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central middle school newsletter
CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
Mrs. Mildred Beall, Principal
Volume 35, Issue 11
Mrs. Eleanor Rascoe, Assistant Principal
June 2012
Mr. Brian Ravanbakhsh, Assistant Principal
Our Mission
All Students will achieve high levels of performance on quality standards through active
engagement in instruction tailored to their needs and interests.
From the Principal
Dear Parents,
There are never enough words
to truly thank this community for all
of the support they give to Central
Middle School. Our students, teachers, counselors, and administrators are
blessed to have so many parents stand
behind and beside them throughout
the school year. We are celebrated at
Teacher Appreciation Week, our volunteers are responsive at a moment’s
notice, the AVID tutors are loved by
teachers and students, the PTSA is
ready and willing to help with the cost
of special programs such as National
History Day and anything else we ask
of them, and the boosters for our Music program work year long to give
every music student a great over night
experience and enriched experience.
This is a phenomenal place to work.
Thank you!
As our students leave for summer, the construction teams arrive.
The renovation of Central Middle
School has begun and the first four
Learning Cottages arrived this month.
The renovation will no doubt create
much excitement and challenges as we
move forward. This project is scheduled for the next 15 months and eight
classes at a time will move into the
Learning Cottages at different times
during the year. The science area will be
completed this summer and the first
group to occupy our village of Learning
Cottages will be the seventh graders.
Included in this letter are the drawings
for the renovation. The project is completed in five phases. The phase schedule is listed on the drawing.
mon Core6;
STEM 6/7 courses. Central Middle
School teachers are students with a
passion this summer which will support our success .
At the conclusion of the
school year, we had a number of discussions regarding school uniforms
This will be a busy summer.
coming to Central Middle. This sumCentral Middle School teachers will be mer after the new sixth graders are
teaching a Summer Bridge Program for enrolled and the Connect Ed messagour rising sixth graders at Davidsonville ing system is available a survey will be
Elementary this summer. The students
sent to ask you if you would be for or
were selected by their fifth grade teachagainst the idea of uniforms at Central
ers and are going to be learning lanMiddle School. Many parents have
guage arts, mathematics, art, and getting shared this would be a welcomed idea.
some tips on how to transition the middle school. Our STEM teams will be
The entire Central Middle
continuing their training this summer,
School
faculty
and staff wish all our
the principal will be attending an Envistudents and parents a safe and enjoyronmental literacy workshop on Smith
able summer vacation.
Island, and mathematics teachers will
be attending training for Common
Core mathematics. Many of the teachers have signed on for educational opportunities this summer to continue to
Sincerely,
enrich our curriculum for our students.
Millie Beall,
Mr. Marcus-Wenger is working with
scientists from Towson University in a
Principal
field experience to bring fresh fun and
meaningful ideas to his classes. Several
teachers are attending additional training in differentiated instruction to provide more rigor and meaningful tasks to
their lessons. Mrs. Lutz will continue
her curriculum writing for the Com-
Attention Parents/Guardians and 8th Grade Students:
It is hard to believe but we are almost ready to begin the last marking period of the year. That also means that
the 8th graders will be entering their last marking period of middle school. This class has had a very good year
and we have several exciting events coming up over the next several months.
In an effort to maintain the most favorable school environment, one that is supportive of the
instructional needs of our students, we will adopt the following disciplinary guidelines for our eighth grade
class. These guidelines may impact student participation in end-of-year activities and will be in effect for the
final marking period, which begins on April 1, 2012.
We want and expect all students to be eligible for participation in the Eighth Grade Dance (June 7, 2012) and
the Accolades Program . However, any student that continuously violates the Cobra Code of Conduct and the
Anne Arundel County Public Schools Code of Conduct will not be allowed to attend either of these events.
Any student whose behavior results in removal of eligibility by the Principal during the fourth marking period
(April 1 — Last Day of School inclusive) will not be allowed to attend the 8th grade Dance and the Accolades
Program. The student and parent will be notified in a conference held with Mrs. Beall, Principal and Mr. Ravanbakhsh, Assistant Principal.
In closing, it is our expectation and desire that every student will be eligible to attend these activities.
