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A 2014 Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn and National Schools to Watch Middle School

 

NEWS & INFORMATION

Summer Orientation: 7th Grade Summer Orientation is scheduled for August 12, 2104. The orientation format will allow the students to walk his/her actual schedule and better learn the layout of the building.  Students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to attend the identified session either at the designated time during the morning or evening session according to the student’s last name:

Students A-L: 9:00 AM
Students M-Z: 11:15 AM
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Students A-Z: 5:15 PM

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Attorney General Office Visit: Education & Outreach Specialist Phillip Little will be speaking with the student body on May 28th to discuss cyberbullying and appropriate online conduct. Select here for details.

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Schools to Watch Re-Designation: CMS has once again been designated a Pennsylvania and National Schools to Watch Middle School! Please read more about this special designation here.

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New Partnership:
A new partnership between the Canon-McMillan School District and Canonsburg Borough/Police Department will provide a full-time police officer to be stationed at CMS. Please click her for more information.

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Yearbook Sale: Order your 2014 CMS Yearbook before it is too late! Click the link below or see Ms. Paddick in room 411.

The preferred and easiest way to order your yearbook is online.




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Red Ribbon Week: Red Ribbon Week was the week of October 21st. Thank you all for helping us send a loud message that drugs have no place in our students' lives.


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CMS Anti-Bullying Program: Our annual kick off assembly will take place October 9th. Parameters of the program (class meetings, reporting forms, etc.) will be shared with the student body. The overall student and parent response has been very positive in regards to our efforts in this area. We appreciate the support and kind words over the years. As a result, we will continue to provide our contribution to helping stomp out bullying in the community.


Anti-Bullying Program Letter to Parents

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School-Home Communication: Our new electronic delivery system for various school-to-home information has been a big success. The new system allows us to quickly communicate information to parents while saving money on paper and mailing costs. Please make sure the school has your updated email address in order to not miss out on information sent out. Additionally, please be sure to check our website regularly and read the 'School Bulletin' in PowerSchool for our daily announcements. We are also on Twitter @wearecms25

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New Pennsylvania Standards: Pennsylvania has adopted new standards called the Common Core standards. CMS has already started transitioning to the new PA Core standards in English/Language Arts classes. Next year, we will be incorporating the new standards in mathematics. In math, the flow and sequence along with the level of rigor is far different than the old PA standards. Please click here for a PowerPoint for parents explaing the differnces between the standards.

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New Pennsylvania Standardized Testing Process: The state has made significant changes to the required standardized testing schedule including the new Keystone graduation exams. The attached letter was sent home with students Friday,
October 19th. Click here to access a copy of the letter.

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Progress Reports: Progress reports notices will be sent to the parents' email address that was provided to the school via the handbook form. Click here for more information.


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In The Know: As part of the 8th grade middle school health curriculum, the Pregnancy Resource Center will be speaking with the students on teen sexuality. Click here to see letter for more information and opt out form. The form must be returned by September 21st to opt out of the program.

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PowerSchool Parent Portal: Follow these steps to create a common login and password to access all of your children in the school district using one common login and password:

  • Log on to the Canon-McMillan Website: www.canon-mcmillan.org
  • Click on “Parent Links”
  • Click on “PowerSchool”
  • Choose “Create an Account”. You then create your own personal ID and password. (Do not complete the Parent Portal part of screen)
  • Complete screen with information. (This is where you will list your child(ren) information using the parent portal letter you received from the school
  • You will need to remember your personal ID and password in order to log on to view your child’s grades. If your child would like to review his/her own information, then you have to give your child your personal ID and log in that you created

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On Demand Homework Help: If you are looking for homework help, you can now access it anytime, anywhere (with access to the Internet) via Khan Academy. The site has thousdands of tutorials on various skills in various subjects (mostly math & science). Click here to visit or the link under student resources.

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Severe Allergy Information: Severe allergic triggers and reactions will be shared with the students on the first day of school during home base. Homebase teachers have reviewed these guidelines with students the first day of school. All parents have also received the guidelines via an email blast. Click here for a digital copy of the handout.

