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A successful school district places a high degree of importance on ensuring that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential inside and outside of the classroom. The goal of this Quality Profile is to showcase to our community what truly makes the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools exceptional. It goes beyond standardized test scores and offers a more comprehensive look at the value Chagrin Falls Schools offers to the community and what matters the most.

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MESSAGE FROM THE Superintendent Dear Community, The strength of the American public education system is based on the development of a school that represents the values and beliefs of a community. There has been an ongoing attempt to legislate educational reform at the state and national level. The vast majority of this reform is built around implementing sanctions for teachers and districts based on an ever-increasing number of standardized tests. State report cards do not define overall quality of our academic program and student preparedness as they enter the next phase of their lives. This Quality Profile provides an overview of district progress on key quality indicators for a well-rounded, rigorous program that prepares students for success in post-secondary education. The district engaged the community in a comprehensive strategic planning process throughout the 2013-2014 school year. We have aggressively pursued our vision of obtaining a personalized learning experience for

all students. The attainment of this vision is only accomplished through a well-rounded academic and extra-curricular program providing a variety of options for our students to develop and grow. This plan is evaluated annually as we survey our key stakeholders to monitor progress. As we completed year three of this plan, we evaluated progress and made modifications to the plan based on our current needs within the district. This Quality Profile is completed annually and released at the beginning of every school year. We are happy that this year the state report card will provide a link to this report as we believe it to better represent our school district. We will continue to engage our community around the ongoing work of defining our success locally and utilize this as a tool to report our progress. We are very open to and appreciative of your feedback. Robert W. Hunt Superintendent @Hunt_Edleader


Education President: Mary Kay O’Toole Vice President: Sharon Broz Member: Kathryn Garvey Michael Hogan Rob Weber

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We Believe In: • • • • • • • • • • • •

High expectations Motivating for lifelong learning Providing a holistic education Individual goals Student success as a shared responsibility Providing a safe environment Purposeful change Embracing diversity Open and honest communication Stewardship of human, fiscal, and material resources Persevering through challenges Teamwork and collaboration

AWARDS & ACCOLADES Chagrin Falls Middle School is a National Blue Ribbon School (2010), as well as listed on the Ohio Schools to Watch designation. Both of these are the two highest accolades given to a middle school. Mike Daugherty was selected to be Certified Google Innovator. He was also elected the Vice Chair of the Ohio chapter of CoSN (Consortium of School Networking) Bobbie Serensky named Chagrin Falls Teacher of the Year. Jeff McLean was named Chagrin Falls Support Staff Employee of the Year. Chagrin Falls High School received the Ohio’s State Board of Education first annual All A Awards for receiving A’s on every aspect of school performance measured on Ohio’s School Report Card. Lisa Shannon received the 2016 - 2017 Kathleen D. Shelby Outstanding Service Award for removing communication barriers for Ohio’s children given by The Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition. Nancy Kevern selected as the 2016-17 ITIP Technology Using Teacher of the Year. Chagrin Falls Schools participated in the Google Reference District Program, a pilot program that showcased how the district is achieving exemplary things with Google tools. The district is now one of the first districts in the country to be selected as a "Google for Education Reference School."

Over the past three years, over 130 of our gifted/advanced students in grades 3-9 have participated in Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS), which provides the opportunity to take above-grade level assessments, now including the PSAT 8/9 (grades 3-6), and the ACT and/or SAT in grades 6-9. Each year, our topscoring students are recognized by the Board. Four of our students have been recognized at the national level for their outstanding scores within the past three years.


Number of Certified staff members participating in the two Gifted Endorsement Cohorts being offered via Ashland University


Teachers and Counselors with Master’s Degrees or PhDs


Number of graduate credit hours for which certified staff completed and applied toward license renewal. 144.2 included the CEUs

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MISSION: Provide an educational experience e

VISION: Within five years, we will provide

Reviewed and identified a tiered approach to research and created Capstone Project experiences to be implemented within each school in 2017-18 to showcase research in a personalized way. Reviewed and refined existing programming and resources, identified new resources for AP (Advanced Placement) and HS Science elective courses and identified programs to pilot in grades 3-8 and HS Physical Science. Identified new programming for 2017-18, to include: enhanced enrichment period offerings in grades 4-12, Gifted Programming in Math and ELA (English Language Arts) in Grades 2-3, double-period Math and ELA for eligible CFMS students, Algebra II Principles, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Spanish Literature, College Credit Plus English Composition I & II, (Advanced) Physical Science in 8th grade. Implemented Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM Programming in grades K-8 with all students; High School PLTW pathways formalized via AP coursework. Acquired Gifted Endorsement eligibility for 23 new district staff members via completion of graduate coursework through Ashland University.

