Euclid Schools

Setting an example:

Euclid High School's visual communications teacher, Edith Mellen, set out to motivate her students by submitting her own art into contests.  Now that artwork’s gone international.

Mrs. Mellen, who teaches the high school’s Visual Communications career technical education program, describes herself as more of a “quiet” artist. She doesn’t usually enter contests but decided to make an exception as she encourages student artists to market themselves and their work.

She submitted work to a Loo Roll Art Challenge sponsored by the UK’s Pinkfoot Gallery that challenged artists to turn“those gorgeous blank canvases” into pieces of art. Pinkfoot Gallery chose to include her toilet paper roll drawings of the famous surrealist artist Salvador Dali and they were shared on the BBC News.

“I laughed,” she said, talking about how “something so mundane as a toilet roll could go as far as it did go.”

Mrs. Mellen and a couple of her students also had artwork accepted into Ursuline College’s “Self Portrait: Artists Respond to COVID 19” virtual gallery. 

“I wanted to show them that ‘you can do it. Look at what I just did,’” she said. “Some of them are doing it.”

Mrs. Mellen is having Zoom chats with her students and covering subjects like how to be an entrepreneur. She said taking classes online has forced her students to learn how to be more independent and better organized when it comes to their work flow.

“It’s always been the teacher will have to do everything,” she said. “Now they have to, too. They have a lot of things to work on.”

Mrs. Mellen, a Euclid native, has taught for Euclid Schools for 30 years. 

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:47 PM, 05.07.2020

What's Good About Euclid Schools: Ten things I've been impressed by this year

One of the greatest challenges of being a parent in the Euclid school system has nothing to do with state test scores or other external measures of educational success. Our biggest challenge is that very few people get to hear about all the amazing people, programs and opportunities that Euclid students benefit from on a regular basis. 

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 5:25 PM, 03.09.2020

A 2020 Graduate Shares Her Thoughts

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved being on stage and performing for people to watch. I took dance lessons for seven years and have always enjoyed singing in music class.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 5:53 PM, 02.05.2020

An Investment in Euclid Schools Benefits Us All.

I believe Franklin D. Roosevelt’s statement, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education,” is a truism (a statement that is obviously true); just like the statement, “you get what you pay for.”

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 5:53 PM, 02.05.2020

Helping Students Read

Greater Cleveland Volunteers operates the AARP Foundation Experience Corps literacy tutoring program in the Euclid City School District in the 2019-2020 school year and we need more tutors. 

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:26 PM, 12.02.2019

Scholarship Opportunity

The National Congress of Black Women-Greater Cleveland Chapter is accepting application for their 2nd Annual Scholarship.  One or more college scholarships in the amount of $500 each will be awarded to a high-school senior (female)from the Greater Cleveland area.  Applications can be obtained from your high school counselors, chapter member or emailing: OR Late applications will not be reviewed(Deadline: Midnight, March 8, 2019).  Basic critera: students who will receive their high school diploma from a high school(2019); Students who have a minimum GPA of 2.5; Students who can demonstrate community service and involvement; and students who have applied and been accepted into a college or university. 

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 2:41 PM, 03.10.2019

Euclid High School Sports Hall of Fame inducts six into Class of 2018

“I always turn to the sports section first. The sports section records people's accomplishments; the front page nothing but man's failures.” – Earl Warren, former Chief Justice of the United States. Ohio State Representative Kent Smith, and Euclid High School 1984 graduate, kicked off his remarks with this quote at the 32nd Euclid High School Sports Hall of Fame induction on Thursday, September 27th. The quote is from 1968, a particularly turbulent time in our country’s history, but I’m sure many would agree that the idea is still applicable today and mainly why this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony was so enjoyable, just like the past 31 events!

