Chagrin Falls Schools
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Message from Our Superintendent It is hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us all. Our hope is that the Thanksgiving holiday provided an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. There is so much that we have to be thankful for in this community and within our school district. We are fortunate to work in a community that values, invests and engages in their public schools. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the 2,000 students that arrive in our classrooms every day and are passionately committed to providing a high-quality educational experience preparing every student academically, socially and emotionally. This time of year we are reminded of the immense talents of our students as they perform on the stage, play in the band, and sing in our choirs. The next four weeks will move quickly as the secondary campus ends the first semester and we have an opportunity to enjoy the holiday season. 2018 will be an exciting school year for the district as we complete year four of our strategic plan. We will be spending time throughout spring of next year working with both our internal and external stakeholders to evaluate every aspect of our organization and define our priorities moving forward. This will include data gathering, information sharing, and a number of conversations regarding the future
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of our school district. More information will be forthcoming in January regarding this process. There has been a tremendous amount of work on finalizing the design of the new Chagrin Falls Intermediate School over the last couple of months. We now see physical work being done on the property with the installation of construction fencing and the start of abatement work. We are working to finalize the exterior look of the building that will be presented to the Chagrin Falls Architectural Review Board. Initial renderings are being presented to members of our facilities committee this week for feedback and will be shared with the Board of Education at the December 11 board meeting. The Chagrin Falls Historical Society is hosting a community Gallery Walk of current exterior renderings along with sample materials for input on December 7 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. We invite our entire community to come in and provide input. This is an extremely busy year for the staff of our school district. We are excited to work collaboratively on both the physical capital improvements, as well as the strategic initiatives of the future. Robert W. Hunt Superintendent Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Bob.firstname.lastname@example.org 440-247-4363 @Hunt_Edleader
A Review of the November Board of Education Meetings The Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference was held in early November. The three-day conference draws board members and administrators from across the state and provides learning sessions on varying topics such as the “Boards Role in Assessing Student Achievement” and “Effective Negotiation Strategies.” Representatives from the current Board of Education, as well as newly elected members, had the opportunity to attend along with district leadership. The conference provided valuable information for our district team and enabled members to collaborate with other highperforming school board members across the state. In recent months, parents have approached the Board with concerns regarding the student culture in our district. The culture of our school community is a high priority for the Board. The district belief statement emphasizes that to empower students to maximize their potential we must support a safe environment that embraces diversity and affords honest and open communication, teamwork, collaboration and purposeful change. Supporting these cultural values is an area where partnership between the district and parents is essential. A steering committee, comprised of Chagrin Falls Schools’ staff, parents, and community, has identified the importance of inclusion, bullying, safety, and diversity and is seeking further input from our larger parent, staff, and student groups. The Board encourages every parent in the district to take the time to complete one survey per building with which they have a child associated. Here is a link to the survey https://www. surveymonkey.com/r/5CZ2NNS. At the November 6 work session, the Board agenda included a public hearing of the draft 2018-19 district calendar. Board members repeatedly receive questions surrounding the timing and parameters for the creation of the annual district calendar. The creation and approval process is lengthy and designed to be
inclusive of all within the school community. The process includes coordination with a dozen other local school districts with students in Excel TECC, the creation of three draft calendars, solicitation and incorporation of feedback and input from staff and publicly at two board meetings. Through staff vote, one final calendar is selected and presented to the board for approval. Once approved, additional important dates are added, and it is “officially” published on the district webpage. The Board and administration recognize the benefit for planning purposes that a long-lead time provides our families and have set a goal that upon completion of the 2018-19 calendar creation process we will immediately begin the process for the 2019-20 calendar. Click here for the link to the proposed 2018-19 Calendar. Finally, parent and community engagement is a hallmark that distinguishes our district. The Board recognizes that attending the bi-monthly meetings is not always convenient and strives promote better communication and transparency. Beginning November 1, Board agendas with links to supporting documentation and presentations will now be made available at least 24-hours prior to board meetings at this link http://www. chagrinschools.org/boardofeducation.aspx. I encourage you to leverage this resource to stayed informed on the work of the Board. As I sit here drafting this letter on Thanksgiving weekend, I am thankful for all the tremendous contributions from our administration, staff, parents and students and humbled by the opportunity to help support our schools by serving as a Board member. Wishing all your families a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. Sharon Broz Vice – President, Chagrin Falls Board of Education
Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Board of Education President: Mary Kay O’Toole (440) 338-8636 Vice President: Sharon Broz (440) 715-0326
Michael Hogan (440) 543-5280 Kathryn Garvey (216) 401-7735 Rob Weber (440) 665-4104 Super News | 3
Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools “Treasurer’s Corner”
Table 1 compares actual monthly receipts to the monthly estimates and to prior fiscal year actual receipts. General fund revenues spike in the 1st and 3rd quarter as a result of real estate tax collections.
