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Principal’s Message - New School Year (2016-2017)

It was wonderful seeing our community come out to support our first annual PTSA Cultural Diversity Night. It is important to celebrate the many ethic and religious groups that make our school a vibrate place for learning and a true microcosm of the City of LA.

Mark your calendar, PHBAO Parent Conference Night is Thursday, October 20th at 5:00 pm.  Study after study indicates a high correlation between parent involvement at school and student achievement. Often, as children move from elementary school to secondary school, parents feel they no longer have a place at school.  The truth is children still need parents to be active participants in their school life and at CCMS we need your ideas, hard work, and support.  There are many opportunities for parents to stay involved at school, for example, at school parents can join PTSA, become a member of ELAC or SSC advisory councils, attend council meetings, volunteer to help supervise a field trip or dance; at home parents can make sure children are completing homework and studying for tests.  Together we can ensure our students have a successful year!

School Safety

         Christopher Columbus Middle School’s school safety plan, along with the established safety policies and laws outlined below, is in place to ensure that students remain safe on the way to school, during school hours, and after school.  For the safety of your child and your own peace of mind, please take a moment to discuss these safety policies and guidelines with your child.

Before School

         Before school, drop your child off early to avoid the morning traffic congestion.  Instruct your child to move onto the campus immediately upon arrival to school.  Students should not gather in groups or skateboard in front of the school as such groups obstruct the walking paths to the school.

During School

         Be sure that your child’s emergency contact information has current home, work, cell phone, and emergency numbers.  If the school cannot reach a parent because phone numbers have been changed or disconnected, we must keep a sick or injured child waiting at school. Remember that the school can only release a student to an adult designated on the emergency card. Students may have a cell phone in their possession on campus and may use their phone during class for teacher approved instructional purposes, at nutrition, at lunch, and afterschool.  If your student does not have a cell phone and needs to call home for any reason he/she may do so in the Main, Attendance, or Counseling Office.

After School

If your child walks to and from school, take a moment to plan a safe route in which your child can walk with other students.  If you pick up your child in a car, decide where and when you will do so to avoid confusion.  Students should be picked up within thirty minutes after school dismissal or participate in one of the three free afterschool programs available daily from the end of the school day until 6:00 pm provided by LAUSD Beyond the Bell or LAPD PAL. Youth Services, an athletics based program, is available on a drop-in biases anytime. Woodcraft Rangers, an activity based program, including dance, computer coding, arts, and tutoring and LAPD PAL leadership, tutoring, and wrestling programs require parent/student registration. If you have any questions regarding these wonderful programs please contact the Main Office.