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  • Cuyahoga Heights Middle and High Schools

    December, 2017 Volume 3, Issue 4

    The Monthly Update


    December 1

     Division VII State Championship Game at 10:00 a.m.

    December 5

     8th Grade Field Trip

     HS Winter Choir and Orchestra Concert at 7:00 p.m.

    December 7

     HS/MS Winter Band Concert at 7:00 p.m.

    December 8

     Music Department Field Trip

    December 9

     Wrestling Redskin Invitational at 10:00 a.m.

    December 11

     After Prom Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

    December 13

     Scarlet Angels on Fox 8 at 7:00 a.m.

     Winter Sports Photos

     Board of Education Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

    December 14

     HS Winter Choir and Orchestra Concert at 7:00 p.m.

    December 15

     6th Grade Field Trip December 18-21

     HS Exams; MS/HS Early Release at 12:20 p.m. (18, 19, 20) and

    11:20 a.m. (21)

    December 22

     Teacher Records Day, No School for Students

    December 23—January 7

     Winter Break

    It’s hard to believe that December is here and that the semester ends in three weeks! With

    the holiday season upon us, students and staff will soon be on Winter Break and looking

    forward to the new year.

    With the month of December comes a full schedule of athletic events as most winter

    sports teams are in full swing. In addition, we have three winter concerts this month that

    highlight seasonal instrumental and vocal arrangements. Further, semester exams for high

    school students will occur the week of December 18. Please check the school calendar for

    dates and times of all CHHS and CHMS events.

    I would like to wish all students, parents and community members a safe Winter Break,

    Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. I cannot express how fortunate I feel to be part

    of an excellent school district and an outstanding community. The opportunities to

    celebrate our school seem endless. I hope you all find time to reconnect with family and

    friends, to get some much needed rest, and to look ahead to the exciting opportunities in


    Principal’s Message

    During the holiday season, students in our music program will be performing at many

    locations in our community and throughout Cuyahoga County. The best opportunity to

    see a performance by the Scarlet Angels, orchestra, band and choir is to attend one of our

    Winter Concerts. Here is a listing of events:

    12/3 - Valley View Tree Lighting; Chamber Strings, Jazz Band and Scarlet Angels

    12/5 - HS School Orchestra/Vocal Concert

    12/7 - MS/HS Band Concert

    12/8 - Cleveland Botanical Gardens; Chamber Strings, Jazz Band, Scarlet Angels

    12/10 - Brooklyn Heights Santa Breakfast; Various musicians

    12/11 - Marymount; Chamber Strings

    12/13 - Fox 8; Scarlet Angels

    12/14 - MS Orchestra/Vocal Concert

    12/15 - 4th Grade Winter Holiday Showcase

    12/15 - Nuts, 1st Grade Musical

    12/19 - ES Band/Orchestra Concert

    Please visit our school website and view the “Calendar” for more details on most events.

    Music in the Community

  • The inspired student is filled with confidence and the desire to do something positive for himself/

    herself and others. Inspired students often inspire greatness in others.

    This month, four students were recognized for demonstrating respect:

     Week of November 6—Kyle Novak, nominated by Mr. Pesicka

     Week of November 13—Jacob Artino, nominated by Mr. Manfredonia

     Week of November 20—Brooke Wilson, nominated by Mrs. Croftcheck

     Week of November 27—Kaelib Graaf, nominated by Mr. Sokol

    November Pride Tribe—Inspired

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    The Monthly Update

    Selected students in grades 6 – 12 were honored as being our Students of the Month. These

    students perform exemplary in the classroom and are positive role models to their peers.

    Congratulations to the following students:

     12th Grade—Ryan Polk

     11th Grade—Kelly Orlowski

     10th Grade—Roman Jisa

     9th Grade—Monica Menkhaus

     8th Grade—Hannah Morrow

     7th Grade—Jacob Casey

     6th Grade—Danielle Mach

    November Students of the Month

    During November, high school student-athletes nominated by their coaches were recognized as

    athletes of the week for excelling in athletic performance, leadership and sportsmanship. Those

    student-athletes were:

     Jennifer Grabel, Senior, Cheerleading and Volleyball

     Jon Teter, Senior, Football

     Ryan Polk, Senior, Football

    Athletes of the Week for November

    Empowering Students to Reach New HEIGHTS by being “Helpful, Engaged, Inspired, Grateful,

    Honest, Tolerant, and Successful.”

