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Dispelling Rumors by Sharing Facts “As we move forward, we must be live by our motto

‘One Team, One Vision, One Goal.’

We must be positive and not allow naysayers to affect our efforts.”


hroughout our district, we have great professionals who, on daily basis, work hard for our scholars. We also have great community partners who support our scholars and have a vested interest in their education. I'd like to thank you for everything you do and have done for our scholars. I appreciate your dedication and commitment to our school district.

I recently received a letter from the Ohio Department of Education stating the following: Based on data from the 2015-2016 Report Card, Warrensville Heights City Schools received the equivalent of an overall grade of "F." If your district maintains this level of performance for two more consecutive years, then state law will require the Department to establish an Academic Distress Commission (ADC) for the district.

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Ohio Revised Code 3302.10 outlines the requirements for the establishment of ADCs when districts do not meet performance standards over time. Specifically, an ADC is established when a district has received an overall grade of "F" for three consecutive years. Ohio will publish an overall grade starting with the 2017-2018 school year. Until then, law establishes that a combination of a grade of "F" for the performance index and a grade of "F" for valueadded is equivalent to an overall grade of "F."

Key Points

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A Note from Board President Ray Freeman I'm very honored to serve as president of the Warrensville Heights City Schools Board of Education. Our board wants the highest quality of education for our scholars, and from the superintendent and all district employees. Our new mission statement reads that we are “creating an educational environment that promotes curiosity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration while empowering scholars to be responsible, contributing members of our community, nation and world,� and as a 1981 graduate of the school system and current Warrensville Heights resident who is witnessing the great things happening in the District on behalf of our scholars and educators, I can proudly say that WHCSD is doing just that. However, open, two-way


communication from parents, residents and other community stakeholders will continue to lead us in the right direction.

Going forward, I would like to ask the cities of Highland Hills, North Randall and Warrensville Heights to help in getting our schools on track to be successful for years ahead. Your support is needed and appreciated. Thank you,

Ray Freeman Board President




School Districts Have Tax Seasons, Too

n the public accounting world, January to April is often referred to as tax season – a term that is used for individual income taxes due by April 15th and various business/corporate taxes.

There are many forms of taxes; income taxes based on the entity’s income, sales taxes based on the point of sale, and real estate taxes based on the value of the real estate property (a residential home or commercial building). Real estate taxes are a major revenue stream for the school district, accounting for 53 percent of the total revenue at $18,000,000. Real estate taxes and General Inside Millage

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1995 Continuous Operating Levy

2004 Continuous Operating Levy 2115 5-year Emergency Levy

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state funding account for 87 percent of the total revenue for the District. The tax season for the school district is twice a year, both when real estate taxes are due in the spring and fall.


Each resident and business owner is charged a real estate tax based on the assessed value (taxable value) of the property and current tax levies within the school district. The formula for calculating real estate taxes starts with the assessed value, which is 35 percent of the market value of the property for residents multiplied by the active tax levies (tax rates). Each governmental jurisdiction has levies which account for portions of the total real estate tax funding multiple governments and governmental services in a community. Real estate taxes in the City of Warrensville Heights fund Cuyahoga County at 21 percent (20.65 mills), fund the school district at Mills 70 percent (68.04 mills), fund the 5.10 library at three 11.37 percent (2.47 mills), and fund the City of 3.98 Warrensville Heights 5.39 at seven percent (6.62 mills). Real 5.39 estate taxes provide 9.29 funding for Cuyahoga County, the 9.50 Warrensville Heights 7.40 City School District, the Library, and the 58.53 City of Warrensville 7.60 Heights. 1.90 The school district 68.03 has levies for the general fund, bond fund and permanent improvement fund. The general fund accounts for the general operations of the District while the bond fund and permanent improvement funds have restrictive purposes tied to the payment for bond financed capital improvements and permanent

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district has

levies for the

general fund,

bond fund and permanent

improvement fund.

improvements to facilities. The total effective millage rate for all residents in the City of Warrensville Heights is 97.78 mills. The total tax levies and effective rates for the Warrensville Heights City School District are as shown in the chart on this page. For more information on real estate taxes, feel free to browse the Cuyahoga County website or contact Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Mike Rock, at 216-865-4717. Note: The mill levy is the "tax rate" that is applied to the assessed value of a property. One mill is one dollar per $1,000 dollars of assessed value.




