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Chagrin Falls High School Rotary Student of the Month for March

Grace Hass-Hill, a senior at Chagrin Falls High School, is the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club High School Student of the Month for March. Hass-Hill was selected for her display of both service and leadership qualities.

Hass-Hill is a 2017 National Merit Finalist, a Cum Laude Society inductee, and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She has been on the High Honor Roll all semesters in high school. She also was a Brown University Partner and Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholar. She recently was the Ohio winner of the National Center for Women and Information Technology Affiliate Award.

While at Chagrin Falls High School, Hass-Hill was a varsity football cheerleader, treasurer of the Key Club, a math tutor for the Tiger Society, a member of the Science Olympiad, and a founder of the Gurney Coding Club. She also serves on the student board of the Chagrin Falls Education Foundation. She enjoyed being a Link Crew Leader, robotics instructor, and a participant in the Congressional and Verizon App competition.

Outside of school, she is a Sunday School assistant, a Math Monkey classroom assistant and volunteer for the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Her Accelerated Classes include AP U.S. History, AP Government, AP Physics I, AP English Language, AP Computer Science, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus BC. Hass-Hill plans to major in computer science or economics.

Hass-Hill was recognized at a recent Chagrin Valley Rotary Club meeting.

Gurney Elementary Preschool Receives Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from State of Ohio

In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, Gurney Elementary Preschool has received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the State of Ohio. Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs. Participating programs can earn a one to five star rating.

In addition to meeting all standards of a four-star rating, programs with five stars may also:

  • Have lower staff/child ratios.
  • Use child assessment results to plan activities that best support learning and development goals for each child.
  • Share assessment results and create goals for children.
  • Develop plans to support children as they transition to a new classroom or educational setting.
  • Work with other organizations or businesses within the community to support children and their families.
  • Have an active and organized parent volunteer group.
  • Have accreditation by an approved organization.

“Gurney Preschool is proud to be a five-star program,” said Marianne S. Canter, M.Ed., Director, Gurney Elementary Preschool. “We know that children have approximately 1,892 days from birth until school starts, and every day matters. It is important to us that children develop their self-confidence, social and emotional skills, and a love of learning.”

Research confirms that the first five years of a child’s life has a direct impact on how children develop emotional well-being, in addition to, learning and social skills. For these reasons, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education are committed to improving early childhood opportunities for all children in the state.

Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month for February

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 a special treat from the PTO to take home and share with their family.

February’s Students of the Month are: Preston O’Connor, Thomas Gregoire, Sydney Bare, and Alison Tull.

  • Preston O’Connor shows outstanding effort and precision on his homework. Preston is diligent, has tremendous character and is very helpful to his classmates always leading by example in the classroom.
  • Thomas Gregoire is outgoing, personable, polite and a regular participant in all class discussions. He is a tremendous asset to any group. The positive energy he brings with him transforms any group he is a part of into one that is energetic and enthusiastic to learn. He thanks each teacher on his way out of class and is sure to include all students in groups.
  • Sydney Bare is a leader in the first violin section of the eighth grade orchestra. She is an outstanding violinist and is always prepared for rehearsal. Sydney is kind, thoughtful and helpful each day to teachers and classmates thanking her teachers at the end of each class. Sydney adds a great deal to discussions and always takes risks in learning. She quietly leads her peers by producing outstanding quality work, participating positively and working collaboratively with any student in the room.
  • Alison Tull is a natural leader who has the ability to bring together those around her to work well as a group. She leads by example and always demonstrates what 100% effort looks like. Ali is a conscientious worker with a terrific attitude.

Chagrin Falls High School Speech & Debate Team Sends 25 Students to State Finals

The Chagrin Falls High School Speech & Debate team finished the regular season with 25 students qualifying for the State Finals. This year, the State Finals were held in the Cleveland District at Berea-Midpark and Olmsted Falls High Schools. Over the course of the two-day tournament final results were: Senior Matt Batos broke to the Octa-final round in Lincoln Douglas Debate; Junior Anna Sherman placed sixteenth overall in Original Oratory in the State; The DUO Interpretation team of juniors Ben Cervelloni and Joey King placed second overall in the State; the DUO Interpretation team of sophomores Olivia Andresen and Margaux Augier placed tenth overall in the State, and the DUO Interpretation team of seniors Rem Weber and Karl Koenig placed thirteenth overall in the State.

