Dear Osprey Families,

On behalf of the faculty and staff members here at Chain of Lakes, I would like to thank you for helping us to facilitate a successful opening! We appreciate your continued support of the vision that we have in place for our students and the school as a whole.  Since welcoming over 1,200 students on the first day, we have seen them grow by leaps and bounds.  We are looking forward to the new and exciting learning adventures that this school year will bring!
The COLMS open house was a great success! We had over 500 parents on campus. I encourage open communication with parents. Everyone can benefit from a solid relationship between the school, parent and student. COLMS has a staff of teachers, guidance counselors and administrators that are always available to provide information regarding your student’s performance. 
One of our primary goals is to help your child become proficient in the core subject areas such as Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies as well as their electives. On October 31, 2014, you should receive report cards for the first nine-week marking period. Please take some time to look at the report card carefully. If your child is doing well, then please take the time to celebrate. Simple words of encouragement can be very powerful in helping students stay focused and motivated.
On the other hand, if your child is struggling, then there are many things that you can do to assist them. First, you should have a conversation with your child to determine the problem. Is he or she struggling with the transition from elementary to middle school? Does the problem stem from poor study habits or a lack of organizational skills? Is he or she working hard but in need of further assistance through tutoring or other measures? The next step is to communicate the information that you have gathered with your child’s teachers so that you can work collaboratively to design an intervention plan. This plan will include goal setting. After a plan has been established, daily monitoring and encouragement that you provide will make a tremendous difference. If you want more ideas on how you can help your child succeed, please contact your grade level guidance counselor and administrator.
As a reminder, OCPS offers an online grade book and parent portal system called Progress Book that allows greater communication from school to home regarding your students’ progress. You can receive your child’s password from their grade level guidance counselor.
I look forward to working with each of you, helping our students develop the skills to be successful, lifetime learners.
Cheron Anderson