• Saturday, November 20,2021

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 11/20/2021

    Happy Thanksgiving Week CMS Families!

    On behalf of the CMS staff we would like to extend our best wishes to our families and we hope that you enjoy the week while sharing gratitude for, and with, those you love.  

    We had another great week at CMS with our annual Geo Bee taking place and another round of Fun Friday Karaoke hosted by Mr. Loosely.  Our teachers and staff continue to work hard to make sure there are a number of activities available to students and we encourage all students to explore and engage in these offerings as they will enhance their experience here at CMS.  If your student is still struggling to find something to connect to, please reach out to our counseling team for ideas!

    News and Announcements

    After School Student Behavior at Nearby Shopping Centers
    Unfortunately we’ve received a number of reports from local businesses, patrons, and community members that a large number of our middle school students are exhibiting poor behavior after school in and around a number of shopping areas within walking distance of our school.  Reports include vandalism of property, harassment/inappropriate comments directed at customers/employees, excessive littering and additional issues.  We are aware that many students frequent local businesses after school hours, however, this practice has a long history of resulting in issues as unsupervised middle school students often face challenges with collective positive decision making.  In addition, please note that it only takes a couple individuals who misbehave to label an entire group of students.  If your student frequently hangs out in local shopping centers after school, we encourage you to consider the necessity of this practice.  In addition, if your student regularly frequents these areas after school, please engage in a conversation with them about maintaining positive citizenship even in unsupervised environments.  We appreciate your attention to this matter!

    Congratulations to our Geo Bee Finalists! 
    Over 50 students competed in this week's Geography Bee. Only 10 students will be advancing to the December 1st Championship Geo Bee: Anna Prescott (who had a perfect score in the Preliminary Bee), Maya Steinberg (who only missed one question), David Bogart (who also only missed one), Allen Klingel, David Larson, Nick Kraut, Josh Gardner, Matt David, Ella Grahl and Ashley James. All participants are invited to a pizza lunch in the library December 2nd, and our 10 finalists will be rewarded with lunch from R.G. Burgers, thanks to our generous PTO.

    Travel Opportunity in 2022 for Current 7th Grade Students - East Coast Trip

    Attention 7th Grade Families,
     
    Are you interested in traveling to the east coast with fellow 7th grade classmates and friends?  If so, please plan to join the online meeting on Tuesday, November 30th at 6:30 PM to learn more about trip details.  
     
    If you'd like to attend the meeting, please RSVP prior to Tuesday by clicking on this link: East Coast Trip 2022  Only those who RSVP to the meeting will be provided with the meeting link.  Can't attend but want the info?  Follow the same link and click "send me the info".  
     
    Travel Dates: October 8-15, 2022
     
    There is limited space on this trip and spots are filled on a first come first serve basis.  To ensure you feel comfortable making future travel plans, info about a risk free enrollment period will be presented.  We hope to see you at the meeting.  
     
    All inquiries about this opportunity should be directed to Cerry Rasmussen, trip coordinator.  
     
    *This is not a CUSD/CMS sponsored program.  CUSD/CMS involvement is limited to outreach, communication, and providing a location for meetings as needed/appropriate. 
     
    Winter Sports Dates week of November 29th - Dec. 3rd
     
    Tuesday - November 30th
    7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball vs San Benancio @ CMS 4:00 / 5:00 p.m.
    7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball vs San Benancio @ San Benancio 4:00 / 5:00 p.m.
    6th Grade Boys Tryout - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (outside courts)
    Wednesday - December 1st
    6th Grade Boys Tryout - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (outside courts)
    Thursday - December 2nd
    6th Grade Boys Tryout - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (outside courts)
    Friday - December 3rd
    6th Grade Team Rosters posted under Athletics @ 4:00 p.m.
     
