Cougar News January 2023

Clay-Chalkville Middle School

Important Dates

Jan 10 Report cards emailed home

Jan 13 Last day for 8th grade students to apply for Signature Academies (see more info below)

Jan 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- School closed

Sports Schedules are at the bottom of the newsletter.

Check out 2nd Quarter Honor Roll at the end of Newsletter!

Morning Arrival Reminders

  • The tardy bell rings at 7:55 a.m.
  • If car riders arrive after 7:55 a.m., students MUST be checked in at the front office.
  • Students should not enter through the front door prior to 7:55 a.m.

Afternoon Dismissal Reminders

  • No Check-outs after 2:30 p.m.
  • 2:55 - Car riders are dismissed

Bus Riders:
  1. A note is needed from parents for students to ride a bus other than their assigned bus.
  2. A note is needed from parents for students to disembark/be picked-up at a bus stop other than their assigned stop.

  3. Notes should be given to the grade-level AP, who will coordinate with the bus driver.

Bus Remind Codes

You can get a remind update for CCHS/CCMS buses.


i-Ready Corner

i-Ready Winter Diagnostic Scores

Please ask your student to show you their most recent i-Ready Math and Reading scores (from the Winter Diagnostic). For a detailed report of your student's progress, please email their Math, ELA, or Advisory teacher.

i-Ready Family Center and Resource Guides

For additional information about the i-Ready program and how you can support your student, please click on the links for the i-Ready Family Center and the i-Ready Family Guides (available in English and Spanish).

Winners of the Fall 2022 i-Ready Challenge

Congratulations to the following Advisory classes for winning the i-Ready Championship and Bowl Game rounds of our CCMS Fall i-Ready Challenge! During the months of November and December, all Advisory classes competed to see which class had the highest participation in i-Ready Math and Reading lessons.

  • Overall Champions: Covington (6th grade)
  • Cougar Bowl: Sanders (6th grade)
  • Navy Bowl: Bark (7th/8th grade)
  • Silver Bowl: Norris (8th grade)
  • Pride Bowl: White (6th grade)
  • Paws Bowl: Keith (8th grade)

i-Ready Winter Diagnostic: Top Scores and Most Growth

We would like to recognize the following students for their most recent i-Ready Diagnostic scores. Some of these students earned the highest score in their grade level in either Reading or Math i-Ready, while other students showed the most growth between their Fall 2022 and Winter 2022 scores.

6th grade TOP Reading Score: Olivia Davenport

6th grade TOP Math Score: Terrance Clements

6th grade Reading MOST GROWTH: Kayden Richmond

6th grade Math MOST GROWTH: Harold Mims

7th grade TOP Reading Score: Madison Acker

7th grade TOP Math Score: Alyssa Williams

7th grade Reading MOST GROWTH: Rodreous Chester

7th grade Math MOST GROWTH: Ryan Young

8th grade TOP Reading Score (tie): Morgan Beard, Juslynn Dancy, Tahj Jackson

8th grade TOP Math Score: Callie Horton

8th grade Reading MOST GROWTH: Chloie Pinkard

8th grade Math MOST GROWTH: Ethan Gagerie

Spring 2023 After School Tutoring

The Spring 2023 after-school tutoring program will resume on Tuesday, January 24.

Tutoring is held from 3:20 pm-4:20 pm every Tuesday and Thursday in the CCMS Media Center. During this one-hour session, our tutors work with students in the areas of reading and math in an effort to improve skills. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to improve their classroom grades and complete classroom assignments.

If you have any questions or if you would like to enroll your student, please email our Transformational Specialist and After School Coordinator, Betsy Jones

Resources for Reading At Home

Reading with your student is essential for supporting continued growth and academic

achievement. Parents often ask teachers how they can support their student's learning at

home if teachers aren’t sending nightly homework. We are fortunate to have several resources that students can access from home that will support their learning. Please view the Resources for Reading at Home attachment for information about online reading apps and conversation starters.

2022-23 CCMS Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP)

Throughout the year, our CCMS Continuous Improvement Leadership Team meets so that we can write, review, and monitor our annual Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP). Please view the 2022-23 CCMS CIP At-A-Glance attachment for more information about our CIP process, areas of celebration, areas of growth, and goals for the school year.

