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School Announcements
Updated School Year Calendars Available Online
Updated School Year Calendars have been posted for both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 terms (in PDF format). View current 2014-15 calendar. View current 2015-16 calendar.

If you want to see what types of questions students will be asked or how the test will be presented, there is a practice test available online at

Clearing Absences

The Governing Board took action in December to approve a change in policy regarding the amount of time parents have to clear a student's absence. The new policy states that all absences must be cleared within five days of the absence. The policy applies to students in all grade levels.

To clear a student's absence from school at Canyon Lake Middle School please call 951-244-2414.   

Congratulations to our USA Jr Nationals Champion Song Team!

CLMS Cheer Tryouts are April 15th-17th. Packets available in the front office or on the cheer website

CLMS Dance tryouts are May 6th and 8th. Packets available shortly!

Congratulations to our PTSA paddleboard winner!!

Robert Steiner and his 6th grade son Ashton. 


Winter Wonderland Festival 

When: January 24, 2014 from 2-5:30 POSTPONED

Where: Canyon Lake Middle School Quad Area


Why: The CLMS Teen Living and Green Team are pleased to host the first Winter Wonderland Festival at CLMS.  This special event will be an opportunity for the community (students, staff, families, local community vendors) to come together to enjoy an afternoon of fun, food, and company while helping CLMS clubs raise funds for club activities.  This is a family/community event, so we hope to see you there!

                  All proceeds from ticket sales and vendor booths will go to support clubs and their activities on campus.  Some of the active clubs we have on campus that need support to continue programs for students include Teen Living, Green Team, Cheer, ASB, Technology, Performing Arts, AVID, 6th-7th-8th Grade Science Clubs, Career Day, Physical Education, PLUS, and more!  The funds help to sponsor student activities at school, but also club trips!

                  All food and game booths will require tickets. Tickets and vendor spaces are now on sale!  Please return the bottom portion of this letter to the ASB window to purchase tickets and/or purchase a vendor space for the event.


Tickets: Tickets are 5 tickets for a dollar until January 23, 2014; ticket orders will be delivered during 6th period on January 24.  No tickets will be sold during school on January 24, but can be purchased at the event for 4 tickets per dollar.  Please send in your orders soon to the ASB window!  Checks should be payable to CLMS.


Vendors: Thank you for your interest to participate in this festival of fun!  The proceeds of your $25 vendor booth reservation will be divided between all participating clubs to help sponsor their activities and events. All vendors will be set up in the MPR. Vendors must send in the reservation form and $25 to Mrs. Howard, our bookkeeper.  Please NO FOOD booths, because our clubs are sponsoring food booths.

 If you have a student at CLMS, you may send in the fee and form with your student to turn in at the ASB window.  All vendors can set up anytime during the day of 1/24, but must first check into the office before set up. Vendors are responsible for necessary booth tables, materials, set up, and clean up.  We apologize, but our table supply is very limited!  We thank you for your support!

If you know someone who would like to set up a vendor booth at our school for this event, but may not have a student at CLMS, please ask them to contact our school for a vendor reservation form.

After-School Program - THINK Together
Program Schedule

2:01-2:20 p.m. Snack and Opening Activities

2:20-3:10 p.m. Homework/Enrichment/Physical Activity

THINK Together's Mission

"To provide high quality, academically-orientd, out-of-school programs for students regardless of race, creed or socioeconomic status."

Admission Process

Students who will be transported by LEUSD to Canyon Lake Middle School are required to attend this FREE program, although all students are invited to participate. Due to all our sites being placed on similar schedules, CLMS will experience a delay in students being transported home at the end of the school day. This program will provide both our bussed and non-transported students an enriching, nurturing and supportive environment after school. Parents can be assured that students will be supervised, productive, all while having fun.

Registration forms for the THINK Together Program must be returned prior to the start of school. Please note that students will be unable to begin in the program without prior authorization from THINK Together. Parents need to inform THINK Together staff if their child will not be attending the after-school program on certain days of the week. Applications are available at the District Office, 545 Chaney Street, Lake Elsinore, Building C, and CLMS school office after July 22nd.

Download the enrollment application.


School Year Calendar Updated!

Please click to view or download the current 2013-14 School Year Calendar (revised 11-14-2013).

Cougar PRIDE Art Contest Winners

Zoe Metzger, First Place

Kamela Tarabishi, Second Place

Jessica Gonzales, Third Place

Honorable Mentions

Magda Antonio
Maria Antonio
Justin Dela Cruz
Jezrael Hernandez
Veronica Kocik
Alexis Manos
Justin Ragan
Vanessa Ulrich

REL#13-60                                 CONTACT: Pam Slater
May 29, 2013                             E-MAIL:
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Encourages Taking an
Early Look at New, Online Smarter Balanced Practice Tests
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson encouraged students, educators, and parents to try out the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests launched today to familiarize themselves and the public with the new generation of computer-based assessments students will take starting in the 2014-15 school year.
“These practice tests give teachers, students, and parents a glimpse into understanding the skills and abilities our children will need to do well on test day and in preparation for college and career,” Torlakson said. “This marks another step forward in the effort to help schools prepare to replace outdated assessments with tests that gauge the kind of critical thinking and deeper learning that comes with a world-class education.”
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) placed online for public access the set of practice tests for grades three through eight and grade eleven. For each grade, practice tests will be available in both English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics.
The practice tests are available on the California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Web page.
The practice tests include test questions with the same features that students will experience in 2014-15, when the tests are scheduled to be given to more than 19 million of the nation’s public K-12 students, including California’s students. Smarter Balanced assessment items and performance tasks were written and reviewed in collaboration with K-12 teachers and higher education faculty and aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
            Online access to the practice tests will not require a unique username and password, so schools and districts can use them for teacher training as well as discussions with parents, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders.
Members of the public are also allowed access. There will be no immediate scoring of the tests, but scoring keys will be made available later in the year.
The release of the practice tests follows the administration of the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test, which was the first large-scale tryout of items and performance tasks. The Pilot Test was taken by more than one million students in Smarter Balanced member states from February through mid-May.
The California Department of Education (CDE) is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. For more information, please visit or by mobile device at You may also follow Superintendent Torlakson on Twitter at and Facebook at

Volunteers Welcome!

Volunteer applications can be picked up at each school site.

Volunteering is a privilege and a service that teachers and staff truly appreciate. All volunteers must however, have a helpful task to perform under the direct or indirect supervision of a District employee; otherwise the volunteer may be asked to leave the campus. ID badges should be worn at all times a person is volunteering. All volunteers (except current employees and substitute employees) must be processed for an A red badge first. Current employees and substitute employees need only fill out an *Intent to Renew Form to register as a Volunteer B (purple badge) at their child’s school.
Please click the link below for more information.

Volunteer renewal forms are available on line this year!
Click here for more information.

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