We wanted to share this amazing message from Jonathan Hughes – Athletic Director / Education of CHS!
What a great week of celebration for the class of 2020! And there is more! SPS Athletics funded the creation of a video to highlight our seniors and their athletic participation. We did the best we could trying to track down photos, videos, and names of student-athletes (some hadn’t yet officially registered for spring sports and spring only had a week of practice, no events). Ms. Scribs and ENN were instrumental in providing many of the photos. The owner of the production company that made all the films for each high school is a Cleveland High grad class of 2000, Carlos Imani. You can check that out here:
Updates regarding fall athletics and summer practices will be coming soon. We are expecting to hear from the Governor and the Health Department regarding WIAA return to play guidelines. Hoping that information comes within the next several days. Of course, tomorrow is the big announcement from SPS about what school will look in the fall. Feeling nervous.
Athletic Director / Educator
Cleveland STEM High School
CHS Alumni board members, John R Barton, Alison Sing, and Bernie Moskowitz offer thoughts and music for this year’s Memorial Day, since we are not able to hold the annual ceremony in the CHS Memorial Forest. Photo credit: Suzi Wong Swint @conwaysuz
A place of honor in our hearts and minds.
“Memorial Day is a day to honor our fallen heroes who lost their lives while serving our country in the United States armed forces. They sacrificed so our country could survive in a world often filled with strife, conflict, and turmoil. We, the citizens of this country, owe them our gratitude, respect, and a place of honor in our hearts and minds. Our fallen heroes lost everything, including their opportunity for marriage, family, career, and the pursuit of happiness – the things we take for granted.
This Memorial Day is different because of the Coronavirus lockdown.
Normally, we would have a ceremony at the Cleveland Memorial Forest with students, alumni, and staff from our high school. Our ceremony would include an honor guard from Camp Murray, Bernie Moskowitz would play taps, and an American flag would be folded by students and presented to a family member of a fallen hero.
In place of our normal ceremony, we’ve put together a special video, as an opportunity for all of us to give pause and honor our special CHS fallen heroes.
We hope you’ll watch, remember, share with others, and may God Bless America.”
John Barton, Class of ’54 Vice President CHS Alumni Association
Remembering their unselfish sacrifice.
“As I wake up each day to face the challenges of current COVID-19 pandemic; I am thankful to all those men and women who wore our nation’s uniform and gave their ultimate sacrifice so that I can wake up each day to smell the roses, see the sunlight, and breathe the air. Their unselfish sacrifice without even knowing what challenges would face those they left behind engenders the best in all Americans who did not hesitate when their nation called for help. I am deeply proud of all the men and women, individuals who represent all nationalities and beliefs; that the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans must at times come with sacrifice. A sacrifice that those of us who wore the nation’s uniform was willing to give.
Let us honor them who have passed with the dignity that they have earned on our behalf so that we are here today among our families and friends. Let us not forget their families who lost their loved one on Memorial Day. For me, their sacrifice shall never be forgotten.
Although we may not gather to celebrate this special day with parades and fireworks, this is a small sacrifice we must endure. So, take a quiet moment in your home just say, “thank you” for your sacrifice, we shall never forget.”
Plans for our 60th Reunion on August 22, 2020, at the Seattle Yacht Club were coming along very well. You might remember the “Save The Date” announcement sent out in January 2020? To hold the Reunion on that date, the State would have to be well into Phase 4 of the timeline set by the Governor allowing gatherings larger than 50 people. Implementation of Phase 4 by August is now tentative, at best.
Based on the Reunion Committee’s concern for the well-being of all of our class members and to make a reasonable and conservative decision given the unpredictability of the COVIS-19 pandemic, the Committee, by email, has reached an agreement to put our 60th Reunion on hold. As things improve and as soon as the Reunion Committee can meet again in person, it has been suggested we consider planning a combination 60th Reunion\80th Birthday Party sometime in the first half of 2021.
Our Reunions and group Birthday parties have been great fun on their own. A combined get-together as the Wrigley’s gum ads of the 1950s and 1960s put it, we’ll have “DOUBLE THE FUN”.
Your reunion committee met in March and unanimously agreed, out of an abundance of caution, due to COVID-19/coronavirus health pandemic to postpone our 40th Class Reunion to Saturday, August 14, 2021. Please add that date to your calendar. Yes, it’ll be one year later but we hope to see everyone from the Cleveland Eagles Class of 1980!
