Schools

Superintendent Dixon holds coffee klatches with local groups

Talisa Dixon, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District superintendent, welcomed representatives from Link4Schools as well as parent ambassadors for each of the district’s schools at a coffee klatch held on Friday, Sept. 19 at the Board of Education building. 

Link4Schools is a Cleveland-based learning organization formed by a committed group of educators. They partner with schools by engaging the entire school community in meaningful activities to bring about deep learning and positive outcomes for students.

The district’s parent ambassadors are a resource for district parents, providing information and support. They also serve as a link among parents, schools and the district, and represent the parents' perspective.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:06 AM, 09.26.2014

Beaumont is IB candidate

Beaumont School, an all-girls Catholic high school in Cleveland Heights, is now recognized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school. Beaumont plans to institute the IB program during its 2017–18 school year, and will become the first all-girls school, and the second Catholic high school, in Greater Cleveland to offer IB’s rigorous Diploma Programme (DP).

IB education challenges students to excel in academics and in personal growth, and cultivates a quest for lifelong learning that goes beyond what students learn in the classroom. IB’s diploma program is widely perceived as one of the most challenging secondary curricula in the world. Students who earn the IB diploma are consistently twice as likely to be accepted to selective colleges and universities, earn more scholarship dollars and receive college credit.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 10:23 AM, 09.30.2014

CH-UH district launches new website

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District launched a redesigned and improved website on Sept. 6. New features of the website, www.chuh.org, include improved navigation, school photo rotations, a cleaner homepage, better search engine and a new "Tiger Praise" page.

“The Tiger Praise page will allow site visitors to celebrate the district’s culture and people by allowing for public praise of teachers, staff, students, schools and school volunteers,” stated Angee Shaker, director of communications.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 12:01 PM, 09.30.2014

CH-UH district steps up recycling efforts

At the Heights High football season home opener on Sept. 13, volunteers were stationed near new recycling and trash bins, encouraging attendees to recycle and reduce the amount of litter around the field.

The initiative is one of two ideas promoted by the Sustainability Working Group (SWG), a group of sustainability-focused residents that was formed during the district’s school facilities planning process, which the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District is now implementing. In addition to a more comprehensive recycling program, the group also recommended that the district engage in a solid waste audit, a free service provided by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.

According to Kristin Hughes, athletic director, the athletic department is partnering with SWG and the Heights High Environmental Club to educate fans and encourage recycling efforts at all games and contests. Dubbed the Tiger Nation Game Day Recycling Challenge, the initiative includes placing recycling bins throughout the new stadium and inside the lobby of the South Gym, stationing volunteers near the bins to help fans dispose of waste and recyclables appropriately, and public address announcements at all sporting events.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 11:52 AM, 09.23.2014

Heights High dedicates new stadium

A sellout crowd filled the new and expanded stands for Heights High’s first home football game of the season, on Sept. 13. The game, against Glenville, marked the official opening of the new Heights High athletic stadium, featuring all-weather turf.

The enthusiastic crowd saw the Tigers fall to Glenville, 12-19. Standouts among the Heights team members were offensive running back Jevon Avery, with 85 yards and a touchdown, James Crowder, who had 50 receiving yards, and running back Marquise Watkins, who added 59 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Before the game, students, families, alumni, residents and youth athletes attended the district’s tailgate celebration, opening ceremony and ribbon cutting.

Kristin Hughes, athletic director, began the ceremony with a big thank-you to Cleveland Heights and University Heights citizens, for making the new facility a reality.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 10:46 AM, 09.16.2014

School district receives three national communications awards

In June, the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) recognized the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District for excellence in communications. The district received the highest Award of Excellence for its website, an Award of Merit for its Update print newsletter, and an Honorable Mention for its weekly electronic newsletter. At its Sept. 2 meeting, the CH-UH Board of Education (BOE) recognized the communications team for its achievement.

“I couldn’t be prouder of my communications team. We are extremely grateful for this recognition,” stated Angee Shaker, director of communications. “The tools we use to communicate are evolving and the amount of information we need to communicate continues to increase while our budget continues to tighten. The demand on the department is high but we do our best to not only keep up, but lead with the latest communication tools, populate them and train and empower our school teams to do the same.”

