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Euclid City Schools News Article

Weekly Callout Dec. 13

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.

Christopher Papouras, Interim Superintendent


Celebrating Success

Congratulations to Arbor Elementary School and Shoreview Elementary School for being recognized by the State of Ohio’s High Progress Schools of Honor program. The program recognizes schools that have sustained high achievement and substantial progress while serving a significant number of economically disadvantaged students. Arbor and Shoreview were two of only five schools in Cuyahoga County recognized as Schools of Honor. 

Student Engagement

Children at Arbor Elementary School are dancing to the tune of mathematics. It’s another example of how our schools search for ways to engage students and make learning fun.

Teaching artist Tom Evert, the founder of the internationally acclaimed dance company Dancevert, worked with students to create a dance routine based on math. They presented their Geometry in Motion routine to their families and other students this month.

“We create, measure and move every day with the laws and order of geometry,” Mr. Evert explains. “Shapes, angles and lines are primary principles of both dance and geometry.”

His program, which he said has led to an increase in test scores in other districts, uses music and dance to engage students in learning about math. 

“They lock in and get focused,” he said. “That’s all it takes to learn, to get them focused. It’s exciting when kids get turned on to learning.”

Mr. Evert said his hope is to help children improve in academics and “embrace the wonder and mystery” of learning.

Dancevert has received funding from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

Fiscal Responsibility

Chardon Hills Elementary School will expand fifth-graders’ science skills thanks to a grant awarded to science teacher Julie Wojnar.

First Energy presented Mrs. Wojnar with a FirstEnergy Classroom STEM Grant. It will be used to purchase an engineering and STEM curriculum and materials aligned to fifth-grade physical science standards in force and motion. The unit will let students practice engineering and design skills in the classroom and use critical thinking to solve a real-world problem.

Mrs. Wojnar and many of our other teachers apply for grants so that they can find exciting new ways to teach your children.  Receiving grants lets them go above and beyond what our district funding can cover. It’s one of the ways Euclid Schools continue to be fiscally responsible in adding resources to the learning experience.

Transportation News

The district hosted training on behavior management for more than 100 drivers and staff from First Student and Hogan Transportation Company.  Stacy Erbes, a clinical supervisor from the Positive Education Program of Eastwood, presented on how to work effectively with special education students while focusing on trauma-informed care.

Euclid administrators also presented during the training.  Director of Secondary Student Affairs Tajuana Hunnicutt presented on the Stress Model of Crisis and the Power Struggle, part of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools.  Director of Elementary Student Affairs Sherrell Benton, Out of District/Registration Specialist Gina Rashad and Dean of Students Takisha Jackson presented on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and how transportation providers can collaborate to support this. Hogan Transportation Company kindly provided lunch to the drivers. 

This type of training helps First Student and Hogan Transportation provide quality services to your children.

First Student adopted eight families from Euclid City Schools during the Thanksgiving season. Each family received a coupon for a free ham or turkey and a large basket full of food. The company is also partnering with the Euclid Police Department to conduct a toy drive for the city’s underprivileged children. 

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