Front & Center

January 15, 2016

In This Week's Edition

  • Report Cards
  • Parking Lot Safety
  • School Fees
  • Raising Cyber-Conscious Kids
  • Mustang Mentors
  • Reality Day
  • Student Spotlight
  • Upcoming Events
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2nd Quarter Report Cards Available

The second quarter is in the books and Online Report Cards are available now, on PASS, for your viewing. If you have any trouble accessing the online report card, please contact the guidance department @ 440.572.7088.

Box Tops For Education

Mrs. Pollack is collects box tops for education. All money goes to the physical education department for equipment. Students can place the box tops in a baggie and return to Mrs. Pollack.
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Parking Lot Safety

With low temperatures and icy/snowy conditions, more and more students are being dropped off and/or picked up in the parking lot before and after school. Poor visibility, cold temperatures and impatience can compromise student safety. Please adhere to the following at drop off and pick up:

  • Do not use the bus lane (lane closest to the building) at either time
  • Stay single file. We have had instances where cars pull out and around another vehicle with students nearly hit.
  • Drive at low speeds (5 mph) until you reach the traffic light to exit the lot.
  • Please by patient.

Thank you, for helping ensure our students get into the building safely each morning and to their cars each afternoon.

Design & Model Fee

All 7th grade students are enrolled in our Design and Modeling class as part of their class rotation during the year. The Design and Modeling carries a $5.00 fee that was inadvertently left off our student fee sheets at the beginning of the school year. Please check your PASS account for this added fee. If you have not already done so, the $5.00 fee can be paid online or in person at Center Middle School. Please feel free to call Mrs. Slany, our Main Office Secretary at 440-572-7090 if you have questions regarding your account. We apologize for not having this on your account at the beginning of the year.

Raising Cyber-Conscious Kids

The Strongsville High School Guidance Department is sponsoring a program on Raising Cyber-Conscious Kids. The program will take place on Jan 21 from 7-8 pm at the Strongsville High School Little Theater. The guest speaker is Caroline Wathey from Internet Crimes Against Children. Parents of kids through grades K-12 are welcome to attend. See the attached flyer for the details. Flyer

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Mustang Mentors

Today marked the first session of Mustang Mentors. Selected Juniors and Seniors from the high school, along with their guidance counselors, came down and spoke with our 8th graders during their AA time. The program is geared to help students reflect on the decisions that they make and help them become responsible students. This week the focus was on team-building activities, getting to know one another and making choices when presented with a given situation. This is a great opportunity for our students to hear some of the same messages that we adults send to them about responsibility- just this time through peers who are just a few years removed.

Mentors will be coming down from the high school once a month through the end of the school year.

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Reality Day: Speakers Wanted!

In May, our 8th grade students will be participating in Reality Day here at CMS. The interactive program is put on by the CMS guidance department in conjunction with local businesses. Students learn about income, living expenses, money management and life in the 'real world'. Part of the program is bringing in professionals who would like to share their life experiences in their profession and in the work force. If you are interested in being a guest speaker or volunteering at one the stations, please contact the guidance department @ 440.572.7088.

Student Spotlight

Cole Joniak, a eighth grade Rulers team student is the Xtreme Team's choice for our Student Spotlight. Cole recently spearheaded a Student Council clothing drive to benefit the Nehemiah Mission at Rocky River United Methodist Church that collected twenty-two bags of clothing, containing 685 items for teens and children in need. Inspired his brother's own jean collection drive, Cole brought the service project to Student Council's attention and our student body responded enthusiastically! Beside Student Council, Cole is also active in Campus Life, plays trombone in Band and Jazz Band, and is a part of our CMS Morning Announcement Crew. Cole also enjoys hanging out with his family and friends. Cole comes from a long line of CMS family--three generations, in fact! His grandfather was a part of the last graduating class from the former Board building, and Cole is a part of the last class at Center--what a neat coincidence. Cole's favorite class at Center is Social Studies, because he plans on a future in Social Services. Clearly, Cole is well on his way to marking his mark to help others. Congrats, Cole!
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Rockin' at the Rec

Our next Rockin at the Rec is today, January 15th at 6:30PM at the Ehrnfelt Rec Center. We are in need of chaperones!!!! Please consider helping at least one dance this year!! It's a great night out for our teens and we can't do it without our volunteers!

Important Dates & Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 15 @ 6:30 Rockin' at the Rec
  • Jan. 18 No School in observation of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan. 21 @ 7:00 Raising Cyber-Conscious Kids: Strongsville HS Little Theater
  • Jan. 29 8th Grade Students Visit Polaris
  • Feb. 3 4:05 - 7:05 Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Feb. 11 4:05 - 7:05 Parent Teacher Conferences