Current 6th and 7th grade students: Click on the Power School logo above to begin the 2017-2018 course selection process. For additional information, please click on the Student Resources Quick Link below.

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To purchase P.E. clothes and to make donations to CMS programs, click on the Online Payments Powered by RevTrak logo to access our web store.

Present a printed copy of your receipt and photo ID to the Christensen office to pick up your merchandise purchase.

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All school sites and the district office will be closed from Monday, April 3rd through Friday, April 7th for spring break. School sites and offices will open back up on Monday, April 10th.


For our Rockin' Run-a-Thon this year, we're using an awesome web-based fundraising system called Pledgestar.  It makes it much easier for you to request pledges from your family and friends and for them to make secure credit card donations online. People who use it typically raise twice as much as those who don't!

The Rockin' Run-a-Thon is Friday, April 14, 2017. Please REGISTER NOW to help our school raise funds to support our Classroom Discretionary Funds, Athletics, Band/Orchestra, the Library, STEM, and Honor Roll, as well as many other worthwhile programs. It is EASY, PEASY, LEMON, SQUEEZY:

•  Go to
•  Enter your name and email address, then click Register
•  Follow the instructions on-screen
•  The run will take place during regular PE Classes.

When you finish, the system emails pledge requests to your family and friends and allows them to make secure credit card donations online. You are notified each time a pledge is made and you can track your pledge progress online. *Checks can be dropped off in the office should you collect donations that way as well. If you need help please call 1-888-598-7510.

Rockin' Run-A-Thon Flyer
Rockin' Run-A-Thon Form


This year our current 6th and 7th grade students will be selecting their 2017-2018 core and elective course choices online. The required courses for each student include English, Social Studies, Science, Math, Physical Education, and an elective. 

Students viewed a presentation in their science class regarding the online course registration process.  Please see the instructions on the back side of this letter. If you would like additional information, please view the PowerPoint presentation available on the CMS website under the Student Resources Quick Link. 

Information provided by their current math teacher plus results from math placement tests will be used to place students in their math class.

Students will check their Core choice online. They may choose to be enrolled in regular grade level Core (English and Social Studies) or Honors Core (English Honors and Social Studies Honors).  Honors Core is a more rigorous program that teaches the grade level curriculum at a more in depth level.  These courses are not weighted. 

Students will be offered one period of elective that will comprise of either one year-long course or three single trimester-long courses.  Electives are subject to change due to budget constraints, staffing, availability and course enrollment. Some electives have prerequisites so please review the course descriptions at our website  Some students may be administratively placed in an academic support class in lieu of an elective.  Students are asked to select their top 2 elective choices in the event we are not able to grant the student’s first choice. 

Students interested in taking two year-long electives must select the “Two Elective = Zero Period P.E. Option.”  Zero period P.E. meets five mornings each week from 7:30 to 8:20.  This option is subject to change due to budget constraints, staffing, availability and course enrollment. 

Students who do not complete the course registration process will have their courses chosen for them. Students will not be given the opportunity to change them.

If you do not have internet access, please contact the school.  A computer will be made available to complete the online class registration process.  

The online registration window will close on April 13, 2017.

CMS Quick Guide to Online Registration


Social media isn't going anywhere, so as parents we to need consider how it affects kids' developing minds and determine what role we want it to play in our children's lives.

Is your child disinterested in video games, television, and texting, but alarmingly enthralled by social media sites? Many children are: a recent Pew Research Center survey determined that 73 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds use Facebook, with smaller but significant percentages of kids who are active on Twitter and Instagram.

Why is social media so popular? Two primary reasons — for people of all ages — include a love of “sharing” (46 percent) and searching for “entertaining or funny” content (39 percent). Women also list “learning about ways to help others” (35 percent) and “receiving support from people in your network” (29 percent) as major excuses to log in.

These all sound like healthy reasons to use social media. Nothing to worry about, so… what are parents afraid of? 

Being a good digital parent: what you’re up against
Social media, like other technology examined in this series, has the potential to provide enormous benefits or catastrophic damage to your child’s frame of mind. It’s safe in proper doses that are cautiously monitored; but it can be harmful if obsessively used with wide-open access to age-inappropriate content.

Let’s examine the scientific research to see what should be on parents’ list of things to guard against.

