VOL. 38 - Week of June 8, 2020


8th Grade Activities Week!

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Pick-up and Collection Schedule For This Week!

Textbook Return requires sign-up:

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!

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8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Congratulations, 8th graders! We are excited to host a live ceremony over Zoom on Thursday to celebrate your achievements these last three years. Please join us live or watch the recorded video that will be posted on our website later that day. We only ask that you try to watch through one device as a family to allow for all students and families to join. Thank you!

CCMS Student Video

The following video was created by one of our 8th grade students, Kaneen Moodie, who proudly made this to share her experiences at CCMS.

Congratulations to our 6th and 7th Grade Pin and Medal Recipients

262 6th grade students have qualified for Scholarship League for 3 quarters this year. They have maintained a 3.0 GPA with no D’s F’s, N’s, or U’s. They have earned the Scholarship League Pin.

58 7th grade students have qualified for Scholarship League for 3 quarters this year. They have maintained a 3.0 GPA with no D’s F’s, N’s, or U’s. They have earned the Scholarship League Pin.

180 7th grade students have qualified for Scholarship League for 3 quarters for two years. They have maintained a 3.0 GPA with no D’s F’s, N’s, or U’s. They have earned the Scholarship League Medal.

See the images below for all of our 6th and 7th grade Scholarship League Awardees!

***Pick-up of awards will be at CCMS Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9-10 from 1-3pm in front of the CCMS office.

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Congratulations to Strahlia Durr!

We are pleased to announce that 8th grader Strahlia Durr was selected to sing the "Star Spangled Banner" at 8th grade promotion on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 11:30 AM.

Thank you to all of our wonderful students who auditioned and did an amazing job! Congrats, Strahlia!

A Note From The Actors' Gang

We at The Actors' Gang feel, now more than ever, it is important for the students of Culver City to find ways to exercise their imaginations that will inspire hope and understanding. As this unprecedented school year comes to an end, we are inviting the students of CCMS to express themselves and stay creative until we meet again. Email your creative works directly to

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!

For All 8th Graders Interested in Playing 9th Grade Fall Sports at CCHS

Below is a list of the CCHS coaches for all sports, as well as the email for Tom Salter (CCHS Athletic Director) and Tonya McLinn (Athletic Department Assistant). Anyone interested in playing any of these sports as a 9th grader at CCHS next year, should email the coach of the sport in which they are interested or Mr. Salter or Ms. McLinn.

***Also, there will be a Zoom meeting for ALL interested in playing 9th grade football on June 29, 2020, at 6 PM. Please contact football coach Jahmal Wright at to get the Zoom link!

Tom Salter--CCHS Athletic Director/

Tonya Mclinn--CCHS Athletic Department Assistant/

Football- Jahmal Wright/
Boys Water Polo- Nester Dordoni/
Girls Tennis- Phil Rothenberg/
Girls Volleyball- Tanner Siegel/
Girls Cross Country- Tom Fritzius/
Cheer- Kandyce Wallace/

Boys Basketball- Roy Walker/
Girls Basketball- Jullian Anderson/
Boys Soccer- Michael Castillo/
Girls Soccer- Pete Barrett/
Girls Water Polo- Nester Dordoni/

Baseball- Rick Prieto/
Softball- Raianna Dobbs/
Boys Volleyball- Joe Manzo/
Swimming- Peter Egan/
Boys Tennis- Phil Rothenberg/
Boys Lacrosse- Casey Chabola/
Girls Lacrosse- Emily Rodgers/
Track- Jahmal Wright/
Golf- Bruce Unora/

Get Help Buying Food while Schools are Closed

We recently received the information below about the California Department of Social Services P-EBT program.

Get help buying food while schools are closed.

This program, called P-EBT, is for students who are eligible to get free or reduced price school meals. Apply and get up to $365 per child to spend on groceries.

Children may continue to receive "grab n go" meals or emergency food at COVID-19 emergency feeding sites offered by schools and community locations, even if they are receiving P-EBT benefits.

Apply for P-EBT by June 30, 2020 at

Backpack for Kids Food Drive

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Chilcare Options for Parents

Black Lives Matter Message to the Community

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."

Black Lives Matter Video by Student Kaneen Moodie

Student Voice Activity Jun 3, 2020 at 5 10 PM


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

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:
Ms. McGuire:
Ms. Schulte:
Ms. Herrera:
Ms. Nelson:
Ms. Heinrich:

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

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 11, 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 ( 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 (; (Davis-Iglesias Alas) - Ms. Shlomo (; (Inocencio-McKinley+AVID) - Mrs. Lenke (; (McKinney-Reyes) - Mrs. Bourget (; (Ribordy-Z) - Mr. Gyepes (

  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.


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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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 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:

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
❤️ 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

  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:

Make an Appointment:

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:

Ms. Lizotte, Counselor F-K:

Mr. Brown, Counselor L-Q:

Mrs. Brown, Counselor R-Z:

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