Chariho Middle News

May 13, 2022

Dear CMS Community,

Important Dates: 

-May 18- Early Release-CMS students dismissed at 12:45 pm.

-May 19-CMS Band/Chorus Concert-7:00PM in the CMS auditorium.

-May 20- Progress Reports on PowerSchool.

-May 30- No School students and staff.

-June 1- School Improvement Team Meeting- 3:30-4:30 CMS library.


-Excuse Yourself- On May 12th and 13th, 8th grade students will be receiving a presentation called "Excuse Yourself." The "Excuse Yourself" presentation educates students on how to safely avoid getting into a car with an impaired driver. Through education and real-life scenarios students will gain the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to say no. This program is presented by Rebecca White, program coordinator of the Youth Driven traffic safety and leadership program. Youth Driven is led by the Rhode Island Student Assistance Services and if you would like to learn more, please visit the Youth Driven website at 

-SurveyWorks- In order to hear from as many families as possible across the state, the Rhode Island Department of Education is reopening the SurveyWorks family survey until May 17! If you did not complete the survey earlier this spring, please visit to share your perspective with school and district leaders. Please note that the family survey has 44 questions for families who have responded No to question 1 and 52 questions for families who have responded Yes to question 1. Once the first answer has been marked, please click “Continue” to move on to the rest of the survey questions before closing out the survey. 

-CMS Band/Chorus Concert- Thursday, May 19 at 7:00PM in the CMS auditorium.  Band and Chorus members report to their classroom at 6:30 to warmup.

 -STEM Summer Camp at Chariho Middle School for incoming 7th and 8th grade students.  Click here for more information: STEM Summer Camp flyer. Click here to register: STEM Summer Camp Registration Form

-Chariho Art Show- Browse the virtual galleries featuring work from Chariho students in grades K through 12 at

-COVID-19 testing- If you have already given consent this school year, you do not need to give consent again. If you have not given consent and would like to have your student(s) tested, please go to this link,, and enter access code CMSTESTING22. Please note that this code is for middle school students only. Our next test date will be Tuesday, May 17 beginning around 8:30 am. It is important to remember that only asymptomatic students can be tested. You must pre-register by 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 15. Please remind your student(s) if they are being tested, we do not call students down by name and we do not remind them that they are on the consent list. The only way to consent to have your student(s) tested is through the portal which does not get updated in real time. It is recommended that student athletes be tested once a week.

-Snow Days/Inclement Weather Plan- please see the attached CMS Snow Days/Inclement Weather Days

-High School FBLA is excited to promote the Chariho ONLINE School Store! From the comfort of your home, you can now buy: Sweatshirts, Hats, Ornaments, T-Shirts, Blankets, Pajama Pants,Water Bottles… and more items are added daily! The website is:


Thank you and enjoy the weekend,

Greg and Mary Beth

"CMS will teach, target, and transform our school community”


-Positive COVID-19 Cases- Parents if you have a CMS student who tests positive for COVID-19 can you please email Julia Phelan at [email protected] and Gregory Zenion at [email protected] or call the clinic at 315-2822. Please contact school as soon as possible regardless of whether or not RIDOH says they will notify the school. The sooner we know about a positive case the sooner we can act to make sure we are keeping the building safe.

-CMS Drills- When CMS has a fire drill, lockdown, or any other event that causes us to enact our emergency safety plan, the principal will make an announcement at the end of the drill/event to debrief the situation. Please note this communication will be brief and will not go into great detail. By making announcements, we hope it will reduce any stress that was caused by the drill.

-CMS National Junior Honor Society- The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) was established in 1929 by the Association for Secondary School Principals to recognize and encourage academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy.  The Chariho Middle School Chapter of the NJHS recognizes these characteristics and pillars of the NJHS, scholarship (92.5 GPA without rounding up), service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Our chapter includes year 1 (grade 7 or 8) and year 2 (grade 8) memberships. Year 1 students (Grades 7 and 8) will be invited for membership in February by maintaining a 92.5 or higher GPA without rounding up. After a student’s intent of membership, the student must demonstrate the five pillars of scholarship (92.5 GPA without rounding up), service, leadership, character, and citizenship.  After successfully completing demonstrated Pillars, students will be invited to participate in the Induction ceremony held in June.  Year 2 students who were inducted into membership in grade 7 may continue year two by maintaining all requirements, including 92.5 GPA, without rounding up.  Year 2 students have been notified, by email, of this year’s requirements. Membership in NJHS is both an honor and a commitment.  Members of the Chariho Middle School chapter of the NJHS must demonstrate the pillars of scholarship (92.5 GPA without rounding up), service, leadership, character, and citizenship.  For more information, please see the NJHS CMS Chapter By-Laws posted on the CMS website or contact Mrs. Florenz, Assistant Principal.

 -CMS is 100% Peanut/Tree Nut Free school- Below is our process for addressing any issues:

Peanut/Tree Nut Free

  • If a student brings in a peanut/tree nut product and it has not been opened, we will request that the student bring the product to the main office to be picked up at the end of the day.
  • If the student has opened the product during snack or lunch, we will request that the student either go to the main office break room or throw the product out. If student throws the product out a school snack/lunch will be given to them.        
  • All CMS staff will monitor food to ensure peanut/tree nut-free contents.     
  • Restricted items include any food that may have been produced in a factory that may not be peanut/tree nut-free. 
  • Due to allergies, we ask that you reinforce with your students that no one should share food items. 

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