Cache La Poudre Middle School is an amazing little school located on the edge of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Our small size of 320 students and staff has allowed us to become a community of learners where every student is known and valued as an individual. Our dedicated staff has committed themselves to an innovative teaching style and spirit which embraces the future but still respects our past traditions.
Cache La Poudre Middle School is a school where respect, rigor, relevance, responsibility and relationships drive learning.
Cache La Poudre Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School.
Cache La Poudre Middle School is a safe, high performing school where students learn, work and grow with an experienced and dedicated staff.
Counseling Information Updated
Important dates and information have been added for parents of incoming 5th graders and for parents of current 8th graders. See more.
Tularemia, How to Stay Safe!
Hey, CLPMS students! Our lego team made a video explaining the threats of Tularemia, how to stay safe and how it is becoming a danger in Northern Colorado. Stay safe!
-Sincerely, The Blue Screen of Death Robotics Team.
New Grade Book Tutorial
This video is an introduction for Cache La Poudre Middle School parents on the new gradebook. How we grade and report student work and demonstration of knowledge is one of the most important components of a classroom. All educational research states that providing multiple, varied, and rigorous assessments is best practice. Therefore, the three IBMYP schools have created an IBMYP report card that encourages continuous student learning and growth.
Sixth graders from Cache La Poudre IB World Middle School got a chance to get their hands dirty last week at Lory State Park.
Funded by a grant from the nonprofit Friends of Lory State Park, students learned about geology, fire science, ecology and the human history of the area surrounding their school. Experts from the park and Colorado State University volunteered their knowledge to teach students.
In keeping with the school's international baccalaureate mission, the sixth graders completed a service project of removing mullien, an invasive plant species.
"The students had the opportunity to take what they have been learning in class and apply it to an authentic field experience," sixth grade science coordinator Mary Richmond said.
Their hard work earned them T-shirts, provided by grants from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The field trip is one of many outdoor educational experiences the middle school students participate in. Each fall, students explore aspects of their school's namesake river, the Cache La Poudre, during River Week.
On March 5, the Cache La Poudre Middle School Science Olympiad team competed against 38 other teams from all over the Northern half of Colorado.
The results for our team were impressive. We will find out over Spring Break if we made it to the state competition being held at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
Jordan Hawks and Tobi Miller – Air Trajectory - 5th place!
Jordan Hawks and Douglas Gill - Bio-Processes - 14th place!
Triton Olick and Jackson Morley - Bottle Rocket - 12th place!
Tannon Moreshead and Tyler Uthmann - Bridge Building - 14th place!
Isabella White and Natalie Barnes - Food Science - 7th place!
Isabella White and Genova Mumford - Green Generation - 9th place!
Alec Lucas and Douglas Gil- Mission Possible – 15th place!
Michael Kabot and Tobi Miller - Reach for the Stars - 7th place!
Alec Lucas and Isaiah Wright - Scrambler - 9th place!
Isabel White and Genova Mumford - Write It, Do it - 12th place!
Great Job Pirate Scientists!
Please congratulate all Science Olympians for the hard work and perseverance!
Vocal Jazz Performs National Anthem (CSU)
River Week in the News!
Channel 7 (Denver News) came out to our school today to report on students and River Week.
September 29, 2015 - LAPORTE - Students at Cache La Poudre Middle School are studying a river that runs right by the school for "River Week."
According to a school spokesperson, students are studying, writing about and being inspired in art this week as they visit and wade into the river.
On Tuesday morning, science students entered the river to test its velocity. In waders and with nets, Alisa Hicks' 8th grade class tested the speed of the current by dropping an orange into the river and measuring the time it took to traverse a set distance.
"Every year, the students at CLP Middle School study a different aspect of the river," said Hicks.
Hicks said the experiments are important because many residents of Laporte live near the river. Those same residents say they have seen the river erode over the years.
"It's wonderful that Cache La Poudre Middle School is so close to the Cache La Poudre river," said Hicks.
Students take their measurements and input the results into math equations to tell which parts of the river have a faster current.
"The deeper parts it's really hard to do because you pretty much get swept down the river a lot," said Isabelle Sheiner, an 8th grade student at the school.
The Cache La Poudre Science Olympiad team competed on March 7 against 37 other middle school teams from all over the northern half of Colorado. This a very difficult competition that our Pirates have been studying and building for since September. There are 23 different events so students need to have a wide breadth of knowledge and skills to succeed. They performed awesomely. Of particular note are the students who earned a medal in their events:
Genova Mumford and Rosie Maino earned 1st place in Write It, Do It.
