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Chagrin Falls Schools

April 2019



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Message from Our Superintendent This is an exciting time of year as we begin to set our sights on all of the wonderful activities that culminate the completion of another school year. This is highlighted on Sunday, June 2 as we will celebrate another fine graduating class of Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District. Their list of accolades and post secondary destinations are extremely impressive and are not only a reflection of their hard work but also of the tremendous academic and extracurricular programming offered through the District because of the support of our community. The summer affords us a window of time to complete capital projects and it will be busy on all of our campuses. The construction of the new Chagrin Falls Intermediate School will be completed in July as we prepare for the dedication and ribbon cutting celebration on August 17. We will be removing the Intermediate Learning Village and completing significant pavement work on the 7-12 campus. We also will be constructing a new home for our Tiger Perks coffee shop in the Chagrin Falls High School Commons. This life skills program operated

by our 7-12 special education students has been a tremendous success and the project is made possible through donations provided by our local support organizations. The District also will be completing main entry renovations to Chagrin Falls High School and Gurney Elementary School. This aligns with recommendations from the District safety committee and security audit conducted earlier this year. This also is a time of year in which the talents of students involved in the arts are on display for our community. Congratulations to our thespians who recently performed “Footloose� and our 7-12 artists whose work was recently displayed at the Spring Art Show in the Hamlet Village Atrium. For the first time, the 7-12 campus is hosting a Community Arts Festival May 10-11 for students in grades 3 -12 to showcase their musical and artistic abilities. We are appreciative to have a community that supports and understands the importance of the arts. We hope you have an opportunity to attend. Robert W. Hunt Superintendent Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools 440-247-4363

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School learning commons colloaboration areas, student lockers and entrances into the classrooms. Casework and finishes are happening now. More photos can be seen by following #CFConstruct.

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A Review of the Board of Education Meetings - “Board Briefs” At the April 17 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved a contract with Ashley Brudno to serve as the District’s new Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer. Ashley will join the District on June 3, 2019 and will be primarily responsible for reporting the District’s financials to the state and federal governments, creating an annual District budget, and creating the District’s five-year forecast. Based on the results of a Culture Survey (Dec. 2017 Jan. 2018), Instructional Audit (spring 2018), Mental Health Audit (fall 2019), and a recommendation from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (spring 2018), the District started developing a district-wide behavior and support framework named, “Chagrintegrity,” and attending several training sessions, which began in October of this school year. The District chose to implement Ohio’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework recommended by the Ohio PBIS Network and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as a way to provide a supportive learning environment that will increase student achievement. PBIS is not a canned program but rather a framework centered around nine essential, coordinated elements: • Administrative commitment & consistent involvement • Established team based structures • Consensus on (3-5) behavioral expectations • Systematic teaching of behavioral expectations • System for reinforcing desired behaviors • System for correction of behavioral errors • Data-based decision making • Multi-tiered system of behavioral supports • Maintains culturally responsive practices

All students in grades PK - 12 will be held to three expectations: Be SAFE, Be RESPONSIBLE, and Be RESPECTFUL, which will kick off next school year. Year one of implementation will build the foundational understanding of PBIS principles with the entire staff. Additionally, the district will add tiered interventions focused on family and mental health supports. The Intermediate School as part of the District’s adoption of PBIS, started implementing PAX as a tier 1 intervention (universal intervention) at the beginning of the school year. PAX philosophy aims to accomplish the following: • Predicts and prevents negative behavior • Teaches prosocial behavior & self-regulation • Acknowledges prosocial behaviors • Establishes community The results of this implementation year 1 have been quite positive in the Intermediate School. Data was kept on the amount of observed unexpected behaviors to determine a baseline in an effort to document progress over time. Data has shown unexpected behaviors decreasing significantly. Several teachers shared anecdotes of improved expected behavior including the most well-behaved fifth grade roller skating field trip in 17 years. While the school year begins to come to a close, the Intermediate School construction project gets closer to completion. The project continues to track an end of July completion date while remaining on budget. An immense amount of work, expertise and teamwork has gone into keeping the project on track and on budget. It has been an honor to work with the team that has gotten us this far. Sincerely,

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Board of Education President: Kathryn Garvey (216) 401-7735 Vice President: Phil Rankin (216) 280-9092

Greg Kanzinger Board Member

Sharon Broz (440) 715-0326 Greg Kanzinger (216) 346-8272 Mary Kay O’Toole (440) 338-8636

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Chagrin Falls Schools Names Ashley Brudno as Treasurer/CFO At their April 17 meeting, the Chagrin Falls Board of Education approved a contract with Ashley Brudno to serve as the District’s new Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective June 3, 2019. Brudno will serve as the financial adviser to the Board of Education and will oversee all financial operations of the District. Brudno’s responsibilities include preparation of accurate and timely state and federal reports, development and monitoring of the District’s annual budget and five-year forecast and active communication with the administrative team, Board and community about the District’s finances. Brudno has served the Chardon Local Schools as Treasurer/CFO for the past five years and prior to that, she was the Assistant Treasurer at Orange City Schools for five years. Before beginning her career in school finance, she was an Auditor and then Audit Manager for the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office for nine years. Brudno received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business from Ohio University and is a licensed school treasurer. The Chagrin Falls Board of Education undertook a robust statewide search that included screening and vetting the credentials of more than 20 applicants, interviewing seven top candidates and selecting three for final interviews. The Board solicited input regarding the qualities and expertise in the Treasurer/ CFO desired by the District administration, staff and the community and developed a search profile reflecting the qualifications necessary to lead the District forward in accomplishing its goals. During final

