The Rambler family at Callahan Middle School would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and your family. The middle years are an exciting time when children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. Each year will provide important transitions and the acquisition of new skills that will enhance each student’s ability to apply learning in many ways. Callahan Middle School is committed to providing a challenging and rigorous curriculum that helps each student progress at a developmentally appropriate rate and provides a safe environment for all students.
Please click on the link below and complete the form if you are interested in serving on the CMS PTO.
Message from Superintendent Kathy Burns...Dear Nassau County School District Parent/Guardian,The school district is in the process of planning for the return of students to our campuses August 10th. The unprecedented closing of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on our community, state, nation, and world. Students, parents, teachers, support personnel, and school leaders have all shown a tremendous amount of resiliency and perseverance throughout this event. However, we know that everyone is eager to get back to school and return to some sense of normalcy.The Florida Department of Education recently provided recommendations on how schools should prepare for students returning to campus. The two overarching constants of this guidance are 1) keeping our education community safe, and 2) ensuring that students receive a first-class education. These guiding principles will be at the core of the district’s plan to reopen.I have put together a task force of school and community stakeholders including teachers, school district leaders, parents, medical professionals, elected officials, law enforcement officers, emergency operations personnel, business partners, and union leadership, to provide input and suggestions for reopening schools. The task force includes several work groups who are developing plans for health and safety, academics, social and emotional needs, technology, and operations. The groups have already begun their work and we anticipate a detailed plan will be ready by early July.In preparation for the upcoming school year, it is important for the district to have an accurate count of the number of students who plan to attend our schools in the fall. Based on the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate parents may have concerns regarding their student(s) returning to campus this fall. In order to better prepare for the upcoming school year, the district will release a survey the week of June 29th – July 3rd for parents/guardians to let us know their intent regarding their student(s) returning to campus this fall. To assist parents in making this decision, the district will provide a document outlining the safety guidelines that will be in place when school starts.The first day of school, August 10th, is only seven weeks away. The district is committed to bringing everyone back to a safe, nurturing, and healthy learning environment. Your assistance in providing the information concerning your intent for your student(s) to return to campus will greatly enhance our ability to prepare for the upcoming school year.We are Nassau!
School is out for SUMMER! But learning doesn't have to stop! Please go to the quick links to access our summer reading and math learning opportunities by grade level. These activities will provide students with necessary practice and review.
Phase 1 of summer athletic workouts for middle school students will resume on June 16th. Students will be contacted by their coaches with additional information concerning summer workout schedules. Parents will be required to complete health screening questionnaires and students will follow strict protocols to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone. Please note all athletes must have a new 2020-2021 athletic packet complete to participate in summer workouts.
Athletic packets will be available online or at the school site.
Callahan Ramblers LOVE Dr. Fields!!
Nassau County School District is proud to showcase our marvelous mental health team in the month of May! From school social workers to school psychologists, our team works tirelessly to support our students with their behavioral health needs. During this uncertain time, Nassau County schools wants families to know that support is just a phone call away. You may reach one of our mental health team members assigned to your child’s school at the numbers listed below. They are available from 8:00am - 3:30pm, Monday-Friday.
For support outside of these hours, please contact one of these resources:
- Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare at 904-225-8280
- NCSO non-emergency number 904-225-5174
- Crisis Text Line to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
You will also find Mental/Behavioral Health Resources on our Nassau County School District website. Information is updated regularly.
Click this link to access Nassau County Community Resources.
For in-school mental/behavioral health support through May 22, 2020 between the hours of 8:00am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday, please contact:
Mental Health Support Staff
Hilliard Elementary School
Hilliard Middle Senior High
Bryceville Elementary School
Callahan Elementary School
Callahan Intermediate School
Callahan Middle School
West Nassau High School
Wildlight Elementary School
Yulee Primary School
Yulee Elementary School
Yulee Middle School
Yulee High School
Southside Elementary School
Emma Love Hardee Elementary School
Fernandina Beach Middle School
Fernandina Beach High School
Callahan Middle School
The Callahan Middle School Faculty and Staff will welcome students and their families back to campus to put the finishing touches on the 2019-2020 school year!
At this time, we will:
- Collect laptops and chargers
- Collect library materials and textbooks
- Collect uniforms for Track or other athletic teams
- Allow students to collect personal items from gym lockers or band lockers
- Distribute art projects
We do not yet know if yearbooks will be delivered before these dates! Once we know exactly when they will be delivered to the school, we will work out a plan to get them to you!
