"Classroom News" Tab
Ever have this conversation with your child...?
Parent: "How was school today?"
Parent: "What did you do in school today?"
The "Classroom News" tab in this newsletter is designed to combat that recurring conversation and hopefully provide parents with a little more information than what they might get from their child about what we are really doing in school! Please be sure to check out that section each week to gain some valuable insight into what our teachers are teaching and what our students are learning!
Dress Code Reminders
As the weather begins to slowly warm up we always have a need to remind students of a few dress code expectations. School is a formal setting where a diverse group of people coming from varying backgrounds and families converge every day. Modesty and decency will be preserved at all times.
The complete CMS Dress Code can be found on page 16 of the Student Handbook which is linked under the "Resources" tab of this newsletter.
National Junior Honor Society
Fifty-Five (55) CMS 7th and 8th grade students have met the minimum standards to be invited to apply for admission into the National Junior Honor Society. Forty-Eight (48) of those students formally applied for consideration. Good luck to all who applied!!
The induction ceremony for those who are accepted will be on Monday, April 16th.
Hey, 7th Grade Students!!
Next year we will again offer Advanced Art for 8th grade students. This class will be a 2 semester course. Those who are selected and successfully complete Advanced Art will earn 1 high school "fine arts" credit before their Freshman year of high school (two "fine arts" credits are required of all students in order to receive a high school diploma).
Two components will be taken into account when selecting those who will be accepted into the class. The first is your grade in 6th and 7th grade Art (where applies), you must have earned a 90% or higher in those classes.
The second component is a 2-D piece of art. This work of art must be created on paper or canvas with one or any combination of the following materials: pencil, pen, watercolor paint, acrylic paint, markers and colored pencils.
What you choose to draw or paint is up to you. Mr. Ballinger will be happy to provide materials if needed. This piece of art must be turned into Mr. Ballinger by Friday, May 11th, 2018.
If you have any questions please feel free to stop by Mr. Ballinger's classroom and ask questions or e-mail your questions to him.
Car Rider Reminder
Parents are reminded to wait in their parking spot or in their position in the pick up line at dismissal (3:00 p.m.) until students walk to the car. When parents jump out of line to pick up students in the parking lot or at the front of the line it creates a more dangerous situation than necessary and brings the line to a halt.
Please wait for students to go to the car... not the car coming to the student. Thank you for your cooperation to contribute to a smooth and SAFE situation for everyone.
CMS Student News
Math Problem of the Week
We had 13 students submit answers to last week's MathCounts "Problem of the Week" last week. It must have been a really tough set of questions because Amanda Fulcher was our only student to get all parts of the questions correct. Congratulations, Amanda!
As always, students have until Monday morning to complete and submit the POTW for extra credit in their math classes. You can pick up the question in the Learning Hub or preview it HERE!
Busy Week of Tests Next Week
CMS will not begin ISTEP testing until the week of April 23rd. However, it will still be a busy week of tests for students.
Spring 2018 ISTEP Part 2
For your planning purposes, Round 2 (multiple choice) of ISTEP testing will begin the week of April 16th statewide.
CMS will NOT start testing until the week of April 23rd. The local testing schedule can be found HERE.
Attention All 6th & 7th Grade Families
A new state law outlining "graduation pathways" for all Indiana students goes into effect next year and will impact all students entering grade 8 for the 2018-2019 school year. The language in the law and our local decisions regarding that law will require ALL 8th grade students to take one semester of a high school credited course called "Preparing for Colleges and Careers". That class will be partnered with an "Introduction to Agriculture" class the other semester.
More information will be made available at our upcoming meeting for all 7th grade families on Tuesday, May 8th.
"Thank You" Great American!
Approximately 70 CMS students received college tuition rewards certificates that total $94,500 stemming from their efforts during last fall's fundraiser with Great American! These students will bring home their certificate and instructions on how to register that certificate which translates into REAL college tuition money! It is important that families register the certificate. Those instructions are included in the letter these students will bring home on Thursday.
Over the last 3 years Great American has distributed $243,000 in tuition rewards money to CMS students. Congratulations students and thank you for your efforts during our Great American fundraisers!!
5th Grade Parent Orientation Night
The CMS 6th grade team is preparing to welcome a new group of parents for the start of the 2018-2019 school year as they prepare to hose our annual 5th grade parent orientation night on April 30th at 6:30 p.m. in the CMS Cafeteria!
Calling All 5th Grade Band Students
Any incoming 6th grade student for the 2018-2019 school year interested in joining the CMS band is encouraged to attend the music instrument display sponsored by Paige's Music on April 30th from 5:00-6:30 in the CMS Media Center. Staff members will be present to help student choose the most appropriate musical instrument. Arrangements can also be made during the evening to rent or purchase an instrument for the fall.
$94,500 in college tuition money went home with students today as a result of their hard work during our fall fundraiser. We introduced a VOLUNTARY spring fundraiser today that could add to those totals!!!!
Students who choose to participate will simply display the catalogs to potential customers. Customers will fill out their order form and write a check made out to "Great American". Students have until April 19th to collect orders and checks. All orders are due in the CMS Main Office by the 19th. From there, all items ordered will be delivered directly to the customers!! That's it!!
Students who sell $100 in product will receive a $1000 tuition rewards certificate. Students who sell $250 in product will receive $2500 in tuition rewards. These totals will be added to anything previously earned in other Great American fundraisers.
Additionally, each the top three sellers in EACH grade level will receive $100, $50, and $25 cash prizes respectively!
If your child did not get the informational and order packets, more are available in the main office.
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