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CMP COVID-19 Safety Plans

January 27, 2021

CMP will post no later than February 1, 2021 CMP's COVID-19 Safety Plans for each of the CMP Campuses.  The site specific COVID-19 Safety Plans include a Sample School Exposure to a Confirmed COVID-19 Positive Person Notification, the CMP IIPP Section 11: Infection Prevention Program Addendum specific to COVID-19 Prevention Program, and the COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist. 

See more for the plans and updates (and COVID-19 Symptom & Quarantine Decision Trees). 

Learning Continuity and Attendance Plans
Welcome to Our Beautiful Classrooms Prepared environment

Classrooms are carefully prepared environments in Montessori education, designed to promote Self-Discipline, Sense of order, Contentment, Focus/Concentration, Genuine concern for others, Independence, Love of silence, Love of learning, Self-motivation, and Happiness. These are the characteristics of the “normalized child” who has their developmental needs met. Maria Montessori considered the normalization process of premier importance, laying the groundwork for a life of learning. Read more about our Prepared Environment by clicking here!


Here at CMP American River we do enforce a dress code (not a uniform policy) that promotes the comfort and safety of all students. Importantly, sneakers should be worn for PE days, sandals should be secured with a back strap and have a flat heel, and distracting branding and cartoon characters should be worn on weekends. We post a copy of our dress code on the website as well as in the campus office.


Our CMP American River Middle School is inspiring and developing future leaders through exciting Leadership Opportunities this year: The Green Team and CMP Young Leadership. The Green Team has reached out to all teachers to discuss green issues including recycling and littering; they will launch an education campaign with younger students to identify which bins are used for what types of recycling. The CMP Young Leaders focuses on building our campus community- they created their first video Newscast of the school year, demonstrating campus W.A.V.E. guiding principles of Working together, Acting responsibly, Valuing community, and Empowering themselves and others!


It’s approaching that time again; time to take the CAASPP Summative Assessments. Each assessment period should last approximately a week. Needless to say, attendance is extremely important during this time. In the event of a planned absence, please let the office staff and your teacher know ahead of time so a makeup time can be scheduled. Last but not least, relax and encourage your child to do their best. The CAASPP Assessments were designed with the purpose of informing our teaching and learning. In other words, we want to know what your child knows. Thank you for your cooperation.


5th & 8th grade Science Testting: April 9-13
4th, 5th & 6th grade Language Arts and Math Testing: April 16-27
3rd, 7th & 8th grade Language Arts and Math Testing: April 30-May4


Introducing Aeries Communication Aeries Logo

Dear American River Families, 

We are excited to announce that we will be piloting Aeries Communications this year: a new communication tool to connect our school community.

Aeries Communications is a simple tool that allows for quick, easy, and secure engagement with parents, teachers, and staff. Aeries Communications allows parents to choose their notification preference: email, phone calls, and/or text messaging. In addition, an Aeries App can be downloaded for communication via app notification!

You will receive an invitation to set up your account on August 21st by email. If you would like more information on how the program works, check out this document: Parent and Guardian Walkthrough.

If you have any questions or need to change your contact information on file, please contact your school office.


Julie Miller

Parents/Volunteers: TB Test and Flu Shot Clinic - 9/19

We will have a TB Test and Flu Shot clinic on campus the morning of Wednesday, September 19, from 8:00-9:30am. The flu shot is $30 per regular flu shot, $35 for preservative free flu shot (required by CA law for pregnant women). This year, they will be offering the TB assessment form in lieu of the skin test for only $10! Please see the attached form to determine if the assessment will work for you.

Middle School Next Generation Science Standards Curriculum Showcase - May 30, 2019

Our community is invited to the Curriculum Showcase for Middle School NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). This will be held in the Gibbons Room at the CMP Central Administration Office on Thursday, May 30th, 2pm-4pm.

Welcome to the World - Annual Cultural Fair February 21! world graphic

Our students are busy preparing to welcome families to the annual Cultural Fair. Visit our classrooms, magically transported to different countries around the globe including the USA, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Thailand and many more. Families will sample cultural foods, activities and games. Not only will we enjoy each other’s company, we will also raise monies to benefit an international charity.  


