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Kindergarten registration open

Gurney Elementary School online kindergarten registration is open at chagrinschools.org. Parents are asked to complete the online forms located under “Final Forms.” Both half-day and full-day kindergarten are offered at Gurney. Full-day kindergarten is tuition-based.

A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a spot for your child in a full-day kindergarten class. Parents have until May 7 to make this choice. All students who sign up for full-day kindergarten before May 7 will be granted a spot in full-day kindergarten.

For more information, call 440-893-4030, ext. 4102.

CFHS students excel in contest

Chagrin Falls High School students Ali Holtz and Fiona Garvey came in second and first, respectively, at this year’s Chagrin Valley Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest.

The competition gives students the opportunity to apply the principles of Rotary International’s Four-Way Test to a current ethical issue. Students are challenged to identify a topic they feel strongly about and to adopt a point of view from which they will seek to persuade others. The speech must be 5-7 minutes in length. Each part of the Four-Way Test should be addressed during the speech: “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

Ali selected the topic of school segregation and its lasting impacts on low-income or minority populations. Ali said this was a great opportunity to speak on the possibilities for change and growth within varying conflicts facing Americans right now.

“I am really thankful for the opportunity the Rotary Club gave me to share my perspective on a crucial conversation for the future of this generation,” Ali said. “Even though I do plenty of speaking in front of smaller groups through my participation in the high school debate team, the Rotary speech was definitely a new challenge for me due to its flexible topic range and size of the audience.”

Fiona selected the topic of mental illness in schools.

“For students, school and stress go hand and hand, so by improving schools to be more comfortable environments for discussions over mental health, we encourage the reduction of that stress,” she said in her speech. “The first step, however, is to diagnose mental disorders early on through mental health screenings. By doing so, I believe that we can reduce the stigma around mental illness and change the culture in schools, and the community, for the better.”

 

“I am so grateful to the Rotary for giving us a platform to share our opinions and knowledge of pressing issues in our community,” Fiona said. “Hearing the other participants speak was extremely inspiring, and I hope that my speech inspired others as well.”

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