• Monday, May 28, 2018

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/28/2018 6:00:00 PM

    Happy Memorial Day!

    There is a lot happening this week, and being the last week of the year, students will be very excited.  It is important that students maintain their best behavior as we head in to our final week.  Please review your expectations for your student’s end-of-year behavior and remind them that the patience levels of their peers, teachers, and even principals is lower, and the consequences for poor behavior are greater with the potential for lost trips, activities, or end of year suspensions. 

    The library staff sent out notifications of missing books, Chromebooks, chargers, or other material last week.  Many students still have something to turn in or a fine to be paid to the library.  With the holiday on Monday, that leaves just Tuesday to take care of this business before the class trips/activities on Wednesday.  Students who have outstanding fines or missing materials will not be able to attend the trip/activity and will not be able to claim their CMS Yearbook.  Buses for Great America depart immediately on Wednesday and will not be held for students attempting to clear a fine or return materials. PLEASE take care of this on Tuesday.  The library will open at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday and will be open until 4:00 p.m.

     Promotion Practice Begins: On Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. all promoting 8th graders will be practicing for the Promotion Ceremony.  Please ensure your child is at school on time and try to avoid pulling your student from school during those hours. 

    Class Trips: Wednesday we are hosting the class trip for 8th grade students and the class party for our 6th and 7th grade students.  Communication about these events will be sent in an additional email.  Please be sure to send your child with sunscreen and water bottles, as all events take place primarily outside.  6th and 7th grade students may be picked up at the end of the school day.  8th grade students will return from their trip between 5:00 – 6:00 depending on traffic.  Students will contact families once the buses reach Marina to let you know their getting close. 

     Yearbook Distribution and Sales:  Previously purchased yearbooks will be distributed on this week.  If you haven't ordered a yearbook, additional copies are available for sale on a first come first served basis.  We are unable to reserve yearbooks for students who did not purchase using our advanced sales method and only a minimal number of extra yearbooks are available.  Keep your eyes on the bulletin for further information. 

     Locker Clean Out on Tuesday: It’s time to clean out your locker!  On Tuesday during 5th period students who have a locker will need to clean it out!  Please come to school prepared to take home any and all personal items.  Additional trash receptacles will be available for things students don’t need to take home so items like moldy sandwiches, stinky socks, and photos of me.  Locks will be taken off lockers shortly after the end of the school year, so please make sure your personal items are removed and your locker is left in good shape!  Items found in lockers after the school year ends will be placed in our lost and found and donated to a charitable organization soon after. 

     8th Grade Promotion: The CMS 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will take place Thursday evening from 5:00 – 6:30.  The event will be held on the main athletic field and sport court directly behind the CMS Library.  Seating opens at 4:00 and is a first come, first served basis CMS does not allow reserved seating prior to 4:00.  In order to hold seats for a small group, a family/group member must be present and should politely communicate with other early arrivals which seats they are holding. Signs, tape, or the use of other material to reserve blocks of seats will not be permitted. This year we will have approximately 200 additional seats available so we hope that seating will not be an issue.

     Last Day of School – Just a reminder, the last day of school is a minimum day and students will be released from school at 12:00.  Buses run at 12:15 for students who would like to grab their final school lunch!  Please do not leave your child at CMS beyond 12:30 as there will be no supervision for students for the remainder of the day. 

     Have a great three-day weekend, and here is what's left of the calendar!

