Monday, November 1, 2021

November's News & Notes


A Message from Principal P

October has flown by and November is certain to go by even faster!  Mr. Curtin and I want to thank all of the parents/guardians/caregivers who were able to join us for Coffee and Conversations. We appreciate everyone's feedback. A few items that were brought up include, clarification in regard to quarantining guidelines as well the expectations for teachers and students when a student has to quarantine. I have included information about these items below. 

 In addition we discussed our plan to make adjustments within our school day in order to build in Interaction Time within the school day. A proposed schedule will be going out to staff this week for their input. 

We will continue to collaborate with staff, students, and families to achieve our mission of being better together!   

With gratitude,

Jennifer Przybylski



CMS Principal

Supporting Our Students


Math League is going to be virtual until Interaction Time returns- If interested email Mrs. Duschen

Makerspace Club is being run virtually/remotely, similar to what was done last year at WGMS. New activities will be posted on a bi-weekly basis and students will be contacted through Google Classroom and email to pick up any necessary supplies. Morning announcements will be provided as needed for new activities.

Battle of the Books
Mrs. Bush will be presenting in ELA classrooms this month to encourage our students to participate and form teams for the 2021-22 Battle of The books. Competitions should begin sometime in January/February and will culminate in a regional battle with other school districts in our OCM BOCES region. There will be great prizes and recognition so I hope students will be encouraged and motivated to participate.  Here is the link to the book titles.

Additional Clubs will resume once after school Interaction Time resumes. These Include:

Tech Club
Student Council

PTO News

CMS PTO dining night this month will be at Chipotle in Camillus on 11/8, 4-8 PM. Help support our PTO and eat tacos! Order online using the code GFKHHB7 or mention you are with CMS PTO at the restaurant.

The PTO is having a Student Smile Project and raffle November 15-19th during lunch period. Students have the opportunity to fill out a Smile for another student, write something kind, and earn a raffle ticket for each Smile. The more Smiles they fill out, the more raffle tickets they receive!! This is a free event and the Smiles will be hung in the school. Some of the great raffle prizes are: SU men’s basketball 4 pack tickets, a 4 pack Syracuse Crunch tickets with autographed items, gift cards to Red Robin, Tully’s, Chipotle, Blooming Nails and more. 

Please consider joining our wonderful PTO!

And don’t forget to like the Camillus Middle School PTO Facebook page for updates! 


As you may have seen on the news, there is a TikTok challenge taking place across the country that encourages students to vandalize and steal from schools and post these escapades to their TikTok accounts. We are continuing to have issues at CMS with bathroom vandalism and theft. Soap dispensers have been ripped off of the walls, refills are stolen regularly, toilets are being purposefully plugged, and there has been inappropriate writing on the walls. Each time this occurs we are forced to lock down those bathrooms until they can be cleaned and restocked. This is an inconvenience for all of our students who are using the bathrooms appropriately. Please take the time to speak with your students about respecting property and our shared spaces. We encourage any students who witness these destructive acts to come forward and tell an adult so that we can hold those students accountable in accordance with our CMS Code of Conduct. 

To try and further mitigate these issues at CMS we will be implementing procedures for students to sign in and out of the bathrooms with a hall monitor.

In addition, we spend a lot of the day asking students to wear their masks over both their nose and mouth while in the building. Students do get mask breaks, but outside of that they must wear their masks properly. We are doing our best to avoid this being a disciplinary issue, but we expect students to follow the COVID safety protocols, and there will be disciplinary action if a student refuses. Please reiterate with your student that while we recognize that the rules at school do not apply to many places outside of here, they are expected to comply with all of our COVID safety protocols while on school grounds.

COVID Guidelines Related to Quarantine

  • If exposed but vaccinated no quarantine required. It is recommended you be tested 3-5 days after exposure and monitor for symptoms. 
  • If unvaccinated and exposed  you are required to quarantine for 10 days
  • If you  have COVID symptoms you need to leave work/school and get tested. Once you have a negative test you can return to work/school.

Teacher/Student/Parent Expectations

If a student is required to quarantine parents should call the guidance office and ask for work. The number is 315- 672-8381. Students should check Google Classroom as well and email their teachers to let them know they will be out. Teachers are not required to provide live instruction, but many are connecting with students via Zoom. If you have questions about how your student's teacher is supporting your student during a quarantine I encourage you to reach out to them directly.  Our staff is amazing and they are doing everything they can to support our students. 

Transportation Staff Appreciation Day

The West Genesee transportation staff has been working diligently to get our students to and from school safely each day. On Tuesday, November 2nd, the West Genesee District Council and district PTAs/PTOs will sponsor an appreciation day for our transportation staff. Dunkin' Donuts coffee and donuts will be provided in the transportation department as a token of appreciation. Parents and students are also encouraged to share their gratitude for transportation staff members with signs, cards, handwritten notes, or just saying "thank you" as you board the bus or drive by in the drop-off/pick-up lines at school that day. Let's show our Wildcat transportation staff how much we appreciate them!

