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NEW!  “Changes as We Grow”

Beginning on December 12 through December 15, 6th graders will participate in a co-ed 4-day program called “Changes as We Grow” as part of their Health curriculum. The program’s concentration is on preparing students for the emotional, social and physical changes they will experience as they begin adolescence. The program combines a review of the 5th grade maturation and reproduction unit and is the second year of a county wide, multi-year initiative that brings children age appropriate information about personal growth, relationships and abstinence.

We respect your choice, as a parent, to have your child participate or not participate in this program. If you would like your child to participate in the “Changes as We Grow” program, you do not need to do anything. If you do not want your child to participate in this program, please call the CMS office at 440.632.0261 ext. 4000 to let us know that you do not want your child to participate. If you get a voicemail, please leave a message letting us know of your wishes.

Parent letters will be sent home the week of November 28. The link for the Maturation Video for Changes as We Grow for 6th grade students is:  https://youtu.be/Bw1N06PKhu4  Always Changing and Growing Up – Co Ed Puberty Education.

NEW!  CMS Students of the Month

Congratulations to our Cardinal Middle School Students of the Month for OCTOBER:

  • Grade 5 — Mason K & Hailey B
  • Grade 6 — Mia M & Ian S
  • Grade 7 — Alyssa R & Kannon S
  • Grade 8 — Amber P & Delilah T

Specials thanks to our sponsors — East Geauga Kiwanis & Vinny’s Italian Kitchen.

Early Release Days for the 2022-2023 school year will be on Wednesday, October 19 and Wednesday, March 15. Dismissal for CMS will be 2 hours early at 12:20pm.

Professional Development Days 

The Cardinal Board of Education approved the following days for staff Professional Development. Students will be REMOTE on these days, with asynchronous learning. (Assignments will be in Google Classroom, no Zoom/teacher-led classes). Attendance will be taken based on completion of assignments. Updates will follow: social media reminders, handouts, all-calls and website updates.

  • Friday, October 14 (NEOEA Day – already on district calendar)
  • Wednesday, October 26
  • Friday, November 11
  • Monday, December 12
  • Friday, January 27
  • Monday, February 13
  • Friday, March 10
  • Monday, April 24
  • Friday, May 12

Note from the Nurse

Parents of 6th graders moving into 7th grade, the state of Ohio requires that the Tdap vaccine be administered on or after your student’s 10th birthday and a dose of Meningococcal (MCV4) be administered prior to entering the 7th grade.  These vaccines may be offered at your doctor’s office, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, or Wal-Mart.  The Geauga Health Department may be able to provide assistance if needed.
The school health staff is required to complete vision and hearing screenings on all new students and all students in the 5th and 7th grades, unless their parent declined the screenings.  These screenings should begin in the middle of October.  If you have concerns about your child’s vision or hearing and they are not in these grades, please contact me to discuss options.  I can be reached at 440-632-0261, ext 4005 or marie.roake@cardinalschools.org.  If your student fails a screening, a re-screening will be completed about a week after the first screening.  If they fail the re-screening a letter will be sent home explaining which screening was failed and why they failed it.  Please take the letter to a doctor and have it completed.  Please return completed forms to the Middle school or have it faxed to 440-632-0294.
Thank you.
Marie Roake, School Nurse

Tutoring Program ESC of the Western Reserve is offering free math & ELA tutoring for students in grades 5-12. The program runs October 25, 2022 – March 23, 2023 on Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-7:00pm (school days only). This program is open to ANY student in Geauga County. Program location is Berkshire Local Schools, 14155 Claridon-Troy Rd., Burton, OH 44021. Register by calling 734.657.0472. Click here for complete details.

We have a new INSTAGRAM account ~ find us by searching for:  cardinalmshuskies

Free/Reduced meal application now available here.

STUDENT WITHDRAWALS: Families who need to withdraw their student from school, may now submit their form electronically. Verification of enrollment into the new school must be provided within 10 SCHOOL DAYS.  |  WITHDRAW FROM CMS

FINAL FORMS: The district is now partnering with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service, for our athletic/activity participation information.   |  DETAILS

STUDENT FEES:  Student fees can be paid online through your IC Parent Portal account. Don’t have an account? Click here to sign up!

Infinite Campus: Mobile App District Code – LBTSFC

PHabLab Video

2016-17 PBIS Bronze Award

2017-18, 18-19, 19-20  PBIS Silver Award

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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

Come see our Cardinaires on Tuesday, December 13 and celebrate the holidays!!!

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


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.

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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