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Don’t forget that school will be in session next Monday, February 15th (President’s Day) to make up for the

day missed  due to inclement weather at the end of Winter Break.


Parents – sorry, this is so last minute, but we wanted to offer you an opportunity to send a Valentine to your child at Cheldelin Middle School. A volunteer will be available in the Cheldelin office all morning today, Thursday, Feb. 11, from 9 am to 1:00 p.m. You can purchase any of the following to be delivered to students/staff on Friday afternoon, Feb. 12:

$1 – Valentine and cookie

$3 – Valentine and flower

$4 – Valentine, flower and cookie

$7 – Valentine and 3 flowers

Proceeds of the Valentine sales support the students who will be traveling to Washington, DC from Cheldelin later this spring.



The February dine out is at Zoup! Restaurant at 1830 NW 9th St., Suite 102 (located by Buffalo Wild Wings) in Corvallis on Thursday, February 11th. Mention Cheldelin when you come in for lunch, dinner or takeout between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. and Zoup! will generously make a donation to Cheldelin.

Conferences February 25th and 26th

As I described in the last Cheldelin newsletter, we are trying something different with conferences this Winter.  The intention for the time on February 25 and 26 is to provide support for students whose teachers have concerns about their academic of behavioral performance.  For that reason, we are reserving most of the conference time for “invitation only” scheduled conferences.  There will be one hour on Friday for “drop-in” conferences but, again, we would like these times to be available for families of students teachers have identified.

Over the next few days, calls will go out via our automatic call system to families of students who are invited to schedule conferences.  If you do not receive a call but would still like to meet with teachers in person, we would ask you to wait until Monday, February 22 to call the office to check for availability.  We are expecting a full schedule, but may have a few openings.

So, what if grades and behavior seem fine, but I just want to see how my student is doing?  We hope you will feel free to call or email your child’s teachers with your questions anytime.

For your reference, the revised schedule is provided below:

Thursday, February 25 

6:00 pm- 8:00 pm- Scheduled conferences (by invitation only)

Friday, February 26 

9:00 am- 11:00 am- Scheduled conferences (by invitation only)

11:10am- 12:00 pm- Drop in conferences (teacher request)



We would appreciate your help in reminding your students that food and drink is allowed in the cafeteria only.  So students who bring beverages to school with them in the morning need to please report to the cafeteria before consuming them.

Students are permitted to use backpacks to and from school, but they are not allowed in the hallways or classrooms during the school day; they take up too much room and create a trip hazard.  Students are allowed to use string bags to take their materials to and from the lockers to class.

iPads are for use in the classroom ONLY.  Students need to put their iPads away in a secure location, such as their lockers, between classes and at lunch time.


If you have a 7th or 8th grader, please remind him or her that the semester 2 electives have been posted outside the office and they need to check to see what they will be scheduled for next semester.  This applies to any student taking semester long electives (Art, FACS, Choir, Assistant).  Students in Band or Spanish will remain in their same elective for the entire year.

It’s Mid-term Time- Please Check Pinnacle

This year we are trying something new.  Instead of mailing home Progress Notices at mid-quarter, we are asking parents to specifically check their student’s grades around the middle of the quarter (and any other time you like, of course!)

Teacher Gradebooks are up-to-date and reflect your child’s current grade and standing.

If your student is receiving a D or F in any class, you will be notified via phone voice message that at least one of your student’s teachers strongly encourages you to check Pinnacle.

If you need assistance with logging in to Pinnacle, feel free to call Annette at 541-766-4820.


IMPACT Cheldelin Campaign- Thank You to Our  Donors

We were able to bring in over $12,000 dollars from our direct drive campaign due to the generosity of our fabulous CMS community.  This is at least in part because we were able to provide so many fabulous prizes for our students who participated.

