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CLINE PARTNERS WITH LOWE’S TO IMPROVE FRONT ENTRANCE AREA

CLINE PARTNERS WITH LOWE’S TO IMPROVE FRONT ENTRANCE AREA August 12
Cline students will open their 2014-15 school year passing by a refurbished front entrance area, thanks to a $4,200 grant from Lowe’s. Cline PTO parent Dina Sykora worked with the home improvement company to create a space that includes trees, plants, and boulders, and that offers a learning place for students as well as a welcoming invitation to visitors. Read More

School of Rock!

School of Rock! May 27
Members of the Cline Elementary guitar club, “The School of Rock”, performed for the residents at St. Leonard’s on Friday May 23rd. The club is directed Cline music teacher, Mr. Bill Burns. Read More

Cline Cougar Chorus Performance

Cline Cougar Chorus Performance May 15
On Wednesday May 14th, members of the Cline Cougar Chorus performed the "Star Spangled Banner" at Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton following a 60 minute rain delay. Congratulations to the students on an exceptional performance! Read More

Gyotaku!

Gyotaku! May 1
A few months ago, Mrs. George’s second grade class took notice of our Cline aquarium. Upon close observation, they realized the fish in the tank didn’t match the fish that were listed on the bulletin board. For weeks, they researched these fish and discovered SO MANY new things about the African Cichlid! Did you know they have egg spots??? Neither did we! Did you know they mouth brood??? Neither did we! Did you know they can only be found in two lakes in the world??? Neither did we! EVERYONE involved, both students and adults, learned a lot during the course of their research project! Many of those facts can now be seen displayed around the fish tank across from the art studio. While our installation is not quite complete, we’re in the finishing stages! As a special surprise, Mrs. George and I decided to let the kids participate in a VERY special art project: Gyotaku (gee-oh-tah-koo)… literally defined as “fish impressions.” This form of art developed in the 1800′s on Japanese shipping vessels. Since the art form we know as photography did not yet exist, these prints served as a way for fishermen to record and document their catches! Thanks to a generous donation from our local family owned fish market, Foremost Seafood, we were able to give the students the experience of creating prints from actual fish!!! For our activity, we used a striped Bass and several Croakers! First the fish were washed and dried. Then we prepared them but fanning out and pinning their fins in place so we could see them. Once our fish were prepped, we learned how to make a print. We chose colors and then began painting our fish! After the fish were painted, we carefully laid a thin piece of white paper on top of the fish and gently rubbed the fish body (making sure to get all the fins, mouth and sides) to transfer all the paint to our paper! This was the first time any of us have made a fish print (including Mrs. Carlson and Mrs. George), so the resulting prints were VERY exciting! Read More

Ohio Music Education Association District XII Elementary Honor Choir

Ohio Music Education Association District XII Elementary Honor Choir April 28
On April 27th, Cline Elementary hosted the Ohio Music Education Association District XII Elementary Honor Choir under the direction of Beverly Sheridan. Over 100 students were represented from Centerville, Beavercreek, Kettering, Clark-Shawnee, and Northeastern districts.  Read More

CLINE 3RD GRADERS WORK WITH GLASS, COURTESY OF EDUCATION FOUNDATION

CLINE 3RD GRADERS WORK WITH GLASS, COURTESY OF EDUCATION FOUNDATION April 18
Cline Art Teacher Cyrissa Carlson is advising 3rd graders about making glass art with glass pieces and supplies purchased with funds donated by the Centerville Education Foundation’s Classroom Project Teacher Grants. Titled “Glass in the Class!” the project consisted of students selecting different colors and shapes of glass, gluing the pieces together, and having Mrs. Carlson fuse the pieces together in the kiln. Read More

Re-Sign for Cline

March 20
Mark your calendars for APRIL 1st!! It’s time to re-sign for Cline! Our easiest fundraiser needs 150 members this year to ensure we raise the funds needed for technology and educational programs! We heard your requests to eliminate the Entertainment Book sales but to do so, we need our Cline families and extended families in the Cincinnati/Dayton area to RE-SIGN FOR CLINE! Select our Kroger Community Rewards #83535 April 1-30th and you will immediately start supporting Cline PTO programs! Details instructions for enrollment are below if you need them! Read More

