To CHS Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen:
We are planning a “drive through” at CHS so juniors, sophomores, and freshmen can finish their check out for summer, and pick up belongings that were in their locker. Lockers have been cleaned out, and all personal items have been carefully placed in bags and labeled with each student's name. At this time, we'll also have students return books and band instruments that are not being used during the final days of school.
More information will be sent on Monday now that the District has given us approval; at this time we want to alert our students and parents to prepare for the "locker check out". The specific days for the pick-up will be: Tuesday June 2nd for Juniors, Wednesday June 3rd for Sophomores, and Thursday June 4th for Freshmen.
Again, times and specific instructions will follow on Monday.
Thank you for your patience.
Dear CHS Parents and Families,
By the end of next week, you will see your student’s third quarter marks, which reflect any work assigned up to March 13, when schools were closed. The grades will appear only as “Pass” or “Incomplete.” While these third quarter marks do not appear on your student’s final transcript, we hope they will give you an indication of your student’s progress prior to school closure.
As we move closer to the last day of the semester (June 5th), we want to make sure you had all the pertinent information regarding student assessment going forward. Below is an outline of the requirements for our students for 2nd semester. Most important, students are expected to continue learning throughout the remainder of the school year and engage in online coursework. Our teachers are continually adjusting curriculum and instruction in order to support our students in this new educational platform.
Students will receive one of two grades for second semester (June 5):
Student demonstrates evidence of essential learning: up to the point of school closure (March 13), AND demonstrates continued evidence of essential learning by participating actively in Distance Learning for All through June 5. (This will include grades from A to D)
Student does not demonstrate evidence of essential learning at the time of school closure AND does not yet demonstrate essential learning as part of Distance Learning for All by the end of spring term 2020. (This would include the grade F)
Be sure that if your student is experiencing concerns in participating in the Distance Learning for All approach, please contact your student’s counselor or teacher to discuss additional options to support your student and to adjust to your family’s needs.
The plan for students with “Incomplete(s)”:
We are committed to ensuring that all of our Cleveland students continue to experience high quality teaching and learning during these challenging times, and we appreciate your continued support - be safe.
Paul Cook and the CHS Admin. team
Cleveland High School Family Newsletter
April 9, 2020
Dear CHS Parents and Students,
We hope this newsletter finds you healthy and safe. As you might know, we have received two big announcements from the Governor over the past 24 hours regarding the school year and the status of our seniors. For all students across the state, all in-person classes are cancelled, and schools will remain closed. Please understand, however, that instruction will continue via distance learning for the rest of this school year.
Yesterday, the Governor announced that seniors who were on track to graduate when classes were cancelled will receive passing grades and will earn their diploma. Again, please be aware that ALL seniors are expected to follow the student daily schedule printed below. Seniors who did not have passing grades at the point schools were closed are expected to work with their teachers to improve their grades so that they may also graduate. Information concerning each senior’s status will be sent home as soon as possible.
For all students who will continue their education via distance learning, the District has provided this template for a daily schedule which as you see does not resemble the regular A/B schedule we are used to. We have attached the Cleveland Student Daily Schedule that will begin on Monday, April 13, and ask that students and parents be aware of what will occur each day and at what time.
This new schedule will allow us a blend of continuing to focus on the essential learning and opportunities that will enable our students to grow academically through all the challenges we are facing, and the flexibility to adjust to what might be happening in their and their teachers’ personal situations.
Here is an example of how a student’s daily schedule might look:
8:15 - 8:50 Student-directed learning in their coursework (reading, writing, etc.)
9:00 - 10:00 and 10:10 - 11:10 Two classes per day (Monday - Thursday)
Here are two examples of how instruction may be offered:
1:00 – 3:15 Student Choice
While we know there are many more questions than we have answers for at this point, we will share more information as it arrives from the District and ODE. These are unprecedented times which lead to unprecedented challenges. We are in this together and are here to do what is best by our students. We need to stay positive, focused and safe.
