Co-Curricular Activities

Co-Curricular Activities

Co-Curricular Activities function as natural extensions of the core curriculum and provide an opportunity for students to use those critical thinking skills learned in the classroom to increase academic achievement. We are committed to the establishment of a comprehensive program that is all inclusive, providing access to students of all grade levels and of all ethnic and economic groups. We support the pursuit of excellence for 100% of our students.

Academic Competitions

There are several different types of academic competitions. These include, but are not limited to local, regional, state, nation and world competitions. It is very exciting and beneficial for students to participate in these competitions. The cost of competitions can be difficult for competing teams and schools, and therefore, sponsors are encouraged to plan ahead and consider alternate funding sources; ie. PTA, corporate and local business sponsors. There is some funding support available for national competitions; however, this funding is limited and granted upon request from the school principal and is not guaranteed. Local, state, regional and other competition costs are the responsibility of the each school club.

All clubs attending competitions must follow the proper CMS procedures set in place for student travel, chaperones, absences, substitutes and travel procedures. All of these procedures require approval of the school principal and several require additional regional approval depending on the request.

Standard Activities

In the 1999-00 school year, the Co-Curricular Activities Project Charter was established to create a comprehensive co-curricular program that provides access to students at all grade levels and increase the percent of all racial and economic groups participating. With this system in place, the activities would be monitored for participation to determine if they were supporting the needs of the students. The intent was to establish these programs as a natural extension of the school day that would focus on acceleration and academic achievement.

The standards for Co-Curricular Activities were established. Debate was implemented at every high school and was funded. Professional development was offered and quarterly inservice for specified activity sponsors has been instituted. Surveys were completed by administrators at every school to determine what co-curricular activities were established during the past three school years. A budget was developed to establish co-curricular activities based on targets in the CMS Balanced Scorecard.

Standard Co-Curricular Activities

Elementary Activities 

Math Olympiad
Odyssey of the Mind
Middle School Activities
National Academic League
Odyssey of the Mind
Science Olympiad
High School Activities
Science Olympiad
Additional Co-Curricular Clubs and Activities
Odyssey of the Mind
Destination Imaginiation
World Quest (World Affairs Council)
Model United Nations

Duties and Responsibilities of Co-curricular Sponsors

  • Determine whether your school will participate through classes or as an extracurricular club.
  • Recruit students.
  • Establish and secure a location for regular meetings.
  • Meet with parents to encourage their support.
  • Determine what resources are available to assist you with the club.
  • Determine how to publicize your club and its successes.
  • Contact the website or the program director to obtain information regarding this year's regional tournament and the availability of assistants.
  • Obtain information regarding the costs involved in the activity and the resources available. 
  • Publish a schedule of club meetings, competitions and calendar of activities for the year.
  • Inform the CMS Public Information Office and the Co-curricular Office of your team's competition successes.
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