Camp Road Cougar News

January 20, 2023

Principal's Greeting

Hello CRMS Family,

We've had another great week here at Camp Road. This week we were visited by Kwame Alexander, a published author, who was able to share his work and an inspirational message with our 6th and 7th grade students. Our students also participated in grade level Academic Catch Up Days. This was an opportunity for us to celebrate those students who have turned in all of their assignments for the second quarter and provide time for students who needed to make up assignments. It was great to see so many of our scholars outside for extra recess time because they stayed on top of their assignments this quarter.

As we start the 3rd quarter, I want to encourage all of our students to start off on the right foot. Make the commitment now to turn in all of your assignments complete and on time. Make another commitment to follow all school rules and procedures by making good choices. This will help each and every student reach their full potential!

Parents, I ask that you have conversations this weekend with your children about these two commitments, and then regularly throughout the quarter to help them meet their goals.

I am challenging all of our students to focus on not getting any office referrals this quarter. All students that have no office referrals for the 3rd quarter will get a full-sized candy bar from me on Monday, March 27th. I hope that I can buy every single student a candy bar!

Jaclyn Rowehl


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NOTE: New Quarterly Academic Newsletters can be found at the end of this newsletter.

Upcoming Events


January 21: Robotics Team 2nd Competition

January 24: Cougar Store Open

January 26: 6th grade Science Benchmark

January 27: Report Cards Sent Home

January 30: Student of the Month Breakfast

February 2: Job Shadow Day

February 3: Early Release (1:30pm)/Teacher Workday

February 10: 7th Grade Bingo Blast

February 17 and 18th Region Band Clinic at Summers Corner Performing Arts Center (for select 8th graders)

Annual Calendar

7th grade Bingo Blast Fundraiser

It's time for some 7th-grade Bingo fun after school Friday, Feb. 10, 3:45 - 5:15 pm, in the cafeteria. This event is a fundraiser for our author visit by Varian Johnson March 1. Tickets cost $10.00 and cover ten games of Bingo, door prize drawings, and a hot dog meal. Tickets will be sold in the library, Monday, Feb. 6 - Thursday, Feb. 9. Limited to the first 120 tickets sold.

We want to make as much profit as possible, so we are asking our CRMS families to consider donating items to the event. Use this Signup Genius form if you can help.

The OTHER (Scheduled) Author Event: Varian Johnson

We were blessed with a pop-in visit from Kwame Alexander, an amazing writer and presenter.

But all year long, we have booked, scheduled, and fundraised for our March 1 visit from Varian Johnson. He will spend the entire school day with us, presenting to all three grade levels, hosting a workshop, and signing copies of his books.

How did Mrs. Bouton, decide to host this particular author?

  • His graphic novel, Twins, is one of the 20 books on this year’s SCASL top books for SC middle schoolers

  • He is a SC native, who grew up in Florence.

  • He writes primarily for middle school students, and he appeals to a wide range of readers

We hope students will be inspired to read his books, and we are promoting them in the library. Should you be interested in having Varian Johnson sign a book, you can have your student bring in a book you already own or take advantage of this preorder form.
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Second Step at CRMS

The Second Step Middle School digital program is a research-based, Tier 1 SEL program for Grades 6 through 8. The classroom-based lessons and activities are designed to strengthen students’ social-emotional skills, such as managing strong emotions, setting and working toward goals, and building strong friendships while avoiding or de-escalating social conflicts with their peers.

All grades are working on: Unit 3: Thoughts, Emotions & Decisions

Students learn how to recognize strong emotions and unhelpful thoughts, and they learn to apply strategies for managing their emotions and reducing stress. These objectives are facilitated in weekly lessons, community circles and classroom challenges.

Check Out, is a free website for parents and their teens created by the makers of Second Step® Middle School. It is a great resource for middle school families by providing expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.

School Choice

The CCSD School Choice window opens on January 24 and closes February 24. Please refer to the school choice site for details on programs, entry requirements and deadlines.

Rising 9th Graders

If you do not live on James Island or Folly Beach, and your child would like to attend JICHS for 9th grade, it is a choice school. Please apply through from January 24 - February 24.

Early College High School will present to interested 8th graders on January 25. Please email for more information or if you would like your 8th grader to attend the presentation.


Camp Road Middle School's NEW Spirit Store is now open!

New LOCAL Company, New Items, Great Prices!

Open January 23-February 10 for delivery by March 1!

Select "pickup" for free delivery to school. It will be delivered to the homeroom teacher you indicate.

Watch for the live link later this weekend!

Missing some items??

There is a plethora of items in our Lost and Found, located by the cafeteria. Please pick up any of your items by Tuesday January 31st or it will be donated.


Good Luck...

Good luck to 8th grader Addie Hlavac, who will be auditioning for the SCBDA All State Honor Band on Saturday, January 21st in Lexington, South Carolina.

2023 Midlands Student Summit

Registration for the February 2023 Midlands Student Summit hosted by the Clemson University’s Office of College Preparation and Outreach is now open. This event is co-sponsored by Boeing and will take place on Saturday, February 4th from 8am- 2pm at Lower Richland High School in Hopkins, SC. This summit is designed to educate, inspire, and empower underrepresented middle and high school students but is open to any 7th-12th grade student who registers. Students can expect to hear from a variety of speakers that will hold interactive sessions about the college admissions process, financial aid options, strategies for academic success in high school, leadership development, career options and much more! In addition to sessions, students will have the opportunity to hear from colleges/universities from around South Carolina at a college and resource fair.

