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Kirby to address 'State of our Schools' on Feb. 7

Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby will deliver the 2024 State of our Schools address on Feb. 7, 7 p.m., at Cleveland Heights High School.

The in-person event is open to the public. The event will also be live streamed via the district's YouTube channel.

Kirby will discuss strategic-planning updates, achievements and notable events from the past year, and major new initiatives that are taking shape.

The event will also feature performances by students, and building highlights.

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Volume 17, Issue 3, Posted 11:07 AM, 02.02.2024

Crenshaw and Trimble join school board

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District has welcomed two new members to its Board of Education, Gabe Crenshaw and Phil Trimble.

Crenshaw and Trimble, who were elected in November, took the oath of office at the board’s Jan. 9 organizational meeting.

Crenshaw is a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School, along with her husband and their oldest daughter. Their youngest currently attends Heights High, and all three of their children attended Fairfax Elementary School and Roxboro Middle School.

Crenshaw was appointed to the Heights Libraries Board in 2020 and finished her term as its president.

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Volume 17, Issue 2, Posted 12:13 PM, 01.15.2024

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

DEC. 5, 2023 - special meeting for library board interviews

Present were Board President Beverly Wright and board members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. The meeting ran three hours and 40 minutes

[Because the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is a school board library, the CH-UH school board is responsible for appointing members to the library’s board of trustees. See p. 78 of Here’s Cuyahoga County, which can be found on the LWVgreatercleveland.org website under Resources/Publications.]

The board interviewed seven applicants for one position on the CH-UH Library Board of Trustees. They asked each candidate the following five questions:

  1. Can you please tell us your motivation for applying to join the library board and describe the experiences and skills that you would bring to the board?
  2. Can you please tell us what you see as the strengths of the CH-UH library system and areas that need improvement?
  3. The term of a board member is seven years; how would you measure success at the end of your term?
  4. If a community member asked to have a book removed from the library, how should the library respond?
  5. Can you please tell us your thoughts about the possibility of the CH-UH library merging with the county library system?
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Volume 17, Issue 1, Posted 2:01 PM, 12.29.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

NOV. 16, 2023 - work session

  • Tuscarawas Valley accident
  • Board actions
  • MSAN 
  • Middle school MSAN
  • High school MSAN
  • Superintendent’s comments

Present were board members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. Board President Beverly Wright was not present. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting ran for one and one half hours.

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Volume 17, Issue 1, Posted 1:59 PM, 12.29.2023

Seven Heights High students earn National Merit honors

Heights High seniors Niko Bell and Caleb Green have been named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists in the 2024 competition, and now have the opportunity to advance to the finalist level and qualify for National Merit Scholarships.

Natalie Bier, Laurel Buescher, Sean Egbert, Marcus Holland and Mason Spieth were named 2024 Commended Students, placing among the top 5 percent of the students who entered.

More than 1.3 million students entered the National Merit Scholarship qualifying competition by taking the PSAT test in the fall of their junior year. Nationally, 16,000 semifinalists were recognized, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, and there were 34,000 commended students.

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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 4:02 PM, 11.29.2023

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

NOVEMBER 7, 2023 - regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Recognitions and awards
  • Board actions
  • Canterbury IB program
  • Taylor Tudor development
  • Superintendent’s comments 
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Board member comments

Present were Board President Beverly Wright and board members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer.

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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 10:26 AM, 11.28.2023

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

October 17, 2023 - special meeting

Present were Board President Beverly Wright, Vice President Jodi Sourini, and board members Dan Heintz and Malia Lewis. James Posch was not present. 

Board actions 

The board approved a consent agenda comprising personnel matters, two high school field trips (to Wisconsin and to France and Spain), the financial reports, and the purchase of a truck. The truck purchase was a Ford 550 dump truck, at a cost of $77,215, to be used for snow removal and other uses, to replace one that is no longer working.

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Volume 16, Issue 12, Posted 9:59 AM, 11.28.2023

Heights High presents 'Addams Family' musical

Heights High will present performances of “The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy” on Nov. 3, 4, 10 and 11, at 7 p.m., and on Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m.

The show will feature more than 200 high school students performing in two casts and in the pit orchestra, and managing backstage operations. Nearly 40 middle-school students will sing in the chorus.

The show’s themes of family, relationships, embracing individuality, and growing up are relevant to the lead performers, who spoke about the show recently.

