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  • Principal/Ex Officio:  Principal Timothy Sites
  • Chair: Colt Fletcher
  • Co-Chair:  Assistant Principals, Ann Workman and D. Nicole Johnson
  • Parents:  Connie Adkins, Pam Longmore, and Karla Miller
  • Student:  Taylor Cenate
  • Teachers:  Steve Carpenter, Keith Moody, Jen Colbert, Jean Hollcroft , Nicole Reed
  • Service Personnel:  Charlene Mauck, Daniele Rinaldi
  • Members at Large: Melanie Condon

LSIC.. Improvement is non negotiable!

  • Improvement is defined as:
  • To raise to a more desirable or more excellent quality or condition; make better.
  • To increase the productivity or value of
  • To become better.
  • To make beneficial additions or changes.
  • To seek perfection….

These four continuous improvement questions will be used to refine the work:

  • 1. What do we expect students to learn?
  • 2. How will we know that students are learning?
  • 3. What will we do when students are already proficient?
  • 4. How do we respond when students don’t learn?

LSIC Presentation

  • 1. TEST DATA
  • 3. School Culture



Diagnostic Tools to target low performing students

  • Test Scores
  • DFI Reports- BINDER- S3
  • Bright Bytes
  • Teacher and Parent Referrals
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Live Grades Interim Reports
  • Report Cards
  • Counselor References

Student Interventions

  • ALL Documented in our strategic plan
  • Counselor Intervention Meeting
  • SAT Meetings
  • SPL
  • After School Tutoring
  • Read 180
  • Math 180
  • Think Through Math
  • Systems 44
  • STAR Math
  • NEW Online IEP’s System
  • AR 360 Daily INSTRUCTION…..



Staff Development & Staff Accountability

  • Bi-Monthly Department Meetings
  • Bi-Monthly Grade Level Meetings
  • County PD Opportunities
  • School Level PD Opportunities
  • Quarterly Grade Distribution Sheets (15% Failure)-BINDER S4
  • Weekly Live Grades Review-BINDER-S5
  • Electronic Walk Through EWALK –BINDER-S6
  • IPI –Peer evaluation and Observation tool
  • Formal and Informal Observations
  • Monthly Staff Meetings
  • Quarterly Lesson Plan Reviews
  • Courageous Conversations
  • Focus Support and or Corrective Action

Fall Athletics 110 student athletes

  • Football reclaimed the county championship under Coach Johnson
  • Football 48 student athletes, NO CUTS
  • Cross Country – 21 student athletes, NO CUTS
  • Volleyball – 28 student athletes, 10 cuts
  • Cheer- 13 student athletes, 3 cuts

Winter Athletics 71 student athletes

  • Boys Basketball – 24 Student athletes, 24 cuts
  • Girls Basketball – 24 Student athletes, 15 cuts
  • Wrestling - 20 Student Athletes, NO CUTS
  • Cheer- Same 13 Student Athletes from the fall squad

Spring 2015 74 Student athletes

  • Boys Track 42 Student Athletes, cut 4
  • 7-6th graders,
  • 16-7th graders,
  • 19-8th graders
  • Girls Track 34 Student Athletes, cut 5
  • 13- 6th graders
  • 2-7th graders
  • 19-8th graders

Winter Athletics

  • 3.58 Girls Varsity Basketball
  • 3.54 Girls JV Basketball
  • 3.50 Cheerleading
  • 3.20 Wrestling
  • 3.08 Boys JV Basketball
  • 2.63 Boys Varsity Basketball
  • The GPAs are evident of all of the hard work our students put into the classroom as well as on the athletic field.    
  • The winter sports had a combined GPA of 3.255!!

Mr. Moody –Coach Mrs. Colbert- Department Chair

  • Won 1 Match
  • Lost 2 Matches
  • 2ND Year in a row we have participated
  • Held in Romney
  • Team Members: Madison Cogle, Addison Jackson, Emily Happy and Elisabeth Smiley
  • The only county team to participate!!

History Bowl Team CTMS was the ONLY county middle school to participate

Geography Bee

  • CTMS participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee this year
  • There was a school wide competition in December between all grades to determine our school winner
  • Emily Bradford, 6th grade was the winner at the school level
  • She took a qualifying test to advance to the state competition and was successful
  • The West Virginia state competition to determine who moves on to the national level will be on March 27th


  • Under the Direction of Mrs. Laura Richmond,
  • New process and new procedures were implemented this year to begin a newly revamped SGA. Loosely based on the national election method. All first period classes elected a delegate as their voting voice.
  • 1. Students in the 8th grade, interested in serving on the Executive council were fully vetted following the primary task on elimination to choose only three candidates for each office was held.
  • 2. Our officers are Taylor Cenate (president), Zoe Smith(vice president), Haley Finnegan(Treasure), Emily McMoran (secretary), and Michael Lezsnar (historian).
  • 3. In addition to weekly activities for students, the SGA also sponsors monthly community service projects.
  • 4. So far, they have included cards and letters for Lillie Mae, a six year old girl who recently passed away but was able to read them.


