Casimir Weekly Cougar Updates

May 20, 2022

Parents/ Guardians, please enjoy the latest AMAZING Casimir news!

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State testing will continue this week 5/23 - 5/26!

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During Testing: Tuesdays will be Regular Schedule & Fridays will be Late Start

1 MORE REGULAR SCHEDULE TUESDAY for testing: 5/24


1 MORE LATE START FRIDAY for testing: 5/27

To help your child do the very best they can on the test, here are some Great Testing Tips!

  1. Be present. Please make sure your child is at school every day and on time for testing. If you must remove your child from school please avoid appointments from 10:00 to 1:00 Monday through Thursday.

  2. Be ready. Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and has a healthy breakfast. Keeping the body and mind in good working order is essential for your child to function at their highest level.

  3. Be Positive. Please help us support us in communicating that testing is important and that they should try their best every day.

  4. Be prepared. Dress in appropriate but comfortable clothing (Still no pajamas), a water bottle, their regular school work and books, and bring a pair of headphones or earbuds but no wireless devices (or use our classroom sets).


Thank you for all your support!

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P4 Progress Reports Are Now Available

Parents/ Guardians,


  • Please check PowerSchool now to view your child's P4 progress reports.
  • Also, please continue the good practice of regularly monitoring PowerSchool for your child's daily academic progress and attendance.
  • If you have any questions about how to best support your child, please reach out to your child's teacher as soon as possible by email or phone or set up a phone, virtual, or in-person conference.
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Middle School Start Time Change for Next Year

2022-23 TUSD Middle School:

Start Time = 8:40am & Dismissal Time = 3:16pm

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Please save the date for these two schedule changes:

  • 5/31/22 (Tues) = Regular Schedule - school begins at 8:02am
  • 6/1/22 (Wed) = LATE Start schedule day - school begins at 9:18am
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Art Show

Join Casimir’s 2022 Art Show: JOY! Create an original art piece based on the theme JOY, or what makes you happy! All submissions are due Wednesday, May 25 and will be on display for Open House! Show off what brings you JOY!
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Save the Date for Casimir Open House on 5/31!

We're excited to invite everyone to Casimir's Amazing Spring Open House on 5/31 where you will have an opportunity to visit your child's classes and see some of the wonderful accomplishments that your child has been working on in each of their classes. We're looking forward to seeing you all here soon. Thank you!


Open House Tentative Agenda:

  • 5:00pm: Choir/ Band
  • 5:40pm: PTSA meeting
  • 6:00pm Class Visits
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8th Grade Promotion Speech Tryouts

8th Graders - Promotion speech tryouts are Wednesday, June 1 at 3:15 p.m. in room 63. Get a flyer from your English teacher with more specific information.
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Class Spirit Competition

This is the LAST quarter for the class colors competition. Let's keep the spirit going on strong! The winning class will win a Yogurtland party!


The class spirit competition is a close race. Porzio and Lee are in a race for first place. Only TWO FRIDAYS LEFT!

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E Sports

6th & 7th graders if you are interested in joining the E Sports team next year and competing in games like Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers & Splitoon, see Mr. George.
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TODAY! Torrance Education Foundation Dinner

Torrance Education Foundation dinner is on May 20. You can purchase tickets at TEF4KIDS.org

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TODAY! CombatBot Battle and Lego Obstacle Course Competition

Please see the flyer link below for the annual CombatBot Battle and Lego Obstacle Course competition at Hull Middle School on Friday, May 20th. It is from 6-8 pm. It is open to all K-12 TUSD students. Please contact Ron Ambro (ambro.ronald@tusd.org) for questions regarding the CombatBot Battle and Jan Coward (coward.jan@tusd.org) for questions regarding the Lego Obstacle Course.
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This Saturday! College Fair

There will be a College Fair at Torrance High School on Saturday, May 21st, from 10:00am - 1:00pm.
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8th Graders!

