School News

Hannah Gibbons preschool receives top rating

The preschool at Hannah Gibbons School, 1401 Larchmont Road, has received the state's top rating for quality.

The score helps the Cleveland Metropolitan School District move closer to its goal of having all of the District’s 61 preschool sites earn high ratings for quality.

Five other preschool sites – Case, Mary M. Bethune, Nathan Hale and Patrick Henry schools and Douglas MacArthur Girls' Leadership Academy – also recently received the maximum five stars from Ohio’s voluntary Step Up to Quality program. All of CMSD's 45 rated sites have earned five stars, and the rest are going or will go through the evaluation process.

The age when children attend preschool is a critical period in brain formation and the development of skills like communication and teamwork. PRE4CLE, a partnership between the District and private providers, is working to make high-quality preschool available to as many District children as possible.

The initiative is part of The Cleveland Plan, a blueprint for education reform in the city.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:25 PM, 04.04.2018

'Black Lightning' creator talks diversity with East Clark students

Tony Isabella, the man behind the DC Comics superhero "Black Lightning," has held tight to his Cleveland roots since he created the character in the 1970s.

Decades later, Isabella visited East Clark School in Collinwood and shared the stories and inspiration behind DC’s first African-American superhero with the youngest generation of Cleveland children. He spoke with fifth- through eighth-graders about how growing up reading comics with a diverse group of friends motivated him to create "Black Lightning," a schoolteacher who acquires electrical superpowers that he uses to fight crime in his crime-ridden neighborhood. 

“When I was growing up, there weren’t a lot of black characters in comics, but everybody wants to see themselves in the fiction they enjoy,” Isabella said while visiting the school on March 22. “ 'Black Lightning' was something I created for my black friends.”

Isabella grew up on the West Side of Cleveland and currently lives in Medina when he’s not traveling to conventions or other events. 

The CW television network's prime-time series version of "Black Lightning," premiered in January. Meanwhile, Isabella is writing the six-issue DC Comics miniseries “Return of Black Lightning.” The third issue is on the stands, and the story is set in Cleveland.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:25 PM, 04.04.2018

Collinwood Village Academy Buddy Program

At Collinwood Village Academy our Kindergarten students are assigned to a sixth grade student based on their personalities and teacher recommendations at the beginning of the year.  The students then meet to complete projcets and activities together a few times per month. The Big Buddies, or sixth graders, benefit from helping teach and reinforce reading skills, writing, math and more. The students quickly become friends. The little buddies beniefit from having someone help them with activities to build conficence and skills needed to be successful students. Both groups also get practice in social skills and really enjoy their time together. It is not uncommon to walk into the room where the buddies meet to see many smiles and hear lots of laughter. Even my acadmically lowest students can assist a kindergartner with his/her graphing, letter sounds and basic math and reading activities. It allows the sixth graders to develop leadership skills and character as they serve in assiting the younger children. It is a simple way to encourage our mission built on a foundation of character education and life long success for all students. 

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.04.2018

Oliver H. Perry School to follow new learning model

With a variety of high-quality, innovative high school models in place across the city, CMSD’s team of academic specialists is turning its attention to PreK-8 schools, and they are doing so with the help of families and community stakeholders.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 11:04 AM, 03.10.2018

What is New at Lake Shore Intergenerational School

WHERE WE’VE BEEN:

The month of September has included many family events here at LIS. We began the month with Curriculum Night, an event lead by our teachers. Parents/families get to experience what a typical day in their child’s classroom looks and feels like.

Our reading mentors officially began mentoring the week of September 11th. The students were thrilled to have another caring adult in the building to share stories with. This year we have a total of 21 mentors, 10 of which are new to LIS!

The end of the month brought two very exciting events, Donuts with Dad and the Zoo field trips! Donuts with Dad was a rounding success as over 120 father/special males walked their child to school and enjoyed a donuts and conversation with their child and others. The zoo had lots of excitement as the children got to see a variety of animals they’d read and talked about.

WHAT’S NEXT:

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 3:28 PM, 10.08.2017

CMSD schools to hold open houses

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District welcomes families to attend open houses at their children’s schools in September.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 4:22 PM, 09.14.2017

We're Back

On Wednesday, August 16th, the doors opened at Lakeshore Intergenerational School (LIS) for the start of our fourth school year! We now serve over 200 students (K-5) in the North Collinwood Community. We could not be more thrilled to welcome our students back into the building.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 4:22 PM, 09.14.2017

Volunteer at Lakeshore Intergenerational School!

