Archive for June, 2015

5 More Preschools Get State’s Top Rating, Including Anton Grdina!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015




Five more CMSD preschool sites have received the state’s top ranking for quality.
The prekindergarten programs at Adlai E. Stevenson, Andrew J. Rickoff, Anton Grdina, Memorial and Charles A. Mooney schools all earned five stars through Step Up to Quality, an evaluation system that Ohio launched in late 2013.

Tremont Montessori’s preschool was the first in the District to go through the evaluation process and received five stars in April. Reviews consider learning and development, staff quality and professional development, administrative and leadership practices and family and community partnerships.

Ultimately, the goal is to have all CMSD preschool sites rated. Participation in Step Up to Quality is voluntary but is required to receive funding from the Ohio Department of Education.

“I am really proud of the five-star ratings achieved by the six sites,” said Nicole M. Vitale, the District’s director of early-childhood education. “This accomplishment signifies commitment and dedication to our young children at CMSD. We believe in providing the highest quality of nurturing education for our children and are enthusiastic about expanding the supply of high-quality seats.”

Access to high-quality preschool is one of the many reforms outlined in The Cleveland Plan, a customized blueprint for improving education in the city. Research shows that preschool age is a critical period in brain formation and that the high-quality preschool can lead to greater success in education.
CMSD and private providers have joined forces in PRE4CLE, an effort to make high-quality preschool — defined as three stars or above on the state’s scale — available to as many of the city’s 3- and 4-year-olds as possible.

A five-star rating in Step Up to Quality is “the gold star seal for quality early learning programs in Ohio,” PRE4CLE Director Katie Kelly said.

“This milestone demonstrates the quality of the investment that our community is making in our youngest learners, and we know that quality will equal greater kindergarten readiness and school success for our children,” she said.

PRE4CLE, which began operation last year, honored its first 90 sites, or “early adopters,” last month.

CMSD prekindergarten sites make up about two-thirds of the 90 locations. In all, the network serves nearly 4,400 children in 226 classrooms.

President Obama hailed PRE4CLE in December at a White House summit on early-childhood education. During the summit, District Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon was part of a panel that discussed “public investment leadership” in early-childhood education.


Fun Summer Festivals and Events

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Check out these fun festivals and events this summer!


See a free Shakespeare play in the park!
The Life of Timon of Athens
Friday June 5: P.E.A.C.E. Park, Cleveland Heights
Saturday June 6: Cuyahoga Community College – West Campus
Sunday June 7: Halloran Park
Friday June 12: Lincoln Park
Saturday June 13: Shaker Heights Community Colonnade
Sunday June 14: Notre Dame College – South Euclid
Saturday June 20: Lakewood Park
Sunday June 21: Lorain County Community College
Saturday June 27: James A Garfield Historic Site – Mentor
Sunday June 28: Grove Amphitheater – Mayfield Village


The Merchant of Venice
Friday July 17: P.E.A.C.E. Park, Cleveland Heights
Saturday July 18: Cuyahoga Community College – West Campus
Sunday July 19: Penitentiary Glen Nature Center – Kirtland
Friday July 24: Shaker Heights Community Colonnade
Saturday July 25: Lakewood Park
Sunday July 26: Grove Amphitheater – Mayfield Village
Friday July 31: Notre Dame College – South Euclid
Saturday August 1: Lincoln Park
Sunday August 2: Lincoln Park

Wade Oval Wednesday
University Circle’s free Wednesday parties supply the music, picnic spots, family friendly activities, and sometimes movies.
Dates: 6-9pm, Wednesdays from June 17th-August 26th. Movies start at 9pm on select nights

Star Spangled Spectacular
Each summer, the Cleveland Orchestra presents a free concert of patriotic favorites and popular classical repertoire in downtown Cleveland
Location: Public Square, Downtown
Date: July 1st, 9pm
Cost: Free!

Ward 5 Festival and Parade
Every summer, residents unite and celebrate the historical past and bright future of the Central, Kinsman and Garden Valley neighborhoods at the annual Ward 5 Community Family Parade and Festival. The theme of this family event is “Ward 5 United: Working Together as One,” which was crafted by area youth as a symbol of how this festival is a conduit to positive change, creative ideas, and fun activities for the Ward 5 Neighborhoods.
Location: Friendly Inn Settlement House, 2386 Unwin Road near East 55th Street and Quincy Avenue
Date: June 27th 10am-6pm

The Soul of Buckeye
The Soul of Buckeye is an annual festival held every summer along Buckeye Road between East 116th and East 120th. Featuring jazz ensembles, food, a beer garden, clothing and merchandise vendors, it is one of the most exciting festivals of every summer.
Location: Buckeye Road between East 116th Street and East 120th Street
Date: August 1st, 12pm-8:30pm

Free places to visit this Summer!

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Check out these free places this summer!

Cleveland Children’s Museum
Location: 10730 Euclid Avenue (in University Circle)
When: Monday-Sunday 10:00am-4:45pm
Cost: Free every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5pm-7:30pm

Cleveland Museum of Art
Wonders of the world, all on view for free!
Location: 11150 East Blvd
When: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am-5pm, Wednesday and Friday 10am-9pm
Cost: Free

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Location: 3900 Wildlife Way
When: 10am-5pm
Cost: Free on Mondays

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse
Visit the year-round indoor greenhouse to see displays, from the cactus garden to tropical plants inside, to the peace gardens and talking garden outside
Location: 750 East 88th Street
When: Daily from 10am-4pm

Spend a Day at the Beach!
Location: Edgewater, Euclid Beach, Gordon Park

International Women’s Air and Space Museum
A museum dedicated to honoring the women who played an important role in the history of aviation.
Location: Burke Lakefront Airport, Room 165 Cleveland
When: Open daily from 8am-8pm
Cost: Free

Cleveland Police Museum
Collects documents and artifacts which help to establish the history, developments and activities of the police department
Location: 1300 Ontario Street
When: Monday – Friday 10am-4pm
Cost: Free

Take a Hike Tours
Get to know your city better with one of these fantastic free downtown walking tours
Gateway Tour: Every Wednesday at 6pm. Meet at the 5th Street Arcade – 401 Euclid Avenue
Warehouse District Tour: Every Saturday at 10am. Meet in front of Constantino’s Market – 1278 West 9th Street
Playhouse Square Tour:
Every Tuesday at 6pm. Meet in the State Theatre Lobby – 1519 Euclid Avenue
Canal Basin in the Flats Tour: Every Sunday at 10am. Meet at Settler’s Landing RTA Station – 1025 West Superior Avenue
Civic Center Tour: Every Thursday at 6pm. Meet at Old Stone Church – 91 Public Square

Cleveland Metroparks Kids Club
Kids club members, ages 12 and under, receive a passport and throughout the year, Cleveland Metroparks and the Zoo offer special events, programming and other activities for kids to earn stickers for their passports. If a member gets at least 12 stickers, they can attend an end-of-the-year party! For more information on the Kids Club, call 216-635-3200 or visit
Location: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Age: 12 and under
Dates: All year round
Cost: Free

Museum of Contemporary Art
It is recognized nationally and internationally for its vital and creative exhibitions and public programs
Contact: 216-421-8671
Location: 11400 Euclid Avenue
Cost: Free every first Saturday of the month