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Office of the Superintendent

March 30, 2020

Dear Families,

In response to Governor Mike DeWine’s extension of the school closure, Cincinnati Public Schools’ buildings will remain closed through at least May 1, 2020.

However, teaching and learning will continue. We have been working for weeks to ensure that students can continue their studies remotely. We also are prepared to serve students who do not have access to technology or internet at home.

Our meal distribution program will continue, as well as the services we offer to students with special learning needs. A limited number of our School-Based Health Centers will remain open, and you can find a list of those locations on our website at cps-k12.org.

To keep students engaged in learning, we will launch our Remote Learning Plan for all students, grades preschool to 12. Included will be digital lessons, hard-copy Enrichment Learning Packets, resources for parents, tips for structuring the school day, and more. We also are exploring opportunities to broadcast academic lessons through cable partners to ensure that content gets to as many students as possible. We will be releasing more information about our Remote Learning Plan later this week.

As we navigate these challenging times, I remain hopeful. Our school family – including teachers, staff and community volunteers – has truly stepped up for our city’s young people. So far, we have given out more than 50,000 meals and countless hygiene kits. Our teachers are instructing from their homes and are reaching out to students without online access. It is clear that our passion for empowering the next generation of world leaders has only grown stronger.

I also am grateful to you, our parents and guardians. I know this hasn’t been easy. But I am hopeful today because I know that we can get through this together.

The challenge of educating more than 37,000 students without classrooms is momentous. But, I am confident that learning in Cincinnati Public Schools will continue. We are #CPSUnited, and we will come through this stronger than ever before.

Please continue to visit our website at cps-k12.org for important updates. We will have much more information to share in the weeks to come.

Sincerely,

Laura Mitchell, Superintendent

Education Center · P.O. Box 5381 · Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381 · 513-363-0050 · Fax: 513-363-0060 · cps-k12.org


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Donations to Cincinnati Public Schools can supply items and services for students that our budget can't stretch to cover — and are always welcomed.

To donate money: Mail or deliver a check or money order to the receiving school or to the Central Office department. 

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    Cincinnati, OH 45219

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Thank You to Our Donors

We are grateful to our generous donors who contribute so much to help our students succeed.
A sampling of recent donations and grants:

2019-20 School Year

  • Westwood United Methodist Church — $1,000 to Westwood Elementary School to be used for field trip expenses.
  • Pleasant Ridge School Foundation — $700 to Pleasant Ridge Montessori Elementary School to be used for field trip buses to Xavier.
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation — $5,000 to Rockdale Academy Elemenary School to be used for Kings Island field trip.
  • Charles H. Dater Foundation — $25,000 to the Curriculum Department to be used to support STEMpower, a Cincinnati Woman's Club initiative, engaging young women in AP STEM learning.
  • Ohio Department of Education — $12,000 to Aspire to be used for the purchase of ESOL student instructional materials to satisfy the current needs of the Aspire Program.
  • City of Cincinnati — $600 to Riverview East Academy to be used to support educational programming related to agriculture and nutrition.
  • Ohio Department of Education — $4,000 to Student Services to be used to assist students with disabilities formally enter into the secondary transition planning process, which includes comprehensive planning that moves students toward successful future outcomes in competitive, integrated employment, education, and independent living.
  • Ohio Department of Education — $8,567,747.50 to the Assistant Superintendent to be used to assist Cincinnati Public Schools in addressing the needs of the whole child by providing funding to support student's academic achievement through mental health counseling, wraparound services, mentoring and after-school programs, alongside allowable community partners.
     
  • Laura Bange — $200 to Rockdale Academy Elementary School to be used for student field trip expenses.
  • Your Cause Duke Energy Foundation — $20 to Parker Woods Montessori Elementary School to be used for incentive programs.        
  • Jim Buchy — $20 to James N. Gamble Montessori High School to be used for Art Club.        
     
  • Afram Plains Foundation — $602 to James N. Gamble Montessori High School to be used at the principal’s discretion.
  • Cincinnati Arts Association — $160 to James N. Gamble Montessori Elementary School to be used to reimburse for bus for field trip to Aronoff. Bus was paid for by Foundation. Foundation granted permission for funds to be deposited into Principal’s Fund.
  • Parker Woods Montessori Foundation — $1036.98 to Parker Woods Montessori Elementary School to be used to provide a bus for the field trip to CSO ages 6-9.
  • Ohio Department of Education — $80,000 to Early Childhood Education to be used to provide high-quality preschool services to additional eligible children to prepare children for success in Kindergarten.
     
