• Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/21/2022
    Good Morning and Happy Saturday CMS Families!

    We had a wonderful week at CMS with a number of fantastic activities and events worth mentioning.  

    This week our leadership class hosted the final Spirit Week of the 2022 school year, featuring a week of fun and unique dress up days.  In addition, the class planned an activity each day allowing students to compete against each other for class spirit points.  Upon our last count prior to Friday, our 8th grade class had built and sustained a large lead in the class competition and we’re all eagerly anticipating the final results.  Will the 8th grade win the “Most Spirited Class” award as they close out their careers in middle school, or will the 6th or 7th graders swoop in with a final rally to take the honors?  We’ll soon find out!  Many thanks to Mrs. Wells, our hard working leadership students, and our PTO for their continued support and sponsorship of these events!

    On Wednesday, CMS was proud to host a drama/talent show, “Albert in Talentland” in the CMS gym.  This program combined the best of two worlds, allowing our thespians the opportunity to perform while putting some amazingly talented CMS students in the spotlight as part of the program.  The unique program, written and directed by CMS Drama teacher, Liz Wells, was fun, engaging, and impressive as many CMS students showcased talents developed outside of our school setting.  Many thanks to Mrs. Wells, Mr. Stadille, and a number of others who supported the program, creating another opportunity for our students to engage in a fun and positive event!

    On Friday, CMS hosted our 16th annual Renaissance Faire.  For the first time since 2019, the CMS campus and Habitat property was transformed into a bustling faire with the flair and flavor of 15th century Europe.  Crafts, games, and a variety of performances, including an opening ceremony featuring a number of well choreographed dances engaged and entertained CMS students and guests for over two hours.  The event was fantastic and we are grateful for the opportunity to bring back this exceptional CMS tradition for our students!  Many thanks to Mrs. Krislyn and Mrs. Williams for organizing this event (which is a massive undertaking!) and to the many CMS staff members who contributed to the success of the Renaissance Faire.  In addition, we’d like to thank the 7th grade students and families for the work put in toward making this event a success.  Three cheers for all!  Huzzah!

    Friday night the fun continued with the 8th grade promotion dance.  Hosted in the CMS Habitat for the first time ever, our 8th grade class celebrated the end of their tenure at CMS with a fantastic dance and party.  Many thanks to the crew of 8th grade parent volunteers who organized every detail of this event including decorations, photo booth, games, food and hired our favorite DJ, John Upshaw!  Gratitude is also in order for both the set-up and clean-up crews who put in all the extra time behind the scenes to pull off this event.  

    The events of this week really highlight the fantastic opportunities the CMS staff, PTO, and parent volunteer groups collaboratively create for the benefit of our students.  Despite the many extra hours that go into programs like these, the CMS staff and community continue to go above and beyond to create an amazing educational experience for our students.  While I know we’re all pretty tired after this busy week (with another one coming next week!) I left Friday night feeling both amazed and proud of the things we’ve accomplished this year amidst a number of obstacles. I continue to be grateful to work in a school and community that comes together to create amazing experiences for our students.  Thanks again to everyone who contributed to this amazing week!

    Now, on to next week…

    7th Grade MBOE Starts Tuesday!
    Beginning on Tuesday, May 24th, CMS 7th Grade Students will have the opportunity to participate in our Monterey Bay Outdoor Education program (MBOE).  MBOE features three consecutive days of outdoor field trips, scientific research, hiking, journaling, and a variety of other activities that will enhance student knowledge about the area we live in.  In addition, our program focuses on how students can help preserve and protect their local environment.  This year we are pleased to offer trips to Hastings Reserve in Carmel Valley, Palo Corona Regional Park, and Point Lobos State Reserve.  This program will be a fantastic culminating activity for our 7th grade class as they wrap up their time as 7th grade students.  Once again, we’re grateful for the number of staff members, parent volunteers and community partnerships that make this event possible.  Look for highlights and updates next week!

    CMS Open House on Thursday Night 5:30 - 7:00
    Please make plans to join us on this Thursday night as we open our doors to the public for the first time in three years!  Classrooms will be open from 5:30-7:00 for casual visits and the opportunity to see some of your student’s work.   In addition, CMS will showcase various programs including Industrial Arts, Music, Art, Film and more.  Always a highlight, 8th grade students will be racing their well engineered mousetrap cars in the CMS gym all evening.  We hope to see you on Thursday night!

    That’s all we have for this letter!  We hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and look forward to seeing you on campus over the next few weeks as we wrap up the 2021-22 school year.  Just two weeks to go! Thank you again for your ongoing support!  

    CMS Upcoming Events
    May 23-27

    Monday, May 23: Last Session of Advisory - Open Session
    Tue/Wed/Thurs, May 24-26: MBOE - All CMS 7th Grade Students - CMS Gym in the AM
    Tuesday, May 24: Healthy Relationships Presentation - 8th Grade Only - PE Pull Out
    Thursday, May 26: CMS Open House 5:30-7:00 PM
                           5th Grade Welcome 5:00-5:30 - CMS Gym
    Friday, May 27: 5th Grade Visits - 9:15-11:15 (Tular/Cooper ONLY) 12:15-2:15 River
    Friday, May 27: 8th Grade Chromebook Collection - Details Coming from Library

    May 30 - June 3
    Monday, May 30: No School - Memorial Day
    Tuesday, May 31st: 8th Grade Promotion Practice 8:40 - ? and 8th Grade Yearbook Distribution
    Tuesday, May 31st: 6th/7th Grade Chromebook Collection: Details Coming from Library
    Wednesday, June 1: 8th Grade Promotion Practice 8:40 - ? and 6th/7th Yearbook Distribution
    Wednesday, June 1: Fentanyl Presentation - 8th Grade Only - After Promotion Practice
    Thursday, June 2: 8th Grade Promotion Practice 8:40-10:00 
                                  8th Grade Beach Party 10:30 - 1:30
    Thursday, June 2: 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 5:00 - 6:30 (Seating Opens at 4:00)
    Friday, June 3: Last Day of School - Minimum Day Schedule
            6th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony - 9:00 - 9:30
            7th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony - 10:55 - 11:25
            8th Grade Brunch - Habitat - 10:00 - 12:00
     
     
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  • Monday, May 13, 2022

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/15/2022

    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    We are now down to the final three weeks of the 2021-22 school year!  Crunch time has set in and there is no better time than this weekend to sit down with your student and take a look at their academic progress on Aeries.  Academics will begin winding down in most classes over the next couple weeks, but this time of year often brings projects, reports, or capstone activities (mousetrap cars, rockets) that can have a powerful impact on student grades.  Late or missing work should be a focus as this final trimester comes to an end, but don’t overlook end of year tests or projects!  Most importantly, stay positive, encourage your child to finish the year on a positive note, and enjoy the last three weeks of school!

    We had another great week here at CMS highlighted by a fantastic Spring Concert on Tuesday evening.  In our final concert of the year, each program showcased the amazing skill, talent, and growth we’ve come to expect from our music programs.  Strings, band, and our choral groups all performed exceptional pieces, captivating a packed house with a vast array of musical genres.  Our groups now head off for “Music in the Parks”, an event that will provide them with the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents to a panel of judges in a competitive setting.  We’re excited to see how well these groups do this year after a long layoff from the competition.  Good luck to Mr. Lehmkuhl, Mrs. Wadsworth, and all our fantastic singers and musicians!

    The Week Ahead

    Next week we’ve got quite a few things going on.  Read on for the details.  

