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					                                  COUGAR CHRONICLE
                                     CASTAIC MIDDLE SCHOOL
                                                   December 2011

Ellen Edeburn
Principal                                                 Principal’s Notes
Stephanie Wells
Matt Henzie          Publishing our first semester newsletter allows us to reflect upon all the wonderful experiences and
Assistant            accomplishments which have occurred between August and December 2011 at Castaic Middle
Principals           School….We made new friends, such as Mrs. Stephanie Wells, who became our interim assistant
                     principal while Mrs. Delawder was home on maternity leave. We discovered that not only is Mr.
                     Henzie a terrific PE teacher but he is also a very admirable administrative designee! During our
                     first few months of school we were able to witness (with bated breath) our 6th graders transition
                     from elementary folk to well adjusted secondary school students. Ms. Britney Hubbard directed our
                     very first comedic one act play which, of course had rave reviews, while Mr. Wakelin, our music
                     director extraordinaire along with our choir and band performed their annual holiday concert to a
In This Issue:       standing room only house filled with proud parents. Our band joined Valencia High School during
                     a football rally while our AVID students traveled to California State University, Northridge. Our
Principal's Notes
                     CMS TV students along with Mr. Osano are feverishly fundraising for the annual STN convention
                     which is being held in Texas next spring while are National Junior Honor Society students are
From the PTSA
                     volunteering under the guidance of Dr. and Mrs. de Lemos! We are also very proud to announce
****                 that Castaic Middle School has been re-designated as a School to Watch– Taking Center Stage
CMS/PTSA             model middle school site. This, as you know, is one of the highest honors a middle school campus
Calendar of Events   can receive nationally!
****                 As we publish are first semester newsletter, I would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of
Counselor's Corner   our wonderful faculty and staff for your dedication and hard work. To our parents and CMS
                     community members, we would not be as successful without your integral support. I wish each and
ASB News
                     everyone a wonderful holiday break and a very happy new year!
A Message from       Sincerely,
our Attendance
Office               Dr. Ellen K. Edeburn
Important Dates
                                            FROM THE P.T.S.A

              Escrip Fundraiser
                (Everyone can do this)                         Castaic Middle School - 2010/2011
                                                                               PTSA Board
Sign up at and contribute all year long to
our school. It is super easy!! Our member number is           President – Tammie Licari
155638799 for PTSA Membership. This is a great way to         Recording Secretary – Cindi Throckmorton
fundraise for Castaic Middle School passively. What does      Treasurer – Maggie Ingersoll
this mean? You raise money by doing the things you do
anyway.                                                       Auditor - Vacant
                                                              Historian - Vacant
     Register grocery cards (Vons & Pavilions) Macy’s,       Parliamentarian – Colleen Teeman
      debit and credit cards.
     Visit any of these restaurants and they contribute 2
                                                              Ways and Means—Vacant
      - 4%                                                    Membership – Kim Inman
     All Corked Up                                           Programs - Vacant
     Baja Fresh                                              Book Fair – Liz Kelly
     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 – Joyce Sipotz and Joanne Cammarata
     Off Bistro
     Pasta Michi                                             Red Ribbon Week - Suzanne Scott
     Red Brick Pizza                                         Reflections— Kim Inman
                                                              Restaurant Night—Melanie Breckenridge
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 for Kids pictures.

Grocers that contribute: Tresierras, Vons, Pavilions, and
Bristol Farms.
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

Ways and Means Coordinator—Vacant
                                 Castaic Middle School
                          PTSA Calendar of Events 2011-2012

 January 26, 2012                   PTSA Associations Meeting, 9am, Room L-3
 February 02, 2012                          PTSA E-Board Meeting
 February 23, 2012                  PTSA Associations Meeting, 9am, Room L-3
  March 01, 2012                            PTSA E-Board Meeting
  March 22, 2012                    PTSA Associations Meeting, 9am, Room L-3
   April 12, 2012                           PTSA E-Board Meeting
   April 26, 2012                   PTSA Associations Meeting, 9am, Room L-3
   May 03, 2012                             PTSA E-Board Meeting
   May 24, 2012                     PTSA Associations Meeting, 9am, Room L-3