    MAY

    28. Memorial Day - School Closed
    30. Class activities Grades 6, 7, 8
    31. CMS Promotion Ceremony - Grade 8, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    JUNE
    1. Last day to order 8th grade panoramic pictures
    1. 8th Grade Brunch, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1. Last Day of School / minimum day - school dismissed 12:00

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  • Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/20/2018

    5.20.18

    Happy Sunday afternoon!  After an eventful Friday, I’m fully recovered and just getting around to this letter. Highlights below…

    On Friday we hosted our annual Renaissance Faire. In addition to the 600 students, and 50 staff members, we had a number of visitors on campus helping to making it feel like a real Renaissance Faire.  The students did a great job of dressing in character and creating treats, drinks, and crafts to purchase.  In addition, many student businesses included interactive games such as corn toss, cards, and a shell game station.  The students did a “most wondrous dance” at the opening ceremony, and once again, our friends from the San Carlos-shire entertained our students with a Scottish dance and attended the faire as special guests.  Opening ceremonies were capped off by the CMS staff engaging in a traditional Renaissance Dance.  Royalty was again in attendance with Superintendent Barb Dil Varga, and beloved teacher Pat Stadille, taking on the royal roles of King and Queen. The Queen presided royally over the faire, sampling the treats, enjoying the games, and traveling throughout the patrons with her royal entourage while the King indulged in all sorts of tomfoolery. Overall, the faire was an amazing success and everyone who attended had a fantastic time. 

     

    The Renaissance Faire takes many extra hours of work from our staff, but no one puts in more time than Ladies Krislyn, Williams, and Carr assisted by a number of other staff members including Mrs. Perlman, Mr. Anderson, and math teachers Mrs. Mayer and Mr. Abate.  Many other teachers and office staff members help in a number of ways, so our heartfelt thanks goes out to all of them for the great effort they make to continue this tradition.  Finally, there is no faire without the effort of the students (assisted behind the scenes by many parents), so again, thank you and congratulations to the 7th grade class for one of the best Renaissance events we’ve ever had.

     

    Promotion Dance:  Following the Renaissance Faire I headed home, cleaned up, and drove back to the Carmel Youth Center for the 8th Grade Promotion Dance.  This event was well attended, beautifully decorated, and lots of fun for our 8th grade class.  Good music, good food, and a great spot to hang out and enjoy a night with friends!  Our thanks goes out to the parent group who worked so hard to set up this event and stayed late into the night cleaning up the youth center for our 8th grade students.  Thank you for your continuous support providing end of year experiences for this fantastic group of students.

    The Week Ahead:

    Spirit Week: May 21 – 25: Starting tomorrow, CMS is having their final Spirit Week of the year! Be sure to encourage students to dress-up each day to earn points for their grade level. We kick off the week with everyone’s lazy favorite…PJ Day. Tuesday is Tie Dye/Colorful Day. Wednesday is Sports Day and students should wear gear supporting their favorite team or sport. Thursday is Crazy Sock Day. On Friday, we will finish out the week with Cougar Pride Day. Students should wear as much Red and White or Carmel as possible. The grade level with the most Spirit Points at the end of the week will receive a special treat! Go Cougars!

    Honors Night: We’re kicking off the week with Honors Night and invitations have been sent out via email.  Students invited to attend Honors Night earned a 3.50 GPA or higher during the 2017-18 school year.  Give us a call if you have any questions!

    8th Grade CHS Visits: On Wednesday our 8th Grade students will visit CHS.  Students will be released from their 4th period class a few minutes early and have about 15 minutes to grab a quick lunch before heading to CHS for the remainder of lunch and 5th period.  The CHS leadership group will greet us there and take our kids on a tour of the campus while passing on tips and wisdom to our incoming group.  Last year this was a great trip!

    5th Grade Visits: On Friday, we’ll be welcoming our incoming class of 6th grade students from local elementary schools.  A number of our 7th and 8th grade students will participate in various roles and we’re thankful to them for helping us welcome in our new students!

    Just a reminder, Monday, May 28th is Memorial Day and school will not be in session!

    Just 9 days to go!!!

    RESIDENCY:

    Parents of current 5th and 8th grade students proof of residency is required upon a student’s enrollment in 6th and 9th grade.

    Residency proof is best provided at the school in which your student will attend next year. Please complete your residency process before school offices close for summer.

    To download the CUSD Residency Affidavit please visit our website at www.carmelunified.org and click on the link [For Parents], then [New to the District?]. 

    Be aware that the district will be checking public records database to verify your address.

