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The Chagrin Falls Rotary Club Student for September is Christopher Dobeck. He is the recipient of the 2013 Buckeye Boys State…

Rotary Student of The Month

The Chagrin Falls Rotary Club Student for September is Christopher Dobeck. He is the recipient of the 2013 Buckeye Boys State Outstanding Citizen Award from the American Legion.

In school, Dobeck is active as a four-term class president of Student Council and is on the Speech and Debate Club, Engineering Club, founder of the Young Republicans Club and played junior varsity football in 2011.

His activities outside of school include participating in the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Look Up to Cleveland program. He is employed by Opinions, LTD as a phone operations technician.

Dobeck is considering a career in political science, anthropology, history (European or American) or linguistics. He currently is in honors English, AP Psychology, AP U.S. History, AP Micro Economics, AP Macro Economics and is in his sixth year of studying Chinese.

Each month, the Rotary Club recognizes a high school student who displays service and leadership qualities. Dobeck has been invited as a guest to an upcoming Rotary meeting to be honored.

6th-Graders Use Technology For Increased Engaged Learning

Technology is changing the way students learn. Many of the students in the district have never known a world without high speed Internet access, Google, YouTube and Wikipedia. These children have grown up in a technology-rich world and, subsequently, they think and solve problems differently than previous generations.

The district technology committee met last October to discuss how the district could adapt to this new generation of learners. The outcome of these meetings was a recommendation to increase student access to technology using a device that would promote six core technology skills: critical thinking, research, collaboration, adaptability, communication and presentation. In addition, the device also needs to be acceptable for the move to web-based assessments in 201415. Finally, the district’s network infrastructure would need to be upgraded to ensure the devices would have fast, reliable access to the Internet.

At the beginning of this school year, the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District equipped every sixth-grade student at the intermediate school with a Google Chromebook. A Chromebook is similar to a traditional laptop, but it does not run Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office. Instead, the Chromebook runs Google’s Chrome OS. The device is deeply integrated with the Google Apps for Education suite of products that allows the students to create documents, spreadsheets, forms and presentations similar to Microsoft Office. The expectation is that the students will use this device in class on a daily basis.

Students are allowed to take the Chromebook home at night and on weekends by contributing $50 per year to the district Technology Fund. Parents will also have the option of purchasing the device themselves in which case the contribution would decrease to $10 per year.

“It is only one week of having the Chromebooks and they are truly part of our routine now,” said Nancy Kevern, a sixth-grade teacher at Intermediate School. “Every student has one, every class, every day, fully charged, ready to go. We use them, close the lids, have a discussion, open them, use them again. It is seamless, embedded, purposefuljust as I hoped it would be.”

The technology department has several other initiatives lined up for the 2013-14 school year as well. The high school will be rolling out four mobile labs of Chromebooks. Gurney Elementary will be moving forward with a plan to put three to four iPads in each classroom. Teachers that are using five-year-old laptops will be receiving new machines this fall.

Progress of this initiative can be followed at www.greattechspectations.com.

National Merit Awarded

Chagrin Falls High School senior Karen Greenlaw has been named as a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced today the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Karen Greenlaw joins these other talented high school seniors who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $35 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Greenlaw must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Approximately 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing and more than 50 percent of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Sign up for E-Communications

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools uses a variety of avenues to communicate to the district stakeholders. The district encourages residents to sign up for e-communications by going to the district homepage at www.chagrinschools.org. In the lower right hand corner under Quick Links, there is an “E-Newsletter” icon to select.

Residents can choose to receive updates from the district and/or individual buildings. Once a resident is registered, he/she also will receive the district’s new monthly digital magazine, Super News. The magazine can also be found on the district’s website.

“I encourage all residents, even those that do not have children in the district, to sign up to receive our Super News publication,” said Superintendent Robert Hunt. “It is an excellent way for everyone in our community to stay connected with the great accomplishments and happenings in our district.”

The district also has a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CFEVS) and most of the school administrators and principals have Twitter accounts.

8th-Graders Put Newton’s Law of Motion into Action

Newton’s Law of Motion is being put to the test this month for all the budding eighth-grade scientists at Chagrin Falls Middle School.

Thanks to their teacher, Mr. Jeremy Rothstein, students are not just reading about the laws of motion in a textbook, but they are experiencing motion and forces with hands-on activities outside. Students worked on a speed lab. They skipped, walked backwards and did a speed walk, all while doing mathematical calculations for motion.

They also had another lab where they were able to race cars down ramps to calculate acceleration. In addition, students are able to describe Newton’s three Laws of Motion and how they affect the car in different situations such as changing the height of the ramp and crashing the car to test inertia.

Realizing that students who are engaged and interact with the material they are learning will increase their comprehension of the concepts, Mr. Rothstein developed a hands-on activity that all of his students are enjoying.

“We are integrating movement and health into the science classroom,” said Mr. Rothstein. “I love it because it gets students outside the classroom using possible real-world scenarios. The students get a chance to extend their knowledge by using their data to estimate a time or a distance later in the lab. They are using the data to make a visual representation in the form of a graph.”

“It was a fun lab because we got to be in groups, be outside, and test our speed,” said eighth-grader Cade Salyers.

Mackenzie Lurch agreed. “We got to skip and learned how to properly speed walk. I also enjoyed that the lab was outside and interactive.”

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