                             Castaic Middle School’s
                                Calendar Notes

 December 22, 2011 –
   January 06, 2012
                                                  Winter Break
  January 09, 2012 –                             ART Club fundraiser
   January 31, 2012
 January – April 2012              Yearbook Buddy Pictures during Lunch on Thursday
February 01 – 14, 2012                        CMS TV Candy Fundraiser
February 16 -29, 2012                             PTSA Fundraiser
 March 01 – 12, 2012                           ACT Candy Fundraiser
  March 12 -23, 2012                     ASB – See’s Candy Spring Fundraiser
  April 02 – 09, 2012                             Spring Break
  April 10 – 20, 2012                      CMS TV Mixed Bags Fundraiser
April 30 – May 04, 2012                        Staff Appreciation Week
     May 03, 2012                         Medieval Times – 7th Grade Fieldtrip
 April 23 – 27, 2012                                 CST Testing
                                    In addition to fundraising, here are some simple ways to help your
                                    PTSA raise money for your school.

                                    SAVE: Box tops
                                            Ink Jet cartridges
                                            Unwanted cell phones
                                            Recycle - plastic bottles and cans
                                            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.

                    UPCOMING FUNDRAISER
                    CASTAIC MIDDLE SCHOOL
Hosting Club     Fundraiser             Dates                      Information
                                    December 7-                   Mr. Osano at
  CMSTV         Shopping Bags     December 22, 2011

                                     January 09-                 Mrs. Garcia at
 ART CLUB           $2.00          January 31, 2012

                                    February 01 -                 Mr. Osano
  CMSTV        Candy Fundraiser   February 14, 2012

                                      March 01-
    ASB          See’s Candy          March 26                       Dee Parish

                                      April 10-                   Mr. Osano
  CMSTV          Mixed Bags         April 27, 2012

 CMS PTSA      FUNDRAISER         February 15, 2012-                    TBA
                                  February 29, 2012
                             PTSA PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Welcome CMS Cougars,

I hope that your school year is off to a great start! My name is Tammie Licari and I am the
2011-2012 PTSA President. CMS PTSA is a volunteer organization of Parents, Teacher’s and Student’s working
together to improve the education and well being of all children.

For parents, finding the best ways to help your child navigate the challenges of school life can be frustrating. The
good news is that even a small gesture can make a difference. Although they may not always show it, children look
to their parents for guidance. Talking to your kids about school and keeping track of their academic and social life
can really help. By attending school events, you show your child that school is a important part of your family’s
life. When parents get involved in their children’s education, good things happen.

Whether your child is a timid kindergartner or an independent 8th grader, you have an important role to play this
school year. Please take the time to show your support by investing in your PTSA today. I look forward too sharing
smiles, laughs and memories with our school this year.

Tammie Licari
PTSA President

Visit us at our new website,

                                       CASTAIC MIDDLE SCHOOL
                            Counselor's Corner
         Dinah Rocke ext. 2103                                                Christine Racina ext. 2105
             8th Grade                                                                 7th Grade
     6th Grade - Draco , Delphinius, Taurus                                   6th Grade - Argos & Gemini

The Counseling staff wishes all of our families a Happy and Safe Holiday.

The semester ends on December 22, the last day before winter break. Report cards will be mailed out on January
13. If you don’t receive them by the following week, please call your child’s counselor. There are many
interventions for students who are struggling to get passing grades. Please call the counselors to register your
students for this help. Eighth grade students need pass their classes in order to be able to go through promotion

Many 8th grade parents have been calling in about the high school their child will be attending. We are scheduled
to attend Valencia High School. In February your child will bring home registration papers for Valencia High
School. It is very important that you fill out the paper work and return it in a timely manner. This assures your
child of being in the Hart District system. If students want to go to another high school, they will need to fill out
Intra-district transfers. These will be available in the middle school office in February. West Ranch is only
accepting students who have siblings going to their high school.
In March the counselors from Valencia will be coming to register the 8th graders for their next year’s classes. If
you have any questions please call Mrs. Rocke.

