Welcome to CLMS!

School's 2011 "Facelift" Construction

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  For 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 CotterMrs. Cotter, New Principal

Crystal 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. In these final days, she will be concentrating on working with our school to help raise student grade expectations to their fullest potential, and finish the 2014-15 year strong.
The 'Mighty Mustang' family is looking forward to a great 2015-16 school year under her leadership!


Students! EOC Info and Resources

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PIN - Parent Involvement Notebook AVAILABLE in the Main OfficeOpen Notebook

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 Lindsey Graham if requesting a hard copy of any of these reports.

Summer Programs Available

e2020 SUMMER SCHOOL - June 8th – July 9th, 2015 -  Mon - Thurs, 8:a.m. – 4 p.m. at CLMS

AMP/BRIDGES PROGRAM - for incoming 6th grade students: June 15th through July 23rd , Mon – Thurs 8:a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at CLMS

Preparation for Algebra Program - June 29th – July 21st, Mon – Thurs, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at CLMS

Summer School for Grade Recovery - June 15th – July 23rd, Mon – Thurs, Session One: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and Session Two: 12 noon – 3 p.m. at CLMS

EOC Retakes at area high schools - July 22-24 (Lake Gibson, George Jenkins, Ridge community and Winter Haven)

Algebra 1 EOC Summer Recovery Program - June 15 – July 23; Mon – Thurs, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at CLMS

Free Breakfast Program 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Free Lunch Program (open to community 18 and under) 11 a.m. – 12 noon


     Breakfast Breakfast Menu

Mustang ManiaMustang Horses

Lakeland P.A.L. Assembly for StudentsLakeland P.A.L. Assembly

Lakeland Police Athletic League's (PAL) Executive Director, Tim Abram, spoke to our student body on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 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 20152015 CLMS Awards Night

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

  • Lucid Film Festival
  • Costa Rica Student Trip
  • WE3 Robot 2014
  • Costa Rica Student Trip
  • Costa Rica Student Trip

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!! National School Breakfast Week winners

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

  • Costa Rica Student Trip
  • Costa Rica Student Trip
  • WE3 Robot 2014
  • Costa Rica Student Trip

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!

CLMS Art Students Display Their Work

Fine Arts Student WorkFine Arts Festival Work

CLMS recently finished our 5th art exhibit this year by participating in the Fine Arts Festival at Munn Park in Lakeland on Sat., April 23rd, 2015.  Mrs. Dixon is very proud of her art students work, and states that it is “Just another jewel in the crown of CLMS”!  Great job, Mustang Art students!

2015 'About Face' Award Recipient - Kareem Carter

About Face Award RecipientCongratulations to Kareem Carter for being our 2015 About Face award recipient!  Kareem has come very far academically from this year to last. It is apparent that he is trying much harder and aiming for honor roll every quarter. He constantly strives to do his best in class. He is an amazing writer and loves to create raps/rhymes and share them; especially about issues revolving around young people today. One of his goals is to perform and record, and he is constantly trying to find ways to make that happen. He helps the students around him to also make sure they are doing their best. He assists them with their work offering ideas and suggestions as well as encouraging them to make the correct choices in and out of the classroom.   Thanks, Kareem, for being a great Mustang example!

National School Breakfast Week National School Breakfast Week winners

CLMS Cafeteria Manager, Mrs. Carla Weis (shown 2nd from left above) presented National School Breakfast Week winners with their prizes.  Entries from our school were drawn by the Nutrition Department.
Winners pictured R to L above with Mrs. Weis are Shania Freeman who won a $25 iTune gift card; Marcello Martinez who won a Frisbee, and Kiromo Malave who won a kite.

FFA State Poultry ChampionsFFA State Poultry Champions

On Saturday, April 11th, 2015, CLMS FFA members were early-risers traveling to the University of Florida to compete in the State Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event.  Team members had to take a written test, grade interior and exterior eggs, grade chicken carcasses, and identify the retail cuts of poultry.  The team's hard work paid off as they achieved the highest team score against some very tough competition. Team members(Above left to right) Austin Armstrong, Mya Woodard-DeWitt, Michael Chantharasinh, and Michael Hickman will be honored as state champions at the organization’s convention this summer.  CLMS couldn't be PROUDER!  Way to go, FFA and Mr. West!!!

