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Message from Our Superintendent April has been an extremely busy month throughout the district as we have administered more than 3,200 on line state assessments to students in every building. Students and teachers have been working diligently at the high school to prepare for upcoming Advanced Placement Exams. These annual assessments indicate the end of another year will soon be upon us as preparations are well under way for the celebration of the graduating class of 2017. An additional level of excitement currently exists as the district awaits the results of the upcoming May 2nd ballot issue. This request stems from thoughtful analysis over the last four years by the staff, Board of Education and a committee of local community experts. If supported, three main outcomes will be delivered to our community: 1. The district will be able to maintain current programming and staffing levels for at least the next three years. 2. The district will address the most pressing facility issue in the district, Chagrin Falls Intermediate School. It will provide new state of the art space for the students, as well as create a dynamic educational and community space for the arts that retains historically significant assets. 3. The district will be able to increase the permanent improvement budget from the current level of $400,000 to $1.2 million ensuring we are maintaining our facilities at an appropriate level moving forward.

overview of the changes. To verify information you may also go to the Cuyahoga or Geauga County Web Site. Polling Locations Russell Township D – normally at WestWoods Nature center on Kinsman, will be at Gurney Elementary School Bainbridge Township B – normally at Bainbridge Town Hall will be at Chagrin Falls Community Center 7060 Woodland Avenue 13 Precincts Bentleyville -00-A – Bentleyville Village Hall 6253 Chagrin River Rd. Chagrin Falls -00-A, B, C – CFHS 400 E. Washington Chagrin Falls Township-00-A – CFHS 400 E. Washington Moreland Hills-00-C – Athletic Wing of Orange HS, 32000 Chagrin Blvd. Bainbridge TWP A – Chagrin Falls Community Center 7060 Woodland Ave. Bainbridge TWP B – Chagrin Falls Community Center 7060 Woodland Ave. SR Village A,B,C,D – Gurney School 1155 Bell St. Russell Township D – Gurney School 1155 Bell St. Sincerely,

We have worked hard to compress costs while addressing these critical areas for our school district and community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give the district a call as we want everyone to be able to make informed decisions. We encourage everyone to vote on May 2nd. There have been various changes in voting locations; therefore, we wanted to provide you with an


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Robert W. Hunt Superintendent Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools 440-247-4363 @Hunt_Edleader

A Review of the April Board of Education Meetings “Board Briefs” April brought a few important changes to the district that we want to draw to your attention. Spring is a time for staffing changes and we have replaced a few key positions, including the high school principal position. The Board accepted the resignation of Steven Ast and wishes Steve all the best as he transitions to a school district that will afford him more time with family as he will be much closer to home. We also accepted the recommendation of the Superintendent to hire Monica Asher as our new High School Principal. Ms. Asher comes to us from Rocky River High School with a great deal of experience and expertise. Some long-standing employees of the district are retiring at the end of this year, including Bill Holzheimer, Transportation Director, who has been with the district for 25 years. We wish all our employees well as they transition to the next phase in their lives.

April, brought forward several policies, as necessitated by changes in law and practice, for revision. The committee recommended two new policies for Board approval: Crowdfunding and Facility Maintenance. The Crowdfunding policy establishes protocols for school employees to follow before setting up an online fundraiser (like These protocols are consistent with policy and procedure for any funding or grant request and require the approval of the building principal and Superintendent. Through the Buildings and Grounds Maintenance policy, the Board recognizes that the fixed assets of this district represent a significant investment of this community and underscores that facility maintenance is of prime concern to the Board. Included in this policy is direction for a regular program of inspection and maintenance and rehabilitation of all school buildings, equipment, and grounds. Changes to an existing policy or addition of a new policy requires two readings and a majority vote of the board to adopt.

In April, the Board also approved a new committee: The Business Advisory Council. New to the district, this council will advise and provide recommendations to the Board on matters such as delineation of employment skills, development of curriculum to instill these skills, changes in the economy and job market and the types of employment in which future jobs are most likely to be available. This council will also make suggestions for developing a business relationship among businesses, labor organizations and educational personnel in the district. Leadership and membership of this council is in the process of being determined and the first meeting will take place next school year.

