Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Eblast - May 2019

Thank you, Mr. President. This time of the school year evokes emotions of pride and fulfillment in the primary mission of the Garfield Heights City Schools, and such has been the case this spring season. Over the last two week period, the District and our students have successfully participated in Prom, the Spring Play, National Honors Society Induction Ceremony, a variety of concerts and performances, CVCC Senior Recognition and our High School Senior Recognition Night. While last month we formally recognized the Academic Top Ten from the graduating Class of 2019, the honors and accolades kept coming for this year’s seniors. As some already know, this year’s Class of 2019 has amassed a record-breaking total of $6.8 million in total scholarships, grants and awards from a variety of colleges and universities from all over the state and country. This total marks the most post-secondary dollars earned in the history of the school district. I congratulate each and every member of this graduating class for their hard work, determination and performance that has attracted so much attention from these academic institutions. The Class of 2019 has made us all Bulldog Proud. Commencement will take place this coming Thursday, at Music Hall. Congratulations graduates. 

On behalf of the Garfield Heights City Schools, I would like to thank the two dozen participants who attended last week’s annual State of the Schools presentation, hosted at the Center for Performing Arts. At this State of the Schools address, business leaders, non-profit guests, elected officials and other stakeholders from the community listened and watched videos of the most important aspects of daily life in the Garfield Heights City Schools. These included our academic and performing arts successes, insight into initiatives such as PBIS and our healthy foods efforts for students and our community engagement. Treasurer Al Sluka also provided an overview of District finances to those in attendance. The full video for the State of the Schools is available to watch online on the District’s You Tube channel, and we encourage everyone to watch this important presentation. 

The Fresh Foods effort that has made such an impact this past year through the District’s partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank will continue throughout the summer. The schedule will continue to be the second Wednesday of each month from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Those dates are: June 12th, July 10th, August 14th, and September 11th.  Again, the time will be 3:30-5:30 p.m. and food will be distributed on a first-come/first-serve basis. Thank you to everyone who has made this initiative so impactful to Garfield Heights families. 

Finally, the last day of school for students will be Friday, May 24th. The 2018-2019 school year has come and gone, but the students and staff have worked extremely hard. Please see our district website for summer reading lists for the Middle School and High School students. I hope you have an enjoyable summer break. Thank you for your continued support, and as always… GO BULLDOGS!

Terry Olszewski

Superintendent of Schools




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