• Friday, September 15, 2017

    Posted by Cathleen Rice at 9/15/2017 7:00:00 PM
    A message from CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Dear Parent,

    Happy Friday!  Happy Serve-A-Thon Day!

    As I write this letter 600 CMS students are engaging in community service for a two hour period.  When our school day ends, 1200 student hours will have been dedicated to the purpose of improving our community, giving where there is need, and providing service for institutions dedicated to helping our world be a better place.  If we break these numbers down a bit and really consider what this means, it is the human equivalent of 8 hours of service daily for 150 days!  What a great way for a school to raise funds!

    This year several hundred dollars from our Serve-A-Thon will be provided to hurricane relief victims (both human and animal) in Texas and Florida.  One of the beautiful components of the Serve-A-Thon is that we try to identify service opportunities from incidents that have had a recent impact on a local or global scale. We let our students know where the money is going and we hope that they connect the idea that their efforts actually do make a difference to those in need.  On October 5th, during our Thursday Gathering, we will be making some public presentations using the items created and/or money raised to let students know how much their service meant.  We hope that this brings the activity in a complete circle as students connect their fundraising efforts and time spent engaged in service to the end product, the results of 1200 hours of student service, and the positive impact this work has on the world.  We engaged in this presentation for the first time last year and it was a very special event.   If you happen to have some time and would like to see this presentation, feel free to join us on Thursday, October 5th at 11:00 in the gym (but please check in with the office first for your guests pass).

    Setting up the Serve-A-Thon is a tremendous undertaking and there are many people that deserve thanks.  For starters, Cindy Schroeder has gone above and beyond to make sure everything about this fundraiser has been set up and run smoothly.  In addition we have a large number of parents doubling as PTO members who helped in every aspect of the program from start to finish.  In fact, there are so many folks who put in time on this year’s program that listing the names would take an entire section of this letter. In addition, many community businesses provided raw materials and/or financial donations for materials for our students.  Finally, a big thank you to Brian Bajari who came out to kick off our event with another inspirational speech. This truly is a community based effort and I cannot express enough appreciation for those of you who have spent countless hours organizing and putting on this event!

    Finally, I’d like to once again express my gratitude for the tremendous financial support CMS receives through this fundraiser.  The Serve-A-Thon has, once again, established a record high in funding coming in at over $90,000.00 with money still trickling in.  On behalf of our students, staff, and school community we’d like to express our gratitude and appreciation for this outpouring of support. 

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!    

    Now, on to the news!

    Have a fantastic weekend!

    Glass Pumpkin Patch:  On Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th,  MEarth is hosting their annual Glass Pumpkin Patch event.  Come on down and enjoy some beautiful art and fantastic food.  This is a wonderful event and features some of the most beautifully designed glass pumpkins on the planet.  It’s worth dropping by just to see the spectacle of the beautiful glass pumpkins displayed all over the Habitat property. 

    Movie Screening at All Saints: All Saints Day School, in a partnership with York, is offering a free screening of the film, “Most Likely to Succeed” on Thursday, September 21st.  The acclaimed filmMost Likely to Succeed offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of—if we have the vision and courage to transform our schools. Following the film there will be a panel discussion featuring representatives from Facebook and Google as well as a variety of educators from around the state.  The film is appropriate for students aged 12 and older.  Please click this link for more information:

     

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mlts-asds-york-tickets-37006627820?aff=eac2

     

    IMPORTANT:  FORGOTTEN ITEMS:  Every day we have between 10 and 20 forgotten items left in our office. In an effort to minimize interruption to instruction, only critical items like medicine or reading glasses will be delivered to class.  For non-critical items, please have a standing arrangement with your child to check in the office at break, lunch, or between classes if they’ve forgotten something at home.  PLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE that this will not happen to your child…it almost certainly will, so PLAN AHEAD, and make sure they know to check the office. 

    Thanks so much.  

    Please see the calendar below for a schedule of upcoming events.

