Week of January 23, 2023

A note from the Head of School

Welcome to a new week at CSA,

Second quarter report cards have been finalized and will be distributed to scholars this week. Be sure to review grades with your scholar and discuss ways to either sustain or grow their current grades. Reach out to your scholar's teacher(s) with any questions you may have.

Black History Month at CSA is on the way. We have a month-long calendar of events and activities for our scholars and families.

Howard University trip: Families who have a scholar attending the Howard University trip in the spring are reminded to turn in their permission slips today! The fundraiser will end today so be sure to get those final sales.

The annual Black Heritage Concert is next Saturday, February 4th. The concert is a collaboration with the Cleveland Institute of Music. Families and friends are invited to join the production. The event will showcase works from CSA's vocal and orchestra majors. The event is free but registration is required. You can register for your tickets here (link).

Dance Performance We are excited to share that our dancers have been working towards their first in-person, full-department concert since 2019! Please plan to join us on January 26th at 6:00 pm in the Black Box at CSA.

As a school of performing and creative arts, we aim to help each individual perfect their craft and develop a love of art that propels them through life. We believe that art is one of humanity's greatest forms of communication and we plan to spread the message of love and unity throughout the City of Cleveland. #artisforever

Update family contact (link)

Yours in Education,

Ricardo Franklin Sr, Head of School

Annual Black Heritage Concert

Justin Bibb encourages residents to engage in search for school district's next CEO

Mayor Justin Bibb encourages residents to engage in search for school district's next CEO
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  • Scholars in Ms. Telich’s English class are studying journalism, the effect of media, and the justice system through the podcast Serial. Prior to the break, scholars were mapping the case using cell phone logs and other research to create a theory of what happened. Using the ADEPT model for writing, they are synthesizing information to problem-solve and test their hypotheses. Great work, detectives!

  • Mr. Padaraju is now offering Math tutoring. See Mr. Padaraju for more details.


The senior showcase is May 5th

The second semester will be all about seniors and preparing for their showcase.
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High School, College, and Beyond

Help us fill the bus! Open to all 9-12 Grade CMSD Scholars

CMSD is relaunching our CMSD Parent University College Bus Tours this year in partnership with College Now of Greater Cleveland. We are only offering tours to current 9 - 12 grade scholars enrolled in a CMSD high school.

Parents/caregivers MUST attend with their scholars.

All tours will leave from the East Professional Center parking lot.

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CSA Visual Art scholars hosted a Makers Market

CSA VA scholars put their entrepreneurial skills to work as they sold original works.
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Inspire Me Moment - Help Others

CMSD Parent Engagement Ideas

This is a shared community space where educators, families, and community can support each other. Have an idea, share the idea. Need an idea, take an idea. Leave a comment under any topic with ideas, post, best practices, and lessons learned.
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Scholarship of National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y):

The U.S. Department of State’s NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative to foster international cooperation by ensuring that Americans have the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge necessary to effectively communicate. NSLI-Y provides overseas critical language study opportunities to American youth through merit-based scholarships to spark a lifetime interest in critical foreign languages and cultures

Programs for Chinese Learning:

Chinese Mandarin) Summer Program; Chinese (Mandarin) Academic Year Program

Who: Students at age 15 or older.

Language: Chinese (Mandarin)

Where: China, Taiwan

When: Summer program---Summer 2023 (six to seven weeks, starting in mid-June to early July and ending in early to mid-August); Year Program: Early September 2023 to May/June 2024

Previous language study is not required

More details? Click here

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CMSD 360 - Week of January 22, 2023

CMSD offers live online tutoring

The disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic has left many students in need of academic help as they work to get back on track.

Effective this week, students in kindergarten through fifth grade can receive live online tutoring from CMSD teachers in reading and English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Starting Monday, tutoring will also be available to students in the sixth through 12th grades.

To schedule an appointment, parents or caregivers should go to You will need your child’s CMSD email address to register.

CMSD offering free college tours

High school students and their parents or caregivers can learn about colleges, admission procedures and other processes by taking free in-person campus tours offered through CMSD’s Family and Community Engagement Department.

The Parent University College Tours are open to students in grades 9 - 12 who are currently enrolled in a CMSD high school. The students must be accompanied by their parents or caregivers.

The tours will be conducted in person. Transportation and lunch will be provided.

The fall tour schedule includes Hiram College, Miami University of Ohio, Youngstown State and Kent State.

For more information, go to

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Important Dates


  • 23-24 - NWEA Testing (9th-10th grade)
  • 26 - CSD Dance Performance


  • 9 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 17 - PD Day; No School for Scholars
  • 20 - Presidents Day; No School
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Download the 2022-23 Academic Wall Calendar

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------- Need a schedule change? -------

Stop by Mrs. Bailey's office and sign-up for a time to meet with her

by scanning the QR Code outside her door.

Requests made by email, phone, or walk-ins will not be accepted.

Do you have the spirit to serve?

Do you have several hours per week you can donate?

Would you like to support CSA in a meaningful way?

If you answered yes, please email Mr. Franklin for more details

CSA Administration

Ricardo Franklin Sr. - Head of School

Brittinie Jermon - Dean of Arts

Bruce Smith - Dean of Engagement