• Principal's Update

    Dear Cleveland Families,

    Congratulations to all of our students who have completed Quarter 1 of this school year. This grading period marks the halfway point in the first semester. The grades on the report card indicate the progress your student is making in achieving the learning targets in their classes. This grade does not go on the permanent transcript of your student. Students have time in November, December and January to work with their teachers to improve. We know that grades can be stressful for students. Learning is a journey and this grading period is just a snapshot of where your student is right now. 

    Parent teacher conferences can be a great way to connect with your student’s teachers as we move forward in the semester. Conferences are November 22nd and 23rd and will be virtual across all PPS schools. Conferences are scheduled and we are currently reaching out to schedule priority conferences for students who may be struggling in multiple subjects. On November 18, 2021 we will open up the scheduling tool for all parents to sign up for a virtual conference. We will send out a link to use to easily schedule a time and scheduling tool will be available until 10:00 PM on November 19, 2021. You can elect to meet with as many of your student’s teachers as you wish. Please recognize that there are a limited number of slots for each teacher across the 2 days. Please do not feel obligated to sign up for conferences if your student is doing well and is feeling supported at school. Also, do not hesitate to reach out to teachers, counselors or administrators at any time to partner in supporting your student.

    I want to recognize the tremendous work of our students in the variety of sports and activities at the school: 

    Our two soccer teams made it to the state playoffs this year. While the girls lost their first round match against number 2 ranked Lake Oswego, they played with great heart and scored 2 goals. Our boys team advanced to the quarter finals and lost against Grant HS in a match that went to penalty kicks. Our team showed great sportsmanship and skill. There was a great crowd supporting them this past Saturday.

    The fall play, Antigone, opens tonight in our beautiful auditorium! Please come see the remarkable work that our students and theatre director, Michael Payne, have produced. The rehearsals have looked amazing and I am excited to see the play. The play is being performed tonight, Nov. 9, tomorrow, Nov.10 and Friday, Nov. 12. Please remember to bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test when coming to see the play.

    Our speech and debate program has been recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association as the leading chapter in the North Oregon District for the 2020-21 school year. 

    Our CARE (Cleveland Alliance for Racial Equity) leadership class has started a mural project that celebrates Black empowerment. Here is what  the students said in their mural proposal:

    “Our project is an uplifting mural that provides Black empowerment to every African/African-American student in Cleveland High School. It gives children of color something to look at and see themselves in when they are not getting that representation in a mostly white school. It's a way to make everyone feel great about themselves no matter what color they are and is group based to include everyone. C.A.R.E’s mission is to provide equality and safe spaces for voices that need to be heard the most, and this project represents that.”

    We will be hosting a student forum tomorrow which will be an all eight period day. Our freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes will each get a chance to participate during designated periods. The student forum, organized and spearheaded by Arly Holzweissig, advanced leadership student, and Moxie Thompson, CARE leadership student, will give students an opportunity to share their experiences at CHS with the school admin team. I am looking forward to hearing from our students and working together to build community at CHS.

    Jo Ann Wadkins


    Cleveland HS