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Principal's Message Archive

February 2018

Principal Shelley Pulling
Roxboro Elementary Students are Inspired to do Their Best!

We are almost finished with the 2nd trimester and have had several amazing events for our students. One event that I would like to highlight was our Success Story Assembly that was moderated by Wayne Dawson, from Channel 8 news. A few months ago in order to prepare a meaningful program for Black History Month, we invited several successful African American business people that grew up in Cleveland Heights or the area. We were so fortunate to have the following people attend our panel discussion on Friday, February 23 (they are in order from left to right on the picture).  
Rox El's Black History Month panel

Steve Hammett - Chief of Police in University Heights
Janine Boyd - State of Ohio Representative
Julian Rogers - Cleveland State’s Director of Community Partnerships
Vanessa Whiting - one of the top 100 Attorneys in Ohio, President of AES Management
Taylor Smith - Ms. Whiting’s daughter and graduate of Roxboro Elementary & Middle Schools
Moderator - Wayne Dawson - Newscaster and co-host of Fox 8 in the morning

All of our students in grades K-5 submitted questions to ask our panel. Grades 3-5 students viewed the discussion in our auditorium and learned about how to reach their own future goals. The following questions were asked - What did you want to be when you were in 1st grade? What experience or person inspired you to select the path you chose and when did that inspiration occur?  What was the most difficult thing in your early journey to success? Have you ever been treated unfairly because of your race or gender?  

The students heard from each of our panelist on these questions. Their responses inspired our students to always do their best. Many shared that they have had to overcome situations where they weren’t treated properly but that you should always be the better person and never let anyone tell you what you can’t do. They shared that it is important to treat people in a positive way. Each of their successes relied on them being prepared ahead of time and their message to the students was to study hard and always do your homework. The theme of all the responses was to believe in yourself and your ability; stay focused and don’t let anyone discourage you.  

The assembly finale had Roxboro students cheering “I CAN DO IT” to each challenging question. We hope that this small, local slice of black history has inspired our students to go forward and live out their dreams.
Principal Shelley Pulling

October 2017

Dear Rox El Families,

It is hard to believe we are already in the 10th week of school. The students have now settled into a good routine and are working hard on exploring the central ideas in their IB themes. All grades K-5 are currently working on their second IB planner of the year. As I begin to learn more about IB I have been extremely impressed with the lines of inquiry and the deep understanding students are able to have as a result of the many different projects they participate in.

Some of the highlights from the first IB planners were the fourth grade robots which were created to solve an environmental issue. These robots are now on display in our library. The fifth graders learned about economics and government and many of the fifth graders created items to sell and learned about how to make a profit. The second grade trip to WKYC news station connected their learning to real life careers and was a wonderful experience for all the students. The kindergarten and first grade classes have learned what makes a community great. The kindergarten classes were visited by several community members including fireman and learned about their job. The third grade classes just finished learning about traits and survival of living things which went along well with the lifecycle of the butterfly. There were many classes that participated in the lifecycle of the butterfly and have let them fly free which was a great way to end the first set of IB planners!

We have a new garden area planted behind “the cage” thanks to Angel Fasolo, Margaret and Gabe Schaffer and Kim Bischof. The garden has wildflowers and milkweed planted right now, which will help in our butterfly lifecycle next year. We also have a new shed with tools in it, thanks to Angel Fasolo. This entire project is greatly appreciated as it will support our IB planners and instruction at our school. What a great community effort!

I have been sending out a newsletter called “The Scoop” approximately every 2 weeks and more often if needed. If there is anything you need communicated to families, please email me. If you know of people who are not receiving this communication, please have them contact the school office so we can update their email address in our system. One of my goals is to increase the communication between home and school and this is just one way to do that. The newsletters will be archived on the website, so people can always go back and refer to them if needed.

I have placed the following link in my past two newsletters in order to gain some feedback from parents. If you haven’t had the time to fill out the survey, please take a few minutes to do so as it will really help us. Here is the link The link is valid until November 21. We are looking forward to our IB evaluation visit on February 26-27. If you would like to be part of the interview on the 26 at 2:30, please email Mrs. Garcar at

Thanks for being such a kind, caring, community and for sharing your wonderful children with us. It is such a joy to see the students engaging in their learning every day at Rox El. This wouldn’t be possible without the great support we get from home and we truly appreciate it!

Principal Shelley Pulling 

August 2017

Welcome to Roxboro Elementary School and to the 2017-2018 school year. This will be my first year as principal of Roxboro Elementary School and I am looking forward to getting to know all of the Roxboro students and families and forming a strong bond while working towards having all students feel success every day. I have 24 years of experience in education with 18 years in administration. I believe all students can learn and enjoy collaborating with all stakeholders in creating a positive educational environment. I am honored to continue my educational career at Roxboro Elementary.

Over the last few weeks, I have seen the commitment to success from the Roxboro Elementary staff through their efforts at creating a common discipline plan, working together in teacher collaborative teams on their IB unit planners and reaching out to students in many different ways. There is a positive energy around working together towards success and every teacher, staff member, student, parent or community member has demonstrated pride in Roxboro Elementary and expressed high expectations. I am committed to working hard to promote a culture where teachers, staff, parents and students work together and everyone shares the same common goal of student success.