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 7:56 AM, 10.14.2018

College credit plus poly science class

EUCLID, Ohio-- Thomas A. Edison once said, "The value of an idea lies in the using of it," and that is exactly what students in Dr. Josh Stephens' College Credit Plus Political Science class recognize. As part of their curriculum, students split up into four teams to come up with ideas on how to improve our city. They then took their ideas to City Hall and presented them to Mayor Gail and city leaders.

Maren Barwick, Takiya Burch, Quenaysha Copes, and Shanique Woods recognized a need for communication and outreach to Euclid teenagers, they called their presentation "Connecting Euclid." They saw a lack of communication with teens as an issue they thought could easily be addressed. One of their suggestions was for the City of Euclid to create an Instagram account. Almost immediately following their presentation, the City did just that! Two other suggestions included the city working with EHS to share news on the morning announcements and more bulletin boards at popular places teens visit.

Evan Botzki, Zoe Gatewood, Mia Casteel, and Emoni Rattliff believe that a "Community Outreach Task Force" to provide youth with productive vocational and artistic opportunities. They emphasized the need for vocational opportunities for students who are not college bound. They believe that it would be beneficial to both the city and youth "connecting young  citizens who can replace an aging workforce."

Tosheania Phoenix, Christin Pondexter-Shields, and Janya Robinson developed an idea called "Euclid's Mental Health Walk" as part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Walks held annually throughout the country. Their project illustrates how the youth in our community see an immediate need to assist those who struggle with mental illness.

Jeremy Morton, La'Nisha Givens, and Courtney Herrod want people to "Stop and Shop" to support small business and nurture big dreams. Their plan builds on things the city is already doing at the Euclid Farmers Market to increase visitation and sales. Their idea is to promote local and minority-owned businesses as well as the vendors who traditionally sell their goods at the Farmer's Market in order to strengthen the local economy. Their plan includes applying for grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and several others to help drive the Farmer's Market to be an engine of local economic growth.

Not only were their ideas well thought out, they were able to eloquently share their vision through impressive presentations. Members of Mayor Gail's administrative team as well as members of city council spoke with the groups in order to refine their visions and see how the city can connect with its youth and provide them with the services and events they desire. This is the fourth year Dr. Stephens has had his students present to the mayor and council and it represents an important way for the city's youth to feel involved with their city and for the city to be able to hear directly from its residents.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

School Crisis Response and Grief Support Program Available to Local Schools

Tragic events such as the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school are difficult for anyone to comprehend and process. Locally and across the country, we collectively mourn the loss of life every time such a senseless tragedy occurs. In addition, our own sorrow, fear and despair can be heightened as we watch and hear about the plight of grieving students, teachers and the affected community on the nightly news.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 11:09 AM, 03.10.2018

Euclid High School Senior Awarded 2017 HGR Industrial Surplus S.T.E.M. Scholarship

On May 11 at Euclid High School’s Senior Awards Ceremony, Tina Dick, HGR’s human resources manager, presented Senior Connor Hoffman with HGR’s 2017 S.T.E.M. scholarship that will go toward his first year of college at the University of Cincinnati to pursue a degree in information technology. Connor was not able to be present due to competing in a CISCO Networking Academy National Competition in Florida. A representative from the high school accepted on his behalf.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 5:55 PM, 06.13.2017

EHS NJROTC Air Rifle Marksmanship Training

Euclid High School NJROTC is a phenomenal Citizenship Development program designed to develop young men and women in the areas of Leadership, Citizenship, Patriotism, Teamwork, Military Drill, Marksmanship, Physical Fitness, Discipline, Uniform wear, Health and Hygiene, Nutrition, First Aid, Financial Fitness and the role of the United States Navy. This course molds cadets into smart, strong, confident leaders who eventually embark upon a lifetime of noble citizenship by living the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. It also instills valuable leadership tools that turn cadets/students into leaders will enable them to prepare for Life after High School.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 5:57 PM, 02.08.2017

Literacy Tutors

Greater Cleveland Volunteers is seeking additional adults to serve as literacy tutors in the AARP Foundation Experience Corps literacy training program in the Euclid City School District.  

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 12:20 PM, 01.13.2017

Nine Inducted Into Euclid High School Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016

For 30 years, the Euclid Public Schools Alumni Association has honored the men and women who have achieved excellence as athletes, role models and champions of the Euclid High Schools sports program. On Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 the EPSAA inducted nine new members into the Sports Hall of Fame at their annual banquet and ceremony at Tizzano’s Party Center on E. 260th and Tungsten Rd. in Euclid.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 6:53 PM, 11.07.2016

Euclid Homecoming: Bringing Back a Timeless Tradition for "Mum"

Euclid High School's PTA is bringing back a timeless Euclid tradition: Homecoming Football Mum Corsages for the EHS Homecoming Game on Friday, Sept 30th.  Many Euclid Alumni can remember fondly their homecoming days and wearing these big, beautiful symbols of spirit and home team pride!  Football & band moms, Homecoming candidates, cheerleading squads and any and all EHS ladies would adourn these proudly on their chest showing off their "Panther Pride".  EHS PTA wants to bring this back!  Live mum corsages will be available for pre-sale at the EHS Open House Sept 7th, at the Euclid Home Days Festival Sept 8-11th, and also at the Sparky DiBiasio Stadium prior to the EHS/Mentor football game on Sept 15th.  EHS PTA representatives will be available to take your orders, or give out order forms which can be returned to the BOE Fordyce Bldg.  Pre-order deadline is Wednesday, September 21st, to allow for our order to be processed in a timely fashion.  (Corsages provided by Tuthill's Florist, 557 E 185th St, Cleve.) Cost: $12.00 per corsage and will be available for pick up prior to the start of the Homecoming Game on Friday, Sept 30th at the entrance to the Euclid Stadium beginning at 5:45pm.  All proceeds from this PTA sponsored fundraiser will directly benefit the students of EHS. Questions: please contact Jen Banasik @ 216-214-2500 OR email

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 5:18 PM, 09.09.2016

Euclid Represents at DAZZLE

Euclid High School was one of nineteen area high schools to participate in the 1st annual DAZZLE AWARDS on Saturday, May 21st in the illustrious Connor Palace at Cleveland's own Playhouse Square.  This inaugural gala event celebrated the art of musical theatre and also recognized the countless hours spent to produce these ""Broadway-caliber" high school musical productions from the past few months. Over 180 students from the participating high school musical productions took the Connor stage, blowing away the thousands in attendance with their awesomely wicked talents.  Among these students were Euclid's very own, representing this year's 2016 Big Show Production of West Side Story were: Ashley Johnson (EHS Class of 2016, "Maria"-nominated for The John and Patricia Chapman Best Actress Award), Corbin Gray (EHS Class of 2018, "Action"-nominated for The John and Patricia Chapman Best Supporting Actor Award), and from EHS Class of 2017:  Lauren Banasik ("Anita"), Abbie Dickerson ("Consuela"), and Kourtney Price ("Teresita").  Euclid's West Side Story production also earned itself a nomination in the category for BEST CHOREOGRAPHY EXECUTION.  Prior to the DAZZLE Award event, these 180 participants engaged in a week-long tech rehearsal which, in itself, was an educational experience second to none, having the opportunity to work with Tony Award-nominated director/choreographer Dan Knechtges to stage the DAZZLE Awards for an entire week will certainly be a wonderful memory to last a lifetime!

