November 30th, 2018
Cherokee Heights Chatter

Hello Cherokee Heights friends and families,

Can you believe December is upon us already? With these winter months comes the reminder that middle school students need winter clothes that are warm and used daily. All students have recess, and gym classes also go outdoors. While we have a small clothing closet available, it is important that your child has winter gear that will keep them warm and dry. Jackets, hats, gloves, boots, snow pants, etc. are all items that help - please label your child's things so we can return them if they are lost!

Also, below you will find dates/times for our upcoming winter concerts. Winter concerts are great celebrations of our students' talents and development in the arts. We hope to see you there!


Dr. Sarah Chaja-Clardy,
Important Events and Dates
Important December Dates:
Dec. 3 - Early release day for students
Dec. 5 - 7th Grade Future Quest Field Trip
Dec. 10 - NO SCHOOL for students/Professional Learning Day for staff
Dec. 13 - MSCR Winter Dance
Dec. 17 - Early release day for students
Dec. 18 - Orchestra Concert 6pm
Dec. 19 - Choral Concert 6pm
Dec. 21 - Winter Celebration Day
Dec. 24- Jan. 4 - NO SCHOOL for students Winter Break

Dress Code: Bandanas and Hats Clarification -  MMSD Board Policy states that s tudents may dress in any style they desire as long as their chosen attire does not cause a disruption or distraction in the school environment, reveal intimate body parts or pose a safety risk to the student or others. Bandanas are not specified - only hats are stated as not to be worn in school. Questions have arisen in regards to bandanas, so here is our CHMS clarification-- Students may wear folded bandanas on their head as long as they are not red or blue (these colors have known gang affiliation) and do not cause a disruption or distraction to the school environment.   Students are not allowed to wear hats in the school building at any time. For more information on MMSD's policy,  click here

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

Message from our PTO- Staff Appreciation!!! To show appreciation to the staff of Cherokee MS for all their efforts on behalf of the Cherokee learning community, the PTO provided food for both dates of the November parent - teacher conferences. Subs, pizza, cookies, and other snacks were provided for these extended work days. With special thanks to the Willy St. Co-op for donating a large cheese and crudite platter to the November 12th date.

Securly - Cherokee Heights has a new software program to help with maintaining the security of students on their Chromebooks. If you were unable to attend the Securly parent informational meeting please see the slide shows attached below.

Girls + Data Opportunity- Calling all middle school aged girls looking for a unique STEM learning opportunity outside of robotics and coding! Girls + Data is hosting a STEMinar sponsored by University of Wisconsin Madison in Madison, WI on Saturday, January 26, 2019 for only $20. Participants in this introductory hands-on workshop will learn about careers in data and build their own dashboards, all without needing to code. GirlsData Madison Poster

Take advantage of 50% off of early bird pricing ($20) with code  bucky  by registering by January 3, 2019 at

Message from our Counselor-
PEOPLE Program: The University of Wisconsin – Madison’s PEOPLE Program is a college prep scholarship program designed for students of color and low-income students, most of whom are the first in their families to potentially attend college. Their journey prepares them to be a viable college candidate, apply for admission to, and enroll at the University of Wisconsin System institutions, with an emphasis on University of Wisconsin-Madison. PEOPLE provides college prep services by providing programming and opportunities for growth in four areas;
  • Build and Master Academic Knowledge
  • Build Cognitive Skills and Strategies
  • Build Self-Management Skills
  • Build Knowledge about College through Experiential Learning
PEOPLE will be recruiting 8 th  grade students in the Madison Metropolitan School District this year!
Online Applications will open in January 2019. There will be two recruitment sessions scheduled for prospective families to attend and learn more about the program and the time commitment it requires. Please see the information listed below for date, time and location:
  • December 10th at La Follette High School, 5:30 p.m.
  • December 11th at Memorial High School, 5:30 p.m.

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.

Fundraiser Night- December 12th-   PTO’s first "Cherokee Dines Out" restaurant night will be Wednesday, December 12 at Gates & Brovi at 3502 Monroe St.
Mark your calendars and make plans to eat out or order in from G&B. Or meet up with friends for happy hour or a nightcap later in the evening.
  • All menu items can be ordered at any time.
  • Guests can eat there or order takeout.
  • Guests should mention that they are from Cherokee.
  • 15% of Cherokee receipts will be donated to the school.
The PTO hopes to have one or more restaurant nights a month and plan to have a variety of locations/restaurants and price levels.

Fundraiser Night, December 18th- Help us raise money for CHMS! We’re teaming up with Café Zupas for a Fundraiser Night on December 18th from 5pm-9pm. Join us for a delicious house-made meal to earn up to 25% back! We Hope to see you there! Fundraiser

CHMS Food Pantry - Is up and running and stocked with both canned and fresh foods free of charge for families with students at Cherokee Heights Middle School. 
Parents and students can come to the pantry the following times to pick out groceries to take home:
Tuesday afternoons 2-4 pm
Wednesday afternoons 2-5 pm
Parents can come to the pantry to get groceries and food to take home:
Friday mornings 7:30 – 9:30 am

The pantry is located in the main hallway near the technology classrooms and requires anyone using it to sign in at the main office for identification. If you have any questions, or you would like to request specific items, please contact our school social worker, Abby Juzwik, at
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.

December Programming:
  • Boys Basketball (BB), ends December 6.
  • Girls Basketball (GB), starts December 11.
  • Ski Club (SC) Parents Meeting is on Wednesday, 12/19 at 5:30 in the LMC.
  • 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.
  • The MSCR Winter Dance is open to all students and will be until 5 on December 13.
  • Tickets will be sold December 3-7 during your student's lunchy period for $1.
  • There is no programming on December 10, 18-31st and there will be no MSCR transportation.
  • Program will resume January 7th.

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)
  • 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 (2:50-4:15) *Starts 11/29
  • Art Club, Thursdays 2:50-5:00)
  • Harry Potter Club, Thursdays (2:45-3:30)
  • MathCounts Club, Tuesdays (2:45-3:45)

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