• Friday, January 24, 2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 1/25/2020

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    The short week went by quickly but we still squeezed in a few events worth mentioning.  It hard to believe, but, we’re already beginning preparations to transition our 8th grade students to CHS next fall, and this week, we had the first of many activities geared toward making this transition smooth and exciting. As we move forward, our 8th grade class will continue to engage in a variety of transition activities, so stay alert for updates on meetings, events, and opportunities!

    Highlights of the Week

    8th Grade VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Field Trip to CHS: On Wednesday we were able to send our 8th grade students up to Carmel High School to view the annual CHS VAPA Show.  This program showcases a variety of visual and performing arts electives at CHS and gave our 8th grade students a chance to see the opportunities that will be available to them as they enter and move through CHS.  Our 8th grade students really enjoyed the program and I know that many students came back to CMS excited about their future opportunities as CHS students.

    The Week Ahead

    CMS Advisory Pilot on Thursday: In an effort to continue creating programs that help connect students to staff members, peers, and the school community, we will begin our pilot Advisory program this Thursday.  Students will be split into small groups between 15-18 students (dependent on grade level) and will spend a period with a teacher or school counselor on a lesson focused on building connections, discovering common interests, and building community.  We’re looking forward to the program this Thursday and are excited to get feedback from our students as we explore the possibilities an Advisory program can offer. 

    Dance on Friday: Winter in the Tropics: Our leadership class with support from our PTO will be hosting our final all-school dance of the year on Friday, January 31st.  The evening will feature a tropical theme, DJ, great food, and a few contests that will be fun for students.  The dance runs from 6-8 PM in the CMS Gym and students will need to provide us with their dance ticket (supplied next week at school) at the door. Entry to the dance is free, but students should bring additional money (small bills preferred) for pizza and other treats.  As a reminder, CMS dances are for CMS students only and we do not allow guests from other schools to attend these events. 

    Events and Announcements

    Last Call for CMS Yearbook Orders! Picture collection is officially closed for the 2019-20 yearbook and the absolute last day to buy a yearbook is Valentine's Day, Feb 14.  Anyone who has not purchased a book by that date will have to try to get one of the limited extra copies available on the last day of school. Waiting in the long line does not guarantee you a yearbook.  The extra yearbooks are sold on a first come, first served basis and supplies are extremely limited.  If you’re interested in purchasing a yearbook, please visit this link to make your purchase before time runs out:

     https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1003394/Carmel-Middle-School/ 

     

    CUSD LCAP Survey: Each year, CUSD's Curriculum + Instruction Department presents updated information regarding the CA Dashboard and solicits input for additional updates to the District's Goals & Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Your feedback is very important and valuable to our goal setting process. The LCAP survey is brief and will only take a few minutes to fill out. We welcome your input. To find out more information regarding the CA Dashboard & access the presentation please click the following link: CUSD CA Dashboard Website. The LCAP goals, actions, services, and outcomes are all closely aligned with our District Goals. The LCAP Stakeholder Input Survey will be open until March 1, 2020.

     

    Calendar


    JANUARY
    21 - 31. Nepal Fundraiser
    23 -25. CCS Honor Choir Festival
    28. 8th Grade Only CHS Parent Night, CHS Theater, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    31. Winter Dance, CMS Gym

    FEBRUARY
    5. CJSF Induction Ceremony, Library, 7:00 p.m.
    13. Sportsnet Closes for Spring Sport Registration, 5:00 p.m.
    17 - 21. February Break / school closed
    20 - 23. All State Honor Band and Orchestra - CASMEC
    28. Cycle Change/ End of 2nd Trimester

    MARCH
    2 - 5. Spring Sports Tryouts
    3. CUSD District Choral Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    6. Minimum Day All Sites - school dismissed at 12:00
    6. Drama Presents - Seussical the Musical
    7. Drama Presents - Seussical the Musical
    8. Daylight Savings Time Begins
    9 - 14. Benchmark Testing - Block Schedule
    13. Drama Presents - Spring Musical
    24. CUSD Band Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    APRIL
    1. CUSD District String Festival, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    3 - 5. Next Generation Jazz Festival
    10. Cycle Change / 3rd Trimester Progress Reports
    13 - 17. Spring Break
    20 -May 8th. CAASPP Testing

