Students studying Latin at Cincinnati Gifted Academy West at Cheviot School, Covedale School and Hyde Park School gathered with teachers and parents to celebrate the languages, histories and cultures of the ancient Romans and Greeks. The presentations and performances are a culmination of the students’ work over the last quarter.
The showcase, hosted by Cheviot School, allowed the students to share what they’ve learned with their school communities. In two plays – Pandora’s Box, presented by Cheviot, and Scenes from Antony and Cleopatra, presented by Covedale – students entertained audience members and educated them about ancient Greek and Roman cultures.
“The students have been working really hard,” said Cheviot Latin teacher Anne Ughrin. “This was an idea that was born from curriculum counsel because we just thought, ‘What would be a good way to share the three or four elementary schools in the district that offer Latin?’ We started putting it together in January and the last few months we had students working on projects whether it was performance-based, a model or a tri-fold of information. The kids seem to enjoy themselves and we’re happy they could all come together and see one another.”
Cheviot is a neighborhood school and Community Learning Center that also is home to the Cincinnati Gifted Academy West, a magnet program serving to academically talented students. Cincinnati Public Schools recently announced the opening of a new Gifted Academy for the 2017-2018 school year, the Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students. Due to the success of the Gifted Academies at Cheviot Elementary and Hyde Park School, Spencer Center will be a new citywide magnet school to accommodate the growing number of students interested in this program.
The Gifted Academies are part of an overarching initiative, Vision 2020: My Tomorrow, introduced by Cincinnati Public Schools in 2016. The plan is designed to bring greater equity, access and opportunity for all students to attend great schools. It is designed to prepare students with the real-world knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college and careers.
To learn more about Vision 2020: My Tomorrow, visit www.cps-k12.org.