Husky Happenings

January 24, 2020

Health/PE Human Growth & Development

All 6th & 7th grade students currently enrolled in health/pe this semester will participate in the Human Growth & Development unit beginning on February 3rd. Please return the attached form if you would like your child to opt out of this unit.

MLK Jr. Humanitarian Award

The CMS Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award will once again be presented to a worthy student, staff member, and community member. These awards will be given out during the month of February in celebration of Black History Month. The purpose of this program is to commemorate Dr. King's legacy of service, justice, and equality, and to recognize individuals in our community that have made outstanding humanitarian contributions.

If you know of a student, staff member, or community member that gives unselfishly of their time and energy to make our world and school a better place, please nominate them for this award.

All nominations are due by Friday, January 24th and must include your comments and reasons for choosing this person. Please take a moment to fill out the nomination form which can be found @

FCS Digital Learning Day: March 24, April 21 & May 19

As you are aware, April 21 and May 19 have been approved as digital learning days due to state elections. Recently, the superintendent has granted schools - that are not polling sites only - the option to have school on one or both of these days or each school could decide to keep both as digital learning days.

March 24 was not open for discussion and will remain a digital learning day for all FCS students.

The recommendation to our school governance council is for Crabapple Middle students to attend school on April 21 and have a digital learning day on May 19. This recommendation aligns with the recommendation established by Roswell High School.

On Tuesday, January 7, our council voted to approve the above recommendation. Thank you to those who provided feedback.

For calendar purposes:

March 24 - FCS digital learning day

April 21 - CMS students WILL attend school

May 19 - CMS digital learning day

AVID tutors needed

Our AVID elective class is in need of tutors! AVID is a 7th grade connections class for motivated students who are focused on high achievement in all their academic courses. You DO NOT need to be an expert in 7th grade curriculum. You just need to be willing to learn the AVID tutorial process and have a desire to help students succeed. The bonds built between tutors and students are so meaningful and rewarding for all. This is a paid position and training is provided. There is a small fee for fingerprinting and badging for adult tutors.

High school students currently enrolled in a Fulton County school, do not need to be fingerprinted. Adults are paid $15/hr and high school students are paid $10/hr. Tutorials take place every Tuesday and Thursday during 1st (9 am-9:42 am) and 7th (2:20-3:10 pm) periods. Right now we are in need of 1 more tutor for our 1st period class and 2 more tutors for our 7th period class. This is a semester long commitment. Current college students will be paid the adult rate.

If you are interested, please contact Maggie Nelms at Thank you!

Staff Wellness Room - We Want Your Help!

In addition to focusing on our student's social, emotional and mental wellness, CMS is also focused on our staff's wellness. One of our SGC initiatives is to create a staff wellness room in which staff members can enjoy a relaxing respite before or after school as well as moments during the day such as lunch.

We know that exercise is an activity that can reduce stress. We are looking for anyone who has exercise equipment that they no longer use and would like to donate to support our cause. It can be as small as dumbbells, mats, and resistance bands to as large as a workout bench, treadmill or other cardio machines. If so, please contact the front office.

Georgia Parent Survey

All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating on CCRPI.

The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.

The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish, and the Spanish version may be selected within the survey.

Please help us maintain our 5 star climate rating by participating!

Summit Counseling Onsite at CMS

Text 4 Help

The CMS counselors want you to know that if your child needs help from a mental health professional for themselves or a friend – they can text CMSHUSKIES to 1-844-201-9946. A licensed professional will respond within 5 minutes.

It is safe, anonymous and available 24/7 if needed.

Remember – it is OK to ask for HELP.

Please reach out to Amy Levin or Gina Severino if you have any questions.

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CMS Office Information

Please use the link, to find helpful office/school procedures including the following:

  • Student Check Out made EASY
  • Attendance Protocols
  • Changes in Student Transportation
  • Decorating Lockers for Birthdays
  • Café Protocol

Your cooperation with these procedures is appreciated.

FCS Code of Conduct

The Fulton County Schools Code of Conduct can be found at this link along with on our website. If you would like a printed copy, we have received a limited number. Please have your student visit the front office.

CMS Clubs

We offer several clubs at CMS that span a variety of interests for students. Please review the clubs brochure and encourage your student to join a club. Clubs are a great way to make new friends and be active in an activity that they enjoy!

Morning Intramurals

Morning Intramurals have begun!! The Intramural Registration Form on the following link is all that is needed to participate Please turn the form into Coach Thomas.