Thank you to Andy’s Bike Cab, Bed Bath & Beyond, Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burst’s Chocolates, Carmike, Corvallis Sports Park, Costco, Dairy Queen, Francesco’s Gelato Caffe, G3 Sports & Fitness, Golf City, Highland  Bowl, Izzy’s, Little Caesars, Market of Choice, Matt’s Cavalcade of Comics, McDonalds, Mod Pod, NutCakes, OMSI, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon State University Athletics, Osborn Aquatic Center, Safeway, and Skate World for your generous donations of Impact Cheldelin student prizes.  Your support is greatly appreciated!


Inclement Weather and School/District Delays/Closures

It’s the time of year when weather sometimes causes school or district closures or delays.  Here is some information to help keep you informed in the case of such an event.

Delayed Start, Emergency Release, School Cancellation, District Closure

How are these decisions made?

The safety of students and staff is the primary consideration for any decision regarding school cancellation, delayed start, or district closure.  Additionally, the suitability of our facilities for occupation is carefully considered as well as the condition of local infrastructure. In any situation where safety may be compromised, district office leadership works with appropriate district departments and/or regional agencies to make informed decisions regarding risk factors.

Communications to employees and the general public

Once the superintendent (or designated leadership staff) has authorized a delayed start, emergency release, school cancellation, or district closure, the information is broadcast as soon as possible to allow staff and the general public to make appropriate changes in their routines. Multiple communication channels are used:

  • An initial emergency alert will be posted on the school district website homepage and Facebook page.  The webpage will include links to relevant information (i.e., bus routes) Updates will be provide on the district website, Facebook page, and list serv messages.
  • Emergency employee phone/text trees are activated in all buildings impacted.
  • Closure and delay information is also transmitted via local television and radio stations.
  • FlashAlert Newswire and Messenger service is activated
    • FA Newswire (flashalert.net) provides information to regional radio and TV stations and a web page for the District where cancellation status and latest news can be viewed.
    • Employees and the public can opt in to FA Messenger which provides notifications via e-mail, text message, or through the smartphone messenger app. To sign-up visit http://flashalert.net/news.html?id=500 or download the free app on your smartphone.

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth is accepting applications for its annual Talent Search for students who place at or above the 95th percentile on national tests, achieve top levels on state tests, or otherwise demonstrate superior academic performance in grades 2-8. CTY offers testing through Talent Search, and a wide array of services for academically talented students, including summer and online courses for students with eligible test scores. For more information or to apply, email
ctyinfo@jhu.edu, or call CTY at 410-735-6278

Check Out Cheldelin’s Parent Organization (CPO)

Are you looking for a way to feel more connected to what’s going on at school? Do you have time or talents that you could lend to our children’s school? Are you interested in fundraising? Would you like your voice heard? Do you have input about how CPO’s budget is spent? Would you like to know what type of activities our fundraising supports for Cheldelin’s students? Are you interested in bettering the Cheldelin community?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please join us for the first CPO meeting of the year: Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Cheldelin library. Better yet, join us every first Tuesday of the month for CPO meetings. Mr. Brew, our Principal, is always part of the meetings and gives a informational report. If you cannot make the date, there are other ways to be involved and help. Watch the newsletter and Listserv for volunteer opportunities. Monthly meeting minutes are posted on Chel-delin’s website under “For Parents/Cheldelin Parent Organization (CPO).” Please consider being part of the supportive parent net-work at Cheldelin.

Cheldelin in the News

Check out this story in the Gazette-Times about our work with AVID: http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/corvallis-teachers-return-to-the-classroom/article_12e5e122-3a2e-5b9d-b3c7-1376a8c19a7f.html

Just a reminder that now is the time to make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date. State law requires that all children in public schools either have vaccinations or a medical / non-medical exemption. The State of Oregon Immunization Exclusion date is Feb. 17, 2016. Any stu-dent who has not completed the required vaccines by that date will not be allowed to come to school until they’ve been vaccinated. Notices will be sent home in the next month, notifying parents if their son/daughter is missing a vaccine. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Nicol, Cheldelin Health Assistant, at 541-757-3868.