CMS student art work will be on display in the school's halls starting April 29, 2015 and concluding May 12, 2015. The opening night will be Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 5:30 - 7:30PM. Light refreshments will be served.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Cultural Arts and World Language Week at CMS
It's the start of cultural arts and world language week! The cultural arts program is hosting two events at CMS. First, the 8th grade students will learn the cultural history and significance of major Latin dance styles, followed by the opportunity to the dance moves and perform. Second, tomorrow, at 1:30PM on April 21, 2015, all CMS students will watch the performance of "Tiger Tales," which is by the Chinese Theater Group (based in New York City). The group blends Chinese and Western styles of shadow puppetry to create a theater experience filled with wit and wisdom.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 By Julia This April on the 10th is College Logo Spirit Day. So dress your best, at least in your college wear, and as a bonus you can help your team earn spirit points. Currently the scores are Green Team with 1141 points and White Team with 1127. If you forgot, the Dolphins, Pioneers, and Mustangs are on the Green Team and Orcas, Patriots, and Tigers on the White Team.
Open Cluster Meetings
7th Grade: Tuesday, April 7 at 10:30 (Patriots) in room 131 and 11:15 (Pioneers) in room 121
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
National Arts Competition: CMS State Level Winner!
Each year the National PTA's Reflection Contest is held. This year, the national PTA received over 300 submissions, and five Westport students earned first-place prizes at the state level. From here, the five students will move on to the national level. Our very own Natasha, a seventh grade student at CMS, won first place in literature for "Taking a Stand." Good luck Natasha!
The Westport Humane Society is collecting animals toys and supplies for both cats and dogs to enrich their lives. If you'd like to donate please speak to your homeroom teacher to place your donations in your homeroom box.
Dogs: slow bowls, kong woblers, bubble guns Cats: cat dancer wand, small cardboard scratchers, twitch teaser toy, rotating laser pet toy
Food Requests: all natural peanut btter, shelf staple apple sauce, all natural granola bars, Ziwipeak Dog Good, Arm and Hammer clay cat litter
Monday, March 23, 2015
Science Olympiad Team Results
On Saturday, March 21 15 current CMS and a handful former CMS students participated in the Connecticut State Science Olympiad. In total there were 23 events, for which two former CMS students, Charlie and Devon, won second place in Anatomy and Physiology, and two other students, Jamie and Victoria, won third place for Dynamic Planet. For the Green Generation category two students, Charlie and Victoria, won first place. Congratulations to all of our CMS participants!
The yearbook is not collecting baby pictures of 8th grade students. Be sure to submit your photo as a jpeg attachment to Colleen Quinn, Co-Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org OR send a picture in a sealed envelope and leave it in Ms. Quinn's mailbox in the main office. Be sure to include your first and last name and the name of your homeroom teacher on all emails or envelopes.
Photos are due no later than Friday, March 20.
Monday, March 9, 2015
CMS Book Drive
This March is the Coleytown book drive. Where you can donate gently used level K- 8 books for families in need? Right in the main entrance of CMS! An organization called Books2connect will collect the books we donate and give to families in need. Make sure you donate these books by March 12th. You can put the donated books in a box which is located in the CMS lobby.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
MATHCOUNTS Win for CMS Students!
Congratulations to Josh (8th grade), Victoria (8th grade), Dawson (7th grade), and Charlotte (6th grade)! These CMS students placed second in the Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition, which was held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the University of Fairfield.
The competition consists of four rounds: Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown. The Sprint round is 40 minutes and has 30 questions. The Target round has only 8 questions, but are distributed to the students a pair at a time. In this round they have six minutes to complete each pair of problems. The third round, Team, has 10 problems for the team to work on together in only 20 minutes.
The team, coached by Ms. Jones, will now advance to the Hartford competition on March 14, 2015. The team will be competing for a spot in the national MATHCOUNTS competition, which is held this year in May.
Best of luck MATHCOUNTS Team!
For those of you who don’t know, MATHCOUNTS, is a national math competition. There are over 500 chapters, including one right here at CMS. The competition is perfect for students who are talented and passionate about math. At the local, state, and national level, students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.
Students in grades 6 – 8 are eligible to participate in MATHCOUNTS, and is limited to enrollment for three years.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Ordering Yearbooks By Nathan Ordering online for the 2014-2015 CMS Yearbooks has started. To guarantee a yearbook and personalize it with with your name on the cover order online with these easy steps. 1. Go to www.coffeepond.com 2. Click “Place Order” 3. Click “Yearbooks” 4. Enter the password: 2015yearbook. 5. Follow all instructions on the page to secure your order. To order now the cost will be $28, after March 30th the cost will increase to $32. So order now! Make sure to order before Friday, April 8th, after that day, contact Mrs. Pacuk to request a non-guaranteed yearbook.
8th Grade Baby Pictures: Every year our graduating eighth grade students send in their baby pictures to include in our yearbook. Now that time of year has come back around. Make sure to include your first and last name and the name of your homeroom teacher. Please send in all photo’s no later than Friday, March 20th.Here are the two ways to submit your baby photos:
You may send in a picture in a sealed envelope and leave it in Ms. Quinn’s mailbox in the main office
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Spirit Day: Green and White
Currently, the White team has 985 spirit day points and the Green team has 967 spirit day points. If you're forgetting what team you're on we've got you covered! The White team consists of the Orcas, Patriots, and Tigers, while the Green team is the Dolphins, Pioneers, and Mustangs. CMS's next spirit day is Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Be sure to wear green and/or white to earn points for your team.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Red and Pink Day at CMS
On Friday, February 13, 2015 remember to wear red and/or pink for Valentine's Day. Every person that wears red and/or pink earns spirit points for their team.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Purchase sour Yummy Lips or sweet Yummy hearts at CMS! They can be purchased in the hallway near the cafeteria every morning from February 9 - February 13, 2015 (or until supplies last). Each lollipop costs $1 or buy 12 lollipops for $10.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Another Monday Snow Day
On Monday, February 9, 2015 the Westport Public school district closed its doors to students due to the weather conditions, which were mostly ice, sleet, and snow.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Basketball Intramurals at CMS
Basketball Intramurals began on Tuesday, January 20 with approximately 20 students participating in the after school program. On Wednesday, February 4, 2015 participating students will play in a game against CMS staff. Who will win? Vote to the right ----->
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Schools Closed on 1/27/15
Westport public schools were closed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 due to Storm Juno. Schools are expected to reopen on Wednesday as the anticipated snowfall was not as must as predicted by meteorologist.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Early Dismissal on 1/26
All students in the Westport district were dismissed early due to the impending storm, Storm Juno. CMS students were dismissed at 12:15PM.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
CMS Students Meet with White House Deputy Director of Technology and Innovation
Four CMS students, Nick, Rob, Ben, and Josh, traveled to Washington D.C. on Friday, January 16 to meet with The White House and Congress regarding technology and robotics. The students had the privileged of meeting with the White House Deputy Director of Technology and Innovation, Tom Kalil, and Assistant Director of Robotics and Cyber-Physical Systems, Richard Voyles.
In addition, the young students also visited Congressman Himes' office and met with Aide Paul Coyle, the Legislative Aide. While there Coyle discussed the Congressman's technology agenda and took the boys on a private tour of the Capitol building and the floor of the House of representatives where President Obama delivered his State of the Union address just yesterday, Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 By Zoe
School of Rock is a amazing chance to learn music. You can learn bass, piano/keyboard, guitar, drums and vocals. You can even play in a show! There is a location right near Westport schools, the School of Rock in downtown Fairfield
LOCATION: 1976 Post Road, Fairfield, Connecticut 06824
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Local Rink Open for the Season
By Sophie Looking for something fun to do on a Sunday night? Try out this awesome outdoor ice skating rink called Westport Pal Rink at Longshore! The rink opened November 22 and will be open until March. In addition, the rink has been extended by 15 feet to meet NHL and FCIAC regulations in preparations for the four games being hosted by the Staples Wreckers Hockey team.
Pricing for the 2014 - 2015 Season Adult: $10 Adult with Handpass: $8 Under 12: $6.25 Under 12 with a Handpass: $5 Skate Rental: $5 Sharpening: $8-10
The a capella group, Blue Jupiter, has just recently visited Coleytown Middle School. They were truly amazing. They sang some very well known songs, and they also taught CMS about different types of a capella. They even taught CMS about making instrumental sounds with your mouth! I think that CMS enjoyed Blue Jupiter’s performance. Remember a capella is music without instruments! For more information visit their website: http://www.bluejupiter.com/
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 By Sophie
What's going on I stem this year? It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a kite! In STEM we have been working on kites and improving them. Almost everyone's kites flew and it was really fun!
