THE PAW PRINT

VOL. 37 - Week of June 1, 2020

SPECIAL REPORT - UPDATED 6/1/2020

Culver City Middle School condemns the systemic and institutional racism that marginalizes people of color. It disproportionately impacts our Black students, in particular, Black males. The murder of George Floyd by a police officer was an unspeakable and widely publicized act of violence, and our Culver City community is responding to his murder with understandable grief and rage.


During these times of outrage and unrest, what we communicate and model to our children must embrace the knowledge that each and every human deserves to be treated with respect, fairness and justice.


We believe that education plays a key role in needed equity reforms and reaffirms our commitment to justice for all. We are committed to continuing the work of addressing the systems and structures within education that perpetuate inequity. We know we can do better.

As educators and parents, it is our role not only to guide children to become advocates for social justice and equity, but also to become the positive changes we all want to see in the world.


To help facilitate discussion and allow processing of emotions, we will provide forums for increased student voice, opportunities for students and staff to share their feelings and experiences, and resources for the adults to help guide these difficult conversations.

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Phrases for Parents

  • "I want to leave space for you to process your feelings"

  • "I don't know all the answers, but I am here to listen"

  • "I can try to answer your questions, but I'm still learning too"

  • "Talking about race is tough work, I am not always sure I'm doing it right. The most important thing you can do is keep responding, asking questions and learning."

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Pick-up and collection schedule for the next two weeks!

Textbook Return requires sign-up: https://forms.gle/d72uWa25ax64iRyL6

Color Battle Prize Pick-up is out of room 2. No sign-up required.

Yearbook Distribution is in front of the CCMS office. No sign-up required. NEW DAYS/TIMES!

Instrument Return is out of room 3. No sign-up required. See below for more info.

Instrument Return: June 5th (10am to 2pm)

CCMS parents and students will have the opportunity to turn in CCMS-owned musical instruments on Friday June 5th from 10:00am to 2:00pm.


Please come to the outside door (off the parking lot) of the band room.

Please wear a mask and maintain a safe distance from others while waiting to enter and return your instrument. To make your instrument turn in as smooth as possible, please read and consider the following preparations:


  1. Please take all personal items out of the case and throw away any trash, reeds etc. at home before coming to school.
  2. One at a time please put your instrument case on the table and open it.
  3. I will check the instrument and check you off our return list. If you are having any problems with the instrument, let me know so I can have it repaired over the summer.
  4. Please put mouthpieces in the provided bins so I can clean and sterilize them.
  5. Once the above is completed, please enter the band room, return your case to the cabinet or storage room where it belongs and exit through the other (door on the school side).

Update on 8th Grade Activities

8th Grade Activities Week - June 8th-12th

  • Students will be invited to participate in a series of online activities and challenges each day. See flyer below.


8th Grade Awards Night - June 10th, 6pm
  • Families of students receiving an award will receive an invite to view the presentation online. Zoom link will be sent in invitation. Presentation will be recorded and posted.


8th Grade Promotion - June 11th, 11:30am

  • Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our 8th graders! We will be hosting a Zoom watch party with student speeches, music and much more!
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Sign Up NOW for the Advanced Theatre Arts Elective got 2020-2021 School Year!

There's a new opportunity for students this coming school year! Theatre Arts is growing! In addition to the semester-long intro to theatre elective, and the after school "Performances" program CCMS offers, we are now holding auditions for a year-long Advanced Theatre Arts elective for the 2020-2021 school year. There are a few spots left in the class still, so if your student is interested in joining, please send in your audition video as soon as possible! For more information on the class and how to audition, please read the attached document, visit the ccms website under "students," then "theatre arts" or email Kat Balboa at kathleenbalboa@ccusd.org

PREVIOUSLY POSTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

8th Graders - CCHS Summer Homework Announced

See the attachments for the summer work for incoming 9th grade students to CCHS. The assignments are due on the 1st day of school.


If you have any questions, families/students can reach out to any one of these teachers.

Ms. Pappert: kaitlinpappert@ccusd.org
Ms. McGuire: erikamcguire@ccusd.org
Ms. Schulte: pennyschulte@ccusd.org
Ms. Herrera: danacomiskey-herrera@ccusd.org
Ms. Nelson: hannanelson@ccusd.org
Ms. Heinrich: kristaheinrich@ccusd.org

School Reopening Parent Survey

If you haven't already filled out this survey, please take a moment to do so. We want to hear your thoughts!

