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.


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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CPS Creates Jazz Orchestra with Elementary Students

February 6, 2020

By Brad Underwood, WKRC

Over the years, schools have been cutting the arts to save money, but at Cincinnati Public Schools, it's quite the opposite.

In the fall, a new afterschool activity took shape: the CPS Elementary Jazz Academy Orchestra. The orchestra is made up of 26 students from 14 different schools.

In the crowd, keeping the beat on the drums is 10-year-old Jmir Dixon.

"It's a pretty fun instrument to play. I like it a lot. I've been playing since I was 2," said Dixon. "You got people playing with you, the crowd is clapping to the beat and I just like to see that kind of motivation."

Wednesday the musicians are practicing for a very big trip and show. They'll be the only elementary orchestra playing at the Eastern Illinois University Jazz Festival after only about six months of playing together.

"Incredible progress. I think jazz with its dynamic rhythm and ability for kids to improve. It's really powerful music. It's engaging and gives them an opportunity to produce something unique to their own skills," said Dr. Isidore Rudnick.

Rudnick founded the orchestra and is the fine arts curriculum manager for CPS. The program is free for the students, a snack is provided and so is transportation to the Kennedy Heights Arts Center where they practice, if needed. The instruments are free and there are private lessons available for free too.

Full story and video at Local12.com


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