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Superintendent’s Message: March 2015

Dear Community-

This month’s email highlights several matters of district importance. First, the Board of Education recently approved a new policy that starts school for the 2015-2016 school year one week earlier than this year. This also means that school will finish in the spring one week earlier as well. Garfield Heights is joining the consortium from the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center in this endeavor to further, and more appropriately, align the test taking season with the completion of the school year. Because of the magnitude of the tests, this collaborative of school districts felt it would be more appropriate for the last day of test taking, to match-up with the end of the school year. Under normal circumstances, students remain in class for more than a full month after the final test. The purpose of starting the school year one week earlier and ending one week earlier allows our district, and the ones joining us in this endeavor, to better prepare and manage the time for the students. Consequently, the official start date for the school district next year will be Monday, August 17, 2015 and the last day of school will be Friday, May 27. More information about this change will be forthcoming in our next newsletter.

Next, some notable Bulldog achievements have recently taken place that I want to share. First, the Boys Varsity Basketball team improved its record to 22 wins and 3 losses, and became district champions this past Saturday night, with a victory over East Tech. This marks the first time Garfield Heights has been district champs since 2012, and the team advances to the regional semi-final game this Wednesday evening at Cleveland State with a contest against Uniontown Lake. Our boys varsity basketball team continues to excel and represent the Garfield Heights City Schools in fine fashion, and we congratulate Coach Johnson on his successes. Secondly, our high school music express team recently took a 2nd Runner Up Finish at the Medina Midwest Showcase, out of a total of 16 teams. This is the highest finish that our Music Express Team has earned in the six times that our schools have competed here. Congratulations to Mr. Pernod and his dedicated group of students. The Academic Challenge Team has also had a fantastic season, with a recent “running of the table” at the Copley High School competition a few weeks ago, where the A-team finished a perfect 7 and 0. This automatically qualifies them for a spot in the regionals, where they will make their first appearance since 2013. Congratulations to Mr. Barker on the success of his team this year.

With test-taking season upon our district, I want to thank everyone who has been involved during this process, including the maintenance and tech personnel who transported computers, the teachers who conducted the tests, the administrators who oversaw and lent support where needed, the parents and the students. Please take time to help your students prepare mentally and physically for the spring tests.

Finally, the district now has an official Issue Number for the May levy, and that’s Issue 3 which is a renewal issue that will NOT increase your taxes. The campaign committee has organized a fundraiser that is tentatively being planned for Thursday, April 2, 2015… More details will be coming soon. Please plan to attend. You can learn more information by visiting our campaign Web site at

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

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