Our Upper Elementary students strapped on their hiking boots and packs to experience the gold rush during their immersion trip to Coloma Outdoor Discovery School. They enjoyed three days on the banks of the South Fork American River, across from the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Experiences included hiking while learning environmental stewardship, life during the gold rush, hoe-downs, campfires, and fun nights in the bunkhouses. 

Annual Apex Fun Run at American River apex logo

Leading up to the campus-wide APEX fun run, the APEX “Dream Team” was on campus teaching character development lessons and promoting the health benefits of running. The students loved the energy that the team brought to our campus and enjoyed seeing “Mel Fresh” in their classrooms every day. The proceeds from our biggest fundraiser of the year will be used to purchase additional materials and furniture for the classrooms. 

UC Davis Children’s Hospital maraFUNrun 5K fun run picture

Students participating in our Running Club began training from October to December to increase their stamina and develop a love of running. To celebrate their achievements,  Ms. Holly and Ms. Megan joined our 1st-8th grade runners at the maraFUNrun, held in downtown Sacramento.


The American River Campus spent Friday before winter break cozy and warm together in our PJ’s, with a favorite stuffed animal or blanket, good book, or game. Children learned about hibernation, migration, insulation, and how animals change in winter. They enjoyed making winter crafts, a mug exchange, book exchange, hot chocolate, popcorn, and even a yummy trail mix bar!

YCOE Notice of Public Hearing for the SELPA Annual Budget Plan and Annual Service Plan

YCOE Notice of Public Hearing for the SELPA Annual Budget Plan and Annual Service Plan:

The Yuba County SELPA Superintendents’ Council hereby gives notice that a Public Hearing will be held as stated in the attachment: YCOE Notice of Public Hearing.

CMP COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Update - New Guidance from Department of Public Health and Department of Education

Dear CMP Community,

We want to keep you updated and informed on CMP’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) which we have been monitoring all weekend. 

At around 12pm on Saturday we learned that Elk Grove Unified School District would be closing school next week.  In our message to the CMP Community on 2/27/20 we indicated that CMP would be following the lead of our authorizing districts and following guidance from public health agencies on our response to COVID-19. As a result, when Elk Grove Unified School district announced it was canceling school this week we also canceled school at our two Elk Grove sites for Monday and Tuesday.

All other sites (Capitol, American River, Carmichael, Orangevale, and Shingle Springs) remain open this week.

CMP COVID-19 Update - All Campuses Closure Extended

Dear CMP Community:

Today, we are writing to update you on the anticipated length of our closure as well as to provide an update on our current efforts to meet the academic and social and emotional needs of our students.

CMP continues to carefully monitor the recommendations and directives issued by local, state, and federal leaders. On Wednesday, Sacramento County issued a Public Health Order directing all residents to stay at home, unless they are providing or accessing essential services.  Yesterday, the Governor issued a “Stay at Home” order for all of California.

As a result of these orders, all CMP schools will remain closed at least through April 20th.  The CMP Board will meet on April 20th to decide on any potential closure extensions.


CMP is here to provide you with some much-awaited information on the upcoming lottery.

Thank you for your patience; we have Good News! 

We have been busy digitizing our application and forms to create an online application, virtual lottery and registration process.  This lottery application and process will mirror our public random lottery draw process, but will now be available through a new online platform: SchoolMint. 


For more information on enrollment and lottery go to:

Distance Learning Site

Our new Distance Learning websites are live! These sites will act as an all-inclusive hub for Distance Learning. You will be able to find lesson plans, student enrichment activities and videos, messages and resources from the counselor, links to Clever, and more! 

