Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Eblast - February 2019

Thank you Mr. President.  Testing season is right around the corner, and over the next several weeks, the Garfield Heights City Schools will be sharing important reminders for students and parents through online, video and social media sources so that students can maximize their performance on these tests. As a reminder to all parents, the following list of preparations can help students during testing season, including: 

Speak openly with your children about testing and explain to your child that tests are coming in the next few months.   Stay positive and encouraging by praising your child for his or her positive accomplishments.      When testing week arrives, please do all that you can to make sure your son or daughter is healthy and in school.    Communicate with your child’s teachers to discuss your son or daughter’s progress.     Provide a quiet learning environment for school work at home. When studying at home in a quiet, comfortable place, overall learning performance can be enhanced.    Provide a variety of new reading materials at home. Books and magazines provide the opportunity for your student to learn new words that might appear on tests.  

Finally, despite all of these items above, refrain from placing TOO MUCH emphasis on your child’s test score. Too much pressure could adversely affect his or her performance.

Several important exercises are underway right now in classrooms at all grade levels to help parents prepare at home. Vocabulary words, practice tests and various word-of-the-week assignments and others are all designed to help our students with the testing season. 

Next, our 8th grade Boys Basketball team is being honored tonight by Mayor Vic Collova at the Garfield Heights City Council Meeting for their outstanding season. The Garfield Heights Middle School 8th graders finished the 2018-2019 basketball season with a 13-3 overall record and won the Greater Cleveland Conference Tournament Championship. Over the past two years, their combined record for the middle school was 30 wins and 6 losses.  Most importantly, these boys also excel in the classroom as student-athletes.  For example, Tommie Benn has one of the highest GPA’s in the school with a 4.2.  Their academic and athletic work has made Garfield Proud. Congratulations to this team and Coach Bill Ritter! 

Finally, Winter Family Fun Night is being held tomorrow night on Tuesday, February 12, from 5- 6:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gymnasium at the High School. This event is in its 4th year and continues to be a source of fun activities and Bulldog Pride among our District’s youngest students. You can purchase tickets at the door for $10 for your entire family of 5 and we look forward to seeing you there. Thank you, Mr. President, and as always… GO BULLDOGS!

Terry Olszewski

Superintendent of Schools 




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