The Mustang Minute

June 14, 2019 - Issue 37

Going out with a Bang!

As we closed out our final Friday of the 18-19 school year at CMS, we are definitely having some fun! This week included Aquarium Field Trips, concerts, a new PTO Board, and many other exciting activities.

On Tuesday afternoon we held our annual literary luncheon. Three classes of grade six students met with seniors from the Morill Library reading program to discuss the book Refugee by Alan Gatz. It was wonderful to see the discussions occurring and connections being made during this event.

On Thursday and Friday the sixth grade went on a trip to the New England Aquarium. Despite rain delays and bus misadventures, everyone had an excellent time touching sting rays and chilling with some penguins.

The final concert for grade 8 students was this past Tuesday, it is always a pleasure to listen to these students play. Their hard work and dedication pays off. It is impressive the level of growth that occurs over the three years of middle school!

As you will read below, the PTO voted in several new board members to lead the CMS PTO for next year. There are still positions open, check below for opportunities.

And on Friday, we had the grade 8 dinner dance, sponsored by the PTO. Students were dressed in Hollywood Style and walked the red carpet on their way inside.

One last week to go with many fun events each day. We have moved grade 6 Field Day to Monday due to inclement weather predicted for Tuesday. Grade 8 will head to Canobie Lake and grade 7 is off to Everwood. Stay tuned for a busy week!

Summer Program by Wellsley College

Researchers from the Youth, Media, & Wellbeing Research Lab at Wellesley Centers for Women and the Computer Science Department at Wellesley College are hosting a summer workshop that will have two main components: a) research study on how young teens can co-design a mobile phone/web app that will encourage prosocial and healthy uses of social media and b) a fun, interactive group learning experience that will feature expert speakers on STEM concepts (human-computer interaction, prototyping), digital citizenship, and making positive choices to promote self-esteem and social support online, particularly in the early middle school years when social media and smartphone use is relatively new. This four day summer workshop will culminate in several prototypes of a healthy social media use app, co-designed by students at Coakley Middle School.

The workshop will run from Monday, July 16 - Thursday, July 19 OR Monday, July 22 - Thursday, July 25, depending on enrollment numbers. Drop off will begin at 9:00am and we ask that students are picked up at 2pm. The workshop is free to all participants and each student will receive a $10 gift card for every day they complete along with a free t-shirt. We will celebrate with a pizza party on the last day of the workshop.

Eligibility: All students at Coakley Middle School, with preference to students entering 7th or 8th grade in Fall 2019, students who participated in the social media interview conducted this spring, and students who can attend all 4 days of the workshop.

Please have your child Ask Dr. Fraczek for an application if interested.

School Supply Kits

Looking for an easy way to get all your child's school supplies for next? Look no further! The CMS PTO has coordinated with A+ School Supplies to make shopping easy. Click on the link below and put in the password for CMS and you can order all your supplies in one! These supplies will be delivered to CMS late this summer they can be picked up or delivered to your student on the first day of school.

website address:

password: dpcms

A+ School Supplies

Click here to order your supplies.

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Summer Reading Class - Grade 8

This summer CMS is pleased to offer a summer reading course for students in grade 8. Ms. Mooney has developed a course designed to help students entering 9th grade complete their summer reading of "The Hobbit". The cost of the course is $125 and follows the summer school schedule and will take place at CMS. If interested in signing up for this course please contact Ms. Mooney ( We need a minimum of 10 students to run each course.

Norwood Summer Academy Youth Theater

Join us this summer to have fun, express yourself, and make friends while learning valuable skills in acting. This program culminates in a performance on the last day.

  • This program will run 9am to Noon at the Coakley Middle School, Monday-Thursday in July and August, July 15 - 18, 22 - 25, and 29 -31; August 1, 5, 6, 7.

  • The cost is $250 per student.

  • This program is open to students ages 8-18.

Please email Dr. Crowley at for a copy of our registration form. He can also be reached at 781-440-5929. Thank you.

Chromebook Turn In

We will be collecting Chromebooks from all grades this week. If you would like your child to keep their Chromebook over the summer, please fill out the Chromebook Summer Lease Form and return it to your child's homeroom teacher.

Grade 8 End of Year Events! - See Attached Flyer for More Details!

Canobie Lake (June 17) - Permission slips have gone home and are due by May 10th. Please send in a check made out to Coakley Middle School.

Promotion Ceremony (June 19): The promotion ceremony will be at 8:30am on June 19th in the CMS Auditorium. We welcome families to attend this event. It will be followed by the 8th grade BBQ sponsored by the Norwood Police. (The BBQ is a student only event).

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PTO Corner

The PTO meets the second Thursday of each month to hear an update from the principal and discuss planning related to enrichment, fundraising, activities and other topics of interest. You can also stay up to date with the CMS PTO by following us on Facebook. You can contact the PTO at

Welcome New PTO Leaders!

Thank you to Arati Paranjpe and Favor Anoke-Sameul for volunteering to serve as next year's PTO president and vice president, respectively. For all those who reached out to offer to help, they will be in touch in coming weeks to coordinate. The PTO still needs a secretary and treasurer and many other helping hands. If you are interested to volunteer, please email

We also are still in need of a few more volunteers for 6th grade field day Monday, June 17:

Fundraising for PTO

  • Treetop Adventures now through Nov, $5 off and $5 donated to PTO any time a customer uses the Coakley Middle school PTO promo code (COAKLEYNORWOOD) on their full-priced general admission ticket purchase.
  • Need a bag to bring to the beach? The Big Y has one that can help you, help others and help the environment! Purchase a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Big Y store located at 434 Walpole Street, Norwood, during the month of June and the PTO will receive a $1 donation for every bag sold!
  • Amazon Smile, - select Coakley Middle School and bookmark so every time you purchase a portion goes to PTO

School Kits Ordering

Save time and money by ordering your student's school kit now. This year we have a new supplier: A-Plus Prepackaged School Supplies. Orders can be placed through Saturday, June 15.

Shaw's Gives Back to CMS

Shaw's donating $1 to PTO for each reusable bag sold in May

For the month of May, each time a reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is purchased at the Shaw’s located at Nahatan Street, $1 will be donated to CMS PTO, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone that participated in the fundraiser. If you forgot to order (like me) you can still order online and 40% of those sales will also be contributed to CMS! Happy Shopping! We have already raised over $1000 for our student accounts! Thanks for the support. The online portion of the sale continues through June - thanks to everyone who supported our fundraiser!

Coakley Code: 999989692

Release of Records

Any students transferring to another school district, attending a private school or another high school other than Norwood High, please make sure to contact your child's guidance counselor before the end of the year. Attached is the release form that must be filled out in order to ensure that your child's new school receives the pertinent school information (Transcripts, attendance, testing results, health record, discipline, etc.).

Meghan Mba (6th grade) -

Allyson Culgin (7th grade) -

Ashley McCaffrey (8th grade) -

Interface Mental Health

Information about the Interface Mental Health Service

Important Dates

June 17th: Grade 8 to Canobie Lake/ Grade 6 Field Day

June 18th: Grade 7 FIeld Trip

June 19th at 8:30am: Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony at CMS

June 20th: Last Day of School - dismissal at 11:00am