The Mustang Minute

January 18, 2019 - Issue 18

Celebrating and Learning

As we head into the long weekend celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I wanted to share a few of the activities that our teachers are doing to bring attention to his great work.

  • In 6th grade English class students read a synopsis of Dr. King's life, chose one of his quotes and were given a variety of options to demonstrate their knowledge about his work and how the quote they chose would impact their life. Student could create a Prezi presentation, a Flipgrid video, write an essay, or choose another option. They were in the middle of this process on Friday and will complete the activity on Tuesday.
  • 6th grade social studies watched videos of the Civil Rights movement, learned about Dr. King's role and then chose a quote to pair with a picture for a Google Slides display. The students with share their "quote slides" explaining why they chose the quote and photo and what it means to them.
  • In 7th grade English, students chose a quote from Dr. King and wrote about how his words could impact others. A few were read aloud while I was there and will be posted to my Twitter Account.

Connected to Martin Luther Kin Day and our Social Emotional Learning Program was a lesson on kindness. Students learned about the scientifically proven benefits of kindness by watching a video, discussing the effects of kindness on a person's health, and finished up with an exercise where students walked around writing compliments to each other on a star or holding hands worksheet. Being kind is especially important at the middle school level where kids often find it easier and "cooler" to be funny, rude, and hurtful. Please ask your children how a little more kindness might benefit us all both in and out of school!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Response to Vaping Concerns

I want to thank everyone that read and responded to my message on vaping. While it continues to be something that we are working on, it was clear that many students had conversations with their families about the subject. Students are feeling more comfortable reporting concerns about school and online to us and many parents shared what they knew as well. My hope is that this focus will help to eliminate vaping in school.

The PTO Meeting on Social Media is FEBRUARY 13th at 6:30 - sorry for the misprint in the connectEd

New Club at CMS

The Lego Club will have its next meeting on Tuesday, February 26 after school in the cafeteria. At Lego Club, students build meaningful relationships with peers through teamwork, practice critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as develop patience, attention and focus. We are looking for donations of gently used Legos for our Lego engineers in the making. Please contact Rosie Healy at or Eileen Seigel at with any questions or to arrange to make a donation. Thank you!

Bus Procedures

A couple of reminders about school bus procedures. Only students with a valid bus pass may take a school bus. If a student needs to take a bus other than their assigned bus they should bring a note from home to the man office for the principal to sign. Bus drivers will only let students on the bus in the afternoon with a bus pass or a note signed by the principal.

Entering and Leaving during Drop-Off and Pick-up

Please make sure that you are following the directives of the crossing guards when entering and leaving CMS during arrival and dismissal. Washington street is very busy and we would not want any child to be hurt or any parent to get into a car accident.

Science Extras

Our Science Teachers go through a lot of consumables during experiments. Many of the items used are common household items we all may have at home. If you have any of the following items (UNOPENED) and are willing to donate them to CMS please fill out the sign-up genius. Thank you in advance for your support!
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Interface Mental Health

A PSA about the Interface Mental Health Service

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Chromebook Tips Update

  • Remind students that NOTHING should be stored inside their Chromebook case (except their Chromebook) when they close it with other items inside, it cracks the screen.
  • Try to keep the battery level above 10% dropping below can cause a hard shut down which can be difficult to restart and recharge.
  • Bring those earbuds!
  • Charge EVERY night!
Norwood School News Weekly TV Program

Check out our kids in the news!

After School Activities

Intramural Sports: Winter sports have started.

Friendship Club: The club meets once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00

Cartoon Club: Mondays 2:10-3:05 in room 105

Artist Circle: Meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1

Drama Club: Meets on Mondays at 2:15 in 101

Lego Club: Tuesday, February 26th at 2:15 in the cafeteria

CMS Dance: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:15 in the cafeteria

Gay Straight Alliance: Thursdays at 2:15

Student Council: Meetings are announced

SEARCH Mondays 2:10-3:05

Yearbook Club: Meets every other Thursday at 2:15

Honor Band: Mondays 4:00-5:30

Honor Orchestra: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30

Jazz Band: Wednesdays 5:30-7:00

Honor Chorus: Thursdays 3:15-4:45

PTO Corner

The PTO meets the second Thursday of each month to hear an update from the principal and discuss planning related to enrichment, fundraising, activities and other topics of interest. You can also stay up to date with the CMS PTO by following us on Facebook. You can contact the PTO at

Our Next Meeting will be WEDNESDAY, February 13th at 6:30 pm. Will will have a special presentation on social media and our kids by John Greeley and Anthony Freeman.

Important Dates

Thursday, January 10: 6th Grade Chorus and Honor Ensembles Winter Concert

Thursday, January 24th: Festival of Bands Concert at NHS (6-8 band)

Wednesday, January 30th: Nation History Day Parent Night 7:00-8:00pm

Thursday, January 31st: All Town Orchestra Concert at NHS (6-8 orchestra)

Thursday, February 7th: LaLa-Palooza Choral Concert at NHS (8th grade chorus and Honor Chorus)

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