Beaumont offers students fair-trade school uniform option

Beaumont School has partnered with One Seed Heritage to offer its students the option of purchasing uniform skirts that are made by fair-trade workers and ethically sourced.

The skirts are handmade by women of the Mayan community of San Juan La Laguna in Guatemala. These women are paid fairly and create the skirts using organic cotton grown on family farms and dye created from plants. Five percent of purchases will fund scholarships for Guatemalan children, whose literacy and school enrollment rates are among the lowest in the world.

“Our women-owned cooperatives are inspired by the Beaumont community's commitment to fair trade and social justice,” said Hilary Dell, founder of One Seed Heritage. “This is just the beginning of our journey to strengthen woman-owned businesses and introduce the next generation of women leaders to global entrepreneurship.”

Beaumont began exploring the option of fair-trade skirts with One Seed Heritage during the 2014–15 school year, with two students testing out prototypes for several months.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:07 AM, 08.10.2015

CHHS grad is new Heights High supervisor of athletics

Dwight Hollins is the new Heights High supervisor of athletics. Hollins takes over the position following the departure of Kristin Hughes, former athletic director, who accepted the position of director of athletics for Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Dwight will help facilitate the transition of athletic programs in the midst of the Heights High construction over the next two years.

"I know the district well and am eager to get started. With the demolition and construction of the high school just starting to take place, I see this transition as a huge opportunity," stated Hollins.  

Hollins, a CHHS graduate himself, has extensive experience in athletics.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:12 AM, 07.28.2015

CH-UH BOE opts against placing levy on 2015 ballot; looks instead to 2016

Despite a significant need for additional operating funds to maintain current staffing and services, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Board of Education (BOE) has decided against asking voters to approve a new operating levy in 2015.

Scott Gainer, the district’s chief financial officer, detailed recent spending cuts that have been made, and next steps to offset the lost revenue from the May 2015 levy not passing, the loss of the Tangible Personal Property tax reimbursement from the state, and EdChoice vouchers. [The Educational Choice (EdChoice) Program provides students from underperforming public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools. The EdChoice scholarship amount is currently $4,250 for grades K–8. When families opt to take advantage of this program, the district loses both the student and the state funding.]

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 5:10 PM, 07.23.2015

School social workers help students and parents

For some students, life gets in the way of academic success. School social workers are charged with reducing or removing non-academic barriers to academic success. As families prepare for the start of a new school year, Reaching Heights—a nonprofit that supports student achievement and teacher recognition, and works to connect the community to our public schools—asked Carmen Kottha to describe the role of social workers like herself:

As a school social worker, I’m taken aback by all the services and activities we provide for the students and families of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District. There really is no typical day in social work.


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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 AM, 07.31.2015

Teachers union president offers back-to-school tips for parents

As schools gear up for a new school year, CH Teachers Union President Ari Klein offers back-to-school tips for all parents:

The new school year always comes quicker than anyone anticipates. Before summer break slips by, there are small things that parents and guardians can do to help their children transition successfully back into a school routine. 

For children entering a new school, as well as younger children, getting familiar with the school grounds and location can be very helpful in allaying some natural anxiety about going to school. If there is a playground on the school property, it might help younger children adjust to the school just by being on the grounds and taking some ownership through gaining a sense of familiarity.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:35 AM, 07.28.2015

Felisha Gould is new CH-UH assistant superintendent

The Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District has named Felisha Gould as its new assistant superintendent. Her term will begin Aug. 1. Gould succeeds Andrea Celico, the new superintendent of the Bedford City School District, who came to the CH-UH district as assistant superintendent in July 2013.

Gould comes to the position with extensive experience and leadership skills. She began her career as a high school biology teacher in Akron Public Schools before being promoted to middle school principal and then high school principal.

Gould has received a number of awards, including Akron Urban League Educator of the Year, Akron Alliance of Black School Educators Outstanding Administrator, Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators Middle School Principal of the Year, and the Ohio Alliance of Black School Educators Principal and Student Appreciation awards.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 3:29 PM, 07.22.2015

New vocal music teacher named for Heights High

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District has hired Jesse Lange to be the new vocal music teacher at Cleveland Heights High School.

