Cuyahoga Heights’ “State of the Schools” Shared During Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Representatives from the Cuyahoga Heights and Independence Local School Districts, the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, and the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Northeast Ohio gave an update on the “State of their Schools” during a panel discussion at the Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting on May 15.

Assistant Superintendent Matt Young represented Cuyahoga Heights Schools. He spoke about the accomplishments of  students in the areas of activism, academics, athletics, and the arts. 

Young stated that Cuyahoga Heights High School (CHHS) was ranked ninth overall among the state’s public high schools on the 2022-2023 Ohio Report Card. 

With respect to activism, Young provided an overview of Community Impact Day where high school students spent a half day doing community service projects. These included removing invasive plants at the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, picking up litter and cleaning up the grounds at the Brookside Reservation Meadow Ridge Picnic Area, painting fire hydrants in Brooklyn Heights, and cleaning up the picnic shelter at Woods Park and raking leaves at Miller Park and the Community Center in Valley View. 

Another successful event was World Inclusion Day which promoted inclusiveness and acceptance of all individuals, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Held on March 7, the event included inspirational signs, a pledge, a video, and activities designed to create awareness about the need for everyone to be inclusive of others, and to show students that they are supported by their teachers, volunteers, and other members of the school community.  

Once again Cuyahoga Heights Schools received five stars from the Department of Education and Workforce. 

  • As a district it was ranked 28 out of 607 public schools in Ohio. 
  • CHHS was ranked 9th out of more than 800 high schools in Ohio placing it in the top one percent.  
  • Cuyahoga Heights Middle School (CHMS) was ranked 3rd out of 600 middle schools, placing it in the top five percent. 
  • Cuyahoga Heights Elementary School (CHES) was ranked 50th out of more than 1,600 elementary schools placing it in the top three percent. 

CHHS students also excelled in the Model United Nations and Mock Trial competitions.  For the first time, one of the high school’s two Mock Trial teams qualified to compete at the state level in Columbus.  Four sophomores undertook a major research project to study grading scales as part of their involvement in the First Ring Student Leadership Institute. Based on surveys, it was learned that 72 percent of students in grades 7-12 participate in at least one school activity and that the average student participates in two to three activities. 

In the area of Advanced Placement (AP) studies, Young noted that 

  • 19 students were named AP Scholars
  • 5 where named AP Scholars with Honors
  • 6 were named AP Scholars with Distinction
  • 2 earned AP Capstone Diplomas

Also, seven students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at the Cuyahoga Valley Career CEnter. 

Young also spoke about Cuyahoga Heights students’ athletic achievements this year.

The football team was named CVC Metro Division Champion and was a District Semifinalist in the playoffs. The Girls’ Basketball Team was named CVC Metro Division Champion and District Runner-up. The Boys’ Basketball Team won the LaBella Tournament and was named District Runner-up. For the first time in school history, the Boys’ Bowling Team was a district qualifier, and the Boys’ Track Team was named both conference and district champs.

In the fine arts area, Young remarked on CHES’s drama productions of “Go Fish”, “Finding Nemo'', and “Nuts” and the high school’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors”. Students also participated in band, orchestra, and choral competitions and marched in all three villages' Memorial Day parades. High school students expanded their music knowledge during a trip to Nashville. 

Young shared information about the CHES Art Festival and Family Game Night which drew more than 400 participants and the High School’s Art Fest. CHHS students also won awards at the Scholastic Art Competition sponsored annually by the Cleveland Institute of Art. 

The insightful presentations from the school leaders showcased the outstanding achievements and vibrant communities fostered within each district and institution. As the panel discussion came to a close, attendees expressed their appreciation for the dedicated educators and administrators who continue to prioritize student success, both inside and outside the classroom. 

The Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting served as a testament to the region's commitment to providing exceptional educational opportunities that prepare students for future endeavors while instilling values of community service and inclusivity. The collaborative efforts of these educational institutions undoubtedly contribute to the growth and prosperity of the communities they serve.

Caption: School representatives who participated in the Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual “State of the Schools” panel discussion were from left to right: Matt Young, assistant superintendent, Cuyahoga Heights Local Schools; Mike Janatovich, principal, Independence High School; Dave Mangas, superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center; and Dr. Bob Mengerink, Superintendent, Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio.