2021-22 School Year News

Students Enjoy Virtual Field Trips to National Landmarks at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School

Fifth-grade students at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School took a virtual field trip to see Aztec historical sites in what is now Mexico and New Mexico. In Amy Acton and Ellen McElvey's classes, students learned about the Aztec culture. Students journeyed  to Tenochtitlan and Templo Mayor, where they saw the ancient city and its temples. Students connected what they learned about the architecture, cultural heritage, and daily lives of the Aztec people with the ruins they saw in virtual reality.
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Fall Athletic Season Wrap-Up

The fall season for Chagrin Falls High School was memorable.  More than 300 student-athletes (65 seniors) competed the fall season. Chagrin Falls had 13 student-athletes named 1st team CVC, 14 named 2nd team CVC, and 20 named honorable mention CVC.
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November Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month

Leo Fornara, Senior at Chagrin Falls High School, Selected as November Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month.  Chagrin Falls High School senior Leo Fornara has been selected as the November Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month. Rooney was chosen based on his leadership and service qualities he has displayed in the community.

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Students Recognized at Chagrin Falls Board of Education Meeting

At the November 3 Chagrin Falls Board of Education meeting, numerous students were recognized for maximizing their potential in their studies.
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Chagrin Falls High School Interact Club Collecting Gift Cards for Geauga County Sponsor-A-Family Program

The Chagrin Falls High School Interact Club is sponsoring a gift card collection to support the Geauga County Sponsor-a-Family program.  The campaign runs from November 1 -19.
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Disney's Broadway Musical "Lion King" - Visit from Simba

The Chagrin Falls Schools' music department was delighted to host Mr. Darian Sanders on October 14. Mr. Sanders is currently on tour playing the role of “Simba” in the Broadway version of the Lion King
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All National High School Orchestra

Congratulations to Hansen Song for auditioning and being accepted into the NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All-National Orchestra. 
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Chagrin Falls High School has earned the 2020-21 Leading Chapter Award in the North Coast District/National Speech and Debate Association

Chagrin Falls High School (CFHS) has earned the 2020-21 Leading Chapter Award in the North Coast District. This honor, based on student participation throughout the school year, is the highest recognition a school can receive from the National Speech and Debate Association. Only the top school in accumulated members and degrees per district earns the designation each year.
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Chagrin Falls High School Seniors Serve Community Through Philanthropy Day

On October 13, Chagrin Falls High School senior class members volunteered at a variety of nearby organizations for the school’s annual Philanthropy Day.
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Josh Rooney, Senior at Chagrin Falls High School, Selected as October Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month

Chagrin Falls High School senior Josh Rooney has been selected as the October Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month. Rooney was chosen based on his leadership and service qualities he has displayed in the community.

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Chagrin Falls Schools Once Again Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020.
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Popular Library Wellness Grab-And-Go Bags Given to Chagrin Falls Middle and High School Students

The first set of library wellness grab-and-go bags were distributed on October 1 to students at Chagrin Falls Middle School and Chagrin Falls High School.

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Winners Announced of The Write Place Courage Writing Contest for September

Winners were announced for Chagrin Falls High School’s The Write Place courage writing contest for September.  The winners are Isabel Igoe, Gurney Elementary; Maelin Livingston, Chagrin Falls Intermediate School (CFIS); Claire Hoelzel, Chagrin Falls Middle School (CFMS); and Courtney Myers, Chagrin Falls High School (CFHS).

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Chagrin Falls Schools’ Students Celebrate Walk to School Day on October 6

On Wednesday, October 6, approximately 400 students participated in the annual Walk to School Day.  Chagrin Falls students have celebrated Walk to School Day since 2009 but had to skip a year last year due to Covid-19. There were 264 Chagrin Falls Intermediate School students (73% of the school) and 106 Chagrin Falls Middle School students (41%) who walked to school.
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Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Students Take Field Trip to the Popcorn Shop

Students at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School took an educational field trip to the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop in the center of town.  Every week, the students will be able to transfer the skills they are learning in the classroom to real-world experiences.
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Chagrin Falls Middle School September 2021 Students of the Month

Congratulations Juliet Oliver, Jude Bidar, Jennah Hamdan and Zach Flaiz for being named the September 2021 Students of the Month.
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Chagrin Falls Middle School Educational Aide Wins Regional Award

Ken McClintock, an educational aide for Chagrin Falls Middle School (CFMS), won a “Support Staff of the Year” award from the Ohio Middle Level Association. CFMS Principal Laila Discenza nominated McClintock for this award, which recognizes a staff member who fosters positive, trusting relationships with staff, students and parents.