Golden Binder CeremonyGolden Binder Ceremony

Students nominated recently by their teachers for the third quarter Golden Binder ceremony were treated to donuts and juice on Friday, March 27th, 2015 by our P.T.O.  Golden Binder's are awarded to students who have displayed one of the 12 guiding principals, which include:  Adaptability, Compassion, Contemplation, Courage, Honesty, Initiative, Loyalty, Optimism, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility and Trustworthiness.   Congratulations, Mustangs! Great Job!

CLMS Mustang Chorus at the MPA'sMPA Choral Performance

The Crystal Lake Middle Mustang Chorus performed at the Music Performance Assessment which was located at Auburndale High School on Thursday, March 26th, 2015.  They received a mixture of both good and excellent ratings. The students worked hard on their music, and sang beautifully! Ms. Peacock is proud! Congrats to all our chorus members!

Electives Parent Night at CLMSElectives Parent Night

CLMS held it's Electives Parent Night on March 19th, 2015 this year and the event was a huge success.  Current 6th and 7th graders, as well as, in-coming 6th graders and their parents were able to browse thru the many Electives booths setup to showcase all of the awesome programs our school has to offer.   Thanks to all those who worked so hard to make it that way!!  And, special thanks to all those who attended!  We are Mustang Proud!

CLMS FFA Livestock Team Makes HistoryFFA Livestock Competitve Team

In one of the FFA's most competitive events, CLMS FFA members had their best ever showing at the Florida Strawberry Festival on Friday, March 6th 2015.  The team of Kenna Marsh, Peyton Creel, Johnnie Salter, and Michael Chantharasinh (LtoR above) placed 11th out of 49 teams from around the state.  Team members had to identify breeds of livestock, identify wholesale cuts of meat and evaluate classes of beef and swine. Kenna had the teams highest score placing 9th out of 188 students!  Excellent job, Mustangs!

CLMS FFA Continues Excellence in Nursery and Landscape CompetitionFFA Nursery and Landscape Competitve

For the 5th straight year CLMS FFA members are among the top in the state in the landscape and nursery CDE!  Andrea Moreno, Austin Armstrong, Michael Chantharasinh, and Mya Woodard-DeWitt (State officer, Jana Caraiccilio, shown with CLMS students pictured LtoR above) competed on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at the University of Florida Research Center in Apopka.  The team placed 4th and will be recognized at the state convention in Orlando this summer as being one of Florida FFA’s best!  Congrats to the team!!

FFA Members Bring Home Top Two Trophies in Polk County Nursery and Landscape CompetitionFFA Members

Crystal Lake Middle School FFA members competed in the Polk County Nursery and Landscape competition at Hollis Gardens in Lakeland on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015.  Team members identified ornamental plants, insects and tools related to the industry, as well as, completed a written test and job interview.  Andrea Moreno, Mya Woodard-DeWitt, Austin Armstrong, Erika Ledo, Michael Chantharsinh, Cierra Hamilton, Michael Hickman, and Johnnie Salter (pictured) brought home the top two trophies and will be recognized by the Florida Landscape and Nursery Growers Association later this spring!  Congratulations, FFA and Mr. West!  Great job representing CLMS!

Aquaculture Receives Florida Gardens for Life GrantAquaculture Advanced Class

IFASCongratulations 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 project.

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.

This project is a semester project for the class and will incorporate help from the Rising Above environmental club which is advised by Ms. Makdessi, Ms. Viamonte and Coach Sprouse.

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!

Math Tutoring Opportunities Math Tutoring



STUDENTS!  Be sure to take advantage of these great opportunities with our AWESOME Math teachers each week!

MONDAY's – 8:00-9:00AM in the Cafeteria (Hillery)
TUESDAY's – 4:15-5:00PM in Room 503 (Holley) Algebra/Geometry
WEDNESDAY's - 4:15-5:00PM in Room 503 (Holley) Algebra/Geometry
THURSDAY's – 8:00-8:30AM in the Cafeteria (Hillery)
4:15-5:00PM in Room 503 (Holley) Algebra/Geometry
FRIDAY's – 8:00-8:30AM in the Cafeteria (Hillery)

FFA Youth Fair Competition 2015 FFA Youth Fair Competition

Crystal Lake Middle School FFA members earned the honors of Champion Poultry and Egg Judging Team and Champion Horticulture Team while competing against teams from around the county at the Polk County Youth Fair in January, 2015. Team members had to grade eggs and poultry, as well as, identify the various cuts of chicken in the Poultry division and identify fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants in the Horticulture contest. Members also placed very well in the rabbit and livestock judging contests. Team members (pictured above) were: Michael Hickman(high individual poultry score), Michael Chantharasinh, Kylie Hollis, Andrea Moreno, Mya Woodard-DeWitt, Samantha Monsen, Kenna Marsh, Johnnie Salter, Peyton Creel, Erika Ledo, Cierra Hamilton, Austin Armstrong(high Individual horticulture score), Gavin Ybarra, and Nayelly Gonzalez.   Congratulations, Mustang FFA members and sponsor, Mr. Greg West!  You make us proud!

