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Cuyahoga Heights Schools to Host Electrify Your Strings Performance on March 6th

The Cuyahoga Heights Schools will be hosting the Electrify Your Strings Rock Orchestra Experience on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Paul L. Baumgardner Theatre of Performing Arts.  Tickets are being sold at the Elementary and Middle School Main Offices for $10 General Admission and $8 for Senior Citizens.  Checks can be made out to Cuyahoga Heights Music Boosters.

International performing artist Haydn Vitera will perform in-concert with Cuyahoga Heights Schools string players in grades 4-12.  The electrifying performance will feature exciting arrangements of contemporary pop hits and classic rock favorites.  As part of the Electrify Your Strings program, Haydn will spend the two days leading up to the night of the concert rehearsing with and inspiring our students to explore their musical creativity.  The entire Cuyahoga Heights Schools community is invited to attend this special celebration of music and creativity on Tuesday, March 6th.  We hope to see you then!
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!
Congratulations to Lucas D'Orazio, Tyler Hughes and Jonathan Teter!

Congratulations to CHS Seniors, Lucas D'Orazio, Tyler Hughes and Jonathan Teter on signing their college letters of intent!  Lucas will be attending Duquesne University; Tyler will be attending John Carroll University; and Jonathan will be attending Oberlin College and Conservatory starting this coming Fall semester.  Their signing ceremony occurred during convocation in front of their peers this morning, while they were each accompanied by family members.  

Best of luck in your future endeavors, Gentlemen!






Automation and Robotics Class Construct Mechanical Windmills
8th grade students recently constructed mechanical windmills as part of a group project in their Automation and Robotics class.  Under the guidance of teacher Mrs. Brooke Dragon, students were required to incorporate multiple types of mechanisms, including simple gears and rotary movement into the design of their windmill.  Construction of the windmill took about a week to complete.  In addition to incorporating various mechanisms, students had to select a specific gear ratio to apply to the chain drive, which plays a key role in moving the windmill blades.  Stay tuned for future updates on STEM based learning in the Cuyahoga Heights Schools!
High School Hosts Sweet Scholarships Day
Cuyahoga Heights High School hosted its 5th annual Sweet Scholarships Day on Friday, February 2, 2018 in the Guidance Office Conference Room.  The event provided an open invitation for all seniors to stop by the Guidance Office to learn more about local scholarships during their study hall, lunch period or after-school.  Informational packets regarding approximately eighteen local scholarships were displayed on the conference room table for students to review.  The available scholarships covered a wide range of college and career paths, including vocational and trade schools.  Interested students could also obtain hard copies of scholarship applications or access them online through Naviance, a college and career readiness platform.  Local business Bimbo Bakeries once again generously donated delicious, fresh bakery for students to enjoy as they browsed the various scholarship opportunities.  The district would like to thank Bimbo Bakeries for supporting Sweet Scholarships Day, as well as the Guidance Department staff for their dedicated efforts on behalf of our students.
Mock Interviews Help Prepare 11th Graders for Future Careers
11th graders at Cuyahoga Heights High School participated in a one-on-one “mock interview” with a career professional during their scheduled English III class on Tuesday, January 31st in the Bahner-Ray Media Center.  The event was organized by Amy Hanratty, Career Specialist at Cuyahoga Heights High School and CVCC.  To prepare for the interview process, students developed a resume and references, and learned about the essential skills necessary for a successful interview, such as dressing in professional attire, having a positive attitude, and making eye contact with the interviewer.  During the twenty-minute “mock interview”, a career professional discussed and reviewed each student’s resume, as well as asked them a variety of interview questions.  Overall, the interview process provided students a meaningful learning experience which they can utilize as they continue to map out their career path.  The Cuyahoga Heights Schools wish to thank the career professionals who participated for helping to prepare our students for future success.
Elementary Student Artwork on Display at Cuyahoga County ESC Building

Artwork created by 4th and 5th grade students at Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School is now on display at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, located at the Essex Place building at 6393 Oak Tree Boulevard in Independence.  The ESC displays student artwork from member districts such as Cuyahoga Heights, as well as non-member districts, in four large display cases located to the left of the elevators, near the conference rooms on the first floor. Parents and community members may view the artwork on Monday through Friday from 6:30 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  

The following students’ artwork is currently on display at the Cuyahoga County ESC:

4th Grade

Brooke C.
Anthony R.
Tristan L.
Jade H.
Tristan W.
Evan W.
Ashton W.
Zack W.
Noah T.
Ella M.

5th Grade

Alisa V.
Arushi S.
Ava S.
Luci R.
Sophia K.
Meghan M.


Elementary School Hosts Donuts with Dads Event

Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School hosted its annual Donuts with Dads event before the start of the school day on Friday, January 26, 2018, and experienced a high level of parent participation.  Fathers and father-figures walked with their child into the school building where they were served donuts and other refreshments in the school gym by teachers and staff members.  For those students whose parent was unable to attend, members of the Cuyahoga Heights Fire Department graciously volunteered to sit and enjoy breakfast with each child.  Students and parents were also provided the opportunity to have their picture taken together in the school cafeteria and take a short walk to visit their child’s classroom.  The Scholastic Book Fair was also available in the gym for students and parents to browse and purchase items.  Overall, the Donuts with Dads event provided a memorable experience for students and their fathers to enjoy.  Thank you to everyone who participated, including the Cuyahoga Heights Fire Department, for helping to make this year’s Donuts with Dads event a success!

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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.
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.  
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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!

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!
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!

Science Day Provides Fun Learning Experience for Elementary Students image Science Day Provides Fun Learning Experience for Elementary Students

Elementary students had a blast participating in a wide variety of fun, hands-on experiments during Science Day on Thursday, May 18th. The all-school event, which was coordinated by the Elementary Science Department and conducted by classroom teachers, gave students the opportunity to make “dinosaur fossils” and “elephant toothpaste,” construct a model Stegosaurus skeleton, take a ride on a hovercraft, dissect owl pellets, build helicopters and parachutes, and participate in many other engaging science-themed activities. 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms also participated in the annual Egg Drop Competition, which tests the effectiveness of egg-protecting contraptions previously constructed by students, by dropping eggs from a variety of heights. The final drop occurred from the library window! Congratulations to our wining student-scientists Anthony Grissman, Jackson Justice, Hiedi Stiegelmeyer, Nick Nemeth, Aurora Robinson and Elianna Eck!

In addition to promoting STEM based learning, Science Day gave students a chance to support Kick it For Kids with Cancer, a national organization dedicated to raising money to fund children’s cancer research. This was accomplished in partnership with the Cleveland Eye Clinic, which provided students free ice cream from its Mr. iSee® ice cream truck during the Science Day activities, in exchange for donations to a local chapter of Kick it For Kids with Cancer. Altogether, students at the Elementary School raised a total of $908.61 in donations – the most money raised by any Cleveland area school in the history of the Mr. iSee® ice cream truck charity program!

The district thanks the students and staff at Cuyahoga Heights Elementary for helping to make this year’s Science Day a success.

Spring Strings Concert
The Spring Strings Concert was on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. It was a wonderful celebration of the efforts of our string students grades 4-12.
If you missed the concert, you would like to experience parts of it again, or you would like to share it with family or friends it is on the school youtube channel.
Save the Date - Electrify Your Strings will return to CHS on March 5, 6, 2018.

Here is the link if you would like to view the experience:
Understanding the 2017 State Report Card
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