Any student who plans to participate in any athletics or after-school activities here at the middle school and their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) MUST attend an athletic code meeting once during their middle school career. The athletic code meetings for the 2013 - 2014 school year will be held in the Middle School Auditorium on Monday, August 12, 2013 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm for students whose last name begins with A - M and on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm for students whose last name begins with N - Z.
We will continue to implement the 2012 "Concussion Law Act 172 - Statute 118.293" that requires all athletes and their parent(s) or legal guardian(s), to attend a meeting prior to each sport on concussion signs, symptoms and management. This is a MANDATORY meeting! If you do not attend, your child will become ineligible to participate in athletics/practice until the proper instruction and forms are completed.
This meeting will be held on Monday August 19, 2013 from 3:30 - 4:00 pm in the Auditoriums for football players and parents only! Our school requires each athlete in collision and contact sports to take the neurocognitive ImPACT test each year. Julie Petersen our Licensed Athletic Trainer will be administering the test at 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30pm on Monday, August 12th and Tuesday, August 13th at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 6:45pm and 7:45pm. If you have any questions please feel free to contact her at the middle school. There is no cost for this test. Football equipment will be handed out on Wednesday, August 14th from 1:00 - 3:30pm and practice will follow and run from 4:00 - 6:30pm.
On Thursday, September 5, 2013 in the Auditorium, the concussion information and signing meetings for boys soccer, cross country, and girls volleyball will begin at 4:15pm. All parent(s) & athletes must attend prior to each sports season. Coaches will conduct a sports meeting immediately following the concussion meeting. The concussion test for soccer & volleyball will occur after that meeting.
Sign-up for ImPACT Testing times during walk-thru days will be at the Reception Area or you can call the Reception Desk after August 5th. Times are Tuesday, September 3rd at 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm. Wednesday, September 4th, the Impact Testing times are: 3:45pm, 4:45pm, and 5:45pm. The Impact Test takes about 45 minutes.
The WIAA "Concussion Law Act 172" information and link can be found on our middle school athletics page, the Chi-Hi athletics page(tab - WIAA) or you may also go to http://www.wiaawi.org to find the information.
Football equipment will be handed out earlier than usual. We will be starting the season earlier than in the past, so we will hand out the equipment on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:30pm by the Men's Phy Ed office. We are planning to start the season two weeks early to hopefully accomodate the playing of different schools besides the current middle school teams that we play. 7th & 8th football practice will start on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 from 4 - 6:30pm.
We have added Rice Lake to our schedule again this year in both 7th & 8th grade. Games at Rice Lake and at CFMS will be later start times, so they will probably be night games as well. We have been invited again to participate in 7th and 8th grade scrimmages at Menomonie Middle School on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 9am to approximately 1pm, with various other teams. The scrimmage will include our 7th & 8th grade teams. They will have concessions there on site.
The 8th grade will play at Menomonie on Tuesday, September 10th. We are also exploring possible games and are trying to set up games with Durand, Bloomer and others. We will keep you updated as the summer progresses. Watch for updates on the Middle School Athletics Website on the athletics calendar.
All other 1st quarter sports will start on Thursday, September 5th. The schedule is as follows: 6th/7th/8th boys and girls cross country practice will 4 - 5pm. 7th grade girls volleyball practices will be held at CFMS from 6:45 - 7:45am. 8th girls volleyball practice will be held at the middle school from 4 - 5:30pm. 7th and 8th boys soccer practice will be from 4 - 5:30pm at the middle school lower field.
All 6th grade athletes must have a Red Alternate Year Card and an Athletic Code on file. All 7th grade athletes must have a Green Physical Card and an Athletic Card on file. All 8th grade athletes must have a Yellow Alternate Year Card and an Athletic Code on file. Athletes must also pay an Athletic Fee to participate. If you pay full price for lunches, the cost is $10 per sport and $20 max per year and $40 max per family. If you qualify for the reduced lunch, the cost is $5 per sport and $10 max per year and $20 max per family. If you qualify for free lunch, there is no cost to participate for the year.
Practices are held on M - T - TH - F. Games are not scheduled until Friday in early September. All athletes and their parents will get a paper copy of the game schedules on the following Monday. Your sons and daughters will bring these copies home. Also on the Middle School Athletic's Website and Webpage, you can access the Sports Calendar on the right side of the page. This calendar will include practice and game times, as well as the competition. Also, there is a page that allows you to click on the appropriate school and to get directions to those facilities. Athletic contests that are canceled will be put on the Parent Portal access and I believe a text message will be sent to your cell phones as well. Once a contest is canceled it will not be rescheduled. Bus arrivals at the middle school after contests, varies and your son(s)/daughter(s)will have the opportunity to call from the middle school physical education office to arrange for a ride home. The buses take our athletes from the middle school to their sporting events and return them back to the middle school after the contests are finished.
Chippewa Falls School District Policy regarding contest transportation as of spring 2011 states: Only the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of your son(s) or daughter(s) can only transport them home from a contest after signing a waiver form, which can be obtained from their respective coach or coaches. You cannot transport a neighbor(s) or friend(s) who are on the team from a contest or event. You may transport anyone after they return to the middle school from their contest.
In 2011 - 2012, we implemented a new program called WHOAA for all 8th grade students and athletes. W.H.O.A.A. stands for: Wall of Honor Of Academics and Athletics. At the end of the year awards, any student or student - athlete that participates in 3 or more different before or after-school activities with a 3.50 - 3.99 GPA with distinction all 3 quarters, can be inducted into the Wall of Honor. Those that maintain a 4.0 GPA with distinction all 3 quarters will have an asterisk(*). These names will be placed on the Wall of Honor by the Middle School Gymnasium. Copies of this program will be handed out to 8th grade participants at the beginning of each new school year. This past year (2012 - 2013), we awarded 77 students who achieved this honor & distinction! The committee includes a combination of: Principals, Teachers, Advisors, Coaches and the Athletic Director. All 8th Grade activities included are: All 8th Grade sports, Equestrian, Morning Jazz Band, Band, Choir, Show Choir, Forensics, Orchestra, Student Council, Talent Show, Yearbook, CFMS Middle Pages, Special Olympics, Voyagers, WEB, or other Club Activities.
I hope all students have an enjoyable experience and have fun in the spirit of competition and good sportsmanship. Our coaches are human and will make mistakes as will your young athletes, so remember winning is icing on the cake! We practice fundamentals daily and the games are used to showcase all of the hard work they have put into those practices.
If we win, we will do so with humility. If we lose, we will do so with dignity and class! Let's have a great season!
Mr. Britton - CFMS Athletic Director