Table 3 compares estimated and actual monthly ending cash balances demonstrating compliance with Board of Education cash balance policies.
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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 4 is a cash flow summary comparing revenues to expenditures each month.
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. The first “Cafe Time with the Superintendent” was held Friday, November 17 from 9-10 am in the new Heinen’s Cafe in Chagrin Falls Village. Some of the topics discussed included school rankings, report cards, and testing.
Future meeting dates are December 15, February 23, March 9, April 6, and May 4. 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 PTO Donates KEVA Planks to Gurney Elementary STEM Classroom Gurney Elementary’s PTO recently granted STEM Teacher Kelly Purcell more than $800 to purchase two sets of KEVA Planks for her STEM room. KEVA planks are about 1/4 inch thick, 3/4 inch wide and 4 1/2 inches long. Students build structures by simply stacking the planks. There is no glue and no connectors. They can be stacked upright which looks like it would be unstable as a house of cards, but even this type of structure is surprisingly stable. They inspire creativity, grow imaginations, and incorporate all the key components of science, technology, engineering, and math.
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Kindergarten, first and second-grade students have been using KEVA Planks in various ways. “We began by introducing the planks with a seven-plank challenge where each student was given a specific item to build, but only had seven planks to do so; some were easy while others took some thought,” said Kelly Purcell, STEM teacher, Gurney Elementary. “Then we moved on to making bridges and marble runs in the older grades and kindergarten students used their engineering and teamwork skills to build cities.” Up until this point in the STEM curriculum, only the third graders had a chance to build with physical blocks (they use VEX, which are similar to LEGO). “Having KEVA in our STEM room has opened up the creative doorway for younger students to build their ideas with blocks instead of having to create them out of recycled materials all the time. The way they work with small groups and the inspiration that comes from that is amazing,” said Purcell.
Chagrin Falls Schools Halloween Party Draws Children to Gurney for Afternoon of Fun and Games On Sunday, October 29, the Chagrin Falls Schools' Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee held its annual Halloween Party for the children of the community. This year, the event took place at Gurney Elementary and featured games, a haunted house, and lots of candy. Special thanks to the Geauga Park District and Chagrin Historical Society.
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Chagrin Falls School “Help @ Home” Helps Parents Navigate the Waters of Today’s Technology
Help @ Home Parenting in the Digital Age “Parenting has never been harder than it is today,” said Mike Daugherty. “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.” Last year, Daugherty became one of only 37 people chosen for the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program held in Washington D.C. As part of his Google Innovator Projects for this school year, he recently launched a new weekly email communication called Help @ Home. The goal of the Help @ Home
project is to help parents become better connected with their student's digital lives. Anyone can sign up to 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; and social media. Help @ Home seeks to teach parents how to become a resource for their student(s), instead of a roadblock. Help @ Home is free and is available to anyone. While the project is currently being sponsored by the Chagrin Falls Exempted School District, community members do not have to have students in the district to sign up for this weekly communication.