In the meantime, we have been inspired to host a VIRTUAL Reunion on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM (PST) which will be 40 years to the day of when we graduated from Cleveland High School!
You are cordially invited to attend our virtual celebration. We have some exciting surprises planned for our virtual reunion. Please wear your RED & WHITE to show your MIGHTY EAGLES PRIDE and gather online to toast (Prune Juice, LOL! or your beverage of choice) our last 40 years, reminisce about the “GOOD TIMES” that we shared TOGETHER and to remember our Beloved 1980 “Fallen Eagles”.
Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to CHS80FuzzyEagle@gmail.com to confirm your attendance for the FUN event!!! Please include your full name, including your maiden name, if applicable. In return, you will receive the virtual meeting information.
We have been busy through February, March, and April requesting letters of support from alumni and patriotic organizations to help ensure the longevity of the CHS Memorial Forest. As explained in recent publications, our basic objective is to have Seattle Public School (SPS) sell the development rights of the Memorial Forest to the King County Parks Department (KCPD). Under this plan, SPS would retain ownership of the property but the forest would become a part of the King County forest conservation program, and could not be developed by SPS or any future owner.
We sent requests to over 100 patriotic organizations asking for their support and we received a good response. The most significant responses were from:
We started a letter drive in mid-February to solicit letters of support from alumni, individuals and patriotic organizations to back our plan to have Seattle Public Schools (SPS) sell the development rights of the CHS Memorial Forest to the King County Parks Department (KCPD) –– the details of this plan have been documented several times in past newsletters, and you may read them on the CHSAA website (www.clevelandalumsea.org). These letters of support are addressed to the Seattle School Board but mailed to CHSAA so we can hand-deliver them en masse at a time that provides maximum impact for protecting the CHS Memorial Forest. The following reflects our results to date.
The American Legion provided a great response, with letters of support from four posts in King County, one from the Gig Harbor area, and another from California. We didn’t solicit money in our drive, but Bellevue Post #239 sent us a check to help pay for our mailing expenses.
The American Legion has two million members nationwide, with 21,000 in Washington State and 6,000 in King County. All of the American Legion posts that we solicited sent a letter of support.
KIRKLAND POST #99
KENT-MERIDIAN POST #685
KENT POST #15
BELLEVUE POST #239
PENINSULA POST #236
PRUNEDALE, CA POST #593
Similarly, we received a great response from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The VFW has 475,000 members across the nation, with 24,000 in Washington State, and 7,000 in King County. We only had the address of two posts, but they responded favorably with letters of support:
Renton Post #1263
Kent-Meridian Post #6785
According to Commander Craig Dougherty of the VFW, there are 550,000 military veterans in Washington State. It is hard to imagine a single one of them not being in favor of supporting the CHS Memorial Forest. More than 160,000 of those veterans (30%) live in King County.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) sent in a letter of support. The DAR has 180,000 members, with 2,360 in Washington State and 600 members in King County. The president of their Bellevue chapter, Lanabeth Horgen, is enthusiastic about the memorial forest and wants to participate in our next annual ceremony.
The Marine Corps Leagueprovided a letter of support for the CHS Memorial Forest. They represent 65,000 members overall, with 600 in Washington State and 43 in King County.
Download a letter of support, sign, and mail it to the address on the form. We will mail it with all the other letters we receive at a time that provides maximum impact for protecting our Memorial Forest.
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!
This article was published in the Seattle Times, March 29, 2020 | View Source Written by Nicole Bordeur, Seattle Times staff reporter
Two days after Cleveland High School closed on March 11, when teachers and staff were allowed access to clean out their rooms, Ray Morales suddenly remembered the food — the pantry, supplied by the YWCA and available to any student who needed it.
Morales, who has been Cleveland’s assistant principal for six years, knew that the pantry — filled with trail mix, dried fruit and nonperishables like oatmeal — had just been replenished, and filled a crucial need for students who needed a snack, a meal or something to eat over the weekend.
“The food pantry items always go,” Morales said. “And the thing is, it’s for everybody. Just because a student doesn’t qualify for free-and-reduced lunch doesn’t mean they come from well-off families, just that they don’t meet the requirements.