    Calendar

    SEPTEMBER

    16.  Glass Pumpkin Patch, Hilton Bialek (Habitat) 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    17.  Glass Pumpkin Patch, Hilton Bialek (Habitat) 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    18.  Trimester 1 Progress Reports

    20.  Serve A Thon -  Ice Cream Party,  1:50 p.m

    21.  Serve A Thon  - Jamba Juice., 11:19 - 11:49 a.m.

    22.  Serve A Thon -  Taco Lunch

    25. - 29 Lava Beds Trip - departs 8:00 a..m

    26.  East Coast Meeting, (students) 11:30 a.m.

    26.  East Coast Meeting, (parents)   Rm. S1 , 7:00 - 8:30 p.m

    28.  BAC Social 6th grade only 11:55 a.m.

    30.  Serve A Thon - Giants Game  San Francisco ,9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    OCTOBER

    3.  Minimum Day - 12:00 dismissal - Block Schedule ODD 1,3,5,7

    4.  Minimum Day - 12:00 dismissal - Block Schedule EVEN 2,4,5,6

    4.  Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theatre 7:00 - 8:00 p.m

    4.  Walk/Ride to School Day

    5.  CMS Conference Night, CMS GYM,  5:30 - 7:00 p.m

    6.  Serve A Thon Bowling Party, Monterey Bowling Lanes 10:40 - 1:30 p.m.

    9. - 13. Fall Break

    16.  No School  - Staff Development Day

    17.  Picture Retake Day - CMS GYM  

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    19.  CMS Fall Concert - Choir,  CHS Performing Arts Center 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    25.  Rosicrucian Museum - Grade 6 , All Day

    27.  Rosicrucian Museum - Grade 6 , All Day

    27.  Halloween Dance - CMS GYM, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

     

    NOVEMBER

     

    2.  Midsummer Night’s Dream, Habitat Amphitheater 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    3.  Chinatown Trip - All Day

    3.  End of Trimester 1 - Cycle & Wheel Change

    4.  Midsummer Night’s Dream, Habitat Amphitheater 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    8.  Walk/Ride to School Day

    10.  Veteran’s Day - School Closed

    22 - 24. Thanksgiving Break - School Closed

    Nondiscrimination Notification:

    District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity of expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

    Notificación de no discriminar:

    Programas, actividades, y prácticas del distrito deberán estar libres de la discriminación basada en la raza, color, ascendencia, origen nacional, grupo étnico, edad, religión, estado marital o de paternidad, discapacidad física o mental, sexo, género, orientación sexual, identidad de género de expresión, o la información genética; la percepción de una o más de tales características; o asociación con una persona o grupo con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas.


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  • Friday, September 8, 2017

    Posted by Cathleen Rice at 9/8/2017 5:45:00 PM
    A message from CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL

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    Dear Parent,

    Happy Friday!

    We welcomed the month of September with another busy week at CMS and I’ll jump right into a recap of the highlight before moving on to a variety of important news items.    

    Challenge Day:  On Tuesday and Wednesday we hosted Challenge Day for our 7th grade students.  During Challenge Day, students participated in a number of engaging “mixer” activities before separating into small “family groups” for discussions and the opportunity to connect with one another on a deeper level.  As I checked in with students throughout the week many commented that Challenge Day really made them feel closer to their classmates because of the deeper connections established during the workshop.  We’d like to thank the many parents and staff members who volunteered their time to serve as adult facilitators at this event. Challenge Day continues to be an integral part of the establishment of a positive school climate at CMS and we appreciate the continued support of this important program. If you have any feedback you’d like to share with us about your student’s Challenge Day experience, please email me at dmorgan@carmelunified.org.

    News Items

    Serve A Thon Turn in Day is Wednesday 9/13:  Please support your child’s efforts to secure sponsors for the Serve A Thon.  The turn-in day isWednesday, September 13th. There is still time for those out-of-town relatives to contribute to your child’s efforts.  If you can volunteer for the Serve A Thon day (Friday, September 15) or for one of the prize events, please contact Angie Sullivan (PTO volunteer coordinator) or Cindy Schroeder (Serve A Thon Chair).  This is a great way to get involved in a positive way with your child’s education.  Thanks in advance for your help and support.

    After School Enrichment: Friday is the last day to sign up for after school enrichment classes.  Please take a look at the attached flier for more information.  We can accommodate late sign ups, but ONLY if there is availability in a class!  Last chance!!!

    Extended Learning Center is Open: Just a reminder, the CMS ELC will is open for tutoring. For those new to CMS, the ELC is a quiet study environment with a tutor available Monday through Thursday from right after school until 5:30 p.m.  It is a great place for a student to get his or her homework done right after school.  There is a late bus for students who live out in the valley or Cachagua and another for those who live in Big Sur.  This is an academic study room where students are expected to have something to work on and is NOT meant to be childcare.  While students sign in and out of the ELC, they are free to come and leave at whatever time works for them (or for you as parents).  Students may not return to the ELC once they have signed out. 