The Board reviews its policies on a continuing basis in an effort to keep its written policies consistent with community values and compliant with Federal and State law. Well-written, consistent and compliant policies may be used as a basis for Board action and administrative decisions. The Board evaluates how the policies have been executed by the staff and weighs the results. It relies on staff, students and the community for providing evidence of the effect of the policies that it has adopted. Board Policy Committee meetings are public meetings, just like our Board of Education meetings. Dates and agendas are posted to the district website on the Board of Education page and minutes are available by request.

Another Board Committee, the Board Policy Committee, has been busy all year and in March and

Kathryn Garvey Member, Board of Education Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Board of Education President: Mary Kay O’Toole (440) 338-8636 Vice President: Sharon Broz (440) 715-0326

Members: Michael Hogan (440) 543-5280 Kathryn Garvey (216) 401-7735 Rob Weber (440) 665-4104



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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Difference Makers Chagrin Falls Schools

Recognizing Those in Our Community Going Over and Beyond to Make a Difference

Staff Members

Stefanie Ashkettle, Dr. Shannon Beach, Julie Beckerman, Laura Berg, Ed Boehnlein, Anita Boumitri, Amy Catney, Janet Coriell, Mary Jo Czerr, Gary Dole, Lisa Dugach, Dr. Chris Fishman, Jackie Gerber, Youssef Hamid, Jan Hancock, Cindy Hanculak, Amanda Heintzelman, Kristy Holmes, Pam Hoover, Marti Jacobson, Angie Jameson, Lisa Janson, Brian Johnson, Jessica Johnson, Dr. Rachel Jones, Jean Kanzinger, Martina Kehoe, Nancy Kevern, Faith Kover, Ruth Loconti, Bob Lonchar, Meg Lynch, Cindy Matejcik, Kristy Miller, Kyle Patterson, Becky Quinn, Jay Schach, Kathy Shoenfelt, Jennifer Stone, Todd Thombs, Laurie Walsh, Kathy Warren, Sherrie Wooden, Michael Wujnovich, Jana Young

Students John Campbell, Alexis Christie, David Feucht, Victoria Field, Dylan Frank, Marie Kanzinger, Connor Lewis, Nadia McGinnis, Keira Moran, Katelyn Nelsen, Isabel Pulte, Madeleine Pulte, Rosie Rogers, Ryan Waldman


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On April 18, approximately 100 staff members, community members, and students received recognition as a Chagrin Falls Schools' Difference Maker. The program was held in the Performing Arts Center lobby and featured a breakfast made by the Food Services Department, a welcome from Director of Community Relations Laurie McCormack, and comments from Superintendent Robert Hunt. "The Chagrin Falls Schools staff is fortunate to work in a community that supports education." said Hunt. "We are surrounded by students, staff, parents and community members that consistently give back to their school and community. Today, we recognize these individuals." Two students, Anna Campbell and Sam Crandall also spoke to those in attendance about what a difference maker means to them. "You are all difference makers because you are kind, caring, sincere and polite," said Campbell. "You make our community the special place it is." Crandall said, "You may forget what you did for a person, but it will be remembered by the individual or community forever. As long as you are laughing and spreading positive ideas through your influence, you are making a difference. That is all anyone can ask for." The district began this initiative to identify and recognize the "difference makers" in the community. These are people that have positively impacted the life of another. "This happens in our school and in our community on a daily basis," said Hunt.

Community Members

Lisa Buescher, Anne Durette, Phil Durette, Leah Eickhoff, Kathryn Fracci, Laura Fricke, Joe Gallin, Alex Gertsburg, Amanda Giannattasio, Erinn Grube, Lily Hill, Merrilu Hoffman, Addie Holdren, Kim Johnson, Claire Jones, Lynne Kessell, Jordan Kriegel, Ann Mitchell, Mariann Nanchoff, Beth Neumann, Jenny O’Brien, Liz O’Neil, Thomas Perotti, Amy Sellars, Ron Schuller, Cody Shell, Linda Suffron, Valerie Suffron, Paula Suzelis, Melody Thomas, Steve V. Thompson, Carl Venezia, Jesse Weinberger, Andrew Weingart, KC White THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS OF THE 2017 DIFFERENCE MAKER AWARDS: Chagrin Falls Booster Club • Chagrin Falls Dads’ Club • Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation • Chagrin Falls Historical Society • Chagrin Music Lovers • Chagrin Falls PTO • Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce • Safe Routes Chagrin • Tiger Prep SUPER NEWS


