Chagrin Falls Schools
NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS IN CHAGRIN FALLS
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Message from Our Superintendent This afternoon students will exit the campus for the final time in 2018. This has been an exciting year for Chagrin Falls Schools as much has been accomplished. The District has made significant progress on a variety of initiatives that support our work in personalizing the educational experience for every student. This fall state and national test data demonstrated improvement in student achievement throughout the District. There has been significant progress on the construction of Chagrin Falls Intermediate School as masonry work will soon be completed on the west exterior and stud walls are complete throughout the interior. Everyone that has toured the facility is energized by the work in retaining
Chagrin Falls Board of Education Hires Interim Treasurer The Chagrin Falls Board of Education approved the hiring of Candi R. Lukat as the District’s interim treasurer at the Board meeting on December 12. Lukat replaces Anne Spano, who after 11 years of service to Chagrin Falls Schools, accepted a position at Hilliard Schools in Columbus. Also returning to the finance department is Barb Petrus who also will work for the District through the hiring of a permanent treasurer. Lukat, a resident of Chagrin Falls, has most recently served as controller of the San Diego Unified School District. She directed, coordinated and supervised the daily operations of the accounts payable, financial accounting, fiscal control, and material control departments for this school district with an average daily attendance of 123,000 students in 235 instructional facilities, 49 sponsored charter schools, and combined general fund restricted and unrestricted revenues of $1.3 billion. Prior to that, she was the treasurer of Kenston Local School District from 2013-2016. From 1999-2013, 2 | DECEMBER 2018
a sense of history while creating a facility that supports the education of our students now and into the future. I am confident that the progress we have made will only continue as we move into 2019. We will work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders to ensure that our work remains focused and purposeful. The holiday season provides us with an opportunity to reflect and be thankful. We are very lucky to live and work in a community that values and supports public education. We hope this is a restful time spent with family and friends. From all of us at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District, Happy Holidays. Robert W. Hunt Superintendent Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Bob.firstname.lastname@example.org 440-247-4363
Lukat was the director of grants/funded programs for Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She managed a diverse professional finance staff of 12 who supported 50,000 students in 111 schools with more than 6,000 employees. Lukat received her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees from The Ohio State University. She holds a five-year school treasurer license. “As this was a top priority for the Board of Education, the District is fortunate to have found a candidate in a short amount of time with as much experience and talent as Ms. Lukat,” said President, Sharon Broz, Chagrin Falls Board of Education. “We appreciate her willingness to work with our District to ensure the day-to-day operations and oversight of our finances.” The Board of Education will now work collaboratively to determine the process and timeline for the selection of the District’s new treasurer. “We will continue to keep our staff and community updated on our progress, said Broz.
A Review of the Board of Education Meetings - “Board Briefs” Many people are unaware that in addition to setting District policy, establishing budgets, adopting curriculum, setting and approving District goals, participating in long-range strategic planning and engaging parents and the community, perhaps the most important responsibility of the School Board is employing a superintendent and treasurer and holding them accountable for managing the schools in accordance with the School Board’s policies.
place to work and the Board is pleased by the level of interest already being expressed in the permanent position. We will continue to provide updates on our progress as the treasurer search evolves over the next few months. If you are aware of any candidates, please have them email me at Sharon.Broz@ chagrinschools.org.
