Message from CEO Eric S. Gordon
The 2017-18 school year seems to be flying by, as CMSD educators have already shared third-quarter interim reports with families at parent conferences. I remain impressed with the growing number of parents and caregivers who take advantage of the opportunity to review their students’ academic progress in meetings at their children’s schools, where they can learn information and gather resources to help students prepare for state tests this spring.
Strong parental engagement is key to the success we are seeing, and this factor has played a significant role in improved student attendance. CMSD students are graduating better prepared than ever for the colleges and careers that await them.
As we near the final quarter of the school year, our students and educators are more focused and energized than ever to meet our student achievement goals. Their great work continues to earn recognition, and we are proud to see so many of our students and educators in the news this semester.
During Black History Month, student excellence is being showcased in CMSD and WKYC-TV’s Cleveland black history storytelling project, “Black History Makers,” which features the work of students at the Cleveland High School for Digital Arts and Cleveland School of the Arts.
Student participation in the month-long project includes a live stage production, digital portraits of famous figures from Cleveland’s past, use of a virtual reality headset to transport users to the historic Karamu House theater, a video game depicting Olympic legend Jesse Owens clearing hurdles and more. The live performance spotlights iconic figures such as Langston Hughes, Dorothy Dandridge, Jesse Owens and Carl and Louis Stokes.
In other features on student excellence, profiles on Fox 8 show how CMSD students are living the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream.
As part of our school choice and enrollment campaign this semester, we continue to promote the value of Career Technical Education (CTE). Students at Jane Addams Executive Grille are proving to be more creative than ever with their lunch offerings, and our Washington Park Environmental Studies students are gearing up for their annual spring plant sale. We are proud that a growing number of CMSD students are enrolling in Ohio’s 1,980 CTE programs that enable students to receive a credential, license or technical assessment.
Even as we celebrate excellence in schools across CMSD, we continue to address the challenges and barriers our students and families face that can prevent their success. Our caring and dedicated educators remain committed to building on strategies that are working. We are equally committed to increasing the partnerships with a growing number of community agencies that share our determination to remove those barriers and ensure the success of every child in Cleveland.
Sincerely,Eric S. GordonChief Executive Officer