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Library/Media Center Website: Check out Mrs. Barbarino's website for the library/media center. A great resource for our middle school students! Select the link to the left under "School Pages" or click here.

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CMS is on Twitter: We will be sending out pertitnent news and information via Twitter as a supplemental source of information to our website. Please note that the website and website calendar will still serve as your primary resource for information about CMS. Please follow us at "@WEARECMS25" on Twitter.

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Highlights: Read all about Canonsburg Middle School in this issue of The Highlights. Select here for link.

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Morning Drop-Off Reminder: Parents who wish to drop their children off in the morning must do so in the designated school drop-off zone located on East College Street. Click here for more information or refer to your student handbook.

 

 

HAPPENINGS AT CMS!

Art Show: The CMS Unified Arts Show was a big success! Our students showed off over 1,200 pieces of student art. The evening was also filled with music from the band and chorus and deserts from Family & Consumer Science. A special thanks to Mrs. Angle, Mrs. Joyce, Mrs. Cassell and Mr. Rush. Kudos to all the students and parents who participated and attended the event.

 

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Exploring Computer Technology Grant: The eighth grade Exploring Computer Technology course taught by Mr. Michael Maffei, part of the Technology Education program at Canonsburg Middle School, was recently awarded a grant for $2750.00 from the Ernest Q. Johnson fund. The grant will be utilized to assist in the ongoing effort to purchasing up to date computer components for the students Computer Learning Curriculum. The CLC, is a program that allows students to get a hands-on experience with computer components such as RAM, video cards, Hard Drives and Motherboards, while assembling a working computer. Students work in groups to test, troubleshoot and configure their machines with the Linux operating system.

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eCybermission: According to the eighth grade Canonsburg Middle School eCybermission team, Ethan H., Samuel O., CJ O., and Robby S., “THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS!”   This team, the CMScientists 2013-14, were recently announced First Place State Winners in this year’s eCybermission competition.  Ms. Stephanie Kubik, Seventh Grade Science, served as the sponsor of the eCybermission team.

The students based their enrichment project on a town which reflects similarities to our own school setting of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.  Utilizing research from print and digital sources, the students worked to compare the alternative energy sources of wind, hydro, and solar power to natural gas.

The eCybermission web-based program is one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).  The CMScientists were required to complete a multi-factorial Mission Folder to explore and reflect upon team collaboration, engineering design, and community benefit.

This enlightening student enrichment project allowed the eCybermission team to discover that collaboration was imperative to get the job done!



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Anne Frank Tree: Mrs. Porter's Advanced English 8 students read the play, "The Diary of Anne Frank" and the novel, The Diary of a Young Girl. As a culminating activity, the students selected from six quotes from Anne's diary. The quotes were based on the themes of freedom, goodness, giving, courage, happiness, and humanity. Each student wrote an essay about the ways that he or she had been inspired by the life of Anne Frank to value that specific theme in his or her own life. The students also created a leaf based on one of the six themes. Each student wrote Anne's quote on one side of the leaf and his or her own original quote on the other side of the leaf. This project was based on the Anne Frank Tree Interactive Monument. Anne Frank often admired the chestnut tree in the courtyard behind the secret annex and wrote about the tree in her diary.



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3-D Printing: Mercedes shows off her project that she created in Mr. Maffei's Technology Education class where she used various STEAM skill sets in areas of design and programming to create her final product using one of the MakerBots.



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Schools to Watch Celebration: Canonsburg Middle School celebrated the 2014 Schools to Watch Re-Designation on April 24th. This is the second time being recognized as a top middle school in the state and country.







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NIAA Recognition: Mr. Vincent Faith, faculty manager at Canonsburg Middle School, has been recognized as a Certified Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

To earn this distinction, Mr. Faith has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate’s educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination.

The NIAAA is a national, professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 7,600 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.




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District Four Advisor of the Year: Congratulations to Mr. Manion for being named the PASCD District 4 Advisor of the Year. Mr. Manion will now be eligible to win the Pennsyvlania Student Council Advisor of the Year later in the year.