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Finalized comprehensive frameworks communicating the ways in which learning is personalized for students currently, as well as what is on the horizon for each grade span. Frameworks are scheduled for review by the Strategic Planning Committee before release on the district’s webpage. Researched, evaluated, and identified a Personalized Learning Plan system for implementation at a later date. The Personalized Learning Plan captures and maintains information unique to each learner and allows each student to establish personal goals and pathways for achieving milestones of academic and personal interest.

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Implemented use of Selection Criteria to inform student readiness for advanced courses and grew additional pathways to access advanced courses in grades 7-12. Identified additional course offerings to meet the varying needs of all students through additional instructional time, expanded coursework, and increased access to college coursework within CFHS.

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er Challenge.” a Child Safety Parent Night. e Gurney Elementary newsletters, highlighting community and

Completed final phase of training to increase student achievement. Building Leadership and District Leadership Teams solidified its fluid system of communicating and providing feedback associated with step five of five of the Ohio Improvement Process (collect, chart, and analyze post assessment data.) With the assistance of a trained consultant from the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, the District Leadership Team revised resources and practiced the process two times last year. The goal is to increase the frequency of this step from two to four times per year. Utilized the Ohio Improvement Process by all Teacher Based Teams to analyze student data and increase academic achievement. Teams self-reported improvement in all aspects of the process: organization, planning, collecting and charting assessment data aligned to Ohio’s learning standards, analyzing data, establishing shared expectations, implementing analysis with fidelity, and collecting and analyzing postassessment data. The district will continue using this system into the 2017-18 school year. Achieved 100% of the district’s teaching and administrative staff becoming Google Certified, increasing instruction integrated with technology. First district in the country to accomplish this. Achieved 100% Google Classroom adoption, increasing efficiency for both teachers and students.

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COMMITMENT TO Improvement Other ways the district demonstrates a commitment to improvement . . . •

Use of Competency-Based Education Grant funds ($400,000) to enhance our work in refinement of varied and non-traditional ways to evidence student learning and growth, beyond state assessments.

Refinement of Selection Criteria articulation and implementation across grades 2-12 to inform student readiness for levelled programming, in varied and ongoing ways; development of additional pathways for students to access advanced coursework at the secondary level.

Development of services to meet the needs of gifted/ advanced students in grades K-3 Math and ELA to be implemented during the 2017-18 school year.

Lego WeDo STEM kits implemented in IS Science classes, teachers across grades 2-6 trained on Lego StoryStarter for use with struggling writers. 23 additional district staff completing Gifted Endorsement coursework through fall 2017.

Implementation of K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) pathways via Project Lead the Way programming in grades K-8 and articulated AP pathways in grades 9-12.

This mission and vision are built upon a set of belief statements that our school and community hold to be meaningful.

The certified staff members of Chagrin Falls Exempted Village 100% District-wide Google Certified Level 1 Educators

The district demonstrates this improvement through the process of actualizing the mission and vision through four main focus areas: Curriculum and Instruction, Flexible Learning, Parents and Community, and Shared Leadership. Each of these four areas has strategies and action steps specific to completing goals to realize our vision. One can learn more about the details of our plan at the school website. www.

Four district staff members representing all buildings completed the rigorous level 1 Wilson certification. Wilson is a multi-sensory intervention designed to increase reading fluency in struggling readers.

The special education department increased its capacity to serve students with Autism and low incidence disabilities through the specialized training and teacher leader development. Intervention Specialist, Mrs. Jacqueline Gerber, was recently granted TEACCH Certified Practitioner status, which qualifies her to train the Chagrin Falls teaching staff on this highly effective and researchbased intervention.

Commitment to Improvement We believe an organization becomes less relevant when improvement stagnates and therefore, the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools is committed to continuous improvement. The district has a comprehensive strategic plan that addresses many aspects of teaching and learning. This plan serves as a road map for the district over the next five years. This strategic plan has been thoughtfully designed to engage all of our stakeholders in critical conversations and planning for the future of our school district. We believe that it is through these important discussions about expectations, finances, and values we will preserve what we value in public education locally. Our mission is to provide an educational experience empowering students to maximize their potential and our vision is within five years, we will provide a personalized education for all students.



