Welcome to CLMS!
Welcome to the website of Crystal Lake Middle School, CASE and STEAM Academy, the on-line home of the Mighty Mustangs! 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 2013-2014 school year is 8:10AM and school ends at 3:10PM. Please help us ensure your student's academic success by having them in school and on time everyday!
School supplies needed at the beginning of the year are: notebook paper, pens and pencils.
We also encourage you to be an involved parent by becoming an active member of our SAC and PTO.
Together, we are making this a great 2013-2014 school year!!!
Regional Spelling Bee 2014 News
Crystal Lake Middle is proud of student, Jessica Arriaga, for representing our school in this year's 2014 Regional Spelling Bee! She was one of 30 finalists out of the whole county to compete for Spelling Bee champion. Jessica represented our school very well. We are all very proud of her!
'Miss Opal' Celebrates 80th!
Crystal Lake Middle was excited to help celebrate Opal Lester's 80th birthday on Feb. 28th, 2014. Miss Opal, as she is known to all here, is a very dear and sweet lady that works diligently with our cafeteria staff. (She's the cutie pictured above in the tiara!) We love our Miss Opal and honor her on this her special birthday! (Which she says is just 20 minus 100!) We all wish you many, many more, Miss Opal!
TSA Competition 2014
Mr. Northern and Mr. Schuh are proud to report that CLMS
students did quite well at the State Technology Student Association (TSA)
Conference competing against middle schools across Florida. Over 1400
students competed in the State TSA competition this year.
Our students entered 11 different events this year. We took home a 1st place trophy in the Problem Solving Competition. Team members competing were Britney Heffner and Adam Saoud(pictured above with trophies).
We took home a 'Top 10' in the following events:
Technology Bowl Team Members: Britney Heffner, Adam Saoud, and Matthew Lozada
Technology Bowl Individual Team Member: Adam Saoud
Systems Control Technology Team Members: Satchel Stevens, Adam Saoud, and Noah Schwabe
Prepared Speech Team Member: Britney Heffner
Promotional Design Team Member: Adam Saoud
Electrical Applications Team Member: Britney Heffner
Technical Design Team Members: Adam Saoud and Satchel Stevens
Orchestra Receives Superior Ratings
We are proud to announce the 2013-14 Crystal Lake Middle Orchestra brought home straight superior ratings at district Music Performance Assessment. Superiors are the highest rating possible with the students receiving 3 Superiors in concert and a Superior in sight reading. Way to go, CLMS Orchestra students!!
Amazing Race Family Night A Big Hit!
Crystal Lake Middle's PE Dept. hosted their 2nd annual Physical Education 'Amazing Race' Family Night on Thursday, Feb. 20th, 2014, and it was another huge success!
Students and their family members used clues given to them
at the beginning
of the race to locate items thru-out our campus in this educational,
fun-filled scavenger hunt.
Families worked together to plan their strategy, and you could see the excitement everywhere! From the student and family teams racing around campus, to the staff members creating 'detours' during the race, (where families had to complete a task before receiving their stamp or signature to move on), the evening was filled with lots of smiles and laughter from everyone involved. Thank you, PE Dept., PTO, Staff members and Admin for all your hard work!
Come out and join us for our next exciting Parent/Family Night sponsored by the Math and Science Dept.'s on March 20th!
ART Class Collages on Display
The Art I students at CLMS have been busy the past four weeks doing drawings in their “visual journals” of landscapes, and then using them to create layered tissue paper collages. Most have 3-6 layers of transparent color. They make very vivid works of art. They are currently being displayed in various places on campus.
FFA Takes 1st Place in Poultry & Rabbit Judging
Crystal Lake Middle FFA members won 1st place recently in both the Poultry Judging and Rabbit Judging contests at the Polk County Youth Fair. Poultry team members had to grade interior and exterior eggs, ready to cook carcasses, and identified parts of poultry.
The rabbit team members had to take a test over rabbit anatomy and health. Team members were: Carlyne Crawn, Kaley May, Christopher Dias, Mya Woodard-DeWitt, Andrea Moreno, Samantha Monsen, Erika Ledo, Michael Hickman, Austin Armstrong, Mackenzie Manly, Michael Chantharasinh, Cierra Hamilton and Taylor Brown. Way to go, CLMS FFA!!!
