• Friday, January 18,2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 1/18/2019 5:00:00 PM

    1.18.19

    Friday Letter

    Good afternoon CMS Families and Happy Friday!

    School is closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day. 

    What a wild week!  The weather wreaked havoc on the entire peninsula and left me with very little to highlight this week.  As you know, we did participate in a modified Shelter In Place situation on Wednesday based on reports of severe weather and potential air to ground lightning strikes.  As I reported, our students did an exceptional job given the situation and were very cooperative and respectful of the safety precautions put in place despite little storm activity during our event.  One student who wanted to walk through the open quad pointed out to me that you are more likely to be attacked by a shark than struck by lightning to which I responded, “That might be true, but you can only get attacked by a shark if you go in the ocean, so please stay under our overhangs”.  Kids are clever!

    In Wednesday's Geography Bee Championship, our ten finalists flexed their geographic muscles in an impressive display of knowledge. There was a tie for third place between Zac Farfan and Rose Finn. Second place went to Sean Connett. Our 2019 National Geographic Geo Bee winner is our returning champion, Andrew Prescott, taking the title for a 2nd year in a row! Andrew will now take an online qualifying test in order to advance to the state level. Congratulations to our winners who will receive movie passes and an ice cream gift card courtesy of our generous PTO.  We’re also wishing Andrew the best of luck as he moves forward in the Geo Bee competition for the second straight year!  Well done Andrew!

    CCS Honor Band and Orchestra – Our esteemed director, Sarah Prusasky, and 31 CMS students have been gearing up for participation in the CCS (Central Coast Section) Honor Band and Orchestra performances.  This year’s concert will take place at the Pacific Grove Middle School Performing Arts Center at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon.  While multiple schools in the area participate in the Honor Band and Orchestra, Ms. Prusasky recently informed me that more than 1/3 of the qualifying participants are CMS Musicians!  This is a remarkable number and a testament to the ongoing strength of the CUSD music program.  Congratulations to our qualifying musicians and to Ms. Prusasky for her work with these students and her work with the CMEA CCS Honor Band and Orchestra programs!

    Nepal Fundraiser  at CMS:  For the last 10 years, CMS Core classes have shared a philanthropic project; earning scholarship money for little girls in Nepal by sending donations to the foundation called Empower Nepali Girls (formerly known as the Ghimire Foundation).   Over the last 10 years, CMS has donated approximately $45,000 enough for around 375 little girls to go to school for a year.  Let’s keep up the good work and provide even more young women the opportunity of a lifetime by providing them with the gift of education.  Our fundraiser will run from Tuesday, January 22 through Friday, February 1st. To learn more about this program please follow this link:http://www.empowernepaligirls.org/ .  There is a great video on the website highlighting this program and the impact it is having on Nepalese girls.  Please take a moment to watch the video. In addition, here is the link to a flyer about our fundraiser.  Empowering Nepalese Girls Fundraiser Information 

    That’s all we have for this week.  Enjoy the long weekend!

    Calendar
    January
    21. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School
    22. - Feb.1 Nepal Fundraiser
    24 - 26. CCS Honor Choir Event

    February
    6. CJSF Induction, Library, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    8. February Dance - CMS Gym, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    14. Sportsnet closes for Spring Sports, 5:00 p.m.
    14. - 19 All-State Band and Orchestra / CASMEC
    18 - 22 February Break - school closed
    25. - March 1, Spring Sports Tryouts
    27. CJSF 8th Grade Stanford Trip , Stanford Univ, 7:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    March
    7. District Choral festival 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. , Sunset Center Carmel
    8. Minimum day - School dismissed at 12;00 p.m.
    11. - 15. Benchmark Testing
    14. - 16 All State Honor Chorus /CCDA State Conference
    22. BOB SHOW: 6:00 p.m.
    26. District Band Festival, Sunset Center Carmel, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    31. CMS Film Festival Screening, CHS Theater, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    April
    5 -7 Next Generation Jazz Festival
    10. CUSD District String Orchestra Festival 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    12. Cycle Change / 3rd Trimester Progress Reports
    15 - 19. Spring Break - School closed
    22 - CAASPP Testing begins
    28. Big Sur International Marathon

