September 30, 2017
From Our Yearbook Editor, Tanna Miles
The latest CCMS Yearbook is in the works! I promise at least three shots per student in the yearbook this year! If you purchased the yearbook at the beginning of the year or during registration, you got a great deal! If not, it is not too late; our current deal is $30.00! This will be the best yearbook so far! Guaranteed! If you have pictures to share, go to our school web page under "Parents," you will find a link for uploading images (the password is "Falcons".) Thank you for supporting our school and the memories from year to year!
Buy your yearbook now! Purchase at our school office or online!
Help CCMS by Collecting Box Tops
Box Tops are collected throughout the school year and can be dropped off at the front office or to your child's AE teacher. We have special prizes for top classes with the most Box Tops every quarter so make sure to put first and last name on the bag when sending it to school. Thank You!
Delayed start - Oct 11th
PM Assembly schedule - Oct 12th
End of 1st quarter - Oct 13th
No School - Oct 16th and 17th
Start of 2nd Quarter - Oct 18th
Soar Trip - Oct 20th
Free Breakfast at CCMS!
Everyone can agree on the importance of breakfast to student achievement, yet too many children miss out on the most critical meal of the day. Breakfast. Numerous studies have shown that breakfast can improve a student’s memory, test scores, school attendance and cut down on visits to the school nurse. Research has also shown that children who eat breakfast each day have a higher intake of vitamins and minerals and maintain a healthier weight than those who skip breakfast. This is why we are excited to offer free breakfast for the following schools this year! Cañon Exploratory School, Washington Elementary, Lincoln School of Science and Technology, McKinley Elementary, Harrison K-8 and Cañon City Middle School.
With Gratitude to Atmos
A huge CCMS"Thank You" goes to the folks from Atmos Energy who helped cook our hot dogs on their massive barbecues during our September Open House night. We couldn't have done it without you!
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I am a Falcon, I strive to show success, take ownership for my behavior, have a positive attitude and give respect to all. When I do my best, CCMS will soar.
Dear Falcon Families,
It is hard to believe that we are already a month into the new school year. We feel like the first month has been largely productive. Our 6th graders had the whole school and staff to themselves on the first day to learn the layout of the school, how to navigate the campus, how to open and secure lockers, as well as, meet all of their teachers. The feedback received from parents was generally positive. The rest of our students have seamlessly re-engaged with our school practices as expected. We did have to change schedules a couple times for many students. This was done largely as a result of new academic data that we received in the last two weeks. We feel like 1st semester schedules are pretty solid now and students are in the courses and interventions that are appropriate for their continued academic success.
Our Staff Council has determined that it would be best to make a minor adjustment to the beginning of each day. We are going to open the doors to students at 7:25. This is a change from the 7:30 first bell entry time. Students will be in classes by 7:30 at which time we will start announcements. This is five minutes earlier than in the past. Regular attendance will be taken after 7:35 as it has been done for the past few years. The cafeteria will still open to students at 7:05. Please encourage your child to get free breakfast at school. The cafeteria staff provides a variety of full breakfast options at no cost to any student.
We are proud to release to you that Cañon City Middle School has earned the State of Colorado’s highest academic rating again for two years in a row! Our current rating of Performance increased from 65.8 points out of 100 to 70 points out of 100! Our kids improved in both the scored areas of Growth and Achievement. We are very proud of our students and their teachers. In addition, we are grateful for your continued support of all of our improvement initiatives. Please continue to promote a culture of learning and academic success with your child. It makes a difference when we are all working in the same direction.
In closing, thank you for your continued support. We look forward to another great school year with our Falcon students.
Tim Renn, Principal of Cañon City Middle School
1215 MAIN ST, CANON CITY, CO 81212P: 719-276-5740 F: 719-276-5795
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Tim Renn – Principal of Cañon City Middle School
Hello Falcon families and welcome back to another school year here at CCMS.
We are delighted and excited to see all of the smiling faces that come through our doors every day. In the Dean's letter, I will try to communicate sports information, school activities and initiatives and any rules or regulations that have changed over the past year.
Fall sports have started, and it is amazing to say that we are nearing the end of the first three sports seasons here at CCMS. Cross Country has been running one race per week, and our student-athletes are getting stronger each week under the leadership of new head coach, Brittney Kanach. CCMS Cross Country will not host a home meet this year.
