The Bird Nest

News and Notes from Clever 6-8 Middle School November 2020

Message From the Principal!

Is 2020 over yet? This has truly been a year that has tested our flexibility, compassion, and patience. I just want to say that I’m very proud of our Clever family and community for persevering through this pandemic and the many challenges with seated and virtual learning. We are truly in this together. I want to reiterate that as a school we are committed to serving our students academic and social emotional needs so that they continue to grow stronger both academically and socially. I also want to reiterate my commitment to our continued open lines of communication as we move forward during the 20-21 school year.

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A Very Clever Christmas Food Drive!

As the holidays are quickly approaching, we at Clever Middle School recognize the unique challenges some families will encounter during the holiday season this year. Economic difficulties during this time can make the holidays stressful for families.

Last year, CMS hosted a holiday food drive to help support a few of our local families. We again are hosting this food drive, however, this year we added another layer to help generate support. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate in what we are calling “A Very Clever Christmas.” Check out the flyer below for more details. After two weeks, we have collected numerous food items and over $100 to help purchase items.

Students will be drafting letters to local businesses in an effort to collect donations leading up to the holidays. Any help with this project is much appreciated.

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Veterans Day

While were not able to host our annual Veterans Day assembly, we were still able to honor several of our local heros.

Jerry Hunsaker - United States Army

Glen Smith - United States Army

Al Michel - United States Navy

Tom Boyer - United States Army

A Message from SRO Christina (Online Safety)

This month I will be focusing on online safety with the 6 – 8 grade students. As we all know technology is everywhere and readily available at our fingertips. I feel we get so wrapped up in technology, we often forget there is a world full of interesting things. We are forgetting the simplicity of outdoor activities, cooking, playing board games, and playing music instruments.

Technology can be a good thing. It can be used as a learning and resource tool for anyone. But technology can be a very dangerous tool when not used properly. This is why it’s important to remind students a few things when they are using technology. We need to remind them whatever they post online it never goes away, NEVER! That if they cannot read it out loud in front of the class, it might not be worth posting. If they would feel uncomfortable saying it to a person’s face, then they should not say it online. Teachers are influencers, so it never hurts to remind students to use kind words, be nice, and help others.

Always know your Clever Officer’s are here for you. Behind every badge, is a person that cares deeply for the community.

Online Book Fair Nov. 17 - Nov. 30

Our Fall Book Fair is online this year! Support our school and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! You'll love the fun new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25.

Second Semester Learning Options

As we look ahead to the second semester of our 2020-21 school year, we are making plans to meet the needs of both seated and virtual students. In order to do this, we are asking parents and guardians to complete a change form ONLY if you intend to make a change to your student's current academic plan. In other words, if your student is currently a virtual student but you will be sending them for seated classes second semester OR if your student is currently seated but will be switching to a virtual platform, we ask that you submit a change form by December 4.

Participation in Bluejays@Home for second semester will require administrative approval.

Click the button below for more information.

Bluejays@Home/Quarantine Learning Schedules

In the situation where your child is placed on quarantine, we ask that they follow their appropriate grade level schedule below. Parents will receive an email from the school providing more details outlining the specific expectations for learning from home.
6th Grade Bluejays@HOME

Students in quarantine will remain in their regularly scheduled explore class but will not required to zoom.

7th Grade Bluejays@HOME (Updated 9.22.20)

Students in quarantine will remain in their regularly scheduled explore class but will not required to zoom.

8th Grade Bluejays@HOME

Students in quarantine will remain in their regularly scheduled explore class but will not required to zoom.

Tutoring Options

Tutoring options are available both before and after school on a regular basis. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information and availability.

Periodically, we will offer Saturday tutoring sessions from 8-11. Information will be sent to parents when the next Saturday tutoring session is available.

19-20 Yearbook Sales

We have only a few copies of the 2019-2020 yearbooks left! Don’t wait until it’s too late, get your copy from any of the K-8 offices as soon as possible. They are $20.

Upcoming Dates

December 1 - Seated School Resumes

December 7-3 - Hour of Code (STEM Challenge)

December 9 - Grade Check

December 12 - Clever Christmas Parade

December 18 - Food Drive Ends


December 23 - End of 1st Semester

Janurary 5 - School Resumes

Stay Connected

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Clever 6-8 Remind Group - Join by using the code @clevms6-8