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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 http://www.naturebridge.org/school-group-environmental-science-olympic to see the website and see what a day at
Nature Bridge looks like.
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.
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
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
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 GIRLS BASKETBALL
pm (Away) vs. Stevens MS
Bus leaves at 1:45 pm
3:30 pm (Home) vs. Forks MS
3:30 pm (Home) vs. Sequim MS
pm (Away) vs. Blue Heron MS
Bus leaves at 2:30 pm
3:30 pm (Home) vs. Stevens MS
pm (Away) vs. Blue Heron MS
Bus leaves at 2:30 pm
pm (Away) vs. Forks MS
Bus leaves at 12:45 pm
pm (Away) vs. Sequim MS
Bus leaves at 2:15 pm
3:30 pm (Home) vs. Blue Heron MS
TBA (Home) vs. Stevens MS
TBA (Home) vs. Forks MS
Chimacum Prevention Coalition Invites You to Attend
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 (http://csd49.org/Page/241).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stuart G. Prince Sr.
Chimacum Middle School
91 West Valley Rd.
P.O. Box 278
Chimacum, WA 98325
Phone: (360) 732-4219
Fax: (360) 732-6859