“I am excited Jesse Lange is joining our Tiger Nation family,” said Superintendent Talisa L. Dixon. “Mr. Lange is an accomplished vocal music teacher and will help continue our tradition of excellence in the high school’s vocal music program. While we will miss the irreplaceable Craig McCaughey, who served in this role for 15 years, Mr. Lange brings his own unique experience and outlook to the program. I look forward to seeing him in action.”

Lange previously worked as the vocal music director at Cuyahoga Falls High School. In this role, he was tasked with facilitating the successful retention and recruitment of vocal music students to build a flourishing program.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 6:51 PM, 07.20.2015

Heights High hires two basketball head coaches

Two new head basketball coaches will be at the helm of Heights High basketball this fall. Karen A. Battle will be the new girls basketball coach and Heights High graduate Jeremy Holmes will coach the boys’ team.

Holmes returns to his alma mater after coaching this past season at Cleveland Central Catholic, where he led the Ironmen to a 24-5 record and the Division II state title game. Holmes had been an assistant coach for the Heights High boys basketball team for three seasons, prior to being hired by Central Catholic.

Battle is a familiar face to the Lady Tigers at Heights High, where she most recently served as assistant varsity women’s basketball coach. Battle also is a licensed intervention specialist at the high school.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 6:50 PM, 07.20.2015

New Heights High assistant principal is former CHPD officer

The Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District has named John Fullerman as a new assistant principal of Cleveland Heights High School. Fellow assistant principals are Jane Simeri, Alisa Lawson-McKinnie, and Joseph Nicklos (former Oxford Elementary School principal), with Zoraba Ross as head principal.

Fullerman was previously the principal of Summit Academy Secondary School in Canton, where he was also head coach of the basketball team and director of student council. Prior to entering the education field, initially as a teacher, Fullerman served as a Cleveland Heights police officer, 2003–09.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:58 AM, 07.10.2015

Oxford Elementary names Brigitte Pronty new principal

The Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District has hired Brigitte Pronty as the new principal of Oxford Elementary School. Pronty succeeds Joseph Nicklos, the previous principal, who has accepted the position of assistant principal at Cleveland Heights High School.

Pronty began her career in the CH-UH district as a teacher at the former Coventry Elementary School, 2002–07. She then moved to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District where she served as an assistant principal before becoming a principal in 2010. Pronty holds a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Akron, and certification from Ashland University in administration, as well as curriculum and instruction.

“We were looking for a leader who is going to inspire more family and staff engagement to help meet the needs of our students in the Oxford community. We feel Ms. Pronty’s passion, dedication and focus on engaging instruction is just what is needed at this time,” said Superintendent Talisa L. Dixon.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:39 AM, 07.09.2015

Delisle Options Center contractor is Heights High graduate

Ralphael Hill, a 1989 graducate of Heights High, has been awarded a contract to do construction work at the Delisle Options Center, as part of the High School reconstruction project. It’s like a homecoming for Hill, who attended Taylor Elementary School, which later became Taylor Academy and is today the Delisle Options Center.

“It’s rewarding to be granted this opportunity to work at the school where I once attended,” Hill said. “When we did the walk-through of the building, they almost had to kick me out of there.”

Delisle houses the Options Program for high school students, registration and career tech programing that includes cosmetology, auto tech, clinical health services and pharmacy tech.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:25 AM, 07.09.2015

New Heights High includes sustainability designs

Students, staff and the community will welcome, two years from now, a new Heights High, designed with sustainability characteristics, including being in the top 5 percent of energy-efficient schools nationwide. “The new Heights High is going to be a high-performing, energy-efficient building," stated Nancy Peppler, CH-UH Board of Education.

Peppler noted that, while students and staff will have to get used to doing things differently in terms of sustainability practices, it could be more difficult for staff members to make changes as adults. "The district needs to focus on behavioral changes over the next two years and these behavioral changes should start at Wiley, the temporary high school,” said Peppler.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:12 AM, 07.06.2015

CH-UH assistant superintendent named Bedford superintendent

Andrea Celico, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District's assistant superintendent, recently accepted the superintendent position for the Bedford City School District, located in southeast Cuyahoga County. The Bedford School Board approved her contract at its June 25 meeting. Celico has served as the assistant superintendent for CH-UH City School District since July 2013. Celico had been assistant superintendent in the Euclid School District in the four years prior.

