Summer Food Service Program

We will be providing food services for breakfast and lunch this summer!

Dates are from May 15th to June 30th / Monday ~ Thursday

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Lunch will be served from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Kids 18 and younger eat free and do not have to be enrolled at CPS.

Adults – Breakfast = $2.25  /  Lunch = $4.00

School Closed April 3-4, 2018

Due to the significant amount of teachers who were planning on being out tomorrow, and with no end in sight of the lobbying efforts at the capital, Cleveland Public Schools is enacting the original plan to be out through Wednesday, April 4th.  This plan was board approved during a special board meeting on March, 26th.

Important Items:

  1. Breakfast (8:00 – 9:00 AM) and Lunch (11:30 AM -12:15 PM) for all school-aged children will be served at the Middle School
  2. All extra-curricular activities will take place.
  3. The ACT Test for Juniors and any other registered student will still be offered at the Event Center.  Report to the High School by 8:15.  Be sure to bring a NO. 2 pencil and an approved model of calculator!
    NOTE 1:  We do have some calculators available to use during the test.   But if you have one available that meets the requirements and you are familiar with its operations then you should bring it.
    NOTE 2:  If you can not make this test date you WILL be able to take it on the make up day, April 24th.  This is, however, the only other date to take the test and as a reminder, taking this test is a requirement as it is a part of state testing.

    The district sincerely regrets the inconvenience this has caused our stakeholders and apologizes for the hardships that are a result.

School in session April 2nd

Late Thursday Afternoon, March 29, 2018,  Governor Fallin signed House Bill 1010XX into law.  Because this first step toward improving the financial situation of Oklahoma education and its’ employees have been passed, Cleveland Public Schools will be in session April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th as regularly scheduled.

CPS would like to thank the Oklahoma State Legislature for supporting this initial step toward improving education funding.  We are extremely encouraged by this show of support and understand that there is still much work to be done to restore funding levels.  CPS would also like to thank our community for their support, our teachers and staff for their dedication during this time, and our students for always staying focused on their future.

Cleveland Public School Press Release

Press release from the Governor.  

Information regarding House Bill 1010XX

 

Oklahoma Education Funding and Our Plan

On March 26th, 2018 the Board of Education voted unanimously to suspend school on April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th to support teachers and students in supporting a call to increase funding for Oklahoma education. We assure you this decision was not made hastily, only after extensive review by the board. There is a link to the presentation exhibited to the board by Superintendent Aaron Espolt at the bottom of this post containing information regarding education funding at the state and local level.

During this same evening, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed revenue bill 79-19. From the press information being released (CCOSA and OSSBA), it will give an average $6,000 teacher raise, over $1,200 support staff raise, and operational expenses. This can always change as it goes through the political process, but this is what we know as of now. The bills will next be heard in the Oklahoma Senate as the Legislators push to get it done before April 2nd. If the bills related to school funding pass and the Governor signs the legislation prior to March 30th, 2018, we will not suspend school in April and we will follow the school calendar as it is now.

If these funding bills do not pass, we will suspend school starting on April 2nd through April 4th. It will be a three-day suspension. After the three days, there will be a rolling delegation of staff allowed to go to the capital on behalf of the district to promote increased funding for Oklahoma education.

These three days off will need to be made up. To do this, we will use the two remaining snow days from the school calendar scheduled for April 13th and 27th which will extend the year to go to school on Friday, May 11th. This will still conclude school prior to graduation on Saturday, May 12th.

If we are shut down for three days:

1) We will still provide child nutrition services for all students at the Middle School during the suspension. Breakfast will still be offered from 7:30 to 9:00 AM and Lunch will be available from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

2) We will still hold to the schedule for extra-curricular activities. Practice times could be impacted. Coaches and Sponsors will let students know directly of those changes.

3) The ACT test will still be offered to all Juniors and Seniors who are interested on April 3rd. Breakfast and Lunch will be available at the High School for test takers.

We are making one change regardless of if we are out or not for these three days. PreK and Kindergarten enrollment will be on Thursday, April 5th and 6th, as well as April 9th and 10th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM At the Primary School.

More information will follow as the need arises.

Board Presentation Slide Show

School Back in session 1/17/2018

Class will be back in session January 17th, 2018!  We do ask, if you have a student who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, that you keep them home and contact their school.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

For More information, please visit the CDC website concerning the flu.

No School 1/16/2018

Due to the high number of confirmed flu cases in our elementary building and the prediction of hazardously cold weather conditions, Cleveland Public Schools will be closed, January 16, 2018. The district will use this time to continue to deep clean our classrooms, cafeterias and buses. However, if your student is showing flu symptoms at any time, we ask you please keep them home to help us keep the virus from spreading.