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at CMP PBIS logo

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for organizing systems and practices that focus on creating a positive and supportive school culture for all.  Last year, our campus was awarded the bronze award from the California PBIS Coalition for the implementation of the PBIS process. With a common language, teacher and student buy-in and universal values of peace and unity, our school was recognized for their hard work. Our tier 1 implementation includes: 

  • A common language: W.A.V.E Work Together, Act Responsibly, Value your Community and Empower yourself and others. 
  • Splash Tickets which are handed out for a chance to win prizes like an extra recess, popsicle with the principal, donuts with the dean, and a "get out of the mile" pass, just to name a few. 
  • A behavior matrix for teachers and students to have a clear understanding of expected behavior around the campus. 
Notice of Public Hearing

As we kick off the 2020-21 school year, we want to welcome all our new and returning families and remind everyone to check ParentSquare for Back-to-School Parade, virtual Meet & Greet, and more beginning of the the year info!!


Join our contact list by completing the Google interest form and we will email/call you when a spot becomes available. You will have 24 hours to respond and then we will invite you to complete the online application. Spaces can open up at any time, so please have your name on the contact list!

Sign up today by clicking HERE!

CMP-AR Distance Learning Site is Live!

Check out our Distance Learning Site. Here you find classroom information, weekly work plans/schedules, Food Distribution information, student enrichment information and more!

American River Distance Learning Site

COVID-19 Written Operations Reports
Notice of Public Hearing
CMP Lottery Application Deadline is April 9th! Spread the word!
Governing Board San Juan Parent Representative Position


Parent Representative – San Juan

The CMP-Governing Board San Juan Parent Representative position is open. If you are interested in running for the seat, please see the attached flyer which outlines the role of the Governing Board, duties of Board member, and election logistics.  Please note you are required to submit an application and candidate statement (attachment 2). 

Please reach out to Board Secretary Carrie Klagenberg (, or your site administrator if you have any questions or for more details.


Carrie Klagenberg
Governing Board Secretary


  1. CMP Governing Board Elections Flyer 2021
  2. Parent Rep Application and Candidate Statement
Notice of Public Hearing

Yuba County Special Education Local Plan Area Superintendents' Council

Notice of Public Hearing



April is widely known as Autism Awareness Month in the United States, but just recently the Autism Society of America announced it is formally shifting references of "Autism Awareness Month" to "Autism Acceptance Month". This shift in terminology is to emphasize acceptance of those who are affected by autism, which is often one of the biggest barriers to finding and developing a strong support system. By continuing to spread awareness, and now acceptance, the hope is to foster connection and inclusion at the national, state, and community levels. Click for more articles and resources!

Counselor's Corner - March

Regardless of coming back hybrid or staying in distance learning, there are bound to be some big emotions that come up. Any big shift in routine can cause children to become dysregulated. You might see some anxiety (separation anxiety or otherwise) and some mood and/or behavior changes. These are to be expected, and the best thing you can do is to let your child know they are heard and understood, whether they have said it with their words or through their actions. Please click to read more...

Spring Scholastic Book Fair spring book fair

Ms. Caryn, our awesome librarian, has organized an amazing spring Scholastic Book Fair. The virtual book fair will run from 3/18-3/21. Highlights and author interviews will be on Google classroom. Our goal is to raise enough money to purchase a STEM/maker cart!

CMP American River Food Closet-Cart canned food

Take what you need - give what you can. Our rolling food closet-cart is available in front of the school office on Friday, packet pick-up days. Please only bring non-perishable items. Thank you for supporting our small effort to recognize the challenges of food insecurity faced by many in our community.


Continuing our annual celebration of cultures from around the world, CMP American River is holding a Virtual Cultural Fair visiting Canada, Botswana, France and more! Students are sharing family traditions highlighting their heritage - including, Apache and Cherokee Nations, Mexico, El Salvador, India, Italy, Thailand, South Korea, Dubai, Scotland, England, Germany and the Azores. This year we compiled family recipes to publish in our first American River Cookbook, the proceeds from which will benefit the Sacramento Food Bank.

