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Comedian/Hypnotist To Appear January 22nd

Garrettsville -  Michael Oddo, a comedian/hypnotist, will perform on Saturday, January 22nd.  He will do two family-friendly shows- one at 3:30 pm and the other at 7:30 pm in the James A. Garfield High School auditorium.  Each show will last from 60-75 min. ...

You Can Recycle!

Last week, during their spring break, eight Girl Scouts from Crestwood Intermediate and their siblings took a tour at Streetsboro Metal Recycling to get a head start on Earth Day. The girls brought aluminum cans with them, which they had started collecting  when the school year began. While at the facility, they learned first-hand about recycling, while earning funds...

Katherine Thomas Elementary Pre-school still going Strong

Windham - In days gone by, folks who were able to send their youngsters to a pre-school program were usually of the elite sector and pre-school was considered an option only for those who were financially blessed. Pre-schools, back in the day, were few and far between and had long waiting lists. Now all that has changed and pre-schools...

Simeon Brown Wins Scholarship

Garrettsville - Garfield High School graduate Simeon Brown of Garrettsville is the 2014 recipient of the President James A. Garfield Award.  The $1000 scholarship honors the values held  by James A. Garfield, who at age 26 became president of what would later be known as Hiram College and who later became president of the United States.  The scholarship is...

James A. Garfield Defines Excellence In Core Beliefs

The James A. Garfield Schools have always viewed themselves as the cornerstone of an excellent community. Last spring, JAG staff worked to define what excellence looks like within the school community.  A survey was sent to all staff members asking each person to identify the values that define our district.  The board of education and leadership team then compiled...

A Look at the Upcoming Campus of Excellence

3D Rendering provided by James A. Garfield Local School District

Garrettsville – Last December the James A. Garfield Local School District was awarded a $5 Million State of Ohio Straight A Fund Grant. The funds from this grant have been used to create a “Campus of Excellence” our community can be proud of for generations to come enhancing education for local school children, and expanding opportunities within our community. As...

GES FLL Zebra Mussels Wins Judges Award At First Lego League Competition

Garrettsville - The James A. Garfield Elementary School robotics team, Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels, competed at the University of Akron on Saturday, January 7 at the FIRST LEGO League competition. This was a makeup date for the snowed in competition in Kirtland from December 10. Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels was judged on their research, robot design, core values,...

Windham Schools Received Commendations

Windham -  Windham Board of Education (BOE) met for their regularly scheduled meeting with board members Darryl McGuire, Melissa Roubic, Danny Burns, Bill Hickman, with Treasurer Dawn Altman, and Superintendent Gregg Isler  also in attendance. Board member Terrie Altiere was excused to attend a family funeral. Melissa Roubic gave the legislative report on what’s changing at the state level in...

Garfield Boys Soccer Team on a Roll

Garfield Boys Soccer Team has dominated their opponents all season and the past two  weeks were no different. The boys have kept their winning streak going by defeating Streetsboro 8-0. The group played as a team, with the scoring being spread out. Four players managed to score goals for the G-Men. They were Ante Dejanovic, who scored four goals...

Scout Pack 4062 Holds Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pack 4062 held their Annual Pinewood Derby at James A. Garfield Elementary School on Saturday January 25, 2013.  This year the event was sponsored by Charles Auto Family and Warren Construction. Prior to race day, each participant was given a derby kit that contain a block of wood, axle nails and wheels for the event. The scout had...

Hall of Fame Inductees – Round 1

The James A. Garfield High School Hall of Fame returns.  Honorees in this year’s class total six, with one a holdover from a previous flight who will finally face the music (Fight Song, anyone?)after being deferred  from a previous ceremony. Who are these worthy individuals?  Read on. First up : Daniel James Gallagher, Class of 1970.  Dan made his mark in...

Crestwood School Board News

Mantua - At the June meeting of the Crestwood School Board, District Technology Supervisor Jeff Woolard was asked to give a presentation to the Board sharing his team’s achievements this year, and the projects they’re looking to implement within the District over the coming months. With the help of his team, District Network Technicians Carl Zeleznik and Nicholas Karman,...