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interviews, each candidate met with a 22-member focus group comprised of community members and District staff and then gave a detailed and thorough financial presentation to the Board of Education and Superintendent. The Board of Education selected Brudno as the best candidate to provide the District financial leadership for the future. “The board is excited to welcome a financial leader with Ashley's acumen and experience to join the administrative team,” said President Kathryn Garvey, Chagrin Falls Board of Education. “The Board, staff and community identified the need for a treasurer with strong school finance, leadership and communication skills and we are confident and excited about Ashley's ability to help move our District forward in this capacity.” “Ashley has a tremendous skill set that aligns with the search profile established by our stakeholders. She has vast experience in the area of school finance and has proven to be a skilled leader and communicator,” said Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools. “I, along with the other administrators, look forward to working with her.” “I am very pleased and honored to have been selected as the District’s next Treasurer/CFO,” said Brudno. “I want to thank the Board of Education and Superintendent Hunt for the trust they have placed in me. Chagrin Falls Schools appeals to me due to the exciting and innovative climate that is apparent here as well as the strong support of the community for the schools. I look forward to serving the Board of Education, students, parents and community of Chagrin Falls Schools.” Chagrin Falls Schools Board of Education received assistance in the hiring process from K-12 Business Consulting and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials.


Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools “Treasurer’s Corner”

Table 1 compares actual monthly receipts to the monthly estimates and to prior fiscal year actual receipts. General fund revenues spike in the 1st and 3rd quarter as a result of real estate tax collections.

Table 2 compares actual monthly expenditures to monthly estimates and to prior fiscal year actual expenditures. Expenses are typically fairly consistent throughout the fiscal year.

Table 3 compares estimated and actual monthly ending cash balances demonstrating compliance with Board of Education cash balance policies.

Table 4 is a cash flow summary comparing revenues to expenditures each month.

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Chagrin Falls Int Construction

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termediate School Update Photos

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Chagrin Falls Middle School Recognized as one of "Ohio's Schools to Watch" for being a High Performance, Growth-Oriented School Chagrin Falls Middle School (CFMS) has received the Ohio Schools to Watch Award / Redesignation from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The Ohio Schools to Watch (OSTW) program seeks to recognize a small number of diverse, highperforming, growth-oriented middle grades schools to demonstrate what all middle grades schools are capable of achieving. The OSTW The criteria is based on: • Academic Excellence where students are challenged to extend their minds. • Developmental Responsiveness as staff is sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence. • Social Equitability that depicts fairness in order to provide every student with high-quality teachers, resources and supports. • Lastly, an organizational Structure/Process in place in order to most effectively drive instruction, change and improvements. CFMS will be recognized at the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform which takes place during the National Schools To Watch Conference June 26 - 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. The school also will be awarded at the Ohio Middle Level Association as it recognizes Ohio Schools to Watch at their annual conference November 7-8, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. “Chagrin Falls Middle School has been working tirelessly to promote a culture of collaboration while increasing student achievement using data-driven decisions,” said Principal Laila Discenza, Chagrin Falls Middle School. “Many teachers are working with mastery learning, allowing for no stress tests, assigning only minimal amounts of homework and using second chance assessments.” “We also believe in helping the whole child,” said Discenza. “In fact, during our ‘Whole-Child Wednesdays,’ we focus on learning, support and growth of each student during a dedicated time.”

“Our staff believes in building relationships,” said Discenza. “If students have someone at the school who appreciates them, understands them, and cares for them, their academic achievement will increase and so will their buy in toward school. We also want our students to have increasing feelings of safety, motivation and risk-taking.” Recent enhancements to the curriculum include a double dose of English/Language Arts and math for grades 7 and 8 students needing extra supports in order to grow and pass assessments. Teachers work together to provide structured tier 2 interventions. Also, high school credit is now offered to eighth graders taking Accelerated Physical Science,. The school also has incorporated a “What I Need” period which gives students time to explore their passions. Students can work with clubs like Mock Trial, Speech and Debate, Inclusive Book Club, Spanish Club, Environmental Club, or even volunteer at homeless shelters during the day. “These are new clubs that were initiated by students yet still giving them the flexibility to participate in other enriching activities throughout the year, like our newly built and staffed makerspace,” said Discenza. CFMS holds a Diversity Day, Kindness Week, Start with Hello, and other activities throughout the year as a proactive response to inclusion and positive climate, as well. The school has raised close to $2,000.00 for charities this year, and has donated over 5,000 items to Harvest for Hunger. Students will also be volunteering their time at Lantern Assisted Living next month.

