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Cuyahoga Heights Schools Hold Practice Evacuation Drill

The Cuyahoga Heights Schools held a district-wide practice evacuation drill at 1 PM on Thursday, October 19, 2017, to rehearse established procedures designed to ensure student and staff safety in the event of an emergency. Members of the Cuyahoga Heights Police, EMS and Fire Departments were on-site to provide traffic assistance, as teachers, administrators and staff escorted all students from the district’s campus across E.71st Street to Cuyahoga Heights Village Hall. Officials from the Village of Cuyahoga Heights were present to direct students and staff into the building safely. After taking attendance to ensure all students were accounted for, teachers and staff led their classrooms back across E.71st Street into their respective buildings. A second district-wide practice evacuation drill is scheduled to be conducted in December 2017. The Cuyahoga Heights Schools wish to thank the Village of Cuyahoga Heights including members from the Police, EMS and Fire Departments for their assistance during the practice evacuation drill.
 
Cuyahoga Heights Schools Receives Impressive Ranking!
Cuyahoga Height High School was recently ranked in the “Top 100 Schools” in the State of Ohio, as listed by a measure of the Performance Index rating issued by the Ohio Department of Education. Out of more than 600 public school districts in the state, Cuyahoga Heights High School finished #72 based on Performance Index, which is a measure of how highly students score on a series of tests. Cuyahoga Heights is accompanied by 12 other school districts in Cuyahoga County, which is the county with the most schools ranked in the entire listing of the Top 100. Cuyahoga Heights High School scored a 96.201 (out of 120 possible) on the state’s Performance Index ranking. Congratulations to the hard work of the students, staff and families of the Cuyahoga Heights Schools for their continued “high marks” in educational achievement.  
Cuyahoga Heights Welcomes Newest Board Member: Mr. Joseph Nejman
Please join me in welcoming Mr. Joseph Nejman to the Board of Education. Mr. Nejman was appointed to fill the unexpired term created by a recent resignation, and will serve in this capacity from October 4 until December 31, 2017.
Mr. Nejman has two children in the district, Jonathon, a ninth grader and Jenna, who is in fifth.
He has been active in PTO and the music and athletic boosters. He has also worked in the concession stand at football games and helped out as a scorekeeper for boys soccer.
Mr. Nejman has a BBA in accounting and an MBA in business administration from Cleveland State University. He is employed as the Director of Internal Audit for Steris Corporation.
We are pleased to have him on our Board, and look forward to his contributions to our district as we all work together to Empower our Students to Reach New Heights.

Gary Suchocki
CHS Board President 

 
Cavaliers Radio Announcer John Michael Encourages Students to Pursue Their Passion

Cleveland Cavaliers radio announcer John Michael addressed Cuyahoga Heights High School seniors, as well as students from the Middle School, about the importance of pursuing what they are passionate about as they consider a career path. The presentation served as the Keynote Address for the High School’s Senior Seminar. During his remarks, John shared about his personal journey from leaving a career as a highly successful trial attorney at the most prestigious law firm in Pittsburgh, PA, to pursue his ultimate passion for sports broadcasting. Despite no formal training as a broadcaster, John persevered through hard work and determination to work his way up performing broadcasting duties for various minor league baseball and hockey teams, including the Lake Erie Monsters, before taking a position with Fox Sports Ohio on telecasts of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. The Cleveland Cavaliers noticed his on-air talents and asked John to apply for the open radio play-by-play position. Now entering his seventh season with the Cavaliers, and thirteenth overall as a broadcaster, John’s story is a testament to the value of hard work and perseverance. Following his remarks, John took the opportunity to field questions from students in the High School Auditorium, even taking time afterwards to speak with individual students and take a selfie or two. Following the Keynote Address, seniors had the opportunity to meet with representatives from area colleges and universities, participate in Naviance career planning activities and learn about important scholarship and senior event opportunities. The Cuyahoga Heights Schools would like to thank John Michael for taking the time to encourage and inspire our students to pursue their passion!
 
Second Graders Interact Via Skype with Harvard Scientist

Second graders in Mrs. Barb Currey’s classroom participated in a unique and engaging learning experience by interacting with Harvard Scientist Kari Taylor-Burt via Skype on Thursday, October 5
th. During the interactive discussion, students learned about Mrs. Burt’s ongoing research regarding how animals move, specifically mallard ducks and the movements they use when on land, swimming and flying. Mrs. Burt also showed examples of real vertebrate (back) bones, as well as video clips of ducks conducting different movements in her laboratory. The discussion topic was relevant to the students’ current unit on animal adaptations and study of animals that live in the ocean, desert, Arctic and Antarctic environment. Mrs. Burt also took time to select and answer several questions submitted by the students beforehand. The students were thrilled to have their questions selected, and had the chance to stand up, greet and personally thank Mrs. Burt for answering his or her question. The online discussion with Mrs. Burt was made possible through a program offered by the Science Friday news segment on National Public Radio, which seeks to match participating scientists with selected classrooms across the country. In the coming months, Mrs. Currey’s classroom will rejoin Mrs. Burt with a Skype visit to her Harvard lab, where students will be able to see live animals being trained, filmed and researched, including emu, mallard ducks, grasshoppers, rats and pygmy goats.
 
