The Mustang Minute

February 8, 2019 - Issue 21`

A Busy Pre-Break Week

We have three programs coming up this week as we head into February vacation (hard to believe I know). The first is a study that we have agreed to participate in with Wellesley College.

Wellesley College is looking at adolescent social media use and it's relationship to students' health and behaviors. All students at CMS will be asked to take an online survey asking about a wide range of areas involving social media. Some of the areas may be sensitive and include topics such as substance abuse, dating/sex, and self-harm (there are 3 questions total in these areas). Some of these questions will only be in the survey for grades 7 and 8. Please note that no child is required to take the survey and an opt-out form is attached to this newsletter and coming home with your child as well. A copy of the survey will be available for parents to review at CMS next week in the main office. The information being collected will also be shared with parents after the survey is complete - this may not be until next year. We are one of several schools that were asked to participate in the study.

Our second event is similarly focused on social media. On Wednesday night, Mr. Greeley and Mr. Freeman will present on social media use and monitoring at our February PTO meeting. They will share some of the sites we are aware of, describe how our students are using them (both positive and negative) and talk about how you can best monitor your child's social media use. It will be a great and informative presentation at 6:30pm.

Finally, CMS has joined the Morrill Memorial Library in their annual Bruins Pajama Drive. Starting Monday, students can bring in new pajamas for children. We have a collection box in the main office. Tony Mazzucco has added a competitive challenge that the school that collects the most PJs will get an ice cream party! (Does he know I have 750 students?!?!?!) And of course we will #beatBourne the reigning champions of this event.

So there will be no rest during this final week before break here at CMS! Have a great weekend!

Report Cards Went Home Wednesday for Term 2!

Celebrating Black History Month at CMS

Each week I will be highlighting different ways that we are celebrating and exploring Black history and culture here at CMS. We launched our Black History Month activities this week by sharing quotes and poems during morning announcements and playing a music from Black artists on Friday morning (we had a little John Coltrane today). Yesterday at Professional Development our teachers worked on embedding culturally proficient practices into their lessons. Over the next few weeks teachers will be doing a variety of activities in their classrooms throughout the month that will be highlighting here and on Twitter so be sure to follow me @mfraczek for a peek inside the month!
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Norwood School News Weekly TV Program

Check out our kids in the news!

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

CMS will be doing a Yankee Candle Fundraiser from February 22 to March 8th. All money from this fundraiser go to student activities including after school clubs, field trips, intramural sports, new materials for the school, and more. The catalogs will be coming home on February 22nd but Yankee Candle allows for the online sales to begin immediately with 40% of the sales going to the school. I have posted the link below - happy shopping and thanks for supporting our school!
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Interface Mental Health

Information about the Interface Mental Health Service

Chromebook Tips Update

  • Remind students that NOTHING should be stored inside their Chromebook case (except their Chromebook) when they close it with other items inside, it cracks the screen.
  • Try to keep the battery level above 10% dropping below can cause a hard shut down which can be difficult to restart and recharge.
  • Bring those earbuds!
  • Charge EVERY night!

After School Activities

Intramural Sports: Winter sports have started.

Friendship Club: The club meets once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00

Cartoon Club: Mondays 2:10-3:05 in room 105

Artist Circle: Meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1

Drama Club: Meets on Mondays at 2:15 in 101

Debate Club: Thursdays in 202

Lego Club: Tuesday, February 26th at 2:15 in the cafeteria

CMS Dance: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:15 in the cafeteria

Gay Straight Alliance: Thursdays at 2:15

Student Council: Meetings are announced

SEARCH Mondays 2:10-3:05

Yearbook Club: Meets every other Thursday at 2:15

Honor Band: Mondays 4:00-5:30

Honor Orchestra: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30

Jazz Band: Wednesdays 5:30-7:00

Honor Chorus: Thursdays 3:15-4:45

PTO Corner

The PTO meets the second Thursday of each month to hear an update from the principal and discuss planning related to enrichment, fundraising, activities and other topics of interest. You can also stay up to date with the CMS PTO by following us on Facebook. You can contact the PTO at

Our Next Meeting will be WEDNESDAY, February 13th at 6:30 pm. Will will have a special presentation on social media and our kids by John Greeley and Anthony Freeman.

Important Dates

Thursday, February 7th: LaLa-Palooza Choral Concert at NHS (8th grade chorus and Honor Chorus)

Thursday, February 7th: Early release at 11:00am

Wednesday, February 13th: PTO at 6:30pm in CMS library

Thursday, February 14th: Jazz Classic at NHS