January 25, 2019
Cherokee Heights Chatter

Hello Cherokee Heights friends and families,

Brrrr...it sure is chilly these days! In case you were wondering, here is information on how MMSD makes decisions about school closures due to weather. Additionally, we follow this wind chill chart to make determinations about when students go outside due to cold temperatures. The combination of temperatures and wind are factors when determining if students will get to go outdoors, or need to stay in, and is consistent with all schools in MMSD. Please be sure to remind your student about the importance of dressing for outdoor weather in the winter - going outside is an expectation for all students unless the guidelines above indicate otherwise. We received a generous donation of winter items from our Adopt-a-School partners and have items available if you need any winter gear - please just ask!

Hopefully, I'll get to see some of you this week at our Parent Informational meeting. If you would like to learn about some scheduling options we are considering for next year, and learn about what it means and entails to be a Title I school, please join us from 6-7 in the LMC!

Take care and stay warm,

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 - 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 - CHMS Incoming 6th Gr. Parent Information Night, 6-7pm in the LMC
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

Message from our Library Media Technology Specialist-
Cherokee Heights Battle of the Books will take place in the LMC on the following dates:

7th Grade: Tuesday February 19 at 1:00pm
6th Grade: Wednesday February 20 at 12:45pm
8th Grade: Thursday February 21 at 1:00pm

Parents of participants are welcome to attend and should sign in at the main office before going to the LMC.

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/

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 began on Tuesday, January 29, 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.

Exploring Your Future Conference 3/2/19: Sharing information about an opportunity for middle school boys.

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

 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