Coordinator's Corner Weekly Announcements

Weekly Announcements (October 19-23):

Quote of the Week: “Ends are not bad things, they just mean that something else is about to begin. And there are many things that don’t really end, anyway, they just begin again in a new way. Ends are not bad and many ends aren’t really an ending; some things are never-ending.” ~ C. Joybell C.

Coordinator’s Message: This past Saturday, October 17th, the Cleveland family celebrated the life and death of Chris Miller, creator and former coordinator of the 11th grade Social Justice program. Many of you never knew him. This may even be the first time you are hearing his name.  But if you, or anyone you know, has ever been impacted by the 11th grade curriculum, then you too should send a “thank you” into the universe for Chris Miller.  He was one of the CORE greats, an inspirational teacher deeply impassioned by the belief that students were an integral part of the fight for social justice. He worked tirelessly to bring lessons to life and insisted that his team of teachers challenge themselves the way they were challenging the students.  Almost everything I believe in was inspired, influenced, or informed by Chis Miller.  He taught me the meaning of “to thine own self be true” and he showed me how to be brave in the classroom, which unlocked my ability to be an effective teacher and leader.  Upon hearing of his passing, former students flooded Facebook with messages like, “So full of gratitude for Mr. Miller. What a special person who had such a confidence in the capacity of youth to learn about the complexities of life. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” and “I quoted him in a teacher training this weekend when asked to share about a teacher with an empowering tone. He was truly incredible, ” and “So sad to hear this! Mr. Miller was one of my favorite teachers and he informed my values and worldview so much. I still keep a People’s History of the United States on my bookshelf because of him.” Chris Miller was truly ahead of his time, creating curriculum that just now LAUSD is requiring in high schools. Ms. Williams, Mr. Saavedra, Ms. Del Pino (all of whom had Mr. Miller as a teacher) Ms. Oh, and I carry the torch of his excellence, innovation, and courage proudly! Thank you, Chris Miller!


Early Dismissal Tuesday:  The next Early Dismissal Tuesday will be Tuesday, October 20th at 1:34 p.m. Please plan accordingly.


Penny Wars: Calling all Corebabies! As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In order to support this important cause, a competition between Corebabies of all grades is going on! Make sure to participate in the Penny Wars to support Breast Cancer Awareness and prove that your grade-level can out-support the others! Thank you for your help, and let the games begin! Below are the rules for the wars:

The Rules:
– You will find four jugs in the Magnet Office that pertain to each grade.
– Every time you deposit a penny into the jug, you earn a point for your grade!
– You can also sabotage other jugs by depositing anything other than a penny, and the amount of           that deposit in pennies will be deducted from that grade’s points!
– The jug with the most pennies/points wins!


National Bullying Prevention Month: Remember that October is also National Bullying Prevention Month.  Last week I posted important statistics and resources.  Click HERE to read them.  Just as a review though.

  • If you are a bully or participating in bully behaviors, usually these behaviors come out of a need that is not being met, and we can help you.  But please know that we have a zero-indifference, zero-tolerance policy for any behaviors that make students feel unsafe, and there will be consequences, so come to Ms. Macon or any one of the CORE teachers before it’s too late.

Core is a learning community, and as members of that community, we have a responsibility to look out for one another. PERIOD.  Here are two resources for more information: and


Flu Season:  Staying healthy this flu season is particularly important to all of us, especially me.  Please do your part to keep yourself and our community healthy by doing the following:

  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness), vomiting and diarrhea, please stay home.
  • The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. Please avoid the Magnet Office if this is the case.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand wipes. In fact, keep them in your back pack.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • The CDC strongly recommends getting a flu shot, if possible.


Mandatory Meeting for College Trip: If you are one of the 71 students attending this year’s Northern California College Tour, there is a MANDATORY meeting Wednesday, October 28th at 6:00 PM in the library.  A parent and student MUST  attend.  If you OR a parent cannot attend, please see Ms. Macon ASAP.  Attendance will be taken.


Magnet Parents Association:  The next MPA meeting of the year will be Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the library.  Please encourage your parents to stay “in the loop” and attend this very important meeting.  Mr. Anstead, founder of Cleveland Humanties Magnet, will be our guest speaker for the evening.  All parents welcome!


Arts Scholarship Program: Through its scholarship program, the Anthony Quinn Foundation supports high school students’ extracurricular study of the visual arts and design, performing arts, media arts, and the literary arts. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $3,000. Scholarships may be used for a recognized pre-college, summer, or afterschool arts education program, but may not be used for either secondary school or college tuition. To be eligible, applicants must be a young adult in high school who demonstrates exceptional talent, dedication, and a strong commitment to personal artistic growth and who will benefit from financial support.  The foundation will begin accepting applications on October 15, 2015. Full applications must be returned no later than January 3, 2016.  Visit the Anthony Quinn Foundation website for complete program guidelines, a promotional video, information about previous scholarship recipients, and application instructions.


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!


Scholarship Opportunity for ALL Students: The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Any young person who is in grades 5-12 as of November 3, is a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C., has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least partly during the 12 months prior to the date of application, and submits a completed online application by November 5 is eligible. The application must describe an individual’s community service activity or an individual’s significant leadership in a group activity that has taken place during the previous year.  Students chosen as Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement from their schools or organizations. Those who qualify (50 hours of service for age 14 and younger, 100 hours for those older) also receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.State Honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for national recognition events.  National Honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools or organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a non-profit, charitable organization of their choice. Go to for more information. Deadline to apply is November 3, 2015!


Lunch Applications:  Please do your part! 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.


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!


Le Sabre Online:  Did you know you can read our school newspaper online?  Go to to see what our fabulous journalism staff has to say about what’s happening in the world and on our campus.


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!


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 the icon to submit your suggestions.


(Coordinator’s Corner last updated October 18, 2015 @ 9:00 PM by Ms. Macon)