“Dr. Celico has accomplished a lot during her short tenure in our district. She has led the Ohio Improvement Process, which is an established framework for internal communication, as well as shared best practices that we will continue to use moving forward. We wish her the very best in her new role,” stated CH-UH superintendent Dr. Talisa L. Dixon.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:33 AM, 06.30.2015

Renaissance principal James Reed retires

James Reed, Heights High Renaissance School principal, will retire after 27 years of service in the CH-UH City School District. A social studies teacher at Wiley Middle School for 11 years, he moved to the high school in 1999 to be a unit principal, responsible for a class of students as they progressed through the school. In 2003, he became a member of the Small Schools design team and was the founding principal of the Renaissance small school.

One of the guiding tenants of the small school model was an emphasis on strong relationships between students and staff as a basis for instruction and leadership. “One of the most rewarding aspects of working here has been getting to know students,” said Reed. “When I could spend the time to understand students, it made it easier to guide them.”

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 9:07 AM, 07.01.2015

Oxford Elementary first-grade teacher Betty Miller retires

All great teachers dedicate their lives to teaching, challenging and loving their students. Betty “Oxford” Miller has been a standout in this regard. She is retiring after 40 years as first-grade teacher at Oxford Elementary School.

With undeniable dedication, Miller has tirelessly advocated for both her students and her colleagues in education. She has done everything possible to challenge her students and see them succeed. Miller has helped generations of Oxford children and their families, often working through lunch and after school.

Throughout her time as an educator, Miller has worked hard for teachers’ rights and better working conditions in Heights schools. She has been an advocate of issues and candidates focused on the needs of students.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 9:05 AM, 07.01.2015

Fairfax school community collaborates on playground projects

Three heartfelt and child-centered innovations to the outdoor area of Fairfax Elementary School, two years in the making, were completed this spring.

Early in 2013, members of the Fairfax PTA entered a national video contest sponsored by Big Lots. Their video, which highlighted the need to accommodate students with physical disabilities during recess, won the $20,000 grand prize. 

That money, with additional funds raised by the PTA, paid for three pieces of adaptive-play equipment that were installed in the spring of 2014.

More recently, the school community was brought together by the addition of some finishing touches. A Buddy Bench was installed as part of the Fifth Grade Legacy Project. Antwuan McKeller, recently promoted fifth-grader, created the sign on it. He also received the school’s Awesome Artist award. The bench was the culmination of an idea that was proposed more than 18 months ago.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 2:58 PM, 06.29.2015

Callender named new CTE director for Heights High

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District has named Duane (Brad) Callender its new Director of Career Technical Education (CTE) at Cleveland Heights High School.

“I am very excited to welcome Brad Callender to our Tiger Nation family,” said Superintendent Talisa L. Dixon. “Mr. Callender is a highly qualified, innovative educator. He was the clear choice for this position because of his years of experience in career technical education and his commitment to transforming and enhancing our current career tech programs. With the new career tech facilities that are going into the renovated high school, now is a perfect time to ensure that our CTE programming offers the latest and best possible programming for our students. We’re confident that Mr. Callender will help establish our Heights High School CTE offerings as one of the strongest, most up-to-date CTE programs in the region.”

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:28 AM, 06.22.2015

Sustainability in Heights High design is focus of June 16 BOE meeting

The June 16 CH-UH Board of Education work session will focus on sustainable designs in the new high school, including constructing an energy-efficient building and using the building as a teaching tool (known as BaTT). The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Board of Education building.

Laura Steinbrink of HLMS Sustainability Solutions will provide an overview to the board and community on the sustainability goals and individual design concepts that were generated through an integrated design event, called an eco-charrette, last May, and how those ideas have been implemented thus far. The eco-charrette was an all-day session, with attendees from the community, the sustainability working group (SWG), design and construction team and district staff, where concepts were discussed and ideas brought forward to shape the design process with the goal of achieving a sustainable building, as well as identifying areas for sustainable concepts to be integrated into the building’s operations, culture and curriculum.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 12:38 PM, 06.14.2015

BOE approves cost estimate for Heights High reconstruction and announces 'key meetings' timeline

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education approved the design development estimate for the High School Renovation Project at the May 19 board work session. 

The Gilbane & Ozanne construction team that is working on the renovations presented the CHHS Reconstruction Project Design Development Phase estimate, which came in [at] just over $75 million. The board’s approval allows the design team to move forward with next steps. Construction will begin this summer.

Below is a proposed timeline of key meetings that the board has set for the High School Renovation Project. Meetings will take place on Tuesdays, at 7 p.m., at the Board of Education building, with the exception of the June 2 meeting, which will take place in the Heights High Social Room.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:41 AM, 06.01.2015

Heights High math teacher receives regional award

The Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics selected Heights High math teacher Joyce Bukovac as one of three 2014–15 Outstanding High School Mathematics Teachers.

Bukovac teaches AP statistics and probability, statistics, and modeling. She is also chair of the math department. Fred Thomas, instructional specialist for mathematics, said Bukovac is “totally new school” in her use of technology in the classroom, but appreciates the history of the old-school slide rule. Thomas, who nominated Bukovac for the award, said that this award validates her work in the classroom and with her peers.

“Joyce has a very deep knowledge of the content and is excellent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics,” he said. “As the leader of the math department at the high school, she leads by example and collaborates with her colleagues. She knows how to keep students engaged.”

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:26 AM, 06.08.2015

Roxboro Elementary celebrates record-breaking fundraiser

The gymnasium at Roxboro Elementary was the site of an “Eye of the Tiger” all-school assembly and pie-throwing event on May 1. Rox El competed against 168 schools in the Jump Rope for Heart event, including schools in Cuyahoga, Lake, Medina, and Geauga counties, earning $10,654.74 for the American Heart Association (AHA).

Vince Nemeth, Rox El physical education teacher and Jump Rope for Heart coordinator, led the assembly, telling students that this was an assembly where being “loud” was “allowed.” “We’re going to rock the house!” shouted Nemeth.

Principal Mike Jenkins, PTA president Erin Gisel and representatives from the American Heart Association applauded the students, parents, teachers and staff for their efforts.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:25 AM, 06.08.2015

Heights students visit Mentor Marsh ecosystem

The Mentor Marsh Ohio Nature Preserve is the perfect place for biology students to learn about the marsh environment and how humans affect the delicate balance of the ecosystem. For 57 students in Janett Korb and Samantha Greene’s Legacy New Tech’s Biology class at Heights High, a May 8 field trip featured information about the invasive species Garlic Mustard and the plant’s effect on the butterfly population.

Part of the class visit featured a discussion with Mentor Marsh Naturalist Becky Donaldson. She explained that the non-native Garlic Mustard plant has displaced native spring wildflowers that provided food for three butterfly species. To help eliminate the Garlic Mustard plant, the students pulled the plant from a section of the park area. Students also collected and examined macroinvertebrates which can indicate water quality.

The field trip is part of the “Heights Goes Green” biology project in Korb and Greene’s class. “This project teaches students about the human impact on our ecosystem and explores ways to reduce the impact,” said Korb.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:25 AM, 06.08.2015

Heights High musicians select colleges and majors

This year's graduates of Cleveland Heights High School will be attending some of the nation’s best music schools in the fall. 

Heights High's outstanding music students were well-prepared for the competitive auditions that secured the coveted spots. Through the high school's music program, students perform a challenging repertoire and are provided with opportunities to play in the school’s orchestras, bands, jazz ensembles and small chamber groups. 

The following 2015 graduates have plans to major in music performance or composition: Maya Fields at Eastman School of Music, Eli Kauffman at University of Pittsburgh, Mason Spencer at Indiana University Bloomington, Celia van den Bogert at University of Michigan, and Ann Zicari at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Ian Bartz and Arsean Cox plan to minor in music.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 6:25 PM, 05.28.2015

Retiring special education coordinator honored

Holly Munoz, coordinator of special education for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, was honored on May 15 for her accomplishments in working with students with disabilities and special needs. 

