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Senator Portman Recognizes Chagrin Falls Students Named Northeast Ohio Service Academy Nominees

On Saturday, January 14th, Jacob Levine and Bennett Eagle of Chagrin Falls, along with 19 students from Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne Counties were congratulated by U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) as the Class of 2017 Service Academy Nominees. This is a prestigious honor as only 11 percent of students who apply for the Service Academy recommendations from the Ohio Senator’s office receive them.

“Our nominees are among the best and the brightest from Ohio, and I would be proud to have them serve our country in the military,” said Portman. “The distinguished members of the Review Board have helped me and our office guarantee that young men and women like the ones we selected this year have a chance to get into one of the service academies, and I am grateful for their tireless and selfless dedication to continuing Ohio’s strong tradition of high acceptance rates.”

The ceremony, held at the Ohio National Guard Headquarters in Columbus, congratulated Jacob Levine for his nomination to the Merchant Marine Academy and Bennett Eagle for his nomination to the Naval Academy.

Pictured In Bottom Right Photo: From Left to Right, Bennett Eagle, Portman and Jake Levine.

Chagrin Falls Middle School Names January Students of the Month

The mission of the Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month is to acknowledge and reward students for exemplary performance. The students depict Tiger Techniques: Think, Integrity, Grit, Effort and Responsibility. Each month, the seventh and eighth grade teams collaborate and choose a male and female “Tiger of the Month” and the students receive bakery from the PTO. January’s Students of the Month are: Abigail Laws, Andrew Zimcosky, Lily Karyo, and Noah Girard.

Abigail Laws is an amazing example of a model student. She is kind to everyone and always willing to help. She works hard and is always prepared for class. She asks questions to improve her quality of work.

Andrew Zimcosky is a kind, caring and a focused worker. He is also a perceptive math student who does a great job explaining his ideas to his teammates.

Lily Karyo is a clever problem solver who successfully uses old skills to solve new problems. She is a wonderful leader both in and out of the classroom and a model student to her peers. She participates frequently, adding to class discussions, and is diligent, hard-working, and always has a great attitude.

Noah Girard is a wonderful addition to the school. He is always polite and respectful. In the classroom, his work ethic is amazing and attitude is always positive. Noah self-advocates and is interested in his education. He is respectful to staff and peers.

Pictured In Top Right Photo: January 2017 Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month From Left to Right, 8th graders, Noah Girard and Lily Karyo, 7th graders, Andrew Zimcosky and Abigail Laws

Students Utilizing Innovation Lab Technology to Benefit Students and Staff

Chagrin Falls High School students Thomas Wirbel, with the help of Winston Breeden IV, designed a new daily bell schedule for students at the high school and middle school using the technology available in the new Innovation Lab. The large format prints will be displayed in both buildings and the students are now working on a small schedule to attach to the students’ Chromebooks.

Pictured In Left Photo: Chagrin Falls High School student designs new daily bell schedule in the new Innovation Lab

Chagrin Falls Schools Nancy Kevern to Receive Outstanding Technology-Using Teacher of the Year Award

Congratulations to Nancy Kevern, Technology Integration and Instructional Coach at Chagrin Falls Schools, for winning the Instructional Technology Integration Partnership (ITIP) Ohio’s Outstanding Technology-Using Teacher of the year award.

“This year’s awards committee had before it many qualified candidates nominated by wonderful colleagues,” said Jeff Good, President of Instructional Technology Integration Partnership of Ohio. “This is a terrific sign of a robust educational technology community.” Kevern will be recognized on February 16th at the award presentation at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus. In addition to this recognition, Kevern will receive free registration for the May 2017 Ohio Summit Featuring Google for Education, an ITIP Ohio award plaque, ISTE Membership, and an ISTE "Making IT Happen" jacket. Kevern automatically is designated as the Ohio representative for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Making IT Happen awards program in San Antonio, Texas in June 2017. This ISTE award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.

Last year, Mike Daugherty, Technology Director at Chagrin Falls Schools, was the recipient of the ITIP Technology-Using Administrator of the Year. ITIP Ohio is a statewide organization supporting the effective uses of instructional technology and digital media content to improve the teaching and learning process while promoting 21st century skills. ITIP Ohio delivers resources and professional development in a variety of formats to fit the needs of educators and students.

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