Seeking Dedicated, Passionate Educators

he Warrensville Heights City School District is seeking top educators to ensure that every scholar reaches his or her full potential.

We are looking for teachers who are passionate and compelled to serve our community of learners. We want educators who are determined to change the status quo and help build future first-generation college graduates, community leaders, and SPRING 2017

contributing law abiding citizens.

We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, and flexible spending account options.

To join our amazing team, please visit onlineapp to start the application process.

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We want educators who are

determined to change the status quo...



Full STEAM Ahead

The Warrensville Heights City School District is moving full STEAM ahead with the implementation of the STEAM framework and K-12 curriculum.

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding scholar inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are scholars who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process takes ownership in their learning process. At


WHCSD, we are creating the opportunities to produce the next generation of innovators, educators, leaders and learners of the 21st century! Over the past two years, WHCSD has introduced and partnered with multiple STEAM based programs and organizations. The partnerships have rendered great opportunities and exposed our scholars to hands-on projects embedded with the STEAM framework. Scholars’ experiences are taking place in and out of the classroom.

Partners such as Progressive Arts Alliance, Dancing Classrooms, Project Lead the Way and Gateway enrich

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CURRICULUM CHAT ACE (Grades 9-12) ACE is an after school program that introduces you to careers in architecture, construction management, engineering and other disciplines.

Camp Invention (Grades 1-6) Camp Invention is program where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways. Our top priority is to inspire future innovators and build their confidence in the natural ability to dream and create. The Cleveland Ballet (Grades 5-8) The new

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses

Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding scholar inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

right inside the classroom alongside our amazing educators. The Cleveland Ballet opens their doors and state of the art dance studio to our scholars after school. Camp Invention, The Leonard Gelfand STEM Center, TECH CORPS, and ACE are instrumental in providing afterschool, weekend, and summer enrichment programming with scholarship and additional provisions. As one can see, WHSCD is truly moving full STEAM ahead.

Please join us for our Annual Spring STEAM Fair on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at Warrensville Heights High School, where all these great experiences come to life. If you would like additional information regarding the STEAM Fair, exposure trips or curriculum please contact the Curriculum Instruction Department.


Cleveland Ballet is to present world class dance on stage through classical and new works and to ensure that classical and neoclassical ballet is accessible and relevant to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Cleveland Ballet will create dance and outreach programs of the highest levels of excellence, reaching deeply into the hearts of our community to inspire audiences.

The Leonard Gelfand STEM Center at CWRU (Grades K-12) The Leonard Gelfand STEM Center

leverages the resources of Case Western Reserve University to engage preK-12 scholars in activities that introduce them to scientific practices and concepts and inspire a lasting interest in science and engineering.

Progress Arts Alliance (Grades 2-4) Progressive

Arts Alliance envisions a community where all young people have access to high quality arts learning opportunities that ignite their passion, open their minds, inspire them to create, and empower them to pursue their own successful futures.

Project Lead the Way/Gateway (Grades 7-12) The high school program is a four-year sequence of courses which, when combined with traditional mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces scholars to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering college

TECH CORPS: Techie Camp (Grades 3-8) The goal of Techie Camp is to engage scholars in activities that can stimulate a deeper interest in technology; as well as provide opportunities for them to express their imaginations. Scholars can take a "deep dive" into Programming, Robotics, App Development or Web Development.

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Every child deserves to have the best educational opportunities possible, but many lack the tools needed to succeed. It is estimated that the average family spends $107.76 on school supplies...

HELP US STUFF THE BUS On Saturday, June 24, 2017, the Warrensville Heights City School District will be hosting its annual Back to School Registration Fair and Stuff the Bus school supply collection drive for high-need K-12 scholars in the Highland Hills-North Randall-Warrensville Heights area.