Paul Cook and the CHS Administration team
On May 23, 2020, we received the following communication from the International Baccalaureate Organization regarding the May 2020 exam session:
To our IB Students and Families,
The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
As an organization, it is critical for the IB to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.
- The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.
- Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on the student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.
- We know parents and students will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by 27 March 2020.
Jennifer Wiandt Owens
IB Coordinator/TOK Teacher
Cleveland High School
Under an executive order from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Portland Public Schools and other districts in Oregon will be closed through April 28. More information and updates
April 3, 2020
Dear Cleveland Families,
We have had a busy week dealing with the new, unprecedented way that we will be doing learning this month. The biggest message we can send is that we intend to remain “flexible”. Please have patience with us and know that all will not be perfect and that we may encounter bumps in the road. Our first, very important goal is to check in on each and every student and their well-being. Next, we need to be assured all students are internet connected. Hopefully, your student has completed our online survey asking about technology needs and access or have already picked up a device if needed. If not, please respond to this survey here: https://forms.gle/
Our teachers have been working diligently to get up to speed on the technology platforms and to redesign their curriculum to fit this new format. Academics are important, but we all know that we first need to be sure we are all ready to focus on instruction.
This is the most up to date District information we have to share about instruction for next week.
Quarter 3 Grades for High Schools:
Because of credit issues, high schools will extend the timeframe for Q3 grade entry for high school students to April 13th. Teachers will reach out to students to allow them an opportunity to improve their grade before reporting any report card grades. Please work with your student’s teachers if you have any concerns in meeting this deadline in these extraordinary times. Please be assured that no student will be penalized for not being able to complete work.
We ask for your cooperation in supporting your student’s teachers by monitoring and supporting positive and productive time on screen. Teachers will provide norms for students to follow while online.
A regular weekly schedule of meeting times will be in our next newsletter. This first week will give teachers more flexibility in reaching out to their classes in preparation for a more structured schedule starting on April 13th.
Special Education students should expect communication from their case managers about how to move forward on individual support and goals in the new distance learning environment. ESL students will also have outreach from their case manager as well.
If students need password resets, please let their teacher or counselor know so we can get them set up.
Other important information:
Information about the new principal selection process will be announced soon.
Access to the CHS building is restricted to custodial staff only at this time. We will let you know when we will be able to allow your students back in to retrieve their belongings.
Everyone at CHS is focused on providing space for your students to find connection, engaging learning and support during this unique time. Please stay safe and healthy.
Paul Cook and the CHS Administrative team
March 29, 2020
Dear Cleveland Families,
I hope that this letter finds you safe, healthy and that your loved ones are doing well during these difficult times. While there is much uncertainty in everything around us currently, my administrative team and I are hoping to bring some familiarity and normalcy to what is unique and unprecedented in how we “conduct” school at CHS. However, one thing is for certain: we are doing this together, all learning together as we venture into this new territory.
Now that “Spring Break” is coming to a close, we are sharing some information as to next steps for the next few weeks for students and staff and providing the information as we know as of today
We are expecting the Oregon Department of Education to issue in the very near future new guidance regarding 3rd quarter/second semester grades, class credits, and graduation requirements. Once the new guidance is issued, we will be able to answer many questions, including those regarding graduation requirements for the Class of 2020.
Our task in the next week is to help ALL of our teachers facilitate remote learning with ALL of our students. As you know, many of our teachers have already developed remote learning opportunities for students. Cleveland teachers will spend most of next week planning and preparing for remote learning. The District is providing a series of online courses for teachers to complete. Starting Monday, our teachers will also meet in “virtual” departments to identify essential learnings that we want our students to master before the end of the school year.
Cleveland teachers will be sending information to students to establish connections and to determine who is and isn’t accessing online learning. In addition, we will be reaching out individually with support to students who need to recover credit in order to meet graduation requirements, or who need specialized programming along with those who need access.
In the next week, we will finalize a schedule and be able to offer answers to the essential questions we know you have. It goes without saying that information from the District and the state is changing or happening daily. Please know that we will be communicating updates as we receive the latest information.
Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and flexibility.
All the best,
Paul Cook and the CHS Administrative Team
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