by Jennifer Macon

“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
Did you know that the phrase “home stretch” originated from horse racing, but its usage has spread so widely that the analogy is now much more common than the original term?

Corebabies, you’re in the home stretch! Good luck to the freshmen who take their IUEs on Thursday and to seniors who take their penultimate IUE on Friday. Good luck to the sophomores and juniors as you culminate final projects.

Now is the time to dig deep and give it your all! Create a study schedule for the weekend and after school next week. Challenge yourself to make it your best study week yet. Take inventory of your grades in each class. Are there classes you to which you need to devote more time or effort? Be sure to check in with teachers. Participate a little more, even if your voice shakes (especially if your voice shakes!) After school, study a little longer. At home, stay off of TikTok and Instagram until you have finished what NEEDS to be done. Visualize your success. Breathe!

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. Develop a plan for improvement. And know it is possible!

In This Issue








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Coming Up

Drama Showcase

November 30, December 1, & 2

Early Dismissal Tuesdays

December 5 & 12 @ 1:38 PM

Choir Concert

December 5 @ 6:00 PM

College Gear Wednesdays

December 6 & 13

Band Winter Concert

December 7 @ 6:00 PM

Dance Winter Concert

December 9 @ 6:00 PM

Finals Period 1, 3, 5

December 13

The Great Gatsby Dinner Party

December 14

Finals Period 2, 4, 6

December 14


December 15, Dismissal @ 1:13 PM

Winter Break

December 16 – January 7

Opportunity Alert

Jewish World Watch TAP Registration

Jewish World Watch’s Teen Ambassador Program (TAP) is now accepting registrations for its next cycle beginning October 23. TAP is an opportunity for teens (grades 9-12) who want to learn leadership skills, make an impact and earn service hours. If you are interested, email Zack Ritter:

LAUSD Winter Academy

Join LAUSD from December 18 to 20, 2023 for the Winter Academy. The Winter Academy empowers students with academic support and enrichment to amplify their performance with three extra days in the classroom. All participating students will receive extra classroom support in addition to healthy meals and fun enrichment activities designed to encourage exploration.

Additional information about the Winter Academy can be found on our website at including important registration details.

We hope your family will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for students to deepen their learning with our teachers and staff.

LAUSD Enrichment Courses

LAUSD is offering a number of online enrichment courses. Click HERE for details.

Stay Informed

Check your Corebaby emails daily
Check Schoology daily
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Intagram: @clevelandcharterhs
Instagram: @chscore

“Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments;
you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out.
The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.”
~ Israelmore Ayivor

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Congratulations Joseph Vargas!

Senior Joseph Vargas won the Boys’ Division I City Section Championship beating the two-time champion from Palisades High School!

Congratulations Cleveland Marching Band and Color Guard!
The Band & Guard competed in Southern California Band Division 3A Championships on Saturday, November 18th. Out of the 30+ groups in their division, the top 12 bands earned invitations to championships. Out of those 12, our Cavs finished in 2nd place and earned a silver medal. They were also awarded the “High Percussion” sweepstakes award. The next day, they proudly represented Cleveland HS and LAUSD with a marching performance down Main Street at Disneyland!
Cleveland Drama Department Presents…

Rogues’ Gallery “Who Didn’t Do It?”

Support the Cleveland Drama Program on November 30, December 1 & 2 @ 6:30 PM.

Go to to purchase your tickets. Adults $10, Students $6 (w/ Student ID)

Cleveland Toy Drive
Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Magnet Office when we return from break to earn extar credit in one of your CORE classes (to be determined by the grade level).
Support Cleveland Athletics and Performers

Be sure to support your fellow Cavs by attending Cleveland sporting and Performing Arts events.

Click HERE for game days and locations.

The LANDing Ground

Do you need a place to relax during lunch? Visit the LANDing Ground in L-109! Each week new activities will be announced.

Please remember…no food, no drink, no cell phone usage, and no shoes (leave them on the racks) in L109.

Be Featured in Coordinator’s COREner
Have important announcements you would like to featured in Coordinator’s COREner?

Do you want to be featured in Coordinator’s COREner for an accomplishment?

Email Ms. Macon,

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December 26 – January 1

Created in 1966 by Maulana Ron Karenga, Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday that celebrates history, values, family, community and culture. The ideas and concepts of Kwanzaa are expressed in the Swahili language, one of the most widely spoken languages in Africa. The seven principles which form its core were drawn from communitarian values found throughout the African continent.

