Cavalier Newsflash

Work HARD! Dream BIG! Believe in YOURSELF! Never GIVE UP!

Volume 2 - Issue 13 - October 28, 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Cavaliers,

As we approach the end of our second grading period, I can't help but reflect on the challenges each of us face every day. Our students, parents, faculty and staff all come from different walks of life, have traveled different paths and have different life experiences that shape who we are today, and will keep shaping us in the future. Each morning at CVM I share Words of Wisdom with our students from a character education program called Project Wisdom. These are mainly quotes and proverbs that highlight certain character traits that we value as Cavaliers. Traits such as compassion, teamwork, cooperation, forgiveness, etc. Education is not just about reading, writing, grades, rules, tests, homework and standards. Education is about making the best out of every opportunity we have with each other. Understanding each other and approaching every situation, every student with "love and compassion".

This reminded me of Mr. Don Dumas, one of the San Diego County Teachers of the Year and current History teacher at Bonita Vista High School in our very own Sweetwater District. Take a moment to read his words of wisdom from a speech he made as he was recently recognized by the San Diego County Office of Education:

"i want to take this time to acknowledge all of the hard work by everyone involved in education. it can be a stressful endeavor but i wanna remind everyone that regardless of the level of stress we feel, we must treat every kid that we encounter throughout the day as if they were our own child. We must educate them first and foremost from a position of love and compassion, regardless of the grade or the content just like we do our own children. We educate them from a position of love and compassion, and not just the students that we readily and easily identify with, those that we share everything in common with. We must interact from a position of love and compassion with the immigrant student, the black student, with the gay student, with the Muslim student, the student with dirty clothes, the student with disabilities, the students with no friends. All of our students need to be taught from that position of love and compassion because in many cases we might be their only source of love and compassion that day. We can never forget that"

- Don Dumas

- San Diego County Teacher of the Year and SUHSD Educator

Congratulations to Mr. Don Dumas from Bonita Vista High School, and thank you for your words of wisdom!

Thank you for your hard work, dedication and remember;

At CVM we work HARD, we dream BIG, we believe in OURSELVES and we never, ever , GIVE UP!

Julio C. Alcalá


Chula Vista Middle School

2020 San Diego County Teacher of the Year - Don Dumas

Cavalier Trait of the Month


When we cooperate with each other to accomplish a common goal, it's amazing what we can accomplish!

Assistant Principal's Corner

Nutrition Break Supervision - TEAM 3!

Team 3 please be at your supervision posts this week during nutrition break.

Thank you!

Mr. Casas

From the ASB Office

Upcoming ASB Events

Hi Everyone-

CVM will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week on Monday, October 28-November 1st. We will have a spirit dress up week (please see attachment). We will also have a few activities for the next upcoming weeks.

Wednesday, October 28-October 31

Halloween Store Fundraiser- hosted by Dance Deputies

Store is open before school, lunch, and some days after school.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Pledge Certificates- Advisory teachers will receive pledge Certificates for students. Please distribute and ask students to pledge against the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Please inform students to keep the certificate all next week.

After School Film-hosted by Kids Eco Club. They will be selling concessions as a fundraiser.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Curb-side Coffee with the Principal from 7:30am-8:00am

CVM Pledge Poster- Students will have the opportunity to sign a school-wide pledge poster during lunch.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Grades are DUE by 3:10pm

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween Costume Contest for the students

Friday, November 1, 2019

Coffee with the Principal from 9:00am-10:00am in the MPB

Virtual College Tour- hosted by Counselors during lunch in room 403

Advisory Scavenger Hunt Contest (please see attachment for more information)

After Halloween Dance in the MPB from 1:45pm-3:45pm. Tickets go on sale on Monday, October 28, 2019. Tickets are $2; $3 on the day of the dance.

Thursday, November 14 & 15

Fall Drama Production at 6pm in the Auditorium- directed by Ms. Agosto

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Turkey Trot during lunch-hosted by the PE Department. If you would like to sponsor one of the finalist with the Buy One and Give One Turkey Trot t-shirt please turn in money to Ms. Price the cost is $20 for the two shirts you may VENMO @Joanne-Price-6. The 7th grade race will be held during their lunch time and the 8th grade race during their lunch time.

Friday, November 22, 2019

College Fair during lunch time-hosted by Counselors.

**Due to the RRW activities, WEB Week has been postponed until the first week of November.

Thank you!

