At Chagrin Falls Middle School, there is a culture of communication and collaboration. “To provide support to students and staff in order to maximize potential, growth and achievement, we must build a climate of teamwork,” said Principal Laila Discenza, Chagrin Falls Middle School. “Therefore, we attended Severance Hall as a whole school to view the Cleveland Orchestra perform Haydn´s Miracle as a culminating experience that brought together our building focus on teaming, well-rounded students, and acceptance.” This interdisciplinary activity provided the opportunity for all students to feel like they were part of a team. “Unity brings strength, camaraderie, and the ability to overcome obstacles,” said Discenza. “The synergy created was contagious!” The eighth grade also prepared for their Monumental Experience for their upcoming trip to Washington D.C. and gained inspiration from examples of outstanding architecture in downtown Cleveland: Severance Hall, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Fountain of Eternal Life in Public Square. The seventh grade observed societal norms, expectations and experiences to use for shaping thoughts and beliefs when designing their end-of- the-year project on utopia/dystopia. “This was definitely a great experience for the music students to be able to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of music performance and composition,” concluded Discenza.
Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Students Selected to Compete in National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington, D.C.
Chagrin Falls Intermediate School students Audrey Holmes (grade 4), Will Stinson (grade 4), and Alexander Kroon (grade 5) have been selected to compete in the 2017 National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington D.C. on June 1-3. Their inventions that were submitted for consideration included: “Car Cozy” by Audrey Holmes, “The Stop Drop Cone” by Will Stinson, and “Sizzlin’ Sox” by Alexander Kroon. These students were selected from all of the students enrolled in Invention Convention within Chagrin Falls Intermediate School this year. They are three of 75 total students selected from across the State of Ohio, and three of 300 students selected from across the United States to compete at the national event.