    MAY
    1 - 8. CAASPP Testing continues
    2. MEarth Day, Habitat , 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    3. CMS Student Film Festival, CHS Performing Arts Center, 6:00 - 8:00p.m.
    6 - 8. 8th Grade LA - Career Project Fair
    12. CMS Spring Concert, GYM, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    14. 8th Grade Panoramic Picture
    16. CMS Music in the Parks
    19. CMS Honors Night - 6 / 7th Grade, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. 8th Grade, 6:30p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    21. CMS / CHS Jazz Concert CHS Performing Arts Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    22. Renaissance Fair, 12:00
    25. Memorial Day - No School
    26 - 29. World Language Finals - Spanish / Chinese
    29. 8th Grade Dance, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

    JUNE
    3. 8th Grade - Great America Trip
    4. 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 5:00 p.m.
    5. Minimum Day - Last Day of School - School dismissed at 12:00
    5. 8th Grade Breakfast

     

    Comments (-1)
  • Friday, January 17,2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 1/17/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    School is closed on Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Doors will re-open Tuesday morning, January 21, at 7:30 AM. 

    Highlights of the Week

    CCS Honor Band and Orchestra

    Today, 28 talented young musicians headed to Hartnell College for their CCS Honor Band and Orchestra rehearsals.  Selection to the CCS Honors program is an exceptional achievement and we are thrilled to have so many talented students represent our school’s music program at this event.  Congratulations to the musicians who qualified for the Honors Program and “Thank You!” to Sarah Wadsworth for her continued support of our music program!

    CMS Crowns New School Champion in the National Geographic Geo Bee

    This week CMS hosted our annual National Geographic Geography Bee.  By Wednesday, only 10 of the original contestants remained having worked their way through the gauntlet of preliminary and semi-final rounds. In Wednesday's National Geographic Geo Bee Championship, 10 impressive student geographers battled it out for the title of School Champion. Our third place winner was 8th grader, Zac Farfan. 2nd place went to 6th grader, Anna Prescott. Our new school champion is 8th grader, Tate Escher. Tate will be taking an online test in order to qualify for the state level competition.  Congratulations to our new champion, finalists, and all participants in this year’s competition!  We wish Tate the best of luck as he works toward qualifying for the state competition!

    The Week Ahead

    Annual Benefit Fundraiser for Nepalese Girls Set to Begin Next Week

    For the last ten 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).  In class we read Homeless Bird, a book about a little girl in India, Nepal’s neighbor, who is sold into marriage because of her family’s extreme poverty.  The little girls who benefit from our scholarships face similar consequences if they do not attend school.  Over the last ten years, CMS has donated a total of over $68,612.33 or enough for around 574 little girls to go to school for a year.

    Inspiration and background for this project come from many sources. Our India unit of study includes History Alive! The Ancient World, our textbook; Homeless Bird, our class novel; and a guest speaker from our community.  On Monday, January 13th, our long time supporter, Dr. Barbara Sayad, a former CSUMB faculty member and Nepal trekker, shared her visit to a foundation schools supported by Empower Nepali Girl donations.  She brought us tales and pictures of how our contributions have helped over the years.

    To continue our support, this year’s Core students will lead the fundraiser this year. Core students will collect donations during social studies class periods over the next two weeks, from 1/21 to 1/31. In 2020, $170 pays for tuition, books, uniforms and lunch for a girl to attend school for a year, but we are delighted to collect any amount, no matter how small. Please write checks to Empower Nepali Girls. Visit www.EmpowerNepaliGirls.org  for more information, or view our presentation.

    Thank you for your help with this valuable project. It is important to help our children realize they CAN make a difference in the world. We appreciate your help in whatever form it may take. 

