Week of August 14-18, 2023

A note from the Head of School

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!

I hope everyone had a great summer. We are excited to have all of our new and returning scholars back for the start of the school year. Our teachers and staff have begun working to prepare the building for your return.

As we prepare to return next week here are several reminders to make the first week of school a success. First, all students are to report to school on August 21st. CSA will not have a staggered start for any grade level. On the first day, your scholar will have a grade-level orientation to review expectations for their new classes and have a chance to ask important questions to their teachers. Next, lockers will be assigned throughout the first week of school. Lockers are clustered by grade level. Please remind your scholar to not share lockers with classmates. Finally, scholars will be expected to be school ready. This means learning will begin immediately in our classrooms. We have big goals this school year and want to get off to a great start.

Important times to remember

  • Doors open at 8:00 am
  • The first class is at 8:35 am
  • The school day ends at 3:05 pm
  • There are no after-school activities this first week of school

Scholars can meet their teachers and staff on Friday, August 18th at the Back to School Bash from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. This year the bash will be located inside the school. There will be food vendors, live music, and of course...teachers! School supplies will be passed out as well.

If you are returning family and you have moved over the summer, please update you the school with your new address by using the link below or calling the school main office at 216-838-9000

Update family contact (link)

Yours in Education,

Ricardo Franklin Sr, Head of School

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Scholars who live within the City of Cleveland will receive an RTA bus pass. The bus pass is directly linked to their CMSD student ID card. All scholars will receive their CMSD ID card on the first day of school during grade-level orientation.

Please ensure your scholar arrives at school on time by reviewing their specific bus route. Tardies will be tracked beginning on the first day of school.

Arts Fees

Arts Fees have been placed on hold. CSA families should not send art fees at this time.

Algebra I

All students enrolled in Algebra this year are required to have the following calculator:

TI-30X IIS Calculator

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The Athletic Department is hosting the Fall Sport parent meeting this year. This meeting is MANDATORY for all student-athletes/coaches participating in a Fall Sport( Soccer, Football, GXC, BXC, Golf, Volleyball). Make sure you sign-in.

JH coaches are Required to attend as well.

Date: Wednesday, August 16
Time: 6pm (Arrive 15 min early for parking)
Location: East Professional Center (1349 E 79th St, Cleveland, OH 44103)

Any CSA student interested in playing varsity sports for John Hay should see Mr. Franklin

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High School, College, and Beyond

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🎶Cleveland School of the Arts Vocal & Orchestra Department LIVE at Howard University! 🎤
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Events Coming Soon!

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.

SAY YES Survey Dates

The Postsecondary Planning System assists student support teams with identifying services for students in academic, health, and social/emotional areas. The system also provides school and community leaders with a large-scale view of each student’s progress along the pathway to high school graduation and postsecondary education success.

The SAY YES survey dates are as follows:

  • August 21 - Family
  • September 18 - School Staff Members
  • October 2 - Students

To complete your survey, click the link below.

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CMSD 360 - Week of August 6, 2023
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Important Dates


  • 18 - Back to School Bash, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • 21 - First Day of School


  • 4 - No School (Labor Day)
  • 13 - Open House, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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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.

CSA Administration

Ricardo Franklin Sr. - Head of School

Kendal Hilt - Curriculum Instruction Specialist

Brittinie Jermon - Dean of Arts

Bruce Smith - Dean of Engagement