Upcoming Events

Tues. November 2nd String Festival @ HS
Wed. November 3rd Musical Preview for students and staff
Thurs November 4th  “Anastasia The Musical” @ 7:00

Fri. November 5th  Wildcat Friday

              “Anastasia The Musical” @ 7:00                      


Sat. November 6th  “Anastasia The Musical” @ 2:00

Tues. November 11th - NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

Mon. November 15th Coffee and Conversation with Principal P @ 6:00 PM in the CMS library 

November 24th, 25th, 26th - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook Orders 

Yearbook pre-orders are open for Camillus Middle School. The cost of a basic yearbook package is $25.00 through January 30th, with individually priced options for additional accessories.

You can order a yearbook for your child by taking the following steps:

  • Visit
  • Enter Camillus Middle School
  • Enter your child’s name and grade level
  • Select desired yearbook package and accessories, then proceed to checkout

Camillus Middle School operates on a quarterly system with report cards being issued four times per year. All report cards can be viewed in Schooltool. Mark your calendars now with the dates: 11/19, 2/04, 4/29, 7/01.

We encourage our students and families to make it a habit to check Schooltool regularly to monitor assignment completion and academic progress.

District News

Save the Date for the Community Forum about the Special Referendum Capital Project!

Save the Date Community Forum

Mark your calendar for the Special Referendum Community Forum to be held on Monday, November 15, 2021, and also save the date for the vote on the referendum which will be held on Monday, December 6, 2021.

Information about the Special Referendum can be seen in each school lobby on poster boards and also more detailed information is available on the website by clicking here.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

OCTOBER'S News & Notes

A Message from Principal P

I can't believe it is already October!!! Our CMS staff and students have hit the ground running! I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to acknowledge the transition back to school full time during a pandemic brings with it challenges as well as anxiety for many of us in our community. I want to thank our amazing staff for welcoming our students back with enthusiasm and creating an environment that feels normal. Our students are resilient and it is so much fun to see them adjusting to being back full time so quickly and acting like middle school kids! 

I want to start a new tradition with CMS families. You are invited for our first monthly "Conversation and Coffee with Principal P" on Monday, October 25th from 6:00-7:00 P.M. in the CMS library. I will be communicating through School Messenger a reminder as well as providing a virtual link to join. Our conversations  will be centered around specific topics related to education. 

On October 25, I invite you to join in Conversations and Coffee with Principal P as a way to get to know me as well as provide me with some topics you feel are important and relevant to your students' education and future success. I will use your feedback to pick topics for our future conversations. 

I will continue to communicate with families in my monthly newsletter as well as the use of School Messenger to communicate more immediate updates. Please know if you have questions you can email me or call me directly anytime.  Mr. Curtin and I embrace our mission of being better together and welcome open communication in order to achieve our mission.

Better Together,

Jennifer Przybylski



CMS Principal

Supporting Our Students

Below you will find information in regard to the many different ways we are supporting our CMS students' academic needs as well as their social and emotional needs.

Social Emotional Learning Supports                             

Promise Zone Student Engagement Specialist

Last year, county officials decided to make an investment in the social-emotional well-being of our students as they transitioned back to in-person instruction. Camillus Middle School is fortunate to have Frank Howard as our Promise Zone Student Engagement Specialist. Promise Zones’ vision is ” to increase the capacity and efficacy of service delivery to all students to ensure social, emotional, and academic achievement.”

School Counseling Office

We have an outstanding school counseling team.  Students are assigned a school counselor based on their last name.  Mrs. Melanie Lynch (A-F), Mrs. Devan Farrell (G-MO), and Mrs. Monica Canterino (Mu-Z). We are also fortunate to have Mrs. Kathleen Germain our school social worker and Rebecca Wood is our school psychologist . 

 Academic Supports

We are currently looking at ways to provide additional academic support to students during the school day. Our goal is to ensure this support is accessible to all students, across all content areas.  Many staff members are finding creative and flexible ways to provide students with additional support during the school day.  We are also extremely fortunate to have intervention specialists for both Math and ELA. We will continue to work together to bring IT back to CMS.

Code of Conduct

In  September Mr. Curtin went into Social Studies classes and presented on our behavior expectations here at CMS. Here is a copy of the PowerPoint

Early Dismissal Reminders:

early dismissal window

If you are called by the health office to pick your student up please sign them out at the health office window. 

door 1

If you are signing your student out early for an appointment  please enter through entrance 1.  

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, October 27th- Picture retakes
  • spirit week
    School Spirit Week October 25th-29th
  • Monday, October 25th-  School Pajama Day, no slippers, proper foot attire must be worn
  • Tuesday, October 26th-  Twin Day
  • Wednesday, October 27th- Wacky Hair/Hat Day
  • Thursday, October 28th- Idol Day- Dress like someone you admire or wear something to respect the person you admire.
  • Friday, October 29th- Decades/Costume day-  No masks allowed
  • Friday November 5th- Wildcat Friday wear your blue and gold

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook Orders 

Yearbook pre-orders are open for Camillus Middle School. The cost of a basic yearbook package is 25.00 through January 30th, with individually priced options for additional accessories.

You can order a yearbook for your child by taking the following steps:

  • Visit
  • Enter Camillus Middle School
  • Enter your child’s name and grade level
  • Select desired yearbook package and accessories, then proceed to checkout