The 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!
CCMS UCLA Health Fitness Celebration
A Day of Celebrating Music
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 was a “Celebration of Music” event for Christopher Columbus Middle School. The event was prompted by the generous donation from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation that included cellos, flutes, violins, violas, marching band drums, trombones, baritones, French horns, and saxophones, just to name a few of the gifts received. Joining the enthusiastic Celebration with the students and staff of CCMS was the CCMS Teacher Band UN-Common Core, CCMS Parents, Canoga Park Neighborhood Council President Ho, Instructional Director Nacorda, and Local District Superintendent Ekchian, who encouraged and challenged CCMS students to pursue their passion and make a difference in their community.
This donation will greatly enhance the current CCMS Music Program by replacing old and worn instruments and accommodating the increasing number of students interested in the music program. With that in mind, it was the appropriate time for Principal McIntyre-Sciarrino to announce the creation of a new Small Learning Community (SLC) beginning in the Fall of 2016, The Conservatory of Music at CCMS.
Recent CCMS Awards of Excellence
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Through a partnership with Kaiser Permanente, 22 CCMS 8th Grade Magnet Students have been selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Hippocrates Circle Program!
The Hippocrates Circle Program is a free program, for selected 8th grade students. The Program is designed to help students in making informed decisions that will begin to shape their future. The Program is designed for students who have an interest in science and a desire to help improve the lives and health of other people, to move them towards an amazing and fulfilling career as a physician. Due in part to Hippocrates Circle, one of our former CCMS Magnet students is currently in his 4th year of Medical School at UC San Diego and now his cousin is one of our participants this year.
Kaiser Permanente knows that reaching this goal will take hard work, dedication and sacrifice. As a member of our community, they want to help. Through the Hippocrates Circle Program, students are put in touch with physicians and medical students who share ideas on how they can attain your goals. During field trips on October 15 and November 12, students will learn what doctors do in everyday practice, tour a hospital, visit a medical school, and learn a lot about how to succeed and achieve their dreams along with ways to pay for a medical education. Families are invited to attend a program orientation September 21, financial aid workshop and student graduation December 1.
To qualify, students must have a 2.5 GPA or better and submit an essay about why s/he wants to become a doctor. It was very difficult, this year, choosing from among the excellent essays submitted. Their stories and reasons for wanting to enter the medical field were compelling. Normally, we are limited to fifteen (15) participants, however, this year; Kaiser Permanente was generous in allowing us to select twenty-two students!
Congratulations to the following 8th grade students for being selected as HCP participants:
To learn more about the Hippocrates Circle Program, visit them on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/hippocratescircle