Principal's Messages

  • Principal's Message - 04/12/2021

    Dear Cleveland Families,

    First, I want to thank you for your support and patience this year as we have worked together during distance learning and are now making the transition together to in-person instruction. We look forward to welcoming students into Cleveland on Monday, April 19. I would like to share some important information about returning to school.

    Safety Protocols

    Your student will engage in asynchronous lessons this week. One of those lessons will be covering the safety protocols all students must follow while in the building. Importantly, students need to pre-screen themselves for symptoms before coming to school. No student should come to Cleveland if they - 

    • have a fever (temperature over 100.4 degrees F/) or chills without having taken any fever reducing medications.
    • have a new cough that has not been diagnosed or cleared by a healthcare provider. 
    • have unexplained shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. 
    • have a new loss of taste or smell.
    • have any of these additional excludable symptoms of illness: vomiting, diarrhea or undiagnosed rash or sores.

    In addition, students should pre-screen for potential exposure to COVID-19. They should not come to school if they - 

    • have or someone in their household been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person who has COVID-19 for at least 15 cumulative minutes in a day. 
    • have been asked to isolate or quarantine at home by a medical professional or a local public health department.

    Masks must be worn at all times while in the building. Students need to keep to the right while travelling in hallways or using the stairs. They may not share school supplies. They are not allowed to eat at school. Students may bring their own, filled water bottles. We will have stations where they may refill their water bottles. Nutrition services will be providing bagged breakfasts and lunches for the next day that students may pick up at the end of the school day to take home.

    We have the ability to provide rapid Covid-19 tests to symptomatic students. We will need your permission to give your student the test. The test is self-administered under the guidance of a trained adult. We would like your student to bring the signed form to Cleveland when they come to school. We will also have hard copies of the form at the school.

    COVID-19 Testing Consent Form


    We have made some adjustments to the in-person student bell schedule to add more consistency for students in the morning. The schedule will be posted on our website and we will start to follow this schedule on April 19. There will be a special schedule for the week of April 26 to accommodate SAT testing which we will send separately. The schedule linked below lists our regular two-week rotation. Cohort A students come to school in the afternoons on Mondays and Tuesdays and Cohort B students come to school on Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesday remains an asynchronous schedule for students.

    In-Person Instruction Schedule

    School Entrances

    We have designated entrances for each of our grade levels to expedite getting students to classrooms. Students need to enter the building at their designated entrance. Once in-person classes are in session, all doors will be locked and the only entrance will be the main entrance on SE 26th Avenue for late arriving students. These entrances will be marked.

    Seniors - enter at the door leading to the band room on the SE 28th Avenue side of the building

    Juniors - enter at the door leading to the east wing on the SE 28th Avenue side of the building

    Sophomores - enter at the main entrance

    Freshmen - enter at the rear door facing the gym off of SE Franklin St.

    Students will be receiving colored wristbands to indicate the cohort they are in and that they should remember to wear when coming to school. Cohort A will be designated by green or yellow wristbands  and Cohort B will be designated by pink or purple wristbands.

    Finally, I cannot wait to meet your student in person at Cleveland. I know teachers and staff are equally excited. Please let me know of any questions or concerns.

    Go Warriors!

    Jo Ann Wadkins,


    Cleveland High School

  • Special Student Schedule Next Week - 04/08/2021

    Dear Cleveland Families,

    I wanted to share the special Student Schedule we have for next week. The schedule is being adjusted for two reasons:

    1. The administration of the SAT on Tuesday, April 13

    2. Teacher Professional Development days to prepare for in-person instruction

    The schedule will be posted on our website and put out on our social media. Here are highlights to consider:

    1. Monday morning is synchronous learning in CDL with all 8 periods scheduled so that teachers can touch base with all of their students before the students enter asynchronous learning for the rest of the week.

    2. Monday afternoon is asynchronous periods 1 and 2.

    3. Tuesday is SAT day. Juniors assigned to take the SAT on that day will be at Cleveland. All other students will participate in an asynchronous day that matches our usual Wednesday schedule.

    4. Wednesday-Friday is asynchronous learning all day with morning blocks and afternoon blocks. Attendance will be taken. The lessons will center on important topics to include COVID safety protocols.

    View the Student Schedule for April 12 - April 16

    Jo Ann Wadkins


    Cleveland High School

  • Hybrid Learning Survey Info - 03/19/21

    Dear Cleveland families, 

    PPS emailed a link to the High School Learning Choice Form on Thursday, March 18th. If you feel that you did not receive the link please follow these steps:

    1. Check all of your inboxes and junk boxes for an email from 
    2. The survey was sent to only one parent/guardian per student as not to overwrite answers submitted by another parent/guardian, so please also check the inbox of other caregivers whose email is also on file.
    3. Check our website for the draft student schedule for Hybrid Learning: 

    Jo Ann Wadkins,


    Cleveland High School

  • AAPI Statement of Support - 03/18/21

    Dear Cleveland Families,

    Following the terrible news coming out of Georgia, the Cleveland staff and community mourn this loss of life and we denounce these acts of violence.  We stand in solidarity with the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities who continue to experience increased acts of racism.  We know these events are traumatizing and we want to offer support to our students. 

    Support Meeting:

    Cleveland is offering a safe space where students can drop in for support or just to check in with a counselor or social worker.  

    Friday, March 19th from 1:00-2:00.


    Please see the link below to a slideshow of resources to better understand the history, impact and recent increase in anti-asian hate crimes and how to interrupt them.

    On Anti-Asian Hate


    Cleveland Admin Team: Jo Ann Wadkins, Kristy Mize, Sean Murray and Margaret Berrios-Brown

    Cleveland Counseling Team: Heidi Tolentino, Neil Gibson, Nicholas Yoder, Amanda Weber-Welch, Jennifer Van Kopp and Social Worker, Michelle Hardaway

    Cleveland Staff

  • Principal's Message - Important Updates

    Cleveland Families,

    I would like to share some announcements and updates with you all. First, progress reports will be going out next week with teachers having until this Friday, December 11 to submit the progress grades. We know some students are struggling. Please know that we are actively using the feedback you gave us at parent teacher conferences and via email to implement strategies to support students in their learning. 

    Second, the district has decided that we will not be giving the PSAT in January. This decision was made in consultation with school leaders and representatives from the district offices of testing and risk management. Here is a link to the announcement which outlines alternative ways for your student to qualify for the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

    PSAT Guidance-English

    PSAT Guidance-Spanish

    PSAT Guidance-Russian

    PSAT Guidance-Mandarin Chinese

    PSAT Guidance-Vietnamese

    PSAT Guidance-Somali

    Lastly, I sent an email last week about the new attendance process that we are using that includes new attendance codes. Teachers now take positive attendance (marking a student present instead of absent) every day for that day’s classes. Teachers enter attendance by the end of the work day and attendance calls go out in the early evening. These calls are to remind families to have their students check into their classes which they may do on Canvas. Here are the new codes:

    CS - Student checked into their synchronous class

    CA - Student checked in asynchronously

    UNV - teacher does not have record that the student has checked in by 3:45pm that day

    If your student receives an UNV, that does not mean they will be marked absent but that as of 3:45 PM they have not checked into the period in question. We appreciate your patience as we roll out this new system. The data we receive helps us to better support students and allows you to know on the day of classes if your student has engaged rather than having you learn about it the following day.

    Thank you for engaging with us. As always, feel free to reach out to any of our school staff if you have questions or concerns about your student. Please stay safe.