• Friday, May 17,2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/17/2019 6:00:00 PM

    Good afternoon CMS Families,

    By the time you read this we will have only 14 days of school remaining!

    Highlight of the Week: Spring Concert: The Spring Concert took place early this week and our young musicians put on an absolutely spectacular end of year performance.  The night was highlighted with a touching send-off for our 8th grade musicians as Mrs. Prusaksy recognized each and every promoting musician.  Tomorrow our groups head for Music in the Park, the end of year competition and an annual highlight for the program.  Good luck everyone!

    Changes to Class Party Day for 6th and 7th Grades: We wanted to let you know that we have decided to make a change to the class party format we’ve offered in the past.  Due to a variety of logistical components we are moving the end of year class party celebration from Wednesday, June 5th to Friday, June 7th.  Our 8th grade trip will still be held on Wednesday, however, 6th and 7th grade students will be on regular schedule and have a regular day of school.  The end of year party for the 6th and 7th grade students will take place on the final day of school.  Students will receive their yearbooks, attend periods 1-4 on a modified schedule, and then report to the gym for 2 hours of dancing (with a DJ), games, raffle prizes, treats and more.  We’re looking forward to ending this school year with a big celebration for all of our 6th and 7th grade students. 

    Stay Focused! Finally, as we wrap up the year, please remind your student to maintain their positive focus on both grades and behavior.  Sometimes as the year comes to a close, students engage in some strange behaviors, checking out academically, and acting in a manner that is significantly different than what we’ve seen for the first few months.  Reminders from parents to stay the course, stay focused, and finish the year on a positive note are powerful messages that help keep our school environment positive for everyone over the last 14days.  Thank you for your ongoing support in this area!

    Chinese Language Finals: Chinese Language Finals will take place on May 21st-23rd

    The CMS 8th Grade Panoramic Class Picture was taken today! To order your picture please visit:        mylifetouch.com   Picture Day ID:  BY248234T0

    Lunch Accounts and Charging: As of Monday, May 13, our cafeteria will no longer allow students to charge for lunches on their accounts.  In addition, it is important that outstanding balances be paid off prior to the end of the school year.  Keep in mind that any money left on your student’s account will transfer over to next year even if they are moving from middle to high school.  Thank you!

    A Few Spots Left on the East Coast Trip: Last chance to sign up for the 2019 8th grade trip! We have an extension until May 22nd. Please see the attached letter from World Strides that explains all the details of the trip.

    Your children will travel to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. on a history tour with their classmates. This is a fantastic trip that your child will never forget.

    f you have any questions, please contact Kris Lehman at 831-333-6338.

     Interested in Playing Sports at CHS? Sports Physicals Offered for 8th Grade Athletes: Are you planning on playing sports in high school? Attending summer workouts? Carmel High School Athletic Boosters will be offering Sports Physicals on May 23th starting at 5:00 in the CHS Cafeteria. The cost is $30. Sports Physicals are required to play a sport at CHS, so try to make this event and get your Sports Physical completed early.

     CMS Robotics Summer Camp: The Carmel High School Robotics Team is sponsoring a summer Robotics and Tech Camp in the Carmel High School Robotics Lab.  Engineering teachers Tom Cliffor and Mike Brewer will be leading the camp with CHS Robotics Team members mentoring and teaching students.  No prior knowledge is necessary.  The camp will run from Tuesday, July 30th through Friday, August 2nd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and lunch is provided each day.  Next year, the CHS Robotics Team will be sponsoring a Middle School Robotics Team with the goal of growing a strong robotics program over the next few years.  This is a great way to get involved!  The cost for the camp is $300.  Scholarships are available.  To sign up for the camp visit:  http://bit.ly/techCamp2019 or contact Tom Clifford, CHS Teacher at tclifford@carmelunifiedorg or 831.624.1821 x3706.  To learn more about the program visit the CHS Robotics Team Website at https://www.2035.rocks/# .

