Welcome to Columbia Middle School
Thursday, October 30, 2014
TODAY is Cav's Day in celebration of the home opener! Wear your wine and gold gear!
Attention 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.
Conference Day is Thursday, November 6th at CMS. Please call the school if you have not been contacted, but would like to schedule a conference. Conferences are being scheduled from 3:30- 8:30 pm. There will be no school on Friday, November 7th.
Red Ribbon Week:
Monday: “Did you know that a person dies every 51 minutes due to an alcohol related car accident? It is important that we stand up and speak out against drinking and driving. Youth for youth is challenging you to a poster contest. One student from each grade will be selected for creating the best poster promoting making the right decisions dealing with Bullying, Smoking, doing Drugs, drinking, or Suicide awareness. The winner will receive a prize and will have the posters displayed through the hallway. Posters are due to Mrs. Bakos by Wednesday, October 29th. Make sure you have your name, grade, and homeroom written on the back.
Tuesday: Cigarette smoking accounts for 30% of all cancer related deaths. Take a stand today and say no to smoking and doing drugs.
Wednesday: Red day. Students that wear red receive a piece of candy. Save lives!
Thursday: Puzzle Pieces. Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!” Each one of us are unique in our own way. We all have strengths and weaknesses that contribute to the person we are. This puzzle piece represents you and your contributions to CMS. You are to color this piece any way you’d like to represent who you are within this school. Feel free to make a design, write your name, or draw a picture. However, do not color over any green that may be on your piece. (side note, there are numbers on the back of each puzzle piece)
7th grade Market Day Pie Fundraiser: Help the 7th grade earn money towards the Ohio State University Stone Lab on Put-in-Bay field trip in May. The more pies sold, the higher % earned back as a group. Market Day offers delicious, high quality pies, and they will be coming in right before Thanksgiving. See a 7th grade student to place an order! Click on the Market Day Pie Parent Letter that was sent home with 7th grade students. Please contact Lisa Cassidy at 236-8067 or email at email@example.com with any questions.
HoneyBaked Ham Fundraiser: The 8th grade will be selling Honeybaked Hams to earn money towards their Washington Trip. Students will receive 15% of what they sell (checks should be made out to CMS).The sale will run October 16th - November 17th. Hams will be delivered to CMS on Monday, November 24th. See an 8th grade student to order your ham for the holidays!
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...” Informational meeting will be held Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in the K-8 Library. Contact Nancy.Geiger@hotmail.com for more details. Entry Deadline is January 5th, 2015.
Quick Start - information on specifics for contest
Fee letters were mailed home to all students on September 9th Please pay your school fees online through PayForIt. net located on this website (upper right corner). You may also pay in the office at CMS. All school fees must be paid by October 1st if your child uses school transportation for extra curricular activities. If fees are not paid at that time, transportation will be denied. Please call the school office with any questions.
The Parent Portal is now 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.
Columbia Community PTA Cookbooks: $10 and filled with great recipes! We still have some available! See Mrs. Bowes in the office.
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 Cheerleading: Sign-ups and try-outs information packets for the 2014/2015 basketball season are in the office. Cheer Clinics will be held on Monday, November 3rd and Tuesday, November 4th from 6-8 pm. in the CMS gym. Try-outs will be held on Wedndesday, November 5th from 6-8 pm. Cheerleaders must have a current OHSAA Sport Physical before practice begins.
7/8 Wrestling: 7/8 grade boys interested in Wrestling for CMS should sign up in the office. Practice will begin after school on December 16th. Wrestlers will ride a shuttle bus over to CHS for practice. You must have a current OHSAA Sport Physical before practice begins.
7/8 Boys Basketball: Practice begins on Monday, October 27th. Practice will be held from daily from 3:30-5:30. Make sure that you have a current OHSAA Sport Physical before practice begins.
7/8 Girls Basketball: Open gyms and small group instruction will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays after school. Official practice will begin on Monday, December 15th. Remember you must have a current OHSAA Physical on file before you begin practice. See Mr. Hershey at Copopa with any questions.
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.
EXCELLENT WITH DISTINCTION
2011/12 SCHOOL YEAR
We have achieved the highest ranking awarded by the Ohio Department of Education 5 years in a row!
We appreciate the hard work of our students, educators, families, and the community that resulted in OUR great achievement.