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Newsweek recently released its coveted list of America's Top High Schools 2016: Beating the Odds and Cuyahoga Heights High School ranked among 500 schools across our country that are doing an excellent job of preparing their students for college, while also overcoming the obstacles posed by students at an economic disadvantage. Newsweek obtained academic and demographic information from nearly 16,000 public schools to determine their college readiness standards used in the rankings.

This recognition is in addition to other awards received by the high school over the past year, including:

  • Our school was selected as a 2016 Silver Medal School by US News & World Report, ranking 77th in Ohio and the top 8% nationally out of nearly 20,000 qualifying schools.
  • Our outstanding music program was recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation as a Top-100 “Best Music Communities for Music Education” in the nation for the 11th consecutive year.
  • Ohio’s State Board of Education has recognized Cuyahoga Heights HS as one of its first annual "All A Award" winners.
 
Mrs. Wanyerka is OMLA's 2016 State Educator of the Year!

Cuyahoga Heights Schools is proud to announce that middle school teacher, Mrs. Nancy Wanyerka, has been named the Ohio Middle Level Association (OMLA) Educator of the Year for 2016.

Mrs. Nancy Wanyerka is a veteran teacher of 29 years at Cuyahoga Heights Middle School, teaching reading and language arts to seventh and eighth grade students. In addition, during her tenure at Cuyahoga Heights, she has served on 32 different committees, working tirelessly to make our school an exceptional place. Her significance to our school is profound and impactful.

Mrs. Wanyerka serves as our lead mentor. She works with all new teachers in our district, guiding them through the challenges of beginning a career while meeting the demands of the Resident Educator Program. One resident educator states, “Though her contributions to students, staff, and school are many, I am particularly thankful for her work as lead mentor and as my personal mentor. The different ways Nancy has helped me (and all the resident educators) over the last few years are innumerable. She has been for me a shoulder to cry on, a cheerleader, a fount of information/advice, and someone to share a laugh with (sometimes all at the same time). I cannot begin to express how much Nancy means to many of us.”

Beyond her duties as lead mentor, Mrs. Wanyerka is vital to all staff. She is a role model for accomplished teaching and of personal character. She is a trusted colleague to whom people often go for advice, and she is the definition of a team player. She is organized and constantly thinking ahead. She is quick with a joke and brings a smile to her colleague's faces. She is often that crucial puzzle piece that makes everything fit together. She is the absolute model of a compassionate, enthusiastic and driven educator. Mrs. Wanyerka always thinks of herself last and others first – in any situation.

Above all, Mrs. Wanyerka internalizes that her students are the origin and motivation of her teaching. She truly gets to know them as students and as human beings. She develops authentic lessons tailored to the specific abilities of her students. She tracks growth throughout the year, producing volumes of data on her students. She is constantly reinventing herself and her teaching to meet the interests of her students while making data-driven, standards-based decisions.

Mrs. Wanyerka also builds genuine relationships with her students. She treats them as her own children and respects them as valuable contributors to her classroom and to society. She provides tough love when needed, but is always compassionate. She is a giver who puts the needs of her students and her profession before her own. We are so fortunate to work beside a professional like Mrs. Wanyerka. Someday, when Mrs. Wanyerka retires from teaching and moves to the next chapter of life (hopefully many years from now), only then will we fully grasp everything that she means to our profession, to the children she teaches, to the teachers she leads and to the communities we serve. Congratulations Mrs. Wanyerka on this outstanding honor! 

One of many football traditions at Cuyahoga Heights is "paying it forward" through community service! On August 2nd Senior and Junior High School football players volunteered at the Jennings Center playing Bingo and serving ice cream to our Senior Citizens. Sophomore and Freshman players volunteered at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank separating and packing donations to be distributed to the needy of Greater Cleveland. 
On Friday, September 2nd at noon, the following inductees will be proudly inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame: Michael Broski '84, Amy Esther Gaudio '05, Julie Wyman Intihar '03, Thomas A. KeKelis III '00, Joseph Kocab '76/Coach, Brian Prucha '99, Jeremy Smith '05 and Shane V. Triscari '02.

For more information or if you wish to attend this event, please click read more. The deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, August 30th.
 
The Ohio Auditor of State's Office for Fiscal Year 2015 released on August 9, 2016 the annual CHS state audit. It is now available for viewing on the school district website by clicking here. The public is encouraged to review the public findings brought forward by the Auditor of State including findings for recovery against the former Treasurer.

Issues in the former Treasurer's department have prompted proactive measures taken by the Board of Education to improve internal controls, protocols and best management practices. This audit is required by law annually and also comes as the result of a specific request made by the Board of Education last fall for a more detailed audit.

The Board and the Audit Committee met with representatives of the State Auditor's Office last fall and again prior to the release of the audit. Corrective action regarding the two findings relative to the fixed capital assets has already taken place at the June 29, 2016 Board meeting.

The exit of the former Treasurer, led to the recent hiring of a new district treasurer, Keith Kallay CPA, MBA who has demonstrated a significant level of experience in financial reporting, management and internal controls and comes from the private sector. He has quickly worked with the Board of Education to strengthen both the expertise and experience in his office with the recent hire of a financial and accounting specialist.

The Board has directed the new Treasurer's department to comply in correcting this concerning qualified audit which included material weakness and financial deficiencies. The Board appreciates the volunteer work of past and current former Audit Committee members and the Treasurer's search committee who have helped to strengthen the financial integrity of the school district.

The Cuyahoga Heights Schools will continue to pursue high standards and best practices as it relates to the financial and operational management of the school district.  
On Wednesday, July 27th, members of the volleyball program volunteered at the Brooklyn Heights Senior Chore Day. The volunteers were paired up with a Brooklyn Heights senior citizen resident and assisted them with various chores for the morning. Quoting Thea Guilfoyle, Director of Community Services for Brooklyn Heights, “Our Senior Chore Day was a huge success! The girls did a great job and the seniors were thrilled with their company and the help received!” A big thank you to the following volleyball student-athletes for giving back to the community and positively representing Cuyahoga Heights Schools: Neena Allen, Angelina Geggus, Emily Germann, Ashlynn Gervase, Ashli Haag, Kayla Haag, Morgan Juhnke, Kali Kightlinger, Mary Lasky and Ashley Waryk. 
The CHS Cheerleaders attended a cheerleading camp that took place at the University of Akron on Friday, July 29th, Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st. Congratulations to the cheerleaders for winning a blue ribbon for their chants and also to Nina Ventura and Breana D'Ambrosi for winning the "pin it forward" pin for being amazing role models. Only eight out of four hundred girls who attended the camp were awarded this pin. Congratulations to Nina Ventura and Lauren Adamo for being named All-American for the second time. Also, congratulations to the CHS cheerleading squad as a whole for winning the improved squad award! 
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