Casimir Weekly Cougar Updates

November 19, 2021

Parents/ Guardians, please enjoy the latest AMAZING Casimir news!

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Gentle Reminder: No school for students Monday (11/22) - Friday (11/26).


Hello Cougar Family,

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very warm and bountiful Thanksgiving. I am personally thankful for being part of such an amazing community and for being back at school with our students.

Being back however has not been without its challenges. Recent student behavior trends show a significant increase in some concerning behaviors unbecoming of a proud Casimir Cougar student. There has been a noticeable increase in harassment, offensive and disrespectful comments including racist and homophobic ones. This is not a localized problem. We are doing our best to reinforce this message that is embedded in our Cougar Code. As a community, we feel compelled to share this as we continue to keep appropriate and respectful student behavior as a necessary expectation of all students here at Casimir.

During the Thanksgiving break it might be a good time to have some discussions with your child about the importance of being kind, empathetic and helpful to others and how they can help reinforce a positive and respectful culture at Casimir. I appreciate your support and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Thank you,

Mr. John Sweet Assistant Principal

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"Under the Lights" Middle School Mile Challenge

A big shoutout to our Casimir students who did an absolutely amazing job for our first Middle School Athletics Fun Run at West High. Our very own Jacqueline Soto earned FIRST PLACE for the Girls 1600 Meter 7th Gr - with an impressive time of 5:50!

Thank you to all of our Casimir Participants:

  • Jacqueline Soto
  • Elaine Suyeyoshi
  • Stephanie Soto
  • Kyle Chin

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"Cougar Time" Competitions

Congratulations to Amelia Yamauchi for winning the Reading Raffle. Come see Ms. Moretti (room 14) next week for your prize!

Congratulations to Valerie Alvarez for winning the IXL drawing. Come see Ms. Moretti (room 14) next week for your prize!

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Become a Building Bridges Holiday Sponsor!

Torrance Unified School District is looking for holiday sponsors to support TUSD homeless and foster families. If you are interested, please click the button below for more information. Sign up by Wednesday. Donations due by 12/9. Thank you!
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Girls Who Move the World

In three short days, the Nike Game Growers applications will close!

If you have students who:
identify as girls
are in 7th or 8th grade
are ages 13 or older

encourage them to finish their application today!

Nike Game Growers is an exciting opportunity for girls 13+ and in 7th and 8th grade to make a difference in their local communities and help their peers to stay involved or get involved with sports. Selected Game Growers will have the opportunity to work directly with their local WNBA and NBA teams to develop their ideas.

See what the Wire said about Game Growers!

Girls who move, move the world.

Apply Today!

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Yearbook Information

8th Grade Parents,

Please see the yearbook image and button below for information about purchasing a yearbook, adding baby pictures, and dedications!

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"TikTok School Challenge"

We wanted to share an awareness of a series of highly inappropriate "TikTok School Challenges" that could get students who participate in some serious trouble at school and could even result in the involvement of the Torrance Police Department. It's encouraged to use this as an opportunity to have some good discussions with your child regarding these inappropriate TikTok challenges to help guide our kids to proactively make good choices to continuing supporting Casimir as a premier school where students continue to feel safe to learn and grow. Thank you for your support.
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Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate will meet every Monday from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m after school in room 63. Please have your parent send an email to Mrs. Stoll ( or stop by room 63 to get a permission slip, if you would like to join. See you then!
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Math Club

Math Club will be meeting every Friday from 3:10 - 4:10 from now through March.

Room 75 (Mr. Merrihew)

Come and elevate your mind!

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Ping Pong Afterschool on Tuesdays & Thursdays!

Do you have Ping-Pong skills?

Come one, come all to Rm #81 to join Mr. Rose's Ping Pong Club afterschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

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PBIS Corner

Gotcha Tickets!

Congratulations to all of our students who won a Shakey's 7" pizza for quarter 1! Keep up the great work!! You are safe, responsible, respectful, and successful!

The Quarter 2 Gotcha Ticket Raffles are:

Win a book!

Weekly drawings for snacks!

Shakey's 7" Pizza!

Pizza with the Assistant Principal!

Lunch with the Principal!

Be sure to put your Gotcha tickets in the raffle boxes in the office!

Remember to follow our Cougar Code!

