CMSS Newsletter

Monday, October 21, 2019

High Reliablity Schools Survey

Parents! We need your input!

Cabot Middle School South is working with the Division of Elementary & Secondary Education to implement a framework developed by Marzano Research called High Reliability Schools. As part of this process we are collecting feedback from parents, students, and staff through an online survey administered by the Hanover Research firm. Survey responses will be anonymous and data will only be reported as a group.

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your input is greatly appreciated! To access the survey, click on the link:

Fall Picture Make Up Day

If you missed our fall picture day or you are not satisfied with your picture package, Lifetouch will be on campus Tuesday, October 22nd. If you are wanting retakes, students must bring your picture package to the photographer.

Unity Day

Students are encouraged to wear ORANGE on Wednesday, October 23rd in honor of Unity Day. This is a time for students and adults to send a message of support, hope, and unity against bullying.

Pink Out and Hat Day

In honor of the CHS "Pink Out" Football Game this Friday, CMSS students and staff are encouraged to wear pink on October 25th. Students will also be allowed to wear hats for $1. All proceeds will be collected by the CMSS Builders Club as fundraiser for the Cabot Christmas Alliance.

Yearbooks On Sale!

Our Yearbook Committee is busy documenting all the great things happening here at CMSS. You can pre-order your yearbook for $25 until Thanksgiving Break. After Thanksgiving, the price will increase to $30. Pick up a form in the office or order online using the link below:

PTO Monthly Meeting

PTO will host their monthly meeting on Monday, November 4th at 6:30 pm in the CMSS Media Center. Anyone interested in serving CMSS through this organization is welcome to attend.

Hallway Hero training will also take place during this time.

Quiz Bowl Tryouts

CMSS Quiz Bowl Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, November 5th and Thursday, November 7th after school until 4 pm. Students interested in trying out need to stop by the GT Room and pick up an permission slip from Mrs. Sitzmann. Signed permission slips are due Friday, November 1st.

R.E.A.L. Panthers of the Week

The following students were recognized on Thursday, October 17th as our R.E.A.L. Panthers of the Week. Each team selects one student per week that has gone above and beyond in demonstrating the characteristic traits associated with the R.E.A.L. Panther Pledge. Congratulations!

5-1 Team Pride: Zoe S

5-2 Team Storm: Parker S

5-3 Team Shine: Dustin S

5-4 Team Wise: Pierce R

5-5 Team Arctic: Selena F

6-1 Team Unstoppable: Kenzie B

6-2 Team All Stars: Hailey H

6-3 Team Stars: Logan J

6-4 Team Force: Kaeden H

6-5 Team Fierce: Hayden B

Essentials: Izzie D

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education is still going strong and each box top counts as cash for CMSS! Since 1996, General Mills has donated over $913 million to schools just like CMSS.

You can continue to send in your Box Tops with your student OR you can download the Box Top App and choose CMSS at your school. Then, simply scan your grocery receipt and CMSS will be credited for each eligible item you purchased.

Car Rider Procedures

For pick up and drop off, cars will enter Panther Trail and turn around at the designated turn around spot, just past the water tower. Cars must use the "Merge" lane to create 1 lane of traffic heading toward Kerr Station Road. Panther Trail is a city street and must remain open for through traffic. Cars will turn into the CMSS driveway from Panther Trail.

Avoid dropping off/picking up your student in the parking lots. This creates traffic that could result in an injury to our students and staff. Parking lots are reserved for those parking and entering the building.

Morning Drop Off

  • Drop off is 1 lane. Use the lane closest to the building.
  • Please pull as far forward as possible when dropping off your student. This allows more students to exit the cars and speeds up the drop off line.
  • Students will enter the building through the front doors.

Afternoon Pick Up

  • Pick up is 2 lanes after entering the CMSS driveway. Cars must use the "Merge" lane to create 1 lane of traffic heading toward Kerr Station Road. Panther Trail is a city street and must remain open for through traffic.
  • Present your placard to the caller as you approach the beginning of the car line.
  • Students will listen for their name and go to the number called with their name.
  • Cars will pull up to the number called. (#1 is near the 6th grade hall/closest to the Kerr Station exit/#10 is near the 5th grade hall/closest to the caller).
  • Students will wait until the vehicle comes to a complete stop to load their car.
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FREE Breakfast!

That's Right! Every student can enjoy a free breakfast each morning. Research has shown that children who eat breakfast are more likely to focus and perform better in the classroom.

Lunch prices will remain the same as last year:

  • Elementary lunch: $2.40
  • Secondary lunch $2.60
  • Reduced lunch $0.40

If you are a family that is facing financial hardships, the most important thing you can do is to let us know. There is no deadline to apply for free and reduced meals. We will be more than happy to help you fill out the paperwork or apply online. If you don’t qualify for that program, they are still willing and able to provide assistance as needed. For any questions, please contact the Food Service Director, Erin Wilkes at 501-843-3363.

Homework Lab

Does your child need some help with their homework or a quiet place to study before school? Our Homework Room is open every morning beginning at 7:30 in the GT Room. At least one math and one literacy teacher are available each morning in the Homework Room to help students with assignments.

Upcoming Dates

Look for more information in our upcoming Weekly Newsletters about the following dates:
  • November 1: Frontier Festival for 5th Grade
  • November 7: Camp Rock Musical at CHS
  • November 11: Veteran's Day
  • November 21: Rockin' At The Hop for 6th Grade.
  • November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break

Cabot Middle School South

“The core purpose of Cabot Middle School South is to be the reason that every student is educated, encouraged, and empowered to reach their highest level of success, both inside and outside of the classroom.”