     
    CMS Events and Important Calendar Dates
     
    NOVEMBER
    22 - 26. Thanksgiving Break - No School
     
    DECEMBER
    1 - 15. Canned Food Drive
    7. CMS Winter Concert 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    13. World Language Finals - Spanish / Chinese
    20. - 31. Winter Break
     
    JANUARY
    3. No School - Staff Development Day
    7. 6th Grade Cycle Change / PE Flip
    11. Sportsnet opens for Spring Sports
    17. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
    28. Winter Dance 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
     
    FEBRUARY
    4. Minimum Day - Staff Development
    9. Sportsnet closes for Spring Sports
    14 - 18. Kindness Week
    18. 2nd Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change
    21 - 25. February Break
    28. 3rd Trimester Begins
     
    MARCH
    1. CUSD District Choral Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    30. CUSD District Band Festival, Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
     
    APRIL
    1. Minimum Day - Staff Development
    5. CUSD District String Festival , Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8. 6th Grade Cycle Change
    11 - 15. Spring Break
     
    MAY
    2 - 6. CMS Staff Appreciation Week
    6. Minimum Day - Staff Development
    10. CMS Spring Concert
    11. 8th Grade Panoramic Picture
    20. Renaissance Faire 12:00 p.m.
    23 - 27. Spirit Week
    30. Memorial day - No School
     
    JUNE
    2. 8th Grade Promotion 5:00 p.m.
    3. Last Day of School / 3rd Trimester Ends

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  • Friday, November 12, 2021

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 11/12/2021

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    Last Friday marked the end of the first trimester and our teachers and office staff have been hard at work finalizing first trimester grades for our students.  Report cards were mailed out Wednesday evening (earlier than expected!) so please keep your eyes on your mailbox for your student’s trimester one report card.  As you review academic progress with your child, please keep in mind that much of middle school is about learning to become a responsible student.    Many middle school students who earn average grades in middle school move on to the high school level where they flourish.  This is, in part, due to learning the skills necessary to reach higher levels of achievement coupled with personal maturation.  This is important to keep in mind in any discussion you have with your children about their current levels of academic achievement.  The majority of conversations should focus on all the positive aspects of the report card while including an opportunity for self reflection in any areas you’d like to see improvement.  This approach will lead to a much more healthy perspective on academic achievement, lower student stress and anxiety, and will likely lead toward more self-motivated growth than other approaches.  With all that in mind, please take some time to celebrate  first trimester successes with your child when you receive their report card.

    CMS First Trimester Honor Roll
    Speaking of reasons to celebrate… I just reviewed our first trimester honor roll and our current students have set a new CMS record!  83% of CMS students earned a grade point average of 3.00 or better in the first trimester.  I find this particularly impressive in light of the fact that this trimester is our first full, in person trimester since 2019! Well done CMS!  Keep up the great work!  Honor roll certificates will be distributed soon!

    Trimester One Rising Stars
    Toward the end of each trimester teachers are asked to nominate students for exceptional performance in specific areas.  In our first trimester we are pleased to acknowledge students who demonstrated amazing academic growth and achievement while exhibiting continuous positive citizenship.   These students are our first trimester Rising Stars!  In addition to a certificate and photo, images of these students will be featured on our office television slide show over the upcoming weeks.  Congratulations to our Rising Stars!
     
    6th grade:  Erin Banton, Celia Chhor, Rowan Day, Hannah Drew, Samantha Enea, Nathaniel Fagundes, Kellan Lyons, Jacob Martinez, Blake Marzoni, Andres Mendez Martinez,  Keira Noble, Yurida Perez Paz, Pablo Perez, Valeria Salas, Yazmin Salinas Martinez, Ashton Seybold, Hailey Thomas, Lyla Thompson , Teagan Walsh
     
    7th grade:  Amy Aguilar Ramos, Jake Becker, Killian Briggs, Leana Collins, Jonathan Contreras, Catelin Cuevas, Ava Daniels, Neisha Dpenha, Lucas Foreman, Atticus Frederick, Ella Grahl, Alexander Hirschfield, Mason Johnson, Allen Klingel, Catalina Krislyn, Bradley Lander, Dylan Lukes, Ileana Madrigal, Violet Maxinoski, Jette Moreland, Riley Nothhelfer, Jerusalem Oladokun, Sofia Ortiz, Jade Seebeck, Jenna Silveira, Antonin Stavjanik, Andrew Sutton, Matthew Thomas, Ellie Williams, Johnny Wiseman
     
    8th grade:  Olivia Becker, Esme Beesley, Henry Bell, Elliot Bishop, Maria Cannuli, Sophia Comello, Finn Casey, Miranda Dahle, Angeleen Duenas Paz, Hannah Dwyer, Claire Ficarro,  Mason Haag, Alexander Kotrodimas, Hayden Lutes, Alan Martinez, Jorge Mendez, Dylan Ostrie, Odessa Peinado, Karen Rivera, Eli Robertson, Liam Rodriguez, Wyatt Schumacher, Villiami Sime, Laird Welch, Briley Williams


    Brown Paper Bags Needed!  
    On Monday during our advisory period students will be decorating large brown paper grocery bags for Meals on Wheels.  During this holiday season Meals on Wheels is in need of delivery bags and CMS is hoping to help answer the call.  Please send your student with any brown paper grocery bags you might be able to spare to help out our local community and Meals on Wheels.  Monday is the last day for collection!  Thank you!