RIGHT: 6th Graders at CMS
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Random Interviews in the Hall with Charles
Today I stopped in the halls to interview a random person with random questions. I caught up with Ms. Bell, a 6th grad teacher at CMS. Q: What did you do for your last birthday? A: I didn't do much on my birthday because it was the high school reunion that day
Q: Have you ever visited the death star? A: I have not, but it is on my bucket list
Q:What is your favorite beverage? A: Tea
Q: What did you last dream about? A:I don't remember
Q: Take the nearest piece of literature and go to the last page and look for the second sentence. What is it? A: ”That's how it is until you're 18, Sam,” She said.
Q: Do you play Angry Birds? A: I have. Twice.
Q: What do you prefer: dogs or a FIRE BREATHING JUMPING FAT HAIRY SWIMMING 3D LEMONADE SELLING TURKEYS FROM KRYPTON? A: Duh, obviously the latter one
Q: Would you rather have a FIRE BREATHING JUMPING SPIDER FROM MOSCOW or a Kitty? A: A kitty.
Q: Is your kitty a NINJA FROM THE GRAND CANYON OF JUPITER DUCKY? A: No, but it is the ninja from the Grand Canyon of Saturn Fishy
Tuesday, November 4
Silverman's Farm Review
Looking for something fun to do this fall or winter? Check out Silverman's Farm!
Fun Stuff: The animal farm is a great place to start your day at Silverman's Farm. With all the adorable animals there, such as pigs, rabbits, chickens, deer, a bull, sheep, lambs, goats, rams, donkeys, and an emu, it's hard to resist. The next thing you should do is go apple picking or go on a hayride, but try to get there before 12:00 p.m the best apples are picked in the morning.
October Fun: If you're looking for some fun in October I recommend having a look at the Silverman's pumpkin patch. But beware of the scarecrows, especially old man Jenkins the Scarecrow, he will always be by his shed.
Sweet Treats: In the fall the farm has the best cider donuts I ever tasted along with their delicious fudge. Yum, Yum, Yum!
Directions and Hours: Try to get there from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. If you don't know your way there, here's how. The farm is in southern Connecticut in the town of Easton, about 2 1/2 miles north of the Merritt Parkway(exit 46); on 451 Hill Road (Rt.59), just past the intersection with Center Road. Watch out for those cars since you'll have to cross the road to get to the animal farm in parking lot, but you can't miss the main area with all its games and excitement.
Learn more on their website: http://www.silvermansfarm.com/
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Ebola and Influenza, two deadly disease now racking the country. Here’s what you need to know.
Ebola. Ebola is a disease that largely impacts those in West Africa, mainly Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. A couple days ago a worker from the infected region arrived in Dallas. When he left for America to visit relatives, the doctors said he was fine. It’s estimated that he’s been in contact with at least 100 people and all of those people are being quarantined for at least 21 days. Ebola is an infectious disease that is most of the time fatal, some symptoms are fever, bad rashes, and severe internal bleeding. The disease is spread by fluids like blood, sweat, saliva, and diarrhea. Right now, the US is treating the Ebola victim in the US with an anti-virus. Duncan, the infectant, was in critical condition, but eventually passed due to the disease.
Symptoms start showing 8-10 days after any transmission of the disease. 10 high risk patients, and 38 low risk patients, have not shown any symptoms yet. President Barack Obama said on Monday the government would develop expanded screening of airline passengers for Ebola, both in the West African countries hit by the disease and the United States to make sure the disease doesn't cross US borders again.
Influenza. Influenza is a disease that has started up in the US again, largely due to the association with the colder months. Influenza is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system — nose, throat, and lungs. Influenza, commonly called the flu, is not the same as the stomach "flu," which is a virus that cause diarrhea and vomiting. Influenza and its complications can be deadly. People at higher risk of developing flu complications include young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with health concerns. The flu is easily prevented with good hygiene habits, such as hand washing.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Random Interviews in the Hall with Charles
Today I stopped in the halls to interview a random person with random questions. I caught up with Owen, a 6th grader at CMS. Q:Do you have an item that is sacred you you? A: a flattened out teddy bear.
Q:Can you solve a Rubix cube in less than 5 minutes? A: Yes, I can.
Q:What would you do if you won the lottery? A: Help out my cousin, who has kids.
Q:What is your favorite tv show? A:The Simpsons.
Q:Have you ever built a snowman bigger than you? A: No,I have Not
Q:What do you prefer; Bacon or Sausage? A: I prefer Bacon.
Q:Have you ever seen Fozen? Do you want to build a snowman? A:Yes. No.
Q: Are you a superhero in disguise? If so, are you batman? A:uuuhhhhhhh…… no
Q:Do you own a lightsaber? A: Do fake ones count?
Q: Have you ever baked a cake? A: No
Tuesday, October 22, 2014
Brandy Melville: Top Store for Westport Girls
A top store for Westport girls recently received some new releases, such as dresses, skirts, shorts, shirts, and accessories. The store also received some winter returns in new colors. Teen and tween girls love this store. From their cute shorts to beautiful dresses, you've got to check it out!
Game of the Week: Week 6, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles 10/8/14
By Gerard S. Allen
Well, Sunday Night Football has brought the NFL back to the NFC East. The New York Giants (3-2) take on the Philadelphia Eagles (4-1) in an NFC East matchup. The struggling Giants look to pull themselves to .500 while Jeremy Maclin carries on his 4 TD spree. As well as LeSean McCoy and Rashad Jennings carrying for gritted 1st downs. Get ready for a grinded out running battle in the NFC East!
Eli Manning and the Giants have definitely been struggling to push past the numerous interceptions yet having 11 TDs. In my eyes that means absolutely nothing to me because I’m doing perfectly fine in fantasy without him. Larry Donnell on the other hand ,who I just signed today has 40 PTS ALREADY! Larry Donnell has 4 TDs and 236 yards. If you play fantasy, I highly suggest you add him. Rashad Jennings has 396 yards and 2 TDs. Watch for Andre Williams and Rueben Randle in the red zone. Can Eli pull the Giants to .500? Find out SUNDAY!
Nick Foles (QB) and the 4-1 Eagles definitely have the advantage of having LeSean McCoy (HB), one of the best halfbacks in the league. LeSean has 273 rushing yards which believe it or not is less than the Giants’ Rashad Jennings. Jeremy Maclin has also been a standout name with 4 TDs and 429 receiving yards. Maclin and McCoy are definitely going to be big factors so watch for ambitious McCoy runs and TE passes to Ertz and Matthews (both TEs) as well as bombs from Nick Foles to Jeremy Maclin. Also, don’t forget about the power of Quinoa (from that progressive commercial)!
Well, can the Giants rise to the challenge and pull themselves together or will the incredible Philly offense drag them even deeper into this “bad luck” abyss? Who will come on to the gridiron ready to make themselves heard? Will Eli Manning actually get some decent points in the FA list (Like really Eli stop making me think!)? Will my streak of being off by at most 3 points continue? Find out on Sunday Night Football.
COLT PREDICTIONS: Giants d. Eagles 17-14
Join The Colt!
The Colt meets every Wednesday from 2:45 - 3:45 in the CMS Computer Lab (Room 212)
Bring a journal, pen/pencil, and your creativity! Snacks / drinks provided
Questions? Email Mrs. Martin at SMartin@westport.k12.ct.us
Thursday, October 9, 2014 Musings from a Play Insider
By Katy W.
Photos by Priya N.
Today, October 8th, Priya Nandagopal and I watched one of the early play practices for the 6th grade production, A Year with Frog and Toad.
First they had a warm up game. One of the adult supervisors told us that the warm up was to make the actors feel comfortable, and to warm up their silliness. I guess you could say that they were “getting in the groove.” Their warm up was a game called “The Num-Numbers Game.” In this game, people were split up into two groups and were each assigned a number by the 8th grade directors. The directors would call out a number, and if your number was called, you had to call out a different number. If you hesitated or accidentally called out your own number you were out. It was a fast flying game. You could hardly follow it! After the Num-Numbers Game, the group was split into two groups. The first group went with Ms. Keiser and the second group stayed with Mr. Frimmer. We weren’t allowed to report on what happened with Mr.Frimmer, it was private, but we were allowed to see Ms.Keiser’s group. We watched an interesting game about adapting personalities. It was pretty cool!
So be sure to check out A Year with Frog and Toad in the coming months! It's sure to be a hit!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Frog and Toad at CMS
By Izzy Frog and Toad is the 6th grade play. It is on thursday november 21st at 4:00 pm. They practice on Tuesday and wednesdays from 2:45 to 4:15. They practice in the auditorium and there performance is in the auditorium.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Game of the Week: Week 5, New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals 10-5-14
By Gerard Game of the Week: Week 5, New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals 10-5-14. That might be the longest title i’ve ever written. The Patriots play the Bengals, Sunday in what should be a close one. Look for some tough 3rd down stands and the stacked Cincinnati Offense, coming loaded with names such as Dalton, Bernard, and Green. However can the Pass rushing defense of Vince Wilfork and Chandler Jones keep their offense at bay? Get ready for a tight one at Gillette Stadium!
The New England Patriots (2-2) coming off of a CRUSHING 41-14 loss to Kansas City where the KC faithful reached an astounding 142.2db.! Within perspective that’s as loud as a jet traveling about 100 mph. Now that’s loud! The Patriots look to Tom Brady (QB) with 791 passing yards and 4 TDs to bring New England above .500. The running back duo of Stevan Ridley (RB) and Shane Vereen (RB) has been working well for Pats star coach Bill Belichick with a combined 2 TDs and 326 combined rushing yards. 5’10 198lb (WR) Julian Edelman has been having an outstanding season with 283 receiving yards and 26 receptions despite his small stature. Look for Brady hitting Edelman often throughout the duration of the game. Also look for Rob Gronkowski (TE) in the red zone. He’s leading the Patriots in TDs with 3 so far and 147 receiving yards. Will Brady rise the Pats above .500 find out Sunday at 8:30!
Now, the Bengals: Andy Dalton is leading the Bengals in at QB with, 722 pass yards and 2 TDs.
Giovani Bernard still producing some level of mediocrity with 185 yards and 3 TDs, not Jamaal Charles, yet still reliable. Look for Bernard rushing in the red zone. The Bengals as always have been putting up some big numbers in the receiving area, with A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu putting 397 combined receiving yards (619 yards in all).
This one is definitely going to be a close one with some tight defense, 3rd down carries and, bombs straight down the field. So, get ready for some tight Sunday night action, with the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals, though there can only be one winner our predictions are below:
COLT PREDICTIONS: Patriots d. Bengals 21-19
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Mr. Rivera's Last Day at CMS
A beloved custodial staff member, Mr. Rivera, is officially retiring after working at CMS for 14 years. Once retired, he plans to visit Puerto Rico and relax.
On Wednesday, October 8, the Coleytown Middle School staff held a brief celebration to honor Mr. Rivera and enjoy cake.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 CMS BOWL IV!
The 4th annual CMS Bowl is back! It’s on October 16th after school on the front soccer field. The CMS bowl is a fun experience and a great way to learn football. Anyone can participate, the only requirement is you have to play at least 3 flag football intramural games. Then you can play!
The 6th grade Dolphins and Orcas experiences their first ever CMS team building workshop. The student activities were hosted by The Mountain Workshop right in the back of the school. The students also wore customied t-shirts. The Dolphins wore their new blue t's and the Orcas wore red. The students focused on team building games, such as building go carts out of pvc tubes and who could pick up the most objects with just one chopstick! Overall, the students enjoyed an afternoon outside while focusing on leadership, communication, and listening skills.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Comics by Aidan
Tuesday, September 20, 2014
Westport 7th Grade Blue Field Hockey
The Westport 7th Grade Blue field hockey students played New Canaan at Staples High School on the 28th of September at 2:00. Westport won 2 - 0. Congrats to the 16 member team!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Kid Friendly Fall Recipe: Rainbow Krispys
Ingredients and materials: 3 tablespoons butter 1 package (10 oz., about 40) Marshmallows 6 cups of fruity pebbles, rainbow krispys, or you favorite cereal 13x9x2-inch pan Cooking spray Wax paper Knife
Directions: 1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. 2. Add cereal. Stir until well coated. 3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.
MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.
REMEMBER: Always cook with adult supervision!
Monday, September 29, 2014
7th Grade Team Building at Compo Beach, Westport, CT
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Game of the Week (Week 4): Packers vs. Bears 9/24/14
RIVALRY! The Packers, square off against their long time divisional rivals the Bears in a classic matchup. Two of the strongest arms (Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler) face off in Sunday’s 1:00pm EST matchup. It‘s sure to be a real tight one with heavy passing, astounding wideouts and the gusts try to destroy it all. Get ready for a QB Showdown in the Windy City!
The Bears (2-1) have definitely been a team to watch, with Matt Forte (RB) leading their charge with 136 rushing yards and 145 receiving yards. Forte is ready to make a loud impact despite his lack of TDs. Alshon Jeffery (WR), has fought his way to 233 receiving yards yet still has no TDs. On the other hand Martellus Bennett (TE) undoubtedly has made himself apparent in the league, with 161 receiving yards with 4 TDs contributing about 50% of the Chicago TDs. Also watch for Brandon Marshall (WR) doing some work in the red zone and Jay Cutler (QB) conducting it all.
The Packers (1-2) have still had trouble. After 2 losses the Packers look to rebuild. Jordy Nelson (WR) has definitely risen above the crowd with 351 receiving yards and 1 TD to his name. Randall Cobb has been pulling himself out of the slump he’s been in with 126 Receiving yards and 3 TDs. Another questionable name is Eddie Lacy (RB). Projected to be the 5th overall running back, the Alabama rusher hasn’t really been living up to expectations with 0 TDs, only 113 rushing yards, and only a 3.1 avg carry (though Forte only has 3.2).
The last time these teams played, the Packers won on a 33-28 Hail Mary pass to Randall Cobb. Can these QBs get the ball to their wideouts? Will the defense prevail? Get ready for a classic Packers vs. Bears rivalry.
COLT PREDICTION: Bears d. Packers 16-13
Monday, August 25, 2014
First Day of School
Today, Monday, August 25, 2014 was the first day of school for students in the Westport public school district. Like most years, students were eager to see friends they missed over the summer, find their homeroom, and decorate their lockers. Below are photos of the Coleytown Middle School students at the lower bus loop during dismissal:
2014 - 2015 School Year (above)
Monday, April 14, 2014
8th Grade Commencement
8th Grade Commencement will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 5:00 in the CMS auditorium.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Student vs. Staff Volleyball Game
On Friday, April 11, 2014 students and staff played a friendly game of volleyball while the rest of the CMS students cheered on or kept score. The annual event took play in the CMS gym with 8th grade playing at 11:00, 7th grade at 12:15, and 6th at 1:45.
Friday, April 4, 2014
STEM and 3D Printing
By Sahiba D.
What's happening in STEM? In STEM students are working on making and designing a model aeroplane that flies faster, and stays in the air longer, than the current model. Also, the 3D printer is becoming more and more popular as things are getting printed and students discover the uses of the printer. Some of the most common things students are printing are iPhone cases (see photo right), whistles (see photo right), geometric shapes, and replacement parts (such as gears).
Friday, April 4, 2014
CMS Art Show in April and May
CMS will host its annual Art Show from April 24 - May 5, 2014. Every CMS student will be represented in the show throughout the school hallways. Opening Night is April 24 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM. On opening night light refreshments will be served. All family members are invited to attend to see the artistic display.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Acting Insider with CMS Student
For me, acting is like breathing. Whenever you have a goal in mind it is always reachable. Acting and performing has taught me that anything is possible and you never should give up. Whenever you’re sad, you have a “go-to” thing. Some people eat ice cream on the couch, but for me it is performing. When I am on stage, it’s the best feeling.
When I step on stage, I feel like a kid again that has butterflies in their stomach. But when I get into the zone I can’t be scared because I have a crowd of people counting on a good show. I am not myself on stage, but portray someone else. I have to convince the audience that I am this person, and this is my story. The first time I stepped on stage in a professional play I was seven and the show was The Music Man. For a seven-year-old to have rehearsal many times a week can be stressful. However, when it’s over you wish you could go back and do it all again. All of my best friends are from my performances, since you become family spending so many hours together.
Acting and performing isn't a job, it’s a passion that gives you a thrill in a new way each time you are on stage. If you are just starting to realize what it is you are very interested about, you have to keep trying to succeed. The end result to anything that has taken time and effort makes you feel so proud. I feel like a different person when I perform. I get to be so many different people and dig into their backgrounds and become them. This is what I love about acting.
Obviously this piece is supposed to inspire you to follow your dreams, but I can’t make you do that. It is all in your power if you want something you have to go after it and grab it before it’s too late. Think beyond reality and someday it may be reality.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Art Display at CMS
Showcased in the display case near the main office of CMS are beautiful samples of just some of the art work created by CMS's very own students! I had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Farley recently to get a little more information about the displayed creations. When asked, “What’s happening in art?” Ms. Farley replied, “Magic.” The masks on display are Mexican skeleton heads modeled after "the day of the dead." They are made of clay and based on Mexican folk art. Though recently they finished masks (pictured), they are now moving on to their next focus, printing. Printing is a form of art that uses different colored ink and making copies.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
An Update on Shrek with Props
By Sahiba and Jane
Wigs, hats, and signs are only some of the props used in Shrek The Musical. These props help characterize the characters and make the story really come to life for the audience. Each character has his or her own special costume, so take a look through the gallery below!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
An Interview with Coleytown Company's Very Own Lead, Shrek!
By Olivia Tacopina (interviewing Martin Menz)
Q: What song did you sing when you auditioned?
A: I sang “Join the Circus” from the musical Barnum.
Q: Where were you when you found out you got the lead? What were you doing?
A: I was on the bus, talking with my friends. Someone checked their phone and saw that I got the role of ‘Shrek”. My friends screamed and my face went red.
Q: Who was the first person you told when you got the lead?
A: After getting off the bus, the first person I told was my mother.
Q: How did you feel when you found out that you got the lead?
A: I was very excited because I had worked very hard on my audition and acting. My dance was a little off, but I tried my best. In a word, I was proud.
Q: What is your favorite line (that you get to say in the play)?
A: My favorite line that I say is, “And that is how the little ogre came to live on the swamp with a beautiful princess.”
Q: Which song are you most excited to sing?
A: I’m most excited to sing “Big Bright Beautiful World Reprise” because it has a really sweet tune, and has a much different meaning than the “Big Bright Beautiful World” opening number.
Q: What are you most excited about for opening night?
A: I’m really excited to use the energy of the audience and my nerves as good energy. The laughs and (hopefully) applause of the audience will also be rewarding.
Q: Who has helped you most prepare for the role? What have they done?
A: My singing teacher helped me choose a good song for my audition, and worked with me to “act the songs”. Specifically, “Big Bright Beautiful World” has received a lot of practice and will be an exciting opening!
Q: Have you seen your costume? What do you think of it?
A: My costume is comprised of a fat suit, football shoulder pads, painted shirt, raised boots, plastic gloves, brown pants, and... the makeup will definitely be surprising! Let’s just say green isn’t my color.
Q: What’s something readers would be interested to know about the play, actors, etc. that we will not know by being an audience member? Any fun tidbits?
A: Everything required much more planning than it seems. For example, in one scene there is a “fart-off.” With Mr. Frimmer’s assistance, we planned out who would fart when.
Q: Is acting something you’d like to pursue when you enter high school? What about when you’re older?
A: I think pursuing acting in high school would be quite cool, however, I’m not too interested in acting as a career.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Writing Winners at CMS
Two of CMS's students have been recognized in this year's Connecticut Student Writers Contest, which is sponsored by the English Department at the University of Connecticut located in Storrs, Connecticut. First, seventh grader Victoria Cao earned an honorable mention for her memoir piece "First Day Jitters." In addition, Eden Schumer, an 8th grader, won the top prize for her poem titled "A Drop in the Ocean." Congratulations to both students!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
An Update on Shrek the Musical - Talking with Tech Crew
The tech crew plays a really important role in the making and presenting of Shrek The Musical. Some of the things the tech crew built were Fiona’s tower, sliders, such as trees and gates, a log bench, the Gates to Farquaad, and the pier. Their work is really impressive and shouldn't be overlooked by the expected, and highly anticipated, acting we're sure to see during all four productions. There are three groups of tech crew: stage left, stage right, and the lights. Second year tech crew student Emily said, "My favorite thing to build was the Duloc towers." Another second year tech student, Alex, said his favorite thing to build was "The top of the Duloc towers, which is made of foam." We hope you come see the production as not only the actors, but CMS's tech crew, put a tremendous amount of effort into the creation of the stage.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Westport's Town-wide Orchestra Festival
On Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19 7th and 8th grade orchestra students will rehearse for a in a town-wide orchestra festival. Then, on Wednesday, March 19 students will perform at the Staples High School gym at 7:00PM.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Cultural Arts at CMS: Lou Del Bianco
CMS's next cultural arts assembly, featuring Lou Del Bianco, will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:00pm in the CMS auditorium.
To learn more about Lou Del Bianco performance: click here
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Upcoming Cluster Meetings
Grade 6: April 9, 2014 at 1:25 - 1:55pm (Dolphins) and 2:00 - 2:30 (Orcas)
Grade 7: April 1 from 10:15 - 10:45 (Patriots) and 11:00 - 11:30 (Pioneers)
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
8th Grade Commencement Photos
This June the 8th grade students, families, and CMS staff will attend the annual 8th grade commencement ceremony in the CMS auditorium. Each year volunteers arrange a slideshow which will be displayed at commencement for those in attendance to view. Email Stacy Bass your hi-resolution pictures at email@example.com
Monday, March 10, 2014
CMS's Lost and Found Items
Missing a sweatshirt? Binder? Planner? Perhaps it's in our school's Lost and Found. Check the classrooms you attend, gym, and the cafeteria for any items you may be missing. Before the end of March 2014 all items will be donated, so be sure to check as soon as possible.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Are you ready to place your yearbook order? You can order your 2013-2014 yearbook today for the low cost of $28. However, after March 31 the cost of a yearbook will increase to $33. You should also be aware that the last day to order a yearbook is Friday, April 11. After April 11 your yearbook order is not guaranteed and will only be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
To order your yearbook:
Step 1: Go to www.coffeepond.com Step 2: Select "Place and Order" Step 3: Select "Yearbooks" Step 4: Enter the password. The password is 2014cmsbook Step 5: Look for the picture of our school. It will say "Coleytown Middle School" at the top. Step 6: Follow the instructions (enter your name, etc.)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
By Sahiba D.
Frozen: The Movie, Awards, and Fun Facts
Frozen is about how the Kingdom of Arendelle gets cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen, Elsa. Her spritely sister, Anna, teams up with a mountaineer named Kristoff and his trusty reindeer, Sven, to break the Elsa's spell. The song “Let It Go” from the movie won the Best Original Song at the recent 86th Academy Awards. This Walt Disney Animation production also won the 86th Oscar Award for Best Animated Film.
Fun Facts about Frozen:
1. Experienced multiple cancellations. It started in the late 1990s, was scrapped in 2002, started again in 2008, scrapped again is 2010, then started again in 2011 and finally completed and released.
2. Disney's animators had to work with 400,000 CGI threads for Elsa's hair. That's more than the average human head of hair, which is about 100,000 at any one time.
3. Frozen is now Disney's biggest animated opening of all time, topping Tangled. So far Frozen has made $800 million in box office sales, and counting...
4. Frozen's song has been translated into 25 different languages.
5. A cool fact about this movie is that it was based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale: The Snow Queen.
Shrek the Musical is going to be performed by Coleytown Company on Thursday, April 3rd - Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7pm right here at Coleytown Middle School. An additional performance will be on Saturday, April 5th at 1pm also at Coleytown Middle School.
Tickets go on sale March 21st and may be purchased online at www.shcwtix4u.com, and search the word “Westport.”
Friday, February 28, 2014
Connecticut Mastery Test at CMS
Each year the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) is assessed in the spring for students in grades 3 through 8. The CMT assesses students ability in mathematics, reading comprehension, writing, and science.
Editing and Revising: The Editing and Revising portion of the test requires students to read passages that contain errors, such as spelling and grammar mistakes. After reading the passages, students answer multiple choice questions which correct the errors.
Direct Assessment of Writing: The Direct Assessment of Writing tests students ability to write for 45 minutes on a designated topic. Sixth grade students write an expository piece, while seventh and eighth grade students write a persuasive essay. Two trained professionals score the essay holistically on a scale of 1 - 6. The state goal is an 8 our of 12.
Degrees of Reading Power: The Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) is a part of the reading section. Students read passages with have blanks in the sentences. Students must then select the correct answer to fill in the blank to complete the sentence. As the student continues reading, the passages become more difficult to understand and complex.
Reading Comprehension: The Reading Comprehension test requires students to read four passages and to answer questions about what they just read. For this test, there are multiple choice questions and written responses.
Mathematics: The mathematics portion of the CMT tests students on skills and concepts they are expected to have learned by the time they take the test in March of that school year. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students complete three test sessions. The responses require students to complete multiple choice, open-ended, and grid-in answers.