“The musical is, for a lack of a better word, weird,” said senior Ruby Tugeau, who plays Alice Beineke. “But that’s why it’s so entertaining to watch! The audience will be completely enveloped in the Addams’ world as the characters manage to find love and acceptance despite their abnormal traditions.”

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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 9:55 AM, 10.29.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 10-3-2023

OCT. 3, 2023 - regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Recognitions and awards
  • Board resolutions and policy reading
  • School spotlight: Roxboro Middle 
  • Superintendent’s report 
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Board comments
     

Present were Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. President Beverly Wright was not present. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting lasted about two hours.

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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 2:02 PM, 10.19.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 9-19-23

SEPT. 19, 2023 - work session

  • Consent agenda
  • Superintendent’s report
  • Strategic plan update goals 1 and 2
  • College career day

Present were board president Beverly Wright and board members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby was also present.

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Volume 16, Issue 11, Posted 1:56 PM, 10.19.2023

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

SEPTEMEBER 5, 2023 - regular meeting

  • Public comment
  • Employee retention
  • Supplemental contracts
  • Spotlight - Gearity STEM 
  • Superintendent comments
  • School lockdown 
  • Student dress code
  • Treasurer’s report
  • High school swimming pool use
  • Board comments


Present were President Beverly Wright, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting lasted about one hour and thirty minutes.

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Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 10:38 AM, 10.09.2023

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

AUGUST 15, 2023 - work session

  • Recognitions and awards
  • Consent agenda
  • Strategic plan presentations

Present were Board President Beverly Wright and members Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, and James Posch. Jodi Sourini was not present. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting ran one hour and 40 minutes.

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Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.09.2023

Homecoming parade route extended

The 2023 Heights Homecoming Parade, set for Friday, Sept. 22, is on track to be bigger than ever, with a parade route that has been extended thanks to the construction on Lee Road.

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Scarborough Road, near Fairfax Elementary School, and head north through the Lee Road business district. Instead of ending on Tullamore Road, as in the past, the parade will continue north, crossing Cedar Road—with police assistance, and only when the traffic light is green—then turning onto Washington Boulevard, behind the high school.

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Volume 16, Issue 9, Posted 2:00 PM, 09.01.2023

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

AUGUST 1, 2023 - regular meeting

  • Recognitions and awards
  • Holocaust education
  • Heights School Foundation update
  • Superintendent announcements
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Board comments

Present were President Beverly Wright, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting lasted about one hour and thirty minutes.

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Volume 16, Issue 9, Posted 10:16 AM, 09.12.2023

Heights students run to raise funds with 24-hour relay

For the past three years, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District's cross country and track and field teams have held a late-summer fundraiser—the 24-Hour Relay.

This year's 24-Hour Relay will begin on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 7 a.m., and end on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 7 a.m.

It is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Cleveland Heights Running Boosters, a group of parents and coaches who support the cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track and field teams at the youth, middle and high school levels in the CH-UH school district.

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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 4:43 PM, 07.31.2023

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / CH-UH Board of Education meeting highlights

JUNE 13, 2023 regular meeting

  • Recognition and awards
  • School spotlight
  • Summer school
  • Mathematics pilot curriculum
  • Policies: Group C, second reading
  • Resolution against HB 103 
  • Treasurer’s report
  • CTE strategic plan
  • School Calendar
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Volume 16, Issue 8, Posted 9:57 AM, 08.15.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

MAY 16, 2023, work session

  • Equity principles
  • Integrated Comprehensive Systems partnership
  • Treasurer’s report

Present were Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. President Beverly Wright was absent. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting lasted about one hour and thirty minutes.

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 2:48 PM, 07.10.2023

CHHS Academic Team wins local challenge; competes in nationals

The Cleveland Heights High School Academic Team had a remarkable end to its 2022–23 season, with a local championship victory and a trip to a national tournament.

Seniors Derek Korane, Kenji Sakaie, Noah Sears, and Arthur Stadlin; juniors Natalie Bier and Niko Bell; and freshman Gabe Dodson comprised the team.

On May 27, News Channel 5’s "Nordson Academic Challenge" television show aired its Championship Finale, in which Heights High and the season’s other top teams, Revere and Cloverleaf, faced off. In an extremely tight competition, Heights pulled off a come-from-behind win.

