CASTAIC MIDDLE SCHOOL
March / April 2011
Principal Principal’s Notes
In This Issue:
From the PTSA
Calendar of Events
A Message from
FROM THE P.T.S.A
(Everyone can do this) Castaic Middle School - 2010/2011
Sign up at www.escrip.com and contribute all year long to
our school. It is super easy!! Our member number is President - Kim Inman
155638799 for PTSA Membership. This is a great way to Recording Secretary - Pricilla Pickler
fundraise for Castaic Middle School passively. What does Treasurer - Carrie Gomez
this mean? You raise money by doing the things you do
anyway. Auditor - Sheryl Velek
Historian - Beth Holen
Register grocery cards (Vons & Pavilions) Macy‘s, Parliamentarian - Tammi Lacari
debit and credit cards.
Visit any of these restaurants and they contribute 2 -
Ways and Means—VACANT
4% Membership - Annette Heinrich
All Corked Up Programs - Joyce Sipotz
Baja Fresh Book Fair - Marcela Kocen
Cavi at the Big Oaks
Cavi Italian Cuisine
Newsletter - Dee Parish
Harvest Webmaster - Kim Inman/Dee Parish
Lamppost Pizza Box Tops/Ink Jets - Sheila Faggiano
Nick & Willy‘s Hospitality - Liz Kelley
Pasta Michi Red Ribbon Week - Suzanne Scott
Red Brick Pizza Reflections— Pricilla Pickler
Special Needs—Beth Holen
Make calendars with your own downloaded photos at
Shutterfly (Part of e-scrip online) and the school gets 40% of
sales. Shutterfly may be used for Reflections and Mustaches Restaurant Night—Amy Campos
for Kids pictures.
Grocers that contribute: Tresierras, Vons, Pavilions, and
Retail: Eddie Bauer and Macy‘s
Travel: American Airlines
Vehicle Donation 1-800-456-5517
There is also an online mall and these all donate money to our
school. Gift Certificates for many more stores earn 1.8%. It
is not a great amount but when you are going to buy the gift
cards anyway, plan ahead and benefit our school.
Ways and Means Coordinator—Vacant
Castaic Middle School
PTSA Calendar of Events 2010-2011
Mach 10, 2011 CUSD Board Meeting, 6:30pm
March 23, 2011 Restaurant Night, Ameic’s
March 17, 2011 SCV Council PTA Meeting, 6:30pm, College of the Canyons
March 24, 2011 Association Meeting, CMS
April 04 – 08, 2011 Spring Break
April 12, 2011 PTSA Board Meeting, L-3, 9am
April 14, 2011 CUSD Board Meeting, 6:30pm
April 20, 2011 Restaurant Night, Baskin Robins
April 21, 2011 PTSA Association Meeting, L-3, 9am
SCV Council PTA meeting, 7pm, Tesoro Del Valle Elementary
April 25- May 01, 2011 CA PTA Convention, Long Beach
Castaic Middle School’s
March 09, 2011 Parent Conferences, Minimum Day, Dismissal Time 12:52p
March 18, 2011 End of 3rd Quarter – Report Cards sent home
April 04 – April 8 Spring Break
April 25 – April 29 CST Testing
April 29 Progress Reports
May 30 No School
June 2 Last day of School – 8 Grade Promotion – Report Cards Home
Please find below nominee’s for the upcoming PTSA election for the 2011/2012 school
year. If you are interested or know anyone who is interested in any position, please
attend the March 24, 2011 Association meeting at 9a.m at Castaic Middle School in
Room L – 3.
