Chariho Middle News

Dear CMS Community,

Important Dates:

-February 5 – End of Quarter 2.(Final grades posted in PowerSchool on 2/12).

-February 15-19- Winter Recess- No school.

-February 24- Early release Wednesday (Students released at 11:30am).

-CMS’s Highly Capable program program seeks to meet the needs of students with high intellectual ability who would benefit from differentiated instruction outside the classroom. In this program, students from grades 5-8 can participate in extended research opportunities, and students in grades 6-8 can take Virtual High School courses.  Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now being accepted for current 5th -7th grade students.  This link provides more details about the program as well as the application process and forms. Applications are due by February 26.


-Dear Grade 8 Parents- The course selection portal is now open and students will be able to select grade 9 classes through Friday February 26. Parents must log into PowerSchool and verify all student requests.   Attached is a copy of the course selection presentation from Grade 8 Parent night earlier this week. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Travis, grade 8 school counselor at Lauri.Travis@chariho.k12.ri.usor Erik Meerbach, School Counseling Dept. Chair at Erik.meerbach@chariho.k12.ri.usVirtual 8th Grade Parent Night (20-21).pdf 


-Message from our Student Assistance Counselor- As we prepare for the upcoming winter recess we wanted to provide you with some resources and simple wellness tips. People of all ages are feeling stress related to the pandemic and overall societal tension.  Taking care of yourself now is more important than it has ever been!  A simple way to care for your mind and body is to take a break from social media, news and gaming.  Whether you go cold turkey for a few days or limit your use, you'll feel the benefit.  Get your family on board too! Here are some resources in RI for you and your loved ones:  

Chariho Youth Task Force has resources for people of all ages: 

Lifespan has 24/7 support for children or teens in crisis:

Know that you are always supported and never alone! We look forward to seeing our students well rested and ready to learn on February 22nd!Jessica Ferrol, Student Assistance Counselor, LMHC, CAGS


-Unified Basketball- If your child is interested in participating in unified basketball this year, please contact Mrs. Doyon  for more information.


-Attention 8th grade families- Shirts for Grade 8 students are here. In-person students received shirts during school on Monday. DL students can pick shirts up in the main office from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. ***Please call 364-0651 before coming to pick up shirts.***

SurveyWorks  -Please complete this survey so we have a better understanding of how parents view CMS.


Necessity for School Construction Survey please complete so the District has a better understanding of which option works best.

 -Learner Qualities Revision:

At the Middle School level, academic teachers, based on grade levels, will rate Learner Qualities as a collaborative team, one rating for each Learner Quality for all academic classes, at the close of each semester with a summary rating reported on student report cards. Unified Arts/PE teachers, based on grade levels, will rate Learner Qualities in each class at the close of each semester, with a summary rating reported on student report cards.  

During the 2020-21 Pandemic school year, the focus in all grades will be on two selected Learner Qualities and will be rated as “meets" or "does not meet":

  • Self-Directed Learner Learners take initiative and are active participants in the learning process. Learners make meaning by linking their story, their new learning and their purpose. Learners carefully plan their learning journey.  
  • Quality Producer Learners create organized and professional products. Learners always wonder about why and how. Learners take risks and explore in order to arrive at new solutions. 

Students are able to receive an 0, 20, or 40 for their Learner Qualities ratings.

0 = Does not meet either LQ

20 = Meets 1 LQ

40 = Meets 2 LQs

Collaborative Worker, Respectful Citizen, and Growth Mindset are not graded this semester and will show as a zero (for calculation purposes only).  The only LQs scored are mentioned above.

-QCAs (Quarter Common Assessments) will no longer be administered and are being replaced by Common Unit Assessments.  Common Unit Assessments will be given two to four times within a marking period, depending on the content.  

-Reading your student’s Common Unit Assessment grade.  These grades are first-take grades and are not part of your student’s quarter grade.  The final grade for the assessment will be posted under a similar title, usually the description of the assessment, and will be part of the quarter grade.  Some first-take assessments are based on rubrics and are converted to a numeric grade for the final grade.

-Lunch menu- see attachment.MS Lunch Menu for February 2021 includes Early Release To Go meals.pdf 

-Chariho Girls Softball League- see attachment. School Flyer.pdf 

Thank you, stay healthy, and enjoy the weekend,

Greg and Mary Beth

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

Parents and Guardians: As a reminder, all in-person learners must have a daily self-check completed every day prior to leaving the house. Any student who participates in athletics, extracurricular activities, or receives services at school will also need the daily self-check completed. This is a requirement from our state as well as part of our District Attendance Policy. Any family that does not consistently complete this self-check will be required to move to distance learning. It is imperative that we ensure everyone is healthy when attending school. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated while we work to keep our school communities safe. 

-Remember forever. Purchase a yearbook today for just $28! The 2020-2021 CMS yearbook will include ALL grades. The final deadline for purchasing a yearbook is May 1st. Yearbooks can only be purchased online and MUST be pre-ordered. To purchase today, go to Please contact with any questions. 

-Would you like to do something special for your 8th grader? Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for families to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. To purchase your ad online, start here: . Jostens is managing your school's yearbook ad sales so please do not contact or send materials to the school. All ad orders must be placed online by 01/31/20. 

-CMS is 100% Peanut/Tree Nut Free school- Below is our process for address 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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