FVA's Solo & Ensemble Festival Event
Florida Vocal Association’s Solo and Ensemble is a music festival event where students have extensively prepared a piece of music, and have the opportunity to perform in front of a judge for ratings, and comments on progressing their musical abilities. On Sat., Feb. 1st, 2014, four members of the choral program at Crystal Lake Middle went to compete in FVA Solo and Ensemble: Charidy Kirk, Faith Torres, Kershon Speights, and Isis Conover (pictured above).
These students performed their songs beautifully and received the two highest ratings offered – Superior and Excellent. Isis and Charidy received the highest rating of Superior, while Kershon and Faith earned the second highest rating of Excellent. Congratulations to these Mustang Ladies!
Saturday Learning Academies
Saturday, February 1st, began our 8 weeks of Saturday
tutoring. Students were selected based on their FCAT scores (for reading and
math – scoring a 1 or 2) and teacher recommendation (8th grade writing).
Tutoring will run from 8:30AM until Noon (with a snack provided) on the
following dates: 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 4/5 and 4/12.
Students received their tutoring letters to take home on Jan. 21st. Please encourage them to return them ASAP.
Any student may attend, however, only students whose scores indicate that the classes would be most beneficial will receive letters sent home regarding attending the Saturday tutoring.
Math Tutoring Available
Math tutoring is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in Lab 1 from 7:00-7:45a.m. Math tutoring is also going on each afternoon in Room #212 from 3:15-4:00p.m and Algebra tutoring is being offered in Ms. Holley's room Monday thru Thursday each week after school.
CASE Students Study Wind Turbine on Campus
CASE students are participating in a wind/solar energy lab through their Social Studies class thanks to a grant that Social Studies teacher, Scott Frakes, applied for and won.
The wind turbine shows our students the different types of alternative energy options that are available today thanks to many new technological innovations. The wind turbine is “live” and students experience how wind energy can be collected, stored and used in today’s world.
Students also have access to solar panels and participate in activities/demonstrations that show how collecting energy from our sun is becoming a leading alternative energy source.
Big Turn-Out For CASE Academy's STEM Night
We had another great Family Night at CLMS! There was a packed cafeteria for our STEM night, and we'd like to give an enthusiastic round of applause to the teachers who created and facilitated activities in their rooms!
STEM Night (held this year on Dec. 19th, 2013) is an inter-active evening for current and prospective students and parents to participate in hands-on activities involving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:
- Engineering Expo & Autodesk Inventor
- Digestion in a Bag
- Let’s Make Some Play Dough Snow!
- Create a Bee Hummer
- M & M & M’s- edible math
- Snow Flake Ornaments Using Math
- Gyotaku – Fish Printing
- And, much more!
Join us for our next PARENT NIGHT on Thursday, Jan. 23rd!
Orchestra Performs For A Packed House in "Sounds of the Season" Concert
Our CLMS orchestra performed their winter concert "Sounds of the Season" for a packed house in our school cafeteria on Tuesday evening, Dec. 17th, 2013. Orchestra students had been practicing hard under the direction of Ms. Anne Parrett, and all that hard work paid off! The concert was enjoyed by one and all! Great job, students and Ms. Parrett!
Chess Team Holds On To 1st Place
Congratulations to the Chess Club! They entered their match on Sat., Dec. 14th, 2013, in 1st Place by one point, and confidently moved ahead with an undefeated tournament, 16-0 points! Four of our players won all four of their games! They flew past Union Academy and Lawton Chiles. Our team has done an outstanding job this month! Way to go, Chess Team! And, special 'shout-out' to Mr. Morgan and Mrs. Testerman!
Fundraiser Car Wash A Success
Crystal Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) raised funds for the Coral Restoration Foundation with a car wash that was held on Dec. 7th in the CLMS parking lot. The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to creating offshore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species. CRF is leading the development of new nursery and restoration techniques. Tens of thousands of corals are grown and maintained in multiple offshore nurseries. After a year in the nursery, corals are outplanted to a degraded reef. With the help of students, volunteers, scientists, dive operators, public aquariums, and community groups, thousands of corals grown in CRF’s nurseries have already been outplanted on coral reefs. Thank you to all those who came out to support this worthy effort! See more about the foundation at: Coral Restoration Foundation website
Kickbots Team Places in Top 3!
Congratulations to our CLMS Kickbots team – Satchel Stevens, Adam Saoud, Tommie Shular, Christopher Quintana, Alexander Jackomino, Logan Norquist, and sponsor, Mr. Northern! They competed in the First Lego League on Nov. 16th, 2013, winning a bid to the next level – regional tournament – by placing in the top three performing teams at their first tournament of the season. They also won 1st Place for the Core Values section, which covers teamwork and knowledge of FLL principle and values. They were the best TEAM!
Great American Teach In 2013
On Wed., Nov. 20th, 2013, Crystal Lake Middle School held their annual event, the Great American Teach In. The Great American Teach In is where the school opens its doors to business leaders and community members who speak to students about different career options and the educational path that these individuals followed. CLMS students had the opportunity to hear from many presenters, including: the 2014 Florida Teacher of the Year, two Crime Prevention Specialists from the PCSO, a reporter from the Ledger, a crew from Polk County Fire Rescue, the Neighborhood Association Coalition President, the Polk County Property Appraiser, a construction worker, a former Navy member, a Florida State Senator, a pediatric emergency room nurse, two Southeastern Guide Dog trainers, a Publix executive, and three current/former City of Lakeland Commissioners. Students participated in class discussions, mock City Commission meetings, examined blue prints of buildings, and viewed the exterior/interior of an unmarked, undercover police car and fire engine. The students, staff, and community members enjoyed each other’s company and learned new information from one another. We want to give a big Mustang "Shout Out" to each of our great speakers! Thank you for sharing a piece of your world with our students!
Family Read Night, 'DIVERGENT'
This year's Family Read Night was another exciting one! On Thursday, Nov. 21st, 2013, parents and students were invited to a fun, engaging, and inter-active evening planned by the Language Arts Dept. to introduce the book DIVERGENT. The book is expected to be released as a movie in March 2014, and is advertised as an Action-Adventure-Romance. In the book, Beatrice Prior, a teenager with a special mind, finds her life threatened when an authoritarian leader seeks to exterminate her kind in her effort to seize control of their divided society. The first 50 attendee's received a copy of the book, and students can qualify to win movie tickets closer to March by scoring 100% on the AR test.
Workforce Education had a great turn-out this year for the WE3 EXPO 2013! CLMS students were able to attend this educational field trip opportunity held at SUN ‘n FUN Nov. 19 – 21, 2013. The design of this EXPO highlights all Polk Academies and Career-Education classes. Last year’s EXPO was bursting at the seams with record breaking attendance totaling more than 6,000! Click the Expo's picture above to be directed to their website for more information on this exciting event!
Boys' Basketball Builds Character!
The 2013 season for the JV and Varsity Mighty Mustang Boys' Basketball team, led by Coach Darrence McGriff, was truly a success!
"These boys not only excelled on the basketball court but also in the classroom. It was truly a blessing to build young men of character fostering a workmanship-like attitude on the court, while teaching and mentoring them on how to be great student-athletes, and most of all great people!" said Coach McGriff. "Our season has never been about winning on the court as much as it was about building character, teaching and making lasting memories that these student-athletes can take with them and use later in life." Congratulations to each member of the CLMS JV and Varsity teams!!
Students Make All State Chorus Ensemble
Charidy Kirk and Isis Conover (pictured above with CLMS
chorus teacher, Jennifer Peacock) are our Crystal Lake Mustangs that made it
into an All State Chorus ensemble!
