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Mandatory Alternative Instruction Period in place until Friday, May 1 | Meal Service to Continue until May 1; No meals on 4/10 or 4/13 | Apr. 6: Teacher Work Day, No School for Students | Apr. 7: Mandatory Alternative Instruction Period Resumes | Apr. 8: BOE Meeting, 5:00 p.m. via Zoom | Apr. 10: No School - Good Friday | Apr. 13: No School - Teacher Comp Day | Apr. 14: Mandatory Alternative Learning Period resumes | All after school events/activities/sports are cancelled/postponed until further notice | All district buildings are closed with the exception of JES to pick up meals from 8:30-10:30 a.m. M-F and the BOE which is open from 8-12 with limited staffing.





UPDATED 4/3/20: All current 5th, 6th and 7th grade students received an email earlier this week from Ms. Dalby with a Google form to request their preferred specials courses for next year. Parents should talk with their students about which courses to request since, for instance, band requires you to provide your own instrument. Once the form is submitted, students are automatically emailed a copy of their request. Parents can check their kids’ email to see what they requested, then click the “edit response” button in the email if you want to change the request. All final requests are due Monday, April 6th.


UPDATED 4/2/20: The 6th Grade Cedar Point trip and 8th Grade Gettysburg trip are both canceled due to the current COVID-19 situation. For those who paid deposits for either trip, refunds will be available when the buildings open back up; please be patient as this could still be several more weeks. Also note, deposit money will be used to first pay any outstanding school fees and what’s left will then be refunded.


UPDATED 3/31/20:

For those students who received blizzard bags to complete work during the mandatory alternative instruction period, you have two options for turning in your assignments:

  • Option #1: use your phone to take a clear picture of the completed assignment, and then email that assignment to your teacher.
  • Option #2:  drop off your blizzard bag assignment at CMS on Monday, April 6; Tuesday, April 7; or Wednesday, April 8. A container will be placed outside the main door of the building for you to drop off your completed assignments. Any assignments turned in at the school will then be quarantined for at least a week before teachers will be able to look at them.

Teachers will be preparing the next round of blizzard bags on Monday, April 6. (As a reminder, there is no school for students this day.) The new blizzard bags will then be dropped off by our transportation department during their meal delivery on Tuesday, April 7. Any further information regarding blizzard bags will be sent out in a future all call. As a reminder, blizzard bags are only made up for those students who do not have internet access at home. Those who are doing online learning with Chromebooks should continue to complete work electronically and check your emails for new assignments coming in the future.


UPDATED 3/19/20 – 4:30 p.m.:

Attendance and work completion is important even though we are not attending classes in the school building. Many students are doing an unbelievable job of participating in their education. There are some of you who still need to log on to Google classroom, IXL, or other platforms. You need to do this tonight (3/19) or tomorrow (3/20) if you have not already done so to make sure that you do not fall too far behind. Teachers have begun to update grades in Infinite Campus as well, so parents you can check in there like normal.

Remember, these are grades for the 4th grading period, and are especially important for anyone planning to participate in extracurricular activities in the fall. Eligibility is based on 4th grading period grades.

If you are having problems understanding a lesson or assignment, please contact your teacher directly. They are working and are available to help. Also this allows them to know you are attending even if an assignment is not turned in.

If you are having Chromebook issues, please contact Mr. Spence @ Shaun.spence@cardinalschools.org.

If you are participating in the school meal delivery program, please make sure you leave a box or cooler outside your door so that the food can be dropped off safely. Reminder that there is no food delivery during spring break next week. If you need meal assistance, please consider one of these options.



