va., and Park City, Utah. He has also completed an internship with Maryland-based corporation Montgomery County Revenue Authority, an entity with nine golf courses under its umbrella. Calling these experiences “invaluable,” Nick has already developed quite the resume.

He has also developed quite the reputation. Among his peers, Nick is seen as reliable and a hard worker. In fact, it was a current student who nominated him for this feature.

“Inside or outside the classroom, people can always rely on me to get things done and be there for them,” Nick explains about his trustworthy nature.

Wanting to work out west when he graduates in May, Nick most likely won’t be in the area for much longer. However, for someone who says it is important to focus on the positives, we should celebrate his remaining time on campus as opposed to dreading his departure. Nick, maintain that 4.0 GPA and have a great rest of the academic year!

Nick is a senior.
Nick holds a 4.0 GPA.

Q&A with Nick

How did you hear about Coastal?: While vacationing in Myrtle Beach when I was younger.

Why did you come to Coastal?: I feel like Coastal has the best golf program in the nation.

Favorite professor: Matthew McDonough, Ph.D.

Favorite class: Business Calculus

Favorite aspect of Coastal?: My favorite aspect is meeting new people.

Favorite aspect of living in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area?: Playing all of the beautiful golf courses

Clubs/Intramurals/other extracurricular activities involved in?: PGM, Intramural Tennis/Football

Plans after graduation?: I want to work as a golf instructor out west.

What are your hobbies?: Playing the ukulele, mini golf, video games

Do you have any hidden talents?: I am extremely good at corn hole.

Bonus Info: I have a 4.0 GPA.

Cuyahoga Heights Schools Hold Practice Evacuation Drill

The Cuyahoga Heights Schools held a district-wide practice evacuation drill at 1 PM on Thursday, October 19, 2017, to rehearse established procedures designed to ensure student and staff safety in the event of an emergency. Members of the Cuyahoga Heights Police, EMS and Fire Departments were on-site to provide traffic assistance, as teachers, administrators and staff escorted all students from the district’s campus across E.71st Street to Cuyahoga Heights Village Hall. Officials from the Village of Cuyahoga Heights were present to direct students and staff into the building safely. After taking attendance to ensure all students were accounted for, teachers and staff led their classrooms back across E.71st Street into their respective buildings. A second district-wide practice evacuation drill is scheduled to be conducted in December 2017. The Cuyahoga Heights Schools wish to thank the Village of Cuyahoga Heights including members from the Police, EMS and Fire Departments for their assistance during the practice evacuation drill.
Cuyahoga Heights Schools Receives Impressive Ranking!
Cuyahoga Height High School was recently ranked in the “Top 100 Schools” in the State of Ohio, as listed by a measure of the Performance Index rating issued by the Ohio Department of Education. Out of more than 600 public school districts in the state, Cuyahoga Heights High School finished #72 based on Performance Index, which is a measure of how highly students score on a series of tests. Cuyahoga Heights is accompanied by 12 other school districts in Cuyahoga County, which is the county with the most schools ranked in the entire listing of the Top 100. Cuyahoga Heights High School scored a 96.201 (out of 120 possible) on the state’s Performance Index ranking. Congratulations to the hard work of the students, staff and families of the Cuyahoga Heights Schools for their continued “high marks” in educational achievement.  
Cuyahoga Heights Welcomes Newest Board Member: Mr. Joseph Nejman
Please join me in welcoming Mr. Joseph Nejman to the Board of Education. Mr. Nejman was appointed to fill the unexpired term created by a recent resignation, and will serve in this capacity from October 4 until December 31, 2017.
Mr. Nejman has two children in the district, Jonathon, a ninth grader and Jenna, who is in fifth.
He has been active in PTO and the music and athletic boosters. He has also worked in the concession stand at football games and helped out as a scorekeeper for boys soccer.
Mr. Nejman has a BBA in accounting and an MBA in business administration from Cleveland State University. He is employed as the Director of Internal Audit for Steris Corporation.
We are pleased to have him on our Board, and look forward to his contributions to our district as we all work together to Empower our Students to Reach New Heights.