Dates: Wednesday, May 20; Thursday, May 21; Friday, May 22
Times: 9 am- 12 pm and 4 pm- 6 pm
Turn in Laptops: Cars will enter through the bus loop and will turn in laptops and chargers without exiting the vehicle.
Turn in Library Materials and Textbooks: All books, including textbooks, library books, or teacher books, will be collected through the bus loop along with laptops. (For teacher personal books, please write the teacher’s name on a slip of paper and tuck it into the book so that the teacher’s name shows.)
Turn in Track/Athletic Uniforms: Student uniforms should be placed in bags and sealed closed with the student’s name on the outside. These will be turned in through the bus loop, along with laptops.
Collect Personal Items: Cars will enter the front entrance to the school and park. Students ONLY will report to the line in front of the gym. Teachers will be present to ensure that social distancing protocols are met. Teachers will escort students to the locker room and to any other places where they may have personal items. ADULTS MAY NOT EXIT THE VEHICLE.
Use the links below to access the elective request forms for the 2020-2021 school year.
6th Grade Elective Request Form
7th Grade Elective Request Form
8th Grade Elective Request Form
Middle School End of Year News
- We know that you have many questions regarding end-of-year procedures for your middle school student. We are finalizing these arrangements so that we can help expedite the process for everyone.
- Our guidance counselors will be contacting parents beginning May 1st to schedule any necessary end of the year conferences. In order to have final grades for report cards, all student work, both digital and paper packets, must be submitted by May 20th. Report cards will be posted in FOCUS on June 1st.
- Student elective requests for the 2020-2021 school year will be available electronically on individual student ELA Google classrooms, school websites, and/or school Facebook pages from May 1st -15th . Upcoming 6th grade students will have access to the elective request form via their current school’s website.
- Textbooks, laptops, library books, etc.. will be collected May 20-22. More information to come on collection hours and procedures at a later date. Students will be able to retrieve personal items and yearbooks on these days, as well.
We appreciate your partnership in your students’ education. We could not have done this without you. Please call the school if you have any additional questions.
Finish Strong Ramblers!
School Closure Update: April 18, 2020
Today during his 4:30 p.m. COVID-19 Press Conference, Governor Ron DeSantis recommended all school districts in Florida remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The Nassau County School District will continue educating students via Distance Learning for the remainder of the year.
We know you have many questions about your student's grades as well as activities and events. We will be providing you with additional information as it becomes available. Now more than ever, it is vital for us to continue to work together. We appreciate your patience and flexibility during this time as we work every day for the success of students and the improvement of schools.
WE ARE NASSAU!
Having trouble with your school-issued laptop?
Follow the instructions below:
What Can Parents Expect During Distance Learning?
- Student Instruction:
- Students working from a digital platform will log into Classlink at https://launchpad.classlink.com/nassau to find their weekly instructional videos and assignment instructions.
- Students without access to a digital platform for instruction will be provided paper copies of instructional assignments. Arrangements to pick up and drop of paper copy of instructional assignment are still being made.
- All weekly assignments are due on Friday by 4:00 pm each week.
- The following week’s assignments will be posted every Friday.
- Students will contact their teacher if they have questions concerning instruction and/or assignments via email, Remind App, Google Classroom, and phone.
- Attendance procedures:
- Students will receive a daily Remind message using the Remind App to check in with their 4th period teacher to be counted in attendance for the school day. The message will require students to respond with the word PRESENT to be counted in attendance.
- If you have not already joined your teacher’s remind classroom, students are instructed to go to the Google Classroom set up for that specific teacher. Then, locate the Remind code posted on the teacher’s announcement page. (Your student is familiar with the Google Classroom platform.)
- Students not using the remind app will need to call the school daily to check in for attendance purposes. 904-879-3606.
- Use of the Remind App is the most direct method of communicating with the teacher for attendance purposes. We strongly encourage the use of Remind.
- Grading Policy:
- Teachers will update FOCUS gradebook weekly.
- Students and parents will have daily access to teachers via phone, email, Remind App, and video conferencing if needed from the hours of 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
- Teachers will be documenting correspondence with all students and parents.
- Students/Parents will contact the teacher if they need technology assistance at any time. Teachers will be the first point of contact for all digital assistance. If they are unable to resolve the issue, teachers will forward the issue on to our IT department.
- Student Instruction:
Callahan Middle School Technology Distribution
- Technology distribution will be held on 3/27/20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- We will utilize the existing dropoff/pickup line for the distribution. Access to CMS will ONLY be available via Wordlaw Circle.
