Chimacum Middle School

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SBAC Assessment Begins April 19

Beginning Tuesday, April 19, the school will start the annual state assessment of students.  This assessment, called the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), is in its second year and is how students are evaluated on their progress in both English/Language Arts and math.  We know that students who are working at grade level have a better chance for high school success and are more college and career ready.  The SBAC also tells us if students are in need of additional supports in these areas and will allow us to develop interventions for those students through our READ 180 program and math support classes.
This year, the SBAC will be less impacting on the day to day routines of the school.  Instead of three solid weeks of assessments, each grade will take a section of the SBAC just once a week from April 19 until May 13.  Each grade level will have two English sections and two math sections; The 8th grade will also have a Science assessment on May 13. All of the assessments will occur in the mornings and, for most students, will be completed before 10:30 AM.  Students who need additional time will be able to continue their assessment after lunch and any that miss their assigned day will have make-ups that Friday or the week of May 16.
The rest of each week, students will continue in their regular classes. By scheduling this way, students do not become test fatigued and teachers can continue to teach their curriculum throughout the entire school year. 
In an effort to make sure that students are at their best on assessment day, we encourage all families to make sure that a students are eating a healthy breakfast and getting enough sleep the night prior to their assessment days.  The school will provide fruit for students to eat as snacks during the assessment.
For more information about the SBAC assessment, please go to http://www.smarterbalanced.org/ or contact the CMS main office at 360-302-5944.

Electronic Devices at School

Does anyone not have a phone, Ipod, or tablet on them these days?  It sure seems like we are stuck to them, this leads to students being connected with parents, friends, and information 24-hours a day. It also leads to issues at school, especially for those who lose their device or have it broken or stolen.

At Chimacum Middle School we have very clear policies on electronic devices.  They cannot be used during the school day, except at lunch, unless it is a specific part of a class lesson and is allowed by a teacher.  Students who have them out in classes, without permission, or between classes in hallways, will have their phone confiscated.

It is also important to know that any electronic device brought to school, is done so at your own risk.  This applies to both students and staff.  Lost or stolen electronic or personal items will not be investigated or replaced by the school or district.

We understand that cellular/smart phones are part of today’s culture, but middle level students are not always ready for a device, that is a decision your family will have to make. You should consider if your student is ready for one and what the cost would be to replace it if lost, stolen, or broken.  Remember, that during the school day, the school knows where your child is at all times and, if you need to contact them, you can call our office at 360-302-5944 and we can reach them quickly and easily.

 
Eagle Night, March 8

Join the CMS Eagles community on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 5-7 PM for the annual Eagle Night, curriculum showcase.  it is the communities chance to see what students have been working on this year and get a flavor of the Eagle Community.  Title I information will be available to those connected with the READ 180 program and there will be an information session for 8th grade families on Outdoor Odyssey at Nature Bridge Education Center in June. We look forward to seeing families and community members share with our students the wonderful work going on at the school.

Campus Visitors

Nothing is more fun than coming to visit your old school, whether you are a former student now in a nearby district or across the country.  However, it is important to understand that schools are not set up to be accessible to former students who want to spend all or part of a day with friends.  Chimacum Middle School has a strict policy of no school age visitors on campus during the school day.
 
There are safety and security issues that prevent CMS from allowing school age visitors, these include not having emergency information, discipline files from where they go to school, any information about health or educational concerns, and the district liability of needing to assure the safety of a student who does not attend the school or district.  It is always our hope that emergency situations will never occur, but as a school and district, we have to prepare in case they do, because of this, school age visitors may not come and visit CMS during the school day.
 
For more information, please see the CMS Handbook.
 
 
Coming out of the tunnel at Camp Cispus
 
 
 
After School Options
Many students want to know what they can do after school, especially the new 6th grade Eagles.  This can be a bit tricky, so please talk with your children about after school plans. Safety and security is a major focus at CMS and unattended student(s) often lead to problems on campus or worries for the family about the location of their child.
 
Being on campus after school is OK, under the right guidelines, but it does have some policies that have to be followed.  
 
First, make sure you know what the school handbook says about being on campus after school.  Student are allowed to be on campus from 7:15 to 2:45 and no middle school student is allowed on campus outside those hours unless they under direct adult supervision, Students found on campus after 2:45 will be asked to leave campus and repeated issues may lead to serious consequences. 
 
Also, to ride the late bus students must have a Late Bus Pass, there are no exceptions to this.  These passes are not given by the middle school office, but are provided by the activity the student is attending.
 
Acceptable reasons to be on campus:
  • A school sport (Football or Volleyball in the fall, boys and girls basketball in the winter, and track in the spring), students may not stay after school to watch practices, but they are encouraged to stay for games.
  • Working with a teacher.  Students have to have this arranged with the teacher before school ends and must stay with that teacher until the late bus at 3:20.
  • Attending Math Tutoring 
  • Teen Center.  This is an after school activity that is not run by the Chimacum School District, but kids who stay at Teen Center until 3:20 can get a bus pass for the late bus.
  • Involved in an after school club
Students who are going to Chimacum Elementary School teachers classrooms after school must first have it approved by that teacher and the Elementary office.  They must then check in the the Elementary office each day before they go to that classroom and then must stay with that teacher until the end of the elementary school day. The middle school office cannot issue late bus passes to these students and CMS is not responsible for students working with/at the Elementary after school.
 
We ask parents to talk with their students and  make sure you have a plan for after school, We want to keep our Eagles safe and put them in the best position to succeed.
 

Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year 

I want to extend a special "welcome back" to all of our CMS Eagles.  This school year will be filled with learning, challenges, and growth: not just for the students, but for the staff as well.  Every school year brings no hope and excitement, an opportunity for personal success.  

For 7th and 8th graders, the new year is a chance to set a positive tone for our school community, to show our new Eagles and the community that they are responsible and maturing young men and women.  We have an exciting group of electives and are continuing to offer support classes in both Math and Reading.  Data shows that students that are behind in reading skills when they enter high school graduate at a lower rate and are less likely to continue their education after 12th grade.  Our goal at CMS is to help make each and every student College and Career Ready.

For our new Eagles, 6th grade is about learning and refining the skills needed to be a successful student.  The 6th grade team will work with our students and help them in their core class content, but also individualize their attention to help our kids and families expand those needed skills.  A large amount of time, early this year, will be spent on preparation for Camp Cispus, make sure you get all those forms into the office ASAP!

I’m looking forward to having a great year and connecting with many kids and families.  Let me know if you, as a parent, want to volunteer, we never have enough.

 

Stuart G Prince Sr,
Principal Chimacum Middle School
 
 
SPORTS PHYSICALS 
Are you planning to play sports this fall? Then you may need a sports physical. Click on this LINK for information about when to schedule your physical.
 
Eagle Day and New Phone Number
 

Eagle Day will be September 3 from 8 AM until 2 PM.  This is your chance to pick up student schedules, get pictures taken, and pay all those fee's that are required at the beginning of the year.  There will also be an Open House for 6th Graders with a chance to talk about Camp Cispus.

Also, the school has a new main phone number, please use 360-302-5944 for all office questions and attendance.

 
 
HERE is the 2015-2016 school calendar.
 
 
Attention families of current 5th grade students:
 
 
On Site Weather Station

Get current weather information from Washington State University and their AgWeather site.  The station is located on the CSD campus and provide 24-hour a day weather details.

Chimacum Weather Information 

   
Technology Allows Holocaust Conversation
 
7th grade students in Ms. Berg's Humanities class have been studying the holocaust and the impact of discrimination in world history and in our world today.   Using technology in a powerful way, 7th grades used Skype to have a conference with a camp survivor.  Students in the class prepared questions and then took turns sitting on the webcam and asked her questions about the holocaust and her views on the very real racial and ethnic discrimination that still impacts society.
 
 
Eagle Night, March 24 
 
Here are pictures of our Eagle Night 2015 in case you were not able to be there.
 
The second annual Eagle Night will be held Tuesday, March 24 in the middle school gym, it will run from 5 PM to 7 PM.  This curriculum night is a chance to see examples of student work in Humanities, Science and Math.  Last years event was attended by nearly 200 people and was an exciting opportunity to see student work and some of the amazing things that go on at CMS. Parents who have children enrolled in the Read 180 program will have the opportunity to view the library, see the software, and look through their child's portfolio, which will have work samples and possibly reports.
 
Also, for 8th grade parents, the Outdoor Odyssey team will do a presentation,at 6 PM in room 403, on the exciting changes to this years program which will be held at Nature Bridge on Lake Crescent.  A representative from Nature Bridge will be there to answer questions.
 
 
OlyCap Headstart opportunities
now available!
Please click on this link for more information: Headstart
 
 
 

Chimacum School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

 

Chimacum School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities.  For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact Mark Barga at (360)344-3270.

 

Title IX Coordinator                                                                         Section 504/ADA Coordinator

Mike Raymond                                                                                 Kerry O’Connell

P.O. Box 278 – Chimacum, WA 98325                                         P.O. Box 278 – Chimacum, WA 98325

(360) 732.4090 x 237                                                                      (360) 732.4090 x 254

mike_raymond@csd49.org                                                            kerry_oconnell@csd49.org

 

Compliance Coordinator for 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW

Stephanie McCleary, HR Director

P.O. Box 278 – Chimacum, WA 98325

360.732.4090 x 222

stephanie_mccleary@csd49.org 

 
 
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