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Chagrin Falls High School offered plenty of different opportunities to challenge myself. By taking many different AP, Honors and College Credit Plus courses, the curriculum was more difficult and challenged me to grow intellectually and develop better time management skills. Now, as I head off to college, I feel more prepared because I took college level courses at CFHS and am accustomed to challenging material and understanding the work ethic and effort necessary to achieve success. — Emma Iammarino Class of 2017 | Chagrin Falls High School

92.5% of the Class of 2017 continued their academic

10 Commended 7 Finalists 17 Total Qualifiers

pursuits at higher learning institutions

2017 National Merit Scholarship Program

Colleges CFHS Class of 2017 Grads are Attending University of Wisconsin, Madison

Adrian College Northwestern Michigan College- Great Lakes Maritime Academy University of Michigan

Western University, Canada

University of Washington

University of Idaho Northwestern University Columbia College Chicago

University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles Sonoma State University University of Southern California

University of Colorado at Boulder University of Denver Colorado School of Mines

Baldwin-Wallace University Cleveland State University Columbus State Community College University of Dayton Defiance College Denison University John Carroll University Kent State University Lakeland Community College Miami University Ohio Dominican Ohio Northern Ohio University Ohio Wesleyan University Otterbein University The Ohio State University University of Cincinnati University of Dayton University of Mount Union Wittenberg University Youngstown State University

Purdue University University of Notre Dame

West Virginia University

Saint Louis University Washington University

Cornell University Rochester Institute of Technology Sarah Lawrence College Syracuse University University of Rochester Middlebury College Dartmouth College Boston College Dean College Northeastern University

Johns Hopkins University Loyola Marymount

Duke University University of NC at Charlotte University of Virginia College of William and Mary

University of Arkansas The University of Georgia

Arizona State University Southern Methodist University The University of Texas, Austin

Clemson University University of South Carolina Tulane University

University of Alabama University of Central Florida Florida State University Full Sail University

The George Washington University

Duquesne University Lehigh University Pennsylvania State University University of Pittsburgh Saint Joseph’s University Westminster College

Bangor University, UK Durham University, UK Jacobs University, Germany Karlsruhe Institute of Technologie, Germany Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Scores represent Chagrin Falls' students' scores.

SAT (old version) National Average Composite score: 1020 READING MATH COMPOSITE & WRITING 2017 598 599 1197 YEAR CRITICAL MATH COMPOSITE WRITING READING 2016 576 603 1179 572 2015 576 601 1177 585 2014 576 603 1179 572 2013 572 584 1156 565


Middle school students who took high school credit courses

ACT National Average Composite score: 20.8 YEAR

TOTAL ENGLISH TESTED STUDENTS 2016 276 25.9 2015 143 25.7 2014 114 25.6 2013 156 25.3



25.9 25.7 25.2 25.2

25.6 26.4 25.9 25.7

Through a continuum of services provided at Chagrin Falls Schools, we use research-based instructional models including... • • • • •

Cluster grouping Differentiation Project-based learning Cross-curricular planning Inquiry-based learning

. . . all to provide a 21st Century education

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25.2 25.3 25.1 24.7

25.7 25.9 25.6 25.4


AP and 2 College Credit Plus Courses offered in 2015-16 with


AP and 2 College Credit Plus being offered in 2017-18

In 2016-17, 45% of all students (general education and special education) in grades 10-12 enrolled in AP Classes 2015-16: 42% 2014-15: 51.1% 2013-14: 49.8% 2012-13: 47.3%

% Students with Disabilities going to four-year college 2016-17: 80% 2015-16: 57% 2014-15: 47% 2013-14: 50%

% Students who markedly improved academic skills, eliminating their need for intervention

27% 49%

K - 65% 1 - 17% 2 - 16% 3 - 13% 4 - 21% 5 - 20% 6 - 17%

ACADEMICS % of students scoring a 3 or higher on their AP exam 2016-17: 86% 2015-16: 83% 2014-15: 78% 2013-14: 83%

% of students receiving tiered intervention K - 28% 1 - 38% 2 - 33% 3 - 30% 4 - 30% 5 - 23% 6 - 23%

7 - 6% 8 - 8% 9 - 9% 10 - 10% 11 - 9% 12 - 2%

7 - 9% 8 - 33% 9 - 50% 10 - 37% 11 - 33% 12 - 100%

% Diplomas with Honors Class of 2017: 45% Class of 2016: 49% Class of 2015: 47% Class of 2014: 40%

In 2012-13,

10.5% 2.5%

of our K-12 students were identified as gifted;

of these gifted students were reported as receiving service.

