The Mustang Minute

September 21, 2018 - Issue 3

Start with Hello

Next week the Coakley Middle School is starting a new initiative aligned with our Social Emotional Learning objective called Start with Hello. The premise of the program is to make our students aware of members of the school community that might look or feel isolated in order to reach out and find ways to be inclusive. The objective for the students is to learn ways to reach out to these students and that initial connection usually "starts with hello".

All week we will be doing activities that highlight what students should look for to identify loneliness in others, building their level of empathy for their peers, and helping them develop the skills they need to reach out to students that might feel left out or lost at school. Our goal with this initiative is to create an inclusive environment for all students.

This program was developed by The Sandy Hook Promise and will be taking place at a variety of schools all over the country next week. We will have an assembly on Tuesday afternoon sponsored by the foundation. I will include a parent information pamphlet with the newsletter and more will be available during open house this Tuesday night.

Next week - ask your student how can they "Start with Hello" to make CMS an inclusive place to go to school!

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Open House Tuesday!

Hopefully you have received an email from your child's team that included the schedule for Open House. The overall time for Open House is 6:00pm -8:00pm and it starts at 6:00pm with a few remarks from me (the principal) in the auditorium. The schedule then differs depending upon your child's team. Some teams are doing group presentations while others are presenting individually. All the team schedules work together. If you two children, you will be able to see both sets of team teachers and some specialists. If you have more then two - we may need to schedule you some extra time on another day!

Here at CMS we believe meeting with parents is very important and will work with you to make sure that you get to meet your child's teacher.

It is also important to note that this is not a parent conference and teachers will not be able to discuss individual children on this night. If you need to meet with your child's team before parent conferences in November you can contact your guidance counselor.

Survey of Secondary School Parents/Guardians

Impact Norwood and the Norwood Public Health Department are conducting our 2nd Annual survey of parents/guardians of 6th - 12th graders. The purpose of this survey is to help us learn more about parent/guardian beliefs and perceptions regarding underage drinking and substance use. Your candid feedback will enable us to structure and implement targeted prevention initiatives to enhance the health and safety of Norwood youth. The results of this survey will be shared with you through our website and during the next academic year through health promotion activities and community-wide messaging.

Chromebook Roll Out - It's On!

A reminder that Grade 8 Blue and Gold and all of grade 7 will receive their Chromebook on Tuesday, September 25th and grade 6 will receive their Chromebooks on Thursday, September 27th.

Don't forget to send the user agreements signed and back into school. We cannot give your student a Chromebook until we receive this signed agreement. We will also have copies of the agreement in Portuguese, Spanish, and French available.

Below is the link to the NPS deployment resources web page:

HALE: Girls with Altitude!

A series of workshops offered for middle school girls to help overcome personal, social and academic challenges while enhancing leadership skills. A representative from HALE will be at the Open House for more information.

Please see the attached information for more details.

Donate Recess Equipment

We could still use a few more items!

Clubs, Sports and More

Intramural Sports: Sign up begins late next week and the fall sports will start early October.

Friendship Club: The club will meet once a month on Tuesdays in room 107 from 2:10 - 3:00 Students are responsible for their transportation home or take.a late bus. First meeting October 23rd.

Artist Circle: meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in A1 starting Wednesday, October 3rd.

Robotics Club: The Norwood High School Robotics Club will run for a total of 5 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on Wednesday October 3rd, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Robotics Lab at Norwood High School. Interested 8th graders should email Dr. Crowley directly at before September 28th at 5pm to register.

Student Council: Informational meeting will be on October 4th

SEARCH is the Student Enrichment and Research Challenge. It is a club for 7th and 8th graders interested in collaborative learning with friends, research, creating projects, and travel. This year's theme is Colonial America and the American Revolution, and our trip this year is to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Students are required to attend an informational meeting and fill out an application. Informational meetings will begin in early October. The club's regular Monday meetings will begin after the application process is concluded. Please contact Mr. Oliver or Mr. Roussos with any questions.

Yearbook Club: We will meet every other Thursday at 2:15 starting September 27th in room 211.

Notes from the Nurse

Attention 7th Grade Parents:

All seventh graders must have updated physicals and proof of Tdap immunization by October 12. Physicals dated September 2017 or later are acceptable. If you are unsure of whether you have handed this in, please call the nurse's office at 781-440-5926 or email Providing this documentation is a Massachusetts law; please call with any questions. You can have your doctor's office fax the physical directly to 781-769-4458, the dedicated nurse fax line.

Attention 6th grade parents:

Dental clinic forms were sent home with your child this week. Dr. Stone will be offering all sixth graders dental screens at CMS on Sept 21 and Sept 26. If you do not want your child to participate in this free service, please return the opt-out form before Sept 21. Please call or email the nurses with any questions.

Norwood School News Weekly TV Program

Check out our students each week!

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

Need some new Coakley Apparel for the 2018 School Year? Click the link below and see what's available!

Box Top Summer Drive

Save those box tops all summer for a fall drive! While ten cents each may not seem like a lot they add up! The PTO raised over $500 from Box Tops.

Important Dates

September 25th 6:00-8:00pm: Open House

October 2nd: CMS NIght at McDonalds

October 8th: No School - Columbus Day

October 9th at 6:30: Washington DC Parent Meeting

October 10th: Early Release