Chagrin Falls Schools
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Message from Our Superintendent A new year has arrived and with it has come frigid temperatures. 2019 will be a monumental year in the history of our School District as we will open the new Chagrin Falls Intermediate School in August. Construction is progressing rapidly as masonry, windows and drywall are appearing throughout the new building. Mark your calendars now for a community celebration of the opening of the new building on Friday, September 13. Our annual evaluation of our mid year District goals shows significant progress. There has been substantive work accomplished with curriculum and assessment alignment throughout the District. Additionally, we have analyzed mental health services and are in the process of developing recommendations in this area moving into the next school year. In the area of safety and security, we have finalized design on the reconfiguration of the
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entrances at Gurney Elementary School and Chagrin Falls High School as the projects are now out for bid. We also utilize this time of year to evaluate student progress and achievement data. Recently we completed winter benchmarking. We are proud of the improvement of students which is a direct result of their hard work along with our staff. This benchmark provides an excellent opportunity for our staff to have individual conversations on academic achievement setting goals moving forward. We also encourage parents to use this time to "check in" and set goals for the second half of this year. These conversations are powerful as students feel supported and see a connection between home and school. Certainly, if there are any concerns, please contact the appropriate building principal. Robert W. Hunt Superintendent Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Bob.email@example.com 440-247-4363 @Hunt_Edleader
A Review of the Board of Education Meetings - “Board Briefs” The Board of Education is undertaking the important work of selecting and hiring an outstanding professional to serve as our school district's next Treasurer/CFO. Earlier this month, we engaged K-12 Business Consulting and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) – the professional organization for school treasurers in Ohio - to assist with this search. With the assistance of these professionals in school finance, we intend to maximize the quality and quantity of candidates and conduct a thorough evaluation as we select the best candidate to meet the needs of our district. We hope to be able to announce the new treasurer on April 17 and anticipate the new treasurer will assume responsibilities on or before May 20. In the interim, the District is in capable hands with Candi Lukat, who the Board hired as Interim Treasurer on December 12. We are interested in your feedback on the current strengths and needs of the school district as well as on the values, skills, and experience you believe our new Treasurer/CFO should possess in order to serve the District’s needs into the future. You can share your input in two ways:
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Innovation Center located at the 7-12 campus, 400 E. Washington Street. For more information and updates related to the search, please visit the Treasurer/CFO Search Information page on the District web site. The Board announced another important change this month. Board meetings are now being recorded and archived for viewing at your leisure. We always welcome your attendance at Board meetings – which are generally held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 6 p.m. in the Sands Community Room (see calendar and agendas here)- but we recognize that this is not always feasible with everyone’s busy schedules. Therefore, in order to allow you to follow the work of the Board even if you are unable to attend a meeting; provide increased transparency into the rationale behind decisions; and improve meeting records, Board Meeting Video Recordings can be viewed on the District web site Board of Education page in the box on the bottom right.
1) By filling out this Treasurer Search Profile Questionnaire and submitting it by February 6 per the instructions on the last page.
As the 2019 Board President and on behalf of Vice President Phil Rankin, and all Board of Education members, I want to thank you for your continued support and interest in what is best for our students and our school community.