“WHAT IS JAZZ” PERFORMED BY CLINE 4TH GRADERS AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE

“WHAT IS JAZZ” PERFORMED BY CLINE 4TH GRADERS AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE March 10
Cline 4th graders under the direction of music teacher Bill Burns performed "What is Jazz" for fellow students and staff in their school’s auditorium. The program consisted of original songs reflecting the giants of jazz and its connection to African-American Spirituals, the Blues, and Classical music. The rhythm section included Cline alumni Kieran Cronley on Bass, Nate Benedict on Guitar, Andy Kata on piano, and Tim Weigand on drum-set. Read More

CLINE HOLDS ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC OLYMPIC GAMES

CLINE HOLDS ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC OLYMPIC GAMES March 5
Third grade students from Cline participated in their own “Olympic Games” as they completed in academic and athletic events vying for gold, silver and bronze medals. Scores where totaled for the two week event and the grand champions were announced during the closing ceremony. Congratulations to Ethan Hume and Gage Kennedy who tied for gold, Carly Biederman won silver and Emable Wakilongo won bronze. Read More

Literacy Night!

Literacy Night! January 29
Cline’s 4th Annual Read More

"Cline Chorus Visits Bethany Village and Downtown Centerville"

December 8
On November 20th, the Cline Cougar Chorus, under the direction of Mr. Bill Burns performed for the residents at Bethany Lutheran Village in Centerville. This is the second year the group has been invited to entertain the residents. Later that week, the Chorus performed at the Centerville United Methodist Church on November 24th as part of the Hometown Holiday Walk. The chorus will present its winter concert on December 19th at Cline Elementary at 7:00 PM. Read More

CLINE PRESENTS "BROADWAY SALUTES OUR VETERANS"

CLINE PRESENTS December 4
Prior to Thanksgiving Cline students presented an all-school revue to celebrate Grandparents Day/Veterans Day. Written by Cline Music teacher Bill Burns musical numbers included tributes to every branch of the military and songs from hit musicals Annie, The Sound of Music, Yankee Doodle Dandy, An American in Paris, and The Wizard of Oz. Between grade level performances, the "Cline Combo," comprised of Burns’ musical friends, entertained some 600 school guests with the sounds of Glenn Miller. Read More

CLINE STUDENTS GIVE MONEY RAISED TO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

CLINE STUDENTS GIVE MONEY RAISED TO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL November 11
The students in Julie Omondi’s class at Cline Elementary made caramel apples and packaged popcorn to sell to second grade classrooms, raising $103 to be given to Children’s Hospital. Pictured is Children’s Hospital representative Bethany Deines listening to Michael Gordnier, Ray Kenney, Asher Rozakis, Shahidah Shipp, Esperance Wakilongo, and Ahad Khan. Read More

CLINE PTO’S BOOK FAIR HOPING TO INFLUENCE YOUNG READERS

CLINE PTO’S BOOK FAIR HOPING TO INFLUENCE YOUNG READERS November 5
Cline Elementary School’s Book Fair is an exciting time for grades 2-5 students to learn about and select excellent children’s literature, according to Cline IMC Aide Deb Nelson. Operated by Cline PTO volunteers the book fair was open every school day until 3:00 p.m. and for a 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. family night on November 4. Read More

"Ways to Be a Better Me!"

October 17
Cline second graders, under the direction of Bill Burns and the second grade team, performed in the show “Ways to Be a Better Me!” Students worked for several weeks to learn the songs, dances, and speaking lines. Their hard work resulted in a performance for the entire student body and an evening show for their parents. Well done second graders! Read More

CLINE 5TH GRADERS USE T SHIRTS TO “TIE US TOGETHER”

CLINE 5TH GRADERS USE T SHIRTS TO “TIE US TOGETHER” September 23
Cline 5th grade teachers collaborated with several of CHS Chemistry teacher Bonnie Buddendeck’s students to work on a tie-dye T-shirt project that according to teacher Caroline Derr “was designed to tie the five 5th grade classes together as one unified group.” Using yellow as a unifying color, each fifth grade class chose one other color to complete their T-shirts. Read More

