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Principal's Message

January, 2019

Hello CMS Community,


Wow! We are almost halfway through the year. I believe the older I get, the faster time goes by. This has been a busy year and we have been working hard at teaching your students and measuring their progress, as well as addressing attendance and behavioral issues. We want CMS to be a great place to learn and be. We have a wonderful and caring staff committed to your student’s success. We will continue to work hard on climate, attendance, and academic growth. As always, we are more successful with your help and assistance.


Soon, we will be starting winter MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) testing which will be from January 15 through January 25. We do this three times per year – September, January, and March. This will give us the opportunity to see how your students are progressing in Language Arts and Math. Our plan is to use the data that we get to show student growth and help us make instructional decisions based on student need within these curricular areas. Our next MAP testing window will be March 18-29.


This year we have eliminated cell phones during class time. Students are expected to keep their phones in their backpacks. They are allowed to have them out before/after school and during lunch only. This has reduced in-class distractions and allowed students to focus on instruction.


As always, please continue to emphasize the importance of regular daily attendance. If your student is absent, please remember to send a note or call to excuse them. Also, if you know in advance that your student is going to be gone on a specific day or days, you can obtain a pre-arranged absence form from our office. We really want to continue to improve our attendance rate this year. As always, parental input and collaboration is something we strongly value and encourage in our school community. By working together, we can help our students grow and achieve.


We are moving along at CMS and we are glad that you chose us to serve your kids. Middle School is a fun and challenging place to be, but if we work together, our kids will be successful. As always, let me know if you have any questions and thank you for letting us teach your kids.


Warm Regards,



David Carthum

Chimacum Middle School Principal