July 18, 2016

Cougar Families,

I am so excited to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year! While school does not officially start for a few more weeks, we are busy preparing for your arrival and are looking forward to seeing you at registration in August. To clarify, registration is for all students and their parents to attend - this is where students can pick up schedules, get their locker information, walk the building, and also take care of other important items.

This letter includes important information about our registration process. Please read carefully, and visit our website (or click on the links below) to access several handouts you may wish to preview prior to registration.

Registration dates and times are as follows:

6th Grade

August 2nd

9:00am – 4:00pm

7th/8th Grade

August 4th

9:00am – 4:00pm

Make Up Registration*

August 8th

3:00pm – 5:00pm

*Please be aware that on the August 8th Make Up Registration, the building will be closed until 3:00pm due to teacher meetings. You are welcome to enter the building on this day between the hours of 3-5pm.

We know there are many details to keep track of for registration and the start of the school year. Below, you will find a list of information that might be helpful to complete in advance.

      First Day of School – Tuesday, August 9th. Classes will begin at 7:45am and conclude at 3:05pm.

      Transportation Information - will be made available through MyCCS. This is linked from our CCS transportation department.

      MyCCS Account Updates – Please take time to update several key areas in MyCCS. It is especially helpful to check email and phone numbers, over the counter medicine permissions, and any area that may have changed in the past year. Additionally, it is very helpful for each family to update emergency contacts.

      Physical and Consent Forms – Any athlete interested in athletics at Carmel Middle School must have a physical and consent form completed one week prior to the start of the season. Physical forms can be submitted to the front office.  Once forms are submitted, athletes are eligible for participation for the entire 2016 - 17 school year.

      Supply Lists – Are now online! Click here for 6th grade, here for 7th grade, and here for 8th grade. Please note this is a starting point, and that individual teachers or teams may require additional items and will communicate this at the start of the school year.

      School Pictures – All students will have their school picture taken on registration day. Students are to dress appropriately following the CAMS dress guidelines. This photo will be placed on your student’s ID card and in the yearbook.

Payment Information – You will need to bring several checks to pay for various optional items.

o   School Lunch – Regular student lunches are $2.60. You can place lunch money in your child’s account at registration or online here. If you plan to place money in your child’s account at registration, make checks payable to Carmel Middle School Cafeteria and include your child's ID number in the memo section on the check.

o   School Pictures: Pictures may be purchased at registration – feel free to download the order form here and fill it out prior to registration; forms will also be available at registration. You can also order photos online at:, by using the online code: 07904SA. Photo packages need not be purchased for your child’s photo to appear in the yearbook. 

o   PE Uniforms and Heart Rate Monitor Strap – All students need a PE uniform and Heart Rate Monitor Strap. If you wish to use your previous years' uniform, you are able to do that. Uniforms are the same across the district, so if you are transferring from another school, you would be fine to use the same uniform. Incoming 6th graders will receive their uniforms after school starts. Uniforms will be available for sizing at registration & an order form will need to be filled out - the payment ($25.00) will be collected as part of your school fees (usually in October). For current 7th and 8th graders, replacement uniforms (if needed) will be available at registration.

o   Yearbooks – Yearbooks will be distributed at the end of the school year at a cost of $30.00 – checks can be made to Carmel Middle School. This year, you can order your yearbook online here by using the order number: 8127. You can also pre-purchase a yearbook at registration by writing a check to Carmel Middle School. No cash will be accepted.

o   Spirit Wear – Information about our spirit wear can be found here. Spirit wear will be available to try on at registration and orders can be placed at registration or online. Prices will vary – checks can be made out to T & T Sales Promotions.

o   Sports passes – Sports passes allow students and families access to most sporting events. Student Sports passes are available at a cost of $30.00 – checks can be made to Carmel Middle School. Click here for the order form.

Looking ahead…

·         Textbook fees – Fee statements will be available via MyCCS in the fall. No payments will be taken at registration.

·         Meet the Teacher Nights are scheduled for August 16th (6th grade) and August 18th (7th and 8th grade). Please plan on attending – more information to follow.

-          The CCS calendar is located here. Check it out for school district information.

Lastly, I wanted to put in a special plug for our PTO! Without the support of you, our parents, many key activities at our school would not occur. The Carmel Middle School PTO is a non-profit organization that supports and enriches students, parents, and staff middle school experience.  PTO funds many items including over 30 after school clubs, after school study halls (staff supervised), grade level team support, and teacher grants. Your financial support enables staff to buy magazine subscriptions, additional books, cool technology, and other resources that enhance learning experiences for your student. None of this is possible without funds and volunteerism. We only raise money through our membership fee of just $25 per family, fall fundraiser, tax-deductible contributions, and Box Tops. We encourage you to join this wonderful organization and give what you can. We thank you for your support! Our PTO Fall Fundraiser kick-off will take place on August 12th (information will come home with students on that day). Proceeds from sales of a wide variety of fun and delicious quality products directly benefit students.  Orders are due at the end of August.

If you would like to volunteer at school through our PTO, whether it be at the Bookstore, Media Center, or simply donate food for staff meetings from time to time, please fill out our Volunteer/Membership Form, click here.

Additionally, the PTO sent home (with returning students) Boxtops collection bags in May. Our new 6th graders will receive their bags at Registration on August 2nd. Please be sure to fill these, our goal is for each student to submit at least 10 boxtops to help us meet our Fundraising goals. There is an incentive for the team for submits the most in early fall. More details to follow.

The Pantry Packs Program provides food for qualified Carmel Middle School students over the weekend.  We currently need canned vegetables, 16 oz. jars of peanut butter, and boxes of macaroni and cheese. Food contributions may be dropped off in the donation bin outside the main office.  Thank you!

It has been a wonderful summer here at Carmel Middle School, but I can honestly say, I am truly looking forward to starting up the school year and seeing our students back in the hallways! Please do not hesitate to call our school at 317-846-7331 with questions.

Take care,

Lila A. Jay, Principal
Carmel Middle School