You are invited to the following event:


Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, February 24, 2018 
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)

Virginia Commonwealth University
Commons Theater
907 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, VA 23284

Students in 4th through 12th grades are hereby invited to participate in the Let’s Explore Africa (LEA) – Virginia State Quiz Competition on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Virginia CommonWealth University, Richmond, VA.

LEA is a fun trivia game established to help contestants learn about Africa as they navigate the continent from Cape Town to Casablanca. Participants will answer multiple choice questions at various grade and difficulty levels.  Questions will cover geography, entertainment, people, literature, symbols, etc.

Admission is Free.

Students who are interested in participating should register here on eventbrite.com

Audience is welcome but must also register for ticket

Competing grade levels and schedules are as follows:

Level 1 = (4th - 7th graders) 1st Hour
Level 2 = (8th -12th graders) 2nd Hour

Important Event Information – For Contestants

National Championship
Where:  Orlando, Florida
Date:  Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Only State Champions will be competing at the National Championship.  Tournament participants are welcome to observe.  

 Best regards,

The LEA Team

Share this event on Facebook and Twitter We hope you can make it!

Cheers, Blassys Organization

8th Grade Newsletter

English 8
Mrs. Benton,  Ms. Davis, Mrs. McGee, & Mr. Warren

In English 8, we are proud of our students for making gains on the second quarter’s benchmark tests, however, we have lots of work to do to prepare students for success on future benchmarks and the SOL.  The 3rd 9-weeks will be packed full of instruction on author’s viewpoints, cause and effect relationships, research and argument writing, and evaluating nonfiction texts. We will continue to reinforce various skills from the first semester through weekly homework assignments and the weekly reading logs which include a reader-response.  Please encourage your child to come everyday ready to learn and put forth their best effort!  A great resource to review material on grammar & mechanics is NoRedInk.  If you want more information about this resource, please contact your child’s English teacher.  As always, we thank you for your support and look forward to a great 3rd 9-weeks!

Science 8
Mr. Bonner, Mrs. Dockery, Ms. Roble, Ms. Boone,  Dr. Harnden

Science-8 is repeating patterns this marking period…literally!  We are studying the Periodic Table.  From there we will be studying sound, light, and electricity.  Finally, we will be revisiting physical versus chemical changes and finishing off with nuclear changes!  We will have ‘Flashback Days’ to cover sixth and seventh grade material in preparation for the middle school science SOL.

Mr. Wade, Ms. Murray, Mr. Goodwin, Mrs. Matern, Ms. Stewart

It is hard to believe we are halfway through the school year.  During the second quarter we have worked hard to learn about the structure and responsibilities of our different levels of government.  As we move forward into third quarter, we will discuss the process of how people are elected to different political positions and how we as individuals can influence the law making process.  We will end our third quarter with learning about the different economic concepts and how they relate to the United States.

Math 8
Mr. Fortune, Ms. Holmes, Mr. McFadden,  Mr. Miller, Mrs. Renaud

In Math 8, we were overall pleased with the scores that showed improvement from last year’s Benchmark 2. However, we still have work to do to prepare students for success on the SOL at the end of the year.  The 3rd quarter will be packed full of instruction on 2-D and 3-D Geometry.  We will continue to reinforce weak skills from the first semester through warm-ups and those items will continue to be assessed on tests and quizzes.  Please encourage your child to come every day prepared to learn and put forth their best effort.  A great resource to review already taught material is Khan Academy.  If you want more information about this resource or other resources, please contact your child’s math teacher.  As always, we thank you for your support and look forward to a great 2nd semester!


Hello 8th grade parents,

It’s hard to believe that the second semester of the school year is here! The 8th grade student leaders have settled in nicely and are ready to keep the ball rolling for the second semester of the school.  Continued expectations for excellence in student achievement and behavior have not wavered, but continue to be major priorities.  We respectfully ask that parents continue to promote the importance of their child attending school each day.  With winter upon us and the distinct possibility of inclement weather closing school, we want to make sure that students attend school as much as possible so that valuable instructional time is not lost.  We have a great team of 8th grade teachers and they are each prepared to deliver the very best instruction to your child as we strive towards excellence.  Should you have any questions throughout the semester, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher,  Dr. Burruss, (8th grade school counselor), or me.  We are here to support, guide, and partner with you in helping your child meet with SUCCESS at CMS.  Have a great nine-weeks!!!

– Mr. Mack,  8th Grade Asst. Principal


The 2nd semester is upon us! I hope that the holiday break was restful for you and your family. We are getting a jump start on course registration this year and I will be  working will all 8th grade health classes to get our students registered for 9th grade courses. This will begin in January. Each student will receive their own copy of the Program of Study and a form with their course requests will be sent home for you to sign.

PSAT 8/9 results are in and we will be working with 8th graders to get their scores to them. We will also be working with College Board to link our 8th graders to Khan Academy electronically, which will provide specific areas for students to focus on regrading writing, reading and math.   These results also provide valuable information to teachers as it is aligned with the VA SOL.  For more information on the PSAT 8/9, visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9 .