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 11:41 AM, 09.10.2014

Heights High design phase planning meetings to wrap up in September

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District considers September to be a critical period in the design phase of planning for the renovated Cleveland Heights High School, and two public meetings are scheduled this month, on Sept. 16 and Sept. 30. Both meetings will take place at 7 p.m. at the Delisle Center, 14780 Superior Road.

"The community is encouraged to show up, see the latest plans and share your enthusiasm, concerns and questions during the public comment portions of the meetings," stated Ron Register, school board president.

BSHM Architects are currently revising the floor plan that was presented at the Aug. 19 special meeting to align with the budget. “Right now, we have more square footage in the plan than the budget is allowing,” said Gary Balog, lead architect from BSHM.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 10:13 AM, 09.02.2014

Beaumont School students participate in Project YESS

Four girls from Beaumont School were among the 14 students who sailed on a tall ship for a weeklong voyage at the end of July.

They left on July 27 from Milwaukee, Wis., on the S/V Denis Sullivan and returned on Aug. 2.  

Since 2010, when the program began, Beaumont has had students on board. Another Beaumont student was among the three ambassador leaders.

The program is called Project YESS, Youth Empowered to Succeed Through Sailing. Its goals are for students to develop leadership, confidence and courage as crew on a tall ship. Project YESS was developed by the Rotary Club of Cleveland and funded by the Cleveland Rotary Foundation and other corporate, individual and foundation supporters. The project helps students, ages 14–17, by providing direction, developing community, and opening their eyes to career opportunities in the Great Lakes region.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:54 AM, 08.29.2014

Heights administrative principal brings broad experience to role

In early August, Zoraba Q Ross became the new administrative principal at Heights High. His experience as a Columbus-area high school principal and athletic director, administrator in the city’s recreation department and assistant director for the King Arts Complex during its $1.6 million renovation project gives him a unique set of skills to lead the school.

His varied background sets the tone for his approach to and view of education. “There are three key components to all great schools—academics, arts and athletics,” Ross said. “I am thrilled to be in a school with strong programs in all three.”

Ross acknowledges his sense of urgency about improving the overall academic performance of the school. “There are many students doing quite well here, but we have far too many who are underperforming. We must address that and help those students re-engage in school and succeed,” said Ross.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.29.2014

District unveils proposed design for new CHHS exterior

On Aug. 19, architects hired by the Cleveland-Heights University Heights City School District unveiled their proposed new design for the exterior of Cleveland Heights High School.

The design calls for the removal of the 1959 science wing addition, to reveal the historic façade on the school’s Cedar Road side, which has been hidden from view for decades, and the construction of two new wings on the east and west sides of the building’s historic core.

As proposed by the architectural firm Balog, Steines, Hendricks & Manchester, the new additions are designed to complement, and will not block, the original façade, which will be restored.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:08 AM, 08.26.2014

Millikin building sold to Mosdos Ohr Hatorah

After years of negotiations and discussions, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District has agreed to sell most of the former Millikin Elementary School property to local private K–8 school Mosdos Ohr Hatorah.

The sale was approved by the Board of Education at its Aug. 19 work session. The board agreed to sell the Millikin building to Mosdos for $650,000. The sale does not include the adjacent stables property, which the district will retain. 

The sales agreement is subject to several contingencies:

  • The District must obtain an easement from the stable property to Severance Circle. 
  • The District must identify or obtain alternative space for its tradespeople who currently work out of the Millikin facility. 
  • Mosdos must obtain a conditional use permit from the City of Cleveland Heights to use the property as a nonpublic school.
  • Mosdos must obtain financing on satisfactory terms from the City of Cleveland Heights.
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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 12:03 PM, 08.20.2014

Second public meeting on CHHS facilities project set for Aug. 19

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District will hold the second of three planned public meetings regarding the schematic design phase of its Heights High facilities project. The meeting will start at 7 p.m., and take place at the Delisle Center, 14780 Superior Road. The third meeting is scheduled for Sept. 16, and will take place at the same time and location.

