Dear CLA Families,

It is hard to believe that this is the last week before Spring Break! We are in the third week of the trimester and have started it off really strong, both culturally and academically. There is a lot taking place at CLA with a focus on some academic shifts around mastery work. Please see the updates below. Additionally, all students will be receiving spring break packets, they will be posted on the website as well!

As always, the family communications update is below:

Academic Updates
  • Progress reports were sent home on Friday. Please review your child’s grades with him/her and reach out to the teachers with any questions. If you would like a copy of your child’s progress report e-mailed to you, please let us know!
  • The following tests/quizzes are scheduled for this week:
    • Wednesday – 7th grade social studies final exam, 8th grade English unit test
    • Thursday – 6th grade science unit test
    • Friday – 8th grade research and presentation quiz
  • Trimester 2 Honors Assemblies are on Friday, March 23. Your child will receive an invitation if he/she is receiving an award. Families are invited in for the awards assembly and refreshments following. The assemblies are at the following times:
    • 8th grade – 8:30 a.m.
    • 7th grade – 9:30 a.m.
    • 6th grade – 10:30 a.m.
  • Trimester 3 – Missing Mastery Assignments Update: For the remainder of the year, mastery assignments will not be accepted for a grade if they are turned in more than 2 weeks after the assigned due date. For example, an essay due on Thursday, April 5, would not be accepted after Thursday, April 19.  The purpose of this policy shift is to support students in developing accountability for their work habits that will be necessary to be successful in their upcoming grade and specifically high school. To further support them in this, teachers will provide students with missing assignment reports every Monday. Students will continue to receive progress reports on their grades every other week. Additionally, grade information, including missing assignments, can always be obtained by accessing the PowerSchool parent portal.
Culture Updates
  • Please remember to send your scholar to school in dress code daily. If you have questions about the dress code, you can reach out to the deans or reference pages 37-38 in the Student and Family Handbook. Parents of 6th graders, please be aware that your scholar is not to dress down on his/her birthday. We have seen a number of 6th-grade students doing this, and it results in the school having to call home for uniform clothing to be brought to the school. This is a privilege for the 8th-grade CLA scholars, as it began through a student-driven petition.
  • Last week in the Dean’s Office, Ms. Clayton had a few 8th-grade girls mentoring a group of 6th-grade girls. They enjoyed each other’s company in a relaxed atmosphere where they only had to focus on a chance to socialize together.
  • We are continuing to ensure that we are supporting our families and we want to track our progress while we tweak some of the internal systems of CLA. Please take some time to complete a brief family survey; the link is:
  • We have seen a significant uptick in negative behavior and conversations on social media. Please work with us and make sure that you are monitoring your child’s social media account. Any threats that are on made on social media and brought to our attention will be addressed in a serious manner (which can include suspension).
Fieldwork Opportunities
  • On Monday, Mr. Mackey’s crew is going to the Ernest J. Bohn senior center on Ansel Road to play board games with the senior citizens as a fun service project.  
  • Students in Ms. Barton’s English class will be touring the WKYC Channel 3 news studio and meeting with meteorologist Michael Estime on Tuesday as part of their unit on natural disasters.
  • Ms. Clarke will be taking a group of seventh graders to the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to meet with Judge Michael Donnelly as part of their novel study on To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • On Thursday, Ms. Smemo and Ms. Stout will take a group of sixth graders to the aquarium for World Water Day as a culminating event for their month-long study, “Water is Life.”
  • A group of eighth graders is going to the City Club with Ms. Craine to hear a guest speaker for their women’s rights unit. Tererai Trent is an author and NAACP Image Award winner who opened a school in Zimbabwe with help from Oprah Winfrey.
Fundraising and PAC Updates
  • Every Friday during lunch, the Snack Shack will be open. All snacks are $1 or 3 items for $2.50.
  • The Kalahari trip is scheduled for Thursday, March 29; please call 1-877-525-2427 to reserve your room. Rooms with two queen beds are only $159, and this includes four waterpark passes! This has been a great fundraiser for the school and is a great way to get students active over break.
  • Entertainment Books are on sale. You can pick yours up in the main office for $30. We are hoping that we can sell 50 books by spring break! Some coupons include: Cici’s Pizza, Big Boy, Papa John’s, Popeyes, Mr. Hero, bowling, Chuck E. Cheese’s, hockey games, and much more!


As always, please reach out with any questions!



Mrs. Gruhin