    May
    1 - 10 CAASPP testing
    9. 5th Grade Orientation 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    9. CMS Open House 5:00 - 8:00 p.m..
    10. Minimum day - school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
    14. CMS Spring Concert, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    18. CMS Music in the Parks
    21. Honors Night 6 / 7th Grade 5:30 - 6:00 p.m., Gym
    21. Honors Night 8th Grade, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m., Gym
    22. CMS/ CHS Jazz Concert, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    24. CMS Renaissance Fair 12:00 - 2:45 p.m.
    27. Memorial Day - school closed
    28 - 31. Spirit Week
    31. 8th Grade Promotion Dance 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

    June
    5. End of year Class Parties / Field Trips
    6. 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    7. Minimum Day - Last Day of School, school dismissed at 12:00


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  • Friday, January 11,2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 1/4/2019 5:00:00 PM

    1.11.19

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    We welcomed the New Year at CMS by hosting our Not In Our School Day today.  I sent out information about this event a couple times so I won’t spend more time explaining the event, but, I can report that we feel the NIOS day was very successful.  I’d like to thank our NIOS student group, our Leadership class, and all our staff for the extra- work put in to making this program an ongoing success at CMS.  We feel that the timing of this event is important as it serves as a great mid-year reminder to our student body about our goal of maintaining a positive, inclusive school climate that is safe for everyone.  We hope that the film and follow up activities help remind students of the importance of positive, kind, human interaction and that the messages from this day inspire students to act in ways that improve our school and community.

    Please take some time this weekend to talk with your student about the Not In Our School event.  Ask questions about the video, the activities, and, most important, please reinforce the message that treating people in a kind manner each and every day can have a tremendous positive impact on our world. 

    Thank you for your continued support of this program and our school goal designed to create a safe, inclusive environment for all students. 

    Last Chance for Yearbook Orders!  Time is running out to order your CMS yearbook.  Yearbooks must be ordered by Tuesday, February 12th.  Go to the CMS Website and access the Yearbook Link on the left side of the screen to place your order!  Remember, we will only have a very small number of yearbooks available to purchase at the end of the year and they will not be sold at the current going rate!

    Congratulations to our Geo-Bee Finalists!  Championship round begins Wednesday!

    Congratulations to our Geo-Bee Finalists Andrew Prescott, Ben Martinez, Felix Visger, Sean Connett, Reygan Bethea, Gregory Prehn, Rose Finn, Ayden Reed, Grace Wang, and Zac Farfan.  Pull out your globes, open your maps, and dust off your old Trivial Pursuit games this weekend to get ready for the final round.  Geo Bee finals take place in the library on Wednesday, January 16th!  Good luck to everyone!

    Front Office Personnel Change – Over the next week you might see a new/familiar face in our office.  The first part of this news is that our Registrar, Shannon Forrester, will be leaving CMS soon for a new life in the Pacific Northwest!  We truly appreciate all Shannon has done for us in her tenure here at CMS as she has been a fantastic registrar providing exceptional customer service to students and families for several years.  The new and familiar face belongs to our newest addition, Elaine Eldgridge.  We were fortunate to steal Elaine from Tularcitos when our position opened and Elaine brings with her a tremendous amount of experience and an incredible reputation for positive service to students and families.  We’re sad to be losing Shannon but feel fortunate to be adding a person of Elaine’s caliber to our office team.   

    Updated PTO/Serve-A-Thon Spending:

    New Purchases:

    1. $1800 in Video Cameras and Camera Equipment: To be used in conjunction with Green Screens and used to promote participation in the first ever CMS Student Film Festival (Details coming soon!)
    2. $550 in Supplies to Celebrate the Chinese New Year – Each year students in the Chinese I and Chinese II Classes host a cultural celebration for the Chinese New Year allowing CMS students to engage in a multi-cultural experience. Funds for this project provide supplies for face painting, art activities, calligraphy, Chinese candies, and even a Chinese form of hacky-sack.  The event will take place during a Fun Friday lunch and is always a big hit with our students. 

