School News

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

Memorial Spring Spectacular

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 Type in Cleveland, OH  under the location tab and click on Memorial

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.11.2016

Geraniums are Back in the Garden!

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!

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.11.2016

Collinwood High School Appreciation Day

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.

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

Graduating Class Celebrates at Cedar Point

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!

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

Post Card Happiness

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

Schools to Join Mentoring Program

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. 


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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

Collinwood is Supplier for Space Program

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.”

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

Schools Plan to Serve Summer Meals

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

Enroll Now for Kindergarten

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 For further information, contact the Office of Student Enrollment at 216-838-3675.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

Senior Picture Day At CHS

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!!!

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

Collinwood National Honor Society Inducts 13 New Members

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.05.2016

KeyBank Gives Ginn Academy $250,000

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.”

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

Collinwood School Fire Remembrance

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

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

Attendance Campaign On Pace To Hit Target

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

Open House at St. John Nottingham Lutheran School

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!

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

Scholars Dance to Newton's Law of Motion

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

Robots Everywhere!

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. 

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.06.2016

Memorial Math Night

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! 

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 03.06.2016

The Cleveland Museum of Art Shares a Cultural Celebration in Masks

“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.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 03.06.2016

Lakeshore Intergenerational School and the Slovene Home Partners in Learning

At Lakeshore Intergenerational School, we believe in lifelong learning. One way that we share this philosophy with our students, and the community, is by forming partnerships with local long term care facilities. Each class at L.I.S. engages with a facility monthly to complete a curriculum based activity with the residents. Both the students and residents learn something new, and have a great time interacting with one another.

This month, we would like to honor one of those partners. The Slovene Home has partnered with L.I.S. for two years now, and engages with not one, but two of our classrooms. The residents are always so much fun to be around, and offer an immeasurable amount of knowledge to contribute to the education of our students. One student said “I love to go! They are always so funny.” Another student said, “I love the Slovene home because my friends there have great stories to tell!” We want to thank the Slovene Home for being an outstanding partner, and we look forward to many intergenerational experiences in the future!  

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 03.06.2016

Get to School! You Can Make it!

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Safe Routes to School program will partner with the “Get 2 School. You Can Make It!” attendance campaign and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health on Saturday, Feb. 27 to canvass neighborhoods and encourage residents to clear snow from their walkways, making walking safer.

Safe Routes to School, which includes the City of Cleveland, Ohio Department of Transportation and other partners, seeks to help students in kindergarten through eighth grade safely walk or ride their bicycles to school. Safe routes can improve community safety, health and wellness, academic performance and the environment. 

Volunteers from CMSD, Neighborhood Progress Inc., Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood and the Franklin Block Club will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday to walk the Central and Detroit-Shoreway neighborhoods. The volunteers will gather at Alfred E. Benesch School, 6393 Quincy Ave., and Joseph M. Gallagher School, 6601 Franklin Blvd.

Nearly two-thirds of CMSD students live within one mile of their schools. Many students walk and ride their bikes to school, so clean and safe routes have a substantial impact on attendance. 

The attendance campaign is working to reduce the number of students who miss 10 or more days of school in a year. Students who miss 10 or more days score an average of 15 points lower on state math exams and 12 points lower on state reading exams. They are 34 percent less likely to graduate. 

More information about CMSD’s Safe Routes to School program can be found at 

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 03.06.2016

New Session of Tri-C’s Women in Transition Program Open for Registration at Metropolitan Campus In Cleveland

The Women in Transition program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will launch two new sessions March 22 at Metropolitan Campus.

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.

Day classes will be held at Tri-C’s Metro Campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from March 22 to May 12. An evening session will be offered from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 22 to May 12.

Registration is required. To learn more or to enroll, call 216-987-4187. Metro Campus is at 2900 Community College Ave. in Cleveland.

Women in Transition also runs eight-week sessions at Tri-C’s Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, Western Campus in Parma and Corporate College West in Westlake. For more information, go to

Tri-C’s Women in Transition program began in 1978 and has contributed to thousands of personal success stories. It typically serves about 250 women a year. 

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 2:00 PM, 03.06.2016

Arts partnerships aid education at O.H. Perry

The arts play a dynamic part in the comprehensive education being offered at Oliver H. Perry School. 

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District PreK-8 school on Schenely Avenue has started partnerships this school year with the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning and  the Dancing Wheels troupe. 

Oliver H. Perry Principal Anne Priemer believes bringing artists into the classrooms furthers a child’s development. 

“It enhances a young child’s motor skills, language development, visual learning, cultural awareness and creativity, which are essential to academic achievement,” she said. “Arts education fosters students’ critical thinking and observation skills because it requires students to focus and spend time observing and analyzing the world around them.” 

Priemer, in her first year at the school after completing the CMSD’s Aspiring Principals Academy, previously worked as a teacher in New York and as director of curriculum and instruction at a Cleveland-area charter school. She said studies have shown that schools with robust art programs are often higher performing. 

“Arts education can reinforce what students are learning in their core content areas,” she said, citing two examples: 

* When a local 4H club visited the school, she said members were impressed that so many of the Oliver H. Perry fifth-graders could answer all of the questions about Newton’s Laws of Physics. Priemer said the students knew the answers because they are “choreographing their own dance with Dancing Wheels based on Newton’s Laws.” 

* She also said that many of her students are more excited to come to school because of a graphic arts project through the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning in which “they know they will be creating digital images that may end up on a Jones Soda bottle for distribution.” 

Priemer said the effect of the arts on education isn’t always easily measured, but it can still be seen easily enough – if you’re looking. 