Falcon Football is off to a good 2-1 start with a tough loss to Harrison in the first game of the year, the students have come back strong beating TCA and Woodland Park in sound form. CCMS Football looks forward to the two remaining regular-season games against Elizabeth and Fremont before the playoffs start on October 4th. CCMS might get the chance to host a home playoff game this year; we will announce the location and time of that game as soon as the seeding for the league is complete.
Falcon Volleyball has been playing very well; our 8th-grade girls are undefeated as I write this with five games left before the playoffs. Our 8th-grade girls might get to host some playoff games this season as well, good luck Lady Falcons. Our 7th-grade team is also playing well; our intramural teams are playing the game at the middle school level and learning great skills while picking up some wins.
Boys Basketball will be the next sport up for CCMS with tryouts for 7th and 8th-grade boys starting on October 5th. Once we have established our 7th and 8th-grade teams we will then open up the remaining slots on the intramural team to 6th-grade boys who wish to play to fill those slots on a date to be determined later.
Students have started to earn SOAR cards as well as off-campus passes. Parents, when you see these things in your student's possession, know that they worked very hard to obtain them. Ask your student what they did to get a SOAR card or an off-campus pass, praise them for the effort and partner with us on building positive behaviors when you see them. Students who earn off-campus passes are allowed to leave campus for lunch after they check in at the front office. This practice requires a parent signature to participate. 6th graders are allowed to go to Dairy Queen, 7th graders can also go to Sonic and 8th graders can go to Wendy’s as well. If you have a question about SOAR cards or off-campus passes, please feel free to call the school or ask your student.
As always, we look forward to another great year here at CCMS and are honored that you have entrusted us with the care and education of your child. GO FALCONS!!!!!
Dean of Students, CCMS
From the Dean
Counselor's Corner - Helping Your Child Make the Most Out of Middle School
Starting middle school is a big step. Your children will have opportunities to meet new people, develop new skills and interests and think about goals for the future. They will also seek more independence.
Middle school has a lot to offer, but is very different from elementary school. Your children will have new classes, new rules, a busier schedule, and a locker. They will also have more classmates, more teachers, more choices, and more homework.
You can help your child be successful at middle school. Encourage your child to use their planner every day. Sign up for Parent Portal to see what the assignments are and when they are due. On Parent Portal you can check grades, schedules and school activities. Set a regular time for homework. Get ready for school the night before.
You can also help your child enjoy their middle school years. Encourage your child to get to know people by getting involved with teams, clubs or volunteer work. Teach your child about peer pressure and practice ways to resist it. Discuss safety issues with your son or daughter.
Sometimes middle school students experience stress or they have other problems. Their problems cannot be solved if they are never discussed. Encourage your child to talk things over with a trusted adult. Randy Smith is the counselor at Canon City Middle School. Encourage your children to talk with their counselor if there is a problem. Parents, please feel free to contact the counselor yourself @276-5743.
Randy Smith - CCMS School Counselor
Kelly Cosper - Counseling Secretary
Hello and Happy September to everyone. What an exciting month September is because the leaves start to change and the temperature starts to cool off. I love fall and spring weather, but I don’t like the cooler weather germs. I mean, sharing is caring, but please keep your germs to yourself☺. Here is something to think about when washing your hands.
How it Works: Washing Hands with Soap and Water
Components: three elements: soap, warm water, and friction technique. Six Steps: 1.) Wet hands with warm, running water. 2.) Add soap. 3.) Rub hands vigorously for 20 seconds. 4.) Wash all surfaces including the back of hands, wrists, between fingers, tips of fingers, thumbs, under fingernails. Using a nailbrush is best. 5.) Rinse, keep fingers pointing down dry vigorously with paper or clean cloth towel. 6.) Turn off the faucet with a towel and open door with a towel.
How it Works: The soap suspends the dirt and soils. The friction motion helps pull dirt and greasy or oily soils free from the skin. Warm running water washes away suspended dirt and soils that trap germs. The final friction of wiping hands removes even more bacteria.
(5 Common Ways Germs are Spread-Minnesota Dep. Of Health.) http://health.state.mn.us/handhygiene/why/5ways.html
CCMS Health Technician
6th Grade Language Arts
6th Grade LA began with learning the school and class expectations. This of course takes time, and some students wish that we could get to academics more quickly. It is time well invested though. This week we have reviewed paragraph writing and the main parts of a paragraph. Students have also been talking about the parts of a story and plot lines. We have read a few stories and are drawing plot lines as we analyze plot.