    Spirit Week: Next week is Spirit Week and that means dress up days!  Monday is PJ Day (a staff and student favorite).  Tuesday is “Anything but Your Backpack Day”.  Students should leave their backpacks at home and find a creative way to cart around their school supplies and belongings.  Ideas include a bucket, small rolling suitcase and more, but please, nothing too distracting!  Wednesday is Colorful Clothing Day and we encourage kids to come in as much color as they can.  Tie-Dye works great!  Thursday is our usual Cougar Pride Day - 6th graders should wear white; 7th graders should wear red; 8th graders should wear gray!  Friday is our Renaissance Faire Day and students are encouraged to dress as someone from 14th-17th Century Europe, however, students are also encouraged to celebrate their own cultural heritage and history during this event and may choose to wear anything of their choosing provided the selected attire meets CMS dress code standards.  

    Drama/Talent Show Program: Our enthusiastic drama teacher, Mrs. Wells, decided to pull off a combined drama/talent show production in an effort to get our talented students in the spotlight one more time.   The program combines the best of two worlds, showcases the hidden talents of CMS students and provides an opportunity for our thespians to take the stage.  6th graders will view the performance on Wednesday during 3rd/4th period classes and the program is open to the public on Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:00 in the CMS Gym.  We hope you’ll come and enjoy the show!

    CMS Renaissance Faire:  CMS will be hosting our Renaissance Faire on Friday, May 20th.   This is a wonderful event that helps bring to life units of study from 7th grade social studies.   We have received several questions about attendance for this event with inquiries ranging from if the event is open to the public, CMS families, to students from other schools or individuals not affiliated with CMS or CUSD.  
     
    Due to the changes made to the Renaissance Faire format (no food this year -  lots of games/shows for students) and out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting visitors this year to a few specific groups.  
     
    First, attendance to the Renaissance Faire is open to the parents of 7th grade students who would like to observe the collective hard word of their child's contributions to our traditional Renaissance production.  If you are the parent of a 7th grade student and plan to attend the Faire we politely ask that siblings who are not attending Carmel Middle School remain in attendance at their school of enrollment.   If, out of necessity, children who are too young to attend school must attend the Faire with you, we ask that they remain under your direct supervision at all times.  
     
    The second group of adults attending the Renaissance Faire are pre-designated adult chaperones helping us supervise the event and/or run tables/events not hosted by our students.  These individuals have already been contacted by CMS staff or administration and have been assigned a specific role in the Faire.  All assignments have been filled and additional assistance is not required for this event. 
     
    In keeping with tradition, CMS has collaborated with San Carlos School on the Faire and we have cleared a small number of adults from San Carlos to join us in an effort to provide ample supervision.   
     
    All visitors to campus must check in with our office, be cleared as a guest through our Raptor (background check) system, and receive a guest pass from the office prior to attending the Faire.  Guests attempting to enter the Faire without appropriate clearance will be rerouted to our front office.  In addition, guests not meeting the above criterion will not be allowed entrance to the Faire.  
     
    We apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience, however, we feel it is important to maintain a level of attendance that will keep the event safe and engaging for our students.  
     
    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.  Please reach out if you have any additional questions. 
     
    8th Grade Promotion Dance
    Our 8th Grade Promotion Dance takes place on Friday evening from 7:45 - 10:00.  A group of 8th grade parents have been hard at work organizing this event to help our 8th graders celebrate their time at CMS.   The dance will take place in the CMS Habitat and we hope all 8th grade students will join us for a fun filled evening.  Please note, this event is for students attending Carmel Middle School only.  Guests not enrolled in CMS will not be permitted to attend the event.  
     
    Communication With Principals Via Email For the Remainder of the School Year
    As we move to wrap up the school year time for two way communication with school administration via email will be extremely limited.  Our focus at this point is the organization and execution of the many end of year events that require tremendous focus, time and effort.  Because of this, we are asking that if you have any matters that need immediate attention, please call our office and ask for the assistance of one of our many capable secretaries.   They’ll be able to answer most of your questions, and they’ll let us know if additional communication is needed.  Email over the past week has piled up significantly and will continue to be answered as time allows.  I would estimate that it will take me approximately 72 hours or longer to respond to any email I receive from today through the end of the year.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.  
     