This series of public meetings is intended to provide an opportunity for members of the Heights community to see proposed plans and ask questions. Those who would like to address the board should sign up at the beginning of the meeting.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 12:53 PM, 08.19.2014

New athletic stadium debuts Sept. 13 with ceremony before football season-opener

The newly constructed Cleveland Heights High School stadium will be officially opened to the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration just prior to the first home football game of this season, on Saturday, Sept. 13.

“We are so excited to present this brand-new stadium to the community,” said Talisa L. Dixon, CH-UH superintendent. “Our residents approved Phase 1 of our Master Facilities Plan in 2013, and while a great deal of work is taking place within our school buildings, the new stadium and field may be the first visible change that some residents have seen. We’re thrilled that this first visible project has turned out so well, and this community will see an immediate benefit from it.”

The ceremony and celebration will begin at 2 p.m. on Sept. 13 with the opening of the Tiger Tailgate Area, where food trucks, concessions and face-painting will be open for business.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:17 AM, 08.19.2014

Micheller leaves school district after 17 years; replacement named

Joseph Micheller, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District’s director of curriculum and instruction, will leave the district at the end of July, to become executive director of new school development for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Sandy Womack will replace Micheller. 

Micheller has been with the district for 17 years. Prior to taking on the responsibilities of curriculum and instruction, Micheller held the positions of director of educational services, interim assistant superintendent, and director of special programming and compliance.    

“Dr. Micheller managed to be both the district historian and futurist. His contributions to this district have been enormous and the initiatives he put into place will continue to have a terrific impact on our students for decades to come. We will miss him very much,” said recently retired former superintendent Nylajean R. McDaniel.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 10:42 AM, 07.29.2014

Heights High program helps student athletes prepare for college

In the basement of Cleveland Heights High School, Peter Eckendorf—a 2003 Heights alumnus who could still pass for a student—is leading a program that raises standards for the school’s nearly 500 student athletes. Under the direction of Athletic Director Kristin Hughes, Eckendorf manages the Learning Center, which helps the coaches of varsity sports programs by tracking the grades of players and providing skilled tutoring to help them maintain academic eligibility. The coming school year will be the center's third.

“We want to make a smooth transition for our kids from high school to college,” said Eckendorf. For a number of Heights students, athletics opens the door to college in the first place. “If you play in college, you have to go to study tables and you have to be accountable for the academic work you do.” The Learning Center is modeled after college programs and is the first high school program of its kind, to Hughes' knowledge, and it provides four main services.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:10 PM, 07.31.2014

CH-UH transportation supervisor recognized by Ohio Schools Council

The CH-UH City School District’s transportation department saves thousands of dollars annually on its 42 buses, thanks to a cooperative effort with other districts in the Ohio Schools Council (OSC), where Scott Smith, transportation supervisor, serves in a key role.

OSC is a consortium of school districts that work cooperatively for the specific purpose of saving dollars through volume purchases.

As co-chair of OSC’s bus purchasing committee, Smith brings the mechanical knowledge of having worked on the buses—prior to becoming supervisor—which helps other districts make sound decisions about purchases.

Smith received a Certificate of Appreciation Award for his service in three categories in May: the school bus purchasing committee, the fuel committee and the cooperative school bus purchasing program.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 12:01 PM, 07.31.2014

Milestones to offer autism training at Canterbury

Milestones Autism Resources will host Milestones School Team Training on Aug.4-8, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Canterbury Elementary School in Cleveland Heights. While all districts are encouraged to attend, first-ring-suburb school personnel can register at a deeply discounted rate, thanks to a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation presented to Milestones.

Founded in 2003, Milestones Autism Resources helps individuals with autism throughout Northeast Ohio reach their unique potential and is the first call for help at each transition of an individual’s life. Milestones focuses on educating and coaching family members and professionals in evidence-based practical strategies. Its conferences, workshops, professional development, referral calls and online resources connect the autism community with vital information, and each other.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 4:08 PM, 07.16.2014

Gearity receives Straight A grant

Gearity Professional Development School earned a Straight A grant award for $484,608 from the Ohio Department of Education, pending state controlling board final approval on July 28. Gearity’s project, DigiLit (Digital Literacy), will transform the look and feel of the elementary school classroom to engage students and significantly improve student achievement.