2) By attending a community forum facilitated by K-12 Business Consulting on Wednesday, February 6 from
Kathryn Garvey President, Chagrin Falls Board of Education
Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Board of Education President: Kathryn Garvey (216) 401-7735 Vice President: Phil Rankin (216) 280-9092
Sharon Broz (440) 715-0326 Greg Kanzinger (216) 346-8272 Mary Kay O’Toole (440) 338-8636
Cover Photo: Gurney Elementary School student Daniel Lareau with his father Aaron Lareau
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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 Receive Grant for New Playground Chagrin Falls Schools was notified this month that they received the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) grant to assist with their continued updating of Chagrin Falls Intermediate School (CFIS). According to the OPRA website, they are “a nonprofit, public interest organization representing nearly 1900 professionals and citizen board members striving to provide quality park and recreational facilities and opportunities for all Ohioans while protecting and preserving Ohio’s natural resources.” The District sent in an application for the OPRA to match funds of $20,000 for new play equipment for CFIS. The funds are to be used mainly for specific equipment congruent with the playground and landscape design. The new equipment goes beyond basic slides and monkey bars and will instead be an ionix play structure, rockscape play structure, wall climber, arch swing, balancing structures and kinetic spinners. The focus of the equipment is on interactive play and fitness. The new playground is a part of a larger renovation of the CFIS campus. See a time lapse video of the construction here. In their application, the District wrote, “Part of this renovation is to create a playground space with equipment that is accessible to all physical and mental
ability levels, is a challenging, age appropriate, safe and engaging environment, and is also up to date and adaptable for future trends in recreation and fitness for students and the community." The purpose of the grant is to support public places of play and recreation and the District believed the location of the Intermediate School qualified them to be a recipient. The application the District filled out was a nine-page document which included a 1,000-2,000 word essay on the need for the project, planned program initiatives, and community involvement. The essay included a bit of Chagrin Falls history, the connection the school has to the community, the inclusion of community members and school officials in the planning process, and the overall goal of allowing children of all abilities to play and grow together as a way to stay active and learn fundamental development skills. Installation of the playground equipment is slated to be complete in April of 2019. Christopher Woofter, Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools, thanked staff members for their help in obtaining the funding. “This funding is extremely helpful for the overall project and is very appreciated in helping us to have wise and prudent spending on the whole project,” said Woofter.
Chagrin Falls Schools Wellness Committee Seeking Committee Members The District Wellness Committee is looking for parents and community members to help review our Student Wellness Program. Committee members will need to attend one meeting in February and one meeting in April during the school day with a minimal time commitment outside of the meetings. If interested, please contact Marti Jacobson, Food Service Supervisor, Chagrin Falls Schools, marti.jacobson@ chagrinschools.org, 440-247-5500 x4492.
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Chagrin Falls High School Senior Earns Awards for her Equestrian Performance Laila Latifi, a senior at Chagrin Falls High School, has earned recognition from the Ohio Professional Horseman’s Association (OPHA) for her love of equestrian sport. She and her horse, Joey, have competed in the junior hunter jumper division and received two awards in 2018. Latifi has been awarded the 2018 Laddie G. Andahazy Horseman’s Cup which is given for the trait of sportsmanship. She is also the first recipient of the newly created college scholarship in memory of horseman, trainer, father, and friend of the OPHA, Michael W. Rheinheimer. The Ohio Professional Horseman’s Association was created by trainers and riders in 1980 with the intent of serving the needs of professional horsemen in their area. Their mission includes promoting sportsmanship, creating a healthy environment for young people, promoting camaraderie among all equestrians, and to raise the quality of local horse shows as well as horses and riders so they may compete at the highest levels. The OHPA now has over 430 members consisting of professionals, amateurs, and juniors. The association hosts two triple point horse shows, and sanctions more than 85 other shows in Ohio and surrounding states.
“Laila has consistently excelled academically, however, it is her personal characteristics that impress me more. She is hard-working, contentious, kind and compassionate. This award is a reflection of those characteristics and we are incredibly proud of her.” - Principal Monica Asher, Chagrin Falls High School
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Chagrin Falls High School Students Enjoy Book Tasting Activity to Begin their Project on Biographies and Memoirs Students in Stefanie Ashkettle and Karen Phillips' Chagrin Falls High School College Prep English classes are starting off second semester with a biography/ memoir choice reading unit. Ashkettle and Phillips collaborated with library media specialist Angie Jameson to curate a list of titles to advertise to the students. Students traveled to the high school library on Thursday, January 10 to participate in
a book tasting activity where each student had the opportunity to engage with numerous books. During the activity, students became familiar with the synopsis and writing style of various authors and reported out in a small group setting so students' were exposed to a variety of titles.
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Chagrin Falls High School Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month - January Chagrin Falls High School (CFHS) senior Maggie Munday has been selected as the January Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month. Munday was chosen based on her leadership and service qualities she has displayed in her community. Munday has been the recipient of several awards during her high school career. These include the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award, Outstanding Junior English Student of the Year (2018), High Honor Roll, AP Scholar with Honor, Tiger of the Semester, and Academic All Ohio for soccer. Further, she received the AP Seminar and Research Certificate and will receive the AP Capstone Diploma upon completion of AP exams in May.