CMS plans to utilize the following methods to provide instruction during the mandatory closure (updated 3/16/20):

  • Teachers will begin sending out assignments on Tuesday, March 17. Students should be checking their emails on a daily basis for their assignments.
  • Most students will receive instruction from their regular classroom teachers on a daily basis via Google Classroom, IXL, Khan Academy, or other online platforms with which they are already familiar. Students should check their school email on a daily basis to receive their assignments and when those assignments are due. Assignments will be submitted electronically, and teachers will be updating infinite campus during this time.
  • If you need a chromebook during this alternative education period, please return the signed 1:1 Chromebook Contract to school between 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16 or 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. Please contact Mr. Cardinal at andy.cardinal@cardinalschools.org if you are unable to come during either time frame. After March 17 – the CMS building will be closed until further notice.
  • Students without internet access were sent home with paper packets on Friday. 6th grade social studies and science students were also sent home with paper packets. All paper packets are due on April 7, when students return to school. If your child did not bring home a paper packet and needs one, you may pick up copies in the CMS office during the times already mentioned. 
  • Completing these assignments is important for 4th grading period grades, eligibility for next fall’s activities like sports and marching band, and also for counting school attendance.
  • Exceptional students and students with disabilities will be provided supports.  District staff has been working to be sure we provide these students what is needed to continue their education while away from the traditional school building. Teachers and related service providers (OT, SLP, social workers, interventionists) have worked closely to be sure that students are receiving opportunities for support while not within the buildings. If you have any questions about services, please contact Pupil Services Director, Dr. Jennifer Sabol at 330-807-8626 or jennifer.sabol@cardinalschools.org.
  • If your child is having difficulty coping with current events, Ms. Dalby, the school counselor is putting together information and resources on the CMS School Counselor’s webpage. In case of a mental health emergency, call 9-1-1- or go to the nearest emergency room. For less urgent matters, contact your current mental health provider or call the Geauga Cope Line at 440-285-5665. If you have been receiving services with the School Social Worker, Mrs. Drenik, or the TBS, Marci Samblero, you can contact them directly. Their contact information is on the School Counselor’s webpage. Ms. Dalby will also be available for consultation via email at anne.dalby@cardinalschools.org, Google chat, and phone on a limited basis.

SEMESTER AWARDSCongratulations to all of our scholars who were recognized for academic, athletic, and Huskie Pride achievements in the first semester!  |   AWARD WINNERS

HUSKIE PANTRY: Help us fill our Huskie Pantry! Donation bins are available in all school offices and the BOE. Bins will also be out at all school-sponsored events.  |  HUSKIE PANTRY

IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION: All immunization records were due by Friday, September 20, 2019. 7th grade students must have a TDAP and meningococcal vaccination and 12th graders must have a second meningococcal booster. The Geauga County Health Department offers clinics in Middlefield and surrounding areas for those who may need it.  | Immunization Summary

FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM:  Cardinal Local Schools knows that a healthy meal helps fuel students for better learning opportunities.  Applications for Free/Reduced meals may be completed at any time throughout the school year.  A new application is required every year.  Please direct your application request to the CMS office at 440/632-0261 ext. 4001  Mrs. Tally Hostetler.

Income Eligibility Guidelines 2019-2020

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

Parents’ Guide to Student Success:  5th Grade  |  6th Grade  |  7th Grade  |  8th Grade

PBIS AWARD WINNER: Cardinal Middle School has received a Silver Award from the state for its positive behavior implementation during the 2018-19 school year!

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

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2016-17 PBIS Bronze Award

2017-18, 18-19  PBIS Silver Award

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** Additional Meal Options** 

** Student Work Permit Information **

** At Home School Success Tips **  |  ** Mental Health Resources**  |  **Tech Disinfecting Tips**

** Coronavirus Prevention Tips **   |   **Hand Washing Tips**  |  **Lavado de Manos**

** Cold vs. Allergies vs. Flu vs. Coronavirus ** |  ** Informational Signs **

**Information regarding COVID-19**   |  **En Espanol**

** CMS Under Consideration for Use as Satellite Hospital Site for UH **

4/8/20 BOE MEETING UPDATE: The Cardinal Board of Education meeting on April 8, 2020 will begin at 5:00 p.m. with an Executive Session for the purpose of consideration of the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee, or official. The regular meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. Should the executive session go beyond 6:00 p.m., the meeting will start as soon as the Executive Session is over. In order to comply with the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order, this meeting will be held via Zoom. A link to join the meeting can be found here: https://zoom.us/j/307627292 ZOOM Meeting Id # 307627292  |  AGENDA