CLMS Family Read NightWonder by R.J. Palacio

CLMS's Family Read Night held on Jan. 22nd, 2015 was another great success! Reading and Language Arts teachers sponsored the event with help from other core content area teachers.  This year's book, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, was a 2013-14 Sunshine State Young Reader Award book.  Parents and students enjoyed the evening's activities centered around this cool read about 10 yr. old Auggie Pullman.  Auggie, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

CLMS Agriscience Students Going GreenAgriscience Students harvestingAG students deliver greens

The CLMS Agriscience students were extremely proud to produce a “bumper” crop of green beans, peas and radishes this year. Students distributed their crop to teachers and staff as a 'thank you' for the support given to them over the years. If you didn’t receive any, don’t worry, students are getting ready to plant their spring garden next week! Thanks, Mr. West and Agriscience students! Great job!

Rising Above Club New This Year Rising Above Club

Rising Above is a volunteer club on campus. We are new this year and have started off the club by implementing a recycling program in the school. The students in this club are also working on beautifying the campus by pulling weeds and growing plants. Our goal is to get involved with different projects throughout the year that will assist local organizations. The club sponsors are Ms. Makdessi, Ms. Sprouse, Ms. Kozar, and Ms. Viamonte.

Top Row (Left to Right): Tommie Shular, Danny Torres, Aliyah Johnson, Araya Rodriguez, Kiara Thomas, Adrianna Oquendo, Javier De Labastide, La’Varrion Nereus, Ozasha Wilson, Ca’daysha Powell, Corkney Drew

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Glorimar Padilla, Tynasia Burch, Marcelo Martinez, Natalie Tausch 
Way to go, Mustangs!!

Chess Team Celebrates Big Wins Chess Team with Coach Mr. Morgan

CLMS Chess Team members are rockin' it on the tournament trail again this year!  We finished at 14.5 team points out of 16 for the December Tournament (as listed below) and currently hold First Place!
Shout-Outs go out to the following team members:
Jacob, "The Fish", Fisher who finished with his first 4-0 (9.5 season wins) including pulling off a fourth round win with 5 seconds left on the clock to keep his top 16 hopes alive.
Philip Samson goes 4-0 (9 season wins) for first time career best keeps top 16 hopes alive.
Destiny Cancel goes 3.5 (8.5 season wins), best career finish keeps top 16 hopes alive.
Jerimiah Decker goes 3-1 (9.5 season wins) to continue his top 16 march
Josh Vasconcellos goes 3-1 (9 season wins) to continue his top 16 march
Izaiah Wamsley goes 3-1 (9 season wins career best season) to continue his top 16 march.
Jake McKinney goes 3-1 (8 season wins) continues his career best season keeping his top 16 hopes alive.
Bram Stockford goes 3-1 (7.5 season wins)
Kevin Acevedo goes 2-2 for a season total of 9 wins and top 16 march continues.
Brendin Douglas 2-2 season total of 6 wins.
Randell Guerrero 2-2 season total of 7 wins.
Jessica Casper 2-2 season total of 8.5
Matthew Lariccia 2-2 season total 8
Abriel Stanish 1.5 season total of 5
Javier Gomez 1.5 first career official win

Great Job CLMS Chess team!
Congrats to Mr. Morgan and Mrs. Goodrich, as well!

Principal "Coach" Canning RetiresCoach CanningCoach Canning on Fishhouse Tour

December 2014 marks the beginning of a well-earned retirement for Crystal Lake Middle School’s awesome principal since 2005, Christopher “Coach” Canning. Although, he would say smiling, that this just begins the second 62 years of his life! Coach Canning has hopes of returning to the school system in some capacity (after the required time out) in order to continue his work with the academies he has helped to establish at CLMS (CASE, STEAM and Veterinarian). He stated that his vision is only half-way complete at this point. Click Here to Read More....

