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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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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

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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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

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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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

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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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

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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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

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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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

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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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

Enrollment Begins at Lakeshore Intergenerational School for 2016-2017 Year

Lakeshore Intergenerational School is so pleased to have full enrollment for our second year here in the North Collinwood area.  Many community members may not be fully aware of our presence here so we would like to give a brief overview of LIS as a large portion of our philosophy is community engagement and promoting lifelong learning.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

Celebrating the Artist in Us All!

What do Picasso, Monet, and Kahlo have in common?  The most obvious is that they were all famous artists with distinct styles.  A little less obvious is that at one point they were all children; creative, imaginative, and free-thinking.   At Memorial, we believe every child deserves an opportunity to unleash their inner artist and with our resident artist, Mrs. Hopkins, as their guide and as their vehicle, our budding artists have found an opportunity to showcase their developing skills and unique talents.  Artstonia is the largest student art museum in the world! Every child can have an online art gallery and preserve their masterpiece for all time! Check out our student masterpieces on our FB page or at 

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

CMSD Sees Gains In K-3 Literacy And Graduation Rate On 2015 State Report Card

State Report Cards released by the Ohio Department of Education today show progress in two important areas for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District:  K-3 literacy and on-time graduation. The District’s K-3 literacy rate grew by 4.2%, a measure that CEO Eric Gordon calls “significant” for a large urban district. Although CMSD would have improved its rating to a D on the scale used by the Ohio Department of Education last year, the state raised its passing rate for this year’s class, dropping CMSD’s score to an F, despite the District’s gains this year. “Even though state tests change from year to year and make it difficult to make the apples-to-apples comparisons we can see on the more consistent NAEP (Nation’s Report Card) tests, we are encouraged by the gains we are seeing in grades K-3 and by our gains in the most stable measure of our growth--a record-high graduation rate,” said Gordon.  The District’s on-time graduation rate grew from 52.1% to 66.0%--a 13.9% gain over four years.The reported graduation rate, 65.9, measures CMSD’s 2013-14 class and is watermarked this year due to an appeal the District filed to remove five non-CMSD students whose scores should not have been counted.  Removal is expected to improve the District’s score to 66%—a district high for CMSD that has reached a record-high graduation rate four years in a row.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 4:59 PM, 02.06.2016

Tracking the "Epic of American Railroads" Mural at Collinwood High School

For more than 75 years, the "Epic of American Railroads" WPA mural on Collinwood High School's first floor southwest hall has been a focal point for countless students, staff and community members, and a sentimental favorite among alumni young and old.  Although the mural's current condition reflects both the natural aging process as well as considerable wear and tear, this incredible artwork still has managed to stand the test of time and preserve a story that merits recounting.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

Celebrating Attendance

When students miss school, it’s hard to come back. Instruction is missed, assignments pile up, and motivation wanes. Having our students in class every day improves their chances for success and makes our school a better place. To motivate the students to get to school, the Cleveland Browns Foundation donated several prizes that were raffled off to Memorial students in recognition of their awesome school attendance. Congratulations to A’Mariea Morrison, Tremarreon Tucker, and Adontes Wilson for being the selected winners!  Get to school! You can make it!

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

Senior to Senior Day!

The DoMore4:Good team at Collinwood had a busy afternoon volunteering at the Five Points Community Center, where they were invited to visit and spend time with the attendees of the center’s Daily Senior Program.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

Visual Arts Students Create Holiday Box Sculptures for Community

Recycling, creativity and holiday cheer were all wrapped up in mixed media box sculptures designed by students in Ms. Laureen Thomas’ visual arts class, just in time for Christmas.  Inspiration for this art project was the work of American Abstract Expressionist sculptor and painter David Smith.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

A Christmas Carol Contest Winners at Memorial!

Launched in 1989, the annual Great Lakes Theater A Christmas Carol Writing Contest is a literacy program open to all Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) students in grades six, seven and eight. Every year, students participate by writing original stories, songs and poems inspired by the timeless themes in Dickens classic tale. Almost 2,000 students from over 50 CMSD schools submit entries to the contest each season. Memorial is proud to announce to two of our Cardnals, Shadell Flowers (7th grade) and Shelena Stokes (7th grade) were announced among this years winners! All participating students received admission to a special student matinee performance of the play. At the conclusion of this special matinee, school winners are brought up on stage, awarded A Christmas Carol t-shirts, meet members of the acting company, and receive special recognition - and thunderous applause - from their peers and teachers. The Memorial family is proud of you both!

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 PM, 12.06.2015

Safety to Go Visits Memorial School

Humans learn best by doing.  It is true for adults and even more so for children.  So if you want a 4 year old to really retain information you better make sure he/she is an active participant in the learning.  Carol Mains, a former CMSD teacher with over 30 years of expericence and founder of Safety to Go, incorporates both classroom learning and simulated real world experiences in an effort to bring safety awareness and trainings to students across the state of Ohio.  She and her program, Safety to Go, stopped by Memorial School on November 10th to show PreK how to stay safe in their communities. A portable Safety Communiy was selt up in the gym and the staff guided the students with hands on practice with the safety equipment as well as an opportunity to ride through the community.  The program focused on the awareness of safety rules to help prevent childhood accidents as well as a anti-bullying message to promote acceptance of others in our communities.  The students loved the program and talked about it for days after.  Thank you Saftey to Go!  For more information about the Safety to Go program visit  

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 PM, 12.06.2015

CMSD performers wow OH Perry crowd at annual 'Molly Day' celebration

The annual "Molly Day" performances by Cleveland Metropolitan School District students at O.H. Perry School that memorialize the late daughter of retired U.S. Sen. George Voinovich and his wife Janet each year are always rousing, heartfelt and sometimes hilarious.  