CLINE TEACHERS SURPRISE STUDENTS WITH A “FLASH MOB” DANCE

CLINE TEACHERS SURPRISE STUDENTS WITH A “FLASH MOB” DANCE June 12
Cline students had what was certainly the wildest surprise of this school year when, on the final day of school amid a 5th grade talent show, teachers surprised students with a "flash mob." Beginning with four teachers jumping up and singing, the surprise to end all surprises ended with almost thirty staff members on stage for the three minute song. Cline students were overheard saying, "that was epic!" and "were they really supposed to get up there and do that?" Truly, Cline teachers CARE! Read More

Fun Day at Cline!

Fun Day at Cline! June 9

Cline Cougar Chorus sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at Fifth Third Field for the Dayton Dragons game

Cline Cougar Chorus sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at Fifth Third Field for the Dayton Dragons game May 29
On May 22nd, members of the Cline Cougar Chorus sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at Fifth Third Field for the Dayton Dragons game, This is the 6th year that the group has been selected to perform and the did a marvelous job of representing Cline Elementary. Students received free tickets to the game, and enjoyed exploring River-scape Metro-park prior to their performance. In addition to the Dayton Dragons game, the Chorus has been invited to perform for the City of Centerville Volunteer banquet at Yankee Trace Country Club and for residents at Bethany Lutheran Village. Way to go Cline Cougar Chorus!!! Read More

CLINE’S 3RD GRADE MUSICAL CELEBRATES CENTERVILLE HISTORY

CLINE’S 3RD GRADE MUSICAL CELEBRATES CENTERVILLE HISTORY May 30
Cline music teacher Bill Burns wrote a musical for his third grade student’s Centerville history unit entitled Remember When: A Nostalgic Look at Historic Centerville. Songs included “The Ballad of Benjamin Robbins,” “Centerville Rocks,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “The Cell Phone Song” that encourages safe driving! The cast included over 40 actors, 12 soloists, and most importantly, the chorus! Special thanks to Miami Valley Cable for recording the performance. Please see local listings for broadcast times. Read More

CLINE STUDENTS IMPROVE THEIR LEARNING AND PLAY ENVIRONMENT

CLINE STUDENTS IMPROVE THEIR LEARNING AND PLAY ENVIRONMENT May 28
Cline Intervention Specialist Jennifer Keyes’ has been working with her fourth and fifth graders all school year to improve the school’s courtyard. They began by understanding the purpose and value of a courtyard and then set out to make Cline’s courtyard more community friendly. After meeting with local experts they created a butterfly garden and painted the space, adding a chalkboard wall that allowed their creative expression to flourish. They also grew many of the courtyard plants from seeds and along the way learned the value of teamwork. Read More

CENTERVILLE WELL REPRESENTED IN OMEA ELEMENTARY HONOR CHOIR

CENTERVILLE WELL REPRESENTED IN OMEA ELEMENTARY HONOR CHOIR May 6
Pictured is the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District XII Elementary Honor Choir performing recently at Cline Elementary during an event chaired by Cline music teacher Bill Burns. The chorus was comprised of students from eight local school districts under the direction of Beverly Sheridan, a retired Centerville Music teacher. The choir received two standing ovations for their performance of a variety of choral repertoire. Congratulations to the Centerville elementary chorus students who represented Centerville City Schools in the 2013 OMEA District XII Elementary Honor Choir. Read More

CLINE ELEMENTARY SHARES THEIR LOVE OF READING

CLINE ELEMENTARY SHARES THEIR LOVE OF READING   April 24
Cline Elementary’s annual Celebration of Reading, attracting over 250 participants and 30 staff, included guest readers author Charley Hoce reading from his own books, and Centerville Police Officer Jim Shanesy reading other children’s books to small groups of adults and students. The Family Book Shop had over 550 books changing hands while parents had opportunities to buy new books, learn ways to help their children select books, and sign up for a public library card and learn about the library’s summer reading program. Read More

