3/18/19 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

March 18, 2019

What is a genuinely successful child? I am curious how our parent community in San Carlos might answer this question.  I would guess that our community would say; getting good grade, doing well in sports and having good friendships. While these things are very important, I love how the Compass Advantage dives deep into what our kids need to be successful children.  The Compass Advantage is a framework for positive youth development and serves as a launching point for many other great ideas around parenting and educating our children.  The 8 Core Abilities mentioned in the article linked above mentioned qualities such as curiosity, empathy, resourcefulness and self-awareness as skills needed for success. I think of these things as character traits, but Dr.  Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D., author of the Compass Advantage refers to these not as qualities but as skills.

Thinking about something like empathy or curiosity as a skill opposed to a quality suggests that it is teachable and learnable. The article mentions that the 8 Core Abilities can be nurtured and modeled by the adults.  This can be done through volunteerism and by building positive relationships with adults (parents, teachers, coaches, etc.) See the article titled, Tomorrow’s Change Makers: Reclaiming the Power of Citizenship for a New Generation.  The original article has several Resources that you can explore which I found fascinating.

What also resonated with me was the article, 8 Pathways to Every Student’s Success because Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. provides concrete, actionable things that can be done around each one of her Core Abilities. I particularly like that under Sociability, she stresses the importance in the words we choose in building relationships.  The link between healthy relationships and avoiding impulsive behavior is very interesting to me. I also really like how setting high expectations for our kids helps them build resourcefulness.

It is our goal as parents and educators to help develop a child’s mind, body, heart, and spirit.  I have always valued educating the whole child and love these articles include, as resources, alternative ways of thinking about how we foster health children.  As we head into our last trimester of the year, it is good to spend some time thinking about what our children are going to need to be successful human beings in the world we live in today.


This Week is Ability Awareness week. The mission of Ability Awareness week throughout the San Carlos School District is to promote understanding, acceptance and appreciation of individual learning and ability differences through fun, experiential activities.  Activities are planned throughout the week in several different classes. We will also be doing something during lunch for our students.

Please click the link below to see the wonderful activities we have planned.

Ability Awareness Week


Mustang Musings is back. Student Christine Chang is spearheading the effort to collect original pieces of writing and art form CMS Students. Encourage your child to make a submission. It is a lot of fun seeing your child’s work in print.


Talent Show

Central’s annual Talent Show is the Thursday during Quest period (2:15-3:15 pm).  Parents are welcome to come see the show.


School Site Council

This Thursday (3/21) at 3:30 pm is our School Site Council meeting. All are welcome to join. We will be taking input for our LCAP at this meeting.



Sequoia High School, Gym 1 (Main Gym)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

6:30pm - 8:00pm

The entire Sequoia family is delighted to welcome you-- our incoming students and parents-- to our annual Incoming Student Welcome Event on April 23rd, 2019. Principal Sean Priest will kick the night off with a short presentation followed by a question and answer session with current Sequoia students who can give you the inside scoop on what to expect during this important transition and first year. Expert members of our PTSA, Education Foundation and Boosters Club will also be there to welcome you to the school and answer all your questions. Please join us for this fun, casual, informational night this spring so that you can enjoy your summer break, confident that you are ready to enjoy a smooth start at Sequoia in the fall. Small children are welcome. For more information about this event, please email events@shsef.org.


Mustang Roundup



Central Track and Field is Coming!

We have a growing team of athletes who are ready to participate in one or more of the following events this coming season:

  • 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1 mile
  • 4x100m relay, 4x200m relay, 4x400m relay
  • Long jump, high jump, shot put, and discuss

We need more students to join the team so we have enough relay team members. We even have a coach who will be available on some days to introduce the students to pole vault!

Practices are on Wednesdays at Burton Park from 1:45 – 3:15 starting March 27th. Sunday practices include time trials at Sequoia HS:

  • 4/7       4:00 – 5:30 pm
  • 4/14     4:00 – 5:30 pm
  • 4/28     1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • 5/5        1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • 5/19      4:00 – 5:30 pm

If you have questions about the sport at middle school, please contact the coach for this season, Megan Miller, at meganmiller5@gmail.com.

To register, follow this link:  https://www.scsdsports.org 



Ability Awareness Week is Sponsored by the Special Education District Advisory Council.  It is celebrated throughout the San Carlos School District March 18-22.

Our mission is to promote understanding, acceptance and appreciation of individual learning and ability differences through fun, experiential activities.

Join us for a Growth Mindset Workshop on Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. at Heather MUR.

Ask you student(s) what activities they participated in. Have them tell you about the AAW assembly! 

Remind them to wear awesome Odd Socks on Thursday, March 21st in support of World Down Syndrome Day! 

