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Heights High swimming and diving teams host alumni meet Nov. 21

The Cleveland Heights High School swimming and diving teams will host their annual Black & Gold Meet on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Traditionally an inter-squad meet that serves as practice prior to the competition season, this year’s event will feature a celebration of the opening of the school’s new natatorium and a reunion for team alumni.

The meet will begin at 6 p.m. with an opening ceremony and recognition of alumni, current team members, and participants in the youth program. Alumni are invited to swim in the meet, and non-swimming alumni are encouraged to attend, as well, as the program seeks to reconnect with former team members.

Members of the Heights Tigersharks, the Cleveland Heights Recreation swim team, are also invited to swim, as the 2017 Black & Gold Meet showcases the past, present and future of competitive swimming in the Heights.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:39 AM, 11.13.2017

Heights High names four National Merit Scholars

Heights High seniors Melanie Graham and Mary Jane Reinhardt have been named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists in the 2018 competition, and now have the opportunity to advance to the finalist level and qualify for National Merit Scholarships. William Hopkins and Rosalind Madorsky were named 2018 Commended Students, placing among the top 5 percent of the students who entered.

Nationally, 16,000 semifinalists were recognized, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, as were 34,000 commended students. More than 1.6 million students entered the National Merit Scholarship qualifying competition by taking the PSAT test in the fall of their junior year.

Graham is enrolled in Ohio’s College Credit Plus (CCP) and takes physics and English literature at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and statistics at John Carroll University. Her Heights High courses are AP calculus and symphony. She plays violin in the Heights High Symphony and the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, and mellophone in the marching band.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 9:34 AM, 11.02.2017

Gesu dedicates new STREAM center

On Sept. 10, Gesu Catholic School hosted a Mass of Thanksgiving and Dedication of the new Gesu Educational Center for STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math) Learning. Pastor Fr. Karl Kiser, SJ, Principal Lucy Iemmolo, STREAM Coordinator Marjorie Gessner, and eighth-grader Annie K. Koppitch all spoke to the donors and guests about the new STREAM center and the opportunities it is providing the 630-plus students at Gesu.

The $1.1 million renovation project and STREAM initiative began about three years ago and, with the funds raised, the school began construction in fall 2016. The construction occurred in three phases, with phase one including a new science lab. In phase two, the largest renovation, the old religious education center transformed into a modern STREAM Center featuring two maker spaces, a classroom, two offices and a renovated chapel.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 9:37 AM, 11.02.2017

'Shrek, The Musical' is Heights High's fall show

The Heights High annual fall production, "Shrek, The Musical," takes place Nov. 2, 3 and 4, at 7 p.m., and Nov. 5, at 4 p.m.

The show, which will be presented in the renovated Heights High auditorium, will include more than 200 high school students performing in the two casts and the pit orchestra, and managing backstage operations. Nearly 175 elementary school students and 60 middle school students will sing in the chorus.

The show’s theme of friendship and acceptance is relevant to the lead performers, who spoke about the show recently. “The finale song ["This Is Our Story"] is really the theme of the show,” said senior Hannah Gilson, who plays Fiona, as does her twin sister, Sophie. “The chorus is ‘we are different and united, you are us and we are you, this is our story,’ That describes Heights High and the Vocal Music Department.” 

 

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 11:12 AM, 10.24.2017

Heights High's homecoming celebration embraces community

The Heights Homecoming Celebration, Oct. 6–8, featured a high-energy pep rally, a community parade down Lee Road, discounts at Lee Road businesses, a football game, a high school open house, and the annual Happy 5K & 10K Fun Run.

On Friday, Oct. 6, Heights High’s school day culminated in an all-school pep rally organized by student council. The event recognized all of the fall-season athletic teams and many clubs, and included an award presentation by American Family Insurance to senior football player Tyreke Smith, who has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game in January.

The homecoming court was presented to the student body, and a DJ from 107.9-FM emceed a dance off, playing popular music that had many students singing along and bleacher dancing.

A few hours later, the homecoming parade set off along a new route that started at Fairfax Elementary School and proceeded down Lee Road toward the high school.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 1:37 PM, 10.10.2017

ClevelandHeights-University Heights Board of Education and Cleveland Heights City Council joint meeting highlights 9-25-2017

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

  • City council updates
  • Board of education updates

School board members present were President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright. CH-UH City School District Talisa Dixon was also present.

City council members present were Mayor Cheryl Stephens, Vice Mayor Jason Stein, Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahlil Seren, Michael Unger and Melissa Yasinow. City Manager Tanisha Briley was also present.

