The Mustang Minute
May 11, 2019 - Issue 33
Season of Events
We have definitely hit that time of year - full of concerts, dinners, meetings, and more. Here at CMS we have a month full of events coming your way including the grade 6 spring concert, SEARCH Night, our first International Parent meeting, and much more. Be sure to check the "Important Dates" category below for information.
This past week we held our annual National Junior Honor Society Induction ceremony. We initiated close to 100 students this year. Each had met all five qualification to join the NJHS: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship. It was wonderful to see so many of our students qualify and choose to become a member. We offer this every year after first semester (an NJHS requirement for grade 6).
We also completed our Math MCAS this week and I am so proud of how hard our students worked and how well our teachers prepared them for this challenging test. Our students are so much more than a single test score and their hard work and resilience while completing two days of testing that can take over two hours demonstrates that to me every year! We have one more test to go for grade 8. The Science MCAS will be next Tuesday and Wednesday. Please remind your students to get a good night's sleep, eat a good breakfast, remember to relax and (as always) charge their Chromebooks!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I wish all of our CMS mothers a very Happy Mother's Day!
Drop Of Reminder
Grade 8 End of Year Events!
Grade 8 Dinner/Dance (June 14) - Students will be signed up during the week of June 10-14. This event is sponsered by the PTO. This event is for grade 8 students only.
Promotion Ceremony (June 19): The promotion ceremony will be at 8:30am on June 19th in the CMS Auditorium. We welcome families to attend this event. It will be followed by the 8th grade BBQ sponsored by the Norwood Police. (The BBQ is a student only event).
Washington DC Updates
Student Meeting: Next week will have a final student meeting to review expectations, packing lists, and final questions. We will also send home the final itinerary along with a parent "fridge sheet" of hotel, bus, and chaperone information.
All Forms are DUE! If you have not turned in the Out-of-State Field Trip Form or the Medical Information Form please get them in ASAP! We have additional copies in the main office. These forms were given out at the parent meeting last month. Please note that students will NOT be allowed to attend the trip if these forms have not been filled out and return. Contact your child's homeroom teacher if you have any questions.
Click the link below to sign up to donate snacks for the trip.
The snacks and water will be divided between the four buses for distribution during the trip.
Youth Impact Norwood
Coakley Middle School is hosting a Career Fair on Wednesday May 22rd from 8-9:30am. We are looking for professionals to come in to speak to our 8th grade students. We hope to pair 1-2 professionals per classroom for three mini informational sessions.
We just ask you to come prepared with facts about how to get into your career as well as the day to day job responsibilities. If you are interested and able to participate, please contact the Guidance Department by May 1st. Thanks in advance for your help! We look to working with you!
Ally King- firstname.lastname@example.org
Meghan Mba- email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations and volunteers for Teacher Appreciation
Let's say thank you to the Coakley staff - sign up to help or donate: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A48ABAF23A20-cmsteacher1 . Items may be dropped off week of May 6.
School Kits Ordering
Save time and money by ordering your student's school kit now. This year we have a new supplier: A-Plus Prepackaged School Supplies. Orders can be placed through Saturday, June 15.
- Website address: http://www.apssusa.com/orderprepackagedschoolsuppliesusa.html
- Password: dpcms
May 15 - 6:30, last meeting current board (rescheduled)
June 13 - 6:30, new board and old board transition meeting
Shaw's Gives Back to CMS
Shaw's donating $1 to PTO for each reusable bag sold in May
For the month of May, each time a reusable GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is purchased at the Shaw’s located at Nahatan Street, $1 will be donated to CMS PTO, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag.
Yankee Candle Fundraiser
Coakley Code: 999989692
Release of Records
Any students transferring to another school district, attending a private school or another high school other than Norwood High, please make sure to contact your child's guidance counselor before the end of the year. Attached is the release form that must be filled out in order to ensure that your child's new school receives the pertinent school information (Transcripts, attendance, testing results, health record, discipline, etc.).
Meghan Mba (6th grade) - email@example.com
Allyson Culgin (7th grade) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley McCaffrey (8th grade) - email@example.com
SAVE THE DATE
Next week we will be sending invitations to the elementary schools for our upcoming Grade 5 Open House.
When: Thursday, May 23rd
Where: CMS Auditorium
Open house is for students and parents! Please share with elementary families!
On that same night we will also have an open house for CMS Special Education Staff for all grades at 5:30pm. COme and meet the staff that will work with your students that receive special services!
New Library Reading Area Fundraiser
After School Activities
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
Debate Club: Thursdays in 202
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
May 13th - Norwood Jazz Night at the Sheraton 4 Points
May 15th - PTO at 6:30 CMS Library
May 21st - SEARCH Night at 6:00pm in CMS Cafeteria
May 22: International Parent Group at 6:30 in the CMS library
May 23: Grade 5 and Special Education Open House
May 27th: Memorial Day - no school
May 28-May 31: Grade 8 Trip to DC
May 30: Grade 6 Band/Chorus/Orchestra Concert
MCAS Testing Schedule
May 14 & 15: Science grade 8