To sign up, go to http://bit.ly/Help_at_Home.
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Chagrin Falls School Former Chagrin High School Student is Making a Difference in Puerto Rico Brad McFarland, an educator and former Peace Corps volunteer, is working to bring relief to people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Brad grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and completed high school at Chagrin Falls High School. Currently residing in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, with his wife Amy and their two children, the family was on the island when Hurricane Maria hit. The devastation the storm caused is unbelievable. It has left the US territory in a humanitarian crisis. The entire population living without electricity and running water. One month later, people continue to struggle to find the necessities to survive; food, clean drinking water, medical attention, etc. After witnessing and experiencing the devastation themselves, they set out to help their community.
Water Filters for Puerto Rico, partnering with relief, medical, and religious organizations, is an international effort to raise money to send more filters. The donations are sent to First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, with contributions directed to the Water Filters for Puerto Rico fund. 100% of all donations are used to purchase and deliver water filters to the island. With the generous donations received, they have been able to provide 600 water filters to the island, have an additional 500 on order, and hope to continue to send more. To read Amy's full story and volunteer efforts, receive updates, and donate, please visit waterfiltersforpr.com.
Doing their part to help rebuild the island sacrificing their own time, energy, and the few resources Brad and Amy: • Created an on-island relief team to distribute water filters. • Translated pamphlets to Spanish to expedite the distributing process. • Are installing and distributing water filters. • Are coordinating the distribution and education efforts across the island. Meanwhile, a close group of friends tried to do their part from afar. They raised enough funds to send 100 high-quality water filters to the island but 100 filters is not even close to what is needed. Shortly after receiving the first hundred, more were requested. Because of the high demand and need for clean, safe drinking water, Water Filters for Puerto Rico was started.
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Gurney Elementary School Service Learning Club Visits Hamlet for Halloween The Gurney Elementary School Service Learning Club visited Hamlet Village to celebrate Halloween with the residents. It is an annual tradition for the clubâ€™s students to sing Halloween carols and spend time doing crafts and visiting with the residents and staff of Hamlet. Dale Tschappat and Sheri Halagan are the co-leaders of the club.
Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month Four students at Chagrin Falls Middle School have earned the honor of being the October students of the month. Seventh grader Anna Campbell leads through example and puts forth extra effort in her written work. Anna is polite, respectful and has constant participation in class. As a cross country team member, she improved upon her skills with each meet. Seventh grader Evan Johnson has transitioned extremely well to the middle school. He works well with all other students and is an observant problem solver. He displays a positive attitude and is willing to be flexible. He is a great team member to coach on the cross-country team. Eighth grader Brenna Sincaglia has a great attitude and energy which help everyone in her classes to be more productive. Students and teachers can easily work with her. She is positive, hardworking and willing to participate in class as well as extracurricular activities. Eighth grader Colin Joyce is an outstanding zookeeper, friend, and student. He acts as an example for his fellow students on how to treat others, ask thoughtful questions at appropriate times, and make 10 | November 2017
each place he goes a little better. He is always willing to volunteer and shows respect to teachers and peers alike.
