8/26/19 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message


I would like to congratulate everyone for a successful first week of school.  We had many successful accomplishments in these first few days. On Thursday we held a Behavior Assembly combined with some school spirit building activities. We held a Goal Setting assembly on Friday which the student reported to be helpful in getting them to think about and WRITE DOWN their goals.  Overall it was a great 3 days of students getting to know their teachers and their schedules (we had no lost kiddos today). Even our 6th graders are beginning to wrap their minds around the A/B schedule.  


If you are interested in seeing what our students read over the summer, you can hit the links below.  Our goal is to provide plenty of choice and voice in what our students are reading. The goal is to foster a love of reading by allowing students to read about the things they are passionate about. 

6th Grade Summer Reading 

7th Grade Summer Reading 

8th Grade Summer Reading 


There is a lot of nuts-and-bolts information in this newsletter, so please take some time to read the sections below. 




You are all invited to our Back-to-School Night this Wednesday (8/28/19) from 6:00 - 8:00pm. I have linked the night time schedule below.  We still plan on beginning at 6:00pm in the gym for a brief message from the principal and some of our partners. From there, you will follow your child’s schedule through the day.  Be sure you know your child’s schedule and which room they are in each period.


We are looking forward to seeing you all this Wednesday night. 


Friday (8/30) will be a special minimum day with a release time of 1:15pm. 


Please consider walking or carpooling.  Parking will be extremely tight. Back-to-School Night is for parents/guardians only. 


Back To School Night Schedule




Over the past three year, Central Middle School has implemented a student behavior program called Positive Behavior Support and Intervention (PBIS). You will hear staff members refer to PBIS frequently throughout your time here. The major goal of PBIS is to provide students’ support, guidance, and consistent messaging around behavioral expectations. This includes our four core values: Safe, Supportive, Responsible and Respectful. We refer to these four words as much as possible throughout the year.        Our aim is to provide the kind of support that will help our students thrive in a productive learning environment. This includes a variety of positive incentives and encouragements to do the right thing. Throughout the day we stress the importance of being a good person. 


We continue to have high expectations for student behavior.  With the use of effective school and classroom management strategies, provision of appropriate intervention and support, and parent involvement the need for disciplinary measures that exclude students from instruction as a means for correcting student misbehavior is minimized.  Our goal is to keep students in school and engaged in a supportive educational environment. 

In that vein, please take the time to review our Student Parent Handbook, linked below.  We would like every family to know our school rules and expectations. Central Middle School Website is also a wealth of information. 


CMS Student/Parent Handbook




Please read the PTA Newsletter for important information and to sign up for some volunteer opportunities. 



Picture Day

Central Middle School  Picture Day Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Loaner PE Cloths washings https://signup.com/go/QKkZWoW




When visiting campus, please try to park in one of our parking lots off of Cedar or Chestnut streets. If you must park on the street, please make sure not to block our neighbors’ driveways.  

It is very frustrating to have your driveway blocked. 


Thank you for being a courteous neighbor. 



Mustang Roundup


Arroyo CMS PTA

Parents, Families and PTA Friends - welcome to a great 2019/2020 CMS year!

Central always wants our community involved, and here are some simple ways you can start:

1) Join the Central Arroyo PTA! Your one-time PTA Partner donation of $250 this Fall directly benefits Central and Arroyo schools and students by providing: 

  • Teacher Grants and Supplies
  • Art in Action, Garden, MakerSpace programs
  • Library Books
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Healthy Cities Tutoring
  • School Assemblies
  • And much, much more!

Every donation amount makes a difference, and we thank you in advance for any support you can give the Central Arroyo students and teachers!  DONATE TODAY!
2) PE Loaner Laundry sign-up: every kid forgets their PE uniform one day, and thankfully CMS has loaners. We need your weekend help getting them laundered, so we’re ready for the next week! Pick up laundry bag on Friday afternoon after school outside Fitness & Wellness office, drop off Monday morning before school. So easy! Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/QKkZW
3) Hot Lunch Volunteer sign-up:

Want a chance to see the kids during the lunch hour? Be a Hot Lunch Volunteer! Shifts are one hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Work monthly or more often. If interested, please sign-up here https://signup.com/go/OJUrzSh.  Questions? Contact Jen Pedrotti at jenniferpedrotti74@gmail.com
4) SAVE THE DATE! The 2019 Stampede and Soar Color Run will be on Sunday, October 6th, from 9am - 11am. Tickets $25 per participant. Sign up now! http://bit.ly/2TUj0Sb

Stampede & Soar Volunteers
Our Stampede & Soar team needs your help! We are looking for volunteers to help plan our fall Stampede & Soar Fundraiser. This is our only fundraiser of the year and a fun-filled community event! It's a great chance to get involved. Volunteer here

Stampede & Soar Business Sponsor Opportunity
Have your own business or know someone who does? Here’s an opportunity to sponsor our annual Central Middle School and Arroyo School Stampede & Soar Color Run, taking place Sunday, October 6 in San Carlos! It is the only fundraiser of the year for CMS and Arroyo School and reaches over the families of over 800 students.  Click here for more information on the Stampede & Soar Business Sponsorship. 
If you have any questions, or are interested in providing an in-kind donation, please contact Camala Umbenhaur at cumbenhaur@scsdk8.org. Thank you so much for your consideration and support!   
5) PTA Open Positions
The PTA is looking to fill a few more volunteer roles for this year: Fundraising Chair, Chickens’ Ball Representative and Yearbook Coordinator/Sports Photographer. We can't do it without you! Sign up here to volunteer.

6) Middle School Supplies
There is no need to fill backpacks with new school supplies. However, if you would like to donate items for school-wide use at Central, we are always in need of the following suggested middle school supplies. Donations are appreciated, but not required. As always, parents can also help provide classroom and field trip funds by supporting SCEF and our Central/Arroyo PTA. 
Thank you for your support!
The Central Arroyo PTA


Thank you!

A big thank you to Beth Rowell and Lucrecia Boswell for organizing Central Day and our Friday Jim Wiltens Assembly! We appreciate all of our PTA volunteers who helped make the first week back a success! We couldn't do it without you!


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.






High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

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


Carlmont High School

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