    Mask Supply Continues to Dwindle
    ​Thank you to many students and families for ​helping ​us maintain a supply of emergency masks.  We noticed a reduction in ​masks handed out this week and your help is appreciated.  We are still going through about one box per day or around 250-300 masks each week.  Please continue to help us ​keep our supply in place by sending your student ​to ​school with ​a mask.  Thank you!
     
    California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF)
    The CMS Academic Counseling team is now accepting applications for CJSF.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 8th.  To apply, please visit our website and click on the CJSF application link.  This form is only accessible to students using their CUSD account.  Please read the application carefully as there are strict guidelines for acceptance into this association.  Please use official Trimester One final grades when applying.   To learn more about CJSF and it’s high school partner program please visit this link: CJSF
     
    Walk for Water - November 17th
    The CMS Club, This Club Saves Lives, will be hosting a Walk for Water fundraiser on Wednesday, November 17th during lunch.  In this event, students will walk a predesigned course on the CMS campus while carrying a small bucket of water to simulate the walk that many people in water insecure areas of the world must do just to collect water for their family.  If your child is interested in participating in this event, please have them connect with Mrs. Olin, our French teacher and club advisor, via email or in room C12.  To donate to this cause please click on this link: https://my.thirstproject.org/team/391535.  To learn more about The Thirst Project click on this link: https://my.thirstproject.org/team/391535.  Thank you for supporting this important cause.  
     
    Attention Geography Geniuses!
    The Geo Bee is coming to CMS next week.  It is open to ALL interested students.  Sign up with your social studies teacher or in the library to be a part of the Geo Bee fun!  This is a great activity and competition for any interested student!
     
    Basketball Tryouts
    More details coming in regard to the 6th grade boys tryouts.
     
    6th grade girls tryouts
    Dec. 7th and 8th:  3-4:30pm on outside basketball courts

    7th and 8th grade girls and boys tryouts  
    Nov. 10th, 15th and 16th- Wed, Mon, and Tues  (BOYS ONLY)
    3:00-4:30 pm 7th grade boys
    4:30-6:00 pm 8th grade boys
    Practice will start Nov. 17th

    Nov. 18-19th – Thursday & Friday (GIRLS ONLY)
    Thursday, Nov. 18th:        
     2:30-4pm 7th grade girls
     4-5:30pm 8th grade girls

    Friday, Nov. 19th:       
     3-4:30pm 7th grade girls
     4:30-6pm 8th grade girls
    Practice will start Nov. 29th

    Boys will post team rosters (Nov. 16th @8pm)

    Girls will post team roster (Nov. 19th @8pm)

     
     
    Basketball Practice Schedule
     
    7th and 8th Girls(Starts 11/29)
    Monday and Tuesday: 3-4:30pm
    Wednesday:4:30-6pm
    Thursday: 4-5:30pm
    Friday: See Friday practice schedule below

    7th and 8th Grade Boys(Starts 11/17)
    Monday and Tuesday: 4:30pm-6 pm
    Wednesday: 3-4:30pm
    Thursday: 2:30-4pm
    Friday: See Friday practice schedule


    Friday Practices:  12/3-12/17
    Boys practice:3-4:30pm
    Girls practice: 4:30-6:00pm

    Friday Practices:    1/7-1/21
    Girls Practice: 3-4:30pm
    Boys Practice: 4:30-6:00pm

    Holiday and Weekend Practice Times: gym reserved from 8-noon-AS NEEDED
    Saturdays 11/2-1/4: Gym is reserved from 8am-noon for practice
    Thanksgiving Break 11/22 and 11/26 Gym is reserved from 8am –noon for practice
    Christmas Break 12/20-12/31 Gym is reserved from 8am-noon for practice
    Gym is unavailable on: 12/6 Winter Concert; 12/7 Winter Concert; 1/28 Event

     

