5/17/21 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message


May 17, 2021



This week we will be sending out our elective form for students to sign up for elective classes for next year.   I know there has been some concern about our schedule for next year.  While some things will change, I can assure you that we will be offering a vibrant selection of elective classes.  We remain committed to educating the whole child.  As educators, we believe that our electives offer a way to reach students in areas that tap into their creativity and imagination.  

There will be a strong focus on core academic subjects and learning loss mitigation, but not at the expense of our elective classes.  Please take a look at our elective classes and have a discussion with your child/children about what is the best fit. 

SBAC Testing Schedule: 

This week we are conducting SBAC testing in math.  The schedule will be the same as last week’s schedule.  Start and end times remain the same as always.  The schedule is linked here

We also have a lot of fun activities for our students to wrap up this crazy year.  I will be sending out the End of the Year Schedule this week as well. 

Tom Domer


8th Grade Activities

Save these dates!

  • 5/19 – Cornhole Tournament Round 3 – 2:00 pm blacktop
  • 5/26 – Cornhole Tournament FINALS – 2:00 pm blacktop
  • 6/2 – Mustang Hunt and Mr. Softee – 2:00 pm blacktop (more details coming soon)
  • 6/7 – Pick up of yearbook, graduation tickets, and diploma
  • 6/9 – Graduation at 11:00 am (more details coming soon)
  • 6/10 – Breakfast/slide show (more details coming soon)



ASB Elections

ASB elections for the 2021 - 2022 year will be held this May. 8th graders can run for ASB President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer. 7th graders can run for one of four class representative positions. Students can pick up an election packet in the front office, room 204, or print one from the CMS Mustangs Google Classroom. All applications are due this Friday, May 21st, at the end of the day to Ms. Williams.

Counselors Corner

Our Counselors are recording a podcast weekly during May for Mental Health Awareness. We are answering students' questions in the podcast and offering support.


Candy Lei Sales for 8th Grade Graduates

Graduation time is quickly approaching for Central’s  eighth grade class.     Looking for a great gift to help them celebrate?   Purchase a candy lei for your graduate to wear!  

Each purchase of a candy lei will help support safe and sober graduation activities for the class of 2022 at Sequoia High School.    Details are listed in the flyer below:


Candy Leis for Sale


School District

Student and Community COVID19 Testing to Keep Our Kids on Campus

Please take advantage of the no cost surveillance COVID-19 testing provided by the San Mateo County Health Department.  

Please sign up for weekly testing for yourself and your child. Contact your health provider for a test if you have symptoms or know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

Keeping COVID cases off of our campuses will keep our in person learning possible. As a reminder, if a student or or teacher tests positive for COVID, we will need to transition that cohort back to distance learning for at least two weeks to avoid spreading the virus. 

Sign up at one of the following locations to begin your regular weekly testing:

Central Middle School

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Thursdays 1:00-7:00pm

Register Here  

Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here 


Free BMX Bike Show May 19th at 2pm

Join the virtual celebration of bicycle fun with a show from the amazing team from Perfection on Wheels! This is a "live" show being filmed exclusively for San Carlos students and their families.  

Join us via ZOOM to see the spectacular stunts the pros can perform and learn about ways to stay safe while cycling.

RSVP here: http://evite.me/PMKZjehUGE to get log in details.


Nursing Notes - COVID-19 Protocol Reminder for all Families

Please keep your child and all siblings home if anyone in your household is sick.

Please remember to contact your school site if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 or if your child has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Our district nurses are here to help support you in understanding quarantine lengths and ways for getting your student back to school as quickly as possible within the county health guidelines. 




Please take the PTA Survey

Please complete the survey with your opinions on how the PTA can best support our students and school community financially and with volunteers. 






San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

The Power of Matching:  Double Your Impact

We are $700K away from our $3 million goal. Please consider making or finalizing your annual fund contributions by May 31, 2021 to help us prepare for a robust 2021-22 school year! While our fundraising year officially ends on June 30th, we strive to ‘Make It Happen in May’ so that SCEF can provide our school leadership with a reliable estimated grant amount to aid in their budget planning for next school year. 

If your employer doesn’t match, now is your chance to double your donation!
SCEF Business Sponsors Premia Capital & Prince St. Partners have funded a matching pool of $100,000 for all donations made before May 31st. Please consider making a gift today to take advantage of this generous offer. 

If your employer does match, remember to donate via workplace giving.
It is especially important to make your gift now if you donate via your employer’s workplace giving program. It often takes up to 8 weeks for these donations to make their way to SCEF. Stock donations and Donor-Advised Fund gifts are welcome too. Contact [email protected] for more information.



Community News


San Carlos United is holding Open Tryouts for our Fall 2021



San Carlos United is holding Open Tryouts for our Fall 2021 teams now through mid-June. Tryouts are for boys and girls born between 2003 - 2013.

Please register online: http://www.sancarlosunited.org and you will be contacted by the respective age group regarding a tryout.

We look forward to seeing you at the San Carlos United tryouts!                                                                                                  



Celebrate our Volunteer Tutors!

You're invited to the annual Healthy Cities Tutoring Volunteer Recognition Reception (virtual event via zoom), May 26, 4:30 - 5:00 pm

This heartwarming event recognizes our tutors for their amazing contributions over the years and those who have tutored this past year. Hear from tutors, students and community members and meet some of our high school scholarship winners. This is a short, fun event that is completely virtual (via zoom) and celebrates our volunteer tutors and their dedication to the students in our community. 

