Quote of the Week: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ~Nelson Mandela
Coordinator’s Message: August 28, 2018 marked the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington. The March on Washington was a momentous occasion, the first of its kind, where hundreds of thousands of Americans descended on the National Mall to show support for Civil Rights. The keynote address was given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and it has become one of the most famous speeches in all of American History. We hear a lot about Dr. King’s famous speech, “I Have a Dream.” Well… we hear a lot about one line , “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Great line, but there was more. Dr. King spoke of the promises that had been made during our country’s founding and reaffirmed his faith in those promises, holding each of us accountable for bringing those promises to fruition. He described a dream for freedom, a dream that bound my freedom to your freedom. If you haven’t seen the speech (OR EVEN IF YOU HAVE), stop what you are doing, find it online, and revel in its brilliance.
Last week, we commemorated another anniversary. Monday marked the 17th anniversary of 9/11. The connection? If Dr. King were going to give a speech on Monday, what might he say? Perhaps he would say, “We have come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” Maybe he would urge us, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” Possibly he would advise us to “…make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.” I wonder if he would address the crowd by announcing, “I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'” He might say, “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together…” And maybe, just maybe, he would conclude by saying, “And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles [and Muslims], Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'” Sound familiar? Yes, those were the exact words Dr. King spoke 54 years ago, and they are as true now as they were then. Let’s honor Dr. King’s legacy and those who were lost on 9/11 by doing our part to bring about peace as brothers and sisters in the human family.
Earle Dismissal Alert!: The next Early Dismissal Tuesday is September 18th. The school day ends at 1:34 PM. Please plan accordingly.
Constitution Day: Come to the quad at lunch on September 18th to celebrate Constitution Day!
SNAP! Raise Fundraiser: The Fall Fundraiser has begun and so far 11th grade is in the lead with 43.1% participation. Since all of you will get to enjoy the events, field trips, guest speakers, technology, and supplies that we are able to provide with the donations, all of you should participate. We need everyone to do their part!!! Send 20 emails to family, friends, parents’ coworkers, neighbors, etc. and increase our fundraising power! Every student that sends out at least five valid emails or secures a donation will receive a donut, so DO NUT let us down…see what I did there. 🙂
FREE Practice ACT: Many experts agree it is best for students to try out BOTH the SAT and ACT tests to see which one suits them better, and then to focus on that test for the college admission process.
CORE has partnered with Compass Education so that you can try out the ACT exam. We are offering a FREE practice exam that will be administered on Saturday, October 13 at 9:00 a.m. The test will take place at Cleveland; the exact location will be announced once we know how many students there will be.
To register, click Here. The ACT practice test, including all feedback about your strengths and weaknesses, is FREE, and you won’t have to worry about feeling pressured to sign up with Compass.
As you know, Cleveland is also offering the PSAT on Wednesday, October 10, during school hours. The test is for 9th, 10th and 11th graders. All 10th graders are signed up automatically by the school, but 9th and 11th graders must register. The link to register is on the main school website, clevelandhs.org. To take the test, you MUST register by October 1st.
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. Cleveland students have won this contest! Go to http://www.musiccenter.org/education/Students-at-the-Center/Spotlight/ for more information and to apply to this fantastic program. The deadline to submit is October 15th.
Scholarship Opportunity: Do you know how far you will drive on the freeway if you take your eyes off the road for five seconds, the average time it takes to send a text? An entire football field. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving makes drivers 23 times more likely to get into a “safety-critical event.” The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the risks of texting while driving. For more information on texting while driving, please see these articles. Who may apply: You must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. How to apply: Complete the application form including a 140-character message about texting while driving. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving. Link: http://www.digitalrespon
College Night for Juniors: Thursday, October 4th is College Night for Juniors. The event will begin at 6:00 pm in the MPR and very valuable information will be discussed. Ms. Howe and Mr. Wasserman highly encourage your attendance, especially because so many of you have questions that will be answered here.
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.
CORE Representatives STILL Needed: Recruiting season for the 2019-2020 has commenced 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, Sepulveda, and Holmes for the “Meet the Magnets” night at Monroe HS on Tuesday, October 2nd from 5:30-8:00 PM. We are also looking for students who attended: Walter Reed Middle School at the “Meet the High Schools” night at Walter Reed MS on Wednesday, October 3rd from 5:30-8:00 PM; Hale Middle School for their “Meet the High Schools” night at Hale MS on Thursday, October 4th from 5:00-8:00 PM; Patrick Henry Middle School; for their “Meet the High Schools” night at Patrick Henry MS on Tuesday, October 9th from 5:30-8:00 PM; Millikan Middle School for their “Meet the High Schools” night at Millikan MS on Wednesday, October 17th from 5:30-8:00 PM; Porter Middle School for their “Meet the High Schools” night at Porter MS on TBA; and Portola Middle School for their “Meet the High Schools” night at Portola MS on TBA.
If you would like to represent CORE, please click HERE to fill out the form.
Magnet Tours: Magnet Tours will be taking place this week! 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!”
COREdinators: Our next meeting will be held Friday, September 21st in E10. See you there!
Magnet Parents Association: SPREAD THE WORD…The next MPA meeting is Wednesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Library. Please encourage your parents to stay “in the loop” and attend this very important meeting. All parents welcome!
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.
Counselor Info: If your last name begins with A-K grades 9-12, your counselor is Ms. Howe. If your last name begins L-Z, grades 9-12 your counselor is Mr. Wasserman.
COREture: Don’t forget to get your COREture– T-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, lanyards, waterbottles, pens, and flash drives all at great prices! All proceeds go to the program!
Book Bundles: There are still Book Bundles available for 11th and 12th grades. 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.
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 www.clevelandhs.org 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 http://www.careerandcollegeoffice.org/ to check it out.
Clean Up After Yourselves: Please do your part to keep our 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 2018-2019 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 September 15, 2018 @ 9:00 AM by Ms. Macon)