In her time at CFHS, Munday has been involved with several clubs and sports. She has been a member of Girls’ Varsity Soccer and Varsity Track and Field for four years. Additionally, she is a Link Leader and is a member of Interact Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Tiger Society, and Student Council, which she was vice president during 10th and 11th grade and currently serves as the executive vice president throughout her senior year. Outside of school, Munday is on the LifeAct Youth Advisory Board, which is a local nonprofit organization that aims to prevent teen suicide. She also enjoys playing piano, which she has been playing for 12 years. Her accelerated classes include AP English Literature, AP Computer Science, AP Spanish, AP Psychology, and AP Calculus AB. After high school, Munday plans to attend either Boston College or The University of Virginia where she will major in either English or computer science.
Chagrin Falls Middle School Seeks Science Field Professionals for Career Day Chagrin Falls Middle School is hosting a “Career Day” on May 15, 2019 and looking for volunteer presenters who work in the science field. The goal of the day is for students to connect their own science curriculum to the opportunities in the science field described by community members, friends, neighbors, and family. The ideal presenters will be individuals in a science or technology field who are interested in sharing their experiences with the students at Chagrin Falls Middle School. The middle school science teachers are asking volunteers to present for 15-20 minutes about their
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career, education, career path, the required continued education for the position, and the day-to-day operations. In addition to the general information, presenters can give facts about their job such as what they find most demanding, interesting, and anything else inspirational that they feel would be relevant to the student’s interest as they consider possible future career paths. The time schedule allows for two to three presenters per each 45 minute science class. If interested, click here to fill out a form with the career choice you are willing to share.
Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month - December 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. December’s Tigers of the Month were Elizabeth Partain, Colby Wells, Alyssa Zaffiro, and Aiden Kniskern. Elizabeth Partain is a seventh grader who is a diligent student committed to excellence in everything she does. Her dedication to the Middle School Speech and Debate team showed as she competed in Public Forum with excellent feedback during all her rounds. She is interested in the details of a problem and quickly learns from her mistakes. She brings a positive attitude to class and always presents herself with a smile. Her work is neat, on time, and she strives to do her best. Colby Wells is described as the “whole package.” He is a seventh grader who is a kind-hearted student. He is an excellent team member who is responsible and always aims to do his best. His ever-present smile is a delight to see each day and he isn’t afraid to ask questions and receive feedback on his writing. He is an energetic student who gets along with everyone. He does a great job explaining his thinking to classmates and stays organized. His organization helps him to improve and revise his work and he always tries his best.
Alyssa Zaffiro is an eighth grader who is sweet and well-rounded. She asks great questions and has many clever insights. She participates frequently and is a pleasure to have in class. She is kind, thoughtful, and diligent. She brings a positive attitude and challenges herself every day. She is a talented violinist and is a member of the eighth-grade orchestra. She is ready for rehearsal and is a leader, consistently helping others in her section. She is also a member of the Select Choir where she comes in with a positive attitude. Whenever there is an extra project, Alyssa volunteers for the committee and ensures everything for her class and group is presented well. Aiden Kniskern is an inquisitive and responsible eighth grader. He is easy going with peers, respectful to staff, and contributes to creating a positive learning environment. He is a leader in the classroom including the ELA classroom. He challenges himself constantly and follows directions with a smile. He went above and beyond to complete the advanced stations for one of his character analysis writing assignments. This is one example of how he is always participating and acting as a leader in his classes. Students received personalized tiger water bottles from the PTO.
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Chagrin Falls Schools Teacher Partners Eighth Graders with High School AP French Students to Learn From Each Other During the first week back from winter break, French teacher Christine Briggs decided to bring together her eighth-grade French students at Chagrin Falls Middle School with her high school AP French students for a joint lesson. The AP students prepared a fiveminute conversation in pairs about their winter vacation. They then performed their conversation in French in front of the class. Eighth graders intently followed along and took notes on what they understood from the conversation. Briggs said it was a win-win situation for both groups of students. The AP students felt proud at their growth in the language since their own time in middle school. Their activity was great practice for their AP French test in the spring. The eighth graders got a glimpse into what their own grasp of the language can be if they continue to work hard. They even had the chance to impress the AP students by how much they were able to comprehend from the conversations.