    Glass Pumpkin Patch: Come to the Habitat next weekend for the 5th Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch of Carmel, a fundraiser that supports MEarth (pronounced ME Earth). There will be live music, delicious food, and over 1500 hand blown glass pumpkins!  This is a fantastic event and you’ll be blown away (pun intended) by the glass pumpkins!  Bring the family, enjoy some food, and take home a unique and beautiful work of art just in time for the Fall season.

    Peru Trip: There will be an informational meeting with Tricia Bean and Jamye Sharp, a representative from Forum by Prometour, regarding the non-school sponsored trip to Peru this summer June 11-20 on Thursday, Sept. 14th at 6pm in room 10 at Carmel High School.  The last day to register for the trip isFriday Sept. 15th.  For more information, contact Tricia Bean at (831) 624-1821 ext. 3710.

    Movie Screening at All Saints: All Saints Day School, in a partnership with York, is offering a free screening of the film, “Most Likely to Succeed” on Thursday, September 21st.  The acclaimed film Most Likely to Succeed offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of—if we have the vision and courage to transform our schools. Following the film there will be a panel discussion featuring representatives from Facebook and Google as well as a variety of educators from around the state.  The film is appropriate for students aged 12 and older.  Please click this link for more information:

     

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mlts-asds-york-tickets-37006627820?aff=eac2

     

    IMPORTANT:  FORGOTTEN ITEMS:  Every day we have between 10 and 20 forgotten items left in our office. In an effort to minimize interruption to instruction, only critical items like medicine or reading glasses will be delivered to class.  For non-critical items, please have a standing arrangement with your child to check in the office at break, lunch, or between classes if they’ve forgotten something at home.  PLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE that this will not happen to your child…it almost certainly will, so PLAN AHEAD, and make sure they know to check the office. 

    Thanks so much.

     

    Please see the calendar below for a schedule of upcoming events.

    Calendar

    SEPTEMBER

    11.  Sportsnet Online Registration is open for all Winter and Spring sports

    13.  Serve A Thon Turn in Day 7:20 a.m.

    14.  Monterey Jazz Festival - Brown Bag Lunch, Monterey Fairgrounds 10:35 - 12:55

    14.  Glass Pumpkin Patch, Pre-Patch Event: 13766 Center Street, Carmel Valley 5;30 - 7:30

    15.  Serve A Thon Day- 12:00 - 2:45 p.m.

    15.  Serve A Thon Music for the Elderly- Sunrise Monterey & Cottages of Carmel 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    15.  Cycle / Wheel Change

    16.  Glass Pumpkin Patch, Hilton Bialek (Habitat) 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    17.  Glass Pumpkin Patch, Hilton Bialek (Habitat) 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    18.  Trimester 1 Progress Reports

    20.  Serve A Thon - Ice Cream Party,  1:50 p.m.

    21.  Serve A Thon - Jamba Juice., 11:19 - 11:49 a.m.

    22.  Serve A Thon - Taco Lunch

    25. - 29 Lava Beds Trip - departs 8:00 a.m. on 25th and returns late afternoon on the 29th

    26.  East Coast Meeting, (students) 11:30 a.m.

    26.  East Coast Meeting, (parents)   Rm. S1, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    28.  BAC Social 6th grade only 11:55 a.m.

    30.  Serve A Thon - Giants Game  San Francisco ,8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

     

    OCTOBER

    3.  Minimum Day - 12:00 dismissal - Block Schedule ODD 1,3,5,7

    4.  Minimum Day - 12:00 dismissal - Block Schedule EVEN 2,4,5,6

    4.  Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theatre 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    4.  Walk/Ride to School Day

    5.  CMS Conference Night, CMS GYM, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

    6.  Serve A Thon Bowling Party, Monterey Bowling Lanes 10:40 - 1:30 p.m.

    9. - 13. Fall Break

    16.  No School - Staff Development Day

    17.  Picture Retake Day - CMS GYM

    19.  CMS Fall Concert - Choir, CHS Performing Arts Center 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    25.  Rosicrucian Museum - Grade 6, All Day

    27.  Rosicrucian Museum - Grade 6, All Day

    27.  Halloween Dance - CMS GYM, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

     

    Nondiscrimination Notification:

    District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity of expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

     File attachments:
    La Carta Del Viernes 9.8.17.docx
    Enrichment Session FALL 2017.docx
    Peru Trip Presentation.ppt

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  • Friday, September 1, 2017

    Posted by Cathleen Rice at 9/3/2017 1:00:00 PM
    A message from CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL

    9.1.17  NOTA:  Para español, abrir el archivo adjunto

    Friday Letter – Sunday Morning Edition

    Good morning CMS families,

    I hope you’re all finding some ways to beat the heat while enjoying the extended weekend!