6th Grade Science
Hi Parents! Students have been introduced to matter, and we will continue our in-depth study of what matter consists of. We have done several labs and will do even more on the properties of matter in our next section of learning. Students will create projects based on the properties. The 6th graders will be freezing, boiling, and simply melting over this!
6th Grade Social Studies
Students acquire the basic map-reading skills they will need for success in this program: working in pairs, students study maps in a Social Studies Skill Builder, learning the difference between absolute and relative location; locating major parallels and meridians; determining location with lines of latitude and longitude; measuring distance using scale; reviewing hemispheres, continents, and oceans; and learning about Earth-sun relations and the relative merits of various map projections.
6th Grade Writing
Lately, our 6th graders have been learning powerful, precise verbs, reading informative articles and determining the writer's purpose. We are also writing every day and encouraging students to be ready on a daily basis.
7th Grade Math
Our 7th graders have been getting down to business in math class! We spent the first few weeks reviewing and establishing our classroom procedures, and now we're in the thick of operations with rational numbers including fraction/decimal conversions, adding positive and negative integers, and understanding how visual representations help solve complex math problems. Please support your 7th grader by helping them stay fresh on their math facts (multiplication and division) as well as looking out for homework assigned on Mondays and Wednesdays.
7th Grade Science
This school year is off to a great start, and I am so excited to be teaching here at CCMS! The students have been learning about mixtures and the Scientific Method. They have recently taken a test on microscopes, and the classes have started viewing items up close. The students have been working hard, and I look forward to watching these kids progress as scientists.
7th Grade Social Studies
Social Studies in Seventh Grade has been focused on learning about the dawn of civilization for the last few weeks. We started by learning about Paleolithic Hunters and Gatherers, and about the difficulties they faced in their lives. Then we will compare them to the lives of people who lived during the agricultural revolution of the Neolithic period. We will talk about the good things that came from the invention of agriculture, but also the cost that agriculture came with. This unit has lent itself to a lot of project work, and playing some games. The students have recently completed a team project, and will do an individual project later in the unit. This year is off to a great start.
7th Grade Language Arts
The 7th grade Language Arts class is off and running. We began our year getting acquainted by practicing procedures and expectations. We have now started Unit 1 which has students practicing narrative writing. Our overall topic for the unit is the sinking of the Titanic. Students have been enthusiastically exploring data, grammar pieces, writing techniques, and related stories. Next week, students begin their writing projects for this unit. The project is to write a letter or journal entry from the viewpoint of an actual passenger who traveled on the Titanic. This is a powerful experience for students as they learn how to process and evaluate events from another perspective.
8th Grade Language Arts
Students just finished up their last novel project and completed their AR points. This quarter, students have read several narratives pieces and completed a theme analysis as well as a plot by creating a comic strip to demonstrate their understanding of plot through the story. This week students will finish up their unit by creating their stories and sharing them with the class. This group has grown so much, and I am so happy to see them grow as individuals as they move onto high school.
8th Grade Science
8th-grade students are utilizing their scientist inquiry skills to measure length, regular and irregular volumes, mass, weight based on gravity, and temperature. As they complete their dimensional analysis of measurements, students will then understand why, in science and most other places in the world, we use the metric system instead of the standard system
8th Grade Social Studies
8th-grade social studies is getting into the thirteen colonies and will shortly be working into what caused the Revolutionary War. Students have been constructing advertising posters for their assigned colony, and we will hold a colonial fair day soon.
8th Grade Math
Hello! This year in 8th-grade math has started off to a fantastic start! We are making our way, quickly, through chapter 1. We recently took our Mid-Chapter 1 Test, and did fantastically for the most part! We have done hands-on activities such as making posters, dealing with unit cubes, and even reviewing with "Trashket-ball". If your student ever needs extra support, I am here most days before and after school. If that doesn't work, your student and I can discuss a better solution! Happy learning! Mrs. C.
Falcons are Soaring
Applications in Technology
My first semester classes are off and running, and so am I! My goals this year have to align the work we do in technology with the Cañon City High School pathways. We are focusing on developing 21st Century Learners prepared for high school education, and eventually the skilled workforce, or college.
