The Bird Nest

News and Notes from Clever 6-8 Middle School December 2020

Message From the Principal!

Leaders Among Us Teacher Spotlight

This year has been unpredictable to say the least! Staff have been asked to do things that we have never done before. We are asked to step into roles that we have never filled before. And we see the incredible work that you are doing and the impact that you are making every day! THANK YOU!

Leader in Me provides a great framework for tackling these challenges and finding support throughout the process. The Adult Learning Action Team would like to highlight some of our staff that are influencing others by living the habits at school and in their personal lives.

Thank you again for all that you are doing everyday! We can't wait to hear about and share all the wonderful ways you are encouraging others through your implementation of the 7 Habits.

Heather King - 6th Grade Mathematics Teacher

Heather has taken on her role as a Lighthouse Coordinator with grace. She demonstrates her leadership by taking the time to learn along side, helping draw focus to our circle of control and listening to those who need to be heard. And we're not just talking about her students. Heather is quick to lend a hand to anyone in need - friend, peer, student or stranger on the street. One coworker summed her nomination up by stating, "I'm proud to call Heather a friend and colleague!"

A Very Clever Christmas Food Drive!

As the holidays are quickly approaching, we at Clever Middle School recognize the unique challenges some families will encounter during the holiday season this year. Economic difficulties during this time can make the holidays stressful for families.

Last year, CMS hosted a holiday food drive to help support a few of our local families. We again are hosting this food drive, however, this year we added another layer to help generate support. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate in what we are calling “A Very Clever Christmas.” Check out the flyer below for more details. After two weeks, we have collected numerous food items and over $100 to help purchase items.

Students will be drafting letters to local businesses in an effort to collect donations leading up to the holidays. Any help with this project is much appreciated.

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A Message from SRO Christina (Online Safety)

Second Semester Learning Options

As we look ahead to the second semester of our 2020-21 school year, we are making plans to meet the needs of both seated and virtual students. In order to do this, we are asking parents and guardians to complete a change form ONLY if you intend to make a change to your student's current academic plan. In other words, if your student is currently a virtual student but you will be sending them for seated classes second semester OR if your student is currently seated but will be switching to a virtual platform, we ask that you submit a change form by December 4.

Participation in Bluejays@Home for second semester will require administrative approval.

Click the button below for more information.

Bluejays@Home/Quarantine Learning Schedules

In the situation where your child is placed on quarantine, we ask that they follow their appropriate grade level schedule below. Parents will receive an email from the school providing more details outlining the specific expectations for learning from home.
6th Grade Bluejays@HOME

Students in quarantine will remain in their regularly scheduled explore class but will not required to zoom.

7th Grade Bluejays@HOME (Updated 9.22.20)

Students in quarantine will remain in their regularly scheduled explore class but will not required to zoom.

8th Grade Bluejays@HOME

Students in quarantine will remain in their regularly scheduled explore class but will not required to zoom.

Tutoring Options

Tutoring options are available both before and after school on a regular basis. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information and availability.

Periodically, we will offer Saturday tutoring sessions from 8-11. Information will be sent to parents when the next Saturday tutoring session is available.

19-20 Yearbook Sales

We have only a few copies of the 2019-2020 yearbooks left! Don’t wait until it’s too late, get your copy from any of the K-8 offices as soon as possible. They are $20.

Upcoming Dates


December 23 - End of 1st Semester

Janurary 5 - School Resumes

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