10/7/19 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

Principals Message

I am pleased to announce that the School Board approved the appointment of Meagan Vizier as the next Assistant Principal at Central.  When this position opened up, Meagan was the first person I thought of to take on this leadership position. I have worked closely with her ever since I arrived at Central and have always been impressed with her dedication to our students and her knowledge of best practices for student learning.  She is the perfect fit for Central. 

I would also like to publicly thank Megan Becht for stepping up and assisting in the interim.  She has been an incredible help. I could not have survived the beginning of the school year without her.  Meagan Vizier will begin today and Megan Becht will be back in her classroom later this week.  

If you get a chance, please welcome Meagan Vizier and thank Megan Becht.  Below is a short biography Ms. Vizier wrote about her work experience:

“I’m thrilled to be returning to Central and starting my career as an administrator.

I’ve been a special education teacher since 2001.  I started my career in a non-public middle school/high school in San Francisco. I then taught at Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School in Pacifica before coming to Central in 2011.  Most recently, I’ve been out of the classroom as a program specialist in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. 

I have a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University of Irvine and a Master’s degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University.  

Education is a family business; my husband is a speech and language pathologist and my mom is a retired teacher.” - Meagan Vizier

Tom Domer



Halloween Costume Drive

Halloween Costume Drive

Central Middle School's girls scout troop Number 62286 is collecting Halloween Costumes for kids AND adults for a homeless shelter in Redwood City.  Halloween decorations are needed too.  The troop will have a box placed in the office for dropping off donations.  Hats, silly sunglasses, full costumes, lights, pumpkins etc. are all needed.   Please deliver by 10/15/19.


School District News


New Student Registration

New Student Registration

The San Carlos School District will be opening the first window of registration for any NEW students enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year, on November 1, 2019. This registration window is open until February 28, 2020 and parents may register at anytime during this period. 
New Student Registration is for all incoming Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and any student in grades 1st through 8th that will be new to the District (currently enrolled students do not need to complete this process).
Visit our website for more information - https://tinyurl.com/SCSD-Enrollment



Mark Your Calendar for ROPES


ROPES is the Rite Of Passage ExperienceS program that is specifically designed as an optional enrichment activity as students complete a cycle of their education. ROPES provides students in 4th, 6th, and 8th grade an opportunity to participate in an academic ritual by way of real-life learning experiences. Participating students will choose a self-directed project that incorporates the 21st century learning skills of initiative, inquiry, creativity, communication, cooperation, and leadership. Students have an opportunity to choose from a variety of Challenge Project Categories: Creativity/Appreciation of the Arts, Innovation/Invention, Adventure/Personal Challenge, Cooperative Games, Service/Advocacy
To learn more about ROPES projects and guidelines, students and parents should attend the ROPES orientation on: Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 at Mustang Hall at Central Middle School. 4th Graders attend from 6-7pm, 6th and 8th Graders from 7:15-8:15pm. For more information, please contact us at ropes@scsdk8.org 



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.



Mustang Roundup


Stampede & Soar Thank You

Stampede and Soar

Thank you to everyone who came out for Stampede & Soar yesterday to run, volunteer and cheer! We raised a lot of money and hope you had fun too! 

Thank you for our volunteers who came out early to set up, stayed late to clean up, monitored the course, sprayed the runners and kept everyone fed. A big thank you to our wonderful Stampede & Soar team: Leslie Ostrander, Kelin Pieret, Ashley Matter, Jen Holmes, Kirsten Kell, Michelle Huljev, Jenny Goines, Sara Taylor, Beth Rowell, Becky Mock, Kate Dickman, Michelle Chang, Amy Weisman.

And a special thank you to our Stampede & Soar Chair, Camala Umbenhaur for all of your time and energy and leading the way!!!



Thank You to Our Sponsors!

A Big Thank You to our Stampede & Soar Sponsors who made it possible. 

Platinum Sponsors: Chang Orthodontics; County Consumer Plumbing; Joyce & Tatum Real Estate Team; MA Private Wealth; San Carlos Orthodontics

Silver Sponsors: Alana Corso, Dwell; Andrews Orthodontics; Brittan Park Valuation; Clarity Counseling; Da Vinci Marble; Floorcraft; Hyland Design Group; Jones Lang LaSalle; Kirsten Kell, Marriage and Family Therapist; Pam's Path to Travel; Wendy Wood  Design

In Kind Sponsor: Road Runner Sports


Join the Central / Arroyo PTA TODAY!


October marks our Mustang/Eagle #FUNMONTH!

Between the Stampede and Soar fun run (yesterday 10/6), and the week-long Blizzard of Books Book Fair (Mon 10/7 - Fri 10/11), our students and families have some great events at school! Both of these are made possible by our PTA, and we need YOUR HELP. We’re already at 75% of our annual fundraising goal, and want to close the gap by OCTOBER 15TH.

In addition to community events, our PTA funding stretches far and wide to include teacher grants and supplies, Art in Action, Library Books, Healthy Cities Tutoring, and much more!
We are asking for a one-time PTA Partner donation of $250 which consolidates fundraising efforts and allows for more efficient spending throughout the year. Every donation amount makes a difference, and we thank you in advance for any support you can give the Central Arroyo students and teachers!  

So if you’re ready to join the PTA to advocate for great education; if you have a business that generously matches donations; or if your child has grandparents that want to stay involved in giving your kids an enriched, well-rounded experience at Central/Arroyo, please click here to JOIN TODAY! Thank you in advance!



