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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Learn how teens can earn college credit at no cost while in high school or middle school during a College Credit Plus Information Night from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will again offer free personal income tax filing services to qualified taxpayers filing simple returns for 2016.
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.
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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MIAMI, Oct. 20 – Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District tonight won 2016 Urban Educator of the Year honors at the Council of the Great City Schools’ 60th Annual Fall Conference here.
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.
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.
Changes are coming to one of the oldest buildings at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
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.
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.
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 .
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.
Junior Achievement brought volunteers to Memorial School on May 6th, 2016 to teach the students lessons in how to own their economic success and thrive in our global 21st-Century economy.
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.
The days are getting longer, the sun is beginning to shine, and at Memorial that means that the art work is blooming! Memorial’s Spring Spectacular was held on Thursday, April 28th. There were over 150 pieces of artwork on display. Students displayed their proficiency with everything from water colors to oils and abstract portraits to winter landscapes. Guests were able to leave positive comments for the students to read as well as a silent auction with all proceeds going towards our art program. And if that wasn’t amazing enough, our 1st -3rd grade choir performed several songs and did a remarkable job! You can view Memorial students’ artwork online at www.artstonia.com. Type in Cleveland, OH under the location tab and click on Memorial.
Once again, the students at Memorial School planted their geraniums in the Collinwood School Fire Memorial Garden.
We’d missed a year last year, but made up for it this year, because we could plant both ends of the Garden. 44 red and white (the school colors) geraniums - plus some serious weeding!
With the school year coming to an end, it was only appropriate to show our collective appreciation for the support and cooperation provided by the CHS over the year. Support included help in recovering older trophies which had been “lost” in storage which now grace the Social Room; help to get recognition for a soon-to-be-Centurion, Angela Laurich, who had to leave school in 10th grade to help her family financially during the depression and always regretted not being an “official Railroader”; assisting in efforts to “save” the iconic murals on the first floor, all 440 feet of them and the support for school tour visitations, especially the larger reunion groups. All in all, the year was marked by unparalleled school cooperation especially from Principal Mary Miller, Senior Class Adviser Philana Williams, Literacy Coach, Gigi Williams and Gail Greenberg, Media Specialist to name a few.
Collinwood High Schools 2016 graduating class enjoyed their annual right-of-passage senior trip on May 13th. For the high soaring Senior’s, their destination was GradNite at Cedar Point where high school seniors from around the state come together in one big party at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World. High school seniors had a chance to mingle with other schools, widening their perspective and shared their views on the exceptional education program enjoyed here at Collinwood. They arrived by charter bus at noon and stayed until mid-night, enjoying a wonderful day of fellowship, thrilling rides (especially the Valravn), games and afterhours parties. A great time was had by all!
Cleveland’s DM4G students recently completed a Quick Kindness project called “postcard happiness”. This activity allowed us to send postcards to children who are currently hospitalized at University Hospital Case Medical Center. These children could benefit from a little postal kindness. The wonderful cards were created to uplift their spirits while in the hospital.
A mentoring program for Cleveland Metropolitan School District eighth-graders will double its reach to 46 schools this fall.
True2U, a collaborative effort involving the Cleveland Foundation, the District, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Neighborhood Leadership Institute, guides the students as they prepare for what can be a make-or-break transition to high school, post-secondary education or training and careers.
Collinwood-area chools that will be added include Memorial, Hannah Gibbons, Euclid Park, Iowa-Maple and Kenneth W. Clement Boys' Leadership Academy. Oliver H. Perry and East Clark already participate. After the expansion, the program will be in more than half of CMSD’s K-8 schools. The remaining schools will be added during the 2017-18 academic year.
Each month, mentors from corporations and other segments of the community fan out for three hours to participating schools, helping students to envision their future and work on skills required to make that future a reality.
Much of the focus is on career and college readiness, said Shana Marbury, general counsel and vice president for the Greater Cleveland Partnership, a metropolitan area chamber of commerce.
“For GCP, that’s one of the biggest attractions of the program,” Marbury said as she and other mentors worked with students last month at the Douglas MacArthur Girls’ Leadership Academy on Valleyside Road. “It’s building a pipeline.” Mentors have undergone training led by Stedman Graham, a leadership consultant and author, and follow a curriculum based on his book, “Teens Can Make It Happen, Nine Steps to Success.” They help the students assess and develop their decision-making skills, self-image, strengths and values.
