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Summer Letters & Supply Lists Available!

Want to get a head start on the 2014-15 school year! Check out the summer letters/supply lists!

Last Day of School

Friday, June 13 is the last day of this school year, an exciting time for kids and families.  The last day at CMS will be full of action and fun.  Some important information about Friday.
  • The school will run on a late start/Early Release schedule. 8:45-12:15
  • No backpacks or bags are allowed on campus, all student items should go home by the end of the day Thursday.  Any bags or backpacks seen on campus will be taken and held in the front office until the end of the school day.
  • Students will go directly to 1st period for attendance, then will be escorted to the auditorium for the talent show/awards assembly.
  • All students will be given a BBQ lunch at 11:30, no cost to students.
  • Busses leave at 12:15.

Thank you Chimacum families for a great year and the entire Eagle staff looks forward to September.  Check with the website for updates on Eagle Day in August and fall sports. 
District Tech Plan for 2014-2017!

The school board approved the following Tech Plan (CSD Tech Plan Summary 2014-17) for the next three years! The district tech committee has some great ideas for getting our students ready for their 21st Century possibilities. Check out the Tech Plan Summary (it's a short document and a good read - Middle School chosen as the site for a 1:1 student to device pilot program!). 
Band Concert 

The final Band Concert of the year is Wednesday, May 28 at 6 pm.  Join us in a 5-12 concert and take some time to appreciate all the hard work your students have put in during the year.   
Student-Led Conferences!

It's that time of year again! Thursday, April 10, is our midterm as we reach the half way point of our 2nd semester and on Wednesday, April 16, there will be no school so that parents can join their students for their conferences! Your child will be in charge of this monumental conference as he or she will dazzle you with evidence of learning for the last three quarters of the school year! By now your child's Eagle Time advisor should have contacted you with the times you can sign up for your conference. We'll see you all on Wednesday!
6th grade Water Quality Testing

During the last two weeks of April you might see 6th graders heading down to the creek. This is our annual creek water quality testing that 6th graders have been doing for the past 13 years! Permission slips will be coming home soon, during the week of April 14, because we literally have to go off campus for a short walk. So get those permission signed and returned to Mr. González with your child so that he or she can participate in this valuable data collection!
Water Quality Testing  
Head Lice, what to do? 

It is no fun when you discover that your child (or one of your kids friends) has a case of head lice, but there are some things you can do to keep others from getting it.  First, if you, as a parent, notice lice on a student please let their parents know, many times a parent does not even notice it.  Second, don't share hats, sweatshirts, or allow students to press their heads together (Selfies have become a major cause of sharing lice).  
For more information about how to deal with lice, go to 
On Track For College?

Want to know what it will take to get into a good college?  Come to a special talk from former Federal Way school board member Charlie Hoff, a local expert on what it takes to get into, and be successful, at college.  Mr. Hoff has given direction to thousands of students in Washington state on how to get the most out of college planning and this is an opportunity to talk with him. This talk is especially important to those 8th graders who are planning to attend four-year college after high school.
Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 PM in room 606 
CMS Back to School Night,
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
A Night at the Museum!

CMS Museum Night


Middle School Band Dazzles

The CMS band was impressive at their adjudication concert on February 26.  Playing three pieces, one in three movements, the band did a great job.
Adjudication Performance 2-26-2014  
Four Day Weekend???

This coming weekend, February 15, 16, and 17 is the Presidents Day Weekend break, but did you know that this Friday is the second snow make up day of the year?  If school is not cancelled before Friday, then all students and staff will get a four day weekend (Friday - Monday).  That gave everyone plenty of time to plan that Presidents Day party or decorate the Lincoln Tree....Or Washington Tree!  Or, for most of you, it just means a really nice four day weekend!
Welcome to Second Semester!

We are now past the midway point of the school year.  For 8th graders, this is the final chance to develop the skills needed in high school before grades begin to count for graduation and college admission.  Students need to focus on time management and a proactive approach to work, the two skills high school teachers say describe the most successful students.  
Have a great second semester Eagles! 
 Tuesday/Wednesday are half days

January 22 and 23 are late start and early release for the entire Chimacum School District.  Be sure to check the website for arrival and dismissal times.
Welcome to 2014! It is all

The new year has begun and the first day of school of 2014 will be a chance to get started on the right foot.  Our focus for this year is "Good Choices" lead to good results. Making good choices in classes, in the hallways and commons, in life, and in each and everything we do in life lead to good results.  
With the end of the semester just three weeks away, we want students to focus on those choices that will help prepare them for the future.  For 8th graders, it is the final months of middle school with high school coming up fast, for 6th and 7th graders, it is about laying that foundation for success, which means making good choices in life.
Help us at CMS by emphasizing that good results begin with good choices!
December 20 - Snow Delay,
Classes begin at 10:45

With this mornings snow, Chimacum Middle School will begin classes at 10:45 AM.  Our first concern is your students safety, so please check your snow bus route pickup time at   Although classes begin 3-hours late, at 10:45 AM, the bus pick-up times and snow routes are based on a two hour late schedule so check to make sure you know what time the bus will pick up your student.
 Follow Chimacum Middle School on Twitter for Real-Time updates: Go to and search @ChimacumMS
24th District Representative
Steve Tharinger visits CMS

With a focus on student thinking skills, the Next Generation national science standards were in display in Mr. Gonzalez's 6th grade science class which on December 3 was being co-taught by 24th Legislative District Representative Steve Tharinger.  Students were working on concepts like friction and which kinds of surfaces cause the greatest amount.
Rep. Tharinger works with Eagles on science projects.  
Thank you Rep. Tharinger for
being an Eagle for an afternoon! 
Attendance Key to School