    INFOSNAP:

    Please check your email if you have not completed your online registration. Every student is required to have it completed before they will be able to attend classes next year.

    All UPCOMING 7th GRADERS:

    Immunizations required by law are TDAP, 2nd MMR and 2nd Varicella.

    Please turn in your records.  Your child will not be able to attend classes until we have the proper forms. Don't delay. Make your appointment today.

    Calendar
    MAY

    21. CMS Honors Night, CMS Gym 6/7th Grade 5:30 - 6:00,8th Grade, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m
    22- 25. CMS World Language Final Exams
    23. Chromebook turn in day
    23. 8th Grade field trip to CHS, 11:30 - 12:55
    25. All Library materials are due
    28. Memorial Day - School Closed
    30. Class activities Grades 6, 7, 8
    31. CMS Promotion Ceremony - Grade 8, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    JUNE

    1. 8th Grade Brunch , 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1. Last Day of School / minimum day - school dismissed 12:00

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  • Sunday, May 13, 2018

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/13/2018

    Happy Mother’s Day CMS Moms (and Families)!

    Well, we’re down to the final three weeks of school! Amazing how that happens so quickly.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be extremely busy with activities and wrapping up the year.  From here out I’ll highlight upcoming events with brief descriptions to keep everyone on point, but more detailed communication with specifics will be sent out regularly to your inboxes so please read everything we send!   

    Wednesday, May 16th: Carpool to School Day: It's back! The Environmental Club's second Carpool to School Day will take place on Wednesday, May 16th! By carpooling, we reduce traffic congestion, reduce our carbon footprint, and save our ocean and all of the life that depends on it! We will reward carpoolers (and all students who walk, ride bikes, or take the bus) with a treat. Please mark your calendars and find a neighbor to carpool with now! 

     

    Friday, May 18 – Renaissance Faire: Opening Ceremony 12:45; Renaissance Faire in Habitat 1:15 – 2:45 Huzzah! The Faire has arrived!  This Friday, CMS will be transported to 16th Century England for a few hours as our 7th Grade students engage the rest of our student body and guests in our 14th annual Renaissance Faire.  We do allow families to come and participate in the event, however, guests must all sign in with our office and get the appropriate sticker in order to enter the Habitat for the faire.  Additionally, adult guests may collect 5 crowns from a designated banker to spend at the faire, however, this is a one-time withdrawal as the selling of items in a regulated market economy is actually part of the assignment for our 7th Grade students and we cannot flood the market with money!  If you do plan to come, arrive early and make sure to come see the opening ceremonies taking place on the field behind the library.  The faire promises to be a most wonderful occasion!

    Friday, May 18 – 8th Grade Dance at the Carmel Youth Center; 7:00 – 10:00: Invitations have already been provided to students and we’re hoping for a great turnout at this event.  Our parent committee has been working hard to prepare a memorable night for our 8th grade students and we hope everyone in the class will join us in celebrating the end of their time as CMS Cougars.  More detailed information will be sent out to the 8th grade class on Monday.  

    Monday, May 21 – Honors Night: 6th/7th Grade Ceremony 5:30 – 6:00; 8th Grade Ceremony 6:30 – 7:30 This year we’ve combined Honors Night ceremonies into a one night event and you should have received, or be receiving shortly, an invitation to attend if your child earned a 3.50 GPA or better during the school year.  In addition to honoring academic achievement, several individual awards will be presented during the evening for individual students demonstrating positive character or the tremendous love and aptitude for a specific subject area.  Please make plans to come join us for this wonderful event honoring many students and families. 

