• Friday, November 15, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 11/16/2019 6:00:00 AM

    11.15.19

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    We’ve reached the end of trimester one and are now officially through 1/3 of the 2019-20 school year.  The time has flown by and we’ve already accomplished quite a bit at each grade level and as a school overall.  We hope that your child has enjoyed their time at CMS so far this year and we’re looking forward to continued positive growth as the year continues.  Report cards will be sent via mail on November 21st so please be on the lookout for their arrival.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the CMS administrative or counseling teams. 

    Highlights of the Week

    World Kindness Day: On Wednesday, November 13th, our leadership class helped CMS observe World Kindness Day with a special message and a little treat delivered to all students during their 5th period classes.  In addition, the leadership class hosted a Kindness Activity (similar to our Fun Friday Activities) in the main quad, promoting the theme of kindness toward all.  We’d like to extend our gratitude to our leadership class for their continued efforts to make a positive impact on the CMS campus and in the lives of others on a regular basis!

    Anza Borrego Trip: On Monday evening we welcomed back some road weary adventurers who spent the weekend in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  This trip marked the 11th year Jake Glazier and Mariano Martinez have taken a small group of students to the desert for an amazing camping and hiking adventure.  The group explored slot canyons, wind caves, and completely foreign desert terrain while sleeping on the ground under the stars (and full moon this year) each night.  In addition to the traditional hiking and exploration, students participated in pre-sunrise hikes, night hikes, and a late-night slot canyon solo hike.  Having participated in this trip three times myself, I can tell you that the experience and memories will last a lifetime.  We’d like to thank Jake Glazier, Mariano Martinez, and this year’s addition to the crew, Joe Guzzi, for taking a holiday weekend away from their families to continue to support this amazing experience for our students!  In addition, we’d like to thank the students who attended this trip for their willingness to try something completely new and different.  According to Mr. Glazier, this was one of the best groups and trips he’s had!

    CMS Drama Department Presents “Get Up and Go!” Opening Night is Tonight (Friday)

    After many long hours, memorization of lines, building sets, and finding just the right costume the CMS Drama department is proud to announce their first showing of the 2019-20 school year, “Get Up and Go”.  This production features a collection of humorous sketches that explore the world of travel and transportation, and answer the timeless question that has plagued humankind from the beginning: "Are we there yet?" Whether walking, on wheels, with wings or by water, performers and audience alike will embark on a rollicking, hilarious adventure about the human need to get from one place to another. Travel way back in time to when walking was the only way to get somewhere. Then came the discovery of the wheel, and things really started rollin'! Soon thereafter, humankind conquered the sea, the sky, the plains, outer space, and the newest frontier, cyberspace! Each vignette requires a different set of characters and we’ve got a huge cast of aspiring actors/actresses eager to entertain.  The production last just over an hour so come on out and see a myriad of acting talents on display!

    Opening Night: Friday, November 15th from 6-8 PM

    Saturday Night, November 16th from 6-8 PM

    Additional performances TBD!

    The Week Ahead: We’ve got a relatively quiet week coming up this week, however, our aspiring student athletes will once again be very busy as we transition from our fantastic Fall sports season into our Winter sports season.  Tryouts for boys and girls basketball teams begin this week so please check the schedule below and plan accordingly if your student plans to try out for any level of our basketball program. 

    Events and Announcements

    2019 Basketball Tryouts/Practice Schedule

    *6th grade boys and girls tryouts will start the first week of December.  More details coming.

    Nov. 18-22  Basketball Tryouts for 7th/8th grade boys/girls-ONLY

    Nov. 18-19th – Monday & Tuesday (Boys ONLY)

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

    Nov. 20-21st-Wed. & Thursday and Friday (Girls ONLY)

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

    Thursday:            2:30-4pm 7th grade girls and 4-5:30pm 8th grade girls

    Friday:                  3:00-4:30pm 7th grade girls

                                  8th grade girls no tryouts today

     

    BOYS BASKETBALL TEAMS WILL BE POSTED Tuesday NIGHT 11/19 by 8pm

    GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAMS WILL BE POSTED FRIDAY NIGHT 11/22 by 8pm.