“This will be an exciting opportunity for the Gearity staff to teach in a new and innovative way to motivate students while learning,” reported Kristen Abdow, lead literacy teacher.

John Carroll University’s (JCU) Department of Education and School Psychology is a key partner in this innovative project. The team lead is Kathleen Roskos, Ph.D., who conducts reading research and is widely published on literacy development and reading education topics.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 10:55 AM, 07.12.2014

District announces new principal for Gearity Professional Development School

With the input and participation of staff and parents, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District has announced that Katrina Hicks will be the new principal of Gearity Professional Development School. Hicks takes over from the previous principal, Michele Evans, who accepted a position with the Wadsworth City School District. 

Hicks has worked in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) since 1993. She began as a classroom teacher and later served as a program manager at the Emile DeSauze Enrichment Center. She subsequently worked as an assistant principal and then principal with CMSD. Most recently, as principal of H. Barbara Booker Elementary School, she increased the school’s performance index from 66.1 to 74.0 over a two-year period.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:29 AM, 07.10.2014

New administrative principal named for Cleveland Heights High School

The Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District has announced Zoraba Q Ross is the new administrative principal of Cleveland Heights High School. Johnetta Wiley, the former administrative principal, now serves as the district’s Director of Special Programs & Compliance.

Ross has worked in the South-Western City School District as assistant principal and athletic director at Central Crossing High School. In this role, Ross assisted the principal in supervision and evaluation of all personnel, and he was also responsible for management of the athletic department. Prior to joining South-Western, Ross served as a principal and assistant principal in the Groveport Madison Local Schools. Ross holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and a master’s in education from Ashland University.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:20 AM, 07.10.2014

District outlines next steps in CHHS project

[Editor’s Note: Angee Shaker, director of communications for the CH-UH City School District, provided the following update on the Heights High project. Three upcoming public meetings, where community members will have a chance to see plans and ask questions, are scheduled for July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16. At the Sept. 16 meeting, the final design will be presented and construction managers will present a cost estimate.]

The high school project has now moved into the Schematic Design Phase which includes floor and site plans, the exterior design concept and cost estimates.

The Board of Education (BOE) approved the Program of Requirements (POR) at the June 17 board work session. The POR is a document that lists the spaces and sizes of spaces required to be included in the building as well as notes and other information necessary to begin the design of the floor plans such as how the spaces should relate to each other. The square footage allocations are subject to change as the plans are finalized.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:58 AM, 07.01.2014

Free summer meals for kids

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District is participating in the Ohio Department of Education’s Seamless Summer Feeding Program. Through Aug. 13, free breakfast and lunch is available for any child 18 or younger, at the following locations and times:

Boulevard Elementary School, 1749 Lee Road: 8:30–9:30 a.m., and 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cleveland Heights High School, 13263 Cedar Road: 7:30–9 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cleveland Heights Recreation Center, 1 Monticello Blvd.: 8:40–9:10 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 12:05 PM, 07.01.2014

Beaumont teams place in national robotics competition

Beaumont School teams were once again successful in the National Robotics League Robobot competition, held the weekend of May 17 at Baldwin Wallace University. Finishing in the top ten overall, the two Beaumont teams brought home top awards for best documentation, presentation, and engineering. Beaumont’s were the only two all-girls teams that competed. 

Beginning last fall, the two teams spent their Saturdays building and perfecting their robobots with their sponsors. The Beamontsters team, and its bot “Alexander the Great,” was sponsored by Christopher Tool in Solon. The Dark Horse team, and its bot “Thunderbolt,” was sponsored by Tendon Manufacturing Company in Cleveland.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 6:09 PM, 06.23.2014

Welcome reception June 19 for new school superintendent Dixon

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District invites the community to a welcome reception for Talisa Dixon, the district’s new superintendent, on June 19, 6–8 p.m., in the Heights High Social Room at 13263 Cedar Road.

The reception is an opportunity for some to meet Dixon for the first time, and for others to welcome her as the new superintendent rather than as a superintendent candidate.