Thank you for your support in assisting us with our efforts to maintain an orderly educational
environment.
Sincerely,
Brian Ravanbakhsh
Assistant Principal
Mildred Beall
Principal
New Date—8th Grade Dance!!
The 8th grade dance will be held on June 7, from 7 to 9:30 pm at CMS.
Ticket Sale Dates:
May 29, 30 & 31 (Tues, Wed, Thurs) 12:23 – 12:48
June 4, 5, & 6 (Mon, Tues, Wed) 11:03 – 11:28
Tickets are $5 each and we are asking for cash/exact change as much as possible.
Guidance Department Reminder
Pat Donnelly
410-956-5800, extension 421
Address Changes
Student records must contain current and accurate residency information. If you move, please
contact the school with the new information and provide the necessary residency documentation as required by the State of Maryland.
SCHOOL SYSTEM OFFICES SHIFTING TO FOUR-DAY
WORK WEEK THIS SUMMER…….
Again this summer we will be operating on a four-day work week.
Beginning June 20, 2012 our school will be closed on Fridays through August 7, 2012.
June 12 through 19th our office hours are 8-3; during the 7 weeks of four day workweeks our office will be open from 8-4 excluding holidays; then from August 8th through
17th our office hours will again be 8-3.
From the Health Room
June 2012
Dear Parent:
According to Anne Arundel County Public Schools Medication Guidelines, all medication must be
picked up by parents at the end of the school year or it will be discarded in an appropriate manner. If medication is not picked up by the last day of school, June 7th then it will be discarded according to guidelines.
Please make arrangements with the health room staff to pick up your child’s medication.
If you anticipate that your child will require medication next school year, we would like to encourage you to contact your physician over the summer and have a new PARENT REQUEST TO ADMINISTER MEDICATION
AT SCHOOL form completed. Please return the completed form by the first day of school. Remember that no
medication can be given by the school staff until this form is completed and signed by the physician and a parent. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter as we work together to meet your child’s needs.
Sincerely,
Sarina Lynham R.N.
School Nurse
Debbie Sears HA
Health Assistant
MATH 24 Competition Winner!
Mason Rinehart, a 7th grader, won 4th place and a $50 savings bond at the Math 24
competition held on May 3rd at Brooklyn Park Middle School.
Other team members participating included 7th graders, Roy Washington and Joey Wiggins and 6th graders, Sean Edwards and Jocsan Huerta.
Congratulatough math
tions to Mason and to the team for participating in a
contest after a full day of school!
D. Holloway, Math 24 team coach
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Mrs. Yuan and the Cercle français thank all of those generous students and faculty members
who donated to the French Canadian foundation One Drop effort which was highlighted during our
French Week extravaganza! With your support during our Splash visits, we were able to raise $850
to send to One Drop in support of their initiative to end world poverty by providing access to clean
water. One Drop e-mailed Central Middle a beautiful thank you for going above and beyond and for
starting a ripple effect in the community.
In addition, the One Drop art contest was a success. The following winners have their art
work on display through the end of the year by the main office: 1st place Nicholas Leighton; 2nd
place Victoria Marinzel; 3rd place Rebecca Hollamon. Their creations will also be available for viewing at www.onedrop.org in the photo gallery. Congratulations to these students for their international recognition!
Finally “merci beaucoup” to the Cercle français for helping to organize a very meaningful
week of water celebration!
Mrs. Yuan, chairperson of Accolades, would like to thank everyone involved in the Accolades 8th
grade farewell celebration on June 7th!
It takes a caring network of individuals to make events come to life. The following parents were very
instrumental in securing an amazing amount of free coupons for the entire 8th grade class of 2012: Mrs.
Stacy Callahan and Ms. Marci Dawson and they also volunteered during the day of the event along with Pat
Callahan! In addition, Ann-Marie LaCasse worked tirelessly to secure donations for gift cards for the game.