Teachers & Students Celebrate Holidays Teacher Exchange Cookies

CLMS teachers and staff readied themselves for the much anticipated 2014 Holiday break by holding their annual cookie exchange.  Awesome treats were shared, and a fun time was had by all. 

Winter Concert Performance Dec. 18thHoliday Wreath

Our annual Winter concert presented by our Music department was held this year on Thursday, Dec. 18th, 2014 in our school cafeteria.  The Orchestra, Band and Chorus performed and each one did an outstanding job!  Thanks to this talented group of Mustang music students for an evening of musical delights!

Physical Education Hosts Parent Night P.E. Parent Night Activity

Our Physical Education department hosted another fun and engaging learning experience for our Parent Night on Dec. 11th, 2014.  Parents and students moved from activity to activity with the highlight of the evening being the always adventurous campus-wide scavenger hunt.  Great job, P.E. Department!  You rock!

Excellence Rating for ITV Department ITV Outstanding Award

The ITV department of Polk County partners with broadcast professionals and industry leaders to evaluate daily broadcast programs throughout the county. The ITV department of Crystal Lake Middle School recently received a rating of OUTSTANDING on their first evaluation submission. The county issues a random two week period and asks that schools submit their best show from those two weeks. Schools are not allowed to alter anything about the show. It must be evaluated exactly as it was broadcast.  Mr. Barber is extremely proud of his students for their dedication and commitment to excellence.

CLMS Makes a Splash at WE3 Expo

  • Mr. Schuh at WE3 Expo Table
  • WE3 Expo Booth 2014
  • WE3 Robot 2014
  • WE3 Expo Table 2014

Mr. Schuh's technology students represented CLMS well at this year's WE3 Expo.  Students designed a robot and displayed their drawings at the expo to showcase our awesome technology and robotics programs.  Many of our students were able to attend this years expo which is always a great learning experience and exciting field trip!

Internet Safety Parent NightInternet Safety NightInternet Safety Night

Tuesday, Oct. 28th, 2014, was CLMS's Internet Safety Parent Night.  Crime Prevention Specialist, Dorothy Smith of the Polk County Sheriff's Department, spoke to parents and students about the dangers of social media and the internet, and ways to avoid potential problems.  Cyber-bullying was also addressed and parents went away with valuable information about keeping their students safe while using the internet.  The evening proved to be very informative for all attending!

CLMS Art Classes Get Ready for Show

Art Classes Working On Projects

Our CLMS Art III students (shown above) are working on their newly assembled table easels to create acrylic paintings for the Harrison School of the Arts middle school “Square Foot Invitational” exhibit.  This is an exhibit for 8th grade students only and the work must be on a 12” x 12” canvas.  The exhibit was held this year on Dec. 12th, 2014.  A number of our 8th grade students would like to become Harrison students next year.  They will be creating portfolios to “try out” and interview for Harrison.  Good luck, Mustangs!

WE3 Expo 2014

WE3 Expo

OPEN HOUSE 2014Open House 2014

Open House was held on Thursday, September 11, 2014 for our parents to visit their student’s classrooms to meet the teachers and learn about the curriculum.  
The evenings agenda included a video for parents to learn more about CLMS being a Title One school.  Information was given about Title I Resources, the NEW -- Parent Information Resource Centers (PIRC) and the NEW -- Parent Learning University for Growing (PLUG).
We hope that parents were able to learn more about the great things happening at Crystal Lake Middle, CASE, STEAM and VET Academies.  Thank you to all those who were able to attend!

2014-15 School Year Off to a Great Start!School Assembly

The 2014-15 school year is off to a great start at CLMS, CASE, STEAM and VET Academies!  Principal, "Coach" Canning, met with students for their first assembly of the school year by grade level to go over various school operations and expectations.  He introduced members of the school administrative team who each went over their areas of expertise, to include: attendance, punctuality, grade requirements, electronic devices, safety, dress code and tardies.   And, at each team meeting, administration and our SRO, Officer Demarest, talked about our "No Bullying" policy and the 3-Step reporting process to help keep our school free of any bullying issues.  Students were attentive and orderly for each assembly.  Way to go, Mustangs!  It's going to be a great year! 

