After reviewing CMS’ attendance data for January, our percentage of average daily attendance dropped to under 96%. There is no question that the flu bug had a major impact on the lower than average percentage. However, with ISTEP+ scheduled in three weeks (first week of March), we need to have our students healthy and present. Let’s continue to work together to ensure that students continue to wash their hands, get proper rest, eat healthy, and most importantly be in school. The success that we experienced last year, relative to the Indiana Department of Education letter grade of A (4.5 points on a 4 point scale!), can continue with our group of seventh and eighth graders. Again, we’re gearing up for the state assessment and need your assistance!
Public recognition of student work is a reason to celebrate the efforts of CMS students and teachers who continually push seventh and eighth graders to go beyond the expected. Specifically, CMS students Camryn Morris (first place, BCSC MLK Jr. Essay contest), Elizabeth Pevlor (third place, MLK Jr. essay contest), Katherine Richardson and Emma Finerfrock (Indianapolis MLK Jr. Art and Essay contest) have had their work published and rewarded. These are only a few examples of the great, academically-based student work recognized outside CMS. As noted above, these are examples of ongoing student work and tremendous effort! Through the efforts of CMS teachers, students will continue to have opportunities to publish and go beyond the “norm.”
Again, ISTEP+, scheduled for the first week of March is an important benchmark in comparing CMS with other
With recent events in the news, all of us at CMS continue to be diligent in monitoring students throughout the day coupled with having conversations focusing on personal and social responsibilities.
Our CAPS program (Central Academic, Personal, and Social Responsibilities) has been and will continue to be the framework in which we guide students to be positive, productive students during their two-year Central experience. As I have repeatedly indicated to students, 99% of our students do the right thing. And, I always follow with my 99% doing the right thing message, that we need to get the remaining 1% on board in making positive decisions.
The reality is that we need parents to be with us as we guide our students to do the right thing. Thankfully, the majority of CMS parents are involved and engaged in their students both in and out of school. However, with the ease of using social media to post inappropriate threats, messages, and videos, we have recently been reminded that it has become more important to monitor student use of all forms of social media. Issues related to texting and messages posted on face book, have resulted in negative behavior (unfortunately captured on video, posted and covered by local and state media). Our overall message is to continue to have conversations with your student, monitor face book postings (as most of you do), and encourage your student to share knowledge of potential inappropriate behaviors.
Again, we are truly appreciative of the students and parents connected to Central Middle School. Let’s continue to instill the need for our students to make positive choices as they move forward.
Having completed the first nine weeks of schools, and having the first two-week fall break underway, we are well into the 2012-2013 school year. Several major events have occurred within the first nine weeks including the following:
We will continue to provide ongoing communication through newsletters, web site, emailings, Parent Portal, and My Big Campus (as this venue becomes more engrained). Let’s continue to work together to ensure that every student not only shows academic growth, but also opportunities to go beyond
With three weeks left in the first nine weeks, students are well familiar with both their schedules and expectations.
As I’ve noted in previous newsletters and principal points, our consistent goal is to support every CMS/CSA student regardless of academic need. As a result, we have welcomed the new iGrad program. In essence, the iGrad program is designed to advocate, assist, and support students who show the potential for being successful for the next five years, and, have an opportunity to attend and complete higher education (college/trade school/universities). Based on collaboration with Ivy Tech, Cummins and BCSC, the program is in full swing with several students taking advantage of the iGrad support.
In addition to the iGrad program, CMS Counselors Karen Koenig and MJ Shireman have been working with
A third program design to support students who might struggle with homework, is the ongoing Beacon program (four days a week-Monday-Thursday, after school, with transportation provided). Applications are available in the office. An extension to this program is the fall break Beacon Program. During the first of the two week break, the Beacon Program will be held, at Northside, from 8-12, each morning, Oct. 8th-12th. Transportation is available for students who do not walk to school. Enrollment forms must be completed prior to September 19th (available in the office).
Finally, 21st Century Scholarship forms and applications are available. Last year, with the exception of only four students in
Again, the first five weeks of school have been tremendous. Through clear, modeled expectations, students understand academic and social expectations. Let’s keep the positive atmosphere going!!!