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January 2024 ISSUE 1



Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders Today READ

Every Student, Every Possibility, Every Achievement


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Cleveland Pride


A Message from Superintendent McCanless I










achievements and personal growth I have witnessed among our staff and students within Cleveland ISD. Their dedication to academic success and personal development has been the driving force behind our collective accomplishments. Together,





environment where every individual is valued and empowered to reach their fullest potential. The resilience and determination displayed by our students have not only fueled their success but have also strengthened the bonds that make our district exceptional. I encourage each of you to celebrate your achievements, no matter how big or small. Recognize the hard work, perseverance, and passion that have brought you to this point. Our commitment to fostering a culture of success and empowerment remains unwavering, and I have every confidence that the future holds even greater triumphs for each member of our school community. Thank you for being an integral part of our school district's journey.

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Building a Successful Future



Special Education



Grace On & Off Stage


Fine Arts

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Community On Patrol in Schools; C.O.P.S. Operations



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Must be 18 or older Valid ID Complete the Cleveland ISD Volunteer Application

Scan the code if you are interested in becoming a C.O.P.S. member or to receive more information.

What is C.O.P.S.? The Cleveland ISD’s Community on Patrol in Schools (C.O.P.S.) is a volunteer program designed to involve parents, extended family, business partners and community members in a collaborative approach to reinforce safety and security in our secondary schools. C.O.P.S. will provide an “extra pair of eyes” in our schools by serving as hall monitors, assisting with class changes, positively engaging with students during breakfast and lunch and encouraging them to make good choices.


Cleveland ISD Education Foundation


CHS Students Soar to New Heights


Building a Successful Future


Special Education In Cleveland ISD


Students of Character


Community in Schools


Grace On & Off The Stage


How to Tie a Tie


Indians on 3




The Unsung Heroes of Education


When RBB Goes Marching In

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CISD SCHOOL BOARD Cleveland ISD School Board (Left to Right), Robert Howell - Member, Chris Wood President, Amanda Brooks - Secretary, Wendy McNair - Member, Willie Carter Member, Kelly Axton - Vice President, Marvin Searles, Sr. - Member

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CLEVELAND ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION MISSION The mission of the Cleveland ISD Education Foundation is to inspire, enhance, and promote educational excellence, academic opportunities, and create prospect beyond the scope of the Cleveland school system by generating financial resources from private funds to provide support for educational programs and resources. It takes a combination of people and businesses willing to lend the helping hand of time, money, and energy to make an endeavor like this, a success.

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Advancing the mission and vision of the Cleveland Independent School District. Continuing programs and projects that have shown impact on student achievement. Designating funds for innovation and research-based experimentation in classrooms. Provide opportunity for support to teachers through a taxdeductible donation. Donating is investing! Your donation will support the dreams of our educators!

The Cleveland ISD Education Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides a possibility for businesses, community members and alumni to enhance the education process. People from all sectors of the community are invited to become involved in the support and improvement of education for our future leaders.

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CHS ART Hispanic heritage is embracing my ethnicity and heritage,

connecting with me family and my ancestors, helping me learn more about them

and their past traditions. Celine Cuevas, 12th

To me, Hispanic Heritage means celebrating and honoring the history and

Hispanic culture is like a blooming flower, full of color and life, and that

Hispanic Heritage is about celebrating the history

and cultures of our ancestors. - Emily Benitez Vences, 10th

is something to be proud of. Johanna Rivera Mendez, 11th

and acknowledge the diverse traditions and customs. - Gabriella Varella, 11th

culture of Hispanic or Latino ancestors. Giving time to appreciate

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CHS Students Soar to New Heights



he Cleveland High School Aerospace / Robotics class has transformed their workshop into an aviation hub. From crafting wings to assembling engines, every step of the plane's construction is a lesson in engineering, teamwork, and perseverance. The project not only introduces students to the intricacies of aeronautics but also provides them with hands-on experience that extends beyond the confines of a traditional classroom. This project is a testament to the power of education that goes beyond textbooks, where theoretical concepts take flight into the realm of practical application. The students are not just building a plane; they are crafting dreams, ambitions, and a legacy that will inspire generations to come. Mr. Stafford, the CHS Aerospace / Robotics instructor, explained to me what this program is about and what it means for the students.

