• Friday, May 22,2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/22/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Good evening CMS Families,

    This week's letter is all about preparing for the end of the school year.  Please follow this link to learn about our end of year procedures:

    CMS End of Year Information and Procedures

    Thank you and enjoy the three day weekend!

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  • Friday, May 15, 2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/15/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

     

    Another week has come and gone and at this point they all sort of feel like they’re blending together.  This week has been busy as we continue to move toward the end of the year while working to invent new ways to exchange items safely, create end of year celebrations, and wrap our heads around what next year may bring.  Read on for more.  

     

    Rube Goldberg Extension

     

    Mr. Ishler is extending the deadline for submission of Rube Goldberg projects to this Sunday at Midnight.  He’s hoping a few more people take the weekend to build an amazing chain reaction leading to the dispensing of soap so if you haven’t joined in the fun, please follow this link to learn more about the Rube Goldberg Machine Engineering Challenge.

     

    Virtual Promotion Planned for Thursday, June 4th

     

    We have now committed to engaging in a virtual ceremony for our 8th grade promotion this year and we’ve already started our work on the video production and various components.  While we’ll miss the live ceremony we feel good about what we’re putting together and we hope that the program will provide an element of much needed, timely closure and appropriate celebration of students.  We’ll keep you posted on developments as we build!

     

    Return of School Materials/Collection of Personal Items

     

    We’ve continued to work on a logistical plan to facilitate the return of school materials and the collection of personal items sitting in lockers.  By next Friday we’ll have that plan in place and will be sending out specific communication detailing the process, times, dates, and details.  Thank you for your continued patience as we piece this together. 

     

    What’s Happening Next Year

     

    Districts throughout the state have been tasked with examining a three-pronged approach to opening school next year.  The options we’re planning for include: 1. Regular Opening  2.  Remote Learning  3.  Hybrid Program featuring some Remote Learning and some in-school sessions for smaller groups.  We will continue to monitor information dispersed by public health officials and plan accordingly, however, please keep your eyes open for opportunities to contribute to district conversations about how we can effectively support the needs of all students moving forward.  

     

    That’s all for now.  As always, please reach out to teachers, counselors, and school administration if you are facing any challenges or have any concerns.  We’re here to help!

     

    Stay safe and healthy!


    Learning grids for next week will be posted Sunday evening. 


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  • Friday, May 8,2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/9/2020 5:00:00 AM

    Good evening CMS Families,

    This week was Teacher Appreciation Week and I wanted to express my appreciation to everyone who found the time to reach out to members of our staff with words of kindness for the work that they have done and continue doing during this challenging time.  I know the kind words and gestures were much appreciated.  In addition, I’d like to thank our PTO for the gifts provided to each staff member.  Despite not being on site for Teacher Appreciation Week I know that our staff felt loved and cared for by our school community.  Thank you for keeping the hard work of our teachers in your hearts!

    CMS Grading Information Guide

     Earlier this week we released the CMS Grading Information Guide detailing the process by which students will be assigned grades during the third trimester.  If you missed that email (or just didn’t bother reading it) here’s the link.  CMS Grading Information Guide  Please reach out to CMS administration if you have any additional questions about anything in this guide.

    Planning for Next Year

    Over the past couple weeks the CUSD administrative team started the process of planning for school next year.  If you’ve been keeping up with our Superintendent’s communication, you know that we are currently examining three plans for re-opening.  While it is far too early to commit to a plan for re-opening we do know that it is critical to evaluate our educational program and offerings and build models that improve upon what we’ve done this year.  To that end, please take some time to participate in the CUSD Distance Learning Survey by using this link: (CUSD Distance Learning Survey) Your feedback will help us identify what has been done well and areas you feel need to be improved.  Thank you for taking the time to contribute to our plans for improvement!

    Happy Mother’s Day

    Finally, I wanted to wish all CMS moms a happy Mother’s Day.  I hope your day is filled with love, gratitude, and some much deserved relaxation!  We know and appreciate how hard all moms (and parents) are having to work just to keep things afloat these days. Thanks for all you do!

    Reminder – The CMS Learning Grid for the week of May 11-15, will be made available Sunday evening.

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Dan Morgan


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  • Friday, May 1, 2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/2/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Good evening CMS Families,

    I hope this letter finds you healthy and safe!

    Without “regular” school taking place I’m finding it challenging to find fun things to write about.  I also find that I really miss the end of year energy that keeps us on our toes and generates so much excitement as the year heads toward it’s close.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be releasing our 3rd trimester grading policy, engaging in conversations about our end of year events, and we’ll continue in our efforts to determine a positive course of action for next year.  Thank you for your continued patience through this challenging time and please continue to hang in there with everyone to help keep our community healthy and safe!

    Coffee with the Superintendent

    This morning, Mrs. Kasper and I had the privilege of being the guests at our Superintendent’s early morning coffee.  I don’t think anyone was actually drinking coffee and we were all on zoom, but, we did get to engage in some open discussions about school, our process and thinking in creation of the block schedule, and we collected some great ideas from parents about ways to improve our offerings moving forward.  These conversations are valuable on many levels and I wanted to extend my appreciation to those who took the time to participate.  Please keep your eyes and ears open for future opportunities to contribute your thoughts and ideas to the various systems and programs we’ll be running in the future. Your participation and input is truly valued and appreciated!

    FOCUS Needs You!

    Come join the FOCUS Board! FOCUS supports quality education within the Carmel Unified School District and since its founding has provided close to $3,000,000 in grants that support academic and social-emotional student success. Several FOCUS Board members have students leaving CUSD in 2020 or 2021. We need parents to join the Board so that they can shadow in the 2020/2021 school year for the positions of President and Treasurer.  We will also be losing our Secretary this year, so we need to fill that position for the 2020/2021 school year. If you are interested, please contact Kath Uyeda at: kuyeda@zcheetah.com.

    Looking for Some Fun?

    Enter the First Annual CMS Rube Goldberg Machine Engineering Challenge!

    In a collaborative effort between our science department and Mr. Ishler, CMS is excited to host our first ever Rube Golberg Machine Engineering Challenge.  What is a Rube Goldberg Machine?  A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way. Usually, these machines consist of a series of simple unrelated devices; the action of each device triggers the initiation of the next, eventually resulting in achieving a stated goal. 

    Here is the link to the covid-19 related goal of the contest, a description of contest requirements, and a list of the prizes we’re offering for contest winners.  The contest is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  Rube Goldberg Machine videos must be submitted to Mr. Ishler no later than Friday, May 15th.  This gives you three weeks to turn your home into a crazy mixture of science and engineering all for the simple purpose of dispensing soap into someone’s hands!  Have fun!!!

    Rube Goldberg Machine Engineering Challenge

    Need Support?

    We continue to hear reports of kids struggling with academics and social emotional challenges during this time.  If you see, or feel, that your child is struggling in this setting for any reason, please consider reaching out to our counseling team.  Both counselors are able and willing to email, speak on the phone, and will meet with your child face to face on zoom or google if this is helpful.  Please reach out for help if you feel the need.  We want to make sure that everyone gets through this challenging time in a healthy manner! 

    Last names A-K: Sarah Greco - sgreco@carmelunified.org

    Last names L-Z: Melissa Magreta - mmagreta@carmelunified.org

     Instructional Reminder

    Just a friendly reminder that I’ll be sending out this week’s schedule and grade level links on Sunday after 5:00 PM. 

    Thanks again for all the work you’re doing at home to keep our students engaged and learning!

    With warm regards,

    Dan Morgan


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