West Geauga Schools Staff Report November 3, 2016.
In June 2016, the West Geauga Band Boosters presented a proposal to the West Geauga Board of Education. The Boosters asked for permission to raise funds to purchase an instrument trainer for the marching band.
Thanks to the generous contributions of the West Geauga community and the hard work of the Band Boosters, the result of that request became a reality and was shared with the board at its Oct. 24 meeting. West Geauga High School sophomore Greg Goden directed the interior work on the trailer as one of the requirements needed to become an Eagle Scout.
Cross Country Innovation
It’s always amazing when students take a project and turn it into something practical that benefits a larger audience. In pursuit of her Girl Scout Gold Award, Deanna Swinerton solved a major problem facing West Geauga’s cross country athletes.
Historically, there has not been a home cross country course for students to use. Students have had to run on roads to practice. The problem was very personal to her and something she wanted to address.
She met with Athletic Director Joe Leonette, Principal Jay Bishop and Superintendent Rich Markwardt to propose a plan to fix this problem. Her project led to the creation of a 3.1-mile cross country course. The development involved many steps that included the building of a bridge wide enough for a skid steer, graveling and mulching to level the course and cutting down some large and small trees to finish off the path.
Deanna is a shining star of the West Geauga Schools. She holds a 4.21 GPA and has enrolled in six AP courses and numerous honors level courses. She is also a member of the tennis and track teams. She hopes her project will benefit students and community members for many years.
Students Mean Business
In the entrepreneurship class at West Geauga High School, the students are learning the skills and the fundamentals needed to own a business. The entrepreneurship class is set up as a company; the students operate the school store, Cafe Achieve.
Cafe Achieve is a partnership between the entrepreneurship class and the Geauga Achieve class. Cafe Achieve was started by teacher Jessica Duncan for her Geauga Achieve students. The entrepreneurial students share running the store with the Geauga Achieve students during the school day. This partnership has led to creative freedoms and opportunities unique to the course.
The students are learning much more than accounting principles and money management. The entrepreneurs started the school year by campaigning for company officer positions that highlighted strengths for managing the Cafe Achieve and the class business. The entrepreneurs have created essential responsibilities and a structured system for the operation of the cafe and business.
Through hands-on tasks, each student has his/her own responsibility. The duties can vary between promotion, ordering, selling, inventory and finance. One of the more entertaining aspects of the company is creating commercials for the cafe. The advertisements are aired weekly on West G TV. After learning how to be team members and working with others, the students will be able to adapt in any environment and be successful.
President Cole Khas stated, ”My favorite part of working in Cafe Achieve is helping with the Geauga Achieve students to develop real-world skills. I like watching them grow as individuals and I can say that they have helped me grow as well.”
The goal of this class is to learn how to be a profitable business owner. As a class, the students would like to run a successful store and make a profit from their hard work. The students would like to use part of the profit to take an educational trip to Chicago. On the trip, the students would visit thriving pre-researched businesses to help deepen the drive to become successful entrepreneurs.