Every child deserves to have the best educational opportunities possible, but many lack the tools needed to succeed. It is estimated that the average family spends $107.76 on school supplies for scholars in grades K-12. Low-income families, who already lack discretionary income, are faced with the decision between buying school supplies or using the money to pay the power bill or rent, or to put food on the table. Our goal is to provide children with the supplies they need to allow them to succeed this year.

We need your help to make our annual school supply collection drive a success. You can help by “stuffing” supplies in the designated school bus stationed in front

markers | erasers | folders (plastic, two-pocket) | glue sticks | highlighters | notebook paper (wide-ruled, college-ruled) | notebooks (composition and spiral) | pencil boxes | pencils (#2, wooden) | pens (black, blue) | rulers | scissors (blunt-tip) | washable markers Other needed materials include: school-approved uniform shirts (navy, white, all sizes) and pants (khaki, navy, all sizes).

Also during the event, families will have the opportunity to register scholars for the 2017-2018 academic year while interacting with administrators and community partners. In addition, children will also receive health screenings, physicals and immunizations, if needed.

DISTRICT INTRODUCES ANONYMOUS ALERTS: AN ANTI-BULLYING AND SAFETY APP The Warrensville Heights City School District is pleased to introduce a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts®.

What is the Anonymous Alerts App?

The Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app reporting system helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.

The system allows for one-way or two-way anonymous encrypted communications between submitters (students, parents or community members) and district administration and/or school staff. Users of the system have the option to remain anonymous or to reveal their identity when submitting a report.

of Warrensville Heights High School on Saturday, June 24th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by making a monetary donation. School supplies will be used to help scholars at John Dewey Elementary School, Eastwood Elementary School, Warrensville Heights Middle School and Warrensville Heights High School.

Suggested school supplies include: backpacks | binders (one-inch) | colored pencils | crayons | dry erase


How Does It Work?

To use this revolutionary new app, students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the Warrensville Heights City School District website and click on the “Anonymous Alerts” button or text link to submit a report expressing their concern. Anonymous Alerts® mobile applications can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or the Chrome stores. To send reports from the Web, go to:

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4 Receive a letter, if accepted. 5 Submit a copy of the letter to your counselor and complete the Early College Program intent to participate form. 6 Attend the mandatory Early College Program scholar orientation.

For more information, contact Rachel Berlin (School Counselor, Warrensville Heights High School) at 216336-6303 or

To send a report from your phone: • Download the Anonymous Alerts® app for free from the Apple Store, Google Play store, or the Chrome store • Start the App, enter login: whcsd and password: whcsd • Send important reports to school officials • Add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WHCSD OFFER EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM As part of the state of Ohio’s College Credit Plus program, Warrensville Heights High School and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) have partnered to create the Tri-C and Warrensville Heights Early College Program.

The program offers scholars, in grades 7-12, an opportunity to earn college credits that are guaranteed to transfer to any public higher education institution in Ohio according to the Ohio Transfer Module.

Early College Program Admission Process for Scholars

1 Discuss participation with your counselor 2 Complete the College Credit Plus application 3 Submit qualifying ACT or SAT scores. Scholars who have not taken the ACT or SAT will need to take Tri-C’s English and math placement tests. Scholars will need to complete the test preparation guide prior to testing. Testing can be scheduled at the high school.


SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER MOBILE UNIT AVAILABLE FOR CARE Cleveland Clinic Children’s School-Based Health Center is a mobile, full-service pediatric office staffed with the Clinic’s healthcare professionals. This mobile unit will visit your child’s school to provide care regularly throughout the school year as a partnership between the school district and Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s mobile health center provides voluntary, comprehensive healthcare services to scholars in kindergarten through 12th grade. Children who are healthy are best equipped to learn and excel in the classroom. Cleveland Clinic Children’s is committed to ensuring that all scholars receive high-quality, comprehensive healthcare with the added convenience of being at the school where scholars spend most of their days.


