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
We welcome community support as we prepare students for their futures. I am highlighting one of our community partners, the Euclid Police Department, this week.
The Euclid Police Department has run the Police Athletic League or PAL since the mid-1990s. It currently sponsors a weekly open gym at Central Middle School. About 40 sixth and seventh-graders play basketball and hang out with their friends in a supportive and safe environment. The league feeds players each week too.
Officer Steve Shubert, a school resource officer at Euclid High School, said the program helps break down barriers between police and children. It lets students spend time with officers and builds their trust.
“They have to understand what our role is,” said Officer George Panagiotou. “It is important they see us as allies.”
Officers work to build that trust by being there to offer advice and answer questions. They take time during the break to gather players in a circle and engage them in a pep talk about appropriate behavior and their responsibilities as students. They also play ball with the students.
“It’s a blast,” Sgt. Joel Barron said about the open gym. “I really enjoy working with the kids. They are happy to see us.”
He said students get to burn off some energy and have a positive way to spend their Friday evenings.
“We are very lucky to have our partnership with the Euclid Police Athletic League,” said Central Middle School Principal Mike Mennel. “The opportunities they have provided our students have been so much more than just a safe place to play basketball on a Friday night. The officers that work with our students provide them with the structure and guidance to develop teamwork and leadership skills for the future.”
That isn’t the only support students get from the police department. For instance, the Euclid Police Department joined with First Student, our transportation provider, to sponsor a toy drive in December for underprivileged students.
Join me in thanking the Police Athletic League and Euclid Police Department for their service to Euclid’s children. They serve as positive role models and help our students build strong characters. Community involvement such as this helps us prepare students for success.
Supporting the arts
Euclid High School’s concert band performed for both the school and the public this month.
The band, directed by Diane Tizzano with the help of assistant directors Michael Kruegger and Sarah Strothers, performed John Philip Sousa classics including “The Liberty Bell,” “The Washington Post March” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Among other numbers, musicians ended with music from the PBS series “The Civil War” including “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
The Winter Band Concert is one of several performances that our student musicians put on throughout the year. This is made possible by the dedicated music staff and the support of the Euclid Band and Orchestra Parent Club. Like other activities our schools offer, it depends on the support of the public.
Student Services Moves to New Location
Euclid City Schools’ Student Services Department is now located at the Memorial Park Building at 22800 Fox Ave.
Student Services handles student registration as well as work permits, school transcripts and similar student-oriented services. All of these services are now offered at the Memorial Park Building.
The public entrance is located on the side of the building near Milton Avenue. Visitors will need to enter off Babbitt Road and use the public parking lot near the Euclid Skatepark. There is no public entrance on Fox Avenue.
Euclid City Schools continues to register students for every grade level. Student registration is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 216-797-2931.