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Volume 2 - Issue 1 - July 22, 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

As the Principal of Chula Vista Middle School, I am honored to welcome you to our 2019 – 2020 academic year. Chula Vista Middle has a strong and rich tradition as the School for the Creative and Performing Arts and we pride ourselves with having talented and gifted scholars, professional and caring faculty, staff, and dedicated parents. It is my pleasure to partner with our community to provide a healthy learning environment for each of our students so that each of them can reach their fullest potential. I am excited to be able to work with you to continue to raise student achievement and prepare students for high school and beyond.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, Chula Vista Middle School students accomplished many goals. We had amazing performances by our SCPA students, strong showings at the District Solar Sprint Car Race, Robotics Competition, Math Field Day and Science Fair. Additionally our eight grade class had an increase in our promotion percentage rate by more than 10%. These are all great accomplishments that were a result of our teamwork and dedication.

It is my philosophy that by working together as a TEAM towards a common goal, we can push each student to reach his/her fullest potential and produce amazing results. As a TEAM we will focus on creating a safe and equitable learning environment that embraces our collective strengths, as well as differences, in order to reach our goals. I am committed to you and the work we do as a TEAM at Chula Vista Middle School, home of the Cavaliers.

This upcoming year we will implement several changes to our school. First, we will no longer require school uniforms for our students. I have included a copy of our new dress code policy for you information. The new dress code will be enforced from the first day of school. Students who fail to comply with our dress code will be provided with a uniform shirt or pants to use for the day. Parents may also bring appropriate attire for the students to change in to. Failure to comply with our dress code may also result in disciplinary consequences. This year we are also implementing Rise-Up Friday’s during our minimum days. On these days students who are not mastering content standards will stay after school to work with their content area teachers. This will provide them win an additional opportunity to master the content. More information on the specifics of Rise-Up Fridays will be forthcoming.

Should you have any questions regarding your student’s progress or school programs, do not hesitate to call our school office and our dedicated staff will direct your question to the appropriate personnel. I look forward to working with you as we continue our pursuit of excellence at Chula Vista Middle School.

Julio C. Alcalá


Chula Vista Middle School

Focus on our Mission

The mission of Chula Vista Middle School (CVM) is to ensure that each student is provided with the skills to be college and/or career ready. Therefore, it is important that our students fulfill their potential towards success. We expect students at CVM to be active learners and we encourage them to participate in our special academic support and after-school programs.

Three Pillars to Support Success

This year we will COMMIT to maintaining a school-wide focus on the following three pillars to achieve our mission:

  1. Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  2. ELD Strategies Across the Curriculum
  3. Purposeful PLC Collaboration

Assistant Principal's Corner

Student Handbook

Dear Staff,

The student handbook is a resource for CVM students and parents to prepare for a successful school year. We are trying to save resources therefore; the most recent student handbook is attached for your reference. The student handbook is also available on the school’s website.

Students do not have access to their iPads to review the handbook information individually. Therefore, we ask that teachers project the handbook for students to read during advisory and if possible review it with them.

Please have students adhere to the following schedule:

• Monday, July 22, 2019

o Behavior Expectations Part I, pages 9-14: Middle School Promotion Requirements, Dress Code Standards, Credit Recovery, and CVM Interventions. Tell them to ask their parents to review the Parent Tips section, pages 11-12.

• Tuesday, July 23, 2019

o Behavior Expectations Part II, pages 15-16: Digital Citizenship, Discipline Guidelines, Prohibited Items, Sexual Harassment, Non-Privileged list, Campus Beautification, Saturday Academy, and Suspension.

• Wednesday, July 24, 2019

o Behavior Expectations Part III, pages 17-19:Anti-Bullying School, Cyberbullying, Code of Conduct; iPad Classroom Use Policies, pages 27-29.

• Thursday, July 25, 2019

o Behavior Expectations Part IV, pages 7-8, Attendance; Library & Circulation Policies pages 20-23

• Friday, July 26, 2019

o Club TC, Homework Expectations page 24, Special Programs page 25 and Activities and School Spirit page 26.

Thank you for your understanding,

Ms. Meza

Nutrition Break Supervision

In order to help establish and maintain a safe, welcoming learning environment for all, we ask that all teachers be on duty for nutrition break supervision for the first couple of weeks. This is a great opportunity to welcome our new Cavaliers to our campus as well as to reconnect with our returning Cavaliers.

Thank you!

Mr. Casas

CVM Student Dress Code

After considering input from Parents/Guardians, Faculty and Staff, we have decided that for the 2019-2020 school year uniforms will not be required. We have included a copy of our new dress code that are equitable, and appropriate for the middle school learning environment.

From the ASB

Hello Cavalier Family-

As a reminder, the WEB Leaders will be assisting new Cavaliers (7th and 8th grade) find their period 1 class in the morning. Therefore, the WEB Leaders may be a few minutes to class. Please excuse their tardy. You will be able to identify WEB Leaders because they will be wearing their WEB tshirts.

In addition, as a reminder our ASB Officers who will be making morning announcements will also be tardy to class. They will report to their period 1, as soon as announcements are concluded.

Thank you!

Ms. Price

2019-2020 Bell Schedules

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Important Dates

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Monday 7/22

  • First Day of School (Regular Day Schedule students released @ 3:10 pm)

Tuesday 7/23

  • New Student Registration (8:00 am -11:00 am)

Wednesday 7/24

  • New Student Registration (8:00 am -11:00 am)

Thursday 7/25

  • New Student Registration (8:00 am -11:00 am)
  • iPad Distribution through Math Dept. (8th grade first)

Friday 7/26

  • Minimum Day PLC (Students released @ 1:25 pm)
  • New Student Registration (8:00 am -11:00 am)