Following the December departure of our former treasurer, the Board made it a priority to identify and hire a highly qualified and experienced interim treasurer, Candi Lukat. We are confident that with her leadership and the talents of existing staff, day-to-day operations will continue to be effectively managed. Be sure to check out the Treasurer’s Corner to read more about Ms. Lukat. Now the Board begins the important work of selecting the District’s new treasurer. This transition presents an opportunity for the Board to comprehensively evaluate the needs within the finance department and recruit leadership that aligns with current and future District goals. Chagrin Falls Schools is a very attractive
It is hard to believe that it is now December 2018 and we are approaching the beginning of 2019. At the January 9 Board organizational meeting I will turn over the reigns as president and the Board will elect a new president and vice president to serve for the 2019 calendar year. As I reflect on the past year, I cannot thank the Board and administration enough for their hard work. It is a pleasure working alongside such a dedicated and talented team. On behalf of the Board of Education for the Chagrin Falls Schools, I wish you a safe, joyful, holiday season and winter break. Sharon Broz President, Chagrin Falls Board of Education
Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Board of Education President: Sharon Broz (440) 715-0326 Vice President: Kathryn Garvey (216) 401-7735
Greg Kanzinger (216) 346-8272 Mary Kay O’Toole (440) 338-8636 Phil Rankin (216) 280-9092
6th ANNUAL POPCORN BALL DROP Looking for a family activity on New Year’s Eve? You may consider the 6th annual Popcorn Ball Drop to be held at the Chagrin Falls gazebo at midnight on New Year’s Eve. A 90 lb., completely edible, popcorn ball from the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop will be dropped from the Village Flag Pole. Then, at midnight, 200 popcorn balls will be shot into the crowd and the Village Cannon will be fired not once but twice. To keep everyone warm, coffee, cocoa Super News and cookies will be served from 10:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. at the Township Hall.| 3
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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Click here to read the 2017-18 Quality Profile
Chagrin Falls Schools Café Time with the Superintendent Robert Hunt, Superintendent of Chagrin Falls Schools, has scheduled a series of drop-in meetings throughout the school year for parents and community members to say hello and learn about what’s happening in the schools and District. Future meeting dates are February 8, March 15 and April 26 in the Heinen’s Cafe in Chagrin Falls Village.
Residents are welcome to come and go as their schedule permits during each 60-minute discussion. Bring your thoughts, questions, and suggestions and enjoy one-on-one time with Superintendent Hunt. In the event of a cancellation or rescheduling of dates, please check the district website under the Superintendent’s page or the District Facebook page.
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In the event of a cancellation or rescheduling of date, please check the district website under the Superintendent’s page or the district Facebook page.
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Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Construction Update Photos
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Chagrin Falls Schools District, High School, Intermediate School and Gurney Elementary Receive Overall A Award from State Board of Education...High School Also Receives State’s Momentum Award Ohio’s State Board of Education has granted Chagrin Falls Schools its Overall A Award. As an Overall A Award winner, the District’s report card shows high academic performance and the building of bright futures for students of every background and ability level. “Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, is the state’s plan to ensure each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent prekindergarten through grade 12 education,” said President Tess Elshoff, Ohio Board of Education. “Our mission is to prepare students for a future that has yet to be written. Many consider this to be a daunting endeavor. Your education team, however, has clearly embraced this challenge. I want you to know how much we appreciate your leadership and the dedication your team has to providing a high-quality experience for all
students. Please share our gratitude with all of those who contributed to this accomplishment.” Chagrin Falls High School, Intermediate School and Gurney Elementary also received Overall A Award recognition. In addition, Chagrin Falls High School was granted the 2017-2018 Momentum Award. Now in its fourth year, the Momentum Award is the State Board’s way of recognizing schools that received A’s on every Value-Added measure included on the Ohio School Report Cards. As a Momentum Award winner, Chagrin Falls High School’s report card shows the school is committed to its students’ success by ensuring students exceeded the growth expectations in English language arts and mathematics. “I also congratulate you on recruiting and motivating the high-quality leaders and staff needed to make this happen,” said Elshoff.
