Cartersville Middle School

The Hurricane Watch, September 2021

From the Principal


Welcome back, everyone.


The faculty and staff of CMS are looking forward to a great school year! Last year, despite adversity and uncertainty, our students and staff achieved great results. CMS performed well above the state averages and regional RESA averages on the state Georgia Milestones Assessments and showed tremendous growth on our local MAP assessments. While we all understand the varying impacts and continued challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cartersville Middle School will continue to focus on supporting our students in mastering essential academic standards, while keeping them safe and healthy.


As we navigate the current COVID-19 landscape, we encourage students and staff to wash their hands and wear a face mask when social distancing is not possible. We also encourage students and families to self-screen each day for symptoms. If your student has a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.


Thank you for your support, and Go Canes!

Meet Our New Faculty and Staff!


Mrs. Lindsey Montgomery may not be new to CMS, but this year, she has taken on a new role as assistant principal! Previously, Mrs. Montgomery taught 8th grade math.


Mrs. Christie Milton comes to us from Rockmart high school, where she taught 9th grade math. She will be teaching 7th grade math.


Mrs. Tara Grimes has joined our 7th grade language arts team. She previously taught in Floyd county, where she was born and raised. Mrs. Grimes will also be coaching our girls basketball team.


Ms. Blair Mathison will be teaching 7th grade special education math and social studies. She comes to us from Cass Middle, where she taught 8th grade special education math.


Mrs. Ana Teasley comes to us from Cherokee High School, where she taught 9th grade English. She will be teaching 8th grade language arts.


Mr. Adam Holley will be teaching 8th grade social studies. He comes to us from Lee County High School, where he coached football. Mr. Holley will also be the quarterback coach for CHS.


Mr. Brett Tolbert comes to us from our own Cartersville High School to join the 8th grade science team. He is also the head coach of the CMS football team and the CHS boys and girls tennis team.


Mr. Cody Bamforth will be teaching special education 8th grade language arts. This will be his 8th year teaching special education.


Mr. Jay Johnson has taught and coached at several middle and high schools, most recently in Paulding county. He will be teaching 8th grade special education science and coaching 8th grade football.


Mrs. Tiffany Mero has joined the CMS counseling team and will be serving our 6th grade students. Most recently, she was the 7th and 8th grade counselor at Pickens Junior High School.


Mrs. Angie Weeks comes to CMS from Bartow county, where she served as counselor for high school students. Mrs. Weeks will be our 8th grade guidance counselor.


Mrs. Jarra Chatmon comes to us from Gwinnett county. She previously taught in Florida and will be taking on the new role of Family Engagement Specialist at CMS.


Mr. Brandon McPherson joins CMS from Cass Middle School, where he worked in various capacities, most recently as the Learning Support Specialist. He will be filling the new role of Student Support Specialist at CMS.

Counselor's Corner

The CMS counseling department would like to welcome you to the 2021-22 school year! Middle school is such a crucial time in a child’s life and we are honored to support you and your child during this time. We guide students to success through individual, small group, and classroom sessions that focus on social/emotional health, academic achievement, and career exploration. Our goal is to help students overcome barriers and reach their highest potential. We look forward to the relationships that we will develop this year with our students and their families.


CONTACT INFORMATION


Mrs. Tiffany Mero- 6th grade

678-535-6322

tmero@cartersvilleschools.org


Dr. Ashley Jackson- 7th grade

678-535-6265

ajackson@cartersvilleschools.org


Mrs. Angie Weeks- 8th Grade

678-535-6266

aweeks@cartersvilleschools.org

Mentor Canes

Mentor Canes is a school-based mentoring program, which builds self-esteem and confidence. Research shows that long-term mentoring also improves school attendance, grades, and graduation rates! The start date for our Mentor Canes program will be announced soon.


Backpack Buddies

The first Backpack Buddies distribution will be on Friday, September 10th. The pickup location will be announced. Some will also be available in the front office.


If you need a Backpack Buddies form, or if you have questions about Backpack Buddies or Mentor Canes, please call or email Mrs. Jarra Chatmon, our new Family Engagement Specialist at 678-535-6230.

Lines from the Library


We are excited to once again offer to our students access to TeenBook Cloud, an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books. You can read from any device without having to download or enter a password Just choose a book and start reading! TeenBook Cloud can be accessed in several different ways: through Clever, the school website under the Resources tab, the Library Media Center page, or through Destiny Discover.


As students begin to work on projects for school or are in need of trusted articles for class, take a look at Galileo. Galileo is Georgia’s virtual library, providing free online access to high-quality information resources. No fake news! Access ebooks, encyclopedias, magazines, primary sources, and other premier sources. You can find access to Galileo on the school’s website under the Resources tab, the Library Media Center page, and Destiny Discover. For home access, ask for the password in the library.