Chagrin Falls High School Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month Chagrin Falls High School senior Michael Donley is the November Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month. Donley was selected based on service and leadership qualities he has displayed in his school community. Donley has been the recipient of several awards during his high school career. These include 2016 AP Scholar with Honor, 2017 AP Scholar with Distinction, 2017 National AP Scholar, High Honor Roll (freshmansenior year), and a National Merit Commended Student. Additionally, Donley remains active in the school community as a member of Interact Club, recognized with the Exemplary Service Award (sophomore and junior year) and serving as Vice President his senior year. He also was the 2016 Grants Chair and 2017 CoPresident of the Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation
Student Board. Donley served as President of Student Council his freshman and senior year, secretary his sophomore year, and class representative his junior year. He also served on the Superintendentâ€™s Advisory Committee all four years of high school and the Principalâ€™s Advisory Committee his junior and senior year. Donley earned three varsity letters in lacrosse and three varsity letters in golf. He also was second team all CVC and a member of the golf team who won the CVC Championship three times. Outside of school, Donley is founder of Hungry Minds, an organization that delivers healthy snacks to underprivileged children, delivering more than 13,000 snacks since it was started. He serves on the leadership team of the St. Joan of Arc Youth Group. He interned at Global Cleveland, helping organize international aspects of the Republican National Convention. He also was a tutor at Math Monkey. His accelerated classes include AP Seminar, Physics I, American History, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics 2, English Language, AB Calculus, Government, English Literature, BC Calculus, Biology, Spanish, and Statistics. He also took Honors Advanced Data Structures. After high school, Donley plans to attend college where he plans to major in mechanical engineering. Super News | 11
Chagrin Falls Middle School Eighth Grade Band Plays at Hamlet
On October 31, the eighth grade Chagrin Falls Band performed at Hamlet Village in their halloween costumes. Residents enjoyed listening to the band play “Star Spangled Banner,” four Halloween songs, and a “Salute to the Armed Forces March.” The students visited with residents after the concert and one of the students even had the opportunity to visit with his grandfather. “Our students were amazed that so many of the residents sang the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ with all of their hearts when they played the song,” said Director of Bands Kathy Shoenfelt, Chagrin Falls Schools. The band also performed at the Veterans Day Assembly at Chagrin Falls Middle School on November 9.
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Gurney Elementary School Music Teacher Brings Ukuleles to the Classroom After attending a workshop about using ukuleles in elementary grades, Nathan Bachofsky, music teacher at Gurney Elementary, decided to see if he could bring this form of music to his classroom. After researching the idea, he approached the Chagrin Falls Music Lovers, a group that funds over 65% of Chagrin Falls school’s performing arts programs. The Chagrin Music Lovers “believe every student gains confidence, tenacity and valuable social skills through involvement in the arts.” The Music Lovers gave a unanimous “yes” to fund the ukuleles. Gurney now has a classroom set of 28 ukuleles including the racks, tuners, and curriculum resources. Students will learn proper technique including how to hold the instrument, the different parts, different strumming patterns and at least three chords.
wonderfully in our music curriculum and provides students the opportunity to hear harmonic functions in music,” said Bachofsky. The plan is to start teaching the ukuleles at the end of second grade and use them throughout the third grade as an additional classroom instrument much like they use xylophones and other percussion instruments. Third graders will complete a culminating project in the spring that requires them to write their own song and accompany on the ukulele. Bachofsky said this project “is an incredible means to demonstrate all they've learned during their music study at Gurney.”
“My greatest goal as a music teacher is to inspire our Gurney students to be life-long music makers, and the ukulele is another fabulous instrument to get kids excited about making music. The ukulele fits
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Intermediate School Fifth-Graders Create Ugly Jugs Fifth-graders at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School have been creating ugly jugs (coil pots with faces) from clay. Students plan to decorate and paint them in November. â€œThis unit ties in with our study of African American culture and history and builds on our understanding of facial features from last year,â€? said Art Teacher Kate Oulton, Chagrin Falls Intermediate School. Other fifth-grade art projects include Inca mask metal tooling and pop art desserts.
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Intermediate School Sixth-Graders Create Time Capsules Starting in sixth grade at Chagrin Intermediate School, students work towards more student-driven, choice-based curriculum. Students in Art Teacher Kate Oulton’s class first studied ancient cultures whose artwork served as a sort of time capsule for archaeologists. Students then designed a clay time capsule within certain specifications and used symbolic imagery to decorate the outside in a way that represented themselves as a sixth grader. Everyone chose their desired method of construction and drew designs which were then transferred and sculpted using carving, relief, or both. “While we waited for all the time capsules to go through the kiln, students and their families
gathered artifacts from their sixth grade lives to put inside,” said Oulton. “These things included current crazes like fidget spinners, favorite music, photos with friends, family, pets, and vacations, and things representing current events.” Families were asked to write special letters to include inside the time capsule. Students also wrote a letter to their future selves and completed a worksheet to predict what the future will be like. All of these items will be sealed inside, not to be opened for 10 years. Finally, students will paint and embellish the outside to finish off their creations.
