Thursday, November 8, 2012
Roughly 100 students, teachers and family members gathered Wednesday night at Ross Park to remember Alex Harr, who died Monday.
Shortly before nightfall, about 100 people huddled together in the middle of Ross Park. “Do you need a tissue? I have tissues,” offered one girl. “I’m going to cry again,” said another. The somber crowd cried, embraced and waited as they held onto mostly black and yellow balloons. A woman with a shaky voice announced they would let Alex Harr go when they let go of their balloons. Then they counted to 25, said “We love you Alex,” and the balloons rose into the sky. Loved ones, friends and classmates again embraced one another as they remembered 14-year-old Harr, who died Monday. “He was a very popular kid, a local leader, the kid you went to to score touchdown,” said Scott Raver, Roberts Middle School football coach. “It’s a horrible shock …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
As the first day of school gets closer, see how Cuyahoga Falls and Peninsula middle schools performed on last year’s state report card using our interactive search form.
For students entering middle school, the first day is more than new books and class assignments. It’s a time of physical, social and academic transition. So what are parents supposed to do to help students navigate this tumultuous time? Keep communicating and encourage students to get involved, local principals suggest. A 2011 study from the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University found that students in Florida experienced a significant drop in math and reading achievement when they entered middle school. The study’s authors address the study in an article for EducationNext. The database above includes all public middle schools for the Patch communities in Ohio. You can search for your local school to see how it …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Allison Bogdan, a former Cuyahoga Falls High School unit principal, will take on the leadership role starting this school year.
On Monday night, the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Allison Bogdan as the new principal of Roberts Middle School, reports the Falls News Press. Bogdan will replace former principal Sean Wolanin, who resigned on July 31 after leading the middle school for four years. Bogdan, of Akron, a former Cuyahoga Falls High School unit principal, has 14 years of experience in the district. Per her contract, she’s set to earn $71,532 during the 2012-13 school year.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
A dedication ceremony for the flag flown at the site of the Twin Towers is in the works for this school year.
A class of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 6th graders set out on a mission in late 2010 to track down the flag flown at the site of Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001. “Because they ask, we research it and that’s when we found out it was stolen,” Lori Jordan said, teacher at Roberts Middle School. The 6th Grade Project Excel Teachers Lori Jordan and Terri Imhoff taught their language arts classes a section on 9/11 last fall. After some digging, the class discovered the flag was picked up by a firefighter on his way to help just after the attacks on the Twin Towers took place. This flag was later taken to the Middle East and it’s not known what happened to it. Jordan’s students decided to send the New York Fire Department a new flag in its place. To thank…