Blizzard Bag/Take Home Packet turn in information:  JES  |  CMS  |  CHS

4/3/20 UPDATE: The district WILL continue to provide meals to families during the extended mandatory alternative instruction period that now runs until Friday, May 1. If you are already signed up for meals you will continue to receive them as you have been. If you need to sign up or make changes to your current meal delivery/pick up, you can do so here, by emailing meals@cardinalschools.org, or by calling 440-632-0261 x2004. As a reminder meals are delivered along bus routes beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. We ask that you please leave a bin or cooler outside your door for our staff to place the meals in. The meals need to be consumed or refrigerated immediately. Meals can also be picked up between 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at JES. There will be NO meals provided on Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13 as these were already scheduled off days for the district. If you are in need of meals on these days please click the link above for additional meal options.


3/31/20 UPDATE: For those who may need to make payments on various fees, please pay online through the parent portal, or send in your payment by mail. Make checks payable to “Cardinal Local Schools” and mail payments to:
Cardinal Local Schools
PO Box 188
Middlefield, OH 44062

Please be sure to specify the student’s name and what the payment is for when sending it in. This will ensure we get the money to the proper account.  We are still working on making a determination about fees that have already been paid for spring sports. At this time, there has been no official cancellation of spring sports by the OHSAA.  Thanks for your assistance and your patience!

Blizzard Bag updates:  JES  |  CMS  |  CHS   (updated with an active link once information has been provided.)


3/30/20 UPDATE: Governor Mike DeWine extends the mandatory alternative instruction period until Friday, May 1. Students have assignments through Friday, April 3 and should continue to work on them and turn them in as they have been doing already. The district will have their previously planned teacher in service day on Monday, April 6 – there will be no student instruction that day. Alternative learning will resume for students on Tuesday, April 7. Additional information on what this looks like will be communicated out to families later this week by building Principals. There will also be information on how to turn in current work and pick up new work for those who are utilizing the blizzard bags. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide education plans for the month of April.


SPRING MUSICAL: The CHS Spring Musical, “The Addams Family” has been postponed until further notice.

ENROLL IN THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY: State officials are teaming up with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to provide every child from birth up to age five a new book each month.  |  DETAILS  |    ENROLL

HURDLE SPONSORS NEEDED: Support Cardinal Track & Field by sponsoring a hurdle!  | DETAILS

CENSUS WORKERS NEEDED: Earn up to $17.00/hour by becoming a Census Taker! (Must be 18 years of age or older to apply.)  |  DETAILS

IMMUNIZATION CLINICS: The Geauga Public Health Department will be hosting several immunization clinics from now until June!  |  DETAILS

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

HUSKIE PANTRY: Help us fill our Huskie Pantry! Donation bins are available in all school offices and the BOE. Bins will also be out at all school-sponsored events.  |  HUSKIE PANTRY

CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT: Doe v. Ohio Department of Education Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement


CARDINAL CCP: Discover more about our College Credit Plus (CCP) classes being taught right here at Cardinal High School by Cardinal teachers! Thanks to our advanced communications students for putting this together!  |  WATCH!

AWARD WINNERS:  Congratulations to JES, CMS and CHS – Gold, Silver, and Bronze PBIS Award Winners for the 2018-19 school year! The district as a whole was also recognized as one of just five in the region to implement PBIS across all buildings!

FAMILY PASS: Purchase your Huskie Pride Family Pass today!  |  BUY NOW

CHS BRONZE RANKING: Cardinal High School has earned a National Ranking of Bronze from the U.S. News & World Report in the Best High Schools rankings.  | READ MORE  |  RANKING

RUMOR HAS IT: We all know how quickly rumors can spread and grow – have you heard something about the Cardinal Local School District that you’d like more information about? Share it with us!  |  READ MORE

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