Cleveland Choir has six students Selected for All Northwest Honor Choir!
The following student were selected from over 4370 students who auditioned to participate in this outstanding honor choir event that will be hold in Portland Oregon on February 14-17. This is a true honor and a mark of the dedication and hard work these students have for music. They will be rehearsing over the coming months in preparation for this prestigious event and will get to work with one of the finest conductors in our country.
Please help me in congratulating the following Cleveland Choir Students:
NATIONAL HONOR CHOIR Selected our very own Nora Burkhartsmeier
The American Choral Directors Association auditions and selects students grades 10th-12th and all Undergraduate University levels for their National Honor Choir held only every other year. This event pulls from every state across the entire country and this year, Cleveland High School's very own Nora Burkhartsmeier was selected for this incredible honor. Thousands of applications were sent in and the group only selects a small few to come together, rehearsal with a world-renowned conductor, and perform for over 10,000 people at their National Conference. We can't be more excited and Thrilled for Nora!!!
Hello Families of CHS Students,
Happy New Year and WELCOME BACK! With the turn of the new year, I am beginning a NEW weekly “Principal’s Message” in e-News for you. A comprehensive high school is like a small city with so much happening. There is always something to celebrate as well as important issues to address in collaboration with you as a school community.
To all PPS high school students:
You are invited to attend a student led discussion about the Student Resource Officer Program and proposed agreement with the Portland Police Bureau.
Portland Public Schools has relied upon school resource officers (SRO) to provide safety and security services in our schools for nearly twenty years. SROs are police officers with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) who are specially trained to work with student populations and school communities in a restorative justice and trauma informed best practices approach.
The primary goal of SRO agreements, across school districts nationwide and in PPS, is to formalize the processes and intent by which school district and police bureau staff work together to address safety and security incidences in and around schools. These agreements also outline how student criminal misbehavior is addressed. The priority for PPS and PPB is to avoid referring students to the juvenile justice system whenever possible.
Work is currently underway to formalize the working agreement between PPS and PPB through the adoption of the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). The IGA is scheduled to be considered by the PPS Board of Education in the coming weeks. Before that vote, the Board is interested in hearing students’ thoughts, ideas and concerns.
Please consider attending this student discussion and sharing your views:
Thursday, December 6
Blanchard Education Service Center (PPS District Offices)
501 North Dixon Street in the Board Room
Representatives from the Portland Police Bureau’s Youth Services Division and SRO program, along with staff and Board from PPS, will be on hand to listen to student feedback, address concerns, and answer questions about the Student Resource Office Program and proposed agreement with the Portland Police Bureau.
Ayesha C. Freeman
Hello Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of CHS Students:
Thanksgiving break is around the corner. Students will not be in school November 19th-23rd. We are looking forward to hosting and receiving parent(s)/guardian(s) of our Cleveland High School students on Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th. We offer “arena” style conferences mostly. This means that most of our teachers will be available in the cafeteria and the library. Conversations about your child/student are kept to a minimum of 5 minutes as typically there can be a line of parents waiting to speak with the same teacher. The schedule and more details are in the attached letter. Our schedule times have adjusted slightly on Tuesday, Nov. 20th from what was sent through eNews this week. We will be offering conferences on Tuesday until 8pm.
Cleveland High School staff are also offering a variety of break-out sessions for parents. Please take note of them below on the conference schedule on the attachment. We will be engaged in dialogue with parents about our IB Program, Drug and Alcohol Use/Prevention, and Graduation Requirements. We hope to have a large parent turn out for these sessions.
The PTA has generously offered to provide their annual potluck to our approximate 120 staff on Monday, Nov. 19th from 4:30-5:30. Please sign up below to be a part of this recognition and support of our hard-working, dedicated CHS staff. Thank you so much!
See you Monday and Tuesday,
Hello Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of Cleveland High School,
It’s unbelievable that we are already one fourth of the way through our ‘18-19 school year with the end of 1st quarter last Friday, October 26th. WOW! I hope that your student is having a positive experience here at Cleveland High School. High school can be a challenging place for young people when it comes to navigating the social and cultural norms. Know that we have an outstanding Counseling Staff, an excellent Social Worker, a Restorative Justice Coordinator, and many community partners who can support your student. Please communicate directly with your student’s teachers if you have questions about their learning or grades in specific classes. Our teachers welcome conversations with parents/guardians about our students’ academic progress.
Parent-Teacher conferences are around the corner. Please see the schedule listed below. We will have more information posted on our website and I will send out a more detailed message in coming days.
Monday, November 19th
Tuesday, November 20th
CHS Theater Arts Program and Teacher
I am want to let you know that theatre teacher, Mr. Tom Beckett will return to Cleveland next week. Mr. Beckett will be back on campus on Monday, November 5th and he will reach out to parent(s)/guardian(s) of Theater Arts students in the next week. He will begin teaching Theater Arts classes on Tuesday, Nov. 13th. I have been going into Theater Arts classes today, November 2nd, to share with students that Mr. Beckett is returning.
