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.

Wow- its May already! Hopefully, the sun will be out more, and the buds on the trees will be blooming. May also means that it’s track and field time! We have a strong track team this year, and we wish them the best of luck at the district championships on May 14th and 15th. Spring also means softball season. Our softball team has also started to swing their bats and throw balls. We also wish them the best of luck in their season.

May is also a time where we are well into the planning for next year. Our grade 8 students will soon be doing their orientation and transition meetings for grade 9, and we are also planning for our incoming students from Chester District School and Aspotogan. Stay tuned for more information on these events. 


Jay Thomas, principal
Chester Area Middle School

Sports at CAMS

Grade 5/6 Cross-Country


Our team will be attending runs at Bayview May 28th and the MARC on June 5th.  We will also be hosting a run at CAMS on June 10th.   In the meantime, our team will continue to practice on Mondays and Fridays afterschool until 3:45. Waiver forms for the runs will be coming home soon.  



Our teams have been selected for both boys’ and girls’ softball- congratulations to all participants who came out for the practices. Coaches will provide team members a schedule once available.


Track and Field


Track season is into full swing! Practices will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays for all athletes.  Specialty practices will be announced each week.  


All athletes have a mini meet at CAMS on May 8th starting at 1:30pm and ending around 5:30pm. After this meet, coaches will meet to pick our teams for districts.  We are only allowed 4 athletes in each event.  


Districts- May 14th and 15th at PVEC.

Regionals- May 24th and 25th at KES (Windsor)

Provincials- May 31st and June 1st in Sydney

May Long Weekend

There is no school for students and staff on Monday, May 20th. Happy May long weekend!

May Early Dismissal

The May early dismissal will occur on Wednesday, May 29th. Students will be dismissed at 1:20pm on this day. This will be the last CLT Day of 2023/24.

Here is the May 2024 CAMS Community Newsletter:

CAMS Community Newsletter May 2024.pdf

SSRCE Public Engagement

SSRCE will be holding a second Public Engagement session on May 15th at South Queens Middle School (with a virtual option). For parents/guardians who attended the March 6th session, the same information will be covered at this upcoming session, so there is no need to attend this one as well. The sessions this year are introductory in nature and the format and information going forward will be responsive based on your feedback from these initial sessions.

Date & LocationWed. May 15, 2024 at South Queens Middle School, 157 Old Bridge Street, Liverpool or virtually.

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

What: The session will be led by the Regional Executive Director, with senior staff providing break out information sessions on the following topics: Student Achievement, Student Well-Being, and Capital Planning.

RSVP: For planning purposes, we ask that you please RSVP here and indicate if you plan to attend in-person or virtually.

If you have questions related to the sessions, please email communications@ssrce.ca.

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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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