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Dear CCUSD Families,


The District has formed a School Reopening Committee in preparation for Fall 2020 learning. This committee is comprised of staff, students, and parents to ensure that all of our stakeholders are represented.


The Parent Survey Subcommittee has created a survey to gather your valuable input. This will be the first of several opportunities for you to provide input. Primarily, the health and safety of our students and staff will always be our first priority. Additionally, the more information that we are able to receive from you will allow the committee to make more informed decisions about school reopening. Please click on the link below and complete the survey.

Parent Survey

Join the CCMS ELA Department at the June 9 Virtual CCUSD Board Meeting!

CCMS English Language Arts Teachers will be making a short presentation to the CCUSD School Board on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. They will be discussing their proposed improvements to the CCMS ELA 6 curriculum, as well as providing a rationale and describing the steps they have taken thus far to involve stakeholders in the process. Please stop by the meeting to find out more! Although we don't yet know the precise time we'll be presenting, the board meeting starts at 7:00 PM. Stay tuned for additional information!

8th Grade Exit Interviews

Thank you to 8th grade parent Marla Corburn for suggesting that since we can't hold 8th grade exit interviews on campus this year, maybe parents would like to interview their own children so they can still get the experience!


Below is a link to the 8th grade exit interview questions and the interview rubric for parents and students. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact AP Julie Markussen at juliemarkussen@ccusd.org.

6th Grade ELA Proposed Curriculum Changes : ELA Teacher Book Study

Many of you know that the CCMS 6th grade ELA teachers have proposed changes to open up more opportunities for all learners at CCMS. A few Paw Print issues back, we included a video from the ELA teachers about expanding our honors curriculum to all 6th grade students, and we held a live town hall meeting in early May that was also shared in this newsletter.


We mentioned that we would share some of the books and research that we have been looking at together as a department. Two books on which we have selected as a book study are:

Detracking for Excellence and Equity by Carol Corbett Burris and Delia T. Garrity, and On the Same Track: How Schools Can Join the Twenty-First-Century Struggle Against Resegregation by Carol Corbett Burris.


Some of our key takeaways on the beliefs that sustain detracking are:


1. Schools and Opportunities Matter: "When all students are given access to the best curriculum, and resources are put in place to support them, schools make a profound difference in learning" (Corbett and Garrity, 149).


2. Acceleration and Enrichment Improve Students' Achievement: "...acceleration, rather than remediation, is the more effective strategy" (Corbett and Garrity, 150).


3. All Students Deserve Access to the Best Curriculum: "...the National Research Council now recommends that all schools develop "a coherent plan" to increase numbers of students who are prepared to take IB and AP courses and that schools treat "all students as potential participants in grades 6-10" (National Research Council, 2002, p. 198). From Corbett and Garrity, 151).


4. The Achievement Gap Can Close: "We believe that the [achievement] gap can close if we as a nation take equity seriously" (Corbett and Garrity, 151).


5. Schools Have an Obligation to Be Learning Organizations: "If schools are to be true learning organizations, then all educators need to engage in the learning" (Corbett and Garrity, 152).


6. Teaching Requires Great Skill and Extraordinary Dedication: When "dedication is combined with a deep belief that all students deserve access to the best curriculu, and a willingness to reflect on practice, the teacher is a school treasure" (Corbett and Garrity, 153).


7. School Leadership Requires Vision and Courage: "The leaders of a detracking reform need to be courageous. They need a clear vision of an excellent and equitable school" (Corbett and Garrity, 153).


8. "Education in the Fundamental Method of Social Progress and Reform" --John Dewey: "When schools are determined to level the playing field for disadvantaged students and ensure that all have access to their finest curriculum, students begin to see college and career possibilities that before seemed out of reach" (Burris and Garrity, 154).


9. Success Can Be a Bountiful Harvest: The resource of rich curriculum should not be scarce and that system should not only be structured to give advantage to its shining stars.

