Schools

Heights High presents 'Much Ado About Nothing' March 23–25

The Heights High Theater Department will present performances of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” March 23–25, 7 p.m., in the school’s Wiley auditorium.

“This is a funny show with witty comedy and intense drama,” said David Jurns, the show’s director and theater department teacher. “It's about love, betrayal, and the awkwardness of finding out you wanted something that you would have sworn you never would.”

In this production, the show is set in the late 1960s/early ’70s, during the hippie movement and the Vietnam War. Vocalist and guitarist Grant Heineman will provide live period music, and costume designer Beth Jurns has created hippie-style costumes for the cast.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:08 PM, 03.19.2017

High school renovation on schedule as middle school plans take shape

As the renovation of Cleveland Heights High School nears completion, the district will enter the final part of its Phase I comprehensive school facilities renovation project and begin renovation of its two middle schools. The high school is on schedule to reopen to students in August. When school begins this fall, all district middle schoolers will attend the temporary campus at Wiley, 2181 Miramar Blvd., while construction begins at the Roxboro and Monticello buildings.

Construction on the two middle schools will take an estimated two years, with students returning to the renovated buildings at the start of the 2019–20 school year. At its Jan. 3 meeting, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education (BOE) approved the design schematic for the middle schools, created by architects Moody Nolan.

In November 2013, the Heights community passed Issue 81 to finance a bond to fund $134.8 million of the $157 million project. The Ohio Schools Facility Commission [OSFC] was to provide an 11 percent reimbursement of eligible costs, which would then assist the district in financing the renovation of its elementary school buildings, for which the community would also have to pass an additional bond issue.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 11:28 AM, 03.22.2017

CHHS and JCU host Community Day March 18

Cleveland Heights High School (CHHS) and John Carroll University are hosting a Community Day at Heights High's Wiley campus on Saturday, March 18, from noon to 2 p.m. The event will include an unveiling of a Cleveland skyline mural, food, games for children, short performances, speakers and ice-breaker activities. The event is free.

Community Day has been planned by the Social Justice Cadre that comprises 14 CHHS students and eight JCU students from the university's Arrupe Scholars Program that focuses on developing leaders for social action.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:26 AM, 03.16.2017

Beaumont School to host 2017 benefit gala on April 1

Beaumont School will host its 2017 Beaumont Gala on Saturday, April 1, at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights.

All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Beaumont students at Beaumont, enabling the school to provide a scholarship to each student, provide tuition assistance to those in need, and provide operating expenses for the school.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m., with Celebrant Reverend Donald Oleksiak leading a liturgy in the Landerhaven rotunda. At 6:30 p.m. a cocktail reception and silent auction will begin in the atrium. Dinner, a live auction and a mission drive will commence at 8:15 p.m., in the ballroom. The evening’s events will also include a wine pull, gift card grab, heads or tails game, and two raffle opportunities.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:06 PM, 03.13.2017

Beaumont School speaker series continues on March 8

Beaumont School presents the second installment of its 2016–17 Saint Angela Merici Speaker Series, which examines critical topics and provides a forum for alumnae, parents and community members to join together for discussion.

Sister Ann Winters will lead “Becoming the Light of Christ: An Experiential Hour of Releasing and Forgiveness to Love Ourselves as God Loves Us,” on Wednesday, March 8, 7–8 p.m., in the school’s Angela Merici Chapel.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:28 PM, 03.07.2017

Superintendent’s Cadre works for social justice

A group of Cleveland Heights High School and John Carroll University (JCU) students have teamed up to create positive change in the Heights community.

Sixteen Heights High students, members of the 2016–17 Superintendent’s Social Justice Cadre, met on Nov. 30, at the CH-UH Board of Education building, with eight JCU students from the Arrupe Scholars Program and their director, Associate Professor Malia McAndrew, as well as CH-UH Superintendent Talisa Dixon.

The Arrupe Scholars Program provides JCU students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become advocates for positive social change. The combined cadre was formed when McAndrew and Dixon met and began discussing ways to collaborate.

“The JCU students would work on a project with communities in the city of Cleveland, but we thought, why not do their projects within John Carroll’s community here with our students?” Dixon explained.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 4:47 PM, 03.06.2017

Swim Cadets to perform annual show March 9–11

The Cleveland Heights High School Swim Cadets, a 20-member synchronized swim team and the school’s oldest extracurricular club, established in 1939, will hold its annual performances on March 9, 10 and 11, at 7 p.m.

