Cartersville Middle School

The Hurricane Watch, October 2020

From the desk of Mr. Gibson

I would like to thank all of those who attended our Virtual Back to School Night! If you were unable to attend, please click here to view our program. Please don't forget to sign in and fill out our Stakeholder Feedback Form.


As we move through this school year, I would like to encourage our students and families to continue to practice safety guidelines including social distancing, whenever possible, and wearing a mask when social distancing is not an option. We have installed water-filling stations around the school, and we encourage students to bring a clear water bottle to school each day. Please remember that masks should have a Canes logo or be a solid color. Thank you for your support!


Go Canes!

Mr. Gibson

Fall Break

Fall Break is quickly approaching! Cartersville City Schools will be closed for all students (traditional and virtual) on October 9 - 13. Enjoy your time off.

Upcoming Dates

Flu Shots

The Health Department will be at CMS to give flu shots on October 14, 2020, for all students who returned their permission forms.


Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night will be October 14th. Enjoy a night off from cooking and make sure to tell them you are from Cartersville Middle School. The homeroom with the most participation wins a prize. CMS appreciates your support!


Annual Title 1 Meeting

CMS will host the Annual Title 1 Meeting on Tuesday, October 20th. This meeting will allow you to review the basic principles of Title 1, school-wide goals, and the parent engagement plan. This will be a virtual event and more information will be sent home later this month.

To view our School Improvement Plan please click here.

To view our Family Engagement Policy please click here.


Report Cards

1st nine weeks report cards will be sent home on October 21st. Please sign and return these to your child's homeroom teacher.


Yearbooks

Yearbooks are on sale right now for $35. You can see Mrs. Belisle in room 726 on the 7th-grade hall or click here to purchase yours today from Jostens.


If you did not get an opportunity to purchase a yearbook from last year, we still have a few for sale for a discounted price of $20. Please see Mrs. Belisle if you would like to purchase one, but you better hurry! They are first come first serve only.


Backpack Buddies 5K:

The race is scheduled for Saturday, October 31st- a Halloween themed race. Break out the costumes and running (or walking) shoes and get ready for lots of fun for a worthy cause. Participants are welcome to run or walk; the purpose of the event is to have fun and raise money for our Backpack Buddies program. There is a competition among schools, so if you sign up, please choose Cartersville Middle School. Everyone who signs up will receive a race t-shirt. Click here for the race registration link.


7th Grade Immunizations

7th-grade students are required to have two immunizations, meningitis and Tdap, at the beginning of their 7th-grade year. Please contact the Nurse Smith at 770-382-3666 or csmith@cartersvilleschools.org to find out if your child is up to date with their immunizations.

Red Ribbon Week

Cartersville Middle School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 26 - 30. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign. More information on specific activities will be announced later in October. Listen to the announcements to find out the different ways you can participate in Red Ribbon Week and make a pledge live a happy, healthy, and drug-free life!
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Updates from the Guidance Department

Hello CMS families! We are your neighborhood friendly school counselors, here to bring you some information about a very popular app, Tiktok. Many of the activity challenges on Tiktok are harmless, however, some challenges presented on this app are quite dangerous and can lead to serious injuries, legal trouble, and other negative consequences for your student and others who participate. Below, you will find some online resources that not only give you an overview of this app but highlight some of the dangerous challenges on Tiktok and ways to protect your child.


As always, call or please email us if you have any questions or concerns. ajackson@cartersvilleschools.org

mlane@cartersvilleschools.org


Bests,

Dr. Jackson & Mrs. Lane


Tiktok Overview

This is an article with questions that parents frequently ask about TikTok. Click here for a direct link to the article.


5 dangers of TikTok (6 mins)

Helpful information on the dangers of TikTok are presented in the first 5 minutes; then, the presenter gives information about how to buy more of his online material. Prices range from $5-$97. Click here to view the video.


Benadryl Challenge (1 min, 45 sec)


A news clip is presented about a teen who died after the Benadryl challenge. Click here to view the news clip.


Skullbreaker Challenge (1 min, 45 sec)

A news clip is presented about kids who were hurt while engaging in this challenge. Click here to view the news clip.


Bright Eye Challenge

This is an article that explains the Bright Eye challenge, click here to view the article.


The Penny Challenge (1 min, 39 sec)

The dangers of this challenge are presented in this video, click here to view the video.


Cha Cha Slide Challenge (1 min, 23 sec; for older teens)

In this article (with embedded video), the dangerous Cha-Cha slide challenge is discussed, click here to view the article.

Backpack Buddies
The Backpack Buddies program began in September. If you need a Backpack Buddies form, please call or email Mrs. Lane. Students will need to listen to the announcements regarding the pick-up location.


Mentor Canes
Mentor Canes is a school-based mentoring program. Mentoring builds self-esteem and confidence. Research shows that long-term mentoring improves school attendance, grades, and graduation rates! The Mentor Canes program is just getting started, so please call or email Dr. Jackson if you have any questions.


Are you interested in becoming a mentor?

Mentoring is one of the easiest and biggest ways to give back to our community. A mentor has the opportunity to truly change the life of a child. Mentors are paired with children in Kindergarten through 12th grade, we ask that you commit to 1 child, for up to 1 hour per week, for 1 school year. Please call Maria Davis at 770-387-4723 for more information.