Jeff Johnston, director of student services for the CH-UH district, nominated Munoz for the Outstanding Educator Achievement Award, bestowed by the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County (ESC-CC) and State Support Team Region 3.

“Dr. Munoz is most deserving of this prestigious award. Her passion for serving students with disabilities inspires me every day,” said Johnston. “She is an energetic leader with a deep knowledge of instructional practice. She is fearless when it comes to making changes and adapting our educational programs to fit the needs of our students. As she approaches her retirement in June, I can think of no better way to recognize her remarkable career.”

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 6:23 PM, 05.28.2015

Heights High ceremony honors past, looks to the future

The Heights High farewell ceremony and groundbreaking on May 12 brought together alumni, current students, families, community members and staff to honor the school’s history and look forward to a bright future. The future of Heights High includes a renovated building at the current site, with construction to begin this June.

The ceremony included a welcome by Superintendent Talisa L. Dixon, and comments by Dennis Wilcox, Cleveland Heights mayor; Zoraba Ross, principal; Eric Silverman, board of education member and alumni foundation president; and Gary Balog, lead architect.

Will Pritts, a Heights High junior, introduced the video he produced, featuring interviews with alumni, and historic photos and film clips.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 6:20 PM, 05.28.2015

Heights High Flea to benefit Class of 2016

The junior class at Cleveland Heights High School will host a flea market on June 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Monticello Middle School, 3665 Monticello Blvd. Vendors will sell items that include hand-crafted jewelry, antiques, vintage clothing, furniture and salvage, collectibles, baked goods and much more. 

The parents and students in the class of 2016 are raising funds for their senior prom, after-prom party and other senior class activities.

For more information or to reserve a vendor space, contact Valerie Moreland, at or 216-316-7272.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 05.18.2015

CH-UH athletic director Hughes accepts position at alma mater Smith College

Kristin Hughes, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District’s director of athletics, is resigning to accept the position of Director of Athletics for Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Hughes received her Master of Science in exercise and sports studies from Smith, and will be returning to her alma mater to oversee the college’s athletics program, beginning in July.  

“This has been a very difficult decision,” said Hughes. “The CH-UH school district means so much to me. It has been an ideal home and community for me and my family, and I truly cherish the people I have been so fortunate to work with. The professionals in our Heights schools have motivated me to work hard and raise the bar for our athletes. Tiger Nation is a very special place. I knew that it would take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make me even consider leaving, but that’s what has come about. I am very excited about the challenges that await me at Smith College, but I will always have a special place in my heart for the students, staff, families and residents of Tiger Nation.”

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 3:18 PM, 05.16.2015

Roxboro Middle named IB World School

Roxboro Middle School has been authorized to become an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for the three-year Middle Years Programme (MYP).

The IB program, which is implemented in more than 4,000 schools worldwide, emphasizes rigorous study and a focus on providing relevance within a global context. The MYP curriculum includes eight subject groups, encouraging students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. There are currently 544 schools in the U.S. that offer the IB MYP.

“We are thrilled to become an authorized IB World School. The IB distinction will provide our capable staff with the tools necessary to teach students to one day become caring, thoughtful leaders in the Heights community and out in the world,” said Patrick McNichols, Roxboro Middle School principal.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 3:18 PM, 05.16.2015

Gearing up for future healthcare careers

Juniors in the Heights High Clinical Health Careers (CHC) class wear personal protective equipment in preparation for their clinical experience at HealthSpan on Severance Circle. “Learning the proper way to apply, use and take off the protective equipment is just one of the skills that students learn before the clinical rotations,” said Nancy Ballou, R.N., CHC teacher.

The CHC program is housed at the Delisle Center and features a lab for practicing the procedures and skills needed for real-world clinical settings.

