Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Host Visit - Last week, we were were honored to host several visitors from across the country as part of the National Organization, MSAN. MSAN visitors were specifically looking for the ways in which school discipline practices affect minority student achievement, and our school was chosen due to the proactive supports we have established to positively impact our youth. Visitors shared that they found our school to be inspiring for all of the restorative practices we have established that are taking shape in a myriad of ways throughout CHMS. In this photo, student circles keepers are shown, as they met with MSAN guests to dialogue about our restorative work. Guests got to visit classrooms and participate in advisory circles during their tour as well. Kudos students, and staff, for continuing to lean in to restoration in lieu of punishment, as this philosophy is greatly impacting the culture and climate of our building in so many affirming ways.
Important Events and Dates
Important March Dates:
Mar. 15 - 7th Grade Field Trip to Overture Center
Mar. 18 - Regular School Day (Formerly a Staff Only Day) 2:47 Dismissal
Mar. 19 - Free Spanish Class, 6-8pm in Room 131
Mar. 20 - CHMS Restaurant Night at Ian's Pizza on Frances St. 5-10pm
Mar. 22 - 7th Grade AVID Field Trip to UW Madison
Mar. 25-29 - No School for Students & Staff - Spring Break
Message from our School Psychologist-
Hello families! I’m Rachel Maziarka, the school psychologist and assessment coordinator. I wanted to give you some information and tips about the upcoming Forward exam, so that your children are well prepared and feeling as calm as possible about testing. The Forward exam is a computer-based state test that is given every year from 3rd through 8th grade.
These scores help determine our school report card, and are also used for decision making for 8th grade promotion, so it is important that students try their best and are well prepped for the test.
Students will be testing between March 19th and April 12th, taking a few sections of the test per day (with no testing on Mondays or Fridays). 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students take literacy and math tests, and in addition, 8th graders also take social studies and science. Here are some testing tips for your child to do their best!
- Get enough sleep the night before testing.
- Eat a filling, healthy breakfast.
- If you don’t know a question, take your best guess. You can always go back to it at the end.
- Tell your teacher if you need a short break during testing.
Parents will likely get results in July of 2019. Please reach out to Rachel Maziarka at 204-1313 with any further questions. Thanks!
West Madison Little League -
BASEBALL AND GIRLS SOFTBALL AT WEST MADISON LITTLE LEAGUE ARE GREAT SPRING/SUMMER ACTIVITIES! West Madison Little League offers baseball leagues for boys and girls aged 7-16, softball leagues for girls aged 7-17, and financial support for qualifying families. West Madison Little League ’s family-friendly ballpark, first-class playing fields and supportive environment allow players of all skill levels to have fun, improve their game, and learn about sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership and doing one’s best! SPRING/SUMMER LEAGUES ARE FORMING NOW! LEARN MORE & REGISTER AT
University of Wisconson-Madison School Psychology Training Clinic (SPTC)
We would like to inform you of some opportunities that will be offered this summer in the School Psychology Training Clinic (SPTC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The SPTC will offer three different groups for school-aged children, including an evidence-based reading intervention for children enrolling in grades 1-4, an anxiety intervention group for children enrolling in grades 1-4, another anxiety intervention group for high school students, and a social-emotional learning group for children in grades K-8.
A flyer for each program is linked below. Please note that there is a fee associated with each group, but they also offer a generous sliding fee scale for those that demonstrate a need. Please do not hesitate to contact the clinic director, Dr. Kristy Kelly at 608-262-3848 or
with any questions you may have about these services.
ITA Program -
The UW-Madison Information Technology (
ITA) program seeks diverse students with academic potential, technology interest, and a willingness to commit to the program. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible to apply to ITA. Eighth-grade students planning to attend a Madison Metropolitan School District public high school are invited to apply to the
program. Please note that students cannot participate in ITA and the high school PEOPLE program at the same time. Students currently in the PEOPLE program must complete their middle school PEOPLE program requirements before beginning ITA the summer before ninth grade.
Successful enrollment in UW-Madison leads a four-year tuition scholarship.
for more information on applying!
6th-8th grade dance opportunity at Madison West -
The Madison West Dance Team is offering an extra special opportunity to perform with our team in our Spring Showcase on April 18th!! All 6th - 8th graders with an interest in dance are welcome, here's what it would entail:
- On Tuesday April 9th we will hold a free clinic from 4-7 at Madison West to learn some basic dance skills and the dance they will perform !! Even if you don't plan to participate in the showcase we'd love to have you join us for this portion.
- On Saturday, April 13th we are going to hold a dress rehearsal for the showcase, we would ask that anyone performing with us would attend but you will not need to stay for the duration. Practice will likely be held in the morning.
- Thursday, April 18th you will need to be at Madison West no later than 6pm. We will do a final review of the lineup for the showcase and then the performance will begin at 7pm. We anticipate for it to be no more than an hour. After your performance you can join the audience for the rest of the show!!
Please let us know via Coach Jen's contact information below if you can join us and include the following information:
- School you attend
We really hope you will join us and please gather your friends as well, it's going to be a fabulous evening with a lot of great performances. Hope to see you on the 9th!!
Coach Jen Bootz