Principal's Update Feb 14, 20222/14/2022
Dear Cleveland Families,
I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the wonderful weather this past weekend. We are now underway into the second semester with some changes to our schedule that will allow students more Flex periods to interact with their teachers. Our updated schedule is on our website and available on the Trivory app. If you and your student have yet to subscribe to Trivory, please sign-up now.. One other feature in our second semester schedule are 2 SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) days that are a half day for students. Our first one is March 2. Students will come to school from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM and will attend sessions of their choice on a range of topics that include mental health, consent and racial equity. Our Mental Health Advocacy student group who is advised by Michelle Hardaway is helping to plan the day for students and we are bringing in a variety of community and district resources to host the sessions.
I sent a message to students on Friday about an incident that occurred on the Max on Monday morning, February 7 that involved one of our students. This hate crime involved our student being subject to verbal abuse that included racial slurs. Our student was also physically threatened by the person, who was not a student. The incident has been reported to the police. This hate crime is an affront to our core values of Racial Equity and Social Justice, Respect, Honesty and Integrity. Every student has the right to feel safe coming to school whether that is walking in the neighborhood or taking public transportation. We care about the safety and wellbeing of all of our students.
I let students know that they can report any incident where a student is unsafe using SafeOregon. They can submit reports 24/7. I said that they should reach out to their counselors or our social worker if they were feeling unsafe. If they witnessed the incident they can come to me or any trusted adult in the building. They can also report it to SafeOregon. Another resource I recommend is the organization Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) which provides resources for reporting hate crimes in the community as well as resources to support victims of hate crimes.
I use Canvas to email students to their PPS email addresses. Please encourage your students to check their student email on a regular basis.
I have also heard from you about the camp that surrounds our parking lot on SE 25th Ave. and SE Franklin St. First, the camp is not on PPS property. Our district security services department works with the city in addressing camps near schools. Our campus safety agents file reports to both the city and the district. I have asked specifically that this camp be addressed at the next meeting with the city which should be this week. You can use the link below to get more information about the reporting process.
I am proud to let you know of some recent student achievements.
Two of our students, Simone Guite and Ellie Howard, have been recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association for earning that organization’s Academic All American Award. For more than the 141,000 student members, fewer than 1% of students earn this award every year. Congratulations to these outstanding members of our Speech and Debate Team!
Victor Huynh has been named a candidate for the US Presidential Scholars Program. Students are chosen for outstanding performance on the ACT Assessment or the College Board SAT. I certainly feel Victor is the best candidate for this prestigious award and I am happy to support his application.
Our Cleveland Jazz Ensemble competed this past Saturday in the West Salem Jazz Festival where they placed third. A number of the ensemble won outstanding soloists awards:
Auden Koeneke - Alto & Soprano Sax
Liem Friel - Trombone
Maia Connelly - Trumpet
Jesse Broderick - Drums
Drew Sykes - Guitar
Jason Tran - Piano
Jo Ann Wadkins,
Cleveland High School