    Other Events to Keep on the Calendar

    Wednesday, May 23 – 8th Grade Visits to CHS

    Wednesday, May 30 – Class Trips

    Thursday May 31 – 8th Grade Promotion

    Friday, June 1 – Last Day of School: Minimum Day – Students released at 12:00

    Highlights of the Week

    Another Staff Luncheon!!!  Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week and we were once again blessed with a fantastic luncheon on Friday prior to our Staff Development Session.  The food was incredible leaving many teachers (and administrators) full, happy, and sleepy during our afternoon work session. In addition, each teacher was surprised with a generous gift card to a local business which added some fun and excitement to the event!  Many thanks to the wonderful CMS PTO, Sarda Desmond of Sarda's Fusion Catering, and the many parents who supplied drinks, desserts, flowers and gift cards for the teachers including:
    Mariangela Bisi, Jen Boen, Lisa Brinton, Tiffany Buraglio, Tracy Castagna, Melanie Cooke Kridech, Lynn Cordell, Chrissy Davi, Masum Desai, Audra Descalzi, Alicia Doherty, Loree Dowse, Vivi Fenwick, Donna Garren, Hilary Hamilton, Lisa Handley, Rosa Hong, Nicole Kelly, Toni Lakind, Nicole LeMaster, Sara Maguire, Keita Marnell, Janet McAthie, Kristina Pacheco, Stacey Profeta, Robyn Rauh, Sara Ruffner, Jennifer Rutherford, Cindy Schroeder, Angie Sullivan, Linnea Terranova, Patricia Turner, Cassady Velasco, Angela Weigel, Lisa Weiman, Maija West, Lovina Worick.

    Thank you for your unending generosity and for the love and appreciation shown to our staff all year!!!

     

    Spring Concert and Music in the Park: This week our music department had a couple major events that signify the winding down of another busy and successful year.  Tuesday night, CMS hosted our annual Spring Concert featuring just about every musical ensemble we have.  The following day a second concert was performed for our student body and on Saturday our musicians headed to Great America for Music in the Park.  While I do not yet know the results from the trip to Great America, our musicians have traditionally swept the competition bringing home a ridiculous share of awards.  Based on what I’ve seen this year, I’m pretty confident we’ll have lots of sparkling hardware in our office Monday morning.  I hope that you had the opportunity to see at least one of our groups perform this year as our program continues to be outstanding.  Thank you and congratulations to all our musicians and our two outstanding leaders Sarah Prusasky and Tom Lehmkuhl for another spectacular year! One final chance to see the CMS Jazz Ensemble performing with CHS at 7:00 PM in the CHS Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 16!

    Calendar

    MAY

    11. Minimum Day - School dismissed at 12:00
    12. Music in the Parks - all day
    14. 8th Grade Panoramic Picture 10:40 - 11:00 a.m.
    16. CHS/CMS Jazz Concert 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    16. Carpool, walk or ride bike to work or school day
    18. CHS 8th grade Sports Physicals, CHS cafeteria, 6:00 -8:00 p.m.
    18. Renaissance Faire 12:45 - 2:45 p.m.
    18. 8th Grade Dance, Carmel Youth Center, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
    21. CMS Honors Night , CMS Gym 6th & 7th Grade 5:30 - 6:00 , 8th Grade, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m
    23. Chromebook turn in day
    23. 8th Grade field trip to CHS, 11:30 - 12:55
    23- 25. CMS World Language Final Exams
    25. All Library materials are due
    28. Memorial Day - School Closed
    30. Class activities Grades 6, 7, 8
    31. CMS Promotion Ceremony - Grade 8, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    JUNE

    1. 8th Grade Brunch, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1. Last Day of School / minimum day - school dismissed 12:00

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  • Friday, May 4, 2018

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/8/2018

    Friday Letter 5.4.18

    Good afternoon current and future CMS families,

    I’d like to thank everyone for coming out to CMS last night for our open house event.  Despite the long food lines (which we’re already planning to fix by inviting more vendors) I thought that the event was fantastic.  I hope that each of you had the chance to get into classrooms and visit some of the student showcase events on campus.  The events I attended were spectacular. Finally, if you’re a incoming CMS family, I hope your student came away excited for their transition to CMS and hopefully the event alleviated some of the natural concerns that arise with this transition.  I’d like to publicly thank our PTO for supporting last night’s event, MEarth for joining in the fun, the CMS Teaching and Support Staff for their continued dedication to our students and families, and our custodial and grounds crews for all their extra work preparing our site and cleaning up after the event.  Finally, thanks again to all our families for coming out last night and helping make the Open House a memorable community event!  We are all grateful for the continuous support and we love working with you and with your children!

