Keystone Central School District
Central Mountain Middle School
Notes From the Principal
During our first week of school with our students we held a kick off for our PBIS expectations. We introduced and taught classroom, school, and bus expectations, and also held grade level assemblies to review how we can all work together to make CMMS the best place to learn and grow. We have linked our grade level presentation and our mid-level handbook below.
Here's to a great year!
Week One of the 2022-2023 School Year
September 6 6:30pm-7:30pm........PTSO Meeting, CMMS Library
September 7...................................Reading Under the Lights at CMHS!
September 13, 5:00pm-8:00pm....Middle School Open House
September 17 .............................. Constitution Day
September 29 ...............................Homecoming Parade
October 10.....................................Columbus Day (we are in school)
November 3...................................Early Dismissal
November 4...................................No School - Act 80 Day
November 23.................................Early Dismissal
November 24-29............................School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Tuesday, Sep. 6th, 6:30pm
200 Ben Avenue
Mill Hall, PA
Homecoming Parade 2022
September Open House and Federal Programs Updates
Each school in the district benefits from Title II and Title IV federal funds. At Renovo Elementary/Bucktail Middle School, Title II funds support a Classroom Size Reduction teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Title II funds are also used for professional development across the entire district. Title IV funds support our schoolwide positive behavior activities, safe and healthy school initiatives, department and program leaders for all content areas districtwide, and technology initiatives. All elementary schools in the Keystone Central School District receive Title I funds.
Required documents for families:
Right to Request Qualifications of Teachers (see Annual Notices and Policy Review button above) - if you wish to request a paper copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Note: If your child is taught for four or more weeks by a teacher who is instructing in a
content area for which they are not currently certified, the district must notify you. Four week
notification letters will be added here if that becomes necessary.
Non-Discrimination Statement (see Annual Notices and Policy Review button above) - if you wish to request a paper copy, please contact email@example.com.,pa.us
The start of the school year can be a stressful transition for children and families. Summer often means late nights, sleeping in, and altered meal schedules. Returning to school or starting school for the first time means adjusting to earlier bedtimes, earlier morning alarms, and organizing the start of the day to get to school and work on time.
What can families do to ease the transition?
Create a predictable routine for morning wake up, meals, homework, and regular bedtime.
Look at your schedule for each week and look ahead for the following week's activities.
Prepare the night before for what to wear, breakfast, snacks, etc.
Try to stay calm and relaxed during times of stress for the child.
Talk with your child about what to expect and about how to handle big feelings of missing family during the school day.
What can families do if they have concerns about transitions?
Remind yourself that you are doing a great job and that stress from transitions is usually a phase.
Communicate with the school counselor to talk about concerns and solutions.
#KeystoneCares: September is Literacy Month!
You and your family are invited to join us for a family literacy night in September. Reading Under the Lights will be hosted at Bucktail High School at the Frank Dwyer Memorial Field on September 6th and at Central Mountain High School in the Don Malinak Stadium on September 7th.
This event is free and includes book giveaways, raffle baskets, and snack bags. For more information click on the Event!
CMMS School Counseling
During middle school, students experience changes, such as transitioning into adolescence, balancing multiple classes/assignments, dealing with peer pressure, developing new friendships, caring about what others think/fitting in and/or personal situations. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) may contact one of our counselors with any questions or concerns they may have regarding their student's academic, career, behavior and/or socioemotional well-being.
A counselor is someone to talk to, who will listen without judgment. A school counselor can assist in short-term counseling and if needed arrange long-term counseling and the SAP (Student Assistance Program) and Tier II support. Counselors can teach students tools to improve and cope with different situations, especially because sometimes it's hard to figure out where to start. Students may be want to see a counselor for the following reasons:
- Want to share an experience/feelings
- Feel depressed and/or lonely
- Have thoughts of self-harm
- Feel stressed and/or anxious
- Feel angry and/or frustrated
- Want to improve grade(s)
- Talk about college/careers
- Relationship/peer issues/conflicts
- Personal issues (divorce/separation, loss of a loved one, etc.)
To learn more or to schedule a meeting, please contact your student's school counselor.
Dr. Billie Miller: Grade 5 School Counselor
Phone: 570-893-4900 x3086
Allison Simpson: Grade 6 School Counselor
Phone: 570-893-4900 x2960
Denise Taylor: Grade 7 School Counselor
Phone: 570-893-4900 x2957
Phil Williams: Grade 8 School Counselor
Phone: 570-893-4900 x2953
KCSD School Social Worker
If you feel that your family or your student could benefit in any way from the various services he can provide, please reach out to Kyle (his contact information is on his flier below!)
Athletics & Activities
Athletic Dept. Intern
Click the image above if you are interested in interning with the Athletic Department at CMHS.
Click the image above for information on the 2nd Annual Heritage Homecoming at Bucktail HS and Central Mountain HS.
The Central Mountain Wildcat welcomed students on their first day of school!
Athletic Dept. Intern
Safety & Security
Safety & Security
Safe 2 Say
School Gate Guardian
Officer Scott VanGorder - Central Mountain High School
Officer Cory Beaver - Bucktail High School & Renovo Elementary
Officer James Knarr - Central Mountain Middle School
Officer Mike Fetzer - Elementary district-wide and District Attendance Officer
Officer Todd Brian - District-wide
Students in grades K-4 will be utilizing a resource called Bridges in Mathematics. Linked are the welcome letters by grade level!
Students in Grades 5-Algebra II will be utilizing Envision Math as a core resource. Follow this link to the Parents' Corner to learn more information about the program and how you can support your learner at home!
Keeping Up With Keystone
Career & Technical Center
Data & Performance
School Contact Information
Phone: (570) 893-4900 ext. 2956
Katrina Lee, Assistant Principal 5-6
Phone: (570) 893-4900 ext. 2954
Ashton Brady, Assistant Principal 7-8
Phone: (570) 893-4900 ext. 2955
Michelle Bechdel, School Secretary
Phone: (570) 893-4900 ext. 2950
Hollie Moore, School Secretary
Phone: (570) 893-4900 ext. 2951
Pat Merrifield, Attendance Secretary
Phone: (570) 893-4900 ext. 3701