Claremont Knights Spirit Week Activities

Spirit Week from Dec. 4 to Dec. 8 will feature a different theme each day, culminating with a pep rally on Friday, Dec. 8. We are also holding a grade level spare change contest. From Monday through Thursday, each grade level will have a container to collect loose change. The grade level that collects the… Read more »

Head lice happens…Here’s some tips and advice

A letter has gone home to 6th and 8th grade students about head lice, which has been identified in some classrooms. Copies of the OUSD Head Lice Policy are available upon request. As a reminder, head lice do not fly or jump from one head to another. If you have any questions, please contact the… Read more »

OUSD Open Enrollment Period From Nov. 13 to Jan. 26

Enrollment applications for public schools in Oakland will be accepted from Nov. 13 through Jan. 26. This is the time when 8th grade students can request high school placement for the 2018-19 school year. Starting Nov. 13, 8th grade families can apply online for OUSD high school placement, or submit a paper application form available at… Read more »

School Tours for Prospective Claremont Families

School Tours Each fall, Claremont hosts tours for 5th graders and their parents. Please consider joining us for a tour this year with your future middle schooler on one of the dates listed below. You will get to speak with school leaders and students, as well as current CMS parents. Some North Oakland elementary schools that are OUSD “feeder”… Read more »

Mr. Brown Makes The Music With Claremont Students

To the average set of human ears, a bunch of sixth graders making their first attempt at playing together as a band might not be a welcome sound. But to music teacher Ariel Brown, making sure students get the notes right isn’t even close to the most important part of his job. “A band is… Read more »

What’s for Lunch? Introducing Our CMS Cafeteria Staff

Meet Ms. Iesha, our Claremont Middle School Cafeteria Manager, and Ms. Tyler, our Cafeteria Assistant. Your students can go to the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch, and to the courtyard for a free Grab-N-Go snack during break. Breakfast is free for all students, and lunch is $3.25, or $0.40 for reduced,or free based on your… Read more »

The Dead Celebs Ball Auction Party

The Online Auction is now CLOSED.  If you won any items online, please log into your account and complete payment. Online ticket sales are now CLOSED.  Admission on the day of the even is $30 at the door. Come to the Dead Celebs Ball, our 11th annual Halloween-themed auction party, which takes place on Saturday, Oct.… Read more »

CMS Math Club Launch Meeting on Nov. 15 After School

The Claremont Math Club is back! The first meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Ms. Thacher’s room (Room 17). Hosted by eminent math grandparents Ed Berne, Joe Lindsay, and Adrienne Yank, the CMC is open to all Claremont students in all grades. Participants do not have to have math knowledge beyond sixth grade —… Read more »

CMS Girls Volleyball Beat Westlake on Saturday: Two games to zero!

The Lady Knights dominated the first game behind Zeya’s 12 aces for a final score of 25-2. Great teamwork for the starting six: Zeya, Sissy, Andrea, Holland, Gabby and Il”lysia. Game two was closer with a new line-up. They were able to close it out 25-18 with strong passing and serving. Next match: 11 a.m.… Read more »

East Bay Science Fair – Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Science Festival 2017 Hosted by the College of Science at Cal State East Bay (FREE admission, FREE parking, NO registration required!) Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: California State University, East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward, California 94542, North & South Science buildings and Valley Business & Technology Center (Directions) Approximately 50… Read more »

Reserve Taste of Temescal Tickets Online to Benefit Claremont PTA

Back for the eighth time, the Taste of Temescal will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Scintillate your palates with this culinary crawl, one of Temescal’s most delectable fall happenings. Enjoy an evening of food, drink, live music and fabulous prizes (including gift certificates to your favorite local eatery),… Read more »

In-School Dental Check Ups – Oct. 31

Do you need to get your child to the dentist, but have not had time to get them there? Our community partner, Big Smiles Dental Care, will be on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 31 providing in-school dental care with eligibility for the students with medical or private dental insurance. If you have no insurance, you can call… Read more »

Banned and Challenged Books Week

This week in the library we are celebrating our freedom to read. Since 1982 the American Library Association has been commemorating this freedom by promoting books that have been banned or challenged at some point in time in the United States. Many were banned or challenged on the grounds that they were “not age appropriate… Read more »

Support the Claremont library: Give to the Claremont Fund

If you remember your middle school library as a hushed, foreboding place full of mildewing books that nobody touched, then the Claremont library might be a shock to your senses. “It’s important to me that the library be a welcoming space for kids,” says longtime librarian Carla Reimer. “I never expect it to be totally… Read more »

Seeking Party Hosts for the 2017 Claremont Auction: Download the Form Here

Parties and events hosted by members of the Claremont community are an important part of the annual Claremont Auction. These events turn fun social activities into a significant fundraising opportunity for our PTA. You can register your planned part or event by submitting this downloadable 2017 Auction Party Donation Form » If you want to… Read more »

