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Parents learn of changes at middle school

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com

A new eight-period schedule and an app to help keep in touch with parents are two of the changes implemented at Connersville Middle School this year.

Connersville Middle School kicked off the school year with a back-to-school celebration Wednesday evening. Students came to the school with their parents to meet teachers and convocations in which staff and faculty members provided information.

According to Trent Liggett, assistant principal and athletic director, the event is an opportunity for parents to learn vital information about the education of their children.

“Our open house is set up to inform parents and students on need-to-know items,” said Liggett. “Parents usually have good questions, and face-to-face is usually a better way to give answers.”

CMS is undergoing a few changes from last year. Along with having the Robotics Club reinstated after being gone for a year, the school will have an eight-period schedule.

The new schedule’s purpose is to give students more access to multiple related arts classes in addition to their core classes, according to Beth Denham, principal.

“This year there will be eight instructional periods that will include a dedicated time for interdisciplinary teaming that was not as successful in the previous year’s schedule,” said Denham. “

Denham says that a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) connections in eighth-grade classes will be enhanced.

The school will also be utilizing an application called ClassDojo to enhance communication between teachers, parents, and students.

“Each parent has a unique code to access the communication tool to message a teacher if there is a question or concern and vice versa for the teacher,” said Denham. “Records of positive points and behavioral points are maintained in ClassDojo, where all stakeholders can access.”