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



Red Ribbon Week: CMS will recognize Red Ribbon Week the week of October 27th. This is our way to promote drug awareness and let our students know to just say "no" to drugs.

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 -READY TO STAY DRUG FREE!” Wear something RED to kick off the week!

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 - TEAM UP, PLAY IT SMART, DON’T START!” Be Pittsburgh Proud! Wear that BLACK AND GOLD!

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 - DRUGS AND YOUR FUTURE DON’T MIX!” Wear mismatched, mixed up clothes!

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 - STICK TOGETHER AND BE DRUG FREE” Dress alike - be a twin, a triplet, or as many friends that you can get together!

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 - WE RULE! WE’RE A DRUG FREE SCHOOL! CM pride! (Wear blue & gold) Team T-Shirts are also great!


Jeans for Charity: The CMSlty & Staff raised $700 last year through the building's jeans for charities Fridays during the 2013-2014 school year. $350 will be donated to The Jimmy V Cancer Foundation and $350 to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. CMS teachers and staff will be once again raise money for these organizations throughout the 2014-2015 school year.


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 22, 2014 to opt out of the program.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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 (a great math & science resource). Click here to visit or the link under student resources.


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 review these guidelines with students the first day of school. All parents also receive the guidelines via an email blast the first week of school. Click here for a digital copy of the handout.


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.


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.


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


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.




Student Council:

On October 17th, 52 Canonsburg Middle School student council members volunteered at the annual Hills-Henderson Pumpkin Patch night. Our CMS student council members worked at a variety of different stations helping to cap off a great night for the elementary school students of the Canon McMillan School District. A big thanks to Mr. Manion and his student council representatives!


We Are One: This year's CMS Anti-Bullying video has been released!



Student Council: Our student council raised $250 on Hat Day for Children's Hospital. Congrations on a job well done!


A Minion Reasons: Mrs. Hedderman, CMS Student Counselor, does everything she can do to get the word out so students think before they post things online.


Pink Out: CMS reognized Breast Cancer Awareness by holding its first of four "Pink Outs" on October 3rd. Students and staff will be raising money for the Susan
G. Komen Foundation and Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation on these Pink Out Days.


2014 CM Fiday Day: Our annual CM Fit Day was a big success! 64,600...the number of calories the seventh grade burnt during the morning aerobics session! Our CM Fit Day is dedicated to a day of fitness and wellness to promote healthy lifestyles. A big thanks to our CM Fit Commitee members for planning the day's events: Mrs. Vulcano, Mr. Dominick, Mr. Cardillo, Ms. Utchel, Mrs. Barbarino, Mrs. Joyce, and Mrs. Angle.



CMS Anti-Bullying Program: Our annual kick off assembly took place on September 23rd. Parameters of the program (class meetings, reporting forms, etc.) were shared with the student body. Special Agent Phillip Little from the Attorney General's Office was here to speak with the students.

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


First Day of School: Nothing is like that feeling on the first day of school! CMS faculty and staff were excited to see our new students enter the doors today! See more by following our school Twitter account @WEARECMS25.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 



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.



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

Dr. Taranto

Assistant Principal
Mr. Schrag

Mr. Colbert

Dean of Students

Mr. Solman
Dean of Students


Mr. Gillespie

Student Counselor

Mrs. Hedderman

Student Counselor

Mrs. Eleamos

Mrs. Mcguire


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