Coordinator's Corner Weekly Announcements

Weekly Announcements (December 14-18):

Quote of the Week: “You wouldn’t train for a marathon and then give up a mile before the finish line. Same goes with your life and dreams.” ~ Dawn Gluskin  



Coordinator’s Message: We’re in the home stretch! Congratulations to freshmen and sophomores who finished their IUEs on Friday. Good luck to juniors and seniors as you prepare to culminate your CORE classes.  Give it your all this week.  Create a plan.  Follow it.  Eat healthy.  Sleep.  Envision your success.  And once it is all over, take some time over the vacation to reflect on your experience and performance first semester, identifying areas of strength and weakness and coming up with a plan for improvement.  Good luck!



Finals Schedule: The 2015 Finals Schedule is follows:

Per. 1 and 4- Tuesday, December 15th (12:36 Dismissal)

Per. 2 and 5- Wednesday, December 16th (12:36 Dismissal) Gatsby Dinner Party @6:00 pm.

Per. 3 and 6- Thursday, December 17th (12:36 Dismissal)

Friday is a 12:36 dismissal.

COREture:  Winter is coming! (…for my Game of Thrones fans) Get your COREture gear– T-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts– and don’t forget our new water bottles (in three colors) and the new zipped hoody! And remember, freshmen, bring your school ID to a volunteer parent in the Magnet Office to redeem your $5.00 off COREture by December 19th.  All proceeds go to the program!



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 soon.  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!



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.



Opportunity for Juniors: The Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college.  Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university faculty members and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom. The program is completely free!  One of our own, Olivia Wood, participated in TASP and said it was vital to her success during the application process and in her first year at Pomona College. The deadline is Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Click HERE for more info.



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, they want to hear from you. A fellow Corebaby, Jaspreet Kaur, won this award last year! Applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2016, will be eligible for prizes—including cash awards up to $1,000 for particularly noteworthy work. Go to 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!



Congratulations Maddie Page: I want to congratulate Maddie Page for a fantastic Cross Country season. Maddie’s 6th place finish at the City CIF race is the highest a female from Cleveland has finished since 1979, and according to Coach Hernandez, Maddie is the first female runner from Cleveland to compete at the state level.  Way to go, Maddie!



Boys Volleyball Update:  Boys volleyball tryouts will be this Wednesday, December 9 in the big gym. Students should have athletic clothes and shoes and be on time.



Boys Soccer Update: This week boys soccer played Arleta, Narbonne, and Sylmar.  The varsity scores were:  a 1-0 win against Arleta, with Conor McCain score; a 3-0 win against Narbonne; and a 1-0 win against Sylmar. The JV scores were: a 2-0 win against Arleta; 0-0 draw against Narbonne; a 1-2 loss against Sylmar. Come out and support the team as they take on Van Nuys at home on Wednesday and Poly away on Thursday.  Also, show your holiday support by coming out to the Monroe Tournament on December 19, 21, and 22 to cheer the Varsity team on!




Writer’s Block:  Cleveland High School’s “Writer’s Block” is seeking art submissions for their Fall issue.  Send their submissions to  or bring them to F5.  If you want to submit writing or art for the spring issue, you can submit anytime.



Get Lit: Do you spit…poetry that is? If you are interested in trying out for our award-winning spoken word team, see Ms.Kurnick in F5.



Congratulations Speech and Debate: Cleveland had a great night at the Taft Debate Tournament this weekend.  We were the top team in Policy debate, Parliamentary Debate, and went undefeated in Lincoln Douglas.  And congratulations Morgan Knight and Katie Song for their wins last weekend at the Speech and Debate Tournament hosted by Cleveland High School! Good work!  You go, Corebabies!



Way to go, SRLA:  Take a moment to read how our brave Students Run LA (SRLA) athletes helped rescue a man in Temescal Canyon. Way to go, kids!  Click HERE.



Congratulations Cross Country Athletes:  At League Finals on Thursday, Stevie Steinberg placed 6th place (16:20) in the Boys Varsity race and qualified to run in City Prelims.  Maddie Page placed 5th place (19:27) in the Girls Varsity race and will be moving on to City Prelims as well.  Daniela Alonzo placed 3rd place (21:44) in the Girls Frosh-Soph race and will be advancing to City Finals.  Our Boys Frosh-Soph team placed 3rd in our league and will be advancing to City Finals as a team! Among these fast boys are Charles Balkcom (8th place, 17:33), Toby Icasatti (11th, 17:53), Leo Morinaga (18:02), Brandon Zarrabal (18:50), Daniel Sasson (19:12), Aaron Garcia (19:34) , Henry Calabrese (19:36), Brandon Le (20:30), Aaron Berger (20:33) and Ben Walker (20:49).  And congratulations to Ben Arrendondo for breaking the 17 minute barrier, with his time of 16:57!  Good work Scholar athletes!



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.


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.
  • Also, please avoid the Magnet Office if you are sick.  Thank you!



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 December 14, 2015 @ 5:00 PM by Ms. Macon)