Please know that I am grateful not only for the patience and flexibility shown by our Theater Arts students the last several months. I look forward to our students and Mr. Beckett’s continued commitment to our Theatre Program.
Student Conflict at CHS
We have about 25-30 students who are impacted by an on-going conflict between this same group of students which is mostly happening outside the school day and off campus. We have been working diligently this entire week helping our students de-escalate this conflict. This conflict escalated at the end of last week on Friday night near the McDonald’s on Powell. Police were called and we have been working to resolve the tension amongst groups of students.
At Cleveland, we have asked for additional security presence on campus and we are organizing three Restorative Justice Talking Circles with the students who are involved. Two primary groups of students are involved. “Restorative Justice” is an approach to help anyone, in this case students, resolve their conflicts. RJ Circles create a safe space for voices to be heard and to repair the hurt and harm that has been done. We are fortunate to have an masterful RJ Coordinator, Charles Hunter, Sr. in our building, and he is working closely with our administrative team and teachers to help resolve this conflict.
We, the administrative team and our RJ Coordinator, are calling the parents of students we know who are involved. Individual student discipline is confidential, however, know that some students have already received school-based consequences since this conflict is having negative implications for our learning environment during the school day.
Parking on Franklin Street
Parents, please know that at the end of the school day, we work closely with families of students who have specific needs that need to be met, and as a result, we have a direct hand-off of some students from our school staff to parents on Franklin Street. Please do not park along Franklin after school unless you are one of the families who has permission to pick up your child at that location. Let me or a Vice Principal know if you have questions.
Thank you for making some time to read this message. Have a wonderful weekend with your families!
Ayesha C. Freeman
Hello Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of Cleveland High School,
It’s unbelievable that we are already one-fourth of the way through our ‘18-19 school year with the end of 1st quarter last Friday, October 26th. WOW! I hope your student is having a positive experience here at Cleveland. High school can be a challenging place for young people when it comes to navigating the social and cultural norms. Know that we have an outstanding Counseling Staff, an excellent Social Worker, a Restorative Justice Coordinator, and many community partners who can support your student. Please communicate directly with your student’s teachers if you have questions about their learning or grades in specific classes. Our teachers welcome conversations with parents/guardians about our students’ academic progress.
Good morning Cleveland families,
This morning we had a small fire in our woodshop. The fire is out and it will not impact classes. Classes start at our regular time. We will be working with staff on the machine that started the fire and deciding whether it is fixable or needs to be replaced.
Thank you to our custodial staff who alerted 911 right away and the quick response from fire department.
Please join us for Back-to-School Night on Wednesday, September 26th. The program for the evening will begin at 6:15 pm in the auditorium. You will then have an opportunity to meet with your student’s teachers in their classrooms, and find out more about programs and curriculum at Cleveland High School.
After the presentation in the auditorium, Period 1 will begin promptly at 6:45 pm. Each period will be ten minutes in length, with a five-minute passing time to get to the next class.
Encourage your student to fill out this blank schedule so that you will know where you are supposed to go for each class period. If your student cannot remember or is unable to complete it, you can get your student’s schedule through ParentVUE. If you need helping getting on to ParentVUE, please see Amy Liu in the main office before or during Back to School Night.
We look forward to hosting you Wednesday evening!
Ayesha C. Freeman
Cleveland High School
Hello Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of CHS Students,
The start of the new school year is always so full and busy. I have made it into almost every single classroom already and have enjoyed meeting with several student groups about what is going well and what Cleveland can do differently to best serve them. It has been an outstanding start!
Of course, we always face new challenges and issues that require a high level of response. I want to share with you some updates that may directly or indirectly influence your student’s learning experience at Cleveland.
Hello Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of our Cleveland High School students,
What an excellent first day of school today! It has been wonderful seeing all of our Cleveland students, answering their questions, and helping them to find their classes.
I shared an email earlier about our additional staffing we received from the district and some schedule changes that happened over the weekend as a result. Again, let us know what questions you have.
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Portland Public Schools will again be a featured part of the
city’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute event. The 34th edition will
be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Highland Christian Center, 7600 NE Glisan
St. The event will feature digital, musical and artistic performances,
and an array of community speakers.
The PPS Visioning initiative has entered a new phase in January, with a series of community meetings in which students, families, educators and volunteers will be able to share what they think the future of education in Portland should look like.
Christy Wheeler of Sellwood Middle School recently won the Oregon Counselor of the Year Award from the Oregon School Counselors Association. We asked her to share her thoughts on the role counselors play in school communities.
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