CMS Innovation Week!

CMS is hosting the 1st Annual Innovation Week! Our students will be working hard all week at solving problems, designing solutions, and creating new ideas.

On FRIDAY, JANUARY 10th students will be presenting their research and projects to community member judges, their peers, staff in the building, and their parents.

If you would like to join us for this exciting event, the students will be presenting their projects for anyone to come see from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. The WHISK TAKERS will be presenting from 1:00 – 1:30 and Team FIESTA will be presenting from 1:30-2:00.

We hope to see you there!

CMS Student Council

CMS Student Council would like to thank the students, staff, and community for their generosity during this year’s Cozy & Caring Days.  

During the four-day event, a grand total of $2, 705.42 was donated!  This money will be going to 28 of our CMS families. In addition to the monetary donations, staff members contributed many items for our Grab N’ Go, which will continue to help those who need it, throughout the year. 

A special round of applause for the following homerooms for averaging the most donations per person:

  • In 3rd place – Mr. Manos’s HR
  • In 2nd place – Mr. McGee’s HR
  • And, in 1st place the Office

  We can’t thank you enough for making this another successful year.    


Erin Sholtis8th Grade Language Arts Student Council Advisor

CMS National Geographic GeoBee

Attention Parents: Cloverleaf Middle School held its annual National Geographic GeoBee on Friday, December 13th. Thirty-two students participated in this year’s bee, making it one of the largest bees in the past few years. Congratulations go out to eighth grade student, Chase Young, the winner of the CMS 2019-20 Geography Bee!  Simon Popiel, grade 6, came in as a close runner-up.

Chase has qualified to take an online National Geography Bee test that could qualify him for Ohio’s GeoBee which will be held in March of 2020.  The winner of each state’s Geography Bee will be invited to participate in National Geographic’s Championship Bee (which you may have seen on tv) which will take place in Washington D.C. in May. 

Building Concern

Parents, starting tomorrow the middle school staff will be paying special attention to a growing concern of students drinking energy drinks during the day. In addressing the energy drink concern, we also need to address the types of water bottles that students are permitted to have during the school day.

Today, I shared and email with our students highlighting the energy drink issue and explaining the expectations that begin tomorrow. In addition to the email, I will also make a building wide announcement informing students of this information. Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our students.

The following is the email that was shared with our students today:

I am contacting you today regarding a concern I have in the building. There has been a significant increase in students possessing and drinking energy drinks such as Monster. The student code of conduct addresses this issue. I have included the code of conduct information for you below.

Energy Drinks:  Students are not to drink or possess highly caffeinated and/or energy drinks at any time at the middle school including extracurricular and sporting events.  (pg. 10)

The staff at CMS wish to promote a healthy and safe environment, which is why students are permitted to carry water bottles during the school day. With that said, water is the only thing that should be in a student’s water bottle. I have a reasonable concern that students are pouring energy drinks into water bottles during the day to drink.

To address my concern, starting tomorrow, if a student is carrying a water bottle, it must be clear!

Any water bottles that are not clear will be confiscated. Please see some examples provided below. Thank you for your attention to this matter.



Not allowed   




Not allowed.   




Not allowed.   


Meet CMS Staff: Mrs. Schaefer and Mrs. Esakov

Meet Melina Schaefer, she is a Paraprofessional who works in the Media Center and Lunch duty.  She has worked for Cloverleaf for two years. Melina has a son and twin girls who attend Cloverleaf Elementary and an awesome husband.  She used to work for Ford Motor Company in Avon Lake, where she helped make the Econoline Vans. She loves working at Cloverleaf because we have some pretty incredible children at our schools and enjoys being around so many nice kiddos.  Melina chose education because she wanted to be on my kids schedule, as she was blessed to be a stay at home Mom for seven years.

Meet Kelli Esakov, she is a School Counselor.  She has been with Cloverleaf for seven years. She attended Kent State University and majored in Marketing & Economics and then received her Master’s in School Counseling from The University of Akron.  She is married with two children and also has two cats. She is also a left-hander. Kelli loves working at Cloverleaf because it is full of amazing students who are kind to each other and our staff is dedicated to not only teaching academics, but life lessons to help students grow during a crucial time in their development.  Kelli chose education, because she realized that her calling was in a helping profession and that’s how she became a school counselor.

