Welcome to Columbia Middle School
Friday, December 19, 2014
There is no boys or girls basketball practice after school today.
The Percussion Concert for 5-12 grade students will be held TONIGHT in the CMS Cafeteria, the concert will begin at 7 pm. (Students should arrive at 5:30)
Winter Recess will begin on Monday, December 22-January 2. School will resume on Monday, January, 5th. Have a wonderful break!
View the December 15th CMS Student Broadcast
View the December 1st CMS Student Broadcast
View the November 17th CMS Student Broadcast
Yearbook orders for the 2014-2015 school year will be taken beginning on January 5th - January 30th.
Winter Wonderland Dance for all 7/8th grade students will be on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 6-8 pm. Tickets will be $5.00 and will be sold during lunch periods starting on January 19th. Dress will be semi-formal. Students will have to be appropriately dressed. Any questions please see Mrs. Sorensen! Hope to see all 78th graders there!!!
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
It's not too late to order Period2 Spirit Gear. Snuggly blankets, cozy hats, and team pennants are still available to order until January 15. Use the flyer from the website to order yours today! Thanks for supporting Period2, a Junior Achievement company created, owned, and operated by Columbia High School students. Orderform
Columbia Local Schools Elementary Culinary Competition for grades 3-5
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. Entry Deadline is January 5th, 2015.
Quick Start - information on specifics for contest
School Fees are due. 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 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.
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.
Winter Sport Pictures will be taken after school on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 for girls basketball players and wrestlers. Extra order forms are available in the information rack. Bring order forms and money on picture day to hand to the photographer.
7/8 Wrestling:The CMS wrestlers had a meet at Olmsted Falls this past Saturday. Cody Sestito won 3 out of 4 matches with 3 straight Pins. He's a pinning machine! Casey Medina had a good showing but had some tough, but well fought matches. Ben Champagne in his wrestling debut, wrestled some extremely difficult opponents, once we fixed his head gear issues he was a force to be reckoned with. Cole Schwartz came out fierce and improved at the day went on, throwing half nelsons, and taking single legs left and right. Mike Lovell made a huge impact for us with 3 wins, and even went up a weight one match to get himself an extra match, win, and pin. It's gotta be the hair! Tim Calvey had some battles. He fought bravely against a returning state placer from Avon, and made progress throughout the day. Finally, Justin Bell handled his business like a pro! Justin, a fan of the tie up and head lock had 3 pins as well. The CMS Squad will be at Black River MS for the JB Firestone Tournament this Friday. Come out and support your friends!
7/8 Boys Basketball: The 7th grade team beat Brooklyn Tuesday night to improve their record to 4-7. The boys battled hard on both ends of the floor to earn the victory on their home floor. The 8th grade team beat Brooklyn last night 50-11. The Raiders were lead by Adam Ross with 10 points and Brandon Coleman with 9 points. Bailey Coleman had 8 points in the first quarter, Jackson Ives pitched in with 2 points and Griffen Edwards had 4 points to lead the Raiders to victory.
Last night, the 7th grade team lost to Oberlin 50-33. The boys played hard on both ends of the floor throughout the game but came up short in the end. The 8th grade team won 48-44! The Raiders jumped out to a 20pt lead at the half, but Oberlin battled back to bring the game to a 4 point difference. The Raiders were lead by the all out effort of Brandon Coleman who had 29 pts! Bailey Coleman, Jared Bycznski, Adam Ross, and Ben Alten fought hard on the defensive side of the basketball to keep the lead. The boys are at Fairview on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
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.