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Building an Airplane in Aerospace/Robotics Can you describe how building the plane emerged? I heard about the TangoFlight program a year or so ago. When hired with Cleveland High ISD, I was thrilled to be teaching a STEM practicum class. I introduced the program to Karen Steinbach, STEM Instructional Coach, and told her about my idea to implement it into our curriculum. We then put together a proposal and presented it to the Administration Team. Once Administration saw the potential this program could bring to our school and community, everyone was on board and we moved forward with the project. What are the steps involved in building an airplane? An RV kit is provided by Van’s Aircraft and detailed blueprint drawing and directions that have to be followed to every detail. There are 6 sub assemblies to build the plane and in each sub kit there are

tens of thousands of parts and hardware to deal with. Organization is one of the keys to a successful build. Have there been any challenges and how did you all overcome them? Students, with assistance from myself and our mentor, must first use the engineering process to try to figure a solution. If further assistance is required Tango Flight, and Van’s Aircraft provides technical support as needed throughout the project.

Explain safety considerations. Safety is always a huge concern when doing any sort of manual labor using power tools. The students are put through rigorous safety training through the Tango Flight program. They are not allowed in the shop until they score a 100 on the safety exam AND can show proficiency in the practical procedures. How is this being funded? Have there been any budget constraints or fundraising efforts? This program is being fully funded through a federal grant program called the Perkins Funds. No tax dollars are spent on this program. What are the education highlights of this project? The class is in an educational partnership with AOPA, the nonprofit Tango Flight Program, and local businesses and mentors. It provides a college-level curriculum with practical, hands-on experience building an airplane alongside seasoned aviation mentors. Students in the class may go on to pursue further education and careers in engineering, manufacturing or as pilots. The program is dual credited through Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Wichita State University, and Wichita State Technical School.

Primary sponsors of the program are Airbus Foundation, Delta Airlines, and First Aviation Services. Delta Airlines is offering Tango Flight graduates an opportunity to join their apprenticeship team to become pilots, A&P Mechanics, and engineers. What are some future goals or projects for the Aerospace/Robotics class? We would like for it to turn into an aviation program starting in 8th grade. As the program progresses we would like to offer a dedicated pilot program. The possibilities are endless at this point. Community involvement will essential to the continued success of the class. Can you introduce the students working on the project and what their roles are? I have the class broken up into four teams.

Team 1 Juan Diaz – Leader Emily Leiva Castro Christopher Meza Josue Morales Team 2 Ezekiel Capetillo – Leader Juan Garcia Manuel Hernandez Jose Ramirez Christopher Solis Team 3 Ethan Estrada – Leader Nathan Estrada Randy Estrada Delorean Herrera Salvador Plaza Team 4 * Zamir Sagastizado – Leader Adan Ramos Class Instructor – Brian Stafford Mentor – Jose Suarez Cleveland High School is one of 30 schools participating in the TangoFlight program. The plane is projected to be completed in 2024. The journey is not just about reaching the clouds; it's about proving that the sky is no limit for those with the courage to dream and the knowledge to achieve. *Two additional students cannot be listed due to their media release.

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CTE is a vital component of education. n our current job market, preparing high Ischool students for their future careers has never been more crucial. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are gaining recognition as a powerful tool to bridge the gap between education and the workforce. In this article, we will explore the significance of CTE in high schools and how it provides students with the skills and knowledge needed for success during and after high school. “CTE is the development of practical hands-on learning experience that complements the traditional high school curriculum.”

With the modern world demanding a more well-rounded approach to education. CTE is the development of practical hands-on skills related to a specific industry. CTE also teaches time-management, brainstorming with a group, problem-solving individually and skills to running their own business in their chosen pathways.

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Whether it's welding, healthcare, cosmetology, or culinary arts, CTE programs allow students to gain expertise in specific fields. This hands-on learning fosters a deeper understanding of the subject matter. By exposing students to different industries and professions, students can make informed decisions about their future careers. CTE programs allow students the opportunity to explore potential career paths early on.

The job market is rapidly evolving, with new industries and technologies emerging regularly. CTE programs are designed to adapt to these changes, ensuring that students receive training that is relevant and up-to-date. This helps students stay competitive in the job market. CTE programs aim to teach students the specific skills that employers demand. This not only benefits students but also strengthens the economy. CTE programs do not limit students to one path. While some may choose to enter the workforce immediately after high school, others can pursue higher education. Many CTE programs offer college credit or industry certifications, giving students a head start in both college and their careers.

