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Chagrin Falls Schools

October 2018

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Message from Our Superintendent It is a beautiful time in Northeast Ohio as the leaves are changing and students are preparing to put on their favorite costumes and head out for trick-or-treat. All too soon we will be trading in our rakes and leaf blowers for a snow shovel as we continue to progress through the 201819 school year. This is also the time in our country that voters will be heading to the polls. This month’s Super News will focus on two issues that dominate the political conversation around public education, accountability and finance. In the September Super News, I shared a high-level overview of District performance on the state of Ohio report card. Although, pleased with the results as they demonstrated significant gains, we believe it is important to remind our community that this is only one measure to evaluate the School District. Due to our community’s support, we offer an extremely wellrounded, rigorous educational program that far exceeds the fundamental basics of reading and math. We have a strong art and music program in all buildings. We expose students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), foreign language and activities outside of the classroom providing deeper learning opportunities for young people. This is all enhanced through cocurricular and extracurricular activities. We develop the whole child socially, emotionally and academically. This can’t all be measured by one test on a given day. I am often asked what should be done differently to improve our accountability system. At a time that we are interacting with our local politicians, I would offer the following points for your consideration to provide further advocacy regarding testing/accountability. The state of Ohio exceeds federal minimums in terms of testing in pk-12 public schools. A short-term solution would be to immediately drop to federal minimums which would decrease the amount of mandatory testing in our school districts. A more systemic but logical solution lies in the benchmarking data that the majority of public schools are already attaining on an ongoing basis throughout the school year through online programs (STAR, MAP, iReady). These systems provide real-time performance data that monitors growth on academic content standards. This allows our staff to 2 | OCTOBER 2018

identify necessary interventions and potential gaps in instruction. This same data could easily be accessed by the state of Ohio for accountability purposes eliminating the need for the current state exams. Another significant problem in the state of Ohio that requires attention is the unconstitutional funding model for public schools. DeRolph v. State of Ohio brought this issue forward in 1991 and four times the funding system has been ruled unconstitutional. Although the funding model is extremely complex and too much to address in one article, there is a fundamental component that is critical to a long-term solution. The current funding model has nothing to do with the cost of what it takes to educate a child in Ohio. Currently, the state of Ohio uses what could be called residual budgeting to fund schools. In other words, they determine an amount to put into public schools and divide it by the number of students and then based on assessed value locally, districts receive a various levels of this funding. For any meaningful progress towards a system of more equity, the conversation must start with an analysis of what it costs to provide a quality education for a student in Ohio. Although this seems fairly easy to do, defining and agreeing on what is included in an “appropriate public education” is difficult. However, it is through this work that we, as a state, would better understand the funds necessary, which would lead to a productive solution to provide a more equitable system. I serve on the Alliance for High Quality Education executive committee. This group advocates for issues facing publication in Columbus. There is currently work within this group on the development of an input-based model for consideration of the new administration. We will continue to work with our representatives on these issues and reach out to our community for support in continued advocacy. If you have an interest in either topic and would like to assist with advocacy, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Have a great November! Robert W. Hunt Superintendent Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Bob.hunt@chagrinschools.org 440-247-4363 @Hunt_Edleader


A Review of the Board of Education Meetings - “Board Briefs” During Board of Education meeting on October 3, the Board reviewed detailed information contained in the State Report Card. The District increased its overall score from 103.7 in 2017 to 107.1 in 2018 which is a significant gain and reflects the hard work by our entire education team. Even more important than the overall score, is the fact we were able to see direct results of the District’s efforts to increase our offerings in math and Language Arts in grades 7-12 and accelerating learning opportunities for students in middle and elementary school. Additionally, two metrics that measure our gifted programs showed an improvement from “not met” to “met.” More detailed information is available on the District website. We will continue to focus our efforts to provide grade level education growth while allowing students to accelerate their learning to match their abilities. We have several goals and objectives for the staff members to target continued curriculum improvements.

ensure the project is in line with expectations. At our October 17 meeting, the Board recognized several students for their participation in the Northwestern University’s Midwestern Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) and Math and Science Bridging programs. You can read more about these incredible students and their accomplishments on pages 14-15. A job well done by our students and teachers!

