Coordinator's Corner Weekly Announcements

Weekly Announcements (Sept. 28- Oct. 2):

Quote of the Week: “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



Coordinator’s Message:  One of the best things about this time of year are the number of former students that reach out to say hello and thank you! I have always been struck by the number of Magnet students that graduate from Cleveland and come back.  In CORE, students come back to visit at every break; they come back to share college-level materials; they come back to volunteer; and they even come back to teach. Since I have been out, I have received dozens of emails from former students, yes to wish me well, but also to let me know how thankful they are for the education they received in CORE. I would like to share a few.  One student wrote, “I wanted to say thank you for my four years in CORE, and for the community that you helped to support. After about four weeks in college I have already used notes from each grade for some of my classes and they have been extremely useful in understanding the readings that I get for homework. I am so thankful to have been a part of the CORE program as it has made me a better student as well as a better person.” Another student wrote, “My high school years were some of the best of my life thus far, and I am completely certain that CORE is in large part the reason. Not only that, but CORE completely prepared me for college. I know everyone said it a thousand times, but you don’t really believe it until you live it.  Well now I definitely believe it.  I learned so much about myself, while in CORE, and I really have you all to thank.”  And one of my favorite emails, “The workload is overwhelming to my classmates already, but I’m not worried at all. I’m so comfortable with the subject matter and reading too. I’m even actively reading my writing handbook (which is written in a style similar to Mr. Linn’s philosophy packets)! The COREnnections are endless: novellas vs. full novels, art in literature, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, America in the 1930’s, the red scare, rhetoric, the study questions to turnitin, and more.  I just wanted to say thank you for preparing me so well. I would be freaking out otherwise. CORE has me smiling as I continue to study.”  I would like to return the “thank yous” to Corebabies, past and present, for all you have done and continue to do to make CORE so special!  There is no place like CORE!



CORE Representatives Needed:  Recruiting season for the 2015-2016 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 to speak with prospective students and parents at the “Meet the Magnets” night at Monroe HS on October 1st from 6-8, and for students who attended Walter Reed Middle School for the “Meet the High Schools” night at Walter Reed MS on October 7th from 6-8. Please email Ms. Macon if you are interested and able.



CORE Experience for Parents:  Ever try to explain to your parents what we are doing in CORE, and they look at you wide-eyed, wanting desperately to understand, but just don’t.  Where here is their chance to get a taste of what you do everyday.  CORE Experience for Parents is Thursday, October 8th at 7 pm in the MPR.  Have them RSVP to the event by clicking HERE.  This is an adult-only event.



NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COLLEGE TOUR: We will be driving up the coast of California for our third annual Northern California College Trip on November 5-7th to visit UCSB, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, San Francisco State, and Stanford.  The cost of the trip is $350 and is due along with the Registration and Liability Release forms to the Magnet Office no later than September 25th. Make checks payable to “Cleveland High School Booster Club” and denote in the memo line the student’s name and “college trip.” Click the links to download the Northern California Trip Flyer and the Registration and Liability forms. This is a trip for seniors and juniors ONLY, and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, until we reach 80 students.  There are ONLY 10 spots available.  After we reach 80 students, there will be a wait-list.



Early Dismissal Tuesday:  The next Early Dismissal Tuesday will be Tuesday, October 6th at 1:34 p.m. Please plan accordingly.



Practice, Practice, Practice:  Our 2015-2016 College Admissions Initiative is in full force and kicks off with the PSAT on Tuesday, October 14, 2013 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 and need not register.  The cost for freshmen and juniors is $15.00 (CASH ONLY), and you can sign-up at the Student Store during Nutrition and Lunch beginning September 8th.  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. Click HERE for more information.



MIT INSPIRE: The first of its kind on a national scale, INSPIRE enables students to showcase and present original research in one of thirteen fields: political science; history; cultural studies; economics; women’s and gender studies; literature; music research; media; art and architecture; linguistics; philosophy; anthropology; and science, technology, and society. Expert judges will award prizes for the most outstanding work in each category.  The first round of INSPIRE involves submission of a research abstract and report, with a deadline in January 2016. The top entrants will be invited to the final round of the competition at MIT’s campus in Cambridge, MA in April 2016. At the 2015 competition, students collectively went home with over $48,000 in prizes…and two of our students, Jordan Sozi and Shirin Moti, won first prize in the competition. Click HERE for more information. Good luck!



PTSA Drive: Students, please support the PTSA (Parent, Teacher, and Student Association) by joining for $8.00.  ​PTSA sponsors school leadership and club activities, senior scholarships, Grad Night, and other school wide initiatives. Without the PTSA, many of activities you enjoy as students would not be available. Join today!



Tutoring Available:  The Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley is offering free tutoring Monday-Thursday in our school library from 3:00-6:00 pm.  They also offer college admissions workshops.  One of the tutors is a CORE alumnus. Come to the Magnet Office to register



Bigger and Better!:  The Magnet Office has moved!  We are now in E8.  Check us out and don’t hesitate to see a copymom or Ms. Macon if you need anything.



COREture:  Winter is coming! (…for my Game of Thrones fans) Don’t forget to get your COREture gear– T-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts at great prices! All proceeds go to the program!



Lunch Applications:  In order to attend CORE field trips, you MUST complete a Title I lunch 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.



Book Bundles:  There are still 9th, 11th, and 12th 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.



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!



COREdinators: Do you have ideas about how to make CORE even better?  Are you a freshman looking for ways to be active in your school community?  Then join COREdinators, Fridays at lunch in E10!



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!



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.

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!



Got Suggestions???: As we begin the 2015-2016 school year, we want to hear from you! What suggestions do have for improving the program? Go to the Home Page and click t

he icon to submit your suggestions.


(Coordinator’s Corner last updated September 28, 2015 @ 9:00 AM by Ms. Macon)