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Gifted K'Nex Challenge: On Monday April 14th , two teams from Canonsburg Middle School competed in the first annual K’NEX Competition held at California University of Pennsylvania. The two teams consisted of: Braden, Wes, Kaeleigh, Hannah, Dominic, Ryan, Priya, and Katie. In February, students were given the challenge: Create an eco-friendly, four-person people mover out of K’NEX. The requirements for this project included: the mover had to move four feet, hold four people, and use less than 1,400 pieces. CMS students worked in groups of four from February until April, creating their structure, designing a blueprint, and writing a narrative. Special shout-out to Braden, Wes, Hannah, and Kaeleigh for placing 2nd in the K’NEX competition! The competition helps support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the classroom!



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Wear Green: Seventh grade students, faculty and staff wore green on Wednesday to support transplant awareness and one of our students who celebrated his one year anniversay of his transplant.


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I'm a Leader: Canonsburg Middle School Seventh Grade Students, Maddie, Hannah, Greg, Jacob, and Amanda participated in the first annual "I'm a Leader" Competition sponsored by Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living. Students had to create an artifact on what leadership means to them. The students, under the direction of Ms. Pam Moniodes, Gifted Support Teacher, decided to create a collage that incorporated leaders of the past, present, and future!  The students placed in the top 10 out of 100 entries across the state



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Exploring Robotics: Students in Mr. Mychalishyn's Automated Technology class (required related arts class) explore the various capabilities of the Vex Robotics bots. Students who excel with the traditional bumper bots can take on enrichment challenges using sonar capabilities!



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National Junior Honor Society: CMS welcomed 111 students into the NJHS on March 20th. The auditorium was filled with proud parents and family members. A special thanks to Ms. Elemos and Mr. Manion for organizing the event.


NJHS Ceremony Speakers

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Poster Contest: Congratulations to 8th grader Lauren for winning our 2014 CMS Anti-Bullying Poster Contest! Lauren’s artwork was chosen from a number of fantastic submissions by our 7th and 8th graders. Her poster will be framed and put on display to help continue promoting our philosophy of unity and togetherness here at CMS! Way to go Lauren!



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Literacy Night: Students in Miss Wherry's Advanced English class teamed up with their former elementary and intermediate school teachers in order to make this year's district Literacy Night at the Frank Sarris Public Library a success. Under the direction of Miss Jennifer Wherry and Miss Pamela Moniodes, students worked in groups to write and illustrate original children's books to be read aloud to CM students in grades K-4 at the event that took place on March 5th and 6th. After reading their stories, Miss Wherry's students completed crafts and games with the younger students to go along with the event's carnival theme. Fun was had by all, and the event was a success!




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Pennsylvania Middle Level Association Conference: CMS was recently recognized as one of only 29 schools in the state to share the PA Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch designation at the annual PAMLE Conference. Mr. Schrag, Assistant Princpal, Ms. Cashell, Social Studies, and Ms. Paddick, English, represented CMS at the conference. While also at the conference, the trio also presented to other educators across the state on Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. Read more about the designation here.



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Food Bank Donation: The students and staff of Canonsburg Middle School were able to raise $1,000.00 AND collect 650 non-perishable food items for the Canonsburg Food Bank on Pike Street. This donation was made possible from the proceeds of our 6th Annual Charity Dodgeball Tournament, Chinese Auction and Student Council/Advanced Language Arts Food Drive. Way to go CMS!



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Geography Bee Winner: Congratulations to Matthew on the Titan Team for winning the CMS Geography Bee this year! We wish him the best of luck when he moves onto the state qualifying round.



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Future City Competition: CMS gifted students have their eyes set on the future! Read more about this year's Future City Competition here. To learn more about our gifted program, see our 'Quick Links' menu to the left.

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Twin Day at CMS: One of Student Council's many sponsored theme days.





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#LukeStrong: CMS students and staff wore yellow today to show support for Luke, one of our CMS alum!


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Calcu-Solve: A group of gifted students from CMS attended this year's Calcu-Solve math competition at California University of PA. Students worked as a team and individually to solve problems relating to mathematics.



A special shout out goes to Cameron for taking
second place overall!