Social network sadness?
Can a person’s obsession with Facebook lead to depression? Quite possibly, but opinions vary. A 2013 study of 190 college students ages 18 to 23 at University of Wisconsin concluded that they “did not find evidence supporting a relationship between SNS [social networking services] use and clinical depression. Counseling patients or parents regarding the risk of ‘Facebook Depression’ may be premature.” Previously, however, Serbians disagreed. A 2012 University of Belgrade study of 160 high school students determined that “online social networking is related to depression,” — but that additional research would be needed to determine whether or not Facebook is triggering depression.

This finding was echoed by a 2013 University of Michigan study in which researchers report the more time participants spent on Facebook, “the more their life satisfaction levels declined over time.” The study noted that this negative effect didn’t happen from interacting with others in real life. On the surface, Facebook is an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it.

Am I too fat?
An April 2014 study of 881 college women who use Facebook regularly determined that “more time spent on Facebook was associated with more negative feelings and more comparisons to the bodies of friends.” Researcher Petya Eckler of the University of Strathclyde suggested that, “The attention to physical attributes may be even more dangerous on social media than on traditional media because participants in social media are people we know.”

An earlier study conducted by The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore reached the same conclusion, with these dismaying statistics: “32 percent of users feel sad when comparing Facebook photos of themselves to those of their friends… 37 percent feel they need to change specific parts of their body when comparing their photos to others’, and… 44 percent wish they had the same body or weight as a friend when looking at the photos.”

International cyberbully
2014 South Korea survey of 4,531 youths ages 11 to 14 uncovered that 9.7 percent of the children were involved in cyberbullying — either as victims (3.3 percent), perpetrators (3.4 percent), or both (3.0 percent). These rates were much higher, however, in a 2009 Finnish study of 5,516 adolescents that found 10 percent of the boys had been victims, 10 percent had bullied, and 10 percent had witnessed cyberbullying. Among the girls, the figures were slightly higher: 11 percent, 9 percent, and 16 percent, respectively.

A 2012 poll conducted by The Global Research Company Ipsos showed even higher numbers: 12 percent of parents around the world reported that their child has been cyberbullied and 26 percent reported knowing a child in their community who has experienced cyberbullying. Of those, a majority (60 percent) said the harassment occurred on social networking sites like Facebook.

Risky behavior
A study published May 2014 in the Journal of Adolescent Health studied 1,563 tenth graders from five Southern California high schools to determine how much social media use affects adolescent risk behaviors like smoking, drinking, and doing drugs. The researchers’ conclusions were disturbing. They warn: “Exposure to risky online content had a direct impact on adolescents’ risk behaviors… friends’ online behaviors should be considered a viable source of peer influence.”

If your A+ child is on Facebook 15 minutes a day to learn about ways to help others, then congrats, you’re blessed with great fortune! If your child spends an additional 10 minutes each day online to eradicate famine, pandemics, or chinchilla ranching, you remain a parent to envy.

Unfortunately, pernicious preoccupations on Facebook are a bit more common. Is your teenage son cackling at photos of his drunken friends vomiting at parties? Is your daughter starving herself so her next half-naked “selfie” can match her stick-figured friend’s? Are your tween twins suddenly losing sleep due to cyber victimization? If you don’t know the answers, it’s time to ask — and well overdue to establish serious SNS rules. By limiting hours per day, monitoring content, and openly explaining how SNS habits can negatively impact their developing brains, you can be on your way to smart, and safe, digital parenting.

Parenting in the age of technology
Are there any simple rules for monitoring a child’s technology — whether it means video gamestabletscell phonesTV or social media? Unfortunately, there’s still so much we don’t know about the long-term effects of technology on the brain. But since technology isn’t going anywhere, parents need to think carefully about the role it plays in our children’s lives. “Every child is different, so it is difficult to draw hard-and-fast rules, but I think wise parents go for less tech use rather than more,” concludes psychologist Jane Healy, author of, Failure to Connect.

In the end, it’s vital to remember that your kids are watching you. The old adage “Do as I say, not as I do” just doesn’t work when it comes to technology. If your face is pasted to an electronic screen most of the time, your impressionable offspring will consider that normal — and do the same. Shut off all gizmos regularly and enjoy face-to-face conversation. Take your children outside, without digital toys, and enjoy the wind, sunshine, trees, and flowers. Growing brains need the kind of nourishment that technology — no matter how sophisticated and bewitching — can never supply.

