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!"
On May 18, 2015, twenty-nine eighth grade students embarked on a journey of a lifetime. The Central Middle School 8th grade class trip took students on a three-day adventure throughout our nation’s capital. Students participated in tours of the Holocaust Museum, National Archives, the Capitol Building, American History Museum, Natural History Museum, and Air and Space Museum. Along with all of the museums, students also visited several monuments and memorials including MLK, FDR, Jefferson, WWII, Vietnam, Lincoln, Korean, and Iwo Jima Memorials.
On the second night, students took a dinner cruise aboard The Odyssey, where they enjoyed a moonlight cruise of dinner and dancing with several other schools from across the United States. The final day of the trip, students toured Arlington Cemetery, viewed the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Changing of the Guard, and the Kennedy gravesites. Over the course of three days, students enjoyed a full itinerary and returned to Central exhausted, with many fond memories.
Four Panthers have committed to continuing their education as well as basketball careers at the collegiate level in the fall. Congratulations to Devin West - University of Northwestern of Ohio (Lima, OH), Kiran Taylor - Aurora University (Aurora, Illinois), Kyle Emory - Olivet University (Olivet, Michigan), and Kendrick Pittman - Olivet University (Olivet, Michigan).
Calling all Euclid Residents 65 years and older!
Decorated scholars, student-athletes, artists, and musicians make up the top ten of the Euclid High School Class of 2015.
Euclid High School Senior Harrison Roberts signed his National Letter of Intent to play football for Bowling Green State University (Division I) next fall! Surrounded by family, friends, coaches, and administrators the 220-pound outside linebacker accepted his full-ride scholarship with humility and Panther Pride. Harrison has been a stand-out on and off the field. His dedication to academics and his pursuit of perfection will surely take him far in life.
Mary Poppins will be flying into Euclid April 16-19th! Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students/ senior citizens. Order your tickets today at www.showtix4u.com.
The Lady Panthers secured the Lake Erie League Championship by defeating the Bedford Bearcats at Euclid. In a complete team effort that saw the Panthers dominate the second half, sensational sophomore Calasia Cunningham scored 22, Rayjon Harris scored 12 and Rashida Harris threw in 10. Sophomore Celina Vuyancih was phenomenal defensively, as was junior Alexis Hoxie. Seniors Tiaundria Mitchell and Tomariah Whitner provided the floor leadership while Tiara Molson and junior Raquel Latimer played important minutes to provide a spark off the bench. The Panthers cut down the nets and are poised for a great run in the State Tournament.
The Euclid High School Advanced Biology classes are studying the history of life, species adaptations and evolution. The Cleveland Natural History Museum has excellent displays and explanations regarding these topics, so it was a natural choice for a field trip. 35 students made observations, notes, drawings and took photos of various displays as they explored the vast amounts of artifacts. Upon returning to school, students worked in groups to summarize their findings and make short presentations based on their observations. This is another great example of how Euclid educators work hard to connect the classroom to the real world.
The Euclid High School Girls Basketball Team made their way to Arbor Elementary School to spend some time with students in room 127. Coach Phillips and Coach Wilson prepared their players for a fun morning with second-grade students, even giving them the opportunity to read to the class! This was a great experience for both the EHS Girls Basketball Team and the second-grade students from room 127!
Sixth-grade students from Forest Park Middle School and Central Middle School spent a few hours playing holiday music for Great Lakes Mall patrons. Both band and orchestra students took the stage in front of Macy's department store on December 17, 2014. The music could be heard throughout the mall and got shoppers in the holiday spirit.
Student Council Students from Bluestone Elementary School took their annual trip to the Slovene Home for the Aged. Students spent time with residents singing, coloring and talking. Bluestone students really enjoyed their time getting to know the residents and telling them all about what they are learning in school. This is a great Bluestone tradition that will continue to grow.
Bravo to the cast and crew of the Euclid High School Fall Play!
This year's fall play, "45 Seconds From Broadway" was written by Neil Simon. The show is based in a New York City café, a fictionalized tribute to the popular Broadway district eatery Café Edison. The patrons of this café include an array of melodramatic people who frequent the establishment, from a controversial comedian to a fading actress to matinee ladies, all taken care of by the couple who run the restaurant.
