CMS Parent Newsletter

November 13, 2017

Parents,

We are still soaring on Cloud Nine after achieving 5 stars for our climate rating. We hope you are too. Thank you for all you do to provide a safe, loving childhood for your teen. We are honored to be part of their teenage experience. Each of our staff members strive daily to ensure your child has a kind, nurturing environment in which to learn.

Upcoming Seahawk Events

November 13 - National School Career Week

November 13 - Volleyball at IOH

November 14 - Volleyball Playoffs

November 16 - Swim Meet

November 17 - Spirit Wear - FBLA

November 20 - School in Session

November 21 - School in Session

November 22 - 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday

November 27 - MAP Reading and Math Winter Assessment Window Opens

November 28 - Class Spelling Bees

November 28 - PTSA Meeting - 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

November 28 - Five Guys Spirit Night after PTSA

November 29 - Domino's Pizza Spirit Night


April 11 - GMAS ELA

April 12 - GMAS ELA

April 13 - GMAS ELA

April 16 - GMAS Math

April 17 - GMAS Math

April 18 - GMAS Science - 8th grade only

April 19 - GMAS SS - 8th grade only

April 25 - GMAS EOC - Comp Lit

April 26 - GMAS EOC - Comp Lit

April 30 - GMAS EOC - Alg 1

May 2 - GMAS EOC - Physical Science

Please Return Signed Progress Reports Monday.

Back by popular demand! 3x3 basketball tournament!

Please join us Tuesday, November 28th at 6:00 p.m. for a brief PTSA meeting in the gym to be immediately followed by a student / parent 3x3 basketball tournament. There will be twelve teams, each consisting of two CMS students and one parent or teacher. The tournament will be single elimination consisting of 4 minute, half court games with standard pick-up rules. Complete rules will be provided to all participants prior to the tournament. Pizza slice and drink combos will be sold for $1. Sign up for teams using the following link: 2017 CMS PTSA 3x3 basketball tournament

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Attendance Minute from Miss Eallonardo


Question - It’s okay if a child only misses part of a day, right?

Answer - Well, the correct answer is: sometimes and sort-of. We want our students here for each class. The Board of Education created guidelines for the computer program we use to monitor our students' grades and attendance to “decide” how to calculate an all-day absence. At Coastal Middle School the magic number is “three”. If a student misses three or more classes/blocks in a single day, then he or she most likely missed more than half the school day which is then translated into an “all day absence”. So if you MUST plan for your child to be out for part of the day, try to plan to miss no more than 2 hours to give yourself some wiggle room and not wind up in the “Three Blocks = All Day Absence” scenario.


The “Thankful for Good Attendance” Winners for this week are:

6th: Ray and Bishop

7th: McCluskey and Smart

8th: Dillon and Lingenfelter


Congratulations to the Ambassador Team - every single child on the team was present Friday!


Great work, everybody!!!!!

Spelling Bee

It is time to start studying for your class Spelling Bee. Class Spelling Bees will be held on November 28, 2017. Words are posted on our website in the “Shared Documents” section or can be viewed at this link.

http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/cms/Documents/2017-2018%20Scripps%20National%20Spelling%20Bee%20Study%20Words.pdf

Keeping our Teens Safe


Our students are doing so much damage to themselves and each other on social media. If you allow your child to have a social media account, and we advise that you do not, please monitor the account daily.

ASPIRE IEP Process at CMS

Active Student Participation Inspires Real Engagement! ASPIRE is a student-led IEP initiative designed to develop self-determination skills in the following areas:

  • Problem solving

  • Self-evaluation

  • Choice-making

  • Decision-making

CMS Inclusion Teachers are piloting the program this school year. Let your child's inclusion teacher know what you think.

Grade Recovery

Avoid Summer School. Get back on track now. On November 13, 2017 we will start our Grade Recovery program for students who received a failing grade on their report card in Math, Science or Spanish. The program will be held Monday-Friday from 2:45-4:30. Make it a priority to have your child here. Students he need to recover a grade in ELA, Social Studies or Spanish will begin December 1st.

Georgia Parent Survey


We are depending on you. We need to keep our Five Star Rating by telling the state what great students we have using the survey link below.


Georgia Parent Survey Link: http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

Required Choice Reading

Students should be finishing their third book this marking period.

Repeats and Reminders

Spirit Wear

If you need spirit wear items, please complete the order form at the link below and return it and your payment to the blue PTSA box in the front office. Orders will be filled once each week as inventory permits. If we do not have your requested size in stock you will be contacted. http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/cms/PTSA/Shared%20Documents/2017-18%20spirit%20wear%20order%20form.pdf

Band Discount Cards are back by popular demand. Please see the parent of a band member or our band director, William (Billy) Hoffman, to purchase your card.

Yearbook

Purchase your yearbook now for only $25. Prices increase to $35 after December.

https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/?event=general.displayLanding&jobnumber=20020

Late Work

All work should be submitted on the date it is due. Teachers will accept no more than 1 late assignments, with parent signature, within 3 days of the date the assignment is posted, for no more than 70% credit.

CMS Facebook

Follow CMS School on Facebook. This page is in addition to our PTSA page. Please click the link and like the page to be updated on school activities and news. https://www.facebook.com/Coastal-Middle-School-235645453628684/

Free Digital Resources

Please be aware that you and your child can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website. The textbooks can be accessed by visiting www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources. Texts are currently available for middle and high school courses.

Lion King Musical

Is your Seahawk interested in going to a Broadway show……..The Lion King musical in Jacksonville will be a day trip on February 1st. The first payment is not due until November 15th. The total cost is $139.00. Contact Kelly Tours if you are ready to join in the fun! Need more information contact Alicia Harvey!

GAMSP Assistant Principal of the Year

Our own Mrs. LaTashia Thomas was recognized at the GAMSP Fall Conference and received “The Hal Beaver Georgia Outstanding Assistant Principal Award.” Congratulations to Mrs. Thomas on this most prestigious and deserved honor.