Snapshots of the Difference Makers' R


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Recognition Ceremony



Chagrin Falls Schools Participate in Google Pilot Program

One of First Districts in the Country to be Selected as a “Reference School” Chagrin Falls Schools participated in the Google Reference District Program, a pilot program that showcased how the district is achieving exemplary things with Google tools. The district is now one of the first districts in the country to be selected as a “Google for Education Reference School.” According to Google, these districts demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology, including G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) and Chromebooks, to drive impact and positive learning outcomes. Chagrin Falls Schools join a select group of 10 other innovative districts and independent schools around the country that will share resources, attend workshops, and give tours to other educators. They will have the opportunity

to be showcased in Google for Education keynotes and presentations as well as featured in Google for Education case studies and newsletters. A link to an impact study done by Google on Chagrin Falls Schools can be found here: GoogleImpact_Portrait.

This recognition is the result of the hard work of our staff and our collective commitment to continue to move towards the personalization of learning for our students.

~ Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools

Chagrin Falls Schools’ Food Service Program Receives Outstanding Review The Ohio Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition (ODE, OCN) completed an Administrative Review of the Chagrin Falls School District’s food service program in March. An on-site review was conducted at Chagrin Falls Middle School on March 22. The food service program was found to be operating in compliance with federal and state requirements. The ODE consultant noted that, “The documents for the Administrative Review appeared thorough and well-organized. The staff was friendly and provided a positive environment for the students to enjoy their meals.”


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“The consultant was impressed by the middle school’s colorful selections of fruits and vegetables at the salad bar and the high quality of the food served in our district,” said the district’s Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives Christopher Woofter. Administrative reviews of school food service programs are conducted once every three years. “Food Service Supervisor Marti Jacobson and her team put a great deal of work into the planning and preparation for this review. This is another confirmation that the department demonstrates a high level of dedication,” stated Woofter.

Chagrin Falls Board of Education Approves Hiring of Monica J. Asher as Next Chagrin Falls High School Principal At the April 17 Chagrin Falls Board of Education meeting, Monica J. Asher was approved as the next Chagrin Falls High School principal. She will replace Steve Ast, who accepted a position with the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools. Asher currently is an assistant principal at Rocky River High School. Prior to Rocky River High School, Asher was an assistant principal at Avon Lake High School. From 2010-2012, she was Athletic Director at Huron High School, an English teacher at Huron from 20062008, and an English teacher from 2005-2006 at Sig Rogich Middle School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Asher received a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University. She is currently working towards her doctorate in Education/Leadership Studies.

We had a great deal of interest in our high school principal position. Ms. Asher separated herself from other candidates throughout the process demonstrating strong leadership skills that align with the values of our school district.

~ Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools

Left to right: Board member Kathryn Garvey, Superintendent Robert Hunt, Board Member Sharon Broz, Board Member Rob Weber, Treasurer Anne Spano, Board Member Mary Kay O’Toole, Monica Asher, and Board Member Michael Hogan



Chagrin Falls High School Rotary Student of the Month for April Graham Smith, a senior at Chagrin Falls High School, is the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club High School Student of the Month for April. Smith was selected for his display of both service and leadership qualities. Smith had two pieces of artwork selected for The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition and received Gold and Silver Keys awarded for Scholastic Art and Writing. He is an intern at the James Douglas Studio and also is in the Digital Arts and Technology program through Excel TECC.

Outside of school, Smith is a photographer. He has done documentary photography on the lead crisis in East Cleveland, as well as retired nuns of Notre Dame. He is a volunteer at Chagrin Falls Park Community Center and Catholic Charities. He is a busboy at North Main Diner. His Accelerated Classes include AP Statistics and Honors English 12. He plans on attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) or the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and pursue a degree in Cultural Anthropology. Smith was recognized at a recent Chagrin Valley Rotary Club meeting.