Tobi Miller and Jordan Hawks earned 1st place in Air Trajectory.
Alyson Pillard and Timothy Cortez earned 3rd place in Entomology.
Please congratulate those that medaled and our whole team of competitors, which include: Alyson Pillard, Genova Mumford, Liv Pepin, Rosie Maino, Eliana Pritchett, Ross Hodson, Peter Bachand, Levi Jones, Timothy Cortez, Haiden McCoy, Alexandria Dolce, Alexandra Holton, Ted Dennon, Jordan Hawks, Carlee Gilmore, Tobi Miller, Lauren Ivers, Patrick Grounds, Joseth Munoz Hernandez, Rhys Sharpton.
Also we would like to extend a very special THANK YOU to our community volunteer, Reid Hayhow, for all his time and efforts in working with our students!
Pirates are District Champions!!!! Such great defense, such smart shots, such great fans, such CLP Heart!!!!!!!!!! You brought home the trophy boys!
River Week News and Photos
River Week was a huge success again this year. The weather, the river, and all of nature cooperated with us to ensure that the students at CLP had the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors while learning. Whether with the Sciences, Arts, English, Technology, Languages, Physical Education, or Individuals and Societies, students were able to learn in a context that is connected with their lives. Thanks to all for your support of this important experience that is unique to Cache La Poudre Middle School, an IB World School! Please check out all the great pictures from River Week in our new photo gallery.
Creative Literary Publication
I am proud to announce that a 30+ year tradition is re-evolving at CLP this year. The Creative Literary Publication is CLP's student-created literary journal. A small group of students and Mr. Hall are beginning to develop creative pieces of writing and artwork to represent the "voice" of CLP. We are seeking submissions of original work from CLP students. We want Poetry, Insights, Revelations, Artwork, Tales, Essays, Stories (get it? That is what "Pirates" stands for) as well as comics, opinion pieces, sketches or anything else that is creative and can be captured on paper. Our goal is to put out periodic installments during the year as we get submissions and then compile them all for an end-of-the-year Creative Literary Publication to be available for Pirates now and in the future. You are creative! Share your talent!
Physical Education Fundraiser
The P.E. Department is raising money this year by collecting and recycling aluminum (cans, etc.). At the end of every quarter, 10% of the money earned will be donated to Animal House, a non-profit, no-kill shelter for dogs and cats. Help clean up the environment by bringing in aluminum cans and helping out a fantastic organization. Please contact Mr. Crockett, 488-7444, if you have any questions!
Because we believe that organization is a primary key to success, beginning this year, a Student Handbook will be provided for every student. The CLPMS Student Handbook contains the school calendar, bell schedule, behavior expectations, an organizational planner, and is used as the student’s hall pass. Donations to the school for the first planner are appreciated if possible, and if a student loses his/her handbook, it will cost $5 to buy a replacement.
CLP Middle School is a fully-authorized International Baccalaureate World School
Cache La Poudre Middle School is a school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Our school is authorized as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Cache La Poudre Middle School believes is important for our students.
Cache La Poudre Middle School began its consideration of the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Program (MYP) in May of 2010. The faculty began training in June of 2010 and implementing MYP strategies throughout the 2010–2011 school year.
Student Attire (Dress Code)
We expect students to wear clothing that promotes a positive, safe, productive, and learning-focused school environment. With this in mind, please adhere to the following requirements when choosing how to dress each day
It is extremely vital that your student be at school. Colorado school law requires that students attend and that it is the parents’ responsibility to have their student attend school until the age of 17. Colorado law states that secondary students must attend school for 1056 hours out of 1080 hours. This equals four days of absences. You will be notified if your student has more than four days of absences. Students must have all absences excused through the attendance office. You may call our 24-hour attendance line at 490-3087. If the parent does not notify the school of their students’ absence, then the school will contact the parent to verify the students’ absence.
Here are the new guidelines we are asking students and parents to follow when they request a pre-arranged absence. When requesting a pre-arranged absence for your student, please be aware that your student is missing invaluable in-class learning and activities.
Absences due to vacations are considered “Unexcused” by District Policy.
As well as notifying the teachers you will need to call the attendance line, either the automated line at 970-490-3087, or contact the attendance clerk directly at 970-488-7405.
While it is important to obtain work prior to the absence, teachers adjust their lessons daily to meet the needs of their students. Therefore, it is essential to continue checking Blackboard and Parent Vuewhile absent and to have your student talk to all teachers upon his/her return.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org