Chagrin Falls School News
June 9, 2022 by Staff Report

Chagrin Falls High School senior Matthew Daniels has been selected as the May Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month...

Rotary Student of the Month

Chagrin Falls High School senior Matthew Daniels has been selected as the May Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month. Daniels was chosen based on his leadership and service qualities he has displayed in the community.

He has received several awards during his academic career including National Merit Scholar, Cum Laude Society, Presidential Scholar Nominee, Ohio Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish, AP Scholar with Distinction and earned a perfect ACT score.

Daniels was the head of the school engineering club, ran track for one year and was a member of the tennis team for three years.

He participated in a variety of extracurricular activities including four years playing percussion in the band, four years in jazz band, three years in speech and debate and working crew for theater productions.

Outside of school, Daniels participated in Boy Scouts for seven years, culminating in earning his Eagle Scout Rank. He also assisted in nine other Eagle Scout projects that benefitted the Chagrin community. He is also a skier, enjoys model design and construction.

While at CFHS, Daniels took the following accelerated classes: AP World History, AP US History, AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Physics 1 and 2, AP Seminar, AP Government, AP Economics, AP Statistics, AP Spanish, College Credit Plus English with Tri-C, and Intro to Engineering program at Notre Dame.

After graduation, Daniels plans to major in mechanical engineering at the University of Dayton.

CFMS Students of the Month

The mission of the Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month is to acknowledge and reward students for exemplary performance. The students depict Tiger Techniques: Think, Integrity, Grit, Effort and Responsibility. Each month, the seventh and eighth-grade teams collaborate and choose a male and female “Tiger of the Month” and the students receive personalized tiger water bottles from the PTO.

Students of the Month for May are seventh-graders Sadie Conrad and Ashton Martin; and eighth-graders Audrey Solvesky and Jack Orazen.

Sadie Conrad is friendly, kind, and always willing to help others. She is attentive and engaged in class discussions. Her work stands out for its creativity and Sadie helps our class see things from interesting new perspectives. She always gives 100 percent in class and completes the finest work. She is focused, diligent and determined to always do her best and asks questions when a topic is unclear. Sadie takes initiative and is a leader during any classroom projects, socratic seminars, book clubs, sports or activities. Her effervescent personality is contagious.

Ashton Martin is an attentive, friendly and polite student who always says hello. He is almost always in a good mood no matter the task or the day. He is a leader by example and is not afraid to do the right thing even when it’s unpopular. Ash is a super student who consistently completes his work and gives his best effort. Ash participates in class sharing ideas and providing thought provoking questions. It is easy for others to collaborate with Ash as he accepts other’s viewpoints, isn’t afraid to ask questions, make mistakes, or get messy. He takes his time on assignments and asks great questions if he gets stuck.

Audrey Solvesky is a quiet leader and is always willing to help others.  She has a good work ethic and is punctual, hardworking and focused in class. Her observant persistence is a benefit to her classmates, and she helps us think critically on a topic or character or to solve important problems. Audrey is an amazing violinist in the 8th-grade orchestra. She also brings enthusiasm and a smile each day to the Intramural committee.

Jack Orazen is a pleasure to have in class. He is a positive student who is excited about learning and puts forth the effort needed to understand the material and isn’t afraid to ask questions and take risks. He brings a great attitude to class and gives his best effort! Jack is kind, respectful, and helpful to others. He always has a smile on his face. He has great ideas and his enthusiasm infects the whole class every day and we appreciate his ability to focus on vital tasks.

Courage Hotline for Community

Kindergartners at Gurney Elementary School recorded a courage hotline with various messages to bring courage to the callers. The hotline number is 440-247-4791.

The hotline message begins with “Thank you for calling the Kindergarten Courage Hotline. Everybody needs some courage once in a while. You’re not alone. We have learned a lot about courage this year and we want to share some advice with you.”

The students recorded four different options for those seeking out courage. Once a number is selected, the students speak several different messages of encouragement and kind words.

  • If you need to hear to hear about having the courage to say goodbye, please press 1
  • If you need to hear about having the courage to try new things, please press 2
  • If you need to hear about having the courage to take a risk, please press 3
  • If you need to hear about having the courage to shine your light, please press 4

“The kindergarten team created the hotline, but it is intended to be used by people of all ages– everyone needs courage at different times in their lives and they’ve provided an additional resource to help people,” said Principal Rachel Jones. “Instead of talking to someone or reporting a problem like other hotlines, this one provides you with recorded wisdom and advice from kindergarten students who have been studying and discussing courage all year long. After listening to it, they hope you’ll feel inspired to take on whatever your challenge is.”