The Mustang Minute

January 4, 2019 - Issue 16

Welcome to 2019!

It was a short but productive week here at CMS. Student came back on Thursday and got right back into the swing of things. there were some great new technology based learning experiences happening with EdPuzzle, Hyperdocs, and other tools the teachers learned on Wednesday.

Coming up next week we have our final winter concert for grade six band, chorus, and orchestra which is sure to be a lot of fun! Later this month our National History Day contestants will present their projects for judging and celebrate their accomplishments at National History Day Night (say that one three times fast).

I hope everyone had a wonderful break, was able to spend time with your family, and are ready for an exciting 2019!

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December Citizens of the Month

Congratulations to the December winners of Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School’s Citizen of the Month. Citizens of the Month exemplify the school’s mission statement and are chosen by teachers and staff. To celebrate their accomplishments, an end of the year breakfast celebration will be held for students and their families.

Grade 8: Justin Flaherty, Elizabeth Bautista, Adwoa Kwakye, Charlotte Mathews, Skyler Huha

Grade 7: Cameron Munro, Liam Mannering, Daniel Michienzi, Ethan Lee

Grade 6: Sam Verrette, Partha Jammalamadaka, Colleen Denehy

Bus Procedures

A couple of reminders about school bus procedures. Only students with a valid bus pass may take a school bus. If a student needs to take a bus other than their assigned bus they should bring a note from home to the man office for the principal to sign. Bus drivers will only let students on the bus in the afternoon with a bus pass or a note signed by the principal.

Save the Date!

Norwood high School will be hosting the annual grade 8 Curriculum night and Open House will be January10th at 6:15pm.
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Interface Mental Health

A PSA about the Interface Mental Health Service

Grade 8 Baby Pictures - Deadline Extended!

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 January 11th. Thank You!
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Chromebook Tips Update

  • Remind students that NOTHING should be stored inside their Chromebook case (except their Chromebook) when they close it with other items inside, it cracks the screen.
  • Try to keep the battery level above 10% dropping below can cause a hard shut down which can be difficult to restart and recharge.
  • Bring those earbuds!
  • Charge EVERY night!
Norwood School News Weekly TV Program

Check out our kids in the news!

After School Activities

Intramural Sports: Fall sports will start early October.

Friendship Club: The club meets once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00

Cartoon Club: Mondays 2:10-3:05

Artist Circle: Meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1

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

Student Council: Informational meeting will be on October 4th

SEARCH Mondays 2:10-3:05

Yearbook Club: Meets every other Thursday at 2:15

Honor Band: Mondays 4:00-5:30

Honor Orchestra: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30

Jazz Band: Wednesdays 5:30-7:00

Honor Chorus: Thursdays 3:15-4:45

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

Our Next Meeting will be WEDNESDAY, February 13th at 6:30 pm. Will will have a special presentation on social media and our kids by John Greeley and Anthony Freeman.

Important Dates

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)