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Chagrin Falls Schools Ali Holtz and Carter Kilby Earn National Speech and Debate Association Academic All American Award

Chagrin Falls High School Seniors Ali Holtz and Carter Kilby earned the National Speech and Debate Association’s (NSDA) Academic All American Award. They both join Sophia Avery and many other past teammates in the top 1% of all NSDA members.
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Four Chagrin Falls High School Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Chagrin Falls High School is pleased to announce that Sophia Avery, David Skocic, Calvin Struk-Marn and Trey Taylor have been named National Merit Commended Students.

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Ali Holtz is the September Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month

Chagrin Falls High School (CFHS) senior Ali Holtz has been selected as the September Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month. Holtz was chosen based on her leadership and service qualities she has displayed in the community.

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Treasurer's Department Receives Highest Achievement in Open and Transparent Government Award

Chagrin Falls Schools Treasurer’s Department received the “Highest Achievement in Open and Transparent Government Award” from Ohio Auditor of State Keith Faber. The District is in the top 14% of all governmental entities they audited for transparency.
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Nine Chagrin Falls High School Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Chagrin Falls Schools is pleased to announce that nine students have been named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The students are Robert (Trey) Brosnan; Matthew Daniels (also scored a perfect score on the ACT); Rose Hoelzel; Alexandra Holtz; Anne Mills; Azzurra (Wren) Opperman; Josh Rooney; Hansen Song and Jude Zimmerman.
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Chagrin Falls Orchestra Program News Updates

The Chagrin Falls Orchestra Program welcomes Ms. Brianna Miller as a student teacher and congratulates Sofia Clark and Hansen Song on their accomplishments.
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Chagrin Falls High School Ranks in Top 1% of High Schools Nationally in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools Ranking

Chagrin Falls High School ranks in the top 1% of high schools nationally, based on the 2021 rankings from U.S. News & World Report.   Chagrin Falls High School is ranked #2 in Cleveland, #8 in Ohio and #291 in national rankings.  In addition, the school was nationally ranked #71 in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) high schools. Nearly 18,000 schools were nationally ranked and 683 schools were ranked in Ohio. 
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Gurney Second Graders Show “A Little Spot of Courage”

Second graders in Ellen Jones’ class at Gurney Elementary School read the book “A Spot of Courage” to continue the conversation of “courage” with the One District, One Book program this year.  More +

Chagrin Falls High School Alumni’s Experience on Shark Tank Helps E-Commerce Students Learn How to Create an Elevator Pitch

The Chagrin Falls High School E-Commerce class is an elective course designed to help students explore the ideas of entrepreneurship and running their own business through a partnership with Junior Achievement. Students are learning how to create an "elevator pitch" with the help of 2003 graduate Kevin Consolo who pitched his product on ABC's Shark Tank. More +

How Well Do You Know the Gurney Preschool?

Our Gurney Preschool (Early Childhood Intervention Services) is an inclusive, nature-based program designed to serve children ages three through five years who have both developmental and typical educational needs.
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Chagrin Falls Schools Kicks off Theme of “Choose Courage” for 2021-22 School Year Launches One District One Book

Chagrin Falls Schools will be conducting a year-long One District One Book for the first time.  With the success of the One School One Book for so many years at its schools, District administration is looking forward to using the theme of “Choose Courage” and have all students and staff read the book “Courage” by Bernard Waber throughout the 2021-22 school year. The theme will be integrated in all subject areas and in all grade levels throughout the year.  The District will use #CFChooseCourage on social media.

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Chagrin Falls Schools Recognizes Employees with Ray Markuszka 20-Year Service Award

On August 16 during the Chagrin Fall Schools’ convocation meeting to welcome back staff, Director of Operations Chris Woofter presented the Ray Markuszka 20-Year Service Award.
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Welcome New Teachers and Staff

Learn more about Chagrin Falls Schools' new teachers and staff.
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Chagrin Falls Schools Names Justin Wise as Teacher of the Year

At the August 16 staff convocation meeting, Chagrin Falls Schools surprised Justin Wise, a first-grade teacher turned virtual kindergarten teacher last school year with one of the highest awards given by the District.  
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Chagrin Falls Schools Shawn Carlson as Staff Member of the Year

At the August 16 staff convocation meeting, Chagrin Falls Schools surprised Shawn Carlson, head custodian at Gurney Elementary School with one of the highest awards given by the District.  
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Chagrin Falls Schools’ Teacher Named Ohio District 5 Teacher of the Year

Lisa Salyers, a science teacher at Chagrin Falls High School, has been named the Ohio State Board of Education District 5’s Teacher of the Year for 2022.
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Gurney Elementary Holds Ribbon Cutting of Learning Garden

On May 12, Gurney Elementary School hosted an event celebrating the installation of a Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden. In 2019, Mrs. Albrecht, first-grade teacher, applied for and was awarded a grant from The Captain Planet Foundation, Dole Packaged Foods and Heinen’s for a Project Learning Garden.
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