Superintendent’s Corner by Dr. Joe Clark

Punxsutawney Phil told us there will be six more weeks of winter, so bundle up! We have a lot going on in the Nordonia Hills City School District to keep us warm!

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration that started in the United States in 1926. It was conceived by historian Carter G. Woodson, who proposed marking a time to honor African Americans and raise awareness of Black history. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and Frederick Douglas, an African American orator, social reformer, writer and abolitionist.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. You may have noticed this year the Nordonia Hills City School District’s theme is “Better Together.” This is also the theme for 2023’s Black History Month.

Each school will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of activities. Contact the principal of any school with questions about specific activities.

Band performance

On Jan. 29, the Nordonia High School concert band and wind ensemble were selected to perform at Severance Hall at the 19th annual Northeast Ohio Band Invitational. Under the direction of Tom Weaver and Eric Vasquez, the bands looked and sounded great!

Community art connection

Kudos go out to Northfield Elementary School art teacher Danielle Miller and the entire district art department. The “Community Connections” project is underway. The goal of this project is to connect the Nordonia community with student artists.

This month, Miller dropped off three pieces of framed artwork at the Macedonia Senior Center. The art department will be dropping off more artwork to multiple businesses in the upcoming month. Some of these businesses and associations include the Macedonia Fire Department, Macedonia Police Department, Summit County Animal Hospital, Macedonia Rec Center, and Crossroads Chiropractic. Beyond these associations, we are proud to say that relationships with other businesses are strengthening. Are you an area business owner or manager looking for some awesome student artwork to display? Contact Miller at 

Kindergarten registration open

If you have a child turning 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, please consider enrolling them for kindergarten as soon as possible. When parents enroll their kids early, we are able to adjust our staffing accordingly. Parents who wait to register their children until summer may have their children placed in a different building. 

Please note, this year we have implemented an April 30 deadline to register for all-day kindergarten. Children not enrolled by the deadline will only have the part-time option. This is to assist us in planning our staffing appropriately.

To help make the registration process as easy as possible, we have compiled a packet of printable materials located at These items can also be picked up in the board of education office lobby or the Nordonia Hills Branch Library. Complete the packet prior to registering and present all required forms and documents to the registrar in order for your child to be enrolled in the Nordonia Hills City School District. To schedule an individual appointment, call Maria at 330-467-0580.

Boys volleyball coming to NHS

Last spring, the Ohio High School Athletic Association approved the addition of boys volleyball as a state-sponsored sport. As a result of this announcement, a number of high school students inquired as to adding the sport at Nordonia. Our longstanding practice has been that new sports must undergo a two-year probationary period as a club team. This has been adhered to by all of our recent sport additions: bowling, hockey and gymnastics.

The boys volleyball club will begin competing this spring. During the probationary period, the club’s viability will be evaluated and after two years, a recommendation of elevation to varsity status will be made to the board. While under club status, the program is responsible for all of its own expenses. The club must also abide by all OHSAA rules and regulations as well as Nordonia Board of Education and athletic department policies.

As always, thanks for supporting the Nordonia Schools, have a great month, and remember to follow me on Twitter @JoeSuperintend1. ∞