At the beginning of the program, Brenda, a student at Douglas MacArthur, completed an assessment that showed she is introverted. The 13-year-old has resolved to challenge herself to be more outgoing
Mentors have helped the children research and choose their high schools. As a “portfolio district,” CMSD permits students to select from an array of options to find the best fit.
Brenda plans to attend Bard High School Early College because she believes that will be the best place to capitalize on her passion for writing. She hopes someday to write fantasy fiction like the Harry Potter series that she calls her obsession.
“My main goal is to be a lawyer,” said Brenda, who leans toward specializing in business and corporate law. “I’d like to be an author on the side.”
Teacher Veronica Wessell welcomes the mentors’ presence and says they fill a void at Douglas MacArthur.
“It provides the students with more resources,” she said. “We don’t have full-time guidance counselors. It’s hard for me as a teacher to go away from the curriculum and teach those things.”
Five mentors from fields like banking and architecture work with teacher David Slutzky’s students at Paul L. Dunbar on West 29th Street. He said the mentoring has prompted the children to consider what they want to do in life and “opens their eyes to things they didn’t know were options.”
Indya, 14, knew she wanted to be a neurologist but had no idea where to attend high school until exploring her options through True2U.
She settled on her neighborhood school, Lincoln-West, where a new small school, centered on science and health, will begin sharing the building this summer. The MetroHealth System has signed on as the school’s partner.
“Before they (the mentors) came, I wasn’t sure what to do, where to go,” Indya said. “They helped me step by step."
Rosanne Rosenberger, treasury products manager for KeyBank, was impressed that many Dunbar eighth-graders already had a strong sense of their future direction. But she took delight in helping them get a clearer view.
“I really enjoy the “Aha” moments the kids get,” said Rosenberger, who formerly worked as a special-education aide for the Strongsville schools.
True2U supplied 180 mentors this year. The program must increase that number to about 400 this year, said Kasey Morgan, a program officer for the Cleveland Foundation.
The Neighborhood Leadership Institute is in charge of recruiting the mentors. For more information, call 216-812-8700.
Some Collinwood High School 10th-graders are supplying gear for crew of the International Space Station.
Students in teacher Rosalyn Allen’s Fashion and Design make components for totes – officially known as cargo transfer bags – that astronauts can use to carry science experiments, food, clothing and other items.
It’s part of the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware, or HUNCH, program that the space agency started 13 years ago.
Some schools actually make hardware, like the storage locker parts machined at the Medina County Career Center, one of three other participating Ohio sites. But Collinwood is a soft- goods supplier.
For now, the Collinwood-made components will become part of bags used in training. If the students stick with Fashion Design II and become more skilled with their product, the totes will end up aboard the space station.
“This is an ongoing project,” said Allen, whose students began working part time on the bags a little less than two months ago. “We don’t anticipate a stopping point.”
The students cut strips for fasteners and plastic for pockets that they stitch onto the bag’s nylon sides. They also attach D-shaped metal rings and sew in lining.
The 22 students feel a sense of purpose as they go about their work.
“We are only in the 10th grade, and we are making something that could go into outer space,” said Chardajah Martin, an aspiring pediatrician who took the class for fun.
Bashonne Hemingway, a point guard on Collinwood’s basketball team, yearns to play professionally or at least stay close to sports as a physical therapist. In the meantime, he takes pride in sewing for the space program.
“It counts as an accomplishment,” he said. “I made a bag for someone who’s doing something a lot of people don’t get a chance to do.”
Collinwood is one of CMSD’s four New Tech Academies, part of a national project-based network that engages students with hands-on work. CMSD is a "portfolio district," offering students a variety of school options so they can choose the one that best fits their needs.
The tote project blends math, social studies and history. Students measure and cut material, but they also learn about a space station program that dates back 16 years and 46 expeditions and brings nations together in international cooperation.
NASA’s Cleveland-based Glenn Research Center began participating in HUNCH two years ago and recruited Collinwood to the cause.
Glenn provided Collinwood with two industrial sewing machines and material and trained students to make components that meet the agency’s standards.
