Coordinator's Corner Weekly Announcements

Weekly Announcements (September 29-October 3):

Quote of the Week: “To these roots, I owe everything.” ~ Junot Diaz



Coordinator’s Message:  We CORE teachers require you to be critical thinkers and so we require ourselves to be critical thinkers.  When you are at the movies making COREnections, so are we.  Your dinner conversations are like our dinner conversations, chock-full of analysis about the topics of the past and of today.  Your questions are our questions that we answer over and over again with new responses and discoveries.  Your homework is our homework (and grading!).  I was not a student in this program the way many of your teachers were, but I was born and raised as a teacher here, and “to these roots, I owe everything.”  This quotation by author Junot Diaz is speaking particularly about cultural roots, but in thinking more about it,  he is also speaking about experiences and about the link between starts and finishes.  Some roots are painful; some roots get tangled; some roots are weak; some roots are strong; some roots start in one place and end up in another place down the line, but all roots are beginnings and we grow from there, so “to these roots, [we] owe everything.”



Practice SAT:  The last day to sign up for the PSAT is Friday, October 3rd!  Our 2014-2015 College Admissions Initiative is in full force and kicks off with the PSAT on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.  Because we are a college preparatory program, we highly recommend all freshmen take the exam, and we require all juniors to take the exam as part of the CORE 11 curriculum. All sophomores take the exam free of charge through the LAUSD.  The cost for freshmen and juniors is $15.00, and you can sign-up in the Student Store during Nutrition and Lunch.  There are also fee waivers available for students in the Free and Reduced Lunch program. If you think you qualify, please see Ms. Drell in the College Office.



Early Dismissal: The next early dismissal Tuesday is September 30th.  The school day ends at 1:34 PM. Please plan accordingly.



Magnet Parents Association:  SPREAD THE WORD…The next MPA meeting of the year is Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the MPR. Please encourage your parents to stay “in the loop” and attend this very important meeting.  All parents welcome!



COREdinators:  Our next meeting will be held Friday, October 3rd in the E10.  See you there!



CORE Experience for Parents:  Encourage your parents to walk a day (or night) in your shoes and attend CORE Experience for Parents on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  You must turn in a tear-off to the appropriate teacher or they can click HERE to register.



Magnet Tours:  Magnet Tours are underway!  Please be on your best behavior, keep the halls and outer areas clean, and show our prospective freshmen that “there is no place like CORE!”



Calling All Performers:  The Music Center is hosting a series of classes for high school students in the arts called, Spotlight.  Spotlight is a nationally-acclaimed scholarship and arts training program for high school students in the performing and visual arts.  It is free to apply. Go to for more information and to apply to this fantastic program.



An Exciting Opportunity from MIT:  The first of its kind on a national scale, INSPIRE, a new national research competition in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, organized by MIT students exclusively for high school students enables students to showcase and present original research in one of thirteen fields, ranging from anthropology to music, economics, and philosophy. Expert judges will award prizes for the most outstanding work in each category. You are invited to participate by submitting entries and competing for awards. The final round of the competition will be held at MIT’s campus in Cambridge, MA from April 7-9, 2015. You can find information regarding deadlines, eligibility criteria, and the application itself on their website  The first deadline, for abstract submission, is on January 7, 2015.



The Writer’s Block:  Did you know we have a literary magazine on campus called The Writer’s Block? They meet Tuesday at lunch in F5.  The editors are currently taking submissions of short stories, fan fiction, screenplays, essays, poetry, rants, comics, drawing, and photography.  Submit your work to by October 3, 2014.  Don’t miss this opportunity to have your work published.



Models of Pride: Join GSA and others from around the city for Models of Pride, which will take place on Saturday, October 11th at USC.  The all-day youth conference celebrates and empowers LGBTQA youth and features more than 100 workshops, as well as dynamic performers, speakers, entertainers, and a DJ dance party! Don’t miss out on this fabulous event!



Do You Have a Cav Card?: Show your Cavalier pride by attending sporting events and school activities. By purchasing a Cav Card at the Student Store for $25 (Cash Only), you will get into football and basketball games for free and get exclusive discounts on school activities, including the Homecoming Dance.



CORE Representatives Needed:  Recruiting season for the 2014-2015 has begun and we are in need of strong, enthusiastic, outgoing students who love CORE to represent us.  We are looking for students of all grade levels who attended Lawrence, Noble and Holmes for the “Meet the Magnets” night at Monroe HS on Wednesday, October 1st from 6-8, and for students who attended Walter Reed Middle School at the “Meet the High Schools” night at Walter Reed MS on October 22nd from 6-8. Please email Ms. Macon if you are interested.



Tutoring Available:  The Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley is offering free tutoring Monday-Thursday in our school library from 3:00-5:00 pm.  They also offer college admissions workshops.  One of the tutors is a CORE alumnus. Come to the Magnet Office to register.



Agendas and COREture:  We have CORE agendas available in the Magnet Office for $5.00. Also, don’t forget to get your COREture gear– T-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts at great prices! All proceeds go to the program!



Book Bundles:  There are still 9th and 11th Grade Book Bundles available.  Having your own copy of the books we are using  is an invaluable tool and all proceeds go back to the program. Come to the Magnet Office for an order form.



Lunch Applications:  In order to attend CORE field trips, you MUST complete a Title I lunch application.  Even if you don’t think you will qualify or don’t want to receive tickets, you still must complete an application.  We suggest completing it online, if you haven’t already.  Click HERE for instructions.  Print your confirmation form and bring it to the Magnet Office.



Important College News for All:  Have you visited the Career and College Office website?  It is an incredibly useful resource as you begin the college admissions journey in the ninth grade.  Be sure to bookmark the calendar as there are important dates to note. Go to to check it out.



Spirit Fridays!: Remember to wear your CORE t-shirt (or any Cleveland t-shirt) for a chance to win a gift card to one of many fabulous establishments!



Corebaby Email: Be sure to check your Corebaby email address EVERYDAY for important updates!  If you use another email address as your primary email address, you can forward your Corebaby emails to that address so that you don’t miss anything! See Mr. Saavedra if you have questions.



Forgot Your Corebaby Email Password?:  You can retrieve it, but it will cost you a dollar.  Go to Mr. Saavedra in E7 for information, but don’t go empty handed.



Cavalier News: Have you seen Cleveland’s new website?  Go to to check it and get important schoolwide info!



Got Suggestions???: As we begin planning for the 2014-2015 school year, we want to hear from you! What suggestions do have for improving the program? Go to the Home Page and click the icon to submit your suggestions.


Clean Up After Yourselves:  Please do your part to keep your learning environment and other areas on campus clean.  Pick up your trash, recycle where possible, and remind your friends to do the same! I do not want see your trash left on the floors for someone else to clean up. Thank you!


(Coordinator’s Corner last updated September 28, 2014 @ 8:00 PM by Ms. Macon)