The year’s theme, Swim Cadets Break Your Heart, is set to break-up songs, and is the culmination of five months of practice.

The shows will be held at the Warrensville Heights High School pool, 4270 Northfield Road in Warrensville Heights. Tickets are $8 and are available from team members and at the door.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 11:04 AM, 03.01.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 2-7-2017

FEBRUARY 7, 2017

  • Awards and recognitions
  • Public Address
  • Betsy DeVos
  • Student performance on state mandates
  • Black History month
  • American Heart Association Month
  • Professional development day
  • Ron Register receives OSBA award
  • Personnel
  • Change orders
  • Business actions
  • Donations received
  • Five-year forecast
  • School boards meetings
  • Board committee reports
  • Upcoming meetings

Board members Ron Register (president), Kal Zucker (vice president), Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting took place from 7 to 8:55 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 11:28 AM, 03.01.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education and FAC meeting highlights 1-27-2017

JANUARY 27, 2017

  • Overview of  FAC functions
  • FAC report on the high school renovation
  • Comments and questions from the board concerning the FAC report
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses

Board members Ron Register (president), Kal Zucker (vice president), Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present.

The public meeting was a joint meeting between the school board and the Facilities Accountability Committee (FAC). After an executive session regarding negotiations, the public meeting began at 6:30 p.m. with a reception honoring an FAC member, and ended at 8:20 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 11:25 AM, 03.01.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 1-17-2017

JANUARY 17, 2017

  • Career and technical education
  • Gifted education

All board members were present: Ron Register (president), Kal Zucker (vice president), Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright. Also present were Talisa Dixon, superintendent, and Scott Gainer, treasurer.

The meeting began at 7:17 p.m. and adjourned at 10:19 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 11:23 AM, 03.01.2017

Barbershoppers earn award of Excellence

The 13-member Heights High Boys Barbershoppers earned an Excellent rating and the prestigious Presenter’s Award at the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Youth Chorus Competition in San Antonio, Jan. 19–22.

At the conference, students attended master classes, joined other vocalists in a chorus rehearsal and performance, attended performances by groups of youth and senior citizen singers, and performed for audiences and judges. They also received instruction from renowned musician Francisco J. Núñez, founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, international guest conductor and founder of the Social Change Through the Choral Arts Initiative.

Among the skills they honed in the master classes were using breath support and posture to emphasize specific lyrical content.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 4:58 PM, 02.20.2017

Heights High senior artist wins portfolio award

In the 2017 Cuyahoga County Scholastic Art Competition, Heights High senior Shannon Berr won a Gold Key award for his eight-piece portfolio, as well as five Silver Key and four Honorable Mention awards.

Six other Heights High student artists also won awards. Linnea Covault won a Gold Key and an Honorable Mention, Jenna Dent won a Silver Key and an Honorable Mention, and David Matia, Tylar McDowell, Lisa Ware and Gilda Weinstock won Honorable Mentions.

“Shannon’s Gold Key award for an entire portfolio is a fantastic accomplishment,” said his art teacher Nancy Eisenberg. “This is a significant award and we are very proud of him!”

Berr enjoys working on large-format multimedia pieces as well as three-dimensional sculptures, using wood and other materials.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 12:24 PM, 02.20.2017

Beaumont is first Cleveland-area all-girls school to earn IB status

Beaumont School has been officially authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme World School by the IB organization in Geneva. Beaumont is the only all-girls school, and only the second Catholic school, in Cleveland to earn this international distinction. The program will be offered to students beginning in fall 2017. Beaumont will offer the IB Diploma Programme (DP), which is specifically for students in grades 11 and 12.

IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. It encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 5:05 PM, 02.20.2017

RoxEl builds community by reading together

For three weeks in January and February, every member of the Roxboro Elementary School community—faculty, staff and students—read the same book.

The initiative started last spring, when first-grade teacher Liz McKinley, who sits on the Nordonia Hills Board of Education, listened to a presentation about One School, One Book (OSOB), a program spearheaded by the national Read to Them organization. She was so impressed, she brought the idea to Michael Jenkins, Roxboro’s principal.

At the same time, Clare Taft, Roxboro’s PTA president, who was searching for ways to build community at the school, read an article about One School, One Book. She brought the idea to Jenkins the next day. Jenkins formed a committee of parents and teachers to lead the effort.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 5:49 PM, 02.28.2017

Gesu School community builds giant tetrahedron

On display at Gesu School’s STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math) Showcase and Open House on Jan. 29 was a nearly 15-foot-tall tetrahedron, made up of more than 4,000 individual 2-inch tetrahedrons.

The project began in October, when two sixth-grade reading classes taught by Josie Jones, read All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall. The novel is based on a true story about a seventh-grade math class on Cleveland’s East Side that set out to be in the Guinness Book of World Records for constructing the largest multi-stage tetrahedron.

The Gesu sixth-graders asked if they, too, could try to build a multi-stage tetrahedron. The director of Gesu’s STREAM program joined forces with Jones, to help the students undertake and complete the project.

After much calculation and deliberation, it was determined that it would take several thousand small tetrahedrons to build the largest multi-stage tetrahedron that would fit in the school.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:37 AM, 02.14.2017

Two Beaumont students to present robot at L.A. conference

Two Beaumont School students will showcase their work as part of the school’s Robotics Team during the upcoming SolidWorks World Conference in Los Angeles, Feb. 5–8. Beaumont senior Margaret Schiffer and sophomore Rosie Sirk will present their robot, Stobor, during the conference. They are the only Cleveland-area students to take part in the event.

Schiffer and Sirk will represent the National Robotics League (NRL) at the conference. NRL will conduct a mini-competition during the conference, which will take place in front of 5,000 people at the conference general session on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

In addition, Schiffer and Sirk will have the chance to showcase their robot and computer-aided design (CAD) drawings at an exhibit booth during the four-day conference.

As members of Beaumont’s Robotics Team, Schiffer and Sirk work with mentors at Christopher Tool and Manufacturing in Solon, meeting every Saturday morning, 7–11:30 a.m. Their coaches are Beaumont faculty members Stephanie Moran, Yvonne Schiffer and Gretchen Santo.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:33 AM, 01.27.2017

CHHS concert features violinist Daniel Fields

The Heights High Symphony will feature senior soloist Daniel Fields during the Instrumental Music Department’s Winter Concert on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the Wiley Campus. Fields, who plays the violin, was a winner of the department’s 2016 Senior Solo Competition.

In addition to being a member of the Heights High Symphony, Fields, 17, is in his third season with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and is also a member of the orchestra's Advanced Performance Seminar. He also serves as an intern in orchestra operations with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Fields began his violin studies at the age of 4, and has studied with Callista Koh, Eugenia Poustyreva, and Peter Otto, his current instructor. He has also participated in master classes with the artists such as James Ehnes, Sonja Braaten Molloy and Lembi Veskimets.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 6:30 PM, 01.31.2017

New principal leads push to open Communion of Saints preschool

Communion of Saints School, which offers kindergarten through eighth-grade Catholic education, plans to open a new preschool program next fall, with classrooms for 3-year-olds and 4- to 5-year-olds.

“Shortly after joining Communion of Saints School as the principal this past July, the parents approached me with the idea of opening a preschool,” said Principal Gerry Whiteley. “The more I researched the possibility and learned about our facility, the more I became convinced that we needed to open a preschool. The excitement of the parents was infectious; their mission became my mission—to offer a Catholic-based preschool program to augment our existing . . . offerings.”

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 1:02 PM, 01.31.2017

Boulevard students demonstrate mastery of science curriculum

When children are able to explain to others what they have learned, they are demonstrating their mastery of the material. This is what happened at Boulevard Elementary School last December, when students presented their Capstone STEM projects for the first trimester.

Students had spent the fall months responding to an essential question as part of their science curriculum. Fourth-graders studied how native Ohio plants and animals survive. Second-graders investigated how animals and the environment interact with one another.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 1:01 PM, 01.31.2017

Beaumont students garner art awards in regional competion

Beaumont School students won an impressive 23 awards in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing competition, in the Cuyahoga County region, capturing four Gold Key and five Silver Key awards, as well as 14 Honorable Mention awards.

Gold Key recipients are: Alexandra Andrus ‘17, Natalie Noble ‘19, Mathilde Tomter ‘19, and Kerrigan von Carlowitz ‘19.  Andrus’ award was for photography, while the other Gold Key recipients all won for drawing and illustration.

Silver Key recipients are: Christine Aumiller ‘18, drawing and illustration; Claire Carey ‘17, who won for both painting and drawing and illustration; Stephanie Mackay ‘17, photography; and Grace Martin ’18, painting.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.15.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

JANUARY 3, 2017

  • Organizational meeting
  • Awards and recognitions
  • Reaching Heights event
  • Personnel items
  • Middle school renovation design
  • Quarterly contracts, donations
  • 2018 tax budget, staff cost comparison
  • Board president’s report
  • Combined committee meetings
  • Upcoming meetings

Board members Ron Register (president), Kal Zucker (vice president), Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer.