Ms. Price


ELD Curriculum Corner

Hello Cavalier Parents and Educators,

Did you know that a key predictor of educational success of any student is the vastness of a student’s vocabulary? Students need to learn to communicate with confidence and appropriate the academic language of the formal language register. What is the academic language? Academic language is the language that is used in subject text books, academic articles and informational text. For many students, it is this vocabulary and language structure that hinders their understanding and access to comprehension. This language must be taught explicitly and purposefully.

In 1998, Averil Coxhead developed the Academic Word List at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand as part of her master’s thesis. Coxhead determined 570 word families that appear with most frequency in academic texts and either impede or provide access to complex academic material. She then ordered the words into 10 sublists; were sublist 1 is the most essential for students to know, sublist 2 is the second most important list and so forth. The list was created so that teachers could teach students (especially non-native English speaking students) the vocabulary so they may be college ready.

Here is a link to the Academic Word List:

Another extremely helpful resource is the EAP Foundation Highlighter as it can identify the AWL words in an article or academic text you want to incorporate in a lesson.

The vocabulary is cross-curricular and allows us to help students make connections within their educational experience. So take a look at the words and reflect on how you may take a couple of minutes to highlight the ones that are already part of the students’ new learning this week. Give students extra points when they use these words and make them their own. Parents look at the textbooks or assignments students are working on and see if you recognize any of the words on the list. Ask students to explain what those words mean. If you are a bilingual family, is their a word in Spanish that is similar (a cognate).

Have fun growing your vocabulary and making connections!!

Always evolving and learning,

Dr. Ivette Sanchez

ELD Resource Teacher

Rise-Up Friday!

This Friday 11/1/19 our Elective Departments will have their Rise-Up Friday intervention. This is an opportunity for students to improve their grade by staying after school on Friday to work with our teachers to attain mastery of specific core standards.

Please make sure you take this opportunity to show mastery and improve your grade!

Coffee with the Principal

Good evening parents and guardians. This is Mr. Deyo from Chula Vista Middle School. We will be having our next Coffee with The Principal meeting on Friday, November 1st from 9 to 10 am in the MPB. We will have the Chula Vista Police Department give a presentation on the trends in “vaping and electronic cigarettes.” The parents that attend the Coffee with the Principal will receive their student’s report card and a wristband for their student to earn a “Double Lunch” on Monday, November 4th. Please enter the campus through the Fifth Avenue Main Entrance. We hope to see you Friday morning. Thank you.

Buenas tardes padres y tutores. Habla el Sr. Deyo de la escuela secundaria de Chula Vista. Tendremos nuestra próxima reunión de Café con el Director el viernes 1 de noviembre de 9 a 10 am en el MPB. El Departamento de Policía de Chula Vista hará una presentación sobre las tendencias en el uso de cigarrillos electrónicos. Los padres que asistan al Café con el Director recibirán la boleta de calificaciones de su estudiante y una pulsera para que su estudiante pueda tener un “Almuerzo de doble tiempo” el lunes, 4 de noviembre. Favor de entrar al campus a través de la entrada principal de la Quinta Avenida. Esperamos verles el viernes. Gracias.

Mr. Brian Deyo, M.Ed.

CIS Coordinator

Chula Vista Middle School

(619) 498-6826


Monday 10/28
  • Curbside Coffee 7:30am - 8:10am

Tuesday 10/29

  • RP Advisory - Circles
  • SLT Day 2 - Math @ PDC

Wednesday 10/30

  • SLT Day 2 - ELA/ELD @ PDC
  • Grades due in IC by 3:10pm

Thursday 10/31

  • RP Advisory - Achieve 3000
  • Virtual College Tour during lunch in room 403.

Friday 11/1

  • Coffee with the Principal - CVPD Presentation on VAPING
  • Progress Report 2 Grades Distributed to Students
  • Early Release - Students out at 1:25pm
  • Rise-Up Friday Electives
  • PLC Meetings (Social Science, Science, Math, ELA/ELD)

Saturday 11/2

  • Saturday Academy (8:00am - 12:00pm)

Focus on our Mission

The mission of Chula Vista Middle School (CVM) is to ensure that each student is provided with the skills to be college and/or career ready. Therefore, it is important that our students fulfill their potential towards success. We expect students at CVM to be active learners and we encourage them to participate in our special academic support and after-school programs.

Three Pillars to Support Success

This year we will COMMIT to maintaining a school-wide focus on the following three pillars to achieve our mission:

  1. Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  2. ELD Strategies Across the Curriculum
  3. Purposeful PLC Collaboration

For the Common Good

We Are CVM!

Chula Vista Middle Cavaliers