The clinical experience is an opportunity for students to put the skills they have learned in the lab to use in the field, as they work with clients and medical professionals for 2.5 hours a day for four weeks.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:10 PM, 05.01.2015

Third annual RoxEl Run is May 30

A sobering reality is that today’s young people are often sedentary in front of computer screens and eating processed food, a combination that may lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. Parents often struggle to keep healthy, active options and exciting alternatives available to their children. Organizers at Roxboro Elementary School hope to combat this trend by hosting the third annual RoxEl Run, a community foot race, on Saturday, May 30, at 9 a.m., to encourage young people to “run like it’s recess,” and adopt a healthier lifestyle. 

The original goal of the event was to introduce running and fitness to students in grades K–5, but it has evolved to become a wider community event for students, parents, teachers, neighbors, and competitive runners from Greater Cleveland. sobering reality is that today’s young people are often sedentary in front of computer screens and eating processed food, a combination that may lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. Parents often struggle to keep healthy, active options and exciting alternatives available to their children. Organizers at Roxboro Elementary School hope to combat this trend by hosting the third annual RoxEl Run, a community foot race, on Saturday, May 30, at 9 a.m., to encourage young people to “run like it’s recess,” and adopt a healthier lifestyle. 

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.30.2015

Meet Heights High's coordinator of safety and security

A conversation with Bryan Loretz, coordinator of safety and security at Cleveland Heights High School and for the CH-UH district:

The work: We patrol and monitor the building and property, diffuse escalating situations, connect to students to encourage their best behavior, mediate conflict between students, and provide security for athletic and other school events.

The team: There are 15 security monitors at Heights High who work during the school day and at evening events. All of the team members have the following certifications: Private Security Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, first aid, automatic external defibrillator and C.P.R. They recently received certification in National Incident Management Systems and Incident Command Systems and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.


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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:10 PM, 04.30.2015

Major construction at Heights High to begin in June

After years of planning, meetings and passage of Issue 81, construction is slated to begin this June on a comprehensive renovation of Cleveland Heights High School. All of the additions made since 1926 will be removed and the original historic core will be renovated.

The most dramatic change will be removal of the Science Wing and the return of the front lawn. The façade will be restored to its original appearance. A hybrid geothermal system will be located under the East Field.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 4:04 PM, 04.30.2015

Beaumont students receive 38 science fair awards

Sixteen Beaumont School students demonstrated their aptitude in science and engineering and were awarded 38 accolades during the annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair and the University of Akron’s BEST Medicine Engineering Fair in March.

At the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair’s award ceremony on March 12, senior Grace Mascha was named one of four high school grand prize winners, the fair’s highest honor. Her project, entered in the biological science category, studied indecisiveness and its effect on one’s self-esteem. In May, Mascha will represent Northeast Ohio at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition, in Pittsburgh.

Twelve Beaumont students were recognized at the award ceremony, held at Cleveland State University (CSU).

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:24 AM, 04.30.2015

State association honors two CH-UH BOE members

The Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) honored two Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education members during the April 7 board meeting.

Ron Register, board of education vice president, was presented with the OSBA Award of Achievement.

The Award of Achievement is given to school board members to recognize their commitment to training and leadership activities for their fellow board members, along with regional and state OSBA activities. Out of more than 3,400 board members in Ohio, only 58 were selected to receive this honor in 2015.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:20 AM, 04.30.2015

Ladies of Leadership club welcomes women in law

On March 16, the Ladies of Leadership club (LOL) at Roxboro Middle School heard inspiring stories from two women in law. The goal of LOL is to assist middle school-age girls with developing self-esteem, enhancing their global perspective and fulfilling civic responsibilities.

Falisa Berry, an investigator from the Cleveland Heights Juvenile Diversion Program, and Tiffany Hill, assistant law director, shared their backgrounds with the students.

Hill said she considered herself a “nerd” who balanced a well-rounded social and academic life while growing up. She said her middle school study habits played a huge role in her later academic success. Hill empathized with today’s high stakes testing and shared her experience taking the two-and-a-half day Ohio Bar Examination.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:19 AM, 04.30.2015

World languages enrich lives of Heights High students

At Cleveland Heights High School, many students are preparing for success by becoming multilingual. Speaking more than one language can give students an advantage in employment, travel opportunities and the ability to connect to people from other cultures.