    Last week was a busy one and I’d like to touch on a couple highlights before moving on to upcoming news and events.  First, on Tuesday we hosted our first, “Take Down the Teacher” event.  For this event, a number of staff members come out and play ping-pong and corn-toss against our students during lunchtime.  Students can challenge a teacher to a short match with the chance to win Cougar Bucks (CMS Student Store Currency).  On Tuesday we had about 12 staff members participate in the event, and a number of students came away with Cougar Bucks.  This week, we’ll lead off with a repeat event and ALL students who are willing to participate will receive one Cougar Buck while match winners will walk away with two.  Tuesday was a lot of fun and we’re looking forward to carrying on this new activity.

    On Friday, CMS hosted a large scale evacuation drill.  Emergency personnel were on hand to view the drill and students performed very well.  Our drill was a simulated earthquake and students had to “duck, cover, hold, and evacuate”.  Once all rooms were cleared, students were moved to the tennis courts west of the gym where our “Student Release Center” had been set up.  While students moved through these steps, teacher teams swept the campus looking for “casualties” and ensuring that every student was accounted for.  We received positive feedback for our organization and efficiency while being offered additional advice for future improvements.  We’d like to thank all our students for their attentive behavior during this important safety procedure. 

    Friday afternoon we also hosted a partial day Staff Development session.  During this session our staff explored Project Based Learning with an eye toward creating more “real world, open ended” opportunities in which students learn through exploration.  For those of you who have been with us for a year or more, you know that our instructors already provide some amazing learning opportunities through hands on projects and exploration and we hope that by exploring existing PBL models we can further enhance these opportunities. 

    That’s it for the recap, now on to the news, notes, and upcoming events!

    Challenge Day at CMS (Tuesday and Wednesday)

    We’ll kick off the week by hosting Challenge Day for our 7th grade students.  Challenge Day is a workshop designed to create feelings of connection and empathy amongst students.  Many students leave the workshop feeling empowered to make positive contributions to the school and community they live in and we have found that students respond in a positive manner to the topics and themes presented during the day.  This workshop is reserved for 7thgrade students only and students with last names beginning with the letters A-K will be participating in Challenge Day on Tuesday while students with last names beginning with the letters L-Z will participate on Wednesday.  If you do not want your child to participate in Challenge Day, please contact our office or respond to this email. 

    CMS Serve-A-Thon

    The Serve-A-Thon is still in full swing and we hope that students are out there collecting pledges! Turn in day is just over a week away, so if you haven’t picked up some sponsors, please make sure to put that on the top of your “To Do” list!  Remember, the CMS S-A-T is the ONLY fundraiser we have students participate in during the year so we need your help to make it successful.  Thank you for supporting our schools through this exceptional fundraiser!

    After School Enrichment Classes

    After School Enrichment sign-ups are now open (started August 30).  The first session of After School Enrichment will start Sept. 11th and last 9 weeks.  Be sure to check out the classes, days, times and costs. We have some new and exciting classes. Forms are available in the front office or online.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Robin Montana

    School Drop Off/Pick Up Procedural Reminder

    When dropping off or picking up your student/s for school please pull all the way forward along the curb before dropping off/picking up your student/s.  Stopping early creates a bottleneck effect and, in turn, contributes to some chaotic driving and impatient decision making.  Please remember also that, while a bit stressful, drop off and pick up only last a few minutes and our goal is to ensure that everyone gets onto and off of campus in a safe manner.  Please remember that as you drive your students are learning!  If they see you take risks or engage aggressively on the road, they are far more likely to follow that example when they’re behind the wheel of a car in just a few short years.  Finally, please keep in mind that arriving just five minutes earlier each morning, and picking up students at 3:00 instead of 2:45will lead to a much more pleasant, stress free experience with far fewer vehicles creating congestion. 