  • Hyde Park Square Art Show — $500 to Hyde Park Elementary School to be used for art supplies.
     
  • Ohio Department of Education — $5,500 to Aspire to be used to support The Adult Diploma Program that provides job training and a new pathway for adults, ages 22 or older, to earn a high school diploma and industry credentials aligned to one of Ohio's in-demand jobs.
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital — $5,000 to Rockdale Academy Elementary School to be used to continue to involve students in strong literacy-based activities that will support student and school achievement. The grant is also supporting student's involvement in summer camp activities.
     
  • Brian & Elizabeth Hertzman — $1,000 to Cheviot Elementary School to be used for Gifted classes.
  • Your Cause Duke Energy Foundation — $20 to Parker Woods Montessori to be used for Incentive Programs.
  • Jeffrey & Donna Luggen — $1,000 to Sands Montessori to be used at the Principal's discretion.
  • Chipotle — $339.19 to Woodford Paideia Academy to be used at the Principal's discretion.
     
  • Deborah Mortman — $2,000 to Hyde Park School to be used to support the activities of the Special Education Department at Hyde Park ES.
  • Greenacres — $2,258.74 to Carson Elementary to be used for reimbursement for field trip buses.
  • Students with Special Smiles — $950 to Oyler to be used for Special Education classroom materials/use.
  • Interalliance of Greater Cincinnati — $400 to Oyler to be used for use in the STEM Program.
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation — $5,000 to the CPS Curriculum Department to support equity in Mathematics PD, open to all CPS instructors and targeting math instructors for grades 3, 6, and 9.
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation —  $150,000 to the CPS Curriculum Department to support Quality Improvement work led by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center to improve K-3 literacy outcomes within the district.
  • PNC Foundation — $6,000 to Rothenberg Elementary School to support PNC Grow Up Great “Grants for Great Hours” Preschool program.
  • Ohio Department of Education — $50,000 to Student Dining Services to be used for the purchase or renovation of capital equipment used to serve healthier meals, meet the new nutritional standards with emphasis on more fresh fruits and vegetables in school meals, improve food safety and expand accessibility to food services.
  • Accerate Great Schools — $90,000 to Spencer Center to support planning efforts for the expansion of the Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students to serve a full complement of students in grades 3-12.
  • Ohio Attorney General’s Office — $161,537.65 to Security to be used to support school safety initiatives, training, school climate programs and security efforts for Cincinnati Public Schools.
     
  • Your Cause Duke Energy Foundation — $20 to Parker Woods Montessori to be used incentive programs.
  • Parker Woods Montessori Foundation — $325 to Parker Woods Montessori to be used for admissions to The Nutcracker.
  • Parker Woods Montessori Foundation — $90 to Parker Woods Montessori to be used for admissions to The Children's Theatre.
  • Kiwanis Harvest Home Fair Association — $200 to Westwood Elementary School to be used at the Principal’s discretion for personal items for needy students.
  • Pervis & Robin Bearden — $250 to Bond Hill Academy to be used for field trip buses.
  • Michelman, Inc. — $500 to Evanston Academy to be used for the Jets Club instructional services.
  • dfs Diversified Solutions — $250 to Bond Hill Academy to be used for field trips.
  • Superior Credit Union — $444.63 to Bond Hill Academy to be used for field trips.
  • Superior Credit Union — $105.37 to Bond Hill Academy to be used for the Principal's discretionary account for school use.
  • John P. Parker PTO — $150 to John P. Parker to be used for field trip buses.
  • Dusty Rhodes Auditor, Hamilton County — $469.52 to John P. Parker to be used for field trip buses.
  • RPCV WI-Madison (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers) — $500 to Sands Montessori Elementary School to be used for music from India in-house program.
  • KnowledgeWorks Foundation — $110,000 to Curriculum to support CPS leading a Network for School Improvement (NSI) that helps ensure middle school students are on track for graduation and post-secondary success through 8th grade math proficiency programs.
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation — $5,000 to Curriculum to support equity in Mathematics PD, open to all CPS instructors and targeting math instructors for grades 3, 6 and 9.
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation — $150,000 to Curriculum to support Quality Improvement work led by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center to improve K-3 literacy outcomes within the district.
  • PNC Foundation — $6,000 to Rothenberg Elementary School to support PNC Grow Up Great "Grants for Great Hours" Preschool program.
     
