Week of November 14 - 18

A note from the Head of School

Hello CSA Community,

The cold weather and snow have finally arrived. Now more than ever it is urgent that we all work hard to ensure our scholars are making it to school on time. Chronic absenteeism is the leading cause of low high school graduation rates, not graduating on time and high school dropouts. Previously I mentioned that our chronic absenteeism rate was 55.6% from the previous school year. Our goal is 30% or lower for the current school year. With more student-based incentives, family engagement, and school-to-home communications, we will meet our goal.

Our full school ensemble, We Are One, is finally here. Your scholar(s) has helped to produce CSA's largest performance in nearly 20 years. In conjunction with CSA's 40th year anniversary, We Are One is a stage performance that answers one of life's most essential questions, "what does it take to embrace people who are not like me?". More than 100 of our scholars have worked incredibly hard to make this show a reality. I am extending an official invitation to our families and friends to join us for one of two nighttime shows.

  • Friday, November 18th @ 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 19th @ 7:00 pm (a special alumni production proceeds the main show)

All shows will be held at the John Hay High School Auditorium. Students who are not participating in the production will NOT attend the day show, rather they are invited to attend either of the evening family and friends showtimes.

This week we are introducing two new student engagement tools, IXL and Kickboard.

  • IXL is a personalized learning platform used by over 400,000 teachers worldwide. It combines curriculum, a Continuous Diagnostic, individual guidance, and real-time analytics to help teachers differentiate instruction for each of their scholars.
  • Kickboard is a behavior management and rewards system. Teachers are able to track and plan for scholar cultural needs more accurately.

How will they be used? Math and English teachers will use IXL as a supplement to their normal classroom instruction. Students in their classes will be provided with an individualized learning pathway designed to reinforce missed or weak skills. Once students have mastered key concepts the program will automatically adjust their levels. Students will be assigned up to 10 minutes of at-home IXL work in both Math and English each day.

Kickboard will be used in each classroom and by all faculty and staff. Each day, scholars will be rewarded for displaying the school norms, random acts of kindness, and overall behavior, attendance, and grades. They will also be marked for being late to class, cutting class, classroom disruptions, and also receiving detentions. Parents, you will receive your personal login credentials that will allow you to get real-time notifications on your scholar's daily cultural progress.

Join me on Tuesday, November 29th at 8:30 am for Coffee and Convo. You'll enjoy light refreshments while we chat about school improvement goals, projects, and grade-level-specific items. The coffee and convo event will be held monthly in the first-floor gallery. Use the link in the Family Engagement section to RSVP by November 22nd.

As a courtesy to our CSA families, we wanted to make you aware of the CSA Docuemenary project currently underway. The film will follow several students in different majors through the school year to provide viewers with insight into the process of CSA. So many people know what we do but not many people know how we do it. Many people say we have a beautiful school but they don't know what the inside looks like. This film will answer many questions that the public has about our school.

As a school of performing and creative arts, our goal is 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

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  • Mr. Padaraju is now offering Math tutoring. See the tutoring flyer below.

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CSA Dance Newsletter

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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.


College Now will be hosting two helpful webinars focused on understanding financial aid and the college admissions process:

Understanding Financial Aid and Paying for College
In this session we'll review what financial aid is, how it can help you pay for college and review the various types, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. We'll review the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and various scholarship sources.
When: November 15 @ 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Register in advance:

The Ins and Outs of the College Admissions Process
In this session we'll review the ins and outs of the college admissions process. With the holidays approaching, we'll give you some guidance on how to support your student through the application over break and ensure you have a good checklist to get applications in by the 2023 deadlines.
When: 29 @ 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Register in advance:

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Works In Progress...

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2022: Figure It Out WKYC Channel Three Feature
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Learn more about National Family Engagement Month and find resources for both parents and educators.

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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Students want to get paid???

Arts Inspired Learning is now accepting student applications for their Fall ArtWorks Session. ArtWorks is an Arts Education/Workforce Development program for Northeast Ohio’s high school students currently in 10th, 11th, & 12th grade. Students are enrolled as PAID Apprentices and are mentored by a Master Teaching Artist in an art form, while going through workforce development and 21st century skills workshops. This is a great opportunity for students to learn a new art form or strengthen their current skills. There are only 40 slots available for this Fall session.

This Fall session will run October 18th – December 16th. Classes will meet afterschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30am-7:30pm at

Tri-C Metro Campus

2900 Community College Ave.

Cleveland, Ohio 44115

ArtForms being offered this Summer Session are:

  1. Visual Art
  2. Visual Art
  3. Dance
  4. TBA


You're invited to a live family rock concert to celebrate the launch of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #17 here in Cleveland, emceed by #1 New York Times-bestselling Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney! A signed copy of Wimpy Kid #17 is included with each pair of tickets. More information here:
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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


  • 13 - Orchestra-Vocal Arts to Columbus Convention Center
  • 17-19 - We Are One
  • 19 - We Are One; CSA Family Show @ 7:00 PM
  • 23-25: Thanksgiving Break (All Schools Closed)
  • 28: Picture Retake Day (9th-11th Grade)


  • 4 - University Circle Winter Fest (Orchestra performance)
  • 6 - Scholastic Art & Writing
  • 12 - All City Winter Concert
  • 12 - Senior Picture Day @CSA
  • 19 - Jan 2 - Winter Break

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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