The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. and adjourned 8:15 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 12:58 PM, 11.16.2017

ClevelandHeights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 9-19-2017

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

  • State report card update

President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, and board members Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The public meeting began at 7 p.m., after an executive session, and ended at 8:20 p.m.

State report card update

Allison Byrd, director of data, research, and assignment, explained the latest state testing results. She reviewed the tests that students are required to take. All students must now take the SAT or ACT to graduate.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 12:56 PM, 11.16.2017

Heights High principal welcomes students

On the third day of school, Cleveland Heights High School Principal Brian Williams invited students to grade level meetings in the auditorium. He introduced himself and talked about the new building as a symbol for a new era in Tiger Nation.

“The adults in this building are here to support and help you,” Williams said.

He spoke about the new building and the responsibility of attending school in a brand new facility that was provided by the community. 

“We have a collective commitment to treat this amazing place with respect and gratitude. What was given to us must be held as sacred space and treated with the utmost respect,” Williams said.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 1:09 PM, 09.29.2017

Fairfax Elementary School to host kindergarten open house on Oct. 11 for Heights families

Fairfax Elementary School invites all Heights families with rising kindergartners to attend an open house at the school on Oct. 11, 6–7 p.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the school building, meet teachers and the principal, and learn all about what the school has to offer.

Current Fairfax families will also be on hand to answer questions.

If you cannot attend the Oct. 11 event and would like to schedule a tour, call 216-371-7480.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 12:57 PM, 09.29.2017

Tiger Shop reopens at Heights High

The Sept. 10 community open house at Cleveland Heights High School brought thousands of people to the school, and many of them made purchases at the Tiger Shop.

Laura Stuart-Lilley, transition coordinator at Heights High, and others who staffed the shop were swamped, with people purchasing T-shirts, sweatshirts, glassware, key chains, book bags, teddy bears and more.

The Tiger Shop is located in a new space in the renovated front hall of the high school, and offers school supplies as well as Heights-themed gear. Students from marketing classes and the work lab operate the shop. They do the inventory and ordering, create the displays, and handle the sales transactions.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 12:26 PM, 10.01.2017

Thousands attend Heights High's grand opening

The community came together for the grand opening of Cleveland Heights High School on Sunday, Sept. 10. More than 4,000 people toured the newly reopened building, and their reactions were overwhelmingly positive.

The words “beautiful,” “amazing,” “fantastic” were heard time and again as alumni, parents, students and community residents wandered the halls. Two dozen teachers opened their classrooms to share their learning spaces with the visitors.

“Two thumbs up, all the way through,” said Bruce Tyler, a 1974 graduate and father of a Heights eighth-grader. His favorite spaces were the science rooms. “I know a thing or two about microscopes,” joked Tyler, a cyto-genetics technologist at University Hospitals.

Other visitors said they were impressed by the music spaces, the competition gym and swimming pool, and the career and technical education offerings.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 10:15 AM, 09.12.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 9-5-2017

SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

  • Recognitions
  • Board administrative policies
  • School events and superintendent activities
  • Middle school field trip
  • Before- and after-school programs
  • Change orders
  • Transportation
  • Routine finance matters
  • OSBA representation
  • Grants received
  • New board handbook

President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 12:02 PM, 09.20.2017

Original clockworks on view at Heights High

The original 1926 mechanism from the Heights High School clock tower is now encased and on display outside the main auditorium. It stands nearly 7 feet tall and weighs several hundred pounds. 

The Heights Schools Foundation (formerly CHHS Alumni Foundation) raised $100,000 from more than 350 donors to contribute to the restoration of the clock tower. Edward F. Crawford '57 and family donated a signature gift to help fund the restoration.

The clock tower was completely rebuilt, taken down piece by piece, laser scanned and milled to exact specifications. The new frame is made from composite material, painstakingly copied from the original pieces, and will last well into the future. The new clock mechanism is digital.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 2:36 PM, 08.31.2017

Boulevard Elementary School adds crossing guard

The Facebook post "Demand Safety For Our Children Now" asked readers to sign a petition in support of additional traffic safety measures around Boulevard Elementary School.  

Vanessa Fitzgerald, a volunteer with the Boulevard PTA, submitted the post to raise awareness and ask for a third crossing guard, a digital speed display, and increased police presence during morning school drop-off and afternoon school pick-up times. With 76 supporters, the petition, along with the PTA’s other efforts, has resulted in positive change.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:44 AM, 08.31.2017

Green Apple Project saves energy and money in first year

The Green Apple Project—a districtwide initiative to save energy and, in turn, money—recently completed a successful first year in the CH-UH City School District, saving energy through behavioral changes. These energy savings equated to a significant amount of financial savings.

