Principal's Message


Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Principal's Message

Principal Dr. Michael Jenkins

January 2018

Principal Michael Jenkins
Greetings Boulevard Families,

Happy New Year! We are eager to start the second half of the school year with many exciting learning opportunities. As part of our commitment to STEM, I would like to provide some detailed updates. Boulevard is continuing to plan for capstone presentations, scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th.  Teachers and students will be sharing their learning from the trimester through these capstone presentations.  The capstone format was adopted last year for all Boulevard students in an effort to share the relevant and rigorous classroom experiences at the end of each trimester.  Moreover, it gives parents and community members opportunities to experience our STEM program at Boulevard.  It is a great way for students to synthesize their learning in all subject areas! Parents, community members, and district personnel are invited to view capstones on March 6th from 9:00 am- 9:30 am.

In addition, Boulevard hosted Club Invention in December.  The National Inventors Hall of Fame was generous enough to provide us with grant money to support 21 students' participation in this amazing opportunity!  Students in 3rd through 5th grade were invited to attend the after-school STEM Club. Students in the fifth grade are participating in coding instruction using the Google CS First program during their technology time. The program uses a Scratch format to guide students through specific modules.  As we continue our fluency with the program we will gradually introduce this opportunity to students in the lower grades. I encourage parents to talk with their child about these wonderful STEM experiences! 

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, etc.

Dr. Jenkins

October 2017

Greetings Boulevard Families,
Along with this warm fall weather, we have many exciting things going on at Boulevard! Students are working hard on STEM challenges, mural painting, writing projects to name a few. Our Book Fair is open and we are looking forward to Family Movie night on October 27. Please reference the school's calendar to get more information on upcoming events. I would like to thank everyone's participation during parent-teacher conference night. It was great to see students leading their own conference through discussion of their own goals. I believe it's important that we provide as many opportunities as we can to foster a student's ownership of their learning. Feel free to ask your child what his or her goals are! If you ever have a question or need assistance, please feel free to contact me at (216) 371-7140.
Dr. Michael P. Jenkins

August 2017

Dear Boulevard Elementary Families,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I am confident this year will be filled with inquiry, character building, and growth for all of our students. This year we will be introducing what we call Boulevard's Character Traits, a comprehensive list of 22 words that will provide a foundation for learning and growth. Please look for more detailed information on this from the school in the near future. In the meantime, ask your child about them! We consider you to be your child’s first and most important teacher. It is critical that school and home work together and also that parents develop a network of support among other parents/guardians of our school. To this end, we encourage everyone to join PTA and experience the positive influence that your involvement will have on your child in our school community. I look forward to meeting you and please do not hesitate contacting me if you have a question or need support in any way.


Dr. Michael P. Jenkins


June 2017

Dear Families,

The 2016-2017 school year has come to a close and we are proud of the last capstone projects our students participated in. The goal for this trimester was to make the projects interactive and interdisciplinary. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade created a capstone project to summarize their learning for the third trimester in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Students presented their capstone projects to other students in the building, teachers, and families. It was a fabulous culmination of learning for the third trimester.

Kindergarteners wrote animal reports and then videotaped themselves reading the reports. Each report had a QR code attached to it so visitors could see the video of them reading their report. First grade students conducted a hands-on investigation of the sun. Second grade students showed off the weather stations that they made. Third grade students shared some prototypes of energy efficient technology. Fourth grade students had some hands-on investigations of ways the earth's surface changes. Fifth grade students shared their learning of Mars with critters that they designed and colonies that could humans could inhabit on Mars.

Students and teachers worked hard to create projects that would encompass their learning/teaching from the entire trimester. It was an amazing display of learning!

Boulevard is hosting a summer school program for students entering K-2 from July 24 - August 10. Classes will be 8:30-11:30 Monday through Friday. If you are interested in having your child attend this program please call the office at (216)371-7140 to receive registration materials. All entering K students need to be registered in order to attend.

I hope all students take time to read throughout the summer and take advantage of the Heights Library’s Summer Reading Program. I also hope everyone gets some time to relax and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Enjoy your summer break!

Mrs. Pulling

March 2017

We are Boulevard Scholars - Oh the Places You Will Go!

Dear Families:

The Boulevard staff has focused on instilling leadership in our students and helping each child see their own potential. We started the school year by working with our students on achieving their individual goals; all our classrooms have worked with students on examining their learning and determining their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Our students even presented this information to their parents during student led conferences.