CCMS Band News

In October, more than one hundred middle school students from across Jefferson County auditioned for acceptance into the JefCoEd All-County Band. Three of our Clay-Chalkville band students earned a spot in this prestigious group. Congratulations to Max Laroe (Baritone), Makayla Smith (Clarinet), Jaslene Vera-Mitchell (Clarinet), and to Stephany Andrade-Martinez (Flute) who earned a spot as an alternate.

For 8th Grade Parents: Signature Academies Application Deadline, Friday January 13

Dear Parents,

Your 8th-grade student attended an assembly on December 1st to learn more about our JEFCOED Signature Academies. As a rising 9th grader for the 2023-2024 school year, your student will be eligible to apply for one of the academy programs either at their school or one of the schools in the Eastern Zone.

What Are Signature Academies?

Signature academies are optional and are just one of the educational opportunities available to JEFCOED students. Please talk to your student to gauge their interest. To help you make an informed decision please see the following links about the signature academy programs in the Eastern Zone.

Learn More About Eastern Zone Signature Academies

Watch Students Participate In Signature Academies

Watch Eastern Zone Student Assembly

The assembly was recorded at Clay-Chalkville Middle School but contains relevant information for all students in the Eastern Zone.

Signature Academy Homepage

When Can My Student Apply?

The application window will be open from Thursday, December 8th, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. through Friday, January 13th, 2023 at 4:00 pm.

Have Questions?

Click Here to Submit a Question. A JEFCOED staff member will follow up with an answer.

8th Graders Interested in Visual Art Professional Design Signature Academy

Parents and Students,

We are currently accepting applications for the Visual Art Professional Design Signature Academy and our other Signature Academies through Friday, January 13, 2023.

Students will not be allowed to enroll late in any of the Signature Academies after the January 13, 2023 deadline.

Students interested in signing up for the Visual Art Professional Design Signature Academy can find details here:

There will be a virtual Q & A session after school, Thursday, January 12 at 6pm for interested students and parents. Contact to receive the WebEx link.

Again, the deadline for students to sign up for Signature Academies, including the Visual Art Professional Design Signature Academy, is Friday, January 13, 2023.

For more information and to sign up for one of the Signature Academies, please use the portal link below:

8th Graders Interested in JROTC Signature Academy

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning. The deadline for the Signature Academy JROTC is approaching fast. Students interested in hearing more about JROTC are invited to attend a short meeting on Wednesday, January 11, at 10:55am in Mrs. Bryant's room (205). Please sign up with your Advisory teacher.

All newcomers and ALL current Cadets will need to access the portal and complete this by Friday. There is a separate link for returning students.

Please see the link below and either select new student or returning student;

Jason L. Miller

GySgt/USMC (Ret.)

Shades Valley High School

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McWane Center Summer Teen Volunteer Program

The Summer Teen Program is an opportunity for service-focused students to share their passion for science by leading hands-on demonstrations, helping with summer camps, and interpreting McWane exhibits in an effort to help our visitors connect and engage with STEM in an accessible way. They are an integral part of our efforts to spark wonder and curiosity about our world and show our community that science is for everyone!

In this program, McWane volunteers gain valuable leadership skills in a fun, hands-on environment and get to strengthen their public speaking skills while developing a strong work ethic. This volunteer program emphasizes the professional development of its participants and is a unique opportunity for students to see how STEM can apply to everyday situations.

If you have students interested in improving their communication skills, learning how to work with a team, and want to pursue their STEM related interests, you should encourage them to apply! To apply for the program, candidates will submit an online application with an attached resume and two letters of recommendation. All new candidates will participate in an interview after they apply. The application deadline is April 1, 2023.


CCMS Counselor's Site

Parents, please check the counselor's website for academic and mental health resources.

January Students of the Month

Teachers recognized these students for demonstrating CCMS Pride.

Abrielle Bryant

Alyssa Banks

Breana Collins

Daniel Espino

Jha'Kayri Jones

Ka'nyiah Allen

Kourtnei Smitherman

Matthew Aitken

Olivia Davenport

Peyton Henderson

Peyton Roberts

Terrance Clements

Congratulations to these students!

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