This stage was set when six grade classes representing three grade levels, created their own norms. Through a lesson “Why Rules?” Students looked at workforce expectations from school to business and examples of norms. Sixth grade began the work by aligning the first norm to our school's S.O.A.R. behavioral concept of supporting students through positive reinforcement.
Since then, 6th grade learned how to use Google Docs, creating their own hyperlinked journal. They also created a CCMS school slideshow using Google Slides. In addition to learning Google Suite tools, this lesson was designed to reinforce our workplace norms: appropriate voice level, helping others, using feedback, and exceeding expectations!
Seventh and 8th Grade have been working also in Google Suite, with the same goals in mind. Their project, which incorporated Microsoft Office, was to create a photojournalism page about themselves that resembled a yearbook page. I am proud of their efforts thus far.
They are doing well with not seeing failure as a place to stop, but as a place to begin again! Our next projects will be to learn about Design Thinking and developing a whole class project!
Physical Education is off to a great start this year! We have new para-professional, Mrs. Jen Atwood, whom I am very excited to work with. She has been an excellent addition to the Physical Education program here at CCMS. Also, I am happy to announce that we have added a new class to the PE program here at CCMS. Students in the 7th and 8th grade are now able to sign up for Strength and Conditioning. A big thank you to Mr. Renn, Adam Hartman, and the RE-1 Board of Education for the approval of this class. Lastly, at the end of the month all PE classes will be off and cruising town in our annual weekly mountain bike unit that has been a big success here at CCMS.
Career Technical Education
In Career and Tech Ed.(SHOP ROCKS), students are completing their first practical assessment of hands-on skills. First year students are demonstrating their proficiency in making mitre and bevel cuts. They are also showing their stuff in rudimentary hand sanding. Second year students are experimenting with advanced joinery techniques. Students have shown their willingness to go out on a limb and challenge themselves with mortise and tenon, casement, and even hand cut dovetail joints. It's been a great start to the year and remember - SHOP ROCKS!!!!
Choir and Band
The CCMS music department is busy preparing for their upcoming performances. Watch for our choirs to perform on October 26th and our bands to perform on November 2nd. Thanks for continuing to support the arts in our school!
Mrs. Weaver and Miss. Withers Google Classroom
High engagement, daily vocab and learning that is just fun is what is happening in the learning resource rooms this year. Mrs. Weaver and Miss. Withers are continuing to employ various resources to motivate students to learn. Mrs. Weaver reports that students are enjoying Google Classroom and the different choices they have to demonstrate their understanding.
September Gifted Education Fact #1
It is widely acknowledged that giftedness is an inherent attribute. Although a few believe giftedness can be achieved through nurturing, the overwhelming consensus is that giftedness is present at birth, an inherited trait. Chances are very high that one or both parents of a gifted child, as well as siblings, are also gifted. Approximately 2% of the population is said to be gifted regardless of race, culture or socioeconomic status. It is a neuro-diversity, which does not discriminate.
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Students are actively engaged in
Life Skills classes .
Life Skills classes open new pathways.....
Oquist Academic Enrichment
Chess Club, Living History Club and NJHS:
Falcon Theater Drama:
Asst: Sheri Davidson
Battle of the Books:
Student Council: Tanna Miles / Brandy Price
CCMS Clubs are the place to be!
I am excited to be back for another year of helping your child to discover books that interest them. The students have taken their Fall STAR test and are using that score as a guideline to chose books in our library and from outside sources (home, public library) they can comprehend well.
All of our books here in the library are labeled with the Accelerated Reader level (AR), so the students can easily find books in their range. If they would like to check any other book for its level, they can go to arbookfind.com and type in the title and author to find out if it is an AR book.
The fiction section in the CCMS library has been arranged by genre to help students find books they love even easier. The students now can browse for books in these categories: Action/Adventure, Award Winners, Classics, Dystopian, Graphic Novels, HIstorical, Humor, Fairy Tale/Legend, Fantasy, Realistic Fiction, Sci-Fi, Sports, and Verse. All the fiction ha color coded spine labels to match the particular genre.
Student engagement increases when they can choose books they enjoy, thereby benefiting comprehension. I invite you to come and see our newly "genrefied" library.
