Important Information for Incoming 6th Grade Families (2022-2023 School Year)5th Grade Events5th Grade Visits : If your student currently attends one of our feeder elementary schools (Bishop, Fairwood, Lakewood, San Miguel), your student's 5th grade class will visit CMS during the school day for a tour, presentation, and performances by our elective programs. 5th Grade visits are scheduled for the following dates:Fairwood and Lakewood (March 20th), San Miguel and Bishop (March 22nd).5th Grade Parent Orientation (TBD):Here is this year's 5th Grade Parent Orientation Powerpoint which was shown on April 27, 2022, 6th Grade Informational. We will be hosting an informational in April for incoming families, so please stay tuned.
Elective Selection for 2022-2023
CMS offers a couple of different electives to students. At this time, we are changing our model so 6th grade electives will be yearlong for the next school year. Here are the choices for next year’s 6th graders.
Your student will request ONE of the following options and an alternate choice:
Band 6 – Band 6 is a yearlong music elective for 6th graders who either currently play a musical instrument, or who would like to learn a musical instrument. No experience necessary! Students learn either a wind instrument (i.e. flute, clarinet, saxophone), or a brass instrument (ie. trumpet, tuba, trombone).). Students perform at concerts, rallies, and other community events. Instruments are provided.
Chorus 6 -- Chorus 6 is a yearlong elective in which students learn vocal music as part of a choir. Students perform at concerts and other community events. Students learn to sing both choral music and popular music.
Orchestra 6– Orchestra 6 is a year-long elective in which students learn how to play a string instrument, such as the viola, violin, cello, or string bass. Students perform at concerts and other community events. Instruments are provided.
Art 6- Students will be introduced to different art forms including drawing, painting, and clay.
Music Appreciation 6- In this class, you will learn the basics of using digital audio workstations. Students will create their own pieces of music. Students will also have the opportunity to learn the basic functions of the beat maker and piano midi player. Each trimester will culminate in a project that demonstrates the students’ knowledge of the course.
Elective Selection PresentationKLAS Program
Kids Learning After School (KLAS) provides a safe and enriching environment for students to receive help with academic, physical, and arts enrichment activities, which are based on the needs and interests of participating students at seven school sites within the District: Bishop, Ellis, Fairwood, Lakewood, San Miguel, and Vargas Elementary schools and Columbia Middle School. Students are welcome to join KLAS to improve academic achievement and self-esteem and enjoy the fun and enriching learning activities.
The program is partially funded through a grant from the After School Education and Safety Program (ASES) and all students are eligible to participate based on availability and teacher recommendation. For more information, please contact
KLAS program goals include:
6th Grade and New Student Orientation -TBDIf you are an incoming 6th-grade student or are new to CMS, please join us on Friday, Aug. 12th, from 8 am to noon for an orientation to CMS! Our 8th-grade WEB leaders and advisors will be leading students in fun activities with the purpose of helping you to make new friends and learn all about CMS!
- Supporting student academic achievement to meet state standards
- Increasing self-esteem and improving life skills
- Offering positive interaction in a safe and enriching environment