September 8, 2022
Important Upcoming Events
- Wednesday, September 14th - KONA Ice (during Advisory)
- Wednesday, September 21st - Distance Learning Day
- Friday, September 30th - Beach Bash 3-5PM
- Wednesday, October 5th - KONA Ice (during Advisory)
- Monday, October 17th - Friday, October 21st - No School - Fall Break
- Wednesday, November 2 - KONA Ice (during Advisory)
- Wednesday, November 9 - Distance Learning Day
- Wednesday, November 23rd - Friday, November 25th - No School - Thanksgiving Break
- Wednesday, November 30th - Kona Ice (during Advisory)
For other information dates, please visit our website at https://taft.cps.k12.in.us/parents-students/calendar-menus
E-Learning Day - September 21st
Don't forget that on September 21st, all CPCSC students will have an e-learning day. Parents can find information about student learning, attendance, and more by clicking on the button below.
On September 21st, CPCSC staff will be participating in a safety exercise called 'reunification' - an important component of our district’s safety plan. If an incident at one of our buildings should require an evacuation, we will use the Standard Reunification Method to reconnect parents with their children in an organized and secure manner. CPCSC uses the process from The “I Love U Guys” Foundation which provides resources for more than 30,000 schools, organizations, and communities around the world.
You may see some of our local first responders at the high school as our team practices the reunification process on September 21st. We’re grateful for their partnership as we continue to provide safe schools for all of our students. You can learn more about reunification on the “I Love you Guys” Foundation website.
Employability Skill Survey
We want to thank our parents/guardians for being valued partners as we work together to educate our students.
While many people often think of student success in relation to grades or test scores, it is also important to consider the social and emotional growth of our students. Starting September 19th-Sept 26th , we will ask students in grades 3-12 for their feedback via a 20-30 minute online survey completed at school. The survey will ask students to reflect on their self-efficacy, emotional regulation, social awareness, and supportive relationships. The results from the survey support our ability to address individual and school-identified needs.
We have previously administered this survey as part of our Ready To Learn student services work. The data was used to implement positive behavior interventions and improve school culture and climate. We look forward to using new data from this school year to identify and align services for students.
If you have any questions about the survey or do not want your child to participate, please contact your school’s main office before September 19th. Students who opt out of the survey will still be able to participate in programs or services created as a result of the data.
CPCSC Office of Curriculum and Instruction
Student ID Cards
In the upcoming weeks, students will receive their annual student ID cards. Indiana legislation has changed the information that schools are required to include on those cards.
House Enrolled Act 1468 (2021) states that all public schools issuing student ID cards to students in grades 6-12 must include a hotline and text information for suicide prevention, crisis, human trafficking, teen dating violence, and sexual assault. Again, this applies to only students in grades 6-12.
The Indiana Department of Education provided recommendations for phone numbers based on a report from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. The information below is what students will see on the back of their new IDs.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 9-8-8
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
Teen Dating Violence/Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-7233
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
Suicide Prevention: “Start” to 678678
Crisis Text Line: “IN” to 741741
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 233733
Domestic Violence: “Start” to 88788 (National Domestic Violence Hotline)
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: “Loveis” to 22522
Sexual Assault: “Home” to 741741
Please reach out to our administrative team if you have any questions about this information.
Cell Phones / Earbuds
The federal program that provided free breakfast and lunch for all students has ended. If you need meal assistance OR textbook assistance, you must complete a free/reduced application at www.cps.k12.in.us/food.
The cost for a full lunch this year is $2.65. Various items can also be purchased ala carte. Breakfast costs $1.50. The school menu is highlighted below and is subject to change.
Parents of 7th and 8th grade students: If your child will be participating in sports this year, they will need a new physical dated after April 1, 2022 and will need to complete the information in Final Forms on our website.
Student immunizations are due to the nurse by Wednesday September 7th. Students that are missing immunizations will be excluded from school starting September 8th and will not be allowed to return until the requirements are met.
Simple Qpon Books
SimpleQpon books went home with students. If your student has not returned their book, please have them do so ASAP.
Since our school is responsible for books; if you choose not to participate, please return the book in the envelope in the same condition it was sent home with your student. If the book is not returned, then we will assume that you have decided to purchase it and the $20 payment will be sent in the envelope for the fundraiser.
Prizes & Incentives for participants:
- Sell 5 books, get a free book (6th). Also, the student will get to attend a pizza party.
- Each student that sells 7 Books (not including the free book), automatically gets invited to the Game Truck video game party. He/She will also get to Silly String Mrs. Seibert at Beach Bash.
- Sell 10 books and get an envelope containing $5-$25 in cash.
- Top Seller for each grade will get $50 cash.
You can also place an order online. Please email sure to put click the drop down menu for organization and select Taft Middle School. Once you are viewing your cart, type your student's name in the box before checkout.
Beach Bash is Friday, September 30th from 3-5. We need a lot of helpers to make Beach Bash a success! We can use helpers throughout the day as well as during the event. Thank you for helping out!
We're using SignUp to organize our upcoming Beach Bash:
- Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp: https://signup.com/go/EmaqYxj
- Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
- Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.