Chagrin Falls Schools
SALUTING THE CLASS OF 2017 Chagrin Falls High School
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Message from Our Superintendent On Sunday, June 4, we recognized the 129th graduating class of the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District. The class of 2017 achieved success in all aspects of schooling. This success is a result of the hard work of dedicated staff, parents, community and our students. The private sector often bases success on a return on investment (ROI). The success of this class should provide our parents and community with a glimpse of your return on investment from our schools. Let’s look at 2017 by the numbers:
Cover Photo: Ava McFarlane, Student, Chagrin Falls High School
• 78 received a state of Ohio Board of Education Diploma with Honors • 107 had a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher • 60 had a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or higher • 10 were commended National Merit Quaifiers • 7 were National Merit Finalists • 2 had perfect ACT scores • 123 students took 667 Advanced Placement exams • 34 students were inducted into the Cum Laude Society • 18 graduates attended career technical programming • 21 have already taken college coursework through the college credit plus program. •
The accolades extend beyond the classroom on to the athletic field, performance and debate stage, as well. Our graduates have indeed continued the excellence within our school district! May 2 also was a significant day for the future of our school district as the community of Chagrin Falls overwhelmingly supported a combined bond and operating issue. We have been working diligently to prepare for construction and those that have been on the 7-12 campus can already see evidence of what will soon be home for our students in grades 4-6. We have created a website to provide ongoing updates for our community on the project’s progress: http://www.chagrinschools. org/Construction.aspx. We are committed to deliver a school building on budget that meets the educational and community needs now and into the future. It has been a tremendous school year at Chagrin. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve this wonderful community. On behalf of the entire staff of Chagrin Falls Schools, have a great summer! Robert W. Hunt Superintendent Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Bob.firstname.lastname@example.org 440-247-4363 @Hunt_Edleader U
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A Review of the May Board of Education Meetings “Board Briefs” At the end of the school year we welcome the flurry of opportunities to celebrate and recognize the many accomplishments of our students, staff, parents and community members. It seems there are not enough hours in the day to recognize the vast and varied achievements in our district. We are so fortunate for all of you and all you do every day to model patience, honesty, courage, perseverance, wisdom, responsibility, generosity, and a commitment to lifelong learning. On June 4th, board members were privileged to participate in our high school graduation ceremony with our board president sharing words of wisdom, with our board vice president presenting the Board Academic Achievement Awards, and with board members conveying high school diplomas to our graduates. There is no greater honor. As we send our seniors out into the world to accomplish great things, we know that with your help, we have provided them with a solid foundation upon which to build. Over the past month or so, we have had the privilege to partake in other end of year celebrations such as Teacher Appreciation Day, student awards assemblies, class parties and school picnics, clap-outs, high school scholarship presentations, nominations for teacher and staff of the year, breakfast for community Difference Makers, and Volunteer Crossing Guard Appreciation Day to name a few. At school board meetings, we have had the pleasure to hear presentations from teachers, parents and students who are paving the way with new or improved classes, clubs and extra-curricular activities to enhance personalized learning. High school AP Research students presented the board with summaries of this new course offering, their individual research projects, and their recommendations for future classes. We were blown away by the breadth of topics and maturity of these students. We were also pleased to welcome several students, parents and staff who shared the successes of STRETCH programming for gifted and advanced students at the intermediate school. Congratulations to the CFIS Global Issues Problem Solving teams who competed quite successfully for the first time at the Future ProblemSolving State Bowl; to the Invention Convention participants and winners; Mathletics and Inklings achievers and the CFIS 6th grade Mock Trial team. We also commend Becky Quinn and staff at Gurney for implementing an expansion of gifted and advanced programming starting next year. In May and June, the Board recognized Jessica Johnson as the 2017 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator of the Year and student Nadia McGuiness
who received the 2017 Excellence in Education Achievement Award for her vision to make high school dances more welcoming for all students. We also congratulated the Gertsburg Law Firm and Veale Foundation as our nominees for the 2017 OSBA Business Honor Role for their work in supporting public education in our district and others. The dedication to and continued support of our school district by our teachers, administration, students, parents, community businesses and community members makes us the strong school district of which we are all justifiably proud. Your passion for our schools and desire to keep our schools strong, as well as the involvement of many individuals from all these stakeholder groups throughout our district, resulted in voter approval on May 2, 2017 for the Chagrin Falls Schools’ levy and bond issue. With vast community support, we now have operating funds to maintain current staffing and educational programs as well as sufficient bond resources to rehabilitate our aging and worn out facilities. Construction will commence this fall on the intermediate school building and so students and staff will be relocated to temporary classrooms on the high school campus. We expect to be under construction for the next two school years and intend to keep our community and parents informed of our progress along the way through regular Board meeting updates, Board Briefs, and through a dedicated website page at http://www.chagrinschools. org/Construction.aspx. The Board has hired Gilbane as Construction Manager at Risk firm and EMOD, LLC to install temporary modular classrooms. Furthermore, we approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to hire Curtis Howell to assist parents and staff in managing the transition and in keeping lines of communication open in his new position as School Management Coordinator. Mr. Howell and the entire administrative team will be working diligently this summer to plan and prepare for a successful opening of school on August 21, 2017. Next year holds the promise of change, new opportunities and challenges, and even greater achievements for our students and our schools. It is the dedication, talents and collaboration of staff throughout the district as well as your patience and support that will enable us to achieve our goals. Have a wonderful summer everyone! We look forward to welcoming you back to school in August! Kathryn Garvey Member, Board of Education U
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Chagrin Falls Schools Growing a Foundation for Future Learning
An Update on Chagrin Falls Interim Intermediate School Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools is very grateful to the community for passage of the bond issue on May 2, 2017. This bond will allow for the renovation and new construction of the current Intermediate School at 77 E. Washington. It will also allow for an interim school to be constructed on the current 7-12 Campus. Intermediate School classes will be held at this location for next two school years.
This presentation is designed to keep parents of incoming Intermediate School students updated with basic information regarding the logistics and programming of the interim school. We believe this presentation should answer most general questions and provide some photos and video that will be helpful to understand what the school will look like. We will update it with new information and photos throughout the project. Click here to view the presentation.
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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. An advance of roughly $2.5 million was made to the Capital Improvement Fund in May to allow activity to progress on the Intermediate School Construction Project before the actual bond sale occurs. These funds will be reimbursed to the general fund.
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. The spike in expenditures for the month of May includes an advance of funds to the Capital Improvement Fund.