    A Note About Chromebooks

    When students forget their Chromebooks at home, they can check out loaner computers from the library for the day. There is no need for parents to make an extra trip to drop off their students' Chromebooks. In fact, dropping off your child's Chromebook causes additional classroom disruption, as students have almost always checked out a loaner from the library already. If you have any questions about Chromebook policies and procedures, please contact our Teacher Librarian, Susan Thompson.

    https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifParent Teacher Lecture Series

    Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 5th at 6:30 pm to come to the CHS Performing Arts Center for a special lecture by Dr. Adriana Galvan. Dr. Galvan comes to us from UCLA where she serves as the Director and Principal Investigator of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory. Her presentation is entitled – Insight into the Teenage Brain: The Neurobiology Underlying Characteristic Teenage Behavior. The lecture is sponsored by CUSD and the Carmel Public Library Foundation.

    Peru Trip

    Attention Global Citizens ...  CHS Teacher, Tricia Bean, will be leading a non-school sponsored trip through Forum by Prometour to Peru this summer, June 11-20, 2018 to visit Cusco, The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Misminay, Puno, Lake Titicaca, and Lima.  The deadline to register for the trip is Sept. 15, 2017.  See attached power point for itinerary and registration details.  Contract Tricia Bean at CHS for more information 624-1821 ext. 3710.

     

     Calendar

     

    SEPTEMBER

     

    4.  Labor Day Holiday - School closed

    5.  Challenge Day - 7th grade

    6.  Challenge Day - 7th grade

    11.  Sportsnet  Online Registration is open for all Winter and Spring sports

    13.  Serve A Thon Turn in Day 7:20 a.m.

    14.  Monterey Jazz Festival - Brown Bag Lunch , Monterey Fairgrounds 10:35 - 12:55

    15.  Serve A Thon Day- 12:00  - 2:45 p.m.

    15.  Serve A Thon Music for the Elderly-  Sunrise Monterey & Cottages of Carmel 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

    15.  Cycle / Wheel Change

    18.  Trimester 1 Progress Reports

    20.  Serve A Thon -  Ice Cream Party,  1:50 p.m

    21.  Serve A Thon  - Jamba Juice., 11:19 - 11:49 a.m.

    22.  Serve A Thon -  Taco Lunch

    25. - 29 Lava Beds Trip - departs 8:00 a..m

    26.  East Coast Meeting, (students) 11:30 a.m.

    26.  East Coast Meeting, (parents)   Rm. S1 , 7:00 - 8:30 p.m

    28.  BAC Social 6th grade only 11:55 a.m.

    30.  Serve A Thon - Giants Game  San Francisco ,9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

     

    OCTOBER

     

    3.  Minimum Day - 12:00 dismissal - Block Schedule ODD 1,3,5,7

    4.  Minimum Day - 12:00 dismissal - Block Schedule EVEN 2,4,5,6

    4.  Fall Strings Concert, CMS Theatre 7:00 - 8:00 p.m

    4.  Walk/Ride to School Day

    5.  CMS Conference Night, CMS GYM,  5:30 - 7:00 p.m

    6.  Serve A Thon Bowling Party, Monterey Bowling Lanes 10:40 - 1:30 p.m.

    9. - 13. Fall Break

    16.  No School  - Staff Development Day

    17.  Picture Retake Day - CMS GYM

    19.  CMS Fall Concert - Choir,  CHS Performing Arts Center 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    25.  Rosicrucian Museum - Grade 6 , All Day

    27.  Rosicrucian Museum - Grade 6 , All Day

    27.  Halloween Dance - CMS GYM, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

     

     

     


    File attachments:
    La Carta Del Viernes.docx
    Peru Trip Presentation.ppt

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  • Friday, August 25,2017

    Posted by Cathleen Rice at 8/26/2017 9:00:00 AM
    A message from CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL

    This week's Friday letter includes some photos of students having fun on campus.  As our Connect Ed program does not seem to support photos in their email format, the newsletter can be found as an attachment to this email.  Please let me know if you are unable to access the newsletter and included pictures.  

    Also, please find a Peru Trip Presentation and a flier for a special presentation sponsored by CUSD attached to this email.  

    Thank you


    File attachments:
    Friday Letter 8.25.17.docx
    Peru Trip Presentation.ppt
    Dr. Adriana Galvan.jpg

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