Chagrin Falls High School Band and Orchestra Travel to Chicago
The Chagrin Falls High School Band and Orchestra students traveled to Chicago on the weekend of February 17 – 19. On Friday, they had lunch at Notre Dame College and then went to the Museum of Science and Industry. They enjoyed dinner and shopping on the Magnificent Mile and even went to the top of the Hancock Tower. On Saturday, they participated in band and orchestra clinics at Vandercook College of Music. They performed at the field museum, followed by dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. In the evening, they attended a Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert. On Sunday, they enjoyed time at the Shedd Aquarium, took a group picture at the famous “Bean” and then headed back home to Chagrin Falls.
One School One Book at Chagrin Falls’ Intermediate School Promotes Kindness to All
Throughout the month of February, Chagrin Falls Intermediate School participated in One School, One Book, a program that promotes literacy and reading through community.
Everyone who is a part of the school – students, teachers, staff, administrators, and parents were asked to participate. “Research shows that reading aloud at home is extremely important and valuable because it better prepares children to be effective readers,” said Principal Sarah Read. “Here at the Intermediate School, we believe that it is also a very fun, worthwhile family activity!”
As part of One School, One Book, families were asked to set aside time every evening to read together from the book “Wonder” by R.L. Palacio. “We chose this book because it is one that can be followed, understood and enjoyed by younger students, but also will be captivating and stimulating to older children.” Each child received his/her own copy of the book, thanks to a generous donation by the PTO. The main character of “Wonder,” August Pullman, was born with a facial difference that prevented him from going to a mainstream school. He started at a news school as a fifth grader and hoped he would be treated like any other kid, but his classmates could not get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. The book touches on bullying, courage, kindness, friendship, and family and finding a “diamond in the rough” who proves that as Palacio states, “You can’t blend in where you were born to stand out.”
The school published a website (Chagrin Falls Intermediate School OSOB) just for the One School, One Book initiative that included nightly podcasts read by various juniors and seniors at Chagrin Falls High School who are Write Place interns. In school, engaging activities and discussions took place in Language Arts class and Personal Learning Time.
Student Council and PAWS sponsored programs and activities that coincided with One School, One Book. There were weekly quiz questions and daily blogs. There was a door decorating contest that centered around an inspiring quote from a famous person, book, or movie, and a used book drive to support Cleveland’s Kids’ Book Bank.
A highlight of the month was Student Council’s Certified Kind Challenge campaign. Students were encouraged to do kind deeds in order to fill a jar placed in each homeroom with marbles or other kinds of small items. Photos of the filled jars were posted at the hashtag #choosekind. Each classroom received a certificate of achievement and was listed on the Certified Kind Classroom Registry at choosekind.tumblr.com/map.
To end the month long campaign, students enjoyed an assembly with Basketball Jones. He encouraged students to look for the good in others and to treat people the way they want others to treat them. “Basketball Jones also goes one step further by encouraging students to understand and accept the differences in others, so we can treat others the way they want to be treated,” said Read. “It was the perfect ending to a perfect family and school initiative.”