Intramurals are each week Monday-Thursday in the gym. On Fridays, intramurals will be held at the CMS tennis courts weather permitting. A variety of activities are offered each week. Students may arrive at 7:45 am. An intramural leader will let students in the building at that time. If a student arrives after 7:45 they will need to wait until the building is opened to all students at 7:55 and then proceed to the gym.

On Fridays, students may report directly to the tennis courts. Intramurals ends at 8:25 each morning, students may come down anytime to participate. A student may attend as many days as they wish as long as they have turned in the Intramural Registration Form.

If you have any questions please contact Coach Thomas (, Coach Jonsson ( or Coach Heninger (

CMS Strategic plan

Over the course of last year, our school governance council embarked on a journey of crafting our new strategic plan. This plan, with school specific with goals and initiatives, aligns with our district plan focusing on four pillars: student achievement, people & culture, community collaboration and fiscal responsibility. Our strategic plan will guide our work for the next five years. Please read our strategic plan by visiting our website.

CMS Calendar of Events

January 31 - CMS basketball game vs. Holcomb Bridge at 5:30pm

February 5 - CMS basketball game vs. Elkins Pointe at 5:30pm

February 7 - CMS basketball game vs. Webb Bridge at 5:30pm


Box Tops

Makes It Easy To Earn Money For CMS!

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit CMS's Box Tops earnings online. It's so EASY!

Husky Helping Huskies News

What is HHH?

Huskies Helping Huskies (HHH) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, separate from FCS, CMS, and PTA, but also supporting students in the CMS community. HHH partners with CMS and PTA in efforts to assist students during the middle school years. HHH is coordinated by parent volunteers and has organized the ongoing activities of providing daily snacks, family food bags, and meeting unique needs for students referred (35-40 students a year) by counselors and the social worker.

There are opportunities to volunteer with HHH as a snack volunteer, food drive / pack volunteer, special events volunteer, and/or to serve on the HHH Executive Board.

Be a part of impactful volunteering, email to learn more!

HHH Volunteer meeting

As we head into the new year, we are so thankful for the many volunteers who make HHH happen. This is our 5th year and we would like to keep the support for students going with your help! HHH is a volunteer parent run organization. Several volunteers are rolling off this year - leadership, events, food drives - and its a great time to get involved! Please join us at our February 6 meeting, 8:45 am in the front conference room. “Putting compassion into action!”

HHH Winter Food Drive Challenge 2.0! Which Grade can collect the most items?

Get Ready to bring in your non-perishable donations:

6th Grade - TACO NIGHT - taco shells, canned tomatoes (like Rotel brand), black beans, refried beans, pinto beans, canned chicken, seasoning packets, etc.

7th Grade - ITALIAN NIGHT - pastas, parmesan cheese (shelf stable), spaghetti sauces, canned tomatoes, etc.

8th Grade - QUICK & EASY LUNCHES- peanut butter, jelly, Nutella, canned soups, canned pastas, crackers, canned tuna/chicken

Collecting starts January 27 - February 7. Winning Grade earns a free lunch seating!!

HHH is now on Instagram

Follow HHH at hhhatcms; on Facebook @HuskiesHelpingHuskiesInc; and online at

Contact HHH at

Community News

Roswell High School Girls’ Soccer Camp - Feb. 8/9 2020

Join the Roswell High School Girls’ Soccer Coaches and Players for a fun weekend full of soccer. The 2-day soccer camp is February 8th and 9th from 1:00-4:00PM at the Roswell High School Stadium. This camp is for GIRLS ONLY in grades K-8. We will rotate through soccer skill drills, soccer games, and small–sided scrimmages based on age and ability level. Our winter camp is dedicated to having fun while warming up for a great spring soccer season!
- Cost is $75
- Questions? Email Coach Dardan Latifi at
- Items needed for camp: sneakers, cleats (optional), water bottle, snack, soccer ball, shin-guards, and cold weather clothing to keep you warm outside!
- Visit for online registration form and payment

Information resources

Facebook - Get up to date information regarding school events and activities by joining the “Crabapple Middle School” Facebook Group

Crabapple Middle website - The CMS website has a monthly calendar on the bottom right corner of the front page. Also find teacher contact information, forms, past “Husky Happenings” newsletters, and other important news here

PTA Website - Check out the CMS-PTA website for additional information regarding the PTA at CMS. Find information regarding volunteering at the school, special programs and upcoming events here

Twitter - Follow Crabapple Middle, Rako Morrissey, or many of our staff members on Twitter for postings of events and things happening around our school.