Chagrin Falls Schools
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Message from Our Superintendent Although the recent weather is no indication, spring is upon us with the arrival of March. This is an extremely busy time of the school year for faculty and students as we prepare for upcoming state assessments, transition to new activities, and look to the end of another school year. It has been a great year for the school district as we have transitioned our 4-6 students to the 7-12 campus while constructing a new Intermediate School. As we are physically constructing a new building on Philamethian Street, we are also working on constructing our priorities for the next three years as a school district. We have completed four years of a strategic plan and it is the right time to step back, assess, and establish the important work moving forward. This work cannot be conducted in a vacuum and must involve input from stakeholders. In January, we began the process of data collection to serve as the foundation of planning our priorities as an organization. This began with an independent audit focused on 10 elements of effective schools. We anticipate the results of this audit in the next two weeks.
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However, this is only one piece of information. We have now launched a platform for our community, parents, and staff to share thoughts on what they think Chagrin Falls Schools is doing well, where the district can improve, and most importantly, how they envision our schools into the future. This platform is called ThoughtExchange and every staff member and parent in the district should have received an email inviting them to participate in the exchange. Additionally, every community member should have received a postcard inviting them into the process. If you have not participated in the conversation, we ask that everyone take a few minutes to enter the exchange by clicking here. This is your school district and we need your input to move it in the right direction. Robert W. Hunt Superintendent Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Bob.email@example.com 440-247-4363 @Hunt_Edleader
A Review of the February Board of Education Meetings The Olympics have just concluded. What a treasure to witness history in the making with the first ever double gold in snowboarding and skiing, a near perfect score in the halfpipe by the youngest woman ever in snowboarding, and Team USA’s women winning the first ever gold medal for America in cross country skiing. I reflect on our students who may be future Olympians and all the promise their future holds. I also think about the students whose futures were stolen from them in Parkland, Florida and how important it is for us as a caring community to listen to students and do our best by them, pledging also to say something when we see something. Many parents and community members attended the Board’s Regular Meeting this month to express their support for additional safety measures for our students, including the hiring of a School Resource Officer. Not surprisingly, many offered their time, talents and funds to facilitate any needed improvements. Although we must always be diligent when it comes to safety for our students, it is reassuring to know that the District has procedures in place to regularly strengthen our District Safety Plan through improved communication, regular drills and thoughtful reviews and modifications. After giving a brief overview of these procedures and calling out the strong support the District receives from local safety forces on a daily basis, Superintendent Hunt invited parents to hear more and have their questions answered at a PTO forum on school safety this week. The presentation will be posted on the District website if you were unable to attend. Photos and video of the partial demolition of the Intermediate School are also available on the District website at this link: http://www.chagrinschools.org/ Construction.aspx. The project is moving forward on
time and under budget with the Board approval of Design Development documents this month. Updated renderings and interior layouts are also available for viewing at the above link. The Board also approved a steel package that will enable construction to commence and will review the next phase of pricing documents, GMP #2, in March. In addition to this exciting renovation, the Board continues to evaluate the process for prioritizing facility maintenance projects in the District’s other buildings and allocation of funds across the District to assure we are good stewards of all our buildings. Many projects will commence this spring and summer to remedy deferred maintenance at Gurney and the high school and middle school. These range from new roofs, to new flooring, to new exterior doors, to improvements for our athletic facilities. One of the highlights of this month’s Board meetings was a presentation by the staff at Gurney Elementary about 1 to 1 computing and integration of Chromebooks into daily learning. When asked about how our young students care for their new computers, Dr. Jones shared with the Board that they hold them close, hugging them as they travel from homeroom to another class, and putting them to bed in their own cubbies at the end of each lesson. Once again, we learn from the children we teach to hold close what is precious to us and gently lay them down to sleep each night, secure, safe and sound. Kathryn Garvey Vice-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
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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.