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Chagrin Falls High School Fall Season Athletic Highlights The fall 2018 athletic season for Chagrin Falls High School was a memorable one. More than 325 student athletes competed this fall, including 76 seniors. The girls golf, girls tennis and boys soccer teams were all Chagrin Valley Conference champions. Coaches Brian McKenna, boys soccer; Kristin Reboul, girls golf; and JT Tinjaca, girls tennis were all named CVC Head Coach of the Year for their respective sports. McKenna also was the Greater Cleveland Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Dan Passalacqua was named Greater Cleveland Soccer Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year, and Ohioâ€™s Assistant Coach of the Year in Division 2 Boys Soccer. Chagrin Falls High School had 23 student-athletes named CVC 1st team, 20 named 2nd team, and 16 named honorable mention. Catherine Coffey from the girls cross country team and Mick Lawrence from the football team were named CVC MVPâ€™s for their
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respective sports. Additionally, Zach Hoover, boys soccer, and Rose Hoelzel and Wren Opperman, girls cross country, made All Ohio this fall. In state competition, the girls cross country team won districts, placed sixth at regionals, and then finished the season in ninth place at the state meet. Not only was it a successful season on the field of play, but also in the classroom. There were 48 student-athletes named to the CVC All-Academic Team. In order to be named to the CVC All-Academic Team, you must be a senior, have a 3.25 Cum GPA, and lettered twice in your sport.
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Chagrin Falls Community Education Elf Jr. Highlights - November 9-11, 2018 Chagrin Falls Community Education in partnership with Fairmount Center for the Arts presented four shows of "Elf the Musical, Jr." November 9-11. Photographs by: Minna Zelch
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Chagrin Falls Schools Teachers Attend National Council of Teachers of English Conference Two Chagrin Falls Schools’ teachers attended the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference in Houston, Texas November 14-18. Marissa Ausperk and Karen Phillips joined thousands of other literacy educators from across the country to learn strong strategies and best practices for teaching literacy, language and composition. They learned new ideas for delivering instruction that engage students and address the most pressing needs within Chagrin Falls Schools. Ausperk presented with other educators from Northeast Ohio in a session titled “Writing Ourselves: Bridging the Gap Between HS and College Writing.” The Writing Ourselves group met over a period
“Going to the NCTE National Conference and attending sessions presented by other professional English Language Arts educators reaffirms all the work we do here at Chagrin Falls Schools. The theme was ‘Raising Student Voice,’ and the conference was inspiring and enriching.” Karen Phillips “It was an honor to present and learn from other educators across the country. I am excited to get back into the classroom to implement the new strategies and ideologies learned.” Marissa Ausperk
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of three years to work together in order develop ideas and tools to promote student readiness for college English classes. Ausperk presented on the use of digital writing portfolios within her classroom and how they promote a culture emphasizing the revision process and metacognition. She also taught other educators how to set up digital writing portfolios in their classrooms. This opportunity was funded by grants from the PTO and the Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation and supported by the principals at both Chagrin Falls Middle School and Chagrin Falls High Schools.
Chagrin Falls High School Students Become By Ali Brown, sophomore, Chagrin Falls High School
During the week of November 5, Chagrin Falls High School students had the opportunity to give back through the annual food drive. The food drive is run by Interact Club, advised by Karen Sindelar and Janet Coriell. “The Geauga County Food Bank sends a truck to come and pick up all the food prior to Thanksgiving. Then, they sort it and get it ready for distributions to families,” said Sindelar. Although the food that is collected is meant for Thanksgiving, the food bank always has enough to feed people during Christmas as well. In the past, the collected food fed around 1,600 individuals around the holiday season. “I think just the number of people that we help is amazing. Sometimes when you donate food, you think you’re just giving cans for something, but these cans really make an impact,” said Sindelar. She stressed the fact that other than the ability to provide cans, the mindset of helping others is what it is really about. Sindelar has coordinated the food drive for seven years; however, the drive itself has been going on for more than 20 years. Students who participated were able to earn math extra credit. “We also have opportunities if you can’t provide cans by sorting food during study hall,” said Sindelar. This way, all students will be able to participate in a way that can change someone’s life.
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Sindelar and Coriell both worked behind the scenes of the drive, and kept in contact with the food bank. Additionally, they both were in the upper library before and after school to collect food from students. “It’s the support of the community and the school that really is what drives this. We are only successful if people in the community help participate, and they’ve done such a wonderful job,” said Sindelar. A number of items were needed to make this food drive successful such as peanut butter, pasta, canned soups, as well as things like meal kits, canned chicken, tuna and rice. “We have a lot of coordination with Geauga County Food Bank. Their director comes to speak to our Interact Club at our first meeting just to share with them some stories about families who have been impacted by the food drive, to motivate them, and to help spread the word around the school that this going to be happening,” said Sindelar. Interact Club member freshman Kayley Kruse liked seeing her classmates involved. “Besides the opportunity to earn extra credit, being able to help families in need is a good feeling,” said Kruse. Kruse believes that just one small act can make such a big difference. Freshman Bobby Fischer is also a member of Interact Club and thinks that it’s important to educate people on how others are living. “How easy it can be to make a difference in someone’s life is really overwhelming,” said Fischer.