“Chagrin Falls Middle School understands the unique educational, social and emotional needs of the middle level child. This recognition is a result of a dedicated staff, strong leadership and a supportive community.” - Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools

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Chagrin Falls High School Students Compete in Rotary Club's Four-Way Test Speech Contest The purpose of the Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest is to apply the principles of Rotary International’s Four-Way Test to a current ethical issue. Students are challenged to identify a topic they feel strongly about and to adopt a point of view from which they will seek to persuade others. It should be something from the speaker’s personal experience or general knowledge. There are no restrictions regarding the choice of topic as long as it is not blatantly offensive. The speech must be 5-7 minutes in length. Each part of the Four-Way Test should be addressed during the speech: 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?" Students who are interested in the contest start at the school level. Chagrin Falls High School held the first round of speeches. Two students were chosen to advance on the the club level of the competition. They were Mikey King and Claire Lordan. At the club level of the competition these two students gave their speech to the members of the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club. On March 12, members of the Rotary Club judged the competition. Each student delivered their speech on a different topic. King’s topic was internet influencers who hurt themselves to get famous and the need for more mindful consumption of media. Lordan’s topic was the current lack of Speech and Debate programs in schools across our area and the country and the need for broader access to these programs for the sake of public speaking and critical thinking skills. Lordan advanced to the district competition held April 6 at Aurora High School.

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Chagrin Falls High School Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month Chagrin Falls High School (CFHS) senior Kelly Wynveen has been selected as the April Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month. Wynveen was chosen based on her leadership and service qualities she has displayed in the community. Wynveen has been recognized for her academic success several times during her high school career. She received the AP Scholar Award, Tiger of the Semester, Chagrin Falls High School Honor Roll, and Biliterate Certification provided by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Assessment of Performance Towards Proficiency in Spanish Language. She also was a We Solve Problems Essay Contest Finalist, First Team All Ohio and First Team All Region for Lacrosse, and top 25 of 11,000 entries for Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. Further, Wynveen received two Gold Keys, four Silver Keys, and one Honorable Mention from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In her time at CFHS, Wynveen has been involved with several clubs and sports. She is a Link Leader, a Positive Coaching Alliance participant, on the Student Athletic Advisory Board, a member of the Cross Country Team, and a member of the Art Club, which she was the vice president her junior year

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and currently services as president during her senior year. She also is a member of the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Team, which she is a three year letterman, three time state runner up, and has served as captain both her junior and senior year. Additionally, Wynveen has been a Student Council Representative both her junior and senior year, a Zookeeper spirit leader, and participates in Foreign Exchange and Service Programs including Centro Mundolengua, Rustic Pathways, and Up with People. Outside of school, Wynveen is a Sunday school shepherd at Federated Church, retail clerk at Knuth’s Boutique, lacrosse coach at Xcelerate Lacrosse, volunteer at Safety Town, and participates in club lacrosse at Ohio Premier and Midwestern Force. Her accelerated classes include AP Environmental Science, AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP Probability and Statistics, AP Spanish Language, AP Three Dimensional Portfolio Art, AP United States Government and Politics, and AP United States History. After high school, Wynveen plans to attend Tulane University as a Distinguished Scholar and a member of the Honors Program. She plans to major in business and minor in Spanish.

Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month The Student of the Month award at Chagrin Falls Middle School acknowledges students for their outstanding performance and rewards them for their efforts. The students were chosen by seventh and eighth-grade teams to be a “Tiger of the Month.” These students exemplify the Tiger Techniques of: Think, Integrity, Grit, Effort, and Responsibility. March’s Tigers of the Month were Mila Gresh, Jimmy Richmond, Ella Cimperman, and Danny Wujnovich. Seventh-grader Mila Gresh has been a rock star on the cross-country team and has improved throughout the year. In her academic career, she is a quiet leader in groups and brings creativity to every project for class. She has developed from being a shy student into someone who thinks outside the box with unique perspectives in her Socratic seminars, debates, and discussions. Outside of the classroom, her artistic skills enhanced the school lobby and she has helped plan the Cardboard Boat Regatta. She is detail-oriented and an excellent team member. Mila advocates for herself when she needs to and is a hard worker. She is kind in her words and actions, which makes her a great asset to the seventh-grade class. Jimmy Richmond is a seventh grader who strives to do well. He works hard in math every day to become a math guru. He is an active member of the

class and works well in groups. His dedication to the numbers has helped him to excel in math. He is friendly and always has a smile on his face. He works well with others on group projects and takes pride in a completed assignment. Jimmy is willing to ask for help when he needs it and helps the class run smoothly. He shares ideas about the many books he has read in Language Arts class and has overall good manners. Eighth-grader Ella Cimperman is a leader through quiet example. She is always polite and is a good teammate. She attends to precision and gives her best in everything that she does. She is a pleasure to have in English class and always has a positive attitude. Ella’s kindness and work ethic are exemplary. These traits combined with her ability to put her best effort forward make this a well-deserved recognition. Danny Wujnovich is an eighth grader who is helpful to other students in the class, works well in groups, and is polite to staff members. He is conscientious in his classwork and wants to do well. In his academics, he accepts suggestions well. His smile and sense of humor make the class more enjoyable for everyone. Danny is a contributing class member during Language Arts and keeps a positive attitude. He offers thoughtful responses in class and takes the initiative to be responsible for his own learning.

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Chagrin Falls High School Students Make a Difference with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society "Student of the Year" Program For the past four years, Chagrin Falls High School (CFHS) has had students participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) “Student of the Year” fundraising program. This year, (Junior) Bre Magersupp, the school’s candidate, along with 10 team members, attended the dinner on March 15 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown, Cleveland. The program promotes leadership development and philanthropy by high school students participating in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS. Every dollar that a student raises is equal to one vote. The candidate or team who raises the most money at the end of seven weeks earns the title of “Students of the Year.” The “Students of the Year” receive a $2,500 scholarship towards the college or university of his or her choice. This year, 18 teams raised more than $500,000 in seven weeks, almost doubling last year’s total. “While Bre did not win the Student of the Year award, I am incredibly proud of her efforts. Along with her team, they raised more than $20,000 and collaborated with Chagrin Falls Police Department for the Chagrin Classic basketball game which contributed around $3500 to that total.,” said Assistant Principal Amanda Rassi, Chagrin Falls High School. The community truly came together to rally behind her and this incredible cause.

