CMS Parent Newsletter

December 2nd, 2019

Seahawks Families,

We hope students are well rested and ready to push their thinking with us for three solid weeks of learning before another long break.

Upcoming Seahawk Events

December 3 Homeroom Pictures

December 5-11 Critical Decision Conferences

December 7 1st Round All State Band Auditions- Ebeneezer Middle

December 11 Alhambra Dinner Theater (Jacksonville)

December 11-17 Candy Cane Sale

December 12 CMS Spelling Bee

December 16 Swim Meet

December 17 Band Winter Concert (6:00- 7:00 PM)

December 17 PTSA Holiday Luncheon

December 18 PTSA Candy Cane Distribution

December 18 Papa Murphy's Spirit Night (5:30-8:30 PM)

December 20 Band Spirit Wear

December 20 2nd Quarter Ends

December 22-Jan 6 Winter Break

Productive Struggle for Teens

Please continue to talk with your children about the importance of being engaged in productive struggle at school.

Productive struggle happens when students have a growth mindset. It is the "sweet spot" between work that is too easy and that which is too challenging.

As teachers, rather than immediately helping students at the first sign of trouble, we try to allow them to work through struggles independently before we offer assistance.

That may sound counter-intuitive, since many of us assume that helping students learn means protecting them from negative feelings of frustration. But for students to become independent learners, they must have practice persisting in the face of challenges.

The productive struggle workout also allows brains to strengthen problem-solving neural pathways that keep us fit for learning throughout life.

The workout works for adults too, so next time you are faced with a challenge, see it as a little gym time for your brain.

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Friendly Reminder - Order your child's yearbook before the price increases.

Order your CMS yearbook today for $30! Go to, and use the ID code 13580220. Or you may bring cash only to the front office and pay on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

On January 1, 2020, the price increases to the standard price of $40 so order now!

Coastal Rings the Bell

Each year our Student Council students lead our "Coastal Rings the Bell" drive. Students collect donations at the car ramp and at our doorways. All proceeds are used to benefit needy families in our own community. Even if you are not going to make a donation, please consider rolling down your window and sharing a kind, encouraging word with our students as they participate in this community service project.

Be In the Know - Parents With Power School Access

Find out what’s going on at your child’s school anytime, anywhere! With PowerSchool’s Parent Access you can read announcements, catch up on your students’ class assignments, check on grades, attendance and discipline.

Create your account here.

Rising 8th Graders

It is time for our 8th grade students to look ahead to high school and continue to plan for this transition! Here are two helpful links to review

  1. SCCPSS Choice Programs
  2. Choice Program Guide

We strongly encourage our families to attend the Student Expo on January 11th at the Savannah Mall. Mark your calendars now for a mandatory 8th grade student and parent meeting on March March 26th at CMS at 6 p.m.

Don't Forget! New Spirit Wear Options

CMS PTSA is excited to announce 2 new spirit wear items: a performance long-sleeve quarter zip ($20) & a quarter zip sweatshirt ($25). Samples are located in the front office & order forms are on the CMS website. Order deadline is Monday 12/2/19 with items arriving before Christmas break.

Updated Order Form (11/18)

Link to order online:

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Repeats and Reminders

Free Help with Homework

An online tutoring service is already available to all SCCPSS students for free from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM daily, provided by the Live Oak Public Library. Any student with a Live Oak Library card can take advantage of this free tutorial opportunity. The program is called Tutor.Com.

Late Work

All work should be submitted on the date it is due. Teachers will accept no more than 1 late assignment, with parent signature, within 3 days of the date the assignment is posted, for no more than 70% credit.

Volunteers Needed

Medication Must be Delivered to Nurse Safer by a Guardian

Students may never bring medication or over-the-counter products of any type to school.

Spirit Wear

Order Coastal Seahawks Spirit Wear online at Orders placed by the 1st and 15th of each month will be filled within two days. Please be sure to mention your child's homeroom teacher's name and your child's name in the notes field at checkout. Direct any questions regarding your order to Iris Stein at

CMS Facebook

Follow CMS School on Facebook. (This page is in addition to our PTSA page you can follow at Please click the link and like the school's page to be updated on school activities and news.

Free Digital Resources

Please be aware that you and your child can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website. The textbooks can be accessed by visiting Texts are currently available for middle and high school courses.

Testing Calendar - Please do not schedule trips or appointments during the GMAS.

November 18 - December 20 MAP Winter Assessment Window

February 17 - March 13 MAP Spring Assessment

April 6 GMAS 8th Science

April 7 GMAS 8th Math Section 1

April 8 GMAS 8th Math Section 2

April 13 GMAS 8th SS

April 14 GMAS 8th ELA Section 1

April 15 GMAS 8th ELA Section 2

April 16 GMAS 8th ELA Section 3

April 17 GMAS 8th Make-Ups

April 20 GMAS 6th and 7th ELA Section 1

April 21 GMAS 6th and 7th ELA Section 2

April 22 GMAS 6th and 7th ELA Section 3

April 23 GMAS 6th and 7th Math Section 1

April 24 GMAS 6th and 7th Math Section 2

April 27 GMAS 6th and 7th Make-ups

April 29 GMAS 9th Grade Comp. Lit. EOC Section 1

April 30 GMAS 9th Grade Comp. Lit. EOC Sections 2-3

May 4 GMAS Algebra EOC

May 6 GMAS Econ. EOC

May 7 GMAS Physical Science EOC

May 11 GMAS EOC Make-Ups (High School Classes Only)

May 11 GMAS 8th Grade ELA Re-Test

May 12 GMAS 8th Grade Math Re-Test


All Seahawks should be reading their fifth chapter book of the 2nd marking period. Students must read five chapter books each quarter.

It's also important that students practice using the internet to learn new information. is a great resource for curious teens.

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