2016-2017 State Report Card

Cuyahoga Heights Schools Performs Well on 2016-2017 State Report Card

The Ohio Department of Education recently released the results of school district performance on the State Report card for the 2016-2017 school year. The state’s Local Report Card gives our community a snapshot of the progress of the Cuyahoga Heights Schools in raising achievement and preparing our students for the future. It is one of several tools that the district uses to measure our schools’ performance and growth across various curriculums. Generally speaking, the district demonstrated student achievement and growth across a variety of indicators for the 2016-2017 school year. Below you will find a brief summary of the districtwide highlights for the Cuyahoga Heights Schools on this year’s Local Report Card results.

Achievement (Indicators Met) - Grade B: This metric is an overall summary of achievement level for each subject test; Cuyahoga Heights Schools met 20/24 indicators.

Performance Index- Grade B: This metric measures the achievement level of every student; the performance index measures how well individual students performed on English Language Arts and Math tests.

4-Year & 5-Year Graduation Rates- Grade A: This metric reflects 4-year and 5-year graduation rates.

Overall Value Added (Progress) - Grade A: This metric reflects growth of a student in a one-year period of time. The CHS maintained an “A” rating from the previous school year. Excellent work demonstrated by everyone involved!

Gifted Value Added- Grade A: This metric reflects the growth of our gifted student population in a one-year period of time.

Students in the Lowest 20% Achievement Added- Grade B: This metric reflects the growth of our students identified as the lowest 20% statewide in Reading, Math, Science or Social Studies achievement.

Student with Disabilities Added- Grade C: This metric reflects the growth of our students with disabilities.

K-3 Literacy - Grade C: This metric reflects how successful the school is at getting struggling readers on track to proficiency in third grade and beyond.

Prepared for Success- Grade C: This metric evaluates multiple measures amongst our graduating seniors from the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016 and determines how prepared they are for their post-secondary world.

 
Fall 2017 Edition of The Chieftan to Be Mailed Soon

The Fall 2017 edition of The Chieftan, a quarterly newsletter publication of the Cuyahoga Heights Schools will be mailed to homes in the district in the near future. Parents and community members will learn about exciting student and staff achievements that have taken place over the first few weeks of school. The publication will also provide highlights from the 2016-2017 State Report Card and provide the community a snapshot on how the district is raising student achievement. Readers will also receive a finance report from District Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Keith M. Kallay. The latest edition of The Chieftain can also be viewed online.

 
Middle School and High School Students Demonstrate Achievement on Latest Test Results

Students at Cuyahoga Heights Middle School and High School demonstrated a high level of achievement on recently released results for several standardized tests. For the 2016-2017 State Report Card results, students at both the Middle School and High School scored higher than their peers in similar districts and the state average in every content area! As a district, students demonstrated achievement in every subject area, including Government (96.9%), History (95.3%), Biology (88.5%) and English I (88.0%). At the Middle School, students in 6th grade (91.3%), 7th grade (85.9%) and 8TH grade (92.1%) achieved at a high level on the Mathematics test. The impressive results would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication put forth by students, teachers, staff and administrators.

During the 2016-2017 school year, approximately 139 students at the High School took the Advanced Placement (AP) exam, more than in any previous year. Students from the district continue to perform nearly 20% higher than students in Ohio and across the nation. This demonstrates that on average, graduates of the Cuyahoga Heights Schools are ready for college and prepared to succeed and complete their academic majors at most colleges and universities. In addition, the College Board recognized twenty-seven students from Cuyahoga Heights High School with various distinctions for their performance on the AP exam. Cuyahoga Heights students also continued to perform at a higher level than their peers at the state and national level on the ACT exam. The Senior Class of 2016-2017 earned a composite score of 23.9, exceeding the state (22.0) and national (21.0) averages. Students from the district also received higher scores compared to their peers at the state and national level in all subject areas, including English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.

Congratulations to the students at the Middle School and High School for demonstrating a high level of achievement!

 
Elementary School Hosts Goodies With Grandparents Day


On Friday, September 29th, Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School hosted Goodies with Grandparents Day, a special event which provided students the opportunity to spend time with their grandparents and show them around their classroom before the start of the school day. Attendance at the event was phenomenal, as cars lined the streets surrounding the elementary school. Many grandparents chose to walk with their grandchild to the school building. During the event, students and grandparents enjoyed doughnuts and other refreshments, and had the opportunity to attend the book fair, have their photo taken together and visit each student’s classroom. Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School would like to thank everyone who attended Goodies with Grandparents Day for helping to make the event a huge success!

 
Understanding the 2017 State Report Card
Click on the image to find information that will be helpful in understanding the 2017 State Report and what that information means for the school district.
 
 
 
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