The first quarter of the school year is behind us and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As November commences, I have much to be thankful for in our terrific school district. First, I am thankful for our students. I see examples of character and achievement everyday and I continue to be motivated by our students’ leadership, compassion, kindness and respect. As I stated in the past, believe in your students and they will never cease to amaze. The potential of this student body is limitless and I am proud of them all.
Second, I am thankful for the staff. Our professional staff members of teachers, counselors, secretaries, bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers all put the safety and success of our students as their highest priorities. They frequently have demonstrated the willingness to go above and beyond so that our students receive the best education our school can offer. They understand the value and importance of their profession and perform responsibly and respectfully on a daily basis.
Next, I am thankful for the parents, families, community members and alumni that entrust us with their children. I have enjoyed and have been privileged to meet so many people in my first three months in the district. I am dedicated to providing the best programming possible to our students—programs the allow our students to compete against students from the highest achieving schools while protecting the values and traditions that make our proud district unique.
In addition, I am thankful for the partnership we have with the safety forces from our three villages. Knowing that we have such skilled police, EMS and fire personnel dedicated to protecting our students provides assurance to our families that our students are as safe as possible. These brave men and women deserve our continuous thanks and gratitude.
Finally, I am thankful for the highly experienced leadership in our district. Our team is strongly devoted to protecting, educating and nurturing our students. We are constantly evaluating and monitoring our systems, our needs and our performance. Our students will graduate from our school knowing they experienced the best all-around education possible.
I hope that you find as much to be thankful as I have. Attend just a single event at our schools and you’ll find your inspiration. I want to take this opportunity to wish you all an early Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy time with family and friends and share with one another how thankful you are for the gifts in your life.
Have a great November,
Dear Middle School and High School Families,
Fall has arrived and as we move into October, we are entering the final month for first quarter grades and nearing the end of the regular fall sports season. Our first weeks of school have been incredible and I continue to be impressed by the level of pride and the sense of responsibility our students demonstrate on a daily basis.
As the 6-12 Principal, one of my goals is to find ways to help our students reach their fullest potential. I want our students to be second to none and to increase their opportunities for success. This not only means setting higher academic and personal expectations but also reinforcing those expectations and rewarding students who meet them as well. In my two decades as an educator, I have found that when you believe in your students, they can profoundly exceed your expectations.
Our students are capable of accomplishing so much. This is largely because of the commitment and partnership between our families and school. It is important that we continue to grow together, find new ways to achieve, and meet the daily challenges which happen each year. I encourage and welcome your involvement in our programs and school.
Thank you for your continued support!
Matt Young, 6-12 Principal
Dear Middle School and High School Families,
On behalf of the administration and staff at Cuyahoga Heights High and Middle Schools, I want to welcome you back for the start of the 2015-2016 school year. I hope that your summer was restful, rewarding and memorable. My name is Matt Young and it is my privilege to serve as your new principal. This begins my 21st year in education and I am proud to be a member of this outstanding school district.
I am joined in the administrative office by another individual new to our school district, Assistant Principal and Co-Curricular Director George Burich, III, who brings an impressive resume from his 17 years in education. We have high expectations for our administration, our staff and our students, and we are devoted to delivering the highest quality programming is academics, arts and athletics in the safest and most effective means possible.
We are so fortunate at the high and middle schools to have a professional, veteran staff of teachers, counselors, secretaries, aides, custodians, food service and transportation employees all dedicated to the safety and education of our students. We continue to achieve above state and national levels on Advanced Placement (AP) tests, the ACT, the SAT and state assessments. In fact, our school was once again named a US News & World Report Silver Medal School for 2015.
Last year marked a significant time of change with the transition to many new state initiatives, including state report card modifications, end-of-course testing and graduation requirements. As modifications to these initiatives continue, we will ensure that our students adapt to the changes and challenges as smoothly as possible.
Cuyahoga Heights also offers a diverse curriculum designed to meet the needs and interests of our students. Along with our partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, we are able to offer courses and programs ranging from core level to advanced placement that meet virtually any college or career readiness ambition. Also, students can choose from over several extra-curricular sports, clubs, activities, and organizations to pursue their athletic, musical, artistic, and intellectual endeavors. In addition, opportunities exist for parental involvement by joining/supporting our music/athletic booster clubs or by supporting and attending student functions throughout the year. The support you provide to our students and schools is highly appreciated.
Thank you for being a part of our family and for choosing the Cuyahoga Height School District. I look forward to the coming year and to working with you in this educational partnership. Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns. Let’s have a great year!