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    The following is a public statement that I and 15 Superintendents in our First Ring Schools Collaborative of districts around Cleveland feel is necessary to make regarding the injustices that have occurred and continue to occur across our Country and our commitment to ALL do better.  I stand firmly behind these commitments and I hope you will do the same.

    -Dr. Charles T. Keenan, Superintendent





    June 2, 2020

    A collective of superintendents that serve communities that border Cleveland, Ohio, the First Ring Schools Collaborative seeks to improve the education of our students so that they can experience life-long success.  We draw on our collective strength to collaborate, problem-solve and advocate for our school communities.

    Recent events in America have been a devastating reminder of the obstacles that our students, particularly our African American students, face.  Acts of violence against George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor underscore the intransigent problem of race and discrimination that continue to cripple the progress and spirit of our country. 

    We condemn these acts and join the chorus of voices across the public and private sector that are demanding systemic change to address the brutal acts of violence against Black and Brown people in America.  Each of these acts is an assault not only on the individuals, their families and communities, they are also an assault on the soul of our country and the ideals that we seek to instill in our students.  Our hearts weep for the families of the victims.  Our hearts are heavy knowing that our students are profoundly affected by what we are all experiencing.

    The First Ring Schools Collaborative remains committed to ensuring that barriers are eliminated in order to assure all of our students receive the resources and support that they need to succeed at the highest levels as they matriculate through our school systems. We will continue to work in concert to identify and dismantle systems in Ohio that are an obstacle to our students' success.

    Advancing Education Together,
    Tracy Wheeler, Superintendent, Berea City Schools
    Andrea Celico, Superintendent, Bedford City Schools
    ark Gleichauf, Superintendent, Brooklyn City Schools
    Liz Kirby, Superintendent, Cleveland Heights University Heights City Schools
    Eric Gordon, Superintendent, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
    Tom Evans, Superintendent, Cuyahoga Heights City Schools
    Christopher Papouras, Superintendent, Euclid City Schools
    Bill Wagner, Superintendent, Fairview Park City Schools
    Chris Hanke, Superintendent, Garfield Heights City Schools
    Mike Barnes, Superintendent, Lakewood City Schools
    Charlie Keenan, Superintendent, Maple Heights City Schools
    Charlie Smialek, Superintendent, Parma City Schools
    Renee Willis, Superintendent, Richmond Heights City Schools
    David Glasner, Superintendent, Shaker Heights City Schools
    Linda Reid, Superintendent, South Euclid Lyndhurst City Schools
    Donald Jolly, Superintendent, Warrensville Heights City Schools

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Principal's Message

Hello John F. Kennedy Families, Welcome to the New School Year!

Dr. Thomas

At JFK Elementary School students are important, they matter and they are loved. At JFK students are given high expectations of excellence, are expected to succeed and are being shaped to function independently in the world they live in. Here at JFK we foster a shared partnership with parents and community members in order to promote a positive and cultivating learning environment for all students. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success. We welcome all parents and community members for volunteer opportunities and to partake in school-wide activities. 

JFK’s 3 goals for this school year are to increase the attendance rate for all students through positive reinforcements and frequent parent communication; create and sustain a positive learning environment where all students and their uniqueness are embraced and to increase the percentage of students, in grades 2 and 3, that are proficient in the area of Reading. In addition to these goals, JFK will continue to strive to meet the district’s mission of “Educating our students through expectations of excellence, to prepare them for a lifetime of success.”  

Warm Regards, 

Dr. Valencia E. Thomas
Principal's Twitter: @JFK_Principal_  

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