This is part of the school district’s vision: Preparing All Students for Success in a Global Economy (PASSAGE). This goal recognizes that the world is increasingly interconnected.

“Students who are learning more than one language are training their brains to recognize patterns in languages,” said David Stewart, chair of the world languages department. “That makes it easier for them to learn several languages.” Stewart is also one of the American Sign Language (ASL) teachers.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:14 AM, 04.30.2015

CH-UH middle school students earn awards at Model U.N. event

Roxboro and Monticello Middle schools earned several top awards at the Junior Ohio Model United Nations in Columbus, March 15–17.

At the event, some 1,000 students presented and debated more than 150 resolutions while dressed in costumes evoking the traditional clothing of the countries they represented.

The CH-UH district’s delegations were Antigua and Barbuda, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, from Monticello Middle School; and Botswana, Guatemala, Samoa and Serbia, from Roxboro Middle School.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:15 AM, 04.30.2015

Mac Stephens is new CHHS head football coach

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, with the help of a volunteer search committee, selected Mac Stephens as its new head football coach, from 51 applicants. He replaces Jeff Rotsky, who recently accepted the head football coach position for Euclid.

A former NFL player, Stephens has 12 years of experience coaching high school football. Most recently, Stephens served as the defensive line/outside linebacker coach for Euclid High School (2008–14). He was also defensive line/defensive coordinator for Glenville High School (2006–07), linebacker coach for Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (2005), assistant offensive line coach for Euclid High School (2004), and head coach of Lutheran High School East (2003).

Currently, Stephens serves as the director of recreation for the City of Euclid—a position he’s held since 2004, and he is also president of North Coast Youth Football Conference. Stephens coaches Amateur Athletic Union track and basketball at the middle school level.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:31 AM, 04.21.2015

Heights High alumni hosting annual pancake breakfast April 19

The Cleveland Heights High School Alumni Foundation will host its 19th annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Heights High. The event is open to the public and will feature tours of Heights High, which will run until 2 p.m. With major renovations planned for the school in the coming months, this will be the last pancake breakfast that will be held at Heights High in its current form.

Proceeds from the all-you-can-eat breakfast will benefit scholarship programs for Cleveland Heights High School seniors. Last year, more than 500 alumni, students, family and friends attended the breakfast.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.07.2015

Families invited to Kindergarten Information Night April 16

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District will host its annual Kindergarten Information Night on Thursday, April 16, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Oxford Elementary School, 939 Quilliams Road.

The district will provide information on kindergarten readiness, kindergarten curriculum and related services, and parents will have an opportunity to learn about before- and after-school programs, student services, food service and transportation. Kindergarten registration information will also be provided.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 10:59 AM, 04.07.2015

Heights High architects to present latest design March 24

The design team working on the Cleveland Heights High School renovation project will present the latest high school design drawings to Board of Education (BOE) members on Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m., at the BOE work session meeting at the Delisle Options Center. The board encourages comments and questions from the community following the presentation.

The meeting also will feature renderings of the proposed gateway building and rear portions of the new high school. The gateway building will serve as an entryway into the athletic field and stadium at the high school. In addition, the design team will update the board on the overall project budget.

The high school project is still in the design development phase—the phase where the architects and engineers prepare drawings and other presentation documents to crystallize the design concept and describe it in terms of architectural, electrical, mechanical and structural systems, and the overall budget cost.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 12:58 PM, 03.23.2015

Community input sought for school district's strategic planning survey

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District's Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) is seeking community input on the district’s future. Heights residents, community members, parents and alumni of the district are invited to provide input by taking a brief survey, which should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

CH-UH staff members and students will receive a link to a separate survey and are requested not to take this survey. 

Heights residents are also invited to attend a community meeting on Wednesday, March 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Heights High Social Room. Childcare will be provided by Family Connections and light refreshments will be served. The district requests that residents RSVP online. 

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 12:30 PM, 03.04.2015

Heights High class connects with Ebola workers in Africa

“You never know what will happen when you send a thank you note,” said Heights High English teacher Courtney White. In December, three of her classes sent thank you notes to Ebola medical workers in Africa, thanking the caregivers for their service and asking about their motivation to do the work.

