January 11, 2019
Cherokee Heights Chatter

Hello Cherokee Heights friends and families,

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with your families, and are looking forward to what lies ahead in 2018.

The upcoming months are full of opportunities for families to get connected to CHMS and your child’s education, in addition to opportunities for our own growth and learning! January begins our thoughts about transitioning to next year, and meetings for incoming 6th grade families, and incoming 9th grade families (at West HS) take place. In addition, we will have an informational meeting on January 30th to learn about school scheduling changes and our Title I status. All are encouraged to attend!

If you are a family member of an 8th grade student, please talk with your child about Personalized Pathways, as counselors from West HS were here this week to share more details about this great opportunity. Applications are due next week, on January 16.

In addition, FREE Spanish and English classes are starting on January 22nd. This opportunity is open to anyone interested in learning either of these languages. Classes run for 8 weeks, and take place from 6-8pm. Child care is available as well. Check out the calendar and information below for details and continue to check our website, Facebook and newsletters for updates.  


Dr. Sarah Chaja-Clardy,
Important Events and Dates
Important January Dates:

Jan. 14 - Early release day for students
Jan. 17 - Noche Latina 6:00pm in the LMC
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. 22 - Free Spanish Class, 6-8pm in Room 131
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. 29 - Free Spanish Class, 6-8pm in Room 131
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

Partnership for Free Books- Cherokee Heights Middle School is partnering with The Book Deal, a Madison book store, during the month of January for free books for our students. For every book purchased in January (and every donation made to CHMS) we will receive credits for FREE BOOKS! Please help us get more books for our young people by shopping at The Book Deal THIS MONTH! 319 W Beltline Hwy.  http://thebookdeal.com/

Noche Latina Familiar Details-

FREE English and Spanish Language Classes - Cherokee Heights Middle School, will be offering FREE English and Spanish language classes 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. Please let us know 24 hours in advance of the meeting if childcare is needed.
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 and will run for 8 weeks from 6-8pm, and run to March . They will be held at Cherokee Heights Middle School. 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 ebeltran@madison.k12.wi.us.

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

DEADLINE FOR 2019-20 APPLICATIONS IS 1/16/19 - 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:   https://pathways.madison.k12.wi.us

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

Message from the PTO-
Next "Cherokee Dines Out" is Thursday, January 24 at DQ!
Mark your calendars! Our THIRD "Cherokee Dines Out" restaurant night will be at DQ (Dairy Queen) at 3030 Fish Hatchery Road on Thursday, January 24 from 4-9pm.  C lick here to see the map .  

Look for a facebook event soon to use to invite friends for some burgers, fries, chili or ice cream!

Mark your calendars and make plans to bring your extended family or meet up with friends for some burgers, chili, fries, shakes, and ice cream!! Or, grab dinner to go. Just make sure to mention Cherokee Middle School so 10% of your bill will be contributed back to the PTO. 
  • All menu items can be ordered at any time.
  • Guests can eat there or order takeout.
  • Guests should mention that they are from Cherokee. 
  • 10% of Cherokee receipts will be donated to the school.
Our first "Cherokee Dines Out" restaurant night at Gates and Brovi raised over $500! That is HUGE! Our second one, at Cafe Zupas, raised $77 - and every little bit helps. Thank you for participating and hope to see you at DQ later this month!

Our overall plan is to have one or more restaurant nights a month and plan to have a variety of locations/restaurants and price levels. This income, combined with individual gifts from as many of you as possible at ANY level, makes up what we raise to support unique opportunities for kids and educators. 

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