- Be sure that you have your picture ID and your student’s ID number when you come. Your student’s ID number can be found in FOCUS if your child has not committed it to memory.
- If you were not able to pre-register you will have to have a paper copy of the technology checkout form. You can access that form here: https://fl02213748.schoolwires.net/cms/lib/FL02213748/Centricity/Domain/1097/Digital%20Distance%20Learning%20Agreement.pdf (We will also have forms available on-site. ONLY the parent/guardian is permitted to sign for the agreement.)
- Please don’t worry if you are not in line the moment the gates open! We have the necessary computers and will remain open for the duration of the scheduled period.
Student Device Registration Update from March 23, 2020
STUDENT DEVICE REGISTRATION UPDATE: Thank you for your continued patience during this time. We have finalized our device distribution plan and have included the details below.
The distribution of NCSD computers for virtual student instruction will be on March 26 and March 27. Please complete the device request form below.
1. Devices must be picked up by the student’s parent or guardian listed on the device registration submission. (When submitting the form, please submit the name of the parent or guardian picking up the device).
2. Device pickup will be located at your student’s school in the parent pick-up area unless indicated otherwise at that location.
3. Upon arrival, please do not leave your vehicle. This will ensure that we are complying with CDC and Nassau County EOC guidelines to observe social distancing and protect your families and our employees.
4. The school’s designated representative will be near the curb for the parent or guardian to present his/her driver’s license or Florida ID. This will be used to verify contact affiliation with the student.
5. Once the information is presented to the school district employee, the employee will verify the parent identification against the information submitted via the Student Device Registration, which has already been verified with Focus. You will be given a device and it will be recorded as having been checked out to your student.
6. If you need free or reduced fees for Internet connections, please visit our website at https://www.nassau.k12.fl.us/covid
Please complete the Student Device Registration Form at https://bit.ly/ncsdcomputer by Wednesday, March 25 @1:00pm.
Nassau County Middle School Distance Learning
Enrichment Week – March 23-27th
Digital Platform: Classlink
6th /7th/ and 8th Grade
- USA Test Prep through Single Sign On
- IXL through Single Sign On
- HMH-through Single Sign On
Algebra I Honors:
- USA Test Prep through Single Sign On
- IXL through Single Sign On
- Math XL independent sign on
6th/7th/ and 8th Grade
- USA Test Prep through Single Sign On
- IXL through Single Sign On
- Lexia through Single Sign On
- MYON through Single Sign On
- USA Test Prep through Single Sign On
- HMH-through Single Sign On
CMS Parents & Families,
As Spring Break ends and we enter the week of March 23rd, We wanted to inform you of our plans moving forward, recognizing that our guidance from the Department of Education continues to be updated.
Meals will be available beginning Monday, March 23rd from 10 am - 1 pm at the following locations: Southside Elementary, Yulee Middle, Callahan Elementary, and Hilliard Middle-Senior High.
We are making plans now for distance learning. Enrichment lessons will be available beginning Wednesday, March 25th. Learning packets and online lessons will be available the following week. For families who do not have access to technology at home, devices will be available for check at Southside Elementary, Emma Love Hardee, Yulee Primary, Yulee Elementary, Yulee Middle, and Wildlight Elementary on March 26th 10 am -1 pm and 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm and at Bryceville Elementary, Callahan Elementary, Callahan Intermediate, Callahan Middle, Hilliard Elementary, and Hilliard Middle-Senior High on March 27th 10 am – 1 pm, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Our teachers will be returning to work on March 30th. Upon their return, they will be contacting their students and parents to disseminate information regarding our plan for instruction as we move forward which will include a blended learning model of both online and paper-based instruction.
We also ask you to refer to our district and school website and PTO Facebook page for more information and updates as they become available.
We appreciate your support as we work together for student success.
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A Message for all NCSD Stakeholders from Superintendent Dr. Kathy Burns
Dr. Kathy Burns, Superintendent of Nassau County School District (NCSD), has directed several actions to help prevent
the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID‐19. These actions include guidelines for re‐entry of students and employees to
school after travel from high‐risk areas, new student registrations from high‐risk areas, sanitization of school facilities,
school attendance, and school‐related employee and student travel.
This is an emerging situation that the district will continue to monitor and update the public with information as it
becomes available. We will continue to rely on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to provide us with the most up‐todate
and accurate information available. NCSD remains in close communication with the Florida Department of Health‐
Nassau and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to make appropriate operational decisions.