“It meant a lot to this board that so many people were actively involved in the search and interview process for a new superintendent. Even though the board made the final decision, Dr. Dixon was the community’s choice,” stated Ron Register, CH-UH Board of Education president. The board voted unanimously (5-0) to appoint Dixon superintendent.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 AM, 06.16.2014

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education 6-3-2014

JUNE 3, 2014

  • Recognitions
  • Retirees
  • Ohio Constitutional changes
  • Courses
  • Race to the Top
  • Civic Leadership Institute
  • Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN)
  • Leadership Program for Athletes
  • Superintendent
  • Heights High Enabling Project
  • St. Clare School
  • Program requirements
  • Facilities Accountability Committee vacancy

All board members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 5:25 PM, 06.16.2014

Gearity principal resigns; search for new principal is underway

Michele Evans, principal of Gearity Professional Development School, announced that she will be leaving the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District and accepting a position with the Wadsworth City School District. 

Nylajean McDaniel, CH-UH superintendent, said, “Dr. Evans has been a strong and steady leader for the Gearity Professional Development School community and she will be missed. We wish her all the best in her new position, and we thank her for her hard work and success.” 

“Saying goodbye to my students, staff and families has been very hard; I’ve been fortunate to work with such great people. I wish the Gearity family all the best and will do everything I can to help the new principal, once selected, transition into Gearity,” stated Evans.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:23 AM, 06.09.2014

CH-UH school district receives financial reporting award

For the 13th consecutive year, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District received the Association of School Business Officials International’s (ASBO) Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability.     

Scott Gainer, chief financial officer for the district, was recognized for his Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending in 2013. 

“My team and I take great pride in our financial reporting. The COE award confirms our commitment to financial accountability and transparency and we appreciate ASBO for publicly acknowledging our work. Our community has a long history of supporting our schools and we take our fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayer dollars very seriously.”

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.05.2014

AFS students share highlights of their time at Heights High

Eight AFS exchange students are preparing to head back home after spending either the entire 2013–14 school year, or the second semester, at Heights High. The students all lived with local Heights families and brought a global perspective to both their families and the school.

When the students return to their home countries, they take with them their experiences of living here, and lasting relationships with their host families and friends.

Below, each student shares the highlights of his or her experiences here.

Baraa Abu Al-Aish (Palestine), hosted by the Bailey/Walker family: “Nice students and teachers, going to sleepovers, shopping, Chiplote and mac and cheese!”

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 3:33 PM, 06.02.2014

Residents express concerns at Wiley swing space meeting

A community meeting about transforming Wiley Middle School to swing space during high school and middle school construction was held on May 20 at the school. District staff and consultants discussed building design, safety and security, traffic flow and modular classrooms. Community members were able to ask questions and offer input.

In November 2013, Heights residents passed a $134.8 million bond issue to fund renovations of Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools, including the high school and Monticello and Roxboro middle schools.

At the end of the 2013–14 school year, Wiley will be shut down so that construction can begin to expand the building to house Heights High students.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 12:14 PM, 05.30.2014

Heights High Hall of Fame inducts ten

On May 8, the Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame (HOF) held its 34th induction ceremony. The HOF honors the accomplishments of Heights alumni while giving current students solid examples of what they can accomplish in life, and the opportunity to hear from adults who once sat in the same seats and walked the same halls as they do.

A student committee, the Imagemakers, selects inductees from nominations made by the general public. Students do not know the names of the nominees, only their accomplishments.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 5:46 PM, 05.29.2014

Beaumont students medal in National Latin Exam

Beaumont School garnered a total of 35 awards in this year’s National Latin Exam, including six gold and 17 silver medals. 

The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a 40-question, multiple-choice test with a time limit of 45 minutes, offered to students on seven levels. Questions on the exam include grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin, and Latin in use in the modern world.

“Beaumont has been really successful on the National Latin Exam,” explained Claudia Heilman, Latin teacher. “We have so many gold and silver medal winners, and in my 25 years as a teacher, I have also seen two young women get perfect scores on the test.”