The Intermediate School project continues to proceed and is on schedule to open at the start of the 201920 school year. The structure will be enclosed this winter which will allow work to begin on the interior. We invite you to look at the District’s website, http:// www.chagrinschools.org/ongoingupdate.aspx, which is a great source of information and archives pictures of the structure as it progresses. You will especially enjoy viewing the drone flyover in August, offering a view you just can’t get from the surrounding streets. We are continuing to closely watch the budget to

Also at the October 17 meeting, the Board reviewed plans to restore and renovate the Gurney Elementary School outdoor classroom that was destroyed by straight line winds in January 2017. The space was regularly used by several different grades as well as physical education. Soon after the damage happened to the learning area, we received a gift from a District family to rebuild the outdoor learning area. This generous gift will put us on a path to complete the cleanup and rebuild the area. Further plans are underway to enhance the area and increase the ability to create an outdoor learning workspace. We encourage you to review the District website for more details on our curriculum and infrastructure projects. We cannot achieve these results without the leadership of our administration, guidance of our teachers and aids, effort by our students and support of our community. Thank you for your continued support. Phil Rankin Board Member

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Board of Education President: Sharon Broz (440) 715-0326 Vice President: Kathryn Garvey (216) 401-7735

Greg Kanzinger (216) 346-8272 Mary Kay O’Toole (440) 338-8636 Phil Rankin (216) 280-9092

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Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools “Treasurer’s Corner”

Table 1 compares actual monthly receipts to the monthly estimates and to prior fiscal year actual receipts. General fund revenues spike in the 1st and 3rd quarter as a result of real estate tax collections.

Table 2 compares actual monthly expenditures to monthly estimates and to prior fiscal year actual expenditures. Expenses are typically fairly consistent throughout the fiscal year.

Table 3 compares estimated and actual monthly ending cash balances demonstrating compliance with Board of Education cash balance policies.

Table 4 is a cash flow summary comparing revenues to expenditures each month.

This month, the District submitted the Five Year Forecast to the Ohio Department of Education to comply with Ohio law. A snapshot is included below. Please visit the Treasurer’s webpage or the Ohio Department of Education for the full report.

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Chagrin Falls Schools Café Time with the Superintendent Robert Hunt, Superintendent of Chagrin Falls Schools, has scheduled a series of drop-in meetings throughout the school year for parents and community members to say hello and learn about what’s happening in the schools and District. Future meeting dates are November 30, February 8, March 15 and April 26 in the Heinen’s Cafe in Chagrin Falls Village.

Residents are welcome to come and go as their schedule permits during each 60-minute discussion. Bring your thoughts, questions, and suggestions and enjoy one-on-one time with Superintendent Hunt. In the event of a cancellation or rescheduling of dates, please check the district website under the Superintendent’s page or the District Facebook page.

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In the event of a cancellation or rescheduling of date, please check the district website under the Superintendent’s page or the district Facebook page.

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Chagrin Falls Schools Starts Club to Connect Students A student from the Class of 2018 at Chagrin Falls High School, Nadia McGinnis, wanted to do more to promote an inclusive and accepting school community, so she, along with the school administration, decided to help students connect to people they may not know. As a result, Club Connect was created for grades 7-12. Club Connect is a student-led club with staff Speech Pathologist, Cheri Vadakin, as the advisor. The club holds monthly meetings on the 7-12 campus that focus on talking about what is happening in the community or surrounding communities as well as listening to music and conversing with others. The club also does several “get to know you” games to make new friends with students they may not see in class. In addition to interacting through talking, students do community service, play physical games and sports in the gym and go on field trips. The group held their first meeting on September 20 where 30 students throughout the 7-12 grade levels discussed many topics. The first was a possible t-shirt design for the club members to wear to school on special days and meeting days, for the yearbook photo and on field trip days.

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Vadakin said the shirts give students, “that sense of belonging in the school to a club or a special group like other sports teams and clubs.” Students then gave suggestions on where the group could go together as a club. Students left the meeting learning more about other students who attend the middle and high school. Roughly 100 students signed up for the club, but due to other commitments, may not always be able to attend every Club Connect event. Vadakin said students can attend meetings and field trips whenever they are free. Meeting minutes are posted and GroupMe reminders are sent out for all meetings and field trips. No one is excluded if they can’t attend during a certain season or during a busy academic time. Vadakin said, “All are welcome to come and participate to be a part of building an inclusive school community one conversation at a time.”


Chagrin Falls Schools Safety Message to the Community Regarding the Track School safety has increasingly become an area of focus for school districts throughout the country. This is no different at Chagrin Falls Schools as our first priority is the safety and security of students and staff. The District has been working diligently to ensure we take the necessary steps to better provide a safe and secure environment for students. This has caused an ongoing evaluation of how much public access should be allowed during school hours. We believe the facilities of our School District are provided by the public and we should work to provide public access and use of these facilities as much as possible. Last year, students in grades 4-6 moved to the secondary campus in modular classrooms while construction is being completed on our new Intermediate School building. Students in these grade levels utilize the area by the recreation center, playground and stadium for recess. Recently, in an effort to provide a more secure environment for our

students, the decision was made to better secure the track during recess from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. We have always allowed community access to our track and this action was not a philosophical change but a necessary, temporary modification for safety purposes. Community members that want to access the track between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. can still do so by bringing photo identification to the 4-6 Learning Village main office located in building #2. Parking is available and marked for visitors in front of the modular classrooms. You will be asked to provide your license and will be processed as a visitor through our electronic Lobby Guard system. As with all visitors, your license will be retained until you sign out after utilizing the track. We anticipate moving away from this system when construction is completed next fall. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Chagrin Falls High School Students Selected as Delegates for Sustainable Cleveland Summit Junior Katie Baker and Senior Brandon Denton were selected as student delegates for the Sustainable Cleveland Summit held September 20 and 21. As student leaders, they attended the conference with 500 community, business, and national leaders. Katie and Brandon participated in groups that helped to plan creative solutions for environmental and sustainability issues facing Cleveland now and potentially in the future. As members of the Youth Sustainability Leadership Program, Baker and Denton will attend meetings with other students and local leadership throughout the year to help them with community and business solutions. Baker is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science and Denton took the course last year. Both are members of ChaGreen, the Chagrin Falls High School Environmental Club. Super News | 9


Chagrin Falls High School Rotary Student of the Month Chagrin Falls High School (CFHS) senior Lucy Fricke has been selected as the October Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month. Fricke was chosen based on her leadership and service qualities she has displayed in her community. Fricke has been the recipient of several awards during her high school career. These include AP Scholar with Honor, twotime recipient of Outstanding Performance in Spanish Award and Junior Class Attendant to Homecoming Court. She also has received High Honor, with a 4.0 GPA or higher each semester throughout high school. In her time at CFHS, Fricke has been involved with several clubs and sports. She serves as the copresident of the Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation where she served as chair of the inaugural Camp Fair event and co-chaired the Kids Afternoon Out

fundraiser. Fricke is on the Principal’s Advisory Council, Student Athletic Advisory Council, Positive Coaching Alliance, is a Link Crew Leader and has volunteered over 160 hours during her time with Interact Club. Further, Fricke is on the Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team, which she has been two-time team captain, two-time CVC Team Champion, First Doubles CVC Champion (junior year), First Team All CVC (junior year), Second Singles CVC Runner-up (senior year) and Second Team All CVC (senior year). She is also part of the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Team and was a starter on defense on the 2018 state runner-up team. Outside of school, Fricke has taken classical piano lessons for 12 years. She also works at the Chagrin Valley Recreation Center where she teaches swim lessons and is a lifeguard and a camp counselor. Her accelerated classes include AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Physics 1, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature, AP Spanish Language and AP Computer Science A. After high school, Fricke plans to attend college where she will likely major in engineering and minor in Spanish.

Chagrin Falls High School Drama Club Presents Alice in Wonderland The Chagrin Falls High School Drama Club will present Alice in Wonderland by LeGallienne and Friebus as their fall production. This classical retelling of Alice in Wonderland finds the young girl, Alice, exploring a world through the looking glass. With fantastical characters and reason turned on its head, Alice's curiosity brings to question her own sane principles against a world inherently mad, tempting her further and further down the rabbit hole.

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This production runs November 15, 16, and 17 at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance November 17 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in the Studio Theater at Chagrin Falls High School. Tickets can be purchased on the District website at www.chagrinschools.org or at the door. The show is directed by Dusten Welch, assistant directed by Ana Kevorkian, produced by Nathan Bachofsky, with set design by Ben Needham. Alice in Wonderland is presented in special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LLC.


Chagrin Falls High School Students Earn Recognition from National Merit Scholarship Program as Commended Students Four students from Chagrin Falls High School (CFHS) have earned recognition by the by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their high scores on the PSAT/NMSQT test. Students took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT) and met requirements to enter the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

To qualify, students had to have a selection index score of 212 or higher. There were a total of 1.6 million program entrants in the country and each of the four CFHS students is among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants. The Commended Students received Letters of Commendation and may qualify for special scholarships offered by corporate sponsors

Tori Hallwachs, Alex Batos, Max Insolia and Jacob Freese were all recognized as Commended Students.

Left to Right: Tori Hallwachs, Alex Batos, Max Insolia and Jacob Freese

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Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month - September 2018 The Student of the Month award at Chagrin Falls Middle School acknowledges students for their outstanding performance and rewards them for their efforts. The students were chosen by seventh and eighth-grade teams to be a “Tiger of the Month.” These students exemplify the Tiger Techniques of: Think, Integrity, Grit, Effort, and Responsibility. September’s Tigers of the Month were: Sofia Clark, James Rose, Camille Zitney and Donny Hardy. Sofia Clark is hardworking and talented. She is a member of the seventhgrade orchestra where she excels at playing the violin. She attends class with a smile on her face, and her enthusiasm is contagious. Sofia is always prepared for class with complete assignments and information to share in discussion. Her leadership abilities extend beyond small groups to include class and school situations. She is not afraid to take the lead to make sure everyone is given help who needs it. James Rose is a seventh grader with significant classroom participation. His comments spur class discussions and he is a team player. During the Socratic Seminars lessons, James used his analytical skills when reading the questions and arguments presented. His deep connections and interesting

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observations help fellow students understand the material and discussion. His critical thinking is an asset to the classroom. Outside of class, James has a positive attitude as a member of the cross country team. Eighth-grader Camille Zitney goes above and beyond to help teachers and students in class. She has perseverance and attempts extra practice work outside of class to strengthen her knowledge of the material. She is always happy and shows respect to teachers and peers. Her positive attitude is prominent every day and demonstrates a growth mindset in her academics. Donny Hardy is in eighth grade and is hardworking, demonstrates leadership while in groups and is excited to participate in class. He cares about the learning of others and supports classmates. He models a positive attitude both in and out of the classroom. His positivity extends into his athletic involvement as he is coachable, reachable and makes those around him better. Students received personalized tiger water bottles from the PTO.


Chagrin Falls High School Freshman Hockey Player to Compete at International Children's Games Alexandra Holtz, freshman at Chagrin Falls High School, will be making history at the 2019 Winter International Children’s Games. Holtz will be competing in the first female hockey competition of the Games with her fellow teammates from the Cleveland Lady Barons U14 hockey team. This team is made up of girls aged 13 to 15 who come from different cities in Northeast Ohio. They will be attending the 8th annual International Children’s Games in Lake Placid, New York from January 6-11. The Games give children the opportunity to combine sports with cultural exchanges and educational programs. The goal of the Games is to promote peace and friendship among the world’s youth through

a sports focus. More than 1,000 youth athletes and coaches will represent more than 70 different cities from around the world. The Lady Barons will be playing against other girl’s hockey teams from Switzerland, Iceland, and Canada. In addition to hockey, games included are Nordic skiing, alpine skiing, figure skating, speed skating, a biathlon, freestyle skiing and snowboarding. In a press release from the Twinsburg Delegation for the Games, David Gilbert, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission President and CEO and International Children’s Games Executive Committee Vice President said, “This is an incredible opportunity for children from our community to engage in international competition while cultivating friendships with children from all over the world.” Tommy Goebel, Hockey Director for the Barons Hockey program said in the release, “Playing in an international competition at this level gives our girls the chance to not only grow as hockey players, but share in the Olympic spirit of global, cultural and academic goodwill.”