Across all buildings, the district cut its energy use by 5 percent from April 2016 through June 2017. That represents a savings of nearly $85,000 in operating costs.

Much of the project's success can be attributed to the collective effort of district staff. In enacting the project, the district partnered with an energy coach from Brewer-Garrett, who implemented behavior changes for staff at each building, to save on energy consumption.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.03.2017

District shifts facilities focus to middle school renovations

Now that the transformation of Heights High is complete, the CH-UH City School District has turned its facilities focus to Monticello and Roxboro middle schools. The buildings, which house grades six through eight, will undergo renovations beginning in March 2018, to be completed in June 2019.

The renovations will ensure that the buildings operate more efficiently, with updates to the HVAC, electrical systems and technology. Each classroom will receive new air conditioning, flooring, ceilings and paint, in order to enhance the learning environment for students.

Monticella and Roxboro middle school students have been combined into one “Heights Middle School” on the Wiley campus in University Heights for the next two years. The two schools will remain separate for state reporting purposes, but they will share a number of classes and activities, including lunch, as one school.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 1:00 PM, 08.28.2017

Ribbon-cutting ceremony welcomes students back to renovated Heights High

On Aug. 18, administrators, teachers and staff, along with school board members and city officials from Cleveland Heights and University Heights, celebrated the reopening of the renovated Heights High with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on the building's front steps. The two-year-long renovation included refurbishing the original 1926 structure, demolishing the mid-century science wing, and building state-of-the-art educational and athletic facilities.

Heights High seniors and student leaders Peyton Marshall and David Matia cut the ribbon.

Eric Silverman, a member of the board of education, delivered the opening remarks, thanking the many individuals involved in the project's execution, and noting, "We now have, possibly for the first time in the last 100 years, the best building for a public—or private—high school in this region."

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:39 AM, 08.22.2017

Heights Homecoming will be a community celebration

On Friday, Oct. 6, the Heights High Tigers will face off against the Bedford Bearcats for Heights High’s homecoming football game. Behind the Friday-night gridiron lights will be the newly renovated high school, replacing the active construction zone that existed there for two years.

Many students, staff and community members have been waiting for the completion of the building—not just for the excitement of a new school, but also for the familiar sense of normalcy that the school’s return to the corner of Cedar and Lee roads will bring.

This year’s homecoming will offer a full weekend of Tiger Nation celebrations with families, schools, alumni and community partners. The weekend will be geared toward creating a unified community celebration, and a way to connect the schools, community and businesses in celebration of the opening of the new Heights High.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 2:42 PM, 09.01.2017

Communion of Saints School opens new preschool

The new preschool at Communion of Saints School in Cleveland Heights will open on Aug. 22.

The half-day program, 8:30–11 a.m., runs Monday through Friday for 4- and 5-year-olds, with 3-year-olds attending on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. An optional lunch bunch program runs from 11 a.m. to noon.

Karen Sommers is the preschool teacher. She graduated with honors from Kent State University and most recently was the lead pre-K teacher of PDO Preschool at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:18 AM, 08.15.2017

Heights High welcomes students for first day of school

After two years of extensive renovations, class is finally back in session at Cleveland Heights High School at the corner of Cedar and Lee roads.

On Aug. 21, parents, students and staff held a flag-raising ceremony at 7:30 a.m. in the front courtyard, to start the first day of the new school year. Senior Kyle Mattox and freshman Maple Buescher unfurled and cranked the flag up the pole while the Barbershoppers sang the national anthem.

“This is a space that our students deserve. It is a space that our staff and teachers deserve, and it is definitely a space that our community deserves,” said Brian Williams, high school principal, at the ceremony. “We thank our community for restoring this gift to us. This marks a new era in Tiger Nation.”

“It is a great time to be in CH-UH and an exceptional time to be a part of this school district,” added Superintendent Talisa Dixon. “I am honored to be the superintendent in a community that has shown how much they value our district and our students with this new building.”

