November 2nd, 2018
Cherokee Heights Chatter

Hello Cherokee Heights friends and families,

Quarter 2 is now upon us! Hopefully you have received information about your child's conferences, which will be taking place all day on Monday, November 12th (no school for students this day) and on the evening of November 20th, from 3-7:30. We strongly believe that family partnership is critical for student success and hope you can make one of these dates. If not, please reach out to your child's teacher for coordinating a date and time that works for your schedule. I hope to see you all soon!

If you ever have any questions about our school, feel free to reach out with any inquiries to (608)204-1240 or via email at

With spirit and gratitude,

Dr. Sarah Chaja-Clardy,
Check out these alters that were made in honor of D í a de los muertos in 8th grade Spanish classes as part of the study of Mexican culture and traditions:
Important Events and Dates
Important November Dates:
Nov. 5 - Early Release Day for Students/Beginning of 2nd Quarter
Nov. 9 - GSA Club Overture Center Field Trip
Nov. 12 - NO SCHOOL for students - P/T Conferences
Nov. 13 - MSCR Soul Food Dinner 3pm-6pm
Nov. 15 - Picture Retake Day
Nov. 19 - Full Day of School
Nov. 20 - Evening P/T Conferences
Nov. 21- 23 - NO SCHOOL for students Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 26 - Early Release Day for Students

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.

PBIS Update- Positive Behaviors at Cherokee Heights are happening all the time! We have a new system this year of teaching, recognizing and celebrating positive behaviors. Using our data, we have focused on: tardies, hallways, classroom behaviors and positive interactions with peers. Together we are defining The Cougar Way. All of this will help us build positive community. Each month we emphasize different social and emotional standards. For the month of November the focus will be Respecting Others and Their Perspectives. We will kick off this theme with all students participating in a restorative justice circle led by trained student circle keepers and completing lessons on understanding different perspectives. If you have any questions about The Cougar Way and our social emotional learning please contact Elizabeth Hardy at 608 204-1335

Message from our Social Worker- With the upcoming holidays, there are opportunities to receive food for Thanksgiving and gifts for the winter holidays. If you and your family are interested, please contact school social worker, Abby Juzwik, at 204-1276 for more information! 

Message from our Counselor- 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.

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

Quilts for Sale - Hanging along the UA corridor represents hours of work in quilt making by our own Cougarcitos! These are the first machine sewing projects of most of the students who made them. The quilts were made as group projects in Wellness to acquire sewing skills and to do community service. Families, friends and staff can purchase quilts from Ms. Jo Jensen, in room 112, before or after school. She will take it down for you and collect the money. Please make checks payable to CHMS and write “quilts” on the memo line. The quilts will be up through Parent/Teacher conferences. The money made from this sale will enable the Wellness program to replace materials like scissors, needles and pins, thread, batting other sewing supplies, and supplies for food labs. Thank you very much for your support!

Ordering deadline has been extended to 11/5/18!- REAP Food Group is proud to provide this holiday fundraiser that raises money for our school and also benefits small Wisconsin farms and businesses. REAP’s fundraiser features a variety of high quality, locally and sustainable produced items great for personal use or to share with others as reasonably-priced gifts. 

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.

November Programming:
  • Boys Basketball: M-Th, 2:50-4:10 on practice days/2:50-5:00 on game days -- open to only 7th and 8th graders.
  • 5 K Beasts (5K), M, Tu, Th 2:45-4:00, is a club for experienced runners who are capable of running 3.1 miles without stopping at a medium to fast running pace. Contact Kelly McCarthy at for more info.
  • The MSCR SOUL Food Dinner is on November 13th from 3pm-6:30pm.
  • There is no programming on November 19th - 23rd, and 27th.

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)
  • Debate Club, Wednesdays (2:50-4:00)
  • Cougar Pride Club, Wednesdays (2:50-3:50)
  • Art Club, Thursdays 2:50-5:00)
  • Harry Potter Club, Thursdays (2:45-3:30)
  • Tennis Club, Fridays (3:20-4:30)

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. 
Important links
Cherokee Heights Middle School
Phone 608-204-1240