Coordinator's Corner Weekly Announcements

Quote of the Week: “In the space between yes and no, there is a lifetime.  It’s the difference between the path you walk and the one you leave behind; it’s the gap between who you thought you could be and who you really are; it’s the legroom for the lies you tell yourself in the future.” ~Jodi Picoult



Coordinator’s Message: This week, I want to talk about decisions, and what you need to consider when you make them.  As you grow older, the consequences of decisions you make became increasingly LESS temporary and MORE severe.  Think about the decisions you made in elementary school.  Even if it was a bad one, the penalty and the lasting effects were short-lived.  By the end of the week, all was usually right with the world.  In middle school, good and bad decisions began to tile the path of your life and reputations formed based on those decisions.  Now, here you are, and the decisions you make are what separate you from the rest.  Saying yes or no becomes “the difference between the path you walk and the one you leave behind.”  Have you decided to dedicate yourself to your education?  Have you decided to focus on your social life?  Have you decided to be friends with people that bring out the best in you?  Have you decided to associate with those that bring you down?  Have you decided to bring others down?  Have you decided to consume yourself with social media in unhealthy ways?  Have you decided to partake in risky behaviors?

The decisions you make now are the decisions that you will take with you, whether you want to or not.  And sometimes, the consequences live forever.  There is a way out, however.  Before saying yes or no, think about the worst possible consequence and ask yourself:  Am I committed to allowing this decision to define me? Am I committed to living with the consequences forever?  When I think it is behind me, will I be alright if it is resurrected?  Your goal should be to have the power to say yes or no as often as you can, because only you have the power to make the right decision.  And remember, we as adults are willing to help!



Lunch Applications:  Please do your part and complete a 2014-2015 Meal 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.



Early Dismissal Tuesday:  The next Early Dismissal Tuesday is this Tuesday, November 18th at 1:34 p.m. Please plan accordingly.



Magnet Parents Association:  The next MPA meeting of the year will be THIS Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. in E10.  Please encourage your parents to stay “in the loop” and attend this very important meeting.  Ms. Howe will be our guest speaker for the evening.  All parents welcome!



Movie Under the Stars: Looking for a fun way to kick off your Thanksgiving break?  Come to our “Movie Under the Stars” fundraiser featuring Spirited Away and a delicious Stonefire Grill dinner this Friday, November 21st on the quad from 4:30-8:00 PM. Purchase your tickets for $9.00 from MOnday through Wednesday outside of E-Hall at Nutrition ONLY.



Mock SAT/ACT:  On December 6th from 9:00am – 1:00pm there will be a mock SAT and ACT hosted by Revolution Prep.  Taking the exams is a great way to figure out which exam is best for your personal testing style. Please sign up for one or the other, not both.  Each mock exam is $10 and all proceeds come back to the program. Sign Up Here!



ATTENTION Seniors: The  Ephebian Society recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to CHS and the community during high school. Applicants must have at least a 3.3 GPA from grades 9 through spring semester of 2014. Complete the application HERE.  Be sure to follow the instructions carefully! Print and sign the application; return it along with a current photo (no larger that 2″ x 2″ to Ms. Slaughter’s box in the Main Office by 7:45 am on December 1, 2014.



AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY FOR SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS!: Attention sophomores and juniors, Stanford University hosts a summer institute for high school students interested in the Humanities. It is a great opportunity to showcase your critical thinking skills and terrific foundation in the Humanities.  The online application will be open at the end of November.  Go HERE and begin researching and collecting the necessary materials.  Financial aid is available.  You are qualified for this program; don’t let the opportunity slip away!



Free Speech Contest: High school juniors and seniors are eligible to participate in FIRE’s  annual essay contest.  To enter. students must submit an essay between 800-1000 on a prompt.  Prizes range from $10,000 to $500.  The deadline to submit your essay is January 1, 2015.  Go to for more information.



The Princeton Prize: Princeton University is sponsoring an annual awards program for high school students—the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.If you are a high school student involved in an activity that is helping to improve race relations in your school or community, we want to hear from you.  Applications postmarked by January 31, 2015, will be eligible for prizes—including cash awards up to $1,000 for particularly noteworthy work. Go to for more information.



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.



Having Trouble in Your Classes?:  You are not alone; there is 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 pick up the registration paperwork.



Online Tutoring Available:  Revolution Prep is offering a GPA Protection tutoring program for students.  For $99.00 a month, you are entitled to UNLIMITED, 30-minute, online tutoring sessions in 22 different subjects.  Go to for more info.



COREdinators: We are gearing up for our Fall event.  Come and see what we have in store. Join COREdinators Fridays at lunch in E10!



Caught Having Spirit: Every Friday show your school spirit by wearing your Core or Cleveland gear.  If I or a member of the COREdinators sees you, you could be entered to win great monthly prizes.  September winners were announced this past Friday and each student won a $10.00 iTunes gift cards.


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.



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!



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



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!



Got Suggestions???: As we continue planning for the 2014-2015 school year, we want to hear from you! What suggestions do have for improving the program? Click HERE to add your suggestion to the list.


(Coordinator’s Corner last updated November 16, 2014 @ 5:00 p.m. by Ms. Macon)