Student Success Stories

We spend a lot of time talking about the challenges we face at CMS. We want to share with our parents and the community how we’re meeting these challenges. But we need to be equally diligent in sharing our success stories.

Ages & Stages: 6-10: Alternatives to Nagging

In a recent New York Times article titled "What Shamu Taught Me About A Happy Marriage," Amy Sutherland shares what she has learned from animal trainers in California while researching a book she is writing. "The central lesson I learned from exotic animal trainers is that I should reward behavior I like and ignore behavior I don’t. After all, you don’t get a sea lion to balance a ball on the end of its nose by nagging."

Magnet Schools Explained

Peek around a classroom door at Northwest School of the Arts and see a young dancer perfect her steps. Drop into a classroom at the Smith Language Academy and hear kindergartners receiving classroom instructions in Chinese. Stroll by an open door at Randolph Middle School and catch the sounds of students practicing the Socratic method of inquiry.

Moving to A New School -- How Parents Can Help

Moving to a new school can be difficult for children, but parents can help ease the transition, according to Donna Henderson, professor of counseling at Wake Forest University and co-author of "The Handbook of School Counseling." "The transition from one school to the next is a point at which children have more opportunities for trouble," says Henderson, whose family moved more than a dozen times before she graduated from high school.

Backpacks = Back pain?

Up to 33 percent of all children and teens experience back pain, according to the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America. Although there’s little chance a child will suffer permanent injuries from carrying an overloaded backpack, many children do put undue stress on their spines by using bags designed to hold only five or six pounds to support their 15- or even 20-pound loads.