    CMS Events and Important Calendar Dates

    NOVEMBER
    22 - 26.  Thanksgiving Break - No School

    DECEMBER
    1 - 15.  Canned Food Drive
    7.  CMS Winter Concert  7:00-9:00 p.m.
    13.  World Language Finals - Spanish / Chinese
    20. - 31.  Winter Break

    JANUARY
    3.  No School - Staff Development Day
    7.  6th Grade Cycle Change / PE Flip
    11.  Sportsnet opens for Spring Sports
    17.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
    28.  Winter Dance 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    FEBRUARY
    4.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    9.  Sportsnet closes for Spring Sports
    14 - 18.  Kindness Week
    18.  2nd Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change
    21 - 25.  February Break
    28.  3rd Trimester Begins

    MARCH
    1.  CUSD District Choral Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    30. CUSD District Band Festival, Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    APRIL
    1.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    5.  CUSD District String Festival , Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8.  6th Grade Cycle Change
    11 - 15.  Spring Break

    MAY
    2 - 6.  CMS Staff Appreciation Week
    6.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    10.  CMS Spring Concert
    11.  8th Grade Panoramic Picture
    20.  Renaissance Faire 12:00 p.m.
    23 - 27.  Spirit Week
    30.  Memorial day - No School

    JUNE
    2.  8th Grade Promotion 5:00 p.m.
    3.  Last Day of School / 3rd Trimester Ends

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  • Friday, November 5, 2021

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 11/6/2021

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    Congratulations to everyone for completion of the first trimester!  Final trimester one grades are now being processed and will be sent home via regular mail on Friday, November 12th.  Keep your eyes open for those report cards!

    We’d also like to remind everyone that accumulated tardies, chromebook borrowing totals, and minor discipline now reset and students will begin Monday with a clean slate.  If students have had a challenging first trimester with tardies or behavior, there is nothing like a fresh start to make some positive changes.   If your students struggled with any of these things, please take a moment this weekend to discuss a new plan for success with them beginning Monday!  Thank you!

    Fall Sports Update: Our Fall Sports programs continue to creep toward season finales with all CMS teams competing at extremely high levels. Last week our soccer teams finished league play with a league championship for the girls team and a second place finish for our boys.  This week, all three of our volleyball teams found themselves in playoff action facing some tough competition.  Unfortunately both girls teams fell to their opponents on Thursday afternoon, but our boys team rallied to earn a spot in the championship game scheduled for Monday, November 8th.  In addition, on Friday afternoon, CMS hosted the league championship meet for Cross Country, which, unofficially at this point, was dominated by CMS runners!  We’ll let you know how all this turned out in our daily bulletins and next week’s communication, but, CMS is extremely proud of the performance of each of our teams both on and off the fields/courts throughout the fall season.  Thank you for your continued support for these exceptional programs and athletes!

    CMS Spiderfest: Resident arachnid expert, Pat Stadille, in collaboration with our fantastic librarians, Susan Thompson and Deonna Jeffries, followed up their incredible Reptile Festival with another new fun idea, Spiderfest.   Spiderfest featured several live Carmel Valley tarantulas, fun facts, games, trivia, and the opportunity to handle our delicate spider friends.  The two day event drew hundreds of interested kids and provided a unique opportunity to learn about spiders in an up close and personal way!  Thank you Spider Team!!!


    The Week Ahead

    Daylight Savings Time: Just a reminder, daylight savings time ends this weekend.  Be sure to set your clocks BACK one hour on Sunday morning or your whole day will be off.  We know our middle school students will be grateful for the extra hour of sleep they’ll receive!

    Veterans Day; Thursday, November 11: All CUSD schools will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11.  Please take a moment to talk to your students about the meaning of Veterans Day and remind them of the sacrifices made by so many of our fellow citizens who have served our country.  School resumes on Friday, November 12th.  

    Attention CMS Families: The Earth Club and This Club Saves Lives along with the Opportunity Education Program are spearheading a project here at CMS to help one of our community’s local nonprofit organizations. Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula has been helping to feed our community’s homebound seniors since 1972. Their Home Delivered Meal Program is the only program on the Monterey Peninsula to deliver nutritious meals every day, five days per week, with an extra Friday meal for the weekend. In 2020, Meals on Wheels delivered 91,319 meals. Due to COVID-19, Meals on Wheels had to change their delivery method to a no-contact service in order to keep those in need healthy and safe. Each meal is delivered in a brown paper grocery bag. They use approximately 375 bags each week. Because of this, Meals on Wheels is in need of as many brown paper bags as possible. We hope that you and your families will start collecting brown paper bags to help this incredible non-profit organization. Students will be decorating these bags that we will deliver to Meals on Wheels on November 15th during their Campfire session. Please have students bring all paper bags to their Campfire teachers as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.