In 2016-17,

Grade 4-8 students participated in the Advanced Language Arts program

35.8% 78%

Grade 4-8 students participated in the Advanced Math program

of our K-12 students were identified as gifted;

of these gifted students were reported as receiving service.


% High School Students with 4.0 GPA or higher 2016-17

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Project Lead the Way

Through Ohio Department of Education Competency-Based Grant funds, we purchased PLTW K-8 instructional modules and resources for all students and provided PLTW training for three of our K-8 teachers. As of the 2016-17 school year, all K-8 students were engaged in PLTW via elective (Encore) courses within their school. Module highlights across K-8 include: • Gurney: Animals & Algorithms, Light & Sound, Materials Science, The Changing Earth, Stability & Motion, Programming Patterns, & more…. • CFIS: Energy: Collisions & Conversions, Infection: Detection/ Modeling & Simulation, Input/Output: Computer Systems, Human Brain, & more…. • CFMS: Design & Modeling: Foot Othosis, Therapeutic Toy Design, Building Blocks, and more... / Automation & Robotics: Design Process, Survival Challenge, Automated Systems, & more... PLTW has articulated three STEM pathways to extend learning within the K-8 program through Advanced Placement (AP) courses. CFHS offers the following AP courses within these pathways: • Engineering: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based, AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based, AP Statistics • Biomedical Science: AP Biology, AP Chemistry • Computer Science: AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles (new in 2017-18) CFHS also provides additional related coursework in Business/Entrepreneurship, Computer Science, Math, and Science. This ensures that we are able to provide a K-12 continuum of STEM opportunities.

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As a part of our district commitment to provide rigorous and relevant curriculum to maximize student potential, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a nationally acclaimed STEM program, was first implemented in 2016-17. This problem-based program provides hands-on learning opportunities which engage students in critical thinking, collaboration, and authentic real-world application of skills.


The Chagrin Falls Schools’ Bridge to the World program complements the vision, mission, and beliefs of the district’s strategic plan. As the district strives to develop the concept of personal learning pathways to provide more student choice, the opportunities provided by this international program will provide motivation for lifelong learning. This, along with students embracing diversity and stewardship of human and material resources, as well as persevering through challenges and teamwork and collaboration, are only a few of the beliefs that lend to our students’ international learning experiences. The Bridge to the World program allows both staff and students to broaden their horizons and develop cultural awareness of other countries. These educational trips allow an expansion of the educational process that is unattainable in the classroom. In the past, Chagrin Falls High School has traveled to China, South Africa, Egypt, Spain, Morocco, France and Costa Rica. These travel experiences not only allow for sight-seeing, but also provide opportunities for students to partake in homestays, language immersion programs and community service opportunities that include building houses and helping repair schools in impoverished areas. In 2017, students and staff traveled to Spain in the spring and summer. After touring parts of Greece and Italy, students participated in the Leadership Summit in Milan. More information can be found at:

World Languages

• K-6 Spanish • 7 -8 Spanish, French, Chinese • 9-12 Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic

DIGITAL LEARNING Recognized by State of Ohio for the best 1:1 technology program


Computer Graphics, Digital Photography, Digital Journalism, Video Productions, Computer Programming, AP Computer Science, and Advanced Data Structures courses offered at the high school

Number of districtprovided Chromebooks

What We Use • • • • • • •


% of students engaging in 1:1 technology in 2016-17 Digital Citizenship lessons in Internet etiquette, Internet safety, and validation of research sources

Twitter Instagram Google Keep Skype Soundcloud Padlet Nearpod

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TLDR LucidCharts Kahoot Blendspace Read Write Google RemindHQ

1 of the first 12

Google Reference Districts in the Nation



of students reported Google products have a positive effect on their daily ability to collaborate every day, with

% of Chagrin Falls' Teachers are Google Certified


saying the impact is "huge"


of students reported Google products have a positive effect on the pace at which they are able to move through lessons, with


saying the impact is "huge"

The quality of their work and learning is enhanced by the capabilities on the Chromebooks. Presentations are animated, hyperlinked and truly impressive. Better than some of what I see from adults in corporate America! We are setting our kids up with technology skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. — Alison Pulte Chagrin Falls Schools' Parent

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Gurney Elementary


All Kindergarteners performed in a Valentine’s Day show for families.

