Sunday, June 2,2019

Posted by Cathleen Rice on 6/2/2019 9:00:00 AM

Good morning CMS Families!

In this letter you’ll find the schedule for the final week of school. Please read that section carefully so that you and your child know what to expect for the upcoming week.

This past week was a lot of fun at CMS. Last Saturday our choral and instrumental music programs participated in Music in the Parks and came home with all kinds of awards and trophies. To say that CMS dominates the competition at this event is an understatement as each year we continue to sweep the awards returning from the event with trophies and accolades ranging from exceptional individual performances to superior ratings in many group categories. This year was no exception as CMS brought home 8 trophies from this event. Once again, a fantastic job by all our students and our instructors, Sarah Prusasky, Tom Lehmkuhl, and our substitute teacher Cathy Findley. Well done musicians and singers!

Last week the CMS leadership class also sponsored our final Spirit Week of the year and students had lots of fun dressing up in a variety of themes during the week. Leadership also sponsored and a lunch time activity to go along with the dress up day and students had a lot of fun participating in the wide variety of events including Friday’s favorite…. Tricycle Racing! The entire week was tied to a class competition, but, as of this writing, I have no idea which class won. Listen up Monday morning or see our bulletin for results.

Finally, on Friday night, PTO and our 8th grade parent volunteers hosted the annual 8th grade dance. This year’s theme, “A Night at the Oscars” was really fun and our 8th grade parents transformed the Carmel Youth Center into a spectacular venue with decorations, lights, food, raffles and games that kept our 8th grade students entertained and having from for three hours. Huge thanks goes out to all who volunteered and helped with this event in any capacity, but, Cerry Rasmussen and Kieri Coombs deserve a special thanks for all their work in organizing, coordinating, decorating, and seeing this event through from start to finish! Thanks to everyone for helping make the event so much fun for our outgoing 8th grade class!

The Week Ahead

As we move into the final week, here is a summary of each day that will help parents and students understand what’s going on each day at CMS.

First, please make sure that all school materials get turned in ASAP. Chromebooks, chargers, etc. have already been collected and notices will be sent for missing equipment, texts, library books, etc. Students who have outstanding equipment or financial obligations are required to tend to these items before participating in all end of year social events.

Monday – Regular School Day – 5th Period Locker Clean Out: On Monday during 5th period all students will be participating in our annual Locker Clean Out. Students who have checked out or been assigned a locker are required to clean out all personal belonging from the locker during 5th period. This means that students should come prepared to bring home personal items. After Monday’s clean-out students are responsible for any items left in lockers and will have until the end of the school year to take items home. Immediately following the end of the year, all lockers are opened and items left behind are discarded or donated. Please make sure to clean out your locker on Monday and take home all personal items ASAP. Thank you!

Tuesday – Regular School Day for Grades 6-7; Promotion Practice for Grade 8: While the rest of our students maintain their regular schedule, our 8th grade students will run through their first promotion practice. Practice will begin shortly after 8:00 and will run until our morning break at 9:30 AM.

Wednesday – Regular School Day for Grades 6-7; 8th Grade Class Trip: Wednesday our 8th grade class will be celebrating the completion of middle school by spending a day together at Great America. Charter buses will be on site as early as 7:30 and 8th grade students will board assigned buses by 8:00. Traffic will be a bit more congested on Wednesday morning so please be patient and plan ahead. Arriving at school about 10 minutes earlier than usual will help you avoid all the hassle!

Law enforcement and possible canine detection unit will be on site Wednesday.
The 8th grade trip has not been without its fair share of drama and concerning student behavior over the past several years. To help encourage positive student behavior, our school resource officer, Kevin Gross, will be accompanying our students to Great America this year. In addition, we are working with Deputy Gross to bring a contraband detecting canine to school on Wednesday to check personal belongings prior to the trip. Both of these measures are being taken to ensure that students are safe and celebrating the end of middle school in an appropriate manner. We apologize if this feels intrusive, however, recent experience with this event have prompted the need for stronger supervisory measures as we work to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all students. We appreciate your support and understanding in this matter.

Thursday – Regular School Day for Grades 6-7; 8th Grade Promotion Practice; Yearbook Distribution; 8th grade Promotion Ceremony

This is a big day! 8th grade students will participate in their final promotion practice in the morning (same schedule). Following practice, yearbooks will be passed out. 8th grade students will then attend the remainder of their regularly scheduled classes.

8th Grade Promotion begins at 5:00. Students must arrive and report to their assigned locations no later than 4:30. Open seating begins at 4:00.

Please keep in mind that it is not appropriate to reserve seats with tape, signs, or other items prior to 4:00. In addition, in consideration for all our families, please do not reserve more than 5 seats per family for this ceremony. In the past we have had families attempt to reserve large sections of seats for themselves, extended family members and guests. This practice is not appropriate for the promotion ceremony and will likely lead to problems/complaints from other families looking for seats. Please exercise positive judgement and an awareness for all families in our community when selecting and reserving seats for loved ones. Thank you!

Yearbook Distribution for Grades 6-7 will take place during lunch on Thursday. Grade level tables will be set up in the main quad and students who have pre-ordered their yearbooks can check in at the appropriate table to pick up their yearbook. We do have a limited number of yearbooks available for sale. The cost of these yearbooks in $50. These yearbooks will be sold on a first come-first served basis out of our office beginning at 7:30 on Friday morning. Again, these extra yearbooks are limited in number and waiting in line does not guarantee you will be able to purchase a yearbook. When supplies are gone, the sale of additional yearbooks will end and there is no additional way to purchase a yearbook.

Friday – Last Day of School – Minimum Day; 8th Grade Brunch; 6th and 7th Grade Class Celebration

On Friday, all students will attend their regularly scheduled classes on a special schedule. Shortly after our morning break, students will be released by PA announcement to attend their scheduled events. 8th grade students will be headed to the habitat where they will enjoy a brunch, slide show, music, and some final moments as a class. Bring your yearbooks, sharpies, and smiles for the last few hours of your middle school careers!

6th and 7th grade students will be released to the gym where they’ll end the year with a celebratory dance, have some fun games, participate in prize raffles, and enjoy some ice cream before heading out for the summer.

School ends at 12:00 and buses run promptly at 12:15! Please make arrangements to have your student off campus no later than 12:30 as supervision on campus is not provided after 12:30.

Thanks again for a wonderful school year. We hope that your child enjoyed their experience at CMS and we look forward to seeing you again next year if you’re returning to us. To all our 8th grade students, best of luck at CHS!

With love and appreciation,