  • 5. Students also participated in a canned food drive as well as honor teachers and staff for teacher appreciation week.
  • 6. Recently, we delivered new bears to the staff at Jefferson Medical center for distributed to all the divisions for sick children to have a friend.
  • 7. Adjacent to our campus is Willow Tree Manor, we took homemade valentines to them from the first period delegates.
  • 8. As an ongoing project students are asked to bring can tabs for a student at Jefferson High School who is suffering from cancer. These tabs will be turned into money to help the student's



  • Charles Town Middle FFA Chapter
  • Overview of Program/Participation
  • The National FFA Organization is the largest student-run organization in the country and prepares students with an interest in science, business, and technology. Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, today the FFA is a widespread and diverse organization serving a half a million students annually. While the FFA certainly still serves students with an interest in farming, it is also provides opportunities in medicine, research, technology, the environment, business, communications, and leadership. FFA members are on the forefront of advances in science, have opportunities to grow through leadership, and can become proficient in public speaking and career-related skills through activities available throughout the year in FFA. Today, there are 610,240 FFA members, aged 12‒21, in 7,665 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. FFA chapters are in 18 of the 20 largest U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.


  • The Charles Town Middle FFA chapter received its charter in 2008. (It was formerly part of the Jefferson FFA chapter as were all of the middle schools in the county.) The chapter’s yearly membership ranges from 36 -45members per year. Members are eligible to join the chapter if they are a student enrolled in any agriculture class and pay their dues. At the national and state level 7th and 8th graders are recognized as members; 6th graders can be school members. An officer team is elected and voted on each year by the members after candidates have been interviewed by former FFA members and the advisor, Mrs. Friend. The officer team is responsible for planning and running the monthly chapter meetings which includes using proper parliamentary procedure, arranging for an agriculture guest speaker/activity, organizing refreshments, writing an agenda, etc. Meetings are held afterschool the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3-5pm. Other activities or special projects the students are involved in are also held afterschool from 3-5pm, with at least one activity once a week during the school year. Students are involved in FFA throughout the summer as well, coming to school to train for competitions, update record books, and complete projects. Some members have Supervised Agriculture Experience Programs (SAE) that they work on throughout the summer, which are mostly market animals for the Jefferson County Fair.


  • State FFA Convention 2nd place Scrapbook= $75 (2014)
  • Jefferson County Fair Bake Auction = $3,000 (2014)
  • FFA Fall Mum Sale= $550 (2014)
  • FFA Spring Plant Sale= $2,000 (2014)
  • The money raised/collected is used for chapter events including the annual awards banquet, meetings, National FFA Week, school and community projects, hotels for competitions, buses for fieldtrips, etc.
  • Highlights
  • * FFA 3- Star Gold National Chapter Award Recipient, Louisville, KY, October 2013
  • * During CTMS FFA work day, February 2014, built over 30 wooden benches and donated to Jefferson County Fairgrounds with help from members, parents, and community supporters.
  • FFA State Career Development Events, Morgantown, WV, June 2014
  • * 2nd place team in Food Science Competition (4th place individual, Bella McCormick)
  • * 3rd place team in Agri-science Competition (4th place individual, Jessa Luzzi)


  • State FFA Convention, Ripley, WV, July 2014
  • * 2nd place in State FFA Scrapbook Competition
  • * 3rd place team in State FFA Quizbowl Competition
  • * Participation in tractor driving competition and delegate assembly session
  • Jefferson County Fair Bake Auction, August 2014
  • * Jared Henry, Junior Rabbit Showmanship Champion
  • * Finnick (our classroom rabbit), received Best in Show
  • * Received highest bid of the bake auction of $3,000.00 for baked goods the members made
  • * Several members showed and placed in their livestock classes and made a profit on the sale of their animals
  • Northeast Regional FFA Tractor Driving Competition, Berkeley Co., November 2014
  • * Tyler Henry, 3rd place winner (will compete at the state competition in July)

Future Farmers of America

  • Budget
  • Membership dues of $25 a member, are collected and are used to pay for national, state, and regional dues, chapter t-shirts, and FFA manuals. The dues do not cover all of those expenses, so the chapter pays for the rest. The chapter is self-funded and receives funds for the school year from a variety of sources including:


  •  The chorus has performed annually at this event since 2010. 
  • Our Winter Concert was December 17. 
  • Our Spring Concert has yet to be determined. 
  • This year, CTMS added a 4th Chorus to the program. 
  • The first period chorus is a select auditioned ensemble of 20 students in grades 7 and 8.  
  • We plan on attending at least one competition in the Spring.  
  • Attached is a picture from our 2014 performance at St. Peter's Catholic Church as a part of the Old Tyme Christmas in Harpers Ferry celebration.


  • 1.  Participation:  151 students in grades 6-8 bands
  • 2.  Budget:  The bands function on approximately $6,000-$8,000 per year, with money allocated from the county and funds raised by the music boosters.  Money is spent on the following:  Instruments, instrument repairs, new music, new equipment and technology, festival fees, guest conductors and clinicians, uniform replacement, student rewards, and classroom supplies.  
  • 3. 22 students participate in the auditioned first period jazz band which competes in February and March and has received superior ratings for the past several years.  28 students participate the in after-school jazz band held every Tuesday and they perform on the winter and spring concerts.  


  • 36 students participate in Region VIII solo and ensemble festival (this is on the 24th, many students will get to make recordings to go to the next round, and hopefully some will get to attend the state festival) last March Ryan Walker and Craig Swink were chosen to participate in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Wheeling, WV, this is a huge honor for the students, as they were playing with the best musicians in the state.  
  • 6 students will be participated Region IX Honor Band on January 30th 31st (I know some will sit first chair, which is a big deal, I'll get that information to you when we get there and they audition)  The 7th and 8th grade concert bands have attended the Region IX Concert Band Festival each and every year and have received superior and excellent ratings.
  • Approximately 75 students participate in the summer band program each year and 30 students learn a new instrument during this time  
  •   The concert band and jazz bands perform at the county fair and the marching band performs in the African American Heritage Parade in August.  


  • 8 CTMS students performed on the WV Music Educator's Conference Solo and Ensemble Honor Recital this past Friday March 13th.  Eight students performed a jazz ensemble piece and two students from that eight also performed a clarinet duet. 
  • Frankie Amore
  • Peyton Lavallee
  • David Milleson
  • Luke Sakole
  • Daniel Compton
  • John McKee
  • Ryan Walker (also performed duet
  • Craig Swink (also performed duet)

Essay Winner Alexis Sauer

Science Fair

  • CTMS Students and Placing's Jefferson County Science Fair 2015
  • Soren Kowalski-Placed 1st in Computer Science
  • Laura Wilt-Placed 1st in Plant Science
  • Marissa Junk-placed 2nd in Medicine and Health
  • Jed Sammons-placed 2nd in Physics and Astronomy
  • Emily Lewis-Placed 3rd in Medicine and Health
  • Emma Stover-Placed 3rd in Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Danny Moylan-placed 3rd in Physics and Astronomy
  • Tyler Henry-received an honorable mention in Chemistry
  • Ava Roth-received an honorable mention in Engineering
  • Ian Bird-received an honorable mention in Engineering
  • Austin Skinner-received an honorable mention in Chemistry
  • Ben Nedrow-received an honorable mention in Medicine and Health

Math Field Day

  • Results from the County Math Field Day  
  • 8th grade took 1ST Place
  • 7th grade tied for 1ST Place
  • 6th grade took 3rd place overall. 
  • Daniel Moylan placing 2ND   
  • Madison Cogle placing 2ND
  • Rebekah Ervine placing 3RD
  • Daniel, Madison, and Rebekah will be moving on to Regionals in March.  Good luck!


  • Fund Raising
  • Collect Tickets at home athletic events
  • Concession stand
  • Teacher appreciation activities
  • Organize and assist with field day
  • Fund special projects in school
  • Dances and other student activities


  • Huge success
  • Average 210 per day
  • Kids love the white bags
  • Cafeteria staff doing an excellent job feeding kids each morning.
  • Now feeding on 2 HR delay

School Culture

  • What makes it work?


  • 1. Academic Excellence
  • 2. Athletic Excellence
  • 3. Artistic Excellence
  • 4. Service Excellence
  • 5. Quality Conduct that Produces a Positive Environment

Safe and Supportive School Environments

  • We will establish, ensure and maintain learning environments that are safe, orderly, free of bullying, nurturing, healthy, structured, sustainable, clean,
  • and designed to stimulate the creativity and innovation of each learner.
  • We will acknowledge that a multiple intelligence approach to learning, service learning and character development are vital to this process.

