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Hays-Porter Robotics Club @ Cincinnati Ballet Show (Feb. ...

 News  admin  14-Feb-2017  0  858 reads
Hays-Porter Robotics Club @ Cincinnati Ballet Show (Feb. 12, 2017)

Members of the Hays-Porter Robotics & Computer Club went on Sunday to see the incredible Cincinnati Ballet's show: "King Arthur's Camelot

It's part of adding the "Arts" to STEM and making it STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). 

The Cincinnati Ballet dancers did an amazing job, and the kids loved the show and are now total fans of Cincinnati Ballet, which is also located in West End! 

You can see more pictures on Facebook:

CodeForKids honored as a "2017 Difference Maker" ...

 News  admin  12-Feb-2017  0  2161 reads
CodeForKids honored as a "2017 Difference Maker" Finalist

I'm extremely honored and humbled that I've been selected as one of the finalists of the 2017 Duke Energy Children's Museum Difference Makers

"Duke Energy Children's Museum's Difference Makers Celebration honors youth, adults, businesses and agencies that share our focus to better the lives of children in our community. Difference Makers go out of their way to enact significant change in the community. They distinguish themselves from others by their dedication and impact.
We want to honor the unsung heroes – the grandmothers and foster parents, the volunteers and community organizations, the teenagers and budding child advocates – along with the businesses and professionals who make the Greater Cincinnati region a better place for children."

Of course, it could never happen without all the help and support from many people:

a) I am so thankful for all the work done by CPS Leadership on Vision 2020, the Hays-Porter Principal Ms. McClain, who was a believer from the very beginning, all the Hays-Porter teachers and volunteers, and the West End Community Council that allowed us to get here, and especially to my dear friends from FamiliesFORWARD: Ms. Allsop, Ms. Richardson, and Ms. Matchett - you all ROCK!!!!

b) A big "Thank You" to Taft IT High School, especially to Mr. Turner for letting us in, to Ms. Keenon for helping us with the first ever " Teacher training", Mr. Woodly for letting us use the Robotics, and especially Ms. Beamon, for being so patient and supportive of all my ideas! :)

c) the leadership and staff of the UC School of Information Technology: Dr. Said and Ms. Michael

d) And most of all, a huge "Thank you" to all friends at Cincinnati Bell incl. Mr. Smith, for their continuous support, and especially to the former CEO, Mr. Jack Cassidy, for inspiring me to this idea, by taking my Leadership Cincinnati Class 34 for a tour of Taft IT High School back in 2011, and showing us that if you dream big, everything is possible!

Also, I am so very proud of all the students participating in our Computer/Robotics Club in both schools - they are just fantastic!

Starting a Drone Program @ Hays-Porter (Jan. 25, 2016)

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Starting a Drone Program @ Hays-Porter (Jan. 25, 2016)

Future aviation engineers started today their "Drone Program" as part of our "Hays-Porter Computer/Robotics Club" of Code for Kids initiative! 

George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary is Ohio's first "High-Tech Elementary" School

2016 "Hour of Code": Cincinnati Regional Kick-off ...

 News  admin  01-Dec-2016  0  526 reads
2016 "Hour of Code": Cincinnati Regional Kick-off @ Taft IT High School

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our entire community is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The HOUR OF CODE, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 136 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

The event will take place on:

Monday, Dec. 5th, 2016, 6pm-9pm
Taft Information Technology High School
420 Ezzard Charles Dr, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214

The goal is to to bring together organizations, companies, teachers, as well as children from local schools and their parents, to make them aware of IT opportunities in the global world, and to promote IT Education in Cincinnati.

We'll also have a kids competition (elementary school level) for the fastest expert in's Frozen, with the winner receiving a gift cards. 

Complimentary food and refreshments will be provided.

Hosting Potential Volunteers for our IT/Robotics Club

 News  admin  24-Oct-2016  0  927 reads
Hosting Potential Volunteers for our IT/Robotics Club

I am so happy that the word is spreading out! Today we hosted a group of potential volunteers from West End Cincinnati, incl. employees from a local company, to share with them what we do! 

They found out about our program and reached out to me to learn more about how they could help! 

This is so awesome how the West End Cincinnati community is getting together to support our efforts to create an "IT Education Hub" in West End focused on teaching kids the high-tech skills for the high-paying jobs of tomorrow!

I couldn't be more thankful!

Latest newsletter from George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary

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Latest newsletter from George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary

Latest newsletter from George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary, Ohio's first High-Tech Elementary School, located in West End Cincinnati

Taft IT High School helping Hays-Porter in coding

 News  admin  16-Oct-2016  0  345 reads
Taft IT High School helping Hays-Porter in coding

More Coding and Robotics at Ohio's first High-Tech Elementary School: the West End Cincinnati's George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary

So happy to see students from Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School coming to help the Elementary School students!