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Chagrin Falls Schools Gurney Elementary School and Intermediate School Raise Money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Gurney Elementary School raised their highest total ever for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with $10,705.69. Their “Pennies for Patients Campaign” was a huge success due to the help from students, parents, grandparents and other family and community members. Another key player in the fundraising goal were the many Gurney teachers and staff members.

Teacher Mary Czerr and Principal Rachel Jones dressed up in silly costumes during arrival and dismissal if the $8,000 goal was reached. Guidance Counselor Dale Tschappat was instrumental in his annual organizing of a highly successful fundraiser. Gurney Elementary has raised approximately $60,000 over the years the school has participated in Pennies for Patients.

The Gurney Service Learning Club came in early to school to count donations. Teacher Shelly Zdolshek helped coordinate the campaign and her students picked up and returned the classroom donation boxes every morning. Teacher Kelly Purcell motivated her class by promising a silly string party if they reached $200.

At Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, the school’s “Pasta for Pennies” fundraiser to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society raised more than $4,000. The homeroom with the most donations won a lunch catered by the Olive Garden. Second place won a pizza lunch sponsored by Dominos Pizza. PAWS and Student Council sponsored a Spirit Week to encourage awareness and involvement. Daily themes included Mustache Monday, Disguise Day, Beach Day, Crazy Hair Day and Color Wars.

Teachers Justin Wise, Lisa Dugach, and Dayna Vilk promised and delivered red hair, rainbow hair, and blue hair respectively after the school reached $6,000. Teacher Ben Rose followed suit with the hair trend by promising a rose-colored mohawk after the school reached $8,000. Custodian Shawn Carlson also promised a mohawk after the $8,000 mark.

FOX8 News came to Gurney to interview teachers and staff. The story can be viewed by clicking here.

Teacher Kelly Purcell motivated her class by promising a silly string party if they reached $200. Super News | 13

Gurney Elementary School Gets Active with the "Tiger Shuffle" Students at Gurney Elementary School who need a quick “get up and go” break can now engage with an indoor movement course. First grade intervention specialist Dayna Vilk with consultation from Occupational Therapist Stephanie Cohen created a movement course in the hallway of the school. Vilk received a PTO grant and the money was used to purchase a machine to cut vinyl pieces to be added to the floor for the course. After the school custodian sanded the floor, the vinyl sticker pieces were arranged in the proper order and the custodian sealed the floor with several coats of wax. The course starts with pieces that are tiger paws and the directions to jump from one to the other. That is followed by a series of smaller stone-like pieces and the directions to step quickly - on tiptoes. After that are wall push-ups, placing your hands on the paws that are on the wall. Next is hopscotch, walking on a line similar to a balance beam and then a jumping sequence that has students turning 360 degrees by the time it ends. The next activity moves students along as they jump inside and outside of the boxes followed by a modified bear crawl of moving sideways and crossing the left hand over the right all the way. Next students step in between “waves” alternating their right foot over their left all the way. Finally, the course ends with students doing the crab walk by placing their hands and feet on the crab shapes and moving to the finish line. The course engages a student’s whole body, crossing midline often, working on balance and building strength in a fun way. Creating a purposeful movement course that was visually stimulating and fun for elementary students was the goal. The sensory path created allows children to activate their senses, develop motor skills, and take a much needed brain break. “When trying to determine how it would work we realized that we had to refer to it as something and that’s how the name The Tiger Shuffle came to be,” said Vilk. “Starting it off with paw prints was fitting and incorporating nature/jungle-related concepts at various points to connect it seemed to work well with the title.”

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Other obstacles have standard shapes and include foot/handprints to help guide the students in their movement. The activities focus on the student’s proprioceptive and vestibular systems, allowing them to improve their balance, spatial awareness, hand eye coordination, organization and focus. For example, their proprioceptive system is being engaged/ stimulated through weight bearing activities such as the wall push ups, crab walks, hopping and sideways bear crawls. The vestibular system is being inhibited when walking in a straight line (linear movement), inverting their head upside down and jumping. We also focused on building activities that connect the right and left hemispheres of the brain. These are seen when students cross the midline of their bodies, for example during the cross crawl walk or feet cross over walk.

Chagrin Falls Booster Club Thanks Outgoing Board Members The Chagrin Falls Booster Club extends a large thank you to its outgoing Board members, who collectively have dedicated 60 years of service to the Booster Club. Thank you to Amy O'Neil, Pete Dawson, Lynn Hardacre, Mark Munday, Laura Fricke, Christy Wynveen, Holly Passalacqua and Paul McCormack. We wish you and your families the best of luck and will miss your impact in all that you did to help Boosters benefit our school community.

