Frequently Asked Questions
Most commonly asked questions are listed here with answers and resource links.
Students are placed in math courses based on their prior knowledge and the pace and challenge of the class. Students are placed in language arts, social studies or geography, and science classes based on grade level. If there is an issue with a student’s class schedule or questions arise, please contact the main office. Students are encouraged to submit schedule change request forms by the 2nd week of the term. For details about elective classes, please visit our Electives page.
Unless there is a weather delay, school starts 9:00 am each day. On Monday through Thursday, school ends at 3:40 pm, and 2:40 pm on Fridays. There is a two hour early release occurring once per quarter on Fridays. Students attend all 7 periods Monday through Wednesday, periods 1, 3, intervention XLT, advisor, 5, and 7 (odd) on Thursday, and attend periods 2, 4, intervention XLT, advisor, and 6 (even) on Fridays. The daily schedule can be found here: Cheldelin Middle School Bell Schedule.
The Cheldelin campus is closed from the time students arrive in the morning until dismissal in the afternoon. Students are to remain on school grounds during that time unless they have permission to leave from the office and parent/guardian.
Computers and Electronic Devices
In order to have access to computers at Cheldelin Middle School, all students and parents/guardians must sign a one-time “Technology Acceptable Use Agreement Form.” The form is included the registration process at the beginning of the year. Free printing (B/W only) is a available for all school assignments.
The educational program at Cheldelin includes an iPad that will be issued to your child for their use at school and home. We are pleased to make these powerful tools available to our students. We also understand that both students and parents are naturally concerned about keeping these tools secure and in good working order. For more information, please see our Technology page.
Our school counselor orients new students to Cheldelin and provides students and families with added support in dealing with personal conflicts and problems that are interfering with student learning. If you have a concern about your student, please call the counseling office at 541-757-4827.
Cheldelin Middle School recognizes the right to free expression and the value of diversity, including diversity in dress and general appearance. School attire should be appropriate for a learning environment. For more information about the school dress code expectations, please visit the Student Conduct page.
Excusing a Tardy
Students are expected to be on time to each class. Excusable absences and tardies are determined by state guidelines. Acceptable excuses may include illness, medical appointments, family emergencies and trips, and school field trips. Please call the main office to excuse your child. For more information about absences and attendance, please visit our Attendance page.
Getting to School
The district provides transportation for students who live 1.5 miles or more from Cheldelin. Students attending Cheldelin on a transfer request are required to provide their own transportation. School bus riders must register online. Bus transportation information can be found on the Bus Routes page on the district website. Bicycles must be parked in designated areas on school grounds and locked to the structures provided. No bikes should be locked to any gates or fences. Students are strongly encouraged to use a u-style, rigid bike lock and to walk their bike on the sidewalk. Riding bicycles during the school day is not allowed.
Lost and Found
We have three lost and found areas. Gym clothes and PE equipment should be turned in and claimed from the locker room area. Clothing itmes are turned in and claimed from the cafeteria. Textbooks, wallets, and small items of value should be turned in and claimed from the front office. We will announce to parents and students when lost and found will be donated to charity.
Lunch and Lunchtime Activities
There are two 20-minute lunch seating times: first lunch and second lunch. Students are separated by grade level and, when student enrollment necessitates, by first letter of their last name. Students in first lunch go to the cafeteria while students in second lunch go to the blacktop. After twenty minutes, the bell will ring and students trade locations. School lunch information can be found on our What’s for Lunch page.
A new Free and Reduced-Price Meal application is required each school year. Forms can be found in the school office. More information about this program can be found on the district’s Food and Nutrition Services Department page.
Students are issued individual lockers with confidential lock combinations. Students should never share their combination with anyone. Lockers are the property of the school district and are provided for the storage of students’ personal belongings, books, and school supplies. For more details, please see our Student Conduct page.
School Supplies, Text books, and Fees
A recommended (optional) school supply list is available at the link below. School supplies are available at school at no additional cost to students/families.
Student ID cards are required to check out textbooks and materials. Payment is required for all lost or damaged textbooks. Damages include writing with pencils, pens or highlighters, torn pages, broken bindings or liquid damage. Textbooks must be protected with a thick paper cover.
Cheldelin Middle School has two extra fees – yearbooks, and extra PE shirts. Scholarships are available for both. Yearbooks are $15 at the end of the school year; the first PE shirt is free and each additional PE shirt is $10.
Student ID Card
Student ID cards are issued at the begining of the school year. Students are strongly encouraged to carry their student ID cards at all times while at school. Student ID cards are required to attend school dances. A replacement student ID card can be requested in the office.
After School Personalized Support (ASXLT)
We offer After School XLT Monday through Thursday from 3:45-4:30 pm. At ASXLT, staff and volunteers will meet with students, help them prioritize their work, and assist in work completion and test preparation. This is a structured, focused work environment, and we ask that you encourage your child to use this as a serious work time. For more information or to sign-up, please contact the main office.
Parents/guardians are welcome to visit district schools. All visitors must report to the office upon entering school property. While parents/guardians are always welcome, as a courtesy to teachers, visits to a classroom must be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Visitors without a student currently enrolled in a school may also visit, but they must schedule their visit 24 hours in advance through the main office. Students from other schools are welcome to visit the campus after the school day is over. If a student who does not currently attend Cheldelin is interested in shadowing a current CMS student, please contact the main office to schedule a time, at least one week in advance.
Backpacks are to be kept in students’ provided lockers. Backpacks are not allowed in classrooms. Students may use and bring a string bag with them into their classrooms if needed.
Cell Phone Policy
Student cell phones must be kept on silent and put away during all instructional time. Students may use their phones during break, passing times, and lunch. All phone calls must be made in the main office. Phones will be confiscated if students have them out in class.
When will Gradebook grades be updated?
On the dates listed below all teachers will have their Gradebook updated by 5pm. Our hope is that this will allow parents and students to check Gradebook every other week for up to date assignment/assessment completion and grades. There are some assignments/assessments that may be listed as T for turned in but not yet be graded as the grading process will take longer to complete for those entries.
Tuesday, October 16th
Wednesday, October 31st
Tuesday, November 6th
Tuesday, November 20th
Tuesday, December 4th
Tuesday, December 18th
Tuesday, January 15th
Thursday, January 24th