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 5:41 PM, 05.29.2014

Heights High Robotics Club competes at nationals

The Heights High Robotics Club competed in the 2014 National Robots League Championship on May 16 and 17 at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea. In all, 51 teams from universities, technical schools and high schools from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico attended the competition, including Ohio University and the University of South Florida.

The Heights team, named for its robot, The X Factor, was one of only three teams to receive a perfect score on the documentation review portion of the competition, in which teams answer eight questions about the robot design and process.

X Factor team members are Sam Faul, Dylan Kuntz, Braxton Minor, Eliezer Regalado, James Smith and Chris Wallace.

“The judges said that all members of our team participated, conveyed knowledge of the design and building process and demonstrated strong presentation skills,” said Yvonne Schiffer, team advisor and engineering teacher.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 11:07 AM, 05.27.2014

CHHS athletic field groundbreaking set for May 27

The Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new athletic stadium and field being constructed at Cleveland Heights High School. The event is open to all community members.

The ceremony will take place at the athletic field on Tuesday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m. Participants will include student athletes; school board members; Nylajean McDaniel, superintendent; Jeff Rotsky, head football coach; Nick Continenza, track coach; and Kristin Hughes, athletic director. 

Initial work on the stadium and field began at the end of April. During the month of May, the existing field surface and subsurface is being removed to prepare for installation of the new field and technology cabling that will run under it.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:29 AM, 05.27.2014

This week's CH-UH school district events focus on new facilities as it transforms Wiley space

The CH-UH City School district’s agenda for this week, May 20–27, includes two meetings on facilities (May 20 and 22), a groundbreaking ceremony for Heights High’s new athletic field, and a closing ceremony for Wiley Middle School.

On May 20, 7–8:30 p.m., the district will hold a community meeting regarding Wiley Middle School’s transition to swing space for Heights High. The community is invited to “discuss and learn more about the process that will transform Wiley into a temporary home for Heights High School students and staff.” The meeting will take place at Wiley Middle School, 2181 Miramar Blvd., University Heights.

On May 22, 6–8:30 p.m., the district will host the last in a series of five community meetings scheduled for the “pre-design portion of the high school project.”

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 12:19 PM, 05.20.2014

Former CH-UH superintendent Delisle to speak at JCU commencement

Deborah (Deb) Delisle, former superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District and currently an  assistant secretary with the U.S. Department of Education, is John Carroll University’s 2014 commencement speaker. The ceremony, open to the public, takes place on Sunday, May 18, at 11 a.m., on the Rodman Quad of John Carroll University in University Heights.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.13.2014

Heights High students celebrate 007-themed senior prom

Cleveland Heights High School held its senior prom on May 3, at the Manor Centre Complex in Euclid from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

The James Bond-themed gala was complemented by red, white and black decorations. Professional photographers documented the event, and students could take advantage of a free photo booth.

Students enjoyed appetizers while the DJ played music to welcome the incoming guests. Around 8 p.m., a buffet-style dinner, which included mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, pasta alfredo, chicken breast, and beef stew, was served.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 12:09 PM, 05.06.2014

CH-UH BOE endorses 'Principles that Unite Us'

The CH-UH Board of Education (BOE) went on the record as supporters of the “Principles that Unite Us” statement during an April meeting. The statement was developed by a broad national coalition of educators and public education advocates to reaffirm the importance of a just system of “publicly funded, equitable and democratically controlled public schools.”

Nylajean McDaniel, superintendent, and Ari Klein, Cleveland Heights Teachers Union president, jointly asked the BOE to join the list of endorsers of the document.

McDaniel said that she was proud that the board took the position to support this message. “How many other communities are going to state so clearly what they believe in as our CH-UH Board of Education?” asked McDaniel, adding, “I especially like the section of the Principles that reiterates what I have endorsed for my entire career—that quality teaching must be delivered by committed, respected and supported educators.”

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 12:45 PM, 05.06.2014

CH-UH school district names Talisa Dixon new superintendent

On April 21, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School district announced that the board of education (BOE) had selected Talisa Dixon to become its next superintendent. Dixon is currently deputy superintendent: teaching and learning for the Saginaw (Mich.) Public School District. She will take over the CH-UH superintendent position from Nylajean McDaniel, who will retire on July 31.

