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 Principal, Mrs. Ronda CotterCrystal Lake Middle and Academies welcomes Mrs. Ronda Cotter as our principal this school year. 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.
PLTW Students Visit Technology Center
A group of 40 students from our schools Project Lead the Way Engineering Program in Lakeland visited the Polk State Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center on Feb. 2, 2016 to learn about career opportunities in supply chain and engineering technology. They also ventured to the Publix Dairy Processing Center to look at state-of-the-art automation and technology. The trip was part of techPATH, a Florida High Tech Corridor educational initiative that focuses on cultivating tomorrow’s workforce in the high-tech I-4 corridor.
Top Honors for FFA Horticulture Team
Crystal Lake Middle School FFA members earned top honors in the Polk County Youth Fair Horticulture Contest on Friday, January 29th, 2016. Team members Kylie Hollis, Peyton Creel, Austin Armstrong, and Michael Hickman identified ornamental plants, citrus fruits, and vegetable crops important to Florida agriculture. The second place team Chris Heberling, Jamar Wiggins, Samantha Clemens, and Kennedy Sass also represented CLMS FFA. Peyton earned high honors out of all Polk County members!
FFA Poultry Team Wins Top Honors
Crystal Lake Middle School FFA members earned top honors in the Polk County Youth Fair Poultry Evaluation contest on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. Team members Chris Heberling, Jamar Wiggins, Kylie Hollis and Peyton Creel had to grade interior and exterior eggs, identify meat cuts of chicken, and grade whole chicken carcasses. The team will move on to compete at the Florida State Fair and the Florida FFA finals in the coming weeks.
Socials Studies and Internet Safety Parent Night
The Social Studies department recently hosted our January 2016 Parent Night and one of Sheriff Judd's Polk County deputies was on hand to speak with parents about internet safety. Parents were given valuable information on how to safeguard their students from the possible dangers of the internet. These Parent Nights are always very informative and we encourage our parents to attend our next one on Feb. 23rd at 5:30pm when the Reading and Language Arts teachers will be hosting.
Mulberry Phosphate Visits Campus
On Mon., Dec. 14th, 2015, Crystal Young from the Mulberry Phosphate Museum came to share with our science classes some interesting fossils found locally here in Polk County! She shared a porpoise skull, an ancient crocodile jaw, a mammoth tusk, an ancient hippo teeth, and an ancient baby megalodon teeth, just to name a few. She talked about the process of fossilization and the importance of phosphate. Students really enjoyed the "hands on" experience!
Ugly Holiday Attire Winners!!
Students really enjoyed seeing teachers and staff dressed to compete in this years 'Ugly Holiday Attire' contest! Coach Katz won, and Ms. Barrows was a close second, as they stole the show for the 'Ugliest'!!
Ms. Stephenson won 1st Prize for her awesome chili in the staff Chili Cook-off, and 1st Prize for desserts went to Mrs. Frier for her delicious Berries in the Snow!! Thanks to all those who participated!! All of the chili and desserts were delicious!!
Marine Science Students Prepping Tanks
Dr. Kuehls' Marine Science classes filled tanks with some of the 1,650 lbs. of newly donated reef sand and rocks. Thanks, CaribSea, for your awesome donation to our program!
Mustang Chess Team Shines
The young CLMS Chess Team continues to shine among more
experienced teams scoring 12 points out of 16 team points to a probable 2nd
place during heated tournament play (results pending) on Dec. 12th, 2015.
This included Randell Geurrero defeating Jewett Middle Academy's top player,
and #3 Rated middle school player in the county, Nate Diaz, in a hotly
contested 3rd round match. After 3 tournaments, this places the
Mustangs in 2nd place for the season (out of 20 schools).
December Individual Results, Season Update
Randell Guerrero (7th grade) 3-1, season total 9 wins 3 losses
Jerimiah Decker (7th) 3-1, season: 9 win 3 losses
Jessica Casper (8th) 3-1, season: 8 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses
Billy Odom (6th) 3-1, season: 8 wins, 4 losses
Adrian Gardeazabal (6th) 2-2, season: 8 wins, 4 losses
Ian Sobha (8th) 2-2, season: 7 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses
Shane Clark (6th) 2-2, season: 6 wins, 2 draws, 4 losses
Wyatt Witter (6th) 2-2, season: 3 wins, 5 draws, 2 losses
Samantha Sobha (6th), season: 1 win, 3 draws, 8 losses
Great Job CLMS Chess Team and Coach Morgan!
FFA Tool Identification Team Makes School History!
The Crystal Lake Middle School FFA Tool Identification team made school history by being named Polk County FFA runner-up at Frostproof High School on Nov. 30th, 2015, and then finishing 7th out of 53 teams in the State finals at the Leadership Training Center on Dec. 1st. This is, by far, the best achievement in this contest by any CLMS team. Team members had to learn the names and proper use of over 180 different tools used in the Agriscience industry! Team members were: Joey Allen, Ashton Heberling, Christopher Heberling and Kylie Hollis. Great job, Mustangs!!
FFA Citrus Team Continues Excellence
The Crystal Lake Middle School FFA Citrus team continued their winning ways by being named Polk County Champions at Frostproof High School on Thursday, Nov. 19th, 2015. Team members traveled to the Florida Leadership Training Center on Tuesday, Dec. 1st, to compete in the State finals. After a grueling contest where students had to take a written test and identify citrus fruits, diseases, weeds and pests, the team tied for 3rd against the best in Florida. Team members Samantha Clemens, Peyton Creel, Jamar Wiggins and Kennedy Sass will be recognized by the Florida FFA next summer at the State Convention! Way to go, Mustangs!!
Spreading Thanksgiving Happiness
CLMS Students and staff collected over 400 canned and nonperishable items, and Publix donated $100 towards turkeys to create 13 baskets for Thanksgiving and 12 Christmas baskets for families in need of assistance this holiday season. We were also able to donate items to the food pantry at Lighthouse Ministries. Congratulations to Mr. Davis’ first period class for collecting over 100 items and for Mrs. Ebisawa and Girls PE for being close behind them! We were also able to raise over $200 to go towards additional items for the Christmas baskets. Thank you to all students and staff that donated! A big thank you also goes out to Kristine Lally, meat mgr. at the Grove Park Publix for working with us to get our families their turkeys and our high school volunteers for collecting the items – Patrick W. and Al R. One of our great parent volunteers, Mrs. Roop, helped to organize all of the items and put the baskets together. We love our volunteers!!
Great American Teach-In 2015
On Wednesday, November 18th, Crystal Lake Middle School had visitors for the Great American Teach In. Lynne Simpkins from the Lakeland City Planning office talked to students about her role in the city, as well as, programs for teens that help with college selection. Mr. Joe Midzalkowski, a retired teacher from Polk County and an author, shared with students what it takes to publish a book and writing best practices. Polk County Deputy Sheriff Sean Speakman and Polk County Deputy Sheriff Robert Anderson shared what it takes to be a Deputy in Polk County and different types of action they might see. Casie Temple and Paula Wade from Evergreen Packaging (pictured above) brought samples of cartons and shared with students the printing and manufacturing process that goes into making cartons that we use every day. Andy Crossfield, a retired investment manager and current author, spoke to students as well. He even toured our Aquaculture facility with Mr. Rizzuto’s class! Ryan Crawford from Plastipak Packaging spoke with students and showed them what goes into making the plastic bottles that we use every day. Commissioner - Phillip Walker from the City of Lakeland even stopped by to speak with our students! We are honored to have had these individuals take the time to speak to our students. We can’t wait until next year!
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.