The meeting began at 7 p.m. and ended at 8:05 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 1:33 PM, 01.17.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

DECEMBER 20, 2016

  • Awards and recognitions
  • Field trips
  • Personnel items
  • Lease agreement, donations
  • High school renovation change orders
  • Middle school renovations
  • High school interior renovations
  • Finances, losses, voucher impact
  • Board president’s report
  • Application for share of mitigation funds

Present were board members Kal Zucker (president), Ron Register (vice president), James Posch and Eric Silverman. Beverly Wright was absent. Also present were Talisa Dixon, superintendent, and Scott Gainer, treasurer.

The public meeting began at 7 p.m., after a prior executive session regarding negotiations, and ended at 9:36 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 11:52 AM, 01.14.2017

CH-UH Board of Education elects 2017 officers

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Board of Education (BOE) selected new leaders for 2017 during its annual organizational meeting on Jan. 3, in University Heights.

BOE members unanimously voted longtime board member Ron Register as president, a role he previously held. Register was vice president of the board in 2016.

Also unanimously, board members elected Kal Zucker, the outgoing BOE president, as vice president.

Board member Jim Posch was appointed treasurer pro tem, which means he will serve in place of Scott Gainer, the district's chief financial officer, if Gainer is unable to attend a board meeting. The job of treasurer pro tem includes keeping meeting minutes and recording all votes, and is a position Posch filled last year as well.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 10:03 AM, 01.10.2017

Beaumont students share the holiday spirit

Students in Beaumont School’s FAME (Females Achieving Minority Excellence) Club took service to heart this holiday season.

Under the direction of instructor NaNetta Hullum, the students collected more than 100 gently used handbags, then filled them with socks, deodorant, soap, lotion, kleenex, shampoo and other personal hygiene items.

On Dec. 16, before the official start of their Christmas holiday break, the students delivered the purses to two local shelters, the City Mission and the Norma Herr Homeless Shelter.

Earlier in the holiday season, on Dec. 7, Beaumont students hosted the school’s annual Christmas on Campus event, attended by more than 100 kindergarten through third-grade students from the Urban Community School and St. Leo the Great parish in Cleveland.

Each child paired up with a Beaumont student “buddy” for the afternoon, going room-to-room throughout the school to play games, make crafts, decorate cookies, have their pictures taken with Santa, and get their faces painted.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 10:02 AM, 01.10.2017

Early childhood educator to speak at Jan. 19 forum on education reform

Trying to make sense of the myriad educational reforms taking place in the country today is a daunting task. Sound bites on the news, posts on social media, and competing articles in various newspapers create a virtual smokescreen that chokes out the reality of the classroom and true educational research. Pundits, political donors, and legislators in the limelight seem to draw attention away from what is really happening to our young learners as they and their schools continue to be labeled according to the results of standardized test scores.  

As part of its ongoing mission to inform the community about current issues in education, the Heights Coalition for Public Education will hold its next Speaker’s Forum on Thursday Jan. 19, in the cafeteria at the Wiley Campus of Heights High, 7–9 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 11:44 AM, 01.03.2017

Career and Tech Ed offers diverse paths

On Dec. 2, sophomores at Heights High explored the 14 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offered to juniors and seniors. The all-day fair featured displays and demonstrations by students currently in the programs. In the spring, sophomores can select one of the two-year CTE programs during the school’s scheduling process.

CTE programs offer “college and career readiness,” providing students with practical experience that many college-bound students lack. Traditional college-bound students can enroll in a CTE program to earn a certification that will qualify them for an above-minimum-wage job in their area of interest while they attend college.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 11:38 AM, 01.03.2017

Learn about Urban Oak School at January open house

Urban Oak School third-graders celebrated the autumn harvest by honoring the Jewish festival of Sukkot. They created a sukkah to collect food, and Jean Miller, a Cleveland Heights resident and Waldorf home-schooler, shared with the children the story and meaning of Sukkot.

Together they blessed the sukkah, preparing it to receive donations from the Urban Oak community.

Felicia Campbell and her third-grade class delivered 168 pounds of food to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The class visited Eddy's Fruit Farm to pick apples, and a local beekeeper to learn about bees and honey.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 11:37 AM, 01.03.2017

Heights alumni and district form new foundation

Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District leadership is working with the Heights Alumni Foundation to transition the existing alumni efforts into the Heights Schools Foundation (HSF) with an expanded mission and new leadership. 