Chardon Hills Magnet School Student Council held its annual Canned Food Drive that collected 825 food items to donate to the Euclid Hunger Center. Great work to the staff and students at Chardon Hills who worked so hard to make this possible, especially Mrs. Kosilesky and Mrs. Dortleff!
Students from Shoreview Elementary School donated over 1,100 items to the Euclid Hunger Center. The class that collected the most items was Mrs. Fortkamp's class with 159 items. Second place went to Mrs. Rich's class with 135 items and third place was Mrs. Simolin's class with 103 items. Great work to all of the staff and students at Shoreview!
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Superintendent Keith Bell will be sharing more about the early learning component of the Euclid City Schools Phase II Facility Plan. The meeting will take place at the Early Learning Center at Memorial Park. We hope to see you there!
Euclid High School's NJROTC Drill Team competed on December 6th, at a Northeastern Drill Meet consisting of 8 other JROTC units and they walked away with the overall trophy! Outstanding job Cadets!
1st Place Armed Platoon Commanded by Cadet Monique Jenkins
1st Place Unarmed Platoon Commanded by Cadet Dominique Allison
1st Place Unarmed Exhibition Commanded by Cadet Netanya Lane
2nd Place First Year Squad Commanded by Cadet Jaime Geiger
3rd Place Varsity Color Guard Commanded by Cadet Elizabeth Clack
1st Place Academic Challenge Cadet's Elizabeth Clack, Dominique Allison, Roy Ady, and Kennedy Johnson
1st Place Overall Trophy!
Individual Drill Competition
1st Place Cadet Mariah Workman
4th Place Cadet Brennan Cornell
Unarmed Medals :
2nd Place Cadet Mariah Workman
3rd Place Cadet Monique Jenkins
4th Place Cadet Dominique Allison
6th Place Cadet Netanya Lane
10th Place Cadet Keshawne Watts
Commander Morek and I are very proud of your performance and conduct! Hard work, teamwork, and Discipline do pay off!
OOOOOO-RAAAAH ! SgtMaj Rethage
Brown and orange gear filled the Central Middle School gym yesterday afternoon as the Cleveland Browns came to recognize students for logging more than 2.2 million minutes of physical activity. For six weeks, (Sept. 29-Nov. 7) Central Middle School students engaged in physical activity to log the most minutes in the greater-Cleveland area. The Browns PLAY 60 Challenge, in partnership with the American Heart Association, University Hospitals, the American Dairy Association Mideast, and Fuel Up to PLAY 60 is a six-week program for seventh- and eighth-grade students that provides schools additional opportunities to help students be active and healthy throughout the school day.
So five Browns players ventured to Central to honor the victors. Relay races, a dance-off and a chocolate milk toast made Tuesday an unforgettable event. Defensive back Johnson Bademosi, long snapper Christian Yount, Browns linebackers Keith Pugh and Chris Kirksey and wide receiver Kevin Cone showed Central students their dance moves.
This year marks a second consecutive win for Central Middle School and a third consecutive win for physical education teacher John Yuha. The top male student Joe Junkey logged more than 12,000 minutes and Kendra Stephens the top female student logged more than 11,000 minutes.
All of our schools have been busy during the first 60 days of school. Here is a look at some of the fun events from around the district.
Straight A's earned EHS freshmen a trip to Cleveland Rock Gym. In addition to their climbing excursion, students also earned a delicious lunch from Chick-fil-A. Great work, Panthers!
The days of agonizing for months while waiting for a college acceptance letter to arrive are over! Instant College Admittance Day allowed over 110 Euclid High School students to apply and earn acceptance to college during their school day. Lake Erie College, Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University, Kent State University, Lakeland Community College, and Cuyahoga Community College interviewed and accepted EHS students on the spot, thanks to the Guidance Department.
Lake Erie College alone had 17 applications and admitted 12 students. Those 12 students received over $100,000 of scholarships! It is programs like Instant College Admittance that allow us to "see the excitement on our students faces the moment they find out their acceptance status," EHS Guidance Counselor Katie Gonakis explains. Events like this, "give students the confidence to pursue higher education."
