April 1, 2019

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Message from the Boss...


Testing season is here! Monday is Faculty Meeting, this is the testing meeting and required by ALL certified staff members who will be testing. We will begin at 3:40 in the Media Center.

Here is some of the testing information I will be sending in a parent newsletter on Monday. Please take some time in advisory to go over the testing expectations with students. They will want to participate in the testing incentives.

ACT Aspire Testing is soon...

5th grade will be testing April 8th and 9th.

6th grade will be testing April 10th and 11th.

Expectations for ACT Aspire Testing:

· Be present and on time

· Use time wisely - working the majority of testing time

· Use the tools and resources provided to you during testing

· Be courteous and polite while all students are testing

· Follow all testing rules and procedures

· MUST notify teacher before submitting any testing

5th and 6th grade students will receive incentives next week for working hard on the ACT Aspire testing. We will have games, art, music, activities and snacks for students to wind down with after testing.

Casey Hanna


Cabot Middle School South Parents/Guardians,

All fifth graders will be taking the ACT Aspire on Monday, April 8th and Tuesday, April 9th. All sixth grade students will take the ACT Aspire on Wednesday, April 10th and Thursday, April 11th.

As a parent, there are a number of ways that you can support your child before taking a standardized test:

1. Help your child get to bed on time the night before each testing day. Research shows that being well-rested helps students perform better.

2. Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines may make children feel insecure.

3. Have your child eat a good breakfast but not a heavy one. Research shows that students do better if they have breakfast before they take tests.

4. Get up early to avoid rushing. Be sure to have your child at school on time. Testing will begin promptly at 8:00.

5. Be positive about the test, don’t dwell on it. Acknowledge that tests can be hard. Explain that doing your best is what counts. The important thing is to make your child comfortable and confident about the test.

We have to make a few changes in our schedule to accommodate our testing schedule for April 8-11:

Test Schedule:

Monday, April 8th

5th Grade


Reading, Writing, and English

Tuesday, April 9th

5th Grade


Math and Science

Wednesday, April 10th

6th Grade


Reading, Writing, and English

Thursday, April 11th

6th Grade


Math and Science

Lunch and activity times have been adjusted to accommodate the above testing times. Please call the office with any schedule questions you may have regarding this.

Special incentives will be provided on the afternoons of testing.

Kona Ice will be visiting fifth graders on Tuesday and sixth graders on Thursday. Students may purchase a snow cone for $3 on their assigned day.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”—General Colin Powell



Themed Days:

Motivational Monday...goal setting, plans for the week, agendas

Taking Care of Business Tuesday...clean out backpacks, organize folders, talk about grades, testing strategies

Wonderful Things Wednesday...Students will have an opportunity to talk about the Wonderful things in their lives

Thankful Thursday...Students write note/affirmations to other students, teachers, staff members and/or share reason they are thankful for them. Participate in a giving back to the community or pay it forward.

Family Friday...bonding, team building time for the Advisory Family.


April 1st-5th... RESPONSIBILITY

April 8th- 12th... COMMITMENT

April 15th- 19th... COMPASSION

April 22nd-26th... CITIZENSHIP

April 29th-May 3rd... INTEGRITY

May 6th- 10th... TOLERANCE

May 13th- 17th... RESILIENCE

May 20th- 23rd... ACCOMPLISHMENT


Here are the tentative dates for 4th graders coming for Middle School South visits...

April 29th- Northside

April 30th- Stagecoach

May 1st- Westside

May 6th- Eastside

May 7th- Central

May 8th- Southside

Middle School 101 is scheduled for Monday, May 13th.

R.E.A.L. Panther Teacher/Staff Nomination Form

Here is the link to be able to nominate teachers and/or staff members for R.E.A.L. Panther!


April 19

May 17 (last day of clubs)

NO clubs on March 15 (no school), March 22 (no school), April 5 (ACT Aspire prep), April 12 (ACT Aspire), April 26 (Track and Field), May 3 (Track and Field Make Up), and May 10 (Space Day).


WHITE WEEK...April 1-5

RED WEEK...April 8-12

WHITE WEEK...April 15-19

RED WEEK...April 22-26

WHITE WEEK...April 29- May 3

RED WEEK...May 6-10

WHITE WEEK...May 13-17

RED WEEK...May 20-23



1- Faculty Meeting (Testing meeting)

3- Fire Drill

4- 5th grade REAL Panther Assembly

5- 6th grade REAL Panther Assembly

April 8-11 ACT Aspire Testing

15- High School Flag Presentation 5th grade 9:00- 10:00 6th grade 1:30-2:30

19- Progress Reports go home

April 19th - Supplemental Salary notebooks due to building administrator for review

24- Secretary's Day

25- 5th grade Track and Field

26- 5th grade PRIDE Celebration at Cabot High School

6th grade Track and Field

29- Northside Visit

30- Stagecoach Visit


1- Westside Visit

3- Fire Drill

Cafeteria Appreciation

6- Faculty Meeting

Eastside Visit

7- Central Visit

8- Southside Visit

6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week

10- Space Camp/Space Day

13- Middle School 101 5:30-7:45 p.m.

16- 5th grade REAL Panther Assembly

17- 6th grade REAL Panther Assembly

Graduation 2:00 Dismissal

23- Last Day of School

Teacher Instructional Handbook

Here is the link for the Teacher Handbook. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Cooler weather seems to have arrived, and cold weather will soon be the norm. Keep a watch for students that are coming to school each day without an appropriate jacket/coat, socks, and/or shoes. Please make sure that you contact Mrs. True, Mrs. Terrell or myself to get proper weather attire.


Please remember to notify the cafeteria manager of any field trips that will be taking kiddos out of lunches so I can make the appropriate changes to our counts.

Also IF sack lunches will be needed the cafeteria manager needs to know approximately how many will need a lunch- including bus drivers and teachers at least 3 weeks before the field trip to order in sack lunch foods.

The morning of the field trip or the day before a field trip a final count and the names of those receiving the lunch will be needed. This is for accounting purposes and allergies.

Thanks so much!


The following dates are CLOSED:

Tuesday, April 2

Wednesday, April 3

Thursday, April 4

Thursday, April 11

Friday, April 19

Tuesday, April 23

Thursday, April 25

Friday, April 26

Tuesday, April 30

Friday, May 17


Field Trips have been opened up. There is a limit to the number of busses that can leave for the day, so dates are on a first come first serve basis. Here are a couple of guidelines:

**Field Trips need to be requested as normal. Please make sure the correct date format is used. For example, 01/01/2019. We need accurate counts for students and teachers. Please do not estimate. We need to be notified at least a week in advance of any changes to the number of riders.

**We are only able to provide five drivers per day. Once we have reached our limit for a particular day, field trips will be closed.

**Trips should be scheduled to leave no earlier than 8:30AM. ALL trips should return to the school before 2:00PM. These times will allow for potential traffic delays.

**Incidental fees (i.e. Entrance or admittance fees) for drivers will be be covered by the school or a receipt(s) from the driver to be reimbursed will be sent to the building principal for processing.

**If more buses are requested than are needed and a driver has already been scheduled for the trip, the school will be responsible for the pay of the extra driver.

**Teachers/Sponsors are responsible for the behavior of the students while on the trip. Students and staff need to remain seated while the bus is moving.

**Teachers/Sponsors need to check the bus at the end of the trip to make sure their students have not left personal items, such as backpacks, instruments, cell phones, or trash on the bus.

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Getting signed up for Remind 101

For Teachers and Staff ONLY:

Text @cmssouth to 81010

For Parents and Guardians:

Text @mssparent to 81010