Counselor's Corner - February

As we inch closer to the one year anniversary of being in distance learning, it seems fitting to revisit the topic of the social emotional needs of our students. Now more than ever, we need to be focusing on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to help cultivate healthy relationships and coping strategies. The ability to develop and demonstrate empathy, compassion, and resiliency provides children with important lifelong social and emotional skills. These skills will not only serve them throughout their lives, but help them cope with the heightened stress, anxiety, and fear we are all facing right now. Click to read more and find the link to a social emotional learning activity calendar!

Honoring Black History Month black history month

February is Black History Month and we are taking students on virtual museum tours from Morton Field where the Tuskegee Airmen trained, to the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum to explore the contributions of African Americans in the military. These tours highlight the stories of the men and women who changed our world, and we continue to honor their challenges and contributions to our country.

National School Choice Week 1/25-1/29 school choice week photo

National School Choice Week recognizes the OPTIONS for education in our nation: from traditional public schools, to public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. We join in promoting the goal of providing a learning environment that allows students to be inspired, successful, and happy. We will celebrate our students and their school choice at our community car parade!

Counselor's Corner - January

It is hard to believe that we have just over four months remaining in the school year. Second Step lessons, lunch bunches, and check in zoom sessions are still going strong. The focus of the Second Step lessons for all grade levels right now has to do with recognizing strong emotions and how to best manage those feelings so they don't control us. Now, more than ever, it is important for students (and adults!) to be aware of what they are feeling and how they respond to stressful situations. Having a conversation with your child(ren) about the emotions they are experiencing can be helpful and insightful for you both. Click to read more on new resources!

Honoring the Dream - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Happy birthday mlk

This year, Ms. Kathleen-our principal, reads Happy Birthday Martin Luther King to our students. A beautiful children's book, written by Jean Marzollo and illustrated by Brian Pinkney, that shares the life story and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream for all people to live together in peace.

Counselor's Corner - December

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CMP has taken the mental health and well-being of our students and families very seriously by offering regular communications, resources, check-ins, as well as providing community services and referrals when needed. Teachers and staff have worked diligently to create a warm and supportive learning environment for our students to help foster resiliency. All staff have received suicide prevention training on potential risk factors and warning signs, how to respond to a student in crisis, and how to refer a student to get appropriate help and support.

Families are encouraged to check in with their children often and provide an open environment for them to discuss their feelings and emotions. Pay close attention to any signs that your child may be going through a challenging time. Please see the chart below for potential warning signs to watch for in your children that may indicate they are experiencing a high level of stress or trauma. If your child is experiencing any of these warning signs it is recommended you seek appropriate mental health support services and contact your pediatrician. Please click to read more for the full post...

Art To Remember art to remember

Art to Remember turns your child's creative artwork into great custom gifts for the holidays, and all the beautiful ornaments, mugs, tote bags, and more have arrived! We're so glad to continue this unique fundraiser and thankful for all the families that participated at home this year. 

American River's Annual Spelling Bee 2020 spelling bee

The annual Spelling Bee returns to kick-off a challenging, fun December - via zoom webinar, in an effort to create as similar of an experience as our in-person Spelling Bee for the children as possible. Forty three students participated this year, supported by teachers, family and friends online. A great community event continues!

Our Fall Book Fair goes Virtual Librarian

To celebrate Scholastic's 100th anniversary, the virtual fall book fair's theme is "Time Machine" and features Ms. Caryn our Librarian decked out as time traveling Doc from Back-to-the-Future! Books will be highlighted in Google classroom, in fliers, and can be ordered online. Click on this link to go to our Scholastic page


CMP American River's Principal and Dean of Students showing their boundless spirit and support of our APEX challenge this year by getting covered in silly string and slime!!

Counselor's Corner - November

November 10th marked Mental Health Matters Day with a vision of hope, action, and change surrounding mental health.  We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health.  Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.  It affects our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.  Mental health is important throughout our lifetime and at every stage of life.

What is the American River "Current"? current waves

The American River CURRENT is our bi-weekly campus newsletter for our families. Families can find insight from our Principal Ms. Kathleen, detailed information on upcoming events, and important links and updates all in one place. Our goal is to keep campus communication streamlined in the CURRENT, sent to our community via Parent Square, throughout the school year. 