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 4:52 PM, 09.03.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 8-1-2017

AUGUST 1, 2017

  • Recognitions
  • Opening of the high school
  • Bargaining unit agreements
  • Change orders and service agreements
  • Board president's report
  • Making board meetings meaningful

President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:41 PM, 09.03.2017

ClevelandHeights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 7-25-2017

JULY 25, 2017

  • Board training in BoardDocs software
  • Design development documents review
  • Building maintenance plan

President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman, and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting began at 6 p.m. and ended at 8:45 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:39 PM, 09.03.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 7-11-2017

JULY 11, 2017

  • New administrators
  • Dismissals
  • Field trips
  • New district software
  • Middle school configurations
  • Public comments
  • Change orders
  • Opening of the new high school
  • Finance
  • Facilities renovation phase two

President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The public meeting began at 7 p.m., after a prior executive session, and ended at 8:45 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:37 PM, 09.03.2017

Heights High reopens on Aug. 21

“After years of planning, designing, moving and renovating, it is finally time to open the new Heights High,” said CH-UH Superintendent Talisa Dixon. “We are looking forward to welcoming the community to tour the building at our grand opening in September. Heights High will be a showpiece for the community and provide our students with a building that is designed for 21st-century education.”

Cleveland Heights High School will reopen its doors to students on Aug. 21 for the start of the 2017–18 school year. The building, originally constructed in 1926, has undergone an extensive transformation over the past two years. The most dramatic change is the removal of the 1960s-era science wing, returning the look of the front courtyard to that of a collegiate quadrangle, with restoration and a new open front lawn.

The Heights community is invited to celebrate the reopening of Heights High on Sunday, Sept. 10, 1–4 p.m. The community open house will include tours of the building, a dedication ceremony, commemorative merchandise and other offerings in conjunction with the Heights Schools Foundation.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 11:55 AM, 07.31.2017

Roxboro Middle School's Jordan-Shaw honored

On June 8, Tiffany Jordan-Shaw, a Roxboro Middle School math teacher, was one of 33 Ohio teachers to receive a 2017 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator Award.

Battelle for Kids, a nonprofit organization committed to collaborating with school districts and communities, recognized Jordan-Shaw as a distinguished educator for her impact on her students, colleagues and community.

The organization made the awards, to celebrate, support and inspire great teaching, at its Educators Connect for Success Conference.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 12:27 PM, 08.01.2017

Williams named interim Heights High principal

Brian Williams, longtime school district administrator and current coordinator of alternative programming at the Options Center, has been named the interim high school principal for the 2017–18 school year.

The CH-UH City School District recently completed the interview process for its open position of high school principal, bringing in two finalists for community interviews in June. The top candidate, however, declined the district’s offer.

Williams will serve as Heights High’s principal for the upcoming school year, and then return to lead the Options program. Claude Holland, a retired CH-UH teacher and coach, will serve as interim options site supervisor for 2017–18.

The district plans to conduct a national search for a permanent replacement principal at Heights High, beginning in the spring of 2018.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 11:39 AM, 07.24.2017

Monticello Middle School achieves IB World School certification

Monticello Middle School has been named an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, Middle Years Programme, becoming—along with Roxboro Middle School—part of a diverse, global community of schools offering the program.

Monticello and Roxboro are two of just six middle schools in the state of Ohio to offer the IB Middle Years Programme.

“This is such an important accomplishment for Monticello as we move our two middle schools to the Wiley campus this fall,” said CH-UH Superintendent Talisa Dixon. “With both schools being authorized and also being in the same building, it ensures that our academic offerings will be equitable. Every middle school student in CH-UH will now have the Middle Years Programme experience.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 11:06 AM, 07.17.2017

ClevelandHeights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 6-27-2017

JUNE 27, 2017

  • Public comments
  • Personnel
  • Finance
  • Middle school facilities update

BOE President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon, Assistant Superintendent Felisha Gold, and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The public meeting began at 7 p.m. and ended at 9 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:19 PM, 07.25.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education and Cleveland Heights City Council joint meeting highlights 6-26-2017

JUNE 26, 2017

  • Board of Education topics
  • Superintendent's update
  • Cleveland Heights City Council topics

School board members present were Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright. Board President Ron Register was absent. Also present were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer.

City council members present were Mayor Cheryl Stephens, Vice Mayor Jason Stein, Mary Dunbar, Carol Roe, Kahlil Seren, Melissa Yasinow and Michael Ungar. City Manager Tanisha Briley was also present.

The meeting began at 7 p.m. and was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:18 PM, 07.25.2017

Free meals available this summer to all CH-UH students

This summer, free breakfast and lunch is available Monday through Thursday to all CH-UH students, regardless of what school they attend.

