CMS Family Newsletter

Week of November 22, 2021

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In this issue you will find:

  • NEW!!! Principal's Message
  • NEW!!! COVID 19 Vaccine Clinics
  • NEW!!! No School Days

Ongoing Information:

  • Rain or Shine: Outside Recess will Go-On
  • Early Release Reminders
  • Attendance Every Day Matters
  • Teams and Teachers
  • Class Bell Schedule
  • School Calendar
  • Floor Plan
  • CMS Student Handbook
  • Purpose of AVID Binder

NEW!!! Principal's Message

Hello all,

It is incredible how quickly the year is winding down. Upon our return to school on Monday November 29th, 2021 we will start Trimester 2 and students may have a new elective class on B days. Schedules will be provided for them that morning in their community class. Our classes are pretty full and schedule changes cannot be made. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your student's schedule please do not hesitate to contact your grade level counselor:

7th grade Tiffany Shaffer:

8th grade Chris O'Connor:

In middle school oftentimes we need to take pauses and refocus our intentions and routines. Starting the week of November 29, 2021 we are going to pause PRIDE and students will report to their community class at the end of the day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. We are anticipating this to take place for 3-4 weeks. We want to make sure that we are thoughtfully and thoroughly making connections with students, reviewing, reflecting and practicing our daily routines that promote a safe and caring environment at CMS. The following series of expectations will be reviewed with students: Breakfast and Lunch Expectations, Hallway & Passing Time, Bathroom Expectations, Appropriate Language, Technology Usage, Cell phones and Earbuds, and Recess Reminders.

Thank you all for your ongoing support to make CMS such an amazing place to be at.

Kind regards,


No School Days

No School the following Days in October:

  • November 24: Report Card Prep & Staff Development
  • November 25: Holiday
  • November 26: Non Work Day
  • January 17: No School, Non-Work Day
  • January 28: No School, Staff Development / Report Card Prep
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Rain or Shine: Outside Recess will Go-On

Students will have the option to go outside for recess every day Rain or Shine. There will be spaces inside our building for students to go to in the event it rains. They may go to the library (they must sign up in the mornings) or they may be in designated spaces in our common areas. There is no inside gym. On predicted rainy days please ensure that your student brings a jacket and shoes that are suitable for rain. We also have clothing support for students that need it.

Early Release

Families, we are receiving a lot of requests for student pick up between the hour of 3:00-4:00 pm. Please know that our school hours are 9:35 am-4:00 pm and every minute counts. Please avoid this last hour for pick up as much as possible, and if you do need to pick up your student between this hour please know that there may be a long wait.
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Purpose of AVID Binder

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What is AVID:

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach.

What is the purpose of the AVID binder?

Organization is an important skill in school, career and other aspects of daily life. The AVID binder is an organizational tool to help students maintain notes and school work in one place. Students are expected to maintain a binder, which has been provided to them along with most of the necessary items needed. They are expected to keep it organized using the rubric they have reviewed during PRIDE.

There will be a weekly Binder Check to support students keeping their binder organized and ensure they have all of their materials needed for class. Students should spend no more than 20 minutes each day organizing and completing their notes.

How can I support my child at home?

Regularly check your child’s backpack and AVID Binder. All papers should be placed in the binder rings in the proper class section. Remove unnecessary papers. We encourage you to reference the attached checklist/rubric.

What should be in the AVID Binder?

Binders must be good quality 2 1/2-inch/3-inch three-ring binder with pocket inserts.

Provided binder contents

* Subject dividers to separate each academic class

* Pencil pouch to store supplies

*Pen or Pencil

* One or more highlighters

*1 Spiral Notebook for each of these classes Health, ELA, Science, Social Studies, Math

* Filler paper

* Planner

Binders should be organized in the following manner

* Binder front cover

* Pencil pouch

* Binder grade sheet

* Each subject divided by clearly labeled tab subject dividers

Preferred: notes, handouts, and other materials from a class in each tab arranged chronologically. All notes and handouts must have a date on them.

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