CMT Schedule for Grades 6 - 8
Friday, February 28: Practice Test (60 minutes)
Tuesday, March 4: Direct Assessment of Writing (45 minutes) Wednesday, March 5: Editing and Revising (60 minutes) Thursday, March 6: Math Session 1 (60 minutes) Friday, March 7: Math Session 2 (60 minutes for 6 and 7 grade; 70 minutes for 8 grade)
Monday, March 10: Make up testing Tuesday, March 11: Math Session 3 (60 minutes) Wednesday, March 12: Reading Comprehension (45 minutes) Thursday, March 13: Reading Comprehension (45 minutes) Friday, March 14: DRP (45 minutes)
Monday, March 15: Make up testing Tuesday, March 18: Science (70 minutes) Grade 8 only Wednesday, March 19 - Friday, March 21: All grades make up testing as needed
*Testing will begin each day at approximately 9:00AM and conclude at approximately 10:30AM.
January 31, 2014
Sports Spirit Day
By Sahiba D
Sports day was on Jan. 31st, 2014. Sports day is a fun spirit day where a lot of kids get decked out in sports jerseys, hats, and eye paint. They also wore college sweatshirts, and logos.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
No School for Students and Teachers
Much of Faifield County closed it schools on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. The expected accumulation was three or more inches to fall during the morning and afternoon.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Spirit Day: PJ Day!
A favorite spirit day is fast approaching! Pajama Day! Pajama Day will be held on Friday, December 13th. Will you wear something with stripes? Or perhaps your favorite bunny slippers?
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Ranger Season in Review: The First Two Months
By Josh Paul
The first two months of the NHL season for the New York Rangers has been defined by inconsistent play. A big problem to the equation is the Rangers offense. The Rangers have not been able to register 25 shots or more consistently. In fact, it has been challenging for the Rangers to register even twenty shots per game. Another sign of inconsistent play is that Rangers star players like, all star goalie Henrik Lundqvist,and star forwards like Rick Nash and Brad Richards, have not been producing consistently. A good sign is that the Rangers defense has been consistent and rookie goalie, Cam Talbot, is playing well and Nash has started to produce more consistently. Another good sign is that right winger, Derek Stephan, has been playing well. This why the Rangers find themselves just barely in a playoff spot playing .500 hockey.
The Rangers next game is Sunday, December 8 against the Washington Capitals at 7:00PM at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.
Student and teacher portraits were distributed in homeroom on Wednesday, November 20. If you were absent or would like to have your photo taken again, then be sure to attend the retake session on Thursday, December 12. If you have any questions please see sixth grade Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Pacuk. To order your school portrait visit Coffeepond.com
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Annual Giving Assembly at CMS
By Sahiba D.
The Giving Assembly is an assembly at Coleytown Middle School where the whole school gathers in the auditorium and gives thanks and donates whatever we raised that year during the Thanksgiving holiday week. The assembly gives the donation to a charity or organization, most of which are local to Westport, Connecticut. Each grade has representatives to present their team or grade's donation, and then each recipient speaks about their charity or organization and why the donations are so important for our community.
For example, the sixth grade Orcas raised money and gathering canned food. The money was then donated to the Saugatuck Congregational Church. The canned food was picked up by the Homes with Hope organization and will then be distributed to families.
When asked, “What do you think of the can drive?” Mrs. Murzin, the Orca science teacher, answered, “I think it’s a great idea to give to those that are in need."
All of the donations, totaling over $4000 nearly 2000 nonperishable food items, will help someone in need during the holiday season. As students, it's important to recognize the needs of others and to help as many people as we can. It is our duty as the citizens of Coleytown Middle School, and also as the citizens of the United States of America, to help those in need, to make the world a better place.
Now, as you sit down to your Thanksgiving meal I hope you'll think about those your helped and what you are truly thankful for.
Five CMS students will compete in the state robotics finals on December 7, 2013. Team SNAP, which participates in FIRST LEGO League, a worldwide robotics and technology program, won second place Championship Award at the Circus Robotix in Shelton, Connecticut. The Championship Award is given to the team that performs the best in all of the categories, including robot design, research project, and FIRST Core Values, which includes teamwork, cooperation, and gracious professionalism. Team SNAP also won the Robot Performance Award with their robot. Team SNAP developed and published an app, Survival Necessities and Preparation to help people prepare for natural disasters. The app is available to download on iTunes now. If you'd like to view Team SNAP's app: iTunes App click here
Once again, CMS is collecting loaves of bread on Monday, November 25 to Tuesday, November 26 which will be used for the Thanksgiving holiday. The baked loaves can be placed in the collection boxes in the CMS rotunda.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Submit Your Work to Expressions
CMS's literary magazine, Expressions, is "up and running for the 2013 - 2014 school year" says Expressions advisor Mrs. Pacuk, also a 6th grade teacher. If you would like to submit your work you may give it to your Language Arts teacher or "share" it with Mrs. Pacuk directly through Google Docs. Students may submit poetry, essays, short stories, photos, original artwork, music, and more!
In addition, if you'd like to join Expressions see Mrs. Pacuk. The club meets every Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:15 in Mrs. Pacuk's room, room 219. Expressions students editors work on designing and maintaining the website, selecting and editing student submissions, and creating contests. Expressions showcases the work of students in grades 6 - 8 at CMS.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
World Series Champs!
By Josh Paul
Recently, the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in game 6 of the World Series making them the 2013 World Series champions! This was the Red Sox eighth World Series championship in team history. Led by World Series MVP, David Ortiz, who had an spectacular postseason with a.356 batting average and a stunning five homeruns, the Red Sox went on the Series in six games. With the help of other star players, like Dustin Pedroia, and ALCS MVP Red Sox closer, Koji Uehara, who had an amazing postseason with two saves in the world series and three in the ALCS.
Photo by Louis P.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
CMS Art Created by CMS Students
By Louis Pinto
The "I Am" art picture are so nice that we had to shoot them. Students worked very hard in describing themselves in the art by writing and drawing things about them, such mentioning family pets, traditions, sports, hobbies, etc. In addition, the student showed their artistic selves with weaving their photo into the paper and even sewed thread directly into the paper as well. The colors they used and selected are vibrant, yet they used different mediums, such as watercolor, marker, pencil, and colored thread. Now, if you would like to check out these creations you can view them outside the auditorium door in front of the cafeteria.
Likewise, the gentle colored pencil meets paper in this art form, Gradient Art. I've gotta admit there are simply no words to describe how amazing their art work is. These students have a hand that loves art because their pieces are impressive. Gradient Art is shading and distorting objects, or shapes, if you look at the student work pictured below. This type of art involves groups of objects or shapes appearing denser than others that are next to it in comparison. The purpose is to make some objects or shapes seem more dense than others despite the medium being a flat piece of paper. If you would like to view the Gradient Art you can see it outside the CMS cafeteria.
Personal Accounts of the 7th Grade Sharpe Reservation Experience
On November 4, 2013 7th grade students, both Pioneers and Patriots attended a team building experience in Fishkill, New York. Read about four student experiences below:
Experience Told by Ella Meyer:
On November 4, 2013 the 7th graders of CMS took a trip to Sharpe Reservation. We had three agenda items: to work on working together as a unit, putting those skills to the test, and learning about the constellations and the story behind them.
Our obstacles for working together varied for each group, but they included helping each other, working together, and listening. For example, we worked on helping each other by lifting everyone in the group trough an elevated tire swing and having people catch us on the other side.
Listening was incorporated by placing the group on an off balanced seesaw and distributing our body weight on the platform until we were able to successfully balance the seesaw long enough to singing "Row Row Row Your Boat."
We put these skills to the test during a special event. In this event, my group had to create a car out of PVC pipes, then race it around a track. It was also mandatory that we create a commercial for our car. There was some pretty fantastic contenders in both, and we were only given 50 minutes to complete both tasks.
The 7th graders were also sat down in a, thankfully warm, planetarium as we learned about the vast solar system. The focal points to the presentation were of comets (when we can see them and famous ones of the past) and constellations (where to find them and the story behind the connecting starts). There was also a large section of learning about the planets around Earth and what NASA is planning to accomplish in the future.
Experience Told by Hillary O'Neill:
As our big, red coach bus screeched out of the driveway of Sharpe Reservation, I thought to myself, Why did we come here anyway? The answer wasn't quite evident and really started to get me thinking. In order to understand why we had gone I thought about all the activities we took part in and why we did them. I thought back to when we had first arrived at Sharpe earlier that day. The first journey my group embarked on was towards the newly opened planetarium. There, we learned about the starts we see up above us in the nighttime sky and the geology of our great planet earth, our moon, and all of the vast varieties of the other planets and their moons that together make up our large galaxy, the Milky Way.
Next, my group experienced the challenges of trusting people you don't know very well, and learning to communicate and work well with them. Such activities as the one we took part in are referred to as "team building" activities.
The last activity my group took part in on Monday was working together to build a car our of four wheels, some PVC piping, and two metal rods. We then were faced with the task of racing our cars and making an "infomercial" for our "cars."
Later, I thought about the people in my group. Before we went to Shapre Reservation I wouldn't have trusted them, but through our experience I really learned to trust them; we bonded and got to know each other much better. I realize now that THAT is why we went to Sharpe; we went to learn how to work with people we wouldn't normally work with and to build our teams (groups), hence the name, "team building" activities.
Experience Told by Kevin Greer:
It happened on the coldest day of the year so far. I could see my breath in the air as we boarded the bus. The bus filled with chatter as it rolled away from school. Before we knew it we were there. Out we went into the still cold air and thankfully we immediately got to go back inside to where we would be doing for the day, off we went!
My group started at the planetarium. Inside the planetarium there was a screen on the roof with all of the constellations. We learned how to find the North Star by using the Big Dipper and looking right above it. After that we saw a short film explaining what comets are and about the qualities of each of the plants.
The next area for my group was the team building exercise. The activities there ranged from getting everybody in your group on a platform to balancing a board by putting each person on a side. It was a blast! We were having so much fun and at the same time learning how to cooperate with each other.
Next, we had some time to eat, talk with friends, and get warm. Then we went back out. This time our group go to go to my favorite part of the trip. We started out with PVC pipe and wheels. The goal was to build a "car," have someone sit in it, and race it around a track. Our team's car collapsed in the first second of the race, but I still had so much fun and at the same time learned how to work as a team with a group of randomly chosen peers.
Experience Told by Max Mahr:
A day filled will memories! The seventh grade went on a fantastic trip to Sharpe Reservation, which is located in Fishkill, New York. It was filled with laughs, smiles, and fun. We started off with an interesting visit to a planetarium, where we learned about our wonderful world. Next, we took a walk down to the activity area where we started an activity called Whale Watch, which was a great activity for team building. Here, we really needed to trust each other to pass each obstacle. Our strong bond was displayed through the ease at which we were able to pass each obstacle quickly. The final activity was "car racing"! We had to create our own "cars," which were actually self-propelled scooter-like vehicles that were build from PVC piping. Once the cars were complete we created a commercial to present to the other students, which is where we got to share our creative learning. Finally, everyone learned a lot about each other and it was interesting how people in our grade faced challenges together.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Author Update on CMS's Teacher, Mr. Ferrante
As many of the CMS students, staff, and faculty know, Spirits of the Pirate House, a T.J. Jackson Mystery, was released in September of 2013. The 256 page young adult mystery was inspired by Mr. Ferrante's "many visits to Bermuda, love of pirate lore, and wreck diving." When asked to reveal something about himself that readers might like to know, Ferrante said that he's "certified in SCSUBA, so the diving sequences are pretty authentic. I've recovered many historical artifacts, but no treasure, from Bermudian wrecks." He added that Mrs. Martin, also a 7th grade Language Arts teacher, "contributed to the book's text" and that Mrs. Perry, CMS's technology teacher, designed the book's inside map.
Ferrante is working on book number three now, and hopeful that it will release sometime next year in April. He expects the unnamed book to be a bit shorter than Spirits, but just as thrilling. Without revealing too much information about the plot, Ferrante says the plot will "deal with a subject and setting I know pretty well...like the other two books."
The highly anticipated books are leaving readers wondering if there will be a forth book, for which Ferrante said, "Right now I don't know if there will be a forth book. Three books in two years' time is pretty crazy as it is. I might be ready for a break, take some time to reflect on and enjoy the first three. Then again, my daughter gave me this neat idea..."
To hear Mr. Ferrante speak about his book and writing process you can see him at the Fairfield University Bookstore (formerly Borders) on Main Street in Fairfield on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM. After that event he will be a part of the CMS Bookfair at Barnes & Noble on December 12, 2013. Both books will be available for sale at both events.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
CMS Candy Cane Sales
Candy cane sales will begin December 16 and continue until December 20. Students, faculty, and staff may purchase candy canes outside the CMS auditorium from 7:15-7:30 AM for $1 each or 12 for $10.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Shrek at CMS
Approximately 100 CMS students will be a part of this year's school play, Shrek The Musical. Students in grades 6 - 8 will perform on stage and grades 7 - 8 may be a part of tech crew. CMS's very own, Mr. Frimmer, will direct the cast of sure-to-be talented students in the spring-time production. Likewise, Ms. Mulin will serve as the vocal coach and Broadway veteran, Michelle Berti, will choreograph the play's dances.
Auditions will begin in early December. Thereafter, students will practice and create the set Monday - Friday from 2:30 - 5:00PM each day after school.
Finally, from April 3 - 5 Coleytown Company will perform Shrek The Musical! Performances will be held each night at 7:00PM and also on Saturday at 1:00PM. Tickets will be sold online for $12 a few weeks before the show.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Upcoming Spirit Day: College Day
Wear your favorite college team gear to earn spirit points!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
CSB Meeting Next Week
The next CSB meeting will be held on Monday, November 11 in room 208 from 2:30 - 4:00.
Meeting Agenda: 1. College Day discussion 2. CSB will select an organization to donate their funds to 3. Upcoming changes to spirit day totals and what the reward will be for the winning team 4. Candy Cane Sales: December 16 - 20 from 7:15-7:30AM outside the auditorium
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Students will not attend school on Tuesday, November 5 due to Election day. Faculty and staff will attend Professional Development at various district schools.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
CMS Cluster Meetings
Coleytown will host 6th, 7th, and 8th grade cluster meetings during the month of November.
6th Grade Cluster Meeting on Wednesday, November 6 Orcas 1:25 - 1:55 in Room 226 Dolphins 2:00 - 2:30 in Room 208
7th Grade Cluster Meeting on Tuesday, November 12 Pioneers 10:15 - 10:57 in Room 126 Patriots 11: 00 - 11:42 in Room 128
8th Grade Cluster Meeting on Wednesday, November 13 Mustangs 10:15 - 10:57 in Room 204 Tigers 11:00 - 11:42 in Room 104
Friday, November 1
7th Graders to Sharpe Reservation
On Monday, November 4 the entire 7th grade of CMS will attend Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY. The departure time is 7:45am and the return time is 3:30pm.
Spoooook-tacular Fun at CMS!
October 31, 2013
Halloween at CMS
By Josh Paul
On Thursday, October 31, 2013 many CMS students got their costume on for a Halloween Spirit Day. At the end of the day the White Team was ahead of the Green Team by 18 points! It looked like everyone was in their Halloween spirit dressed as ladybugs, Sebastian the crab, football players, Minnie Mouse, cats, cowgirls and many others.
Westport Little Leaguer
October 23, 2013
The Little Leaguers from Westport
By Josh Paul
On Saturday, August 23,2013 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania the Westport little league team bought themselves a ticket to the National Championship with a 14-13 come from behind win in a dramatic fashion against Sammamish, Washington. This was the first time any Connecticut team had made it to the National Championship since Trumbull in 1989. This all started when the Westport little league team found themselves 5 outs away from elimination with a seven run deficit keeping them from a trip to the National Championships. Then all of a sudden a trio of monster home runs to start a seven run comeback to send Lemade Stadium wild. Two innings later a Westporter laced a single into left field giving Westport a 14-13 win over Washington. They didn't win the national championship, but certainly put Westport on the map of proud little leaguers. In the end, Japan won the Little League Series for the 2013 season.
2013 - 2014 School Year!
It's a new school year, so a new year of The Colt is getting ready to publish articles and photos about local, national, and international topics of all sorts.
The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 2:30 - 3:30pm in the CMS computer lab (room 212). If you're interested in joining just show up since the members meet every week. Snacks are provided to keep your creating brain going after school. If you have any questions please see Mrs. Martin, The Colt adviser, in room 121.
WEEKLY MEETINGS EVERY WEDNESDAY IN THE COMPUTER LAB FROM 2:30 - 3:30.
Meet our Colt members: Olivia, Kathleen, Martin, Katie, and Mari.
Friday, March 22, 2013 Crazy Hat and Hair Day at CMS
The latest spirit day, held on Friday March 22, was crazy hair and hat day at CMS! Nearly 200 students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade got in the CMS spirit and came to school with wacky locks and silly hats.
Check out the photos to see all the fun!
February 7, 2013 Resident Author at Coleytown: Paul Ferrante Q & A with Mr. Ferrante By Martin and Mari
As you probably know, CMS’s in-school author, Mr. Ferrante, had his first fictional piece of young adult literature published this year. The exciting tale will be out in late April as a paperback, as well as in the form of an eBook and Kindle. A few Colt members, myself and Martin, went to interview Mr. Ferrante. one day after school when he was kind enough to meet with us for our sneak-peak interview. Here are a few of their questions and their answers:
Question: Can you tell us a little about yourself as an author?