The meals are offered at three CH-UH district schools:

  • Noble Elementary School, through Aug. 3
  • Gearity Professional Development School, through July 20
  • Monticello Middle School, through Aug. 3
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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 12:20 PM, 06.26.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 6-6-2017

JUNE 6, 2017

  • Awards and recognitions
  • Public comments
  • Personnel
  • Surplus equipment sale

President Ron Register, vice president Kal Zucker, and board members 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., after a reception for district retirees, and ended at 10:10 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 2:01 PM, 07.25.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education, University Heights City Council joint meeting highlights 5-17-2017

MAY 17, 2017

Board of Education update:

  • High school construction on target
  • Touring the high school
  • Career and technical education
  • Wiley preparation for middle school
  • State of the Schools address

University Heights update:

  • UH master plan
  • University Square seeks investors
  • Commercial properties

President Ron Register and board members Jim Posch and Eric Silverman were present representing the school board, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, Vice Mayor Susan Pardee, and council members Pamela Cameron, John Rach and Michele Weiss were also present, representing University Heights. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 2:00 PM, 07.25.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 5-16-2017

MAY 16, 2017

  • Personnel matters
  • Board approvals
  • Work session – Gifted Task Force recommendations

President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and treasurer Scott Gainer. The public meeting began at 7:42 p.m., after a prior executive session, and ended at 10 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 1:59 PM, 07.25.2017

CH-UH school district seeks members for its Bond Accountability Commission

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District is now accepting applications for its new Bond Accountability Commission (BAC), which will monitor the progress and expenditure of funds for the middle school portion of the district’s Master Facilities Plan Phase I.

Membership is limited to residents of the CH-UH school district. Members must have a background in the areas of finance, construction, engineering, architecture or project management.

To access the application form, click on the following link: http://www.chuh.org/Downloads/Bond_Accountability_Commission_Application_060217.pdf

Applications can be e-mailed to Caroline Jewell-Rogers at c_jewell@chuh.org. The application deadline is July 3.

Bond Accountability Commission Information:

Mission: The mission of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District’s Bond Accountability Commission is to monitor the progress and expenditure of funds for the middle school portion of the district’s Master Facilities Plan Phase I, as authorized by district voters as Issue 81 in November 2013. 

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 1:31 PM, 06.16.2017

BOE to discuss middle school facilities plan at June 27 meeting

The CH-UH City School District Board of Education plans to discuss the current middle school facilities renovation plan at its next board work session meeting, on Tuesday, June 27, at 7 p.m., in the Wiley campus cafeteria.

Community members are invited to attend the session to learn more about the status of the Monticello and Roxboro Middle school renovations, and provide feedback to board members as they approach the July 11 deadline for confirming plans with the design and construction team. However, the board will not facilitate a community discussion or hear additional proposals at the June 27 work session.

At the meeting, the board plans to confirm whether the current renovations plan, which is part of the larger Master Facilities Plan, is the right path for the district’s future. The board will also consider alternative paths as part of the discussion.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 1:14 PM, 06.13.2017

Church of the Saviour seeks new director for its Early Learning Center

The Early Learning Center (ELC) at Church of the Saviour is seeking a qualified candidate to replace its current director and teacher, Patricia Deal, who leaves in July, after 29 years, to begin a new job.

For more information about qualifications for the director position, contact ELC at 216-321-1685. Applications may be sent to the Church of the Saviour Early Learning Center at elccots@gmail.com.

For single-parent families and those with both parents working, one of the biggest challenges is finding competent childcare for preschool children and after-school care for elementary school students.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 4:40 PM, 06.30.2017

CH-UH students learn the joy of running

Elementary students in the CH-UH school district are—like most children their age—full of energy. Parents and staff members have put that energy to good use by engaging the district’s children in a variety of running clubs.

From Girls on the Run (GOTR) programs at Boulevard, Fairfax and Oxford elementary schools, to run clubs at Canterbury and Roxboro elementary schools, and a lunchtime running group at Noble Elementary School, students learn one of the most challenging lessons of both sports and  life: sticking with something when it's hard.

“This was not just about running,” said school counselor Melinda Stoicoiu. “It’s about relationships.” At Fairfax's 75-minute GOTR sessions, participants discussed issues such as bullying, gossip, leadership, friendship and self-confidence, as well as how to set and reach personal goals and overcome challenges. They also cleaned up trash and planted flowers on the school grounds.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 4:44 PM, 06.30.2017

Gesu School wraps up spring season with 33rd annual Hike for Hunger

Gesu Catholic School students raised more than $14,000 in the school’s annual Hike for Hunger, held on May 19 this year. In the event’s 33 years, Gesu students have raised more than $370,000 to support a variety of social service agencies that help the poor and homeless, both locally and internationally.

University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, speaking at the event’s kick-off ceremony, congratulated the students on their continued efforts and dedication to making the world a better place.

