Davis A&M Family Newsletter

August 16, 2021

Principal's Message

Davis Families,

We are so excited to be starting another school year and to be in the building with our students full-time. Our students and staff have come together to create a positive learning environment right from the start.

As you may have heard from your student, Davis A&M has moved to a block period schedule. Students have 4-5 classes a day, depending on their grade level, and they are in each class for 80 minutes. Though we’ve made some changes, our dress code has stayed the same. You may have heard that CMSD changed its policy concerning dress code, themed schools, like Davis A&M, retained their dress code. The details about our Davis policy are below.

Join us this upcoming Thursday, August 19th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, for our Davis A&M Open House. This event gives families an opportunity to tour the school, meet teachers, learn about our curriculum, and to ask questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have questions about any of the announcements below, please call the school at 216.838.2500

In this Newsletter, you will find information about:

  • Davis Open House - THIS THURSDAY
  • Sign Up to Receive Davis A&M Text Messages
  • Davis A&M Dress Code Policy
  • Class of 2022 Update from Senior Class Advisor
  • What Students are Learning Around the School
  • Message from PHASTAR: New Staff
  • Community Resources & Announcements
  • Update Contact Information with Davis A&M

Davis A&M Open House - THIS THURSDAY

Please join us THIS THURSDAY for our Davis A&M Open House. You will have the opportunity to:
  • Meet the Davis A&M Team
  • Tour the school
  • Learn about course
  • Receive a copy of your student's schedule

DATE: Thursday, August 19th

TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

LOCATION: In-person at 1440 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland 44114

** This is an early release day for students. Students will be released after their lunch period. **

Sign Up to Receive Text Announcements from Davis A&M

Sign up for important text updates that are specific to Davis A&M and/or your student's graduating class. If you are not already receiving our text messages and would like to, please follow the directions for your student's graduating class(es).

  • Class of 2022 - Text the message "@dbd4h2" to the number 81010.
  • Class of 2023 - Text the message "@93b323" to the number 81010.
  • Class of 2024 - Text the message "@gg3fd8" to the number 81010.
  • Class of 2025 - Text the message "@gg3fd8" to the number 81010.

Davis A&M Dress Code Policy

Although there have been changes to the CMSD dress code, the Davis A&M dress code is still in place.

Students are required to wear:

  • Blue, black, or white collared shirts
  • Blue, black, or khaki pants
  • Closed-toed shoes

Students may not wear: hoodies, jeans, or ripped pants

Freshmen received their Davis A&M uniform shirt during home visits. All upperclassmen have or will receive 1 new uniform shirt this year. Also all students have or will receive a Davis A&M sweater. As our shipments of shirts and sweaters arrive, we will continue to hand them out to students.

Class of 2022 Message from Profe Courey

For an overview of senior events and deadlines for the year, please review the Senior Events Calendar.

Upcoming Events:

  • September 9th: Senior Parent/Guardian Night via ZOOM 7PM (link will be sent)
  • September 22nd: Senior Cap and Gown Portraits

Profe Courey, Senior Class Advisor


What Are Students Learning?

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Message from PHASTAR

As Davis A&M continues to grow, so too does PHASTAR. We’re excited to introduce some new additions to our staff for the 2021-22 school year. They are:

Dr. Annemarie Grassi Amefia, our new Chief Operating Officer, will oversee all PHASTAR operations and programs. She joins us with over 20 years of nonprofit management, including serving as the founding President and CEO of Open Doors Academy, which provides comprehensive after-school programming for Cleveland area schools.

Capt. Jesse Kassbaum, our Director of Program Operations, recently retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 20 years of active duty service. Jesse will be responsible for ensuring all PHASTAR assets (boats and planes) are properly maintained and inventoried, will be responsible for all organizational logistics and will oversee all safety protocol and regulatory compliance.

Tim Sisson, our Director of Programming, will oversee the Fabrication Lab in addition to all of our aerospace, maritime, and manufacturing/engineering programs that we offer for Davis. He brings a wealth of experience in the STEM and education fields, and will also oversee our thematic curriculum development.

Capt. Peter Hotchkiss, our Associate Director of Maritime Programs, has been a Captain on our Marine Safety boat for the past three years, and is joining us full-time to lead our maritime programs and curriculum. Peter is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the maritime division of PHASTAR. He will oversee the scheduling of maritime related programming, logistics and daily maritime activities.

Vitali Repin, our Certified Flight Instructor, will provide support for all of our Davis aerospace programs, including flight training, aviation club, and more.

Community Resources & Announcements

Weekly List of Job Openings

Step Forward compiles a list of jobs that are available in Greater Cleveland each week. The list here is arranged by industry. Each entry includes brief information about the position with a link to the job posting for more information and to apply.

Community Resource & Employment Service


(216) 651-5188

Stay Connected With Davis

A lot of important messages from the district and the school are being announced. Make sure your contact information is updated so that you receive the latest information.

*To update your address or phone number, please call the school. 216.838.2500

*To receive our school texts, please email LBowen@DavisAM.org with your cell # and your student's name

*For the latest updates: Follow us on Instagram @therealdavisam


Year-Round School Calendar Dates:


  • 18th: All CMSD students stay home to complete work independently
  • 19th: Davis A&M Open House 6-8PM - early release day for students


  • 6th: Labor Day - All CMSD buildings are closed
  • 9th: Senior Parent/Guardian Night via ZOOM 7PM (link will be sent)
  • 22nd: Senior Cap and Gown Portraits


  • 4th - 15th: Fall Break
  • 18th: Classes resumes


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