Julianna Johnston Senturia, a 1987 Heights High graduate, is the executive director of HSF.

“Public dollars cover the basics when levies are renewed, but it still leaves some funding gaps for enrichment, innovation, special capital projects, co-curricular activities—that’s where we come in,” explained Senturia.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 11:03 AM, 01.03.2017

St. Paul's Co-op Preschool plans open house events for Jan. 9

It's only January, but believe it or not, parents of young children are thinking about preschool in the fall of 2017. St. Paul’s Cooperative Preschool is planning two open house events for parents who are thinking ahead. Both events take place on Monday, Jan. 9, 9:30–10:30 a.m., and 6:30–7:30 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 10:57 AM, 01.03.2017

District's free school markets move indoors for winter

The school markets at Boulevard and Oxford elementary schools will continue to offer free fruits, vegetables and healthy pantry items to school families and other Heights residents this winter, and throughout the school year. The schools have partnered with School Market, a program of the Cleveland Food Bank, to provide nutritious food to district families and others, outside of the school day.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 10:55 AM, 01.03.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

DECEMBER 6, 2016

Library board interviews and election

All board of education members were present: Kal Zucker, president; Ron Register, vice president; James Posch, Eric Silverman, and Beverly Wright.

The purpose of this meeting was to interview candidates who had applied to fill a single open seat, for a seven-year term, on the Heights Libraries board of trustees.

The candidates were Max Gerboc, Nicholi Evans and Russell Rucky.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 3:49 PM, 01.02.2017

CH-UH district launches 'public' marketing campaign

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District recently launched a new marketing campaign to promote the community’s public school system. The campaign centers on the theme “Public is for all.”

The bulk of the campaign has been privately funded through the generosity of the Dietrich family, longtime supporters of the CH-UH school district.

“I was interested in supporting a marketing campaign because I think a community is stronger when there's broad support for its public school system, and I wanted to encourage that,” said Nancy Dietrich.

Community members will begin to see campaign materials around the city and in the district’s overall public relations efforts. The most noticeable element is a new public art-inspired wind screen outside the construction site at Heights High.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 10:05 AM, 12.13.2016

Beaumont students help homeless youths

On Nov. 19, a group of Beaumont students spent the morning making fleece blankets and assembling bags containing personal hygiene items and food for Greater Cleveland’s homeless youth.

Beaumont students also raised funds to benefit Bellefaire JCB’s Homeless and Missing Youth programs, led by Beaumont alumna Karen McHenry (’86).

McHenry was instrumental in the “Take A Closer Look” campaign, in which mannequins dressed in hoodies explaining their homeless stories were placed around Cleveland. The mannequins were called “somebodies.”

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 10:06 AM, 12.13.2016

Heights High boys basketball team serves homeless men

More than a dozen Heights High boys basketball team members prepared and served breakfast to 250 homeless men on Nov. 19 at the men's shelter at 2100 Lakeside Ave., followed by a brief tour.

"This was a very humbling experience for these young men, but they took to it well with open arms greeting [all] as they came up in line to receive the breakfast the young men created for them," said Andre Scott, assistant varsity boys basketball coach/director of operations.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 12:39 PM, 12.02.2016

Mock graduation inspires Gearity students

Katrina Hicks, principal at Gearity Professional Development School, has big plans for her students. “Graduating from high school is an automatic expectation,” she said. “And going to college should be, too. I want that to be ingrained in them from a young age.”

She has brought the idea of college to her students, over the past three years, with a mock college graduation ceremony.

Third- through fifth-graders participated in a full-blown commencement at John Carroll University (JCU), complete with speeches, diplomas, and caps and gowns, on Oct. 6.

The third-grade students represented the Ohio University Class of 2030, fourth-graders were the Class of 2029 from John Carroll University, and fifth-graders were the Class of 2028 from The Ohio State University.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 5:26 PM, 12.01.2016

Student leaders work to close achievement gap

Six student leaders in Heights High’s Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) attended the organization’s national conference, Oct. 12–15, in Chapel Hill, N.C. The students brought back with them ideas and renewed energy to address the achievement gap between students of color and their white peers.

“The conference gives us a chance to learn from the successes of other districts, share our successes and get energized about the work,” said Shawn Washington, MSAN adviser. (Nate Williams and O’Dasha Johnson are co-advisers.)