Please contact me if you have any questions—jburruss@ccps.us or at 633-6561 x402

7th Grade Newsletter

English 7
Mrs. Kinard, , Mrs. Mascal,  Mrs. Allen, Mr. Warren

Happy New Year!! As we begin our 3rd Quarter English 7 we will began our novel studies.  Students will demonstrate their knowledge of building background knowledge, use their plot diagram to describe setting, conflict, climax and resolution, figurative language, describe the impact of word choice,  Students will identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts.  As well as be able to describe how word choice and language structure convey an author’s viewpoint.

In writing students will build on their writing skills by using complex sentences  as well as transition words to enhance their essays.    

Science 7
Mrs. Pennell, Mr. DeCola, Mrs. Ellis

Science will be investigating how organisms are classified and the characteristics that scientists use to put them into their groups.  We will then be looking at animal and plant behaviors.  Be on the lookout for some in class projects and an at home project at the end of the quarter 🙂

United States History II
Mrs. Matern, Ms. Gibson, Mr. Barnes

The USII department is finishing up our 1930s unit and getting ready to dive head first into our World War II unit. Teachers and students are looking forward to this exciting unit! Topics will include causes of WWII, major battles and events, the Holocaust, and life on the Home Front. Some of these topics can be delicate, so if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your student’s teacher. 

Math 7/Pre-Algebra
Mrs. Vanderherchen, Mrs. Uscilowski, Mrs. Thompson,
Mr. Tangard, Mr. McFadden

During the 3rd Quarter, Math 7 will be covering the standards that include inequalities, graphing linear equations, patterns and sequences, and probability.  We will be creating new remediation groups, which will be focusing on reviewing and remediating weak areas in previously-covered SOLs.  In Algebra, students have learned about the four different types of slopes as well as how to determine the slope of a line through either graphing or algebraically.  To help remember the slope-intercept formula, students learned songs as well as movements to follow along with the lyrics. We are close to entering the fascinating world of exponents!

Please ensure that your student is bringing home their math notebook to study from, and completing math homework each week.  If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher directly. 

Assistant Principal’s Note:

Greetings CMS families!  Can you believe we are moving into the second semester?  As we approach the end of the year common assessments and SOLs, we remain focused on increasing literacy skills for all students. Please encourage your child to read self-selected materials on a regular basis and generate conversations about what they are reading. Studies show talking and thinking about reading increase comprehension of the material read.

Our Talon Ticket Store is up and running and has a lot of fun and yummy treats. Encourage your child to meet and exceed expectations so they are earning tickets to purchase these rewards every other week at lunch. Students can also participate in raffles and experiences with their Talon Tickets. This information is shared with the students on the announcements and at lunch time.

Finally, as we begin the third quarter, please take the opportunity to check with your student to see if they need to replenish supplies such as pencils and paper and encourage them to bring these items to class daily. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s performance, please contact the teacher to discuss ways to ensure he/she is successful. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to continuing the race to success at CMS!

Mrs. Griggs

Counselor’s Corner – Mr. Parker, School Counselor

Classroom Guidance

As excited as we are to get back into the groove with our academia curricular, the transition into the second semester is extremely important.  Fortunately, with a positive mindset and a little effort, we can all make sure the second half to 2016-2017 school year at Caroline Middle School is a success! Here are some tips to help our students re-engage academically:  

1. Use that agenda book! All students are required to bring their agenda to CMS every day. Not only is that their pass to the bathroom, library, other classrooms, etc. during the day, but it also helps students stay organized. It’s harder to forget to do your Math or English homework when you write it down!

2. Create a Designated Study Space! Nowadays, students’ struggles with multiple distractions while completing homework assignments, such as TV, cell phones, loud music, and other things can lead to mental frustrations.  Keep the homework area focused on school work so that students stay on task. Be sure to have all required school supplies together and ready so students don’t waste time trying to find what they need.  As indicated in our first newsletter, all 7th grade students will be creating their Academic and Career Plan this school year.  I started classroom guidance lessons to help guide students in identifying the 16 Career Clusters and exploring their personal interests in colleges and careers aspirations. 

Counseling Group

Counseling groups have started and will be ongoing throughout the school year.  Please contact me by email dwparker@ccps.us or by phone 804.633.6561 if you would like your student to participate in group counseling. 

Report Cards

Student who received a D or F will be contacted by teachers.  A letter will be sent home informing you if your student is in danger of being retained.  Please contact me if you have any concerns. Remember!  School counselors are here to help.  Parents feel free to call or email me any concerns or questions. 

Baseball Conditioning & Tryouts

Any students interested in playing baseball this spring should sign up with Mr. DeCola, a 7th grade teacher.  Conditioning will be every Tuesday & Thursday during February until tryouts.  Tryouts will be Feb. 26 – Mar 1.  Students must have a current physical to participate.  Please wear or bring clothing for outside or inside.  Please bring gloves, helmets, sneakers, cleats, and bats.