  • Email [email protected] to RSVP and learn more. 
  • Event date: Wednesday, May 26, 4:30 - 5:00 pm.                                                                                                                                   


Community Foundation of San Carlos Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the Community Foundation of San Carlos has a list of resources as well as events being offered throughout the month of May!  

There is also a special spotlight on AAPI members in our community sharing their incredible stories. So proud to see many AAPI community members showing representation to our growing AAPI community and amplifying our voices!

Save the Date - May 28th 
Devil's Canyon is dedicating May 28th to honor AAPI Heritage Month. There will be music by a Cali/Island style reggae band and food trucks to support local AAPI businesses! More info can be found on the Community Foundation website. Social distancing and mask rules apply. 



San Mateo County Office of Education

The Big Five Art Contest (All K-12 Students and Classrooms)
Due May 21, 2021

The San Mateo County Office of Education is hosting a contest for students to help design the look of two main characters in books on The Big Five, San Mateo County’s five immediate action emergency responses. The winning entries will be put into The Big Five books and will be shared with schools county-wide! Learn more.



Legarza Summer Camps

Legarza Basketball, All-Sports, and Volleyball programs give children the knowledge and motivation they need to achieve their personal best in sport and life. Our program is tailored to help your young athlete succeed on and off the court in a safe, professional and encouraging environment of learning and fun. 

Summer programs are now enrolling at www.legarzasports.org. We will be offering morning, afternoon, and all day programs weekly from June through August. 

We are also currently offering $100 scholarships to families needing additional financial support to attend our summer programs. Those interested in receiving a scholarship can contact [email protected].



Rediscover Summer Fun- Camp Galileo for PreK -Rising 8th Graders

Galileo's award-winning camps engage kids in the perfect mix of hands-on learning and unforgettable fun, thoughtfully redesigned for 2021. Small groups and safety protocols keep every Galilean safe. Engaging art, science and outdoor challenges deliver the innovation-igniting experiences kids love. Flexible enrollment policies make planning stress free. It all comes together for a joyful summer.

Limited enrollment—sign up now! 
Save $25 per week before May 3rd! When you book for 3 weeks you’ll save $175, that’s $25 per week, plus $50 savings for weeks two and three. 
Optional extended care. 

Dates: June 14 - July 30, 2021
Location: Brittan Acres Elementary School
Learn more at www.galileo-camps.com


Steve & Kate's Summer Camp


At Steve & Kate’s Camp, kids take chances and take charge, shaping their day, their way. More choices and fewer expectations creates more possibilities, more self-trust, and less self-doubt. 

Campers will choose an interest-based, pod-like group, called a Squad. At camp, children will gather with their fellow enthusiasts to immerse themselves in activities, or pursue projects with an emphasis that speaks to their tastes. Squad specialties include sewing, building, performing arts, coding and gaming, sports & recreation, or a mix of everything! Campers will also have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor classes, socially distanced indoor and outdoor recreation, performances, fan-favorites like Gameshow, gaga, and wacky or wet inflatables, and a circuit of rotating activities featuring arcade games, clay, sewing, and more. 

We’ve also got plenty of perks for parents. Lunch and snacks are included daily, and there’s no risk if your plans change. At the end of the summer, if you have any leftover purchased Day Passes, we’ll refund them in full, automatically. 

Dates: June 14 - July 30 - Summer 2021 
Ages: Ages 4-12 
Location: Arundel Elementary School

Learn more at https://steveandkatescamp.com/san-carlos/


Parenting Series:  Teen Substance Abuse Prevention


Basics of Substance Use: When Should
I Worry, How to Identify Signs

May 19 • 6:30 - 7:30 pm
This presentation provides basic information about various substances and examples of how to recognize substance use in teens. We will also offer some tips for discussing substance use with your teens, as well as an explanation of harm reduction and why we find it to be the most effective method of working with substance use.

Trauma: How to Define it, Impacts on Teens
and Intersection with Substance Use

May 26 • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This presentation includes information about different types of trauma, how to recognize trauma, and how trauma can affect adolescents. We will also discuss how trauma intersects with substance use, and how substances can hinder our ability to heal from trauma.

Register Here - bit.ly/TSAseries21


San Carlos Youth Advisory - Mental Health & Wellness Workshop for Youth - May18th


Free Mental Health & Wellness Workshops for Youth

May is Mental Health Month. The San Carlos Youth Advisory Council is hosting a free mental health workshop for middle school and high school-age students. The workshop will be virtual and led by
counselors from One Life Counseling Center. Registration is required. 

Mental Health and Wellness Workshop for Youth – May 18, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
For more information and to register, visit cityofsancarlos.org/yac.



Hip Hop Concert to Promote Healthy No Vape Choices

Vape companies are using hip hop music to target youth. Let's use hip hop to empower youth to take a break from the vape! Take a Break from the Vape, a hip hop concert and PSA awards ceremony, takes place on May 20th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with an after party from 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Register for the concert here.  You will receive a Zoom link for the concert and awards ceremony after you register.                                                                                                                                R

Registering for this event automatically enters you into a drawing to win a $50 Target gift card! You must be present (via Zoom) to win.                                                                                                                                                     



SamTrans Survey on School Routes

SamTrans is proposing changes to their bus routes and they need YOUR feedback, especially regarding Route 61 and Route 95 which serve San Carlos. Please take a moment to fill out their survey. This is your chance to be heard! You can also learn more about Reimagine SamTrans by visiting their website and/or joining a regional meeting.                                                                                                                                                  



High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Carlmont High School

Design Tech High School

Tide Academy