May 2022











Report Card Go Home Tuesday, May 24.











Students must go home with the same designated transportation daily - this helps us track our students and keep them safe.

If your student's route changes, the parent/guardian must write a note or call the office each time.  The note will need to be brought to the office.


IF your child is absent, please send a written note/doctor's excuse with your child to turn in to the office for an excuse.  

Excused absences are as follows:  sick, death in the family, doctor/dentist

Parents may write a note up to 6 illnesses - after this, a doctor's note will be required in order to be excused.

Any other absence must be pre approved by the office/administration.


Thank you for understanding!  We want our kids here every day!

School Schedule:

7:55am Bell Rings

8:00am Class Begins

All students will have 1st-8th period

If your child checks out early he/she could potentially miss multiple classes.  Please make sure your child is here daily and ALL day.

Dismissal: 3:10pm 1st round buses, 3:15 Car Riders, 3:20pm Across town buses and walkers






CMS will have a Book Fair on May 9-13.  Students are excited to see and purchase new books - many at sale prices!

5th: We are reading Dear Austin, Letters From the Underground Railroad by Elvira Woodruff.  Students are learning new vocabulary, improving reading comprehension, and reviewing literacy skills.  

6th: Students are reading various short pieces of fiction literature and nonfiction literature.  This week they read, “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto and “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara.

Both are enjoyable stories. 

We also read some mini biography pieces. 

7th: We are reading the short story, “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson.  Students are using many of their vocabulary and literacy skills to understand the complexity of the story.  We will continue practicing reading comprehension. 

8th: Students are reading A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. They are journaling, digging into the text and vocabulary from the text.  This is based on a true story. It is giving pause for reflection on those who have to face much difficulty in life.  


5th Grade Math: 

Students are still working with fractions in real world situations.

6th Grade Math:

Students have started working problems to apply concepts they have learned and applying them to real world situations (area, surface area, pay rates, etc)

7th Grade Math:

Students have started working problems to apply concepts they have learned and applying them to real world situations 

8th Grade Math:

Students have started working problems to apply concepts they have learned and applying them to real world situations (area, surface area, pay rates, etc)


5th Grade: Unit Review and Unit Test. Students are being given a study guide and the test will be on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

6th Grade- Students just finished a plant scavenger hunt in which they enjoyed! We are finishing up the plant unit.

7th Grade: Students just finished learning about the layers of earth and Plate Tectonics. They have a final paper to write on paper. This is due on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. 

8th Grade- Students completed their Chapter covering motion which included learning to calculate and graph Speed, velocity, acceleration, and momentum using distance/time graphs and speed/time graphs. This week and next they will be continuing the Physical Science unit by learning about forces, friction, work, power, and building their own machine from simple machines

Social Studies

5th:Students are finishing their Boston Tea Party projects. Then we are starting our Government Unit. They will learn about the branches of governments, important foundational documents, and the roles of political leaders. 

6th: We have begun reading our last book for the year, Bound by Donna Jo Napoli. This book is about Ancient China and is very similar to the story of Cinderella, with a few amazing lessons about strength, dedication, and tenacity. Question packets are due on May 17, 2022. 

7th:Students are finishing their Arkansas Governor Election Projects. Then we are starting our Civil Rights Movement Unit. They will learn about historical figures, protests, and events.

8th: The end of the Civil War brought about a period of repair for the Nation, so we are learning about this period, the period of Reconstruction. We have begun reading theScott O’Dell Award winning book, Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule by Harriette Gillem Robinet about two brothers who strive to claim a place of their own. Question Packets are due on May 17, 2022


Health Classes:  Emergency/First Aid Unit 

PE Classes: Track Unit  Next week we will learn the basic steps to the triple jump

Band: Wheel classes are finishing out the year with excellence! We have learned many musical fundamentals and about each instrument and many of us are ecstatic about joining band next year! 

Beginner and CMS Bands are BEYOND ready for their Band Concert on Thursday, May 12th at 6:30. Several students have chosen to further their ability this year by working on solos/duets for our concert as well!

Choir:  We are almost ready for our final concert which will be on Tuesday May 10 at 6:30 in Cabe Auditorium!  Students will have practice on Thursday May 5 and Monday May 9 until 5:00 in the auditorium.  Students will need to wear their choir shirt, black pants, black shoes, and black socks to the concert, and be in the alumni room by 6:15.  Awards will also be given that night. Looking forward to a great concert!


Students will be filling out course requests for next year during the month of May.  Course request forms will be sent home for parent’s to sign and return.

Students need to start gathering up all overdue library books! All library books will be due by Monday, May 23!


Thank you so much for your support during our candy sales.  Since you all have been so generous, we will have another sale beginning Thursday, May 12!  This will be all $1 bars.  We are ordering extra caramel this time!


 May 4th will be Dr. Byrd’s last school dental day of the year. If you would like your student to be seen by Dr. Byrd in the Wellness Center during school next year, call the nursing staff for paperwork. 

The free sports physical clinic will be the morning of May 11th. Dr. Bray will be performing these physicals. Completed forms will be picked up on May 9th. If you haven’t gotten your form, you may pick them up in the office, Wellness Center, or from coaches.

End of year medications-  Medications cannot be kept over the summer.  Controlled medications will need to be picked up by an adult and signed for. OTC medications can be picked up or with your permission sent home with your child before the last day of school.

21st Century: Babysitting Classes will be offered after school via the 21st Century program on Mondays and Wednesdays 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm April 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 and May 2, 4, 9, 10. 

We will also offer Summer services for our students! Summer program times will be 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and days will be:

June 13, 14, 15

June 20, 21, 22

June 27, 28, 29

July 5,6,7

Students must have transportation for Summer services. Please sign up via the Google link
















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