Despite the numerous advantages of CTE, challenges do exist. These include funding constraints and access to quality programs. However, as the importance of CTE becomes increasingly evident, there is hope that these challenges can be overcome. Cleveland ISD offers 30 different CTE programs in 13 career clusters including Agriculture, Food and National Resources, Architecture and Construction, Arts, A/V Technology and Communications, Business, Marketing and Finance, Education and Training, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law and Public Service, Manufacturing, STEM, Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. Career and Technical Education at Cleveland ISD is a vital component of education. We are preparing our students not only with the skills and knowledge required for the workforce but also with the confidence to pursue their passions and succeed in their chosen careers. By investing in CTE programs, we are investing in the future of our workforce and our economy. It's time to recognize CTE as an essential part of our curriculum and ensure that all students have access to these valuable opportunities. “I didn’t participate in other activities. I belong in Culinary Arts. We are a family” Alexia Pineda, 11th Grade Advanced Culinary Art

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Special Education is a service, not a placement or location. SHANNON WALLACE

Special Education in Cleveland ISD


very day, all around Cleveland ISD, superheroes can be found, but to the untrained eye, they look just like any other student. What does it take to educate these unique Indians? We interviewed Cleveland ISD’s Director of Special Education Shannon Wallace to find out. What is Special Education and what does it look like in Cleveland ISD? Special education is the practice of educating students in a way that meets their individual differences, disabilities, and special needs. Special education services range greatly. They can include special transportation, in class support, case management, physical, occupational, or speech therapy, psychological services, and much more. All of this is considered Specially Designed Insruction.

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What it looks like is different for each student. It is determined by a committee including parents, teachers, and often, the student themselves. What are the key goals and priorities for our special education department this academic year? With the growth CISD has experienced in the last 2-3 years, our goal is to make sure we are inclusive of all students in the education system. We strive to make sure that special education is a service we provide, not a placement or location. One of our goals is to increase the number of students who participate in CTE courses. Lastly, ensuring that students with disabilities not only have access to the best services and technology, but also a rigorous curriculum that promotes continued personal and academic growth.

How does our district ensure that students with disabilities have access to inclusive educational opportunities? We start with inclusion as an assumption. An ARD committee determines what the student’s extra needs are. Then the committee analyzes the student’s schedule to see where and when the student would need and receive the services. The student is only removed to receive some additional help if interventions are required. The goal is to minimize the time outside of the regular classroom environment so that they are just like other students with a little something extra. Does Cleveland ISD have any programs or connections within the community to help our students succeed after high school?

Cleveland ISD has an 18+ program. This program provides Independent, Vocational and Functional education for students who have successfully completed the graduation requirements but need additional training. These students, who are considered Adult Students, follow a schedule that is as close as possible to what their adult life should look like. Students learn real-world job skills while working in the community; working anywhere from Ranch Hand to HEB. They also learn how to access public transportation through our partnership with Brazos Transit District. Can you explain the process of developing and implementing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students in our district? IEPs are developed using student data and also includes the participation of parents, teachers, administrators, and frequently, the student. Implementing the IEP is a timed collaboration of school staff using the information provided to them from the ARD meeting where the plan was developed. Each staff member has a role to play and has to collaborate with other staff members so the timing of each service or

accommodation is provided when the student needs it. Who are some of the key people in the Special Education Department? Special Education is a big machine made up of many cogs and each one is vital to our success. We have paraprofessionals and teachers that work daily with our students. Related Services provide support like Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Each campus has diagnosticians whose job it is to test students for disabilities and assist in the creation of their Individualized Education Plan. Each student with a disability has a Case Manager, whose job it is to oversee that the IEP is being followed and that students have what they need to be successful. Everyone from our Clerks and Translators to our Behavior Specialists and even our campus administrators are vital to the success of our department. Could you share some success stories or notable achievements of students who have benefited from our special education programs? Our students are in every facet of Cleveland ISD life.

