Principal Allison Barbour

Mrs. Allison N. Barbour

Principal's Points

October 2017

Greetings CMS Families,


Autumn, the season that reminds us of the beauty of change, is upon us. With the changing of the leaves, the temperature, and the time, we embrace the beauty of this great season and prepare for a hearty harvest!


We remain incredibly proud of our CMS TOTY, Ms. Seneathia Lewis, who represented us very well at the RCPS Teacher of the year Banquet where Ms. Lewis was one of the three district-wide finalist. In addition to some lovely prizes by our district/community sponsors, Ms. Lewis was well celebrated by our CMS faculty and staff and members of her personal family.


Likewise, our pride gives light to our smiles regarding the progressive effort and positive attitude that our Lady Bulldogs displayed in our softball games and with the heart and strength that our Bulldogs showed as they battled on the football fields. Though our season did not yield us playoff opportunities, we count it all joy to exude great sportsmanship, teamwork, hard work, and a champion character to get back up and get ready for the next time around. Special thanks to all of our student athletes, cheerleaders, dance team, coaches, families, fans, and community supporters. We love our BULLDOGS! Basketball and wrestling are on the horizon for the next “GAME ON!”


Our female Aerospace Engineers and AVID students were the bountiful recipients of DELTA’s generosity as they were sponsored a unique experience to fly to Pensacola and take part in some aviation experiences. GO GIRL POWER! Our coed Aerospace program continues to take flight. Students in both the aerospace and the Civil Air Patrol are embracing experiences that are not commonly granted to middle school students. Our teacher leaders, Colonel Williams, Colonel Hamby and Lieutenant Hannans continue to add buoyancy and depth to our program. Assistant Principal Graham’s leadership in the growth of tour specialty is key to our success.


As the school year evolves, so does the impact of focused learning. Our students have settled into the rigors and routines of the school and have participated in daily, focused learning opportunities. As a result of the data from our formative assessments inclusive of STAR, Achieve3000, USA Test Prep, teacher assessments, Benchmark assessments and more, we have made some intentional, instructional shifts in class and tutorial assignments. We want to provide our students with maximum opportunities to close any gaps in their learning.


Please continue to monitor your child’s performance by accessing Parent Connect/ by staying in close contact with your child’s teachers. Attendance at Title I and PTA meetings will also afford you a wealth of information and resources. Please stay tuned and in review of our calendars for some upcoming PTA events. Our informative Title I Parent Shadow Day is happening October 23rd.  Your support and volunteerism is deeply appreciated. Mrs. Lillian Tomlinson, our parent liaison is delighted to assist you.


In addition to providing your child with quality instruction, our goal is to provide our students with a safe, positive, and enjoyable experience with their friends and classmates.  Our PBIS plan is crafted to allow our students positive recognition and to teach students the expectations that powerfully reflect our common message of Respect, Safety, and Responsibility. Our school-wide discipline data has shown significant progress, but we continue to seek your support in encouraging your child to minimize classroom disruptions and to handle conflicts in a peaceful manner. We are here to help and will work with our students if they allow the adults in our building to assist them in handling conflicts without taking matters into their own “hands.” We daily remind our students that fighting, bullying, and aggression is not the CMS way. Infractions of this nature have serious consequences. Thanks for your help in making CMS a great place to thrive.


We invite you to continue to view our online calendar so that you can readily attend our events. Please make special plans to listen to the sweet sounds of our chorus on October 12th and come and be awed at the Oratorical Contest sponsored by Clerk of Courts, Mrs. Ruth Wilson, on October 28th at 8:30 a.m. CMS is thriving. We are engineering excellence for every face, in every place, every way, and every day! Thrive with us!


Valuing your partnership,