    Does your child have a loaner Chromebook checked out? The library still has a large number of loaners checked out! You can always check your student's current library record if you are logged into Chrome with your child's cusd.me username and password. From the MySchool Home page, click on Classlink,  and sign in your with a CUSD  username and password. On the Classlink main page, click on the "Library & Research" folder, then click on Follett Destiny. In Destiny, select the "My Info" tab. If you see an Acer Chromebook, it is most likely a loaner. Please ask your student to return it to the library on Monday. The library has been running out of loaner Chromebooks on the days with long testing period.  If you have any questions, please email our Teacher Librarian, Susan Thompson (sthompson@carmelunified.org).

    Calendar

    May
    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 - 7:30 p.m., Gym
    22. CMS/ CHS Jazz Concert, CHS Performing Arts Center 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
    28 - 31 World Language Final Exams - Spanish / Chinese
    31. 8th Grade Promotion Dance 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

    June
    5. 8th Grade Class Trip
    6. 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    7. Minimum Day - Last Day of School - 6th/7th Grade End of Year Celebration

     

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  • Friday, May 10, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/10/2019 6:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    Highlight of the Week: CMS Open House: Thank you so much for the wonderful turnout on Thursday night for our annual Open House event.  We hope you had an enjoyable experience and were impressed with the variety of programs and outstanding student work on display.  Our teachers have asked me to express their gratitude for the compliments and appreciations that were universally shared with them last night and we all feel grateful to be working with such supportive families and wonderful students!

    Teacher Appreciation Week: Teacher appreciation week took place this week at CMS and our Leadership Class, Leadership Teacher (Liz Wells), and parent volunteer Stacey Profeta all went above and beyond to make sure our teachers felt appreciated.  Each day featured a different theme and something nice for members of our staff and faculty including door wraps, Hollywood Stars, a new CMS Water Bottle, and fantastic treats.  The week ended with a PTO sponsored catered lunch from Sarda’s Fusion Catering arranged by our wonderful parent volunteer Alicia Tao.  The food was delicious and much appreciated by everyone at CMS!  Thank you all for going the extra mile and making our teachers feel loved!

    Winding Down: By the time you read this we will be down to the final 19 days of school!  Next week our big event is our final concert of the year, the CMS Spring Concert.  The concert will take place Tuesday, May 14, from 7-8:30 in the CMS gym and will feature each of the musical groups we support. This is your last chance to come out and see the spectacular musical talents of our middle school musicians on display!

    Music in the Parks next Saturday: Following the concert on Tuesday, our musicians head off to their annual end of year competition, Music in the Parks, where they’ll compete against a number of other schools for a variety of awards and accolades while being judged by a panel of professional musicians.  Our program usually performs exceptionally well in this competition and often come home having swept the awards.  Good luck this Saturday!

    Stay Focused! Finally, as we wrap up the year, please remind your student to maintain their positive focus on both grades and behavior.  Sometimes as the year comes to a close, students engage in some strange behaviors, checking out academically, and acting in a manner that is significantly different than what we’ve seen for the first few months.  Reminders from parents to stay the course, stay focused, and finish the year on a positive note are powerful messages that help keep our school environment positive for everyone over the last 19 days.  Thank you for your ongoing support in this area!

    That’s it for this week.  Thanks again for all you do!

    Announcements

    CMS 8th Grade Panoramic Picture will take place on May 17, 2019. Order forms are available for students to pick up in the front office. If you wish to order your students online, please visit:  mylifetouch.com   Picture Day ID:  BY248234T0

    Lunch Accounts and Charging: As of Monday, May 13, our cafeteria will no longer allow students to charge for lunches on their accounts.  In addition, it is important that outstanding balances be paid off prior to the end of the school year.  Keep in mind that any money left on your student’s account will transfer over to next year even if they are moving from middle to high school.  Thank you!

    A Few Spots Left on the East Coast Trip: Last chance to sign up for the 2019 8th grade trip! We have an extension until May 22nd. Please see the attached letter from World Strides that explains all the details of the trip.

    Your children will travel to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. on a history tour with their classmates. This is a fantastic trip that your child will never forget.


    If you have any questions, please contact Kris Lehman at 831-333-6338.