All extra-curricular activities are canceled 1/16/2018 also.

Thank you and please stay safe.

Aaron Espolt
Superintendent

Primary Drop Off Temporary Change

Due to construction issues, morning drop off at the Primary School is being temporarily changed for Monday morning, November 27th only,

Parents will be directed to enter off Gilbert as usual and move west using the road between the primary and middle school. Drop off of students will happen at the West end of the road at the awning.  School officials and city police will be on site to help direct traffic.

Please do not drop off at the main entrance. If you enter the Primary school parking lot, you will not be able to exit until after the morning drop off has been completed after 8:15 AM.

Afternoon car line procedures will not be affected.

Graduation Time Is Set!

As the district attempted to find a time that works for graduation, many different factors became involved in making the decision. We understood we were not going to be able to meet everyone’s needs, so we appreciate the suggestion by Project Graduation to survey our stakeholders and go with what works for the majority.

We had almost 300 responses and the winning time was 7:00 pm.  We thank all of you who took the time to vote and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Event Center on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 to wish our Graduates the very best as they start on their new journeys.

The survey results are shown below:

2018 graduation time results showing seven pm as the ceremony start time

2018 Graduation Date Survey

Cleveland Community:

Graduation is a special time when we all share in the accomplishment of young men and women.  While we fundamentally believe this isn’t the end of their educational career, all involved have worked extremely hard to reach this milestone and it should be celebrated.  Cleveland Public Schools is committed to providing the best educational experience possible and we believe this should not change with the last ceremony for our seniors.  

Dating back three years, graduation dates and times have been a challenge to set in order to meet everyone’s needs.  While we understand that we will never be able to accommodate everyone’s schedules, we strive to do everything in our power to set a date and time that works for the majority.  There are many things that are considered in setting the date and time:

  1. Graduating before the last day of school:  While we know many districts do this, we don’t believe it is the best solution for us.  Seniors must attend every day on the school calendar or they would be counted absent.  While many may have the absences to spare and still graduate, the missed days would reflect on all state reporting and accreditation standards.  Additionally, seniors do not finish with graduation, but rather the last day of school.  If they graduate prior to the last day of school it may present an issue.
  2. Graduating on Friday after school is out:  This was traditionally the graduation date until the school calendar changed.  With the district now getting out of school a full week earlier in May, we still have state competitions ongoing during this time.  As a district, we do not want to make our seniors choose between a state competition and graduation.
  3. Sunday following the last day of school:  For the last two years, Graduation Sunday fell on Mother’s Day.  While the Ministerial Alliance has been very gracious in accommodating our Sunday graduation, we have received a tremendous amount of feedback to move graduation off of Mother’s Day.  
  4. The next week following the last week of school:  Again, many districts have graduation the following week, we don’t believe this is the best solution.  Many students immediately leave after graduation for post-secondary work or education and this would require them postponing any plans for another week.  It would also require a longer downtime before the seniors are actually able to complete their ceremony.  
  5. Saturday after the last week of school:  After all the other possibilities were considered and weighed for their merit, the district has decided to have graduation on Saturday following the last week of school.  We sought out input from many different stakeholders and it was agreed that this was the best date.  However, once the district posted the time, it became a point of contention.  Again, we acknowledge that we cannot meet everyone’s needs and there will always be issues with the time.  However, this is only an effort to see what time works for the majority and that is what we will finalize.  

As we make an effort to gain input for the time that works for the majority of students and families, we would like to stress that this isn’t due to one or two families having an issue with the time.  This is an effort to find a time that works and provide an understanding that Cleveland Public Schools listens to our stakeholders.  It is our belief that is we ever find ourselves not engaging the community and acting in their best interest, we make every effort to remind our stakeholders that we are here to serve.

Please assist us in making this the best experience it possibly can be for our seniors and fill out this short survey.  The two choices are 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 12th.  This survey will close on Wednesday at 12:00 pm.  

Take the Survey

 

Respectfully,
Aaron Espolt
Superintendent of Schools

Senior Night

Tonight is Senior Night!  Please join us as tonight at Billy Vessels Memorial Stadium at 7:00 pm as we honor our senior Football, Cheerleader, and Band Students for their years of dedication and hard work to make Friday Nights something special.

At the same time, we want to take the time to thank the parents and guardians of these students for going above and beyond in helping them not only participate, but excel, in their chosen activities.   We genuinely appreciate you for going the extra mile.

We look forward to seeing you there!