The 2017-18 student planner and handbook

Student Planners 2017-18 All students should have received a student planner through their advisory classes.  This tool will help students record their assignments in all classes. As we move forward, it will also be a place to be reflective on progress and allow students to make goals.  Students will gain more calendar pages every 6… Read more »

School tour dates announced

School Tours Each fall, Claremont hosts tours for 5th graders and their parents. Please consider joining us for a tour this year with your future middle schooler on one of the dates listed below. You will get to speak with school leaders and students, as well as current CMS parents. Some feeder schools will be touring with their entire… Read more »

Come to the first PTA meeting – Thurs., Sept. 7

Find out more about programs supported by the PTA The first PTA meeting of the year is this Thurs., Sept. 7 in the band room! A free community meal will be served at 6 p.m. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Come for all of it.  On the agenda: School programs supported by the PTA – what… Read more »

Let’s make the 2017 auction a hit

On Saturday October 28, we will have Claremont’s 11th annual fundraising auction at St. Peter’s Parish. Festivities starts at 6 p.m. …The theme this year is The Dead Celebs Ball.   We need your help! The success of our annual auction depends largely on the work of an amazing group of parent and family volunteers. We are… Read more »

Introducing Mr. Watson, Claremont’s new vice principal

We’d like to welcome Gary Watson as Claremont’s new assistant principal. He takes the position held for three years by Ms. Tonia Coleman, who has taken an assistant principal position at Berkeley High School. Mr. Watson comes to Claremont after seventeen years teaching in elementary schools in the Bay Area. He decided to switch to becoming an… Read more »

Experiencing the Solar Eclipse on the First Day of School

We are excited to begin the school year on Aug. 21 with the Great American Solar Eclipse. We will have a great time learning from this astronomical event while being safe by NOT looking directly at the sun. Here’s the game plan on Eclipse Day: Students will watch a 3-minute video on the eclipse and receive… Read more »

Thank you Ms. Coleman, you made a difference!

We would like to thank Tonia Coleman, our stellar assistant principal for the past three years. She helped direct and guide much of our amazing work with Culture and Climate. Under Ms. Coleman, Claremont was able to significantly reduce our suspensions, referrals, and tighten up our schoolwide systems to support instruction. She worked tirelessly these… Read more »

School Supplies – What Each Grade Needs for School

Claremont students should plan to come to school prepared. And that means gathering the supplies needed for each grade. Here’s a list of things students will need broken down by grade:    6th Grade Students will need:  7 pencils (mechanical or wood are okay) 2-3 pens of different colors (such as black, blue, red &/or… Read more »

Update from After-School All-Stars 2017-18

Claremont Families, We are excited to kick-off a new year of After-School All-Stars at Claremont! For families who are New Transfers to our school (Sankofa Academy or any other school) we have 10 spots reserved to accommodate you in your on-boarding to the Claremont Community. Applications will be available at our August 10-11 registration. Families will be… Read more »

School Registration – Aug. 10 and 11

UPDATE: Please download the forms below, fill them out and bring to Registration Day. It will make your life easier! The forms you want to bring: Student Emergency Card — Use this form to provide emergency contact and disaster preparedness information for your family. . OUSD Student Registration Packet (Policy Signature Page) — The last two pages of… Read more »

2017 Claremont Middle School Play-a-Thon: May 25 at the Rockridge BART Plaza

Mr. Brown and our CMS student musicians will take over the Rockridge BART Plaza from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, to showcase our wonderful school music program, including the Concert Band, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble at the 2017 Claremont Middle School Play-A-Thon! This annual fundraiser will support our ongoing efforts to make… Read more »

Final PTA Coffee Gathering of the School Year This Friday Morning

The Claremont PTA invites you to enjoy free coffee after you drop your kids off at school on Friday morning (April 28) from 8 to 9 a.m. All parents and caregivers are welcome to join us at school for this casual monthly gathering.  Please note that this event is not for students. We hope to… Read more »

2017-18 CMS After-School Program Enrollment Information

CLAREMONT COMMUNITY: If you are interested in enrolling your student in our STEAM-based After-School All-Stars program at Claremont during the 2017-18 school year, please plan to attend the appropriate Family Registration Night this spring. Attendance is mandatory for enrollment. Returners Registration (Rising 7th & 8th Graders) Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 6-7 p.m. in the… Read more »

2017 Ride for a Reason: Sponsor a Rider Today!

Now is the time to sponsor a rider in this year’s Ride for a Reason! Visit the Ride for a Reason Web site to make your  pledge now » Ride for a Reason is an annual cycling rally and education fundraiser conceived in 2008 by a group of Claremont parents who were frustrated by deep… Read more »

Progress Report on Proposed $7M Claremont Middle School Campus Improvement Project

The OUSD planning process continues for new construction and other proposed campus improvements at Claremont Middle School. A new update from the district (see below) states that the initial phase of construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in spring 2018, with further details about the project to be presented at a community meeting tentatively scheduled… Read more »