CPMS Newsletter


August 2018 Cpms Family Newsletter

Dear Canyon Park Middle School Families,

As summer comes to a close, it’s time to start getting ready for school.  The start of another school year is always exciting: new classes, new friends, and a new school for many of you.   For our incoming sixth graders, this excitement also comes with some anxiety and a lot of questions, which is why we dedicate Wednesday, September 5, to WEB Day, giving them a chance to get familiar with the school before classes start.  Details are in student planners.

All students report on Thursday, September 6, for the first day of classes.  Seventh and eighth graders are encouraged to arrive a little early to pick up their class schedules in the cafeteria before school; sixth graders get their schedules on WEB Day.

The first two days of school will be six-period days to give students a chance to touch base with each class daily.  The following week on September 10, we will start the block class schedule.

On the bell schedule, you can see that our start time has shifted.  To make bus routes work better district-wide, Canyon Park and other middle schools were changed to start at 8:20am, which is five minutes earlier than last year.  Due to supervision requirements, students should arrive no earlier than 7:50am.

Please save the date of Wednesday, September 12, 7-9pm to join us for Curriculum Night.  This is your chance to learn more about the school and most importantly hear about each of your students’ classes directly from his/her teachers.  We will send out more specifics about the event soon.

I hope you take time to review the rest of this newsletter.  It contains many details about how to prepare for the start of school, how to get involved as a member of our school community, and key information about our processes and procedures.  We are a growing school of over 950 students and it takes all of us working together to make this an amazing place to learn. 

Due to our growing enrollment, we no longer have enough lockers for each student.  Instead, we will assign lockers to 6th and 7th graders and give 8th graders the option of requesting a locker.  All students (6th-8th grade) will now be allowed to carry a backpack on campus.  It’s a bit of a change for us but most middle schools in the region allow backpacks.

Another significant change I want to share is about Fall sports offerings.  To give more athletic opportunities to 6th graders in the Fall, the soccer schedule was rearranged for all middle schools.  Now, both boys and girls 6th grade soccer will be in the Fall, and both 7th/8th grade boys and girls soccer will be in the Spring.

Canyon Park Middle School is committed to providing your student a challenging, equitable, empowering, and developmentally responsive education.  Along with academic growth, we believe these middle years are crucial for character and social development, so we anchor our school around the values of Excellence, Community, Responsibility, and Respect.  It takes a strong partnership between the school and family to help students make the transition to middle school.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to help you support your student start of this year off on the right foot.

Go Knights!

-Principal Sebastian Ziz


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