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Clear Spring Middle School

August 17, 2007

12628 Broadfording Road
Clear Spring

Principal: Jeremy Jakoby

Phone: 301-766-8094

Fax: 301-842-3826

Web site: www.wcboe.k12.md.us/custom_pages/075/csms/index.htm

Start time: 8:45 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:30 p.m.

Grades: 6-8

Date of construction: 1979

Age of building: 28 years

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Size of building: 66,122 square feet

State-rated capacity: 531

Projected 2007-08 enrollment: 423




From the principal



Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Although our students with disabilities and our African-American students posted their highest-ever reading and math scores this past year at CSMS, we need to continue to provide appropriate/effective programs and interventions to improve the performance of these students in reading and math each year in order to maintain adequate yearly progress.

With the guidance and support of our intervention specialist, CSMS will be introducing the W.E.B. (Where Everyone Belongs) program to help our sixth-graders with transitioning to middle school.

With the guidance and support of our counselor, Mr. Meagher, CSMS will be introducing a "Chat and Chew" program during lunch to increase our students' awareness of various careers.

Clear Spring Middle School staff will continue to foster good student character by again promoting the Character Counts Program! Additionally, CSMS will again provide multiple opportunities for students to better understand the harmful effects of harassment and bullying as a means of maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment for all students.

CSMS and our PTSA will be jointly focused on recognizing and rewarding students with excellent attendance.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. 1. Celebrate our successes (www.mdreportcard.org).

2. Take action on areas that need to be improved.

3. Maintain our high level of parental involvement and community support.

4. Maintain open and effective communication between the school and our stakeholders.

5. Maintain high standards and expectations for student achievement, student attendance and student conduct.

Q. Can students and staff expect any changes this school year?

A. 1. New carpet throughout the building, new tile floor in the cafeteria, some new/larger lockers and a renovated library.

2. For the first time, grade 7 and 8 students taking Spanish will have related arts classes.

3. Some new faces including our front office secretary, Patty Felix, and our newly appointed facilities engineer, Arthur McKinley.

4. For the first time in several years, every student at CSMS will receive a Clear Spring Middle School Student and Family Handbook. This handbook contains school-specific information and policies. Parents and students are encouraged to review this handbook at the start of the school year.

5. For the first time, every student at CSMS will receive a student planner in which to record their daily assignments in all of their subjects. These planners also can be used as an effective way for teachers and parents to communicate.

6. Offering geometry in grade 8 for the first time.

7. Offering some gender classes in grade 8 ELA.

8. We have reduced the number of classes in the upstairs open area. This will give staff and students more room to move and will provide a better environment for students to learn.

9. Every student will get a photo ID card this year, compliments of Larry Allen and Company Inc.

Q. What message would you like to send as the school year begins?

A. I hope that our students and their families enjoy the rest of the summer. The staff at CSMS looks forward to working with each of our students starting Wednesday, Aug. 22.

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