    That’s it for this week.  Have a great weekend!
     
    Important Dates
     
    May 16-20
    May 16-20 Spirit Week Dress Up Days
    Monday, May 16: Regular Advisory Session
    Tuesday, May 17: Leadership Rotary Luncheon 11-2 PM - Leadership Students Only
    Tuesday May 17: Jazz Concert at CHS 7pm; rehearsal at CHS periods 1-2
    Wednesday, May 18: Drama/Talent Show for 6th Grade Classes Periods 3&4 - CMS Gym
    Wednesday, May 18: Drama/Talent Show Program 5:30-7:30 PM CMS Gym
    Friday, May 20: CMS Renaissance Faire (Ren Faire Bell Schedule 2022)
    Friday, May 20: 8th Grade Dance @ CMS Habitat 7:45 -10 PM 

    May 23-27
    Monday, May 23: Last Session of Advisory - Open Session
    Tue/Wed/Thurs, May 24-26: MBOE - All CMS 7th Grade Students - CMS Gym in the AM
    Tuesday, May 24: Healthy Relationships Presentation - 8th Grade Only - PE Pull Out
    Thursday, May 26: CMS Open House 5:30-7:00 PM
                           5th Grade Welcome 5:00-5:30 - CMS Gym
    Friday, May 27: 5th Grade Visits - 9:15-11:15 (Tular/Cooper ONLY) 12:15-2:15 River
    Friday, May 27: 8th Grade Chromebook Collection - Details Coming from Library

    May 30 - June 3
    Monday, May 30: No School - Memorial Day
    Tuesday, May 31st: 8th Grade Promotion Practice 8:40 - ? and 8th Grade Yearbook Distribution
    Tuesday, May 31st: 6th/7th Grade Chromebook Collection: Details Coming from Library
    Wednesday, June 1: 8th Grade Promotion Practice 8:40 - ? and 6th/7th Yearbook Distribution
    Wednesday, June 1: Fentanyl Presentation - 8th Grade Only - After Promotion Practice
    Thursday, June 2: 8th Grade Promotion Practice 8:40-10:00 
                                  8th Grade Beach Party 10:30 - 1:30
    Thursday, June 2: 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 5:00 - 6:30 (Seating Opens at 4:00)
    Friday, June 3: Last Day of School - Minimum Day Schedule
            6th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony - 9:00 - 9:30
            7th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony - 10:55 - 11:25
            8th Grade Brunch - Habitat - 10:00 - 12:00

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  • Friday, May 6, 2022

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/7/2022
    Happy Friday CMS Families!

    Teacher Appreciation Week
    We had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week here at CMS this week and I can’t begin to tell you how appreciated and loved you have made our staff feel through your ongoing gestures of gratitude and kindness.  We continue to feel blessed to serve in a school and community where the work teachers perform is valued and appreciated.  On behalf of the staff at CMS I’d like to extend heartfelt gratitude for the outpouring of support and appreciation showered upon the CMS staff this week!

    I’d also like to take this opportunity to express gratitude for our PTO with special appreciation for Sarah Norbraten and Lovina Worick for all they’ve done this week.   A special thank you to Sarah Norbraten who organized many of the week’s events on short notice and spent hours organizing behind the scenes to make it all happen for the teachers and staff!  In addition I’d like to thank Mrs. Wells and our leadership class for their work to ensure that each day of the week included something special for our teachers and staff.  Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who contributed to today's staff appreciation luncheon.  Our staff raved about the fantastic variety of delicious cuisine provided by so many generous families!

    From fantastic food during breaks, flowers and personal messages, posters/door decorations, a wonderful welcome crew of leadership students Friday morning, and a PTO sponsored potluck staff appreciation luncheon Friday afternoon, the week has truly been spectacular!  Thank you all for your tremendous efforts toward making this week amazing!