Five Chagrin Falls High School Students Selected as Recipients of 2017 Awards for Aspirations in Computing Five Chagrin Falls High School students–Annabella DeBernardo, Danielle Curry, Milly (Emily) Mason, Grace Hass-Hill and Jillian Zaffiro–were selected as winners and/or honorable mention recipients for the 2017 Ohio Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing. This prestigious honor recognizes high school women from across Ohio for their leadership and involvement in technology, robotics and applied science, along with their academic success and plans for post-secondary education. Mason and Hass-Hill are recognized as winners and were highlighted on the NCWIT website at http:// Currey received an Honorable Mention. DeBernardo and Zaffiro received Certificates of Distinction. “These young women were instrumental in the creation of Club Code, a community service activity which pairs high school computer science students with Gurney Elementary students,” said Computer Science Teacher Carolyn Petite, Chagrin Falls High


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School. “The high school students teach the Gurney students how to write code for Sphero robotic balls. The award winning students planned lessons, recruited volunteers, and helped run the club sessions every week.” The students attended an awards ceremony and luncheon at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio on April 1. They had the opportunity to meet and interact with other award winners as well as technology leaders from KeyBank, Huntington Bank, TECH CORPS, Center for Arts Inspired Learning, Muskingum University, Youngstown University, TutorGen Inc. and NCWIT.

Chagrin Falls High School Students Learn Self Defense Strategies

On March 22, eighteen ninth-grade girls participated in self-defense training as part of the Ruling Our Experiences (R.O.X.) program that is being offered at Chagrin Falls High School. Chagrin Falls High School Counselor Ms. Julie Beckerman, Teacher Mrs. Amanda Heintzelman, and Detective Jessica Page from the Shaker Heights Police Department guided the girls through various self-defense strategies. Both Beckerman and Heintzelman received training in the R.O.X. program in December. “Utilizing the high school’s Tiger Periods during the third and fourth quarter, R.O.X. is designed to reach girls during a critical time in their development,” said Heintzelman. “It provides a place for these young women to

develop the necessary skills they need to effectively navigate throughout their adolescent years.” The curriculum incorporates experiences, strategies, and interventions that have demonstrated efficacy through research, and have been shown to promote positive changes in the lives of girls. Part of the 20-week evidence based empowerment program is teaching the girls self-defense strategies. “We want girls to understand that they have the right and the ability to keep themselves safe and that is one way that they can rule their experiences,” said Heintzelman.



Intermediate School Mock Trial Team Compete in Columbus On March 24, the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Mock Trial teams headed to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in the 2017 Middle School Mock Trial Showcase. Led by Coach Katherine Owen and supported by Thomas Perrotti, a Chagrin Falls attorney, the students did an outstanding job for their first-ever competition. The 20 sixth graders from Chagrin Falls competed against eighth graders from schools all over Ohio. The students included Katie Azzolina, Christina Bencin, Benjamin Broz, Isaac Copley, Hannah DiGiampietro, Reilly Gogul, Kendall Guddy, Mira Haines, Ryan Heater, Nathan Hill, Ryan Hill, Sophia Lewis, Anna Mee, Maddie Perotti, Michaela Plante, Elizabeth Rankin, Maya Rooney, Sophia Stephenson, Grace Svette, and Rose Zabik. Students prepared for this competition since the beginning of the year during STRETCH period classes and after school. They began with fairy tale mock trials and learned about all aspects of courtroom procedure. Mr. Perotti shared his expertise and helped guide students and answered their questions. In October, all documents related to the Mock Trial Showcase were shared with students and roles were determined. The book that their case was based on was Johnny Tremain. Students tried out for attorney roles by preparing and delivering a speech on a topic of their choice. Once the students received their binders of information, the real work began! They prepared opening and closing statements, studied witness affidavits and prepared direct examination and cross examination questions and answers.

amazing attorneys and witnesses. These ‘first timers’ made a very impressive showing!” Student Elizabeth Rankin said, “I will always remember the feeling of stress right before the trial, then the feeling of ‘Wow we did better than eighth graders. That was easy!’” “The best thing was having the experience of being in court and doing it with friends,” said Student Sophia Stephenson. “I will always remember the absolutely amazing Supreme Court experience! When we were rehearsing, I never realized how cool this whole experience would be. I think everyone enjoyed it very much and we all wished it never ended,” said Student Maddie Perotti.