The students learn about quality control, said Nancy Hall, an aerospace engineer and manager of the HUNCH project at Glenn. They also gain what could be an edge in the job market.
“This is great to put on a resume,” Hall said. “This is something that benefits the space program and the astronauts.”
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District wants to help keep Cleveland children fed during the summer by serving them breakfast, lunch and possibly supper for free.
CMSD encourages parents whose children will attend kindergarten in the fall to enroll them as soon as possible.
The District offers free full-day kindergarten with early literacy and math instruction and computer technology, all supervised by highly qualified teachers. Students also can receive free hearing screenings, free vision exams and glasses and, at select schools, free dental services.
Children may be enrolled at any neighborhood school. Enrolling now would allow schools to plan for the number of students it expects and allow parents and children to prepare for the experience of kindergarten.
Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 3 to attend kindergarten this year. Children who will turn 4 years old on or before Sept. 30 may be eligible for a free pre-kindergarten program.
Parents must bring to registration the child’s birth certificate, a complete and up-to-date immunization record, proof of address and, if applicable, guardianship documents.
Parents whose children primarily speak languages other than English or who are 3 or older and have special needs should call one of these numbers for assessment and registration.
Multilingual Multicultural Education Center -- 216-404-5159
Special Education -- 216-838--7733
Early Entrance -- 216-838-0131
Early Childhood – 216-838-0110
Enrollment information may be found at http://clevelandmetroschools.org/Page/395. For further information, contact the Office of Student Enrollment at 216-838-3675.
The 2016 graduation class of Collinwood High School elected to have the Collinwood Train, the Legendary 999, for their senior class picture theme. In the almost 70 year history of the 999, it was the very first senior class to have such a distinctive honor.
On Friday, April 22nd, the 999 rolled out of its storage location at the old Clevite Bronze building on St. Clair Avenue looking the best it has in years. The TLC provided by the 999 crew headed by Gary Budzar, Class of 64, paid off handsomely. At 11:00, circling the school, it announced its arrival with repeated horn and whistle blasts. Within a few short minutes, the total senior class along with teachers assembled outside the John D. Opie auditorium, completely swamping the 999!
Judging by the smiles, enthusiasm and exiting comments, this was a very special outing for both the senior class and the 999. According to Gail Greenberg, Media Specialist, “The 999 photo was a HUGE success! Thanks for Alumni Associations efforts in making it possible”. Good Luck Seniors!!!
The Collinwood High School Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed thirteen new members at a special induction ceremony held recently at the school. Juniors and Seniors recognized for their outstanding achievement in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character were these 2016 inductees: Juanicia Casebolt; Rodney Chandler; Da’Zhah Gamble; Tyra Henderson; Kiarah Jones; Raymel Menefee; Rayonna Sanders; Brandin Smith; Shialetha Steel; Kayla Vaughn; Charlena Watts; Deja’nae Wilson and Edwin Woods.
KeyBank will give Ginn Academy $250,000 for college test preparation, summer internships, scholarships and an investment club.
Students at the all-male high school cheered enthusiastically when the announcement was made Monday at a regular school assembly, better known as the morning meeting. It is the largest single donation the school has ever received.
“It creates opportunities for each of you to thrive on your own terms,” said Christopher M. Gorman, president of Key Corporate Bank, which focuses mostly on corporations and services that include capital market investments, mergers and acquisitions. “We can’t wait to see where this investment takes us all.”
The grant was made through the KeyBank Foundation, which Gorman serves as president. The award, spanning five years, will fund:
• tutoring for juniors and seniors to improve scores on the ACT and SAT college-admissions tests;
• summer internships with local companies and development of skills such as resume writing;
• $1,000 scholarships for up to 10 seniors a year to help fill in gaps in their education funding;
• and operation of an investment club and instruction in money management for ninth- and 10th-graders.
Ted Ginn Sr., the school’s executive director and founder, said the grant “helps us in the areas we need help in.” He thanked KeyBank for “believing in our students.”
Collinwood High School is giving the community an inside look at the school and its programs by arranging for groups to conduct “instructional rounds.”
Memorial School held a program on March 4 to mark the 108th anniversary of the Collinwood School fire, a massive tragedy that took the lives of 172 children and two teachers. The program featured remarks by Councilman Mike Polensek, a presentation by Mary Louise Jesek Daley, president of the Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society, and lessons on fire safety from the Cleveland Division of Fire
With one grading period left in the school year, CMSD’s attendance campaign is on track to achieve its goal of reducing chronic absenteeism by 10 percent.