Click here to read the 2016-2017 Popular Annual Financial Report
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Chagrin Falls Schools Cafe 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 March 9, April 6, and May 4 in the new 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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Gurney Elementary School Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten registration will be held for students entering kindergarten at Chagrin Falls Schools on Saturday, March 17 at Gurney Elementary School, 1155 Bell Road, between the hours of 8:30 am and 1 pm. No appointment is necessary. Both half day kindergarten and full-day kindergarten are offered at Gurney Elementary School. Full day kindergarten is tuition-based at Gurney. Information regarding the tuition and instructional programming for a full-day of kindergarten will be available at registration. A $200 non-refundable deposit will be required at registration to hold a spot for your child in a full day, every day kindergarten class. Parents have until May 4 to make this choice. All students who sign up for full day kindergarten before May 4 will be granted a spot in full day kindergarten. Children five years old on or before September 30, 2018 are eligible for kindergarten for the 2018—2019 school year. Please bring the following required documentation:
• child’s original birth certificate • photo I.D. for the parent • proof of residency (current utility bill, tax bill, lease or rental agreement) • custody documents, if applicable • immunization records – must provide record of what the child has received (DR SIGNATURE IS NOT REQUIRED AT THIS TIME) • printed and completed registration packet Registration will not be accepted without all of the required documents listed above. Please allow approximately 20 minutes to complete the registration. It is recommended that parents print and fill out the registration packet prior to the registration date. They may find the registration packet on the district website at www.chagrinschools. org . It is not necessary for parents to bring their student on the day of registration. A kindergarten kickoff meeting for parents will be held on April 5 at 6 pm and kindergarten screening will take place May 3 and May 4 at Gurney. Further information will be available at registration. For questions please call 440-893-4030 ext. 4102.
Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Fifth Grader Qualifies for National Geographic Bee Chagrin Falls Intermediate School fifth grader Audrey Holmes is the school’s National Geographic Bee champion. The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2018 National Geographic Bee for a chance to 6 | March 2018
win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee champion. Audrey recently completed an online assessment to qualify for the state bee. The test consisted of material studied during the STRETCH period that is conducted daily at the Intermediate School. Results for this online assessment will be compared to her peers across the state and results will be given by March 2. If she qualifies, then she will compete against other students at the state level. The winner of the top prize at the national level will earn a $50,000 scholarship. “We are proud of Audrey as she progressed through the preliminary round and stood out among her peers in the final round,” said Fifth Grade Social Studies Teacher Pat McArthur, Chagrin Falls Intermediate School.
Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Students Design and Construct Their Own Buildings Fourth graders at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School had the chance to be architects as a part of a project focused on design thinking. Students had been learning how form follows function in different types of architecture. They examined why structures are built the way they are. For example, schools are only a few stories tall but are large buildings to accommodate many people and allow easy accessibility. Banks do not have large windows due to security purposes, and grocery stores have sliding doors, so people have an easier time getting in and out with their purchases. Students also learned how architectural features and color schemes affect how people feel about a building. These lessons led to a project in which students had to design an original building in such a way that the purpose of the building was obvious. They thought about who would use the building, how, and why. After the planning stages, students used cardboard to construct a building from scratch using different attachments like L-braces and brackets. Students did not create these buildings by using a template such as a shoebox. Each piece of recycled cardboard was measured, cut, and joined from scratch with no pre-assembly. Kate Oulton, teacher
at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, said it involved using a whole new skill set and was a challenge for her students. She even ordered new scissors made especially for cutting corrugated cardboard. “They enabled even tiny hands to do things that I would have needed a box cutter to do. The result is that my kids can now construct whatever they imagine, almost totally independently,” Oulton said. They used measuring tools such as rulers, T-squares, and compasses to cut and accurately join the cardboard pieces. To ensure structural soundness, the buildings underwent the “shake test” where the student held the building upside down and shook it. The final step of the project was to paint the building and add details. The result included cafes, rooftop patios, hotels, houses, museums, factories, and a stadium among other structures. “They turned out really nicely,” said Oulton, “The kids especially loved getting to do a 3D construction project and had a lot of freedom in their design choices and construction methods.”
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Gurney Elementary School Students Learn about the Winter Olympics The 2018 winter Olympics are in full swing in Peyongchang, South Korea, and second graders at Gurney Elementary School are diligently following the athletes as they compete. The students chose an athlete to create out of paper, including a printed picture of the athleteâ€™s face. They then wrote an opinion paper about why that athleteâ€™s sport is the best in the Winter Olympics. Second graders are focusing on opinion writing and did research about the sport at home to support their stance with reasons and examples. Students in each class have also been learning about a variety of aspects of the Olympics such as its history, the medals that are awarded, the torches, and mascots. In addition to the academic side of the Olympics, many second-grade classes are making the lesson interactive by holding mini Opening Ceremonies with their buddy class to introduce their athletes and become more familiar with the games. The second graders will watch their athletes compete and put medals on their homemade athlete if they win an event.