Our 4th and 5th grade leadership club students have participated in several leadership opportunities. In November, they went to the Cultural Gardens to learn about different cultural backgrounds. Next, they joined the honor choir to a trip to Judson Manor Retirement Village to provide entertainment and visit with the residents. During the month of February the leadership club visited the African American Museum and provided a service to help transplant plants in their hoop house. Currently, they are overseeing the annual Pennies for Patients drive to support the Leukemia/ Lymphoma Society and our 5th grade leaders are being trained to become ambassadors to provide tours to visitors to the school.

The Cleveland Food Bank is supporting our school community through a monthly Food Market the first Tuesday of every month. Boulevard students have shown their leadership by assisting with the food market and getting the word out to their families to participate in this worthwhile effort.

All of our students have participated in two STEM Capstone Projects this year. These projects demonstrated the work the classes have done that trimester. Some highlights of the work were a species survival plan for endangered species in Ohio, a slideshow about animals and the items necessary for their survival, and an interactive museum walk. Our second grade families could view the activities the students were engaged in this trimester through a QR code to hear the students explain each activity.

We are proud of the work that is going on in our building this year. Our students are gaining the skills needed to become scholars and future leaders! If you have any questions and need assistance please call the school (216) 371-7140 or email me I am proud to serve the students and families at Boulevard Elementary School and I want to do whatever it takes to help our students do their best.


Shelley Pulling, Principal
Boulevard Elementary School

November 2016

The students at Boulevard have had some wonderful STEM experiences this year. New this year is the monthly take home design challenges. These challenges are sent home to each student at the beginning of each month. They are also posted on the Boulevard webpage. Students have an entire month to complete the design challenge. It is always due on the last day of the month.

September’s design challenge was to design and build a musical instrument. October’s design challenge was to design and build a crazy hat. Students can only use recycled materials for their designs. We encourage families to work together on these design challenges. It’s a great way for families to have fun and for students to get creative!

Also new this year is our Boulevard capstone presentations. Our first capstone presentation will be on Tuesday, December 6. Families and friends are invited to come into the building to walk around and take a look at some of the fabulous projects the students have been working on throughout the trimester.

Fifth-grade students are creating a trap and a public service announcement for an invasive species in Ohio. Second grade will have a museum walk where they will display worm habitats, fossils, and dams that they built. All grades have some amazing capstone projects to share with families. December 6 is the same day as our community market. Be sure to makr your calendar for December 6. More information is forthcoming.
Shelley Pulling, Principal
Boulevard Elementary School


September/October 2016

Off to a Great Start!

Boulevard Elementary has had an amazing start to the 2016-2017 school year! We began the year with our staff participating in professional development on how to help our students and families get the most out of school by working with them in ways we haven’t in the past.

First, our staff has committed to working together to create a School Based Health Center and through this initiative we received training on how to deal with students that are in crisis and how to best respond when our students are experiencing difficulty. Our staff has used these skills in giving a child a hug when they need it, listening while a child explains their sadness or difficulty, or just smiling and saying “good morning” or “have a nice day” to every child they see. Our goal is to help our students be the best they can be and by being there for them every day we hope to reach this goal.

In order to help our students do their best, we are including our students into our conferences this year. Our classroom teachers are working with their classes on creating goals and instilling leadership in our students. We hope to accomplish two goals with our student-led conferences; to instill leadership in our students and to increase participation in our conferences. 100% of our students will participate in the conference activities in class and we would like to see all of our parents attend our conferences on October 20 and February 2. Information about scheduling conferences will be sent home in the next few weeks.

We are looking forward to a successful school year where we achieve our goal of instilling leadership in our students and our students achieve success by reaching their own personal goals. Our parents play a crucial role in this success and we hope you support your child by helping them achieve their goals.

Shelley Pulling, Principal
Boulevard Elementary School

August 2016

We are Boulevard Scholars, Oh the Places You Will Go!!

Welcome to Boulevard Elementary School, where the students are the focus of our work and the center of our world! The teachers at Boulevard Elementary School are a collaborative team that truly believe in the success of all children. We are committed to working with our students to help them achieve to their highest potential.

Our theme this year, We are Boulevard Scholars, Oh the Places You Will Go!, provides the backdrop for us to instill the value of working hard and setting goals that will take our children wherever they want to go. Our staff is working with each student to help them believe in themselves and focus on their achievement in order to find their success in the world. We have several activities planned for this year to help them discover the potential they have inside and help them make good choices.

Our journey begins at home and we encourage families to become partners with us in this endeavor. Please help us by reinforcing that school is important and hard work and dedication will pay off in the long run. By developing scholarly habits, you will take yourself to a new level and go further than you ever imagined!

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street. Dr. Seuss

If there is anything I can do to help you please call the school (216) 371-7140 or email me I am proud to serve the students and families at Boulevard Elementary school and I want to do whatever it takes to help our students do their best.

Shelley Pulling, Principal

Boulevard Elementary School
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