April 1 — Stephen Humphries, a nationally award winning dulcimer player, performed for students. During part of his performance fifth-grade students joined him on stage and played the dulcimers they built in music class.
April 5 — Unity Center Teacher Tea — Teachers were guests of the Unity Center for their Spring Teacher Appreciation Tea. The school expressed appreciation to the Unity Center for all of the support they give students.
April 7 — Dr. Rick Denning came to Arnold and participated in an informal question and answer session for all staff members who wanted to attend.
April 8 — Cystic Fibrosis Mini-Walk — Arnold Memorial students, families and staff marched around the neighborhood carrying signs to bring awareness to cystic fibrosis. Students brought in over $400 in loose change for the event.
April 9 — Cystic Fibrosis 5K Run, Walk and Fun Run — Lee University — Arnold had a team of students, family members and staff who participated in this event. There were over 25 members of the Arnold team. The school raised over $800 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
April 11-14 — Student attendance was excellent during TCAP. The school had perfect attendance in fourth and fifth grades for every testing session. Congratulations to parents and students for being there every day!
April 18 — Student of the Month luncheon with Mrs. Bender. Students that were selected as “Students of the Month” for April were presented a shirt and certificate during lunch with Mrs. Bender.
April 18 — Dr. Martin Ringstaff, future director of schools for Cleveland City Schools, visited Arnold.
April 19 — Donna Redwine, writing consultant, spent the day with teachers. She worked with the teachers during their grade level meetings.
April 21 — Kindergarten, first- and second-grade classes each had an egg hunt. The afternoon was full of springtime fun.
April 26 — Arnold Memorial went to Cleveland Middle School to see “Willy Wonka.” Students loved it! Congratulations to all of those involved in this wonderful production at CMS. Students will now participate in a creative writing activity based on the experience they had at the musical.
Several Blythe-Bower staff members enjoyed the Teacher Tea at the Unity Center on April 5. Students and staff completed TCAP testing for this school year from April 11-15. Administrators said they did a marvelous job with this assignment, as always.
The Blythe-Bower PTO held a meeting to discuss future plans and to begin work on the Spring Carnival on April 12.
Blythe-Bower parent representatives enjoyed meeting Ringstaff and learning about CCS at the Parent Engagement Dinner on April 18.
Several of staff members celebrated with their student teachers at Lee University’s Student Teacher Banquet on April 19. The school appreciates its partnership with Lee University.
Blythe-Bower honored the Students of the Month for April with a special breakfast April 21.
Blythe-Bower staff and students enjoyed a marvelous Easter Break on April 22 and April 25.
Blythe-Bower hosted representatives from Cleveland Middle School on April 26th for an early registration evening for rising sixth-grade students. The event was deemed very successful.
The Blythe-Bower Strings and the Rockin’ Bobcats Band each held performances this month. On April 26, the strings group treated everyone to a wonderful performance, and the band followed that with a pair of great performances on April 28.
Blythe-Bower honored the SRO, school nurse, and secretaries with a special luncheon on April 27.
Blythe-Bower had 15 teachers honored at the BCPEF’s Gifts, Grants, and Gratitude Luncheon on April 28.
Time In for Parents was held on April 29. Parents were given the opportunity to make homemade cleaning products and to give input on preparations for the 2011-12 school year.
Mayfield Elementary School
Mayfield Family Night, under the direction of Hillis Cavender, held a multicultural session, “Just Me, My Dad and the Italians” in April. The dads and students were treated with an Italian spaghetti supper catered by Greg Hicks, Impression Catering, and served by Jo Ann Case and Lynn Stuart. The dads and students learned the Italians invented the waffle cone as they were served ice cream and a waffle cone for dessert by Teresha Tippens. Amanda Mason and Missy Winn presented a session using the map of Italy to reinforce map skills. In this session, students were also asked to color a flag of Italy. Students received an inflatable globe to take home. In an art session, Susan Parks introduced the dads and students to Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions from 500 years ago that were used to lead to flight by humans. Dads and students, assisted by Renelda Phillips created two models of paper airplanes printed with actual structures. Susan Parks led a discussion on aerodynamics and then the dads and students took their planes outside to fly. In an Italian music session, Cheryl Gilbert and Nikki Burton led the dads and students in a Sicilian Folk Dance. One hundred forty participants attended Family Night.
The Mayfield Elementary School raised money to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. They raised $2,646.00! There are two students, at this school, with juvenile diabetes: Maddie Mason and Brady McMinn. Mrs. Gardner’s class raised over $700, which was the class with the most money raised. They won a Subway party. Thanks were expressed to all who participated.