    Former Purchases Include:

    1. $500 to purchase a portable Green Screen
    2. $800 to purchase new drill sets for our Industrial Arts Class
    3. $3000 to purchase Display Cases – Up and in use on campus
    4. $4000 to the Science department to fund the Pollinator Project
    5. $8000 to the Computer Science department to purchase 24 Vex Robotics Kits

    Mark Your Calendars – The Bob Show is Back!

    Every three years the staff at CMS put on a variety show (like a much cleaner, non-political version of Saturday Night Live) for students and families.  The show features a variety of skits, acts, and strange talents and places most of our staff members on stage in embarrassing and funny ways.  In the past, our students and their families have loved this show and it has been performed to max capacity, sold out audiences for the past few programs.  We do charge admission for this event and proceeds will go toward our partnership with Rise Against Hunger and our food packing activity during the CMS Serve A Thon.  This year’s show is scheduled for Friday, March 22 and will begin at 6:00 PM.  Mark your calendars and come enjoy a comedic show unlike any other you’ve ever witnessed starring your favorite CMS teachers and staff!  Tickets will go on sale in early March!

    That’s it for this week!  Enjoy the weekend!

    Calendar
    January
    16. Geo Bee Finals, CMS Library, 11:30 - 12:00 p.m.
    17. - 19 CCS Honor Band and Orchestra - Pacific Grove Middle School
    21. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School
    22. - Feb.1 Nepal Fundraiser
    24 - 26. CCS Honor Choir Event

    February
    6. CJSF Induction, Library, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    8. February Dance - CMS Gym, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    14. Sportsnet closes for Spring Sports, 5:00 p.m.
    14. - 19 All-State Band and Orchestra / CASMEC
    18 - 22 February Break - school closed
    25. - March 1 Spring Sports Tryouts
    27. CJSF 8th Grade Stanford Trip , Stanford Univ, 7:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    March
    7. District Choral festival 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. , Sunset Center Carmel
    8. Minimum day - School dismissed at 12;00 p.m.
    11. - 15. Benchmark Testing
    14. - 16 All State Honor Chorus /CCDA State Conference
    22. BOB SHOW: 7:00 p.m.
    26. District Band Festival , Sunset Center Carmel, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    31. CMS Film Festival Screening, CHS Theater, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    April
    5 -7 Next Generation Jazz Festival
    10. CUSD District String Orchestra Festival 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    12. Cycle Change / 3rd Trimester Progress Reports
    15 - 19. Spring Break - School closed
    22 - CAASPP Testing begins
    28. Big Sur International Marathon

     

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  • Friday, December 21, 2018

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 12/21/2018 6:00:00 PM

    12.21.18

    Happy Friday CMS Families,

    First, on behalf of everyone at CMS, we’d like to wish you all a wonderful, safe, relaxing Holiday Season.  We hope you take the time to enjoy friends, family, and loved ones and that you spend at least some time during the next two weeks relaxing and enjoying some time off!

    Highlights of the Week: We’ve had a good week here at CMS featuring a few events worth noting.  First, our CMS Cougar Cubs performed in front of a packed house on Wednesday night and the growth our first year CMS musicians make in a short time was evident.  Mrs. Prusasky is proud of our young musicians and we’re excited to see our numbers flourishing as students continue to flock to the fantastic music program here at CMS.  Thanks, once again, to our program leaders and our district for continued support of music education in our schools!

    We also had a rare event take place on the basketball court earlier this week as John Phillips Sullivan nailed a 3 point shot from beyond half court to force overtime in a rivalry game against Pacific Grove.  Our 8th Grade Boys went on to win the game in overtime and the game will go down as one of the most exciting sporting events any CMS team has ever been part of.  Congratulations to John on an amazing shot and congratulations to the team for the overtime win!