At Lakeshore Intergenerational School, we strive to provide our students with unique opportunities to grow their learning. While our teachers provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience inside the classroom, local volunteers have given our students a chance to extend their learning beyond this familiar setting.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.07.2017

Join Lakeshore Intergenerational School for Summer Fun!

The school year may be over at Lakeshore Intergenerational School, but there’s still much fun to be had! The Collinwood area hosts a bevy of events during the summer months and we are excited to serve as supporters and participants for a few of these occasions. Saturday, June 3rd, come find our table at The 200th Street Stroll between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.! We will be handing out goodies, spreading the word about LIS, and supporting local organizations and businesses. Can’t make it to The Stroll? No problem!

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 06.13.2017

Collinwood HS Science Project Wins STEAM Award


On Saturday, May 20, 2017 my students at New Tech at Collinwood High School lit up 2 major museums with their greatest hits from "Straight Outta the Milky Way" at CMSD's "Rock Your World with STEAM" Festival!  In January, my 9th grade physical science students wrote lyrics to songs about the universe.  These lyrics were aligned to the Ohio physical science indicators: the history of the universe, galaxy formation and stars.  Once their lyric drafts were written with scientific accuracy, students collaborated with DJ Phatty Banks and Reading RAMM to tweak and perfect their lyrics. They then recorded their songs on top of beats made by Khalil Barrett, a senior at CHS and released their music to the public at our launch party in February at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  In the New Tech Network, we teach all of our content through project-base3d learning (PBL), but this is the only project that left me with bittersweet feelings in the end (normally, its relief and a little reflection for next year).  Since the launch party, students have revisited the experience in conversations, desires to perform again, and in helping them remember information.  Our scholars have not only remembered the lyrics to their own songs, but to each others' songs as well!  
 
The project was technically over in February according to my grade book, but it wasn't over in the hearts of many students or myself.  As fate would have it, we were asked by Maria Carlson, our principal to represent Collinwood at the STEAM Festival.  We participated as both performers and presenters of our project itself.  A select group was chosen to perform a mash-up of our greatest hits and they voluntarily attended practices after school to prepare.  Their hard work paid off, because in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, strangers milly rocked to hip hop songs dropping technical knowledge on the cosmos!  Before the performance, two other students presented our project in the STEAM Showcase at the Great Lakes Science Center.  We were thrilled when we were notified that we won the Best in STEAM School Showcase Award for High School!  
 
I am so proud of my students for all of their hard work and dedication to this project over the semester.  Shy students performed, lower achieving students took ownership of content, insecure students grew confidence and students generally took pride in a job well done.  Initially, I thought I may have overdone it this year because their exit ticket (daily quiz) data was worse than it was when I ran this project last year.  But when it came to their final exam, they performed BEST in the universe benchmark. We saw, we dropped bars, we retained and mastered!

 
You can listen to our music on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/math-in-motion/sets/straight-outta-the-milky-way 
 
Here is a video of their performance at the STEAM festival: https://youtu.be/sR-VTGAsCFI

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 06.13.2017

Memorial-Nottingham Library Hosts Brain Break for Students

Earlier this month, Junior Cluster students at Lakeshore Intergenerational School sought opportunities to unwind after working hard on their standardized tests. Teachers guided students on a delightful walk to Memorial-Nottingham Library for an afternoon of fun and relaxation. Together they enjoyed a group lunch and were able to receive their own library cards to check out books. For many, it was the first time receiving a library card. This new responsibility was met with much excitement! Though our school has a wonderful little library of its own, it was a treat to explore the branch’s expansive selection of books. Students could not wait to return to school and begin reading.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:02 PM, 05.07.2017

Hannah Gibbons to Host Author, Art Walk

Award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson will visit Hannah Gibbons STEM School for a free book reading and presentation from 4:30-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 5:26 PM, 04.11.2017

Students Explore Their Learning With Local Performers

This past month, students at Lakeshore Intergenerational School were treated to curriculum-enriching performances from local community members. In our continued efforts to expose our students to the arts, we were fortunate for the collaboration of community partners who graciously brought classroom lessons to life.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 5:26 PM, 04.11.2017

Interested in driving one of these?

Do you know someone 18 years of age or older who is looking for a career that offers him or her independence away from an office environment? There’s a gem right here in Euclid that might help – Cuyahoga Community College’s Truck Driving Academy.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 5:26 PM, 04.11.2017

Kasich honors Ginn Academy for innovation in education

The unique educational model at Ginn Academy has caught the attention of Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Kasich last month chose Ginn Academy, believed to be the only all-male public high school in the state, to receive one of seven Governor's School Innovation Awards. He also invited representatives from the school to a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse.