    Sincerely,

    Jessie Krislyn, Darcey Rambach, Jen Silva, Deb Perlman, & Haley Sefick

    Core Teachers at Carmel Middle School

    624-2785 x 3647

    jkrislyn@carmelunified.org 

     

    “We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give.”  ~Winston S. Churchill

     

    CMS 8th Grade Students go to CHS for the VAPA Show: On Wednesday, our 8th grade students will have the opportunity to travel to CHS to view the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) show.  This program will highlight some amazing student work and highlights the elective offerings and programs students have access to beginning next year.  We believe that viewing this showcase is an exceptional way for our 8th grade students to learn about the programs CHS offers prior to selecting their elective courses for next year.

    CMS School Board Presentation: On Wednesday, CMS administration will be providing the CUSD Board of Education with our annual Board Presentation.  The presentation highlights many of the programs offered to students this year, dives into some of the data we examine to make decisions, and provides a look at our direction for the future.  If you’re interested, the open session of the Board of Education meeting begins at on Wednesday evening at 5:30 in the CMS Library.  The CMS presentation should begin shortly thereafter.

    CCS Honors Choir: 19 CMS students qualified for the CCS Honors Choir and, beginning Thursday, they’ll travel to Santa Cruz for the Honors Choir Festival.  Selection to this elite group of performers is a tremendous honor and we are proud to have so many choral students represent our program.  Congratulations to our Honors Choir participants and “Thank You” to Mr. Lehmkuhl for his continuous dedication to this program!

    Announcements and Events

    Sportsnet Spring Registration is now open for all students interested in golf, tennis, wrestling or track and field.  Students must be registered in order to tryout and play. Sportsnet registration will close on February 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

     https://sportsnethost.com/carmelms-parent  

     

    Students interested in Wrestling at CMS should attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 22nd in Mr. Ishler’s room during lunch. 

     

    Upcoming MEarth Events

    Jan 30 - Feb 13

    Three-Week After School Culinary Program for 4th & 5th Graders

    Registration: http://mearthcarmel.org/events/4th-5th-grade-after-school-program/

     

    Feb 17 - 21

    February Break Camp

    A week-long day camp for campers in grades 3rd - 5th

    Registration: http://mearthcarmel.org/events/february-break-camp/

     

    April 23 - May 28

    6-Week After School Culinary Program for Middle School Students

    Registration: http://mearthcarmel.org/events/middle-school-after-school-program/

     

    Calendar
    JANUARY
    14. Sportsnet opens for Spring Sport Registration
    16. Progress Report Mailed Home
    16 - 18. CCS Honor Band and Orchestra Event
    20. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - School closed
    21 - 31. Nepal Fundraiser
    22. 8th Grade VAPA Trip (CHS Theater)
    22. CMS Board Presentation
    23 - 25. CCS Honor Choir Festival
    28. 8th Grade Only CHS Parent Night, CHS Theater, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    31. Winter Dance, CMS Gym

    FEBRUARY
    5. CJSF Induction Ceremony, Library, 7:00 p.m.
    13. Sportsnet Closes for Spring Sport Registration, 5:00 p.m.
    17 - 21. February Break / school closed
    20 - 23. All State Honor Band and Orchestra - CASMEC
    28. Cycle Change/ End of 2nd Trimester

    MARCH
    2 - 5. Spring Sports Tryouts
    3. CUSD District Choral Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    6. Minimum Day All Sites - school dismissed at 12:00
    6. Drama Presents - Seussical the Musical
    7. Drama Presents - Seussical the Musical
    8. Daylight Savings Time Begins
    9 - 14. Benchmark Testing - Block Schedule
    13. Drama Presents - Spring Musical
    24. CUSD Band Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    APRIL
    1. CUSD District String Festival, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    3 - 5. Next Generation Jazz Festival
    10. Cycle Change / 3rd Trimester Progress Reports
    13 - 17. Spring Break
    20 -May 8th. CAASPP Testing

    MAY
    1 - 8. CAASPP Testing continues
    2. MEarth Day, Habitat , 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    3. CMS Student Film Festival, CHS Performing Arts Center, 6:00 - 8:00p.m.
    6 - 8. 8th Grade LA - Career Project Fair
    12. CMS Spring Concert, GYM, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    14. 8th Grade Panoramic Picture
    16. CMS Music in the Parks
    19. CMS Honors Night - 6 / 7th Grade, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. 8th Grade, 6:30p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    21. CMS / CHS Jazz Concert CHS Performing Arts Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    22. Renaissance Fair, 12:00
    25. Memorial Day - No School
    26 - 29. World Language Finals - Spanish / Chinese
    29. 8th Grade Dance

