Carver Chronicles

A weekly newsletter that celebrates CMHS students and staff

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The Carver Chronicles is a newsletter designed to share and celebrate all of the great learning activities, extra-curricular events and awesome accomplishments that happen every day at Carver Middle High School!

The warmest of holiday wishes to all of you from our Administrative Team!

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Make sure to use the hashtag #thisisCRusADERNATION when tweeting about

Carver Middle High School students, staff, clubs and events!

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5 Things you may not know about...Mrs. Bertram


  1. Mrs. Bertram loves Halloween costumes. Some of her recent costumes include: L’il Wayne, Carrie, Willy Wonka, and the woman in Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film, The Birds.

  2. When Mrs. Bertram was in high school she never went to the library or checked out a book.

  3. A couple of Mrs. Bertram’s favorite activities are skiing and hiking in the woods.

  4. Mrs. Bertram’s favorite movie is Good Will Hunting

  5. A long time ago, Mrs. Bertram travelled to Wiesbaden, Germany for work and her “boyfriend” secretly got his passport and flew over to propose to her. They have been married for 27 years.

High School Student Spotlight: Veronica Littlefield

  • Name: Veronica Littlefield
  • Grade: 9
  • Hobbies: Reading

  • Favorite class: Band & HLA
  • Favorite food: Tortillas
  • Favorite holiday: Christmas
  • Fun fact:
  • Career interest: Teacher for Visaully Impaired students
  • Favorite TV show: Spirit Riding Free
  • Favorite Song: Anything by Danger-Incorperated
  • Favorite Artist: Adele
  • Accomplishments: Second place winner in Unified Track 100 meter dash, 1st place cheerleading award!
  • Interesting facts: Veronica is a legally blind 9th grade student who particpates in all the same classes and activities as her sighted peers. Even though Veronica has been blind since birth, and has experienced a few bumps along the way, she always stresses the positive in life and never lets her disability define her.

Middle School Student Spotlight-Frankie Banville

  • Name: Frankie Banville

  • Grade: 6
  • Favorite Class: Art
  • Favorite Sports Team: Celtics
  • Favorite Activity: Basketball
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Bermuda
  • Favorite Holiday: Christmas
  • Favorite Book: Number The Stars
  • Favorite Hobby: Horseback Riding
  • Future Career: Veternarian
  • Accomplishment: Rode the new throughbred at the stable
  • Favorite Song: Santa Tell Me
  • Funniest Moment: New Years Eve trying to catch popcorn in my mouth

CRUSADERS (IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM)

8th graders in Mr. Cully’s World History 1 classes used their knowledge of medieval times to design castles using both high tech (SketchUp) and low tech (graph paper blueprints). Their castles were designed to withstand a simulated attack by 1000 knights and 100 archers!

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The 6th grade teams offically unveiled their new team names!

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Hat Day Christmas breakfast! Jordan and Marina

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More festive fun!

It's spirit week here at CMHS, and students are at lunch for these photos, but juniors are working hard to compose their own arguments after digesting and writing about eight different groups of sources to consider the role drugs play in our democracy. All those papers represent their work product. Go juniors!

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8th Grade PE 3 vs. 3 Basketball Champions

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Technology Engineering students in Mr. Rota's class raced CO2 powered dragsters that they designed and built using various woodworking machines and tools. The dragsters were raced on a track that captured their times to the thousandth of a second. The students are then able to calculate the speed of the dragsters with the speed and distance recorded. The student with the fastest dragster for Semester 1 was Jameson Helms who's dragster had a top speed of 49.72mph! The runner up was William Baker. 3rd place goes to Eldon Sears. Best design goes to Sarah Gould with a great paint job on her dragster! Most unique goes to Sophia Cavicchi with her platypus design!

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Dragsters 1
Dragsters 2

Mrs. Leahy, Nate Eldredge, Cam Besegi, Haley Kuchinsky and Mr. Fraccalossi were among the volunteers who helped place wreaths on all of the Veteran's graves in Carver on Saturday, December 7th.

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Phoenix Phreedom Phriday--Students who had grades C or higher and/or were making progress to bring their grades up along with making good choices all week, were able to take part in the first Phoenix Phreedom Phriday. Students were able to play games, create snowflakes and work on the Team banner. We can't wait to do this again after vacation.

Students in Ms. Travers' science class exploring sound waves using a "telephone model."

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Some Team Phoenix seventh graders (featuring Ms. Vella) staying after school to get some work done before break.

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Awesome 6th grader Josh Silva wrote over 50 lines of code during an Hour of Code in 21st Century Literacy!

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15 Juniors and Seniors from Mr. Tresca's Justice and Society Class visited the Plymouth House of Corrections and the Plymouth trial Court House to support learning in criminal law and proceedings.

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Student Outreach Group Topic of the Month

Executive Function

You may or may not have ever heard the term before sounds like a lot doesn't it? Well it is!

It is a term for a set of 8 important skills that impact all areas of life. Here is the list of skills that you need and if you struggle in any of these areas don't worry there are things you can do to help yourself!


Skill: Organization

Definition:Ability to develop and maintain a system that keeps materials and orderly.

Strategy:Agenda, Write a list, Have folders/dividers, Prioritize


Skill: Task Initiation

Definition: Ability to independently start tasks when needed (even when you don;t want to do it!)

Strategy: Break down tasks into smaller parts, Reduce distractions, Reward yourself for completing tasks


Skill: Metacognition

Definition: Being aware of what you know and using that information to help you learn

Strategy: Keep a journal, Set goals, Ask yourself questions, Prepare properly


Skill: Attention

Definition: Ability to focus on a person or task for a period of time and shift attention when needed.