  • Kiwanis Harvest Home Fair Association — $200 to Cheviot Elementary School to be used at the Principal's discretion for personal items for needy students.
  • Kiwanis Harvest Home Fair Association — $200 to Dater High School to be used for purchasing items to help meet the needs of students, such as hats, gloves, coats, backpacks and the like.
  • Cynthia McGinnis — $100 to Dater High School to be used to purchase 15 turkeys for families in need to be used for long holiday weekend.
  • Mark Pfau — $700 to Evanston Academy Elementary School to help with instructional services.
  • Kiwanis Harvest Home Fair Association — $200 to Gamble Montessori Elementary School to be used at the Principal's discretion for personal items for needy students.
  • Infotrust Foundation — $400 to Hartwell Elementary School to be used as payment for the Lion King Musical.
  • YourCause, LLC — $50 to Oyler School to be used at the Principal's discretion.
  • Coca Cola Give — $52.10 to Oyler School to be used at the Principal's discretion.
  • Kiwanis Harvest Home Fair — $200 to Oyler Schooo to be used for purchasing items to help meet the needs of students, such as hats, gloves, coats, backpacks and the like.
  • Parker Woods Foundation — $222.78 to Parker Woods Montessori Elementary School to be used for bus transportation to Greenacres for two classes.
  • Greenacres Arts Center— $668.34 to Parker Woods Montessori Elementary School to be used for bus transportation to Greenacres.
  • Donorschoose, Inc. — $351.97 to Parker Woods Montessori Elementary School to be used for a cricut machine, tools, vinyl and carrying case to be used for school mural, decoration, beautification, creation of incentives for students and staff.
  • Donorschoose, Inc. — $476.41 to Parker Woods Montessori Elementary School to be used for classroom materials for science and social studies units — The animals, habitats and people of Europe and Oceana.
  • Greenacres Arts Center — $1,353.75 to Pleasant Hill Elementary School to be used for bus transportation to Greenacres.
  • Performing Arts Studio — $228 to Sands Montessori Elementary School to be used for Principal’s Fund from a community partner.
  • Eden Chapel United Methodist Church — $100 to Sayler Park School to be used to purchase a microwave for staff.
  • Greenacres Arts Center — $650.84 to Westwood Elementary School to be used for bus transportation to Greenacres.
  • Greater Cincinnati Credit Union — $1,000 to Withrow High School to be used to support the PBIS committee.
  • Kim Chiodi — $500 to Withrow High School to be used to for the ROAR project.
  • Queen City Church — $2,500 to Withrow High School to be used to compensate yoga instructor Tiffany West contract C2001025.
  • Ohio Department of Education — $1,350 to Aspire to be used to support The Adult Diploma Program that provides job training and a new pathway for adults, ages 22 or older, to earn a high school diploma and industry credentials aligned to one of Ohio’s in-demand jobs.
  • Rosenthal Family Foundation — $25,000 to Curriculum – Early Childhood to be used to for Rosey Reader books and supplies.
  • Ohio Department of Education — $37,000 to Student Services to be used to utilize evidence-based predictors and practices to improve the coordination and delivery of secondary transition services for students with disabilities ages 14-21 to better prepare these students for successful post school outcomes in the areas of competitive, integrated employment, education/training and independent living.
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation Learning Links — $1,000 to Withrow High School to be used to Raspberry Pi Girl classroom project.
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation Learning Links — $1,000 to Withrow High School to be used for the Genius Hour classroom project.
     