    California Junior Scholarship Federation: Attention 7th & 8th Graders

    If you have earned mostly A’s & B’s in your academics and have a passion for community service we encourage you to apply for CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Federation)! Students need to apply EVERY year even if you were a member last year. Trimester One grades are used for acceptance into CJSF but members must continue to earn excellent grades in academics and citizenship throughout the school year. Applications are accepted beginning November 20th – December 3rd and must be turned in to your School Counselor. During this time frame applications can be found on the CMS Website or on the counter in the CMS Office. Applications must be submitted on time but are not available until November 20!

    Community Concern

    We’ve been contacted a few different times this year by the folks over at Carmel Rancho Plaza regarding disrespectful behavior attributed to some of our middle school students.  While we know that it only takes a few people behaving in an inappropriate manner to create a negative perception about a larger group, we hope that those of you who allow your children to hang out at the Carmel Rancho Plaza after school will have a conversation with them about behaving in a respectful and appropriate manner.  I have provided our entire student body with this message during one of our Thursday Gatherings, however, the concern was recently brought to my attention again.  Please remind your children that when they are out in public they are representing their peers, our school, your family, and, most importantly, themselves and their behavior should reflect the positive values you are providing them at home.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

    Lots of Skateboards – Not Many Helmets! Lately we’ve noticed a lot of skateboards at school but not a lot of helmets to match! Please be aware that there is a California Bicycle Helmet “Fix It” Law Effective January 1, 2019. In California, anyone under 18 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, a scooter or a skateboard or using roller skates. If caught riding without one, the parents of the child can be hit with a fine of $25 to $200.  Bottom line though is student safety and we want our students to be safe while having fun on their skateboards.  Please remind students to bring along helmets wherever they ride!

    Calendar

    NOVEMBER.
    15. Drama Presents - Fall Play, “Get Up and Go” 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
    16. Drama Presents - Fall Play, “Get Up and Go” 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
    26. Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game
    27 - 29. Thanksgiving Break

    DECEMBER
    4. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    6. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    6. 8th Grade Baby Pictures Due
    9 - 18 Canned Food Drive
    10. Winter Concert, CMS Gym, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    10 -12. Chinese Finals
    16 - 18. Spanish Finals
    18. Cougar Cub Concert, CMS Gym , 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    19. BAC Activity (5th period)
    23 - Jan. 3 Winter Break - School closed

    JANUARY
    6. No School -Staff Development Day
    10. Not in Our School Day
    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
    31. Winter Dance, CMS Gym

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

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  • Friday, November 8, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 11/8/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    Reminder: School is closed in observance of Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 11th.  Doors re-open Tuesday at 7:30 AM. 

    The district's Parent Satisfaction Survey is now open at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CSGRLWL!

    We’ve had a pretty quiet school week here at CMS, but our student athletes were busy on our athletic courts and fields winning 4 league championships. Our highlights of the week feature the amazing seasons just completed by all our Fall Sports Teams! 

    Highlights of the Week – Fall Sports Team Celebrate Amazing Seasons!

    Cross Country – Over eighty middle school students participated in Cross Country this year.  With goals of self-improvement, sportsmanship, and fun - we were extremely successful.   We are proud of everyone’s achievements.   At the championship, the 8th grade girls finished the season and their middle school Cross Country career by crossing the finish line in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, a remarkable feat. Our 6th grade boys and girls also did an amazing job. 

     

    The results from the league championship are as follows:

     

    6th Grade Girls Individual Results

    2nd

    Lila Glazier

    3rd

    Lauren Galicia

     

    8th Grade Girls Individual Results  

    1st

    Sara Ejolfsdottir

    2nd

    Isabella Davi

    3rd

    Chiara Kivetik

     

    Team Results Girls: First Place

     

    6th Grade Boys Individual Results

    1st  Liam Riddolls 

    3rd  Bodhi Melton 

     

    6th Grade Girls Volleyball – Our inaugural season of 6th Grade Girls Volleyball was a wonderful success!  First year head coach, Jessie Krislyn, refused to make cuts and fielded a team of 32 6th grade girls who spent the season learning the ropes.  Highlights of the season included our first ever, official, outdoor volleyball games and a round robin style of play that allowed every player on the team to get some court time during games.  We’d like to thank our parents and student athletes for their positive support of this new program. In addition,  we exceptionally grateful for Coach Krislyn, our Athletic Director, Leigh White, and the support of CUSD allowing us to expand our volleyball offerings and provide a positive experience to a large number of aspiring volleyball players! 

     

     

    7th Grade Girls Volleyball – Our 7th grade girls volleyball team had a great year from a developmental standpoint.  Relatively inexperienced to start the season, they made great strides this year and by the season’s end were playing competitive volleyball in every match.  We’re looking forward to seeing what this group can do next year as 8th grade players because their work ethic and dedication to the sport will pay off soon!  We’d like to thank our coaches, players and parents for a wonderful season!

     

    8th Grade Girls Volleyball – The eighth grade volleyball team had a successful season, Placing 1st overall in league play with a record of 10-2.  The CMS girls won the first game of the playoffs against PG (a highlight of the season) and advanced to the finals.  In the finals our team came up short, losing to Buena Vista, who played very well that day. We’re proud of the season that the girls put together. They are a talented bunch and it will be fun to watch them progress as they play at the highschool.  We’d like to thank the girls for a fun season and the parents for all of their support and help at the games.

     

    Boys Volleyball – What a season! Our boys trained hard over these past eight weeks and pulled it together, when it mattered most, to bring home the title.  The Cougars, led by impressive play from Wells Houlihan and Nico Vitiello, advanced with a close semi-final win over Santa Catalina on Monday. Two days later, Sebastian Daste, Ty Arnold and Bennett Goldberg led an incredibly strong team effort to beat Pacific Grove. The three set battle, ended PG's undefeated season, with Carmel clenching the Championship 25-18, 24-26, 15-12. We started our season with two returning 8th graders, three returning 7th graders, and twelve additional strong athletes who had never played volleyball.  There was incredible growth and development this year and Carmel High will be lucky if they inherit any one of our 8th Grade Volleyball Players! Rocky, London, Tate, Harrison, James, JT, Wells, Sebastian, Jacob and Justin will be missed next year.  However, we will do our best to make them proud! A big thanks goes out to all our incredibly supportive parents; you are a big part of our success at CMS!

    Girls Soccer – With only 5 players returning from the 2018 championship season, head coach, Mariano Martinez wasn’t sure what to expect in the 2019 campaign.  Looking to rebuild for the future, coach Martinez opted to keep a very large, very young group of players this year, but after just a few games it became clear that this group could compete with anyone.  Finishing the regular season with a record of 7-3 the CMS girls hosted a first round playoff game at CMS on Tuesday afternoon.  The game went into overtime, and then, still tied, into a shoot-out.  CMS won the shootout 2-1 with goals from Eleanor Johnson and Morgan Mayer to advance to the championship game against perennial soccer rival North Monterey County Middle School who had previously defeated CMS twice during the regular season.  The championship game held on Thursday night was a defensive battle ending in a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation play.  Heading into overtime, tensions ran high for players and fans until, in the closing minutes, an amazing corner kick from Morgan Mayer bounced off the crossbar and was kicked into the net for what proved to be the game-winning goal by 6th grade player Eva Staehle. 

    Coach Martinez would like to thank all the players and parents for an amazing season that ended in a second consecutive championship for CMS Girls Soccer!

    Boys Soccer – The Carmel 2019 Boys soccer team pulled off back to back championships!  The CMS defense set a school record for the least amount of goals given up in a season with the help of the two outstanding goalies Michael and Taylor Cohen.  The offense also set the record for the most goals in a season.  They carried the tradition of working hard to a new level.  It was truly a season that the players and coaches will never forget finishing with an overall record of 13-1. Their semi-final game featured an overtime win in which Ashagre Mehrtens scored two goals to lead CMS to a 3-1 victory.  Building on that great momentum the boys rolled through the championship game, knocking of Buena Vista by a score of 5-0 and earned their second consecutive league championship!  Thanks to the coaches, players, and parents for supporting another wonderful season of exciting CMS soccer!

    The Week Ahead

    We’ve got a short week coming up as school is closed on Monday in observance of Veteran’s Day. On Wednesday, our leadership class will be hosting some special lunch time activities centered around National Kindness Day, and on Friday, our first trimester comes to an end!  Read on for more info!

    The End of Trimester One

    On Friday, November 15th, our first trimester will come to a close and we will officially be 1/3 of the way through the 2019/20 school year.  If you’ve made it this far into this letter, please make sure to take some time to check in with your student and view their Aeries gradebook together.  There are just a few days remaining to turn in late or missing assignments, check in with teachers, and make that final push for academic success and we encourage you to spend some time with your child on Aeries this weekend.  Official grades are submitted shortly after the 15th and report cards will be mailed home.  We’ll send out a message letting you know when they’re in the mail so you can beat your student to the mailbox!

    Drama Present “Get Up and Go” – The Fall Play

    After many long hours, memorization of lines, building sets, and finding just the right costume the CMS Drama department is proud to announce their first showing of the 2019-20 school year, “Get Up and Go”.  This production features a collection of humorous sketches which explore the world of travel and transportation, and answer the timeless question that has plagued mankind from the beginning: "Are we there yet?" Whether walking, on wheels, with wings or by water, performers and audience alike will embark on a rollicking, hilarious adventure about the human need to get from one place to another. Travel way back in time to when walking was the only way to get somewhere. Then came the discovery of the wheel, and things really started rollin'! Soon mankind conquered the sea, the sky, the plains, outer space, and the newest frontier, cyberspace! Each vignette requires a different set of characters and we’ve got a huge cast of aspiring actors/actresses eager to entertain.  Come on out and see a myriad of acting talents on display!

    Opening Night: Friday, November 15th from 6-8 PM

    Saturday Night, November 16th from 6-8 PM

    Additional performances TBD!

    Announcements and Community Events

    Attention 7th Grade Families: Voluntary Random Drug Testing Program – Paperwork Needed!  If you haven’t already done so, please turn in the VRDTP paperwork sent home via email and student as soon as possible.  Please note, we need the paperwork to indicate acceptance into the program or declining the program services.  Thank you!

    California Junior Scholarship Federation: Attention 7th & 8th Graders

    If you have earned mostly A’s & B’s in your academics and have a passion for community service we encourage you to apply for CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Federation)! Students need to apply EVERY year even if you were a member last year. Trimester One grades are used for acceptance into CJSF but members must continue to earn excellent grades in academics and citizenship throughout the school year. Applications are accepted beginning November 20th – December 3rd and must be turned in to your School Counselor. During this time frame applications can be found on the CMS Website or on the counter in the CMS Office. Applications must be submitted on time but are not available until November 20!

    Lots of Skateboards – Not Many Helmets! Lately we’ve noticed a lot of skateboards at school but not a lot of helmets to match! Please be aware that there is a California Bicycle Helmet “Fix It” Law Effective January 1, 2019. In California, anyone under 18 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, a scooter or a skateboard or using roller skates. If caught riding without one, the parents of the child can be hit with a fine of $25 to $200.  Bottom line though is student safety and we want our students to be safe while having fun on their skateboards.  Please remind students to bring along helmets wherever they ride!

     

    Calendar

    NOVEMBER.
    11. Veteran’s Day / School closed
    13. National Kindness Day
    12. Fall Sports Banquet, CMS Gym, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    15. End of 1st Trimester
    15. Drama Presents - Fall Play, “Get Up and Go”
    26. Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game
    27 - 29. Thanksgiving Break

    DECEMBER
    4. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    6. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    6. 8th Grade Baby Pictures Due
    9 - 18 Canned Food Drive
    10. Winter Concert, CMS Gym, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    10 -12. Chinese Finals
    16 - 18. Spanish Finals
    18. Cougar Cub Concert, CMS Gym , 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    19. BAC Activity (5th period)
    23 - Jan. 3 Winter Break - School closed

    JANUARY
    6. No School -Staff Development Day
    10. Not in Our School Day
    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
    31. Winter Dance, CMS Gym

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

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  • Friday, November 1, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 11/1/2019

    11.1.19

    Friday Letter

    Reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3rd.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour and enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

    Highlights of the Week

    Red Ribbon Week at CMS: This week our leadership program sponsored Red Ribbon Week at CMS.  Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually by schools across our country.  The week is filled with messages about making positive life choices and finding positive life passions to pursue as a healthy alternative to drug and alcohol use.  Our leadership class sponsored a variety of dress up days with themes related to the week’s purpose and several lunch time activities were held to help promote the message of the week.  Finally, we’d like to thank the Carmel High School leadership teacher and students for attending our Gathering on Thursday where CHS students talked with our kids about their decision to life a drug and alcohol free life. 

    Engaging in regular conversations with your children about the dangers of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use is one of the most effective means of prevention there is.  As reported on the Red Ribbon web-site, “Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.”   If you haven’t done so already, a great time to start these conversations is now!

    If you’d like to learn more about Red Ribbon Week please click on this link: http://redribbon.org/

    PTO Sponsored Staff Luncheon:  On Friday we were spoiled by a group of loving parents who prepared a CMS staff appreciation luncheon for everyone to enjoy!  How they pulled this off the night after Halloween is beyond me, but, our staff thoroughly enjoyed the food, drinks, and desserts while hanging out in our recently remodeled staff room.  The meal was a fantastic treat especially after a busy week full of dress up days, festivities, and, of course, Halloween!  On behalf of the all the CMS staff, tremendous gratitude goes out to everyone who helped put this event together!  Thank you!!!

    The Week Ahead: Next week is very quiet here at CMS during the school day, but our Fall Sports Teams will begin their push for team championships as Playoff Week gets underway!   Below is the schedule for next week's playoffs.  Please come out and support these fantastic programs as they wrap up incredible seasons!

    Monday-Nov. 4th-VOLLEYBALL

    8th grade girls: PG vs CMS  @  CMS - 4pm game

    Boys : Catalina vs CMS @ CMS -5pm game

     

    Tuesday- Nov. 5th SOCCER

    Girls soccer: San Benancio vs CMS @ CMS-3pm game top field

    Boys soccer: TBD vs CMS @ CMS -3pm game on lower field

     

    Wednesday-Nov. 6th Volleyball

    If CMS volleyball teams win on Monday night they will advance to the championship games at Sacred Heart in Salinas.  Game times will be 5:00pm for 8th grade girls volleyball and 6:00 pm Boys volleyball.

     

    Thursday-Nov. 7th Soccer

    If CMS soccer teams win on Tuesday they will advance to the championship games at CMS. Game times for both teams would be 3pm.  Girls will play on the top field and boys will play on the lower field.

     

    PTO Meeting, Wednesday, November 6th: On Wednesday morning our PTO will host our monthly public PTO meeting in the Habitat Green Building.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 and we’d love to have any/all dedicated parents looking for positive ways to contribute to CMS show up. 

    Events and Announcements

    PTO Sponsors Tech Talk with Colin Matheson

    Your child has been issued a Chromebook.....

    Now what?

    The PTO is sponsoring Tech Talk with Colin Matheson, CUSD Technology Instructional Coach, on Wednesday, Nov. 6th in the CMS Library. 

    6:30-7:30pm social hour and refreshments

    7:30-8:00pm presentation

    8:00-8:30pm Q&A. 

    Questions are welcome in advance.  Email cmatheson@carmelunified.org 

     

    Get more information and RSVP via evite.  

    http://evite.me/J2taTa3a2P  

     

    California Junior Scholarship Federation: Attention 7th & 8th Graders

    If you have earned mostly A’s & B’s in your academics and have a passion for community service we encourage you to apply for CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Federation)! Students need to apply EVERY year even if you were a member last year. Trimester One grades are used for acceptance into CJSF but members must continue to earn excellent grades in academics and citizenship throughout the school year. Applications are accepted beginning November 20th – December 3rd and must be turned in to your School Counselor. During this time frame applications can be found on the CMS Website or on the counter in the CMS Office. Applications must be submitted on time but are not available until November 20!

    CUSD Parent Survey – Feedback Needed! Within the next week, please look for an email from the district announcing the CUSD Parent Survey. We do this survey every other year to get input from parents that helps guide our improvement efforts, including our Local Control and Accountability Plan. The district is committed to reviewing the results and reading every comment in an effort to better understand what is working well and what needs improvement. We want to hear from all our parents, so please take a few minutes when you receive the email invitation to complete the survey. Your opinion matters to us!

    Focus Auction: The annual FOCUS Fall Back Bash Auction is wrapping up tomorrow!!! After 11pm on Saturday, November 2nd, your opportunity to bid on and win highly desired items donated by the schools and local businesses will be gone, gone, gone! Whether you are interested in golf, special school performances, or reserved parking, now is the time to place your bid!  Click here to visit the auction site:

    https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/2019-focus-fall-back-auction 8835  

    Calendar

    NOVEMBER.

