News From the Team!
February Student-Led Conferences! Conferences will be on Wednesday, February 15th and Thursday February 16th. If your child hasn’t called home to schedule this yet, expect a phone call soon! We look forward to having 100% participation at these conferences.

Youth Entity Internships: Internships are going strong! Please engage in conversations with your child about what he/she is learning on Wednesdays in their internship.

Winter Weather Reminders: Please be sure that your child(ren) are coming to school prepared for the winter weather. Students spend time outside almost every day during recess, and during various school activities. These items include a coat, hat, gloves, boots when there is a lot of snow, and/or a scarf. If you feel like you need support obtaining these items please contact Lis Mancinas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-384-6053. Lis habla espanol tambien.

6th Grade Organization: Every sixth grade student has recently re-organized his/her binder. Teachers provided folders for every class to each student. Binders are supposed to be going to and from school every day. Please ask to see your child’s binder at home, and ask him/her to explain how things are organized.

No Bully
CMS is excited to be one of 2 schools within RFSD to partner with ESPN, the X Games Shred Hate Campaign and the No Bully program to develop a research based program to eradicate bullying and to help students build a culture of inclusion and empathy.
As a staff we have committed to a common language if we see or hear concerning behaviors at school with the goal of preventing and interrupting bullying before it happens.
However, we acknowledge that bullying is pervasive in our society and can be present at any school. We now have 9 CMS teachers, who recently went through a Solution Coach training, and are prepared to support any student who finds themselves the target of bullying.
A 2014 independent study of schools who implemented the No Bully practices found they were able to reduce the intensity and frequency of bullying in over 93% of cases. If you would like more information about the program please visit or call Ali Silcox with any questions or concerns at 970-384-5735.
Thank you and we look forward to making CMS an even better school where everybody belongs!

Language Arts News from Ms. Mutchler
We are continuing our study of Walk Two Moons. Your child(ren) has been practicing analyzing novels with this book and writing expository pieces. At the end of the book, students will write a literary analysis.
Don’t forget about the 20 Book Challenge in all Language Arts classes. Your child will be reading 20 books between October through May. They all have a tracking sheet that they are keeping in class to keep up with their reading. Please engage in conversations with your child (children) about what they are reading, read with them, and model what a good reader looks like for them to see!
We continue to have weekly homework in Language Arts, it is handed out to students on Mondays and it is due on the following Monday. In order to keep up with the 20 Book Challenge, students are required to read a minimum of 120 minutes (2 hours) per week as part of their homework. After completing their reading, students need to complete the neon green reading response paper. Homework is changing in 3rd quarter and there will be different pieces to it. Students are still required to read for 2 hours every week, but now have an additional task as well. This week, students need to write an expository paragraph-- the directions are on the paper. Thank you for your continued support in your child’s education!

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Literacy Based ELD News from Mrs. Lasko
Language Arts for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students-Mrs. Lasko-Students have finished taking their ACCESS tests! This was a process that was challenging at times, but students were able to show what they knew in all domains (listening, reading, speaking and writing).

Currently, we are working on Unit 3 "The Power of Change". In this unit we are focusing on changes in characters, past tense verbs and transitions to show order and sequence. Another big part of this unit, are literary elements (characters, setting, plot-conflicts:internal and external/resolutions, and theme). We continue to challenge ourselves in writing complex sentences that are punctuated correctly, and reading accurately with fluency. As I have emphasized previously, we read to understand and one way we are trying to increase our understanding is through visualization strategies. This means when your child is reading, they should be visualizing what they are reading about; what do the characters look like, the setting, and especially how changes affect the characters step by step. Any support you can give your child at home is much appreciated!
Social Studies News from Ms. Hayden
In Social Studies we finished up the Year Born Projects and peer evaluating them. Now we are learning about Carbondale History. Students will be taking an in-depth look at our town's past using primary resources. We will study who the first settlers were and answer why they chose to settle here, what challenges they faced and how challenges still exist today in our community. Your student should have asked if you or anyone you know has lived in our valley for over 25 years. I'm interested in speaking with them about their perception of change in our valley and in our community. Please email me at : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Science News from Ms. Land
What´s the MATTER? We have been learning about states of matter, the processes they go through and how the particles move as the energy changes. Our Adopt-an-Element Project was due Feb 2. These wonderful projects will be displayed for Student Led Conferences on Feb 15 and 16. We are doing a series of labs so make sure your child has the safety contract signed and into Ms Land. Here are some GOOD QUESTIONS to ASK: 1. What are the states of matter? 2. What is the process called when a liquid goes to a gas? 3. What do you know about dry ice? 4. How do the particles of a solid behave? What about a gas?
Thanks for supporting your child in science class. The students are given HOMEWORK on Monday and it is due on THursday each week. ***THIS WEEK’s HW : The Mass Of ICE and WATER lab.
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Ms Landś CREW - We have helped Ms. Mancinas´s class kick of I LOVE TO READ MONTH by going over to read with them on Feb. 2nd. The first graders love our 6th graders and will continue reading with us every other Thursday.

Math News from Mr. Logan
6th grade math students are immersed in the language of expressions and equations, otherwise known as algebra. So far students have learned about using the correct order of operations, how to represent areas and perimeters as expressions, the meaning of variables, and strategies for identifying equivalent expressions. This unit gets more interesting as students apply these skills to real world problems. One such problem is called the "Painted Cube" problem, which asks students to think about cubes that have been painted and broken apart in to smaller cubes. Be sure to ask about your son or daughter's thoughts on this problem as the unit progresses. Students will use this problem to develop a mathematical argument for an end-of-unit project. You can continue to expect homework Monday through Thursdaynight. As always, reach out to me if you have questions and concerns. My number is 970 948 9115 and my email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spanish News from Mrs. Lasko:
Spanish-Mrs. Lasko-We continue to increase our knowledge of verbs as well as agreeing nouns, verbs and adjectives in number and gender. Their progress was evident on our Yo sé progress monitor assessment.
Our current unit includes ordinal numbers (primer/o/a, segundo/a, tercero/a, cuarto/a, quinto/a, pronouns (yo, tú, él, ella, Ud. nosotros/as, ellos, ellas, Uds.) and present tense regular -ar verb conjugation. All this is embedded as we learn more about school vocabulary, classes and materials/supplies. Remember we have a CMS Spanish website with many games, songs and videos for extra practice as well as Realize; where students have access to our online textbook, re-teachings videos and even more games. Thanks for any support/encouragement you give your child at home regarding their language development.

Please contact me with any questions or suggestions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 384-5718.

Mr. Kreiling's class is working on designing 3d snowflakes using Tinkercad. They will then be printed and displayed at school. We just finished up our coding unit using Scratch to create an animation using characters from the cartoon Gumball.

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