They certainly brought a smile to the face of the Voinovich family, to Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek and to a crowd of more than 100 people at the school Nov. 6, including school District CEO Eric Gordon.

“This is one of my favorite days of the year,” Gordon told the crowd. “This is one of my favorites because we get to see our tremendous students doing the great things they do every day here. But let’s also make sure we remember that this is what goes on in every CMSD school, every single day and that’s why they are committed to being here every day.”

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 PM, 12.06.2015

Lakeshore Intergenerational School to have Winter Concert

Lakeshore Intergenerational School has had a great start of the school year! Two of our classes participated in Halloween festivities at VASJ. Our students had a terrific time celebrating with a variety of students from the area. Thank you to VASJ for the great fun, we look forward to future partnerships!

As the first trimester has just ended and the holidays are quickly approaching, LIS will be hosting their annual Celebration of Learning and Winter Concert. This year’s concert is entitled “Winter Time Rock & Roll”. It will be held on Friday December 18th at 2pm. Please join us in celebrating the holiday season and the end of the first half of the year! For more information please contact the school at 216-586-3872.  

If your family is looking for an innovative, high performing school for your child for the 2016-2017 academic year, our early enrollment begins in January. For more information about early enrollment at LIS please visit:

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 PM, 12.06.2015

Memorial Garden Honors the Past and Looks to the Future

The leaves might be changing and the temperatures falling, but the students At Memorial are all fired up about the community garden. Created to honor the victims of the Collinwood fire in 1908, the garden is a joint effort between the students at Memorial School and Collinwood’s Little Red Cap group, which is made up of members from the community. 
This summer new mulch was laid and the ground overturned in an effort to prepare the area for planting.  The goal is to create a space that honors both the lives lost and fosters a sense of community among the living.  Little Red Cap meetings are open to the public and welcome community support. To volunteer to help in the garden or to make a financial donation to assist with the upkeep of the garden, please contact Elva Brodnick at or Michelle Person at  

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:41 AM, 11.25.2015

Memorial Soccer Team Makes Playoffs

In its inaugural season, the Memorial soccer team ended the season with an impressive 5-2 record.  The soccer team consisting of Michael Johnson, Jacquez Riggans, Christopher Switzer, Shamari Wallace, Imani Baker, Sydney Moore, Avante Donerison, Rayshawn Starks, Rashard Wilis, and Jermaine Strozier, won against Joseph Gallagher, Nathan Hale, Campus International, Kenneth Clement, and Mound qualifying them to make the city playoffs.  Michael R White beat Memorial in the regular season, while Riverside defeated Memorial in the semi final playoff game. Riverside went on to win the Soccer Championship. We are extremely proud of our Cardinals and can’t wait for next year!

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:41 AM, 11.25.2015

Strong Parental Involvement = Student Success

The days might be getting shorter and the temperatures are getting cooler, but that is not keeping Memorial parents from supporting their children.  September was a busy month at Memorial with both Open house and Father’s Walk.  Memorial parents made a strong showing at both.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 5:41 PM, 10.12.2015

2015 Collinwood "Railroaders" Footaball Schedule

2015 Collinwood “Railroaders” Football Schedule

Date:          Time:           Opponent:                                Location:                                  

8/28           7:00 pm      Trinity “Trojans”                             Bedford Bearcats Stadium  

9/4             7:00 pm       Luthern East “Falcons”                    Home

9/11          7:00 pm        Leetonia “Bears”                            Leetonia

9/18          7:00 pm        John Adams “Rebels”                      Home

9/25         7:00 pm         Lincoln West “Wolverines”               James Rhodes

10/2         3:00 pm         Whitney Young  “Warriors”              Roye Kidd Field (JFK)

10/9        3:00 pm         East Tech “Scarabs”                        Home

10/23      3:00 pm         Glenville “Tarblooders”                    Home

10/30      3:00 pm         John Marshall “Lawyers”                  James Rhodes

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

Collinwood New Tech students pursue vision and service to community

Collinwood New Tech High School freshmen have a vision. In fact, so does their entire school community.

New Tech Principal Maria Carlson and the staff at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school are challenging an incoming ninth-grade class of about 90 students to not only grasp and live out the school’s overall educational vision, but to each come up with a personal vision statement.

The idea is to expose the incoming freshman to the ever-important “So what?” question that hangs over so many high school students as they approach their upcoming four-year high school career – and beyond, Carlson said.

“Because school is not just ‘So I can get an A in physical science,’ but ‘How will this help me beyond school?’,” she said. “We thought that it was important that before we jump into content projects, we help them think about ‘Who am I?’ and ‘How do I fit into my community – at New Tech, at Collinwood High and in the community?”

To that end, Carlson and Site Coordinator Amy Carlson (no relation) of Ohio Guidestone, a Northeast Ohio social services agency, have already had the students do SWOT (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats) analyses of themselves and their school, take the well-known Myers-Briggs personality test, meet with community leaders and plan a “Day of Service.”

In short, they are working together to provoke the ninth-graders to think big – but also think specifically.

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, that meant students meeting with public officials, community leaders, clergy and others to talk about life beyond high school and giving back to their community.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

St. John Nottingham serving Collinwood for over 125 years

St. John Lutheran School is proud that it has, over the years, admitted students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies and admissions policies.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Lakeshore Intergenerational School

It’s about that time of year again; school is just around the corner. Last weekend the staff of Lakeshore Intergenerational School hosted their second annual Family Fun Day! Over 200 people came to enjoy the activities.  Returning and new students are so excited for school to begin.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015