The All State Chorus audition process contains a multitude of steps. First, the students must pass a grueling music theory test, which includes melodic, rhythmic, and chord ear training, key signature and interval recognition, and a myriad of other music theory skills. Upon passing the music theory test, the students are then sent to a sight-singing room where they must sight-sing music they have never seen before. Following that test, the students are then auditioned on difficult music that they had to prepare; this vocal audition is recorded, and the recordings are sent off to be judged on musical accuracy, musicality, and vocal tone quality. Congratulations to both of these Lady Mustangs for their hard work!
Summerlin R.O.T.C. Academy Info
8th grade students interested in attending the Summerlin R.O.T.C. Academy may apply on the Polk County Schools website. The open enrollment date is January 21st 2014-Feb 18th 2014. Once you apply, you will receive an acceptance or denial letter from the school board prior to Spring Break. For more info about the school, check their website at Summerlin Academy.
Sheriff Judd Guest Speaker at Internet Safety Parent Night
CLMS was honored to have Sheriff Grady Judd as guest speaker for our annual Internet Safety Parent Night held on Oct. 17th, 2013. Sheriff Judd shared information with parents in our cafeteria while officers spoke to students in a separate session in our gym. Both sessions were highly informative and parent survey comments praised the evenings program.
E.S.O.L. Tutoring Available
We are pleased to inform you that Crystal Lake Middle School is offering tutoring for students whose first language is not English (ESOL program students).
Tutoring will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15PM
to 4:45PM in Mrs. Arispe’s classroom
Tutoring will consist of helping with homework and projects, preparation for the FCAT exam, and support with Reading and Writing according to the individual student's level. Contact Mrs. Arispe by clicking here
Readi-Step Assessment for 8th Graders
All 8th grade students took the Readi-Step assessment on Tuesday, October 22nd. This assessment is designed to measure a progression of skills in reading, writing and math and is required for students who want to attend the International Baccalaureate high school also known as the IB high school.
Lady Mustangs' Girls Basketball
The Lady Mustangs’ Girls Basketball season has ended and we congratulate the team and their coaches on a great job! We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of these young ladies. Thank you for coming out and showing your support for our great student athletes.
Parents Enjoy Open House 2013
Parents walked their students' schedule from classroom to classroom at this year's Open House, Thurs., Sept. 12th, and were able to meet each of their student's teachers.
(Pictured above: Our Physical Education department showed parents a video of all the exciting new programs they have going on this year, and how they integrate the use of technology in our state-of-the-art gymnasium.)
Jaylens Challenge Anti-Bullying Presentation on Campus
We were excited to have Jaylens Challenge on our campus again
this year on Sept. 9th, 2013 for
another great anti-bullying presentation! The Jaylens
Challenge Foundation, Inc is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable
organization dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of
bullying through education and community service.
Students watched a 6 minute video that shows what bullying is like through the eyes of someone like Jaylen Arnold, a young man who suffers with Tourette Syndrome and severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Jaylen talks to students about the intervention and support that prevented him from becoming a possible 'bully-cide' statistic.
Students also heard from Hollywood actor, Dash Mihok, who travels with and introduces Jaylen and the program. He rallies students to have them join him in giving the programs main slogan, "Bullying! - NO WAY!", as a shout-out for the crowd.
CNN was on campus filming this event, as well as, our own ITV Department. If you are interested in learning more about Jaylens Challenge, click the link here to access their website: Jaylens Challenge
Southeastern Football Team ROCKS!!!
Many, many THANKS go out to the Southeastern University Football team for helping Crystal Lake Middle out in a BIG WAY!! Players were on campus prior to the start of the new 2013-14 school year to help out in any way they could! They moved classroom furniture, helped put out mulch, and even washed teacher's cars!! We can't say THANKS enough! What a great group of guys!! GO, Southeastern Football!! We hope you have a great season!!
On Your Mark....Get Set....READ!
Mrs. Castle invites students to come by the Media Center and check out all the exciting new reads! Also, be sure to take care of any over-due books or fines you may have so you'll be ready to enjoy these great new selections! Enter a different world....READ!
Million Father March 2013
Our school participated in the The Million Father March 2013 this year on the the first day of school, Monday, August 19th. This project is dedicated to the safety of all children and to the young victims of Newtown, Connecticut. With nearly 600 cities across America, and an expected one million fathers participating, the aim is to inspire fathers and families to be more actively engaged in their children's education.
