Athletics & Activities FAQ

What activities are available to my child?
Band, chorus and orchestra are year- long activities and are open to all middle school students. All students are invited to try-out for Jazz Band or Show Choir. 7th and 8th grade students may be involved in a number of school sponsored sport teams. The fall sports season is from late August through mid-October and includes Volleyball, Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country and Football. Wrestling and Girls’ Basketball compete in November and December. Boys’ Basketball plays in January and February, while Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming participate in February and March. Girls’ and Boys’ Track run in March and April.  Additionally, CMS will present a play in which all middle school students are welcomed to be involved.

What does my child need to do to participate?
In order to participate in any sport/activity the following must be completed prior to the first day of practice and turned in to the Attendance/Activities Office:

  • Central Middle School Athletic Form – signed by parent/guardian and student athlete, which is good for the school year participating.
  • Concussion Form – signed by parent/guardian and student athlete, which is good for the school year participating.
  • Iowa Athletic Pre-Participation Physical Examination Form – Signed by a Medical Licensed Professional and the parent/guardian. This is good for 13 months from the date of the physical.

These forms can be found online Athletic/Activity Forms and can also be picked up at CMS.

What if my child has never played the sport?
The ultimate goals of the Central Middle School athletic program are to: 1) realize the value of participation without over emphasizing the importance of winning and 2) develop and improve positive citizenship traits among the program’s participants. Central Middle School will accommodate and improve the wide range of abilities of the players by providing the players with a means of exercise while stressing the traits listed above. No child who wishes to play a sport at CMS will be denied the chance, because of a lack of skill or prior experience.

Will low grades effect my child’s participation in extra-curricular activities?
A low grade in a class may influence participation. Grades will be checked weekly throughout the season. If your child is failing a class, they will have a week to raise the grade to a passing level.  If a passing grade is not achieved, your child will be ineligible for games that week. Additionally, the student will be required to attend a study session each night (3:20 to 3:40) with the teacher whose class they are failing, prior to attending practice.

Does my child need to be at school to play in a game after school?
A student must be at school by 12:00, and remain in attendance for the remainder of the day, to compete in a competition taking place that night. Individual exceptions (such as a doctor appointment) may be approved if arranged in advance.

When do practices start?
Football – First day of practice will be August 23, 2017
Volleyball – First day of practice will be August 23, 2017
Cross Country – First day of practice will be August 23, 2017
Wrestling –
Girls’ Basketball –
Boys’ Basketball –
Swimming –
Track –

How often and when are practices?
Practice is the foundation to improvement. Teams will practice every night other than game nights.  In a team sport each player needs to realize their role in contributing to the team success. Most practices are held at CMS or Jefferson gym after school (3:30 to about 5:15). However, the swim team will practice in the morning before school (6:15 to 7:30). After Swimming practice at MHS, the students will ride the bus to CMS.  You are welcome to attend and watch practice any time.

Will there be practice/games if school is cancelled or delayed?
If school is cancelled, delayed or released early because of inclement weather there will be no practices, games, or after-school activities that night.

What do I need to purchase for my child to participate in middle school activities?
Most equipment needed to participate in a middle school activity will be provided by Central Middle School. A good pair of tennis shoes and a water bottle are all which may be required in most sports. Football does require a mouthpiece, however the first one will be provided by the school. For Swimming, goggles and a swimsuit (a one piece swimsuit for the girls and non cut-offs for boys) are required.

Will my child be penalized for missing a practice/game for a doctor appointment?
Your student will not be penalized for an excused absence. Good communication is a vital aspect of a successful program. Please inform the coach/school as soon as you know your child will be absent.

Will the bus stop for food after an out of town event?
The bus will not stop for food. Most events will finish around 6:00pm and our goal will be to get the students back home as quickly as possible.

Can my child wear the school uniform to school?
School issued clothing should only be worn during practice or on game/performance day. Your child may wear school issued clothing on game days but should refrain from wearing school issued clothing on non-game days. Any damaged, lost or stolen items will be the financial responsibility of the student-participant.

Is there anything else I need to know?
Student athletes and the student’s parent/guardian need to be aware that sport activities involve risk of injury. When an athlete practices, plays or participates in any sport, the activity can be dangerous. The student may risk serious and permanent injury affecting his/her well being. The Independent School District of Muscatine is not liable, nor responsible, for any medical, dental, or hospital bills occurring as a result of injuries sustained by a student while participating in a school activity. Instructions given by the coach regarding playing techniques, training and team rules must be followed.

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