December 28, 2018
Cherokee Heights Chatter

Hello Cherokee Heights friends and families,

We hope you are all enjoying the Winter Break and taking time to re-energize before the new year. We look forward to our halls being filled with Cougars when school resumes on January 7th.

Take a look at the events coming up in January, as we are already beginning to plan for the next school year - there sure is a lot happening in the weeks ahead!


Dr. Sarah Chaja-Clardy,
Important Events and Dates
Important January Dates:
Jan. 7 - First Day Back!! Early release day for students
Jan. 9 - MSCR Ski Trip Packets Due
Jan. 14 - Early release day for students
Jan. 18 - MSCR Ski Trip
Jan. 21 - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 22 - CHMS Incoming 6th Gr. Parent Information Night, 6-7pm in the LMC
Jan. 24 - Band Concert, 7-8:30pm in the Gym
Jan. 25 - No School, Grade Reporting - End of 2nd Quarter
Jan. 28 - Beginning of 3rd Quarter and 2nd Semester
Jan. 28 - West HS Incoming 9th Grade Parent Information Night
Jan. 30 - CHMS Informational Meeting for Families - Title I Status & 2019-20 Schedule Changes, 6-7pm in the LMC
Jan. 31 - CHMS AVID 7th & 8th Gr. Field Trip to UW Milwaukee

If you have any questions about the Restorative Justice Circle training, please feel free to contact Erica Gottschalk, Elizabeth Hardy or Bill Baldon.
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FREE English and Spanish Language Classes - Cherokee Heights Middle School, will be offering FREE English and Spanish language classes and exchange for parents during the spring 2019 semester. Parents will have the opportunity to attend free weekly classes of either English or Spanish language instruction and then practice their new skills in conversation exchanges with other parents. There will be Free childcare available.
These classes are brought to you thanks to a grant from the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools (FMPS) and the generous donation by the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Classes begin Tuesday, January 22, 2019. From 6-8pm, and run to March . They will be held at Cherokee Heights Middle School. Free childcare. For the last 30 minutes of class, the classes join for an interchange session. This means learners of English and learners of Spanish interact, talk, and practice their skills, sharing a common ground of interchangeable knowledge.

Please let us know if you would like to attend so that we can plan accordingly by emailing Edith Beltran

Message from our School Counselor-
Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 7:00 PM in the West High School Auditorium
8th Grade Parent/Student Info Night
Event Details

Personalized Pathways:  Throughout their four years, students in Personalized Pathways will experience a combination of what is working best in Madison schools – close-knit communities, academic goal-setting, challenging and relevant coursework, integrated projects and exploration of college and career options. Students will have opportunities to explore academic subjects related to Health Services in and outside of school to deepen their learning and connect it to future possibilities. Students will also have opportunities to take honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as elective courses outside of their pathway. Students drive their decisions based on their own interest.
Link to pathways website:

Parents can contact the school counselor for more information, Nehemirah Barrett, at 608-204-1269.

Jan. 30 Informational Meeting for CHMS Families - Next year, our school day will be 8:40-2:22 every Monday, and 8:40-3:52 Tuesday-Friday. In addition, the MMSD Board of Education has adopted a new wellness policy which will affect the time students are afforded for lunch and recess. These two changes will be discussed at this parent informational meeting, as well as information regarding our status as a Title I school. While this status is not changing, there is information available for families regarding what it means to be a Title I school, and the benefits we receive from being designated as such. We hope to see you there from 6-7 to learn about the current status of our school and to dialog around the changes we are working toward for the future!

CHMS School Start Time Communication and FAQs- School Start/Dismissal Times Changing

Hello Cherokee Heights Families and Friends!

General Information :
  • MSCR Cherokee After-School programming is a drop-in program that runs Monday through Thursday from the time school dismisses until 5:15pm.
  • News and updates will come out in the school bi-weekly Chatter. Please read the Chatter every two weeks to keep updated with events and changes that may occur.
Bus Schedule:
  • Monday-Thursday: The 5:10 bus takes students to all Cherokee districting neighborhoods. 
  • Tuesday-Thursday:  There will be a 4:10 bus that will only take students who live in the following neighborhoods - Leopold, Burr Oaks and Arboretum.
  • Parents are always able to pick up their student early. Due to the school doors being locked, please call the MSCR Site Cell Phone at 608-220-9054.

January Programming:
  • Girls Basketball (GB), starts December 11.
  • Ski Club's first trip is on January 18th. Packets are due Wednesday, Jan. 9th.
  • 5 K Beasts (5K), M, Tu, Th 2:45-4:00.
  • There is no regular programming on January 17*, 21, 24*, 25, 29 and 31*.
  • * There will still be speciality clubs and a 5:10 bus on January 17, 24, and 31.

Specialty Clubs:
  • Girls Climb It All, Mondays (1:50-2:50) *6th Grade only
  • GSA, Tuesdays (2:50-5:00)
  • Girls Group, Tuesdays (2:50-4:00)
  • 3D Print Club, Tuesdays (2:50-4:00)
  • Math Counts, Tuesdays (2:50-4:00)
  • French Club, Wednesdays (2:50-4:00)
  • Debate Club, Wednesdays (2:50-4:00)
  • Cougar Pride Club, Wednesdays (2:50-3:50)
  • FX Club, Wednesdays (2:50-4:10)
  • Undertale Club, Wednesdays (2:50-4:00)
  • Art Club, Thursdays 2:50-5:00)
  • Harry Potter Club, Thursdays (2:45-3:30)
  • Ski Club, 1/18, 2/01, 2/15

The Schools of Hope Tutoring is through the Urban League of Greater Madison. The focus on this program is to help close the education gap. Tutoring is in math and literacy only. There is a high need of tutor support in Cherokee but a limited amount of tutors. Please apply with the understanding that your student may or may not get a tutor due to this circumstance. 

Cherokee Heights Middle School
Phone 608-204-1240