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:44 AM, 06.11.2016

SPECTACULAR Showing by EHS Show Choir

Raw talent and the purest passion for performance amazed the hundreds of attendees at the 2nd Annual Varsity Chorale Benefit Concert on Friday December 18th.  Members of the junior high school show choir, Euclid Elite, kicked off the show with their awesome display of song and dance. Through out the evening the crowd was dazzled by several soloist and group performances by members of the high school show choir, as well as a showing by the acapella group FORTE! The event was topped off by a stellar show-stopping display by EHS's award-winning group Varsity Chorale (VC), with several numbers from their upcoming competition show which they will be taking on the road starting in February 2016!  All of the funds collected from this benefit will send this group to Richmond, VA for their out-of state competition, where VC hopes to make all of their countless hours of rehearsal time pay off with a coveted "Grand-Champion" title!  Understandably, most Euclidians cannot make the trek to Virginia, but there are plenty of local opportunities for you to come out and support VC at their other scheduled competitions.  Below is the competition tour schedule for VC's 2016 season. We hope you could make it out to some of them and show your hometown Euclid pride, these hard-working, amazingly talented kids would definitely appreciate your support! Hopefully with a little "Panther Pride" in the audience chanting "VC! VC! VC! VC!" before they take the stage, that "Grand-Champion" title will become a reality!

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 5:47 PM, 01.05.2016

Euclid High School NJROTC wins the overall trophy at a JROTC Drill Competition and beats their arch rival Rhodes High School NJROTC!!

Euclid High School's NJROTC Drill Team competed on Nov 14th, at the Penn Hills High School NJROTC Drill Meet consisting of 6 other JROTCs. Their Drill Team, Exhibition Team, Color Guard Team, 1st year Squad, 1st year Color Guard Team and the Academic Team banded together and walked away with the Overall Trophy!! 

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 4:50 PM, 12.06.2015


EUCLID, Ohio--A team of Euclid Schools administrators, teachers, and counselors is working together to lead EuclidTech, an initiative designed to better prepare students for career readiness. Euclid High School is already home to award winning Career Technical Education programs such as CIS, CISCO, Criminal Justice, Commercial Art, Automotive Technology, and Culinary Arts. EuclidTech seeks to build upon these courses to bring additional programs and courses to the student body of Euclid High School.

Currently, the EuclidTech team, led by Karen Brown (counselor and Career Tech Coordinator), John Padley (Fire Academy Instructor) and Charlie Smialek (Assistant Superintendent) is learning more about the needs of Euclid and area employers. The team has met with members of the city’s administration, representatives from Cuyahoga Community College, and leaders from the Chamber of Commerce to begin to identify the gaps between employment needs and the actual skills of graduates. The team has also toured Max Hayes High School, located in Cleveland, to view a recently constructed career technical education facility.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 4:50 PM, 12.06.2015

The Stand UP Homecoming Parade

The annual Stand Up Parade marched down East 222nd street kicking off Euclid High School's Homecoming Weekend on Thursday, October 8th! The marching band, sports teams, cheerleaders, flag corps, NJROTC, and many clubs and other activities gathered together for the bonfire at Euclid High following the parade. At the bonfire, student groups performed for peers who enjoyed popcorn. This was another great event for the Euclid community and Euclid High School!

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:44 AM, 11.25.2015

Trick-or-Treat at EHS

Another sweet event took place at Euclid High School as the Criminal Justice Program hosted the annual Trick-or-Treat night on October 26th. Over 400 children were in attendance which made this the largest year to date! Thank you to all who participated, volunteered, and organized this frightfully fantastic event! 

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 11:44 AM, 11.25.2015

Fourth and Fifth Amendment Articles

Fourth and Fifth Amendment Articles

Mr. Joshua Stephens’ students in his College Credit Plus Course in Political Science have submitted articles that they have written regarding these two amendments. We here at the Euclid Observer are thrilled to have received submissions from these new writers, and look forward to seeing more of their work. Unfortunately, we couldn’t choose which ones to print, so we are printing a snippet of each article with the full article available online at

For our readers who need a Political Science refresher the following are the amendments.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 5:48 PM, 10.12.2015

Chardon Hills 5th Grade VIP Day

September 25th was 5th grade VIP day! We love bringing our families and school closer together! Thank you to the PTA for the amazing photo booth and treats.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 5:29 PM, 10.12.2015