Middle School South News....

April 2, 2018

Message from Mrs. Hanna...


ACT Aspire Testing is soon...

5th grade will be testing April 10th and 11th.

6th grade will be testing April 12th and 13th.


Expectations for ACT Aspire Testing:


  • Be present and on time

  • Use time wisely - working the majority of testing time

  • Use the tools and resources provided to you during testing

  • Be courteous and polite while all students are testing

  • Follow all testing rules and procedures

  • MUST notify teacher before submitting any testing


5th and 6th grade students will receive incentives next week for working hard on the ACT Aspire testing. We will have games, art, music, activities and snacks for students to wind down with after testing.


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Educationally Yours,

Casey Hanna

Principal, Cabot Middle School South

ACT Aspire Testing Information

Cabot Middle School South Parents/Guardians,


All fifth graders will be taking the ACT Aspire on Tuesday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 11th. All sixth grade students will take the ACT Aspire on Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13.


As a parent, there are a number of ways that you can support your child before taking a standardized test:


1. Help your child get to bed on time the night before each testing day. Research shows that being well-rested helps students perform better.

2. Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines may make children feel insecure.

3. Have your child eat a good breakfast but not a heavy one. Research shows that students do better if they have breakfast before they take tests.

4. Get up early to avoid rushing. Be sure to have your child at school on time. Testing will begin promptly at 8:00.

5. Be positive about the test, don’t dwell on it. Acknowledge that tests can be hard. Explain that doing your best is what counts. The important thing is to make your child comfortable and confident about the test. J


We have to make a few changes in our schedule to accommodate our testing schedule for April 10-13:


Test Schedule:

Tuesday, April 10

5th Grade

8:00-11:50

Reading, Writing, and English


Wednesday, April 11

5th Grade

8:00-11:10

Math and Science


Thursday, April 12

6th Grade

8:00-11:45

Reading, Writing, and English


Friday, April 13

6th Grade

8:00-11:20

Math and Science


Lunch and activity times have been adjusted to accommodate the above testing times. Please call the office with any schedule questions you may have regarding this.


Special incentives will be provided on the afternoons of testing. Kona Ice will be visiting fifth graders on Wednesday and sixth graders on Friday. Students may purchase a snow cone for $2 on their assigned day.


“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”—General Colin Powell

WE BELIEVE IN YOU!

KONA ICE

Kona Ice will be here next week!


5th grade students can bring $2.00 for Kona Ice on Wednesday, April 11th.


6th grade students can bring $2.00 for Kona Ice Friday, April 13th,

The Cabot School District is proud to announce our second annual Classys!

The Classys is a great opportunity to honor our hardworking and most dedicated classified/support staff members. We’re looking for individuals that go above and beyond the call of duty every day.


Any employee or community member can nominate a classified employee for this award. Please share the name of the employee and your positive experience with them by clicking on the form below and completing the nomination form.


Honorees will be invited to attend the Classys Banquet. It will be held Monday, April 30, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cabot Freshman Academy cafeteria.


The deadline to nominate an individual is Friday, April 6, 2018.

SECURITY UPDATES

MSS will be adding new security features very soon to increase our security with a visitor management system. As this system is added, we will share these improvements with you. We are very excited about these additional features to ensure the safety of our students!

LOST AND FOUND

We have A LOT of items in our lost and found. Please encourage your child to come by and look for their personal items if you know that an item is missing from your home!

PTO NEWS...

Our next PTO meeting will be Wednesday April 4 beginning at 8:00 am in the cafeteria. We will be discussing PTO’s spring fundraiser, the block party and also board positions for next year. Hope to see everyone there!!

Keep collecting and sending in the pop tabs! The GT students will be taking them to Pop Top Mania soon! The winning class will receive a reward!

Also keep collecting and sending in box tops! Please throw away any that are expired or soon will expire. Also you can help us out by cutting them out along the dotted lines and putting them in a small snack size ziplock baggie. Thanks for participating. CMSS collected over $1000 from box tops this year!!