Chagrin Falls High School Student Selected as an Emperor Science Award Winner Anna Sherman, a junior at Chagrin Falls High School, was one of 100 award recipients for the second year of PBS LearningMedia’s and Stand Up To Cancer’s Emperor Science Award program. The Emperor Science Award program is an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care, through a unique mentoring opportunity. PBS LearningMedia, a digital educational resource library for teachers and students, and Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, received nearly 800 applications from eligible 10th and 11th grade students in 44 states throughout the U.S. who are interested in pursuing a career in science research. Prominent scientists served as judges and evaluated the students’ applications: written essays submitted online January 10 through March 17, addressing why scientific research is so important in finding a cure for cancer, what scientific field they would study and why. “Chagrin Falls High School is proud to recognize Anna Sherman as an Emperor Science Award recipient. Anna was chosen from a pool of hundreds of 10th and 11th grade students from across the country that are interested in pursuing a career in science and cancer research,” said Principal Steven Ast, Chagrin Falls High School. “Anna Sherman will represent Chagrin Falls High School and the entire Chagrin Falls community as she continues to enhance her knowledge and skills through this one-of-a-kind mentorship program.” The 100 Emperor Science Award recipients will have an opportunity to conduct research in a
lab, virtually, or a combination of both, working with an esteemed scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project, will receive a Google Chrome computer to enhance their studies and to facilitate mentor access for those students who live at a distance from their mentor’s research facility, and a $1,500 stipend for expenses. Those entering the program for the first year will also have the opportunity to apply for a second year. Students from rural, suburban and urban communities in 29 states comprise the second class of Emperor Science Awardees. These students demonstrated awareness of emerging developments in cancer treatment, including precision medicine, immunotherapy and epigenetics, and have an impressive range of research focuses and interests, including nanotechnology and engineering, basic cellular biology, gene mapping, bioinformatics, DNA splicing and computational sciences. Sherman is committed to continuing her education in biological sciences. She was recently chosen to receive the prestigious Rensselaer Medal Award based on the recommendations of the science faculty at Chagrin Falls High School. Sherman is also a member of the Chagrin Falls Speech and Debate Team, and qualified to compete at both the state and national tournaments in Original Oratory. The Emperor Science Award Program extends the learning and outreach for the PBS documentary, Ken Burns Presents CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES A Film by Barak Goodman. The program has been made possible by financial support from Founding Donors Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Novartis. Their support will fund a total of 300 awards through the first three years. U
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INNOVATION CENTER - A YEAR IN REVIEW
Thank You Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation and all our donors! The Innovation Center, opened at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, creates a flexible learning environment for our students that integrates technology, fosters creativity and encourages them to reach beyond the traditional educational boundaries. The 4,300 square foot Innovation Center is located on the 7-12 Campus and includes three distinct yet interconnected spaces, including a research center, collaboration classroom and a Maker’s Space, or “Fab Lab,” to bring students’ ideas to life with 3D printers, embroidery machines, laser cutters, tools and more.
laser engraving If you can think it, If you can dream it, or even if you can only draw it, then you can make it. - Holden Woofter, 8th grade Chagrin Falls Middle School 8
cross curricular experiences
STEM Project Lead the Way
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Chagrin Falls High School Chagrin Valley Rotary Club Student of the Month Chagrin Falls High School senior Andrew Kwasny has been selected as the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club High School Student of the Month for May. Kwasny has demonstrated service and leadership through his school activities and community involvement. Kwasny has spent the past four years as a member of the Chagrin Falls High School football, basketball, and baseball teams and has lettered two years in each sport. Additionally, he earned the role of captain of the baseball team. As a junior, he was voted second team all-CVC as a pitcher and participated in summer baseball club teams throughout high school. Kwasny also made All Conference Academic Team for football, basketball, and baseball.
years and participated in Link Crew, a program that helps connect freshmen to their high school experience. Additionally, he has been nominated for two opportunities that teach leadership and positive coaching. Outside of school, Kwasny works as a CAA basketball referee. He has also worked as a caddy at Chagrin Valley Country Club for the past five summers. He has accumulated more than 150 hours of community service, including volunteering at functions like Santaâ€™s breakfast, the Turkey Trot, and various events at Holy Angels Church. While in high school, Kwasny has also volunteered each summer for the Chagrin Falls High School-sponsored football, basketball, and baseball camps. His advanced courses include AP Government, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Calculus AB, AP Spanish, and AP Computer Science. He will complete his senior project at Michael Baker International, an engineering firm in downtown Cleveland. Kwasny plans to attend the honors college at Clemson University to major in Civil Engineering with a pending minor in computer science.
A four-year honor roll student, Kwasny has played an active role in the school community. He has been a member of Key Club for four
CHAGRIN VALLEY ROTARY CLUB For sponsoring the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club High School Student of the Month Recognition Program 12
Chagrin Falls High School Write Place Interns
The Chagrin Falls Write Place interns were excited to received thank you letters from the sixth grade writers they helped.
Chagrin Falls High School One of America’s Most Challenging High Schools Chagrin Falls High School ranked 313 out of 2,323 schools as “one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools” by Washington Post. Last month, Newsweek’s Top High Schools ranked the school as #5 in Northeast Ohio and #22 in State of Ohio. In this latest ranking, Chagrin Falls High School ranked 2nd best high school in Northeast Ohio and 5th best in the State of Ohio for the 2016-17 school year. Only 12% of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools earned placement on this list, based on total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests given at each school divided by the number of seniors who graduated. U
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Chagrin Falls Middle School Attends Concert at Severance Hall At Chagrin Falls Middle School, there is a culture of communication and collaboration. “To provide support to students and staff in order to maximize potential, growth and achievement, we must build a climate of teamwork,” said Principal Laila Discenza, Chagrin Falls Middle School. “Therefore, we attended Severance Hall as a whole school to view the Cleveland Orchestra perform Haydn´s Miracle as a culminating experience that brought together our building focus on teaming, well-rounded students, and acceptance.” This interdisciplinary activity provided the opportunity for all students to feel like they were part of a team. “Unity brings strength, camaraderie, and the ability to overcome obstacles,” said Discenza
The eighth grade also prepared for their Monumental Experience for their upcoming trip to Washington D.C. and gained inspiration from examples of outstanding architecture in downtown Cleveland: Severance Hall, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Fountain of Eternal Life in Public Square. The seventh grade observed societal norms, expectations and experiences to use for shaping thoughts and beliefs when designing their end-of-the-year project on utopia/dystopia. “This was definitely a great experience for the music students to be able to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of music performance and composition,” concluded Discenza.
