Important Update 5-14-2020:

Hello Cleveland High School this is your principal Chris Lakey.  I wanted to remind everyone about the drop off day that will take place tomorrow between 8:00 AM & 12:00 PM.  All work packets from the three packet distribution dates should be returned tomorrow.  Any other items that you have that belong to the school such as textbooks, library books, & athletic uniforms should also be returned tomorrow.  Please place the items that you plan on returning inside of a garbage bag with the students name & grade level written on the outside of the bag.  It does not have to be the same bag that we gave you a few weeks back.  I know that some of those bags were torn and a few even leaked.  Parents just make sure that the name & grade level are visible.  This will help us get the bag to the appropriate location inside of the building.

I also wanted to let you know that we will have athletic certificates to hand out tomorrow.  Any student who participated in a sport in grades 7-12 will have an athletic certificate to pick up.  Varsity football will be the only sport that does not have certificates.  They were able to have their banquet before the pandemic hit. 

I also need your help with something that will take place next week.  Our seniors found out last week that they will be able graduate on the original date.  Graduation will take place at the stadium next Thursday night.  We will have to maintain all social distancing guidelines at the ceremony.  Therefore, we will have limited seating availability.  Please allow for our seniors to share this memorable moment with their closest family members.  I am asking that only family members of a graduate attend our ceremony. This will help us as we work hard to meet all of the social distancing guidelines.  It is my goal to make our seniors & their families as comfortable as possible throughout the event.  We are hoping to stream the ceremony on Facebook live for those of you who would like to watch.  The seniors have missed out on so many senior events over the last two months.  Our faculty & staff are working very hard to make this a memorable day for them.  I want to thank you for your help & support!

Go Panthers

Important Update 5-12-2020:

Hello, seniors, this is your principal Chris Lakey.  I found out this morning that we have been cleared to have our traditional graduation ceremony on the original date that we set earlier in the year.  Graduation will take place on the 21st of May at 7:00.  The time has changed from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  I have moved the time back because we will have to use both sides of our stadium to meet the social distancing guidelines.  A 7:00 start will allow more time for the sun to set before we start.  I would ask that you try to regulate the number of spectators that attend this ceremony.  Due to the limited space, we are asking that only your closest family members attend.  Graduation practice will take place at 9:30 AM on the 21st of May.  Seniors who plan on walking at graduation must be at practice in order to participate.  This ceremony will look different than others from the past due to social distancing.   I need all of you to be at practice on time.  I will post more information about the ceremony in the upcoming days.  Please pay attention to all of the communication avenues that we have used throughout this event.  I am excited that we will end this school year with the graduation ceremony.  I hope you have a great afternoon.

Go Panthers!

Chris Lakey


Cleveland High School

Press Release          
Blount County Schools     May 12, 2020

All Blount County Schools will host graduation ceremonies in our football stadiums on Thursday evening, May 21, 2020.  Graduation ceremonies will be held following the new amendment to the Safer at Home Order that removes the limit on the number of attendees for non-work gatherings as long as social distancing can be maintained.  Gatherings must be held in a facility that would allow a distance of six feet between families.  Family members of the same household may sit together without regard to the social distance rule, but there should be six feet between families.  We ask that our guests give priority to our parents, siblings, and grandparents for attendance and seating.  This may help limit crowds and protect the attendees through better social distancing.  Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and to follow all the preventative measures outlined by the health order.   School administrators are making preparations for our graduates and attendees to have a safe environment to enjoy their graduation. 

All Blount County Schools will host graduation ceremonies in our football stadiums on Thursday evening, May 21, 2020.  Hayden and Susan Moore will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by Appalachian, Cleveland and Southeastern at 7:00 p.m.   J.B. Pennington will begin at 7:30 and Locust Fork at 8:00 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, ceremonies will be moved to the next evening.  This is a very important life event for our graduates and their families and we want it to be special for everyone!  Congratulations to the Class of 2020! 


Rodney Green


Blount County Schools

SCHEDULE REQUESTS FOR NEXT YEAR:  Schedule requests need to be completed using the Schedule Request Form for each grade.  Only return the paper schedule request form if the form cannot be completed online.

-Class of 2020: Please be sure you are checking the senior Google Classroom regularly to stay up to date on everything you need to know

Have a great day and GO PANTHERS!