Re‐entry of Students Traveling from High‐Risk Areas
The Nassau County School District requests for all parents and guardians to inform their schools by telephone if people
in their household have traveled to areas that the CDC has deemed to be high‐risk for widespread sustained
transmission of the virus. Upon notification, schools will work with district and community health officials to determine
the appropriate action regarding re‐entry of those children into the school.
Registration of New Students from High‐Risk Areas
Any new families arriving to Nassau County from high‐risk areas are also requested to telephone the school for
instructions prior to registration. School officials will work with district and community health officials to determine the
appropriate registration and attendance plan for those students. Families arriving from high‐risk areas are asked not to
visit the school(s), but to interact with the school by telephone.
Sanitization of School Facilities
NCSD will begin a process of sanitizing and disinfecting all schools.
Students who provide written documentation from their healthcare provider advising them to refrain from attending
school due to COVID‐19 will be excused. Families of these students are asked to coordinate with their school principals
to develop an appropriate education plan on a case‐by‐case basis.
Employee and Student Travel (School Sponsored and District Sponsored)
Currently planned school‐sponsored or district‐sponsored out‐of‐state travel for students and employees may be
allowed if a trip is to an area which is not on the CDC’s list of concern. District administration will review each trip on a
Until further notice, new out‐of‐country travel requests will not be approved.
Until further notice, new out‐of‐state travel requests will not be approved.
The district is proceeding with caution regarding in‐state travel. All in‐state travel must be approved by the
Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent.
There are currently no restrictions for in‐county field trips. The district will continue to work with the Florida
Department of Health‐Nassau and monitor any potential issues in our local community.
We are currently working with Florida High School Athletic Association regarding regional and state athletic events and
will provide guidance to schools once that information is received.
Parents and guardians are urged to ensure their phone numbers are correct in Focus. Please login to Focus and click My
Child and then Addresses & Contacts to verify the phone number(s) on file. Please contact your child’s school if your
information needs to be updated.
Staff returning from any location the CDC recommends “avoid all nonessential travel” will be required to “selfquarantine”
for 14 days upon return to the United States.
Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health
Notice countries) and practice social distancing. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
The district requests for all employees to inform their supervisor by telephone if people in their household have traveled
to areas that the CDC has deemed to be high‐risk for widespread sustained transmission of the virus. Upon notification,
the supervisor will work with district and community health officials to determine the appropriate action regarding reentry
of the employee to the school or facility.
CMS DRESS CODE
Clothing and accessories are required to reflect neatness, cleanliness, and good taste. Students are expected to be modestly dressed and groomed. Students who fail to comply with dress code policy will be assigned lunch detention and will be required to change clothing before returning to class.
Dress Code Requirements:
- Students shall wear shoes at all times. Closed toed shoes are recommended. Athletic shoes are required for P.E.
- Students’ pants shall be worn at the waist and pants may not have holes, in the upper thigh area. Undergarments should not be exposed. Form fitting pants such as yoga pants or leggings should have appropriate coverage.
- Students shall be permitted to wear shorts. Short or extremely tight shorts or skirts are not appropriate. Shorts must be the length of the fingertips when standing straight up with arms fully extended on the thigh.
- All students shall wear full coverage shirts or blouses reaching the armpit area. Shirts must cover midriff area and may not have spaghetti or thin straps less than 3 inches. NO racer back cut tank tops or see through clothing. Undergarments should not be exposed.
- Clothing displaying profanity or inappropriate material may not be worn at school.
- Distracting jewelry and hair styles are prohibited.
- Masks, face paint, disguises, and costumes are prohibited.
- No head coverings, including, but not limited to: caps, hats, bandanas, or hoods shall be worn at school. (Exception: Knit caps may be worn outside during cold weather.)
- Students are required to wear a PE uniform when participating in gym.
- Pajamas and slippers are not acceptable school attire.
**Please note dress code must be followed on special event or dress up days. **
Please refer to Nassau County Code of Conduct for a more extensive explanation of the Dress Code.
STUDENT CELL PHONE POLICY
Cell phones are a distraction to the learning environment. Therefore, cell phones must be turned off and kept in backpacks (not in the pockets of clothing) at all times. If cell phone is visible, it will result in the phone being confiscated by school personnel. Parents will be required to come to the school to pick up the cell phone. Smart watches are not to be used as communication devices while on campus. Wireless earbud accessories are also prohibited.
Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com.
The Florida Legislature directed this tool’s development in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.
The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear.
Low Cost Internet
Families who qualify for free/reduced lunch also qualify for low cost internet services from Comcast. Visit the link below for more information: