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Great By Choice! 6 th Open House 2012 From: Jim Collins, “Great by Choice”. COMMUNITY HOUSE MIDDLE SCHOOL. Ms. Jamie Brooks – Principal ( ) Mr. Neumann – 6 th AP and buses ( ervin.neumann )

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Great by choice 6 th open house 2012 from jim collins great by choice

Great By Choice!

6th Open House 2012

From: Jim Collins, “Great by Choice”


Key people to know

Ms. Jamie Brooks – Principal (

Mr. Neumann – 6th AP and buses (

Ms. Amy Jurusik – 6th Counselor (

Ms. Katy Coffelt and Ms. Kasey Strickland – Academic Facilitators (curriculum question) and

Ms. Kelly Bagwell, Ms. Angela Stewart and Ms. Hoagland – front office ( and and

Ms. Maureen Milano-Raucci – registrar and Parent Assist liaison(

Follow us on Twitter @CHMSCavaliers and @CHMSAthletics

Key People To Know…

About community house middle school

Over 94% of our students are at or above grade level on EOG and EOC tests – new assessments on the horizon

School of High Growth**

Outstanding Fine Arts Program

Award winning Band/Orch, Chorus, OM, Chess

Spanish and French; 8th Alg/Geo

Accomplished Staff

About Community House Middle School

Student demographics

1595 Students – from over 40 different countries of origin! We are GLOBAL!! (more than 30 languages are spoken by our students!)

62 % White

14 % African American

8.7 % Hispanic

12% Asian

Growing daily…..

Student Demographics

Block schedule

  • Students will get schedules today origin! We are GLOBAL

  • Students take 4 core classes per year: Language Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies.

  • Students take 4 semesters of electives per year. They rotate on an A-Day/B-Day basis. All students take PE/Health for a semester.

  • Enrichment daily from 3:45pm – 4:15pm

    • Homework zone, study hall, relooping, reading time, global education, “Teen Time”


A typical day at our house

  • Arrival – not before 8:45am (b-fast $1.25) origin! We are GLOBAL

  • Lockers (rental fee and form come home day one)

  • First Block – Academics

    • Snack the last ten minutes (working, healthy snack)

  • Second Block – Electives

  • Third Block – Academics

    • Lunch with 3rd block teacher beginning at 1:15pm

  • Fourth Block – Academics

  • Enrichment – Dismissal @ 4:15pm

A Typical Day AT Our “House”

Schedule changes

  • Will only be done for clear errors in LA and/or Math placement**

  • An error with Band/Orchestra

  • An error with EC/Inclusion

  • All requests MUST be placed in writing to the grade level counselor (

    • Elective change requests will result in your child being placed on a Wait List


Ways we communicate
Ways We Communicate placement**

  • Student Planners

  • Weekly Courier

    • Link under school resources

  • Connect Ed

  • Email

  • Teacher Wiki Pages

  • PAM – email the registrar,, to obtain forgotten password

  • Twitter @CHMSCavaliers

Honoring academic time

Protecting class time for ALL students is a top priority. placement**

To limit interruptions, please send a note with your child indicating the time you will arrive; have your child bring the note directly to the office.

Minimize “deliveries” (homework, lunches)

Please be prompt.

Call the GLA for emergency situations


Honoring academic time1

Students must be in the classroom from bell to bell. placement**

Please no early dismissals after 3:45pm

Tardies will not be acceptable – any block; on third unexcused tardy, consequences will begin

Allow time for Traffic – if late, you will have to park and come in


Honoring discipline order and safety

  • Visitor badges placement**

  • Students only released to person on emergency card

  • School-Wide Discipline Plan

  • Rights and Responsibilities Handbook enforced equitably

  • Dress Code – no racerback tanks*

  • Cell Phone/Electronics Policy (BYOT*)

  • Tardy Policy

  • Bus Expectations


Honoring professionalism

  • Communication protocol – we have 550 6 placement**th grade students

  • Always start with the teacher

  • Grade Level Administrator

  • Make appointments

    • Parent Conference Day is Tuesday; call or email Ms. Jurusik (


Chms get involved

Extracurricular Activities Offered: placement**

Sports (not until 7th grade)

Fine Arts


Chess Club, OEX, NAL, Science Olympiad, Math Counts, Battle of the Books – KIDS need to listen to AM Announcements for info

We want your child to get involved

CHMS – Get Involved!!

How can i help my pre teen

Stay involved in your child’s education placement**

Provide a quiet space for homework

Help with organizational skills – especially A day/B day

Be sure they get adequate rest and a well-balanced diet

Make time to listen

Relish small successes

How Can I Help My Pre-Teen?

Should i watch out for anything

Monitor the internet placement**

Sudden personality changes

Change in eating habits

Refusal to eat


Monitor peer selection – set limits – be careful with “you can’t hang out with…”

Monitor cell phone usage/texts

Call Ms. Jurusik or Mr. Neumann with any concerns

Should I Watch Out for Anything?

A few last notes

  • Medication forms – see Angela Stewart in the office or our school nurse, Mary Luccia (M, R, every other T)

  • School Supply lists – if any additional supplies are needed, teachers will let you know

  • T dap Immunization by 9/24***

  • Welcome Week Dance

  • PTO packet – Capital Campaign

  • Not collecting money until August 28th

  • Drama and Orchestra will be in A14

  • Spanish and Journalism will be in A7

  • All PE/Health teachers will be in the media center

  • PE Uniforms and spirit wear on sale in the aux gym – school spirit day on August 29

  • Carvel in lobby

  • Make sure your child knows how he/she is getting home tomorrow

  • Morrison YMCA bus is 1691 request a stop for your child online

A few last notes…

Excellence in education is our primary focus

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION IS OUR PRIMARY FOCUS school nurse, Mary Luccia (M, R, every other T)