President – Tammie Licari
Ways and Means – open
Membership – Kim Inman
Programs – Joyce Sipotz
Book Fair – Liz Kelly
Secretary – Cindi Throckmorton
Treasurer – Maggie Ingersoll
Auditor – open
Parliamentarian – Colleen Teeman
Hospitality – Joyce Sipotz and Joanne Cammarata
Newsletter – Dee Parish
Red Ribbon Week – Suzanne Scott
Reflections – Kim Inman
Box Tops – Sheila Faggiano
Restaurant Night – Melanie Breckenridge
Emergency Supplies – Sheila Faggiano
Back to School Packets – Joanne Cammarata and Trudi Padilla
Castaic Middle School
March 01 – March 18 See’s Candy Spring Fundraiser – sponsored by ASB
March 23, 2011 Restaurant Night – Ameci’s– sponsored by PTSA
April 20, 2011 Teachers/Parent Scoop Night – Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors– sponsored by PTSA
May 19, 2011 Restaurant Night – Zpizza and Shave It– sponsored by PTSA
In addition to fundraising, here are some simple
ways to help your PTSA raise money for your
SAVE: Box tops
Ink Jet cartridges
6TH ANNUAL Unwanted cell phones
GOLF TOURNAMENT Recycle - plastic bottles and cans
ON APRIL 8, 2011 Target Credit Cards - Indicate CMS as
your school of choice and we will get a
percentage of what you spend.
Ralph's Community Program
Drop off all box tops, ink cartridges and unused
cell phones in an envelope at the front office or
bring them to a PTSA meeting.
PTSA PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
We are pleased to announce that our Popcornopolis fundraiser did quite well. Our profit was $4500.00 dollars!
Great job Cougars!
As we move closer to the end of the school year, we will be electing a new PTSA Board. Our election meeting will
be on March 24, 2011. Please contact us if you have an interest. This is a list of some of the things the PTSA has
done for the school this year, Provide books for our school library, Red Ribbon Week, Reflections, Wall of Fame
breakfast, assist with grade level field trips, purchased 10 radios to add to new inventory, assisted our 7th grade
science department with frogs for an upcoming lab, and assisted 8th grade science department with derby. We will
have our 2nd Book Fair coming in May and all proceeds will go to the library. Once again thank you for your
support. Without the hard work of our wonderful PTSA and parents, we would not be able to provide all of these
Thank you for your support and if you would like to volunteer, please contact me at 661 645-2693 or e-mail me at
CMS PTSA President
Visit us at our new website, www.yourcmsptsa.org
CASTAIC MIDDLE SCHOOL
COMING MAY 17TH – MAY 21ST , 2011
Dinah Rocke ext. 2103 Christine Racina ext. 2105
8th Grade 7th Grade
6th Grade - Draco , Delphinius, Taurus 6th Grade - Argos & Gemini
The first semester is over and report cards were mailed home on January 7. These are the final grades for the
semester and will be put on the students transcripts. Please encourage your student to start the second semester by
doing all of their homework and studying for tests. Eighth grade students who have 2 or more F‘s are in jeopardy
of not participating in Promotion exercises and other end of the year activities.
Eighth Grade Parents: Mrs. Edeburn and Mrs. Rocke will hold an information meeting on February 1 to talk about
the end of the year here at CMS and to give information about high school. We are scheduled at this time to go to
Valencia High School. If students have siblings in 9th 10th or 11th grade at West Ranch, you can fill out an intra-
district transfer to go to that high school. On February 1, the students will be given registration packets for the
Hart District and intra-district transfer papers will be available after that date in the CMS office. It is very
important that 8th graders keep up their grades the last semester, as teachers will be making recommendations for
high school classes.
All students received new locator cards for second semester because of class changes or exploratory changes at the
beginning of second semester. Five week progress reports will be carried home on February 11. Third quarter will
end on March 11.
If you have questions about your child, please contact their counselor.
FROM THE CMS ATTENDANCE
To report an absence, please call our Attendance Office at (661) 257-4550 x2100. An absence is considered a
truancy if it does not meet the California Education Code guidelines for an ―excused‖ absence. Per new CUSD
policy, all absence must be cleared within 5 days school days; those absences not cleared will remain a truancy.
What‘s Happening in ASB
Upcoming ASB Events:
8th Grade Dance – May 2011
Spirit Friday Activities—weather permitting
Lunch Time Dollar Dance—January - May
CMS Cougar shop is now open on
Tuesdays and Thursdays
during Lunch Time.
2009 Spirit shirts - $10.00 while supplies last
Available in Black, Royal Blue, Navy, Burgundy & Turquoise
2010 Spirit shirts - $15.00
Available in Black only
Castaic Middle School
Goes to Washington, DC
The deadline is fast approaching for signing up for the Washington DC trip taking place during
Spring Break 2011. We will be visiting our nation's capital, Amish country and Philadelphia. Don't
miss out! Please call, email or come see Mrs. Cowell for details.
For More Information
Please contact Karen Cowell
661-257-4550 X 2423
NEWS FOR OUR TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT
To Parents of BUS riders,
Applications for the 2011-2012 school-year will be available by Friday, May 14, 2011. Applications will be
accepted beginning Monday, May 16, 2011.
The Bus Pass Application, payment schedule, a copy of the Bus Rules and Regulations and the Emergency Card form are
available on the CUSD website (www.castaic.k12.ca.us). There are also applications at the schools. We will begin accepting
applications May 16, 2011 and will process the applications on arrival until the routes are full or until the deadline July 1st,
2011, which ever is first. Your prompt and immediate completion of these four forms is greatly appreciated to ensure we
have a reliable list of students that will be riding the bus. With the reductions in service and anticipated limited capacities, we
will be processing the applications as they arrive at the District Office. (If all buses become full, a waiting list will be created).
Applications received after July 1st will be processed if there is room or put on a waiting list for future availability.
You must send the four completed forms with your payment/documentation to the District Office, 28131 Livingston Ave,
Valencia, CA 91355 as soon as possible It will be not be processed after July 1, 2010 unless there is availability on the bus
The walking distance (as measured if a person walked from the school to the home address) is now 2 miles from the
elementary schools and from the middle school 3.25 miles. This means that if you live within the walking distances, you are
no longer eligible for transportation services. A map of the excluded areas for each school is posted on the CUSD website
Band and Choir Announcements
Wednesday and Thursday
March, 2011 – Honor Band Concert @ Hart High School –
more information to follow
April, 2011 – Spring Break Santa Clarita Choral Festival
May, 2011 – Spring Musical
For more CMS band and choir information go to: cmswakelin.blogspot.com
Attention to 7th grade parents,
Each year the 8th grade students have the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. during Spring
Break. In April 2012, 8th graders will be visiting Washington, D.C., Gettysburg and Philadelphia
during spring break. If your child is interested in going, there will be a parent information meeting
on May 4, 2011. Look for flyers to be coming home with your 7th graders next month.
If you have any questions you can contact Mrs. Chamberlin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Beth Chamberlin
8th Grade History
Castaic Middle School
ATTN: 7TH GRADE FAMILIES
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Come one, Come all
Join our Lords, Ladies and Knights.
May 05, 2011
7 Grade Parents,
Just a friendly reminder Medieval Times permission slips due in no later than April 25, 2011. If your child did not
receive a permission slip, please have them see Mr. Simons. Each ticket cost $26.00. Please note this is a school
function field trip, therefore all students must ride the bus and siblings will not be allowed to attend this field trip.
Castaic Middle School
has gone green!
Every Wednesday Morning
Castaic Middle School will leave
white barrels in front of the School
for you to drop off your
cans and plastic bottles.
All recycling proceeds provide buses for field trips,
Noon Activity supplies, assemblies, and more.
We will be doing this every Wednesday until the end
of the school year.
Dear Castaic Parent (s)/Guardian(s),
This year, Castaic Middle School has once again joined the Ralph‘s Community Program. This program is
designed to help our community grow and prosper. Ralph‘s will be giving up to $3,000,000 this year to schools
and non-profit organizations. Castaic Middle School will receive a rebate for every dollar spent as long as your
Ralph‘s Club Card is registered. All members need to do is swipe their registered Ralph‘s Club Card. It‘s that
By participating, Castaic Middle School will earn rebates that will help cover the cost of field trips, buses, DJ‘s for
dances, noon activities, assemblies, and much more.
‐ Between $0 and $200 per month of eligible purchases we will receive 1%
‐ Between $200.01 and $350 per month of eligible purchases 2% of amount over $200
‐ Between $350.01 and $500 per month of eligible purchases 3% of amount over $350
‐ Over $500 per month of eligible purchases 4% of amount over $500
To use the Ralph‘s Community Program, all you need to do is simply register your Ralph‘s Club Card online at
www.ralphs.com, click on community contributions then click on participants. Fill out the form and don‘t forget
your Ralph‘s Club Card number and our NPO# is 84975. If you use your phone number instead please call 1-800-
660-9003 and they will give you your club number.
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED YOUR REWARDS CARD ON-LINE
(This means that you have already entered your email address and assigned yourself a password)
1. Log in to www.ralphs.com
2. Click Sign In
3. Enter your email address and password
4. Click on ‗My Account‘ (In the top right hand corner)
5. View all your information and edit as necessary
So register your club card today and help Castaic Middle School start earning. Remember the more you spend the
more we earn.
Thank you in advance for participating and helping Castaic Middle School strive.
A Message from our Physical Education Department
This is just a reminder to parents and students that the cold weather is here! Please have some type of
sweat shirt and/or sweat pants that you can leave in your locker to use on cold days. We go outside to
play each day and want all students to be properly clothed. We do not care what color the sweats are.
Please be sure to put your first and last name on them. Students are NOT TO WEAR the jackets that
they wear to school to Physical Education class. They run around and sweat in them as they play and
then when they walk into their next class it does not smell very good!
The Physical Education department is still in need of a washing machine. We wash our Jersey’s
and loaner clothes and have not had a washer since last June. If there is anyone that can donate an old
washer to CMS for this purpose it would be fabulous. We have not been able to do "loaner clothes" this
past semester as we have had no way to wash the clothes. So students have had to come to class in
their street clothes and play. So if you have an old washer (that works) or know someone that can
donate it to CMS it would be greatly appreciated!
Parents that want to check their student's grades can access them through the school's website. Go to
Castaic schools, click on CMS, go to teacher websites, click on Physical Education department, click on
your child's teacher's name. All of the students for that teacher are listed by student ID number. You
can then see if they are missing a run, have non-suits, missed behavior points, etc.
If you wish to contact your child’s PE teacher, please use the following e-mail addresses.
Bruce Brotz – email@example.com Wendy Gingrich – firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Henzie – email@example.com Glenda Robinson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Claudia Ahlman – email@example.com
Looking for an Adventure? Explore Costa Rica!
On June 4 through June 10, 2011, Ms. Alexander and Ms. Edwards will be taking a group of
students and parents on an exciting trip to Costa Rica! We will experience science, language
and culture as we travel with WorldStrides throughout this country‘s incredible biodiversity.
We‘ll explore rainforests, dry forests, mangroves, cloud forests, and volcanoes in six exciting
days! The small country of Costa Rica is full of sights, sounds, and new experiences for
students and adults alike, experienced as we hike through different ecosystems and spot
wildlife in the rainforest. We‘ll get a glimpse of what it‘s like to be field ecologists by going
out into the field at the Tirimbina Rainforest Center and collecting and analyzing data. Then,
we‘ll take a white water rafting adventure down the Sarapiqui River! At Arenal Volcano
National Park, we may see the amazing fireworks of one of the world‘s most active volcanoes
at night, and we‘ll even learn to cook like a local Costa Rican. Finally, we‘ll soar through the
rainforest on a ―zipline‖ adventure to see the Costa Rican rainforest from a bird‘s eye
perspective, traveling with experienced local guides from WorldStrides.
For more than 40 years, WorldStrides Student Travel Organization has been a major student
travel provider, with a goal of providing a safe and secure travel experience. Students lives are
enriched by experiences beyond classroom walls, so each traveler is provided a unique
educational program. Scholarships and fundraising opportunities are available, and the cost
includes all flights, traveling, food, lodging, local guides, as well as activity and excursion
The vibrant culture and wildlife of Costa Rica will leave you with memories you won‘t soon
forget! There‘s still time to sign up; contact Mrs. Edwards or Mrs. Alexander at CMS, 661-257-
4550, (x2516) or (x2332).
Hello Parents and Friends,
On February 28, 2011 Castaic Middle School students were given their See’s Spring Candy
Since all of our students will benefit from our fundraiser, we would greatly appreciate everyone’s help.
So please help your child by taking orders from friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers.
Our fundraiser started on March 01, 2011 and will end on March 18, 2011. The candy will be
delivered to our school on April 11, 2011.
Thank you in advance for helping make this fundraiser a big success.
Castaic Union School District Tees Off with 6th Annual
Golf Tournament on April 8, 2011
Golfers in the Santa Clarita Valley can hone their golf swings while supporting the
Castaic Union School District's efforts to maintain high-quality programs for students
in the 6th Annual Golf Tournament at Robinson Ranch Golf Course on April 8, 2011.
The donations received from past events have allowed us to give grants to help
establish science and art labs at each of the elementary schools in the district." said Sabrina
MacDougall, chair of the Castaic Education Foundation. "The funds also allow us to grant teachers the
needed resources for other educational projects and programs. In these tough budget times, community
support is needed more than ever before." The annual tournament is a fun way for the community to help
enhance the educational programs in the district's four schools," added MacDougall.
The tournament features a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Participants will receive a continental breakfast, a
round of golf with a cart, a barbecue chicken lunch, raffles and prizes, as well as a tournament T-shirt.
The registration deadline is March 18, and players can register individually for $145 or $550 per four-
All levels of players are welcome, but participants must be at least 18 years old.
Check-in is at 7:30 a.m., and the tournament tees off at 8:30 a.m.
Those who cannot tell the difference between putters and wedges can still participate by being a sponsor
or donating raffle prizes.
All registrations and donations are tax-deductible through the Castaic Education Foundation, which is a
501c3 non-profit organization.
For more information, please contact Anna Villano at (661) 713-1970 or send an email to
YEARBOOKS ARE STILL ON SALE
If you haven't purchased your 2010-11 yearbook yet, you can still do so by going to Mrs.
Hutzel's website at www.chutzel.com and selecting the tab "Classroom Forms" then
"Yearbook." Print out the flyer and return it to Mrs. Hutzel in Room V-7 with a check for
$50.00 made payable to CMS Yearbook. Quantities are limited (there are only 200
yearbooks left to sell). Remember the year with your own all color copy that includes a
new format and sections that will be a keepsake to enjoy.
PHOTOS STILL NEEDED
Do you have photos of your child from school and/or outside activities you think would be
great in the Yearbook? If so, please go to the yearbook Image Share website at
www.images.jostens.com to upload your pictures. The logon id is: 400040337 - the
password is: cms. Thank you for supporting the yearbook.
Get your yearbook now, before the price
goes up to $55.00
8 GRADE T-SHIRT Presale
Get your AWESOME 8th grade t-shirt with your name and all your
classmates’ names printed on the back. Pre-order it now!
To get this great price, turn in this form and your money
by MARCH 31, 2011
Name __________________________Advisory Teacher _________________
Please Print Clearly
Small Medium Large X-Large XX-Large
(make check payable to CMS ASB)
Prices will go up to $15.00 April 01, 2011
Get your 8th grade t-shirt now, quantities limited.
Barnes and Noble will be closing their
Items are on sale now