Husky Happenings

March 6, 2020

March 13 - Teacher workday

MLK Jr. Humanitarian Award Recipients

Congratulations to our recipients of the MLK Jr. Humanitarian Award. These individuals embody the legacy and message of Dr. King of service toward others. They make a positive and tremendous impact in our school and community!

Thank you to Mr. Lee for giving our 8th grade students an inspiring message of perseverance and service. Thanks to Mr. Casey for his leadership in organizing this event.

Student: Chapel Oaks

Teacher: Kevin Squiers

Community member: Dee Braswell

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Annie Jr. Ticket Sales

Crabapple Middle School Drama presents:

Annie Jr.

March 17th & 18th @ 7pm

Roswell Cultural Arts Center -- 950 Forrest St. Roswell

Tickets available for $10 online or at the door prior to the show for $15.

FCS Digital Learning Day: March 24, April 21 & May 19

As you are aware, April 21 and May 19 have been approved as digital learning days due to state elections. Recently, the superintendent has granted schools - that are not polling sites only - the option to have school on one or both of these days or each school could decide to keep both as digital learning days.

March 24 was not open for discussion and will remain a digital learning day for all FCS students.

The recommendation to our school governance council is for Crabapple Middle students to attend school on April 21 and have a digital learning day on May 19. This recommendation aligns with the recommendation established by Roswell High School.

On Tuesday, January 7, our council voted to approve the above recommendation. Thank you to those who provided feedback.

For calendar purposes:

March 24 - FCS digital learning day

April 21 - CMS students WILL attend school

May 19 - CMS digital learning day

Pennies for Patients is calling all heroes to join our squad!

Our school has decided to take on blood cancer and our mission is to help find a cure. Be on the lookout for more information coming home with your child on Monday that will allow your child to participate in this rewarding event that emphasizes the importance of social and emotional learning and gaining the experience of helping both children and adults in their fight against blood cancer. Check out the school link then:

1. Look on the right side and click on “Join classroom team.”

2. Then click “create a new account.”

3. Enter the required info and you will have set up your child’s personal page.

4. Once in your account, select “join a team” and search for our child’s homeroom teacher’s name. Homerooms will be competing for most money raised and the winning homeroom will receive a catered Olive Garden lunch! You definitely want your donations to count towards your child’s homeroom.

If you have any questions, contact Maggie Nelms at

AVID tutors needed

Our AVID elective class is in need of tutors! AVID is a 7th grade connections class for motivated students who are focused on high achievement in all their academic courses. You DO NOT need to be an expert in 7th grade curriculum. You just need to be willing to learn the AVID tutorial process and have a desire to help students succeed. The bonds built between tutors and students are so meaningful and rewarding for all. This is a paid position and training is provided. There is a small fee for fingerprinting and badging for adult tutors.

High school students currently enrolled in a Fulton County school, do not need to be fingerprinted. Adults are paid $15/hr and high school students are paid $10/hr. Tutorials take place every Tuesday and Thursday during 1st (9 am-9:42 am) and 7th (2:20-3:10 pm) periods. Right now we are in need of 1 more tutor for our 1st period class and 2 more tutors for our 7th period class. This is a semester long commitment. Current college students will be paid the adult rate.

If you are interested, please contact Maggie Nelms at Thank you!

Summit Counseling Onsite at CMS

Text 4 Help

The CMS counselors want you to know that if your child needs help from a mental health professional for themselves or a friend – they can text CMSHUSKIES to 1-844-201-9946. A licensed professional will respond within 5 minutes.

It is safe, anonymous and available 24/7 if needed.

Remember – it is OK to ask for HELP.

Please reach out to Amy Levin or Gina Severino if you have any questions.

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CMS Office Information

Please use the link, to find helpful office/school procedures including the following:

  • Student Check Out made EASY
  • Attendance Protocols
  • Changes in Student Transportation
  • Decorating Lockers for Birthdays
  • Café Protocol

Your cooperation with these procedures is appreciated.

FCS Code of Conduct

The Fulton County Schools Code of Conduct can be found at this link along with on our website. If you would like a printed copy, we have received a limited number. Please have your student visit the front office.

CMS Clubs

We offer several clubs at CMS that span a variety of interests for students. Please review the clubs brochure and encourage your student to join a club. Clubs are a great way to make new friends and be active in an activity that they enjoy!

