The Mustang Minute

June 7, 2019 - Issue 36

A Day the Beach

It definitely has NOT felt like a day at the beach here at CMS but I am sure we are all ready for one! We have had so many activities this week and it is hard believe the amount of activities we are going to fit in during the next 8 1/2 days!

This week we had the grade 7 music concert with excellent performances by band, chorus, and orchestra students. I never cease to be impressed by the improvement and growth in their playing at this time of year. The dedication that these students show to their craft is truly amazing!

Also this week, our rocket club had their big launch! Over 15 participants designed and built rockets to launch out on the back field. If you saw some sparks flying around CMS - it was definitely the rocket club!

On Thursday we had the Citizen of the Month celebration breakfast. This magnificent event highlights those students in our school that consistently show what it means to be a proud member of the CMS community. They are kind, caring, dedicated, and take a leadership role in the school. It is truly a pleasure to share this event with students and families.

All this week students from our literacy and English language programs have been going around Norwood and sharing their skills. Several trips were made to the Balch elementary for CMS students to read with buddies and a group of eighth grade students went to the Ellis Nursing home and read with some wonderful seniors.

We ended the week with our honor band, chorus , and orchestra going to the Great East competition (and Six Flags) and adding about 250 extra students to CMS for the day through the grade 5 step-up and field day.

After all that, I know I need a rest and I'm hoping to get a bit this week (amid baseball, softball, soccer, and a 7 year old birthday party) and I wish the same for all of you!

Have a great weekend!

School Supply Kits

Looking for an easy way to get all your child's school supplies for next? Look no further! The CMS PTO has coordinated with A+ School Supplies to make shopping easy. Click on the link below and put in the password for CMS and you can order all your supplies in one! These supplies will be delivered to CMS late this summer they can be picked up or delivered to your student on the first day of school.

website address:

password: dpcms

A+ School Supplies

Click here to order your supplies.

Norwood School News

Last week's news with a peek at the DC Trip!

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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 need a minimum of 10 students to run each 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).

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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