    JUNE
    3. 8th Grade - Great America Trip
    4. 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 5:00 p.m.
    5. Minimum Day - Last Day of School - School dismissed at 12:00
    5. 8th Grade Breakfast


    You are receiving this email because of your relationship with Carmel Middle School. If you wish to stop receiving email updates sent through the Blackboard service, please unsubscribe.
    Carmel Middle School | 4380 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 93923 | 831-624-2785
     
     
     
    Attachments area
    https://docs.google.com/presentation/u/0/?authuser=0&usp=slides_web
     
     
     
    Comments (-1)
  • Friday, January 10, 2010

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 1/11/2020 6:00:00 AM

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    Highlights of the Week

    Not in Our School Day: Today we hosted our annual Not In Our School Day.  Each year, on the first Friday following our return from Winter Break, we host this event in an effort to remind students about the importance of treating each other in a positive manner.  During lunch time, students can participate in a variety of anti-bullying, culture building activities that promote acceptance and kindness.  Today, our leadership class ran three different activities; Upstander Banner, Chain Reaction, and the Hi-Five Hallway.  Following the lunchtime activities, students were separated into grade level classes during which they watched one of our selected NIOS films and engaged in class discussions about the content, message, and importance of upstander behavior. 

    We’d like to extend our gratitude for the support we receive for these programs and offer our thanks to the adults and student leaders who contributed to the success of the program again this year. 

    Advisory Pilot on the Horizon at CMS: On Monday our staff spent the day working on the design and curriculum for an advisory pilot program at CMS.  As some of you know, we have dedicated this year’s professional development to examining the possibility of adding an advisory period into our regular schedule.  This year we plan to roll out four advisory lessons to students in an effort to build better connections between teachers and students while simultaneously improving peer relationships.  Our first attempt at Advisory will take place at the end of January and we’re excited to get feedback and input on the impact of this program from our students.  We’ll keep you informed as we move closer to our first lesson date and will provide you with details about student groups, topics, etc. 

    The Week Ahead

    Schedule Changes: Beginning Monday we’ll be flipping our 6th and 7th period 6th Grade PE classes.  This flip is done to allow students the opportunity to participate in all the classes offered in our elective cycle.  It sounds a bit confusing, but basically if you’re a 6th grade student and you had PE during 6th period, you’ll move to 7th

    In an effort to ensure balanced schedules we will also be flipping our 6th and 7th period Beginning Band and Beginning Strings classes.  Same program as above… if your child was in 6th period strings, they’ll move to 7th period strings. 7th period Beginning Band becomes 6th period Beginning Band.

    This probably all sounds a bit confusing, but, we’ve been doing this for years and after a day or two it will simply become the new routine for your student.  

    If you have specific questions about placement, please contact our registrar, Elaine Eldridge. 

    Math Counts Competition: It is time for the Carmel Middle School MathCounts Competition! The school competition will take place during 5th period on Tuesday, January 14th. All students are welcome to participate.  The top ten students in the school will qualify to compete in the Monterey Regional Competition that will take place at San Benancio Middle School on February 1st. If students place at regionals, they will move on to the State Competition at Stanford University (time and date TBA) with a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to the National Competition in Orlando, Florida.

     

    To register for the School Competition please have your student fill out this Google Form.  The form can also be found on the Math Club’s Google Classroom page (use code jfw84at to join)then look for “The MathCounts Competition Registration” at the bottom of the classwork page.

     

    By filling out the form, your student is officially registering for the competition and will be pulled out of their 5th period class on Tuesday January 14th to compete in round one of the competition. The top scorers will then meet the following Monday to practice and form teams for the Regional Competition. 


    Please direct any questions about the Math Club or the MathCounts Competition to the club leader Mrs. Roman at hroman@carmelunified.org.   