    Not In Our School Day: On January 11th, 2019, CMS will be hosting our annual Not In Our School Day.  This day is an important part of our social emotional curriculum and serves as a great, mid-year reminder to exercise human kindness.  This year students will be viewing an edited version of the film A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story with their fourth period class.  Students will then discuss the themes of the film with a particular focus on elements of bullying, cyberbullying, the importance of becoming/being an upstander, and ways to create positive change.  The film is rated PG-13 but is edited to ensure viewing is appropriate for our students. Below is a summary of the film.

    A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story is a documentary following the inspiring journey of 26 year old, 58 pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist. Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her "The World's Ugliest Woman." The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie's physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.

    Following the viewing of this film and a follow up discussion students will be released to participate in a variety of Anti-Bullying activities on campus designed by our Not In Our School group.  Activities are optional but students are encouraged to participate in any of the activities they feel are meaningful. Activities include but are not limited to signing Anti-Bullying pledges, painting your handprint in our Hi-Five Hallway, committing to random acts of kindness, and writing letters of gratitude.

    This day has always been a positive community building experience and we hope that our students benefit from the messaging and activities that have been planned.

    Vacations and Screen Time:  If your house is anything like mine you’ve already developed anxiety about how to balance vacation and time spent gaming.  Here’s an article suggested by our district that provides some sound advice for striking the right balance. Best of luck!

    Navigating the tricky waters of screen time can be especially challenging during the long winter break. Parents may find this blog post about how to manage screen time during vacation informative: https://www.reconnect-families.com/blog/peace-love-and-screentime. In this post, blogger Julia Storm shares strategies to deal with stay-at-home vacations, destination vacations, large family gatherings, and playing with screens in a new way.  Julia Storm is a Los Angeles-based Digital Media Parenting Educator and founder ofReConnect, a whole child and whole family approach to preparing kids for life in the Digital Age.

    That’s all for 2018!  Have a fantastic break and we’ll see you when school re-opens on Tuesday, January 8th!

    Calendar

    December

    1. - Jan. 4 - Winter Break, school closed

    January

    1. Staff Development - School closed
    2. Cycle Change - 2nd Trimester Progress Reports
    3. Not In Our School Day
    4. Geo Bee Finals, CMS Library, 11:30 - 12:00 p.m.
    5. - 19 CCS Honor Band and Orchestra - Pacific Grove Middle School
    6. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School
    7. - Feb.1 Nepal Fundraiser

    24 - 26. CCS Honor Choir Event

    February

    1. CJSF Induction, Library, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    2. February Dance - CMS Gym, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    3. Sportsnet closes for Spring Sports, 5:00 p.m.
    4. - 19 All-State Band and Orchestra / CASMEC

    18 - 22 February Break - school closed

    1. - March 1 Spring Sports Tryouts
    2. CJSF 8th Grade Stanford Trip , Stanford Univ, 7:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    March

    1. District Choral festival 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. , Sunset Center Carmel
    2. Minimum day - School dismissed at 12;00 p.m.
    3. - 15. Benchmark Testing
    4. - 16 All State Honor Chorus /CCDA State Conference
    5. BOB SHOW: 7:00 p.m.
    6. District Band Festival , Sunset Center Carmel, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    7. CMS Film Festival Screening, CHS Theater, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    April

    5 -7 Next Generation Jazz Festival

    1. CUSD District String Orchestra Festival 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    2. Cycle Change / 3rd Trimester Progress Reports