Cline Cougar Chorus Performs At Yankee Trace

Cline Cougar Chorus Performs At Yankee Trace April 16
On Thursday April 11th, 2013 the Cline Cougar Chorus, under the direction of Mr. Bill Burns performed for the City of Centerville’s volunteer banquet. The banquet was held at Yankee Trace country club and guests included the city commissioners, city volunteers, and Mayor Kingseed. Students performed patriotic songs including “Fifty Nifty United States” and a tribute to our armed forces. The chorus was invited to perform by Maureen Russell Hodgson, the Centerville Community Resources Coordinator. A video of the performance is available at: Read More

"Make a Difference"

April 7
In late winter, two Cline third graders decided they wanted to, “make a difference”. They were unsure what they wanted to do, but they knew they wanted to help others in some way. Through discussion with their teachers, Connor Monturo and Will Wuich decided to make rubber band bracelets to sell to their classmates. With the help of third graders Max Bean, Tatum Earley, Henry Gawelek, and Will Hofmann the group made and sold 60 bracelets. The $30 raised by the bracelet sale will be donated to Red Cross in order for people in need to get necessary support. What a fine group of boys! With the difference they are trying to make in third grade, one wonders where they will soar in the future! Way to go, Connor, Will W., Max, Tatum, Henry, and Will H.!  Read More

TOP SEVEN CLINE INVENTORS TAKE PART IN INVENTION CONVENTION AT WSU

TOP SEVEN CLINE INVENTORS TAKE PART IN INVENTION CONVENTION AT WSU March 26
Dominic Smith was one of seven Cline students invited to take part in an area-wide Invention Convention at Wright State University. Cline's Invention Club had a successful Invention Convention of their own in the school’s gym, with the top seven being invited to the WSU affair. Beginning last October, 22 student inventors began with an original idea for an invention; researched to make sure it was truly a new idea and then made a working prototype. The work was documented in both an Inventor's Journal and shown on a trifold display at the Convention. Read More

CLINE 2ND GRADERS PORTRAY FAMOUS PERSONS

CLINE 2ND GRADERS PORTRAY FAMOUS PERSONS March 14
Cline 2nd graders in Amy Butcher’s class held a wax museum that culminated month-long effort learning about biographies from their student teacher Jessica Markus. Students researched a famous person, wrote facts, typed, illustrated, and printed their reports. On the final day the students dressed like their famous character and pretended to be a wax figure while parents and other adults mingled through the group, asking questions about the famous person. Read More

CLINE 5TH GRADERS PERFORM PREMIER OF SONG WRITTEN BY BILL BURNS

CLINE 5TH GRADERS PERFORM PREMIER OF SONG WRITTEN BY BILL BURNS February 26
Cline 5th graders, under the direction of music teacher Bill Burns, presented a Black History Month assembly for the Cline community in their school’s auditorium. The program integrated the curriculums of music and social studies, with songs that celebrated Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King. A special treat was the premier of “Mighty Man Kirk”, celebrating the life of Ohio musician Roland Kirk, and written by Cline’s very own Bill Burns. Read More

CLINE SHUTTERBUGS LEARNING PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS

CLINE SHUTTERBUGS LEARNING PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS January 30
Cyrissa Carlson teaches Art at Cline Elementary and she also advises the ‘Shutterbugs’ digital photography club. After a January snowfall Ms. Carlson took her students out in the snow for a photo shoot, and while she admits to doing some “coaching,” the students took the photos she shared with the Cline family. Pictured is the favorite of the person responsible for posting scrolling photos on this website! Enjoy…and think spring! Read More

DAYTON PHILHARMONIC TRIO ENTERTAINS AND EDUCATES CLINE 4TH GRADERS

DAYTON PHILHARMONIC TRIO ENTERTAINS AND EDUCATES CLINE 4TH GRADERS January 24
Cline 4th graders were treated to a special performance by the Dayton Philharmonic Trio on stage in the school’s auditorium. The group’s special program was entitled “American Vignettes” and included a narrative that had the students imagining American life years ago. Performing were, left to right, Bob Gray on the trumpet, Steve Ullery playing string bass, and percussionist Michael LaMattina. Read More

CLINE HONORS GRANDPARENTS AND VETERANS

CLINE HONORS GRANDPARENTS AND VETERANS November 29
Cline Elementary students and staff celebrated Grandparents Day on November 20 by honoring our nation’s veterans with a themed all-school revue titled “Songs Sung Red White and Blue” led by Music teacher Bill Burns. Students learned the stories behind some of the country’s most beloved patriotic and military service songs and sang for over 650 school guests who jammed the Cline Auditorium. The photo, taken by Cline Art teacher Cyrissa Carlson, depicts the gratitude of the Cline family. Read More

Cline Family Jam 2012!