Summer Resources for Students and Parents

Here are some summer enrichment opportunities for students as resources for parents. CCMS and CCUSD do not endorse or benefit from enrollment in any way. This is just a way for us to pass along the resources and information that come our way to you!


Varsity Tutors Virtual Summer Camps--FREE!!

Need something to keep your K-12 kids busy this summer? Help them make the most of their break with interactive camps taught by expert instructors. Each camp consists of five sessions, starting on Monday and ending on Friday. Sign up for one camp, or all of them! Some examples of camps aimed at middle schoolers are: Minecraft: Create Your Own Worlds; German Made Easy; CSI: Crack the Case; Enlighten Up: Exercise for Your Brain, Body, and Balance; Creative Writing; Kawaii Drawing Anime and Manga; Video Editing; Powerful, Persuasive Podcasts; French Made Easy; Spanish Made Easy; and more! Link:


Free Varsity Tutors Virtual Summer Camps


Coping Skills in the Summer & Beyond

This group will be tailored to girls who are not in great distress, but rather, girls who could use a place to talk about their feelings, maybe cry, definitely laugh, be heard, and learn how to manage their feelings in more productive and healthy ways. The group will meet online for 8 weeks on Tuesdays from 2pm-3pm, June 2 – July 28 (skipping June 30th).This small group will meet virtually in a fun, interactive, and information-packed setting where the participants will

  • learn coping skills for managing stress and anxiety, friendships, and a lot of time at home

  • get support from peers and therapists

  • connect meaningfully with girls their age in a confidential and supportive environment

Cost: $95/week. Contact Carrie R. King, Ph.D. (424) 243-5711 www.drcarrieking.com

FAQs from the Parent Pop-in

  1. How will the full curriculum be covered next year if there is only partial time on campus?
    A: The entire curriculum will still be taught. IF we return on a hybrid model, some of the material will be taught in person and some through distance learning.
  2. What will Camp Panther look like in the Summer? Will WEB Leaders be expected to meet the 6th graders in person?
    A: WEB Coordinators are planning alternatives to welcome our newest Panthers to middle school. Students will not be expected to do anything that would put them at risk or would not fall under our state, county and district guidelines.
  3. What will registration look like?
    A: We are working on making most of registration an online process. For those parts that absolutely need to be done in person, we will work to establish stations that maintain social distancing and minimize numbers on campus.

  4. Will there be state testing this year? How about next year?
    A: There will not be state testing this year. We have not heard any information/news about state testing for next year yet.

  5. Some teachers are not on Zoom or posting video lessons. Are there going to be teacher training this Summer so that they can start using it in the Fall?
    A:Absolutely! This process has informed us of the needs that remain to ensure equity across classes and uniformity in instructional practices. Training is part of this process.

  6. When is 8th grade promotion?
    A: Our virtual promotion activity will still be held June 12, 2020. More details to come.

  7. If online learning continues in the Fall, what are some resources to support social learners?
    A: We will be looking into creating more opportunities for students to connect with other students, counselors, and staff in both academic and non-academic settings, to ensure that social interaction continues amidst online learning.

  8. For foreign language learners and Immersion students, will there be more opportunities to listen and speak the language?
    A:Yes, absolutely! Listening and speaking are modalities that are fundamental to learning and utilizing a language. The immersion and foreign language team will work hard to ensure that these modalities are incorporated into the lessons, no matter what form it will be in the Fall.

  9. Will there be a 6th grade dance in the Spring?
    A: We will plan to make up for our big welcoming events in the spring if the situation permits.

  10. When will we have to return chromebooks?
    A: At the moment, we are not asking students to return their Chromebooks unless they are planning on leaving the district.

  11. What should students that need/want additional work do? Where can they find additional resources.
    A: Three great places to find resources include the weekly parent Paw Print, the CCMS website and the CCUSD website.

  12. Will there be a virtual Parent Boot Camp?
    A:Yes! Incoming and returning parents can look forward to a virtual Parent Bootcamp to explain expectations for next school year.

  13. Will there be fun activities to engage the students, like Virtual Bingo, Trivia, dress up days?
    A: Absolutely! Our counselors, WEB leaders and ASB leaders are already working hard to come up with ideas to keep all students engaged in fun school activities for next year.