    Upcoming Events

    Challenge Success Survey: On Friday, November 19th, CMS students will be participating in the Challenge Success – Stanford Survey of School  Experiences to students. This survey is part of a collaborative effort between our school and the Challenge Success project in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.  The goal of the survey is to better understand the student experience in school  and at home. The survey features a wide variety of questions seeking to understand academic stress, homework load, school connection, and more. There are no right or wrong answers on the survey and  researchers are simply looking for student perceptions.All of the data collected will be kept confidential, but we examine the feedback carefully in an effort to continually improve our programs and meet the changing needs of our students.  

    More information, including the opportunity to opt out of the survey, will be sent home on Monday, November 15th.


    Walk For Water: Did you know that 663 million people on our planet do not have access to clean water?  People in these areas walk an average of 3.75 miles just to obtain water for their families.  In many cases this task is assigned to women and children.  To help raise awareness about this challenge the CMS club, This Club Saves Lives, will be hosting a Walk for Water fundraiser during lunchtime on Wednesday, November 17th.  The event will be open to all interested students.  Students who wish to participate should come to the club meeting on Monday, November 8th, in Mrs. Olin’s classroom (C-12).  We hope to have an amazing turnout!

    Additional Announcements

    Congratulations to the Ishler City Exhaust Pipes for their 7th Grade Wiffle Ball World Series Championship on Friday.   The Exhaust Pipes won the best of 5 series 3-1 over the Griffin City Rear View Mirrors with timely hitting and sparkling team defense, however, series MVP honors went to rookie head coach and player Bryce Griffin whose multi-homer barrage kept the Rear View Mirrors in contention throughout the series.  Griffin is now the only player in Wiffle World history to earn MVP honors while playing for the losing team!  Donuts to the victor, donut holes for second place!

    Our Mask Supply is Dwindling! Please make sure your students bring their own masks from home each day.  Masks provided by CMS are for emergency use only.  Please keep a small supply of masks in your students backpack for their personal use.  Thank you!

    CMS YEARBOOK NEWS: The CMS Yearbook staff is still collecting 8th grade baby pics, pets, travel, and after school activity pics.  Please upload at the yearbook link on the CMS website:  CMS yearbook page  Thank you!

    Monday - November 8th
    Boys Volleyball Championship Game @ Buena Vista 6:00 pm



    2021 Basketball Tryouts 

    6th grade boys  tryouts TBD 

    6th grade girls tryouts 
    Dec. 7th and 8th: 3-4:30pm on outside basketball courts

    7th and 8th grade girls tryouts  
    Nov. 15-16th – Monday & Tuesday (GIRLS ONLY)
    3:00-4:30pm 7th grade girls
    4:30-6pm 8th grade girls
    *Girls will post team rosters Friday Nov. 19th by 4pm 

    7th and 8th grade boys tryouts  
    Nov. 10th, 18th and 19th - Wed, Thurs, Fri (BOYS  ONLY)
     
    Wednesday, Nov. 10th
    3-4:30 pm 7th grade boys
    4:30-6pm 8th grade boys
     
    Thursday, Nov. 18th
    2:30-4:00pm 7th grade boys
    4:00-5:30pm 8th grade boys
     
    Friday, Nov. 19th
    3:00-4:30pm 7th grade boys
    4:30-6:00pm 8th grade boys
    Boys will post team roster (TBD)


    CMS Events and Important Calendar Dates


    NOVEMBER
    11.  Veterans Day - No School
    22 - 26.  Thanksgiving Break - No School

    DECEMBER
    1 - 15.  Canned Food Drive
    7.  CMS Winter Concert  7:00-9:00 p.m.
    13.  World Language Finals - Spanish / Chinese
    20. - 31.  Winter Break

