Monday, October 19, 2020

October Message

District Instructional Model Survey

Next week the District will be sending everyone an email to determine if they are considering a change in their selected instructional model for the second semester. You need to respond only if you are requesting a change. There will be a separate survey for transportation. Please be on the look out for these emails. 

School Closure

We remain optimistic that we will be able to continue with our hybrid instructional model for the foreseeable future. But we need to be prepared for a sudden short and long-term closure. Here is how we will ensure the continuity of instruction in the event of a closure:

  • Students would continue their in-school daily schedule at home using Zoom to attend synchronous classes with their teachers.
  • Wednesdays would remain set aside for student hours. Students would continue to sign up directly to meet with a teacher. Teachers may also request small group or individual meetings.
  • Instructional materials would continue to be pushed out electronically to students via Google Classroom or other digital means asynchronously on the remote days as it is now.

Operoo Reminder

Hybrid and remote students should use Operoo to take attendance on days that they are either not physically in school or on days that their remote cohort does not have synchronous classes.

Halloween Costume Contest

Our costume contest will be held on Tuesday, October 27th and Friday, October 30th. Each homeroom will vote on the best costume. Our Student Council has a prize for each winner. Costume masks can be worn for judging only.

Picture Retakes

November 3rd - Mon/Tues Cohort - during the school day.
                            Remote Students - Noon - 3:00 p.m.
November 5th - Thurs/Fri Cohort - during the school day.
                            Remote Students - Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Students should return original pictures if they are getting a retake. For students who were absent on picture day, please make sure to bring an order form (available in the main office) or place your order on-line at (ID: EVTP2KMHS).

News from the School Library

We are happy to report that our students have been checking out a record number of books from our library. In our inventory procedure we have also noted a record number of books not returned from the spring school closure. Please look around your house to see if you have any of our books to be returned to our shelves. Thank you!

Virtual Open House

If you missed our Virtual Open House, you can view it by looking here.

Dates to Remember

October 27 & 30 - Halloween Costume Contest
November 3 & 5 - Picture Retakes
November 3 & 6 - Wildcat Pride Days - wear your blue & gold!
November 6 - End of the 1st Quarter Marking Period
November 11 - Veterans Day - No School
November 13 - 1st Quarter Report Cards Available

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Daily Attendance Procedure

Operoo Logo

Camillus Middle takes daily building attendance whether a student is in-school, at home (hybrid), or fully remote. In-school attendance will be taken by homeroom teachers directly into Schooltool. On days when students are at home we will be utilizing a program called Operoo. Tomorrow your child will receive an email prompting them to create an account. Please assist them if necessary and help them to get in the habit of answering the prompt each day. We will also review this process with them here at school.  

School Pictures

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September 18th (tomorrow) for in-school students.

September 21st (Monday) for in-school students.

November 3rd and 5th – Make up days for in school students and remote students (12:00-3:00 pm).

Order on-line

Picture Day ID: EVTP2KMHS

You may also use the paper order form.


School Spirit Days

Our fall Spirit Days will follow this schedule:

September 28th                           Hat Day

September 29th                           Kick Back and Relax Day (wear your sweats, flannel and slippers)

September 30th                           Favorite Team Day (from home)

October 1st                                         Hat Day                               

October 2nd                                 Kick Back and Relax Day (wear your sweats, flannel and slippers)


October 7th at 6:00 pm             Virtual PTO Meeting (link to come soon)

October 15th                               Virtual Open House (more information to come soon)

October 27th & 30th                   Halloween Costume Contest

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Welcome to CMS

 Dear CMS Families~

To our returning families...welcome back! 

To our new families...welcome to CMS! 

I hope that this message finds you and your family well and enjoying this spectacular CNY summer. We are all counting the days until we can welcome our students back to class. I want you to know that I will be communicating important information as it becomes solidified and ready for publication. You will receive an email notification as I send out each message. You can also periodically check the Principal's Message space on the CMS web page. In the meanwhile, please reach out to me at any time. My email address in and the Main Office phone number is 315-672-3159. I am always eager to speak with you directly. 

