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FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT, FRIDAY 1/13, 10:00 a.m.

 News  tiabrown  09-Jan-2017 01:50  0  275 reads

FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT, FRIDAY 1/13, 10:00 a.m., CPS Closed on Friday Jan. 13th. 

On Friday, January 13, there will be a free community concert presented by the MusicNOW festival at Memorial Hall on Elm Street next to Music Hall. An electronic flyer is below this message and also attached. 

The concert will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. It's for everyone. Preference will be given to young people 18 and under and adults who accompany them. It is in the morning, because Festival performers are working at the Aronoff Center and the Taft Theater in the evenings. Cincinnati public schools are closed that day. 

Please see flyer below.

West End Community Council Minutes Dec 2016

 News  tiabrown  06-Jan-2017 19:50  0  196 reads

Attached are West End Community Council minutes from the December 20th meeting.

The next West End Community Council meeting on January 17, 2017.

WECC Executive Board minutes Dec 2016

 News  tiabrown  19-Dec-2016 03:30  0  249 reads

City Planning Commission to address the St. Vincent de Paul ...

 News  tiabrown  14-Dec-2016 07:30  0  551 reads

City Planning Commission to address the St. Vincent de Paul Expansion plan Friday, Dec. 16th at 9am.

West End Community Council Minutes Nov 2016

 News  tiabrown  14-Dec-2016 07:20  0  236 reads

2016 "Hour of Code": Cincinnati Regional Kick-off ...

 News  mbeck  29-Nov-2016 05:50  0  422 reads
2016 "Hour of Code": Cincinnati Regional Kick-off @ Taft IT High School

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our entire community is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The HOUR OF CODE, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 136 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

The event will take place on:

Monday, Dec. 5th, 2016, 6pm-9pm
Taft Information Technology High School
420 Ezzard Charles Dr, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214

The goal is to to bring together organizations, companies, teachers, as well as children from local schools and their parents, to make them aware of IT opportunities in the global world, and to promote IT Education in Cincinnati.

We'll also have a kids competition (elementary school level) for the fastest expert in Code.org's Frozen, with the winner receiving a gift cards. 

Complimentary food and refreshments will be provided.

Young, Not Silent Youth Summit occurring on Saturday, Nov. 12

 News  tiabrown  05-Nov-2016 07:00  0  1092 reads
Young, Not Silent Youth Summit occurring on Saturday, Nov. 12

West End Community Council Minutes Oct 2016

 News  tiabrown  01-Nov-2016 10:20  0  526 reads
West End Community Council Minutes Oct 2016

West End Community Council minutes from the meeting on October 18th

YMCA Community Day (10/29/16)

 News  tiabrown  24-Oct-2016 21:00  0  331 reads
YMCA Community Day (10/29/16)

Carl H Lindner YMCA

Community Day

10/29/16

10a - 2p

WECC Executive Board minutes Oct 2016

 News  tiabrown  18-Oct-2016 12:00  0  439 reads

Cincinnati Works/ CMHA Job Fair‏‎ (10/19/16)

 News  tiabrown  05-Oct-2016 07:00  0  801 reads

Cincinnati Works is hosting a Job Fair in collaboration with the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Ribbon Cutting @ Hays-Porter "High-Tech" ...

 News  mbeck  17-Aug-2016 21:50  0  909 reads
Ribbon Cutting @ Hays-Porter "High-Tech" Elementary (Aug. 17, 2016)

What a wondeful and exciting day for West End! Two years in making, today our dream of having a high-tech elementary school in West End Cincinnati as a feeder to Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School and creating an "IT Education Hub" here, has become a reality!

Hays-Porter became Ohio's first "High Tech Elementary School" as part of CPS Vision 2020 initiative!!!

But as with every celebration of success, we can never forget the people who helped us to get here. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village and a lot of teamwork to implement a vision like this in only two years! So a big THANK YOU goes to:

- first and most of all, to the Hays-Porter School Principal, Ms. McClain, for believing in our vision, and for being willing to take the risk with us

- CPS Leadership for giving us the green light and including us in the Vision 2020 program: Mary A. Ronan, Catherine Laura Mitchell, Sarah Trimble-Oliver, and the Board of Education for their support: Ericka DansbyMelanie BatesEve BoltonElisa HoffmanCarolyn JonesDaniel MineraChris Nelms

- Dr. Hazem Said from School of Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati for helping in creating this vision of IT Pipeline and IT Education Hub, and Ms. Bekah Michael for supporting it

- Robert A. Taft Information Technology High SchoolMichael TurnerCelietta BeamonMonica Keenon, Mr. Woodly, Greg Jones

West End Community Council for donating Robots and supporting this vision

Families Forward, for giving us the opportunity to teach the kids coding and robotics in the After-school program, especially Ms. Deborah Allsop, Richara RichardsonVictoria MatchettGriffith Keir,

- all the wonderful teachers, staff and supporters of Hays-Porter Elementary School, for extending the welcoming hand to us: Evelyn Whittaker, Carolyn ToneyAngela Jackson,Lora WardMary FlaggAgreta MasonSandra StanleyNancy JohnsonPatricia Stewart Adams, Felicia Barron, and many, many others

- our elected politicians who supported this vision: Yvette Simpson and P.G. Sittenfeld

- finally, a very special thanks to Mr. V. Anthony Simms-Howell, OCHLA Commissioner, and his wife Julieta (a teacher at Taft IT High School) for their tireless support for kids education in our city!