     

    Interested in Playing Sports at CHS? Sports Physicals Offered for 8th Grade Athletes: Are you planning on playing sports in high school? Attending summer workouts? Carmel High School Athletic Boosters will be offering Sports Physicals on May 23th starting at 5:00. The cost is $30. Sports Physicals are required to play a sport at CHS, so try to make this event and get your Sports Physical completed early.

     

    CMS Robotics Summer Camp: The Carmel High School Robotics Team is sponsoring a summer Robotics and Tech Camp in the Carmel High School Robotics Lab.  Engineering teachers Tom Clifford and Mike Brewer will be leading the camp with CHS Robotics Team members mentoring and teaching students.  No prior knowledge is necessary.  The camp will run from Tuesday, July 30th through Friday, August 2nd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and lunch is provided each day.  Next year, the CHS Robotics Team will be sponsoring a Middle School Robotics Team with the goal of growing a strong robotics program over the next few years.  This is a great way to get involved!  The cost for the camp is $300.  Scholarships are available.  To sign up for the camp visit:  http://bit.ly/techCamp2019 or contact Tom Clifford, CHS Teacher at tclifford@carmelunifiedorg or 831.624.1821 x3706.  To learn more about the program visit the CHS Robotics Team Website at https://www.2035.rocks/# .

    Does your child have a loaner Chromebook checked out? The library currently had over 100 loaners checked out! You can always check your student's current library record if you are logged into Chrome with your child's cusd.me username and password. From the MySchool Home page, click on Classlink,  and sign in your with a CUSD  username and password. On the Classlink main page, click on the "Library & Research" folder, then click on Follett Destiny. In Destiny, select the "My Info" tab. If you see an Acer Chromebook, it is most likely a loaner. Please ask your student to return it to the library on Monday. The library has been running out of loaner Chromebooks on the days with long testing period.  If you have any questions, please email our Teacher Librarian, Susan Thompson (sthompson@carmelunified.org).

    Calendar

    May
    14. CMS Spring Concert, Gym, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    17. Panoramic Picture - 8th Grade, 12:05 p.m. Picture Day ID: BY248234T0
    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 - 7:30 p.m., Gym
    22. CMS/ CHS Jazz Concert, CHS Performing Arts Center 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
    28 - 31 World Language Final Exams - Spanish / Chinese
    31. 8th Grade Promotion Dance 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

    June
    5. 8th Grade Class Trip
    6. 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    7. Minimum Day - Last Day of School - 6th/7th Grade End of Year Celebration

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  • Saturday, May 4, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/4/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Good morning CMS Families and Happy Weekend!

    After two weeks of testing we made it over the mountain that is CAASPP!  I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts in getting kids to school, keeping them well rested, and encouraging them to give their best effort on each section of the test.  We’re looking forward to seeing the results sometime late this summer. 

    If your student missed any portion of the test due to absence, makeup testing has been scheduled for next week.  Students who did not complete a section or missed a section entirely will be pulled into the library to finish things up. 

    Outside of testing it’s been another quiet week at CMS but, this will be the last time I get to say that.  As of Monday, we’re down to the final 24 days of school.  Between now and the end of the year we have all kinds of fun going on.  Keep reading for more info!

    This Week

    National Teacher Appreciation Week; May 6-10

    National Teacher Appreciation Day; Tuesday, May 7

    Sunday, May 5th: The 1st Annual CMS Student Film Festival will be held in the Carmel High (not Middle) Theater this Sunday, May 5th at 6PM. Seven student films will be shown, followed by a presentation of awards. The student teams were each assigned a random genre (Western, Suspense, Sci-Fi, Silent, or Disaster), and each team had to include three required elements: a bottle as a prop, a character named "Morgan Ricketts" and the line of dialog, "This changes everything!" Everyone is invited to attend, and admission is free. You will not be disappointed.

    May 9th: CMS Open House: On Thursday, CMS will host our annual Open House.  Rooms will be open from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and we encourage you to come with your student (or at least their schedule), take a self-guided tour, and see all the amazing things they’ve been involved in this year.  During the evening we also offer a look at several elective programs including music performances in the music wing, an art show in the library, a craft show and sale in our Industrial Arts room, improvisational comedy in our theater, and mousetrap car races, highlighting our 8th grade science program in our gym.  This showcase event is open to everyone!