Eight Mayfield students will be receiving a free ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia. These students earned the free tickets by completing a certain number of hours of recreational, non-school-related reading and filling out the Read to Succeed reading log. The tickets will arrive in May and will be valid during the summer.
These students are:
Ms. Mason’s class: Angel Jackson, Emma Davis, Randy Wells
Mrs. Sampson’s class: Cobe Singleton, Emily Lenkiewicz, Justice Googer, Luke Pesterfield, Tytianna Nelson
The fifth grade classes enjoyed seeing Willie Wonka, Jr. at Cleveland Middle School.
The play “Pinnochio” was presented May 6 and 7 at 6:30 p.m. and May 8 at 3 p.m. in the Mayfield Little Theater. Over 40 students K-5 are involved in this production.
Donald P. Yates
The last two months have been a busy time at Yates Primary.
Parents were honored during National Volunteer Week by setting up a drink bar in the lounge. They could come by any time they were volunteering and have hot or cold beverages. They were given a tumbler with a word of appreciation for their work.
Creative Discovery Museum brought a delightful and educational program of math to school on April 14. The attendance of parents and children was outstanding. There were seven stations with hands-on math concepts. It is definitely a program that will be repeated.
On April 26, the entire school enjoyed two great programs: All grades went to Cleveland Middle School and enjoyed their play of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Then that afternoon, Ronald McDonald visited school and entertained students with a great program teaching good character traits.
May 2 started the last of the DIBELS testing for the year. The schools are all eager to see the kind of growth that students have been this year in reading.
On May 3, the PTO gave all faculty and staff a beautiful and delicious meal for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. They turned the cafeteria into a wonderland of pink flowers and tables. The teachers felt appreciated and valued.
On May 5, the Cleveland Middle School Band entertained all students with a concert. The students and teachers enjoyed it because so many of the band members had been students at Yates.
Mother’s Day weekend (Friday and Monday) was filled with a lot of excitement as the students did programs and teachers provided refreshments for the wonderful mothers in school.
Mrs. Lowden planned Careers on Wheels for Career Day, which is a great way for students to become familiar with the many careers that center around wheels.
The first grade went to the Aquarium on a field trip.
Second-grade program will be held on Tuesday, May 24 at 2 p.m. and the year will close out on May 26 with the closing program in the gym at 8:45 a.m.
Cleveland High School
Donotha Hutcheson and Samya Shah both won scholarships for Architecture. This is presented by the Local Home Builders Assoc.
Cleveland students were also named FBLA State Winners. Cody Couture placed fourth in Business Calculations and fifth in Investments/Stock Market. Matthew Nicholson and Maria Malakhov placed fifth in Entrepreneurship Team
CHS just won a $2,500 Grant for Virtual Personal Finance Software and Curriculum from H&R Block.
Skills USA took 29 students down to Chattanooga for a three-day conference with 1,600 students from across the state. CHS was the fifth-largest school in attendance.
The following students placed:
Computer Programming — first place: Cody Gorden
Engineering Technology — first place: Daniel Smith, April White, Jake Pullen
First Aid & CPR — first place: Natalya Migovich
Job Interview — first place: Alyssa Durham
Technical Math — second place: Justin Cousineau
Computer Maintenance Technology — third place: Joseph Hicks
Principles of Technology — third place: Cordell Medlin
Robotics — third place: Alex Migovich, Jay Patel, Chaz Aikens
Technical Computer Applications — third place: Sebastian Rossel
Web Design — third place: Will Hearn, Nathan Cross
Girls State: Becky Han, Aimee Murray
Alternate: Amber Botts
As a school CHS won the “Dr. Gerald Laborde” award. This means CHS had the most points as a school at the conference. Cleveland High School now has the title of State Champions.
The CHS Girls Track Team has won the County Championship for several years in a row (since it has been in existence). It was held at Walker Valley this year. This meet is just between Cleveland, Walker Valley, and Bradley.
At Bradley, Qeturrah Abdulah-Muhammad (freshman) broke her mother’s school record at CHS in the long jump. She jumped 17 feet, 10 inches. (Her mother, Ursula Langford, had the record at 17’ 9”.) Qeturrah is ranked second in the state right now.
Renny Whittenbarger’s Engineering Technology Team won first place in the state of Tennessee SkillsUSA contest. Also, his Robotics team won third place in the state of Tennessee SkillsUSA contest. The Engineering team will be going to Kansas City to compete in nationals in June.