    JANUARY
    3.  No School - Staff Development Day
    7.  6th Grade Cycle Change / PE Flip
    11.  Sportsnet opens for Spring Sports
    17.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
    28.  Winter Dance 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    FEBRUARY
    4.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    9.  Sportsnet closes for Spring Sports
    14 - 18.  Kindness Week
    18.  2nd Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change
    21 - 25.  February Break
    28.  3rd Trimester Begins

    MARCH
    1.  CUSD District Choral Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    30. CUSD District Band Festival, Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    APRIL
    1.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    5.  CUSD District String Festival , Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8.  6th Grade Cycle Change
    11 - 15.  Spring Break

    MAY
    2 - 6.  CMS Staff Appreciation Week
    6.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    10.  CMS Spring Concert
    11.  8th Grade Panoramic Picture
    20.  Renaissance Faire 12:00 p.m.
    23 - 27.  Spirit Week
    30.  Memorial day - No School

    JUNE
    2.  8th Grade Promotion 5:00 p.m.
    3.  Last Day of School / 3rd Trimester Ends

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  • Saturday, October 30,2021

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 10/30/2021 9:00:00 AM
    CMS Weekly Communication 10.30.21
     
    Happy Weekend CMS Families!

    We had a fantastic Red Ribbon Week this week with lots of fun dress up days, an amazing outdoor all-school assembly featuring our choral and leadership classes, and, of course, our outdoor Halloween Dance on Friday evening.  We hope your students enjoyed the week and that they take to heart the messages shared during Red Ribbon Week, promoting a drug and alcohol free lifestyle.  

    We are now headed into the final week of the first trimester and gradebooks will be closing at various points throughout this upcoming week as teachers finalize first trimester grades.  If you haven’t spent some time on Aeries reviewing your student’s progress with them, please take the time to do that prior to the start of the school week.  In some cases, teachers may still be accepting late/missing assignments and we encourage all students to finish the trimester strong by catching up and turning in any eligible missing assignments.  

    Halloween Dance 
    As mentioned above, our dance last night was fantastic and we wanted to take a moment to thank the many people who made this event successful.  We are truly blessed and appreciative to have such incredible community support!

    Many thanks goes out to all of the following:
    • Mrs. Wells, Mrs. Jeffries, Mrs. Bajari and the CMS Leadership Students for preparing the event, making dance signs and decorations, creating the DJ’s playlist, cleaning up after the dance and more!
    • The CMS PTO for sponsoring and funding the Halloween Dance including the DJ, concessions, recruiting parent volunteers, decorations, prizes, etc.  The CMS PTO remains committed to making these events free to all students while ensuring very low cost food and treats are available!  
    • Dutch Door Donuts for sponsoring the CMS Costume Contest held at the dance by generously providing $100 in donated gift certificates for prize winning costumes. If your child won one of the gift certificates, make sure to go with them for a visit to Dutch Door Donuts, a new donut shop in downtown Carmel run by a few local families.  The donuts are fantastic!
    • Emily Frew for building and managing an amazing photo booth for our students to help preserve the memories from the 2021 Halloween Dance. 
    • Hacienda Hay and Feed for the donation of hay bales and to the folks working that afternoon who helped me replace a fuse in my truck after it died shortly after we got it loaded!
    • Ryan and Caterina Meyers who donated hay bales and corn stalks to help make our photo booth amazing.
    • The 20+ parent chaperones and 8 CMS staff members who bravely gave up their Friday night to ensure a fun, safe environment for 500+ middle school students at our Halloween Dance.  
    • The many parents who donated treats for our concession tables!
    • DJ David Hernandez for playing a great mix of songs and keeping the kids dancing and having fun!
    • The CMS custodial staff for helping set up/clean up our event.
    • Our students for coming to the event and having such a great time!

    Flu/Cold/Covid Like Symptoms and the CMS Dance
    In an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of our students while providing as many "normal" school activities as we can we are asking for your continued cooperation with identification of COVID like symptoms.  Having just hosted a school dance where many students were without masks and in close contact (outdoors) with others we are politely requesting that if your child experiences any symptoms over the next several days that you let us know immediately and continue to follow CUSD guidelines for potential exposure.  In addition, if you find yourself in the position in which you need to call CMS to report symptoms, please include whether or not your child attended the CMS dance on Friday.   This information will help us prepare for any scenarios in which the dance may have created school community spread.  We appreciate your ongoing diligence and cooperation in this matter!