â€œI look forward to facilitating increased interactions between these two groups when the inevitable overlap happens again.â€? - French teacher Christine Briggs, Chagrin Falls Schools
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Chagrin Falls High School Speech and Debate Club Competitors Shine in Sunvitational Belle DiFranco, Junior, Chagrin Falls High School On January 13, Chagrin Falls High School (CFHS) juniors Mikey King and Eli Shall, members of the CFHS Speech and Debate Club, won the Sunvitational Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for Duo Interpretation. Duo Interpretation is a two-person speech category where a movie script is cut down to 10 minutes and performed. King and Shall perform to the comedy movie, “MacGruber.” “It gets tough because you can’t look at or touch each other during the performance so you kind of have to work around normal things you’d do if you were in a play or something like that,” said King, emphasizing that the category involves much more than making a group of people laugh for 10 minutes. CFHS social studies teacher Corinne Midlik is the assistant coach for the Speech and Debate team coaches. This is her third year coaching King and Shall, and fourth year coaching for Chagrin. “With duo sometimes it’s hard because I want to tell them something but it usually works best if they figure it out on their own, so being able to kind of guide them without straight up telling them what to do is kind of a challenge, but once they figure it out, it’s exciting,” said Midlik. King and Shall spent a lot of time over the summer and before the season preparing for the year ahead. “You can tell they are a lot more dedicated now. They definitely got the bug freshman year but put in a lot of work in the summers and before the season,” said Midlik. President of the Speech and Debate team, junior Maggie Mills, watched the semifinal round at the Sunvite tournament and was impressed. “It’s obvious that they spend a lot of time perfecting their script and all of the motions that they do during a performance. They really stood out from the competition as the funniest, most energetic, and most polished,” said Mills.
King said it is a common thing to get the ‘bug’ or nerves before competing, but once starting, all the jitters go away. He knows that in order to do well, they have to stay relaxed in rounds and have as much fun as possible. “Right before competing, I always feel really tired but once we both start saying our lines, I get into it,” said King. Having competed in so many tournaments throughout their high school career, it is no surprise King and Shall do get nervous. Parents, coaches and supporters have big aspirations for King and Shall as they begin to head into post season which officially starts the first weekend of February. “We’re looking to have them do really well at states, and have a good shot at qualifying for Nationals,” Midlik said. “We’ve been preparing all season. Not necessarily for this specific tournament but constantly improving our script,” Shall said. With this win, King and Shall earned their second and final bid to The University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions as well as their second bid to the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in Omaha, Nebraska. The pair plan to attend both.
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Chagrin Falls Middle School Students Go on a Medieval Quest
The seventh graders at Chagrin Falls Middle School recently went on a quest for knowledge. The students in the Honors English class read “The Squire’s Tale” by Gerald Morris and “The Castle in the Attic” by Elizabeth Winthrop in their book club groups before embarking on a journey to learn more about King Arthur and his knights. The unit began with an “Escape Room Lock Box” quest for the Holy Grail. This part of the quest used “Break Out Boxes,” which contained a backstory stating that students were brave knights from Camelot and had been attacked and taken prisoner. The boxes also contained several clues to help the students break out of the dungeon. They worked together to decode the clues to safely escape. Students figured out clues from reading a passage, watching a short historical documentary, solving a puzzle, and searching for clues in the Innovation 14 | JANUARY 2019
Center, which is where their break out box quest ended. In the Innovation Center, students created objects that symbolized a main Arthurian connection from the book. These objects were made using TinkerCad software. TinkerCad is a 3D design program used to build or edit anything imaginable. After using the internet to research a piece that went along with their story, students sent the TinkerCad files to the Makerbot 3D printer for final production. The objects they made became a part of their presentation of the Arthurian novel. “Overall, it was an extremely interactive and fun opportunity for the students to work together in random groups and share their talents and investigating skills,” said seventh grade English teacher for Chagrin Falls Schools, Janet Adamoski.
