Award winners

Chagrin Falls High School juniors Maggie Mills, left, and Sasha Haines display their Academic All-American Awards they received from the National Speech and Debate Association for exceptionalism in the classroom.

NSDA recognizes CFHS students

The National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) awarded Chagrin Falls High School juniors Maggie Mills and Sasha Haines with the prestigious Academic All-American Award. This award denotes exceptionalism in the classroom, as well as ACT/SAT scores, and 750+ NSDA points, a feat rarely accomplished by speech and debate competitors.

Katie Gill to serve as ELA coach

Katie Gill has been selected to serve as the English/language arts coach for Chagrin Falls Schools. Ms. Gill has been a classroom teacher for more than 20 years. During this time, she has co-taught all subjects in a combined third- and fourth-grade classroom, taught all content areas in self-contained fourth-grade inclusion classrooms and taught English/language arts in fifth grade for more than 17 years. She recently completed her K-12 Gifted Intervention Specialist Endorsement through Chagrin Falls Schools’ grant-funded cohort and currently teaches both Advanced ELA 5 and ELA.

Ms. Gill has an undergraduate degree in English and holds a Master of Education with a grades one through eight teaching certification. She has attended writing programs at both Bennington College in Vermont and The University of Iowa. Ms. Gill is published in a writing anthology used by seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders in Canada, China and India. She has also tutored many ELA students in grades seven through 12.

OSBA Business Honor Roll

At the Chagrin Falls Board of Education meeting on June 3, three organizations were recognized with the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) “Business Honor Roll” award for their partnership with the Chagrin Falls Schools: Chagrin Hardware & Supply Co., Einstein Bros. Bagels and Heinen’s Grocery Store.

Chagrin Hardware provides the school district a discount on purchasing hardware and materials and regularly donates to causes through the district’s support organizations. The owners and sales associates are alumni of the district. Chagrin Hardware has worked with high school students over the years in cooperation with business classes and student teams to develop marketing and window displays in the store front.

Einstein Bagels provides bagels and coffee donations, including all of the condiments and supplies needed for after prom volunteers, and donates gift cards for prizes for the students. They are proud of their connection to and participation in the event. They also provide several donations to the district’s support organizations for their events.

Heinen’s has donated thousands of dollars each year through the Teaming up for Education program organized by the PTO. Additionally, Heinen’s has installed a bulletin board in the entrance of the Chagrin Falls Plaza store dedicated to Chagrin Falls Schools. This allows the district, their many support organizations and various other school groups to advertise and serves as another way to communicate to the community. Additionally, Heinen’s allows the schools to utilize the meeting room in the store for the Cafe Time with the superintendent series during which the community is invited to an informal conversation with the superintendent.

Staff learns to Stop the Bleed

Chagrin Falls teachers and staff are now better prepared for shootings and other serious classroom emergencies thanks to Stop the Bleed training provided by the University Hospitals EMS Training and Disaster Preparedness Institute and the Chagrin Falls police and fire departments.

Stop the Bleed is a national initiative from the Department of Homeland Security to train teachers and the general public in bleeding control techniques to assist severely bleeding persons.

The 90-minute Stop the Bleed training was presented recently as part of a teacher and staff in-service day at Chagrin Falls High School. Don Zimmerman, EMS education trainer, presented a video and a talk on the first steps in dealing with an active shooter or other life-threatening emergency and how to position injured people and control bleeding by pressure or a tourniquet.

For the hands-on part of the training, teachers divided into small groups and trainers from UH and the Chagrin Falls safety forces used tourniquets and special rubber limbs and torsos with simulated gunshot wounds to demonstrate proper bleeding control techniques in each group. The teachers took turns practicing skills that included packing a wound with gauze, applying pressure to a wound and applying tourniquets.

At the close of the training, UH presented every teacher with a “Go-Bucket,” a tall, white plastic bucket loaded with essential supplies for a classroom during an active shooter or other traumatic event. To date, more than 5,000 teachers and staff in more than 100 school districts have gone through Stop the Bleed training with UH and received Go-Buckets of supplies at no charge.

Student earns awards at convention

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School fifth-grader Ella Beatty was honored at the 4th Annual Invention Convention U.S. Nationals presented by United Technologies Corp. More than 500 award-winning K-12 inventors from across the nation and around the world gathered inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan on May 30-31 to compete for top awards in youth invention.

Ella won the Home and Consumer Goods Specialty Awards for the “Rememblet.” She says of her invention, “It is a personalized piece of fashion to make your to-dos unforgettable. It uses snap icons onto a bracelet to jog your memory.”

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