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December 2016
CMS 8th grade Newsletter

2016 Elbert Slideshow: If you’d like to see the fun we had on Elbert, take a look at the slideshow Ashley Parras, Laiken Groom, and Syd Schramer created:

Sunlight Mountain Bobsled Trip
On Thursday, January 12 8th grade students will be taking their annual trip to Sunlight Mountain to race student-designed bobsleds. We are also trying to arrange a snowshoeing experience. Students will apply their knowledge of physics to design the bobsleds and use their teamwork skills in Crew to build the final version. This is always one of the 8th graders favorite experiences.

***Start gathering warm layers and waterproof coats, snowpants, and boots. We’ll be outside most of the day. Students must wear a helmet to bobsled. They can bring their own or CMS will provide one.***

Some ways parents can help:
Donate duct tape
Help us find large cardboard. In the past parents have called Lowe’s and American Furniture Warehouse to reserve cardboard and picked it up. This is very helpful!
Chaperone on January 12th. We’ll leave CMS by 9:00 and return by 3:00.

Homework Help
Please encourage your child to come and complete homework in a quiet atmosphere with snacks provided. Hours are from 3:25 PM to 4:20 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

From the CMS Partners In Education committee:
Parents, Guardians, Grandparents, Community Members.
With an active PTO at CRES and a busy Booster Club at RFHS, it's time Carbondale Middle School harnessed more of our amazing adult community energy! Please consider becoming active with a small group of devoted CMS community members to help fundraise, take pictures, plan events, write grants, volunteer, and more! Contact Lorri Knaus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-456-9958.

Parent/Guardian participation in a committee working to support the 8th Grade Continuation Celebration at the end of the school year. Please contact Lorri Knaus for more information. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970.456.9958)

English Language Arts News from Mrs. Bergin-Foss
With the Hero’s Journey behind us, students have shifted gears toward reading to explore the concepts of utopia and dystopia. Once the classes choose between reading The Giver or Fahrenheit 451, we will begin the novel and focus on answering questions like: Can a perfect society exist? Or, How much control should the government have over public and private lives? Already the discussions have been engaging and full of student voice!
Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
Thank you, Brittany Bergin-Foss
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English Language Arts News from Ms. Tatham and Mrs. Hernandez
We are continuing to work on reading about utopian societies. Ask your child, “Can a perfect society exist? Why or why not?” We have started to read Fahrenheit 451. Please ask your child their thoughts about this book. We will be writing frequently this quarter, and will have more assignments to complete than last quarter. Please encourage your child to take advantage of Homework Help (M, T, and/or Th) to get work done!

As always, please contact us with questions or concerns.

Thank you, Rhonda Tatham and Mary Hernandez
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Math News from Ms. Van der Voort
In math we have shifted our focus from congruence to similarity. We are applying these concepts to dilations. This week we have learned how to reduce and enlarge a figure proportionally from a point on a coordinate plane, as well as a point on the paper using measuring tools. Within this we are exploring scale factor and how it relates to similarity. We will conclude this topic with a dilations project, as we will enlarge our own graphics by hand with paper and pencil!

Science News from Mrs. Carballeira
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We have begun our Chemistry unit in science. Students will begin by identifying physical and chemical properties of matter. We’ll test this skill in our ‘Crime Scene Lab’. Following that we will begin a series of labs where we observe physical and chemical changes. Science students will determine what evidence indicates whether a change is physical or chemical. We will also make observations about mass to introduce the ‘law of conservation of matter.’

Throughout these labs we will develop our science writing skills through CER (claim-evidence-reasoning). This is a type of writing where students make a claim based on evidence and then explain the scientific principles involved. This is very similar to the type of evidence-based argument writing CMS students are doing in Mr. Phelan’s class.

Social Studies News from Mr. Phelan
In Social Studies we have completed analyzing data to determine how different colonial regions grew apart. After our review of the data, our task turns to writing. The essay asking them to compare and contrast the two colonial areas will be due December 14th. This task will require a significant amount of effort and the students should need to do some work outside of class to finish it. Also, we will begin to look at the events that led to the American Revolution in preparation for learning about the Constitution when we return from break. As always, I am available to provide any help I can. I am helping with homework on Tuesdays and Thursdays and most days at recess.

Matthew Phelan
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Math News from Ms. Porter
We have just begun Module 3 which involves dilating figures. This is a fun unit with a lot of drawing and graphing. Students can always review one and two step equations and practice that online using the websites I have provided in order to get ready for Module 4. Again, ask your student about their weekly math homework and have them make a plan to get it completed on time (HW help is M, T, and Th after school). Students can always make a plan to retake assessments after completing test corrections to improve their overall grade. Please contact me with any questions at 384-5714 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Students can always find practice on,, or on my blog,

Technology from Mr. Kreiling
Students have just switched to new Specials classes. We will start off with some work in Digital Citizenship (appropriate online use, cyberbullying and what information is ok to share online).

Next week is the Hour of Code. Students will get a chance through several experiences to learn the basics of coding.

CMS Parent Advisory Committee
Please join a group of committed parents working together to make our kids' years at CMS as great as they can be. The meetings are open to all CMS parents (translation provided). We have 3 more scheduled evenings beginning at 6:00pm.
December 14th: CMS Climate
February 15th: Developing a Sense of Belonging
April 12th: The Coming Year, Next Steps

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