204 Duke Street  /  P.O. Box 440    Chester, Nova Scotia   B0J 1J0  Phone: 902-275-2720   ·   E-mail: cams@ssrce.ca

We respectfully acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) People first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources, but instead recognized Mi’kmaw and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

I don’t know about you, but I find that the fall is flying by. We can now officially say that the holidays are next month. Between now and then, there are many happenings at the school and in the community. As always, please be sure to visit www.cams.ednet.ns.ca for all updates as well as the daily announcements.

Report cards will be going out in a few weeks. I encourage you to get in touch with your child’s teacher if you did not get a chance to participate in last month’s parent teacher meeting. As well, I strongly encourage you to access the parent portal on Powerschool. Report cards will be sent out electronically and this will be the way that you access them.


Jay Thomas, principal

Chester Area Middle School

Report Cards Distributed November 29th

Report cards will be distributed on November 29th. Please ensure that the office has your most up-to-date email on file so you can access the report card without issue.

Early Dismissal November 29th 

The next early dismissal for students will be on Wednesday, November 29th. Students will be dismissed at 1:20pm on this day

Here is the November 2023 Cafeteria Menu:

Winter Break December 21- January 1 

CAMS winter break will be from December 21- January 1. The first day in 2024 will be January 2.

SchoolCash Online is our preferred method of payment for school fees, including everything from field trips to yearbooks to lunches. You can sign-up for SchoolCash Online by clicking on the logo. 

Joint Accessibility Plan

Nova Scotia’s seven regional centres for education and Counseil scolaire provincial have been developing a multi-year Joint Accessibility Plan to ensure accessibility in public education. This is part of a bigger provincial goal for an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. Click here to learn more.

Last February, families and staff throughout the province were invited to review a draft plan and provide feedback. We thank everyone who provided their thoughts and ideas. Now, we are pleased to share the finalized Joint Accessibility Plan. Click here to see the plan.

As a next step, SSRCE is developing an implementation plan. You can expect additional updates as we continue the important work of creating accessible public education in Nova Scotia.

2023/24 Cell Phone Policy

CAMS 2023/24 Cell Phone Policy


The staff at Chester Area Middle School want your child to be as focused on learning as much as possible during class time. Cell phones have proven to be the biggest distraction during class time over the past two years. To best support this, we have implemented the cell phone policy below:


1.     Cell phones and all other non-instructional-based electronic devices may be used on school grounds before school and during recess and lunch time.

2.     Cell phone use is prohibited in classrooms, bathrooms and school offices.

3.     During instructional time, cell phones must remain out of sight and in silent mode. They could be placed in lockers, backpacks, or another location away from students and their desks.

4.     Unless explicitly allowed by a staff member, headphones and other listening devices may only be used before school hours and during recess and lunch.

5.     If a student needs to place an emergency call during the day, they should request to go to the main office to use an office phone. If there are other emergencies, places will be provided. 


If students violate the school’s cell phone policy, the following may occur:


First Offense: The student’s cell phone will be confiscated by admin and held in the main office until the end of the school day. Before being allowed to pick up their cell phone at the end of the day, students must discuss and review the cell phone policy with an administrator. 


Second Offense: The student’s cell phone will be confiscated and held in the main office until the end of the school day. The student’s parents will be contacted and informed of the refusal to follow the school’s cell phone policy. Student’s will receive a noon hour detention and be permitted to pick up the cell phone at the end of the day.


Third Offense: The student’s cell phone will be confiscated  and held in the main office. The student will receive several noon detentions and be permitted to pick up the cell phone at the end of the day.


Continued violations of the cell phone policy may result in the loss of cell phone privileges at the school during recess and lunch.

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