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April 2018 Newsletter in English

Boletín de abril 2018 en español



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January 2018 Newsletter in English

Boletín de enero 2018 en español


Dear Families,

Our next PAC (Parent Accountability Committee) meeting is on Monday, December 11th  at 6:00.  We will be meeting in Rams Central to share updates on school initiatives, share CMS "No Bully" Student survey data, and we will be asking for parent input on Crew themes and priorities.  If parents have additional questions or topics for this or future (March 5th and April 16th) PAC agendas, you can add them to the agenda document at this link.  I will also be available to answer any questions. Hope to see you soon.


Jennifer Lamont

CMS Principal


CMS Kindness Project/Proyecto de bondad de CMS

On Wednesday December 6, 2017, Carbondale Middle School will hold a BINGO fundraiser at Carbondale Beer Works. Money raised will be used for the CMS Kindness Project. This project is simple: spreading kindness. The money will be accessible for teachers in our building to use for any kindness related projects.

First, I am looking for donations for the raffle. Every 5 bingo cards sold gets players a raffle ticket. When we have raffle prizes, then it encourages players to buy more cards!

In addition to donating raffle prizes, you can support the CMS Kindness Project by joining us at Carbondale Beer Works on 12/6 at 7pm, supporting future kindness activities at CMS (with your child's crew or class), and by talking to your student about ideas to promote kindness at our school (World Kindness Day is Nov.13 and Random Acts of Kindness Day is Feb. 17).

Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970)384-5714 for more details!
Thanks so much,

Sara Porter

Resource Teacher


El miércoles 6 de diciembre de 2017, la Escuela Secundaria de Carbondale llevará a cabo una recaudación de fondos con un BINGO en Carbondale Beer Works. El dinero recaudado se usará para el Proyecto de bondad de CMS. Este proyecto es simple: difundir la amabilidad. El dinero será accesible para los maestros en nuestra escuela para utilizarlo en cualquier proyecto relacionado con la bondad.

Primero, estoy buscando donaciones para la rifa. Cada 5 cartones de bingo vendidos les da a los jugadores un boleto de rifa. ¡Cuando hay premios para las rifas, anima a los jugadores a comprar más cartas!

Además de donar premios para la rifa, puede apoyar el Proyecto de bondad de CMS acompañándonos en Carbondale Beer Works el 6 de Dic a las 7 p.m., apoyando actividades futuras de amabilidad en CMS (con el equipo o la clase de su hijo) y hablando con su hijo sobre ideas para promover la bondad en nuestra escuela (el Día Mundial de la Bondad es el 13 de noviembre y el Día de Actos Aleatorios de Bondad es el 17 de febrero).
Por favor póngase en contacto conmigo en This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. o 970) 384-5714 para más detalles!

Muchas gracias,

Sara Porter

Resource Teacher


October 2017 Newsletter in English

October 2017 Newsletter in Spanish


There are about 498 middle schools in Colorado. Of those schools, only 3 have been recognized and honored as a 2018 Colorado Succeeds’ Transformational School.  If my math skills serve me well, only one percent of Colorado’s public middle schools have been nominated, AND the great news is that Carbondale Middle School is one of those schools.

The Succeeds Prize is the state’s most prestigious awards and recognition event honoring transformational public schools and educators.  “The Succeeds Prize gives us the opportunity to celebrate Colorado educators and recognize what is working in our schools,” said Steve Carter, general manager of 9NEWS/KUSA TV. “9NEWS has been proud to feature the 2017 winners on our network to share their stories with millions of Coloradans. Congratulations to the finalists for Transformational Impact; Colorado is grateful for your work.”

Scott Laband, president of Colorado Succeeds, said, “The Succeeds Prize not only rewards their efforts, it also shares these effective and scalable practices so educators statewide can benefit. We have learned so much for our 2017 winners and finalists, and the business community is coming together once again to recognize and reward these unsung heroes.”

Finalists for The Succeeds Prize are chosen by a Selection Committee using a three-step, data-driven process. The Succeeds Prize Selection Committee is composed of Colorado education, government, and business leaders. Ninety-five percent of committee members have taught in a classroom, led a school building, served on a school board or charter school board, or worked in a district or state agency.  Winners will be announced at a live reveal celebration on Sept. 18, 2018 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Transformational Impact in a Middle School


  • Murphy Creek K8 School – Adams Arapahoe 28J
  • Carbondale Middle School – Roaring Fork RE1
  • Denver Green School – Denver Public Schools

So what did we do that caused our small-town school to turn the heads of educational leaders in

our state? It turns out that there's quite a few things we do well. Here are some highlights:

  • Our teachers work really hard to ensure that every student every day has not only high quality learning experiences in the classroom, but also feels like they are a valued member of CMS.
  • Our students work really hard and it shows. Our English Learners surpassed the state’s growth by 13% on 2017 Math PARCC and our non- English Learners by 16%. In terms of achievement, in 2015, the average percent of students proficient and advanced on PARCC English Language Arts was 32.75%. This year, our average percent was 43%, an increase of 10.25% in 2 years. Similarly in math, our 2015 PARCC showed 22% of students were proficient and advanced and by 2017, 32.75% of students were proficient and advanced in math, an increase of 10.75% in 2 years.
  • Our staff  fundamentally believes that if we want to maximize our children’s learning and opportunities for success in life, we need to prioritize a caring environment in order to establish a positive culture and climate for academic achievement.
  • Our school has adopted a set of skills called Habits of a Scholar which focus on intentionally teaching and practicing these skills. Students at CMS hone their executive skills, perseverance, enthusiasm, compassion, and teamwork on a daily basis through lessons, modeling, discussions, experiences, and reflections.
  • In our small town the entire community plays a stakeholder role. Both community partnerships and parent involvement are key to our students success.

In a nutshell, we have established a school community that deserves to be recognized for working hard and taking care of each other. It is how we operate every day. Thanks for being a part of this success.

Click Here for the article from 9 News regarding the Colorado Succeeds Prize Finalists.


Jennifer Lamont

CMS Principal

How does CMS stack up?  Compare Carbondale Middle Schools on Colorado School  If you have any questions, feel free to call or email Jennifer Lamont, CMS Principal, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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