    Events and Announcements

    Planning for the Next School Year Begins Now: CHS recommendation letters were sent home today and should be arriving in your mail early next week.  Remember, these are only recommendations, not your class assignments, and they are based on your student’s progress so far this year. 

    If you do not plan to attend Carmel High School next year, please contact CMS Registrar, Elaine Eldridge, as soon as possible!

    Sportsnet Spring Registration is now open for all students interested in golf, tennis, wrestling or track and field.  Students must be registered in order to tryout and play. Sportsnet registration will close on February 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

     https://sportsnethost.com/carmelms-parent  

     Upcoming MEarth Events

    Jan 30 - Feb 13
    Three-Week After School Culinary Program for 4th & 5th Graders
    Registration: http://mearthcarmel.org/events/4th-5th-grade-after-school-program/

    Feb 17 - 21
    February Break Camp
    A week-long day camp for campers in grades 3rd - 5th
    Registration: http://mearthcarmel.org/events/february-break-camp/

    April 23 - May 28
    6-Week After School Culinary Program for Middle School Students
    Registration: http://mearthcarmel.org/events/middle-school-after-school-program/

    Calendar
    JANUARY
    14. Sportsnet opens for Spring Sport Registration
    16. Progress Report Mailed Home
    16 - 18. CCS Honor Band and Orchestra Event
    20. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - School closed
    21 - 31. Nepal Fundraiser
    23 -25. CCS Honor Choir Festival
    28. 8th Grade Only CHS Parent Night, CHS Theater, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    31. Winter Dance, CMS Gym

    FEBRUARY
    5. CJSF Induction Ceremony, Library, 7:00 p.m.
    13. Sportsnet Closes for Spring Sport Registration, 5:00 p.m.
    17 - 21. February Break / school closed
    20 - 23. All State Honor Band and Orchestra - CASMEC
    28. Cycle Change/ End of 2nd Trimester

    MARCH
    2 - 5. Spring Sports Tryouts
    3. CUSD District Choral Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    6. Minimum Day All Sites - school dismissed at 12:00
    6. Drama Presents - Seussical the Musical
    7. Drama Presents - Seussical the Musical
    8. Daylight Savings Time Begins
    9 - 14. Benchmark Testing - Block Schedule
    13. Drama Presents - Spring Musical
    24. CUSD Band Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    APRIL
    1. CUSD District String Festival, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    3 - 5. Next Generation Jazz Festival
    10. Cycle Change / 3rd Trimester Progress Reports
    13 - 17. Spring Break
    20 -May 8th. CAASPP Testing

    MAY
    1 - 8. CAASPP Testing continues
    2. MEarth Day, Habitat , 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    3. CMS Student Film Festival, CHS Performing Arts Center, 6:00 - 8:00p.m.
    6 - 8. 8th Grade LA - Career Project Fair
    12. CMS Spring Concert, GYM, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    14. 8th Grade Panoramic Picture
    16. CMS Music in the Parks
    19. CMS Honors Night - 6 / 7th Grade, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. 8th Grade, 6:30p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    21. CMS / CHS Jazz Concert CHS Performing Arts Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    22. Renaissance Fair, 12:00
    25. Memorial Day - No School
    26 - 29. World Language Finals - Spanish / Chinese
    29. 8th Grade Dance, Carmel Youth Center, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

    JUNE
    3. 8th Grade - Great America Trip
    4. 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 5:00 p.m.
    5. Minimum Day - Last Day of School - School dismissed at 12:00
    5. 8th Grade Breakfast

    Comments (-1)
  • Friday, January 3, 2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 1/4/2020

    Happy 2020 CMS Families!

    We hope that you’ve enjoyed a fantastic winter break and are well rested and ready to take on the second half of the 2019-20 school year!

    As a reminder, school remains closed to students on Monday, January 6th as all CUSD teacher will be participating in a day of Professional Development. 

    School resumes on Tuesday, January 7th and our office doors will open at 7:30 AM. 

    Mid-Year Changes

    In order to accommodate a few changes in our master schedule we’ve had to make a few changes.  Families will be notified of these changes in a group email if they impact your student’s schedule, however, we wanted to mention them here as well.

