CMS January 2019
From the Principal
Welcome back to CMS following our very much needed break. You thought 1st semester went by fast- well 2nd semester will fly!
We are excited to announce that our conferences this spring will take on a different approach. All the students have been placed into a seminar/advisory group for 2nd semester to focus on our career exploration program called XELLO. With this comes the opportunity to work on skills necessary for life, not only in school but outside as well, this is part of their personal development. Our spring conferences will be led by students and will be scheduled with a specific time slot. As these next few weeks roll out, students will be working on what these conferences will look like, they will have time to practice within seminar/advisory time so when actual conferences come they will be ready to lead the conference. This is very different than what you as parents and us as teachers have been through- but the change will be good and we are excited. It is time for students to take the ownership in their learning and to share with us what it means to them. Please understand that students will be attending conferences with you. As individual seminar/advisory teachers reach out to you with time slots, please schedule accordingly with your students attendance in mind. The other change that will occur with moving to student-led conferencing is the open format to speak with other teachers. At the end of your scheduled time, if there is a teacher that you need to speak with, please stop by the office to 1) check that teachers time schedule for open slots (you might have to come back) or 2) leave a message for that teacher and we will let them know to contact you. With student-led, we are confident that your questions regarding the progress of your student will be addressed.
ANOTHER EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Please mark your calendars for February 26th. That evening we will have a community event for the entire district with Rachel’s Challenge coming to CMS. Rachel Scott was a student at Columbine High School, the location of one of our countries worst school shooting She was the first victim shot by the two students who invaded the school on that day. After her passing, the family of Rachel Scott found her diaries, and writings that they have shared since that horrible day. They were able to take tragedy and turn into something beautiful. By attending the community event you will be challenged as parents in the following ways to best help your child: Look for the best in others, Dream big, Choose positive influences,Speak with kindness and Start you own chain reaction.
The Mission of Rachel’s Challenge is: “Awakening individual TRANSFORMATION and promoting SAFER, MORE CONNECTED SCHOOLS.”
And the Vision:“We see a school free from harassment, bullying and violence where teachers are free to teach and STUDENTS ARE AWAKENED TO LEARN.”
I cannot begin to tell you how excited we are that this is actually going to take place. In our chaotic world today, we need to be able to understand that through kindness, we can change the world, we can start a chain reaction and see the difference it can make not only in a single life, but in our school, community, state and the world. Here is the website link to check it out for yourself. There are many school “programs” such as this, but none that has the legacy that Rachel’s Challenge has to offer. https://rachelschallenge.org
We have hit the ground running after the holiday break with some wonderful things here at Circle Middle School. We are so very fortunate to be partnering with the Sunlight Child Advocacy Center of Butler County. Over the next couple months, they will be working with the students during late starts using the, Think First & Stay Safe, child personal safety program.
The program will teach the students the skills to help them stay safe, treating one another with kindness, recognizing the various types of lures, listening to their instincts, and the importance of electronic safety.
I have attached a letter with much more information about the program as well as on opt-out form if you wish for your child to not participate in this. In addition, you will find attached the parent guide that goes with the program and a wonderful parent tip sheet to help you with safeguarding your child. If you prefer a hard copy of the parent guide, there will be some available in the office beginning January 18th.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Tips for Safeguarding Your Child
Circle Middle School
The first three games of our season were cross division games. Starting today, January 7, all games played will have an effect on seeding for the league tournament in February. The B teams will play in a tournament on February 2nd with the boys at Wellington and the girls at Circle Middle School. The league tournament starts on February 16 with quarter and semi final games. Boys will be at Winfield and the girls at Circle. The finals will be February 21.
Please refer to the Patriot League East basketball standings included in the packet.
Basketball and Cheer awards will take place on February 25 at 3:30 in the auditorium.
Cheer continues to lift spirits during all of our home basketball games.
The league spelling bee will take place on Tuesday, January 8th at El Dorado. The participants from CMS are:
7th Grade: Connor Doyon, Jaivyn Williams, Tolli Unger, Shanel Ernst, and Tyson Niemer
8th Grade: Grace Schmidt, Sarah Shonkwiler, Drew Allen, Owen Reddington, and Avery Pound
Thank you to Justin Oswald for sponsoring the spelling bee. The county spelling bee will take place following the league.
Dates to Remember
Jan 8th- 3:30 pm Spelling Bee League at El Dorado Middle School
Jan 9th- 8:20 am CMS Academic Awards
Jan 21st- No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 25th- Final Friday
Feb 18th- No School- CMS Parent/Teacher Conferences
Feb 18th- 9 am-7:30 pm Parent Teacher Conferences
Feb 20th- 5-7:30 pm Parent/Teacher Conferences
Feb 22nd- 7-7:45 am Muffins with Mom
Feb 26th- 7 pm Rachel's Challenge, a community event, parents are welcome
Feb 27th- Rachel's Challenge, during school hours, for the students
Feb 28th- 7-9 pm STUCO Dance
Jan 10th- Basketball CMS vs Augusta Boys Home, Girls Away
Jan 14th- Basketball CMS vs Winfield Boys Home, Girls Away
Jan 17th- Basketball CMS vs Ark City Boys Away, Girls Home
Jan 24th- Basketball CMS vs Haysville Boys Away, Girls Home
Jan 28th- Basketball CMS vs El Dorado Boys Home, Girls Away
Jan 31st- Basketball CMS vs Augusta Boys Away, Girls Home
You can easily pay online at http://www.circleusd375.com/
Just go to Parent/Students and then click on Efunds Online Payment.
You can also come in and pay in the office anytime or send money to school with your student.