    In addition, at 5:45, we will be hosting our incoming 5th grade parents (and some students) in the gym for a brief informational session.  We’ve invited all incoming families to come see the campus and our programs to help generate some excitement for the transition from elementary student to CMS.  Please let your 5th grade friends know that they should come!

    Finally, we need to let everyone know that our plan to host food trucks for the evening hit a snag with the Health Department and we will no longer be able to offer food options on campus for families.  As there will be no food on site, please plan to eat before, or after, attending the event. 

    May 10th: Minimum Day – Staff Development Day: Students are released for the day at 12:00 and all students should be picked up by 12:30 as we do not provide supervision for students on minimum days.  A limited lunch is served from 12:00 to 12:15 and busses leave CMS at 12:15. 

    Next Week

    May 14: Spring Concert – On Tuesday we’ll be hosting our Spring Concert, your final opportunity to see all the music groups CMS supports in one venue.  This showcase event is always phenomenal and we encourage everyone who loves live music to come out and enjoy this concert from 7:00 – 8:30.

    May 17: CMS 8th Grade Panoramic Class Picture. Order forms are available for students to pick up in the front office. If you wish to order your students online, please visit:  mylifetouch.com   Picture Day ID:  BY248234T0

    Please see the calendar for more upcoming events.

    Announcements

    CMS Robotics Summer Camp: The Carmel High School Robotics Team is sponsoring a summer Robotics and Tech Camp in the Carmel High School Robotics Lab.  Engineering teachers Tom Cliffor and Mike Brewer will be leading the camp with CHS Robotics Team members mentoring and teaching students.  No prior knowledge is necessary.  The camp will run from Tuesday, July 30th through Friday, August 2nd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and lunch is provided each day.  Next year, the CHS Robotics Team will be sponsoring a Middle School Robotics Team with the goal of growing a strong robotics program over the next few years.  This is a great way to get involved!  The cost for the camp is $300.  Scholarships are available.  To sign up for the camp visit:  http://bit.ly/techCamp2019 or contact Tom Clifford, CHS Teacher at tclifford@carmelunifiedorg or 831.624.1821 x3706.  To learn more about the program visit the CHS Robotics Team Website at https://www.2035.rocks/# .

    Does your child have a loaner Chromebook checked out? The library currently had over 100 loaners checked out! You can always check your student's current library record if you are logged into Chrome with your child's cusd.me username and password. From the MySchool Home page, click on Classlink,  and sign in your with a CUSD  username and password. On the Classlink main page, click on the "Library & Research" folder, then click on Follett Destiny. In Destiny, select the "My Info" tab. If you see an Acer Chromebook, it is most likely a loaner. Please ask your student to return it to the library on Monday. The library has been running out of loaner Chromebooks on the days with long testing period.  If you have any questions, please email our Teacher Librarian, Susan Thompson (sthompson@carmelunified.org).

    Calendar
    May
    5. CMS Film Festival Screening, CHS Theater, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    6 - 10 CAASPP testing makeups
    7. Golf Banquet, CMS Cafeteria , 5:30 - 6:30
    9. 5th Grade Orientation 5:45 - 6:15 p.m. CMS Gym
    9. CMS Open House 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    10. Minimum day - school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
    10. Track Banquet, Gym / Field , 12:30 - 2:15
    14. CMS Spring Concert, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    17. Panoramic Picture - 8th Grade, 12:05 p.m. Picture Day ID: BY248234T0
    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 - 7:30 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
    28 - 31 World Language Final Exams - Spanish / Chinese
    31. 8th Grade Promotion Dance 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

    June
    5. 8th Grade Class Trip
    6. 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    7. Minimum Day - Last Day of School  - 6th/7th Grade End of Year Celebration

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  • Friday, April 26, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 4/26/2019

    4.26.19

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    This has been a very quiet week at CMS as much of the time was dedicated to the English Language Arts section of the CAASPP Test.  We’d like to extend our thanks to students and families for their efforts to arrive at school well rested, well fed, and ready to give their best efforts.  As a reminder, testing continues next week with our 8th graders taking the Science test Monday through Wednesday and the whole school participating in the Math portion of the test on Thursday and Friday. 