Be Safe!

Be Responsible!

Re Respectful!

Be Successful!

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Lost and Found

If your child is missing something such as a jacket, hydro flask, book, or pencil pouch please have them check the Lost and Found in the Cafeteria. (Valuable Items are kept in the office).
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Casimir Facebook Page

Please take a moment to join our Facebook Page! You can find us at @CasimirMiddle
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November 2021 Nutrition Services Updates

November menus are now available via Nutrislice. Additionally, please see our November 2021 Newsletter (ENG/SPN/KRN/JPN) below.
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Helping Students Learn

Parents/ Guardians,

Please look through the latest edition of "Helping Students Learn" for some great articles about online privacy, study groups, sleep, self-reliance, and homework success!

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Drop Off/ Pick Up Support

Parent/ Guardians,

Your support during drop off/ pick up time is requested. Please be mindful of all posted street signs in the neighborhood and make every best effort to be respectful of our community by keeping all driveways accessible.

Thank you!

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Cougar Kudos!

At Casimir we all follow the Cougar Code! We are safe, responsible, respectful and successful in everything we do. We created an opportunity for students to publicly acknowledge and recognize one of their peers for demonstrating our Cougar Code in a positive way! Your Cougar Kudos will be shared on the weekly Casimir newsletter.

Please click this for the Cougar Code Kudos form to fill out. There is a Cougar Kudos folder in the office to turn in the form too if you prefer to write on paper!

Teachers Recognizing Students:

  • To Lucas Arantes, Nathan Honanie, Ivan Espinoza, Kyle Nishimura, Valery Gonzalez, Tyce Morita, Kason Afoa and Anthony Aguilera: Your input during Ms. Porzio's class discussions has been very insightful. Please continue to participate as I am seeing growth!
  • Thank you Kyler Urban for putting up the chairs! - Ms. Beasley
  • Thank you Sofia Kee Rivera, Janna Al Ammari, and Key Gonzalez for excellent work in Drama this week! -Ms. Beasley

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Counselor's Corner

Please check out "30 Day Gratitude Challenge" below from Ms. Hunnel!
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Please reach out to our School Counselor or School Therapist for any mental health needs:

School Counselor

Ms. Hunnel (Room 24)

(310) 533-4498 ext. 4711

School Therapist

Ms. Thatcher, AMFT (Room 42)

(310) 533-4498 ext. 4784

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Parents, please support the organizational success of your child, by following up with your child everyday to review and discuss your child's planner entries for the day, week, and upcoming week.

Students, please bring your School Planner to each class, every day. Use your planner as a daily checklist to make sure you do not forget when your homework or assignments are due and use it to write these important notes:

  • daily classwork and homework assignments
  • project due dates
  • upcoming test/ quiz dates
  • notes and important academic reminders to yourself like bring your water bottle to PE and bring your pencil and math book to Math.

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Quick Guide to Reporting Student Absences

Quick Guide to Reporting Student Absences

Reporting student absences has always been important but even more so now with students back at school with COVID-19 protocols being in place. If/When your student is absent please notify us via email by sending an absence note with the following information to

Absence Notes should include:

1. Date

2. Name of your Child

3. Date of absence

4. Reason for absence (if out due to illness please specify what symptoms your child is having)

5. Parent/Guardian Name & Relationship (absence notes can only be accepted from Primary Guardians listed in PowerSchool)

6. Phone Number where you can be reached

If you have any questions or concerns you can always reach out to Ms. Jessica our Attendance Clerk @ (310) 533-4498 ext. 4782

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Invention Convention

Open to all TK-12th Grade students in TUSD.

Invent the Future!

Work with your teacher, family, and other students over the next few weeks to solve a problem, create a solution, then design and build an invention.

Project Due: February 4, 2022

Top students in each grade level get to move on to the South Bay Regional Invention Convention with opportunities to continue at the state and national level.


See Dr. Larson- Rm. 54

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School Site Council

The next School Site Council meeting will be on Thursday, December 2. Save the date!
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Here is a great picture from Mrs. Moretti's period 3 PLTW class!

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Calendar at a Glance

11/22 -11/26 - No School

12/2 - School Site Council Meeting

12/17 - End of P2

12/20 - 12/31 - Winter Break - No School