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Fifth-grader Jack Shien of Chagrin Falls Intermediate School holds up his Outstanding Achievement Award from Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search. Jack scored in the top 5 percent of scorers in the country for the PSAT 8/9.

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Fifth-grader receives award for PSAT

Fifth-grader Jack Shien of Chagrin Falls Intermediate School received acknowledgement by Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) for his success as one of the top 5 percent of scorers in the country on the PSAT 8/9. Jack is the only student in the state of Ohio in his grade to receive this recognition.

Due to COVID-19, NUMATS presented Jack with his award in a virtual recognition event with other top performers in the country. This was Jack’s second time taking this exam and being a top scorer.

NUMATS is a research-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level assessment to help parents and educators better understand their students’ academic strengths and educational needs. NUMATS allows eligible students to take internationally recognized tests before the grade levels at which they are normally administered. The PSAT 8/9 test, designed for students in grades eight and nine, is administered to students in grades three through six. The SAT and ACT, designed for students in grades 11 and 12, are administered to students in grades six through nine. NUMATS and its related resources help identify academic ability, measure growth and connect gifted students to educational resources and opportunities for enrichment and acceleration.

Gurney named an ‘i-Ready’ school

Gurney Elementary School received recognition as an “i-Ready Distinguished School for Remote Learning” based on its usage during the spring of 2020.

As remote learning and at-home testing are new for everyone across the country, teachers and administrators have had to overcome a new set of challenges in providing the highest quality of personalized education possible. iReady provides actionable, intuitive data for students in math and reading. This data reveals where students are their strongest and where they need further assistance to grow in their knowledge. Teachers are then able to provide a more targeted instruction to students with both print and digital curriculum resources and lessons. iReady monitors students’ online usage and test passage rates on their digital lessons.

CFHS students named semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation named five Chagrin Falls High School students as National Merit Semifinalists: Emily Collins, Owen McClintock, Jackson Quinn, Ian Rodgers and Luke Volpe.

There are approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

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