Parents/legal guardians must complete an enrollment packet for your child to be seen. If your child does not have a completed School-Based Health Center enrollment on file, your child will not be able to use the program. Enrollment in the health center is voluntary and can be discontinued at any time. There are no eligibility requirements except that your child currently attends the school district where the School-Based Health Center is located. Enrollment packets may be downloaded at


If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed for services. Co-pays are also billed to your insurance. If you don’t have insurance, our financial counselors can

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Little Free Libraries are small, engaging neighborhood kiosks filled with books, encouraging scholars, families and the community to

“Take a Book, Leave a Book”. Schedule 8 – 11 a.m. at all locations

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help you get insurance for your child. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.


The mobile unit offers world class services for your child including the following: • Complete physical examinations (may be used for sports physicals, camp, college, work authorizations, etc.) • Comprehensive healthcare, including diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness and reproductive health care • First aid • Health education • Health screening (vision, hearing, scoliosis, etc.) • Immunizations • Mental health consultation and referrals • Referral services

April 5 – John Dewey Elementary School April 12 – Eastwood Elementary School April 19 – Warrensville Heights Middle School April 26 – Warrensville Heights High School May 3 – John Dewey Elementary School May 10 – Eastwood Elementary School May 17 – Warrensville Heights Middle School May 24 – Warrensville Heights High School

LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES STATIONED IN WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS The Warrensville Heights City School District is excited to announce the addition of The Little Free Library at John Dewey and Eastwood Elementary Schools.

Little Free Libraries are small, engaging neighborhood kiosks filled with books, encouraging scholars, families and the community to “Take a Book, Leave a Book.” Anyone in our community may take a book or bring a book to share. The mission of the Little Free Library is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

A group of scholars at each building helped decorate the library with titles of their favorite books. Our schools will be working with the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank to continuously replenish books so that our community can share the gift of reading! The books that are taken from The Little Free Libraries do not need to be returned. We ask that our scholars, families and community take care of this special gift that was donated by OMNOVA Solutions Foundation and installed by Cleveland Job Corps.


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SUPERINTENDENT’S SCOOP • If the district receives an “F” for the next two consecutive years, state law mandates an Academic Distress Commission for the District. • We have two more years to improve our performance to avoid this process. • The state team visited the District between March 20-24 and met with various stakeholders and reviewed documents.

The future of the District is in our hands.

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• Two months after the visit, they will provide us with a report that will have suggestions that will assist us in moving forward.

Since my arrival in June 2015, our goal has been to improve the standing of Warrensville Heights City Schools. As stated in an article featured on in September 2016, How Ohio Reached Report Card Chaos - And One Way to Cut through Confusion, our district is aggressively attacking the state achievement gap and is one of six biggest gainers in the state.

As we move forward, we must be live by our motto “One Team, One Vision, One Goal.” We must be positive and not allow naysayers to affect our efforts. The negative forces suggest that our efforts are in vain and that the district will not improve. They

spread false information and keep us distracted from the work of educating our scholars. It is important that we remain focused on our scholars and continue to do what is best for them. Being scholar-focused will empower us to face any obstacle with confidence and unity. “One Team, One Vision, One Goal” will continue to drive us forward as we prepare our scholars for success. The future of the District is in our hands. I will continue to keep you updated as we move forward. In Service,

Donald J. Jolly II Superintendent

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Cleveland, OH Permit No. 362

Superintendent Donald J. Jolly II Board of Education Ray Freeman, Board President Traci Mitchell, Vice President Michele Elba, Member Mimi Gaiter, Member

Barbara Mumin, Member 216-865-4742

Warrensville Heights City School District (WHCSD) is devoted to providing its scholars the greatest academic opportunities and experiences. With a PK12 enrollment of more than 1,600 students, and 230 committed professional and support staff, scholars are given the tools and attention they need to thrive. WHCSD strive to create an educational environment that promotes collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and curiousity, while empowering scholars to be responsible, contributing members of our community, nation and world.

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Warrensville Heights City School District's Community Newsletter, The Roar Report (Spring 2017)

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