Windham High School Band Marches at Disney

Windham - After a year of planning and fundraising, the Windham High School Band made the trek to Florida over spring break for a once - in-a-lifetime experience, to march at Disney World in Orlando. The students began raising funds for the trip over a year ago and had some help from donations and area sponsors. The trip cost...

A Celebration Of Heroes

Mantua - Crestwood Intermediate School dressed in red, white and blue and took up flags to celebrate heroes today.  The inspiration for this celebration was their One School, One Book program.  The entire school -- the lunch room staff, students, teachers, principal and counselor -- is  reading the book On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck.  Set in...

Friday Night Lights

The old cliché, “on any given day” never rang truer than last week. The 1-8 Newton Falls Tigers traveled to Orwell last week to take on the 8-1 Grand Valley Mustangs. The score was what everyone expected, the winner was not. The Tigers...

“HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT” Designed to Shock Parents into Awareness

Garrettsville - Don’t get caught with your head in the sand. Parents have often been accused of being out of touch or naive when it comes to their children’s (mis)behavior. Here’s your chance to either redeem yourself or to get a rude awakening. Looks can be deceiving. Don’t be fooled. This is the message of “Hidden in Plain Sight,” a...

Fandango Historiana

Garrettsville - Take THAT, Creepy Karpis! A northeast Ohio tornado watch didn’t stop interested folks from turning up at the Iva Walker Auditorium on Wednesday, May 15, 2014 to get the low-down on “Two Grants, and Three Giant Leaps” for the James A. Garfield Schools and the Garrettsville Communities.  Perhaps they were reassured by the tommy-gun toting G-Man at...

District-Wide Band Concert Honors Armed Forces

Garrettsville - On Sunday, the day after Armed Forces Day, the J.A. Garfield School District held its district-wide concert.   The twenty-first annual event featured band students from each grade, including the fourth grade recorders, and  honored those who have served and are serving our country.  The high school band opened the program with our National Anthem while Reservists...

‘We Regret to Inform You’ Rocks Cleveland

CLEVELAND—"This next band isn’t from Streetsboro High School, it IS Streetsboro High School!" quipped emcee Jeff Kutz as he introduced Streetsboro’s own ‘We Regret to Inform You’ at the Tri-C® High School Rock Off on January 27th. All joking aside, Kutz wasn’t too far from the truth. Brought together in a Streetsboro High School songwriting class, this fifteen member...

Local Ballet Brings Midsummer to CPS

Mantua - Last week, students at Crestwood Primary School were on their feet, clapping wildly as their school gymnasium was filled with music and dance. Was it simply a cure for cabin fever, or the result of far too many recess periods spent indoors?  It was all that, and much more, as these fortunate kids received a visit, and...

J.A. Garfield Students Visit Capitol Hill

Garrettsville - This past week the sixth graders at James A. Garfield (JAG) Intermediate School had the opportunity to discover our nation’s heritage first-hand as they toured Washington D.C. The highlights of the trip were the National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery, memorials, monuments, and Mount Vernon. This was a trip that many of them will remember forever and for...

J.A. Garfield Announces Winter All P.T.C. Athletes

Boys Basketball Anthony Workman – 1st Team Nick Jurcevic – 2nd Team Mason Butler – Honorable Mention   Girls Basketball Grayson Rose – 1st Team Madisson Geddes – 2nd Team Lauren Jones – Honorable Mention Alicia Witte – Honorable Mention   Boys Bowling Jaret Doraski – 1st Team Colin McGurer – 1st Team Zach Britton – 2nd Team Zack Hoffmann – 2nd Team Keddy Conway – Honorable Mention Ethan Hoffmann – Honorable Mention   Girls Bowling Olivia Doraski –...

Area Wrestlers Represent Northeast Ohio In Columbus (Photo Gallery)

Columbus - Area wrestlers did a fantastic job in representing northeast Ohio and their respective high schools in Columbus last week. Leading the way were the Crestwood Red Devils who qualified a school record seven wrestlers.  After finishing second in the Akron Firestone district the week before, head coach Dave Wrobel was confident that his team could make a run...