Thank you to the following parents who donated: Lori Balzano, Elizabeth Brownlee, Stacy Callahan, Claire
Dillon, Maria Gilman, Ida Heck, Abby Janowitz, Miriam Klimoski, Ann-Marie LaCasse, Mary Mandish, Crystal
Marinzel, Kerry Monroe, Michelle Proctor, Cheryl Schiappa, Paula Taylor, and Amanda Turner. Other parent
volunteers came forward to be a tremendous help during the day: Lora Blandford, Jeanne Kelmer, Anne
Marie St. Jean, Abby Janowitz, Kristina Seidel, and Elizabeth Brownlee.
Many thanks to the businesses who donated coupons to our event! Those who donated a coupon for
all 358 8th graders were:
Chick-Fil-A
Cold Stone Creamery
Friendly’s
Menchie’s
Pizza Hut
Robeks
Sonic
The Original Steakhouse
Other donating businesses included: Chipotle who donated burritos for the entire class, Chevy’s, Rita’s of
Edgewater, and TGIFridays. We can thank them best by using their services!
Thank you also to teachers Debbie Turner, Katy Bright, and Joanne Lilley for their talented student
performing groups; to all 8th grade faculty for your help, and to the students themselves for participating. A
final thank you to teachers Alex Horwitz and Amy Summey who have always shared in understanding the
meaning of the birth and tradition of Accolades.
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AA County
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School-Age Summer Fun Centers (SFC)
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May 2012
Agnes Tudor
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Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell
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(410) 222-7313 or (301) 261-8036
Junio 2012
Fechas de verano
Grupos de apoyo a cuidadores de familiares
¿Cuida usted al niño de un pariente por tiempo completo
(nieto/a, sobrin/a)? No está solo. Apoyémos al uno al otro y
hablemos de eso.
Glen Burnie Pascal Senior Center, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Junio 12, Julio 10, Agosto 14
Annapolis Area Community Center, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Junio 6, Julio 11, Augosto 1
Odenton, 1350 Blair Drive, Suite H, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Junio 19, Julio 17, Augosto 21
Por información contacte a Diana Taylor o Shay Brooks al
410-222-7423 o [email protected]
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Programa veraniego de comidas
Voluntaria del Mes
AACPS provee desayuno y almuerzo gratis a niños de 2
a 18 años, en locales específicos.
Sin inscripción; Sin prueba de ingresos
[email protected]
410-222-5900
Mayo 2012
Elimine el bajón del verano
 Lea todos los días con sus niños de primaria y escuela
intermedia. ¡Hágalo divertido!
 Visite la biblioteca pública semanalmente.
 Juegue juegos de matemáticas.
 Visite museos y festivales; vaya a algún lugar nuevo.
 Limite el tiempo de pantalla.
¡¡¡Nuevo!!! Sitio web contra la
intimidación!!!
www.stopbullying.gov
Estrategias para niños y padres, escuelas & comunidades. Información
legal actualizada de intimidación cibernética
Agnes Tudor
Richard Henry Lee Elementary School
…por sus años de devoto servicio como
Voluntaria Extraordinaria de la Biblioteca
Para nominar voluntarios sobresalientes para el Premio de
Voluntario del Mes de AACPS, envíe correo a
[email protected]
Programas de TV de La Oficina de Asociaciones Entre la Escuela
y la Familia de AACPS, en el canal 96 de Comcast y Broadstripe y
el canal 36 de Verizon.
“Conexión de Padres (Parent Connection)”, “La Esquina de los
Padres (Parents Corner)”, “Nuestra Comunidad” y “¡Charlemos
Juntos!”
Publicado por:
La Oficina de Asociaciones Entre laEscuela y la Familia
410-222-5414; [email protected]
June 2012
Common Core standards bringing more rigor to classrooms
By Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Parents of students in our
school system have no doubt heard
references to “Common Core State
Standards” over the past few months
and, though they may not have a
firm grasp of what that entails, the
initiative is critical to the educational
progress we are making in our
county, our state, and our nation.
The Maryland State Board of
Education unanimously adopted
Common Core standards in English/
Language Arts and Math in June
2010, joining more than 40 other
states to establish common goals
and expectations of students so that
they can be adequately prepared to
succeed in college and careers. The
aim of the standards, which are being
led by the Council for Chief State
School Officers and the National
Governors Association, is to help
ensure that from one coast of our
nation to the other, students have
access to the same rigorous, highquality education.
