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Chagrin Falls Schools’ Spring Art Show Opens April 20th

The community is invited to the Chagrin Falls Schools’ Spring Art Show April 20th – 23rd in the Hamlet Village Atrium, 200 Hamlet Hills Drive in Chagrin Falls. The opening reception is Thursday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m., with the awards ceremony starting at 8:00 p.m. The show runs through April 23rd and can be viewed from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Chagrin Falls Schools Participate in Google Pilot Program

One of First Districts in the Country to be Selected as a “Reference School” Chagrin Falls Schools participated in the Google Reference District Program, a pilot program that showcased how the district is achieving exemplary things with Google tools. The district is now one of the first districts in the country to be selected as a “Google for Education Reference School.” According to Google, these districts demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology, including G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) and Chromebooks, to drive impact and positive learning outcomes.

Chagrin Falls Schools join a select group of 10 other innovative districts and independent schools around the country that will share resources, attend workshops, and give tours to other educators. They will have the opportunity to be showcased in Google for Education keynotes and presentations as well as featured in Google for Education case studies and newsletters. A link to an impact study done by Google on Chagrin Falls Schools can be found here:

“This recognition is the result of the hard work of our staff and our collective commitment to continue to move towards the personalization of learning for our students,” said Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools.

Chagrin Falls Middle School Student 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 a special treat from the PTO to take home and share with their family. March’s Students of the Month are: Madalyn Couch, Ethan Baker, Elise Concannon, and Sam Crandall.

  • Madalyn Couch has a quiet grace about her which is very impressive in someone so young. She is a hard worker giving 100% at all times. She works well with any student in class, is respectful and kind to everyone and is always willing to help others. Madalyn is new to Chagrin Falls and is a wonderful addition to our school community.
  • Ethan Baker demonstrates a maturity beyond that of his peers in his work and his encounters with students and teachers. He works hard on all assignments and stands out among his classmates as a great student. There is not a day that Ethan does not come into class without a smile or positive attitude. Ethan’s commitment to hard work extends outside the classroom and he can often be seen running throughout town training for cross country and track.
  • Elise Concannon is kind to everyone, always positive in class, is on task and helpful to classmates. She is a leader and contributor in group work as well as a respectful student who always wears a smile.
  • Sam Crandall is a positive and happy student. He is well liked by his peers and teachers. Sam has the ability to make all teachers and classmates laugh, while making sure to be a positive contributor to projects, class discussions, and group work. He sets a tone of fun for the whole class and makes school a great place to be.

Chagrin Falls Schools’ Food Service Program Receives Outstanding Annual Review

The Ohio Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition (ODE, OCN) completed an Administrative Review of the Chagrin Falls School District’s food service program in March. An on-site review was conducted at Chagrin Falls Middle School on March 22nd. The food service program was found to be operating in compliance with federal and state requirements. The ODE consultant noted that, “The documents for the Administrative Review appeared thorough and well-organized. The staff was friendly and provided a positive environment for the students to enjoy their meals.”

“The consultant was impressed by the middle school’s colorful selections of fruits and vegetables at the salad bar and the high quality of the food served in our district,” said the district’s Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives Christopher Woofter. Administrative reviews of school food service programs are conducted once every three years. “Food Service Supervisor Marti Jacobson and her team put a great deal of work into the planning and preparation for this annual review. This is another confirmation that the department demonstrates a high level of dedication,” stated Woofter.

Chagrin Falls High School Students Learn Self Defense Strategies

On March 22nd, eighteen ninth-grade girls participated in self-defense training as part of the Ruling Our Experiences (R.O.X.) program that is being offered at Chagrin Falls High School.

Chagrin Falls High School Counselor Ms. Julie Beckerman, Teacher Mrs. Amanda Heintzelman, and Detective Jessica Page from the Shaker Heights Police Department guided the girls through various self-defense strategies. Both Beckerman and Heintzelman received training in the R.O.X. program in December. “Utilizing the high school’s Tiger Periods during the third and fourth quarter, R.O.X. is designed to reach girls during a critical time in their development,” said Heintzelman. “It provides a place for these young women to develop the necessary skills they need to effectively navigate throughout their adolescent years.”

The curriculum incorporates experiences, strategies, and interventions that have demonstrated efficacy through research, and have been shown to promote positive changes in the lives of girls. Part of the 20-week evidence based empowerment program is teaching the girls self-defense strategies. “We want girls to understand that they have the right and the ability to keep themselves safe and that is one way that they can rule their experiences,” said Heintzelman.

Pictured In Photo: Eighteen 9th grade girls participated in the Ruling Our Experiences (R.O.X.) program that is being offered at Chagrin Falls High School.

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