The Hike for Hunger was part of an eventful spring at University Heights’ Gesu School.

Phase two of its STREAM Center opened on April 27. This newly remodeled area includes two Makerspaces filled with equipment for turning creative ideas into reality.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 11:21 AM, 06.05.2017

Students win health career awards

Heights High Career and Technical Education (CTE) students Yidiayah Box and Sydney Williams placed first in the Ohio Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competition in Toledo on April 19 and 20, and qualified for the international competition in Orlando, Fla., June 21–24. They were among 16 Heights High CTE students who competed in the 40-event regional HOSA competition.

Box, a junior, is in the Sports Medicine and Exercise Science program and won first place in the Job Seeking Skills competition. She was judged on the strength of her resume content and cover letter.

“Her resume reflects her activities and leadership,” said Sports Medicine and Exercise Science teacher Casey Graham. “It demonstrated her high achievement and really helped her win this award.”

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 7:36 PM, 06.02.2017

RTA driver commends Heights students

RTA bus operator Leslie Rivers was so impressed with the maturity of Cleveland Heights High School students that she called Administrative Principal Zoraba Ross, commending the students who ride bus route 41 on Tuesdays, the school’s early dismissal day.

In her message to Ross, Rivers said that the students are good representatives of the school and they do the right thing. She asked Ross to let the students know that they should keep up the good work. Over the 17 years that she been an RTA bus operator, she said she has seen many groups of students.

Ross thanked the students during the morning announcements, commending them for their mature attitudes and for representing Heights High with pride.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 7:38 PM, 06.02.2017

CH-UH district puts Coventry building up for sale

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District announced on May 10 that it will pursue the sale of the Coventry School site. On May 22, the district announced that it will sell the property to the city of Cleveland Heights, once the city identifies a viable developer. 

Formerly Coventry Elementary School, which the district closed in 2006, the property is now home to various organizations, the majority of which are not-for-profit. Tenants include Ensemble Theatre, Family Connections, Lake Erie Ink, Artful Cleveland, Reaching Heights, FutureHeights, Urban Oak School, and Coventry Children’s Center. The former school playground, now known as Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park, also occupies the site, and numerous community events, including Coventry Village Special Improvement District’s summer movie series, take place there.

The district said it is pursuing the sale of the site because of an estimated $1 million in building repairs needed in the near future. These repairs include a new roof, projected to cost $750,000; a new wooden play structure for the park, estimated at $300,000; and additional improvements, including plumbing and HVAC updates and new windows.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 12:18 PM, 05.23.2017

Church of the Saviour Co-op Nursery School has closed

On March 6, the Church of the Saviour Co-operative Nursery School posted a statement on its Facebook page announcing that it would be closing in May. [The Church of the Saviour Early Learning Center, a separate preschool at the church, will remain open.]

The church notified the co-op preschool that it wanted to use the space for other programs. The preschool’s Facebook post stated that the preschool board did not have enough time to find a new location before the critical registration period for the 2017–18 school year.

When contacted, neither church nor co-op preschool representatives were willing to comment.

The Church of the Saviour Co-operative Nursery School, founded in 1955, had been operating in the Heights community for more than six decades, and served 3–5 year olds. It graduated its final class on May 18.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:24 AM, 05.30.2017

Canterbury student takes "Best In Show"

“Best in Show” is a pretty big deal for an artist. It’s a huge deal if you’re a second-grader competing against students in kindergarten through eighth grade, from 10 counties.

That’s the award that Grant Gosa, a second-grade student at Canterbury Elementary School, received in March at the Youth Art Month exhibit sponsored by the Northeast Ohio division of the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). It was the fifth consecutive year that a Canterbury student took home that honor.

Grant is not the only talented artist in the building. The work of four other Canterbury students was displayed at either CWRU or the statewide Youth Art Month show in Columbus, sponsored by OAEA.

“I was really, really, really excited,” said fourth-grader Ryan Harris, whose drawing of a macaw was featured in the show at CWRU.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 7:21 PM, 06.02.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 4-18-2017

APRIL 18, 2017

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 opened at 7 p.m., preceded by an executive session, and ended at 8:05 p.m.

Equity plan update work session

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District developed an equity task force and LEAD Tool under the direction of Sandy D. Womack, director of principal leadership and development. The equity leadership team presented the approach and five-year plan, which was developed to study and ensure that equity would be promoted in the schools. Much discussion followed between the board and leadership team.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:06 AM, 06.20.2017

Noble Elementary School receives $10,000 grant

Burlington Stores, through its partnership with DonorsChoose.org, donated $10,000 to Noble Elementary School in celebration of its new store in South Euclid.

Burlington store manager, Debbie Furlong, presented the check to Rachael Coleman, Noble Elementary School principal, during a schoolwide ceremony on April 25.

Coleman worked with Burlington and DonorsChoose to secure the grant for her school, which services approximately 400 students from pre-K through fifth grade. Coleman plans to use the grant to invest in hands-on technology for her students, including the purchase of Chromebooks.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:03 AM, 05.09.2017

Communion of Saints presents 'Aladdin' May 18 and 19

Now in its eighth season, the Communion of Saints drama program presents “Aladdin”—a story based on the folk tale Aladdin, which Disney adapted for the screen in 1992. The musical tale, set in Agrabah, centers around Princess Jasmine and her quest for a spouse. Not happy with her father's choices, she takes to the streets where a chance encounter with a bread thief begins the adventure.

Scoundrels, buffoonery and mayhem, peppered with some trickery, provide a magic carpet ride to a whole new world of singing, dancing and fun.

The production features students from kindergarten through eighth grade, and beautiful costumes and scenery, all under the guidance of Lydia Chanenka, the show's director.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:08 AM, 05.03.2017

RoxArts 1950s-themed fundraiser is May 13

This year’s annual ROXARTS community fundraiser, which raises funds for arts enrichment in CH-UH schools, will be held on Saturday evening, May 13, at the B-Side Barcade and Lounge in Cleveland Heights. Park your machine outside, do up your nest, and come have a blast at ROX Rocks Around the Clock, a 1950s’ music-themed auction and benefit.

The evening will begin with a VIP party for cool cats, 6–7 p.m., featuring a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, and an early chance to view auction items. The benefit and live auction will follow, 7–10 p.m. Guests can expect food from local vendors, unlimited fine wine and craft beers, and—to cap off the night—the opportunity to bid on auction items that include rare-opportunity packages.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:03 AM, 04.18.2017

Beaumont senior earns OU scholarship

Emma Rubadue, a senior at Beaumont School and a University Heights resident, will attend Ohio University this fall as a Cutler Scholarship recipient.

Rubadue was one of 15 applicants, from a field of 350, selected for the highly competitive scholarship, which is renewable for all four years of her collegiate studies.

“The selection committee members were impressed by Emma’s intellectual curiosity and community engagement,” said Beaumont Director of College Counseling Mary Grimaldi. “They also said they saw her as a leader for change and an advocate for social justice.”

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:47 AM, 05.03.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 4-4-2017

APRIL 4, 2017

  • Awards to Board President Register
  • Public comments
  • Proposed science curriculum
  • Personnel
  • Approvals of field trip, change orders, and financial reports
  • Board comments on meetings and new committees

Board members Ron Register, Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:41 AM, 05.03.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 3-21-2017

MARCH 21, 2017

Board members Ron Register, Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting opened at 7:30 p.m., preceded by an executive session, and ended at 9:30 p.m.

Workshop analyzing district educational data

Allison Byrd, director of data research and assessment, along with the educational services team, led a professional development workshop for the board on educational data and how it is collected, analyzed and used in the CH-UH schools. They began by defining the types of data collected, categorizing the types, and naming the categories.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:40 AM, 05.03.2017

Monticello Middle School celebrates women's history

Monticello Middle School celebrated Women’s History Month for the first time this past March, thanks to the efforts of Tiffany Underhile.“In 12 years of teaching, I’d never worked in a building that celebrated Women’s History Month,” said the school's math and science specialist. “I wanted to change that.”

Underhile began with feminist icon Rosie the Riveter when she had all staff members, male and female, don Rosie’s signature red bandana and denim shirt on a recent teacher professional day. Photos of the teachers were displayed in the front office and outside classroom doors.

Manana Robinson (eighth-grade language arts teacher), Future Educators of America (an afterschool club) and Underhile created displays throughout the school, including inspirational quotes by women, female scientists and mathematicians, and women in literature.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:31 AM, 05.03.2017

Heights High's Early College students present research at JCU

John Carroll University’s (JCU) April 3 Celebration of Scholarship presenters included 17 Heights High Early College sophomores, along with nearly 100 JCU undergraduates, graduate students and faculty.

Last November, Heights High’s Early College students selected research topics and spent more than four months working with a mentor to refine research questions, conduct research at the JCU library, and independently prepare a poster and short verbal presentation. The project assignment was in addition to their regular class load of accelerated courses in four content areas.

