February 2018 Community Meeting Minutes

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Better late than never!  Here's February's meeting recap, which was held in the CPMS Maker's Lab. Special guests included Danielle Alexander from "Yes to Beaverton Schools" and Todd Sheely and Luke Unger, who have been working with Dr. Anderson to improve our Maker's Lab.

 Topics of interest include:

  • Recent purchases using PTC funds, including an author visit, a 16 foot blow up screen, and new college banners for the halls
  • Cedar Park's new gym floor
  • May levy information
  • Maker Lab goals

Explore the FULL MEETING RECAP here.  

There was no community meeting in March. Any questions can be directed to Jana Drotzmann, PTC President.


8th Grade End of Year Activities Meeting Scheduled for Wed, 4/25

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Parents who are interested in helping to organize the end of year activities for the 8th grade are invited to a planning session on Wed, 4/25, at 3:30pm in the CPMS cafeteria.

**This is not a meeting for those interested in simply volunteering on the day of the event.  Those sign-ups will be coming out closer to the end of the year. 

Also, please note the following dates:

  • Honors Breakfast– Wed, 6/6 from 8am to 9am
  • 8th Grade Send-off– Tuesday, 6/19, time TBA

Questions regarding these events can be made to Angela Redmon.  

2018-19 Art Lit Grade Coordinators Needed

Cedar Park's Art Literacy program is already looking into 2018-19 as it seeks a new leadership team.  

Next year, Art Lit will continue with its revamped scheduled.  There will be only one unit/artist presented during the school year for each grade. Two art lit coordinators FROM EACH GRADE will manage and oversee their grade's project, significantly reducing the previous leadership work load.

The Art Lit Coordinators need to choose their artist art box during May 2018 (next month!), so let us know you're interested in this wonderful program!

The Art Literacy Coordinators' jobs for next year are straightforward and simple.  You pick an artist, you get the artist box, you order the supplies you need for your grade (approximately 300 students), you coordinate with the Humanities head teacher to pick a date and reserve the Library.  On that date you do the presentation and production for each of three class periods in the Library.  Then you are done for the entire school year.

The art box contains all the presentation materials needed to be able to effectively present the unit.  It also has information on what is needed for the production (art project).

You only need to ask for parent volunteers to help prep the materials for the big day and to help when the students are in the Library. 

Funds for the Art Literacy Program are generously provided from the PTC fund.

This is a fun and engaging way to connect with the students and see what great creative ideas they develop based on the artist presented.

Email Angela Redmon if you are interested in taking on one of the grade Art Lit projects.

CPMS Students Enjoy "iLumiDance Revealed" Performance via Far West Grant

 Rainbow Dance Company's "iLumiDance Revealed"

Rainbow Dance Company's "iLumiDance Revealed"

On March 22, Rainbow Dance Co. performed "iLumiDance Revealed" to a gym full of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  This performance was made possible by a generous grant from Far West Recycling and an additional contribution by the Cedar Park Parent Teacher Club, using funds raised from last fall's 5K fundraiser.

The professional dancers lit up the darkened gym and appeared to "float" through the space. Students were inspired to express ideas through art and engineering.  The show was a great combination of art and the engineering design process.

The students really enjoyed the portion of the show called "stick person" where a group of six students collaborated on a dance.  After prototypes and practice, the lights went out and the stick person danced "Gangnam Style" as the audience roared in appreciation and acknowledgement for the hard work of student participants.  It was clear that the performers enjoyed working together on a difficult task.

Thanks again to Far West Recycling, Young Audiences, and the PTC for their work and generous support bringing this professional art and engineering experience to Cedar Park students.


8th Graders to Dive into the Civil War World of Mathew Brady

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The eighth graders of Cedar Park will be exploring a unit on the American Civil War. The CPMS Art Literacy Program will expand on this topic by studying the Civil War photographer, Mathew Brady.  If you’ve seen a Civil War photo, it was probably done by Mathew Brady or one of his photographers.

Art Lit Volunteers will take a portrait of your student(s) in the style of Mathew Brady.  Costumes are supplied by Art Lit.  Photos will begin during Advisory (this Friday morning).  More dates will be added.

The schedule for this week is:

Friday, March 23 - Ms. Barbis Advisory (8th graders only)

  • If your child DOES NOT want their portrait taken, they may opt-out.
  • If your child needs extra time, email the Art Lit coordinators to set up a time when it is not hectic.

Boys, please wear dark pants (chino-type) or jeans.  This also goes for girls planning to fight in the war.

Volunteer shifts are available at myvolunteerpage.com.  

Questions can be directed to MaryBeth Piccirilli & Daphne Teals, Art Literacy Coordinators (Cpms.art.lit@gmail.com).

Cedar Park Art Literacy is made possible by the generous 5K donations of our CPMS community members.  

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Cedar Park Walkout Details

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Please note:  This is not a PTC event. This event is not organized or sponsored by Cedar Park Middle School.

Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ continued inaction in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.  

A group of eight graders at Cedar Park has taken the initiative to show solidarity with the students from Parkland who started this movement to push Congress to take action to strengthen gun laws to keep our children safe at school and in their communities.

At CPMS, the plan is to:

  • Walk out of class at 10:00 am into the cafeteria (not leaving the school).  Teachers will allow students to leave class to head to the cafeteria, where they will be supervised.
  • Have a minute of silence
  • Write cards to representatives in Congress and the students from Parkland
  • Walk back to class at 10:17am

If your child is interested, encourage them to participate and wear orange (orange is the color of the movement to end gun violence).

Click here for more information about the National School Walkout
Click here for more information about Beaverton School District’s position on the student walkout