The Mustang Minute
March 15, 2019 - Issue 26
Happy Pi Day (a little late)
Next week we officially head into MCAS season. We work very hard to find that balance of having students do their best on the test while not getting over stressed. We are able to have all students take the test at the same time which reduces our total testing days to six - leaving us more time for learning! Next Tuesday, we will be doing the infrastructure trial where we test the system. It gives students the opportunity to re-familiarize themselves with the online system while we test to make sure all the tech stuff works. It usually takes about an hour to minimize disruption.
I am looking forward to some warmer weather and getting our students back outside during lunchtime - fingers crossed!
The Pi Chain
The many digits of Pi in chain form 3.14159....
What is Pi?
The ratio of the circumference (C) of a circle to the diameter(D). When you divide C by D you always get Pi.
The history of Pi
They were so into it!
Paperless Progress Reports
Log into the Aspen Portal, the progress report will be located on the right side of the screen under the label "Published reports". Click on it and it should appear.
If you would like a paper copy of the progress report please call the main office and we can print and send one home with your child.
Come join the fun and take a few shots at your principal! It's $5 to play but you get an Orange Leaf gift card and a t-shirt!
Washington DC Updates
Within the next few weeks the grade 8 teachers will pass out rooming forms for students to select their roommates. If you think your child will need help with this process please reach out to their homeroom teacher, Ms. McCaffrey (guidance), or myself. We are happy to help make sure everyone ends up where they are comfortable.
On Thursday, March 28th we will have a mandatory parent meeting from 6:30-7:30. We will go over packing, fill out forms, and departure details. Students are welcome to attend this meeting as well.
Within the next couple of weeks we will also send out an online order form for DC T-shirts. We ask that all students purchase one for the trip. You can purchase one as well Mom and Dad - it's super cool!
Please note that final payments are due March 15th please contact EF directly if you have questions. If you have been assessed any overdue balances please call EF, most of these charges can be waived. If you are on a payment plan EF will complete your payments on that schedule.
A parent follow up to the survey we gave students last week about social media and teen habits.
2019-2020 Budget Info
New Library Reading Area Fundraiser
After School Activities
Friendship Club: The club meets once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00
Cartoon Club: Mondays 2:10-3:05 in room 105
Artist Circle: Meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1
Drama Club: Meets on Mondays at 2:15 in 101
Debate Club: Thursdays in 202
Lego Club: Tuesday, February 26th at 2:15 in the cafeteria
CMS Dance: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:15 in the cafeteria
Gay Straight Alliance: Thursdays at 2:15
Student Council: Meetings are announced
SEARCH Mondays 2:10-3:05
Yearbook Club: Meets every other Thursday at 2:15
Honor Band: Mondays 4:00-5:30
Honor Orchestra: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30
Jazz Band: Wednesdays 5:30-7:00
Honor Chorus: Thursdays 3:15-4:45
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Meeting is Thursday, March 14th!
Upcoming Evening Events
February 26th: SEPAC at the Savage Center
March 5th 6-7:30: Wellness Night at CMS
March 7th: Foreign Language Night at NHS
March 14th: PTO
March 22nd 6:30-9:00: Grade 8 Game Night
March 28th 6:30-7:30: DC Parent Meeting (chaperones requested to attend)
MCAS Testing Schedule
April 3 & 4: ELA MCAS all grades
May 7 & 8: Math MCAS all grades
May 14 & 15: Science grade 8