Special Thanks to Our New Business Partner, WASTEQUIP!Wastequip Donates Items to CLMS

School supppliesSchool suppliesBook bagSchool shirtrulerWe would like to thank our newest business partner, WASTEQUIP, for their generous donation of school supplies for 2014-15 school year.  Their donation included school shirts, back-packs and basic school supplies which will benefit many of our students.  Wastequip is the leading manufacturer of waste handling and recycling equipment in North America. They specialize in products, systems and solutions to help you collect, store, transport, and manage a wide range of waste and recyclables. CLMS would like to see more of our local businesses become a business partner.  For more information, please call our office at (863)499-2970.

We've Adopted a Coral Tree! Coral Restoration Certificate/Visit

This summer members of our school presented the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) with a check for $500 to adopt a coral tree in our school's name.  CRF is a Key Largo, FL based nonprofit charitable organization working to restore critical coral reef habitats.  Thru their S.T.E.M. class studies involving Marine Science, students gained an appreciation for coral reefs in the state of Florida. (Florida is the only state in the U.S. continent that has coral reefs.) 

Students and staff worked during the school year on various fund-raising events to help in this worthy effort.  For more info about CRF and what you can do to help, click the following link: Coral Restoration Foundation

FFA 2014 Convention News FFA Convention 2014

Crystal Lake Middle School FFA members attended the 86th annual Florida FFA Convention on July 1st-4th, 2014.  Members were part of over three thousand members and supporters who attended the events at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando. Students attended leadership sessions, met National and State FFA officers, were recognized with four state awards in the areas of Nursery and Landscape, Aquaculture, Citrus, and, of course, enjoyed meeting and sharing ideas with others from every corner of the State. Coach Canning and Sheryl White were special guests on Wed., July 2nd, during the annual parade of champions.  Attendees were: Kaitlyn Davis, Andrea Moreno, Carlyne Crawn, Mya Woodard-DeWitt, Johnnie Salter, Gavin Ybarra, Michael Chantharasinh, and Clay Canning. 


CLMS' Crystal Ball 'Night in Paradise' Dance A Fun Evening for All!Crystal Ball Night in Paradise

This year's theme for our 2014 Crystal Ball dance was 'A Night in Paradise', and it was an evening enjoyed by all attending!  The CLMS gym was transformed for the evening with lots of twinkling lights, palm trees and tropical decor.  Jon Paul Martinez was crowned King and Taylor Ignacio was crowned Queen (pictured above).  The King’s court was Clay Canning and Tyler Mitchell, and the Queen’s court was Isis Conover and Trinity Arnold.  Everyone looked great decked out in their tropical evening attire, and had a great time dancing the night away with their friends! 

SSRYA Awards SSYRA Awards

Congratulations to all our 2014 SSYRA (Sunshine State Young Readers Awards) Book Festival members! Pictured above are: Ryonna Flowers, Jeremy Bautista, Jessica Casper, Melanie Gaige Aquino and Trinity Arnold!  Mrs. Castle reported that at the May 22nd, 2014 competition they received a 1st place in Creative Games, 1st place in Visual Book Advertisement and 3rd place in the Quiz Bowl!  Great job, Mustangs!

Mile Run Record Breakers!Mile Run Record Breakers

Congratulations to Javiez Williams & Deion Sheffield for completing their One Mile Run in under six minutes. In Coach Katz’s 11 years at CLMS, he has never seen a student complete the mile run in under six minutes during PE class. This week, he saw two students accomplish this task, both in the same class period. Deion completed his mile with a time of 5:50, and Javiez completed his mile with a time of 5:48. Great job, boys! You should be very proud of your accomplishment!

Record Breaking Push Ups!Dennis Spanier Breaks Push Ups Record

Congratulations to Dennis Spanier who set a new CLMS record for push-ups during PE class with a set of 62 push-ups. Great job, Dennis! We're proud of your accomplishment!





American Legion Awards

Award RecipientAward RecipientAward RecipientAward RecipientCongratulations go out to Trinity Arnold, Andrew Baker, Azalia Dieguez and Gregory Garcia (pictured above LtoR) who each received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Legion Post 4 on May 14th, 2014.  We are proud you, Mustangs!

Lakeland Police Athletic League Holds Exciting Assembly for Students

  • Principal Canning and Tim Abram of Lakeland PAL
  • Principal Canning and Tim Abram of Lakeland PAL
  • Principal Canning and Tim Abram of Lakeland PAL
  • Principal Canning and Tim Abram of Lakeland PAL
  • Principal Canning and Tim Abram of Lakeland PAL

Lakeland Police Athletic League's (PAL) Executive Director, Tim Abram, spoke to our student body on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 about the awesome PAL program that serves over 900 children in our Lakeland community. Tim has been working with kids for over 21 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.

PAL's Summer Youth Programs include WRESTLING,    FOOTBALL & CHEERLEADING, and the YOUTH LEADERSHIP MENTORING PROGRAM.  For more information about these programs, contact the PAL Office at 863-834-2556 or visit their website at www.lakelandpal.org.  You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakelandPoliceAthleticLeague

7th Grade Project Lead the Way Energy Expo and C.A.S.E. Showcase Night Geo-Thermal Energy Project

This year's Energy Expo and C.A.S.E. Academy Showcase Night was held on May 20th, 2014.   5th graders, as well as, current C.A.S.E. and CLMS students were in attendance to view projects completed this year during our inter-disciplinary units.
Student displays included an informational display board and a model depicting one of six different renewable energy sources: Wind, Solar, Biomass, Hydropower, Geothermal, and Hydrogen.  A Geothermal energy project that was a crowd favorite and received honorable mention was created by
Gabriella Thomas and Jordan Doss (pictured above).
Thanks for a great turn-out to see this exciting curriculum going on at C.A.S.E.!

FFA Banquet Celebrates Great Year!FFA Banquet 2014

On Thursday, May 15th, 2014, Crystal Lake FFA members celebrated a successful year at their annual banquet. Parents, members and supporters enjoyed a delicious meal thanks to Ed Kirkland of Harvest Meats, Coach Eddie’s Backyard BBQ, Winn Dixie, Sub-Way and Ms. Sharon Hardin.  FFA families supplied delicious desserts, side dishes and volunteered their time to decorate and prepare.  Over 20 teams of FFA members were recognized for their hard work over the past year. The officer team presented Mr. John Small, Senior Director of Workforce Education of Polk County Schools, with an Honorary Chapter Membership plaque to their chapter.  Thank you to all CLMS Staff, parents, and supporters for helping us have another awesome year!!!!  (Pictured above: Johnnie Salter, Taylor Brown, Andrea Moreno, Kaley May, Kaitlyn Davis, Mya Woodard-DeWitt, Mr. John Small, and Carlyne Crawn)

C.A.S.E. Academy's 8th Grade Trip to Disney's Epcot a Great STEM Experience CASE Epcot 2014 Trip

Our C.A.S.E. Academy 8th graders had a great time at Epcot on Friday, May 9th, 2014!   Students saw how Disney scientists maintain the environment and inhabitants of the 5.7 million gallon aquarium at the center of The Seas with Nemo & Friends.  They learned all about the education and training required for professional careers in the marine sciences while getting an up-close look into the responsibilities of studying and caring for aquatic animals.  Students completed their experience by discovering the many unique opportunities available to them, such as the professional internship program at The Seas with Nemo & Friends.

FFA Aquaculture Team State FinalsFFA Aquaculture Team 2014

On Friday, May 9th, 2014, the Crystal Lake Middle School FFA Aquaculture Team competed in the state finals at the UF Tropical Fish lab in Ruskin.  Team members, Michael Chantharasinh, Johnnie Salter, Carlyne Crawn, and Clay Canning, had to take a written test, identify aquatic fish and plants, identify parasites, and give an oral presentation. The team placed 2nd in the state with all four members placing in the top 8.  Michael Chantharasinh earned the high individual honors.  The team and Michael will be recognized at the FFA State Convention this summer.  Way to go, Mighty Mustangs!

Commissioner for the Florida Department of Education, Mrs. Pam Stewart, Visits CLMS Commisioner of Education Pam Stewart and Principal Coach Canning

CLMS was honored to have Mrs. Pam Stewart, Commissioner for the Florida Department of Education, stop by to visit our campus on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 as she was between stops on her travels to counties around the state this week to greet Florida's Teacher of the Year finalists.  Principal Canning welcomed Mrs. Stewart back as she had previously toured our campus  shortly after the opening of our CASE Academy.  It's always exciting for us to share the growth of such great STEM programs as our Robotics, Aquaculture and Veterinarian academy.