Educators from across Maryland
have been working on revisions to
the state curriculum to align with the
new standards, and the framework of
that curriculum was presented to the
State Board last June. It is intended
to be fully implemented in Maryland
schools in the 2013-2014 school
year.
In Anne Arundel County, we
are ahead of the curve in our plans
not only to implement the new
curriculum, but to use it to continue
our efforts to close the achievement
gap. Parents of current fourth- and
fifth-graders, for example, were
informed in January about changes
that will take place next year in the
middle school math curriculum.
While the math course offerings for
rising seventh- and eighth-graders
will remain the same next year,
course offerings for incoming sixthgraders will change. The current
Math 6 course will be replaced with
Mathematics 6 Common Core, and
a new course, STEMathematics 6/7,
will be offered to sixth-graders as
well in 2012-2013. Algebra I will
no longer be offered to sixth-grade
students.
In addition, some of the standards
that have previously been contained
in high school courses are being
moved to middle school courses.
While some course titles will remain
the same, the content of those
courses will now provide more rigor
to students at an earlier point in their
academic careers.
These changes will be phased in
Regional Assistant Superintendent change
for Glen Burnie, Northeast cluster schools
Schools in the Glen Burnie and
Northeast clusters will have a different Regional Assistant Superintendent overseeing progress next year.
Regional Assistant Superintendent Dawn Lucarelli will be taking a
one-year sabbatical to complete work
on her doctoral degree. During that
time, Raymond Bibeault will serve
as the Acting Regional Assistant
Superintendent for the clusters.
Mr. Bibeault has been a part
of Anne Arundel County Public
Schools since 1978. He has served in
many capacities, including as principal at Hillsmere Elementary School
and Brooklyn Park Middle School.
He currently is the Senior Manager
for School Improvement – Middle
Schools for Anne Arundel County
Public Schools.
across all grades over the next two
years, with everything in place by
August 2013. The intent is to move
away from a curriculum across the
nation that is “a mile wide and an
inch deep,” as the Common Core
initiative puts it, to one that is more
focused. We believe providing
incoming sixth-grade students with
the transition to the Common Core
math curriculum next year will best
support them as they proceed through
their scholastic careers and after
graduation.
The new curriculum in these
two subjects will require significant
professional development to
implement. In April, we held a
conference for educators across
our county aimed at addressing the
Common Core standards and their
impact on closing the achievement
gap.
Maryland has been ranked No. 1
in the nation for education in each of
the last four years. The work we have
done in our county has played a large
part in that ranking, and we are very
proud of it.
The Common Core initiative,
however, calls for us to aim even
higher and to strive to continue to
enhance the educational opportunities
we provide our children.
On The Calendar
June 1: Last day of school for PreK and ECI
students
June 8: Last day of school for students
July 2: Extended School Year and Summer
Academy begin
July 9: Summer School begins
July 23-27: High School Assessment
Summer Adminstration
Aug. 27: Classes begin for students in
grades 1-5, 6, and 9
Aug. 28: Classes open for students in
grades 1-12
Junio 2012
Las Normas Comunes traen más rigor a las aulas
Por Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D.
Superintendente de Escuelas
No hay duda que los padres de
los estudiantes en nuestro sistema
escolar han oído referencias sobre
“Las Normas Comunes del Estado”
durante los meses pasados y, aunque
tal vez no tengan una idea cabal de
lo que esto implica, la iniciativa es
crítica para el progreso educativo
que estamos haciendo en nuestro
condado, nuestro estado y nuestra
nación.
La Junta de Educación del Estado
de Maryland adoptó por unanimidad
las Normas Comunes en inglés/
artes del lenguaje y matemáticas
en junio del 2010, uniéndose a
más de 40 estados para establecer
metas y expectativas comunes para
los estudiantes, para que puedan
estar adecuadamente preparados
para triunfar en la universidad y
en sus carreras. El objetivo de las
normas, que están siendo guiadas
por el Consejo de Directivos
Oficiales de las Escuelas Estatales
y la Asociación Nacional de
Gobernadores, es ayudar a asegurar
que los estudiantes de costa a costa
de nuestra nación tengan acceso a la
misma educación rigurosa y de alta
calidad.