For more information on the Euclid High School and the students that are gaining acceptance to colleges and universities, visit the Euclid High School Facebook page.
Forest Park is celebrating another successful year of giving back to the Euclid community. This year, students donated over 1,000 items to the Euclid Hunger Center. Out top donating homerooms were: Ms. Henry (320 items), Ms. Shamblen (132 items), Ms. Kaiser (102 items) and Ms. Trapp (106 items). Thank you to the Forest Park Student Council for organizing the event and for everyone that made a donation! To learn more about the Euclid Hunger Center and how you can help visit:http://www.euclidhungercenter.com/.
Tashae Lukerson (8th grade) and Kiana Sims (7th grade) were nominated by band teacher, Mrs. Leyrer, to attend the BGSU Honors Band. There were over 200 students from all over Ohio chosen to be in the groups. Students practiced all day with guest conductors from Vandercook College of Music and Tennessee before performing in the Honors Band concert the same evening.
Thanks to Rick Case Honda in Euclid, the Euclid Athletic Boosters were able to raffle off a three-year lease on a 2014 Honda Accord (or the cash equivalent value).
The winning tickets for the car raffle were pulled by Homecoming Queen Nicole Hughes.
Car Raffle Ticket Winners:
Grand Prize Winner: Lynn Phillips (ticket sold by the Girls Basketball team)
Second Prize Winner: Lauren Elliot (ticket sold by Mike D'Arcy)
Third Prize Winner: John Clapacs
Fourth Prize Winner: Joe Valenza
Fifth Prize Winner: Jeanette Collins
Congratulations to the winners. A huge thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket, your support for our students is greatly appreciated. Go Panthers!
Homecoming Court 2014:
Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio (DCNEO) recently partnered with Euclid City Schools and Fred Astaire Willoughby to host their first “Celebration of Dance” on Friday, October 17th at Shoreview Elementary School. This was a family friendly event that served to bring the community together, through a “celebration of dance”, while supporting the work of Dancing Classrooms and its implementation within the Euclid City Schools.
Dancing Classrooms isn’t a dancing program; Dancing Classrooms is a social development program for 5th and 8th grade children that uses ballroom dance as its “tool” for getting children to break down social barriers, learn about honor and respect, treat others carefully, improve self-confidence, communicate and cooperate, and accept others even if they are different.
The event began with a welcome from DCNEO’s Executive Director, Jo Jo Carcioppolo, who explained how and why ballroom dancing is used as a “tool” within the Dancing Classrooms program. This was followed up by a demonstration from a group of Dancing Classrooms students (some former and others current 5th graders) who elegantly danced the Merengue, Fox Trot, Rumba, and Swing. Carcioppolo commented to the audience that the true testament to the program was that the students present on the stage represented a variety of schools both within Euclid and elsewhere and that though they had only just met fifteen minutes prior were now working together, as a team, to share their dances with the audience.
As the students were instructed to, “Take a Bow”, the owner of Fred Astaire Willoughby, Andrea Bisconti, was welcomed to the stage and the evening continued with Dancing Classrooms students now members of the audience. This transition communicated how the arts, ballroom dance specifically, can continue to be a teaching “tool” throughout one’s life. Fred Astaire Willoughby students ranging in ages and occupations performed a variety of dances and styles over the course of an hour which was then concluded with two special high energy numbers from the professional dancers of the studio.
The goal of the evening was to bring the community together in support of Dancing Classrooms’ mission and work within the Euclid City School District…and beyond. With more than one-hundred people in attendance, a range of outstanding performances and a group dance lesson; all those in attendance both learned, and experienced, how Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio is “Transforming Lives – One Step at a Time”.
Bright and early on October 8th, 2014 EHS graduate Rachelle White declared her intent to play for Lindenwood University. Rachelle's family and friends gathered in the Panther Achievement Den at Euclid High School for breakfast as she signed her official letter of intent. Miss White will begin playing basketball at Lindenwood on a full-ride scholarship effective second semester of this year.
Coach Lynn Phillips shared with attendees that student-athletes like Rachelle shape the girls basketball program and inspire younger players to set high goals. We wish Rachelle the best of luck as she retires as a "panther" and advances to become a "lynx."