Welcome to CLMS!
Welcome to the website of Crystal Lake Middle School, CASE, STEAM, and VET Academies, the online home of the Mighty Mustangs! Our motto this year is "One School, One Goal - Academic Success for All Students". We invite you to browse through our website to learn more about the exciting new programs we have to offer with more to come! Our focus is on student excellence and achievement providing rigor and relevance each day into each class period.
Our school start time for the 2015-2016 school year is 9:00AM and the school day ends at 4:00PM. Please help us ensure your student's academic success by having them in school and on time every day!
Drop-off and pick-up times: Please note that the earliest drop off time is 30 minutes before the start of school. The latest pickup time is 30 minutes after the end of school.
School supplies needed at the beginning of the year are: notebook paper, pens and pencils.
Uniform information Collared shirt colors are by grade level, as follows: 6th Grade - Navy Blue, 7th Grade - Gold, 8th Grade - Black. IMPORTANT: Students must wear khaki, black or dark blue colored pants, shorts or skirts. No jeans are allowed. For more school uniform information and a letter from our principal to parents regarding the 2015-16 school year CLICK HERE or visit our School Policy's and Procedures page.
We also encourage you to be an involved parent by becoming an active member of our SAC and PTO.
CLMS Welcomes New Principal, Mrs. Ronda CotterCrystal Lake Middle and Academies would like to welcome Mrs. Ronda Cotter as our new principal. Mrs. Cotter comes to Polk County with 18 years’ experience in the Florida school system serving 6 of those years as a middle school principal in Duval County.
Mrs. Cotter is excited to be working with our staff and students, and meeting our parents. She will be concentrating on working with our school to help raise student grade expectations to their fullest potential.
The 'Mighty Mustang' family is looking forward to a great 2015-16 school year under her leadership!
Students! EOC Info and Resources
Crystal Lake Middle School will be offering free after school tutoring. Subject area teachers will provide additional academic support, remediation, and homework help in the media center. Each core subject area will have a specific day where a highly qualified teacher will be able to support your student. However, students are welcome to come any day to use computers for academic assignments or to complete homework. The media center will also be available during tutoring hours for parents to use computer resources. Transportation will not be provided to students after school, and we asked that you make transportation arrangements. The staff at Crystal Lake hopes you will take advantage of this opportunity to help your child make at least one year academic growth. Please click the links below for registration forms and more info!
PIN - Parent Involvement Notebook AVAILABLE in the Main Office
The School Improvement Plan (SIP), the Parent Involvement Plan (PIP), and the School Public Accountability Report (SPAR) are available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole in the front office in the PIN—Parent Information Notebook. There are also links to the SIP, PIP, and SPAR under the Title I page. Please contact Amy Siegel if requesting a hard copy of any of these reports.
CLMS at the WE3 Expo
Crystal Lake Middle's Robotics teachers, Mr. Schuh and Mr. Northern (pictured above in back LtoR), helped man our booth at this year's WE3 Expo at The Lakeland Center. Students, Noah Schwabe and Trevor Frihart (LtoR), were also on hand to tell attendees about our awesome elective programs being showcased. The WE3 EXPO is a groundbreaking showcase of elementary, middle, high and adult schools. Local business and industry professionals partnered with Polk County Public Schools to create the new and expanded WE3 EXPO, a collaborative effort that highlights Polk County Public Schools wide variety of school options.
CLMS Marine Science Program Receives Donations
Crystal Lake Middle's Marine Science program has recently received several very generous donations. A huge 'Thank You' goes out to the following businesses for contributing to our program as we couldn't do it without your support!
Special thanks to: Orchid Animal Hospital in Winter Haven
for donating 3 large aquariums allowing each grade level to have their own
tank, The SICCE Company for donating four 4.0 Syncra silent aquarium pumps
that provide a quiet, low power alternative to recirculate water in the
aquariums, Fish20 for providing us with a location and support for our car
wash fund raiser (which raised over $1000 for our field trip to the Mote in
Sarasota), and Proaquatix who donated Threadfin Lookdowns, Clownfish,
Dottybacks, Blennies and Gobies, which are all beautiful fish! Proaquatix
has development a program to captive-breed and raise these magnificent fish.
The Lookdowns are amazing! Crystal Lake Middle School is the only school in
the area to have these captive-raised fish.
Without these generous donations our program would not be what it is today. Please visit and say 'Thank-You' to our proud sponsors!
Students Self-Portrait Drawing on Display at Polk Museum of Art
Congratulations to CLMS 8th grader, Lily Agee, who had her self-portrait drawing (shown above) accepted into the 'Art Out Loud' Middle School exhibit at the Polk Museum of Art. There is a reception scheduled on Dec. 5th at 11 AM. The exhibit runs from Nov.14-Dec. 13, and admission is free. Mrs. Dixon is proud of all of her ART students hard work and creativity!
Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Jennings
CLMS would like to congratulate our Teacher of the Year nominee, Mrs. Melea Jennings, who serves our faculty and students as Network Manager/Teacher. Mrs. Jennings has served CLMS for the past 10 years, and was here for the integration of all our digital classroom technology.
Congratulations to our School-Related Employee of the Year, Ms. Canterbury
CLMS also congratulates our School-Related Employee of the Year nominee, Ms. Teresa Canterbury, who is one of our ESE Para-educators. Ms. Canterbury does an awesome job assisting in the classroom, and is loved by her students. Our school is proud of these two ladies and thanks them for their dedication and hard work for the students of Crystal Lake Middle!
Students Participate in Supervised Agriculture Experiment
Students at Crystal Lake Middle School are actively participating in what is known as a Supervised Agriculture Experience as part of their Agriscience/FFA classes. Students have planted the seeds, looked for pest problems and applied fertilizer through an injection process. This fall’s crop looks to be big. Students in Agriscience classes also have the opportunity to learn by doing as they participate in FFA Career Development Events.