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Chagrin Falls Middle School and High School Art Students "Dare to be Creative" in Spring Art Show Chagrin Falls Middle School and High School art students “Dared to be Creative” at the Spring Art Show April 11-14 in the Hamlet Atrium. The show is a testament to the District’s incredible art department and to the dedication of its students who work so hard to perfect their skill. Showcased pieces ranged from the Scholastic and Governor award-winning student pieces, to film and digital photography artwork and 2D and 3D pieces. Almost every middle school student had a piece in the show. Opening night on April 11 had live entertainment by the Chagrin Falls High School Jazz Band. An awards presentation was held with judges ranging from teachers, administrators, and community leaders. Winners included: VALLEY ART CENTER AWARDS - Ryan Hill Tori Mrofchak CLEVELAND PRINT ROOM BLACK & WHITE FILM AWARD - Julia Santamaria HAMLET BEST IN SHOW - Willy Armington HAMLET HIGH SCHOOL GOLD - Lindy Cunnington HAMLET HIGH SCHOOL SILVER - Livi Harmat DADS’ CLUB AWARDS - Mackenzie Agan, Lucy Fricke, Alex Chinnici BOARD OF EDUCATION AWARD - Lindy Cunnington PTO AWARDS - Kate Flynt, Cecelia Mergenhagen HIGH SCHOOL/MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARDS OUTSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHY/COMPUTER GRAPHICS - Brandon Denton, Alexandra Olson OUTSTANDING 2D ARTISTS - Emily Owens, Robin Barth OUTSTANDING 3D ARTISTS - Kelly Wynveen, Kate Flynt HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL’S AWARD - Katie Baker MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL’S AWARD - Ryan Hill The PTO Art Show committee consists of co-Chairs Chris Kukla and Colleen Mahoney, along with Brigid Gilmore, Carrie Hawk, Jackie Kruyne Jerrel Mattson, Loren Winans and Christy Wynveen. Art instructors include Libby Harrold, Art Department Chairperson, High School Art Teacher; Jill Eisert, High

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School Art Teacher; Dawn Serazin, High School Art Teacher and Amy Fenton, Middle School Art Teacher. Chagrin Falls High School seniors that will be attending art school to study visual arts next year were recognized. They include Emily Owens – Illustration, Milwaukee Institute of Art; Alice Patton – Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design; Lindy Cunnington – Fine Arts, school undecided; Kate Flynt – Fine Arts, Ohio State University and Lucy Fricke – Architecture, Wake Forest.

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Chagrin Falls Middle School Seventh Graders Preparing for Second Annual Cardboard Regatta The seventh graders at Chagrin Falls Middle School are preparing for their Second Annual Cardboard Regatta as a part of a larger interdisciplinary unit. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chagrin Valley Recreation Center pool. Donations from this event will go to Water for South Sudan. “This charity was chosen because it relates to the books A Long Walk to Water and I Will Always Write Back, which is read by the seventh-grade language arts class,” said Teacher Brian Johnson. The seventh graders last year were able to raise nearly $12,000 for the charity. All money raised goes to help build freshwater wells in villages in South Sudan in order for the villagers have access to fresh water.

Community Encouraged to Become Involved!

In May, students will begin using their knowledge from math, science and Project Lead the Way/STEM (Science, Technology, Math and Engineering) classes to create blueprints of their boats and then they will finally build their boats. The regatta already has received donations from Lyndall Insurance, Duck Tape, Master Pizza, The Rec, Step In, Sugar and Frogs, The Golf Dome, Cowboy Restaurant, Brickhouse Burgers, Bell & Flower, Flip Side, Fireside Chagrin Pet and Garden, Geigers, Aqua Doc and the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce.

At the end of April, students will hear speakers from Cleveland Water and the Northeast Ohio Sewer District. These speakers will focus on what people can do locally to help keep the water clean and safe. They also will discuss the water treatment process and will give an overview of the distribution process, water quality and emerging technologies in the water industry. Students also will hear from the local nonprofit organization Drink Local, Drink Tap. They are an organization that inspires individuals to recognize and solve water issues through creative education, events and the provision of water access to people in need. “Drink Local, Drink Tap not only want to make sure we take care of our Great Lakes, but have a strong focus in Uganda and work each day to bring them clean water,” said Johnson.

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Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation also provided a grant to help support the regatta for the second straight year. Donations are still being accepted. Email Brian Johnson at to donate. All community members are encouraged to attend and watch this exciting event. To learn more about the event or make a donation, visit

Chagrin Falls Middle School Places at Regional Power of the Pen Tournament The Chagrin Falls Middle School (CFMS) Power of the Pen Team will have four of its members moving on to the state competition at Wooster College at the end of May. Those members are Sofia Clark, Marie Kanzinger, Christina Bencin and Olivia Wirbel. On April 6, eight CFMS Power of the Pen students competed in the regional competition at Villa AngelaSt Joseph High School. Students who received qualifying scores from the district competition moved on to participate at the regional level. The team competed against 276 writers from 56 other schools across Northeast Ohio. The CFMS students who participated were seventh graders Sofia Clark, James Wilkinson, and Anna Baker. The eighth graders who participated were Ella Snyder, Kate Stephenson, Marie Kanzinger, Christina Bencin, and Olivia Wirbel. Power of the Pen competitions require students to respond to creative writing prompts in three 40-minute rounds. In the seventh grade competition, Sofia Clark placed first out of 132 competitors. In the eighth grade competition, Marie Kanzinger placed first, Christina Bencin placed 26th, and Olivia Wirbel placed 32nd

out of 144 competitors. All four qualify for the state competition at The College of Wooster at the end of May. Additionally, Kate Stephenson earned a best of round. As a result of the combined scores, the eighthgrade team won a second-place trophy, and the CFMS Power of the Pen team won third place overall in the tournament. Additionally, Marie Kanzinger was awarded a Best of the Best honor for her story “Mother and Daughter.” “This group of writers has been such a pleasure to work with this year and I am extremely proud of these student authors,” said Larry Richmond, who has been the team’s coach for 10 years. “Each writer brings such a unique perspective to the prompts during our practice sessions. I have enjoyed the camaraderie of this team. They have been so supportive of each other's creative endeavors.” Power of the Pen is dedicated to helping young people find and develop a creative voice and learn writing as a life skill. It also offers interscholastic tournaments and a network of ideas and tools for teachers to improve student writing.