  14. What will the 8th grade Awards Night look like and will there be an invitation sent out?A: 8th Grade Awards will also be a virtual event. Invitations will be sent out to families of students receiving awards.

  15. How can my child get their yearbook and can she have her friends sign it?
    A: Yearbooks can be pre-ordered by emailing Monica Vielman (monicavielman@ccusd.org) for cash only on yearbook pick up days. We are working on a plan to have digital yearbook signings so your child can still have their yearbook signed by their friends and teachers this year.

  16. Will there be a meeting for the 8th grade parents on the transition to the HS?
    A: Tentative 9th grade Family Zoom session is August 13th

  17. How can 8th grade parents get a hold of the high school counselors?
    A: (A-Davila) - Mr. Smith (JamesSmith@ccusd.org); (Davis-Iglesias Alas) - Ms. Shlomo (NicoleShlomo@ccusd.org); (Inocencio-McKinley+AVID) - Mrs. Lenke (CatherineLenke@ccusd.org); (McKinney-Reyes) - Mrs. Bourget (MagaliBourget@ccusd.org); (Ribordy-Z) - Mr. Gyepes (SteveGyepes@ccusd.org)

  18. Will incoming 6th graders have classes with their old friends from elementary school to help them adjust to middle school in distance learning?
    A: All 6th graders will be given classes with students from all the elementary sites. Schedules will be based in immersion program classes and elective selections.

  19. What are the options for students with underlying conditions?
    A: We are exploring many options for next year including full online models and various hybrid models with rotating on-campus classes.

  20. Will there be information for the incoming 6th graders? How will that be communicated?
    A: Yes. Information will be going out via email and posted on our CCMS website for all incoming families.

  21. How do you join the Board Meeting?
    A: The board meeting will be on Zoom on Tuesday, May 26th at 7pm. Here is the link to the Board minutes and Zoom link (Board Memo and link). As the number of participants increase, your wait time to be let in might be slightly longer.

  22. Are Zoom sessions optional for students?
    A: We highly encourage students to participate in all activities provided by their teachers but we also understand that this may not be feasible for all students during the times required.

  23. Are budget cuts happening next year due to COVID-19 and what will that look like? Will electives and activities be affected?
    A: The district will be needing to make cuts across the board and will be discussing/communicating these decisions in future board meetings.

  24. Is there a required number of Zoom meetings that teachers host per week?
    A: Not for this quarter. If we return to a distance learning environment in the fall, we will be standardizing this across the board.

  25. For socialization, can some of the Fun Friday activities continue?
    A: Yes. We want to continue Fun Friday, as it allows students to pursue or cultivate new interests outside of traditional academic content. It may look slightly different than previous years, depending on what instruction looks like in the Fall.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Headspace is Offering Free Meditation Subscriptions to People Facing Job Loss due to COVID-19

Headspace is offering a free year’s subscription during the crisis. It’s an app for guided meditation and more. Feel free to share it with anyone (even outside of CCUSD) who may find this helpful!. Just follow this link to find out more!

NOW: Chromebook Pick-ups Every Wednesday!

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Having Trouble Accessing Aeries?

Follow the steps in the attachment below to reset your parent portal (aeries) password!

Need anything else???

Dear Panther families,

CCMS and CCUSD care about all of our families and we know many may be going through tough times right now. If your family is in need of any of the following, please email sfss@ccusd.org and type NEED in the subject line and provide a phone number where you can be reached. School and Family Support Services staff will follow-up with you.

  • Food

  • Baby items (diapers, wipes, food, etc.)

  • Toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, feminine products, etc.)

  • Basic household items (laundry detergent, dish soap, trash bags, etc.)

  • Basic school supplies (paper, pens, pencils, crayons, etc.)

If your family is experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19, the State of California has created a hub of support resources and information including, but not limited to, unemployment, health care, immigration, and housing.

Please click on the link: https://covid19.ca.gov/

MAY is Calfresh Awareness Month!

Do you have EBT or know someone who does? The Culver City Farmers Market accepts EBT and offers Market Match!

See Full Flyer Details Here!

Free Virtual Robotics and Coding from Amazon Future Engineer

From Amazon and Engage EDU Lite (Powered by CoderZ):

Amazon Future Engineer is offering free online Virtual Robotics and Coding courses for any student or teacher affected by school closures due to COVID-19 in the U.S.

