Carmel Middle School

  • Friday,March 17, 2017

    Posted by Cathleen Rice at 3/18/2017
    A message from CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Good evening CMS families and happy Friday!

    It’s kind of hard to believe, but, we just finished the cleanup from our final all-school dance for the year.  Tonight’s dance also served as a fundraiser for an underprivileged school in Haiti, and the money earned tonight coupled with some money earned through our last “gram” sales (through our leadership class), we have raised over $1,000 to send to the school in Haiti.  This money will go a long way to improving their kitchen supplies and providing students with meals, and is another example of the wonderful generosity our school community dedicates to help those in need in our own community and around the globe.  Thank you for supporting this event and we hope your students had a nice time at the dance. 

    In addition to the dance, we hosted the first track meet of the season at CMS.  It was great to see so many students and families from the various schools around the peninsula engaged in friendly the competition and camaraderie that track meets support.  Track meets have a different feel from other sports and if you haven’t attended one, come on out and watch some of our students compete and you’ll see what I mean.  I didn’t get any specifics on the outcome of events from Coach Steely tonight, but when I checked in with him at around 7:45, he said the meet was a lot of fun.  For those of you enjoying the track experience, make sure you thank Coach Steely and our Athletic Director, Leigh White, for all their hard work to make the track meet run smoothly. 

    Just a reminder, honor’s lunches take place next week and you should have received an invitation if your student had an academic GPA of 3.50 or higher and/or if your student improved their GPA by .50 points in the last trimester.  Honors lunches take place Wednesday through Friday, and family members are welcome to join their student for fantastic tacos and agua fresca!

    At this point it’s after 9:00 PM, and I need to head home.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

    Calendar

    MARCH.

    22:  Honors Lunch 8th Grade, 11:30 a.m.

    23:  Honors Lunch 7th Grade, 11:20 a.m

    24:  Honors Lunch 6th Grade, 11:30 a.m.

    28: District Band Festival Rehearsal, Sunset Center 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    28: District Band Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    APRIL

    5:  CUSD String Festival Rehearsal, Carmel High School  8:00 a.m.

    5:  CUSD String Festival,  Carmel High School, 7:00 p.m.

    7:  Cycle Change / Progress Reports

    10 - 14:  April Break / School closed

    22:  MEarth Day - Habitat

    24 - 28:  CAASPP Testing, 10:00 a.m.

    30:  Big Sur Marathon, 5:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    MAY

    1:  CJSF,  Stanford University tour, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    1 - 5  CAASPP Testing, 10:00 a.m.

    2:  8th Grade Panoramic Picture , 11:00 a.m.

    4:  CMS, Chili Dinner in Habitat 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    4:  CMS 5th Grade Open House 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    9:  Spring Concert, CMS Music Groups, CMS Gym 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    12:  Minimum Day, School out at 12:00 p.m.

    13:  Music in the Parks, Great America Pkwy, 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    15:  Honors Night Grades 6th and 7th, CMS Gym 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    19:  Renaissance Fair, CMS Habitat, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    19:  8th Grade Promotion Dance, Carmel Youth Center, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    22:  Honors Night Grade 8, CMS Gym, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    24 - 26:  World Languages Final Exams

    29:  Memorial Day:  No School

    31:  End of Year Activities - CMS

    JUNE

    1:  CMS Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

    2:  Last Day of School / Minimum Day, School out at 12:00 p.m.

     


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  • Friday, March 10,2017

    Posted by Cathleen Rice at 3/10/2017
    A message from CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Happy Friday!

    On Thursday night I had the opportunity to attend the District Choral Music Festival at the Sunset Center in Carmel.  The event was amazing!  Not only is the venue an incredible place for our students to perform, but the talent and beautiful music on display were simply phenomenal.  CMS was well represented as Mr. Lehmkuhl’s students captivated the audience with a wide range of musical numbers that included selections from Welch folklore, Spanish poetry, Austrian opera, and even a number featuring earth’s most vilified insect… the Cockroach!  For those of you that missed this evening, make it a point to attend one of these events sometime while your student attends CUSD schools.  If you enjoy music, you won’t be disappointed as this event features elementary through high school voices in a spectacular showcase of our district’s amazing choral education program.  Huge applause and congratulations to Mr. Lehmkuhl and all the students participating in our choral programs!

    Below you will find a few things coming up soon that should be on your radar.