Chagrin Falls Middle School Careers in Science Day
The Chagrin Falls Middle School science department hosted the first annual Science and Technology Career Day on May 11. Parents and community members were invited to share their careers with our students. The day was a great success. Special thanks to Chagrin Falls PTO for providing cookies and water for the presenters. Also thanks to the following parents and community members who shared their knowledge: • John Butler - Neurosurgeon • Jay Schach - Entrepreneur / Startup • Brian Morrison - Clinics Engineering/ biomedical equipment technician • Joanne Montz - eLearning • Sarah Devonshire - Clinical Cancer Researcher • Mike Nemunaitis - Oncologist • Jenica Mignogna - Chiropractor • Takashi Shinkawa - Geologist/ Environmental Consultant • Joe Purnhagen - Marketing Manager, The Lubrizol Corp. • Pam Hoover - School Nurse • Lori Guerrini - Library Science • Steven Turoczi - Physician • Irina Becker - Nurse • Paul Sincaglia - Fire Protection Engineer • Tina Lechman - Senior Clinical Research Specialist/Medical Devices • Dr. Pam Dennis - Veterinary Epidemiologist
Chagrin Falls High School Students Inspired by Female Community Leaders During Panel Discussion The Chagrin Falls High School R.O.X. (Ruling Our Experiences) program facilitated by Julie Beckerman and Amanda Heintzelman hosted a guest speaker panel featuring female community leaders and role models. Exposing the girls to career role models gave them an opportunity to see diverse women in the community who are successful in their occupation. “The guest speaker panel was a wonderful way to conclude the last R.O.X. session for the school year,” said Chagrin Falls High School teacher Amanda Heintzelman. “It was a positive experience for not only the students attending, but all of the women serving on the panel.”
Pictured right to left: Tracey Bradnan (Director of Communications & Marketing, Case Western Reserve), Robin Peavy (Co-Owner, Chagrin Yoga), Lauren Daughin (Candy Stick Photography), Katie Corr (Education Specialist, Cleveland MetroParks Zoo), Molly Gebler (Executive Director, Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce), Denise Workum (Trial Attorney IV, Nationwide) U
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Chagrin Falls High School AP Seniors Work Showcased
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Chagrin Falls Board of Education Recognizes Various Students, Teachers and Volunteers
(ABOVE) Chagrin Falls Middle School teacher Jessica Johnson - Ohio Distinguished Educator Award Winner
(ABOVE) Chagrin Falls Intermediate School STRETCH teachers. They helped design and implement the STRETCH program, an enrichment program developed for cognitively-gifted students in grades 4-6. Some of the STRETCH courses offered this year as enrichment offerings will be available to all Intermediate School students next school year.
(ABOVE) Chagrin Falls Middle School Mock Trial and Parent Volunteer Mr. Thomas Perrotti for an outstanding competition season.
(ABOVE) Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Math Olympiad Winners (left to right: Mia Sluder, Audrey Holmes, Griffin Gura, Isabel Nerpouni, Ronan Rogers)
(LEFT) Two members of the two Global Issues Problem-Solving Teams who competed in the 2017 Future Problem-Solving State Bowl (left to right: Mira Haines and Isaac Copley, both sixth graders)
Chagrin Falls Middle School Salutes Students of the Month The mission of the Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month is to acknowledge and reward students for exemplary performance. The students depict Tiger Techniques - Think, Integrity, Grit, Effort and Responsibility. Each month, the seventh and eighth grade teams collaborate and choose a male and female â€œTiger of the Month.â€? These students receive bakery from the PTO. The May Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month are Paelyn Benz (Grade 7), Ryan Castelluccio (Grade 7), Fiona Garvey (Grade 8), and Henry Gleeson (Grade 8). Paelyn Benz is a conscientious student who takes pride in her work. She is always prepared for class, takes directions well and is willing to work with anyone. Her smile is ever present when she walks into a room and always says thank you when leaving. Ryan Castelluccio always has a positive attitude about learning and wants to do well in class. He has quick wit and appropriate humor that brings a smile to the whole class. Ryan
works hard, is always prepared for class, works well with all students and seeks feedback for how to improve work quality. Fiona Garvey is a pleasure to teach. She is an insightful learner who is quick to notice trends. Fiona always works hard, contributes to class, and is a sweet, positive person. Henry Gleeson is a hard worker and a good role model for others. He is respectful, demonstrates maturity and always comes to class with a positive attitude. He is kind to everyone and is always willing to help.
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Chagrin Falls High School Representatives from China Learning Initiatives Visits Chagrin Falls Schools On May 5, Yiwei Zhu, a Senior Program Associate with China Learning Initiatives at the Asia Society, visited the Chagrin Falls School District. She spoke with upper level students in Chinese, learned about their rich cultural experiences since beginning Chinese
at Chagrin Falls Middle School, and learned about student plans to use and/or study Chinese beyond high school. The visit also afforded time for Ms. Zhu to meet with Chinese teacher Ms. Guo, Superintendent Robert Hunt, Director of Curriculum Becky Quinn, and Chagrin Falls Middle School Principal Laila Discenza. Mr. Hunt explained, “We have had a longstanding relationship with the Asia Society and Confucius Classroom and appreciate
the support provided by the grant funding our district receives each year. Ms. Guo has done an amazing job in growing our Chinese programming within the district.” Strategies to foster early interest in Chinese through the provision of cultural experiences supported by Confucius Grant funding have been implemented this school year. Mrs. Discenza shared, “During our WIN period this quarter, Ms. Amy Fenton designed a Chinese Lantern project through grant funds to further engage our middle school students in learning more about Chinese culture.” Students across grades 7-12 are enrolled in Chinese programming, which extends from level 1-4 and includes AP Chinese. Chagrin Falls is one the Asia Society’s Confucius Classroom Schools, a national network of exemplary Chinese language programs selected through a competitive application process. The network currently comprises more than 35,000 students studying Chinese in more than 100 elementary, middle, and high schools located in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Chagrin Falls is proud to be a member of this group, as all of these schools have evidenced a strong commitment to making their Chinese program a core part of a larger mission to help students become globally competent.
Chagrin Falls High School Congratulates the “Tigers of the Semester” The Chagrin Falls High School “Tiger of the Semester” Award is presented to students who exemplify a positive attitude, work ethic and service to fellow students and teachers at the 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. Second semester Tigers were honored on May 5. The event was sponsored by Key Club.
This semester’s recipients are: William Armington, Sean Baggett, Rosel Burt, Max Calhoun, Mitchell Chapic, Joely Chinnici, Kylee Cox, Annie DeBernardo, Hannah Ducas, Jessica Feucht, Delaney Gilmore, Chester Hill, Justin Hollis, Joey Keys, Jack Kiel, Nathan Kristoff, Kara Lustig, Grace Marinelli, Claire McLaughlin, Matt Miller, Maggie Mills, Joey Mrofchak, Brianna Nelson, Alexandra Olson, Allison Pilotti, Owen Potter, Grace Qua, Joe Reagan, Bryce Sellars, Che Sinclair, Kiara Torres, Hannah Tropp, Zoe Vinci, Margot Weber, Brooke Weston, Will Winovich, Kelly Wynveen, and Daniel Zapata.