Our theme is "One Team with Respect for All," which will help provide the backdrop for our work this year. Our pep rallies will focus on the IB attitudes and attributes that help our students become productive citizens. We have several activities planned for this year. Some of the highlights include a new playground, a refurbished exterior and our One School, One Book activities. It is impressive to see how supportive the Roxboro parents are in the many different events that are planned.

Be sure to look at the Roxboro Elementary Calendar for upcoming events: 

There are many activities to get involved in, so please take a look and join us!

If there is anything I can do to help you please call the school (216) 371-7115 or email me at I am proud to serve the students and families at Roxboro Elementary School and I want to do whatever it takes to help our students do their best.


Shelley Pulling


June 2017

Roxboro Families,

We are quickly approaching the end of an eventful school year. The welcomed warm weather and sunshine has students eagerly awaiting many year-end field trips and our most anticipated Field Day. Fifth graders have only a few days left before embarking on middle school. We wish them well in their transition and much success in the future.

Many activities have culminated and proven to be quite successful during these last few weeks of school. For the third year in a row, Roxboro took first place in the regional Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Students’ fundraising efforts were applauded with a staff pie-in-the-face pep rally while showcasing the jump roping skills of our balanced participants. Families came out to support as students were open-minded risk takers and put their many talents on display at our Talent Show. Many thinkers and communicators’ creative writing abilities were displayed during our Children’s Ink assembly. Parents showed their support at our RoxArts benefit auction. Our annual Rox Runs event was very successful. The 4th and 5th grade students demonstrated their musical gifts at the orchestra concert.

I am truly appreciative of all the hard work, dedication, and support the students, staff, PTA and families have demonstrated throughout the school year. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Continue to read throughout the summer, taking advantage of the Heights Library’s Summer Reading Program. Summer reading lists, as well as supply lists for next year, will be available on this website.

Be safe and enjoy your summer break!
-Dr. Jenkins

March 2017

Greetings Roxboro Community!

The early Spring at Roxboro Elementary is filled with activity and anticipation of an exciting last three months of school! The Phase 2 of the playground design is being finalized and appears to be on track for construction by the start of next school year. Our fifth graders are getting ready for Exhibition and Ohio State Testing (OST) will be administered throughout the month of April. Lastly, our Jump Rope for Heart campaign is doing very well and we predict another top performing year! As you can see , there are many happenings throughout the Roxboro community. Please take time to read to your child every night and reach out to us if you have any questions or need support.


Dr. Jenkins

December 2016

Greetings Roxboro Families,
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season! As the looming cold weather sits on our doorstep, please be sure your kiddo(s) are bundled up. Along with the colder temperatures, comes the season for illness. We are doing all that we can in terms of hand-washing and cleaning. Please help by encouraging your child to wash their hands when he or she has an opportunity in school. We will do the same.
On another note, the playground repairs should be completed upon our return from the winter break. The swings and the climbing structure will be repaired, however the spinning structure has been removed. Phase 2 of the playground is currently being designed and is slated for construction this summer. As we move closer to the final designs of Phase 2, we will be looking to share them with the community.
Lastly, please take a moment to watch a couple of videos and articles we recently added to our website! They are fantastic!
Dr. Jenkins

November 2016

Greetings Everyone,

Fall is upon us, and we have many things to be grateful for as Clevelanders! We have an abundance of wonderful things happening around the school. Third grade is making observations of how seeds grow using specially designed planters in the Media Center. Our RoxArts programming is moving forward for the year, including but not limited to drama and visual experiences for our students. Cleveland Heights Mayor Cheryl Stephens came to our school and read to kindergarten and first grade students. These are just some examples of the happenings throughout the building.

Additionally, I am very proud to see examples of some of the writing that our students are producing! It is simply amazing and a testimony of the hard work within the classrooms.
As you may be aware, we have had some unfortunate setbacks in terms of our playground this year. I assure you that myself, administration, and the parent community are working hard to move forward with repairs and the design of the rest of the playground. I plan on keeping everyone posted!

Educationally yours,

Mike Jenkins
Roxboro Elementary Principal


September/October 2016

Greetings to the Roxboro Elementary community! This has been a wonderful start to the school year. Teachers and students have been settling into their routines and have been busy being thinkers, risk-takers, and taking action. Starting a new school year requires a lot when trying to build new relationships and being the best thinker you can be!

There is no way for me to overstate how proud I am of everyone for such a strong start to the year. Accomplishing things such as the opening of the playground, PTA Fall fundraiser, and working with newly adopted programs is no easy task with the multitude of things we do each day.

I am looking forward to the continued enthusiasm for learning and children here at Rox El. This certainly applies to all of the community support we receive. It is a critical component to our success! Please take advantage of the numerous opportunities we have to stay involved with your child’s education. Take time to reach out to your child’s teacher if you haven’t done so already. It is this partnership that builds success. What we value around your child, is what he or she will value.

Take care and let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely best,

Michael Jenkins
Roxboro Elementary Principal 
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