They are going to college, the military, vocational programs, and the workforce. Some graduate with industry-based certifications. For some students, these are huge achievements. Recently, the Royal Braves Band competed at a state competition. The band is made up of students from all areas of our population, including students with disabilities. Disabilities do not limit success during school or after. In conclusion; the special education programs in Cleveland ISD exemplify the power of inclusion and the potential that lies within every child, regardless of their abilities. As we celebrate these programs and the dedicated directors, teachers and paraprofessionals who lead them, let us also recognize the importance of nurturing an educational system that leaves no student behind. In doing so, we pave the way for a brighter future where all children can reach their fullest potential.

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CITIZENS OF CHARACTER Cleveland High School Air Force Junior ROTC


n a touching display of community service, the Cleveland High School AFJROTC students marked September 11 by visiting the Cleveland Senior Center. The atmosphere at the center was filled with warmth and camaraderie as the students and seniors engaged in various activities. From lively conversations to painting rocks and having lunch, the day was a testament to the power of intergenerational relationships. The day not only provided companionship for our senior citizens but also offered AFJROTC cadets a unique opportunity to learn from the wisdom and experiences of the older generation. As the nation reflected on the significance of September 11, these young leaders chose to honor the day with a gesture of kindness and unity. The visit left a lasting impact on both the students and the seniors, showcasing the positive influence that thoughtful initiatives like the Air Force Junior ROTC can have within the community.

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veryday, in Cleveland ISD schools, you can find someone from our community volunteering their time. Community members actively engage with Cleveland ISD schools to foster a culture of support. The collaborative effort aims to strengthen the ties between our schools and communities, creating an environment where students thrive. Cleveland Fire Department and the Plum Grove Fire Department recently visited two of our elementary schools. Visits of this kind are aimed to raise awareness about fire safety and provide an exciting learning experience for our young students. This connection goes beyond the school yard, creating a sense of belonging that extends into the neighborhoods where these students live.

The students were able to explore the fire engine and learn about various hoses, water pumps, and the life-saving equipment it carries. They were even allowed to try on the fire suits. Reinforcing the importance of fire safety while fostering an appreciation for the dedicated firefighters who protect the community, the hope is to inspire our students to become responsible and safety-conscious members of our community. We are thankful for community friendships that give so willingly to Cleveland ISD students.

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Grace On & Off The Stage T

he value of fine arts programs in schools cannot be overstated. Within Cleveland ISD, Fine Arts offers opportunities from PK to 12th Grade in Art, Music, Band, Choir, Dance, and Theater. When young people are involved with the arts, something changes in their lives. Shirley Trusty Corey, founder of the New Orleans Centre for Creative Arts, once said, “The arts must be considered an essential element of education… They are tools for living life reflectively, joyfully and with the ability to shape the future.” Cleveland ISD Fine Art’s mission is to “create a space where individuals can explore their creativity and express themselves through various forms of Fine Arts. We believe that Fine Arts is a powerful tool that can transform our lives and enrich our communities. We strive to provide a safe and supportive environment that fosters collaboration, experimentation, and innovation. Our goal is to inspire and empower artists of all levels to discover and develop their unique talents, to share their work with the world, and to make a positive impact on society through their art”. Fine Arts improves and encourages creativity,

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confidence, and perseverance, which is essential to a child’s growth. As the arts are enjoyable for many students, they have also shown to be an essential role in the fundamental development of a child. Fine Arts help to develop academic skills, motor skills, visual learning, decision-making, focus, collaboration, and accountability. Often the first skill people think of when they hear the word “art” is creativity. As people apply creativity to just about every aspect of life – problem-solving, everyday writing,

Fine arts programs in schools are not just about creating artists; they are about nurturing wellrounded individuals who are equipped with skills and qualities that will serve them throughout their lives. By recognizing the profound impact of fine arts on students, we celebrate the importance of creativity, selfexpression, and the power of the human spirit to inspire others. In a world that constantly demands adaptation and innovation, the lessons learned through fine arts education are more valuable than ever. As we celebrate the multifaceted brilliance of Cleveland ISD's fine arts programs, it's evident that the district is not just shaping students academically, it is also nurturing a rich cultural landscape where every grade contributes to a symphony of talent. The fine arts are not merely subjects; they are a vibrant heartbeat that pulses through the spirit of Cleveland ISD, creating a legacy of creativity, collaboration, and excellence.

projects, etc., It is an incredibly important aspect of life. Studies indicate that students who engage in the arts tend to perform better in subjects like math and science. The discipline required for artistic endeavors, attention to detail, and the ability to think critically translate to improved academic outcomes. “Collaborative performances, art exhibitions, and showcases bring together diverse talents, fostering a sense of community and shared pride”, says Kristy Jones Director of Fine Arts.