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Chagrin Falls High School Student Receives Excellence in Education Peer Award
Chagrin Falls High School junior Nadia McGinnis was recognized by the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County with a 2017 Excellence in Education Peer Achievement Award. The recognition brunch, held on May 15 at Woodside Event Center at St. Michael’s in Broadview Heights, was an opportunity for educators, teachers, students, and community members to celebrate the great things that are happening in special education today. Students, peers, and educators received awards. The Outstanding Peer Achievement Award recognizes students who have established positive relationships, assisted other students with disabilities, and have been exemplary role models. As a member of the Principal’s Advisory Committee, Nadia suggested to Mr. Ast that she wanted to make the school dances more inclusive to students with special needs. She proposed having a quiet room near the gym where students could go if they were to get overwhelmed in the loud room with a large crowd. Mr. Ast and the special education team thought this was a great idea. Prior to the Winter Formal dance, she and her team of students participated in small group speech therapy sessions during their lunch periods. “They met with our students who have special needs to talk about the dance, to spend time together, and to build relationships with the students so they would feel comfortable
approaching the peers at the dance,” said Janet Coriell, intervention specialist, Chagrin Falls High School. At the dance, Nadia and her team took turns dancing and spending time socializing with the group of students in the gym, and also made sure there were peers available when students wanted to use the VIP room. They all took pictures together, and helped post them to Instagram so the DJ could put them up on the screen by the dance floor. “Our students had a great time at the dance. In fact, there were some who came to a school dance for the first time, specifically because of all that Nadia had done,” said Coriell. Nadia and her team have continued to spend time with the students whenever possible to participate in other activities, such as coming to school early to do puzzles with a student while she waits for her aide to arrive, doing crafts with a student to help her participate in a team spirit activity, and interacting during their lunch sessions. “Our students look forward to lunchtime with their “buddies,” and enjoy seeing them in the hall between classes and at school events,” said Coriell. “Without Nadia, these connections may not have been formed naturally, and our students with special needs would have missed out on these opportunities. We are all looking forward to watching these relationships grow. Thanks to Nadia and the blueprint she has designed for school dances, I foresee that this will continue at our school, even after she has graduated.”
Chagrin Falls High School Junior Raises More Than $7500 for Local Charity
Chagrin Falls High School Congratulations Excel TECC Award-Winning Students Excel TECC, at its end of the year recognition program, recognized the following Chagrin Falls High School students. Congratulations to each of these students for their accomplishments.
Margaret Sobota, a junior at Chagrin Falls High School, was a 2017 Student of the Year Candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Students of the Year program is a seven-week fundraising competition in which nominated high school students raise funds to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). “Throughout the seven weeks, Margaret exhibited qualities of a successful student learner,” said Brittney Bajc, Students of the Year Manager for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “Margaret effectively managed a team composed of her peers, delegating tasks, following up with their commitments, and offering words of encouragement.” This hard work, time and dedication led to Margaret raising $7,578. She received a Mission Scholarship from the organization at its Grand Finale Celebration on April 28 at LaCentre in Westlake. Margaret is the second Student of the Year candidate from the Chagrin Falls community.
• Lauren Boral, Senior, Medical Technologies, Bronze Medal Team - Skills USA Regional/Health Knowledge Bowl State Qualifier; National Technical Honor Society Inductee; Fourth Place Team Skills USA State/Health Knowledge Bowl • Lauren Lafrance - Junior, CosmetologyMayfield, Excel Tecc Departmental Junior Award • David McCuaig, Senior, Gold Medal - Medical Technologies - Skills USA Regional/Basic Health Care Skills - State Qualifier • Victoria Spieth, Senior, Job Training, Excel Tecc Departmental Senior Award • Jennifer Stenler, Senior, Medical Technologies, Excel Tecc Departmental Senior Award • William Tinsley, Junior, Performing Arts Academy, National Technical Honor Society Inductee • Kennedy Slomovitz, Senior, Performing Arts Academy, Outstanding Senior Award • Graham Smith, Senior, Digital Arts & Technology, Outstanding Senior Award Excel TECC is a career technical consortium serving the ten school districts of Aurora, Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Mayfield, Orange, Richmond Heights, Solon, South Euclid-Lyndhurst, West Geauga, and Willoughby-Eastlake offering over 25 unique programs. Excel TECC’s primary objective is to prepare students to enter a four year college, a two year technical school or the career of their choosing. U
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Chagrin Falls Middle School Seventh Graders Enjoy Morning of Service As the seventh grade winners of the Chagrin Falls Middle School “Kindness Challenge” this past March, Christie Briggs’ homeroom class was able to choose a location to do a morning of service. They enjoyed helping the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce collate newsletters and assemble goodie bags for the Village Arts Hop. Angie DeBernardo, a Chagrin parent and member of Chagrin Falls Village Council, took the students on a tour of the new trail loop the village is developing off Vincent Street. They saw the newly installed arboretum in honor of
Ben King for his 40 years of devoted service to the Shade Tree Commission. The new walking loop will go down from the arboretum, along the river to the Spillway bridge, and then back up across the new Cleveland Street Walkway Bridge. They ended their morning by enjoying a lunch at Parkside Grill.
Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Students Selected To Compete in National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington, D.C. Chagrin Falls Intermediate School students Audrey Holmes (grade 4), Will Stinson (grade 4), and Alexander Kroon (grade 5) competed in the 2017 National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington D.C. on June 1-3. Their inventions that were submitted for consideration included: “Car Cozy” by Audrey Holmes, “The Stop Drop Cone” by Will Stinson, and “Sizzlin’ Sox” by Alexander Kroon. These students were selected from all of the students enrolled in Invention Convention within Chagrin Falls Intermediate School this year. They are three of 75 total students selected from across the State of Ohio, and three of 300 students selected from across the United States to compete at the national event.
