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School Announcements
FUEL UP BACKPACK PROGRAM
Chatham Middle has partnered with First United Methodist Church of Siler City to initiate a Fuel Up Backpack program. The program provides weekend meals for CMS 6th grade students who are food insecure. "We are excited to be able to partner with the church to provide a service for our students that did not exist. The backpacks will provide nutritious food for students that otherwise my go without," stated Mr. Morgan. If you would like to help support the backpack program, you can make monetary donations at the school that will go directly to First United Methodist Church. "We are excited to have a community partner and look forward to the backpack program growing."
Communities in Schools Has Immediate Impact on School Community
Communities in School (CIS) led by Mr. Tych Cowdin has quickly had an impact in our school community. CIS is a new position provided through grant funding to help connect community services with needs in the school.  We have been very fortunate to have Mr. Cowdin serving in this role. He has completed assessments of our school and created a plan to address areas of need. Below is a list of some of the programs he has helped initiate in his short tenure with our school: 

FUEL UP Backpack Program: the program has averaged sending home about 25-30 food filled backpacks in each week. Our partnership with First United Methodist Church of Siler City has made the program a success that will be able to continue for the remainder of the school year.

CMS Faculty Food Drive: The food drive took place from Nov. 13 – Nov. 25 and was a great success. With the combined efforts from the HOSA student group and faculty, we were able to generate 271.5 lbs. of non-perishable food. This food was then bagged and distributed to the students that are on rotation as part of the FUEL UP program. 

CMS Clothes Closet: We have started up the ‘CMS Clothes Closet’ as a response to students lacking necessary winter coats and clothing, as well as in preparation for emergencies while students are at school and need a change of clothes. Thus far, we have collected 41 coats and jackets, as well as a number of clothing items that will serve as a foundation for the growing needs at CMS.


Christmas Family Adoptions: We have collaborated with the Chatham County Schools social workers to identify a number of families in need. Two families have been adopted by CMS staff, and two others by community members.
 

Future Programming: As we approach the New Year, it is our goal to start up Homework Helpers Tutoring Program, Beginning a running club, a crafting club, organizing our motivational speaker’s series, and a number of different services that will develop as the year progresses.

Chatham Middle is excited about the programs and services CIS has been able to provide our school. We look forward to seeing CIS play a greater role in our school. If you are interested in volunteering in these programs, please contact the school to speak with Mr. Tych Cowdin, CIS site coordinator. 
2014 Science Fair Winners
We want to thank all the students who worked so hard on their science fair projects this year. We are very proud of our winners that will go on to compete in the county science fair. We want to say thank you to Mrs. Davis, 8th grade Science teacher, for her hard work organizing the school science fair. Mrs. Davis said, "I hope all the students that participated will continue to do science at home, and think about great projects for next year's science fair."

The winners of the Chatham Middle School 2014 Science Fair are as follows:
 
1st Place - Shane Conroy, 6th grade: "Test Your Best: Exercise"

2nd Place - Brennan Canipe, Henry Interiano and Christian Gomez, 6th grade: “Coke: It’s the Real Thing- Or Is It?”
 
3rd Place - Lesley Estrada, Jenny Huang, and Kayli McIntosh, 7th grade​:  “What Type of Sponge Absorbs the Most Water?”
 
3rd Place - Jasmine Lucas, 7th grade: “Graffiti Removal”

Honorable Mention - Christian Ley va Hernandez, Torin Priddle, and Clay Johnson, 6th grade:  “The Coldest Water of All”

Honorable Mention - Sara Hudson, 6th grade: “Permanent or Not?”

Honorable Mention - 
Gretchen Davis and Hallie Bare, 6th Grade:  ​"Suds Please"
 
Honorable Mention - 
Lisa Hicks-Lineberry, 6th grade: "Water Vs. Height"
 
 
Congratulations to all of you for working so hard!