12/9/19 CMS Newsletter

Message from the Principal

With the holidays coming up and so much going on, I want to remind you of our schedule changes and special events:


  • 12/10/19 Orchestra Concert 7:00-9:00pm
  • 12/11/19 Band Concert 7:00-9:00pm
  • 12/18/19 Minimum Day 1:15pm Release 
  • 12/19/19 Minimum Day 1:15pm Release 
  • 12/20/19 No School. 
  • 1/6/20 - Teacher Work Day - No School for Students
  • 12/21/19 to 1/7/20 Winter Break 


Canned Food Drive

ASB is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to bring a canned food drive to Central. This winter food drive will help support members of our community this holiday season. Please consider sending any unopened, non-perishable food items to school with your child from Thursday, December 5th to Wednesday, December 18th. All items will be collected by first period teachers. Thanks in advance for your support of this great cause.


Sequoia High School IB Program

  • Is your 8th grader attending Sequoia High School next year? Do you want to learn more about Sequoia's honors IB Program? Please attend Sequoia's 8th Grade IB Info Meeting on January 14th from 6:00 pm at Sequoia High School in Carrington Hall. This meeting will be held in English. Thank you. See link: https://tinyurl.com/wb4d2wo


  • Si su estudiante del octavo grado asistirá a Sequoia High School el próximo año ¿Quiere que sea exitoso en la preparatoria y que asista a la universidad? Para que su estudiante sea exitoso en la preparatoria y aprenda sobre el programa de honores de IB, por favor asista a la reunión del Octava Grado sobre Información del programa IB el martes,14 de enero 2020 en el Centro de Medios/ Biblioteca  de la escuela Sequoia a las 6.00 pm. Esta reunión es muy importante para usted y será ofrecida en español. LOS ESPERAMOS https://tinyurl.com/wb4d2wo


Happy Holidays


Tom Domer 



School District News



Parcel Tax Message from Superintendent


Dear San Carlos Parents and Neighbors,

To protect quality education for our elementary and middle school students, the San Carlos School Board placed a measure on the March 3, 2020 ballot that would renew and increase our existing local school parcel tax. Without Measure P, some existing local school funding, about $2.2M will expire and disappear from SCSD school budgets. Our K-8 schools will have to make drastic cuts to academic programs, increase class sizes, and maintain only basics.

Our greatest needs for community-supported INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM SUPPORT include:

  • Attracting and retaining qualified and experienced teachers
  • Maintaining small class sizes
  • Maintaining programs that support bringing all students up to the highest level possible in core subjects like math, reading, and writing
  • Maintaining math, hands-on science, technology, and engineering programs
  • Providing art, music, libraries, and a well-rounded education

Our school district makes every effort to use resources wisely. We have tightened our belt, improved efficiencies, and made cuts to limit impacting class size. We have also conducted a full assessment of all of our local school instructional program needs - including the need to retain our best teachers and maintain core academics for children in grades K-8. It is clear we need additional local revenue to fund our core priorities.

To learn more about the Parcel Tax, visit our website - https://www.scsdk8.org/apps/pages/2019-2020-Parcel-Tax-Information

Please feel free to contact Dr. Harmeier if you have any additional comments or questions - Michelle Harmeier, Superintendent - mharmeier@scsdk8.org - (650) 590-5935


ROPES Presentations are Coming and Judges are Needed


We are looking for parents and community members that would like to serve as a judge for the ROPES (Rite of Passage Experiences) presentations in February. ROPES are challenging projects that 4th, 6th and 8th grade students have completed which allow them to learn about their world and themselves in a deeper but fun way.  
There are 3 opportunities to judge:

  • Monday, Feb 3, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, Feb 4, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
  • Wednesday, Feb 5, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We would not be able to maintain this valuable program without the support of our community. We are asking for you to join district staff and other community members by volunteering to serve as a judge on one of our judging panels. Typically, we have two to three judges per room and they judge four to six student presentations in an evening.

We hope that you will be able to join us in this worthwhile event. 
If you are able to judge on any/all of those days, please contact Veronica Rickson either via email at ROPES@scsdk8.org or by phone at 650-590-5926. Thank You!


PTA News



Additional PTA Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday, December 18th!


Please join us for an additional PTA meeting on Wednesday, 12/18 at 9am in the CMS/Arroyo Library. Topics of discussion include Parcel Tax resource allocation and the new middle school play. We’d love to see you there!


Congratulations CMS Reflections Contest Winners!


We are proud to announce the Central Middle School winners of the 2019 PTA Reflections Theme Contest, "Look Within". All entries were judged anonymously by a panel of qualified judges. The students receiving the Award of Excellence in each category will progress to judging at the District Level. There were many strong submissions - and we would like to applaud all students who put in the effort to submit an entry. Congratulations!


  • Award of Excellence: "Bird in the Bush" by Carl Crum

Visual Arts

  • Award of Excellence: "Look Within Your Imagination" by Hannah Delizo
  • Award of Merit: "Anatomy of Social Anxiety" by Evie Rosmando


  • Award of Excellence- "An Uncooperative Voice in Great America"  by Kristiana Husbands
  • Award of Merit- "A Moving Hike" by Rowan Henige
  • Honorable Mention- "Within the Melody" by Christine Chang






Help us meet December 2019 fundraising goals!
Take advantage of the TAX BENEFITS of charitable giving before the end of the year! Explore corporate matching and stock donations on our website or contact info@scefkids.org with questions. 
Not sure WHY you should give to SCEF?
When you are out and about in San Carlos shopping this holiday season, please take a moment to thank our amazing LOCAL BUSINESSES for supporting SCEF and our schools. 
Honey Bear Trees supports San Carlos public schools by donating 15% of tree, wreath and garland sales to SCEF. Find detailed info online, and don’t forget to download the flyer to take with you! https://www.scefkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019-SCEF-HONEY-BEAR-TREES.pdf or just mention you are with SCEF.



Community Partners


Parent Education - Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach for Effective Parenting - Dec 11


Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach for Effective Parenting with Charlie Appelstein
WHEN: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:30pm-8:00pm
Back by popular demand, Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W. will be sharing his humor and practical strategies to create family environments that are focused on strength-building rather than flaw-fixing. These exceptionally positive and inspiring strategies focus on guiding all children (and especially those with emotional or behavioral challenges) with an approach that focuses on how to help your kids develop positive mindsets; how to create self-management tools in your home; relationship-based limit setting; and the effect of positive emotions on the brain. You're guaranteed to come away with a smile on your face, fresh ideas in your pocket, and a new hope in your heart for dealing with your most challenging parenting situations. 
This event is made possible thanks to funding from our SCSD PTA Coordinating Council.



Sequoia Healthcare District Newsletter


Check out the latest newsletter from Sequoia Healthcare District to learn more about how you can prevent youth vaping. Included are links to resources and parents education events - https://issuu.com/seqhd/docs/2019_hsi_fall_scsd


High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

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

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.