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Gurney Elementary School Celebrating the 100th Day of School on February 6
Chagrin Falls High School Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month Chagrin Falls High School senior Anna Sherman has been selected as the February Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month. Sherman was chosen based on her leadership and service qualities she has displayed in her community. Sherman has been the recipient of several awards during her high school career. These include 2017 Emperor Science Award and 2017 Rensselaer Medalist. She also has been twotime gold key and one time honorable mention winner for the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (2014-2015). Sherman has also been a three-time state qualifier and one-time national qualifier as a member of the Speech and Debate team from 2016 to 2018.
In her time at CFHS, Sherman has been involved with Link crew (2016-2017), Speech and Debate (2015-2018) and Prism (2018). She also has been involved with many extracurricular activities including attending Duke University Talent Identification Program for astronomy (2015) and Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS) program in field biology (2016). Sherman interned at a lab within the department of neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University as part of the Emperor Science Award experience this past summer. Over winter break, she volunteered at a lunch program for innercity students, which sparked her desire to plan on volunteering more with food charities in the future. Outside of school, Sherman enjoys reading, calligraphy writing, watercolor painting and writing poems and short stories. She also conducts her own informal neuroscience research by reading articles and watching videos. Her accelerated classes include AP Seminar, AP English Language, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP English Literature, AP Statistics, AP Psychology and AP Chemistry. After high school, Sherman plans to attend The Ohio State University where she will major in biology on the pre-medicine track. Super News | 9
Chagrin Falls Middle School Students Compete in Spelling Bee
Students at Chagrin Falls Middle School competed for 22 rounds at their spelling bee on February 1. In preparation for the event, the entire school took a spelling pretest in all English classes. Based on the test results, 25 students qualified for the spelling bee and were named as finalists. Seventh graders who participated were: Jacob Borger, Phoebe Gleeson, Mira Haines, Ava Kane, Sophia Lewis, Michaela Plante, Sofiia Rabinovich, Rose Zabik, Kate Stephenson, and Nicolas Zapata. Eighth graders in the bee were: Sophia Avery, Duncan Bannerman, Bryson Blair, Noah Elconin, Ali Holtz, Aly Kaplansky, Liliana Hernandez, Wren Opperman, Alex Maciech, Josh Rooney, Calvin Struk-Marn, and Ben Thurman. The bee took place in the Performing Arts Center and after students spelled words such as escabeche, diadromous, coquelicot, and ichthyosaurus for ten
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rounds, it came down to two spellers: eighth grader Ben Thurman and seventh grader Kate Stephenson. Participants exhausted the study list of words at the beginning of the eleventh round, meaning that the moderators asked the students to spell words for which they had not prepared. In the 21st round, Stephenson was asked to spell "jackanapes" and Thurman had to spell "irrisory." Stephenson continued on and followed Scripp’s rules by spelling a second word, “rhapsody,” to win the bee. She will advance to regionals at Cuyahoga Community College at 8:30 am on Saturday, March 10. The winner of that bee will advance to further rounds, ending at The Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May. “All spellers did an amazing job,” said Laila Discenza, principal at Chagrin Falls Middle School.
Chagrin Falls Middle School Speech and Debate Competition
On January 27, Chagrin Falls Middle School Speech and Debate Team took home 3rd, 4th, and 6th place overall for Public Forum and won 4th and 5th place for Speech categories at the Solon competition on January 27.
Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month - February 2018 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. Februaryâ€™s students of the month are: Maya Sutte, Andrew Nachtwey, Ella Angel, and Ethan Baker. Maya Sutte is a seventh grader whose positive qualities shine every day. She has an insatiable curiosity and makes outstanding connections with her learning. She is willing to take risks and can notice
patterns quickly. She works well in group projects and writes thoughtful written responses. Maya works hard and is a helpful friend to everyone. Andrew Nachtwey is a seventh grader with outstanding academic qualities that will serve him well as he grows older. He is not afraid to volunteer in class and is an independent thinker. He speaks his mind and does not shy away from difficult questions. Andrew is always prepared for class and works hard. In the classroom, he is a leader and has helped classmates understand difficult concepts. Outside of the classroom, he is a cellist in the seventh grade orchestra and comes to rehearsals prepared and with a positive attitude. Eighth grader Ella Angel is a conscientious student. She takes her work seriously and always gives her best effort. She is a friendly and respectful student. Ella works hard and is a team player. She constantly works towards a standard of excellence. Eighth grader Ethan Baker is a strong student academically and is consistently attentive in class. He is unafraid to tackle tough material. He has been an asset to the class as he is always willing to participate and works in settings for the good of the entire class. Super News | 11
Gurney Elementary School Family Bingo Night On February 9, a family Bingo Night was held at Gurney Elementary School to benefit the Chagrin Falls High School Girls' Softball program. In addition to many fun bingo games, there was a raffle and plenty of concessions. Approximately 300 people attended and net proceeds were close to $5,000 for girls' softball in Chagrin. Thank you to all the families who attended and made this event so successful.
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Chagrin Falls High School Students Create New Ideas in Realize U Entrepreneurial Competition On February 1, Chagrin Falls High School students had the opportunity to create and pitch their own ideas for a unique consumer product in the second annual “Realize U Idea Challenge.” This challenge was held by the Chagrin Falls High School Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and was supported by the Veale Foundation/ Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum aims to enable high school students to recognize their potential by experiencing all areas of entrepreneurship. The forum is a growing network of Northeast Ohio schools that was founded in 2012. It now reaches 7,000 students annually and equips students with essential entrepreneurial skills. Students who participate in the forum gain the ability to recognize business opportunities, think creatively, solve problems, take initiative, persist through failure and communicate effectively. The Forum sponsors annual business and pitch competitions and offers internships and entrepreneurship camps. The final round of the “Realize U Idea Challenge” was held in the Chagrin Falls Schools’ Innovation Center. Each of the finalists presented his/her idea to a panel of judges for five minutes and took three minutes of questions following the presentations. ”All
six final ideas where well thought out and created a tough decision for the four panel of judges,” said Jay Schach, member of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative at Chagrin Falls High School. Piper Magyaros came in third place with the idea of a golf ball and tee accessory. Second place was Benjamin Winovich with the idea of a power breakfast bar. The first place winner was Mikala Izzo with the idea of luck dog bandanas. Each winner received a cash prize to move their product idea forward.
Chagrin Falls Schools Athletes Better Themselves through Development Conferences
The Chagrin Valley Conference, in partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance, created a conference to foster sportsmanship and leadership development among student athletes. Each school in the Chagrin Valley Conference sent a group of high school and middle school students to Beachwood High School in October and again for a follow-up conference in January.
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Students who attended were chosen to go by fall coaches. These coaches choose students based upon their leadership and sportsmanship skills and their ability to positively represent Chagrin Falls Schools. The theme of each workshop focused on the idea of being a triple threat
Chagrin Falls Middle School Eighth Graders Inspired by Holocaust Survivor
After completing a unit in literature on the Holocaust, Chagrin Falls Middle School eighth graders attended a face-to-face program on February 15 at Congregation Shaarey Tikvah in Beachwood. Students were taught about Judaism, tolerance, and the Holocaust. They heard from Holocaust survivor Stanley Bernath, who gave an engaging and powerful personal testimony. Bernath was only 17 years old when he was taken from his home in Romania. He discussed his struggles in the hands of the Nazis in the concentration camp. He was liberated on May 6, 1945. Bernath’s message to students was clear and relevant. He left students with three things to remember: 1.) Believe in yourself. competitor. This means a competitor who works to better his or her self, his or her teammates, as well as his or her sport. The same group of students attended both conferences in order to have consistency and foster comradery between the competitors and schools. Those who attended the conference include: Allie Kovatch, Lucy Fricke, Kelly Wynveen, Mikala Izzo, Ben Winovich, Aiden Stephens, Andrew Guggenheim, Mason Bartlett, Kendall Guddy, Elizabeth Rankin, Aubrey Daugherty, Evan Johnson, Zach Muckle, Camille Zitney, Gillian Geber, Zachary Neimeier and Lucky Deignan.