Sun N Fun Field Trip 2014Sun N Fun Field Trip

Project Lead the Way 8th grade engineering students enjoyed a great Field Trip to Sun n Fun on April 3rd, 2014.  Students (some pictured above with Sun N Fun Staff) were able to take advantage of educational activities, a lengthy tour of facilities and flight line, and an airshow. In addition to that, students were able to witness the take-off of the ThinkGlobalFlight.  This flight will go around the world providing aerospace education to schools around the world. CASE was a student command center for this flight so students were able to research many aspects of the flight and learn important aerospace concepts.  A few student leaders were able to attend the press conference with Buzz Aldrin and Flight Commander Judy Rice.  Buzz Aldrin flew the first leg of the journey with Captain Rice.

PTO Fundraisers at Papa John'sPapa John's Logo

Our PTO hosted another successful fundraiser night at Papa John's on Memorial May 8th, 2014.  We had an amazing turn-out for our last Papa John's fundraiser!  There was a tie for the winner of the classroom pizza party! Mrs. Testerman and Ms. Peacock will be getting a pizza party for their 8th period classes! Thank you so much for your support! 

Mustang Aquaculture Program Serves Up a Fish Fry!

Crystal Lake Middle's awesome Aquaculture department served up a mean fish fry on Sat., May 3rd, 2014 at Lighthouse Ministries.  Pictured above from right, Principal "Coach" Canning, Aquaculture program instructor, Noel Rizzuto and APA Johnnie Jackson cleaned and filleted redfish that students in the program had grown out over a 4 year period since the program's inception.  The Mustang family is proud to be able to be a part of helping others thru a STEM program that teaches students first-hand about the aquaculture career field. 

Stevie B's Pizza Hosts FFA FundraiserStevie B's FFA Pizza Fundraiser

A big 'Shout Out' goes to Stevie B's for hosting a CLMS FFA Pizza fundraiser night on Friday, May 2nd, 2014.  A percentage of their sales were donated to help our award-winning FFA department led by Mr. Greg West.  Members pictured above between sponsors Mr. West and Mrs. White are:  Michael Chantharasinh, Kaley May, Mya Woodard-DeWitt, Gavin Ybarra, Carlyne Crawn , and Andrea Moreno

CLMS Faculty & Staff 'Raise the Heat' for FCAT 2014! CLMS Staff Raise the Heat forFCAT

CLMS Faculty and Staff were primed and ready as they encouraged our students to make their best effort for FCAT testing this year!  Wearing t-shirts that touted '218 Degrees - The Heat is On' across the back, Mustang Pride is sure to have shined thru!  Our students have reached the 'boiling point' and we are confident those scores have RISEN to the occasion! Go, Mustangs!

PizPizza Hut 2014za Hut Fundraiser

Crystal Lake Middle will be selling PIZZA HUT FUNDRAISER CARDS!

When: April 30th—June 5th
Where: Purchase the cards to sell, in the main office from Ms. Graham or Mrs. Pfaff, before or after school.
Pizza card info: Pizza cards are $10 each (CASH only). Each card is worth 12 FREE medium pizzas!! (One FREE medium pizza with each minimum purchase of $15). Ask your family & trusted neighbors if they would like to buy a card! There are NO sign up sheets. If someone wants to buy a card from you, bring the $$ to school & get the card the same day!
If you sell 10 Pizza Cards, you get the 11th card for FREE!!
**Whenever you bring the $$, you get the pizza cards IMMEDIATELY!!**

CLMS Faculty Enjoy a Great Day of 'Buddy Ball'! 

CLMS Enjoys a Day of Buddy Ball

CLMS faculty and some of their own family members partnered with the City of Lakeland Baseball to serve as ‘buddies’ for the Challenger League on Sat., April 26th at Peterson Park.  Athletes, as well as parents, were very excited to see that our school would share the day with them. The players and buddies had a great time together, and our school plans to partner again soon! Great day, great times!

Math & Science Family NightMath Science Parent Night1Math Science Parent Night2

On Thursday, March 20th, 2014 CLMS held our annual Math & Science Family night. Our math and science departments created some exciting, hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy!
Some of the activities were:
• “M&M Probability”
• “Hershey’s Park Inequalities”
• “Ring the Fact”
• “Ready, Set, Go Speeding Carts”
• “It’s Getting Hot in Here”
• “Keeping it Cool with Conduction and Convection”
CLMS teachers and staff members hope that our families learned that math and science can be educational, as well as, fun and interactive!

