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Rotary Student of the Month

Chagrin Falls High School senior Kelly Wynveen has been selected as the April Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month. Kelly was chosen based on her leadership and service qualities she has displayed in the community.

Kelly has been recognized for her academic success several times during her high school career. She received the AP Scholar Award, Tiger of the Semester, Chagrin Falls High School Honor Roll and Biliterate Certification provided by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Spanish Language. She also was a We Solve Problems Essay Contest Finalist, First Team All Ohio and First Team All Region for lacrosse and top 25 of 11,000 entries for Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. Further, she received two gold keys, four silver keys and one honorable mention from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

In her time at CFHS, Kelly has been involved with several clubs and sports. She is a Link Leader, a Positive Coaching Alliance participant, on the Student Athletic Advisory Board, a member of the cross country team and a member of the Art Club, which she was the vice president her junior year and currently serves as president during her senior year. She also is a member of the girls varsity lacrosse team, which she is a three-year letterman, three-time state runner up and has served as captain both her junior and senior year. Additionally, she has been a student council representative both her junior and senior year, a Zookeeper spirit leader and participates in foreign exchange and service programs including Centro Mundolengua, Rustic Pathways and Up with People.

Outside of school, Kelly is a Sunday school shepherd at Federated Church, retail clerk at Knuth’s Boutique, lacrosse coach at Xcelerate Lacrosse, volunteer at Safety Town and participates in club lacrosse at Ohio Premier and Midwestern Force.

Her accelerated classes include AP environmental science, AP English literature, AP English language, AP probability and statistics, AP Spanish language, AP three dimensional portfolio art, AP United States government and politics and AP United States history.

After high school, she plans to attend Tulane University as a Distinguished Scholar and a member of the Honors Program. She plans to major in business and minor in Spanish.

School gets active with ‘Tiger Shuffle’

Students at Gurney Elementary School who need a quick “get up and go” break can now engage with an indoor movement course. First-grade intervention specialist Dayna Vilk with consultation from Occupational Therapist Stephanie Cohen created a movement course in the hallway of the school.

Ms. Vilk received a PTO grant, and the money was used to purchase a machine to cut vinyl pieces to be sealed to the floor for the course that guides the students through various activities including jumping from tiger paws, hopscotch, stepping between waves and more until they crab walk across the finish line. The course engages a student’s whole body, crossing midline often, working on balance and building strength in a fun way.

Creating a purposeful movement course that was visually stimulating and fun for elementary students was the goal. The sensory path created allows children to activate their senses, develop motor skills and take a much needed brain break.

“When trying to determine how it would work we realized that we had to refer to it as something and that’s how the name The Tiger Shuffle came to be,” Ms. Vilk said. “Starting it off with paw prints was fitting, and incorporating nature/jungle-related concepts at various points to connect it seemed to work well with the title.” Other obstacles have standard shapes and include foot/handprints to help guide the students in their movement.

The activities focus on the student’s proprioceptive and vestibular systems, allowing them to improve their balance, spatial awareness, hand eye coordination, organization and focus.

PTO gives almost $75,000 to district

The Chagrin Falls PTO voted on major grants recently at their annual business meeting. The PTO will be giving almost $75,000 to the district through 14 approved grants. The PTO said the grants were made possible by donations to their unfundraiser, building fundraisers and by shopping credits from Heinen’s and Giant Eagle. These grants will enable the district to do many things beyond what their budget allows, according to the PTO.

The PTO said they are excited about their $40,000 contribution to Tiger Perk, a student-run coffee shop that provides pre-vocational job skills training for students with disabilities. The money will go toward creating a space in the high school cafeteria for Tiger Perk and will allow students across the district to interact daily with students that they would not have otherwise, the PTO said.

Approved projects included $40,000 toward Tiger Perk (district), $1,250 toward a mental health speaker for next fall – Dr. Lisa Amour (district), $3,090 for equipment for video production class (high school), $2,000 for a band trailer (high school), $1,078 for standard-based grading conference (middle school), $1,470 for Tiger Trailblazers: a new program to promote kindness (middle school), $1,635 for a Yamaha piano (intermediate school) $3,525 for BloomBoard online micro-credentialing for teachers/staff (Gurney), $3,500 for a fine motor skills boot camp for kindergarten classrooms (Gurney), $960 for small group therapy (Gurney), $2,315 for One School One Book (Gurney), $6,000 toward student enrichment (all buildings), $6,000 toward professional development (all buildings) and $2,000 toward the student assistance fund (all buildings).

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