Casimir Weekly Cougar Updates

November 19, 2022

Amazing Casimir Families, Please Enjoy Our Newsletter!!

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There is no school next week, 11/21 - 11/25 for Thanksgiving break!

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Last chance for See's Candy orders

Please support our 8th grade class in their last major fundraiser for the year! See's makes great gifts and treats for the holidays. Due date has been extended to Monday, Nov 21st and goodies will arrive to Casimir in early December.

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Canned Food Drive

Congratulations to Mr. Rose’s class for winning the can food drive competition! Also congrats and a huge thank you to the student who brought the most cans, Finley Gray! All together we had over 400 cans donated! Thank you from the student council, and please have a great fall break.
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Speech and Debate - TUSD Talk Showcase

Congratulations to Casimir's Speech and Debate Team! They participated in the TUSD Talk Showcase on Tuesday at Calle Mayor! Here are the talks our Casimir students participated in.


2022-2023 TUSD Talks - Casimir Middle School Students Topics:


“Keep Yourself Intact by Taking Breaks”

by Kevin Matsumoto


“Why I Should be President”

by Mia Au


“You Don’t Need Equations to Add Up”

by Luke Nguyen


“The Underlying Struggle in Society”

by Madeline Sanada


“Why You Should Go to College”

by Brian Hu


“Why Rice Should be Your Favorite Food”

by Dante Aguilar


“Does Pineapple Belong on Pizza?”

by Alyssa Yoo


“What Is the Best Way to Celebrate Birthdays?”

by Josiah Lee


“Is ELD Good or Bad?”

by Grace Higa


“Why the Chicana Movement Was Such an Important Movement in History”

by Jade Herrera


Here are some great pictures from the event!

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Congratulations, Runners!

Congrats to the runners who were part of the Middle School Turkey Trot at West High last night. You guys did an amazing job!
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Casimir Volleyball

Are you interested in learning the sport of Volleyball? If so, there will be clinics after school on 11/30, 12/5, 12/7 from 3:30-4:30. Permission slips will be in the office.


Tryouts for the Casimir Middle School Volleyball team will take place on 12/12 & 12/14.

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Make Up Picture Day

Make Up Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, December 1st, 2022.

Any new students or students who were absent on Picture Day in October should have their picture taken this day.


Students who purchased pictures and would like to retake them will be required to bring in their original portrait packet to the camera and return it to the photographer.


Make Up Picture Day Schedule will be as follows:

Period 1 - 8:40 - 9:30 - 6th Grade

Period 2 - 9:33 - 10:23 - 7th Grade

Period 3- 10:41 - 11:31 - 8th Grade


Please contact the office at (310) 533-4498 if you have any questions.

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Roaring to Read!

Have you FALLEN into a good book? Please participate in our “Roaring to Read” raffle! Congratulations …Lukas Hendricks! You’ve won this week’s free book! Please check your email. We’re THANKFUL for all our Casimir Readers!

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No Pajama Bottoms at School

Reminder that wearing pajama bottoms is against the school dress code.
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Yearbooks!

Reminder that early bird yearbook prices are good until 12/19, after that they will go up. Also, 8th grade yearbook dedications and baby pictures are due 12/18.
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CJSF

There will be a mandatory meeting for ALL prospective 8TH Grade CJSF Members WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 30th @ LUNCH in MR. MERRIHEW's ROOM, Room 75. We will discuss Tutoring opportunities, and this will be your last chance to submit your application and grades.
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Math Club!

FRIDAYS from 3:20-4:20 in Room 75 (Mr. Merrihew)

Come elevate your mind with us!

Be sure to pick up a permission slip in the office.

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Ping Pong Club!

Ping Pong Club will be on Mondays and Thursdays after school from 3:20 to 4:00pm. Pick up a permission slip in the office if you want to play.
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Casimir’s Crochet Crew!

Do you love to crochet? Or are you interested in learning? Join Casimir’s Crochet Crew! Crochet club will start Tuesday Nov. 8th and will Meet Tuesdays after school in room 52. Pick up a permission slip in the office. See Ms. Vuoso for more information.
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Homework Club!

Do you need a quiet place to do your work or do you need to use a Chromebook for your homework? Then come to Homework Club on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 3:20 - 4:00pm. Be sure to pick up a permission slip in the office!
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Greek and Roman Mythology Club

The Greek and Roman Mythology Club at Casimir is held on Thursdays at lunch in room 73.
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Check the Lost and Found!

Please check the lost and found in the cafeteria for any missing belongings. It is full of water flasks and jackets.
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Helping Students Learn Newsletter - November 2022

Parents, check out the latest issue of Helping Students Learn for great articles about giving your child opportunities to exercise good judgment, writing skills, tackling issues, inspiring a desire to strive, taking your child's opinions seriously, the power of notes, social media safety, art as an emotional outlet and more.
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Active Parenting!