At the time of the district’s announcement, terms of Dixon’s contract were being negotiated. The BOE is expected to vote on her contract during its May 6 regular board meeting. According to Angee Shaker, director of communications for the CH-UH district, the board anticipates that there will be a transition period during which Dixon will work with McDaniel, but a start date for Dixon has not yet been determined.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 2:43 PM, 05.05.2014

Roxboro Middle School establishes Confucius Classroom with May 5 ceremonial signing

The Confucius Institute (CI) at Cleveland State University announces the founding of its first Confucius Classroom at Roxboro Middle School in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District (CH-UH).

At 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 5, Nylajean McDaniel, CH-UH superintendent, and Haigang Zhou, CI director, will sign the official Confucius Classroom agreement at Roxboro Middle School (2400 Roxboro Road, Cleveland Heights). A Confucius Classroom plaque will also be presented to Roxboro Middle School, host of the classroom.

CSU’s CI and CH-UH schools have enjoyed a partnership for more than four years, and have worked together to build and strengthen the Chinese language and culture education within the CH-UH district. In 2013, CH-UH applied to become a Confucius Classroom.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 3:54 PM, 05.02.2014

Shakespeare at Heights High

The Heights High Drama Department produced William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream April 10–12. David Jurns, the show’s director and theater teacher, was thrilled with the school’s first drama production in recent memory. “The cast and technical crew did an excellent job,” he said. “The students corrected some of the minor problems the first night, then everything ran on auto pilot.”

Jurns was most impressed with the level of support that the cast and crew offered each other, and he said, “Their level of performance was superb.”

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 4:56 PM, 05.02.2014

CHHS stadium project kicks off April 28

The Cleveland Heights High School stadium construction project is set to begin in earnest, with site work commencing on Monday, April 28. The start of the project will suspend all public and school use of the field and track until the project wraps up in time for the first fall football game on Sept. 5.

During the month of May, the existing field surface and subsurface will be removed to prepare for installation of the new field and technology cabling that will run under the field. The goal posts and stadium scoreboard will be removed for the installation of the new field but will be reinstalled at the end of the project.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 11:10 AM, 04.25.2014

Elementary school playdates for children and families begin April 27

The PTA Council invites parents and families in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District to join in free playdates for incoming kindergarteners and students in grades K-5. The playdates will take place on the last Sunday of the month, 3:30–5 p.m., April through October, and will each be held at one of the district’s elementary schools.

The first playdate is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, at Boulevard Elementary School, 1749 Lee Road.

The idea for the playdates started with a third-grader who mentioned that he meets students from other CH-UH schools through sporting and summer activities. Because some of those students don’t go to his home school, he wished for a way he could see his friends from across the district. It got parents thinking, and the PTA Council decided to schedule the districtwide playdates at the seven elementary schools.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 10:33 AM, 04.25.2014

CH-UH school district names Talisa Dixon new superintendent

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education (BOE) announced that Talisa Dixon has been named the next district superintendent. Dixon currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent: Teaching & Learning for the Saginaw Public School District in Saginaw, Mich. Dixon will take over the position of superintendent from Nylajean R. McDaniel, who will retire on July 31.

“We were very fortunate to have a selection of extremely qualified candidates, but in the end, Dr. Dixon was the clear choice for us,” said Ron Register, board president. “She has the experience and leadership abilities we were looking for to improve our instructional programming and tie those concepts in with our upcoming facility renovations. We are looking forward to Dr. Dixon’s leadership for years to come.”

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 5:47 PM, 04.21.2014

Roxboro Elementary authorized as International Baccalaureate World School

CH-UH City School District’s Roxboro Elementary School has been named an International Baccalaureate World School by the International Baccalaureate (IB), a nonprofit educational foundation. IB seeks to make the world a better place through education. The foundation offers learning programs around the globe at World Schools.