Here are a few items I can update you on: 

Supply Lists - We are finalizing these now because we have so many new teachers joining our team. We will get them out to you next week. Students will not be assigned lockers. They will be taking their supplies back and forth with them in their backpacks each day. Every student will receive a planner on the first day of school. 

Cohort Formation and Master Scheduling - Each cohort will have approximately 14 students. Students will not be moving to their classes. Each content area teacher will rotate into each individual cohort’s classroom. Master scheduling is currently taking place, and your child’s daily schedule will be available in Schooltool later this month. We will push out a notification when they are ready for viewing.

Reopening Plan and Masks - Students and teachers will  be required to wear masks throughout the day. There will be brief, teacher-guided breaks periodically. Now would be a great time to have a supply of masks on hand at home and to have your child practice wearing one for a longer period of time. As a reminder, the District Reopening Plan has been published for your reference. 

Orientation - We typically do a very thorough in-school orientation. We are planning to cover all the typical topics during our first few days of school. I will also organize a Zoom meeting for parents and guardians so that you have the opportunity to connect with me. 

District Q & A - Mark your calendars for the District Council PTA and PTO panel discussion with Mr. Bills and other administrators on August 19th and 20th at 6:00 pm. A link for signing up to attend this meeting will be going out shortly so please be on the lookout.

We all know that September 2020 will look and feel very different from September 2019. Even so, we are fully committed to each individual child’s social, emotional, and academic growth. Safety will always be our priority, and I am confident that we can integrate all of the new requirements into our daily practices.

I look forward to meeting all of you, and I am looking forward to what is going to be an outstanding 2020-2021 school year. Stay safe and be well. 

We Celebrate Learning! 

Beth Anne Lozier

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Summer Reading

Dear CMS Families~

I am happy to share with you our annual “Summer Reading” information. There is no project or assignment attached to a summer reading book. We simply ask students to just read one title over the course of the summer months. But it would be much better for student's to read all of them, and then read some more! This is because the most significant factor related to student achievement is reading. Nothing else can take its place. Time with text (books, magazine, newspapers) does two things which play essential roles in developing students who possess advanced literacy. The first is that reading builds vocabulary and word knowledge. Because students gain new vocabulary over time, it is important to read something every day. The goal is for students to have a vast bank of words available for speaking, listening, and writing. This becomes especially important as they head to the high school.

Building background knowledge is the second important role reading plays. When students read across genres (fiction, non-fiction, autobiography, poetry, human interest stories, science articles, current events) they have a strong foundation on which to make connections to new learning. In fact, overall reading comprehension depends on a student’s background knowledge.

If you would like to borrow a hard copy of one of the summer reading books, we have all of them in the Main Office. Simply stop by between now and June 24th. We are open from 7:30 am - 3:00 pm.
If you would prefer an electronic copy, you may use the Sora app for Overdrive.

Please feel free to reach out over the summer if you have any questions at all. I can be reached at Stay well!

We Celebrate Learning!

Beth Anne Lozier

Reading Lists 
The grade 9 reading list is available for our rising freshmen.

The grade 6 through grade 8 reading list can be found here.

Book Talks
Having trouble deciding what book to start with? Just listen to our librarian, Mrs. Bush, do her famous book talks by subscribing to her YouTube channel. You’ll know which one to pick!

School Supply Drive
For 11 years the West Genesee District Council has been providing school
supplies to students in need. Please see the flyer for more information to register your student.

Fairmount Library
The library  will be open Monday - Friday from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  Patrons can contact the library by calling 315-487-8933, texting 315-382-8988 or emailing Fairmount Community Library to place an order and arrange for pick-up. All patrons are asked to wear a mask when entering the foyer.