    A Word About Halloween
    As you all know, Halloween is Sunday. Personally, I’m all for a change to the Halloween tradition and think it should always be the last Friday in October so kids can have fun on Halloween without the consideration of school the next day, but I don’t make the rules.  Anyway, please take a measured approach to Halloween night and please remind students that bags of candy need to remain at home on Monday.  Large bags of candy that create a disruption to classes or school will be confiscated and held in the office until after school when they will be returned to their owner who will consume vast quantities of sugar just before arriving back home (insert wink and smile emoji).  We appreciate your support in this matter!  Stay safe and have fun!

    Mask Supply Shortage at CMS

    We are currently distributing over 100 disposable masks each day.   Although we have ordered additional masks, we simply cannot maintain this level of distribution moving forward and maintain a reasonable supply of emergency masks.  Masks supplied by the school are intended for emergency use only so please ensure that your student/s come to school with a mask provided from home to help us keep our emergency supply well stocked.  Thank you for your assistance addressing this issue.

    CMS Sporting Events
    Our soccer teams wrapped up fantastic seasons earlier this week with the CMS Boys Soccer Team finishing in 2nd place in MTJAL (Mission Trail Junior Athletic League) and the CMS Girls Soccer Team bringing home another MTJAL championship!  Congratulations to both programs on amazing seasons.   Coaches season recaps will be posted in an upcoming letter.  

    This week we have volleyball playoffs on the schedule and will end the week with the MTJAL Cross Country Championship right here at CMS.  We look forward to some great competition coming up this week!

    Tuesday - November 2nd
    8th Grade Girls  Volleyball vs SH @ CMS 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday - November 4th
    7th Grade Girls Volleyball @CMS 4:00 p.m.
    Boys Volleyball vs Catalina @Catalina 4:00 p.m.
    Friday - November 5th
    MTJAL Championship Cross Country Meet @ CMS 4:00 p.m.




    Winter Sports Season: Basketball Tryout Information

    Nov.  15 -19th   Basketball Tryouts for 7th/8th grade boys/girls ONLY

    Nov 15 - 16th - Monday & Tuesday (GIRLS ONLY)
                              3:00- 4:30 pm 7th grade girls
                              4:30 - 6:00pm 8th grade girls

    Nov. 17 - 19th - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (BOYS ONLY)

                              Wednesday:     3:00 - 4:30 pm 7th grade boys
                                                        4:30 - 6:00 pm 8th grade boys

                              Thursday:         2:30 - 4:00 pm 7th grade boys
                                                         4:00 - 5:30 pm 8th grade boys

                              Friday:              3:00 - 4:30 7th grade boys
                                                        4:30  - 6pm 8th grade boys

    Girls team  rosters will post on Friday, November 19th by 4:00 pm

    Boys team rosters will post (TBD)


    **** More details coming in regards to 6th grade boys and girls tryouts.****


    Reminder: Students who would like to participate in Winter Sports must be registered on SportsNet.  Follow this link: SportsNet


    CMS Events and Important Calendar Dates

    NOVEMBER
    5.  1st Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change
    11.  Veterans Day - No School
    15-19. Basketball Tryouts for 7th and 8th Graders
    22 - 26.  Thanksgiving Break - No School

    DECEMBER
    1 - 15.  Canned Food Drive
    7.  CMS Winter Concert  7:00-9:00 p.m.
    13.  World Language Finals - Spanish / Chinese
    20. - 31.  Winter Break

    JANUARY
    3.  No School - Staff Development Day
    7.  6th Grade Cycle Change / PE Flip
    17.  Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
    28.  Winter Dance 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    FEBRUARY
    4.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    14 - 18.  Kindness Week
    18.  2nd Trimester Ends / 6th Grade Cycle Change
    21 - 25.  February Break
    28.  3rd Trimester Begins

    MARCH
    30. CUSD District Band Festival, Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    APRIL
    1.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    5.  CUSD District String Festival , Sunset Center 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    8.  6th Grade Cycle Change
    11 - 15.  Spring Break

    MAY
    2 - 6.  CMS Staff Appreciation Week
    6.  Minimum Day - Staff Development
    10.  CMS Spring Concert
    11.  8th Grade Panoramic Picture
    20.  Renaissance Faire 12:00 p.m.
    23 - 27.  Spirit Week
    30.  Memorial day - No School

    JUNE
    2.  8th Grade Promotion 5:00 p.m.
    3.  Last Day of School / 3rd Trimester Ends
     
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