Come to Movie Night featuring Soul Surfer on Friday, March 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at Heather MUR.


5th Grade Basketball Begins in March

Boys and Girls at Mariposa, SCCLC, and Arroyo are welcome to join us for our 5th basketball season this spring. Girls and boys will be placed onto even teams that will compete against other local 5th grade teams. This is a semi-competitive program aimed to introduce students to school sports and develop students into better basketball players. Score and rankings will be kept, but only to assist with the players' development.

The school athletics program is managed by Legarza, who conducts the tryouts, trains and staffs all the coaches, and coordinates all gym space and referees for the season. My role is to provide communication between SCSD and the athletic directors.

Use this link to register: https://www.scsdsports.org/scsd-registration-1

All players must read the Concussion Information and fill out an Athletic Clearance Form that requires a doctor's authorization every 16 months.


  • Girls: March 27, 2:00-2:45pm & March 28, 4:15-5:00pm
  • Boys: March 27, 2:45-3:30pm & March 28, 3:30-4:15pm

Practices: 1-2 times per week and games will be 1-2 times per week. All events will take place between school letting out and 7pm Monday-Thursday. We try to schedule as much as possible right after school lets out, but cannot accommodate all teams all the time. 

Season: The season will run for approximately six weeks with 6-8 games played between Mariposa/SCC and Arroyo, in addition to other local 5th grade teams. 

Please contact Mindy Hill at mhill@scsdk8.org if you have any questions.



SCSD Athletics

Please use the DISTRICT LINK https://www.scsdsports.org for information on SCSD Athletics. Call 415-334-3333 or email scsdsports@legarzasports.org with any questions.





Revel at Devil's!

On May 4, 2019, join us at for the annual community event at Devil’s Canyon and enjoy live music by the Best of the 80s: Tainted Love!

Ticket price is $75 per person and $35 per teacher/staff.

Price includes entrance to Devil's Canyon, one drink ticket, as well as dinner from food trucks & dessert table.

Buy your tickets now and pick one up for your favorite educator too!

Go to: www.scefkids.org/reveltickets



Did You Miss Out?

Did you miss out on Gala online auction items, or grabbing a spot for your child to go on their teacher’s outing? The POST EVENT "auction" site has many items still available! All teacher outings are for sale at Fixed, Buy-it-Now prices. Check them out at:




Community Partners



2020 San Carlos Chickens' Ball

Do you want to be part of the oldest competition in San Carlos?  Do you have the charm, the looks, the charisma to join the fun of Chickens’ Ball?  Chickens’ Ball is the oldest school district fundraiser, raising money for schools through hilarious skits, song and dance since 1940.  You are invited to attend one of the upcoming Chickens’ Ball Skit Writing meetings:    April 13, 2019 10:00am-11:30am at San Carlos Library, Room A and April 30, 2019 7:30pm -9pm at San Carlos Library, Room A.  Send 1 or more person to the meeting to get all the information you need to write the skit for the show.

Follow with Chickens’ Ball on Facebook  @Chickensball
Contact your PTA group to learn more!

Thursday Evening Parent Support Group

Thursday evenings at Heather Elementary School Library from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This week we delve further into our exploration of conflict, with a focus towards how we help our children develop skills to deal with conflict. The group is free to parents in the San Carlos School District. This is an opportunity to meet fellow parents in the school district community!

To RSVP go to this link and purchase your free ticket: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-support-group-san-carlos-school-district-tickets-53717537601


San Carlos Earth Day Cleanup 2019

Want to make a difference this Earth Day? Roll up your sleeves and join the City of San Carlos on Saturday, April 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. to clean up downtown Laurel Street.




High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Open House

Thursday, March 28, 2019 -7:00-8:30 PM

Open to Current and Prospective Students

Sequoia Day/Sequoia Stampede

Saturday, April 13, 2019 (9:00 AM)

Freshman Welcome Night

Wednesday, April 25 @ MPR 6:30-8:30 PM

Also, for more information about Sequoia and all of our programs, please visit our website at http://www.sequoiahs.org/index.html    



Carlmont High School


Attached please find a flier regarding Carlmont football.


•    Carlmont High School website: http://carlmonths.org/ 
•    Sequoia Union High School District website: http://www.seq.org/ 

•    Central, Charter, & Tierra Linda: Chris Cook chris@brycecookgroup.com      
•    Nesbit, Ralston & Non-Feeder: Carol Castro carolcastro@comcast.net  
•    For non-feeder school ONLY: email CarlmontInfo@gmail.com to join mailing list


Summit/Everest High School

For more information go to summitps.org


Design Tech High School