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WeAct Club Visits Seahawks

The executive council of the CMS WeAct club was honored by the Seattle Seahawks for their work in helping the community.  Fourteen members of the clubs paid a visit where they met Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll.  
 
WeACt club with Quarterback Russell Wilson at the Seattle Seahawks practice on December 17, 2014.  
 
 

Student Checkout Policy

 
Nothing is more important than the safety of our students, with that as our focus Chimacum Middle School is establishing a clear policy as to how students are picked up from school during the school day. Beginning Friday, December 5, 2014, all students checked out during the day must have an adult sign them out in the main office. The new procedure will ensure that students are released to an adult and has been visually verified.  No longer will students be able to meet parents at the car or wait for them in the bus loop during the school day (7:45 AM to 2:20 PM).  Also, we will not bring kids to the front office until the parent has arrived, this will assure that they are still getting their education and not missing school work while they are waiting to be picked up. We apologize if this policy inconveniences you and your family, but it is necessary to keep Chimacum Middle School a safe environment for all students.
 

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year.

 
Dear Eagle Families, 
 
Welcome back Eagles, I hope all of you are enjoying the last days of summer as the staff is preparing for an exciting school year.  Some changes are coming to Chimacum Middle School this fall and we want to keep you all up-to-date on this important information. First, we want to welcome our newest Eagle staff, Miss Amber Hurst comes to Chimacum all the way from Ohio and will be teaching 7th grade science this year. We are excited to have Miss Hurst as part of our team. Some structural changes will be coming to the school day, students will be attending in a five period day, instead of six, with a new class design, Humanities, taking the place of Social Studies/Language Arts.  Humanities is the integration of Language Arts standards taught through the Social Studies content; students will get all their reading and writing skills taught in Humanities, but they will practice them in Social Studies, Math, and Science so all students see that reading and writing is not just about one class, but involves all aspects of our everyday lives.   Teachers will be working in grade level teams and teaching core classes in 83 minute periods.  So, all 7th graders, for example, will be shared between three teachers for Humanities, Science, and Math.  This will allow teaching teams to do more in-depth work with students and integrate curriculum more easily. Electives will be at the end of the day, 4th and 5th periods, and will remain 50 minutes, just as in past years. When you come in to school this year, you will find a freshly painted facility.  All walls in the middle school hallways, and some classrooms, have been repaired and freshly painted.  I honestly believe that students take more pride in themselves when they have pride in their school, this is the first step toward giving Chimacum Middle School students a facility they can be proud of.  Over the next few years, we expect to see even more upgrades to the school, campus, and entire district. Eagle Day, August 28 will no longer include an evening element. After tracking turnout to the evening event, low numbers have suggested to us that parents do not want to come back in the evening for a second school event in the same day, so we will be providing that same information to families during Eagle Day, please look for information about this in coming days.  Look for some changes in grading and assessment as well.  Four teachers will be piloting Standards Based Grading (SBG).  If your student’s teacher is doing it, you will receive a letter home explaining how it will work.  SBG will allow students and you, as a parent, to get more specific feedback on how your student is doing on the Common Core State Standards and in class, which are the foundation of the new state required assessment (SBAC).  SBG removes non-academic factors from grades, so you know if a student’s truly understands the concepts and skills they must know to be successful.  In the end, the school and our students cannot be successful without your continued support.  In my first year, I was impressed by the number of involved, caring parents and families.  I hope we continue to see this in the future and I encourage you to visit us and see all the good things happening at CMS.
 
Go Eagles!
 
Stuart G. Prince Sr.   Principal  
 
Chimacum Middle School
91 West Valley Rd.
P.O. Box 278 Chimacum, WA 98325
Phone: (360) 732-4219 Fax: (360) 732-6859