The Weekly Callout Nov. 1
Euclid Schools remain committed to providing all children with the education they need. Our gifted population is no exception. Children from throughout the district are served in grades two through five at Chardon Hills Magnet School, grades six and seven at Central Middle School, and grades eight through ten at Euclid High School.
What’s unique about the cluster model used in Euclid Schools is that high-achieving students are grouped with children identified as gifted. Children have a chance to thrive and grow as they not only work with other students of similar ability, but learn from teachers who have completed graduate work and licensure in gifted education. This model has proven to help children who are performing exceptionally well in the classroom grow academically, often resulting in gifted identification in one or more areas.
“We’re really proud of our kids and what they’ve accomplished,” said Beth Wilson-Fish, Euclid Schools’ gifted coordinator. She said the students study more advanced coursework designed to meet their high ability levels. Gifted education makes sure that what’s taught to gifted children matches both the depth and the pace at which they learn. Otherwise, Mrs. Wilson-Fish said, “our children are not learning at their full potential.”
While the gifted program is long-standing in Euclid Schools, the recent addition of service at the second-grade level is something to be especially proud of. It is important to meet the needs of our youngest learners, enabling them to meet those challenges and develop habits to successfully guide their learning in future years.
All students are screened for gifted identification on a regular basis beginning in first grade so as to not miss any child who may not have been referred for assessment for gifted identification by a teacher or parent.
More information is available by emailing Mrs. Wilson-Fish at [email protected]
Central Middle School shared its plans to improve academics and behavior at the Euclid Board of Education meeting held at the school on Monday.
The middle school initiatives were shared, such as teaching literacy across all content areas to build and enrich students’ comprehension skills. Teachers align what’s taught in math to state standards and use data-driven instruction to determine students’ academic needs. Skill-building sessions have replaced study halls in which students use the research-based programs Study Island and i-Ready.
Much of the work includes improving behavior and the climate of the school through programs like Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). For example, Check In/Check Out matches staff who serve as mentors with students to help develop behavior choices during the day. They set goals with their mentor and their teachers rate throughout the day how well they are meeting their goals.
Central Middle School takes steps to be fiscally responsible like obtaining a $425,000 School Quality Improvement Grant to pay for a math curriculum specialist, teacher professional development and new instructional materials. The school’s PTA raises money through trip fundraisers and Teen Nights to help support Panther Pride Days, a PBIS incentive.
The Euclid Board of Education holds meetings at different schools throughout the school year to recognize students, staff and parents and hear updates. I encourage you to attend when the board travels to your child’s school.
A video of the Oct. 28 meeting is on the Euclid City Schools website at http://www.euclidschools.org/LiveStreamBoardMeetings.aspx. The meeting starts with recognition of students, staff, faculty and parents of the month then goes into the presentation.
More than 500 children attended the annual Euclid High School Trick-or-Treat held on Oct. 29. The event, run by the high school’s Criminal Justice class and its instructor Nicholas Selvaggio, invites children to trick-or-treat in a safe environment.
Staff and organizations volunteer their time to set up at classroom doors. There were 47 doors set up this year.
Thank you to the 38 Criminal Justice students who helped make this happen this year.
Congratulations to Euclid High School’s culinary arts program for being recognized by the Ohio ProStart National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
ProStart recognized the career tech program as a 2018-19 School of Distinction because at least 70 percent of students passed ProStart tests in their junior and senior classes last school year.
ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-life experience opportunities and builds practical skills. Students can earn an industry recognized certificate, the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement.
Christopher Papouras, Interim Superintendent
Euclid City Schools