Principal's Message


LaFonda Morris
Pierce Middle School Principal

Dear CPMS Parents, Guardians, and Students,

Virtual Learning at CPMS will begin on Thursday, August 20.  The decision to teach virtually was one made with constant communication with medical professionals, the Lake County Board of Health, our MCSC School Board and input from our parents and stakeholders.  Students can expect to receive rigorous core instruction from their teachers through Google Classroom.  Our students have familiarity and many know that Google Classroom may be accessed from the Chromebook they received just this week.  

What Students Can Expect:

  • Students will receive a syllabus for each of their specific courses which will include an overview of the trimester, learning objectives and a list of lessons and activities. 
  • Students will be logged in to their virtual classroom each day.  Students will attend regularly scheduled synchronous (live) lessons, and will participate in a schedule of instruction, assignments, practice and activities each hour, just as they would if in school, (40-45 minutes per course) 
  • Students will interact with their teachers and peers and engage through discussion forums, recordings and chats.
  • Students will have opportunities to collaborate individually with their Special Education or ELL teachers to ensure instructional materials are accessible to all students and accommodations are being made where needed.
  • Students will have the opportunity to communicate with their teacher both one-on-one and with the whole class.
  • Students will have the opportunity to respond in multiple ways (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
  • Students should be dressed appropriately in accordance with the school dress code when engaged in a live session.
  • Both Chromebooks and physical textbooks will be provided to students.  Chromebook Pick Up was scheduled for August 12-14.  If your child was unable to pick up a Chromebook, please contact the middle school, or watch your email for information on late pick up dates. 
  • Students or parents should contact the middle school if internet service or wifi hot-spots are needed.

Our top priority remains the safety of our students. Still, we do understand that these unprecedented times will pose challenges to students and parents.  I want to emphasize that our staff stands committed to providing support, instruction, and ongoing communication so that our children continue to receive an outstanding educational experience.

Parents should continue to take an active role in monitoring their child’s progress on Google Classroom as well as Skyward, where you can see grades, receive text alerts, and email questions directly to teachers or staff. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.

We encourage parents to continue to read emails and correspondence as information continues to change rapidly in the upcoming weeks.  Together we remain PIRATE STRONG!

LaFonda Morris 
Go Pirates!



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