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 12:55 PM, 06.12.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 5-9-23

MAY 9, 2023 regular session

 

  • Public comments
  • Recognitions and awards
  • Board action
  • Superintendent comments
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Board comments

 

Present were President Beverly Wright, Vice President Jodi Sourini, and members Dan Heintz and James Posch. Malia Lewis was not present. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting lasted one hour and 40 minutes.

 

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Volume 16, Issue 7, Posted 11:55 AM, 06.12.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 5-18-2023

APRIL 18, 2023 work session

 

  • GEAR UP update
  • Tri-C College Credit Plus partnership
  • English Language Arts testing

 

President Beverly Wright, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini were present. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting lasted about one hour 30 minutes.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 9:34 AM, 05.15.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 5-2-2023

MAY 2, 2023 work session

 

  • School climate overview
  • Safety planning
  • Social and emotional supports
  • Multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS)
  • Climate root cause analysis (RCA)
  • Enhancing communication
  • Board comments

 

Present were President Beverly Wright, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting lasted about two hours fifteen minutes.

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Volume 16, Issue 6, Posted 9:32 AM, 05.15.2023

Tiger 5K/Fun Run serves up ice cream and community on May 20

Anyone interested in ice cream for breakfast? Then get on your mark, and join the CH-UH elementary schools for the second annual Tiger 5K and Fun Run on May 20.

All proceeds will be split equally among the Heights elementary schools, supporting PTA programming across the district.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Cleveland Heights High School, the CH-UH elementary school PTAs will host a districtwide 5K, followed by a Fun Run for younger runners at 10 a.m.

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.02.2023

Heights team competes in 'Academic Challenge' airing April 15

The Cleveland Heights High School academic team recently competed on an episode of "Academic Challenge," scheduled to air on Saturday, April 15, 11:30 a.m., on WEWS Channel 5. Heights High senior Arthur Stadlin and 11th-graders Natalie Bier and Niko Bell participated for the Heights team.

Led by coach Karl Neitzel, an economics and history teacher at Heights High, the team has nine members from a range of grade levels. They participate in regional competitions where they face-off against other high schools, answering questions from all areas of academics, including science, literature, math, and even pop culture.

Members of the team will be traveling to Atlanta in May to participate in the National Academic Quiz Tournament. Heights qualified for the nationals by taking first place at an October regional tournament held in Solon.

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 10:46 AM, 04.10.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 4-4-23

APRIL 4, 2023, regular meeting

 

  • Public comments
  • Recognitions and awards
  • ELA curriculum and Group B Policies  
  • PBIS Reward Program results
  • Treasurer’s report - three things
  • School funding resolutions 
  • Announcements

 

Present were President Beverly Wright, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting lasted about one hour 30 minutes.

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 11:00 AM, 04.20.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 3-26-23

MARCH 28, 2023, work session

 

  • MetroHealth Partnership update
  • Community Learning Centers update

 

Present were President Beverly Wright, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. Also present was Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby. Treasurer Scott Gainer was absent. 

Nancy Peppler, supervisor of community and school partnerships, introduced two programs under her department, the MetroHealth Partnership and Community Learning Centers.

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 11:01 AM, 04.20.2023

Mobius fundraiser celebrates 50 years of hip-hop

Mobius, formerly known as RoxArts and REAP, has planned a fun-filled event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, and to raise money for the organization. The event will take place on Saturday, May 6, at 6 p.m., at the B-Side Lounge in Coventry Village.

Proceeds benefit Mobius, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, whose mission is to create opportunities for K–8 students in the Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District to engage in creative and critical thinking that extends and enriches the curriculum.

The name change—from RoxArts and REAP to Mobius—occurred in 2022. The organization’s board of directors believed the change was needed to indicate the continuity of arts programming from elementary school through the middle-school grades.

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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 10:58 AM, 04.02.2023

CHHS offers college-level neuroscience course

According to Kenyon College, Cleveland Heights High School is the only school in the state, and one of a handful across the country, to offer its students a college-level neuroscience class. The one-semester course, new to Heights this year, is taught by Nicole Zubik. It provides students with four college credits from Kenyon, plus credit for one full year of high school science.

More than that, Introduction to Neuroscience: Perspective and Emotion gives students a glimpse into how their brains work. They ponder questions such as, Can we control our emotions or only how we react to them? and, What’s happening in our brains when we feel sad, angry, or happy?