The 2020 Apex leadership program theme is MIGHTY: Mindful, Integrity, Grit, Hero, Think Ahead, Your Turn. Daily, interactive lessons and a virtual event day - mixing dance moves with circuit training - make for a fun, safe program that raises dollars to expand our campus outdoor learning areas. Donations can be made online at

Counselor's Corner - October

October is in full swing, and with it brings National Bullying Prevention Month. Help us foster a culture of togetherness throughout our CMP community by encouraging your child to treat others with kindness and respect. By doing so, we are working together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by promoting acceptance, kindness, and inclusion to all. Check out this website that includes kid-friendly, interactive resources about bullying that you and your child can look at together: Click for more resources and information from Stacey Cronin.

Harvest Fest 2020 - Be Safe and Spooky! Harvest Festival

Our annual Harvest Festival was reimagined this year as we gathered our community for a socially distant car parade featuring the Middle School Haunted House, themed trunks for treats, and our amazing staff of storybook characters, witches, Star Wars heroes, social media butterflies and more! We appreciate all the families who got decked out as well, endured the vast car line, and arrived so excited to celebrate fall and fun times. 

International Day of Peace world graphic

In celebration of International Day of Peace, each year CMP/American River comes together for a silent peace walk. We were happy to see everyone at our modified Peace Parade, flying your peace doves!

Changes to Meal Service-Starting September 8, 2020

UPDATE!  USDA extends free meals for children 18 and under! The USDA has issued updated guidance that meals can be provided at no cost to all children 0-18 years old. 
Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020, one breakfast and one lunch per child, packaged together, will be handed out curbside to all children 0-18 years from 44 San Juan school sites. 
Non-meat options will be available to families upon request. Please read more for all the details!

Happy Birthday Maria Montessori Maria Montessori with children

Each year we celebrate the teachings and dynamic life of Maria Montessori. She was a doctor, research scientist, and educator. Her landmark philosophy recognizes that children have a natural desire to learn and that stages of development exist for which there should be corresponding prepared educational environments. Montessori education provides pathways for creation, exploration, imagination, decision making, problem solving, and healthy social relationships that lead to concrete skills in concentration, academic and life skills. Read more about Maria Montessori by clicking here!

COUNSELOR'S CORNER - MAY mental health awarness logo

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, with the purpose of promoting awareness to end the stigma that surrounds mental health. Mental health includes our psychological, emotional, and social well-being and helps determine how we interact with others, how we handle stress, and what choices we make. The mental health of all people is important throughout all stages of life, beginning in early childhood. The coronavirus pandemic and recent world events have had a profound impact on all of us, with many experiencing mental health struggles as a result. Now more than ever, it is crucial to stay connected and reduce the stigma around mental illness. No one should feel alone or go without the information, help, and support they need. Please click to find links to resources.


Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  It is absolutely heartwarming to see students back on campus this year.  School counseling is intended for students with social-emotional struggles or challenges that affect their learning here at school.  Counseling interventions are designed to be brief and solution-focused, and target specific issues or concerns that are directly impacting the child's education.  Possible interventions may include: one-time or periodic check-ins, re-teach of Second Step skills/concepts, individual/small group counseling sessions, or recommendation to outside community resources.  If your child is referred to counseling by his/her teacher or other staff member, you will be notified of the concern before it is brought to my attention.  Please click more to read on...

CMP 20th Anniversary

Welcome to 2021-2022 school year.  This year marks a momentous milestone for CMP, our 20th Anniversary!

On Wednesday, August 4, 2021, CMP kicked off the celebration with a ‘Founder’s Panel”.  The CMP-Community had a chance to hear from the four individuals who started CMP twenty years ago on how CMP came into existence, the challenges they faced along the way, and what they are most proud of about CMP twenty years later.  It was an inspiring event.

Please follow the link to view the recording of the “Founder’s Panel”.

Many thanks to Norman Lorenz, Deanna Gardner, Marion MacGillivray, and Keith Alpaugh.