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Reaching Heights Cleveland Heights- University Heights Public Schools

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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: Mission statement reaching heights is a citizen voice for public education and a resource for the students and educators of the cleveland heights-university heights public schools. We exist because we know our students deserve the best education possible. We also know that the success of our schools is everybody's business and that successful schools are a critical part of successful communities. Six guiding principles drive our work: -- our children deserve an excellent education and our community is responsible for making it available. -- our community benefits from highly valued, successful public schools. -- an informed public is important to successful public schools. -- vital schools depend on the support, interest, and involvement of the families and community they serve. -- an independent community-based organization can help citizens contribute to their public schools and can build confidence in them. -- supporting teachers, who are at the core of the educational process, fost

Programs: Teaching & learning: the many villages in-school tutoring program supports teachers and students at the elementary schools. With the helpful guidance of volunteer coordinators and the school-based teams, tutoring support has been delivered to over 500 children. We are grateful to our volunteers whose dedication, commitment and belief in the work makes so much learning possible. We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals. There is no experience necessary. Training and orientation is provided. The thank-a-teacher program invites families to honor a teacher, administrator, coach, or volunteer with words of appreciation that are passed on to the recipient on a large thank you card and shared with the community on our website and e-newsletters. We ask for a donation for each thank-a-teacher which goes directly to supporting our programs. The innovation in education grants program provides grants to teachers and all district staff in an effort to help bring great ideas to fruition. The grants are there to help make it easier to solve problems, enrich learning and solidify connections. Since 1990, reaching heights has awarded more than 260,000 in grant support across the district. In 2012, we streamlined our program and launched the innovation in education competitive grant program. The funding is used to support k-12 projects that will help redefine what innovation and excellence look like in ch-uh schools. Community engagement: reaching heights role models program brings members of our community into our fifth grade classes to share their stories of growing from adolescence to successful adulthood. Speakers focus on overcoming challenges and the importance of education to highlight life choices that broaden students exposure and help build students' confidence. Reachingheights. Org, our newly redesigned website provides program information with easy on-line registrations, easier donation access, and our email newsletter sign-up. There is educational news feeds, access to our videos on our youtube channel at reachingheightsoh and from the homepage visitors can click to like us on facebook and follow us on twitter. Exceptional children's advocacy group (ecag) a parent-led initiative working to build understanding and support for special education by helping to empower, support, and provide educational opportunities to parents/caregivers for the work of advocacy in our district, where 18% of students are identified as special needs. Meetings are monthly and events are planned through out the year. Adult community spelling bee brings up to 24, three-person teams together to compete to win the title and the bee trophy in this seriously fun evening. All kinds of costumed teams find their way to the stage at heights high and loud cheering sections add to the festivities. Proceeds from this friendly competition go directly to our programs. The 24th annual spelling bee is scheduled for april 22, 2015. Music, arts & athletics: reaching musical heights held every four years is a stellar musical concert that brings ch-uh students from across the district together to expand opportunities and demonstrate the power of music, to unite, transform and celebrate. On february 24, 2015 more than a thousand music lovers will gather at severance hall, the world famous home of the cleveland orchestra, for reaching musical heights. This will be the fourth concert featuring more than 500 instrumental and vocal students from the cleveland heights- university heights public schools performing on the historic severance hall stage for this majestic evening that builds upon and celebrates the heights tradition of musical excellence. Previous reaching musical heights concerts were held in 2003, 2007, and 2011. Patti-jackson music lesson scholarships program offers private instrumental music lessons for students in grades 5-9. This program helps build and maintain the district's tradition of musical excellence. In the program's six years, 165 students have received scholarships representing 2,920 music lessons. Summer music camp provides a fun and intense one-week immersion in music that has enriched more than 500 campers since 2004, while developing leadership skills through the use of junior counselors. The 10th annual camp took place june 2014 at wiley middle school. One-third of the campers receive scholarships to ensure that there are opportunities offered to the greatest number of motivated, young music students. The exceptional arts exhibition is a community celebration centered around artistic exploration. The event is designed to broaden support for the ch- uh special education program by showcasing student art projects and sharing art teacher's curriculum. This month-long exhibition is held at the main library on lee and is sponsored by ecag to provide students across the district living with a disability or learning difference an opportunity to shine. Students who participate in school athletic programs benefit in many ways. They are physically active and they learn cooperation, sportsmanlike behavior, and the value of practice and hard work. The school district provides spaces for competition and practice, uniforms, and gear. Parent boosters raise funds to offset extra costs for skills camps, team warm-ups, and tournaments. Reaching heights supports parent booster organizations' special projects

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