The Colonel's Bulletin 09.22.2022

News for CWMS Students and Parents

Important Dates

  • Sep 12-23 - PTA/Taffy Apple Sale

  • Sept 26-30 - College Go Week (See Below)

  • Oct 7 - End of 1st 9 weeks

  • Oct 12 - PSAT Testing for 8th Grade Students

  • Oct 14 - Taffy Apple Distribution & Pick-up

  • Oct 17-21 - Fall Break - No School

  • Oct 23-31 - National Red Ribbon Week

  • Oct 31-Nov 4 - Scholastic Book Fair

  • Nov 2 - 8th Grade Junior Achievement Chambertown

  • Nov 4 - Picture Retake Day

  • Nov 9 - Distance Learning Day for Students - Staff Professional Development

  • Nov 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

  • Dec 12-16 - PTA Holiday Christmas Shop

  • Dec 20 - End of 1st Semester

  • Dec 21-Jan 4 - Winter Break - No School

Please look for Athletic News in separate email communications and on our website.

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Yearbooks for Sale

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Guidance Department

College Go Week - September 26-30

  • College Go! Week is part of “College Go!” which takes place August-November.
  • Resources and information are designed to help Indiana students plan for education beyond high school.
  • The official “College Go!” kick-off is the last full week of September (September 26-30, 2022). This week includes other postsecondary options including apprenticeship programs.
  • Staff and students will participate in activities focusing on high school diplomas, college degrees and career goals.
  • We plan to have a ‘door decorating’ contest focusing on college/career paths and what it takes to be successful.
  • Daily announcements and challenges will also keep the students engaged in College Go.
  • Spirit Week activities will also take place.

To find out more, connect to Learn More Indiana (

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21st Century Scholars

21st Century Scholars Program allows income eligible Indiana students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana College or University after they graduate from high school. In order to be considered for this program, applications must be completed by June 30th of the student's 8th grade year. Please select this link for more information or contact our Guidance Department for further information.

Junior Achievement Chambertown - 8th Grade

The Junior Achievement Chamberton will take place here at the Colonel on Wednesday, November 2nd for our 8th grade students. The students will have an opportunity to experience economic scenarios through various Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce businesses and volunteers.
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Band/Choir/Orchestra - Upcoming Concerts

BAND - (Mr. Hensley -

October 25th at 6:30pm

December 9th at 6:30pm

CHOIR - (Mr. Dean -

October 5th at 6:00 & 7:15pm

December 7th at 6:00 & 7:15pm

ORCHESTRA - (Mrs. Borgo -

October 27th at 6:30pm

December 15th at 6:30pm

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Clubs and Extracurricular Activities

Broadcast Committee Video - #1

Please enjoy our Broadcast Committee Video #1 for the school year. Our committee members enjoyed working through their first video to report on school sports, student clubs and activities, Bulldogs of the Month, and other news as it relates to our school.

92222 Broadcast Video

Stem Club

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Builders Club

The Builders Club call out meeting is on Friday, September 23rd in Mrs. Vagner’s classroom (B215) until 4:00pm. The Builders Club is a community service group that helps the school and our local communities with various service projects to help others, including the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. For more information, please contact Mrs. Vagner or Ms. Kinzie


Our NJHS students are participating in a friendly competition in their Advisory classes. They are collecting non-perishable food items to help the local Community Help Network. The Community Help Network provides meals on the weekends for school children of all ages. Our NJHS students are creating colorful posters to hang in the classrooms and hallways to promote this competition which will run from September 19th through October 28th. The winning Advisory class will be rewarded with a donut party for the students.

Items requested are as follows: Individually sized and packaged items include Mac and Cheese Bowls, Oatmeal, Cold Cereal, Spaghetti/Pasta Meals in a Can, Ramen Noodles, Cup O Noodles, Cheez-Its, Rice Krispie Treats, Granola Bars, Fruit Snacks, Chicken Noodle Soup Cans, Microwave Popcorn, Cans of Tuna, Cans of Chicken White Meat, and Peanut Butter (16 ounces or less). These items will go into the Buddy Bags put together by the Community Help Network. Thank you for your support.

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Notes from the Nurse - Hearing/Vision Screenings

Tuesday, October 11 – Hearing Screenings – 7th Grade Students

Thursday, October 13 – Vision Screenings – 8th Grade Students

For Vision Screenings, please remind your child to have them wear their glasses or contacts on the day of the screenings if this applies to them. Any questions, please contact Nurse Kelly at #219-663-2173, Ext. 13121.

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District News

Employability Skills Survey

Please make sure you’ve read the information in this month’s district newsletter about our annual employability skills survey.

Please note that parents do have the option to opt out of this survey. Please contact our office if you should have any questions.

Students will be receiving their ID cards soon. Please select the link below for additional information on the changes to school ID cards.

Please reach out to our administrative team if you have any questions about this information.

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Fireside Chat(s) with Principal Rodriguez

9.9.22 - Hard Working

The final characteristic of the bulldog blueprint is hard working. When we discuss hard work, we are talking about your effort. The energy you put into what you are trying to do can determine the outcome. Everyone’s challenges are different, but there are things we experience each day that are relatable: waking up in the morning can be hard, turning in your school work can be hard, studying can be hard, controlling your words when you are upset can be hard. We encourage you to welcome challenges and put forth the energy to do things well. Your hard work will pay dividends for the rest of your life.

9.16.22 - Do Not Touch (DNT)

It is important to remember to keep your hands to yourself. Some examples include: Do not dunk on each other, neck slap, rubber band arms, gut check, or any other variation of touching. Communicate with your words and not with your hands. Ask your classmates how they are doing instead of touching, grabbing or taking things to gain attention. Many of the student concerns we receive are directly related to a miscommunication between the students. Please use your words wisely when talking with each other. Make a goal today to say something kind to three individuals you don’t normally hang or associate with.

As always, let's make it a great day to be a Bulldog!

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Colonel John Wheeler Middle School

Jacob Rodriguez, Principal

David C. Vode, Asst. Principal

Misty Scheuneman, Asst. Principal