Spring Break 

Spring Break
We hope everyone has a fun & relaxing Spring Break, March 19 – 23.

Spring Forward 

Spring Forward
Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday, March 11 and “Spring Forward”.

Five Guys Spirit Night 

Five Guys Spirit Night 🍔
Reminder that tomorrow, March 8, is our CMMS Five Guys Spirit Night!! Please join PTSA from 3p to 9p at the Boynton Beach (Congress Avenue) restaurant. A portion of all sales will generously be donated back to the school. Fill up your family’s hungry bellies and support CMMS at the same time! Thank you.

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Spring Box Tops for Education Contest…

Drum roll please…
The results of our Box Tops collection contest are in. A big congratulations to Mrs. Ragonese’s class for collecting the most Box Tops! They will receive a Dunkin Donuts party courtesy of PTSA!! A special “shout out” to Ms. Drennan’s and Ms. Eisengerg’s classes who rounded out the top 3, respectively. Please remember to keep clipping those Box Tops all year long. Our Fall, 2018 contest will be here before you know it – every single one counts! Thanks for your support – Have a great weekend Challengers!!

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MR. SILVERMAN!!! Please read in its entirety!

Good Afternoon Parents-

The shootings in Parkland have caused us all to reflect on all sorts of issues but none more pressing than making sure our schools are safe.

I have heard from so many of you (literally hundreds) with everything from thanks for doing what we can to criticism that we are not doing enough. There are many misconceptions that have come through and I would like to clarify a few things.

“You are the only school that hasn’t had a commemoration regarding the Parkland shootings.”

In fact, MANY schools have not done anything formal in terms of an event such as a walkout or organized activity. There are many that have and some have been on the news. Of these, many have been chaotic and unorganized, while a very select few were beautifully planned and orchestrated so as to have true meaning.  The day after the shootings, there were immediately posts on social media telling everyone to walk out of school at a certain time. I refuse to accept that this is the appropriate way for our 11, 12, and 13 year olds to express themselves and in talking to many students, I found a common thread in their remarks that pretty much said “we want to walk out because everyone else is”.

The thought of my 1300 students walking out the gate onto LeChalet and then to Jog Road is unthinkable to me. The safety aspect alone is enough to make me cringe. So, I made a concerted effort that day to send a clear message to my students that there would be no walkout at Christa, BUT THAT INSTEAD, we would have an organized and meaningful event in the near future.

I have met with our Student Council and we have agreed that we will do something on March 14, the one month anniversary of the shooting, as this will be a day that will be used by many organizations and schools across the country as a day to have a commemorative event. The Student Council came up with ideas of what this will look like at our school and details will be forthcoming. Any events will be strictly to commemorate the lost lives and the tragedy of the situation. There will be NO political messages or comments on public policies.

We have already completed 2 activities this week to assist our students in expressing their feelings.  We participated in a nationwide activity where every student was given a pink paper heart on which to write a special message to the students at Douglas H.S. Those hearts are being collected by an organization and will be organized and delivered to the school. We also have large banners and posters that we asked students to sign as they entered school yesterday and today. Those banners will be delivered to the high school as well.

“The students at school have no idea what to do in the case of a Code Red situation.”

As for Code Red, we have shown videos to our students numerous times that go over the Code Red procedures. I have spoken to the student body via the morning announcements about what to do in a Code Red, including what to do if you are not near a classroom. We have conducted an actual Code Red Drill earlier this year.  Every classroom has a Code Red poster listing the procedures and teachers have been asked to review those several times. To see the video that we created and have shown to students, click here:

I have also posted Code Red info on our webpage. It has been there all year, but today I moved it up to the #1 spot under “News”.

Based on this concern, I asked about 100 random students yesterday and today what they would do in the event of a Code Red and EVERY student knew what to do.

“There are too many areas of concern on the CMMS campus regarding security.”

We have taken immediate actions to address this, with more to come.

We have re-trained our office staff in using secure procedures when letting people in the front security gate. If we do not recognize the person, they will be asked to state their business and produce an I.D. If they are a parent, we will look up the student on our system and make sure the person at the gate is who they say they are.

Effective today, we have locked our bus loop parking lot and it will be locked during most of the school day. It will have to open at 3:10 so that the buses can get in for dismissal. But, this one action reduces a big part of our exposure on LeChalet.  We are also looking at how we can reconfigure our main parking lot to limit it to one point of entrance and exit instead of the 2 that we currently have.

We have worked with our School Resource Office and Police Aide to change the way we patrol the campus and you should notice a more “up front” presence of Mr. Whitfield, our Police Aide.

We currently have 5 classrooms that are inside buildings that do not have locking doors. These are emergency egress doors and are required by Fire and Safety Codes. These doors do not have locks in the event that the main hallway door is blocked, students would still have a way to escape that particular hallway. We are working on looking at some new solutions that have come forward that allow for any door to be blocked from the inside in the event of a Code Red. Please know that in the meantime, the teachers in these rooms have previously been trained to immediately take their classes to a room next door in the event of an emergency.

I hope this helps you to better understand what I am thinking in terms of making CMMS a safer and more secure school for us all. In addition, District staff will be brainstorming and coming up with things we can do as well.

