Wednesday, October 9, 2019

October Message

Dear CMS Families,

Thank you for the outstanding attendance at our Curriculum and Title 1 night. We received so much warm feedback about how happy your children are here at CMS. It is really nice for us to hear as we focus, every day, on providing a rigorous and relevant academic program in a supportive environment. We also have MANY extra-curricular events throughout the year. This week alone we will have a Student Council meeting, the building round of the Spelling Bee, a Math League competition, and Camillus Park and Recreation Ski Club sign-ups. Remember, we post every announcement for all our events on the CMS web-site under the “announcement” tab. At the five week mark, I am happy to report that we are off to a great start to the school year!

As a staff, we are always trying to learn more about what we can do to create the best environment for all of our students to learn and grow. It’s a tall order for middle level, especially given the particular developmental needs of adolescents. Our students need structure and freedom, challenges and down time, and full attention to their social and emotional well-being. New York State has responded to the social and emotional needs by creating Mental Health Literacy Standards. This year, we are taking our monthly faculty meeting time to learn more about the Standards and reflect on how we are implementing them. Since parents and guardians are our most powerful partners in this area, I thought you might want to take a look at them yourself. You can read them here. In the coming months, I’ll continue to post resources that will be helpful to you at home. We are only a phone call away if you have a question or concern.

We Celebrate Learning!

Beth

Follow us on Twitter @camillusmiddle

P.S. The dance scheduled for October 25 has been reschedule to January 10.



Spirit-wear Sale
Our CMS PTO will be organizing the Spirit-wear sale. To order use the Username: CAMILLUS, Password: WG2019. All orders must be placed online by October 25. Click here for further details.


First 5 week Progress Report
The first 5 week Progress Report will be available on SchoolTool this Friday, October 11. Please take a moment to review it with your child. This is a perfect time to set new academic goals and notice what study habits are successful. Please contact our Guidance Department at 315-672-8381 if you wish to meet with your child’s teaching team.



Picture Retake Day is coming!
If you missed picture day back in September or if you were unhappy with your first photo shoot, our photographer will be back in the building on Friday, October 25. Please bring your old photos to exchange at the retake session.



Important Dates
October 11 - 5 week reports available on Schooltool
October 14 - No School - Columbus Day
October 16 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 pm 2 WGHS
October 25 - Picture Retake Day
October 31 - Student Council Halloween Costume Contest

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September Message

Dear CMS Families~

Day 1 of the 2019-20 school year is in the books! Thank you for sending your children back to us as we begin to Celebrate Learning with them for the next 182 days (minus the inevitable CNY snow days)! The life of a middle schooler is certainly a busy one. Academics, outside interests, family time, and socializing with friends takes up most of the day. It’s hard to imagine that they have any downtime at all. Add into the mix the fact that an adolescent’s brain is developing more quickly than when they were infants (It’s true!), and it is no surprise that sleep is an important component of a physically and mentally healthy state of being. That old adage about “8 hours” of sleep being the sweet spot doesn’t really hold true for adolescents. It might surprise you to know that The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 9-10 hours for them. Getting that screen time decreased, especially in the early evening, helps to kick into gear the natural desire for sleep. Once your child develops this routine, they will typically notice how much better they feel and perform. This first short week of school is the perfect time to train their brains to benefit from the power of a good night’s sleep!

While we are on the topic of busy kids (and families), you might not be aware that we make morning and afternoon announcements every single day. Announcements run the gamut from when Student Council meets, the due date for yearbook orders, the lunch menu for the next day and EVERYTHING in between. It’s a lot to remember. Announcements for students and families are updated daily on the CMS Announcement page of the WG website. Please visit this page whenever you need an update. We also include the Positivity Project character message of the week.

Come meet the new Superintendent, David C. Bills.


Please contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns.
We Celebrate Learning!

Beth
Follow us on Twitter @camillusmiddle
P.S. – If you haven’t had your child return the “pink sheet” please do it tomorrow!



I would like to introduce you to our newest staff members:

Mrs. Mary Klink – 7th grade Health teacher
Mrs. Anne Dorio – Special Education teacher
Mrs. Jennifer Palmer – Art teacher
Officer Tim Macholl – Special Patrol Officer
Ms. Paula Bernardoni – School Counselor intern




School Safety and Security

The District has made a strong commitment to enhance the safety and security of all of our school buildings. Over the summer we added a second bank of secured doors in the main foyer. I would like to remind you of a few of the protocols in place when you visit us here:

  • Upon being allowed through the exterior door of a district building, visitors will be asked to present a photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • Your ID will either be scanned or manually entered into the system at the transaction window in the secure vestibule. 
  • Once cleared, you will proceed to the main office to retrieve your ID, sign in and receive a pre-printed badge with your photo on it.
  • You will then be directed to the appropriate location.
  • This badge must be worn at all times when in the building.
  • When in the building, you are only approved to go to the specific location requested. You should not go to any other area of the building without returning to the main office for approval.
  • When leaving the building, return to the main office, turn in your badge and sign out.

We have also added the presence of a school resource officer (SRO), Tim Macholl, to the staff here at CMS. Officer Tim will be another trusted adult here in the building to help support our students.



Curriculum Night
Please mark your calendars for our Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 26th from 6:30-8:00 pm. The schedule for the evening will be in the mail to you next week...be on the lookout! Please make sure to stop by our library where we will have refreshments. While you are there you can become a PTO member, volunteer for a committee and see our Positivity Project resources. Curriculum Night is for parents and guardians only. We look forward to a terrific year where We Celebrate Learning!