Middle School Mock Trial cases are literature-based, with cases constructed from books most commonly read in the middle grades. Students learn first-hand about the law, court procedures, and the judicial system while also building critical 21st Century skills. The program was designed with Ohio’s New Ryan Hill and Grace Svette won “Best Witness” Learning Standards for social studies and English/ awards. Mira Haines won a “Best Attorney” award. Language Arts in mind. Students read and analyze The “Chagrin Falls Black Mock Trial Team” received witness statements drawn from the characters in an “Outstanding” rating and the “Chagrin Falls the books and then act as witnesses and attorneys Orange Mock Trial Team” received the highest rating to argue cases involving their favorite characters. of “Superior.” Students then work collaboratively to develop arguments for both sides and develop strategies to “Hard work truly pays off and these students are living proof,” says Owen. “We are so proud of these question the witnesses.


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Seville - The Place to Learn Spanish A group of students from Chagrin Falls High School participated in a Spanish immersion program in Seville, Spain over their spring break. The program involved various trips and cultural excursions. Students experienced the Spanish language and culture at a whole new level. They took classes at the language school Centro MundoLengua in the mornings and had diverse cultural programming in the afternoon. Group activities included Salsa and Sevillanas classes (both popular Spanish folk dances), a paella cooking class (a traditional Spanish rice dish) and a final weekend trip to the capital of Spain - Madrid. During their stay in Seville, the students lived with Spanish host families to ensure a complete Spanish language immersion.




Chagrin Falls High School Inducts Students into Class of 2017 Cum Laude Society On April 6, Chagrin Falls High School inducted 34 students into the Cum Laude Society. The keynote speaker for the event was Matthew Stanton, a Chagrin Falls High School 1988 graduate who is a screenwriter, actor, director and producer. Stanton’s background in theatrical productions, while studying at the collegiate level, and his contributions in delivering impactful, professional industry showcases in Hollywood, California has proven instrumental in generating valuable preparation experience and proven production delivery. His message to the students included a personal story about how he got to where he is today with the underlying message to pause and enjoy life, to get outside your comfort zone, and to take advantage of good opportunities when they present themselves.

from the original objective of the founder - namely the recognition of superior scholarship. Student membership is limited up to 20% of the senior class and represents significant scholarship. The Cum Laude Society is based on three key core values that come to us from ancient Greece: Arete - meaning excellence and moral goodness or the act of living up to one's full potential; Dike - refers to the concept of justice; and Time - being true to what is right conducting oneself with honor.

Congratulations to the Chagrin Falls High School Class of 2017 Cum Laude Inductees: William Bartlett, Daniel Berlin, Daniel Brown, Sarah Bullen, Claudia Bunker, Molly Carroll, Madigan Copley, Danielle Currey, Annabella DeBernardo, Mia DiSanto, Patrick Emery, Leah Gillespie, Jane Goble, Cum Laude is among the oldest academic honor Pearson Gottschalk, Trevor Gravely, Grace Hassorganizations for high school students in the country. Hill, Benjamin Karyo, Karl Koenig, Katherine Malik, Dr. Abram W. Harris, Director of the Tome School Thomas Mallak, Halle McClintock, Charles Moyse, in Maryland, organized it in 1906. He believed that Samira Reddy, Sarah Relyea, Carter Riegel, Mia scholastic achievement of students in secondary Rizzo, Ellen Szymkowicz, Rem Weber, Aiko Wessels, schools should be accorded as much recognition as William Westbrook, Georgia Westcott, Kate Weston, that given to other accomplishments. He envisioned Jacey Workum, and Julia Workum. a Society, modeled on Phi Beta Kappa that would The Chagrin Falls Booster Club provided a breakfast. encourage and recognize true scholarship. During the Society's existence there has been no deviation


