Open House Reminder

Don’t forget Tuesday’s October 13th Open House tomorrow at 6:15pm!  Columbiana Middle School and Elvin Hill Elementary School are coordinating their Open Houses for the same date to allow families to complete both visits in one evening.  For CMS, Open House begins in the gym for introductions and a brief summary of the evening.  Grade levels will then break out and a mini bell schedule will ring to allow parents to visit individual classrooms and teachers.  Please ask your student for the name and subject of his or her first period class! Hope to see you at both schools!

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This Friday(10/16) is the SCHS Homecoming Parade. The Express Check-out forms (2 parts) went home on Friday. In order for a student to be checked out in the Express Checkout line at 12:30 pm, the student must have part 2 and the person picking up your student must have part 1 of the blue form that came home Friday. The person picking up your student through the Express Checkout line does not have to be on the student’Parade Clip Arts checkout list, as long as they have the Blue Form part 1 and the form is signed by you, the parent. If you do not have the Express Checkout form, you must come in the office and follow regular check-out procedures.

Any checkout prior to 12:30 pm for the parade will be marked as unexcused.

Although this is a great community event and participation is encouraged, it is not mandatory. If a student does not check out for this event, the school day will end at normal time and transportation will run accordingly.

May I Go to the Dance?

The CMS Spirit DaNO GO Dancence is next Tuesday, September 29, from  3:15-5:00 PM.  Only CMS students in good standing with regard to library fines/fees and discipline may participate. Please ask your student to check the posted library lists located in the lunchroom and with each grade level’s ELA teacher.

Those students unable to attend due to discipline infractions, or those on conditional status, will be notified no later than Thursday, 9/24/15. Ticket sales begin Friday, 9/25, and are sold during lunch time only.

Do You Want to Dance?


Tuesday, September 29, marks our CMS Spirit Dance! Wahoo!  Our school dances are for enrolled CMS students only and are considered an extracurricular activity. Only students demonstrating appropriate behavior, completing assignments, and having no outstanding library fees or fines may attend.  Any student who does not meet these expectations will be notified in a timely manner prior to the sale of dance tickets.  A student’s attendance status is restored the day after the last dance so just because your student was not permitted to attend one dance, does not mean an exclusion from subsequent dances occurs. Again, expectations of behavior and responsibility are what qualifies a student to attend!

Don’t Be Late!

While SeptAttendance Awarenessember is Attendance Awareness Month, many of our students and parents are unaware that being chronically tardy to school or to class is addressed at Columbiana Middle School.  Here is a summary of our tardy policy:

A student is considered tardy if he/she arrives in the classroom after the tardy bell. CMS considers two types of tardies:  tardy to school and tardy to class. Students are allowed three cumulative unexcused tardies to school or to class per calendar month. Tardies to school are documented upon arrival to school. Tardies to class are documented by classroom teachers.  Students will sign the tardy log when they are tardy and each tardy will be entered into INOW. Consequences for tardies to school or class are:

                                            3rd tardy to school or class – Warning Letter

4th tardy to school or class – After School DetentionLate

5th tardy to school or class – Saturday School

6th tardy or more to school or class – 1 Day Suspension for 6th and each subsequent tardy

Once a student has been suspended 3 times, parent and student will be referred to the Early Warning Program.

Mark Your Calendar . . .

ParentOpenHouseColumbiana Middle School and Elvin Hill Elementary School are coordinating their Open Houses for the same date to allow families to complete both visits in one evening.  Please make plans to attend Tuesday, October 13th.  EHES will begin at 5:00-6:00 PM in a Come & Go fashion.  CMS will host a Teacher Meet & Greet beginning at 6:15 followed by grade level break-offs.  Hope to see you at both schools!

Friday #2 is almost over . . .

We made it through our first full week of school!  Hopefully everyone has adjusted and school is becoming a routine.

Please be certain to check our Google calendar located on the main page of our school website for upcoming events.  Between that calendar, our weekly Listsrv (you will need to sign-up for this), teachers’ embedded calendars on their blogs, and an occasional post on this blog, these are our main sources of communication.

Here’s a few reminders . . .

1.  Saturday’s, 8/22, football and cheerleader jamboree will be held at Calera High School’s field, beginning at 9:00 AM.

2.  The Back-to-School Dance is Tuesday, 8/25, from 3:15-5:00 PM at CMS.  This is for our CMS 6th-8th graders only.  Only students with appropriate behavior may attend (students unable to attend have been notified by administration).  The cost is $5 and tickets are sold only during lunch periods up to the day of the dance.

3. Volleyball plays Wednesday, 8/26, at SCHS at 5:00 PM.

4. Football play Thursday, 8/27, at SCHS at 5:30 PM.

5.  We need your help . . . please be mindful that gum at CMS is not permitted.

Have a great and safe weekend!

School Starts Wednesday, August 12th!

The 2015-2016 school year is right around the weekend!  Columbiana Middle School is an awesome place to spend your 6th, 7th, and 8th grade years and we’re excited to see familiar faces and welcome new ones!  Here’s a few items of information:

1.CMS opwelcome-back-to-schoolens its doors at 7:00 AM (bell schedule is located on our website).  Please do not drop your student off prior to that time as there is no supervision provided. Students arriving between 7:00-7:10 AM are directed to the lunchroom.  At 7:10 AM grade level teachers on supervision duty will escort students not staying for breakfast to a designated grade level location.  Students arriving to school after 7:10 AM will be directed to those grade level locations (8th-gym; 7th-Connector Hall; 6th-6th Grade Hall).

2.  If you have not registered your student, please call the office as soon as possible to complete the process (682.6610).  If your student is not registered by opening day, please do not send them to school on their own.  We respectfully request that you allow time to get registered students settled in and that you arrive to CMS with your student after 9:00 AM.  Again, please do not send your unregistered student to school without you.

3. Dress code begins the first day of school and details are located on our website.  Please be advised that the summer-fun, but unnatural hair color (such as but not limited to pink, blue, green, purple, etc.) is not permitted.  Girls need to be mindful of low cut tops and all shorts, skirts, or dresses must not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee, even if worn with leggings or jeggings.

4.  School supplies that are turned into the teachers may be brought at your student’s earliest convenience.  Teachers will be available to direct students to supply locations when they arrive to school.

5.  Camp Cats is an orientation opportunity on Tuesday, August 11, from 9-11:00 AM for all incoming 6th graders and any new-to-CMS students.  Parents are to drop off students at the front of the school and return at 11:00 AM for pick up in the same location.  Please be mindful of our car line pick-up by staying in your vehicle and following the signage and directives of the supervising school personnel.

Enjoy your remaining days of summer vacation and see you Wednesday!