Back to Top The Royal Weekly – August 6, 2018 - Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

The Royal Weekly Newsletter

Your first Royal Weekly of the 2018-2019 school year is here! Published each Monday, this newsletter will provide the latest CVCA news, events, and announcements for both parents and students. As school is quickly approaching, there are plenty of important items to share, so please take a few minutes to read through today’s post.


Important Back-to-School Events

As we gear up for the start of school, there are several important meetings and events for both new and returning families. Please mark your calendars now and join us!
•  Middle School New Student/Parent Orientation: August 7, 6:30 p.m.
•  High School New Student/Parent Orientation: August 9, 6:30 p.m.
•  JumpStart (7th grade only): August 13-15
•  Assimilation Day for NEW students in grades 8-12 and ALL 8th and 9th graders: August 13
•  Ignition (6th grade only): August 14-15
•  First day of school for grades 8-12: August 14
•  No school for grades 6 and 7: August 16
•  First day of school for grades 6 and 7: August 17
•  Parent Back-to-School Night: August 23, 7:00 p.m.
•  New Family Tailgate: September 14


Class Schedules

Student class schedules are available on ParentsWebPlease note that we cannot change schedules for reasons that would be considered preferences, such as requesting a specific teacher or study hall period, or a lunch period change. For questions about schedules, please contact the appropriate grade level counselor:
•  Grade 9 – Mr. Kasiguran– [email protected]
•  Grade 10 – Mr. Tomich – [email protected]
•  Grade 11 – Mrs. Plum – [email protected]
•  Grade 12 – Mrs. Fridline – [email protected]
•  Middle school students may contact Mr. Kasiguran, Mr. Tomich, or Mrs. Plum


School Supplies

We are sure you are busy getting ready for the first days of school. To help you, the school supply lists for all grades are available HERE on the school website.


Summer Reading Lists

There is one more week to get your summer reading done! Please make sure you are all caught up by checking HERE for both middle school and high school summer assignments.


Student Parking Permits

All student drivers are required to register their car in the Main Office. Permits are available for $70. Vehicle registrations forms are available HERE on the CVCA website.


Student Drop-off and Pick-up Locations

• If students arrive before 7:30 a.m., all students should be dropped off at the main entrance in the front of the school. If a bus is there, please pull behind the bus to drop off your student(s).

• Between 7:30-7:50 a.m., students in grades 6, 7, and 8 should be dropped off at the rear entrance of the school. Students in grades 9 through 12 should be dropped off at the Chapel or Learning Commons entrances.

• During the school day (7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.) ALL students should be dropped off at the main entrance in front of the school.

• From 2:50-3:05 p.m. students in grades 6 through 8 should be picked at the rear entrance of the school. Students in grades 9 through 12 should be picked at the Chapel or Learning Commons entrances.

• After 3:05 p.m., ALL students should be picked up at the main entrance in the front of the school.


Lunch Accounts

CVCA uses PayForIt, a secure, web-based payment program to provide a convenient way for parents and students to participate in the lunch program. You will need to know your UDID number in order to access your account.  You can find your UDID and more information by visiting our Food Service web page.  PayForIt accounts may be created HERE


Chapel Attire Change

Please note that skirts for girls and dress shirts and ties for boys are now optional for Chapel days (Thursdays). They are still part of the Student Appearance Standards and may be worn on any day.


CVCA Parent Connection Coffees

Parents, please join us for one of our upcoming Parent Connection events. These “Coffees” are a great way to get to know other parents in your student(s) classes!
•  August 17 – Grades 9 and 10 Parent Connections Coffee – Student Lounge
•  August 24 – Grade 6 Parent Connections Coffee – Student Lounge
•  August 31 – Grades 7 and 8 Parent Connections Coffee – Student Lounge
•  September 7 – Grades 11 and 12 Parent Connections Coffee – Student Lounge


Fall Sports Parent Meetings

All fall sports athletes and at least one of his/her parents are required to attend a mandatory parent meeting.
•  High School: Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel
•  Middle School: Thursday, August 16  at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel


Please Welcome Our New Faculty and Staff to CVCA or to New Roles at CVCA!

Several of our returning faculty and staff members have taken on new roles for the 2018-2019 school year:

•  We are thrilled that Mrs. Jackie Mathews will be teaching a section of Speech and Debate this school year. Mrs. Mathews holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Michigan and a master’s in Administration from Central Michigan University.