    CAASPP Testing Wraps Up
    Our week of CAASPP testing has come to a close for most of our students.  8th graders will continue CAASPP testing on Monday and Tuesday (and Wednesday as needed) with the Science portion of the test. Students did an excellent job taking the tests seriously and engaging with their best efforts and we’re confident we’ll see positive results from their efforts.  In addition, I’d like to thank everyone for their participation.  Our early numbers look like we’ve met or exceeded participation rates (but it is close) which will exempt us from the harsh penalties assigned to schools for missing those marks while giving us a more accurate picture of student achievement on the standardized assessments.  We’re appreciative of both the efforts and positive attitude students exhibited throughout the testing week.  Thank you for your ongoing support!


    Drama/Talent Production: Alfred in Talentland!
    Mark your calendars and save the date for Alfred in Talentland! Please join us in the CMS gym on Wednesday, May 18, at 5:30 P.M. for an evening of incredible talent. A group of eleven actors will take you on a journey through Talentland as you enjoy watching some of our CMS students share their amazing talents. The performances range from singers to dancers to musicians. You will also have the opportunity to see CMS's very own Singer Songwriter Club as Alfred searches for his way home. All are welcome and admission is free, but the CMS Drama Department would be very appreciative of donations for future shows. We hope to see you there!

    CMS Student Film Festival; Saturday, May 7th @ 6:00 PM
    The annual CMS Student Film Festival will be held Saturday evening in the CHS Performing Arts Theater.  Come see the amazing student films that have been produced for this year’s competition and stick around for the prestigious awards ceremony following the viewing.  This year’s competition will feature six fantastic student films.  Admission is free, the entertainment is great, and some former CMS alumni who have continued their filmmaking passion will be making a guest appearance.  Come join us on Saturday evening for a night you won’t forget!

    Upcoming Events
    We continue to work at a frenetic pace behind the scenes to pull off multiple events for our students.  In the next week we’ll be sending out information specific to grade level events including 7th Grade MBOE (schedule, permission slips, program information, and volunteer opportunities) along with 8th Grade End of Year events including our Promotion Ceremony guest registration.   Keep your eyes open for those important communications as they will be sent to specific grade levels rather than published in the Friday letter.  We’ve got lots of fun coming up as we wrap up the year and next week will be our last “normal” week of school with a single large event on the calendar, the CMS Spring Concert (5-7 PM; CMS Gym, Tuesday, May 10th).  

    We hope you have a great weekend!

    Upcoming Events

    May 9-14
    Monday/Tuesday, May 9/10: CAASPP Science Test - 8th Grade Only
    Wednesday, May 11: 8th Grade Class Picture - 11:10-11:30
    Tuesday, May 10: CMS Spring Concert  7-9 PM CMS Gym
    Saturday, May 14: Music in the Parks (All Day Event)

    May 16-20
    May 16-20 Spirit Week Dress Up Days (Details to follow)
    Wednesday, May 18: Drama/Talent Show Program 5:30 PM - CMS Gym
    Friday, May 20: CMS Renaissance Faire 12:00 - 2:30
    Friday, May 20: 8th Grade Promotion Dance @ CMS Habitat 7:30 -10 PM

    May 23-27
    Tue/Wed/Thurs, May 24-26: MBOE - All CMS 7th Grade Students
    Thursday, May 26: CMS Open House 5:30-7:00
    Friday, May 27: 5th Grade Visits

    * MBOE stands for Monterey Bay Outdoor Education Week and is a program designed for our 7th Grade students.  Traditionally, MBOE is held in the Fall and each MBOE program is given a theme.  This year’s theme will be Nature Camp. MBOE consists of three consecutive days of field trip experiences and students will visit multiple locations in our area including Hastings Preserve (Carmel Valley), Palo Corona Regional Park (Inspiration Point), and Point Lobos State Reserve.  Multiple activities are designed at each location to engage students in experiential learning. We are thankful for the opportunity to offer this program to our 7th grade students as the year comes to an end and are grateful that our educational partners (Hastings, Palo, and Point Lobos) were all willing and able to adjust their busy schedules to accommodate our MBOE program on short notice!  This is a fantastic program and we're so excited to have had the opportunity to include MBOE in our 7th grade, end-of -year offerings. More info coming soon to 7th grade families!

