CDS Middle School

Director's Newsletter

December 8th, 2017

Benjamin Scoville, Director
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From the Director

Dear Parents,

On Monday and Tuesday next week, students in grades 7 and 8 will take their Term 2 final exams. Students in all MS grades will take World Language exams on Monday 12/11.

Please encourage your children to get a full night of sleep on Sunday and Monday night. Several scientific studies link proper sleep to our ability to recall information, focus, and make good decisions. Getting a good night's sleep will go a long way in helping your children perform their best exam days.

Next week is sure to fly by as we wrap up Term 2 with the Winter Concert and Candle Lighting Ceremony. As you may recall, next Friday 12/15 will be a half day. Students will be dismissed at 11:20 AM, and buses will depart at 11:30 AM.

Have a great weekend everyone!

6A Long House - Self-esteem & Kindness Activity

As part of a larger discussion on self-esteem, students in 6A took a group picture together and then framed a copy for each House member. Students wrote positive messages and compliments to one another in the frame margins for each of their peers.

We're proud of 6A's on going efforts and sincere desire to be good people. We also thank their House teachers Mr. Drews and Mr. Howell for their guidance.

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CDS Winter Concert

The CDS Winter Concert is right around the corner! The performance is on Thursday, December 14 at 6:00pm in Dalton Hall. The performance will feature Beginning Strings, Beginning Band, MS Choir (ALL 5th, 6th, and 7th graders), HS Choir, and CDS Orchestra.

Please help your student prepare their concert dress clothes. Students may wear the following items:

-Black dress shirt or white dress shirt (No CDS uniform polos)

-Black pants or modest black skirt

-Black dress shoes and black socks/black tights

The concert is not a time to make a fashion statement, it is a time to blend into the group, so please support your student with the correct clothing.

Students will be served dinner at 5:00pm. Then, they need to be dressed and ready to go in Dalton Hall by 5:30pm. We are excited to share some music with you! If you have any questions or concern, please contact Ms. Van Liew!

NaNoWriMo Wraps Up With Excellent Results

National Novel Writing Month has come to an end, and without a doubt, it was a huge success. Mr. Cavasin and I hosted "Write-Ins" each week, and attendance grew as the month went on. Students enjoyed some quiet time to add to their total word count and then had the opportunity to bounce ideas off of their teachers and classmates. Each session ended with a game and students went home with their story that much closer to reaching a conclusion. Now that the event is over, some students will begin editing their stories, while others will continue to add to their unfinished tales.


  • 9 Different Genres of Writing: Horror, SciFi, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Poetry, Memoir, and Humor.
  • 12 Total Students Participating (2016-2017)
  • 29 Total Students Participating (2017-2018)
  • 62, 869 Total Words
  • 2,167 WPS (Words Per Student)

Great work everyone!

-Mr. Menzel

CDS MS Facebook Wall - MS Lounge

In Mr. Brennan's ELL class, students created a physical Facebook wall in the MS Lounge where they're posting information and updates on school events. The current question for CDS students is: "What motivates you?" Students respond to the question on sticky notes. This is the first stage in the class's effort to transform the MS Lounge area into a collaborative workspace. (see image below).
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Middle School Music Projects - Click Links for Video

7th Grade Music History Chamber Performance

Students have been learning about the various time periods in Western Music. For the final project, students researched and learned how to play a piece from a specific era, then performed it for the class. Click Here for Video

6th Grade Korean Traditional Music Performance

Students learned about Korean traditional music by playing janggu rhythms on buckets and learning a traditional mask dance. Click Here & Here for video link

5th Grade Holiday Mash-up Performance

Students learned about how music is used to celebrate various holidays from around the world. For a final project, students worked together to mash-up holiday songs of their choice. Click Here for video link

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Motivational Quotes on Taking Exams

Overcoming Fear of Exams

Don’t stress. Do your best. Forget the rest.

Don’t think about tomorrow. Think about the task at hand.

The best view comes after the toughest climb.

Final Exam Quotes on Hard Work and Diligence

There is no substitute for hard work. -Thomas Edison

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Encouragement for Exams Quotes

Life only has one rule: Never quit. – Unknown

In the middle of ever difficultly lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein

Do something that your future self will thank you for.

Ready for Exam Quotes

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Dreams don’t work unless you do.

Quotes on Examination Success

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

Dream big and dare to fail. -Norman Vaughan

Work until your idols become your rivals.

Words of Wisdom for Exams

Wake up with determination and go to bed with satisfaction.

Finals Quotes on Tenacity and Persistence

Persistence is failing 19 times and succeeding on the 20th

A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.

Nothing worth having comes easy.

Exam Quotes on Taking the Initiative

You don’t have to do it right; you just have to do something.

Do something that scares you everyday.

Do something everyday that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.

Exam Quotes on Confronting Challenges

We don’t grow when something is easy. We grow when something is challenging.

When life gets harder, challenge yourself to get stronger.

Exam Quotes on Facing Failures

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison


Upcoming Events

12/11 - 12 Final Exams

12/14 MS/HS Winter Concert

12/15 Candlelight Ceremony (1/2 Day)