The 8th grade Glow in the Dark dance will be on Friday, June 3rd from 6:00 - 9:00 pm in the Casimir Gym. Permission slips to attend the dance must be submitted by Friday, May 27th. Late permission slips will not be accepted.
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Helping Students Learn - May 2022 Issue

Parents, please look through the May issue of Helping Students Learn for articles about summer journaling, finishing strong, positive discipline, life skills, helping and pushing, summer reading, civil discussions, parent-child bonds, and summer safety.
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Congratulations to some of our Gotcha ticket snack winners for this week!!

Ernest Schmidt

Sadie Tam

Elijah McGlothan

Lily Castro

Ryan Gabriel Consolacion


Please see Ms. Beasley in Room 13 for your snacks!

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Congratulations to our weekly Torrance Bakery cookie winners!

Adrian Chavez

Tiffany Plancarte


Please see Ms. Beasley in room 13 for your prize!

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Congratulations to our weekly In-N-Out burger coupon winners!

Jazlyn Benjamin

Anthony Sotelo


Please see Ms. Beasley in room 13 for your prize!

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Congratulations to one of our weekly sticker pack winners!

Hinano Shigehisa


Please see Ms. Beasley in room 13 for your prize!

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Quarter 4 Gotcha Ticket Prizes - Enter now!

Bowling Passes

Lunch with the Assistant Principal

Large Pizza for You and Your Friends

Win a Book

Shakey's 7" Pizza

Mini Bundt Cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes

Win a Book


Free In-N-Out Burger Coupon - Winners chosen every week!

Free Torrance Bakery Cookie Coupon - Winners chosen every week!

Sticker Pack - Winners chosen every week!

Snacks - Winners chosen every week!

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Win a Brand New Pair of Shoes!!!!

There is a new Gotcha Ticket GRAND PRIZE! Before school is out, 1 Gotcha ticket from any of the raffle boxes will win… a brand new pair of shoes of your choice!!! Within reasonable cost of course (Under $150.00). Be sure to get those Gotcha tickets in the boxes!
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Thank you for following the Cougar Code!

Be safe!

Be responsible!

Be respectful!

Be successful!

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Cougar Kudos!

At Casimir we all follow the Cougar Code! We are safe, responsible, respectful and successful in everything we do. We created an opportunity for students to publicly acknowledge and recognize one of their peers for demonstrating our Cougar Code in a positive way! Your Cougar Kudos will be shared on the weekly Casimir newsletter.


Please click this for the Cougar Code Kudos form to fill out. There is a Cougar Kudos folder in the office to turn in the form too if you prefer to write on paper!

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Counselor's Corner

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Wellness Week This Week!

TUSD is celebrating Wellness Week next week to highlight mental health and the resources

available to students within the district and at Casimir. There will be various activities during

lunch, including art activities in the wellness center for Mindful Monday, a healthy cafeteria

option, therapy dogs, and fitness activity on Tasty Tuesday, self-care bingo in the wellness

center on Wellness Wednesday, a positive post-it note activity in the quad and more therapy

dogs on Thankful Thursday, and music and dancing on the black top for Fit Friday. Check out

the flyer below for the "Stop the Stigma" student poster and video contest in which winners will

win cool prizes and their artwork will be displayed. Also, check out the Virtual Wellness

Challenge linked in the calendar below.


  • Mindful Monday: art activities in the wellness center

  • Tasty Tuesday: a healthy cafeteria option, therapy dogs, and fitness activity

  • Wellness Wednesday: self-care bingo in the wellness center

  • Thankful Thursday: a positive post-it note activity in the quad and more therapy dogs

  • Fit Friday: music and dancing on the black top

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Please reach out to our School Counselor or School Therapist for any mental health needs:

School Counselor

Ms. Hunnel (Room 24)

hunnel.stephanie@tusd.org

(310) 533-4498 ext. 4711


School Therapist

Ms. Thatcher, AMFT (Room 42)

thatcher.taylor@tusd.org

(310) 533-4498 ext. 4784

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Congratulations to some of our Period 5 Student of the Month winners!!

