MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — A quick look inside Mayfield Middle school in Mayfield Heights and it starts to become evident why it has been named a Fox 8 Cool School. The school mission is to promote learning while monitoring student achievement . Principal Paul Destino said that comes with “putting the student first.”
Students have their reasons why Mayfield Middle is so cool. Seventh grader Malik Bacon said, “The teachers, the staff, the principal.”
Student Makayla Soltau added, “We have a great education.”
When it comes to academics, Mayfield Middle gets an “A.” The school has received the highest state rating of “Excellent with Distinction.”
All the students, grades 6th through 8th, work with the latest technology, and that includes producing videos. Cheryl D’Amico teaches the Digital Media Class.
“I believe in the student voice, empowering kids, and building their communication skills. And that’s what this class is all about. Right now they are producing a video on their hero,” she said.
Also part of the Digital Media Class is learning how to produce stories. 8th Grader Izzy Watson interviewed Fox 8 Reporter Maria Scali for his story on Mayfield Middle School being named a “Cool School.”
Vocal Dimensions is Mayfield Middle school’s premiere show choir. The group consists of all Eighth Graders who are eager to sing their praises.
The Mayfield Middle School students also care about their community. Each year, they go to the Cleveland Foodbank where they collect and sort donations. They also donate toys to the Providence House. And, a recent haunted house fundraiser raised $3,500 that was donated to the local Rotary Club.
Perhaps what’s so unique here are the unicyclists. Seventh Grader Kyle Grampp is in the Unicycle Club. “We also do rip sticks and 6-foot unicycles which are extremely tall and difficult. And, we also do very fun sports in unicycle club such as two-hand touch football, or soccer or believe it or not, sometimes we even pull off hockey.”
From academics to athletics, the Mayfield Middle School “Wildcat” pride is showing. And, students and staff find it difficult to contain their excitement for being named this week’s Fox 8 Cool School.