Thanks for listening!
Jeff Silverman

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Five Guys Spirit Night 🍔
Save the date… our 2nd Five Guys Spirit Night is set for March 8th from 3 to 9pm at the Boynton Beach location. A portion of the proceeds will generously be donated back to CMMS. Please stop by & fill your hungry bellies. As always, we appreciate your support :)


Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends and neighbors in Broward County following the horrific school shooting yesterday. We can only imagine the terrific sadness and shock that the students, parents, school staff, and community are feeling this morning and hope that we never have to experience such a terrible tragedy.

I want everyone to know that although these events are all too common, we have security measures in place at Christa McAuliffe to help prevent such a scenario from occurring here.

We have one School Police Officer on campus at all times

We also have one Police Aide on campus
Our front entry gates are locked during the school day and visitors must be let in once we have identified them
All classroom doors are closed and locked at all times
Procedures are in place in the event of a “Code Red” (intruder on campus) and drills have taken place.

Starting today we will tighten some of these procedures further.

Visitors to the front gate will be asked to identify themselves as well as their purpose for being here. This includes parents, delivery staff, District staff, etc.
If we do not recognize a parent, we will be asking who their child is and then we will check our database to make sure that parent is legitimate
We may ask identification prior to allowing entry
Student movement on campus will be limited today to lessen the number of students in the hallways during classtime
Teachers will be asked to be in the halls during every bell break

We will communicate with our students today that we will do everything we can to make sure they are safe and will also communicate the safety precautions mentioned above.

Administration will be reviewing these procedures today and will make any adjustments needed to insure our safety.

Those of you who know me understand that I consider our 1300 students to be “my” kids while they are here. I am committed to making them, our staff, and our parents safe while they are here at school.

Again, our thoughts need to be with those that lost their lives yesterday as well as their families and friends.




Spirit Shirts
We still have all sizes of our newly designed Spirit Shirts available for purchase ($13 or $15 for XL & up). Stop by Student Services to pick up an order form and drop off any payments. These shirts can be worn on Fridays, Dollar-For-No Collar Thursdays or any other time permitted by administration. Show your challenger pride!


Save Around Coupon Books 💰
We just received some additional 2018 Save Around Coupon Books! They are $25 and available for purchase in Student Services (Please see Ms. Gonzalez). Any proceeds from these additional sales will go directly to the CMMS Technology Programs. Thanks for your support!



Valentine’s Day Dance 💕
Our 2nd annual Valentine’s Day dance will be on Feb. 13th from 6-8pm in the cafeteria. Tickets are on sale now through Feb. 13 during lunch only. Obligations will be checked, no exceptions!  Our fantastic DJ, balloons, and plenty of sweet treats will be available for purchase – $1 each. Sorry, but only CMMS students are permitted to attend. Volunteers to chaperone, sell concessions & clean up are welcome. Please email us at with your availability.


Box Tops for Education
This month PTSA is our Spring Box Tops for Education contest. The 5th period class that collects the most Box Tops will win a Dunkin Donuts party with their teacher. Get clipping and turn in all Box Tops by Feb. 15th.
Valentine’s Day Carnation and Chocolate Pops
If you purchased either a Chocolate pop or carnations, they will be delivered to the students during their LAST class of the day (Day 2 – Period 1 class) on Feb. 14.

Valentine’s Day Dance – Save the Date!

Valentine’s Day dance will be on Feb. 13 from 6-8pm in the cafeteria.  Tickets are on sales Feb. 7 through 13 during lunch only. Obligations will be checked, no exceptions!  Our fantastic DJ, balloons, and plenty of sweet treats will be available for purchase – $1 each.

Christa McAuliffe Day!

Christa McAuliffe Day [?]
Jan. 28 is the day we remember our school’s namesake, Christa McAuliffe, and the crew of the Challenger!


Ask your students for their report cards – going home on Jan. 24.

SALE! Valentine’s Day Carnation and Chocolate Pops 

Valentine’s Day carnations and chocolate pops will be on sale from Jan. 22 until Feb. 2. Let someone know you are thinking about them with a special message – $1 each. Informational flier & order forms will be sent home on Jan. 18 – check those backpacks. Delivery on Feb. 14.

Spirit Shirts & Hoodies!

Spirit Shirts & Hoodies 👍
We have lots of our newly designed Spirit Shirts available for purchase, all sizes ($13 & $15 XL & above). Limited hoodies are available too ($25). See Ms. Gonzalez in Student Services for more info.

PTSA Memberships

PTSA Membership 😉
We are still looking for new members. If you know of someone who might be interested, please feel free to share our info. Memberships are $10 & includes an very handy school calendar. Forms are available in Student Services.


CMMS Skate Night
When: Friday, Jan. 19 – 7:30 to 10:30pm
Where: Palm Beach Skate Zone – 8125 Lake Worth Rd (by the turnpike)
All students, families & friends are invited and welcome to participate! The more, the merrier :). Tickets will be sold at the door ONLY & are $15 each. Waivers can be completed in person and on-line for your convenience. Dress in your warm gear and join us for a chilly evening of fun!

Box Tops for Education Contest…

It’s that time again…PTSA’s Spring Box Tops for Education Contest is coming next month. Please clip, save and turn in those Box Tops beginning in February. More details coming soon!!

PTSA General Meeting & SAC Meeting

Our next General Meeting is Thursday, Jan. 18 beginning at 5:30pm in the Media Center. Please join us & see what’s going for the balance of this school year. The school’s SAC Meeting will follow at 6 pm. All are welcome to attend!