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Posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017
As the 2017-18 school year draws near, Independence Local Schools welcomes several new employees, as well as announces new roles for existing staff.

Roger Howard, director of curriculum and instruction, has left the district to become a consultant for Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County. “I cannot thank Roger enough for the wise and steady leadership he has provided our district,” said Superintendent Ben Hegedish, Independence Local Schools. “While his new position is an excellent opportunity for him and perfect for his strengths, he will be missed. We are fortunate to have Roger in our own backyard with his new role at the ESC though as he will be working with our administrative team regularly throughout the year as a consultant.”

Director of Technology Mike Pennington will keep his lead role in technology integration and will also be taking on many of Roger Howard’s duties with curriculum and instruction. Pennington’s official title will reflect these responsibilities as the district’s Director of Curriculum and Technology Integration. “Mike has consistently demonstrated the collaborative leadership and technical skills to continue with our strong foundation of academic excellence while helping us reach for innovative ways to engage students in our ever-changing world,” said Hegedish. “Mike has worked closely with Roger and will continue to do so as we transition as a district.”

To fill the administrative opening left by Howard’s departure, the Independence Local Schools has hired Tom Dreiling as Assistant Superintendent and he will oversee the business and operations of our district. Dreiling joins the district from the North Olmsted City Schools, where he has served for the past eight years as middle school principal. Dreiling has extensive background and a successful track record in facilities planning, instructional programming, and district operations. He received his Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education and Teaching from Ohio Northern University and his Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Akron. In addition to working for North Olmsted City Schools, he was a principal at Woodford Elementary in Barberton, an assistant principal, and began his career as a 3rd and 6th grade teacher.
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Posted Thursday, August 3, 2017
The Independence Blue Devils are hosting a summer soccer camp.  Camp runs August 7-10, 2017.  K through 4th grade is from 9-10am and 5-8th will be 10-11am.  Camp only costs $40 for the week.  Please see the attached flyer, CLICK HERE, or CLICK HERE to register. [...click for more]

Posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017
On Friday, May 26, the freshmen class at Independence High School participated in the 2nd Annual Health Fair. In the morning, students participated in listening to four different guest speaker sessions. Topics included stroke, lung and skin cancer, healthy eating, and drug awareness. Students also visited an adult-led health fair where they learned about driving distracted, drunk driving, blood pressure, organ donation, and the local strong style fitness gym. In the afternoon, students advocated for their health topic by teaching other Independence High School students what they learned through a presentation board and an educational activity. In all, more than 100 students and adults participated in this event.

Click here to watch highlights of the event.
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Posted Thursday, June 1, 2017
Help us better understand youth risk and protective behaviors in our community. Take part in the City of Independence's 25 & Alive Community Perception Survey and enter to win a Visa gift card.

To take the survey, you must be 18 years or older and live or work in Independence, Brecksville, Broadview Heights or North Royalton. Your participation is confidential and can help make a difference.

Independent researchers from the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education will be conducting this survey in Brecksville, Broadview Heights, North Royalton and Independence to evaluate and guide substance abuse prevention efforts. Each community’s results are confidential and will only be shared with that community.

Partnering organizations include the Community Awareness and Prevention Association, the Partnership for a Healthy North Royalton and the City of Independence's 25 & Alive.

Click here to take the survey Community Perception Survey. After you are finished, you will be directed to a separate link to register to win one of three $250 Visa Gift Card.
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Posted Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2017 Academic Top 10: Ben Artrip, Jesse Belitz, Anna Buczek, Kevin Clymer, Alec Coutris, Matt Halamek, Nathan Porochonski, Sabré Randall, Christian Seif, and Lauren Taras.
The annual Top 10 Dinner was held at the Civic Center on May 22. This dinner is presented each year by the Independence Board of Education. These students have reached the greatest heights of academic excellence, involvement in athletics and activities, and are have great character. We are proud of these students, as they have all played a part in making I.H.S. such a wonderful school.
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Posted Friday, May 26, 2017
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