At the end of the year, I received several wonderful emails from parents about the quality of learning their child has experienced this year. I’ve also heard from parents about how their child has grown and matured and how our staff has helped them through challenges they faced during the year. This is music to my ears.
This year, we have worked to ensure that our students have a strong education in Academics, theArts, and Athletics ---The 3 A’s. We have had a stellar year with tremendous accolades and awards by our students. To mention just a few of our school-wide successes, our Speech and Debate, Odyssey of the Mind, Quiz Bowl, Future Problem Solvers teams each qualified for participation in the National tournament where they earned a national ranking; one of our students is competing in the upcoming International Geography competition in China, our literary magazine won a silver crown award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and our Personal Finance team won the State Championship for the 3rd consecutive year.
In athletics, we were conference champions in Women’s Tennis, Men’s and Women’s cross country, Wrestling, Women’s Swimming, Baseball, Women’s Soccer and Men’s track. Regional runner up in baseball and Men’s track, Regional and state champion in Women’s Soccer. And conference Wells Fargo Cup Champions for the first time in over 7 years.
Our NJROTC unit is probably the smallest unit in CMS but finished 4th in the highly competitive CMS Superintendent’s cup.
In the arts, our band, chorus, and orchestra continue to earn Superior ratings at competitions. We have national winners in art and writing. The list could go on and on. Collectively, you can see that our students have excelled in many different areas resulting in a well-rounded, comprehensive high school education.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” Our students have faced some of the most rigorous standards in the country, and they have surpassed them! We are so proud of their many accomplishments.
Thank you to our teachers, students, and our parents for your hard work to ensure that as a school community, we had another successful year!
Tracey Harrill, Ed.D.