Answer: I can. I have been writing for twenty years. I’ve also been writing for a baseball magazine since 1992.
Q: Do you have any lucky items such as a pen or writing pad?
A: I actually do not, but when I write my stories, I write them in pen on paper. I don’t use a computer for writing.
Q: What do you do for inspiration, or when you have writer’s block?
A: When I get writer’s block or need inspiration, I like to go fishing by myself. If I’m with someone else, I won’t get any ideas.
Q: Can you tell us a little about the decorations in your classroom?
A: Well, I really like baseball and football. I have a bunch of posters behind my desk. I also have a wall of fame, by my SMARTboard. I put up pictures of my students who have won writing contests, or have written a novel there.
Q: Do you ever include traits that your students have in the characters you write about?
A: Yes. I try to include a small trait from every one.
Q: What advice do you give to your students about writing books?
A: I tell them that their first drafts, no matter how good, will always need to be revised. And that doesn’t mean that the draft is bad, it’s just that a first draft is never complete. You will always want to go back and make edits. I honestly don’t know of any author who got a first draft accepted by their editor.
Fun Facts about Ferrante:
There were a few things about Mr. Ferrante’s classroom that are cool, but aren’t quotes... 1. He has a mini locker by his computer. He keeps his phone in it, which we discovered when he received a phone call during our interview (we wondered if it was his publisher!) 2. His trash can is shaped like a football...and much of his classroom is decorated with sports memorbilia. 3. This very funny and entertaining author has baseball bobble heads on his desk
Thursday, February 7, 2013 An Experience with Shakespeareans By Olivia
Do you like the theater? Then you will enjoy reading about this! The Shakespeare Guyz recently visited our school on Thursday, February 7th in the CMS auditorium. David and Richard have studied Shakespeare for over 60 years combined. They act out parts from Shakespeare’s plays. We enjoyed watching them fight, act, and even insult each other! “I thought it was HILARIOUS! I thought it was so funny when Sebastian said please don’t when he was the wall,” said a local Coleytowner. The well-liked even was funded by Coleytown's very own, PTA, so be sure to thank your mom and dad.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Getting Ready for Valentine's Day at CMS By Kathleen
Valentine's Day is just around the corner! And that means many CMS students will be wearing red and pink to earn spirt day point.
UPDATE: Over 360 CMS students participated in the spirt day!
Thursday, January 31, 2013 Night-time Wind and Rain: A Recipe for a Delay By Martin
“Good morning. Today is Thursday, January 31st and the Westport Public Schools will be delayed by two hours. All schools will open two hours later than normal. Buses will be running approximately two hours later than normal.”
Yup! That’s right! Dr. Landon announced that we have a two hour delay on Thursday, January 31st at 5:32 a.m. High winds, down trees and fallen power lines are scattered throughout Westport. By 2:30 p.m. Connecticut Light and Power said 11% of their customers in Westport were still without power (nearly 1,400 customers). Winds were reportedly as high as 58 mph for coastline residents.
As I rode the bus to school, I saw many down trees, some that looked approximately two feet in diameter (width). At school, some students talked about not having electricity and having trees down in their driveway. Despite the late start to the morning, later that day we had blue skies and saw beautiful rainbows on their way to school.
Spirit Day Points: Green vs. White
Green: Dolphins, Pioneers, and Mustangs (541 points)
White: Orcas, Patriots, and Tigers (520 points)
Friday, January 25, 2013 Photograph Club
Take a look at CMS's Photography Club photos! If you're interested in joining the Photography Club see CMS's art teacher, Ms. Farley. There are only a limited number of spaces in the club, so ask today.
To see photos from previsous months and years click here
Thursday, January 24, 2013 Dancing the Decades Away on Decade Day at CMS By Kathleen
On Friday the 25th Coleytowners will experience their first dress-up day of the New Year… DECADE DAY! We have predicted that many Coleytowners will participate in this exciting spirit day, which can earn points for their green or white team.
If you wondering what to wear keep reading, as we have done some research about what trends were important during each decade. In 1910 the popular style was to wear trench coats, v-neck sweaters, beaded headbands, bows on shoes, and draping blouses.
In the 1920’s flappers were very popular. People dressed in decorative stockings, elaborate costume jewelry, flashy dresses, and high-end looking suits.
In the 1930’s patterned sweaters, long flowing gowns, shoulder pads, and rectangle watches was a big hit during the time.
Late, in the 40’s, rolled-up blue jeans for guys and matching skirts and sweaters for gals was the latest fashion.
Ten years later, in the 50’s, poodle skirts, white t-shirts, motorcycle jackets, Bermuda shorts, pedal pushers, and ponytails were worn by many people and considered trendy.
The conservative style changes, and in the 60’s bell bottoms, t-shirts with messages, beehive hairdos, paisley pants, and peace signs were a hit. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad I wasn’t born during that time!
In the 70’s western boots, t-shirts with logos, legwarmers, and pantsuits were the fashion and helped paved the way for the bright 80’s.
It’s time to get your color if you’re going to dress-up on Decade Day like you’re from the 80’s because this time period was filled with fun, bright, neon colors. Penny loafers, bangle bracelets, long fake pearl necklaces, and pantsuits were also worn at the time.
In the 90’s the style was getting better…a little. Designer athletic shoes, puffy jackets, and hooded sweatshirts were the latest fashion, some of which many of us still wear today in 2013.
In the decade most of us were born, the 2000’s, low-rise pants, blazers, tank tops, and skinny jeans was (and still is) all the rage.
What will you wear for Decade Day? Get creative and go back in time, for the day…not a decade.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Hey! Hey! School is Delayed! By Kathleen
On Wednesday, January 16th student in the Westport district woke up to the recorded voice of school superintendent, Dr. Landon canceling school, "School is delayed for two hours” I, and I’m sure many other kids jumped up on the bed screaming “hooray!” Even though other schools around the state were closed CMS was still pleased with the delay since we won’t have to make it up in July. After talking with a few Middle School students we found out how students spent their extra hours; some students slept a little longer, others caught up on homework and others enjoyed the snow by sledding and making snowmen.
For more information on school closings and cancellations call (203) 341-1766.
Wednesday, January 15, 2013 Feel Like You've Never Grown Up by Watching CMS's Children Play By Martin
As many people know, the Coleytown Company will soon be presenting its main show, Peter Pan! Cast members have already begun rehearsals, which can go until 5 o’clock at night. Crew has also been working hard on sets, which are sure to dazzle. You can find info on the show by going to the Coleytown homepage and clicking Coleytown Company. The shows are on Friday, April 5th, at an evening show, Saturday April 6th, at a matinee and evening show, and Sunday, April 7th at a matinee show. Coleytown Company hopes you attend, and you’ll be hearing from them as we get closer to the show!
For more information about the cast, crew, and production click here
Friday, January 11, 2013 CMS Under Water? ...Not Quite By Martin
On Friday, January 11th our school experienced a first at Coleytown ; A pipe burst in the 8th grade hallway, which caused a very minor flood, but it still took its toll. Coleytown students we told to stay in their second to last period due to the leak, and therefore missed their last period class. In addition, the Mustang bathroom was closed, and eighth grade students were not allowed to retrieve items from their lockers. But it’s all okay, since the next morning, a sunny Saturday, Principal Szabo and custodians opened up the school for students to retrieve their belongings. As of Wednesday, January 16th, the bathrooms were restored and normal CMS life continued.
Thursday, November 22, 2012 Giving Assembly at CMS Warms Hearts By Mari
November 21st was a day for music and giving at the CMS Annual Giving Assembly. The CMS camerata group, facilitated by Mrs. Laurino, sang and the band, directed by Mr. Forgey, played while the money raised by all CMS middle school grades was donated to each selected organization. Each grade allocated the funds, food donations, and gifts cards in various ways.
The 6th grade teams, the Orcas and Dolphins, brought in canned goods and money to their selected organization, Homes with Hope. The canned goods were brought to Homes with Hope’s food pantry, which supports local families and individuals in time of need. The money donations were donated to the Saugatuck Congregational Church to support their annual Thanksgiving dinner, which is available to all, not just church members.
Was your home impacted by Hurricane Sandy? The seventh graders are on your side! Their donated funds were donated to the Human Resource Department to help Westport residents who were directly impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In the seventh grade same-subject teachers from both seventh grade teams worked together to raise money. For example, Ms. Martin’s homeroom (Pioneer team) and Mr. Ferrante’s homerooms (Patriot team) raised money together and “competed” against the other homerooms in an effort to raise the most money and food. The seventh graders also donated hundreds of nonperishable food, such as canned beans and pasta, to the Gillespie Center, which is located right here in Westport. The food was then delivered to Homes for Hope by seventh grade parent volunteers.
