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    Special Meeting—OSC Security Committee Presents Findings

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013; 9:30—11:00 a.m. at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County (ESCCC) Administration Building, 5811 Canal Road, Valley View.

    Please note location change. 

    This meeting is open to Superintendents and their School Security Staff.  There is no cost to attend.  Seating is limited.  Registration is necessary; contact Nicky Mihalek at nmihalek@osconline.org or 800-264-1326 ext 106.


    GCSSA Brings National Speakers to Cleveland 


    Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair/Associate Dean for Global and Online Education University of Oregon, “World Class Learners”

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Union Club of Cleveland, 1211 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.


    Deb Delisle, Assistant U.S. Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, “A National Perspective”

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013; 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Harry E. Eastridge Professional Development Center (PDC), 5700 West Canal Road, Building B, Valley View, Conference Room B. 




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    Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond will present her perspective on school reform and re-design.




    Regular In-service Meeting, Friday, January 25, 2013, 9:30 a.m.— 11:00 a.m. at Union Club of Cleveland. 

    Program presented in conjunction with Cleveland State University’s Center for Educational Leadership.  11:30 a.m.—2:00 p.m. at The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor, Cleveland.  Presentation by Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond.  Registration open to GCSSA invitees on a limited basis.  Registration is necessary by Friday, January 11.  Cost is $35.00 per person to attend (includes valet parking at The Union Club and lunch at The City Club.) 

     Register with Nicky Mihalek, GCSSA office, (216) 447-3100 ext. 106 or nmihalek@osconline.org.



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Something Good is Happening in Our Schools

As part of its mission, the Greater Cleveland School Superintendents’ Association features the accomplishments of a member’s school district in its monthly newsletter under the heading, “Something Good Is Happening In Our Schools”. This short article of approximately three hundred words highlights recent accomplishments of the school district and is shared with 273 school districts throughout the state.

April 2014 Article

Something Good is Happening In Our Schools


Charlie Keenan, Superintendent, 
Maple Heights City Schools


I am proud that our staff and students work hard every day to raise student achievement in our district.  The end result of this work is having students prepared to be successful in college and in life, and we have seen great growth in this area.  We have many Maple Heights graduates attending Ivy League Schools, prestigious universities and who have earned appointments to US Military Academies.  These students serve as role models and great examples to others in our school, which creates a culture of success and high expectations.  This only occurs when you have great things going on in the classroom, and I would like to highlight for you some of the work of our staff and students over this past year.

Our top seniors participate in a collaborative program with Cleveland State University.  These students take post-secondary classes at our high school taught by CSU professors and leave high school with a semester of college completed.  Throughout the program the students also visit campus and learn about various aspects of college life.  The program has been so successful that we are now working to bring it down to our high achieving juniors in order to involve more students and give them more college credits.

Every student in grades k-9 participates in a genre study that has led to published pieces of writing.   The students read a variety of samples of the genre (poetry, nonfiction, literary nonfiction, etc.) and discuss the texts in small groups while studying the commonalities among the various examples.  Students record their observations and then begin to create a piece of writing that incorporates the features.  Throughout this process, the students engage come to understand the strong link between reading and writing.  After publication of their work, students receive affirmation from their parents, peers, and administrators during ‘Book Bistros’ and ‘Author Hours’.  Many classes have embarked upon more than one genre study this year.

The reading and writing connection is further strengthened at the high school.  Every classroom is filled with classroom libraries and teachers are committed to providing self-selected reading time daily for students.  High school students are also invited to participate in the 21st Century Book Club, the Mustang Writing Academy, and may request time in the Writing Center to sharpen their writing skills in order to become college and career ready.

STEM has become a focus for twenty interested high school students who have joined the newly formed club.  Activities include plays, conferences, college visits, and a luncheon at which students were able to mingle with professionals in STEM-oriented fields.  STEM Clubs will be forming in each of our buildings, so that students receive hands-on/minds-on experience to spark their interest in these areas.

These are just a few of the great things that our students are doing in Maple Heights!



April 16, 2014 issue of OSC & GCSSA News, Notes & Notices

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