2.) Never ever give up no matter how hard things get. 3.) Nobody is better than you, and you are not better than anyone else. Just different. “Students found Mr. Bernath’s story to be engaging and memorable,” said teacher Marissa Ausperk. “He truly helped students understand why tolerance is so important in the world.” “Mr. Bernath inspired students to value one another and taught that what we do or choose not to do matters,”said Principal Laila Discenza.
On January 27, a group of Chagrin Falls Middle School and High School coaches spent the morning with Joe Terrasi from the Positive Coaching Alliance to learn and share ideas about leadership development for student athletes. This workshop was made possible with funding from the Chagrin Falls Booster Club and Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation, separate from the Chagrin Valley Conference Partnership.
Chagrin Falls High School Salutes Five National Merit Finalists
Five Chagrin Falls High School students have been named Finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students are Mason Bartlett, Sam Gaizutis, Trevor Stevenson, Erik Wilson, and Lucy Ranieri. Letters to Finalists’ homes were mailed on February 12. About 15,000 of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2017 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018. The Selection Committee is composed of college admission officers and high school guidance directors and counselors who work in pairs to evaluate the scholarship applications of Finalists on a state-by16 | March 2018
state basis. Committee members review all of the Finalist applications and consider each student’s academic record (including course load, rigor, depth and breadth of subjects studied, and grades earned); the student’s self-descriptive essay, activities, leadership, employment, and contributions to the school and community; in addition to the high school official’s letter of recommendation. The Scholars selected by the Committee are those determined to have the strongest combination of attributes and accomplishments and the greatest potential for future success in college studies and beyond.
Chagrin Falls High School Student-Athlete College Signings
Chagrin Falls High School senior Christoph Sontich has signed a national letter of intent to play football at Cornell University. Sontich was 2nd team CVC this past season and was honorable mention his junior year. He has also run track at Chagrin Falls. Christoph plans on majoring in Economics.
Chagrin Falls High School senior Brooke Weitzel has signed a national letter of intent to play girls soccer at DePaul University. Weitzel was CVC honorable mention her freshman year and the CVC MVP in 2016. She was also a member of the 2016 state runner up soccer team. Brookeâ€™s major is undecided at this time.
Chagrin Falls High School senior Hannah Zaluski has signed a national letter of intent to play girls soccer at George Washington University. Zaluski was 1st team CVC as a freshman. She did not play for the high school team her sophomore thru senior year. Hannah was a part of the state qualifying girls cross country team that placed 7th in the state. Hannah is undecided on her major at this time.
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Chagrin Falls Schools The Chagrin Falls High School
invite families to participate in the 2nd
Drama Club presents . . .
“Chagrin Cares Family First Night” of the 2017-18 school year.
Monday, March 12, 2018 - no homework assigned! - no studying for tests! - no athletic practices or games held! - no club meetings or activities hosted! Students and staff will leave school at the dismissal bell and are encouraged to only focus on connecting with their families. “We know that families are stretched in many different directions with many commitments and responsibilities in one day alone. Our hope is to provide a scheduled time that removes district expectations to allow for focused family time.” - Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools In partnership with Community Education and Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce 18 | March 2018
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A Guide to Safety Protocols for Parents/Guardians of the
1. How will the district communicate with me during an emergency or crisis situation? EMERGENCY MESSAGES Chagrin Falls Schools transmits crisis/emergency messages when necessary using the following communications: To Parents/Guardians: 1. All Call - phone call/text 2. Letters or emails to parents/guardians at affected schools 3. Information may also be found on the district Facebook page, Superintendent Bob Hunt’s Twitter (@Hunt_EdLeader), and district website (www.chagrinschools.org) when appropriate. To Non-School Parents/Guardians Community: 1. Email to those who have signed up to receive district communications. There is a “Stay Connected” link on the top of the district web page to sign up or use this link: http://bit.ly/Chagrin_StayConnected 2. Information may also be found on the district Facebook page, Superintendent Bob Hunt’s Twitter (@Hunt_EdLeader), and district website (www.chagrinschools.org) when appropriate.