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Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Math Teacher Recognized with Outstanding Teacher Award Kathy Ohlrich, a sixth-grade math teacher at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, was recently identified as one of this year’s Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) Outstanding Classroom Teachers for Grades 6-8. Director of Curriculum Becky Quinn nominated Ohlrich for the award. Principal Sarah Read, K-12 Math Coach Barb Cymanski and Superintendent Robert Hunt strongly supported the nomination. The award recognizes teachers who have evidenced exemplary work across the Greater Cleveland area. Ohlrich’s work and high standard for mathematics education are commendable. A portion of her nomination cited, “Kathy engages her students in a fast-paced, high energy, positive learning experience during every math class. She carefully crafts each lesson using formative and summative data to make her instructional decisions. Her lessons yield a thoughtful balance of teacher and student facilitated teaching and learning and embed real-world applications of learning which connect to careers, future coursework, and the lives of her students. Kathy uses the College Preparatory Math program (CPM) as an instructional tool. While she uses Course 1 with her Math 6 students, she uses a purposeful blend of Courses 2 and 3 within her Advanced Math Applications 6 class, preparing them to take the seventh grade AIR Math test and move into Algebra I for high school credit in seventh grade. While Kathy occasionally provides whole class direct instruction and/or re-teaching, as needed, she serves as a facilitator of student learning during the majority of most lessons. As a result of a District need in fifth grade math within Chagrin Falls Intermediate School four years ago, Kathy seamlessly transitioned from her successful work within Chagrin Falls High School as a special education co-teacher in math. This required her to learn new content, pedagogy and instructional programs. She volunteered to spend numerous summer days reviewing new materials and the curriculum maps to best-prepare for her new role. When grant-funding yielded an opportunity for classroom teachers within the district to participate in a Gifted Endorsement 20 | APRIL 2019

Cohort program via Ashland University two years ago, completing 18 hours of graduate coursework within less than two school years, Kathy was one of the first teachers to apply. She indicated that while she had strong math content understanding and a background in meeting the needs of students with disabilities, she wanted to learn strategies to meet the needs of our gifted and advanced learners. Kathy successfully completed the rigorous program and earned her Gifted Endorsement and served gifted students in Advanced Math 5 in the past two school years and now serves two classes of Advanced Math Applications 6 students as a Gifted Intervention Specialist within the District. She worked to design a gifted enrichment course called Mathletics, which is offered as a part of the STRETCH Enrichment program designed for cognitively gifted students. She embedded math games, logic puzzles, math contests, and collaborative problem-solving experiences for students within this course. Due to staffing needs within Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, Kathy was asked to transition from Advanced Math 5 and Math 5 to Advanced Math Applications 6 and Math 6 in 2018-19. Kathy again committed to numerous summer days spent reviewing the new standards, content and instructional program. She continues to seek out new approaches and strategies in meeting the needs of her students and collaborates with her sixth grade colleagues as well as our K-12 Math Coach to refine her skills. Kathy has recently registered for a math book study of “Principles to Actions,” a National Council of Teachers of Mathematics-published book, which will be led by our K-12 Math Coach, with the intent to continue to grow as a teacher and a learner.” “Ohlrich is truly an asset to Chagrin Falls Schools,” said Director of Curriculum Becky Quinn, Chagrin Falls Schools. “Her work in engaging and supporting students in meaningful mathematics will be recognized at GCCTM’s annual awards banquet on the evening of May 16 at the Brew Garden in Strongsville. The evening includes dinner, awards ceremony and an inspiring talk by Robert Q. Berry III, the current president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.”

Chagrin Falls Schools Partners with University Hospitals and Chagrin Falls Fire Department to "Stop the Bleed" Chagrin Falls Schools has partnered with University Hospitals and the Chagrin Falls Fire Department to bring a training called “Stop the Bleed” to the District. The goal of the program is to train individuals and to be equipped to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Staff was training during their professional development day on April 18. In addition to the training, each classroom and common area will be provided with Stop a Bleed “bucket.” These include a basic tourniquet and packing and chest wound materials which are vacuum sealed and do not expire. The kits have enough supplies to save one or two lives each. Additionally, the kits include tape, rope, door stop, toilet paper, privacy sheet, medical shears, and other safety items. The bucket has room in it for additional materials that the District or classroom teacher may want to add. This bleeding control training was developed after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. It has already been implemented in schools such as the East Guernsey School District in Lore City, Ohio. states, "Anyone at the scene can act as an immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do." Bleedingcontrol. org is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus.