    Jake Glazier’s Opportunity Education Class: Prior to the break the CUSD School Board with the support of our Superintendent and District Office approved the return of Mr. Glazier’s Opportunity Education class.  This class is designed to provide students with a connection to a positive mentor while simultaneously providing students a connection to a positive peer group focused on team-building and support.  The program is designed around building positive physical and mental practices through exercise and mindfulness activities while focusing on academic success through study skills, time management, and goal setting.  The program also helps students to build independence through a variety of outdoor educational opportunities and trips while reinforcing positive connections to community and place through community service. This year the class is open to 7th and 8th grade students by administrative invitation only.  This class begins on Tuesday, January 7, and is held during 1st and 7th periods.  Students must be enrolled in both periods to participate in the program. We’re thrilled to be adding this program back into our offerings at CMS and look forward to watching the program grow as we move into 2020 and beyond.

    Bret Whitford takes on 2nd Period PE for Mr. Glazier: In order to provide Mr. Glazier with the new class we had to remove him from his second period PE assignment.  Beginning Tuesday, January 7th, Mr. Glazier’s 2nd Period PE class will be taught by Mr. Whitford.  We’d like to thank Mr. Whitford for taking on this additional assignment.  Students enrolled in Mr. Glaziers second period PE class will report to the gym, as usual, and the only thing that will change is the teacher.  There is no impact on their schedule and their class will still be held 2nd period.

    6th Grade Mid-Year Cycle Class/PE Flip & Band/Strings Flip: On Monday, January 13th, our 6th grade students will complete the mid-year Cycle/PE flip.  This means that students who had PE during 7th period for the first half of the year will now move to 6th period PE.  Simultaneously, 6th grade students who participated in PE during 6th period will not move to 7th period PE.  These changes are made to allow all 6th grade students the opportunity to experience our elective samples including exploratory Spanish, French, and Chinese along with classes like Industrial Arts, Art, and Computer Applications.  Due to the large number of students enrolled in 6th grade, and the large number of students enrolled in our music program, we will also have to flip our 6th grade Band and Strings program to accommodate class size issues.  Beginning Strings will move from 6th period to 7th and Beginning Band will move from 7th period to 6th

    The Week Ahead 

    On Friday, January 10th, CMS will host our annual “Not In Our School” day.  This day is dedicated to reminding students of the importance of being an “Upstander”, a person willing and able to stand up to negative and damaging behaviors in a positive and helpful way.  During Not In Our School Day our students will have the opportunity to participate in anti-bullying activities during our lunch period and, each grade level will view a film featuring an inspirational story about a person who overcame bullying behaviors.  Each film has been edited to be appropriate for the grade level audience viewing the film.

    Our 6th grade students will view “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story”.  This film features the story of a brave young woman stricken with an extremely rare disease who found herself labeled on the internet as “the ugliest woman alive”.  The film follows her story as she finds inspiration within her struggle and turns negative perceptions into a positive life story and passion for helping others. 

    Our 7th grade students will view an edited, age appropriate version of the film “Bully”.  This film follows a young man who is constantly victimized by other students as he searches to find a way to belong.  Ultimately, “Bully” is a story of triumph that will leave students thinking deeply about their interaction with others and the important role they play as “Bystanders” and “Upstanders”.

    Our 8th grade students will view “He Named Me Malala” a film about a young Pakistani girl determined to obtain an education despite the changing political climate in her country and the presence of the oppressive Taliban.  Students will learn how Malala went from being a Taliban target to Nobel Peace Prize winner. Her story of advocacy and courage in the face of the intense oppression is remarkable and inspiring. 

    *For each of these films an opt-out email will be sent home prior to the event.  Please respond directly to this email if you do not want your child to participate in the viewing of these films. 

    Following each film a teacher will lead a class discussion about the key elements of the story and a broader discussion about making a positive difference at CMS.  We have found this program to be an excellent mid-year reminder about the importance of taking care of each other on this journey through middle school and beyond. 

