The Mustang Minute

May 24, 2019 - Issue 35

DC or Bust

As many people head out for Memorial Day Weekend, CMS started off in true American Spirit with a red, white, and blue day at school. And it certainly seems appropriate ,that after remembering those that made the greatest sacrifice for this country we take our grade 8 students to Washington DC.

Bright and early (5:45 to be exact) on Tuesday morning, four bus loads of grade 8 students will be heading off to Washington DC. Once there, we will tour monuments of the great men and women that built this country, visit the physical seat of our government, and learn civic responsibility. This is more than just a tourist trip, students will spend time in a variety of locations and museums learning and hopefully developing a sense that it takes all of us working together to make this country great.

If you would like highlights of the trip you can follow me on Twitter (@mfraczek).

I wish everyone a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. To our veterans both with us and gone, I thank you for your service to our country.

Please note that there will not be a Mustang Minute next Friday as I will on a bus heading home from DC.

Norwood School News

Check each week to see what's happening in the NPS!

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 are interested in finding out if there is enough interest for similar courses for the other two books for (incoming) grade 9 and for grades 7 and 8. We need a minimum of 10 students to run each course.

Please fill out the following survey to let us know if these courses are viable for this summer.

Summer Reading Class - Grade 6 and 7

We are also considering offering a similar class as listed above for grades 6 and 7. We would need 10 students in order to run the course at $125/student. Please fill out the one question survey below indicating your interest in the potential course.

Chromebook Care

We have noticed an increasing number of cracked screens being reported for the Chromebooks. Please remind your students to not place anything inside of the case before closing it -this is the primary cause of the cracked screen. Remember that even with the insurance if the same repair is required due to negligence, there will be a fee assessed!

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.

Grade 8 Dinner/Dance (June 14) - Students will be signed up during the week of June 10-14. This event is sponsered by the PTO. This event is for grade 8 students only.

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).

Washington DC Updates

We will see you at 5:45. Drop off is in the cafeteria!

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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

Donations and volunteers for Teacher Appreciation

Let's say thank you to the Coakley staff - sign up to help or donate: . Items may be dropped off week of May 6.

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.

June 13 - 6:30, new board and old board transition meeting

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) -

New Library Reading Area Fundraiser

The PTO is sponsoring a school wide request for funds to create a comfortable reading area in our school library. We will be adding a space with sift chairs, cozy benches, a rug, and other items to entice reading! We have already had a seed donation from Big Y Supermarket for $3500 to get us started! The $13, 000.00 would allow us to make over an entire section of the library for students use. Below is the link to make a donation - feel free to share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like! CMS is working to make our library the place to be!
Interface Mental Health

Information about the Interface Mental Health Service

After School Activities

Intramural Sports: Winter sports have started.

Friendship Club: The club meets once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00

Cartoon Club: Mondays 2:10-3:05 in room 105

Artist Circle: Meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1

Drama Club: Meets on Mondays at 2:15 in 101

Debate Club: Thursdays in 202

Lego Club: Tuesday, February 26th at 2:15 in the cafeteria

CMS Dance: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:15 in the cafeteria

Gay Straight Alliance: Thursdays at 2:15

Student Council: Meetings are announced

SEARCH Mondays 2:10-3:05

Yearbook Club: Meets every other Thursday at 2:15

Honor Band: Mondays 4:00-5:30

Honor Orchestra: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30

Jazz Band: Wednesdays 5:30-7:00

Honor Chorus: Thursdays 3:15-4:45

Important Dates

May 27th: Memorial Day - no school

May 28-May 31: Grade 8 Trip to DC

May 30: Grade 6 Band/Chorus/Orchestra Concert

June 4: Grade 7 Spring Concert at CMS

June 6th: Citizen of the Month Breakfast

June 7th: Great East Music Festival at Six Flags

June 11th: Grade 8 Spring Concert

June 13th: Final PTO meeting of School Year

June 14th: Grade 8 Dinner and Dance

June 17th: Grade 8 to Canobie Lake

June 18th: Grade 6 Field Day/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