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Chagrin Falls Schools Dr. Jim Delisle, Expert in Gifted Education, Visits District The faculty and students involved in the gifted program at Chagrin Falls Schools had the chance to learn from an expert in gifted education. Dr. Jim Delisle is a world-renowned expert in gifted education. He authored numerous articles and books that detail how to help meet the social, emotional and intellectual needs of gifted children. Delisle visited the District on April 3 to speak to educators, students and parents involved in the gifted program. Spark, which is the district’s support organization for parents/guardians of gifted and advanced students, funded half of the expenses in inviting Delisle to speak. This allowed for a free parent session during the evening on April 3 in collaboration with Orange City Schools. The overall program was entitled, “Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students.” The Chagrin Falls Intermediate, Middle, and High School guidance counselors, as well as several middle and high school teachers, attended the first session on “Doing poorly on purpose: strategies to reverse underachievement and respect student dignity.” This session focused on how to find positive solutions as to how to preserve the dignity of a student who may be labeled an underachiever, when in reality they perform poorly on purpose. The fourth, fifth and sixth-grade STRETCH students and teachers had a question and answer period

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with Delisle. The counselor from Gurney Elementary, Advanced Course Intermediate and Middle School teachers, as well as identified High School Honors, College Credit Plus, and Advanced Placement teachers attended the presentation on “Can’t you just chill out?: Appreciating the intensities of gifted individuals.” This area focused on the intense nature of gifted children relating to having extreme highs and lows with no middle ground and not allowing anything below straight As. The session offered solutions as to how educators can appreciate the students for their personality rather than focus on the negative aspects. The evening session for parents of gifted children took place in the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Center. The presentation revolved around Delisle’s most recent book, Understanding Your Gifted Child from the InsideOut: A Guide to the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Kids. All parents from Chagrin Falls or Orange City Schools were invited to come and hear more about the term giftedness, how to meet their child’s emotional and intellectual needs, as well as how to manage the wide range of emotions that come with the territory of raising gifted kids. Delisle touched on the impact of the term “gifted” on students and families and how to effectively react to the term in everyday life.

Chagrin Falls Schools Internationally-Recognized Grading Expert Works with District Educators Chagrin Falls Schools hosted grading expert Myron Dueck to the District to meet with teachers during their professional development day on April 18 thanks to a grant funded by the Chagrin Falls PTO. Dueck is the author of the book, Grading Smarter, Not Harder. Over the past 22 years, Dueck has worked as an educator in both Canada and New Zealand in various subjects grades 4 to 12. In 2006, he began to develop a number of grading, assessment and reporting systems which gave students a greater opportunity to show what they understand and play a significant role in the reporting of their learning. Dueck’s book provides realistic and actionable ideas which can affect positive and impactful change. His authentic approach reflects his continued work in a public school district in British Columbia. Dueck’s time with the District on the April 18 Professional Development Day kicked off a book study and also the start of work to refine the District’s grading practices beginning in the 2019-20 school year. He provided a K-12 session for all staff and then met with each school’s Building Leadership Teams to plan school-based work related to grading practices next school year. Each school identified two to three topics to serve as a focus for study and future refinements, including: homework (grading policies / purpose - making it meaningful), retesting, and grading practices to reflect learning.

“We are incredibly thankful for the generous Chagrin Falls PTO support of this project,” said Director of Curriculum Becky Quinn, Chagrin Falls Schools. “The opportunity to provide a copy of Grading Smarter, Not Harder to all of our teachers and bring author Myron Dueck to our District has been absolutely amazing. His work on April 18 served as a springboard for our systemic book study and subsequent refinement of grading practices across the District. The District began work related to a study of grading practices during the 2017-18 school year, with an administrative book study of Myron Dueck’s Grading Smarter, Not Harder and attendance to Rick Wormelli’s Grading Workshops in Cleveland by a district team. This learning continued in the 2018-19 school year, with a District Leadership Team (DLT) book study of Rick Wormelli’s book, Fair Isn’t Always Equal and an early preview of Dueck’s Grading Smarter Not Harder by DLT teacher members in December 2018.

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Gurney Elementary School Turns into Toyland for "One School One Book"

Gurney Elementary School turned into a toyland during the early morning of April 23 as parent volunteers and staff transformed both the exterior and interior of the building into a giant, colorful land of toys and games. The school’s annual “One School, One Book” month-long program kicked-off the moment students got off the school buses and walked into the building. They were greeted by cheering staff and administrators as they witnessed a life-size chess board, scrabble, tinker toys, Yahtzee, Clue, and Monopoly games as they walked through their school doors. It is the 10th year as a school-wide book club. Children, parents and Gurney Elementary staff will be reading “Toys! Amazing Stories Behind Some

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Great Inventions” by Don Wulffson together. They will read and learn about the history of some wellknown toys and games. There is a theme every day, podcasts with “celebrity” readers, family nights to encourage reading together and playing with toys and board games, and even incentives with the reward of Chipotle gift cards. While most reading is done at home with parents, there are planned classroom lessons and activities to support comprehension and extend the learning. A website has been developed that includes a calendar of events, photos, links to learn more about famous toys, podcasts and information on the schoolwide community service project. A link can be found on the Gurney Elementary School homepage at www. aspx. This year, the school wants to spread the fun to children who may have to spend time away from their own toys because they are in the hospitals. They are collecting new toys in their original packaging to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital. Items for both hospitals must be brand new due to infection control policies and the safety of the patients. Items can be dropped off in the main office of Gurney Elementary. “One School, One Book” would not be possible without the generous support of the Chagrin Falls Dads’ Club, Chagrin Falls PTO and Chagrin Rotary Club.