These principles are:

Umoja (Unity)
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination),
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
Nia (Purpose)
Kuumba (Creativity)
Imani (Faith)

A key custom during Kwanzaa is the daily lighting of the Kinara. When observing Kwanzaa, the black candle symbolizes the people themselves, the three red candles are for the struggle or blood shed in the past, and the three green candles represent the Earth or the abundance of possibilities the future holds.

Kwanzaa gets its name from the Swahili phrase, “matunda ya kwanza” and is rooted in first fruit celebrations which are found in cultures throughout Africa both in ancient and modern times.
Students splashing at Grand Park in Los Angeles.


December 7 – 14

Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, is a festive eight-day celebration and one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays. On eight consecutive nightfalls, Jews gather with family and friends to light one additional candle in the menorah — a multi-branched candelabra. In Hebrew, Hanukkah means “dedication,” and the holiday marks the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BC, after a small group of Jewish fighters, known as the Maccabees, liberated it from occupying
foreign forces.

With a tiny supply of pure oil that they found in the temple, they lit the menorah — and it stayed lit for eight days. The ritual of lighting a nightly candle, as well as the emphasis on cooking foods in oil memorialize this miraculously
long-lasting oil.

Modern celebrations of Hanukkah focus on family and friends and include the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah (also called a hanukkiyah); singing and playing special songs and games (dreidel); and eating foods prepared in oil including latkes and sufganiyot.

Hanukkah begins on the 25th of the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. This date is different each year in the Gregorian calendar, which is widely used around the world. This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 7th and ends at sunset on Dec. 14th.


December 25

Christmas, an annual holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated in unique ways in different countries, even those with few Christians.
India, for example, is less than three percent Christian, but Christmas is a national holiday. Only one percent of Japan’s population is Christian, but Santa impersonators and holiday music still fill department stores.

Christmas in the United States brings together many customs from other countries and cultures. Around the world, family members help to decorate the tree and home with bright lights, wreaths, candles, holly, mistletoe, and ornaments.

Some interesting facts about Christmas:

  • The story of Jesus Christ’s birth is told in New Testament’s gospel of Saint Luke and Saint Matthew.
  • Some Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s coming on January 6, the Epiphany, when they believe he was baptized.
  • The word Christmas comes from the Old English Cristes maesse, which means Christ’s mass.
  • The word Xmas is sometimes used instead of Christmas. In Greek, Xis the first letter of Christ’s name.
  • The German word Christkindl, which means Christ child, eventually turned into Kriss Kringle, more commonly known as Santa Claus.
  • Santa Claus generally was depicted as an elf until 1931, when Coca-Cola ads portrayed him as human-sized.
  • Rudolph didn’t become Santa’s ninth reindeer until 1939 when an advertising writer for the department store Montgomery Ward created him.
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Students splashing at Grand Park in Los Angeles.

Where do I go if I need…

Locker Help?

Student Store, H-Building, First Floor


Have you requested one from LAUSD?
If not, click here.
For other computer-related help, G8.

To Clear Absences?

Attendance Office, Administration Building

To Throw Away my Trash?

There are many trash cans around campus. Be respectful of the space and pick up after yourself!

Corebaby Email help?

E10, Mr. Saavedra

To Stay After School?

Boys & Girls Club, N1. Pick up an application in the Magnet Office, E8.

To Fill my Water Bottle?

There are water filling stations in 5 different locations on campus. Closest to E-Hall, G-Hall, and I-Hall.

To Print an Assignment I Forgot?

Magnet Office in E8 or the Library. BUT it is for emergencies ONLY! If you do NOT have a working printer, please email me,

Emotional, Social, or Psychological Support?
We have two amazing PSWs at Cleveland, Mr. Syed and Ms. Villa. If you need an adult to talk to, click the image to the left to submit a referral.
Boys and Girls Club
After-School Calendar

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Students splashing at Grand Park in Los Angeles.

College News

College Rep Visits

Pierce College rep, Laura will be in the College Office Friday from 9:00 a.m- 12:30 p.m.

AP Readiness

AP students -Now is the time to sign up for our AP Exam. The deadline is Nov 15. Please inform Ms. Drell in the college office if you are not going to take the AP Exam as you will be charged a late fee if you cancel after that date.

College Scholarships

Please check Schoology, as new scholarships have been added:

The 2024 Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) scholarship application is now open! Please share this flyer with your network.

JRF Scholars receive grants of up to $35,000 over four years to supplement the financial aid they receive from their colleges or universities. In addition, Scholars receive extensive support services, including career guidance and internship placement, and attend JRF’s annual multi-day “Mentoring and Leadership Conference” in New York City and other regional events throughout the year.

Click the link for more information: 2024 Jackie Robinson Scholarship

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies:
know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others.
You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson