• Friday, April 3, 2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 4/3/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    I hope that this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!

    This week the faculty at CMS spent a lot of time behind the scenes in collaborative Zoom sessions exploring schedules, tech tools for distance learning, and sharing some of the elements of remote learning that are working well.  Collaborative sessions are critical to the improvement of the student experience and help build capacity in the delivery of content. I’m bringing this to your collective attention to let you know that the CMS staff is committed to the continuous improvement of this learning platform.  We hope this is reflected in the remote learning experiences your students have engaged in over the past week and we hope to continue to build on and improve our existing program over the next several weeks. 

    One of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received during the early days of our remote learning platform is, “Why aren’t all teachers able to offer live/recorded class session?”  

    It is important to understand that not all teachers are able to produce or participate in live, or even recorded video lessons.  This is due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the lack of stable/speedy internet connections and personal situations in which teachers have now become the primary caregiver for children or adult family members in accordance with social distancing protocol.  While it would be inappropriate to detail specifics for each teacher, please understand that a myriad of factors, some beyond our control, have tremendous influence over teacher capacity to offer live/recorded sessions. It is also important to note that many of our students are in similar situations and we are attempting to provide equitable access to educational opportunities as best we can given a wide range of factors beyond the control of individual families to access content and daily lessons on a scheduled basis.  Please know that all of our teachers are doing their absolute best to bring quality educational opportunities to your children in the best way they can during this challenging time.  We appreciate your understanding regarding these individual circumstances and challenges and thank you for your support. 

    Bob Show Highlights

    Last year, about this time, we hosted our staff “Bob Show”.  For those of you who attended last year's program, you know what this is about.  For those of you wondering, the "Bob Show" is a staff variety show held every three years in which our staff members design comedic skits to perform in a one-time only fundraiser supporting a staff selected cause.  The show is a huge hit and we usually have nearly 500 people attend.  The show is held once every three years allowing a middle school student and their family one chance to see the tomfoolery. The program is basically a school appropriate version of Saturday Night Live.  Recently some of our staff thought it would be fun to post the links to last year’s program for student/family viewing.  So, at great risk to the reputations of many esteemed staff members and colleagues, here’s a little morale booster for everyone out there.  I’d particularly encourage families of 6th grade students to watch a few acts so you get an idea of what you’ll get to see when you’re in 8th grade.  Please enjoy highlights from the 2018-19 CMS Bob Show and make sure to watch the Opening Act, “Jaws” (Baby Shark Dance), and the 2018-19, Crowd Selected, “Best Skit” Award Winner, Default Newbs (Fortnite Skit). 



    We hope these goofy skits help put a smile on your face. 


    Please enjoy the weekend!



    Technology Issues?

    From the CUSD IT Department: We want to know if your child cannot access their schoolwork because of internet issues or lack of a computer or device. Please help us assess the needs so we can make plans to better serve you.



    Meal Service Continues

    The Carmel Unified School District will continue to serve nutritious GRAB 'N' GO meals to students during school closure. Meals are free for all children age 18 and under regardless of what school they attend during this emergency crisis.  No paperwork is required. There is no requirement that children be present at time of meal pick up on Mondays and Wednesdays.

    Meals will be available to all children at these locations and times: (Children do not need to be present):

    • Carmel Middle School student pick-up/drop-off curb:  11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    • Big Sur near Ventana Entrance.  Look for the district van parked at the pull off area on Highway 1:  12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
    • Post Ranch Pond (Turn Out on the Left side of Pond):  12:50 - 1:15
    • Tularcitos Elementary School Bus loading zone:  11:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
    • Cachagua Community Center Parking Lot:  1:00 - 1:30 p.m.


    Please help us by following this distribution protocol for your health and our employees' health:

    1. Family drives up to the curb and stays behind the cone.
    2. One car at a time proceeds to the serving area and parks in front of the pickup table.
    3. Parent or child gets out of the car and picks up a meal package at the table. One meal package is available for each child in the family.
    4. Parent drives away and the next car can proceed to the serving area.
    Comments (-1)
  • Friday, March 27, 2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 3/28/2020

    Happy Friday CMS Families,

    We’ve now completed a total of 8 days of online curriculum and hopefully things are going well for your student.  As you have likely heard, school closures will now last until May 4 per county mandate, so we are now in the process of examining our platform and seeking ways to improve.  We’ve already heard from many families, but the feedback covers the entire spectrum from “This is too easy, my child needs more” to “This is way too much and way to hard”.  We’re working hard to find the right balance with this program while simultaneously examining methods for improving the student experience.  The format moving into the next two weeks, through Spring Break, will remain very much the same and we will make sure to communicate with you if we make changes to our schedule, format, or delivery options.  We appreciate your continued efforts, patience, and positivity while we continue to work to serve our students in the best way possible.

    Challenges with Technology

    If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to let us know how our technology is serving you. We’re particularly interested in any problems you may be having.  The link to our district survey is here: https://forms.gle/TEPHhhkKEavhbx8XA

    The School Lunch Program will provide free meals to any child 18 or younger during school closure.  Beginning Monday, March 23rd, CUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch grab-and-go meals to individuals under the age of 18 twice a week.  Meals will be delivered on Mondays with meals for two days, and again on Wednesday with meals for 3 days.  

     School Lunch Program Still Serving Meals

    Meals will be distributed from a district van, and may be picked up by families at these locations:  

    • Carmel Middle School Cafeteria parking lot: 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
    • Big Sur River Inn parking lot: 12:30 - 12:45 p.m.
    • Big Sur near Ventana entrance.  Look for the district van parked at the pull out area off Highway 1: 1:15  - 1:45 p.m.
    • Tularcitos Elementary School Bus loading zone: 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Cachagua Community Center parking Lot: 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.  

    Changes to locations or delivery times will be posted on the CUSD web site.  Please check the website for the most current information.

    My friend and colleague, Ryan Peterson, Principal of Tularcitos, posted a couple articles in his letter home today and I felt that this one, in particular, speaks to some of the struggle we're all feeling.  Give it a read, and take the advice it gives... cut yourself some slack!  Thanks Ryan!

    “Parents: It’s OK If You’re Barely Getting By Right Now”


    Hang in there and keep us posted on the ways that we can help.  We appreciate your support and really miss working with our students. 

    Stay safe and healthy!

    With warm regards,

    Dan Morgan

    Comments (-1)
  • Friday, March 20,2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 3/20/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday CMS Families,

    I hope that this letter finds you and your loved ones safe, happy, and healthy!

    Today I participated in an online staff meeting with many of our teachers and it was very clear how much they love our students and their jobs.  Despite no mandate, many of our teachers are now working on establishing online classes in an effort to keep students engaged with them and with each other.  For me, just logging on and seeing the smiling faces of the people I work with, and am privileged to call my friends, lightened my mood.  As we continue to work through these challenging times as a school, state, and nation please make sure to stay connected to friends and family.  There are varieties of free options online for video chatting in groups and I’d encourage you to explore these to stave off some of this isolation.

    As far as updates go, I really have nothing definitive for you.  We’re all in flux as the news changes by the hour.  What I can tell you is that  CUSD leadership continues to monitor news and announcements and we are following the recommendations coming from state and national leaders.  We will continue to provide instruction in an online format, and, if school closures continue, we will seek methods to improve upon the format that has been established.  We thank you for your continued patience and support in this area!

    I have been notified about a handful of problems, mostly related to access and/or faulty hardware (Chromebook issues). Many of these we were able to solve within a couple days and, for unresolved issues, we’re doing our best to find solutions.  Please note, at this time we are NOT ALLOWED to be on site for any reason so, if your child needs physical supplies from the school we are presently unable to accommodate those requests.  When the “stay away” order is lifted we’ll let you know as long as we are given the “OK” to provide supplies.

    As a reminder, the CMS faculty and staff determined that using a centralized public document with links to coursework/MySchool/Moodle was the best way to allow students easy access to curriculum and assignments.  In most cases teachers have posted several days or even weeks of curriculum and assignments for students to work on, however, students should continue to monitor this document regularly.  Should closures extend, teachers will be uploading new content on a weekly basis with new curriculum going live by each Monday morning.  Classes may also be updated during the week so please check in regularly.

     If you encounter a link that does not allow you access.  The message will read “You do not have access to this link”.  If this occurs it is because only students have access to the link as the registered member of the class.  Please have your student log in on their device and attempt to access the link.  If they are not able to access the link and are a member of the class they should follow the prompts requesting access and email the teacher. 

    Students should follow the steps below to access their assignments.

    1. Access the document posted on the CMS Home Page or use this link:


    1. Click on the name/s of your teachers and follow additional links or instructions provided to appropriate grade level curriculum and assignments.
    2. Thoroughly read any instructions regarding assignments, assignment completion, and assignment submission.

    Teachers will continue checking email regularly during the school closure so please feel free to address any questions you may have directly with individual instructors. 

    CUSD Home Technology Survey

    Now that we are at the end of the first week of school closure, we want to check in to see how the technology is working for staff, students and your families. Please take a few minutes this weekend to provide your feedback so we can better serve your needs. We are particularly interested in any problems you are experiencing. (If you are not having any problems, this survey is optional.) Please also know that you can email your teacher if you ever experience tech problems with the learning programs at home.  They will then help you with what they can, or forward the problem to a district IT person who will reach out to you to help.

    Please use this link: https://forms.gle/TEPHhhkKEavhbx8XA to complete the survey

    That’s all for now.  I’ll continue to provide communication as the situation evolves.

    Stay safe and healthy!

    With regards,

    Dan Morgan


    Important Announcement About Free Meals!


    The School Lunch Program will provide free meals to any child 18 or younger during school closure.  Beginning Monday, March 23rd, CUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch grab-and-go meals to individuals under the age of 18 twice a week.  Meals will be delivered on Mondays with meals for two days, and again on Wednesday with meals for 3 days.  


    Meals will be distributed from a district van, and may be picked up by families at these locations:  

    • Carmel Middle School Cafeteria parking lot: 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
    • Big Sur River Inn parking lot: 12:30 - 12:45 p.m.
    • Big Sur near Ventana entrance.  Look for the district van parked at pull out area off Highway 1: 

            1:15  - 1:45 p.m.

    • Tularcitos Elementary School Bus loading zone: 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Cachagua Community Center parking Lot: 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.  


    Changes to locations or delivery times will be posted on the CUSD web site.  Please check the website for the most current information.

    You are receiving this email because of your relationship with Carmel Middle School. If you wish to stop receiving email updates sent through the Blackboard service, please unsubscribe.
    Carmel Middle School | 4380 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA 93923 | 831-624-2785
    Attachments area
    Comments (-1)
  • Sunday, March 8,2020

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 3/8/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Happy Sunday CMS Families!

    Reminder: Daylight Savings time starts on Sunday.  Make sure to move your clocks forward one hour (if you haven't done that already) and make adjustments for the lost sleep coming on Monday morning by getting to bed earlier than usual on Sunday night. 

    We’re now officially into our third and final trimester of the 2019-20 school year and with a number of exciting events and activities taking place this letter will be filled with useful information for the remainder of the school year.  Let’s jump in!

    Highlight of the Week

    CUSD Choral Festival: The season of music is upon us and the CUSD Choral groups from all our schools kicked off the festivities with an incredible performance at the Sunset Center last week.  The middle school groups including our Choir, Boys Choir, and Chamber Choir all gave exceptional performances highlighting the skills they’ve learned this year.  The highlight of the night came when all groups, elementary through high school, joined voices in a beautiful number that sent a packed house home wishing the program had been longer.  Once again, many thanks to Tom Lehmkuhl and his students for an exceptional event!

    The Week Ahead

    Benchmark Testing and Block Schedule: This week is intentionally quiet at CMS as we will be on a block schedule to accommodate Benchmark testing in our Language Arts classes.  Block schedule will take place Monday – Thursday and the bell schedule will be posted in our daily bulletin.  Friday, March 13, we will be on our regular bell schedule.  These tests are an important measure for our students and teachers and serve the dual purpose of helping prepare students for the upcoming CAASPP tests.   You should see less overall homework this week and we hope that students use the extra time to relax a bit and get the rest they need to perform well on their assessments. 

     On Monday and Wednesday, students will attend periods 1,3,5 and 7. 

    On Tuesday and Thursday, students will attend period 2,4,5 and 6. 

    Friday we will be on our regular bell schedule. 

    Events and Announcements

    PTO Tech Talk with Colin Matheson: The PTO is sponsoring Tech Talk with Colin Matheson, CUSD Technology Instructional Coach, on Tuesday, March 31st in the CMS Library.   

    The focus of the tech talk will be common apps used by students.  You are welcome to email questions in advance to cmatheson@carmelunified.org 

     Tik Tok, Snapchat, Fortnite, oh my!

    Learn about the most common apps students use (and misuse) on their phones and how to support positive tech use.

     Tech Talk with Colin Matheson

    Tuesday, March 31st

    Carmel Middle School Library

    6:00-6:30pm social time & light refreshments

    6:30pm-7:30pm Presentation followed by Q&A

    Email questions in advance to  cmatheson@carmelunified.org

    A parent only event. 

    For more information and to RSVP, please use the evite link below. 


     Medication at School: If your child requires and/or needs over the counter medication administered at school you must provide an authorization to administer medication form.  Forms are located on our website under forms for parents. Each medication must be in the original container with your child's name and birthdate.  Please contact Courtney Day with further questions.


    7. Drama Presents - Seussical the Musical 2:00 – 3:30 and 7:00- 8:30
    8. Daylight Savings Time Begins
    9 - 14. Benchmark Testing - Block Schedule
    13. Drama Presents - Spring Musical
    24. CUSD Band Festival, Sunset Center, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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

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

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


    Comments (-1)