    * Reece Frank * Becca Schuster * Brooke Krajewski * Ava Galek

    * Sam Kiriazis * Chris Costo * Madison Stepka * Emily Zorc

    * Matt Connors * Jason Bartosik * Hannah Trusso * Richie Crane

    * Anthony Fovozzo * Nate Glinka * CarahLynn Burns * Frankie Ross

    * Tyler Del Valle * Jason Davis * Luke Berzins * Sydney Dyer

    HEIGHTS Students of the Week during November

  • Congratulations to the football players and coaches on their OHSAA Division VII State Runner-Up season.

    Ohio has just over 700 football teams and only 14 play on the final weekend of the season. I am so proud of

    the hard work, effort, dedication, and character our players and coaches demonstrated in this hard fought game

    and throughout the entire season. Over the past two seasons, the accomplishments of the football program are

    nothing short of remarkable.

    I also want to recognize the tremendous support and efforts of our marching band program, cheerleaders, and

    directors/advisors. We have played three seasons of football over the past two years, and these programs

    played a vital role every step of the way. Finally, I want to thank the student body, staff, parents, alumni, and

    community members who supported the team and programs throughout the playoff run. The school/

    community spirit, pride, excitement, and energy created an atmosphere that will never be forgotten.

    OHSAA Division VII State Runner-Up Team!

    The Monthly Update

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    Opponent Score Record

    Garrettsville Garfield 28-13 1-0

    Brookfield 29-6 2-0

    Gates Mills Hawken 35-6 3-0

    Middlefield Cardinal 55-35 4-0

    Richmond Heights 42-12 5-0

    Fairport Harding 47-13 6-0

    Burton Berkshire 39-12 7-0

    Kirtland 35-42 7-1

    Independence 28-21 8-1

    Opponent Score Record

    Warren John F Kennedy 40-12 9-1

    East Canton 46-14 10-1

    Dalton 42-41 11-1

    Danville 38-8 12-1

    Minster 7-32 12-2

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    Cleveland holiday experiences for the whole family:

     Holiday Circlefest: December 2 (12:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.) & 3(1:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.)

     University Circle hosts: A holiday market, ice skating, horse drawn carriage rides, and a tree lighting and lantern

    festival at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday

     FREE Entrance, prices vary per activity

     Glow—November 24 through December 31

     Cleveland Botanical Gardens takes on a new life with the amazing tree displays and holiday music

     FREE for Members, $12 for kids, $16 for adults

     Scuba Claus at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

     November 24—December 24 (10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.)

     Watch Scuba Claus dive into exhibits and ask him questions about his aquatic friends (12:00 p.m.—1:30 p.m.


     Entrance fee: Adult: $19.95, Children 2—12: $13.95

     Tobogganing at Cleveland MetroParks Chalet in Mill Stream Run Reservation

     November 24—March 4 (Fridays & Saturdays 12:00 p.m.—10:30 p.m., Sundays 12:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.)

     Get some fresh air while racing down the tallest toboggan ice chutes in the state. 700 feet long! Operate all

    season long with or without snow

     All day tickets: Adults $12, children 11 and under $10

     Festival of Trees @ Allen Theatre Playhouse Square

     November 21—December 23: Tuesday through Thursday 5:00 p.m.—11:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m.

    —11:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m.—10:00 p.m.

     Get into the holiday spirit by viewing some of the most masterfully decorated trees

     FREE

    We all know that the holidays are a stressful time of year, but it can be even more stressful for kids because their routine

    is changed. Below are some holiday break tips and tricks to keep the melt downs to a minimum and the smiles coming.

    1) Plan ahead whenever possible. Have activities available to help fill time wherever you go.

    2) Keep an eye out for signs of anxiety or distress, including an increase in behaviors (i.e. humming, rocking or

    arguing), they may indicate it's time for a break.

    3) Designate a “quiet place”: With the overstimulation of people and noise, upon a