Educadores de todo Maryland
han estado trabajando revisando
el programa estatal para alinearlo
con las nuevas normas, y el marco
de ese programa fue presentado a
la Junta Estatal en junio pasado.
Está supuesto a ser implementado
por completo en las escuelas de
Maryland en el año escolar 20132014.
En el condado de Anne Arundel
nos estamos adelantando a nuestros
planes, no solo para implementar el
nuevo currículo, pero para usarlo en
continuar nuestros esfuerzos para
cerrar la brecha del aprendizaje. Los
padres de los alumnos actualmente
en cuarto y quinto grado, por
ejemplo, fueron informados en enero
acerca de los cambios que tomarán
lugar el próximo año en el currículo
de las escuelas intermedias. Mientras
que los cursos ofrecidos para los
alumnos que egresan de sétimo y
octavo grado permanecerán igual el
año que viene, los cursos ofrecidos
para los que ingresan al sexto grado
cambiarán. El curso actual de
matemáticas 6 será reemplazado por
Normas Comunes de matemáticas 6,
y un nuevo curso, STEMatemáticas
6/7 será también ofrecido a alumnos
de sexto grado en 2012-2013.
Álgebra I ya no será ofrecida a los
estudiantes de sexto grado.
Además, algunas de las normas
que fueron previamente contenidas
en los cursos de la escuela superior,
están siendo movidas a cursos de
la escuela intermedia. Mientras
que algunos cursos quedarán igual,
el contenido de éstos proveerá
más rigor a los estudiantes en un
punto más temprano de sus carreras
Cambio de Vice-Superintendente Regional para
los grupos escolares de Glen Burnie y Northeast
El año próximo, las escuelas en
los grupos de Glen Burnie y Northeast tendrán un Vice-Superintendente
Regional distinto supervisando su
progreso.
La Vice-Superintendente Regional Dawn Lucarelli tomará un año de
ausencia sabática para completar su
doctorado. Durante ese tiempo, Raymond Bibeault servirá como ViceSuperintendente Regional Actuante
para esos grupos.
El Sr. Bibeault ha sido parte de
las Escuelas Públicas del Condado
de Anne Arundel desde 1978. Él
ha servido en muchas posiciones,
incluyendo director de la escuela primara Hillsmere y la escuela intermedia Brooklyn Park. Actualmente, él
es Gerente Director de Mejoramiento
Escolar – Escuelas Intermedias, para
las Escuelas Públicas del Condado
de Anne Arundel.
académicas.
Estos cambios serán introducidos
en todos los grados durante los
próximos dos años, teniendo todo
listo para agosto 2013. La intención
es alejarse de un programa nacional
que tiene “una milla de ancho y una
pulgada de profundidad”, como lo
describe la iniciativa de Normas
Comunes, hacia uno que es más
enfocado. Creemos que proveyendo
a los estudiantes que ingresan al
sexto grado con una transición al
currículo de de matemáticas de
Normas Comunes el año próximo,
será el mejor apoyo para ellos cuando
procedan en sus carreras académicas
y después de su graduación.
El nuevo currículo en estas dos
materias, requerirá un significativo
desarrollo profesional para
implementarlo. En abril tuvimos una
conferencia para educadores de todo
el condado, para discutir las Normas
Comunes y su impacto en cerrar la
brecha del aprendizaje.
Maryland ha sido clasificada Nº
1 en la nación por su educación en
los últimos cuatro años. El trabajo
que hemos hecho en nuestro condado
ha aportado en gran parte a esa
clasificación, por lo cual estamos
muy orgullosos.
Sin embargo, la iniciativa
de Normas Comunes nos exige
apuntar aún más alto y a esforzarnos
a continuar mejorando las
oportunidades educativas que le
damos a nuestros niños.