“It’s open for everybody,” he said. “As it should be.”
After Seattle Public Schools closed Cleveland — and later Gov. Jay Inslee ordered all schools in Washington state to close through at least April 24 to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus — Morales collected what was in the pantry, along with other food donated by the staff from their own rooms. At the suggestion of the school’s attendance specialist, Morales reached out to Luis Rodriguez, the father of a Cleveland student and owner of The Station coffee house on Beacon Hill.
“We suggested The Station be a place for families and community members to pick food up,” Morales said. “And of course (Rodriguez) was like, ‘Absolutely.’”
School staff notified Cleveland families via email and social media that there was food to be had if people needed it.
“But this is also for the community,” Morales said.
He also reached out to his sister-in-law, who works in the Bellevue School District, to see if anyone she knew would want to contribute to the new pantry at The Station.
“It was crazy,” Morales said of the response. “Every single person who came into The Station asked about the pantry, and how they could help. It inspired folks to donate food or do things on their own.”
In days, the pantry went from serving the school and the neighborhood to anyone who needed it.
“Some people knew, and the word just spread,” said Leona Moore-Rodriguez, Luis’ wife.
On a recent morning, the counter along the coffee shop window was covered with several dozen eggs — donated by Glo’s Cafe on Capitol Hill — bananas, peanut butter, cans of soup, tuna and beans, boxes of macaroni and cheese, granola bars, drinks, and travel-size shampoo and soap. There were plastic gloves, and boxes and bags for packing and, in a fridge under the counter, milk donated by nearby Filipino restaurant Musang. There were also two bags of comics and magazines for younger people.
“I think some people feel self-conscious like it’s for the poor,” Rodriguez said. “But this is for everyone. This is for the community. People who lose their jobs, have less money or no money.”
Regular customer Jessica Ramirez came in for coffee. She told a friend who had just started a job — and had a smaller, starting paycheck — about the community pantry.
“I know a lot of people in between,” said Ramirez, who works for a foundation that serves indigenous organizations and is drumming up donations for the Workers Relief Fund at Casa Latina.
“It’s been nice to see people coming together for those in need,” Ramirez said.
Just before noon, Kwong Fan, 75, came in for some food. He’d read about the food pantry online and took the bus from Rainier Valley.
“I’m low on food and I don’t want to go to the store,” he said. “I can save some money. It’s hard.”
He took a few cans of food and some eggs and asked Rodriguez for one bottle of milk, then another.
“Thank you,” he said once, then twice. Before he left with a couple of bags, he must have said it six times.
“Why let the food go to waste?” Rodriguez asked. “We are an activist coffee shop, here to help the marginalized, black and brown folks. And this is what Ray Morales does as a teacher.”
Said Morales: “The Cleveland staff planted the seed, but The Station is the prime vehicle to get this out and inspire other folks.”
Rodriguez hopes it inspires his sons and others who may be drawing themselves in during the coronavirus outbreak.
“We are going to remember this moment for the rest of our lives,” Rodriguez said. “So you ask, ‘What were you doing then?’ My kids can say that their mom and dad were out there helping.
“That’s all we have, right?” Rodriguez said. “Leave something behind.”
Please demonstrate your support of the plan to protect the longevity of the CHS Memorial Forest by having SPS sell the development rights of the property to the KCPD so the property can never be developed for any other use by SPS or any future owner.
For years, CHS alumni have been concerned about the CHS Memorial Forest being sold or developed for some use other than being a memorial. The best way to protect the forest is to sell the development rights of the property to the King County Parks Department. This would result in a conservation easement being placed on the property to prevent development by Seattle Public Schools (SPS) or any future buyer of the property. King County (KC) Parks is very much interested in purchasing the development rights as part of their conservation program. The school district and park department are working on an agreement to make this happen, but the idea still needs to be approved by the Seattle School Board. This is where you may be able to help.
24. That is the number of wins it took for Cleveland’s Ultimate Frisbee team to take the DiscNW state title. They also took home the Metro League title and won several big tournaments along the way, including the Seattle Invitational. In the state tournament, the Northwest School was no match for Cleveland. The Eagles crushed Northwest, 15-8. It is the first time a boys team from a south end school has won the state title. The Eagles finished their season undefeated, with a remarkable 24-0 record.