    May 30 - June 3
    Monday, May 30: No School - Memorial Day
    Tuesday, May 31st: 8th Grade Promotion Practice 8:40 - ? and 8th Grade Yearbook Distribution
    Wednesday, June 1: 8th Grade Promotion Practice 8:40 - ?   6th/7th Yearbook Distribution
    Thursday, June 2: Final 8th Grade Promotion Practice 8:40-10:00; 10:30-2:00 8th Grade Class Activity TBD
    Thursday, June 2: 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 5:00 - 6:30 (Seating Opens at 4:00)

    Friday, June 3: Last Day of School - School Ends at 12:00
    Lunch Served from 12:00 - 12:15; Buses Run at 12:15
        6th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony - 9:00 - 9:30
        7th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony - 10:55 - 11:25
        8th Grade Brunch - Habitat - 10:00 - 12:00
     
     
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  • Sunday, May 1, 2022

    Posted by Cathleen Rice on 5/1/2022

    Happy Sunday Morning CMS Families,

    We had a fairly light week last week without major events or activities to report on so we’ll jump right into the upcoming week.   

    This week CMS will be participating in CAASPP Testing.  Each year, students throughout the state participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) standardized assessment system.  Depending on grade level and instructional program in which your student is enrolled, your student may have to take one or more of the following tests:

    • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (Administered in grades 3-8, and grade 11).  
    • California Science Test (CAST) (Administered in grades 5,8,11 or 12)
    • Students with cognitive disabilities may take the CAA in ELA, Mathematics and Science
    • California Spanish Assessment (CSA) is required for Spanish speaking English Learners (Administered in grades 3-8).  


    Testing Schedule
    Carmel Middle School will administer the CAASPP assessments Monday, May 2nd - Friday, May 6th. All students, grades 6-8, will participate in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment for ELA and Mathematics during that week. The CAST, 8th Grade California Science Test, will be administered in regularly scheduled 8th Grade Science classes on Monday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 10th.  In an effort to provide students with the opportunity to perform their best, we have created testing sessions that break the test into smaller parts.  Students will complete a computer adapted test (CAT) in one session and then have extended sessions to complete the ELA performance task (PT).  In Mathematics the CAT and PT will also be administered in two different testing sessions. The schedule for testing at CMShas been included below.  Please note, Friday is a district wide minimum day and school ends at 12:00.  Please make arrangements to ensure that your student is off campus by 12:30 as supervision of students is not provided beyond that time.  


    Monday, May 2 - ELA CAT
    Period 1    7:45 - 8:25 (40)
    Period 2    8:30 - 9:10 (40)
    Break        9:10 - 9:20 (40)
    Period 3    9:25 - 10:05 (40)
    Period 4    10:05 - 10:45 (40)
    ELA CAT    10:50 - 12:00 (70) Students test in First Period Classes (60 min rec)
    Lunch        12:00 - 12:30 (30)
    Period 5    12:35 - 1:15 (40)
    Period 6    1:20 - 2:00 (40)
    Period 7    2:05 - 2:45 (40)


    Tuesday, May 3 - ELA PT Day 1
    Period 1    7:45 - 8:25 (40)
    Period 2    8:30 - 9:05 (35)
    Break        9:05 - 9:15 (10)
    Period 3    9:20 - 9:55 (35)
    Period 4    10:00 - 10:35 (35)
    Break        10:35 - 10:40 (10 minute total passing period)
    ELA PT    10:45 - 12:15 (90) Students test in First Period Classes (120 total min rec)
    Lunch        12:15 - 12:45 (30)
    Period 5    12:50 - 1:25 (35)
    Period 6    1:30 - 2:05 (35)
    Period 7    2:10 - 2:45 (35)