My students are extremely proud of their work and are so invested in their projects. The more choice I allow, the more eagerly my students accept the challenge of true artistic expression: coming up with an idea and working through it. We'll definitely be working with choice more in the future. - Kate Oulton, Art Teacher Chagrin Falls Intermediate School
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Chagrin Falls Schools Chagrin Cares Family First Night Chagrin Falls Schools believes in the importance of family, as it is the single most important influence in a child's life. Children thrive when parents are able to actively promote their positive growth and development. Family involvement in schools shouldn't be limited to such activities as volunteering, fundraising, and helping with homework. Therefore, it is important that we nurture and enhance the Family-School relationship. On November 1, the entire school district took part in a Family First Night. There was no homework assigned, no tests to study for, no athletic practices or games held, and no club meetings or activities hosted. Students and staff left school at the dismissal bell and were told their only focus should be on connecting with their families. "We know that families are stretched in many different directions with many commitments and responsibilities in one day alone," said Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools. "Our hope was to provide a scheduled time that removes district expectations to allow for focused family time." Dawn Serazin's photography students were offered the optional activity of recording a "Family First" moment. Many of these pictures were taken by her students. The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in securing several deals and benefits from area businesses. Special thanks to the Cowboy restaurant, Step In, Fireside Books, Fred Astaire, and the Popcorn Shop. "We had such a great time enjoying Chagrin Cares Family First Night at the Cowboy," said the Detweiler family. "Thanks for such a great night."
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Gurney Elementary School Becomes Zuckerman's Farm to Celebrate One School, One Book Gurney Elementary School held its surprise One School, One Book kick off on November 1. The book is Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. The Chagrin Dads' Club outdid themselves again and turned the school’s entrance into Zuckerman’s Farm by building the front of a barn. There are authentic barn doors and even a split rail fence, just like in the book. Chagrin Valley Rotary and Chagrin Falls PTO provided every child with a book. Wilbur, the pig, was on campus to visit with the students and staff, too. There were many guest readers and everyone was excited to take the journey together in reading Charlotte's Web. There were many fun activities, including dressing in farm clothes on November 15. Podcasts were available on the Gurney website so students can read along with Principal Dr. Rachel Jones, Superintendent Robert Hunt, teachers, students, and other family and friends of the school. The website also included a place to
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upload pictures of children reading their books, fun links, and other information. This year, Gurney’s One School, One Book service project will benefit Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna, Ohio. The Gurney school community collected aluminum cans to donate to Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary. Happy Trails periodically takes the aluminum cans donated to B & B Recycling where donated cans are turned into money that directly benefits the farm animals rescued by Happy Trails. To end the One School, One Book event, students and staff were encouraged to see the high school’s performance of Charlotte’s Web on November 16, 17, 18, and 19 in the Studio Theatre.
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Chagrin Falls Schools Fall Athletic Season Highlights The fall season for Chagrin Falls High School was a memorable one. There were three CVC Champions (Boys Golf, Girls Tennis, and Girls Soccer). Along with three CVC championships, three coaches were named coach of the year, Pamela Malone Girls Soccer, Charlie Moriarty Boys Golf, and JT Tinjaca for Girls Tennis. Chagrin Falls had 17 athletes named 1st team CVC, 19 named 2nd team CVC, and 18 named honorable mention CVC. Adam Bencko from the boys golf team and Nick DiFiore from the football team were named CVC MVPâ€™s for their respective sports. In state competition our girls cross country team won districts, placed second at regionals, and then finished the season in 7th place at the state meet.
