The 2020-2021 school year is off to an outstanding start. We certainly know that this is going to be a school year like no other. However, our students and staff have weathered some initial changes that are out of our control, and we are ready to dominate this school year! The CMS theme this year is “Right here, Right, now!” This year, more than ever, we want our students to be in the present moment and embrace their experience. 2020r has certainly taught us that we cannot take anything for granted. I want them to be “all in” with academics, social experiences, extracurricular activities, and athletics. In order to do that, we understand that we cannot control the past, nor can we predict the future, but we can embrace the here and now! RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!
With the new school year, CMS has some new and exciting changes. First, we have moved into our new “home” upstairs! With the completion of the infill classroom addition and renovation, we were afforded the opportunity to flip-flop locations with CHS because they had new spaces added downstairs. Why did we do this? Simply put, SPACE. We were able to capture more classroom areas by renovating a few rooms upstairs to allow our inclusion teacher to have their own space. Furthermore, two traditional upstairs classroom spaces were also transformed into sixth and seventh-grade science labs. Lastly, students at CMS now have most of their classrooms in very close proximity to each other. The move has been outstanding. Additionally, students and staff are following a new schedule this year. CMS has moved to a schedule that allows 60 minutes for the four core classes (ELA, math, social studies, and science). In previous years there were three 80-minute cores where social studies and science had to split that 80 minutes. This schedule offers a more balanced academic approach. The switch occurred this year because of our additional space mentioned above that gave science and social studies their own classrooms. They previously not only shared their core period time but also a classroom.
We are so pleased to have our students back in the building! In closing, I would like to emphasize that CMS staff takes pride in being student-centered. We have staff members who care about kids and put them ahead of everything. We will push students to be the best versions of themselves, but also be there to pick them up when they need it. Right here, right now, we will work together to make the best middle school experience. With that, we fell the partnership between home and school is a crucial one. Please feel free to email at [email protected] or call me at 419.749.9100 option 2 if you have any questions or concerns. You can also follow me on Twitter, @CK_Coach, and on my YouTube Channel, for news and views as it relates to education and our middle school.