White sent the letters to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and never expected to get a reply from busy medical crisis workers.

Then, on Feb. 9, said White, the most amazing thing happened. “We received heartfelt notes from the CDC Ebola Response Team in Sierra Leone—written on the back of a big Ebola incidence map.”

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:30 AM, 03.31.2015

Behind the scenes with Heights High's head custodian

A conversation with Dennis Dadich, head custodian, Cleveland Heights High School:

What we do: There are two teams in our department—maintenance and cleaning. The maintenance staff includes three custodians, two laborers and one utility tradesman, who work in two shifts, maintaining and repairing equipment in the building. We operate and maintain the heating system with five boilers. We maintain and repair just about everything in the building: doors, windows, floors, walls, plumbing, furniture, electrical and the swimming pool. In the winter, snow removal is a big part of our job.

The cleaning crew includes 14 staff members who work in two shifts to keep our building safe and looking good.


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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:26 AM, 03.31.2015

Middle schools compete in Regional Science Olympiad

Roxboro and Monticello middle schools represented the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District in the Regional Science Olympiad at Case Western Reserve University on Feb. 21. Roxboro’s team placed eighth in the event, earning the team a spot in the state tournament, to be held April 11 at The Ohio State University in Columbus. This will be the fourth time Roxboro Middle School has qualified for the state tournament. Monticello Middle School’s team of intrepid scientists competed among 25 of the best teams in the state, earning 19th place overall.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 3:07 PM, 04.05.2015

Trout in the classroom lets kids take a journey with the fish

Picture about 100 fish eggs arriving by overnight express on a petri dish. What could come of this?    

Rainbow trout, actually. They will grow in a fourth-grade classroom at Communion of Saints School in Cleveland Heights, but the experience will enrich the whole school.

Trout in the Classroom is an environmental education program for students in grades K–12. The students will raise the trout from eggs. They will test the water quality of the tank daily, while learning about stream habitat, ecosystems and conservation. At the end of the school year, the trout will be released in a state-approved stream or watershed.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:45 PM, 03.30.2015

Swim Cadets show made a big splash

The 2015 Heights High Synchronized Swimming Swim Cadet Show (March 5–7) featured 13 student-choreographed routines by the club’s 16 members, including the routine performed by club officers Maya Hubbard, Arden Dyer, Sarah Lentz, Julianna Clark and Grace Peppler (left to right in the photo).

This year’s show was the last one that will take place in the current pool. Beginning this June, the school will be closed for two years while the building is renovated. Students will attend school at the Wiley campus, and will return to the high school at Cedar and Lee roads in the fall of 2017.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:42 PM, 03.30.2015

Heights High students learn to use discussion to address racism

Cleveland Heights High School students in the Lessons of the Holocaust class and Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) club have been engaging in candid conversations about identity and the role of race in society. These conversations have been happening in the classroom, during meetings and at five facilitated discussions with other students and adults.

Mark Sack teaches the Lessons of the Holocaust class and David Peake is the MSAN club advisor.

On Feb. 23, the students attended a YWCA-sponsored “Time to Talk” event at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland. The forum participants included more than 300 adults from Cleveland-area businesses and organizations, seven students from Heights High and seven students from Shaker Heights High School.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:38 PM, 03.30.2015

Exchange year in Japan provides global perspective

Heights High senior Emoni Brown-Bey returned from an 11-month American Field Service (AFS) foreign exchange experience in Japan in mid-February, and sophomore Molly Fleischer left for Japan in early March.

Brown-Bey’s exchange year was “an amazing experience,” she said, as she returns to Heights High for a final semester before graduating.

During Brown-Bey's time in Japan, she lived with a host family in a small rural community and attended high school. She learned to speak Japanese, make sushi, ride a public train and budget her own money. She saw Mount Fuji, visited Tokyo Disneyland, hiked in the mountains and toured historic Shinto shrines and beautiful gardens.

While many things are different in Japan, she said she also experienced many of the universal themes in human life—family love, teenage friends, food and art.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:34 AM, 03.24.2015