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Weekly Callout Dec. 6

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Dear Euclid Families,

I created the Weekly Callout to keep you informed about how we are preparing Euclid's students for success. The purpose is so you can learn more about the wonderful initiatives and programs going on around the district.
Christopher Papouras, Interim Superintendent 

 Preparing for Success

Our Euclid Schools start discussing college and future plans with students as early as elementary school. These discussions continue at Central Middle School as the school introduces students to college.

Central divides its students up into teams with college names. The three sixth grade teams, Notre Dame Spartans, Case Western Reserve Falcons, and John Carroll Blue Streaks, are named after local colleges. The three seventh grade teams, the Akron University Zips, Kent State Golden Flashes, and Cleveland State University Vikings, are named after larger universities.

Students in each group have the opportunity to visit the college of which their team is named. When possible, they visit a dormitory, the recreation center, a classroom, and a common area and eat in the college cafeteria.

“The whole point is to expose them to options,” said Central Middle School Principal Mike Mennel. “We want our kids to walk the campus, talk to college kids. They get a snapshot of what this college thing is all about.”

Students get keepsakes like keychains, lanyards, and T-shirts from their team school. The idea is to build pride around the team.

“I want our kids to feel inspired,” Mr. Mennel said.

Taking middle school students on college visits shows students that a college degree is attainable. It also encourages them to take more advanced coursework in high school and start thinking about careers. It’s one of the ways we challenge your children to think about their futures and prepare for success.

I ask you to join us in encouraging your children to explore their opportunities as they approach high school and beyond. 

Arts and Music

Euclid High School’s student musicians are busy preparing for next week’s concert as well as 2020 events like the Big Show.

The music department will perform its annual Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the high school auditorium. Admission is $3.

The Holiday Concert will feature the 8th Grade Orchestra and Euclid Elite Show Choir. There will also be the traditional candlelight processional to "O Come All Ye Faithful" by Choral Masters, selections from the Varsity Choral and Forte! Choir, and our Symphonic Orchestra. 

The program will end with a performance of the Hallelujah Chorus. Alumni are invited to join the students on stage and sing. 

Students rehearse for the concert and other performances throughout the school day and after school. Students who will be in “Fame the Musical,” the 2020 Big Show, have started going over their lines. Meanwhile, the Varsity Chorale, Euclid High School’s show choir, spent their Thursday evening preparing their dance moves for the upcoming season. That reflects the passion and dedication of our student performers.


Community Service

Euclid High School’s CTE Studio Art and Visual Design Class designed and painted bowls for the Empty Soup Bowl project to fight hunger.

The Greater Euclid Kiwanis club purchased the ceramic bowls and the students in Studio Art designed and glazed each bowl for the project.

The Kiwanis sponsored an Empty Soup Bowl/Soup Kitchen Lunch on Sunday, Nov. 17. Money raised at the fundraiser was donated to the Euclid Hunger Center that feeds close to 800 families each month. 

District News
We invite you to attend the Euclid City Schools Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. We are presenting our Crosswalk multi-year plan that addresses Ohio Department of Education recommendations for district success. The meeting will be held at W. G. Fordyce Administration Center.  

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