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Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Sends Two Teams to State Future Problem-Solving State Bowl Competition Two student teams from Chagrin Falls Intermediate School competed on April 7-8 at the Future Problem Solving State Bowl Competition at Solon Middle School. The first team included Anna Baker, Marie Kanzinger, MaryAnn Hoelzel, Kate Stephenson and alternate Nathan Hill. Team two included James Wilkinson, Mira Haines, Elizabeth Partain, Isaac Copley and alternate Sophia Stephenson. Global Issues Problem-Solving (GIPS) is a course which was introduced this year at the Intermediate School through the STRETCH Program for cognitively gifted students in grades 4-6. GIPS is a competitive component of Future Problem Solving Program International. Through this STRETCH offering, students worked as a team to research global topics and learn a six-step creative problem solving process. In competition, students applied this knowledge and the process to address a Future Scene, an imagined situation set in the future-related to global topics in business/economics, science/ technology, and social/political issues.

The topic for the State Bowl was Identity Theft. In anticipation of this event, students thoroughly researched this topic. Students and coaches saw the actual State Bowl Future Scene for the first time during the timed portion of the competition on the evening of Friday, April 7. The team competition included all six steps, the same as the Qualifying Problem, which yielded entry into the State Bowl. Team one took first place in the Active Plan Presentation Competition. High-performing teams selected at the Ohio Future Problem-Solving Bowl will be invited to compete at the Future Problem-Solving International Conference on June 7-11, 2017 at the University of Wisconsin, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.


We are extremely proud of our coaches and students and look forward to the upcoming experiences.


~ Director of Curriculum and Gifted Coordinator Becky Quinn, Chagrin Falls Schools



Second Annual "We Solve Problems Essay Contest" Winners Announced More than 150 Northeast Ohio business professionals, students, administrators and families joined together April 6 at the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Center lobby to celebrate the winning students of the second annual “We Solve Problems Essay Contest.” Nearly 850 students from Chagrin Falls, Kenston, Newbury and Orange high schools participated in the essay contest, which focused on solving the issue of texting and driving. Run by the Gertsburg Law Firm and The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce, students’ 600-word essays were judged by 175 business and government leaders, with Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline. com, serving as a final judge. Grade winners include: • 12th Grade Winner/Overall Winner:

Benjamin Karyo, Chagrin Falls High School

• 12th Grade Runner-Up: Christina Weber,

Newbury High School

• 11th Grade Winner: Riley Kirkpatrick,

Chagrin Falls High School

• 11th Grade Runner-Up: Abbey Cloonan,

Chagrin Falls High School

• 10th Grade Winner: James Sadowski,

Chagrin Falls High School

• 10th Grade Runner-Up: Alexa Paull, Orange

High School

• 9th Grade Winner: Molly Sobota, Chagrin

Falls High School

• 9th Grade Runner-Up: Chlose Barnes,

Kenston High School

“The contest far exceeded all expectations,” said Alex Gertsburg, head of the Gertsburg Law Firm. “It brought business leaders and high school students together whereby the former trained the


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latter on solid communication and problem solving skills; it rewarded students and schools for their efforts in doing so; and, it focused the attention of thousands of people on solving a deadly problem.” "This essay contest is such an important step in teaching our students to solve real problems in the world around them,” said Hoffman. “We are all so proud of how they stepped up, and of the many great ideas they proposed in the contest." A total of $13,000 in prize money – funded by individual and corporate sponsors – was distributed among the finalists. Key funders included FirstEnergy, First Federal of Lakewood, Lantern of Chagrin Valley, Motorcars and Your Teen for Parents Magazine. Karyo received $1,000 for his overall winning essay. Kenston, Newbury and Orange high schools also received $1,000, with Chagrin Falls receiving a total of $2,000 for the overall winning essay. School funds were provided for implementing the ideas brought forth in the essays. This year’s contest also included several in-kind donations for the students. Toshiba Business Solutions presented four laptops to the winning students in each grade; Pioneer Waterland provided complimentary tickets to its park for each student who participated in the contest; Big Frog Custom T-Shirts printed essay contest t-shirts for each finalist; and, Burntwood Tavern provided food for the reception. “I am so excited that these students will be members one day in my chamber or other chambers and the fact that they will be the future of the business world is even better,” said Molly Gebler, executive director, Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce. “This contest allows our members to be involved in mentoring the future of the business world.” “We couldn’t be prouder of our students and our entire community for their incredible effort in making this groundbreaking competition a reality,

