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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Back to School, Fall 2014 News: Crisp White Shirts, Teacher of the Year, and WKYC's Russ Mitchell

Seniors rejoice after winning the competition between grades to decide who best recites the creed
Exciting days! The school year has begun and Ginn Academy is now in full swing with so many great things going on. For example, take a look at this article about the Academy that was in the Washington Post on October 2nd.

Between classes, students walk in lines, always to the right

At the class of 2014 graduation ceremony, the inaugural Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Mr. Albert Coreno. The award was made possible by The Ratner Family Foundation in honor of Audrey Ratner and her lifelong dedication to education.

Mr. Coreno's children and wife, Karen, Mr. Coreno, Audrey Ratner, and Principal Nick Petty

Mr. Coreno was completely surprised when his name was called. His family had been secretly made aware of this honor and was in attendance to share in the joy.

Students meet every day after school in Mr Coreno's classroom. He provides math tutoring and enrichment for them.

Newspaper stories about The Ginn Academy fill Mr. Coreno's bulletin board
A few months later, and school is back in session with 350 students, the largest enrollment thus far since the Academy's inception in 2007.

On October 2nd, WKYC Channel 3 news anchor, Russ Mitchell, visited the school with his camera crew and producer to interview Coach Ginn for his 7 Minutes series. The program was held in the gym during the daily morning session so that the students could serve as audience and backdrop to the interview. Mr. Mitchell kindly entertained questions from the students and, no doubt, piqued their interest in journalism careers. You can find the interview on WKYC's website here.

WKYC news anchor, Russ Mitchell, interviewed Mr. Ginn for his 7 Minutes series

Russ Mitchell talks with the entire student body, answering questions and sharing his thoughts and anecdotes
The Ginn Academy is enjoying many interesting collaborations these days. We recently learned that one of the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion artists, photographer Dale Yudelman from South Africa, will be working with a group of Ginn Academy students on a street photography project. Dale is a tremendously talented photojournalist who has worked all over the world and we couldn't be more excited about this opportunity. The boys' work and Dale's will be exhibited at Waterloo Arts on November 7th, and we'll certainly post some of their work in our next update here.

Photographer Dale Yudelman, Ted Ginn Sr., and Amy Callahan of Waterloo Arts
In Ms. Herman's 10th grade biology class last week, the boys were making terrariums. They learned about the closed system, gathered their materials, including moss scraped from the vivarium floor, and went to work together.

Sophomores in Ms. Herman's biology class preparing their terrariums together




Last spring, the winners of the first Ginn Academy Shakespeare Competition were featured in this blog post, but the winner, Donte Levert, was not present that day. Here he is and he's ready to win again this year!

Donte Levert, Sophomore, winner of last spring's Shakespeare Competition
In closing, we'll include some photos from around the school that illustrate the scholarship, leadership, service, and joy that our students radiate. We are so proud of each and every one of them.




















Thank you for your continued interest in our school!

Kindest regards from everyone at Ginn Academy.

The Ginn Academy Alumni Association Commences

The Cleveland Mentors organization has helped us put together a platform to begin our alumni mentoring program to connect all of our Ginn family so that they can help each other. 2011 graduate, Nick Davis, has taken the lead on creating the organization. Please sign up on the new website right here.

Coach Ginn has long wanted to see graduates of Ginn Academy return to help him guide the next generation. "Mentoring to me is an everyday job," says Coach Ginn. The program will begin with current seniors each being assigned a Ginn graduate as a mentor. Eventually it will be expanded to the younger classes.

No matter where you live or go to school, any graduate of Ginn Academy can be a mentor. That's because mentors and mentees will communicate mainly via regular emails. Ginn Academy is partnering with the Cleveland Mentors organization, which matches up mentors and mentees on a software platform and facilitates an emailed conversation between the two parties twice a month. Again the website is www.GinnAlumni.com.



Glenville Tarblooders Act as Stand-Ins for the Cleveland Browns


Just before the Browns opened their season this year, they asked the Glenville Tarblooders football team to help them to test out their brand-new huge video screens at First Energy Stadium. The Browns organization, like every other NFL team, may face scrutiny from sports fans on a daily basis for their plays on the field, but they are absolutely beyond reproach when it comes to contributing to their community.






Though they certainly could've come up with an easier plan, the Browns transported 100 kids and a handful of coaches across the city to the stadium one Thursday evening and let them take over the field and pretend that they were an NFL team.

The boys got to fill the tunnels and run through the smoke onto the field, fists pumping, jumping three feet into the air. Pure joy for these energetic teenagers! Names of Browns players were announced to the huge echoing stadium as each one took his turn. Smiles and laughter everywhere.







Ever grateful for the Browns organization's generosity and kindness, we will remember this night for a long time. The boys and the adults had such fun! And if you haven't yet been to First Energy Stadium for a Browns game, you must see the new video screens! They're a gorgeous addition to the facility.

Go Browns, go 'Ville, and go Ginn Academy Dolphins!