You're invited to attend

ACTIVE PARENTING FOR TEENS

For Parents of Teens and 'Tweens


It's a tremendous responsibility to raise your teen to be thoughtful, responsible,

courageous young adults. You can help them develop the skills and character they need to

thrive as they gain independence. In these sessions filled with activities, discussions, and

real-world examples ACTIVE PARENTING OF TEENS will give you the support and techniques

you'll need to meet these challenges.


You will learn:


  • Methods of respectful discipline
  • Skills for clear, honest communication
  • Specific strategies to prevent risky behavior
  • How to be supportive, encouraging parent
  • Insight into important issues such as bullying, depression, and social media and much more


Virtual Parenting Class

MONDAYS

Oct 10 to Nov 14 from

5:00pm to 7:00 pm

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Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Parents, please see this flyer about free and reduced meals. Thanks!
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Free online tutoring now available to Californians

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced that every Californian can now access free online tutoring available 24/7 through a new initiative offering homework help in every K-12 subject. Real-time homework help is now available "on the websites of any of the 1,130 local public libraries around the state," and at this link City of Torrance Library Tutoring Help. The pilot program led by the State Library offers assistance in Math, Language Arts, and other core K-12 subjects in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog. There’s no age limit to who can use the service. Adult learners can also access writing assistance, citizenship resources and other tools. You can use the online resource via smartphone, tablet or computer, so long as you're in the state of California.

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Letter

Parents, please see the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) letter below.
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Put your backpacks and tote bags in your locker!

Reminder, students will need to keep their backpacks, mini-backpacks, and tote bags in their lockers. If they are left outside, they will be collected and can be retrieved in the office.
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Casimir Cell Phone Classroom Policy

Parents and students, here is the 2022-23 Casimir Cell Phone Classroom Policy. Please be sure to read through this so you know the school policy. Thanks!


Students will need to keep their phones and headphones out of sight during class so that instruction is not interrupted. Teachers have pocket charts for you to place your phones in during class if you do not want to leave them in your lockers. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Rojas.

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Tired of the front gate traffic jam before and after school?

Parents, the back gate on Spinning Avenue is a fantastic option to avoid the traffic jam at the front gates.


Traffic congestion is a concern during drop off and pickup times. Our goal is to make this process flow in a safe and smooth manner. Please comply with all traffic laws and parking restrictions to ensure the safety of our students. We need every parent, guardian and adult to cooperate with us on this issue.

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Dress Code Reminder!

No spaghetti straps, crop tops , or shorts shorter than the tips of your fingers. No excessively ripped pants. No clothing with inappropriate logos. No pants or shorts that sag below the hipbone. No chains attached to wallets or belt loops. Hats must be worn in the proper manner, no backwards caps. No slippers or open toed shoes, sandals should have a heel strap.
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Quick Guide to Reporting Student Absences


Quick Guide to Reporting Student Absences


Reporting student absences has always been important but even more so now with students back at school with COVID-19 protocols being in place. If/When your student is absent please notify us via email by sending an absence note with the following information to cook.lindsay@tusd.org


Absence Notes should include:

1. Date

2. Name of your Child

3. Date of absence

4. Reason for absence (if out due to illness please specify what symptoms your child is having)

5. Parent/Guardian Name & Relationship (absence notes can only be accepted from Primary Guardians listed in PowerSchool)

6. Phone Number where you can be reached


If you have any questions or concerns you can always reach out to Ms. Lindsay our Attendance Clerk @ (310) 533-4498 ext. 4782

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What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive system approach to help parents and school staff create and maintain a safe, supportive, learning environment, while promoting life skills and reducing negative behaviors so that all children can learn and succeed in school.


Here at Casimir we follow the Cougar Code to promote positive behavior around our school!

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Our Q1 Gotcha Grand Prize Winner of a new skateboard is Tyce Yoshida!!!!

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Q1 Sticker Pack Winners!

Our Q1Sticker Pack Gotcha Ticket Raffle winners are:


Duc Tran

Stella Wong

Brynn Motoyasu

Tammi Gordillo

Izzy Elizondo

Elizabeth Lindsey

Lara Sam

Ahmad Ali

Jonathon Suren

Dean Inokuchi

Anneliese Campos

Ximena Murillo

Emily Tirtohadi

Heidi Barajas

Britney Do

Celine KIm

Jenna Mato

Lauren Ho


Please see Ms. Beasley in room 13 if you have not picked up your stickers.

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Q1 Pizza Winners!

Our Q1 Large Pizza for you and your friends Gotcha winners are:


Kyra Pin

Kyle Chin

Nathan Aviles

Braden Aoki

Mikayla Lee

Kaitlyn Sanchez

Brandon Estrada

Julian Olson

Franky Albarran

Sophie Vu


Ms. Beasley will contract you next week about your pizza!

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Q1 Book Winners

Our Q1 Book Gotcha raffle winners are:


Evelyn Carlson

Leyla Yoshida

Ethan Van

Gwenyth Cheung

Brooke Mills

Andrew Ly


Please see Ms. Beasley in room 13 to choose your book.