THANK YOU ALL!!!!

As you can see, when we work together, when we support each other, miracles do happen!!!

But this is only the beginning!

With Hays-Porter being now the High-Tech Elementary School, with Taft being the Information Technology High School, we have created Ohio's first ever IT Education Hub in West End, where our students have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for the high-paying jobs of tomorrow, and be able to make $80-$120,000 a year as a computer engineer, robotics expert or programmer.  

We would like to invite all West End residents to get engaged and help us to push the envelope even further. With your help and support, let’s make West End the Silicon Valley of Cincinnati, with high-tech companies moving to West End, eager to take advantage of our highly educated youth and their high-tech expertise, or our students becoming the next Steve Jobs by founding their own start-up companies. With our  IT Education Hub being now a reality, no neighborhood in Cincinnati is better equipped to accomplish that than West End!

Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School welcomes ...

 News  mbeck  17-Aug-2016 20:40  0  883 reads
Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School welcomes new students!

On Tuesday, August 16, Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School welcomed new students to on Open House. Student and parents participtaed in an orientation program, where teachers and coaches informed them about different academic and sport opportunities, as well as about transportaion, opening and closing hours, and veriaty of extra-curriculum activities.

External agencies had tables to inform about their services, e.g. if students ever run into substance abuse problems. 

Garry Horton from Leadership Scholars presented to the parents the upcoming "Parent Academy" which will start on October 4th.

This seven-week comprehensive program is designed to empower parents, or any significant adult in a child’s life, with proven strategies and tools to support strong academic, social & emotional development of their children. With the ultimate goal of helping their children attend and graduate college, it offers methods to lend support at home, in the classroom, and for parents to better interact with their child’s school. 

For information, please visit http://leadershipscholars.org/parent-academy/  

West End Cincinnati Parents can sign up here:
http://leadershipscholars.org/sign-up

Hays-Porter High-Tech Elementary School featured in CPS ...

 News  mbeck  14-Aug-2016 17:10  0  1145 reads
Hays-Porter High-Tech Elementary School featured in CPS Vision 2020 Video

The Hays-Porter High-Tech Elementary School is featured in CPS Vision 2020 Video

As part of Vision 2020, a three-year plan to improve neighborhood schools, CPS is adding exciting new programs at 7 schools during the 2016-17 school year.

And Hays-Porter Elementary School has been selected to be one of them, becoming Ohio's first "High-Tech Elementary School" 

The elementary neighborhood school program focuses include:

  • arts and culture
  • environmental science
  • student enterprise
  • high-technology (Hays-Porter)
  • gifted, gender-based
  • dual language and
  • Montessori

West End is extremely proud of having one of the selected schools for the CPS Vision 2020 program! It's just another proof that CPS believes in our neighborhood, and that we can become the role model for other schools and neighborhoods!

Hays-Porter High-Tech Elementary School and the Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School, working together, are making the vision of West End as the "IT Education Hub" a reality! 

@‎IamCPS #‎IamCPS‬ ‪#‎CPSandME‬ ‪#‎education‬ ‪#‎cincinnati‬ ‪#‎technology‬

West End Cincinnati kids learning robotics @ Taft IT High ...

 News  mbeck  12-Aug-2016 00:40  0  875 reads
West End Cincinnati kids learning robotics @ Taft IT High School (August 11-12, 2016)

West End Cincinnati kids learning robotics, coached by SHPE Cincinnati as part of the "Summer of STEM"

Thank you Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School and the Principal Mr. Michael Turner for hosting this event! We very much appreciate it! And thank you Mr. Woodly, and Ms. Keenon for being there for us! 

Special "Thank you" to Mr. Ralph Jones for his wonderful support at all our events in the school! You're a true example of reliability, friendliness, and willingness to go the extra mile!

It was great to students from George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary, attending this event! The school, becoming this year Ohio's first "High-Tech Elementary School", will have a huge impact on making West End the "IT Education Hub

 

West End Education Alliance Welcomes Leadership Scholars to ...

 News  mbeck  11-Aug-2016 23:20  0  514 reads
West End Education Alliance Welcomes Leadership Scholars to West End

At the first meeting of the West End Education Alliance in February, we've agreed to focus our efforts on reaching out to parents in West End in order to to engage them in education of their children.