The Heights High MSAN club has 60 members.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:19 AM, 11.30.2016

Four Heights students are National Merit Scholars

The National Merit Scholarship (NMS) Corporation has named Heights High seniors Charles Adams, Dorothy Pharis, Cody Radivoyevitch and William van den Bogert National Merit Scholars.

They were among the more than 1.6 million students who entered the NMS competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in the fall of their junior year.

Adams, a merit scholar semifinalist, has the opportunity to advance to the finalist level and qualify for National Merit scholarships. He is among 16,000 semifinalists in the U.S., representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Pharis, Radivoyevitch and van den Bogert were named commended scholars, placing among the top 5 percent of students who took the PSAT. About 34,000 commended students are recognized nationwide for their exceptional academic promise.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:21 AM, 11.30.2016

Gesu breaks ground for STREAM learning center

Gesu Catholic School broke ground on Oct. 31, beginning the second phase of its STREAM initiative. University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, Pastor Karl Kiser, Principal Lucy Iemmolo, Pastoral Associate Sr. Kathleen Flannery, Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Cleveland Susan Pohly, architects Steve Taylor and Jim Marshaus from Marshaus & Farkas, project managers Art Lindroas and Nancy Lindroas from Bolton Pratt Company, and students were among those present at demolition to prepare the space. 

Phase two of construction includes renovation of the north side of the school building, originally the convent for the parish, and most recently the Religious Education Center. The three-story space will be designed to enhance classroom learning in science, technology, religion, engineering, art, and mathematics, all dedicated to Gesu’s STREAM initiative.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:42 AM, 11.22.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights [online 11-1-2016]

NOVEMBER 1, 2016

  • Opening of meeting
  • Awards and recognitions
  • Public address
  • Booklet for district
  • Personnel
  • High school renovation and change orders
  • Surplus equipment, transportation, donations
  • Finance
  • Board president’s report
  • Legislative issues
  • Clock tower, high school musical
  • Upcoming meetings


Kal Zucker, board president, was absent.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 4:13 PM, 11.15.2016

Beaumont kicks off St. Angela Merici Speaker Series on Oct. 27

Join Beaumont School for the first installment of the 2016–17 St. Angela Merici Speaker Series, which examines critical topics and provides a forum for parents and community members to discuss them.

On Thursday, Oct. 27, Beaumont School will host Sandy and David Petrovic, co-authors of Expect a Miracle: A Mother/Son Asperger Journey of Determination and Triumph.

The Petrovics reside in the Cleveland area. Their mission is to educate the public about Asperger’s syndrome, and to encourage empathy, compassion and acceptance of self and others.

David Petrovic is a 23-year-old author, actor, singer, and motivational speaker. He graduated cum laude in 2015 with a B.A. in middle childhood education. At the Oct. 27 talk, David will explain the challenges and blessings of his Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly called Asperger’s) and will share the lessons he learned that changed his life, and could impact yours.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:37 PM, 10.24.2016

Engineering program grows with partnership

Heights High students in the Digital Electronics (DE) Engineering course are learning about digital logic by creating a random-number generator—think of it as an electronic way to roll dice. To begin the activity, each student received a kit that included a circuit board, sockets, chips, capacitors, resistors, LED lights and a switch. After three days of assembly work, everyone in the class had a working random-number generator. 

The DE course is one of two engineering courses offered this year as part of the district’s partnership with Project Lead the Way, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to using hands-on projects to increase the number of students who graduate with a background in science and technology. The Heights High engineering program is in its second year, following a restructuring that created the Project Lead the Way engineering courses.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:11 PM, 11.01.2016

CH-UH district recognized nationally for equity work

In September, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District was recognized in Washington, D.C., for fully reflecting America’s diversity at the highest levels of K–12 schools by equally including students of all backgrounds in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

The district, represented by Superintendent Talisa Dixon, was honored in large part as a result of its partnership with the nonprofit Equal Opportunity Schools, which has assisted the district in identifying ways to provide equitable academic opportunities to all students, especially in regard to access and support for minorities taking AP courses.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:09 PM, 11.01.2016

Nepali refugees transform district culture

A Noble Elementary School student excitedly announced that he was signing up for Boy Scouts and couldn't wait to “build anything—like build a car and go hiking and treasure maps and stuff. Cool.”

This may not sound remarkable until you learn that this boy was born in a refugee camp on the border of Bhutan and Nepal. His family moved to Cleveland Heights as part of a wave of Nepali refugees that have arrived over the past four years.

