Dear Cleveland Community and Alumni,
We hope you and your families are healthy in mind, body, and spirit.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it for all Americans, and the Cleveland community has pulled together in many ways to support our students, staff, and families. I would publicly like to thank the Alumni, PTSA, and staff for providing financial assistance, meals, and social/emotional support for our families during this time of need.
We are saddened to share the news that Lois Brewer, a grant-writer and service-learning coordinator at Cleveland from 2008 to 2018, has passed away. Lois made many contributions to Cleveland and some highlights include: the multi-year service-learning grant she wrote, which funded some of our early Project Based Learning; the STEM Summer Learning Opportunities grants, which allowed interested students to pursue real-world STEM work; she actively participated in the first professional learning our staff did on restorative justice and supported that work overtime; she made important contributions to the City of Seattle Levy Grant that is in its final year; she wrote the Race To The Top grant that funded job-shadow and internship opportunities for our juniors. Lois also served on many committees and task forces for the district and the larger community. She devoted much of her life to the improvement of schools and school systems and was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. Here is a link to more information, as well as an opportunity for you to leave a memorial message. We will remember her impact on the Cleveland community, and we send support to the family members who are grieving her loss. The link is
On March 11, 2020, the Superintendent closed all Seattle Public Schools until further notice. On April 6, 2020, Governor Inslee made an emergency proclamation extending the closure through the end of the school year. Our staff went right to work planning ways to ensure Cleveland students were able to continue their education through virtual platforms. The Cleveland team worked with the Central Office to roll-out a detailed plan of continuous learning for all students during this closure. Teachers and support staff have been reaching out to students twice a week through e-mails, conducting online meetings, and placing individual family phone calls. Cleveland teachers have created virtual classrooms to continue student learning as well as a weekly class schedule. They set up teacher’s office hours for extra student support and developed many learning activities, assignments, and projects. Advisory teachers connected with families to determine who may need help in getting laptops and Internet access to students. I am proud of our staff. This has been a heavy lift, and everyone carried the weight.
Moving forward, our primary goal is to ensure that our Seniors of 2020 successfully make it to the graduation finish line and that we send them off in the right way. We also want to ensure that our 9th-11th graders receive a quality learning experience during this period. This is new territory for all of us, but Eagles soar above the storm when challenging times arise.
As always, a big THANK YOU to the Cleveland Alumni Association for your continued support; you are an integral part of the Cleveland community. I cannot wait to see what 2020-21 has in store! Cleveland Eagles keep soaring!
George L Breland, Principal
Cleveland High School