Ginn Academy was one of only seven Ohio schools, districts and school networks selected for the award. The other winners are Bio-Med Science Academy, Cristo Rey Network High Schools, Dayton Early College Academy, Marietta City Schools, Marysville School District and Toledo School for the Arts.

Kasich held up these schools, districts and school networks as examples for others to look to as models of success.

“I want to do this bottom-up and look at the incredible things that some of these schools are doing and get ourselves in a position where everybody can copy certain pieces of what it is that they do,” Kasich said.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:59 PM, 03.09.2017

Lake Erie Preparatory School - Teacher of the Month - Mrs. Shellene Boze

"I didn’t choose education in the beginning, it was chosen for me.", says Mrs. Boze, the teacher of the month at Lake Erie Preparatory School; a K-8 charter school located in South Collinwood. Mrs. Boze is known for her abililty to effectively manage any classroom with quiet power, high expectations, and strong systems and routines. Mrs.Boze has been teaching for over 15 years and has been at Lake Erie Prep for three years now.  Mrs. Boze has achieved great success in improving student's reading comprehension and writing skills.  Teacher Assistant Jassmyn Hill caught up with Mrs.Boze to learn more about the skill behind the grace.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:59 PM, 03.09.2017

Lakeshore Intergenerational School Is Now Enrolling!

Lakeshore Intergenerational School is excited to begin enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year! We are currently looking to enroll students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Spaces are limited! If you are interested in enrollment for your child – don’t wait!  Please visit  www.LakeshoreSchool.org to submit an application.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:59 PM, 03.09.2017

Millennials Motivate on and off the Court

The mission of Lake Erie Preparatory School, part of the I CAN School network, is to prepare scholars for a college preparatory high school that will ensure success and graduation from a four year college.  To send all scholars to college there must be a strong focus on academic achievement and staff must find creative ways to keep scholars motivated to perserver through challenges with learning. Millenial educators Miles Felton, Elizabeth Harrison, and Ken Amos go above and beyond the call of duty by motivating scholars to achieve both on and off the basketball court. "I use coaching to motivate students to build their leadership and social skills. It is great to see them come together, push each other and involve the rest of the school in their events. I spend extra time outside of practice getting to know them and building a strong bond." says Coach Harrison who has lead the girls basketball team in an undeafeated season. Coach Amos, the head boys basketball team coach who are also undeafeted, started mandatory study tables so that students have a clear understanding of what it means to be a student first and athlete second.  "We hold them to a higher standard and expect nothing, but greatness from them", says Coach Amos.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:59 PM, 03.09.2017

Program to Make Hannah Gibbons, Euclid Park Students Eco-conscious

Students at nine CMSD schools, including Hannah Gibbons and Euclid Park, are going to get an up-close look at their school's carbon footprint with the installation of a tool that tracks the flow of electricity in their building.    The program, called Environmental Dashboard, is being funded by Oberlin College, which received a $49,690 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Education.     CMSD is among three urban districts in the state to benefit from the grant, which will cover the costs of rolling out Environmental Dashboard at Mound, Orchard, Hannah Gibbons, George Washington Carver, Buhrer Dual Language, Garfield, Almira and Euclid Park schools and East Tech High School. 

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Local Students Host Multi-Cultural Event

The holidays are an exciting time for students and families of The Intergenerational Schools. Before dismissing for Winter Break, each campus holds a large open house event called “Celebration of Learning.” This is a time for students to share something special they have learned in their classrooms with friends, family, and community members during a themed event. At Lakeshore Intergenerational School, visitors were transported around the globe during their “It’s A Small Word” showcase. 

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Oliver H Perry Eagle Eye December

The holidays are always an exciting time for our scholars and staff at Oliver H Perry Elementary and Middle School. This past month we have had the pleasure of welcoming several new partners in educations into our building and hosting many exciting learning experiences and performances for our scholars.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Oliver H Perry Eagle Eye December - Kiwanis Club Adopts Oliver H. Perry

The local Kiwanis organization has generously adopted OHP and recently spent time in several classrooms, reading to scholars and talking with educators. We are grateful for the abundance of literature donated by them, to not only our individual scholars but classrooms as well. We also look forward to the addition of the Free Little Library they will be donating!