  • Macy’s — $6,000 to Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS) to purchase plants, paint and other items for Macy’s Give Back Day.
  • Sands Montessori School Foundation — $5,510 to Sands Montessori Elementary School to help cover the cost of field trips. Each classroom will receive $190 for buses.
  • Emerson/Therm-O-Disc Trust — $5,000 to Hughes STEM High School to be used for student activities such as academic and cultural events.
  • Your Cause Duke Energy Foundation — $20 to Parker Woods Montessori School to be used for incentive programs.
  • Parker Woods Montessori Foundation — $222.78 to Parker Woods Montessori School to be used for buses for field trip to Greenacres.
  • Mark Hogan — $1,500 to Kilgour School to be used for bus transportation.
  • Susan Reid Wilke — $150 to Chase Elementary School to help cover cost of personal hygiene supplies through Northside Community Council grant.
  • Ohio Department of Education — $1,558.37 to Project Connect to be used to support the needs of displaced homeless students in Cincinnati Public Schools.
  • Ohio Department of Education — $574,999.99 to various schools to be used to support high-quality, sustainable school improvement activities that increase student achievement and address the needs of identified schools.
     
  • Mark Pfau — $700 to Evanston Academy to be used for Jets Club Instructional Services.
  • Colleen Foegle — $200 to Oyler School to cover cost of Homecoming expenses.
  • Walmart — $1,500 to Carson School. The donation is to be deposited to the Principal Fund to purchase uniforms, undergarments and coats.
  • Hamilton county Solid Waste Management Fund — $220 Rothenberg Academy to cover reimbursement for bus transportation.
  • Ohio Department of Education — $3,648 to the CPS Curriculum Department    to be used for substitute teacher expenses and/or stipends pertaining to LETRS training.
  • Adopt a Class Foundation — $1,000 to Woodford Paideia Academy to be used for Autism Unit.
  • Imani Family Center — $44.93 to Woodford Paideia Academy to cover reimbursement cost for bus transportation overage for Summer Program.
  • Ohio Department of Education — $7,500 to CPS Human Resources to be used to cover expenses incurred while implementing the OTES 2.0 Pilot.
  • Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church — $673.20 to Mt. Washington School to be used for Vision 2020 field trip expenses (buses/admissions).
  • PNC Foundation — $3,000 to John P. Parker School to be used for the Head Start Program.
  • No Kid Hungry by Share Our Strength — $36,000 to Student Dining Services to be used to ensure that all students can start the day with the nutrition they need. The funding of this grant will provide monthly incentives to students to increase participation in the national School Breakfast Programs. Note partial funding of this grant is generously funded by Kellogg.
     
  • Your Cause Duke Energy Foundation — $80 to Parker Woods Montessori to help provide Incentive Programs.
  • Mt. Washington School Foundation — $3,500 to Mt. Washington School to be used for Camp Kern trip.
  • Western Southern Financial — $5,000 to Evanston Academy to be used for Jets Club Instructional Services.
  • Your Cause Duke Energy Foundation — $20 to Parker Woods Montessori to be used for Incentive Programs.
     
  • Cincinnati Observatory Center — $208.79 to Cheviot Elementary School to help provide buses to the Cincinnati Observatory Center.
     
  • Heber Holbrook Hutchinson Fund — $50,000 to the District Athletic Department. Funds have been donated to CPS District Athletics Department to be used to purchase Elementary and Jr. High/High School athletic equipment.
  • Greenacres Arts Center — $716.56 to Pleasant Hill Academy to provide buses to Greenacres.
  • Digital Promise — $72,000 to Sayler Park School and Roberts Academy to provide a Data Coach Contract at Sayler Park and Roberts Elementary Schools.
     
  • Community Action Agency — $3,823,120 to the CPS Early Childhood Department to be used to provide services to 701 Head Start students in the Cincinnati Public School District for the period of June 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020.
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation — $147,253 to Roll Hill Academy to be used to provide support for two years for a Kindergarten Reading Specialist at Roll Hill Academy.
  • Westfield Insurance Foundation — $49,400 to Woodward to be used for the work-based learning transportation.
     
  • Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church — $673.20 to Mt. Washington School to cover Expeditionary Learning field trip expenses.
  • American Battlefield Trust — $500 to John P. Parker Elementary School to cover International Club expenses.
  • Xavier University — $500 to Evanston Academy Elementary School to cover Jets Club general support of Evanston Academy.
  • Bey & Associates — $500 to Evanston Academy Elementary School to cover Jets Club instructional services.
  • Children’s Hospital Medical Center — $4,765 to South Avondale Elementary School to provide supplies to the Groom Room: shoes, school uniforms, pants, shirts, underwear, socks and hygiene items: soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, laundry detergent, bleach, female products, and cabinets, clothing racks & shelving.
     