Chagrin Falls High School Bike Drive Donates 130 Bikes to Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op and the Cleveland Refugee Bike Project helped us build such a great Chagrin/Cleveland community connection,” said Jack Kukla. “In addition, we thank the drivers and mechanics at the bus garage who supported us with their time in greeting donors at the drop off site and providing a secure area for the collection. Student Council would like to thank Safe Routes to School, Mountain Road Cycles, Geigers, and Bike Ohio for their community support, and everyone else involved in making the drive possible.” Despite all the flat tires and squeaky brakes, lots of bikes will be rolling to new riders thanks to Chagrin Falls School families and community members who donated to the Junior Student Council bike drive this spring. On Sunday, April 23 Chagrin Falls Student Council members Jack Kukla, Chris Currey, Ben Cervelloni, Eneh Turoczi, Cam Lucas, Michael Donley, Allie Kovatch, and Joey King met at the Chagrin Falls Schools’ bus garage, where the bikes they had collected over the previous month had been stored. There they met Jim Sheehan, executive director of the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, driving a large pickup with a box trailer, expecting to have their help loading 50 donated bikes. He was pleasantly surprised with the number of bikes they had collected, but it was a good thing they had brought along their own vehicles – several pickups and family cars with bike racks – because together they assessed, sorted and loaded 130 bikes (and two unicycles) for a “convoy” haul downtown to the bike co-op. Fifty of the bikes were to be refurbished by coop volunteers for the Cleveland Refugee Bike Project, while the rest will support their other educational programs. “We would like to thank our Chagrin schools’ families and community members who generously donated to the bike drive and
On May 22, three certified cycling instructors met at the Migration and Refugee Services agency with the first group of refugees that are the recipients of these bikes. These include 17 Arabic speakers, more than half of whom were women. They were all fitted with helmets and sized for their bikes. Four of them learned to ride for the first time right then, and several rode for the first time since their childhood. On May 25, staff and volunteers from the agency brought the individuals to the Bike Co-Op, with an interpreter, for a class on safe bicycling. The conclusion of the class was a ride back to the agency, where they learned how to use their new bike locks, and, after a celebratory dinner, rode their new bikes back to their homes for the first time. “These folks were so excited to be getting on bikes; you could tell it’s going to be a big part of their lives.” said Sheehan. “What we learn from working with this first group will be important to scaling this program up in the future,” said Instructor Kevin Cronin, founding director of the local advocacy group Bike Cleveland, which is a partner in this project. Any further donations may be dropped off at Mountain Road Cycles where they will be passed along to the co-op. Go to www. OhioCityCycles.org to learn all about the many great programs they offer. U
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Chagrin Falls Schools Recognizes Two Organizations for Business/School Partnerships
At the Chagrin Falls Board of Education meeting on June 5, two organizations were recognized with the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) “Business Honor Roll” award for their partnership with the Chagrin Falls Schools. These two organizations were The Gertsburg Law Firm Co., LPA and the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. Attorney Alex Gertsburg believes the skill of writing a concise argument, supported with evidence and reason, can be the difference in the outcome of a court case in his profession. Two years ago, he wanted high school students to have the opportunity to draft solutions to a problem in a succinct exposition, which drove his desire to start an essay contest. Gertsburg didn’t just develop an essay contest, pass out flyers, and award a winner like many organization do regularly. Instead, he engaged two high school communities in a project to develop a writing experience that would be meaningful to students and that could actually
offer solutions to issues facing students and their schools. Over the course of several months he met with educators from Kenston High School and Chagrin Falls High School to identify a problem students were facing, collaborate on how to introduce the contest, develop a system for collecting essays, and discussed ways to recognize winners. He then engaged businesses, attorneys, and organizations in Northeast Ohio to sponsor prizes and score essays. What resulted was a well-run essay contest for two high schools that recognized 16 students along with money donated to each school to implement the proposed solutions of the winning students. For many this would be a success, something that could be replicated the following year and continue to be a success for years to come, but Alex saw this as something that other schools and their students could benefit from. In the 2016-17 school year, he added additional high schools, reached out to more sponsors, and increased the prize pool all while
continuing his collaboration with schools to identify a new problem for teens to address with their essays. “Alex Gertsburg and his firm have done an exceptional job of engaging the school communities surrounding their business and adding a meaningful learning experience to students,” said Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools. “It is for these reasons that the Gertsburg Law Firm deserves recognition through the OSBA Honor Roll.” The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum provided a $10,000 grant to Chagrin Falls High School for all students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset through participation
in amazing experiences. Provided through a collaborative network of educators and business leaders, the Forum champions exceptional education and real-world experiences in entrepreneurship. The school competition at Chagrin Falls High School, supported by the Forum, was held in December 2016. Fifteen ideas were presented with one student, Alex Amata, having the opportunity to compete at Case Western Reserve University in April at the Veale Venture Challenge. Students also attended Thinkfest at John Carroll University and the Veale Pitchfest at Baldwin Wallace University.
The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum at Case Western Reserve University was another first-rate competition that helped me refine my presentation skills and develop a greater understanding of the many opportunities in the business world. The Veale Foundation and the Chagrin Falls High School business program does a great job providing a platform for students to express and explore new entrepreneurial ventures, and I am honored to have had this experience. - Alex Amata
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Chagrin Falls High School Eight Students at Chagrin Falls High School Participate in New AP Research Class
Chagrin Falls High School offered an AP Research class for the first time this year. According to CollegeBoard, a little more than 6,000 students enrolled in the research class worldwide and eight of those students were from Chagrin Falls. “Since it is a relatively new CollegeBoard course, it’s still rare to be able to take and complete the course,” said Jean Kanzinger, English and communication teacher at Chagrin Falls High School. Kanzinger taught the AP Research class, the second in the AP Capstone sequence. The first class in the sequence is an AP Seminar, which all eight of the students took last year. The entire class is a research project where students look for gaps in current research to formulate their own question to explore. The end product is a 20-25 page research paper and an oral presentation and defense of their project. While expert advisers were there to aid the students, they could not give feedback specific to a student’s project, making the final paper a result of the student’s independent decisions. After collecting and analyzing data, the students reviewed each other’s papers and presented their work. Each student presented
to three panelists, made up of teachers from Chagrin Falls High School. The students were given a bank of questions that the panelists could ask, but were only asked three to four during the presentation. Benjamin R. Cervelloni analyzed “How FirstPitch Outcome Affects Winning Percentage in Major League Baseball.” Madeline E. Ferguson looked at the “Pester Power Success of First Grade Boys and Girls.” Mikala C. Izzo researched “Newspaper Subjectivity and Election Proximity.” Emily J. Mattson performed a correlation study to see the attempted popularity and perceived trust of middle school cliques. Melissa K. McDonnell examined “Episodic Memory Priming Relationship to Semantic Memory in Dementia.” Lucy Ranieri researched the impact of visual arts on middle school student attitudes. Margaret E. Sobota looked at the correlation between living in a single-mother household and heterosocial competence. Marley L. Vidmar did a quantitative analysis on dance as a sport. Seven of the eight students attended the May 15 Chagrin Board of Education meeting with Kanzinger to present their work.
Chagrin Falls Middle School Eighth Graders Experience Washington, D.C. in a Variety of Ways Chagrin Falls Middle School eighth grade students experienced higher-level learning before, during and after their visit to Washington D.C. Prior to the trip, students examined the definition of “values” and how they are are reflected in United States’ monuments. The eighth graders at Chagrin Falls Middle School were treated to a presentation from members of Rolling Thunder, a group of Veterans dedicated to helping other veterans and their families. The group presented informational slide shows, shared their stories, and allowed the students to view and handle relics. The presentation was part of the eighth grade interdisciplinary unit entitled, “A Monumental Experience.” The eighth graders were able to answer the question, “Why do we memorialize and honor the people and events that we do?” The presentation allowed the students to use primary sources as a part of the research
needed for the unit. In addition, the students created a proposal for a monument they believe should be created. Each designed a three-dimensional model, a business letterstyled proposal, and a slide presentation given in front of a panel of community member judges. The unit culminated with a visit to the nation’s capital. “We thank the members of Rolling Thunder for their past service and their thoughtful presentations that added so much to our student’s experience,” said Principal Laila Discenza, Chagrin Falls Middle School. While in Washington, May 31 to June 2, all students took part in an interactive scavenger hunt and selfie adventure to document their time and experiences. When the students returned to school after their trip, they created slides to share with the entire eighth grade of their six super selfies and experiences.
