Middle School North Newsletter

Week of April, 24th 2022

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Upcoming Dates

  • April is Month of the Military Child
  • April 25th & 26th - 5th Grade ACT Aspire Testing
  • April 27th & 28th - 6th Grade ACT Aspire Testing
  • May 10th - CMSN Talent show at Cabot First Baptist Church
  • May 17th - 5th Track & Field Day
  • May 17th & 18th - 6th grade JHN Visits
  • May 18th - 6th Track and Field Day
  • May 19th - Middle School 101 Night
  • May 23rd - CMSN Incentive Carnival

ACT Aspire Testing

5th Grade will test April 25th & 26th

6th Grade will test April 27th & 28th


These tests are very important to progress monitor and track your child's academic growth. We ask that you ensure your child gets plenty of rest each night and has a good breakfast each morning. Please take time to coach your child in the importance of doing their very best on testing days.


Make-up testing is not ideal. Please take note of these dates and do your very best to get your child here and on time each day of testing.

Congratulations to CMSN's Teacher of the year Mrs. Alexis Gilliam!

Mrs. Gilliam is a 2nd year teacher who goes above and beyond for her students! We are proud of you!!!
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Month of the Military Child


Beginning in April:

-Purple Wreaths will be hung on the front door of CMSN to honor our military families.

-Military Kids (2 ea. day) will help with the Pledge each morning during the month of April, giving a short bio of their parent or guardian with their name, rank, military branch, and years served.


April 4-18th:

Military Kids will create a Google Slide presentation of their family (see criteria on student sheet) and turn it in to create a large presentation to show school wide.

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Weather Change and Dress Code

REMINDER


As the weather starts to warm up we know students begin to bring out the shorts. Middle School students are growing kiddos, so the shorts they wore before Winter are probably too short. Aslo, tank tops can not have spaghetti straps. All shirts must be sleeved covering the shoulders.


The dress CPS dress code is listed below;



  • The following guidelines outline appropriate dress in Cabot’s schools: All students shall wear shoes;
  • Young men shall wear sleeved shirts;
  • Young women may wear sleeved blouses and shirts or sleeveless blouses and shirts with broad shoulder straps that cover the shoulders; undergarments may not be visible;
  • Pants, shorts, dresses and skirts will be no more than four (4) inches above the knee. Long dresses cannot have a slit that exceeds 4 inches above the knee standard;
  • For all clothing with waistbands, the top of the waistband must be no lower than the top of the hipbone;
  • Tank tops and tops with spaghetti straps;
  • Pants with holes more than four inches above the knee with exposed skin or undergarments;
  • Caps, hats, toboggans, etc;
  • Clothing that displays obscenities, promotes violence, including pictures of guns or other weapons, has sexual implication/content or has reference to alcoholic beverages, tobacco or illegal substances;
  • Bandanas;
  • Chains (e.g. wallet chains);
  • See-through blouses;
  • Pajamas and house shoes;
  • Costumes
  • Other styles, hair, contacts or clothing that may disrupt school.

Chromebooks, Devices, and Social Media Awareness

Attention parents/guardians


We are very blessed to provide every student with a chromebook that can be used at school and home. We can easily monitor chromebook violations at school, but not while students are home. We are seeing many students on their Chromebooks late at night and early in the morning. In many of these cases students are on inappropriate sites, or playing online games. We ask that you help your student to be prepared for learning each day and practice good digital citizenship by monitoring their chromebook use at home.


Social Media is another area that continues to be a concern. Tiktok, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and many other platforms are not age appropriate for Middle School Students. Here at school we are daily resolving conflict and bullying issues that stem from students communicating on these platforms. While students aren't allowed on these sites, or even able to access their cellular devices at school, many are using them at home. Please monitor your students device. CMSN counselors and administration are happy to help you with ways to monitor this from home.

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones are not allowed to be used by students on campus. They are to be turned off in their backpacks during the school day. This includes mornings in the courtyard/gym and afternoons during dismissal. It is very challenging to enforce this when parents are often who students are texting with during the school day. The handbook policy is below.


Elementary Schools & Middle Schools: Students may bring cell phones, smart watches, and other electronic devices, but must leave them turned off (other than pre-approved medical exceptions) and put out of sight from the time the student arrives on campus until the student leaves campus.


All Schools-The use of cell phones or other electronic devices to photograph, video, or audio record other students or employees is forbidden and could result in consequences up to and including expulsion from school. The exception to this would be when photographs or videos are being made by students for instructional purposes by permission of and under the supervision of the student’s teacher. Students violating this policy will be subject to having their device confiscated in addition to other consequences up to and including suspension or expulsion. Students who use school issued cell phones and/or computers for non-school purposes, except as permitted by this policy shall be subject to discipline, up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Counseling Center Corner

Parent Resources

New Parent Guidance Website!!!

Parentguidance.org - Free Parenting courses provided by Cook Center

This site will help you with guidance as a parent on a variety of topics.

One that we have reviewed and find very helpful as a first watch is called

“How Digital Media is Changing Our Children’s Mental Health” (link below)

https://parentguidance.org/courses/media-changing-mental-health/

-Trusted resource for parents with over 50 courses that are anonymous; library by topic