Local Resident Leaves Legacy

By terms of the sale the house will be called the Garfield Robbins Zimmerman House, to reflect the history of those who owned it. The home will house the offices for the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership, which instructs students in public service. Eventually, it will serve as a venue for discussions and guest speakers and a mini-museum showcasing the legacy left by James Garfield.

Think It Over

Garrettsville - The Child Development Class at J.A. Garfield High School is eagerly awaiting the “Baby Think It Over” dolls.  Pat Wetzel, the teacher of the class has applied for a grant through “DonersChoose.org”  to receive two of the computerized babies for the...

Award-Winning Illustrator Visits CPS

A new work of art has recently been installed at the Crestwood Primary School. The art, while inspired and compiled by award-winning children’s book illustrator Robin Brickman, was created by Crestwood Primary’s second graders. Every last one of them. Through a generous grant from the Hiram Community Trust, Brickman’s Community Mural workshop was brought to CPS to share the...

G-Men Alumni Encouraged to “Save The Date”

The 9th Annual James A. Garfield Alumni Banquet will be held at the James A. Garfield Elementary School on Sept 20th. Anyone who attended JAG High School is welcome to attend. The event will include dinner, entertainment by the award winning high school band and tours of the campus including the new Intermediate School addition (grades 5 & 6)...

Schools Forecast Delays Rather than Closures when Bad Weather Returns

Portage County - Snow days are every school kid’s fantasy come true... until it’s time to make up for lost instructional time. Most area school districts have already exhausted their allowable cancellation days due to two major snow storms in early December. Now districts are on borrowed time as actual winter weather kicks into typical gear, with drifting snow,...

Crestwood Kids Hold Walkathon Fundraiser

At the end of the day, the grand total of 1,287,442 steps was reached -- or nearly 130 miles!

Of Mice and Motorcycles

Mantua -  The Mouse and the Motorcycle  came to life at Crestwood Primary School last week, as Principal Cindy Ducca appeared, dressed as a mouse at her school’s “One Book, One School” assembly. According to Mrs. Ducca, her attire was a reward to her students, who exceeded their goal of reading five books per child during the school’s special...

Conference Builds Confidence for Local Student

“I’m not just a bookworm,” she explained. “I’m fun to be around and I pick and choose my friends wisely.”

Hall of Fame Inductees — Take Two

“Consider the ladies”...as First Lady Abigail Adams wrote to her destined-to-be-second-U.S.-President John Adams when he was one of the patriots, politicos and visionaries laboring to write a constitution for the new nation, the United States of America. Mrs. Adams didn’t have a whole lot of luck at influencing the direction that took but the James A. Garfield School District has...

GCRTA Luncheon

The Geauga County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 for a luncheon and meeting at the Bond Building in Century Village, 14653 East Park Street, Burton, OH  44021. Gathering time at 11:15 AM, followed by the business meeting at 11:30, and  lunch at 12:00.  The menu will consist of a Chili Bar with hot chili, onions,...

Hall of Fame – Part 3

The 2011 James A. Garfield Hall of Fame slate is completed by two young men a decade apart who displayed their talent and teamwork in several venues and at several levels. Matt Paul, class of ‘85, earned letters in golf (3), basketball (3) and...

GMS Track Fares Well At State

James A. Garfield Middle School track team went to the Ohio State Finals on May 26th and did great considering we don’t even have a track to run on. They practice in the school parking lot! Lauren Jones finished 1st in state and set a new track record in discus with a throw of 114’ 9” and 3rd in...

TREE House Takes Root in Hiram

Minor work is still being finalized on the TREE House, with a schedule for public access to be established in early 2015. Contact Debbie Kasper at kasperdv@hiram.edu for more information.

Brother and Sister in Arms

Mantua - Under the guise of an impromptu lesson about Memorial Day this week, students in Mrs. Franks’ class at Crestwood Intermediate School got to meet a real-live hero. CIS Principal, Mr. Maglionico, came to the class to talk about the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. He wanted to know what the fourth-graders knew about the holiday, and was surprised...

Northeast Ohio Medical University Dedicates Education and Wellness Center, Announces Summa Health System as Newest Tenant

"This facility not only grows our campus in an exciting new way, but it is the cornerstone of our community wellness initiatives," said Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of Northeast Ohio Medical University. "By collaborating with other health professionals, NEOMED is bringing an innovative vision of health and fitness to Portage County, one that promotes true wellness by addressing every avenue of care to develop and sustain healthy, active lifestyles."