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Chagrin Falls Middle School Participates in Giving Tuesday Chagrin Falls Middle School kicked off the season of giving by participating in Giving Tuesday. This initiative refers to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving where people internationally give to those in need to begin the charitable holiday season. Chagrin Falls Middle School has a monthly character trait that students try to emulate, and November’s trait is philanthropy. Giving Tuesday fit well with the character trait as philanthropy is defined as promoting the welfare of others, especially in the form of generous donations to good causes. The Chagrin Falls Middle School Principal’s Advisory Council lead the “Stall the Teacher FUNdraiser” which took place on November 20. The proceeds from the fundraiser went to the Northern Ohio chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The society works to Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
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The fundraiser took place in every class period and every teacher participated. Students were encouraged to bring in donations to the LLS in the form of change. They could donate whatever amount they chose and in however many classes they wanted. The money was given to the teachers at the beginning of class before the bell rang. The teacher then had to count the donations, seal them in a bag, and write down the amount. Class did not start until the teacher completed counting, resulting in “stalling the teachers.” More than $1300 was donated at the local coinstar on Giving Tuesday. Class winners were Mrs. Kathleen Aranavage’s fourth period class and Mrs. Marissa Ausperk’s first period class. Classroom winners were Mrs. Kathleen Aranavage, Mrs. Marissa Ausperk, Mr. Geoff Brown, Mrs. Tamara Mrofchak and Mr. Todd Thombs.
Chagrin Falls Middle School Students Participate in
The seventh graders at Chagrin Falls Middle Schools held a hands-on educational day to pair with their Greek and Roman studies. “Greek Day” began in the Performing Arts Center when Superintendent Robert Hunt led a parade of teams and passed a ceremonial torch, mimicking the Olympic games. On Greek Day, students wore togas and team colors and rotated throughout several challenges. Some of these challenges were academic-based, other were artistic, and some required physical strength. Teams used self-created shields that included Greek writing and were inspired by figures in mythology that students had learned about in Language Arts class. As “Greek Day” continued, an informative presentation about the ancient Olympic games was given. Following that, students rotated through different stations. The stations included constellations, Greek “Who Done It”, Roman numerals, classic
architecture, mythologically-themed readers theater, and finally a station where students had to solve mathematical equations using Greek mythology trivia. In addition to the academia stations, students were treated to a Greek-themed lunch of pita bread, gyros and Greek soup. After lunch, student went to the high school gym for physical challenges like building a columned structure that could support one team member. They also hosted a chariot race where team members had to solve challenges including a minotaur maze, Roman numeral challenge, and matching Greek gods. Teams were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals based on accumulated points from the day’s challenges. The winning students then ate ambrosia and nectar, the food of the Greek gods. Students agreed that Greek Day was a fun way to complete units of study.
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Gurney Elementary Kindergarten Students Enjoying Reading with Monsters
Kindergarten students at Gurney Elementary have created a monster on their Chromebook and are now taking their monster on a reading adventure. “Teach your Monster to Read” is a free reading program funded by The Usborne Foundation. Lessons include letter recognition, blending and segmenting, and sentence reading. “This program is highly motivating and developmentally-appropriate for kindergarten students,” said teacher Nicole Nanchoff. “Our class loves teaching their monster to read during our morning skills practice time called Tiger Time. This is just another exciting way to teach our youngest learners beginning reading skills.”
