Friday, December 11, 2020

Posted by Cathleen Rice on 12/13/2020 9:00:00 AM

Happy Sunday CMS Families!

I received a couple emails indicating that my Friday letter was not received so I checked our ConnectEd program this morning and, sure enough, the letter did not go out.  My apologies for the late letter, but, better late than never!

We are just one week away from the end of the 2nd quarter of the school year here at CMS and have nearly reached the halfway point in the year.  Stay on top of the workload next week (nobody’s on vacation yet!) and, once again, check Aeries for any missing assignments you can still turn in.  A zero on an assignment is far worse than partial credit and can have a powerful negative impact on your overall grade so if you have any work that can be turned in (even late and for partial credit), put in the extra effort to make sure you’ve completed everything!


As many of you are aware, Monterey County will be entering a Shelter In Place order at 10:00 PM this Sunday, December 13.  Here is a link to an article providing a summary about the upcoming order if you need more information.  Monterey County Shelter In Place


The order is set to be lifted on January 11th so the impact the order will have on school business is minimal.  In fact, if you read the article, you’ll note that the order allows schools that have opened to continue operations with students present.  Currently, CMS is running several small cohort programs and we anticipate that these programs will continue to run, unaffected by the SIP order. Students who are in these programs will still have the option to attend their online classes hosted here at CMS.  In addition, many teachers will continue to teach from their classrooms here at CMS so we do not anticipate the new order will create changes to our current situation. 


We are, however, putting on pause any additional increase in cohorts until the SIP order is lifted.  We continue to examine opportunities to bring students safely on to our campus and will continue to plan for some return of groups of students during the second half of the school year.  Until that time, thank you for hanging in there with us and we look forward to the day when we can welcome everyone back to CMS!


Congratulations to THIS week's Cougar Pride Spirit Day Winners!

6th Grade: Alexander Noto-Hagan   

7th Grade: Alex Quezada   

8th Grade: Skyler Brown  

CMS Staff Member: Mr. Guzzi

The CMS PTO and Leadership Class hope you enjoy your gift cards that will be mailed to your homes very soon! Go Cougars!


Dress Up Day on Friday! Hey, Cougars! Let's end the second quarter in style. Be sure to pull out your "ugly" holiday sweaters or your favorite pair of holiday pajamas for next Friday's Holiday Spirit Day! 

Food Bank Still Accepting Donations: As a reminder, each year, Carmel Middle School is proud to be a part of the Food Bank for Monterey County’s Holiday Canned Food Drive. However, since we are not on campus, we cannot collect cans to donate to our neighbors in need. Instead of collecting cans, if you and your family are able to help this holiday season, the leadership class is asking you to consider donating to the Food Bank for Monterey County. According to the Food Bank, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the demand for food has increased by 400%. The Food Bank is now serving 60,000 families every month. All of the details regarding donations can be found on our CMS website or directly on the Food Bank for Monterey County's website. We appreciate any help you can offer. Go Cougars!

CMS Leadership Check-In Emails: Parents of 6th graders and new 7th and 8th graders: Your child's leadership mentor sent an email to their CUSD account this afternoon. If your student has time, the leadership students would be excited to get a response! Have a wonderful weekend. 



Battle of the Books 2021: The 16th annual CMS Battle of the Books, won’t take place until April, but the title list is available now so that eager readers can get a head start and a leg up on the competition. The Battle of the Books is a reading competition during which students compete in teams of four to answer trivia questions based on twelve selected books. With four students per team and twelve books to read, some teams divide up the reading so each student only needs to read three titles. However, in the past the most successful BoB teams proved to be those where nearly everyone on the team had read most of the books on the list. The Battle is totally voluntary, and kids have an opportunity to win prizes while reading and having fun as a team in an academic competition. For the title list and more information, visit the Battle of the Books website. Contact Mrs. Thompson or Mrs. Jeffries in the library with any questions.  For updated BoB information, join our Google Classroom with the joincode: b4232ey


Attention Students: If you are looking for ways to connect & relieve stress, please join the School Counseling Google Classroom (class code: gilvo4f )!  We host weekly nonacademic activities on Tuesdays & Thursdays and the times we meet rotate each week between 12:15, 1:15, & 2:15 PM. 

TUESDAYS - Connecting with other & learning helpful strategies!

THURSDAYS - Playing a variety of fun board games! 

All are Welcome!!! 


Attention 7th & 8th graders: As we enter into the last leg of second quarter, please note that if you are interested in applying for CJSF (the California Junior Scholarship Federation) your second quarter final grades will be used for acceptance into this program. If you pride yourself on scholastic achievement and community service, please consider joining CJSF at the end of quarter two. 


*We needed to push back the date for when you can apply for CJSF. Applications will need to be submitted between January 7th and January 15th. A google form application will be made available beginning on January 7.  


Travel Opportunity for Current 7th Grade Students:  Parent Sponsored East Coast Trip!

Hey 7th Graders!  It’s time to start planning next year’s East Coast Trip scheduled during October Break (Oct 11-15, 2021).  Although this is not a school sponsored trip, it has been a longstanding CMS tradition for students to travel to the East Coast for the trip of a lifetime!  Visit Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, and New York while experiencing many historical sites and cultural events.  Students who’ve traveled in the past absolutely LOVE the experience! If you sign up for the trip by December 14th, you’ll save $500!  Contact Stacy Meheen, this year’s trip coordinator, at or (831) 760-0127 for more information.  


That’s all for this week.  Enjoy the weekend!