Clubs & Organizations
The Cardinal Intermediate School Ecology Club is made up of third and fourth graders from Mr. Topalian and Ms. Torre’s classes. Mr. Topalian and Ms. Torre present a list of potential discussion topics to the club and then allow the 43 students to vote on which topic they’d like to learn more about during their Ecology enrichment period. Along with pollination, students have studied greenhouse gasses, global warming, pollution, whaling, tree identification, endangered species, and recycling.
4th graders at CIS have an opportunity to represent their classmates by running for Student Council. Students are elected by their peers at the end of December. Those on the Council then participate in school and community events.
Partnering with the Volunteers Program facilitated by the Geauga County JFS, nearly 20 Volunteers assisted our Huskie Pups and teachers in the classroom with all aspects of their learning. They worked one-on-one and in small groups with students who needed that little extra with reading, math, and other core subjects! They also spent time to establish relationships with students, which is a priceless commodity in education. When our students feel cared for, they work harder and learn more! Teachers understand that first and foremost, they need to establish relationships with their students and they work daily to do so; having our volunteers/tutors do the same only increases the level of learning in our schools!
Students were awarded for their successes in many ways by area affiliates. Many students at Jordak enrolled in the Lake County Captains Reading Challenge. Students read, read, and read! Just one more way they showed pride in their learning and made sure they were on track with reading and ready for next year! As well, students in grades 3 and 4 who received Straight A’s for Q1 or Q2 were entered into the Cavaliers & Westfield Insurance Straight A’s All-Stars contest for 2 tickets to a January and March Cleveland Cavaliers game and/or cinch-sac/certificate (all students entered received a cinch-sac/certificate). Students in grades 3-4 with Straight-A’s and Perfect Attendance Q3 received 2 tickets to a Cleveland Gladiators game in May. Students in grades 3-4 earning Straight A’s or Honor Roll Q4 received an Adventure Pass to Adventure Zone in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio.
As well, Jordak partnered with Family Pride to facilitate student social groups of up to 10 grade 3-4 Huskie pups, up to 10 grade 1-2 Huskie pups, and up to 10 Kindergarten pups held in 2 sessions of ten weeks each for 30 minutes to one hour weekly. Nearly fifteen students in grades 3-4 participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters held one afternoon a week for 1.5 hours.
Our Huskie pups, their families, and school community very much appreciate and highly regard the importance of a community’s influence in raising our future citizens.