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n a heartwarming initiative, Natasha Meyers, CHS Architectural Design 1 & Architectural Design 2 teacher, is weaving a unique connection between the community and CHS students by receiving donations of neckties. The ties aren't just a fashion statement; they serve a crucial purpose in teaching her students a valuable life skill—how to tie a tie. Ms. Meyers set a goal for the current school year to receive 80 ties and teach even more students how to tie a tie before Homecoming, Prom and Graduation. She received an amazing 157 ties! Ms. Meyers and her students give us all a reminder, education goes beyond textbooks. Sometimes, all it takes is a small accessory and a shared commitment to make a lasting impact on young lives. Special thanks to everyone who donated, Mr. Mathers, Mr. Patterson, Mr. Johnson and Ms. Densmore for their support. Cleveland ISD 21

Cleveland High School Principal, Dr. Bart Miller, named a Gulf Coast Educators Principal of the Year Finalist.

Congratulations Dr. Miller!

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The Increasingly Important Role of Athletics in School


he goal of the Cleveland ISD athletic program is to offer all student athletes the opportunity to achieve their individual and team’s athletic potential while developing an appreciation for integrity, academics, attitude, perseverance, responsibility, and the art of goal setting. “The combination of sports and academics can be a tremendous experience in a young person’s life.” What sometimes goes unnoticed is the impact that athletics has on students not only during their high school careers, but also before high school and after they graduate.


Participation in athletics has long -lasting, definitive benefits, especially when athletic leaders create an environment that challenges and rewards. When athletes are supported in this way, they develop lifelong habits that transcend high school. Athletes work together daily in strenuous practices preparing for stressful situations in search of positive outcomes. In this pressured environment, students build relationships and learn to care for each other. The concept of being part of a team makes athletes more marketable to colleges and employers as they

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CLEVELAND ISD ATHLETICS MISSION To grow young men and women of integrity who relentlessly pursue excellence everyday.

PHOTO BY JAMES KIZZA - CISD SPORTS want people who can perform under stress and follow a business or collegiate plan of action. They want students and/or employees who can take initiative and make meaningful relationships so that everyone contributes to make an organization better. It is through the athletics experience that athletes cultivate a second family and learn to value each other; to maximize both team and individual potential, teammates learn to care for each other both on and off the field of play. An emphasis on excellence helps studentathletes to understand the rewards of dedication to a larger purpose, and encourages development of physical and intellectual skills. Student-athletes achieve academically and compete athletically at the highest level, and are prepared with skills for life. Research indicates that students who participate in athletics have higher gradepoint averages, better attendance records, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems. All head coaches and athletic programs are committed to developing character and leadership qualities in their student athletes.

Cleveland ISD Athletic program has created their first ever student athlete leadership council. The council is composed of 12 student athletes who meet monthly to grow as leaders and to collaborate on ways to better represent Cleveland ISD and our community. The value of athletics in schools is significant and cannot be overlooked. It has a profound impact on individuals, schools, and communities. Athletics is powerful because it can bridge gaps, bring people who otherwise might not interact together, and provide opportunities not available elsewhere.


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HELP US MEET OUR GOAL! When you give to the CISD Education Foundation, you invest in the future of our community. We are asking YOU – our community, our parents, our friends and our businesses – to help in our efforts to invest in our students. No matter the amount, every dollar counts.


The Cleveland ISD Education Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides a possibility for businesses, community members and alumni to enhance the education process. People from all sectors of the community are invited to become involved in the support and improvement of education for our future leaders. For more information regarding the Cleveland ISD Education Foundation, please visit

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Santa Cory Rasberry & Grinch Jessica Burns, escorted by Sgt. Allyson Lopez, visits CISD schools the week before break. Thank you Captain Allen for keeping the tradition going!

