CHMS Parent Newsletter

September 25, 2022

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Mission & Vision

The MISSION of Chapel Hill Middle School is to develop students to become independent productive citizens and responsible life-long learners in a global society.

The VISION of Chapel Hill Middle School is to promote teacher empowerment, involve parents and the community in the school's success and equip students with the academic instruction, social and emotional development and character education necessary for their future endeavors.

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Principal’s Corner

Greetings Panther Family,

As we continue throughout this school year, your support is greatly appreciated. Parents, please speak with your scholar about their behavior at school, staying focused on their academics, and school safety.

Parents please support CHMS in keep all students safe while in the building. Please converse with your child about the importance of school safety and appropriate behavior.

• Students should not let anyone into our school at any time.

• If students see someone in a school who they do not know, and that person does not have a visitor’s badge or DCSD ID, they should report this immediately to a teacher or adult.

• Do not prop doors open. If someone props a door open – even with the smallest rock and best intention – it puts our entire building at risk of being unsafe.

• We ask all students and staff to close any doors that may be propped open and to report this immediately.

• If you see something, say something. It takes everyone working together to keep our schools safe.

Safety Protocols for Visitors

During school hours, doors are not to be propped open. Staff, students, and families are reminded to shut doors behind them. The front office staff have been asked to follow specific procedures before admitting anyone into the building. We want to remind you of the procedures we follow when visitors come to the school:

• The front door is the only entrance point for all visitors.

• Please ring the doorbell and investigate the camera.

• Be prepared to state your name, your child’s name, and your purpose for visiting.

• All visitors must walk directly to the appointed area with a valid photo ID and sign in.

• A visitor’s sticker will be given to visitors following the above procedures and must be worn and prominently visible.

• Any visitor in the school without a visitor sticker will be escorted directly to the front office by a staff member.

• If you are signing out your child, we also check your ID.

• We also ask that visitors not hold doors open for other visitors.

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Ayana Smith | Principal

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Title I Stakeholders Meeting

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We will have our Annual Title I Stakeholders meeting on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM via TEAMS. Please refer to our website to access TEAMS link.

Homecoming 2022

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Homecoming 2022 will take place from September 26 through October 1, 2022. Students can dress in theme with appropriate clothing. No ripped/ distressed jeans or inappropriate clothing is allowed.

CHMS will host a Sneakerball on Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm(Homecoming Dance). Tickets will go on sale from September 26 through September 29, 2022 for $5.00 (cash only).

Coffee & Conversations

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Parents, our Principal's Coffee will be on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 9:30 AM. This event will highlight important news, events, and academic focuses. Please refer to the flyer above to RSVP and for more information.


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During the 2022-2023 school year, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will administer the PSAT 8/9 to all 8th grade students, with parental consent.

Additionally, any 6th and 7th grade students that would like to participate in the PSAT 8/9 administration may do so. However, parent(s) must pay the required College Board fee to the local school. Local schools are responsible for the collection process.

DeKalb County School District will pay for all 8th grade students to take the PSAT 8/9. Every 8th Grade Student will take the PSAT8/9 on Thursday, October 13, 2022.

Parents and students may prepare for this assessment by visiting the link below: This link provides details relative to the benefits of participating in this assessment as well as how the assessment is scored.

Saturday School

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Parents, we will offer additional learning opportunities on Saturdays beginning October 15, 2022. We aim to have 100+ students enrolled and ready to receive additional academic support. If you want your scholar to participate in Saturday School, please click here to fill out the permission slip. All applications are due on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Transportation will be provided for scholars.

chms Donation

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Parents, we are in need of breakfast and lunch donations (granola bars, muffins, fruit snacks, juice (Capri Suns), chips, cheez it, etc.). for our students during Saturday School. Please send all donations to Mrs. Riley or Ms. Berry. We will greatly appreciate your donations.

Student Data Talks

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Student data talks were conducted on September 23, 2022. Student data talks are a teacher led, student centered classroom discussion with the goal of student improving student achievement. During this discussion, teachers walked students through analyzing their Fall MAP scores. Students were able to identify their current areas of strengths and weaknesses for each content area. Students set individual goals for themselves in order to meet or exceed their year end target score.

Decatur Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (EMBODI)

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The Decatur Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. requests your support once again for our EMBODI program, a National Chapter initiative to support young, black males between the ages 11-18. We serve the DeKalb County Schools area primarily. The application deadline has been extended to September 30, 2022.

Application Link:

Chromebook Insurance

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Parents, lost or stolen devices are the sole responsibility of the student and parent/guardian. The school will not provide replacement or loaner devices for lost or stolen Chromebooks or chargers.

All damaged or lost devices can be addressed through the Chromebook Insurance provider offered by the District. Please click here if you are interested in purchasing insurance. Insurance can be purchased until December 15, 2022, and will cover the duration of the 2022-2023 school year. After the deadline for insurance purchasing expires, if you have NOT purchased insurance, parents and students will be responsible for the full cost of repairs and replacements for damaged and lost devices.

covid reporting

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Please click here if you are a Chapel Hill Middle School parent, or student who needs to report a positive COVID status or an exposure from someone who lives with you. A confirmation email will be sent from Mrs. Smith once information has been processed.

pbis information

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Please click on the above picture to access CHMS PBIS Matrix and Event Calendar.

CHMS Parent Volunteers

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We are in need of parent volunteers weekly to assist with monitoring the restrooms and the cafeteria. If you plan to volunteer, you must complete a brief training with Ms. Garfield, School Social Worker. Please contact Ms. Berry if you are interested.


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Parents, we would like for all parents to join PTSA. If you are interested in joining, please click here to join. PTSA dues are $10.00.

CHMS Partnerships

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Parents, if you would like to become a community partner with CHMS, don't hesitate to contact our Head Counselor, Mrs. Simms, or the Principal's Assistant, Ms. Berry.

Additional information

Please click the picture above to access the DCSD Academic Calendar, Mask Policy, Safety Protocols, Student Code of Conduct, Bullying & Cellphone Policy, Parent Portal Information, CHMS School Hours and Attendance, Uniform Policy, Communication Ladder & Whose Who, and Outside Food Policy.

chms football

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Parents and students, please come out and support our football team this school year. Please refer to the schedule above for game information.

Tickets for all DCSD Revenue Sports can be purchased online. Please click here to purchase game day tickets.