These refugees—originally from Bhutan but resettled into U.N. camps in Nepal in the 1990s—now comprise nearly 10 percent of the student population at Noble, and their presence has changed the culture of the entire building.

“We are multicultural in a way we never were before,” said Principal Rachael Coleman. “This has forced the kids to look at what it truly means to be different.

“It’s also forced me, and my staff, to look more closely at how we engage parents. If our Nepali parents can’t read, we have to rely on things like robo-calls. But if they don't have phones, we have to find ways to connect with them one-on-one.”

[Many of] the parents had no formal schooling and are illiterate in all languages. Their children, born as refugees, attended over-crowded “camp schools” taught by teens, so they, too, may be learning to read for the first time. Noble’s staff has had to scramble to meet the vast needs of this population.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 11:18 AM, 11.01.2016

OSBA honors Canterbury and board member Register

The Northeast Region of the Ohio School Boards Association (NEOSBA) honored Canterbury Elementary School and Ron Register, longtime CH-UH Board of Education member, on Oct. 5, at its 2016 fall conference in Wadsworth.

OSBA—which designates area schools that have received national recognition for success in educating students at a high level—recognized Canterbury Elementary School, under the leadership of principal Erica Wigton, as an Outstanding School.

Register was among the recipients of the NEOSBA Outstanding School Board Member Award, and was nominated for the OSBA Outstanding All-Ohio Board Member Recognition. He was also selected to [join] OSBA’s Executive Committee and Legislative Platform Committee.

This past spring, Canterbury was named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:18 AM, 10.25.2016

Noble Neighbors hosts panel on school levy

On Oct. 11, Noble Neighbors hosted a panel on the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District’s proposed 5.5-mill operating levy, which will be on the Nov. 8 ballot as Issue 109. The nonprofit neighborhood group invited pro- and anti-levy groups to participate, and gave each side the option to send as few or as many representatives as it wanted, to speak within set time allotments.

Ron Register, school board member; Lisa Hunt, Reaching Heights assistant director; and Jayne Geneva, CH-UH Lay Finance Committee chair, spoke for the pro-levy side.

Charles Drake, of the anti-levy Citizens Leadership Political Action Committee (PAC), spoke for those opposed to the levy.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 12:46 PM, 10.18.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights for Sept. 20, 2016 [online]

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

  • Board actions on policy, contract and personnel
  • Work session on special education programs


Board actions on policy, contract and personnel

The board approved a Standard-Based School Counselor Evaluation Policy on third reading; a contract with the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County/Inter-District Service Area for 2016–17, which entails three positions; and several routine personnel items.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 11:48 AM, 10.17.2016

Noble Neighbors to host Oct. 11 school levy community forum

Noble Neighbors invites the Heights community to learn more about the proposed school levy on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m , at Noble Road Presbyterian Church, 2780 Noble Road.

Voters will vote "yes" or "no" on a 5.5 mill CH-UH City School District operating levy on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The Oct. 11 meeting will be an informational event at which Talisa Dixon, superintendent of schools, and other members of the district are invited to present their pro-levy position.

Also invited to speak are representatives of those who oppose the school levy.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 12:11 PM, 09.30.2016

Renovated high school on track for August 2017 completion

Renovation of Cleveland Heights High School, the first part of Phase 1 of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District’s Master Facilities Plan, is on schedule for completion on or before Aug. 14, 2017, the first day of the 2017–18 school year for teachers.

The project includes renovation of the original 1926 façade, clock tower and auditorium, and newly constructed state-of-the-art classrooms, athletic facilities, arts spaces and common areas. The renovated building will feature more-efficient use of space, improved traffic flow and security, a new mini-theater and a community-accessible, competition-size swimming pool.

The building will be one of the most energy-efficient high schools in the nation. Features such as a geothermal heating and cooling system, a tight building envelope—made possible by new roofing, insulation and new energy-efficient windows—and LED lighting throughout the building will help the project achieve LEED Gold certification, a measure of energy efficiency.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 12:16 PM, 09.30.2016

Heights High musicians are swingin' in the 'Swing State'

For six Heights High jazz musicians, swing is the thing. A year ago they formed Swing State, a jazz combo, through the school’s small-group ensemble program. Within a few months, they were playing gigs at local establishments.

They continue to line up a few gigs, and they practice twice a week—once as an in-school session with Tim McDonald, jazz combo coach, and once at a member’s house.

Brett Baker, instrumental music director, is very proud of the students’ dedication to music. “The ensemble program encourages students to form these small groups,” he said. “And the guys in Swing State have taken the work to a very high level.”