    15 - 19. Spring Break - School closed

    22 - CAASPP Testing begins

    1. Big Sur International Marathon
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  • Friday, December 14, 2018

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 12/14/2018

    Friday Letter 12.14.18

    Good afternoon CMS Families,

    Highlight of the Week: CMS Winter Concert

    For those of you who missed our Winter Concert on Tuesday night, you missed out!  This program is always an incredible display of the music program and it seems to get better every year.  This year we had wonderful performances from our Band, Jazz Band, Strings Orchestra, Chorus, Chamber Choir, Boys Choir, and an inspiring rendition of A Million Dreams performed by a combination of all our choral groups.  In addition to these large performances there were a number of small group numbers and individual solos within the songs showcasing the talents (and courage) or our middle school musicians.  Hats off to all our musicians, our fantastic directors Sarah Prusasky and Tom Lehmkuhl, our custodians for setting up and cleaning up the venue, Bruce Haase for his unending support, and finally, a well deserved “Thank You!” to our parents who continue to support the music program here at CMS!

    Canned Food Drive Ends on Tuesday!

    The CMS Canned Food Drive has only two days remaining!  Canned food collection ends on Tuesday, December 18th and our containers will be removed from classrooms on Tuesday evening. Last year our students collected 3,610 cans of food. We’re hoping to surpass that number this year, but our preliminary counts indicate a lot of cans are still needed to get us to this goal!

    To see what foods are accepted please follow this link: LINK

    The Food Bank for Monterey County serves over 100,000 people each year, which is over one-fifth of Monterey County’s population. The Food Bank relies on programs such as the Holiday Canned Food Drive in order to provide all of the residents in need with a healthy meal. Please help us contribute to this great cause during the holiday season!  Thank you!!!

    PTO Parent Mixer Feedback and Thank You!

    I received lots of positive feedback regarding our PTO sponsored parent mixer that took place at Folktale on Monday night.  I’d like to thank Cerry Rasmussen who took the lead on this event and worked hard to make is a valuable night for our parents.  I’d also like to thank the many PTO parents and volunteers who showed up to lend their expertise on all things CMS.  For those who attended, thank you for coming out and we hope that you were able to connect with people and make a few new friends.  Keep your eyes and ears open for more of these in the future as our PTO works to keep families connected to CMS.  As a reminder, PTO would love your input and membership.  PTO meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the Green Building in the CMS Habitat at 7:45 AM.  The PTO serves a critical role at CMS helping turn fundraised money into student opportunities.  Come out to a PTO meeting and get involved!

    CMS Safety Plan: Each year we are required to write a school safety plan to ensure continuous improvements to student safety and facilities.  This plan will be reviewed at the next PTO meeting on Wednesday, January 9th, beginning at 7:45 AM.  If you’d like to know more about the future of student and school safety at CMS, please plan to join us for the presentation of our Comprehensive School Safety Plan. 

    Calendar

    December

    17 - 19. World Language Final Exams
    18. Drama presents: A Christmas Carol, CMS Theater, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    19. CMS Cougar Cub Concert, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    24. - Jan. 4 - Winter Break, school closed

    January

    7. Staff Development - School closed
    11. Cycle Change - 2nd Trimester Progress Reports
    11. Not In Our School Day
    16. Geo Bee Finals, CMS Library, 11:30 - 12:00 p.m.
    17. - 19 CCS Honor Band and Orchestra - Pacific Grove Middle School
    21. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School
    22. - Feb.1 Nepal Fundraiser
    24 - 26. CCS Honor Choir Event

    February

    6. CJSF Induction, Library, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    8. February Dance - CMS Gym, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    14. Sportsnet closes for Spring Sports, 5:00 p.m.
    14. - 19 All-State Band and Orchestra / CASMEC
    18 - 22 February Break - school closed
    25. - March 1 Spring Sports Tryouts
    27. CJSF 8th Grade Stanford Trip , Stanford Univ, 7:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    March

    7. District Choral festival 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. , Sunset Center Carmel
    8. Minimum day - School dismissed at 12;00 p.m.
    11. - 15. Benchmark Testing
    14. - 16 All State Honor Chorus /CCDA State Conference
    22. BOB SHOW: 7:00 p.m.
    26. District Band Festival , Sunset Center Carmel, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

     


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