Superintendent's Message

September, 2014



Dear Bulldog Supporters,

School is off to a great start, and now with just about a month under our belts, the Garfield Heights City Schools is running at "all systems go."  You may have read that state report card results were recently released, and despite the overall grade for this much more rigorous standard, the Garfield Heights City Schools did make improvements, in several key areas.  In this message to the community, I will simply summarize now, and will report the full details in a future communications with the community, with the help of our Director of Curriculum, Dr. Randy Continenza.  Those improvements include:
  • The Value Added scores for three of our buildings, including the Middle School, Elmwood Elementary School and William Foster Elementary School all showed improvement.  The Value Added Score demonstrates student progress from one year to the next, and is required accountability measure from the state.
  • For the first time, Garfield Heights 4th graders met the state reading indicator, by having 80% or better of the students demonstrate proficiency.
  • Each of the elementary schools, William Foster, Elmwood and Maple Leaf, all exclusively met the 4th grade reading indicator as well, demonstrating improvement from last year.
  • The High School continues to perform well on its graduation rate marks, despite the changing and more rigorous standards for this benchmark.

There are other improvements that the Garfield Heights City Schools will share in the near future.  The GHCS credits the recent implementations of initiatives, such as full-time kindergarten, the K-5 transition, the recent significant investment in textbooks and other instructional materials and late arrival Thursdays, as contributing factors to these improvements.  Though undoubtedly more areas for growth still exist throughout the district, our team will collectively continue to strive to improve academic achievement as our top priority.

Finally, I want to say "thank you" to our levy committee volunteers, who recently held their first formal meeting on September 3, 2014 and then a rally on Friday, September 5, 2014.  nearly 100 people attended the levy rally throughout the evening.  A literature outreach is scheduled for this coming Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the High School, so the community will see our first big push in the next week or so.  For more information about the levy, we encourage you to go online to a specially designed website,, and to follow us on Twitter, and friend us on Facebook at Citizens of Garfield Heights.
Thank you for your continued support, and as always...GO BULLDOGS!
Terry Olszewski
Superintendent of Schools 
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