Students who miss more than a couple of days of school per semester are often missing many of the skills needed to graduate from high school and go on to college and career success.  Read about it here in this Seattle Times Article.
Math Tutoring Tuesday's and Thursday's 

Many students need extra help with math and they can get it twice a week in room 601.  Math teachers and local community members work together to help students who need to do test retakes, need extra help with homework, and just want a deeper understanding of their math material. Tutoring begins at 2:25 and goes until the late bus.
Boys Basketball Turnouts Begin

Remember that all paperwork has to be turned in before a student can turn out.  If they played football, some paperwork for basketball is still required.  Be part of the 2013-14 Eagles basketball team, it is exciting to represent your school.
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Families are invited to attend conferences November 14 and 15 in the CMS Commons.  Teachers will be available for 5-minute meetings with parents to discuss student learning and academic progress.  While at the conferences, please take a few minutes to complete our climate survey
We also encourage you to set up appointments with teachers if you want to have a longer meeting about your student.  Staff will be making appointments with parents for times outside of conferences if a longer meeting is needed.
Conference times on Thursday are 7:30-11:30, 1:00 - 4:00, and  5:00 - 7:30 PM.  On Friday, teachers are available from 7:30 to 11:00 AM.

With Halloween upon us, we want to emphasizes that CMS is a place of learning first and foremost.  Costumes can create a problem if kids make poor choices, therefore we recommend and encourage students to not dress up in costumes. However, if students choose to wear a costume they must follow specific guidelines:

        1.      No masks of any kind. Face paint cannot be worn that would prevent us from identifying a student

2.   2.   Costumes must be school and age appropriate.  Basic dress code (see student handbook online) is still in effect                           (which means no torn clothing unless something is worn underneath, skirt lengths must be at least fingertip length,                           shoes must be worn at all times)

3.    3. No weapons or look-alike weapons are allowed and will result in immediate suspension/expulsion

4.    4.  Outfit must not distract from the learning environment as determined by teachers and administration

5.    5. Any student in a costume that is considered inappropriate, in poor-taste, or a distraction to the learning environment                     will be required to change clothes or be sent home.

Want to know more about Counseling at CMS?

Everyone needs someone to talk with and work out problems.  The Eagles have one of the best in counselor Shiobhan Fitzpatrick who talks with students about issues they might have and works with parents to provide them information about outside resources.
Keep up with Mrs. Fitzpatrick on her blog at
New CMS Handbook Available Online

You are familiar with the rights and responsibilities handbook which covers major issues, but what about a school handbook with daily policies and school information?  
it is now available and online by clicking on the menu to the left, or you can get the 2013-2014 Student by clicking here.
This includes policies on day-to-day school operations, student, counselor and attendance information, and bell schedules.  Not sure about a school rule of policy?  You likely will find it here!
Grading Period Ends November 4

For those of you new to semesters, the nine week grading period will look different than in the trimesters of the past.  In nine-week classes, mostly exploratory classes, the nine week grade will be their final, permanent grade, in semester long classes, these grades are progress notes, they will show the progress of students at the halfway point of the first semester.
Confused?  let us know.
If you have questions contact the school or your child's teacher. 
Half-Days Tuesday/Wednesday

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1/2 are half days at CMS.  School begins one hour later, at 8:45 and students will be excused at 12:15.    Please see the attached bus schedule for pick-up and drop-off times.
Sixth Graders @ Camp Cispus

Home sick kids?  A few, but the CMS 6th graders are having a blast and learning outdoor skills at Camp Cispus this week.  
Hiking to Archery  Getting ready to go on a hike
Volleyball Wins
Home Opener,
Football Wednesday

A big crowd that filled the CMS gym turned out to watch the Lady Eagles sweep away Sequim in two straight games by the scores of 25-11 and 25-23.  Great job ladies.  Come out to the next home match October 3 against Forks.
Football begins this Wednesday with the home opener against Sequim.  Game time is 4 PM. 
It's Camp Cispus Time!

Tuesday is the annual trip for 6th graders to camp Cispus.  An exciting time where kids take what they have learned in the classrooms and put it to work in a real life, outdoor setting.
6th graders leave bright and early at 7:45.  Don't be late, the bus doesn't wait!
For more information about Camp Cispus go to
Wednesdays Mean No Late Bus

The Teen Center is not open on Wednesdays and there is no late bus.  Remember to plan accordingly so all Eagle students are safe and have a way home from school.
Camp Cispus Permission Slips due by 9/17!

A special week for 6th graders as they spend time at Cispus near Randle, WA. Make sure that you have paid the $150 non-refundable fee and turned in the permission slips by September 17th.  Contact CMS main office for more details or visit the Cispus website at
Early Release/Late Start Days

The first late arrival/Early Release days are scheduled for October 1 and 2.  On these days, school begins at 8:45 and ends at 12:15.  

Fall Sports 

Fall Sports Turnout, Thursday, September 5, after school.  Be sure that you have completed your physical and all paperwork before the first day so you don't miss a second of Football or Volleyball. For information about athletics and the required forms go to
Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year.  

As the newest Eagle, I am excited to become part of the Chimacum family, together we will work toward success of ALL students.  At Chimacum Middle School, we provide a safe and secure environment for students to learn, develop skills and knowledge, and grow so they are contributing citizens in an ever changing, global, 21st century world.
We welcome your thoughts and input.  Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you.
360-732-4090  ext. 252 

Mission Statement

Education is Power 

is our school-wide belief and we work together on Strengthening School Climate! We offer all students a wonderful advisory program known as Eagle Time to help strengthen our school climate.
Chimacum Middle School
91 West Valley Rd.
P.O. Box 278
Chimacum, WA 98325
Phone: (360) 732-4219
Fax: (360) 732-6859