• Principal's Message January 2, 2019

    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.

    For this week, we want you to know that we are offering our 2nd annual Forecasting Fair on Thursday, January 3rd.  We will be offering an “Assembly Schedule” to our students on Thursday.  After 1st period, students can go to various classrooms to learn about all the amazing electives that Cleveland High School is offering in the 19-20 school year.  There are more semester elective courses, particularly in the Arts and CTE Departments.  More elective courses allows our students the opportunity to try out multiple electives courses during any one year of high school.  We appreciate the innovative thinking of our teachers who are willing to offer more choices for our students through semester elective courses.  Please encourage your student to attend the Forecasting Fair this Thursday.

    Semester exams are around the corner and will be occurring on January 16th, 17th, and 18th.   The detailed semester exam schedule will be published on the front page of our website shortly.  

    The MLK, Jr Holiday is also around the corner on Monday, January 21st. Together with student leaders we have been planning a Black History Month Assembly for many months, which will take place on Thursday, February 14th.  We will share more with you about the program for that assembly once it is finalized. With the recent incidents of hate at Cleveland High School, we, the administrative team, are working in close collaboration with our culturally-specific clubs, teacher advisors of those clubs, and student leaders to plan an additional assembly with the intention to prevent the use of hate speech in our school community and to educate our student body on how confront and/or report hate, bullying, harassment, etc.  We will share more with you as we finalize plans for this important assembly which will take place later in the spring.  In the meantime, please know that if your student has experienced or observed an incident of bullying, harassment, or hate, they must (confidentially) report to me or a Vice Principal immediately.  We have a zero tolerance mind-set for any incidents of hate and bullying in our school.  You, as a parent, can also call a school administrator directly if your child has informed you of such an incident.  We, as school administrators, are directly responsible for keeping our school safe, investigating matters of hate/bullying, and holding our students and school community capable of behaving with compassion and kindness.  Our staff is well-aware that they, too, must report directly to a school administrator as soon as they know of an incident of hate and/or bullying.  Thank you for being partners with us moving forward on this effort.  

    As a former high school history and anthropology teacher of ten years and a long-time non-violent social activist, I have been inspired, like many, by the words of MLK, Jr.   This quote below is one that I have written on my white-erase board in my office for the month of January as it is timely and relevant to my role as the Principal of Cleveland High School.  Please join me to reflect upon this quote, which I will also share with students in the Bulletin on Monday, January 7th.  A question for our community is: How does this quote apply to our work with our children/students and to our school community at large?  

    We adopt the means of nonviolence because our end is a community at peace with itself. We will try to persuade with our words, but if our words fail, we will try to persuade with our acts.” – MLK, Jr.                                                                                                                                                                                                          The staff at Cleveland High School is extraordinary and extremely dedicated to the hearts and minds of the students we serve.  We, the CHS Administrative Team, are wanting to do more to nurture and support our staff.  We are beginning with the small gesture of offering donuts and coffee to our staff the first Thursday morning of every month before school begins.  I want to thank you and the CHS PTA for supporting the cost for this effort.  

    AND, I am making myself available to you once-a-month for “Coffee Talk” with the Principal.  I am looking at the last Friday of every month from 9-10am in the Faculty Lounge.  Once we confirm those dates and times, we will send it out to you in e-News  I am also available at every PTA Meeting offered in the evenings which are published on the google calendar on the front page of our school website.  I would enjoy meeting more parents and seeing a larger attendance at PTA meetings in the evening.  

    With that in mind, I would like to add, we are in urgent need of more parents to “step up” and into leadership positions for both our 19-20 PTA Board and our CHS Foundation.  Both of these community based organizations are vital to the overall health and well-being of our school community.  I work in close collaboration with both the PTA and the Foundation and many of our parent-leaders are graduating their youngest child with the Class of 2019 at CHS and will not be serving in their current role in 19-20.  If you are interested in becoming a part of the PTA Board, please contact our current PTA President Bill Baney at baney4@gmail.com.  Christina Marcoules is our current CHS Foundation Chair.  Please contact her at csmarcoules@comcast.net.

    In service and with gratitude,


    Ayesha C. Freeman


    Cleveland High School