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

News from the CMSS Counseling Center:


The mission of the Cabot Middle School South’s Counseling Program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. School counselors partner with other educators, parents/guardians and the community support of the total educational program.

Jana Terrell, 5th Grade Counselor: jana.terrell@cps.k12.ar.us

Nicole True, 6th Grade Counselor: nicole.true@cps.k12.ar.us


Please let us know how we can help your child at CMSS.

Cabot School District Lunch Menu

Click the button to view Cabot School District meal prices plus breakfast and lunch menus.

Cabot School District Student Calendar

Click button to view the 2017-2018 student calendar.

IMPORTANT DATES:

APRIL:

6- 5th Grade REAL Panther


ACT ASPIRE TESTING:

10th and 11th 5th Grade

12th and 13th 6th Grade


13- Team 5.4 Field Trip


16- Progress Reports will be sent home fro 4th 9 weeks

20- PTO Appreciation

6th Grade REAL Panther

One School One Book Kick-off


26- 5th grade track and field

27- 6th grade track and field

5th grade PRIDE Celebration


MAY:

4- 6th Grade REAL Panther

SPACE CAMP


May 7th-11th Teacher Appreciation Week


11- 5th grade REAL Panther


15- Talent Show 5th grade 9:00-10:00 6th grade 1:00-2:00

16- JHS Tours

18- CHS Graduation


24- Last Day of School

SAVE THE DATES

TRACK AND FIELD:


5th grade...Thursday, April 26th


6th grade...Friday, April 27th

Cabot School District 2017-2018 Student Handbook

Click the link to view the 2017-2018 Student Handbook.

CABOT PUBLIC SCHOOL WEBSITE BUTTON

Click the Cabot Public Schools Website bar to take you directly to the District Homepage.

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Free and Reduced Form is now available online!

Parents can now fill out free and reduced forms online! Check this out:


http://www.cabotschools.org/administration/food-services/free-and-reduced-price-meals

BOX TOPS MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT MIDDLE SCHOOL SOUTH

We have great news! We will have the incentive program here at Middle School South! It was proven success last year at MSS and we want to continue for students and parents to turn trash into cash! The cash for the Box Tops program helps with many things including new technology for Middle School South. We hope you will help us meet our Box Top goal this year!


Remember to collect those BOX TOPS over the summer to help your upcoming class win some cool prizes!

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MIDDLE SCHOOL SOUTH TWITTER

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CABOT SCHOOLS APP!

Cabot Public Schools is proud to debut its new mobile app.


The app gives parents, students, staff and patrons direct and immediate access to school news, notifications, student info, resources and much more!


All this information is available in one place and right at your fingertips. It’s also free and just a single download away.


The free official Cabot Public Schools app is available right now in the App Store for iPhones and on Google Play for Android users.


If you have an iPhone, to get started visit the App Store and search for Cabot Public Schools or Cabot School District. Once you find it, just click on it to download the app to your phone.


If you have an Android phone, you’ll go to Google Play, and again either search Cabot Public Schools or Cabot School District and download it to your phone.


Once it’s downloaded, you’ll want to explore all the features available. It’s a great place to stay connected.


• Keep up-to-date on the district’s top news stories

• Customize your app to follow and get notifications from the district and/or school(s) of your choice

• Calendar of school events

• Find contact and staff information on each school and departments

• Access student information, grades, upcoming assignments, and cafeteria balances

• If you’re new to the district, find your school and your student’s bus route

• Lunch menus

• Pay cafeteria balances

• Resources for students, parents, faculty and staff

• Provide feedback, suggestions or contact the superintendent


Our new Cabot Public Schools app also automatically translates all this information into more than 50 languages. All you have to do is go to the Settings Icon and select your preferred language.


If you’re not able to download the app, don’t worry. We'll still continue distributing all our information just like we have before through social media, phone calls, texts, emails, website, school announcements, and newsletters. This new app is just another tool to help us connect with you.


*We encourage you to always follow the district (Cabot Public Schools) to keep up-to-date on important information.