  • KnowledgeWorks Foundation — $13,200 to Shroder High School to help support continuing efforts in an effective co-curricular math tutoring program at Schroder High School for the 7th graders that is monitored carefully and adjusted regularly.
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation — $949 to LEAP Academy to provide support for Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • Ohio Department of Education — $1,138,086 to Student Dining Services. These funds have been awarded for The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) which provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. The goal is to Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience and increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.
  • Knowledge Works Foundation — $30,590 to Testing and Assessment to support CPS efforts in obtaining/purchasing MAP Diagnostic Assessments for 7th-9th grade students.
  • GCF Learning Links — $475 to AWL to be used for Create with Clay for All program
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to AWL to be used for the Dragon STEAM Ahead! Makerspace program
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Bond Hill Academy to be used for Reading is STEMtastic! program
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Cheviot Elementary to be used for the The Leader in Me program
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Clark Montessori to be used for the Our Nose Turns Red program
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Clark Montessori to be used for the Our Nose Turns Red (1) program
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Clark Montessori to be used for the Our Nose Turns Red (2) program
  • GCF Learning Links — $760 to Covedale School to be used for the Covedale Mindful Moments program
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Dater Montessori to be used for the Gators Grow All Year Long program
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Evanston Academy to be used by Evanston Academy
  • GCF Learning Links — $600 to Douglass to be used for an Indoor Garden
  • GCF Learning Links — $994 to Gamble Montessori High School to be used for a Weather Station
  • GCF Learning Links — $600.74 to John P. Parker School to be used for the Green Screen Fun program
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to John P. Parker School to be used for Fun Friday Fixings
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Hays-Porter School to be used for a visit to COSI Museum
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Hughes STEM High School to be used for evGrand Prix: STEM Learning Module
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Hyde Park School to be used for the Girls Empowerment Club
  • GCF Learning Links — $996 to LEAP Academy to be used for a Printmaking Station
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to North Avondale Montessori School to be used for EdZOOcation: Learning through Inquiry
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to North Avondale Montessori School to be used for Mindfulness STEM Mondays
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Parker Woods Montessori School to be used for EdZOOcation: Learning through Inquiry
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Riverview East Academy to be used for Riverview East, A View of the River
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Riverview East Academy to be used for the Farm to Fork Program
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Roberts Academy to be used for PENpal Makes Learning Personal and Fun-2
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Roll Hill School to be used for a 2nd Grade Sensory Classroom
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Roll Hill School for a Song Lab
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Roselawn Condon School to be used for the Mentorship Program
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Sands Montessori School to be used for the Writing in MOTION Theater Program
  • GCF Learning Links — $1,000 to Shroder High School to be used for the WordPlay Readers Theater
  • GCF Learning Links — $800 to Woodward Career Technical High School to be used for the So Fresh and Clean Hygiene Conference
     
  • Sands Montessori Foundation — $3,024 to Sands Montessori School to be used for the ALEKS subscription for students use in math.
  • Hamilton County Environmental Services — $2,000 to Sands Montessori School as a stipend from Food Waste Warriors Program will be used for enrichment activities.
  • The Community Builders, Inc. — $413,100 to South Avondale School to be used to provide direct educational programming through the CLC at South Avondale and coordinate with community partners serving the Avondale neighborhood providing early education and afterschool programming to ensure a coordinated approach to educational outcomes.
  • PNC Foundation — $3,000 to Rothenberg Preparatory Academy to be used for the Preschool Program.            
  • Knowledge Works Foundation — $30,590 to Testing & Assessment — these funds have been donated by KnowledgeWorks to support CPS' efforts in obtaining/purchasing MAP Diagnostic Assessments for 7th-9th grade students.
  • Greenacres Arts Center — $4,551.25 to Oyler School to cover buses and admissions for Oyler School.
  • Stephen McNamee — $100 to Western Hills High School. It is a donation in memory of Donna Jackson Tau Class of 1960.
  • Charles H. Dater Foundation — $10,000 to Dater High School to help fund Dater High School Aquaponics Greenhouse.

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