February 28, 2021 VOLUME 13 ISSUE 26

calendar at a glance


5: Interim for 3rd nine weeks

8: D5 School Board meeting at SHHS ~ 7:00 pm

10: Middle School Late Start Day ~ doors open at 9:00 am

12: Interims for the 3rd nine weeks go home

14: Daylight Savings Time begins

15: Student Holiday / Staff Development Day

important information for the 2021-2022 school year

9th grade course registration

Attention 8th-grade students and families:

You received an email with important information regarding high school registration earlier this week. Please be sure to review all of the information and plan your course selections this weekend. Students will be registering for 9th-grade classes with counselors from the high schools March 1 - 3.


Students attending Chapin High School next year have the opportunity to select Jr. ROTC. Please view the attached video for more information.


ATTENTION PARENTS! It is time for Rising 7th and 8th grade Honors auditions for the 2021-2022 school year. Please click the link below for more details:

Rising 7th graders:

Rising 8th graders:

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cool stuff

Press release about the newest member of our CMS family

School District Five middle school adopts a calf

IRMO – Chapin Middle School has adopted a new member to their Eagle family, a calf named Moon Pie.

Chapin Middle School’s Digital Integration Specialist Lori Powers discovered the opportunity after scrolling through Facebook, and knew it would provide students the opportunity to learn and connect with one another.

“I thought it would be a really fun activity for us to use to unite our students,” Powers said. “This year because of the pandemic, we are not able to do many of the social activities that we normally do. We have students that are virtual in our FIVE program and other students that are in-person in the building, so I thought that we could use Moon Pie to bring us together.”

The Adopt a Cow program is run through Discover Dairy, a Pennsylvania-based agricultural initiative that provides interactive lessons for students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

All lessons follow common core standards in math, reading and science, and students learn the value of dairy farming in the community, economy, state and country.

“We may not follow Discover Dairy’s curriculum to the letter, but we will definitely use some ideas in our classrooms,” Powers said. “For instance, we have a brand-new financial literacy class that will be able to use a lesson on how dairy farmers impact our economy. It will be great to see them incorporate Moon Pie in their daily instruction.”

Powers said Discover Dairy also provides electronic games and puzzles that Chapin Middle will use. They also plan to use Moon Pie in a Valentine’s kindness challenge as well as a “Find the Cow” event in March where images of Moon Pie will be hidden throughout the school and in social media posts.

Chapin Middle School was assigned to Nance Farms, a family farm in McConnells, South Carolina, where Moon Pie was born September 19, 2020. The farm is a family owned and operated farm.

“By adopting this calf, we get to watch her grow up over the school year,” Powers said. “The farm will send us updates and we plan to share information with our school and the entire community on a website that will be managed by student leaders.”

Chapin Middle School Principal Anna Miller said, “We are over the moon excited to have the opportunity to adopt Moon Pie into our Chapin Middle School family. We can't wait to watch her grow, provide this unique learning opportunity for our students, and unite our school community through our common love for her. It's something fun and positive for everyone in the midst of a really different year in school."

Click HERE to watch a video about our adoption process and about how our CMS family will be getting to know Moon Pie.


In order to promote positive social and emotional health, Chapin Middle is encouraging students to participate in Mooga! Mooga, or cow-themed yoga, was developed as an interactive and informational activity and is meant to give teachers and students a quick physical activity break during the school day.

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atta eagle award

The Atta Eagle made some new friends in the A hall and is flying over to C hall to hang with the 8th graders. Mrs. Hari took a challenging situation at the beginning of the year and made the very best of it with a smile on her face. After the start of the year, she had to change from teaching 7th grade to teaching 8th grade, but that did not bring her down. She continues to handle the transition with ease! Her students say that she brings life, happiness, and laughter to her classroom every day, despite any hardships the pandemic has caused. According to her students she “shares her energy with all of us and makes learning fun. There is always laughter in science class.” Regardless of the challenges, she faced at the beginning of the year, she gives her all to her students every single day! ~ Mrs. Kitzhaber
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clubs and activities

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Chapin Middle School, in partnership with The Hayden Hurst Family Foundation, is proud to implement a schoolwide social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum. Each week, teachers connect with students by teaching SEL lessons that help students learn how to build relationships and successfully navigate life's challenges.


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important reminders

staying connected to your student

Parents often ask how to stay connected to a child’s progress and have some controls with assignments on the internet. At CMS we are committed to helping you accomplish this. We have several ways that you can actually keep an eye on your student’s academics and their digital footprint.

Currently we have three options. Parent Portal, Student Google Login, and Google Classroom Guardian Email Summaries. I have outlined the benefits of each in the table below.

CMS currently would like to suggest that you sign up for Parent Portal and learn how to log in to your child’s Google Account. The Google Classroom Guardian is also a great tool but may be redundant if you log into your child’s account regularly. CMS requests that you log into your child’s account regularly. If students are aware that parents can look at email correspondence, classwork and other activities regularly, it helps them make the better choice in a difficult situation.

As you are aware, District 5 uses a student’s birth date as a password. We choose at CMS not to reset these passwords so that parents can easily access student accounts regularly. The benefit of not having lost instructional time for “forgotten” passwords is invaluable, and when students know that parents and teachers can access their accounts, it helps them stay on task and make good choices.

If you have any questions regarding how to sign up for and of this information, please contact our Digital Integration Specialist, Lori Powers at or 803-722-5573.

Click here to access the document below with LIVE LINKS.

Note: For security reasons, you need a Google Account to receive summaries from Classroom. You don’t need a Gmail address—you can create a Google Account with your current email address.

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Attention Students and Parents:

This is for all CMS students, both FIVE and hybrid.


issues with passwords, accessing Classrooms, Meets, online textbooks, how to use a software or program, Chromebook accessibility needs (text to speech features, magnifying glass, sticky keys, etc).

Use this form for instructional support


A broken device, keyboard not working, not charging, no WIFI, charger issue

Use this form for repairs

Both forms are also located in the Grade Level Google Classrooms right at the top.




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