    Please remember to plug in and charge up your Chromebook on Sunday night and every night next week so you have a full charge for the online test.  Also, just a reminder, bring your own Chromebook compatible headphones for your convenience and comfort while engaging in any audio portions of the test. 

    The Test/Bell Schedule for Week 2 is attached to this email for your convenience.

    E-Gaming Club Kicks Off at CMS: Many thanks goes out to our tech department including lead players, Poncho Naveja, Adam Rodriguez, and Mark Rodriguez for their work in setting up the first ever E-Gaming club at CMS.  Through a generous PTO grant, CMS recently purchased a few gaming systems, flat screen TVs and a small collection of games students requested.  Although we realize students are gaming a lot at home and on weekends, the idea of making gaming a social event where kids actually interact around the game (without headsets, etc.) seemed like a fun idea.  The gaming club opened today and 20 kids showed up to game with friends, teachers, and our tech staff.  Thanks again to everyone who helped get this program off the ground.  We’re looking forward to the E-gaming club’s expansion into E-sports, E-tournaments, and even an exclusive, Girl Gamer’s Club next year (shout out to the one female gamer who showed up today!). 

    Traffic Reminder: As we wrap up the final 6 weeks of the school year we wanted to make sure to remind everyone to continue driving in a safe manner during drop off and pick up times at CMS.  As you know, there is about a 15 minute window every morning and afternoon where things can get crazy so it’s important to drive slowly and carefully.  A few reminders…

    1. Only pick up students curbside.  Having your student walk through traffic to get to your car in the far left lane is not safe!
    2. Pull up all the way and as far as you can. This allows the cars behind you access to the curb, and their kids, and helps keep the flow of traffic working. 
    3. Be careful of our crosswalk and our staff. We’ve had a few people blow through the crosswalk while students and staff were attempting to cross. In an effort to keep everyone safe, please be aware of the crosswalk and pedestrians. 
    4. Drive slowly. Folks who go even a little too fast can really mess things up for everyone.  Be patient and safe and it helps things proceed in a far more efficient manner. 

    MEarth Day Tomorrow! Our 7th annual MEarth Day is set for Saturday, April 27th, rain or shine, at the award-winning Hilton Bialek Habitat at the mouth of Carmel Valley. Join 1,000 of your friends and neighbors at our day-long celebration of sustainable living in honor of Earth Day! In the beautiful setting of our organic garden, LEED-Certified classroom, and native plant landscape, enjoy fun activities for all ages, sample some delicious food, bid in our silent auction, and learn more about MEarth’s long-standing commitment to environmental education for all of Monterey County.

    PLANT SALE | Create a garden for pollinators and other local wildlife | Purchase native plants at our plant sale: edible + floral seedlings available, too!

    ECO EXHIBITORS | Explore our outdoor exhibition area | Shop products and services related to renewable energy, conscious living, sustainable foods, local art and green products.

    DIY SCREEN PRINTING | Make your own custom MEarth shirt or reusable bag | Silk screen MEarth’s logo onto your t-shirt or reusable bag, with MEarth’s mobile silk-screening gear!

    SEASONAL FOOD + BAKE SALE | Enjoy an assortment of tasty treats from local chefs made with fresh produce from our garden. 

    KID HABITAT | Free Kids nature craft activities + garden explorations

    LIVE MUSIC | Local musicians play all day long

    SILENT AUCTION | Bid on 60+ items from local businesses in support of MEarth’s educational programs

    $5 Admission at the Gate (Free Admission for Children 12 and Under)

     ALL proceeds from this annual FUNdraiser support MEarth’s environmental education programs in Monterey County!

    That’s all for this week… 29 school days remain!

     Calendar

    April
    27. MEarth Day, Hilton Bialek Habitat, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    28. Big Sur International Marathon

    May
    1 - 10 CAASPP testing
    5. CMS Film Festival Screening, CHS Theater, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    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.
    17. Panoramic Picture - 8th Grade, 12:05 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 - 7:30 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
    28 - 31 World Language Final Exams - Spanish / Chinese
    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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