5/20/19 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

May 20, 2019

During PTA and School Site Council meetings I always give a Principal’s Report. I mentioned in the most recent meetings that we have been working with several students on their behavior. It is not uncommon that misbehaviors increase in the spring in part because our students are tired and ready for a break.  But the real reason our students get in trouble is that teenagers are really good at making bad decisions. It always helps me to explore the reasons behind poor decision making in our children. I would like to share this article to help you understand why it seems our teenagers make such poor choices.

Why teens make bad decisions

I really like articles that dive into the developing brain. I love how this article discusses the “biology of bad decision making”.  As you have probably seen with your children when they were younger, they have a very strong sense of what is right and wrong. Children spend a great deal of time thinking about what is “fair” or “not fair”. How many times have you found yourself saying, “Life is not fair?”  The point is, teenagers know the difference between right and wrong. But there is a difference between what teenagers know and what they do. 

The best thing about this article is the way it coaches adults on how to communicate to our teens.  Just because our kids are hardwired to make poor decisions does not mean they are destined to make one poor choice after the next.  It also does not mean that they can’t be talked into making better decisions. Ms. Shelton and I, as well as all the teachers on campus, spend a great deal of my time speaking/directing/pleading our kids to make better choices.  They are expert at acting like they are not listening, but they are, and more often than not, they heed our warnings and/or take our advice.

If you only have a few minutes, make sure to read the last section titled “Helping Teenagers Make Good Decisions”.   It is consistent with other things I have written this year and serves as a good reminder of what our kiddos need from us. 

Tom Domer



Is your child interested in making CMS a better place? Now is their opportunity to run for ASB office for the 2019-2020 school year. Students can find election packets in the front office and room 204. All election packets are due back by Friday, May 31st. Have questions? Students can see or email Ms. Williams for more information.


Yearbook Sales

Online sales are now over, but we will sell the rest of the 2019 CMS Yearbooks through the front office. Bring in $60 cash only to Ms. Gamez to secure your Yearbook. Act now before it's too late! Questions? Email Mr. Lamb Yearbook Advisor - nlamb@scsdk8.org.

Not sure if you bought a yearbook? Have your student check the updated list in the south atrium. If his/her name is NOT on the list he/she has NOT bought a yearbook.


Camp Lead is a wonderful opportunity for students this summer who wants to improve their leadership skills and who are interested in social justice.  It is a free program offered but the County Office of Education. Please hit the link below if you are interested in more information.

Camp Lead Link



Spring Sports Night

Monday June 3 @ 5:30 In Central’s gym is our Spring Sports Night. All are welcome to come recognize our young athletes.  

Best Regards,

Justin Lourenco



1027 Bransten Road, San Carlos, CA 94070

Office: 415-334-3333 Cell: 559-639-3074


Mustang Roundup


Purchase a Graduation Candy Lei Today!

Need a fun graduation present? Want to show your school spirit? Purchase an 8th grade graduation candy lei today!

All proceeds benefit Sequoia High School Class of 2020, Safe and Sober Graduation Activities

Cost: $12

Ribbon choices: purple/white, green/white or blue/white

Order online: https://SequoiaPTSA.myschoolcentral.com
Deadline: Order by Thursday, May 30, 2019

Pickup: June 1-2, CMS, Clifford and North Star parking lots, time tbd

Questions: email brett.e.gardner@gmail.com

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.





Make It Happen in May!

While SCEF’s fiscal year ends in June, we are on a campaign to reach our fundraising goal by May 31st in hopes of minimizing budget reductions. If the School Board has the estimated SCEF Grant for the 2019-20 school year in June, they can consider this estimate in their final budget deliberations.

  • Check out our flyer with more information at:
  • To understand how your donation to SCEF makes a difference to your child’s education, watch our video at:
  • Go to http://www.scefkids.org/donate to make your donation or add to your gift this year. Gifts of any size are appreciated and will make a real difference for our kids. If you are going to donate via payroll deduction with your employer please act now as it can take up to 8 weeks for funds to be received by SCEF.


June 14, 2019 is San Carlos Night at Oracle Park!

Join parents and community members for the 2019 San Carlos Night at SF Giants.

Hear our students sing the National Anthem before the game & watch the Giants take on the Milwaukee Brewers (gametime is 7:15 P.M.). Stay after the game for FIREWORKS!!!

Tickets available at San Carlos Youth Center from April 8. Cash or Check only.

Purchase your spot for your child to sing  the National Anthem at San Carlos Night at the Giants here:  https://scefkids2019.ggo.bid

See last year’s video: https://www.scefkids.org/2018-scef-anthem-performance/



Community Partners



Summer Camp 2019

After a successful Spring Break Camp at SCSD (Arroyo School), KidzToPros in partnership with SCSD and your favorite ASP vendors is excited to host a huge variety of STEAM and Sports Summer Camps! Camps are scheduled between the 17th of June and 9th of August, 2019 at Arundel Elementary and White Oaks Elementary Schools. Many different camp options are available along with pre and post care. 

Registration for these camps are filling fast! To learn more and book for the camps - please visit the KidzToPros website at 




The Clean Cars for All Program is Now Accepting Applications

This program offers $2,500 - $9,500 to low-income Bay Area residents in communities disproportionately burdened by pollution to retire an older vehicle and replace it with a clean vehicle or Clipper Card.

Visit the Air District's Clean Cars for All website to find out of you are eligible for funds to purchase or lease a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle or receive a Clipper Card!

Questions? Contact (855) 256-3656 or CleanCars@GridAlternatives.org 



SamTrans Youth Pass

The 2019 SamTrans Summer Youth Pass (SYP) goes on sale May 21st. The SYP is only $40 and is good for unlimited rides on any SamTrans route for kids 18 years and younger from June 1 through Aug. 31, a significant savings compared to purchasing a Monthly Youth Pass for $27 every month.  The Summer Youth Pass allows kids to be independent with safe and affordable transportation all summer long. Details about this year's Summer Youth Pass are online at www.samtrans.com/syp. NEW this year, the SYP will be available for purchase on the Official SamTrans Mobile App. Just tap and go on your phone! It's that easy.


High School Happenings


Sequoia High School


There is a summer program available for anyone interested in playing football. It will be held at Sequoia High School from June 17th thru July 26th. Contact Rob Poulos (email: FastFootballLLC@gmail.com or cell: 925-577-7696) for details and to register.

Sequoia High School website:  http://www.sequoiahs.org


Carlmont High School

Carlmont High School website: http://carlmonths.org