Welcome to Columbia Middle School
Friday, February 27, 2015
American Institutes for Research (AIR) testing- Testing will begin 2nd period (approx.9:00am) and last for 75 minutes on the following days:
Wednesday, March 4th - 5th grade Science
Thursday, March 5th - 6th grade Social Studies
Friday, March 6th - 8th grade Science
Do you want to know what taking the Language Arts and Mathematics portions of the PARCC Assessments are like? A practice test for each grade is available below for you to use to familiarize yourself with the kinds of items and format used for the tests. Students and parents can link to the practice tests on the following links:
View the February 23rd CMS StudentBroadcast
View the February 9th CMS Student Broadcast
Attention 7th and 8th graders: The Educational Service Center of Lorain County is offering a practice ACT Test on Saturday, March 14th. The cost is $30. If you plan on attending college, you will be required to take the ACT and a higher score means more money in scholorships! A practice test can help raise your scores considerably! See Mrs. Dunn for registration forms and more details. Hurry! Registration deadline is TODAY, February 27th!
The Columbia PTA is a generous supporter of the Columbia Local Schools. Click here to see some of the items PTA has purchased for our schools, events they have sponsored, field trips they helped pay for, and upcoming events. Thank you for your continued support!
Attention 6th, 7th and 8th grade parents and students: A College Credit Plus information meeting will be held Wed. March 4th at 6:30 pm in the high school cafeteria. This years 6th, 7th and 8th grade parents and students who are interested in participating in CCP, must be in attendance at this meeting, regardless of part participation in PSEO. A representative from Lorain County Community College will also be in attendance to answer questions about this NEW program. You must attend the meeting and turn in their letter of intent by March 27th to be eligible. This is a great opportunity for students to take college classes.
JVS Excel Camp: JVS will be at CMS during the 8th grade lunch on Tuesday, March 10th to register 8th grade students interested in Excel Camp. More information to follow.
PTA Movie Night: on Friday, March 13th PTA will host a free K-8 movie night, you must preregister to attend. Parents must stay with their students- this is not a drop off event. CMS students are welcome, registration forms are available in the information rack across from the office. We will be viewing the LEGO Movie. Doors open at 6 pm and the movie begins at 7pm. All registered will get free candy, popcorn and water. Basket raffle tickets will be on sale Thursday and Friday of movie week - $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.
Invention Convention Program grades K-8: Columbia Invention Convention Information Brochure, http://tinyurl.com/invention-convention-2015 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. Please contact Mrs. Bowman with any questions Invention Convention Website
PTA Reflections Fine Arts Competition: “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 and 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.
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: On Tuesday, despite a good second half, the 7th grade team fell to Fairview. In the scorebook, Megan Seitz led the way with 8 points, followed by Haley Keenan with 3 and Emma Roberts with 2 points. Madilynn Toto deserves special mention for her work on defense.Last night the girls faced Clearview and found themselves tied at the end of regulation and went into overtime. Even though Clearview was much taller, Columbia out rebounded the Clippers and scratched and clawed through 3 overtime periods! After 33 minutes of great effort with only 6 girls, at the end of the third O.T., Clearview sank a shot at the buzzer to win the game. Jessica Garrow was high scorer with 8 points. Emma Roberts put in 6 points, Sarah Conway 4, and Haley Keenan added 2. The entire team earns honors for their great hustle.The 8th grade girls pulled out an awesome win on Thursday night by defeating Clearview 22-17 to improve their record to 6-6. Leading scorer for the Raiders was Jill Grzywna who had 6 points. In addition, Riley Thomas, Serena Goode, and Danielle Gerda all had four points, while Savannah Roberts and Carissa Templeton both had two points. Great game ladies!
7/8 Wrestling: The end of year pizza party will be held on Tuesday, March 3 after school until 4:30. You must turn in your wrestling uniform on this day. Please have your ride here to pick you up at 4:30.
School Fees: All current year and past year school fees must be paid before students can use school transportation for extracurricular activities. You may pay your school fees through the payforit system online through the school’s website. You may also pay in the main office at CMS. If you have questions about your school fees, please see Mrs. Bowes in the office.
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.