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Annie Zimmer finished off a great career by winning the state championship. She had finished 7th as a freshman, 5th as a sophomore, and runner up as a junior. Three individuals made all Ohio this fall and they were Aaron Passalacqua (Boys Soccer), Catherine Coffey and Annie Zimmer (Girls Cross Country). Not only was it a successful season on the field of play, but also in the class room. Fifty student-athletes were named to the CVC All-Academic Team. In order to be named to the CVC All-Academic Team you must be a senior, have a 3.25 Cum GPA, and lettered twice in your sport.
Chagrin Falls High School Student-Athlete College Signings
Chagrin Falls High School senior girl’s lacrosse player Catie Beg has signed a national letter of intent to play at The Ohio State University. Beg is a threeyear letter winner in lacrosse at Chagrin Falls. She also participated in soccer. Catie was named All-Ohio last year and was apart of the state runner up team in 2016 and 2017. Catie plans on majoring in business.
Chagrin Falls High School senior girl’s cross country/track and field runner Annie Zimmer has signed a national letter of intent to run at the University of Pennsylvania. Zimmer is a four-year letter winner in cross country and track at Chagrin Falls. She also lettered in Swimming. During Zimmer’s sophomore and junior year she was a part of the state champion 4x800 relay team, and also was third in the 2 mile race her junior year at the OHSAA State Track Meet. In cross country she finished in 7th place her freshman year, 5th place her sophomore year, and was state runner up her junior year. Her senior year she won the state championship and holds the school record for cross country. Annie plans on majoring in business.
Chagrin Falls High School senior boy’s lacrosse player Mark McGinley has signed a national letter of intent to play at The University of Notre Dame. McGinley will be a four-year letter winner in lacrosse at Chagrin Falls. He also participated in football. Mark was named AllOhio last year, and All American. In 2016 he was all region. Mark was a part of the state championship team in 2015 as a freshman. Mark plans on majoring in business.
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Chagrin Falls High School Link Crew Reunites Freshmen After First Quarter On October 24, more than 160 Chagrin Falls High School freshmen students met with 40 Link Crew Leaders to share their experiences from their first quarter of high school. The Link Crew is a high school transition program to welcome freshman and make them comfortable during their first year. The founding principle of
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this program is that students can help students to succeed. Mentors from the junior and senior classes are trained to be positive role models and leaders for the freshmen class. This program was created by the Boomerang Project and extends to more than 4,500 schools. Students planned, organized, and executed the Link Crewâ€™s first social event of the year. Small groups of freshmen that were formed during orientation in August were reunited with their Link Crew Leader during the event to share doughnuts and first quarter experiences. These events allow Link Leaders and ninth graders to participate in fun, safe and positive school-sponsored events. The Link Crew program extends throughout the school-year to engage freshmen in academic and social follow-ups.
Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation Student Board's Kid's Afternoon Out a Great Success By Bethany Bacus, senior, Chagrin Falls High School On November 7, the Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation Student Board held their fifth annual Kid’s Afternoon Out, also known as KAO. KAO is organized by members of the Student Board and is held in the Chagrin Falls Middle School cafeteria and gym. Out of the 40 total members on the board, 30 students were volunteers at the event to help with stations and manage the 50 preschool through fourth graders participating in KAO. At the event, the kids could make two crafts, have their face painted, play bingo, play with Legos, play Twister, get temporary tattoos, decorate cookies, and play
games in the gym. This year’s KAO was for two and a half hours and thanks to much advertisement and participation from local kids, the Student Board raised more than $1,000. The money earned from KAO is given back to the Chagrin Falls Schools in the form of grants. Teachers or anyone involved with the school is able to apply for grants for materials, excursions for their classes, or any type of educational benefit to the students. Kid’s Afternoon Out is not only a great way to give back to the school, but a great way for kids to have fun with their friends.
