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Graduation Coverage!!!

Click here for coverage to Cardinal’s Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony.

This will be broadcast by G-TV  at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2023. It will also be shown on G-TV Channel 1020 at the same time. The stream will start at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Attention Families!

Registration is open for “Now That’s What I’m Talking About!” Summer Lunch Program! Please see the information below for registration and volunteer opportunities.

Summer Project Update!

Here is a look at the maintenance plan for our buildings this summer:


Cardinal Families: See below for an exciting opportunity through our county ESC!

ESC program


On April 12, 2023 the BOE approved to adjust the student’s last day of school to Wednesday, May 24, 2023. This will be a full day with no early release.

Please click here for more information.

East Geauga Kiwanis All You Can Eat Fish Fry is Back!!

Held at Cardinal Middle School

April 21 –  May 5 – May 19

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

All proceeds go back to the community. All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders receive a free book from the Kiwanis. Outstanding student awards are given out 4 times per year to 3rd graders. Outstanding freshman awards and senior scholarships are given as well. They also sponsor the Junior High Builders Club and Senior High Key Club. This is a great way to support their good works!



Mr. Paul Gerycz will be retiring under the rules of the State Teachers Retirement System effective May 31, 2023, and seeks to be re-employed by the Cardinal Local School District as its Middle School Principal starting on August 1, 2023. The Cardinal Local School District Board of Education will hold a public hearing regarding the re-employment of Mr. Gerycz as the Middle School Principal at its meeting on April 26, 2023, at 6:30 pm which will occur at 15982 East High Street, Middlefield, OH 44062.

Cardinal Families!!

This Geauga County JFS program is a funding source for Geauga families to receive assistance with the cost of summer camp, enrichment activities (such as swimming lessons, karate, gymnastics, music lessons, etc.) as well as so much more! Feel free to contact them for more information.

Camp advertisement 2023

Special Board Meeting Notice

The Cardinal Board of Education will hold a Special meeting on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 to begin at 4:00 p.m. with an immediate Executive Session for the purpose of Consideration of the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee, or official.

The meeting will be held at the Board of Education Office located at 15982 E. High Street. There will be no public meeting of the Board following the Executive Session.

 NEW!! Kindergarten Registration is Open for 2023-2024!

There is still time to register for Kindergarten!!!

Please call Mrs.Leichtman at Cardinal BOE at 440-632-0261 x1000 to make your appointment. Click here for more information.

Students must be five (5) years old on or before August 1, 2023 to enter kindergarten.


Board of Education’s Work session on January 25, 2023

Cardinal Nation, during the Board of Education’s Work session on January 25, 2023, I presented my short-term suggestions for moving the district forward over the next couple of years in regards to “Right Sizing” our district in personnel, programs, departments, and facilities.  I am excited to continue our move forward towards providing our families and community the best version of the Cardinal Local School District.  I hope that you take a few minutes to click on the link below to review the presentation. As always if you have questions, I encourage you to contact me.  I am happy to share my thoughts and reasoning with everyone!

  BOE January 25th, 2023 Worksession

College Credit Plus (CCP) Mandatory Information Session

Did you know 7th-12th graders can take college courses for FREE?! CCP Mandatory Information Session for students currently in grades 6-11 and their parent/guardian who are thinking about taking CCP college courses Summer 2023 or during the 2023-2024 school year. The information session is required every year, even if you previously attended one.

Learn about the benefits and risks, available courses, application process, admission requirements and deadlines for participation in the CCP program.  Read about the Ohio CCP program here:   https://highered.ohio.gov/initiatives/access-acceleration/college-credit-plus/ccp

Representatives from Lakeland Community College, Hiram College, Kent State University Geauga Campus and Lake Erie College will present state-mandated information about the CCP program, information about their college/university and will be available afterwards to answer CCP-related questions.

A Zoom link will be posted on the high school webpage for those unable to attend in person and a recording will be posted on the CHS Counseling Department webpage for later viewing. Questions? Contact Anne Dalby, School Counselor at Cardinal High School 440.632.0261 x5004 or anne.dalby@cardinalschools.org

ZOOM Link: Click Here  

The most important deadline to remember is April 1st. 

By April 1st, you must have attended or watched the CCP Information Session and turned in all the required forms, including the most important form- Intent to Participate. Without the Intent to Participate Form, you may be denied access to college classes next year. Please see the CHS Counseling Department page for more information.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023   (6:30 – 7:30pm) in the Cardinal High School Cafeteria


District Professional Development Days Announced!!

(Click below to view the video)

 2022 PD

Please mark your calendars!

The Board of Education approved the Professional Development days for the upcoming school year at the September 13th Board meeting. These are in addition to any dates already on the district calendar.

The following days will be REMOTE.  These asynchronous school days will be replacing our recurring early release Wednesdays. This means the students will have assignments and attendance will be taken according to Google Classroom, but there will be no ZOOM/teacher led classes.

The 2022-23 Professional Development dates: 

(Friday, October 14th NO School for students-NEOEA Day, already on district calendar)

  • Wednesday, October 26th
  • Friday, November 11th
  • Monday, December 12th
  • Friday, January 27th
  • Monday, February 13th
  • Friday, March 10th
  • Monday, April 24th
  • Friday, May 12th

*We will be following up with updates such as social media reminders, handouts,  all-calls and website updates.