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Chagrin Falls High School Spring Season Highlights The 2017 spring season was another memorable season at Chagrin Falls High School. The teams had 20 first team allconference/region players, 20 second team all-conference/region players, and 13 allconference/region honorable mention players. 12 players also made All Ohio, and four players were named All American. The baseball team won the CVC, and won a district title for the second year in a row. They finished with a record of 24-7. Head coach Mike Sweeney won his 300th game at Chagrin Falls. The boys lacrosse team made it to the regional finals again but lost in a very hard fought game. They were regional runners up the past two years. The Girls Lacrosse team for the 3rd straight year made it to the state finals. They played in the first ever OHSAA state lacrosse tournament. They lost to Indian Hill 13-12 in the last seconds of the game. Head Coach KC White won her 100th game in her final season as Head Coach at Chagrin Falls. The team finished with a 17-5 record. Our Girls Track and Field team did well at the state meet. The girls 4x800 relay team ( Hailey Lowe, Catherine Coffey, Annie Zimmer, and Halle McClintock) won the state championship for the 2nd year in a row. Annie Zimmer came in 3rd place in the 1600M race and Halle McClintock came in 2nd place in the 800M race. The team came in 4th place overall at the meet.
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CLASS OF 2017 Kyle Edward Abbey John Patrick Agan Angus Cade Allen Alexander Rees Amata Sean Michael Baggett Daniel Michael Baldini Elizabeth Sue Baldwin Lena Constance Bando William James Bargar William Rice Bartlett Matthew Nicholas Batos Catharine Bronwyn Bender Schaffer Richard Berg Alyson Marie Bergomi Daniel Edward Berlin Gavin Mitchell Blanks Jacob Alexander Bloom Lauren Hayley Boral James Douglass Brant Collin Stafford Briggs Daniel Lavery Brown Andrew Nelson Brunson Sarah Kirkland Bullen Claudia Moran Bunker Breanna Christina Burks Molly Kathryn Carroll Dominic Carmen Catanese Bruce David Childs Thomas Moyer Chimples Kaleigh Ann Clark John Charles Wille Clegg Andrew Joseph Clement Camille Grace Concannon Samantha Jane Conti Cassidy Ann Cooke Madigan Grace Stanton Copley
Jackson Anthony Crandall Danielle Brighton Currey Garrett Christopher Curtiss Jack Wesley Dawson Annabella Evelyn DeBernardo Courtney Lynn Den Braber Samuel Edward Deutsch Caroline Kay Digel Mia Rose DiSanto Edith Winn Doman Johnathon Quest Dome Bennett Joseph Eagle Patrick Jonathan Emery George Kenneth Evans Dylana Renee Felton Jessica Ella Feucht Spencer Thomas Fleming Reed Benjamin Flynt Kyle Robert Foley Pierce Hampton Fricke Jarrod Daniel Fritz Mary Louise Gilchrist Leah Marie Gillespie Mia Claire Glassco Jane Elizabeth Goble Pearson Eva Gottschalk Samuel Hafner Gottsegen Trevor Ray Gravely Trevon Larenz Grimes Owen Michael Gruss Brock Robert Hammond Riley Edward Hardacre Grant Ryan Harrison Grace Elizabeth Hass-Hill Kayla Alexis Hepler Chance Eli Herbst
David James Herpst Mackenzie Elizabeth Holtz Clark Valdas Hopkins Markian Alexander Horodysky Emma Rae Iammarino Samuel David Jansen Mitchell Thomas Johnson Michael Joseph Kampman Benjamin Garrett Karyo Sophia Marie Kendall Karl Matthew Koenig Tessa Nicole Kostelec John Cody Krissinger Niels Kristensen Anna Leigh Kruszenski Shelby Anne Kurz Dustin Everett Paulson Kushious Andrew Joseph Kwasny Jacob Sean Levine Grace Elizabeth Livingston Sean Patrick Lordan Hailey Lisabeth Lowe Mia Hunt Magersupp Katherine Fay Malik Thomas Warren Mallak Keeley Eden Malone Emily Jane Mason Hannah Mackenzie Mather Alison Royer Mazzola John Curt McCamon Halle Anna McClintock David Andrew McCuaig Patrick Zumbiehl McGillicuddy Isabella Aurea McGreevy Caroline Deubel McLaughlin
Photo Credit for Commencement Photos: David Petkiewicz Photography
Amanda Kathleen Meador Ellen Marie Meil Michelle Alexandra Menkoff Charles Lafferty Miller Alex David Moore Alexander Levengood Moore Jacob Tyler Moore Charles Anderson Moyse Emily Kristina Muckle Michael Anthony Musarra Peter Bradford Nachtwey Anne Elizabeth Nafziger Alexander Craig Navratil Brianna Marie Nelsen Gabriel Nicholas Norton Jack Duffy Oâ€™Brien Connor Franklin Orzen Emily Mackenzie Owen Sophia Alexandra Papageorge Adam Matthew Popovich Emily Jordan Porter West McDowell Potter Daniel David Reardon Charles Joseph Reardon Samira Reddy Sarah Elizabeth Relyea Matthew John Rice Jr. Thomas Reed Richmond Carter Matthew Riegel
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Board Recognition WILLIAM BARTLETT Will attend
The Chagrin Falls Board of Education has chosen to recognize those seniors who have achieved at the highest level academically. The following seniors have taken a rigorous course of study and have achieved the highest grade point averages in the class for their four years in the high school.
son of JENNIFER and JAMES BARTLETT the OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
DANIEL BERLIN son of SHEILA and JEFFREY BERLIN Will attend DUKE UNIVERSITY DANIEL BROWN son of LUCY LAVERY and CRAIG BROWN Will attend NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY MOLLY CARROLL daughter of JILL and MIKE CARROLL Will attend MIAMI UNIVERSITY DANIELLE CURREY Will attend
daughter of BARB and DON CURREY JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
ANNABELLA DeBERNARDO Will attend
daughter of ANGELA and ROBERT DeBERNARDO the UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
LEAH GILLESPIE Will attend
daughter of SCOTT and KRISTINA GILLESPIE the OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
PEARSON GOTTSCHALK daughter of KATHRYN and EDWIN GOTTSCHALK Will attend TULANE UNIVERSITY TREVOR GRAVELY Will attend
son of SHEREE and ALAN GRAVELY the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
BENJAMIN KARYO Will attend
son of SALLY and MARC KARYO JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
KARL KOENIG Will attend
son of KATE and MARK KOENIG the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
HALLE McCLINTOCK Will attend CHARLES MOYSE Will attend
daughter of KELLY and KEN McCLINTOCK the UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA son of SUSAN and JOHN MOYSE the OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
SAMIRA REDDY daughter of SUJATA LAKHE-REDDY and KUMAR REDDY and stepdaughter of WILLIAM BARNARD Will attend CORNELL UNIVERSITY AIKO WESSELS Will attend
son of KATRIN and ROOLF WESSELS KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE FÃœR TECHNOLOGIE (Germany)
WILLIAM WESTBROOK son of ELIZABETH and WILLIAM WESTBROOK Will attend DARTMOUTH UNIVERSITY GEORGIA WESTCOTT Will attend
JACEY WORKUM Will attend May/June 2017
daughter of SUZY and SEAN WESTCOTT HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY (England) daughter of DENISE and DAVID WORKUM the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
As the mist lifts high above us In the valley view, There you stand, our Alma Mater Clear and brave and true. May we always keep your honor, Keep your standards high, Hold your memories always with us As the years go by.