Help for the Holidays

The holiday season will be here before we know it! Our community has several great resources for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can find all the different ways our community is providing support this year by clicking here.

Extracurricular Activities

CMS Robotics Team

The CMS Robotics Team has gotten off to a great start! We have one practice a week and are preparing for our virtual competition in December. We will be competing in the GA First Lego League Challenge Division in four areas: Core Values, Robot Design, Robot Game, and Innovation Project. The theme for this year’s challenge is Replay. FIRST LEGO League Challenge REPLAY, encourages students to revolutionize the way we plan and move. Our teams will explore the activities we can do in different spaces for play and how we can ensure that our games and activities are fun and accessible for everyone involved!

October Events

Football

10/7 vs. Rockmart

10/15 @ Red Top

10/22 - Semi-Finals

10/29 - Championship


Volleyball

10/3 - BGMSAA Region Tournament


Cross Country

10/17 - State Meet

10/22 - Region Meet


Academic Team

10/6 vs. Cass

Basketball

Girls Basketball Tryout Information:


  • YOU MUST HAVE PHYSICAL ON FILE BEFORE YOU CAN CONDITION or TRY OUT
  • Physicals must be turned in to the main office.
  • Conditioning will be after school from 3:45 until 4:45 October 19-22.
  • Pick up for conditioning will be where car riders pick up, behind the gym.
  • Tryouts will be October 26-29 after school until 5:00.
  • The team will be announced on October 29 at the end of the last tryout.
  • Practices will start on November 2
  • Direct questions to Coach Byrd: dbyrd@cartersvilleschools.org


Boys Basketball Tryout Information:


  • YOU MUST HAVE PHYSICAL ON FILE BEFORE YOU CAN TRY OUT.
  • Physicals must be turned in to the main office.
  • Tryouts will be October 26th and 27th from 5:00-7:00.
  • If the football playoffs overlap, then football players will try out the following Monday and Tuesday (November 2nd and 3rd).
  • The team will be posted an hour after try-outs on the 27th (Or November 3rd if football overlaps).
  • Practice will start October 28th
  • There will be a MANDATORY parent meeting once the team is posted. There will be more information about the meeting in the coming weeks.
  • Direct questions to Coach Tobin: ctobin@cartersvilleschools.org



Basketball Schedules (dates are tentative)

Girls Basketball

11/12 vs. Woodland

11/14 @ Cass

11/19 @ Red Bud

12/3 @ Adairsville

12/5 vs. Calhoun

12/12 vs. RTMS (varsity only)

12/17 @ Rockmart

1/07 @ Woodland

1/14 vs. Red Bud

1/16 vs. Cass

1/21 @ RTMS (varsity only)

1/23 @ Calhoun

1/25 vs. Rockmart


Boys Basketball (dates are tentative)

11/12 @ Woodland

11/14 @ Cass

11/19 vs. Red Bud

12/03 vs. Adairsville

12/05 vs. Calhoun

12/10 @ Red Top

12/14 @ Adairsville

12/17 vs. Rockmart

1/07 vs. Woodland

1/14 @ Red Bud

1/16 vs. Cass

1/21 vs. Red Top

1/23 @ Calhoun

1/25 @ Rockmart

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Parent Information

Cartersville Middle School Student Handbook

A copy of the 2020-2021 student handbook is posted on our school's website. A link to the handbook can be found here:

https://www.cartersvilleschools.org/domain/1863


Cartersville City Schools App

Cartersville City Schools now has an app. Parents can access their student's grades, class schedule, attendance, school calendars, social media posts, and lunch menus at the touch of a button. The app is available for both Apple and Android. For complete login info and details on how to customize the app to meet your family’s needs, click here


Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Applying for free & reduced meal price benefits? This year, apply online! If you apply online, your status will be updated immediately to ensure that your child will be able to receive the correct meal price right away. Use the link below to access the online application:

https://www.myschoolapps.com/


If you prefer to fill out a paper application, please let your child's homeroom teacher know and an application will be sent home. Please be advised that paper applications may take up to 10 days to be processed- online applications are processed immediately! Remember, students and families MUST fill out a new application each year.


Online Meal Payments

Follow the instructions below to check your child's lunch balance or make payments to their accounts.

  1. Go to www.myschoolbucks.com and register for your free account.
  2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
  3. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check.
    A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose before you are charged.

Helpful Links

Office 365 Email Account

visit www.office.com

The students' login is their lunchnumber@cartersvilleschools.org

The password is their date of birth (8 digits total- mmddyear)


Schoology

The link to Schoology can be found on our school's website or click here

Username: lunchnumber@cartersvilleschools.org

Password: date of birth (8 digits total- mmddyear)


USATestPrep

Click here for a link to USATestPrep

School ID: cartersville66

Username: lunchnumber@cartersvilleschools.org

Password: date of birth (8 digits total- mmddyear)


Moby Max

Click here for a link to Moby Max

Username: lunchnumber@cartersvilleschools.org

Password: date of birth (8 digits total- mmddyear)


Technology How-To Videos:

Don't forget about our resources on our school website! Click here to find student "how-to" videos for information on checking your e-mail, using the Schoology App, submitting an assignment in Schoology, and other tutorial videos.

CMS Spotlight

Sara Bright has been a special education teacher at CMS for the last 8 years. In 2019, she was named Teacher of the Year for CMS and the district. This year she has taken over as lead special education teacher and has supported our students and new teachers tremendously.