Zubik brings everything back to hard science, connecting content to human brain development. The students appreciate that what they’re learning is relevant to their lives. “We actually learn how science relates to our emotional well-being,” said Nico, an 11th-grader.

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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 10:49 AM, 04.02.2023

Wiffleball tourney will benefit Heights baseball

The Heights community is invited to participate in the first annual wiffleball tournament, to benefit Heights High baseball. The tournament will be held on the turf field at Denison Park on Sunday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Anyone is welcome to create a team and register. Teams can comprise four to six players of any age and ability.

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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 10:50 AM, 04.02.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

MARCH 7, 2023, regular meeting

 

  • Recognitions and awards
  • School Spotlight
  • Diversity and equity
  • ELA curriculum
  • Policies B 
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Board comments and announcements

 

Present were President Beverly Wright, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 04.02.2023

March 14 forum will consider COVID's impact on Heights schools

On March 14, 6–8 p.m., a community forum will explore "Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools and COVID – Achievements and Needs."

The forum will take place at the Heights High cafeteria, at 13263 Cedar Road.

The forum's panel will comprise CH-UH City School District teachers, counselors, and administrators who will speak from their professional experiences and perspectives, uniquely grounded in the Heights’ schools.

Each panelist will speak for about five minutes and take written questions from the audience.

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Volume 16, Issue 4, Posted 11:14 AM, 03.13.2023

CH-UH kindergartens host March info nights

Beginning March 14, each Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District elementary school will host a Kindergarten Information Night for incoming and prospective families. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet school principals and teachers, ask questions, and take tours of the buildings.

To find the school that corresponds to your address, use the district’s online interactive boundary map, at www.chuh.org/InteractiveBoundariesMap.aspx.

Each information night will run from 6 to 7 p.m., on the following dates:

Boulevard - Tuesday, March 14
Canterbury - Wednesday, March 15
Fairfax - Thursday, March 16
Gearity Professional Development - Tuesday, March 21
Noble - Thursday, March 16
Oxford - Thursday, March 16
Roxboro - Wednesday, March 15

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 10:12 AM, 02.28.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 2-7-23

FEBRUARY 7, 2023, regular meeting

 

  • Public comments
  • Recognitions and awards
  • African-American History and LGBTQ+ Pride months
  • School Spotlight: Roxboro
  • ELA curriculum recommendations
  • Policies group B
  • School funding and policy
  • Announcements

 

Present were President Beverly Wright, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, James Posch, and Jodi Sourini. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 10:23 AM, 02.16.2023

Fairfax Cabaret returns on Feb. 24

After a three-year hiatus, the Fairfax Elementary School PTA's Cabaret fundraiser will return on Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., and take place at the Heights High auditorium.

Students in kindergarten through grade five will showcase their wide-ranging talents for family and community members.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a pre-event dinner catered by Eugene's, which is owned and operated by Mike and Annie Schoen, a Fairfax family. There will be three meal options and sides, with prices ranging from $8 to $9. Tickets for the cabaret are $20 for the front row, and $10 for all other seats, and may be purchased online at www.fairfaxpta.org.

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 12:22 PM, 02.13.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 1-3-23

JANUARY 3, 2023, organizational and regular meetings

 

  • Election of officers
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Committee assignments
  • Board comments and announcements

 

Present were President Malia Lewis, Dan Heintz, James Posch, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The organizational meeting for election of officers was followed immediately by the regular meeting. The organizational meeting lasted about 20 minutes, the regular meeting was about 45 minutes, and the entire session was 1 hour 5 minutes.

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 2:56 PM, 01.13.2023

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 12-20-22

DECEMBER 20, 2022, special meeting

 

  • Library board appointment
  • Recognitions and awards
  • Superintendent’s report
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Title IX expansion
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., essay contest
  • School facilities announcements

 

Present were President Malia Lewis, Dan Heintz, James Posch, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting started at 5:30 p.m. to interview and appoint Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board Trustees. The board then went into executive session, and the regular work session subsequently began at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

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Volume 16, Issue 2, Posted 2:58 PM, 01.13.2023

Kirby to address State of our Schools on Feb. 1

Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby will deliver the 2023 State of our Schools Address on Feb. 1, 7 p.m., at Cleveland Heights High School.