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Angel Tree: Each year the CMS Faculty & Staff take part in an Angel Tree. Our tree has been fulfilled and the presents will delivered to the CMSD Santa Fund for needy families during this time of year.



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Girls' Night Out: Over a hundred CMS students took part in our annual Girls' Night Out! A special thanks to Mrs. Hedderman for organizing the event along with the many of our female faculty and staff members.




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Jeans for Charity: The CMS Faculty & Staff contributed $600 for the Jimmy V Cancer Foundation and $300 for The Wounded Warrior Project through their 2012-2013 Jeans for Charity Days.





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National Children's Grief Awareness Day: Students and staff at CMS wore blue to recognize Children's Grief Awareness Day on November 21st.



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Breat Cancer Awareness Month: The faculty, staff and students of Canonsburg Middle School took part in a week long fundraiser to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  CMS Student Council sold “Team Canon Mac” Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts at the middle school and high school which allowed the schools to raise $2,000.00! The CMS Student Council was able to make two separate $1,000.00 donations to the Susan G. Komen for Pittsburgh and Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.

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CMS Anti-Bullying Program: The program is in full swing with students working on the PSA contest and our first class meeting set. See below for this year's 2013-2014 One Tribe video.




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Jack-O-Lantern Run:
On Saturday, October 26, 2013, a group of dedicated CMS Student Council volunteers donated their Saturday morning to help out with the 2013 Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5K Race! This race helps support the Canon-McMillan Scholarship Foundation!







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English Guest Speaker:
Recently, our CMS 8th grade Social Studies students had the opportunity to welcome Professor Paul Nutter from Point Park University. Professor Paul is a native of England, where he studied English Government, and lived there for 25 years. The students have been learning about England's influences on our own system of government, and Professor Paul's presentation gave them added insight on this topic. Our sincere appreciation goes out to Professor Paul for taking time to work with our students here at CMS!



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Spelling Bee Champ: Congratulations to Priya, 7th grader on the Titans, for winning this year's Spelling Bee!



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Student Council: Student Council and the entire student body raised $235 for Children's Hospital with a Student Council Hat Theme Day.



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Pink Out Days: CMS held its first official Pink Out Day on
October 4th to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Two more days are planned for October 11th and 18th.







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CM Fit Day 2013: Our Seventh Grade CM Fit Day was a big success! The event is in its seventh year and gets better each year. The CM Fit Committee plans and facilitates the entire event. The committee consists of Mrs. Vulcano, School Nurse; Ms. Utchel, Phys. Ed; Mr. Dominick, Phys. Ed; Mr. Cardillo, Phys. Ed;
Mrs. Joyce, F&C Sci; Mrs. Barbarino, Librarian; and
Mrs. Angle, Art.

The entire day is dedicated to fitness and wellness with some of the events including: whole group aerobics (thanks to parent volunteer - Mrs. Terry Joyce)l; wellness stations - fruit, track walking, ultimate football, sack races, obstacle course; student-faculty relay races; a healthy lunch; blood pressure screening, and much more.

Check out the CM Fit Video - Click Here!

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8th Grade Science: Students in Mr. Wolf's, Mr. Colbert's, and
Mr. Smith's classes studying volume and density in lab today.



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Learning Experimental Design: Students in Mr. Nairn's Science class designing their own experiments. Science works at CMS!



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First Day of School: CMS welcomes back another class of students. Excitement is in the air as our 8th grade leaders welcome a new group of 7th graders.

 


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Chromebooks in Action: A number of CMS students have been using Chromebooks and Google Drive to work on projects. The Google Drive allow students to work in the "cloud" thus allowing students to work on their projects at school or at home as well as collaboratively in an academic social networking setting.


Knight students in Ms. Kubik's (science) & Mrs. Domske's (English) classes working on a
cross-curricular, collaborative project.


While working on a cross-curricular group project in Mrs. Wolf's Language Arts class, Maggie is
researching social classes in Victorian England before using Google Drive to tpe a mini-research
paper explaining how the characters in A Christmas Carol represent the social
classes of the time period.

 


Students in Ms. Paddick's English class and Ms. Cashell's Social Studies class are working on
their Famous Pennsylvaniaresearch projects. The students completed research, their bibliography,
and a timeline using Google Presetations on the Chromebooks.

