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Mark Your Calendar:  March 3 & 4: Late Start/Early Release  

Thank you for joining us in meeting the Superintendent candidates. The School Board decision will be announced shortly.

Meet the Chimacum School District Superintendent Candidates: Please join us on the dates and times listed below to meet the Superintendent candidates. These meetings will be held in the High School library.


  • February 19th, 6:30-7:30
  • February 23rd, 6:30-7:30
  • February 24th, 6:30-7:30  

Many states are experiencing measles this winter and the Jefferson County Health Department has informed schools that students who have not had the illness will be impacted significantly if a case is reported in our school district.
If a confirmed case of measles is reported and linked to Chimacum schools, all unvaccinated children will be excluded from that school for 21 days.
Please read This letter from JCPH  for more information. 
Outdoor Odyssey

Dear Eagle Parents,

As we move into the second half of the school year, I feel it is important to update you on outdoor education information and some changes that are coming down the line this year and next. 

As you know, the three outdoor education programs at CMS have been a source of pride for a long time, and rightfully so.  The opportunity to learn in an outdoor environment is something few schools have access to these days.  One of the major reasons is the costs involved. 

Over the last several years, all three of our programs have run a deficit totaling about $10,000 each year.  This amount is supplemented by nearly 22% of our building budget.  This is money that cannot be spent on curriculum, training for teachers, technology, or other building needs.  In December, I met with all three programs and charged them to find ways to make their programs break even or close.  The Odyssey team, which had the largest annual deficit of $4000 in 2014 with a projected $5000 deficit in 2015 began to look at ways to increase revenue and cut costs.

Two weeks ago, the Odyssey staff, Mr. Morton, Mrs., Berreth, Mrs. Waring, Mr. Gonzalez, and Mrs. Clifford brought to me a proposal to make changes to this year’s program. After looking at their proposal and how it will benefit students and maintain a similar budget to last year, and visiting the new camp, I supported their decision.

With that, the 2015 Odyssey program will be slightly different. The program will run from Tuesday, June 2 through Friday, June 5 (please note this is the correct date, the letter home had a date error) and be held at the Nature Bridge Environmental Center on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Forest.  This is an exciting change as Nature Bridge is an overnight learning center where kids use inquiry based learning and hands on instruction in an outdoor education setting to study the Pacific Northwest Environment and local history. Please go to to see the website and see what a day at Nature Bridge looks like. 

Nature Bridge is taught by on-site teachers who focus on areas such as life and marine science, watershed studies, and earth science.  Their lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.  Hikes will focus on local history and experiments, classrooms are designed for students to be hands on, and evening activities are designed to further expand their learning through guest speakers and presentations.

Although this change will keep some costs under control this year, a solution is still needed to assure that these programs can maintain in the long term.  To do this, each program has asked for a fee increase for their program.  If approved by the school board, this increase will go into effect beginning with the Cispus program in September, 2015.  The fee increases do not effect the current years programs.  The costs quoted to each of you at the beginning of the school year in September are still the costs in place this school year. 

Also, to help support our programs, each outdoor education program will begin fundraising.  You may have already noticed some, or they are beginning in the next few weeks.  We ask you to help support this fund raisers as the money helps us send students who cannot afford to go and extras that are not built into the program costs.  Even more, feel free to contact myself or a staff member about how you can help, we love to work with involved parents.

Please contact one of the Outdoor Odyssey staff or myself if you need further information.  All of us would be glad to speak to you about these changes.

Stuart Prince, Sr.
CMS Principal 
Have you read our bulletin? Updated daily with CMS news and events:

02/12/2015 Thu. 

3:30 pm (Away) vs. Stevens MS

Bus leaves at 1:45 pm      

02/19/2015 Thu. 

3:30 pm (Home) vs. Forks MS             

02/23/2015 Mon. 

3:30 pm (Home) vs. Sequim MS             

02/26/2015 Thu. 

3:30 pm (Away) vs. Blue Heron MS

Bus leaves at 2:30 pm       

03/02/2015 Mon. 

3:30 pm (Home) vs. Stevens MS             

03/09/2015 Mon. 

3:30 pm (Away) vs. Blue Heron MS  

Bus leaves at 2:30 pm          

03/12/2015 Thu. 

3:30 pm (Away) vs. Forks MS    

Bus leaves at 12:45 pm        

03/16/2015 Mon. 

3:30 pm (Away) vs. Sequim MS

Bus leaves at 2:15 pm              

03/19/2015 Thu. 

3:30 pm (Home) vs. Blue Heron MS

03/23/2015 Mon. 

TBA (Home) vs. Stevens MS 

 03/26/2015 Thurs. 

TBA (Home) vs. Forks MS


The Chimacum Prevention Coalition Invites You to Attend

Marijuana: Then and Now

March 9, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Chimacum High School Library

Join Scott McCarty, Prevention System Project Manager from the Department of Health and Human Services, as he explains:

  • The neurological impact marijuana has on the developing teenage brain

  • The difference between marijuana today and in the past

  • What are all the new delivery systems (vaping, edibles, etc.) and their impact

For more information about this presentation, you can contact Kelly Matlock (360) 379-4476.

After School Policy
In order to maintain a safe and secure facility, students may not be at school, or on campus after school unless they are participating in an after school activity. According to page four of the Student Handbook (
Campus business hours are from 7:15 AM to 2:45 PM....Students are not allowed to be on campus before or after these times unless they are part of a school sponsored activity or are working directly with a staff member and under that person’s supervision. Otherwise, students are expected to leave campus immediately after school.
This means that students may be at activities like sports, tutoring, or even Teen Center as a participant, but cannot be waiting on campus for friends to finish those activities.  Students found on campus after school who are not at activities will be asked to leave immediately.  If they do not, then they may receive school discipline and/or be arrested for trespassing. Making sure all students on campus are where they are supposed to be helps us reduce issues of vandalism and campus damage.
Welcome back 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