The in-person event is open to the public. The event will also be broadcast live via the district's YouTube channel.

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Volume 16, Issue 1, Posted 10:18 AM, 12.29.2022

Triskaidekaphobia? Not at Roxboro's spelling bee

Back in-person, after nearly three years of online spelling, the 13th Annual Roxboro Middle School Spelling Bee was held in the school's auditorium on Dec. 6. Eight spellers, all sixth- and seventh-graders, competed for prizes and their name on the bee trophy. 

Brie Bourbeau, champion and seventh-grader, will represent Roxboro at the regional bee, which will be online. Spellers from Ohio and Michigan will compete in the event. Sixth-grader Marcus Shabalala was Roxboro’s second-place winner. He will be the alternate for the regional event. Congratulations also went to sixth-grader Gloria Chasney, who earned third place.

In addition to the three winners, Eliana Kennedy, Mila Seitz, Jachin Anderson, Jadien Richards, and Addie Craft competed. Participants were required to spell some difficult words, including bruise, traditional, donkeys, squinched, wrestle, unacknowledged, defunct, retribution, reenactment, configuration, intubated, counterfeit, and Brie’s winning word—fumatorium.

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Volume 16, Issue 1, Posted 10:15 AM, 12.29.2022

Student musicians rise to challenge of the 'pit'

When we think about musicals, probably the first thing that comes to mind is the singers who take center stage. But there are many more people involved in creating a musical. Among the significant contributors are the musicians in the pit orchestra.

In Heights High’s November production of "Sister Act," 26 student instrumentalists took on the challenge of the pit.

According to Dan Heim, Heights High’s director of orchestras, playing in the pit requires a level of skill beyond what is needed in regular school ensembles. Heim should know; an accomplished professional violist, Heim was for several years a full-time orchestra member at Germany’s Theatre Lübeck, where, he said, “Probably two-thirds of the services were in the pit. We’d do operas, operettas, and musicals.”

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 1:58 PM, 11.30.2022

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 11-1-22

NOVEMBER 1, 2022, regular meeting

 

  • Public comments
  • Recognitions and awards
  • Progress in health instruction
  • Purchase orders
  • Expansion of Title IX protections
  • Announcements

 

Present were President Malia Lewis, Dan Heintz, James Posch, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. 

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 3:14 PM, 12.05.2022

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 10-18-22

October 18, 2022, work session

 

  • Advanced Placement program update

 

Present were President Malia Lewis, Dan Heintz, James Posch, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. 

Advanced Placement program update

The superintendent and members of the administrative and teaching staff presented information on the Heights High Advanced Placement (AP) program. Four teachers presented their curriculum for the AP classes they teach: Biology, Spanish, Computer Science, and Studio Art.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 3:17 PM, 12.05.2022

HSF names Heights alumna new director

The Heights Schools Foundation (HSF), the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, has named Laura Schwartz Loebl its new executive director.

A 1987 graduate of Cleveland Heights High School, Loebl has built a 30-plus-year career in nonprofit development and marketing, corporate communications, and sales. Prior to joining HSF, she was the Development Director at Mandel Jewish Day School in Beachwood.

“As a proud alumna and champion of Tiger Nation, I’m thrilled to take on this important role of leading the Heights Schools Foundation,” said Loebl. “It’s a tremendous honor to be able to serve the schools and the community that have done so much for me.”

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 1:37 PM, 11.15.2022

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 10-11-22

OCTOBER 11, 2022, regular meeting

 

  • Public comments
  • Recognitions and awards
  • Consent agenda.
  • Superintendent comments and announcements
  • Treasurer’s report
  • State board resolution

 

Board President Malia Lewis and Board Members Dan Heintz, James Posch, and Beverly Wright were present. Jody Sourini was not present. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting ran for one hour and eight minutes.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 2:06 PM, 10.31.2022

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 9-20-22

SEPTEMBER 20, 2022, work session

 

  • Progress on strategic plan goals
  • GEAR-UP update

 

Present were President Malia Lewis, and Board Members Dan Heintz, James Posch, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting lasted about 1 hour 30 minutes.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 2:09 PM, 10.31.2022

Heights Hall of Fame inducts 10

On Sept. 17, the Heights Schools Foundation and the CH-UH City School District inducted 10 Heights High graduates into the Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame (HOF), as part of homecoming weekend.

