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2018 Summer Orientation:

Seventh Grade/New Student Summer orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. This orientation is designed for all incoming seventh graders and newly transferred eighth graders. We wil hold three sessions, two in the morning dividing the alphabet in half, and a third in the evening for anyone who is unable to make a morning session. Please report to the gymnasium at one of the designated times according to your last name:

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


2018 Parent Orientation:

Parent Orientation was held on May 24, 2018. If you could not attend, please see links below:

Parent Orientation 2018

Arrival Dismissal Information for Parents


After School Homework Help Clinic: The Tutoring Clinic will start back up October 17, 2017. Please stand by for more information on a start date. For the clinic, students are welcome to stay after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to attend our After School Homework Help Clinic in the library. Parents must complete the permission slip prior to their child attending. Click here for the permsion form.


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.


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 7, 2018 to opt out of the program.


Report Card Directions: Please see link for directions on accessing your child's Quarterly Grade Report through PowerSchool.

Quarterly Grade Reporting Information


Secondary Report Cards: In January 2016, the Middle School and High School started reporting quarterly progress ("Report Cards") through the PowerSchool Parent Portal online only. Please see this link for more information.

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.


EpiPen Opt Out Form: Please see attached link for letter regarding the District EpiPen usage and opt out form should you not want your child to treated should an emergency arise - EpiPen Parent Letter/Opt Out Form


See What's Happening at CMS: Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (WeAreCMS25) and Twitter (@WeAreCMS25)!


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.


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


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.


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.



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.





CMS Celebrate the Arts Show: Our 2018 Celebrate the Arts Show was a big success! Many thanks to our students who contributed work, performed and volunteered at the event!


CMS Gives Back: CMS students, faculty, and staff donate $1,200 to the Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.


CMS One Tribe Video: Our "One Tribe" video has become an annual event and part of our comprehensive plan to help do our part to educate and address bullying in our society.


Jeans for Charity: During the 2016-2017 school year, the CMS faculty & Staff raised $700 through the building's Jeans for Charities Fridays. $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 2016-2017 school year.


Leadership Award: Canonsburg Middle School is the recipient the Junior Achievement 2017 Education Leadership Award. The award was granted to the school for its unique partnership with W & J College and Junior Achievement which provides pre-service teachers quality experience in the classroom. A special thanks to our 8th Grade Social Studies Department (Mrs. Bardella, Mrs. Dennick, Mr. Faith, and Mrs. Borelli) and Mr. Schrag for coordinating the program and making this happen!


Schools to Watch Re-Designation:

Canonsburg Middle School has been designated as 2017 Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn and National Schools to Watch Middle School. This is the second re-designation that Canonsburg Middle School has received since originally being recognized in 2011.

CMS joins 37 other middle schools in the state with this unique designation recognizing schools that focus on delivering best practices at middle level education. Even more impressive, only ten schools in the state have been re-designated more than once.

In order to receive this designation, schools must go through a rigorous application and evaluation process. State evaluationteams visit a small number of schools to spend the day evaluating the schools by observing classrooms, reviewing school information/data, and interviewing students, parents, teachers and staff. Schools with previous designations must demonstrate growth and goal setting to be considered in the next three-year cycle.

This is a special designation to the middle school because the Schools to Watch program recognizes schools that provide a well-rounded education. It recognizes that our students and staff are much more than a standardized test score. This designation is a true reflection of what our students, parents, teachers, staff and community truly believe a middle school experience should be all about!

More information about the Schools to Watch designation can be found at http://www.pamle.org/stwnews


Coding is TOPS at CMS: Canonsburg Middle School's unique integration of coding in the T.O.P.S. class was the topic of a feature article in the Association of Middle Level Learning Magazine in the month of April. Click on image to read the article.


Carson Scholar: Congratulations to Delaney for being named a 2017 Carson Scholar!

Delaney pictured with her English teacher and sponsor, Mrs. Porter


CMS Geography Bee Winner: Congratulations to 7th grader Zackary for winning our 2017 CMS Geography Bee! We wish Zackary the best of luck as he moves on to take the qualifying test for the state competition. Way to go Zackary!