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Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month - November 2018
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. November’s Tigers of the Month were: Caroline Reeder, Jonathan Whitmer, Mary Ann Hoelzel, and Rory Brosnan. Seventh grader Caroline Reeder is a fine example of kindness and acceptance. She works well in groups of any classmates, making her a team player. When material is difficult, she advocates well for herself and never gives up. She helps to spread school spirit with her enthusiastic cheerleading and always has a smile on her face. She is prepared for class and is a great asset to any classroom. Jonathan Whitmer is a seventh grader who always adds value to his French class. He has a strong intellectual curiosity and is helpful to other students. His competitive spirit comes out in positive ways when the class plays games to master the subject matter at hand. Teachers are impressed by his willingness to ask questions when he doesn’t
understand an assignment. He always shows respect to his teachers and peers and is a great student role model. He is a positive influence during the cross-country season and gives his all at every practice. Jonathon routinely goes above and beyond what is expected of him. Eighth grader Mary Ann Hoelzel is an accomplished violinist and is a member of the eighth-grade orchestra. She is a violin section leader and is prepared for rehearsal every day. She excels in her Spanish class, with astute accuracy for the language. In class she is organized, engaged in the material, and interested in extra projects. Her excitement to learn is contagious in the classroom setting. She shares creative stories and creative thinking which makes the classes interesting and fun. Rory Brosnan is an eighth grader whose ability shines in his language arts class. He uses his critical thinking skills when reading text in class and goes above and beyond with his thoughtful explanations of what he read. He is always well prepared for Chinese class and is willing to participate when many others do not. The insights and ideas Rory shares are clever and helpful. Super News | 17
Chagrin Falls Middle School Professional Attorneys Teach Chagrin Falls Middle School Students About Effective Argument Writing The eighth graders at Chagrin Falls Middle School learned about effective argument writing from two professionals who use the skill in their profession on a regular basis. During the week of November 5, Attorneys Mark Fusco and Steve Crandall volunteered to speak to students and help them gain knowledge about using professionalism in the English language and writing with a specific audience in mind. Students heard about real life cases and how the attorneys build strong arguments with evidence while gracefully acknowledging counterclaims. They asked the attorneys about the real cases and what it is like to be in the field of law. After the visit, students used their newfound knowledge to write arguments for a pretend court
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case after reading the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. In this coming-of-age novel, a group of lowerclass young boys known as the “greasers” is at odds with a group of well-off boys known as “socials.” The two groups fight and after one of the socials dies at the hands of a greaser, the young boys must learn quickly what is right and wrong in the world. In the assignment, some students played the role of a defense attorney while some were prosecutors. Others chose to be witnesses and give testimonies as if they were characters from the novel. Students participated in a Socratic Seminar to discuss their opinions and make their cases.
Chagrin Falls Schools Author John David Anderson Visits Students On November 30, Chagrin Falls Schoolsâ€™ fourth through eighth graders had the opportunity to meet John David Anderson, author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day, Insert Coin to Continue, The Dungeoneers, Sidekicked, Minion, Granted, and Posted. The schoolâ€™s book club had the opportunity to discuss Anderson's book, Posted, with Anderson in a small group setting. The Power of the Pen and literary magazine staff participated in a writing workshop with the author. The day finished with an all-school assembly featuring Anderson. In preparation for this author visit, seventh and eighth graders participated in a school-wide activity in which they spread kindness throughout the school by writing positive notes and hanging them on lockers throughout the building. The PTO and the Chagrin Falls Education Foundation funded this author visit.
