“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!
Greater Cleveland Volunteers will continue operating the AARP Foundation Experience Corps literacy tutoring program in the Euclid City School District in the 2018-2019 school year.
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, HGR had the honor of presenting the 2018 HGR Industrial Surplus S.T.E.M. Scholarship to Evan Ritchey, a Euclid High School senior.
Euclid High School’s robotic team, The Untouchables, set out to improve on last year’s finish, and did they ever. On April 28, 2018, teams from all over Northeastern Ohio met to do battle at the AWT RoboBots Competition at Lakeland Community College.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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!
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!!
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.
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!
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!
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 www.euclidobserver.com.
For our readers who need a Political Science refresher the following are the amendments.
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.
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.
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.
Responsive classroom morning meeting greeting. 5th grade students greeted each other using a ball of twine tossed to each student as we greeted them. It created a wonderful web and we talked about how we are all connected and stronger together.
Arbor Stars enjoyed a snack and conversation with Mr. Bell about some of their thoughts on school, including longer recess, more math time, after-school basketball, and the addition of school on Saturday and Sundays. We are proud of our Arbor Stars!
The United States was founded on right. The main reason that America became America is that English subjects didn’t want to be ruled by a king that didn’t respect their rights. If you are a teenager being stopped by the police it is scary most of the time especially if it is at night. If a police officer stop you and ask you for your driver’s license and your registration, you should give it to them and then ask if you did something wrong and wait for an answer. If the officer ask you to get out of the car, you get out and you close the car behind you. In my opinion if you are a teenager and a police officer pull you over and ask if they can search your car you said no and ask if they have a warrant. Teenager rights can be interrupted in different ways.
Teens in America are often unaware of their amendments and their rights. Many teens also are not fully clear on their rights. Most teens also do not know that their rights are restricted in many places. In school, teen’s rights are restricted to a certain extent. If you are on school grounds, you or your car, can be searched if school officials suspect any criminal activity . School officials still need to have a good reason to search you; They cannot just go around searching people because somebody looks suspicious. It is your right as an American citizen to remain silent when questioned, and to not be searched without consent or warrant .
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, Euclid High School senior, Rashida Harris and junior, Brian Tillman made their way to Columbus to compete in the state track meet. Harris took second place in the shot put with a throw of 46' 6 3/4" and eighth place in the discus with a throw of 123' 2". Her shot put throw also earned her the new school record. Brian Tillman also competed for the Panthers securing an impressive seventh place in the 440. We are Panther Proud of these dedicated student-athletes!
On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 308 Euclid High School seniors gathered at the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland for the pomp and circumstance of graduation. Family, friends, teachers, and administrators recognized the significant accomplishments of the Euclid High School Class of 2015.
The Euclid City School District announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for children.
Free meals will be made available to all children 18 years of age and under or persons over 18 who are determined by a state or local public education agency to be mentally or physically disabled.
The meals will be provided in accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy.
This institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.All sites will be closed on July 3, 2015. All food must be consumed on-site.
The Bluestone Running Club was an after school club developed by Leah Kasmenn for 5th-grade girls. The club met twice a week and each session began with a group run. It was followed by various physical activities, such as push-ups, ab work, and/or agility skill work. The Running Club session ended with some type of fun relay and/or game and a group snack. Team building, good sportsmanship, respect, and building relationships with one another were important skills that were integrated into the club.
Euclid High School PTA is awarding eight scholarships to qualified Euclid High School Seniors following the successful 63rd annual fundraising event held this past March the Irish American Club. A committee made up of Euclid High School PTA members worked tirelessly to solicit donations from PTA units, Euclid Schools staff members and administrators, local businesses, and alumni. As a result of the generosity of those who contributed and attendees of the event, the PTA was able to raise and award $13,600 in scholarships.
The Euclid City School District is proud to announce four new administrative hires for the 2015-2016 school year.
Dr. Charlie Smialek, the former Euclid High School principal, is moving to the Fordyce Administration Building to assume the role of Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Smialek is a Euclid High School alumnus and has been working in the district since 1999. Charlie began his career as a middle school social studies teacher. He has since worked as a middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal, middle school principal and in 2009 became the Euclid High School principal. Dr. Smialek earned a bachelor’s degree in history from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in secondary education from Kent State University and holds a doctorate in educational administration from Kent State University.
Dr. Smialek is excited to begin this new leadership role, “I have loved my time at Euclid High School and will always cherish the experiences I shared there with great students and teachers. I look forward to being able to work now with leaders from all of our buildings to ensure that we continue to foster a Culture of Achievement that our community deserves.”
If you passed by the EHS parking lot on May 21st and 22nd, you may have seen a Euclid firetruck, ladders, hoses, and fire equipment. The Euclid High School Fire Academy and the Euclid Fire Department were running their first ever "skills days." A collaborative effort between Assistant Chief Will Anderson of the Euclid Fire Department and EHS Fire Academy Instructor John Padley to provide an opportunity for the cadets to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-life scenarios using real equipment. The Euclid Fire Department was gracious enough to provide three firefighters to help teach as well as a variety of equipment. Each of the skills days included four workstations, each with a different instructor. The first day took place in the Fire Academy Classroom at EHS and consisted of EMS skills. The workstations included assessing basic vital signs (pulse, respirations, and blood pressure), airway management, wound dressing/bleeding control, and spinal immobilization. Once complete with the four workstations, cadets were treated to lunch and were introduced to the Commander of Tri-C's Fire Academy, Ted Huffmann, who spoke to the cadets about the senior year experience in the Academy, what the expectations were for next year, and the end goal of preparing cadets to enter the workforce as a professional firefighter immediately upon graduation from high school. The second day took place outside in the staff parking lot just across the street from EFD Station number one and included SCBA donning/doffing, hydrant operations, tool and appliance recognition, and ladder operations.
The Class of 2015 showed up in style to LaMalfa Party Center on May 28th to celebrate Senior Prom.
Nine Forest Park Middle School students and three teachers spent 14 weeks training for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon 10k in May. The students began training in January through the We Run This City Youth Marathon Program (WRTC). This program is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, the Cleveland Department of Public Health and Case Western Reserve University Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. Practices were held three-four days a week until race day on May 17th. Students started off slowly alternating running and walking for only a minute. Each week runs increased in length and duration. In April, students stopped running for time and started running for miles during practice, running anywhere from 2-4.5 miles a day. This program not only increased the confidence of our student participants, but also expanded their endurance and physical fitness.
Last month at the Euclid High School Spring Sports Banquet, the Euclid Panther Boosters presented the Athletic Department with the second $20,000.00 check in less than a year. Only through the handwork of dedicated volunteers, is it possible for the student-athletes in the Euclid City Schools to experience the very best in high school athletics. We are so proud and thankful to these dedicated people. On behalf of all of our student-athletes and coaches, we would like to thank all of the Euclid Panther Boosters for their service and especially their delicious "walking tacos" and "booster dogs!"