Tho in time our paths may lead us Far across the sea, Still our love will bind us ever Hand in hand with thee. Proudly singing of your honor, Cry above the din Praise to thee, our Alma Mater Praise to thee, Chagrin.
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COMMENDED NATIONAL MERIT Will Bartlett, Daniel Brown, Maddie Copley, Anna DeBernardo, Pearson Gottschalk, Katie Malik, Halle McClintock, Charles Moyse, Hayley Thompson, and Jacey Workum NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS Daniel Berlin, Danielle Currey, Leah Gillespie, Trevor Gravely, Grant Harrison, Grace Hass-Hill, and Karl Koenig NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP Danielle Currey, Trevor Gravely SENIOR ROTARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH September – Danielle Currey October – Trout Westbrook November – Kate Weston December –Daniel Berlin January – Leah Gillespie February – Patrick Emery March – Grace Hass-Hill April – Graham Smith May - Andrew Kwasny NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY Lauren Boral, Collin Briggs, Jennifer Stemler and William Tinsley
PHI BETA KAPPA Danielle Currey May/June 2017
HUGH O’BRIAN YOUTH AWARD Sean Cusak Kate Flynt Evan Hardacre LOOK UP TO CLEVELAND Jack Kukla YALE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF CLEVELAND BOOK Erik Wilson SMITH COLLEGE BOOK AWARD Lucy Ranieri
GERTSBERG WE SOLVE PROBLEMS ESSAY CONTEST 12th grade finalist - Michael Weiman 12th grade and Overall Contest Winner - Ben Karyo
OUTSTANDING SENIOR COMPUTER SCIENCE AWARDS Karl Koenig and Aiko Wessels
GRANT A GUITAR SCHOLARSHIP Joely Chinnici, William Tinsley, Michael Kampman, Markian Horodysky and Sarah Relyea
OUTSTANDING SENIOR ENGLISH STUDENT Anna Kruszenski
ENTREPRENEURSHIP Thomas Chimples, David Herpst, Matthew Rice, Morgan Walker, Alex Amata, Ben Karyo, John Wilson III, and Vala Zeinali
DAVID PONCE SENIOR ENGLISH AWARD WINNERS Patrick Emery, Samuel Gottsegen, Kayla Hepler
KEY CLUB Mary Baldwin, Celeste Bunker, Gianna Cantor, Adriana Fant, Helen Goble, Madison Greenlief, Alexia Harrison, Grace HassHill, Ashton Hunt, Anastasia Kotkovskaya, Eva Levine, Sarah Levine, Annie Mendel, Bea Mendel, Kate Michaels, Aly Miller, Alexandra Olsen, Gabi Rini, Rosie Rogers, Maddison Salvati, Mikayla Salvati, Mackenzie Shanklin, Anna Tropf, Brooke Weitzel, and Caitlin Weitzel
JOURNALISM AWARD - Jacey Workum
LINK CREW LEADERSHIP AWARDS Patrick Emery and Bella McGreevy ART STUDENT OF THE YEAR - Jacob Moore COMPUTER SCIENCE APP CREATION AWARDS Ben Karyo, David Marquette
MATH DEPARTMENT AWARD - Danielle Currey BAUSCH & LOMB HONORARY SCIENCE AWARD - Chris Currey CLEVELAND TECHNICAL SOCIETY HONOR JUNIOR AWARD - Sam Gaizutis RENSSELAER MEDAL - Anna Sherman NEAL WHEATCRAFT SENIOR SCIENCE AWARD - Danielle Currey FRANK PHILLIPS SOCIAL STUDIES AWARD - Maddie Copley CHINESE AWARD - Charles Moyse SPANISH AWARD - Leah Gillespie I SPEAK ARABIC EXEMPLARY AWARD Claudia Bunker FRENCH AWARD - Kate Flynt SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARDS Trevor Gravely, Pearson Gottschalk ARCHIE GRIFFIN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD - Pierce Fricke, Ali Mazzola NFHS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Andrew Kwasny, Hailey Lowe
Photos by Ava McFarlane, Student, Chagrin Falls High School
COURAGEOUS ATHLETE AWARD Kara Lustig U
GOLDEN GATE MASONIC LODGE Emily Mason, Charlie Reardon ENVISIONEIGHT SCHOLARSHIP Madigan Copley CHAGRIN FALLS MUSIC LOVERS’ SENIOR AWARDS Molly Carroll, Madigan Copley, Jessica Feucht, Peter Nachtwey, Sarah Relyea DENTISTRY AT WINBURY SCHOLARSHIP Emily Muckle CHAGRIN VALLEY JAYCEES SERVICE & LEADERSHIP AWARD Danielle Currey CHAGRIN FALLS HISTORICAL SOCIETY AWARDS Colin Briggs, Michael Weimann, William Westbrook CHAGRIN FALLS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS Alexa Amata, Colin Briggs, Madigan Copley, Owen Gruss, Yumeno Young CHAGRIN FALLS BOOSTER CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS Daniel Berlin, Madigan Copley, Danielle Currey, Patrick Emery, Leah Gillespie, Peter Nachtwey AUDUBON SOCIETY OF GREATER CLEVELAND Alyson Bergomi KRUSE FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP Halley McClintock MARVA SICKINGER SCHOLARSHIP Molly Carroll OUTSTANDING JUNIOR ENGLISH STUDENT Marley Vidmar
FIRST NATIONAL BANK SCHOLARSHIP Colin Briggs CHAGRIN VALLEY WOMEN’S CLUB Emily Mason CHAGRIN VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STUDENT BUSINESS LEADER Vala Zeinali * Awards from Springfest 2017
David Petkiewicz Photography U
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Kate Weston President, Student Council
Emily Muckle 40
William WestbrookPresident, Senior Class
Yumeno Young David Petkiewicz Photography U
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â€œWhat lie are small ma Our graduates will attend:
University of D
The University of Alabama
Arizona State University
University of Arkansas
Baldwin Wallace University
Florida State U
Bangor University, UK
Full Sail Unive
The George W
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of I
University of Central Florida
University of Cincinnati
John Carroll U
Cleveland State University
University of Colorado at Boulder
Colorado School of Mines
Photos by Ava McFarlane, Student, Chagrin Falls High School
Columbia College Chicago
Kent State Un
Columbus State Community College
Kent State Un
University of Dayton
University of M
CONGRATULATIONS LS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2017!