Thank you Ms.Celietta Beamon and Mr. Woodly for making this happen!

Hays-Porter Robotics Competition Team

 News  admin  13-Oct-2016  0  373 reads
Hays-Porter Robotics Competition Team

We are in process of selecting students for the West End Cincinnati's George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary Robotics Competition Team!

These girls were working hard, stayed focused, so they've made it! 

There will be several more students, probably 15-20 total, from which we'll select the top 10. 
The competition is on Nov. 19th, so there are only 4 weeks left to get ready! Next week we're getting serious! :)

Preschoolers learning how to build Robots

 News  admin  10-Oct-2016  0  332 reads
Preschoolers learning how to build Robots

Preschoolers in today's Robotics class - they had a lot of fun.

We have to engage the kids as early as possible, so they learn to be become "creators" of technology, and not just "users" 

Girl-Power at Hays-Porter Robotics Club

 News  admin  09-Oct-2016  0  301 reads
Girl-Power at Hays-Porter Robotics Club

In recent study of fourth graders showed that 66 percent of girls and 68 percent of boys reported liking science. But something else starts happening in elementary school. By second grade, when students (both boys and girls) are asked to draw a scientist, most portray a white male in a lab coat. Any woman scientist they draw looks severe and not very happy. The persistence of the stereotypes start to turn girls off, and by eighth grade, boys are twice as interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers as girls are.

In our IT/Robotics clubs we make sure that girls have every opportunity to explore and have fun with high-tech! 

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Messer Construction new HQ

 News  admin  04-Oct-2016  0  396 reads
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Messer Construction new HQ

Messer Construction is moving Corporate Headquarters to West End Cincinnati

The Groundbreaking Ceremony was fantastic, with many special speakers, incl. Mayor John CranleyRep. Steve Chabot, Messer CEO Tom Keckeis, and Messer VP, Tim Steigerwald. 
Messer also donated $500 to George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary! That was a very nice surprise!  THANK YOU!!!

Once Messer moves here next year, they will become a Corporate Sponsor of the school, providing tutors and mentors! This will make a huge difference in lives of the kids!

ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Stakeholders Meeting

 News  admin  28-Sep-2016  0  306 reads
ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Stakeholders Meeting

Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Ohio is creating a plan for how our local, state and federal programs are aligned to help all of our students be successful.

The Ohio Department of Education is committed to comprehensive and collaborative community engagement leading to the development of our state Student Success Plan. A plan that is deeply rooted in the needs of Ohio’s students, educators and communities requires everyone’s input. 

Therefore they organized 10 regional meetings informing various stakeholders about ESSA and collecting  suggestions and recommendations. There were more than 11,000 responses to the ESSA online survey. Additionally, the Ohio Department of Education attended more than 70 meetings and presentations around the state. Those interested in submitting suggestions and recommendations may do so at

Cincinnati Tech Summit

 News  admin  24-Sep-2016  0  357 reads
Cincinnati Tech Summit

Making friends while looking for sponsors for the West End Cincinnati'sGeorge Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary 
At the Cincinnati Tech Summit 2016 (

Very good and informative event, and a lot of nice people!

If you would like to sponsor the IT/Robotics Club at Hays-Porter, please contact us

Planning Meeting of SHPE Cincinnati Board

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Planning Meeting of SHPE Cincinnati Board

Board of the SHPE Cincinnati Professional Chapter had a planning meeting for the new school year. 

The organization is running a Robotics Club at AMIS (Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies)

IT/Robotics Club at Hays-Porter starts new school year

 News  admin  19-Sep-2016  0  328 reads
IT/Robotics Club at Hays-Porter starts new school year

West End Cincinnati's Hays-Porter students building their first robot. Several kindergarten kids are part of it too, and they did fantastic! 

This group finished building the robot from scratch in 80 minutes! Great team work, it was great to see the older kids helping the younger ones! So proud of them!

Hays-Porter Students & Parents at Reds Game

 News  admin  17-Sep-2016  0  340 reads
Hays-Porter Students & Parents at Reds Game

Thanks to the Cincinnati Reds, many families of Hays-Porter students and staff attended the Reds game on Sunday, Sep. 18th, 2016. It was a great opportunity to bond and to celebrate Hays-Porter becoming “High-Technology” Elementary School.

We also had the technology teacher from Taft IT High School, Ms. Beamon, and few of her students, sharing info about IT Education Pathway opportunities in their school.

Thank you Cincinnati Reds Team for supporting our West End community and Hays-Porter “High-Tech” Elementary School.

Hays-Porter Students Love Cincinnati REDS!!!!

Hays-Porter Robotics Students attend Bengals Game

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Hays-Porter Robotics Students attend Bengals Game

 West End Cincinnati's George Hays-Jennie Porter Elementary Robotics Club with parents attended the Bengals Game. 

Ribbon Cutting @ Hays-Porter "High-Tech" ...