2. How can I be sure my phone number is programmed into the district’s outbound calling system for emergencies? All Call School Messenger is the system the district uses for All Calls. In an emergency situation, all numbers present in Infinite Campus will be contacted. Parents/guardians can log in to Infinite Campus Parent Portal and verify all phone numbers are correct. Text Message Parents/guardians and students can receive text messages to cell phone numbers. Two easy steps: 1. Be sure your wireless number is correct inside of Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 2. Opt-In to confirm your device. Simply send “Y” or “Yes” via text message to “67587.” You will receive a reply letting you know that you’ve opted in to messages from School Messenger.
3. What do I do if my student is being evacuated from a school building? In the event of a building evacuation leading to an off-site reunification, parents/guardians will be notified through the district’s outbound dialing system. We will tell parents/guardians the location and the procedures for a safe and orderly pick up. Our first priority is keeping students safe. 20 | March 2018
Remember: • Do not come to the school to try and pick up your child. It will be blocked off by safety forces. • Remain at home and wait for the phone call and/or text from the district with instructions and the safe and secure pick up location. • Safety forces will be on hand at the school site and the parent/guardian reunification point. • Be patient and know that reunification could take time for an organized and safe release to families. • For security purposes, our off-site evacuation and reunification locations are not disclosed prior to an event.
4. When we see or hear about “at risk” behaviors, what should we do? 1. Contact the school counselor, assistant principal or principal of the school. 2. Educate yourself on the warning signs by visiting these websites: National Association of School Psychologists www.nasponline.org/children-and-violence
U.S. Department of Homeland Security www.ready.gov
National PTA www.pta.org/home/family-resources/safety/School-Safety
Red Flags Mental Health Education www.redflags.org
5. How can students and/or adults anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about potential threats to student safety? Our district partners with the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety in a safety resource called SaferOh. Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts in the Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention Unit (TAP). When action is needed, the TAP unit immediately forwards information to local school officials, local law enforcement agencies, and others, if necessary. Program that number into your cell phone. If you forget the number, it is posted on the bottom right corner of the district’s website homepage under FIND IT FAST.
Important Contact Information:
Caution about using social media With the easy access and frequent use of social media, it’s easy for us to feel that is the fastest way to receive the latest updates about a situation. Rely only on messages that are posted from the district for the most accurate information.
SaferOh Hotline for anonymous tips Call or text: 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) Chagrin Falls, Bentleyville, or South Russell Police: 440-247-7321 - Ask to speak to an officer on duty Download Your911 Safety App to report emergencies on a cell phone or simply call 911. Super News | 21
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Parenting has never been harder than it is today. Every generation of parents has been faced with new challenges. Our society’s increased access to information, people, and technical devices is arguably the most daunting challenge to come along in a very long time. Technology is constantly changing our world and most recently, our educational system. As a parent, supporting your student in the digital age can be stressful, problematic, and exhausting. It can even be difficult to find help especially when you don’t always know the right questions to ask.
Introducing Help @ Home The goal of the Help @ Home project is to help parents become better connected with their student’s digital lives. Sign up and you’ll receive a weekly email with relevant information on modern-day parenting as it relates to technology, education, and Generation C. Some sample topics to be covered include: • • • • • •
Digital citizenship Security and Privacy Trolls, hoaxes, and scams Filtering and monitoring technology use Social Media & Instafamous dreams Disconnecting (Healthy tech diet)
Help @ Home seeks to teach parents how to become a resource for their student(s), instead of a roadblock. Click here to sign up. Help @ Home is free and is available to anyone. While the project is currently being sponsored by the Chagrin Falls Exempted School District, you do not have students in the district to sign up for this weekly communication. Here are some of the more popular posts from the past few months: Social Media and Self Image - What can parents do to help? New Year, New Tools - 2018 has already brought parents two new tools for raising children in a digital age. GoGuardian Admin - A guide for parents that explains how GoGuardian Admin works to keep kids safe online. GoGuardian Teacher - This post discusses how GoGuardian Teacher provides educators with better control over their classroom.
The Netflix Generation - A look at how this "on demand" generation looks at technology as compared to previous generations. The New Celebrities - The influencers of Generation Z (its not who you think). Bad Apples - Some apps can signal your child may be up to no good. Sour Sites - A list of sketchy websites and how students use them. Limits, Locks and Learning - Suggestions and tools for limiting Internet content at home. Super News | 23
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
Dr. 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 Interim Middle School Principal @Howell_CFMS
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.
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