Quote of the Week: “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ~ J.R.R Tolkien
Coordinator’s Message: The events of the last two weeks have left so many wondering if all hope is lost. Bombs mailed to political leaders and heroes, two Black people murdered while grocery shopping, and eleven Jewish men and women gunned down in their place of worship. Rhetorical incivility, bully behavior, and unthinkable violence, whether in the Twittersphere or in the streets, is omnipresent, and the light seems to be dimming. But I assure you, AND BOLDLY DECLARE, that dawn is approaching! Do not despair! Hope and goodness, equality and equity burn as bright today as they have at any time before, and certainly within my lifetime. Everyday citizens of all demographics are saying, “I want something better,” and are making it happen. Youth engagement is at all time high in this country! We live in a time of prominent social movements. Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and the Movement to End Gun Violence are just three of many movements working at this very hour to bring about “justice for all.” The last time we saw social movements converge like this was in the 1960s, with young people at the helm. We are there again! And guess what, some of the ones leading the charge this time are graduates of Cleveland High School! Yes, young people, just like you, have decided what to do with the time that has been given to them, and I am excited!
Tuesday is Election Day, and it is an integral part of your activist journey. You may decide to take many more steps, and I hope you do, but if you are 18, you MUST vote, and I PROMISE, you will not be alone! Voter registration is at a record high in California and across the country, and once again, young people are leading the charge with early voter turnout up 500% in some states. Your vote may seem like a small thing, after all, we hear it all the time, “I’m just one person. How can my vote make a difference?” But your vote, along with everyone else’s, speaks volumes to elected officials and policy makers about the kind of world you want to live in, and if they want to remain elected, then they will listen. Do not be silent or silenced. People have gone to great lengths to stop people from voting in this country. Why? Because they know that there is power in your vote. Whatever your political affiliation, whatever your views, VOTE! We can debate issues, but voting is non-negotiable. And for those of you who aren’t 18, stay informed, find your cause, rock your message, and get ready…your time is coming!
Reflect on the words of those who saw times they wished had not come to them, and surely, if they can persevere, so can we!
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” ~ Anne Frank
“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Early Dismissal Alert!: The next Early Dismissal Tuesday is November 13th. The school day ends at 1:34 PM. Please plan accordingly.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COLLEGE TOUR: If you are signed-up for the Northern California College trip, there is a mandatory meeting on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 in the MPR. One parent and one student must attend!
Magnet Parents Association: SPREAD THE WORD…The next MPA meeting is Wednesday, November 28th 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!
COREdinators: Our next meeting will be held Friday, November 9th in E10. See you there!
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.
The Writer’s Block: Did you know we have a literary magazine on campus called The Writer’s Block? They meet Tuesday at lunch in F5. The editors are currently taking submissions of short stories, fan fiction, screenplays, essays, poetry, rants, comics, drawing, and photography. Submit your work to email@example.com.
Cafe Night: Cafe Night is November 14 and 15th in room D8. You can purchase tickets in F5.
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.
COREBABY 2.0: Take some time to check out Corebaby 2.0, a mobile adaptive site, loaded with information and celebration of our collective success. Take a tour through the CORE Museum, send your parents to the CHMPA parent portal, view our social media feeds, go to our Faculty Directory to see all of your amazing teachers, and read this week’s Coordinator’s COREner 🙂 If you have suggestions or see typos (I hate typos) or broken links, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Stay Connected: Follow us on Instagram @chscore and Facebook @clevelandhumanitiesmagnet.
COREture: Don’t forget to get your COREture– T-shirts, 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 visited Cleveland’s 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 https://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???: 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 November 4, 2018 @ 9:00 AM by Ms. Macon)