Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message - October 2019

Mr. Hanke

October 2019

The Garfield Heights City Schools has had an active and exciting last month, and with such a flurry of classroom based, and community-oriented activities, this report is presented to the community.

First, congratulations to our Homecoming King and Queen, Devon McDonald and Aniyah Shields, and all the students who were voted to the Homecoming Court this year. The High School team hosted a very spirited assembly earlier this month to commemorate this yearly Homecoming tradition. A special word of gratitude is extended to our State Representative, Stephanie Howse, who attended our home football game that evening as well. We appreciate the responsiveness and level of attention that Representative Howse has demonstrated to the Garfield Heights City Schools. Thank you once again.

The Garfield Heights City Schools would also like to thank the Garfield Heights Kiwanis organization, who graciously donated several hundred dictionaries to the children in our District. In total, nearly 300 dictionaries were donated to all 5th grade students in the GHCS, in a ceremony that took place at Elmwood Elementary School earlier this week. The District is appreciative of the long-standing partnership it has with the Kiwanis organization, as it demonstrates the collaboration and cooperation our school seeks to maintain with community partners.

Learning opportunities come in all shapes and sizes in the Garfield Heights City Schools, and such was the case in a few separate opportunities earlier this month.  High School students from Mr. Grant’s World History class had a dual learning opportunity by travelling to Jennings Home to participate in the facility’s ongoing enrichment speakership series. Learning alongside senior citizen residents of Jennings Home, the class of sophomores intently listened to Mr. Norton London, an adjunct professor at Cuyahoga Community College, on the topic of Amazing Women in the 19th Century. In addition a group of High School students visited Jennings Home to listen to a speaker present on the topic of a 100-year history of chemistry in the City of Cleveland. For the past several years, students of all ages and at all grade levels have visited Jennings Home to engage with senior citizens, listen to valuable lessons from guest speakers and learn in an intergenerational setting. In addition, members of the William Foster K-Club visited City Hall earlier this month as well, to discuss the leadership skills they are learning as elementary students in the District. Later this month, a group of senior citizens will visit the Center for Performing Arts to listen to Mr. Pope’s Marching Band, The District promotes and encourages this involvement and will continue to do so into the future as creative, hands-on learning opportunities. 

These partnerships with external stakeholders, such as Representative Howse, our local Kiwanis organization and also our civic senior citizens demonstrate the importance of our community relationships and an emerging set of real-world learning opportunities. Thank you for your continued support, and as always, GO BULLDOGS!

Chris Hanke

Superintendent of Schools



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