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School PAX Leaders of the Month Each month, Chagrin Falls Intermediate School selects PAX Leaders of the Month. PAX stands for Peace, Productivity, Health and Happiness. Students recognized in October include Peter Fischer, fourth; Jack Sonby, fourth; Will Wagner, fifth; Julia Bilger, fifth; Will Stinson, sixth; Sadie Conrad, fourth; Jude Armstrong, fifth; Addie Frankel, sixth; and Frankie Ashkettle, sixth. These students promote teamwork, are helpful to others, work hard and make positive pro-social choices. Super News | 13


Chagrin Falls Schools Students Recognized at Board Meeting for Advanced Testing and Class Placement Students from Chagrin Falls Schools were recognized at the October 17 Board of Education meeting for their participation in the Northwestern University’s Midwestern Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) and Math and Science Bridging programs. NUMATS is an above-level testing program that offers the PSAT 8/9, ACT and SAT to gifted students. The third through eighth-grade students who participated in the NUMATS program and had the highest score per grade level, per test within the school district were recognized for their achievement. These tests give information about the student’s academic ability that regular grade-level tests can’t identify. They also provide students with the rigorous experience of taking these high stakes assessments in a non-threatening environment. These top-scoring students who took the PSAT 8/9 were recognized: Claire Rubin, Duncan Lyle, Abe Thurman, Shlok Bhattacharya. These top scoring students who took the ACT were recognized: Katherine Quinn, Ryan Hill, Alexandra Holtz, and Jackson Quinn. These top scoring students who took the SAT were: James Rose, Nathan Hill, Alexandra Holtz, and Alexander Davis. Bridging is an opportunity for students who show a readiness to move into more advanced coursework in grades 5-8 math or 8th grade science to access content via a blended learning experience. Students avoid skipping content that may be

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missed by accelerating through the coursework through Bridging. Students engage in independent online learning and use teacher support and instruction as needed. The honorees were students who completed Math Bridging in summer of 2018 and are now taking Advanced Math courses for the 2018-19 school year. Students who took Advanced Science Bridging in summer of 2018 are now enrolled in Physical Science for high school credit as eighth graders in the 2018-19 school year. Students who successfully completed a Math Bridging program include Alex Azzolina, Wade Daugherty, Alexis Kaseler, Corrina Barth, Emily Gasser, Emily Kohler, Benjamin Broz, Phoebe Gleeson, Trenton Latkovic, Evelyn Cravens, Erin Hartle, Daniel Perkins, Patrick Davidson, Abigail Herman and Maya Sutte. Students who successfully completed Bridging to Physical Science include Katherine Azzolina, Broderick Freese, Ryan Hill, Annette Mee, Sophia Stephenson, Christina Bencin, Michael Galicki, Mary Hoelzel, Sophia Moffa, Grace Svette, Patrick Boje, Marsel Gataulin, Marta Insolia, Michaela Plante, Jillian Veha, Shelby Brett, Jack Gips, Evan Johnson, Elizabeth Rankin, Ryan Waldman, Ann Campbell, Kendall Guddy, Marie Kanzinger, Madeline Rodriguez, Alexandra Wheatley, Brian Clark, Cooper Hagen, Sophia Lewis, Maya Rooney, Rose Zabik, Marjorie Demangone, Mira Haines, Kayla Link, Jenna Santamaria, Alyssa Zaffiro, Hannah DiGiampietro, Nathan Hill, Isabella Marinelli, Kate Stephenson, Nicolas Zapata and Camille Zitney.


NUMATS District Award Recipients from the 2017-18 school year

2018 Science Bridging Award Recipients

2018 Math Bridging Award Recipients

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Chagrin Falls Middle School Students Combat Social Isolation by "Starting with Hello" The students at Chagrin Falls Middle School are combating social isolation by simply saying hello. Chagrin Falls Middle School is participating in a nationwide program called “Start With Hello,” which was organized by Sandy Hook Promise. The goal of the program is to raise awareness, facilitate discussions and give students basic steps to take when reaching out to others in the hopes of addressing the issue of social isolation. Students can feel isolated in the classroom, at recess, on the bus, at events, on social media and even when they are surrounded by a group of friends. “Our hope in participating in this program was to make students aware of how important this is and what they can do to help. I think we often get caught up in our routines of where we sit and who we sit with, that it's easy to not always notice exclusion when it is happening,” said Kyle Patterson, counselor at Chagrin Falls Middle School. Many people have the desire to reach out but may not know what to say or have the confidence to say anything. Due to the awkwardness of reaching out to someone new, the program offers three steps for students to take: 1. See someone alone. 2. Reach out and help. 3. Start with hello. The program reinforces how positive it feels when people reach out to each other. Patterson trained 26 students in the middle school building on how to deliver the Sandy Hook Promise presentation to their classes. The eighth graders who presented were chosen from Patterson’s Counselor’s Advisory Council, and many of them chose others to help them lead. The seventh-grade presenters were 16 | OCTOBER 2018