    Events and Announcements

    Reserved Parking at CMS Changing Families: During this year’s FOCUS Auction, only one of two precious Reserved Parking Spaces at CMS was purchased.  We’d like to thank last year’s FOCUS Auction Parking Space winners for their generosity (and we hope you enjoyed the benefits of the reserved space) and announce that a new reserved space will be held for the Moreo family beginning Tuesday, January 7th.  Please be respectful of this reserved space and do not park in the spot before, during, or after school or during school events.  Thank you to the Moreo Family for purchasing this item!

    2020 - East Coast Trip for Current 7th Grade Students – Interested in traveling to the East Coast with classmates during your 8th grade year?  Please join us to learn about this exciting educational opportunity!  Parent Information / Enrollment meeting for The East Coast Trip is on Wednesday, January 14th at 6:30pm in the CMS Library.  Please use this link to RSVP and to get more information. Trip dates are October 10-17, 2020. Please note - this is NOT a school sponsored event and space is limited.  

    Yes, I will attend!

     

    Sorry, I cannot attend but I would like ALL the information.

    *Student informational meeting is schedule during lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 8th. Students will learn more about this exciting trip, what is included, and student expectations.

    PTO Meeting Wednesday, Jan. 8th  8:30 AM: Our next PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8th in the Habitat Green Building.  Our meeting starts at 8:30. Feel free to join us if you would like to help this group with all the positive programs PTO supports during the second half of our school year!  This week, Mrs. Kasper will be presenting our School Safety Plan. 

    Calendar

     

     

    Calendar

     

    JANUARY

    1. No School -Staff Development Day
    2. PTO Meeting – Habitat Green Building 8:30 – 10:00 AM
    3. Not in Our School Day
    4. Cycle / Wheel / PE Flip
    5. Sportsnet opens for Spring Sport Registration
    6. Progress Report Mailed Hom
    7. 16 - 18. CCS Honor Band and Orchestra Event
    1. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - School closed

         21 - 31. Nepal Fundraiser

         23 -25. CCS Honor Choir Festival

    1. 8th Grade Only CHS Parent Night, CHS Theater, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    2. Winter Dance, CMS Gym

    FEBRUARY

    1. CJSF Induction Ceremony, Library, 7:00 p.m.
    2. Sportsnet Closes for Spring Sport Registration, 5:00 p.m.

    17 - 21. February Break / school closed

    20 - 23. All State Honor Band and Orchestra - CASMEC

    1. Cycle Change/ End of 2nd Trimester

    MARCH

    2 - 5. Spring Sports Tryouts

    1. CUSD District Choral Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    2. Minimum Day All Sites - school dismissed at 12:00
    3. Drama Presents - Seussical the Musical
    4. Drama Presents - Seussical the Musical
    5. Daylight Savings Time Begins

    9 - 14. Benchmark Testing - Block Schedule

    1. Drama Presents - Spring Musical
    2. CUSD Band Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    APRIL

    1. CUSD District String Festival, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    3 - 5. Next Generation Jazz Festival

    1. Cycle Change / 3rd Trimester Progress Reports

    13 - 17. Spring Break

    20 -May 8th. CAASPP Testing

    MAY

    1 - 8. CAASPP Testing continues

    1. MEarth Day, Habitat , 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    2. CMS Student Film Festival, CHS Performing Arts Center, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

    6 - 8. 8th Grade LA - Career Project Fair

    1. CMS Spring Concert, GYM, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    2. 8th Grade Panoramic Picture
    3. CMS Music in the Parks
    4. CMS Honors Night - 6 / 7th Grade, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. 8th Grade, 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
    5. CMS / CHS Jazz Concert CHS Performing Arts Center, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
    6. Renaissance Fair, 12:00
    7. Memorial Day - No School

    26 - 29. World Language Finals - Spanish / Chinese

    1. 8th Grade Dance, 7:00 - 10:00 pm.

    JUNE

    1. 8th Grade - Great America Trip
    2. 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 5:00 p.m.
    3. Minimum Day - Last Day of School - School dismissed at 12:00
    4. 8th Grade Breakfast

     

    Comments (-1)