and we expect to keep it going next year,” concluded Gertsburg. The 27 finalist essays may be read at https://www. About the Gertsburg Law Firm The Gertsburg Law Firm is changing the character of the attorney-client relationship in business from a cost-center to a trusted advisor. Drawing from their complex litigation experiences as members of large law firms, in-house counsel and federal attorneys, the Gertsburg Law Firm’s award-winning attorneys provide clients the benefit of business lawyers with real life business experience in a wide variety of industries. This dynamic results in a comprehensive and innovative approach to business law that is proactive and consultative, ultimately saving clients money in fees and exposure before issues arise. Located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, the Gertsburg team of lawyers and support staff leverages its knowledge, broad experience and steadfast dedication to both solving and avoiding clients’ business problems, and helping them actually grow their businesses in a way that no other law firm does.

12th Grade Winner/Overall Winner: Benjamin Karyo, Chagrin Falls High School

About the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce More than 500 members strong, the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce offers an array of programs to help area business owners improve their bottom line. Serving 13 communities in the Chagrin Valley, the Chamber serves as a powerful regional force: encouraging business to relocate to the Chagrin Valley; presenting the interests of business and industry before local and state governments; supporting the cultural and civic life of the communities; and, working to make the Valley a better place to live and do business.

“I am so excited that these students will be members one day in my chamber or other chambers and the fact that they will be the future of the business world is even better,” said Molly Gebler, executive director, Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce. “This contest allows our members to be involved in mentoring the future of the business world.”



Chagrin Falls High School Student Named Jostens National Photo Contest Winner Chagrin Falls High School student Mackenzie Shanklin was recognized for phenomenal photography in Jostens 2017 Photo Contest. Jostens, a provider of publications, jewelry and consumer goods serving the K-12 and college market, along with Wolfe's Camera, celebrates the creative and innovative talents of student photographers from schools across the country each year. This competition empowers students to positively capture their school experiences and share the stories of their entire school communities through photography. The award-winning photos will be showcased in the next release of the Jostens Look Book which serve as a mode of inspiration for yearbook staffs across the country.

Portrait, ReplayIt Mobile, Sports: Athletes in Action, Sports: Sidelines & School Spirit, Student Life & Traditions, Yearbookers in Action, and Junior High/ Middle School. "Jostens is thrilled to recognize the remarkable photographic talents of students nationwide. The winners of the photo contest were able to capture a variety of school experiences and tell a story through the lens of the camera," said Sara Sausker, Jostens program manager, education. "The judges held the photographs to professional standards. The technical quality and story-telling ability of these photos are outstanding and cannot be surpassed."

Entries from 4,000 student photographers were submitted from across the country. From these entries, 85 winners were selected. Photo contest submissions were judged by a panel of four judges consisting of professional photographers and photography instructors. The judges focused on composition, artistic merit, and technical qualities, as well as the ability to convey a compelling story. Shanklin is in Angie Jameson’s photojournalism class at Chagrin Falls High School. “I am so pleased to hear that Mackenzie has been recognized for her outstanding photography, and I am pleased that she will be one of the leading editors for our 2017-2018 book,” said Jameson. “She is such an organized, hard-working student and deserves this recognition. I can’t wait to see what she does to push our book to the next level next year.” One Grand Prize winner was selected along with 1st – 5th place and honorable mention winners from ten categories: Academics/Community Service, Graduation, Photo Illustration/Manipulation,


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Chagrin Falls High School student Mackenzie Shanklin was recognized for phenomenal photography in Jostens 2017 Photo Contest.