“When Dancing Wheels came to perform for the entire school, even our kindergarten and first-grade students were mesmerized for the whole hour,” she said. “Anyone who knows students that age knows that’s a big deal.” 

She said students regularly ask whether the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning's Jimmie Woody, a professional actor, director and teaching artist, will be in the school that day or if the center is going to help with a year-end play again this school year. 

“That’s the conundrum with the arts – how do you measure a direct impact?” she said. “But we know that it does make a difference and that it also helps us market our school to families who are interested in both academics and arts.”

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CMSD moves closer to building new O.H. Perry


The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is moving closer to building a new Oliver H. Perry School.

Plans were to go before the city Planning Commission on Feb. 5. The schedule calls for groundbreaking in late August or early September and the completion of work by December 2017.

The school will be built on a different part of the Schenely Avenue property that the existing Oliver H. Perry now occupies. That will avoid the need to relocate students during construction.

A volunteer advisory committee made up of district representatives, community leaders, neighborhood residents and community partners has been meeting since last summer to help architects with the building design, site plan and traffic flow.

CEDA, which stands for Cleveland Educational Design Alliance, designed the building. CEDA is affiliated with TDA Architecture.

The new school will hold 470 students, with one classroom for preschool and two for each level from kindergarten through eighth grade. The building will have spaces for music, art, a media center and a project lab.

The construction was made possible when voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 4, a $200 million bond issue, in November 2014. CMSD plans to build 20 to 22 schools and remodel 20 to 23, continuing a modernization program that began in 2001. 

The state will contribute slightly more than $2 for every $1 the district spends on new construction. The bond issue did not increase taxes.

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2016 Youth Summit

On February 20, 2016, Famicos Foundation will host its Annual Youth Wellness Empowerment Summit. This event will be held at Glenville High School 650 E. 113th Street, Cleveland Ohio 44108 from 9:30am-3:00pm and is free of charge to all student attendees.  This summit hopes to give our youth the ability to make conscious choices to live well. Wellness as we know is an active process of becoming aware and making choices toward living a fulfilling life. More than the absence of illness, wellness is a dynamic and multifaceted process of change and growth in ones lives. With that in mind, we will seek to address the eight dimensions of wellness (Emotional, Occupational, Environmental, Physical, Intellectual, Social, Financial and Spiritual) in an engaging summit for students ages 12-18. 

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Gaining Insight- Teen volunteers learn to see with their hearts as they help visually impaired individuals.

The Collinwood High School DoMore4:Good team weathered the frigid Cleveland temperatures on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 as they traveled to the Cleveland Sight Center. The Cleveland Sight Center hosts a monthly Winners Club Social, which allows visually impaired adults to come together to socialize, complete recreational activities and learn a new skill.

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CHS Fashion Design Class: "Tailoring" Creativity

A simple pattern, a spool of thread, fleece cloth, decorative trim, and steady hands are all the materials Collinwood High School New Tech students have found they need to create warm winter hats for their latest project in Fashion Design.  Under the guidance of teacher, Rosalyn Allen, the class has not only been sharpening their sewing skills but also studying the history of fashion by various decades.

Considering that the garment industry and the manufacture of ready-to-wear clothing have a long and rich Cleveland connection, it is easy to see why this topic was a logical subject choice.

Through reading, researching and hands-on activities, linking the past to the present and future has been very engaging.  One recent assignment was to make straps and pockets for bags provided by NASA.  Another was to fashion no-sew fleece blankets, which were donated to a local homeless shelter.

Projects still on the drawing board are a much-anticipated trunk show and, perhaps, a fashion show.  Creating duct tape clothing and accessories is yet another possibility.

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Drumming Workshop at Collinwood Village Academy Drumming Workshop

Drumming Workshop at Collinwood Village Academy 

The fifth and sixth grade students at Collinwood Village Academy celebrated Martin Luther King week by participating in a drumming workshop on Thursday, January 21st and Friday, January, 22nd. Baba Jubal Harris, a professional drummer and music educator, taught them how to make their own drums and ten basic rhythms.

On Thursday, they made square drums by decorating wooden frames and wrapping clear plastic tape around the frame twice. On Friday, they learned various rhythms and movements. Staff members will prepare some of the students to perform at the school’s Cultural Arts Festival in February.

This workshop was made possible by a grant from Neighborhood Connections in association with the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.  Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries was instrumental in obtaining these funds. 

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Memorial School to Host its Sixth Annual African History Celebration

Dear Community Friends,

Memorial School is hosting its sixth annual African History Celebration on February 26, 2016 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM. The evening will be filled with performances, poetry, and activities celebrating the history and culture of African Americans. We are inviting you to participate by sharing your story, artifacts, or talent. You may also get involved by becoming a vendor in our Marketplace, which will be free of charge. The only thing you would need to do is bring your own table.

(Vendors)   Our program will begin at 5:00 PM and you will need to arrive by 3:45 PM to set up your display or to prepare for your presentation. Each presenter will have a space in the gymnasium and will have from 5:00 PM until 5:40 PM to present or share your products.   

Ø  Memorial School is located at 410 East 152nd Street Cleveland, Ohio 44110

Ø  Please call to confirm your participation and let us know if you will need a table.

Ø  Vendors-there is no fee for vending space, our goal is to promote our local businesses to our parents at Memorial School.

We are excited about this event and are very grateful for your participation.  To confirm your participation please call Margaret Craig (Community Organizer) at (216) 692-1388 or Mr. Neal (Assistant Principal) at (216) 692-4118 or Ms. Burrus (216) 262-6995

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