The 2022 inductees are Peter Bendix '04, Al Carr '84, Diana Cohen '97, Nancy Eppler-Wolff '71, Tenessa Gonzalez-Jennings '98, Habbebah Rasheed Grimes '95, Stan Silverman '65, Jerome White '88, Juliana Woda '92, and James Wyban '69.

Addressing their families, friends, and current Heights High students, each member of the new 2022 Hall of Fame cohort shared how their experiences at Heights shaped their successful futures.

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 11:24 AM, 10.01.2022

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 9-6-2022

SEPTEMBER 6, 2022

 

  • Public comments
  • Recognitions and awards
  • Board action
  • Superintendent’s comments
  • Treasurer’s report (Three Things)
  • President’s report
  • Board comments

 

Present were Board President Malia Lewis and Board Members Dan Heintz, James Posch, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting ran for about an hour.

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 2:48 PM, 09.15.2022

RoxArts is now Mobius; launch party set for Oct. 1

RoxArts, the nonprofit organization that began more than 40 years ago at Roxboro Elementary School as REAP, has announced a new name and brand: Mobius. Its new tagline: Arts + Science for all.

Mobius raises funds and provides educational programs in performing and visual arts and in sciences for all elementary and middle school students in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

To celebrate the new energy, new school year, and new name, the organization will host its Mobius Launch Party on Saturday, Oct. 1, 7–10 p.m., at Coventry PEACE Campus.

The new name comes from the Möbius strip, a continuous, single-sided surface with no boundaries. It can symbolize the intertwining of arts and science.

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 3:25 PM, 09.19.2022

Volunteer through Reaching Heights to support public schools

Reaching Heights has three volunteer programs that encourage community members to volunteer in the Heights public schools. Each program is unique and offers different ways to support district students.

One and Done is a single-event volunteer program in which community volunteers help with book fairs, literacy nights, food distribution events, gardening, and more. These are “one and done” commitments, with no pressure to take on future volunteer work.

Role Models speakers share their personal stories of professional success with the district's fifth-grade students. This inspires CH-UH students, and helps them envision their full potential. Role Models programs engage and energize CH-UH students by providing positive examples of the successful community members who share their pathways to success.

Many Villages Tutoring Program supports the academic progress of students through a structured and targeted tutoring program. Many Villages volunteers provide one-on-one support in CH-UH elementary schools, and receive the training, orientation, ongoing feedback, and heartfelt appreciation necessary [to make it] a great experience for all involved. Many Villages tutors must pass a background check and commit to weekly sessions throughout the school year.

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 3:30 PM, 09.01.2022

Heights High Homecoming Parade returns to Lee Road

The Homecoming Parade, a communitywide celebration of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, will return this September after a three-year hiatus.

The parade will kick off the 2022 Homecoming Weekend celebrations on Friday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m., marching north on Lee Road from Fairfax Elementary School to Tullamore Road.

All school groups, clubs and teams are invited to participate, as are area nonprofits that want to show their support for Tiger Nation.

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Volume 15, Issue 9, Posted 11:55 AM, 08.31.2022

COS principal looks back at first year

Loretta Pilla knows something about being the new kid in school. The Communion of Saints School (COS) principal, who recently wrapped up her first year at the school, fell in love with education when she was in third grade.

Pilla and her family had emigrated from Italy to Boston when she was 8. Despite the culture shock of moving to a new country and learning English, she thrived. She earned a degree in education at Boston College, where she met her husband. They moved to Cleveland, which Pilla said is “the perfect place to raise a family.” The couple has three children.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 9:23 PM, 07.27.2022

CH-UH and Tri-C partnership supports adult learners

In addition to educating Heights students from pre-K through grade 12, the CH-UH school district also supports adult learners through a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College’s (Tri-C) Aspire/Options program, which houses its hub in the district's Delisle building. 

Salome Harris is the coordinator of Tri-C’s eastside Aspire sites. The program provides non-collegiate community-based adult learning, free of charge.

Courses include literacy and math skills, field training, high school equivalency diplomas, and English language for new learners. From that hub at Delisle, Harris coordinates services from East Cleveland to Willowick, and in between. 

Cleveland Heights program locations have included Heights High, Delisle itself, and the Noble Neighborhood Library. The Lee Road Library is in the process of becoming an English class site, as well.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 9:20 PM, 07.27.2022