Chariho Middle News

June 2, 2023

Dear CMS Community,

Important Dates:

-June 7- Last day for late buses.

-June 20- Last day of school.

-September 5- First day of school for students.

-September 6- SIT 3:00-5:00 pm in CMS Library Running Agenda

-September 6- PTO 7:00 pm in CMS Library

-September 21- Early Release Day CMS students dismissed at 12:45 pm.


-Pink Out Day- The Student Council is putting on a Pink Out Day on Wednesday, June 14, 2023. All are encouraged to participate in the event by wearing as much Pink as possible. All outfits and accessories must follow the Chariho Middle School Dress Code.

-Facility Walks- Please see attached letter about upcoming facility walks.Facility Walks.pdf 

-8th Grade Promotion Dance- All CMS 8th graders are invited to attend our 8th grade promotion dance on Monday, June 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the CMS gym. This event is only for 8th graders that attend CMS. All 8th graders need a ticket to attend. Tickets will be available in school starting on June 14. There is no charge for this dance.

-The Chariho Middle School Kid's Grow Garden 1996-2023 has begun planting for the upcoming growing season.  If you have any extra plants that did not fit in your garden, we will find room for them in our 1/2 acre.  Help us help those in need, all the produce harvest goes too RICAN and is distributed to our community. If you are looking for some community service hours, we work in the garden every Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM starting June 26th. Meet us in front of the CharihoCareer and Tech Center to provide food for those in need.

-Important Clinic Information for the 23-24 School Year

23-24 Middle School Health Requirements

Requirements for students entering 7th grade:

  • 1 dose of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine
  • 1 dose of Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV4) vaccine
  • 1 dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine
  • An up to date physical (dated within the last 12 months, after September 1, 2022)

Requirements for students entering 8th grade:

  • 2nd dose of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine

Please send in updated physicals, immunization records and/or exemption forms.  Paperwork can be mailed, dropped off in person, emailed to the clinic clerk or faxed to the clinic direct line. Forms for physicals and exemptions can be found on the clinic website.

-23-24 Medication and Order Updates- If your student will require daily medications, as-need medications (including inhalers, Ep-Pens, and allergy medications) or other care plans please submit updated plans, orders, and medications to the clinic in September.  Forms for these items can be found on the clinic website 

-Chariho Volleyball Skills Clinic- at Chariho Regional High School gymnasium on August 2-4, with two sessions each night.  Session 1 will be for grades 6-9 and take place from 5:30-7PM.  Session 2 will be for grades 10-12 and take place from 7-9PM.  Athletes will take part in numerous drills to improve their overall volleyball skills.  You will need to complete this form for each athlete that wishes to attend the camp:

-CMS Library- All library books are due on June 2nd. For overdue or lost books, there will be fines put into PowerSchool. Thank you for your consideration of our library resources!

-ChatGPT/AI is a language model that was created by Microsoft. Like any technology, it can be misused. Misuse may include using it for school to generate answers, responses, or even essays. The program's terms of use state that users must be 18 or older or have parental consent. Programs are available to detect whether written passages have been created with ChatGPT. Though CMS students cannot access ChatGPT on their laptops, some have been using SnapChat on their cellphones to access the program to create written content. Using ChatGPT in this way falls under academic dishonesty (Plagiarism Policy K-12 found on the district website and the CMS Student Handbook). 
Please talk to your middle schooler about ChatGPT/AI!

-New and improved communication for discipline referrals- CMS will now send discipline referrals home electronically to parent/guardian emails. We will no longer use U.S. Mail if we have an email on file.

-Hopkinton Rec- Huck Finn Day- June 4th at Crandall Field starting at 10AM. Youth Grass Volleyball Tournament- Sunday, June 18th at Crandall Field starting at 10:30AM. Learn to Play Grass Volleyball- Tuesdays & Thursdays starting July 11th-Aug 17th for grades 3-9 at Crandall Field. Babysitting Certification Course- Monday, July 24th 9AM-3:30PM at Crandall House for ages 11 & up. Annual Hoop Academy- July 24th-28th at Chariho High School for grades 3-9. Summer Day Camp at Crandall Field for grades K-6- July 6th-Aug. 23rd. Black Bear Archery Camp- Aug 7th-11th 9AM-12PM at Crandall Field for ages 8 & up. Registration open now for all programs & events listed. 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!


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 CharihoMiddle 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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