    Interim Benchmark Writing Assessment: On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 14-15, we will be on a block schedule in order to accommodate our district’s interim benchmark writing assessment.  This is an important academic event as it provides our teachers with a good look at our students’ independent writing capacities.  Please encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and come to school prepared to write!  

    Hope for Haiti – Spring Dance and Concert : On Friday, March 17, we will be hosting our final all-school dance for the 2016-17 school year.  While admission to this dance is free, we have partnered with a group to fundraise money for a needy school in Haiti.  We are asking all students to bring a donation of $5.00 to the dance to help support this cause.  As an added bonus, a group of talented middle school musicians will be performing a 4 song concert in the gym prior to the dance.  Students who would like to attend the concert should arrive at 5:30 A variety of deserts will be available for very reasonable prices, and money spent on concessions will also be donated to the school in Haiti. Come on out and join us, have some fun, and support a good cause.  Permission slips will be passed out next week.

    Honors Lunch:  Report cards are out and the 2nd trimester is in the books.  That means it’s time for more food!  Students who earned a 3.50 academic GPA and students who improved their GPA by .50 points will be honored Wednesday, March 22, through Friday, March 24th, with an amazing catered taco lunch sponsored by our wonderful PTO.  Lunch will feature a variety of tacos, quesadillas, all the toppings, and several different flavors of delicious Agua Fresca.  8th grade students will participate on Wednesday, 7th grade students on Thursday, and 6th grade students on Friday.  Invitations are coming soon and if your student qualified for this event, you are more than welcome to come join us during lunchtime!

    Calendar

    MARCH

    10:  Interim Benchmark ELA Writing Task, 8:00 - 2:30 p.m

    11:  Science Olympiad, CSU East Bay, Hayward, 5:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    13:  After School Enrichment Session 3 registration closes

    13:  Interim Benchmark ELA Writing Task, 8:00 - 2:30 p.m

    14:  Interim Benchmark ELA Writing Task, 8:00 - 2:30 p.m - Block ODD

    15:  Interim Benchmark ELA Writing Task, 8:00 - 2:30 p.m - Block EVEN

    17:  Spring Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00 p.m.

    22:  Honors Lunch 8th Grade, 11:30 a.m.

    23:  Honors Lunch 7th Grade, 11:20 a.m

    24:  Honors Lunch 6th Grade, 11:30 a.m.

    28: District Band Festival Rehearsal, Sunset Center 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    28: District Band Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    APRIL

    5:  CUSD String Festival Rehearsal, Carmel High School  8:00 a.m.

    5:  CUSD String Festival, Carmel High School, 7:00 p.m.

    7:  Cycle Change / Progress Reports

    10 - 14:  April Break / School closed

    22:  MEarth Day - Habitat

    24 - 28:  CAASPP Testing, 10:00 a.m.

    30:  Big Sur Marathon, 5:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    MAY

    1:  CJSF, Stanford University tour, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    1 - 5  CAASPP Testing, 10:00 a.m.

    2:  8th Grade Panoramic Picture, 11:00 a.m.

    4:  CMS, Chili Dinner in Habitat 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    4:  CMS 5th Grade Open House 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    9:  Spring Concert, CMS Music Groups, CMS Gym 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    12:  Minimum Day, School out at 12:00 p.m.

    13:  Music in the Parks, Great America Pkwy, 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    15:  Honors Night Grades 6th and 7th, CMS Gym 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    19:  Renaissance Fair, CMS Habitat, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    19:  8th Grade Promotion Dance, Carmel Youth Center, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    22:  Honors Night Grade 8, CMS Gym, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    24 - 26:  World Languages Final Exams

    29:  Memorial Day:  No School

    31:  End of Year Activities - CMS

    JUNE

    1:  CMS Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

    2:  Last Day of School / Minimum Day, School out at 12:00 p.m.


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  • Friday, March 3,2017

    Posted by Cathleen Rice at 3/5/2017

    A message from CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Happy Friday!

    MBOE:  I’d like to thank our staff, students, volunteering parents, and our volunteer educators for making our Monterey Bay Outdoor Education program a huge success again this year.  I just spoke with several students at the end of the school day who reported that they really enjoyed the program.  For those of you wondering what MBOE is, the program is 3 consecutive days of outdoor, hands on learning experiences designed with a variety of learning goals in mind and most closely aligned with our 7th Grade Science curriculum.  MBOE is designed to get kids outside, provide them with knowledge about their local environment, and instill an appreciation for the diverse and beautiful area we are privileged to live in.  This year our students visited Palo Corona Regional Park, Elkhorn Slough, and Pt. Lobos, while taking part in a variety of hands on educational experiences.  If you have a 7th grade student, make sure you check in with them about this experience, and, as always, any feedback you have is appreciated.

