Greetings from the Principal’s Office. We are a week away from the end of the first quarter and in my observations of the teaching and learning happening in our classrooms I can safely report we remain focused on learning objectives, positive social interactions, and a growth mindset; all the while the district is focused on building the capacity of administrators and teachers to grow students into strong lifelong learners through our graduate portrait lens. Some of the attributes we are committed to developing in our population include students who are: innovative and global, consistent and reliable, adaptive and resilient to change, and caring and relational. Cleveland students, along with teaching staff, work daily to develop these attributes with the goal in mind of graduating with a true metropolitan mindset. I encourage you to ask your child how they see themselves developing in this graduate portrait as the school year progresses.
Secondly I view schools as systems, living organisms, and highly developed organizations. School systems are tested daily in how they react to stress and pressure. This week we were tested in a way that caused a high amount of stress among all of us: a school-wide lockdown. I am proud to report our system responded to the lockdown, which was inadvertent, exactly as planned. Teachers and students, along with administration and office staff reacted exactly how we have been trained. Additionally, the emergency message went to our central office and they were able to give us the location from where the lockdown call came. We were able to make contact with the location and determine the call was accidental. A quick all-school message was made to calm students and staff fears and then we continued the day with business as usual. I believe we are well-planned in the event of a school emergency; and to be clear, student safety is at the forefront of our minds as we navigate this new reality in school preparedness.
Finally, our fall sports season is wrapping up and I am proud to say our fall athletes have put Cleveland fully back on the map across Portland and the metro area. Their success has brought a renewed pride in our student body, and I see more and more Cleveland gear worn to school daily. This success is key to a healthy culture in schools among students, staff, and parents. Please check the OSAA website for future playoff contests for our football, boys and girls soccer teams, and cross country teams. I look forward to seeing you on campus to support our student athletes.
Until next time,
Dear Cleveland Warrior Community. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year. Maintaining a welcoming school community focused on high expectations for students and staff, I feel our best work is yet to come. It will be hard work, no doubt, but we will become ONE WARRIOR together this school year. My plan as the instructional leader will be to bring us together under one belief that we are much stronger and resilient when we work together, exhibit caring and compassion for one another, and do the best we can for ourselves and our school.
I look forward to making as many personal connections as possible during the school year. Truly, don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have a question of our work here at Cleveland.
Very truly yours,