September 6 - Wildcat Friday
September 6 - 6th Gr. Getting Acquainted Dance 2:15-4:00
September 10 - 1st Day of Interaction Time
September 13 - Picture Day
September 18 - Board of Education Mtg - 7:00 p.m. @ WGHS
September 24 - Talk w/ the Superintendent - 7:00 p.m. @ WGHS LGIR
September 26 -  Curriculum Night - 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

April Message

PTO MEETING and District Budget Presentation TONIGHT!

Please plan to attend the PTO meeting at the high school at 6:00 pm tonight. We will be electing officers for the 2019-20 school year. If you want any information about serving as an officer please contact our president, Mrs. Pearlene Amica at pearlene.amica@gmail.com. Following our meeting at 7:00 pm, Assistant Superintendent Paul Pelton, will be presenting the school budget for 2019-20.  Both meetings will be held in the Large Group Instruction Room.


Report Cards

The 30 week report card will be available on SchoolTool on Friday, April 26 and will be hand carried home by students. Please take a moment to review it with your child. Please contact our Guidance Department at 315-672-8381 if you any question or concerns.



New York State Mathematics Testing

Please see the testing schedule below:


Testing Schedule


Math  -
Grades 6
April 30 &
May 
Testing during per. 1-3
Class resumes 4th per.
*7 & 8th grade on regular schedule
Math –
Grades 7 & 8
May 
2 & 3
Testing during per. 1-3
Class resumes 4th per.
*6th grade on regular schedule





April 26 - Report Cards Available
April 30 & May 1 - 6th Gr. NYS Math Assessments
May 2 & 3 - 7 & 8th Gr. NYS Math Assessments
May 3 - Wildcat Friday
May 5 - 17 - CMS Art Exhibit at Maxwell Library
May 6 - Battle of the Books - 7:00 p.m.
May 8 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m. at WGHS LGIR
May 13 - SEPTSA Meeting - 6:30 at WGHS
May 16 - Talent Show - 7:00 p.m. 
May 17 - End of 35 Weeks
May 20 - 6th Grade Orientations - 6:00 p.m. at CMS LGIR
May 21 - Budget Vote - 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. at WGHS 
May 22 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m. at WGHS LGIR
May 23 - NYS 8th Grade Science Performance Assessment
May 23 - Special Olympics at CNSHS
May 24 - 35 Week Reports 
May 27 - Memorial Day - No School





Thursday, March 28, 2019

March Message

Dear CMS Families:

Camillus Middle School students will be participating in the annual New York State Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics starting next week. Please see the chart below for the administration details. These assessments measure the learning standards around which our teachers design and deliver their daily instruction. Our teachers routinely revise and refine this instruction to make it the most rigorous and relevant experience for our students. Because of this, we have no need to engage in test preparation or practice tests. Our children are completely prepared to take these assessments because our curriculum is in alignment with the standards the tests measure.

I know that some of you may have reservations about encouraging your child to take the assessments. Your concerns, together with the concerns of educators, have been influential in changing some important aspects of the assessments. Here are some of the positive adjustments that were made last year and are in place for this testing cycle:

  • 3 days to 2 days of testing 
  • Untimed testing – students may have as much time as they need
  • All questions have been written and reviewed by New York State teachers
  • Student scores are not part of the formal evaluation system for teachers and administrators

From our perspective, the assessments are a valuable tool that help us know how effectively our curriculum is aligning with the standards. Since students from across the state take the assessments, the results provide a window into how we compare with similar schools and where we can make improvements. I am encouraging you to support the message we are giving your children here at school; this is your opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and how you have grown as a student. We ask them to simply do their best. You can also help at home by making sure they have a good night’s sleep, a little something to eat and extra hydration. A quick “you’ve got this” as they go out the door in the morning helps to motivate them with a positive outlook.

I would be very happy to speak with you should you have any questions at all about the assessments. Please feel free to call me at 315-672-3159.

We Celebrate Learning!
Beth


Testing Schedule

ELA – 
Grade 6
April 
1 & 2
Testing during per. 1-3
Class resumes 4th per.
*7 & 8th grade on regular schedule

ELA –
Grades 7 & 8
April 
3 & 4
Testing during per. 1-3
Class resumes 4th per.
*6th grade on regular schedule

Math  -
Grades 6
April 30 &
May 
Testing during per. 1-3
Class resumes 4th per.
*7 & 8th grade on regular schedule
Math –
Grades 7 & 8
May 
2 & 3
Testing during per. 1-3
Class resumes 4th per.
*6th grade on regular schedule



April 1 & 2 - 6th Gr. NYS ELA Assessments
April 3 & 4 - 7 & 8th Gr. NYS ELA Assessments
April 3 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:00 p.m. @ WGHS
April 5 - Wildcat Friday
April 9 - Group Yearbook Pictures
April 10 - SEPTSA Meeting - 6:30 p.m. @ OR
April 12 - End of 30 Weeks
April 15 - 19 - Spring Recess - No School
April 23 - CMS PTO Meeting & Budget Presentation - 6:00 p.m. @ WGHS
April 26 - Report Cards Available
April 30 & May 1 - 6th Gr. NYS Math Assessments
May 2 & 3 - 7 & 8th Gr. NYS Math Assessments