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School Announcements
CMS SPIRIT WEAR ON SALE NOW!
Chatham Middle has kicked off the Annual Spirit Wear Sale. Order forms have been sent home with students. Orders will be accepted through November 14th. This would be a great Christmas present for your past, present or future Chatham Middle student. Clicking the link below can download the order form. Checks may be written out to CMS PTA.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to get great looking CMS Spirit Wear! All funds raised supports the CMS PTA.

CMS Order Form
Teachers Present at Math Conference
CMS Teachers YoLonda Moody, Mary Margaret Dark, and Nina Eaddy along with Kristen Breedlove from JS Waters collaborated and presented at the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference on October 30-31, 2014.  Topics presented included "Strategies for Teaching the Common Core Way" that focused on using foldables, manipulatives, and real-world source items to deliver differentiated Common Core instruction to all learners, "Implementing Data Notebooks to Increase Student Performance" and "What do you do when technology lets you down?"  The Data Notebook session concentrated on a data tracking system that incorporated student data notebooks into the classroom to help improve performance, track growth, and make students more accountable for their learning and in return positively influence EVAAS results. The final session "What do you do when technology lets you down" was dedicated to sharing strategies, interactive notebooks, foldables, hands-on activities and manipulatives that allow for engaging differentiated activities that can be incorporated into instruction when technology is lacking and/or down for the day and still meet Common Core Standards.
Teachers Awarded CEF Grants
Several teachers were awarded Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) grants to enhance instruction in the classroom.  Mrs. O'Hare and Mrs. Dark were awarded a grant to fund IPods to be used as part of "Flipping the Classroom." The teachers will be able to record themselves teaching lessons and students will be able to check out the IPods to view the lessons at home. This project will help students stay connected that may not have internet access at home. Mr. Bishop and Mr. Templin were awarded a grant to fund class set of books that will be used to teach history from the perspective of minorities. Many of our traditional history textbooks teach history from only one perspective. This project will help our students make connections to history through a different perspective. The teachers had to submit their grant proposal to CEF and were chosen from over 30 grants submitted from across the county. We are very happy and excited for our teachers and students. 
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."