This Week's Message - June 10 , 2022:
The end of the 2021-2022 school year has arrived. This year brought us new experiences, new teachers and leaders, as well as new challenges. We started our year feeling ready to move in a different direction from what our previous school year looked like and felt like. We certainly went in a different direction but one that was unexpected. We once again felt the pressure of how to best navigate teaching and learning while a new wave of COVID was looming over us. We had to implement new protocols, a test-to-stay program, variations to guidelines that were present from the year before, and adjust our plans that we thought were the ‘right’ ones for our school, our students, and our teachers. Yet, we did it! Our entire staff once again stepped up, did what needed to be done, remained calm, dedicated, flexible, supportive, and kept their sense of humor to ensure all CHMS students were taken care of. Thank you families for supporting us, trusting us, being patient and understanding, and working with us. We appreciate you!
We are grateful that we were able to end our school year by bringing back some events that we haven’t been able to host for two years. We had lots of field trips, we honored all our 8th grade students at recognition night, and we held an all school field day.
Our 8th grade recognition night was Monday evening and we really lucked out with absolutely beautiful weather. In addition to celebrating our 8th grade students, we also honored four very special and important staff members who are retiring this year.
Rich Reid, our school psychologist, will be missed. His kind heart, amazing insight, his incredible ability to connect with students and of course his infamous white beard have been appreciated and valued by the CHMS community.
Tami Grimaldo, who has been an educational support professional for 21 years. We will miss her compassion, thoughtfulness, and her absolute love of Camels Hump Middle school and all the students she supported.
Jean Burke, our technology specialist who has also been with us for the past 21 years. We will miss Jean’s tech savvy mind, how she is always one step ahead of us with what we need to do, and of course, we will miss her helpful tips and her ability to troubleshoot student tech issues.
Diane Fitzgerald who has been our head chef for the past 29 years. Diane has been preparing and serving breakfast and lunch every day and does it with a smile always. Diane has been an incredible chef. Her skills are exceptional and she pays close attention to detail. You always know Diane is cooking up a storm when you hear the loud, feel good music that’s playing in the kitchen.
We will miss them all!
Our field day on Wednesday was a team effort to create a schedule in which all students had an opportunity to participate in games, run through an inflatable obstacle course, get dunked in a dunk tank, create colorful banners, have a lunch BBQ and ice cream, and so much more. It was truly such a fun day and everyone, students and staff, were laughing and smiling all day. We all needed a field day.
We wish every family a wonderful summer filled with relaxation, laughter, family time, and calmness.
Best of luck to our Class of 2022 and we are looking forward to welcoming all our students back on Wednesday, August 31st!