Food Bank Donation: The students and staff of Canonsburg Middle School were able to raise $1,000.00 for the Canonsburg Food Bank on Pike Street. This donation was made possible from the proceeds of our 8th Annual Student Council Charity Dodgeball Tournament and Food Bank Raffle held on Wednesday November 23rd. Way to go CMS!


Spelling Bee: Congratulations to Noah (1st), Maadhav (2nd), & Owen (3rd) for their peformance in this year's spelling bee which took 78 rounds to complete! Best of luck to Noah as he represents CMS at regionals.

Pictured (left to rigth): Dr. Taranto, Maadhav, Noah, Owen, & Ms. Moniodes


2017 Angel Tree: Each year, the CMS teachers and staff purchase gifts for the Angel Tree that benefits needy children in the CM Community.



CMS Anti-Bullying Campaign:







Automation & Robotics: Arduino boards were recently added to our 8th grade Automation & Robotics course. This STEM-based course is part of our Innovation Studios suite of technology education classes. All students in 8th grade take the course as part of his/her unified arts rotation.


MathCounts: Congratulations to our CMS MathCounts team for placing third at the regional competition at W&J College. A special kudos goes out to Kyle for placing third and moving onto the state championship in March!

Hayden, Kyle, Atharv, & Nathan

Kyle placed third to move to the regional championship


Veterans' Day Salute: Mr. Wolf, CMS Science Teacher is an Iraq War Veteran. He shared his experience serving the country to our 8th grade social studies classes on Veteran's Day this year. A big thanks to Mr. Wolf and all the Veterans who made the sacrifice for our country.


CMS Anti-Bullying Campaign: Our annual anti-bullying program started today as we kicked off this year's "One Tribe" video. After the video, student council mentors led homebase meetings. Today's meeting theme was, "Getting to Know You."

T.O.P.S.: Problem solving and teamwork are the cornerstones of our Team Oriented Problem Solving (TOPS) class. This is an 8th grade nine-week course that all our 8th graders take at some point in the year. Mrs. Marasco teaches TOPS at CMS and has added Sphero bots to the course which allow students to go through a series of challenges that require a variety of skills in coding (computational thinking), problem-solving, cooperative teamwork, measurement, geometry, and many other essential "real life" application math skills.

CMS Pink Out: Every Friday in the month of October will be a Pink Out to show our support for brest cancer awareness. All donatiosn will be sent to Susan G. Komen Foundation and Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.


Innovation Studios: CMS will be rolling out 'Innovation Studios" this school year for both 7th & 8th graders. The STEAM based courses are designed to prepare students for tomorrow's world where innovation, creativity, design and problem-s0lving are core aspects of these classes.


Symphonic Band: Congratulations to the CMS Symphonic Band for receiving a Superior Rating at the Niagara Falls National Adjudication Invitational! We are quite proud of our
students who put in a lot of hard work to earn this distinction. Many thanks to Mr. Rush, Mr. Schrader, Band Boosters, and the parent chaperones.


Visiting Pitt Researchers: University of Pittsburgh was in to visit Ms. Kubik's science class. Knights students gained knowledge straight from the researchers! Dr. Becky Gonda, Outreach Coordinator, Lisa Limeri, Ph.D. Candidate, and Caroline Kirkby, PittBio Undergraduate, visited the Knights’ Science classes to share their knowledge of current research from the Morehouse Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh.The Morehouse Lab studies the evolution and diversity of color patterns and their role in mating. This Pitt Outreach Activity, How Animals Use Color, presents how butterflies use color. For our Canonsburg Middle School students, the presentation tied together the current research in the Morehouse Lab with topics our students learned in class.


Visiting Author: Ms. Audrea Perry visited Mrs. Porter's classes today as a culminating poetry picnic unit. Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Barbarino won a grant for the unit. The author discussed her life experiences that influenced her to write, how she became published, and where she finds her inspiration. She also shared various works, and students participated in a brainstorming workshop.


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




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.



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.


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. Faith

Dean of Students

Mr. Solman
Dean of Students


Mr. Gillespie

Student Counselor

Mrs. Hedderman

Student Counselor

Mrs. Eleamos

Mrs. Mcguire


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