Notes from the Nurse

Flu Shots

It's time for flu shots!! Flu shots will be given on October 18, 2021. Permission forms will go home on September 13, 2021 and should be signed and returned to homeroom teachers no later than September 27, 2021.


7th Grade Parents

All 7th grade students are required by the state of Georgia to have updated vaccine records. Letters will be sent home if your child needs an immunization. All immunizations records must be up-to-date and on GA form 3231, by September 17, 2021. All forms should be returned to the school nurse.

Important Reminders and Updates

Fall Picture Day

Bring your best smiles on September 10th!


Progress Reports

Progress reports will be sent home with students on September 13th along with MAP test results. If you have questions, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.


Yearbooks

Yearbooks are on sale right now for $35. You can see Mrs. Vest in room 414 on the 400 hall, or click here to purchase yours today from Jostens.


If you did not get an opportunity to purchase a yearbook from last year, we still have a few for sale for a discounted price of $20. Please see Mrs. Vest if you would like to purchase one, but you better hurry! They are first come, first serve only.

Parent Information

Cartersville Middle School Student Handbook

Click HERE to see a copy of the 2021-2022 student handbook posted on our school's website.


Cartersville City Schools App

Cartersville City Schools now has an app. Parents can access their student's grades, class schedule, attendance, school calendars, social media posts and lunch menus at the touch of a button. The app is available for both Apple and Android. For complete login info and details on how to customize the app to meet your family’s needs, click here


Online Meal Payments

Follow the instructions below to check your child's lunch balance or make payments to their accounts.

  1. Go to www.myschoolbucks.com and register for your free account.
  2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
  3. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check.
    A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.
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Extracurricular Activities

Football

9/1 - CMS vs. Red Bud @ home

9/8 - CMS @ Adairsville High

9/15 - CMS vs. Calhoun @ home

9/22 - CMS @ Cass

9/29 - CMS @ Rockmart High

10/6 - CMS vs Red Top @ home

10/13 - Semi Finals

10/20 - Championship


Softball

9/1 - CMS vs. Calhoun (Varsity) @ home

9/3 - CMS @ Armuchee (JV)

9/7 - CMS vs Adairsville @ home

9/8 - CMS vs Rockmart @ home

9/8 - CMS vs. Rockmart (JV) @ home

9/11- Cartersville Tournament @ home

9/14 - CMS vs. Cass @home

9/15 - CMS @ Dalton (JV)

9/18 - Region Tournament @ Red Bud


Volleyball

9/1 - CMS vs. Cherokee @ home

9/2 - CMS @ Cedartown

9/8 - CMS vs. Rockmart @ home

9/9 - CMS @ Rome Middle

9/13 - CMS vs North Paulding @ home

9/15 - CMS vs Carrolton @ home

9/16 - CMS @ Cherokee

9/18 - CMS @ Model (Diggin' With the Devils Tournament- V only)

9/20 - CMS vs. Adairsville @ home

9/22 - CMS @ Red Bud

9/27 - CMS @ Calhoun

9/29 - CMS vs. S. Paulding @ home

10/2 - BGMSAA Tournament

9/30 - CMS vs. North Paulding

10/3 - BGMSAA Region Tournament



Cross Country

9/4/2021 - Run at the Rock @ Woodland High

9/14/2021 - Hurricane Alley @ Dellinger Park

9/18/2021 - General Assembly @ Heritage Middle

9/24/2021 - Wingfoot @ Sam Smith Park


Golf

9/7 @ Elks Golf Course

9/13 @ Cartersville Country Club

9/14 @ Elks Golf Course

9/21 @ Fields Ferry Golf Course

9/27 @ Cartersville Country Club

9/28 @ Elks Golf Course

10/7 @ Fields Ferry Golf Course (Boys' Region)

10/8 @ Elks Golf Course (Girls' Region)



Academic Team


9/8 - CMS @ Red Top

9/14 - CMS vs. Calhoun (home)

9/23 - CMS @ Red Bud

9/28 - CMS @ Cass

10/12 - CMS vs. Rockmart (home)

10/23 - Region @ Red Bud

Helpful Links and Information

Office 365 Email Account

visit www.office.com

The students' login is their lunchnumber@cartersvilleschools.org

The password is their date of birth (8 digits total- mmddyear)


Schoology

The link to Schoology can be found on our school's website or click here

Username: lunchnumber@cartersvilleschools.org

Password: date of birth (8 digits total- mmddyear)


USATestPrep

Click here for a link to USATestPrep

School ID: cartersville66

Username: lunchnumber@cartersvilleschools.org

Password: date of birth (8 digits total- mmddyear)


Moby Max

Click here for a link to Moby Max

Username: lunchnumber@cartersvilleschools.org

Password: date of birth (8 digits total- mmddyear)


Technology How-To Videos:

Don't forget about our resources on our school website! Click here to find student "how-to" videos for information on checking your e-mail, using the Schoology App, submitting an assignment in Schoology, and other tutorial vidoes.