Welcome to the Principal’s Message for the month of December:

I hope all of you had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving break with family and friends.  As we enter the month of December, traditionally a very busy month, it is important not to lose focus on the importance of sustaining our level of commitment to education.  This is true not only for me, but also students, staff, parents and the community.  Students should be attending school daily unless they are ill, completing and submitting work, and seeking out teachers for support.  Regular monitoring of grades in Skyward by both students and parents helps maintain a consistent focus on education.  I encourage families to set at least one day out of the week to sit together to share and discuss school and to review Skyward and Canvas together.  This can include grades, daily announcements, and the Week at a Glance for each subject.  

An increase in non-illness related absences has been noted over the last month.  Please keep in mind that when students are absent they are missing important concepts and engaging skills that help them master the learning standards.  In addition, these absences may be unexcused and lead to a student being deemed as truant under Illinois law.    

Winter Break runs from Monday, December 20th-Friday, December 31 1st.  School resumes on Monday, January 3rd, 2022.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday.  We look forward to the return of our students in January and continuing our academic drive! 


Carie Walter, CMS Principal