Euclid City Schools News Article

Weekly Callout Sept. 24

Dear community members,

 
In the last Euclid Schools Weekly Callout, I highlighted the progress as measured by the State Report Card. However, I also indicated that I am looking forward to sharing more about the amazing opportunities in the Euclid City Schools and tell the story of our children, teachers and staff. So today, I will start sharing more of our story.
 

 
Last week,  I had the opportunity to spend time with the urban agricluture students, our newest college tech program offered through the Lake Shore Compact. Joshua Stephens, who has taught at Euclid Schools for 14 years, focuses on sustainable food and fiber production.
 
The urban agriculture program enriches learning for students interested in animals and agriculture. Students are looking forward to careers like urban agriclutureveterinarian and veterinary technician. A few students plan to star their own urban agricluture related businesses in the future.
 
Like our other career tech programs, urban agriculture offers students the chance to earn industry-recognized credentials. It also provides students with training that can further their education or start a career path after high school. The plan next year is to help students participate in LeanSix Sigma Green Belt Certification.
 
Our career tech programs are one of the ways in which we prepare ALL students for success. Earning industry-recognized credentials is one of the alternative pathways to graduation as determined by the Ohio Department of Education. I will revisit other career tech programs in future communications. 
 
Providing such opportunities help shape the future of our community. 
 

 
Cheers to Euclid High School's Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for organizing the high school's ice cream sundae bar on Sept. 18.
 
Students were rewarded for having zero office referrals for cutting class. PBIS coach Linda Blanch said that 1,965 students qualified and were served their sundaes during the various lunch periods.
 
The sundae bar was part of a year-long effort to encourage students to attend every class every day. As research supports, students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school constantly. Such PBIS initiatives help promote a positive culture in our schools and encourages students to get engaged.
 

 
Thank you to all fathers and father-figures who accompanied your children to school on Sept. 19. I enjoyed seeing fathers take part in the Fathers Walk14th annual Fathers Walk held at Euclid City Schools and throughout Cuyahoga County.
 
The Fathers Walk pledge  includes lines like "I will speak to my child about the value of learning and the importance of reaching your potential." It takes more than educators to foster a celebration of learning. It takes a community.
 
Your commitment helps us enrich children's education and prepare them for success.
 
 
Christopher Papouras
Interim Superintendent 

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