News 2017-06-26T15:52:07+00:00

CMDS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

by Amanda Mallory Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! This commemorative month, which lasts from September 15 to October 15, is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions, cultures and histories of Hispanic Americans. September 15 is significant because it is the Independence Day of multiple Latin American countries, including Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador [...]

Guided Math Supports Variety of Learning Styles

by Alissa Abercrombie and Carol Deaver “I never liked math much until now.” “I understand math – it’s my favorite subject.” “Math stations are so much fun!” Carol Deaver Alissa Abercrombie Since CMDS started using Guided Math, these are the kinds of comments we are hearing from our students during Math [...]

The Book Challenge Is Born at CMDS

"The Book Challenge isn’t an assignment you can simply add to outdated, ineffective teaching practices. The Book Challenge rests on the foundation of a classroom reading community built on research-based practices for engaging children with reading. Assigning a Book Challenge as a way to generate grades or push children into reading in order to compete [...]

Meryl and Mary Elizabeth Recap 6th Grade St. Louis Trip

CMDS 6th Graders Mary Elizabeth and Meryl are our student bloggers for the 2018-19 school year. They recently went on the annual CMDS 6th Grade trip to St. Louis and wrote this recap.  A 6th Grade tradition at CMDS is the St. Louis trip. All 6th Graders go to St. Louis for three days with [...]

CMDS Students Learn Healthy Breakfast Options in Wellness

by Kathryn Grissom We are excited to announce that the Physical Education Department of CMDS has a new brand! We are now referred to as Wellness. Kathryn Grissom teaches Grade School Wellness at CMDS Why Wellness? Over the past several years we have been incorporating nutrition, physical activity, spiritual well-being, strength and endurance [...]

Why It’s Important to Have a Growth Mindset

by Julie Reynolds Over the summer, I read an eye-opening book, Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe by Dr. Jay Shatkin. Students don’t often learn resilience, Shatkin writes, and schools and teachers should develop a “Growth Mindset.” This intrigued me, so I began reading about [...]

Meryl and Mary Elizabeth: CMDS New Student Breakfast

CMDS 6th Graders Mary Elizabeth and Meryl are our student bloggers for the 2018-19 school year. They recently attended the CMDS new student breakfast and interviewed a few of our new friends. The 2018-19 Student Leadership Council recently hosted a New Student Breakfast. The new students got to see some of their friends they have [...]

The Importance of Praying For, With Your Children

by Dr. Bryan Williams Psalm 127 is one of my favorite Psalms. It is a great Biblical lesson on the role of a parent in a child’s life. It says: “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. [...]

Yida Refugee Camp Project Kicks off at CMDS

This year, CMDS and the Missions ministry of Christ United Methodist Church are partnering for a unique and exciting project. Together, we have the opportunity to help with funding to start the first functioning high school in Yida Refugee Camp, South Sudan. The students at this special school, The Renewal High School, come from the war-torn [...]

Summer Reading and How to Avoid the Dreaded ‘Summer Slide’

by Linda May A few months ago, the CMDS Connections Team provided information concerning the importance of “repeated reading” to enhance reading skills. With summer upon us, we now want to stress the necessity of summer reading. “Summer slide” is a fact, and it’s not the thrill your kids have at the swimming pool! [...]

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