CTMS Discipline Four Year Comparison

  • 2010-11
  • Total Referrals – 783
  • 2011-12
  • Total Referrals – 881
  • 2012-13
  • Total Referrals - 1,068
  • UP 17.5% from 2011-12!!
  • 2013-14 Total Referrals – 400…


  • PBS: Positive Behavior Support Program
  • Points Criteria:
  • Daily: Stay on Green
  • Monthly: 94
  • Nine Weeks: 90
  • Semester: 90 Cumulative 3rd and 4th nine weeks
  • Points Deductions:
  • Lunch Detentions: -3;
  • Partial Day MIP: -5
  • Full Day MIP: -10
  • OSS: -10


  • Incentive Activities:
  • Daily
    • Tech Cafe
  • Monthly
    • Party in the Gym
  • Nine Week
    • Illusionist/Magician
    • NBA Slam Dunk Show
    • Zumba Glow in Dark Dance-a-Thon
  • End of Year
    • Party in the Park

Leadership Model Leader(ful) school

  • Open door policy
  • A-Team meetings
  • Department meetings bi-monthly
  • Grade level team meetings bi-monthly
  • Leadership Team
  • Collaboration and collegiality


  • I will continually ask:
  • 1. Where have we been?
  • 2. Where are we?
  • 3. Where are we going?
  • I will ask our classroom teachers:
  • What are you doing today in your instructional lesson that is preparing young people to be college or career ready?
  • I will ask our students:
  • What are you doing right now that is assisting you in the learning process?

What do teachers want?

  • To feel valued and appreciated
  • To know what to do to improve
  • To provide input about their work
  • To have the resources needed to do a good job
  • To engage in processes that help with workplace productivity

What Makes Middle Schools work 2007 Report on NY Middle Schools

  • Trusting and Respectful relationships
  • Students Social and Emotional well being.
  • Teamwork
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Shared vision of mission and goals


  • “Communicate, communicate, communicate and, when in doubt, communicate more.”
  • Communicate, collaborate and create
  • consensus.
  • VISIBILITY, being present and staying connected are essential to ensure that for all stakeholders
  • at CTMS have a voice.

Communication with and from our Teachers

  • Live Grades
  • Email
  • Face to face
  • Pay close Attention in class
  • School website

Major Education reforms with compulsory education

  • Desegregation 50’s & 60’S
  • Crisis in the classroom – 1970
  • A Nation at Risk – 1980’s Ronald Reagan
  • NCLB- 1990’s George Bush
  • Race to the top “Obama” 2008-Current
  • Common Core 2013 - Current
  • No testing in SS, Science 6th Grade only/2015
  • Common Core NEARLY overturned by WV State legislation- 2015
  • What's next…What political winds will blow in 2016?


  • Our goal is to build young people
  • Be empathetic and caring to each child
  • Build Relationships

Trusting and Respectful Relationships

  • Teachers and administrators in the higher-performing middle schools point to “respectful” and “trusting” relationships as forming the foundation that enables them to enact the best practices that occur in their districts, schools, and classrooms. They characterize these relationships as committed to acknowledging and honoring whatever resources students, community members, and staff bring to the school; and they are nurtured through ongoing dialogues about teaching and learning. Furthermore, these relationships make possible four other key elements: practices that support staff and students’ emotional and social well-being, ongoing collaboration, evidence-based decision making, and a clear and shared vision.
  • “There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.” ― Nelson Mandela


  • Might just be the day a kid reminds you 20 years from now


Our own Task Force Findings

  • School Culture
  • “Students, faculty and staff clearly benefit from positive relationships in middle schools in both Loudoun and Putnam counties. Faculty and staff are courteous and professional while students are fully engaged and clearly enjoy a cheerful atmosphere conducive to learning.
  • Students are supported academically and emotionally by collaborative grade-level teams in both school systems”

Excess Levy

  • Nursing Services
  • Extra Curricular activities
  • Extra and co-curricular trips
  • Instructional Budgets
  • Extended day contracts
  • List goes on…..
  • Its IMPORTANT for staff and parents to support our levy.

Budget County Money ($61,122 ) based on enrollment

  • Consumable- $22,000
  • Instruction - $11,700
  • Athletics - $9000
  • Band- $5000
  • Discretionary - $4022
  • Art- $1500
  • Library -$3500
  • Science- $2400
  • Music/Chorus- $1000
  • Nurse- $1000


  • Finish the paving project back parking lot
  • Carpet removed in 5 classrooms

Welcome To the Panther Family!!!

  • To the Panther Family!!!

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