 News  admin  17-Aug-2016  0  783 reads
Ribbon Cutting @ Hays-Porter "High-Tech" Elementary (Aug. 17, 2016)

What a wondeful and exciting day for West End! Two years in making, today our dream of having a high-tech elementary school in West End Cincinnati as a feeder to Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School and creating an "IT Education Hub" here, has become a reality!

Hays-Porter became Ohio's first "High Tech Elementary School" as part of CPS Vision 2020 initiative!!!

But as with every celebration of success, we can never forget the people who helped us to get here. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village and a lot of teamwork to implement a vision like this in only two years! So a big THANK YOU goes to:

- first and most of all, to the Hays-Porter School Principal, Ms. McClain, for believing in our vision, and for being willing to take the risk with us

- CPS Leadership for giving us the green light and including us in the Vision 2020 program: Mary A. Ronan, Catherine Laura Mitchell, Sarah Trimble-Oliver, and the Board of Education for their support: Ericka DansbyMelanie BatesEve BoltonElisa HoffmanCarolyn JonesDaniel MineraChris Nelms

- Dr. Hazem Said from School of Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati for helping in creating this vision of IT Pipeline and IT Education Hub, and Ms. Bekah Michael for supporting it

- Robert A. Taft Information Technology High SchoolMichael TurnerCelietta BeamonMonica Keenon, Mr. Woodly, Greg Jones

West End Community Council for donating Robots and supporting this vision

Families Forward, for giving us the opportunity to teach the kids coding and robotics in the After-school program, especially Ms. Deborah Allsop, Richara RichardsonVictoria MatchettGriffith Keir,

- all the wonderful teachers, staff and supporters of Hays-Porter Elementary School, for extending the welcoming hand to us: Evelyn Whittaker, Carolyn ToneyAngela Jackson,Lora WardMary FlaggAgreta MasonSandra StanleyNancy JohnsonPatricia Stewart Adams, Felicia Barron, and many, many others

- our elected politicians who supported this vision: Yvette Simpson and P.G. Sittenfeld

- finally, a very special thanks to Mr. V. Anthony Simms-Howell, OCHLA Commissioner, and his wife Julieta (a teacher at Taft IT High School) for their tireless support for kids education in our city!


As you can see, when we work together, when we support each other, miracles do happen!!!

But this is only the beginning!

With Hays-Porter being now the High-Tech Elementary School, with Taft being the Information Technology High School, we have created Ohio's first ever IT Education Hub in West End, where our students have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for the high-paying jobs of tomorrow, and be able to make $80-$120,000 a year as a computer engineer, robotics expert or programmer.  

We would like to invite all West End residents to get engaged and help us to push the envelope even further. With your help and support, let’s make West End the Silicon Valley of Cincinnati, with high-tech companies moving to West End, eager to take advantage of our highly educated youth and their high-tech expertise, or our students becoming the next Steve Jobs by founding their own start-up companies. With our  IT Education Hub being now a reality, no neighborhood in Cincinnati is better equipped to accomplish that than West End!

Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School welcomes ...

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Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School welcomes new students!

On Tuesday, August 16, Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School welcomed new students to on Open House. Student and parents participtaed in an orientation program, where teachers and coaches informed them about different academic and sport opportunities, as well as about transportaion, opening and closing hours, and veriaty of extra-curriculum activities.

External agencies had tables to inform about their services, e.g. if students ever run into substance abuse problems. 

Garry Horton from Leadership Scholars presented to the parents the upcoming "Parent Academy" which will start on October 4th.

This seven-week comprehensive program is designed to empower parents, or any significant adult in a child’s life, with proven strategies and tools to support strong academic, social & emotional development of their children. With the ultimate goal of helping their children attend and graduate college, it offers methods to lend support at home, in the classroom, and for parents to better interact with their child’s school. 

For information, please visit  

West End Cincinnati Parents can sign up here:

Hays-Porter High-Tech Elementary School featured in CPS ...

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Hays-Porter High-Tech Elementary School featured in CPS Vision 2020 Video

The Hays-Porter High-Tech Elementary School is featured in CPS Vision 2020 Video

As part of Vision 2020, a three-year plan to improve neighborhood schools, CPS is adding exciting new programs at 7 schools during the 2016-17 school year.

And Hays-Porter Elementary School has been selected to be one of them, becoming Ohio's first "High-Tech Elementary School" 

The elementary neighborhood school program focuses include:

  • arts and culture
  • environmental science
  • student enterprise
  • high-technology (Hays-Porter)
  • gifted, gender-based
  • dual language and
  • Montessori

West End is extremely proud of having one of the selected schools for the CPS Vision 2020 program! It's just another proof that CPS believes in our neighborhood, and that we can become the role model for other schools and neighborhoods!

Hays-Porter High-Tech Elementary School and the Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School, working together, are making the vision of West End as the "IT Education Hub" a reality! 

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