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Carthage Middle School (CMS) houses approximately 1075 students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. Students at each grade level are assigned heterogeneously to academic teams.  There are two academic teams at each grade level, and the curriculum/academic courses vary according to grade level.  

Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade
Language Arts (Block)
Language Arts (Block)
Mathematics (Block)
Mathematics (Block)
Science
Science
Social Studies
Social Studies



Seventh Grade
Eighth Grade
English
English
Mathematics
Mathematics
Science
Science
Social Studies
Social Studies
Technology (20 weeks)
Technology (20 weeks)
Health (20 week)
Home and Careers (20 weeks)
Pre AP/ Foreign Language
Spanish/French

Students also attend Special Area classes (Physical Education, Music, and Art) on a rotating, every other day cycle.  Physical Education class meets every other day throughout the entire school year opposite either Music classes or Art classes during the Fall or Spring Semester.  The semester of study in Music includes ten weeks of instruction in both General Music and Electronic Music.  The semester of study in Art includes ten weeks of instruction in both Two-Dimensional Art and Three-Dimensional Art.

In addition, special education teachers are assigned to specific academic teams and provide a continuum of special education services for students in grades 5-8. These services include resource room, consultant teacher services, and self-contained classes.  All students who are identified by the school's Committee on Special Education receive appropriate classroom accommodations and test modifications according to their I.E.P. and/or 504 Plan.
 
Composed of approximately 90 professionals, para-professionals, and school related personnel, the CMS staff promotes academic, physical, emotional, social, and creative growth at all levels. Carthage Middle School is a standards-focused middle level school with two basic goals:  (1) the intellectual development and academic achievement of all students and (2) the personal and social development of each student. Each year the staff develops a school improvement plan that reflects the many needs of the young adolescents that attend CMS.
 
The school day officially begins at 7:21 A.M. with student arrival and concludes at 2:45 P.M. after tenth period.  All students start their day with the opportunity to eat breakfast. 

Within the ten period day, students are scheduled for five or six academic classes, lunch, special areas, and a learning center (study hall) or a remedial/academic intervention class according to individual student needs. Three, 30-minute lunch shifts are built into the school day. Instrumental band and choral groups meet for rehearsal during the school day. The last period of the day is known as "Tenth Period" and is used for extra help, academic intervention services, and/or classroom detention.  It provides an opportunity for students to make-up missing work, test, etc.  Tenth period also allows time for students to take part in extra-curricular clubs and activities.
 
Each student is provided with a CMS Planner/Agenda for use during the school year.  In addition to space for recording daily assignments in all classes, the planner contains the student handbook of basic school rules and routine procedures. It also contains "Hallway Passport" pages at the back of the planner that are used to record student sign-outs from classes during the school day. Parents are encouraged to check the planner on a daily basis in order to help monitor homework and study assignments.
 
The education program at Carthage Middle School is based on the unique needs and characteristics of young adolescents. Those needs and characteristics encompass academic and intellectual areas, but also physical, emotional, social, and creative growth and well being of middle level students. Focusing on the needs and characteristics of the "whole" student is an essential element in each student's personal improvement and overall success at CMS.