Michael Craddock Promoted to Director of Center 1

Hi, Murray High and Community Middle Families.  I am so excited to let you know that Michael Craddock has been promoted to Director of  Center 1 — the ACPS pilot program for the Contemporary High School center model — for the 2019-20 school year!  Please find a note from Mike below.  I’m equally excited to announce that Lead Teacher Stephanie Passman’s responsibilities will grow next year to include instructional leadership and student support at the high school, as she assumes the Head Teacher role across both schools.  Please join me in congratulating these two exceptional educators on their expanded leadership roles!   -Chad Ratliff, Principal

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff:

I am writing to share the news that I have been appointed as the Director of Center 1 at Seminole Place effective July 1.

While this new role will be an exciting opportunity to design a learning environment influenced by the work of Murray and Community, I am heavy-hearted to leave after building so many amazing relationships and connections within our community.

I will continue to support Murray and Community as I transition into my new role to ensure a smooth transition.

I deeply appreciate the support of our community and I look forward to building a partnership from Center 1 for upperclassman to access even more unique experiences through ACPS’ emerging high school Center Model.  Families of rising Seniors should look out for additional information today about the opportunities next year at Center I.

I am thankful and honored to have had served this community and look forward to following the progress and continued collaborations.

Sincerely,

Mike Craddock

Middle School Weekly

Good Afternoon, Community Middle,

We kicked off the week with an Earth Day celebration, including a trash clean up in the neighborhood around school.  Students investigated the three forms of thermal transfer this week and applied them to multiple temperature scales. Using their knowledge of Fahrenheit, Celsius, and the Kelvin Scale, they calculated temperatures in a variety of cities around the world.  Notice the temperature this weekend, and try some conversions with your family! While we finished reading our poetry books this week, we focused on symbolism by looking for objects that reappear, and figuring out what they mean. Students even created their own coat of arms!  What symbols are in the books, movies, and songs you enjoy this weekend?

Britt and Elena officially completed their student teaching today!  We are thankful for our partnership with the Curry School at UVa, through which we can host amazing graduate students who are completing their teacher training.  We know that Britt and Elena will be tremendous assets to their future school communities, thank them for all of their hard work, and wish them the best!

Remember to join us THIS SUNDAY for an Ice Cream Social at Community Middle for current and incoming families!  Enjoy a sweet treat and mingle with friends from 3 – 5 pm on the playground. RSVP here – we already have 25 families signed up!

Next week we’re kicking off two new projects and need your help.  Talk to your kids about where you do your banking. Do they have savings accounts?  We’re going to learn all about the government’s role in the economy. Also, as you’re doing your spring cleaning, be on the lookout for old appliances and toys, and send them to school with your children for use in our upcoming electricity project.  Finally, allergy season has hit, and if you have an extra box of tissues or two, they will be put to good use!

Enjoy the weekend, and we hope to see you Sunday!

Stephanie and the Community Middle Team

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A Friendly Reminder from the PTO

Ice Cream Social
The CPCS PTO invites all current parents and students to come meet next year’s incoming families!   Sunday April 28 @ CPCS, 3-5pm. Please RSVP here.  Everyone is welcome!

Everyone is Appreciated!

In the spirit of national Teacher Appreciation Week, the PTO has created experiences to show gratitude to the entire Community Middle staff, who put their hearts and minds into our children each day and help make CPCS an awesome school.   The PTO is sponsoring the following events, but we need help!

  • Monday May 6th – CAR WASH!  Volunteers can sign up here to oversee the children washing the teachers’ cars.  All supplies will be provided by CPCS PTO.
  • Tues May 7th – Send in Seedlings  Baby plants of all sorts accepted!  They will be passed out to every CPCS staff member and maybe a few will be put in our CPCS garden.  Sign up here to contribute, and drop off details will be sent closer to the date.
  • Wed May 8th – Gift Cards Galore!  Thank your teachers and staff for a great school year by sending in a variety of gift cards. We want to make sure everyone receives one, so, for example, please donate three $10 gift cards instead of one $30 gift card.  We have 13 total CPCS Teachers & Staff. To participate, sign up here and collection details will follow.
  • Thurs May 9th – Tote Bags to Treasure  The PTO will purchase a reusable shopping bag for each CPCS staff member and have all students participate in decorating the bags.
  • Fri May 10th – Breakfast for the Teachers  The PTO Monthly Staff Appreciation Breakfasts will continue!   Sign up here to bring in something yummy.