Parent volunteers presented art appreciation lessons in all classrooms.

The 3rd Grade Tiger Beats sang at the presentation of the mural at the Chagrin Valley Arts Center and in the Memorial Day Parade.

All Kdg-3rd graders participated in the One School One Book Program by reading, Ribsy!

All 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders performed in the Gurney Holiday Show, “Gurney Bandstand!”

All 1st and 3rd grade Buddy Classes participated in a physical education ice skating lesson at The Pond.

All Kindergarten and 2nd grade Buddy Classes participated in a swimming lesson at the Wembly Club.

All 2nd graders filled out electronic family trees in Spanish Class using all Spanish names and titles.

All 3rd graders’ artistic productions of Guitar Mania were displayed in local shop windows throughout the Village of Chagrin Falls.

Two Encore Curriculum Nights were held in the spring at which Kindergarten3rd graders led their parents through activities and skills they had learned in art, music, physical education, Spanish, and Technology.

My favorite encore class is physical education because you get to run around, get your body moving, and play games. All of those things help me to do better in school. - Patrick Jones, Kindergarten Gurney Elementary 12 | QUALITY Profile

Intermediate School


More than 200 5th and 6th grade students participated in the Intermediate School Band this past school year.

The CFIS Select Choir (our auditioned choir) performed in five different concerts this year, including ones at Holly Hall, Meals on Wheels, and the Chagrin Falls Memorial Day Parade. This group was made up of 40 fifth and sixth grade students. Students learned to sing in 2-3 parts with repertoire from Classical Literature, World Folk Music and Broadway Music.

The 2016-2017 school year added a newly formed nonauditioned choir that met during the school day as one of the students’ music choices. The choir consisted of 72 fifth and sixth grade students. Students learned to sing in 2 parts with repertoire from American Folk Music, Classical Literature, to Popular Music.

Tiger Beats non-auditioned choir is home to fourth grade choir members where they combine with the third grade students at Gurney.

We had 11 singers from grades 4 and 5 participate in the OMEA All State Children's Chorus. The performance was at OMEA’s state convention in Cleveland on Feb. 2, 2017. The choir was directed by Dr. Judy Bowers, professor of choral music at Florida State University. The NE Regional rehearsals were hosted by Chagrin Falls and directed by Patricia Haynish.

More than 132 students in grades 3-12 participated in our community theater productions of “Peter Pan” and “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark!”

Students at CFIS build a strong musical foundation in General Music class in the 4th grade, and then can choose to continue in General Music or participate in Band or Orchestra as fifth and sixth graders. The band and orchestra students each perform two concerts per year. All fifth and sixth grade students all also welcome to join the fifth-sixth grade CFIS choir as part of their extended homeroom beginning at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

We had 10 singers from grades 5, 6, and 7 participate in the Ohio Choral Director’s Association (OCDA) Honor Choir. The performance was at the OCDA state conference on Wednesday, June 21 at Otterbein College. The director was Dr. Ann Usher, director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus and a professor at the University of Akron. The NE Regional rehearsals were hosted by Chagrin Falls and were conducted by Patricia Haynish.

I feel really lucky to be part of a school that has such an amazing arts program. Seeing alumni on Broadway, TV, creating Disney movies, lots of stuff like that, makes me realize that Chagrin is a special place for the arts and we can do almost anything in the arts if we work really hard. I am grateful for the professional experiences and teachers. It's like being a part of a super cool tradition. - Avery Polcar, Class of 2023 Intermediate School

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Middle School


Student’s artwork are entered in the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and/or published. A panel comprised of local professional artists and art educators jury the exhibition and select the awarded pieces from nearly 1,700 entries.

opportunity to receive numerous honors and scholarships. •

Student Artwork displayed in Hallways, Cafeteria, and PAC lobby.

Band and orchestra students have the opportunity to participate in the Ohio Music Educators Solo and Ensemble contest as well as Large Group Contest. Students perform and are rated using a 5 tiered system by an OMEA certified adjudicator.

