Seventh-graders Dorothy Opoku, back, and Molly Johnson, front, looked for organisms in the water as part of their trip to West Creek Reservation Watershed in Parma.

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High school achieves STEM ranking

Newsweek announced its ranking of the top 5,000 STEM high schools for 2019, honoring excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Chagrin Falls High School earned the number 670 ranking in the nation.

With its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions and societal challenges, Newsweek partnered with STEM.org to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools. The list includes schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.

Middle School visits watershed

Seventh-grade students traveled to the West Creek Reservation Watershed in Parma, Ohio on Oct. 23-24 to learn about watersheds and erosion. Students did a chemistry activity to test the water’s pH levels. Students also went on a hike and collected insects and animals in the water.

Students examined the organisms and tried to identify them based on their appearance. There were woolly bears, praying mantises, snakes, grasshoppers and other animals on the trail. Students also learned about how to make root beer out of roots they found.

Submitted by students Melina Humphrey and Izzy Angel

Donuts with high school Link Crew

On Oct. 22, Chagrin Falls High School freshmen attended Donuts with Link Crew in the commons, hosted by junior and senior Link Crew leaders and Link Crew supervisors assistant principal Amanda Rassi, teacher John Scott and counselor Mark Iammarino. Freshmen had the chance to eat Raised and Glazed donuts while reconnecting with their Link Crew leaders and peer group.

The goal of Link Crew is to help transition freshmen into high school and form relationships across grades. Donuts with Link Crew is the first large event held by Link Crew after orientation, so it is meant for leaders to check in with their freshmen.

Submitted by Carolyn Bencko, senior and staff writer for The Tiger Times

Students participate in boot camp

Gurney Elementary School students have been working on activities from the Fine Motor Boot Camp program. Last year, the school received a grant that allowed occupational therapist Stephanie Cohen to train kindergarten teachers in the program and how to set it up in each classroom. These activities are quick and fun ways to build fine motor muscles in fingers.  Activities are switched every week.

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