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Q1 Shakey's Pizza Coupon Winners

Our Q1 Shakey's Pizza Coupon Gotcha raffle winners are:

Lilana Guzman

Gwenyth Cheung

Dean Inokuchi

Alyana Gallegos

Elijah Hall

Jarred Regala

Benjamin Velasco

Dominic Claxton

Rocco Sandoval

Sofia Santiago

Kaycee Le

Chloe Suh Choate

Ryohei Shimano

Brandon Villanueva

Kai Kika

Nevan Nanayakkara

Kaylee Moreno

Christian De Alba

Emily Huaman

Natalie Cortez

Aubrey Manrique


Your pizza coupons will be handed out next week during 4th period.

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Congratulations to our Period 1 Students of the Month!

Ben DiFranco

Madison Brammer

Kevin Matsumoto

Sofia Way

Marina Anderson

Dylan Aratani

Aaron Nguyen

Lukas Hendricks Jr.

Brandon Villanueva

Sophia Kee Rivera

Jayden Samuel

Lillian Carlson

Matthew Howard

Lucas Taniguchi

Dominic Zamarron

Andrew Rodriguez

Simal Hussain

Noah Hanaoka

Ahmad Ali

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Congratulations to our Period 1 Cougar Kindness Award Winners!

Marley Hashimoto

Kaje Yamamura

Austin Falkner

Brooklyn Wolverton

Alexander Yoo

Jacksen Sera

Greysen Labang

Cason Bantad

Nathanael Ochoa

Chase Ito

Jasmine Phillips

Donovan Schoonover

Christian Beccera

Asaki Komiyama

Bobby Smith

Brian Hu

Francisco Albarran

Maisy Le

Jocelyn Laman

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Cougar Kudos!

At Casimir we all follow the Cougar Code! We are safe, responsible, respectful and successful in everything we do. We created an opportunity for students to publicly acknowledge and recognize one of their peers for demonstrating our Cougar Code in a positive way! Your Cougar Kudos will be shared on the weekly Casimir newsletter.


Please click this for the Cougar Code Kudos form to fill out. There is a Cougar Kudos folder in the office to turn in the form too if you prefer to write on paper!

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Wellness Center/ Counselor Office

The Wellness center/ Counselor office is open everyday during lunch. Room 24
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See Something Say Something Reporting System Video

Parents and Students, please take time to watch this video about the See Something, Say Something Reporting System from the Whitehouse.

How Can I Tell When Someone Else Is Angry?

How Can I Tell When Someone Else Is Angry?


When someone you know is angry, he or she may stomp away or stop talking to you, or become quiet and withdrawn. Some people scream and try to hit or harm anyone close by. If a person is this angry, you should get away as soon as possible.

Once you are away from the angry person, stop and think. Try to figure out what made that person so angry. Can you make the situation better? How does the other person feel? When the other person has cooled down, try to talk about the problem. Listen to what he or she has to say.


What Should I Do If I Get Angry?


Don't lose control if you get angry. Taking it out on others never solves anything. Instead, admit to yourself that you are angry and try to figure out why. What can you do to keep the situation from happening again? If your little sister gets a toy and you don't, it's not OK to break that toy. Maybe you can ask her to share it with you. Or if your science homework is too hard, don't rip up your notebook. Ask your teacher or a parent for help instead.

It helps to talk about your anger with an adult, such as a parent, teacher, or relative. Once you talk about anger, those bad feelings usually start to go away.


Anger Busters

Here are some other things you can do when you start to feel angry:

  • talk to a friend you can trust
  • count to 10
  • get or give a hug
  • do jumping jacks or another exercise
  • draw a picture of your anger
  • play a video game
  • run around the outside of the house five times as fast as you can
  • sing along with music
  • pull weeds in the garden
  • think good thoughts (maybe about a fun vacation or your favorite sport)
  • take a bike ride, go skateboarding, play basketball — do something active!

Never getting angry is impossible. Instead, remember that how you act when you're angry can make the situation better or worse. Don't let anger be the boss of you. Take charge of it!

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Please reach out to our School Counselor or School Therapist for any mental health needs:


School Counselor

Ms. Hunnel (Room 24)

hunnel.stephanie@tusd.org

(310) 533-4498 ext. 4711


School Therapist

Ms. Thatcher, AMFT (Room 42)

thatcher.taylor@tusd.org

(310) 533-4498 ext. 4784

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Stay in Contact!

Be sure to follow @CasimirMiddleSchool on Instagram!
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Casimir Facebook Page

Please take a moment to join our Facebook Page! You can find us at @CasimirMiddle
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Calendar at a Glance

11/21 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

12/1 - Makeup Picture Day

12/16 - End of P2

12/19 - Yearbook Early Bird Pricing Ends

12/19 - 1/2 - Winter Break

1/28 - End of Q2