Participants included fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, step-fathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, male care-givers, mentors and family friends. They were asked to accompany their children to school and to register to volunteer 10 hours per year at the school. Thanks to everyone for their support!
Teachers Prep for STEM in Keys
Already this summer teachers have been preparing new STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math) projects and lessons for school-wide
implementation. A group of CLMS, CASE and STEAM Academy teachers went to the
Florida Keys in June for a hands-on learning experience that included
snorkeling in the beautiful waters of the Atlantic and learning sessions
about coral reef restoration. Teachers representing all core curriculum
areas met to discuss ideas that would incorporate STEM learning projects
using our aquaculture and Marine Science programs thru-out the school.
Principal Chris Canning arranged for Mr. Carlos Martinez, Extension Agent/IFAS with the University of Florida, to speak to the group about the conservation of our ecological marine life. Mr. Martinez' help with our programs has been invaluable as he shares his vast knowledge of marine life and coral restoration.
Teachers also attended a session at the Coral Restoration Foundation(CRF) in Key Largo. CRF is helping our sea-life environment by out-planting corals to replace those that have been lost to disease, storms, pollution, and other stressors. CRF provides new shelter and habitat for many reef fishes, helping the ecosystem to return to its once healthy state. Our school is currently working to raise funds for CRF's 'Adopt a Coral Tree' program to help support and replenish our ecosystem. To learn more about this worthy effort, click the following link: Coral Restoration Foundation
Teachers left excited about the cross-platform lessons they would be using for the up-coming 2013-14 school year. They hope to increase student learning in all subjects teaching them by using ‘real life’ circumstances students are interested in, and can easily relate to. We are looking forward to a great school year!
3 Perfect Scores on FCAT 2.0 Reading
CLMS and Academies would like to give a big "SHOUT OUT" and "CONGRATULATIONS" to Trinity Arnold, Hannah Dinsmore and Gregory Garcia (pictured above) for receiving perfect scores on the 2013 FCAT 2.0 Reading! Way to GO, Mustangs!!
Crystal Lake Middle will be offering an informational newsletter published each nine weeks of the school year. The newsletter includes a message from our principal, information on upcoming events, special announcements and more. Links to the current 2013-14 school year's newsletters will be published here when available.
Robotics Students Compete At Nationals
Mr. Schuh's Robotics students worked hard this past summer to prepare for the National T.S.A. (Technology Student Association) Competition that was held June 28-July 2nd, 2013 in Orlando, FL.
T.S.A. Competition is open to middle through high school, and Mr. Schuh takes CLMS students from 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Particularly exciting for our students is the Inventions and Innovations category where our Aquaculture program is highlighted by robots built to move in the water. Students also worked tediously on their bridge entries, as well. We are proud of their hard work and dedication to the program! Keep up the good work, Mustangs!
ATTENTION! Applications are available online at the following link to the Office of Magnet, Choice and Charter Schools website. To access more information on our academy application and admission requirements, please click on the following link to PolkAcademies.com
2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR NEWS BELOW:
CLMS Art II Students Create Dragon Piece-by-Piece
Our Art II students created a great piece of art-work. It took 24 students most of
the 2012-2013 school year to complete the 24 pieces. They only got to look at a 2"x 3 1/2"
piece to create a 10" x 17 1/2" piece of the dragon. Students weren't
allowed to see the drawing of the dragon all put together until the full-size art piece was revealed in
our media center. Great job,
Mrs. Dixon and Art II students!
(Art students pictured above with Dragon art-piece are Matthew Downey and Manuel (Manny)Aviles.)
Our ITV department presented the Lucid Film Festival on May
24th, 2013, and it proved to be an exciting night for all! One film
featured, in particular, 'Confectious' (link pictured above), recently won BEST SHORT FILM at
the Polk County Instructional Television Video Awards.
