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Message from CEO Eric S. Gordon

Summer has arrived, and most of our scholars are taking a well-deserved break. I hope all of our CMSD scholars and their families and caregivers have a relaxing and fun summer vacation!

I also hope our scholars continue to engage in activities that keep their minds, bodies and spirits positively engaged. Take time to visit our community libraries, take advantage of programs offered in our city’s museums, cultural institutions and college campuses, play in our parks, pools and recreation centers and participate in the many summer programs.

And don’t forget about all the great community festivals that will be popping up in our neighborhoods this summer. There’s so much to enjoy in Cleveland, and it all reinforces the learnings from our academic year!

A number of our scholars will formally continue their studies as part of CMSD's extended school year programs, attend our summer “boot camp” to prepare them for the Ohio Graduation Tests, or participate in summer bridge programs designed to welcome rising eighth-graders to high school. And, of course, a number of our students will be finishing their fourth quarter in year-round schools.

Throughout the summer, our CMSD educators will be hard at work preparing for the 2017–18 school year. Our academic and operations teams are purchasing needed materials, planning professional training for teachers and other educators, cleaning our buildings, making necessary repairs, creating new bus routes and much, much more. Our teachers and school leaders will continue to work throughout the summer to prepare lessons and units for the classes they will teach in the fall. We will be ready when it’s time to invite our scholars back to school on Aug. 14.

The arrival of summer gives us time not only to prepare for the start of a new school year, but also to reflect on a school year marked again by an increase in our graduation rate, rising enrollment, improved attendance, the expansion of preschool programs and increased college and career readiness for our scholars.

It also presents an opportunity for me to express my continued gratitude to the growing number of families who are choosing CMSD schools for their child’s education. Thank you for your faith in CMSD educators and for the important role you play in the success of your children.

Our school staff will remain in touch with families over the summer with back-to-school information and important opportunities, like our free summer meal program that provides hot breakfast, lunch and dinner for students. Summer meals begin May 30 in school locations across the city, with information about times and locations available on the CMSD website.

It's important to update your contact information at your child's school to ensure you receive timely information about opportunities for students and families throughout the summer.

I look forward to seeing you at events across the city and keeping you and your child fully informed and engaged as we approach the start of the 2017–18 school year.

Have a great summer!
Eric Gordon

Eric S. Gordon, CEO

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