hand-picked by Patterson because of their kindness and leadership ability. Presenters led the Sandy Hook Promise slideshow by themselves and gave fellow students information and ideas about how to reach out to others and possible topics of conversation. Following the information portion, students broke into groups to discuss various scenarios where a student could feel excluded in order to build empathy. They also talked about how to help someone who feels excluded. In addition to the presentation, students and staff wore green to show support for the program. They also filled out pledge cards about why they “start with hello” that can be displayed throughout the school. Several students made videos during lunch and recess periods about why they “start with hello.” The group of middle schoolers will work with Patterson to edit a school-wide montage video on why students feel this is a significant topic.


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Chagrin Falls High School Tiger Perks Brews Up Conversations By Belle DiFranco, Junior, Chagrin Falls High School Each Tuesday and Thursday, Tiger Perk, a popular coffee service staffed by high school and middle school students, is offered to fourth through twelfth grade teachers. Since the beginning of the school year many teachers have utilized the “Tiger Perk Cafe” during Tiger Period. Mrs. Bencko, who is the district psychologist for Chagrin Falls Schools, oversees the job skills training program. “It teaches students different vocational skills while serving drinks to all adults fourth grade through twelfth grade,” said Mrs. Bencko. “The program was able to start through grant money, and by a parent support organization called Tiger Prep. It is a joint project between intervention specialists and support personnel at the school,” said Bencko. Since its start in 2017, Tiger Perk has been a successful addition to the District. As of now, only teachers are able to purchase drinks. Bencko and the Tiger Perk program are hopeful students will be able to utilize the cafe soon. “Students can’t order coffee yet, but it will be coming in the next year or two years,” said Bencko. Tiger Perk offers various drink options. In the future, the program is hopeful to serve bagels in the morning to both students and teachers. Many of the teachers throughout both the middle school and high school use Tiger Perk as their coffee option in the morning. “All drinks are $1.50. We serve coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and iced tea,” said Bencko. Music teachers Robert Sobnosky and Nathan Bachofsky have utilized Tiger Perk many times throughout last year and into this year, ultimately becoming well-known orderers throughout the program. “I order almost every Tuesday and Thursday. I usually get the Dunkin’ Donuts brewed coffee with extra milk. I like it because Tuesdays and Thursdays are kind of my busiest days because I have select choir before school, so it is nice to not have to worry

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about making a cup of coffee on my way out the door,” said Bachofsky. Another major part of the program is the students involved in it. Chagrin Falls Middle School eighth grader Abbey Malarney and Chagrin Falls High School ninth grader Holden McGee are staff members for the Tiger Perk program. “My favorite drink to make is the caramelized coffee because it has a nice smell, and the hot chocolate because that is my favorite one to drink,” said Malarney. McGee likes to make all types of coffee. “I like to work with the Keurig. I also like to put labels on the cups,” said McGee. Many of the students involved in Tiger Perk not only enjoy making the coffee but the experiences that go beyond making drinks. “I like working with my friends,” said McGee. “I also like to deliver the coffee as well. I like delivering it to both the Learning Village and the high school. I get to see old teachers I had, which is fun,” he said. Along with helping students, the program offers great benefits for teachers. “I like the program because it is a win-win situation. It is great for the students who work in it. It is great for the teachers because we get to buy coffee and have it brought to us. It is just a homerun in all ways in my book,” said Sobnosky.

“I like working with my friends. I also like to deliver the coffee to both the Learning Village and the high school. I get to see old teachers I had, which is fun.” - Holden McGee, 9th grade Chagrin Falls High School


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Chagrin Falls High School Highlights of Senior Philanthropy Day - October 10, 2018 By Kelsey Miller, Senior, Chagrin Falls High School On October 10, Chagrin Falls High School seniors participated in the school’s annual Philanthropy Day. This experience allows students to give back to the community through numerous opportunities such as volunteering at the food bank, helping students at the Intermediate School and Gurney Elementary School, as well as cleaning up the Metroparks.

