Husky Happenings

February 7, 2020

Scoliosis Screening for 6th and 8th grade students

The Fulton County School System will soon conduct the annual mandated Scoliosis Screening Program on Thursday, February 20th, at Crabapple Middle School to identify children with suspected curvature of the spine. According to available information, it is known that two to three children out of every 100 may have Scoliosis. If this condition is detected early and appropriately treated, progressive spine deformity can usually be prevented.

The procedure for screening is a simple test in which the screener (nurse, PE teacher, coach, or trained volunteer) looks at the child’s back in the standing position and in several bending positions. The screening is not embarrassing. Boys and girls will be screened separately. Girls should wear a halter, bra, or bathing suit top underneath their clothing on the day of the screening. Boys are screened with their shirts removed.

If your child has a suspected curvature, you will be notified in writing advising you of the findings and recommendations regarding follow-up. You will be advised to take your child to your doctor or healthcare provider for further evaluation. The school will mail letters directly to these parents.

Parents/Guardians: Attached you’ll find the opt-out/do not screen form that must be signed and returned (hard copy)on the above mentioned date to your child’s afternoon (PM) Connections teacher, if do not wish for him/her to be screened. Be advised that a hard copy of this document is also available in the front office if you’re unable to access it online.

Social Studies Fair

Congratulations to Olivia Johnson who scored first place in the FCS Social Studies Fair. She placed first in her grade and overall with a perfect score!

CMS SGC parent elections

Do you want a seat at the table at Crabapple Middle School, having a say – and a vote – in the school’s priorities, budget, outreach, community building efforts, and more? Do you want to not only learn about Crabapple’s strategies for providing students with the best education possible, supporting teachers, and fostering a positive environment, but have a real say in shaping them? In other words, do you want to make an impact?

Then please consider becoming a candidate for Crabapple Middle’s School Governance Council. We will have two openings for two-year terms, starting in August 2020. From February 3 through February 26, you can officially become a candidate to join our SGC by explaining who you are and what you’d bring to Crabapple. Then, in March, Crabapple’s community will vote for two parents.

To declare your candidacy and learn more about the process, visit Fulton’s website at

Every public school in Fulton County relies on SGCs, like ours, to chart a course that special suits our community. This is an exciting time at Crabapple, with so much great work being done in our classrooms and with our impending move to a brand new building. We need you!

CMS Track tryouts

CMS Track Tryouts will be Monday, March 2nd immediately after school till 5:15 pm. Tryouts are open to all 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. Students must have all paperwork located on the following link filled out in order to tryout, including a physical form filled out by a physician Completed paperwork can be turned into Coach Thomas. If you have any questions please contact the track coaches (Coach Lee, Coach Dupree or extramural director (Coach Thomas

FCS Digital Learning Day: March 24, April 21 & May 19

As you are aware, April 21 and May 19 have been approved as digital learning days due to state elections. Recently, the superintendent has granted schools - that are not polling sites only - the option to have school on one or both of these days or each school could decide to keep both as digital learning days.

March 24 was not open for discussion and will remain a digital learning day for all FCS students.

The recommendation to our school governance council is for Crabapple Middle students to attend school on April 21 and have a digital learning day on May 19. This recommendation aligns with the recommendation established by Roswell High School.

On Tuesday, January 7, our council voted to approve the above recommendation. Thank you to those who provided feedback.

For calendar purposes:

March 24 - FCS digital learning day

April 21 - CMS students WILL attend school

May 19 - CMS digital learning day

AVID tutors needed

Our AVID elective class is in need of tutors! AVID is a 7th grade connections class for motivated students who are focused on high achievement in all their academic courses. You DO NOT need to be an expert in 7th grade curriculum. You just need to be willing to learn the AVID tutorial process and have a desire to help students succeed. The bonds built between tutors and students are so meaningful and rewarding for all. This is a paid position and training is provided. There is a small fee for fingerprinting and badging for adult tutors.

High school students currently enrolled in a Fulton County school, do not need to be fingerprinted. Adults are paid $15/hr and high school students are paid $10/hr. Tutorials take place every Tuesday and Thursday during 1st (9 am-9:42 am) and 7th (2:20-3:10 pm) periods. Right now we are in need of 1 more tutor for our 1st period class and 2 more tutors for our 7th period class. This is a semester long commitment. Current college students will be paid the adult rate.

If you are interested, please contact Maggie Nelms at Thank you!

Georgia Parent Survey

All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating on CCRPI.

The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.

The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish, and the Spanish version may be selected within the survey.

Please help us maintain our 5 star climate rating by participating!

Summit Counseling Onsite at CMS

Text 4 Help

The CMS counselors want you to know that if your child needs help from a mental health professional for themselves or a friend – they can text CMSHUSKIES to 1-844-201-9946. A licensed professional will respond within 5 minutes.

It is safe, anonymous and available 24/7 if needed.

Remember – it is OK to ask for HELP.

Please reach out to Amy Levin or Gina Severino if you have any questions.

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CMS Office Information

Please use the link, to find helpful office/school procedures including the following:

  • Student Check Out made EASY
  • Attendance Protocols
  • Changes in Student Transportation
  • Decorating Lockers for Birthdays
  • Café Protocol

Your cooperation with these procedures is appreciated.

