Welcome to Columbia Middle School
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tonight is the CMS Science Fair! Judging will be from 3:30-5:30 in the cafeteria. Parents may come at 5:30 to view the projects.
Report Cards were mailed home to all 7/8th grade students and sent home with 5/6 grade students on Friday. Report cards were held for those students who still owe fees. Please contact the office with any questions or if you would like to set up a payment plan.
REMINDER! Last day to order your 2014/2015 CMS yearbook is Friday! Yearbook orders are due by Friday, January 30th. We cannot guarantee that there will be any extra yearbooks available this year so please order by Friday. Checks are to be written to Lifetouch. You may also Order Online Click Here and use Code 11596115
Parent /Teacher conferences will be held Thursday, February 12th from 3:30-9:00 pm. at CMS. Please call Mrs. Bowes at 440.236.5741 if you would like to schedule a conference. There will be no school on Friday, Feb.13th (Conference Day) or Monday, Feb. 16th (President's Day).
View the January 20th CMS Student Broadcast
View the December 15th CMS Student Broadcast
View the December 1st CMS Student Broadcast
7th Annual Karlie's Cause: This year Karlie's Cause will benefit the Lorain County Dog Kennel Dogs and Community Action to Save Strays (CATSS)--all Cash donations will be going directly to the spay/neuter (Medical Fund). This year the Student Council has again decided to help Karlie in her fundraiser. They will have a competition between each grade 5-8 and the grade that brings in the most supplies and money will receive a Pizza Party sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Sundae's Funday's in Columbia Station. This years goal is to raise 1,000 lbs. of dog/cat food and hoping to put $1,000 into the spay/neuter fund. Drop of Locations will be @: Kim's Martial Arts--1180 Jaycox Rd. Avon Ginko Gallery & Studio 19 S. Main St. Oberlin Lorain County Dog Kennel- 301 Hadaway St. Elyria Don Mould's Plantation--34837 Lorain Rd. N. Ridgeville Town & Country Co-Op 7117 Erie St. Schild's IGA (Grafton)--34981 Royalton Rd. Any and all donations will be accepted: Dog/Cat Food (Canned & Dry), Toys, Treats, Bleach, Disinfectant Wipes, Paper Towels & Kitty Litter. Monetary Donations can be mailed to Karlie Smick @ 10200 HAWKE Road Columbia Station, Ohio 44028-9771--please make checks out to Lorain County Dog Kennels (In memo box please write Spay/Neuter Fund) .
Invention Convention Program for grades K-8: All students were given a yellow Columbia Invention Convention Information Brochure on Thursday, November 17th after the Invention Convention Assembly. Please click the link to register your child for the invention convention http://tinyurl.com/invention-convention-2015. We encourage all students to particpiate in this event. After students register, Mrs. Bowman will send home the Invention Convention Student Journal with your child. The invention and journal are to be completed at home. A timeline and additional information will come home while your student is inventing. In the spring we will host our own Invention Convention here at Columbia Local Schools. Top Inventors from that event will go on to the Northeast Regional Finals on May 2nd at Cleveland State University. Three things need to be present at CSU should your child be selected as a top inventor: your student, their invention, and their journal. The journal is very important in the inventing process and should be completed as indicated in the journal. Please contact Mrs. Bowman with any questions. Invention Convention Website
We’re thrilled to introduce this great new concept to your school. As this is the first year, we have restricted the entries to only third, fourth and fifth grade students for this year. The concept is to help educate students in HEALTHY EATING HABITS.Too often we hear about obesity in kids and kids not making the right choices in terms of their eating habits. That’s why we want kids to submit recipes for their favorite after-school snack! Final judging will be based on: Health-conscious foods; Simple, kid-friendly preparation; Fun kid-foods; Judge’s Choice; Best Table Presentation. Timeline:
1. Third, fourth and fifth grade students that want to participate fill out a recipe card and return to their teacher no later than 1/14/15.
2. Panel of Administrators narrow down recipes to 3 finalists.
3. Fnalists will be formally invited to a Culinary Competition “Cook-Off” on March 11, 2015, tentatively scheduled at 5:00pm.
All Finalists will receive a framed plaque, a recipe book of all finalist’s recipes, and Chef T-shirt, Apron and Hat.
The Local Press will be invited to take pictures of the kid’s creations, and parents & teachers can view (and taste!) the final product at 6:30pm on March 11, 2015.
