Welcome to Catonsville Middle School! A Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a Maryland Green School

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1 Welcome to Catonsville Middle School! A Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a Maryland Green School Hillcrest Elementary Westchester Elementary Westowne Elementary

2 The CMS PTSA Jake Richardson, President


4 Cougar Want to stay connected? Sign up for cougar s by going to: or Check out our CMS PTSA website: We like you like us back! Like our page Catonsville Middle School PTSA on Facebook:

5 6 th Grade Dean Mr. Tim Lovell

6 Not Everything is New Many of the same common sense rules and procedures as elementary school Be prepared (supplies, pen, paper, etc.) Respect for teachers and one another Two-way communication is important ( s, phone calls, etc.)

7 6 th Grade at CMS Letter from a 6th grader Increased Independence make up work work load management initiate and monitor their own redo work/submit self advocate passes time management in/out of school lockers gym uniforms

8 Behavior & Responsibility

9 Middle School Organization All students take language arts, math, science, and social studies five days per week. Spanish or Reading Specials (art, music, PE, and health) occur on an A-day/B-day schedule. Each grade level has a dean who coordinates parent conferences, field trips, and other grade level events.

10 Middle School Organization (continued) Sixth grade academic classes are held in the sixth grade wing of the building. We have one dean, three administrators, and THREE school counselors who work with our sixth grade students. Your child will be in excellent hands!

11 Homework Homework expectations will vary between teachers, but most weeks there will be homework every night. If you are not seeing homework for a period of time, this should be a warning sign that your child is not keeping up with his or her schoolwork.

12 Online Gradebook Your child will receive an online gradebook account, which will allow both you and your child 24-hour/day access to his/her progress in all classes. (Bcps One/Schoology) We have found that effective utilization of the gradebook leads to success in the classroom.

13 School Counselors Ms. Stephanie Walsh Counseling Department Chair

14 Health Services Mrs. Veronica Montoro School Nurse

15 Health Suite Reminders Physical and dental forms Discretionary medication forms Prescription medications at school

16 6 th Grade Overview (continued) Information for Musicians/Specials Mrs. Cindy Stevenson, Instrumental Music Teacher School Lunches Mrs. Meghann Sexton, Cafeteria Manager Extracurricular Activities Ms. Lynetta Parker, Assistant Principal

17 Extracurricular Activities Activity buses run two times per week (Wednesdays and Thursdays) for students who participate in after-school activities or coach classes. Clubs/activities are available for every interest from drama to sports.

18 A Sample of After-school Activities Offered in Grade 6 Badminton Basketball Catonsville Choir Celtic Ensemble Chess Club Clay Club Destination Imagination Drama Club Literary Magazine Newspaper Robotics Club Show Choir Stage Crew Student Government Tennis Track and Field

19 Student Service Learning Questions? Contact: Mrs. Barbara Bates

20 Student Service Learning All SSL projects must be pre-approved by Mrs. Bates. Students can start earning SSL hours after finishing 5th grade. Keep all SSL paperwork until high school graduation.

21 Student Service Learning Students are required to complete 75 hours of service-learning prior to graduation from High School. Some hours will be earned through curriculum infusion. Those are entered by teachers. Students must complete all paperwork in order to earn SSL hours. Pre-Approval Form Reflection

22 Communication Cougar Web Page: catonsvillems.bcps.org PTSA Page: on Twitter CatonsvilleMSPTSA on Facebook Bulk and phone calls

23 Back to School Dates Orientation Grade 6 Only August 30, 2018 First Official Day of School All Students Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Back to School Night Date TBD

24 In Closing... To Contact an Administrator: Dr. Elmendorf Ms. Chame Martinez Ms. Lynetta Parker To Contact Our PTSA President Jake Richardson

25 Welcome to CMS! We will see you in August!