Calling All Readers!  A Blizzard of Books is Coming!


The Central/Arroyo Book Fair is October 7th-11th, and we need your help to make it a success! Please consider volunteering by signing up for one of the shifts using this link: : https://signup.com/go/zNxkiWS
Students will be visiting the Book Fair throughout the week with their classrooms. The Book Fair will also be open before and after school. Please tell your student to swing by.  Parents are also welcome to check it out before or after their parent-teacher Conference. 
Blizzard of Books Family Night will be held in the evening on Thursday, October 10th, from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Bring the whole family to this arctic adventure and rediscover how cool it is to read!  Free pizza will be provided by the PTA and an icy treat will be available for purchase.  
Parents are also invited to join us for last some minute shopping at Bagels and Books on Friday, October 11th from 8:00-9:00 am.

New this year! Pay with E-Wallet.  For more information about how to set up an E-Wallet account, go to https://www.scholastic.com/bf/centralarroyo17

Thank you in advance for your support! Funds raised from the Book Fair support the Central Arroyo PTA and the Library. If you have any questions please contact Kristy Ettinger (kristy.ettinger@gmail.com), Julie Ledford (juliej74@gmail.com) or Stephanie Brill (slbrill@gmail.com).



The Central Yearbook and Mr. Lamb Need Your Help!


We have 3 volunteer opportunities available - please contact Mr. Nick Lamb at nlamb@scsdk8.org if you are interested or have any questions.

1) After School Sports Photography

For every sport, a team photo is needed and a few good action shots as well! We need a parent volunteer who would coordinate with Legarza to ensure all coaches take a team photo and reach out to parents for help with some good action shots from as many different of our teams as possible.

2) Event photographer

Our yearbook will need photos from school events such as Children's Theater productions, Stampede & Soar color run, and the Swing Dance competition. This parent volunteer could take the photos themselves and/or gather all photos taken from other parents at the events.

3) 8th Grade End of Year Slideshow 

This job involves asking parents to forward school related photos from the last 4 years, organizing them by year, and putting them to music. The slideshow is shown to the 8th graders at the end of year breakfast. We also ask parents to send in baby pictures for the yearbook. 





The Friends and Faculty Concert is Coming Soon!

Come see San Carlos School District music teachers perform with other professional musicians at the 14th annual Friends and Faculty concert on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7pm at St. Charles Church in San Carlos.  This is an amazing opportunity to enjoy many local talents as they play a variety of selections to be appreciated by an audience of all ages. All proceeds benefit the music programs in our district’s middle schools.  To purchase tickets, please visit https://www.scefkids.org/events/



Check Your Mailbox for the New SCEF Brochure

The new SCEF brochure provides an overview of the organization as well as answers to the BIG questions: What is SCEF? What does your donation support, why are donations needed for public schools, and how can we build strong schools together?  A big thank you to Wendy Wood, a SCSD parent, for donating her design services once again!



Community Partners


Healthy Cities Tutoring Orientation and Training for New & Existing Tutors

Healthy Cities Tutoring

Join us and make a difference in the life of a child.  Healthy Cities Tutoring matches volunteer tutors with students in K-8th grade who are struggling in school and need additional support.  Tutoring is just 45 minutes once a week, and timing is flexible with openings before, during, or after school.  Tutors select the school(s) and grade-level(s) they prefer and we match them accordingly.
Attend one of our upcoming training sessions on Wednesday, October 16, 8:30am-10am or 6:30pm-8:30pm at White Oaks School to learn how to help children one-on-one in the areas of reading, writing, math, engagement in learning, and self-esteem.  Additional trainings on 10/22 at Henry Ford Elementary & 11/7 at Clifford School.
Visit healthycitiestutoring.org for more information.



Chickens' Ball Variety Show and PTA Fundraiser

Chickens Ball Variety Show

Got Talent? Want to raise money for your kids’ music and art programs? Want to have fun? Sign up online and attend auditions October 24 or October 26 at Heather Elementary school. Watch our short video for all the info you need. www.chickensball.org


Parent Education Opportunities

Parent Education

Parent Symposium @ Santa Clara County Office of Education

  • When:  Saturday, October 19th, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Where:  Santa Clara County Office of Education

This free event will feature a number of informative sessions on current trends and hot topics in parenting, including school readiness, internet and social media safety, and much more!  Click here to RSVP.


TWO Opportunities to hear Charlies Appelstein, MSW, Author and Youth Care Expert, present No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach for Effective Parenting.  

  • When:  Wednesday, October 23rd, 7 pm - 8:30 pm.  Click here to RSVP.**
  • Where:  Mills High School's Theater

And a second opportunity to hear Mr. Appelstein speak:

  • When:  Thursday, October 24th, 7 pm - 8:30 pm.  Click here to RSVP.**
  • Where:  Menlo-Atherton High School's Performing Arts Center



High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Sign ups for Sequoia HS Shadow Program will begin on 9/11. Sign up here.

8th grade students will be able to shadow Sequoia students on most Mondays between September 23, 2019 and January 27, 2020.


Carlmont High School

8th graders and their families can learn all about Carlmont HS through Group or Individual Shadowing, Info Nights, Forums and Newsletters. To learn more, click HERE.


Summit Public High School

8th graders and their families can learn about the Summit Public School experience HERE.


Design Tech High School

8th graders and their families can learn about the Design Tech Charter High School experience HERE.