Fox 8 Cool School News Story

After a community wide effort to support Cloverleaf Middle School as the Cool School of the Week, we had the opportunity to show off our building on Fox 8 News this morning. The Fox 8 News crew was very impressed with our students and staff. There were several positive comments made by the news team about the kind and welcoming environment that exists at CMS.

In addition to the Newscast highlighting CMS, two of our 8th graders also participated live in studio in the Coffee Quiz. Our students proved to be ready for the challenge, by answering the Coffee Quiz correctly! If you missed this mornings newscast with the Coffee Quiz I will share the link when it becomes available on this post.

I feel very fortunate to work for a school district with such great community support, strong families, talented students, and dedicated staff. It was a joy to be able to show the area what it means to be a Colt!

If you missed this morning’s newscast, the story will air again at 4:00 PM during the afternoon broadcast.

Fox 8 in studio pictures

Cool School Results!

The poll is closed and the results are in. Cloverleaf Middle School won the Cool School of the Week for Fox 8 News in convincing fashion! Thank you to the students, staff, parents, and community members who took time out of your hectic schedules to support CMS.

On December 4th, Fox 8 News will spend time in our building to get a first-hand look at what makes CMS such a cool school. Fox 8 News will highlight their visit on Thursday, December 5th between 6:30-6:50AM. It will also run again during the afternoon Newscast at 4:00PM. In addition to the live newscast, it will also be shared at

It was wonderful to see the incredible support of the Cloverleaf community to promote our school. Thank you!

Attention 8th Grade Parents

We would like to clear up some questions about the Washington DC deposit and payment process.

Unfortunately, we must add the Trip fee as we receive the deposit because not all students attend the trip. We must add the fee in our system first and then it will roll over to the PaySchools system.

After the deposit payment is entered in to the PaySchools system you will then be able to make payments on your child’s account as often as you wish, giving you the opportunity to take your time making payments and paying off the trip.

Remember, if you make your final payment before March 2, 2020 you receive a $10.00 discount. The final $10.00 on your account will be removed by the office.

If you are confused or have any question, please do not hesitate to call Mrs. Gregory at 330-302-0206. Just a friendly reminder, parents if you have not completed your Emergency Medical information on the Portal it is a requirement to attend the trip. Click here to access the paper copy. Please complete this form if needed and send it to Mrs. Gregory in the main office as soon as possible. If you are unable to print the document, there are copies available in the main office.

Vote for CMS as the Cool School of the Week

It is time to tell the entire Cleveland area what we already know….. That Cloverleaf Middle School is the coolest school around! CMS is on the ballot for Cool School of the week and we need our community’s support to share the good news!

Below is the link to vote. We are competing against Perry Middle School (Perry) and Eastern Heights Middle School (Elyria).

Voting starts at 4 a.m. on Mondays and ends at 5:59 a.m. on Thursdays.

The winner is revealed on Fox 8 News and after the poll is closed.

Click here to cast your vote.

Go Colts!!!!!!

Meet CMS Staff: Mrs. Drogell and Mr. Murphy

Meet Michelle Drogell, she is a paraprofessional.  She has worked for Cloverleaf for ten years and coaches bowling and runs the concession stands at the football field.  She graduated from Cloverleaf and went to Akron University. She has been married for 23 years and has two daughters. She also has custody of her 2nd cousins youngest child and two dachshunds named Snoopy and Sampson.  During the summer she loves to vacation at the beach. She loves working at Cloverleaf because she graduated from here and loves the community involvement.  

Meet Scott Murphy, he is a Physical Education and Health teacher.  He has worked for Cloverleaf for 30 years. He is also our Middle School Track and Field coach and Faculty Manager.  He obtained his Masters from Kent State University. He is married and has five children. He and his wife adopted their two daughters from China.  They got the opportunity to explore China and visit the orphanage that their daughters spent their first two years of life. He loves working at Cloverleaf because he went to school here as a middle school student and loves working with great kids, staff, and community.  Scott chose education because he loved working with younger kids when he was in high school and he knew then that he wanted to continue working with kids as a career.
Kristina YakoCloverleaf Middle SchoolAssistant Principal330-302-0204

“Team beats talent when talent isn’t a team.” -Jon Gordon