Mika Kinoshita

Isabella Perez

Nico Suganami

Sophia Kee Rivera

Kendall Oshima

Kori Matsumoto

Amelia Yamauchi

Sabrina Tamura

Drew Choi

Brian Hu

Eden Boulter

Jeanette Berga

Rebecca Wamsley

Anna Lim

Jeannine Apostol

Madison Brammer

Alexis Vela

Isaac Ahn

Raymond Ramirez

Nathan Kasuyama

Elle Hamano

Chloe Ahn

Madison Kwok

Addison Helaire

Aiden Koga

Emily Matsumoto

Leah Fukunaga

Sara Pham

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Congratulations to our Period 5 Cougar Kindness winners!!

Cami Shimazaki

Kelsey Remolino

Fibiana Hanoun

Sofia Kim

Leyna Tran

Alyssa Yoo

Penelope Olivas

Janna Al Ammari

Aiden Kwon

Aaron Nguyen

Masato Lin

Ian Samayoa

Alyssa Jornacion

Lana Nguyen

Keanu West

Tommy Lacy

Alysen Laman

Mohamad Manasefi

Faizan Atif

Anthony Sotelo

Hirotaka Takeshima

Madeline Sanada

Leah Hernandez

Jasmine Nelson

Ella Koga

Nicholas Butcher

Hailey Faulkner

Aaron Fernando

Alyssa Diaz

James Grey

Drop Off/ Pick Up Support

Parent/ Guardians,

Your support during drop off/ pick up time is requested. Please be mindful of all posted street signs in the neighborhood and make every best effort to be respectful of our community by keeping all driveways accessible.

Thank you!

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Phone Usage

There has been an unacceptable increase in people using their phones against the CMS phone policy. Video and pictures are NEVER allowed and phones are not to be used during class time without teacher permission in or outside of class. Phones will be banned school wide if this continues.
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Casimir Facebook Page

Please take a moment to join our Facebook Page! You can find us at @CasimirMiddle
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Quick Guide to Reporting Student Absences

Quick Guide to Reporting Student Absences


Reporting student absences has always been important but even more so now with students back at school with COVID-19 protocols being in place. If/When your student is absent please notify us via email by sending an absence note with the following information to esqueda.jessica@tusd.org


Absence Notes should include:

1. Date

2. Name of your Child

3. Date of absence

4. Reason for absence (if out due to illness please specify what symptoms your child is having)

5. Parent/Guardian Name & Relationship (absence notes can only be accepted from Primary Guardians listed in PowerSchool)

6. Phone Number where you can be reached


If you have any questions or concerns you can always reach out to Ms. Jessica our Attendance Clerk @ (310) 533-4498 ext. 4782

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Reminder about Dress Code

Reminder - All students must follow the school dress code. In part, shirts must cover the midriff and shoulders, you may not have wallet chains, and baseball caps must be worn forward. Please see your Student Planner for the complete dress code.
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Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate will meet every Monday from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m after school in room 63. Please have your parent send an email to Mrs. Stoll (stoll.julie@tusd.org) or stop by room 63 to get a permission slip, if you would like to join. See you then!
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Ping Pong Afterschool on Tuesdays & Thursdays!

Do you have Ping-Pong skills?


Come one, come all to Rm #81 to join Mr. Rose's Ping Pong Club afterschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

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Calendar at a Glance

5/21 - College Fair at Torrance High School

5/24 - No Late Start = Regular Schedule

5/24 - Volleyball Game - Casimir vs Richardson at Casimir

5/27 - Late Start Schedule

5/30 - No School - Memorial Day

5/31 - Regular Schedule - School begins at 8:02am

5/31 - Casimir Open House

6/1 - LATE Start Schedule Day - School begins at 9:18am

6/3 - 8th Grade Only - Glow in the Dark Dance

6/4 - Volleyball - West High Tournament

6/13 - 8th Grade Only - 8th Grade Picnic

6/15 - 8th Grade Only - 8th Grade Awards

6/16 - 8th Grade Only - Promotion