The Mustang Minute

September 28, 2018 - Issue 4

Technology Integration

By Thursday at 10:00am we had distributed Chromebooks to all three grade levels. It was fun to watch the students try on their newest accessory and their was definitely a level of excitement in the air. A new device is a fun "thing" to have but 1:1 technology integration is much more than students having a device. It creates a multitude of opportunities for teachers to create personalized learning for students and enables students to learn and explore far beyond the classroom. The Chromebook is a great tool that is designed to compliment great teaching.

Teachers have been using Chromebooks to enhance lessons for several years. The benefit of the 1:1 program is access. Teachers no longer have to schedule around Chromebook cart availability and can seamlessly integrate discussion, media, writing, and many other methods of instruction into a single lessons.

The 1:1 initiative also enables students that might not ave access to devices to use them at home. Most Coakley teachers use Google classroom which students can access from anywhere on any device. This makes keeping up with assignments much easier. It also allows teachers to assign more interesting homework. Grade 8 social studies had students watching a variety of news programs and comparing content. A grade 6 math class assigned Prodigy (an online math gaming tool) instead of a more traditional assignment.

We are aware that every family does not have wireless access at home. We do provide time after school Monday -Thursday in homework club, soon we will also have hotspot style devices that students may borrow and take home -like a book from the library. And most importantly, we would never punish a child for not having access. If a student or parent lets us know that their child does not have internet access at home we will always provide the necessary accommodation.

So we are all very excited for the opportunities that being 1:1 can provide for our students but we also recognize the importance of face-to-face interactions, meaningful discussions, and hands-on activities. The Chromebooks are one more powerful tool we can use to help provide our students with the best education possible!

McTeacher Night for the Coakley PTO

Put away the pots and pans on Tuesday Night and get served by your own Coakley teachers! On Tuesday from 4 - 7pm the Coakley staff will be helping out living the McDream in order to raise money for our PTO. I can't tell you who is on the schedule but the number of staff is growing daily! So bring your apetite and help the PTO! 20% of all proceeds will go to the PTO that funds so many projects at CMS!

Bilingual Parent Liasions

CMS is looking for some bilingual parents that are willing to help us reach out more effectively to our second language speaking families. If you would be interested in helping us please email Dr. Fraczek at or call the main office and leave a message.
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Big Y Points

Don't forget to sign up your silver saving card to the Coakley Middle School. You can earn points that we can use to buy supplies, furniture and other items for the middle school

Survey of Secondary School Parents/Guardians

Impact Norwood and the Norwood Public Health Department are conducting our 2nd Annual survey of parents/guardians of 6th - 12th graders. The purpose of this survey is to help us learn more about parent/guardian beliefs and perceptions regarding underage drinking and substance use. Your candid feedback will enable us to structure and implement targeted prevention initiatives to enhance the health and safety of Norwood youth. The results of this survey will be shared with you through our website and during the next academic year through health promotion activities and community-wide messaging.

Clubs, Sports and More

Intramural Sports: Sign up begins late next week and the fall sports will start early October.

Friendship Club: The club will meet once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00 Students are responsible for their transportation home or take.a late bus. First meeting October 23rd.

Artist Circle: meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1 starting Wednesday, October 3rd.

Robotics Club: The Norwood High School Robotics Club will run for a total of 5 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on Wednesday October 3rd, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Robotics Lab at Norwood High School. Interested 8th graders should email Dr. Crowley directly at before September 28th at 5pm to register.

Student Council: Informational meeting will be on October 4th

SEARCH is the Student Enrichment and Research Challenge. It is a club for 7th and 8th graders interested in collaborative learning with friends, research, creating projects, and travel. This year's theme is Colonial America and the American Revolution, and our trip this year is to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Students are required to attend an informational meeting and fill out an application. Information meetings: Wednesday, October 3; Tuesday, October 9; or Thursday, October 11 in Mr. Oliver's room 206. The club's regular Monday meetings will begin after the application process is concluded. Please contact Mr. Oliver or Mr. Roussos with any questions.

Yearbook Club: We will meet every other Thursday at 2:15 starting September 27th in room 211.

Notes from the Nurse

Attention 7th Grade Parents:

All seventh graders must have updated physicals and proof of Tdap immunization by October 12. Physicals dated September 2017 or later are acceptable. If you are unsure of whether you have handed this in, please call the nurse's office at 781-440-5926 or email Providing this documentation is a Massachusetts law; please call with any questions. You can have your doctor's office fax the physical directly to 781-769-4458, the dedicated nurse fax line.

Norwood School News Weekly TV Program

Take a look and see what Start with Hello was all about!

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

NEXT MEETING IS October 11th!

Need some new Coakley Apparel for the 2018 School Year? Click the link below and see what's available!

Box Top Summer Drive

Save those box tops all summer for a fall drive! While ten cents each may not seem like a lot they add up! The PTO raised over $500 from Box Tops.

Important Dates

October 2nd: CMS NIght at McDonalds

October 8th: No School - Columbus Day

October 9th at 6:30: Washington DC Parent Meeting

October 10th: Early Release

October 11th: PTO