    Thank You FOCUS!!!  On Wednesday evening FOCUS (Friends of Carmel Unified Schools) held their annual grant party in the CMS library.  At the event CMS was awarded two major grants totaling over $20,000.00.  With the grants we will be adding an industrial grade laser cutter to our Industrial Arts program and we will begin the remodel of our existing computer lab into a “Maker’s Space” for project design and completion at CMS.  We feel that both these additions will enhance our curriculum in a profound manner while providing students with hands on access to the technology that is shaping our future.  In addition to the $20,000.00 donation FOCUS made to these programs, several of our teachers attending the event won $250.00 awards for classroom supplies and/or curricular enhancements.  We’d like to thank FOCUS for their continued support of teaching and learning in CUSD and feel exceptionally grateful for their generosity.

    After School Enrichment Classes: The LAST session of After School Enrichment will be starting March 13th and will be a 9-week session.  Sign-ups start March 6th. Forms are available either online either at carmelmiddle.org or in the front office.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Robin Montana at 624-2785.

    District Choral Festival Thursday, March 9, 7pm at the Sunset Center

    Our elementary, middle and high school choral students are preparing for a beautiful District Choral Festival to showcase their talents coming up onThursday, March 9 at the Sunset Center. The CUSD Music Boosters will host a cookie reception in the lobby after the show.

    We are looking for volunteers who will provide cookies. You may sign up on the following link:

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F44ABA62DA31-cusd4

    Travel Opportunity – Head for Peru!!!

    For those interested in traveling to Peru in the summer of 2018, registration is currently open. We had 10 students and 3 adults registered for the non-school sponsored trip as of Tuesday. See the attached itinerary and contact Tricia Bean at CHS for more information.

    https://enrollment.forumlanguageexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/10d-Peru-Tradicional-Itinerary.pdf

    Calendar

    MARCH

    6:  After School Enrichment registration opens

    9: District Choral Festival Rehearsal,  Sunset Center, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    9:  District Choral Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 p.m.

    10:  Interim Benchmark ELA Writing Task, 8:00 - 2:30 p.m

    11:  Science Olympiad, CSU East Bay, Hayward, 5:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    13:  After School Enrichment Session 3 registration closes

    13:  Interim Benchmark ELA Writing Task, 8:00 - 2:30 p.m

    14:  Interim Benchmark ELA Writing Task, 8:00 - 2:30 p.m - Block ODD

    15:  Interim Benchmark ELA Writing Task, 8:00 - 2:30 p.m - Block EVEN

    17:  Spring Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00 p.m.

    22:  Honors Lunch 8th Grade, 11:30 a.m.

    23:  Honors Lunch 7th Grade, 11:20 a.m

    24:  Honors Lunch 6th Grade, 11:30 a.m.

    28: District Band Festival Rehearsal, Sunset Center 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    28: District Band Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    APRIL

    5:  CUSD String Festival Rehearsal, Carmel High School  8:00 a.m.

    5:  CUSD String Festival,  Carmel High School, 7:00 p.m.

    7:  Cycle Change / Progress Reports

    10 - 14:  April Break / School closed

    22:  MEarth Day - Habitat

    24 - 27:  CAASPP Testing, 10:00 a.m.

    30:  Big Sur Marathon, 5:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    MAY

    1:  CJSF,  Stanford University tour, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    1:  CAASPP Testing, 10:00 a.m.

    2:  8th Grade Panoramic Picture , 11:00 a.m.

    4:  CMS, Chili Dinner in Habitat 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    4:  CMS 5th Grade Open House 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    9:  Spring Concert, CMS Music Groups, CMS Gym 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    12:  Minimum Day, School out at 12:00 p.m.

    13:  Music in the Parks, Great America Pkwy, 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    15:  Honors Night Grades 6th and 7th, CMS Gym 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    19:  Renaissance Fair, CMS Habitat, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    22:  Honors Night Grade 8, CMS Gym, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    24 - 26:  Spanish 1 & 2 Final Exams

    29:  Memorial Day:  No School

    31:  End of Year Activities - CMS

    JUNE

    1:  CMS Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

    2:  Last Day of School / Minimum Day, School out at 12:00 p.m.

