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Cincinnati Public Schools’ Middle School Jazz Combo to Perform at International Jazz Festival in Spain

The CPS Middle School Jazz Combo was the only student group invited to perform from the United States Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Middle School Jazz Combo will perform at the JAZZING Sant Andreu International Jazz Festival in Spain. The group, led by Dr. Isidore Rudnick, is the only student group from the United States invited … Continue reading Cincinnati Public Schools’ Middle School Jazz Combo to Perform at International Jazz Festival in Spain

ABC Doesn’t Take a Summer Break

Once upon a time, many years ago, ABC staff used to call summer our “quiet season.” While schools were out on break, ABC staff would slow down and plan for the year ahead. When the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Cincinnati students back in 2020, we decided that education and enrichment can’t be put on hold. Futhermore, recent … Continue reading ABC Doesn’t Take a Summer Break

Return of the Jazz Fest – ABC Celebrates Increased Impact

You may remember the first Jazz Festival, taking place October 5, 2019 at the Aronoff Center. Over 250 Cincinnati students, grades 4-12, gathered to participate in workshops, masterclasses, and a culminating performance on the mainstage of the Aronoff Center. The evening featured performances from student grounds and an ensemble of professional musicians, including award-winning Chilean saxophonist … Continue reading Return of the Jazz Fest – ABC Celebrates Increased Impact

200 Cincinnati-Area Students Attend Black Futures Program at TQL Stadium

D.A.D. Initiative Program to Focus on Remembering Black History and Developing Teen’s Futures On February 24, 2022, The D.A.D. Initiative (Directing Adolescent Development) hosted the 2022 Black Futures program. The program took place at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati’s Historic West End, with over 200 teen students in attendance. The D.A.D. partnered with ABC, the FC … Continue reading 200 Cincinnati-Area Students Attend Black Futures Program at TQL Stadium

Thank You to Athletic Director Steve Ellison for Your Tenure at ABC

Steve Ellison served the past five years as the Athletic Director at Walnut Hills High School. ABC was heavy hearted to learn that Steve Ellison would be stepping down from his role as Athletic Director of Walnut Hills High School, effective June 30, 2022, but we are incredibly grateful for his tenure. Since taking the … Continue reading Thank You to Athletic Director Steve Ellison for Your Tenure at ABC

ABC’s Cheri Jordan Named Resource Coordinator of the Year By Adopt A Class

Activities Beyond the Classroom is proud to share that Cheri Jordan was named the 2022 Resource Coordinator of the Year by Adopt A Class. Cheri Jordan is the resource coordinator at Silverton Elementary, where 74% of students come from low-income households. “We’ve seen some really tremendous successes at Silverton Elementary, due to Cheri’s hard work,” … Continue reading ABC’s Cheri Jordan Named Resource Coordinator of the Year By Adopt A Class

ABC Honored With Cincinnatus Association’s 2022 Spencer Award for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

ABC’s Rachel Stallings (Deputy Director), Sally Grimes (Executive Director), and Sophia Scott (Director of Operations) accept the Donald and Marian Spencer Award on May 10, 2022 On May 10, 2022, the Cincinnatus Association honored Activities Beyond the Classroom during their 7th Annual Donald and Marian Spencer Spirit of America awards dinner at the Hilton Netherland … Continue reading ABC Honored With Cincinnatus Association’s 2022 Spencer Award for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Brian Leshner Commended by CPS Board of Education

On June 13, 2022, former Activities Beyond the Classroom (ABC) Executive Director, Brian Leshner, received a formal commendation from the Cincinnati Public School (CPS) Board of Education for his 18 years of service to the district. “Brian has always completed his executive obligations and duties for ABC with understanding, consideration, and good humor and always … Continue reading Brian Leshner Commended by CPS Board of Education

Shauniece Steele Joins Walnut Hills High School as Athletic Director on July 1

On July 1, Shauniece Steele will join Activities Beyond the Classroom as the new Athletic Director at Walnut Hills High School. Steele has been an Assistant Athletic Director at Walnut Hills since 2016, and was named SWOADA (Southwest Ohio Athletic Director Association) Middle School Athletic Director of Year for the 2020-21 school year.  Steve Ellison, … Continue reading Shauniece Steele Joins Walnut Hills High School as Athletic Director on July 1

Cincinnati Architectural Mentoring Program Brings Back Summer Program for 2022

The Cincinnati Architectural Mentoring Program (C.A.M.P.) is excited to announce that they are bringing back their in-person Summer CAMP for the summer of 2022! Throughout this week-long program beginning July 10th, students entering the 7th and 8th grades in the fall will be exposed to the world of architecture. The Summer CAMP program will be … Continue reading Cincinnati Architectural Mentoring Program Brings Back Summer Program for 2022