    Wednesday, May 4 - ELA PT Day 2
    Period 1    7:45 - 8:25 (40)
    Period 2    8:30 - 9:05 (35)
    Break        9:05 - 9:15 (10)
    Period 3    9:20 - 9:55 (35)
    Period 4    10:00 - 10:35 (35)
    Break        10:35 - 10:40 (10 minute total passing period)
    ELA PT    10:45 - 12:15 (90) Students test in First Period Classes (120 total min rec)
    Lunch        12:15 - 12:45 (30)
    Period 5    12:50 - 1:25 (35)
    Period 6    1:30 - 2:05 (35)
    Period 7    2:10 - 2:45 (35)

    *Splitting the PT over two days provides 180 minutes total (Recommended time: 120 min)

    Thursday, May 5 - Regular Schedule 2:10 Release
    Period 1    7:45 - 8:50 (65)
    Period 2    8:55 - 9:55 (60)
    Break        9:55 - 10:05 (10)
    Math CAT    10:10 - 11:30 (80) Students test in First Period Classes (60 min rec)
    Lunch        11:30 - 12:00
    Period 3    12:05 - 1:05 (60)
    Period 4    1:10 - 2:10 (60)


    Friday, May 6 - Minimum Day -  Math Test
    Period 5    7:45 - 8:35 (50)
    Period 6    8:40 - 9:30 (50)
    Period 7    9:35 - 10:25 (50)
    Break        10:25 - 10:35 (10)
    Math PT    10:40 - 12:00 (80) Students test in First Period Classes (60 min rec)
    Lunch         12:00 - 12:15
    Busses Run    12:15

    Week 2 CAASPP -  May 9 & 10
    8th Grade Only - Science CAST - 2 Sections; 60 min rec each section
    Monday - Regular Schedule - Science CAST - Completed in class during regular period
    Tuesday - Regular Schedule - Science PT - Completed in class during regular period
    Wednesday - Regular Schedule 
    Thursday - Regular 2:10 Release
    Friday - Regular Schedule

    *Students who do not complete the science test within the allotted time will be sent to the library to finish.  After completing their test, students will be provided with a pass to their next class. 

    CAASPP Test Results
    In the fall of 2022, the state will make your student’s score report available.  When combined with other measures such as attendance, classwork, teacher observations, and grades, these test scores help provide families and teachers with a more complete picture of a student’s learning.  We recognize that test scores alone do not provide us with a complete picture of a student’s progress and we do not use this single data point as a definition of a student’s educational success.  At the same time, these test scores can provide valuable information to schools, allowing us to identify areas of success and areas for growth that help us design programs for continuous improvement.

    The Importance of Participation in CAASPP
    It is very important to CMS and CUSD that all students capable of completing CAASPP testing engage in the testing process. California has implemented an accountability system that significantly impacts districts with low participation rates on the CAASPP.  Specifically, if CMS/CUSD does not meet the state mandated 95% participation rate on the CAASPP, California assigns every student who did not take the CAASPP the lowest possible score. This policy would significantly reduce average student scores on the CAASPP.  Low average scores reflect poorly on the CMS/CUSD California Schools Dashboard, which reports data on public school performance. The school dashboard is highly accessible and visible to the community, the public, the press, and colleges and universities. As a result, low participation rates can significantly harm the academic reputation of CMS and CUSD schools.  Furthermore, low participation rates can reduce or eliminate federal funding provided to schools to support vulnerable groups such as socioeconomically disadvantaged students and English learners. Finally, test scores of school districts continue to have an impact on property values with areas producing excellent test scores maintaining positive property valuation and home resale value.  This correlation, in turn, continues to be mutually beneficial to CUSD schools as the majority of our funding is tied directly to local property value and taxes.   We hope that you will consider each of these important aspects of participation in the CAASPP program prior to making a decision about whether or not to have your student participate in CAASPP testing.  