    1. Red Ribbon Elementary Tour
    2. Veteran’s Day / School closed

    12 - 15 Kindness Week

    1. Fall Sports Banquet , CMS Gym, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    2. End of 1st Trimester
    3. Drama Presents - Fall Play, “Get Up and Go”
    4. Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game

    27 - 29.  Thanksgiving Break

     

    DECEMBER

    46th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip

    6. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip

    6.  8th Grade Baby Pictures Due

    9 - 18 Canned Food Drive

    19. Winter Concert, CMS Gym, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    10 -12.  Chinese Finals

    16 - 18.  Spanish Finals

    18. Cougar Cub Concert, CMS Gym , 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    18. BAC Activity (5th period)

    23 - Jan. 3  Winter Break - School closed

     

    JANUARY

    6. No School -Staff Development Day

    10. Not in Our School Day

    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

    31. Winter Dance, CMS Gym

     

    FEBRUARY

    5. CJSF Induction Ceremony, Library, 7:00 p.m.

    17 - 21.  February Break / school closed

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

    28. Cycle Change

    28. End of 2nd Trimester




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  • Friday, October 26, 2019

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 10/27/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Friday Letter – Saturday Morning Edition

    Highlights of the Week

    Choral Concert at CHS: Thursday evening I had the opportunity to attend the combined Strings and Choral Concert at Carmel High School featuring the various choral groups supported here and at CHS.  All student groups performed incredibly well, showing off a range of skills and musical styles that made the evening exceptional.  The element of these combined concerts I enjoy the most is observing the progression our students make as they move through our program.  I can vividly recall watching some of the CHS juniors and seniors who performed Thursday night while they were 6-8th grade students at CMS The growth that they make as individual vocalists and choral groups is absolutely incredible and demonstrates the exceptional leadership of Tom Lehmkuhl as he works to develop the individual and collective talents of our young vocalists.  Thursday night’s concert brought a number of show-stopping moments and performances from all groups and was, as always, an exceptional showcase event!  Well done Tom and our CMS/CHS vocal groups and musicians!

    Halloween Dance: Last night we hosted our annual Halloween Dance.  Students came in a variety of amazing costumes and had a great time dancing the night away with friends.  The photo booth, costume contest, and DJ John Upshaw were, once again, highlights of the evening.  Thanks goes out to Liz Wells, her leadership class and leadership parents for all their hard work designing, decorating, and cleaning up all the fun for this great dance.  We’d also like to thank our PTO for sponsoring the dance, paying for the DJ, photo booth, and costume contest prizes.  Finally we’d like to express our gratitude to Jen Kasper, our teacher chaperones, our parent volunteers, Jason Fosler and his Yearbook class, and everyone else who helped to make last night’s dance a huge success.  We hope your students enjoyed the event and we’re looking forward to the week ahead!

    The Week Ahead

    Red Ribbon Week Comes to CMS: Next week schools from all around the country will be celebrating National Red Ribbon Week. At Carmel Middle School, we all take Red Ribbon Week very seriously because it is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of making good and healthy choices so we can all live long and successful lives by staying drug and alcohol free. This year’s National Red Ribbon theme is “Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.” On Monday, we are asking students to make a pledge that will reflect on the importance of making healthy choices to stay drug and alcohol free. Leadership students will hand out Red Ribbon bracelets and classroom posters that students can sign to pledge to be drug and alcohol free. On Thursday during our gathering, the high school leadership class will be presenting a Red Ribbon themed message. In order to maintain our focus throughout the week on living a healthy lifestyle, each day we will have dress up days that support our mission to stay drug and alcohol free. To encourage students to participate in our CMS Pledge, we will also have fifth period competitions to see which classes have the most participants dressing up. Here are the Red Ribbon Theme Days:

    Monday: Your choices are the key to your dreams. (wear P.J.’s)

    Tuesday: Be a ‘Jean’ius. Don’t do drugs. (wear jeans or denim.)