The “Get to School! You Can Make It!” campaign, launched in July, is designed to prevent students from missing 10 or more days in a school year. Students who had missed more than seven days by the end of the third quarter were considered to be at risk of exceeding the threshold.
When the third quarter ended this month, 53.2 percent of District students had missed seven or fewer days. That compares with an average of 47.3 percent at the same point the previous three years. In a district with 38,525 students, the difference is 2,273 more students.
For CMSD to remain on a course to hit the target, more than 52.6 percent had to be on track in attendance at the end of the quarter.
St. John Nottingham Lutheran School has been serving North Collinwood for over 123 years. The school has a proud tradition of academic and athletic success. The faculty and staff are caring Christian educators who work dilligently for their students.
Come and meet the faculty of St. John Nottingham and tour the facility at one of our open houses on:
Sunday April 3, 2016
Sunday April 10, 2016
St. John is located at the corner of Nottingham Road and East 176th Street (1027 East 176th Street). Times are from 1:00-4:00 PM. Learn how your children can attend St. John Nottingham for FREE!!!!
For more information contact 216-531-8204. Be a part of the proud tradition of St. John Nottingham!
Dancing Wheels Company and School, as part of Collinwood 2015, just completed their 10 week residency at O.H. Perry. The schools fifth grade class got to learn about Newton's Laws of Motion, incivility, and dance. The residency concluded with a performance for the school, teaching their fellow scholars about physics.
On Saturday, March 19th, families with pre-k children learned about robots at O.H. Perry. Not only did they discovered how robots can "clean the beach" they also saw some big robots up close. "Cosmo and the Robot," a children's book about a boy living in space with robots, was the inspiration for the day's activities.
The cold didn't stop anyone from going outside to see some robots up close. Children and parents alike were in awe as Tim Willis brought out the big robots and put them to action. The youth rode on the robot dog and discovered all their moving pieces. They even got to drive in a go-cart.
With a hex bug, craft supplies, and their imaginations, the kids created a machine that picked up cheerios, which emulated cleaning the beach. They also made their very own robot puppets. The event concluded with everyone enjoying lunch catered by Gus's Diner.
Cleveland Metropolitan School District Students Present “Kiss Me Kate” for the 17th annual All-City Musical April 22-24
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District will present the 17th annual All-City Musical April 22 – 24 at the Ohio Theatre on Playhouse Square.
The production of “Kiss Me Kate,” with the music of Cole Porter, will feature the talents of nearly 50 CMSD studentsfrom across the District. Note: The performance dates are one month earlier than in previous years.
Kimberly Sias, Director of All-City Arts, directs the production. The Musical Theater Project joins the Human Fund this year as a producing partner.
The musical is presented with generous support from The Helen F. and Louis Stolier Family Foundation, The Edwin D. Northrop II Fund, The George Gund Foundation and Playhouse Square. Community partners include the City of Cleveland.
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23, at its Eastern Campus, located at 4250 Richmond Road in Highland Hills.
Did you miss Memorial's Family Math Night? Oh my goodness we had such a good time! Parents came out in droves to visit classrooms, learn about math games they can play with their children at home to reinforce classroom learning, and ask about upcoming state testing. Origami animals, a hallway scavenger hunt, paper airplane races, and estimation stations were just a few of the activities set up for families. A huge thank you to all of the familes that came out to support. If we missed you this month, we hope you will be able to attend an upcoming event. Go Cardinals!
“Around the World in Masks” easily could have been the theme of a hands-on outreach program for Ms. Laureen Thomas’ Visual Arts students, presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art, in collaboration with Cleveland Public Library Collinwood Branch and Collinwood High School.
The CMA docents’ presentation included a discussion and close-up look at masks from Japan, Indonesia, Nigeria and Alaska. As students carefully examined each mask, they learned about its unique construction, symbolism, and history.
The class also enjoyed hearing about customs practiced by a variety of people and tribes, the Noh, Maasai, Yoruba and Tlingits among them. Perhaps the highlight of the program was examining the brilliantly-colored and delicate Mardi Gras mask, made entirely of feathers.