The team will be competing in the Nationals in Birmingham, Alabama, June 18-23, where juniors Chris Currey & Jack Reboul will compete in Public Forum Debate, juniors Ben Cervelloni and Joey King will compete in DUO Interpretation, and junior Anna Sherman will compete in Original Oratory.

Chagrin Falls Middle School Competes in Power of the Pen

Chagrin Falls Middle School Power of The Pen team competed at the district tournament at University School this month. A total of 207 writers participated from 19 schools in Cuyahoga, Lake and Summit Counties. The team members competed in three, 40-minute rounds of writing and had their individual pieces rated against the Power of the Pen rubric. The pieces are judged holistically based upon the development and completion of an entire narrative. Only a small percentage of the writers score high enough to move on to the regional competition. The following three writers will represent Chagrin Middle School at the Regional competition in Hudson on April 8th: seventh grader Sophia Avery and eighth graders, Madeleine Scott and Dena Mossad. Dena was awarded a “Superior” rating, which indicates that her scores were in the top 5% of the writers.

Chagrin Falls Middle School Eighth Grader Earns Runner-Up in Plain Dealer Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Chagrin Falls Middle School 8th grade student, Luke Volpe, for earning Runner-Up in the Plain Dealer Spelling Bee that took place the weekend of March 11th at Cuyahoga Community College. Volpe competed against 40 seventh and eighth graders from Northeast Ohio and was even asked to spell chagrin!

Chagrin Falls Police and Fire Department Play Students at Charity Game

On March 18, the Chagrin Classic Basketball Game featured the Chagrin Falls Police and Fire Department vs. the Chagrin Falls High School students. “This is a great community event that was started by Patrolman Jason Fischer last year and, through his efforts, as well as so many others, we were able to raise more than $6,000 for pediatric cancer research,” said Principal Steve Ast, Chagrin Falls High School. The fundraiser changes its purpose each year. Last year, proceeds were donated to the Harvest for Hunger campaign. This year, money was raised for a South Russell police officer, John Zippay, who has a son, John Oliver, fighting cancer, as well as Superintendent Robert Hunt’s family’s foundation, lifEXTRAORDINARY, which is being created to support families and raise funds for research. The foundation is inspired by the family’s journey with their one-year-old son Hawken, who was diagnosed last year with Burkitt’s Leukemia.

“The event showed true collaboration among so many students, organizations, staff and our local police and fire departments,” said Ast. The high school marketing class, led by their teacher Mr. Jay Schach, was instrumental in promoting the event that resulted in hundreds of people attending. Senior Kyle Foley, an art student, designed the logo in collaboration with his art teacher Dawn Serazin. The high school cheerleaders, band and seniors that played in the game were also instrumental in making the event a success.

There were other exciting activities throughout the evening as well. Chagrin Falls High School 12th grade English teacher, Mr. Culler Stuart, challenged the group to raise at least $2000. Once the donations reached this level, he agreed to have his beard shaved off. At the end of each quarter, Officer Jason Fischer had activities planned. All students and parents who participated in these activities received prizes and gift cards from local businesses – Yours Truly, Burntwood Tavern, Cleveland Cavaliers, M Italian, Domino’s (Solon) and Gioninos Pizza.

The students ended up winning the game with a final score of 54-50.

Pictured In Photos

  • Pictured In Left Photo:  Grace Hass-Hill, a senior at Chagrin Falls High School, is the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club High School Student of the Month for March.
  • Pictured In Top Center Photo: The Chagrin Falls High School Speech & Debate finished the regular season with 25 students qualifying for State Finals.
  • Pictured In Top Right Photo:  Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month for February 2017.
  • Pictured In Bottom Photo: Gurney Elementary Preschool received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the State of Ohio.


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