CMS PIRATE PRESS

November Updates

Principal Update

Happy November!


We have completed an entire quarter and just finished the first week of the 2nd quarter. Please encourage your student(s) to work hard and finish the semester strong! The holidays will be here before we know it, and this can cause students to lose focus.


Please make sure to consistently check the Home Access Center (HAC) to stay updated on your student's grades! There is a great way to know what assignments students have and to check progress. HAC can be accessed from our website, and there is now an app!


Please send your students to school with a cloth mask if possible. We have many students coming to school with disposable masks that break easily.


Virtual students can pick up their report cards in the CMS office.


The Blimey Notes (CMS Newsletter) is being sent home with students on October 30, 2020! Ask your students for a copy.


I want to say I am thankful that I have the privilege of working with your students and our CMS staff on a daily basis. CMS is a wonderful place, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve students here. With the holidays approaching, I hope you are able to slow down and enjoy time with family and friends. The days can be long, but the years definitely fly by!


-Dr. McPhate


*Please note that dates/times may change throughout the month.

CMS Celebrations

  • We celebrate our custodians, bus drivers, and cafeteria staff in October.


  • We had a great Red Ribbon Week with many drug awareness activities, videos, and speakers. We really wanted students to understand the importance of the week by focusing on the purpose behind it.


  • We have had a great football season with basketball right around the corner.


  • We had a fun Halloween of dressing up!

Health Screenings

We want to keep our schools open and students in school. Please monitor your students' health/wellness at home before sending them to school every day. If your child has one or more of the following symptoms, please do not send them to school until they are resolved:


  • 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher temperature when taken by mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Guest Speakers

We have had guest speakers talk to our students about careers and how to work toward achieving goals. So far we have had:


  • Chambers Bank loan officers, JR McPhate & Darrel Peters
  • State Representative Charlene Fite
  • Van Buren Police Sergeant Chris Ho


We look forward to exploring a variety of careers and pathways of life throughout the 2nd quarter!

New Clubs

October 30th


Students were able to choose a new club for the 2nd quarter, and they began on the 30th.

Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 1st


Fall back! Remember to set your clocks back one hour!

Pajama Drive

November 2nd-20th


Mrs. Motley will be accepting new pajama donations for the Pajama Program. For every pair of pajamas donated, Scholastic Books will donate a book! Pajamas will be accepted until November 20th. Mrs. Motley will give out prizes to the winners!

Canned Food/Non-Perishables Drive

November 2nd-13th


CMS PTA will be sponsoring a canned food/non-perishable drive to benefit local families during the holidays. There will be a competition by grade! The grade that brings in the most items will receive an extra recess! Students will put their donations in the marked boxes in the main hallway. Please ensure all canned items are in date!

Election Day!

November 3rd


We have been discussing the importance of voting with students leading up to the election. Representative Charlene Fite spoke to our students about the voting process and how to make an informative decision when casting a ballot.

Picture Day

November 6th


Picture retakes. There is a $2 fee for those who were not absent and choose to retake their picture. Club pictures have been rescheduled, and a date will be provided later.

Veterans Day

November 11th


We will not be able to have our district wide celebration, but we will observe this day at the middle school in our classes.

Parent-teacher Conferences

November 17th

3:30-6:30


Success leaders will call students' parents/guardians in their group just like conferences during 1st quarter.

Progress Reports

November 17th


Progress Reports can be found on HAC beginning on November 17th. If you need a printed copy, please contact the CMS office at (479) 474-5847.

School Board Meeting

November 17th

CHS Library


Regular school board meeting

Non-Nutritional Day

November 18th


During these days, students are allowed to bring their own snacks to eat at appropriate times. Due to restrictions this year, students are not allowed to share with others even if it is pre-packaged.

Virtual Day

November 23rd


Cedarville Schools will have a "virtual day" for students the Monday before Thanksgiving. This was a change made to the district calendar after the start of school was pushed back. Students are not required to come to school, but they will complete their work virtually. The work will be placed in Google Classroom and delivered to students in the same methods as in the classroom.


If there are concerns about internet access, please contact the CMS office.

Thanksgiving Break

November 24th-27th


Classes resume November 30th.

Pirate Football

SENIOR HIGH


11/6: vs. Lincoln 7:00

11/13: Playoffs

Pirate Basketball

11/9: JG/JB @ home (West Fork) 6:00

11/10: JG/SG/SB @ home (Prairie Grove) 5:00

11/11: 7/8G/7B @ West Fork 4:00

11/12: JG/JB/SG/SB @ Mulberry 4:00

11/17: JB/SG/SB @ home (Lifeway Christian) 5:00

11/18: 7/8G/7B @ home (West Fork) 4:00

11/19: JG/JB/SG/SB @ Ozark 4:00

11/23: JvB/SG/SB @ Lavaca 5:30

11/24: JB/SG/SB @ home (Pea Ridge) 4:00

11/30: 7/8G/JG/JB @ home (Lincoln) 5:00

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