2014 About Face Award Recipient - Jarius Battle

AwardAbout Face Award RecipientFor the past fifteen years, TECO Energy, Inc. has sponsored the About-Face Awards which honors one student from each middle and high school making a positive turn-around in academics, behavior and/or attitude during the present school year.  Congratulations to this year's About Face Award recipient from CLMS, Jarius Battle!  Jarius will be recognized at the annual About Face Award breakfast on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at the Nora Mayo Hall in Winter Haven.  Great job, Jarius!

Chess Team Takes Individual HonorsChess board

Congratulations go out once again to our awesome Chess Team!   This past Saturday, March 15, 2014, the CLMS Chess Team, having already won the County team title (and officially taking home the First Place Team trophy for the fifth time in six years), played for individual honors.

The competition was expected to be fierce, but CLMS players did not disappoint turning in the most dominate performance section by section in school history finishing 1st or 2nd in each of the seven sections they competed. There were a total of 10 sections in middle school division, each with 16 players from 25 different schools.

Middle School - In the top section (Top 16), CLMS players finished 2nd (Gabe McAdams), 7th (Jesse Decker), 8th (Davin Richards), 9th (Kyle Ocampo), 13th (Stefan Potts), and 16th (Josh Vasconcellos)

All County. Section 'A' - 1st (Isaiah Teague); Section 'B' - 1st (Clark Collins) and 2nd (Darick Tomlinson); Section 'C' - 2nd (Jake McKinney) and 4th (Jessica Casper); Section 'D' - 1st (Klayton Spivey); Section 'I' - 1st (Ian Sobha).

There were four former CLMS high school players dominating the high school division - David Cook, D'Anthony Dorsey, Josiah Oquendo, and Trevorn Hodge.

A special thanks goes out to Coach Steve Morgan and Mrs. Testerman for what they have done with our team and their successes!!!

Regional Spelling Bee 2014 NewsJessica Arriaga-CLMS Spelling Bee Representative

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!Miss Opal's 80th Birthday

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 2014TSA Competition StudentsTSA 1st Place Trophy

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

Mustang Family Connection Newsletter

Crystal Lake Middle offers 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.  Click here for 3rd Nine Weeks Newsletter

Orchestra Receives Superior RatingsOrchestra

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 Scavenger HuntFamily 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!

ART Class Collages on DisplayArt Collages

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 JudgingFFA 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 EventFVA Solo/Ensemble Competition Students

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!

Math SymbolsMath Tutoring Available Math Tutoring

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 CampusCASE Students Study Wind Turbine

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 STEM Night 2013

STEM Night at CLMS

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.


Join us for our next PARENT NIGHT on Thursday, Jan. 23rd!

Orchestra Performs For A Packed HHollyouse in "Sounds of the Season" Concert Orchestra Students

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 PlaceChess Team 2013-14

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 Car wash

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!Kickbots Team

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 2013Great 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'

Divergent Book posterThis 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.

WE3 Expo 2013We3 Expo

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!

Click here for WE3 Expo's Video

Boys' Basketball Builds Character!Basketball

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 EnsembleStudents 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!

Sheriff Judd Guest Speaker at Internet Safety Parent NightSheriff Grady Judd at Internet Safety 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

ESOL Tutoring

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 (portable #10).

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

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 Open House PE Classroom

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

Jaylens Challenge

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

Parent Letter for Students in Algebra 1 or Geometry

Southeastern Football Team ROCKS!!!SE Football Team Helping CLMS Get Ready!SE Football Team Washing Cars

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!Reading Books is Fun!

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 2013Father walking child to school

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 KeysSTEM Training 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

Hannah DinsmoreTrinity ArnoldGregory Garcia

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!!

Robotics Students Compete At NationalsT.S.A. Competition Preparation

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!

Crystal Academy of Science and Engineering

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

Click here for more information on the Crystal Academy of Science & Engineering.

Click here for C.A.S.E. Community Service Form


CLMS Art II Students Create Dragon Piece-by-PieceDragon Art Piece by students

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.)

Lucid Film Festival Showcases Student's CreativityLucid Film Festival - Confectious short film

Lucid Film Festival

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'!Fox's Charley Belcher's visit to CLMS

MyFoxTampa Cool SchoolWe 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

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  • Exploration Day at the Lake

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 BartowRobotics students demonstrating software

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 MartinezSuperintendant's 6th Annual Partnership Award

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!

FFA Landscape Competition StudentsThere 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, Coaches!