“I felt so happy to know that we helped a lot of people. I can see myself definitely helping out at the food bank in the future.” - Greyson Brett, 12th grade Chagrin Falls High School

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“I went to the food bank and it made me so happy to see how much food was being donated to people in need. I really felt satisfied with myself after the experiencence.� - Allison Pilotti, 12th grade Chagrin Falls High School

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Chagrin Falls Schools "What the Tech" Parent Event a Success

Parents from Gurney Elementary School, Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, Middle School and High School arrived on Saturday morning, October 6 for the District’s first “What the Tech?!” event. The event was designed for parents to learn more about how their student uses technology in and out of the classroom. The day consisted of four 25 minute sessions detailing different aspects of how students and teachers use technology at Chagrin Falls. Some sessions were interactive and required attendees to use smartphones to participate.

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Parent Resources, facilitated by Nancy Kevern and Mike Daugherty, provided attendees with a website created specifically for the event. The site included tools, extensions and other tech resources parents could use when trying to help their student at home. (The website can be accessed here: bit.ly/ cfsite1 ) Christopher Englehart, Gurney Elementary Spanish teacher, led a session on how teachers and students use Google Classroom. Student Tech Intern, Tori Hallwachs, shared some of the artifacts she has created using the GSuite of Tools in her session titled: GSuite: a Student Perspective. Brooke Campbell, middle and high school Spanish teacher, facilitated a game of Kahoot and Quizlet Live so that parents could experience first-hand some of the learning activities their students may talk about at home. Supplemental sessions included a Google Expedition to Iceland using virtual reality and a computer programming demonstration by Carolyn Petite, computer teacher, and her students. Parent feedback was extremely positive. One parent said the event “Reinforced what amazing opportunities our Chagrin Falls’ students have at their fingertips and how well prepared they will be for their next chapter. The presenter was an amazing young woman with a very bright future!”


"What the Tech?!"

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Chagrin Falls Schools Hires New Wrestling Coach On October 3, the Chagrin Falls Board of Education approved the hiring of new wrestling coach Peter Cimoroni. Cimoroni is currently the CEO and president of a business consulting firm and co-founder of the Wrestlers in Business Network. He was a wrestler at the University of Dayton and earned his Master’s Degree at John Carroll University. He spent many years rebuilding the Beachwood City Schools’ wrestling program with significant results. He will be joining Chagrin Falls Schools taking over for former wrestling coach Victor Puskas.

Chagrin Falls Schools Athletic Director Charlie Barch said, “When searching for a new wrestling coach, we knew we needed someone who could build a strong program and hoped to find someone who has already done it before. Peter's resume came across my desk, and I was excited to meet with him. He is very well respected in the wrestling community and we know his knowledge and expertise will help grow our program.” Cimoroni gave an overview of his coaching philosophy saying, “Our goal is to create an atmosphere through a philosophy of the constant strive for excellence, not only on the mat and in the classroom, but also in the community at large. Our mission is to build a lasting family community that routinely attracts and graduates excellent student-athletes with a deep commitment to the community to give back and pay it forward.” He is looking forward to this year’s season as well as the years to come. “I am excited to be involved with such an incredible school system and vibrant city as a whole. Go Tigers!"

Chagrin Falls High School Band Members Earn Spots in the OMEA Honors Band Eight of Chagrin Falls High School’s (CFHS) band members have been chosen to participate in the Ohio Music Educators Association Honors Band. The students are sophomores Darya Rebeta, Sara Hartle, Ryan Brackett and Alec Davis; junior Tom Swift; and seniors Eva Levine, Sarah Levine and Katie O’Malley. They were selected from a group of 215 applicants. The events associated with the Honors Band take place at Cleveland State University (CSU). Students 28 | OCTOBER 2018

will attend a seating audition on Thursday, November 8 to determine what chair they will play, meaning their rank associated with their skill level as related to the other musicians. On Friday, November 9, students will rehearse and attend master classes. They will also listen to a short recital by CSU faculty. On Saturday, November 10 the students will perform a free concert open to the public at the Waetjen Auditorium at CSU at 4 p.m.


Chagrin Falls High School Music Students Enjoy Cleveland Orchestra Concert

Chagrin Falls High School music students enjoyed a Cleveland Orchestra concert on Friday, October 19. Approximately 90 band, orchestra and choir students heard Barber's Overture to "The School for Scandal" as well as Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. The concert was conducted by the world-renowned Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno. “It is an amazing opportunity for these students to hear the best orchestra in the world,� said Director of Orchestras Kendra Karriker, Chagrin Falls Schools.