After we've heard many wonderful stories about the impact Leadership Scholars program has on parents and students participating in the programs, incl. West End's St. Joseph's Catholic School, we have invited to our May meeting the founder, Dr. Patricia White, and Mr. Garry Horton, Director of Exteral Relationships, to meet with us and explore possibilities for a neighborhood-wide program for West End parents. 

We are very happy to announce that this fantastic program, the Leadership Scholars Parent Academy, will be coming to West End in the Fall, starting October 4th, and we would like to invite all West End parents to consider participation. 

This seven-week comprehensive program is designed to empower parents, or any significant adult in a child’s life, with proven strategies and tools to support strong academic, social & emotional development of their children. With the ultimate goal of helping their children attend and graduate college, it offers methods to lend support at home, in the classroom, and for parents to better interact with their child’s school. 

West End parents can register here on-line: http://leadershipscholars.org/sign-up

More info about the program:

Agents of Change

Local 12

Cincinnati Herald

WLWT

Taft School Based Health Center Grand Opening (August 9, ...

 News  mbeck  11-Aug-2016 02:20  0  725 reads
Taft School Based Health Center Grand Opening (August 9, 2016)

Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School has opened today a beautful School Based Health Center!

The center will be fully staffed with a nurse practitioner, a school nurse and a case work associate. The SBHC will provide care such as immunizations, physicals, sick visits and case management. This is a great thing to be happening for Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School and the whole West End CincinnatiCommunity. 

We thank each and everyone who was part of it and made it happen, especially the Interact for HealthCincinnati Health Department and Cincinnati Public Schools leaders!

It is yet another example how West End Cincinnati is rising up by working together and how things like this bring hope and inspiration to the whole community!!

West End accepting the #OneBagOfTrash Challenge (August ...

 News  mbeck  11-Aug-2016 02:10  0  528 reads
West End accepting the #OneBagOfTrash Challenge (August 7,2016)

Cincinnati's Council member Christopher Smitherman issued the‪#‎OneBagOfTrash‬ challenge (see: http://goo.gl/YfPCIe) and West End Cincinnati gladly accepted it! 

In just 45 minutes we collected 7 bags of trash!  

As members of our crew we had Cincinnati's Council woman Yvette Simpson, as well as two members of the West End Community Council, incl. the President, Mr. Keith Blake, and Michael Beck. 

And we challenge Cincinnati's other Community Councils to do the same!

Keeping our neighborhood beautiful, as well as the whole Cincinnati, is very important! Please join us. See more info here

Farewell to Wendy Yip and Santa Ono (July 22, 2016)

 News  mbeck  04-Aug-2016 14:20  0  740 reads
Farewell to Wendy Yip and Santa Ono (July 22, 2016)

On July 22nd, the West End community said Farewell to two wonderful friends of the West End: Wendy Yip and her husband, former UC President, Santa Ono. who were moving to Vancouver, Canada, where Santa Ono was named president of the University of British Columbia.  

They have been wonderful friends to our communty, with Wendy serving on the board of Seven Hills Neighborhood House, and helping with a huge turn-around challenge there, and Santa reading books to kids at Hays-Porter, supporting Taft students at Tech-Olympics, and donating $25,000 to the West End.

While we wish them all the best in Vancouver, we'll miss them dearly! 

Wendy Yip Wendy Yip & Santa Ono Farewell Wendy Yip and Santa Ono Farewell

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Sonny Kim Martial Arts Tribute (June 18,2016)

 News  mbeck  04-Aug-2016 14:10  0  818 reads
Sonny Kim Martial Arts Tribute (June 18,2016)

On June 18,2016, West End community hosted the 1st Annual Sonny Kim Martial Arts Showcase.

It has been created to:

a) honor Officer Sonny Kim's memory, a 6th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, and ensure that he is not forgotten
b) use it as a platform for raising awareness against violence 
c) reach out to and engage in a positive way underprivileged youth
d) strengthen community and law enforcement relationships

The event is a non-profit event, with ALL proceeds going to martial arts scholarships for underprivileged kids in Officer Sonny Kim's name. There will be a special committee of several Black Belt martial artists from Cincinnati that would manage the scholarship.

The Honorary Chair of the 2016 Sonny Kim Martial Arts Tournament was Herb Perez, the 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist in Taekwondo:

This event was a Showcase of various Martial Arts styles to make the audience more familiar with them, and to inspire youth to start training in one of them as a way to learn self-discipline, teamwork, goal setting, and self-confidence. 

We'll also had the famous Q-KIDZ to showcase their play about Anti-Violence.

We would like to thank the martial artists who participated, and all the youth and families with young children who came to celebrate martial arts and the life of Sonny Kim!

We have to stop this senseless violence! 

Please join us next year, June 17, 2017


  

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