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:48 AM, 09.30.2016

Heights High announces AP scholars

In spring 2016, Heights High juniors and seniors took the end of course exams for Advanced Placement (AP) courses. On Sept. 14, the CH-UH City School District, which offers 19 AP courses, announced that 53 students were recognized for their exceptional achievement on the AP exams:

National AP Scholar - Class of 2016: 
Regina Bellian.

AP Scholar with Honor - Class of 2017: 
Andrew Bell, 
Anya Chew, 
David Fleischer,
 Jeremy Kauffman,
 Faith Morris,
 Tladi Motsamai,
 Nina Yao; Class of 2016: 
Anna Crowley, Kirkland Pearce.

AP Scholar with Distinction - Class of 2017: 
Charles Adams,
 Akash Bartlett,
 William Van Den Bogert,
 Benjamin Schuster,
 Cody Radivoyevitch, Callie Swaim Fox; Class of 2016: 
Andrew Schellenberg,
 Emma Schubert, 
Allegra Steiger,
 Linden Wike, Graham Ball,
 Regina Bellian,
 Michael Beyersdorfer, Taylor Jones, Aviva Klein,
 Isabel Mcgaugh, Grace Peppler,
 Michelle Posch.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:26 AM, 09.30.2016

Gesu School moves full STREAM ahead

Thanks to leadership donations totaling more than $1.1 million, generously given by John and Mary Jane Breen; Kathleen Breen; Robert and Heidi Heltzel; Gerald and Helen McDonough; June McGinty, of the McGinty Family Foundation; and the Conway Family Foundation, Gesu Catholic School is introducing an innovative program, called Gesu STREAM, into its curriculum.  

"The goal of Gesu STREAM is to prepare students for a 21st-century world with a focus on science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math," said Lucy Iemmolo, principal of Gesu Catholic School.

Gesu joins a handful of area Catholic elementary schools that are implementing STREAM, a relatively new concept supported by the National Catholic Educational Association. Because of this program, students at the school are engaged at an earlier age in areas such as robotics, architecture, space exploration and technical design.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:11 AM, 09.30.2016

Anything Goes in Heights High production

Heights High students will perform the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes on Nov. 3, 4 and 5, at 7 p.m., and Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. “This is an amazing score,” said Jesse Lange, vocal music director. “It is a showcase for the jazz standards that are a true American artform.”

Two casts will perform this comedy love story that is set on an ocean liner in the 1930s. “This show has everything,” continued Lange. “Love, sailors, gangsters, show girls and, best of all, tap dancing!”

Choreographer Katie Zarecki is the tap dance coach. “We love the tapping, but we have discovered that it is harder than it looks,” said Carlisle Hall, who plays Hope Harcourt.

The lead actors agree on two things: They love learning to tap dance, and the fellowship and camaraderie among the cast makes the experience “really fun.”

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:14 AM, 09.27.2016

Heights High welcomed new students at Aug. 9 orientation

More than 200 new Heights High students attended the school's New Student Inauguration on Aug. 9. The full-day event featured workshops on how to develop organizational skills; recognizing how one perceives others; the value of being open to new experiences and people; how to use social media in a positive way; how to build strong, healthy relationships; and the effects of bullying.

The Reading and R.A.M.M. (Recording Arts Music & Media) organization led the workshops, and Heights High staff and student council volunteers helped guide the new students around the building.

Students also toured the school, ate lunch in the cafeteria, received their course schedules and had their school ID pictures taken.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:43 AM, 08.16.2016

School market program brings fresh food to CH-UH community

Starting in September, students, families and CH-UH community members will have the opportunity to receive free fresh produce and pantry items each month at two locations, as part of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank School Market program.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, representatives from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District and the food bank will kick off the market at Boulevard Elementary School (1749 Lee Road). The market will distribute food there throughout the school year, on the first Tuesday of each month.

Oxford Elementary School (939 Quilliams Road) will begin its market on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and it will be available on the third Tuesday of each month.

Both markets will be open 2:30–4:30 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:09 PM, 08.30.2016

School district offers free breakfast and lunch for all students

Starting with the new 2016–17 school year, all students in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District may receive free breakfast and lunch each school day, regardless of family income level.

Every pre-kindergarten through grade-12 student in every district school is eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch daily, at no charge.

The district participates in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program, and previously accepted free and reduced lunch applications to determine eligibility. Now, the district is able to provide free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

AVI Fresh, the district’s food service partner, will continue to provide the meals.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:50 AM, 08.16.2016