Cline Family Jam 2012! October 17
On Saturday October 13th, Cline 5th graders and parents were invited to participate in the “Cline Family Jam”! Students and parents learned “Hot Cross Buns”, “Rain, Rain, Go Away”, and how to improvise over the 12 bar blues! Our special guest was Mr. Tyler Shepard, guitar teacher and former student teacher with Mr. Burns. The workshop was designed to spark interest in our school guitar club, “School of Rock”. Over 30 students are interested in participating and Mr. Burns is elated! Thank you Cline families for your support of Music Education! Cline Kids Care, and Cline Parents Rock! Read More

CLINE 2ND GRADERS HOLD, HANDLE, AND TOUCH A RACCOON SKULL

CLINE 2ND GRADERS HOLD, HANDLE, AND TOUCH A RACCOON SKULL September 26
Cline students in Chelsie Maloney’s second grade class recently had a visit from Grant Nature Center Director Steve Huff who brought along a “skull kit’ to help the students determine what animal’s skull Steve is holding. The aforementioned skull actually came from one of the student’s own back yard, and after research and discussion the group consensus (and the correct answer) was that the skull was a raccoon that graciously made the ultimate sacrifice so real-world learning could occur in the Virginia Avenue elementary school. Read More

CLINE STUDENTS WORKING TO IMPROVE COURTYARD AREA

CLINE STUDENTS WORKING TO IMPROVE COURTYARD AREA April 16
Cline Intervention Specialist Jennifer Keyes introduced her students to problem-based learning and they agreed to use what they learned by improving the Cline courtyard on Virginia Avenue. The class began by thinking of new ways the area could be used and then began developing plans to make it more usable by the Cline community. Their first step was to identify the plant species and seating areas already there and now they are beginning to brainstorm improvement ideas for the area. Pictured along with Keyes (left) are Instructional Assistant Tammy Mauro (standing) and Jennifer Dodge (seated), an Interpreter for a hearing impaired child. Read More

Cline Hosts The Ohio Music Education Association District XII Elementary Honor Choir

Cline Hosts The Ohio Music Education Association District XII Elementary Honor Choir April 30
On April 28th 2012 Cline hosted the Ohio Music Education Association District XII Elementary honor choir with representatives from 17 elementary schools and over 100 young singers. The students representing cline were Vaishali Mantha, Grace Nock, Dominic Smith, Amelia Bernard, Jayden Rush, Delaney Allen, Madison Jankey, and Laurana Gordon.  Read More

Third Grade Students Represent Cline at Centerville's Arbor Day Ceremony!

Third Grade Students Represent Cline at Centerville's Arbor Day Ceremony! April 27
Cline third grade students, Veronica Torres and Robert Darling were selected to represent Cline at the City of Centerville’s Arbor Day tree planting ceremony. Mayor Kingseed was present to lead the planting and to meet the students. Read More

MUSIC TEACHERS PRESENT AT STATE CONVENTION

MUSIC TEACHERS PRESENT AT STATE CONVENTION March 21
Elementary music teachers Bill Burns (Cline) and Melanie Johnson (PVN) presented a workshop geared toward helping other educators integrate jazz into their curriculum. The workshop was titled “BeBoppers 101: Creating an Elementary Jazz Curriculum” and was presented at the Ohio Music Education Association annual convention at the Columbus Convention Center in February. Mrs. Johnson is a veteran teacher and past nominee for outstanding educator at Primary Village North. Mr. Burns has presented at the Jazz Education Network national convention in New Orleans and the Ohio Music Education convention in 2011 and 2009. The clinic is sponsored by the Jazz Education Connection of Ohio. Their website is http://www.jecohio.org Read More

Cline Family Literacy Night!

