Chariho Middle News

March 24, 2023

Dear CMS Community,

Important Dates:

-March 27-30 ELA RICAS testing- charged computers are required.

-March 31 and April 1- Artessy- see link below.

-April 1- Final day to order yearbooks. See information below.

-April 5- SIT 3:00-5:00 pm in CMS Library Running Agenda

-April 5- PTO- 7:00 pm in CMS library.

-April 7-14- Spring Recess- School closed.

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


-State Testing begins on Monday- Please make sure all 5th and 8th graders have charged computers for Monday and Tuesday. 6th and 7th graders will need charged computers on Wednesday and Thursday.

-7/8th Grade Dance- Friday, March 24th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the CMS gymnasium.  Students must arrival by 6:45 pm. To attend the dance a student must be a Chariho Middle School student in the 7th or 8th grade and have a ticket.  7th and 8th grade students should have purchased a ticket already.  No tickets will be sold at the door. Students must be in school today, in order to attend tonight’s dance.

-Spirit Week- Chariho Middle School Spirit Week put on by the Student Council. The week of April 24 through April 28. The theme for each day is

Monday 4/24/23 - Sports Day: Wear any sports apparel for this day. 

Tuesday 4/25/23 - Dress to Impress: Dress up in a fashionable manner that could “impress” someone. 

Wednesday 4/26/23 - Wacky Wednesday: A Spirit Week Classic to dress up crazy, mix-match everything, make it not make sense.

Thursday 4/27/23 - Throwback Thursday: Dress in a different era.

Friday 4/28/23 - Chariho Pride: Show some school spirit with green or white. 

DISCLAIMER: all students must abide by the school dress code, if not they will be asked to change.

-2023-24 Middle School Course Selection- DEADLINE has been extended to Friday, March 31 (all students currently in 4th-7th grades) and Confidential Parent Questionnaire- New this year, these two forms will be emailed to parents and submitted online. There will be hard copies in the office for parents that prefer this method. Forms due March 31. All forms will close on April 1.

-Attention 8th Grade Parents- The 8th Grade Baby Picture & Message Form is due by Wednesday, March 29th.  Confirmation emails will be sent out to parents to review before publishing on Thursday, March 30th and Friday, March 31st.  Please respond within 24 hours.  Thank you!

-CMS Yearbook- The final deadline for yearbook orders is Saturday, April 1. Yearbook sales:  All yearbooks must be pre-ordered, CMS does not order any additional yearbooks and will be unable to get you a yearbook if not ordered by the deadline.

-State testing letter- CMS State Testing Parent Letter 2023.pdf .

-Chariho Middle School PTO Updates- Calendar Raffle - Envelopes went out this week with tickets & calendars as well as info about the prizes. $2,000 in cash prizes & 22 chances to win! Prize incentives for students! Please return sold tickets & money in the envelope by March 29th. Extra tickets can be found in the office. Payment can be cash & checks. Checks payable to Chariho Middle School PTO. You can also buy tickets on our website @ - CMS PTO will be at Artessy April 1st with an awesome raffle! CMS spiritwear - Visit to place your order online & have it shipped right to your door! CMS School Spirit Store - Check out the new CMS stainless steel water bottles, plastic sport water bottles, and tumblers! Go to for photos & ordering.

-Artessy-March 31-April1

-Less than a month left to complete SurveyWorks- The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its annual SurveyWorks Family Survey, which is an opportunity for family members to provide feedback about our school community and our children’s opportunities to learn.  The survey results are most useful when all families participate. Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. The data provided by you will be used to inform the development of our School Improvement Plan. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual. To take the survey, visit:  Choose your school from the dropdown list.

-Hopkinton Rec-  Donuts With a Dog- Visit Officer Raymond and local PD while enjoying complimentary coffee & donuts March 25th 9:00am-10:30am in Activities Center at Crandall House. Action Steps- Senior workshop for injury prevention with complimentary light lunch at Crandall House on March 28th at 11:30am. Youth Soccer- April 13th- June 1st  at Crandall Field for ages 3-9. Registration open now through April 12th. Tee Ball- May 20th-June 17th at Crandall Field for ages 4&5. Registration open now through May 8th. Annual Hoop Academy- July 24th-28th at Chariho High School for grades 3-9. Registration now open. Summer Day Camp at Crandall Field for grades K-6- July 6th-Aug. 23rd. Registration now open. For more information or to register, go to For most up-to-date info check out our Facebook page. Any questions please call our office at 401-377-7795. Like us on Facebook!

-Girl Scott Bronze Award collection project- see attachment. 309 Bronze Award 8.5x11.pdf 


Thank you, enjoy the weekend,

Greg and Mary Beth

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


-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. An informational meeting will be scheduled for students who receive letters. 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 a 92.5 GPA, without rounding up.  Membership in NJHS is both an honor and a commitment. For more information, please see the NJHS CMS Chapter By-Laws posted on the CMS website or contact Ms. Merritt, Chapter Advisor, or 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. 

-Arrival/Dismissal- Students are welcomed into the building at 7:20 am. Students will be dismissed in two waves at the end of the day. All students in 5th and 6th grades will be dismissed at 2:12 pm and all 7th and 8th grades at 2:15 pm.

-Cell Phone Reminder- Cell phones must be turned off and put away during the school day with the exception of students with documented medical needs. Students cannot make /receive calls or text messages while in school. Messages of an emergency nature will be given to the students from the main office. A telephone is available in the Dean’s Suite for necessary outgoing calls with the permission of a teacher or administrative staff. Students should not leave the classroom to use the Dean’s Suite phone unless it is a dire emergency.  However, the student Dean’s Suite phone is available for student use during the student’s lunch period.

-Snow Day/Inclement Weather Virtual Plan Update- The District plan has been approved by RIDE. It is important to note that RIDE has added requirements for virtual learning that differ from what students/parents and families experienced over the last couple of years. As a result, it is more likely that the District will utilize traditional school cancellation days and only utilize virtual learning days if the snowstorms/inclement weather closures go beyond 2 or 3 days.

-CMS Lost and Found- located by the back doors of the Main Entrance. Items left in the bin will be donated each Monday at 4:00 pm

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