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Gurney Elementary Holiday Choral Concert Highlights - December 20
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Chagrin Falls Schools Local Business Kick Starts Donations to Construct Tiger Perk Coffee Shop at Chagrin Falls High School S&D Capital Financial Advisors in Chagrin Falls made a $500 donation to Chagrin Falls Schools at the November 28 Board of Education meeting to support the construction of a coffee shop to support life skills training at Chagrin Falls High School. “Giving back to the communities we serve is part of our firm culture and a value our clients appreciate,” said Frank Dobnikar, Financial Advisor, S&D Capital Financial Advisors. Tiger Perk opened in January 2018 through a collaborative effort with Chagrin Falls High School and Tiger Prep, a parent support organization within the District that aims to support programming for students with learning differences. The program teaches students different vocational skills while serving coffee drinks to all adults fourth grade through twelfth grade. Tiger Prep was responsible for the initial financial backing which allowed Tiger Perk to open. Now with the donation from S&D Capital Financial Advisors, the program can expand and the District can construct an actual coffee shop. The shop will be located adjacent to the high school commons. Construction will begin this summer. “We are excited to provide more opportunities for pre-vocational job skills training as well as to develop an integrated work environment where students of all abilities come together to provide a 22 | DECEMBER 2018
service at our high school,” said Jennifer Bencko, School Psychologist, Chagrin Falls Schools. “We are appreciative of this donation from S&D Capital Financial Advisors.” Tiger Perk is supported by intervention specialists, occupational therapists, a speech/language therapist, paraprofessionals, teachers and the administration. It is currently operational Tuesdays and Thursdays and serves staff members at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, Chagrin Falls Middle School and Chagrin Falls High School. Staff place their orders online by 9am and students make the drinks and deliver to them by 10 a.m. during the intervention/enrichment period. Tiger Perk offers various drink options. In the future, the program is hopeful to serve bagels in the morning to both students and teachers. Many of the teachers throughout both the middle school and high school use Tiger Perk as their coffee option in the morning. "All drinks are $1.50. We serve coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and iced tea," said Bencko. The new and expanded Tiger Perk will look to open in the fall of 2019. “We are looking to raise additional funds to support construction costs as well as purchase of equipment as the new Tiger Perk will have more offerings than our simple Keurig offerings currently,” said Bencko.
Gurney Elementary The Gingerbread Man Escapes to Gurney The Gingerbread Man spent some time at Gurney Elementary this holiday season by leading students on a scavenger hunt throughout the school to try and find him. Students had read the book “The Gingerbread Man” by Jim Ayelsworth as part of a unit focusing on comparing and contrasting books. The focus is on discovering how story elements may be similar or different in books that have a common theme. In this version of “The Gingerbread Man,” he was eaten by a fox. But the note the Gingerbread man left the following morning let students know that was not the case. He left a stuffed animal in his image and a
letter informing students that he escaped the jaws of the fox and had visited the student’s classroom, but couldn’t find anyone. He wrote that he had gone to the nurse’s office with a stomach ache, which is where the hunt began. The Gingerbread Man left subsequent notes throughout the school until the search stopped with a last note saying he left Gurney to avoid being captured. He left students a candy cane treat to remember him. In order to try and locate the sneaky Gingerbread Man, students created wanted posters and placed them around the school hoping someone might spot him and report his whereabouts. No one has spotted him yet, but the search continues!
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Gurney Elementary Enchanted Scholastic Book Fair Fun for all Students Gurney Elementary students could hardly wait for the book fair to begin this past November. Mary Jo Czerr, Gurneyâ€™s librarian, went over and beyond in decorating the hallway leading into the media center as well as the room itself. Students entered the fair through a tree with a magical door, climbed some stairs and slid into a magical forest filled with trees, fairies, unicorns and tons of books. Some students dressed up as beautiful butterflies, dragons, gnomes and owls. They made their best guess at how many pieces of unicorn food were in a jar. They took a chance on the sucker pull for a free book or prize. They left with bags of books and smiles out the secret passage door.