Grade 8 Band students also take their music on the road. They performed for the residents of the Hamlet Retirement Community at Halloween.

Students showcase their talents at the end of the year at the annual Hamlet Spring Art Show. Selected students’ artwork have the

Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment. - Claire Qua, Class of 2021 Chagrin Falls Middle School

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High School


Students competed in Scholastics Art Competition: 5 Gold Key Individual Works of Art 7 Silver Key Individual Works of Art 16 Honorable Mention Individual Works of Art.

Students participated in Governor’s Art Show: 16 Students had qualifying artwork 26 pieces of art Jane Gobel, Graham Smith, and Jake Levine received State Recognition.

Band performed at 10 football games, Meet the Teams Night, the Brush Band Festival, three concerts, Graduation, the Blossom Parade, Memorial Day Parade, and at the Chagrin Music Crawl.

Nine band students participated in four different area Honors Bands.

13 band students achieved a Superior rating at the OMEA Solo and Ensemble contest.

Orchestra performed three concerts.

Orchestra worked with guest conductors Dr. Bordo from the University of Akron and Mrs. Rachel Huch from CIM.

Two students published Apps to iTunes

Fall Play was And Then There Were None.

Spring Musical was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

8 students inducted into the International Thespian Honor Society.

Choirs had 3 concerts, performed at Holly Hall, and hosted the Choir Cabaret (Solo and Ensemble performances).

The Write Place assisted writers with 1350 pieces of writing and had 667 visits throughout the school year including helping with the CFIS Writers Symposium, and Posting Poetry Month Videos.

Great Lakes Theater company worked with AP English students.

The arts program at Chagrin Falls Schools has given me the confidence to not only be more expressive on stage and in choir, but in all of my classes. The program has made me more bold and self-assured in front of large and small groups of people because of the constant encouragement from everyone...teachers and peers. Slowly, I found myself applying that same confident thought to the rest of my life. - Lisa Nazelli, Class of 2019 Chagrin Falls High School

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FISCAL STEWARDSHIP Dear Community, At the close of the fiscal year, the district’s cash reserves represented approximately 35% of annual revenues. Fiscal year 2017 general fund expenditures totaled $27,191,000, a 3.5% increase over the prior year. Operational Transfers and Advances increased significantly due to the successful bond campaign in May. With approval from the Board of Education, the general fund advanced $2.6 million to the capital improvement fund, enabling work to commence on the 7-12 campus in preparation of the upcoming school year. General operating dollars provide resources needed to support objectives of the strategic plan, district-wide educational goals and personalized learning initiatives. In May, residents supported a 5.5 mill operating levy combined with a 3.4 mill bond issue. These additional operating funds are projected to provide resources necessary for operations through 2020. The bond proceeds will be used to refresh the Intermediate School building which is slated to re-open in 2019. Local revenue sources accounted for 83% of the district’s general operating revenues last year. State funding comprised the remaining 17% - no growth is expected through 2019. The Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) was created for the first time last year. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has given an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting to the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District for its Popular Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016. The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local government popular reports. The district recently earned the Auditor of State Award from David Yost for demonstrating exemplary financial reporting in accordance with GAAP standards.

Additionally, the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District earned the “Auditor of State Award with Distinction” in recognition of the District’s FY16 Audit Report. The District received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the 17th consecutive year. Fiscal Year 2016 marked the third year the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) presented the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award to the District for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Sincerely, Anne Spano Treasurer/CFO Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools

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Local Public Utility Property $904,847 | 3%

Unrestricted State Aid $1,787,645 | 6%

State Property Tax Allocation $3,059,988 | 11% Other Revenue $732,496 | 3%

Revenues 2016-2017 Local Real Estate Tax


State Property Tax Allocation $3,059,988 Unrestricted State Aid Local Real Estate Tax $21,741,454 | 77%

Expenditures 2016-2017 Salaries & Wages


Employee Benefits $5,936,404 Purchased Services


Other Expenses $466,329 Transfers & Advances & Other Financing Supplies & Materials


Local Public Utility Property


Other Revenue


Other Expenses $466,329 | 2% Capital Outlay $430,294 | 1%

Transfers & Advances & Other Financing $3,302,451 | 11%

Supplies & Materials $514,846 | 2% Purchased Services $3,661,531 | 12%

$3,302,451 $514,846

Capital Outlay $430,294

Employee Benefits $5,936,404 | 19%

Salaries & Wages $16,181,137 | 53%

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STUDENT Leadership & Activities