Chagrin Falls Middle School Student of the Month The mission of the Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month is to acknowledge and reward students for exemplary performance. The students depict Tiger Techniques: Think, Integrity, Grit, Effort and Responsibility. Each month, the seventh and eighth grade teams collaborate and choose a male and female "Tiger of the Month" and the students receive a special treat from the PTO to take home and share with their family. March’s Students of the Month are: Madalyn Couch, Ethan Baker, Elise Concannon, and Sam Crandall. Madalyn Couch has a quiet grace about her which is very impressive in someone so young. She is a hard worker giving 100 % at all times. She works well with any student in class, is respectful and kind to everyone and is always willing to help others. Madalyn is new to Chagrin Falls and is a wonderful addition to our school community.

assignments and stands out among his classmates as a great student. There is not a day that Ethan does not come into class without a smile or positive attitude. Ethan's commitment to hard work extends outside the classroom and he can often be seen running throughout town training for cross country and track. Elise Concannon is kind to everyone, always positive in class, is on task and helpful to classmates. She is a leader and contributor in group work as well as a respectful student who always wears a smile. Sam Crandall is a positive and happy student. He is well liked by his peers and teachers. Sam has the ability to make all teachers and classmates laugh, while making sure to be a positive contributor to projects, class discussions, and group work. He sets a tone of fun for the whole class and makes school a great place to be.

Ethan Baker demonstrates a maturity beyond that of his peers in his work and his encounters with students and teachers. He works hard on all




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Design by students Zach Spear, West Potter, and Parker Wouters

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 Visit us on the web at Find us on Facebook at Twitter Join the conversation on Twitter. Use #CFEVS. You can also follow the school district administrators: Robert Hunt Superintendent @Hunt_EdLeader

Steve Ast High School Principal @steven_ast

Sarah Read Intermediate School Principal @read_chagrin

Christopher Woofter Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives @ChrisWoofter

Amanda Schmidt High School Asst. Principal @cf_schmidt

Dr. Rachel Jones Gurney Elementary Principal @DrJ_cfprincipal

CFHS Counselors @cfcounselors

Charlie Barch District Athletic Director @ChagrinAD

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CHAGRIN FALLS SCHOOLS 2017-2018 Teacher Work Day


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S 5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

3 10 17 24

September-17 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 2 9 16 23 30

S 1 8 15 22 29

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

PD Day/No Students Student First Day Grades 1-12

4 Labor Day - No School 21 Rosh Hashanah-No School 22 PD DAY/No Students

13 NEOEA Day-No Classes 20 End of 1st Quarter

7 PD DAY/No students 10 1st Trimester Ends 22


No School Conference comp day

23 Thanksgiving Break 24 Thanksgiving Break


S 5 12 19 26

S 22 1st Semester Ends Dec. 25-29 Winter Break

3 10 17 24

1-5 Winter Break 8 No School 7-12 Students


8 7-12 Teacher Record Day 12 PD DAY/No students 15 No School - MLK Day

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April 2017

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F 6 13 20 27

November-17 M T W Th F 1 2 3 6 7 8 9 10 13 14 15 16 17 20 21 22 23 24 27 28 29 30 December-17 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

M 1 8 15 22 29

January-18 T W Th 2 3 4 9 10 11 16 17 18 23 24 25 30 31

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S 7 14 21 28

S 4 11 18 25

S 2 9 16 23 30

S 6 13 20 27

S 4 11 18 25

February-18 M T W Th F 1 2 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 14 15 16 19 20 21 22 23 26 27 28


Teacher Work Day

S 3 10 17 24

16 PD DAY/No Students 19 President's Day-No School 23 2nd Trimester Ends 26 K-6 Teacher Records Day 26 No School - K-6


16 17 18 21

Board Approved: July 25, 2016 Reapproved w/PD: November 21, 2016

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

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S 7 14 21 28

2 PD Day/No students

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S 5 12 19 26

25 28 31

No School-Memorial Day

S 2 9 16 23 30


Teacher Records Day

3 10 17 24

June-18 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


July-18 M T W Th F


1 8 15 22 29

2 9 16 23 30

S 4 11 18 25

S 1 8 15 22 29

S 6 13 20 27


M 2 9 16 23 30

M 7 14 21 28

May-18 T W Th 1 2 3 8 9 10 15 16 17 22 23 24 29 30 31

3 10 17 24 31

4 11 18 25

5 12 19 26

6 13 20 27

7 14 21 28

16 End of 3rd Quarter 26-30 Spring Break 30

Good Friday - Holiday

No School PreK-6 Last Day Students

4 Independence Day

Super News April 2017  

Super News is the digital magazine of Chagrin Falls Schools

Super News April 2017  

Super News is the digital magazine of Chagrin Falls Schools