    CAASPP Testing Wrap-Up: Today we completed the state required CAASPP Tests.  The tests are proving to be both lengthy and challenging, but in talking to many students, I know they’re working hard and doing their best.  We’re excited to be wrapping up this process and getting back to regularly scheduled classes and activities, but we wanted to thank everyone for hanging in there with us and keeping your students well rested, well fed, and properly motivated during the testing window!  Make up testing will continue into next week, so if your student missed one or more sections, they’ll be pulled from classes to get the exams completed.  Thanks again for your continued support in this matter.

    CMS Final Music Showcase: Our final music showcase will take place on Tuesday, May 8th in the CMS Gym at 7:00.  This performance will feature our wide variety of musical ensembles and choral groups and is sure to be exceptional.  If you’ve missed the other music events this year, make sure to be in attendance on Tuesday night as these shows continue to be incredible events. 

    CMS Renaissance Faire: The Carmel Middle School Renaissance Faire is right around the corner.  The Renaissance Faire takes place on Friday, May 18th and our 7thGrade students are hard at work preparing for the big day.  There will be dancing, food, and entertainment and this event is always so much fun!  More info will be coming, but make sure your student has a costume of some kind to wear on May 18th to join in the fun!

    Other Important Dates: There are many other important dates coming up including the 8th Grade Promotion Dance, Honors Night, 8th Grade Visits to CHS, Class Parties, and Promotion.  Please see the calendar below for details and if you have any questions, contact our office at 624-2785. 

    CMS Mathletics Competition:  Congratulations to all our Mathletes for their outstanding performances last weekend!  Our 6th grade team came in second for the county!  Team members were:  Mark Albiol, Gia Panetta (Honorable Mention) and Duke Smith (2nd place individual).  Our 7th grade team consisted of David Cortez (Honorable Mention), Sawyer Hamilton, and RyleighTeague.  In the integrated Math I division, all team members placed!  The team members were:  Nathan Chen (Honorable Mention),  Joe Smock (3rd place individual) and Darrell Wang (2nd place individual).  Way to go Mathletes!  A big thanks to Denise Hunter for her continued support, organization, and for coaching of our CMS Mathletics Team.  

    Carpool to School Day – Round Two! It's back! The Environmental Club's second Carpool to School Day will take place on Wednesday, May 16th! By carpooling, we reduce traffic congestion, reduce our carbon footprint, and save our ocean and all of the life that depends on it! We will reward carpoolers (and all students who walk, ride bikes, or take the bus) with a treat. Please mark your calendars and find a neighbor to carpool with now! 

    Calendar

    MAY

    8. CMS Spring Concert 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    11. Minimum Day - School dismissed at 12:00
    12. Music in the Parks - all day
    14. 8th Grade Panoramic Picture 10:40 - 11:00 a.m.
    16. CHS/CMS Jazz Concert 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    16. Carpool, walk or ride bike to work or school day
    18. CHS 8th grade Sports Physicals, CHS cafeteria, 6:00 -8:00 p.m.
    18. Renaissance Faire 12:45 - 2:45 p.m.
    18. 8th Grade Dance, Carmel Youth Center, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
    21. CMS Honors Night, CMS Gym 6th & 7th Grade 5:30 - 6:00, 8th Grade, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m
    23. Chromebook turn in day
    23- 25. CMS World Language Final Exams
    25. All Library materials are due
    28. Memorial Day - School Closed
    30. Class activities Grades 6, 7, 8
    31. CMS Promotion Ceremony - Grade 8, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    JUNE

    1. 8th Grade Brunch, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    1. Last Day of School / minimum day - school dismissed 12:00

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