     

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  • Friday, February,17, 2017

    Posted by Cathleen Rice at 2/17/2017
     
    A message from CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL
     
    Due to today’s storm and the overall chaos it has caused, the Friday letter will be extremely modified.  In addition, I will not be available during the next week and my opportunity to use email as a communication tool may be limited.  Feel free to send along any communication necessary, but please understand that my response time will be delayed.  Finally, I hope that you all enjoy this break and, as always, return to school happy and rejuvenated!

    Here’s what you need to know…

    • Next week there is no school.  Please don’t come… we won’t be here.
    • School will resume on Monday, February 27th
    • Monday is the first day of our third and final trimester. 
    • 7th Grade students will be participating in our Monterey Bay Outdoor Education program from Wednesday March 1st through Friday March 3rd.  We are now fully staffed with chaperones!  Thank you to those who have volunteered their time. 
    • Spring sports tryouts/practices begin next week. 

     

                    *Wrestling begins on Monday.  Athletes should meet in the gym.

                    * Track and Field begins Monday.  Athletes should meet in front of the gym. 

                    *Tennis will begin on Tuesday. Students should meet on the tennis courts at CMS. Practice runs from 3:15-5:15.   

                    * Golf tryouts begin Wednesday.  Bus #7 will pick up our golfers at 3:15 to transport them to Carmel Valley Ranch.  Parents are                       responsible for picking students up at Carmel Valley Ranch at 5:00 PM.  Golfers should assemble in front of the school. 

     

     Upcoming Event:  You may have read the tri-district letter sent out earlier this month regarding safe and positive school cultures. The letter from CUSD, MPUSD, and PGUSD also highlighted an exciting upcoming event for students, educators, and parents called "Unifying to End Cyber Bullying: A Forum to Empower Students To Create A Positive School Culture."  The event will be held at the beautiful Carmel High School Theater on Wednesday, March 1st at 6:15pm.  It will be facilitated by nationally acclaimed speaker and comedian Michael Pritchard and will highlight the story of Lizzie Velasquez - the inspiring journey of 26 year old, 58 pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.  Mr. Pritchard is a much sought after speaker who will engage the audience with the goal of helping us build "Up-stander" citizens in our schools and communities. 

    FEBRUARY

    20:  Presidents Day

    20 - 24:  February Break / School closed

    27:  School resumes

    MARCH

    1 - 3:  Monterey Bay Outdoor Education, 7th Grade Students (school hours)

    9:  District Choral Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 p.m.

    11:  Science Olympiad, CSU East Bay, Hayward, 5:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    13:  E.L.A. Testing, Block Schedule - ODD

    14:  E.L.A. Testing, Block Schedule - EVEN

    15:  E.L A. Testing, Block Schedule - ODD

    16:  E.L.A. Testing,  Block Schedule - EVEN

    17:  Spring Dance, CMS Gym, 6:00 p.m.

    22:  Honors Lunch 8th Grade, 11:30 a.m.

    23:  Honors Lunch 7th Grade, 11:20 a.m

    24:  Honors Lunch 6th Grade, 11:30 a.m.

    28:  CMS Band Festival, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    APRIL

    5:  CUSD String Festival,  Carmel High School, 7:00 p.m.

    7:  Cycle Change / Progress Reports

    10 - 14:  April Break / School closed

    22:  MEarth Day - Habitat

    24 - 27:  CAASPP Testing

    30:  Big Sur Marathon, 5:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    MAY

    1:  CJSF,  Stanford University tour, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    2:  8th Grade Panoramic Picture , 11:00 a.m.

    4:  CMS, Chili Dinner in Habitat 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    4:  CMS 5th Grade Open House 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    9:  Spring Concert, CMS Music Groups, CMS Gym 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    12:  Minimum Day, School out at 12:00 p.m.

    13:  Music in the Parks, Great America Pkwy, 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    15:  Honors Night Grades 6th and 7th, CMS Gym 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    19:  Renaissance Fair, CMS Habitat, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    19:  CMS Grade 8 Promotion Dance, Carmel Youth Center, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    22:  Honors Night Grade 8, CMS Gym, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    29:  Memorial Day:  No School

    31:  End of Year Activities - CMS

    JUNE

    1:  CMS Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

    2:  Last Day of School / Minimum Day, School out at 12:00 p.m.

     

     

     

     

     

                     


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