Gary Suchocki
CHS Board President 

2016-2017 State Report Card

Cuyahoga Heights Schools Performs Well on 2016-2017 State Report Card

The Ohio Department of Education recently released the results of school district performance on the State Report card for the 2016-2017 school year. The state’s Local Report Card gives our community a snapshot of the progress of the Cuyahoga Heights Schools in raising achievement and preparing our students for the future. It is one of several tools that the district uses to measure our schools’ performance and growth across various curriculums. Generally speaking, the district demonstrated student achievement and growth across a variety of indicators for the 2016-2017 school year. Below you will find a brief summary of the districtwide highlights for the Cuyahoga Heights Schools on this year’s Local Report Card results.

Achievement (Indicators Met) - Grade B: This metric is an overall summary of achievement level for each subject test; Cuyahoga Heights Schools met 20/24 indicators.

Performance Index- Grade B: This metric measures the achievement level of every student; the performance index measures how well individual students performed on English Language Arts and Math tests.

4-Year & 5-Year Graduation Rates- Grade A: This metric reflects 4-year and 5-year graduation rates.

Overall Value Added (Progress) - Grade A: This metric reflects growth of a student in a one-year period of time. The CHS maintained an “A” rating from the previous school year. Excellent work demonstrated by everyone involved!

Gifted Value Added- Grade A: This metric reflects the growth of our gifted student population in a one-year period of time.

Students in the Lowest 20% Achievement Added- Grade B: This metric reflects the growth of our students identified as the lowest 20% statewide in Reading, Math, Science or Social Studies achievement.

Student with Disabilities Added- Grade C: This metric reflects the growth of our students with disabilities.

K-3 Literacy - Grade C: This metric reflects how successful the school is at getting struggling readers on track to proficiency in third grade and beyond.

Prepared for Success- Grade C: This metric evaluates multiple measures amongst our graduating seniors from the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016 and determines how prepared they are for their post-secondary world.

Fall 2017 Edition of The Chieftan to Be Mailed Soon

The Fall 2017 edition of The Chieftan, a quarterly newsletter publication of the Cuyahoga Heights Schools will be mailed to homes in the district in the near future. Parents and community members will learn about exciting student and staff achievements that have taken place over the first few weeks of school. The publication will also provide highlights from the 2016-2017 State Report Card and provide the community a snapshot on how the district is raising student achievement. Readers will also receive a finance report from District Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Keith M. Kallay. The latest edition of The Chieftain can also be viewed online.

Middle School and High School Students Demonstrate Achievement on Latest Test Results

Students at Cuyahoga Heights Middle School and High School demonstrated a high level of achievement on recently released results for several standardized tests. For the 2016-2017 State Report Card results, students at both the Middle School and High School scored higher than their peers in similar districts and the state average in every content area! As a district, students demonstrated achievement in every subject area, including Government (96.9%), History (95.3%), Biology (88.5%) and English I (88.0%). At the Middle School, students in 6th grade (91.3%), 7th grade (85.9%) and 8TH grade (92.1%) achieved at a high level on the Mathematics test. The impressive results would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication put forth by students, teachers, staff and administrators.

During the 2016-2017 school year, approximately 139 students at the High School took the Advanced Placement (AP) exam, more than in any previous year. Students from the district continue to perform nearly 20% higher than students in Ohio and across the nation. This demonstrates that on average, graduates of the Cuyahoga Heights Schools are ready for college and prepared to succeed and complete their academic majors at most colleges and universities. In addition, the College Board recognized twenty-seven students from Cuyahoga Heights High School with various distinctions for their performance on the AP exam. Cuyahoga Heights students also continued to perform at a higher level than their peers at the state and national level on the ACT exam. The Senior Class of 2016-2017 earned a composite score of 23.9, exceeding the state (22.0) and national (21.0) averages. Students from the district also received higher scores compared to their peers at the state and national level in all subject areas, including English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.

Congratulations to the students at the Middle School and High School for demonstrating a high level of achievement!

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!

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