About the author
Hank Pellissier is a freelance writer on education and brain development, and the author of Brighter Brains: 225 Ways to Elevate or Injure Intelligence, the founder/director of the Brighter Brains Institute, and a consultant on scholastic topics like gap years, at


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Help support the CMS PTA by purchasing tickets to see the Oakland A’s play the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, May 20, at 1:05 p.m.  A portion of the $35 ticket price will be donated back to our PTA to support school programs such as instrumental music, athletics, computer/Chromebook labs and many other areas of educational need. 

For additional ordering information, please see the attached flyer. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 18. 

Christensen Middle School Day at the Oakland A's! Flyer


Attention Christensen 7th Graders:  Are you interested in traveling to Yotsukaido, Japan, with other Livermore 8th graders and chaperones in the fall of 2017? If you are currently in the 7th grade, this opportunity could be a reality! This trip is brought to you by the Livermore/Yotsukaido Sister City Organization (LYSCO).

LYSCO would like to invite current 7th grade students to consider participating in the annual program this October.  Students from Livermore will travel to Japan as guests of the city of Yotsukaido. They will live with host families during the 8-10 day period, attend school in Yotsukaido with the students of their host families, and participate in many cultural experiences.

A mandatory informational meeting for current LVJUSD 7th graders interested in going to Japan in Fall of 2017 will take place on March 28, 2017, 7:30 pm, at the East Avenue Middle School library. Students who are interested must attend this meeting with a parent or guardian. For additional information, please contact Livermore Yotsukaido Sister City Organization (LYSCO) President / Student Program Coordinator, Keith Jess at


Livermore/Yotsukaido Sister City Student Ambassador Program Flyer


The Livermore Valley Education Foundation is calling on elementary and middle students to participate in the LVEF Harlem Wizards Writing Contest (Grades K-5: Poetry and Grades 4-8: Expository Writing). The winners of the contests will have his or her poem or essay printed inside the program for our 2nd annual fundraiser games with the Harlem Wizards. LVEF contest winners also win 4 General Admission Tickets to either Thursday or Friday night’s game.

The Harlem Wizards are a professional entertainment basketball organization who has toured the world with teams comprised of players with illustrious college and professional basketball careers. These events are scheduled for April 27th and April 28th at LHS and GHS, respectively.

Entries will be judged by a panel comprised of LVEF board members. Please include student name, grade, school, and teacher on all submissions.

Kindergarten – 5th Grade (Poetry)

Write a poem, in any form, about your experience at the Harlem Wizards game last year. If you did not attend last year’s game, then write a poem about what you imagine the game might be like.

4th Grade – 8th Grade (Expository Writing) (1-2 pages in length)

Responding to the prompt: How do organizations like The Harlem Wizards help local communities?

Please submit your entries to your core teacher or Mr. Fahnhorst by March 28.  

For additional contest information or ticket ordering information, please see the attached documents below.

Thank you for your support and participation in this exciting event!

LVEF Harlem Wizards Art and Writing Contest Flyer
LVEF Harlem Wizards Ticket Order Form 2017



Please check your student’s hair every few days during break for the presence of lice. Sleepovers, dress-up clothes, shared hair ties and brushes, etc., are all great ways to spread these pesky critters!!

Here are a few facts regarding lice…

Lice usually do not live past one day without feeding from a scalp, and eggs do not survive if they are not incubated at the temperature near the scalp. Therefore, the chance of lice surviving on household items is small.


Head lice crawl, but they cannot jump or fly. Most often transmission of a head louse from one person to another is by direct contact. Therefore, transmission is most often within a family or among children who have close contact at play.

Indirect transmission is not likely, but lice may spread from one person to another by items such as:

  • Hats and scarves
  • Brushes and combs
  • Hair accessories
  • Headphones
  • Pillows
  • Upholstery
  • Towels

Indirect transfer also could occur among items of clothing stored together. F or example, hats or scarves hung on the same hook could serve as vehicles for transmitting lice.

As a precaution, if you discover lice, you may clean items that the affected person has used in the last two days. Cleaning recommendations include the following:

  • Wash items in hot water. Wash bedding, stuffed animals and clothing in hot, soapy water—at least 130F (54.4C)—and dry at high heat.
  • Clean hair care items. Clean combs, brushes and hair accessories in hot, soapy water.
  • Seal items in plastic bags. Seal items that cannot be washed in plastic bags for two weeks.
  • Vacuum. Give the floor and upholstered furniture a good vacuuming.