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CMS “I Wish” Anti-Bullying Message:
On Friday, March 8th, the 7th and 8th graders of CMS participated in our monthly anti-bullying classroom meeting.  These meetings help to foster an environment of awareness and open dialogue on the topic of anti-bullying in our schools.  The topic of this meeting was all about stressing an attitude of becoming more PROACTIVE rather than REACTIVE on the topic of bullying. The students were asked to fill out an “I Wish” statement where they recalled a bullying incident they witnessed from the past year or two.  On their “I Wish” cards, the students took the opportunity to reach back and try to convince their past selves to be an “Upstander rather than a Bystander!” Overall, our kids enjoyed the activity and continueto help create a safe, healthy and successful learning environment here at Canonsburg Middle School!

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CMS Anti-Bullying Video: Ms. Paddick, Ms. Cashell, and the CMS Faculty & Staff have been busy once again with another video

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Schools to Watch Celebration: In May 2011, CMS celebrated the designation of becoming 1 of 21 middle schools in Pennsylvania to be a part of the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch and 1 of 250 middle schools in the country to share the honor of being a National Schools to Watch middle school.

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Schools to Watch: Canonsburg Middle School has been included in a list of six more exemplary Middle Grades Schools in Pennsylvania named Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: “Schools to Watch” as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.  CMS will join 20 other middle schools in Pennsylvania and 250 in the country who share this special distinction.  

Each school was selected by state leaders for its academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. In addition each school has strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement. Dr. John Harrison, Past President of the National Forum stated, “We congratulate these schools for being places that do great things for all of their students. These schools demonstrate that high-performing middle grades schools are places that focus on academic growth and achievement. They are also places that recognize the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensure that every child has access to a rigorous, high-quality education.”

“The prestigious Schools to Watch designation validates the teamwork, leadership, innovation and overall good work being done on a daily basis at Canonsburg Middle School. Our students in grades 7 and 8 are fortunate to continue to experience the outstanding educational quality that they first encounter in our Blue Ribbon elementary programming. With this noteworthy honor—the first in the history of the District-- Canonsburg Middle School validates our position as the upper echelon hallmark of educational excellence in our County.” Dr. Helen McCracken, Superintendent, Canon-McMillan School District.

For more information on Schools to Watch, visit the National Forum’s Schools to Watch site at www.schoolstowatch.org  and the Pennsylvania Schools to Watch site at www.pmsa.org. 

 

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Canonsburg Middle School is featured in the National Middle School Association's Middle Ground magazine for the month of October. Please take a moment to read the national publication about our seventh grade thematic unit. Click here to read more.

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Canonsburg Middle School recently received a grant to implement the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

Outcomes of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program:

Statistics show how successful implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program can reduce school bullying. Outcomes have included:

  • Fifty percent or more reductions in student reports of being bullied and bullying others. Peer and teacher ratings of bullying problems have yielded similar results.
  • Significant reductions in student reports of general antisocial behavior such as school bullying, vandalism, school violence, fighting, theft, and truancy.
  • Significant improvements in the classroom social climate as reflected in students' reports of improved order and discipline, more positive social relationships, and more positive attitudes toward schoolwork and school.
  • Greater support for students who are bullied, and stronger, more effective interventions for students who bully.

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Canonsburg Middle School
25 E. College Street
Canonsburg, Pa. 15317
Phone: 724-745-9030
Fax: 724-873-5230



Principal
Dr. Taranto
tarantog@cmsd.k12.pa.us

Assistant Principal
Mr. Schrag
schragk@cmsd.k12.pa.us


Mr. Colbert

Dean of Students
colbertj@cmsd.k12.pa.us


Mr. Solman
Dean of Students

solmanr@cmsd.k12.pa.us


Mr. Gillespie

Student Counselor


Mrs. Hedderman

Student Counselor

Secretary
Mrs. Eleamos
eleamosf@cmsd.k12.pa.us

Secretary
Mrs. Mcguire
mcguirec@cmsd.k12.pa.us





 

 
 
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