The Lucid Film Festival is a celebration of student creativity and higher
order thinking. During the first semester of their media production course
at CLMS, students wrote screenplays with heavy emphasis on plot structure,
setting, and character development. Classes then voted on which screenplays
to produce during the second semester. The Lucid Film Festival is a chance
to showcase these awesome short films and recognize students for their
stellar achievements this year. Their site has several trailers for the
various short films our ITV department, under the direction of Mr. Craig
Barber, has created.
Click here to access the Lucid Film Festival website
CLMS Voted 'Cool School'!
We are proud to announce that Crystal Lake Middle School was voted a "Cool School" on My FOX Tampa Bay. As the weeks winning school, FOX's Charley Belcher visited our campus and filmed various STEM and STEAM programs around our campus. Different segments were featured LIVE at CLMS on Good Day Tampa Bay, Friday, May 10th, 2013. We are always so excited to show off all the great things happening at CLMS!
C.A.S.E. Academy's 'Exploration Day' Field Trip
During the third quarter, CASE academy students participated in a STEM hands-on unit that encompassed the theme of exploration. On Friday, May 3, 2013 those students did not attend their regular classes. Instead, they had the opportunity to participate in an on-campus field trip entitled Exploration Day!
Again this year, Sun N Fun partnered with our school and brought in many hands-on and real world STEM activities for our students that involve the theme of exploration. Students were placed in groups and traveled around to different classrooms throughout the day, as well as, to Crystal Lake to learn about exploration from their teachers and volunteers from Sun N Fun. They participated in some of the following activities: core drilling at Crystal Lake, flight simulators, building airplanes, engineering stream tables, pollution and the environment, riding a hovercraft, and building and launching rockets! These are only a few of the exciting activities that our students participated in. It was a great Field Trip Day enjoyed by all! Thank you, CASE faculty and staff, for a job well done! And, a very special thanks goes out to Sun N Fun for once again providing our students with an exciting learning experience they won't soon forget!
CLMS Welcomed Leadership Lakeland and Leadership Bartow
CLMS was proud to host meetings on our campus for both Leadership Lakeland and Leadership Bartow on Thurs., Jan. 10th, 2013. Members attended their scheduled meetings, and also toured several of our STEM classrooms. Students demonstrated their skills in our Robotics classroom (pictured above) and assisted members by showing them how to create a "smiley face" using their program software. Coach Canning led a tour of our Aquaculture program. Great discussions took place on how STEM programs benefit both students and our community.
Superintendant's 6th Annual Partnership Award - Mr. Carlos Martinez
The Superintendant's 6th Annual Partnership Award Program recently recognized one partner at each school and district office department that has provided exemplary support for students, faculty and/or administration during the 2011-12 school year. Crystal Lake Middle School was proud to have Mr. Carlos Martinez, Extension Agent/IFAS with the University of Florida (pictured above second from left) recognized on our behalf! Mr. Martinez' association with our school's aquaculture program has been an invaluable service and we are so proud of his recognition with this distinguished award!
Mr. Martinez performs many hours of supervision and maintenance teaching staff and students to run and maintain aquaculture systems. He introduced knowledge of our programs to consortiums that are now involved with the program, including Florida Sea Grant and U of F Extension programs who cooperatively came to CLMS to film a documentary on our aquaculture program. Congratulations, and thank you for all you do, Mr. Martinez!
Exciting Things Going On in our Physical Education Department!
There are lots of exciting changes going on in our Physical Education Department! We have transformed part of the gym into the new Fitness Center.
Our Fitness Center consists of an exercise machine area, a hydraulic weights machine area and an aerobic activity area. Inside our exercise machine area we have treadmills, elliptical machines, and exercise bikes. The hydraulic machine area consists of 6 different machines that focus on building upper and lower body muscle. Students are able to do bicep curls, squats, leg extensions and bench press. All of these machines are pressure-based and students can learn how to properly use the types of machines without any fear of injury.
Our aerobic activity center currently has a new Mimio inter-active white board and Xbox 360 gaming system with Kinect. This area has been used to teach aerobics with videos projected on screen, as well as, incorporating 'Exergaming' into Physical Education with use of the the Xbox Kinect.
We are excited to have our P.E. Department join in our school-wide integration of technology! Great job,