Junio 8: Último día de clases para los
estudiantes
Julio 2: Comienza el Año Escolar
Extendido y la Academia de Verano
Julio 9: Comienza la Escuela de Verano
Julio 23-27: Administración de las
Evaluaciones de Verano de Escuela
Superior
Agosto 27: Comienzan las clases para
estudiantes en grados 1-5, 6 y 9
Agosto 28: Comienzan las clases para
estudiantes en grados 1-12
Smithsonian Environmental
Research Center
Monday - Saturday
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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From the Office of Science,
April 2012
Admission Price: FREE Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Come visit an active
research and education
center offering evening
lectures, family-oriented
activities for environmental
sciences, self-guided
walking trails year-round,
canoeing and
kayaking. Guided family
canoe tours Saturdays,
June-Sept. Open house in
May.
647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, Maryland
21037• 443-482-2200
http://www.serc.si.edu/
Topics at School this
Marking Period:
K
Plants and Animals
1
Magnets, Pollution, and
Earth’s Resources
2
Life Cycles, Animals,
and Habitats
3
Earth’s Natural Features, Features of the
Ocean Floor, and
Sound Waves
4
5
Weathering and Erosion, the Sun, and the
Pattern of Stars
Structure of Matter,
Conservation of Matter,
States of Matter, Physical and Chemical
Changes
Busting the Myths about Science
Myth #1: Science teaching
is better left to the science
teacher.
A parent is a child's first and
most important teacher. Parents play a very important role
and have the ability to significantly increase a child's interest and performance in science. With a little creativity,
you can work science into
your child's everyday life and
find many opportunities for
you and your child to explore
and learn together.
Myth #2: Science is difficult.
It would be difficult to know all
the facts of science. But science isn’t just facts. It’s a way
of seeing the world around us
and solving problems. Doing
science is for everyone! That’s
why “being scientific” is a
great family activity.
Myth #3: I'm not a scientist
and don’t know enough
about science to help my
kids.
You do not have to be a scientist to help your children learn
science. The majority of parents in this country are not
scientists, but it doesn't mean
they can’t help their children
learn science. Questions like
Why is the sky blue? Why
does ice float? Or how does a
Frisbee soar through the air?
are just a few examples of
science questions you can
explore with your children.
The most important starting
point is to ask: “Why?”
Myth #4: Science is all
about facts and not very
interesting.
SCIENCE IS FUN! Science
teaching today is a lot different
than it was years ago. Today's
emphasis is on inquiry, which
means children are encouraged to explore their own
natural curiosities about the
world around them.
Myth #5: Science requires
equipment.
Science is everywhere! The
skills of science can be practiced in any environment, including the kitchen or the
park. The best way to begin is
through conversation. Parents
who ask open-ended questions (ones that don’t have just
one “right” answer) and who
listen patiently to their children’s responses are modeling the most essential skills for
young scientists.
Myth #6: Science skills
should wait for reading
skills.
To encourage the “whole
child,” parents and teachers
should join together to foster
early science experiences
along with opportunities for
reading. In many ways, preschoolers’ developmental
skills are more suited to doing
science than reading. Learning about science also can
motivate children to read.
Book of the Month
Carver by David A. Adler
George Washington Carver's
life and accomplishments not
only represent the achievements of a minority scientist
but are examples of applied
science—what today we might
classify as engineering—for a
person of diverse talents. This
biography shows the many
influences in Carver's life,
from his early years through
his education. His ever-strong
thirst for knowledge motivated
him as he questioned, investigated, and invented.
Enriched by intricate color
drawings, the book emphasizes the significance of
Carver's innovations in the
lives of people in this country
and around the world. This
book was selected as an
NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book.
Holiday House, Inc.
New York, NY
1999
ISBN: 0823414299
SRYA Cheerleading
Registration opens for ages 3 – 17 on
June 4th for the 2012 Sideline and
2012-2013 Competitive Cheer season!
Go to www.srya.org and click on the
Cheerleading link for details.
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering
to be a cheer coach or team parent, please email
Beverly Goldbeck at [email protected]
CENTRAL MIDDLE
SCHOOL
June 2012
Sun
Mon
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Yellow A 5
2 Hour Early
Dismissal
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Blue B
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2 Hour Early
Dismissal
Red A
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Sat
1
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Last Day Students
2 Hour Early
Dismissal
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