Cardinal Local District’s Official Statement in regards to the High School Musical Resuming production


Cardinal Local District’s Official Statement in regards to the High School Musical

Musical 2023 District Statement

Parent Communication Survey:

Please take a few minutes to provide some feedback to our leadership.  As we move forward, we are trying to provide the best format of communication from the district to it’s families.  We would like to accommodate your preference of communication that best fits your needs.  We will share the results here after the Holiday break and begin implementing the feedback from you in the near future.  Thank you in advance for providing us your thoughts.

Click “HERE” to access the Parent Communication Survey


CHS YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE!           Click here to order yours today!


NEW!!!   Medication Guideline Changes:

Dear Parents/Guardians,
In order to more fully align our daily practices in the health offices with the current school board policy we are implementing a change to the medication policy.  Beginning on Monday, October 31, 2022, we will no longer be able to administer any medication to your student without a prescription.  This means that all medications, including over-the-counter medications, will require a prescription from a licensed physician before we are able to administer them.  Please remember that all medications must be brought in by a parent or guardian for legal and safety reasons.  Any medications previously dropped off must be picked up by an adult by Thursday, November 3, 2022.  A more detailed note about this change was sent home with students last week.  If you have any questions or need a copy of the note please contact the health staff at your student’s school.
Thank you,
Marie Roake, Cardinal Middle & High School Nurse
Danielle Krebs, Jordak Elementary Health Aide


Phase I of District’s Restroom/Concession Renovation Project update! Shout to Building & Grounds Director, Dave Krebs and community donor, Rothenbuhler Cheese!




NEW! Free/Reduced meal application now available here.


I loved meeting the entire Cardinal staff in one location this morning for our Opening Day Kickoff meeting.  I enjoyed the interaction and look forward to the school year with our outstanding staff.  I have provided the link to my presentation.  Go Huskies!

Mr. Cunningham

Copy of Cardinal Opening 2022

District Summer Update for August 10, 2022

Welcome Cardinal students and families to the final week of summer break!  I hope that you have had time to relax, enjoy your time off and are rejuvenated to return for the 2022-23 school year.  I am your new Superintendent, Jack Cunningham and I am excited to begin this chapter of my career here at Cardinal Local.  I look forward to meeting each of you throughout the beginning of the school year and I am anxious to get to know the community and traditions of both Cardinal Local and Middlefield!!

I wanted to communicate a few items today to make sure that everyone is aware of a couple of events or changes for the 2022-23 school year.

  1.  The district is no longer engaged in the “Early Release Wednesdays” each week.  Buildings will be on regular schedule all week when school is in session.  The district will add a monthly professional development day throughout the year where students will not attend school in the building but will have assignments/learning through Google Classroom and/or “blizzard bags” assignments.  The district will communicate those dates the first couple weeks of the school year.  Those PD days will not begin until the month of October.
  2.  Cardinal High School has now revamped the day schedule back to a traditional 7 period day and moved away from the “block” schedule from the past couple of years.  I am sure that there will be some transitions for both staff and students…Please don’t hesitate to communicate with our administration and staff along the way.
  3.   I hope that you are available to visit the “Back to School Bash” this Saturday from 11:00 to 2:00 at the HS stadium.  Please look over the attached flyer and contact your building or the Board office for questions.


Here are the most recent guidelines as issued by the Lake/Geauga health districts:

COVID School Guidance 08.08.22


OPEN ENROLLMENT: Open enrollment applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be available electronically beginning May 1, 2022. Open enrollment is for students who do not live in the Cardinal Local School District but would like to attend our schools for the upcoming school year. Applications will be available at the Board of Education Office located at 15982 E. High St.   |  DETAILS  |  APPLICATION

ENROLL NOW FOR 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR: Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will be held by appointment only. Students who live within the district may enroll for the upcoming school year at any time. Incoming Kindergarten students must be 5 on or before August 1, 2022 to enroll. Call 440-632-0261 x1000 to schedule.  Families who live outside the district and wish to open enroll may do so starting May 1 (see above).  | ENROLLMENT PACKET

2022-2023 ACTIVITIES SIGN UP: FINAL FORMSSign up now for athletics and activities for the 2022-2023 school year!  |  SIGN UP

SUBSTITUTES NEEDED: The District is looking to hire non-teaching substitutes for all positions (cafeteria cook & cashier, custodial, maintenance, paraprofessional, secretarial, transportation aides & drivers.) Apply at the BOE.  | DETAILS

DISTRICT WITHDRAWALS: Families who need to withdraw their students from the district may now submit their withdrawal form electronically. Please submit one form per student. Please note, if verification of enrollment into the new school is not received within 10 SCHOOL DAYS, the district is required to notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Geauga County Juvenile Judge. (Ohio Revised Code 3321.13(B)). To withdraw, select the building of attendance:  JESCMS |CHS

PANDEMIC ELECTRONIC BENEFITS TRANSFER (P-EBT) UPDATE: Ohio has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). Administered by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, the P-EBT program provides additional monetary assistance to households with children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures.  | FLYER

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