The Gateway or Capstone project is one of the qualifying requirements for sophomore students to complete, to be eligible to enroll in JCU for their junior year of high school. The other requirements are demonstrating mastery in four core subject areas and receiving a faculty recommendation.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:44 AM, 05.03.2017

All Geared Up is family-friendly bike event

All Geared Up is an award-winning event that encourages families to explore cycling together, while learning about safety and fitness. Now in its third year, the event received recognition from the Greater Cleveland Ohio Trails and Greenways Conference last summer, where it was awarded a Gold Medal for promoting community, student involvement and cycling culture.

This rain-or-shine event will be held on Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. to noon, at Canterbury Elementary School, 2530 Canterbury Road in Cleveland Heights. It will feature a family fun ride, bike rodeo, demonstration by bike police offices, bike registrations, a used bike sale, raffles and more.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. For complete information and to register, visit www.allgearedup.info. Participants are strongly encouraged to bike to the event, but on-street parking will be available.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 5:59 PM, 05.01.2017

Heights swim team receives national student-athlete award

The Heights High Swimming and Diving team embodies the term student-athlete. The team received The All-American Scholar Team Award from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) while maintaining a grueling practice schedule of 14–17 hours a week.

The 12-member girls’ team earned a collective GPA of 3.82 (unweighted); when taking into account the weighted grades from AP courses, the collective GPA was 4.3. The girls’ team received Gold-level recognition, placing it at the very top nationally.

In 2016, fewer than 60 of 16,000 teams received the Gold award.

The 12-member boys’ team received the Bronze-level award for team members’ academic accomplishments, placing it among the best-performing teams in the country.

Coach Dan Budin is extremely proud of the team. “Being on the swim team and diving team requires a major commitment of time and energy,” said Budin.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.18.2017

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

Heights senior soloists to take the stage

Heights High’s Instrumental Music Department (IMD) presents its Spring Concert Series on the Wiley Campus.

Part I, on Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., will feature the Concert Band, Symphonic Band and the Concert Orchestra. Part II, on Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., will feature the Symphonic Winds and the Heights High Symphony, with senior soloists Andrew Bell on percussion and William van den Bogert on piano. Both concerts are preceded by Chamber Ensembles at 6:30 p.m.

Andrew Bell began his musical endeavors as a third-grader at Fairfax Elementary School, and has since studied with Chris Vandall and Thomas Haywood at the Fairmount School of Music, and with Fairfax school music teacher Bob Adamson. Since entering high school, Bell has been the principal percussionist in the Symphonic Winds, and head percussionist for the school’s marching band drumline since sophomore year.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 7:31 PM, 03.30.2017

Pancake breakfast to benefit Heights schools is April 9

Calling all alumni, staff, families and supporters of Heights Schools—and fans of pancakes! The 21st annual Community Pancake Breakfast will take place on April 9, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Heights High’s Wiley campus.

The Heights Schools Foundation (formerly the alumni foundation) invites attendees to enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast to benefit opportunity grants for every school in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

Guests will enjoy the grill stylings of master flipper Chris Cakes, and the morning will also feature raffles of Heights Gear spirit wear baskets. A short program at 11 a.m. will include the presentation of grants for needs across the district. A large selection of spirit wear will also be available for purchase.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:23 PM, 03.30.2017

St. Paul's preschool hosts April 17 open houses

Saint Paul's Cooperative Preschool is planning two open house sessions on Monday, April 17, at 9:30–10:30 a.m. and 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Families are invited to explore the preschool and learn about its programs, ranging from a separation class for children who will be 2½ by Dec. 31 to a pre-K class for those nearly ready for kindergarten. St. Paul’s offers both morning and afternoon options.

St. Paul's Cooperative Preschool offers children the chance to get outside and experience nature in its children's playground space. In addition to full-size playground equipment, playhouses and toys, the area features trees and open green space to entice little explorers. The school makes unstructured outdoor play a part of every day, except when it’s raining or extremely cold.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:11 PM, 03.30.2017

UH resident joins Beaumont's advancement staff

Christy Salata has joined Beaumont School’s advancement department as associate director of alumnae relations.

“We are excited to have Christy join our staff in this very important position for the Beaumont advancement effort. Keeping our alumnae connected and engaged is critical for us. We tell our alumnae that they are part of Beaumont for four years, but they are part of the Beaumont family forever,” said Gerard P. Grim, Beaumont’s director of advancement.

Salata holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Notre Dame, and earned a master’s in community counseling from John Carroll University (JCU). She most recently worked at JCU.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:16 PM, 03.30.2017