Front & Center

May 6, 2016

In This Week's Edition

  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Mustang Mentors
  • YRBS
  • Summer School
  • Summer Band Camp
  • Party at the Park
  • Student Spotlight
  • Upcoming Events
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Dentists, Prepare!

Teacher Appreciation

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to extend gratitude to the wonderful staff we have here a CMS. They truly have the students' best interest in mind and work to get the most out of their students each day. I am truly appreciative for all that they do to make CMS great!

That being said, hats off to Jodi Largent, and our Center PTA, for putting together a spectacular and extremely creative Movie-Themed menu of meals, snacks and treats all week. Thursday really blew people away with the chocolate fountain, award-winning pastries and golden ticket winners. I mean, the schnozberries every tasted like schnozberries!

I feel bad for whoever will take this on next year. There will be big shoes to fill!

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Marty Mustang Looking to be a Mentor?

Mustang Mentors

On Thursday, the Mustang Mentors came down from the high school for their last session of the year with our students. The Mentors provided an informational video for our CMS students of the programming offered at the high school and much of what it entails. Our students provided the Mentors with questions in advance and they all played a game of Kahoot (online school-created trivia) in the gymnasium. I am proud of our students and the mentors for their work in creating relationships that will help our young people transition into high school.
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Youth Risk Behavior Survey

On May 9th, all CMS students , as well as students at Albion, will participate in the annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by Case Western Reserve University. This survey compiles information about youth behaviors, and is totally voluntary. It will be conducted electronically during a class period. Please stay tuned for more details about exactly when and how this survey will be conducted.

Parent Consent Form

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Ashley Vennetti: CMS Featured Artist at the SHS Art Show

Summer School Opportunities

This summer we will be running two types of summer school classes. Traditional and Online.

Traditional summer school will run for three weeks in June. Sessions will be held at Muraski Elementary June 6-June 24. There will be four classes offered in the traditional format. Physical Education and Personal Finance will be held in morning sessions (7:30-11:30). Health and Economics will be held in afternoon sessions (12:00-4:00). The cost for these classes is $150 for residents and $200 non-residents. The registration deadline for these classes is June 3, 2016. Traditional classes are for credit advancement, not credit recovery.

Online classes will be held at Muraski Elementary from June 6-July13. The lab will be open most Monday through Thursday (the lab schedule is on the registration form). The courses for middle school students are core classes (English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science) for grades 7 and 8. High school course offerings are the same as the fall and spring. Classes cost $75.00 per semester (most classes have two semesters). Students cannot take more than four semesters this summer (two full classes). Registration for classes will be at Muraski from 9-11am on May 24 and finish on May 26. Parents can also register for these classes online. Online classes are for credit recovery, not credit advancement. Students must have failed the class in the traditional classroom before taking these classes.

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Trey Castora: CMS Featured Artist at SHS Art Show

Summer Band Camp

Summer Band for 5th thru 7th grade will run June 27-July 14 from 10:30 - 12:00 at Albion Middle School. Ms. Taylor, Albion Band Director this year, will be running the program.

Registration forms can be found on Ms. Taylor's website here. Forms/Money are due by May 16th. We are hoping this year's Summer Band will be bigger and better than ever!

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Rulers Helping Support the Food Bank

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Hero Day! Green vs. Black

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Party at the Park!

*Party at the Park: The Final Act!*

Center Middle School PTA in conjunction with the staff of Center Middle School are throwing a party May 19th from 11 to 2:30PM as part of the "Final Act!" . Our students will be escorted to the ball fields at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center for lunch and activities. We are looking for parent volunteers and donations to help subsidize lunch. Please consider donating your time or food items! You can volunteer by clicking on the following link:

Thank you for your support!

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Student Spotlight

Wenli Wu, an eighth Rulers Team member, is the Xtreme Team's choice for Student Spotlight. Wenli is an accomplished artist whose original dance design graces the cover of 2015-16 CMS Yearbook. She also placed second in the Strongsville Anti-Bullying Poster contest, and was our CMS winner for the PTA Reflections contest. Wenli also is a member of our Girls Track team, a member of the Principal's Roll, and spends her free time helping her parents with their massage therapy business. Comfort Spa, as they are opening a Hudson location, along with their current location at South Park Mall. When she is not busy with school, Wenli enjoys drawing, reading and re-learning her native language, Mandarin Chinese. Wenli's favorite subject at CMS is English because she can express herself-her favorite thing is writing, especially narratives and poetry. Her favorite thing about CMS is that everyone is down to Earth, and that makes going to school comforting and enjoyable. In the future, Wenli would like to pursue a career in Real Estate, finance and investments while still starting her own charity. Wenli knows her goals are big, but to get there, she's ready to focus on what she wants in order to achieve her dreams- which start with attending Yale University. From our point of view, there no limit to what she can accomplish! Congratulations, Wenli!

Important Dates & Upcoming Events

  • May 11- 3:00 Track Banquet
  • May 12- 7:00 8th Grade Football Meeting
  • May 12- 7:00 Night of Entertainment
  • May 13- 6:00 DARE 8th Grade Celebration @ Michaud's
  • May 13- Reality Day
  • May 16- 7:00 Band Concert
  • May 17- 7:00 Orchestra Concert
  • May 18- 7:00 Choir Concert
  • May 20- Last Day of School (Early Release at 2:00)

Important Links

Strongsville City Schools: Strongsville City Schools

Cameron Ryba, Superintendent: 60 Seconds With the Superintendent

Volunteer in Our Schools: Volunteer SCS!

Center Middle School: CMS

Center Middle School Calendar/Athletics: Athletics

Middle School Construction: Work Zone Camera!

Free and Reduced Priced Lunches: F/R Lunches

PASS: Your PASS Account

GMail: Gmail Info for Students

Center PTA: PTA

Ohio Department of Education: ODE