Telling Our Story
I created the Weekly Callout to keep you informed about how we're preparing Euclid's children for success.
The purpose is so you can learn more about the wonderful initiatives and programs going on around the district.
Superintendent Christopher Papouras
Preparing Students for Success
Starting this year, students who graduate from Euclid High School’s criminal justice program will be qualified to work as correctional officers.
Students in the career technical program continue to earn Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission certification to work as private security officers. Students will now also work towards earning their certification from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to work as correctional officers.
They must follow ODRC requirements and, among other steps, take a web exam after they graduate from high school. If they pass, they will be able to work in non-inmate areas of prisons until they are 21 when they will be able to work in areas with inmates.
Criminal Justice Instructor Nick Selvaggio said this gives students another way to earn good paying jobs straight out of high school. Completing the requirements will move them higher on the hiring list.
Criminal Justice, like other career tech programs, is an alternative route to graduation for students as they earn industry-recognized credentials.
“There are so many different routes they can go,” Selvaggio said about students’ options after they graduate.
Students can interview to work security with the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. The top 10 percent of students each year may interview with Sherwin Williams’ corporate security. Graduates who have gone on to college have also worked in their colleges’ security departments.
Students Janiya M. and Mariah C. said they enjoy taking criminal justice and appreciate the opportunities it provides.
“This class gives us an edge to going to the next stage,” said Mariah. “You will not be going in there blind.”
She hopes to be a detective while Janiya wants to be a forensic anthropologist.
“I feel lucky we have this program,” said Janiya, who said she is earning college credit while taking the high school career tech program.
Our focus at Euclid Schools is on preparing your children for success. Expanding the program to include ODRC certification shows our dedication to helping them get the training they need to succeed after graduation.
Criminal justice is one of the College Tech Prep programs offered to Euclid High School juniors and seniors through the Lake Shore Compact, which also serves Mentor and Wickliffe school systems. College tech prep programs are meant to prepare students to enter a two or four-year college, a technical school or a career. High school sophomores are eligible to apply to one of the programs. Information is available through their school counselor or online at lakeshorecompact.org.
Stay Informed about Euclid City Schools
Euclid City Schools will offer four opportunities for families and community members to learn more about our focus on student achievement, fiscal responsibility and credibility.
Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on:
- Feb. 4, Wards 1 and 2, Central Middle School, 20701 Euclid Ave.
- Feb. 5, Wards 4 and 5, Shore Cultural Centre (Culinary Bistro), 291 E. 222nd St.
- Feb. 11, Wards 6 and 7, Early Learning Village, 27000 Elinore Ave.
- Feb. 12, Wards 3 and 8, Bluestone Elementary, 1455 E. 260th S
Topics will include: Academic progress, 18-hour campus, school construction, career tech, special education programs, district budget, and questions and answers.
Euclid Schools has placed an emergency levy on the March 17 ballot. Please remember to exercise your right to vote. The voter registration deadline is Feb. 18. More information is available through the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
Honoring Our Alumni
Nominations are now open for the Euclid Public Schools Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding achievements by graduates of Euclid, Shore and Central High Schools and other individuals who have made significant contributions to the students of Euclid City Schools.
To be eligible for induction, nominees:
Must be an alumnus of Euclid, Central or Shore High Schools who has distinguished him or herself in his or her career and must have graduated at least ten years ago and not currently be on the staff of Euclid Schools, or
May not be an alumnus, but has made significant contributions to the students of Euclid City Schools.
Nominations can be made online. Click here to make a nomination.
Plagues for Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame inductees are displayed at Euclid High School in the hallway outside of the auditorium. Plaques from 2010 on will be displayed upon completion of the upcoming renovations to Euclid High School. In the meantime, their names are displayed in one of the cases.
Inductees will be honored on April 23 at the Lakefront Community Center. The selection committee will also present the Joseph P. Mayer Community Engagement Award at that time. The award honors individuals who have contributed to the advancement of the Euclid Public Schools and city of Euclid through service and leadership in the spirit of Shore High School graduate, teacher and administrator Joe Mayer.
I appreciate the Euclid Public Schools Alumni Association for honoring our outstanding alumni and ask you to make a nomination if you believe a former student, colleague, family member, or friend is worthy.
Pictured below are last year's recognized alumni: Mr. Marques P.D. Richeson | Class of 2001; Ms. Jacqueline Greene | Class of 2003; Ms. Natasha Spencer | Class of 1989; Mr. George Kalan | Class of 1962; Dr. John Parsons | Class of 1990
Celebrating Diversity, Building Character
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that education played a vital part in improving the lives of all people. He dedicated his life to the dream of freedom, equality, peace and economic and social justice.
“We must remember that intelligence is not enough,” Dr. King said. “Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”
Dr. King’s dream aligns with our mission at Euclid Schools. We must work towards leading all students to success. That includes success not only in academics but in life.
In order to do so, we must build our children's character as well. We accomplish that through opportunities like our district-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports and character building programs that take place in our buildings. We encourage our students to give back to the community and join with them by providing opportunities to do so.
I encourage everyone to take some time on Monday and reflect on the legacy of Dr. King. Meanwhile our schools are planning activities to observe Black History Month with kickoffs planned at the end of January. If you have a chance to participate, please do so.
Parent-teacher conferences let you as parents or guardians learn about your children’s academic performance. Participating in conferences also sends a positive message to your children that school is important. Research shows that students are more successful when parents are involved in their education.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held:
5-8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Bluestone Elementary
5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Arbor, Chardon Hills and Shoreview elementary schools
4:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Central Middle School
4:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Early Learning Village
4:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Euclid High School
Children do best in school when parents and teachers work together. I encourage you to attend parent-teacher conferences and stay involved. Your child’s school will provide details about procedures and scheduling of a conference.