Morning Intramurals

Morning Intramurals have begun!! The Intramural Registration Form on the following link is all that is needed to participate Please turn the form into Coach Thomas.

Intramurals are each week Monday-Thursday in the gym. On Fridays, intramurals will be held at the CMS tennis courts weather permitting. A variety of activities are offered each week. Students may arrive at 7:45 am. An intramural leader will let students in the building at that time. If a student arrives after 7:45 they will need to wait until the building is opened to all students at 7:55 and then proceed to the gym.

On Fridays, students may report directly to the tennis courts. Intramurals ends at 8:25 each morning, students may come down anytime to participate. A student may attend as many days as they wish as long as they have turned in the Intramural Registration Form.

If you have any questions please contact Coach Thomas (, Coach Jonsson ( or Coach Heninger (

CMS Strategic plan

Over the course of last year, our school governance council embarked on a journey of crafting our new strategic plan. This plan, with school specific with goals and initiatives, aligns with our district plan focusing on four pillars: student achievement, people & culture, community collaboration and fiscal responsibility. Our strategic plan will guide our work for the next five years. Please read our strategic plan by visiting our website.

CMS Calendar of Events

Mar 13 - Teacher workday

March 17 & 18 - Annie Jr. at Roswell Cultural Arts @ 7pm


All Hands on Deck for 2020-2021

The PTA is already working hard on next year's programs for our students, parents and CMS staff. And we will need everyone to help us make it happen. Our board is always changing as students/families move onto high school, and there are several board positions (over 50%) coming open at the end of this school year. Please consider giving your time!

There is no pre-requirement or special skills needed other than your desire to be more involved in CMS, and help keep our school as one of the best. Please consider helping out. Your middle schooler still needs you and the great programs the PTA provides!

Open Positions:




VP of Communications (Newsletter, Facebook, PR)

VP of Schoolwide events (Back to School event, Field Day)

VP of 8th grade events (Heritage Day, 8th grade dance)

Contact Shannon Zdancewicz (President) at or Susan Westbury (VP of Ways and Means) with any questions!

Box Tops

Makes It Easy To Earn Money For CMS!

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit CMS's Box Tops earnings online. It's so EASY!

Husky Helping Huskies News

What is HHH?

Huskies Helping Huskies (HHH) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, separate from FCS, CMS, and PTA, but also supporting students in the CMS community. HHH partners with CMS and PTA in efforts to assist students during the middle school years. HHH is coordinated by parent volunteers and has organized the ongoing activities of providing daily snacks, family food bags, and meeting unique needs for students referred (35-40 students a year) by counselors and the social worker.

There are opportunities to volunteer with HHH as a snack volunteer, food drive / pack volunteer, special events volunteer, and/or to serve on the HHH Executive Board.

Be a part of impactful volunteering, email to learn more!

Winter Food Drive Results

Congratulations to our 6th grade for winning the HHH Winter Food Drive! They donated the most items, 216, and we are very thankful!

The reward is a Free Seating Lunch. Mr. Casey will schedule this in the coming weeks. 7th grade donated 186 and 8th grade, 148.

Thank you to all grades for participating!

HHH Get Involved!

HHH is so thankful for the many volunteers who donate time and talents. This is our 5th year and we would like to keep the support for students going with your help! HHH is a volunteer parent run organization. Several volunteers are rolling off this year from co-chair positions - leadership, events, etc. - and its a great time to get involved!

Please email to let us know your interest!

Follow HHH on Instagram: hhhatcms; Facebook: Huskies Helping Huskies at Crabapple Middle School; and at the website:

HHH is now on Instagram

Follow HHH at hhhatcms; on Facebook @HuskiesHelpingHuskiesInc; and online at

Contact HHH at

Community News

Georgia Department of Public Health - Coronavirus Info

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Information resources

Facebook - Get up to date information regarding school events and activities by joining the “Crabapple Middle School” Facebook Group

Crabapple Middle website - The CMS website has a monthly calendar on the bottom right corner of the front page. Also find teacher contact information, forms, past “Husky Happenings” newsletters, and other important news here

PTA Website - Check out the CMS-PTA website for additional information regarding the PTA at CMS. Find information regarding volunteering at the school, special programs and upcoming events here

Twitter - Follow Crabapple Middle, Rako Morrissey, or many of our staff members on Twitter for postings of events and things happening around our school.