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Oliver H Perry Eagle Eye December -Cleveland Playhouse Performs “No Silly Season”

On Tuesday, December 13th, we had the pleasure of hosting the CPH’s, full length performance of “No Silly Season”. Scholars in grades K-4th were delighted by an interactive performance set in “Seasons Elementary” where the students are learning the importance of telling the truth. Performers then spent time in individual classrooms, interacting with scholars and leading them in hands-on learning activities.  

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 6:05 PM, 02.08.2017

Tri-C’s Women in Transition Program Open for Spring Registration at Metro Campus

The Women in Transition program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will launch a spring session at Metropolitan Campus on Jan. 17.

The free program uses education and training to empower women at a life crossroads. Participants build confidence and self-esteem through classes on personal development, career exploration and financial and computer literacy.

The eight-week course is designed to assist women in transitional periods of their lives, such as a career change or return to the workforce. The non-credit program is free and open to the public.

Classes will be held at Tri-C’s Metro Campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 17 to March 9. Metro Campus is at 2900 Community College Ave. in Cleveland.

Registration is required for the program. To learn more or to enroll, call 216-987-4187.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 12:11 PM, 01.13.2017

School Seeks Enthusiastic Volunteers!

At Lakeshore Intergenerational School, we strive to provide our students with unique opportunities to grow their learning. While our teachers provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience inside the classroom, local volunteers have given our students a chance to extend their learning beyond this familiar setting.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 6:48 PM, 12.04.2016

Students Bond with Elders at Local Nursing Home

The students in Mrs. Jose’s Junior Cluster class at Lakeshore Intergenerational School have had a tremendous time visiting residents at BraeView Care and Rehabilitation Center. These monthly visits create a setting in which students and elders are able to form meaningful connections and relationships.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 7:00 PM, 11.07.2016

Reading Mentors Make a Difference

At Lakeshore Intergenerational School, we strive to provide our students with unique opportunities to grow their learning. While our teachers provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience inside the classroom, local volunteers have given our students a chance to extend their learning beyond this familiar setting.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 7:55 PM, 10.03.2016

Students Visit Local Long-Term Care Facility

After a long summer break, the teachers and staff at Lakeshore Intergenerational School could not be more thrilled to welcome students back to our building. We have many things to look forward to this year, but we are most excited to begin our classroom Intergenerational Visits.

Each one of our classrooms is partnered with a local long-term care facility for the school year. They visit these facilities once a month and participate in activities that are designed to create meaningful interaction with residents, as well as reinforce their classroom learning.

We are fortunate to include the Slovene Home for the Aged in our list of local partners. They have done a tremendous job ensuring that our students and their residents are able to make the most of their time together. They generously offer their space and resources to host two of our Primary Cluster classrooms, one of which belongs to Kristin Miracle.

 

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.09.2016

CMSD Has Your Back-To-School Information

The school year is at hand, and families are sure to have questions about school hours, transportation and other details.

CMSD has assembled a large volume of back-to-school information and posted it on the District website.

If you still have questions, contact the Back-to-School Hotline at 216-838-3675.

A special call center will handle questions about transportation through Sept. 30.

The transportation hotline will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, Saturday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 20. Call 216-838-4BUS (4287) and follow the prompts.

Most CMSD schools will return from summer break on Monday, Aug. 15.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 1:19 PM, 08.11.2016

Back to school event Get ready

New Generation, Tara United and Young Leaders Program will be throwing this event for kids and teens of all communities. This will be held Thursday Aug 11,2016 from 5pm-8pm at Euclid Mini  police station . We ask that the community step up and help us take care of our youth . We are in need of people to donate school uniforms and or school supplies to us so we can give them to our kids and teens at this event . If interested please call 216 622-5849 Breauna Sweeney .

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 PM, 07.10.2016

Lakeshore Intergenerational School Is Looking for Volunteers

Lakeshore Intergenerational School is currently looking for local community members interested in serving as tutors, reading mentors and volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year. These important positions allow our students to enhance and enrich their learning with intergenerational partners who are committed to the education of the youngest members of our community.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 PM, 07.10.2016

Robotics team wins world championship

Cleveland is home to a world championship team – in robotics.

A squad of 25 CMSD high school students joined forces with peers from three other cities over the weekend to win the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”

According to its leaders, the Cleveland team is the first from Ohio to win the world championship since it was started 25 years ago. This year’s competition drew 640 high school teams from the across the United States and a number of other countries, including Israel, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Turkey, Taiwan, China and the Czech Republic.

The CMSD unit is based at Cuyahoga Community College's Youth Technology Academy. Students returned there by bus on Sunday night and celebrated with teachers and their families.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:36 AM, 06.11.2016