Harlem Wizards.jpgMr. Jake Fahnhorst will represent CMS at the Livermore Valley Education Foundation's fundraiser--Harlem Wizards vs. Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District at Livermore High School on Thursday, April 27, 2017!

JOIN US as the Livermore Valley Education Foundation (LVEF) presents the Harlem Wizards at Livermore High School on Thursday, April 27, 2017, and Granada High School on Friday, April 28, 2017. 

Guaranteed FAMILY fun, this is a must-see game! Kids of all ages will enjoy "Trick Hoops & Alley Oops."  Click HERE to purchase tickets online before they're SOLD out!  Questions? Drop us a line at:

Students – $12 
General Admission – $14
Reserved Seating – $25*
Courtside Plus – $40**

  * Reserved Seating: Sit close to the action, includes free color team poster.
** Courtside Plus: Courtside seating with a private pre-game “Meet & Greet” with 2 to 3 Harlem Wizards players, including a Souvenir Lanyard, Color Team Poster, and $15 discount on Wizards Team Jersey.

These events will sellout! Click here to get your tickets online.

Click here to download the Ticket Order Form.


District News

To see the latest edition of the Grapevine Community Newsletter, click HERE.

LCAP Advisory Committee Meeting
The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 PM in the Board Room at the Education Center, 685 E. Jack London Blvd.  The meeting is open to the public.  Meeting agenda

LVJUSD Welcomes New Principal 
The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District welcomes Kristie Starkovich as the new principal for the satellite elementary campus. Kelly Bowers, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, said “We are so pleased to have Ms. Starkovich join our leadership team. Her experience, enthusiasm and collaborative leadership style make her a perfect fit for our educational community.  More...

Special Education "Make A Difference" Awards
The "Make a Difference" Awards were established to celebrate the special education youth throughout our community and provide an opportunity for families to acknowledge individuals who have gone "above and beyond" to make a difference in the life of their special chile.  All submissions are due Friday, April 7, 2017.  Award criteria and submission form

New Student Registration for 2017-18 School Year
Click HERE to start enrolling your child for this school year.  Any questions, contact Student Services at 606-3206 or 606-3207. Welcome!

Today: 3/28/17
2:35 PM Homework Club, 2:35-3:30 p.m., Library
3:45 PM Girls Volleyball, Mendenhall versus CMS at CMS
7:30 PM Livermore/Yotsukaido Sister City Student Ambassador Program Meeting

Calendar of Events

28         Livermore/Yotsukaido Sister
              City Student Ambassador
              Program Meeting, 7:30 p.m.,
              East Ave Middle School Library

3-7        Spring Break, No School
13         Spring Picture Day
13         Last Day for Online Registration
14         PTA Rockin' Run-a-Thon 
              Fundraiser in PE Classes
14         PTA General Meeting, 
             8:30 a.m., MPR
17         Non-Student Day
18         Last Day to Order A's Tickets
21         Last Day to Turn in 8th Grade
             Field Trip Forms
25         LVEF Concert, 7 p.m.,
             Livermore High School
27         LVEF Harlem Wizards Fundraiser,
             7 p.m., LHS Gym

28         LVEF Harlem Wizards Fundraiser,
             7 p.m., GHS Gym

2           English Learners (ELAC) Parent
              Meeting, 7 p.m., Library
12         ASB Dance, 7-9 p.m., MPR
16         CMS Band Concert, 7 p.m., Gym
29         Memorial Day Observed,
              No School
31         Open House, 6 p.m.

1           CMS Spring Orchestra  Concert,
              7 p.m., Gym
2           8th Grade Promotion Dance
             7-9:30 p.m., MPR
5-6       Regular Bell Schedule,
             2:31 Release
7           Minimum Day, 1:31 Release
8           End of Trimester 3
8           Last Day of School,
             12:25 Dismissal
10         Livermore Rodeo Parade, 10 a.m.

Call In Your Child's Absence

Please remember to call in an absence to the attendance line, 925-606-4702, ext. 2.

Students who have perfect attendance (no absences and no tardies) will receive a perfect attendance award at the end of the school year.

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Introducing School Loop

School Loop is an exciting tool for communicating with all members of the learning community.  It is a web-based service that provides a direct link to published class assignments, students’ grades, and other school information.  If you have not already done so, please register.  All registered members will receive periodic emails providing them with specific information relating to their student and the school.