Dear Falcon Families, I want to take a moment to thank Mr. Oliver, our Dean of Students and Athletics/Activities Director for the great work he does with our athletic teams and clubs. He coordinates well with his coaches, parents, players, and participants. Much of the work Mr. Oliver does occurs behind the scenes to make our programs better, and our league work efficiently. His efforts are all in addition to a million other things that he does at our school which combine to create a great place to be a student and a staff member. As a trusted adult, he is a constant support for students in our school. Students know that they can go to with questions, share successes, or for just a quick chat. I am proud of his work which is why I want to acknowledge and celebrate his accomplishments publicly with all of you. Thank you, Mr. Oliver. You are the best!
As the third quarter, mid-way point approaches, the staff and students are making good progress both academically and socially. Many students have spent the last month working through new schedules and meeting a couple of new teachers through their Life Skills classes. We are excited to see excellent growth from students in all three grade levels. Evidence of student academic growth can be seen in our students’ winter benchmark scores. All three grade levels showed growth in both math and reading as a result of first-semester instruction and student learning. Furthermore, we are looking forward to providing additional opportunities for learning in the second semester and see our students shine on their end of year CMAS assessments. It is wonderful when they can be recognized by the school, our community, and the state for being Performing Students.
Furthermore, the third quarter can be a grind for students. The weather is not as nice as the fall and spring. There is a little less time in the day for kids to get outside after school and the everyday pressures of being an adolescent can be quite difficult. My recommendations to outlast the grind are to maintain the basics: sleep well, eat healthy foods, have an active outlet in the afternoons, such as clubs or sports, and stay positive about the potential for great success. I begin each school day telling the students, “Attitude is everything, pick a good one.” I say that because I believe strongly in the power of positivity. It helps kids find success and be more resilient when things get tough at school or in life. I also welcome you to join in that spirit of positivity as your children and your staff work their way through the grind of the third quarter.
In closing, and as always, I thank you for the opportunity to serve our staff and students here at Canon City Middle School. It really is a great place to be a Falcon.
Regards, Tim Renn, Principal of Canon City Middle School
From the Dean of Students
Hello to all Falcon Families and happy 2018! CCMS is excited to begin the 2nd semester with your students. I hope that you had a relaxing and fun-filled holiday with those you love. Students returned to school on the 9th of January, and I cannot believe that we are already working on February. I am going to touch mainly on the new league that has emerged for Cañon City Middle School athletics in the last few months as well as some critical updates on current CCMS trends.
Boys Basketball season came to an end, our athletes did not win all of the games they wanted to, but they did grow and develop into better student-athletes, good luck next year boys.
Girls Basketball season is about to come to a close, and for the second year in a row, our 8th graders will make the playoffs. The Lady Falcons will travel for the first round of the playoffs that will be hosted in Colorado Springs the week of February 5th. Our opponent is yet to be determined, but we wish them the best. Our 7th-grade team had a successful year as did our developmental teams; I will say that the future of CCMS basketball looks very bright.
Wrestling started on the 29th of January and will run into the first week of March. Harrison K-8 School hosts wrestling, so our athletes are bussed over there for practices and meets, however, parents need to pick up students once they are finished. Good luck to all wrestlers in the upcoming season.
We took our second SOAR trip of the year to the movie theater last month; students earn the ability to participate in this trip with the accumulation of all four SOAR cards. Our next trip will likely be to the movie theater with the movie to be determined. Off-campus passes should be something you are seeing come home more and more; this is another incentive program used here at CCMS to help promote positive behaviors and achievement. Students can go off campus to lunch with a parents permission and signature on the off-campus pass. When off-campus, please remind your students to display appropriate behavior as they are representing CCMS while off campus.
Cañon City Schools were presented with a challenging obstacle in the past few months when planning for next year’s athletic activities. We were informed that belonging to our current league consisting of schools mainly in Colorado Springs, would no longer be an option for us. Colorado Springs districts decided to form a league of only schools from their city. This change left CCMS, Harrison, Florence and Woodland Park without a league.
When investigating solutions to this problem, one option became the clear favorite of coaches, parents and the school district. I am happy to say, that we have formed a new Middle School Athletic League consisting of CCMS, Harrison, Florence, Woodland Park, Salida and Buena Vista middle schools. All six of these schools are within the same size and share the same values and goals for middle school athletics. This league will allow us to still participate in home and away games, play in a playoff setting and have league championships.
We are working on the details of some schedules and other rules that will be incorporated into the new league but feel free to stop by and see me at a game or the school if you have any questions. I will also work to distribute information as quickly as I can about the new development.
A district focus this year has been on improving the attendance of students at all grade levels. We are halfway through the year, and some students have accumulated more absences than are allowed by the district policy. Please ensure that you are calling in to let the office know when your student will be absent from school, and we will do everything we can to help them catch up. We do understand all sorts of situations arise and encourage active communication with the school administration when a student may be absent for long periods of time. We are honored that you have entrusted us with the care and education of your child and we love to see them every day, GO FALCONS !!!!