Mrs. Oquist’s AE class has been taking the time to learn how to work in small groups with a growth mindset to lay the foundation for our success this year. We are excited to challenge ourselves and to not be afraid to try something because we think we won’t be good at it. Students have begun to develop an inquiry relationship with math, approaching it with curiosity and courage. When they get stuck we have been utilizing strategies for learning math; draw it out, teamwork, experiment, look for different resources, and to start with a smaller case.
Students are learning to talk to each other and the teacher about ideas and how problems can be solved with different insights and methods. Students have been given growth mindset messages at all times and are learning a little about how the brain “grows” along the way. Soon, students we be working on math tasks that will use the applications they have been taught in their core math classes to help students see the representation of the math in the real world, to encourage students to think quantitatively and abstractly and to develop an inquiry relationship with math.
The image to the right demonstrates our first team building activity. Students worked together using a rope to create 3-D shapes. Mrs. Oquist played the role of the skeptic and asked students to justify how they know their shape satisfies its defined characteristics. Students needed everyone in their group to successfully build these complex shapes and provide a convincing argument.
Chess Club has started with a bang this year. While we have only had a few meetings so far, the club is off to a furious pace. New faces, many of which are sixth graders, have joined our chess veterans to make a competitive group. I look forward to seeing the great games play out this year.
Living History Club
Living History Club is off and running for the fourth year in a row! As in the past, we are focused on helping students experience in a small way what life was like for our ancestors. This means learning some crafts, activities, and skills that people would have used throughout history. The time period we are focusing on this year has changed slightly. While we will still learn about the Victorian era for most of the year, we will also be learning some about what life was like in the medieval period. I look forward to seeing our students live history this year.
Student Council? Wow! Do WE have a student council!!! The first meeting was Tuesday, September 19th, this hard-working crew has already began planning for their first event! Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but it might be a Halloween Scream Double Feature, or so rumor has it. Yep! That’s right two frightful flicks, food, and fun! “We have a tremendous job to do.”, says Mrs. Miles co-adviser, focusing on the student body and events of the school for this coming year! Mrs. Price and Mrs. Miles, hope to provide numerous opportunities for this Fabulous Fifteen STUCO Crew, to shine through school leadership, and they are working to give them a voice in the school community! The first order of work will be to adopt a Cañon City Middle School Charter, and learn Parliamentary Rules. They will meet weekly, plan events, develop leadership, serve their school community and host community events. “We might even feed them…once in a while”, laughs Mrs. Price! Please take pride in your school for understanding the importance of student voice and their contribution to making Canon City Middle School a great place to grow and learn!
Battle of the Books
The book list is here for our 2017-2018 Competition. Any student interested in reading may join the Battle Team.
We will be reading the following books this year in preparation for our Battle of the Books on April 30th. "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech, "The London Eye Mystery" by Siobhan Dowd, "Elephant Run" by Roland Smith, "Code Talker" by Joseph Bruchac, "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Sue Park, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, "The Wednesday Wars" by Gary D. Schmidt, and "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor.
CCMS Coaches 2017-2018
7th/8th Cross Country: Brittany Kanach
Football: Nate Harms
Assistant Football: Ryan Brown, Tim Connor, Andy Vetter
8th Boys Basketball: Tony Grabau
7th Boys Basketball:John Gorham
8th Girls Basketball: Open
7th Girls Basketball: Randy Smith
Intramural Boys & Girls Basketball: Warren Heifner
8th Girls Volleyball: Randy Smith
7th Girls Volleyball: Amber Withers
Intramural Girls Volleyball: Wendy Humburg, Pam Hamby
7th/8th Coed Track: Randy Smith
Assistant 7th/8th Coed Track: Open
The CCMS Falcon Flyer
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During the summer, Project HOPE received a special $4000.00 grant from the Cañon City New Neighbors Club to help continue its efforts to empower students to thrive in their education by making sure each student is getting their needs met at home/school so they can focus on their studies in the classroom.
This grant will continue the program's sustainability as well as having a far-reaching impact on other students in the Canon City School District, not just here at CCMS. So far this year we have nine families (larger start than that of last year) who receive backpacks full of food to eat over the weekend and breaks.
I am continuing to partner with other schools in the district to get them on board projecting we can reach other schools and help over a few dozen families who just need a helping hand up and not a handout. We have supplied 37 kiddos from around the district with school supplies, while also providing a few students with additional clothing, new shoes and haircuts for the school year in hopes it will allow them to start the school year off in the right direction.
Together we soar!