1, 2, 3, 4, the 8th grade has a Penny War! The Penny War was a super fun way to raise money if you’re an eighth grade Mustang or Tiger student. Students brought in pennies and dropped them into their homeroom teacher’s jar. Each penny was worth one point for that student's homeroom. But it’s not quite that simple. If you bring in a silver coin, like a nickel or dime, it’s minus what its worth, so the silver coins are placed in their competitors' collection jars. For example, if someone from Mr. Dey’s homeroom brought in a dime, they would want to put it in a different homeroom’s jar, that way, the other homeroom would loose 10 points because a dime is 10 cents. As for a dollar, when put into a jar, it’s -100 points!
Though the grade competitions are fun and friendly, it’s clear the real winners are the donations centers and the students who get to give this holiday season to wonderful, local organizations!
Thursday, November 15, 2012 Sleeping Beauty at CMS By Amanda
November 15th at 4:00 at Coleytown Middle School, Sleeping Beauty was performed by sixth grade students under drama teacher and play director, Mr. Frimmer. The students in this play worked really hard to learn their lines, marks, movements, songs, and dance steps. Some of the students in the play were Juliette S. as Sleeping Beauty, Martin M. as the prince, Bella S. as Maleficent, Julianna S., Amanda S. and Georgia W. as the fairies. The play was approximately one hour and was only shown for one night.
Friday, November 9, 2012 Hoops for Heart By Katie
On November 9th kids everywhere in 6th, 7th and 8th grade took part in Hoops for Heart, a national organization. At Coleytown Middle School, students played games from 2:30 - 4:45 in the CMS gym under the supervision of volunteer teachers and administrators. The teams were 3 against 3 with dozens of kids participating in the fun. Hoops for Heart is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, which raises money for people who need heart transplants.
For more information about Hoops for Heart visit their website: Hoops for Heart
Thursday, November 8, 2012 Snow Delay - Students Say "Hooray" By Olivia
On Wednesday, November 7th, 2012, many students noticed snow falling outside. Kids ran to the windows during class out of pure excitement at the sight of the first snow! The snow stuck to the ground, and by November 8th, 2012, there were several inches. All Westport Public Schools were delayed two hours on Thursday to ensure the safety of students.
Wednesday, November 7 The Doug Dauz Mile By Mari
Originally, the Doug Dauz mile was switched back to the fall, but due to Hurricane Sandy has been (again) moved to the spring. The annual run/walk for students and staff was set to take place November 7th. 2012.
For now, the event will once again be the cross-country route on the back field (see map to left). Please support the event in Memory of Mr. Dauz, CMS's loved and missed teacher
Monday, November 5, 2012 Presidential Mock Election By Martin
Monday, November 5th is when we’ll all have to make a hard choice. Who to vote for in our mock election? All students who signed up for the mock election will vote. Although many of you have may have already made your choice, for those who haven’t, please read the following details about education and each candidate.
Governor Romney’s View on Education: Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has several views on education. He believes that parents should choose what type of school their children attend. From public school, private school, and onlines school to charter school, a school that allows private school amenities through the public education system. He also thinks that talented teachers should be rewarded and that school districts should get report cards, telling how teachers and administrators are doing.
President Obama’s View on Education: President Obama takes a different view on education. He thinks the government should help out students who can’t afford college and that the state should provide pre-school education. He also believes that teachers should be well-trained and that hardworking foreigners should receive citizenship.
Who are you going to vote for at our school’s mock election?
UPDATE: Students voted for current president, President Obama, to win the election. Turns out the CMS studnets were on target with the rest of the nation, as America found out at midnight on Tuesday, November 6 that Obama was elected for another 4 years.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 DESTRUCTIVE… BUT COOL (literally) SANDY! By Kathleen
Westport was welcomed on Monday, October 29 by Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy caused massive destruction all around Westport, Connecticut. Trees were down all over the town, blocking many roads to schools, offices, and many other places in Westport. Seven homes were destroyed, 260 were flooded, and 25 were damaged by falling trees. Many families and homes didn’t have power due to all of the power lines that were down as well. Cable, phone companies, and wifi seemed to not be working as well that EXTREME week. But of course… there was one thing most kids in Westport were beaming about… and yes, of course it was the fact that school was out for the WHOLE week! Dr. Landon made the announcement on Sunday, October 28 that there would be no school on Monday and Tuesday. Later that week, on Wednesday he made the decision of canceling school for the rest of the week! However, CMS had to cancel their Halloween parade along with other important events. Hurricane Sandy is certainly over, but has left destruction in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Floods, fallen trees, and fallen power lines still exist in some areas, but let’s hope we have a much more mild winter.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Bummer - No Halloween Parade at CMS By Kathleen
Hurricane Sandy may have gave Westport students the week off, but sadly we received some disappointing new, too. The CMS Halloween Parade was cancelled due to the destruction of Hurricane
Sandy, such as down trees and wires. You can read all about Sandy
in my article called "DESTRUCTIVE… BUT COOL (literally) SANDY"!
Thursday, October 25, 2012 Cultural Arts: CelloBop by Ellie By Mari
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Composer and electric cellist Gideon Freudmann enjoys an international reputation for his innovative compositions and unique style of playing. His art is inspired by the best of classical, modern, jazz, and blues traditions, and his music is both immediately accessible and richly detailed in its nuance and complexity. His music is heard on television soundtracks, he is a regular contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered. He has also produced 17 CDs. The Boston Globe said of him, “Taking a modern artist's approach to the four-stringed instrument, Gideon Freudmann has brought the cello to a new realm.” His music has also appeared on several television shows. Gideon just released two CDs, which are titled "Portland" (inspired by rain monsters) and a compilation disc entitled "Cello Shots."
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 CSB President and Vice President Election By Olivia
CMS voted for the school president and vice president on October 24, 2012 during homeroom. In
the last period of October 23, everyone watched the candidate’s speeches on
What is CSB? CSB, The Coleytown Service Board, is the student government
here at CMS. Each grade level has eight delegates (four from each team). Only eighth
graders can run for school president, but otherwise anyone is allowed to participate on the board.
CSB delegates get to plan events, spirit days, and fundraisers. CSB hosts many
school events throughout the year, such as lollipop sales which benefit local organizations.
Before students voted for president and vice president, each grade, except eighth grade, voted for their CSB delegates.
Dolphins-Sophie D., Maggie F., Hillary O., and Olivia U.
Orcas-Nevin G., Max M., Declan B., Bridget M.
Patriots-Jack S., Emily B., Morgan R., and Lana W.
Pioneers-Ethan S., Molly M., Alex G., and Julia P.
8th Grade Tigers - Matt K., Lilly H., Renee, and Grace M.
8th Grade Mustangs - Johnny D., Grace W., Sophia L.,
Our school president and vice president are Lydia S. (p)
and Paige F. (vp).
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Picture Day at CMS By Katie
If you didn’t get your picture taken on Picture Day be here on Thursday, December 6th for picture retake day! If any teachers or students missed picture day please prepare to have your photo taken that morning between 8:00 and 10:00 AM. In addition, if you aren't pleased with your photos you can bring the photos you're dissatisfied with and have new pictures taken that Thursday, too. See Mrs. Pacuk, the Yearbook Advisor, if you have any questions.
Friday, October 5, 2012 Sharpe Reservation - 7th Grade By Colt Members
On Friday, October 5, 2012, 7th graders, both the Pioneers and Patriots, traveled to Fishkill, New York to participate in several team building activities, such as constructing their own "car" out of PVC pipes (see photo left) and a low ropes course. Students left early in the day around 7:30 AM and returned by 3:30 PM.
Friday, September 14, 2012 Sharpe Reservation - 6th Grade Trip By Mari
Friday, September 14, was a day to live and learn outdoors for the CMS 6th graders. This was the day they traveled off to Fishkill, New York to visit Sharpe Reservation. At Sharpe, the sixth graders learned lots about map and compass orienteering and navigating, outdoor survival, and working as a team to have fun! “It was really a great experience! I enjoyed learning about how to work as a team and had a good time just being with my friends,” said sixth grader Kathleen K.
The Colt's first 2012 - 2013 club meeting was held Thursday, October 18, 2012. If you'd like to join The Colt it's never too late! Join us in the Computer Lab from 2:35 - 3:30PM every Thursday. If you have any questions please see The Colt advisor, Mrs. Martin.