Students and teachers at primary schools, middle schools and high schools are invited to program their own virtual robots through the Engage EDU Lite platform. Click here to access the program:Free Online Robotics and Coding Classes for Students

CCUSD Board Approves Distance Learning Grading Policy

To read the entire resolution approved by the Board, please click here.

To view the presentation and update on distance learning grading, please click here.

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Students are invited to watch the Panther Pressroom LIVE on Friday Mornings

The Panther Press Room will broadcast LIVE through Google Hangouts on Fridays at 10:30am (NEW TIME!) Broadcast recordings will then get posted in the counseling grade level google classrooms. To tune in, go to tinyurl.com/pantherpressroom.
❤️ Parent Wellness Resources ❤️

Because you deserve it too!

Counseling & Mental Health Resources

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Grab and Go Lunches

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Backpacks for Kids

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Free Food Market

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Free Internet Access

CCMS Distance Learning "Bell Schedule"

Click on schedule for full-page view.

Access the complete plan here!

Teacher Google Classroom Codes

To join a class with a class code:

  1. Go to classroom.google.com

  2. At the top, click the + at the top right corner
  3. Click on "Join Class"
  4. Enter the class code XXXXXXX and click "Join"

Parents' "Ultimate Guides" to Online Learning Safety

CCMS administration receives many inquiries about how parents can keep their children safe during this period of distance learning. With students spending many hours online, we all want to make sure that students are not exposed to questionable content or other suspicious users and sites. When at school, we have certain digital firewalls to protect students, but when students are working from home, parents will have to take extra safety measures to protect their children. Here are some tips and sites to help you keep your students successful and safe during online remote learning!


One questions we get asked often is about how to turn off pop-ups on Google Chromebooks. To do this, simply follow these steps:


How do I block pop-ups on my Chromebook? Quick Guide

1. On your computer, open Chrome.

2. At the top right, click More Settings.

3. At the bottom, click Advanced.

4. Under "Privacy and security," click Site settings.

5. Click pop-ups and redirects.

6. At the top, turn the setting to Allow or Block.


Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media has some great tools for parents on how to understand and use Zoom, Google Classroom, Parental Controls, and more. Here are some helpful links from Common Sense Media.


A few other useful sites on parental controls for Chromebooks and other devices

Home Library Resources

Although all Los Angeles Public Library locations are physically closed, you can still access our online resources with your library card. We are here to support students and families with their distance learning efforts.

Watch these videos to see how easy it is to access the library from home to help your student. Try out some of the library's many resources for fun, reading, and learning!


Click here for even more Los Angeles Public Library Resources and Activities!

Be Internet Awesome: A Parent Guide

Google has made a guide for parents on everything internet.


Distance Learning Links from CCUSD

Panther Pop-Ins

School Counselors will be hosting Panther Pop-ins through Google Hangouts so that students/ parents have an available Panther Staff Member to ask questions- this is intended for general use, not personal counseling. Check out the schedule! Type in the tiny url links into your internet browser or click the link in your grade level Google Classroom to access during the pop-in time. Panther Pop-Ins will be staffed by a rotating counselor. To meet with or speak to a specific counselor, be sure to email them.


Counseling Resources From Our CCMS School Counselors

Please feel free to reach out to any of the school counselors! Our emails are below and on the "Schedule a Meeting" tab you can book a call/video chat appointment with any of us.


Additional Resources

Counseling Website: https://sites.google.com/a/ccusd.org/ccms-school-counselors

Make an Appointment: https://ccms.simplybook.me/v2/


Counseling 6th Grade Google Classroom Code: 4rkcggt

Counseling 7th Grade Google Classroom Code: 5msimvi

Counseling 8th Grade Google Classroom Code: itfwfzg

Counseling PSP Google Classroom Code: fat46au


Ms. Slemmons, Counselor A-E: sarahslemmons@ccusd.org

Ms. Lizotte, Counselor F-K: jeaninelizotte@ccusd.org

Mr. Brown, Counselor L-Q: terencebrown@ccusd.org

Mrs. Brown, Counselor R-Z: antoinettebrown@ccusd.org

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