The CCSD offers leadership opportunities at every grade level, from safety patrols at our K-2 buildings to student government at our high schools. Involvement in school leadership builds confidence, communication and networking skills, and inspires peers to participate in school activities. Groups include:
McKINLEY SCHOLAR INSTITUTE
To be a member of the McKinley Scholar Institute, students have to be seniors with a 3.5 GPA or higher, and have completed a tribute to an educator who has impacted their lives in a positive way. Students have the opportunity to participate in field trips and enrichment experiences as rewards for their outstanding academic achievement.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The National Honor Society has an average of 70 very select juniors/seniors inducted yearly. This particular group is the first group of students that is always targeted to help with any community / district needs with regard to service hours. Students complete individual service hours as well as group hours. Individually, NHS volunteers in over 30 community opportunities such as Habitat for Humanity, animal shelters, food banks, hospitals, churches and the Children’s Toy Fund through Akron Children’s Hospital.
This year a big part of our efforts as a group is meeting the expectations of the American Heart Association. Our group was one chosen by the American Heart Association to lead this extensive project.
In addition to serving the community, NHS also serves the district in any project where it is needed. For instance, painting walls at Cedar, as well as volunteering at their Trunk or Treat event, and helping out with Schreiber Elementary during PTA conferences and the Athletic Department with the annual Hall of Fame Marathon.
Teen Court involves a group of about 20 students at 2 different sessions of the year (Fall and Spring sessions). Every Thursday evening from 4PM-8PM or later, our students prepare to act as defense counsel, plaintiff counsel, and jury members to 4 cases assigned to the group. These are actual /real misdemeanor cases brought to Family Court for sentencing. The main intent of this sector of the Justice System is to give minors a possible second chance to correct their behavior right from the beginning.
PROJECT LIT BOOK CLUB
In it’s second year the book club reads and discusses current selections in a variety of genres, which are meaningful to students. Teachers, staff, and community partners are welcome to join the discussions led by McKinley librarian Mindy Engler, who works diligently to get the books donated by various partners, such as the CPEA, in order for the students to have their own copy.
Fifth grade students in our Leadership Schools study financial literacy with guidance from Junior Achievement. The unit culminates with a trip to JA’s BizTown in Columbus, where students spend the day running their own city.
Success Club is an early intervention program for middle school students to achieve college and career awareness/readiness. Students work to develop soft skills that are applicable in any career field. Research is completed to gain a further understanding of various college/career areas. Students, then, participate in site visits local colleges and career sites. Finally, question and answer panels are held in which students interact with professionals from various career fields. At the end of the academic year, students participate in a summative trip to various cities around the United States, visiting college and career sites. Success Club is in its fifth year of existence, growing from 10 students to 2015/16 to approximately 150 students the 2019/20 school year.
MODEL UNITED NATIONS
McKinley and Timken Early College students traveled to paricipate in this mock government activity which culminates in a competition/conference in Columbus. Our students attending the Ohio Model United Nations Conference in 2019 were very successful. Representing East Timor, the TECHS Pups were awarded Cultural Excellence. Representing Estonia, Estlin Hiller was awarded Outstanding Delegate (which only 10 of 2,500 students at the conference receive).
CCSD students attend the annual Well Women Health Summit in partnership with Mercy Medical Center. The Summit welcomes about 75 young women in grades 6-9. The group has a healthy lunch followed by a presentation on a relavent health issue, followed by a Q & A session.
Safezone was formed as a sub committee of the McKinley Main Climate and Culture group with the goal of creating a space where LGBTQ+ students could go and share their experiences, have a voice, and brainstorm ways to shift cultural norms to create a more peaceful and safe community within the school. Among their accomplishments have been the upkeep of a bulletin board on the second floor, they sent two student leaders to a conference at John Carroll, teacher appreciation gifts and cards sent out by the group, and the establishment of a new LGBTQ+ Literature section in the McKinley Main Library.