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

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

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:

Applications can be e-mailed to Caroline Jewell-Rogers at 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

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, 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 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

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 3-7-2017

MARCH 7, 2017

  • Early childhood staff
  • Public comments
  • Superintendent’s advisory task force
  • Board classroom visits
  • Policy changes
  • Field trips
  • Facilities renovation change orders
  • Facility use fees
  • Board president’s comments
  • FAC discussion
  • Funds diverted to charter schools
  • Reaching Heights Spelling Bee

Board members Ron Register, Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Talisa Dixon, superintendent, and Scott Gainer, treasurer.

The meeting opened at 7:08 p.m., preceded by an executive session, and ended at 8:58 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:12 AM, 04.10.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education and Cleveland Heights City Council joint meeting highlights 2-27-2017

FEBRUARY 27, 2017

  • Board of Education
  • Cleveland Heights City Council

School board members Ron Register, president; Kal Zucker, vice president; Jim Posch; Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Talisa Dixon was also present.

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

The meeting was held from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:10 AM, 04.10.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 2-21-2017

FEBRUARY 21, 2017

  • Update on middle schools facilities project
  • Board members’ questions on the project

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

The meeting opened at 7:05 p.m., preceded by an executive session, and ended at 7:55 p.m., followed by an executive session for union negotiations.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:08 AM, 04.10.2017

Fairfax students explore the state capitol and zoo

On March 2, Fairfax Elementary School’s fourth-graders arrived at school more than an hour before the first bell to board a charter bus bound for Columbus.

By late morning, 40 students from three classrooms, plus eight chaperones, arrived at the Ohio State House. The group went on a 90-minute tour of the capitol building, marveling at the height of the ceiling in the famed rotunda and admiring the 1857 painting “The Battle of Lake Erie.”

Students were officially recognized when they visited the senate chambers, an event entered into the state ledger, forever immortalizing their visit.

They had the opportunity to meet with Janine Boyd, their local representative, who claimed the meeting was the “highlight of her day.” She encouraged the children to work hard in school, ask questions, and pay attention to current events so that one day they, too, might serve in the Ohio legislature.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:14 PM, 03.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

CHHS and JCU host Community Day March 18

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

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

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

Beaumont School to host 2017 benefit gala on April 1

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

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

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

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

Beaumont School speaker series continues on March 8

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

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

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

Superintendent’s Cadre works for social justice

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

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

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

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

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

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

JANUARY 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

JANUARY 17, 2017

  • Career and technical education
  • Gifted education

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

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

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

Swim Cadets to perform annual show March 9–11

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

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

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

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

Gesu School community builds giant tetrahedron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEBRUARY 7, 2017

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

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

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

Barbershoppers earn award of Excellence

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

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

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

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

Heights High senior artist wins portfolio award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RoxEl builds community by reading together

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

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

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

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

CHHS concert features violinist Daniel Fields

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

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

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

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

New principal leads push to open Communion of Saints preschool

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

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

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

Boulevard students demonstrate mastery of science curriculum

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

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

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

Beaumont students garner art awards in regional competion

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

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

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

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

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

JANUARY 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

DECEMBER 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

CH-UH Board of Education elects 2017 officers

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

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

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

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

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

Beaumont students share the holiday spirit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Career and Tech Ed offers diverse paths

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

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

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

Learn about Urban Oak School at January open house

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

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

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

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

Heights alumni and district form new foundation

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

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

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

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