T-Bolt Newsletter

Circle Middle School April 2019

Principal's Message


This is the final 9 weeks of the school year and it will fly by and become very busy with projects, field trips, student recognition, 8th-grade promotion, and last day activities. Remember to check the Circle Middle School Facebook page for weekly updates.

8th-graders are getting ready for their last few weeks at the middle school before their 8th-grade Promotion and move to the High School. We are excited for them as they continue their education and we are looking forward to watching them grow and progress.

Friday, March 29th, CMS had a group of educators come through to give us feedback on our goals that have been established by eliciting feedback from parents, students, and self-surveys. We have three goals that we are been working on and have been shared with CMS Site Council: Increasing Student Engagement, Fostering Family Engagement, and Instruction. The data that has been asked for from the most recent survey's has shown improvements in these areas and we also can pinpoint where we as a system can still improve. Thank you for your feedback in the parent survey. We do look at them in relation to our goals. As the visiting team gives feedback, we will share this with the Site Council and elicit further input. Our next Site Council meeting will be April 15th at 7:00.

Chromebooks are allowed to come home now and for most students, this is working out very well. If your student wants or needs to bring their's home but has not yet, please make sure the Chromebook Use Agreement is signed and brought back to the office. Even if they are not taking them home, we need to have the agreement on file.


This is a special time of year for your 8th-grade students. To walk at the CMS 8th-grade promotion all fees MUST be paid by May 20th, the day of the promotion. Fees can be paid online on Efunds or by cash, check, credit card or money order at the Middle School office. You can check powerschool or call the office to see if you have any fees due. Please call if you have any questions or concerns.


Beginning next school year, we will be moving to a split winter season. Wrestling will remain similar to this past year with the same number of duals and tournaments. Girls basketball will start mid-October and finish with a league tournament before Christmas break. Boys basketball will begin early January with their league tournament at the beginning of March. Both basketball teams will have 13 regular season games which include an A/B team mid season “shootout”. Scholars Bowl was moved to after Christmas with the same number of events as previous years.

With this new split season, all practices will be after school, and it will help alleviate the congestion of the winter sports season. We are excited about this new schedule and know that it will be beneficial for the Patriot League.

Dates to Remember

Apr 1st-2nd ELA State Testing

Apr 4th- 6-8 pm Middle School Madness at Exploration Place

Apr 9th-10th Math State Testing

Apr 19th & 22nd- NO SCHOOL

Apr 27th- 7:30 am 4th Annual T-Bird Trot 5k and Fun Walk

Apr 29th-6 pm Spring Vocal Music and Band Concert

May 7th- Teacher Appreciation Day

May 8th-10th- 6-7:30 pm CHS Dance Tryouts

May 10th- 7th-grade "A Day on the Farm"

May 17th- Last Day for 8th-grade

May 20th- 6th-graders visit CMS; 12:30 pm 6th-grade DARE Graduation at CMS

May 21st- 8:20 am 7th-grade Academic Awards and Field Day

May 21st- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL- Early Dismissal 1 pm


Congrats to the 7th grade Boys Basketball Team, they are the Patriot League East Basketball Champions!

Thank you, to all the Basketball teams and the Cheer team members and coaches for a wonderful season.


Congratulations to CMS 8th-grade on taking 2nd place at Math Relays. 7th-grade had a good group and took 4th, missing medals by one place. Please congratulate these kids if you see them.

8th-grade: Hannah Stipp Ivalea Tien Beau Reida Sam Bowen and Katie Coble

7th- grade: Luke Budd Nate Stephens Tolli Unger Emma Kern and Tony Berryman

Track Season

Track Practice begins March 4th. There are no tryouts, all are welcome to participate There are multiple events in track including: running, jumping, and throwing. We encourage the students to come and see what events they like. If your student is interested in Track, please make sure you have a current sports physical form filled out by your doctor and returned to the school by the first day of practice. You can pickup the sports physical form in the office. Information about Circle Middle School Track can be found here: https://sites.google.com/usd375.org/cmsathletics/track?authuser=0

Track Meets

Apr 4th- 3:30 pm at Rose Hill

Apr 8th- 3:30 pm at Prairie Hills

Apr 11th- 1:30 pm at McPherson

Apr 16th- 2:30 pm at Clearwater

Apr 23rd- 3:30 pm at Circle

Apr 30th- 3:30 pm at Haysville West

May 7th 3:30 pm League at Haysville

Middle School Madness at Exploration Place

Thursday, April 4 from 6-8 pm, Free Exclusive Evening for Middle School Students and their Families.

Tickets needed. Free tickets in the CMS office.

www.exploration.org Details below.

From the Nurse

I want to make you all aware of an update to the influenza isolation regulation.

Per the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, under Kansas Administrative Regulation 28-1-6, "a person with a case of influenza is required to be isolated for 7 days following the onset of illness because," according to the CDC, "most healthy adults with influenza are infectious beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to 7 days after becoming sick." We will be required to ask students whose parents have reported a positive flu test to stay isolated (away from school) at home for 7 days from the day that they report their first symptoms.

Our district policy states that students may return to school once they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing agents. This new regulation is specific to influenza and would override information stated in our district policy. If 7 days pass from the onset of symptoms, but a student still has a fever, we would still enforce our district policy and require them to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students/staff that received this years influenza vaccine and/or have received anti-viral treatment are NOT EXEMPT from isolation requirements.

For the safety of all people in our schools and to prevent the spread of illness, we will implement isolation when we are aware of cases. Please, do not hesitate to contact me for questions!

Lunch Accounts

Please keep up to date on your kid's lunch accounts. Starting May 1st, no negative balances are allowed on your student's lunch account.

You can easily pay online at http://www.circleusd375.com/

Just go to Parent/Students and then click on Efunds Online Payment.

You can also come in and pay in the office anytime or send money to school with your student.

Box Tops for Books

Save and clip those Box Tops. All proceeds from Box Tops help purchase books for our library.

Have your student put their name on the back for a monthly drawing for $5.

Circle Booster Club presents: 4th Annual 5K T-Bird Trot and Fun Walk

Saturday, April 27th is Circle Booster Club's Annual 5K T-Bird Trot and Fun Walk as part of Benton Days. The entry fee is $30 for Adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Come and enjoy a beautiful day outside and join the fun!