    Opt Out Option
    Parents or guardians have the option of exempting their student(s) from participating in the CAASPP program.  Written exemptions were required by Thursday, April 28th, however, if you missed this deadline you can still submit your request to our counseling team.  Please note, as counselors will be in the process of test administration, they may not be able to process late requests until the end of the school day.  Students who are provided a testing exemption will be assigned to a quiet location to engage in a study hall session while testing is in progress.  Exemption requests should be submitted to your student’s school counselor.  
    Sarah Greco: Last Names A-K  sgreco@carmelunified.org 
    Melissa Magreta: Last Names L-Z  mmagreta@carmelunified.org

    Need More Information?
    To learn more about the CAASPP program please visit the Starting Smarter website at https://ca.startingsmarter.org/ or review the Parent Guide to Understanding CAASPP at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp.

    If you have any questions regarding CAASPP testing at CMS please contact us at your convenience.  

    Important End of Year Activities and Events

    May 2-6
    May 2-6:  CAASPP Testing at CMS - All Students (Schedule and Information Coming Soon)
    Friday, May 6th:  Minimum Day & Staff Development Session - School Ends at 12:00

    May 9-14
    Monday/Tuesday, May 9/10: CAASPP Science Test - 8th Grade Only
    Wednesday, May 11: 8th Grade Class Picture - 11:10-11:30
    Tuesday, May 10: CMS Spring Concert  7-9 PM CMS Gym
    Saturday, May 14: Music in the Parks (All Day Event)

    May 16-20
    May 16-20 Spirit Week Dress Up Days (Details to follow)
    Wednesday, May 18: Drama/Talent Show Program 6-8 PM - CMS Gym
    Friday, May 20: CMS Renaissance Faire 12:00 - 2:30
    Friday, May 20: 8th Grade Promotion Dance @ CMS Habitat 7:30 -10 PM

    May 23-27
    Tue/Wed/Thurs, May 24-26: MBOE - All CMS 7th Grade Students
    Thursday, May 26: CMS Open House 5:30-7:00
    Friday, May 27: 5th Grade Visits

    * MBOE stands for Monterey Bay Outdoor Education Week and is a program designed for our 7th Grade students.  Traditionally, MBOE is held in the Fall and each MBOE program is given a theme.  This year’s theme will be Nature Camp. MBOE consists of three consecutive days of field trip experiences and students will visit multiple locations in our area including Hastings Preserve (Carmel Valley), Palo Corona Regional Park (Inspiration Point), and Point Lobos State Reserve.  Multiple activities are designed at each location to engage students in experiential learning. We are thankful for the opportunity to offer this program to our 7th grade students as the year comes to an end and are grateful that our educational partners (Hastings, Palo, and Point Lobos) were all willing and able to adjust their busy schedules to accommodate our MBOE program on short notice!  This is a fantastic program and we're so excited to have had the opportunity to include MBOE in our 7th grade, end-of -year offerings. More info coming soon to 7th grade families!

    May 30 - June 3
    Monday, May 30: No School - Memorial Day
    Tuesday, May 31st: 8th Grade Promotion Practice 8:40 - ? and 8th Grade Yearbook Distribution
    Wednesday, June 1: 8th Grade Promotion Practice 8:40 - ?   6th/7th Yearbook Distribution
    Thursday, June 2: Final 8th Grade Promotion Practice 8:40-10:00; 10:30-2:00 8th Grade Class Activity TBD
    Thursday, June 2: 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 5:00 - 6:30 (Seating Opens at 4:00)
    Friday, June 3: Last Day of School - School Ends at 12:00
    Lunch Served from 12:00 - 12:15; Buses Run at 12:15
        6th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony - 9:00 - 9:30
        7th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony - 10:55 - 11:25
        8th Grade Brunch - Habitat - 10:00 - 12:00


    *Information for specific events will be sent out via ParentSquare in the upcoming weeks.  Please reserve any questions you may have about the schedule above until event specific communication is provided.  If, at that point, questions still exist, please let us know and we’ll attempt to provide clarification.  Thank you!

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