A box to collect Teacher Appreciation gifts is in the office so drop your contribution any time before May 6th.

Thanks for your attention!  As you can see, there are lots of opportunities to contribute and be a part of the experience that your student is having at Community Middle. Contact Mary Hawley at hawley.mary@gmail.com with any questions or ideas!

An archive of all PTO newsletters can be found on the leadership blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/pto-newsletters/

Middle School Weekly

Good Evening, Community Middle,

April is National Poetry Month and we are having as much fun a dog driving in a car with its head out the window (simile compliments of Miles and Nyah)! While reading free verse novels, writing poetry, listening to ballads, and celebrating National Poem in Your Pocket Day, we identified and analyzed figurative language, like similes and metaphors. What poetry book is your child reading? Share a favorite poem of your own with your child. Look for examples of poetic devices like repetition and onomatopoeia.

Students also applied the concept of ratios in a scale drawing project. We learned that scale drawings can be used to create highly detailed and precise works of art. Artists made enormous chalk art murals, decorative clay slabs, and other creations according to their mathematical calculations.

Remember when our students produced their own podcasts? Now you can listen to the podcast that Darren from The Ed Narrative recorded in front of us! Gather your family and give a listen to this episode about desegregation in Albemarle County Public Schools.

Remember that the PTO will meet on April 23 at 8:30 am and on Sunday, April 28 they are hosting a Popsicle Party at Community Middle for current and incoming families! Enjoy a sweet treat and mingle with friends from 3 – 5 pm on the playground. RSVP here.

We hope you had a great weekend!

Stephanie and the Community Middle Team

An archive of all weekly newsletters can be found on the leadership blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/middle-school-weekly/

A Message from the PTO

Hello, Community Middle Families!

Sunny energy is in the air as spring has sprung!  The CPCS PTO is busy continuing to find ways to build community, expand experiences and learn all we can in the rest of the school year.

Here is the scoop on upcoming events:

Ice Cream Social

The CPCS PTO invites all current parents and students to come meet next year’s incoming families!   Sunday April 28 @ CPCS, 3-5pm. Please RSVP here.  Everyone is welcome!

Everyone is Appreciated!

In the spirit of national Teacher Appreciation Week, the PTO has created experiences to show gratitude to the entire Community Middle staff, who put their hearts and minds into our children each day and help make CPCS an awesome school.   The PTO is sponsoring the following events, but we need help!

  • Monday May 6th – CAR WASH!  Volunteers can sign up here to oversee the children washing the teachers’ cars.  All supplies will be provided by CPCS PTO.

  • Tues May 7th – Send in Seedlings  Baby plants of all sorts accepted!  They will be passed out to every CPCS staff member and maybe a few will be pu in our CPCS garden. Sign up here to contribute, and drop off details will be sent closer to the date.

  • Wed May 8th – Gift Cards Galore!  Thank your teachers and staff for a great school year by sending in a variety of gift cards. We want to make sure everyone receives one, so, for example, please donate three $10 gift cards instead of one $30 gift card.   We have 13 total CPCS Teachers & Staff. To participate, sign up here and collection details will follow.

  • Thurs May 9th – Tote Bags to Treasure  The PTO will purchase a reusable shopping bag for each CPCS staff member and have all students participate in decorating the bags.  If you can help coordinate student participation, sign up here.

  • Fri May 10th – Breakfast for the Teachers  The PTO Monthly Staff Appreciation Breakfasts will continue!   Sign up here to bring in something yummy.

​​Thank you to our student teachers!

Community Middle wants to acknowledge two student teachers: Elana and Britt.  Both are finished student teaching and will move on to a different position. They have exceeded all expectations and contributed a great amount of their love to our students. The CPCS PTO wishes to thank these ladies by giving a gift to launch their teaching careers. Please help create a basket of books from these recommended on an Amazon Wishlist here, or contribute something of your own.  The deadline to turn in books is April 24th in order to present gifts on April 26th.

Lastly, our next meeting will be April 23 at 8:30 am.  Please join us!

Thanks for your attention!  As you can see, there are lots of opportunities to contribute and be a part of the experience that your student is having at Community Middle.

Contact Mary Hawley at hawley.mary@gmail.com with any questions or ideas!

Sincerely,
Your CPCS PTO

An archive of all PTO newsletters can be found on the leadership blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/pto-newsletters/

Middle School Weekly

Dear Families,

Ask your students what inspired them at the Tom Tom Youth Innovation Summit on Tuesday.  We saw performances and hear pitches about businesses and social entrepreneurship. Congratulations to Anna, Gwen, Henry, and Jack, who absolutely rocked their presentation about student project teams!  We look forward to putting their concept into action soon.

This week, students learned all about properties of waves, sound, and light, and then created a piece of art to show their understanding.  Find out what your child made and how it relates to waves. When do you interact with waves this weekend? Be on the lookout for radio waves, visible light, and changing amplitude and frequency.

We have transferred our grading and report card system to Parent Portal in PowerSchool. You will now be able to see each project students complete throughout the entire year, the associated standards learned through the project, and feedback regarding level of mastery.  For more information on how to access and navigate the third quarter report card, follow these directions.

Here are some updates from our PTO: There will be two PTO meetings this month in order to accommodate schedules April 16 at 5:30 pm and April 23 at 8:30 am.  Sunday, April 28 the PTO is hosting a Popsicle Party at Community Middle for current and incoming families! Enjoy a sweet treat and mingle with friends from 3 – 5 pm on the playground.  RSVP here.

PVCC hosts Summer STEM and Arts Academies that may interest your child.  You can learn more on their website.

We hope you had a great weekend!

Stephanie and the Community Middle Team

An archive of all weekly newsletters can be found on the leadership blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/middle-school-weekly/

Middle School Weekly: Spring Break Update

Good Morning, Community Middle,

We hope that you have had a wonderful spring break, and are ready to return to school tomorrow!  We wrapped up the third quarter with an incredible Market Day, through which our student entrepreneurs experienced life as producers and consumers, and carefully managed their supply and demand.  Thank you to everyone who listened to their music, ate their hamburgers, and bought their artwork. We all had a blast and hope that our students continue their entrepreneurial pursuits!

We are excited to recognize wonderful accomplishments of our students and teachers.  Eighth grader Miranda received Honorable Mention in the Rumi Forum “E Pluribus Unum” Art Competition and will be honored at a reception on April 11.  Kate Kogge has been named this year’s Golden Apple Award winner from Community Public Charter School and will be recognized at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 16.  Congratulations to Miranda and Kate; both of you make our community better!

Here is a look ahead to the final quarter of the school year.  How did we get here already

On Tuesday, April 9, we will attend the Tom Tom Youth Innovation Conference, an event focused on creativity and innovation.  We even have a group of four students making a pitch in the Reinventing Middle School Challenge!  We will leave school at 9:30 and return around 2 pm. The skies look clear, so students should wear comfortable clothes for walking to the Paramount.  Lunch is provided by Tom Tom, but we do not have menu details, so students with dietary restrictions may want to bring their own lunch.

The food drive culminates on April 18.  Remember, the grade level with the most food items wins an ice cream and pizza party!

Sunday, April 28 the PTO is hosting a Popsicle Party at Community Middle for current and incoming families!  Enjoy a sweet treat and mingle with friends from 3 – 5 pm on the playground. RSVP here.

Saturday May 11, 9 am – 1 pm, Walton Middle School is hosting a math competition that involves group, individual, and hands-on challenges.  Tiffani and Stephanie will host optional practice sessions on Tuesdays after school for any interested students. We hope many of our mathematicians choose to participate in the fun!  Please email Stephanie by Friday, April 12 if your child would like to join the Community Middle team for the math competition.

Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are next month!  Put the dates on your calendars:

  • May 7 – 6th, 7th, 8th Reading test
  • May 10 – 8th grade Science test
  • May 14 – 6th, 7th, 8th Civics test
  • May 17 – 6th, 7th, 8th Math test

Wahoowa!

Stephanie and the Community Middle Team

An archive of all weekly newsletters can be found on the leadership blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/middle-school-weekly/

Middle School Weekly

Good Afternoon, Community Middle,

Thanks to all who were able to join us for the Mousetrap Car Competition and Exhibition on Friday morning!  Students engaged in design thinking and troubleshooting, while applying their physics knowledge throughout this project.  Seventh grader Miles’s car went the farthest, followed by sixth grader Fitz in second place, and sixth grader Judith in third place.  Congratulations to all!

This week we kicked off an entrepreneurship project through which students are exploring their own passions and skills, and deciding how they might be applied to make a living.  From real estate tycoons to cupcake artists, our students are figuring out what role they play as producers and consumers within our economy. What is your child’s entrepreneurial venture?  We hope that you can join us for Market Day this Thursday, March 28, 10:30 – 11:30 am.

We also enjoyed a visit from local author Shelley Sackier, who reflected on the role of failure and her writing process.  It was powerful to connect with a practicing author, and we plan to invite her back soon.  Ask your children about their own personal reading and writing. Do they have a good book to read?  What are they writing about?

Remember that our food drive runs until April 18.  The grade level with the most food wins an ice cream and pizza party!  We ask that you do not bring in glass or any perishable products. Examples of food to bring in are canned foods, pasta, and mac and cheese.  Thank you!

Our sixth graders have deemed this week Spirit Week!  We invite all students to participate – Monday is Pajama Day, Tuesday is Fan Day, Wednesday is Wacky Tacky Day, and Thursday is Superhero Day.  Remember that dismissal on Thursday is at 12:30 pm and there is no school Friday, March 29.

Join our PTO for their next meeting this Tuesday, March 26 at 8:30 am in the Board Room.

Let’s try this again… Go Hoos!

Stephanie and the Community Middle Team

An archive of all weekly newsletters can be found on the leadership blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/middle-school-weekly/

Middle School Weekly

Good Afternoon, Community Middle!

There was a lot of traffic in our hallway this week!  Students investigated force and work while building cars that are powered by a mousetrap.  All week, cars were rolling up and down the hallway, improving with each round of troubleshooting.  Ask your children what they need to do in order to be ready for next Thursday’s grade level mousetrap car tests.  What can they do it make theirs travel farther? If you are available, please join us on Friday, March 22 for our Mousetrap Car Competition and Exhibition, 9:25 – 9:50 in the school gym.

It was no mistake that Pi Day perfectly coincided with our study of geometry!  The students baked homemade (schoomade?) pizza, and applied knowledge of the area and circumference of circles to solve complex problems.  Perhaps your family can make pizza at home and continue the circle measurement fun! We even read one of my all-time favorite math books, Sir Cumference and the First Round Table.  Ask your children about all of the punny character names!

The students from one of our Tuesday morning electives also have a message for you:

The elective CMS Gives Back is holding a food drive March 18 – April 18.  The grade level with the most food wins an ice cream and pizza party! We ask that you do not bring in glass or any perishable products.  Examples of food to bring in are canned foods, pasta, and mac and cheese. Thank you!

On Thursday night, Chad, Stephanie, and Josh Flaherty presented the Charter School Update to the Albemarle County School Board.  The Board is very excited about the work going on at Community Middle, and is eager for us to continue sharing with the other ACPS middle schools.  You can find the agenda item and presentation here.  Through our work as a lab school, we also hosted school leaders from Fairfax and Rockingham counties this week.

Next week, our eighth graders will take the Writing SOL tests, so please help them get to bed early, eat breakfast, and arrive to school on time.  The multiple choice test is Tuesday, March 26 and the writing prompt portion is Wednesday, March 27. We know that they will rock it!

Go Hoos!

Stephanie and the Community Middle Team

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Middle School Weekly

Happy Snowy Friday, Community Middle,

Should schools be able to limit students’ online speech?  We all have our own opinions, but what sources do you have to support your case?  Ask your children! This week, students answered this question by analyzing a variety of documents, including political cartoons, graphs, and decisions from court cases.  We even had a special visit from Mr. Ross Holton, the Albemarle County School Board Attorney! Through this civics-based project, our students read and analyzed primary and secondary sources, wrote a persuasive essay, and learned about the judicial branch of our national government.  Students are also in the midst of a sports friction project: what sport is your child investigating and how is friction involved? The Community Middle mathematicians are all focusing on geometry, so ask your child for more specifics!

Next week our engineers will continue their study of physics by designing and building mousetrap cars.  This weekend, look around your home for recycled materials and unused items that might be used for wheels and the car body.  Bring them in!

Thank you to everyone who organized and attended Thursday night’s PTO event.  It was such a pleasure to mingle with current and future parents, to learn from Dr. Nancy Deutsch, and to explore our ideal educational experiences.  We are so lucky to be a part of Community Middle.

Good luck to our seven young ladies who are competing in the Girls Excelling in Math (GEM) Competition this Saturday!  They will be completing individual and team math challenges, as well as a building challenge. Go, Girls!

Enjoy your weekend!

Stephanie and the Community Middle Team

An archive of all weekly newsletters can be found on the leadership blog: https://admins.k12albemarle.org/labschools/category/middle-school-weekly/