JA Garfield Expands Accelerated Offerings For 2017/18 School Year

The James A. Garfield Local Schools have always taken great pride in providing an outstanding education for every student. The District released a Quality Profile in 2016 (this can be found on the district website) that showcases a tremendous value on a well-rounded education. One critical component of a strong educational program is its ability to adjust to the...

Crestwood Schools Launch Student Helpline

Mantua - In a letter sent home to Crestwood School District students, Mary Ann Strenk, Director of Curriculum for the District, announced the launch of a program called ‘Safe School Helpline’, an anonymous tip line set up through a partnership between the School District and the Mantua Village Police Department. The system, which is available 24/7, can be accessed...

Mobile Dentist Coming To Garfield Schools

Garrettsville - James A Garfield Schools is hosting the Smile Programs mobile dentist in January.  Children can use their insurance, Medicaid, or apply with grant forms for dental care at no cost.  There are also subsidized fees for those who choose to pay for preventive care. Tooth decay is the most common chronic and infectious disease among children.  In addition,...

“Peter Pan” Captivates Crestwood Crowd

Mantua - This past weekend, there was no need to travel as far as, “second star to the right and straight on till morning,” to visit Neverland, Captain Hook’s pirate ship, or the Darling children’s nursery.  Audiences were easily transported there on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as the Crestwood High School Drama Club presented a musical adaptation of “Peter...

Kinder Than Necessary

Mantua - "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle..." is a quote you will see displayed throughout Crestwood Middle School. Eighth grade Crestwood Middle School Wrestler, Tom Carson, acted in the very spirit of this quote showing the finest character and integrity during a wrestling tournament at West Geauga the weekend of January...

Newton Falls Announces Kindergarten Registration Dates

Newton Falls - Registration for children entering the Newton Falls School System for the 2014-2015 school year will be held: February 10 & 11, 2014 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. March 17 through March 21 8:30-11:30 a.m. & 12:30-2:30 p.m. daily You do NOT need an appointment, but please only come during these times.  It is not necessary to bring your child at this...

Campus of Excellence Update: School Construction is On Schedule and Under Budget

"Regardless of the obstacles, the addition is on schedule to open for students on August 26. Here are the latest developments on each component of the grant".

VROOM! VROOM! VROOM!

Garrettsville - It’s that time again.  James A.Garfield High School’s Academic Challenge team, the Quiz Masters, will once again be sponsoring their fund-raising event,  Machine-O-Mania/ Touch-A-Truck, at the Garfield parking area on Saturday, May 11 from 11:00 to 3:00. It’s a chance for kids of all ages to see the big machines that drive by every day “up close and...

CHS Program Receives Major Grant

Mantua - Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’re familiar with the phrase, “like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.” Recently, Garrettsville State Farm insurance representative Shannon Jursa took that phrase to heart when she when she presented the students of the Crestwood High School Academy / Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) with a check for $99,976...

Windham Students Participate in Tinker Tour

Windham - Students at Windham High School recently had the opportunity to meet the student free speech advocate that virtually all high school Government and US History students cite as a landmark case. Mary Beth Tinker was the lead plaintiff in the Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. Ms. Tinker, siblings and classmates were suspended for wearing...

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Clawfoot Couch Plays Unexpected Role in College Senior Project

College-level senior projects typically focus on the future career objective of the student who is about to graduate and enter the adult workforce. But for Kent State University senior and Garrettsville native Aaron Cain (JAG Class of 2011), his senior project took him way outside his box and taught him unexpected life lessons.

School Board News: Crestwood Schools Face Sizeable Budget Cuts

Mantua - “Crestwood enrollment has been declining, as larger graduating classes are replaced by smaller elementary classes. In the period of 2003 - 2013, enrollment has declined by 24.9%,” explains Superintendant, Joe Iacano.  Staff reductions of nearly 27% have been made during that same time period to balance Crestwood’s budget. In spite of these cuts, Crestwood Schools have managed...

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