Gurney Elementary • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Service Learning Club Tiger Beats Running Club Art Club Coding Club Buddy Classes Destination Imagination After School Sports Pasta for Pennies Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Fundraiser Canned Food Drive for Meals on Wheels Supplies Drive for U.S. Military Overseas 3rd Grade Morning Announcers Science Buddies

Intermediate School

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Student Council PAWS (“People Always Willing to Serve”) “Pasta for Pennies” Leukemia & Lymphoma fundraiser Harvest for Hunger food drive Destination Imagination Art Club Morning Announcements Kindness Campaign H(e)ARTS for Guatemala fundraiser Walk to School/Walk to Town Day Bike to School with Dad Day Mock Trial Global Issues Problem Solving Invention Convention

Middle School • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Principal’s Advisory Council Student Council Superintendent’s Advisory Board Canned Food Drives Kick-It/Pasta for Pennies/Other Charity Events Regional Contests Power of the Pen Science Buddies Destination Imagination Newspaper Book Club Ski Club Yearbook Jazz Band OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest

High School • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Student Council Key Club Speech and Debate Art Club Drama Club Engineering Club Environmental Club Link Crew Philosophy Club R.O.X. (Ruling our Experiences) Science Olympiad International Club Prism Tiger Society Tiger Times (Newspaper) Zenith (Yearbook) Student Athlete Advisory Council High School Students helped facilitate the Gurney Coding Club


Middle School (W.I.N.) • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Pop Culture in Latin America Current Events Investigative Reporting Contest Writing Opportunities Flash Fiction Tiffany Stained Glass Watercolor I Think, Therefore I Can, Problem Solving Together (Grade 8) Instant Challenges/Inquiry Labs Educational Projects connected around the World. Tiger Theatre Thermal Protection Systems Entrepreneurship Speak Up Virtual Field Trips Drama, Performing a Short Play Book Challenge Keyboarding Sports Analytics I Think, Therefore I Can, Problem Solving Together (Grade 7) French Club

High School (Tiger Period) • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Art Workshops ACT Preparation Business Simulation Competition Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Figure Drawing Current Events Discussion Guitar Playing and History Chess Bridge (taught by Hamlet Residents) Business and Leadership Speaker Series Medical Careers Speaker Series Investigating Careers in Sport and Sports Management No More Knit Envy Stock Market Competition Rail Trails Around the Horn Science Olympiad 80’s the Decade of Music Video Creation

Students at Chagrin Falls Middle School and High School are afforded an intervention/enrichment period, during which time they can focus on personal interests and explore new learning opportunities.

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THE INNOVATION CENTER The Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools designed and built a new learning space called the Innovation Center last year through the generous donation of many community members and the support of the Chagrin Falls Education Foundation. The Innovation Center 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.” These spaces help to bring students’ ideas to life with 3D printers, embroidery machines, laser cutters, tools and more. The Innovation Center has been used this first year for so many learning opportunities. For example, our Project Lead the Way courses have used the lab for Design & Modeling and Automation & Robotics. All middle school students use these classes to experience the resources of the Innovation Center and have an opportunity to use the equipment as it relates to the curriculum. In addition to STEM classes, the glass design provides the ability for those curious to view. There is a great deal of research that validates learning by watching in addition to the valuable engagement it provides. Teachers utilized the collaboration space for presentations in many aspects, from learning and writing about bacteria to AP research presentations. Destination Imagination students coded and worked with ozobots. During a French extension activity, students made soap molds for their soap project. Student interns helped others learn the machines and started with basic projects. There are plans to extend the Maker Space to lego robotics and usage of Fab Lab for interdisciplinary units, while completing digital morning announcements from the Innovation Center.

In 2016-17, the Innovation Center hosted . . .