C.O.P.S -Community On Patrol in Schools Building Brighter Futures... Together


n recent times, family and community volunteers have become invaluable assets in schools, working collaboratively to ensure the safety and well-being of students while also making strides in curbing behavior problems. The positive impact of our dedicated volunteers contributes to a secure and nurturing educational environment. A program designed to encourage parents and community members to take a larger role in their kids’ education and safety is taking off within Cleveland ISD. The Community On Patrol in Schools (C.O.P.S.) program is a first for Cleveland ISD. From greeting students at morning arrivals, monitoring class changes, monitoring lunchtimes, and helping during recess, C.O.P.S. members will make a huge impact on our students and staff. C.O.P.S. members must pass a background check, submit a Cleveland ISD Volunteer Application, have a valid ID, and be 18 years or older. C.O.P.S. members will be easily identified on campus. Members are required to wear a yellow safety vest and badge.


Cleveland ISD takes every approach necessary to combat behavior problems and drug use within our schools. By implementing a combination of prevention education, counseling, parental and community involvement, and enhanced security measures, we are working to ensure that all Cleveland ISD schools remain places of learning and growth for all students. Scan the QR code if you are interested in volunteering for the C.O.P.S. program.

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THE UNSUNG HEROES OF EDUCATION n the bustling world of education, where Ieasy teachers and students take center stage, it's to overlook the dedicated individuals

who work tirelessly behind the scenes to create a clean, safe, and welcoming environment for learning. “Keeping a school clean is a challenge, everyone has to do their part to keep everyone safe and healthy.”

School custodians have long been the force behind cleanliness in schools. Despite what some may think, the role of the custodial staff extends beyond just cleaning the school. The custodial staff helps set up sporting and musical events, community events and banquets, all of which bring together the community and connect students, teachers and parents. Custodians often form close bonds with students, teachers, and staff members. Some even serve as mentors or role models for students, showcasing the importance of hard work and dedication. It's time to recognize and appreciate the custodial departments in our schools. Their dedication, hard work, and commitment to maintaining a safe and clean learning environment deserve our gratitude and respect.


These unsung heroes truly make a difference in the lives of students and educators alike. As we celebrate the custodial departments in our schools, let us remember that their work goes far beyond cleaning. They are the silent champions who ensure that the educational journey of our students remains uninterrupted and safe. It's high time we acknowledge their indispensable role in shaping the future of our society through education.

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ROYAL BRAVES BAND Beyond the Final Note

Cleveland High School's Royal Braves Band doesn't


just play notes; they execute maneuvers with military precision, displaying a level of commitment that goes beyond typical high school musical pursuits. From rehearsals to intricate formations, every detail is a testament to their unwavering dedication. Under the baton of their dedicated director, Danny Diosdado, RBB continues to be a beacon of pride for our community. Beyond the football field halftime shows, RBB has set ambitious goals. Their pursuit of musical excellence has taken them to competitions, where their synchronized movements and powerful performances have garnered accolades and admiration. Being a member of the Royal Braves Band requires being a team player. Students learn to function within a system that relies on other people to achieve success. It teaches important skills like persistence, responsibility, integrity, determination, and excellence.

The hours-long rehearsals are just as physically straining as running cross country. Memorizing complex sheet music is just as daunting as studying for the SATs. And performing flawless marching drills at state contests is just as intense as playing completely in sync as one. RBB has created and continued a tradition of success at competitions across the nation. Having won 64 1st divisions in UIL marching, numerous Sweepstakes awards, 2001 TMEA Honor Band, and 4x Honor Band Finalist, the Royal Braves band has a long standing tradition of excellence dating back to it‘s origins in the late 1930‘s. Whether you are a former student, band parent or friend, you are part of a grand tradition. The lessons learned in marching band go far beyond the time spent in high school. As the echoes of their brass and percussion resonate through the community, The Cleveland High School Royal Braves Band continues to march their way to greatness, leaving an everlasting impact on both their school and the hearts of those who witness their extraordinary performances. Interviews with band members reveal stories of early morning contest run throughs, night rehearsals, and a shared commitment to achieving something greater than themselves. RBB’s unity is not just about creating music; it’s about forging bonds that extend beyond the final note. Director of Bands - Mr. Danny Diosdado CHS Associate Director - Mr. Kelly Barker C9 Assistant Director - Mr. Jose Castro Assistant Director - Mrs. Christina Marioneaux Percussion Director/Jazz Director - Mr. Ethan Ainsworth

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