Welcome to Columbia Middle School -- Home of the Bulldogs!
At CMS, we are guided by three pillars: Strong Instructional Practice, Social-Emotional Learning and Safe School Environment.
Strong Instructional Practice: Guided by the Common Core Standards, our teachers focus on the "5 C's" of Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Civility. Students are both challenged and supported to ensure they reach their full potential. CMS is also the home of the award-winning FLEX program, and the Stanford University Partnership Program, innovative programs which further support the goal of learning for all.
Social Emotional Learning: At CMS, we believe that in order for students to thrive, the social and emotional needs of students, especially during early adolescence, must be supported. To that end, we explicitly teach SEL skills such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. We also provide extensive counseling support through partnerships with Community Health Awareness Council and the Columbia Neighborhood Center, providing "Teen Talks", group counseling and individual counseling.
Safe School Environment: Safety is paramount at CMS. We are guided by our scholwide expectations of "Safety, Respect, and Responsibility" which are consistently taught, reinforced, and rewarded. Students are able to earn "Bulldog Bucks" for demonstrating these values, with the Bulldog Bucks able to be redeemed at our Bulldog Store.
Our efforts have been recognized -- CMS was awarded the Hoffmann Award from Santa Clara County in 2014, and most recently, the California Gold Ribbon Award (previously known as Distinguished School) in May of 2015! We are extremely proud of our students, staff, and community, and hope that you can be a part of it! If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 522-8247.