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Chagrin Falls Schools Artists Honored in 2019 Scholastic Arts Competition Students from Chagrin Falls Middle School and High School were recognized at the Scholastic Art and Writing Exhibition at The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA). Student’s works of art that received a gold or silver award were on display for the public in the Reinberger Gallery of the CIA from January 16 - February 2. Student’s works of art that received an honorable mention were displayed digitally on a screen in the gallery. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, identifies teenagers with outstanding artistic and literary talent and brings their work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Every year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the awards to local communities. Teens in grades seven through 12 can apply in 29 categories of art and writing. Submissions are judged by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that show originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Last year, more than 1,800 students submitted more than 3,100 pieces of artwork and writing samples for judging. Gold Key winners continue on to the national competition in New York City. The Chagrin Falls Schools’ students that were honored include: Distinguished Award Winners: American Vision Award Nominee - Robin Barth (“Wildin Out at Home” - Digital Art) Gold Key Winners, High School: Kelly Wynveen (“Melted Mindset” - Ceramics & Glass, “Feminism” Portfolio, Kate Flynt (“Functional Fence” -Ceramics & Glass), Jade Kruyne (“Noodle Head” - Digital Art), Robin Barth (“Still Life by the Window” - Painting, “Jack” - Mixed Media, “Book Genre Label Designs” - Design, “The Wild West Remains” - Drawing and Illustration, “Emily” - Mixed Media, “Trashy” - Digital Art), Tori Mrofchak (“Into the Wild” - Digital Art), Emily Owens (“Demon #1” - Digital Art) Middle 16 | JANUARY 2019
School: Ryan Hill (“Evening Birch - Watercolor). See pages 16-17 for photos. Silver Key Winners, High School: Robin Barth (“Mary with Plants” - Drawing and Illustration, “Alex” - Drawing and Illustration), Lily Winans (“Island Goddess” - Digital Art), Lindy Cunnington (“Why Do We Love?” - Mixed Media), Alice Patton (“Sister Wives” - Printmaking), Emily Owens (“Half Hanged Mary” - Drawing), Katie Baker (“Take My Breath Away” -Sculpture), Kate Flynt (“Down to the Last Straw” - Sculpture, “Misguided Power, Polluted World” - Ceramics & Glass), Kelly Wynveen (“You Clean Up Nice” - Sculpture), Middle School: Marie Kanzinger (“Focused Fox” - Color Pencil), Sophia Moffa (“Fungus Umbrella” - Photography) Honorable Mentions, High School: Ellie Foley (“Helping Hands” - Ceramics & Glass), Tori Hallwachs (“Not Cinderella’s Pumpkin” Ceramics & Glass), Emma Bartlett (“Wood You Eat This Mushroom?” - Ceramics & Glass), Carly Call (“Equality” - Sculpture), Kate Flynt (“Obliteration By Man” - Sculpture), Isabel Pulte (“Serpent Spirals” Ceramics & Glass), Olivia Harmat (“Medieval Collar” - Jewelry), Kelly Wynveen (“rEvolution” - Sculpture), Luke Volpe “”Iron First” - Sculpture), August Zelch (“Lost Boy” - Photography), Margaux Augier (“Apperception of Collage” - Mixed Media, “Graphed, Glued and Gripping” - Mixed Media), Mary Frances Mahoney (“Between” - Digital Art, “Dawn til Dusk” Digital Art, “Downtown” - Digital Art), Jade Kristen (“Tranquility” - Drawing and Illustration), Emily Owens (“Demons #3” - Digital Art, “Black Eyed Child” - Mixed Media, “Unspoken Americana” - Digital Art, “Yellow Figure” - Mixed Media), Alice Patton (“Baptism No. 1” - Mixed Media, “Savior and Apostles” - Printmaking), Sophee Newbauer (“Tunnel” - Photography, “Lines” - Photography), Eliza Larkin (“Mechanics” Photography), John Borger (“The Rider” - Digital Art).
Best in Category: Ceramics & Glass Award: Kelly Wynveen, senior, “Melted Mindset” Design Award: Robin Barth, junior, “Book Genre Label Design” Digital Art Award: Robin Barth, junior, “Wildin Out at Home”
On top of the seven gold and two silver keys, Chagrin Falls High School junior Robin Barth won four top awards at the Scholastic Art Awards ceremony on January 19. She won the CIA Recognition Award ($20,000 scholarship), American Vision Award, and Overall Best In Show for both the Digital Art and the Design categories.