es behind us and what lies before us atters compared to what lies within us.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
University of South Carolina
University of North Carolina at
University of Southern California
Southern Methodist University
Northwestern Michigan College -
The University of Texas, Austin
Great Lakes Maritime Academy
University of Mount Union
University of Notre Dame
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam,
y of Georgia
Ohio Dominican University
Ohio Northern University
Washington University in St. Louis
The Ohio State University
University of Washington
The Ohio State University at Newark
West Virginia University
Western University, Canada
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pennsylvania State University
College of William and Mary
University of Pittsburgh
University of Wisconsin, Madison
niversity at Geauga
Rochester Institute of Technology
Youngstown State University
University of Rochester
titut für Technologie,
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Louis University
Sarah Lawrence College
Sonoma State University
Congratulations to the Class of 2017 from Chagrin Falls Booster Club, Dads’ Club, Educational Foundation, Music Lovers, and PTO U
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Chagrin Falls Board of Education Recognizes Support Organizations for their Assistance Throughout School Year At the June 5 Chagrin Falls Board of Education meeting, support organizations were recognized by school administration and Board of Education members for their continuing funding assistance that raised $640,500 in the 2016-17 school year. These funds were used in a variety of ways including the purchase of technology such as iPad Pro Sets and Microsoft HoloLens. It also includes funding programs in athletics, music, and the arts, as well as professional development programs, student enrichment programs, classroom materials, equipment, and projects, as well as opportunities for extracurricular clubs and activities. Funds also were used for the construction of the new Innovation Center located at the 7-12 campus.
THANK YOU TO THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAVE GENEROUSLY DONATED $640,500 TO THESE SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS OF CHAGRIN FALLS SCHOOLS TO EMPOWER OUR STUDENTS TO REACH THEIR MAXIMUM POTENTIAL Educational Foundation
CFEF Student Board Positive Coaching Workshop $900 iPad Pro Sets - High School Art Department - $1,000 Artist in residence - $425
After Prom - $200 Innovation Lab - $5,335 Basketball fences at CFIS $1,200 Peter Pan school play - $500 Art department in memory of Grant Wilson - $250 Levy campaign - $500 Little Theater - $300 CFIS/Chagrin Falls Historical Society building plaque project - $1,800 CFMS speaker - $1,200 Safe Routes - $2,000 Difference Makers breakfast $200 High School musical - $1,000
CFEF Innovation Center - $450,000 Tuition for Gifted Certification for Teachers - $6,000 Reading/Writing Project at Columbia University for Gurney & Intermediate $2,500 Positive Coaching Workshop $600 Middle School Professional Development Seminar - $750 iPad Pro Sets - High School Art Department - $2,000 Microsoft HoloLens - $3,000 Total: $467,175
Booster Club Athletic Department - $35,000 Scholarships - $6,000 Teacher/Staff of the Year Donation - $1,000 CFHS Graduate Ad - $100 Difference Makers Breakfast $400 iPad Pro Sets - High School Art Department - $5,892 Student Athlete Coaching Workshop - $1,500 Great Lakes Theater Resident Workshop - $1,600 Speech & Debate - $1,667 Baseball Field Loudspeakers $2,500 Community Thank You Ad $100 Total: $55,760
PTO Every roll of wrapping paper, tub of Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough, ice cream sundae at Sloppy Bowls, Cold Hard Cash raffle ticket, FANPALOOZA raffle ticket or Tiger Trek T-shirt you purchased this year enabled Chagrin Falls PTO to invest $52,100 back into the schools providing the following items for our kids: Tuition for Gifted Certification for Teachers - $12,400 Google Expeditions Kit (District) - $10,000 iPad Pro Sets - High School Art Department - $8,657.55 Reading/Writing Project at Columbia University for Gurney & Intermediate $4,950 Student Enrichment Programming - $3,100 One School One Book (Intermediate) - $2,980.20
Jack Berckemeyer Presentation (District) - $2,800 Professional Development Programs - $2,648 Gurney Classroom Materials/ Equipment - $1,311 Chromebook 360 Sets (Gurney) - $1,200 High School Art Equipment $847 High School Educational Materials - $725 CFIS Art Room Materials $480 Total: $52,100
Alumni Association Seven scholarships - $6,800 Providing corsages and a tent at graduation - $300 Donation of books to CFMS History Student of the Year and to CFHS Scholarship Winners - $150 Donation of Chagrin Falls Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Plaque to the CFHS - $300 Complimentary tickets for students and administrators to the Chagrin Falls Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - $325 Maintenance of the Chagrin Falls Schools Tom Mattern Historical Room - $200 Total: $8,075
Music Lovers Five Scholarships to Graduating Seniors - $5,000 Folk Music & Dance Unit Gurney - $300 Gurney Holiday Show Accompanist/Video- $950 Tiger Beats - 3rd grade choir group - $250
Tubano Drums – Gurney $550 Classroom Curriculum Gurney - $300 Bluetooth Speaker – Gurney $160 5th & 6th grade select choir $1,500 IS Accompanist/Recording of Concerts - $1,200 MS Orchestra Trip - $1,000 OMEA Event/MS/HS Honors Band accompanists - $400 HS Accompanist/Recording of Concerts - $3,000 Music Tech Lab - $4,200 Online Subscription for MS/ HS Music Theory - $750 HS Musical Theater - $6,800 Choir Music/Supplies - $1,200 IPad Pro – Choir - $1,200 Microphone/Sound Equipment - $550 Acquisition of 2 Upright Pianos - $800 Orchestra Classroom Instructional Materials - $1,300 Clinicians for Master Classes for Orchestra - $750 New Folders for HS Orchestra - $850 HS Band/Orchestra Chicago Workshops - $2,100 New snare drums/percussion for HS Band - $3,700 Band Camp - show choreography and preparation - $2,000 Innovation Lab - $1500 District Initiatives – Difference Makers, Senior Recognition, Levy Campaign - $600 Total: $42,910
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Teacher and Staff Member of the Year Nominations Now Being Accepted - Sponsored by PTO Annually, the PTO sponsors the Districtâ€™s Teacher & Staff Employee of the Year Award. Nominations for Teacher of the Year and Staff Employee of the Year may be made by any student, parent, fellow worker, or community member. When contemplating a nomination, consider persons who have worked for the school district for at least three years. Please do not nominate a staff member who has previously received the award (see below). CLICK HERE to nominate someone!
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Steve Ast High School Principal @steven_ast
Dr. Rachel Jones Gurney Elementary Principal @DrJ_cfprincipal
Christopher Woofter Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives @ChrisWoofter
Amanda Schmidt High School Asst. Principal @cf_schmidt
Charlie Barch District Athletic Director @ChagrinAD
Mike Daugherty Director of Technology @MoreThanATech Becky Quinn Director of Curriculum @becky_quinn1
CFHS Counselors @cfcounselors Laila Discenza Middle School Principal @CFMSdiscenzaPal Sarah Read Intermediate School Principal @read_chagrin
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Members: Michael Hogan (440) 543-5280
Vice President: Sharon Broz (440) 715-0326
Kathryn Garvey (216) 401-7735 Rob Weber (440) 665-4104
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