Transportation of kids will not be provided on March 11th for the competition. Kids will need to be dropped off/picked up at the K-8 building. Safety issues and staff supervision: Each student will have a kitchen staff member assigned to them. This will ensure that safe food practices are followed, and no one gets harmed.
Future Chef Elementary Culinary Competition information
Culinary Competition RecipeForm
PTA Reflections Fine Arts Competition: The world needs to know your inner artist! Open to Columbia Students K-12. Choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art and tell us your interpretation of the theme: “The World Would Be a Better Place If...” Contact Nancy.Geiger@hotmail.com for more details. Flyer that went home with students Quick Start - information on specifics for contest General Participation Rules
The PowerSchool Parent Portal is open and can be accessed. Parent/Student logins and passwords remain the same as last year. A new version of the Mobile App is now available and will prompt you for a District Mobile Registration code which is ZZGS. The link for the App can be downloaded from the Parent Portal or found on the App store.
Students/Parents: Click on the link to see what the next generation assessments will look like this spring. Take a sample Language Arts/Math Assessment here. Just click the link http://practice.parcc.testnav.com and select practice tests at the top.
Follow us on Twitter @RaiderMiddle. We will post the most current happenings going on at CMS!
BREAKFAST AT CMS! See Flyer
Drop-off/ Pick-up Pamphlet
Arrival: 8:00 - 8:15 am.
Car Riders exit vehicles onto the (entire) sidewalk.
Car Riders entering the building after 8:20 are tardy and must sign in at the office.
Parents may park in a parking spot but must escort their child from the sidewalk. No child is to cross the parking lot unattended
If your child is not typically a car rider please send a note to school with your child indicating they will be picked up. If this is done in the morning you will NOT need to enter the building to sign your child out.
The price of a school lunch for the 2014-2015 school year is $3.50 / Milk 50¢. We are now offering breakfast each morning. Cost is $1.50. CMS offers a healthy breakfast and lunch every school day. Your child may qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Reduced price is breakfast is 30¢ and lunch is 40¢ for lunch. Please contact your school office if you need assistance providing your child with lunch.
7/8 Girls Basketball: Last night the 7th grade girls took Fairview into overtime as Megan Seitz scored 3 points in the closing seconds of the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, the Raiders came up short losing 17-14. Megan Seitz ended the night with 5 points to lead the Raider charge. Emma Roberts had another nice game with 4 points, and Sarah Conway and Jessica Garrow had 2 points each. Madilynn Toto and Haley Keenan earned defensive awards for great hustle and team defense.The 8th grade team improved their record to 4-2 with a 23-21 win over Fairview. Leading the team was Serena Goode with 7 points. In addition, Riley Thomas and Jill Grzywna both had 5 points, Savannah Roberts and Daniel Gerda had 3 points and Carissa Templeton had 2. The teams plays at Clearview on Thursday night. Great job ladies!
7/8 Athletes interested in playing Winter Sports: All school fees must be paid in order for you to travel by bus to extra curricular competitions. If you have any questions about your fees, please contact Mrs. Bowes in the office.
7/8 Wrestling: The team had a home dual meet last Thursday, Cody Sesito, Casey Medina, Ben Champagne, Cole Schwartz, Mike Lovell, Tim Calvey, and Justin Bell all wrestled. The boys matched up well vs Oberlin and Brooklyn and wrestled some extra matches vs Fairview. They combined for 9 wins out of 15 matches! We will be traveling to Clearview for a dual this Thursday. A big thank you too all raiders who made it out last week!
All student athletes must have a current OHSAA Sport Physical before the start of an athletic season. The preparticipation physical form, athletic code of conduct contract and eligibility checklist, and athletic medical waiver/authorization form are required documents which must be filled out and returned to the middle school coaches. The OHSAA Sport Physical form is due the first day of mandatory practices along with the yellow medical waiver form, your athlete will not be able to practice without these forms. The remaining forms are due along with your child's participation fee of $150 for the 2014-2015 school year no later than the team sports picture day scheduled for the season in which your child will participate. The physical form is valid for one calendar year and will be kept on file. The code of conduct and eligibility checklist and medical waiver need to be completed each athletic season to ensure CMS has the most current and accurate information to ensure your child's safety. The student and parent athletic handbook is a complete listing of all information that you and your child need. Please take the time to read this document carefully. All forms and fees must be turned in directly to your coach.
Educational Information for Parents: Parents are invited to visit OhioPIRC
(Parent Information and Resource Center) online http://www.ohiopirc.org
for valuable information about the education of your student.