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Reaching Heights Spelling Bee Postponed

Due to strong winds and snow expected through the day, the Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee, scheduled for this evening, has been postponed. A new date has not been set.

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Hall of Famer Barry Henkin is Our Honored Guest at Resource Fair

Heights High Hall of Famer Barry Henkin brought his enormous spirit and encouraging outlook as a special guest to the Second Annual Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities and Learning Challenges at Cleveland Heights High School on November 16. The event, co-sponsored by Reaching Heights as part of its Exceptional Children’s Advocacy Group (ECAG) initiative [...]

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Bee Buzz Builds

The 23rd Annual Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee takes the stage at the Cleveland Heights High School auditorium on Wednesday, March 12 at 7pm. Two dozen three-person teams will vie for the honor of bringing home the hardware in the form of the Coveted Big Plastic Bee Trophy. Now’s the time to email patrick@reachingheights.org, [...]

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Book Group Discussion of “Reign of Error” meets on Jan. 22

The Cleveland Heights Teachers Union, in partnership with Reaching Heights and others, is promoting a community book discussion of “The Reign of Error,” by Diane Ravitch, and wider issues in public education. Learn more at the CHTU website. Books are available for $16 at Mac’s Backs or Appletree for $16. The group will next meet [...]

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Reaching Heights Executive Director to Step Down Next Spring

Executive Director Patrick Mullen announced in December 2013 that he will be leaving the job in the Spring of 2014. The Reaching Heights Board of Directors plans the next executive director to be hired by March 15, 2014.  Here’s Mullen’s statement on his decision: At the Reaching Heights annual meeting last week, we welcomed new [...]

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Announcing the Innovation in Education 2014 Funding Cycle

Request for Proposals Reaching Heights is proud to offer the 2013-2014 Innovation in Education Competitive Grant Program.  Reaching Heights is looking to fund K-12 projects that help redefine what innovation and excellence look like in CH-UH schools.  This year, Reaching Heights will be awarding up to $1,000 in grant funds.  Proposals may request the full [...]

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Special Report Highlights Charter School Screening Strategies

A Reuters special report examines techniques used by charter schools across the country to determine who will be admitted. Charters are public schools, funded by taxpayers and widely promoted as open to all. But Reuters has found that across the United States, charters aggressively screen student applicants, assessing their academic records, parental support, disciplinary history, [...]

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First Graders at Fairfax are Active Learners

Life is packed if you are a first grader learning English Language Arts (ELA) from teacher Debbie VanNostran’s at Fairfax Elementary School, and in ways that probably differ from most of our memories of elementary school. During an action-filled 90 minutes of reading, writing, and word play, each of her 22 students was busy learning. [...]

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Bringing the Garden to the Classroom – and the Stage – at Gearity

By Krista Hawthorne Learning is fun and multi-dimensional for the fourth graders in Mr. Joe Mendes’s class at Gearity Professional Development School who recently enjoyed reading “Seedfolks,” by Paul Fleischman. Set in Cleveland, it’s the story of a small urban community that turns a vacant lot into a community garden and that project’s powerful benefits. [...]

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Enjoy the Finale Concert from the 2012 Heights Summer Music Camp

Video of the 8th Annual Heights Summer Music Camp finale concert is now available on the Reaching Heights YouTube channel. Reaching Heights partnered with the CH-UH school district to offer young musicians a chance to discover their own capacity to learn and grow, to strengthen their commitment to music, and to enjoy music and the [...]

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