Chilhowie Middle School
Sam Blevins, Message from the Principal
1160 East Lee Highway
Chilhowie, VA 24319
Phone: (276) 646-3942
Fax: (276) 646-6031
Congratulations to our CMS Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Fallon Grinstead. Mrs. Grinstead teaches Health and PE in all three grades. She was selected by her peers as the recipient of this great honor.
Spring Picutes will be taken on April 20th. Orders will be due on May 6th. Friend pictures will also be available that day for $5, order forms will be in the office.
CMS Honor Society will host the Spring Fling Dance. It will be on April 29th from 6:00-8:00 PM. Admission is $3.00 per person. Students that plan to attend the dance must be in school at least half of the school day and MUST be in attendance at the end of the day. Exemptions for extenuating circumstances can be made by request to the principal. Be reminded that the middle school spring dance is an event where students can "dress up" if they choose but it is not required. Please realize this is a middle school dance and not a high school prom.
We are currently collecting new and gently used shoes that can be refurbished and sent to developing nations. There is a collection bin in the lobby next to the office door. Shoes will be taken through April 29th.
Just a reminder that yearbooks are on sale. The yearbooks will arrive the end of May and we will have a signing party when they do for those who have purchased one. The cost is $35.00. We have only ordered 100 copies so may sure to reserve one soon!
CMS will begin SOL testing May 9th. To ensure that students do their best during testing, we ask that students be at school and ON-TIME for testing. If you can please try to plan appointments on days you are not testing. Students should get a good nights rest the night before and have a good breakfast the day of testing.
May 9 - Reading 8
May 10 - Reading 7
May 11 - Reading 6
May 12 - Algebra 1
May 13 - Geometry
May 16 - Math 8
May 17 - Math 7
May 18 - Math 6
May 19 - World Geography and Science 8
May 20 - Civics
Students that do not pass the test, and score 375 or better, will be allowed to retake the test after remediation. Re-takes will be scheduled May 31-June 2nd.
Congratulations to our DAR winners. We are very proud to say that CMS received 9 of the 12 awards for the essay contest this year!
6th grade: 1st Place- Harper Adams, 2nd Place- Keleigh Pascal, 3rd Place- Emma Rowland, Honorable Mention: Wen Bailey-Boswell
7th grade: 1st Place- Adriana Clukey, 2nd Place- Austin Guinn
8th grade: 1st Place- Madeline Terry, 3rd Place- Andrea Nava
Congratulations to Mrs. Becky Pierce, the recipient of the William C. Lowry Educator of the Year Award presented by the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Mrs. Pierce was invited to Staunton earlier this month to a ceremony honoring her and the high school and elementary school recipients of this prestigious award. Mrs. Pierce is a wonderful teacher that has respect and love from her students and colleagues at CMS. The key to her success is obviously a thorough knowledge of math and how to teach it to young people, but even more is the care she has for each of her students. We are extremely proud of Mrs. Pierce and very glad she is a part of our team at CMS.
We have set up a twitter account to keep you updated on events. Follow @news_CMS.
We also have a Chilowie Middle School Facebook page that you can follow!
In order to better serve our parents and community, Smyth County Schools Food Service Program has invested in a web-based cafeteria application called My School Bucks. This application enables parents/guardians to view their child's lunch account status, including account balance, meals eaten, and a la carte/extra items purchased. Parents will also be able to make online payments. There is no charge to view a student account status; however, the company does charge $2.50 to process each online payment. To create an account, click the My School Bucks link above. You will need your child's six-digit cafeteria ID number to complete the account setup. Registration is free. New students will receive their cafeteria ID number at the time of registration or on the first day of school.
To help kick off our Acts of Kindness Month, we had several of our students dress as superheroes and perform random acts of kindness in our community. We helped in a kindergarten class at CES, helped carry groceries at Food City, helped fix drinks and bought a couple of meals at McDonald's, we visited Valley Health Care and helped sweep hair at the barber shop and Kuttin' Edge salon. If you would like to view the video, you can follow this link:
The following link will provide more information concerning lunch portion sizes and food options.
This year the CMS teachers have their own webpages, where students and parents may view the lessons for that class. You may click this link Teachers' Webpages or click the link at the top of the page for the Teachers' Webpages.
You must sign up each year to participate in the program, using your Food City Value Card. You may sign up online, too. The following is the correct link for parents to create their MyFoodCity account and link their school - https://my.foodcity.com/.
Encourage parents, family members, and friends to sign up for Chilhowie Middle School. You must sign up each year to participate in the program, using your Food City Value Card. You may use CMS's School's Bar Code or just tell the cashier that they want their purchases to help CHS. The program is designed to earn cash from our Food City receipts. This can be very helpful to our school. Thank you for participating.
The Virginia Department of Education recommended several sites concerning internet safety. These sites address internet awareness resources for parents, teachers, and students, concerning information on various topics from cyberbullying to cell phones. Check them out!
The Virginia Department of Education has published a listing of Web-Based Resources for Internet Safety in Schools.