Cullman Middle School Guidance Newsletter August/September 2018

Meet The School Counselor

Hi! My name is Kristen Piper Gragg and I am a native of Cullman, Alabama. I graduated from Cullman High School in 2002. After high school, I attended Jacksonville State University on a track and field scholarship and earned my bachelor's degree in secondary education, general science in 2007. In 2010 I earned my master's degree in school counseling from the University of West Alabama. I am currently in my 12th year at Cullman City Schools and in my 7th year serving as the school counselor at Cullman Middle School. I am married to Nic Gragg who is the assistant principal at East and West Elementary Schools and we have two children, Noble and Nola. I look forward to working with your student and your family this school year!

Chromebooks at CMS

This year students at CMS were issued Chromebooks. Click the links below to watch the introduction to Chromebook videos!

Canvas Learning Management System

At Cullman Middle School teachers utilize Canvas as our online learning management system. Canvas is an tool that allows teachers to post classroom material in a central location for both students and parents to access. In addition to posting daily assignments and having access to your students grade in each course, teachers can also upload copies of classroom notes and worksheets, issue tests, conduct classroom discussions, and provide a place for student collaboration. Please view the documents and videos below to create a parent account and learn how to check your students grades and assignments in Canvas.

Guidance Activities

Anti-Bullying Presentation

At CMS we are dedicated to the social and emotional education of students. 7th and 8th grade students were taught a lesson on identifying harassment and bullying behaviors and what to do if they see or experience harassment or bullying.

Erin's Law Presentation

Kaylee Proctor from Brook's Place and The Child Advocacy Center of Cullman came to present to our 7th grade students. She addressed issues that many of our students face and provided great information on internet and social media safety, as well as making good decisions.

8th Grade Student Create 4 Year Education Plans

This year all 8th grade students will learn about Alabama High School graduation requirements and create a sample 4 year education plan so that they understand what courses are required for graduation as well as Cullman High School course offerings. These lessons will take place in Mrs. Adam's Teen Connections class during the career unit. Some 8th grade students will make their plans this fall, while others will create their plan in the spring semester. At the end of the school year all 8th grade students will have created an online career portfolio which will house their education plan on the Alabama Career Planning Systems website .

Upcoming Events

September is Attendance Awareness Month

3/4ths of students who are chronically absent will drop out of high school. Please make sure your child is at school everyday!

September 21st : End of the 1st 6 Week Grading Period

September 28th: 1st 6 Weeks Report Cards are issued to students during 6th period

October 1-5 : School Spirit Week

October 9th: Parent Teacher Conference day

Email your child's teacher to set up a parent teacher conference. Teacher email addresses can be found on our school website.

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