Eagle Pride

Parent Newsletter for Caroline Middle School-Sept. 2019

Volume 1 - Issue 2

Principal’s Message

Can you believe that we are already into our second month of school? As we press forward with instructional best practice, we are committed this year to building relationships with each and every student as the foundation of school success. In this purpose, we are driven by responding to what makes each student unique in order to support them. Therefore, as difference makers at CMS, we have placed an emphasis on authentic and relevant experiences for our students.

In our efforts to walk in excellence, CMS needs your support in a major component of school accreditation. As mentioned in previous communication, every day counts and has a significant impact on student success, along with school accreditation specific to chronic absenteeism. Please be mindful that everyday counts as a student is deemed chronically absent if they miss 10% or more of the school year. That means if a student misses two days a month for a school year, they are considered to be on the path to be chronically absent. The Virginia Department of Education uses chronic absenteeism as an indicator for school accreditation. Currently, CMS is at a level two (19% of our students are chronically absent), which means we are falling below meeting level one (15% or less) or meeting the standard.

I share this because this is our year to walk in excellence! At CMS, we believe in this wholeheartedly. So, we look forward in continuing to work for you and with you. Finally, we invite two-way communication as part of the process. Make sure you are taking advantage of the Principal’s Coffee Sessions and Sunset Snacks. Meeting dates are in the Mark Your Calendar section below.


Darin A. Thompson

CMS Principal


Student of the Month

I want to acknowledge the following students for being recognized as student of the month for their grade level. I will be personally delivering a yard sign (see image to the right) and a meal of the student’s choice. Please be advised that grade level administrators will be making contact to confirm delivery.

  • 6th grade-Austin Hankins
  • 7th grade-Aubrey Kidd
  • 8th grade-Elias Valazquez

Dismissal & Safe Operations

Due to safety concerns and to allow for our county vehicles to complete their pickups, no one is permitted to enter the circle in the front of the building until 2:30 p.m. Please assist us in maintaining safe and efficient dismissal procedures.

Student Attendance Protocols

3, 5, and 6 day Intervention and Supports

Please be advised that notification is sent home when a student has missed 3 unexcused days of school in effort to rectify the attendance record. At 5 days of unexcused absences, another notification is sent in an effort to receive excuse notes/correspondence to rectify the attendance record. At 6 days of unexcused absences, a meeting with the Student Attendance Support Team is requested in an effort to provide supports that may be needed and to rectify the attendance record.

Excused Absence Protocol

Excused absences beyond 10 days will require the Principal or designee to review, approve, or deny the excused absence.

Late Arrivals

Students are not permitted to sign themselves in after 8:00 a.m. They must be signed in by a parent or guardian.

Sports, Activities, and Weekly Buzz

We distribute the "Weekly Buzz" as a method to communicate information about sports, clubs, and activities. Announcements are also made daily in regards to upcoming meeting dates for the various clubs and activities. Feel free to visit our athletics website and/or contact the main office for more information.

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Fall Sports Walking Pep Rally (7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.)
  • Principal's Coffee Session @CMS (9:00 a.m.)
  • Back To School Night

Thursday, September 12, 2019

  • Interims distributed
  • Cherrydale Farms Fundraiser

*Information will be sent home with your student. Profits will support student incentives, rewards, and recognition efforts.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

  • Sunset Snacks with the Principal @CMS (6:00 p.m.)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

  • Student Early Dismissal (11:30 a.m.)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences (1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 23, 2019

  • Picture Day

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

  • Student Voice Group/Student Advisory Council Meeting and Lunch with the Principal

Group Members:

6th Grade

  • Aubrey Kidd
  • Brett Lambert
  • Fernando Hernadez

7th Grade

  • Nya Howard
  • Brady Anderson

8th Grade

  • Travis Alderman
  • Kade Oelberg
  • Jaiden Lewis

Thursday, October 10, 2019

  • 8th Grade Field Trip-Career Exploration @ The Fredericksburg Career Expo Center

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

  • Principal's Coffee Session @CMS (9:00 a.m.)
  • Sunset Snacks with the Principal @CMS (6:00 p.m.)

Parent Teacher Association

We are so happy to share that we are in the early stages of restructuring our PTA thanks to the following parents:

Britnea St. John
Leissa Richardson

Also note the announcement below from Mrs. St. John in an effort to support our teachers.

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Shout Out!

We would like to proudly announce Guiseppe's Italian Restaurant as the official community partner sponsoring our Student of the Month efforts!

Caroline Middle School

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook: Caroline Middle School, Instagram: @caroline_cms_eagles, and Twitter: @goCMSEagles. Our website is updated regularly for more information: https://www.ccps.us/cms/.