Principal's Message

Principal's Message

“Chagrin Falls Intermediate School is a safe and welcoming place for all learners.”

The Intermediate School houses approximately 400 students in grades four through six. Academic classes at each grade level are departmentalized and range from 80 to 120 minutes long.  Our teachers provide students with rich and meaningful educational experiences and are skilled at differentiating instruction in order to meet the individual needs of every learner. Opportunities for academic growth are developed through tiered instruction, including advanced courses in language arts and math.  Additional special classes are offered through our Encore Rotation, where students can take library, guidance, music, physical education, art, Spanish, and Project Lead the Way.

Intervention and enrichment are provided daily through our innovative and fun Personalized Learning Time, or PLT period.  Students explore new ideas and develop their interests by participating in unique classes, such as STRETCH, Math Games, Poetry Study, and Current Events.  Other initiatives include Writers' Forum, Career Day, and Arts Day.  

We have a wide variety of after school programs at the Intermediate School.  These clubs have been wonderful avenues for team building, community awareness, and friendship.  They have also helped students to form strong school spirit.  Our children can participate in Select Choir, Student Council, P.A.W.S. (our student service organization), Rocket Club, Art Club, and Destination Imagination.  

We were honored to be named a "Hall of Fame School" in 2005 by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators.  In recognition of our hard work and high student achievement, we were also named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2009. None of this would be possible without the commitment and dedication of our talented staff and the collaboration between our schools, families, and supportive community.  

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Sarah Read, Principal
Principal's Bio:
Sarah Read was named principal of Chagrin Falls Intermediate School in 2015. Prior to taking this position, Sarah was a classroom teacher in the building for 17 years. She taught all subjects, but her primary focus was in math and social studies. Throughout her career, she worked with a variety of students, including children with severe behavioral and learning disabilities, as well as gifted students. In 2014, Sarah piloted and helped implement the district’s advanced math program. She is also a Google Certified Educator.

Sarah was a member of the Building Leadership Team and served as the 4th Grade Level Chair for 15 years. Passionate about service learning, she created P.A.W.S., the Intermediate School’s student service club. She also established and facilitated the CFIS Book Club. Sarah has been recognized as a Jennings Scholar, and was named Chagrin Valley Rotary Club Today’s Teacher in 2010. She was nominated twice for the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation George B. Chapman, Jr. Teacher Award for Excellence in Math Education.

Sarah received her B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Hiram College and her M.A. in Educational Administration from Ashland University.  She also studied for her Endorsement in Gifted Intervention.  She resides in Chagrin Falls with her husband, Mike, and their two sons, AJ and Will, who attend Chagrin Falls Schools. Sarah is an avid reader and loves to travel.


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