Crittenden Middle School

6158 Jefferson Avenue  •  Newport News, VA 23605  •  Phone: (757) 591-4900  •  Fax: (757) 838-8261

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Felicia Barnett, Principal

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OUR MISSION is to prepare all students to be responsible and successful citizens in our rapidly changing world by encouraging academic excellence in all subjects while emphasizing math, science, and technology. More...

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Teacher Appreciation Week
During the week of May 2-6, 2016, teachers all over the United States are honored and appreciated for their commitment to student success. Crittenden Middle School will also participate by celebrating our magnificent teachers. Therefore, Crittenden Middle School P.T.A. needs your support. Please click on the link above to make your donation. Thanks in advance for your support and commitment to our students and teachers. Mrs. Eura White, Crittenden Middle School P.T.A. President.

Youth Development
S.T.A.R. is an acronym for Students Taking Action and Responsibility and, at this award ceremony, three CMS clubs were highlighted because of their focus in teaching the whole child to be college, career, and citizenship ready for this year.  View Club Winners.

Literacy Explosion and Writing Rock Stars
CMS Students participated in the Newport News Reading Council’s Annual Writing Contest as well as the Virginia Teachers of English state-wide Literacy Explosion, garnering a profusion of awards in BOTH contests!  View Award Winners.

Video of the Month: Colonial Newscast

Congratulations to CMS Teacher of the Year, Adria Merritt!
Ms Merritt teaches 8th grade English, is the Writing Coach and Administrator of the Cougar Lift After-School Program. Congratulations Ms Merritt!  Also congratulations to three very special educators who were recognized by NNPS at the awards ceremony: Sheila Patrick, 8th grade Assistant Principal, Dwayne Banks, Technology Education and Ms Beryl Massie-Brown, 8th grade Math Teacher. All three were recognized for their 30-years of service to Newport News Public Schools.

8th Grader Daily Press Editorial Posted
As part of the 8th grade Civics & Economics Curriculum, Ms. Fortunato had her students take part in projects ranging from gathering food for food banks, clothing for homeless shelters and writing letters to various government officials and editorials to newspapers. This Spring the class came with a twist! Jangmi Paik’s class assignment, an editorial written to the Daily Press regarding food insecurity and the necessity of volunteering and food drives, was published in the March 12th edition of the online Daily Press!

NJHS MS BEATS HS To Become Quiz Bowl Champs!
The CMS National Junior Honor Society attended the WEB DuBois Honors Conference at Hampton University. The Middle School Quiz Bowl team may have been the youngest team in the Quiz Bowl room, but they never let that stop them. Losing their first round of Middle School questions to a High School team, the Cougars pulled out their Smartphones and Googled ‘Quiz Bowl Questions’- searching for the question sets that had been released to them just the day before. Studying between sets, the Cougars quickly bypassed ALL of the High School teams, becoming the Quiz Bowl Champions! You can follow their path to success and catch a glimpse of them holding their Quiz Bowl trophy at

I AM Wall
Have you been following Crittenden’s “I AM” wall? Cougars are: Active, Playful, Different, Proud, Funny, Musical, Dorky, Inquisitive, Odd, Bold, Thoughtful, Silly, Joyful, Daring, Alert, Athletic and SMART!  Join us and help build our ONLINE “I AM” wall!

Free Prom Dress Event
Have a formal event coming up this spring but concerned about what to wear? All Generation Church is holding a FREE event where Junior and Senior girls can come in and pick out their dress, shoes and accessories for FREE. Reserve your appointment today - you MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT.

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Bring Your Own Device
The purpose of the Bring Your Own Device Program is to allow students to use their personal device (with which they are familiar) to complete and enrich their academic projects and activities. However, BYOD is NOT a free-for-all. Students may ONLY use devices when and if they are instructed to do so by their teacher. For more information on the BYOD program, please check out our BYOD webpage and BYOD newsletter, and most especially Ms Barnett’s video on what BYOD should and should not look like.

Spring Basketball
The Intramural Spring Basketball Season has begun! See the attached schedule for a list of games between CMS and other NNPS middle schools. Come to cheer on the Cougars and hear our fantastic PEP band and cheerleaders!

Math Tutoring
If your child is in need of Math Tutoring, remember that we offer tutoring from CNU students on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school Space is limited so please check with your child’s Math teacher for more information and a permission slip that must be signed by the parents.

Financial Literacy
Speaking of Math, has your child prepared for financial literacy? Be sure they sign up for a Bayport Credit Union Savings Account! It’s not too late. Savings days are held every Thursday during lunch and there is no money required to sign up! Bayport will put the first $5 in the account!

Are You Ready for STEM?
Check to see if you have what it takes.

Testing, Testing, Testing!
It’s the time of year where students have semester, SOL and unit or end of course exams. CMS provides many opportunities to help students succeed. Check out our Saturday Writer’s Workshop video for a sample!

Cougar Lift After School Program
The Cougar Lift After School Program provides many opportunities for students to strengthen academics as well as enrich their lives with exciting opportunities.  Read more about the program in the Cougar Lift Newsletter!

Purchase your CMS yearbook now! From December 1st until April 1st, cost is $30. Upload your pictures of school events and get a byline in the yearbook.

Join the BayPort Student Run Credit Union

Student Blogs

Volunteer Corps
Students, are you looking for a way to volunteer in your community? Volunteer Corps has many ways for you to help!

CMS Bullying Hotline - (757) 283-7787 x. 22699

Student Parent School Partnership Form

Free & Reduced Meals Program

Asbestos Management Plan Availability Annual Notification

Magnet Program

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