The Mustang Minute

May 3, 2019 - Issue 32

Mindful Before MCAS

This week we ran Shine Bright mindfulness workshops with our sixth grade students to give them tools to stay calm as we head into the Math MCAS. Shine Bright is a local company with Norwood connections. They had previously conducted workshops at some of the elementary schools here in Norwood.

During the 20 minute workshop students learned five skills to help combat anxiety both during the MCAS and during these tough teenage years. The first was breathing as a tool, the second was putting good things into your mind and body, the third was making sure you are thinking clearly, the fourth was creating space when confronted with conflict, and the fifth was using positive self talk to keep your life positive. Ask your student to show you their calming moves and what positive word they chose to help boost their confidence! You can check their website for more information.

Congratulations! The CMS Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Larry Smith, was awarded a gold medal at the Southeast Junior MAJE festival last night! The students hard work and effort all year certainly paid off!

Norwood School News

Check each week to see what's happening in the NPS!

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April Citizens of the Month

Congratulations to the April winners of Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School’s Citizen of the Month. Citizens of the Month exemplify the school’s mission statement and are chosen by teachers and staff. To celebrate their accomplishments, an end of the year breakfast celebration will be held for students and their families.

Grade 8: Kimberly Belcher, Cameron LoPiccolo, Franchesca Marte

Grade 7: Chloe Hall, Braden Segreve, Ann Lee Corioloan

Grade 6: Bridget Connolly, James Caille, Piyusha Majgaonkar, Colleen Sisk

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Grade 8 End of Year Events!

Canobie Lake (June 17) - Permission slips have gone home and are due by May 10th. Please send in a check made out to Coakley Middle School.

Grade 8 Dinner/Dance (June 14) - Students will be signed up during the week of June 10-14. This event is sponsered by the PTO.

Promotion Ceremony (June 19): The promotion ceremony will be at 8:30am on June 19th in the CMS Auditorium. It will be followed by the 8th grade BBQ sponsored by the Norwood Police.

Youth Impact Norwood

You may or may not have heard of Impact Norwood--a substance use prevention coalition in the community. The purpose of the coalition is to prevent and reduce youth substance use through education, awareness and action, but most importantly, involve youth in this work. Youth are vital to the success of Impact Norwood, because they understand their peers best and know what will resonate with them. A few weeks ago, Aubrey Ciol, the Program Director for Impact Norwood, came to the Middle School and had an information table during lunch periods. Many students were interested and eager to learn more about the group so provided Aubrey with their school email address. I am writing you today to let you know that they will be receiving an email from her in the coming week with information about YOUTH Impact Norwood and giving them the option to attend an after school meeting on Thursday, May 16th from 2:15pm-3:15pm. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me, or Aubrey Ciol at or at 781-762-1240 x171.

Career Fair

Coakley Middle School is hosting a Career Fair on Wednesday May 22rd from 8-9:30am. We are looking for professionals to come in to speak to our 8th grade students. We hope to pair 1-2 professionals per classroom for three mini informational sessions.

We just ask you to come prepared with facts about how to get into your career as well as the day to day job responsibilities. If you are interested and able to participate, please contact the Guidance Department by May 1st. Thanks in advance for your help! We look to working with you!


Ally King-

Meghan Mba-

Washington DC Updates

Did you Miss the T-Shirt Sale? Here's another chance! This link will be open until MAY 7TH!

All Forms are DUE! If you have not turned in the Out-of-State Field Trip Form or the Medical Information Form please get them in ASAP! We have additional copies in the main office. These forms were given out at the parent meeting last month.

Click the link below to sign up to donate snacks for the trip.

The snacks and water will be divided between the four buses for distribution during the trip.

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Shaw's Gives Back to CMS

Shaw's donating $1 to PTO for each reusable bag sold in May

For the month of May, each time a reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is purchased at the Shaw’s located at Nahatan Street, $1 will be donated to CMS PTO, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone that participated in the fundraiser. If you forgot to order (like me) you can still order online and 40% of those sales will also be contributed to CMS! Happy Shopping! We have already raised over $1000 for our student accounts! Thanks for the support. The online portion of the sale continues through June - thanks to everyone who supported our fundraiser!

Coakley Code: 999989692

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

Donations and volunteers for Teacher Appreciation

Let's say thank you to the Coakley staff - sign up to help or donate: . Items may be dropped off week of May 6.

School Kits Ordering

Save time and money by ordering your student's school kit now. This year we have a new supplier: A-Plus Prepackaged School Supplies. Orders can be placed through Saturday, June 15.

May 9 - 6:30, last meeting current board

June 13 - 6:30, new board and old board transition meeting

Release of Records

Any students transferring to another school district, attending a private school or another high school other than Norwood High, please make sure to contact your child's guidance counselor before the end of the year. Attached is the release form that must be filled out in order to ensure that your child's new school receives the pertinent school information (Transcripts, attendance, testing results, health record, discipline, etc.).

Meghan Mba (6th grade) -

Allyson Culgin (7th grade) -

Ashley McCaffrey (8th grade) -


Open House for Grade 5 (Soon to be grade 6)

Next week we will be sending invitations to the elementary schools for our upcoming Grade 5 Open House.

When: Thursday, May 23rd

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Where: CMS Auditorium

Open house is for students and parents! Please share with elementary families!

On that same night we will also have an open house for CMS Special Education Staff for all grades at 5:30pm. COme and meet the staff that will work with your students that receive special services!

New Library Reading Area Fundraiser

The PTO is sponsoring a school wide request for funds to create a comfortable reading area in our school library. We will be adding a space with sift chairs, cozy benches, a rug, and other items to entice reading! We have already had a seed donation from Big Y Supermarket for $3500 to get us started! The $13, 000.00 would allow us to make over an entire section of the library for students use. Below is the link to make a donation - feel free to share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like! CMS is working to make our library the place to be!
Interface Mental Health

Information about the Interface Mental Health Service

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

Important Dates

May 3 & 4: Aladdin at NHS (CMS Musical)

May 9: National Junior Honor Society Induction at 6:30pm

MCAS Testing Schedule

May 7 & 8: Math MCAS all grades

May 14 & 15: Science grade 8