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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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Seventeen Walnut Hills Students Earn Perfect ACT Scores

April 22, 2019

Pictured left to right, first row: Bridget Fuller, Naomi Stoner, Milan Parikh, Evan Peters; Second row: Antoine Langree, Nolan Brown, Matthew Dumford, Suvan Adhikari, Gabrielle Chiong; Third Row: Raymond Conroy, Nathan Miller, Peter Hattemer, Meoshea Britt, Dhruv Rungta, Nicholas Deck, Mohit Pinninti. Not pictured: Alan ZhangNot one student. Not two students. Not even 10 students. A total of 17 students from Walnut Hills High School earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, a standardized test used for college admission.

"I have never heard of so many students in one school earning a perfect score," said Ed Curry, spokesperson for ACT. He said ACT does not keep records of students with perfect ACT scores by school or district and could not verify if this was the largest number of students from one high school earning the top score.

ACT, however, does report that approximately one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the exam nationwide earn a 36.

The 17 students hitting the high mark include:

Seniors Juniors
Nolan Brown    Suvan Adhikari
Raymond Conroy Meoshea Britt
Matthew Dumford Gabrielle Chiong
Peter Hattemer Nickolas Deck
Antoine Langree Bridget Fuller
Nathan Miller Evan Peters
Milan Parikh Mohit Pinninti
Naomi Stoner Dhruv Rungta
  Alan Zhang

Another 23 Walnut High School seniors just missed a perfect score, earning 35 out of a possible 36, said Principal John Chambers. 

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36-composite score have likely mastered all the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas.

ACT scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the U.S.

Upon graduation, the seniors plan to attend the University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, Tulane University and Rhodes College in Tennessee. Antoine Langree is studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Additional coverage at USAToday.com

Additional coverage and video at Local12.com

Additional coverage at WCPO.com

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