The Mustang Minute

October 12, 2018 - Issue 6

School Improvement Plan 2018-2019

This past Wednesday, I shared the CMS School Improvement Plan (SIP) with the School Committee. Each year, the school council (comprised of teachers, students, parents, and the principal) develops a plan that guides budget and curriculum decisions for the school year. I want to thank the members of the school council for their hard work and efforts last spring and this fall. I believe we have a comprehensive plan that will help CMS meet the diverse needs of our middle school population.

Our plan has three major goals for the school year:

Goal 1: Improving students’ social emotional capacity at school to create a positive and safe school climate.

Middle school is more than an academic endeavor and students grow in a variety of ways during this crucial time period. In alignment with the Massachusetts State improvement plan and the Norwood district initiative we plan to integrate social emotional learning into the daily lives of middle school students. This will be done through explicit teaching, development of a PBIS program, and increasing teacher capacity through professional development.

Goal 2: Integrating technology across the curriculum in order to create a blended learning environment.

As the district moves towards 1:1 level of technology at the middle school it is imperative that we ensure that our teachers have the skills needed to use this investment in a manner that changes instructional practices to benefit all students. We will begin a long and continuous process of using technology to increase students’ access to the curriculum by providing supports to those that struggle while offering challenges to our highest performing students. This goal will be tied to goal number 3 as the increase in access to technology will lead a greater capacity to improve programming and engage students in their learning.

Goal 3: Improving programming for all middle school students that provides engaging content, rigorous material, and relevant skills.

The goal for middle school is to engage students in learning while providing them with the skills needed to successfully navigate high school and beyond. Over the course of the year we will focus on improving the level of rigor across the curriculum while ensuring that more students are able to successful access the curriculum and make educational progress on an individual level. Additionally, we know that students having choice in their learning leads to greater engagement and motivation, therefore we will look at ways to increase student choice at a class and school level.

In the complete SIP, these goals are broken down into specific actions taken throughout the year. We will post the SIP to the Coakley web page next week. We are very excited to undertake the challenging and rewarding work ahead of us over the course of the next school year. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.

2017-2018 School Council

Stacey Bernritter - Teacher

Laura Donlon-Ribeiro - Teacher

Seth Wyman - Parent

Kim Miller - Parent

Julie Shore- Parent

Olivia Connor - Student

Grace DiLeo - Student

Shannon Gover - Student

Kayla Horton - Student

Alexia Martinez - Student

Erin Reen - Student

Picture Day!

Picture Day is coming October 25th! Look for packets to come home next week.

Washington DC Parent Meeting

If you missed the parent meeting on Tuesday we have forms with all the necessary information in the office and I have attached one to this newsletter. The PowerPoint is available on our webpage. We do have some need based scholarships available, please have your student come to the main office for a form.

Important Deadlines:

Registration Deadline: November 15th

Scholarship applications Deadline: November 1st

Please note that we will start a wait list at 140 students to 180 students to avoid an increase in the cost of the trip. Over 75 students have already registered!

Grade 8 baby Photos

The Yearbook Club is collecting baby photos and blast from the past photos for the 2018-2019 yearbook. You can email photos to or send in the originals with your students name and homeroom on the envelope or bag. They can give them to their homeroom teacher to give to the club advisers. The hard copies will be returned to you ASAP. These are due by December 21st. Thank You!

Bilingual Parent Liasions

CMS is looking for some bilingual parents that are willing to help us reach out more effectively to our second language speaking families. If you would be interested in helping us please email Dr. Fraczek at or call the main office and leave a message.
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Big Y Points

Don't forget to sign up your silver saving card to the Coakley Middle School. You can earn points that we can use to buy supplies, furniture and other items for the middle school

After School Activities

Intramural Sports: Sign up begins late next week and the fall sports will start early October.

Friendship Club: The club will meet once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00 Students are responsible for their transportation home or take.a late bus. First meeting October 23rd.

Artist Circle: meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1 starting Wednesday, October 3rd.

Drama Club: Meets on Mondays at 2:15 in 101

Robotics Club: The Norwood High School Robotics Club will run for a total of 5 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on Wednesday October 3rd, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Robotics Lab at Norwood High School. Interested 8th graders should email Dr. Crowley directly at before September 28th at 5pm to register.

Student Council: Informational meeting will be on October 4th

SEARCH The club's regular Monday meetings will begin after the application process is concluded. Please contact Mr. Oliver or Mr. Roussos with any questions.

Yearbook Club: We will meet every other Thursday at 2:15 starting September 27th in room 211.

Norwood School News Weekly TV Program

Check out our kids in the news!

Box Top Summer Drive

We are doing a Box Top Drive! If the students can bring in 5000 tops they can earn an extra 15 minutes of recess for all three grades. Box tops are due by Friday October 26th! While ten cents each may not seem like a lot they add up! The PTO raised over $500 from Box Tops.

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

NEXT MEETING IS October 11th!

Need some new Coakley Apparel for the 2018 School Year? Click the link below and see what's available!

Important Dates

Cherrydale Fundraising Starts: October 15

Gray Out Day for Brain Cancer: October 19th

Breast Cancer Denim Day: October 24th

Metrowest Health Survey: October 24th

School Council Meeting: October 24th

Picture Day: October 25th

Blue Hills/Norfolk Aggie Assembly: October 30

Music Concert Dates

Thursday, December 13: 7th Grade Winter Concert (choral and instrumental)

Tuesday, December 18: 8th Grade Winter Winter Concert (choral and instrumental)

Thursday, January 10: 6th Grade Chorus and Honor Ensembles Winter Concert

Thursday, January 24th: Festival of Bands Concert at NHS (6-8 band)

Thursday, January 31st: All Town Orchestra Concert at NHS (6-8 orchestra)

Thursday, February 7th: LaLa-Palooza Choral Concert at NHS (8th grade chorus and Honor Chorus)