FCS Code of Conduct

The Fulton County Schools Code of Conduct can be found at this link along with on our website. If you would like a printed copy, we have received a limited number. Please have your student visit the front office.

CMS Clubs

We offer several clubs at CMS that span a variety of interests for students. Please review the clubs brochure and encourage your student to join a club. Clubs are a great way to make new friends and be active in an activity that they enjoy!

Morning Intramurals

Morning Intramurals have begun!! The Intramural Registration Form on the following link is all that is needed to participate Please turn the form into Coach Thomas.

Intramurals are each week Monday-Thursday in the gym. On Fridays, intramurals will be held at the CMS tennis courts weather permitting. A variety of activities are offered each week. Students may arrive at 7:45 am. An intramural leader will let students in the building at that time. If a student arrives after 7:45 they will need to wait until the building is opened to all students at 7:55 and then proceed to the gym.

On Fridays, students may report directly to the tennis courts. Intramurals ends at 8:25 each morning, students may come down anytime to participate. A student may attend as many days as they wish as long as they have turned in the Intramural Registration Form.

If you have any questions please contact Coach Thomas (, Coach Jonsson ( or Coach Heninger (

CMS Strategic plan

Over the course of last year, our school governance council embarked on a journey of crafting our new strategic plan. This plan, with school specific with goals and initiatives, aligns with our district plan focusing on four pillars: student achievement, people & culture, community collaboration and fiscal responsibility. Our strategic plan will guide our work for the next five years. Please read our strategic plan by visiting our website.

CMS Calendar of Events

Feb 12 - Katha Stuart community meeting at 9:30am @ Roswell North ES

Feb 17 - President's Day (no school)

Feb 19 - CMS basketball v Hopewell at 5:30pm @ CMS


All Hands on Deck for 2020-2021

The PTA is already working hard on next year's programs for our students, parents and CMS staff. And we will need everyone to help us make it happen. Our board is always changing as students/families move onto high school, and there are several board positions (over 50%) coming open at the end of this school year. Please consider giving your time!

There is no pre-requirement or special skills needed other than your desire to be more involved in CMS, and help keep our school as one of the best. Please consider helping out. Your middle schooler still needs you and the great programs the PTA provides!

Open Positions:




VP of Communications (Newsletter, Facebook, PR)

VP of Schoolwide events (Back to School event, Field Day)

VP of 8th grade events (Heritage Day, 8th grade dance)

Contact Shannon Zdancewicz (President) at or Susan Westbury (VP of Ways and Means) with any questions!

Box Tops

Makes It Easy To Earn Money For CMS!

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit CMS's Box Tops earnings online. It's so EASY!

Husky Helping Huskies News

What is HHH?

Huskies Helping Huskies (HHH) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, separate from FCS, CMS, and PTA, but also supporting students in the CMS community. HHH partners with CMS and PTA in efforts to assist students during the middle school years. HHH is coordinated by parent volunteers and has organized the ongoing activities of providing daily snacks, family food bags, and meeting unique needs for students referred (35-40 students a year) by counselors and the social worker.

There are opportunities to volunteer with HHH as a snack volunteer, food drive / pack volunteer, special events volunteer, and/or to serve on the HHH Executive Board.

Be a part of impactful volunteering, email to learn more!

HHH Volunteer meeting

As we head into the new year, we are so thankful for the many volunteers who make HHH happen. This is our 5th year and we would like to keep the support for students going with your help! HHH is a volunteer parent run organization. Several volunteers are rolling off this year - leadership, events, food drives - and its a great time to get involved! Please join us at our February 6 meeting, 8:45 am in the front conference room. “Putting compassion into action!”

HHH Winter Food Drive Challenge 2.0 EXTENDED!! Which Grade can collect the most items?

Get Ready to bring in your non-perishable donations:

6th Grade - TACO NIGHT - taco shells, canned tomatoes (like Rotel brand), black beans, refried beans, pinto beans, canned chicken, seasoning packets, etc.

7th Grade - ITALIAN NIGHT - pastas, parmesan cheese (shelf stable), spaghetti sauces, canned tomatoes, etc.

8th Grade - QUICK & EASY LUNCHES- peanut butter, jelly, Nutella, canned soups, canned pastas, crackers, canned tuna/chicken

Collecting starts January 27 - February 14. Winning Grade earns a free lunch seating!!

HHH is now on Instagram

Follow HHH at hhhatcms; on Facebook @HuskiesHelpingHuskiesInc; and online at

Contact HHH at

Community News

RHS Junior Hornets Cheerleading tryouts

Georgia Department of Public Health - Coronavirus Info

Information resources

Facebook - Get up to date information regarding school events and activities by joining the “Crabapple Middle School” Facebook Group

Crabapple Middle website - The CMS website has a monthly calendar on the bottom right corner of the front page. Also find teacher contact information, forms, past “Husky Happenings” newsletters, and other important news here

PTA Website - Check out the CMS-PTA website for additional information regarding the PTA at CMS. Find information regarding volunteering at the school, special programs and upcoming events here

Twitter - Follow Crabapple Middle, Rako Morrissey, or many of our staff members on Twitter for postings of events and things happening around our school.