Chagrin Falls High School artists Tori Mrofchak and Jade Kruyne are pictured with their winning pieces at the Scholastic Art Awards ceremony on January 19.
Chagrin Falls High School artist Kate Flynt won one gold, two silver and an honorable mention award at the Scholastic Art Awards ceremony on January 19.
American Vision Award Nominee: Robin Barth, junior, “Wildin Out at Home” Cleveland Institute of Art Recognition Award ($20,000 over four years): Robin Barth, junior, “Book Genre Label Designs” Super News | 17
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Gurney Elementary School Glowing Scientist of the Day Gurney Elementary first grader Jack Mooney was the Scientist of the Week on January 17 in Stephanie Malleyâ€™s class. For his experiment, he emptied out a highlighter marker and used a black light to make water glow in the dark. The students learned that the phosphors glow with ultraviolet light. Each week, Mrs. Malley selects a student to be the Scientist of the Week. All the students are enjoying learning from their friendsâ€™ experiments including making tornados, lava lamps, hand warmers with batteries and foil, and even combining vinegar with baking soda to blow up a balloon.
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Gurney Elementary School Students Soaring in Spanish Using Chromebooks has helped Gurney Elementary's second and third graders create contextualized visuals for the language elements they are learning in Spanish. "Students are able to make the vocabulary learned in class more meaningful through self-created stories, pictures, presentations and diagrams," said Spanish teacher Christopher Englehart, Gurney Elementary School. Students in second grade have completed a celebrity family tree, a floor plan of a home, and storyboards introducing themselves, their family and home. Students in third grade have completed storyboards describing their personalities, telling how they feel and where they have visited. They included GIFs and drawings explaining their likes and dislikes. They also enjoyed listening to each other's country research presentations.
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Gurney Elementary School Third Graders Perform "Text" Surgery Lisa Todaro's third graders at Gurney Elementary School have been using non-fiction stories to locate text features and answer questions. Text features include all the components of a story or article that are not the main body of text. These include the table of contents, index, glossary, headings, bold words, sidebars, pictures and captions and labeled diagrams. Todaro got creative with her recent lesson and told all of her students they were physicians and had to perform “text feature” surgery on various “patients.” The students dressed as doctors and received eight patients that were in need of a text feature to be cured. The patients represented various scenarios, such as Susan Smith complaining of not knowing the meaning of some words she read and needing to know what text feature can help her. The students searched the written work and then surgically placed the text feature they felt would help her. In Smith’s case, a glossary was the cure that was needed. After scrubbing out of surgery, the students had to complete their post-operation reports on each patient. They reported what action they took and the reasoning for their action. “The students loved using their Doctor of Text Features degree,” said Todaro. “It was a successful surgery!”
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Intermediate School Students Participate in New Year's Resolution Debates Katherine Owen´s sixth-grade language arts classes at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School held spirited debates with the proposition: “Everyone should make a New Year’s resolution.” Students worked in groups to research facts and ideas on many different websites. Then they put information into a graphic organizer. Once they finished gathering information, they had a debate against other classmates. During the debates students made their best arguments and responded with rebuttals while the rest of the class watched intently knowing they would soon be acting as judges. After the two sides finished debating, they stepped out of the classroom and the remainder of the students discussed the pros and cons of the debating teams’ performances. Votes were cast and the debaters learned the results. “Everyone did an amazing job preparing and thinking fast on their feet,” said Owen. “These debates helped set the stage for their next writing unit on argumentative essays. Students all agreed this experience was meaningful and a lot of fun.”
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Intermediate School Students Showcase Latin America Animals using Spanish Skills Fourth-grade Spanish students at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School recently learned some animal vocabulary. They also learned about animals native to Latin America. Students also reviewed colors and learned sizes so that they could describe various animals. Learning to use adjectives to describe nouns in Spanish takes time and practice. "In Spanish, the adjectives have to agree in gender and number with the nouns they modify," said teacher Heidi Stapulionis, Chagrin Falls Intermediate School. To finish this quick unit, fourth graders were able to draw their favorite animal or two and then write two simple sentences to describe them.