    Wednesday: Sock it to drugs. (wear crazy socks)

    Thursday: Scare away drugs. (wear your Halloween Costumes)

     Friday: Elect to be drug free. (wear red, white, and blue)

    Upcoming Events

    MathCounts Club and Competition: Carmel Middle School will be starting a chapter of The National Math Club, powered by MathCounts. MathCounts is the largest middle school math competition in the nation. Students of all grade levels and all math abilities are invited to join the club to have fun playing math games, solve challenging math problems/puzzles, and train to be a top Mathlete. The Math Club will meet every Monday during lunch in Mrs. Roman’s Room, Room C7, to train for the MathCounts competition.  Meetings will begin on Monday, October 28th.  

    The MathCounts School wide competition will occur in late January. The top mathletes from the Carmel Middle School Competition will then move forward to compete against other teams in the county. The Monterey Regional Competition will take place at San Benancio Middle School on February 1st. If students do well at regionals, they may have the opportunity to compete at the state and national level. 

    It is not a requirement that students attend every meeting to in order to compete, however, we encourage students to attend club meetings to be exposed to some of the advanced tools and techniques used to solve problems and to learn from each other’s creative problem solving strategies. All of the club’s activities and competition training resources will be available through the club’s GoogleClassroom. If interested in competing, but not giving up their lunchtime, we encourage students to have fun solving these challenging problems at home with their families. Answer keys will be posted a week after problems are originally posted. 

    Students can join the club virtually by using the code jfw84at in GoogleClassroom.

    Please direct any questions or requests for more information to the CMS Math Counts Club Adviser, Heather Roman at hroman@carmelunified.org.   

     

    PTO Sponsored Tech Talk with Colin Matheson: Wednesday, November 6th CMS Library

    Your child has been issued a Chromebook… now what?

    How does the school protect your child?  What can parents do at home to promote positive tech use?

    Find out the answers to these questions and more.  Join us from 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the CMS Library.

    6:30 – 7:30 Social Hour and Refreshments

    7:30 – 8:00 Presentation

    8:00 - 8:30 Question and Answer Session

    Please email questions in advance to cmatheson@carmelunified.org

    This is a Parent Only event sponsored by the CMS PTO

    For more information and to access the RSVP via evite click this link:  

    http://evite.me/J2taTa3a2P  

     Focus Auction: FOCUS (Friends of Carmel Unified Schools) is a non-profit education foundation that grants funds based on teacher and staff requests to schools throughout CUSD.

    We really need your help to continue this amazing mission that directly benefits our kids! This year we are holding our online Fall Back Bash Auction from Friday, October 25th through Saturday, November 2nd.  Whether you are a golf fanatic or just want to avoid jostling for a parking space or a theater seat, don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to bid on and win highly desired items donated by the schools and local businesses! Bidding opens at 8am on October 25th; please visit:

    https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/2019-focus-fall-back-auction-8835

    Basketball Tryouts: Basketball tryouts are right around the corner! All students trying out for the basketball teams must have a minimum GPA of 2.00, no Failing grades in any class, and no more than 1 N or U behavior grades on their 1st trimester report card in order to be eligible for tryouts.  The 1st trimester ends November 15, and the first trimester grades will determine student eligibility.  There is no time like the present to check in with your student and Aeries to make sure that they are eligible to try out for our basketball teams. 

    Calendar

    OCTOBER
    28. - Nov 1. Red Ribbon Week

    NOVEMBER
    1. Minimum Day- school dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
    8. Red Ribbon Elementary Tour
    11. Veteran’s Day / School closed
    12 - 15 Kindness Week
    12.. Fall Sports Banquet , CMS Gym, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    15. End of 1st Trimester
    15. Drama Presents - Fall Play, “Get Up and Go”
    26. Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game
    27 - 29. Thanksgiving Break

    DECEMBER
    4. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    6.. 6th Grade Rosicrucian Field Trip
    6. 8th Grade Baby Pictures Due
    9 - 18 Canned Food Drive
    10. Winter Concert, CMS Gym, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    10 -12. Chinese Finals
    16 - 18. Spanish Finals
    18. Cougar Cub Concert, CMS Gym, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    19. BAC Activity (5th period)
    23 - Jan. 3 Winter Break - School closed

    JANUARY
    6. No School -Staff Development Day
    10. Not in Our School Day
    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
    31. Winter Dance, CMS Gym

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

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