March 14
You’re Invited! Read More

CLINE’S ALPHA CLUB ENTERTAINS BETHANY RESIDENTS

CLINE’S ALPHA CLUB ENTERTAINS BETHANY RESIDENTS March 6
4th and 5th grade students in Cline Elementary’s Alpha Club (a youth service organization sponsored by the Centerville Noon Optimist Club) entertained residents at Bethany Lutheran Village in early March with a variety of talent. Students played recorders & violins, danced, tumbled, sang, read poetry, and as noted above, some just “clowned around.” To show their appreciation the residents at Bethany surprised the young performers after the fun with punch and cookies. Read More

Kidsview Art Exhibit 2012

Kidsview Art Exhibit 2012 February 28
MARCH IS YOUTH ART MONTH! Read More

CLINE 5TH GRADERS SHARE THEIR INVENTIONS

CLINE 5TH GRADERS SHARE THEIR INVENTIONS February 22
A process that began in late October and included weekly meetings during lunch and recess as well as journal writing culminated when 21 Cline 5th graders shared their inventions during the school’s Invention Convention in mid-February. Each student explained the steps they went through from the initial idea to the completed project that was on display in the Cline gymnasium. Many of the students will participate in the District Invention Convention held at Wright State University on March 17. Invention Convention is a non-profit organization formed under JUST THINK, Inc. whose mission is to connect the educational, corporate and media communities of Central Ohio. JUST THINK works directly with the schools providing curriculum, assemblies and a program that culminates with the annual Invention Convention at Wright State. Read More

Cline Holiday Sing Along

Cline Holiday Sing Along December 16
“Cline students came together to celebrate the holidays with a sing along. Mr. Burns led them in Christmas songs, Hanukkah songs, Kwanza songs, and of course, the Cotton Eye Joe to end the celebration.” Read More

CLINE ELEMENTARY HONORS ARMED FORCES VETERANS

CLINE ELEMENTARY HONORS ARMED FORCES VETERANS November 29
Cline Elementary’s Grandparents/Veteran’s Assembly was enjoyed by an auditorium filled with parents and grandparents who are either veterans or currently serving in the US Armed Forces. Under the direction of music teacher Bill Burns, each of the 2-5 grade levels sang service theme songs, while firefighter Terry Trepanier concluded the program with remarks about his experience leading Woody, his search and rescue dog, into Ground Zero ten years ago. Between student songs the audience was entertained by musicians whoa are friends of Mr. Burns: former CHS band director Wayne Markworth; Magsig Band Director Tom Pompei; and Pete Rousch and Ron Meyer from the Tom Daugherty Orchestra. Read More

Magazine Sale Limousine Ride Reward!

Magazine Sale Limousine Ride Reward! November 28
Top selling students earned a reward for the Cline annual magazine sale.  The students were accompanied by Miss Kurtz for a limousine ride and lunch at McDonalds! Read More

Message From Miss Kurtz

November 28
      Since this is the December/January edition of Cougar Tales, it marks the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012. This is good time for us to stop and reflect on our progress so far. How are we doing? Are there things that are going well? Are there other things that require new actions in order for us to make the needed progress?  Read More

Cline Pep Rally!

Cline Pep Rally! February 4
Cline Elementary Pep Rally! Read More

Press Release-Centerville Music Teacher Presents at the National Jazz Education Convention

Press Release-Centerville Music Teacher Presents at the National Jazz Education Convention January 13
On Thursday, January 6th Mr. Bill Burns presented at the national jazz education convention in New Orleans, LA. The topic for his clinic was “Utilizing Jazz as a Tool for Classroom Integration”. The goal of this clinic was to promote the national standards of music education with national content standards such as literacy, geography, and writing. The clinic was attended by music educators from around the nation and was presented by the Jazz Education Network (JEN), a national jazz education organization. Other presenters included Darla S. Hanley of the Berklee College of Music and bandleader Gordin Goodwin. Mr. Burns is president-elect of the Ohio chapter of JEN, the Ohio Jazz Education organization (JECO). Mr. Burns teaches elementary general music at Cline Elementary and Jazz Band at Centerville High School and is an active performer in the Dayton area. For more information about Mr. Burns, visit http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/billburns Read More