CMSS Newsletter

Friday, August 19th, 2022


We had an amazing Open House! We loved meeting and greeting our Middle South families! It was so exciting to see the anticipation of the school year. We look forward to Monday morning, our first day of school, and we hope you will find this newsletter helpful from navigating traffic to getting everyone to where they are supposed to be on the first day.

Car Rider Procedures

Avoid dropping off/picking up your student in the parking lots. This creates traffic that could result in an injury to our students and staff. Parking lots are reserved for those parking and entering the building.

For pick up and drop off, cars will enter Panther Trail and turn around at the designated turn around spot, just past the water tower. Cars must use the "Merge" lane to create 1 lane of traffic heading toward Kerr Station Road. Panther Trail is a city street and must remain open for through traffic. Cars will turn into the CMSS driveway from Panther Trail.

Morning Drop Off

  • Drop off is 1 lane. Use the lane closest to the building.
  • Please pull as far forward as possible when dropping off your student. This allows more students to exit the cars and speeds up the drop off line.
  • Students will enter the building through the front doors.

Afternoon Pick Up

  • Pick up is 2 lanes after entering the CMSS driveway. Cars must use the "Merge" lane to create 1 lane of traffic heading toward Kerr Station Road. Panther Trail is a city street and must remain open for through traffic.
  • Present your placard to the caller as you approach the beginning of the car line.
  • Students will listen for their name and go to the number called with their name.
  • Cars will pull up to the number called. (#1 is near the 6th grade hall/closest to the Kerr Station exit/#10 is near the 5th grade hall/closest to the caller).
  • Students will wait until the vehicle comes to a complete stop to load their car.
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Cabot Panther Spirit Day

Friday August 26 is our first Cabot Panthers' home football game. We want to show our support for our panthers by wearing red & white panther gear to school on Friday! 🏈

Word of the Week- Excellence

Each week, CMSS will have a Word of the Week. Teachers will use their Advisory time to discuss the word and what it means/looks like at school, home, our community, and around the world.

This week's Word of the Week is....Excellence.

Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English <Middle French <Latin excellentia. See excel, -ence

Definition: noun - the state or quality of excelling or being exceptionally good; extreme merit; superiority. an action, characteristic, feature, etc, in which a person excels

The New School Year has arrived and with it comes a feeling of a fresh start, motivation, and new goals. We will strive to GROW better every day in our pursuit of excellence: being the best we can be.

Supply Fee

Middle School Supply Fee (5th-6th) - There is a one-time $25 fee that includes all necessary school supplies and a class t-shirt. In addition to the supply fee, students are asked to bring a backpack, pencils, paper, and a water bottle.

The K-6th $25 supply fee can be paid by cash or check. Or you can pay online now at Click on middle schools, and then select Middle School South

*Please note there is a fee for paying online.

Chromebook Information

Every Cabot Public Schools student (except Pre-K) is assigned a Chromebook. If you are a returning student, you should have taken your Chromebook home with you over the summer.

1st, 5th, and 9th graders will receive new Chromebooks this year. If you are entering one of these grades, and you did not bring your chromebook to Open House, please bring your old one to school Monday August 22, 2022.

New students will receive their Chromebooks the first few days of school. Students will need to bring their assigned Chromebooks to class with them every day. The devices will be used regularly throughout the school week. It is highly encouraged to store your Chromebook in a protective carrying case, although it is not required to purchase one.

The closed dimensions of our Chromebooks are:
11.6” Long
7.9” Wide
0.97” Thick

Transportation Information

Please take a few moments to complete the following form regarding how your child will go home each day. This information will help us especially during the first week of school. This information is for the CMSS Office. There may be other forms required by the Transportation Department after school starts.

School Meal Updates 2022-2023

The National School Lunch Program (NSLPP) waiver that provided free meals to all students due to the COVID-19 pandemic expired on June 30, 2022.

While the Cabot School District will continue to provide free breakfast for PK-12th students, lunch will no longer be free to all students for the 2022-2023 school year.

Free Breakfast/Free & Reduced Price Meals

Families who believe they may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on household income are strongly encouraged to submit an online meal application as soon as possible through This website is secure and confidential and is a faster and easier way for parents to apply.

Completing your application can help our district and students in many areas beyond just free or reduced-price meals. These include:

  • Increased state and federal funding for schools to ensure students receive the support they need and deserve (district social worker, math/literacy/dyslexia interventionists) to help struggling learners, as well as many other academic needs.
  • Discounts on fees associated with applying for college.
  • Discounts on fees associated with academic tests such as the ACT and SAT.
  • Access to two (2) concurrent credit (college classes) opportunities at no cost to the family.

What's for Lunch?

Lunch Menus can be found HERE as well as on our district website. Please note menus are still being finalized and are subject to change prior to school. Check back often.

Pre pay your school lunch account here.

Middle School
Breakfast: Free
Lunch: $2.65

Cell Phone Policy

CMSS students are not allowed to use their cell phones while on campus. According to the student handbook, phones should be turned off and in their backpack from the time they arrive on campus until the time they leave campus.

For more information about cell phones or access to the student handbook, click the link below

Box Tops for Education

Did you know that you can support CMSS through Box Tops for Education! Box Tops for Education is still going strong and each box top counts as cash for CMSS! Since 1996, General Mills has donated over $913 million to schools just like CMSS.

You can continue to send in your Box Tops with your student OR you can download the Box Top App and choose CMSS at your school. Then, simply scan your grocery receipt and CMSS will be credited for each eligible item you purchased.

Upcoming Dates

Please check our district website, our social media pages, or future newsletters for more information about the following dates.
  • August 22: First Day for Students
  • August 26: Panther Spirit Day
  • September 5: No School/Labor Day
  • October 14: End of the First Nine Weeks Grading Period
  • October 21: Frontier Festival (5th Grade)
  • October 25 & 27: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 28: No School
  • November 11: Veteran's Day
  • November 22-25: No School/Fall Break
  • December 16: End of Second Nine Weeks Grading Period
  • December 19-January 2: No School/Winter Break

Cabot Middle School South

β€œThe core purpose of Cabot Middle School South is to be the reason that every student is educated, encouraged, and empowered to reach their highest level of success, both inside and outside of the classroom.”