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Intermediate School Thomas Perotti Lays Down the Law with Mock Trial Club By Alexis Christie, Grade 11, Chagrin Falls High School Starting during the 2016-17 school year, students in Chagrin Falls Intermediate School began participating in Mock Trial with the help of sixth-grade teacher Mrs. Katherine Owen and local lawyer Thomas Perotti. Perotti volunteers his time to the Mock Trial team, attending various meetings throughout the year, to help Owen coach and guide the students through procedures like opening statements and witness examination. “In the beginning, his help was everything. He knew courtroom procedures and helped walk the kids through different parts of it,” said Owen. While she knew some basics of how a typical courtroom worked, she described the professional influence as instrumental in the kids’ learning process. In addition to providing this first-hand knowledge of the courtroom itself, Perotti also has the opportunity to provide the students with anecdotes about the kind of unusual cases he has come across. “After practicing law for 23 years, I have handled a great variety of unusual and interesting cases, and have many stories to share, which the students seemed to enjoy,” said Perotti. Not only do the students enjoy hearing about Perotti’s experiences, but they also look forward to hearing his feedback about their own performances, which Owen describes as extremely constructive. “He’s always positive with the kids. All the students leave feeling good about how they performed,” said Owen, elaborating that they receive constructive adjustments as opposed to blunt criticisms. For Perotti, this coaching experience has been a unique one, as he has been working in law for many years, but has never coached young students, such as those in Mock Trial. “I have had no experience working with middle school students. I have taught personal injury law at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike,” said Perotti. “One day, my then sixth-grade daughter, Maddie, came home and said, ‘Dad, Mrs. 26 | DECEMBER 2018
Owen needs a lawyer to help her with Mock trial.’” I learned that the theme was Johnny Tremain, and because I love American History, and Mrs. Owen was so nice, I was sold.” One would never guess that Perotti had never worked with kids, much less with Owen, as the partnership between the two has been seamless. “When I first started, I didn’t know what I was doing. He was patient and he took the time and never made me feel like I didn't know what I was doing. Now I feel so well-prepared and qualified and it’s all because of his help,” said Owen. Perotti echoed these sentiments, praising Owen’s skills with keeping the team on track. “Mrs. Owen makes the experience gratifying for me as she ensured the class was organized and prepared,” said Perotti. However, both coaches agreed that the most rewarding part of Perotti’s work with the Mock Trial team is the growth they have seen in the students. “Public speaking forces students to push past their
fears, whether standing before a group of peers, or as in Columbus at the mock trial competition, a panel of judges, and risk ‘failure.” After the mock trial competition, the students were all exhilarated at having tried something so daunting,” said Perotti. This type of enthusiasm is exactly what Perotti was striving for when he started volunteering his time with the team, as he and Owen hoped to energize student interest in their futures. “My goal is to help them to see law as a possible career path and to continue to cultivate their gifts,” Perotti said. “I want to see students ‘have fun while learning.’” Owen echoed this emphasis on the future saying, “He’s in the field…this is his expertise. For him to be able to share that is awesome.” Overall, Perotti’s time with the team has been instrumental in building student confidence and ambition, but he continues to remain humble about his impact. “Chagrin students, whether they are aware yet or not, are burgeoning future leaders of society,” Perotti emphasized, showcasing his true care for the growth of the team.
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Chagrin Falls High School Orchestra News The Chagrin Falls High School (CFHS) Orchestra performed on the Disney Springs Marketplace Stage on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. Click here to watch the performance. This ensemble also participated in the Disney Performing Arts “You’re Instrumental” Workshop on Tuesday, November 20. This workshop allowed the students to experience what it is like to work in a professional recording studio. At the end of the workshop, the high school orchestra recorded an excerpt from the movie "Frozen" and received a DVD of the movie with the CFHS orchestra performing the score.
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Congratulations to violinists Wendi Song (11th grade) and Hansen Song (9th grade) for auditioning and being accepted into the Honors Performance Series National High School Orchestra. They will be representing the Chagrin Falls Orchestra program during a performance in Carnegie Hall in February 2019. Applicants auditioning for this orchestra are required to submit a completed application form, performer biography, and audition recording. Completed applications are reviewed by an expert board of music professionals. Click here for more information.