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Chagrin Falls High School Freshman Hockey Player Competes at International Children’s Games in Lake Placid This past January, Alexandra (Ali) Holtz, freshman at Chagrin Falls High School, made history at the 2019 Winter International Children’s Games in Lake Placid, New York. Holtz competed in the first female hockey competition of the Games with her fellow teammates from the Cleveland Lady Barons U14 hockey team. The team won the firstever bronze medal for women’s hockey. The team is made up of girls aged 13 to 15 who come from different cities in Northeast Ohio. The Games give children the opportunity to combine sports with cultural exchanges and educational programs. The goal of the Games is to promote peace and friendship among the world’s youth through a sports focus. More than 1,000 youth athletes and coaches will represent more than 70 different cities from around the world. The Lady Barons played against other girl’s hockey teams from Switzerland, Iceland and British Columbia. In addition to playing hockey, Holtz got to try bobsled, shoot a 22 on the biathlon range, ride in a dog sled on Mirror Lake and play at Herb Brooks arena on The Miracle ice. Holtz traded pins and visited with athletes from around the world. She also attended the opening and closing ceremonies and participate in a parade through town. “This is an incredible opportunity for children from our community to engage in international competition while cultivating friendships with children from all over the world,” said President and CEO David Gilbert, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
“Playing in an international competition at this level gives our girls the chance to not only grow as hockey players but share in the Olympic spirit of global, cultural and academic goodwill.”
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- Hockey Director Tommy Goebel, Barons Hockey.
Chagrin Falls High School Congratulates Tigers of the Semester The Tigers of the Semester Award is presented to students who exemplify a positive attitude, work ethic, achievement in the classroom and service to fellow students and teachers at Chagrin Falls High School. Teachers nominate one student from their classes that impressed them with their achievement, attitude, hard work, willingness to help others and growth during the first half of the year. First semester Tigers were honored on Jan. 24. The event was sponsored by Interact Club. Tigers of the First Semester of the 2018-19 school year are:
Teacher Student Nominee Teacher Student Nominee Ms. Anderson Katie Nelson Mr. Perrine Marshall Sadowski Mrs. Ashkettle Paige Smith Mrs. Phillips Austin Pawar Dr. Beach Willy Armington Ms. Powers Quinn Dawson Ms. Boka Quinn LaMonica Mr. Puskas Charles Peck Mrs. Boumitri Kylee Cox Mr. Ricci Isabelle Coy Mrs. Briggs Nova Klein Mrs. Salyers Margot Weber Mrs. Campbell Ed Jansen Mr. Salyers JP Goss Mr. DiGeronimo Sarah Lynch Mr. Sobnosky Alex Partain Mrs. Deighan Aly Miller Mr. Scott Burke Thompson Mrs. Dennison Ella Angel Mrs. Serazin Madison Bottcher Mrs. Eisert Tori Mrofchak Ms. Serensky Harrison White Ms. Guo Emily Relyea Mr. Serluco Omar Al-Assaad Mrs. Kanzinger Erin King Mrs. Shoenfelt Chelbeigh Routte Mrs. Karriker Wendi Song Mrs. Stone Calvin Struk-Marn Mr. Kline Kinga Turoczi Mr. Stuart Chandler Wood Mrs. Malone Jane Juergens Mr. Sweeney Claire Stinson Mr. McKenna Colin Joyce Mrs. Vondrak Ben Reider Ms. Moore Jackson Reider
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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
S 7 14 21 28
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
F 4 11 18 25
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
S 7 14 21 28
January-20 M T W Th 1 2 6 7 8 9 13 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 27 28 29 30
S 4 11 18 25
S 5 12 19 26
F 3 10 17 24 31
S 2 9 16 23 30
Board approved: December 12, 2018
February-20 M T W Th F
2 9 16 23
3 10 17 24
4 11 18 25
6 13 20 27
7 14 21 28
S 1 8 15 22 29
S 1 8 15 22 29
M 2 9 16 23 30
March-20 T W Th 3 4 5 10 11 12 17 18 19 24 25 26 31
F 6 13 20 27
S 7 14 21 28
April-20 T W Th 1 2 7 8 9 14 15 16 21 22 23 28 29 30
F 3 10 17 24
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
S 2 9 16 23 30
5 12 19 26
6 13 20 27
S 3 10 17 24
S 7 14 21 28
S 5 12 19 26
M 1 8 15 22 29
5 12 19 26
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
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, 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 | 29
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