Chilhowie Middle School
Sam Blevins, Message from the Principal
1160 East Lee Highway
Chilhowie, VA 24319
Phone: (276) 646-3942
Fax: (276) 646-6031
The 8th grade Writing SOL is a two day test and has been scheduled for March 14th-15th. Please try to schedule all appointments around those two dates.
Parent-Teacher conferences will be Thursday, March 16th from 1:30-6:30. Smyth County schools will be releasing 2 hours early on Thursday, March 16th for conferences. If you would like to schedule an appointment with your child's teacher, please give the school a call or email the teachers.
The after school SOL remediation program will begin on Tuesday, March 7th and will continue through April 10th. The program is on Monday and Tuesday afternoons until 5:00 and bus transportation is provided. The program is open to any student who would like extra help in Reading or Math. Students MUST sign up for the program. Forms are in the main office.
Once again CMS was well represented in the County DAR Essay Contest. Our 6th graders swept the category taking all the winning slots! 6th grade - 1st- Aiden Hoagland, 2nd- Lexa Somervell, 3rd- Titus Martin, HM- Keller Anderson and Emma Catron CMS also took the top spot in 7th Grade: 1st- Harper Adams. Congratulations to all our winners!
Just a reminder that yearbooks are on sale. The cost is $35 and you can reserve one with a $5 deposit and even make monthly payments. The yearbooks will arrive in May. Please see Mrs. Phipps in the office to make a payment.
CMS students took to the field last week to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness. Mr. Gregory took an aerial shot using a drone that his early bird Pre-Engineering class uses.
We have set up a twitter account to keep you updated on events.
We also have a Chilowie Middle School Facebook page that you can follow!
Our emphasis this year is going to be on attendance. We are striving not only to get everyone here but to keep them here all day, every day. Student achievement increases when the students attend school on a regular basis. This achievement is dependent upon the students arriving on time and remaining in school for the entire day. CMS has developed an incentive program to reward our students who make every effort to attend school daily.
1. Students with perfect attendance for the week (no tardies or checkouts) will enter into a drawing for a prize. There will be three winners each week, one per grade.
2. Students with perfect attendance for the month (no tardies or checkouts) will participate in an activity in room 1. This activity includes all students with perfect attendance for the month.
3. A month long competition will be held among homerooms. The homeroom in each grade with the best attendance for the month will receive an ice cream party.
4. Mr. Blevins will form the principal's "A Team." The "A Team" will consist of students that are struggling with good attendance. There will be a weekly lunch with Mr. Blevins and Ms. Gentry plus a once a month pizza lunch. Prices will be given for perfect or near perfect attendance each week and monthly.
5. At the end of the year, all students with perfect attendance (less than a combination of seven checkouts or tardies) will be entered in to a drawing for prizes. All students that qualify for this drawing will win a prize.
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.
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.
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.
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.