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Chagrin Falls Middle School Eighth Grade Science Field Trip Eighth graders at Chagrin Falls Middle School took a field trip to the Twinsburg Ledges and Nature Center at Liberty Park, which is a part of the Summit County Metroparks. This trip followed their unit in Earth Science where they learned about glaciers, landforms, weathering and erosion. Science teacher Tammy Mrofchak planned the outdoor adventure for students to make real life connections between their academic knowledge and a handson experience. Students had the chance to identify constructive and destructive geological processes that formed Earth’s surface in their own community. Throughout their time on the trip, students hiked and recognized major geological processes of erosion and

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deposition. They also saw patterns and features of streams, discharge rates and gradients, and were able to identify glacial features in the ledges of the park. Aside from the scientific portion of the trip, students tuned an artistic eye to the Metroparks as a connection to their art class with art teacher Amy Fenton. While hiking, students looked for a subject in nature that displayed the principles of art, including balance, emphasis, movement, proportion, rhythm, pattern, unity and variety. At the end of the trip, students had hiked an average of 20,000 steps.


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- NO athletic practices or games held!

- NO homework assigned!

FAMILY

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- NO club meetings or activities hosted!

- NO studying for tests!

Monday, October 29, 2018 Students and staff will leave school at the dismissal bell and are encouraged to only focus on connecting with their families. Local businesses offering discounts/specials to our Chagrin Falls Schools’ families include . . . Chagrin Cards and Gifts: a storewide BOGO Sale. Buy one item and get the second item of equal or lesser value 50% off, excluding individual greeting cards.

The Pond: “Bubble Soccer” Ice Skating & more

Blush Boutique: 20% off

Cowboy: $5 off with a

purchase of $20 or more Lowe’s Greenhouse: Bring the family and plant an indoor garden for your home, office, apartment or bedroom. Select from a fairy garden, European dish garden, succulent/cactus garden or an air purifying planter. Make your purchase of plants/container and the potting soil is free.

Glass Asylum:

create two ornaments for $90. They are regularly $50 each.

Step In: 20% off

most merchandise. There will be a few exclusion like clearance and Varsity jackets.

In partnership with Community Education and Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce

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Follow Us on Social Media and On-Line Facebook • Twitter • Website • Constant Contact The Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools intends to use a variety of avenues to communicate to the district stakeholders. The list below outlines the various methods to connect with the district through social media. District Website Facebook www.chagrinschools.org www.facebook.com/CFEVS Twitter Join the conversation on Twitter. Use #CFEVS. You can also follow the school district administrators: #CFCONSTRUCT - To follow our construction project updates and photos Robert Hunt Superintendent @Hunt_EdLeader

Monica Asher High School Principal @MonicaJAsherED

Sarah Read Intermediate School Principal @read_chagrin

Christopher Woofter Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives @ChrisWoofter

Amanda Rassi High School Asst. Principal @cf_rassi

Rachel Jones Gurney Elementary Principal @DrJ_cfprincipal

CFHS Counselors @cfcounselors

Charlie Barch District Athletic Director @ChagrinAD

Mike Daugherty Director of Technology @MoreThanATech Becky Quinn Director of Curriculum @becky_quinn1

Laila Discenza Middle School Principal @CFMSdiscenzaPal Curtis Howell Assistant Principal (Gurney & Intermediate School) @Howell_cfevs

District All Calls Our district uses an automated calling system to send out important messages such as school closings, school delays, or other valuable information when necessary. This service is only for the parents of district students. Parents will be eligible to receive these calls when they enroll their students. If you are a parent in the district and you are not receiving the automated calls, or if you need to change the number that these calls go to, please contact Pupil Services at (440) 247-4564. Stay Connected Would you like to be notified via email of what’s happening in the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District? Register to receive emails through Constant Contact. Go to the homepage, www.chagrinschool.org. In the upper right hand corner, click the “Stay Connected” icon to sign up.

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Click here to be directed to a letter to the community offering support and requesting information identifying students in need of special educaiton services.


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Super News - October 2018  

Super News is the digital magazine of Chagrin Falls Schools.

Super News - October 2018  

Super News is the digital magazine of Chagrin Falls Schools.