                       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.

Thank you,
Ginny Petersen
Attendance Clerk

                                     What’s Happening in ASB

                                             Upcoming ASB Events:

                                      February 24, 2012 – Dance
                                        April 20, 2012 – Dance
                               May 18, 2012 – 8th Grade only Dance

                                                 ASB Director
                                                 Cathy Hutzel

                                                  ASB Clerk
                                                  Dee Parish
              COUGAR SHOP

    Is now opened for the 2011/2012 school year.
On Tuesday and Thursday during Nutrition and Lunch

                      Band and Choir Announcements

                             Choir Rehearsals
                          Wednesday and Thursday

                                Spring Program
For more CMS band and choir information go to:


                             8th Grade Gradventure

                        Universal Studios, Hollywood

        Information will be included with 8th grade contract.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Come one, Come all
 Join our Lords, Ladies and Knights.

                             May 03, 2012
                 Recycling Time

               Castaic Middle School
                 has gone green!

     Every Wednesday Morning (starting January 2012)

         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.
                                Join now and help our school

Dear Castaic Parent (s)/Guardian(s),

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 simple!

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, 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.

(This means that you have already entered your email address and assigned yourself a password)
1. Log in to
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
If you wish to contact your child’s PE teacher, please use the following e-mail addresses.

Bruce Brotz –                                     Wendy Gingrich –

Matt Henzie –                                   Glenda Robinson –

Claudia Ahlman –

                               PTSA MEMBERSHIP

 Thank you to all of our parents that joined the CMS PTSA, If
  you haven’t joined yet we are still accepting memberships
                      $7.00 per member

                                 For more information please contact
                              Kim Inman – PTSA membership Coordinator
                                BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Dear Castaic Middle School Parents,

My name is Sheila Faggiano and I’m the volunteer Box Tops coordinator at Castaic Middle School.

Castaic Middle School hosted its first Box Tops for Education contest, which ran from September 6th thru October
28th. The contest was between all grade levels 6th, 7th and 8th.

Congratulations to the entire 7th Grade class for winning the 1st annual Box Tops for
Education contest. Good Job!
Box Tops is all about the difference 1 can make. This year, our goal is to raise $500 or more for our school. Here are
five easy, everyday ways you can help:

Clip — Clip the Box Top from hundreds of participating products and send them to school. Each one is worth 10¢ when
our school redeems them from Box Tops for Education.

Shop online — Shop at your favorite online stores through the Box Tops Marketplace®
( Up to 15% of your qualifying purchase total is automatically donated to our
school, at no additional cost to you. Plus, you’ll get exclusive Box Tops deals and discounts!

Read — Buy books online through the Reading Room, a partnership between Box Tops and Barnes and Noble. Our
school receives up to 6% of qualifying purchases.

My Class Essentials™ –– This is a free online registry to help classrooms get the learning tools they need. Our school
earns a 2% cash donation with every qualifying purchase.

Sign up –– It’s easy and free. Sign up to support our school at, where you can:

• See how much our school is earning with Box Tops
• Enter online promotions for chances to win Bonus Box Tops and other prizes
• Print money-saving coupons for your favorite Box Tops brands
• Make mealtime easier with family-pleasing recipes

You can also sign up for Box Tops email newsletters that will keep you updated on the program, and for Marketplace
newsletters with Box Tops members-only deals and discounts.

To learn more, visit—and thanks for choosing to make a difference for our school with Box

                                Get the latest at
    Happy Holiday
   from all of us at
Castaic Middle School
                          Yearbook Information

 If haven’t bought a yearbook yet. Go to, select the classroom forms
tab, then click yearbook, print the form and send it in with a check for $50.00 made out
                        to CMS ASB and send attn: C. Hutzel.

                 For all online orders just go to

Also, you can upload your personal photos onto to be possibly used in the
2011-12 yearbook.
Double-click on the "Replay It" icon to share your photos. Password: cougars.

         Also, your iPhone has an app which makes it super easy to upload photos on the CMS yearbook site too.

        Don’t forget you can personalize your yearbook your way.

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