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Chagrin Falls Middle School Celebrates Veterans Day Chagrin Falls Middle School held a Veterans Day Celebration on November 9 in the Performing Arts Center. The presentation began with the Chagrin Falls band playing “Armed Forces Salute” and the “Star Spangled Banner.” Following the songs, the assembly watched a short video on the history of Veterans Day from the History Channel. Chagrin Falls High School Senior Madeline Ferguson then gave a speech about what Veterans Day means to her. After beginning her speech with a brief explanation of Veterans Day starting as Armistice Day, Ferguson explained the idea of soldiers sacrificing a part of themselves. “They have already said goodbye to the people who mean the most to them. They have already made the commitment to love their country more than themselves. They have already accepted a new dogma from which to live and grow and perhaps die. They have made sacrifices that will change the way they see the world forever,” said Ferguson. In her speech, she mentioned that in school, her teachers educate students about Veterans day and perpetuate a sense of gratitude for those who served. “The day brings faces and names to the stories of war and to those who have served to provide us a safe place to grow and learn,” said Ferguson. Ferguson ended by thanking the veterans in all branches whether by land, air, or sea. Her final quote was, “Veterans Day serves as a reminder that freedom is not free. I have grown up in a free country because others have paved my way.” Eight veterans from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12067 then stood up on stage and introduced themselves including their name, military branch, and timeline of when they served. Following introductions, the veterans engaged in a question and answer period. Members of the VFW who were present accepted gifts of letters, a medal, and key chains. The presentation ended with a slideshow introducing students’ family members who were veterans.
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Intermediate School Hosts Annual Writers' Forum On November 10, Chagrin Falls Intermediate School hosted its annual Writers' Forum Day! The day kicked off with a Skype session with Jimothy Newton, author of Baldilocks and the Three Dares ((http:// baldilocks3dares.org/), who discussed the writing process, what inspires a writer, and how he began his career as a children’s author. Students enjoyed interacting with the author via Skype and having the ability to ask him questions. “After the opening session with Jimothy Newton, we had dozens of writers conducting sessions all day with our students,” said Principal Sarah Read. “They learned different forms of writing including story writing, autobiographies, journalism, marketing, museum copy and curriculum, word choice, and poetry.” Interns from the Chagrin Falls High School "Write Place" also visited the classrooms and introduced poetry and other writing styles. Intermediate School students were able to meet and talk one-on-one with real writing professionals including journalists, grant writers, advertisers, teachers, historians and museum professionals.
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Chagrin Falls Schools Sound of Music Highlights The Chagrin Falls Community Education Fall Drama Club presented "Getting to Know...The Sound of Music" on Nov. 1012 at the Performing Arts Center. Under the direction of Pat Keller Haynish and Lucy Lavery Brown, students from the drama club at the Middle and Intermediate Schools performed this wellknown musical.
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Chagrin Falls Schools Charlotte's Web Highlights
Photo Credit: David Petkiewicz
The Chagrin Falls High School Theater Club performed Charlotte's Web, based on the children's book by author E.B. White, November 16-19 at the black box theater. The play was directed by Youssef Hamid.
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YOU ARE INVITED TO THE CHAGRIN FALLS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
Gallery Walk THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 OPEN FROM 6 - 8 pm
LOCATION: CHAGRIN FALLS HISTORICAL SOCIETY 87 E. WASHINGTON STREET Stop by the Chagrin Falls Historical Society and see exterior features of the new building including sample building materials and components, as well as review the updated design and renderings for Chagrin Falls Intermediate School. Meet the Stantec Design team, ask questions, and provide input and feedback. Parking will be at the Historical Society and at the adjacent parking lot at the rear of the neighboring lot 95 E Washington St. with an entrance on the shared drive for the Historical Society. We also have permission for event parking at 57 E Washington St. located just west of the Historical Society and for short walk up the same side of E. Washington St.
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Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District
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
Dr. Rachel Jones Gurney Elementary Principal @DrJ_cfprincipal
Christopher Woofter Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives @ChrisWoofter
Amanda Rassi High School Asst. Principal @cf_rassi
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 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.
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