“Our son is fortunate to engage in a learning environment that stresses inquiry, discovery, and character,” said Anne Marie Hodges, a parent volunteer on Roxboro’s IB Leadership Team. “Liam is reflective and able to express his thinking critically. Our experience with Roxboro Elementary is more than we anticipated. We feel it is very important to support the teachers and emphasize the IB attributes at home.”

“I am immensely proud of what our Roxboro Elementary staff and families have achieved,” said Superintendent Nylajean R. McDaniel. “To carry out the preparation and planning required to become an International Baccalaureate World School, all while engaging and inspiring students, is truly an accomplishment worth celebrating.”

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 04.22.2014

Heights community loses beloved teacher

On Monday, April 7, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District lost Ms. Kate Smoker, a cherished friend, colleague and music teacher. Smoker was only 35 years old, and leaves behind her husband and two young children.

"Smoker was renowned for her drive and passion. She tirelessly worked to positively impact her students and ensure their success, both in and outside of the classroom," stated Superintendent Nylajean R. McDaniel. 

“Kate always recognized the very best qualities in her students and worked hard to get them to recognize their own gifts,” said colleague Ida Bergson, an art teacher who often collaborated with Smoker.

Julie Lustic, the physical education teacher at Canterbury, said, “As an integral member of the Creative Arts Team at Canterbury, [Ms. Smoker] was always up for a challenge. She brought her enthusiasm, creative spirit, and willingness to embrace projects outside her area of expertise to all our collaborations. We will miss her not only as a colleague but as a close friend and confidant.”

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 2:38 PM, 04.10.2014

CH-UH superintendent search narrowed to three finalists

After several hours of discussion on Tuesday evening, April 8, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Board of Education (BOE) narrowed its list of five semi-finalist superintendent candidates down to three finalists—Talisa Dixon, Zheadric Barbra and Fred Bolden. The chosen candidate will replace current superintendent Nylajean R. McDaniel, who will retire at the end of this school year.

“These were all very strong candidates; it was a struggle for us to narrow the list from five to three,” said Ron Register, board president. “We feel we have three really exceptional finalists to introduce next week to the staff and community."

During the week of April 14, each of the finalists will spend a day in the district touring schools, meeting staff and students, and completing a second interview with the BOE.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 2:24 PM, 04.10.2014

School facilities discussion comes to libraries in April

In three April community meetings, the architect team and members of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District staff will share updates about, and gather more information for, the design phase of the Heights High School renovation project.

The meetings, scheduled for April 10, 17 and 24, will each take place at a different Heights Library branch, to make them convenient for all, and Heights residents are invlted to attend any of the the drop-in sessions.

The meeting dates and locations are:

  • Thursday, April 10, 6–7:30 p.m., Coventry Village Library, 1925 Coventry Road
  • Thursday, April 17, 6–7:30 p.m., University Heights Library, 13866 Cedar Road
  • Thursday, April 24, 6–7:30 p.m., Noble Neighborhood Library, 2800 Noble Road
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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 11:00 AM, 04.14.2014

CHHS Alumni Foundation hosts annual pancake breakfast

The Cleveland Heights High School Alumni Foundation will host its 18th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights High School cafeteria, 13263 Cedar Road.

Proceeds from the all-you-can-eat breakfast will benefit scholarship programs for Heights High seniors. The event is open to the public and will feature tours of Heights High.

"With major renovations planned for Heights in the next three years, this is an excellent opportunity to visit before construction begins," stated Eric Silverman, CHHS Alumni Foundation president.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 8:50 AM, 04.08.2014

District's Kindergarten Information Night set for April 10

Boulevard Elementary School, 1749 Lee Road, will host the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District’s Kindergarten Information Night on Thursday, April 10, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Boulevard Principal Shelley Pulling and District Superintendent Nylajean McDaniel will welcome families to the event, and kindergarten teachers from each of the district’s seven elementary schools will be present, to provide information and answer questions. Activities and information to be shared at the Information Nights include:

  • Registration packets for incoming kindergarten students.
  • Virtual school visits: Each of the seven elementary schools will have a room that parents can visit, to learn more about their neighborhood school.
  • Heights Library resources: Library representatives will display books about kindergarten and resources for parents, and will have library card applications available.
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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 4:03 PM, 04.04.2014