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Principal.jpgThe Spring Semester begins Monday, January 11th and with the new semester comes new classes for some students, SBAC testing, 8th grade class activities, and Culmination!

Fall semester report cards were mailed home the week of December 18th. Now that winter break is coming to a close and your family is gearing up for the Spring semester it is time to take a moment to once again review your with your child their Fall grades, to celebrate their successes, to encourage them to keep working, and to help them set goals for success in the second semester.

I am happy we are able to provide two Saturday intervention sessions this Spring. The first 4-week program begins Saturday, January 30th from 8:30 – 11:50 a.m. Applications were mailed home last month and are due to the Main Office on Friday, January 22nd.  If you have misplaced the application, please have your students stop by the Main Office for a new one. We want all of our students to have the opportunity to receive the support they need to succeed. As parents we depend on your help to make sure your student is completing homework assignments and attending school regularly.  We all know the easiest way to ensure student achievement is to make sure students attend school regularly.

Eighth grade students can look forward to many wonderful spring activities as they prepare for the close of their time at CCMS. The Culmination ceremony is the morning of Friday, June 10th. It is important for eighth graders to do well in their classes in order to be eligible for participation in all the exciting eighth grade activities and to walk across the stage in June.  In the meantime, I encourage all our students to give their best efforts in the new semester!

Christopher Columbus NewsFlash

CCMS Pentathlon Team Win Individual and Team Awards

CCMS Students Compete at 2016 Special Olympics School Games

Special Olympics School Games Track and Field is an event where students of all abilities get to participate together.  The track and field events we participate in are 50 meter walk, 100 meter walk, 50 meter run, 100 meter run, javelin throw, long jump, softball throw, and relay.  The athletes train for many weeks for the track meet.  We prepare by learning to use proper form for sprinting, how to throw the javelin, use proper form when throwing a softball, and how to pass a baton for a relay race.  All the time having FUN!

All our, CCMS, athletes did an amazing job at Special Olympics- School Games-Track and Field. They all came home with many ribbons.  Each athlete did an awesome job!  They ran, jumped, and threw with all of their effort and strength.  They made Christopher Columbus Middle School very proud!

Special Olympics School Games Track and Field is an event where students of all abilities get to participate together.  The track and field events we participate in are 50 meter walk, 100 meter walk, 50 meter run, 100 meter run, javelin throw, long jump, softball throw, and relay.  The athletes train for many weeks for the track meet.  We prepare by learning to use proper form for sprinting, how to throw the javelin, use proper form when throwing a softball, and how to pass a baton for a relay race.  All the time having FUN!

All our, CCMS, athletes did an amazing job at Special Olympics- School Games-Track and Field. They all came home with many ribbons.  Each athlete did an awesome job!  They ran, jumped, and threw with all of their effort and strength.  They made Christopher Columbus Middle School very proud!

CCMS Special Olympic Athletes

Avalos, Sebastian

Balvaneda Lopez, Tania El

Cajahuaringa, Kate

Ceron, Nathan

De La Cruz Silva, Fatima

Diaz, Christopher

Gonzalez, Santiago

Jandres, Brian

Lozano, Cristian

Martinez, Belinda

Moreno, Bryan

Naimi, Katreena

Rodis, Efreim

Ruiz, Ashley

Vo, Dung Dylan-Not pictured

Wheatley, Myles


 

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CCMS Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

Canoga Park middle school receives the SupportMusic Merit Award for the first time

Canoga Park, Ca. (March 24, 2016) – Christopher Columbus MS has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. CCMS joins 118 schools across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.

The SupportMusic Merit Award is awarded to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

Schools that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, CCMS answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This award recognizes that CCMS is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing —while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

Upon hearing the great news CCMS Principal Debra McIntyre-Sciarrino had this to say, “Tears are dripping down my face, so many emotions I am feeling. I am proud and awed of the work we have all done this year. We have and will continue to change the lives of our students.”

As CCMS finalizes its 2016-2017 budget, the NAMM Foundation’s SupportMusic Merit Award and the implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education for all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school.


 

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Today: 4/29/16
All Day: SBAC Summative Assessment - Math Makeups
10:00 PM LDNW Safe-Well Meeting