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!

Make-Up/Final Registration

  • imagesIf you have not yet completed the required summer registration for your middle school student, please mark your calendar for our make-up registration for all grade levels on Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 4:00 until 6:00 PM.  This is our final offering and all registrations not completed by that date will require a scheduled appointment during our regular office hours.  Please call after July 30 for a scheduled time, 682-6610.

All registrations must be completed by the attendance of the legal custodial guardian with a verifiable photo ID. Two different and current proofs of Columbiana-area residence are required.  Acceptable proofs of residence, listed in the legal custodiaal guardian’s name,  are identified below:

  • Alabama Power bill (June or July, 2015)
  • Alagasco bill (June or July, 2015)
  • Water bill (June or July, 2015)
  • Mortgage Statement (June or July, 2015)
  • 2014 Property Tax*
  • Real Estate/Apartment Lease*
  • Property Deed

*Please see http://www.shelby.k12.al.us/schools/cms/index.htm for more details.

All textbook or library fines or fees from the past school year must be paid prior to the release of the student’s schedule.

If you have any questions, please see call our main office, 682-6610.

Volleyball Players Rock!

VB1Congrats to our Lady Wildcat volleyball players after a successful week of camp at UAB . . . they made Coaches Smith and Jones proud with their performance and attitude!  The team got lots of instruction and playing time.  Our girls also showed their compassion and support of former CMS and SCHS volleyball player, Hayleigh Green.  The green ribbons on their bags are displayed in Hayleigh’s memory.                                     The Lady Cats begin their season on August 28 and 29, 2015 at the Riverchase Tournament.  Make plans to attend the first home match at CMS on September 1, 2015.VB2

Registration Reminder

Postcard Scan2Registration is right around the corner! To the left is a copy of a postcard reminder that should be arriving in the mail in the next few days.  Our goal is for parents and guardians to experience a smooth and quick registration.  In order to facilitate that goal, please note there are several things of which we need your assistance:

1. Only the primary custodial parent or guardian may register CMS students and must be present at the resignation time.  Please remember a photo ID will be required for identification purposes.

2. Be certain to complete and bring all items in the registration packet.  Most parents took advantage of our spring pre-registration option but if you did not, the packet is available on our website or you may stop by our office to pick one up.

3.  If there are custody or guardianship issues, please call our office (682.6610) before your student’s grade level registration date to verify what is needed.

4.  If our records indicate your student has not paid library or textbook fees/fines from 2014-2015, he/she may have a delay in receiving their schedule or locker.  Check the bottom left of your postcard to see if this applies to you.

5.  Shelby County Schools’ Proof of Residence Policy will be adhered to for Columbiana-area zone verifications.  Please make certain that you can provide two different and current proofs of residence listed on the postcard and on our website.  If you are unable to do so, please call our office (682.6610) to learn how we can assist you.

Mollie Gives Back

In case you haven’t heard, Mollie wants to give back to an organization that so graciously gave to her . . . Magic Moments.  Please check the below link to learn about the event and the many ways you can help!  We are so prayerful for Mollie’s recovery and proud of her  payback attitudIMG_5535e.IMG_5536 Here’s the link and enjoy the pictures:

http://tinyurl.com/qeys9yf

Welcome, Mrs. Childress!

A Wildcat Welcome is extended to CMS’s newly approved assistant principal, Andrea Childress.  Mrs. Childress comes to Columbiana Middle from Chelsea Middle where she has spent the last 8 years as a science teacher.  Mrs. Childress has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tuskegee University, a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership from the University of Montevallo, and an Educational Specialist in Educational Administration from Samford University.  She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational and Instructional Leadership at Samford University.  We look forward to you joining our family, Mrs. Childress!

Andrea

Closing Out the Year

With only 11.5 days left in the 2014-2015 school year, here are a few reminders . . .

1.  All textbook charges (damage or replacement) must be paid in full before the close of school. Participation in end-of-the-year activities will be limited to only those students who have rectified their charges  Please note, both CMS and SCHS require textbook charges be paid prior to completing the registration process this summer.  As a reminder, all CMS students (and a required guardian) must complete the summer registration process even if you participated in this spring’s early registration.

2.  All library/media center charges (late fees, damage or replacement) must be paid in full before the close of school. Participation in end-of-the-year activities will be limited to only those students who have rectified their charges.  Please note, both CMS and SCHS require Library/Media Center charges be paid prior to completing the registration process this summer.  As a reminder, all CMS students (and a required guardian) must complete the summer registration process even if you participated in this spring’s early registration option.  Don’t let an unpaid library fine or textbook charge keep your from getting your locker or schedule . . . 

3.  As always, cell phones must be silenced and stored in hall lockers during the instructional day.  The policy has remained the same throughout the school year and any unauthorized possession of a cell phone will result in disciplinary action and a parent or guardian must pick up the phone from the front office.

4.  Tardies to school and to class continue to be monitored and addressed when exceeding policy minimums.  Please assist us by assuring your student arrives to school on time and encouraging him or her to transition between classes during the allotted times.

5.  The dress code applies until the last day of school.  Your help is requested to monitor dress/skirt/short length (no shorter than 3 inches above the knee).  Remember, leggings and jeggings are not pants and must be worn with tops that are also no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.  Narrow-strapped and low cut tops are not permitted either.

6.  9-week Benchmark assessments are right around the corner.  Help your student to stay the course by encouraging them to prepare and do their best.  

As always, your participation in your student’s school experience is valuable to us.  We are grateful for your support and influence and look forward to a successful end of the year for all!

 

CMS Celebrations!

Here’s a few items of celebration certainly worthy of sharing:

1.  Congratulations to Mr. Mayfield!  He was recognized by the Office of Research on Teaching in the Disciplines in the College of Education at The University of Alabama and was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Teaching in English/Language Arts!  We’re proud to call you a Wildcat, Mr. Mayfield!

2.  Mrs. Jones and our Battle of the Books team made us proud, too, as they competed in the middle school division last week and brought home a second place trophy!  Team members include Rhianna Anderson, Billy Fryer, Rachael Reeves, Nicole Smith, and Victoria Snyder.  Congratulations to all!

3.  Recognition goes to 11 of our current 7th graders who were recognized by Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. Of those 11 identified (which is an awesome honor), 7 of our students received recognition as their ACT scores placed them in the top 1% in the state of Alabama. Of those 7 students, one received Grand Recognition for placing in the top 1% nationally.  Thanks for representing us so well!

4.  Congrats to Mrs. Bailey and all of our CNP staff!  Their latest  inspection by the State Department of Health earned them a perfect 100 rating.  CMS’s CNP rocks the school!

5.  Mrs. Karen Lilly earns the next “write-up” as she is officially recognized this Tuesday (4/21) as CMS’s Support Person of the Year.  She was also selected as the Shelby County Instructional Support Person of the Year and will compete at the next level for the overall Shelby County SPOY!  Good luck to her!

6.  Coach/Mr. Dustin Smith will have a big Wednesday (4/29) as he will be recognized as CMS’s 2015 Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s Secondary Educator of the Year Nominee. He, too, will hopefully be selected as the overall winner!

7.  Congratulations to CMS bus driver, Susan Price!  She brought home the first place trophy in this year’s Bus Road-e-o!  Check out the article and pictures at:  http://podcasts.shelbyed.k12.al.us/scs-news/2015/04/20/shelby-county-school-district-holds-annual-bus-road-e-o/