“This school community embraces the ‘One School, One Book’ program like no other,” said Principal Rachel Jones, Gurney Elementary School. “It may look like a lot of decoration and surface-level activity on the outside, but to the student who struggles each day, who doesn't always persevere, or who never quite feels connected, it can be exactly what was needed to flip the switch and inspire or engage that child in reading and learning. And, when parents really commit to reading the chapters each night to their child, which is the spirit of the program, children really feel the home-school connection that we know has a significant impact on their educational development.” For more information on the national One School One Book Program, visit

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Gurney Elementary School Turns into Toyland for "One School One Book"

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CHAGRIN FALLS SCHOOLS 2019-2020 15 Teacher Work Day 16 Teacher Work Day 19 PD Day/No Students Student 1st Day 20

2 Labor Day - No School

9 Yom Kippur-No School 10 PD Day/No Students 11 NEOEA DAY - NO school 18 End of 1st Quarter

5 PD Day/No Students 8 1st Trimester Ends 11 No School K-6 11 K-6 Teacher Records Day 27

No School Conference comp day

28 Thanksgiving Break 29 Thanksgiving Break

20 1st Semester Ends Dec. 23-31 Winter Break

Jan. 1-3 Winter Break

6 No School 7-12 Students 6 7-12 Teacher Records Day 17 PD Day/No Students 20 Martin Luther King Day

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August-19 T W Th 1 6 7 8 13 14 15 20 21 22 27 28 29

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

F 2 9 16 23 30

S 3 10 17 24 31

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September-19 M T W Th F 2 3 4 5 6 9 10 11 12 13 16 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 26 27 30

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6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

October-19 T W Th 1 2 3 8 9 10 15 16 17 22 23 24 29 30 31

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S 5 12 19 26

3 10 17 24

November-19 M T W Th F 1 4 5 6 7 8 11 12 13 14 15 18 19 20 21 22 25 26 27 28 29

S 1 8 15 22 29

December-19 M T W Th F 2 3 4 5 6 9 10 11 12 13 16 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 26 27 30 31

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January-20 M T W Th 1 2 6 7 8 9 13 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 27 28 29 30

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F 3 10 17 24 31

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Board approved: December 12, 2018


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3 10 17 24

4 11 18 25

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7 14 21 28

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M 2 9 16 23 30

March-20 T W Th 3 4 5 10 11 12 17 18 19 24 25 26 31

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S 7 14 21 28

April-20 T W Th 1 2 7 8 9 14 15 16 21 22 23 28 29 30

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S 4 11 18 25

May-20 M T W Th F 1 4 5 6 7 8 11 12 13 14 15 18 19 20 21 22 25 26 27 28 29

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5 12 19 26

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S 7 14 21 28

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June-20 T W Th 2 3 4 9 10 11 16 17 18 23 24 25 30

July-20 M T W Th 1 2 6 7 8 9 13 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 27 28 29 30

F 5 12 19 26

S 6 13 20 27

F 3 10 17 24 31

S 4 11 18 25

14 PD Day/No Students 17 President's Day-No School 21 2nd Trimester Ends 24 K-6 Teacher Record Day 24 No School - K-6

13 End of 3rd Quarter 23 -27 Spring Break

10 Good Friday-No School 13 PD Day/No Students

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No School PreK-6 Memorial Day-No School

1 Last Student Day Teacher Work Day 2

3 Independence Day Observance

Follow Us on Social Media and On-Line Facebook • Twitter • Website • Constant Contact The Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools intends to use a variety of avenues to communicate to the district stakeholders. The list below outlines the various methods to connect with the district through social media. District Website Facebook Twitter Join the conversation on Twitter. Use #CFEVS. You can also follow the school district administrators: #CFCONSTRUCT - To follow our construction project updates and photos Robert Hunt Superintendent @Hunt_EdLeader

Monica Asher High School Principal @MonicaJAsherED

Sarah Read Intermediate School Principal @read_chagrin

Christopher Woofter Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives @ChrisWoofter

Amanda Rassi High School Asst. Principal @cf_rassi

Rachel Jones Gurney Elementary Principal @DrJ_cfprincipal

CFHS Counselors @cfcounselors

Charlie Barch District Athletic Director @ChagrinAD

Mike Daugherty Director of Technology @MoreThanATech Becky Quinn Director of Curriculum @becky_quinn1

Laila Discenza Middle School Principal @CFMSdiscenzaPal Curtis Howell Assistant Principal (Gurney & Intermediate School) @Howell_cfevs

District All Calls Our district uses an automated calling system to send out important messages such as school closings, school delays, or other valuable information when necessary. This service is only for the parents of district students. Parents will be eligible to receive these calls when they enroll their students. If you are a parent in the district and you are not receiving the automated calls, or if you need to change the number that these calls go to, please contact Pupil Services at (440) 247-4564. Stay Connected Would you like to be notified via email of what’s happening in the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District? Register to receive emails through Constant Contact. Go to the homepage, In the upper right hand corner, click the “Stay Connected” icon to sign up. Click here to be directed to a letter to the community offering support and requesting information identifying students in need of special educaiton services. Super News | 29

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