Middle School Weekly

Happy Friday, Families!

Many students called our spring retreat on Wednesday the best trip of the school year!  Thanks to lots of shade and a couple of popsicles, the heat didn’t even hold us back. Ask your children which rotations they chose: Did they observe and sketch nature, hike in the woods, move with horses, or practice yoga beneath the trees?  We thought about the importance of connecting with nature, and encourage your family to do the same this weekend and over the summer!

This week we also dove into the family life lessons that all Albemarle County middle school students learn.  We encouraged students to ask questions, check in with Nurse Purdy and talk to you all at home about experiences during puberty.  Much of the curriculum comes from the Kids Health website, www.kidshealth.org.  Take a look with your kids, and open up the line of communication at home.

In our final week, we will spend time working on a reflection project, preparing our school for the summer, and planning for next year.  It will be jam-packed until the very end! Remember that the 8th grade promotion ceremony will be Thursday, June 6 at 10 am in the gymnasium.  Our last day of school is a half day on Friday, June 7; dismissal is at 12:30 pm. How is there only one week of school left?!

Have a fantastic weekend,

Stephanie and the Community Middle Team

Middle School Weekly

Dear Community Middle Families,

The students are taking over, and we love it!  Remember in April when a team of sixth graders pitched the idea for a Student Project Council at the Tom Tom Festival?  Last week, students applied for the council, read each others applications, and a council was formed. The seven students analyzed science standards, incorporated their interests, and independently planned and launched a project.  Ask your children to tell you more about the “Secret Student” project! We were so proud to watch student leadership in action, and look forward to this becoming a regular part of the Community Middle experience!

As we celebrate the culmination of an incredible school year, we will head to Miss Ellen’s farm on Wednesday, May 29 for games, art, music, science, and fun.  We will spend the day outside in the woods, so kids should wear bug spray and sunscreen and bring water bottles. Long pants are also recommended. Students can pack a lunch or order one from the cafeteria on Tuesday.  Today your children received a permission waiver form also attached to this email, which must be returned on Tuesday.

End of Year Events:

Monday, May 27, Memorial Day, No School

Wednesday, May 29, 8:30 – 1:45, Spring Retreat

Thursday, May 30, 8:30 am, Final PTO Meeting

Thursday, June 6, 10 am, 8th Grade Graduation

Friday, June 17, 12:30 pm Dismissal, Last Day of School

Happy Memorial Day 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/

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Middle School Week

Dear Families,

Have you heard about our Community Middle Birdhouse Project? Through this project, we are creating stronger bonds with the Rose Hill community by building birdhouses for our neighbors. We researched the needs of local birds, measured, cut, and assembled wood, and created personal designs for each shelter. Maybe your family can build one for your own home!

This week we also competed in a variety of games and challenges to review the civics and math curriculum. We are officially finished with the main round of spring SOL testing and are very proud of the students’ hard work. During the next two weeks, there will be make up and retake tests as necessary.

We are incredibly thankful for all of the work that Mary Hawley and our PTO have done in their inaugural year! If you haven’t been involved yet, now is the perfect time! At their final meeting, they will reflect on the past year and look to the year ahead. Please join the PTO in the Board Room on Thursday, May 30 at 8:30 am.

We’re looking forward to another great week!

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/

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

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

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/