•  Coach Dan Larlham will serve as the Learning Commons Director and teach several sections of Physical Education. Coach Larlham holds a bachelor’s in Mathematics from Baldwin Wallace University and a master’s degree in Physical Education from The University of Akron. He has been teaching in the math department for the past three years, serves as Head Football Coach, and passionately leads an annual mission trip during Jterm to Love and Hope Orphanage in El Salvador.

•  Mr. Scott Iannetta ’93 came to CVCA with a wealth of experience (17 years) at Valley Christian Academy as a highly valued middle school teacher and principal. He is a graduate of The University of Akron (BS) and Marygrove College (MA). Last year, Mr. Iannetta served as the Learning Commons Director and seventh grade lead teacher at CVCA, and was instrumental in helping create our new middle school program with the addition of 6th grade. Beginning this year, Mr. Iannetta will serve as our middle school principal.


Several new highly qualified faculty and staff members join us this year. We are blessed that God has brought each of them to CVCA:

•  Mrs. Tara Deetscreek joins the CVCA faculty as our new part-time middle school art teacher. She earned a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Deetscreek is both a studio artist and a tremendous educator who is passionate about Educating and Cultivating Servants for Christ. We are thrilled to have her join the team.

•  Miss Brianna Jones ’09 comes to CVCA from St. Patrick School in Kent to help build the new middle school program and will teach part-time in the 6th grade while also serving in other capacities. She graduated from Kent State University where she studied Middle Childhood Education while running both cross country and track. Miss Jones is a tremendous young educator who is humble, talented, and has a deep love for CVCA.

•  Mrs. Jessica Kirkwood is uniquely positioned to take over CVCA’s Graphic Design program as she has both professional design and educational experience. She comes to CVCA highly recommended and plans to continue to grow an already robust program. Mrs. Kirkwood is excited about the chance to impact the lives of students for Christ.

•  Ms. Emily Knapp holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science, as well as a master’s in Education. She will serve as a part-time Academic Success Coach in CVCA’s OASIS program. Ms. Knapp has extensive experience in education and has served as a school counselor. Her unique gifting and experience will be a wonderful addition to CVCA as she understands the importance of connecting with the Gospel of love, grace, and truth with adolescents.

•  Miss Kaitlin Mack has taught at Valley Christian Academy for the past five years. She earned a BA in Middle Level Education from Grove City College and is excited about making an impact in the lives of students. She is passionate about Christian education, and is a gifted educator. We are thankful for what Miss Mack will bring to the middle school team as she teaches 6th grade science and social studies.

•  Mrs. Beth Marosi has joined CVCA as the School of Arts and Humanities Community Liaison. She has a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a Master degree in Social Work Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She most recently worked as an adoption assessor for Spirit of Faith Adoptions and has worked in a variety of other social work areas over the course of her career. We are excited to have Mrs. Marosi join the new SOAH team.

•  Mrs. Kathleen Petno is a veteran teacher with 14 years of experience. She joins our faculty from Cornerstone Community School where she taught 6th grade for the past 11 years. With one daughter who graduated from CVCA and another currently attending, Mrs. Petno is deeply committed to Christian education. She studied education at Wittenberg University, however she is an avid Buckeyes fan.

•  Mr. Joel Rabe comes to CVCA with 14 years of experience as an educator at both Christian schools and most recently Hawken School in Gates Mills. He graduated from The University of Akron with both a BA and MA in Theoretical Mathematics. Mr. Rabe is an extremely talented educator and will teach high school math this coming year. Joel is married and has two young sons. We are thrilled to have him as part of our faculty.

•  As a 1989 CVCA graduate, Mrs. Heather Rios is not new to us. She has been faithfully committed to CVCA as all five of her children have either attended or graduated from the Academy. She has served in a number of different capacities here over the years as a summer school instructor and substitute teacher. She has also been involved in coaching (swimming and track) and leading on the Dominican Republic missions trip. Mrs. Rios studied at Wheaton College and Kent State University. It is our privilege to have her as part of the faculty as a physical education teacher.

•  Miss Natalie Silk ’13 has described how CVCA is the place God used to bring her to Christ at JumpStart. She is passionate about Christian education and will be teaching 8th grade science classes and will continue to coach middle school girls soccer. Miss Silk earned a degree in Chemistry at Grove City College, and we are confident that she will be a wonderful addition to the science department.

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