The link to register is

Academic Competition Opportunity

Students: you are invited to take FREE online exams in geography, science, and history. Top scorers on the exam qualify for the regional competition at Buist Academy on February 5th. Check out the practice materials first, and when you're ready, take the exams here.

Federal Cards

If you have not completed and signed your Federal card, please do this ASAP. If you need another copy, please email Mrs. Gamble: Thank you!

News from the Nurse

Free COVID and Flu testing for CCSD students/staff. Mondays 12PM - 6PM.

Location: CRMS parking lot inside of POD trailer.

Positive for COVID? Please use this COVID Reporting Form to report positive cases to the nurse.

Mental Health Minute

Have you checked out the new cutting-edge mental health app for tweens and teens (and everyone)? Make sure to download the free version of TeenToks from the Apple App store here. You can use it on an iPhone (you can also technically use this version on an iPad). They are also working on a version for Android users–we’ll keep you posted. There are many free videos and also premium access giving you close to 400 videos created by teens on topics like stress management, body image, peer pressure, friendship issues, and much more. They’re adding new content every week!

Shannon's Hope Camp is a free overnight camp that empowers children and teens that have lost a loved one to explore and express their grief through age-appropriate workshops at a scenic beachfront setting with peers who "get it." Camp is open to youth ages 7-17, and is held each Fall and Spring. Next Dates: March 11th & 12th Seabrook Island, SC. For more information, go to Contact Mrs. Stonecypher for sign-up information, the deadline is sign-up is February 10th.

School Counselors

Visit the CRMS guidance page for helpful school and counseling resources.

Cougar Basketball

Games have begun for both our boys and girls basketball teams. Come out and cheer them on!!! Schedules below

Boys Basketball Schedule

Girls Basketball Schedule

Middle School Spring Tennis League

Practices begin in February. League starts March 6th. Click 2023 Cougar Tennis Team for more information and to join the Cougar Tennis Team. If you have questions or are interested in coaching, please contact and

JICHS Spring Sport Conditioning and Tryouts

Boys JV Soccer Tryouts - January 30th, 2023 from 3:45pm-5:00pm. Open to 7th and 8th graders, required paperwork and tryout information here:

Girls Soccer Pre-Season Training & Tryout Info - Open to 7-12 graders. Join google classroom page for information Join code: bbba45s

Softball Pre-Season Workouts & Tryouts - Open to 7-12 graders. For information join JI Softball google classroom page Join code: dyxou6b

Track & Field - Link: Questions? Please contact Coach Eshelman at

Boys Lacrosse - Off-season practices started in December. Open to 7th-12th graders. Beginners are welcome! If interested in playing Varsity or JV boys lacrosse this spring, contact Coach Loda at

CRMS Wellness Room

Middle school is a time when students’ cognitive capacities, including abstract thinking and moral reasoning increase. During this time middle schoolers become aware and are especially sensitive to their peers and experience an increased intensity of emotions. Kids are "carrying" a lot in their metaphorical book bag even before they walk through our school doors some mornings.

The Wellness Room at CRMS was created with that in mind–helping students independently re-set, re-focus and return to learning.

Wellness Room Objective:

Students will independently work to self-regulate their emotions, problem solve and/or reset to return to the classrooms recentered and focused, allowing them to re-engage and be “ready to learn.” Counselors will be in the room, facilitating this work.

At any time during the day students can request to visit the Wellness Room for a quick reset. Signed agendas are the entry and exit passes to the room. Targeted maximum time in the Wellness Room is 10 minutes.

What’s in the Wellness Room?

Upon entering the room, students can choose a “what do I need card.”

  1. Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution worksheet

  2. Coloring/Journaling

  3. Fidgets

  4. A quiet space (noise cancellation headphones) or a book

  5. Distraction (from my feelings) puzzles, crosswords, brain games, etc

  6. Mindfulness (yoga cards, breathing exercises, etc)

After choosing a “what I need card” and giving it to the school counselor, students are able to choose flexible seating and use the manipulatives. Ten-minute sand timers are given to students to let them know when their time has expired. After signing out, students can request to see a school counselor if needed.

Science Links social/emotional wellness to Student Gains:

* Improvement in students’ social and emotional skills, attitudes, relationships, academic performance, and perceptions of classroom and school climate

* Decline in students’ anxiety and behavior problems

* Long-term improvements in students’ skills, attitudes, prosocial behavior, and academic performance

School Technology Information You Need to Know...

Students should NOT bring their Chromebook chargers to school. Please charge devices at home each evening. Chargers tend to disappear at school, and we have no way to track them. Students will be responsible for the cost of replacing lost chargers, so please don’t let your student bring the charger to school!

A reminder about the CCSD fee structure for damages and loss of chromebooks:

  • Negligent/Accidental Breakage - No charge for first incident per school year $50 per incident for each subsequent event
  • Intentional Vandalism - $300.
  • Stolen Device - No cost if a police report is provided
  • Lost Device - $300
  • Lost Charger - $40

Stay in the loop with your child's academics!

Click Here for a Parent Cheat Sheet

This document provides links to a variety of things that you might need as a parent.

We've got a couple of things to help you stay connected and in the know about your child's academics and their teachers. Below you will find a Quarterly Academic Newsletter and a Parent Guide for each grade level. We hope that these will be quick links for you to see what your child is learning as well as information about their teachers.