CMS Principal Update: March 13-17, 2017

Posted by: Karin Mellina 2 years, 9 months ago

CMS Principal Update:  March 13-17, 2017

March 12, 2017

Dear Triton Families,

Principal Update for -March 13-17, 2017

This week’s Growth Mindset quote: "You aren’t defeated when you lose, you’re defeated when you quit.” Quote provided by Anna Youngblood gr. 6


Mar 13-24        8th graders register for 9th grade - CHS Counselors at CMS

Mar 14            Drug Store Student Event 8-11:30am

                      School Site Council Meeting 3:20-4:20

                      Drug Store Parent Event 5:30-7:00

Mar 15           Leadership electives student meeting in Granzer Hall periods 4&5

                       Healthy Body Image presentation in Grade 7

                      Chess Club

Mar 16           PTO Meeting Library 9 am

                     Cotillion, 7:30-8:30 Granzer Hall

Mar 17                         Grading period ends quarter 3

                                    CMS Performing Arts presents “The Lion King” CHS Theater 6pm

Mar 18                         CMS Performing Arts presents “The Lion King” CHS Theater 2pm; 6pm

Mar 19                         CMS Performing Arts presents “The Lion King” CHS Theater 2 pm

Leadership/Application Electives Meeting for Students: 6th and 7th grade students interested in leadership electives for 2017-2018 will meet in Granzer Hall during lunch on Wednesday, March 15th. Students must report to Granzer Hall at the beginning of their lunch period in order to receive information and an application. Completed applications are due to the office by 3:00pm on Wednesday, April 5.   Leadership offerings: ASB, KCMS, Advanced Performing Arts, Advanced Art, and Yearbook.  Bringing a sack lunch is encouraged.

6th Grade Drug Store Program and Parent Event is Tuesday, March 14th DrugStore Info Here

Grading Period 3 Ends this Friday, March 17th: Final grades will be posted in Synergy on March 24.

CMS Performing Arts presents...The Lion King Jr.

Performance dates:

Friday, March 17 6:00pm
Saturday, March 18 2:00pm and 6:00pm
Sunday, March 19 2:00pm          Get your TICKETS here


A Message from PTO: Let’s wish the CMS Staff a Happy St. Patty’s Day by providing a Potato Bar Lunch. CMS PTO Staff Potato Bar Luncheon Sign-Up


8th Grade Information:

9th Grade Registration Meetings: You should have received a letter from Mike Crooker and me with the date and time for your child’s 9th grade registration appointment with a CHS counselor. Meetings will be held at CMS, and if you’re available, we encourage your attendance.  If you have a conflict with your time, please contact Mike Crooker at

8th GRADE PROMOTION information and Class PHOTO: Please be sure to return the following forms:

*Correct name spelling for promotion

*Promotion and 8th grade breakfast permission and payment

If you’d like to purchase the 8th grade photo, click Purchase PHOTO

CLICK for ALL Promotion FORMS and INFO


ASB positions open to 2017-2018 Freshman: Attention 8th Graders who are interested in getting involved with ASB for high school! There is an information meeting on Tuesday, March 14 during period 5 lunch in room 201.  CHS ASB Adviser, Mrs. Belong, will answer questions and provide an ASB Application for those interested. This opportunity is open to all 8th graders. Please know that there are only three positions available: Freshman President, Freshman Vice President, and Freshman Treasurer. Students must attend this information session to receive their application form. 


Statewide Testing is coming up: Please mark your calendars with the following dates, and be mindful of scheduling appointments during testing hours of 8-10:30

Smarter Balanced Assessment:

8th grade: April 24- May 1, 2017

6th grade: May 5-9, 2017

7th grade: May11-17, 2017

8th grade Science: May 8-9, 2017


Dear Parent or Guardian:

This month, Wednesday PE health classes will be holding a discussion about healthy body image in middle school.  Discussions will occur on March 15 for 7th grade, March 22 for 6th grade, and April 19 for 8th grade. Few things are more central to our long-term health and happiness than how we view ourselves.  Our body image is a vitally important part of our self-image. While issues involving body image are present in all age groups and both genders in our society, for middle school students the topic is complicated by the increased social pressures and physical and emotional shifts of the tween years. 

In addition to offering facts and perspectives about healthy body image and the unique challenges of facing this age group, the class will engage students in discussing their approach to and understanding of wellness.  Students will have a chance to identify and confront stereotypes presented in popular media, and discuss their process of becoming aware of and making choices towards healthy growth and maturation.  

If you have a specific question or a concern, please contact Michael Crooker at or Elise Agrella-O’Rourke at in our counseling department. 


Mark your calendars for upcoming dates:                                    


Mar 13-24         8th graders register for 9th grade - CHS Counselors at CMS

Mar 20              Grading period begins quarter 4            

Mar 22             Healthy Body Image presentation in Grade 6

                          Chess Club

Mar 27-31         Spring Recess


Apr 3                 Choices Begins

Apr 5                Application for Leadership Electives due

Apr 6-8             National Journalism Conference for Yearbook students

Apr 8                Saturday School

Apr 10              Swim Day

Apr 11-13         Auditions for APA & KCMS interviews at 3 pm

Apr 11              Swim Day

                        East Coast Trip Presentation for 2017-2018; 5:30-6:30 Granzer Hall

Apr 12                9:45-10:15 Band Choir Assembly for 5th graders in Granzer Hall

Apr 13              Purple Up Day

                        CUSD Board Meeting 4:00 pm  District Office

                        The Young Art Exhibition at Art Museum Balboa Park

Apr 14-17           Local Holidays

Apr 18               Swim Day

Apr 19               Healthy Body Image presentation in Grade 8

                         For the Love of Music Coffeehouse Night 5:30-8 pm Granzer Hall

Apr 20               PTO Meeting Library 9 am   

Apr 21               ASB Dance 5:30-7:30                                    

Apr 24              CAASPP Testing begins

Kind regards,

Karin and Brooke

Karin Mellina, M.Ed., Principal   


Brooke Falar, Assistant Principal

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