359 8,906

classes, students

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Increase the number of parents who actively volunteer within each building

Develop a plan to engage parents in shaping and monitoring their child’s personalized learning plan, as well as increase opportunities for family involvement in student activities

Increase level of community engagement and awareness to district’s mission, vision, and goals

Increase our business community involvement in learning initiatives Superintendent’s Business Advisory Council Bauman Orchards Believe in Cleveland Burton D. Morgan Foundation Central Instrument Company Chagrin Hardware & Supply Co. Chagrin Foundation for the Arts Chagrin Pet and Garden Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce Chestnut Hill Home Council of International Programs USA Cuyahoga County Public Library, Chagrin Falls Branch Different Facets Jewelry Fifth Third Bank First Federal Lakewood Geauga Growth Partnership Inc. Graphic Source Hamlet Village of Chagrin Falls Highway Auto Center Hiram College Huntington Bank

Ingrid Porter Interiors Inventor Cloud Kent State University Knowledge Management Services Lowes Greenhouses Mantua Gardens Mar-Bal, Inc. Master Pizza Motorcars Motter’s Music House Mountain Road Cycle Popcorn Shop Factory South Franklin Circle State Farm The Gertsburg Law Firm The Olive Scene The Pond The Wembley Club TMW Systems, Inc. True Vision Marketing Skidmore-Wilhelm Spark your Brand USO - United Service Organizations UTAG Valley Art Center Why Good Nature Your Smile Team Yours Truly

The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce is extremely proud and thankful for the continued partnership that we have with the Chagrin Falls Schools. The Chamber always embraces opportunities to mentor the minds of the students. Monthly, the Chamber is able to send out a successful newsletter with the help of the Key Club students volunteers, we have worked closely with the business classes to supply speakers for their speakers series and intern opportunities to the students. Each year, our members enthusiastically grade the senior projects and I know they look forward to that. We have called on the Write Place on several projects and I am confident that the staff knows that they are welcome to call on our members for different opportunities throughout the year. We take pride in bridging the local business leaders of today with the business leaders of tomorrow. - Molly Gebler, Executive Director Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce


followers on Facebook

Up 341 Followers since last year

The school district receives considerable support from the following organizations: Safe Routes Chagrin, Dads’ Club, Chagrin Falls PTO, Chagrin Athletic Association, Chagrin Falls Music Lovers, Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation, Chagrin Falls Booster Club, Alumni Association, SPARK, Community Education

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CONTACTS SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE Superintendent Mr. Robert Hunt Phone: 440-247-4363 Fax: 440-247-5883 Email:

TECHNOLOGY Director of Technology & Information Systems Mr. Mike Daugherty Phone: 440-247-5500 x 4012 Fax: 440-247-5883 Email:

Assistant Superintendent Ms. Lisa Shannon Phone: 440-247-4564 Fax: 440-247-5883 Email:

TRANSPORTATION Transportation Supervisor Mr. Mike Morgan Phone: 440-893-4055 Fax: 440-247-5883 Email:

CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION Director of Curriculum and Instruction Mrs. Rebecca Quinn Phone: 440-247-2432 Fax: 440-247-5883 Email: TREASURER Treasurer/CFO Ms. Anne Spano Phone: 440-247-4388 Fax: 440-247-5831 Email:

FOOD SERVICES Food Service Supervisor Mrs. Marti Jacobson Phone: 440-247-2453 Fax: 440-247-5883 Email:

OFFICE OF BUSINESS AND PERSONNEL Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives Mr. Christopher Woofter Phone: 440-247-5449 Fax: 440-247-5883 Email:

CHAGRIN FALLS EXEMPTED VILLAGE SCHOOLS 400 E. Washington Street • Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 440-247-5500

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BUILDINGS GURNEY ELEMENTARY 1155 Bell Road Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 440-893-4030 x 4102 Principal: Dr. Rachel Jones

CHAGRIN FALLS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 77 E. Washington Street Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 440-893-7691 Principal: Sarah Read

CHAGRIN FALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL 342 E. Washington Street Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 440-893-7695 Principal: Laila Discenza

CHAGRIN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL 400 E. Washington Street Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 440-247-2583 Principal: Monica Asher

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools is a small, suburban school district located in the eastern part of Cuyahoga County, as well as a portion of Geauga County. The district consists of four schools: a primary, intermediate, middle, and high school. Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools are an integral part of the community of Chagrin Falls. There is strong support of our students’ education from residents, teachers, parents, and the students themselves. Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools has high academic standards and a commitment to student excellence, reflected in our consistent top state rankings and numerous local and national accolades.

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Chagrin Falls Schools - Quality Profile 2016-17  

Chagrin Falls Schools - Quality Profile 2016-17

Chagrin Falls Schools - Quality Profile 2016-17  

Chagrin Falls Schools - Quality Profile 2016-17