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Year-round students start new academic year (Video)




CMSD began welcoming students back to school Monday, when ninth graders from year-round high schools started their academic year.

Students in the 10th through 12th grades at that select group of schools come back Tuesday. Year-round high schools include Cleveland High School for Digital Arts, Davis Aerospace & Maritime, John Adams College & Career Academy, Lincoln-West School of Global Studies, Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, MC²STEM and the School of One.

Staff from MC²STEM and Great Lakes Science Center, home to the school’s ninth-grade classrooms, formed a corridor and clapped in the students as they moved from breakfast to a welcome in the Reinberger Auditorium. MC²STEM also has classrooms at Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University.

Kirsten Ellenbogen, president and CEO of the science center, was among those who greeted the incoming class. She told the students they should "feel like you belong here.”

Ellenbogen and Principal Paul Fiely said the school and science center are exploring ways they can work together even more closely than they already do. That will include involving students  in a Great Lakes Science Center robotics program and letting them use a new state-of-the-art robotics lab that is part of a renovation program.

“You guys are in a STEM school,” JonDarr Bradshaw, GLSC community engagement coordinator, told the students. “You’re already in the game.”

The Lincoln-West School of Global Studies and Lincoln-West School of Science & Health also clapped in their new ninth graders. Global Studies also held a school barbecue on Friday.

Global Studies Principal Irene Javier said that the school will this year focus its service learning projects on local examples of problems or issues that span the country or world. For example, students will build up a community garden to demonstrate sustainability and provide healthy food options for families.

Lincoln-West Science & Health Principal Juliet King said the school is marketing a state tested nursing assistant program and initiating a new points system that rewards positive behavior with fun field trips or events such as ice cream parties. Besides the Lincoln-West Campus, the school has classrooms at the MetroHealth System’s main campus, where juniors and seniors can observe a range of careers – medical and non-medical – and work internships.

The year-round high school students get a shorter summer vacation than their peers in other schools, but there is a trade-off: two- and three-week breaks spread throughout the year. Year-round students will enjoy two weeks off, starting Oct. 10.

The Cleveland School of Architecture & Design and Cleveland School of Science & Medicine, both located at the John Hay Campus, will start the school year on Monday, Aug. 8. Most students will return from summer break on Monday, Aug. 22.