The Eagle's Nest

August 7, 2020- Volume 1- Issue 1

A Message From Mrs. Griggs

Greetings Eagle Family,

I hope you are all safe and well! This year, we will begin school like no other year in history! As the division has approved the Virtual + model in our R2L plan, we will welcome students back virtually for the first quarter. Our staff is ready and committed to ensure your students will receive outstanding instruction in the online platform, Schoology.


Our theme this year will be Mission Possible. While these days are new and present us with new challenges, we are resilient and will do this together. We will continue to thrive under the same mission and vision as in the past:

Mission:

CMS will design learning opportunities where students engage in collaboration, problem solving, exploration, and innovation as they navigate their learning pathways. By promoting high standards and expectations, CMS will empower students, staff, parents, and community members to share in the opportunity to advance our school's vision and prepare students for their next level of learning.

Vision:

Working together to create a safe and supportive environment that inspires and empowers students to excel both academically and as citizens.


You will receive "The Eagle's Nest" Newsletter weekly as a form of communication regarding the happenings at CMS. This week we are sharing information about new staff as well as virtual learning and important back to school dates. Thank you for your continued support and grace.


All in,


Mrs. Corinne Griggs

Principal, Caroline Middle School

Important Dates

Mark your Calendars Folks

August 17th-21st- 6th Grade Chromebook Distribution and WiFi Distribution, Monday-Friday from 8:00 am- 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

*** Girl's Soccer uniforms will also be collected during this week. Uniforms can be returned in a labeled, sealed plastic bag to the front office.


August 17th- Student Schedules will be available via PowerSchool and Virtual Orientation videos will be posted to the school website, Facebook page, and Twitter (@CMSEagleGriggs).


August 22nd- Community of Promise day from 10:00 am-12:00 pm; CMS Bus loop, drive through


August 24th- First day of school!

Rising 6th Grade Chromebook Distribution and Wifi Distribution (all grades)

Monday, Aug. 17th, 9am to Friday, Aug. 21st, 4pm

13325 Devils Three Jump Road

VA

Rising 6th graders can visit the CMS bus loop for a drive-through Chromebook pick-up during the week of 8/17-8/21/2020. Times will be 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.

AUP forms will be on site and must be signed to receive a device.


Students indicating "No Internet" on the survey will be able to pick up their Wifi device during this time. Please be sure to bring your Chromebook with you to sync the wifi and device at the distribution.

Fees Update

We are excited to announce that CCPS has elected to utilize a portion of its CARES money to cover the Chromebook fee for all students!!! Additionally, CMS will not ask families to pay fees for classes that purchase supplies for students as they will be learning virtually. If we should return to the building before the end of the year, students enrolled in certain classes may be asked to pay the supply fee for that class if they are attending in person. These fees typically run between $5 and $10. We hope this helps offset costs you have accrued as a result of COVID-19 and the Virtual + Model.
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Bell Schedule

We will run a traditional bell schedule with Advisory to start the day, followed by 5 instructional periods and a lunch block. Students will be expected to log in at the start of each period to participate in synchronous learning on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Monday and Thursday will be A Days all year long and Tuesday and Friday will remain B Days. A document containing student participation expectations and procedures is currently being drafted and will be shared when student schedules are available during the week prior to the start of school.


Advisory- A 30 minute block of time where students are explicitly taught social and emotional skills to help them navigate social situations with adults and peers. Advisory also addresses organization skills as well as self reflection.


Monday/Thursday will be an A Day all year long

Tuesday/Friday will be a B Day all year long


Encore and Heath will continue to run on an A/B Schedule

English, Math, Science, Social Studies will be every day.

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Supply List

The supply list is available below as well as the school website, Facebook page, and Twitter. Print copies are in the front office at CMS.
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A Welcome Message from the Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Coan

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year Eagles!

While this year is starting off a little different than many of us are used to, I don't doubt that this school year will be one for us to grow together as an Eagle family, stronger than ever. I'm never one to lie or sugar coat things, so believe me when I say we will face many challenges this fall, and quite possibly even into the spring. However, I know that no matter the difficulties faced in the upcoming months, as long as we stick together, and lift each other up, we will no doubt be successful. If you are apprehensive regarding the virtual teaching model, please reach out to me, another teacher, or a trusted advisor to ask questions, seek guidance, or to simply talk about the feelings this new situation brings. As we embrace this new change, please keep in mind we are all feeling stress regarding the way the year is starting, so let's be sure to build one another up, be kind, and most importantly look to this as something new and fun to keep us on our toes. Remember, we are all in this together and as #OneCaroline, we shall make it a phenomenal year!

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A Welcome Message from the New Teacher of the Year: Mr. LaPointe

Welcome back to the eagle's nest!

Time to rep CMS!

Tell ya mama, ya daddy, ya auntie, and ya granny

That Caroline county is here to stay!

We do it for the kids each and every day!

It’s a long road ahead but I know we will succeed

We’re gonna raise these kids up, growing like a tree

And it’s all gonna start with just planting a seed.

A seed of hope, care, knowledge and kindness

Watering them with motivation and guidance

Shining a light on the future and horizons

We gotta work together cause nobody is an island.

Welcome back CMS let’s shine like diamonds!

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Welcome to the Team, New Eagle's Staff!

Successful Tdap Drive Through

On Monday, July 27th, the Rappahannock Area Health Department and the Central Virginia Health Department partnered with CMS to offer Tdap vaccines to the rising 7th graders. The drive through was a success! We appreciate these community partnerships that support our Pathways 2022 Goal 3: Health and Safety!

Wifi Access

Wifi is available in the parking lots at CMS and CHS for your convenience up to the start of school and throughout the school year.
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