From the Principal

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I can’t tell you how proud I am of the leadership our students are beginning to display. We are already seeing how students view themselves and how their role at school is changing. They are becoming leaders to others and more importantly, leaders in their own lives.
I am also very proud of the way we have sustained academic progress this past school year. For the first time ever, The Cleveland Academy of Leadership, received a Palmetto Silver Award, for attaining high levels of performance and high rates of growth by the State Department of Education and the South Carolina’s Education Oversight Committee; it is a glowing testament to our students’ hard work and also to the determination and creativity of our teachers, staff, and community and business partners.
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Students Make Bowls To Raise Hunger Awareness

Students Make Bowls To Raise Hunger Awareness
Students and faculty teamed up with Milliken & Co. employees recently to complete a community service project.
44 volunteers from Milliken spent an afternoon at the Cleveland Academy of Leadership working with students to make ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls Project. The effort, coordinated by the Chapman Cultural Center, raises money to fight hunger.
Wade Nottingham has been with Milliken in Spartanburg for 26 years. He said working with a room full of elementary school students was intimidating at first, but the intimidation wore away as the joy of the experience soon took over.
“It’s a very good feeling,” he said. “It just makes you feel good.”
Nottingham worked with second-grader Shawn Carolina to smooth out a bowl design for their ceramic bowl.
“I like getting to decorate and send it to be heated up so it gets harder,” Shawn said as he put the finishing touches on his bowl.
Milliken volunteers worked with shifts of students. As one shift of students left the school’s cafeteria, sharing high-fives and hugs with their partners, the next shift of students arrived and started to work.

Recognized as a Lighthouse School By Covey Organization

Recognized as a Lighthouse School By Covey Organization
A new bronze sculpture was unveiled at the Cleveland Academy of Leadership on Tuesday in honor of the school’s recognition as a Lighthouse School with exemplary leadership qualities.
Cleveland was named the second Lighthouse School in Spartanburg County, joining Pauline-Glenn Springs Elementary School. They are two of more than 100 Lighthouse Schools across the world.
Schools achieve Lighthouse status by succeeding through The Leader in Me program, a worldwide leadership initiative based on Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”
District 7 and Cleveland staff, along with community leaders from Spartanburg, gathered outside of the school for a recognition ceremony and sculpture unveiling. The sculpture, located just outside of the school’s main entrance, was given by an anonymous donor and is called “Circle of Peace.”
On the sculpture is a quote from South African’s former president and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela that reads, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

The Cleveland Academy of Leadership Receives State Award

The Cleveland Academy of Leadership Receives State Award
The State Department of Education and the South Carolina’s Education Oversight Committee has recognized The Cleveland Academy of Leadership with the Palmetto Silver Award for the 2013-14 school year.
The Palmetto Awards program honors schools for attaining high levels of performance and high rates of growth.
Superintendent Russell W. Booker commented, “We are very proud of the way all our schools have sustained academic progress over this school year. I am especially proud of the students at the Cleveland Academy of Leadership for their academic growth; it is a glowing testament to their hard work and also to the determination and creativity of the school staff, parents, and community partners.”
The Palmetto Gold and Silver awards program was created under the 1998 Education Accountability Act. The award criteria were developed by the EOC, and are based on the absolute and improvement ratings assigned to each school on the 2013 report cards, which were released in November. Awards are given to schools that dramatically improved student academic achievement between 2012 and 2013.

Digital CitizenShip

Digital CitizenShip
Have you ever wondered whether all the time your child is spending online, watching TV, texting their friends, and playing video games is good for them? I know I have!
That’s why at The Cleveland Academy of Leadership we are making a commitment to teach students how to be good digital citizens.
We’ll explore topics like cyberbullying, online privacy, and creative rights and responsibilities. With strong digital citizenship skills, your child will be able to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities of technology and learn how to handle the more challenging issues that they may experience.
The curriculum and resources we are using were developed by Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit organization. I encourage you to check out the free parent resources on Common Sense Media’s website (www.commonsense.org) so you can stay up-to-date on all things digital.
Please call on us at any time if we can do anything to help you or your children learn how to be safe, smart and responsible digital citizens.

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