Principal's Message

Principal's Message


At Chagrin Falls Intermediate School you'll find that everything we do is built upon the pillars of Protect, Connect and Expect. Protect symbolizes our top priority of always keeping everyone in our building safe. We accomplish this by being safe, responsible and respectful at all times. Connecting deeply with one another is something we will strive to do each day. Whether it's with our students, you as families or with colleagues, our goal is always to truly know each other as individuals. Finally, we will have elite expectations. Everyone who is a part of our education family will know and understand the high expectations we will uphold. It is our belief that when the words Protect, Connect and Expect are put into action, true growth happens.  

Our building is home to approximately 375 students in grades four through six. Academic classes at each grade level are departmentalized and range from 40 to 120 minutes long.  Our teachers provide students with deep 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 math and gifted clusters in language arts.  In our hybrid learning model, students will experience additional classes, offered through our Encore Rotation including: art, general music, Spanish, library and guidance each week.  

At Chagrin Falls Intermediate School we will work collaboratively to create the best possible learning environment where children can grow socially, emotionally, and academically. We are committed to the success of every child that's a part of our CFIS family!  

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Curtis Howell, Principal 



Mr. Howell is in his second year as principal of Chagrin Falls Intermediate School.  Previously, Curtis served as Assistant Principal of Chagrin Falls Intermediate School and Gurney Elementary School. For the 2017-18 school year, he served as the Chagrin Falls School Management Coordinator for grades 4-12  and also as the Interim Principal for Chagrin Falls Middle School. 

Mr. Howell began his educational career as a fourth grade teacher for the Little Miami School District, a suburb of Cincinnati.  In 2004 he returned to the Cleveland area where he was hired to teach second grade at Gurney Elementary School. As a Gurney Teacher, Mr. Howell served as Grade Level Chairperson on the Building Leadership Team.  In 2010 he moved to Chagrin Falls Middle School to teach social studies. In that position he also served as Grade Level Chairperson on the Building Leadership Team and earned his Google Educator Certification. From 2006-2010, Mr. Howell was the Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Chagrin Falls High School.    

Mr. Howell earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University and Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Youngstown State University. Most recently Curtis earned his Administrative License from Notre Dame College.

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