Principal’s Update #17 – January 30, 2016

Dear CMS Community,

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weekend weather. Nothing like
last January, that is for sure!


Congratulations to the Rubik’s Cube Team and coach Ms. Katsaris! The eight-member team placed third out of the 11 teams attending the New England Regional Competition at Sanborn, solving 25 cubes in just 3 minutes, 44 seconds Saturday morning. The team also boasts two individual award winners: True Becker earned 1st place solving the cube in 17.9 seconds, and his brother Tate, a 5th grader, earned 3rd place finishing in 27 seconds. I had the pleasure of judging this fun event and was joined by many parents, friends, and other relatives cheering
on the teams.

Interim Reports for 2nd Term will be prepared and mailed at the end of this week. Not every student receives an interim report. They are typically written for those students whose performance has changed in a significant way since the previous term. The mailing you receive will contain individual reports, a letter reminding you of how to access grades or comments on Engrade (from those teachers who choose to use that platform), or a combination of the two. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher(s) with any questions about how to best support your child.

Student Activity: I was privileged to meet with three groups of students this past week, each of whom shared activities they are working on planning and bringing to fruition. A group of 8th graders at Peabody has taught themselves to code and is working on development of a page for our soon-to-be new web site. The page will publish student submissions of writing and creative arts. At both Peabody and Sanborn, Animals and Planet club members are coordinating a fundraising effort for Drumlin Farms. They hope to raise money that will be used to purchase a nesting box for Drumlin’s fisher, and heat lamps for various bird species. Finally, a group of 7th graders at Sanborn are hoping to raise funds for Water for South Sudan by sponsoring a dance in late February. It is exciting to support all of these creative and dedicated students actively taking part in our community.

Laptop Care – Reminder About Liquids: Please be aware that liquid spills that damage laptops are not covered by Apple protection, and that those repair costs are expected to be paid by families, per the CMS Laptop Loan Agreement. As accidents do happen, a good rule of thumb is to avoid eating or drinking anywhere near the laptop.

Over the next few weeks, we will be finalizing aspects of the 2016-2017 schedule, blocking individual course sections and completing staffing assignments so that we can begin scheduling students. We are excited about our goal to distribute schedules to students prior to the end of the school year.


Parent Forums for
Review of Configuration Committee Work:
February 3, 5-6 pm & February 4, 10-11 am, Sanborn Auditorium
1.12.16 CMS Configuration Committee School Committee Presentation

CCHS Open House for 8th Grade Parents:
Monday, February 8, 6:00-8:30 pm, at CCHS –
New date due to Special Town Meeting.

Next CMS Principal’s Coffee:

Wednesday, February 10, 9:30-10:30 am in the Peabody Forum

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Lynne Beattie, CMS Principal