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Chagrin Falls High School Student Recognition at December Board Meeting Alex Batos, Max Insolia, Jacob Freese, Tori Hallwachs (not pictured) were recognized as National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students. To qualify, students had to have a selection index score of 212 or higher on the PSAT/NMSQT test. There were a total of 1.6 million program entrants in the country and each of the four CFHS students is among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants. The Commended Students received Letters of Commendation and may qualify for special scholarships offered by corporate sponsors. Madison Greenlief and Jacob Freese were recognized for being named Advanced Placement Scholars. The AP Scholar Award is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Not pictured (current students): Nicholas Angelino, Katherine Baker, Parker Broz, Alexis Christie, Catherine Coffey, Drew Daugherty, Tyler Feeney, Avery Houston, Frances O'Neil, Luca Opperman, Emma Orazen, Aaron Passalacqua, Benjamin Reider, Rand Singer, Molly Sobota, Wendi Song, Tyler Stinson, Emma Vaccaro, Dinah Walter and Kelly Wynveen. Alex Batos and Adriana Holst were recognized for being named Advanced Placement Scholars with Honor. The AP Scholar with Honor Award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Not pictured (current students): Hanna Bookman, Greyson Brett, Colin Brosnan, Celeste Bunker, Iris Carlson, John Cashy, Courtney Curtiss, Nicholas DiSanto, Emma Ferguson, Katherine Flynt, Lucy Fricke, Zachary Goodwin, Emma Helkey, Margaret Mills, Margaret Munday, Alice Patton, Robert Snider, Shannon Staley, Margot Weber, Henry Weiss, and Brooke Weston.
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Ana Kevorkian, Robert McCormack, Rory Klein, Sage Klein and Max Insolia were recognized for being named Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction. The AP Scholar with Distinction Award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more these exams. Not pictured (current students): Olivia Andresen, Marguerite Augier, Patrick Carroll, Joely Chinnici, Helen Goble, Victoria Hallwachs, Emma Hemmelgarn, August Jansen, Laila Latifi, Katarina Lechman, Grace Lee, Peyton Lelonis, Eva Levine, Sarah Levine, Peyton Lewis, Riley Maas, Owen Nielsen, Chelbeigh Routte, Matthew Suzelis, Duncan Taber, and Wyatt Webster.
Chagrin Falls High School Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month - December Chagrin Falls High School (CFHS) senior Margaux Augier has been selected as the December Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month. Augier was chosen based on her leadership and service qualities she has displayed in her community. Augier has been the recipient of several awards during her high school career. These included AP Scholar with Distinction, High Honor Roll, recipient of five Chagrin Falls Art Show Gold Keys, and Power of the Pen State Qualifier in 2015. She also received two Gold Keys, a Silver Key, and Honorable Mention from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She was the District Champion at the American Mathematics Competition, with the highest score in the district on the AMC 12A Test with 61.5 points. Further, she had one piece of artwork in the top 300 and two pieces of artwork in the top 2,500 out of 11,000 entries in the Ohio Governor’s Art Awards. In her time at CFHS, Augier has been involved with several clubs and sports. She is in the International
Thespian Society, Key Club International, Art Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and she has participated in theatre. She also was on the Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team, and served as team captain in 2017 and 2018. Further, Augier is vice president and interpretation squad leader for the National Honor Society Speech and Debate team, and won ninth in state in 2018 and twelfth in state in 2017. She was vice president and currently serves as president of the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee. Outside of school, Augier works with children in various ways, whether it be tutoring middle school students and underclassmen in Spanish with the Tiger Society, teaching children with profound mental disabilities how to ice skate with the Gliding Stars Program, or volunteering for the nonprofit W.A.G.S. 4 Kids fundraising events. She also is a nanny and weekend babysitter, an office assistant to a speech pathologist, and attended Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism’s High School Journalism Workshop in 2018. Her accelerated classes include Honors Spanish 4, AP English Literature, AP Psychology, AP Drawing, AP Environmental Science, and AP Statistics After high school, Augier plans to attend a four-year university where she will likely major in broadcast journalism and minor in business marketing.
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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
S 1 8 15 22 29
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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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
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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
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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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S 5 12 19 26
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Board approved: December 12, 2018
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M 2 9 16 23 30
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6 13 20 27
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S 7 14 21 28
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M 1 8 15 22 29
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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
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 www.chagrinschools.org www.facebook.com/CFEVS 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
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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, www.chagrinschool.org. 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 | 33
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