Superintendent's Message

December 2014


Dear Bulldog Supporters,

The Garfield Heights football team was recently and publicly recognized for their accomplishments this season, and I want to reiterate how proud we should be of these individuals. Best put, the football team, including students and staff, are among the finest representatives of what it means to be a Garfield Heights Bulldog. This team won 9 games this year, which was good for the NOC Conference championship, for the first time in school history. This team made the playoffs, for only the third time in school history. Our very own Coach Chuck Reisland was named Coach of the Year in our conference, and Senior Anthony Kastelic was named Defensive Player of the Year. In total, 9 of these football players received some sort of all-conference accolade. They are all to be commended. Few will realize the sacrifice these players make all year round. They lift weights, train, and begin practices in the heat of the summer. That sort of dedication pays off, with such a successful season. I thank the coaches for their commitment, the parents for raising up fine young men, and the players themselves for making the entire school district proud.

In other news, the community can look for a new taping of GHTV Open Line ON AIR, which features Mr. Chris Hanke, who elaborates about the Middle School. Stay tuned in the next week or so for its posting.

Finally, the community should know about a big project upon which district leadership is working right now, which is called the Quality Profile. This Quality Profile is essentially a summary of the well-rounded and positive things that the Garfield Heights City Schools has taking place at their buildings. It will serve as a community-oriented companion to the State Report card, and feature highlights and successes that simple letter grades cannot reveal. When completed, the community will have a better understanding of:

    • The academic course and program offerings throughout the district at all ages

    • The technology improvements that have been made in the last few years

    • A summary of the financial information for our district

    • The district’s commitment to the arts and music

    • The student leadership opportunities of the district

    • The partnerships our district has with the community at large

Most importantly, this Quality Profile will permit the Garfield Heights City Schools to demonstrate to the community that it has been fulfilling its Strategic Plan and working towards the fulfillment of its Vision Statement, which is to “Transform Lives by Instilling 21st Century Skills.” The leaders of the district are excited about this Quality Profile, and the community should be too.

Happy Holidays to the staff and students of the district and the entire community.

Thank you for your continued support of the Garfield Heights City Schools, and as always, GO BULLDOGS!


Terry Olszewski

Superintendent of Schools



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