Strategy: Participate actively, Chew gum, Refocus yourself, Take a quick break (walk, water, standup, stretch)


Skill: Flexibility

Definition: Ability to adapt to new situations and deal with change.

Strategy: Take advice, Try a new approach, Listen to other people’s ideas, Accept small steps toward success.


Skill: Perseverance

Definition: Ability to stick with a task and not give up, even when it is hard.

Strategy: Don’t be afraid to fail, Take risks ,Have a growth mindset, Try new things


Skill: Self-Control

Definition: Ability to regulate yourself, including your thoughts, actions, and emotions.

Strategy: Remove temptation, Self-reflect, Measure your progress, Prioritize, manage stress


Skill: Working Memory

Definition: The mental processes that allow us to hold information in our minds while working with it.

Strategy: Write it down (Sticky notes), Repeat to yourself, Set reminders, Visualize


Skill: Planning

Definition: Ability to figure out how to accomplish our goals.

Strategy: Make a list , Create or remember deadline, Think on paper, Team up


Skill: Time Management

Definition: Having an accurate understanding of how long tasks take and use time wisely and effectively accomplish tasks.


Strategy: Plan ahead, Agenda, Set timers, Set deadlines, Take breaks

An appreciation breakfast for our Educational Support Professionals.

A special thank you to all the educators who supported this event. Our ESPs are an incredibly important part of our community and we all truly appreciate all they do for our children.

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Rocking our their new varsity jackets for Culinary and Drama!

CRUSADER DAY 2019!

Holiday crafts enjoyed by all ages in the Library during Crusader Day!!!

More Crusader Day Shenanigans!

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Middle School Holiday Concert!

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DECK THE HALLS!!

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Mrs. Townsend and Mrs. Tiago spreading Holiday cheer participating in Middle School Twin Day on Wednesday.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR JUNIORS

The JOY OF SOX: (thru 1/19)
What? Donate new socks: ideally black/dark.
Earn 1 hr/ 3 pairs of socks up to 2 hrs.
Why? Help homeless stay warm & healthy this winter!
Where? Drop off w/ history teacher or Ms. Haen 133
Interested? See flyer for more details: bit.ly/2RtKb6X



Extra credit if you take a pic for the Chronicle!

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Last Friday evening over 65 student and staff volunteers from CMHS hosted a Christmas party at the Elementary school called The Holiday Express. The proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the CES STEAM educational initiative as well as the CMHS Spanish and French National Honor Societies' educational outreach program. A jolly time was had by all. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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Superintendent Scott Knief has been the fearless leader of Carver Cares since the very beginning! Many years ago he took action; and others followed! Hear how today’s group came to be…


Carver Cares origins

2020 STICKER SHOCK CONTEST

Carver Cares and the Caring Crusaders invite YOU to participate in our Sticker Shock

Contest that aims to address underage drinking.

As a way for students to get involved, we are looking for YOUR creativity to design a

sticker to be posted on coolers in local liquor store establishments. The goal of these

stickers is to prevent adults from buying alcohol for minors.

All design submissions will be voted upon and the winning sticker will be used in the

2020 Campaign. The designer of the winning sticker will also receive a prize.

In the Spring of 2020, the Caring Crusaders will work closely with Carver Cares, the

town’s substance use prevention coalition, to roll out the campaign. Those interested in

helping to disseminate the stickers to participating liquor stores should contact Merielle

Paul at paulm@carver.org.

What is the criteria for the stickers’ design?

● Stickers should include a positive message.

○ For example, a positive message may be: “Make the right choice. For you

and for them. Don’t buy alcohol for minors.”

○ A negative message, for example, may be: “Underage drinking kills. Don’t

buy for minors.”


● Include Penalties for buying alcohol for minors.

○ Up to one year in jail and/ or $2,000 in fines

● Include the Carver Cares and/or Caring Crusader logo.

○ Please contact Merielle at paulm@carver.org for logos.

● The sticker can be no larger than 5x5 in size.

● Design must be submitted electronically. You may use graphic design software

tools to create the sticker. Ex: Canva, Publisher, InDesign.

Designs must be submitted via email to paulm@carver.org no later than


Friday, January 31, 2020.


Questions? Contact Merielle at 508-542-6992 (call/text) or paulm@carver.org

Facebook: @Carver Cares Instagram: @PlymouthCluster

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Best Buddies Annual Christmas Party!! Everyone had a Holly Jolly Time!

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6th Grade Student Government with their gift card donation to the Shane Gives Thanks Food Pantry.

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Haylie O'Connell wins Student Government's stocking decorating contest!

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Georgia Woodberry is runner up in the Student Government's stocking decorating contest!

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ATHLETICS

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Congratulations to the Boys Soccer team on their 2019 MIAA South Division 4 Team Sportsmanship Award!

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This week our hockey team celebrated Ugly Sweater Night! Players dressed in their ugliest sweaters and coaches put on their best Christmas suits! We finished our first week of games with a 1-1 record.

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COUNSELING CORNER

The guidance office hosted their first official Community College Application day this week! 12 students got their applications done while enjoying some snacks and holiday tunes!

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SCHOOL STORE

Stay warm this winter in your new Crusader gear!

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FUNDRAISING

The middle school will continue taking orders for the Yankee Candle fundraiser online through January. To place an order please use the following link:

https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/store.htm