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 2015-2016 school year is 9:00AM and school will end 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! YOU COULD WIN TICKETS!
School Nutrition Breakfast Promotion
School Nutrition Breakfast Promotion is running the month of September thru October 2nd, 2015. New entrees are being served in our cafeteria on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so come and eat breakfast! You have a chance to win tickets to see TAYLOR SWIFT in CONCERT on October 31st in Tampa. Just scan the QR code on the posters displayed in the cafeteria or CLICK HERE for more information.
Students! EOC Info and Resources
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.
Lakeland P.A.L. Assembly for Students
Lakeland Police Athletic League's (PAL) Executive Director, Tim Abram, spoke to our student body about the awesome PAL program that serves over 900 children in our Lakeland community. Tim has been working with kids for over 22 years and has served as mentor to thousands of children for the Department of Juvenile Justice Systems. Our students were excited to hear him, and some of his fellow staff members, talk about getting involved with their summer programs. For more information on P.A.L. and the many programs they have to offer, click here
CLMS Awards Night 2015
On Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, Crystal Lake Middle School
held their Annual Academic Awards Night at Branscomb Auditorium.
Students were recognized for all of their accomplishments this year, as well as, their exemplary GPA. Over 300 students earned an academic award. It was another great Mustang evening! Congrats to all of our outstanding award recipients!
Other standout awards were:
6th grade Most Improved -- Alexius McKinley (CLMS) & Jalen Battle (CASE)
7th grade Most Improved -- Kalidra McKinley (CLMS) & Terry George (CASE)
8th grade Most Improved -- Alex De La Cruz (CLMS) & Andrew Marshall (CASE)
STEAM Most Improved -- Luke Wilson
CLMS Mustang of the Year – Carlos De Loera
CASE Mustang of the Year – Mackenzie Barber
STEAM Mustang of the Year – Johnnie Salter
Taking Stock in Children Scholarship Recipients: Felicity Maglio & Araya Rodriguez
Durrence Family Rising Star Scholarship Recipient: Rafael Paschal
Lucid Film Festival 2015
The Lucid Film Festival held this year on May 15th, 2015, was a wonderful evening spent celebrating student achievement and creativity. Short films, commercials, and even music videos were featured. Students utilized industry standard planning, production, and post-production work-flows to produce various products for the daily broadcast of CLMS.
Audience members enjoyed the premiers of two independent short films produced by CLMS students: Copacopia and The Crush. Many students received honors for their contributions to the daily broadcast program of Crystal Lake Middle School. Mr. Barber is incredibly proud of the students and all of their hard work.
STATE FFA AQUACULTURE 2015 CHAMPIONS!!
On Friday, May 8th, 2015, the Crystal Lake Middle School FFA participated in the Florida FFA Aquaculture Career Development Event at the University of Florida Aquaculture Research Center in Ruskin, Florida. Team members had to complete a written test, identify species of fish and aquatic plants, identify fish anatomy, troubleshoot an aquaculture system, and give an oral presentation. At the end of the event, the CLMS team was named State Champion! Kylie Hollis earned the top individual award with Johnnie Salter in second, just 4 points behind. Gavin Ybarra and Andrea Moreno completed this awesome team! Special thanks go to Mrs. Mallison and Michael Chantharasinh for their work in preparing the team.
Foreign Language Students Travel to Costa Rica
CLMS students Mya Woodard-Dewitt, Andrea Moreno and Heaven Keller traveled
in April this year with their Foreign Language teacher, Mrs. Jazmin Merriam,
on a trip of a lifetime to Costa Rica. Mrs. Merriam said that she has no
words to describe how proud she is of them as they made Crystal Lake Middle
School shine over other schools represented on the trip.
The students were able to spend 9 days in Costa Rica, and visit the following regions: Arenal Region, Monteverde Region, Carara/Central Pacific Region, Manuel Antonio National Park and Sirachi/San Jose.
They were able to see first-hand what they had learned about in their classes at CLMS with Mrs. Ready in Earth Science, with Mr. West in AG, and in Aquaculture with Mr. Rizzutto. The girls had been practicing their Spanish, and Andrea was even able to be a translator in one of the activities!
They were able to visit the Arenal volcano where they learned about tectonics. They were able to walk through the cloud forest recognizing some of the plants they had seen in their AG classes, and they even had the opportunity to help to restore it by planting a tree. Not only that, but they were able to see many indigenous animals like sloths, coatimundies, macaws, iguanas, monkeys, and more.
Others on the trip were very impressed with how prepared the girls were, and that they were already taking high school credit classes. We are so proud of these Mustangs for representing us well!
Aquaculture Receives Florida Gardens for Life Grant
to Mr. Rizzuto’s Advanced Aquaculture class! Their proposal for a
Florida Gardens for Life grant was chosen by the University of Florida IFAS
extension and Bok Tower Gardens to receive full funding for their project to
create a rain garden. The $2,000 grant will allow them to buy
materials and plants for the project to turn an unused retention pond into a
rain garden to treat our aquaculture wastes. The students are involved in
all aspects of the design, budgeting and installation of the project. CLMS
Aquaculture is collaborating with graduate students from the University of
South Florida’s Environmental Engineering Department to complete the
The garden is designed to remove nutrients from the water released from the aquaculture facility before it enters the groundwater. This will reduce the nutrient input our work has on the environment, and allow us to reduce our environmental footprint. Students will be able to measure the effectiveness of plants on nutrient removal, study nutrient cycles and soil science, and mitigate the effects of our agriculture operations on the eco-system.
Mr. Rizzuto would like to specifically recognize Mackenzie Barber, who was integral in the acquisition of this grant. Way to do us proud, Advanced Aquaculture Mustangs!